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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Labissiere and Briscoe Edition

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Today, two UK recruits, Skal Labissiere and Isaiah Briscoe will declare their college intentions.

There is a recent report that Labissiere’s guardian shopped him. That just adds to our collective worries about him, but if he does come here, I think we have to trust the process. It isn’t as if we’ve never seen this kind of thing before.

Interestingly, there are two subplots that are significant for these players. One is that Steve Lavin has sunk a lot of himself into the recruitment of Briscoe, and if he loses the recruit from Newark, he’s likely to come under fire.

All that pales in comparison to the pressure Josh Pastner is under. Memphis’ fan base is outraged at the loss last night to Christian Brothers University (who?) and desperately needs some good news to change the narrative. Nearby Cordova, Tennessee dweller Labissiere would be just such a balm.

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Get ready for the "Uh oh, here comes the NCAA" talk again.

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
  • Bud Dupree talks about Tennessee:

    "…We gotta stop being so selfish and just play." Yes, I think that’s a plan.

  • Craig Naivar talks about special teams:

    Well, he says the right things. Can he coach them? Not so far, but a good game against Tennessee would be a strong statement.

  • Chad Scott talks about Jojo Kemp and Boom Williams:

    Calls Williams "Very special" and "best overall back" he’s ever coached, talent-wise.

Kentucky basketball
  • Who will Isaiah Briscoe pick? Steve Lavin has everything on the line in his recruitment, but Coach Cal, not so much.

  • John Calipari makes Pat Forde’s list of "Most intriguing coaches." He’s #2 on the list. It’s hard imagining Forde putting Calipari at #1 on any list of positives. Consider:

    Calipari will be at his blowhard best ("We’re trying to do something never done in college basketball") and paranoid worst ("We are going to have to be mentally tough enough to not be sabotaged"). It will not be dull.

    Now tell us what you really think, Forde. And what would a Forde article be without some mention of Rick Pitino?

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