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Posted on: May 7, 2009 11:29 pm
 

Recruiting

Who should we go after once we land Wall?  I know, I know we are already over our limit and many are reporting that Patrick Patterson is returning (although nothing official yet), but recruiting has become so fun with Coach Cal at the helm that I don't want it to end.  Looking over the remaining 5-stars (since that is all we will recruit since Cal met UK), there are two remaining.  #11 overall Lance Stephenson a guard from Brooklyn, NY and #17 overall Latavious Williams, a forward from Humble, Texas.  What are you waiting for Cal?  Go get em. 

With the addition of Bledsoe, UK has moved to #1 on Rivals.com for best recruiting class.  The Wildcats Boast three 5-star recruits in #2 DeMarcus Cousins, #22 Daniel Orton, #23 Eric Bledsoe and 4-star #40 Jon Hood.  The cats have also added a 4-star talent in Juco transfer Darnell Dodson while also in heavy pursuit of #1 overall John Wall. 

According to Bledsoe at his press conference he will be playing along side Patterson next season:  “Pat’s coming back. But I haven’t talked to Meeks much.”  Adding our #1 recruiting class to the likes of Patterson and Jodie Meeks would be outstanding.  Imagine Patterson Cousins and Orton sharing time down low with Meeks, Wall?,  Bledsoe, DeAndre Liggins (who could thrive in this system), Darius Miller, Dodson and Hood outside.  With Kevin Galloway and Matt Pilgrim also on the bench this team could play 12 deep without much of a drop in talent.  This team will run teams to death and not apply the brakes.  We are in for something special. 

Posted on: May 6, 2009 1:07 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2009 1:09 pm
 

Cats land another 5-star

The Wildcats are baaaaaaacccckkkkk!  Coach Cal has landed a 3rd 5-star recruit in PG Eric Bledsoe who is from Birmingham Alabama.   Bledsoe is ranked the 3rd best point guard and #23 overall according to Rivals.com for the 2009 class.  Bledsoe will most likely be a 3 year player and is a tremendous ball handler and passer with a solid jumper up to about 19 feet.  Bledsoe will probably start this year unless we can ink #1 recruit John Wall.  Coach Cal is stockpiling Blue Chip recruits with 4 in the top 40 (with a 5th on the way?) and a 4-star JUCO transfer, If Patterson returns or Wall does in fact come, we are final four bound and a preseason top 5.  


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Posted on: April 30, 2009 8:42 pm
 

Cats near landing 5 star 2010 recruit

John Calipari is about to reel in his first big fish for next years recruiting class in 5 star shooting guard Will Barton.  Barton is ranked #24 by rivals and is the #1 ranked shooting guard and #10 overall.  Barton is scheduling a visit soon and is expected to announce his commitment during his visit to campus.  Barton is a good start to next years class and will replace Meeks quite nicely and could begin a chain reaction of commitments.  Now we can focus on PG Brandon Knight, Centers Josh Smith and Adteian Payne, and Forwards Harrison Barnes and Roscoe Smith.

Posted on: April 28, 2009 4:26 pm
 

Sit EE!

Dusty Baker needs to send EE to Triple A and call up Adam Rosales, who is arguably the hottest hitter in the Reds farm.  Rosales is hitting .431 with a .479 obp and 4 HR and 15 RBI through 17 games and plays a solid 3rd base.  EE is batting only .127 with a .286 obp and only 1 homer and 6 RBI in 19 games.  EE will be fine later on but we need to maximize our production at the big league level.  Adding Rosales to our lineup would give us slightly above average 3rd base production and allow EE to work out his kinks.  Tonight we have Aaron Harang 2-2 with a 2.00 ERA, squaring off against Wandy Rodriguez who has a 1-2 record with a 1.80 ERA.  Its going to be a tough night to give Harang the run production he deserves as the staff ace as they did in Harangs last outing, a 7-1 beating of the Chicago Cubs.  The offense managed only 3 runs total through Harangs first three starts.  This is an important ballgame, a division game that gives us a chance to win the series. 
Posted on: April 28, 2009 3:03 am
 

Coach Cal calls out to UK Fans follow hisTwitter

John Calipari is calling on UK fans: "Can you imagine have 10,000 followers in 4 days?  You people are crazy...and I love it! Let's fo for 20k. More to come. Go Big Blue."  Calipari is of course twittering in response to Tom Crean calling IU fans on Monday morning to boost his followers up to the level of Coach Cal.  Coach Cal had 7100 followers at the time with Crean having around 1200 and since then Cal has over 11000 and Crean has under 2400.  To follow Coach Cal go to www.twitter.com/UKCoachCalipari

I can't wait for November to roll around so basketball season can begin.  If we land Wall and keep Patterson and Meeks, we are definitely a final four contender.  Our 2009 recruiting class so far:  5 stars DeMarcus Cousins (PF) and Daniel Orton (C), along with 4 stars Jon Hood (SG) and Darnell Dodson (SF).  Add in PF Matt Pilgrim (a 4 star talent) who was a member of last seasons recruiting class but sat out a season and John Wall (PG) and you would have six newcomers who could start for most teams.  If Patterson were to leave (which seams likely) and Meeks were to stay (which also seems likely), we would also have four returning starters.  We could have an incredibly deep team this year and run teams to death.






Posted on: April 28, 2009 2:32 am
 

The Bengals had a great draft! Brown step down?

The Bengals had an incredible draft.  Andre Smith I can live with if he can stay focused and in shape.  Rey Maualuga was a no-brainer and is probably the best overall tackler in the draft.  Micheal Johnson has first round talent, and could very well end up being the best pass rusher in this draft, if he can stay focused. Chase Coffman was also a very good value and could be the best tight end in the draft.  He is coming off a foot injury but should make an impact soon.  Jonathan Luigs was also a very good value and could also end up starting.  While I don't normally agree with taking a punter in round 5, I can buy into the selection of Kevin Huber as he is a local kid with a great leg, who will probably break camp as the staring punter.   Running Back Bernard Scott has an incredible back ground of trouble with the law, but if he can stay straight he could be an every down back.  Bengals personnel and scouting departments really surprised me today.  They took the best player on the board in most instances and it ended up with an incredible draft class that could produce 6-7 starters in much needed places. 
The Bengals also signed Quan Cosby as an undrafted free-agent.  A wide receiver from Texas, Quan has great hands and runs terrific routes.  He has a quick first step but lacks downfield speed and stands only 5'9.  If Cosby can "play tough" enough for the NFL, he could end up being a solid third receiver. 

 
 
 
 
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