UK Hoops signs top recruit

Good morning, Big Blue Nation. Let’s get down to business.

UK Hoops head coach Matthew Mitchell maybe have picked up his biggest high school recruit to date. Today, Linnae Harper announced her intentions to play for Coach Mitchell and the UK Hoops team. Harper is a 5’6″ guard out of Whitney Young High School in Chicago, Illinois. ESPN has a profile of the senior.

Oct 1, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard DeAndre Liggins (25) poses during the Oklahoma City Thunder media day at the Thunder Events Center. Image Credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

I’m not sure what to make of last night’s trade between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets. Yahoo! Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news and Twitter went crazy. It’s not exactly Wildcat related but the two teams involved have a combined three (see below paragraph) alumni playing for them. The Thunder sent James Harden, Cole Aldridge, Lazar Hayward and Daequan Cook to the Rockets for Jeremy Lamb, Kevin Martin, and draft considerations. Those draft considerations, though, could include a current member of the Kentucky Wildcats roster.

In other Thunder news, former Wildcat backup center Daniel Orton was waived while DeAndre Liggins earned the final spot on the Thunder roster this season. The way Thunder coach Scott Brooks describe Liggins is certainly something Wildcat fans remember from his years at Kentucky.

“With DeAndre, we felt that his size, his athleticism, his defensive toughness is something we are intrigued with and we like,” Brooks said of the 6-foot-6, 209-pound Kentucky product, who spent last season with the Orlando Magic. “He brought it every day in practice. Every game we threw him in there, he made something happen. He’s a rebounder, he’s a defender and he plays with a lot of toughness.”

Brooks did say that Orton could end up on a team this season but it wouldn’t be for the Thunder.

“There’s always a chance,” Brooks said when asked if he feared another NBA team acquiring the 6-foot-10, 255-pound Orton. “They’re in this position because they’re right there to be an NBA player. … He’s a talented guy with great hands, a big who can play.”

Larry Vaught writes that Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart needs to “take a stand.” Vaught writes that “players and fans deserve to know what direction he wants to go.”

The Miami Heat has set their roster for their season after they waived Garrett Temple. Former Wildcat player Josh Harrellson did make the team’s roster for this season.

Finally, congratulations to Cally Macumber on becoming the first Wildcat in 23 years to win the SEC Championship in Cross Country. Macumber finished with a time of 20:23.29 for the 6,000 meter race.

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