UK Basketball hosted its annual Pro Day at the Memorial College with a socially distant edition. While tuning in from the Big Blue Nation home via the SEC network, scouts from 30 NBA teams zoomed in from above, and some examples of KSR from this event:
It’s been 250 days since we last saw Kentucky basketball on television. Two hundred and fifty days since you sat down to watch the cats. No SEC competition, no NCAA competition, no summer, no big blue mania (no more, at least), nothing.
Even seeing this particular guy for the first time with new faces everywhere, it was great to see the team again.
John Calibari shakes Kentucky Falls
We know Caliph was growing her hair during the isolation, but tonight, we got a better view of that flow. Take a look at those little curls:
Do you look a little like his friend Bob Hawkins, or not?
Again who is that guy?
One question I often ask throughout the night is, I had to pull the England basketball list to see who it was. Our first look at this team is to first see who wears the shorts in the 11th place by Google. As soon as I found out it was Dontay Allen, I discovered that there was also a 10th place called Davian Minds. I’m afraid this will not be the only night I have to keep a basketball list during games, you know what, there’s nothing wrong with that.
We got some strength and agility numbers
In the next few days the UK will release all the strength and agility numbers, but the SEC network will let us know Oliver Sir, Jacob Tobin, P.J. Presented to Boston and Isaiah Jackson.
This team is longer than the Roop Arena ice cream line *.
It’s hard to learn a lot about a team that sees pro effort, but we don’t need a real game to see the length of John Calibari’s new team. All of the things we saw in shooting and ball handling and passing and training may not travel from the Open Memorial College to the Roop Arena for a game, but that length will travel everywhere, and it will create chaos to combat crime. If they promise it, Calif. Is one of the nation’s best defenses with a longer length of bench if needed.
(* Pre-infection, of course)
Keon Brooks is not so hard
For a guy who hadn’t trained so much before this season, Brooks moved effortlessly up and down the court. I almost forgot he had a calf injury until he shared it in an interview with the SEC network, and tonight he did it practically all season before. You can find his full comments here Here, But to the season starter everything seems to be going well for him to be ready.
It’s over: PJ in court, Brandon turns it off
P.J. There is some confusion in calling Boston, PJ or Brandon, but tonight, he settled it with Tom Hart. It was P.J. (So, “PJ Boston makes a trio”) But Brandon stopped it (“Hey Brandon, how about those three you created?”).
Let’s go with BJP.
PJ Boston is the star of Kentucky
Kentucky is full of talent, but Boston is the biggest and brightest star. With pure shooting stroke and scoring ability in all three levels, the 6-ft-7 newcomer is set to win several 20-plus point games this year on the path to the top ten draft exams in 2021.
Enjoy him as much as you can, PPN.
Dontoy Allen will be ready to play
After seeing Allen work on several occasions and talking to people very close to KY native Falmouth in this office, it became clear that he was physically and mentally ready to return upstairs for the actual match. But how much impact was he going to make from day one, especially how efficient and profound was this list?
Allen arrived tonight ready to shoot, taking several quick-trigger triples in 4-on-4 and 5-on-5 runs to close Pro Day. If he shoots so confidently this season, he will earn real minutes on this team.
Lap City, Lap, Lap City
Wildcat lobes have come back in large numbers. This long, athletic team leg looks like some of the original cats. Hindsite helps with exaggeration, but it’s not crazy to say that 50% of Anthony Davis ’points came from labs. In recent seasons, there have not been enough lab-passers or recipients to create a beautiful, balanced connection. Although these are only five-by-five scrimmage, the alley-axes in the transition between Minds and Askew on the bancourt, Tobin, Sir and Jackson on the frontcourt often occur early on. Isaiah talks about Jackson.
Isaiah Jackson explains
“Bouncy” is often used to describe an excellent leaver. The problem with that reaction is that I also describe Kirby. Isaiah Jackson is not a fluffy video game character. This man is a powerful force in paint. Now I understand why it was so early season around the newcomer from Michigan.
Photography via UK Athletics
All on the Isaiah Jackson Hype train
Yes, sorry. I cannot contribute to the post of takeaway without claiming my seat on the Isaiah Jackson Hype Train. With elite length, bounce, regeneration and defensive instincts, I couldn’t find a scene where Jackson didn’t play proper minutes while the conference play was rolling.
The baby is good. Really good.
It was a lot of fun watching basketball, but after today’s events, I want to see it again.
Today was our first chance to see this Kentucky basketball team on the court, don’t get me wrong, it was great; Unfortunately, the death of John Schlerman and the surprising retirement of Matthew Mitchell had an impact throughout the day. The news about Mitchell broke an hour into the event, i.e. I missed most of the five-by-five screaming, including the moments when Calibri screamed in delight. When the dust settles, I look forward to going back and seeing it again.