Could UK have the best offensive line in the SEC going into the 2021 college football season? The Wildcats certainly made their case stronger on Thursday by adding LSU starting left tackle Dare Rosenthal out of the transfer portal, giving Kentucky two elite line prospects on the outside in the 6-foot-7, 330-pound athlete and potential first-round draft pick Darian Kinnard.
After weeks of speculation, Rosenthal finally made his commitment official Thursday evening.
“Leaving LSU was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make,” said Rosenthal. “To Coach O, I want to say thank you! I appreciate your support and love over the two years. I love Baton Rouge and my Tiger Nation Family!
“… After much thought and prayer, I’ve decided to attend the University of Kentucky. My decision was not based on my athleticism alone – it was based on me attending the University that I believe can help mold and shape me into a better man and help me reach my full potential on the field. After witnessing UK help a former teammate of mine and considering the experience and success of their Offensive Line (The Big Blue Wall) it was an easy decision to make.
“I’m excited to join the UK family and serve the Lexington community! I look forward to changing the narrative and my new journey at UK!”
Prior to his addition, SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic called Kentucky’s offensive line the best in the SEC. Now, the rich are getting richer by adding Rosenthal.
All four UK coaches watch Reed Sheppard
Kentucky fans wanted to see the UK coaching staff take a long, hard look at in-state standout Reed Sheppard? They got it.
After minimal contact between Kentucky and the four-star guard out of North Laurel to open the 2023 recruiting period that began on June 15 – Sheppard previously told KSR his conversations with UK were limited to a ‘what’s up?’ text message from Orlando Antigua – the staff flipped the narrative a bit on Thursday by arriving four-deep in Birmingham, Alabama to watch the son of UK basketball legend Jeff Sheppard at the Adidas 3SSB event.
John Calipari, Antigua, Chin Coleman and Jai Lucas were all on the sidelines to watch Sheppard in action for the first time this year.
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) July 8, 2021
Outside of Sheppard, the UK coaching staff also kept their eyes on top-five senior Chris Livingston and top-ten senior Keyonte George on Thursday, with the event set to last throughout the weekend. Five-star forward Elijah Fisher, four-star center Isaiah Miranda and four-star guard Taison Chatman are among the other standouts participating in the event.
Nothing beats the Live Period.
Devin Booker is two wins away from a title
Are Devin Booker and the Suns set to make history? After entering the league in 1968, Phoenix has never won an NBA title, with this current run being the franchise’s third trip to the Finals in history. They are the longest-standing team to have never won it all.
Following last night’s 118-108 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, though, the Suns are just two wins away from winning their first championship in franchise history, and Booker is leading the charge.
The former UK guard led the team on Thursday with 31 points on 12-25 shooting from the field and 7-12 from three to go with six assists and five rebounds in a game-high 44 minutes.
The series now heads to Milwaukee for Game 3, which is scheduled for Sunday, July 11 at 8 p.m. ET. on ABC.
Davion Mintz with the quote of the week
How excited is Davion Mintz about playing in front of 21,000 fans every night when he takes the floor at Rupp Arena? The UK guard told Kentucky Sports Radio on Thursday that the return of Big Blue Nation after a year of limited fans may be just as important as the roster improvements and coaching changes.
“I’m super excited because a lot of the times I was (hitting big shots), I had to imagine it,” Mintz told KSR. “Sometimes after the game, I’d close my eyes and think about it, like, ‘hey, I wonder how that would be.’ Now, I don’t have to. I can do that again at full force this time. I’m super excited. I was talking to the other guys. Yeah, we made roster improvements, yeah, we have a new coaching staff and things like that, but we got one of our most important pieces back and that’s BBN, so I’m excited.”
We certainly are too, Davion.
Lee Cruse and Hayley Harmon take over KSR
KSR’s run of guest hosts continues with Matt Jones out on vacation. After football shows on Tuesday and Wednesday, along with a basketball show on Thursday, KSR is switching gears by bringing on Lee Cruse and Hayley Harmon of The Lee and Hayley Show.
10 a.m. to noon ET. Tune in.