Today is the big day for five Kentucky basketball players. Will Kentucky make history and send five players to the NBA in the first round? John Wall will almost certainly make UK history as its first #1 overall draft pick.
Tuesday, I once again joined the guys at Unleash the Rage for a kind of round-table discussion with Kevin Burke of The Hoop Doctors. We had a lot of good discussion, and I chimed in on the Kentucky players in the draft. It's a good pre-draft listen.
Now, for the news:
A great job by Calipari running down the draft. Key phrase: "I'll worry about next year's team next year."
I'll bet. The odds seem to be against that, though.
- Likely No. 1 Draft Pick John Wall:
Point guard John Wall is a virtual lock to go to the Washington Wizards as the school's first-ever No.1 pick.
I think this is right.
As a rebounder, there have been few collegians of recent vintage who have Cousins' ability to read missed shots and position himself to collect them. He has amazing hands that are soft enough to snatch nearly all available rebounds and strong enough to carve out space in the lane.
This is where Cousins can make an immediate impact -- as a rebounder and someone to run the offense through. Cousins is a better passer than most think, and he catches everything thrown his way.
Preview of Daniel Orton from Rush the Court.
Highly rated forward James McAdoo, who had considered graduating from high school early and playing for North Carolina next season, won't head to Chapel Hill until 2011 after all.
Many in Tar Heel country had hoped he would come early. But he will not be doing so.
This is gonna be ugly, I predict.
I got to know World Wide Wes back in the day when I was playing with the Eagles and the Cowboys. I knew him when he was selling sneakers at Pro Shoes across from the Cherry Hill Mall.
A short, but interesting article on William Wesley.
The recent Knight Commission report on balancing college athletics and academics reads more like a doctoral thesis hypothesizing on what's wrong with our society and how to fix it rather than addressing the reality of college athletics.
Reality is something these types of commissions rarely find a way to take hold of. This is no exception.