Bledsoe, Wall And The 'Cats

Kentucky is going to add a point guard today. Actually, they're about to add a pretty good one in the form of Eric Bledsoe. Does that at all affect a guy named Wall?

Wednesday is a big day in the basketball world. The expectation is that Eric Bledsoe, the nation's second best available point guard, committed to Kentucky over Memphis during a late morning press conference.

Bledsoe visited the schools last week and word began leaking out 48 hours ago that Bledsoe would take a scholarship from Kentucky.

So, can Kentucky, a school that searched high and low for an answer at the point last season, hit the daily double and wind up with a pair of the best point guards in the country? Could it really land John Wall? Does Bledsoe eliminate the ‘Cats from contention with John?

The smart money says that Bledsoe's pledge, though making the Wildcats easy targets from other recruiters in terms of personnel, won't take them out of the race to land Wall. UK ran the possibility by Wall prior to accepting the pledge.

"John knew that he was going to commit," a source told "Cal told him a few days ago." The expectation would obviously be Wall with the ball, Bledsoe backing him up. "That's how John sees it," the source said.

Everyone still recruiting Wall is about to load up and take aim at Kentucky's situation. It won't be unexpected but will it influence the ‘Cat's position?

No matter how it breaks, should he qualify, UK would have a dandy point guard on the way. Bledsoe is ranked the No. 37 senior in the Class of 2009 and No. 6 point guard. His high school coach, Maurice Ford, likes Bledsoe's chances for success.

"He's a competitor," Ford said. "He's a tough kid. That's not going to be a problem. In a bigger market he might even be rated higher than that. He's that kind of kid."

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