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UK Player of the Day is Ready for Afternoon Notes

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Happy Birthday to sure-to-be KSR favorite Enes Kanter, who turns 18 today. Enes has all the makings of a star on the court and is poised to become a legend off of it. I have my Turkish national uniform on order and am ready to see Enes take over the Big Blue Nation. Happy Birthday and here is to hoping there is an Undertaker tombstone piledriver in honor of you. To the notes…

— It was one of those exciting nights last night where everything just seemed to fall into place. With the Twitter world bustling and KSR seeing unprecedented traffic, Terrence Jones picked UK and the world celebrated. It cant be underestimated what a huge get this is. I talked about the effect on the court, but off the court, it is yet another statement about what an amazing recruiter Calipari truly is. The kid calls a press conference, picks another school…and then still ends up at UK. If you were a Washington fan, you would be upset. But as is, another crazy good night for the Big Blue.

— Speaking of Washington fans being upset, segments of the UW fanbase went ballistic last night as soon as Terrence Jones announced. The most egregious actors were those who wrote Jones on Twitter and Facebook and said some extremely vile comments. I wonder if the national media will pick up on those with the same furor as the Mark Hamilton-Daniel Orton comments earlier this year. Also funny was to hear the Seattle radio host who had her show linked on this site and TCP, and then found two hours of UK callers making her slowly go into “Frosted Tips on #wrongonpurpose night” levels of anger. All in all it was one of those “great nights to be on the internet” type of times. Hope you saw it.

— In non-Terrence Jones news, Josh Harrellson keeps getting it done in China, scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds in his latest game. His ability to see clock has just gotten much more difficult with the Jones commitment, but Jorts isnt going down without a fight. The series in China has seen multiple good performances and he is getting in shape and making himself ready to compete. A Jorts-Enes Center combination would make me more than a bit happy.

— Today is also a big day for the outgoing UK players as the NBA Draft Combine is going on in Chicago. A number of the UK players are not working out at the event (Wall and Cousins understandably…Orton less so). But Patterson and Bledsoe are scheduled to do their thing. They will then later meet the media, so we should hear more from them soon. Best of luck to all the guys.

— John Wall is becoming a media darling in Washington already as he made the rounds yesterday a bit. He said he loved DC and would like to play there for a number of reasons, not least of all because Obama could see him play and “thats my homeboy right there.” John Wall has seen his life change like none other. And to call the President his “homeboy”….you gotta love that swagger that Wall has…it is going to make him a star.

— Finally, the latest Scout.com rankings for 2011 came out. Three potential future UK players went 1-2-3, with Michael Gilchrist followed by Quincy Miller followed by Marquis Teague. Johnny O Bryant is #5, Tony Wroten slipped ten spots to #19 and Michael Chandler is #48. The Cats can get 1-2-3….amazing.

I am doing some stuff this afternoon, but the Beez will be taking you home. Good things are on the way…

Article written by Matt Jones