Thursday Morning Roundup: Sit Down With Stoops, Nerlens Rap

03/06/2013 10:03 PM

New head coach Mark Stoops promised Big Blue Nation that he would bring Tallahassee weather and recruit as many wrestlers’ sons to Lexington as he can. Read through the rest of the Thursday Morning Round Up to catch up on all of yesterday’s news.

Sit Down With Stoops

Yesterday, Thomas Beisner sat down with Mark Stoops and talked everything from football to family. The new Kentucky head coach defined success as embracing the process of getting better, not just focusing on the results. Stoops also talked about how he makes time for his little boys and how his wife keeps him grounded. Watch clips from our interview below, and be sure to set your DVR tonight for KSTV to see the whole interview.

Ryan On The Road

Ryan Harrow has been one of the more frustrating players this season, and he seems to be the one who boards the plane for road trips. In the last three home games, Harrow averaged almost 16 points, but on the road, he scored just over three points per game. The two scoreless games against Florida and Tennessee really killed his average. “Cool” Ryan cannot show up anymore. The Cats need his offensive production and leadership on the court. If Harrow fades into the background and if Julius Mays is having another off night, the other guards cannot shoulder the burden. A couple weeks ago, John Calipari called Kentucky’s guard play “shaky at best.” Harrow, Mays, Jarrod Polson, and Jon Hood looked great in the three game stretch at Rupp, but now they must prove that they can match that performance on the road.

A Bulldog Named Kentavious

One Georgia Bulldog that never cools off is Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The sophomore guard averages 18 points a game on the season. In the past two games against Vanderbilt and Tennessee, he’s scored at least 20 points and knocked in four 3-pointers. In tonight’s game against the Bulldogs, Kentucky cannot lose track of Caldwell-Pope or he could drop 40 on the Cats like Elston Turner did.

Nerlens Noel: Shot Blocker, Basketball Extraordinaire, Rapper

After staying glued to Twitter all day waiting for Nerlens Noel and Wes Grams to drop their song “NUMBER 9,” it’s finally hear! Take a listen and tell us what you think.

Wildcat or Jayhawk?

Evan Daniels told us yesterday in his recruiting update that Julius Randle is most likely down to Kentucky and Kansas. Big Blue Nation may be holding its collective breath until March 20. Julius, Kentucky blue is so much nicer than Kansas blue. Check out all of Evan Daniels’s recruiting update here . Also, the McDonald’s All-American game added Randle to its roster. So hypothetically, if Randle committed to Kentucky, there would be six future Wildcats on the roster, a record I doubt any school would come close to breaking.

Karl Towns Jr. In NJ Playoffs

2014 commit Karl Towns Jr. played a monster game this past Saturday against St. Augustine. He led the team scoring 25 points in St. Joseph’s 80-39 win, advancing to the sectional final of the New Jersey Boys State Playoffs. Check out more highlights from the game here. Last night, Towns’s team beat Paul VI, and even though the future Wildcat took to the bench for foul trouble, he hit some big threes to help his team advance to the championship. The big game will tip off this Saturday. According to a local New Jersey journalist, Towns has scored 957 career points. Keep in mind, he still has one more year of high school before coming to Lexington. Think he will break 1,200?


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