Calipari has now signed four of the Rivals Top 50. Who will be the next player to help UK reload?
The news for today:
When DeMarcus Cousins was asked Thursday what he wants to buy with his first NBA paycheck, the now-former UK center steered clear of the sports car or SUV cliché.
"It's not a car," Cousins said, "'cause I don't have a license."
This is exactly the kind of thing you would expect from the Big Cuz. Man, I'm going to miss this guy.
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I prefer the college game, but there is no doubt that the NBA athletes are superior, and can do some remarkable things. To each his own.
But now the UK fanatics have been talked down from their ledges after the top guard in the Class of 2010, Brandon Knight (No. 2, Scout.com ) and the top player in the junior class, Michael Gilchrist, pledged their love and their futures to John Calipari on Wednesday -- the first day of the late signing period.
Let's face it: Neither would have been in Lexington had Billy Gillispie or Tubby Smith still been the coach.
Well, let's be fair here -- nobody knows. But it is unlikely that either of those two coaches would have landed Knight or Gilchrist, as much for the fact that they would not seriously recruit them as anything else. Gillispie might have recruited them, but with all due respect to the former coach, he didn't win many battles with Calipari.
For a university that just ran the last guy out of town for his personal issues, it is time to take a firm stance on the matter of alcoholism. They hold their players to a standard — there would be an automatic suspension for any player who received a DUI — so why should coach be any different?
I think this is right. If UK starts treating coaches different than players, that way lies the slippery slope to perdition.
More after the jump.
Knight hasn't decided on a college major. He's considering engineering or architecture.
Heh. Talk about your iconoclastic majors!
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Interesting stuff. Saturday looks like a big day for UK fans, one way or the other.
"It's the love here," Cousins said. "I could stay here forever. ... I wanted to stay to help the team keep winning. It was a hard decision."
This is not just lip service. I strongly believe that Cousins agonized over this a bit. He really wanted to return. But given his position in the draft, there is just no way.
"That’s a tough miss for him," Rivals.com recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer said of Donovan. "It’s sort of a double-edged pain there. One, you’re gonna have to coach against (Knight) in the SEC, and number two, you’re sort of left high and dry without a quality point coming in."
Do you remember, dear Kentucky fan, how we used to sweat Donovan's recruiting? How does it feel now that the shoe is on the other foot?
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Kentucky coach John Calipari defended his system of recruiting one-year players by telling reporters, "If you don't recruit them, you'll play against them."
And yet it didn't help Calipari's team avoid elimination against West Virginia, which didn't have a freshman among its nine leading players.
I'll take the older guys. You take Selby and Lamb.
As if you get a choice. Sorry, Arizona, but this sort of commentary looks exactly like what it is -- sour grapes.
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That's a good sign.
"Kentucky is on my list. I talk to coach Cal a lot and have a great relationship with him. They are definitely in it," Jones said. "I like the program, the offense and pretty much everything else.
Love to have this kid.
The fact is that UK coach John Calipari is likely to load up with talent every year. Just like Eric Bledsoe understood, the attraction of going to Kentucky right now is the opportunity to compete on a daily basis against other top talent. John Wall didn't scare away Bledsoe. Instead, he attracted Bledsoe because of the opportunity to compete in practice and then team up in game action.
The thought of Gilchrist and Quincy Miller playing together is thrilling. I hope it happens.
Marquis Teague, a top Class of 2011 target for Lousiville and Kentucky, has been ranked as the No. 1 prospect in Indiana by Rick Bolus' High Potential Recruiting Service.
Okay, how's this sound -- Marquis Teague at the point, Gilchrist at the 3 and Quincy Miller at the 4 (or vice versa).
Plug in two other players, and you have the DDM Dream Team.
Selby and Lamb's decisions left UCLA-bound center Josh Smith as the only future Pac-10 player to participate in either the McDonald's All-American or Jordan Brand Classic games - unless Portland's undecided Terrance Jones chooses Washington.
Wow. When was the last time that happened?
Prospect C.J. Leslie noted that Calipari was the only coach to make a visit since the dead period ended April 8.
"That definitely means a lot," Leslie said. "That means he's going after me pretty hard. . . . It's going to play a part in my decision.
I think Tipton gets this pretty much spot on.
UConn suffered two more recruiting losses Saturday when prime targets Doron Lamb and Josh Selby picked other programs.
As Jim Calhoun is one of my least favorite coaches and UConn is one of my least favorite teams, I must admit to engaging in some schadenfreude here.
"I wish I had Doron Lamb, but he chose Kentucky," Selby said. "Now, we’re getting Terrence Jones, to be honest, to fill Xavier Henry’s spot."
So what we have now is Selby vs. Knight in the recruiting battle? This is just a wee bit droll, if you ask me.
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The Pike High School star, who is ranked No. 2 in the nation in the 2011 class by Rivals.com, told The Indianapolis Star on Friday that he will announce his college choice Thursday.
If you think the Louisville invective is bad now (and it is), if Teague chooses Kentucky, it will get much, much worse.
But how many people saw Bledsoe bolting after one year? If memory serves, most experts figured EB would show his off-guard skills, then assume point duties in 2010-11 after Wall made the expected bolt for the Association. Instead, Bledsoe has decided to strike while the iron is hot.
And Daniel Orton? Please. He wasn't even a Calipari recruit. He was a re-recruit, first inked by Billy Gillipsie, then persuaded to stay in the fold by Calipari. Orton didn't even start, much less score much, if at all most games. He has that NBA body, however. He figures to be at least a first-round pick by draft night.
This class was an outlier, and there was only one known "one and done" when they committed.