Jones Brings UofL Cheerleader Flowers

(Photo By Maggie Ruper of WHAS-11)

Staying true to his word, Terrence Jones, delivered on his promise. If you all remember March 31st, Jones stated…

Louisville cheerleading coach Todd Sharp said Logue needed stitches before she could return to the court because the wound on the top of her head bled so much.

 

Jones had no idea he’d injured Logue in the first-half collision, but he was very apologetic after the game.

“Tell her I’m sorry,” Jones said. “I’ll drive down there and tell her myself with some flowers or something.”

 

Here’s the video of the actual play.

Jones has been amazing in his brief stint following his UK career. He’s stayed after hours to make sure everyone gets an autograph (sometimes 2 hours over the allotted time frame), excellent in the community and as stated above; he’s even backed up every promise. Continue to do BBN proud Terrence. I can’t wait to watch you in the league.

Per Sources…

Per Chad Ford’s latest blog entry, Anthony Davis, Micheal Kidd-Gilchrist and Terrence Jones will all declare for the NBA draft “soon“. Link (insider account required).

Anthony Davis, to me and the rest of civilization, is an absolute lock for the overall #1 pick. Regardless of who is the actual winner of the lottery. Coming back to school for AD, while we’d all love it, would be nothing more than a risk of an injury. His one year of college basketball is something you or I will never forget. Retire his jersey now!

MKG — What can I say? It makes perfect sense for him to leave also. The kid has an unbelievable motor and projected as a top 5 pick (most places have him suited as #2). He too, would be “rolling the dice” with a return to College basketball. Go pursue your dream MKG and trust me, all of BBN will be follow you like a stalker for the rest of your career. I do believe, however, he’d have a 70% chance for a return if #8 never happened.

Terrence Jones, like Mark stated earlier, has played himself into the end of the Lottery selection (13-16). I can’t see him improving his draft stock much more by sticking around for another year at Kentucky. If he continues to play with that fire he developed towards the end of the year, the sky is the limit for Mr. Jones. I’m not 100% sure what position he’ll play at the next level though. I would assume PF, but he has the ability to knock down the three, albeit, an extremely slow release. He still showed he can consistently knock it down. I wish him nothing but the best and I believe I speak for the rest of BBN, he’s making the correct decision also.

Good luck gentlemen and thank you for everything you’ve done for the University of Kentucky.

Now we wait to hear from Teague and Lamb……

My gut says, Teague stays and Lamb leaves (widely reported of his desire to play in the NBA). I’m not sold on Lamb at the next level though (yet), mainly because a shooter is a dime a dozen, he’s slightly undersized for a 2 guard and needs to work on being a floor general (best chance to succeed). Personally, I think both kids should stay because another year would do wonders for their maturity and draft status (weak PG/SG class). The moment we hear something, we’ll report it though. The Teague family, is expected to meet next week and decide together. Remember Jeff (Marquis’ older brother), stayed two years at Wake Forest before declaring. So a return is highly likely.

UK Nuggets – Leap Day Edition

Thursday’s game will be the final home games for Kentucky Senior’s Eloy Vargas and Darius Miller. Darius has been a four year starter, 8.1ppg, a “Glue Guy” and an absolute warrior throughout his career with the Wildcats. Darius has expanded his game to a level that could potentially end with an NBA uniform. Not a bad gig. Anyone who can survive a year under Billy Clyde deserves a “pat on the back” and a HUGE FAMILY HUG from Big Blue Nation. He’s is currently #46 on the All-time scoring list (could end up in the 30′s or so before the closure of the season). I believe he’s a player that has never gotten the respect he deserves, because he’s just a quiet guy that goes about his business. He doesn’t disappear, as people claim, he’ll show up when you need him the most. He’s been the enemies worst nightmare in crunch time and is exactly who I want to take the “final” shot if needed. Ask Vandy, Florida, Bama — you name it. You go Mr. Zone Buster, it’s been a pleasure watching you play.

Eloy, Eloy, Eloy — I don’t know where to start. To say you’ve been a bust, would be harsh. Some people might even consider it. Myself personally, I don’t think so at all. Sure, you’ve taken a different route than most. Rated as the #26 player in the nation (2008), his career at Florida ending due to playing time and then go the JUCO route. Somehow you end up at the University I cherish and love so, I will support you. You are exactly what the doctor orders when Davis and Jones are in foul trouble, you are an excellent low post defender and gives quality minutes — when you’re called upon. Your numbers are never going to WOW anyone because you aren’t a scoring threat and get extremely limited minutes, but I guarantee you’ll get the greatest ovation of your life tomorrow night at Rupp. Graduating from Kentucky and having the opportunity to do what few can say — play in front of 25,000 die heart fans. You gotta love it.

Guys — I thank you for everything you’ve done in Kentucky blue and will follow your career’s intently. Enjoy tomorrow night with friends and family. Soak it all in. It’s cool to cry. :)

Now for the nuggets.

  • This just in….Bobby Knight hates Kentucky more than any human being on the face of the earth (this Includes EVERY Louisville fan). Knight was on Mike and Mike and was asked who are his top 5 teams in the nation, he calmly said — Syracuse, Duke, UNC, Missouri, Kansas. Even a crazy Cardinal fan can admit the Cats are nasty this year. I mean, how is it possible to forget about the #1 team in the nation, who received 98% of the 1st place votes, 9/5 odds to win the tourney and boasts potential POY in Anthony Davis? That’s right, when asked for POY possibilities, he didn’t mention him either….  Come on Old man — it’s a no brainer.
  • Speaking of things Bobby Knight hates, John Calipari, decided to clear on the air on his website in regards to “One and Done” players and the decision making process. Excellent read if you get a chance. Here’s a sample:

As most of you are now aware, I don’t believe in the one-and-done rule. I don’t think it’s in the best interest of the student-athletes, the NCAA or the NBA. I personally think kids should have to stay two or three years.

 

On Monday, speaking on a teleconference with our league’s media, I told reporters I supported one of my kid’s decision to stay in school so long as he thought through his decision and had a good reason. Since then, it’s come to my understanding that people are now portraying this program as a one-and-done factory, that we allow players to come here for one year and then move them on to the NBA.

 

Big Blue Nation, that couldn’t be more wrong.

  • Also on CoachCal.com, they’ve done a “Cribs” edition showing off the Joe Craft center. Your hosts? …None other than Kyle Wiltjer and Jared Polson. For those of you who haven’t seen footage, it’s pretty sweet …. check it out here
  • Dates have been announced for Father/Son and overnight camps. As always, it’s a great place to quality father/son time.
  • Nerlens Noel narrowed his list to Kentucky, Georgetown, Syracuse, Connecticut, and North Carolina. This removes Providence and Florida from consideration.
  • Shout out to A’dia Mathies for winning SEC Player of the Year on the women’s side. She lead the Cats to become SEC champs for the first time in 30 years. Wow! Great job ladies! I’m assuming it’s been a LONG TIME since a Lady Cat has won this award, being that I couldn’t find the last time it has happened. It’s been a remarkable year for the ladies and I’ve had a blast following it, hopefully both side’s can cut down the nets. Hey!, it could happen!
  • Mike Hartline has found a home…wait for it…wait for it…with the New England Patriots. As excited as I am for Mike, you gotta think..why the Pats? He’s going to be buried on the depth chart and barring something drastic, he’ll never have a shot to prove himself. On the other side, you could say the Pats saw something in him because they offered him a 1 year 400k contract. Keep living the dream Mike, I’d gladly take a spot on the bench for that chunk of change.

That’s all I have for now. For you Cardinal fans, remember it’s a RED OUT tonight, Cards tip at 7pm.

MKG Coming Back And Graduating?!?!

What’s better than 52 straight home wins and clinching the SEC title for the 45th time? During interviews after today’s game Michael Kidd-Gilchrist announced that, “I’m graduating here. I’m not going nowhere. I’m staying at Kentucky.” Immediately followed with “I’m dead serious. I don’t know why y’all laughing.”

Big words by the youngster. Question: Do you believe him?

My opinion, I can’t see him staying 4 years, but two years is definitely believable. Only time will tell. All I know is, this guy is thrilled it’s even a possibility.

 

Behind The Scenes — UK Basketball LSU Road Trip

Ever wondered what it would be like to travel with the team on a road trip? Here’s your chance! Follow along with the Wildcats as CoachCal.com takes you behind the scenes of last week’s visit to Baton Rouge, La., to take on the LSU Tigers. Stay tuned for part two on Friday. (All from coachcal.com).

Just click on the pictures and they will take you to the video. Unable to embed them. They did an excellent job, check them out!

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Louisville
Kentuky Football Recruiting Updates

Kentucky is expected to ink one of their top recruiting classes since Rivals, Scout, ESPN recruiting services have been in business. This class could become even deeper with the possible additions of Monty Madaris 3* WR (Rumored to be visiting UK by several sources), Cody Core 2* WR, Anthony Wales 3* ATH (basically between UK/UL) and Khallid Henderson 4* LB on Wednesday. One would have to believe after seeing the picture Khalid tweeted out, that Kentucky appears to be in great shape.

It’s between Kentucky and Ole Miss for this 4 star linebacker. Kentucky only had a few spots left, so hopefully they can make it count. We’ll be sure to report all of the signings as they happen. Stay tuned for updates!