(James Blackmon Jr.)
James Blackmon Jr. de-commits from Indiana and his father (a former CAT himself) James Blackmon Sr. tells the Lexington-Herald that Kentucky has mad an official offer and says that he will take an official visit to Lexington. Blackmon Jr. says the Hoosiers are still his leader, but everyone knows that a kid very rarely ends at the same place he de-commited from. Just for reference, Blackmon Jr. is the #33 ranked player overall in the class of 2014 according to Rivals.com.
(NCAA PRES MARK EMMERT) (ESPN'S JAY BILAS)
Here's an interesting little story involving the ever "hypocritical" organization known as the NCAA and how they really do profit off of student athletes despite what they would have you believe. Earlier this week ESPN's Jay Bilas got a little bored and decided to type in random high profile college athletes names into the search engine on the NCAA's website and shared the results with the rest of the internet world. What he found was that when you searched individual athletes name his or her jersey would popup on the screen for sale minus the name on the back of course. After Bilas alerted all of Twitter about the NCAA's shenanigans, the NCAA disabled the search function on their site and good ole' Mark Emmert (NCAA President) had no choice but to release this statement.
"In the national office, we can certainly recognize why that could be seen as hypocritical, and indeed I think the business of having the NCAA selling those kinds of goods is a mistake, and we're going to exit that business immediately," Emmert said. "It's not something that's core to what the NCAA is about, and it probably never should have been in the business."
Mark Lewis, the NCAA executive vice president of championships and alliances had this to say…
"Moving forward, the NCAA online shop will no longer offer college and university merchandise," Lewis said. "In the coming days, the store's website will be shut down temporarily and reopen in a few weeks as a marketplace for NCAA championship merchandise only. After becoming aware of issues with the site, we determined the core function of the NCAA.com fan shop should not be to offer merchandise licensed by our member schools."
Emmert had one saved the best comment for last however…
"It's been done for a long time, so I can't tell you when and [how] long it's been doing it," Emmert said. "I don't believe [the NCAA] should have been in this business."
I'm sure Mark is telling the truth when he says he don't know when it started I mean hell, they've been honest thus far why shouldn't we believe them now?
Another Indiana de-commit, another Kentucky gain? This time it's 2014's #5 ranked 6'10" big man Trey Lyles who decided to check his options to see if the best he could really do was the Hoosiers and what he found was an offer from Kentucky among many others. Many thought that Lyles was a Kentucky lean the day he de-commited from Indiana, but things looked to have cooled between the two over the last couple of weeks, that is until KSR's Matt Jones gave his opinion.
Matt said "after some conversations from folks close to the recruitment, I now believe Trey Lyles will end up at Kentucky". For those of you who read Matt's site, you know he's not big on making predictions about Kentucky's chances of landing a potential recruit, so for him to make the above comment he must be pretty confident in his sources.
(Alumni Game 2012)
The Kentucky Alumni game is set for September 9 at 7:30 this year and as a Kentucky fan, you owe it to your self to go.
All seats are reserved and priced at $50 (premium lower level), $20 (lower level), $10 and $5 (upper level). Tickets can only be purchased at the Rupp Arena box office, online at Ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster Outlet or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. There is an eight-ticket limit per person. All orders will have additional fees attached. All proceeds from the game will go to charity. Doors to Rupp Arena will open at 5 p.m. ET Set to tip off Monday night at 7 p.m. ET, the game will only feature Wildcats currently or formerly playing professionally. The Big Blue Nation will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the top talent to come through the UK men’s basketball program since the 2009-10 season. Per NBA rules, the University of Kentucky cannot confirm individual players participating in the exhibition game. However, you should expect to see all your favorites from the past three to four years who have suited up for the CATS. So do yourself a favor, buy a ticket and be in Rupp Arena to see the largest amount of talent that will ever take the court at one time.
That's the news, now enjoy your weekend…….