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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


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We’re still a couple of months from the start of the season, but there is always something going on with the Kentucky basketball program. Whether it’s meaningless exhibitions, trying to figure out how to replace one group of freshmen with another group of freshmen, or Coach John Calipari walking away from his job in order to be the coach of a national team of a country he’s not even from, something is always going on. To stay apprised and educated, you’d be well-advised to follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*Nobody’s Home: The big recruiting news of the week was that Perry Ellis and Kyle Anderson, both 5* players in the 2012 class, committed to Kansas and UCLA, respectively, over Kentucky. However, there was also some good news for Cat fans, as Archie Goodwin (not ranked in the top 10) committed to UK. This came as a surprise to many, as it was previously reported that Goodwin was not going to be the first UK commitment from the class of 2012. Who was it that said this? Why, it was Archie Goodwin himself. Yes, a mere two months after promising that he would not be John Calipari’s first commitment from the class of 2012, Archie Goodwin became John Calipari’s first commitment from the class of 2012. No doubt, this is troubling to Cat fans on several levels. What does it say about the character of someone who promises not to do something, and then immediately turns around and does it? Will this sort of dishonesty reveal itself on the basketball court? It’s not that far-fetched to envision a scenario during the course of a game in which Goodwin promises his coaches and his teammates that he will box out, or not turn the ball over, or not let his man score, etc., but then goes back on his word and does those things. UK fans are famously uncritical of their players, but the guess here is that they’re hoping he doesn’t promise to bring home a national championship for the Cats.

*Money or Love: Of course, it may be that the reason for Goodwin’s sudden change of heart was not dishonesty on his part, but on the part of someone else. Goodwin may have let the “Cat” out of the bag Tuesday night when, in discussing his commitment to UK, he said it was “a business decision.” In other words, he made the choice that would benefit him the most financially, i.e., he picked the school that paid him the most. What does Calipari have to say about this? Curiously, nothing. In fact, he has yet to even utter the name “Archie Goodwin” since this story broke. Not only that, but Calipari went as far as to leave the state this week, no doubt to get as far away from the heat as possible. At any rate, while there has been no definitive proof of wrongdoing yet, it will be interesting to see if Goodwin arrives on campus next year sporting flashy shoes, wearing a smart outfit, or listening to an expensive Walkman. I, for one, will be on the lookout for this.

*Nothing’s News: When Goodwin committed to UK, it was reported that he became the 13th 5* player to do so since Calipari got the job, joining Wall, Cousins, Bledsoe, Knight, Jones, Lamb, Kanter, Teague, Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist, Wiltjer and Harrow. However, one fact that wasn’t reported is that even though he has received commitments from a baker’s dozen 5* players at UK, Calipari has only won 7 NCAA Tournament games with those 13 players. Astounding, but true. In other words, the 5* recruits that commit to UK and Calipari are only winning an average of roughly half of a single game in the Big Dance. You’d be hard-pressed to find that kind of ratio with any other program or any other coach in the country. If this holds true going forward, then UK fans can look forward to only winning two NCAA games with the four 5* freshmen on next year’s team. The guess here is that a Sweet 16 loss in next year’s Tournament is not exactly what UK fans have in mind. Not to rain on anyone’s Big Blue parade, but if Kentucky hopes to continue to lure top prospects to the Bluegrass, one would think that Calipari must find a way to achieve more in the postseason than he has thus far in his time in Lexington.

* On this date: On this date in 1996, heralded high schoolers Elton Brand, Shane Battier and William Avery were preparing to attend Midnight Madness at Kentucky. Ultimately, all three of them spurned UK and went on to play at hated Duke, where they would enjoy a great deal of success.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

28 responses to “Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook”

  1. Cr1spy

    I have to hand it to Not Jerry Tipton. Nobody else gets to the heart of true stories concerning UK basketball like him. Kudos.

  2. JDubbs1983

    Interesting take on the “business decision”. In the style of Ricky Bobby. “I like to picture Cal as Jesus”. Afterall he is the best CEO anyone could have….Right?

  3. Powerlifter165

    I’ll say it before anyone else!!! Why the hell do you let this jackass post on this website? ha ha ha ha ha

  4. gossie21

    William Avery was wildly successful at Duke. All 3 of those guys had a wonderful ending to their freshman year.

  5. JKT8

    Always good for a laugh. hahaha

  6. uk3k

    haha, the “on this date” gets me everytime.

  7. ukfan1991

    13 5* players won 7 games total? 6 of those players have yet to play yet (Kanter, Teague, Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist, Wiltjer and Harrow) which leads to 7 5* players winning 7 games… an average of 1 win per recruit. With this TRUE average, were looking at 4 wins in the Big Dance this year, which equals a Final Four, right? I’ll take it…

  8. jake

    I agree don’t let this Bozo post on our Big Big Parade. He is a hater! I say we win it this year ans shut him up!

  9. hoss_cat

    this sh_t is so stupid. i wish KSR would put a stop to this foolish crap

  10. Champ

    8 haha. really????????????????? Unfortunately I dont sense any sarcasm in that post, which of course means that you are completely oblivious.

  11. Paducah Cat Fan

    This is the only column that I always read, start to finish. Writing gold.

  12. The Noid

    Amazing. By far the most consistent column on KSR.

  13. BigBlueNat

    hoss_cat is the real Jerry Tipton!

  14. JDubbs1983

    I think Jerry Tipton’s hideous picture is confusing people that apparently haven’t caught on yet. Maybe KSR could add a “disclaimer” at the end of each post? Ahhh nevermind if they haven’t got it by now they’ll never understand.

  15. seebee66

    Actually (6) 5* players will play this year, @ an average of 1 win per recruit that equals hanging #8.

  16. JDubbs1983

    These posts are great since they shine the spotlight on the plaque to the University of Kentucky that is the real Jerry Tipton. If the newspapers name of whom we dont speak had any real cajones they would fire this ungratefull ba$tard and never hire another columnist (he’s no journalist) that slanders UofK’s name again. Seriously I will never understand why this man gets away with what he does. Constructive critisism is one thing but this man goes way to far.

  17. Holden McGroin

    the Anti-tipturd angle is one that i hope the new recruits understand. I can imagine if you’re not a long time KSR member and read this, there might be some mis-understandings as far a why a UK site would post such comments. Most all of us know by now that the real Tipturd is just a small town forde-thamel wannabe and will never make it past the LHL. Even though i usually enjoy reading the anti-tipturd section here, i still hate it that his real name is even mentioned at all-which could lead to clicks for the prick.

  18. PatPattersonISwalkingthruthatdoor

    (11) Ditto. This and TweetBeat.

  19. Okenough

    I know this is satire, but this is starting to seem lame…:p

  20. DocPepper62

    Archie will make Not Jerry Tipton eat his words.

  21. StuckindaVille

    HaHa…he said walkman. Do they even make those any more?

  22. Holden McGroin

    no doubt an expensive SUV was involved as well. I’m sure PPat’s wonderful parents still send jerry birthday cards. Jerk.

  23. billy

    I understand that a coach cannot talk about a player until he is signed Not committed.

  24. Hoosier Wild Cat

    So much hate and so little knowledge! That is why you are so entertaining Jerry. Keep it up. You are always good for a laugh. Cal and our Cats will keep making you look like the out of touch with reality chump that you are. Go Cats!!!

  25. thenamerobdigity

    Question a kid who said one thing and did the other? WHAT ABOUT TERRENCE JONES?! Come one mannn.

    Nick Saban, Billy Donovan, Michael Jordan, Jason Williams to name a few off the top of my head who said one thing, came back, and were very successful. All he supposedly said is that he wasn’t going to be the first to commit, and now he has character issues?

  26. Walden Schmidt

    Beez has got to be Not Jerry.

  27. oldkentucky

    This Not Jerry Tipon is demeaning to KSR, our recruits, Jerry Tipton and your readers. I hope Archie Goodwin sues you.

  28. @NotJerryTipton

    I’ve been called a lot of things, #27, but “demeaning to Jerry Tipton” isn’t one of them. Frankly, I don’t think it’s possible to demean Jerry Tipton.