Karl Towns is back in the news, this time as the subject of an excellent article over at Sports Illustrated. Here's a taste:
At 7-foot-1, 245 pounds, Towns is one of the most uniquely gifted high school players in the country. He has the size to play power forward or center, the perimeter skills and shooting stroke to play small forward and the passing ability to play point guard. It's no wonder why Towns himself can't even name his own position.
"I can't," he says. "You saw me dribbling. I don't see anybody doing that. I shoot the three lights-out. I feel like my post-up game is above average. Everyone always asks me what position I am, and I always say, 'I really don't know. Whatever you want me to be.'"
I'll tell you what I want you to be, Karl -- a Wildcat. And you will be. I tell you what I did not know, and that is that Towns no longer plays on the AAU circuit, and hasn't for 2 years.
Tweet of the Morning:
Congrats to the 73 Wildcats from 18 different teams who made the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll yesterday! http://t.co/kLKoiJ0jvI— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthleticsNews) July 16, 2013
Awesome. Just awesome.
Bud Dupree named ESPN first team preseason All-SEC defensive end. [Hank]
I've always felt tOSU had a soft schedule, now they admit it. [Hank]
Why Stoops and Marrow are working on a relationship with Cincinnati's Colerain High School. [Hank]
My heart goes out to Josh, this is a really tough blow to take. He was poised for a huge year, and now a major setback threatens his entire career at UK. I just hate how life is sometimes. All the best to Josh, and I hope he comes back even stronger and better.
Learn about Defensive Coordinator D.J. Eliot.
For Whom the Cowbell Tolls ranks the best SEC 2013 offensive line players.
The Lombardi award watch list. No UK players on this one.
Six men's basketball players are on the SEC's first-year Academic Honor Roll. Read the article to find out who made it. I think a couple will surprise you.
Luke Kennard not only got the attention of John Calipari, but Mike DeCourcy as well.
DeCourcy compares Trey Lyles to Bob McAdoo in the same piece.
UK target Angel Delgado heading to Huntington Prep. He'll be close enough for Calipari to watch often.
My favorite question for SEC Media Days: "Coach Bielema, Talk a little bit about how your experience in the Big Ten will help in losing games against SEC competition." Pick yours. [Hank]
Does this sound familiar? Kentucky isn't unique. [Hank]
[Glenn] I rather liked this one for Mark Stoops: "Your basketball credentials seem thin. What can you do to help Coach Calipari bring home another title?" Heh.
Boys behaving badly: Latest in the Vandy scandal. [Hank]
[Glenn] Could we see some Fulmer Cup points for Vanderbilt? Whooda thunk it.
Johnny Football off to jail. Well, no, not really, although it could have been worse. [Hank]
- SEC out-NCAAing the NCAA. Consider:
The SEC is a leader in football, yes, but the league has done more for college athletics as a whole in the past decade than the NCAA. It has had better ideas, been more decisive and stayed largely untainted -- which is more than we can say about the kingdom in Indianapolis.
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams ended his silence about the P.J. Hairston saga Monday, declaring in a school-issued statement that Hairston "knows he has made serious mistakes, and there will be serious consequences as a result."
[Glenn] When you read on, you'll find this comment from ol' Roy:
"Certainly the idea of suspending P.J. has been discussed," Williams said. "However, he is not currently enrolled in summer school, is not practicing with the team and we have no games until November. There are several options available in terms of discipline, but we are going to wait until the process is complete to decide on those options."
Translation: "For possessing marijuana and weapons in a car provided by a felon, we're going to send him to bed without any supper, and make him do 100 push-ups." Sucks to be you, P.J.
Speaking of Hairston... [Hank]
Bruce Pearl's assistants have a hard time getting hired because of the show-cause penalty they suffered. That's the idea, right?
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Music of the Day [Hank]