Posted by ibleedblue040 on February 1, 2010
There’s been a lot of buzz about UK the past few days in relation to their actions and words on and off the court.
– After an article by Alan Cutler was published quoting John Wall as saying he does not listen to Coach Calipari Wall cleared the air with this interview
– Coach Calipari did the same by responding to questions about his relationship with his star point guard
– The new “Bracketology” is out with UK being a #1 seed in the West Region, which would make it seem that they are the lowest of all the #1 seeds
– As with every Monday the new AP rankings were released today with the Cats moving from the top spot down to #4 and receiving one first-place vote
– Tonight on his call-in show, John Calipari confirmed that the Cats WILL be wearing new uniforms next week. It will most likely be next saturday when the ESPN College Gameday crew is in Lexington to call the Kentucky-Tennessee game. The jerseys, according to Coach Cal, are of the LeBron James brand, a branch of Nike
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Posted by ibleedblue040 on July 9, 2008
Recruiting Trail – AAU edition
– Well the most anticipated long weekend of summer AAU basketball is coming to a close today with the LeBron James Nike Camp wrapping up today and the adidas Take 5ive Classic ending yesterday. In this edition of Recruiting Trail we will be discussing how some of the major UK targets and commits performed.
* Jon Hood (Committed, 2009) – From all accounts that saw him play at the LeBron James Camp Hood played a very solid few days of basketball. Many people agree that he did not show off his total package offensively because on many occasions he was reluctant to shoot the basketball in situations many would have, but Hood distributed the ball very well while running the point for spurt at a time. Hood did not get caught up in jacking up shots because the dead period just ended and players are now being exposed to top notch coaches and scouts because, well, he is already committed and he does not care enough about rankings to try to hurt his team to improve his. Hood still showed his brilliant and always reliable jump shot many times to go along with his rapidly improving passing skills. Hood has been quoted as saying that Billy Gillispie wants him to play some point guard at UK so he is getting prepared for that.
* Daniel Orton (UK is leader, 2009) – Orton played in the LeBron Camp this week and he played like, well, the beast that he is. Orton was, as always, too physically gifted to be contained on the blocks and scored at will against every team and player he faced. Orton certaintly did not hurt his rankings and ratings with his performance this week, in fact he probably boosted them.
* John Wall (UK is in top 4, 2009) – Wall once again proved why he is considered the top point guard, and by some the top player, in the country. Wall is just too quick and too athletic for other point guards to handle him. Wall hits the jumper when he is wide open so “Rondo-guarding” him is not an option, but when you get too close it is over as well. Wall is considered a Memphis lean but is also considering UK, Baylor, and Oklahoma State.
* Dominique Ferguson (Committed, 2010) – Ferguson played in the adidas Take 5ive Classic on sunday and played brilliantly. He was the best player on the court in both of the games he played and was an athletic dynamo as well. Ferguson showed flashes of why he is considered a top 10 player by all scouts and once he puts it all together for full games instead of spurts he will be top 5. Ferguson only played sunday because of summer school but really played well.
* Harrison Barnes (UK is in top 5, 2010) – Barnes is probably the fastest rising player in the nation and for good reason. Barnes is ranked 6th nationally by rivals.com in their latest rankings and with his performance at the LeBron Camp it looks as though he might rise. Barnes was ranked #1 at LeBron camp by Louisville-based recruiting scout Clark Francis among all players, which included John Wall, Xavier Henry, and DeMarcus Cousins to name a few. Barnes is a smooth small forward with college ready shooting ability and size, if he gets a bit stronger there will be no stopping him. UK has yet to offer a scholarship to him but many believe they will wait for Gillispie himself to offer. Barnes is from Iowa so it is believed that the in-state schools have an advantage but could easily be out-recruited.
* Josh Smith (UK is in the mix, 2010) – Smith is the 2010 cross between Keith “Tiny” Gallon and Daniel Orton. He is about 6’10” 270 lbs.. Smith, like Orton had his way throughout the whole tournament because of his strength. When he gets position you might as well put two points on the board because getting around him is almost totally out of the question.
– 2009 shooting guard Terrence Boyd announced this weekend that UK is his leader. He is rated top 50 nationally but grades could be his downfall. He is in serious need of academic help and even with help it looks as though he may not qualify. He did not even play the high school season last year because of grades.
– UKmadness will be coming out with the mid early July recruiting rankings some time this week so be ready for those. We will also be updating them in late July or early August.
– Be sure to post on the UKmadness message board here.
Posted in Basketball, Basketball Recruiting, Web Wednesday | Tagged: 2009, 2010, AAU, adidas, Classic, Daniel Orton, Dominique Ferguson, Harrison Barnes, John Wall, Jon Hood, Josh Smith, Lebron James, Take 5ive, Terrence Boyd, Web Wednesday | Leave a Comment »
Posted by ibleedblue040 on May 18, 2008
As I mentioned in an entry a couple days ago I am a very big Boston Celtics fan and WE WON TODAY!!!! I am a very happy camper right now. There are some things that I noticed during the game today that I should mention:
– Paul Pierce is a frickin BEAST! He scored 41 points and hit two free throws that essentially helped ice the game for the C’s. Pierce took and made every big shot in the fourth quarter and played probably his best game of his career in the BIGGEST game of his career. Even with Ray Allen struggling Pierce stepped up and made shot after shot in LeBron James’ face.
– Speaking of LeBron, although he is one of my favorite players and one of the top two players in the league I could not help but notice that he has wayyy too many tatoos. I remember seeing LeBron when he came into the league, much skinner than now and he had only three or four tats, and they were all on his biceps, now he has at least 15 maybe even 20 of them and they span from his biceps, to his forearms, to his calfs, and even the back of his arms (Any doctor out there know what muscle that is?). Just take a look at these two pictures. The one on the left was taken when he was a rookie and the other one is from this season.
WHOAA!! But LeBron was a beast as well in the game but just could not close the deal. He got absolutely no help from his teammates in the game and missed a crucial free throw towards the end of the game that would have made it a three point game.
– Another thing that I noticed is that Marc Jackson is a great announcer. It is no coincidence that Jackson has been rumored in the Phoenix Suns job because he is a flat out smart guy with unbelievable knowledge of the game. Him and Jeff Van Gundy are maybe the best announcing tandem in the NBA, they obviously have chemistry and both compliment eachother perfectly.
– The last thing that I noticed is that BOSTON IS GOING TO THE EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS!! Doc Rivers made some great substitutions down the stretch putting Eddie House and P.J. Brown in the game down the stretch and Brown made some great plays as well.
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Posted by ibleedblue040 on May 16, 2008
Well most of you probably do not know but I am a Boston Celtics fan and have been ever since Paul Pierce was drafted, and we fell again tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James completely took over in the second half by getting to the basket any time he wants to and he just could not be stopped.
-Also there was a play with about a minute left when Ray Allen was fouled and when he was getting fouled he threw the ball up and it hit off the side of the backboard and then Delonte West blocked it so the basket should have counted but it did not. That changed the whole outlook of the game and made it a three point game after he hit the two foul shots instead of a two point game.
-There was another very questionable call towards the end of the game where Paul Pierce was called for a charge against LeBron James, the only reason it was a charge call was because Cleveland was on a run and the crowd was going crazy so the ref let the crowd dictate a game which is the worst thing a ref can do.
-My main man Rajon Rondo struggled a little bit tonight, his line was: 2pts, 5rebs, 5asts, 2stls, & 3tos. Rondo made a couple very good assists but also made a couple crucial turnovers down the stretch. LeBron James’ line was remarkable, he finished with: 32pts, 12rebs, 6asts, 1stl, 1blk, & 7tos. James had 19 of his 32 points in the second half and really showed why he is clearly the second best player in the league (Sorry LBJ, Kobe still rules the league) and why he is the future of the league.
-Game seven will be played Sunday in Boston, where the C’s have not lost yet at all in the playoffs. Hopefully they can pull it out, the winner plays Detroit in the Eastern Conference Finals.
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