This was a busy weekend, the first one in a while with weather good enough for some serious home maintenance and catching up on other work that needed doing. For my part, I was glad to see it, even though it was hot outside. But while I was sweating outside, the summer basketball is heating up throughout the land, and it just keeps looking better for Kentucky every day.
- NBA Draft Room: Kentucky Basketball Season Preview 2011/12
Some grudges die hard. Via Twitter.
On This Date In UK History
Some interesting stuff here.
Deron Williams: If owners have way, more NBA players will go overseas - NBA - Sporting News
Williams also told ESPN that he’s heard from at least 10 NBA players – and identified some as superstars – since his decision to go overseas became public. And, he says, many players may follow his lead.
Maybe. I'm a bit skeptical for a lot of reasons, though -- not the least of which is that this option has always been available. My feeling is that Williams is blowing smoke on this. We'll see.
- The Detroit Daily News reports that Brandon Knight is staying busy.
Coach Minter's voice, if not his person, is present in the film room this summer.
This according to Jennifer Smith of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Jerry Tipton reports that not all AAU coaches like the summer.
Especially the quality of basketball played there.
Larry Warford is on the Outland Trophy watch list.
Via USA Today.
The Sports Bank.net ranks Louisville 5 spots ahead of Kentucky in 2011.
The guy does a pretty good preview. I just hope he's wrong.
Oops! That was quick.
Via the Sporting News.
Lexington Herald-Leader: Defensive lineman Delic to rejoin Kentucky football team.
I feel for the young man, that's a lot of surgery.
Jerry Tipton: Purvis no longer being recruited by UK.
When asked his reaction to Kentucky taking Harrow, Purvis said in a soft voice, "It's never good when somebody feels they've got what they need and don't need you. ... I'll recover from it."
Apparently UK has stopped recruiting Purvis. I know this is not news, but it's interesting to see. I remember when Calipari had no trouble recruiting Bledsoe after Wall committed, so I'm wondering if there is something going on that we don't know about. Probably.
- Eric Crawford makes a funny at LeBron James' expense.
Kentucky HoopFest :: Elite schools all courting T.J. Warren :: courier-journal.com
"Coach Calipari has been calling my dad and he has been coming to see me play," Warren said. "It's really cool to have Coach Calipari interested in me. I was excited when they gave me an offer."
How good does it feel to have recruits saying this about our coach? How much does it put lie to the detractors?
Calipari, Cousins Get Recognition on "Twitter 140" List
Kentucky head coach John Calipari and former big man DeMarcus Cousins are two of the top 50 sports personalities to follow on Twitter, according to CBSSports.com's Twitter 140 list.
Views on Calipari: A Tale of Two Letters
Interesting and very much worth a read.