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The SEC’s Friday New and Views

 

In a first round dominated by trades, the SEC once again proved itself to be the dominant conference in college football. The SEC has not only maintained a stronghold on the national title over the past few years, but the SEC has also placed an incredible number of its player into the NFL. In tonight’s draft the SEC had 8 of the 1st 18 picks in the first round. Alabama alone had 4 picks in the 1st round. Kentucky has yet to have a player drafted so far, but Winston Guy and Danny Trevathan both stand a chance to hear their names called sometime late tomorrow.

 

And now on to the news…

 

– News broke late Thursday evening that 2013 prospect Troy Williams, a Kentucky target, will be making his college choice “between this weekend and next weekend.” Most believe that the choice will come down to Kentucky and North Carolina for Williams.

 

– In a bit of sad news considering the two most recent games between the two storied programs, the Kentucky/Indiana men’s basketball series seems to be in jeopardy. Neither school has been able to reach an agreement on how to approach the game. It seems that the Kentucky side wants to play the game on a neutral court, rotating cities every other year. The Indiana camp on the other hand seems to be in favor of keeping the games on the respective campuses, alternating which teams hosts each year. Both schools have solid reasoning for their wishes, but until the two see eye to eye or one side budges, the series which had finally sparked back up to the level of a heated rivalry, seems to be in limbo. John Calipari and Tom Crean are close friends, so many are still holding out hope that an agreement can be reached. A few months ago when Calipari threw out the teaser that one of the series between North Carolina, Louisville and Indiana might have to be dropped, many fans (especially of the younger generation) were quick to kick the Hoosiers to the curb. Following the dramatic defeat in Bloomington and the hellaciously-paced Sweet 16 showdown, the Kentucky fans had started to warm to the idea of continuing the series.

 

– Opah! Mislav Brzoja took his official visit to Kentucky today. Brzoja must have kept a low profile on his visit seeing as he was not spotted at a prom or Disney On Ice. Kentucky fans seem to be on the fence when it comes to the Croatian born recruit, who only recently jumped on the radars of major BCS schools such as Kentucky and LSU among others. Brzoja’s strength, from the few highlight clips we’ve been able to get our hands on, seems to be his outside shooting touch. As we’ve learned in the past 3 years with Calipari teams, a 3-point shooting threat is crucial to the overall success of the style of play. Some Kentucky fans worry about the log jam of players though if Calipari successfully brings in two more players for next year’s class. The number of potential returning players after next year, in combination with the outstanding list of 2013 recruits who all hold Kentucky in high regard, could provide a bit of a predicament for Calipari. Calipari prefers a small rotation of 7-8 players at most. It will be interesting to see how the next few weeks develop with the last few recruits on the board. I think Calipari brings in one more. The question is does he go with a big man like Bennett or an outside shooting threat like Brzoja. Or does he go with both? We will know soon.

 

The UK Hoops team lost one of its best coaches and recruiters today when associate head coach Kyra Elzy chose to return to her alma mater. The former Lady Vol will be returning home, likely to help soften the blow of the loss of Pat Summit to the Tennessee coaching staff. By all accounts, Elzy had been one of the key recruiters responsible for bringing in top 10 classes to Kentucky as of late. In a statement released by Matthew Mitchell, he noted that Elzy expressed that it would be a dream of hers to return to her alma mater to coach. We wish Kyra Elzy the best as she moves on. It’s hard to ever blame someone for going back to their roots. With that said, she will be greatly missed in the women’s basketball program at Kentucky.

 

-In case you missed it, our fearless leader Matt Jones took a few hundred, err thousand words out of his day to re-visit a previously written article by Gary Parrish questioning the integrity of Anthony Davis. Click here to read Jones’ the full article. 

 

In some NBA news, Josh Harrellson took advantage of an opportunity with most playoff berths and seeding decided by scoring a career high 18 points to go along with 9 rebounds for the New York Knicks. Jorts started off his rookie campaign in strong fashion for the Knicks before missing a key portion of the season with an injury. It’s good to see him back on the court and doing well for himself.

 

Another big congratulations goes out to UK men’s tennis senior Eric Quigley, who took home the SEC Player of the Year award earlier this afternoon. Quigley also won the Mr. Wildcat Award at the Catspy’s for the second year in a row.

 

– The opening evening of the NFL Draft did not include the names of any Kentucky players. Although Winston Guy may have had some butterflies for a half a second…

– One of KSR’s favorite personalities, Stone Cold Willow, joined forces with national champion Terrence Jones to throw the first pitch tonight at the Lexington Legends baseball game. Technically neither Jones or Willow threw the first pitch of the ball game. Approximately 13 people threw some form of a “first pitch.” Not kidding. When it finally came time for Terrence Jones to have his moment, he graciously put the spotlight on Stone Cold Willow who had been excited about this moment for over a week now. Jones took the microphone and told the crowd, “Hey everybody, I know I was supposed to throw the first pitch, but I’m going to let my friend Stone Cold Willow do it.” The excitement on Willow’s face was priceless. He took the mound with his fathead, smoothed a few backs out, and then proceeded to throw a ball down the plate. Or ten feet above the plate. It really didn’t matter. Willow had his moment and Jones seemed to enjoy being able to grant him that.

 

Stay tuned tomorrow morning for the radio show and other news in the world of Kentucky sports…

 

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

33 Comments for The SEC’s Friday New and Views



  1. Blue Balls
    11:51 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    T Jones = GoodGuyGreg



  2. WKY Dude
    12:11 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    9 of the first 18 if you count TX A&M…which in this instance, I will.



  3. dave
    12:23 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    “in the past 3 years with Calipari teams, a 3-point shooting threat is crucial to the overall success of the style of play.”
    not really. 1st year team wasn’t that good & barely took many 3s. this year’s team didn’t shoot many either. cal has literally said he likes that it’s an advantage to not rely on the 3.
    “Some Kentucky fans worry about the log jam of players though if Calipari successfully brought in two more players for next year’s class.”
    not at all. who worries that the team will have too many good players????



  4. Ally Tucker
    12:28 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Out of Cal’s 3 teams, I think the 2 most successful had 3-point shooting threats. His 2nd year he had Knight and Lamb. This year he had Lamb, Miller and Wiltjer who were consistently good from long range.

    And I agree w/ your second point. As a fan I would love to have 9-10 great players. Calipari seems to be more comfortable with a smaller rotation though. Good points though Dave.



  5. Dave is a genius
    12:32 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    3) Ally is referring to the amount of available scholarships for the 2013 class. Kentucky is expected to receive commitments from 5 of the top 12 players that year if we have enough scholarships, making it his best recruiting class ever. Derek Willis is already committed and we know we will be dealing with the likes of Jon hood, Polson, etc filling up useless space (seriously, why can’t Hood at least make the honor roll?). Since Cal only uses a rotation of 6-7 guys it might be in our best interest not to receive too many commitments from this year’s class. With that said, I’ll just trust Cal on this. Cut Ally some slack broski



  6. 00BBN00
    12:50 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Nice write up Ally.

    3-Certainly Cal doesn’t rely on the 3 (he “likes threes but he loves dunks”), but it definitely helps his teams when he has guys that can hit open 3s. How many times have you heard the argument that Meeks was the three point threat missing from his first team?



  7. dave
    1:06 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    harrow, hood, polson, wiltjer + willis + 3 additional 2012 recruits + 5 2013 recruits = 13 schollies.
    what’s the prob?
    worst case = polson off scholly, 3 of harrow, wiltjer, goodwin, poythress stay and all 3 add’l recruits stay as well. so that’s assuming only noel & 1 other leave early after next year.
    and that’s if we get 5 top recruits for 2013 & 3 more for 2012.



  8. really?
    1:17 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Another big congratulations goes to out UK men’s tennis senior Eric Quigley
    goes to out UK men’s tennis senior Eric Quigley
    to out

    I had NO IDEA he was gay. But this is why the Internet needs copy editors.



  9. Jake_GOCATS
    1:18 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    You’re not including Twany Beckahm. We also have 4 players for the 2012 class so far. That’s two scholarships over.



  10. Jake_GOCATS
    1:18 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Previous comment was directed at number 7, Dave.



  11. BPsycho
    1:25 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    “-In case you missed it, http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=110778

    Matt Jones is the ****. I don’t care what haters say… KSR and KSTV is the ****. Beisner and Drew are the ****.

    http://mycn2.com/kstv/

    http://kentuckysportsradio.com/

    #!



  12. Jenkin
    1:29 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    I could’t find where else to post this but could the webmaster please change the form “Mail (will not …” to “E-Mail (Will not …” Because It is low quality and presumptuous.



  13. GrumpyOldDude
    7:05 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    When playoffs have “births” is the outcome the BCS?



  14. 00BBN00
    7:45 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    13. that’s terrible! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!



  15. The Dude
    8:03 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Too many words. Take a note from Drew: bullet points are your friend.



  16. rich brooks
    8:07 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    if winston guy gets drafted the GM of that team needs to be fired. people don’t get paid in the nfl for late hits out of bounds and horse collar tackles.



  17. Ridge Runner
    8:07 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Nice wrap up, Ally & thx.



  18. NotInsertNameHere
    8:09 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t really see any good reasons to not want a larger class this season. I’d rather have a returning player next year, than have a freshman.

  19. Good job JORTS!



  20. The Rev.
    8:11 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    3) Three’s open up the lane. Just think what might have happened if we didn’t miss 832 three’s agains West Virginia. Missing 3 pointers allowed their defense to clog the lane…stopping our drive and forcing more (missed) 3’s. Not to mention…no 3 pointers? No 3 goggles.



  21. cristoforouk
    8:38 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    9 – Twany is a walk on, as is Polson. They should not be included in the scholarship count.



  22. Gilly the Kidd
    8:44 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Why do people continue to worry about the scholly numbers every year. It always works itself out. We technically have THREE players committed to scholly’s right now. Kyle, Hood and Harrow. Even if we add two more recruits (in addtion to the four already), that still only puts us at nine schollys. Pretty sure we will free up one more to sign 5 in 2013. Noel will likely go pro, or someone will transfer. Who knows if Hood will even stay for his 5th year?



  23. JayCee
    8:48 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Reality is about to crush Winston Guy.

    In other news, UL offered the top QB in the state for 2014 yesterday and I’ll bet my most useless digit that Joker doesn’t even know who this guy is.



  24. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    8:52 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    22 – Let’s hope that Hood doesn’t stay for his 5th yr!



  25. Wildcat_Crazy
    8:59 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    As I reported last week, and Williams himself reported, he is down to UK and UNC. Therfore it can not be that most think it is.



  26. barn
    9:00 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    why all the hate today for hood? give the guy a chance. it’s hard to contribute when you’re red-shirted with a blown knee



  27. 3 fan
    9:15 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Here is the scholly situation. Long and Malone go back to walk-on’s. Lets not be stupid. Yeah their dads are Cal’s buddies. So what.Beckham is a senior next year. He isn’t going to play. We are stuck with Hook until he leaves.
    So, for 2012-2013:
    Sr-Beckham
    Jr-Hood and Polson
    So-Harrow and Wiltjer
    Fr-Noel, Poythress, Goodwin, Cauley and one more, we will say Bennett.
    If it ends there, you can put Long and Malone back on scholly giving us 12 players.

    For 2013-2014
    Sr-Hood Polson
    Jr-Wiltjer
    So-Goodwin, Cauley, Bennett
    Fr-Harrison1, Harrison2, Willis, Randle, Williams, Parker
    Thats 12, 13 if Harrow comes back and Polson can go back to walk-on if needed. Malone and Long would either be walk-ons or back to students



  28. thenamerobdigity
    9:33 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Winston Guy … Wow



  29. The Fake Fake Jerry Tipton
    9:34 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    With the news that Josh Harrelson.scored.18 points.and.grabbed 9 rebounds. in a.NBA game last night, one has to.question if UK would.have lost in the Elite Eight if Calipari.had only.played him more as a Junior.



  30. ESD
    11:35 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Seriously KSR, why do you continue to support Stone Cold Willow? He is an embarrassment.



  31. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    11:43 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    26 – It’s also hard to contribute when you ain’t good enough to play. Don’t act like we haven’t seen the kid in action before. When he was healthy he didn’t see the floor much and when he did see the floor, we could see why he didn’t see the floor much. Overmatched…not only by his teammates but also by the opposing players. It’s a waste of a scholly, period.



  32. UK FAN
    3:12 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Only if Winston Guy went to a better football school he would have been drafted in the first round.