The Honorary KSR Kia Rondo leaves the Bluegrass at 5 pm for Canada, with a pit stop tonight in Detroit. Until then, a few notes:
— John Calipari and the players spoke today in preparation for the big trip. Drew Franklin was there for KSR and will be along later to give his notes. The big news is of course that Enes cant play, but we also learned other tidbits as well. Doron Lamb goes by “Buckets” at least to John Calipari, who talked about his teardrop floater which I noticed in practice last week as well. In addition, Calipari confirmed that no one has improved like Deandre Liggins, further proving the theory that he will be the biggest surprise of the new season.
— Calipari also noted that Jarrod Polson is the best walk-on he has ever had, and in my view, likely the only one who looks like he could have been in N’ Sync. I am not sure Polson will see the floor during the regular season, but he is a great contributor in practice, a fact noted by Calipari today.
— Rajon Rondo hit the winning shot in the USA team scrimmage last night that played on ESPN2. It was a set piece and Rondo showed his clutch play again with a strong finish to give his Blue team a victory over the evil White team.
— Bad news in the world of football as one of UK’s top 2011 commitments has officially decommitted. Darian Thomas said not to UK and instead changed his commitment to Southern Miss, a tough loss that has not been the norm in recent years. One wonders why a player would change from an SEC school to one in Conference USA, but I am sure Thomas had his reasons. Tough loss but because of the high number of commitments so far, one from which Joker can recover.
— If you havent heard yet, the games from Canada will stream free on UKAthletics.com, in addition to playing on the Big Blue Network. There is no excuse now not to watch them online and be part of the Live Blog…it is your patriotic duty.
If you are going to be in Windsor, give us a shout while you are there. Otherwise stay tuned for the trip. IT should be a lot of fun and a good experience for the UK youngsters.