In a blast from the not so recent past, two former Kentucky recruits eligibility for this season have become topics of discussion.
-Josh Pastner and Memphis pulled a bit of a recruiting coup when they received a commitment from Calipari target Will Barton. At the time it was viewed as a slight disappointment, and one of the rare Calipari misses in his first year (the only other possibility being Xavier Henry.) But it turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as earlier today ESPN reported that Barton was denied eligibility this season due to academics. The ruling can be appealed, but these things tend to take time, and it’s more likely that Barton could be out for the season.
-And then there is Josh Selby. You likely remember him for having committed to Tennessee, dropping them and seemingly leaning Kentucky until cooling and ultimately ended up at Kansas. But, just like Barton, Selby’s eligibility came into question today. The NCAA is looking into the amateur status of Selby and because of that, he has yet to be cleared for the season. Similar to Kanter’s situation in name only, as Selby is being investigated under the guise of a relationship with a potential agent and not playing for a Turkish basketball team.
So far Calipari has yet to be blamed.