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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 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 and Marquis Teague (No. 6 at on the list of early UK commitments. 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.)

Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2010 3:19 pm

Think before you speak

Before you talk without thinking...

Until you have more wins.
Until you have more championships (hats off UCLA)..
Until you have a better recruiting class..
Until you have a better coach...(I think the best is Coach K at Duke)
Until you have a better program..period...

I'll shut up when...

you can prove UK of any wrong doing...
your team has more wins and/or more chamoinships than Kentucky......

Shut up and think and substantiate your claims.

Go Wildcats!!!! keep the haters whining for what they wish their team could be!!!


Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2010 3:12 pm

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

Hold up a second guys. There's absolutely no point in arguing about this with a person that can't see the forrest for the trees.

Having said that my question is to the Kentucky fans on here as well as those fans of other schools that are open to intelligent twocoach.

My point is that regardless of which side you stand on in this particular issue if you think about it the damage was already done. The Chicago Sun Times reporter Michael O'Brien for whatever reason decided to take a jab at the University of Kentucky and John Calipari. He alleges that Davis' committment cost $200,000. And offered no sources according to Parrish.

Next we have lawyers representing UK send a letter to O'Brien and the next thing you know the allegations are withdrawn. The points I'm making is that not only did O'Brien and the Chicago paper he works for get away with this and only had to remove that part of his story without even an explanation as well as the fact that if it can happen to UK then it can happen to anyone by any reporter across the nation....not to mention the fact that the damage is already pretty much done.

For anyone who read that story that's in their minds. Stricken from the record but still in everyone's thought process or at least in the minds of those that would believe these outlandish claims as being truths. Regardless how many times they take it out of print or even make a retraction it's still there. People will still believe it. And he got away with it. Who's next? Kansas? Duke? UNC? IU? Michigan St.?

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2010 1:59 pm

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

So because Michigan St beat Kentucky in the tournament in 2005 and it was a close game means that over the last 10 years the programs have been comparable?  And I am the nit wit?  What in the world has Kentucky done over the last 10 years?  The last time Kentucky was in the final four was how long ago?????  I decided to check and amazingly enough its been 12 years.  Over that same 12 year time period Michigan St has been to 6 final fours, 2 title games, and have 1 national championship.  By educated people's standard 6 final fours vs 0 final fours, that isn't comparable.  As I said earlier enjoy all of your 1 and done's and early exits in the tournament.  You will have many exciting regular season games, and very dissapointing tournament games.  The real question is what happens first NCAA sanctions or a final four appearance?

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2010 1:13 pm

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

The school that I graduated from is a school that over the last 10 years Kentucky hasnt even been in the same league of.  It is a school that will make it farther in the NCAA tourney than your Wildcats AGAIN.  It is a school that will never have to worry about NCAA sanctions, and it is a school that has one of the greatest coaches in the game.  That school is Michigan State.  Call me retarded if it makes you feel better, but the bottom line is Kentucky has been busted in the past and I will not be surprised when Kentucky gets busted again. I'm just going to have to pick a few nits here, or maybe pick a nit's wit.  Either your math or your memory has some major holes in it or both in this case.

March 27, 2005

NCAA Tournament Elite Eight

Michigan St. 94  Kentucky 88 2 OT

2010-2005=5 years  Picking on your math deficiencies  5 does not equal 10.

A six point loss in double overtime in the NCAA Tournamnet would cause most observers to declare that Kentucky is indeed in the same league as Michigan St. in the last ten years.  But I guess you forgot that little factoid in your haste to declare the supremacy of MSU over UK.

I love how these comparisons are so carefully crafted in timeframe and observations in attempting to prove a position that can only be supported by extremely selective memory and poor math.  A lot like all the allegations that Calipari is a cheater.  No proof just hyberbole.

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2010 12:59 pm

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

So glad I'm a Duke fan, as we never have to read such headlines about our program.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2010 11:31 am

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

I am not a Kentucky fan, but I do have to say that it would be absolutely retarded to believe that Cal would have to pay a player $200,000 to play for Kentucky right now. He has ten more recruits standing behind this kid that are top notch talent that are willing to take that spot if Davis doesn't want it. There is no need to pay the kid or his parents. Frankly, the family should pay CALPIARI to let him play on the team at this point. He is cranking out the NBA Draft picks and being on that roster with the level of talent and TV exposure they will have will be worth several spots on the NBA DRaft board next year.

We can (almost) all agree that Daniel Orton as a basketball prospect had no busines being drafted in the first round last year. Calipari alone put him in the first round.

Since: Jul 14, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2010 10:56 am

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

Myron Piggie - A former crack dealer and AAU coach who illegally paid Duke player Corey Maggette.

Basically it goes like this:

  • Maggette signs waiver that all NCAA athletes sign, indicating that they have not received any payments to participate in their sport
  • Maggette plays for Duke his freshman year, then bolts to the NBA.
  • After pressure from the law, Piggie admits that he paid Maggette and four other players $35,000 from 1996 to '98.
  • . Coach K said he was , but surprise! the NCAA looked the other way.

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    pure revisionist history.  you must be channeling that pinhead doyel

    The NCAA decided that Duke had no knowledge of the Piggie incident while it was recruiting Maggette.    and there is absolutely ZERO connection between Piggie, the money and Duke basketball. period.

    Maggette was allegedly accepting this money in 1997, when he was a HS junior.  and not being recruited yet by Duke, if anyone at that time (this was not the wild west of offering schollies to to junior high kids like we have now)

    Maggette also bolted to the NBA.  the NCAA does not have subpeona power and they are not a court system.  Kareem and JaRon Rush and Andre Williams were also implicated in the Piggie debacle, but they returned to school the school the next year were suspended by the NCAA.  Becuase he left early, there is no way to know if Maggette would have also been suspended, but hard to imagine he would not have been.

    and despite the lazy template, the cases are not at all that similar.  in fact they are not remotely similar. Camby accepted $28,000 while in school.  at UMass.  not in high school.  not during AAU ball.   in "college"

    in addition, money now paid to high school summer league players for their basketball services (travel, food, etc.) is now allowed under NCAA rules.  that is what AAU ball is all about now and it is easily argued that $2000 to cover travel for a summer of AAU ball (Peach Jam, Vegas, etc) is a reasonable expense.  $200K, not so much.

    Since: Jul 14, 2010
    Posted on: August 5, 2010 10:29 am

    Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

    "travel, phone calls, and etc"

    yes, that is what cost $200K to get Davis


    Since: Aug 29, 2006
    Posted on: August 5, 2010 9:57 am

    Theater of the absurd

    Welcome to the UK basketball This witch hunt on Kentucky since Calipari has arrived has gone too far. It stems from a deep-seeded jealousy toward the UK program in general, and Cal in particular. Many of these crazy, unsubstantiated stories are the creation of ACC-educated writers that have infested big-markets like NYC and Chicago. They hate the fact that Kentucky is now THE basketball destination for the top high school talent, and they use any and all tactics at their disposal. The fact that NONE of these rumors or stories have been validated is worth noting. I strongly suspect they will never be validated. It will probably cost this Chicago writer his job, and it should. He is an idiot for putting something so damaging in print without a valid proof source. A career as a corner hot dog vendor is in his future (hell, it may be in his past !!)

    Enough is enough......

    Since: Nov 28, 2007
    Posted on: August 5, 2010 9:52 am

    Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

     He brought MY team to the heights, only to have heartbreak by not fouling - and then leaving us in shambles.Did he really leave your team in shambles?  He brought them to heights they would have probly never seen otherwise and left them as a place that guys still want to go play.  Don't get me wrong Josh Pastner is a great coach and I expect big things from him in the future, but do you honestly believe he would have the number 2 recruiting class this year if not for what Calipari did in the previous 10 years.  I certainly think he would have a solid class that would compete in C-USA, but it is insane to think that he would have the number 2 class in his 2nd year at a mid-major without the prior reputation created by Calipari.

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