It can be hard to keep up with all the changing trends in Kentucky sports these days. Therefore, I’m debuting a new segment in which I chart the trends of the week, from basketball to football to every ridiculous little thing in between. Keep up with what’s hot and what’s not with KSR’s Trend Watch!
Rising faster than Kevin Stallings’ cholesterol count
Willie Cauley-Stein — WCS went from project player to possible starter in one preseason. The player who Cal planned on being here three or four years showed off moves in the Blue/White game and this week’s All-Access episode that make you wonder if he’ll be headed to greener pastures after this season.
Archie Goodwin — The most electric player in the Blue/White game was Archie Goodwin, who scored 32 points, approximately 8,239 “ooh”s and “ahh”s from the crowd, and one “Dang, that boy’s got hops!” from a house in Nashville.
John Robic’s hair — Who knew that the most talked about hair on this year’s team would belong to Assistant Coach John Robic? Robic, aka “Brad Pitt” to the players, showed off some shiny blonde highlights Wednesday night, which caught Rupp’s lights just right. Next thing you know, he’ll be starring in a creepy Chanel No. 5 commercial.
Tod Lanter — A week ago, none of knew who Tod Lanter was, let alone why he only has one “d” in his name. After his debut on the All-Access special and the Blue/White game, everyone wants to know more about the Notorious T.O.D., especially those Azubuike-esque arms. Also on the rise: Tod Lanter’s (@tod_lanterIII) Twitter followers: up 500 since Wednesday night.
NBA Cats — Your former University of Kentucky Wiiiiildcatsss put in a good showing this week in the League. Here are some notable stats from the past week of preseason play:
Enes Kanter (Utah): 21 points, 12 rebounds
Doron Lamb (Milwaukee): 12 points
Terrence Jones (Houston): 15 points, 9 rebounds
Darius Miller (New Orleans): 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals
Anthony Davis (New Orleans): 13 points, 8 rebounds
DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento): 20 points, 13 rebounds
Eric Bledsoe (Los Angeles Clippers): 22 point, 11 assist and 9 steals
The Green-Eyed Monster — Need more evidence of Kentucky’s return to the top? The amount of haterade being passed around the league when it comes to Kentucky’s exposure on the All-Access special. Billy Donovan in particular seemed peeved about it, telling reporters he doesn’t think it’s right to use the ESPN series as a recruiting tool. I’m sure Donovan felt the same way about it when ESPN did an All-Access special on his own school a few years ago. Hey Billy, I hear Kevin Stallings is hosting a pity party in Nashville this weekend if you want to come. Free tacos (if Kevin feels like sharing)!
Flatter than a Flat Top (No change)
Kyle Wiltjer – Whereas Wiltjer’s old-school YMCA moves are fun to watch on offense, they elicit a completely different reaction on defense. If the Blue/White game was any indication, Wiltjer’s woes on defense have carried over from last season. If the Cats are going to defend #8, Kyle will have to get out of his Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde funk.
Falling like Brian Long’s hopes for playing time
Kentucky’s chances at landing Andrew Wiggins — It might as well have been Andrew Wiggins week at KSR. First, we found out that Wiggins wants more schools to court him and that he didn’t really have a favorite; second, that he is reclassifying to 2013; and third, that he won’t decide until the spring. It may seem like Kentucky’s chances with Wiggins aren’t quite as rosy as they were last week, but at this rate, nobody but Andrew knows. I debated putting Kentucky’s chances at getting him in the Flat column, but with word that he wants other schools to tell him he’s pretty, I’m putting it at a slight fall.
Ryan Harrow — Harrow’s play in the Blue/White game was disappointing early on, but he turned it on towards the end. The UK All-Access special shed some light on Harrow’s struggles in the preseason, with Cal getting on his point guard for not being aggressive and talkative enough on the court. Harrow has all the potential in the world, but it will take a little more time for him to evolve into the point guard Cal wants.
Nerlens Noel — No one came to Kentucky with more expectations than Nerlens Noel. Unfortunately, the impact of Nerlens’ late arrival on campus showed on Wednesday night; he has a long way to go offensively, and at times, looked more like he should be Willie Cauley-Stein’s backup than the other way around. On the other end, Nerlens looked to be every inch the shot blocking beast he’s been touted to be.
Cargo pants — According to live blog readers, cargo pants are not proper first date attire. However, while they may not be stylish for anyone outside of the military or college, who looks like the genius when you’re able to store your phone, wallet, mints, gum, a flask, AND keys? Cargo pants might as well be the man’s version of a purse.
TREND OF THE WEEK: Bob Wiggins. Hanging out in the Craft Center in pulled-up sweatpants, black socks and loafers: He’s the man.