Experts discuss Eric Bledsoe, 2 of 3

Kevin Scarbinsky covers Southeastern Conference basketball for the Birmingham News. Dave Telep and Evan Daniels are national recruiting analysts for However, all three know plenty about Birmingham point guard Eric Bledsoe and offer their insights into his decision to play for the Wildcats.

Question: What will Kentucky fans like best about him?

Scarbinsky: "The thing UK fans will like best about Eric Bledsoe? Two things. His motor and his smile. Seems like, on the court, he never turns either of them off."

Daniels: "Bledsoe brings a sense of toughness to the table and that's something that every fan base enjoys. He's a tough kid that will fit right in the system."

Telep: "Kentucky fans will appreciate the quiet competitive fire that burns in Eric Bledsoe. He's never been told he's good, never needed to hear it. He just plays."

Question: Does it surprise you that he signed with Kentucky?

Scarbinsky: "Yes and no. Yes, because I thought he would wait for John Wall's decision and go to the school Wall didn't choose, which Parker High coach Maurice Ford told me had been the plan. No, because it's hard to say no to Kentucky, and it's hard to say no to Cal, and put them together, and it's really hard to say no to Cal at Kentucky.

Daniels: "It wasn't a surprise that Bledsoe picked Kentucky. Initially I thought it may be tough for the new Kentucky staff to get back involved with him, but it was clear that Bledsoe was open and just looking for the overall best fit. Coach Calipari moved quickly on him and were able to secure one of the only quality lead guards still on the board."

Telep: "Not at all. He was the best player on the board not named John Wall. UK needs someone it can hand the basketball to and feel good about it. Getting John Wall would be a home run. However, if you miss and don't have a guy that can be a maestro for the offense you'd be at a competitive disadvantage. Offering and recruiting Bledsoe was right for the program."

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