Who’s attending Big Blue Madness?


Patrick Patterson announces that he will be entering the NBA draft after three years at UK at Memorial Coliseum on Friday April 23, 2010. Photo by Latara Appleby

Kanter’s status uncertain

UK freshman Enes Kanter may or may not be participating in Big Blue Madness.

Kanter had been granted a waiver to continue practicing with UK, but the 45-day time limit ran out Sept. 30. It is unknown whether he will be able to participate or appear at Madness.

“We don’t know,” UK head coach John Calipari said regarding his ability to participate. “We don’t know.”

Kanter, whose eligibility is still under review by the NCAA, did not talk to reporters during Media Day. UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy informed the media not to ask questions about Kanter during UK head coach John Calipari’s Media Day press conference.

The UK fan base has become attached to Kanter gaining eligibility, as evidenced by the proliferation of “Free Enes” signs during the Big Blue Madness campout and around Lexington.

Patterson returning

UK senior forward Josh Harrellson said former UK star Patrick Patterson would be returning to attend Big Blue Madness.

“I know Pat’s coming back,” Harrelson said. “He’s my best friend, we’ve been talking and I know that he’s coming back.”

However, Patterson is scheduled to play for the Houston Rockets Saturday morning in China at 6:30 a.m., according to the Rockets’ team site. Madness is Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Recruits attending

The four recruits from the Class of 2011 are attending Big Blue Madness, according to UK freshman Doron Lamb.

“The four players that committed are coming, that’s really it,” Lamb said.

The four commits are Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague, Michael Gilchrist and Kyle Wiltjer. Davis, Teague and Gilchrist are recognized as top-10 recruits for the Class of 2011, and Wiltjer is a consensus top-30 player.

“The recruits are coming in (Thursday night),” Lamb said. “We’re going to show them around town, show them how being a player really is.”