Good morning. It was a rough night around the KSR compound last night and it left Matt unable to be with you this morning and me with the divine pleasure of bringing you your Monday morning notes on the 13th anniversary of Mike Tyson gnawying on Evander Holyfield’s ear. Since a picture is worth 1,000 words and I’m ready to head to bed, we won’t say too much more on the subject. Instead, let’s just jump into some quick notes….
– Turkish big man Enes Kanter was one of two incoming freshman (Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger was the other) to participate in the Amare Stoudemire Skills Academy this weekend in Chicago, where he measured in at 6’11” and 261 pounds. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski is now working on a story linking Amare, Kanter, William Wesley and LeBron James.
– After we learned that Terrence Jones would wear #3, speculation regarding the return of Darnell Dodson again took center stage. Dodson’s status has been on and off all summer depending on who you listen to and it, with rumors that he might not be on campus, it appears that it might be off again. Of course, it’s also been said that Jones’ choice of number is not indicative one way or the other in terms of Dodson’s availablity, so maybe things are still favorable for the Miami Dade transfer. I wouldn’t expect an answer any time soon.
– Shortly after landing a new assistant, Louisville coach Rick Pitino picked up a commitment from former Calipari player Roburt Sallie, who, ironically, is just the type of long-distance threat the Cats might need should Dodson not return. Sallie will be immediately eligible and will be 25 years young when he finishes college, just like my friend Ray. Hopefully he can keep his sheets a little more dry.
– Kentucky recruit Quincy Miller got off to a hot start in the FIBA Americas U18 Championships by breaking Shareef Abdur-Rahim (that’s twice I’ve written about him in the past four days) rebound record by pulling down 17 against the Virgin Islands, most likely coached by AC Green. Miller also added 15 points, tying him with fellow UK recruit LeBryan Nash for the team’s second-highest total.
– The Wizards kicked off the John Wall era on Friday in DC. You can check out the John Wall introductory press conference here.
– Desptie not going until 14th overall, the Patrick Patterson landed in a spot where the hopes are very high for him. Number 54 sat down for an interview with the Rockets after arriving in town. Here is a video version:
– Also, Boogie took Sacramento by storm this weekend, dancing and interviewing his way into people’s hearts.
Stick around all day as we bring you some UK news and other stuff. Probably mostly UK news, though.