A few notes on what has turned out to be a pretty active day…
– In an interview with Jeff Borzello of Blood, 2012 shooting guard Shabazz Muhammad listed the final seven schools he’s considering. UK is included, of course, as is UCLA, Duke, UNLV, Arizona, Kansas and Texas. In talking about what stuck out to him about Lexington, Muhammad said, “I can be very focused there, since it’s not a city. It’s a good place for a person who is serious about basketball. There are no distractions.” Billy Gillispie might disagree, but I see where he’s coming from. The whole story is here.
– You got a little aquainted with Mitch McGary below and Dave Telep reports that McGary will visit UConn unofficially this weekend. He’s said in the past that he doesn’t plan on committing until late in the recruiting process, so don’t be alarmed. Besides, the Huskies could have like 3 or 4 scholarships total by the time he graduates. They aren’t big on learning up there in Storrs.
– In news that was long overdue, the NCAA will add a charge/block arc to the court for next season. The marking will extend three feet from the basket and also serve as the unofficial poster zone for opponents of Anthony Davis.
– ESPN had a feature on Kentucky strength coach Rock Oliver that noted the number of physical leaps the football team is making this summer. In it, Oliver says he focuses on making players’ necks stronger and that his goal is to push them to their limit. The good news? They’re responding. Oliver designed a conditioning drill that he expected only 5% of the team to pass. Nearly everyone completed it.
– Something to take note of as you get ready for the UK – St. John’s matchup at Rupp next season. Steve Lavin’s club could be without their top incoming recruit thanks to a new rule that does not allow a prospect to go to a team where his high school coach is on staff. St. John’s hired former Rice coach Moe Hicks as an assistant. Because of that, MoMo Jones was not allowed to enroll and since Hicks served in an admistrative capacity for a team that top recruit Maurice Harkless played for twice, he might not be allowed to enroll either.
If you missed Kentucky Sports Radio this morning, make sure you check out the podcast below. Matt was joined by Brandon Bender and Brandon Knight for two very different interviews. Give it a listen.