Big Blue Nation has been grappling with a rare incident. A big time recruit who had verbally committed to Coach Cal and UK has changed his mind and re-opened his recruitment. DJ Jeffries is a top 20 HS player according to most rankings and hails from the Memphis metropolitan area.
And as we know, Memphis has a new sheriff in town, a guy named Penny.
I wrote at length about how horribly I felt Memphis treated Tubby Smith. I still feel that way.
But, this news is exactly why Memphis did what it did. Penny has ties to the Memphis pipeline. He will get players. Really good ones. Whether that will translate to actual on the court success si anyone’s guess. But he will get kids, and he will likely get his former AAU hoop star this time.
So, some Cats fans are mad, and most of us are a bit taken aback. UK gets de-commitments sometimes…but usually in football. never in hoops.
But my advice is this: don’t worry, be happy! (Bobby McFerrin vocals play in the background…)
De-commitments happen all the time. It is not a big deal really.
And if you were honest about it, you would admit that you and I de-commit about a ton of things on a daily basis.
Just this morning I woke up and thought about grabbing some cereal. I got a bowl down from the cabinet, but then I thought, “Wait a minute. Do I really want cereal?” I didn’t, so I de-committed from the cereal and went with some toast.
Then, I turned on the TV. I thought about watching some Sports Center. I did for about 30 seconds until I remembered why I don’t watch Sports Center anymore. So I de-committed from Sports center and hit the Guide button. i scrolled through hundreds of channels and nothing caught my eye. So, I de-committed from TV all together and opened up my recruitment to social media. I then decided to peruse Twitter. Respect my decision.
So, as a 43 year old man who can’t commit fully to a bowl of Honey Nut cheerios or harmless NBA highlights (it’s always the NBA…) how can I expect a teenager to never change his or her mind. I don’t. And I won’t.
And I won’t lose any sleep over it. I suggest you don’t either.