Today has been a fun day, filled with a lot of news and work after a couple of weeks away. If you missed our radio show, make sure and check out the podcast (you can subscribe on iTunes here). We stole a game from an internet comedian (Nathan Fielder who crushed it) in which you text your significant other one line “Listen, I need to tell you I haven’t been completely honest about something”…followed by no response for a few minutes. The person who got the best response back will win tickets to Big Blue Madness…well I must say the responses have been amazing. We will talk about them on air and put them on the site tomorrow. All I can say is wow…some notes:
— Today is a huge day of football recruiting as 2014 recruits are on campus. There are a number of top stars roaming around and I still believe we will hear of at least one commitment before the day ends. Either way, it is a day where Stoops hopes to showcase what is happening at this program and the ways he is trying to improve going forward. Drew Barker is in town to help sell the new Cats and they are continuing the more modern approach shown at the Primetime Camp on Saturday night. This next week is huge for UK football as they hope to get some big commitments from some big players. Stay tuned all week as they continue to try and create the base for the next five years at UK.
— The number game is now being solidified at UK with news that James Young will wear #1, Julius Randle #30, Dakari Johnson #44 and Marcus Lee #00. All four will be in Lexington by the end of next week and they begin the process of heading towards a national championship. Watch over the course of the next few weeks as pickup games get going full blast in Lexington. I am sure we will hear leaks about the talent level on the court…and I expect it to be huge.
— John Calipari is doing his satellite camp tour across the state. He is being met by young kids with hair like this. I love the BBN:
— Some big and interesting news today that UK is recruiting Australian guard Dante Exum. The young Aussie made a huge splash at the Nike Hoop Summit this year and is considered to be a NBA prospect of the highest order. The question is where the will attend college and on that point, nothing is certain. It is expected however that he will do at least a year and he told 24/7 Sports today that UK, Louisville and Indiana are recruiting him the hardest. He suggested Indiana is the leader as it is the only school he has visited. I am not certain Exum has an offer, but he is certainly the type of talent that any coach would want. It will be interesting to see as the weeks go on, how this recruitment develops and if Kentucky doubles down and goes after him hard. If he takes a visit, or simply doesn’t commit to Indiana in the next few weeks, the possibility of Exum at Kentucky will rise. Here is Exum at work:
We will have more later tonight and remember to keep checking back and see if someone pulls the trigger for Stoops this evening. It could come any time, as Stoops Troops tries to add another member.