Aug 1, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; USA Team Blue Derrick Rose (41) calls a play while dribbling the ball during the USA Basketball Showcase atThomas & Mack Center. Trailing the play is center Anthony Davis (42). Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Headlines: Davis continues his Team USA success

Anthony Davis was one of seven players to put up double-digit for the US tonight in their 112-86 victory against the Puerto Ricans. Davis ended the night with 10 points (3-6 FG) 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. He continued to show off his stellar defensive ability against his South American foes, and while his scoring has been rather pedestrian, it obviously seems like it doesn’t need to be.

It feels like the NBA stars are taking turns when it comes to who will be  be the star player of the game. Davis had the 20 point 7 rebound game in the first exhibition against Brazil and Kyrie Irving had the best overall game Wednesday against the Dominican Republic.

Who had the hot hand tonight? That would be Stephan Curry, who put up the game high 20 points on 6-7 shooting. Kenneth Faried was also hot, making all 6 field goals he attempted. The point is, even though Davis’ scoring hasn’t been spectacular, it in now way takes away his value for Team USA. Which is, of course, on the defensive end.

And the news is out now that DeMarcus Cousins will make the Team USA roster after all, giving the Big Blue Nation two more reasons to root for the USA.

 

Jul 3, 2013; Beaverton, OR, USA; Quaterback Drew Barker (15) passes the ball during the Nike 7on7 elimination play at Nike World Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Expect Drew Barker to be redshirted:

Freshman quarterback Drew Barker continues to practice as the backup for recently named starting quarterback Patrick Towles, however during Fridays practice, head coach Mark Stoops and Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown assured that the goal is to have Baker redshirted for this season. That likely means redshirt freshman Reese Phillips will get the job as the backup quarterback this season.

Sept 15, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Alvin Dupree (2) tackles Western Kentucky Hilltoppers wide receiver Kadeem Jones (32) at Commonwealth Stadium. Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

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UK senior defensive end given preseason honors:

Kentucky’s defensive end Alvin Dupree has been named to the second-team All-SEC team, a team consisted of the SEC’s top players decided by the collective vote of conference’s coaches. Dupree has earned multiple preseason honors in 2014, including spots on the Ted Hendricks Award Watch List, given to the nation’s top defensive end, along with the Chuck Bednarik and Bronko Nagurski Trophy preseason watch lists, given to the top defensive player in college football.

 

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Four star recruit scheduled for UK visit:

Doral Moore, a four star center in the Class of ’15, is set to visit Kentucky’s campus later today. Moore is a 7-foot standout recruit from Georgia, and is also listing Florida, Ohio State, Illinois and Wake Forest in his top five college choices. Kentucky awarded Moore a scholarship offer earlier in August, and the star center had already invited Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne for an in-home visit in April. Moore is transferring to Montverde Academy in Florida for his senior season. Doral is ranked #36 in ESPN’s top 100 recruits for 2015.

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