Instead of one-and-done, Ryan Harrow, the Cats’ lead point guard this past season, has decided it’s two and through for his Wildcat career. Harrow sat out the 2011-12 season per NCAA transfer rules after he left N.C. State, which gave him only one year of play of the two-year stay in Lexington.
John Calipari announced through the UK media relations department Sunday afternoon that Harrow would be transferring to Georgia State University down in Atlanta, close to his home, at the end of the present semester. According to Coach Cal there was a need for Harrow to get closer to his father who had a stroke just prior to the beginning of the season last November, and was still ill and having difficulties in his recovery.
Even with this breaking news of Harrow’s family medical problems, there will be those who think Harrow had other factors come up in recent days to change his mind. Jjust hours after the Cats were embarrassingly eliminated by Robert Morris University in the first round of the NIT, Harrow was one of the first Wildcats to announce that he would like to come back to UK next year, if he was wanted. So, the chat lines, Twitter accounts, and Internet scuttlebutt can pick up some new steam this week because the first domino has fallen on the UK roster, and I’m quite sure there will be more to follow.
According to sources I cannot reveal that have been solid informers for us at TSS in the past, the UK coaching staff was not surprised at Harrow’s decision because Calipari had placed the Wildcats under a mandatory 6 a.m. strenuous conditioning workout Monday through Friday since they returned from the N.I.T. loss, as well as a nightly curfew. Harrow reportedly had not shown up for any of last week’s workouts and then his departure from the team was announced by Calipari Sunday afternoon.
Now, the question that begs to be asked is, were these workouts instituted to maybe send a message to a few players that defiance of coaching tactics or lack of intensity will no longer be tolerated, because the new cavalry is on its way in the form of seven new recruits, and roster spots are precious and few.
Get a peek at the new UK cavalry on its way to Rupp Arena
As most everyone involved with UK basketball knows, John Calipari is bringing in reportedly his most impressive and deepest freshman class this fall since he arrived in the Bluegrass four years ago, and you can get a look at several of them this week.
This Wednesday, April 3, the ESPN Network will televise live this year’s girls’ and boys’ McDonald’s All American All Star games from the United Center in Chicago. This annual showcase of America’s elite high school basketball players is one of three games on the spring circuit with the Jordan Brand Classic and the Nike Summit being later in the spring.
Below is a list of the players that UK’s men’s and women’s basketball have involved in each game:
Girls’ East Team
Makayla Epps - 5’ 9” Guard (Kentucky)
Girls West Team - 7:00 - ESPNU
Linnae Harper - 5’ 8” Guard (Kentucky)
Boys East Team
Dakari Johnson - 6’ 11” Center (Kentucky)
Julius Randle - 6’ 9” Power Forward (Kentucky)
Andrew Wiggins - 6’ 8” Combo Forward (Undecided)
Boys West Team - 9:30 - ESPN
Aaron Harrison - 6’ 5” Guard (Kentucky)
Andrew Harrison - 6’ 5” Guard (Kentucky)
James Young - 6’ 6” Wing/Small Forward (Kentucky)
Marcus Lee - 6’ 9” Power Forward (Kentucky)
UK baseball faces toughest week
While Gary Henderson’s Bat Cats are off to a solid start in taking its first three SEC weekend series at a two out of three clip, this week may well tell just how serious this team is about making its first college World Series appearance later in June.
Tuesday night, while the rest of Jefferson County is celebrating both the girls and boys U of L basketball teams Final Four bids, the Cardinal and Wildcat baseball teams will square off in Cardinal Park at the Jim Patterson baseball complex for the first of their two annual diamond battles. Louisville is presently ranked No. 10 in NCAA baseball rankings.
Later this coming weekend, the Bat Cats travel down to Baton Rouge and take on the No. 2 ranked LSU Tigers in the nation’s most plush and extravagant college baseball facility, a place that offers a decided home field advantage, not to mention an average home attendance of approximately 10,000 crazy Cajuns.
UK is presently ranked No. 8 in several college baseball polls, but to stay a top 10 team it must at least split the four games this week, and may well need to win three out of the four to stay in the top 10 category.