Hey, those guys need to get their John Wall dances in sync. One of them looks kind of familiar…
On, On to the afternoon notes:
2012 BASKETBALL RECRUITING
– Evan Daniels of Scout.com came on the radio show today to talk all things recruiting. He and Matt discussed Kentucky’s main targets for the 2012 class. I’ll outline the prospects below, where Kentucky stands on them, and Evan’s take.
Willie Cauley, 7′ C, Olathe, KS, #11 center on Scout.com. Considering Kentucky, Kansas, Kansas State, Florida, Alabama
While he may not put stars in your eyes like Shabazz Muhammad or Dajuan Coleman, Cauley is high on Kentucky’s list for a number of reasons. First, if the Cats can’t get Coleman, he is a nice consolation prize, with dynamic shot blocking skills, raw athleticism, and a natural feel on rebounding. His defense is well ahead of his offense at this point, but he’s developing a nice jump hook. Plus, he’s a seven footer. EVAN’S TAKE: Cauley is much more of a prospect than a player at this point, but he has serious potential. He can run the floor, has great hands, a developing jump hook and he can block shots. He’s better than Eloy, especially at running the floor and shot blocking.
Archie Goodwin, 6’4″ SG, Sherwood, AR, #3 SG on Scout.com. Considering Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri, Baylor, Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis and UConn
Of all the 2012 recruits, many feel Archie Goodwin is the most likely to become a Wildcat. He’s aggressive on both sides of the ball, attacking the basket with confidence. He also shows intensity on defense and is a pretty good shooter. Goodwin told Matt at the Peach Jam he will make a decision sometime in the Spring. EVAN’S TAKE: Comes down to Kentucky and his homestate school, Arkanasas. Cats have a good chance.
Alex Poythress, 6’8″ SF, Clarksville, TN, #3 SF on Scout.com. Considering Kentucky, Duke, Memphis, Vandy and Florida
Like Matt said in the night post, Cal may want Poythress more than any other player in the class. Poythress had a great visit to Lexington recently, but is reluctant to name a leader. There’s been a lot of buzz about the Nashville forward lately, due to his ability to dominate opponents with his size and strength, shoot the three, and handle the ball with ease. EVAN’S TAKE: Comes down to Duke, Vandy, and Kentucky.
These are the three players Kentucky will most likely end up with for 2012. Add in Ryan Harrow, who Evan says is one of the best ball handlers in the class, a wildcard (maybe Mitch McGary, Devonta Pollard, or TJ Warren), and the Cats will end up with at least a top ten class, maybe even top five. Not too shabby. Now, a commitment from Shabazz Muhammad, Brandon Ashley, or DaJuan Coleman would obviously vault that class even higher, but for now, these are the guys that Cal feels most confident about.
Snippets are coming out on Twitter about the Joker Phillips luncheon today in Louisville. I’m sure Matt, the emcee of the event, will be along to tell us all about it later, but here are some quick hitters until then:
– Joker on winning championships at Kentucky: “Don’t laugh at that. Do not laugh at it. I’m not in this business to go to bowl games.”
– Apparently a UofL fan confused him with Charlie Strong the other day, to which Joker said: “I’m Joker, but I’ll give Charlie the message…I guess we all do look alike.”
– Joker repeated the line that Rick Minter told us at the UK Football Women’s Clinic back in July about UK being a hoops school: “I’ve never seen 70,000 people in Rupp Arena.”
– On recruiting: “We’ve got to go out of state sometimes to get our arms and legs, but the state of Kentucky is our heart and soul.”
– The only real bit of news was that LG Stuart Hines conditioned with the team yesterday and will hopefully practice on Friday and be ready for the opener.
– Well, it appears the Mike Hartline era in Indianapolis is over before it began. Today, the Colts signed QB Kerry Collins to step in while Peyton Manning continues to recover from neck surgery. No word on which backup QB gets cut, but Hartline, the only backup without NFL experience, is at the bottom of the depth chart.
– Want to attend the 2011 UK Basketball Women’s Clinic? I know I do (hint hint, Matt/Beis/Drew). UK Athletics just announced it will take place on Sunday, October 2nd from 4-7 p.m. It costs $100, but please, that’s a small price to pay to be among the first to meet the freshmen, learn the dribble drive, tour the facilities, and get the chance to ask Coach Cal what he really thinks of Orange Leaf yogurt. Go here for more information. And yes, you must be a woman to attend.
– Here’s today’s podcast. Like I said earlier, Matt talked to Evan Daniels, so if you want even more basketball recruiting talk, tune in. Ryan Lemond took over for the second hour and talked football, with special guests Harold Denis and Dusty Bonner.