Big Blue Links for Saturday:
- After being at NBA Draft, Kyle Tucker of the C-J arrived back at Blue Grass Field just in time to see the Harrison twins arrive in Lexington.
Circle of life. Step off plane from covering Noel’s draft night and the Harrison twins have arrived in Lex. pic.twitter.com/rKt8asgAMq
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) June 28, 2013
- Jason Rowland of Rivals is standing firm with his reporting that UK is not recruiting former Pittsburgh running back Rushel Shell.
- AP reports that a scandal has hit Vanderbilt where four football players have been suspended for being part of an alleged sex scandal. “Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron said the suspensions are related to the police investigation. Aaron said the department’s sex crimes unit began investigating Wednesday after Vanderbilt police notified them about “a matter that is alleged to have occurred at a Vanderbilt University dormitory.”
- UPDATE: Four Vandy football players have been dismissed from team.
- Phoenix Suns are happy to get former UK guard Archie Goodwin, who was introduced Friday. “Archie’s a guy we had rated really high on our draft board,” Suns GM Ryan McDonough said. “We frankly didn’t think he’d be there for us. We were picking at the end of the first round and we were trying like heck to get a pick up higher to take him.For us, we had Archie rated significantly higher than where he got picked and there was a significant drop-off between him and the next guy on our list.”
- Mark Maloney reports that the Harbaugh family is honored to receive the Blanton Collier Award. “I had a chance to meet Blanton Collier back in the ’70s, when I was coaching at the University of Michigan,” Jack Harbaugh said. “I spoke at a clinic, and he was receiving an award, and we sat together for lunch. I was so impressed with one quality that carries with me today, and that’s coaching and teaching. Teaching. And they tell me there couldn’t ever be a better coach in our profession that was a better teacher than Blanton Collier. So to be here and be associated with this and have our name humbly attached to it is very rewarding.”
- You may have missed it, but Philadelphia picked up Oregon rebounding machine Arsalan Kazemi to go with Nerlens Noel.
- Charlotte Bobcats fans gave a thumbs-down to the team using its No. 4 overall pick to take Indiana’s Cody Zeller.
- Murray State lands transfer Justin Seymour from Utah. The 6-foot-3 guard will have three years of eligibility remaining.
- This Doc Rivers vs. Bill Simmons thing is getting really nasty.
- Tennessee and North Carolina State have agreed to a home-and-home basketball series, reports the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is pleased to be with the Pistons, writes Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph. “The feedback I was getting was half of the teams had me going first round and half had me going second round. And some had me going late-first, early second,” Caldwell-Pope said. “But taking that feedback and letting it motivate me … I was coming in with a mindset that I want to move up in the draft. Probably that mindset helped me.”
- Detroit picks Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tony Mitchell and Peyton Siva.
- Eric Crawford of WDRB tweets that the NBA Draft drew a 7.3 rating in Louisville and ranked fourth prime-time in the city.
- Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun writes that Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is in the spotlight because Florida quarterbacks are always in the spotlight.
- Chris Sandifer has committed to Missouri. Rivals ranks the Los Angeles guard as the 88th best prospect in Class of 2014.