Rice Lake is a town northwest of Milwaukee with a population of around 8,000 folks. That's where 6'11" top 10 recruit Henry Ellison calls home. Georgetown first offered Ellison a scholarship when he was in the 9th grade and ever since then that small town has seen a flurry of who's who among Division 1 head coaches. JSOnline and WisSports.net are reporting that Marquette University has joined a short list of schools that include The University of Kentucky and Michigan St. What does, the best prep forward in the country possibly, say about his college decision.
"I'm not sure when I'm going to sign," he said Thursday. "I don't have any special countdown period. I'm going to take my time and give all three of these options a good look."
With an older brother, Wally Ellison, already on the Marquette campus some think The Golden Eagles might be the front runner in Henry's recruitment.
According to the twitter account of three-star offensive lineman - Kenny Thomas - he has received an offer from the University of Kentucky. The Prattville Alabama native is six foot six inches and 330 pounds tweeted out on Saturday that he has an offer from Kentucky. Thomas is part of the 2015 class.
Somebody is going to have to teach Kenny about the hashtag BBN.
~ Scott Roach ~
6'9" Caleb Swanigan will take an official visit on October 10th for The University of Kentucky's "NBA Combine". The 5 star big man has not yet cut his list of schools and is expected to wait until spring before signing with a college. According to ESPN.com Caleb is considered as the #8 overall prospect for 2015.
Right now the Kentucky basketball team is in no need of any big men but if the season plays out like many think that it will Cal could be losing quite a few important big guys. Willie Cauley-Stein was predicted to go within the top 20 of last years draft and newcomer Karl Towns is predicted be a top five pick this year. So that leaves at least two spots open for some bigs from the 2015 class. Here is what ESPN is saying about some of the big targets for Kentucky.
To see the other top bigs of the class that are not interested in Kentucky click here.
~ Scott Roach ~
Now it's all set up for Saturday. Kentucky football beat Vandy last Saturday but that win is not a so called signature win. Vandy is on a down year and isn't expected to do very well this season. However another chance for the Kentucky football team to open peoples eyes comes this Saturday in Lexington at the Commonwealth Stadium against the South Carolina Gamecocks. I have to say this game concerns me a little more now that South Carolina lost last Saturday to Missouri. The Gamecocks are going to come ready which makes a win even better so the haters can't say we caught the Gamecocks while sleeping on us.
Gamecocks.com gives no impression that their football team is coming in with expectations of an easy win. Here is the website's scouting report of the Cats.
In the hunt
Offensive lineman Jordan Swindle said he would measure success as going to a bowl game, which means Kentucky must win at least six games. UK is halfway there and has non-conference games remaining against Louisiana-Monroe and Louisville.
Kentucky held Vanderbilt to 139 yards, the fewest UK allowed an SEC opponent since Mississippi State had 91 yards in 1996.
“Our guys right now have an attitude, a mentality and a confidence about them and that goes a long way,” defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said.
Sophomore Patrick Towles has taken over as the starting quarterback after beating out junior Maxwell Smith, redshirt freshman Reese Phillips and freshman Drew Barker in the preseason. Barker picked UK over USC. Towles completed 23 of 30 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown against Vandy.
The best defensive-end tandem in the league might be at Kentucky.
Alvin “Bud” Dupree and Za’Darius Smith combined for 13 sacks last season and might be this year’s replacement to Missouri’s Michael Sam and Kony Ealy.
Did you know?
While Steve Spurrier became the winningest coach at two SEC schools when he earned his 65th win at South Carolina, he is the second coach to reach that mark. The first was Paul “Bear” Bryant, who won 60 games at Kentucky in eight years before finishing his career at Alabama (232 wins). The Wildcats have had 11 coaches since Bryant left following the 1953 season, and only one had a record over .500 – Blanton Collier (1954-61), who went 41-36-3.
To read more from the Gamecocks.com preview on Kentucky click here.
~ Scott Roach ~
While at the annual UK Tip Off Luncheon in Louisville. Coach Cal discussed the possibilities of how he might keep 9 Mcdonalds All Americans and Willie Cauley-Stein happy with playing minutes on Monday.
Cal says he is " stirred"! He said it has stirred his thinking!
-Playing faster than ever in order to best use our depth!
-Pressing much more for basically the same reason!
Cal even spoke of continuing the 5 man platoon rotation with having one guard sub and one big man sub to spell the rotation.
Regardless of what strategies or coaching moves Cal may make.... It should be an exciting season.
There were several recruits in town for the Vandy game this past Saturday. Some were commited and were still undecided. Justin Rowland of CatsIllustrated was able to get some nice thoughs from the recruits. Here was already commited Eli Brown and C.J. Conrad had to say about their visit.
Eli Brown: "Every time in Lexington's a great time," Brown said of his visit. "The fans turned out well. You could see the team get into the game. The fans got into the game. It was a great experience. Just because it was Vanderbilt, it's all the same to me. From Day One I always had Kentucky in the back of my head because they always showed interest and never stopped recruiting me. What I got from the game was the defense has a whole different demeanor. That got me fired up. I'm ready to be on that defense."
C.J. Conrad: "That was the first actual game that I've been there at for football," Conrad said. "Seeing the place fill out at 12 o'clock regardless of how the game went was really cool. It was nice to see them win. Obviously they struggled in the second game but in games like that you just have to dig deep and grind it out. I know Coach (Mark) Stoops was happy with that."
See what others had to say as well including Alex Stump and Damien Harris.
Full story here: Recruits Thoughts
~ Scott Roach ~
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist biggest competitor for his starting position was former Vanderbilt baller - Jeff Taylor. Well Taylor made things easier for Kidd-Gilchrist after Taylor was accused of domestic assault on Thursday. The Charlotte Observer reported that he was arrested on 9/26.
Here are some quotes from the Hornets organization:
“We have informed Jeffery Taylor that effective immediately he will not be participating in any team-related activities while the NBA is investigating his conduct in this matter,” the Hornets announced late Friday afternoon.
“As an organization, we understand and appreciate the seriousness of this matter, and will assist the NBA and law enforcement in any way we can until this comes to an acceptable resolution. We have spoken with Jeffery and his representatives and they fully understand our position.”
Shortly after the Hornets’ announcement, the NBA issued the following statement: “We support the Charlotte Hornets’ decision to separate Jeffery Taylor from the team during the investigation.”
Read more about it by clicking on this link: Charlotte Observer
~ Scott Roach ~
Sometimes you see freshmen do some dumb things and now some key Kentucky freshmen have done just that according to multiple reports from various outlets. The crazy thing is those freshmen include Kentucky football players that have so far conducted themselves like veterans on the field. Stanley "Boom" Williams - Drew Barker - Dorian Baker - and Tymere Dubose are all being investigated as suspects in shooting on UK's campus on Sunday.
They apparentely shot off a pellet of bee bee gun that sounded like a real gun and now they are suspended for the South Carolina game this Saturday. You can read all about by clicking the link below.
~ Scott Roach ~