2019 Gardner Law King of the Bluegrass

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    2019 Gardner Law King of the Bluegrass

    The KOB will be Dec. 19-23rd this year, below are the participating teams.

    Kentucky Teams:
    Trinity
    Madisonville-North Hopkins
    Male
    Ballard
    Clay County
    Collins
    Fairdale
    LaRue County
    McCracken County
    North Oldham
    Sheldon Clark
    South Oldham
    Bardstown

    Out of State Teams:
    Wycote Bishop McDevitt (PA)
    Miami Palmetto (FL)
    Trotwood Madison (OH)

    By mutual agreement Brentwood Academy will not be playing in this years tournament. We immediately added Bardstown.

    Please let me explain.

    Two years ago Brentwood had a contract to the attend the KOB with their McDonald's All-American Darius Garland. His father, Winston Garland, played in the NBA, an college basketball at Missouri State in Springfield, Missouri. The Bass Pro Classic invited Brentwood Academy to play in their tournament in January. Because of THSAA rules they could not play in both the KOB and the Bass Pro. Missouri State was going to honor Winston and they requested that we allow them to go to Springfield so Darius could be in attendance when he was honored. We immediately let them out of their contract. Darius was the 5th pick in the 2019 NBA Cleveland Cavaliers.

    On Tuesday Coach Hubie Smith called me an said that he was retiring and that his two best players had transferred...one was a top 20 junior Randy Brady. Coach Smith's assistant got the job and they both agreed that in fairness to the KOB they would be willing to drop out of this years tournament.

    Brentwood Academy is one of the top programs in Tennessee and they will certainly be back in the KOB in the future.
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    I wonder why they didn't invite 12th region defending champions Lincoln County. They return 4 starters and one of the best Sophomores in the state in Jaxson Smith.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Statsdontlie View Post
    I wonder why they didn't invite 12th region defending champions Lincoln County. They return 4 starters and one of the best Sophomores in the state in Jaxson Smith.
    Doesn't Bardstown have a kid that's going to University of Louisville? Seems like an obvious choice to invite if that is the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gchs_uk9 View Post
    Doesn't Bardstown have a kid that's going to University of Louisville? Seems like an obvious choice to invite if that is the case.
    Bardstown is on the list. I thought they tried to invite the best teams from each region.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gchs_uk9 View Post
    Doesn't Bardstown have a kid that's going to University of Louisville? Seems like an obvious choice to invite if that is the case.
    He’s been offered by UL but hasn’t committed yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Statsdontlie View Post
    Bardstown is on the list. I thought they tried to invite the best teams from each region.
    It’s about having good teams, but also about recruits that put butts in the seats. They always try to get schools that have talent being recruited by the area colleges. A UL offer is an automatic invite.

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