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May 29

DeMarcus Sweat 2012 WR Ponders the Cats

Posted by: Ryan at 9:38 pm | Leave a Comment (6)
Category: Recruiting

And you thought you could play some golf, hit the pool or lake and nothing in BBN would happen right? While the Winchester Boys were taking in the annual Memorial Golf Tournament at the Winchester Country Club and I was away at Quail Chase the inevitable happened.

Tucked inside the news of a crazy choke job at the Indy 500 and a miraculous playoff victory by Tom Watson at Valhalla Joker and the boys may have possibly picked up another 2012 commitment.

Georgia Wide Receiver Demarcus Sweat gave the Cats his verbal today following UK skills camp. Sweat is a 6’1″185 lb. from Stephenson High School in Atlanta that brought the Cats Jabari Johnson, Ronnie Shields and Raymond Sanders in 2010.

However, Atlanta recruiting circles claim he has not officially” committed, but by the looks of his Twitter page he likes the Cats (gotta love the handle name).

 

May 29

4 Incoming Cats Among The Top Newcomers In SEC Basketball

Posted by: Ryan at 10:25 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: SEC

Jason King over at Yahoo! Sports lists out the top newcomers to the SEC next season which obviously includes the 4 incoming Cats. Here’s what he had to say about the freshmen to be:

Anthony Davis, Kentucky, F – Some recruiting services have pegged Davis as the top overall player in the Class of 2011. The 6-foot-10 Davis recently grew seven inches in a year and still has a tremendous upside. Because he used to be a guard, Davis has a tremendous feel and understanding of the game. His shot-blocking and rebounding ability make him a game-changer defensively. His offensive skill set is good and continues to improve. Davis plays with tremendous toughness and is extremely coachable.

Michael Gilchrist, Kentucky, SF – The third-ranked player in the Class of 2011 touts an elite level of athleticism that will make him a force in the SEC from the get-go. His ability to rack up points is often overshadowed by the ferocity with which he rebounds and defends. The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Gilchrist is solid from mid range but needs to improve his 3-point shooting. Mentally, though, Gilchrist has all the attributes (i.e. competitiveness, drive) of a winner. He prides himself in doing the little things it takes to be successful.

Marquis Teague, Kentucky, PG – Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, John Wall and Brandon Knight all starred as freshman point guards under John Calipari. Teague hopes to be next on that list. The 6-foot-2 Teague is the top-rated player at his position in the Class of 2011. Teague has an explosive first step and is almost impossible to stop one-on-one. He scores a ton of points from the free-throw line and is tremendous in the open court. He’s perfect for Calipari’s dribble-drive offense.

Kyle Wiltjer, Kentucky, F – A fundamentally sound player with a high basketball IQ, Wiltjer is a huge matchup problem for opposing defenders because of his ability to score both inside and out. Wiltjer is an exceptional passer and his shooting ability will help make Kentucky one of the most well-rounded, versatile teams in the country. His foot speed is a minor concern.

The rest of the list includes Trevor “I picked Alabama” Lacey and former Rutgers Guard Mike Rosario who is taking his talent to Billy Donovan and Florida:

Brad Beal, Florida, SG
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia, SG
Rodney Hood, Mississippi State, SF
Trevor Lacey, Alabama, SG
B.J. Young, Arkansas, PG
Levi Randolph, Alabama, G
Ky Madden, Arkansas, SG
Johnny O’Bryant, LSU, C
Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State, PF
Mike Rosario, Florida, G
Moussa Gueye, Alabama, C
Varez Ward, Auburn, G


May 28

Jodie Meeks Back On Campus

Posted by: Ryan at 7:28 pm | Leave a Comment (1)
Category: Basketball

Jodie “54” Meeks, fresh off his second NBA season has left Philadelphia to return to the University of Kentucky to wrap up his degree over the summer. Meeks has also requested, in the wake of a possible lockout, to work with the team.

Meeks was a second-round pick in the 2009 NBA. draft by Milwaukee and then was traded to the Philadelphia. He became a starter in the middle of this season and averaged 10.5 points per game.

May 28

Former Cats Play Celebrity Game In Mercer County

Posted by: Ryan at 7:18 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Basketball

 

May 28

Softball Cats Fall In Game 1

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 1:55 pm | Leave a Comment (1)
Category: Random Notes

The softball Cats fell to California this afternoon, 1-0, in the first game of a best of 3 series at the Kentucky softball complex. Cal’s ace, Jolene Henderson, went 7 innings giving up only one hit and no runs.

Kentucky’s Chanda Bell went 7 full innings only giving up 6 hits and one lone run, a homerun by Cal’s Frani Echavarria. It was Echavarria’s first homer of the season, which hurts.

Kentucky and Cal will return to the field tomorrow afternoon for game 2 at 1 p.m. on ESPN. You can also listen in on 630 WLAP am in Lexington.

May 28

Champions League Final: Manchester United vs. Barcelona (2PM Fox)

Posted by: Ryan at 12:02 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: General News

I get it BBN, you don’t like soccer. But, most of you stood up and supported your country in the World Cup. Even though we didn’t get the result we wanted there was interest in watching good futbol.

If your a fan of sport in general and you have nothing to do on this beautiful Memorial Day weekend Saturday I suggest you tune into Fox at 2 PM EST to watch some perennial powers do work for the European Cup Final. It’s called the Champions league and it consists of the best team from the English Premiere League this year, Manchester United, and the best team from the Spanish La Liga, FC Barcelona.

Both teams play in their own leagues during the year (think NBA, NFL, etc.) and both play in the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) cup as well (think inter-league play in the MLB). The UEFA bracket breaks down similar to the World Cup format but it’s played during the course of the regular season in between their respective league play. It’s based on the points system and both teams survived and advanced to the final.

It should be a good, high-scoring, match. Check it out, you shouldn’t be disappointed or you could mow the lawn.

 

May 28

Eloy Vargas’ China Experience

Posted by: Ryan at 9:39 am | Leave a Comment (76)
Category: Basketball

It’s no secret Big Blue Nation had high expectations for Eloy Vargas coming into the program this past season. A transfer from a small community college in Miami, and earlier from the University of Florida, UK faithful hoped the 6’11 Dominican would fill the void in the middle from an ineligible Enes Kanter.

The good news is that didn’t necessarily have to happen with the rise of Josh Harrellson. Harrellson no doubt benefited from a summer trip with John Hood to China, playing for Sports Reach. Also, that he got the challenge from Enes Kanter in practice. In fact, Harrellson gained much needed court time experience during the summer which paid huge dividends on the floor for the Cats, who made it to the Final Four for the first time in 12 seasons.

Sports Reach is a team of collegiate all-stars that takes place in annual USA Cultural Exchange Trip. This year Eloy Vargas took part in the experience with 9 others, and through 8 of 9 games stands with a 5-2-1 record with losses to Brazil and Lithuania.

Jordan Hull – Indiana
Justin Bocot – Illinois
Austin Hollins – Minnesota
Malik Story – Nevada
Vic Oladipo – Indiana
Marcus Thornton – Georgia
Keith Clanton – UCF
Devonte Elliott – Nevada
Eloy Vargas – Kentucky
Garlon Green – TCU

Through 8 games and 1 to go Eloy’s production has been decent, averaging 10 points, 9 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and shooting at a 44.4% clip.

So, the question has to be posed. Will the trip to China reap similar benefits next season for Vargas as it did for Harrellson this year?

One has to think Eloy will see increased playing time with Harrellson graduating and making a run at an NBA roster. It’s evident Kentucky lacks size in the paint and aside from the lengthy Anthony Davis, the Cats won’t have a true center without Vargas on the court.

May 27

BBK Reports Farrington Huguenin ‘Cleared’ For Action

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 7:30 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Football

Aaron at Bleed Blue Kentucky has some big news on Kentucky 2011 signee, defensive end, Farrington Huguenin. As Aaron reports, Huguenin attended prep school in North Carolina to gain eligibility last year. Now the good part of the story, he informed Aaron today that he has now been cleared and will report to UK on June 23rd!

Farrington is considered a weakside defensive end. He attended prep school at North Carolina Tech in Charlotte. Yahoo lists him at 6’5”, 245 lbs. He could be the perfect player to play Kentucky’s new hybrid defensive end/linebacker position under the new defensive scheme.

May 27

People of Walmart Special

Posted by: Ryan at 3:05 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Looker of the Week

Personally I love a store where you can buy motor oil, underwear, propane tanks, fishing lures, c antelope, cupcakes, tire foam, potted meat, potted plants, wiper blades, fish food, end tables, rain boots, lawn mowers,  wrapping  paper, spiderman sleeping bags, rolaids, hair netting, door mats, diapers, contraceptives, birthday balloons, pet food, eggs, tic-tacs, prescription glasses, Red Lobster gift cards, chia-pets, Magic Markers, dish towels, Power Wheels, prom gowns, hat racks, camping tents, baby bedding, Miracle Grow, fountain drinks, Mothers Day cards, get your tires rotated, and pick up all your groceries in one simple stop. That store is Walmart and everyone of you have been there before, don’t act like you haven’t been. You’ve been, and it’s highly likely you ran into one of these characters, let’s just hope your not related:



May 27

TGR’s Friday Flatulence

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 1:21 pm | Leave a Comment (1)
Category: Random Notes

The views and opinions expressed within this post do not necessarily represent the views of the TGR Crew. The author (R.A.) of the post is solely responsible for the content. In other words, holler at your clean-up hitter!

The only event in the bluegrass this weekend bigger than the beer drinking and hot dog eating will be the NCAA Softball Super Regional held at the UK Softball Complex on Saturday and Sunday. The 39-14 Kentucky softball team will play in and host their first Super Regional against No. 7 seed California. The first game will start at noon on Saturday, the second game will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday, and the “if necessary“game will begin at 3:30 on Sunday too. All of the games are sold out, but can be heard on 630 WLAP in Lexington, seen on ESPNU Saturday, and seen on ESPN Sunday. The winner of the 3 game series will advance to ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the Women’s College World Series held June 2-8.

OK, now that I have that out of the way, allow me to say this. We have written several times this week about the Kentucky softball team. I have had several conversations with UK fans this week about the Kentucky softball team. Last weekend, I watched two games on television involving the Kentucky softball team. Don’t look now TGR, but the Kentucky softball team has created what I like to call a “buzz”. And how? One word Charlie Sheen…Winning! The fact the softball complex is sold out this weekend, the reason softball is being discussed on the net, and the reason anyone cares at all is because they are winning.

It may be hard for some to accept or swallow, but there is no other reason for it. Before last weekend, no one in Big Blue nation, other than their friends and families, knew who Meagan Aull, Annie Rowlands, Samantha DeMartine, Brittany Cervantes, and Megan Yocke were. With a 39 and 14 record, the team was obviously successful throughout the season, but not successful enough for us. BBN only started paying attention when they got in the national spotlight on the “Worldwide Leader”. We not only need you to be successful, we need you successful enough for us to point to when our enemies doubt us. “Yeah, you guys are swell swimmers, BUT look at our softball team! They are the shit!”

It is not just the fans who only pay attention when there is monsterous success. Don’t think for a moment that the powers that be are not paying attention to the fact the Super Regional is sold out. Could they have found a new cash cow? Could a new softball field/complex have jumped a few other projects on the UK Athletic Association’s list of things to build? If they pump money into the softball program, could they build an even larger softball fan base at UK? $$$$? One thing is for sure, winning sells. Good luck to the girls this weekend. We will be watching! C! A! T! S!