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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: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2010 9:27 pm
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

cssmith963.  I guess that you are an unpaid volunteer?
If Cal spent a few hours of his time...more than a few hours, and if you know his salary and salary of other folks working on him, you should be able to do better math than coming up with a few hundred bucks.


If that was what they were referring to in their story, they would not have removed it. The insinuation was that the player was paid the money to commit to UK.  I certainly have no insight on how Cal manages to sign so many top recruits, but would love to know.


MJamammy
Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2010 8:52 pm
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Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2010 8:41 pm
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

thelionsstink, You don't have enough IQ to be posting! When you are the best and have the best of every thing you don't have to cheat. Uk has the biggest gym, leads the nation in attendance every year, the best practice gym(30 million dollars. UK has the best fan base, the best travelling fans, the best place for the players to live. Every game is on tv. Its the people who can't recruit and have nothing to offer who need to cheat. Calipari is clean as the driven snow, he has never been charged with any violation. Chalk all the hate up to jealousy, nothing more.



Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2010 7:09 pm
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

Let me tell you something, stink: You are one gullible idiot.
Nobody is going to pay anyone $200.000 to play college ball for one year,
and ony a total retard would think they would.

If any school or coach were forced to pay in order to entice recruits,
you can bet your stupid -ss than it wouldn't be UK or Cal.

You clowns whine over everything that UK does.
However, I'm glad its this way and not the other way around.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2010 6:23 pm
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

One and done's don't win national titles.  Kentucky can get all the top recruits every year and they'll have to stay competitive, but you need leadership to win the title and at the end of the day Kentucky doesn't and won't have it for the forseable future.  The guys coming in aren't as good as the ones that just left, and they showed exactly why freshman can't lead you to a title.  (Too young, too imature, and are focused on going pro and not winning national titles)...for that matter Cal can't lead a team to a title.  If Kentucky wants to win, then coach Cal is going to have to starting recruiting guys that are going to stay for 2 and 3 years and prove he can coach and not just recruit. 

No doubt the man can recruit but can he coach and win titles b/c at the end of the day thats all that matters. 




Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2010 5:35 pm
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

ok, ok, I apologize for trying to make a joke on a blog about what it costs to recruit a top notch recruit and what it might cost for a year in college.  I suppose that the poster on the Enis Kanter blog last night was correct...most people who post on blogs don't have a clue what they're talking about.  cssmith, I apologize for making fun of you, and I apologize to the original poster, too.

My intent was to make light of the Chicago article which was very "fuzzy" about costing UK 200 grand, and I was quickly adding up all costs for recruiting, year in college, blah, blah, blah..oh, well.  Nevermore.
Sorry for the confusion.
Embarassed



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2010 5:23 pm
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

cssmith963.  I guess that you are an unpaid volunteer?
If Cal spent a few hours of his time...more than a few hours, and if you know his salary and salary of other folks working on him, you should be able to do better math than coming up with a few hundred bucks.





Since: Aug 3, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2010 5:17 pm
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

heh Lions comments werent so ignorant considering Calipari's history. Your comment on the other hand is pretty crazy too if you'd taken a moment to think about it. $200k in travel and phone costs? You're out of your mind. How much do you think a plane ticket from Kentucky to Chicago costs anyway? Hell I pay $40 per month on my phone and I get unlimited minutes.




Since: Oct 20, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2010 5:16 pm
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

The Chicago Sun-Times has now edited the part about the $200,000 Davis supposedly got from UK its now deleted.



Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2010 5:14 pm
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

I actually was around when Pitino was around and on campus at UK.  I used to find it funny when I was running sound for the gymnastics meets in Alumni and Pitino would be up in his office.  All of the rumors even the gymnastics coaches would utilize saying he was getting paid under the table by boosters, paying players, and the list goes on and on.
It is something to get peoples attention just like Mr. Parrish used to get a rise out of people on the message board.
If the university gets caught cheating, the people and the university will deal with it just like we have in the past.
I am glad to see the #1 recruiting class taking shape for a third consecutive year.
Now, I hope we can build a team!!!


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