While shaking my head at Calipari tweeting about the salad bar at Ruby Tuesdays, here are some afternoon notes:
— The biggest news floating right now is the flirtation between Eloy Vargas and Kentucky. Yesterday it was reported that Vargas was down to UK, Arizona and Seattle and would visit Kentucky within the next ten days. Today an Arizona newspaper is saying that Arizona is out because of “different agendas” between the player and the school. That would seem to leave a rematch of the 1958 NCAA Championship Game as the choice, with Kentucky and Seattle fighting for Vargas’s services. If true, it would come down to whether Vargas wants to play bigtime college basketball or not. If he chooses the former, UK may have a big man with court-ready skills as another addition to the 2010 class.
— An internet rumor came out today about Oregon Assistant Kenny Payne, and the possibility of him joining the staff at UK. We wrote about this earlier, but it bears repeating. Payne has not accepted an Assistant’s job and it isnt the case that one is even open at this time. There is an outside possibility that a staff opening could occur later in the year, but as of now that hasnt happened. Payne is a great recruiter and a guy on every program’s wish list. But reports of him joining UK are premature.
— The matchup of Lebron and Rondo fizzled last night as Rondo was held in check and Lebron had one of his worst career games. John Calipari was in attendance at the game and speculation as to Cal to the pros continued, with ESPN’s Ric Bucher saying that two NBA teams are “fighting” for his services. At this point the smart money is that Calipari will be at Kentucky next year…but those that dismiss the talk as nonsense or simply done to “hurt UK’s recruiting” are off the mark in my view. Calipari will be courted by some team and it is likely he will listen. I dont think he leaves at this point, but the idea that it is impossible that he could take a good NBA job is off the mark.
— The NBA LOTTERY DRAWING is next Tuesday and will determine the home of John Wall and the likely home of Demarcus Cousins. For a UK player, one has to go back to Jamal Mashburn for the event to have such a meaningful impact on their individual life. For John Wall, the lottery balls will bounce and his future will be determined, totally out of his hands. I am sure he is very nervous as the bright lights of New Jersey, Sacramento, Minnesota or Golden State most likely await.
I will be on the radio from 6-7 pm with Chip Cosby to talk UK sports on 1350 AM in Louisville for the Wahoo Sports Buzz. If you are in the area, make sure and check it out. Also, if you missed the “Media” podcast below, go ahead and give it a whirl. I think you might like it if your expectations are low.