Blue Chips Full Court Press – Week of 06.13.22

Blue Chips Weekly Recap 

Our complete 2022-23 team is finally back in Lexington together, and they’ve been spending time together both on and off the court. In an interview on Monday, Lance Ware said, “Last year we bonded off the court really well. But this year we bond really well on the court. Everybody has a common goal. Everybody wants to work out. Most of the time, we’re not even seeing each other off the court because when we’re done, we’re going to sleep. Guys are in the gym from 5:30 in the morning all the way until 10:00 at night… the time that we do spend together, we’re definitely building chemistry and we’re definitely starting to click a little.”


Over the weekend Kentucky hosted 2023 7-1 C Aaron Bradshaw, who ranks as the #20 player in the 24/7 composite rankings. Bradshaw appeared to have a great time with the team, as he went with the guys to the “Rod Wave and Friends” concert at Rupp Arena on Friday night. After Bradshaw, Kentucky hosted the #9 player in the 2023 class, Ron Holland. Both guys would be huge additions for next year’s class, which currently just includes Reed Sheppard, but could be receiving its second addition with Robert Dillingham’s commitment approaching on June 24th. 


Last night at midnight was the first time that Kentucky coaching staff could officially reach out to players in the 2024 class. Players that heard from Kentucky include 5-star guard Tre Johnson, 5-star wing Trentyn Flowers, 5-star guard Ian Jackson, 5-star guard Elliot Cadeau, and others. Although these might be names we’re 2 years away from paying close attention to, it’s good to get familiarized with these guys now – the class of 2024 is absolutely loaded with talent.


CJ Frederick had some high praise for the newcomers to this years team, “Antonio can really shoot the ball. Chris… is just a dude you have to have. Cason picks up 94, not a lot of dudes getting by him.” It’ll be exciting to see how this team gels down in the Bahamas. 


News Articles:

DraftKings, UFC collaborate on Reignmakers UFC NFT Game

Fans of the professional fight league will be able to collect their favorite UFC fighters and use them to play in games and win prizes in the next edition of gamified digital collectibles with an emphasis on UFC. Both parties anticipate the release of the first season of Reignmakers UFC non-fungible token (NFT)-based games later this year.


Adesanya vs. Cannonier at UFC 276 on July 2 will mark the beginning of the collection of fighters’ NFTs before the official debut. These auctions and drops will be part of DraftKings’ “Heatwave Series,” which will be centered on the UFC’s summer schedule. The UFC version of the Reignmakers game, which is presently in production, will have objectives, achievements, level-ups, leaderboards, and other game aspects, whilst the first collection of fighter NFTs will provide collectors incentives relating to UFC events. 


Everything About Metabeauts NFT by Meta Sports League, LLC

The MetaBeauts NFT project is the first from Meta Sports League, LLC (MSL). It is a highly engaging, inclusive, and supportive community that offers holders ongoing benefits and financial support to hockey charities. MSL share a common vision with the MetaBeauts project to create the premier NFT community for hockey players, coaches, and fans.


Holders will also own the intellectual property of the MetaBeauts they mint, as well as access to exclusive merchandise, ability to earn $PUCK tokens that are redeemable for exclusive merchandise and whitelist spots, access to exclusive product partnerships and discounts for holders, access to exclusive training/nutrition information from NHL trainers, access to future play-to-earn-games, access to real-world events such as MB meetups and the BeautCon Event (a conference held in Minneapolis, Minnesota), a potential animated series and a Stanley Cup Finals experience giveaway 


Minnesota Vikings’ Stadium Hosts 6,950 Guests for First NFT-Ticketed Event

ASM Global says that nearly 7,000 people attended last month’s VeeCon at the Minnesota Vikings’ U.S. Bank Stadium. The convention was hosted by social media mogul Gary Vaynerchuk and required guests to purchase an NFT ticket for entry, which ASM Global claims as a first for the events industry.


VeeCon says it sold 10,255 NFT tickets before the event, and each includes access to VeeCon for the next three years. May’s event generated a $21 million economic impact for Minneapolis, according to organizers. Major leagues such as the NFL and MLB have both debuted non-fungible tokens as commemorative ticket keepsakes, but the blockchain-based assets do not permit access to any game or event. Instead, the NFTs are intended to serve as a digital collectible akin to the ancient paper ticket stub, but fans still need to purchase a standard digital ticket for entry into the game.