Saturday, May 16, 2009

John Wall To Announce "Something" Tomorrow?

Several radio sources in Raleigh, North Carolina are reporting that John Wall will announce "something" tomorrow.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: The original report I heard was "several radio stations," but I have only found one radio station that is mentioning anything about Wall. It is an AM station (570 AM, I think) and the comment I heard was "The hot rumor buzzing the tri-city area today is that John Wall knows were he is going to school and we hope to have more details during our show tomorrow."

Then, a lady said, "I'll believe that when I see it," and several people started laughing in the background.

I guess we'll see if anything comes out of it tomorrow. I know one thing - it was great to hear "In the Meantime" by Spacehog on one of the Raleigh stations.

Jodie Meeks Works Out at Oklahoma City


Kentucky guard Jodie Meeks worked out for the Oklahoma City Thunder today. Meeks worked out along side North Carolina forward Danny Green, DePaul guard Dar Tucker, Memphis guard Antonio Anderson, Missouri forward Leo Lyons and Wisconsin forward Marcus Landry.

Meeks is also scheduled to do a workout at Minnesota in early June.

My Thoughts: I still expect Meeks to return to Kentucky. I would be interested in knowing what Meeks and Memphis guard Antonio Anderson had to talk about this weekend.


My Official John Wall Prediction


Everyone that I talk to these days wants to know my opinion on the John Wall recruitment. Here is my official statement on John Wall:

I think Wall will be a Kentucky Wildcat.

For approximately a month now, I have spent a great deal of time researching the recruitment of Wall and everything I have discovered leads me to believe that he will likely choose Kentucky. I personally think he will make this decision known before Wednesday.

I do believe that Wall's final two schools are Kentucky and Miami, but I think he has been leaning towards Kentucky for a while.

As most of you have probably discovered by now, I don't mind to express my predictions on here (Calipari to UK, Patterson to return, etc.). That being said, however, I only make such predictions if I sincerely believe them to be true. I will not "out" a good source under any circumstance, but if I say it on here, I believe it. (so, re-read this article and take it for what it's worth)

UPDATE: John Wall has committed to Kentucky.


Friday, May 15, 2009

Andy Katz: John Wall Could Decide This Weekend

ESPN's Andy Katz believes that a John Wall decision could come as early as this weekend. He is also on the bandwagon of believers that think Wall will decide between Kentucky and Miami:

A John Wall decision could come as early as this weekend, with Miami and Kentucky the two likeliest destinations for the top point guard in the Class of 2009. The Word of God Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.) playmaker could elevate either one of these programs to the NCAA tournament. But Wall does not have to sign by the end of the spring signing period Wednesday.

If Kentucky lands him, the drama was unnecessary (based on his original destination being Memphis when John Calipari was the coach). If Miami gets Wall, you can chalk this down as one of the top recruiting coups of the past 10 years. Hurricanes coach Frank Haith will have pulled off quite a feat if he gets Wall to replace Jack McClinton, making the Canes an NCAA team and ensuring Miami is a must-see destination for hoops for the next 10 months.

Article from ESPN.com

Four Murray State Racers Graduate; Fotso Honored

Georges Fotso of Murray State Men’s Basketball was recently named MSU’s Outstanding Senior in International Business during the graduation ceremony May 9 at the Regional Special Events Center in Murray, Ky.

He completed his bachelor of arts degree in international business and finance.

Fotso, from Doula, Cameroon, will be a senior on the Racer team in 2009-10.

He graduated with MSU Basketball teammates Tyler Holloway, Jared Key, and Kevin Thomas.

Press Release from Murray State

Kentucky Wildcats Lead Nation in Attendance

Press Release from Kentucky:

Lexington, Ky. - Just as fans routinely pack Rupp Arena to watch the Wildcats play, Kentucky annually leads the nation in average attendance. The NCAA's recently compiled attendance figures from this past season reveal that in 2008-09, for the 13th time in 14 years, UK's average crowd of 22,239 led all of Division I men's basketball.

It marks the 21st time in the 33-year history of Rupp Arena that Kentucky has had the top attendance figure. A total of 422,547 fans passed through the turnstiles for 19 Wildcat games during the 2008-09 season. Syracuse, with an average crowd of 21,044, was second, followed by North Carolina (21,035), Tennessee (20,483) and Louisville (19,397).

Nationally, 27.7 million attended Division I men's games last season, an average of 5,378 per game. The Southeastern Conference was second among all conferences in average attendance, drawing 11,625 fans, behind only the Big Ten's 12,519 average.

Jonathan King to Kentucky Wesleyan

Jonathan King, 6-3, 180-pound guard from Trigg County High School in Cadiz, Kentucky will play college basketball at Kentucky Wesleyan.

King was a 2009 honorable mention all-state performer after an outstanding senior season. He finished fourth in the state in scoring with 25.8 points per game and third in free throw percentage at 85.1%. He also averaged 8.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game.

“Jonathan is a very good shooter with deep range," said Lee. "He has the ability to shoot the ball both spotting up and also on the move. He is a tough competitor and has a excellent understanding of the game.

"Like all freshman the adjustment for him will be getting stronger and competing every day in practice at a high intensity level. He has the ability to be a very good player in our program and in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.”

His single game career highs include 44 points (junior year) and 21 rebounds (senior year). King's career accolades include three-all-district honoree, two-time all-region recognition and two-time the All-Kentucky New Era selection.

Press Release from Kentucky Wesleyan

Former Wildcat Gerald Fitch Signs with Spanish Team

Former Kentucky guard Gerald Fitch signed with Spanish team Saski Baskonia this week, joining the team just in time for the playoffs in the Liga ACB. Baskonia, also called El Tau, is considered a strong contender for the title. Fitch joins the team from Kepez BLD Antalya, a team in the Turkish league, where he averaged 28.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

Kentucky Tops Scout.com Rankings for 2009

The Kentucky Wildcats currently have the nation's top 2009 recruiting class according to Scout.com. The rankings will be subject to change, depending on where John Wall and Lance Stephenson decide to go. Kentucky already had the top class in the Rivals.com rankings.

The Louisville Cardinals have the #20 class.

Scout.com 2009 Class Rankings

1. Kentucky
2. Villanova
3. North Carolina
4. Kansas
5. Georgia Tech
6. Texas
7. Oklahoma
8. UCLA
9. Duke
10. Indiana
11-30. Connecticut, Arizona, NC State, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Florida, Marquette, Mississippi State, Miami, Louisville, Clemson, Illinois, Washington, Florida State, Oregon State, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, USC, Baylor

Complete Rankings from Scout.com

2010 PF Adreian Payne to Visit Kentucky This Weekend

Adreian Payne, a 6-10, 215-pound forward that is ranked #8 on the Rivals150 List for 2010, will visit Kentucky over the weekend.

Payne is ranked as the #2 power forward in the 2010 class and has received offers from Cincinnati, Dayton, Kentucky, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, West Virginia and Xavier.

ESPN Profile

Rivals Profile

Updated Rivals150 List for 2010 Released

The updated Rivals150 lists for 2010 has been published. Point guard sensation Brandon Knight is the top-rated player overall, followed by Harrison Barnes and Jared Sullinger. Tristan Thompson and Josh Smith round out the top five. Kentucky and Louisville are listed on several players in the top 25.

2010 Rivals Top 10:

1. Brandon Knight
2. Harrison Barnes
3. Jared Sullinger
4. Tristan Thompson
5. Josh Smith
6. Cory Joseph
7. Will Barton
8. Adreian Payne
9. Luke Cothron
10. Dominique Ferguson

Complete Rivals150 Here

NBA Invites Meeks, Clark and Williams to Combine

Kentucky's Jodie Meeks and Louisville duo of Terrence Williams and Earl Clark are amongst the 52 players invited to the NBA combine. The annual combine will be held May 28-29 in Chicago.

Here is the complete list of those that were invited:

Jeff Adrien, A.J. Price and Hasheem Thabeet of UConn, DeJuan Blair and Sam Young of Pitt, Dante Cunningham of Villanova, Jerel McNeil of Marquette, Tyler Hansbrough, Danny Green, Wayne Ellington and Ty Lawson of North Carolina, James Johnson and Jeff Teague of Wake Forest, Jon Brockman of Washington, Derrick Brown of Xavier, Nick Calathes of Florida, Jodie Meeks of Kentucky, Tyler Smith of Tennessee, Jordan Hill and Chase Budinger of Arizona. Darren Collison and Jrue Holiday of UCLA. Joe Ingles of Australia, Taj Gibson and Demar Derozen of USC, Stephen Curry of Davidson, Austin Daye and Josh Heyvelt of Gonzaga, Earl Clark and Terrence Williams of Louisville, Toney Douglas of Florida State, Dionte Christmas of Temple, DeMarre Carroll of Missouri, Omri Casspi Israel, Tyreke Evans of Memphis, Jonny Flynn of Syracuse, Blake Griffin of Oklahoma, James Harden and Jeff Pendergraph of Arizona State, Luke Harangody of Notre Dame, Greivis Vasquez of Maryland, Marcus Thornton of LSU, DaJuan Summers of Georgetown, Jermaine Taylor of Central Florida, BJ Mullens of Ohio State, Patrick Mills of St. Mary's, Jack McClinton of Miami, Gani Luwol of Georgia Tech, Eric Maynor of VCU, Damion James of Texas, Gerald Henderson of Duke and Rodrigue Beaubois of France

Some college stars that were not invited:

Curtis Jerrells of Baylor, Ahmad Nivins of St. Joseph's, Leo Lyons of Missouri, Tyrese Rice of BC,. Wes Matthews of Marquette, Robert Dozier of Memphis and Chris Johnson of LSU and Garrett Siler of Augusta State..

Pikeville College Announces Four Recruits

Press Release from Pikeville Bears head coach Kelly Wells:

2009-2010 RECRUITING CLASS

Jonathan Clark - PG, 6'0, 185 lbs, Sr., Charlotte, NC
Transfer: Louisiana Tech University (Western Athletic Conference)
High School: Massamutten Military Academy, NC
07-08 Stats: 9.5 ppg, 31.5 mpg, 34% 3FG, 86.6% FT, 2.7 rpg, 1.1 spg, 1.6 apg

Tobin Erhardt - PG, 6'0, 185 lbs, Fr, Mercer Island, WA
Prep School: Maine Central Institute (NEPSAC Tournament)
High School: Mercer Island HS, WA
AAU Oakland Soldiers / Walker Academic Scholarship Qualifier

Ryan Whitaker - G, 6'3, 180 lbs, Jr, Hazard, KY
Transfer: Lincoln Memorial University
High School: Bell County HS, KY (13th Region POY, SEKY POY, All-State)
07-08 Stats: 11 ppg, 43% FG, 39% 3FG, 32 MPG, 2.3 rpg (SAC All-Frosh Team)
08-09 Stats: 1.6 ppg, 8.6 mpg

Andre Thornton - PF, 6'6, 240 lbs, Jr, Memphis, TN
Transfer: University of Central Florida (Conference USA)
High School: Mitchell HS, TN (Valedictorian - Ebony Magazine Top Black HS Senior)
07-08 Stats: 58% FG, 4.6 ppg, 2 rpg

MORE RECRUITS TO COME...STAY TUNED!!
___________________________________________________________________________________
RETURNING PLAYERS:

* Joshua Samarco - Sr - Ypsilanti, MI - 2nd Team NAIA All-American (20 ppg / 48% 3FG)
* Justin Hicks - Jr - Hazard, KY - Two-Time Honorable Mention All-MSC (13 ppg / 4.7 apg)
* Anthony Smith - Sr - Parkersburg, WV - Part-time Starter (7 ppg / 6 rpg)
* Kane Belcher - So - Butler, KY - Sixth Man (4 ppg / 3 rpg)
* Adam Simmons - Sr - Huntington, WV - (3 ppg / 1 rpg)
* Zach Hurt - So - Cordia, KY - (1.2 ppg / 1 rpg)
* Chris Puckett - So - Jenkins, KY - (2 ppg / 1 rpg)
______________________________________________________________________________________
EXTRA TIDBITS:

* Congrats to Men's Basketball Student-Athletes JB Smiley, Jr. (Memphis, TN) and Robbie Spears (Shelbiana, KY) on their graduation! Both of these honor students received their diploma's this weekend at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

* The Pikeville College Men's Basketball program is pleased to announce that their 2008-2009 overall team GPA for the Fall & Spring semesters combined is 2.835

Karen Sypher vs. Rick Pitino Intensifies


The Rick Pitino extortion case has taken an interesting turn after this photo was first published, then edited, on the Louisville Courier-Journal's website. A cropped version of the image shown here was on the website later in the day. The only change: the two persons on the right of the image were cut off.

Those are some interesting signs that were being displayed in protest by Karen Sypher supporters. The boy on the right side of the photo, wearing a white shirt and tie, is confirmed to be Karen Sypher's son. The signs that are visibly readable in this image are as follows:

"Leave Karen Sypher Alone!"

"There's Two Sides to Every Story"

"Karen Sypher is the Victim"

"What's the price of an abortion?"

What? What does an abortion have to do with the Rick Pitino extortion case? That is the question that many are now asking. Why would Karen Sypher's son parade a sign questioning the price of an abortion?

This is an interesting development in an already strange story.

For more thoughts on the Sypher/Pitino situation, check out this Kentucky Sports Radio article.

Also, check out this article from NKY.com that details the legal troubles surrounding Karen Sypher.

Surprise, Surprise...No News on John Wall


If no news is good news, Kentucky fans should be happy today. Rumors were floating all over that there may be some big news on the John Wall front soon, but those rumors were extinguished by a Wall text:

“No, I haven’t,” Wall wrote Thursday in a text in response to speculation that he had chosen a school.

Matt Jones claims that Wall states he is down to four schools: Kentucky, Miami, Duke and Florida. Adam Zagoria continues to take a stand on Wall being down to two schools: Kentucky and Miami.

Perhaps the most discouraging news is the lingering possibility that Wall's recruitment might extend past the May 20th signing period deadline:

“We are going to have more specific conversations in the next few days,” Clifton told Jerry Meyer of Rivals. “John has never mentioned to me that he feels the need to make a decision by May 20 [the end of the spring signing period].”

I'm still sticking to my guns that Wall will be a Kentucky Wildcat, although it may not be official until Big Blue Madness.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Video: This Is Kentucky Basketball

John Wall Update: A Disturbance in the Force?

If I were a Jedi Knight (the cliche Star Wars reference), I would say that I just felt a disturbance in the force - as if 20,000 folks just found out some terrible news (assuming that Miami has 20,000 fans)...

I just heard that there may be some big John Wall news coming as soon as today. As is always the case with the John Wall saga, do not get your hopes up until it is official. That being said, however, I hope he is a Wildcat soon.

Bud Mackey in Trouble Again

I enjoy reporting the brighter side of Kentucky basketball, but occasionally it is with sadness that I must report on a negative story. Bud Mackey, the once promising high school prospect from Scott County, has found himself in trouble again.

Here is the article from WKYT.com:

A former central Kentucky high school basketball star is once again in trouble with the law.

Police arrested Bud Mackey on Wednesday night in Lexington, this time for possession of a handgun by a felon and receiving stolen property.

A judge sentenced Mackey to sixty days in jail back in October for bringing cocaine onto Scott County High School's campus.

The judge gave him a reduced sentence at time time so it wouldn't interfere with Mackey's plans to start college this past January.

Calipari Has Bought a House

John Calipari has announced this morning, via the ever-growing sensation of Twitter, that he is closing on his Lexington house today at 1:00 p.m. Here is his Tweet:

"Here's the good news and you are 1st to hear it! I'm closing on my house @ 1 pm today."

He then adds this:

"You can't equate everything I say to recruiting. Open up your minds a little bit and let's have some fun with this."

Calipari's Twitter account is currently sitting at 31,804 followers and increasing rapidly. You can follow him here:

http://twitter.com/UKCoachCalipari

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Calipari Dreams a Kentucky Wildcat Dream

"Welcome to Commonwealth Stadium for basketballlllll action!!!"



















(By the way, I don't mind if you download the image and share it)

Miami Site: 'Canes Won't "Mourn Too Long" Over Wall

The Miami Hurricanes blog at the Sun-Sentinel is feeling pretty confident that the 'Canes can land John Wall.

If not, however, they won't "mourn too long" as they are high on the list for PineCrest guard Brandon Knight. Of course, the author feels that Knight is "the better COLLEGE prospect of the two."

Here is the article

Morehead State's Leon Buchanan Earns Degree

Morehead State's Leon Buchanan, the Eagles' only senior, graduated on Saturday. Congratulations to Leon and best of luck in the future!

Press Release from MSUEagles.com:

MOREHEAD, Ky. - The lone senior on the Morehead State Men's Basketball team, Leon Buchanan, was among over 1,000 students who graduated on Saturday.

"We are extremely proud of Leon Buchanan," said Coach Donnie Tyndall. "Leon embodies what Morehead State Basketball is all about. Here is a young man who brought great energy, toughness, and work ethic everyday to not only basketball but also his school work.

"For Leon to be the first member of his family to graduate from college is what college athletics is all about. He has been a cornerstone for our program for the last two years, and we wish him nothing but the best as he moves on with his career."

Buchanan, a native of Albany, Georgia, earned a Bachelor's degree in University Studies, and is currently evaluating several options to continue his basketball career overseas.

Eastern Kentucky's Mike Rose Leads Nation

Eastern Kentucky senior guard Mike Rose finished his career in a big way. According to official NCAA statistics, Rose was the top three-point shooter in the nation. Rose finished the season at 48.1% on an incredible 99-206 shooting from long range.

“The person who deserves the most credit for Mike’s success as a shooter is Mike Rose,” EKU head coach Jeff Neubauer said. “During the summer of his freshman season, he went home and made himself into a tremendous shooter. Each year since then he has continued to refine his game. This is also a great tribute to our assistant coaches who have worked tirelessly with Mike on his shot.”

Rose finished his Colonel career second on the EKU all-time scoring list (1,763 points) and three-pointers made list (271 trifectas).

As a Morehead State fan, I have watched Rose play many times against the Eagles. He has been one of my favorite OVC players to watch during the past several years.

Press Release from EKU

Kentucky Wesleyan Finishes 13th in National Attendance

Kentucky Wesleyan College returned to the Top 15 in Division II basketball attendance for the first time since 2003 to finish 13th in average men's attendance for the 2008-09 season with 2,164 per game as released by the NCAA.

The Panthers total home attendance was seventh overall with 36,794 in 17 games. First was Northern State (SD) with 4,735. per contest and total numbers with 71,024.

Press Release from Kentucky Wesleyan

Video: John Calipari's Press Conference

In case you missed it:



Some Recommended Reading:

John Clay: Calipari has big plans for UK

Sal and Richard from the Howard Stern Show

This has been a long day and a long week, so I thought it would be nice to take a two minute break to laugh a little. Here is a funny prank call where Richard Christy of the Howard Stern Show recorded himself and called a lady that was selling three items. It provided me with a nice laugh break:

Brescia Signs JUCO Star Lamarte McGhee

Brescia University has signed Lamarte McGhee from Central Carolina Community (Jr.) College. McGhee is a strong 6'8", 270-pound sophomore.

He led NJCAA Division III in rebounding average with 15.5 per game during his freshman season. McGhee established a school record with 41 rebounds in a single game and then broke the record with 42 during a game later in the season. He also averaged 15.5 points per game.

McGhee was regarded as the pre-season player of the year in NJCAA Division III.

2008-2009 NJCAA DIII Pre-Season All-Americans

Coach Calipari Press Conference Notes

Notes from John Calipari's press conference:

- He's excited about Patterson returning to Kentucky
- He did not coach Patterson into returning; Patrick did what he wanted to do
- High praise for Patterson's maturity and decision-making process
- He jokes that it's rained 30 days out of the 40 he's been here
- He's excited about the recruiting class; they are filling the holes the team has
- Likes Eric Bledsoe because he plays bigger than he is; he loves players that play big
- He's encourage by how coachable the team has been
- On Patterson: "He is really fast."; compares him to Dozier on last season's Memphis team
- Says that Patterson shoots the ball better than the thought; also passes and handles it better
- "Half the team's going to be new players."
- Cracks a joke about Dickie V: "Which he never embellishes...never."
- "Darius has played well. Josh has played well."
- Says that Perry (Stevenson) has done things that he has never done before
- "I'm not going to keep seven walkons."
- He thinks that all the players they've signed will be academically qualified
- Thinks that Daniel Orton is going to be terrific
- He doesn't like summer recruiting; thinks there should be a month off
- He hopes we have an opportunity to add one more, but he doesn't know
- His Twitter went up 4,000 people last night; he wonders what happened
- Announces an exciting webpage that will be coming out in about 2 weeks
- He has always had open practices; says he has nothing to hide
- "I do not sleep in the office. This is not life or death for me."
- He enjoys spending time with his family and he does not bring work home
- He would love to have Midnight Madness at Commonwealth Stadium in front of 70,000 people
- He doesn't get into the "rapping and the dancing"; nice shot at a rival coach
- He is explaining the RPI; 25% is your schedule; 50% is your opponent's wins; 25% is who your opponent's have played against
- They still have two games to schedule; Texas has called about playing UK; He likes neutral site games; Has thought about a game against Cincinnati; Working on a game in Louisville
- He feels that if Patrick does what he thinks he can do, he will make himself alot of money
- Will play Louisville, Indiana, North Carolina, UCONN and a few other BCS schools next season
- "We're going to be a man-to-man team that presses."
- He is going to China in early June to do some clinics and camps; working on a relationship with the Chinese through basketball
- He says there are a thousand 7-footers in China
- He is discussing the idea of bringing a Chinese coach over to stay during the season
- "Jodie is so much more of an athlete than I knew..."
- He feels that Meeks will be more efficient in the DDM offense
- They are going back 10-15 years to find out how close players that did not graduate are to getting a degree; they are inviting those players to come back and complete their degrees; 3 are coming back this year - Wayner Turner, Ron Mercer and one other that he can't remember the name
- He wants to do a fantasy camp with former players

John Calipari Press Conference at 10:30 a.m.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari will be available to the media at 10:30 a.m. this morning. The event will be held at Memorial Coliseum and can be watched online:

Watch the Press Conference Online

I will be posting live notes throughout the press conference.

John Wall May Wait Until Summer to Decide


Jerry Tipton is reporting that John Wall could possibly wait until sometime in the summer to make a final decision on which school he will attend.

"May 20 means nothing to John Wall," analyst Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com said, referring to the final day of the five-week spring signing period. "That's just another day on the calendar."

Another analyst, Evan Daniels of Scout.com, said he spoke to Wall last weekend and Clifton on Tuesday. He got the same impression.

"It could drag on a few weeks," Daniels said. "He doesn't seem to be in any hurry."

There has been speculation that Wall has narrowed his final list to Kentucky and Miami, but that has not been confirmed officially.


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Scaling the Wall of Sources and Rumors


The recruiting circus that surrounds John Wall continues to grow. Each day, a new list of reports, rumors and "sources" is announced and each day we wonder if anyone, even Wall himself, knows where he is actually going to attend college.
Today was no exception as one site reported one thing and another quickly shot it down with a "not so fast..."

Adam Zagoria reported on his ZagsBlog.com site today that Wall has narrowed his list to two schools: Kentucky and Miami. Once that announcement sped throughout the Internet, it was quickly met with a report from Scout.com's Evan Daniels that basically said the report was not completely accurate. Via Twitter, Daniels said, "The latest report on John Wall being down to two is inaccurate, according to his AAU coach Brian Clifton."

Clifton, who has been termed as Wall's handler, told Sports Illustrated that it could be assumed that Wall has narrowed his list to Duke, Miami and Kentucky. Despite that report, Zagoria is still standing behind his sources and stating that Duke is no longer in the mix.

“It’s down to the two of them, no question about it,” one source said. “It is Kentucky and Miami. The kid is leaning toward Kentucky. There is a little bit of a concern with the people closest to him that if he goes to Kentucky that they’re going to lose control.”

Clifton's statements illustrated a little concern about Kentucky's choice to sign Eric Bledsoe, another top-rated point guard. “The knee-jerk reaction, and justifiably so, would be to take a minute of pause to look further into it. Because I can’t imagine, to get a player like Eric Bledsoe, that [Kentucky] would tell him, we’re going to recruit over you immediately and not play you very much as a freshman,” Clifton told SI.com.

“There had to be some assurances made to him about being able to share the ball, that would inspire him to commit despite the possibility of John still coming there. … So we have to revisit that situation and make sure it’s going to be great to have two of the top four point guards on the roster at once.”

“It’s definitely not a deal-breaker, but I’d be remiss in my duty as a guy that’s helping John and his family if we don’t explore it fully,” Clifton said.

It seems safe to assume at this point that Baylor, Florida, Memphis, North Carolina State, North Carolina and North Carolina Central (I love throwing that in there, by the way) can be eliminated from the John Wall marathon. Some sources think Duke is still in the running and others think it is a two-horse race between the Wildcats and Heat, uh, I mean Hurricanes.

My thoughts? I am in the group that feels Wall is down to Miami and Kentucky. I think he enjoyed his visit to Miami and may be infatuated with their non-basketball assets, but in the end, he will be a Kentucky Wildcat. After all, John Wall's ultimate goals are on the basketball court and Kentucky has plenty more to offer in that regard. It may snow a few times during the season if he plays for Kentucky, but the money he'll earn in the 2010 NBA Draft will be an adequate compromise for time lost on South Beach.

Interesting Then & Now Look at UK Roster

I came across an interesting article on The Playmakers blog tonight that I felt was worth passing along. The article guesses what Kentucky's roster would have been if Billy Gillispie were still the UK coach and then predicts the roster that we'll see under Calipari.

The possible roster with no coaching change:

Seniors
Perry Stevenson
Ramon Harris
Michael Porter-Most Likely would have left the team for personal reasons.
Jodie Meeks-Most likely would have left for the draft.
Mark Krebs-Walk On
Matt Scherbenske-Walk On
Kevin Galloway
Dwight Perry-Walk On

Juniors
Patrick Patterson-Most Likely would have left for the draft.
Matthew Pilgrim
A.J. Stewart-Probable transfer.
Joshua Harrellson

Sophmores
Darius Miller-Possible transfer.
Landon Slone-Walk On.
Adam Delph-Walk On.
Mark Halsell-Walk On.
Donald Williams
DeAndre Liggins-Definite transfer.

Freshmen
Daniel Orton
G.J. Vilarino
Jon Hood
Konner Tucker

The predicted roster now:

Perry Stevenson
Ramon Harris
Kevin Galloway
Mark Krebs-Walk On
Dwight Perry-Walk On
Jodie Meeks
Patrick Patterson
Matt Pilgrim
Darius Miller
Demarcus Cousins
Jon Hood
Daniel Orton
Eric Bledsoe
Darnell Dodson
John Wall (Probable)

This prediction may or may not come to fruition, but regardless of how it ends up - that is quite a transformation.

Here is the Complete Article

Clark Stepp to University of the Cumberlands

I have been told that Clark Stepp will transfer from Austin Peay to play for the University of the Cumberlands Patriots.

The Pippa Passes, Kentucky native averaged 0.6 points per game for the Govs in his only season.

Related Article:

Clark Stepp to Transfer from Austin Peay

Karen Sypher Indicted in Rick Pitino Case

Karen Sypher, the estranged wife of Louisville equipment manager Tim Sypher, has been indicted on charges of extortion and lying to the FBI.

A criminal complaint filed in federal court last month says that Tim Sypher brought Pitino a written list of demands from his wife. The list of demands included college tuition for her children, two cars of her choice, her house paid off and $3,000 per month.

The complaint states that she scrapped the original demands and asked for $10 million instead.

Complete Article from WKYT.com

John Wall: Kentucky or Miami

According to ZagsBlog.com, John Wall has trimmed his list to two schools: Kentucky or Miami.

“It’s down to the two of them, no question about it,” one source said. “It is Kentucky and Miami. The kid is leaning toward Kentucky. There is a little bit of a concern with the people closest to him that if he goes to Kentucky that they’re going to lose control.”

Said a second source at one of the schools: “That’s what we’re hearing.”

Wall has not publicly cut his list. Asked by text on Sunday when he might cut it, he said, “I don’t know.”

Most sources are still indicating that he is Kentucky's to lose.

Link to article from ZagsBlog

UPDATE: Evan Daniels of Scout.com posted this on his Twitter: "The latest report on John Wall being down to two is inaccurate, according to his AAU coach Brian Clifton."

John Wall Trims List?

I have heard that John Wall has "unofficially" trimmed his list of schools to four: Kentucky, Florida, Miami and Duke.

If it is true, no surprise. If it is false, no surprise. It seems to be universally accepted that Kentucky is the leader and sits in the driver's seat for landing Wall.

Morning UPDATE: I have not seen any official announcements yet, but several other sites are also reporting that Wall has trimmed his list to four.

UPDATE #2: ZagsBlog.com is reporting that Wall is down to two schools: Miami and Kentucky



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Monday, May 11, 2009

John Calipari's Memphis House on the Market


If you're in Memphis and want to purchase a $1.7 million dollar house, give Hobson Realty a call. Here is the description given in the listing:

Magnificent gated 1.26 acre Estate w/poolandtennis/b-ball court in Red Acres!2 story entry, 30'LR, DR, Study, state of the art Kitchen/Gathering Rm w/FP, 25'MBR down w/FP and luxurious bath, screen porch...4BRS, Media RmandPlayroom up.Pre-qualified purchasers please.

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Rajon Rondo Invited to USA Basketball Minicamp

Former Kentucky Wildcat Rajon Rondo has been invited to USA Basketball's minicamp in July in Las Vegas for a potential future addition to the senior national team. Rondo is expected to participate if he can solve a scheduling conflict.

"It's an honor to get invited to go play and try out to be a representative of the USA team," Rondo said. "That means somebody likes how I play. It doesn't mean you make the team. But I get an opportunity to make it."

Complete Article from Boston.com

Bellarmine's Chartrael Hall Seeks Pro Career

Recent Bellarmine graduate Chartrael Hall is planning to seek employment as a professional basketball player. He recently earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication, but plans to delay that career path in hopes of earning a paycheck from basketball.

Hall, the captain of last season's Bellarmine team, was a First Team All-GLVC and All-Midwest Region selection. He led the Knights in minutes, points, assists, steals and rebounds.

"I'm proud of the position I've put myself in," Hall said. "I've earned a degree from a highly respected school. Despite whether I continue to play for one year or 10 years, I'm glad I have that piece of paper (diploma). It will help me every day of my life."

Hall hopes to join several other Bellarmine alumni who have opted to play professionally around the world. Jared McCurry currently plays for Birstal Starwings Basel in Switzerland. He has earned several league honors in Switzerland, including 3-time LNA League Top Scorer and 2-time LNA All-Import Team.

Matt Miller and Calvin Fowler, from Bellarmine's class of 2006, have both home homes on professional teams. Miller will play this summer for Rwanda's National Team and Folwer is considering a return to London or elsewhere.

Dzaflow Larkai and Jamie Jackson, teammates from the 2007-08 Bellarmine squad, have just completed their first seasons of professional basketball. Larkai played for the Torrons Vicens in Spain's second division. Jackson just completed a stellar season with the Kentucky Bisons in the American Basketball Association (ABA). Jackson averaged 16.9 points per game for the current ABA champions.

Press Release from Bellarmine

Patrick Patterson Press Conference Notes

Notes from the 1:00 p.m. press conference:

- Just announced that Coach Calipari will not be at the press conference
- Patterson announces that he will be back at Kentucky next year
- He feels that Kentucky will be a contender next season
- He knew all along in his heart that he wanted to stay at Kentucky
- He did not want to waste the NBA teams' time by setting up workouts
- Felt he would have gone in mid-first round
- Patrick wants to earn his college degree and that's a key factor for his decision
- He wants to focus on ball-handling, foot speed and jump shot
- Sees the team competing for a national title
- He knows he can be good at facing the basket and driving
- He is on pace to obtain his degree in three years
- Hopes to have an opportunity at the NBA after junior year; if not, he'll return for senior year
- Patrick's parents fully support his decision
- He will work on his left hand skills
- At first he wanted to go to NBA; had a change of heart after thinking about it
- He feels that his skills are not at the point he wants them to be
- "Coach Cal will help me with the skills that I need"
- He wants Meeks to make his own decision and not be affected by Patterson's decision
- Looks forward to playing with Daniel Orton, Eric Bledsoe and Darnell Dodson
- NBA money did not impact his decision at all; he hopes money will still be there later
- He doesn't know if he would be back without the coaching change or not
- He has developed a nice relationship with the coaching staff and new recruits
- "It's a family-type atmosphere, already..."
- He is excited about getting all the attention from the fans; Stuff like getting mauled at the mall
- Calipari was behind him 100%, either way
- He has considered the possibility of injury but will do what it takes to keep his body 100%

Today is Eat What You Want Day

Today is an obscure holiday known as Eat What You Want Day. Everyone make sure to take full advantage and halt your diets until tomorrow!

Eat What You Want Day

When: Always on May 11th

What would you like to have to eat today? Okay, great.....health permitting, go ahead and have any and all of your favorite foods and snacks. Because today is Eat What You Want Day.
Eat What You Want Day is definitely not a day for diets. It is one single, solitary day in the year to go off your diet and eat something you really enjoy, Today, you can set aside your dietary "No-No" list. Today, you can splurge. Tomorrow, it's back to the diet. It is important to note that today is not intended to eat as much as you want. Rather, the goal is to eat something you otherwise wouldn't have. If you are watching carbs or calories, simply keep within your limits by eating just a small amount of that favorite treat.

Caution: People with allergies and/or medical conditions, may not be able to fully participate in this day. Simply said: Do not risk your health to participate in this day.

Patrick Patterson Press Conference Today

Patrick Patterson and John Calipari will be holding a press conference today at 1:00 p.m. Patterson will likely be announcing his reasons for withdrawing from the NBA Draft and returning to Kentucky.

You can watch the press conference love on WKYT.com

Sunday, May 10, 2009

What Will Jodie Meeks Do?


With Patrick Patterson announcing his plans to return to Kentucky for his junior season, all eyes now turn to the future of Jodie Meeks. Meeks, an All-American last season, is still officially listed as an NBA Draft entrant. He is projected to be drafted somewhere in the second round if he opts to end his college career. If he returns to Kentucky, he will be key piece of John Calipari's dribble-drive motion offense and have an opportunity to play on a talented Kentucky roster.

What will Meeks do?

I have stated for several weeks that Jodie Meeks will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to Kentucky for his senior season. I believe that now more than ever. I expect an announcement from Meeks soon, but it is possible that he will participate in a few NBA workouts and delay an official announcement.

My official stance: Meeks will be a Wildcat in 2009-10

Pitino Names Jerry Smith and Edgar Sosa Co-Captains

Rick Pitino has announced that Jerry Smith and Edgar Sosa have been named co-captains of the Louisville Cardinals for the 2009-10 season. Sosa and Smith will both be seniors next season.

"We're happy to have Jerry and Edgar be our captains during their senior year," said Pitino. "Both have matured into team-first players and I know they will show the right leadership for a young basketball to become a highly competitive unit next season."

Pitino has also shot down rumors that he would be leaving Louisville to coach the Sacramento Kings.

"I'm not sure how these rumors get started, but there is absolutely no truth that there has been any dialog, either directly or indirectly, with the Kings and I'm sure they would confirm that. I am not represented by an agent, I don't have a "camp," and no one representing me nor have I had any contact with the Kings. Anything else said to the contrary is false. These invalid rumors are unfair to the Kings and are misleading to the many outstanding young men we are recruiting to attend U of L.

"I have great respect for the Kings, their ownership and (President for Basketball Operations) Geoff Petrie. However, I have been totally committed to U of L the past eight seasons and I am looking forward to the future more than ever. We are all very anxious for the start of next season and will concentrate our efforts on what we can control, not on what we can't."

Complete Press Release from Louisville

Another John Wall Prediction (Not Mine)

Here is an article from BleacherReport.com that offers some opinions on the John Wall recruiting saga. I do not agree with this article, but it is something to read on a quiet day. The author of this article feels that John Wall will narrow his list to Kentucky, North Carolina State and Florida. I personally see no way that he chooses Florida or NC State, but here are the reasons the author gives as to why he'll choose these three:

Reason in Wall choosing Kentucky.

It is his best fit. This is the team that will have the best players for him to be around. He will have John Calipari as a coach who has developed some great guards recently. He developed Derrick Rose in one season in NCAA, and was recently named this year's NBA Rookie of the Year. Last year Tyreke Evans improved enough to where he and NBA scouts think he is ready for the NBA. In my opinion that is a huge attraction for top rated guards. Also, if Wall goes to Kentucky he has a really good chance to win the SEC and also a good chance to make a run in March.

Reason in Wall choosing NC State.

Sidney Lowe. Lowe was the first one to offer Wall in high school. No other school was giving this kid any attention, but Lowe saw some potential in him. Wall's mother loves NC State and Sidney as well.

Plus, she wants her son to stay close to home too. John Wall also already has a relationship with NC State's team.

For the past couple of years he has played pick up games with players from NC State, which is a great thing for team chemistry, because he knows them all and how they play their game too. Lastly, he could have a "Kevin Durant" type impact on NC State (since he is probably going to enter the NBA after one season).

He would turn NC State's program around being an automatic fan favorite, since he is from Raleigh. He could be the player to start a foundation for future NC State players to build on, and who will try and make NC State a top program again.

Personally, this is where I want Wall to go...because I am a State fan. I could write on Wall and State all day, but I need to finish this article.

Reasons in Wall choosing Florida

Since Nick Calathes declared for the NBA draft, Billy Donovan has been recruiting Wall hard. He flew all the way up to Oregon to watch him play in a tournament. Donovan has shown that he really wants this kid, and Wall has shown Florida some interest.

Wall at Florida would be interesting, because they would probably compete with Kentucky next year for the SEC and possibly be a sleeper team in March.

Here is the complete article

Happy Mother's Day


Everyone remember to honor all the mothers today. I want to express my love and appreciation for my beautiful wife, Amanda. She is a tremendous mother and wife.

Amanda, Happy Mother's Day and I love you!

Also, a special Mother's Day hug and kiss to my mom for all the wonderful things she has done for me.

What is Mother's Day? (per Wikipedia)

The modern Mother's Day holiday was created by Anna Jarvis as a day for each family to honor its mother, and it's now celebrated on various days in many places around the world. It complements Father's Day, the celebration honoring fathers.

This holiday is relatively modern, being created at the start of the 20th century, and should not be confused with the early pagan and Christian traditions honoring mothers, or with the 16th century celebration of Mothering Sunday, which is also known as Mother's Day in the UK.

In most countries the Mother's Day celebration is a recent holiday derived from the original US celebration. Exceptions are, for example, the Mothering Sunday holiday in the UK.

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