NCAA Final Four Kentucky Louisville Basketball

We all can learn something from Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Leave a comment

Watching athletes making things look so easy on the floor can lead many to believe that things are just as easy for them off the court as well.

That’s not always the case, and in the way Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist deals with the adversity he’s had to deal with we all could learn something.

Kidd-Gilchrist is a young man who lost his father at an early age, and on the day he signed his Letter of Intent to attend Kentucky lost his uncle to a fatal heart attack.

Neither of those tragic moments have stopped Kidd-Gilchrist, and neither has a speech impediment that pops up when in front of large groups.

The attention that comes with being a well-known player tends to have that effect, but it isn’t something that Michael isn’t willing to take on.

“Michael has done speech consistently for the majority of his life,” Cindy Richardson, Kidd-Gilchrist’s mother, told CBSSports.com in her first public comments about the issue. “He gets help with it. He deals with it. He’s not embarrassed by it.”

Kidd-Gilchrist meets with a speech therapist twice a week to address the issue, and for a person with a speech impediment it says a lot that he’d be willing to commit to a school as intensely followed as Kentucky.

He could have gone someplace where the attention wouldn’t have been so intense – instead, he picked the most scrutinized team in the country.

“It’s hard to come and play here. It’s not for everybody,” head coach John Calipari said. “There’s no place to hide, no crack to go down into.”

There have been many cases of famous personalities, especially athletes, who have had to deal with a speech impediment including former Chicago Bull great Bob Love and Shaquille O’Neal.

And it’s an issue that many people who aren’t famous, young and old alike, have to tackle on a daily basis as well. To be able to see someone such as Kidd-Gilchrist battle the issue head-on should serve as motivation for them.

And even if you don’t have to deal with such as issue, Kidd-Gilchrist’s growth can still be seen as a source of inspiration.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
AP Photo/Justin Hayworth
Leave a comment

Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

Illinois v UNLV
Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Leave a comment

LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.