Expect Kentucky Wildcat basketball coach John Calipari to know every bump in the road on the way to Huntington, West Virginia. That is of course, the home of Huntington Prep, where Andrew Wiggins, the top high school player resides. But it is also the home of some talented teammates, and this weekend a pair of those teammates will be making their way to Lexington for the Kentucky/Kent State football game. Four Star center Dominic Woodson (pictured) and wing Montague Gill – Caesar will make unofficial visits on Saturday.
Woodson is an interesting case as there are not a lot of centers for the 2013 class. Rivals lists him at 6’9 and 255 but there are reports that he may be close to 300 pounds. He is rated as the 36th best player by Rivals however, so he does have some potential. He is from around Louisville and as of now, Texas A&M, N.C. State, Cincinnati, and Baylor are reportedly recruiting him the hardest. Gill – Caeser is a 6’5 wing from Canada who is currently ranked 18th in the 2015 class. And of course, they are teammates of Andrew Wiggins, who may or may not reclassify into the 2013 class.
Sunday marks the first day of the fall contact period so members of Calipari’s staff, if not Calipari himself will be in Huntington to visit Wiggins and presumably Woodson again. Huntington may turn out to be a real hotbed for Lexington in recent years as Patrick Patterson attended Huntington High.
Now this is kind of silly. Apparently Thomas Robinson has a real problem with finishing second to Anthony Davis and is still talking smack. Let’s recap first though. Last year, Thomas Robinson lost to Anthony Davis twice head to head (including that national title game), lost to Davis in the Player of the Year hardware, and was taken behind Davis in the NBA draft, all while proclaiming he was better than Davis. Hrmmmm. Now, Thomas Robinson, is saying that he has no real competition for Rookie of the year:
Do you feel you have any threat for this Rookie of the Year Campaign?
Thomas Robinson: Nah, I think it’s going to be me.
Thomas Robinson: Point blank. (Laughs)
We all remember what happened when Chane Behanan said “Point. Blank. Period.” It’s the kiss of death. Order up the ROY hardware for AD.
Also in the same article, BallerStatus has a few Q and A’s with former Wildcat Terrence Jones, so it is definitely worth checking out.
It’s not really a Kentucky basketball issue anymore, but Jeff Goodman’s article on former UK coach Billy Gillispie is truly eye opening and is a really scary vision of what could have been at Kentucky:
Sources close to the Texas Tech program told CBSSports.com that Gillispie reneged on several promises to coaches, kept players in scholarship limbo, causing them to miss opportunities and money, and also practiced injured players so severely that they openly wept in practice.
Calls to both Gillispie and Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt have not been returned. According to a hospital spokesperson at the University Medical Center, Gillispie remained a patient as of Tuesday night. Gillispie’s Tulsa-based attorney Stuart Campbell told CBSSports.com that he would attempt to contact his client when reached Tuesday afternoon, but he had no immediate comment on the allegations.
Fifteen players have already left the program prematurely since he took over in March of 2011, with the most recent being highly regarded recruit Wannah Bail, a native of the Bahamas who didn’t return after the first summer school session. Bail’s summer coach, Terrul Henderson, told CBSSports.com that Bail’s departure had nothing to do with academics — as had been speculated.
“It was because of Gillispie,” a source close to the program said. “He couldn’t deal with him.”
Despite the fact it is not a true Kentucky story, it needs to be covered somewhat. Terry Brown will have a bit more tonight at 7:00 PM to put the whole thing into perspective for Kentucky fans.