It is Birthday week here at KSR, with four of our writers celebrating their birthdays over the course of the next ten days. Today’s honoree is Will Lentz, who won last year’s Blogger Contest and now celebrates by swimming and taking British literature classes. Lentz has done a great job since joining the site and has been a great help over the past year. We wish him a Happy Birthday and hope in the future, he will get closer to the microphone.
To the news:
— We continue to move towards Draft time, with the actual draft just a few days away. We talked a bit about Demarcus Cousins earlier, but it is also worth mentioning that Patrick Patterson is playing himself higher and higher in the Draft. He cancelled a workout today with the team with the 15th selection and it is looking like he will comfortably find a place somewhere in the 8th-12th area of the Draft. That would be a great accomplishment for Pat and one I am hoping to see happen. I still say the Pacers is the likely team, but we shall see.
— As for the first pick in the Draft, the Washington Wizards announced that the ability to get John Wall has sold 800 new season ticket packages since the NBA Draft lottery. The team announced that merchandise sales are also up as “John Wall fever” hits DC. If only there was some type of dance that could be created to celebrate the moment….
— In other John Wall news, #11 will be on the cover of ESPN The Magazine this week, as part of their NBA Draft preview issue. The magazine comes out on Friday and pictures are expected to be leaked at some point today.
— Do you want to know more about new UK Assistant Coach Kenny Payne? Of course you do. Here is an an interview from a Mississippi newspaper with Payne, where he talks about his new job, how his UL past will play into his UK future and a picture of his ring (a la Danny Jett). A good read and some good insight on the new coach.
— Hope you saw at least some of the Spain vs Switzerland World Cup Game today. It was the best so far of the tournament and had me genuinely riveted. USA plays at 10 am on Friday and Slovenia is shaking in their boots about Drew’s “They Are Who We Thought They Were” about the opposing nation.
— On the recruiting side of things, Calipari has been calling players as the dead period has ended. Tony Wroten, Quincy Miller, Perry Ellis and others have claimed to talk to Cal over the last two days. There arent a lot of spots open, so it wouldnt be a shock if they filled very soon.
— Very happy for Trevard Lindley on the news he might start for the Eagles. The kid deserves it after being bit by the injury bug during his Senior year. He slipped a bit on Draft Day but his pro career is very bright.
I am off to head to Bardstown High School to watch a bit of the Calipari youth camp. He is talking to the media a bit at that time. Follow me on Twitter (KYSportsradio) for any updates as they happen.