Summer Workouts are underway and Jacob Toppin and Daimion Collins have been extremely impressive according to multiple reports. Toppin is expected to be a starter this season — taking a jump from role player to star player would go a long way in helping the team achieve their goal of a National Title this season. It’s no secret that with Daimion’s length and athleticism, he clearly has the highest ceiling on this team. Whether or not he’ll reach it while he’s here is the question, however, summer reports are suggesting that a Collins breakout season could be in the stars.
The NBA Draft will take place this Thursday. In the latest mock draft predictions both Shaedon Sharpe and TyTy Washington Jr are expected to be first round selections — Sharpe currently inside the Top 10 and TyTy just outside the lottery. Kentucky currently holds a 2-man advantage over North Carolina for most first-round draft picks ever (55 to 53).
2023 5-Star Combo Guard Rob Dillingham is set to commit on June 24th. All signs are still pointing towards Kentucky. Dilly would be a perfect addition to this class that already includes Reed Sheppard. Also in some even bigger 2023 news — many UK Fans have been worried about the recruitment of the consensus #1 player in the class, DJ Wagner. DJ is the son of Dajaun Wagner, who played for Cal at Memphis. It appeared that with Louisville’s hiring of Kenny Payne, and Wagner’s grandfather Milt to an administrative role, the Dirty Birds up North had snatched DJ away from the Cats. However, after some extensive digging, not only is the staff extremely confident DJ ends up at UK, but others close to DJ’s camp (Camden & World Wide Wes) are as well. Bringing in DJ & Dilly and getting them to run the back-court in Rupp Arena together has always been the plan according to the staff. This will be a rollercoaster of a recruitment, but as of now, Kentucky should still be considered the favorite.
SEC/Big 12 Challenge
- Kansas at Kentucky | Jan. 28
French government official recommends blockchain for sporting events ticketing
Michel Cadot, has recommended using blockchain technology for ticketing in major sporting events that the country will host in the future. According to a report by Ticketing Business News, the recommendation was made as part of an inquiry into the disorder experienced during the UEFA Champions League final played in Paris on May 28. Cadot explained in his report that the delay in the kick-off time in the matchups between English side Liverpool and Spanish football club Real Madrid was due to the mass counterfeiting of tickets for the event. The inquiry found that as much as 10% of 15,000 tickets allocated to fans of Liverpool were counterfeit. The occurrence could have been prevented by issuing the tickets digitally as NFTs.
Wimbledon’s finest moments for sale
Glorious Digital, the company whose shareholding includes former All Black Dan Carter, former Sky TV founder Craig Heatley and former Solicitor-General Mike Heron, have released 10 digital artworks NFTs in partnership with Wimbledon. Each artwork, detailing Wimbledon’s finest centre court moments from 1922 to 2022, comes in an edition of 100. Potential buyers have until July 3 to enter a ballot. If successful, they can buy one of the editions for £500 (about NZ$970), says Glorious Digital CEO Tim Harper. He is expecting a deluge of international interest in what he calls “digital masterpieces.”
FINA World Championship: World Swimming Body’s UNIQUE offer for record breakers in World Swimming Championships, ‘Break Record GET NFT in your name’
The Aquatics world governing body partnered with Krizbo, a digital artist from Budapest to design an illustration of every individual world record moment that will be produced and presented to the athlete. In addition to the personalized NFT, the athlete will also be awarded a prize money bonus of US$50,000. According to FINA, the partnership with Krizbo is in line with its effort to use digital technologies to connect and engage with young talent and fans across the world. Every athlete who breaks a world record in Budapest will be invited to a special award function on 25 June 2022. They will receive their NFT trophies at the Duna Arena.
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