And so it begins. With July now upon us, the visitors list for Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness in October is starting to take shape. Two of Kentucky’s main targets for the 2014 class will be visiting Lexington for the iconic event:
Stanley Johnson and Emmanuel Mudiay both said they will visit Kentucky for Big Blue Madness Oct. 18.
The 6-foot-7 Johnson from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei also said he will visit Arizona’s “Red-Blue Game” Oct. 12 and he said on Twitter he will visit Florida Oct. 30.
His former AAU teammate with the Oakland Soldiers, Aaron Gordon, is an incoming frosh at Arizona.
Johnson has cut his list to eight schools and is also considering UCLA, USC, Duke, Oregon and Kansas.
Mudiay said in this video interview he will also visit Kentucky.
Stephane Mudiay, Emmanuel’s brother, previously told SNY.tv that was the plan.
“We’re planning on going early next year, maybe Midnight Madness,” Stephane said. “We will go to Lexington around that time.”
As of now, don’t expect Johnson, at least, to commit in the Fall. He has said he will wait until the spring, but you never know what impact BBM can have on someone.
Well …. as far as bragging rights go, this is the mother of all charity matchups. Word is that the 2012 Kentucky Wildcats will square off against the 2010 Wildcats in the annual alumni game at Rupp Arena. Yes, it’s John Wall, Boogie Cousins, Eric Bledsoe and Darius Miller versus Anthony Davis, MKG, Marquis Teague and Darius Miller?? Should be interesting. So far, September 9th is the date that is given for the showdown. Pick a side. I’m going 2012 and can’t wait to see Boogie vs Davis.
ESPN’s Chad Ford had one of his chat sessions the other day and of course, it was dominated with questions about Kentucky. Ford talks about why teams passed on Nerlens and if Julius Randle could overtake Andrew Wiggins for next year’s number one draft pick.
Ford was asked if the teams that passed on Nerlens Noel were concerned with his knee injury. He said they weren’t …
“Doesn’t sound like from all the intel I can gather. I’ve talked to a number of teams that passed on him and none mentioned long-term concerns with the knee. I think they WERE worried about drafting a guy who might not play for them next year. Even the GMs that WANT to be bad next year were worried that their jobs might be in jeopardy if they didn’t have their top draft pick for the year. That’s the sort of short term thinking that put a lot of these teams in the lottery to begin with.”
Ford has Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins going No. 1 in the 2014 draft. But the ESPN analyst is also high on Julius Randle. He was asked whether Randle has a shot of being picked No. 1 instead of Wiggins …
“Sure. In any other draft, he’d be the consensus No. 1 pick. He’s a beast of a low post player — blessed with strength, athleticism, and a very polished inside/outside game. As long as Calipari can convince him not to fall in love with his jump shot, he’s got a chance to be the most dominant big man in the country. Teams always covet players like Randle and if Wiggins stumbles, they’ll jump.”