Big Blue Links for Wednesday:
Kentucky baseball hosts No. 2 Louisville on Wednesday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The Cats lost a 2-1 heartbreaker in 10 innings at U of L last week. A win over the Cardinals would certainly help Gary Henderson’s team in its quest for an NCAA bid.
My notes column leads with a discussion of the possible motivation behind John Calipari’s post on Coachcal.com in which he explains why he used the platoon system last season and why he probably will never use it again. The platoons have received a lot of scrutiny as possible reason why Kentucky has failed in its pursuit of top-notch recruits of late.
Skal Labissiere finishes No. 1 in the final Scout prospect rankings for 2015, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. So for all the hand-wringing over Kentucky’s recent recruiting whiffs, the Cats still have the top freshman signee in the nation.
John Gasaway of ESPN ranks Skal Labissiere as the ninth-best player in college basketball going into the 2015-16 season. It’s an insider (pay) article ranking the top 25. LSU freshman-to-be Ben Simmons ranks No. 1.
Marcus Lee is ready for his turn at Kentucky, reports Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal. Lee earned more playing time as a sophomore, but his one shining moment remains his standout performance against Michigan in the 2014 Midwest Region final.
Jamal Murray is lining up visits, but that’s about all his family is saying.
The Wizards are in trouble without John Wall, writes Michael Lee of the Washington Post. The former Kentucky star and Washington point guard missed Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series with Atlanta because of an injured hand. Wall hopes to return for Game 3.
Kentucky softball is eager to shake late-season struggles, reports Guy Ramsey of Cat Scratches. UK plays Tennessee at 7:30 on Wednesday night in the SEC Tournament. The Cats are the No. 12 seed in the tourney.
Stephen Curry’s MVP honor brings back stories about his recruitment, reports David Teel of the Daily Press. As usual, there is more to the story than what the national press says, and the local guys know the details.
Reports say Louisville transfer Anton Gill will wind up at Nebraska. Gill was a disappointment at U of L, outside a surprise showing against North Carolina State in the NCAA Tournament.
UK baseball photo of Evan White by Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader.