Here is some of the news surrounding Kentucky Wildcats athletics today:
-ESPN’s race for the Rookie of the Year award began today, as a panel of experts selected their favorites to win the ROY award in the NBA. As most of you might expect, former Kentucky star point guard John Wall leads that list, but he’s not the only former ‘Cats star in the discussion. Former center DeMarcus Cousins is also up for consideration to no one’s surprise.
-A very talented 2011 recruit will be making an unofficial visit to the University of Kentucky campus, coming in the shape of Bowling Green’s Chane Behanan. Behanan has risen up the recruiting rankings since the start of the summer, due to several performances during the NBA Player’s Camp in which he won the tournament MVP. Behanan wasn’t exactly on the ‘Cats radar earlier in the recruiting process, but with such optimism behind his skill set, he’s starting to receive scholarship offers left and right. Kentucky will definitely be in the mix until the end.
-Joker Phillips and the Kentucky Wildcats football team is making the rounds, especially after Tuesday’s grueling practices in the 100 degree Kentucky sun.
“Guys practiced hard, with a lot of enthusiasm,” Phillips said. “As we practiced faster, guys started to lose their feet and not run through tackles. But we’re practicing smarter and staying off the ground.”
There’s no doubt that Phillips is relishing his new role as head coach for the ‘Cats and is out to prove to the nation and the rest of the SEC that Kentucky belongs in the ‘BCS’ discussion. Whether that occurs this year or the next remains to be seen, but it is exciting to see such enthusiasm from the program’s head coach. Only good things lie ahead for Kentucky and its football team.
-According to Zagsblog.com, the recruitment of 2011 forward Anthony Davis isn’t quite a done deal despite what Davis and his family has told those around them. For many, Davis is Kentucky’s to lose. Don’t tell that to Syracuse or Ohio State where officials have said they haven’t heard any news on a decision made by Davis, thus giving them hope of landing one of the premiere players in the nation.