Today's edition is dedicated to those who have lost loved ones, homes, and more in the recent tornado disaster in and around Moore, Oklahoma.
John Calipari, Mark Stoops, and Mitch Barnhartt have all donated to relief funds from the Oklahoma City tornado. They are asking all Kentucky fans to join in. I recommend the Salvation Army, and that's who I've used, but the Red Cross is easy and another good option.
The SB Nation Oklahoma Sooners blog Crimson and Cream Machine is also accepting donations and passing them on to the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief.
Tweet of the Morning:
John Calipari says the Cleveland Cavaliers have scouted Nerlens Noel more than any other NBA team.— NBAFLASHNEWS (@NBAFLASHNEWS) May 23, 2013
Think that could be a sign?
Wildcat Blue Nation says that Kentucky must beat Western next year. I agree. A loss in that one will undo some of the good will Stoops & Co. have accrued so far.
As a Western alumni, that's a tough one for me, but as a Kentucky blogger, you have to remember who you're writing for.
Mark Stoops' defense at Florida St. ran a lot of stunts and twists. I imagine we can expect that here as well (Via Hank).
We all want Nerlens Noel to go #1 in the draft, and since Cleveland won the draft lottery, they'll get dibs on him. John Calipari says that if they do take Noel #1, they will have done the right thing, because "they haven't made mistakes."
Julius Mays will participate in the pre-NBA Draft combine at East Rutherford, NJ.
Update on Nerlens Noel's knee from Larry Vaught:
"The knee is doing good," Noel said. "I have been working hard in rehab. My physical therapist has been telling me I am ahead of schedule and I’m coming along really well. (Orthopedic surgeon) Dr. James Andrews (told) me when I had the surgery that it went very well. He’s told me to make sure I take things slow and stay focused on physical therapy. That’s the key thing."
Via Aaron's blog.
The UK incoming freshmen basketball players have declined to try out for Team USA for the FIBA Under 19 World Championships. Calipari says it wasn't his idea:
"Most of it is, they didn’t want to play. I’m not forcing kids to do anything," Calipari told Sporting News. "I think the reason they all turned it down is, they want to get started."
Jodie Meeks is back on campus to work on his degree.
Cleveland Cavaliers expected to snap up Nerlens Noel with the #1 pick. I think it makes sense, considering they need front court help, and their defense needs immediate assistance.
Note that Archie Goodwin still makes the first round despite a bad NBA Draft Combine.
Don't let anyone tell you that UK's freshmen, or Jabari Parker for that matter, were snubbed for the U19 team:
Among the names not listed on the 24-player U-19 tryout roster (the World University Games roster will be released soon but McDermott is the top name) are incoming freshmen like Duke’s Jabari Parker or Kentucky’s Julius Randle and/or Andrew or Aaron Harrison. They were not snubbed. Boeheim said they couldn’t come due to summer school commitments.
"Nerlens is three or four weeks ahead of most people with an ACL injury,'' Wilk said Tuesday after putting him through a series of strengthening and stretching exercises. "He doesn't have any swelling, no pain, has a nice dry knee and everything has been smooth.''
Via AAaron's blog.
Other UK sports
- Super regional another step up for a Wildcats softball program that has really prospered under Rachel Lawson.
Saturday Down South predicts a Texas A&M-Alabama showdown for the 2013 BCS championship. But won't it be the College Football Playoff championship? Or will it still be called the hated BCS?
Ex Penn St. president Graham Spanier wants the criminal charges filed against him for covering up Jerry Sandusky's horrible crimes to be dismissed. Good luck with that.
Mike DeCourcy is mostly right about what Andrew Wiggins means to Kansas:
I find it interesting that oddsmakers have moved Kansas to what the English call "second favorite" as the result of Wiggins choosing KU. As much as I admire Wiggins, and I wrote recently that he will be one of the greatest pure athletes in NBA history, it seems a lot to ask for any player to elevate a team that does not have a returning starter to being expected to reach the Final Four.
I think this is right. Tarik Black helps them, but not to the point of making Kansas a top four team. Put them in the top ten, for sure, but that's about all.
Florida's Will Yeguete has another knee surgery, which will keep him out for four months. He should be back in time for the season, though. Kid can't catch a break.
Other sports news
Duke Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski looks like he'll be retained as the coach for the U.S. Olympic Team.
Sergio Garcia is doing his very best to rehabilitate Tiger Woods' image by damaging his own. Woods is taking the age-old advice that when an opponent is busy destroying himself, get out of his way.
Bruins Nation is out to replace UCLA's athletics director.
- Oklahoma high school football team has a narrow escape from the devastating tornado (Via Hank).