The Nike Hoop Summit had UK players on both sides, the USA and the World team. Julius Randle and Andrew Harrison impressed, Aaron Harrison had another cold shooting game.
Tweet of the Weekend:
Who would have imagined this after going 2-10 last year?
Nice to see. Kentucky continues to make Lexington attractive for more and more talented players, and it’s very important for Stoops & Co. to ride this wave of goodwill for all it’s worth. With the toughest schedule in the nation next year, reality is likely to take a bite out of our elevated expectations all too soon. (Via Hank)
I’m glad someone asked… (Hank)
Horton, who chose UK over Florida State and Vanderbilt, is the highest-ranked high school running back to sign with the Wildcats since Rivals.com began ranking players in 2002.
Another first for the Wildcats. This is getting good. This kid is a beast at 203#, that’s serious SEC size.
This year will definitely be much better – Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee
Fictional fan thought process: It’s not going to be easy, but with (insert change here), there’s no reason we can’t go .500 in league play and go to a bowl game. If we get a few breaks, going 5-3 or even 6-2 isn’t out of the question.
This definitely describes many Kentucky fans, although with our schedule, .500 would take a miracle. Winning 2 games is possible, though, and although 3 becomes a vanishingly small possibility, it is still within the realm of the possible, if unlikely.
- Julius Randle talks about why he came to Kentucky. Here is a guy who hates to lose. Via Aaron's blog.
This is a really excellent article on Marcus Lee and gives a lot of insight into his personality. He is the kind of player that would have no problem at all returning to Kentucky for one or more season.
There’s also a lot of indirect insight into how John Calipari is so successful. He speaks the languages of the kids, and he reflects the kids’ personality back to them with his own. I can’t say whether this is just natural for Coach Cal, or whether he is applying his riff on an advanced sales technique called "reflection" taught in many high-end sales training programs. "Reflection" takes a lot of time and effort to master. (via Hank)
- NCAA may allow earlier start date for basketball practice // A Sea Of Blue
"I am going to keep it to myself on this one," Willis said. "This is big. When I find it out, I will be sure to tell somebody, but I am going to keep it to myself."
What does he know that we don’t?
Derek Willis showed he belonged, no doubt about it.
Other UK sports
After winning its first three league series of the season, Kentucky (24-14) has now slipped to 7-10 in the conference after dropping successive series to LSU, Tennessee and South Carolina.
The Bat Cats are in a downhill spiral.
- No. 14 S. Carolina Walks Off With 11-Inning Win // UKAthletics.com
- No. 17 Softball Falls at Arkansas 4-0 // UKAthletics.com
- Women's Golf Tied for Fourth Following Day Two of SEC's // UKAthletics.com
- Kentucky Sports Radio // Tony Romo’s Sunday News and Views
- Tom Leach // Sunday Links
- John Clay's Big Blue Links // John Clay's Sidelines
- John Clay's SEC Links // John Clay's Sidelines
There was nothing spectacular about Alabama’s lackluster A-Day game, which featured a late touchdown by the White team for a 17-14 win on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Even if there was, Nick Saban would never say it.
Nick Saban, understandably, was rather less than pleased.
So 78,000+ represents “low” attendance? Only at Alabama. And they call us freaks for sending 25k to the basketball scrimmage.
This is sad… (Hank)
It’s hard to forget anyone with a name like “Seventh Woods.” It’s even harder to forget that person if they’re a prodigiously talented, 14-year-old basketball phenom.
Pretty amazing video. I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot more about him in a couple of years.
Other sports news
Very naughty, Al.
I haven’t used Red Hat, or it’s community development branch Fedora, for many years. But it used to be my go-to distribution.
Nowadays, I’m a fan of Linux Mint and Puppy Linux. It’s really cool booting up Puppy, which runs 100% in RAM, and finding out just how fast web surfing can really be.
College no longer guarantees success or even a good enough job to pay back student loans. Thanks, but no thanks, some high school grads are starting to say to higher ed. Instead, some are starting their own businesses, working for free at companies to get experience, and flying out to conferences to network.
I’ve always known this, but today’s skyrocketing tuition has seriously impacted the value of a college education when compared to its cost.
Everybody should think security first when it comes to any online transaction, but it shouldn’t dissuade you from using online tools.
Understanding how technology works can produce contempt for it, but if you’re smart, you have multiple firewalls and privacy guards on your computer.
Older folks have a somewhat irrational fear of online security, but this describes a more laissez-faire attitude than I would be comfortable with. Just know that identity thieves are out there, and reasonable precautions are necessary. Don’t invite crackers and thieves into your online home with soft security.