Today isn’t shaping up to be much of a news day, but I think we can probably scrounge up a few links. Let’s get to it.
– The recruitment of Nerlens Noel has followed the exact script that the recruitment of any top player would, if that player was the best in his class and he was going to Kentucky and he was reclassifying to make that happen. Pete Thamel decided that he’d take it upon himself to write an article full of absolute nothing but so far it hasn’t been that big of a deal. Neither Nerlens or Kentucky has been contacted regarding the “investigation” and odds are they never will be. Maybe one day Thamel will catch that big one, but today is not that day.
– Speaking of recruitment it’s looking more and more like Julius Mays may be the guy that the Cats turn to with what may be the last scholarship doled out in 2012. Mays has a decision to make between the Cats and Purdue, who could also use him right away. I don’t know how much it counts for, but Mays is close with Ryan Harrow, who he hosted when the younger guard visited North Carolina State. If Mays could help convince Harrow to go there, I don’t think there’s any reason to believe that Ryan couldn’t return the favor. Let’s get that instant offense.
– Touched on this last night, but John Calipari has officially accepted the offer from the Dominican Republic to coach their team in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. This is a huge deal because while the Dominican Republic highly values their basketball, they’ve not once qualified for the Olympics. If Cal can get them over that hump, he will be a national hero.
– Here’s a great story about Matt Emery, the son of UK tennis coach Dean Emery, and his current battle with cancer. The Racket Cats are currently ranked sixth in the nation and are one match against Indiana away from reaching the Sweet Sixteen. Just reading the article is emotionally taxing, but Matt seems like a guy to root for especially in the context of what the tennis team is trying to do. His dad has reached four Elite Eights with the Cats, but has yet to hit that elusive Final Four. Both Emery’s are guys to root for.
– UK Baseball took the series opener against Alabama last night. This is the last home SEC series for the Bat Cats so if you havent checked them out yet, this might be a good time to see a great team in action.