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UK target Paolo Banchero commits to Duke (ARE YOU KIDDING ME)

Photo by Michael Reaves, Getty

Photo by Michael Reaves, Getty

The top name on Coach Cal’s recruiting board, five-star power forward Paolo Banchero, surprised his fans and followers with a commitment Thursday afternoon. The problem for all of us is, Banchero committed to Duke and the stupid Brotherhood.

Banchero dropped this video on Twitter to deliver the news, silencing any buzz that had been brewing in Knoxville about new interest in the Vols. At least Tennessee shares our misery.

Duke is the worst.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

71 Comments for UK target Paolo Banchero commits to Duke (ARE YOU KIDDING ME)



  1. lexslamman
    5:03 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    Ouch, that’s Payneful.



    • FloridaCat88
      5:05 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

      Like what you did there, and you may be right..



    • Cletis75
      8:57 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

      Well, the background music was asking “where the check be?”
      If Zion can go there and get paid with no questions, why wouldn’t he?



  2. light my fire
    5:05 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    That should make Matt happy.



  3. Booher
    5:06 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    The kenny effect all ready



  4. BigBluSoTru
    5:08 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    Well all those he was a lock for us articles by this site need to be burned. Seems that Duke is doing what Calipari has done being sneaky taking other schools locks picks.



  5. BlueBanker18
    5:09 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    I never saw Banchero as a Kentucky lock, but my money was on UNC. Oh well.



    • Cletis75
      8:59 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

      I thought he looked like he had some sugar in his britches, but never dreamed he was a complete b!tch! Wow! Just wow!



  6. CahillsCrossingNT
    5:12 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    He had a chance to play for the nation’s best program and took advantage of it. Who can blame him? Plus he gets an elite-level education.



    • Catsfan1715
      5:18 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

      …Plus he gets elite-level compensation



    • CatfaninCinci
      5:34 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

      Cahills, go away. You aren’t a UK fan.



    • Headhurts
      5:42 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

      Plus he gets $$$$ and momma gets a house, yee-hee!



    • CJKAssassin123
      12:47 am August 21, 2020 Permalink

      Who cares about education. I would rather die from the virus and have college Football and Basketball than the other way around!!! Go Cats!!!



    • nocode96
      2:36 am August 21, 2020 Permalink

      Think shoot how utterly stupid your comment sounds cj. You have a life, presumably family and friends that love you, and you’d rather die than postpone some sports? Hopefully your mom and pops are still around, if they are, think shoot how heartbroken they would be hearing you say this. Lot more to life than watching teenagers play sports dude, lots.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:27 pm August 21, 2020 Permalink

      In the ACC classes are fake anyways. In the kids defense he knows they’ll just find a way to punish Louisville again to make it look like they care about half the ACC schools cheating.



  7. Catcasey1
    5:15 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    Cahill must be on drugs



    • Bluehender
      10:17 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

      He’s a troll.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:28 pm August 21, 2020 Permalink

      He’s a troll on drugs.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:28 pm August 21, 2020 Permalink

      He may also be Matt Jones.



  8. CALfacts
    5:18 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    Next class will not be to our liking. It’s going to take a couple of years to adjust w/o Payne, and Peavy! We struggle with bigs anyway, but now we will suck!



    • TonyMontana
      5:35 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

      Our next class will feature a few big time 2022 reclasses. We’ll be top 3. Who knows how this effects Patrick Baldwin… that could be a game changer. But yea… the 2021 class right now… not many top tier options left.



  9. BigBluSoTru
    5:20 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    @BB18 , not what has been written on this site.



    • Ez21
      7:40 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

      This site tells you what you wanna hear until they commit or are close to committing then they tell u that something changed or happened. I’ve seen it too many times.



  10. mashman 93
    5:27 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    I can’t believe it. Zion we strike out. Cade we strike out. James Wiseman we get stung by a Penny. Jalen Hardy we gotta beat the GLeague. Palo(spelling) we strike the hell out. We do have a hell of a class this year, but Sarr must be eligible for us to be special. I thought we had this guy.



    • TonyMontana
      5:32 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

      Every strikeout you listed wasn’t really our fault. The only way to land any of those guys was to break some serious rules. Let’s not forget we do have the #1 incoming class and we are guilt free.



  11. BigBluSoTru
    5:27 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    @Calf why are we going to struggle without Peevy he doesn’t recruit players were are you people getting that losing him we going to be done.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:33 pm August 21, 2020 Permalink

      There’s a decent chance that his the one who has put the athletic department in the right direction. Barnhart struggled till the year Peavy was promoted.



  12. 4everUKBlue
    5:39 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    K doesn’t know how to develop players and help them improve as the year goes on, just look at his “greatest recruiting class of all time” and no telling what he was promised.



  13. bigbluerexfan
    5:58 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    So maybe we get second tier talent and half of you can stop bitching about kids leaving after 1 year.



    • Soylentbeans
      6:54 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

      No now they will just bitch because we arent getting top tier talent.



    • bigbluerexfan
      8:14 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

      True. No wining with some fans.



    • BowdenQB4ever
      8:30 am August 21, 2020 Permalink

      Lol our second tier talent can’t get out of Lexington fast enough, they’d rather go play for peanuts than live the life we offer. These kids have no pride in the program or interest in being here. We’re just a glorified AAU graduate program these days, as frustrating as that is to admit.



  14. BlueSteel
    6:05 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    Well that sucks!! However I will say that I firmly believe if a kid goes to Duke he wasn’t really built for Kentucky. There is just something a little different (And not in a good way) about most of those players that choose Duke. Talented… Yes… but just not exactly style. The only recent exception may have been Zion.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:37 pm August 21, 2020 Permalink

      And all signs point to him being paid.
      More than one school offered incentives, he leaned towards one said school, and
      Duke’s assistant coach was know to give impermissible benefits.



  15. JT55
    6:27 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    Recruiting will def suffer for a few years. Should’ve gotten a dynamic recruiter.



  16. T-Town Cat
    6:44 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    Hopefully Jackson, Ware, and Fletcher develop and stay around more than one year. I also think Cal is going to put more emphasis on the transfer portal to get his one-and-dones.



  17. Realme
    7:07 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    Have y’all forgotten that this is 2020?



  18. runningunnin.454
    7:30 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    The Brotherhood sounds like a low-budget horror film; did he sign his loi at a crossroads?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJy66nnQXec



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:50 am August 21, 2020 Permalink

      Them stealing the brotherhood thing from Cal is annoying, but oh well. It’s a (sort of) free country.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:39 pm August 21, 2020 Permalink

      Coach K really reminds me of a wimpy Goldust.



  19. bbn606
    7:57 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    I understand losing a player to Duke but to lose a 5-star to Tennessee is still puzzling.



  20. KentuckyBoy
    8:13 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    This is directly related to KP leaving.



  21. JGo
    8:38 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    Never believed he was ever going to commit to UK so I don’t see this as much of a loss. Just will make beating pUKe more sweeter!!!!



  22. UKgrad80
    8:43 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    And the beat goes on!



  23. kentuckybackupplayer
    9:46 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    you fools!! Cal was a great recruiter before Payne and he will be a great recruiter after.



    • JGo
      5:41 pm August 21, 2020 Permalink

      Amen!!!



  24. mashburnfan1
    9:57 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe they showed a replay of the beat down K put on Cal with a younger and less talented team. 34 points is no fluke. And for the one saying K does not develop players, I guess you think Cal does. Lets go over this again, Cal was great at getting NBA guys back in the day….Wall, AD,and guys back then were top picks the year prior had they gone to the NBA right from High School. Cal does not get those type guys now, Zion, Edwards, Wiseman etc are going to other schools and still getting drafted very high. Heck even guys that get hurt 3 to 10 games into college still go as high lottery picks.NO COACH develops these players in the 8 months they have with them. If it is Cal please explain the many many more players that went down in their draft projection from HS after playing for Cal for a year or more. Nick was #1 C and sure top 10 pick, after 3 years of development by Cal the NBA does not want him and he is 7 feet tall. Many more went well below their HS projection…POY, Twins, Briscoe, Goodwin, Skal, Johnson and too many more to name. All drafted well below their HS projection or not drafted after getting developed by Cal. Even this season with Maxey, IQ, Hagans. Not bashing Cal as it is not all his fault these guys dropped, they were simply exposed by having to play a year in college. I’m just saying to all the Call kissers, 4ever, he does not develop squat.



    • runningunnin.454
      10:28 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

      Beat down K put on Cal with a less talented team? Seriously? You mean the Blew Devil team with the greatest recruiting class since James Naismith hung up the peach baskets? You like to make up “facts” as you go along, huh?
      At least Cal’s team improved as that year wore on; I would say that was development.
      K’s team became noticeably worse with each game; and they were lucky to survive the Sweet Sixteen.



    • BowdenQB4ever
      8:38 am August 21, 2020 Permalink

      Spot on. Cal is winding things down. Can’t get your target? No problem, there’s a junior who kind of plays like him and is willing to skip a year of development so he get straight to Kentucky and then straight into the g league. He’s gonna cash checks, win 22-27 games/year, make a few runs in March, and put together some nice classes. But the days of the big blue machine loading up with NBA ready guys and dominating basketball are over under John Calipari. If you think he’s earned it, then enjoy watching the retirement tour with his best friend Bruiser. If you think he’s wildly underachieved in his time here, buckle up. You ain’t seen nothing yet.



    • bbn606
      9:41 am August 21, 2020 Permalink

      What is really sad is that the 2015 Championship Banner is flying at Duke instead of UK.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:45 am August 21, 2020 Permalink

      mash, I didn’t think you could top all of your past ridiculous comments, but you just did. Well done. *slow clap*



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:48 am August 21, 2020 Permalink

      bbn606, I can’t disagree with you there. Cal made some yuge mistakes in the Wisconsin game.



  25. UKFanSC
    10:12 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    Like it or not, when Duke gets involved everyone is interested. They can get involved with anyone at any time.



    • mashman 93
      11:11 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

      That was Kentucky from 2010-2015 Cal could come in late and still seal the deal.



    • UKFanSC
      7:49 am August 21, 2020 Permalink

      Yep



  26. theSpectre_
    10:15 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    I’ve been a die hard Wildcat Maniac since the 70s, but I’m just about done with college basketball. Duke pays players. Zion got 400 K and a house and EVERYONE knows it and the NCAA is not interested. However, they’ll hammer U of L again soon. I’m no Cardinal fan, but this is bullshit.

    UK is never going to get the top guys again as long as Duke can pay with ZERO chance of the NCAA giving the first damn about it.



    • CJKAssassin123
      1:15 am August 21, 2020 Permalink

      It’s because the entire NCAA head committee all went to Duke!!! They’re not going to screw their alma mater out plain and simple!



  27. satcheluk
    11:02 pm August 20, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t normally keep up with basketball recruiting, so for some reason I clicked on the comments. Reading these comments is hysterical! Not completely in a good way.



  28. friendsofcoal
    1:43 am August 21, 2020 Permalink

    My prediction is that he never will wear a dUKe jersey. By the time it’s all said and done he’ll be in the G league. Watch and see.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:44 am August 21, 2020 Permalink

      Duke prolly pays more.



    • CJKAssassin123
      11:56 am August 21, 2020 Permalink

      Your probably right especially if college basketball players get an extra year of eligibility and player elect to stay in school again next season because of the virus.



  29. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
    10:56 am August 21, 2020 Permalink

    Can we just out the Sources say guys for chirping for close to a year about how they know more than anyone and that Banchero is going to either reclass and commit, commit, was a silent commit, and just destined to be in UK blue only to be wrong yet again just as they were about Cade Cunningham.



  30. Eddiemcwildcat
    11:27 am August 21, 2020 Permalink

    Puke sucks



  31. mothandras
    12:53 pm August 21, 2020 Permalink

    Further down the drain we go…



  32. VirginiaCat
    12:55 pm August 21, 2020 Permalink

    Banchero was a number one priority for Cal and he couldn’t land him. Occasional swing and misses happen in the recruiting business, but it seems that, increasingly, Cal can’t compete against K..on the court or off. Go ahead and lament that Duke pays players, but the reality is that K closes the deal and gets the players he wants. 2012 seems so long ago



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:44 pm August 21, 2020 Permalink

      Are you suggesting Cal start paying players?



  33. JGo
    5:45 pm August 21, 2020 Permalink

    BBN just relax. You don’t want players who don’t believe in the program. This kid obviously didn’t want to give up his show time for the good of the team and that’s OK. Moving on….