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UK Fans of the Day Want Quick Evening Notes

It was an exciting day around KSR land, as I was fortunate enough to MC the Kentucky Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon for the third straight year. Calipari was once again great, I gave a Rick Pitino joke or two and President Capiluoto handled my good-natured ribbing well. But the star of the show was Matthew Mitchell, who killed it once again with a great speech that led to a standing ovation at the end. Between he and Calipari, I am not sure any school in America has better speakers running their basketball programs. A couple of quick hitters on what happened while I was away:

James Young will decide tomorrow at 5 pm and we will be shocked if it isn’t Kentucky. Drew Franklin’s favorite player in the 2013 class has all but stopped looking at other schools and Evan Daniels of Scout.com says that at this point, it looks as if Kentucky is the sole survivor. Getting Young, who is #8 in America according to Rivals.com, is yet another arrow in what will be a full quiver of talent in the 2013 class, the likes of which may never be matched again in college basketball. We will all be on here tomorrow at 5 pm to get ready and learn together, but if it is any school but Kentucky, we will all be shocked. As Tony Kornheiser said last week on his radio show, “If you were a great high school basketball player who wanted to go to the pros, why on Earth would you sign with anyone other than John Calipari?” I don’t know Mr. Tony.

— There has been slight panic across Big Blue Nation today about the ZagsBlog story concerning the eligibility of Nerlens Noel. It is a little complicated, but I will make it simple. Noel is currently academically eligible…that much is good. Now the question is one of amateurism, specifically some associations with folks he had around his high school days. The NCAA hasn’t yet made a ruling, but with practice beginning this weekend, the 45 day grace period has begun that allows Nerlens to practice while his eligibility is being decided. The only reason this is news now is because practice is starting. So don’t sweat it…it is what everyone assumed would happen. If there is a time to panic in the future, we will let you know. But now is not that time.

— I want to give a big congratulations to Wayne Martin of WKYT on his impending retirement. Martin (pictured below) has spent 25 years in television, after spending a good deal of time as a basketball coach as well (including for Morehead State). He has done a tremendous job with WKYT and has made great strides in coverage of UK basketball for the fans of the area. On a personal level, he has been great to me and KSR, becoming the first network station to allow us on the air, with the KSTV (now KSR) Minute that will continue this year. He has been a big believer in what we do here and has been a wonderful advocate for us not only on his airwaves, but elsewhere as well. Martin is a very loyal man who is also a great television mind and he has been a tremendous mentor to me at the early stages of my career. More importantly, Wayne has become a good friend and I will miss working with him tremendously. I wish him nothing but the best as he enters the next stage of his life.

Finally, if you haven’t been listening to the Walk-Ons Podcast, now is the time to start. The three of us are on episode 5 and this week get into the commitment of the Harrison Twins, Julius Randle, Jabari Parker, ranking the best arenas to visit in America and the proper kissing technique. Take a listen below and subscribe on iTunes if you can:

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Article written by Matt Jones

25 Comments for UK Fans of the Day Want Quick Evening Notes



  1. mike
    9:02 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    can u explain the 45 day rule further? does that mean if the NCAA hasn’t made a decision by the first game which is less than 45 days away he cannot play?



  2. mike
    9:04 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    and is that similar to the john wall situation?



  3. UKMike
    9:11 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    Mike, it looks very similar to John Wall’s situation…there’s a question as to how Nerlans paid for recruiting visits, and if there’s no determination when the 45 day window expires, Nerlans cannot play until cleared.

    As for James Young, I love this kid, but where does coach play him, SF? And that’s assuming Wiggins doesn’t re-classify and chooses the Cats.

    c’mon Julius Randle and Marcus Lee!!!



  4. Sigma Alpha Epsilon
    9:15 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    Low-Key Slutty



  5. Stumps
    9:19 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    I’d like to be that railing.



  6. GoingFor9
    9:20 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve been saying all this stuff for a couple of weeks regarding Nerlens and I was killed in the comments section. Anyway, I’m hearing Nerlens could miss up to 10 games. That would be a worst case deal. At minimum, he will miss 2 or 3 games.



  7. ebell55
    9:28 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    Just a little perspective on the season so far for UK football our first 6 opponents are a combined 33-2!! WKU lost to #1 Bama and we beat Kent State who is 5-1. We have played 4 top 20 teams. We have played the hardest schedule in the country!!!! Keep you head up Cat fans!!!



  8. bosshogg24
    9:38 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, why don’t you quote the ESPN Poll? Young is #5 which gives UK 3 of the top 5 when Young commits tomorrow!



  9. Rick
    9:50 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    Just FYI for those not watching, I know it’s a preseason game, but Terrence Jones is the leading scorer on the Rockets, who are currently ahead of the Thunder. The boy came to play.



  10. Wilder Treadway
    9:51 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    baby hooootiessss



  11. WannaBiscuit?
    9:56 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    Dear GoingFor9, We all saw your posts, and all the other posts telling
    us about the N^2 sitch. Do y’all wanna biscuit for being “first”?
    No one cares who was first. We only care when he gets to play.



  12. Bling
    10:01 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    The ncas is deciding on how Nerlens paid for recuiting visits while I’m still waiting to hear the ncaa explain how Lance Thomas paid for all that jewelry.



  13. capt
    10:01 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    Terrence Jones is currently kicking some OKC azz! At this moment, he has 18 points, and the announcers are gushing over him.



  14. Rob
    10:06 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    #3 – Young will play SF. I think Evan Daniels said the SF position would suit him better. Wiggins can play wherever. Off the charts special. Give me 4 of top 5 and 5 of top 10. Worry about what position they’ll play later.



  15. Truth
    10:10 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    If the NCAA will allow a moron (Eric Bledsoe)) to play, no way will they declare Noel ineligible. Bledose cannot read or put three words together and he aced his algebra 3 and 2 classes. UK was lucky the folks in Alabama refused to talk (in order to save their own jobs). As much as you goobers cry about duke and unc, you dodged a major bullet with the think tank not being declared ineligible.



  16. Bling
    10:20 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    16-Not a good comparison at all. What appears to have happened at Duke with Lance Thomas, and at UNC with the phony classes seems to be completely the wrongdoing of the two colleges. At least from what has been reported thus far.



  17. Bling
    10:27 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    Actually let me correct that. Unless Duke gave Lance Thomas the 30 grand then it was on Thomas and not the school but they would still be at fault for improper benefit (ie. Camby)



  18. BigBluSoTru
    10:34 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    Okay this crap about if you want to go to the pros why go any where else. As much as i love the pub UK is getting because Cal is getting all these top can’t miss NBa recruits. Last i checked alot of the other nba players came from other programs. Not just UK. Heck if you look at alot the players in the nba Texas and wake forest and ucla have a whole lot just saying. Cal is not the end all be all.



  19. WOW
    10:44 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    18 you are an idiot.



  20. Sources Close To Program
    11:05 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    #15- You are way out of line. Your mission each day appears to be to run down others. I can only assume that stems from extreme envy. I wouldn’t be surprised if you are the type that is jealous of your neighbors and co-workers. Spite and envy will destroy you, eat you alive. Others often times get ahead because they work harder or smarter. So here is a word to the wise, try to ighten up and give everyone their due….you will fill better about yourself and have less stress in your life.



  21. jmfatz47
    11:36 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    Absolutely no reason to think that a class like this will never happen again as long as Cal is here. Hell, wouldn’t surprise me to see UK land numbers 1-5 in the nation one year……this is simply the place to be



  22. barn
    8:34 am October 11, 2012 Permalink

    that’s a real smorgasbord



  23. Al's IndiCats
    8:38 am October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Knowing how fast the NCAA works, my guess is that they’ll take their time about Nerlins. My guess is that they could wait until half the season until they finally agree how the visits were paid for. And yet they seem to rule on the Dukes, UNCs and KUs without any hesitations……Yeah they need to go the way of the dinosaurs, and be quick about it!!!!!



  24. Bob Villa
    8:40 am October 11, 2012 Permalink

    railing….is….going….to…..give way….any…..second….



  25. Enes Kanter
    12:08 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    23) My guess is you’re right. I’m getting really nervous about Noel missing significant time.