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A Look Back: Eric Bledsoe Got Stuff Right

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Just one year ago, Eric Bledsoe had his coming out party.

It was right after our second SEC match of the year in Gainesville when the whispers started circulating through Big Blue Nation.

“Maybe we have two point guards that could be one-and-done.”

Bledsoe had just finished the greatest game of his short career with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. His mix of outside shooting and lightning fast penetration dismantled the Gators defense and secured the first UK win on the road against Florida in five years.

This was the game that had the NBA scouts finally looking at the other freshman guard in our starting line up and they weren’t disappointed. Bledsoe was a guy that most UK fans expected to see around for at least two years, but 21 games and one ridiculous algebraic accusation later saw Eric Bledsoe as a first round draft pick and out of Lexington for good.

There was a lot of debate at the time but, as of right now, it looks like Bledsoe made the right decision. After the Clippers beat down of the Miami Heat a couple nights ago, Bledsoe looks like he’s found a great niche on that other team in LA. With a young nucleus of Griffin, Gordon, Bledsoe and Aminu plus a veteran who’s finally starting to buy into the system in Baron Davis, the Clippers look to make a lot of noise in the upcoming years. His offensive game has displayed itself in spurts but Bledsoe proved against the Heat that even if he’s not filling his stat line with points, he can make impact plays on the defensive end.

John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were pretty much guaranteed to be gone after a year when they first stepped on campus and Patrick Patterson insinuated about the same when he announced he’d return for his junior season. Daniel Orton had the physical tools and after seeing the state of his knees, it’s probably good that he got the money when he could. Bledsoe was different though. He was a guy that could have waited another season and been the man in John Calipari’s point guard friendly offense, but he played his way into a high draft selection and I don’t think Big Blue Nation could be any prouder of him.

As our roster looks right now, the only surefire draft entry we have is holding the clipboard during timeouts, but who on this year’s team could see a Bledsoe-like increase in their draft stock during the second half of the season?

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Article written by Matthew Hays

26 Comments for A Look Back: Eric Bledsoe Got Stuff Right



  1. WildCobbSalad
    4:05 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Sooooo….you don’t think a pro team would snatch up Jones in the first round this year?



  2. The Rock
    4:05 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Once Jarrod Polson grows a pair and finally shoots the ball, he’ll be a lottery pick. Somewhere in the 7-10 range most likely.



  3. Matthew Hays
    4:08 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    1.) I think a pro team would definitely snatch him up in the first round but I don’t think he’s a lock to leave like Wall and Cousins were last season.



  4. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    4:16 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I’m very happy for the one they call “Crank dat Mustard”



  5. squiggles the cat
    4:18 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    this article makes my peepee tingle hehehehehe bledsoes cuhyoot! shootyhoops is silly he needs model



  6. Roach K
    4:18 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I think Jones is clearly a lottery pick right now, probably in the 10-12 range. A consistent second half can only elevate his stock. Knight may have impressive numbers, but he’s still learning to lead the offense the way Wall did last year. I think he would probably be a mid-late first rounder, but another year would help him tremendously. Lamb has such an amazing shot that once he gets a more polished all-around game, he will be a solid late first round pick (his potential capped because of his size). The more time he spends backing up the point, the better for him because it makes him an option for the PG spot the the pros, where his size works better.



  7. Give'em Hell Cats
    4:21 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    If anyone wants to see gilchrist in action hes playing tonight at 7 on espn 2



  8. Big Blue 66
    4:24 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    TJ leaves, he has the maturity (size and strength) and the body and one season on an NBA team will give him more than all four years at UK. Jones I think would be a lock first rounder, but I think he will stay to be close enough to finish his degree with a summer course or two after his second full year. I think Lamb stays also, but he is ray allen ish with his shooting and if the right team needed what Doron has, then i could actually see him leave based on that alone. It would be scary waiting to see if the 1 or 2 teams that need and want you call your name in the first round.



  9. mailman
    4:28 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    some1 alert the ksr staff, a “matthew hays” has hijacked the site? what is a matthew hays anyway…



  10. Twany Beckham
    4:36 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Per the Frosty Tip One, is enrolled at UK and will start practice next week with UK.



  11. whoa_nellie
    4:41 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    nobody….



  12. manu1433
    4:41 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    people who pick Jones as their favorite blogger in the poll question clearly do not read the site



  13. darryl isaac
    4:44 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I think jones will leave this year although i do think another year would help his game tremendously and probably help his draft stock too. lamb leaves after next year. knight will stay at least 2 years maybe 3. he is kid with a different mind set.



  14. JoshM
    4:48 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Jones is projected top 3 pick on several mock drafts fyi.



  15. manu1433
    4:51 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    10) Maggard isn’t reporting that at all…some guy with like 34 posts on his forum said this….Maggard said he has no clue if this is true or not yet



  16. Mean Daddy
    4:51 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    They all need another year but the money is hard to ignore.



  17. What?
    4:52 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Jones…lock for the lottery and is gone. I think he could benefit from another year but if the money is there, you take it!

    Knight and Lamb will go if their second half goes good although I don’t see Knight going because he can grad after next season and I think Lamb wants to work on PG skills more since his height is not good at the 2G spot in the NBA.

    You could see Liggins opt out after this year too due to playing time next year. Not to the NBA but to Euro League or somewhere else overseas…Miller, don’t see that happening as I think he’ll still be around next year but unsure of his playing time but it would be year 3 under Cal so maybe that’s his year to finally break out.

    Josh…second rounder and he’ll get a chance to make a roster…he’ll have to work for it but there are a number of 6’10” white guys in the league now so there is a place for him if he puts in the work like he has this year.

    No one else jumps though I can see a transfer maybe…but who would pass on the possiblility of being on a NC team next year? Yeah…not me either so the others stay.

    Kanter…top 5 lottery pick easy!

    What does the NBA lockout have to say about it all to next year…those who stay may have to stay another year too due to no draft? So Knight, Lamb and the class next year could all come back if the draft/season/NBA lockout lasts for any amount of time? yes?



  18. Birdman
    5:24 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Great article… Bledsoe became one of my all time favorites to ever play for UK because of his willingness to be a great teammate. He wasn’t quite the talent that Wall was, but he also didn’t demand all the hype and glory got either…. VERY happy to see him doing well.



  19. spookykim
    6:05 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I agree w/you #18-Birdman. Eric has been a surprise because we didn’t see all of his talent due to his willingness to take a backseat to his teammates. He will stay in our BBN hearts forever.



  20. road_warri0r
    6:40 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    After seeing how Wall and Cousins have performed this year, one has to see that though both had the required talent, neither were ready mentally or physically. The thoughts of Jones entering the draft at the end of this season should be down played as his consistency is so lacking, and mental toughness is very juvenille. Even Kanter will struggle through the first season of NBA play, and most likely see little playing time. Jones, Knight, and Lamb sorely need some seasoning in college basketball to be ready to make a difference in the NBA.



  21. manu1433
    8:36 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    20) Kanter will see little playing time? You are retarded….John Wall is 5th in the league in assists and Cousins, while his consistency has been lacking, has been a very productive big man in his first year in the league…It takes big guys a little longer to develop in the league…getting NBA experience is invaluable to a player and was by far the best decision Cousins or Wall could have made….What make you better?…playing against talent that is syb par to that of your own or playing against players that are more mature physically and mentally?…seems the NBA rout was the best choice for these two



  22. manu1433
    8:43 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Jones on the other hand should really work on his game for another season…i agree that he isn’t very strong mentally…but more than that he has to work on improving his shot selection and footwork…his post moves are a joke…he simply tries to out muscle everyone on the block and this doesn’t work when you play against bigger more athletic players than u face at the college level…



  23. WHO CARES
    11:23 am January 15, 2011 Permalink

    I was in Birmingham last week for the bowl game and got a cab back to the hotel. I asked the cab driver where Eric Bledsoe grew up. He showed me, it wasnt far from the stadium. I’m so proud of bledsoe. If you saw where he was raised you would be to. The kid deserves everything he has worked for.



  24. tom5673
    12:23 pm January 15, 2011 Permalink

    for the last time, he didn’t say “right”. he said, “get this sh*t rockin'”. go back and listen.



  25. tom5673
    12:27 pm January 15, 2011 Permalink

    i would have been prouder of bledsoe if he and boogie and the rest of our all-stars would have shown up against west virginia. nice choke job guys. hope you’re having fun playing in front of empty arenas for sh*thole teams, or playing in the D-league. you younger fans do realize that we want to make final fours and win championships, right? it seems as though you all get hard over how many players we send to the nba. that’s queer. ask duke.



  26. johnnyz
    1:26 pm January 15, 2011 Permalink

    I can see Knights lottery going up as long as he continues to get better throughout the season! He already has the court smarts to play, but just needs to find that little bit of consistency that we began to see in wall and cousins and even bledsoe as the season progressed!
    And…. as humorous as it sounds, DEFINITELY not a first rounder, but I have heard from numerous sources that ‘Jorts’ has been a topic of conversation by Pro scouts this year. I’d love it! He’s getting better and better… and I think we can thank a Mr. Enes Kanter for that!