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Tuesday / March 20.
  • Bledsoe to Kentucky; Armstead to Oregon

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    The point guard dominoes have begun to fall.

    Although Kentucky has yet to receive official notice from Eric Bledsoe’s camp, Bledsoe will announce for Kentucky during a press conference Wednesday morning at Parker (AL) High, according to a source close to the situation.

    “I got it from a college coach who’s recruiting him,” the source said. “He told some staffs where he’s not going. He said, ‘Kentucky’s my school.'”

    Jerry Meyer of Rivals and also indicate the 6-foot-1 Bledsoe will play for John Calipari and not Josh Pastner of Memphis next year.

    Bledsoe averaged 20.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and 10.3 assists in leading Parker to the Class 5A state championship game. The Thundering Herd beat Kentucky-bound big man DeMarcus Cousins and Mobile (AL) LeFlore 52-39 in the semifinals.

    “I’m a pass-first point guard,” Bledsoe said last week during his visit to Memphis. “I can help everybody get to where they need to be.”

    Bledsoe would become the fifth recruit in Kentucky’s incoming class, following Cousins, Jon Hood, Darnell Dodson and Daniel Orton.

    Calipari is still actively recruiting John Wall, the top recruit in the Class of 2009, and hopes that Bledsoe can play 10-15 minutes per game alongside Wall.

    If Wall goes to the NBA after one season, Kentucky would still have Bledsoe the following year.

    Wall is considering Kentucky, Memphis, Miami, Baylor, Duke, N.C. State and Florida.

    Asked if it bothered him that Wall was considered Kentucky’s first choice, Bledsoe said: “No, sir. No it don’t. I’m going to play my position either if he do go or he don’t.”

    Asked if they could play together, Bledsoe said, “Yes, sir.”

    In other point guard news, Malcolm Armstead of Chipola (Fla.) Junior College signed with Oregon.

    “Yes,” Chipola coach Greg Heiar said in a text.

    The 6-foot, 195-pound Armstead, named the Best Small Player at the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament, had numerous suitors.

    That leaves only Wall and James Beatty of Miami Dade College among top available point guards.

    Sources say Memphis won’t recruit Beatty, who is being hotly pursued by Rutgers.

    Pastner could simply opt to go point guard by committee next year with Willie Kemp and Wesley Witherspoon and then hope to land Joe Jackson of Memphis White Station, the No. 3 point in the Class of 2010, the following year. For more on Jackson, read Gary Parrish’s excellent story here.

    Memphis is still involved with Brooklyn’s Lance Stephenson, but he is not a pure point guard.

    Stephenson is said to be considering Arizona and Memphis and is no longer considering St. John’s or Maryland.

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    • AZ,

      This is getting to be old.

      Another win by Cali over Memphis.

      Major ,Major Blow for Memphis.

      No point guard…wow.

    • Memphis will not recruit Beatty.

      Memphis was interested in this point guard.
      But, the interest was not mutual.

      Can someone outline the HITS being taken by Memphis…..
      Too, Too many HITS.

      I may have something…

    • Do you constantly have acid flashbacks?

      • usc.trojan

        losing a battle in the late stages to UK by a coach 3 weeks on the job is not a hit. As a Memphis fan I like what I see from Paz that he was in it this far just 3 weeks on the job. If losing a recruiting battle is a hit on your program – every D1 program has a hit because i’m sure every program didn’t get someone they wanted including UK who wanted X. Henry. By the way how is that Lance-a-lot to AZ going now? This was probably a waste of my time because I don’t think i will make a bit of understanding out of your response

        • Are you replying to me or to USC Trojan?

          • wait i am an idiot nevermind.

    • ok. TigerBerry,

      It is not a hit ,per your standard.
      That is fine.

      I was hoping Josh could GET this player.
      Just because it was against Cali.

      Best of luck in bringing in a PG.

      “This is the first head-to-head recruiting battle between new Memphis coach Josh Pastner and former Memphis coach John Calipari, who has apparently convinced Bledsoe to sign with Kentucky ….

      Unless Bledsoe changes his mind and signs with Memphis, his choice of Kentucky leaves the Tigers in a difficult situation at the moment.”


    • USC.trojan..

      Just curious.. you seem to think you know everything about all things recruiting.. what qualifies you as such an expert…

    • The only thing USC.trojan is an expert at is being a complete d-bag. He cant be more then 14 yrs old.

      Losing Bledsoe doesnt mean that Memphis will no longer have a basketball team. They will just have to sign someone else.

    • bledsoe just made a great choice going to memphis wouldave been awful because it weill take a few years to rebuild from what happend this year

    • stephenson to nassau community collage

    • I said it before – I’ll say it again – Lance to Europe – dad says it’s to get away from bad environment in the US and its poor basketball fundamentals! Nevermind Brooklyn’s environment, he’s leaving the US! He needs to get away from it all – to heck with NCAA Basketball – Normally Cruddy Athlete Academics (in) Basketball. Tax the tax-exempt NCAA!!!! We need an NCAA Tax Tea Party along the Missouri River!

      I do not blame Lance if he goes to Europe – mark it down! Plus, Lance signs with UnderArmour immediately before leaving for Spain! Aren’t we tired of this already????

    • Zag,
      Do you know if Lance will visit Arizona? Have both sides shown mutual interest? The longer this goes on St. John’s and Europe’s chances will increase.
      My Probability:

      St. John’s: 40%
      Europe: 25%
      Arizona: 25%
      Memphis: 9%
      Maryland: 1%

      Where do you guys think this kid will end up?
      C’mon Lance, join Omari, Malik, and Dwight in a pretty solid class.

    • SJU is out of the equation for the most controversial NY hoops player ever

      Norm couldn’t recruit a Michael Jordan clone that lived in queens….
      Dude is shot.

      That 25 percent on Europe seems accurate since the kid does not seem like he’d want to split the shine with wise at Zona. He’s a point guard….Don’t rule out FIU Isiah Thomas could do to him what he did with Marbury in even less than a year! LMAO!