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Is this the Cats’ Big Man Answer?….and more Thursday Notes

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If you werent online late in the day today, you missed what may end up being a fairly big recruiting story for Kentucky. As I wrote about below, Maurice Sutton and Paul McCoy are both playing in this year’s Derby Classic in Louisville and both are being recruited heavily by Kentucky. McCoy is a guard from Oregon with super talent (he is generally considered a 4 star recruit) that most recruiting folks would be considered a lot higher on the totem pole if not for his football talents that have kept him away from focusing on basketball. We will have more on him tomorrow afternoon, including how he has ended up looking at the Cats after decommitting from Pepperdine earlier this year. Kentucky’s interest in him is solid and he will be visiting campus when he comes for the Derby event.

However the much bigger news involves the most likely future Cat, Maurice Sutton. Sutton is from outside of DC and plays for Largo High School in Maryland. A raw, thin big man that has been compared to Perry Stevenson, Maurice can put the ball in the basket, but has a long way to go in his 6’10 210″ frame. However the Cats have a strong interest in him as shown by his quote in an interview with Jody Demling of the Courier Journal (which you should check out):

“Kentucky is No. 1 with me right now,” Sutton said. “I am going to make my visit there when I’m in town and see if it feels right. If he does feel right, that’s it.”

Dating back to Christmas of last year, we have heard that the Cats’ interest in Sutton has been strong and he has played two games in the Bluegrass area over the last year. Now he is planning on coming to the Derby Classic and while visiting Kentucky during that weekend, the Cats may have their newest commitment. Again, Sutton’s game is raw. He is very thin and has been known to be pushed around down low. I have seen him play once and he did not look good at all….BUT I have been told I saw his worst performance and most recruiting analysts that I have spoken to say that he has upside…..maybe not able to contribute a great deal next year, but definitely his best basketball is ahead of him. The big man prospects left in the 2008 class are few and far between and Sutton may be the best long term option available. Either way, UK fans should see this articulate, interesting kid play when he comes to Louisville for the Derby Classic in a couple of weeks. It may be his preliminary visit to a career in Lexington.

A few more notes….

— The Bill Keightley memorial is of course today. Rupp Arena will be available for a public viewing from 10 AM until 3 pm and the memorial will take place at 6 pm. Rupp will be open at 5 to the general public. Rick Pitino, Billy Gillispie, Joe B Hall and Mitch Barnhart, among others, will speak at the event. It will be a sad day around Rupp, but one that will honor a true legend around the program.

— If you didnt see the post earlier, Patrick Patterson had surgery in Charlotte this week and is recovering. The time he will be off the court is expected to be 4-6 months, a longer time frame than had originally been hoped at the time of the injury. Patterson is however expected to fully recover.

— As reported here earlier in the week, Ramel Bradley will be playing in the college all star game tonight in San Antonio, along with Shan Foster and other Senior stars. Make sure and catch the activities on ESPN.

More on Paul McCoy later today, and remember that if you cant be at the Keightley service, you watch the event streaming online at WKYT.com.

Article written by Matt Jones