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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

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The 2012-13 season is still a week away. However, the guess here is that the Cats will not be able to improve upon last season’s performance, which saw losses to hated rival Indiana (which didn’t even make it past the Sweet 16 lol) and Vanderbilt (which is more known for its academics than athletics). To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*That’s All She Wrote: John Calipari’s reputation as master recruiter took a hit last week when it was announced that Andrew Wiggins announced that he is reclassifying to the class of 2013. When he does so, he will become the #1 player in that class. This will absolutely cripple Kentucky’s recruiting. The Cats currently have commitments from 3 of the top 5 — and 4 of the top 15 — seniors in the country. However, when Wiggins vaults to the top spot, that means that UK will only have pledges from 2 of the top 5 players in the class, as James Young will be moved from 5 to 6. Likewise, when Marcus Lee gets bumped from 15th to 16th, that means UK will have only landed 3 — not 4 — of the top 15 players in the nation. I tell you what, if a few more players reclassify, Calipari might not have any top 100 players. This is a perfect example of why coaches such as Louisville’s Rick Pitino don’t even bother recruiting elite players. You just never know what’s going to happen.

*What You Know: Last week at SEC Media Day in Birmingham, Florida coach Billy Donovan voiced his displeasure with the ESPN series “All-Access: Kentucky,” by saying it isn’t right to use the program to gain a recruiting advantage. Frankly, I was wondering when one of John Calipari’s peers would have the guts to point this out. After all, does anyone actually think that it’s just a coincidence that in the same year that the program airs, Kentucky has received a commitment from 4 top 15 players? And not only that, but can Calipari’s defenders prove that the Cats’ 2012 national championship wasn’t the result of the publicity that the program would eventually receive thanks to the World Wide Leader? I haven’t heard anyone even try to make this argument, so I guess not. Let’s look at the numbers. Even though there are over 300 Division I basketball teams, only one of them is recruiting on such a high level right now, and — lo and behold — it just so happens to be the exact same one who was given its own series on ESPN. If you think this is mere happenstance, then I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.

*Whatever You Like: In last week’s Blue/White scrimmage, Willie Cauley-Stein absolutely dominated. He ran the floor, he showed offensive skill, he rebounded, he blocked shots, he did it all. At times, he looked like the best player on the floor. This does not bode well for Kentucky. If the UK starters (who were supposed to be trying to guard the 7 footer) couldn’t stop Cauley-Stein, who was ranked about 40th coming out of high school, what chance do they have against a truly elite big man? Cody Zeller, for example? After watching WCS play like an All-American, many Kentucky fans probably had the same thought: “No wonder Calipari backed out of the Indiana series.”

* On this date: On this date in 2008, every starter on the eventual national champion North Carolina Tar Heels received an “A” on their Swahili final exam. A feat made even more impressive in light of the fact that it was a Sunday. In early November. And all the players on the team had gone home, thanks to UNC’s annual Halloween Vacation, which lasts 3 months.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

12 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. Pu
    12:04 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Brilliant!



  2. King of the South!
    12:21 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    As a huge T.I. fan i love the TI song references! Go Cats! And Go TIP aka The King



  3. i'm done with this blog
    12:34 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    why do you let this guy post on this site?



  4. MJ4UK
    12:45 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Hilarious. Even more funny when the “humor police” come on here and take it serious. Too funny!



  5. Duke Sucks
    12:46 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    I know this is satire and like reading it every week. But damn it the skipped out on IU comment still is a low blow. Everything else was good though.



  6. UKfan
    12:53 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Why is this such a problem for UK to do All Access, but it isn’t a problem when the University of Florida’s football team does it or Texas football or Ohio State. Did Donovan just conveniently forget that his own football team did All Access? If we had not won the national championship then I can maybe, just maybe see why everyone is all up in arms over this. But we DID! So haters need to step off! If you want the lime light then do something about it and WIN! Otherwise, leave your jealousy at the door!



  7. Duke Sucks
    1:03 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Billy D must have some pull somewhere. He complained then the next week we hear it will be the last episode. I might have missed it earlier, but I never heard it was going to be a 3 part show untill Monday.



  8. Carl
    1:06 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Why do they let this Tipton guy write such negative comments on the KSR blog. Oh wait a minute….I guess because it’s funny and it sounds alot like a columnist who must not be named that writes for the LHL. Heh, nice work NJT.



  9. GapToothDanny
    1:11 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    this is NOT just happenstance: JT’s creepy fascination with Ryan Harrow
    link: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/11/01/2393302/calipari-hounds-harrow-to-improve.html



  10. Biglaw Dawgin'
    1:57 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Never read the real Jerry Tipton until today, but there’s a lot of truth in this satire. Here’s an excerpt from the article #9 linked, the title of the section is “Wiltjer outrebounded”:

    Wiltjer outrebounded
    Tyrone Davis, a 5-foot-2 point guard for Northwood, grabbed two rebounds – or one more than Kyle Wiltjer, who is 20 inches taller.”I was on him because he’s got to come up with balls,” Calipari said of Wiltjer. “You can’t play the game thinking if I make shots, I’ll play.”

    Playing that way means limited playing time when the shots aren’t going in, the UK coach said.

    The negativity just oozes from this guy.



  11. katzrjamers
    2:51 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    NTJ – made my Friday fun one more time. does JT ever send you a “thank you” for keeping the name relevant?



  12. The herald liar of Lexington
    3:55 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Just got done reading the. Link #9 put up. Is it any wonder the LHL is broke. The paper is so liberal that even most Democrates don’t take them serious any more. They employ Marlene Davis who is one of the most racist people walking gods green earth today( anyone how has the displeasure of meeting her will tell she is also one of the rudest and unfriendly people you can come into contact with).
    Even with all of that there life blood is Uk basketball. There highest sale days of the year is after UK games. They have Tipturd covering the team. He is always very negative of the team and coach. To hear him tell it Cal has treated Harrow like Bobby Knight treated Neil Reed after not even speaking to him last year.
    I say boycott the herald leader. The sooner we can get rid of the supermarket tabloid the better. I think the content of the National enquire has more factual info in it then the Herald writers put in that tabloid. Put the Danville Messenger in state wide publication at least the the Uk sports coverage would be better.