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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


The 2012-13 season is mercifully over, and despite having the #1 ranked recruiting class in the country, Kentucky failed to make the NCAA Tournament, and were unceremoniously dispatched in the First Round of the NIT by Robert Morris. Hard to see things being any different in 2013-14. To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose: There have been rumors over the past week or so that former UK players Eric Bledsoe and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were being used as trade bait by their respective franchises. These are just two more examples of former Kentucky players being unable to cut it in the NBA. Though John Calipari likes to promote UK as a pit stop on the way to NBA superstardom, a little research shows this is not the case at all. The fact is that if a high school player decides to play his college ball at Kentucky, there is only a 13% chance he will be drafted by the NBA. Of the roughly 650 players who have worn the blue and white, a mere 89 have been selected in the NBA Draft. And of those 89, only about 20 are still in the league. In other words, only 3% of all players who have ever played basketball at the University of Kentucky are still in the NBA. Stated otherwise, if you play Kentucky, there’s a 97% chance you aren’t in the NBA right now. Guess UK isn’t the sure-fire guarantee of NBA riches that Calipari says it is, huh. Maybe this is why Andrew Wiggins went to Kansas.

*You’re the One: On Monday, Kyle Wiltjer announced his decision to transfer from Kentucky. This is just another example of a player deciding that he hated UK. First, Darnell Dodson. Then Stacey Poole, Jr. Then Ryan Harrow. Now Wiltjer. What do all these players have in common? They all were poised to have breakout seasons, as evidenced by the fact that they were all going to be older and presumably better had they stuck around. So why did all these players leave? Sure, the reasons they gave had to do with “finding better opportunities elsewhere,” and there have been rumors that they didn’t think they would see much playing time had they remained in Lexington. But the implication there is obvious: They hate John Calipari. Sure, the players will deny this. As will their families, friends, peers, and Calipari himself. But again, do the math. Of course, there is a much more pessimistic view as well. Maybe they didn’t hate Coach Cal. Maybe they hated the Kentucky fans.

*Things Change: Last night, Nerlens Noel was taken in the NBA lottery, becoming the 8th UK player in the last 4 years to do so. This does not bode well for Kentucky. While this sounds impressive on the surface, it’s all about trends in college basketball these days, and the trends do not paint a pretty picture. In 2012, there were two Kentucky players taken in the lottery. This year, there was just one. In other words, UK is only producing 50% as many lottery picks as it used to. High school recruits are sure to figure this out, and then things will only get worse for the Big Blue. Especially when they see that schools like Indiana are currently producing twice as many lottery picks as Kentucky is. If this keeps up, and it certainly will, the Hoosiers are going to have a lot more nets to add their trophy case in the future.

* On this date: On this date in 2023, Rick Pitino will be a 70 year old man with a giant tattoo on his back.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

18 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. jerry
    12:22 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Although I find these interesting, they have become a bit of a one-trick pony. Time to shake things up a bit.

  2. Ridge Runner
    12:26 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    1, I tend to agree. I’m not one to be critical of the great job KSR does overall and yes, the NotJerryT articles are lined with wit and humor but perhaps best served if we minimize them some. May be great after a big win, bowl victory, final four game, etc… Again, just an observation and passing it along. No ill will for sure toward the fine writers we have.

  3. UKCrewser
    12:32 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    *King of Fools (Not Dwight Yoakam) ….”Thanks Jerry, #9 on the way!!

  4. huh
    12:40 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    This article is confusing to me. Why?

  5. Ridge Runner
    12:44 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    4) The premise of this is based on the real Tipton who many times seems to find “bad” in everything we (UK) do that is a positive. So…to show the crazieness of that from our own home town writer, KSR has elected to publish this “made up” article from time to time doing what the real Jerry does but it’s not really Jerry.

  6. bbn
    12:47 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    What’s the point of posting these? Tell me, what makes you think posting false-hatred about the mens bball team is something the fans on this site would want to read. Get a clue.

  7. Ridge Runner
    12:49 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    6) It’s just dry wit and humor to show how silly the actual behavior of Tipton really is.

  8. travis
    12:52 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    This is a kentucky site, why is this guy even on here, Nothing he says is good. Get rid of him!

  9. DH
    1:31 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    I thought the 1st paragraph was brilliant! Dan Issel is one of those 89 not in the league anymore. What a bust

  10. Justin
    1:39 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    I really dislike the Not Jerry Tipton articles. In fact, I usually skip over them…today I read it. I really DISLIKE the Not Jerry Tipton articles even more. My vote is to get rid of them. They are not funny, they do not stir up any intelligent conversation, and I’m pretty offended.

  11. skid
    1:42 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    If memory serves me correct, Calipari has gone on record as saying hey lovers to read NJT. Funny stuff indeed.

  12. skid
    1:43 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Uh.. correction. Should read ‘he loves’.

  13. Wow
    1:45 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    #4, 6, 8, & 10 It is a joke, if you don’t want to read them and/or don’t find them funny then skip them! It’s not a hard concept, yes I agree with #1 that it should be less regular and more sporadic or it loses the humor somewhat, but seriously if you don’t find any of this humorous at all then you need to get out more.

  14. Not Jerry Tipton
    2:03 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    I see dumb people.

  15. bbn
    2:24 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    #14 are you looking at yourself in the mirror?

  16. Ralph
    2:51 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    This does not bode well for Kentucky. All of these trends are not going in our favor. Crean is about to take over.

  17. BBN Fan
    6:10 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    I miss the good old days of Not Jerry Tipton where he actually used to scrutinize Kentucky. Now he just tweets generic stats and comments in order to gain RTs from fans who don’t know much. Really pathetic.

  18. Not Merlene Davis
    8:39 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    What’s pathetic is someone thinking b*tching in a comments section will make a freaking difference. NJT rocks!!!