Louisville Makes Anthony Barbers List of Three

     According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, 2013 recruit Anthony Barder has cut his list to three schools. Louisville, Kansas and Alabama are Barbers top choices. He is ranked the 3rd best point guard in the 2013 class according to Scout.com, he is ranked the 13th best player in his class by Rivals.com. The 6’2 pg plays for Boo Williams AAU squad and plays high school ball at Hampton High School in Virginia.

    ESPN.com says of Barber, “Barber is a point guard with great length and a ton of explosion to his game. His speed with the basketball is off the charts as he is able to push the ball from end to end in the blink of an eye and equally explosive with his first step.”


Kentucky receives word of 8th commitment for 2012

justindayMake it the fourth commitment for Kentucky this week as Justin Day has picked the Cats for his college ball per Ryan Bartow’s Twitter account:


BREAKING NEWS: South Aiken offensive tackle Justin Day (6-8, 290) just verbally committed to Kentucky.

He said he chose Joker Phillips and UK on his 18th birthday. He is a offensive lineman that resides from Aiken, South Carolina, standing at 6’8, 285lbs and is ranked as the 124th best OL. This is now the 8th guy to commit to UK for the 2013 class and the third offensive lineman.

Calipari vs Pitino: Getting Top 25 Recruits Drafted

Kentucky fans believe John Calipari is a master at developing his young players and getting them ready for the NBA.  UofL fans frequntly like to boast about Rick Pitino’s ability to develop players.

Many Louisville fans like to make the argument that John Calipari does not “develop” his players, because every player he’s gotten thus far would have been in the NBA anyway. Obviously, this logic is ridiculous.   Not all five-star recruits end up making it to the NBA. Using the RSCI rankings from 1998-Present and the HoopScoop rankings from 1984-Present, let us look at the Top 25 recruits that Rick Pitino and John Calipari have had in their careers who failed to get drafted


John Calipari:


Donta Bright- Ranked #4 by HoopScoop in 1992, Undrafted

Charelton Clarke- Ranked #14 by HoopScoop in 1995, Undrafted

Darius Washington Jr- Ranked #15 by RSCI in 2004, Undrafted


These three, in addition to his 13 other Top 25 recruits that did get drafted, gives him a success rate of 81.3%. Of those 13 players that were drafted, every one of them was picked in the first round, with 10 lottery picks and 7 top five selections.


In addition to his success rate, Calipari has also developed NBA draft picks such as Antonio Burks (Unranked, Walked-On at Memphis), Josh Harrellson (#972 by Hoop Scoop in 2007), Robert Dozier (#180 by Hoop Scoop in 2004), Rodney Carney (#173 Hoop Scoop in 2002), and Joey Dorsey (#131 by Hoop Scoop in 2002).



Rick Pitino:


Samardo Samuels: Ranked #4 by RSCI in 2008, Undrafted
Wayne Turner: Ranked #7 by HoopScoop in 1995, Undrafted
David Padgett: Ranked #7 by RSCI in 2003, Undrafted
Carlos Hurt: Ranked #12 by RSCI in 2001, Undrafted
Juan Palacios: Ranked #16 by RSCI in 2004, Undrafted
Derrick Caracter: Ranked #17 by RSCI in 2006, Undrafted
Steve Wright: Ranked #21 by HoopScoop in 1984, Undrafted


The list of Top 25 recruits under Pitino that never got drafted is over twice as long as John Calipari’s list. Unlike Calipari, this list is composed almost entirely by players at his current school, with five former Top 25 recruits during his tenure at Louisville failing to get drafted. I was unable to find recruiting rankings for his years at Boston University and first couple years at Providence.  However, since 1984, I was able to find 14 top 25 recruits that Pitino coached. Factoring in his 7 undrafted top 25 players, that leaves Pitino with a success rate of 50.0%, which is significantly lower than John Calipari.


Of the seven players that were drafted, all went in the first round, but only 4 of the seven were lottery picks, and only one player (Jamal Mashburn) was ever drafted in the top 5. Its also important to note that of the seven former blue chip recruits that were drafted, six of them played at Kentucky, while only one played at Louisville.


Top 25 Recruits in Career: John Calipari (16), Rick Pitino (14)

Top 25 Recruits Drafted in 1st Round: John Calipari (13), Rick Pitino (7)

Top 25 Recruits Drafted in Lottery: John Calipari (10), Rick Pitino (4)

Top 25 Recruits Drafted in the Top 5: John Calipari (7), Rick Pitino (1)

Top 25 Recruits Drafted from Current Job: John Calipari (10), Rick Pitino (1)


If it is truly as easy to get Top 25 recruits drafted as Louisville fans claim, it speaks volumes about Rick Pitino as a developer of talent.


Edit:  The above information was written prior to the 2012 NBA Draft.

NBA Draft – UK Players

Anthony Davis- #1 pick — Davis is the sure fire #1 pick and looks to help resurrect the New Orleans Hornets.  The Hornets traded starting Center Emeka Okafor to help open up more minutes for Davis.  It will be interesting to see if they try and play Davis at C or PF.  I think he can play both throughout the course of a game, but still needs to add bulk to match-up with a player like Lakers Center Andrew Bynum.  Plus the Hornets have a more than capable center in former All-Star Chris Kaman to help shoulder the heavy lifting down low.  I have yet to see anything on the basketball court that Davis can’t do and is only going to get better and stronger.  Davis projects to be the surest player to have a great career out  of this strong draft and I project him to be in numerous All-Star games.  The West is deep at the power-forward position, but when you are being compared to Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan you are going to have a great career.  It will be interesting to see how the Hornets build around this pick and develop the rest of their team.  They have stud SG Eric Gordon coming back from injury and the #10 pick to help add another young piece.




Michael Kidd-Gilchrist- Lottery Pick — Often times overshadowed because of Davis and also because of UK’s wealth of talent.  MKG played his role and didn’t have to take over games, which he could have if he was on just about any other team in the nation.  All you need to see is the 24 point 19 rebound game he posted against Louisville in the regular season to know that this guy is a gamer.  He has all the intangibles and only cares about winning.  Honestly watching him for Kentucky he reminds me of John Wall in the open court. When he gets a defensive rebound the defense has to get back or he will get to the rim in a hurry.  With his speed and long strides no one can get in front of him… Still has to work on jumper but dude is a beast and is being compared to Gerald Wallace at the pro level.  Early in the draft process he was projected as high as #2 to Charlotte, but it is reported he had less than stellar workouts and teams looking for a small forward would rather take the more NBA ready and better shooting Harrison Barnes over MKG. Still he has potential landing spots in Cleveland (#4), Sacramento (#5), or Golden State (#7).  I think he would be a great fit for Golden State, but I have a feeling Sacramento is going to snatch him up and pair him with fellow UK alums Demarcus Cousins and Chuck Hayes and former Louisville players Francisco Garcia and Terrence Williams. What an awesome team that will be to root for!

Terrence Jones- Mid-First Round — Has all the talent in the world and an NBA body, but just can’t put it all together consistently. Sometimes loses focus and energy which has hurt his stock (ie: the Indiana regular season loss in which he had only 4 points, 1 rebound, and 6 turnovers in 28 minutes). I think he is too predictable and mechanical in his moves, but was really been a force down low when paired with Davis.  In his freshman year he played soft in the post, but I have been impressed with his strength down low this past year. He is a bit of a Tweener who will prob get minutes at both forwards. I see him having a mediocre NBA career floating around for years as more of a rotation player.  He measured well at the combine and impressed some, but rumored to have not stood out as much in individual workouts. On mocks he has been as high as #7 to Golden State to as low as #23 to Atlanta.  Golden State was apparently one of the teams he didn’t wow so I don’t expect him to go that high.  I expect him to fall somewhere in the 14-22 range with Boston, Denver, or Dallas being probable landing spots.


Doron Lamb- Mid/Late Rounder– Even in what people are calling a strong draft class, I think that UK’s all time 3 pt fg % leader (48.47% for career) will be selected first round.  He is really not getting a lot of buzz in war rooms, but the guy knows how to play the game.   He is a lights out spot up shooter, demonstrated ability to create own shot this year, and is not as small as people try to make him out to be. With his stroke he can def find a niche in NBA much like Jodie Meeks/Leandro Barbosa have done.  I think he could go as high as #18 to Minnesota who are in desperate need for shooting from the wings as Wesley Johnson, Wayne Ellington, and Martell Webster are just not cutting it.  That is a little high for him though.  I think a couple even better and more likely destinations would be #24 to Cleveland to line-up next to Kyrie and possibly Barnes or MKG (if they pick one of them at #4) or Chicago at #29 where he can learn from Rip Hamilton and play next to Derrick Rose.


Marques Teague- Late/Mid First Round— With a weak PG class, a team in need of a point guard could jump at the opportunity of Teague’s potential.  Damian Lillard is the top point guard in this draft, but after that there are mixed opinions on the second best between Teague, Kendall Marshall, and some even like the potential of Tony Wroten who is very raw with a broken shot, but is an athletic freak.    To me, due to Marshall’s lack of speed and offense, Teague is the next best PG prospect.  His jump shot is unorthodox, but given the space can knock it down. His strength lies in his quickness, allowing him to get to rim at will.  He is one of the best at the collegiate level at finishing at the rim in traffic. When the shot clock was running down for Kentucky he usually had the ball and was the one to make the play even with all the above mentioned talent on this past years team.  He almost always gets free and gets a good shot or if the defense collapses throws it at the rim for Davis. He won’t be able to do that as well in NBA but he is smart player and will find a way to get the job done. Also was only a freshman so plenty of room to grow. I have seen him being drafted as high as #16 to Houston, which is very possible considering their need for a PG with Dragic a free agent and Lowery sometimes getting in Kevin McHale’s doghouse.  Some other possible destinations are Dallas #17, Denver #20 (replace Andre Miller as Ty Lawson’s back-up), Atlanta #23 (back-up his brother),  Indiana #26, or Golden State #30.


Darius Miller- Early/Mid Second Rounder– You know what you are getting with Miller. He is a long wing player who can shoot the spot up J. He can defend decently and is ok off the dribble, but best as a catch and shoot. Biggest weakness is when he is forced to dribble the ball up the court or against pressure and make decisions. In the NBA, the PG will handle just about all those responsibilities so he can focus on spotting up and crashing boards. He has NBA size and if he applies himself can become a rotation player. I think the best scenario would be some playoff team looking to add a player with his strengths will snag him early/mid 2nd round.  Looking at teams with earlier second round picks, Cleveland #33 and #34, Golden State #35, and Atlanta #43 could be potential landing spots.

Vargas- Senior — Calipari answer when asked about Vargas NBA potential -“What I say is you’ve got a 6-10, 6-11 player who can rebound and run the court and is more skilled than you think,” Calipari said. “You know, you look in the NBA, how many big guys are there? They’ve got 30 teams. You look at all these teams in Europe, if he chooses to do this, he’ll continue to play.”   Thanks for the support coach, but in all honesty, Vargas will be playing in Europe or NBDL.




Kentucky picks up 7th commitment for 2013 class

4_419758Kentucky football is putting the full court press on recruiting for the 2013 class as Joker Phillips and company picked up commitment number seven today. Blake McClain, a 3-star defensive back chose the Cats today over South Florida, Pittsburgh and Illinois.

He stands at 5’11, 185lbs and ranked as the 54th best DB by Rivals.com out of Winter Park, Florida. McClain led his team with 55 tackles his junior year along with 7 knockdowns and seems to be another good addition to what is building to be a good class. Below are a few quotes from McClain over the last couple weeks speaking about UK and how he liked them. Go Cats!

“It was family oriented. Coach Joker Phillips is a great coach and I like his philosophy on his players, how he gets them to graduate in three-and-a-half years. all that played in.”

“It was the greatest factor. If you want to be the best, you have to play against the best,”