Did you know Shakira was pregnant? I had no idea, but her hips don’t lie and those hips are telling me she was pregnant. She did once say, “So be wise, and keep on, reading the signs of my body.”
Shakira celebrates her 36th birthday tomorrow. To pay tribute to her birthday, I used Google Image, expecting to find that I would have to sift through a few half naked pictures that would not be appropriate for a website…like this one. Instead, I found that I had to sift through a TON of half naked pregnancy pictures with her husband. Not what I was expecting. Also, raise your hand if you just went looking for those pictures? I know you only did so because you don’t see enough of those pregnancy pictures on your daily Facebook news feed. Right? Shakira gave birth to her first child on January 22nd. Her and her professional soccer player husband, Gerard Pique’, named their son Milan. Would you rather hear about the exciting Kentucky football news? Yeah, me too. We have a lot to cover from a big news day, so let’s get on with it.
And now on to the news and views from the day…
—– If you had told me a year ago that the February 1st “News and Views” the night before an important SEC basketball game would kick off with football news… I would have told you that there would be a better chance of a Heisman runner-up dating a fake girlfriend for 3 years, or Morgan Freeman attending an Ole Miss basketball game, or Billy Gillispie attending a UK basketball game, or a thunder snow just 2 days after 70 degree weather. Okay, it’s been a weird week or two. But seriously, it’s February 1st and Big Blue Nation was huddled around whatever social media outlet they prefer tonight to keep track of two football commitments. —– Mark Stoops has been here for two months and he is already leaving his mark on the college football recruiting world. Stoops and his staff have been putting in immeasurable work even in the final days before “National Signing Day,” trying to lock up the final spots for the 2013 recruiting class. —– Two exciting pieces to the football recruiting puzzle were put in place tonight. Two 3-star commitments out of the state of Florida decided on Kentucky tonight within 30 minutes of one another. Jeff Badet (3-star receiver) and JoJo Kemp (3-star running back) both pulled the trigger in favor of the Wildcats tonight. Don’t be fooled by the lack of a fourth star on either of these two young talents. Both are considered to be big-time potential difference makers at the next level. —– Jeff Badet is expected to play the slot receiver position in Neal Brown’s offense. Badet may be small in stature, but he’s very quick and and explosive. He’s also familiar with the spread offense that Brown will be running at Kentucky. Of the two commitments tonight, Badet probably has a bit more work to do before becoming an immediate impact player– but the future looks bright for the young man who was once a South Florida commit. —– Badet’s commentary about his commitment to Kentucky gave a look into the work rate of Stoops and his staff during the last few weeks. Badet mentioned that literally the day after his official visit to Kentucky, Mark Stoops showed up at his house to talk to his parents about his visit. Badet also mentioned the close bond he has already forged with the current Kentucky players, including the quarterback that might be throwing touchdowns his way– Maxwell Smith. —– JoJo Kemp, the #10 all-purpose back/#28 overall RB by ESPN, has picked up a palpable buzz since this morning. Justin Rowland of Rivals went on the KSR radio show this morning and proclaimed that he believes Kemp could be an SEC freshman of the year performer. Kemp was the #1 priority for this staff at his position, and all signs point to him competing for playing time right away as a freshman. Kemp gave credit to new Kentucky RB coach Chad Scott, saying that he made a big impression on him throughout his commitment.
The new hat looks good, JoJo…
A few facts about Kentucky’s 2013 recruiting class as it stands right now:
1) With the two commitments tonight, Kentucky’s 2013 recruiting class moves up 10 spots from #52 to #42 on Rivals.
2) The class now has 19 commitments, 8 of which are from the state of Florida.
3) UK has 6 commitments rated as 4-stars by at least 1 recruiting service: DE Za’Darius Smith, S Marcus McWilson, DE Alvtonte Bell, CB Jaleel Hytchye, WR Javess Blue and RB JoJo Kemp
4) UK has signed 2 of the top RB prospects in Florida in JoJo Kemp and Khalid Thomas
—– Jeff Badet and JoJo Kemp were not the only additions to Kentucky’s football team for next season. David Baumer out of Cincinnati, Ohio accepted a “Preferred Walk-On” role with Kentucky for next season. Baumer’s high school teammate is another Kentucky commit, Jaleel Hytchye. I prefer my walk-on OL’s to be at least 6’6″ and 300 pounds. Check. —– We haven’t even talked about basketball yet. —– The Kentucky football recruitment tidbits poured in all day starting with the news that former LSU commit Tevin Lawson was now considering Kentucky. LSU let Lawson know that he would likely have to greyshirt when he arrived on campus. With the news, Lawson’s recruitment opened back up and to no surprise, Mark Stoops and his staff jumped in the mix. Tevin Lawson is a 6’4″, 275 lb. 4-star DT. Lawson is rated as the #21 DT in America. Swaying him from LSU to Kentucky might be one of Stoops’ biggest coups yet. And he’s already had some impressive ones thus far… —– A touch of disappointing news came out today as we learned that former Florida commit James Hearns (4-star LB) likely won’t end up being a Wildcat. The staff felt very good about their chances with Hearns last week, but due to an issue with grades– Kentucky looks to be out of the picture. The future is uncertain at this point, but we do know that Hearns will not be signing with a school on signing day. —– Hey, we still haven’t talked about basketball yet. —– The two biggest remaining in-state targets for Kentucky, Ryan Timmons and Jason Hatcher, are both still heavy targets for the UK coaching staff. The news trickled out earlier that Ohio State may have pulled out of the Ryan Timmons sweepstakes, leaving only Kentucky and Florida to jockey for the final position. Timmons tweeted today though that he wasn’t sure where the rumors were coming from, alluding to the fact that Ohio State might still be in the picture. Jason Hatcher on the other hand is still a question mark after a report earlier this week that he had re-committed to USC. We still aren’t sure how certain that news is, but we do know that it didn’t stop Mark Stoops and his staff from marching into Trinity yesterday, decked out in UK gear to visit both Hatcher AND James Quick. You gotta love that. Mark Stoops has a pair. But will it get him the Trinity pair? —– Are you ready to talk about basketball? We do have a game tomorrow… Let’s make a 6 point list and then carry on with our lives. Shall we?
1. Kentucky is favored by 7.5 points on the road tomorrow against the Aggies. After a disastrous showing at home against Texas A&M in which Kentucky allowed Elston Turner to have a night in which he can tell his grandkids about someday, Kentucky needs to take care of business tomorrow in College Station. Kentucky picked up some much needed momentum with its first win over a top-25 opponent in Ole Miss on Tuesday night. Every ounce of momentum gained will drain faster than Marshall Henderson’s Coors Light bottle if Kentucky can’t win tomorrow night.
2. Willie Cauley-Stein will be a game time decision tomorrow night. “Willie went on-and-off yesterday. He’ll be a game time, but he practiced yesterday. I didn’t have him practice the whole time. My expectation would be that he may play a little bit, but if I don’t feel like it or the game’s not going like I want, we may just let him out another game.”
3. Archie Goodwin is ready to be Kentucky’s perimeter “defensive stopper.” In the past few weeks, Archie Goodwin has become the lightening rod for a lot of criticism, especially when it comes to the fluidity of Kentucky’s offense. His decision making and hesitancy to give up the ball when driving to the basket have been the cause for headaches for many fans. In today’s meeting with the media though, Goodwin wanted to talk about one thing and one thing only: DEFENSE. Although Calipari didn’t put it in stone, Goodwin talked as if he would likely draw the assignment (and seemed eager to do so as well) of shutting down Elston Turner. Goodwin came off as genuinely excited about the opportunity to right the wrongs of the last time Kentucky faced Turner. Goodwin talked like a player with a chip on his shoulder, not only ready to prove he could shut down Turner– but also ready to be that type of player for his team.
“A guy that scores 40 on a team as good as we are, that’s just an embarrassment to our team. We shouldn’t let that happen. I can’t wait to play him because I know that I’m not going to let that happen again.”
Shhh, no one tell our guys that Elston Turner hasn’t done anything since his 40-point outburst in Rupp Arena. Details shmetails…
4. John Calipari’s rants are pure gold. Today’s topic? “You’re men! You have to love being around men!” After the rant, Calipari simply ended with, “I don’t know where that came from. I have no idea.” Yeah, we don’t either. You can read the entire rant here, or you can just look at this picture from the press conference which sums it up much more efficiently:
5. Nerlens Noel is phenomenal. In case you hadn’t realized it already, the numbers Noel is putting up– especially since the start of SEC play are incredible. According to ESPN’s stats, Noel is averaging a Division I best 6.4 blocks per game in January, while recording 3 times as many blocks (51) as missed shots (17). His teammates were certainly grateful for his contributions on Tuesday night. Archie Goodwin admitted that they all “personally thanked Nerlens Noel for saving us at Ole Miss.” Goodwin described his teammate’s play as “amazing.”
6. This Billy Gillispie thing is really going to happen, isn’t it? I’m still perplexed as to why Billy Gillispie will be in attendance for tomorrow’s game. Yeah, yeah, yeah… I know that he coached both teams playing in tomorrow’s game. And sure, it’s on the way to his fishing trip charity event or whatever in Mexico. It still doesn’t make any sense to me why he’s going to that game. I’m still not ruling out the possibility that he doesn’t show up in the end either. Maybe he’s just a man who is trying to seek Cal’s advice by being around other men!
—– As you may have seen in the 9:30 post, Aaron Gordon (5-star/2013 Kentucky target) has added Oregon to his list of school, which also includes Kentucky, Arizona and Washington. —– And finally, a few NBA notes for you: The Rockets re-assigned Terrence Jones to the D-League’s Rio Grande Valley team. Jones has already spent time in the D-League averaging 19.1 points and 9.8 rebounds in 12 starts for Rio Grande Valley. —– Brandon Knight continues to have a strong season for the Detroit Pistons. Knight put up a double-double in tonight’s win against the Cavaliers, finishing with 20 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds. —- Last but not least…how weird is it to see Tayshaun Prince in a uniform other than the Pistons?
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