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BOZICH: Davis Positioned to Replace Bosh; Calipari Assists Teague

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Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon are two of 16 players trying to earn one of a dozen Olympic basketball spots. Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon are two of 16 players trying to earn one of a dozen Olympic basketball spots.

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Training for the Olympics, college football and the 2013 NBA Draft: 

No Dwyane Wade. No Chris Bosh. 

The more defections announced from the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team, the more you have to believe that Anthony Davis (Kentucky) and Eric Gordon (Indiana) will be members of coach Mike Krzyzewski's team. 

Bosh, the Miami Heat forward, was the latest to scratch London from his summer itinerary. Bosh needs time to recover from the strained abdominal muscle that limited his play during the NBA playoffs. 

The decision by Bosh follows a similar move by Wade, his Miami teammate, who needs surgery on a bad knee. LaMarcus Aldridge, Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose and Chauncey Billups have already withdrawn from the team, which will be selected on July 7 after several days of tryouts in Las Vegas. There are 16 candidates for a dozen spots.

Davis is competing with Tyson Chandler, Lamar Odom, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James for frontcourt time.

Gordon, who left IU after one season in 2008, is competing against James Harden of Oklahoma City and Kobe Bryant of the Lakers at shooting guard.

*Credit John Calipari with another assist. According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Calipari talked with Bulls manager Gar Forman on Thursday afternoon and assured Forman that Marquis Teague was ready to play defense in the NBA as a rookie.

The Bulls did not invite Teague to Chicago for a workout before drafting him so Forman needed an endorsement from Calipari. He got it.

*Another local athlete won't have to wait until July 7 to secure his spot on the Olympic team – former St. Xavier star Clark Burckle took care of his situation Friday night at the U.S. Olympic Swimming and Diving Trials in Omaha, Neb.

Burckle made the U.S. team in the 200-meter breaststroke – by .08 second.

Burckle, who won an NCAA championship in the 200 breaststroke at the University of Arizona, looked like a beaten man with 30 meters to go. He looked beaten with 15 meters to go. And with five meters to go.

Burckle wasn't ready to lose. He surged at the wall and made the team, following his sister, Caroline, who won a bronze medal in 2008 in Beijing.

"Right now I'm just in shock," Burckle said during a post-race interview with NBC. "I looked up at the (timing) board and thought I was in fourth. I couldn't really see. I was disoriented.  I'm just so proud to be part of what my sister did."

*It's never too early to discuss the next NBA Draft. Kentucky figures to have another string of guys primed to shake the hand of commissioner David Stern. But the Wildcats won't be the only local program with an eye on the draft.

For Kentucky, incoming freshmen Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin all project as potential first-round picks.  Transfer Ryan Harrow, who sat out last season, figures to draw interest at point guard.

Sophomore Wayne Blackshear is getting the most love from Louisville, but scouts will also be studying Peyton Siva, Gorgui Dieng and Chane Behanan.

For Indiana, Cody Zeller figures to be a top five selection, although he will only be a sophomore and remember that his brother, Tyler, stayed four seasons at North Carolina. Christian Watford and Victor Oladipo have a chance to play their way into consideration.

And don't forget Murray State. Racers' guard Isaiah Canaan is undersized, but risky to ignore.

*I'm not going to ignore football. The annual three-day Southeastern Conference three-day media session to celebrate – and publicize – the start of the 2012 college football season is set for July 17-19 at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham, Ala.

Which three players will promote the University of Kentucky?

Center Matt Smith, defensive end Collins Ukwu and offensive tackle Larry Warford.

The most-recognized names on the invite list are Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones, Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson, Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier, Georgia receiver Tavarres King, Louisiana State quarterback Zach Mettenberger, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray and Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers.

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