Kentucky Wildcats: Morning Quickies - McDonald's All-American Edition

The McDonalds All-American game will take place tonight in the United Center in Chicago. - Andre Ringuette

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Tonight, six Kentucky newcomers participate in the McDonald's All-American game. Alex Poythress returns. Tempo hard on Kentucky offensive lineman. Bat Cats beat Louisville on the road. More.

Be sure to watch the McDonald's All-American game tonight, and get a preview of the talent we have coming in next year.

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Late-breaking update. Good call.

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
  • New Kentucky football tempo keeping linemen gassed // The Courier-Journal

    "Every play is just so much faster," said redshirt freshman Jordan Swindle, who appears to be winning the job at right tackle. "In the other system, we could huddle, think about what we were doing. You can usually catch your breath after a play. You’ve got like 20 seconds to catch your breath. This one, it’s like five seconds, go; five seconds, go. You gotta go the whole time, no breaks."

    Darian Miller has lost 10# in spring practice due to the intensity of the repetitions. It will be interesting to see if Kentucky can sustain drives for more than five or six plays. If they can, defensive lines will begin to struggle at this tempo.

    This high-tempo, wear-em-out pace has been adopted by more and more teams in college football.

  • College coaches speak on troubling trend in recruiting // www.ajc.com

    Some of these coaches are laughable, especially when you consider an offer is an offer until somebody better commits. Stoops is at least honest about it. (Hank)

  • Recruiting idea gets support from SEC coaches // www.ajc.com

    [Mississippi St. coach Dan] Mullen is thinking about proposing a rule for a four-week "dead period" during the summer when the colleges and recruits can’t have any contact with each other. There would be no unofficial visits, no phone calls and no emails.

    Mark Stoops is quoted in this piece, and he seems to think Mullen’s idea is a good one. I do, also. (via Hank)

Kentucky basketball
  • Kentucky's record 6 McDonald's All-Americans help ease the sting of 2012-13 - SBNation.com

    It’s the commitment of Randle that really pushes Calipari’s class to historic heights. The Texas-bred big man was the most physically impressive player at Monday’s practice, flushing alley-oops with ease and proving to be a terror on the glass. He has a handle and nice shooting stroke too, which he proved by draining a few three-pointers during the East squad’s scrimmage. The class of 2013 is loaded with NBA-looking wing players, but no one in the class can match Randle’s power on the inside. He projects as a prototypical NBA four in the mold of Amar’e Stoudemire or Zach Randolph.

    This is a really good piece that will leave you completely stoked for next season – that is, if you actually needed any more stoking, which I suspect you don’t.

  • Poythress did not come to Kentucky expecting to leave after one year and knows he has to change to get better // vaughtsviews

    "I don’t know if it is a surprise. You don’t just come to college expecting to be here one year," said Poythress after UK’s season-ending NIT loss to Robert Morris. "You come college to try and do the best you can. If you have an opportunity, then you leave. Nobody wants to have season like this. It was very surprising we didn’t do better. Last year’s team just made it look so good. They made it look so easy. The reality is that it is not. There is so much hard work that you have to put in, so much more you have to put in. You have to come prepared."

    Absolutely inspiring quote by Alex Poythress. This is the right thing to say, now let’s see if he does the work. I think he will.

  • The UK McDonald’s All-American signees! // vaughtsviews

    Six. Count ’em – Six!

  • NBA players whom UK recruits model their games after // Recruiting

    I like Andrew Harrison’s answer. He wants to play like – Andrew Harrison!

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