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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


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We are now in the midst of John Calipari’s 3rd season as the coach of the University of Kentucky. Over the next few months, we’ll see whether he will finally be able to do what he’s being paid to do: Win an NCAA Championship. The stakes are high, but so are the pressure and expectations. Will the team flame out of the 2012 NCAA Tournament the way it did the prior two years? Will it suffer (almost) double-digit losses like it did last year? Will Coach Cal once again produce fewer NCAA Championships than first round draft picks? (h/t: Rick Bozich.) Stay tuned. In the meantime, to stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*Highly Suspicious: In a game on New Year’s Eve against the Sacramento Kings, former UK player Josh Harrellson scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Notably, the big guy went 4 for 8 from three point range. This may very well cripple Kentucky’s recruiting efforts in the future. What this does is send an unmistakeable signal to blue-chippers across the country that UK coach John Calipari does not, in fact, “unleash” his players, as he likes to claim. During his entire senior season at UK, Harrellson only managed to connect on 2 three pointers. The fact that he was allowed to double that output in one game in the NBA reveals that Calipari does not allow his players any freedom whatsoever. To make matters worse, a mass email was just sent to every unsigned top 100 player in the classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014 informing them of this, and also letting them know that Harrelson actually hit five three pointers during the 2008-09 season at UK, thus providing further evidence that it was actually the much maligned Billy Gillispie — rather than Calipari — who “unleashed” his players at Kentucky. This sort of player development (or lack thereof) by Calipari could very well be the reason Harrellson was not selected until the 2nd round of the 2011 NBA Draft.

*One Big Holiday: In Kentucky’s 69-62 win over Louisville, the Cats shot a whopping 43 free throws after drawing an incredible 29 fouls from the upstart Cardinals. This may very well cripple Kentucky’s recruiting efforts in the future. What this does is send an unmistakeable signal to blue-chippers across the country that the style of play employed by Cal’s Cats is a deliberate, physical type of basketball that lends itself to getting hacked and shooting free throws, rather than the up and down style that today’s players favor. To add insult to injury, the Cats allowed the Cards to register more 2 point field goal attempts (44 to 41) and more 3 point attempts (18 to 16) than the Cats. Not only are recruits likely to recognize this, but it seems UK fans are starting to take notice too. In Kentucky’s next game, UK fans stayed away in droves from Freedom Hall, as a measly 15,000 fans bothered to show up to watch UK play Arkansas Little Rock. By contrast, over 20,000 Louisville fans packed that exact same building just two years ago when UofL faced #1 Syracuse. And for those who don’t believe that 5 star high schoolers wouldn’t rather play the fast-paced style offered by Louisville, don’t forget that it wasn’t that long ago that the #6 player in the class of 2012, Rodney Purvis, committed to the Cards.

*It Beats 4 U: After the Kentucky/Louisville game, UK sophomore Michael Kidd-Gilchrist received national accolades for giving unrelenting effort during his 24 point, 19 rebound tour de force. Specifically, he was lauded for running down loose balls, grabbing rebounds, and exhibiting the type of leadership that will not only make his name live in Kentucky lore forever, but will also propel him to the top 5 of the 2012 NBA Draft. This may very well cripple Kentucky’s recruiting efforts in the future. What this does is send an unmistakeable signal to blue-chippers across the country that it is simply effort — rather than talent or style of play, as Calipari likes to claim — that NBA scouts notice. To be blunt, in one 40 minute game Kidd-Gilchrist single-handedly disproved the whole concept of the “Kentucky Effect.” And once 5 star players everywhere realize this, it shouldn’t take long for John Calipari’s string of top ranked recruiting classes to come to an abrupt and unpleasant end.

* On this date: On this date in 1986, Auburn beat Kentucky, 60-56. Auburn is not very good at basketball.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

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

  1. lpool003

    LOVE the My Morning Jacket references today!

  2. Huff

    props to the subtle My Morning Jacket nod 🙂

  3. AxeCop

    Yay MMJ!

  4. Poppa K

    This section is the highlight of my KSR week. Keep up the work as it is very funny and not that far fetched.

  5. confuzed

    “Auburn beat Kentucky, 60-56…. Auburn is not very good at basketball”

    Priceless!

  6. Number8

    Jerry is ridiculus! Jorts was needed in the paint more than his 3’s, since they had plenty of good 3 pt shooters. Cal can’t help it if the only chance to beat his team is to foul and try their luck at the line. The UL reference about filling the stands against #1 should be understood, but it was part of their season tix package. UK played UALR which was a terrible team and a stand alone game, so bad example.

  7. PeopleStillDon'tGetIt???

    6 – really? really?

  8. old_tool

    seriously?

  9. The Ghost of Bill Hicks

    NJT provides keen insight that may very well cripple Kentucky’s recruiting efforts in the future.

  10. give em hell cats

    6.) when you were a freshman in high shchool, did a senior ever sell you an elevator pass to 3rd floor of the high school so you could go swimming?

  11. Earl

    Props to fake Jerry for the My Morning Jacket reference. There are a few (very few) good things to have come out of Louisville.

  12. blueink

    good times

  13. Natedog

    Hilarious! I have an idea, if Jerry Tipton and Not Jerry Tipton got together and had a baby, who would that baby look like? My vote is for a liitle gremlin, or maybe Satan. Thoughts anyone else???

  14. best1978

    🙂

  15. Rock Me Lambadeus

    People are still getting hoodwinked by NJT? Wow.

  16. Joe Borkle

    This guy is a true butt head, why do they let him keep posting with all this negativity? UK recruiting is not suffering a bit. What an unimformed jerk off!!!

  17. mtman58

    Justified returns Jan 17th…we will find out that Dewy Crow will be next basketball coach at U of L.

  18. Manbearpig

    #6 is the reason why I look forward to this post every week!

  19. Crystal Balls

    What part of NOT Jerry Tipton do you NOT understand. And I thought all the back handed inbred jokes could stop about us one day!

  20. Jim Richards

    WKU just fired Ken McDonald and named assistant coach Ray Harper as interim head coach. Hopefully he can learn to count.

  21. NotSatire

    Ouch, I laughed and stuck my finger with my fork. This may very well cripple UK’s future recruiting efforts. lol

  22. owesco

    6 – Wow!!!! Seriously!?!?!?!
    http://www.wikihow.com/Detect-Sarcasm-in-Writing

  23. Al's IndiCats

    Gold again NJT, but he did fail to mention that also on the date in 1919, Mary Lou Hatten of Bardstown married Athie Belcher of Bowling Green.

  24. PeopleStillDon'tGetIt???

    now 16 has joined 6 in the clueless club.

  25. C Ray

    The only thing that would make this better is to get the real Jerry Tipton to come on KSTV and read the entire NJT column on air. Classic stuff

  26. UKalum

    people stop critizing the guys who don’t realize who NJT is. I love laughing at their comments and would rather them not figure it out haha

  27. Go Deep

    This NJT guy is a complete idiot. How dare he say something like this… wait I’m being sarcastic, and I have a sneaky suspicion that 16 is as well.

  28. Bulldawg

    @ 17 I laughed out loud after reading your comment. NJT is my favorite! I love me some sarcasim

  29. TARD HATER

    THE JACKET!!

  30. GapToothDanny

    My new favorite catchphrase: this may very well cripple Kentucky’s recruiting efforts in the future!
    thanks NJT