The season’s over. To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:
*Sad But True: It was recently announced that former Kentucky star Anthony Davis is reneging on his promise to attend John Calipari’s Pro Camp in early August. Shockingly, Calipari is refusing to refund campers who have already paid the hefty $199 registration fee after being promised that the #1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft would be present. While Davis himself has yet to publicly address the issue, it can only be assumed that he is backing out because of certain recent developments. Specifically, I’m referring to the multi-million dollar contract he reportedly signed with Nike. It seems that with a few dollars on his pocket, Mr. Davis no longer has any interest in mingling with the Joe Six Packs and Johnny Lunchbuckets who will be attending this camp. This should not come as a surprise, frankly. Last week Davis attended the ESPYS in Los Angeles, where even though he went home empty-handed, he was sure to get his face shown on television several times. In other words, Unibrow has gone Universal. Shaking my head.
*The Memory Remains: In a exhibition game last week featuring the U.S. Olympic Men’s basketball team, Anthony Davis hit a three pointer. This does bode well for Duke. During his one (and done) season at UK, Davis only hit 3 three pointers all season, and shot a paltry 15% from deep. Meanwhile, he is shooting a perfect 100% while playing for Coach K and the Olympic squad. Recruits who have any interest in improving in college will surely notice this, and before long, Duke will be the “it” school. Of course, this is not to say that Calipari’s influence on Davis didn’t make itself known during the game. After Davis was fouled while hitting a three pointer, he immediately looked over in Calipari’s direction and angrily talked trash to his former coach. At least now we know why Davis was so eager to leave Lexington after one year. He hates John Calipari.
*Nothing Else Matters: Kentucky released the non-conference portion of its schedule last week, and UK fans are apparently on a diet, because they hate all those cupcakes. A recent survey showed that Kentucky fans are unanimous in their vehement opposition to the schedule. I asked one man who identified himself as a UK fan (he was wearing a red shirt that “L YEAH,” so the “L” must stand for “Lexington”) whether he would describe the home portion of the Kentucky non-conference schedule as “pathetic,” “super pathetic” or “worse than bin Laden.” Without hesitation, he chose “worse than bin Laden.” I could have polled more people, but really, that would have just been overkill. The teams who visit Rupp Arena next year are going to be so bad, don’t be surprised if 24,000 people show up at each game just out of sheer curiosity. Of course, Kool-Aid gulping Cat fans will argue that UK consistently plays one of the toughest non-league slates in the country, but that didn’t seem to do them much good in 2009 when they missed the NCAA Tournament.
* On this date: On this date in 1916, Kentucky didn’t have any black players on its roster.