I’d like to take a minute to thank Derek Willis. A few weeks ago, the freshman told reporters how he’s made a habit of going to the Joe Craft Center late at night to get in some extra shooting. Willis likened the experience to church, saying that the solitude of the gym gave him clarity. Since then, we’ve heard that Dominique Hawkins, Alex Poythress, and now, Willie Cauley-Stein have all been in the gym late at night to work on their game. Earlier this evening, John Calipari tweeted that Willie was in the gym late Wednesday night, and was back to his old self, which means we can all stop planning the intervention we had planned for tomorrow night.
In his latest Mailbag episode, Cal was asked if his players had started another Breakfast Club like MKG did in 2012. Cal said that he had enough trouble getting his team up in time for breakfast, but mentioned that while at Memphis, Tyreke Evans used to put in so much extra work late at night in the practice facility that he would sleep there, which Cal called “The Overnight Breakfast Club.” Is it time for the team to bring their comforters over to the Joe Craft Center? I’ve seen that lounge. It’s pretty nice…just saying.
Anyways, thank you, Derek Willis. News and views time.
Josh Krok flipped his commitment from West Virginia to Kentucky
Vince Marrow did it again. On Thursday, 3-star offensive tackle Josh Krok flipped his commitment from West Virginia to Kentucky, becoming the Cats’ 26th commitment in the 2014 class. Krok, considered the 50th best OT in his class by 247 Sports Composite, is listed at 6’8″, 300 lbs., but word is he’s closer to 6’9″, 323 lbs., which makes him a massive get for the Cats, both literally and figuratively. Vince Marrow was Krok’s key recruiter, and is now directly responsible for 11 of Kentucky’s commitments from Ohio (and indirectly for so many more). Go ahead and finalize that raise, UK!
That leaves the Cats with two scholarships left to give in the 2014 class. Leave your guesses as to who takes them in the comments section.
Cal, Governor Beshear, Alex, and Julius skyped with the troops on Thursday
Thursday morning, John Calipari, Governor Steve Beshear, Alex Poythress, and Julius Randle skyped with troops stationed in Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. These Kentucky fans serving their country were given the opportunity to ask Cal and the players anything they wanted to, and like true UK fans, they wanted updates on practice, details on which defenses the Cats were using, and to meet with Cal once back in the States to talk about their ideas for the squad. Major General Ed Tonini called in to the radio show to talk about the experience, and said that Cal was “perhaps one of the most gracious men I’ve ever met in my life” for giving his time and concern to the troops, adding that Cal told him he wanted to travel with him to see the troops the next time he goes. (But wait, Cal’s supposed to be a terrible person, right??)
Check out all of Drew’s pictures from the experience here.
Archie Goodwin got sent to the D-League
After his playing time has dwindled in recent weeks, the Phoenix Suns sent Archie Goodwin to the D-League on Thursday. Suns GM Ryan McDonough said they want to keep Archie sharp and give him experience, something Archie agrees with, telling reporters “It’s important for me to play.” Make them eat they feet like Terrence did, Archie.
DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis made the initial Team USA roster
In good former Cat news, both DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis made the initial roster for Team USA. Twenty-eight NBA players made the pool, and later this summer, the staff will choose the 12-man team to represent USA in the World Cup of Basketball in Spain. Unfortunately, Boogie learned the news after suffering a sprained ankle in Wednesday night’s game against Houston. Minor setback for a major comeback.
Jarrod Polson’s jersey will be retired Friday night
On Friday night, West Jessamine High School is retiring Jarrod Polson’s jersey before their game against Mercer County. The game starts at 7:30 p.m., but the ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Come on out to West Jessamine to support Wilmore’s finest. Tickets are $5.
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UK Hoops drops a tough one to Alabama
It was a bad night for UK Hoops, who lost at home to Alabama, 57-55. The loss is even more disappointing when you consider Alabama was without its leading scorer and has only won three SEC games in the past three seasons. Afterwards, Matthew Mitchell told reporters that his team “is not handling the expectations placed on them” and is now entering “1-game season mode” with “nowhere to hide.” Can they join the Midnight Club, too?
Jacob Hyde is a true country boy
I can’t end on a bad note. Aside from being one of Kentucky’s most promising redshirt freshmen, Jacob Hyde is somewhat of a cult hero around these parts after he rode his lawnmower to prom back in high school. Now, Cameron Fogle shared this great picture of Hyde showing off his new boots with this caption: “The biggest redneck on the UK football team just got a new pair of boots and he’s acting like he just won $1,000,000.” Never change, Jacob.
In the morning, we’ll set our sights on Georgia. Stay warm and see you then.