Archive for May, 2010

Some Weekend Notes

May 28, 2010 7:26 am

As we head into Memorial Day Weekend we are currently in a recruiting “dead” period untill June 1st. Arnett Moultrie is set to make his visits to both Kentucky and Texas as soon as the dead period is over and will decide soon after he has completed those visits. In other news, UK announced that the game against North Carolina this year will be set for December 4th. Finally, The Oregonian out of Portland Oregon as well as Oregon Head Coach Dana Altman are saying that Oregon assistant Kenny Payne will be taking the same position at Kentucky. Payne, a former Louisville player, is known for is incredible recruiting ability. It’s hard to believe that this staff could get any stronger in the recruiting department but Kenny Payne will definitely add to this staff’s productivity. Have a good Memorial Day Weekend, sit back and enjoy some racing. Go Big Blue!!!

100 DAYS!!!

May 28, 2010 12:01 am

Untill the Cats and Cards tee it up at Papa Johns Stadium in Louisville.

Your Commander and Chief

May 25, 2010 9:56 pm

Massive unemployment, 2 wars, health care, and immigration reform. But what we all really want to know is what does President Obama think about John Wall. The President took some time from his busy day to break down John Wall’s game for us.

“Wall is a terrific player. He’s got NBA speed, a NBA body, great jump shot, unselfish, really impressive. There’s only upside for him, and I think it’d be great for him to come to Washington.”

So there you go. Let’s hope when Mr. Wall makes his way to Washington that his approval numbers are able to stay sky high. Go Big Blue!!!

The Final Piece?

May 24, 2010 4:02 pm

Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari mentioned towards the end of last week that he would like to add one more player to the current recruiting class. With power forward Kadeem Jack looking like he will be heading to South Kent Prep School, it leaves UTEP transfer Arnett Moultrie as the top canidate to finalize the 2010 recruiting class. Moultrie is a 6’10 power forward out of Memphis, Tennessee. He is very long and athletic and has the potential to be a lottery pick in the NBA Draft in the near future. As a freshman at UTEP, Moultrie averaged 8.8 points to go along with 8.2 boards a game. With the addition of Louisville transfer Derrick Caracter, Moultrie’s rebounding numbers dipped a bit during his sophomore campaign but he still averaged 9.8 points and 6.7 boards. Moultrie is set decide within the next week and is down to Kentucky and Texas. Wherever Moultrie decides to transfer, NCAA rules dictate that he must sit out the 2010-2011 season. He still will be allowed to practice with the team and would be eligible to lace it up starting in the fall of 2011. Go Big Blue!!!

How Does This Class Stack Up?

May 20, 2010 3:00 pm

Just a week ago, Kentucky was looking for someone to fill the 4 spot on next year’s roster. Now, after last night’s commitment from Terrence Jones and last weekend’s commitment from Eloy Vargas, Kentucky has gone from a very thin frontcout to one of the best in America. Jones’ commitment last night not only solidifies the frontcourt for the Cats, it also gurantees by far that this is the #1 recruiting class in the country this year making it two years in a row the Cats hauled in the top ranked class.

But how does this class stack up to some of the all-time great recruiting classes? Last season’s class drew a lot of comparisons to the famous “Fab 5” of Michigan. When the numbers were crunched, Michigan’s “Fab 5” came out on top of Kentucky’s 2009 class by just fractions of a point. At first glance, this season’s Kentucky class is very impressive but doesn’t quite seem to measure up to last season’s class or the “Fab 5”, but the numbers seem to suggest otherwise. When these three classes are averaged out, the 2010 UK class has overtaken Michigan’s “Fab 5” as the greatest recruiting class of all-time. Take a look at where each player ranked.

Fab 5                           UK 2009                         UK 2010

1-Chris Webber             1-John Wall               3-Enes Kanter

5-Juwan Howard           2-DeMarcus Cousins  6-Brandon Knight 

8-Jalen Rose               22-Daniel Orton          13-Terrence Jones

18-Jimmy King             23-Eric Bledsoe          21-Doron Lamb

48-Ray Jackson           40-Jon Hood              33-Stacey Poole

   avg-16.2                    avg-17.6                   avg-15.2

As you can see, statiscally speaking, this year’s class average is better than any class in the history of college basketball. I found this rather surprising as this class doesn’t necessarily have the “star power” of a John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins or Chris Webber and Jalen Rose, but as a whole it is a stronger class. Of course once the ball is tipped in early November all of these rankings are arbitrary, but untill then, it is yet another development to get excited about as a Wildcat fan. Of course the accomplishment by this year’s class will be short lived as next year’s class is already set up to be a monster. Go Big Blue!!!

Terrence Jones Is A Cat!!!

May 19, 2010 11:06 pm

 

Back on April 30th, a still undecided Terrence Jones put on a Washington hat at a school press conference announcing that he would attend school close to home on the west coast. Immediately after his decision, Jones started to have second thoughts about the decision he made and took us all on a crazy ride to tonight where he ultimately chose Kentucky. He did not sign a LOI but instead choose to sign Finacial Aid papers similar to what Brandon Knight did back in April. Before this decsion I thought Kentucky had about a 20% chance of landing Jones making tonight’s decsion pretty surprising to me. This gurantees that Kentucky ends up with the #1 recruiting class, again. This team has now jumped to a top 10 team going into next season and makes this team a realistic championship contender. GO BIG BLUE!!!

And The Winner Is…

May 18, 2010 10:10 pm

…The Washington Wizards.

For the 5th time in the last 6 seasons, the winner of the NBA Draft Lottery was a team with a single digit chance at taking home the #1 pick. Washington entered the night with just a 7.6% chance of landing the top pick, and with their majority owner Irene Polin looking on, the Wizards won the John Wall sweepstakes. The Wizards currently have 4 point guards on their roster and drafting Wall would put them at the 5. I would anticipate the Wizards moving Gilbert Arenas to the 2-guard when he returns from his suspension freeing up the point for Wall. Flip Saunders is the coach in Washington and has had past success in the league coaching the Minnesota Timberwolves to a conference finals appearence and he also led the Detroit Pistons to to 3 consecutive conference finals appearences from 2006-2008. All in all this is a good situation for John Wall. Washington has a solid coaching staff, a large media market, and 2 first round draft pick. Drafting John Wall on June 24th won’t make Washington a contender right away, but it will put the Wizards on track to have a special team in the next few years.

We’ll be around later this week to preview the draft status of Kentucky’s other players who are getting ready for the draft. The NBA Draft Combine is this Friday and will be shown on ESPNU starting at 10:00 A.M. Daniel Orton will attend but will not participate in any physical activities. No word yet on if John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, or Eric Bledsoe will participate.

There is finally an end in sight for the Terrence Jones sweepstakes as the Oregonian has reported that he will either sign a LOI or Financial Aid papers tomorrow. Wednesday is the last day of the spring signing period so it should be noted if this decision is put off again, he will not be able to sign a LOI. We shall see.

As always, Go Big Blue!!!

NBA Draft Lottery

May 17, 2010 1:57 pm

Tomorrow night is the John Wall Sweepstakes (The NBA Draft Lottery). At 8:00 on ESPN the future will become much clearer for a few former Cats as the NBA announces the draft order for the upcoming 2010 NBA Draft. The lottery consists of the 14 teams that did not make the playoffs this season with the exception of the Utah Jazz who own the rights to the New York Knicks draft spot. The odds for each team obtaining the #1 pick are:

  • New Jersey Nets- 25.0%
  • Minnesota Timberwolves- 19.9%
  • Sacramento Kings- 15.6%
  • Golden State Warriors- 11.9%
  • Washington Wizards- 7.6%
  • Philadelphia 76ers- 7.5%
  • Detroit Pistons- 4.3%
  • Los Angelas Clippers- 2.8%
  • Utah Jazz (From NY Knicks)- 1.7%
  • Indiana Pacers- 1.1%
  • New Orleans Hornets- 0.8%
  • Memphis Grizzlies- 0.7%
  • Toronto Raptors- 0.6%
  • Houston Rockets- 0.5%

John Wall should be the #1 pick in June’s draft. The worst case scenario would be if the Utah Jazz were able to grab the #1 pick. The Jazz already have a great young point guard in Deron Williams and it would be very difficult to see them take Wall with the #1 pick. The other teams that John Wall would prefer to not get the top pick would be the Minnesota Timberwolves who drafted 2 point guards last season as well as the Philadelphia 76ers who drafted point guard Jrue Holiday.

To address the major story today regarding the Coach Calipari and Lebron James news from the Chicago Times Tribune, I still have no reason to believe at this point that Coach Calipari will be anywhere but the UK sidelines next season. Anything is possible and while I do believe Coach Cal has some interest in possibly returning to the NBA at some point, I don’t believe it will be at this time. Go Big Blue!

Eloy Vargas

May 15, 2010 3:24 pm

Evan Daniels of scout.com is reporting that power forward Eloy Vargas has committed to Kentucky. This commitment could possibly push this year’s recruiting class back to the #1 overall class for the 2nd year in a row.

UK Heading North

May 13, 2010 1:46 pm

$300,000 has been alotted to the UK Men’s Basketball team for a fall trip north of the border.  Kentucky has been eligible the past few seasons to make an international trip an Coach Calipari decided that with a large number of freshman making up this year’s team, a trip to Canada could give these kids some time to come togethar before the season begins. Also, Rod Strickland has been reassinged to the Head of Basketball Operations at UK making an opening at assistant coaching position. There is speculation the Oregon Assistant Kenny Payne will be named to the position and while it hasn’t happend yet, I expect Payne to be on the sidelines for the Cats next season. It should also be noted that Payne has a very close relationship with Terrence Jones. Go Big Blue, AYE!