El Capitan Jones is doing a little traveling, so you guys get the gift/curse of having me trying to play Jeff Hostetler to his Phil Simms. Here is some big stuff you might have missed while you were on your weekend Keeneland bender.
– As we enter on the last dead period of the spring this morning, there is a lot of news on the recruiting visit front. As Matt noted earlier, Australian big man Ater Majok and JUCO teammates Kevin Galloway and Juan Patillo visited this weekend.
Galloway, a 6’5″ wing player who originally committed to Southern Cal out of high school, has already committed to UK, but the Cats are still hoping to land the services of his teammate Patillo, an athletic, 6’7″ forward averaging 17 points and 7 boards for Southern Idaho. Both visits were said to have gone well, but still no word yet on any commitments. Majok is still expected to visit UConn next weekend and Kansas thereafter.
Josh Harrellson, Paul McCoy, and Maurice Sutton will be in town this weekend and there is a good chance that Roderick Flemings will be as well, but nothing official yet. Majok and Sutton will be playing with UK commits Darius Miller and Deandre Liggins on the black team at Saturday’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Cheatem, I mean Freedom, Hall. We will definitely have more on the event, as well as the visits, in the coming days.
– Ok, try to follow this chain of communication. I talked to Matt, who talked to Joe Crawford, and Joe said he “tweaked” his ankle in Portsmouth this weekend, causing him to miss two games. It’s not a serious injury and Joe expects to play Friday in the first stop on the Kentucky Barnstorming Tour at Christian County High School. We’ll have interviews with both Joe and Ramel Bradley this week in anticipation of the return of this event.
– I’m sure you saw the Tim Tebow love-fest on ESPN Saturday conveniently shrouded as Florida’s first spring scrimmage. Our beloved Wildcats had their second scrimmage of the spring Saturday morning and no touchdowns were scored in the cold, wet practice at Commonwealth Stadium. Despite the low-scoring effort, Rich Brooks said he was pleased with how the offense performed. Evan will have much more in the Quick Hitters this afternoon and an update on the quarterback situation as we head toward the last of the 15 allowed spring practices.
– Jodie Meeks was diagnosed Thursday with a bilateral sports hernia by renowned surgeon Dr. Bill Meyers in Philadelphia. Meeks underwent surgery Friday for the hernia and is expected to take 6-8 weeks to recover. Hopefully, this will bring an end to Meeks’ injury battles and get him back to his freshman form for this season, as the Cats definitely need his scoring ability. Keep in mind that this is an injury that was originally diagnosed in November and slotted for a 4-6 week recovery. I’d expect extreme caution from the trainers and coaching staff in his rehab to eliminate any chances of reinjury.
– Check back throughout the day for more news and notes and the unveiling of the first region of the Real King of the Bluegrass tournament held by the KSR staff. But for now, I’m out like Daisy on tonight’s season finale of Rock of Love…but with fewer tears.