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Cal wants to add one more player

Reds skipper Dusty Baker, Calipari, and half of Brandon Weems

After getting his Noodles Hahn on before the Cincinnati Reds game last night, John Calipari spoke to Reds announcer Jim Day and he hinted at how UK’s roster could play out for next season. Calipari told Day he hopes to sign one more player to UK’s roster before the 2012-13 season begins, but he didn’t give any clues as to who that player could be.

Obviously, Anthony Bennett is the ideal player to ink that signature, but with the Croatian kid in town today and others being recruited, there could be a number of guys who could end up wearing Kentucky blue.

Will he take more than one?


We had a video of the interview last night but it was taken down from YouTube.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

70 Comments for Cal wants to add one more player

  1. Noodles Hahn
    1:04 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Noodles Hahn > Warren Spahn

  2. minton
    1:07 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    7 are leaving. Hood is back in the lineup and we have signed 4 replacements. Seems that he would want to sign 2 more, unless he is giving a scholarship to a walk on.

  3. catfan68
    1:11 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Hopefully we will get two more. Bennett and another guard…maybe the Croatian kid.

  4. the Big Dog
    1:13 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Why just one player? It looks like we have several options left with Lyons, Jefferson, the Croatian, etc. We were very lucky this past year on injuries, grades and other issues. We have plenty of scholarships. The only reason not to use them is if he wants to save them for next year which could be our best class ever (or not). I know highlight videos can show anything you want, but the Croatian kid looks like he has NBA range.

  5. cristoforouk
    1:13 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    2 – Don’t forget about 2013. Other than Noel, none of these guys are guaranteed one and done players. What happens if they all come back? Cal is planning on a monster class for 2013 and I bet he wants to have maximum number of schollies open for it. We will have no graduating seniors on scholarship for next season.

  6. P.L. Wallingford, III
    1:13 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe Bennet has already committed & he wants one more to add to that. Just dreaming here….

  7. mocha
    1:14 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    half of brandon weems > all of dusty baker

  8. I Say
    1:15 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I think everything Cal has said and done in the last couple days is to put pressure on Bennett to commit soon. We don’t really want that kid from Va Tech. Not only would we want Bennett way before we got him but he would also take up space on 2013’s team where it’s looking like were for sure getting one of thetop power forwards in the country in Aaron Gordon, Julius randle, or chris walker. And saying that we only need one more person is bogus. We need depth at the 4 and 2. Hopefully all this gets Bennett to commit soon and we end uo with one of the three in mark Lyons, Torian Graham, or that croation kid. No reason to give a walk on a scholarship when we will be lacking in depth.

  9. enes
    1:15 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t see how coach Cal does it. I’m getting tired of being held hostage by some eighteen year old ego, who will be a millionare in a year, playing hard to get so he can build his rep before he goes into the NBA.

  10. jt
    1:15 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    he was talking about Bennett, he said he wants to add one more YOUNG player

  11. Kaboom
    1:16 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    2. I think he’s trying to put some needed pressure on Bennett and Lyons to consider again what they would miss out on if they continue to treat their Kentucky offer as if it was from like Kansas or Arizona. Cal is making a point saying my time is valuable and I will bring success to my players that are committed while also reaffirming how the opportunity to play at Kentucky is rare and coveted. Thought i would beat everyone to the punch in overthinking this comment, please lets not read to much into this. That said lets land Bennett Hazzell Lyons Jefferson Graham and that Croatian shooter and call it a day.

  12. KKSSRR
    1:18 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    KSR: Where breaking news comes the day after

  13. Kevin Lankford
    1:18 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    No 4 I have the same question. Its obvious Bennett is a huge priority and with us recruiting so many guards its pretty obvious that Cal wants to sign a guard too so why not 2 more players? My only guess is this is Cal’s way of sending a message to the recruits (i.e. hey if yur thinking about coming here u better hurry up and sign).

  14. UKfanaticinVA
    1:31 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I would love to see two more added. The only thing I don’t like is the waiting for an 18 year old to see what direction coach is going.

  15. Marcus L. Owens
    1:32 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Bennett hasnt qualified.

  16. MyGuess
    1:35 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Perhaps he is saving that scholly for next year, like 5 said.

  17. minton
    1:39 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks # 5. That makes good sense.

  18. Doubting Thomas
    1:40 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Coach is so smart it’s unbelieveable. Don’t believe everything he says. He was sending a message with his comment about hoping to sign one more player and he’s sending a message by all of these new names coming up lately. He wants Bennett and he is going to get him if the kid has the heart to play at UK. These other players can be great additions to our squad but Bennett puts us at the top of the mountain again next year instantly. Doesn’t mean we can’t get there without him but he makes it so much easier. GO Cats!!! Go Cal!!!!!

  19. JayCee
    1:40 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Head games, people. By making it appear as if he only wants to fill one spot, he creates a sense of urgency among his recruits. then he can call his main target and flatter him even more by telling him he’ll take him no matter how many slots he wants to fill or what he said before.

    Create a situation and then exploit it. Dude is a salesman. Let. Him. Work.

  20. JayCee
    1:41 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    18- dude, you and I are right there.

  21. the Big Dog
    1:45 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    If Cal decides he wants Lyons and Lyons wants to commit- why would we not take him? He would be gone for 2013. I can’t see Poythress staying for two years. It looks like we should have six more scholarships for next year (Hood and Wiltjer are the only two returning scholarship players + Harrow and four new players = 7 scholarships taken out of 13 total).

  22. bluefan
    1:47 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I agree that it’s best to just trust Coach Cal. He hasn’t done us wrong yet.

    Still frustrating about Bennett though. The kid hasn’t made one visit and has none scheduled. What’s up with that? Odd.

  23. GrumpyOldDude
    1:56 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    9 – And these kids “owe you” what again? Let them have their 15 mins…..season is six months away, chill out.

  24. G
    1:57 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Hopefully Cal keeps a scholly available so he doesn’t come across a Jarnell Stokes situation like last season when he wasted scholarships on Poulson and Beckham. If UK had Stokes, Bennett would not be needed.

  25. Imnotkarensyphersman
    1:58 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Signing “one more” = sales talk. Period. NO ONE really knows what he wants or will do as this unfolds…as all great salesmen do….he is keeping evvvvvvvvveryone interested and creating a sense of urgency for the recruits. Great job Cal…do what you do best…then coach the [email protected] out of them!

  26. SeoulCat
    1:59 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I hope adding Bennett (who should be our #1 priority) doesn’t mean we don’t get King Kong Montrezl. He may not be an all-around polished player, but damn I’d like to see him swatting down some biplanes and ripping down rims at Rupp next year!

  27. CATS
    2:00 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Noel is projected to go from 1-3 in the 2013 draft, poythress 6-7, and Harrow late in the first round, so those 3 would probably leave, but I could also see them staying. If Bennett signs, he has hinted at wanting to leave after his first year to help his mom out. So lets just say those 4 leave, if we get Bennett and leave a scholarship open for next year, then we would have 5 scholarships open for next year. Sounds pretty good to me, even though I would really like that croatian kid to add another great shooter for this season. I really wish Bennett, Harrell, and Croatian would come even though that would mean taking away someone’s scholly. However, I know that has about a 20% chance of happening because Bennett and Harrell aren’t both going to come.

  28. Imnotkarensyphersman
    2:00 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    #9 is being held hostage by a teenage boy – and upset. 9=sad!

  29. G
    2:01 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Bennett is going to UNLV.

  30. CATS
    2:01 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    If Harrell comes, Bennett won’t. But if Bennett signs first, I could see Harrell still wanting to come. Plus, he would stay more than 1 year. I just want both.

  31. bosshogg24
    2:04 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    #29, UNLV is the last place on his list, how do you come up with that?

  32. G
    2:06 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    He likes the coach and is tight with Khem Birch and Mike Moser.

  33. G
    2:10 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Donovan is telling Bennett he will play small forward and can jack up as many threes as he wants.

  34. G
    2:15 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Drew, I’m glad Matt is giving you a percentage of the revenue the KSR empire derives so you don’t have to wait on tables at Malone’s anymore. Only reason you, Matt, and Thomas Beisner live in Louisville is so you can hang at the bars on 4th Street Live.

  35. Marcus L. Owens
    2:22 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    The reason why Bennett hasnt made any “official” visits is because he hasnt qualified, he still needs to pass the SAT. He is definitely the most talented guy left on the board so coaches are waiting and hoping he gets the qualifying test score. School is almost out, why would he want to wait until now to take official visits? Its because he cant, Findlay Prep can help his GPA and prep him for test but its up to him to get the correct score, he hasnt. So we wait.

  36. G
    2:29 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Bennett is liking what Donovan is promising. He can play small forward on a front line with Patrick Young and Erik Murphy and can shoot threes until his arm falls off. Temper your enthusiasm Kentucky fans. He ain’t coming no matter how many tweets Noel and Poythress make.

  37. JTA
    2:39 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink


    What, like Chandler Parsons did? How’d that work out for that kid?

    Kid was an undrafted senior, right? Or at least I don’t remember hearing or seeing his name at the draft

  38. pioneer
    2:40 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    #36 I am tempering my enthusiasm but I think AB will look awefully silly if he goes to Florida and then gets beat twice by UK. haha that would be Karma at its finest!

  39. G
    2:40 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Chandler is doing good in the NBA now. Bennett is 6-7. He ain’t playing power forward in the NBA. He’s going to have to play the position at UK.

  40. pioneer
    2:41 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    37 couldnt agree more, Chandler Parsons was actually SEC player of the year. haha. that is comedy at its finest. Seriously Chandler “Bing” Parsons got owned by UK during his career. I remember him matching up on D Miller last year in the SEC tourney, thinking this is golden, Parsons couldnt guard a folding chair!

  41. Zeke
    2:47 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Bennett can take a visit as long as he has taken the ACT. He does not have to wait until he passes the test. He may go to UF but what is he waiting on? Billy can tell him he is a 3 all day long but watch what spot he plays when the season starts. He is a combo forward which is what he will play if he chooses UK.

  42. G
    2:50 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Bennett wants to be a three. He will be at UNLV and Florida.

  43. JTA
    2:50 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Chuck is/was a 6-6 center and had success at the NBA level. It just seems like you are just looking at his height and nothing else. He’s a big boy, I doubt he can guard high-elite level 3’s in college and no way he’s running around against NBA talent at that position.

  44. G
    2:52 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    UNLV-C Khem Birch PF Mike Moser SF Bennett

    Florida-C Patric Young PF Erik Murphy SF Bennett

    Too bad Oriakhi stunned Cal by committing to Mizzou.

  45. G
    2:54 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Chuck had to play center because of injuries to Yao Ming and other players.

  46. pioneer
    2:56 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Keep dreaming G. haha or better yet, take it on back to Florida Sports Radio

  47. G
    2:57 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    C’mon Matt. Let’s have the Gillispie podcast. I want to hear all about the affair between Gillispie and Alex Legion’s girlfriend.

  48. cory
    3:05 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I trust Cal. He knows that 2013 can be a monster class for UK , so I trust that he is keeping that in mind . Also, with all these recruits being looked at, what does it say about his confidence I Hood being that a contributor next year. I have high hopes for him but I’m worried and it looks like Cal is also. Trust in Cal! Hes not going to sign 3star forward that will take away from signing a 5 star all American next season. I just don’t see him doing that. I do believe too that its all to put pressure on Bennett. He may be liking what Donovan has to say but he is more concerned with making it to the NBA. So it doesn’t matter if he can jack up 3 all day, it matters that Cal will get him in the league the fastest. Kids see our players leaving andthey see themselves in that same position.

  49. G
    3:07 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Beal is going to be a lottery pick. He’s going to go higher than Teague and Lamb.

  50. G
    3:08 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Mareese Speights was a bench player behind Noah and Horford and he went in the middle of the first round.

  51. cory
    3:09 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    G …….ARE YOU REALLY STILL HERE? Are you that jealous of UK?

  52. Han
    3:10 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s somehow get Bennett and Lyons, and then maybe one of the others if Cal really wants. We could use a banger, a shooter and a PG backup, though Archie may be able to do that.

    We’d be favorites for the title, easily.

  53. G
    3:11 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Darius Miller is going in the second round and was a four year player. Cal helped him raise his stock. Anthony Davis, John Wall, Cousins, MCG, etc would have went in the lottery out of high school.

  54. G
    3:12 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Cal is going to need Bennett to bang and get rebounds. He won’t be needed to do that at Florida and UNLV. He can play out on the floor and play his NBA position, small forward.

  55. G
    3:14 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I love Florida’s starting five next season:

    C Patric Young
    PF Erik Murphy
    SF Bennett
    SG Kenny Boynton
    PG Rosario

  56. G
    3:32 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I love that Florida will choke in the playoffs again.

  57. Tubby Says You're Welcome!
    3:33 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Why are there Florida trolls on our site? This is Kentucky Basketball! Go to the Minnesota Golden Gophers site and thank Tubby Smith for being Kentucky’s coach so Billy could win a couple while we were down! NOT NO MORE!

  58. G
    3:34 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I mean seriously…Louisville beat us? How did we lose to those guys? #choke

  59. dave
    3:38 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    f*** dusty baker. hey dusty, what you think of barry bonds?
    dusty: “you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin'”
    hey dusty what you think of your old home ballpark at&t park?
    dusty: “it perfect for lefties to hit the ball out”
    the guy’s a moron & mlb had to make a rule specifically for him since he had a 4 year old bat boy who almost got ran over.

  60. BobbyZUK
    3:40 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sure you all will like this…Don’t get mad at me just saw it thought it was funny.

  61. Hal
    3:40 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    58-if it had been cal media would be saying it was the greatest choke of all-time….. like they already do about memphis. since it was billy donovan no one says s**t……

  62. G
    3:46 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    61- A chokes a choke….

  63. ThankfulCat
    3:51 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink


    Uh, how old is that article?

    You are too stupid to be a good TROLL

    The article says “Kentucky will never win a title with Calipari.”

    Where have you been, a cave?

  64. BobbyZUK
    4:59 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    #63….That was my point?

  65. ltothaj1
    6:10 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    it would be nice to sign 2 more guys, but Cal isn’t gonna sign 2 just for the heck of it, he will sign 1 guy if 1 guy is all he thinks can make an impact next year. UK could possible have there best class ever in 2013, and the more scholarships and playing time we have available, the better it will be…C’mon down Harrison twins

  66. ltothaj1
    6:13 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    54.) Anthony Bennett will never be a SF, not at Florida, not at UNLV, not at UK and definitely not in the NBA

  67. G
    7:43 am April 26, 2012 Permalink

    Moser and Murphy aren’t small forwards. Point is at Uk, Bennett will be expected to bang inside and rebound whereas at UNLV and Florida he will be able to play out on the floor which is what he’ll have to do in the NBA. He’s not going to UK, so there’s no reason to debate this. If Cal wants to fortify the inside game, he’ll have to sign the 3 star forward from Va Tech or comb the jucos.

  68. RandyZ
    10:06 am April 26, 2012 Permalink

    Vimeo, Vimeo, Vimeo – Drew. Signup for a KSR account and put vid’s on Vimeo instead of YouTube.

  69. Thomas Beisner
    11:11 am April 26, 2012 Permalink

    34: I don’t drink. Bars don’t do me much good.

  70. CATS
    11:30 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    Bennett is that awkward player. He isn’t tall enough to play PF in the NBA, but he is too big to play SF. At Florida he will play the SF, but that won’t help him in the NBA. He has too big of a body to play SF. More natural SF, such as Poythress, will be able to take him off the bounce if out on the wing. Or do a quick post move on him down low. Like I said, he is just at a awkward position. He can play SF or PF. I guess we’ll just have to see what position he thinks is best for him based off what school he chooses.