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Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

Posted on: August 4, 2010 3:21 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2010 11:20 pm
 

Anthony Davis, a 6-foot-10 forward from Chicago who could prove to be the best prospect in the Class of 2011, will announce soon that he'll play college basketball at Kentucky, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times.

The paper cited a "reliable source."

Davis' commitment would give Kentucky three of the nation's top six prospects from the Class of 2011 (according to the latest rankings at Scout.com) and almost certainly ensure John Calipari will sign college basketball's best class for the third consecutive year. Davis would join Michael Gilchrist (No. 1 at Scout.com) and Marquis Teague (No. 6 at Scout.com) on the list of early UK commitments. Scout.com has Davis No. 5 nationally, but he is expected to be higher when the rankings are updated thanks to an unusual rise to prominence during the July evaluation period that concluded last week.

Davis was also reportedly considering Ohio State, DePaul and Syracuse.

An interesting aspect of the Sun-Times story came in the ninth paragraph, where the writer, Michael O'Brien, reported some are "alleging that the commitment cost $200,000." O'Brien described the allegation as a "rumor" and offered no sources for it. The prospect's father, Anthony Davis Sr., denied the "rumor" to the paper.

(UPDATE: The Sun-Times has removed, without explanation, the $200,000 allegation from O'Brien's story.)

(UPDATE No. 2: Lawyers representing Kentucky sent a letter to O'Brien late Wednesday formally demanding that the Sun-Times "withdraw the publication from any source from which it has been published, and issue an immediate statement that you know of no credible evidence indicating that there is any truth to the 'rumors' referred to in your article." O'Brien is yet to respond.)
Comments

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2010 6:14 pm
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

You santimonious twit.......Corey Maggette ring a bell ?? Wow, I think that I saw that comment earlier when it related to a Duke fan.
Undecided

Nice post, Rookie? Undecided

Again, I maintain my position that there are not very many sports fan who are in the know that post on these blogs.

Dreamer Kevin, good post, but you wasted your time posting on a blog.





Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2010 3:31 pm
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

Oh, dear UK fan. Is anyone surprised that (apart from the player's name) your post has a single word consisting of more than one syllable and, naturally, you misspelled it.

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

You santimonious twit.......Corey Maggette ring a bell ??






Since: Aug 8, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2010 12:10 pm
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

2 Final Fours vacated. 2 schools left on probation.  At least in 2010 Kentucky will not have a Filal Four vacated when the watchdogs finally cach the crook. 



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2010 11:12 pm
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

You santimonious twit.......Corey Maggette ring a bell ??



Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2010 11:11 pm
 

CHEATERS Never Win

It is time the NCAA bans John Calipari and gives Kentucky the DEATH PENALTY.

They give college basketball a black eye.



Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2010 10:02 pm
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

Wombat, did you read anything I was writing about the comparison of Dukes Corey Magette and the Marcus Camby incident t UMass?

Why doesent anyone engage this LEGITIMATE question?

If Magette was ineligible for receiving benefits, why then was Duke allwed to keep its FINAL FOUR and NATIONAL RUNNER UP Banners?

Marcus Camby, UMass - Accepted 40,000 dollars from an agent....NCAA rules him ineligible, thus forfeit of Final Four
Corey Magette, Duke - Accepted around 7,000 dollars from Myron Piggie.....NCAA buries its head in the sand, no penalty
Derick Rose, Memphis - Inaccurate test scores....NCAA rules him eligible, then ineligible and thus forfeit Final Four

Coach K, claimed he had no knowledge of the situation, NCAA says dont worry about it.... (keep your 200,000 dollars and banners)
Coach Calipari, claimed he had no knowledge that Camby took money, NCAA says NOT MY PROBLEM (You will pay for this)
Coach Calipari is told by the NCAA that Derick Rose can play...he plays him, NCAA says OOPS - not eligible (you owe us 225,000 dollars)

Meanwhile, lets look at how FAIR and CONSISTENT the NCAA is

The NCAA has thrown the book at Southeast Missouri State basketball, vacating all their men’s basketball wins from 2006-2008 because an assistant gave impermissible benefits to a player—by giving him a lift home to see his newborn baby.

Oh, it gets much more evil. Another basketball player received money to cover his unpaid “institutional fees.” How much money? $239 dollars. Coaches also committed the crime of “observation of out-of-season pick-up games” and offseason weightlifting. That’s three years probation for you. Oh, and coach Scott Edgar—who has already been fired—was given a “show-cause” penalty that pretty much means he can’t work for the next three years, because he is obviously a menace.

The women’s basketball team got it too, because a booster paid the tuition of a former player. A player who had used up all her eligibility, but was one semester away from finishing her degree and couldn’t get financial aid. Student-athletes: Good. Students?: Fuck them.

Thank goodness Southeast Missouri State is being put its place. I feel safer already.


Coach K himself has told the NCAA they need to lighten up on Rules that affect Universities for the mistakes of PLAYERS. As a teacher and someone who works close with student-athletes, I can tell you that I want the best for them....but I am not their parents and cannot force them to do the right thing.  These are men, responsible for their own actions. 

Want it to stop? If a player is found guilty of an offense that hurts the NCAA or University....they have to pay back all of the scholarship money plus the improper benefits and a 5% penalty on their first years salary. That would stop them.





Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2010 8:55 pm
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

I'm not whining about anything UK does, top cat.  My boys are hanging another banner come November and we're all set to make another legitimate run this season.  Of course, "legitimate" isn't a word that resonates with regard to UK basketball, is it?  Isn't it interesting that so many times controversy and questionable tactics seem to accompany Calipari recruiting?  And don't even suggest there's smoke and no fire; just ask UMass and Memphis about it.  You guys sold your souls to hire him, simply accept it and quit trying to defend his approach.  You knew what you were getting into and you were willing to accept the consequences.  Taking heat over this type of situation is simply par for the course...so stop whining about it.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2010 5:58 pm
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

My first post mentioned nothing about Michigan St.  I said that i wouldn't be surprised if Calipari bent the rules.  I believe that still to be a factual statement.  I was then called ignorant and so on...  I said that Kentucky fans were tired of putting up with mediocrity and I believe that still to be true.  With the history of winning that Kentucky has/had the last few years had to be tough to stomach.  I honestly don't know what rules Calipari has broken, I don't even know the reason that the NCAA took away Memphis's banner.  I think Kentucky could've went in a different direction with the hiring of their coach, they chose the Calipari route.  This route usually brings immediate success and then it brings NCAA investigation and sanctions.  Is any of what I am saying incorrect?



Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2010 4:57 pm
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

Thats a fair post and opinion K4. Thats all I have asked from people on the message boards that hate Kentucky.

To the Michigan State fan on here trying to start crap with everyone: The Magette situation was different in terms of when the money was exchanged....but the same in that both players were ineligble for breaking NCAA rules.  UMass vacated their Final Four BECAUSE Camby took money from an agent and that caused him to become INELIGBLE for the Final Four in question.

The Magette situation was actually worse than the Camby situation because he was ineligble for the entire season at DUKE when they went to the Championship game.  DUKE should have, by the UMass standard (Camby) forfeited their Final Four appearance as well as their National Runner up Banner...not to mention all of the wins they racked up that year.

Really that wasnt even why I brought up the argument though.....Why is Coach K not a cheat for the same exact thing that happened to Calipari. Calipari, whom claimed he had no knowledge that Camby took money, and Coach K who had similar claims at Duke....I didnt know, its not fair etc...are cut from the same cloth, but public OPINION is different for each of these men. 

No proof, but lots of hope that there someday might be.

What makes someone like you have such a hate for a person that you would make unsubstantiated claims? What makes you desire to see another program suffer and fail? As I said before, I have always had respect for Tom Izzo and Michigan State and thats what leads me to my last statement......You must have been raised to have this kind of anxiety/hate/obsessive behavior, I for one believe in mutual respect and you are obviously incapable. In fact your arguments dont even have a point other than you dont like Calipari no matter what anyone says and that Kentucky is a Dirty program no matter what anyone else says.

What is your point? Do you want me to not like Kentucky anymore? Do you want me to not like Calipari anymore? Do you want me to swear allegiance to Michigan State? 

I am happy for you that Michigan State keeps it clean, and I truthfully respect Tom Izzo....but be careful when your program has any sort of issues now that you are picking fights, we have plenty of rocks to throw back at you after you have thrown so many this direction.





Since: Nov 8, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2010 3:35 pm
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

I'm not a Kentucky fan, correct that...I am not a Calipari fan. I really have nothing against Kentucky. I think Calipari is dirty, but you know what...it doesn't matter if he is or not. There is no hard proof at this point saying he or any of his athletes cheated. Until there is, its all just speculation. But you do have to take into account what he has done at other schools. He has left every school that he has been head coach on probation - that doesn't bode very well for Kentucky's future. Now, in his extremely short tenure at Kentucky, there have been many rumors.

The problem for Calipari (and therefore Kentucky) is that all these rumors going around is bad publicity and I'm sure the NCAA has its eyes on Kentucky. Eventually someone might talk somewhere and then Kentucky will be in trouble. Notice I said Kentucky will be in trouble. Calipari will collect his millions on buyout and head to the pros.

I personally think the Calipari hire was a huge mistake for Kentucky. However, I am glad to know there is nowhere else that Calipari can coach in the NCAA. If he leaves Kentucky in shambles, no other school will dare touch him.



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