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Big Blue Madness just became hugely important, Stanley Johnson will also attend

Big Blue Madness is always a huge event to kick off the Kentucky basketball season, especially for the fans. The evening and the camp out that leads up to it often give the new Kentucky players a real taste for what it will feel like to play in front of one of the most rabid and passionate fan bases in the country. The scrimmage itself is the kind of thing to make a coach nervous. Coaches like John Calipari probably breathe a sigh of relief when they get through the night without any injuries or anything silly happening. As unimportant as the actual playing on the court may be for Calipari, the display of everything that is Kentucky basketball and the concert like environment that it has turned into have become a huge recruiting tool for Kentucky basketball. The players are treated like rock stars, Rupp Arena is packed to the brim and Cal usually has a few tricks up his sleeve as well to add to the pandemonium.

This year’s Big Blue Madness is shaping up to be a very important one now, with two of the most important 2014 Kentucky targets pledging their attendance. Calipari’s top point guard target, Emmanuel Mudiay, revealed yesterday that he will be in Lexington for the event this fall. Another top 10 prospect, small forward Stanley Johnson, announced via Twitter today that he will also be coming to the event. When reading the tea leaves, the timing of the two announcements tells me that Calipari has put the full court press on both of those guys in the past few days to make sure they make it to Lexington for one of the biggest recruiting events of the year.

At this point, Karl Towns is the lone 2014 commitment. Whereas in year’s past, Cal’s recruiting classes have been on a fairly clear cut track to the #1 spot early, 2014 doesn’t feel like as sure of a thing. Some other schools are heavily in play with Kentucky’s top targets, and we already know that Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones are talking about a package deal–which doesn’t necessarily work in Kentucky’s favor.

Emmanuel Mudiay and Stanley Johnson are arguably the two most important Kentucky targets in the 2014 class, and both are very high on Kentucky at this stage in the process. Having both of them on board for Big Blue Madness is huge and could be the momentum pusher that Calipari needs to close the deal with the two star players. Those 2 players, along with Karl Towns, could be the nucleus of a very strong 2014 class.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

21 Comments for Big Blue Madness just became hugely important, Stanley Johnson will also attend

  1. Bigblueyoda
    9:51 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    The two guys I want the most! Lets get em BBN!!!

  2. rickshelton
    10:02 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Big Blue Madness is going to be C-R-A-Z-Y!!! I’m ready to buy tickets NOW! How about using Commonwealth Stadium? Let’s reunite the 2012 team at center court.

  3. 3 fan
    10:05 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Cliff Alexander more important than Johnson

  4. bigbluegdud
    10:09 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    It’s about time. Recruiting has been terrible lately.

  5. nysparty
    10:10 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Curious no mention of Cliff Alexander. Isnt he a key recruit?

  6. nysparty
    10:11 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Are you guys conceding Cliff to MSU?

  7. James
    10:14 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Would like to see these two guys along with towns then get Alexander and Vaughn. And the pg from huntington

  8. Lamont
    10:25 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    This is huge
    When they see the new First Round NIT Loss to Robert Morris banner, they will commit on the spot

  9. Cats, Cats, Cats
    10:33 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    #8, that’s right. The NIT loss is going to be so utterly devastating to Cal and his ability to recruit. So why the worry? Why are you here?

    Thought so.

  10. DrSayre
    10:34 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    I cant wait for Big Blue Madness this year! I wonder what they have planned to top the video floor…

  11. Hicksy
    10:37 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Give me Stanley or give me death.

  12. Mc
    10:40 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    A reminder to Lamont that UL has been to the NIT twice under Rick Pitino.

  13. Jen
    10:42 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Alexander was a BBM last year. I agree with Tucker in that these two visits are a great sign that Cal is making his move, and that eventually we’ll be able to look back and see this as the maestro beginning to set the stage for another historic class.

  14. BigBlueBobby
    10:44 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Speaking about Robert Morris, they are getting killed in Rupp this year…

  15. NIT
    11:17 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Unlike the Harrison’s, hope this guy is eligible. Funny how Lee graduated around the same time and was enrolled at uk 2 days later. Harrison’s will never suit up for Cow.

  16. Mc
    11:38 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    #15) Want to place a wager on that?

  17. Showtime
    12:24 am July 4, 2013 Permalink

    Here is video of Emmanuel Mudiay announcing that he will attend big blue madness. He also refrences the crazy UK fans and cals recruiting techniques.

  18. NIT
    1:19 am July 4, 2013 Permalink


  19. NIT
    1:19 am July 4, 2013 Permalink

    ul FAN

  20. Mike
    8:55 am July 4, 2013 Permalink

    Does it really even matter what those punks get on here and say anymore, guys there just jealous they don’t have the best tradition in college basketball, 8 national titles, and the most winningest in college basketball history the just haters plain and simple.

  21. Coach Carter
    10:28 am July 5, 2013 Permalink

    Mudiay at pg
    Johnson at sf
    Alexander at pf, he has said he would like playing pf
    Towns at c.
    Perkins at sg, like Bledsoe did to Wall.
    That’s the class I want!