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The Louisville Cardinals won college basketball’s national championship Monday night, almost exactly one year after the Kentucky Wildcats accomplished the feat. In the state of Kentucky, there is a strong divide between the fans of the U of L and UK.
The Dash have a pair of players who hail from the state of Kentucky. Chris Curley (Fort Mitchell, Ky.) and Daniel Webb (Paducah, Ky.) are from the Bluegrass State, and both have unique viewpoints on their home state’s top two basketball programs.
Curley does not root for either team. He went to college in the state of Kentucky, but the infielder chose Campbellsville University, which is south of Louisville and Lexington.
However, Curley did want the Cardinals to seal the deal Monday night, even though he had allegiances on both sides of the title tilt. “I was rooting for Louisville just to keep [the national title] in Kentucky,” Curley said. “My college roommate is from Louisville, and my other one is from Michigan, so they were having a battle all day.”
Webb did grow up a Kentucky fan, but he was rooting for Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who used to guide UK’s program from 1989-97. Pitino is no longer a fan favorite in Lexington, but Webb still supports him.
“I’ve always been a Rick Pitino fan,” Webb said. “I’m happy for Louisville.”
Webb’s hometown of Paducah has plenty of Wildcats fans and Cardinals fans, so Webb’s opinion is a different one. However, he appreciates what Pitino did for the Wildcats, especially the 1996 NCAA title.
The state of Kentucky loves its hoops, and both Curley and Webb fit that mold. However, they are in the minority in Kentucky when it comes to one thing: being neutral about Louisville and Kentucky.
Many sports fans will be focused on this year’s NBA Draft, which takes place tonight in Newark, N.J. How would the Dash fit into this year’s draft class? Let’s find out:
Trayce Thompson = Kentucky F Anthony Davis
The top prospect on the Dash’s roster, Thompson comes from a basketball background. His father Mychal was the first overall pick in the 1978 NBA Draft by Portland, and his brothers Klay and Mychel both have NBA experience. Davis will almost certainly join the list of top overall picks tonight when New Orleans makes the first selection.
Carlos Sanchez = Florida SG Bradley Beal
Sanchez is thriving as a 19-year-old in the Carolina League, while Beal is the target of many teams in the top 5 of the NBA Draft despite the fact that he turned 19 today. Both of these men have certainly piqued scouts’ interests.
Brady Shoemaker = Kentucky SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
One word describes both of these men: motor. Both Shoemaker and Kidd-Gilchrist work extremely hard and never stop hustling when in the heat of battle. Plus, they are very productive in their respective sports. After all, Shoemaker is a Triple Crown candidate, while MKG is likely a top 5 pick.
Juan Silverio = Syracuse SG Dion Waiters
Both of these guys have plenty of potential while still having some untapped potential. Waiters plays the game with a smooth confidence, which is how Silverio mans third base. Plus, these two look very similar.
Jake Petricka = North Carolina F Harrison Barnes
Both of these young men have been highly touted, yet they have also had to go through some scrutiny based on their play lately. The reality is that both Petricka and Barnes will be solid talents at the next level. They just need to properly develop their abilities.
Michael Earley = Weber State PG Damian Lillard
Earley and Lillard were unknowns to Dash fans and NBA fans, respectively, a year ago. Today, both are extremely important to the fans involved. Earley earned a starting spot on the Carolina League All-Star squad after skipping Low-A, while Lillard was a late bloomer for a mid-major program. Earley is now on the radar of folks in the CL, while Lillard is projected as a top 10 pick in tonight’s draft.
Dan Black = Connecticut C Andre Drummond
This one is pretty simple. Black is big for baseball standards (6’5″, 240 lbs.), and Drummond is a banger inside the paint (6’10″, 270 lbs.).
- Brian and Mike