A really hot Saturday is upon is. We are taping a podcast later, but a few notes:
— The big story is of course the passing of John Wooden. For those of you that dont know, Wooden had a strong connection to the Bluegrass state. His last game was coached against Joe B Hall (a game that Hall has said was “an honor” to be a part of), he was the mentor of Denny Crum, a friend to John Calipari and his first coaching job was with Dayton High School in Kentucky. The man loved basketball and that means he loved Kentucky and all mourn his passing today.
— I am told that Brandon Knight, Stacey Poole and Eloy Vargas arrive on campus this weekend, with Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb to come in the next couple of weeks. Knight, Poole and Vargas will join Kanter at UK in taking early classes and getting ready for the trip to Canada (which is going to have a broken down Kia Rondo full of KSRites likely following it) this summer. So expect to see them around, although Knight will be without the flowing braids.
— I am told that the Derrick Locke injury is not serious, at least as it pertains to next year. All expect him to be fine by the time serious prep for the season begins.
— Speaking of Joker, while it is very early, his recruiting class is ranked #20 in America at this point by ESPN. That ranking will likely drop as bigger programs get commitments, but it is a GREAT start and likely the best beginning in modern UK recruiting history. All about the speed man…
— “Life and Times of Tim” got cancelled. I am more than a bit distraught. GREAT show that Comedy Central is now considering picking up….DO IT!
— A source told me last night that Drake is going to have a pre-draft party for the UK players in NYC, the night before the NBA Draft. Pretty solid host for the boys as they celebrate the beginning of the next phase of their lives. In other news, the UL players are having their pre-draft party at the Sizzler in Brandenburg, hosted by Ini Kamoze. So that should be fun too.
We should have more later today, including a couple of stories we are trying to run down. Podcast tapes tonight at 6 pm and then who knows what will happen next…