Kentucky Wildcats WiretapFebruary 2012 Kentucky Wildcats Wiretap

Nerlens Noel Crosses Off Florida, Providence From List

Feb 29, 2012 4:22 PM

Nerlens Noel has dropped Florida and Providence from his list of schools.

Noel, a 6-foot-11 center, will choose between Kentucky, Georgetown, Syracuse, Connecticut and North Carolina.

He plans to make his decision in April.

Louisville Courier-Journal

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Darius Miller Delivering In Clutch For Kentucky

Feb 29, 2012 10:32 AM

Darius Miller is shooting 75 percent from the floor in the last ten minutes of games in which Kentucky is leading by five points or fewer or trailing.

Miller has shot 15-of-20 from the field, 5-of-8 from the three point line, and 13-of-14 from the stripe, which works out to an average of 24 points per 40 minutes of crunch time.

Louisville Courier Journal

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Donovan Anoints Anthony Davis As Top Shot Blocker Of Last Two Decades

Feb 28, 2012 10:24 AM

Billy Donovan praised the shot-blocking ability of Anthony Davis, who leads the country with 138 rejections.

"He's definitely one of the best of all time," Donovan said.

After noting that he was not old enough to remember Hall of Fame centers such as Bill Russell or Wilt Chamberlain, Donovan said of Davis, "Certainly, here in recent times, the last 20, 25 years, he's as good as anybody out there."

Donovan noted Davis’ slight build and credited the UK freshman on how he blocks shots with length, timing, and quick feet.

"He's a quick jumper," Donovan said. "He's got long arms. ... He has an ability to become a lot longer than he appears, and very quickly. And it's different from most guys."

Lexington Herald-Leader

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Kidd-Gilchrist Intends To Stay At Kentucky Beyond This Season

Feb 28, 2012 10:21 AM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said that he plans to stay at Kentucky beyond this season.

"I'm graduating here. I'm not going nowhere," Kidd-Gilchrist said after Saturday's game against Vanderbilt. "I'm staying at Kentucky."

When those around him chuckled, Kidd-Gilchrist added: "I'm dead serious. I don't know why y'all laughing."

Kidd-Gilchrist will have to convince John Calipari that he should stay.

“He’s got to come up with some reasons he’s coming back and convince me,” Calipari said. “Here’s why: What if he got hurt and I’m out there convincing him to come back? What if that happened? Or something happened to him that all of the sudden really hurt him and his draft-ability and his future?

“It’s hard to live with yourself, unless you’re just trying to win five more games or ‘How many games can I win before I retire?’ This is about these young people.”

Calipari said that former one-and-done stars like John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe often say to him, “Man, I wish I could have stayed three or four years.

“But there’s opportunities that arise. Just like Bill Gates, when he said, ‘You know what? I’m done with school; I’m going to chase my dreams’ and in his case, change the world. Steve Jobs did the same thing; left school and went out and changed the world.

“You have opportunities. You’ve got to look at them and figure out what’s right.”

Louisville Courier-Journal

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NBA GM Not Impressed By Potential Draft Pool

Feb 24, 2012 4:20 PM

At least one NBA general manager has not been overly impressed so far by the potential 2012 draft class.

"Everyone talks about how great this draft is," one NBA GM said. "On paper in July, it really looked that way. On the ground in February, I'm not that impressed. Anthony Davis is great. But after that, there are a lot of question marks and a surprising lack of depth. I'm not sure that the 2012 draft will be better than the 2011 one."

North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, Baylor’s Perry Jones, Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger, and Kentucky’s Terrence Jones have failed to show significant improvement from one season to the next while UConn's Andre Drummond and Duke’s Austin Rivers have failed to live up to the hype that surrounded them.

Only two freshmen, Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Indiana's Cody Zeller, have exceeded expectations.

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Anthony Davis Making Concerted Effort To Keep Blocked Shots Inbounds

Feb 21, 2012 3:20 PM

Anthony Davis has kept a good percentage of his 131 rejections in play rather than sending them out of bounds.

“I always try to keep the ball in play, get the ball to my teammates,” Davis said.

Davis is blocking 15 percent of his opponents’ shots at 4.8 per game this season.

“If I block out of bounds, it might look good to the crowd but it kind of hurts my team because (the opponent) gets another possession,” Davis said. “If I block it and it bounces to one of my teammates, we have the ball and we did a great job on defense getting a stop. Now we have another chance to score without them scoring.”

USA Today

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Anthony Davis Generating Majority Of Offense Off Cuts, Put Backs

Feb 17, 2012 6:05 PM

Anthony Davis is converting 67 percent of his 2-point attempts, with the majority of his touches coming off cuts, offensive rebounds, fast-breaks, and pick-and-rolls.

According to Synergy Sports Technology, only 20 percent of Davis’ offense comes off post-up, spot-up or isolation plays.

Davis is shooting just 27 percent on jumpshots while connecting on 71 percent of his free throw attempts.

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Nerlens Noel To Visit Kentucky

Feb 16, 2012 6:05 PM

Nerlens Noel is expected to make an official visit to Kentucky this weekend.

Noel, a 6-foot-10 shot-blocking center, has also expressed interest in Syracuse, Florida, Georgetown, North Carolina, Providence and Connecticut.

He is ranked No. 1 overall in the 2012 class.

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Calipari Spends Valentine's Day Watching Julius Randle

Feb 15, 2012 10:58 AM

Julius Randle's Prestonwood High defeated Bishop Dunne by a final score of 75-63 on Tuesday.

John Calipari was in attendance to watch Randle, one of the top juniors in the country.

RealGM Staff Report

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KU's Withey Moves Past Davis In Block Percentage

Feb 14, 2012 2:56 PM

With 16 blocks over his last two games, Jeff Withey of Kansas has overtaken Anthony Davis as the leader in block percentage from the major conferences at 15.01%.

Withey blocked nine shots in Monday’s win against Kansas State. He also blocked nine shots in December against Long Beach State. Withey has blocked three or more shots in just 12 of his 26 games, while Davis has three or more blocks in 24 of his 26 games. 

Rhamel Brown of Manhattan and William Mosley of Northwestern State each have higher block percentages than Withey and Davis.

Anthony Stover of UCLA is blocking 5.97 shots per 36 minutes, but averages just 8.8 minutes per game. Davis ranks second in that category at 5.55 blocks.

RealGM Staff Report

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Andrew Wiggins Considering Kentucky, Florida State
Andrew Wiggins is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the 2014 class.

NBA Scout Struggles To Come Up With Weakness In Davis' Game
Anthony Davis has solidified his spot as the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft.

Kidd-Gilchrist Reminds Calipari Of Rose
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s disposition reminds John Calipari of Derrick Rose.

Associated Press

Syracuse Hoping Carter-Williams Will Give Them Edge In Noel Recruitment
Syracuse is hoping freshman Michael Carter-Williams may help sway Nerlens Noel to commit to them.

Katie Kramer/

Calipari: Davis Puts Team First, Not Bothered By Lack Of Touches
Anthony Davis is averaging 13.5 points on just 7.8 field goal attempts.

Yahoo! Sports