Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.
Today we revisit a familiar subject; recruiting in-state players for Kentucky basketball. For those of you too young to remember, Kentucky had at least five players from in-state on the team until the early 1990’s, when things began to change. At one point in time, Kentucky produced a great deal of top-level high-school talent for its population, but that gradually turned around as basketball grew in popularity and larger states began seeing improvement in their high school programs.
As we all know, Kentucky players are now a relative rarity on UK rosters, and the Herald-Leader today takes a look at some of the recent players that Kentucky passed on from the state, including the likes of Louisville players Quentin Snyder, Ray Spalding, and West Virginia’s Beetle Bolden. While all were very good, most of them did not fit the profile of a John Calipari recruit, which is probably why he didn’t recruit them very hard.
This year, Pendleton County has produced a very good player in Dontaie Allen, and he will be on a visit to UK on the first of next month. He’s currently in the top 100 in the nation, and it will be interesting to see if Coach Cal offers him. If so, he’ll be the first in-state player since Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis to get a UK offer.
Personally, I think big-time basketball has largely passed by the Bluegrass State. Kentucky produces some quality players, but most of them are a step below what UK typically wants on its roster. I don’t see that changing in the near future, and as long as John Calipari is coach at UK, I expect players from Kentucky to be fairly rare.
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- Louisville football could finish anywhere from 3-9 to 9-3, according to the Courier-Journal. That’s why I think we have a solid chance to get a victory in the River City this season.
- Linebacker Josh Allen named to Butkus Award preseason watch list.
- Safety Mike Edwards named to PayCom Jim Thorpe award preseason watch list.
- Derek Willis asked John Calipari for a favor. Cal’s answer surprised him.
- Could Memphis actually beat UK for James Wiseman’s services? Sure, but I hope not…
- Wildcats trending for 6-6 five-star wing Kahlil Whitney.
- Heh. Brides keep hiding their school colors inside Alabama-themed wedding cakes. The purple LSU layer is just hilarious.
- SI’s Michael McCann breaks down the lawsuit by five Louisville players against the NCAA. Honestly, in my opinion this lawsuit is totally meritless. McCann doesn’t analyze the claims that way, but points out the NCAA may want to settle despite strong defenses to the player’s claims to avoid the possibility some judge may decline to dismiss the suit and place it on trial in front of a Jefferson County jury. He also points out that the first thing the NCAA will likely do is move to remove the case to federal court, a motion that is very likely to succeed given the diversity jurisdiction present.
In my opinion, this is a stunt, and with Morgan & Morgan as the plaintiff’s attorneys, I am even more convinced it is a stunt designed to a) get them favorable media coverage for free, and b) hopefully pay their costs if the NCAA offers a settlement to avoid the spectacle of a trial.
- Final Four sites, 2019-2026. Lucas Oil Stadium gets two in this stretch. Gotta love that if you’re a Kentucky fan. Also New Orleans and Cat-lanta are happy sights in this list.
Other sports news
- Ugh. “I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.”
- Tiger Woods being high on the leaderboard in a major championship matters, and not just to the other contestants.
I like Timothy but this is a terrible take...highest ratings since 2000 and 36% better than Jordan Speith’s comeback last year— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) July 24, 2018
That’s Tiger https://t.co/KtUlWAuy17