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Sources: Bledsoe plans to sign with Kentucky

Posted on: May 6, 2009 12:40 am
Edited on: May 6, 2009 12:56 am
 

Eric Bledsoe plans to announce at a Wednesday press conference that he is signing with Kentucky instead of Memphis, sources involved in the recruitment told CBSSports.com on Tuesday.

Attempts to reach Bledsoe for confirmation were unsuccessful.

His press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET.

Bledsoe is a five-star prospect from Alabama many believe is the best point guard in the Class of 2009 not named John Wall. There are some questions about whether Bledsoe will become eligible to compete as a freshman because of academics. But under the assumption that he is ultimately cleared, this development ensures John Calipari will open his first season at UK with at least one competent point guard to play beside DeMarcus Cousins, Darnell Dodson and perhaps Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson (both of whom could withdraw from the NBA Draft).

Of course, Bledsoe could also quickly turn into a back-up.

The reason is because Kentucky is considered the leader to land Wall -- the projected No. 1 pick of the 2010 NBA Draft whose presence would allow Calipari to operate with a one-and-done lottery pick at point guard for the third consecutive year. There is still no timetable on an announcement from Wall, and his recruitment could drag well into May. But if Calipari gets him -- and again, almost everybody believes he will -- then UK could have a best-case-scenario line-up that looks like this:

G: John Wall
G: Jodie Meeks
G: Darnell Dodson
F: Patrick Patterson
F: DeMarcus Cousins

Key reserves: Eric Bledsoe, Daniel Orton, DeAndre Liggins, Darius Miller, Jon Hood, Perry Stevenson

Simply put, that roster would be favored to win the SEC.

It would likely have Kentucky in the top five of most preseason polls.
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Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2009 11:10 am
 

Sources: Bledsoe plans to sign with Kentucky

"With Bledsoe signing, that prettym uch means Wall is going somewhere else. I don't ubderstand what people don't get about this recruiting thing."

If you are saying that you believe Wall is going somewhere else, then it is true that you really don't get this recruiting thing.  John Wall has been signed, sealed and delivered to Calipari long ago.  If you don't understand why Wall has not already committed, then you definitely don't understand the recruting strategy that Calipari is following. 

Ask yourself why Wall would not commit to Kentucky if that's where he is going?  When you actually start writing down the answers to that, you will realize that delay is not about Wall.  It's about Kentucky recruiting strategy.  And then you will realize how brilliant Calipari is.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2009 10:28 am
 

Sources: Bledsoe plans to sign with Kentucky

I really don't see this scaring off wall the kid could go pro right now and be a top 10 so even if bledsoe does take some minutes away it's not gonna hurt his stock in the nba draft.He is the best point guard in this class and he will play for whatever coach or program he wants no matter who they already have.


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Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2009 10:19 am
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Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2009 10:11 am
 

Sources: Bledsoe plans to sign with Kentucky

UK_razy....that's a good question...I don't remember a case when that actually happened.



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2009 10:07 am
 

Sources: Bledsoe plans to sign with Kentucky

Gary, or anyone......a question....

Does anyone recall two 5-star PG's signing at the same time for the same team?



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2009 9:32 am
 

Sources: Bledsoe plans to sign with Kentucky

I really want to see what Wall could do playing for Coach Cal and his dribble drive offense, but if we don't get the guy then Bledsoe would be a sweet second choice.  And if they both come to UK it would be one fun season.  I wouldn't worry about the signing of Bledsoe scaring off John Wall either.  He is going to be on the floor nearly every minute of every game unless it's a rest break or a blowout.  If you have seen Wall play you KNOW he will not lose time to anyone at any school he chooses.


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Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2009 9:20 am
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Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2009 8:39 am
 

Sources: Bledsoe plans to sign with Kentucky

Exactly, if Bledsoe is as good as everyone says he is, he could start as a freshman on 95% of the teams in NCAAB.  Even if Bledsoe isn't a one and done guy, he would surely not stay for 4 years, why play 2nd fiddle next season (while Wall runs the show and then goes to the NBA)?  Bledsoe could go somewhere else and begin auditioning for the NBA now. 


I know UK fans have a Dream Team type senario in their heads, but i doubt any of the elite talent (Wall? Bledsoe, Cousins, Orton, Meeks, Patterson) coming in or still on the team from last season will want to spend very much time on the bench (even as a freshman--i know the newbies  should "pay their dues" but i don't think they will want to).



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2009 8:38 am
 

Sources: Bledsoe plans to sign with Kentucky

There is no way John Wall is playing for UK now. He does not want any competition for playing time with another big recruit. I honestly believe the signing of Bledsoe is the end of UK in this thing. Duke and probably NC State are your leaders now. 



Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2009 8:03 am
 

Sources: Bledsoe plans to sign with Kentucky

With Bledsoe signing, that prettym uch means Wall is going somewhere else. I don't ubderstand what people don't get about this recruiting thing. Elite recruits come to programs to be elite players for 1 yr and then leave for the money in the NBA. If there is another good recruit that signs at the same posistion you play, you know that will take away your playing time. Why would you sign?


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