Some mid-day notes for Thursday:
– Cat Scratches reports that UK finished in the Top 25 of the Director’s Cup for the first time. The Director’s Cup measures the overall success of an athletics program, with more weight on the Olympic sports than does the Capital One Cup. Louisville finished 38th. Guy Ramsey writes, “On Thursday, word arrived that UK has attained its best finish ever in one of the most recognizable measures of athletic department success: the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. UK is 25th in the final 2012-13 Directors’ Cup standings, the first top-25 finish in school history. The previous record finish of 26th came in 1996-97. UK also tied a school record by placing sixth among Southeastern Conference schools even though the conference featured 14 teams for the first time this season.”
– Zagsblog caught up with Wille-Cauley Stein at the Big Man Skills Academy and the UK center said he wants to prove he made the right decision by returning. “Look, we [are] here for another year, which is not often,” he said. “Make it worth your coming back because you skipped out on something big. Us coming back, we skipped out on millions of dollars so you might as well make it worth your stay.”
– Louisville reportedly has a commit from Florida defensive end Rashawn Shaw, a three-star prospect ranked as the 18th best DE prospect in the nation by Rivals. At last look, before Shaw’s commitment, the Cards ranked 20th on Rivals team.
– ESPN Stats and Info says Archie Goodwin could be the steal of the draft. It writes, “Archie Goodwin posted respectable numbers during his freshman campaign -– 14.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game –- yet there hasn’t been nearly the same buzz as there has been for other John Calipari-coached guards. However, taking a deeper look at the analytical data shows that Goodwin might be the next Tyreke Evans or Russell Westbrook.”
– @chadfordinsider now saying he hears Cavs owner Dan Gilbert likes Victor Oladipo.
– USA Today has five things that DeMarcus Cousins could learn from Shaq.
– Seth Davis talks up Isaiah Canaan.
Last night on @NBATV I gave my top 5 underrated players in draft: Ray McCallum, Gorgui Dieng, Tim Hardaway Jr, Isaiah Canaan, Solomon Hill
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) June 27, 2013
– Oregonian columnist John Canzano writes that former UK associate athletics director Rob Mullens, now the AD at Oregon, took the right approach by admitting mistakes after the NCAA announced its sanctions against the Ducks football program. “This deviates substantially from the attitude that previously permeated Oregon’s athletic department. It wasn’t the cheering booster turned athletic director Pat Kilkenny, celebrating a Civil War victory as only a big fan would. It wasn’t the “How dare you not trust us!?” Ducks attitude of the 2000s. It was anchored and authentic. And if Oregon should stomp all over the NCAA rulebook trying to win, then Mullens deserves a Golden Globe nomination.”
– Vanderbilt assistant football coach Herb Hand could end up on the Food Network show “Chopped.”
– ESPN got the wrong Aaron.
– College Basketball Talk reports an unknown kid’s dunk has gone viral.