Big Blue Links for Thursday:
– Alysee Shelton of the Herald-Leader reports that UK has dismissed offensive lineman T.J. Jones from the team. The redshirt freshman was arrested in December on a weapons charge while in his hometown of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
– As you might expect there has been significant attrition since Mark Stoops arrived as UK’s new football coach. The C-J’s Kyle Tucker chronicles the revolving door.
– Tyre Brady tells Larry Vaught that he is a firm commitment to UK despite not getting a “Yahtzee” from the coaching staff. “I have seen the rumors about Kentucky not accepting my commit because they did not tweet out Yahtzee until a couple of hours later,” said Brady. “The funny thing is that I committed at Kentucky on my visit in front of the coaches. Then they called my mom and told her how happy they were that I committed.”
– Via video, ESPN discusses the impact of Kentucky’s surprising year in football recruiting. The network talks with UK commit Mike Edwards.
– Chris Wilson of Yahoo Sports also writes on Kentucky’s No. 1 recruiting ranking. He says, “When your program is as down as Kentucky’s, Stoops needed something to point to as a recruiting pitch, and he got that during the spring game when over 50,000 fans turned out, good for the second best mark in the country. If you’re a new coach needing to sell high school kids on a fan base ready to throw itself behind a potentially resurgent program, being able to point at that spring game can only help. (It also probably doesn’t hurt to promise a chance at immediate playing time, something two-win teams can generally offer.)”
– Glenn Logan of A Sea of Blue writes on the media feud between Kentucky Sports Radio and Rivals over the use of “premium” material when it comes to football recruiting.
– Gary Parrish of CBS Sports picks Kentucky to win the SEC in basketball in 2013-14. He writes, “Does that mean UK will win every SEC title? No. Let’s not forget about last season’s disaster.But Calipari is operating at such a high level (and arguably an unprecedented level in the modern era) that it’s hard to imagine him ever not having the SEC’s best talent regardless of how many prospects leave school early for the NBA Draft, and having the best talent is typically the key to stacking wins. So good luck, everybody else.”
– Looks like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will play in the Las Vegas Summer League.
– Ryan Suckow of Cat Scratches looks at where Nerlens Noel might go in the NBA Draft. He writes, “Center might not be Cleveland’s greatest need, but good centers are a valuable commodity in a game that lacks dominant big men. Drafting Noel would not only be a luxury for the Cavaliers, but it would give them a trading chip to help them add another piece to the puzzle for 2013-14 if they decided to take Noel. Noel, as you know, is coming off knee surgery, and is still rehabbing in Birmingham, Ala. He likely won’t be ready to suit up for the team that drafts him until mid season. That’s been part of the hesitance in committing to and investing in Noel as well.”