Kentucky’s four new McDonald’s All-Americans have arrived on campus as Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns, Tyler Ulis all took to social media to announce their arrivals in Lexington, according to Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal.
All four class of 2014 freshmen will begin classes and workouts with the team this summer and it means head coach John Calipari can get his new pieces acclimated a little more quickly for next season’s potential championship run.
As Jones notes in the story, the Harrison twins and James Young didn’t arrive until August of last summer and it might have affected their timing and development slightly in the beginning of the season.
Now, Calipari can get Ulis and Booker adjusted to running with the second team and being valuable backups in the backcourt this season while Lyles and Towns can work with the talented group of Kentucky big men that will be without Willie Cauley-Stein this summer as he recovers from offseason surgery on his ankle.
The freshmen will also get more time with the team before Kentucky’s international exhibition trip in August, which looks like it will be in the Bahamas. The trip will give the freshmen minutes in exhibition games this summer and also allows for additional practice time leading up to the trip.
The narrative won’t be the same surrounding this year’s Kentucky freshmen and all four members of the 2014 class showing up on campus early points to how low key this group of players is off-the-floor compared to the 2013 class.
While the 2013 class was littered with dominant, type-A personalities and ball-dominant players who were always involved in the one-and-done talk, this 2014 group of freshmen shouldn’t have nearly as much hype or difficulty sharing the ball.
Clemson will get a four-star recruit on campus a year earlier than it expected, though his on-court debut for the Tigers will remain on schedule.
A.J. Oliver, a guard from South Carolina, will enroll early at Clemson and redshirt this upcoming season, he announced via social media Wednesday.
“I woke up this morning and realized that the greatest opportunity for me is to enroll early into Clemson,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will redshirt a year & start my college career early.”
Oliver, whose mother is the head women’s basketball coach at Clemson, was a consensus top-100 player in the class of 2017 who committed to the Tigers last December. Texas Tech and the College of Charleston were involved before his commitment.
A three-star shooting guard, Scott Spencer of Virginia, was previously the only member coach Brad Brownell’s 2016 class. While Oliver’s decision to redshirt will keep him off the court for the 2016-17 season, he’ll have spent a full season in the Tiger program before making his debut in 2017
The cupboard isn’t bare in 2017 for the Tigers due to Oliver’s reclassification because Clemson received a commitment from power forward Malik Williams, a consensus top-150 player, earlier Wednesday.
Kentucky used Calipari-Chaney fight in media training
Kentucky held some media training sessions yesterday, and one of the topics that head coach John Calipari used to make a point was … his blow-up with John Chaney. The moment was captured on SnapChat by a trio of Kentucky newcomers.
You remember that incident. Chaney, then the head coach at Temple, and Cal, who was coaching Atlantic 10 rival UMass at the time, nearly came to blows over the way that Cal handled officials during the game. Before the video below picks up, the two shared this exchange:
“Could I say this to you, please?” Chaney said, before the video above picks up. “You’ve got a good ball club. But what you did with the officials out there is wrong, and I don’t want to be a party to that. You understand?”
Cal responded: “You weren’t out there, Coach. You don’t have any idea.”
Chaney fired back: “You got a game given to you by officials right here with G.W. on three bad calls, O.K.? Then you send your kids out there pushing and shoving. You had the best officiating you could ever get here. And for you to ride them, I don’t want to be a party to that.”
Tuesday was a busy and productive one for South Dakota State on the recruiting trail.
The Jackrabbits secured two 2017 commitments from the state of Wisconsin in Ryan Krueger and Alex Arians, a source tells NBCSports.com.
Krueger is a 6-foot-5 wing player from New London, Wisc. while Arians is a 6-foot-4 guard from Madison, Wisc., who also held an offer from Wright State, which is coached by former SDSU coach Scott Nagy. Both players spend their summers playing for the Wisconsin Swing grassroots program.
The pair make it a trio of commits for the Jackrabbits in 2017 with another Wisconsinite, Alou Dillon, pledging to first-year Jackrabbits coach T.J. Otzelberger, himself a Wisconsin native, earlier this summer.
South Dakota State went 26-8 last year and the bulk of the team that made the NCAA tournament last year, including sophomore Mike Daum, who led the team in scoring and rebounding as a freshman.