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UK Fans of the Day Want Recruiting and Site Update

Couple of quick notes after a great weekend at the KSTV Casting Call, in which we found a lot of good talent and produced some entertaining television (the Stone Cold Willow tryout will have to be seen to be believed):


It can sometimes be a little bit confusing for those that are not recruitniks, to figure out exactly where things stand at a given moment for UK’s recruiting. So here it is in a nutshell. Kentucky would like to add 1-2 more players for the 2012 class. In a perfect world, the Cats would add one more perimeter player and one more big man. However, such a decision comes with complications…most importantly that the Cats expect to be LOADED in the 2013 class. Virtually anyone that were to take a scholarship at this point (with the exception of Anthony Bennett) would not be a potential “One and Done” candidate. Thus, giving a scholarship to a player now could jeopardize a player in 2013…especially if Goodwin, Harrow or Poythress (or all three) ends up a multiple year player. So that math enters into the thought process. As for who UK would get,

Big Man: The Cats are balancing a delicate situation here, with Anthony Bennett the clear top priority. Bennett seems like he will take more time (I dont believe the talk of a “silent verbal” to UK as was speculated this weekend) and while UK feels good about their chances, no one is sure what he will do. In the meantime, Amile Jefferson is still out there, and many believe that he keeps putting off his decision because of his hope that UK will be his choice. If you keep putting Jefferson off as a backup plan, what do you do if he pulls the trigger elsewhere and then Bennett picks Florida? The next choice is probably Montrezl Harrell, the Virginia Tech commit who is now looking elsewhere. His Hargrave coach is now at Louisville (who is in much heavier on Harrell than has been reported), and UK has made contact but has not become heavily involved. If the Cats feel they wont get Bennett or Jefferson decides soon, then Harrell will have heat generated towards him. Bottom line…if you read the story, “UK recruiting Harrell with more intensity”, it means the feeling isn’t as strong on Bennett as it has been.

Perimeter Players: UK’s top choice here is Torian Graham, the former NC State commitment from Raleigh. UK likes his talent and many believe he can be a big time college player. But it isn’t clear that he can get qualified for next season, and the Cats would only have interest if he can become a player for 2012. If he can get eligible, I think UK would like to take him and he would be a Cat. But there are worries if Graham can get eligible at Kentucky. Mark Lyons is probably the second choice, but the transfer from Xavier is interested heavily in Arizona and there are worries as to how he would fit in Lexington. He has been a shoot first guy, and that cant happen with this UK team, and whether he would accept that is still unclear. I think UK and Lyons will know each other’s situation soon, maybe even on Monday, and then we will know if there is any chance the relationship is furthered. Mislov Brzoja visited UK this past weekend and played with the team. I am not sure that he will get an offer at UK and it may be the case that he simply isn’t quite on the level necessary to be added. The thing to remember is that if a perimeter player is not going to offer a significant upgrade over Hood/Beckham/Polson, why bring him in? That mayb e what keeps Brzoja from being at UK.

2013 recruits: This is where the numbers game becomes very interesting. UK already has a commitment from Derek Willis. The Harrison Twins are almost assuredly Cats, unless something changes dramatically. UK wants to save a scholarship for one of the two big-time studs in the class Julius Randle or (more likely) Jabari Parker. But another top 10 stud (James Young) says UK is his leader and wants an offer. And then you have Troy Williams, who may decide this week, considering pulling the trigger for the Cats versus North Carolina. The numbers game is an interesting dilemma in the 2013 class, as UK could end up with 4 guys in the top 12, while also turning down one or two Top 15 players. Unbelievable.

So that is where we are…I think we will know a lot more by Friday. Stay tunes.

— On a completely different note, I am pleased to announce some staff changes here at KSR. After nearly four full years of service, Thomas Beisner will no longer be writing for the site on a regular basis. We still expect to see Beisner around the block a bit, but he is turning his attention to going full-time as the Producer for KSTV. The Beez is a huge part of why KSR took off and I can’t think him enough for all that he has done. He was the #2 on the site for a couple of years, ran it full-time for a year during the Brandon Knight season and has been a great contributor since his first day. While not having Beez on a daily basis on the site makes me a little sad, I am very thankful for how long he has been with us. He was the first full time employee at KSR and has maintained the site while also maintaining a wife and two wonderful children. Most importantly to me, he is also a great friend and I cant thank him enough for all that he has done over the years for the site and me personally. We love the Beez and look forward to him crushing it with us on KSTV for years to come.

So now we set off with some changes…Drew Franklin will remain the Managing Editor, keeping the site churning at a top level, as he has for the past nine months. Drew is a star, that you already know, and under his leadership, the site hit record levels of traffic this past spring. The great Tyler Thompson, who has been the Weekend Editor, will now step into a new role as the site’s #2. She came to us from the Blogger Contest and has never looked back, and has as loyal a fan base on KSR as anyone that has ever been associated with it. No person with the site has ever created a more popular feature than Tyler’s Tweet Beat and we are very happy to have her in a new, more significant role. Ally Tucker will move over from KSR College to become the site’s new Weekend Editor. If you have read Ally’s work, you know that she too is top notch and her humor level fits right in with the writers here on KSR. She helped launch the KSR College site and is the only writer who has had one of her posts directly referenced to me by John Calipari (he liked a joke she told). We also will have an expanded role for Chris Thomas (now the site’s #3 of sort) and Rashawn Franklin, who will be our UK football beat reporter next year. I hope you will join me in congratulating Tyler and Ally on their new gigs and thanking Beisner for his many years of KSR contribution. He is the best.

For now, that is all…

Article written by Matt Jones

72 Comments for UK Fans of the Day Want Recruiting and Site Update

  1. DB11
    9:00 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink


  2. SCCat
    9:03 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats to KSR, KSTV and all involved for taking things to the next level. As a displaced Cat fan the site(s) you’ve established has been my go to for almost 5 years solid now. Best is still to come i’m sure, both here and with the CAYTS.

  3. Louisville Kentucky Mortgage
    9:03 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    I Think Anthony Bennett is coming to KEntuycky

  4. UK Homer
    9:04 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Great job Matt and Co. Thank you for coming up with this site and the show. BBN is lucky to have such great ambassadors.

  5. Ty's Rack
    9:06 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Kasey Hill is better than both of the Harrison twins. If Cal would’ve gotten a hold of him then we’d have another scholarship open for 2013. I mean we’ll be fine either way, but Hill is electrifying and I’d say he’s a perfect combination of John Wall and Brandon Knight…plays much bigger than 6’1″ and can shoot the hell out of the ball. Trust in Cal though, right?

  6. majestic
    9:07 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    i think ally is going to do a great job, and as always, beez is comical on twitter and is sure to continue to do well on KSTV! drew and tyler also are great.

  7. Carruth's Entourage
    9:07 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Viva la Beez!

  8. GoCats2010
    9:10 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink


    While I have been on KSR longer than Sir Thomas has been writing here, Beisner was a HUGE catalyst for the BOOM in KSR!(Evan? not so much) From Wildcat Blitz to KSR to KSTV, Beisner has killed it every step of the way. He’s been killing it with his guest bookings on the TV show.

    Get ’em!

  9. UK Homer
    9:12 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    I’d also like to thank the trolls for helping us get through slow news times. Nothing unites great fans quite like an illogical troll doing his/her best NJT impression.

  10. Manbearpig
    9:12 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Ode to the man who gave us Poop Tooth…but on another note I’m okay with more Tyler!

  11. SmDreads
    9:13 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    The less Beisner, Matt, and Drew write on this site, the quicker it will go down hill. When I saw they’re were “staff changes” at KSR I got excited thinking it might be that Stuart Hammer will no longer for KSR. Maybe next time.

  12. M. Vick
    9:17 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    I always thought that Rashawn Franklin was Drew’s urban alter-ego?!?

  13. Andy
    9:19 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Beisner I want you to know I loved reading your posts and I wish you the best

  14. GoCats2010
    9:21 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    7. A-to-the-men

  15. truth
    9:21 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Derek Willis is horrible and will be lucky to be ranked in the too 100 by the end of his senior year. Odds are he never signs with uk.

  16. Smiley Pete
    9:21 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Beisner has two kids!? What the h*ll? Where was this news? Clearly not enough baby pictures since he cut down on writing…

  17. CaliUKFan
    9:22 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats to Beisner, my favorite writer on KSR. I’ve been pleasantly suprised by KSR college and am confident that KSR will remain top notch.

  18. Old Henry Man
    9:23 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Great article. I think Lyons is the first choice, because UK will need the Scholarship for 2013-2014. Graham is not 1 and done.

  19. davis for three
    9:24 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Harrell is going to the tards and buckles and his injured knee are going to fiu.

  20. macon_volfan
    9:25 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    good to have another Transy grad move into the management of the site. Also glad that Breisner isn’t totally gone. He’s a nice guy.

  21. hoodisaretard
    9:28 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Three goggles are about as cool as gold chains.

  22. Kristen Geil
    9:29 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    what was the joke calipari liked??

  23. Sir Brandon
    9:35 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    I shalt miss the excellence of thy regular posts, Baron Beez. Fare thee well in you full time KSTV endeavor.

  24. Parker
    9:37 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Man I miss Will Lentz

  25. SexnNursinHomes
    9:43 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Hell Yeah to Beis! Congrats! Drew and TT, glad they moving up. They deserve it. Best entertainment in KY for me. KSR #1. Otherwise lick my balls.

  26. SexnNursinHomes
    9:44 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    24- I miss Lentz too.

  27. poppycat
    9:48 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    What’s the big deal, if Poythress and Goodwin become multiple
    year players, we will be short on rides for ’13?
    If Poy and Goodwin return, we don’t need some of those
    ’13 players. What Fr would you rather have than Poy and
    Goodwin to repeat? No one. Give me 3 top 10 and return 4 starters.

  28. kentuckyjoe
    9:51 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Gonna miss Beez for sure. He’s been great. Drew, TT, and Ally; all mega-talents and the site remains in good hands. Congrats to everyone.

  29. E
    9:52 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    I’m truly not trying to be harsh, but TJ, Drew and Matt are the only writers that I would read for entertainment and they are fading out. Matt brings great insight/opinions and Drew/TJ are very funny. Everyone else is just average in my opinion. Again, not meaning to hurt feeling, but that’s just honest feedback from a fan of the site. To be fair, I do like Tweetbeat Ty and you’re a solid writer.

  30. Paducah Patty
    10:01 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    I hate change!

  31. Anchorman
    10:03 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink


  32. The Rock
    10:04 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    4 wonderful, electrifying years and I’m still not sure if it’s Beeze-ner or Bize-ner.

  33. Uhm, who?
    10:05 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Beez is great. We will miss him. Drew is ok most of the time. (I still miss Kate.) Tyler Thompson is awesome. It’s a great travesty that Miss TT did not win the first blogger contest. Clearly time has proven that she was the best of the lot. Corey Nichols is good, but most of the others who post here have no real personality. It’s hard to read through some of the forced “humor” to glean the tidbits of news.

  34. Terry Jipton
    10:16 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    This does not bode well for UK

  35. ButterBags
    10:17 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Man we could make some fine cheese with all those butterBags

  36. Perfect Patterson
    10:18 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    As always I appreciate the free news and as long as I don’t have to pay, I will continue to give you 20 hits a day and listen to the show’s podcast.

    If I were to give my opinion as a reader on the site content:

    Let’s rehire Will Lentz. Him and D. Franklin were a dynamic duo. We need more of the comic relief that made KSR famous.
    Without Beez, Tomlin (regular basis), Fake Gimel, Will Lentz, and Drew(who is having to report real news now ) the posts are not as entertaining as they once were. I can’t really say I read any of the Thompson, Tucker, Thomas posts anymore, and I do miss the in depth afternoon-notes/night-posts with real insight/content from Matt or Beez; those were quality.

  37. BPsycho
    10:19 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    I could write all day about how awesome Beisner is and what he’s meant to KSR. He’s had some of the greatest posts ever posted, on the INTERNET. I wish him nothing but the best and will add that KSR will NEVER be the same.


  38. Selloutmrjones
    10:20 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Who cares
    Cal will do the right thing where players r involved

    Stop your pAnty wasting mat and enjoy the ride

    I know poker did on the joe train

  39. IWantJust"K"FootballHelmets
    10:20 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Has Tomlin been put out to pasture?

  40. G
    10:27 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone miss Dustin Rumbaugh?

  41. jls
    10:27 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    I hope this site gets some new guys that can write, otherwise people are going to stop coming over here. Some of the stuff on here is terrible. I love coming here, but the quality of info here has dropped in recent months.

  42. I am Me
    10:31 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Move over Tyler, the better gal is coming to town. “…as loyal a fan base” is about to get left behind. She’ll bicycle kick ya in tha nose (after the wedding Tyler so she doesn’t mess up your day). #lafamilia is takin’ over.

  43. JCPostel
    10:31 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats to Ally, well deserved new spot for a great girl and solid writer

  44. That about sums it up
    10:41 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    41. Yeah

  45. Sean
    10:46 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Sad to hear about Beisner…he was BY FAR the best writer for this site. It’s not a coincidence that the quality of posts has gone down since he’s been less involved. This site wouldn’t be what it is today without him.

  46. BPsycho
    10:51 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    #26, 36

    Make that 4 people who miss Will Lentz.

  47. WildcatFloyd88
    10:56 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Beisner Who? Haha

  48. Memphis Raines
    11:06 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Amazing how many people read this site, I literally can look up (sitting in the back of my lecture) and see 30% of the laptops on KSR at any given time. Thanks KSR for all you do.

  49. Lincoln park
    11:15 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    Sad sad sad day for KSR. Thx for the laughs, Beis

  50. Captain Obvious
    11:19 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    There are 12 nipples I would love to see in the picture above, and yet, I get to see a nipple that I do not care for.

  51. Captain Obvious
    11:20 pm April 29, 2012 Permalink

    6 chicks and only 5 dudes; I like those odds, and some lucky guy is going to have some double-trouble heading his way!

  52. Cayuts
    12:11 am April 30, 2012 Permalink

    I miss Fake Gimel

  53. Turley Curd, jr.
    12:14 am April 30, 2012 Permalink


  54. The Truth
    12:28 am April 30, 2012 Permalink

    bring back the original Intern!

  55. kaminski '91, Owensboro
    12:28 am April 30, 2012 Permalink

    please put names with the faces on your banner page. I will miss the name but i will never recognise his face.

  56. LoganBleedsBlue
    12:34 am April 30, 2012 Permalink

    I really like the changes. Drew Franklin, Tyler, and Ally is a very strong ksr crew. Thanks for all the great updates and posts. Only at ksr and someone get a producer gig so nicely done Beez.

  57. carrico
    12:42 am April 30, 2012 Permalink

    good move on the Ally Tucker decision. she cracks me up and is a great writer.

  58. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    1:12 am April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats to the Beez on moving up in the world. Selfishly, however, I hate this move. Favorite writer now gone. Now left with Drew Franklin (money) and a slew of writers I hate.

  59. GrundyCats
    1:33 am April 30, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t see a terrible numbers problem. In 2013, our returning scholarship players will likely be John Hood, Ryan Harrow, Kyle Wiltjer, Alex Poythress (possibly), Archie Goodwin, and Willie Cauley-Stein, plus anyone else we add this summer that isn’t one-and-done. That’s probably seven guys.
    In 2013, you add Derrick Willis, Andrew and Aaron Harrison, and Jabari Parker or Julius Randle. That’s eleven scholarships with one more to hand out to either Troy Williams or James Young.
    The assumptions are that Nerlens leaves after one year, Poythress doesn’t and we add one more guy this summer. You may have one guy left out of the mix, but with that roster, you’re extremely stacked anyways.

  60. Captain Obvious
    1:46 am April 30, 2012 Permalink

    #59, I already posted above that I do not see a terrible numbers problem either. There are 6 chicks and only 5 dudes. Those are good numbers, not terrible.

  61. Hicks
    2:59 am April 30, 2012 Permalink

    I’m nostalgic, I want Beez to write on here forever. Some of the best one liners ever put up on KSR. No offense to everyone else he’s just more knowledgeable on the specifics and his style of writing fits what I feel the site is about. I realize he hasn’t been writing as much lately anyway but without the chance of a Beisner post I worry about the future. I started coming to KSR right around when Cal came to UK so I don’t know what it was like pre-Beisner maybe everything will work out fine. Don’t get me wrong I will always check KSR, but now I just might not do as much reading.

  62. suz
    7:21 am April 30, 2012 Permalink

    So loving the expanded role of the chicks … we love sports too, especially UK sports. Let’s GO GIRL’S

  63. Real Cats Fan
    7:30 am April 30, 2012 Permalink

    That’s a photo bomb if I ever saw one.

  64. Walden Schmidt
    7:50 am April 30, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll take the ugly one.

  65. catty
    8:27 am April 30, 2012 Permalink

    So sad to hear Beisner won’t be posting here anymore. So happy for him that the KSTV gig is really taking off. But he needs to keep writing. Love his style of writing.

    The funniest thing I ever read on here was during a live blog. Beisner said his wife told him she wasn’t feeling well, and he offered to take her temperature. I spit my water out that time!

  66. 3 fan
    8:40 am April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Best of luck Beis! BRING BACK DUSTIN RUMBAUGH!!!

    As to the recruiting, Cal really needs to toss Willis back to Louisville. He is going to be recruited over the whole time he is here.

  67. Boogie
    8:56 am April 30, 2012 Permalink

    The cigarette over the ear is a helluva look. Douchebag.

  68. My name is Gabe brah
    9:43 am April 30, 2012 Permalink

    The guys in the picture look like a bunch of d bags

  69. CatBlue in LR
    10:07 am April 30, 2012 Permalink

    I saw the Real Deal in the Rock this weekend and was underwhelmed by the Harrison twins, specifically their attitude–very petulant, especially Aaron. Keep an eye out for Hasan Martin from NYC. Very dynamic game, and he told me he’s waiting for interest from UK. Also impressed with Jordan Mickey from Dallas, and Austin Nichols out of Memphis has a solid around-the-basket game. He lit up when he saw someone in a Kentucky shirt (me) and is very interested in the Cats. The Louisville team has a ’14 guard named Russell who would look good in blue. He’s going to some academy in Florida. Ellis Myles coaches that team and told me he would love to get UK interested in some of his guys (I know–take that for what it’s worth).

  70. blindsided
    10:28 am April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Nicolette, Is that you????

  71. Ciggy
    11:02 am April 30, 2012 Permalink

    I always really liked beez. Good luck with whatever your doing.

    And i really dig TT, glad she rocketed to the top so quick, she deserves it.

  72. Simple Math
    2:43 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    51, 60: You forgot about the guy taking the photo…6 p vs 6 d…everything in balance…:)