Last Saturday brought shock to the Big Blue Nation, and a lot of people around the world when Emmanuel Mudiay who is arguably the best player in the class of 2014 chose SMU over Kentucky. Ever since Mudiay hit the national scene John Calipari has been on him, and almost everybody thought he was a strong Kentucky lean until last Thursday.
Mudiay picked SMU, and its time for us to look towards the future. I have got asked almost everyday since Mudiay committed to SMU “What do we(Kentucky) do now?” I always respond with “Chill out John Calipari is our head coach”
I know Kentucky fans have bad feelings towards short and skinny point guards, because of the season we had last year, but Tyler Ulis is different , and that’s where I think the focus is now for the Kentucky coaching staff. Ulis is listed at 5-10, but that’s very generous as I think he is a true 5-8. Ulis is a bulldog, and isn’t scared of anybody despite his height.
In the Peach Jam Ulis’s team took on Tyus Jones who most consider the #1 or #2 point guard behind Mudiay in the class of 2014, and Ulis took it to him. Ulis’s team won the game easily, and he ended up with 22 points, and 17 assist.
Evan Daniels told Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader that Kentucky is the strong favorite to land Ulis, and when Calipari offered him the was a red flag for the Emmanuel Mudiay sweepstakes. No question that the number 1 option for Kentucky was Mudiay, but like Jeff Goodman said it could work out better for Kentucky to land Ulis, because he isn’t a one and done player.
No matter what the situation is Big Blue Nation needs to remain calm, because we have the best recruiter ever as our head coach in John Calipari.
James Blackmon Jr. was on campus yesterday for a unofficial, and he has already scheduled an official to Lexington in September. I look for Kentucky to land Blackmon Jr. in the near future.