Today was about more than just football in the SEC. Mid-way through the opening day of SEC Media Days came an announcement from Lexington, Kentucky.
The University of Kentucky shifted its focus to its basketball programs after announcing Big Blue Madness, the unofficial tip-off to the 2015-16 men’s and women’s basketball seasons, has been set for Oct. 16 at Rupp Arena.
Last season, the Wildcats finished 38-1 after losing their only game of the year to Wisconsin, 64-71, at the Final Four in Indianapolis. On April 9, seven Kentucky players declared themselves eligible for the NBA Draft.
Karl-Anthony Towns was selected No. 1 by the Minnesota Timberwolves, making him the third Wildcat taken first in the draft. He was followed by Willie Cauley-Stein, who went to the Sacramento Kings at No. 6; Trey Lyles, who was chosen No. 12 by the Utah Jazz, and Devin Booker, who was taken by the Phoenix Suns with the No. 13 pick.
In the second round, Andrew Harrison was taken No. 44 by the Suns and traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, while Dakari Johnson went 48th overall to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Aaron Harrison was not drafted, but was picked up by the Charlotte Hornets to play in the 2015 NBA Summer League.
The Big Blue Madness will give Kentucky fans a look at a new group of freshmen that will once again have to play a huge role in their first season playing for head coach Jim Calipari.
According to Rivals.com, The Wildcats currently have four players that have already signed letters of intent and Jamal Murray, a 6-foot-4, five-star point guard from Kitchener, Ontario committed in June.
As always, tickets are free for the annual celebration at Rupp Arena, which will feature introductions of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, practice drills, videos, and more.
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