Kentucky got its first commitment from a point guard on Wednesday, adding five-star prospect TyTy Washington to its 2021 recruiting class, which also includes five-star forward Daimion Collins and four-star forward Bryce Hopkins.
But could the Wildcats add another lead guard on Friday?
Leading up to Washington’s commitment on Wednesday, David Sisk of Cats Illustrated broke the news that Georgia guard transfer Sahvir Wheeler was set to announce his final decision “within the next 48 hours.” Sitting here on Friday morning, we’re now officially within hours of that unofficial announcement deadline.
Just told by an individual very close to Sahvir Wheeler that he will announce “within the next 48 hours.” May not happen today after all. On the bright side, Ty Ty Washington to announce at 9 EST tonight. @KentuckyRivals
— David Sisk (@CoachDavidSisk) May 12, 2021
When asked about an official commitment date, Wheeler told KSR on Wednesday that nothing was finalized, though rumblings continue to grow louder that we’re inching closer to an announcement. And more importantly, Kentucky continues to be discussed as the favorite to land the second-team All-SEC member, who led the conference in both assists (7.4 APG) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.68).
Will Kentucky close out its backcourt going into the weekend with a commitment from Wheeler? Or will the wait continue?
While you’re at it, listen to the latest episode of KSR’s Sources Say Podcast below, which breaks down Washington’s commitment to UK and the possibility of Wheeler joining the fold in the very near future:
TyTy Washington is up to No. 11
Speaking of Washington, the newest Wildcat is now officially a consensus top-16 prospect in the class of 2021.
In Rivals’ final recruiting rankings for senior class, Washington moved up to No. 11 overall, good for No. 3 overall among point guards. Washington jumped 21 total spots in the updated rankings, the largest leap of any five-star prospect and second to only Tamar Bates (27-spot jump to No. 30) in the top 50.
Washington is rated as the No. 12 overall prospect by ESPN and the No. 16 overall prospect by 247Sports.
As for Kentucky’s two other signees, five-star forward Daimion Collins dropped five spots to No. 15 overall, good for No. 4 at the power forward position. Four-star forward Bryce Hopkins dropped seven spots to No. 35 overall, good for No. 9 among small forwards in the class.
247Sports lists Collins and Hopkins at No. 10 overall and No. 40 overall, respectively, while ESPN lists them at No. 17 overall and No. 31 overall, respectively.
John Calipari checks out the New York Knicks
Coach Cal spent his Thursday evening catching up with the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, with New York taking home a 102-98 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
Joined by his son, Brad, Calipari received an ovation and his own personalized video on the jumbotron featuring clips from Kenny Payne, Julius Randle, Immanuel Quickley, Nerlens Noel and Kevin Knox during their respective Kentucky careers, along with a highlight of Derrick Rose playing for Cal at Memphis.
— x – NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) May 14, 2021
Randle finished with 25 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and one steal in the victory, followed by Noel with six points, five rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Quickley failed to score in 11 minutes, while Knox didn’t receive any playing time.
Chris Oats wins Mike Lyden Courage Award
Kentucky linebacker Chris Oats made his first public appearance since tragically suffering a stroke last May, joining BBN Tonight this week to accept the Mike Lyden Courage Award at The Catspy Awards.
“They have really supported us with being here for Chris and the family. They have opened doors and opened arms, they’re answering phones calls whenever we need to,” Oats’ mother, Kem Gamble, said. “The biggest thing they’ve done is set up the GoFundMe, that has really helped him out a lot. We thank BBN for that. Chris just asked about how that was going recently, and I showed him how much the fanbase has shown him.”
This year’s Mike Lyden Courage Award goes to @UKFootball‘s Chris Oats ?
— BBN Tonight (@BBNTonight) May 14, 2021
The Kentucky football team spent the 2020 season with one player wearing Oats’ No. 22 jersey each week, including the likes of DeAndre Square, Jamin Davis, Keaton Upshaw and Chris Rodriguez.
Oats’ GoFundMe page can be found here.
UK VB seniors join KSR
After a busy week of special guest appearances, Kentucky Sports Radio is excited to welcome on three national champions during Friday’s show.
This morning, UK volleyball seniors Gabby Curry, Madison Lilley, and Kendyl Paris will all join KSR to discuss their time in Lexington, the team’s historic title run and their future endeavors.
In case you missed the rest of this week’s guests, you can find the complete schedule below, with complete replays available via the KSR podcast feed:
Monday: Orlando Antigua
Tuesday: Chin Coleman
Wednesday: Vince Marrow; Riley Welch
Thursday: Liam Coen; Richie Farmer
10 a.m. to noon. Stay tuned.