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Andy Katz says don’t worry about scholarships


In his daily 3-point shot column, Andy Katz checks in from covering the tournament in Lexington to remind Kentucky fans not to worry about scholarships for next season:

Kentucky cleared up the scholarship issue for 2013-14. As of now, the Wildcats don’t have one with players who are promised scholarships for next season. If everyone returns and no one else arrives (see: Andrew Wiggins) then Kentucky is actually set at 13. There are six returning players on scholarship in Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress, Ryan Harrow, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer. There are seven incoming freshmen — five are signed in Andrew and Aaron Harrison, James Young, Marcus Lee and Derek Willis — and two are committed in Julius Randle and Dakari Johnson. The odds of Noel returning are slim, even with the torn ACL, freeing up at least one scholarship. There is always the chance someone else will transfer or decide to still declare for the draft even with the prospects of making a team slim. This could actually work out for the Wildcats if the returning players accept roles and become mentors to the star-studded freshmen as rotation players in a year.

Sounds good to me.

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36 Comments for Andy Katz says don’t worry about scholarships

  1. Musehobo
    11:37 am March 22, 2013 Permalink

    “There are six returning players on scholarship in Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress, Ryan Harrow, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer” Yes, but as he stated earlier, there are other players who currently have scholarships who may have to lose them. It’s one thing to pull Malone’s, Lanter’s, and Long’s, and another to pull Hood’s and Polson’s. Especially Polson, after the year he had.

  2. pioneer
    11:45 am March 22, 2013 Permalink

    #3 Both Hood and Polson are scheduled to graduate this Spring. Might they “take one for the team” and both become walk ons or for that matter not even play next year? I mean after all they both won a national championship last season, without doing anything….

  3. Jpo
    11:46 am March 22, 2013 Permalink

    So Jon hood doesn’t count as a returning player on scholarship? Ok.

  4. They're Done
    11:48 am March 22, 2013 Permalink

    How do ppl still not understand hood and polson are graduating and not coming back next year? Even if they were to try playing they will not be receiving scholarships… NEXT

  5. NewInTown
    11:50 am March 22, 2013 Permalink

    IF you can find one of the local vomitoriums worthy of spending your Louisville dollars in be careful.Be sure to get the name of your server,write down exactly what you eat and at what time you were served,and ask the server for the Manager on Duty name.Keep that info for at least a week.

    SAME with the bars even if you do not consume any food. Remember,ice is food and it can be quickly contaminated and passed on to you.

    Seems several of the local low wage kitchen help has threatened to put a little something extra in the slop they peddle just for visiting Card Fans.

    If you do become ill by pass the Fayette County Health Department and call the CDC directly and report a possible intentional contamination of ingested food and provide them with the info you kept on hand.

    So far we have been less than impressed with the dining options here in BlewVille.

    We got three recomendations from the desk at Griffengate and all three sUcKed.What is considered “upscale dining” here must be Craker Barrel or Golden Coral.

  6. tickle
    11:53 am March 22, 2013 Permalink

    5((you’ll find though, that none of our fine italian eateries have pecker tracks on their tables

  7. JoshB
    11:53 am March 22, 2013 Permalink

    If Noel leaves which he’d be silly not to I’d rather not have wiggins and I’d rather have D Hawkins just bc he’s gonna be here for 3-4 years no ? About it and harrow needs to go on and transfer out we will be wanting/needing polsons and hoods leadership calipari can’t pull either of there scholarships without there being some backlash from true UK fans I mean doesnt anyone remember hood coming out in a “Jeff Shepard” jersey in the derby classic that’s what this program is about come on and who thinks KW is leaving????

  8. SexnNursinHomes
    11:53 am March 22, 2013 Permalink

    NewInTown- Good. I hope you get severe e.coli poisoning.

  9. BonjourLeChapeauDerrier from D'ville
    11:54 am March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Living in Lexington, it’s not hard to realize that you aren’t in Paris when it comes to fine dining . . . I think few would argue with that notion . . . but a person from Louisville trashing Lexington restaurants is like Mississippi laughing at Alabama’s test scores and graduation rates. SMH

  10. Jones Returns
    11:56 am March 22, 2013 Permalink

    #3 – I know what you’re saying and I have made the same comment myself throughout the year… Is it right to ask someone like Jarrod Polson to give up his scholarship after the year he had this year? For a while I would have said no, but the more I think about it he answer is absolutely yes. The thing is, any Kentucky born and raised kid would graciously pay to be apart of next years team. Jarrod will have the opportunity to win 2 national championships! And YES is has certainly and will certainly contribute to those regardless of the minutes he receives. He is certainly an asset. BUT, the rules allow 13 scholarships only. So, you have to give those scholarships to the 13 people who give you the greatest chance of winning another title. As cruel as it may say we WANT Jarrod, but we don’t NEED Jarrod. Although it would be a nice gesture to give Jarrod a scholarship, the opportunities he will have after graduation because he was a part of 2 national championships teams is worth WAY more monetarily speaking than a 1 year scholarship. Jarrod is obviously not going to play professionally, so it’s certainly to his advantage to surround himself with success and successful people. It would be foolish for him to for example transfer to say a Morehead St just so he could receive a scholarship and minutes. If we think long term here, it’s no great loss for Jarrod to have to pay his way next year… it will be worth it for him AND UK in the long run. There should be no hard feelings…

  11. LEX
    11:58 am March 22, 2013 Permalink

    newintown…griffingate just doesnt want you cards skanking up our nice establishments. why dont you go back to da ville and eat some tuna at porcinis

  12. JoshB
    12:00 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    And if they were planning on leaving/graduating y wouldn’t they participate in senior day like p.patterson did when he graduated in 3 years????

  13. kadizkat
    12:04 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    You young folks won’t remember this but when Chris Webber was being recruited by UK there was a scholarhsip problem. Being a good teammate, Deron Feldhaus was willing to give up his for Webber. Of course, as we all know, Deron didn’t have to do that but it just goes to show you, Kentucky kids will do all they can to help the team. I can certainly see Jarrod doing this.

  14. Bobby Morris
    12:04 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    #6 Fizzoli’s is Italian “fine dining” in lessington?

  15. Jpo
    12:05 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    7. I literally laughed out loud at not wanting wiggins.

  16. DLN
    12:08 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    #5 Try Oasis near Euclid. It’s not “upscale”, but the food is awesome, especially the chicken shawarma. Cheap too.

  17. Biloxiguy22
    12:10 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    The FAB FIVE were ranked as follows, Chris Webber #1, Juwon Howard #3, Jalen Rose #6, Jimmy King #9, and Ray Jackson all the way at #84. This recruiting class was already beaten two years ago and that UK squad won a national championship. Michigan did not.

  18. Rei
    12:14 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    because a one year promise is better than a 4 year investment right? #15

  19. Jpo
    12:21 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    18. Scenario:
    Wiggins (#1 recruit in the country): coach cal, I’m ready to commit to kentucky to make the best class ever and I wanna try to go 40-0
    Cal: no, sorry Andrew we’re gonna sign Hawkins instead. There’s no room for you here. Please find somewhere else to play. We need a guy who might be good enough to be a role player in 4 years instead.

    Seems legit

  20. Trick Pitino
    12:24 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Alex Poythress: “Welcome to campus Julius, I’m here to mentor you like Andy Katz says to.”
    Julius Randle: “No thanks. I’ve seen you play.”

    If Katz (or anyone else) thinks that this year’s team is fit to mentor next year’s team, they’re dreaming. In a best case scenario, the spectacular 7 will not listen to a word that Poythress or Harrow tell them… can only do harm.

  21. rixter
    12:30 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    It never ceases to amaze me how many Cardinal fans hang out on the UK blog, even with their team the favorite to win this year’s tournament that we aren’t even in?

    Can you say inferiority complex??

  22. NewInTown
    12:34 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    I spent so much time and effort on making my post so very cutting and clever but I can’t spell as well as a second grader.

  23. Linda Taylor
    12:36 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    NewInTown – What’s the matter, did you forget your name Cardinal Connie? That’s the name you posted the exact same tripe under in the show thread. You also forgot to correct all the errors that others pointed out to you. My, my, you are a lazy one. I do give you credit for knowing how to copy/paste, but before submitting you could have gone back and made the corrections. Are you the famous Cardinal Connie who is supposedly an attorney? Pretty sloppy work for an attorney. My guess is you are looking for fake lawsuits against honest hard working business owners in Lexington.

  24. bosshogg24
    12:37 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    $7 JoshB you need to go get a brain scan, the Wiggins comment is the dumbest ever posted. I am not sure you are capable of commenting!

  25. Mack
    12:44 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Could both Hood and Polson have academic scholarships for graduate school this coming year if required?

  26. Linda Taylor
    12:50 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    I just had a thought, what if Cardinal Connie (possibly an attorney) is out there sabotaging people’s drinks herself in order to create bogus lawsuits against Lexington dining and drinking establishments? What if she has some e.coli or botulin toxin (possibly from her facial injections?) that she is trying to use to contaminate innocent people’s food or beverages? Watch out Lexington business owners beware of this possible fraud.

  27. wow
    12:59 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    JARROD POLSON IS A WALK ON!! He was given a scholarship this year because there was one available. Now the hood thing I have a problem with.

  28. JoshB
    1:00 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Let me make this clear so you (Jpo) & (BossHogg24) can even understand why I said it….after next year is over and done with and we hang another banner how many of these kids are gonna come back I’m afraid we will be in the same situation with no returning players because Randle is gone the twins are gone and a handfull of others including wiggins who will bolt for the nba y not pass on a 1 year promise if it’s better for the program if he would not have dragged his recruitment out and committed in a timely fashion I would just like to know what Coach Cal is gonna change up in order for this not to happen again…….

  29. negative
    1:06 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    #25 – Due to NCAA regs Hood and Polson can be on the team as non-scholarship grad students ONLY if they do not receive any aid from the school (including academic). If they do receive academic-related or other assistance they cannot be on the team, though they could work as graduate assistants or student managers.

  30. Linda Taylor
    1:16 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    29 – Is that seriously a NCAA reg? When they still have a year of eligibility? What a way to punish kids for doing the right thing and getting their education and graduating. So much for the NCAA being about educating athletes.

  31. Cokely
    1:23 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    28.). You’re totally right we should definitely turn down wiggins and make getting number 9 harder so we can get another player that no one outside of ky has heard. Just so he may in three or four years have a polson like impact. Wiggins is only a one a generation talent but naw we don’t have space for him because this kid had a good run in the ky state tourney.

  32. CatTough
    1:37 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Josh B so your saying UK wins a championship every other year and your wanting to “change up in order for this not to happen again” HUH!!!

  33. The Real Mr Obvious
    2:09 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    This scholarship thing always works out. There will be some defections (transfer, NBA, etc). At least Cal won’t put them on “waivers” like that egomaniac coach down I-64 does and bring them back when he runs someone else off.

  34. Turner the Burner
    2:54 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Why the outrage if Polson doesn’t have a scholarship next year? Last year was his first year of having one…and that was given because they have them to give. Was there outrage when Marquis Estill went from being a 2 year scholarship player to taking a walk-on spot?

  35. Smitty
    2:57 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Josh B. — I would take winning a title, NIT, winning a title, NIT, winning a title, NIT ANY DAY OF THE WEEK! Coach Cal doesn’t need to change anything up….. Pass what you are smoking, I need a hit.

  36. bigbluebear
    4:42 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    New in town w/the same dirty bird smell/rol/etiquette(lack thereof) As if you hadn’t gacked/ganted yourself all up to get ‘ill’ over nothing before hitting 64.As big a shite talker as you know yourself to be,one would think your palette also to be cordial to the taste. But I guess no shite is ever gonna match up to what mama stuffed you full of growing up/sideways. And just to answer your comments on not being able to fill your,more than likely,plat filled mouth. You are now a visitor in what is commonly known,outside of the south’vile’ anyway,as a COLLEGE TOWN. You know the kind of place all your peers in high school disappeared to after quiting their summer,your full time,job. Glad to hear about the move up to the salad bar btw,congrats. What makes college towns different from the ‘Slive’ is that it caters to students! You know the poor ones not @/on the fare you call fools/that will be overseeing/handling the logistics of your future incarcerations.So fly high now jailbird/enjoy the fresh air. As all too soon the dream you are incapable of comprehending, hence to you it is a nightmare,will inevitably end and like all jbirds in the end it is straight back in the ‘vile’ w/u.GBB!!!