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Hello there. How is everyone’s afternoon moving along? It’s yet another rainy day here in Nashville, so while my sump pump does its thing, let’s go over the headlines of a slow Monday so far…
— If you missed it, I spent the morning rounding up all the recruiting information from the weekend, and there was a lot of it. The 2015 class will be the major storyline around here over the next month as several elite guys finally decide where they’re going. After a few hours of research, what I gather is Kentucky’s best chance to land an elite guy is Cheick Diallo, who has buddied up with Skal Labissiere over the past few weeks. It also seems pretty likely that JuCo shooting guard Mychal Mulder will commit on his visit to UK this weekend, and while the phrase “JuCo shooting guard” doesn’t really get the blood pumping, he will fill a need on next year’s squad. Meanwhile, Calipari is going to have to hold off Duke and UNC for Brandon Ingram. Coach K will make his second in-home visit in five days tomorrow night and, with the National Championship momentum pushing the Dukies (ugh, still hurts), it may be too much for an in-state kid to pass on.
The recruitments for the rest of the guys–Jaylen Brown, Thon Maker, Malik Newman–seem too murky to speculate, but Jamal Murray looks like an interesting get. In addition to Diallo, Skal Labissiere also seems to be recruiting Murray, his teammate at the Nike Hoop Summit:
BBN show my Canadian brother @JamalMurray7 some love!! he is a stud!
— Skal Lab (@OneBigHaitian) April 12, 2015
(Turns out that Murray account was fake, but the sentiment is good all the same. Murray’s real Twitter account is @BeMore27. Thanks to @BBNFanTy for the tip.)
— As Matt said on the show today, the 2015 recruiting class is just kind of weird overall, with several kids who seem to want to be “the guy,” even if it means going to a less prestigious program. Last week, Keith Garrett of A Sea of Blue put together a lot of research on why recruits should come to Kentucky, breaking down each major program/coach to prove that John Calipari is the best at putting players in the pros. It’s very similar to the pieces I’ve done on the same subject the past two summers, but a well-researched and interesting article nonetheless, so check it out.
— I don’t know if it’s all this rain or a bad night’s sleep, but two weeks later, I’m still bummed about the loss. Sure, I have done my best to “move on” and most of the time, the loss doesn’t consume my thoughts, but when it does…man, it’s depressing. I was talking to a friend about it yesterday and explained how there’s this giant void in my life right now, which sounds so melodramatic it almost makes me want to reevaluate how much UK basketball means to me. I realize that’s impossible considering my job and no matter how hard I try, I’ll always love the Cats, but I’ve still got a bad taste in my mouth two weeks later that even makes watching the NBA Playoffs difficult. Hopefully this will get better in time. Until then, I’ll lock this loss in the cellar with ’92 and try to forget about it.
— One thing that does make me feel better is pictures of the players with fans from the various signing events across the state. This one of Karl Towns and two girls who gave him tiny sneakers for Karlito is especially great:
Karl, Dakari, and Trey will all be at the Bowling Green Hot Rods’ baseball game on Thursday night to sign autographs and meet fans. If I can make my schedule work, I’ll be there too.
— On a similar note, please stop licking Devin Booker’s car, girls of the Bluegrass:
— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) April 20, 2015
It’s disgusting and you’re better than that.