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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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27 responses to “Pilgrim’s Insider Notes (Part 2): Moving on to the class of 2020”

  1. kentuckyfan101

    Hey jack with the update on Mcdaniels does this change your opinion on Kerry Blackshear coming to Kentucky?

    1. kentuckyfan101

      Does this apply to if Richards leaves too?

  2. mashman 93

    McDaniels or Blackshear? Any way we could land both? GO BIG BLUE!!!!!!

    1. UKLugo

      Blackshear for my money.

  3. addyjaxlarkin

    Wow!! Lots of positive news for the cats in this post. Definitely exciting to read.

  4. BobbyBlue

    I will be as shocked as I was with Knox if McDaniels comes to Lexington.
    If precious and RJ go with the Gayhawks, I suppose they think Self is going to skate
    past the FBI sting, but so do I.Of course that is easy to say with such a corrupt organization as the NCAA.

  5. Smyrna_Cat

    “Kentucky fans have been begging for John Calipari to start landing can’t-miss/superstar talents.”

    Not sure how to respond to this …

    1. JT919

      Going off recent negative fans posting here, Jack isn’t wrong.

    2. Smyrna_Cat

      I am sure that is true … but isn’t it also true of all programs? And I thought Cal was getting pretty close to that with all of the 5-starts.

  6. JT

    Love your stuff, Jack. Great news. Regardless of the outcome, I love this shhhh!

  7. usmcdrew0311

    I’d take McDaniels over RJ and or Blackshear all day. McDaniels length and versatility is what every NBA team wants. If your 6’9 with handles and and can shoot from deep then your just more unstoppable and valuable to your team. This kid copies KD’s style of play. I’ll take that over anyone.

    1. UKLugo

      No way. Not me.

    2. UKLugo

      A lot of kids copy KDs style of play. Very few successfully. JM has great potential. He’s not there yet and probably wont be close in his one yr at UK. Just my opinion.
      Give me Blackshear. And Hampton?? Forget about it. No brainer. He’d be the cherry on top.

    3. ClutchCargo

      Assuming McDaniels would be a one and done player, I would take Blackshear’s one year over any HS recruit out there.

    4. runningunnin.454

      Give me Blackshear as well, experience, and…he can bring his A Game right now.

  8. Kat4Life

    Why would EJ even consider leaving ? He is not even remotely ready.

    1. Luether

      And neither was Archie Goodwin, Daniel Orton, Marquis Teague, Doran Lamb, James Young, etc., etc., etc…

  9. jmilburn

    EJ AND NICK BOTH COULD COME BACK AND HELP THEIR STOCK FOR NEXT YEARS WEAK DRAFT CLASS! IM STILL CONFUSED ON TYLER HERRO DECLARING HE COULD OF CAME BACK AND BEEN A TOP 10 PICK NEXT YEAR!! I WOULD RATHER HAVE BLACKSHEAR OR MCDANIELS ANY DAY!! BLACKSHEAR HAS 4 YEARS EXPERIENCE AND IS DEVELOPED MCDANIELS IS A PROJECT KIND OF LIKE SKI LABISSERI! SORRY IF THE SPELLING IS WRONG LOL!! ID LOVE TO HAVE HIM BUT WOULD MUCH RATHER GET BLACKSHEAR UNLESS MCDANIELS IS A 2-3 YEAR PLAYER WHICH HE IS NOT BUT HONESTLY MIGHT NEED 2 YEARS IN COLLEGE TO GET PREPARED FOR THE NBA!! I REALLY THINK THE SMART MOVE WOULD BE TO GET EJ AND NICK BACK GO AFTER BLACKSHEAR HARD SIGN THAT KIDS FROM CALIFORNIA AND WE WILL BE GOOD TO GO!! WE NEED AT LEAST 3 MORE PIECES I AM INCLUDING NICK AND EJ IN THOSE 2-3 MORE PIECES TO BE A TOP 3 TEAM NEXT YEAR!!

    1. jmilburn

      WHO EVER SAID THEY WOULD TAKE MCDANIELS OVER BLACKSHEAR AND HAMPTON IS A COMPLETE FOOL AND DOESN’T UNDERSTAND BASKETBALL!! MCDANIELS IS A 2-3 YEAR PROJECT BEFORE HE EVEN IS REMOTELY CONSIDERED A STUD HE WILL BE A HIGH DRAFT PICK OF POTENTIAL!! BLACKSHEAR HAS 4 YEARS EXPERIENCES AND IS MUCH MORE DEVELOPED THEN HIM!! HAMPTON IS A FREAK AND WILL DOMINATE IN NCAA NEXT YEAR FACTS!! MCDANIELS IS A PROJECT BEING GRADED OFF POTENTIAL HE WILL NOT BE A BIG PART OF THE TEAM NEXT YEAR I TRULY DONT THINK HE WILL! I WANT MCDANIELS BUT WOULD MUCH RATHER HAVE BLACKSHEAR AND HAMPTON!! THEY ARE BOTH READY MCDANIELS IS NOT!!

    2. addyjaxlarkin

      Try not to yell so much.

    3. UKBigBlueForever

      WHY IN THE HELL DO YOU HAVE EVERYTHING IN CAPS? I mean, seriously…you can see it’s in CAPS while typing. geeeeeezus.

    4. 4everUKblue

      Must be KYCAPSLOCK4EVER’s new burner account. Did you shake the hand of Rupp many times jimi?

    5. henderblue

      Is that you KYCaps4EVER??

    6. CATandMONKEY

      He didn’t say “GO CATS” so this may just be someone’s great grandfather, let loose on the Lenovo.

  10. NUM1UKFANFROMTHEVILLE

    Lol @ JMILBURN. He’s just passionate with what he’s saying. My educated guess as to what happens the next couple weeks leading to 5/15:

    •EJ Montgomery leaves for NBA ala Vanderbilt
    •Nick comes back
    •We get Blackshear
    •McDaniels stays home in Washington
    •RJ goes to Texas Tech or Kansas (likely Kansas)

    •Johnny Juzang commits to BBN

    Hopefully EJ comes back or somehow we get McDaniels. Just don’t think their is room for RJ here for his style of play, which is similar to D’Angelo Russell with a little more slasher to his game. Cal can break the shyness of McDaniels, but Washington actually being good next yr and this last yr makes it easier for him to stay home. But I never count out Cal. Our team will be better than the last 2 yrs and maybe better than Fox, Monk, Bam team. 2020 can be our most scariest team ever since the 2015 team. Seem like we’re in on the top 1-12 and I’m very good position. Also could be our biggest team. So much length. Also want to know where we stand with Jeremy Roach from that class. Want him over the cooper kid, though I love his game Roach is a 6’5 big PG and a better pro prospect overall. Let’s get Cal I love the position we’re in going into the next decade!!! Go Cats!

  11. UKCatAttack

    Thanks for the update Jack! I like where we stand with a lot of these recruits!