The evening news for this Tuesday:
– Wide receivers coach Tommy Mainord is the latest UK football staff member to get a video close-up. He follows follows Neal Brown, Bradley Dale Peveto, Jimmy Brumbaugh, Derrick Ansley and Chad Scott.
– Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News says less of Kyle Wiltjer means a lot more of Julius Randle. He writes of Wiltjer, “That lack of physical progress certainly diminished his performance as a sophomore. He averaged only 4.2 rebounds in 24 minutes per game. He was one of Kentucky’s most obvious liabilities on defense, consistently getting himself out of position in pick-and-roll situations and giving up straight-line drives as a result. He shot only 48.4 percent on 2-point field goals, indicative of his struggle to finish around the rim.”
– The website of long-time NBA writer Chris Sheridan claims that the Charlotte Bobcats are shopping Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and will replace him with Otto Porter in the draft. It says, “The reason the Bobcats braintrust of Rich Cho and owner Michael Jordan believe Porter will be available is because, SheridanHoops has learned from league sources, the Washington Wizards are determined to draft Anthony Bennett of UNLV with the No. 3 pick. A second league source said the Bobcats have been working the phones, gauging the interest level among teams for the 2nd pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.”
– Sheridan’s sources say Bucks, Warriors, Hawks and Celtics are pursuing MKG the hardest.
– Don’t look now but John Wall and Kenneth Faried are both going to pose nude for ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue. I guess Washington Post columnist Jason Reid, who complained about Wall’s tattoos, will cancel his subscription.
– Couldn’t agree more with SI’s Andy Glockner, who says that Louisville center Gorgui Dieng is one of the more underrated players in the draft. Andy writes, “Dieng was an excellent shot-blocker at the college level with the ability to shoot from outside 10 feet and pass. Finding good, quality, young size on the cheap is so hard. In the cap era, a guy like Dieng can be extraordinarily valuable if he pans out.”
– Is this Kyle Wiltjer leaving town? (Just a joke.)
Reader John: “I got stuck behind this guy in a traffic jam last year in Lexington.” http://t.co/WTiUaQsMUz
— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) June 25, 2013
– Here’s Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports on Wiltjer and where the Canadian might end up. He’s thinking West Coast, but then most everyone else is thinking the same thing. Gonzaga is the popular choice, but I also like Dana Altman at Oregon. He did well with Rice transfer Arsalan Kazemi, a rebounding machine.
– College Basketball Talk reports Andrew Wiggins has yet to step on the floor for Kansas but his Jayhawk jersey is already for sale. And you wonder why Ed O’Bannon is suing the NCAA?
– Meanwhile, Bill Self says he has never coached a player like Wiggins. The Kansas coach tells ESPN, ““I kind of feel for him,” Self said. “(He’s got) professional autograph seekers waiting for him every time he steps out of his apartment. He’s going to have to tell people ‘no.’ We’ve got to help him do that. Players can have rock star status and whatnot. But this could be kind of ridiculous if he lets it get to him. He just wants to come here and enjoy the summer. Hopefully people will allow him to do that.”
– In Reds’ news, Brandon Phillips has been placed on the MLB Paternity List. DatdudeBP is about to become a daddy.