This past week, I was part of one of the more fun afternoons I have had in some time. I spoke to the Maryville Elementary School in Bullitt County as part of their Citizens’ School program for K-5th graders. The kids were great, asking wonderful questions (my favorite of which was, “Do you know the Heavy Hitter?”) and generally cheering up a gloomy Tuesday. During the experience, I met a young man who told me about his new website that focused on UK players in the NBA. The creator’s name is Adam Barron and the site serves what I think is a needed addition to the UK internet community. It focuses almost entirely on looking at the former UK players in the league and chronicling how they are playing, what stories are being written about them and what their futures hold. This is something that we do on an occasional basis, but for Barron, it is the entire basis of the site.
People are often telling me about their new websites and usually I tell them that starting a new site is hard. In today’s competitive internet world, a general blog is tough to get going and even harder to maintain, making it difficult to succeed. However a blog that is specific as to one particular thing and aims to handle it thoroughly has a real chance to find a readership. The NBACats site is one with this type of laser focus. Like KSR, it isn’t designed with anything other than the most basic setup. But the site has good content and serves a niche that is unfulfilled. On the site now are articles about Brandon Knight, Rajon Rondo, Jamaal Magloire and Demarcus Cousins, along with search terms for each UK NBA player that allows the reader to keep up with them throughout the year. I spent a good deal of time on the site yesterday and plan on making it part of my rotation as the weeks go on. It is definitely worth a visit and I give Adam a lot of credit for being smart enough to find a void in the current clogged UK blogosphere that needs to be filled and working hard to try and consume it.