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Choosing between Emmanuel Mudiay and Tyus Jones/Jahlil Okafor is a lot like…

Over the course of the past week or so, many have speculated about the desired direction that John Calipari will take with the 2014 recruiting class. On the one hand, Emmanuel Mudiay is the best point guard, and perhaps the best player period, in the class. Mudiay is oozing with talent and has the potential to be a John Wall-esque type of point guard. Mudiay fits the mold for a Calipari point guard in just about every sense of the word. On the other hand, Tyus Jones is arguably the next best point guard (and not too far behind) in the 2014 class. Tyus Jones and one of the best big men in the class, Jahlil Okafor, have made it well-known that they would like to play college basketball together. By many standards, Jones and Okafor are right behind Mudiay, as the #2 and #3 best players in the 2014 class. Jones and Mudiay are not likely to play together, seeing as both players are very similar and likely wouldn’t want to share the role. Many have speculated that Calipari might have to make a decision about which direction to pursue most heavily… Emmanuel Mudiay OR the combination of Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor.

I’m not here to make that decision for John Calipari, and even if I tried, I highly doubt he would take my opinion seriously. I am here to show just how wonderful of a type of problem Calipari has in front of him: Having to decide if he wants player #1 OR a combination of player #2 and #3. It’s a tough life…

Choosing between Emmanuel Mudiay and Tyus Jones/Jahlil Okafor is a lot like…

– Choosing between the 1996 national championship team and the 2012 national championship team. You can make an argument one way or the other, but at the end of the day you are still left with one of the best teams of all time…

– Choosing between crunchy peanut butter or creamy peanut butter. Either way, peanut butter is f*cking delicious…

– Choosing a favorite kid. We all know you probably have one, but is it worth worrying about hurting the other one’s feelings?

– Drew Franklin choosing between a Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco and a Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco

– Choosing between chocolate milk or strawberry milk in the elementary school lunch line. If you were the kid who chose plain milk, we need to talk…

– Choosing between Andrew Wiggins (#1 rated player in the 2013 class) and the combination of Julius Randle/Andrew Harrison

– Opening up a Starburst package to find the following… It’s a win-win

(Honestly, why do they even make the yellow ones?)

– Winning a national title by beating Duke vs. Winning a national title by beating Louisville

– Choosing between the “parachute unit” in elementary school gym class or the “scooter unit.”

– Having someone give you 100 new Pogs or having someone give you 1 killer slammer. Either way, you win.

– Hearing the Wobble for the first time at a wedding or hearing the Wobble the 5th time at the same wedding. The first “Oh” is still just as good each and every time.

– Picking which Olsen twin is less talented. You will be right either way. There is no wrong answer.

– Drinking Diet Dr. Pepper or Dr. Pepper. Even though Diet Dr. Pepper is a little better, you can hardly tell the difference and they are both good.

– Choosing which ESPN 30 for 30 to watch. They are all great.

– Drinking free beer or drinking free Bourbon. Either way, you’ll be feeling good.

– Forwarding or NOT Forwarding those really scary and threatening e-mail chain letters. Either way, you are not going to die. (circa AOL, 2002)

 

Feel free to add to the list…

Article written by Ally Tucker

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

27 Comments for Choosing between Emmanuel Mudiay and Tyus Jones/Jahlil Okafor is a lot like…



  1. Matt P
    5:05 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    Mudiay all day every day. Okafor isn’t a Cal system guy and Jones is nothing compared to Mudiay.



  2. Patrick Henry
    5:09 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    Give Mudiay or give me………..(you know).



  3. Chicago
    5:12 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    How do you NOT like the yellow Starbursts?!?!?!?!?



  4. rj
    5:15 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    thats easy, randle and andrew over wiggins anyday, I think randle and wiggins is a toss-up, hell I would probally pick hawkins over him, theres no doubt where he wants to be.



  5. Grand Prize Game
    5:16 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    Yellow Starburst > Cherry Starbust



  6. Mr. Art Vandelay
    5:22 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    Okafor is one and done… We will have returning bigs… Why not get the biggest talent between the guards which is Mudiay?



  7. kes
    5:37 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    a good big player, is always better then a good small player, if they play the same position. give me mudiay



  8. Eric K
    5:38 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    The pick is Mudiay… He is better than Jones period. And we don’t need Okafor, we already have Towns plus Cal will get Lyles also. Keep them coming CAL! GO CATS!!



  9. Nerlens
    5:47 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    Mudiay —- We already have a top tier stud Center in the 2014 class in 7’1″ Karl Towns. We also will likely have other returning bigs as deep as our frontcourt is this year.

    I am 100% fine with missing on Okafor if it means we get Mudiay over Jones.



  10. Seriously?
    5:49 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    #4…

    You would rather have Hawkins over Wiggins? Seriously? I see two problems with that. One is that they don’t play anywhere near the same position, so the comparison doesn’t make sense. Two is that Wiggins is miles ahead of Hawkins as a player, and if you don’t see that I doubt you’ve seen either play before.



  11. yuck
    5:53 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    Strawberry milk from the lunch line was disgusting. Taste like chalky kids medicine.



  12. tomcat2012
    5:56 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    I would take Mudiay first too,but what happens if Cal puts all of his efforts with him and Mudiay chooses someone else? I’m sure Cal has a plan C,D… to be safe.



  13. C-A-T-S
    5:58 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins picking UK tomorrow > Wiggins picking UK in two weeks. Honestly, it’s no secret that if the kid truly wants to win a championship and guarantee himself that randle isn’t discussed as the #1 pick he should come to UK. Who am I kidding?? The kid will go #1 if he goes to Murray State, and he will also be wearing a UK uniform next year.



  14. BIG MONEY ROB
    5:59 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    You probably haven’t seen Jones play. He’s not that good. I was watching his highlights,and was waiting for a highlight. Plus we already have Karl Towns. An absolute monster. Cal is recruiting Mudiay because he’s a Kentucky/Calipari point guard. It would break my heart if Jones signs with Calipari. Jones/Okafor can go play at Duke or somewhere else.



  15. Scout
    6:07 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    Big Money Rob, lay off whatever you’re smoking and stop trying to evaluate off of highlight videos. Tyus Jones is a great player and has a lot of Chris Paul in his game. Cal can’t go wrong with either one. If I had to choose one though, I would take Mudiay, but to say Tyus Jones is not that good because you weren’t impressed with his highlight video is stupid as hell.



  16. silly rabbit
    6:19 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    maybe cal can get all three i am sure wall and bledsoe did not intend to play at the same school either but they did



  17. Hey Earl
    6:22 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    why not just get the top five with cal anythings possible



  18. Nerlens
    6:44 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    16 – Easy, because we don’t need all three and Cal needed Bledsoe his first year. —

    In 2014, we already have Karl Towns and very likely will be returning Dakari Johnson. If that is the case than you already have two stud centers. We don’t need a third guy for one position even if it is Okafor.

    As far as PG’s go, give me Mudiay all day long. We will still sleep well and have a great recruiting class without Okafor/Jones.



  19. Bryan
    6:55 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll take Emmanuel Mudiay any day. From what I’ve heard, Tyus Jones is a Chris Paul type and Mudiay is a Derrick Rose/John Wall type. We all remember what Cal did with Rose and Wall



  20. bluesman
    7:23 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    Okafor reminds me what little i seen him play of Dejuan Coleman slow and plays under the rim and what did Coleman do this past season.hav not seen Mudiay or Jones play that much either but what ive seen iwould take Madiay both are very good



  21. bluesman
    7:28 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    With Townes maybe Lyles or Alexander or some wing players UK will be OK



  22. snarkster
    7:43 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    Probably more like Mudiay/Alexander vs. Jones/Okafor. I think Cal prefers both the former two over the latter two.



  23. Catfish
    8:53 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    As Ryan mentioned on the show today, “magic bra or no magic bra”. It’s still a great thing no matter what!



  24. Jeffrey
    9:32 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    Yellow starbursts are good, its the res cherry ones that are nasty.



  25. BEnglish017
    9:49 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    Choosing between watching Full House in the morning or Boy Meets World.



  26. Tubee
    10:56 pm May 2, 2013 Permalink

    22 – more like Towns-Mudiay vs. Jones-Okafor…..Cal already has his 5-star Center in this class.



  27. Don
    4:25 pm May 4, 2013 Permalink

    I would like to see all of them come to Kentucky. Cal can make it work and keep the practices really competitive. That way we will not have a down year like we did this year. Lets keep those championships coming to Kentucky.