One down. Shabazz Muhammad and a few others to go.
What a relief it is for Kentucky to finally have a verbal commitment from the class of 2012. It’s even better that it came from Archie Goodwin, one of the guys at the top of Coach Cal’s priority list. UK fans are going to love the way he fits into the dribble-drive system with his ability to attack the basket. The 6-foot-5 guard describes himself as a “relentless” player, and after playing all summer on a dislocated wrist, he told The Sporting News, “I could break my arm, and I’m still going to try to dunk it. That’s just the type of guy I am.” And that’s just the type of guy we’re looking for.
24 hours after picking Kentucky, Goodwin was already recruiting some of the other top recruits in the nation to join him in Lexington. He talked to Gary Harris and Torian Graham about the possibility of playing together and he’s had that same conversation in the past with Shabazz Muhammad.
“Me committing will probably get the ball rolling for the rest of the class. It’s got to start somewhere.”
We like the sound of that. Now let’s get you some News and Views before you fall over with excitement…
— The big news of the day was the end of Perry Ellis’ NBA dreams. Ellis chose the Jayhawks over the Cats, officially ruining any opportunity of being picked up in the first round of the NBA Draft. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward said Kansas is where he feels most comfortable. “I love being around my family and Kansas was not too far and not too close,” Ellis said. “I’m excited about my choice.” Coach Cal had been recruiting Perry Ellis since his Memphis days so he must be disappointed in losing the kid. Although I don’t know if anyone is more disappointed than Larry Vaught. Vaught has been all over Perry Ellis since his precious Droid was just a pager clipped to his braided belt.
— The Atlanta Falcons haven’t sued Wichita Heights High School yet. Yet.
— The father of Gary Harris told Jody Demling that Archie Goodwin’s commitment to Kentucky doesn’t affect his son’s recruitment. Gary Harris Sr. told the C-J, “As a staff, that’s what they do. They get multiple players at the same position, many times its two guys that people think are a lot a like, and they make it work.” Coach Cal made an in-home visit to Harris on Monday and he’s currently working on bringing him to Lexington. The five-star recruit is playing football right now so it’s hard to set up a visit to Lexington.
— Just as Kentucky moves up Harris’ list, Louisville fell completely off. Harris is no longer considering Louisville, a team he had previously listed in his top five. Cutting the Cards from consideration wasn’t his call, either — Louisville doesn’t have a scholarship for him. There was only one scholarship available and Terry Rozier already took it. Harris is the No. 12 player in the nation. Rozier is unranked. Louisville First.
— While Archie Goodwin was getting ready to make his announcement Tuesday evening, Coach Cal made an in-home visit to DaJuan Coleman. “It was good,” he told SNY.tv. “He was telling me about the past players he developed. And he said he liked the way I play and he can bring the best out of me because he knows I can do multiple things on the court.” The 6-foot-8 big man is believed to be a Syracuse lean but he’ll be visiting Lexington for Big Blue Madness on October 14th. He says Kentucky, Syracuse, and Ohio State are all pretty equal right now.
— The staff was at Bullitt East watching Derek Willis on Wednesday afternoon. Willis, who decommitted from Purdue over the summer, is a top 20 player in the class of 2013. He holds offers from Louisville and Indiana.
— In a Q&A session on Tar Heel Illustrated, Mitch McGary said he’ll officially visit Kentucky sometime soon. This coming just a week after he said he doesn’t know if he’ll visit Kentucky. He might be saying something else next week. All we know for sure is that his parents love Duke. That’s not cool.
— Look at what happens when you let Boogie into Wildcat Lodge…
That’s Sam Malone’s bed.
But don’t worry, Boogie bought him new sheets…
… Just looking out for the new walk-on.
— Coach Cal made 45 consecutive free throws Wednesday evening while shooting with his son. He said his previous record was 38 in a row in 1978. After rebounding for his dad, the younger Calipari tweeted, “Old guy still has it.” I need video.
— Switching to football news, it looks like the offensive line we looked forward to watching this season is almost back to its normal rotation. Matt Smith, Billy Joe Murphy, and Larry Warford all practiced and looked good. Smith will make his first start of the season this Saturday but Joker is leaning towards starting freshman Darrian Miller over Billy Joe Murphy. All the guys are finally getting healthy again and playing together for the first time since camp. Look for Kentucky to rotate at least seven guys on the o-line against Florida.
— A lot of the talk this week has been of Kentucky’s success using the no-huddle offense against Louisville. Morgan Newton called it “just another option” and he isn’t for or against using it. As someone outside of the huddle, I’m all for it because it seemed like the only time Kentucky was doing anything on offense. However, Newton said the offense will just try to make plays in whatever situation they’re put in.
— Florida is fast. Very, very fast.
— It has been a long road for Mister Cobble and he’ll make his first start for the Wildcats against Florida. Cobble will line up next to fellow 300-pounder Donte Rumph to try to slow down Florida’s rushing attack. Luke McDermott will likely come in for passing situations.
— And for you mediocre football fans, a package carrying 2.5 pounds of marijuana was shipped to an address in Kentucky where two Bengals players reside. California police tracked the package to a home in Crestview Hills owned by Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson. Simpson shares the place with offensive tackle Anthony Collins and a man named Aleen Smith, who signed for the package. Inside the home police allegedly found six more pounds of marijuana, other empty parcels, scales and packaging material. All three men were questioned but no arrests were made at the time. WHO DEY!!!!