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Rex Chapman of the Day Wants Afternoon Notes and Podcast

Rex Chapman tweeted out a photo this morning of the Larry O’Brien trophy posing next to a couple of legs that are sure to grab the attention and steal the hearts of our female audience. Rex said his crew thought his shorts were too high. “Haters.”

Some notes and a podcast…

— It sure is crazy how basketball recruiting works, especially when you follow along as a fan of Kentucky basketball. In less than a month, we saw a commitment from Nerlens Noel, a hope for Anthony Bennett end in disappointment, a split fanbase over one of the main guys from the Xavier brawl, a Croatian guy from Indiana, and now the late push for Amile Jefferson. There’s that Julius Mays popping up out of nowhere, too. You can speculate, guess, hope, predict, and read into it as much as you want, but the reality is it’s an insane process and only Calipari really knows what the hell is going on.

— With that being said, Jefferson and Mays are the two top targets currently on UK’s board. The staff hopes to get Mays on campus this week for a visit, while Jefferson’s camp is saying the same thing we’ve heard from them for months: “He’ll know soon.”

— ESPN’s Eammon Brennan, one of Beisner’s best friends, says it’s not inconceivable to think Kyle Wiltjer could be Kentucky’s leading scorer next season. Brennan said a Harrow/Wiltjer pick-and-pop could be Kentucky’s bread and butter play on the offensive end. I agree with using that “pick-and-pop”, but I’m taking Archie Goodwin for leading scorer over Kyle Wiltjer. No offense, Kyle.

UNLV is expected to win the Anthony Bennett sweepstakes over Oregon. Bennett’s Findlay Prep is just 10 minutes away from UNLV’s campus and he has a very good relationship with the Rebel staff and incoming big man Khem Birch. Recruiting experts believe Kentucky was dropped from contention because Bennett wants to be “the guy” wherever he goes. That certainly wouldn’t have worked in Lexington.

— In case you missed it this morning, Coach Cal has a good explanation on UK’s scheduling over on his website. Get used to being nontraditional.

— On this morning’s radio show, Matt and Ryan tried to decipher Archie Goodwin’s latest video, including the meaning of the word “burr.” Listen to the vocabulary lesson on the podcast…

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

22 responses to “Rex Chapman of the Day Wants Afternoon Notes and Podcast”

  1. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?

    Poythress will be leading scorer. No offense to my dudes Kyle and A1. BURRR!

  2. fUnKycat

    So we are going from the program with the “greatest tradition in college basketball” to non traditional? Perfectly logical

  3. Sammydog

    Bennett did not drop UK or Florida. It was the other way around. Stop repeating falsehoods.

  4. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?

    3) it doesn’t really matter. he’s not going to either place. people need to stop being so hard on these kids. they’re 18 year old’s making the biggest decisions of their life with outside influence coming from all angles.

  5. UKMike

    so many different Bennett stories. First we were recruiting him hard….it was between UK and Florida. Then there were character and grades issues (but somehow UNLV & Oregon are still recruiting him). Now, its “he wants to be the guy”. Newsflash: did any of you watch his HS games? He wasn’t “the guy” on his HS team, and won’t be at the next level.

    Bottom line is we waited too long and put too much effort on this kid. If it really were grades, Sandy Bell would have known about that long before now.

    Calipari recruits better than anyone, and coaches better than anyone, but we absolutely need a more athletic power forward than Kyle. He’s good, but not a banger or rebounder.

  6. greg

    Are we still looking at Torian Graham at all?

  7. Duuuuuude

    This was my favorite Rex Chapman moment. Put 26 on Louisville (starring Kenny Payne). This was before the three point shot.

  8. Owen

    I think I might go with Poythress as the leading scorer as well. He can do pretty much everything and will be a match up nightmare. Wiltjer still has a long way to go on defense and is not strong enough a rebounder so if he doesn’t improve in that area I’m not entirely sure I see him getting enough minutes to lead us in scoring.

  9. Kevin Lankford

    I think our leading scorer next year will be Alex Poythress. His versatility will allow him to score from outside, inside and everywhere in bewteen which is why I think he will lead us. I think Harrow will be our 2nd leading scorer followed by Wiltjer then Goodwin.

  10. Marcus L. Owens
  11. I'll have another

    You forgot to add Alex oriakhi to that list of hopefuls.

  12. Adam

    Alex will be the leading scorer without question. The dude is so good at getting to the rim and with his size and explosiveness he can finish with ease once he gets there.

  13. Marty

    Coach Cal said it best when he said playing at the University of Kentucky isn’t, for everyone. If you want to be the best then you would want to come and be a Wildcat. Some guys just are not ready for being apart of a team. They want to be the team. At Ky you have to be apart of a team that ultimately will compete for National Championships. Wish Anthony the best in whatever he chooses to do.

  14. Johnson9

    I wouldn’t be suprised if its Harrow or Poythress. Can someone please answer for me if Archie is a 3 pt shooter or not? I keep hearing different things, and the highlight videos are not proof (they all go in!). I thought he was mainly a slasher but have heard different things.

  15. Matt Jones right nut

    Don’t be suprised if Bennett doesn’t even get eligible this year, and you know the NCAA would be all over us insvestigating if he had chosen us. Probably best for all that he doesn’t come to UK>

  16. West Ky. hoops fan

    I don’t agree with KSR that Cal offered a “good explanation” in regards to scheduling. He offered an “explanation.”

    I’ll always be a UK fan, but it’s sad to think that a $5 million a year coach believes his team gets nothing out of playing a true road game. Or that one regular-season loss will somehow hinder his team’s development.

    But Cal can do whatever he wants as long as he keeps winning. If that ever slips, heaven help him. We all know that a national championship is good for only so much good will in the BBN.

  17. CATS

    16.) What is sad is you think you know more than Cal. Road games in small ass opponent arenas doesnt make a difference in the post season. Tourney games are played on neutral courts in huge arenas. Our guys need to be in huge arenas to gain some experience four the final four.

    Remember Cal said the SEC tourney was not important either. He was right!



  19. john4uk

    Anybody have any hopes at all on Hood and Beckham? If these two guys have any skills at all,they should have a major impact on the program next year.They have been with Cal 3 years and should be primed for some pt,assuming they can play.

  20. SadBlue

    19, no

  21. Bledsoe's Biceps

    17) I saw nothing where he claimed to know more than Cal. In fact, I think he made an excellent point. ie. Cal can do whatever he wants, as long as he keeps winning and hanging banners.

    I think Cal’s “explanation” is full of mixed messages. Fans are important, but scheduling good teams in huge ass stadiums is more important. We get the best of the best recruits who are ready for the NBA in one year, but they need to be “protected” from too many hard non-conference games. Playing good teams at Rupp is important, but a neutral site game is just as good for season ticket holders. After heavily promoting and supporting the UK tradition for 3 years, now it doesn’t matter. We are now non-traditional. I understand that is mainly Cal’s marketing plan to sell his new scheduling approach, but it rubs me the wrong way.

    From Cal’s explanation….”No other program is losing five or six players a year. We are facing issues and having to make decisions with the thought of what’s next and where are we going, which includes our schedule.”

    So by his own admission, the root of the problem is the high roster turnover caused by who they recruit. Here’s a thought….How about making a decision to change the recruiting mix a little? Still try to sign 3-4 top 25 guys each year, but also sign 1 or 2 guys who are likely to be 2-4 year contributors (not just practice players to fill out the roster). Why leave the cupboard bare after each season? That is extremely risky, as evidenced by some of the current recruiting problems. You can’t rely on getting 5 – 7 top 25 recruits every single year.

  22. West Ky. hoops fan

    17) Just for the record, I’m not anti-Cal at all. And I’ve drinken my share of the Blue Kool-Aid in the past.

    But some of the BBN, including KSR, will take any stupid thing Cal says and run with it as if Cal has somehow re-invented college basketball and/or Kentucky basketball.

    The guy’s a good coach, a great recruiter (maybe the best ever), a master motivator, and he does a lot of good outside of basketball that he doesn’t get enough credit for. But that doesn’t mean all of his ideas are golden. Like the “non-traditional” thing. Just sounds like gibberish to me.