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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.)
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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2010 9:20 am
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

As a Spartan fan, you think I am jealous of Kentucky???  Are you serious??  I never said Kentucky always cheats either.  However, their track record over the last 20 years hasn't been that great.  I would think most educated Kentucky fans would be able to agree with that.  You talk about how great coach Cal is, really what has he done?  He recruits great players and watches them go to the NBA, but as far as final fours and championships go, well there isn't a whole lot to talk about.  Don't tell me about the Final Four appearance for Memphis either, because according to the NCAA that never happened.  I will continue to watch coach izzo run a clean program, recruit players that want to play more than 1 year, and I will continue to watch the Spartans go to final fours.  I will also watch Kentucky get a bunch of really good freshman players, i will watch them leave after one year, and i will watch Kentucky never meet those lofty expectations.  I can only remember one freshman player lead a team to a championship in recent memory and that was Carmelo Anthony.  I am not saying its going to be impossible for Kentucky to win, but i will say its going to be very unlikely.



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2010 8:41 am
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

You are correct about ONE thing - Corey Maggette's situation was exactly like other players, but none of those others was Marcus Camby dude.

UCLA, Missouri, and Depaul were also victims of Myron Piggie.  The amounts of the payments were $1000 - 2000 per player. This is a FAR cry from the hundreds of thousands of dollars of under-the-table money Marcus Camby received as compensation for attending UMass.

Since you claim a double standard exists, let's look at the penalties for the other schools:
Let's see how many games were forfeited by the other teams in which the Piggie player played: ZERO
Hmm, how many penalties were issued against the other schools? ZERO
Okay, how many scholarships were lost by the other teams? ZERO
How many years of no tournament? ZERO
Okay, let's move beyond Piggie to schools that also had players in the situation of taking money from their AAU coach(St. Johns, Oklahoma, Indiana)
How many penalties were issued? ZERO
How many lost scholarships? ZERO
How many forfeits because of ineligible players? ZERO
How many tournament bans? ZERO

So your argument loses steam fast.

Look, Calipari is a phenomenal college coach.  He brought MY team to the heights, only to have heartbreak by not fouling - and then leaving us in shambles.  I don't know if Kentucky's cheating - and frankly, I don't care.  Freshmen won't win the NCAA championship.  Every night before bed, Calipari prays for an NBA lock-out next year, because then he would have a more NBA talent than 27 NBA teams.

If THAT happens, I really don't see any way Kentucky loses a game, or even comes close to losing a game.




Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2010 7:16 am
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

hey stink, eat your heart out , you envious baboons are just mad because you can't recruit these players like cal does , just pray that you don't have to play the cat because you'll get your asses kicked if you do . ha ha go big blueCool



Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2010 7:09 am
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

not only do the lions stink , you stink also with your unfounded jelious rumors ,  your just another poor loser eat up with envy because you haven't got a quality coach like cal to coach and recruit your players .  eat your heart out and keep those lies coming , it just make our coach look that much better.
and just hope your team doesn't have to play the cats and get their asses kicked    ha ha



Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2010 6:27 am
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

Yeah, so "dirty" that the Chicago Sun Times and author Michael O'Brien immediately edited the story when contacted by a law firm representing the University of Kentucky, removing any reference of money or expenses from the article.  Whether you know anything about basketball or not, you must know that no legitimate writer (especially for a major publication like the Chicago Sun Times) is going to back down from the threat of a lawsuit if they have anything at all to substantiate their claims.  The fact that the article was edited so quickly can only lead one to believe that the author made an unsubstantiated claim hoping to capitalize on the sensationalism of basketball fans such as yourself, anxious to point your finger at the University of Kentucky and say "I told you so!"

So feel free to continue with your silly comments and accusations.  The message boards wouldn't be nearly as fun without uneducated comments such as yours.  :)



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2010 4:15 am
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

oh come on ..lol..thats exactly what we need calipari has left every school he has coached on probation and that isn't an accident he skirts the rules and always has "plausible deniability" which is a joke as the coach he is suppoed to take the heat and know what ever goes on there but he never does   and to say the rule book is wrong is a cop out ..when he leaves KENTUCKY on probation the fans will be whining again ..but you know you have been caught cheating before and you will again cause obviously all you care about is winning and th rules be damned ..nice attitude to live by you cheating moron



Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2010 2:14 am
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

Why the need for comparison? Your team is your team....Izzo is a fantastic coach and Michigan State is a clean program, is that why you posted on here...to hear that? I dont see Kentucky fans on here bashing fans of other teams, or illogically attacking coaches/players/universities. You know, deep down, that the problem is not Calipari, its the NCAA's 1 million illogical/outdated rules and unfair/biased punishments.  Has Calipari OFFICIALLY broken any Primary, Secondary or Minor infractions according to the NCAA investigators? NO. Has Calipari bent rules, challenged semantics (meaning of words... for those on here incapable of meaningful dialogue) pushed boundaries, but never FLAT OUT Cheated like John Wooden, Jimmy V, Jerry Tarkanian, or Eddie Sutton to name a few. Calipari would not even be a discussion if he were not getting all of the 1 and done talents year after year. Get rid of the one-and-done rule and people like Calipari would not really be relevant.  

In terms of your, Kentucky has always been a dirty program, allegations......do some research on the history of the game, its flaws and the dirty programs and you will find only 2 occurences with Kentucky in a 120 year span.  UCLA, UNLV, NC State, Michigan, or most recently Indiana, Oklahoma and Southern Cal all have far more infractions and history than this program. Other teams are perceived as clean, for whatever reasons, but have actually broken similar rules.  Corey Maggette anyone? So much of your opinion is based upon PERCEPTION.....Calipari gets LOTS of major recruits, your team is not doing the same.....HE MUST BE CHEATING!!!!!!

This situation IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS MARCUS CAMBY @ Umass in 1996, but Duke gets nothing....and Calipari is a cheater (for the same thing)

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.


  • The NCAA needs reform. I believe in education and being someone who works around college athletes, I can safely say that through my own personal experiences even at small schools a large portion of athletes are nearly illiterate and have little to no communication skills. Dont get on your high horse and say that Michigan State players dont fall into this same category. Quite frankly college sports should not really even exist at the level that it does.

    Schools should offer athletics as a way for a student to earn their degree from the school, not earn the University publicity and monetary reward while using the student.  Make College sports about Education. If you sign a scholarship...its for four years.  If you want to go to the PROS, go through an amateur league not the NCAA. 

    I for one am torn on a lot of the arguments on 1-and-done.  If a kid could earn millions for a skill that he has, why shouldnt he be able to? Wouldnt you? Arent you just a bitter Middle class person who wants to say they should be able to do that? I dont know....if someone came up to me when I was 18 and said you are really good at (insert whatever skill) would you come and work for me for 2 million a year? I would have said to HELL WITH SCHOOL!!!!! Be honest, most of you righteous and pious people on here would do almost anything just for 1 years salary of an NBA player. 

    Want this whole thing to change....stop watching. When the ratings go down and the merchandise sales plumet Boosters, Agents, Cheating, big time recruits and the whole Empire will crumble.

    THIS IS YOUR FAULT FANS, for creating this monster with your support.  I for one LOVE IT and only hope the NCAA lightens its archaic rulebook. 



    Since: Sep 27, 2006
    Posted on: August 4, 2010 11:54 pm
     

    Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

    Do all Kentucky fans walk around with their heads in the sand?  Do you really think that Calipari runs a clean program?  Have you seen what has happened to the programs that Calipari has left behind?  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.




    Since: Nov 24, 2008
    Posted on: August 4, 2010 11:29 pm
     

    Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

    I am just curious about what Calipari history you are referring to.  Especially one involving HIM giving any players financial benefits.  You guys are so fucking retarded.  Everyone walks around the edges man, he is just better at it right now.  And as I have said before,  UK IS THE HOTTEST BRAND IN BASKETBALL RIGHT NOW.  Why wouldnt every high profile recruit want to play there.  Great city, best fan support, they are treated like gods in town, great facilities, great coach (especially in getting their dream accomplished) which for these level players its NBA as quick as possible.


    I bet a guy on this board about 3 months ago that UK would have 10 1st round picks by 2012, he called me an idiot. 
    They already have 5.

    These kids are coming to school as a stepping stone to NBA, and no one produces that better than Calipari right now.



    Since: Jul 28, 2009
    Posted on: August 4, 2010 9:51 pm
     

    Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

    dummy. cal or ky, both cheat...quit living a lie...


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