Big Blue Nation Linkapalooza: Early Draft Edition

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I was a little late getting to the morning Quickies, so I figure a noon Linkapalooza would be the next best thing.

We all know that tonight is the NBA Draft at 7:00 PM on ESPN. If you didn't know, please crawl out from under your rock, get an Internet connection, and join the rest of the world.

Today's Tweet of the Morning:

Also, I had a response to some Hoosier that just begged for a smackdown:

Your links follow the jump.

Jared Sullinger, Perry Jones show risks of leaving college later // Rob Dauster - SI.com

After the 2010-2011 season, both Sullinger and Jones had the opportunity to leave school and become lottery picks. Actually, if we are being truthful, simply being a "lottery pick" would have been a worst-case scenario; it was unlikely that either player would have made it out of the top five.

Rob Dauster talks about what I discussed earlier this week, in more detail.


Frank Martin Challenges John Calipari To A Troll-Off // From Our Editors - SBNation.com

Seriously, Mike. Jealous, much?

Yeah, Martin was trolling. Calipari was recruiting. There's a difference.


A Daly Dose Of Hoops // The 2012 Daly Dose Of Hoops Mock Draft

Again, John Henson over Terrence Jones. Seems even more insane than taking Kendall Marshall over Marquis Teague to me.


TMZ.com Takes a Funny Look at Anthony Davis and the Brow

This is hilarious. You need to watch it.


2012 NBA draft - Anthony Davis' unexpected rise // ESPN

A familiar story, but one we'd better get used to hearing a lot more of. Video interview with Andy Katz.


Practice report: Starting all over again // CoachCal.com

This deserves a full cup of coffee for reading time. Well worth it, too.


NBA Draft 2012 // John Calipari and Kentucky Basketball Will Be Big Winners

Calipari, who is heading into his fourth season as Kentucky’s head coach, has led the Wildcats to three NCAA tournament appearances. In 2010 his team made it to the Elite Eight; in 2011 the Wildcats went to the Final Four; and in 2012 Kentucky won the championship. Overall, Calipari is 102-14 with the Wildcats, with an astounding 87.9 win percentage, and 505-151 in his wider head coaching career. He was named Sports Illustrated’s 2009 Coach of the Year, awarded the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award, and won the SEC Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012.

John Clay's Big Blue Links.


Jay Bilas evaluates Terrence Jones for tonight’s NBA draft // vaughtsviews

"I don’t think he hurt himself at all by coming back to Kentucky for his sophomore season," said Bilas. "I think he is a better player now for having come back. I don’t think last year he would have been picked as high (in the draft) as some people say and think. No one can really say where he would have gone.

I agree.


Under the Radar: Names you may not know who may be NBA draftees // CBSSports.com


NBA draft 2012 -- Knee of Baylor Bears' Perry Jones III raises red flags, sources say // ESPN
Multiple league sources say that NBA team doctors are concerned about a meniscus issue in Baylor forward Perry Jones' knee.

Renardo Sidney, basketball’s latest cautionary tale // CollegeBasketballTalk

"This whole NBA process is really tough and with me dropping two agents, it really doesn’t look good for me right now," Sidney told Brandon Marcello of the Clarion-Ledger. "Like you said, it sounds like I’m lost. I can admit that I’m lost. I’m just trying to find my way back and see on Thursday what happens."

Bed fully made, and unfortunately, it's a bed of nails. From star to cautionary tale is always a bitter process.


Breaking down the draft: Who will get a GM fired? // CollegeBasketballTalk

I cast my vote for John Henson.


Anthony Davis, Harrison Barnes could lead Wildcats, Tar Heels into NBA Draft history // SI Tracking Blog
Now, this is an angle I hadn't heard before.


Royce White Calls Out Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, then Apologizes via Twitter // Everything Kentucky Online


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