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The above picture is awesome and occurred tonight at the Northern Kentucky book signing, where the question on all UK fans’ minds continues to be…what will the remaining UK players do? I have no definitive answers but will pass along the latest we are hearing:
It is almost certain that Julius will announce tomorrow that he is going to the NBA Draft. Randle is going to be a Top 5 pick and thus going is a no-brainer. Like James Young however, he will finish class at Kentucky this semester and not pull an “Orton.”
All indications we are hearing are that Alex will return. There are people around Alex who would like to see him leave but he hasn’t gotten strong interest from the Draft folks and he wants to come back and continue towards his degree. Alex is a very smart kid who likes school and is close to his sister who is also a student at UK. If it were solely up to Alex, the decision would have been made and he would be back at Kentucky. But Calipari and UK have had to deal with other folks interested in him entering the Draft and Poythress is having to work through that process. Kyle Tucker today said that he is hearing that the Harrison Twins’ decision will have an effect on Alex’s but everything I have heard says that is incorrect. Poythress wants to return and that announcement could happen very soon if he is able to pull the trigger as he hopes.
In terms of news, Dakari has slipped a little bit from the forefront. Two weeks ago, Johnson wanted to return to Kentucky and I think everyone assumed that would be what would happen. But as he has gone through the process, I am told he has gotten more favorable feedback than he expected and now it has made the decision much tougher. I talked to two folks close to the process in the last two days, both of whom assumed he would return but said it was “60/40” return and getting less every day. The longer the process goes, the more possible a Dakari to the draft decision becomes.
I continue to say that most of the gossip and “word on the street” about the Twins is all false. I did read the article in Houston over the weekend as saying that the Twins are looking for a reason to enter the Draft, and I think if they could find it, they would leave. But the reality is that the feedback they are getting isn’t great and they are smart kids who want to make the best business decision possible. I have spoken to two people that are as close to the Twins as anyone and neither of them know for sure…that is why I don’t believe any of the gossip that is currently floated about. I do think however that Tuesday’s meeting with Calipari will be crucial and his advice will have a strong impact in the process, either way. At this point, if you made me make a bet, I would bet on them returning just because they can’t both be certain of first round pick status…but I have literally no inside information I consider trustworthy and will be waiting just like all of you.
There are going to be some big KSR shows coming this week, so sit back and relax. Going to be a lot of fun…