With Big Blue Madness now behind us, we can start to look to the future and figure out where things will go from here. However, even though we were able to bring you some information about Kyrie Irving and Tobias Harris, we’re still not completely done wrapping up this year’s Madness. We’ll take a look at what we have in store for you guys this week, but first, let’s look back once more at this past weekend, with our focus this time on what was going on outside of Lexington.
Adreian Payne took a visit to West Virginia for their Midnight Madness over the weekend. Earlier, I wrote about Jerry Tipton’s response to UK fans chanting the names of recruits during Big Blue Madness, which makes me wonder how Tipton would react if UK fans copied what Mountaineer fans did for Payne. Take a look.
Duke fans got in trouble for making signs for Kyrie Irving during his official visit. UK fans were asked not to chant names of recruits during Friday’s scrimmage. However, this WVU site and apparently WVU’s administration that was responsible for running their Madness festivities (who could have easily taken t-shirts or poster boards away) didn’t feel that what was occurring was a violation. If what occurred in West Virginia WAS NOT a violation, while what occurred at Duke was and, meanwhile, UK fans were told not to even speak….then I’m incredibly confused on what you can and cannot do under the NCAA’s rules. You can’t chant a recruit’s name, but you can wear t-shirts with the recruit’s name in your school’s colors? Maybe even more troubling for WVU’s future was “Truck” Bryant’s actions in getting the crowd to cheer for Payne. That has to be some kind of violation, right? Something tells me that the actions during Payne’s visit were not as squeaky clean as the site linked above leads you to believe they were. My guess would be that we should hear something this week on whether or not this activity is going to get West Virginia in trouble.
Gary Bedore of the Lawrence Journal-World & News (thanks to Zag’s Blog for pointing the way) was able to speak with Doron Lamb, who spent this past weekend in Lawrence for KU’s Late Night in the Phog. Lamb told Bedore, “The highlight [of the visit] was when I walked out with the others [recruits]and the crowd was cheering and gave us a standing ovation. I’ve never had anything like that happen to me.” Lamb continued speaking about the visit, this time with a little insight into his relationship with Coach Self: “It was a cool visit. I liked meeting the players, ccoaches and seeing the campus. Coach [Bill] Self is cool. He’s real. He tells you the truth.”
Doron will be making his way to Lexington this weekend for his official visit with the Cats, giving him a chance to take another look around the campus. The combo guard told Adam Zagoria last week that his top three schools were Kansas, Oklahoma and Kentucky, putting the Cats back in his top schools for the first time since a few weeks ago when he announced that just Kansas and Oklahoma were his leaders. Many speculated that UK’s exclusion had to do with Stacey Poole’s commitment but, while that certainly could be true, Poole remains committed and Kentucky has found their way back into Lamb’s good graces. That is a true testament to the work ethic of UK’s new staff and their ability to recruit at a ridiculously high level.
Josh Selby also made the trip to Lawrence this weekend. Rivals.com was able to catch up with Selby’s mother, Maeshon Witherspoon, who spoke about her son’s visit to Kansas. Witherspoon said that both herself and her son liked their visit and that Josh, himself, was most impressed with the atmosphere and fan support. Josh was hosted by Sherron Collins during the visit.
Selby should be coming to Kentucky in the near future, but the exact visit dates have yet to be made public. His visit to Lawrence, as well as the rest of his visits this fall, will be unofficial visits due to the fact that Selby has yet to take his placement tests, a prerequisite for student athletes taking official visits. The list of schools for Josh now stand at six: Baylor, Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana, Miami and Syracuse. Kentucky has long been thought to be the favorites, although I have been hearing a lot lately about Kansas climbing their way past Kentucky and to the top of the pile.
– This week I should have something on Achraf Yacoubou and his reaction to Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness. I’d also like to get in touch with someone in the Michael Gilchrist camp, although they do like to keep a low profile, so we’ll see how that goes.
– On Friday, we’ll take a closer look at UK’s weekend and who will be on campus, as well as where the rest of the UK’s targets are planning to be.