Check that: Cats will lose 9

By: Steve Moss
By: Steve Moss

In a Tuesday post on this blog, I told you that as many as eight Wildcats will be leaving the UK basketball program, most of whom will pursue their dreams of playing in the NBA. Check that number: it's now at nine.

In a Tuesday post on this blog, I told you that as many as eight Wildcats will be leaving the UK basketball program, most of whom will pursue their dreams of playing in the NBA. 

Check that number: it's now at nine.

Five UK recruits, all playing in the McDonald's All-America game in Columbus, told me that John Calipari is now using playing time as a means to woo some of the nation's best high school ballers.  All said they were told five underclassmen would be exiting (John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Daniel Orton and Eric Bledsoe). 

Larry Orton was quoted on Wednesday that his son was, in fact, entering the draft, despite a later statement from Daniel that he was merely weighing his options.

One recruit, Doron Lamb, even said Cal mentioned nine players would not be back (five underclassmen, plus three seniors).  One popular rumor is that Darnell Dodson will be the ninth.

We now know there's a distinct possibility that guard Dodson is leaving Calipari's team.  Cousins is quoted by, saying Dodson is putting his name into the NBA Draft, too.

That would leave Calipari with just four returning players from an Elite Eight team and a group of Cats that captured the Big Blue Nation's fancy. 

Brian Hood, father of UK guard Jon Hood, says his son is returning.  Hood says any talk of his son transferring is just that.

It's staggering to think that any team could lose nine players after one season. 

Calipari recently said on his weekly radio show that he will sign 5-6 players for next season.  Already, Enes Kanter and Stacey Poole, Jr. have committed.

For those interested in the recruiting scene, the next couple of weeks should be most interesting for UK fans.  It also could be a crucial time period for Calipari and any mometum this program has gained over the past year.  Certainly, Calipari, the ultimate salesman, will be put to the test.

Those are the highlights... Stay tuned.

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  • by Bill Location: Corbin on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:40 PM
    I missed Patterson's news conference, What did he say
  • by Craig Location: Georgetown, KY on Apr 15, 2010 at 02:30 AM
    Listen people all of this complaining about 1 and done players is just a trickle down effect from the NBA making the rule change that all players must attend college for 1 year, that rule is going to change if not ruin the college game, so when we get the talent in enjoy it while they're here because you might not have been able to see them regardless. Needless to say appritiate these young men instead of complaining about them. Well done this year to Wall, Cuz, Orton, Bledsoe, Dodson, Patterson, and the rest of the team. I fully aprritiate what you all have done to restore this schools reputation. I wish all of you well in all your future endevoures
  • by Stephen Jackson Location: Port Orange,Florida on Apr 14, 2010 at 10:19 PM
    Disagree with the Randy from Greenup.You can win with one and outs.UK was one hot shooter from the final four.Patrick would be smart to stay and graduate.Patrick can be a mentor to the young guys.Coach Cal is awesome!!!!!Orton should have stayed.
  • by Randy Location: Greenup on Apr 8, 2010 at 05:48 PM
    You cannot win a National Title with 1 year and gone players. He couldnt do it at Memphis and it wont happen here. Get some 4 star players who are committed to staying a couple of years.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2010 at 06:53 PM
    so they have a year,wow!!!
  • by mike reynolds Location: bardstown,ky on Apr 7, 2010 at 05:13 PM
    5 cats including john wall declare their names in the draft patrick,eric,daniel,demarcus all leaving they have untill march 6 to withdraw
  • by kungfu Location: Ky on Apr 4, 2010 at 08:31 AM
    what in the hell is any program supposed to do!you want to recruit the best players you can to have a chance at winning!who can help if you pretty much get all of the best and they want or they're ready to go pro!i think Coach Cal did a fine job with this group of young talent!i have faith he will this upcoming season and in the future too!GO BIG BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!you can't make them come to your university and you can't make them stay!so you keep reloading with the best you can!pretty soon the nba is going to have to expand bigtime because there's not going to be enough teams for all of the players anyway!
  • by jerm Location: eastern ky. on Apr 3, 2010 at 04:23 PM
    open your eyes ppl. this is not good. we CANT win a title with a bunch of freshman. if you cant win with these freshman you cant win with any.if hes only going to recruit guys who want to leave after one year then hes not the coach for me. get off the bandwagon.
  • by jessica Location: eastern,ky on Apr 1, 2010 at 08:13 PM
    Those young guys have really touched my heart and our couch,wow, he raelly is amazing.Thanks team for playing your hearts out this year.May wherever you great players decide to do.I WISH YOU BEST.THANK YOU UK TEAM AND COACH
  • by Alice Location: Grayson on Apr 1, 2010 at 07:08 PM
    Watching these young men mature has been a pleasure. Watching them play has been pure joy. All that youth and all that talent and they couldn't get to the final four?? What is missing? Will they be as successful at the next level? Financially, yes, but for how long? Do I want them to remain UK Cats at least another year? You bet! Will they benefit from staying? Mightly! I hope they are getting good advice and not relying on the praise of ESPN announcers. Whatever they decide I wish them well. My thanks to the team and Coach Cal for one exciting season.
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