Don’t judge my glamour photo, y’all
Yeah, it’s been a long road for me. I’ve been a nationally ranked talent for some time, but I’ve gone from being a part of the 2012 class…to being part of the 2013 class…to now being enrolled at a junior college. I’ve also bounced from high school to high school. But this is the best choice for me now, or so says Eric Bossi.
2013 5-star Chris Thomas just enrolled at a Chipola Junior College (no, not Chipotle Mexican Grill, this is a good JuCo with alums of JeMarcus Ellis, Mario Boggan, Mario Little, etc). Ok, I’m not the same Chris Thomas, obviously. Nor am I the former Indiana Mr. Basketball and Notre Dame guard. But I do love to hoop. Unfortunately, I was never talented enough to garner UK’s attention like this Chris once did.
With this most recent news, it probably solidifies that Kentucky’s interest in Thomas is done. In fact, we’ve already reported that Thomas hasn’t heard from the UK coaches in months. This kid is super-talented and can really fill it up, but his “high risk, high reward” status is highlighted by this most recent move. Apparently, he will be eligible for the 2013 NBA draft now because of this move. I doubt he ends up at a DI school and will enter the draft right out of Chipola next year.
Which brings me to my second point…
How good is this Kentavious Caldwell-Pope cat? I bring this up because his skills are similar to those of Chris Thomas – they both have pretty good speed, elite leaping ability, and a knack for putting the ball in the hoop. Both can get to the rim with ease, slip through defenders, and hit shots from the perimeter.
Kentavious is averaging 14.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest. In his last outing, he dropped 25 on Ole Miss. He’s only a freshman, but as Coach Cal pointed out – Kentavious is a game changer for Georgia, regardless of class. To be honest, Kentavious was one of the kids I really wanted to see UK reel in from the 2011 class. I think Cal really wanted him, too, which can be seen in his glowing comments on the kids. How/where he would’ve fit in with our 2011 class will forever be unknown, as he chose to stay home at UGA (and there may have been some questions as far as grades and eligibility were concerned during the recruiting process that caused UK not to go full force at him).
Either way, this kid is fun to watch. I wouldn’t be surprised if he comes out ready to play tonight and scores about his average on our Cats. Kentucky will get the W, but Kentavious has been a kid I’ve been cheering for and hoping to see do well this season. Glad to see he is succeeding.