Big Blue Madness will air on WMYO, Channel 58, starting at 7 p.m. Friday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – It is part practice, part production, part celebration and all that everybody who follows the University of Kentucky basketball program is talking about – Big Blue Madness, which airs in Louisville on WMYO, Ch. 58, starting at 7 p.m. Friday.
It is the first look at coach John Calipari's eight-player recruiting class, the one that many are calling the best college basketball recruiting class A) this season; B) this decade or C) ever.
Former South Carolina and Western Kentucky coach Darrin Horn has watched the Wildcats practice this month and will be working Big Blue Madness for ESPN.
Horn shared these thoughts on the Friday production and this Kentucky team, which was ranked first in the nation in the USA Today coaches' poll.
"Fans will love it," Horn said. "It will be great for players to experience and fans to enjoy. I've seen part of the rehearsal. It's much more of a production than a practice.
"You shouldn't plan on getting much actual basketball answers from play, but people will be able to see the talent level and they will be impressed.
"The overall length of this team is incredible – a 6-foot-6 point guard, from 6-6 to 6-8 on the wings and 6-9 and above at the inside spots. It's going to be a huge recruiting tool for recruits in attendance as well as kids watching on television."
Although forward Julius Randle and point guard Andrew Harrison stirred most of the national publicity in high school last season, Calipari said that James Young has been the player creating the buzz with those who have watched Kentucky practice.
Horn agrees with that assessment. Young, who played high school basketball in metro Detroit, is a 6-6 wing.
"He's not as talked about, but he has been the most impressive in the practices that I've seen," Horn said. "He can do it on both ends, he can make shots and he can get his shots while making it look easy.
"Randle is going to be a challenging matchup for most teams, too."
What Horn likes most about this Kentucky team is the same thing that Calipari likes – overwhelming depth. When the coach needs to send a motivational message, Calipari can use playing time to send it.
"Just like he did with Terrence Jones during the Indiana games two years ago," Horn said. "That's the biggest difference with this team versus last season."