It’s that time of the year again. The NBA will throw together fourteen legends, players, executives and random old people in the biggest annual event for ping-pong balls this evening in Secaucus, New Jersey as they all hope to have their giant card (do they still do that?) pulled out of the envelope last. Due to the lack of elite talent in this year’s draft, the NBA Draft Lottery won’t have the same sizzle as it did when the Magic jumped up to land Chris Webber or when Toronto got lucky enough to win the Andrea Bargnani sweepstakes, but it will have John Wall at the Wizards’ desk and at least one creepy good luck charm being carressed gently. It all starts at 8:30 pm and someone should be faking excitement by 8:45. Basically, it’s a lot like making love with Rick Pitino. If you lived in a world where minutes were seconds. Can’t wait.
A few UK notes…
- Today es Martes, which means Coach Cal will be introduced as the Dominican Republic’s head coach. A press conference is scheduled for 10:30 am. He will be joined by Orlando Antigua and Rod Strickland (on Wednesday I believe) and will shake hands and kiss babies for a few days before heading to Sarasota for the Dickie V Gala. I’m not sure if you’ll be able to watch it, so maybe someone can post a link to JustinoTV.com or something for you.
- Easily the most intriguing news of the day had to be David Aldridge’s story on NBA.com that recognized Josh Harrellson as the third-best center prospect in the draft. Jorts benefits from a weak crop of true center prospects, no doubt, and being positioned there isn’t even necessarily a good indicator that he projects well in terms of getting picked, but it’s again puts into perspective something that maybe we didn’t fully grasp this season, though we all talked about it a lot. That kid got a hell of a lot better. Way better. He was the third-best center on his team two seasons ago. Now he’s rated by at least one knowledgable person as the best collegiate big man (no disrespect Enes) in the draft? Pretty incredible. If Jorts does end up getting his name called on June 23 (or “Dia de Beez” around here), the Kentucky Combine might be seen as what put him over the edge. Aldridge’s story said that scouts were impressed with his ability to knock down jumpers and like his potential as a “pick and pop” guy – an attribute that Jay Bilas and Calipari said they were looking for Kyle Wiltjer to give them this season. Josh, I love you man.
- Not a lot to report on the Trevor Lacey front. We’re now just a day away from his decision and he’s set to announce. What? He’s not? Of course, should have seen it coming. Steve Jones reported Monday evening that Lacey’s father said his son might not be ready to choose Wednesday after all, even noting that his dad used the world “discombobulated” in describing the five-star shooting guard. Note to self: Don’t play Lacey’s pops in Words With Friends. So, again, we wait.
- If you missed it earlier, this Tuesday marks the start of the Eloy Vargas World Tour. He’s off to China this morning to compete against teams from Lithuania and Brazil before returning and battling his countrymen for a spot on the Dominican National team. In a press release, Eloy said, “This will be a great opportunity for me and the other players going. I’m looking forward to working on my game while, learning about and experiencing a different culture at the same time.” No immediate word from UK on who will fill in for Vargas as the official re-Tweeter of the UK basketball team while he’s in China.
- Monday also brought a new name on the Kentucky basketball radar in Maryland decommit Nick Faust. There’s been no official indication of any mutual interest from the two parties, but there’s at least enough of an indication that the Cats are interested that you can feel free to speculate your heart out. Plus, he’s a good basketball player and that’s reason enough to link him to UK. So speculate away.
- In other speculation news, MoMo Jones is transferring from Arizona. He averaged 9.7 points per game as a sophomore last season and came up big against Duke in the Wildcats’ blowout of Duke in the NCAA Tournament. He’s not coming to Kentucky. But he’s now available and his name is MoMo, so why not just mention him in hopes of something magically appearing?
- In non-UK news, a former Wake Forest student will appear on the Today Show Thursday to discuss an alleged sexual assault by two Wake Forest basketball players prior to their game with Cleveland State in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament (which they lost). The news came a bit out of left field and took the internet by storm late Monday and, as far as I can tell, this is the first any incident has been mentioned publicly, which makes it seem odd that it would break on national television. Regardless, expect the entire sports world to be tuned in.
- Don’t forget about the KSTV casting call in Lexington this weekend at Spencerian College from 10 am to noon. You can get all of the details regarding the contest here. There will be a second casting call June 4 in Louisville at Sam Swope Honda. Don’t miss your chance to have the world saying “I am (YOUR NAME HERE).”
- Finally, go Mavs. Beat the Thunder.
That’s it for now. Make sure you stick around all day for fun times and lots of memory-making with your friends. As usual, Matt will get the fun going on Talk Radio 1080 with Kentucky Sports Radio at 10 am. After that, we’ll have lots of goodness, including a post guaranteed to spiral into a nerd fight. Until then, hope your ping pong balls are lucky…
See you in a few…
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