Mark Story

Mark Story's notes: UK's Teague better be ready for the microscope

Former Morehead State center Kenneth Faried (35) will bring his all-purpose game to the NBA next season. One Web site has him going to New York.
Former Morehead State center Kenneth Faried (35) will bring his all-purpose game to the NBA next season. One Web site has him going to New York. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Fast-break points not from the end of the world:

21. Brandon Knight. If the point guard had stayed in school at Kentucky, UK would have been the consensus No. 1 team in the country going into next season.

20. Marquis Teague. With Knight gone to the NBA Draft, the most scrutinized player on the UK roster will be the incoming freshman point from Indianapolis who will be directing a team the Kingdom of the Blue will expect to contend for the national title.

19. Measuring up. Teague also has to prove he is worthy of stepping into the elite line of one-and-done John Calipari point guards that has passed from Derrick Rose to Tyreke Evans to John Wall to Brandon Knight.

Upon the shoulders of a 6-foot-2, 170-pound teenager, all of that is a lot of weight.

18. Kenneth Faried. ESPN.com's Andy Katz proclaimed the ex-Morehead State star the "most impressive all-around player" at last week's NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago.

17. Empire state of mind. A willing defender and a rebounding machine, Faried would be a perfect pick for the New York Knicks because he doesn't need the basketball in his hands (think Amar'e and Melo) to thrive.

16. NBA mock draft I. Draftexpress.com has Brandon Knight going No. 3 (Jazz); Enes Kanter No. 6 (Wizards); and Kenneth Faried No. 17 (Knicks) in the first round. It has Shelvin Mack No. 48 (Hawks); DeAndre Liggins No. 55 (Celtics); and Scotty Hopson No. 56 (Lakers) in round two.

15. NBA mock draft II. NBAdraftnet.net has Brandon Knight No. 3 (Jazz); Enes Kanter No. 4 (Cavaliers); Kenneth Faried No. 24 (Thunder); and Shelvin Mack No. 30 (Bulls) in the first round. It has Scotty Hopson No. 55 (Celtics) and DeAndre Liggins No. 56 (Lakers) in round two.

14. Agent game. Brandon Knight has chosen Arn Tellem of the Wasserman Media Group as his agent. Tellem also reps Derrick Rose.

13. Steve Prohm. The just-named Murray State men's basketball coach got his start in college hoops working as a student manager and then a student assistant coach at Alabama.

12. Murray as a ticket to the top. Steve Newton (South Carolina); Mark Gottfried (Alabama); Mick Cronin (Cincinnati) and Billy Kennedy (Texas A&M) all turned the Murray State job into a bright-lights coaching gig.

11. Paul Warford. The former Kentucky Wildcats starting cornerback who flunked out of school before last season went through spring practice with the Georgetown Tigers.

10. Still waiting on grades. Whether Warford will get to use his final season of college football eligibility this fall depends on "whether he can get the job done in the summer semester and get enough hours to be eligible," Georgetown Coach Bill Cronin said. "He made some mistakes at UK academically and has dug a pretty good hole, so we'll just have to see."

9. If Warford can play: "If he's eligible, he won't be leaving the field much," Cronin said. "We'll keep him at defensive back but also look for ways to use him on offense and our special teams, too."

8. NCAA champs from the commonwealth. When UK claimed its first NCAA championship in rifle earlier this school year, it made me curious how many NCAA Division I team national titles have been won by schools in our state.

7. Morehead State. The Eagles have never won an NCAA team championship in any sport (bowling, a club sport at MSU, has four national titles, but they are not NCAA sanctioned).

6. Western Kentucky. WKU has one NCAA crown — the 2002 Division I-AA football title. The Hilltoppers just missed in men's cross country (1974) and women's basketball (1992), when they were national runners-up.

5. Eastern Kentucky. Roy Kidd's football squads gave EKU its two NCAA championships — the 1979 and '82 I-AA crowns.

4. Louisville. Denny Crum's men's basketball teams gave U of L its only two NCAA titles (1980 and '86). In recent years, the Cardinals lost in the national finals in women's basketball (2009) and men's soccer (2010).

3. Murray State. The Racers have three NCAA team titles, all in rifle (1978, '85 and '87).

2. Kentucky. UK leads the way in the commonwealth with nine NCAA crowns — seven in men's basketball; one each in women's cross country (1988) and rifle (2011). (I'm not counting the 1950 mythical national title Kentucky claims in football based on the Sagarin Ratings).

1. How we rank. Schools in our state have won a combined 17 NCAA Division I national team titles. To put that in perspective, coming into the current school year, UCLA all by itself had claimed NCAA team championships 106 times.

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