With the NBA Finals now done, it is BASEBALL TIME IN THE BLUEGRASS! Ok well that is as excited as I can get as while I now tolerate baseball, I simply cannot get excited about baseball for the next two months. Nevertheless, a night out at the minor league games in Lexington and Louisville are still a lot of fun. I love going to Legends games and am petitioning for a KSR NIGHT at Legends field. Maybe a discount ticket if you mention Kige at the door, a special section for KSR folks…appearances by Woo, Bobby and Jarmon, all the writers throw out the first pitch. Make it happen Legends! While we may not be quite the draw that Patrick Patterson and the players above were when they went (doesnt that one guy look like a fat Ron Mercer?), we can still bring a good time. And if its Thirsty Thursday, the fans will be rowdy either way and we can all blog it out together. So make it happen Legends…you can do it!
To the news….
(1): The big event beginning today is the NBAPA camp in Charlottesville, Virginia. This has become one of the premiere summer events in high school basketball and may potentially be the most important event now for establishing player rankings. This year 99 of the top 100 players in America were scheduled to be there and every person who follows recruiting (including Dustin from this site) will be there to participate. This is the event that led Patrick Patterson to really explode onto the national scene when he was named MVP of the camp and won the title with Jai Lucas as his teammate. (You can thank this event for the Patterson/Lucas joining). The big news for this event is that Tywanna Patterson, Patrick’s mom will be speaking to all the parents at the event about dealing with the recruiting process. With such a classy and strong spokesperson for the program doing that talk, it cant help but be a good thing for UK.
(2): Harrison Barnes had this to say about Calipari today and what his move from Memphis to UK has meant for his recruitiment in this interview:
It hasn’t really. He’s a good coach. I don’t know if I like the way they’re doing things right there now though. Seems like he left Memphis kind of in a bad situation and then guys at Kentucky are getting their scholarships taken back. I don’t know yet. It’s a competitive place though, you know college basketball, and it’s only getting more and more competitive.
If you wonder what this about, Kevin Galloway was Clyde’s communicator to Barnes when UK was recruiting him. His departure may have had an effect on Barnes’s UK view, which is a shame. Barnes is a stud but UK has been a longshot for some time.
(3): It is Freshman time at UK as the players get ready for college life. Daniel Orton is in California and John Wall arrives for good next week, but the other players are here and ready to go. I have heard (but not confirmed) that Jon Hood and DeMarcus Cousins have a summer job at a local bank and that Eric Bledsoe is absolutely killing it on the pickup courts. Either way, these guys are going to start being everywhere and their pictures in great places have already started showing up (hint, hint for later today). I hope to get to see some pickup action this weekend, so we will let you know how it goes.
(4): Finally, it was announced tonight that the 2013 All American Camp will be in Lexington this summer. This event brings together the best rising high school freshman (aka Michael Averys) onto a college campus every year and UK is trying to be the host going forward. This is great exposure for a school and UK fought with UNC to host. The event is next weekend and will be open to the public. We will have more information on it next week but will be a great way to see the next generation of superstars live.
We will have more all day, so be ready. In addition, I did want to tell everyone that my time with the CW Freak Show will come to an end in a couple of weeks. The show is taking a summer hiatus and will likely come back in a slightly different form by football season. I will likely be involved in some way with a different show on the network, but the hours behind the nightly tv show makes it impossible for me to do anymore. I enjoyed it on the air and interacting with fans, but the difficulties the morning after when I headed to the law business made it to hard to continue. I will finish my time through next week and hope to be back on the radio airwaves very soon. But I do thank all of you who supported us after we filled in for the Freak for the last couple of months. As always, our fans are the best.