Thursday, September 29, 2016

Eloy Vargas Named Center of the Year in Dominican Republic League

Former University of Kentucky big man Eloy Vargas was named Center of the Year in the Dominican Republic's LNB league this week.

Vargas, who plays for Metros STGO, was also named All-LNB First Team by Latinbasket.com.

Finals MVP: Elpidio Fortuna (188-G-85) of Leones SD
Player of the Year: Robert Glenn (203-PF-89) of Metros STGO
Guard of the Year: Elpidio Fortuna (188-G-85) of Leones SD
Forward of the Year: Robert Glenn (203-PF-89) of Metros STGO
Center of the Year: Eloy Vargas (211-C-88) of Metros STGO
Domestic player of the Year: Elpidio Fortuna (188-G-85) of Leones SD
Import player of the Year: Robert Glenn (203-PF-89) of Metros STGO

1st Team

PG: Adris De Leon (180-PG-84) of Metros STGO
G: Elpidio Fortuna (188-G-85) of Leones SD
SG: Victor Liz (188-SG-86) of Metros STGO
PF: Robert Glenn (203-PF-89) of Metros STGO
C: Eloy Vargas (211-C-88) of Metros STGO

2nd Team

PG: Alex Abreu (180-PG-91) of Leones SD
SG: Juan Miguel Suero (196-SG-93) of Soles SD
PF: M.J. Rhett (206-PF-92) of Leones SD
F/C: Ivan Johnson (203-F/C-84) of Reales LV
C: Jordan Richard (206-C-89) of Soles SD

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Kevin Keathley to Coach Halifax Hurricanes

Kevin Keathley has been hired to coach the Halifax Hurricanes in NBL Canada. 

Keathley last coached the Bowling Green Bandits in the ABA.

Here are details from USBasket.com:

The Halifax Hurricanes Kevin Keathley will join the team as the head coach and general manager for the upcoming season. Keathley joins the team from the Bowling Green Bandits of the American Basketball Association, where he led the team to a 11-2 record last season. 'I couldn't be more excited to be given the opportunity to lead one of the cornerstone franchises of NBL Canada,' said Keathley in a news release. 'We will build a championship quality team on and off the court.' Keathley is known for his fast paced, up-tempo philosophy. His Bandits averaged 127 points in 13 regular season games last year. 'He's a coach who understands what's needed to build a competitive team and to be part of the community,' said Don Mills, chair of the Hurricanes board of directors. Keathley has never had a losing season in his 15-year coaching career, but will have big shoes to fill in Halifax. 'It's going to be an exciting season as we look to defend the title against some of the best coaches and players in professional basketball,' said Keathley. Former General manager Andre Levingston led Halifax franchises to back-to-back National Basketball League of Canada finals appearances. While former head coach Hugo Lopez won the NBL of Canada's coach of the year award last season and led the team to a league championship in its inaugural year. The team tried to negotiate a new contract with Lopez, but the two parties couldn't come to terms on an agreement. Keathley has previous experience coaching in Canada. He was behind the bench of the now-defunct Ottawa Skyhawks in 2013, but was fired after just seven games. He was named as one of the top-10 Coaches in the United States not in the NBA back in 2009.

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Former Henderson County Guard David Simmons Commits to MTSU

Former Henderson County guard David Simmons has committed to Middle Tennessee State University.

Simmons is currently at Tallahassee Community College (JUCO).

As a freshman last season, Simmons averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Lindsey Wilson College to Hold Basketball Preview Event This Friday

Lindsey Wilson College will hold a basketball preview event this Friday night in Columbia.


Here's a look at the Blue Raiders roster for 2016-17:

2016-17 MEN'S BASKETBALL ROSTER

# Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown Previous School
0 Nic Brown JR C 6-11 230 Mandeville, Jamaica Trinity Valley CC
1 Charles Sutton JR G 6-4 195 Michigan City, Ind. LaVergne HS
2 Allen Costley JR F 6-6 215 Baltimore, Md. College of Central Florida
3 Zach Reeves FR G 6-5 200 Rolesville, N.C. Christ School
4 Eddie Murphy* FR G 5-9 175 louisville, Ky. Russell County HS
5 Lik Estilien FR F 6-4 210 Naples, Fla. Lely HS
10 Cameron Morgeson FR G 5-11 150 Campbellsville, Ky. Taylor County HS
11 Marshall Griffith SO G 6-0 175 Owensboro, Ky. Gulf Coast State CC
12 Dmitry Utolin SR F 6-7 215 Dubna, Russia West Texas A&M
13 Brandon Berry FR G 6-2 190 Campbellsville, Ky. Taylor County HS
15 Hannes Erhardt JR C 6-11 235 Bara, Sweden Malmo Borgarskola
23 Ethan Hennis* FR G 6-4 170 Murfreesboro, Tenn. Providence Christian Academy
25 Bryan Wallace JR G 5-11 160 Lexington, Ky. Montgomery County HS
30 DJ Lambert JR G 6-1 165 Louisville, Ky. Louisville Male HS
32 Pepper Ben Ofokile SO F 6-8 235 Lagos, Nigeria Wesley Christian HS
34 Dylan Gaskin SO F 6-6 255 Somerset, Ky. Southwestern HS
41 John Payne FR G 6-5 195 Nashville, Tenn. Goodpasture HS
55 Marquis Johns SO G 5-8 160 Smyrna, Tenn. LaVergne HS

* Redshirt

Kentucky's Big Blue Madness Campout is Officially Underway

Kentucky's annual campout (aka Tent City) for Big Blue Madness tickets officially tipped off this morning at 5:00 a.m.

Watch as UK fans rush to find a prime spot for the rest of the week:



Jerry Tipton says there are still plenty of open spots for fans who want to join the campout:


Here is a schedule of events for the week:

Wednesday, Sept. 28

11 a.m-2 p.m. – Coke promotions from Coca-Cola Stage
4-7 p.m. – Coke promotions from Coca-Cola Stage
5-6 p.m. – “Paws and Listen” and “acoUstiKats” student a cappella groups performing from Coca-Cola Stage
6-7 p.m. – DJ Coleman performing from Coca-Cola Stage
5 p.m. – Food delivery from women’s basketball team

Thursday, Sept. 29

· 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Coke promotions from Coca-Cola Stage
· 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Specialty Foods Group hot dog grill out from stage area
· 4-7 p.m. – Coke promotions from Coca-Cola Stage
· 4:30-5:30 p.m. – DJ Coleman performing from Coca-Cola Stage
· 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Specialty Foods Group hot dog grill out from stage area
· 7-10 p.m. – “Tent City Live presented by Papa John’s” live from the Coca-Cola Stage
o Show features the “Academy Sports + Outdoors Wildcat Trivia Challenge” and Coke promotions
· 9:30 p.m. – Papa John’s pizza delivery to fans

Friday, Sept. 30

· 9-11 a.m. – Coke promotions from Coca-Cola Stage

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Phoenix Suns Could Play an All-Kentucky Lineup

The Phoenix Suns could legitimately put an all-Kentucky lineup on the court this season if they wanted too.

The Suns now have Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker, Archie Goodwin, Tyler Ulis and Brandon Knight on the roster.

It's not likely that they would ever play five guards together, but they could:

Say a Prayer for KCU Head Coach Grady Lowe

I don't know any details, but I have been told that Kentucky Christian University head coach Grady Lowe has been hospitalized.

Let's say a prayer of healing for Coach Lowe.

UPDATE:

This was on Facebook:

West Carter COMET Basketball

It has been posted on facebook that former Comet Head Coach and current KCU Head Coach Grady Lowe has been hospitalized and we ask that you keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Comet nation one of our own needs our prayers.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Big Blue Madness Campout Begins Wednesday, But Some UK Fans Are Already Camping

The University of Kentucky has announced that this year's Big Blue Madness campout officially begins at 5:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Fans looking to secure tickets to Big Blue Madness in person at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions may begin camping out at 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

No tents are permitted to be set up prior to 5 a.m. on Wednesday at either designated camping locations or the areas surrounding Memorial Coliseum. Any fans who set up tents prior to the designated move-in time will be instructed to take them down immediately and tents left unattended are subject to removal.

Additionally, sidewalks must be kept clear for pedestrians, and all chairs should be moved to the side of the sidewalk farthest from the road.

As a reminder, to support regular campus operations and to facilitate student pedestrian routes to and from class – which have been affected due to surrounding campus construction – space will be limited to fans wishing to line up ahead of time for tickets. More information can be found at this link.

Fans are highly encouraged to use Ticketmaster.com to obtain tickets, though UK Athletics cannot guarantee fans will receive tickets either by lining up or going online. Tickets will be available on Friday at 10 p.m.

Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2016-17 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. It will also air live on the SEC Network.

Of course, some fans are already out:


Ivan Aska Signs with Ironi Ramat Gan in Israel

Former Murray State big man Ivan Aska will play with Ironi Ramat Gan in Israel's National League this season.

Here are details from Latin-basket.com:

Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan (National League) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Virgin Islander international forward Ivan Aska (201-104kg-90, college: Murray State, agency: Comsport). He has a double citizenship as he also holds U.S. Virgin Islands passport. Aska played most recently at Ironi Nes-Ziona in Israeli Winner League. In 29 games he recorded 7.4ppg and 4.4rpg last season. National League will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Aska also spent pre-season at ALBA Berlin (BBL) in German league that year.

He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.

Among other achievements Aska's college team won OVC Tournament in 2010 and 2012. He received also Latinbasket.com All-CBC Championships 1st Team award in 2015.

Aska represented U.S. Virgin Islands at the CBC Championships in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) last year. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 15.8ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 39.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 71.4%.

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Check Out Centre College's 2016-17 Men's Basketball Roster

Centre College's 2016-17 men's basketball roster has been unveiled.

The Colonels have the talent in place to once again compete for a spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

2016-17 Centre Men's Basketball Roster

No. Name Pos. Cl. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
1 Bailey Rakes G Fr. 6-0 170 Mt. Washington, Ky. / Bullitt East
3 Jarod Griffin G So. 6-2 170 Lexington, Ky. / Lexington Catholic
4 Matt Gump G Sr. 6-4 195 Bellefontaine, Ohio / Bellefontaine
10 Sam Gruber G Sr. 5-11 160 LaGrange, Ky. / Oldham County
11 Brett Jones G Sr. 5-9 160 Danville, Ky. / Boyle County
14 Tucker Sine G So. 6-2 165 Bowling Green, Ky. / Bowling Green
15 Matt Morette G Fr. 6-2 185 Winnetka, Ill. / North Shore Country Day
20 Jacob Bates F Fr. 6-5 195 LaGrange, Ky. / Oldham County
21 Jakob Spitzer F Fr. 6-8 190 Atlanta, Ga. / St. Pius X
23 Will Maguire G Jr. 6-2 180 Atlanta, Ga. / St. Pius X
24 Dee Mayfield F So. 6-3 175 Huntsville, Ala. / Westminster Christian Academy
32 Perry Ayers G Fr. 6-3 165 Bowling Green, Ky. / Bowling Green
33 Quinn Pergande F So. 6-7 200 Lexington, Ky. / Sayre
34 Zach Schmucker F Jr. 6-5 220 Cincinnati, Ohio / St. Xavier
42 Art Walker F Fr. 6-4 200 Mt. Sterling, Ky. / Montgomery County
45 Michael Dunaway C Fr. 6-5 275 Owenton, Ky. / Owen County
55 Luke Bleynat C Fr. 6-7 220 Asheville, N.C. / Asheville School

Friday, September 23, 2016

Former KWC Star Cardell McFarland Signs with Sheffield Sharks

Former Kentucky Wesleyan College star Cardell McFarland has signed with Sheffield One Health Sharks in the British Basketball League (BBL).

Here are details from Eurobasket.com:

Defending champion Sheffield One Health Sharks (BBL) landed 29-year old American guard Cardell McFarland (182-87, college: Ky Wesleyan). He was about to sign at Iskra Svit in Slovakian SBL league. The last season McFarland played at Bristol Acadamy Flyers where in 24 BBL games he averaged impressive 17.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 4.8apg (top 5).

It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention.

McFarland received All-GLVC 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time.

And here thanks to pro basketball McFarland experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Australian and of course North American leagues.

McFarland has played previously professionally in Australia (Gladstone Port City Power), Germany (White Wings and Giants) and Romania (CS Farul Constanta).

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Jeff Goodman Says Coaches Are Bowing Out of Recruiting Wars Against WKU's Rick Stansbury

Head coach Rick Stansbury is off to a hot start on the recruiting trail at Western Kentucky.

Stansbury has landed commitments from two top 100 players in the Class of 2017.

According to Jeff Goodman, coaches are actually bowing out of recruitments when they find out Stansbury is involved.

Interesting.

Here are Goodman's comments:



Former Villanova and UMass coach Steve Lappas added this:

UK to Induct Chuck Hayes Into Athletics Hall of Fame This Weekend

The University of Kentucky plans to induct former basketball player Chuck Hayes into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame.

Here is an excerpt of a UK press release:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016 has been announced, with Rich Brooks (football), Chuck Hayes (men’s basketball), James Johnson (wrestling), Molly Johnson-Belcher (softball), Bernadette Madigan-Dugan (cross country/track and field) and Wesley Woodyard (football) set to be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend, Sept. 23-24, in conjunction with the football home game vs. South Carolina.

Rich Brooks, Football, 2003-09

Only coach in school history to guide UK to bowl games in four consecutive years and win three straight bowls … Took over a program mired in a severe NCAA probation and by 2006 led UK to a 28-20 upset win over Clemson in the Music City Bowl … Followed with a win over Florida State in the 2007 Music City Bowl, a season which included a Top-10 ranking and victory over No. 1 (and eventual national champion) LSU … Following 2008 season, defeated East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl and completed his career at the Music City Bowl in 2009 … Won at least seven games four years in a row, first time that had happened at UK since 1909-12 … 2009 SEC Coach of the Year by CollegeFootballNews.com … In last four seasons, led UK to 12 fourth-quarter comeback wins.

Chuck Hayes, Men’s Basketball, 2002-05

Fan favorite for relentless defense and tenacious rebounding … Named the 2005 SEC Defensive Player of the Year … Ranks seventh in career rebounds with 910 boards … Led the team in rebounding for three straight seasons from 2003-05 … Led UK in blocks in 2004 … Ranks eighth in career steals with 170 … Led team to the 2005 SEC regular-season championship … Also a key member on the SEC Tournament championship teams in 2003, 2004 … Member of the 1,000-point club … Appeared in the NCAA Tournament in all four of his seasons, including Elite Eight finishes in 2003 and 2005 … Two-time All-SEC honoree, including first-team honors by the AP and Coaches in 2005 … Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2002 … 11-year NBA veteran.


Two Former Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers Drafted by Kentucky Mavericks

Former Kentucky Wesleyan players C.J. Blackwell and Marcus Fillyaw were drafted by the Kentucky Mavericks in the Premier Basketball League Draft on Tuesday night.

Here are details from KWC:

Recent Kentucky Wesleyan College graduates Marcus Fillyaw and C.J. Blackwell were drafted by the Kentucky Mavericks of the Premier Basketball League on Tuesday night.

The Mavericks selected Fillyaw in the first round and Blackwell in the second.

Fillyaw and Blackwell led the 2015-16 Panthers to a 27-4 record, the Great Midwest Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles and a trip to the NCAA Midwest Regional Quarterfinals.

Fillyaw, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound point guard, from Topeka, Kan., led the Panthers in assists with 110 and steals with 53 in starting all 31 games. He also was fifth scoring with 7.3 points per game while averaging 3.2 rebounds and 22.8 minutes. His shooting percentages were 46.2 from the field, 40.3 from three-point range and 70.9 percent from the free throw line.

Blackwell, a 6-foot-5, 221-pound forward, from Los Angeles, Calif., earned All-G-MAC first team honors. He led the Panthers in three-pointers with 73, third in scoring at 13.7 points and fourth in rebounding with 3.9 boards. His shooting percentages were 48.7 from the field, 41.5 percent from three-point territory and 70.6 percent from the foul line. He started 28 of 31 games played.

"We're extremely happy with acquiring the rights to these two young men. We feel both can make an impact on our pro basketball team immediately! They come from a winning and championship program at KWC, and we are all about winning with our Mavericks." stated Steve Tucker, Kentucky Mavericks head coach in a team press release.

Bellarmine University Releases Challenging 2016-17 Men's Basketball Schedule

The Bellarmine University men's basketball team released its 2016-17 men's basketball schedule earlier this week.

Here's a release:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Bellarmine University men's basketball team announced its 2016-17 regular season schedule today with the Knights playing 28 regular season games and an exhibition season that could be the envy of any Division II program in the country.

The Knights will open with the exact same exhibition opponents as they faced last year: the Cincinnati Bearcats (Nov. 2), the Indiana Hoosiers (Nov. 5) and the Louisville Cardinals (Nov. 7).

The regular season schedule features the always rigorous Great Lakes Valley Conference slate along with non-conference games against some the top teams in Division II. One of the highlights of the schedule is an appearance in the inaugural Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic in Evansville on Nov. 18 and 19.

Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport is excited for the challenges awaiting his team in the 2016-17 season. "This schedule is tremendous from beginning to end," he said. "The facts tell you all you need to know. At Cincinnati, at Indiana, at Louisville--three of the finest, well-coached, hardest playing teams in all of college basketball, all on the road in six days!"

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Bellarmine 2016-17 Men's Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time
11/2/2016 University of Cincinnati Cincinnati OH 7:30 PM
11/5/2016 Indiana University Bloomington, IN TBA
11/7/2016 University of Louisville Louisville, KY 7 PM
11/11/2016 Saginaw Valley State University Midland, MI 8 PM
11/12/2016 Northwood University Midland, MI 7:30 PM

Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic
11/18/2016 The University of Alabama in Huntsville Evansville, IN 4:30 PM
11/19/2016 Florida Southern College Evansville, IN 7 PM

11/23/2016 Ohio Valley University Louisville, KY 7 PM
12/1/2016 University of Illinois Springfield Springfield, IL 9 PM
12/3/2016 McKendree University Lebanon, IL 4 PM
12/7/2016 Christian Brothers University Memphis, TN 8 PM
12/10/2016 Midway College (Ky.) Louisville, KY 3:15 PM
12/16/2016 Kentucky State University Louisville, KY 7:30 PM
12/17/2016 Martin Methodist College (Tenn.) Louisville, KY 7:30 PM
12/31/2016 Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, TN 3 PM
1/5/2017 Rockhurst University Louisville, KY 8 PM
1/7/2017 William Jewell College (Mo.) Louisville, KY 3:15 PM
1/12/2017 Quincy University Quincy, IL 9 PM
1/13/2017 Truman State University Kirksville, MO 7:30 PM
1/16/2017 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN 9 PM
1/19/2017 Lewis University Louisville, KY 8 PM
1/21/2017 University of Wisconsin-Parkside Louisville, KY 3:15 PM
1/26/2017 University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN 8 PM
1/28/2017 Saint Joseph's College (Ind.) Rensselaer, IN 4 PM
2/2/2017 Drury University Louisville, KY 8 PM
2/4/2017 Missouri S&T Louisville, KY 3:15 PM
2/9/2017 Maryville University St. Louis, MO 9 PM
2/11/2017 University of Missouri - St. Louis St. Louis, MO 4 PM
2/16/2017 McKendree University Louisville, KY 8 PM
2/18/2017 University of Illinois Springfield Louisville, KY 3:15 PM
2/23/2017 University of Southern Indiana Louisville, KY 8 PM

Great Lakes Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
2/26-3/5/2017 TBA Details

NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament
3/11-25/2017 TBA

Georgetown College Updates Roster for 2016-17

The Georgetown College men's basketball roster for 2016-17 has been updated.

The roster includes several former Kentucky high school stars, a mix of transfers and some returning players. 

Here's a look:

2016-17 Men's Basketball

# Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown Previous School
Malik Dow* FR F 6-4 210 Louisville, Ky. Mercer County High School
Quan Poindexter JR F 6-5 225 Hopkinsville, Ky. Southwest Illinois College
Detwon Rogers SR F 6-6 225 Wilmington, NC Northwest Nazarene University
Jeremiah Tisdale SO G 6-2 180 Lexington, Ky. Henry Clay High School
3 Darion Burns JR PG 5-11 180 Flemingsburg, Ky. Fleming Co. HS
4 Eljay Cowherd SO G 6-0 165 Bardstown, Ky. Bardstown High School
12 Trent Gilbert JR G 5-11 190 Georgetown, Ky. University of Louisville
14 Jacob Conway SO G 6-5 195 Hustonville, Ky. Lincoln County High School
20 Troy Steward SO SG 6-4 185 Ewing, Ky. Fleming Co. HS
22 Raymond Baldwin SR G/F 6-5 205 Clinton, Md. Chabot College
24 Edson Avila SR F 6-9 230 Bronx, NY South Dakota
34 Devon Rowan SR F 6-8 240 Prospect, Ky. Kaskaskia College
44 Chris Coffey SO F 6-7 185 Louisville, Ky. Seneca High School

* Redshirt

Chris Briggs - Head Coach - 6th season
James Jackson - Assistant Coach - 6th season
Matt Walls - Assistant Coach - 4th season
Ted Butler - Elite Performance Specialist - 4th season
Remington Williams - Student Assistant - 2nd season
John Matherly - Student Assistant - 2nd season

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tickets for Kentucky's Big Blue Madness Available Next Week

Tickets for Kentucky's 2016 Big Blue Madness event will be available on Friday, September 30.

Here's a release with details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the 2016 Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena will be available on Friday, Sept. 30 at 10 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and online at Ticketmaster.com. Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2016-17 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. It will also air live on the SEC Network.

Tickets are free again this year for the annual spectacle in Rupp Arena, which will feature introductions of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, practice drills, videos, and more. Like last year, the ticket distribution will take place on Friday night both at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and online at Ticketmaster.com. All patrons require a ticket to Big Blue Madness, regardless of age. There will be a limit of two tickets per person at Memorial Coliseum. Online orders will have a minimal service fee attached, and there will be a limit of two tickets per household. All duplicate orders will automatically be cancelled. 

To support regular campus operations and facilitate student pedestrian routes to and from class – which have been affected due to surrounding campus construction – space will be limited to fans wishing to line up ahead of time for tickets. Fans are highly encouraged to use Ticketmaster.com to obtain tickets, though UK Athletics cannot guarantee fans will receive tickets by lining up or going online.

A limited number of control cards will be issued to those camped out on Friday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. In a change from previous years, fans will receive a maximum of two tickets per control card Friday night. No more than four control cards will be distributed to each tent. Fans with control cards are encouraged to start lining up for Friday night’s ticket distribution by 8:30 p.m.All fans must be present to obtain their control cards and only one control card per person will be accepted at distribution.

Campout

At the request of campus public safety officials, fans wishing to line up ahead of time at Memorial Coliseum for ticket distribution are asked to do so no earlier than 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28. At that time, campers are expected to be courteous to their fellow Wildcat fans and use caution when crossing Avenue of Champions and Rose Street over to the Memorial Coliseum and Joe Craft Center blocks to occupy a spot in line. Public safety officials will be on site to aid and assist a safe move-in. Campers displaying unsafe/disorderly conduct risk being removed from the line.

To support regular campus operations and facilitate student pedestrian routes to and from class, this year’s camping area will be limited to the following areas:
·         The eastern portion of the main entrance of Memorial Coliseum
·         Along the east side of Memorial Coliseum and the Joe Craft Center
·         Along the east entrance of the main entry way of the Craft Center
·         In the Coliseum Lot
·         A designated section of the College View Lot

A map is attached of this year’s available camping sites.

Campers are expected to be respectful to fellow campers, students, faculty, staff, security officials and pedestrians during the campout; and to abide by all university policies. The university will be operating normally with classes in session.

Because of the limited space, fans are highly encouraged to use Ticketmaster.com. UK Athletics cannot guarantee a spot for those wishing to line up ahead of time on Wednesday at 5 a.m.Once available space for fans has reached capacity, remaining fans will be asked to acquire tickets at Ticketmaster.com. As in past years, UK Athletics will inform fans when available space has reached capacity and they are unlikely to receive control cards for the in-person ticket distribution.   

The athletic department will provide portable restroom facilities, but the use of permanent, wooden-type structures, portable generators, and propane tanks or other open flames used in cooking is prohibited due to safety concerns. Campers may not drive or drill stakes in the pavement to secure tents in the parking lot areas. Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products are not permitted. Additionally, selling sports tickets in excess of face value is illegal in Kentucky.

Parking and Transportation

Fans camping out for the Big Blue Madness ticket distribution may utilize the Wildcat Plaza area located directly across Avenue of Champions from Memorial Coliseum for a maximum of five minutes to drop off campers or unload their vehicles. Campers may also pay to use any metered spaces on city streets near the Craft Center-Memorial Coliseum complex.

The Coliseum Lot will be monitored by UK Parking and Transportation. Only UK employee-permitted vehicles will be allowed entry unless guests are using the metered spaces to use the UK ticket office or bookstore.

Campus safety officials request that campers not block bike lanes and/or sidewalks with their vehicles at any time. Vehicles left unattended or creating a traffic hazard will be cited and/or towed.

After unloading, campers must relocate their vehicles to off-campus locations.  Public parking options near campus include the Transit Center Garage and the Lexington Center Corporation, both of which have entrances accessible via High Street.  Both parking lots are within walking distance of Memorial Coliseum and provide daily parking for a small fee.  Please visitlextran.com/routes for information regarding Lextran bus routes to campus.     

Beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, the gates of the South Limestone Garage (PS #5, located next to Kennedy’s Wildcat Den) will be open and the structure will be available for free parking. The garage will remain open until 1 a.m. on Saturday.

Fan and Sponsor Activities

After a successful debut at last season’s campout, the UK Sports Network will once again produce live video stream coverage of Big Blue Madness Campout with the airing of “Tent City Live.” Broadcasting from the Coca-Cola Stage, now located outside the Joe Craft Center and Wildcat Coal Lodge, the live stream will air Thursday, Sept. 29 from 7-10 p.m. ET onUKathletics.com/tentcitylive. Fans can also tune in to 630 WLAP-AM to listen to the radio broadcast of the show.

Christi Thomas and Dave Baker return as hosts for the show and special guests will join throughout the evening, including the Voice of the Wildcats, Tom Leach, for a night of interviews and roundtable discussions previewing the upcoming season. Fans are encouraged to submit questions and comments for the hosts and guests to the UK Sports Network via Twitter at@UKRadioNetwork to be answered on the live stream.

In addition to “Tent City Live”, the Coca-Cola Stage will also be the setting for interactive sponsor promotions and fan events, including a live performance on Wednesday from the acoUstiKats and Paws and Listen, the University of Kentucky’s respective male and female student a cappella groups. Coke will also have an inflatable football toss and photo station backdrop on site for fans to share pictures of campout. Specialty Foods Group will once again be on-site with a Fischer’s hot dog grilling station to help feed fans. Also, one of the most popular events to close out the evening will be the Papa John’s pizza handout to fans.

For the latest on the Kentucky men's and women’s basketball teams, follow @KentuckyMBB and @KentukcyWBB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and on the web at UKathletics.com



Hopkinsville's Jalen Johnson Picks Up D1 Offer from Samford

Hopkinsville's Jalen Johnson has picked up an offer from Scott Padgett and Samford.

Johnson is a guard in the Class of 2018.

Covington Catholic's C.J. Fredrick Earns Huge Division I Offer

Covington Catholic guard C.J. Fredrick announced yesterday that he has earned an offer from Iowa.



Fredrick is one of the top 2018 players in the Bluegrass State. He also holds offers from Winthrop, New Orleans, Northern Kentucky, Ball State and Miami (OH).

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Four-Star Wing Josh Anderson Commits to Western Kentucky University

Rick Stansbury is off to an explosive start at Western Kentucky.

Stansbury recently landed a commitment from five-star 2017 center Mitchell Robinson, who ranks No. 6 overall on the Rivals.com list.

Now, the Hilltoppers have earned a verbal pledge from four-star wing Josh Anderson in the Class of 2017. Anderson ranks No. 43 overall on the Rivals list.

CBS Sports Says Kenny Payne is Kentucky's Best Recruiting Coach

Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports has named the best recruiters on each Top 25 team heading into the 2016-17 college basketball season.

Borzello says Kenny Payne is Kentucky's best recruiter while Kenny Johnson is leading Louisville's staff. 

Here are some excerpts:

3. Kentucky Wildcats: Kenny Payne

Like with Duke and Krzyzewski, the primary reason for Kentucky reeling in top-two recruiting classes year after year goes to head coach John Calipari. But Payne is the Wildcats' top assistant and helped Calipari bring in the nation's No. 1 recruiting class in 2016, led by top-10 prospects Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo.

13. Louisville Cardinals: Kenny Johnson

Johnson is one of the most well-connected assistant coaches in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia region, given his time with the Team Takeover AAU program and Paul VI (Virginia). He recruited Troy Williams and Noah Vonleh to Indiana under Tom Crean and, more recently, landed ESPN 100 prospect V.J. King for Rick Pitino at Louisville.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Former UK Player Charles Hurt Passes Away After Battle with Cancer

Former University of Kentucky basketball player Charles Hurt has passed away following a battle with cancer at the age of 55.


Kentucky Recruit Wendell Carter is Visiting Harvard This Weekend and They Actually Have a Shot

Kentucky recruit Wendell Carter, one of the nation's top players in the Class of 2017, is visiting Harvard this weekend and the visit shouldn't be considered a joke.

According to his parents, Harvard is legitimately in play for the 6-foot-10 Carter.

Here's an excerpt from Fox Sports:

While college basketball recruiting isn't generally a story we'd pay close attention to this time of year, there is one major reason we are talking about it today: The nation's top recruit, a 6-foot-10 forward who will almost certainly play just one year of college basketball is taking a visit to the least likely place.

Harvard.

Yes, Harvard.

It's an improbable story, especially when you consider Carter's other college choices. They're all the same schools you'd expect a five-star, one-and-done prospect to consider: Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and a handful of others.

But if you think this is some kind of lark, or that Carter and his family are simply taking the visit for a PR stunt, think again.

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2016 John Calipari Coaches' Clinic Set for October 29

The 2016 John Calipari Coaches' Clinic will be held October 29 at the Joe Craft Center on the campus of UK.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 2016 John Calipari Coaches’ Clinic has been set for Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Joe Craft Center on the campus of the University of Kentucky. Last year’s clinic was sold out, so early registration is encouraged to reserve a spot.
The day-long event, intended for male and female coaches, gives a unique look into the coaching philosophies and strategies that Calipari uses in guiding the eight-time national championship basketball program at Kentucky. Included in this year’s clinic will be a chance to tour the Joe Craft Center and the training facilities used by the Wildcats, with staff members available to answer questions.
Attendees will be given exclusive access to watch Coach Calipari and his staff conduct practice with the 2016-17 Wildcats. There will be opportunities to ask questions to Coach Calipari and his staff after practice.
The cost of the clinic is $100. Registration will close on Oct. 28, so please secure your spot for this year’s clinic early through the online registration link or at ukathletics.com/camps.
Check-in for the 2016 Coaches’ Clinic will be from 9-10 a.m. in the lobby of the Joe Craft Center.
Parking will be available only in the E lot located on the north side of the Joe Craft Center. Attendees must park in a legal parking spot in the E lots only (parking in R lots is not permitted).
Please note that participants of recruiting age (males or females currently in the 7th-12th grade, junior college or prep school) are not permitted to register for or attend the clinic.
Registration is available online and any clinic related questions can be called into the men’s basketball camp line at 859-257-9457 or 859-257-1916.
Cancellation policy: A $15 processing fee will be deducted from any cancellations that result in a refund.
For the latest on the Kentucky men’s basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, and on the web atUKathletics.com.
Schedule
9-10 a.m. – Check-in/registration
10-10:15 a.m. – Welcome/Coach Cal introduction
10:15-11:45 a.m. – UK assistants instruction
11:45 a.m.-noon – Pre-practice/stretch
12:15-2:45 p.m. – Practice
3-3:30 p.m. – Q&A with UK staff
3:30-4 p.m. – Closing remarks
*Clinic schedule/speakers subject to change

Matt Taylor Named Director of Operations at Nicholls State

Former Caverna High School head coach Matt Taylor has been hired as Director of Operations on Richie Riley's staff at Nicholls State.

Taylor was previously the head coach at St. Catharine College and an assistant at University of Pikeville.

Here's a release from NSU:

THIBODAUX, La. – Nicholls State University men's basketball head coach Richie Riley announced Tuesday the addition of Matthew Taylor as director of operations.

Taylor comes to Nicholls after stints as head coach at St. Catharine College and head recruiting coordinator at NAIA powerhouse University of Pikeville. Taylor helped guide the Pikeville Bears to back-to-back Mid South Conference Championships, as well as the program's best single season in team history (31-3). The two programs reached the postseason a total of three times with UPIKE making two appearances in the NAIA National Tournament, while St. Catharine made the tournament once. He also played a key role as an assistant coach / head recruiting coordinator at Union College (2009-10) and St. Catharine College (2010 and 2012).

In the recruiting circuit, Taylor has been responsible for signing 28 NCAA Division I transfers, including a national and co-national player of the year and three conference players of the year. Among the transfers, 25 went on to earn either all-conference and all-American recognition, highlighted by No. 1 one prospect Jamar "Deuce" Briscoe.

"I have known Matt for nine years and we worked together at the University of Pikeville. He brings a wealth of knowledge from his experience as a head coach at St. Catharine and I love the energy he is going to bring to our program," Riley said. "He is not only passionate about being the best coach that he can be, but also mentoring our student-athletes to be great both on and off the court. I have always considered Matt to be family and I am thrilled to have him on our staff."

Before coaching at the college ranks, Taylor served as head coach of Caverna High School (Ky.) for one season. While there, he coached the nation's leading scorer - Mr. Basketball runner-up Mason Faulkner, and guided the Colonels to a district championship.

An all-region basketball player at Fleming Neon High, Taylor continued his career at NCAA Division II Virginia Wise where he played three seasons before transferring. He went on to graduate from Alice Lloyd College in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in history. Taylor earned a master's in education from Union College in 2011 and is currently pursuing a second master's in business.

"I am incredibly excited to be a part of Nicholls State University and Coach Riley's staff. I have known Coach Riley for years, I have always admired and looked to him as a mentor and proud to call him a friend," Taylor said. "Fortunate doesn't describe this opportunity to be a part of his staff. I am grateful to be working with Coach Riley again, and excited for the future of Nicholls Basketball and growing to be a part of this community."

The men's basketball 2016-17 schedule will be announced at a later date. For instant updates on the Colonels, follow the team on Twitter @Nicholls_MBB.

Orlando Mendez-Valdez Signs with Maccabi Haifa

Former Western Kentucky University guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez has signed with Maccabi Haifa in Israel's top-level Winner League.

Here are details from LatinBasket.com:

Maccabi Hunter Haifa (Winner League) landed 30-year old Mexican international guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (183-86, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Pro Sports). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Mendez-Valdez played most recently at Pioneros in Mexican LNBP. In 47 games he averaged 12.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg last season. He helped them to win the LNBP title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP 3rd Team, All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team.

The previous (14-15) season Mendez-Valdez played at Halcones UV Xalapa (also in LNBP) where in 34 games he had 11.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.

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Former NKU Assistant Kurt Young Named Head Coach at Mercer County High School

Mercer County High School has hired former Northern Kentucky University assistant Kurt Young to take over the boy's basketball program.

Here are details from Mercer County Schools:

HARRODSBURG— The Mercer County Athletic Department announces the hiring of Kurt Young as the new Titan Boys Basketball coach. Young was officially hired this week. An introduction ceremony is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Friday in the Mercer County Senior High School auditorium.

Young comes to Mercer County after leading Hopewell High School to the 3A State Championship Game in the 2015-2016 season with a record of 23-6. A 20-year college coaching veteran, Young has demonstrated success at several levels, including NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NAIA, and NJCAA. Over the course of his career, Young worked in various coaching and/or administrative capacities at Northern Kentucky University, Arkansas Tech University, Hawaii Pacific University, Northwestern University, Georgetown College, among other prestigious programs.

As head coach at Thomas University in 1998-2000, Young was a National Coach of the Year finalist and Region Coach of the Year. He is also the owner/director of Kentucky ELITE, a business designing to develop basketball players in individual, group, and team settings.

The hiring of Young comes at the end of an extensive hiring process, said Mercer County Athletic Director Donald Wayne Smith. The search drew considerable interest from coaches in several states.

"Mercer County Senior High School is one of the premiere basketball programs in the state of Kentucky, and our pool of applicants reflected as much,” said Smith. “We as a hiring committee and myself as an athletic director were blown away by the highly qualified individuals who threw their hats in the ring on such short notice. Ultimately, the committee came to the conclusion that Coach Kurt Young is the right person to take the reins of the Titan Basketball Program.”

Young says he’s truly excited to lead the Titan program.

“Mercer County not only has a rich tradition, but I’m thrilled about its bright future,” said Young. “Everyone you talk to speaks highly of the potential and the future for the Mercer County Titans. I’m excited to be a part of that. The facilities at MCSH are top-notch and nearly unmatched in the state,” said Young. “The people and resources are there to consistently be an elite program in the state”

The new Titan basketball coach could not be happier to return to Kentucky, and is particularly eager to be a part of the Mercer County community.

“Mercer County instantly felt like home,” said Young. “From the moment I met with the hiring committee, I knew this was where I needed to be. I’ve had opportunities and interviews before, but this had an entirely different feel. I’m truly appreciative of the committee and all those whom I’ve encountered so far in Mercer County. They have already gone out of their way to welcome my family and me.”

Smith is thrilled with the leadership and consistency Young will provide the program. “We are thrilled to have a coach of Kurt Young's caliber lead our program. In our conversations, I could not be more confident in allowing him not only to lead our players on the court but also to help our kids transition into successful young men,” said Smith.

“His resume is nearly unparalleled in Kentucky High School Basketball, but the hiring committee was even more so impressed by his strong desire to lay roots in and become a part of the Mercer County community. We are proud Kurt Young is a Titan."

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Kentucky Unveils New Uniforms for Upcoming Basketball Season

The Kentucky Wildcats will wear new uniforms for the upcoming season.

The UK equipment staff unveiled the new unis on social media earlier today:

Andre Riddick Added to Coaching Staff at Conner High School

Former University of Kentucky big man Andre Riddick has announced that he will be an assistant coach at Conner High School this season.

Riddick, who had a lengthy overseas professional career, will also be the head coach of Conner's junior varsity team.

"I will be the assistant coach for the boys varsity and the head coach for the JV team at Conner High," Riddick announced on Facebook earlier this week.

WKU Adds Hartford Graduate Transfer Pancake Thomas for 2016-17

Western Kentucky University recently added Hartford graduate transfer Cleveland "Pancake" Thomas for the 2016-17 season.

As a graduate transfer, Thomas is eligible to play immediately for the Hilltoppers.

Here is a release from WKU:

WKU men’s basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced Wednesday the addition of graduate transfer Cleveland “Pancake” Thomas (6-4, Guard) to the Hilltopper program in 2016-17.

Thomas, a Baton Rouge, La., native, brings years of experience to the Hilltoppers’ backcourt for his final season. He’s eligible to compete immediately after graduating and transferring from Hartford.

Thomas was named a Second Team All-America East selection last season after averaging 18.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists for Hartford – all team highs. He also led the program with 36 steals and was the only player in the America East to finish in the league’s top 10 in points, rebounds, assists and steals.

As one of the country’s top 60 scorers, Thomas scored at least 35 points four times last season, including a career-high 38 points at New Hampshire. He hit at least four 3-pointers 11 times while at Hartford and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds twice.

The sharpshooter shot 42.6 percent from 3-point range (ranking him 27th in the nation) with 81 makes in 2015-16 – including a career-high eight 3s against Vermont – as well as an 82.7 percent clip from the free-throw line. His 566 points were the eighth-most in a season in Hartford history.

Thomas was a workhorse for Hartford, leading the conference with 34.6 minutes per contest last season. He played 194 of the team’s 200 minutes over its final five games.

Thomas sat out the 2014-15 campaign at Hartford after transferring from New Mexico. He was named to the America East Academic Honor Roll during his season sitting out.

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