First of all, let me apologize for the continued problems we have been having with our server. We have maxed out the VPS server that we are on and now are having to move to a dedicated server…..something I admit to not understanding, but it is obviously causing service disruption. Hopefully this will get better over the next couple of days, but just be patient while we work out the kinks.
Now just when you think you have figured out recruiting and know what is going on, this group surprises you. Take our man above, the Serbian giant Nicola Kecman. Ever heard of him? Bet you havent….and neither had I. But from all indications, he may have been on campus today visiting along with Paul McCoy of Oregon. It is not certain that Kecman (who apparently speaks almost no English) was the actual visitor, but it certain that there was someone else of non-American nationality who was on a visit today. I got a call about the visit this afternoon with no name attached and a couple of conversations tonight have suggested that our man Nicola is the most likely attendee. What do we know about Nicola? Well admittedly, very little.
We do know that he plays for the Eastern Arizona Junior College program. But more importantly, we know that Eastern Arizona’s nickname is the Gila Monsters. Yes you read that correctly….UK is recruiting a Serbian Gila Monster. Sometimes life is just grand. Kecman is 6’9″, 215 pounds and I know nothing of his game. But to quote Charles Barkley when he was asked about Tony Parker being drafted 19th out of France, “well I dont know anything about him, but he was picked in the first round so he must be all right.” If Gillispie likes him, there must be something to him….well beyond the fact that his college coach may currently be in jail.
What this news does tell us however is that UK is still looking for big men beyond Josh Harrellson and Ater Majok. Jody Demling reported earlier today that UK is ONCE AGAIN looking at Teeng Akol….who you may remember from our epic Marshall County Hoopfest broadcast last year. Akol is well…..in the spirit of Earth Day, I will say he is a work in progress. I admit however that if UK is looking at Nikola and Akol, I am a little baffled as to their plan. From all indications, they can have Maurice Sutton if they just ask and Josh Harrellson seems like a huge UK lean. Why go farther? I guess we shall see…..maybe there is more to the Gila Monsters than we originally would have thought.
A couple of other tidbits….
— Oregon guard Paul McCoy visited today (and according to one emailer was taken to BW3s….good eats if you ask me) and looks like a great option for the Cats. Those who spent time with him at the Derby Classic suggest that he was spreading the word that he was likely UK bound. In my view if McCoy commits, he could end up being the player that has one of the greatest impacts on UK relative to the attention he received in sometime. No one talks about McCoy and his name didnt even get mentioned until a couple of weeks ago. But the kid is explosive, can shoot and is a great leader. A commitment from McCoy is a big deal, if it happens, is a big deal in my opinion.
— We talked a little earlier this weekend about the visit of Josh Harrellson. Now many readers have asked me, when will you get a different Harrellson picture? And I think that is a fair request. Well a reader obliged today by sending two pictures he took of Josh at the Spring Game. These pictures give us a non-free throw shooting view of Josh and show off his jean shorts. A double whammy!!!
— Finally, the one piece of news to come from today courtersy of Jody Demling again is that Maurice Sutton does not have an offer at this time from the Cats. A couple of weeks ago when we spoke with Maurice, he mentioned that he didnt yet have an offer but hoped one would come soon. It looks as if that is still the case at this point. Sutton still however calls UK his top choice and says he is willing to be patient and stick with the Cats and wait. Very good news for UK if they are indeed looking in other directions and want a secondary plan.
We will have more throughout the day and hope that the site will have a day with fewer bumps in the road…..