Friday, August 26, 2016

Caverna High School Names Josh Davis Head Coach

Caverna High School has named Josh Davis head coach of the boy's basketball team.

Davis replaces Matt Taylor, who is now working at the college level for Richie Riley at Nicholls State.

Rusty Elmore Joins Coaching Staff at Vincennes University

Former Union College and Kentucky Wesleyan assistant Rusty Elmore has joined the coaching staff at Vincennes University.

Here is a release from VU:

Rusty Elmore joins the VU Trailblazer Men’s Basketball coaching staff with extensive and valuable experience as a successful assistant coach at three four-year college programs.

Coach Elmore arrives at VU after being on the staff at Kentucky Wesleyan, where he helped the Panthers qualify for the 2015-16 NCAA Div. II National Tournament. Kentucky Wesleyan also claimed the Great Midwest Athletic Conference’s regular-season and tournament titles. The Panthers were ranked ninth nationally in last season’s final NCAA Div. II poll.

Prior to being named to the Kentucky Wesleyan staff, Coach Elmore served in an assistant coaching capacity at Union College. During his one-year stint at Union, the Bulldogs racked up 30 wins to post the best season in the program’s history. That historic campaign included a NAIA National Tournament appearance, as well the Appalachian Athletic Conference’s regular-season and tournament crowns. Union completed the 2014-15 in the 11th slot in the NAIA national rankings.

Coach Elmore began his college coaching career at Lindsey Wilson College from 2010-14. He contributed to the Blue Raiders reaching the 2012 and 2013 NAIA Div. I National Tournaments, plus a Final Four appearance and No. 3 national ranking in the final poll of 2012-13 (the program’s most successful season ever). Those seasons also held back-to-back Mid-South Conference Tournament championships.

As a player at Shoals Community College, Coach Elmore played for his father, Glen Elmore. During his prep playing career, he earned First-Team All-State honors at Florence Christian Academy. Coach Elmore then earned a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State and his master’s degree in athletic administration from Western Kentucky.

Coach Elmore and his wife, Katie, live in Vincennes with their daughter, Elise.

Photo: KWC Athletics

Thursday, August 25, 2016

DeMarcus Cousins Works as a Referee to Better His Game

DeMarcus Cousins has a reputation has one of the most penalized players in the NBA in terms of technical fouls and ejections.

He recently decided to spend some time "working" as a referee to better his game.

Check out the footage from Draft Kings:



Tanner Johnson, Bryant University Team Unharmed During Earthquake in Italy

Former Lexington Catholic star Tanner Johnson and his Bryant University teammates and coaches were unharmed during a magnitude 6.2 earthquake in Italy Wednesday.

Bryant is in Italy for an exhibition tour.

The school posted this update after the earthquake:

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University men's basketball team is safe and unharmed following a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit central Italy early Wednesday.

The Bulldogs' were scheduled to play their first game of the trip Wednesday night in Sploleto but the game has been cancelled due to the damage from the earthquake.

Bryant Athletics extends its thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the earthquake.

Kentucky's Derek Willis Will Not Be Suspended for June Arrest

University of Kentucky forward Derek Willis will not be suspended for his alcohol-related arrest in June.

Head coach John Calipari explained to media today that Willis’ punishment was handled internally.

“You guys know I don’t throw people under the bus,” Calipari said earlier today. “You guys know how I am. We deal with every situation in its own right. We gather information.”

“Derek knows that he’s under a different eye now than he was, but I’m not going to tell you specifically what we did. I’m not going to write your stories and do all that stuff. But obviously he and I have talked a few different times.”

Calipari did not explain what the internal punishment consisted of.

Josh Harrellson is Headed to Japan's B League

Former Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson has signed with Osaka Evessa in Japan's top-level B League.

Harrellson played last season for VEF Riga in Latvia. He averaged 10.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

Here are details from Eurobasket.com:

Osaka Evessa (B League) agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Josh Harrellson (208-120kg-89, college: Kentucky). He played last season at VEF Riga in Latvian LBL league. In 26 games he had 10.6ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5bpg. Harrellson helped them to make it to the final. He also played 17 games in VTB United League where he recorded 11.4ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.2spg and 1.2bpg. Harrellson also spent pre-season at the Wizards in NBA that year.

In 2011 he was drafted by New Orleans Hornets (NBA) in second round (45th overall). The former University of Kentucky staris in his sixth season in pro basketball.

The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Harrellson was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Player of the Year and Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Import Player of the Year back in 2013.

His career allowed him to visit three different continents. Harrellson tasted the life as pro basketball player in Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Puerto Rico (Brujos), NBA (Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and New York Knicks) and China (North Control).

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Anthony Elechi Will Begin Professional Career in British Basketball League

Former Morehead State big man Anthony Elechi will begin his professional basketball career in the United Kingdom.

Elechi has signed with Glasgow Rocks in the British Basketball League.

Here are details from Eurobasket.com:

With the 2016-17 BBL season fast approaching, Glasgow Rocks have further strengthened their roster with the arrival of Anthony Elechi (203-F/C, college: Morehead St.)

The 6ft 8in forward will further bolster a front court that already boasts GB international Kieron Achara and versatile big man, Lewis Thomas.

Elechi is a graduate of Morehead State University, where during his senior year with the Eagles he averaged 8.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He was very efficient from the field (53%) during his time there and was also very effective on the boards - especially at the offensive end.

His aggression and presence on the inside is tipped to complement the other two bigs that are already on the Rocks' roster and head coach Sterling Davis is excited by his most recent acquisition.

He commented, "Anthony is a natural born hard worker. He had a very solid college career on which his coaches had nothing but promising things to say about his production.

"He will bring us great energy at both ends of the floor, along with athleticism and strength. What drew me to him was how crafty he was around the basket and determination to rebound the ball.'

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Murray State Basketball is Looking for a Public Address Announcer

Murray State University is looking for a basketball public address announcer.

Here are details on how to apply for the job:

Murray State Athletics is accepting applications for the public address announcer at for all home men's and women's basketball contests for the 2016-17 season.

The position is an important part of building a great fan experience at Murray State games.

Interested persons should contact Brock Rydecki, Director of Facility & Game Management at jrydecki@murraystate.edu. Please supply a cover letter and resume of past experience and an audio sample of PA work.

Please submit all information by Friday, Sept. 9 for final selection review.

Kentucky State University Reveals 2016-17 Men's Basketball Schedule

The Kentucky State University men's basketball schedule for 2016-17 has been released. 

Here's a look:

Frankfort, Ky.—Three non-conference homes games, a spot in the Bellarmine Classic, and a Saturday evening affair at the Exum Center with rival Central State University, highlighted the unveiling of Kentucky State University men's basketball 2016-17 schedule on Monday.

"I have a strongly feeling that we will have one of the top non-conference strength of schedule rankings in the nation," said first-year head coach of the Thorobreds, Jamaal Jackson. "Four of the teams we play are perennial Top-25 teams, in Bellarmine University, University of Southern Indiana, University of Indianapolis, and Kentucky Wesleyan College. When our players saw our schedule, they were extremely excited about getting the opportunity to compete against the best."

The season will tip off on Nov. 15 with KSU hosting the first of three non-conference home games against the University of the Cumberlands (Nov. 15). Followed by 20-plus game winner each of the last five years in UIndy (Nov. 26), and Lindsey Wilson (Dec. 10).

In the latter part of December, the Thorobreds will compete in the Bellarmine Classic, facing off against the Knights (Dec. 16) and USI (Dec. 17).

The Thorobreds will begin the SIAC portion of the schedule with three straight road contest against Paine College (Nov. 30), Claflin University (Dec. 1), and defending conference tournament champions Benedict University (Dec. 3).

"As it is every year, the SIAC will be extremely competitive," said Jackson. "I know from firsthand experience that you must come ready to work every single night. We are familiar with all of these teams and the level that they're capable of performing with each and every night."

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Kentucky State University 2016-17 Men's Basketball Schedule

Date Day Opponent Location Time 
11/8/2016 Tue. Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) Columbia, KY 8:00 PM ET
11/15/2016 Tue. University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) Frankfort, KY 7:00 PM ET
11/19/2016 Sat. University of Illinois Springfield Springfield, IL 8:00 PM ET
11/22/2016 Tue. Kentucky Wesleyan College Owensboro, KY 8:00 PM ET
11/26/2016 Sat. University of Indianapolis Frankfort, KY 3:00 PM ET
11/30/2016 Wed. Paine College Augusta, GA 7:30 PM ET
12/1/2016 Thu. Claflin University Orangeburg, SC 7:30 PM ET
12/3/2016 Sat. Benedict College Columbia, SC 3:00 PM ET
12/6/2016 Tue. University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) Williamsburg, KY 7:00 PM ET
12/10/2016 Sat. Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) Frankfort, KY 2:00 PM ET

Bellarmine Classic
12/16/2016 Fri. Bellarmine University Louisville, KY TBA
12/17/2016 Sat. University of Southern Indiana Louisville, Ky. TBA

12/29/2016 Thu. Albany State University Frankfort, KY 7:30 PM ET
12/31/2016 Sat. Fort Valley State University Frankfort, KY 3:00 PM ET
1/5/2017 Thu. Albany State University Albany, GA 7:00 PM ET
1/7/2017 Sat. Clark Atlanta University Atlanta, GA 3:00 PM ET
1/14/2017 Sat. Tuskegee University Frankfort, KY 3:00 PM ET
1/16/2017 Mon. Miles College Frankfort, KY 7:30 PM ET
1/21/2017 Sat. Central State University Wilberforce, OH 8:00 PM ET
1/28/2017 Sat. Auburn University Montgomery (Ala.) Frankfort, KY 6:00 PM ET
1/30/2017 Mon. Lane College Frankfort, KY 7:30 PM ET
2/4/2017 Sat. LeMoyne-Owen College Memphis, TN 3:00 PM ET
2/6/2017 Mon. Spring Hill College (Ala.) Mobile, AL 7:30 PM ET
2/11/2017 Sat. Central State University Frankfort, KY 6:00 PM ET
2/16/2017 Thu. Lane College Jackson, TN 7:30 PM ET
2/18/2017 Sat. LeMoyne-Owen College Frankfort, KY 6:00 PM ET
2/20/2017 Mon. Spring Hill College (Ala.) Frankfort, KY 7:30 PM ET
2/23/2017 Thu. Cedarville University (Ohio) Frankfort, KY 7:30 PM ET

SIAC Basketball Championship Tournament
3/1-5/2017 Wed.-Sun. SIAC Tournament TBA

Monday, August 22, 2016

Report: Josh Cook Leaving Mercer County to Take Over at George Rogers Clark

According to a report by Keith Taylor, Mercer County head coach Josh Cook is leaving to take over the helm at George Rogers Clark.



Kentucky Wesleyan to Play at Louisville in November

Kentucky Wesleyan College will face Louisville in an exhibition game on November 3 at the KFC Yum Center. 

It's the second straight season the Panthers have battled the Cardinals.

Here's a release from KWC:

For the second straight season, Kentucky Wesleyan will play Louisville in a men's exhibition basketball contest on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the KFC Yum Center (22,000), as announced by fourth-year Panther head coach Happy Osborne.

Game time and ticket information will be announced at a later date. This marks the sixth time Kentucky Wesleyan has faced U of L in exhibition play.

"We're really looking forward to the opportunity to play Louisville again and we appreciate Coach (Rick) Pitino's invitation," Osborne said.

"With their talent, athleticism and how hard they play for Pitino, it will definitely help us prepare for our season. To be the best you have to play the best and we have more than achieved our goal."

The Panthers return two starters, Ken-Jah Bosley and Jordan Jacks, from last season's NCAA Midwest Region 27-4 squad while the Cardinals return two starters from their 23-8 team.

Kentucky State University Adds Shaun Smith to Coaching Staff

Kentucky State University head coach Jamaal Jackson has added Shaun Smith to his coaching staff for 2016-17.

Here are details from KSU:

FRANKFORT, KY— Kentucky State University men's basketball head coach Jamaal Jackson announced Thursday the hiring of Shaun Smith as an assistant coach for the 2016-17 season.

"I am pleased to add Coach Smith to our staff," said Jackson. "First and foremost, he is a devoted husband and father, and will serve as an excellent leader for our student-athletes."

The Cincinnati, Ohio native served as an assistant men's basketball coach at Bluefield State College under Jackson from 2014-16. In his first season at BSC, the Big Blues finished with the highest win total since the 1995-96 season and ranked first nationally in the fewest turnovers committed. Smith oversaw 2015-16 ECAC Freshman of the Year Chas Harvey and DII All-American Mark Durgan. Before his time at BSC, Smith spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach at Columbus State Community College.

"Coach Smith is highly organized, and the relationships he has built through his prior junior college and AAU coaching experience has served us well in the past," said Jackson. "He will continue to do so as we pursue SIAC Championships."

Before his coaching career, Smith was a four-year letterman from 2000-2004 at Ohio State University playing under Jim O'Brian. As a student-athlete, he was a three-time winner of the John Havlicek Most Inspirational Award, a two-time NCAA tournament participant in (2001, 2002), and a 2002 Big Ten Conference Tournament Champion.

"Coach Smith competed at the highest level of NCAA basketball, and his experiences will serve our players well, both on and off the court," said Jackson. "Coach Smith leaves a positive impression on everyone he encounters, and I am proud to have him not only as part of our basketball program but part of our Thorobred family."

Early Look at Magoffin County High School's New Gym

Magoffin County has a new high school and new gym.

Here's an early look at where the Hornets will be playing this season:


Stephan Van Treese Signs with Niigata Albirex in Japan

Former Louisville forward Stephan Van Treese has signed with Niigata Albirex in Japan's top-level B League.

Here are details from Asia-Basket.com:

Niigata Albirex (B League) landed 26-year old American forward Stephan Van Treese (206-111kg-90, college: Louisville, agency: Inception Sports). It is actually his comeback to Niigata as he has played here before. He spent his 2-year professional career in Japan. Van Treese is not a newcomer in Japanese League where he played most recently at Fukushima Firebonds in the B League D2. In 54 games he averaged 14.1ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg and 1.2bpg last season.

The previous (14-15) season Van Treese played at Niigata Albirex (BJ League). In 56 games he had 7.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg.

Van Treese's college team won AAC Tournament in 2014.

He graduated from University of Louisville in 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Kentucky Wesleyan Adds Transfer Center Michael Vigilance

Kentucky Wesleyan College recently added Erie Community College transfer Michael Vigilance for 2016-17. 

Vigilance, a 6-foot-8 center, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Here is a release from KWC:

Erie Community College center Michael Vigilance will transfer to eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College for his final two seasons in 2016-17, according to Panther head coach Happy Osborne.

Vigilance, a 6-foot-8, 250-pounder, from Brooklyn, NY (Lincoln HS), led ECC in blocks with 20 while averaging a second-best 6.3 rebounds and a third leading 10.2 points as a sophomore in 2014-15. His shooting percentages were 42.9 from the field and 59.3 from the free throw line while accumulating 12 steals and seven assists. He averaged 17.5 minutes in 19 games and 11 starts. He sat out the 2015-16 to finish his Associate of Arts degree.

"Michael brings the physically we need in the post," Osborne stated. "He's big, strong and athletic and lives in the gym. His best attribute is how hard he Works. He's lost 70 pounds since he played at Erie. Michael an under the radar player that we hope will make a major contribution immediately."

As a freshman, Vigilance led Cecil College (DC) in rebounding with 7.5 boards and blocks with 20. He averaged 6.4 points and 10.4 minutes in 23 contests and eight starts. His shooting percentage were 45.4 from the floor and 65.0 from the foul line. He also had 10 assists and eight steals.

At Lincoln, he lettered three seasons and started two for coach Tiny Morton. In 2013, the Railsplitters won the City Championship.

Georgetown College Men's Basketball to Hold Annual Golf Scramble in September

Georgetown College men's basketball will be hold its annual golf scramble September 29 at Canewood Golf Course.

Here are details:

Georgetown College men's basketball will be holding its annual Bob Davis – Jim Reid Golf Tournament Sept. 29 at Canewood Golf Course. The cost is $100 per player which includes golf, cart fees, gifts, prizes and meals. Registration is at 10 am with everyone teeing off at 11 am.

"This has always been a great event for us and a great way to take a moment to recognize and honor two of our legendary coaches," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "We are hoping for great weather, getting a mix of the beautiful fall colors with the warmth of a sunny day."

Hole sponsorship opportunities are also available for $100 per hole.

For more information contact Briggs at 502-863-7093 or christopher_briggs@georgetowncollege.edu.

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Campbellsville Hires Mark Vernon, Promotes Darius Clement

New Campbellsville University head coach Brent Vernon has completed his coaching staff with the addition of his brother Mark and promotion of Darius Clement.

Mark comes over to Campbellsville from University of the Cumberlands:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Just a few weeks after Brent Vernon was hired as the men's basketball coach on June 28, he will now have a very familiar assistant coach sitting beside him on the bench. Mark Vernon, the older brother of Brent, was hired as the top assistant for the Tigers on July 5.

Previously at the University of the Cumberlands for 14 years, Mark was the second-longest tenured assistant coach in the Mid-South Conference. While playing and coaching at Cumberlands, the Patriots went to the NAIA National Tournament 11 times, with the most recent a quarterfinal appearance in 2015-16.

"Adding Mark to my staff is honestly a dream come true for me," said head coach Brent Vernon. "When I left Cumberlands we always discussed the possibility of working together again and we knew if that were to happen it would mean one of us had received a head coaching job. He has only known Cumberlands basketball and for him to make this sacrifice to come and help me in my first head coaching opporunity is something that will be a great memory for our family."

"I am very excited about being at Campbellsville," said Mark Vernon. "They have a strong basketball history and I am looking forward to seeing that history continue. More importantly, I am looking forward to seeing our student-athletes grow and develop while they are here. Over my years, that is what has become most important to me and where I have received the most gratification. When student-athletes graduate and then contact me once they leave about how they now have successful careers and loving families, then I know, we as coaches are successful."

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Here's a release about Clement:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — After being around the program for more than nine years, 23-year old Darius Clement is the newest addition to the Campbellsville University men's basketball coaching staff.

Head coach Brent Vernon has announced the promotion of Clement as the Tigers second assistant for the 2016-17 year.

"I am so glad to have Darius become a full-time member of our staff after a year as our graduate assistant," said Vernon. "He has worked extremely hard in many different areas to get to this point. Darius is going to be such a valuable asset to our staff because of his love for Campbellsville University and because of his love for the basketball program that he played for here."

Clement came to Campbellsville in 2011 because his brother, Shawn Savage, was also a member of the men's basketball team and he was comfortable with the environment under former coach Keith Adkins.

Being a Bowling Green, Ky. native, the drive was short and just close enough to home for his dad and family to come to many, if not all games — home and away.

"I always appreciated looking up in the stands and seeing my dad at almost every game of my career... In Vegas, Oklahoma, Kansas City, the list could go on," said Clement. "Last year he was able to make it to a lot of games even though I was on the sideline as a graduate assistant and now that I am getting my first full-time coaching opportunity, my family is just as excited as I am.

"After my playing days were over, I decided to comeback and take the GA spot at Campbellsville because I missed it. Now this place is home. I appreciate the trust Coach Vernon has instilled in me to be on his staff. This summer has been a grind in the recruiting process but I'm excited for the team the coaching staff has assembled this year and I'm ready to get started when our players get on campus."

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Trevor Setty, Deondre McWhorter Set to Team Up for Worcester Wolves

A pair of former Mid-South Conference stars will soon join forces for the Worcester Wolves of the British Basketball League (BBL).

Trevor Setty (University of Pikeville) and Deondre McWhorter (Georgetown College) have both inked with Worcester for the upcoming season.

Setty played last season for the Mandurah Magic in Australia's State League. He averaged a team-high 24.6 points and also pulled down 9.5 rebounds per game.

McWhorter averaged 18.4 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior for the tigers. He ranked in the Top 10 in the nation in total rebounds (341), offensive rebounds per game (3.68) and rebounds per game (10.02). He was Top 15 in total scoring (626), total blocks (55) and blocks per game (1.62). He was Top 25 in field goal percentage (54.4), defensive rebounds per game (6.35) and points per game (18.14).

University of Pikeville Releases 2016-17 Men's Basketball Schedule

The University of Pikeville and head coach Kelly Wells have released their 2016-17 men's basketball schedule. 

Here's a release from UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- In just a little over two months, the sounds of University of Pikeville basketball will fill the East Ky. Expo Center, according to the 2016-17 schedule released by head coach Kelly Wells on Friday.

While the unofficial start date is Oct. 21 with the annual Basketball Blast-Off at UPIKE Gym, the regular-season will begin four days later on Oct. 25 with Central Penn coming to the expo.

The next few weeks will see the Bears host and take part in multiple events, including their own UPIKE Tip-Off, Appalachian Wireless and Walters Auto Classics, followed by three games in the MSC/SSAC Challenge in Pulaski, Tenn.

Opponents at that challenge on Nov. 17-19 will be a good early-season test for UPIKE as Martin Methodist (Tenn.) went 18-13 last season, Faulkner (Ala.) was 21-14 and Bethel (Tenn.) went 18-12.

The UPIKE Tip-Off Classic on Oct. 28-29 will be tough as well with Bluefield (Va.) up first, a team the Bears beat 93-82 last season, followed by Bob Jones, a team that won its first six games last year.

Shawnee State (Ohio) is the first Mid-South Conference opponent on the slate with the "battle of the Bears" scheduled for Nov. 26 in Pikeville. Two days later, defending national-runner up Georgetown comes to town for a Saturday tilt.

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UPIKE Athletics Men's Basketball Schedule

Date Time Opponent Location Home / Away Conference Game
10/21/2016 7:30 p.m. ET Basketball Blast-Off Pikeville, Ky. H
10/25/2016 7:00 p.m. ET Central Penn Pikeville, Ky. H

UPIKE Tip-Off Classic
10/28/2016 8:00 p.m. ET Bluefield Pikeville, Ky. H
10/29/2016 4:00 p.m. ET Bob Jones Pikeville, Ky. H

Appalachian Wireless Classic
11/4/2016 8:00 p.m. ET Ohio State (Mansfield) Pikeville, Ky. H
11/5/2016 4:00 p.m. ET Ohio University (Lancaster) Pikeville, Ky. H

11/8/2016 7:00 p.m. ET Union Pikeville, Ky. H

Walters Auto Classic
11/11/2016 8:00 p.m. ET Carlow Pikeville, Ky. H
11/12/2016 6:00 p.m. ET Point Park Pikeville, Ky. H

MSC/SSAC Challenge
11/17/2016 7:00 p.m. ET Martin Methodist Pulaski, Tenn. A
11/18/2016 4:30 p.m. ET Bethel Pulaski, Tenn. N
11/19/2016 11:00 a.m. ET Faulkner Pulaski, Tenn. N

11/26/2016 4:00 p.m. ET Shawnee State Pikeville, Ky. H *
11/28/2016 8:00 p.m. ET Georgetown Pikeville, Ky. H *
12/1/2016 4:00 p.m. ET Life Marietta, Ga. A *
12/16/2016 7:00 p.m. ET Bob Jones Pikeville, Ky. H
12/28/2016 TBA Saint Mary (Kan.) Hialeah, Fla. N
12/29/2016 TBA North American Hialeah, Fla. N
12/30/2016 TBA Florida National Hialeah, Fla. N
1/5/2017 7:00 p.m. ET Simmons Pikeville, Ky. H
1/7/2017 4:00 p.m. ET Campbellsville Pikeville, Ky. H *
1/12/2017 9:00 p.m. ET Lindsey Wilson Columbia, Ky. A *
1/14/2017 5:00 p.m. ET Cumberland Lebanon, Tenn. A *
1/21/2017 4:00 p.m. ET Cumberlands Williamsburg, Ky. A *
1/26/2017 8:00 p.m. ET Georgetown Georgetown, Ky. A *
1/28/2017 4:00 p.m. ET Shawnee State Portsmouth, Ohio A *
2/1/2017 7:00 p.m. ET Maine at Fort Kent Pikeville, Ky. H
2/4/2017 4:00 p.m. ET Life Pikeville, Ky. H *
2/11/2017 4:00 p.m. ET Campbellsville Campbellsville, Ky. A *
2/16/2017 8:00 p.m. ET Cumberland Pikeville, Ky. H *
2/18/2017 4:00 p.m. ET Lindsey Wilson Pikeville, Ky. H *
2/25/2017 4:00 p.m. ET Cumberlands Pikeville, Ky. H *

MSC Championship
3/1-5/2017 TBA TBA Frankfort, Ky. N

NAIA National Championship
3/17-21/2017 TBA TBA Kansas City, Mo. N

Samardo Samuels Signs with Jiangsu Dragons in China's CBA League

Former Louisville power forward Samardo Samuels has signed with Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing in China's CBA league.

Here are details from Latin-Basket.com:

Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing (CBA) landed 27-year old Jamaican ex-international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-122kg-89, college: Louisville). He was about to sign at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa.

Samuels has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013. His team won Spanish Liga Endesa Regular Season.

Among other achievements Samuels received Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Center of the Year award in 2015.

He also represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) four years ago. Samuels' team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: Score-4 (17.0ppg), 7.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 54.8%, FT: 79.1%.

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John Calipari Writes Another Book

UK head coach John Calipari has penned a new book titled "SUCCESS IS THE ONLY OPTION: The Art of Coaching Extreme Talent."

The book will be available in bookstores and online on November 15 with presale orders available now.

Here are details:

New York Times bestselling author John Calipari, the charismatic Naismith Hall of Fame coach who has returned Kentucky to college basketball prominence, reveals the secrets behind his unparalleled ability to transform a group of former high school superstars into a selfless, cohesive team in his new book “SUCCESS IS THE ONLY OPTION: The Art of Coaching Extreme Talent” (Harper), which will be available in bookstores across the country and online on November 15th with presale orders available now.

Calipari is highly regarded for his ability to recruit the country’s top high school talent without making outlandish promises. Instead, he believes, “Commit to each other, be about each other without sacrificing your own goals, and by doing this you can achieve all YOUR dreams and more.”

With that philosophy, Calipari led Kentucky to four Final Fours in a five-year period from 2011-2015. “One and done” players like John Wall, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are all currently NBA All-Stars. And Calipari continues to mold these individual superstars into a cohesive whole, playing for each other with selfless commitment and fierce intensity.

Expanding on his 2014 New York Times bestselling book “Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out”, “SUCCESS IS THE ONLY OPTION” digs deeper as Calipari for the first time distills his methods and philosophies in a way that will resonate with not just athletes and coaches but business leaders who are trying to get maximum performance out of their own top talent. Coaching a successful basketball team is much like building a successful business. For teams to succeed, even the most talented performers must sacrifice some of their own glory while still feeling that they are reaching for individual goals.

“I’m asked all the time, ‘How in the world are you pulling this off? How in the world do you get such talented kids – not just one or two, but an entire team of elite talent – to come together and play for one another?’ Well, this is that story. I wanted to tell our story of how we get the most out of elite talent, how we create a culture of brotherhood and form a team with such talented individuals. It’s not an exact science and there are all kinds of ways of doing this, but this is our story. My hope is it might resonate with other leaders in similar positions.”—John Calipari

A basketball team is an intimate workplace. The blend is everything and character matters.

For Calipari, each season is a series of discoveries as he learns how to unleash the extreme talent in each of his players and mold them into championship material as college basketball comes to a crescendo every spring. Calipari can’t control everything, yet he is responsible for everything—which is something any CEO can understand.

“SUCCESS IS THE ONLY OPTION” offers real life lessons into leadership, team building and creating a culture of achievement that are applicable far beyond the basketball court. These are the lessons for anyone seeking to inspire talented individuals to reach for their best selves and contribute to a greater good.

About the Author

John Calipari is the head coach of men’s basketball at the University of Kentucky. He has led teams to the Final Four six times, won the national championship at Kentucky in 2012, and has helped 41 players make it to the NBA. He joined the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at the end of the 2014-15 season.

SUCCESS IS THE ONLY OPTION:

The Art of Coaching Extreme Talent
Author: John Calipari
Hardcover; 266 pages; Retail Price: $27.99
ISBN-13: 978-0-0624-4045-7
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ethan Faulkner Joins Coaching Staff at University of the Cumberlands

University of the Cumberlands has hired former Elliott County High School star Ethan Faulkner as an assistant coach.

Faulkner has previous coaching experience at Northern Kentucky University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Here is a release from UC:

The UC Men's Basketball team enters the 2016-17 season with high goals and aspirations. After a significant run in 2015-16 that saw UC finish 24-12 overall, 10-6 in Mid-South Conference play, and a game in the NAIA National Championship Quarterfinals, the Patriots now look to the future. With the opening on staff, Head Coach Don Butcher would find a great fit for the program as Ethan Faulkner has been hired as an assistant coach for the Patriots.

Faulkner, a native of Sandy Hook, Kentucky, is a 2014 graduate of Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education. During his time at Northern Kentucky, Faulkner was a team captain for two years while playing in 117 games with 73 starts in his career. He currently stands in the top 10 in all-time career assists and 11th in all-time free throw percentage at his alma mater. Another notable collegiate achievement is the 2011-2012 All-GLVC selection he received.

Before attending NKU, Faulkner attended Elliott County High School where he scored over 2,500 career points. He was also a two-time 16th Region Player of the Year, three-time 16th Region Tournament MVP, and three-time Kentucky All-State Selection. During his time at Elliot County, his team saw three 16th Region Championships/Kentucky State Tournament appearances with a Final Four presence in 2009.

After his playing days were over, Faulkner took to the coaching ranks where he was an assistant coach at Northern Kentucky. During his time at NKU, he coached an A-Sun Freshman of the Year and two 2nd Team All-Conference players. Next, Faulkner was an assistant coach for Mount Vernon Nazarene University. While at MVNU, Faulkner coached a Crossroads League 3rd Team player and an All-Newcomer Team player.

When asked about his thoughts of joining the UC basketball program, Coach Faulkner said, "I am humbled and honored to be joining the Men's Basketball program at University of the Cumberlands. I couldn't be more excited for the opportunity to learn from a successful coach like Coach Butcher. This program is full of tradition and I look forward to playing a small part in continuing to uphold the standard of excellence that has been established here for many years."

Coach Butcher added, "We feel fortunate to have added Ethan to our staff. Ethan had an outstanding career as a Kentucky high school player and was able to be a part of some very successful Northern Kentucky University teams. After playing 4 years at NKU, he coached one season with Dave Bezold at Northern and I'm sure those experiences will be helpful to our program. Ethan will be involved in every phase of our program and his commitment to success will be obvious. He has a bright future in our profession and will be counted on to provide positive leadership and prepare our players to be successful in the game of life."

Alex Poythress Earns Partially Guaranteed Contract with Indiana Pacers

Former Kentucky forward Alex Poythress has agreed to a partially guaranteed contract with the Indiana Pacers.

Poythress, who went undrafted, is expected to spend the first season the NBA D-League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Here are details from Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical:

For Poythress, 22, who went undrafted in June, this is essentially a make-good training camp deal – with an eye toward spending the year as a non-roster Pacers player on the franchise’s Fort Wayne NBA Development League affiliate.

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Former NKU Assistant Dante Jackson Joins Staff at Air Force

Former Northern Kentucky University assistant Dante Jackson has been added to the coaching staff at Air Force.

Jackson worked one season on Dave Bezold's staff at NKU.

Here's a release from Air Force:

Danté Jackson has joined the Air Force men’s basketball coaching staff for the 2016-2017 season, according to an announcement today from head coach Dave Pilipovich. Jackson comes to the Academy from Northern Kentucky, where he was an assistant for one season. During his stint there, Jackson helped the Norse to a home winning record after only four seasons of competing as a Division I program.

Jackson, a 2011 graduate of Xavier University, started his coaching career at Ohio University as a graduate assistant under John Groce, now the head coach at Illinois. Jackson helped the program to the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Following a one-year stint with the Bobcats, he returned to Xavier and spent the two seasons as a graduate assistant under head coach Chris Mack.

On the bench at Xavier, Jackson helped the Musketeers finish third in its inaugural season in the Big East Conference and made an appearance in the semifinals of the league tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York. Xavier also earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.

As a player at Xavier, Jackson played in 137 games, which ties as the most in program history. He is also second in school history with 107 wins and seven NCAA tournament victories. He amassed 795 points, 374 rebounds and 255 assists during his career.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Jurich Says Louisville Still Waiting on NCAA Investigation

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says his program has to "just wait" while the NCAA investigates claims made by Katina Powell in the book "Breaking Cardinal Rules."

Here is an excerpt of Jurich's comments via QCTimes.com:

In a radio interview Wednesday with Louisville station WKRD 790-AM, Jurich said he doesn't know any more about the NCAA's investigation of Katina Powell's allegations in "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen." Several investigations are ongoing, but the school last winter self-imposed sanctions including a postseason ban after its investigation determined that a violation occurred.

Jurich says whatever the NCAA decides and when, "We're going to deal with it up front like we always have. We'll take our punishment, we'll move on and we'll get better from it."

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Kentucky vs. Hofstra at Barclays Center Will Air Live on ESPN

Kentucky's game against Hofstra at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn will be televised live by ESPN at 3:00 p.m.

The game is set for Sunday, December 11.

Here are more details from Hofstra:

Hempstead, NY – The Hofstra Men's Basketball game against Kentucky, scheduled for Sunday, December 11 at the Barclays Center will be televised live by ESPN at 3 p.m., it was announced by the network today.

"We are thrilled to showcase Hofstra University and our basketball program on national television this season," commented Hofstra Head Men's Basketball Coach Joe Mihalich. "What a tremendous opportunity for our team to not only play a perennial national power in Kentucky, but to also have that game televised by ESPN and hosted by the Barclays Center. Thank you to everyone who made this opportunity possible."

Mihalich continued, "When talking to our recruits and fans of Hofstra Basketball I always stress that it is our goal to play in world-class NBA facilities on a regular basis. This game against Kentucky is a home run for those that love Hofstra. The ability to watch us live at the Barclays Center or to tune in on ESPN achieves many of our scheduling goals and the Pride will be the one of the focuses of the sporting world on December 11."

This will be Hofstra's first-ever non-conference regular season appearance on ESPN. Overall it will be the program's fourth-ever appearance on ESPN as they previously appeared on the network on March 11, 2000 vs. Delaware (America East Championship Game), March 10, 2001 vs. Delaware (America East Championship Game) and February 10, 2007 (vs. George Mason). Hofstra is 3-0 when appearing on ESPN.

Hofstra went 24-10 in 2015-16, winning the regular season Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title and advancing to the National Invitation Tournament. It marked the most wins for the program since the 2005-06 season and the regular season conference title was the program's first since joining the CAA in 2001. In addition, the NIT appearance was the program's first since 2007.

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Evan Daniels Talks About Kentucky's 2017 Recruiting and the Impact of New Assistant Joel Justus

Evan Daniels of Scout.com recently talked with KSTV about Kentucky's 2017 recruiting class. He had some updates on several top prospects including Trae Young and John Petty.

Daniels also noted that UK assistant Joel Justus has had a huge impact on recruiting. 

Check out his comments via cn2Kentucky on YouTube:

Earl Clark to Sign With Besitkas in Turkey's Top-Level League

Former Louisville big man Earl Clark will sign with Besitkas in Turkey's top-level BSL league.

Clark most recently played for Henan Shedianlaojiu in China's NBL league. He averaged 31.1 points, 12 8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game last season.

Here are details from Asia-basket.com:

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) agreed on terms of contract with 28-year old American forward Earl Clark (208-100kg-88, college: Louisville) who plays at Henan Shedianlaojiu in China. In 24 NBL games he averaged impressive 31.1ppg, 12.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg and 1.2bpg last season. The last season Clark played at another team Delaware 87ers in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in 11 games he had very remarkable stats: 15.2ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.6apg.

In 2009 he was drafted by Phoenix Suns (NBA) in first round (14th overall). The former University of Louisville staris in his eighth season in pro basketball.

Among other achievements his college team won Big East Tournament in 2009. Clark received also Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Honorable Mention award in 2015.

He has played also professionally in NBA (Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies) and D-League (Bakersfield Jam, Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Iowa Energy).

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Whitesville Trinity Guard Daniel Morris Commits to Brescia University

Whitesville Trinity High School guard Daniel Morris has committed to play for the Brescia Bearcats in 2016-17.

Here are details from BU:

Whitesville Trinity HS Grad Daniel Morris has committed to play for the Bearcats for the 2016-17 year. Morris a 5-10 guard is the single game record holder for 3-pt shots made with 10. Morris scored over a 1000 points in his career at Whiteville and will bring his 3 point shooting touch to Brescia University. "Daniel can shoot the basketball. He avg 3.1 three pointers made a game during his senior year and will add depth to our program at the guard position. Daniel also has a good understanding of the game and sees the floor well." states Head Coach Brian Skortz. Morris avg 12.1 ppg during his senior year.

John Calipari to Host Celebrity Softball Game at Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Kentucky head coach John Calipari will host a celebrity softball game on August 28 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington.


The game will feature several former UK players including Nerlens Noel, Kyle Macy, Karl-Anthony Towns, Alex Poythress, Tim Couch and more.

Here are more details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Let’s play ball!

The Lexington Legends have partnered with John Calipari and the John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience for the inaugural Coach Cal Celebrity Softball Classic, which will take place Aug. 28 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington.

Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with the celebrity softball home run derby at 5:30 p.m. First pitch for the celebrity softball game will be at 6 p.m.

The game will feature numerous Kentucky greats, including NBA Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns, two-time Final Four participant Alex Poythress, 2013 NBA Draft No. 6 overall selection Nerlens Noel, 1978 national champion Kyle Macy and many more.

The UK basketball legends will play alongside and against celebrities which include NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter, ABC’s Quantico star Josh Hopkins, ESPN’s Kaylee Hartung and former No. 1 overall selection and UK Athletics Hall of Famer Tim Couch.

Coach Cal’s Celebrity Softball Classic will feature additional surprise Wildcat greats and celebrities. A full list of confirmed celebrities is below. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Calipari Foundation.

Tickets to the event are available now at CoachCalSoftballClassic.com and will feature three tiers of opportunities for the Big Blue Nation.

General admission tickets are $8, while premium seating is $20. The Coach Cal VIP Experience tickets are priced at $100.

The VIP experience includes seats behind home plate in the Diamond Club/Super Club seats, unlimited food and beverages, an invitation to a pre-game “Cats Conversations,” a chalk-talk forum with a Q&A session hosted by Calipari and Towns. This exclusive opportunity is limited to 200 tickets.

The celebrity softball game will take the place of the annual UK Alumni Charity Basketball Game this season while Rupp Arena is under construction.

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


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