Prior to the 2010-2011 season, if you had asked your average UK player who their favorite author was, you may have gotten a variety of different responses. While it wasnt in the book genre, I do remember the first time I interviewed both Patrick Patterson and AJ Stewart and both said to me in separate interviews that their favorite movie was Bad Boys 2. At that point it became clear to me that my taste and that of the average UK basketball player might be slightly different. But now here comes Brandon Knight, loving some William Shakespeare, whose birthday is today. For those of you that missed the story (or didnt hear the podcast), Knight is apparently a Shakespeare ace and his high school English teacher says he is the best at reading Shakespearean sonnets of anyone that she has ever taught. That insight truly has blown my mind and makes me eager to know more about Knight. Is he Kentucky’s “Finding Forrester”, simply needing an interaction with an old grizzled UK teacher (played by Wendell Berry) who helps him showcase his inner love of literature, while his game flourishes on the court. That is certainly my hope and rather than copying our past point guard and doing the “Brandon Knight” dance at Midnight Madness, I hope he walks onto the court a la the former WWF wrestler “The Genius” (who was from Kentucky) and asks that everyone please take a seat while he reads a passage from “Othello” to the crowd. That my friend would be unique and could spark a whole new craze for next season.
To the notes:
(1): It is the final recruiting week for the 2010 class, as Terrence Jones makes his decision on Friday and CJ Leslie makes the call at some point potentially as well. Kentucky wants to see one of those guys end up in Blue and White, but as of yet neither is a lock. Terrence Jones visited Kansas today, tweeting on his interminable ride to Lawrence (which as Drew and I can attest is officially the farthest place on Earth). CJ Leslie on the other hand, spent the weekend at UCONN and has added the Huskies as a major player along with NC STate and Kentucky. The Cats really want Jones and are hoping against hope that he will pull the trigger and choose Lexington over the close proximity of Oregon and Washington and the newness of Kansas. One of these guys commits and Kentucky has the #1 class in the land for the second straight year. This is the week we will find out and as always, we will keep you updated.
(2): The other basketball recruiting story of the weekend is the magical mystery ride that is the Tony Wroten Jr Twitter machine. We have learned with these social media outlets that we can learn (for good and bad) more about these recruits than ever before. Kyrie Irving communicated with the fans via a streaming video feed earlier this year, CJ Leslie retweets every comment made to him by fans of the various colleges and now Tony Wroten seems to spend every waking hour talking recruiting and teasing UK fans on his account. Will Lentz went over all he has said earlier today but the big theme seems to be that he wants to get Quincy Miller to commit with him to Kentucky and create a special class. There is still some debate as to whether UK has actually offered Wroten, but at this point, the insight into his recruitment isnt coming from others, but from Wroten himself. He broke the Teague commitment and will likely break his own and possibly Quincy Miller’s in the near future. He is a must follow….even if his comments make you feel 80 years old.
(3): John Calipari also got into the Big Blue Nation tease business, as he sent out a message yesterday that he was at the Charlotte Bobcats game, spoke to Larry Brown and Brown had told him something that would have a huge effect on the program if he did it. He of course didnt say what it was and then followed up by letting people know that he would break the story in the future. I have no idea what he could be talking about and my guess is that it will be not a huge deal. But I do love the fact that Calipari, even if occasionally being annoying with the teasing, gets what UK fans like. They like news tidbits during the offseason and knowing information about the program. Cal understands that and tweets like the one Saturday get people talking. That is a good thing for the program and its buzz.
(4): It was NFL Draft time this weekend and I watched less of the Draft than at any point in my life. I admit that I love the Draft and am a sucker for Mel Kiper’s analysis and hair (you can have Todd Mcsuck if you want). But this year I missed nearly all of it due to other commitments and the KSR celebration Friday night. We know that Corey Peters went in the third round to the Falcons, Trevard Lindley in the 4th round to the Eagles and John Conner in the 5th round to the Jets. Also today, UK had four players sign as Free Agents to various rosters. The list is below, but as you will see, still no Micah. Makes you wonder what the future holds for the kid who hopefully will find a home very soon.
Zipp Duncan has signed with the Eagles.
Justin Jefferies signed with the Chargers.
TC Drake signed with the Chiefs.
Alfonso Smith signed with Cardinals.
As we move towards Derby week, we will be gearing up for our summer coverage around KSR. This week is the week we will announce the Blogger contest and get ready for some cool stuff throughout the year. We are approaching KSR’s 5th birthday this fall, so if you have good ideas for something for us to do, make sure and suggest it along the way. Below is the KSR Podcast from this week, Episode 19, which has some great stuff. You can listen below or subscribe on iTunes (do the latter). We are also considering releasing the 3 am podcast where we unleash our thoughts on the local media and Hubby makes me laugh for ten minutes harder than I may have ever laughed before. We wont put it on the site (for a variety of reasons) but are considering having it for a fee on iTunes. That will make sure (a) few people hear it and (b) Drew can eat next week. I will let you know if it goes up on iTunes, but it wont be here and will be like the old Marshall County second half podcast…something available for only a few days before it fades off into space.
More all day……..