Saturday, May 2, 2009

Goodman Assumes that John Wall Will be a Wildcat

Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com has Kentucky ranked third in his early preseason rankings. He is going on the assumption that John Wall is going to be a Kentucky Wildcat. Here is what Goodman says about the Wildcats:

3. KENTUCKY

Record: 22-14 (NIT)
Losses: Jared Carter
Probable Early-Entry Departures: Patrick Patterson
Potential Early-Entry Departures: Jodie Meeks
Key Returnees: Jodie Meeks, Darius Miller, DeAndre Liggins, Ramon Harris, Perry Stevenson, Kevin Galloway, Josh Harrellson, Matt Pilgrim
Newcomers: DeMarcus Cousins, Daniel Orton, Jon Hood, John Wall (potentially)

First of all, this ranking is under the assumption that Wall, the nation's top unsigned player and also the elite point guard in the country, chooses to play in Lexington. New coach John Calipari's team still has a few key question marks right now. Will Patterson and Meeks be back? Even if Patterson leaves, Kentucky still has a pair of talented freshman big men in Cousins and Orton so, basically, Calipari can afford to take that hit. What he can't afford is to lose Meeks. The Wildcats also have quality wings with Miller and Liggins.

Here are the complete rankings:

1. Kansas
2. Michigan State
3. Kentucky
4. North Carolina
5. Villanova
6. Washington
7. Purdue
8. Texas
9. Duke
10. Clemson
11-25. Xavier, Butler, UCONN, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Michigan, Tennessee, Siena, California, Texas A&M, UCLA

Goodman has Louisville listed in the "Ten more to watch" category.

Here is the article

John Calipari Speaks to Jeannine Edwards at the Derby



Edwards: "Well Rick Pitino and of course the Louisville Cardinals just went to the Final Four..."

Calipari: "When? When did they do that?"

John Wall: Carolina Teams "Don't Need the Aggravation"

There is an interesting article about John Wall that appeared on StarNewsOnline.com out of North Carolina last night. The article argues that John Wall is a great player but he is not "the kind of player who will come in and make a team an instant championship contender."

The article adds: "Think Michael Beasley or O.J. Mayo rather than Carmelo Anthony or Derrick Rose. Better yet, if you're an N.C. State fan, remember the J.J. Hickson experience."

"Let him go to Kentucky, where he’ll help John Calipari get established and maybe sell a few tickets before leaving for the NBA. Duke, UNC and State simply don’t need the aggravation."

Those are some interesting thoughts from an "ACC Insider" named Brett Friedlander. I have to agree with one thought - let him come to Kentucky. The Big Blue Nation will accept him with open arms and take their chances on where he can lead a solid team that is looking great at every position except point guard.

What does it take to be in insider these days?

Check out the complete article here

"Mine That Bird" Wins Derby as 50-1 Long Shot


Mine That Bird stunned the field to win the Kentucky Derby with an explosive stretch run on the muddy track at Churchill Downs.

Jockey Calvin Borel found room along the rail deep in the stretch Saturday then pulled away to give the 50-1 long shot one of the biggest upsets in the 135-year history of the race. The win was the second Derby victory in three years for Borel,who used a similar stretch run to send Street Sense to the winner's circle in 2007.

Pioneerof the Nile held off Musket Man for second. Papa Clem finished fourth and Chocolate Candy rounded out the top five.

My Thoughts: I pulled Nowhere to Hide, which finished third from last, in my office pool. It was refreshing to see the excitement of jockey Calvin Borel after the race.

Kentucky Derby Finish-Order

1. Mine That Bird
2. Pioneerof the Nile
3. Musket Man
4. Papa Clem
5. Chocolate Candy
6. Summer Bird
7. Join in the Dance
8. Regal Ransom
9. West Side Bernie
10. General Quarters
11. Dunkirk
12. Hold Me Back
13. Advice
14. Desert Party
15. Mr. Hot Stuff
16. Atomic Rain
17. Nowhere to Hide
18. Friesan Fire
19. Flying Private

Patrick Patterson "In Danger of Blowing It"


Mike DeCoury of the Sporting News has given his thoughts on some of the early entrants to the NBA Draft. He lists Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson in a category titled "Guys in Danger of blowing it." Here are his thoughts on Patterson:

Patrick Patterson, forward, Kentucky. Has a chance to develop a forward's game in John Calipari's offense.


Friday, May 1, 2009

Several State College Signings Announced

- Lincoln County's Ethan Spurlin and Trevor Edginton have signed to play at Transylvania University next season. Transylvania also recently signed Franklin County's Barrett Meyer and Lexington Catholic's Taylor Botkin.

- Estill County's Tristan Cackling has signed to play for Berea College next season.

- Covington Catholic's Mitch Shover will play college basketball for Centre College next season.

John Calipari Has a Kentucky Derby Tip

John Calipari has tweeted a Derby pick tonight:

UKCoachCalipari A little birdie just tweeted in my ear "Friesen Fire".

He is rapidly approaching 15,000 followers. You can follow Coach Cal's updates here:

http://twitter.com/UKCoachCalipari

John Wall Skips North Carolina Central Visit

John Wall did not make his visit to North Carolina Central on Friday as planned.

“Didn’t go,” Wall wrote in a text. “Had SAT class.”

The No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2009, Wall said he didn’t know if he would take the visit some other time.

Article from ZagsBlog.com

Rivals: Kentucky's Recruiting Class is #4 in NCAA

The addition of forward Darnell Dodson has moved Kentucky up to fourth in the Rivals.com rankings. Louisville has the 14th-ranked recruiting class.

Here is what the site says about Kentucky:

Both Kentucky and Kansas moved up in the rankings. Kentucky took over the No. 4 spot in the rankings after adding perhaps the most talented junior college player in the country in Darnell Dodson. The long, athletic and skilled wing prospect had signed with Coach Calipari at Memphis before following him to Kentucky.

Kentucky's 2009 Commits (National Rank)

PF DeMarcus Cousins (2)
C Daniel Orton (22)
SG Jon Hood (40)
SF Darnell Dodson

Lousiville's 2009 Commits (National Rank)

PF Rakeem Buckles (36)
PG Peyton Siva (39)
SG Mike Marra
PF Stephan Van Treese

The Top 5 Classes:

1. Villanova
2. Texas
3. Georgia Tech
4. Kentucky
5. North Carolina

Complete List

Jeff Goodman Plays Who Should Stay/Who Should Go

Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com plays a game of Who Should Stay/Who Should Go with the NBA Draft's early entries. Here are his thoughts on Kentucky's Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson:

Jodie Meeks, 6-3, SG, Jr., Kentucky — He had a terrific first part of the season, but dropped off down the stretch when opposing defenses began to key on him. Meeks could use another year to work on being able to beat defenders off the dribble on a more consistent basis.

Goodman's Opinion on Meeks: STAY

Patrick Patterson, 6-9, PF, Soph., Kentucky — Patterson is coming off a strong season, and his stock probably won't increase much with one more season, especially in new coach John Calipari's dribble drive system. He's a lock first-rounder, and that'd be difficult to pass up.

Goodman's Opinion on Patterson: GO

Goodman also thinks that SEC players Dominique Archie (USC), Tyler Smith (UT), Devan Downey (USC), Tasmin Mitchell (LSU) and Michael Washington (Ark.) should return. He feels that Nick Calathes (UF) and Javis Varnado (MSU) would be wise to stay in the draft.

Andy Katz Discusses Meeks, Patterson, UK

ESPN's Andy Katz includes several thoughts about the Kentucky Wildcats in an article today about NCAA teams anxiously awaiting the NBA Draft decisions of key players. Here are his comments on the Cats:

Kentucky is in a similar situation. The Wildcats will either be a conference title contender if Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson return from testing the draft or a younger and inexperienced team if they don't. John Calipari does have two stud newcomers in Daniel Orton and DeMarcus Cousins (and could have another if stud point guard John Wall commits).

If the Wildcats don't have as many drivers next season, Calipari said he can play those two together in Patterson's absence and the dribble-drive-motion offense would need to be tweaked. The key, Calipari said, is if they can land a competent point to run the system. Obviously that would be Wall, if Kentucky is fortunate enough to get him, but it could be someone else -- Eric Bledsoe perhaps? -- as the Wildcats are still actively recruiting the position. Calipari said without Meeks and Patterson the Wildcats would resemble some of his UMass teams that were more grinding than finesse.

Here is the complete article

Memphis Site: "They're Watching in Kentucky"

A nice recruiting war for point guard Eric Bledsoe is evolving between Kentucky and Memphis. This is likely the first of many future recruiting battles between the two schools. Here is a brief article from TheMemphisEdge.com that was posted earlier today:

The TrueBlueKentucky.com Website has taken video from WREG-TV (Ch. 3) of Eric Bledsoe’s meet-the-media session, posted it and now has commenters analyzing.

The funniest comment is "Haha, that one guy is really pushing it a bit on the leading, anti-uk/pro-memphis questions. The hilarious thing is that the Lexington media would be asking leading questions too, only it’d also be pro-memphis and anti-uk."

Bledsoe is heading to Kentucky for a visit today after his Memphis visit. He has said the Tigers and Kentucky are his choices.

Link to Article

John Wall Down to Kentucky or Miami?

An article on the PalmBeachPost.com site states that John Wall has said off-the-record that he will choose between Kentucky and Miami. Here is an excerpt from the article:

"One inside source told me that John Wall, a 6-foot-4 guard from Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God Christian Academy, informed UM coach Frank Haith that his choice would come down to two schools - Kentucky and Miami. Wall visited UM last weekend."

Source: Palm Beach Post

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Bledsoe Gets a Memphis Tour From Tyreke Evans

Eric Bledsoe, a five-star point guard who has narrowed his list to Memphis and Kentucky, took a visit to Memphis today. Dan Wolken at TheMemphisEdge.com reports that Bledsoe was hosted by non other than Tyreke Evans, the Tigers' five-star freshman point guard from last season. Evans has announced that he will definitely remain in the NBA Draft and is likely selling Bledsoe on being his replacement at Memphis.

“I’m helping Josh (Pastner) recruit trying to keep the thing going down here,” Evans said. ”A lot of people are doubting us next year, saying we won’t be as good, so I’m down here helping out.”

Bledsoe is scheduled to visit Kentucky over the weekend.

Article at TheMemphisEdge.com

Centre Colonels Add Multi-Sport Star

Spencer Wright, a senior at Cincinnati Country Day, has committed to play basketball and football at Centre College. In basketball, the 6-foot-5 Wright was All-Miami Valley Conference and All-Southwest Ohio District 16 (Division IV). Wright plays tight end in football.

Source

2010 SG Will Barton to Kentucky?


Several sources are reporting that 2010 shooting guard Will Barton will commit to Kentucky. Barton is a five-star shooting guard that is ranked #24 by Rivals and #10 by Scout.com. He is listed as a 6'5", 165-pound player from Baltimore, Maryland.

He reportedly also had offers from Arizona, Georgetown, Memphis, Providence, Xavier, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Virginia.




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John Wall Will No Longer Trim List by Friday


The recruiting saga of John Wall has taken a strange, but not surprising, twist. Wall has announced that he will make an unofficial visit to North Carolina Central on Friday and will likely not trim his list of schools until at least Monday. Central is a historical black institution and is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

"I want to find out what a historically black school has to offer," Wall said Thursday night. "This is a visit to find out some things."

Wall had planned to trim his list of eight schools to three or four by Friday, but, "truthfully, it looks like it is going to be Monday now," Wall said Thursday night.

He has stated that he has no favorites and views all the schools on his list equally.

This would all seem abnormal in most situations, but in the recruitment of John Wall, this is just another piece of news to pass along.

John Calipari Has Arrived in Los Angeles


Here he is with Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns (Photo from UKAthletics.com)


Jodie Meeks: "I will probably be back next year."

At last night's CATSPY awards, Jodie Meeks was asked by ESPN's Jay Crawford if he was going to be back next season. Meeks replied:

"Right now I don't know exactly what will happen, but I will probably be back next year."

There has been word of this for several days now, but this is the first time that Meeks has made a statement publicly.

My Thoughts: I am still hearing that both Meeks and Patrick Patterson will be playing for Kentucky next season.

Calipari to Shoot EA Sports Commercial

Kentucky coach John Calipari is heading to Los Angeles, where he will shoot a commercial for a new basketball game from EA Sports. He continues to generate positive publicity for Kentucky basketball, which is exactly what a Kentucky head coach should be doing. Here is a well-targeted post from Calipari on Twitter this morning:

UKCoachCalipari Headed to LA to shoot an EA Sports commercial. You will not see me with a guitar or in my underwear. I also will not be shirtless or rap...

Coach Cal is on his way to rock star status in the Bluegrass state.

You can join 13,275 others in following the coach's Twitter account here:

http://twitter.com/UKCoachCalipari

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Jodie Meeks Earns CATSPY Award

The University of Kentucky Athletics Association presented 27 honors at the seventh-annual CATSPY Awards, held Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum to recognize athletic and academic performance during the 2008-09 year. With co-winners in some categories, a total of five teams and 28 individuals were recognized. Jodie Meeks was the only member of the basketball Wildcats to receive a CATSPY.

Male Performance of the Year
Jodie Meeks

Complete List of CATSPY Awards (All Sports)

Rave Party at the UK Library During Finals

This is not basketball related, but it sure is funny:


Kentucky vs. Memphis for Eric Bledsoe?


Five-star point guard Eric Bledsoe will visit Memphis tomorrow and then head to Kentucky on Saturday. Dan Wolken of TheMemphisEdge.com believes that we are preparing for a Memphis-Kentucky recruiting battle for Bledsoe. Wolken details the two "very different recruiting pitches" that he will hear this weekend from Josh Pastner and John Calipari.

Wolken thinks that Pastner will sell Bledsoe on being Memphis' No. 1 recruit and coming in to immediately run the point for a top 15 team. Calipari, on the other hand, will sell Bledsoe on coming to Kentucky regardless of what happens with John Wall and that the two will be able to coexist on the same team.

Wolken then states (in font that is several sizes larger):

"Though Calipari would take both players, my belief is that Bledsoe is primarily a backup plan for Kentucky. Bledsoe and Wall are too similar in what they do — they are true point guards but not great shooters - to be on the court together. Calipari will also try to sell Bledsoe on backing up Wall as a freshman, then taking the reins as a sophomore. (Unless he gets Brandon Knight or Kyrie Irving to be his point guard in 2010.)"

He then finishes the article with this:

"While it’s a completely disingenuous recruiting pitch, don’t think it can’t work. Calipari has successfully sold a highly-rated point guard on being a backup for a year to a one-and-done point guard before. Wonder if Bledsoe will talk to Willie Kemp about that this weekend?"

Nice try Dan.



Here is a nice comment from the article's comment's section:

"Kentucky > Memphis"

Louisville Cardinals Will Be Featured on ESPNU

ESPNU will televise a tribute to University of Louisville basketball in the early morning hours of Derby Day on Saturday, May 2. The four-game schedule will be:

Game 1: Men's - Louisville at West Virginia from March 7; 12:00 a.m.

Game 2: Women's - Louisville vs. Oklahoma in NCAA Semifinals; 1:30 a.m.

Game 3: Men's - Pitt at Louisville from Jan. 17; 3:00 a.m.

Game 4: Men's - Louisville vs. Syracuse in Big East Tourney Championship; 4:30 a.m.

Announcement from Louisville

Transylvania Signs Pair of Local Hoopsters

The Transylvania Pioneers have added a pair of local basketball products for the upcoming season. Barrett Meyer of Franklin County and Taylor Botkin of Lexington Catholic have decided to continue their basketball careers at Transylvania. Meyer and Botkin are both 6'3" guards.

Transylvania Men's Basketball

Calipari: Individual Player Meetings Today

John Calipari has stated via Twitter, of course, that he hopes to have some individual player meetings today. It will be interesting to see how these meetings go as Kentucky continues to shape and reshape the roster for next season. Here is a post from this morning:

"Gonna workout for an hr this morn outside & inside, then have a luncheon w/ Joe Craft & friends. Hope 2 have some ind player meetings 2day"

Calipari's Twitter account now has 12,545 followers, by the way. You can follow him here:

http://twitter.com/UKCoachCalipari

Andy Katz Revises His Early Top 25

Andy Katz has revised his "way-to-early" top 25 for next season to reflect NBA departures and new recruits. He has moved Kentucky out of the top 25 based on the possibility of losing Meeks and Patterson. Here are his comments on the Wildcats:

Kentucky: If Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson don't stay in the draft, the Wildcats will not only shoot back into the rankings, but they almost certainly will land in the top 10. They can't be a top-25 team without this duo. However, if a certain point guard were to sign a letter of intent ...

His preseason top 10 as of right now:

1. Kansas
2. Michigan State
3. Texas
4. North Carolina
5. Purdue
6. Villanova
7. West Virginia
8. California
9. Michigan
10. Duke

Complete Article

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

How Good Has Rajon Rondo Been?


Rajon Rondo has evolved into the leader of the Boston Celtics in their playoff series against the Chicago Bulls. In the five games played so far, Rondo is averaging 24.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 10.2 assists and 3.2 steals. Boston currently leads the best-of-seven series 3-2.

During the regular season, Rondo played in 80 games and averaged 11.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 8.2 assists. An injury to Kevin Garnett has left the Celtics with a need to find increased production from other players. Rondo has stepped up in a big way.

Rondo is from Louisville, Kentucky. He played at Louisville Eastern high school before finishing his high school career at national powerhouse Oak Hill Academy. He played two seasons for the University of Kentucky Wildcats before being drafted in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. He was traded to the Boston Celtics and has been a two-year starter at point guard in Beantown. He earned an NBA Championship ring last season with the Celtics.

Rondo's Playoff Statistics vs. Chicago:

Game 1: 44 MIN 12-21 FG 1-1 3PT 4-4 FT 2 STL 9 REB 7 AST 29 PTS
Game 2: 40 MIN 7-18 FG 0-1 3PT 5-8 FT 5 STL 12 REB 16 AST 19 PTS
Game 3: 34 MIN 8-15 FG 1-2 3PT 3-4 FT 5 STL 11 REB 6 AST 20 PTS
Game 4: 55 MIN 9-18 FG 0-1 3PT 7-9 FT 2 STL 11 REB 11 AST 25 PTS
Game 5: 49 MIN 12-22 FG 2-2 3PT 2-4 FT 2 STL 8 REB 11 AST 28 PTS

ESPN Player Profile

Miami Writer Thinks John Wall Likes the Hurricanes

A writer at the Miami Sun-Sentinel thinks that John Wall will strongly consider being a Miami Hurricane following his weekend visit. Here are some of this thoughts:

"Wall has yet to publicly narrow his choices, but is expected to trim the list from seven to four sometime this week. From conversations, I wouldn't be surprised if the `Canes are among the top two as this thing plays out. Expect UM to be in this until the very end."

Wall is expected to cut his list of schools on Thursday or Friday.

Article from Miami Sun-Sentinel

Former UK Recruit G.J. Vilarino to Gonzaga

Former Kentucky recruit G.J. Vilarino is going to play his college basketball at Gonzaga. Vilarino committed to Kentucky originally, but obtained a release after John Calipari took the Wildcats over. Vilarino is a 6-foot, 168-pound point guard from McKinney (Texas) High.

He chose Gonzaga over Baylor and Virginia Commonwealth.

“It’s a great fit,” Gerry Vilarino (G.J.'s dad) told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “He was born in Spokane. A fairy tale ending.”

Article from ZagsBlog.com

Article from WKYT.com

Hilltoppers Sign JUCO Forward Cliff Dixon

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have added their sixth recruit for the 2009-10 season. Head coach Ken McDonald has announced the signing of Cliff Dixon from Suitland, Maryland. He is a 6-10, 215-pound forward that will enter Western as a junior and have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Dixon played for Hutchinson Community College (Kansas) last season and averaged 15.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Dixon is rated by Rivals.com as a three-star recruit and JucoJunction.com has the post player as the fifth-best junior college player in the country.

"I am really excited, Cliff is another really versatile player with a ton of potential," said McDonald. "I think he is a good kid. I don't even think he has scratched the surface in terms of how much he can improve and how much he can be a threat on the floor. He plays on the perimeter, he plays on inside. He is very long, he's a good athlete, and he can shoot the ball, so he brings a lot of versatility to our team and a lot of mismatch problems for other teams."

Press Release from WKU

Monday, April 27, 2009

Did Derrick Jasper Fix the Kentucky Wildcats?


Former UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian has some comments about the Kentucky Wildcats on his Shark Bytes blog today. In his article today, Tarkanian says:

"I know Billy Gillispie, the former Kentucky coach, really liked UNLV’s new point guard, Derrick Jasper.

Billy told me he felt if they hadn’t lost that kid they’d have a great season in 2008-09. That didn’t work out for anybody."

Is it possible that Derrick Jasper's departure started a chain reaction that completely turned the Kentucky basketball program around? When Jasper decided to leave Lexington, the Wildcats were left with no true point guard on the roster. The team struggled with turnovers in key situations throughout the season and often appeared disoriented on offense.

The lack of point guard leadership led Kentucky to the NIT and one of the more disappointing seasons in recent memory. The below par season was not the sole reason that Billy Gillispie was let go, but it certainly made the decision a bit easier. The departure of Gillispie opened the door for new coach John Calipari. Calipari has brought a level of excitement to Big Blue Nation that has not been present since the mid- to late-1990's. It is as if Kentucky basketball has gone from the cellar to the penthouse in a little over a month.

Do we owe a great deal of gratitude to Derrick Jasper or should we practice the Japanese management philosophy of Kaizen? Kaizen is a Japanese philosophy that focuses on continuous improvement throughout all aspects of life. When applied to the workplace, Kaizen activities continually improve all functions of a business, from manufacturing to management and from the CEO to the assembly line workers. One of the key rules of Kaizen is to ask "why" five times to seek root causes. Let's apply the Kaizen philosophy:

1. Why is Big Blue Nation excited?

The team made a home run hire with John Calipari

2. Why do we have John Calipari?

The UK team struggled and Billy Gillispie was fired after the season

3. Why did the UK team struggle in 2008-09?

The key reason was a lack of an experienced point guard

4. Why did we not have an experienced point guard?

Because Derrick Jasper decided to transfer to UNLV

5. Why did Derrick Jasper transfer to UNLV?

Hmm, maybe we owe a debt of gratitude to someone else after all

Chris Lofton Scores 61 Points in Turkish League Game


Former Mason County star and Kentucky Mr. Basketball Chris Lofton exploded for 61 points in a Turkish League game over the weekend. Lofton was 17-22 from the 3-point line in the game. He also added 6 steals and 4 assists. Lofton's Mersin BSB team defeated TED Koleji 116-70.

Lofton scored 47 points in a game earlier this season.

He led the Mason County Royals to the state championship in 2003 and played a highly successful college career for the Tennessee Volunteers.




Andy Katz Thinks Meeks and Patterson Should Return

Today on ESPN.com, college basketball analysts Andy Katz and Chad Ford break down the NBA Draft. Katz lists Kentucky players Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson in the "should go back" category. Here are his comments on the Kentucky duo:

Jodie Meeks (Jr.) and Patrick Patterson (So.), Kentucky: If they both return to Kentucky, the Wildcats can be a real threat to go deep into March under John Calipari. If they stay in the draft, they are headed for an anxious draft night.

Here are Chad Ford's comments on Meeks, Patterson and Louisville's Earl Clark:

Earl Clark, F, Jr., Louisville: Clark hasn't made an official announcement, but NBA agent Dan Fegan confirmed to ESPN.com on Saturday that he has signed Clark as a client, ending Clark's eligibility. Clark is one of the most versatile players in the country. His skill-to-size ratio is off the charts. However, he still lacks a consistent perimeter shot. He reminds some scouts of Julian Wright. He has top-five talent, but his inconsistency and concerns about his work ethic could cause him to slide into the late lottery or mid-first round.

Jodie Meeks, SG, Jr., Kentucky: Meeks was a scoring machine at Kentucky this season. His speed and shooting ability really stood out. So did that 54-point performance against Tennessee. However, his lack of great size or explosive athleticism hurts his stock a bit. He's a second-rounder if he stays in the draft. More likely, he returns to Kentucky for his senior season and lets John Calipari work his magic.

Patrick Patterson, PF, So., Kentucky: Patterson is going to test the draft waters and he's probably going to get mixed signals from NBA teams. On one hand, they love his NBA body, huge hands, elite athleticism and post game. However, they are concerned about his lack of ideal size for the position (some scouts say he's closer to 6-7), his lack of a consistent jump shot, and his so-so defensive effort.

There's a pretty wide range of opinion on him. Some teams see him as a potential late lottery sleeper. Others have him firmly planted in the late first to early second round. A year with John Calipari could probably help his stock, but if he can get a team to commit to him in the lottery he's probably going to take it.

Article by Andy Katz

Article by Chad Ford

Interesting Audio Blog at TrueBlueKentucky.com

Marc Maggard has an interesting audio blog on his site today. It is informative and covers a variety of topics surrounding the Kentucky basketball team. It is a worthwhile listen:

Check it out here

Kentucky Wildcats: Harrellson Staying; Williams Leaving

Two members of the 2008-09 Kentucky Wildcats' basketball team have made decisions on regarding their futures.

Sophomore center Josh Harrellson announced today via Facebook that he is staying with the Kentucky basketball program. His comment said that there is "no question." Harrellson averaged 3.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 9.3 minutes per game in 2008-09.

WLEX has reported that freshman guard Donald Williams will leave the Kentucky team. Williams did not play during the 2008-09 season.

Calipari's Twitter Account Reaches the 10,000 Mark

Here is a post from John Calipari on his Twitter account at around 8:20 p.m.:

UKCoachCalipariCan you imagine having 10,000 followers in 4 days? You people are crazy...and I love it! Let's go for 20k. More to come. Go Big Blue!

Coach Calipari currently has 10,060 follows. You can follow him here:

http://twitter.com/UKCoachCalipari

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Patterson, Meeks Returning to Kentucky?


A good source has told me that Patrick Patterson and Jodie Meeks will withdraw from the NBA Draft and resume their basketball careers with the Kentucky Wildcats. The source said that both players are unhappy with where they are projected in the draft and feel that a season under Calipari will improve their stock. Additionally, both players believe that Kentucky can have something special next season.

John Calipari seems to think that he'll have both players next season. He posted this yesterday via Twitter:

Patrick Patterson will be unbelievable in this offense. People won't be able to recogize him. Today, Jodie missed three shots in 45 minutes.

Meeks had an All-American season in 2008-09. He averaged 23.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. Meeks shot 90.2% from the free throw line and 40.6% from beyond the three-point line.

Patterson scored 17.9 points and pulled down 9.3 rebounds per game for Kentucky last season. He also led the Wildcats with 2.1 blocks per game and was the team's dominate force in the paint.

My Thoughts: My source on this is a good one and I have to believe that both players will be returning to Kentucky. This is great news for Kentucky fans. We are one recruit away from having something really special next season, in my opinion.

Luke Fitzgerald Named to NAIA All-American First Team

Luke Fitzgerald of the University of the Cumberlands has been named to the NABC 2009 State Farm Coaches' NAIA All-American First Team. Fitzgerlad averaged 17.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this past season. He also shot 60.4% from the field, which ranked 6th in the NAIA.

Head Patriot Coach Don Butcher said, “Luke really deserves this award. He was the best player in the league and I’m proud of him because in his freshmen and sophomore years, he played in spurts. Most kids would said forget this, but Luke stayed the course and worked hard every day to get better and it paid off.”

Press Release from University of the Cumberlands

NAIA Announcement

John Calipari is Still Tweeting


Kentucky head coach John Calipari has exploded on Twitter. In fact, he now has close to 8,500 followers on the free social messaging utility. Here is Calipari's latest "tweet":

"Headed to Memphis. No training w/ team the next 2 wks as they focus on school. Sat was the last of ind. workouts. I was very encouraged."

So far, Coach Cal is giving the Kentucky fans exactly what they want in every way.

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