Big Blue Links for Tuesday:
Bud Dupree focused on more than the NFL Draft, reports the H-L. “Kentucky’s Bud Dupree, projected to be a first-round NFL Draft pick, will achieve a longtime goal when his name is called in Chicago later this month. But he told USA Today that he’s just as proud of another achievement that will come less than two weeks afterward, when he graduates from college.”
Chandler Shepherd returns to Lexington, reports Mark Maloney of the Herald-Leader. The former Kentucky pitcher is with the Greenville Drive, which opened a three-game series Monday night against the Lexington Legends.
John Calipari to visit Jayson Tatum, reports NextCats. “UK Coach John Calipari will be in St. Louis on Tuesday to meet with top recruit Jayson Tatum, who was the first player from his class to receive a scholarship offer from the Wildcats.”
Coach says UK got a steal in 2016 commit, reports Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal. Gunner Hoak, a three-start quarterback from Ohio, committed to Kentucky on Sunday.
Kansas, Kentucky among latest suitors for Ebuka Izundu, reports Langston Wertz of Charlotte Observer. “Arkansas coach Mike Anderson visited Victory Monday and McCain said Kentucky has also begun to show interest in Inzundu, who was given a release from his scholarship by the Charlotte 49ers last week. Izundu was recruited by former Charlotte coach Alan Major and assistant Desmond Oliver, who now is at Tennessee. Izundu wanted to re-open his recruiting process since he wasn’t familiar with new 49ers coach Mark Price, whom he hopes to get to know better.”
Cheick Diallo getting close to decision, reports Zagsblog. “After meeting with Kentucky coach John Calipari Sunday night, Cheick Diallo appears to have finished his in-home visits and should be approaching a decision soon although no announcement date has been made public. As of this writing, Calipari is the last coach to meet with the 6-foot-9 Diallo, who is also being courted by Kentucky-bound big man and fellow French speaker Skal Labissiere, among others.”
Pelicans get close, but can’t topple Warriors, reports John Reid of the Times-Picayune. ”We just missed shots towards the end, and they made shots,” said Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis, who scored a team-high 26 points. ”I mean, we were right there, gave ourselves a chance. That’s all we’ve been talking about is winning a game on the road. It’s tough when you are battling like that, but at the same time we want to win.”