As I watch Cameroon and Denmark kick the ball around, some notes:
— As we move closer to the NBA Draft, information continues to come in and some of it is contradictory. Just this week, Patrick Patterson was named one of the draft’s big risers on ESPN.com and John Calipari said he believed that Patterson would be gone by pick #12. Then came Andy Katz today on ESPN Radio saying that Patterson would likely be the last UK player picked and might not go in the first round (I find that unfathomable). The reality is that while we all think we know, after the first three or four picks, we dont know. But we shall find out. And it is looking like we may have a special guest here on KSR over the next few days to help us take in the Draft process. Stay tuned.
— The NBA Players Camp is currently going on and giving future UK targets a chance to shine. Bowling Green’s Chase Behanan wants to hear from Coach Calipari and hopes to be recruited by UK. He is having a great summer by all reports and his stock seems to be rising. But he doesnt seem high on UK’s radar (he is on UL’s) and isnt at the talent level of the other UK recruits in the class. Knowing that, Behanan gave a mock challenge to Mike Gilchrist to show his stuff. Interesting kid and one to watch as a top in-state talent.
— Dont forget the Demarcus Cousins feature on Outside the Lines tomorrow morning at 9 am on ESPN. Andy Katz followed Cousins for a number of days and I hear the feature is quite entertaining.
— Very sad to hear of the passing of former NBA Center Manute Bol. Most only know Bol for his freakishly tall height and his time blocking shots in the league. But Bol was also a humanitarian of the highest degree, always doing things to try and help his homeland of the Sudan. He often embarrassed himself (as in Celebrity Boxing) for the sole purpose of helping and sending money to those starving in his native land. Bol’s only fault may have been his unparalleled generosity and we wish his family and nation our prayers in their time of grief
— I get lots of messages asking why we havent written a great deal about UK football. At this point, there is nothing to write. There has been no news and nothing has happened. When it occurs, we will write it….but our level of nonsense news is higher for UK basketball. The real football stuff will be on here as it happens.
— Finally, I want to welcome KSR’s newest contributor, Alex Kline. Kline will follow recruiting for KSR and does work as well for Adam Zagoria at Zagsblog.com. He will follow UK’s recruits during the course of the summer and give us information on how they do at events and interviews for the site. We are excited to have him on here and I suggest you follow his up to the date recruiting info on his Twitter feed, TheRecruitScoop. We welcome Alex and his first column will be up later today.
More stuff as the day goes on….