Arizona has been making waves in the college basketball world for awhile now. The ripples first began with Brandon Jennings, followed by Lute Olsen’s retirement, Arizona’s 2009 tournament performance, the hiring of Sean Miller and Miller’s revival of a basketball program that seemed doomed to crumble. Miller hasn’t completed the job yet, but with the types of players he was able to corral in his first few months, he seems well on his way. Tuesday, while scanning through my blog roll, I found that Ballin’ Is a Habit has a story on Bill Murray’s son, Luke, being hired as a graduate assistant at, you guessed it, Arizona. Yes, that’s the same Bill Murray who made you giggle as a child in Ghostbusters, makes you laugh on what should be a monthly basis in Caddyshack, and made you fall asleep in Lost in Translation. Apparently, his son Luke is pretty well connected on the AAU circuit and worked with the New York Gauchos (Home team of UK assistant Rod Strickland and UK target Doron Lamb). His connection to Arizona comes from Arizona assistant and recruiting whiz, Book Richardson, who helped bring in Kevin Parrom and Lamont “Momo” Jones. Richardson worked with Luke while both were helping out the Gauchos. After graduating from Fairfield in 2007, Luke Murray has coached at Quinnipiac and Post University.
In coaching, knowledge of the game and ability to make players better is, of course, essential. Plenty of coaches have that ability though, all the way down to an assistant at the worst high school in the worst division. It takes a little something extra in order to succeed at the collegiate level, where recruiting can make the smartest coach have the worst winning percentage and the dumbest coach (insert your most hated rival’s head coach’s name here) have the highest winning percentage. Charisma and people skills are a must, especially if you wanna land the big fish. If Luke Murray has even the slightest amount of basketball knowledge and combines that with just a tiny bit of his father’s personality…I think we might have UK’s future head coach on our hands.
Now that we can quit worrying about who’s gonna replace Calipari, we can move on to the news from the day:
– UK basketball’s genius guidance since Calipari’s institution continues, according to this story that I found late Monday night on Bluegrass State Basketball. This time UK is having Jeanine Edwards back in order to be the guest speaker at UK’s women’s basketball clinic. Although this seems to be a move by the administration, it is definitely part of a larger scheme of mending the Gillispie fences and I’m sure Calipari is having a say on most of these media savvy moves.
– Dick Vitale is taking Cal’s side while fighting the NCAA aka “The Man.” Yeahhhhh Baybeeee. Sorry about that, but corniness is what I do best.
– On some recruiting notes, we found out Josh Selby’s visit schedule and will be getting the complete CJ Leslie and Brandon Knight schedule soon. Rivals did give out part of the schedule for Brandon today, saying that he will be attending Kansas’ Midnight Madness. We also had a discussion with Marquis Teague, who played well against the team and also had the opportunity to man up John Wall. You can read that entire story below.
– Matt did a great analysis of UK’s race to 2000 wins and what the possibilities are. If you haven’t, make sure you check that one out.
– The US court of appeals overturned the lower court’s decision to allow certain sports gambling in the State of Delaware on Monday. Tuesday and later throughout the week, we should find out more about how the NCAA will treat the Delaware now, having showed their disdain towards the State’s proposal earlier in the month.
More to come tomorrow, with an early Bryan the Intern appearance, Beisner’s usual incredible work, newcomer Drew’s continued rise to prominence and probably a lot more that I’m leaving out (sorry Fake Gimel, I can’t remember your posting schedule). I won’t be here, but I’m sure there’s going to be plenty of other UK news to sasify ya.