You want some notes? I’ll give you some notes.
– The big news of the day has to be Calipari’s appearance at the Brayden Carr Foundation Coach’s Clinic at Rutgers University. Luckily, Draft Express tweeted just about everything Cal said during his presentation (see Matt’s post below for all the tweets), but here are the highlights: this team is really fast. Super fast. Actually, Cal thinks it might be one of the fastest teams he’s ever had. To make sure their speed is controlled and not reckless, Cal is focusing on the fundamentals in practice. Also, the Cats will run a “modified” dribble-drive, which Cal experimented with while coaching the Dominican Republic team over the summer. Like Matt mentioned on the radio show today, the Cats have focused mostly on offense thus far during practice. Giggity.
Also of note was Calipari’s interview with Adam Zagoria, in which they discussed one-and-done’s and how UK “would be UCLA” if that rule didn’t exist. Beis has the full run down below. When asked about the upcoming season, Cal agreed that the Cats should probably be ranked second early on, behind North Carolina:
“Carolina’s really good and they got everybody back. We played them. They beat us once, we beat them once. Obviously, we lost most of our guys and they got everybody back.”
But they don’t have Anthony Davis.
– Two of UK’s 2012 targets, Dajuan Coleman and Mitch McGary, said today that they will announce their decisions in four to six weeks. Both will be at Midnight Madness, along with Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley, Archie Goodwin, and TJ Warren.
– Former UK walk-on and current Asbury guard Adam Delph tore his ACL yesterday and will miss his junior season. Thoughts go out to him for a speedy recovery. Hey Adam it’s true: chicks dig scars.
– The football team is currently en route to Baton Rouge for tomorrow’s game against #1 LSU. I really wish I had something positive to say about it, but it looks like even Joker Phillips is resorting to mind games to inspire his team right now. He challenged the team this week to clean up their games, act like men and stop embarrassing themselves and the program. Instead of going into this game like scared kittens, Phillips wants his guys to embrace the underdog role and play as though they have nothing to lose. Add that mentality to a noon kickoff (their fans will be tired!!) and you’ve got a recipe for an upset. Right?? Hey, even big, bad LSU says they afraid.
– Randall Burden and Ryan Tydlacka are game captains for tomorrow’s game. Quick injury report: RB Josh Clemons is fine and will start; WR Gene McCaskill is still suffering from a back injury and won’t make the trip; and safety Martavius Neloms has recovered from a concussion and rib injury and should be fine by game time. Joker said tailback Raymond Sanders and defensive end Collins Ukwu, both with knee injuries, are “doing well” and Sanders may be back for the South Carolina game.
– Rodney Purvis is headed to NC State.
– If you just can’t get enough of the pictures and videos coming in from the Madness campout, CoachCal.com just posted another video showing the players delivering pizza and playing pickup. Jon Hood’s growing neck beard makes an appearance, along with Anthony Davis dunking on and joking with campers.
– The video of Anthony Davis’ dunk at the campout on Wednesday night made national news today. #swagger
If you missed today’s radio show, then be sure to tune in to the podcast below. Matt and his law dawg buddy Steve Romeins talked about the campout, UK vs. LSU (briefly), and just how impressive the Cats are in person. Also, don’t forget about KSTV’s Kentucky basketball season preview, which will air on CN|2 on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Monday at 8 p.m. For those of rest of us, don’t worry, it will hit the interwebs next week.