Craig Victor Adds Kentucky to List, But Awaits Offer


By CHIP MILLER & ADAM ZAGORIA

Craig Victor, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward from New Orleans (LA) St. Augustine, has added Kentucky to his list but is still awaiting an official offer.

“It’s a nice look for me,” Victor told SNY.tv. “I know every year they bring in a set of new guys and I’m just looking forward to showing them I can play on that next level.”

Kentucky coach John Calipari recently visited with Victor, but no offer was made.

“Calipari came like three weeks ago, paid my school a visit, talked to my coach,” Victor said. “He let me know he was going to be watching, so I could probably add them to the list now, too.”

Kentucky has offered 2014 bigs Cliff Alexander, Jahlil Okafor and Trey Lyles, and has interest in a few others, including Victor, Leron Black and Abdul-Malik Abu.

Victor said he would wait to see what happens with the current Kentucky team and other recruits as well.

“I would say it doesn’t impact it too much, maybe a slight bit,” he said when asked how much Calipari’s interest impacts his recruitment. “I’m just trying to see who they are recruiting in my class.”

Ranked No. 24 in the Class of 2014 by Rivals, Victor had previously cut his list to a seven of Arizona, Florida, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and UCLA.

Victor said he had no leaders at the moment.

“No sir, I’m just weighing my options just to see what they have coming in and who they are recruiting in my class at my position,” he said.

Still, asked who was recruiting him the hardest, Victor said, “I would say Arizona, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. They are trying the hardest, very hard. Arizona [coach Sean Miller] paid me a home visit on [May] 11th and Oklahoma [coach Lon Kruger] paid me a home visit.”

On Arizona: “Arizona, they have Aaron Gordon coming in and Nick Johnson returning. At my position they have a bunch of guys, they have Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski, so I believe them guys will be gone by the time I decide what I want to do.”

On Oklahoma: “His history in general. Coach Kruger is a nice coach. What he did at UNLV, how he turned things around at Atlanta with the Hawks and now he’s trying to do the same thing. So I believe he can turn things around. That’s a good look for me also.”

On Florida: “Florida, I like what they have coming in. Kasey Hill, one of my Adidas nations partner, Chris Walker.”

On home-state favorite LSU: “Jarrell Martin is coming in and another one of my Adidas Nations teammates, Jordan Mickey, he’s coming in, so that’s a major look at this point. Trying to turn things around. Although they didn’t have a good season this year, I believe they will have a good season next year.”

Victor said he hopes to decide by the fall before his senior season, and thus will take a few visits in the summer.

“Yes sir, I would take a few in the summer,” he said. “At least two.”

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697 comments
Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

Being a fan of this team sometimes feels like I'm in a Samuel Beckett play.

Guy incognito
Guy incognito

I appreciate the fact that he ties a double windsor. Single windsors look so sloppy imo

juunit
juunit

@Disgruntled Jets Fan 

You would think that these productions have a clothing department, and they probably do. But after years of watching these things, it's clear the people who go on the shows do not listen to the advice given. 

Every Sunday during the pre-game shows my mother can be heard saying, "UGH! YUCK!"

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

Yeah...I'm not a fan of wearing nooses. Special occasions only by necessity.

juunit
juunit

@tsjc68 @juunit @Disgruntled Jets Fan 

Yeah, I'm no fashion expert, but it really shouldn't be that difficult to find matching colors and wear them together. 


It's not like that means you have to dress conservatively. Just look at Walt Clyde Frazier. That dude wears cow print suits, but he wears matching cow colored shirts and ties with them.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Guy incognito

Depends on your body type.


I'm an ectomorph.  A double-windsor would look overly large on my head-neck-shoudler frame.  I have to rock the single-windsor to avoid looking weird, and just shape it well so that it looks clean.


On a barrel-chested dude like Scott, the double is the clear way to go.

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68 @Guy incognito


No tie > Any tie no matter how knotted.


...for me anyway.  I guess it depends on your body type (of which mine is "diagonal").

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Disgruntled Jets Fan

I wore suits and ties from a young age and most of my jobs have required it, and my dad always had a suit-and-tie job for 40+ years, so it's second nature to me.  It's practically a second skin.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

Out of college, when I started my first job (down on Church St), dress code was business formal. I had to drop a grand on suits. Three weeks later they went casual.

Guy incognito
Guy incognito

Im a thin dude too, but i always tie double windsors. Depending on the fabric of the tie, you can manipulate the width of the knot so it doesnt look too ostentatious. Plus they're symmetrical!

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68


This is gonna be AWESOME.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

I really wish he worked out. Partially because it'd be a cool story, but mainly because our TEs have been forgettable.

UncleJoe
UncleJoe

To me, it makes no difference what the morality issues of marijuana are. The point being, that Richardson knew of the huge ramifications of using it and he let his team down and will also lose  a lot of money, and not just from the suspension, but from his future marketability. This is beyond a poor decision, it was foolish and selfish!


It seems his issues go deeper than just the drug infraction(and mind you, this is his SECOND one) in that he had character issues that were brought up by the scouts before he was drafted.  He also has been getting in Twitter battles with fans, and has been real mouthy in things that don't even concern him, like the Wilkerson contract situation. Also, missing OTAs with a new HC and defensive coordinator is another example of his suspect character, whether the OTAs were voluntary or not. I think he got too big for himself and felt that he was invincible, but surprise, Sheldon, you are not.


I would NOT invest money in him b/c it does not matter how good you are, if you can't stay on the field and you carry all this baggage. Not only are red lights flashing, but sirens are also sounding! To sum it up, YOU BLEW IT! (pun intended!)

tsjc68
tsjc68

@UncleJoe

He also has been getting in Twitter battles with fans,

Ironically, 57 tried to Twitter-battle him, and Sheldon ignored him.

UncleJoe
UncleJoe

@hitchhiker The bulb finally went on, thumb walker, lol   You are getting it! Mo is the real deal!

hitchhiker
hitchhiker

@Bent pointing out Sheldon can't be extended right now is irrelevant. Macc, like any good manager, is projecting various salary cap scenarios & making plans based upon those projections.

Based on the fact that Sheldon has likely failed either 2 or 4 drug tests already (I've seen it reported players need to fail 4 drug tests before they are suspended), has shown a cavalier attitude towards OTAs, has hinted he wants a Suh-type contract, & has a big mouth (Twitter battles, calling time out, etc) there is a tremendous amount of risk involved in planning around him.

The current smart move (based on publicly available info) is to 'hold tight' on Sheldon, get to know him first hand, & make a decision on re-signing him later. This makes Mo much more valuable to the team's future & makes re-signing him a much higher priority.

hitchhiker
hitchhiker

@UncleJoe Sheldon is, IMO, the better player but he seems too risky for me.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@hitchhiker

This suspension probably puts him in the Aldon Smith and Jason Pierre-Paul zone (which is, basically, 1. Don't just give him away for nothing, but listen to trade offers, and 2. Don't commit to him until you absolutely have to)

Bent
Bent moderator

@hitchhiker


I actually think it's two.  Automatic four game suspension for one failure while on the watch list (ie after his first failure put him on the list).


Ross Tucker said three the other day in an article for SoE but it contradicted what I'd heard from players and management.


My point is that Wilkerson needs to be dealt with before they even think about Richardson (and that hasn't changed for me).


Stringing Wilkerson along as long as you can because you're hoping to build around Richardson instead is wrong to Wilkerson and may be the wrong decision anyway because I still see Wilkerson as the better player.

Bent
Bent moderator

@hitchhiker


Well, by rule, we can't sign Sheldon until after the season anyway, so obviously this is and always has been the case.


If the team's thinking was changed by the Richardson suspension, I would be discouraged.

Joe/Orlando
Joe/Orlando

I would be both surprised and discouraged if the team's thinking on Richardson *didn't* change due to the suspension. At the least he's a bigger risk to miss time in the future . At worst it affects how they view his character. In any case, the situation has changed. Even if the Jets end up extending him when the time comes these events have to enter the thought process.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Joe/Orlando


Wasn't talking about their thinking on Richardson though, I was talking about their thinking on Wilkerson...who needs to be dealt with as a priority because his contract expires at the same point as they can first even consider a Richardson deal.


Yes, it should concern them about Richardson, but a team signing their own player if he's a suspension risk is not actually going to lose out because if you sign them to a big deal and they get suspended, you'll get all of the money back and won't be on the hook for guarantees.  So you don't actually get punished that badly for having faith in your guy.  Yes, you lose a key player, but at the same time free up a ton of money to potentially replace him.


By contrast, if a team was to trade for Richardson, they are taking a bigger risk because the picks they give up could be wasted.


Of course this throws up other aspects:


1. You could consider the opportunity cost of the Jets NOT trading Richardson and then losing out on picks they could have acquired


2. If they do trade him now, the fact he's got this hanging over him likely reduces your compensation.

Joe/Orlando
Joe/Orlando

Ah, ok...didn't realize you were talking about Mo.

The cap compensation takes some of the sting out of a potential future suspension but it's not something you can really plan for when building the roster. In that way it's like dealing with an injury prone player I suppose.

I can't imagine we'd trade him now (sell low). He's still under contract for such a long time...probably just let it play out and see how things look when we get to the point we're at now with Mo. That's what I'd do anyway.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Joe/Orlando


Yep.  One silver lining is that (unlike with Wilkerson) he can't play the model citizen card when questioning why he hasn't received an extension yet while still under contract.