I was out and about yesterday, so here are a couple of notes on the themes of the day:
— First a huge shout out to Scott Stricklin (pictured above) on being hired today as the Mississippi State Athletic Director. For those of you that dont know, Stricklin was the Sports Information Director (aka deal with the media guy) for UK for a number of years and was around when KSR first got started. He was big on helping us in those early years and I always found him to be a super nice guy. He is MSU through and through and his wife and family have a long history with the school. It is a great hire and couldnt happen to a nicer guy.
— The depressing news of the day was the story that Marcus Thornton has dropped UK from his list. If the early reports are true (and who knows if they are), the reasoning is that he is concerned about being recruited over in the future. One can see where he is coming from and that will be an issue that Calipari must deal with going forward. Long term it wont really matter, as the 2011 class is stacked, but for next year size and depth are certainly going to be issues.
— The new recruit on the horizon, Remi Dibo may be UK’s best option if they dont get Terrence Jones, but dont hold your breath about him as an immediate savior. I saw Dibo play last year and he is a decent player who has some upside, but he is by no means ready to step in and be a top player next year. He was a bit behind the Dieng kid that is going to Louisville next year and when watching him play, I thought the A-10 was a good level for him. Calipari probably sees some potential with him and if he comes, I think he has the potential to develop in the future. But he is not on the level of Jones or even Thornton, at least as it pertains to next year.
— The Wear Brothers transferring from UNC is not shocking, but again showcases how bogus the McDonalds All American selection process can be. They were picked because they were going to UNC, werent good enough to be there and now are leaving. The “UNC-Duke” era of McDonalds selection should be considered like the steroid era for baseball.
— There will be a story break about a member of the Louisville basketball program today. It might be by the mainstream media, but if they dont do it soon, then I will. Not a huge deal and certainly not program crippling…but another embarassing moment for our red brothers.
— Thanks to everyone involved in the Cardinal Hill wheelchair exhibition game last night. A team of wheelchair basketball players (“Hill on Wheels”) absolutely crushed our team of local “celebrities” (using that term very loosely), by about 1,000. Bobby Perry, Jared Prickett, the Mills brothers, local media types and the rest played and it was a lot of fun. I can attest that I am as sore as I can be and navigating the court in the chair is unbelievably difficult. The other team was great to play against and I had a ton of fun. If you ever get a chance to watch those guys play, go do it. It is pretty amazing.
More later in the day….