Today is a football day in the Bluegrass, with UK Media Day taking precedence over most of the top stories. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few basketball notes that we here in Kentucky must attend to while the kids enjoy their Eminem, Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket and the Muses at Lollapalooza in Chicago:
Kaleb Tarczewski says UK is a finalist:
2012 super big man Kaleb Tarczewski continues to feel out his relationship with Kentucky in a public manner, this time by telling Adam Zagoria that Kentucky has now entered his Final Four. You may remember earlier this week that a Kansas site reported Tarczewski was not considering Kentucky and would decide between Kansas, UCLA and Arizona within the week. Well that didn’t happen and today Kaleb T. confirmed that the Cats are in his final group and that he wants to visit Lexington before making his college choice. You may remember that I was told by a coaching source at the Peach Jam that “Kentucky is in a lot better shape with Kaleb than people think”, and that was at a time that no one thought Kentucky was even in the picture. Kansas is still the favorite (he has visited there four times), but Kentucky is on the radar and the longer this goes, you just never know.
Dajuan Coleman will visit for Midnight Madness:
We have talked a lot about Dajuan Coleman on this website over the past month. He is the beefy big man from upstate New York choosing between the Wildcats and Syracuse. I like Coleman because he is a Calipari type of center, big and muscular and able to rebound. Plus, he is immensely talented but not likely the player who will get a lot of NBA attention early…good for staying in Lexington a while. We learn today that Coleman will be at Midnight Madness, part of a mega-group that Calipari is trying to bring to the event to rack up a fall move in the 2012 recruiting.
Louisville UK Legends Game coming together:
A source told me tonight that tickets sales for the UK Legends game in the Yum Center have been above expectations and are headed towards a very good crowd for the event. There are good seats still available, but most believe that in the end the arena will not be a sell out, but will be a great crowd. We still haven’t heard word on television for the game, but I continue to believe that you will see television for the Lexington game, but none for Louisville. So if you want to see the team that includes Knight, Liggins and Jorts, buying tickets for the Yum Center will be your only opportunity.
Dry in the Pickup Game World:
We have heard about some great pickup action in Lexington over the past few weeks, with former NBA guys running with the UK players. The Dominican Republic players, some former Cats in the NBA and those who have remained in Lexington have played with the UK players and reports are that all were impressed. Ryan Harrow and Anthony Davis continue to be the stories of the summer, as both have made onlookers shake their head during action. There will be a bit of a lull over the next two weeks as many of the players have taken off for some time at home before classes start. The NBA players will arrive and be in town, as well as the Dominican team, but there won’t be quite the pickup goodness to watch as in previous weeks.
Tomorrow, I will have a rundown on some of the tidbits from Media Day as we are inching closer to everything getting started once again.