I don’t know about you, but I like behind the scenes gossip. It is those juicy nuggets of interactions away from the spotlight where one can find out exactly what individuals are truly like and learn the real story behind events. And with that in mind, it is interesting to note that Brandon Knight’s mother is writing a book, showcasing some stories of her son’s recruitment and time at Kentucky. Apparently Knight’s mom kept a diary as her son became a national basketball star and used it to remember anecdotes about the high school and college process. Fox 56’s Jennifer Palumbo has interviewed Knight and his mother and has a great series on the news in Lexington this week (make sure and check it out at 10 pm every evening).
The book/diary is scheduled to come out in the near future and includes stories such as this one about Bill Self and his attempt to recruit Brandon Knight to Kansas:
Kansas came to visit today. Coach Bill Self’s opening line was as follows. “Brandon, I didn’t recruit you, and quite frankly, I don’t deserve to be here.”. Huh? So I had to ask him that if he didn’t think he deserved to be in my house, why was he there? I think he was surprised that I called him out. He gave me a line of crap (which I don’t even remember) and went on with his presentation. I don’t know if I like him. We plan on visiting Kansas, so I hope I’ll be able to get a more discernible read on his character.”
Efrem really likes Kansas. Brandon likes Kansas as well… I just can’t get over the fact he’s never really seen Brandon play. How can you claim you love a kid so much, but you’ve never seen him play?
Bill Self may be many things, but smooth salesman apparently is not his forte. You gotta know your audience, and in this case at least, Self whiffed.