Down here in Middlesboro tonight as we rest from a five games in five nights trip across the Bluegrass. We have four more dates left on the Barnstorming Tour, including two new dates in Trimble County and McCreary County. The game in Trimble County will be on the 16th and McCreary on the 17th. Today was a restful day as I hit the Wasioto Winds Golf Course in Pineville on an absolutely GORGEOUS day with Woo, Bobby and Johnny Bruce. It is always a great sight to go anywhere with Woo and Bobby (and the trip out on Saturday night in Tazewell, Tennessee, is worthy of its own blog post….and it will get one), but a golf course is a particularly great place. First of all…..Bobby Perry hits the ball FARTHER than any non-Professional golfer I have ever played with. He absolutely smokes the ball and it produces a sound that you dont often hear from an amateur. Now around the greens….Bobby needs work. That is why he ended up losing the skins game and embarassing himself and his family. But we will let him by….he did put up a nice overall score. Woo is not really a golfer, but the sight of a 7 foot Polish guy on a golf course makes everyone happy. The folks at Wasioto were great and played the UK fight song as we teed off on #10. Overall a great weekend down here and I look forward to getting back into the swing of things this week.
To the news….
(1): The recruiting news will start to dip in the next few weeks, before heating up towards the end of May and June. But one piece of news that could develop is the visit tomorrow by Vinny Zollo of the class of 2011. Again, I am not someone who believes that recruits this early mean a great deal, but Zollo could be an exception. Very talented, loves Gillispie and has the potential to make yet another early commitment. He was interviewed tonight by Maggard and he said he may even come play high school basketball at Lexington Catholic (for my good friend Brandon Salsman) or at Scott County. His visit tomorrow could provide big news over the next day or so. If these youngsters keep committing, it may be bad business for those in the recruiting game….if every scholarship for the next three years is taken, what do they/we talk about?
(2): One piece of recruiting still left to be resolved is the final scholarship for 2008. Bobby Maze is scheduled to bring his tattoos to campus next weekend and potentially make himself the point guard option for the future. Maze is very talented, but there are issues off the court….which makes every consideration of him somewhat skeptical. But the kid can play and play well….his visit next weekend could be of huge significance for a team that still has lots of questions at point guard next year if Derrick Jasper decides not to return to the Bluegrass.
(3): I was happy to see Tubby Smith on campus this weekend getting the honorary doctorate and at the Hall of Fame ceremonies. I cannot wait for the day (which I know will happen at some point), when Tubby comes back into Rupp….is the “Y” during a timeout and gets the ovation he so richly deserves. Tubby has said he will return to the Bluegrass when his coaching days are over and I look forward to that time. Lost in the furor over the Merlene Davis article today (which I take no opinion on), was the substance of some Tubby’s work discussed in it. You measure a person by whether or not they make the area around them better for having been a part of it. Tubby Smith no doubt passes that test and his charitable work in the Bluegrass, which still continues is truly a model for all coaches and athletes who receive so much adulation for their talents.
(4): Today was also graduation day at Kentucky and I do have to give it up for Ramel and Joe as graduates. Lots of Kentucky players over the years, and athletes all over the country, basically stop attempting to graduate the minute their playing days are over. Both of these young men walked today and were able to get their diplomas. Over the course of the past few weeks, I have seen what the Kentucky fanbase and the young men’s degrees mean to them and today was a great day for them. Plus, it was good that both of their families were in the state for the ceremony and were able to come to Barbourville for the game last night. If one could have only had a microphone as the caravan to the game from Lexington left, complete with Hubby, Joe’s mom and brother Jordan in one car, it would have been quite a treat I am sure.
We will have more throughout the day…..