Asides from getting the road win over Vanderbilt this weekend, John Calipari was also extending offers for the 2015 class. The latest player to get an offer is Carlton Bragg , who impressed Calipari in person yesterday.
Bragg had 24 points and nine rebounds in Saturday’s 80-76 loss to Arsenal Tech (Ind.) at Mustang Madness in Paducah. UK signee Trey Lyles stars for Arsenal Tech.
Michael Graves, who is helping Bragg with his recruitment, confirmed the UK scholarship offer to the Herald-Leader. Graves said he spoke to UK assistant coach Orlando Antigua on Sunday, and the offer was extended.
Bragg — a 6-foot-8 prospect from Cleveland — said earlier in the week that UK is the one offer he didn’t have but wanted most. Top programs such as Arizona, Louisville, Kansas, Ohio State and many others had already offered scholarships.
He made it clear that a UK offer would not speed up his recruiting process.
Scout has Bragg ranked as the #9 player in 2015 and Rivals has him at #10.
For the second time they season, cramps limited Julius Randle. At this point, you have to wonder if this is going to be a concern the rest of the season. On the other hand, Kentucky has won both games that Randle had cramping problems. Still, what’s the deal with the cramps?
Earlier this season, former UK star Tony Delk said he believed that the pressures of being a lead player for a highly regarded team and the prospect of entering the upcoming NBA Draft caused him to repeatedly cramp as a senior.
Cramps limited Randle to 21 minutes against Louisville on Dec. 28. When asked if another episode of cramps might be caused by stress, Calipari said, “It could be. I don’t know.
“All I told him is if I don’t see you running right, I’m playing Alex (Poythress). Either run or you’re coming out.”
Calipari noted that Randle faces an unusual physical toll in games, too.
“You have to understand, he’s in a dogfight,” Calipari said in his post-game news conference. “I think he is the only college player when he catches the ball, he’s got three guys on him. … He’s not just running up and down the court. He’s, like, in a football game.”
No one I know of, not even John Calipari is a fan of the “one and done” rule. Not even John Calipari and if they admit it, most Kentucky Wildcats basketball fans. Forbes contributor Mark Heisler has some especially spirited rhetoric on the one and done rule and most specifically Kansas star Andrew Wiggins.
Actually, Wiggins’ preeminence is a creation of the hype machine. His buoyancy stems from his immense popularity with young fans, with all that signals to the media. As James was called the first superstar of the Twitter age, Wiggins is the first basketball phenom of the Youtube era. The most watched videos that come up on the site aren’t from his Kansas games, but prep and summer highlight reels. “Andrew Wiggins OFFICIAL Senior Year Hoopmixtape!” got more than 4,000,000 hits. A 2012 video titled, “Andrew Wiggins has SUPERSTAR Potential!!” got 1,700,000. A video of Andrews in Kansas’ Nov. 12 showdown with Duke, which Parker dominated, got 107,000.
No one is happy with the NBA’s 19-year-old age limit that effectively sends prospects like Wiggins to college on a transparent “one and done” basis. Nevertheless, it’s quieter than it was in 2003 when James entered the draft out of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron and the world all but fell at his feet while he sat in home room. There’s little appreciation of the odds that the bionic LeBron overcame, living up to unprecedented expectations. Wiggins looks more like what to expect when you put an embryo on a pedestal.
Heisler mentions Julius Randle in the article, but is really not that negative. I guess Wiggins is the face of the 2014 class and because of that subject to tangents from writers such as Heisler.