Good morning and Happy Monday from KSR Headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky.
Today we are moving on from the Olympics since the torch was blown out in Tokyo yesterday, but there is still plenty of sport to follow here in America as Kentucky Football begins its first full week of camp today and several former Kentucky basketball players compete for jobs in the NBA out in the Las Vegas Summer League.
First, the football. It’s the first Monday of fall ball and the first full day of camp without the media and fans wandering around. If you missed it, Saturday’s Fan Day gave us the first look at the team in action via an open practice in Kroger Field.
A perfect day here in the Bluegrass. Great to spend it with #BBN.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) August 7, 2021
Couldn’t be there? Play Monday catch-up with a football link dump from the weekend:
We begin talking to players and coaches after practice tomorrow, so get excited for more preseason football content coming your way as we count down to kickoff. (Only 26 days to go.)
Today’s NBA Summer League schedule:
It’s Day 2 of the NBA Summer League out in Las Vegas and today’s slate of games includes 12 former Kentucky Wildcats in action throughout a long day of exhibition basketball from the Association. From the two new rookie draft picks to 29-year-old Brandon Knight, there is a former Cat in all but one of Monday’s games, beginning with Isaiah Jackson’s first run with the Pacers against Immanuel Quickley’s New York Knicks, also featuring Reid Travis.
2 p.m. (NBA TV) — Indiana Pacers (Isaiah Jackson) vs. New York Knicks (Immanuel Quickley, Reid Travis)
3 p.m. (ESPN 2) — New Orleans Pelicans vs. Chicago Bulls
4 p.m. (NBA TV) — Dallas Mavericks vs. Philadelphia 76ers (Tyrese Maxey)
5 p.m. (ESPN 2) — Brooklyn Nets (Brandon Knight) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (Olivier Sarr)
6 p.m. (NBA TV) — Charlotte Hornets (Nick Richards) vs. Sacramento Kings
7 p.m. (ESPNU) — San Antonio Spurs (Skal Labissiere) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
8 p.m. (NBA TV) — Orlando Magic vs. Golden State Warriors (Kahlil Whitney)
9 p.m. (ESPNU) — L.A. Clippers (BJ Boston) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (EJ Montgomery)
10 p.m. (NBA TV) — Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz (Nate Sestina)
A former Wildcat who does not need to participate in summer ball, Bam Adebayo stopped by the Thomas & Mack Center to show off his new hardware from Tokyo during Sunday’s action.
— NBA Summer League (@NBASummerLeague) August 9, 2021
Adebayo isn’t BBN’s only Olympic medalist.
11 current or former Wildcats medaled in the Olympics.
The 2020 (but in 2021) Tokyo Olympics concluded on Sunday with the closing ceremony, ending a fun two-plus weeks of sport from the other side of the world. In the end, 11 current or former students/athletes from the University of Kentucky medaled across 10 events.
The full list of medalists from Tokyo:
Bam Adebayo, Devin Booker and Keldon Johnson — Men’s Basketball (GOLD)
Sydney McLaughlin — Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles (GOLD), Women’s 4-x-400-Meter Sprint Relay (GOLD)
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn — Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles (GOLD)
Lee Kiefer — Women’s Individual Foil Fencing (GOLD)
Will Shaner — Men’s 10-Meter Air Rifle (GOLD)
Kendra Harrison — Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles (SILVER)
Javianne Oliver — Women’s 4-x-100-Meter Sprint Relay (SILVER)
Mary Tucker — Mixed Air Rifle (SILVER)
Gerek Meinhardt — Team Foil Fencing (BRONZE)
UK junior golfer Jensen Castle won the U.S. Women’s Amateur.
Current Kentucky golfer Jensen Castle entered the weekend’s U.S. Women’s Amateur as the No. 63 seed in a 64-player field. She left with the first-place trophy on Sunday.
The No. 248-ranked women’s amateur golfer in the world, Castle needed to win a competitive playoff on Tuesday to even reach the weekend’s match play tournament, and even admitted she had expectations of missing the cut in her first competitive golf tournament in a month after suffering a stress fracture in her ribs. But Castle prevailed, winning the 122nd running of the U.S. Women’s Amateur by defeating Yu-Chiang Hou, 2 and 1, in a 36-hole championship match at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York.
She used the same UK logo golf ball for five consecutive rounds.
Cullan Brown to be honored with renaming of his home golf course today.
Today the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet will rename Mineral Mound State Park Golf Course in honor of Cullan Brown, the UK golfer who passed away a year ago from a fight with bone cancer. Brown grew up playing Mineral Mound in Eddyville, Kentucky, before becoming a standout golfer at UK and earning All-SEC Freshman honors in 2019.
A dedication and renaming ceremony will be held Monday afternoon with Cullan’s sister, Cathryn, hitting a ceremonial first tee shot at “The Cullan.”
Five-star guard Shaedon Sharpe included Kentucky among his five finalists.
No surprise here, Kentucky made the most recent cut in Shaedon Sharpe’s recruitment. One of the stars of the summer, Sharpe really blew up at last month’s Peach Jam and is now in the conversation for the top spot in the high school class of 2022, and he’s down to five options.
Kentucky is not only one of the five, but the presumed leader for Sharpe’s services with speculation of a commitment on the horizon. He is also considering Oklahoma State, Arizona, Kansas, and the NBA G League, he announced on Sunday.
Study up on the elite scorer who could be the next Cat:
Listen to Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond on KSR.
Coming up in an hour, Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will recap all of the weekend fun with their own takes on the news, plus what’s ahead for the week and calls from the show’s listeners from 10 am to noon.