A few quick notes while we
— Summer recruitment continues as Calipari is trying to be everywhere all at once today. He made a late change of plans and spent the morning in Indianapolis but is headed to the LeBron James Skills Camp in James’ home town of Akron later today. While in Indianapolis, Cal had the chance to see a number of 2012 and 2013 recruits (like Joel James, Chris Thomas, Perry Ellis and Chris Walker,) but he will see some of the bigger names you’re more familiar with this afternoon. It’s not certain why Cal made the change of plans though many speculate it had to do with Perry Ellis. Maybe he liked what he saw and wanted to get a chance to take in a little more. Or more likely, he found a frozen yogurt place he wanted to hit up one more time and they didn’t open until 11. Either way, Cal doin’ work.
— Meanwhile, for those of you worried about what happens if Kentucky misses on its top three targets (Shabazz, Goodwin and Coleman) now would be the time to focus on these camps. As ESPN points out, it was at a similar camp as the one Calipari is currently at that John Wall emerged as the amazing talent that he is. Much like Wall, Anthony Davis also emerged during the summer period. It’s not incredibly likely that a guy that is currently uncommitted will jump to the top of the class, but it’s happened before, so it’s worth watching. Meanwhile, if you want to read the story about Wall helping out at the Reebok camp you can do that here. Pretty good praise for Wall – which surprises none of us.
— Good news from the football side of the program that doesn’t deal with recruits committing. As Beisner mentioned in the night post, Morgan Newton has addressed the twitter fiasco from earlier this summer and it seems as if everything went better than expected. According to Newton “It probably wasn’t the best way to put your frustration out there, but the guys responded, so it worked.” I may be reading too much into that, but I think it’s great news. Last year the story surrounding Newton dealt with his disappointment with being benched and the negativity that surrounded that decision. From this story and more, it sounds like Newton has made a huge turn around in both attitude and leadership, which is something that the football Cats will desperately need from the young quarterback next year. It’s probably all thanks to the new uniform technology.
If you missed the radio show today, make sure you give it a listen on the podcast. I was at work all morning, so I’m right there with you. Listening party starts in 3, 2, 1…