So it begins.
Coach Calipari has visited C.J. Leslie this week and his apparently heading out to Los Angeles with John Wall for the Wooden Award ceremonies. Out there, he will reportedly visit Terrence Jones, another UK target.
For the record, and in the order of importance, here are are the players I would really like to see Kentucky get this spring:
Brandon Knight -- Outstanding one-guard talent is nothing but a winner. Can shoot the three, get to the rack, finish, handle and pass. A+ student. What's not to like?
C.J. Leslie -- Ridiculously long and athletic combo forward who can shoot it with range and rebounds like he weighs 250 instead of 205.
Terrence Jones -- Outstanding, athletic forward who can face or post. Has a terrific handle and is the prototype for a DDM forward.
Doron Lamb -- Solid, athletic combo guard who can comfortably run the point for short periods. has a sweet stroke that will only get better.
Josh Selby -- Athletic freak who can score from anywhere. Almost always the most dynamic player on the floor. Finishes at the rim, and can get his own shot anytime.
- Terrence Ross -- Big, long 2-guard prospect who can shoot it with range and has the length and feet to be a good, multiple-position defender.
It's time to reload, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation. Coach Cal is on the case, and in this part of the coaching game, he is simply the best, period. Get ready to welcome some hot new blue-bloods.
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What is Jones waiting for? "Just the right day," he said.
- Josh Selby interview | Vaught's Views
Though the players were kind to each other, the partisan UofL crowd wasn't so friendly toward Poole. Boos drowned out the cheers from UK fans during his introduction. He also heard it when he failed to complete his first dunk attempted in the allotted timeframe.
Don't worry about it, Stacey. They'll be booing next year too, when we're pounding them into the floor of their shiny new arena.
As reported Friday, it Pike junior Marquis Teague is nearing a college decision and it will likely come next week.
This is a biggie. If Calipari lands Teague, Cardinal fans may commit mass suicide. If you think the invective directed at Cal is bad from the River City right now, it is nothing compared to what will happen if Teague comes to UK. Pitino has been on this guy for much longer than Calipari, but word is that UK has made up all that ground.
If Teague goes to the 'Ville, it will be a loss, but not a huge one for UK. The reverse is not true.
At times Jones looks gangly and awkward, but he makes plays. He can dribble with either hand and he has a slow three-pointer, but it goes in if he has time to shoot. He has very long arms, which disrupts opponent's shots. He's also a quick jumper, which enables him to beat opponents for rebounds.
I really like this guy's game. I hope we get him.
DraftExpress: Nike Hoop Summit Practices, Day Two
If you're following recruiting, this is a must-read. A ton of UK prospects are discussed in here.
entucky and Kansas appear to be co-leaders for Doron Lamb, a 6-foot-4 senior guard from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill coach Steve Smith told kentucky.rivals.com.
It probably won't happen, but just imagine if UK beats out Louisville for Teague and Kansas for Lamb. How sweet would that be?
DraftExpress: Nike Hoop Summit Practices, Day Three
Tons of updates for you on UK recruits. [UPDATED 4/10/10 12:15]