Two of Kentucky’s most talked about incoming freshmen made USA Today’s All American list as two of the best high school players in the country.
Underrated virtue: Giving respect, saying yes sir and no sir. That’s pretty big. You would be surprised how that impresses people. (Swoon…Does this kid have any bad traits??)
Being Twitter friends with Johnny Manziel: He goes through the same thing I go through. It’s kind of cool to talk to another athlete.
Favorite meal: Baked tilapia with corn and brown rice.
Best basketball advice: To use basketball and not let basketball use me. Jeff Webster (his godfather and a former NBA player) told me that.
People don’t know that I: Am laid-back off the court (Actually, by now I can pretty much tell that.)
Working on: The mental aspect, keeping my teammates in the moment and just making sure I stay in the moment.
Playing alongside a twin: On every alley-oop he throws me, I’m ready for it because I know the moves he makes. About the only difference between us is our tastes in music. I’m more a guy who looks at music. He just listens to it. (I have no idea what that means, but I like the part about the alley-oops.)
Underrated virtue: Integrity. A lot of coaches (promise) you one thing and tell somebody else the same thing. (Crean!)
People don’t know that: I’m scared of dogs. Just pretty much any dog.
Most overplayed by me: Rick Ross.
Most embarrassing: When I was 10 years old in a game, I heaved the ball from the volleyball line, which was a long way away. I turned around like I made it, but that far away, I couldn’t tell. It just touched the front of the net and didn’t go in.
Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Jahlil Okafor make up the rest of the first team.
Andrew Harrison and Dakari Johnson are the the second team; James Young and Marcus Lee are on the third team.
The above photo is of a shocked John Calipari. What’s he sho shocked about? He’s shocked that ESPN bracket geek Joe Lunardi already has a bracketology break down for the 2014 tournament. He has the Wildcats as a one seed along with Michigan State, Arizona and Duke. The defending national champion Louisville Cardinals are a two seed.
Marcus Smart defied logic and will return for his sophomore season at Oklahoma State. Smart is a consensus top five draft pick and will be passing up millions of dollars to return to a team that has an Elite Eight ceiling at best.
But I must say that this is refreshing. Smart joins Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress as players that were first round draft prospects that decided on one more year of college to hone their skills.
This is the second year that John Calipari has had multiple freshmen return for a second season. What’s that about him pushing players out the door and being a one-and-done coach?