On January 8, 1955 Georgia Tech’s Joe Helms hit a 12 foot jumper with 12 seconds left to end Kentucky’s 129 home winning streak. It’s not January 8th, but this statistic is one of the most untouchable records in all of sports. The streak began in Alumni Gym in 1943 and lasted for 12 years. In that time Kentucky moved to Memorial Coliseum, won 3 National Championships, an NIT, and an undefeated season without participating in the postseason. Kentucky was untouchable, and the loss left grown men crying in shock at Memorial Coliseum. The Cats were so heavily favored, that in his second year of calling the play-by-play for the Cats, Cawood Ledford spent most of his time preparing by learning about UK’s substitutes.
Now for some news, more specifically recruiting news…
Mark Stoops added a 4-star CB to next year’s squad after Jaleel Hytchye announced his commitment this evening. Stoops’ defensive background already attracted Za’Darius Smith to Big Blue Nation; Hytchye loved his defensive background and wanted to play in “the best conference in the country”. Kentucky proved to be a better choice than Pitt, Penn State, and Tennessee. Hytchye is Stoops’ first high schooler to commit but maybe more importantly Stoops’ first commit from Ohio: a recruiting pipeline Stoops mentioned in his introductory press conference. It is a symbolic commitment for the program, but the kid can play and he’s already dropped a great line for all of us in Big Blue Nation. “I think a lot of people will be hearing a lot of good things about Kentucky in the future. Look out for it…”
Proud to be the first ohio commitment and coach stoops first commitment as a head coach for the University of Kentucky #BBN
— Jaleel~Decision Day~ (@TheRealLeel_9) January 6, 2013
Dakari Johnson picked Kentucky tonight to join what may be the best class in the history of basketball. Ally gave us a great background check earlier (did you use BeenVerified.com?) on the nation’s #1 center according to ESPN.com (13th overall). Like Nerlens Noel, Johnson’s decision was basically between Georgetown and Kentucky (I’m sure Hoya fans are getting tired of playing the ‘What If’ game). Johnson spoke with both Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Patrick Patterson about Kentucky before making his decision (those are two credible sources) making it no surprise he chose the blue and white. The recruiting machine John Calipari has created at Kentucky may become more famous than Boss Tweed’s 19th century political machine (without the corruption of course). Momma T says it best:
Kentucky’s 2013 class— #1 PG, check. #1 SG, check. #1 C, check. Your move, Julius Randle (#1 PF) and Andrew Wiggins (#1 SF)
— Ally Tucker (@AllyTuckerKSR) January 6, 2013
Johnson’s comittment is very casual considering he is the #1 center, but it could have further implications. D’Angelo Russell is the #13 player in the Class of 2014 and is teammates with Johnson at Montverde Academy. Russell does not currently have a scholarship offer from UK, but has acquired a lot of interest from little brother. The Louisville native considers U of L commit Quentin Snider as “one of his best friends” and fans of the Dirty Bird are excited at the prospects of “best friends” reuniting in Louisville. With Johnon’s commitment, it opens a wider door for Cal to steal what would be a prized possession for Rick Pitino.
4-star Defensive Tackle Ben Bradley is visiting LexVegas this weekend. The visit comes at a very good time for Mark Stoops: he will be making his decision Monday. Two days before choosing between UK, Auburn, Mizzou, and Nebraska, Bradley got to see this in the UK locker room. Let’s hope his last minute visit is persuasive enough to get Stoops another commitment.
Trinity’s James Quick has been one of the best player’s in the nation the past two seasons. Today he made his college choice during the Army All-American Bowl. UK was in the mix, but it was really between Ohio State and Louisville. I think logic escaped Quick when he decided to pick Louisville (how many pro players are from Ohio State/Urban Meyer? A LOT). The important question for Big Blue Nation now is the Jason Hatcher effect. Hatcher is committed to USC, but will be visiting UK on January 12th and Florida before signing day. If UK lands Hatcher, I will be the first to make #StoopsEffect t-shirts.
Catch me in the PM tomorrow @RoushKSR
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