Big weekend will kick off the Calipari era

Kentucky's kicks off its 2009-2010 season by playing host to some of the nation's top talent, including some five star seniors, as the John Calipari era officially begins with Kentucky's annual Big Blue Madness this Friday.

Practice officially kicks off for the John Calipari era at Kentucky with next Friday's Big Blue Madness. The Kentucky coach will have much more on his plate than the beginning of practice for the current team, as he will be hosting players he hopes will help to anchor UK teams in the near future and taking part in Big Blue Madness a year from now.

Some big names will be in attendance for BBM, highly ranked prospects Tobias Harris, Kyrie Irving and C.J. Leslie.

Harris is coming off a good visit to Tennessee, where he took in the UT-Georgia game at Neyland Stadium; which can always be counted on for a lively crowd in early October.

Irving was rumored to be an imminent Duke commitment coming off his visit there a few weeks ago, but so far no commitment has come. This writer feels that Kentucky may be stronger in the race for Irving, the #2 PG prospect in the class per Scout. Why do I think that Kentucky may be stronger for Irving than others? Rod Strickland. The Kentucky assistant has a lifelong relationship with Irving and his family. Strickland is Irving's uncle, and also is the young man's godfather. Harris and Irving are both ranked as the #2 players at their respective positions.

Leslie seems to have had a bit less recruiting hype than Harris and Irving; but is a highly ranked recruit in his own right. Scout ranks Leslie as the #3 PF in the class of 2010. Kentucky will also be entertaining some top ranked juniors this weekend.

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