BBL: Football non-commitment and more on Kyle Wiltjer

Big Blue Links for Tuesday:

Update: UK commit Darryl Long tweets that Darius McDonald will work out for UK coaches on July 18 to get the official offer.

– Some doubt last night concerning the reported commitment of football prospect Darius McDonald, an all-purpose back out of Dublin, Ohio. Josh Edwards of Sports247 reported the commitment, but there was no follow-up of “Yahtzee” from UK coaches and Jason Rowland of Rivals tweeted that McDonald does not have an offer. We’ll have to see how this one plays out.


– Big news Monday was Kyle Wiltjer announcing via letter that he is considering transferring from UK and is exploring his college options. Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader reports that Gonzaga leads the speculation as a destination point for Wiltjer. “Gonzaga has an immediate history of transforming a role player into a productive team leader. Kelly Olynyk, approximately the same size as Wiltjer at 7-foot and 238 pounds, averaged less than six points and four rebounds in his first two seasons for Gonzaga. After redshirting his third year, he became a star. He averaged 17.6 points and 7.3 rebounds this past season and entered the 2013 NBA Draft.”

John Calipari told ESPN that if Wiltjer does elect to leave he won’t limit where the Portland native can go. Good for Calipari.

Andy Katz of ESPN says that West Coast schools and Texas are interested in Wiltjer. “Wiltjer would fit in well at a number of those schools on the West Coast,” Katz writes. “All could use his face-up game and none are immune from the need for a big man. Kentucky will miss having another upperclassman and shooter but can absorb the loss next season more so than a year ago when they lacked overall talent.”

ESPN Insider Chad Ford still thinks the Cleveland Cavaliers will pick Nerlens Noel No. 1 on Thursday. He writes, “The Cavs have narrowed down their list of prospects, according to sources, and it looks like it may ultimately come down to a battle between Kentucky’s Noel and Maryland’s Alex Len. I’m still persuaded, though not convinced, that it will be Noel.”

Jason Reid of the Washington Post is bothered by John Wall’s tattoos. He writes, “Wizards point guard John Wall hasn’t proven himself on the basketball court. And apparently, Wall still is a bit of a mystery off of it, too. Posing shirtless recently for an Instagram photo, Wall revealed several tattoos. Wall’s interest in body art is surprising, considering he previously said he did not have tattoos because of concerns over his image for marketing reasons. Many NBA players do have tattoos, and Wall isn’t breaking new ground in sharing his ink with fans through social media.”

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