BBL: Mitch Barnhart excited; Nerlens Noel dropping?

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Big Blue Links for Saturday:

– Despite down years in football and men’s basketball, Mitch Barnhart told the AP he sees positives in UK sports programs this past year. The AD said, “It’s been an interesting year in that we’ve had some things to celebrate, and that’s been fun. Fans look at three or four sports, first and foremost, and it’s interesting that while we might not have had the success that we’ve wanted or been used to, excitement for those sports is at an all-time high.”

– Could Maryland’s Alex Len beat out UK’s Nerlens Noel for the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft? Matt Norlander of CBS Sports reports that is the rumor making league circles at the moment. He writes, ” . . . injury or not, Noel seems out — again, according to rumors and ‘sources,’ which abound — for Cleveland. And if it won’t be Len, then UNLV’s Anthony Bennett, Otto Porter of Georgetown or Kansas’ Ben McLemore are the other targets. McLemore could be unlikely given a recent report that he showed up for a workout out of shape.”

Sean Deveny of the Sporting News reports signs seem to indicate the Cavs aren’t sold on Noel.

– Ben Simmons, a Class of 2015 basketball star, got a call from UK coach John Calipari recently. Ben Roberts of Next Cats reports, “Simmons already has offers from Duke, Florida, Ohio State, Washington and LSU. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward is considered the No. 3 overall prospect in the class of 2015 by ESPN. He’s also ranked highly by Rivals.com (5th), 24/7 Sports (5th) and Scout.com (10th).”

 

– At the Louisville Quarterback Club on Tuesday, Larry Vaught asked Neal Brown if Willie Cauley-Stein could be used to block kicks? It was actually a question submitted by one of Larry’s readers. Brown said it was an interesting question.

Darius West, who has already committed to UK, tweets what he got from the Cats in the mail.

 

– West also tweeted that his leg is in a cast in what he called a minor setback.

 

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