It was a jam-packed weekend for Kentucky athletics as the baseball team had their biggest series of the year and John Calipari was hot on the recruiting trail.
Here’s what went down:
Florida takes the weekend series, winning 2 out of 3.
The #1 team in the country (Florida) came to town this past weekend to take on the #6 Kentucky Baseball team. On Thursday night, one of the best pitchers in baseball, Brady Singer, took the mound for Florida and Kentucky had no answer. The Florida offense fed off of that and took off on their way to an 11-2 victory. Friday, it was much of the same as the Gators won 9-4. Saturday, the Cats were finally able to get the victory behind a strong pitching performance from Justin Lewis, 3-2. The Cats have a little under a month to gear up for the postseason, they just need to stay focused on what’s ahead.
John Calipari continues his hot streak.
This weekend the Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour circuits were under way in Dallas and Indianapolis. It was expected that Cal would stay in Dallas for the weekend to watch D.J. Jeffries, James Wiseman, Tyrese Maxey, Vernon Carey, Keion Brooks, and Jalen Lecque play in the Nike circuits. But, he took a detour on Sunday morning and went to Indianapolis to watch Matthew Hurt play as well. Every player I listed above are in the top 25 of either the 2018 or 2019 recruiting class. Calipari is out for blood in the recruiting wars, and he’s making it no secret.
Jarred Vanderbilt & Wenyen Gabriel will test the waters.
Both Jarred and Wenyen have taken the plunge and decided to put their names in the 2018 NBA Draft without hiring an agent. This is the right move for both of them as everyone deserves to know where they stand within the process. Will they get drafted? I don’t think so. I think only one of the guys even have a chance: Jarred Vanderbilt. Even that is a stretch considering his injuries and lack of playing time this season. While I wish both the best in the process, I do think both would benefit greatly by coming back for another season and increasing their draft stock in a weaker class.