The weekend before last, the #1 prospect in the 2014 class was in Lexington to visit the Kentucky Wildcats. Tyus Jones is a point guard from Apple Valley, Minnesota. While he is in the midst of his recruiting process, Jones keeps a blog with USA Today about his experiences. He recently blogged about his visit to Kentucky, here is an excerpt from the blog entry:
Most of you know that I had my unofficial visit to Kentucky the weekend before last. I had a great time down there in Big Blue Nation. I definitely see what people mean when they say that Kentucky fans show a lot of love because they definitely let me know that they wanted me down there.
I got there Friday night and it was so late that we just went straight to the hotel and rested. But that Saturday we woke up and had breakfast with the team and spent some time with the coaches. Then I went to Coach (John) Calipari’s office and talked with him for a while. It’s always cool talking to Coach Cal.
After that we watched a walkthrough practice that the team had before their game. I had a ball at the game. I sat right behind the bench and got a real feel of how they do things there. It’s pretty intense and I like that.
During the game a lot of the fans were telling me things like “This is your home” and “We want you here bad!” Things like that. Their fans go hard there. No question.
When I got back to the hotel that night I ran into this older lady and she was telling me about how she took her grandkids to the game earlier that day. Then she asked me what I was down there for and I told her that I was a recruit visiting the campus. When I said that she started to ask more questions and then she said that her son was telling her that a recruit was gonna be on campus that weekend. Then it hit her that I was the guy that her son was talking about. So she got a little more excited and started telling me about why I should come there and how much she loved Coach Cal and things like that. It was so cool to see how passionate this older woman was about Kentucky basketball. I don’t think I’ve ever been recruited by a grandmother before. It just showed me how big the program is to its fans. I love that.
Sunday we toured the campus and met with some academic advisors and came back to meet with the coaches. Then we headed out.
I had a great time there in Kentucky. BBN lived up to the hype for sure!
Coach Cal is apparently winning the hearts of the young and old in the Big Blue Nation. Tyus Jones has always been strongly tied to Duke, and they appear to be the favorite to land his services. If Coach Cal can sway Jones away from the Blue Devils, and get him in a Kentucky blue jersey, he may have to write a thank-you letter to a certain grandmother.