Uh-oh. That name at the top means Matt is out of town…
I’m sorry, but we have to get this out of the way right now. I’ll never stray from being a Reds fan. They are my primary baseball love and I’ll pull for them until the day I die. But, since our relationship here is built on honesty, I have to admit that one side effect of my residence in this God-forsaken state down south is that I’ve caught a case of Rays fever. A VERY BAD case of it too. I’m sure you didn’t see it since the Yankees weren’t playing, but their game with the Red Sox tonight was another great one and they’re now sitting two and a half games ahead of Boston – despite playing the toughest schedule in baseball. Get your brooms ready, folks. Game 3 is tomorrow and Kazmir is on the mound.
Ok, sorry about that. Now on to the stuff you come to this website for….
(1) With the release of the new Rivals rankings (which really provided no surprises), it seems like a perfect time to visit the curious case of K.C. Ross-Miller, who committed to UK exactly one year ago yesterday. Ross-Miller, a 6-foot scoring point guard from DeSoto, Texas, put up absolutely huge numbers last year as a sophomore at God’s Academy (27 ppg, 11 apg, 7 rpg, 5 spg, 49% 3pt FG) and is an elite athlete and a regarded as a top-notch, lockdown defender. When he committed, he was said to be a top-3 player in the class of 2010. But, in just 12 months, Ross-Miller seems to have lost a little clout and hasn’t garnered the reputation fitting of a player with his resume. He still has no rankings on Rivals and Scout.com has him as a 3-star player. So, what happened?
Well, part of this is due to a couple of bad games on the AAU circuit this spring – especially a 2 point performance at the Boo Williams Invitational – but I tend to think that some of this slippage might be due to his early commitment. If Ross-Miller was still undecided, would he be the subject of more stories and be getting more pub on a scene where your ranking is often dictated by your hype? I think so. By basically pulling himself off of the market, he’s lost a little bit of luster and intrigue, thus he’s seen his stock level out. So, should Kentucky fans worry? Absolutely not.
When he finally arrives on campus as a part of the heralded 2010 class, Ross-Miller will still be one of the tops in his class. There is no doubt about it. And, barring any major injury, he already has the skill set and athletic abilities to be a contributor. K.C. Ross-Miller is going to be a great point guard for the Cats when he finally gets to Lexington after what has seemed like an eternity and all of these rankings won’t matter at all. The kid is special. But, then again, what do I know? Maybe I’m just biased because I’ve been in love with the kid since I saw that he told Matt this:
“Yeah I went to Indiana right before Kentucky and it was good. But Kentucky is just a whole notha’ level. I mean everything about it is amazing. It is tough to wait three years man, it is just that good. But now I can focus on some other stuff and just get ready to get up there and show what I can do. I cant wait.”
Man crush? Maybe. But I’ll never admit it.
(2)Since we’re just about the only place on the internet that hasn’t mentioned in the past few weeks anything about Michael Avery’s commitment, here is our quick mention of him. Well, kind of. Here is an update from Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples about Dwayne Polee, Jr., a 2010 forward who committed to USC as an 8th grader. Polee is now a 5-star prospect and rates as Rivals 22nd best player in the class, so the move isn’t looking so bad for the Trojans. Plus, he hasn’t pulled a Taylor King and backed out yet, which is always a plus.
(3)Staples also includes an interesting note at the bottom of the mailbag that says that Duncanville, Texas guard Shawn Williams has narrowed his list and it no longer includes Kentucky. I think it’s a good thing. Duncanville produced Greg Ostertag. That type of awkwardness can’t be taught. It must be in the water.
(4) Here is a pretty entertianing story on former Cat and current Arkansas coach John Pelphrey and his 40th birthday roast. Richie Farmer and his mustache, apparently unaware of a potential showdown with Pelphrey in The Real King of the Bluegrass tournament, was there to crack Christian Laettner jokes and the South Alabama A.D. told a great story of how Pelphrey turned down a chance at the West Virginia job when he was called by Jerry West because he had already given his word to the Jaguars. Stand-up guy, that John Pelphrey. I’ll feel bad when we pound the Razorbacks this year.
(5)So, Baron Davis did an about-face and signed with the Clippers this evening, which might have an impact on the status of Kelenna Azubuike. It was basically a given that Azubuike was gone with the Warriors having to throw money to Davis, Monta Ellis and Andres Biedrins, but now with the Davis out of the picture, the Warriors might be able to throw a little bit of coin at Azubuike. As long as he doesn’t end up with the Heat, I’ll be happy. It’s already hard enough to find myself rooting for the Pistons, Celtics and now the Lakers. Adding the Heat might push me over the edge. A good story to follow…
Well, that’s pretty much it for now. Check back throughout the day as we bring you all kinds of greatness and make bold guarantees and claims in honor of the 442nd anniversary of Nostradamus’ death…