On a day full of recruiting tidbits, it is fitting that we honor Joe Demling. Demling, who is the father of Courier Journal reporter Jody Demling, passed away last Friday after a long bout with cancer. Everyone who I have heard speak about Mr. Demling has had nothing but positives to say about his life. Through the recruiting world and our radio station, I have gotten to know his son Jody, whom I like a great deal. One of the most important moments in the evolution of recruiting information on the internet, occurred when Jody started his recruiting blog on the Courier Journal web site, and it has become possibly the most consistent streamer of information anywhere. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jody and his family and we wish nothing but the best for all those who were touched by Joe Demling’s life.
There are a number of random tidbits, so we will do them in short shots….
— Lots of folks at the Elite Camp, but none more important than Daniel Orton. One of the best players in the 2009 class, made the trip to Lexington for the camp, even though he is injured and not able to play. His visit was also to go on through Tuesday as he sees the campus. Getting Orton is still a bit of a longshot, but this news is good.
— Probably the most asked question around the UK fans I heard from today was about the performance of Hunter McClintock. Hunter had a good few days, struggling early with his shot, but playing very well by the end of the week. I spoke to his dad tonight, who said he averaged something like 23 points a game, not counting his first outing. Hunter went 7 for 7 from the three point line in his last game, in which a team of UK commitments (Vilarino, Hood, Euton and Ferguson) were placed on the same team. Hunter finished with 31 for the game, in which he was matched up most of the time with Vilarino. Hunter was not given an offer at the end of the camp, but expected to talk with the UK folks later in the week. We will let you know if any more info comes up.
— Good performances from a couple of Kentucky kids. Jacob Jenkins of Manual High School was the talk of the camp, as all three people who saw the event that I spoke with, mentioned him as a stand out. Jenkins was recruited early on by Tubby, but spent the last high school year in a bit of a slump, slowly seeing his stock drop. But everyone raved that he had a great 3 days in Lexington. Good stuff as well for Dakotah Euton, who also had seen his stock drop in the past year. He started the week strong, and played very well early.
— Still some concern about GJ Vilarino, who had a decent couple of days, but was worked over against some better guards.
— A formal offer came for Christian Watford, my non-John Wall top choice for the 2009 class. The kid visited UL this week as well and may find the two Kentucky schools as two of his top three choices. In my view, he makes the 2009 class go from good to very good with one decision.
— Roburt Sallie, the Nebraska commitment that is now open did not make his visit this weekend. They are hoping to get him in this week.
— Matthew Pilgrim, as we told you on Saturday, looked good in his pickup games with the guys on the team. Played like a beast….and tough to guard. However multiple people have told me that he is shorter than listed, with one person saying he “cant be taller than 6’7”. I havent seen him up close, but we shall see.
— The Big Black Member has transferred to Duquesne, where he joins our man Scott “I am no Kenyan” Rigot. If you are wondering if I will be watching Duquesne games over the next couple of years, your answer is “Oh yeah!”
A good week for the UK program, as one talent evaluator told me that “UK had a whole lot of talent there this week” and “put on quite a camp.” We will keep you up to date on whether any news comes from it this week.
A great radio show last night as Gregg Doyel was in rare form….we are streaming now, so check out Wednesday’s show on here…..our media member approval ratings start this afternoon and (I promise) we will have our next county overview as well. Things are swinging back into gear, so be ready………