A few things before the most peaceful Sunday of the year….
— I must admit that I was riveted to the television today watching UK’s own Steve Flesch contend in the Masters. Flesch, who proudly has a big UK logo on his bag and is a huge UK fan, is only three back of the leader and is playing as solidly as any one in the tournament. On nearly every hole on the back nine, Flesch had a makeable birdie putt and had a couple more of his shots gone in, we could be talking about something really special. But as it is, the lefthander is going for Masters glory tomorrow, all the while with a UK bag right next to him.
In addition, Flesch holds the honor of being the only person ever to give Matt Jones a golf lesson, back when I was in high school and had (irrational) dreams of playing golf in college. I went with the rest of the Middlesboro High School golf team (a devoted bunch of golf prodigies) to a golf camp in Lexington, where I was assigned to Flesch’s group for the week. He helped me hone my swing from awful to simply bad, all the while telling me that I would be much better if I would wear golf shoes and not tennis shoes (I never obliged). Now this guy is going for Masters glory, no doubt spurred on by our encounters many years ago. If he wins, I hope he does not have the same fate as the MHS Golf team did when we won a golf tournament at Gibson Bay and were subsequently disqualified because one of our players stole a driver out of the club’s pro shop. Remember Steve….only play with the clubs that are yours.
— Big recruiting weekend as Kevin Galloway, Juan Pattillo and Ater Majok were roaming Lexington on their official visits. All three men were spotted by multiple readers at Keeneland (I thank the many people who sent me the information) and elsewhere in Lexington, with Majok said to be sporting a mighty fine UK coat. Galloway is of course already committed to the Cats and Pattillo is his JUCO teammate….and is considered to be the better player of the two by many and possibly an even bigger need. As for Majok, he has as much potential as any big man around and would get looks from the NBA if he could declare for the draft. If his weekend in Lexington was good, it would be huge for the program.
— The Boo Williams Invitational was this weekend, the first big event on the AAU schedule. Many UK targets were there and over the coming weeks, you will be introduced to them by our fine writing staff. For our purposes now however, it was the first AAU action of UK commits GJ Vilarino and KC Ross-Miller, both of whom play on the same team. Both were said to have disappointing performances by some of the evaluators, but I wouldnt much concern myself with that. I have found that AAU performances are good at looking at pure talent and seeing how players match up, but the final stats and performances tell you little about the players ability at the college game. Ross-Miller will be a star…period. Vilarino has some work to do, but he improved dramatically this year and I look forward to catching some of his games this summer.
— Ramel and Joe finished their week up at the Portsmouth Invitiational in Virginia. Ramel had a strong week on the whole, scoring lots of points and more importantly, dishing the ball to team members at a strong rate. On the whole he improved his stock and will likely see improvement on his status based on the performance. Joe only played one game and then set out the last two games, although it is not clear yet the reason. We will have interviews on this site with both of these young men this week in preparation for the beginning of the Barnstorming Tour.
— Heard there was quite a scene tonight at the Two Keys Tavern….let me know by email if you were around.
Big day of golf for the UK family. Stay tuned here tomorrow for any recruiting news that may come about and follow Flesch on CBS all afternoon….