Should know better than to go to the Derby Festival all-star basketball game. These games are mostly useless exercises, giving UK fans another excuse to go the big city while reminding U of L fans why they avoid them (UK fans). A few impressions:
Terrence Jennings, the 6-10 University of Louisville recruit from Massachusetts, is not going to be pushed around and, with his length and super long arms, he’s going to pose a defensive challenge for opposing centers. Seems a little raw but, under Rick Pitino’s tutelage, will become a great player. Needs to work the rest of the summer, however, on his free throw shooting.
Jarad Swopshire, a 6-7 U of L signee, has a nice shooting touch from beyond the three-point line. Will bring speed, finesse and confidence as a freshman. Swopshire removed his gold shirt in favor of a U of L jersey for the dunking competition. Scored a lot of points with Card fans.
Better hope UK doesn’t out-entice UConn for Ater Majok, a 6-10 dynamo from Australia. With his energy and hops, Majok reminds one of Otis George, except that Majok spent his childhood playing basketball rather than soccer. You don’t want this player in Lexington.
Kentucky signees DeAndre Liggins and Darius Miller were invisible for most of the game, even if you made a special point to watch for them. Liggins did somehow manage to collect four fouls, unusual for an all-star game.
Jeff Withey, the California big man, who went to Arizona after making a verbal commitment to U of L, will be a solid player in college. Put Withey with Samardo Samuels and U of L’s returning starters and you have something very special.
The Derby Festival Committee obviously didn’t learn much from its mistakes in ticket sales last year. Again this year, there were more than 1,000 people standing in lines trying to get tickets at tip off. Makes the committee made up of local business people look like rank amateurs.
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Need Season Tickets? — A friend has two U of L season basketball tickets for sale in the upper section of Freedom Hall behind the Cards’ bench, priced at approximately $1,000 per set of season tickets (or $2,000 for two) and donations of about $900 per seat. Use the Contact Me form to contact this writer if you’re interested.
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Who’s Counting? — Spring football game attendance at U of L was 17,200. UK attracted 8,500