Posted August 15, 2013, 11:49 am
Here's what's hap'nin around the Big Blue Nation:
- CBS Sports' Gregg Doyel is predicting Kentucky will go 40-0 this season and become the first undefeated team since 1976.
- The NCAA released the attendance numbers and Kentucky led the nation yet again with an average of 23,099 people in attendance per game. Uk has led the nation in attendance eight years in a row and 17 of the past 18 seasons.
- CBS Sports did a "Candid Coaches" survey and John Calipari was voted Best Recruiter by his peers, dominating the poll with 49 percent of the vote. Bill Self came in second with 8 percent.
- ESPN GameDay will be coming to Rup Arena for the Kentucky vs Florida game on February 15th.
- Kentucky won't be playing @ Tennessee this season. Since Florida was etched in as Kentucky's "permanent rival" they are the only team UK is guaranteed to play twice each season now that the conference has expanded.
- Trey Lyles and James Blackmon Jr. will both be visiting UK for Big Blue Madness. Kentucky is now considered the favorite for both of the decomitted former Indiana commits.
- Highly touted recruits Emmanuel Mudiay (PG) and Stanley Johnson (SF) will both be attending Big Blue Madness as well. Mudiay and Johnson are both considered Kentucky leans. 247 Sports released their updated rankings yesterday and had Mudiay as their top prospect with Johnson ranked #2. Johnson is the only Small Forward Kentucky has offered a scholarship to in the Class.
- Tyus Jones, considered the overall top PG in the 2014 Class will be visiting UK September 27th - 29th.
- Jahil Okafor, the overall #1 Center in the 2014 Class, (and overall #1 player in many rankings) will be visiting UK for the Kentucky Alumni Game.
- Devin Booker (2014 shooting guard) listed his top 5 on Twitter this week - UK, Florida, Michigan, Michigan St. and Missouri.
- 2014 SG Josh Perkins will be making his college decision announcement on August 24th. Perkins is believed to have wanted to be a Wildcat but Kentucky is sitting pretty with Emmanuel Mudiay and now Tyus Jones is also visiting UK so Perkins will probably be heading elsewhere.
- Tyler Ulis, another highly touted 2014 PG will visit Kentucky tomorrow. It's unlikely he will end up at Kentucky. I think he will end up at Michigan State.
Here's an awesome video covering the last few years since Coach Cal took the helm.
The John Calipari Era - Updated
Posted August 9, 2013, 5:50 pm
No, not the James Blackmon that played at Kentucky from 1983-1987, but his uber talented offspring has just received an offer from his father's alma mater. James Blackmon, Jr. is ranked #33 on Rivals and thought at one time that he would look better in candy striped pants. That changed when he decommitted from his homestate Hoosiers yesterday.
Blackmon claims his de-committment has not ruled out ultimately playing for Mr. Clappy in Bloomington, but rumors abound that he may be heading out of State. Blackmon committed to IU in 2010 and says he has not had anything to compare to Indiana. That is all changing as offers are coming in from all over for the top 5 shooting guard in the 2014 recruiting class.
Talent + 2nd generation Cat + IU losing a recruit to UK = win-win-win
C'mon home, Junior!
Posted August 3, 2013, 11:54 am
KentuckyBasketballForum.com passed the 5000th Like milestone on Facebook this morning. THANK YOU VERY MUCH to all those who have supported us!
Posted July 31, 2013, 6:27 pm
KBF will be literally courtside for the return of Darius Miller, Anthony Davis and John Wall to Rupp Arena on October 19th. Pre-sale tickets went on-sale this morning for K Fund participants and I snagged four on row 3 off the floor. If the opportunity presensts itself, I'll see if I can pluck a hair from Anthony Davis' brow.
This NBA pre-season game will cap off the beginning of UK basketball season. Big Blue Madness will be on Friday night, October 18th and we'll all get our first look at the 2013-14 National Champions.
Tickets go on-sale to the general public for this NBA game next Friday at 10 am ET through Ticketmaster.
Posted July 31, 2013, 4:52 pm
- John Wall just got paid. Wall signed a max contract extrension with the Washington Wizards for $80 million over the next five years.
- The Washington Wizards will play the New Orleans Pelicans in an NBA preseason game in Rupp Arena on October 19th at 7:00 PM E.T. That's the day after Big Blue Madness so it could be a great weekend for Wildcat fans.
- In non-flattering news, Terrence Jones was arrested for alledgedly stomping a homeless man's leg after leaving a bar and telling him to "Wake Up". Jones is claiming he wasn't the one who did it and it was someone else in his group. Regardless, it looks bad on TJ and I'm kind of glad I didn't make it to the Towne Mall to get his autograph.
- Brandon Knight is no longer a Piston. Detroit traded Knight along with Slava Kravtsov and Khris Middleton to the Milwaukee Bucks for Brandon Jennings.
- Josh Harrellson has been named Asia-Basket player of the year in China. Jorts has been tearing up the scene in China and also received awards for Forward of the Year, Import of the Year, and he made the All-Domestic Team. I'm proposing a nickname change to "Chorts".
Posted July 30, 2013, 2:11 pm
Here's what's been hap'nin around the BBN:
Links for Wildcats in the NBA news:
Around the SEC:
The SEC East just got a little bit easier. Kevin Stallings has verified that two of Vandy's best players from last season, Kevin Bright and Kedren Johnson, will not be on the team this season. Bright signed a pro contract with a team in Germany and Johnson violated team rules.
Around the NCAA:
North Carolina's PJ Hairston has been suspended indefinitely. If getting caught in a rental car from a booster with a gun and a bag of weed wasn't enough, Hairston was pulled over for going 93 in a 65 mile per hour zone. Somehow the gun and weed charges got dropped recently but it's going to be hard for Ole Roy to overlook Hairston's conduct. Surprisingly, most Tar Hole fans are saying anything less than a year suspension will be an embarrassment to the university. The Tar Holes continue to look shadier and shadier since they were caught with fake "no show" classes for their basketball and football players. Those incidents got swept under the rug as well. It will be interesting to see if Hairston gets the boot or merely a slap on the wrist. I think there are good odds that he will be suited up for the UK game, one of the tougher games on our schedule. If not, the Cats chances of going undefeated get much better.
Posted July 19, 2013, 3:54 pm
Kyle Wiltjer has decided to grow out his hair, live on granola bars and transfer away from Kentucky. Wiltjer will enroll at Gonzaga where the Zags have shown over the last few years they can mold slow white boys into NBA talent.
KBF laid out a case several weeks ago why this was not a bad move for Kyle. When you take into account his unhappiness last year with his role, the freakishly awesome incoming class at Kentucky and Kyle has been chumming it up all Summer with Gonzaga players on the Canadian squad; this is no surprise to most UK fans.
We wish Kyle nothing but luck with the Zags!
By Leonardo De Wildcat
Posted July 11, 2013, 11:26 pm
Here are today's Wildcat links from around the nation:
No matter what happens with the Rupp renovations, memories will always be held dear.
Luke Kennard and V.J. King, two 2015 recruits, have been contacted by Kentucky.
Other news across Big Blue Nation:
- Coach Cal offered a scholarship to 2015 small forward Derrick Jones. Jones is a rising star, ranking anywhere from 16th to 11th in the 2015 class. His two favorite schools are currently Syracuse and Kentucky.
- Coach Cal and Coach Payne took in all six rounds of the Peach Jam, where they watched many UK targets. Malik Newman stole the show and became the Peach Jam MVP after putting up 40 points against Houston Hoops.
- Kelly Oubre, a 6'7" shooting guard ranked 19th by Rivals told Adam Zagoria UK offered him a scholarship a couple weeks ago.
- KentuckyBasketballForum.com was voted "best all around Kentucky basketball site" by a random poll of KBF writers.
- Brad Stevens met with Rajon Rondo in Boston. Rondo shot him the Blue Steel look from Zoolander and Stevens started crying. His time as Celtics head coach may be short lived.