Wildcats Thunder Administrator & Basketball/Recruiting Analyst
October is the fall of the year. It's a time when many smaller communities in the great state of Kentucky hold fall festivals to celebrate the upcoming turning of leafs. It's also the month the smaller version of ourselves(we really wished we could be out there with them) dress up in horror costumes and ask their neigbors for candy. Taking all of this in to account,theres still something more important than all of that to some residents of the Commonwealth. It's the start of practice for the UK Basketball Squad and MIDNIGHT MADNESS.
For most this years Midnight Madness means more than some of the past Midnight Madness in the last couple of years. UK has seemed to fade away from making Midnight Madness a recruiting event for a reason many have questioned. Not this year! Tubby has had a change of heart and decided to bring the recruits in at a record pace this October. UK has decided to bring in a number of recruits in hope of turning there recruiting woes around. If the show is what its suppose to be I'll predict that UK may get their men.
Talking of Madness makes me want to take a look at who exactly will be visiting for the night of celebration. Following is a report of who should be visiting on a night of Maddness.
First off lets look at who verbaled to UK.
Mike (The Brit) Williams - a 7 foot 265 lb center. He is a player that has only played Basketball for 3 years and is developing at a fast pace working for the coaches who also coached Patrick Ewing, D. Mutumbo and A. Mourning. He is a kid that should improve leaps and bounds by his So. and Jr. season.
Now lets look at the 2007 Recruits who have said, they will attend MM.
Patrick Patterson - he is by far UK's #1 target and making a great impression on him will tell just how good of a class UK can reel in. He visits Duke this weekend, if he comes away from this weekend without committing I would think it bolds well for UK.
Jai Lucas - probably other than P. Patterson the most important piece to the puzzle for UK. Other players love Lucas and his leadership abilitys. They know he will make the right decsion at the right time of the game to let them win. If Lucas ends up anywhere else rather than UK I would be very suprised.
AJ Stewart - He is a great wing player who can play the 4, if need to be. He has professed his love for UK and really wants to play for Coach Smith. I was suprised he didn't verbal at his in home with Tubby. But I have to believe something was setup for his verbal to be excepted at a future date. AJ, Jai and P. Patterson really want to play together and if P. Patterson comes away from this weekend it may happen.
Marshell Moses - he is a player that has been rumored to be at Midnight Madness and I have heard that he will be there for sure. Moses loves UK and I would be very suprised if he doesn't end up at UK in some shape or form. Meaning he either commits and plays in 2007 or he red-shirts and waits till 2008. But I have been told he will end up at UK one way or another.
Lavoy Allen - this kid has just recently got really excitied about UK and decided to visit during Midnight Madness to see what UK is all about. Allen is a kid with great upside and size. If he likes what he sees at Midnight Madness I wouldn't be suprised to see him commit on the spot. He does want to sign early.
Marcus and Markieff Morris - these 2 recruits will be at Midnight Madness but I believe(based on the Williams verbal) they are long shots for UK. They both will go to the same school and the verbal will make it tough for both to be at UK. Look for Memphis to get the twins.
James Anderson - a explosive 2G/SF who has recently let UK in the recruiting stage of the game. I think Anderson is a guy who thinks that Arkansas may be the place for him, but he may be able to be influenced by a great show at Midnight Madness. If Anderson is willing to visit this means there is a chance UK could land this 5 star recruit. I think if this kid is blown away at Midnight Madness he could end up at UK.
Pettigrew - this kid is a 6-5 PF who loves UK has well. He is a kid that lives in Kentucky knows what UK is all about. He would commit if offered. He is a kid Tubby is waiting with to see who else verbals to UK. If Tubby could make him the 4th or 5th person in the class that would be great. But only if Tubby gets the top 3 he is after.
Brooks - I have heard he may be there, but I wouldn't hold my breath. He ends up at UofL, if I had to guess.
Now for the 2008 Class:
Bud Mackey - he is the only '08 I know will be there.
I have also been told S. Hopson could be there too, but nothing for sure yet.
D.Miller wants to come and if he can be there he will. But he has prior engagements from what I was told.
Remember there is always a couple of suprise recruits who show up sort of last minute. There are also some who can't make it and don't show up. So when Midnight Madness comes and some of these guys aren't there or a couple guys not mentioned show up, its not my fault guys.
If all these guys do show and the show is what its suppose to be, I expect the "WILDCAT NATION" will be very happy in the days following the celebration.