Could the Cats give us an NBA draft surprise?

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Rainy morning notes and links for a Tuesday:

- There are whispers that when it’s all said and done we may be surprised by who goes and who doesn’t go from this year’s UK basketball team when it comes to the NBA draft. As is his want, John Calipari talked to the national media yesterday, telling Andy Katz of espn that he had already talked to this past year’s freshmen and would do so again this week. Still think Jones and Knight will both depart, and there is a chance that Liggins goes. But we shall see.

- Speaking of Terrence Jones, got a kick out of his tweet Sunday saying he was hanging with Jarrod Polson at the Sonny’s Bar-B-Q in Nicholasville.

- Down in Alabama, UK target Trevor Lacey is going to take his sweet time making a decision on his college choice. His high school coach says Lacey won’t make an announcement until after he returns from playing in the Derby Festival Classic on April 22. . Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News writes: “The timing may not be a coincidence. When’s the deadline for college underclassmen to declare for early entry to the NBA Draft? April 24, two days after the Derby Classic game. The deadline to withdraw is May 8. Which of the schools on Lacey’s list of five finalists has a player who could decide to turn pro early and could impact Lacey’s decision? That would be Kentucky, which already signed the No. 1 recruiting class in the country for the third straight year in the early period. Adding Lacey would be icing.”

- Calipari referred to Anthony Davis having a “Camby-esqueness.”

- Declaration date for the draft is April 24. Players have until May 8 to withdraw their names.

- Larry Vaught writes on DeAndre Liggins as a dad.

- As a reader pointed out, how’s this for irony? The night before the Kentucky-Connecticut game, Fox Sports posted a story saying that a former John Calipari aide made impermissible phone calls to recruits. On Monday, Calipari sent a tweet reminding readers to check out his mailbag on Fox Sports South.

- Rocky Top Talk doesn’t want John Calipari going anywhere.

- Another step forward for UK women’s basketball. Victoria Dunlap is taken in first round of WNBA draft by the Washington Mystics.

- Mark Story sorts out the winners and losers on the college coaching carousel.

- Good bounce-back win for the Reds last night in San Diego, beating Matt Latos 3-2. Chris Heisey hit a home run. Prediction: By the All-Star break, Heisey will be the Reds’ starting left fielder.

- Did you see where Dontrelle Willis pitched six scoreless innings for the Louisville Bats on Sunday?

- The Legends game with the Hagerstown Bryce Harpers was rained out last night. They’ll try again tonight with a doubleheader starting at 5:05 p.m.

- Ethan Levine of the Kernel writes on Brian Adams, who is splitting time between UK football and baseball this spring.

- Spoke to a class on writing for the multimedia yesterday at UK. The instructor asked me how long I had been at the Herald-Leader. I told him since 1981. He said he though so. Said he was born in 1979, lived in Lexington all his life, and could not remember a time I wasn’t in the newspaper. Made me feel old.

- Speaking of newspapers, for those of us hit with furloughs, we love to read that (a) Richie Farmer isn’t taking one, and (b) this David Carr story from the New York Times on the top brass at Gannett.

- At his spring game on Saturday, Florida unveiled statues of its three Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks, Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow. During the game, quarterback John Brantley overthrew a receiver in the end zone. The ball skipped right to Tebow, who immediately fired a strike back to midfield. The crowd of 53,000 roared.

- The New York Times ranks Randall Cobb as the third-best receiver in the NFL draft.

- If I were any network covering golf, I would not interview Tiger Woods after his round, no matter how good or bad. He’s rude either way.

- Terrific Sally Jenkins column on Rory McIlroy and his attitude after collapsing into that 80 on Sunday.

- With the Derby a little more than three weeks away, lots of attention to this weekend’s two big preps: The Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn. The Factor will be favored in Arkansas. Bob Baffert compares his trainee to Smarty Jones and says he hopes The Factor can “carry his speed.”

- Interesting that Nick Zito will keep Dialed In at Palm Meadow in Florida until a week before the Derby. That’s a change in normal operating procedures for Zito.

- I hope Sway Away runs well in the Arkansas Derby. In the Rebel Stakes, the poor thing lunged forward in the starting gate and knocked out a tooth.

- Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe on Manny Ramirez: “We always knew Manny could hit. Turns out he can also run.”

- The great Norman Chad on the Miami Heat: “You can’t win playing three-on-five, unless you’re Kim, Khloe and Kourtney.”

- Reminder, Deadliest Catch returns tonight on the Discovery Channel.

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