Now that the Miami Heat have won the NBA Championship, basketball has officially ended for the summer -- except, of course for this big bonus: The Olympics!
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Had a blast last night w/ the 96' team! Wildcats forever! @tldelk00 @waltermccarty @thaburner @DerekLAnderson @rmercer33 @ukpearlgirl— KimSoper.com (@KimSoper) June 23, 2012
Your Quickies follow the jump.
Jerry Sandusky verdict: Sandusky found guilty of 45 of 48 abuse charges // PennLive.com
A Centre County jury has found former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky guilty of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
Hopefully, justice will be done upon him. Yet another scar on the legacy of Penn St. and Joe Paterno.
Chicago big man calls UK a ‘dream school’ // Jody Demling – Recruiting
Last week, the the NBA Players Association top 100 camp, the 6-foot-9, 250-pound Alexander called Kentucky a "dream school" and said Indiana was "really recruiting me hard right now."
This seems like a likely target for Coach Cal very soon.
Kentucky point guard works out for 76ers
Marquis Teague, the point guard on Kentucky's national championship team, went through an exhaustive, solo workout for the team. The 6-foot-2 Teague, expected to go in the middle of the first round, left Kentucky after one season. He averaged 10.0 points and 4.8 assists for the Wildcats.
Whoever gets Teague will be getting their point guard of the future.
NBA Draft 2012: Pacers Complete Sixth And Final Workout Before Draft // Indy Cornrows
Today was the Indiana Pacers final predraft workout before Thursday's draft. They once again had in six prospects which included Quincy Miller (Baylor), Doron Lamb (Kentucky), Kim English (Missouri), Robbie Hummel (Purdue), Kenny Gabriel (Auburn), and Orlando Johnson (UCSB).
Billboards Are The New Butt-Dial // SBNation.com
The photo above is the billboard that went up all over Mississippi, including in Oxford, home of the rival Mississippi Rebels. It would've been fine had the billboard not been interpreted as recruiting -- "play" is the key word here.
One more of many stupid NCAA decisions.
Update with Florida Safety Jalen Battle // Bleed Blue Kentucky
Battle, who is being recruited by Defensive Backs Coach Mike Cassity stated that he has spoken to the UK coach several times and that they have a good relationship. He said that they talk often about life, football, basketball, etc. Besides Kentucky, Battle said that he also hears a lot from Illinois and Tulane. However, he currently claims Kentucky as his #1 school. "They are definitely out in front," he said. "They have great academics and are a big time school in the SEC."
It's good to see us so active in Florida. I think we have neglected that state for far too long.
Breaking down the draft: Who will be the lottery’s biggest bust? // CollegeBasketballTalk
You have to love the fact that no Kentucky players were mentioned. Would this have been the case if this were 2009? I think not.
SEC Weekly Five: 06.22.12 Edition // Rush The Court
NCAA's APR changes could cause uptick in fraud, more problems // Rob Dauster - SI.com
On the surface, the higher academic requirements seem like a good thing. Rare is the occasion that valuing education is bad. The problem is that, while well-intentioned, these rule changes are not perfect.
We'll start with the obvious: the incentive for academic fraud, as far down as the high school level, increases exponentially. Asking a kid to get a 2.5 GPA and a 1,000 on the SATs is not the same as asking that kid to get accepted into MIT, but it's also not exactly a cakewalk. Finding ways to get a player eligible have become a cottage industry at the high school level, and that is unlikely to change as more players are going to need the last minute help to get pushed through the NCAA's clearinghouse.
It will be interesting to see how this works out as far as academic fraud is concerned. Dauster is right that this will produce a strong motivation for more, and longer, fraudulent academic practices.
Breaking down the draft: Second round steals // CollegeBasketballTalk
Rob Dauster: Darius Miller. The odds of finding an all-star in the second round of the NBA Draft are more-or-less non-existent. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t players capable of playing a role. If there is anything we’ve learned from guys like Bruce Bowen, James Posey and now Danny Green, it’s that a 6-7 wing that can lock up defensively and knock down open threes, that there is a place for them in the NBA. That’s Miller.
I agree with this completely.
DraftExpress: Marquis Teague Video Scouting Report
Definitely worth your time. Teague will need a year or two before he's ready to contribute significant minutes, but his upside is off the charts.