What draws a top recruit to a certain program? Is it the campus? Tradition? Style of play? Location? Playing time?
It could be a lot of things, really. It’s usually a combination of the five I just mentioned, mixed with the right spiel from a coach and a successful visit. But, in Cassanova McKinzy‘s case, it’s the waffle fries.
Cassanova McKinzy is a 6’2”, 225-pound outside linebacker from Birmingham. He’s a four-star recruit, ranked No. 19 in the country at his position by Rivals.com. When National Signing Day came on Wednesday, McKinzy was down to two schools, Auburn and Clemson, for his services. He chose Auburn because it had more to offer. Like, delicious lemonade and spicy chicken biscuits.
McKinzy said, “They (Clemson) had no Chick-Fil-A on campus. So you had to go like 15 minutes off campus to go to a real restaurant.”
This has to be a first. McKinzy made a life-changing decision based on Chick-Fil-A. Sure, Chick-Fil-A is awesome, but this kid is picking where he’ll spend the next four years of his life, and the place he chooses will determine whether or not he becomes a millionaire.
And he based that decision on Chick-Fil-A. A “real” restaurant.
I love it.
Now let’s get you today’s News and Views — good thing it’s not Sunday.
The UK Hoops team moved on to 10-0 in the conference with a 82-41 over Ole Miss at Memorial Coliseum Thursday night. Kentucky’s 21-2 overall record is tied for the best in school history. Freshman guard Bria Goss led the way for the Cats with 19 points, while Kastine Evans was second best with 12 points, followed by A’dia Mathies and Samarie Walker with 11 a piece. Goss has reached double figures in scoring in 17 of 23 games. Matthew Mitchell’s girls are rolling.
Read Hayley Minogue and Wilder Treadway’s running blog of the game on KSRCollege.com.
You can’t say enough about the game-changing move by Nerlens Noel when he reclassified to the 2012 class. After Noel assured everyone he was staying in 2013, he went and shook the rankings up by moving up a year. Now he’s the No. 1 player over Shabazz – never thought we’d see Shabazz at No. 2 — and Kentucky is flirting with a recruiting class that could end up being legendary. LEGENDARY.
The Cats already have the second ranked class with Poythress, Goodwin, and Cauley, and UK is in very good shape with three of the top 10 players in the country. I can’t even fathom how good they’d be if they landed Noel, Muhammad and Bennett to go with that those three, plus an anxious Ryan Harrow, an experience Kyle Wiltjer, and whatever pieces are left behind after this season.
As Evan Daniels pointed out last night, it’s hard to imagine Noel going to Syracuse when the Orange already have Fab Melo and DaJuan Coleman, therefore Kentucky is in great shape. UK will have an open spot at the center position and all Calipari has to do is say, “Anthony Davis.” Noel would be crazy to go anywhere else.
After writing that, I just came across a piece at GoLocalProv.com saying Nerlens Noel is considering going to Providence. A NEPSAC coach told the website that Noel is leaning towards the Friars. If true, that would be a ridiculous class Ed Cooley is reeling in. It would also raise the question, “Why the hell are all these kids going to Providence?”
I’m not buying it. Yet.
How do you feel about the UK vs. Toronto Raptors debate? I love the Cats, but let’s not get crazy here. The Raptors are an NBA basketball team. There is a big difference in professional and collegiate ball, regardless of what names are on the back of the jerseys. Jose Calderon would own Marquis Teague (I say that with love), DeMar Derozan is too athletic for either Lamb or Miller, and Terrence Jones isn’t consistent enough to convince me he’s better than Davis or Johnson. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis are the only two matchups I’ll even consider taking. Plus, the Raptors have Jamaal Magloire. I’ll take Toronto by double-figures.
Word came out Thursday night that LSU forward Malcolm White wrote letters to John Calipari and Anthony Davis, apologizing for the hard foul on the break last Saturday. White said he acted in frustration and not malice, and the flagrant foul in no way defines how Trent Johnson runs LSU’s program. Johnson is handling the punishment in house and a suspension is still a possibility.
Big Blue Nation felt a scare on that play that took Anthony Davis down, but that’s not even close to the scare Murray State Racers fans faced Thursday night at home against Southeast Missouri State. What started off looking like a KSR jinx, ended up being a win for Murray State, but only thanks to a late comeback. Murray State trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, but 32 points from Isaiah Canaan (24 in the second half) was too much for SEMO to hold off. Tenth-ranked Murray State rolled to a 81-73 victory, easing the awkwardness of KSR’s first trip to Murray with Matt Jones, Beisner, and Bradley were
Kentucky travels to South Carolina on Saturday. The Gamecocks are 1-6 in the conference with the only win coming against Alabama by two points on January 25th. They lost 74-66 at Florida on Thursday night… WHAT?! SOUTH CAROLINA PLAYED ON THURSDAY NIGHT AND NOW THEY HAVE TO PLAY KENTUCKY ON A SATURDAY??!!! That’s not fair! Why doesn’t Kentucky have to do that? Thursday-Saturday stretches aren’t fair! It’s not fair! Kentucky doesn’t have to do it! Not fair! Pyemph!… I’m Kevin Stallings, get it?
The Jordan Brand Classic’s West roster should wear Kentucky jerseys. Just a thought.
On a personal note, I will be boarding an aircraft Friday afternoon and heading west to Las Vegas for Super Bowl weekend. Any advice, recommendations, guidance, or hook-ups will be greatly appreciated. Just e-mail me.
I’ll leave you with photos from the KSR invasion at Murray State. RESTROOMS!