The 2012-13 season in underway, and just like in 1989 and 2009, the Kentucky Wildcats will struggle to make the NCAA Tournament. To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:
*Dissident: Kentucky fans are giddy about UK’s recruiting haul for the class of 2013. However, on Monday John Calapari published a shocking missive on his website in which he essentially said that these players are no good. It was a rare moment of candor and honesty from the UK head man. In the article, he blasted the high school seniors, lamenting the fact that they have no idea “how hard they have to work.” He also said that the honors and accolades bestowed on the young stars “means nothing.” Similarly, he complained that the freshmen-to-be would not enable the 2013-14 Cats to “achieve their goals.” Blunt, to be sure, but it is nice to see Coach Cal say what many of us have been saying all along: These guys just aren’t that good.
*Not For You: UK freshman Willie Cauley-Stein was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Week last week. This was not what Kentucky fans wanted to see. There are four highly-touted freshmen on this team, and if one of them decides to claim an award for himself — to the exclusion of his teammates — then chemistry problems are bound to surface. And though WCS had a chance to make amends by publicly dedicating the award to his fellow frosh, he opted not to do so, saying in effect “this award is mine, and the rest of you can go straight to hell.” Wow. Shocking (implied) words from the soft-spoken Kansan. No wonder this team has already lost twice as many games as last year’s team did all season.
*Nothingman: Last Sunday, UK commit Karl Towns, Jr. allegedly achieved a quadruple double. This does not bode well for Kentucky. Assuming the statistics are accurate (a videotape of the game has yet to be produced, so this very well could be an outright lie), then Towns is obviously playing against weak competition. How will he be prepared for the rigors of college basketball by playing against a bunch of kids who are smaller than he is, and not as good as him? And to make matters worse, Towns allegedly broke a rim while dunking a ball during the game, which means that not only is he playing against subpar competition, but he is also playing on subpar equipment. Imagine his shock when he gets to Memorial Coliseum and finds out that the rims are sturdy enough to withstand dunkshots. I’m not Nostradamus, but this has disaster written all over it.
* On this date: On this date in 2012, Indiana had already experienced the high point of their entire season.