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Tailgating with The Den

Bearcats Tailgating with The Den


The tailgate scene at UC is unique, to say the least. We’re all well aware of the challenges of setting up a solid tailgate spot in Clifton; parking, logistics, environment, etc. For almost ten seasons, The Grid Tailgate on Sigma Sigma Commons has been the agreed upon and promoted spot for Bearcats tailgating. On game day if you venture towards the north end of the commons near the glass dorms, you’ll find The Den Tailgate.

The Den has been an organized group since 2015 and merged with the famous “Bearcat Tailgater” group in 2017. Settled on alley spot #5 on The Grid, this is the first tailgate group that the team passes during the “Catwalk” tradition. The Den’s spot on the commons is next to a large grassy area down from the middle stairs of Morgans & Scioto Hall. The Bearcat Tailgater trailer (with TV and speakers) anchors the setup along with corn hole, a community drink cooler, and the famous “Drinko” board.

Along with the location and setup, what makes The Den unique to other tailgate groups or plots on The Grid?

An open community structure. Each season membership is open to anyone that wants to come and have a good time. This season, a “season pass” is $20 with all money raised going back into the tailgate fund. Someone that joins The Den can expect as much food and drink to supply the group, while supplies last that day. For the most part, its BYOB and all are encouraged to add to the community drink cooler. Supplied are the essentials (ice, cups, plates, tables, etc), and we add on as much food/drink as we can afford.

For this season, the tailgate theme is “A Better Way to Tailgate”, which is a play on Blue Apron’s slogan “a better way to cook”. Each tailgate will feature a food spread inspired by the team/school/mascot that the Bearcats play that day. Also, we are partnering with the campus food/supplies charity called the Bearcat Pantry. We are asking tailgaters to bring a donation to the tailgate and toss it in the Bearcat Pantry’s bin. Food, school supplies, and any other essentials that college students may need are what the pantry accepts.

Our biggest draw for this season is our partnership with Taft’s Brewing Company. We are working with the awesome people at Taft’s to host watch parties at the Brewpourium, feature Taft’s beer at the tailgate, and to offer our tailgaters fun promotions and giveaways all season! These are a few features of The Den Tailgate, but we are only scratching the surface. We invite all Bearcats fans to come and tailgate with us this season. You can stay up to date with all Den happenings by going to TheDenUC.com and signing up for the weekly email newsletter. Then, get your season pass!

You can find The Den on twitter and instagram @TheDenUC

Remember, in 2018 The Den is “a better way to tailgate”.

Power Ranking Bearcats Quarterbacks

Ranking the Bearcats QBs since 2008


We’ve talked about the schedule and our season predictions. We’ve talked about 5 things to look for this season as well. In anticipation of the season now we’re going take a look back over the past 10 years and power rank Bearcats quarterbacks. It’s the only thing to do while we wait for 7pm on Saturday to roll around.

Since 2008 the Bearcats have had some ups and downs at the QB1. This list takes a look at the major players and ranks them accordingly.

7. Michael Colosimo

#16 in the programs showed up on the stat sheets in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He didn’t see much time under center throughout his career so why is he on the list? He’s the last Bearcats QB to throw a TD pass in a bowl game. Take that in for a second. First, realize that the Bearcats made a bowl appearance a year after he graduated. A game in which they got ran off the field against San Diego St 42-7 in the Hawaii Bowl, the single Bearcats TD came from a Mike Boone rush. So back up a year earlier in 2014 to the Military Bowl against Virginia Tech a game the Bearcats lost 33-17. An injured Gunner Kiel goes down and in steps Colosimo in a “next man up” fashion.

6. Hayden Moore

You’ll find Moore on the depth chart as QB1 again this year. First year coach Luke Fickell named Moore the starter last year and never looked back. That isn’t going to change in year two. Bearcats fans aren’t always thrilled with his performance on the field. He’s inaccurate at times and has been ok at best. Moore has thrown 40 TDs to 27 INTs as a Bearcat averaging 221 passing yards a season. He’s rushed for just 379 yards in his career. It’s been hard to swallow those pedestrian numbers when  his debut looked like this…

5. Brendon Kay 

You’ll find Kay on the roster from 2008 to 2012. Kay was the main QB in 2012 during the Butch Jones Error. See what I did there? In ’12 Kay threw 10 TDs to 2 INTs. He threw for 1300 yards that year and rushed for 306 yds. His biggest game came against Duke at the Belk Bowl. He threw for 332 yds and 4 TDs.

4. Munchie Legaux 

Legaux played for the Bearcats from 2010 to 2014. His career in Clifton was filled with adversity to say the least. He battled coaching changes and even worse a broken leg. Legaux had his biggest impact in 2012 when he threw for 1716 yards with 13 TDs and a less than stellar 9 INTs. His biggest moment came at PBS against Virginia Tech. The Bearcats won it on this TD pass.

3. Zach Collaros

In a season that would soon become the best in school history the little known Collaros was asked to step in for an injured Tony Pike for an undefeated team marching to the its second BCS bowl. He didn’t miss a beat. His career numbers are impressive. He passed for 6278 career yards and 51 TDs and 26 INTs. When Pike went down Bearcats Nation held its collective breath until…

2. Gunner Kiel

The greatest thing that could have been but never really was. When Kiel announced he was transferring to Cincinnati I was ready to name him the Cincinnati Savior. Then he hit the field against Akron and the world was on notice he was the Truth. Tommy T had his 5 star QB and Bearcats football was back. Then Tommy T phoned it in and Kiel got hurt a couple of times and it never truly materialized. Kiel torched OSU in the Shoe. It was amazing to witness live, unfortunately our D couldn’t get off the field that Saturday. Numerous times I thought Miami (OH) and Memphis got in cheap shots against Kiel that led to small injuries or time on the sideline. I hate them both. Kiel passed for 6835 passing yards. DAMN. He threw 56 TDs and 26 INTs. He finished with a career QBR of 145.5.

  1. Tony Pike

The man is a legend in Bearcats football history. He was QB1 in the 2009 undefeated regular season. He played in a cast on his non throwing hand, like a man should. He was Heisman candidate and a Carolina Panther. He threw for a career 5018 yards, 49 TDs/20 INTs. He completed about 62% of his passes and played in a tougher Big East Conference. #GOAT

 

How do you feel about our list? Let us know with a comment or on Twitter.

GO BEARCATS!

**Shout out to Nick Colosimo and others for their awesome work on You Tube and digital media in general. **

What to Watch for this Football Season

What to look for this Football Season


The Cincinnati football Bearcats are coming off a complete rebuild year with a new coach, Luke Fickell. The Bearcats went just 4-8 last season, with their four wins coming against Austin Peay, Miami (OH), Tulane, and UConn. Three of those wins came by four 4 points or less. The win against Austin Peay was just 12 points. Needless to say, the Bearcats kept it close and interesting in those wins.

When they lost though, they lost pretty bad. Navy ran for a record number of rushing yards in Annapolis onto an eventual 1o point win over the Cats. The Bearcats kept it close with the Wolverines of Michigan until late into the 3rd quarter. UM would go on to a 22 point win. I won’t rehash the losses to USF, UCF, or East Carolina, they weren’t good.

In less than one week though we start a new. The Bearcats travel to the West Coast to take on UCLA at the Rose Bowl with their new coach Chip Kelley.

Earlier this year when the official schedule came out we broke down the schedule and predicted a 7-5 finish for the Bearcats. You can read that breakdown here. 

7-5 would be a vast improvement that everyone in Bearcats Nation would appreciate. If the Bearcats are going to get back to their winning ways some stars have to align.

What to watch for this season

  1. QB1 – It’s no surprise that senior Hayden Moore will be the starter come Saturday night. What the Bearcats will need though is for Moore to be a little less… pedestrian. Through the first three seasons Moore is averaging 221 passing yards per game with a 40/27 TD to INT ratio. He has been known to be inaccurate at times and has a tenancy to overthrow his receivers, that’ll need to be reigned in to make the Bearcats offense better.  At numerous times last year his receiving corp didn’t help him much by dropping passes at crucial times, which brings us to #2.
  2. The Wide Outs – It looks like WR1 will be senior Kahlil Lewis. The Florida native will be called on to lead this offense. We will have to wait and see who emerges as the second, and third option.
  3. Something missing– If you watch the NFL this season you’ll find a host of Bearcats in the league. Several from last year’s team. Keep an eye on who fills in on the defense. The Bearcats lost leading tackler Jaylyin Minor. He was all over the field last year. The Bearcats D will need help. Not to mention Marquise Copeland is playing on Sundays now. Watch Perry Young and Malik Clements take over, hopefully.
  4. Special Teams – It seems like there has been a lot of turnover on special teams over the past two years and everything needs improvement from last season.
  5. Luke Fickell – Dan Hoard did a segment for Bearcats football earlier this month where he talked about how the team last year didn’t really trust Coach Fickell but over the summer and at Camp Higher Ground he hoped to change that and gain more trust with them. Additionally, he’ll have to better manage some miscues he had in games last season.

I said the Bearcats would finish 7-5. I’m sticking with it.

Here’s a little something to get you hyped for Saturday.

Go Bearcats!

Beers Across America pt 3

Terry was on a mission to get through the next 1o beers for the beer cap map. Front porch drinkin and late night sippin got him through these 10 beers. He went coast to coast with breweries from Maryland to California represented.

Beer 21 of 177.

Knee Deep Brewing Co made a hit with the American IPA that comes in at 50 IBUs and a cool 6.2% ABV, Breaking Bud is a drinker. Coming to you all the way from Auburn, California with a Breaking Bad theme. It hit the spot during our most recent session of porch beers at Brandon’s. Cheers!

Beer 22 of 177.

Who says Neapolitan cream can’t be delicious? All the way from Michigan, Saugatuck Brewing Co. did a barrel aged version of their Neapolitan Milk Stout. The barrel taste knocked off some of the flavors of the original but the beer turned out to be solid. At 6.2% ABV this was a great beer to end porch beers that night. Again cheers to Patrick and Taylor for picking this one up for me.

Beer 23 of 177

Going to title this beer, where did this come from?

The wife was cleaning around the house and under the bed when she found a Clown Shoes beer cap. She said, “where did this come from?” Being excited I said, “it was from the bottle share we had. I left it at that,I thought it better that  she didn’t know how discombobulated I had gotten. My mind went through the numerous beers from that evening and even worse the blurrrrrr, yes that many r’s, I realized I bought that beer for the bottle share never check it in on Untapped. The breakfast Beast was one I actually remember drinking at the bottle share but don’t remember anything about it. Guess I’ll chalk it up to one too many and being under water, literally.

Beer 24 of 177

After a few hours extracting honey, I found myself parched and needed a brew so I drove to the nearest gas station 2.7 miles away to Slate Mills and picked up a German-Style Doublebock Brunette Beer from Fireman’s Brew. The 8% abv is going to make evening little better. Cheers!

Beer 25 of 177

Steiner’s Speakeasy on my map and first one checking in untapped.  Light hints of coconut and some chocolate was very refreshing at 5.75%abv it was one I will defiantly will try again.

Beer 26 of 177

Brought up to me by Brandon, Heavy Seas Golden Ale has arguably the coolest beer cap on the map to date. A light beer that was crisp and refreshing at 4.5% ABV it won’t get you buzzed but its a damn good start.

Beer 27 of 177

Majestic Mullet is probably the most comical beer on the map to date. Reminds me of more of a lot of people from Southern Ohio. A Kolsh beer that started off a good night before heading up to Columbus to watch Bearcat Jam in TBT.

Beer 28 of 177

Sunday morning,  makes you want to bust into song and enjoy this beauty of a beer from Weyerbacher this stout at 12.7%abv was good way to end my Friday night.

Beer 29 of 177

Had this on a Sunday and it hit the spot after The Open, but all six made things even better .  Cheers to Brooklyn Brewery 🍻

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Beers Across America pt 3 will be complete with this beer but it’s the last beer while my good drinkin buddy will still be in the big town of Chillicothe, OH. The Troegs Crimson Pistol IPA with hibiscus makes it a little easier that he’s moving away and on to bigger and better things in the Queen City. He’ll be much closer to the Bearcats now too! Cheers sir!

Exploration Brewery: March First

March First Brewing


I recently visited March First Brewing for the first time and the experience did not disapoint. Since I had not been to the taproom yet but was cheering them on in the Fifty West Punch Out this year, something you can read more on here, I thought I better stop by before the event. Their address is 7885 E Kemper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249 – look for the red “M” flags out front.

The Place

To start off March First has plenty of parking. I went on a Saturday afternoon on a beautiful day and I didn’t have any trouble finding a spot. I know that’s important to some of you. The building is a little hard to spot but they have several promotional vehichles parked out front to go along the line of little red flags waiving you to the parking lot. The building kind of looks like an old set of offices. The parking lot is off to the side of the building and once you get out the taproom is around the back of the building. They have arrows and signs pointing you in the right direction. There are two huge roll up garage doors that let you know you’re in the right place. Outside they have tables and a patio area set up. Inside the bar is right there when you walk in. They have tv’s to behind the bar. When I was there the World Cup and the Reds were on.

March First is no one trick pony. They have a kitchen with a variety of pizzas and other food options. They also have more than beer. They also do ciders and spirits. I’m talking spirits they distill themselves! Basically, they have something for everyone.

The Beer

March First has a lot going on in terms of what’s avabliable to drink in their taproom. Like I said earlier, they’re a triple threat with the beer, cider, and spirits. While I was there I had a flight plus a pint so I tried five beers in all. This was my first stop of the day so I stuck to the lighter side of things so I could keep going. I had the session IPA, Ohio pilsner, Denali IPA, the Irish Red, and their newly released Tropical Blonde.

They have plenty of swag avaliable, growlers, and bottles to go too.

It was the Tropical Blonde that I really enjoyed. At 5% ABV and 15 IBUs this one is a drinker. I picked up a lot of mango at first taste and pineapples notes on the backend.  It’s light, refreshing, and delicious.

Overall

March First is about to embark on an agressive expansion soon so you’ll probably see more of them around town. Until then, go check them out in Blue Ash. They have a cool taproom with plenty of options for you no matter what kind of drinker you are. I’ll be back to try the darker/heavier side of their beers soon and some ciders soon.

They are open daily, check out their website for the hours. They also have a large event space to rent out.

marchfirstbrewing.comTwitter: @Marchfirstbrew

Exploration Brewery: Narrow Path

Narrow Path Brewing Co


I recently visited Narrow Path Brewing in Loveland for the first time this past week. The are located at 106 Karl Brown Way, Loveland, OH 45140. If you’ve been to Cappy’s or know where it is then you’ve seen this place and never noticed. It’s almost directly across the street. 

The Place

Narrow Path features a 5 bbl brewhouse, a cozy taproom, and a large outdoor patio backing up right beside the bike trail that goes through downtown Loveland. There is on and off street parking available. They do not have a kitchen at this time but there’s plenty of food options just around the corner. The taproom seemed to be family friendly with board games stacked along the wall and the patio dog friendly with water bowls put out for your pooch.  Downtown Loveland has been a pretty cool for sometime now. The addition of this brewery just solidifies Loveland as a great hangout spot. The brewhouse is right in the middle of the taproom so you know exactly what’s happening with the beer. When I was there they had all 12 taps going plus a couple of set up outside on the patio. The staff was personable and more than willing to tell you about the beers on tap and their role within the brewery. Overall, it was an A+ atmosphere.

The Beer

When I was there they had all 12 taps filled and ready to go. The styles ranged from cream ale to a coconut porter. I tried 9 different beers on my visit, 2 flights plus 1, all of which exceed my expectations completely. They only had their beer on tap, no guest taps. I’m not sure if that is the norm or not but I liked it. It’s always a good sign when the brewery has the taps filled with their own beer. I would normally pick one beer to highlight here and tell you about it but there were several that I couldn’t decide on so I’ll tell you about each of them.

First, the Coconut Porter, ABV 6.2%, the beertender said this is the beer they are known for and I can see why. It hits you with chocolate, coconut, and a smooth milky finish. People would compare it to an Almonds bar, but its better.

Second, the Tire Patch IPA, ABV 6.5%, now I’m a big IPA guy, hop head to the fullest and I really liked this one. It’s not a trendy NEIPA. A style I’m not too fond of, which could be a blog post itself. It’s a tropical, hoppy, crushable IPA. It was like 100 degrees the day I was there so the heat made it that much better. It features mosaic and simcoe hops and I highly recommend it.

Finally, the Blackberry Bourbon Brown, ABV 6.25%. It’s lighter than you would expect but I don’t think it was aged in a bourbon barrel. I picked up some hints of vanilla but nothing from the barrel if it was aged in one. The blackberry really comes through on this one and its on the sweeter side.

Narrow Path has something for anyone, light pale ales to dark stouts and everything in between. Most of the beers have a low to mid ABV percentage so the alcohol content of any one beer won’t knock your socks off. They go for bigger flavor as opposed to higher ABV.

Overall

The atmosphere, amazing staff, and list of impressive beers will have me coming back again soon. I’m in Loveland a lot and with the discovery of this brewery plus Cappy’s across the street I’ll be there more now. That also gives you 2 awesome reasons to venture out there this weekend! You’ll be glad you did.

They are opened daily (except Monday) and you can find out more about Narrow Path Brewing Company on their website and their social media accounts.

www.narrowpathbrewing.com 

Twitter: @narrowpathbeer

FB: Narrow Path Brewing

Beers Across America pt 2

Beers Across America pt 2


Here is the next installment of the 10 beers that made it onto my US beer cap map! I have to say there was some extra special beers in this edition.

Beer 11 of 177.

New Holland Brewery did an excellent job making the cherry flavor stand out from the Dragon’s Mild Reserve. Bourbon barrel beers are my favorite and I give it 4.75 out of 5. Purchased at Jungle Jim’s in East Gate. Thanks to my brother for asking for it from the back.

 

Beer 12 of 177.

Purchased at Old Canal Smoke House.   After a long day of work stopped by for something to take home this was a nice end to my day and the heat from the pepper made it even better. Ryan comes through with another good beer.

Beer 13 of 177.

Shared and enjoyed with Erick a good friend from work. This beer came all the way from a Wisconsin brewery called New Glarus Brewing Company. Spotted Cow saison/farm house ale was light and fruity that got me geared up for vacation. Thanks Erik and thank you to New Glarus.

Beer 14 of 177.

Brought to you all the way from Tampa Florida’s own Copper Tail Brewery. This was a great porter that brought back the memory of actually being at the brewery in March and look forward to going back again someday. The other remarkable thing is the art work the brewery does on their labels and their brewery.

Beer 15 of 177.

Sierra Nevada’s 2018 Edition of Hoptimum triple IPA and boy is it hoppy. I enjoyed this one on my back deck after long day at work, mowing the yard, and 6 mile bike ride. Well deserved after today if I do say so myself. Brandon thanks again for beer. Cheers!

Beer 16 of 177.

From all the way Nantucket, MA from the wife’s trip to Salem, MA. Grey lady was a nice fruity, hoppy beer. 3.75 out of 5. Enjoyable and worthy of the beer cap map.

Beer 17 of 177.

Another beer wife purchased on a tour of Salem, Ma. Monks’ Reserve Ale is a 10.2% abv that comes Spencer’s Brewery the Belgian Quad packs a punch and is fitting for the last beer of the evening.

Beer 18 of 177.

Enjoyed on front porch of buddy’s house after work. 2XLP from Warpedwing brewery in Dayton, Ohio was a double IPA that hit the spot but the companionship of couple friends was even better than the 10.5 abv. Cheers Brandon and Erik.

Beer 19 of 177

Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company. This imperial stout was packed full of coffee and full of good 9.5% abv.  Was enjoyed with few buddies Nate and Hanas while playing pool on a Friday evening.

Beer 20 of 177

Jackieo’s Bourbon Barrel Oil of Aphrodite a stout that packed a 12.1% abv was the final beer that I enjoyed from Ryan at Old Canal.  He had made the place a home away from home.  Cheers to Jackieo’s and cheers to Ryan.

The Punch Out with March First

The Punch Out: Round 3


Coming up this Saturday is the Fifty West Brewing’s Punch Out: Round 3. The event starts at 4pm and as of the Thursday evening there are tickets still available HERE. Now if you’re not aware of what the Punch Out is then let me try to explain. In what I’ll venture to say is the most unique beer event in the country the creative people at Fifty West went out to other breweries around Cincinnati and found people to represent their respective brewery in a boxing match. They paired them up and on Saturday we see 18 match ups between 9 different breweries. If you need a visual let me show you their hype video from last year’s Punch Out.

It looks like the coolest thing ever! Or as the kids say, it’s lit! Craft beer and amateur boxing? Sign me up.

Needless to say I’m pumped for Saturday.

I had one problem though. I’m a fan of all the breweries participating in the event so who am I going to cheer for? I’m a person that draws lines in the sand when it comes to sports and competition and becuase of that I needed to take sides. I turned to Twitter to help me decide which brewery to cheer on.

Several liked and responded but only one brewery retweeted…

March First Brewing

March First is sending out Bryan Fischer to take on Corey Minton of Rhinegeist.

I thought it would be cool to hear from the boxer representing the brewery in the ring so I sat down with Bryan (sort of) to ask him a couple of questions about his fight and about March First. Enjoy.

Q. What is your roll / job title at March First ?

A. Assistant Brewer and Director of Throwing Hands

Q.  If you could pick one person to compare your boxing style to who would it be? (Real or fictional)

A. Batman!

Q. Did you volunteer as tribute or were you picked to participate in the Punch Out ? Why?

A.  I volunteered because it has always been an interesting event that I have wanted to be a part of.

Q.  Is this your first time boxing in the Punch Out ? How did you do previously? Will you be trying any signature moves/combos?

A.  Yes it is my first time! My signature moves are … secrets 

Q. What’s one thing the good people of Cincinnati have to know about March First?

A. We are in the process of an extensive expansion. It will include a bigger, new taproom and patio, more parking, and more production space.

Q. What does the brewery have coming up that you’re most excited about?

A. Same Answer as above

Q.  I heard boxers are supposed to trade beers at the end of their matches, which beer will you give to Corey from Rhinegeist?

A. We just released a Tropical Blonde that will be at the event. It will be the perfect, refreshing after fight drink.

To sum this up Bryan is a Batman-like fighter with secret moves and an expanding brewery supporting him so good luck Corey, you’ll need it.

In full disclosure I have not visited the taproom at March First so Saturday before the festivities begin at Fifty West you can catch me there. Feel free to join me! The taproom can be found at  7885 E Kemper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249 – look for the red “M” flags out front.

You can find them online at www.marchfirstbrewing.com. 

If you’d like to hear a more in depth conversation with the guys at March First and what they have coming up in the near future they recently sat down with the Gnarly Gnome on Cincy Brewcast, listen HERE.

 

 

Photo credits from the Instagram pages of Fifty West Brewing and March First Brewing, respectively.

Jacob Evans the Golden State Warrior

Jacob Evans III Drafted 28th Overall


     On Thursday night in the NBA Draft the reigning world champions the Golden State Warriors selected University of Cincinnati’s Jacob Evans III with their only pick in the draft. I for one am very excited JEIII was selected by a top-notch organization. Cincinnati sports fans who follow the Cleveland Cavaliers won’t be so thrilled with where he landed but they can get over it.

Jacob “Big Game Jake” as Warrior fans will soon get to know him as is a great fit here. His pre-draft prospect card says he’s a 3 and D wing that can guard multiple positions. He has a long wingspan and has an extremely high basketball IQ. I’m not saying anything Bearcats fans don’t already know. Jake did a lot of great things at UC and I believe he’ll be a great Bearcat ambassador in the NBA now too.

Glancing at his career numbers at UC you probably won’t be too impressed. He put up respectable numbers but nothing that even matched the former UC great and undrafted Chicago Bulls player Sean Kilpatrick. In his defense though the team he played on was much better overall. JEIII played along side 2017-’18 AAC POY Gary Clark all three years, not to mention Kyle Washington, Troy Caupain, and underclassmen/ the future Jarron Cumberland. Jake did what he had to do to make his team win and that’s exactly what the did, win. During Jake’s time at UC (3 years) the team went an almost unbelievable 85-22 and 65-11 his sophomore and junior year.

Evans and the Bearcats could never make it over the hump in the NCAA Tournament though. They failed to make it out of the first round each year and none more devastating than this years loss to Nevada in the second round. One the Bearcats looked to have locked up early in the second half.

I’d have to say this is the first draft I have paid attention to since SK was supposedly going to be drafted several years back and it’s the first draft I followed along with on twitter. I have to say it was wildly entertaining. Some started to panic though when we got to the mid twenties and Jake was still on the board. The writing was on the wall though for Golden State taking Jake. A team rep had been to watch Jake on three separate occasions this past season. He also worked out for them twice, the second coming just the day before the draft.

Then, you knew it was going to happen…

Realizing Jake won’t be wearing that Cincinnati jersey next year hurts but I can’t wait to see him play for the Champs. He has that winning mentality and over the past three seasons it’s hard to pick a favorite moment I had of Jake but if I had to pick one it would have to be the buzzer beater over the Man Bun against Houston at home. I got chills watching it again, full highlights below.

Not impressive enough? How about that time in Wichita when Jacob Evans III carried the Bearcats to victory on just one leg?

So #DubNation are you ready for the next Splash Brother with some Cajun flavor? He’s going to fit in just fine with the boys!

All I need to know is which Evans III Golden State jersey I should I get?

 

Jacob Evans III and the NBA Draft

Where Will Jake End Up in the NBA Draft?


Jacob Evans III left plenty of awesome memories for UC fans over the past three years but after his JR season JEIII forewent his senior season to make his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA a reality. Who can blame him? He has the size to play and guard multiple positions at the NBA level and the mentality to score at will as well.

The one phrase you’ll hear around Jake is “3 and D” which he can absolutely be in the NBA but don’t forget in his Jr season at UC he averaged 13, 4.7, 3.1. and 1.3 steals. He saved the season at Temple early in the season and took over in Wichita in March to save the top seed for the Bearcats.

I’ve seen a lot of pre draft predictions for this year with Evans landing all over the place so we at GoBeercats complied a list for you so you don’t have to rome all over the internet trying to find out where this Bearcat product is going to land.

The NBA Draft is just a couple of days away. One June 21st at 7pm on ESPN the next wave of stars will enter the NBA via the draft. Here are where the talking heads on the internet think Jake will land:

20 to the Minnesota Timberwolves – SEC Country

20 to the Minnesota Timberwolves – Tankathon

24 to the Portland Trailblazers – Bleacher Report

25 to the Los Angeles Lakers – Masslive.com

24 to the Portland Traiblazers – SB Nation

28 to the Golden State Warriors – CBS Sports

28 to the Golden State Warriors – The Ringer

39 to the Philadelphia 76ers – NBA Draft.net (second round)

Our prediction:

25 to the Los Angeles Lakers – GoBeercats.com – I’ve got to say though I’m not sure if there is a team in the NBA that needs a guard with the size enough to guard up to 3 different positions and the mentality to score, especially when the game is on the line other than the Los Angeles Lakers. Just last week JEIII worked out for the Lakers and met with team President Magic Johnson. With LA on the brink of putting the pieces together of the next great super team Jake could be a great rookie roll player for PG, Leonard, and Lebron.

 

Never Forget Jacob Evans III carried the Bearcats to a W in Wichita on just one leg!

I’d love to buy a new Lakers jersey next week with Evans III on the back but where ever he lands, we’ll support the next Bearcats ambassador to the NBA.