Everyone’s favorite forehead turned 30 today. Prince William, who took part in one of the most lackluster wedding kisses of all time last summer is leaving his 20s and hairline (which was still pretty good in the picture I chose from 10 years ago) behind. For reasons I still can’t quite comprehend, Prince William was once considered one of the most attractive and eligible bachelors in the world. Being second in line to the British throne might have something to do with it. Personally, I always found Harry to be the more attractive and more interesting of the two brothers. Alas, William took himself off the market by marrying a commoner, Kate Middleton a little over a year ago. Their wedding was the most over-publicized television event since, well, the first royal wedding of his parents. Mothers and daughters woke up in the wee hours of the morning here in the United States to catch a glimpse of the spectacle. One British television announcer even proclaimed that thanks to Kate Middleton, it was to be “the year of the commoner.” I don’t know that bit of information because I got up early to watch it. Someone just told me. Yeah, a friend just told me.
Yeah, enough about that guy…
- The deeper we dive into summer, the more we begin to learn about next year’s team. Now that a large collection of players are on campus, the rumors, the commentary, the tidbits from Calipari, etc. are showing up everywhere. Yesterday we learned of Calipari’s infatuation and pleasant surprise with the skill level of Willie Cauley-Stein. Calipari seemed, for lack of a better word, giddy about Cauley-Stein. His reaction was similar to that of a child opening up a battery operated gift on Christmas, batteries not included– and then discovering a pack of batteries in the bottom of the wrapping. Calipari knew he was going to eventually have a talent in Cauley-Stein, but he likely wasn’t ready for him to be ready to go right away. Today, Calipari’s adoration of Cauley-Stein went one step further when he began throwing out possible line-up scenarios, calling the possible tandem of Cauley-Stein and Nerlens Noel the “twin towers.” One of Calipari’s strengths while at Kentucky has been creating nightmare match-ups for opposing teams, using players like Darius Miller and Terrence Jones in that role. The combination of height between the two guys in Noel/Cauley-Stein could present a new trick for Calipari, one that he seems awfully intrigued by.
- Calipari discussed next year’s team with Matt this morning on the radio show, using a phrase he often threw out around this time last year as well: “I really like my team.” Calipari may have said this about every team he’s coached at Kentucky, but the team he pinned that tag on the most was last year’s team. And you saw how that turned out. If Calipari getting excited this early, with a key guy like Nerlens Noel not even on campus yet, can’t get you geared up for next year’s team…I’m not sure what can…
- Except for maybe this…Eamonn Brennan named Kyle Wiltjer as one of his 10 potential breakout players for the 2012-2013 season. Wiltjer’s potential role on next year’s team is intriguing. Last year we saw Wiltjer in a reserve role, mostly counted on for the threat of his 3-point shooting. The possibility for a greatly expanded role and spot in the rotation is there for the taking for Wiltjer. If he can knock down his shot consistently, perhaps adding more to his low post offensive game, it will be hard to keep him off the court. The age old question with Wiltjer still remains whether or not his defense is worth the gamble for the availability of his offense. I would imagine that Wiltjer would get plenty of opportunities, especially early in the season (being one of the few returning players), to log major minutes in the rotation. How Wiltjer performs with the opportunity remains to be seen. I’ve heard predictions ranging from Wiltjer being the leading scorer to filling a slightly larger reserve role than last season. Rest assured, Eamonn Brennan believes.
- One last note from the Calipari camp. Calipari gave some interesting insight this morning into his recruiting strategy regarding the 2013 and 2014 classes. Calipari noted to no great surprise that recruiting at Kentucky the way he does is simply different than how things are handled at other schools. Essentially every season Calipari is replacing a major part of his rotation due to entries in the NBA draft. He can’t look as far in advance as other coaches around the country can. He admitted that his focus has to be on the 2013 class right now and that the 2014 class, though important, has to be patient. Calipari said he tells the 2014 recruits not to worry when he doesn’t call them every day or attend as many of their games. While other coaches may only have to look at serious roster movement every few years, he has to plan for the short-term first. He said he assured the 2014 players that he is watching and aware of what they are doing though, and not to fret if he doesn’t give them the same attention as other coaches right away.
- In another small recruiting tidbit, a KSR favorite, Evan Daniels, seems to feel pretty good on the possibility Aaron and Andrew Harrison ending up at Kentucky.
- Now for a touch of NBA Draft news. According to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports Network, Doron Lamb is heavily in play with the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 28th pick in the first round. With the news spreading as of late that Lamb’s stock was dropping, likely landing him in the second round, the positive vibe from the Thunder was good to hear. Marquis Teague will be working out with the Philadelphia 76ers tomorrow. At the moment, Teague is still a solid mid-to-late first round projection.
- Derek Anderson was on the media tour today, promoting his new product, Victory H20. The Victory H20 launch party will be this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the Lexington Convention Center. You can still purchase tickets to the event by going here. Anderson’s big event will bring together the vast majority of the 1996 and 1998 national championship teams for what promises to be an eventful evening.
- Derek Anderson also gave a few interesting nuggets during his media rounds today. He admitted that if Louisville had a different coach other than Denny Crum, he might have considered playing there. “If there was a different coach there, I would have played for UofL.” Thank you, Denny Crum. Anderson also gave his endorsement to Anthony Davis as becoming an early impact playing in the NBA. “That’s what NBA coaches look for, a guy who’s smart and can make his team better.”
- And for your picture of the night, Darius Miller tweeted out the picture below, which was sent to him by @YouGotSWAGJoey . I don’t know who Joey is for sure, but if he created that picture, than yes he indeed has swag.
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