— The day is filled with Terrence Jones chatter. The reality is that there is no one that is certain where he will go, although theories seem to be blowing everywhere. There is the “stay at home” theory that says Washington, the “perfect fit for Calipari” theory that says Kentucky and the “late winds are blowing their way” theory that says Kansas. I have no idea and I know that there are folks intimately involved who have no idea. It is one of the closest to the vest recruitments that I can remember and a lot of folks will be disappointed today. We will LIVE BLOG the announcement at 6 pm, so be here ready for that.
— The only “news” that has come from today is a post from Evan Daniels on Scout.com that Terrence Ross has indicated to friends that he and Jones wont be going to the same school. Now of course that could be a joke, be incorrect information, etc. But at this point, its all we got so we will take it. Ross is likely headed to Washington, so if the information is true, then its Kansas or Kentucky for the big man.
— Calipari tweeted out last night that his “program changing news” was the creation of a JV team, which is neither program-changing, or if we were anywhere but Kentucky, likely even news. Still, it is a good idea and is something that I think fans will enjoy. The JV team had some success in the late Pitino years, when he used it as a chance to develop Nazr Mohammed and to get Cameron Mills some playing time. It seems that Calipari is not intent on filling up all 13 scholarships at UK, so the player development angle may be less the issue than just allowing other Kentucky kids to wear the uniform. Either way, I will go to the games and Live Blog, so it will give us all something to do.
— I talked to an NBA scout yesterday who told me, “you will be shocked how high Daniel Orton goes in the Draft”. His view was that Orton is likely a lottery pick as of now, and if his workouts are good, the sky is the limit. It is hard to believe that to be the case with Orton scoring 3.3 points a game at UK, but the scouts love him and the opinion of the scout I talked to yesterday is consistent with the overall theme. Truly amazing, but good for Daniel.
— Finally, our prayers go out to the family of Brian Durman, a Lexington police officer killed last night on duty. Durman was struck by a hit and run driver and passed away later in the night, with many members of the police force and the mayor there at the hospital. It is a truly tragic story and one that has hit the police community in Lexington very hard. Our prayers are with everyone involved and it is a reminder of the dangers of those who give their lives to protect the rest of us.
More later in the day…