6’5”, 280 lbs.
Liberty Township, OH (Lakota East)
Rivals: #16 OG, #29 in OH
Scout: #24 OG
24/7: #42 OG, #39 player in OH
Chose UK over: Nebraska, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Vandy, and Arizona State among others.
The Ohio pipeline continues to flow blue as Mark Stoops received his 6th commitment from the Buckeye State this morning. The #16 OG in the country is a monster on the right side of the center. LaRubbio saw the power of #BBN firsthand at the Spring game, making it easy for Vince Marrow to make another great recruiting move in Ohio.This addition moves Kentucky’s 2014 class to #16 in the country, 7th in the SEC just behind Ole Miss.
After watching some of his film I’m sure his favorite food is pancakes (my favorite pancake on his highlight reel comes at the :56 mark). Attacking defenders with sheer size is impressive to watch, but his quick first step sets him apart from other great offensive linemen. High School players often ‘let up’ on the offensive line when a play is ran to the other side, but LaRubbio has a good head on his shoulders and doesn’t stop until the whistle is blown, regardless of whether the play is going his way. His Lakota East High School team is an option run-based team, giving him more responsibilities at OG than a normal spread/pro-style offense. The QB bases much of his decision making in the option off of the OG’s play; if he doesn’t create a hole immediately the play could be a bust. LaRubbio’s experience thus far has turned him into an attacking lineman that will only do good things for UK in the future.
A 3-star Offensive Guard from Lakota East High School outside of Cincinnati, the 6’5 260 pounder has committed to play for Mark Stoops in the Class of 2014. The highly-touted OG held offers from Nebraska, Wisconsin, Vandy, Pitt, North Carolina, and Arizona State.
The #16 OG in the nation is Vince Marrow’s 6th commitment from the state of Ohio in the Class of 2014.
Even though it is the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and the UK sports world has seemingly come to a halt, Mark Stoops has different plans. A variety of sources from Drew Barker to Justin Rowland are Tweeting about “big news” coming. I have no idea who it is, but Mike Edwards would be a great addition less than a week before Darius West decides; they plan on attending the same school.
Stay tuned to KSR for the latest breaking coverage throughout the day.
I should have waited 10 minutes; Jarrett LaRubbio joins the Class of 2014.
The Pacers and the Heat are close to being an official rivalry. Last year the Pacers took a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinals before losing the series in 6 games, but after last night’s win and one hell of a performance in Game 1, once again the Heat have their backs against the ropes. What I find humorous is the fact that the media is quicker to blame Lebron for losing than praise the Pacers….SMDreads.
There are still many long months of summer before football season begins. Until then we only have either really boring, or really fun news. Today it’s fun because the Rams decided to sign a 6’10 403 lb lineman, putting UK’s John Grubbenschlabben to shame.
Body Shapes Medical has been working miracles for Ryan Lemond, but they can’t do what this couple from England is doing. Considered the strongest couple in the world, I dare you to find an ounce of fat in this relationship.
I will leave you with a video of Paul George putting the tatted-up Birdman to shame. I don’t know of anything that could’ve made me happier, until someone edited George’s Wikipedia page 10 minutes later saying, “He was arrested on May 24 for animal cruelty”.
It’s Memorial Day weekend. If you aren’t grilling out, ducking away to the lake for the weekend, or karaoking in patriotic gear (oh, just me?)… chances are you will probably find your way to a movie theatre at some point this weekend. Memorial Day weekend is notorious for new movie releases, especially from the category I like to call “why do people like mediocre movies in the summer?” Memorial Day weekend tends to mark the release of the first big action blockbuster movies of the summer. This year, two of the weekends’ biggest movies are sequels. Many of you are probably planning to either see the Fast and the Furious 32 this weekend, or the Hangover (I refuse to give them separate numbers, because they are just the same movie taking place in a slightly, slightly different setting).
I do have faith though that the 3rd in the line of the Hangover movies will be better than the 2nd. I mean, it has to be right?
And now on to the news and views from the day…
“Winning the national championship has gone through our minds. Now it’s stuck in our minds. That is all we plan on doing, especially since we are all big competitors. We will refuse to lose next year.”
3 things I love about the demeanor/perceived attitude of this recruiting class:
1) They do not remind me of last year’s team at all.
2) They seem almost competitive to a fault. How good will those practices be next year? These guys are going to push each other day in and day out.
3) They are genuinely excited to come to Lexington.
“You’d think that we talk about how I can help Kentucky and basketball things like that, but we don’t. … He moreso talks about what I should want to be in life period…”
This guy sounds like Nerlens Noel 2.0. And if Cal is having these types of discussions with all of the recruits, that has to be a mother’s dream, I would think.
1) Matt Elam says that with the schools who are recruiting him the hardest, it’s essentially a 3-horse race between Kentucky, Louisville and Alabama. How often do you hear Kentucky (or Louisville for that matter) in a final 3 list with Alabama? Elam is that good, and Kentucky has put itself in good position to be a final contender for his services.
2) 3-star Offensive lineman/Offensive tackle Ty Barrett out of Dallas, Texas has cut his list of schools to 7 via Twitter. Kentucky made the list along with some other big names:
Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kentucky, TCU, Texas Tech, Baylor and Ole Miss.
3) 3-star Safety Mike Edwards out of Cincinnati, Ohio also used Twitter to announce his top 6 schools. Edwards was once thought to be headed to Kentucky, but the tides changed a bit recently. Kentucky is still in play though:
Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Kentucky, Wisconsin and West Virginia
4) 4-star WR Derek Kief out of Cincinnati, Ohio also trimmed his list to 5 on Thursday. Kief showed his creativity by using a nifty (haven’t used that word since i was carrying about a L.L. Bean backpack with my initials on it in 7th grade) graphic/rap lyrics. Kentucky also made the list, along with Notre Dame, Ohio State, Northwestern and Alabama. That’s 2 big time players in which Kentucky and Mark Stoops are going toe-to-toe with Alabama for… Is that a sentence you expected to read about 2 years ago?
5) The National Football Post released their rankings so far for the class of 2014. Despite the early rankings, Kentucky cracked the top 25 with the #21 ranked recruiting class in 2014.
-”It went very well. We got a lot of work done. We still have a long way to go, but I was excited. Our players had a great attitude, worked extremely hard and we got a good start on things.”
-”We have to be more physical, but I feel like our coaches approached it the right way. We were as physical as we could be in the spring. We’re looking forward to having a great summer…getting bigger, getting stronger.”
-”We’re still packed up there (referring the quarterback race). Jalen had a real nice spring game. He gives us that other dimension with the running.”-
-”I was excited about Raymond (Sanders). I was happy with him.”
Parrish on why Cal would work:
“Calipari is a master of convincing great players to play hard and well together, even if this past season flies in the face of that statement. Yes, I know, he’s widely considered to be a “failed NBA coach” because of his stint with the Nets. But Calipari has changed so much since those days, and he’s much better suited to manage egos now than he was when he got his first NBA job at age 37.”
Golfers from the state of Kentucky are fairing rather well on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour this week.
Lexington resident, UK fan, and KSR reader Josh Teater has rounds of 65 and 67 and currently sits in a tie for 3rd at -8 at The Colonial in Fort Worth, TX. Teater has been on a roll lately. He led qualifying for the British Open Monday. The British Open, to be played in July, will be his first career appearance in a major championship. He has made 12 out of 15 cuts this season and has made over one million dollars. Teater held as much as a two stroke lead during the 2nd round today and got to as low as -11 for a period of time. Three late bogeys brought him back to -8 but he is still in great position to make a run at his first PGA Tour win this weekend.
Tied for 3rd at Colonial with Teater is former University of Kentucky golfer and Union, KY resident Steve Flesch. Flesch, a 2010 inductee to the UK Athletics Hall of Fame, has rounds of 68 and 64 on the par 70 golf course. Flesch is a four time PGA tour winner who has amassed more than $17 million in career earnings. At the age of 46, Flesch has played sparingly this season due to injury. Flesch won the Colonial in 2004, holding off Chad Campbell by a stroke. Like Teater, Flesch is in good position for a weekend run.
Kentucky golfers are no stranger to success at Colonial. As I mentioned, Flesch won at Colonial in 2004. In addition to Flesch’s victory, Kenny Perry won in 2003 by 6 shots and in 2005 by 7 shots.
Speaking of Perry, the former Western Kentucky golfer and Franklin, KY resident is playing really well this week at the Senior PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, MO. Perry is currently -7 for the tournament and tied for the lead. Perry is a 14 time PGA Tour winner and has won two times to date on the Champions Tour.
Who is he tied with? None other than former University of Kentucky golfer and Paducah, KY resident Russ Cochran. Russ is also -7 par at the halfway point. Cochran won once on the PGA Tour and has won 3 times since joining the Champions Tour (including the 2011 Senior British Open).
Perry and Cochran had matching scores of 69-66 for the first two rounds.
Cochran’s nephew Rick Cochran, also a Paducah resident, is tied for 11th on the NGA Tour (formerly the Hooters Tour) in Knoxville this week. Also playing well there are Kentuckians Kent Bulle from Glasgow (tied for 5th) and Brandon Brown from Shelbyville (tied for 9th).
If for some reason you are inside on this gorgeous weekend, chances are you’ll see a Kentuckian swinging a golf club on your television. Good luck to all of these gentlemen from the Bluegrass State.
The 2012-13 academic school year was one of the most disappointing years for Kentucky athletics. The baseball and basketball teams both started the season ranked in the Top 10 before failing to reach the post-season while the football team suffered one of the worst seasons in school history, leading to the departure of Joker Phillips. With the academic year over, we now turn to optimistic summer dreams of a future filled with wins. The biggest surprise? Kentucky football’s dramatic change in less than 6 months. While it is difficult to describe the success of a new coach without having played a game yet, Mark Stoops has given the #BBN more than enough reasons to once again ‘Believe in Blue’. After looking back to May 2012 compared to May of 2013, Extreme Makeover couldn’t prescribe a more drastic facelift. Don’t believe me? See for yourself…
1. Coaching staff. The most obvious change over the last year is the replacement of Joker Phillips with Mark Stoops. Joker spent most of his Spring and Summer Camp attempting to convince the waning fan base that he could still get the job done. While most called his bluff and did not renew their season tickets, some people (like Matt Jones) still clung to that last bit of hope. After losing to WKU and getting embarrassed by Vandy at home, there was simply nothing left for Joker. Mark Stoops wasn’t the first choice for most fans to replace Joker, but his plan for the program was more than enough to convince Mitch Barnhart that Stoops was the right guy for the job. Stoops’ next move is what separated him from Joker: he recruited a highly-motivated, young coaching staff with big-program ties to come to Kentucky. Joker’s staff consisted of men mostly in their 50′s, compared to the 30 and 40 year old pups that Stoops has brought in. While some may think that doesn’t matter, the energy that Stoops’ staff brings to a room is unprecedented when compared to the crotchety old men of before. These coaches could convince Alan Cutler to put on pads and play, unlike the former staff that couldn’t even recognize the 6th best QB in the nation at their own camp.
2. Recruiting, Recruiting, Recruiting. I could probably make a week’s worth of posts talking about the radical differences in recruiting since May of 2012. The most obvious difference is the addition of Ohio as a recruiting pipeline. A Top-5 state in national high school football talent, Joker only managed to recruit 5 prospects from Ohio to UK in his 3 years as head coach; Mark Stoops has received 8 commitments from Ohio in less than 6 months. Stoops is successfully reaching across the Ohio River for prospects, while simultaneously convincing the best from inside the state to same stay home. Joker may have picked up a few guys from around the state each year, he never consistently got the best of the best. Ryan Timmons and Jason Hatcher can potentially make a positive impact for the team in the fall. In the 2014 class, Stoops has the #1 player in KY with Drew Barker while staying hot on the #2 player’s trail (Matt Elam).
Another easy barometer for recruiting success is seen in the recruiting rankings. Mark Stoops’ three 4-star players in the Class of 2013 equal the number of how many Joker had during his 3-year tenure as head coach. Oh and 3/7 in Stoops’ 2014 Class are 4-star players. Long gone are the days when decisions for recruits are between Middle Tenn State, WKU, and UK: now it’s between Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Alabama. The improvement has translated into even further hype for Stoops’ program. The average fan never knew the big recruits, unless they were great in-state players like Patrick Towles. When my lawyer-boss asked me about Braxton Berrios today (from North Carolina), I realized that football recruiting has reached a level higher than ever before.
3. An increased chatter across #BBN. While writing for KSRCollege last Spring, it was tough finding anything to write positively about the football program. When I posted the Spring depth chart in March of last year, there were COMPLAINTS for having football news during March Madness. The proof lies in the numbers: In May of 2012 there were 22 football-related posts on KSR; this post is the 22nd football-related post since last Friday. Not only is there more chatter, but it’s almost entirely positive chatter. Instead of talking about how hot Joker’s seat is, we have actually been comparing Drew Barker and Andrew Wiggins. ANDREW WIGGINS, THE BEST HS PLAYER SINCE LEBRON! If this isn’t enough, go back and listen to old podcasts and see if you can find a football entry in the headline.
4. Season ticket sales. It’s sad to say that the biggest story of last year’s Spring football season was the dramatic decrease in season ticket holders. 2012 season ticket figures were down 20.8% since 2011 and 32.5% from 2009. On April 22 of this year, season ticket sales were 2x larger than on the same date in 2012, with 35,342 compared to 17, 647. The excitement generated by Mark Stoops arrival cannot be given all of the credit: UK’s marketing department has gone above and beyond promoting ticket sales. Not only has the quantity and quality of advertisements increased, but they have opened Commonwealth Stadium to the public during the work day, allowing you to sit in your potential seat before you buy it. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think KSR had a radio show at CWS last Spring.
5. Bon Jovi to Chief Keef. Watching Matt Jones’ face light-up in sarcasm when “It’s My Life” blared through CWS before 3rd downs last year was something to see. Playing an outdated Bon Jovi song was a great reflection of the state of the program last year. The only thing uglier than CWS was the play on the field, which translated into an even emptier CWS. Fast forward one year and the CWS renovation bill passed in Frankfort with only one detractor. UK greats like Tim Couch spoke during timeouts of the Spring Game to pump up the crowd. The UKAthletics staff also began putting together video pieces inside Spring Practice. Watching Stoops get taken out during ‘board drill’ is a 180-degree turnaround compared to the sight of Joker’s somber face. For the first time since Hal Mumme’s original Air Raid, Kentucky football is cool.
6. Two pictures say it all…
Matt and I spent the morning with Charles Ramsey at Eric C. Conn’s law office in Stanville this morning and America’s favorite new hero was everything we expected and more. After a little worry he wouldn’t arrive in time, Charles finally walked in and kissed all the ladies on the hand before sitting down for a radio interview with Matt to conclude our show. Afterwards, the three of us discussed Nerlens going to the Cavs and how we can get him to Lexington for a game next season. He wants to be the ‘Y’.
Here are my 10 favorite quotes from the show:
1.) “I’m willing to pay his $8 million bond and ship him to Puerto Rico, because I know on the way there he will meet his demise. If not, when you get off the plane, you’re gonna meet your demise. If not, I wanna pay somebody for you to meet your demise… Can’t say that?“
Charles is still very disgusted and outraged by what his neighbor, who he thought was just a regular guy, did to the girls he discovered in Cleveland.
He might’ve gone a little too far in airing it out, though. Just a bit.
2.) “No good deed goes unpunished. Me finding those girls… ‘Good job, now we’re going to rip you apart.’”
Since discovering the missing girls a few weeks ago, the media has dug up all it can find on Ramsey’s past, which includes a few arrests. But he doesn’t care what people say about him because he knows what truly matters:
“Three girls were home for Mother’s Day,” he reminded us. “You can talk about me all you like.”
3.) “I have about… approximately… 20 million letters from people.”
Maybe a little high on the estimate there, Charles.
4.) “Let me ask you something, because I heard if Rick Pitino comes to Lexington he gets spit on.”
Then he redeemed himself…
5.) “I’m a Rex Chapman fan.”
6.) “I’ve been taking [McDonald's] up on [that offer] everyday, just to make sure they keep up their word. We go to 4 to 5 McDonald’s, one day. Just to look at ‘em. When I pull up, they go, ‘That’s you!’ and I go, ‘Yeah, give me a Big Mac.’”
McDonald’s gave him a “Chuck Card’ that he can flash for free food for the next year. There is also a ‘Ramsey Burger’ at Hodges restaurant where Ramsey still works as a dishwasher.
7.) “What I’d rather them do, for the city of Cleveland, is go give the homeless people those burgers and stop focusing on me.”
And this is why people love him.
8.) “I was able to call Anderson Cooper on the phone and he did exactly what I told him to do — I knew this was big. He didn’t tell me no or nothing. He asked me where I wanted to meet him and I said ‘Cleveland’ and he said ‘I’ll be there in an hour.’”
Charles didn’t really grasp how big he had gotten until he had Anderson Cooper wrapped around his fingertips.
9.) “This has gone totally Hollywood, but I’m still focused on what those girls have been through for the past 10 years. I’m not the hero; Amanda Berry is. I didn’t go through nothing. She went through it for 10 years. She had a kid with this bastard.”
He was “just a dude playing his position,” he says. Amanda Berry and the other two survivors deserve all the love.
10.) “You wouldn’t be interviewing me now [if he had known right away what was going on.] I’d be in the penitentiary right now, or on my way there. Because I was able to take that dude’s head, take it off his body, and kick it down the street like a soccer ball… Said too much?“
Listen to the entire interview here:
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Now, The Article Links-
Gary Parrish from CBSSports.com says Calipari is one of five college coaches that could lead USA basketball after Coach K.
Marquis Teague will be a capable role player in the NBA as his career progresses, but for a rookie who was thrown into a unique situation, you can’t really complain about the job he did with the minutes he was given
Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State are the presumed favorites for Jahil Okafor and Tyus Jones
ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla says Nerlens Noel is the most overrated NBA Draft prospect
Calipari believes the sky’s the limit for Willie Cauley-Stein
From KSR College’s David Mulloy…
On April 2nd, after a thrilling extra inning win against the UL in Louisville, the Bat Cats’ record stood at 22-6, 6-3 in the SEC, and were ranked a season high fifth in the nation. Seven weeks to the day later, they were eliminated in the first game of the SEC Tournament by Ole Miss after dropping 19 of their last 27 games to finish unranked and out of the NCAA Tournament. So the question is, how can a team that was so highly ranked, so talented, and who played so well out of the gate suffer such a traumatic collapse in the second half of the season?
Where did it all go wrong?
The obvious answer is the LSU series. Following the win over UL, the Cats went down to Baton Rouge and were promptly swept by a combined score of 31-6. Although disappointing, at the time, the sweep was not overly concerning. LSU was, and still is, a very good team and a national title contender.
Where I think the season really went off the rails was the next weekend against Tennessee at Cliff Hagan Stadium. After a come from behind series opening win, the Cats dropped the next two games, giving the Vols, who finished 22-30 (8-20 in the SEC), their second of two SEC series victories. The 5-0 loss in the series finale was the first “uh-oh” moment of the season. I won’t mince words; Tennessee was not a good team and the series loss to them was inexcusable and a sign of things to come.
What made the series loss even worse was that the next four weekends were against South Carolina, Ole Miss, Arkansas, and Vanderbilt, all of whom were, and still are, ranked with three of the four legitimate national title contenders. The Cats were swept at USC, won the series in Oxford, won once against the Razorbacks and were swept at home by Vandy to put them on the brink of the NCAA Bubble. Throw in a beat down in Lexington by UL and an 18 inning loss against WKU in the middle and you have a really bad month of baseball. The final nail on the coffin was last weekend at Mizzouri where the 16-30 Tigers took two out of three to eliminate any hope of an at large NCAA bid.
What went wrong?
Last summer when Jerad Grundy announced that he would turn down draft 28th round draft pick by the Minnesota Twins to return for his senior season I thought, “That’s it. That is what is going to make them contenders for Omaha.” Grundy started slow but finished the 2012 season very strong and had two postseason wins. His return, combined with Corey Littrell’s second season and A.J. Reed’s promotion to the weekend gave the Cats a formidable and experienced left-handed weekend rotation. On March 23rd, Grundy pitched eight innings strong innings and struck out ten in a 3-2 victory over Mississippi State. His ERA was 1.99 after six starts. The win, his fifth on the season, would be his last in the SEC. In the following weeks, Grundy would drop four of his next five starts with an ERA of over 10 in those game before being demoted to the midweek starter. I don’t mean to pick on Jerad, who was really having a terrific season until April, but he was a microcosm of the entire team as he simply “lost it” and could never get back on the right track. As Grundy went, so did the Cats.
That’s not to say that the other two weekend starters, Littrell and Reed, didn’t have struggles of their own. Reed was just 2-8 on the season with both wins coming early in the non-conference portion of the schedule but his record doesn’t tell the entire story. Reed’s problem was that the offense (despite his own efforts) simply didn’t give him enough run support. Seven of his eight losses came in games where he gave up four earned runs or less and all four of his no decisions came in games in which he gave up two or earned runs or less.
Speaking of the offense (or lack thereof), it was the Cats’ Achilles heel all season. It was especially absent down the stretch as seven of UK’s final eleven losses came by two runs or less. Of those seven losses, the maximum number of runs an opponent scored in a game? Five. To say that the offense struggled is a massive understatement. Only one starter batted over .300 on the season and that was freshman Kyle Barrett, who was inserted as the everyday right fielder midway through the season, with a .349 average. Even A.J. Reed, who led the team with 13 home runs and 52 RBI, batted just .280. Fellow sophomore Austin Cousino batted .249 and led the team with 46 strikeouts. J.T. Riddle, who collected 11 hits in 14 at bats on the first weekend of the season, was the team’s second leading hitter with a .283 average. As a team, the Cats’ batted .255.
Where does UK go from here?
First, the Cats have to take stock of who is coming and going. On top of graduating three seniors: Jerad Grundy, Walter Wijas, and Zac Zellers, the Cats have six draft eligible juniors: Lucas Witt, Paul McConkey, Matt Reida, J.T. Riddle, Trevor Gott, and Corey Littrell who will likely be drafted this summer. Their decision return or go pro will have a large impact on next year’s team. UK has eight LOIs 2013 recruiting class which includes two of the state’s top pitchers, Hunter Green and Woodford County’s Clinton Hollon. Both Green and Hollon are expected to be selected in the MLB draft this summer so their decision will have a large impact on next season as well.
Second, the coaching staff is going to have to address the offensive woes. For the second consecutive season, the lack of offensive production down the stretch as cost the Cats dearly. I don’t know what specifically can be done to get the bats going but I do know that no matter how good the pitching staff is, it is impossible to win without scoring any runs.
Earlier this week, I shared my love for “Arrested Development,” one of TV’s most underrated comedies that will return with new episodes Sunday on Netflix. All week, pop culture blogs have been full of posts heralding the show’s return, and now, a South Carolina sports site has even gotten in on the fun, assigning an “Arrested Development” character to each SEC football team. Who would UK be?
Kentucky: Maeby Funkë
Occasionally able to deceive onlookers into thinking they’re more valuable than they are. Identifies with Vanderbilt, as both go largely ignored. Practices form of rebellion by being basketball school.
Obviously the Gamecocks are still a little bitter about losing Drew Barker to us, but I’ll give the site credit: some of their picks are spot on. I especially like Arkansas as Lucille Austero.
Top 2014 point guard Emmanuel Mudiay is the latest elite recruit to do a blog for USA Today’s High School site, and in his latest installment, opens up about some of the coaches recruiting him. What does he have to say about Cal? Take it way, Mr. Mudiay…
Then I’ll talk to Coach (John) Calipari and you’d think that we talk about how I can help Kentucky and basketball things like that, but we don’t.
He moreso talks about what I should want to be in life period. He tells me that I’ve got to know what my goals are for life; whether it’s helping others or things like that. The thing I really love about Coach Cal is that he’s got a big heart. I’m the same way.
For the past year or so, Cal has really focused on the “changing lives” aspect of recruitment, and it’s nice to see that players like Mudiay not only respect, but respond to that. So often top coaches go in and practically beg players to come to their schools (cough, Crean), but Cal is selling something much different: come play for me and we’ll change you and your family’s lives.
Also, in case you were wondering how Mudiay got all that great footwork, he says that he played soccer growing up in the Congo. Mudiay is also very spiritual, and says that coaches will text him scripture every so often.
The venerable Larry Vaught recently caught up with Marcus Lee, one of Kentucky’s six incoming McDonald’s All-Americans. We’ve heard the incoming freshmen talk about how excited they are for the upcoming season and their shared goal of winning a National Championship, something Lee says is “stuck” in their minds:
“Winning the national championship has gone through our minds. Now it’s stuck in our minds. That is all we plan on doing, especially since we are all big competitors. We will refuse to lose next year.“
(Nice use of one of Cal’s slogans, Lee. You’re a natural already)
If their talent wasn’t mind-boggling enough, the freshmen have also been fortunate enough to play together and form chemistry during the numerous All-American games over the past few months. Lee says that experience has been invaluable, and helped the six bond:
“I think it is great to be together like that. It helps us mesh quicker and gives us more time to be together. We all get to be around each other, laugh and joke around together. That has to help for next year. …We are similar but we are still different. We get along real well. We are joking around probably 90 percent of the time. The other players are probably tired of us always talking about Kentucky, but we are loving it. There are six of us. If five of us are not talking about Kentucky, the sixth one will be. We are really excited to get there and do greatness.”
We’re excited too, Marcus.
It looks like our sources are correct again. As KSR reported yesterday morning, Jeff Goodman has been hired by ESPN to be an on-air reporter, as well as write for ESPN.com.
Goodman was hired by CBS Sports two years ago, along with Gary Parrish, and helped make the site one of the best sources for college basketball information on the net. Good luck to him in his new endeavors at the Worldwide Leader.
Four-star wide receiver Derek Kief made his top-five official Thursday with this professional-looking graphic, bearing his own rap lyrics. The Cincinnati La Salle target is high on the list of Mark Stoops and Neal Brown for the class of 2014, but Vince Marrow is taking the lead on this recruitment for Kentucky, continuing to tap his Ohio pipeline.
His top-five has been figured to be the schools listed here: Kentucky, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Northwestern, and Alabama, in no particular order.
“Speed does kill, yeah speed does kill. You’ll get punished with my strength, that’s for real.”
You can hear the rap over his highlight video that has appeared on the site before.
Enjoy watching ESPN’s Edward Aschoff interview Mark Stoops about how the Cats did in spring practice. Great tie, coach.
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