I hope everyone out there had as great a Christmas as I did, with the official KSR mom, hanging out in the city of Middlesboro. I cant tell you how refreshing it was to spend an entire day away from the legal/blog world and enjoying some good family rest and relaxation. But just like the prodigal son, we must return and we are back to our regular deal around these parts. So a couple of updates on situations going into the big weekend…..
(1) It looks as if I missed Nerd Fight 2008: The Christmas Edition, and I hear that it was quite the scene around these parts on Christmas Day. But alas, I missed the fun, all of which apparently stemmed from a report that there will be Super Secret Top News coming out this week of a potential 2009 transfer to Big Blue land. This report apparently stems from another site and a form of it was mentioned by Dave Kersey, a longtime UK message board poster. The report from the site apparently is that the Cats are expecting a BIG 2009 transfer of huge proportions, potentially within the next few days (or at least it was said so in a comment here), and the name is not Beas Hamga or Jai Lucas. No word has been given (at least that I have been told) as to who the person is, but the news is apparently huge and is of such magnitude that you must immediately go hand someone else some money so they can not tell you the name as well.
Which brings me to the question of whether there is a big transfer. Generally speaking, I am ALWAYS skeptical of promises of BIG news without actual names on them. It generally is a win-win for the news provider….if they dont come, you just say “things changed”, if anything big happens, you take credit for it…..whether it ended up being the case or not. Now in Dave Kersey’s case (who has some good info from time to time), I like the guy and thus think this is a situation worth watching. I took a quick glance around college basketball tonight and didnt read of any transfer of a guy who was a Top 50 recruit being announced, except Jeff Withey, who is going to Kansas. Thus there isnt even really a name to speculate about. One cant very well refute a rumor of a transfer, when at this point, the whole entire college basketball roster is still a candidate. But it is something to at least keep in the corner of your mind. If a name is whispered, we will let you know. If not, we will make fun of all parties involved.
(2): Now onto a rumor with a name, the case of Beas Hamga. As I wrote on here on Christmas, the Cats have been looking into bringing Hamga as a potential transfer here for second semester next year. I am told that UK is one of a few schools courting Hamga and that at this point, there is no obvious leader. The Cats likely came in second on the initial Hamga recruiting derby, so you have to think their chances are high. I admit that I am surprised of UK’s interest, especially with the loaded frontcourt the Cats are looking at next year. Add to that rumors of Hamga’s bad attitude and it would be a bit of a surprise if Beas ends up a Cat. But the possibility is apparently there.
(3): Now what about everyone’s favorite guy Jai Lucas? Lucas told yet another website (this time from TCU) that he had three finalists, and once again Kentucky was one of the named participants. Lucas has told me on multiple occasions that UK has expressed interest and has offered him the chance to come. And it is clear that he likes UK as well. However I admit that I am having a hard time gaugeing this situation right now. Whether UK is going after Lucas with full throttle seems to be an open question. What we do know is that Jai wants to have a decision by the first of the year. I am scheduled to talk to him on Saturday, and by that point, more should be known.
(4): Finally, Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com says UK will pursue Demarcus Cousins, who has recently reopened his recruitment after decommitting from UAB. Cousins is one of the best in America. If the Cats truly get involved with him, he could help produce one of THE top recruiting classes in recent UK history. Right now the process is early, but unlike some of the other guys mentioned, Cousins could be a difference maker.
I will be spending all day Friday and most of Saturday at the Lexington Catholic Holiday Tournament. It is one of my favorite events of the year and this marks about my 12th straight trip. This year there are games for UK fans to follow with Vee Sanford and Catholic playing at 6, Jon Hood at 7:30 and Vinny Zollo at 9 pm. If you get a chance, come see them and say hello to the KSR crew. Hunter Campbell will be manning the ship here on Friday and expect a full day of activities and any breaking news as it happens. We got Florida Atlantic on Saturday and the announcement of a new KSR feature and site design coming on Monday. Lots of good stuff, so stay tuned……