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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:

*The Cowboy Rides Away: Last week, rising junior Kyle Wiltjer announced his intention to transfer from Kentucky. This is just another example of a former top 25 high school player getting shown the door at UK. First, there was Rod Rhodes. Then there was Marvin Stone. Then there was Ryan Harrow. Now there’s Kyle Wiltjer. Of course, as many Louisville fans were quick to point out, five star players do not get pushed out the door at UofL. Rick Pitino has seen to it that the players who are forced to leave his program — Zach Price, Elisha Justice, Jared Swopshire, Rakeem Buckles, etc. — are the more lightly regarded players who will go pro in something other than sports. In other words, they aren’t delaying their entry in the NBA by being forced to sit out a year, as those under UK coach John Calipari are. Maybe next time Coach Cal is rushing a kid out of town, he’ll take a peek down the road at UofL to see how it’s supposed to be done.

*I’d Like To Have That One Back: Nerlens Noel was taken 6th in the NBA Draft by the New Orleans Pelicans, before quickly being shipped off to Philadelphia, where he will join a struggling Sixers squad. Meanwhile, Georgetown’s Otto Porter was taken 3rd by the Washington Wizards. Observant fans will recall that Noel almost picked Georgetown last Spring when he was deciding where to go to school. So how much money did he cost himself by picking UK instead of Georgetown, where he would have presumably been drafted 3rd? According to the 2013-2014 NBA Rookie Salary Scale, his decision to attend Kentucky cost him $2,888,500. Not only that, one must assume that had he been a Hoya, he wouldn’t have suffered a season-ending (and career-altering) knee injury. When I called Noel to get confirmation of this, he acted like he didn’t know who I was and then hung up. In denial much?

*Fool Hearted Memory: Over the last few days, former Kentucky standouts DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe have tweeted how good they think the UK freshmen are. This does not bode well for Kentucky. Ever since John Calipari arrived in Lexington, the general consensus has been that he recruits only the best of the best, and that spending a year in Lexington was a great way to turn yourself into an NBA superstar. However, if two of the more highly touted players of the Calipari era — Cousins and Bledsoe — have their hands full with a bunch kids who just graduated from high school, then how good can those two guys really be? One has to question why Calipari allows his former players to return to Lexington in the summer, if the result will only be to reveal that they’re pushed to the limit by mere high schoolers.

* On this date: On this date in 2011, people thought that North Carolina basketball players actually attended class lol.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

15 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. Hurts
    12:10 pm July 5, 2013 Permalink

    The second one hit a little too close to home…

  2. Ricky
    12:28 pm July 5, 2013 Permalink

    I’m really not sure who this guy is or thinks he is, but it is very obvious that he is a moron. Do people actually pay him to write things like this? What is the pay and where do I sign up?

  3. MN CAT
    12:33 pm July 5, 2013 Permalink

    2 (Ricky): I think you’re joking in prentending not to realize that NJT is a joke.

  4. totally gets it
    12:33 pm July 5, 2013 Permalink

    #2 – I know, right? Jones is obviously not the UK fan he claims to be if he allows the program to continually be trashed here. This Jerry character is probably why Beisner left.

  5. Fran
    12:34 pm July 5, 2013 Permalink

    Nice work with the George Strait song titles!

  6. Mcswaggin
    12:35 pm July 5, 2013 Permalink

    Yeahh i agree keep this guy off KSR…

  7. good lord
    12:51 pm July 5, 2013 Permalink

    If you need any proof that message board posters are some of the dumbest people alive, look no further than the comments after NJT’s posts.
    As always, well done NJT.

  8. kycats
    1:04 pm July 5, 2013 Permalink

    and we thought Rick Bozich was the worst…….how in the world is this guy allowed around KSR at all?……and let’s hope he never, ever is a stand in host for the radio show again……heck Chris from Richmond isn’t that stupid!!

  9. westkyukfan
    1:50 pm July 5, 2013 Permalink

    It never fails, NJT always gets the rookies upset in the comment section. A little secret….it’s a joke!

  10. Dr. Tom
    1:59 pm July 5, 2013 Permalink

    #5 you beat me to it. Another clue as to who NJT really is…a George Strait fan!!! I’m looking at you Drew Franklin.

  11. Todd Gary
    2:17 pm July 5, 2013 Permalink

    U NJT are an idiot. …..
    Hard to believe u get paid for that BS

  12. ukcats42301
    2:48 pm July 5, 2013 Permalink

    #8) you are exactly right! I agree 100%!!

  13. PW
    2:52 pm July 5, 2013 Permalink

    NJT is one of my favorite KSR features. Shake the haters off!

  14. Dee W.
    11:37 am July 6, 2013 Permalink

    Amazing the number of people on here who still think this is a real person with the first name “Not”

  15. Elwood Blues
    3:25 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    Just a newsflash, NJT is not Drew Franklin.