Posted on: September 24, 2009 3:17 pm

The key to getting TV coverage is picking UK

Stacey Poole will announce his college decision today at 5 p.m. ET live on ESPNU.

Officially, he's choosing between Kentucky and South Carolina.

But -- forgive me for ruining the suspense -- he's really already decided, and he's going to pick Kentucky, and I know this because Poole is ranked 58th nationally by Scout.com, and ESPNU wouldn't care much about the nation's 58th-best prospect unless it knew he was picking Kentucky. The alternative -- Poole picking South Carolina -- wouldn't even get top billing in South Carolina considering Steve Spurrier has a football game against Ole Miss tonight. So tune in if you like, and watch it all go down. But I can already tell you that Stacey Poole is announcing for Kentucky, and if he doesn't for some reason then the folks at ESPNU are going to be pissed.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 21, 2009 8:07 am
Edited on: September 21, 2009 8:09 am

Recruiting notes from the weekend

Cameron Clark committing to Oklahoma wasn't the only recruiting development from this weekend.

Here are some others:

Rivers visits Duke: Class of 2011 star Austin Rivers visited Duke despite supposedly being committed to Florida. As Bruce Weber can attest -- you haven't forgotten the Eric Gordon recruitment, have you? -- there is no way to interpret this as a good thing for the Gators. Rivers taking that visit makes him by definition no longer genuinely committed to Florida, and it's only a matter of time before he acknowledges as much publicly. Scout.com ranks Rivers as the No. 4 prospect in the Class of 2011. He is the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers

Wroten tears ACL: While Rivers was touring Cameron Indoor Stadium, fellow Class of 2011 star Tony Wroten Jr. was tearing his ACL in a football game, according to the Seattle Times . The paper reported that Wroten will have surgery this week and need seven-to-nine months of rehab, meaning he's done with football and basketball for the year. Scout.com ranks Wroten as the No. 8 prospect in the Class of 2011.

Quick hitters: Stacey Poole, a 6-foot-5 wing from Florida, told Scout.com that he'll likely pick between Kentucky and South Carolina by the end of the week. Poole is ranked 58th in the Class of 2010. ... Kyrie Irving, ranked fifth in the Class of 2010, eliminated Indiana from his list of possible destinations. The New Jersey point guard is still considering Duke, Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M. ... One of the nation's top junior college prospects, J.P. Olukemi, committed to Oklahoma state. He's the fourth OSU commitment for the Class of 2010.
Posted on: September 14, 2009 4:12 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2009 4:15 pm

Irving wants a big role immediately, it seems

Kyrie Irving told Scout.com's Dave Telep on Monday that his college decision will, at least in part, be determined by his "role in the offense." Best I can tell, that's code for "I'm not interested in playing behind anybody."

And I respect that.

Too often, prospects act like they don't mind learning from upperclassmen or waiting their turn. But the truth is that somebody as talented as Irving ought to look for a place where he'll be the top option at point guard from his first day on campus, and that seems to be what he's doing.

Ranked fifth overall in the Class of 2010 by Scout.com, Irving has scheduled three of his five official visits for Duke (Sept. 25), Indiana (Oct. 2) and Texas A&M (Oct. 9). Among the other schools vying for his services are Kentucky and Connecticut. But those two programs could be affected by the presence of point guards Eric Bledsoe (at UK) and Kemba Walker (at UConn).

(Note: I do not expect John Wall to still be at UK by the time Irving would enroll.)

Irving has set no timetable for a decision.

Duke and Indiana are widely considered to be the leaders in his recruitment.
Posted on: September 9, 2009 8:40 am
Edited on: September 9, 2009 8:44 am

Report: Gillispie enters rehab facility

Former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie has entered a rehab facility in Texas, according to WYMT.

The station is reporting that Gillispie is at the John Lucas After Care Program in Houston. He was arrested and charged with DUI in Kentucky less than two weeks ago. It marked the third time Gillispie has been cited for a drinking-and-driving-related incident.

Gillispie is from Texas.

Kentucky fired him after two seasons.

He was replaced in April by John Calipari.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 8, 2009 5:54 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2009 5:54 pm

Do not buy tickets from former UK players

Note to Kentucky fans: Don't buy season tickets from Ron Mercer.

Or Tony Delk.

Or any former Wildcat unless they can show you the tickets in advance, and even then I'd be skeptical. Purchase at your own risk, is what I'm telling you, because not one but two former players have now been charged with crimes for selling tickets to Wildcat basketball games that they didn't actually have to sell.

Former Wildcat Ed Davender was charged Sept. 1. You probably heard that story. But then on Tuesday it got worse when news broke that former Wildcat Derrick Miller has also been charged with one count of theft by deception. Police claim Miller accepted payment in advance for tickets despite the fact that the tickets weren't available for him to sell. And is it finally clear to everybody that John Calipari is killing it at Kentucky?

Nevermind the endless lines at his book signings.

Nevermind that top-ranked recruiting class featuring John Wall.

The absolute best sign that Calipari is turning UK Basketball into a monster is that former players are trying to make extra cash selling tickets that don't actually exist, and that there seems to be no shortage of buyers for said tickets that don't actually exist. It's incredible, really. Two former players arrested in the same month for selling tickets they don't have. Where else could that possibly happen besides Kentucky?
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Kentucky
Posted on: August 27, 2009 7:41 am
Edited on: August 27, 2009 8:14 am

Gillispie charged with DUI in Kentucky

Former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie was arrested early Thursday and charged with DUI, according to WLEX-TV .

The station reported Gillispie was pulled over around 2:45 a.m.

As of this morning, he was still being held in the Franklin County (Ky.) jail.

This is the third time Gillispie has been arrested for drunken driving or suspicion of drunken driving. The development could affect his ability to return to coaching for the 2010-11 season considering his drinking has long been a concern for those around him. It contributed, at least to some degree, to his demise at Kentucky, where off-the-court issues combined with on-the-court shortcomings ended his tenure after just two seasons.

Kentucky fired Gillispie after this past season.

John Calipari replaced him.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 20, 2009 5:14 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2009 5:15 pm

Calipari issues response to NCAA's decision

John Calipari has issued a response to the NCAA's decision to make Memphis vacate its 2008 Final Four.

It reads:

"I’m very disappointed and disheartened by the NCAA’s findings. I fully support the University of Memphis’ appeal and until that process is carried through to its completion, I will have no further comments on the matter. I am anxious to coach the team at the University of Kentucky beginning this Fall."
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 18, 2009 3:02 pm

Schedule-releasing TV show?

So I just finished a live chat with a bunch of Kentucky fans, and they really are a passionate bunch. I say that not only because 3,000 of them were gathered and asking questions about hoops in August, but because in the process of typing I realized that UK is actually unveiling its schedule via a TV special on the Big Blue Network.


And I don't mean unreal in a bad way.

 I mean unreal as in, "Isn't that just unreal?"

Seriously, is there another school that could draw ratings for a schedule-releasing show?

Has this ever been done before?
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Kentucky
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