Basketball, baseball and football were in the minds of the BBN this weekend. Including the last notable all-star game for the new basketball recruits, a weekend series that featured Missouri and Kentucky in baseball and the spring game for football. Student-athletes were in full swing this weekend.
With the Jordan Brand Classic on Friday night, UK stars shined on the court in Brooklyn. Even the news of Jarred Vanderbilt’s injury in the first 35 seconds of the game the Classic wasn’t bringing it down.
With recruiting and signing days coming very quickly, all eyes are on power forward Mohamed Bamba. Luckily for the Cats, point guard commit, Quade Green was assigned to room with the uncommitted star at the Jordan Brand Classic. Even something little like that could change the whole direction in the recruiting process.
While Quade Green, Nick Richards, Jarred Vanderbilt and PJ Washington were in Brooklyn, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was at the Derby Classic. At the Derby Classic, in Louisville, KY, Alexander won the 3pt-contest and won MVP honors at the game. By scoring 29 points in the game, Alexander brought his team to victory with a score, 122-109.
The #14 ranked Cats pulled out the series against SEC foe, Missouri, 2-1. From a big offensive game all around, the Cat’s bats were on fire. Kentucky scored more than 5 runs in each of the three game series with the Tigers. Although allowing nine runs in game two, the Cats showed domination even with losing one.
As they wait for the upcoming game tomorrow, seeing success and momentum can give the Cats a boost. Their next game will be at home against Louisville on Tuesday night.
Top 10 spring crowds:
1 OSU 80134
2 Neb 78312
3 Cle 60000
4 UM 57418
5 UF 48000
6 Aub 46331
7 OU 43723
8 UK 37172
9 FSU 26649
10 MSU 25000
— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) April 17, 2017
Even though spring games can be considered “over-hype” practices, the Cats used their time to improve their skills in front of crowds. The crowd ranked in the top 10 in the country of spring game attendance with 37,172 in the seats at Commonwealth.
"I'm gonna break out that lightning." Running back Sihiem King on set talking about life after Boom Williams.
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— UK Sports Network (@UKSportsNetwork) April 15, 2017
With not so many surprises, BBN saw a new formed running back in the making. Sihiem King, a junior, ran the field as we see a possible first down back molding. With Benny Snell Jr. getting a lot of touches for the blue team, King showed presence and had tendencies that looked like a young Jojo Kemp or a Stanley “Boom” Williams.
As the spring semester is coming to a close, sports at the University of Kentucky is having their fun in the sun. Seeing the future of athletics to the successful baseball team, BBN got what they wanted – a marathon of Kentucky athletics.