Head Coach John Calipari took to Twitter this week to give the Big Blue Nation an update on many FAQ circulating. First, he announced the annual Women’s Clinic is back this year. He says that his wife Ellen will be involved and hopefully both of his daughters as well — a date will be announced soon. He also announced that the Coaches Clinic will be back this year — it will be live streamed and a date will be announced for that shortly. Lastly, Cal announced that the Big Blue Madness campout will be making a return after taking a 2-year hiatus due to Covid — “It is unacceptable to not have a campout. It is part of what makes UK Basketball special. We have some great ideas on how, where and when that will make it tremendous. Unless there is some sort of road block, campout will return”. A date has not been set on the campout either, but it typically is the first week of September.
The AAU event of the Summer is underway in Augusta with the 2022 Nike Peach Jam. Kentucky commit Robert Dillingham has been leading the way thus far for Team CP3. 2023 targets DJ Wagner (NJ Scholars), Justin Edwards (Team Final), and Aaron Bradshaw (NJ Scholars) have been putting on a show as well. Kentucky is still the overwhelming favorite for all three of these 2023 targets. #3 ranked Edwards is set to make his college choice on the 25th, the Monday after Peach Jam. #1 recruit DJ Wagner is expected to pledge his allegiance to Kentucky shortly after Edwards. Bradshaw is not the UK lock he was once thought to be — this could be a result of Ugonna Kingsley’s rumored silent commit to Kentucky. The plan with Kingsley as of now is that he will reclassify to play with the team this year and redshirt, getting great experience behind NPOY Oscar Tshiebwe. Kingsley is taking a visit on the 20th – do not be surprised if his commitment is announced then.
CJ Frederick announced that he plans to play in the four games in the Bahamas when Kentucky goes down next month from August 8th-14th. BBN is eager to see the three-point sniper in game action for the first time since transferring from Iowa — Frederick sat out all of last season to rehab a leg injury.
Lastly, former Cat Keldon Johnson is the latest Kentucky guy to earn his worth in the NBA. Johnson recently signed a 4-year $80 million extension with the San Antonio Spurs. Former UK Players during the Calipari era’s contracts now amass over $3.6 BILLION!
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Latest NFTs from the sports world: Mac Jones leading the marketplace, Naasir Cunningham’s video trading cards and the NHL’s new partnership – ESPN
In this week’s NFT roundup: Mac Jones is leading the NFL’s NFT marketplace, top hoops recruit Naasir Cunningham teams up with VerifiedInk, as well as a new NHL platform. The Patriots QB is currently the top player in terms of transactions on NFL All Day, the NFL’s official NFT marketplace.
VerifiedInk — the first-ever NIL platform letting high school and college athletes design, mint and sell their own NFT trading cards — announced the launch of its marketplace, headlined by cards personally designed by Naasir Cunningham, the consensus 2024 No. 1 high school basketball player in the country in ESPN’s rankings.
The NHL, National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), the NHL Alumni Association (NHLAA) and NFT distribution platform Sweet announced a new multiyear partnership naming Sweet the official NFT digital collectibles marketplace and an official NFT partner of the NHL, NHLPA and NHLAA.
Gatorade NFTs Dropping In Collab With OneOf x Vayner3
The leading sports drink brand, Gatorade has officially launched its first NFT collection in partnership with OneOf and Vayner3. “The Gatorade Game Changers: Athlete of the Year” NFT collection will be available exclusively on the OneOf NFT marketplace.
Essentially, the Gatorade Game Changers: Athlete of the Year NFT program has two primary pillars. The first one in this is the Gatorade Athlete of the Year NFT Pack. Gatorade will release the initial NFT cards as bundle packs of 3 NFTs. Moreover, these will be randomly selected from national POY athletes.
The second pillar of the Gatorade Game Changers: Athlete of the Year NFT program focuses on giving back to the athletes. As part of this, the brand will airdrop NFTs to the athletes’ personal wallets. The NFTs are 10 “Athlete Original” custom edition collectibles of their personal card.
Pocono Raceway’s NFT Collection Debuts to Kick Off M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400 Weekend
Beginning Wednesday, July 20th, fans can purchase Pocono-themed NFTs via RaceDayNFT.com, Speedway Motorsport’s original digital marketplace for race fans. An NFT (non-Fungible token) is a digital collectible (such as a video or image) that is officially licensed and recorded on the blockchain to demonstrate proof of ownership.
“These one-of-a-kind items are a must-have for every Pocono fan and all sports collectors,” said Pocono Raceway President Ben May. “Thanks to our partnership with RaceDayNFT, we have another avenue for fans to show off their Pocono Loyalty. We Look forward to sharing our Unique NFT collection this week as America’s best drivers return to the Tricky Triangle.”
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