As we move ever closer to the NBA Draft, we have more and more mocks, evaluations, workout reports and other information about the five Kentucky players in the draft this year.
DeMarcus Cousins is more question than answer | detnews.com | The Detroit News
"He's not coachable right now and he's not been," ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas said. "He needs a baby-sitter. If you're willing to do that, fine. He could be terrific. He's not a bad kid. He's an immature kid.
Bilas is apparently not a DeMarcus Cousins fan.
Great week ahead for UK basketball
What a great week this could prove to be for the Big Blue Nation and their beloved basketball Wildcats.
On Thursday, John Wall will lead a parade of Cats across the stage at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, where as many as five Kentucky players will be selected during the 2010 NBA Draft. All five are projected to be first round picks, which would be the most selected from one school in draft history.
A great week, indeed.
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Andrew Pruitt is lost in a family of Cincinnati Bearcats fans. But the 8-year-old from Madeira wasn't going to miss the chance to see Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari in Northern Kentucky Monday night.
Calipari continues to confusticate and bebother his detractors with his good works away from the court.
Cincinnati.Com | Cincinnati Enquirer | Unsportsmanlike Conduct " Daily Links, 6/22: Underachievers and Disappointments
John Calipari earned widespread acclaim for his rapid turnaround of Kentucky basketball. In just one season, he turned Billy Gillispie’s NIT outfit into a No. 1 seed and regional finalist. Coach Cal’s skills as a recruiter led to a resurgence in Lexington, and he should be applauded for his skills in convincing players to join his team. But, as the NBA draft approaches, is it possible that Calipari’s team actually underachieved? Kentucky could become the first school to have five of its players taken in the same first round, yet the Wildcats couldn’t even get to the Final Four.
Underachieved? Well, that depends on if you think that freshman playing for one year together and getting to the Elite Eight constitutes "underachievement." To my mind, they achieved about right.
The debate on Cousins: Big talent vs. trouble | StarTribune.com
"He is either going to get a general manager fired or get him executive of the year," ESPN college basketball and NBA draft analyst Fran Fraschilla said.
More hand-wringing over Cousins. I think he is more likely to get the GM a raise. That's just my opinion.
For basketball recruits, 'everybody wants to go to Kentucky' | courier-journal.com | The Courier-Journal
"Everybody wants to go to Kentucky," said Chicago point guard Ryan Boatright, who will be a senior in the fall. "Every high-profile kid out there wants to be a part of it."
Well, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, this is what you have been waiting a long time to hear. There it is, in black and white.
NBA Draft a recruiting pitch for UK | KentuckySports.com
Jerry Meyer, an analyst for the Rivals.com recruiting service, said that the NBA Draft can make an invaluable impact on Kentucky basketball's fortunes going forward. The potential impact cuts to the heart of why many highly-rated players pick a college, he said.
"It has a enormous recruiting effect," Meyer said. "When you're recruiting at the level Coach Cal (John Calipari) is trying to recruit at, the elite players, those guys only expect to be at college one year.
The good news for Kentucky is, no matter what the NBA does, if anything, with the "one-and-done" rule, UK under Calipari will still be seen as the fast track to the Association.
Katz: Ultra-talented DeMarcus Cousins also unpredictable - ESPN
"You look at his body language and he acts like he's mean, when he's actually witty,'' Calipari said. "He's 19. He's more like 17. But he's 19. He's not 25 but his upside is enormous.
"I keep telling everybody that he's not there yet and with him you probably have the most unfinished product in the draft. You have to create a relationship with him, push him and drive him. He's going to have to believe in you and you have to hold him accountable. If you do that, you'll end up with a player that you'll say, 'Wow!'''
Good piece about DeMarcus Cousins. I think Calipari is exactly right. Cousins is not the mean guy he wants to project on the court, and his potential is very high.
- ESPN analysts question Cousins’ maturity | Vaught's Views
Rush The Court " Blog Archive " RTC NBA Draft Profiles: Eric Bledsoe
Rush the Court continues its draft previews with a look at Eric Bledsoe.
Draft buzz: Nets consider Johnson at No. 3 - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
League executives say Orton has been out of shape and struggling with knee issues during the predraft process. Orton, a 6-foot-10 freshman, had planned to hire agent Raymond Brothers, but sources said an internal family struggle over control has kept him without formal representation. With so much uncertainty surrounding Orton, he could face a steep drop Thursday night.
Ouch. (H/T @fakegimel)
Wolves Updates 6/22 - Canis Hoopus
Cousins declines Minnesota Timberwolves workout invitation.
Atlanta Hawks June 22nd Workout Preview - Peachtree Hoops
One of the five expected draftees out of the University of Kentucky. Orton has been all over draft boards but has been falling of late due to some lackluster workouts and some questions about his knee.
Read more at PeachtreeHoops, the SBNation Atlanta Hawks blog.
What do the Wizards need, and how it determines their two late picks - Bullets Forever
SB Nation's BulletsForever talks about who the Wizards might need to go along with the expected pick of John Wall at #1.
Houston Rockets Draft Eric Bledsoe With 14th Pick In SB Nation's 2010 NBA Mock Draft - Ridiculous Upside
So sayeth SB Nation's RidiculousUpside. Check out the rest of the article for details.