There is understandably a lot of interest in the NBA summer league game with no less than five new Wildcats trying to display their talents. Some have had more success than others, and we have a ton of reports today on how they are doing.
Bledsoe has shown that he can get into the lane - now if he can only find something positive to do when he gets there, we'll be onto something.
A few growing pains for Bledsoe at the moment, but he'll get there.
After signing Patrick Patterson, matching the offer on Lowry, picking up the option on Chuck Hayes ($2.33million) and getting the news that Yao Ming would not opt out of his contract ($17.69million), the Rockets are now on the books for $67.27million in guaranteed salaries for 2010-2011. (If the current reports are true, Lowry's first year will net him roughly $5.75million. Patterson is slated to earn $1.52million.)
Good news for both Patrick and Chuck. Glad to see they are both solidly on the team in Houston and earning a nice living in the process.
Patterson plays within himself and within his limits, perhaps more so than any rookie I have seen in quite a while. He knows exactly what he can and cannot do and he fashions his game within his own personal range. Not to say that he isn't constantly working to improve his upon his talents, but rather that he makes the most out of his ability without trying to do too much.
Still more love for Patrick Patterson. No surprise. He did exactly the same thing at Kentucky.
Ken Berger (who it should be noted was not in attendance for either of the first two games) wrote that tonight was "arguably" John Wall's best game. That's kind of insane to suggest when Wall shot 4-19 and generally struggled to create offense for himself. But I will say this: Wall was certainly more under control tonight than in either of the first two games.
Then again, it's no surprise to see him struggle a bit shooting the ball.
There was the stuff that matters - John Wall continues to click with his teammates, JaVale McGee showed off some incredible moves in the post and along the baseline, Jeremy Lin should've been drafted, Dominique Jones can come in and defend NBA players right away, Cartier Martin and Lester Hudson are each making solid cases for themselves to make a roster either in Washington or elsewhere, JaVale McGee still needs to rebound better, etc.
It's no surprise to see John Wall succeeding.
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If that's not enough, he [DeMarcus Cousins] also hit the game-winner in last night's contest against the Timberwolves and has proved himself to be a funny, engaging, and confident presence on the court and in interviews. He's been so fantastic that Tom Ziller, the Internet's top Kings fan, is getting worried that it could all be too good to be true.
Cousins is tearing up the summer league, and impressing everyone with his attitude and personality.
Why am I not surprised?
He came off the bench at the U-17 World Championship but finished as the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 15.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in 19.5 minutes. He scored one point in an exhibition against Russia but had team highs of 30 points and 15 rebounds in a semifinal defeat of Canada.
If Gilchrist can average these kind of numbers his first year at UK, he will be a great player.
10. Can Joker gin up his own honeymoon? Two years running the Kentucky offense while in the purgatory known as "head coach in waiting" and some controversial late-game play-calling in three bitter 2009 defeats robbed Joker Phillips of a fan honeymoon after he finally replaced Rich Brooks.
In 2010, can Joker beat the teams — say Louisville, South Carolina, Tennessee — it would take to generate a loving feeling from the UK fandom?
If UK defeats Louisville, snaps one of the streaks and gets to a bowl, I'd say Joker is going to get some love.
- Recruit Tony Wroten says Kentucky tops his list, but he hasn't committed yet - Campus Rivalry: College Football & Basketball News, Recruiting, Game Picks, and More - USATODAY.com
Lochmueller is the daughter of former University of Kentucky basketball player Steve Lochmueller, a member of the 1971 "Super Kittens" recruiting class.
Last week was probably the worst week in Southeastern Conference history, or at least since the University of Kentucky basketball program was shut down in the early 1950s for point shaving.
Knock wood, Kentucky has managed to stay out of this comedy of crime.
- Trojans-Vols, Big Three and more headline Page 2's Weekly Best - ESPN
5. DB Glen Faulkner – Kentucky – It’s a tough call between Faulkner and Clinton-Dix to see who’s the best defensive back committed in the SEC. Faulkner (6-2, 195) is an excellent athlete from East St. Louis (Mo.) High School who bought in early to new Wildcats head coach Joker Phillips. Faulkner is an active player who will make a difference covering different parts of the field. He can hit, too, and he’ll get bigger to help that part of his game. Faulkner should be the right guy to help continue Kentucky’s recent trend of improved defensive play.
Look out, SEC. Joker Phillips is convinced Kentucky can be a SEC football power. More than a few folks believe him. In just more than six months as coach, Phillips has commitments from 14 prospects for the 2011 recruiting class. That includes highly regarded defensive back Glen Faulkner and defensive tackle Clint Tucker, both of East St. Louis (Ill.) High. This time last year, the Wildcats had two commitments.
I like where we seem to be headed.