Sorry, Matt will not be joining you for the Tuesday notes and I’m in the rush to hit the sack and get some rest for my job interview tomorrow. So, you’re getting a lazy edition of the Tuesday News and Views. Sorry. There is a lot of stuff on tonight’s Live Blog below including some John Wall notes from Bomani, Matt’s take on the roster situation, a picture of Matt trying to grind on Janet Reno and the details of Greg Oden’s doo doo drug test.
Some quick UK notes….
As we all anxiously await any news regarding John Wall, Xavier Henry and Daniel Orton, it appears that the world will be waiting together until at least April 18 – the day of the Jordan Brand Classic. All three of the players will be playing together on the home team in the all-star game at Madison Square Garden on Saturday and their college fates could be determined there or soon thereafter. Here is what we know about each of them:
Xavier Henry – Henry told Adam Zagoria that he will be visiting Kentucky following the Jordan game and Zagoria believes that the longer the Henry recruitment lasts, the more it plays into Kentucky’s favor. He wrote that if Henry continues to weigh his decision, Kansas could opt to take Lance Stephenson in Henry’s place, leaving Henry with UK. Also, despite reporting a few weeks ago that Carl Henry believed it unlikely that both his sons would end up at UK, Zagoria writes that both brothers could end up at UK after all.
John Wall – It seems that with every passing day, the recruitment of John Wall gets a little more complicated. After telling Matt almost two weeks ago that he planned to decide by April 18 and that he was considering Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Baylor, NC State and Miami, Wall has now added North Carolina to that list after saying last week they weren’t recruiting him and has loosened up his commitment date to “before the signing period ends”. Wall told Michael Eaves that he is “definitely” still interested in UK and that the Derrick Rose factor and playing time have a lot to do with it, but he is not expected to visit Lexington again. However, Wall will be making a trip to Miami next weekend and he told Jeff Drummond that he will be trimming his list after that trip.
Daniel Orton – As of this moment, Orton remains committed to UK, but it still remains to be seen what will happen following the commitment of DeMarcus Cousins and the “did he/didn’t he” reports of Orton asking to be released out of his LOI last week. Orton seemed very gung-ho about the Cats at the beginning of the Derby City Festival, but I got about a million texts and phone calls all saying that his body language on game day indicated his interest in UK had waned. Take that for what it’s worth. But, Orton will certainly weigh his options – whether he asks out of his LOI or not – and it looks like he’ll be choosing between two schools that are going to be pretty heavy in the frontcourt. Both UK and KU would certainly find a spot in the rotation for a player as talented as Orton as part of a very good freshman class, but it seems like the decisions of other players are starting to make his decision more complex as the days go on. He has a tough decision ahead of him, but let’s hope he sticks with the Cats.
– Speaking of Orton, both he and his Jordan Brand Classic opponent and fellow UK commitment DeMarcus Cousins got some love from Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com in his 2009 post player rankings. Cousins placed in every category and Orton was ranked as the #4 post defender in the class.
– Last, but certainly not least, Coach Calipari will be making his way around the radio circuit this morning. Here is where he is scheduled to appear:
Stay tuned throughout the day for more here as we continue to bring you all the UK news in the most ridiculous manner possible. See you in a few…