Hello? Is there anyone here? There were various points on my Tuesday night that led me to believe that I was the only person on the planet who was not at the Drake concert presented by the always-productive Student Activities Board, so my feelings won’t be hurt if your participation in this night post is a little lacking. According to my Twitter feed, the “students only” show turned out to be quite the star-studded event, attended not only by the basketball team, but also Randall Cobb, Aaron Boyd, Lexington native and Lil Wayne engineer Finis White, Evan Daniels, Drew Franklin and two girls that are far too hot to be hanging out with him. I wouldn’t necessarily cast myself as a Drizzy lover since I’m out of touch and Jamie Walters is the only soap star turned musician my heart has room for, but there’s not doubt that this new relationship between the Canadian rapper and our fair school is quite the major development. If Twitter buzz is any indication, Drake is getting it done in Lexington…or at least more than Better Than Ezra did when I was a student. And, until Eddie Montgomery takes the stage and says “You know it’s Wildcats ’til I mother f’ing die”, Drake will earn my whole-hearted support as the Big Blue music star.
Now onto some UK notes…
– Perhaps the biggest news story of the day came in two parts as reports of Eric Bledsoe’s draft commitment came and went. A report broke (first at DraftExpress.com, I believe) that the point guard from Birmingham had signed with an agent before UK announced that Bledsoe had not signed with an agent and was leaving open the possibility of a return. Draft Express and NBADraft.net still have him listed as a late first-rounder and ESPN’s Chad Ford ranks him as the #16 prospect in this year’s draft class, so you’d have to assume that the likelihood is that he remains in a draft that is very light on first round guard talent. However, there is a possibility of a return, so let the speculation begin!
– In a flashback to the Billy Gillispie Experiment, Kentucky found itself battling with Liberty for a commitment Tuesday, but ultimately won the verbal of West Jessamine’s Jarrod Polson, who agreed to walk-on for the Cats. Polson, barring a complete disaster, likely won’t see much clock in his Kentucky college basketball career, but, as any of us who have ever played high school basketball in the Commonwealth know, it doesn’t really matter. Polson just signed up for an opportunity that so many of us have dreamed of, earning a UK jersey and the right to walk onto the floor at Rupp Arena with “Kentucky” (hopefully spelled correctly) sprawled across his chest. So, congrats to you, Jarrod Polson, and welcome to the Wildcat family. Work hard in practice and make us all proud. We look forward to seeing you on stage at a rap concert soon.
– For all of you rooting for a Clyde comeback (I include myself in that group), there was a bit of sad news on Tuesday as Iowa State hired Fred Hoiberg despite open courting by the former UK coach. As I mentioned earlier, the quick snub of Gillispie might be the most blatant indicator yet of how fall his coaching stock has fallen. Iowa State is a program that just lost their coach to the Missouri Valley and, in the last four years, has won 18 games in a conference that Gillispie fared so well in. When you’re a Coach of the Year in the Big XII and the SEC and you’re getting casually brushed aside without much consideration from a strugglig program that you’ve openly courted, that’s not exactly good PR. In the end, Iowa State chose The Mayor over the town drunk and Gillispie again came off looking less than stellar.
– For all of you football fans out there, Jody Demling reported Tuesday that the Cats offered Dixie Heights quarterback Zeke Pike, a 6’5″, 220 pound sophomore. Pike, according to Rivals, also holds offers from Purdue and Eastern and Northern Illinois and has a five-star rating in a poll of one user. As a sophomore, he completed 57% of his passes for 17 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
– In other football news, the deliciously named JC Schurburtt of ESPN.com writes that UK target Darren Waller of Acworth, Ga. has emerged as a sleeper in the 2011 class after a strong showing at the Atlanta Under Armour Combine. The 6’5″, 200 pound safety/wide receiver ran a 4.4 40 and logged a 36.5″ vertical. According to Schurburtt, he’s also receiving interest from Georgia Tech, Purdue and Georgia.
– In news that proves that there still is good in the world, the Mavericks are still alive against the Spurs. I hope this makes you as happy as it makes me.
– It was another Tuesday, which means another episode of Justified. Tonight, we found out that backwoods cabins in Harlan are like butts, pickups and sawed-off shotguns. Everyone has one.
– On a final non-UK related note, the story of the day had to be the revelation of the Dez Bryant interview with the Dolphins where Miami GM Jeff Ireland asked the former Oklahoma State wide receiver if his mom was a prostitute. As our good friend Bomani Jones said, the fact that Ireland is still eating solid foods shows that Dez Bryant might not have the character issues that many said he did. And that he’s a better man than most of us.
– And, finally, for all of you UK students, pill heads or casual lovers of current events, here’s a clip from 60 Minutes that was emailed to me where UK students talk with Katie Couric about Adderall usage on campus and the casual and common nature of the drug’s usage. It includes an appearance from Dr. DeSantis of “He’s going on Anderson Cooper to hate on the basketball team…or maybe he’s not” fame.
That’s it for now. Stay tuned throughout the day as we bring you all kinds of UK goodness and move you a couple of steps closer to Friday’s Terrence Jones announcement. See you in a few…