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.''
If you want to keep talking about the Florida football game from Saturday then you can't help but discuss the Kentucky defense. Their defense has done a tremendous job up to this point of the season and that has not gone unrecognized by the sports experts. One of the latest to shoot some positive talk toward the Kentucky defense's way was SDS's Will Heath. Heath graded the Kentucky offense, defense, special teams, and coaching from Saturday nights game and by no surprise Kentucky's defense graded the best.
Defense: (B+) — This unit kept the Cats in the game with a massive interception in its own end zone in the third quarter, when hope was basically lost (I wrote in my notebook that the game was 2 yards away from ending). They missed an A because they couldn’t keep Will Grier in the pocket when they needed — like, say, on the fourth-down that became the Gators’ first TD — and they yielded a back-breaking drive right before halftime that turned out to be the difference.
If you are interested in what the others were graded, and also in what the takeaways from the game were with Will Heath then there is a blue link, at the bottom of this blog, that you can click to see it all.
SDS - Will Heath
~ Scott Roach ~
Saturday night wasn't exactly the way Patrick Towles and the Wildcats had envisioned. The Kentucky quarterback was rushed and inconsistent most of the night. Much had to do with the way our offensive line blocked and some had to do with the quarterback holding on to the ball. Towles took partial blame for the loss...
“I’m definitely missing balls that I usually hit and there is no excuse for that. We have to execute better. I have to execute better if we want to consistently win. I didn’t execute consistently tonight.”
For us Kentucky fans, it seems as though we let yet another win against Florida go by the wayside. I still believe in this team and this staff. There's no change at QB for now, but we can't continue to hold on to the ball, take unwanted sacks, and expect to win. That and the fact that our QB hasn't thrown for a TD in over 6 quarters. The next two games are very winnable, but the Cats must play better on offense to beat Missouri. I look for Towles to bounce back and lead Kentucky to wins against the Tigers and Eastern Kentucky to have a 4-1 record going into the Thursday night showdown with Auburn. Go CATS!
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
Former Kentucky baseball star A. J. Reed is tearing it up in Class A and now Class AA baseball with the Houston Astros organization. It's got many fans wanting the Astros to bring Reed up and make a run at the playoffs.
Evan Drellich of Chron.com explains for the delay to bring Reed up to the majors...
For one, it’s his first full year of pro ball and the team is conservative in moving prospects (his talent level, although high, is not on par with the likes of a superstar such as Carlos Correa). Secondly, how he adjusts to the majors in the middle of a pennant race brings uncertainty, a key concept. Third, the Astros would be adding him to the 40-man roster and potentially exposing another player to the Rule 5 draft, although that’s a concern they could work around if they had to. Fourth, Reed showed up to spring training noticeably overweight and rewarding that kind of preparation probably doesn’t send a good message. Fifth, Reed’s splits at Corpus Christi were poor: as a lefthanded hitter, he didn’t hit lefties well. That’s the same problem Luis Valbuena has, for example. Reed would need to have a defined role on the team.
Honestly this could be argued as a mistake by Houston, but time will tell if this was a missed opportunity or not. Either way Reed is continuing to get better as a player and it will pay dividends down the road.
Friday night lights was in full effect and several Kentucky commits were making some noise with their respective high school teams. One UK commit that received some special attention was 2016 cornerback - Jordan Griffin.
Rivals recruiting analyst - Woody Wommack - gave his recap of high school football this weekend and the three-star Kentucky commit impressed Wommak.
I was impressed with...
It was a banner night for Griffin, who starred on offense, defense and special teams. The three-star prospect had a great summer while starring for Cam Newton's 7-on-7 team and it seems like he's carried that confidence into the season. Last year at this time Griffin was much more passive as a defender, while on Thursday he was all over the field while showing a willingness to help in run support. In addition to excellent coverage on the outside, Griffin was his team's leading receiver and had several big plays in the return game, including a 65-yard kickoff return that came up just short of the end zone.
~ Scott Roach ~