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I just heard the NCAA is wanting to move back the 3-point line a foot to 20 ft. 9 in. for the 2008-2009 season. I think it is a great idea!

Don’t get me wrong, I love the 3-point shot. In fact it might be the only shot I shot growing up and I never met one I didn’t like. Heck, I couldn’t even stay in shape playing basketball because I would only run from one three point line to the other, but the shot was created to award good shooters and too many players are making them now. Maybe this will cut down on the stupid shot attempts from some big men who think it just looks too easy.

The good thing is it will not effect the good 3-point shooters. When I say good 3-point shooters, I mean guys like Chris Lofton and Jodie Meeks. At the same time it might bring out the mid-range game from guys like Derek Jasper and Coach Billy Gillispie’s first recruit, Alex Legion.

I watched a highlight video on the Legion kid and he has all the tools to become a great player. He is quick and has the ability to create his own shot. The beautiful thing is his mid-range game, which with the new 3-point line could be a more valuable asset.

I think the mid-range game is a lost art. Players are growing up practicing 3-pointers or lay-ups. It seems that players have the attitude if it’s not a three they need to drive to the basket, which results too often into a missed 3-pointer or a player control foul. A lot of players that find themselves open from behind the arc could improve their percentages by stepping in a foot before shooting.

I recently spoke to a good friend of mine, (my inside source) who has interviewed for the position of Billy Gillispie’s administrative assistant. She tells me that the position will now involve traveling with the team and working Billy G hours, which are from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. or in other words from waking up with the chickens to turning the lights out at night. I told her it would be like being married to the man, of course she is single so it wouldn’t be a bad thing, he is Kentucky’s newest millionaire and biggest sports celebrity!

I would also like to note the long hours put in by Billy G seem to be paying off. Several highly recruited players who did not have Kentucky on their list of schools have added the Wildcats. It will be interesting to see if he can land a four or five star post player. If hard work and determination pay off then he should be able to fill the void.

With or without the big man, Kentucky should be fun to watch next season. They are loaded with perimeter players and should be able to apply some full court pressure on defense. If Kentucky does not get a solid post player in the next two years maybe we need to look at raising the goals. Okay maybe I should end this rambling before I write something really stupid.

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