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Knight truly debating a return to UK? Unlikely.

Posted on: May 2, 2011 2:55 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2011 3:00 pm

Posted by Matt Norlander

Try not to read too much into it, that's all I can say to Kentucky fans and those who are looking for a story where it probably doesn't exist. Taking this with a grain of salt, that's probably the safest bet. But Brandon Knight, nevertheless, did tell a group of students that he was "50-50" on returning to the University of Kentucky next season.

It's not going to happen, but in the relatively slow first-week-of-May news cycle for college basketball, this qualifies as something to build a blog post around. Primarily because: If Knight goes back, Kentucky's on North Carolina's level. And I can't deny I'd love to see him back.

I've written here before about the unexpected return of so many good college players, and I'd love it if Knight decided to head back to Lexington, giving our sport yet another boost of hype heading into the 2011-12 campaign. But at this point, unless he really suffers at teams' workouts, Knight's as good as gone, as he should be.

The encouraging thing about Knight's right to waffle: he's the most NBA-ready player Kentucky has. If he's unsure, what about his teammates who've also already put their names into the pool? Terrence Jones is solid in some areas, but there's a lot of need for improvement in his game. Junior DeAndre Liggins, the defensive specialist who also declared, is physically ready for the next level, but his offensive game has miles and miles to go, even if he his a sneaky-good 3-point shooter.

No chance all three come back, but one of them very easily could. Liggins is seen as a second-round pick; Jones could conceivably play his way into the top-five in the 2012 Draft, should he choose to spurn immediate millions now.

The triumvirate has six days left. The deadline to withdraw is May 8. If even one of them is with the Wildcats next season, we'll have a tight preseason race at the top.

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Category: NCAAB

Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 10:54 am

Knight truly debating a return to UK? Unlikely.

I have to agree with these posts. It warms my heart to see mutual respect between fans of the two most storied programs in college basketball. Too many of the mental midgets take pride is slinging insults at one another, jumping on the bandwagon that is the rumor mill and regurgitating stories that have no factual basis. I'll admit, I've been guitly of some pretty pointed posts when these type of people attack my beloved Cats. And I'll likely continue it in the future when someone attacks without facts or provocation. I enjoy the game of basketball but readily admit the college game is in a state of disrepair. No one likes or agrees with the one and done rule. But those are the rules we play with today. The NCAA is a rogue, self-serving institution that is accountable to no one and shows no signs of consistency on any level. As true fans, we have to look past these things and continue to support not only the programs but the game itself. And I want to thank those of you with level heads and a true love of the game for the previous posts. It's refreshing to see some positivity.

Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: May 5, 2011 1:16 am

Knight truly debating a return to UK? Unlikely.


GREAT POST! As a OSU fan I can really respect what you said and stand for! i wish more poeple felt that way as well. Again, much props to you! UNC and UK are BLUEBLOODS, I can only hope that OSU can have just some of their success!!

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:41 am

Knight truly debating a return to UK? Unlikely.

Nicely put BlueBoy, even if you have the wrong blue!  I always hurt when UK loses but all fans need to keep the right perspective, which means enjoying the hoops and the rivalries but respecting your opponents and the game when all is said and done.  

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2011 3:34 pm

Knight truly debating a return to UK? Unlikely.

Blueboy I would be proud to sit next to you during the game. It is nice to see a proud fan of UNC who loves the game and the history. Good luck next year to your Heels except for one game:) Heres to UNC/UK the two finest.

Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2011 3:31 pm

Knight truly debating a return to UK? Unlikely.

BS Meter pinned at 99.9%, not 50-50 - ha ha ha 

Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: May 3, 2011 3:06 pm

Knight truly debating a return to UK? Unlikely.

I could not agree more my UNC brother.  As a born an bred UK fan, not only do I revel in the tradition that is UK basketball, I can appreciate the histories and legacies of college basketballs top programs.  The fun and excitement should never be overlaid with hostilities and rude or uncivilized behavior.  And yes I look forward to next years UK-UNC matchup at Rupp...more fun than should be allowed by law for any true college basketball fan.  The fact that both teams are going into next season ready to rumble could only end as a dream season as a true showdown of the best of the Bluebloods in the Final.  

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2011 1:59 pm

Knight truly debating a return to UK? Unlikely.

We are fortunate, in this day of talent being so spread out, to have two teams that could be amazingly talented next year. As a Carolina fan, there is tremendous anticipation of what could be. Kentucky fans should feel just as excited about the prospects for next year's squad as well, especially if any of the fence sitters return. The game in Rupp will be electric, perhaps more than any of the past UNC-KY match-ups.

What disturbs me is the idiots from each side in this thread hurling insults at the other program. Both have storied histories, can lay claim to greatest this and that, and both hate dook! (had to throw that in). The idiocy is the writers acting as if they have made some contribution to the history, have ever scored a point, when most have only sat screaming in front of a TV. Then, if their team wins, it is "WE" did so and so. If it's a loss, "THEY" (their own team) lost.

Pull for your team, yell at the refs, be proud of the effort, the records, the spectacle. But don't get on here and embarrass your brothers and sisters with asinine rants and insults when you can't write anything resembling an intellectually coherent point.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2011 12:52 pm

Knight truly debating a return to UK? Unlikely.

Oh, how did that trip to Houston work for you?
Better than yours.

Since: May 2, 2011
Posted on: May 3, 2011 11:59 am

Knight truly debating a return to UK? Unlikely.

Wow!  You know you suck when beating UNC in the elite eight is a moral victory!  We played like crap and still had a chance down the stretch.  Your 55% from 3 is the only thing that saved you!  Oh, how did that trip to Houston work for you?


Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2011 11:23 am

Knight truly debating a return to UK? Unlikely.

One question. Who put UNC out last year?

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