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Kentucky Basketball: Wheels Within Wheels

John Calipari's Dribble Drive Motion Offense -- Who's buying it? Only the best high school players in the country, as intended.

What Losing Jodie Meeks to the NBA Means

What does losing Jodie Meeks to the NBA mean to UK's 3-point offense next year? Nothing good ...

Updated UK basketball roster

For those of you keeping track, we need one more scholarship if Jodie leaves, two more if he stays.

Patterson Update -- It's almost official

Marc Maggard, citing very good sources, says that Patrick Patterson will be returning to Kentucky for his junior season. This is great news for 'Cat fans. Listen to it at the above link, Marc has made it free for anyone. Brett Dawson just tweeted a blog post that he is hearing the same thing. Hat tip: BBallSophist

Bledsoe to UK -- What Next?

Eric Bledsoe will sign with the University of Kentucky, and the Wildcats have a coveted point guard. Are they now a contender?

ESPN: Chat with Jordan Brand All-Americans

Lots and lots of interesting stuff on here. John Wall and Xavier Henry both talk UK, along with a tiny bit about other schools. UK fans dominate the chat, and I think both players give us some hints about what they are thinking. The thing that got me about Wall was that he is wanting to stay close to home. The thing that struck me about Henry were his comments vis-a-vis Jodie Meeks. Enjoy, and discuss.

Melick: Is Alabama's basketball talk too tough for bluegrass-bound DeMarcus Cousins?

This is an interesting piece by Ray Melick of the Birmingham News. Apparently, Cousins has some difficulties in his high school career that haunt him to this day in Alabama, and combined with his decision not to stay with UAB unless they agreed to mutually terminate his LOI in case of a Mike Davis departure has left a sour taste in some folks' mouths. The thing with UAB was absolutely nothing for anyone to get upset about. It was a businesslike decision that is being demanded more and more often from high profile recruits, for good or ill. In the case of Memphis, I have no doubt it would have been the identical situation had Cousins opted to sign an LOI, which he did not. I don't like kids breaking their verbal agreements, but they do it all the time whether I like it or not, and it is frequently tied to coaching changes. More and more, high profile recruits are showing reluctance to sign letters of intent that don't include an agreement to mutually terminate it if the coach leaves. I can totally understand this, and agree with it as long as it is negotiated up front, and I think we will continue to see this trend in the future. As a practical matter, LOI's are almost always mutually terminated after a coaching change if the player desires it. I like the fact that more and more players are asking for that in writing -- it avoids ambiguities and misunderstandings, and the ethical quandary of breaking one's word in writing because the LOI is with the school, not the coach.

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