Not a ton has happened this morning, but we still move forward:
— At the Barnstorming Tour in Ashland, I spoke with our man Woo Obrzut about Enes Kanter, who Woo had been working out with a bit in California the week before. When I asked him about Kanter’s ability he said, “He is one and done, maybe even none and done. He could play in the NBA right now and not miss a beat. If he was in college when I played, he would have been one of the best big men I played against. He is a Beast.” Woo is not the kind of guy to rave about players and generally speaking finds the weakness in most guys. But he loved Kanter and said he expected huge things from him next year.
— Much was made online yesterday about the Mark Story column concerning the so-called negative effect of one and done players. While I understand both sides of the debate, one thing is consistently forgotten in these discussions. When Calipari recruited the last class, he would have never imagined that he would have had four “one and dones.” He knew Wall was headed to the league, but he thought there was a chance that Cousins could stay two years and he never fathomed that Bledsoe and Orton would get a chance to head to the NBA right away either. What is widely talked about as a “class full of one and dones” was actually just a class that overachieved (in the case of Bledsoe and Cousins) or was coveted for athleticism (in the case of Orton) and simply surprised him and others. To act like it was intentional is missing the boat.
— A big debate occurred at the KSR compound on Saturday night over which possible NBA destination would be the best for John Wall. He of course could end up anywhere, but the four teams with the worst record (and thus the best chance to land Wall) are New Jersey, Minnesota, Sacramento and Golden State. Other possibilities include Washington, Detroit, Philadelphia, the Clippers and Utah (who has the Knicks’s pick). On and off the court, New Jersey seems the most logical and they can be good if they get Wall and one free agent. But the debate will continue until the lottery, which is officially the John Wall Sweepstakes this season.
— Colin Cowherd this morning says Rajon Rondo is the 5th best player in the NBA. Slow down Colin…Rondo had a great game and can put up stats/take over games when wants. But its a long way to go to reach the rarified air of a top 10 player. He isnt there….yet.
I will be on the radio today talking about the Cats and other topics on two different shows. If you are in Louisville or Lexington, check them out. I will be sitting in as a guest Afternoon Underdog at 4 pm on 790 AM in Louisville, which is of course Cards Radio, so I will need your support. Then I will be on with Larry Glover on 590 AM at 7 pm in Lexington. Listen if you can.