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Kentucky Wildcats Tuesday Quickies: Getting Ready for the McDonald's All-American Game Edition

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UK 2016 signee Malik Monk won the McD AA 3-point contest, and almost the dunk contest as well.

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Welcome, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, to the Tuesday Morning Quickies and the final days of the 2015-16 college basketball season. This Saturday will be the first Final Four in three years not to have a Kentucky team present, and only the second time in the last six years without the Big Blue.

I’d say overall that’s a pretty fair stretch of success, and it only looks to get better next season, which leads us to tomorrow’s McDonald’s All-American game. Four Kentucky players will be participating. CoachCal.com has the latest media buzz.

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I don’t know for sure, but I think if we’d had Towns for this season, the outcome might’ve been … different.

Your Quickies:

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  • Tyler Ulis a finalist for the Wooden Award. He won’t win it, but he absolutely deserves to be a finalist.

  • Bam Adebayo’s coach says that the young man has the perfect personality to play at Kentucky. He has the perfect body, too. Consider:

    He’s a monster. He’s so athletic, and his fast-twitch muscles are so advanced — in the high school game, a guy like that has to be careful, because he’s so much stronger than everybody else. He touches somebody, it looks like he shoots them in the chest with a 12 gauge. But at the college level, he’s really going to be able to be physical.

    You can see him here at the very end of the video. He is truly a rough beast, and is everything we needed but did not have this season. If you watch the whole thing, you can also catch a little of UK commitment Sacha Killeya-Jones.

  • Kentucky has (yawn) four of their five commitments in the McDonald’s All-American game, and the fifth was ineligible as a fifth-year senior. Now, if Marques Bolden or Jarrett Allen will hop aboard, it could be five of six.

  • De’Aaron Fox wants to play with Tyler Ulis. Man, that would be great, but it’s not going to happen. We simply don’t have room on the roster, and in fact, some guys are going to have to leave who aren’t ready. Counting senior Alex Poythress and early-entry Jamal Murray, there are only three scholarships available. Two more need to come from somewhere, and that’s assuming no more commitments.

  • Kentucky incoming freshman Malik Monk won the McDonald’s All-American game 3-point shooting contest last night, and just barely missed winning the dunk contest as well.

  • Roy Williams says "Calipari out in left field sometimes" when it comes to his comments about every UK player entering the draft, but he said it jokingly and had some really nice things to say about Coach Cal.

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  • Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy beclowns himself yet again as he complains about the UConn women’s team success in a Twitter tweet. ESPN’s Jay Bilas and Holly Rowe both had strong words for him, well deserved.

    If you want my opinion of Shaughnessy, here you go.

  • Apparently, there are rumors somewhere about players boycotting the Final Four over money. I think this hypothetical paragraph by Seth Davis in response to them (I admit, I haven’t heard anything of the sort, but he’s much closer to it than me) is pretty spot on:

    One of [hypothetical instigator Buddy] Hield’s teammates blinks a few times, stands up and says, "Let me get this straight. We’ve been dreaming our whole lives of playing in the Final Four. I myself took a thousand shots in the driveway, pretending to win a national championship. Made every one. We’ve been at Oklahoma all these years—getting up early to lift weights, work out, get our shots up, practice our tails off, just so we could win enough games to get into the tournament. Now we have a chance to play in the Final Four. The Final Four! We’re going to have an open practice in front of tens of thousands of people, do all these interviews with big-time media. Then we’re going to play in a football stadium with 90,000 people in the house, with millions more watching on TV. The whole state of Oklahoma will be cheering us on. And if we win two more games, we’ll be national champs, and we’ll come home and they’ll give us a parade, and for the rest of our lives, we’ll be heroes because we delivered the University of Oklahoma a national championship."

    Pause.

    "And you want us to refuse all of this so we can get a little more money? Have you lost your mind?"

    Heh. Well, when you put it that way…

    Read the whole thing. There is much more worth your time.

  • I missed this (but you probably didn’t - just in case, though) — Vandy coach Kevin Stallings, the longest-tenured SEC coach in the league, has left Vanderbilt for the Pitt Panthers job. This is likely to be a major setback to Vanderbilt for some time to come — think Tennessee when Bruce Pearl left.

  • Rick Stansbury is the new head coach at Western Kentucky. Now that might turn out to be a really good fit.

  • Player by player look at where the McDonald’s All-Americans of four years ago are now. A surprising number are not found among the ranks of the NBA teams, which tells you just how special you have to be to make it in that league. In fact, only six players from that team are in the NBA right now.

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