Good morning and Happy Friday to you and yours. Let’s run over some things to know before today flies by and we roll into the weekend.
The Peach Jam continues.
KSR has boots on the ground in North Augusta for the Nike EYBL Peach Jam, the biggest college basketball recruiting event of the summer. Jack Pilgrim is on site and following the UK coaching staff’s every move to see who they’re seeing while doing his own evaluating of the targets already on John Calipari’s big board. He’ll have some Peach Jam content later today, so come back to learn more about the 2022 class.
Kofi Cockburn to announce his decision today.
Later today 2021 All-Big Ten big man Kofi Cockburn will make known his decision for his next home in college basketball. Cockburn pulled his name from NBA Draft consideration and will choose between a return to Illinois for a junior season or new opportunities at Florida State or Kentucky. He announced his Big 3 on Wednesday:
— Kofi Cockburn (@kxng_alpha) July 14, 2021
That being said, it has been widely reported that Cockburn isn’t realistically considering Kentucky, beginning here with KSR’s scoop Wednesday morning. Sources told KSR he isn’t an option in Lexington as the Cats move forward with Oscar Tshiebwe as the primary big man, while still in pursuit of Jalen Duren, the No. 1 player in America who will decide soon after he returns from the Peach Jam. Duren is the hope for the final roster spot and yesterday KSR told you Kentucky is still in the mix thanks to its new NIL opportunities.
Duren is expected to reclassify from the Class of 2022 to play immediately for one of five options: Kentucky, Memphis, Miami, the G League, or the Australian NBL.
Does this look like someone who will be spending another year in high school?
No. The answer is no. pic.twitter.com/g9cCIaEs9F
— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) July 15, 2021
Round 1 at the Barbasol postponed due to rain.
Mother Nature really hates the Barbasol Championship and yesterday she poured down on the tournament in two different spurts, forcing delays in the afternoon and evening. Most of the golf was played but 30 golfers did not finish, so the first round spilled over to today and is still underway this morning. As I write this there is a five-way tie for first at 8-under par and another six players one stroke back at 7-under.
You can watch the Barbasol on the Golf Channel from 5:00-7:30 this evening.
Let’s check in on The Open over in England.
— Fan Account ? (@SportsFanimal1) July 15, 2021
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 15, 2021
Speaking of golf…
There is ONE SPOT left in the KSR Louisville Scramble.
Last call for the KSR Golf Scramble at GlenOaks Country in Louisville on Friday, August 6. All but one spot has been filled and you can claim it now if you hurry. If you’ve been on the fence, this is the nudge you need. Do it. We’ll have fun.
More details here.
LISTEN: Pardon My Take hosted Thursday’s Kentucky Sports Radio show.
If you didn’t listen and don’t have any intentions to listen, you at least need to hear Joanne call in to tell Big Cat and PFT Commenter how she felt about the Pardon My Takeover of yesterday’s KSR radio show. I don’t think she was a fan of their brand of humor.
Listen to the entire show on podcast here.
Richie Farmer and Buck Stivers are today’s KSR guest hosts.
KSR has one last day of special guest hosts before Matt Jones returns from his vacation for next Monday’s show. Today it’s former UK Basketball star Richie Farmer and his lifelong friend Buck Stivers to tell Ryan, Shannon and me their best stories from Farmer’s time at UK and growing up in Clay County.
Tune it at 10 a.m. if you like to laugh.