Hello, girls. That’s textbook form on those three goggles. Doron would be proud.
— The pinky is still holding Terrence Jones down. Coach Cal said Jones won’t practice today and he probably won’t play tomorrow afternoon against Loyola. Cal added that Jones wants to play but he’ll probably hold him out anyway. That’ll free up more quality minutes for Eloy and Wiltjer that could be very valuable for those two as the Louisville game and league play quickly approaches. Yesterday, Calipari joked that Jones is now the 13th-man on the roster since Kentucky won without him.
— Matt May spoke with Jon Hood before today’s practice and Hood said he’ll begin straight line running on January 12th. Hood is out for the season with a torn ACL but his recovery is crucial for next year with what could potentially be a very thin Kentucky lineup.
— UConn’s Andre Drummond is now the greatest walk-on in the history of college basketball. Drummond, who made a late summer commitment to the Huskies after deciding to forego his senior year of high school, is paying his own way through school this year with help from his family and “non-institutional” financial aid. The original plan was for him to take redshirt freshman Michael Bradley’s scholarship but Drummond made the switch to walk-on in early November and gave the scholarship back to Bradley. This has s—- written all over it. How can a school on probation get away with recruiting one of the nation’s best players to come be a walk-on? I’m pretty sure it doesn’t work like that, especially when the NCAA just hit UConn with a three-year scholarship reduction.
— Jarnell Stokes announced on Twitter yesterday that he will announce his college choice sometime tomorrow. CBSSports.com believes it will be either Florida, Memphis, or Tennessee. The only problem with Memphis is that the school doesn’t have an available athletic scholarship so he would have to find financial aid to pay for school. If he does that, he would have to wait until next season to suit up for the Tigers because he would be a “recruited walk-on” since he took an official visit to Memphis earlier this year. The NCAA does not allow recruited walk-ons to play in their first year on campus, which makes the Andre Drummond situation even more suspect. Stokes is also considering Arkansas, UConn, and Kentucky, although UK is in a similar situation as Memphis since the Cats don’t have an open scholarship.
— You can put all that Nerlens Noel reclassifying to 2012 talk away. Nerlens Noel told ESPN Recruiting that he is 90% sure he won’t play college basketball next season, despite rumors that he may reclassify. The second best player in the class of 2013 said, “the fact that those coaches think I can play now, definitely gives me even more confidence on the court,” as if he needs anymore confidence. My only question is, whatever happened to kids going to high school for four years and graduating?
— Noel may be one of the top prospects in the class of 2013 but he won’t take over Jabari’s Parker’s top spot in the rankings until he has his own website. Jabari now has JabariParker22.com, making him the first 16-year old to have an official website since Miley Cyrus.
— On today’s podcast, The Truth brags about Indiana’s “Crystal Waters” hitting a buzzer-beater to beat UK and tells Matt Jones that Santa is bringing him a bag of tater chips. Enjoy…