Lunch links: Derek, Dominique and DeMarcus

Time for some lunch-time notes:

– Above, Kansas coach Bill Self meeting with the media after a KU alumni game on Thursday.

– The Sacramento Kings have new ownership, but DeMarcus Cousins is staying mum on just what that means. Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee writes, “His agent, Dan Fegan, has instructed Cousins not to speak on anything relating to the Kings team, management or ownership. Cousins is eligible for a contract extension this summer, and Fegan wants a maximum deal for his client with the threat of a trade demand looming if a deal isn’t reached. So even with all the kind words thrown his way, Cousins is keeping quiet about the Kings.”

A Sea of Blue has an evaluation of UK freshman in-state hoopsters Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins. Tyler Lashbrook writes, “A few things stand out the minute you watch (Hawkins) play, and one is that he’s fantastic at finishing. I alluded to his strength earlier, but he really uses his body well when attacking the rim. Hawkins looks very comfortable finishing with either hand. He can absorb contact and have enough body control to finish layups in traffic against guys much bigger than him. His handle isn’t the tightest, but it’s viable and it’ll only get better as he continues to compete against college competition.”

Andy Katz of ESPN has an update on suspended Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin. Katz writes, “The Gators have a point guard ready to step in if Wilbekin doesn’t get his act together. Kasey Hill, who could end up beating out Wilbekin anyway, will be on campus for summer session next week. Donovan will likely review Wilbekin’s status when he returns July 8 from Prague after coaching the United States under-19 team at the FIBA World Championships. ”

Sorry to read it looks like the New York Times will be shuttering its sports blogs.

– With everything going on down by the riverfront in Cincinnati, Bill Koch argues that University of Cincinnati basketball should takes its games off campus and back to the U.S. Bank Arena besides Great American Ball Park. Bill writes: “Moving UC’s home games downtown was tried in the 70s and 80s and didn’t work. But it’s a different time now. The riverfront has become an attraction and having UC basketball there would only add to the atmosphere during the winter. Ever been to the Yum! Center in downtown Louisville to watch the Cardinals play?”

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