Hello, friends. Today we’re going to look past the birth of 50 Cent and celebrate the birth of the dollar. (How ’bout that for irony?) On this day in 1785, the dollar was unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States. Today, it is the most used currency in international transactions and it’s one of the world’s reserve currencies. Several countries use it as their official currency and several men use it to compensate young ladies for their ability to dance and hang upside down in rhythm to T.I.’s “Whatever You Like”. Whatever you use it for – whether it be purchasing a McChicken or a scratch-off lotto ticket – the dollar is the widely accepted unit of happiness and today it turns 226 years old. Let’s all take a minute to appreciate it today. Some may have more to appreciate than others, but that’s okay. I have zero of them. I write for KSR.
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— Today marks the beginning of the first Summer Evaluation Period in recruiting. Beginning today, college basketball coaches all over the country are free to travel to AAU camps and tournaments to watch their targeted players in action. The best high school basketball players in the country will be playing in at least two or three games per day, and they’ll be doing it with a lot of evaluating eyes watching from the stands. The Summer Evaluation Period is a great opportunity for players to prove themselves and rise to the top of their class. Undiscovered players or players who share the spotlight at elite high schools can use this time to showcase their skills and generate a buzz going into their high school season. But the in-crowd scouting is as far as the recruiting process will go for now. The NCAA prohibits coaches from having any contact with players at these events. Coaches will spend all of their time during these two ten-day periods chasing their targets around from city to city and gym-to-gym, only to watch from the crowd of the packed gymnasiums. The first of these Summer Evaluation Periods begins today and will last through July 15. The second Summer Evaluation Period is July 22-31. But you knew that already.
— With the Summer Evaluation Period officially underway, one can only imagine how busy Coach Cal and his staff are going to be. You better believe someone from UK (and Syracuse) will be present in Akron, Ohio today at the LeBron James Skills Academy, where DaJuan Coleman is scheduled to play. Coleman will move on to the Nike Peach Jam next week and his two favorite schools will be sure to follow.
— Shabazz Muhammad is another 2012 recruit Coach Cal will be following around for the next ten days, especially now that he is the consensus #1 player in the 2012 class. Scout.com released it’s updated 2012 rankings Tuesday and Muhammad jumped Andre Drummond to claim the top spot on the list. Most people in the know believe Muhammad will end up in UCLA blue, but that’s not going to keep Coach Cal from going after him.
— Speaking of camps, the Kentucky basketball program has announced the 2011 Prasco John Calipari ProCamp for three days in late July. The camp will be held July 28-30 and it’s open for future ballers in grades K-12. The 6th grade and younger group will go from 9:00 a.m. – noon each day and the 7th-12th group will go from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Brandon Knight, DeAndre Liggins, and Josh Harrellson will be making appearances at both camp sessions. For more information go to UKAthletics.com/Camps
— In football news, those flashy new uniforms keep bringing the kids in. Kentucky picked up a commitment from offensive lineman Jordan Watson on Tuesday. Watson had offers from Mississippi State, USF, Wake Forest and Indiana and he also received interest from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee. He’s the 12th commitment in the 2012 and what seems like the 50th offensive lineman to commit in the last two years. Welcome aboard, big fella.
— Danny Trevathan was named to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, which goes to the best defensive player in college football. Trevathan is coming off one of the best seasons ever for a Kentucky linebacker and he’s poised for another superstar season for the Cats defense. By that, I mean if Kentucky is going to stop anyone, Danny Trevathan will have to be the one to make the tackle. He’s one of 65 players on the preseason list for the Bednarik Award.
— I’ve got some bad news for all of you female UK football fans: Andre’ Woodson is off the market. Woodson got married over the holiday weekend in a beautiful ceremony that neither you nor I attended. But that doesn’t mean we can’t show our support. The Woodsons are registered at Macy’s and it would be very kind of you to buy a gift. It’s the least you can do for the guy who beat Louisville and LSU. I bought the set of four iced beverage glasses. I recommend you go with something from the Martha Stewart collection. It’s all very affordable and a necessity in any household.
— Casey Anthony trial. Did that really just happen?
— The UK Alumni Association has plans for a bronze Wildcat statue across from Memorial Coliseum in the Wildcat Plaza. However, I prefer the suggestions you gave in the comments section Tuesday morning. You all suggested statues of Bill Keightley sitting in a courtside chair, Rondo with Patrick Sparks’ girlfriend, John Wall pooping ice cream, and Brandon Stockton chest bumping Tubby Smith. Can’t we just scatter all of those across campus?
— What’s that? You want another Calipari quote? We can do that. We can always do that. Coach Cal told Andy Katz that Anthony Davis has to be on the floor this season. “He has to play and be on the floor,” Calipari said. “We’ll figure out how we’re going to play against zone and overall offensively.” I couldn’t agree more.
That’s all I got.
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