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Rudoublesedoublel
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Midnight madness is about 7 weeks away and UK has either the best or second best crop of incoming freshmen in the nation, but that's just an aside.

Tubby Smith is a class act. This story is just one of many examples of how Tubby helps other people.

The best thing about college hoops is that Tubby isn't much different than other coaches, they all give time to charities and they all take time to take their teams to visit childrens hospitals, etc. I'm sure the pro guys do their part as well, but the college coaches tend to be able to help people who are far off the beaten path. Besides, I wanted to mention UK's recruiting class (3 McDonald's AAs and a top 10 prep guy) and "brag" about Tubby.

Ready for basketball in the bluegrass....
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chuckc14
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Hey Rusty...
What's the word on that WKU transfer, Patrick Sparks?? I'm a regular on an SEC board and the UK fans (two in particular) are touting him to be the second coming of Kyle Macy...I saw him play a few times at Western and wasn't overly impressed.

And of course I agree about preferring college hoops to any other sport...



Rudoublesedoublel
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Chuck,

According to what I've read from the KSR Wildcat board Sparks will be the "real deal". As goes with most transfers or redshirts at UK, Sparks' exploits during last years practices bordered on being legendary.

I'm actually encouraged about him. The only time I saw him last year was the Midnight Madness broadcast and I read the box scores from the blue/white games (at least I think I did) and he did look impressive. Here's what I've read about Sparks: he's a gym rat with a good outside shot; he has excellent court vision and is an excellent passer; he played great defense last year in practice on the uber-quick Cliff Hawkins; and he's a real "heady" team player. Most "scrimmage reports" that I've read have had him consistenly ranked at the top of the team along with stalwarts such as Chuck Hayes and Kelenna Azubuike. To be perfectly honest Sparks is also a white kid from Kentucky so he probably gets a lot of latitude from many of his fans.

The rest of this team will come together nicely. Sheray Thomas had a nice summer with the Canadian National team (the junior team IIRC), Bobby Perry supposedly worked hard over the summer, and Lukas Orbzuts has impressed some as well - so the sophomores are chugging along. Shagari Alleyne will probably redshirt.

Remember the name Ramel Bradley. He's was a top 5 or so prep player from IMG Academy in Florida (he's originally from Brooklyn). He is quick, loves to play D, and was one of the stars of the Derby Festival Classic last May. You'll hear plenty about Randolph Morris, Joe Crawford (summer reports have him pegged as being ready for prime time) and Rajon Rondo - the 3 McD's, but Bradley will likely be as good as any of them.

This years squad is young, but on paper the early part of the schedule should be easy enough to allow confidence to build before the December - January onslaught of UL, UNC, Indiana, Kansas, and the SEC.

How's Vandy going to be this year and will there be any hope of filling the shoes of Freije?
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If Tubby doesn't care for "Burger King All-Americans" (as he used to call them) he could have at least not stolen Mr. Morris from us. Heh.

- A Disgruntled, Bitter Yellow Jacket

[who, by the way, woke up at 6:30a this morning to watch Stephon Marbury play like a Yellow Jacket]
Rudoublesedoublel
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Sting, I would say that I'm sorry, but I was just about thrilled when Randolph announced. I think that he didn't particularly want to play behind Luke Schenscher for one year - he saw PT in abundance in Lexington. If he wants to be 2 and done, UK is a better fit for him.

You're absolutely right about Tubby's opinion of high school AAs; at least some of them. He was turned off by some of the egos (Rashaad Carruth), but Morris is a special kid. From all reports he comes from a great family and has great grades with high academic expectations and goals.

Good luck in the ACC - I'll be rooting for GT to spank Duke and UNC every chance they get.
chuckc14
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    Originally posted by Rudoublesedoublel
    Chuck,

    According to what I've read from the KSR Wildcat board Sparks will be the "real deal". As goes with most transfers or redshirts at UK, Sparks' exploits during last years practices bordered on being legendary.

    I'm actually encouraged about him. The only time I saw him last year was the Midnight Madness broadcast and I read the box scores from the blue/white games (at least I think I did) and he did look impressive. Here's what I've read about Sparks: he's a gym rat with a good outside shot; he has excellent court vision and is an excellent passer; he played great defense last year in practice on the uber-quick Cliff Hawkins; and he's a real "heady" team player. Most "scrimmage reports" that I've read have had him consistenly ranked at the top of the team along with stalwarts such as Chuck Hayes and Kelenna Azubuike. To be perfectly honest Sparks is also a white kid from Kentucky so he probably gets a lot of latitude from many of his fans.

    The rest of this team will come together nicely. Sheray Thomas had a nice summer with the Canadian National team (the junior team IIRC), Bobby Perry supposedly worked hard over the summer, and Lukas Orbzuts has impressed some as well - so the sophomores are chugging along. Shagari Alleyne will probably redshirt.

    Remember the name Ramel Bradley. He's was a top 5 or so prep player from IMG Academy in Florida (he's originally from Brooklyn). He is quick, loves to play D, and was one of the stars of the Derby Festival Classic last May. You'll hear plenty about Randolph Morris, Joe Crawford (summer reports have him pegged as being ready for prime time) and Rajon Rondo - the 3 McD's, but Bradley will likely be as good as any of them.

    This years squad is young, but on paper the early part of the schedule should be easy enough to allow confidence to build before the December - January onslaught of UL, UNC, Indiana, Kansas, and the SEC.

    How's Vandy going to be this year and will there be any hope of filling the shoes of Freije?


Well...I think we'll be fine. People are gonna make a big deal out of losing Freije, but we were a deep team last year and have plenty of experience returning. Add a top 20 recruiting class, and I think a return trip to the dance is the goal.

Do you know anything about J.P. Prince?? He's Tayshaun's cousin, but UK doesn't seem to want him. He's a 6-7 PG that's a top 30 prospect nationally, and is drawing comparisons to Lamar Odom among others. Vandy is recruiting him HARD and we're getting a visit. Any idea on why UK isn't after him??

Only 4 more days of preseason football optimism before it becomes time to look forward to basketball season...



Rudoublesedoublel
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    Originally posted by chuckc14

    Do you know anything about J.P. Prince?? He's Tayshaun's cousin, but UK doesn't seem to want him. He's a 6-7 PG that's a top 30 prospect nationally, and is drawing comparisons to Lamar Odom among others. Vandy is recruiting him HARD and we're getting a visit. Any idea on why UK isn't after him??

    Only 4 more days of preseason football optimism before it becomes time to look forward to basketball season...


Everything that I've heard about Prince is outstanding, only reason we're not on him (at least according to what I hear) is that we have 3 freshman guards this year (Crawford, Bradley, and Rondo). Unless someone declares for the draft, we're only losing 2 guys this year - Chuck Hayes and Josh Carrier.

Carrier's scholly will go to Adam Williams; I believe that Williams is prepping at IMG in Florida this year. Williams singed an LOI last November and was West Virginia player of the year. The official story is that he asked about redshirting and Tubby suggested prepping for a year instead. Oddly enough, this opened up room for us to sign Randolph Morris.

That leaves us needing a replacement for Hayes - big shoes to fill to say the least. We were high on Tyler Hansbrough's list until he declared for UNC. The rumor now is that we're in the running for a very athletic PF out of Georgia. His official visit is scheduled for Midnight Madness weekend - that bodes well for us. Plus his HS coach has already said that if he had the choice that choosing UK and Tubby would be pretty easy.

Either way, Prince would be a good player to have, but he doesn't fit a need for us this year. I hope you guys get him.
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