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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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28 responses to “Pilgrim’s Insider Notes: Johnny Juzang and Kerry Blackshear Jr. updates, final thoughts on the NBA Draft”

  1. Smyrna_Cat

    I always get a bit dizzy from this “insider news.” It seems most of this insider stuff seems a lot like “stuff reported on KSR dozens of time.” I miss the good old days of insider news with doors, Jai Lucas, and PP. Now THAT was some spot-on insider stuff!

  2. nocode96

    Thanks for this, very insightful and well written. Look forward to all your articles on here. I’m an admin on Reddit’s college b-ball site (I know, lame and unimportant), and one of our crazier subscribers is saying something that caught my attention today. This anonymous guy has called some out of the blue recruitments in the past (he called Knox to Kentucky, Zion to Duke, and a few others months before they happened when those schools were all seen as nothing more than a long shot. He’s also called a few things that never even came close to happening, so he likely just makes bold claims and gets lucky 50-60% of the time) and at least dies a good job of pretending he’s somewhat connected. He made a private statement today to all of us that a current big time recruit is very seriously thinking of backing out of his school because he feels he made the wrong choice. He didn’t mention if it was UK, Duke, Memphis, or anyone, just that a recruit was seriously considering pulling out. Have you heard anything remotely close to this about any school? Or, can we chalk this one up to one of his bs, “if I throw enough at the wall, something will stick” type claims?

    1. UKCAT5FAN

      @nocode96….you insinuating that he is talking about Whitney? I sure hope not but Ive been worried about it for a bit now. Is that what you were asking about us hearing?

    2. nocode96

      No, no, no, no….not at all. Not even in the slightest. This guy just said a top player at a big school. Nothing more than that. KSR are FAR more connected to UK recruiting than any fellow moderator there, though a few are more connected to recruiting nation wide. KSR and specifically Jack haven’t even brought this idea up about Whitney, so I’d take their knowledge over some random Reddit user any way. All I’ve heard in my circles is sunshine as far as Whitney is concerned. People may be worried about him not signing yet or something, but this stuff happens often for the very reason Whitney has said its happening. Also, fwiw, if we land this possible California reclassification, I think that only bolsters Whitney. They’re fairly similar in size, but that’s about it, his commitment would likely free Whitney up more. I don’t really know anything more about Whitney than you, but I’m incredibly confident he’s a Cat 100%. IF I had to guess, I think he’s talking about Edwards at Georgia and remotely possible that it could be Antoine at Villanova. Both big time SG guys, and more big names than just UK is going to be lacking a pure 2 guard type. But again, this is all based on what some dude that’s wrong almost half the time said.

      There is some currently interesting chatter over there, mainly from Va Tech verified fans that Bkacjshear to UK is a done deal unless by some miracle he impresses enough to be promised a lottery spot. But again, consider the source, a bunch of disgruntled Va Tech fans who just lost their coach and are about to lose their stud player.

      The college b-ball sub on Reddit has nearly 1 million users, and I can assure you some of the users and admin/moderators are well connected and known to even most casual b-ball fans. That being said, unless you’re an admin and want some power over the sub, identities are kept anonymous there, for good reason. Andy Katz could be hiding behind a username like kitten69, by that same token, unless we verify you, you can say anything there to try and gain traction. This is why, especially with UK scoops, I rely fully on KSR for bits like Jack does.

      I wouldn’t sweat Whitney at all, and love him or hate him, Cal always has a trick or two up his sleeve. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if next year’s class ends up as our most talented since the platoon year when all the dust finally settles.

    3. hitman72

      Why worry when he’s done nothing to indicate he wasn’t playing for us? He didn’t sign in November because his entire family couldn’t make it. So he decided for the spring and May 3rd was the date he could get to both have his family their and to do it at his elementary school. Cal visited him to reassure everything. Why on God’s green earth would you commit to a school day you’re not singing til the spring, set a date in the spring and be a little over a week away from doing exactly why you said you were going to do.

    4. BEnglish017

      I don’t know who you are but I’m huge Pearl Jam fan! I dig the user name. Haha.

  3. Nolecat21

    Forgetting Dontaie Allen? That would leave us 2 open scholarships.

    1. Carcrook

      I would think he’ll red-shirt, or won’t play until Jan.

  4. Smyrna_Cat

    Kind of remind of of CNN’s “Breaking News.” Everything can’t be breaking news all the time, can it? They even a show called “Breaking News” and it is primarily a repeat of the stuff they have been talking about all day. Very strange.

    Don’t get me wrong. I like much of what Jack writes about, and loved his blurbs from the Jordan classic. Perhaps we just need a blurb on here called, “It is Off-Season So Don’t Expect Much and We Won’t Try to Fake It Till We Make It.”

    1. nocode96

      I think a bunch of us love things like this, but here’s why. I love, love, love UK, but I e never played football, I don’t watch football, I’m not even 100% on the rules. I’m happy when we win and always cheer for the Cats, but football news is like watching paint dry to me, I don’t think I’m alone. In many areas of Kentucky where lots of us grew up, our schools weren’t big enough to even field an offensive line, let alone a team, but every Kentucky school shoots hoops. That’s why I’m very vocal, and defend basketball to the death on here against trolls, but you’ll never see me argue football stuff because I don’t know enough about it. The only time I open my mouth is when some idiot attacks a player or coach’s character when football is concerned. I know far more about our men’s soccer and baseball, and women’s softball and volleyball than I do about our football. I really enjoy stuff like this, especially from Jack because, and this is just my opinion, I think he leaves important little nuggets hidden between the lines for us to figure out. KSR is kind of a big deal with UK b-ball especially, they are going to know things well before they can even report it, and Jack is the recruiting guy for KSR. I do see how most fans might find it boring, or making a story out of nothing, but I think that might be because y’all really want to hear and talk about things like how good our secondary and special teams will be this year.

  5. UKinIN

    If Juzang commits does Whitney still sign?

    1. UKCAT5FAN

      I sure hope so!


    @nocode 96…..

    Are you insinuating that the recruit is Whitney? Ive been worried about this myself. Is that what you are asking if we have heard anything about?

  7. JT55

    This would be the best case scenario obviously. Would love to have both but, we def need a quality big for next year.

  8. Bigblueswami

    J-SILK COME ON DOWN! Looks to fit the Tyler Herro role to me.

    1. EastKY-BlueBlood

      How’s this for caps…, “YOUR AN IDIOT!!” Obviously you need to give up College Bball, bc you really don’t get it.. HELL if you were alive for all 114 yrs, bless ur heart, that means 106 seasons have been in ur words…, ZZZZZZZZZZ still hanging NO BANNERS!! LOL!! Only 8 successfully completed seasons in UK history, and that’s actually considered a lot!! Means all of College Basketball, every program SUCKS!! LOL

  9. KYCat4EVER

    Zzzzz… much to do about nothing! Just another pimping of our storied KENTUCKY BASKETBALL PROGRAM …LOL!

    First COACH PROCESS taunts “talent over experience any time”…. and now that he can’t get the “talent level” he once did… the “One and Done” gets supplemented with “I Had a Grad”…. ?

    All of this and we still will spend next year where we have spent the last six…. not hanging a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BANNER… and talking “who will get drafted and by whom”???

    SAD DAYS for BBN and OUR CATS!


    1. StillBP

      Meanwhile, most of BBN is enjoying the most fun we’ve had as KY basketball fans in the last 30 years. You must be around 70 years old and longing for Rupp. That’s the only coach who has ever coached UK and won more titles than Cal. Cal has more Final Fours coaching UK than any former coach other than Rupp. But sad days you say? LOL!!!

    2. Ez21

      People forget the end of the Tubby era when we were barely getting top 75-100 players so quickly. People are going to long for the days of Cal after he’s gone.

    3. wildcat2012

      Stupid comment

    4. 4everUKblue

      LMFAO! KYCAPSLOCK4EVER, is ALWAYS good for a LAUGH. He’s a COMPLETE IDIOT, but funny as hell! Like someone else said, Rupp coached when there were like 5 basketball schools on the planet. I liked Rupp but he coached in a completely different environment.

    5. Go Deep

      This guy must be an idiot or a troll.

    6. 4everUKblue

      THERE ARE ONLY a HANDFUL of you JACKASSES who think it’s sad days for UK BB, the REST OF US ARE HAVING A BLAST!

    7. ClutchCargo

      I’m still trying to understand how KYCAPSLOCK4EVER made it through the Tubby and BCG years without jumping off a bridge.

    8. 4everUKblue

      Clutch, I’m just really sorry he did!

    9. UKBigBlueForever

      KYCat4Ever is a troll… lmao ClutchCargo, I’m wondering the same thing!!

  10. UKBigBlueForever

    KYCapsLock4Ever, that is the great!!! HAHAHA

    1. UKBigBlueForever

      I will forever call this guy KYCapsLock4Ever, thank you ClutchCargo! Still laughing