Blue Chips Full Court Press – Week of 06/27/2022

Weekly Recap

Rob Dillingham is a Cat!

After weeks of speculation, the BBN’s dreams have come true! Robert Dillingham, ranked 13th at 247 Sports, fifth at ESPN, third at On3, and sixth at Rivals, finally committed to play ball next season at Kentucky. Dilly’s commitment boosts the Cats to the 3rd overall class in 247’s 2023 rankings. John Calipari’s best teams have one common theme — Cal gets his top choice at Point Guard. That is what has happened here with Dilly. Soon, he’ll join an elite list of floor generals at Kentucky — from John Wall, Brandon Knight, Marquis Teague, and Andrew Harrison — to Tyler Ulis, De’Aaron Fox, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Dilly has been dubbed as the best ball handler in high school basketball, and his craftiness on the court leaves defenders in a blur. Not only is Dilly an electric playmaker, but also a dead-eye shooter behind the arc. With Reed Sheppard already on board, this addition of Dillingham is a perfect start for Kentucky to get the ball rolling on the 2023 class. And Cal may not even be done there!

We’ve learned that another 2023 commitment may be on the way, this time from 7’1 Center Aaron Bradshaw, who just recently visited Kentucky last month. According to Jamie Shaw of On3, the deal between Bradshaw and Kentucky is all locked up. Signed, sealed, and delivered. A commitment from the 5-star big man should be on the way before the summer’s end. The commitment would currently help Kentucky jump North Carolina in the 2023 rankings to the #2 overall class.

Lastly, it was announced that John Calipari will be traveling to Spain to watch the Team USA U17 Team compete in the FIBA World Cup in an effort to help bring in some more high-level talent for the 2023 class. The most important of these recruits is #1 DJ Wagner, who has appeared to flip to Louisville with the hiring of Kenny Payne and his grandfather Milt. However, the staff remains very confident that they can (and will) still land DJ. Other guys that are being heavily recruited by UK that Cal will be in for include Ron Holland (2023), Dennis Evans (2023) Karter Knox (2024), Ian Jackson (2024), and Johnuel “Boogie” Fland (2024). The World Cup kicks off on July 2nd, with the Championship game concluding on July 10th.


Top Secondary Sales

2022 CJ Fredrick Premier Edition, Edition #39, Sale Price $10

2022 TyTy Washington Rare Edition, Edition #7, Sale Price $300

Daimion Collins Signature Limited Edition, Edition #58, Sale Price $60


What’s Happening In the Digital Sports Landscape This Week?

Cristiano Ronaldo to release NFTs, experts say this is just the beginning

Even as Manchester United star Christiano Ronaldo inked a multi-year partnership with cryptocurrency exchange Binance to release his NFTs, experts are of the opinion that the deal will set a precedent for other sports icons to join the bandwagon. NFTs are rapidly gaining traction across the world as scores of celebrities are endorsing the digital tokens, either by minting their own collections or purchasing them at high prices.

“Ronaldo is a top-class current football legend with hundreds of million followers across all social media. His NFT would surely be sold-out in seconds when launched and the over subscription will flow to the secondary market creating another round of hype,” Anndy Lian, Chief Digital Advisor, Mongolian Productivity Organization, said.


NHL forays into NFTs in collaboration with Sweet According to their announcement, the NHL, NHLPA, and NHLAA have named Sweet as the Official NFT Digital Collectibles Marketplace and Official NFT Partner.

With this long-term partnership, the NHL will be able to develop a variety of distinctive NFT projects. And by doing so, they might give ardent admirers or collectors fresh opportunities to expand their collections. Users will be able to buy, sell, acquire, and trade never-before-offered items from NHL history, according to the NHL. The NHL marketplace, run by Sweet, will provide a unique and fulfilling engagement experience for the entire network of the NHL.


NFT News: eBay Launching NFT Collection – DraftKings Nation

Jeff Pratt breaks down eBay’s plan to launch its first NFT collection featuring Wayne Gretzky. All the latest in-depth fantasy sports and sports betting news, including expert advice for fantasy lineups and more. The world is expanding, and DraftKings is expanding along with it. As NFTs continue to grow, these daily articles will serve as a hub for the latest news and notes in the space. As for the Great One’s opinion on the upcoming collection, Gretzky has expressed excitement about the project, stating, “I’m honored to bring this collectible experience to my hockey fans who have followed my career for decades.”


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