The Kentucky basketball team took to its first practice and according to vaughtsviews, here are some of the observations...
Mychal Moulder has a pretty stroke, but one thing that stands out is his length. He is really long and athletic. This will only help on the defensive side of the ball. Expect Moulder to get his share of minutes off the bench.
Our strength this year will be the three-headed monster of Ullis, Briscoe, and Murray. Murray has excellent court vision. He's known as a scorer, but he can really facilitate the basketball. Briscoe has the ability to get in the lane and has very good ball handling skills. His size and handles will make him hard to defend this season. And finally Ullis, let's just say he's a combination of both Murray and Briscoe. He is in full command as a point guard and looks poised to lead this team to another Final Four run. Sounds like this team is going to be fun to watch. Stay tuned...
If you are looking for John Calipari today, you might want to find out where Bam Adebayo is chiilin. Cal is set to pay Adebayo a visit today, according to a report from Zag Blog. From that report, Cal will be talking to Adebayo's mother before speaking to Bam, and then will head to High Point (N.C.) Christian Academy to speak with Adebayo. Cal was just there a week ago and Bam's head coach - Brandon Clifford - explains what Cal's message was to Adebayo.
“His message was pretty simple,” Clifford said after the first visit. “Mainly about how he and UK could get Bam to where he ultimately wants to be. That along with the types of things that come with being a part of the Kentucky program.”
Adebayo has an offer from Kentucky, and if Cal is making a second trip within a week, then I am guessing that he wants Bam in Lexington pretty bad.
~ Scott Roach ~
Last night the Kentucky coaching staff met with No. 1 point guard De'Aaron Fox in Texas. Fox (6-4, 170), who is rated as the No. 3 overall prospect in the 2016 class by the newly updated Composite
Fox averaged 17.5 points, 5.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game for Houston Hoops during the Nike EYBL travel season, where his stock continued to rise. Cal has a way with "meeting the parents" so to speak, Monday evening shouldn't be any different. Go Big Blue!
The Phoenix Suns have turned into the Phoenix Cats lately. With former Kentucky stars Devin Booker, Archie Goodwin, Brandon Knight, and Eric Bledsoe on the squad it seems like the Suns have complete faith in the John Calipari system. Out of those four players it looks like Goodwin will be the one to likely get the boot if he can't manage to put up some impressive numbers this season coming up.
Goodwin will be working his third season in the NBA and has yet to produce anything worth a team noticing. Although having a lot of upside to his game, he is still young and has a lot of learning to do, but the Suns are in no position to wait for Goodwin to catch on as the Valley Of The Suns website explains where Goodwin's career stands with Phoenix.
Valley Of The Suns - There’s no doubt about it; Archie Goodwin is heading into a make-or-break season in 2015-16. As the No. 29 pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, Goodwin was always projected to be something of a project. He was only 18 years old when he was drafted and was coming off his freshman year at Kentucky, after all.
But after two NBA seasons, Goodwin is no closer to convincing anyone that he still has that incredibly large amount of upside. Despite only being 21 years old, the patience of the fanbase — and of Goodwin himself — is starting to wear thin with his lack of minutes.
Archie is an example of the one-and-done not working so well, and many may contribute that to Cal sending him off, but most of the talks, between the people in the know, suggest that Cal encouraged Goodwin to stay and it was Goodwin that wanted to go. I am sure Archie thought his playing time would have decreased had he stayed at Kentucky but I feel like he would have shined on that 2013-14 team and another year would have made Archie that much better. Now we have to wait and see what his career ends up as. I personally want it to be successful.
~ Scott Roach ~
It's hard to believe that Anthony Davis is just three years removed from college and is already in the conversation of MVP in the NBA. Davis was selected as a All-NBA First team and continues to get better and better. Many believe he has been underutilized, but at 22 years of age, Davis is just scratching the surface of how good he can become.
Recently Davis received high praise from future Hall of Famer, Shaquille O'Neil. Shaq doesn't want his son to pattern his game after him, but pattern it after Anthony Davis...
''I told him to watch Anthony because he's probably going to be the same height and have the same type of build,'' said O'Neal, who returned to Baton Rouge to host his annual annual LSU Life Skills Golf Classic at Carter Plantation on Friday in Springfield. ''Not skinny, but long.
''He's (Davis) probably the best at that position. He can run, rebound, dominate take over games. He's going to do his thing year.''
Former Kentucky star Julius Randle is set to return this season after a broken leg sidelined his short-lived NBA start. The Lakers are taking precautions even though Randle is completely cleared and at full strength. In a recent interview with Bill Oram of the Orange County Register, Lakers head coach Byron Scott discussed what he's seen out of Randle to this point in the summer as Randle has been training with Metta World Peace.
He’s been great for Julius because he’s a guy that, seems like Julius plays and Metta’s playing he guards him. And we know what type of defender he is, he’s a guy who’s going to get on you, he’s strong, he’s physical, he’s tough. He’s made Julius work which I think is great. Then when the game is over he’s always talking to Julius about certain things that he feels Julius can do better. So he’s been a good mentor for him, he’s been great for the other guys to see him out here playing the way he’s been playing. He’s still in great great shape his body looks fantastic and he’s been great as far as seeing him running up and down the floor.
The Lakers may be playing with one of the greatest, Kobe Bryant, in his final season. They may also be seeing a future star in the making with Julius Randle. Here's to a healthy productive season for Kentucky's former star, Julius Randle.
John Calipari is high on five-star power forward - Wenyen Gabriel, of the 2016 class, and the Cats will be stopping by to see the 6-9'er on Wednesday. Recently Gabriel spent time in Maryland and he told Scout.com's - Evan Daniels - what he liked about the visit.
"I’d say my favorite part of the visit was spending time with the team," Gabriel said about the trip. "[They are] a very high character group that I felt comfortable with. I also liked how clearly coach explained his plan for me and I felt like I could see myself playing there in the Xfinity center."
Gabriel has Uconn, and Providence set to visit next week as well, and if you are interested in when he plans to announce a decision of what school he will be attending, then click here as Daniels has the scoop on that also.
~ Scott Roach ~
Coach Cal and assistant Tony Barbee visit the nation's #1 center for the class of 2016 in Texas.
5-star center Marques Bolden is ranked as the top center and No. 20 overall prospect in the 2016 class by the industry-average 247Sports Composite
The top 25 college basketball recruiting for 2016 has currently been updated by Evan Daniels of scout.com. As it stands now, Kentucky comes in at #8 with only two commits--Tai Wynyard and Sacha Killeya-Jones. We all know this will change as the recruits start to fall.
Duke came in at #1 with the addition of Jayson Tatum, and point guard Frank Jackson. At #2 Michigan St. as they added Nick Ward, Josh Langford, and point guard Cassius Winston. And at #3, the UCLA Bruins and Steve Alford have three commits and an impressive point guard in Lonzo Ball.
Don't worry Cat fans because by the time these kids decide where to play, Kentucky will have one of the top three classes in 2016. I have a few predictions for the Cats and one big hunch...
The way it seems to look is there is a great possibility that Kentucky lands both Miles Bridges and Malik Monk. I believe that De'Aaron Fox comes to Lexington, and my hunch for some reason is that Cal reels in Harry Giles and convinces him to call Lexington home. For the rest of the early top 25 check out this article...
Recruiting analyst Adam Gorney feels that there are a few "basketball" programs that are off to a great start recruiting for football. As he states, it's hard enough to get top recruits to commit, but it's even harder to get them to commit early in the process.
Five programs off to a great start with their football recruiting are Kentucky, North Carolina, Miami, Penn St. and Michigan. The two at his top spots are traditionally basketball "blue bloods" taking care of business on the gridiron. Here's what Adam had to say about the Wildcats...
Ranking: Sixth in the SEC; No. 15 overall
Outlook: Kentucky is a basketball school, but coach Mark Stoops is doing a phenomenal job making the fall interesting in Lexington (a win at South Carolina last weekend didn't hurt) and the Wildcats have it rolling in recruiting. Kentucky has 22 commitments - more than any other SEC program - and even though only three are four-star pledges, that's more than Arkansas, Mississippi State, Missouri and Vanderbilt. It's not expected that Kentucky is emerging as a major SEC player but Stoops and his staff are recruiting well and there is finally some excitement about the Wildcats on the football field. The only SEC teams rated higher than Kentucky at this time are LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. That's heady company.
Future looks bright for #STOOPSTROOPS! As with any program, recruiting is the key to building your brand. As Kentucky fans we have to be excited about the future of the football program and the direction Coach Stoops and his staff are taking us.
Many people think that the number one basketball recruit of the 2016 class is a lock to go to the Duke Blue Devils, with his buddy Jayson Tatum, but in an Adam Zagoria blog on the Zagsblog website, the head coach of Harry Giles - Steve Smith, claims that it's not a sure thing.
“People think Duke is the leader, but I think from sitting in on parts of all of the visits, he told all the coaches he’s not sure when he’s going to sign and he’s told everybody that he’s wide open still,” Smith said. “So he keeps it pretty close to the vest and he doesn’t say much.
“I know they all want him to go early and I think he’s probably leaning to doing that but he could even extend it. Who knows?”
Giles has had visits from John Calipari, Mike Krzykewski, Roy Williams, Danny Manning, and Bill Self this week and has visits scheduled with Wake Forest, Duke, Kansas, UNC, and Kentucky within the next six weeks.
Meanwhile we can just hope that Cal worked his magic on Giles, and Giles would consider leaving his home-state of North Carolina.
~ Scott Roach ~
Our guy - Julius Randle - isn't living the Magic Johnson dream out in L.A. right now, but a return this season will get the Lakers fans excited about Randle. All the Lakers crazies never really got see Randle do what he can do as a rookie because of an early injury, but Yaron Wietzman - of the SB Nation, thinks Lakers fans should not be expecting Randle to tear the Staple Center up with great play right away.
Yaron Weitzman - But don't forget that Julius Randle is also coming back. The No. 7 pick in last year's draft was forced to miss all of his rookie season after fracturing his right tibia during the Lakers' season-opener against the Rockets. But he's healthy now and expected to start at power forward alongside Russell, Bryant, Jordan Clarkson and Roy Hibbert.
Randle is one of the more interesting prospects from last year's draft class. He has the talent and skill set to become an impact player that can help carry the Lakers into their Bryant-less future; he also has a mix of weakness that could derail his career.
The good part is that most of them are fixable. Whether or not they are addressed will determine just how good a player Randle becomes.
There is a lot more to read in this article so click here and check it out.
~ Scott Roach ~