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Julius Mays’ Mondays News and Views

If I were a bettin’ man, I’d say 99% of the people reading this have a big smile on their face after receiving word that Kentucky basketball added another on Sunday evening. The other 1% are either wearing Purdue pajamas or still sobbing over the Desperate Housewives series finale. Whichever category you fall in, thanks for joining us and welcome to the Monday News and Views.

It was a pretty average Sunday in Big Blue Nation through most of the day until news broke that Julius Mays committed to Kentucky. The Wright State transfer will be able to play immediately for the Cats, ending any debate over how Kentucky will handle such little depth at the guard position. He told that he’s excited to join the Wildcats and looking forward to being the third piece in Kentucky’s backcourt.

“That’s obviously two very talented guys,” he said about Ryan Harrow and Archie Goodwin. “We all bring something different to the table. It’ll be exciting. We’ll have a lot of fun and hopefully get a lot of wins.”

Mays is a combo-guard so he’ll see time at both spots, filling in for Goodwin when he’s tired of scoring 15 per game or taking the point for Ryan Harrow any time he gets a stinger in his hand from rattling the rim. It’s a role Mays is already looking forward to playing for a team that is undoubtedly a national title contender. Again.

I’m all about winning and not about myself,” he told Rivals. “I’m ready to get there and start working.”

It sounds like we’re really going to like this one, especially if he puts up anywhere close to the numbers he did at Wright State from beyond the arc. We might not be missing Doron Lamb’s 46%, after all.

Welcome aboard.


 While Big Blue Nation let out one big sigh of relief after Mays’ commitment, John Calipari is still on the trail, working to complete his roster for the 2012-13 season. The Cats are all set at the guard position, thankfully, but Cal is still looking to add one more player before he is completely satisfied with his new team. Two names are out there as potential options as the final Wildcat, both highly-ranked power forwards in the 2012 class. Would you like to talk about them? Of course you would. But let’s do it with cute little UK bullet points to keep this thing looking purdy.

 The ideal prospect to fill the paint with Nerlens and the boys is McDonald’s All-American Amile Jefferson. Jefferson, whose recruitment has had more delays than a flight out of O’Hare, will finally announce his decision at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday. He is considering NC State, Duke, Kentucky, Villanova and Ohio State, although the latter two haven’t been mentioned as a contender in quite some time. The two North Carolina schools have always been believed to be the leaders, but if there are two things we know about John Calipari, it’s that he plugs the hell out Orange Leaf yogurt and you never count him out when he wants a recruit. We’ll just have to wait until Tuesday afternoon to find out Jefferson’s future, unless of course he pushes it off again.

 If Jefferson elects to throw up the Wolfpack sign or be a third Plumlee, Montrezl Harrell is the other name out there to join the Cats. Virginia Tech granted Harrell a release from his LOI and he should expect an offer from John Calipari this week, if he doesn’t have one already. Harrell’s strong, physical game would be a perfect complement to UK’s current frontcourt and at least one member of Big Blue Nation is already recruiting Harrell to Lexington.

Harrell responded by saying, “I feel yuh brahh,” which translates to “Yes, Nerlens, I would love to chase a ninth banner for UK with you,” when thrown into the KSR Tweet Translator.

 The Herald-Leader added a new paragraph to its own obituary on Sunday when Joel Pett put down his colored pencils to write a response to those UK fans who are upset over his cartoon of Coach Cal’s trophy case. If you’d like to read what Pett had to say, you could walk a couple blocks around town until you find a house that still gets the newspaper, or you could scroll down these easy, convenient, cost-free pages of KSR to see where it was posted Sunday afternoon. Personally, I don’t mind Joel Pett or his cartoon, I’m just completely baffled as to why the Herald-Leader would run it, knowing it would infuriate the newspaper’s audience. I feel bad that Pett has had to put up with threatening calls to his home phone, there is no excuse for that, but Pett isn’t making things easier on himself with the interview he gave us last week and this response, which adds more light to a situation nearly everyone had moved on from. After reading it, I was absolutely shocked that Pett said dozens of people have cancelled their subscriptions. Who knew dozens of people still had subscriptions??? That’s like knowing dozens of people with a VCR.

 Speaking of newspapers, we’d like to give a special shoutout to the Courier-Journal for charging its online readers. I like some of the writers over at the C-J and I can’t imagine them being happy with the decision to cut the readership in half. The only time we ever considered charging our readers was back in 2008 when we were strapped for cash to cover the cost of BTI’s ball removal surgery. Those were tough times.

 Congratulations to UK softball for receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. It’s the fourth consecutive year Kentucky’s softball team will play in the big dance. The Cats have the opportunity to end Louisville’s magical season, but up first is Michigan on Friday in the Louisville regional. The game will air on ESPN 2.

 I know I’m one of about 77 people in America who enjoy watching a good English Premier League contest, but even the soccer haters have to be pretty impressed by what went down in the league championship on Sunday. I’m sure you’ve seen it by now if you own a television, and for those who still don’t understand, it was the equivalent of a game-tying three-pointer with 20 seconds to go in the NCAA title game, followed by a steal and a three at the buzzer to win it. By Lehigh.

 Also from the world of sports on Sunday, Eric Bledsoe and the Clippers won game 7 on the road against Memphis. Bledsoe played a great game, scoring eight points in 14 big minutes off the bench. Afterwards, the former UK guard said, “That’s what we do, the bench comes in and we try to change the pace of the game and change the momentum of the game. We come in and get stops and just run.” It was a lot of fun to watch for fans of Kentucky basketball. Mr. Crank That Mustard made us very proud.

 We’ll end with a big thank you to all who came out and auditioned for the KSTV Casting Call. It was great meeting all the Kentucky fans, many of whom read this site everyday, and we appreciate you taking the time to come out and take a shot at joining our crew. We saw a lot of good contestants and a lot of bad ones, but everyone who tried out was extremely nice and fun to be around at all three locations. I’m looking forward to seeing who emerges from the next round to take a seat at the prestigious KSTV desk across from Matt Jones.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

29 Comments for Julius Mays’ Mondays News and Views

  1. mashburnfan1
    12:16 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    Why no mention that the softball team got into the ncaa tourney again…I know we love our bball first, and we should, but other programs are doing well and should get some love from all of us in BBN. the softball team is in the tourney and may get a chance to end loservilles season. UK will start play vs michigan in the regional with loserville as host. Congrats and best wishes in the tourney.

  2. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    12:16 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    That soccer game, given what was on the line, was one of the top 10 finishes to a sporting event I’ve ever seen.

  3. Drew Franklin
    12:16 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    1. — I apologize, I’ve been out of the loop all weekend. I’ll add it.

  4. maysfan
    12:21 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    Thank goodness we got Mays–say hey to some three balls.

  5. smoke
    12:53 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    What the hell is up with this site trying to make Harrel sound like a good recruit? He is 90th on espn. I mean wtf, I feel like I am taking crazy pills. Hood and poole couldn’t see the court and they were top 40, what the hell makes you people think harrel is a legit recruit

  6. BigBlueTumescence
    12:54 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    Great post!
    when we are excited and wanting more
    recruiting info!

  7. billy hunter - nba union
    12:59 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    Great, another one and done. Should I go ahead and order more NBA caps?

  8. CalifCatFan
    1:16 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    Great post, Drew. Funny stuff. Loved the line: “That’s like knowing dozens of people with a VCR.”

  9. Buckets
    1:16 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    5 – He fills a need. He is a “good” recruit. Where was Harrelson ranked? I bet it wasn’t as high as 90. He played a pretty integral part of a Final Four team, if I remember correctly. It’s not like they’re saying he’s the next Terrence Jones or Patrick Patterson.

  10. Correction
    1:16 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    Drew- There already are 3 Plumlee brothers… The youngest red shirted this past season. That would make Jefferson the 4th if he committed, and your joke much less funny. Hopefully he’s a Cat tho.

  11. Richard P.
    1:21 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    Hey guys what did I miss? Besides Cal missing out on all the recruits he was after? 😀 I’ve been busy celebrating our Final Four banner!

  12. Perfect Patterson
    1:22 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    That Man City finish will be a movie some day. I’m a huge United fan, but you have to tip your hat to City. It was just meant to happen for them this year. Even if soccer-haters don’t realize it, that is the biggest moment in sports in their lifetimes.

    The worst part is up until today I had to deal with the media and fans bringing up the Laettner shot every season. Now, I will have to deal with people talking about today’s Man City game for the rest of my life.

  13. Nothing Is Free
    1:28 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    So who is this free isp service provider i keep hearing about, and where do i get my free laptop, iphone, ect from these people that claim anything on the internet is free, am i the only sucker that isnt getting all this “free” content.

  14. tanstaafl
    1:31 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    12- I feel so bad for you.

    13- Yes. I’m typing on my free macbook pro as we speak. Believing everything I read on the internet has it’s benefits.

  15. lol
    1:44 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    #9 Get back on your meds. Since when does Cal bank on shitty ranked recruits? He hasn’t recruited a guy out of the top 40 and hes gonna get a 90 to contribute this year? I say this year because its easy to see what the 2013 class holds.

    1:51 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    I look for him to be the D. Miller type player of the 2013 team

  17. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    1:51 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    Tony Trocha lurks.

  18. JEDa
    3:25 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    Julius Dad is Jay Edwards… Former LA Lakers Guard

  19. HackRichards
    5:18 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    “The only time we ever considered charging our readers was back in 2008 when we were strapped for cash to cover the cost of BTI’s ball removal surgery. Those were tough times.” – THAT’S FUNNY AS HELL RIGHT THERE – DON’T CARE WHO YOU ARE!

  20. SexnNursinHomes
    7:11 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    good stuff Drew. woooo hoooo!

  21. Cpacat
    7:31 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    #2) Yeah that was one of the greatest sports finishes of our lifetime…it even made
    ESPNs top ten plays of the week…at number 2. Josh Hamilton’s 4 HR game was #1.

  22. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    7:41 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    21) yeah, because the SC Top 10 is the foremost authority on all sports matters

  23. Willis
    8:16 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    We are loaded with D1 coaches in here today

  24. Bristol Cat
    8:19 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    I know it’s fun to follow Cal’s recruiting, but wondering if he is going to get great players and put together a great team is like wondering if the Braves are going to choke in September/October. Of course it’s going to happen.

  25. barn
    8:29 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    pollard is still out there too, and according to rivals, he still has UK on his list

  26. Rusty Pipes
    8:50 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    I dont understand the Lehigh reference to Man City. 600 million dollars later, City was clear favorite to win the league from the start. United shit the bed.

  27. cats1068
    9:21 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    Drew, I am one of the 77 EPL fans you are talking about. I am a Liverpool fan but that City-QPR ending in stoppage time is about as good as it gets. That was unbelievable. And Man U had a 5 pt lead a few weeks ago and blew it by losing to City in the Manchester derby. They have no one to blame but themselves

  28. JV
    9:44 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    Of course we’ll miss Lamb. What a stupid statement. Welcome aboard JM. Glad to have you at UK.

  29. cecilm007
    9:49 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    LEHIGH! Isn’t that the team that beat duke in the NCAA tournament? I didn’t know they played soccer too. That’s cool.