Friday, August 29, 2014

Kentucky Rewards Walk-On EJ Floreal with a Scholarships

According to reports, the University of Kentucky has given sophomore walk-on EJ Floreal a scholarship.



Floreal appeared in three games last season as a freshman.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Former Morehead State Player Kyle Hankins Returning to the Sidelines in Oklahoma City

Former Morehead State player Kyle Hankins will be returning to the sidelines this season as an assistant coach at Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma City.

Hankins, who last coached on Greg Mason's staff at Centre College, made the announcement on Facebook:

Kyle Hankins

After a two year hiatus from coaching, I am excited to announce I will be on staff at Southwestern Christian University here in OKC. Thankful for the opportunity and ready to get started on Monday...

Three from Wesley Christian High School to Visit Cincinnati Christian University Soon

Three plays from Wesley Christian High School will be visiting Cincinnati Christian University the weekend of September 5-6.

Kelvin Osondu, Abraham Onyebuchi and Ben Ofoklie will visit the NAIA Division II school together.

Osondu is a 6'9" senior center who averaged 8 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks per game last season.

Onyebuchi, a powerful 6'7" senior, averaged 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks during the 2013-14 season for the Allen, Kentucky based school.

Ofoklie is a 6'8" guard/forward that played in Ohio last season before transferring to Wesley Christian this school year.

Rick Pitino Gives an Update on Louisville, Talks About Difficult Schedule

Rick Pitino gave an update on his team yesterday to several members of the media.

Here is Pitino talking about various topics, including the difficult schedule his team will be up against (click to play):



Garcia, Sosa and Vargas Make Final World Cup Roster for Dominican Republic

Former Louisville players Francisco Garcia and Edgar Sosa and ex-Kentucky big man Eloy Vargas have all three made the final roster for the Dominican Republic national team for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.

Here's a look at the final roster:

- Juan Coronado
- James Feldeine, Quinnipiac
- Edgar Sosa, Louisville
- Ronald, Pittsburgh
- Elpidio Fortuna
- Victor Liz
- Eulis Baez, W.Illinois
- Francisco Garcia, Louisville
- Orlando Sanchez, St.John's
- Jack Michael Martinez
- Edward Santana
- Eloy Vargas, Kentucky

The Dominicans will play the first game Saturday vs. Ukraine.

Dominican Republic Schedule:

Saturday: vs. Ukraine
Sunday: vs. New Zealand
Tuesday: vs. Finland
Wednesday: vs. United States
Thursday: vs. Turkey

Buffalo and Kentucky to Do Battle at High Noon on November 16

Buffalo and Kentucky will play November 16 at Noon in Rupp Arena.


Ballard Junior Malik Dow Has Transferred to Mercer County

Athletic Ballard High School junior Malik Dow has enrolled in school at Mercer County High School in Harrodsburg.



Dow, 6-foot-5 small forward, plays for Hoop Dreams AAU in the summer. He is one of Kentucky's top high school players in the Class of 2016. Dow and new teammate Will Hager will combine to be a formidable duo in the 12th Region.


2015 Power Forward Henry Ellenson Cuts Final List to Three

Henry Ellenson, a 6-foot-10 power forward at Rice Lake (Wis.), has cut his final list down to three schools.

According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Ellenson is down to Kentucky, Marquette and Michigan State.



Ellenson ranks No. 17 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015.

Photo: Rivals.com

Ellenson in action:


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lexington Catholic's Tanner Johnson to Visit Montevello This Weekend

Lexington Catholic's Tanner Johnson plans to make an unofficial visit to NCAA Division II school Montevallo this weekend.



Johnson is known as a lights out shooter with long range. He dropped 39 points on Doss last season in Mercer County's holiday tournament.

Julius Randle Has Already Bought Himself a New Porsche Panamera

In a Bleacher Report interview, several NBA rookies talked about what they plan to buy with their first paycheck.

Former Kentucky star Julius Randle confessed that he's already bought himself his dream car.

Check out what Randle, James Young and Russ Smith had to say:

Randle:

"Yea I already kinda got my dream car. I got a Porsche Panamera. All black."

Young:

"I'll definitely take care of my mom and grandma. Get them right. And uh, whatever they want."

Smith:

"Instead of buying something, I'm gonna try to get something for free cause I couldn't get nothing for free in college."

Click to play video:



Louisville Releases 2014-15 Men's Basketball Schedule

The University of Louisville men's basketball program has released its schedule for the 2014-15 season.

The schedule is highlighted by non-conference games against Minnesota (in Puerto Rico), Ohio State, Indiana and Kentucky.

The Cardinals will play exhibition games against Barry and Bellarmine in early November.

Other non-conference games include Jacksonville State, Marshall, Savannah State, Cleveland State, Florida International, UNC-Wilmington, Western Kentucky, Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State.

In January, Louisville begins play in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time.

2014-2015 SCHEDULE

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
11/01/14 vs. BARRY * TV KFC YUM! CENTER TBA
11/09/14 vs. BELLARMINE * TV KFC YUM! CENTER TBA

ARMED FORCES CLASSIC
11/14/14 vs. Minnesota TV Borinquen, Puerto Rico (U.S. Air Station) 7:00 p.m. ET

GLOBAL SPORTS SHOWCASE
11/17/14 vs. JACKSONVILLE STATE TV KFC YUM! CENTER TBA
11/21/14 vs. MARSHALL TV KFC YUM! CENTER 9:00 p.m. ET
11/24/14 vs. SAVANNAH STATE TV KFC YUM! CENTER TBA
11/26/14 vs. CLEVELAND STATE TV KFC YUM! CENTER TBA

ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
12/02/14 vs. OHIO STATE TV KFC YUM! CENTER 9:30 p.m. ET

12/05/14 vs. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL TV KFC YUM! CENTER TBA

JIMMY V CLASSIC
12/09/14 vs. Indiana TV New York, N.Y. 9:00 p.m. ET

BILLY MINARDI CLASSIC
12/14/14 vs. UNC-WILMINGTON TV KFC YUM! CENTER 6:00 p.m. ET

12/20/14 at Western Kentucky TV Bowling Green, Ky. TBA
12/23/14 vs. CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE TV KFC YUM! CENTER TBA

BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME SHOOTOUT
12/27/14 vs. KENTUCKY TV KFC YUM! CENTER 2:00 p.m. ET

12/30/14 vs. LONG BEACH STATE TV KFC YUM! CENTER TBA
01/04/15 at Wake Forest # TV Winston-Salem, N.C. 8:00 p.m. ET
01/07/15 vs. CLEMSON # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 9:00 p.m. ET
01/10/15 at North Carolina # TV Chapel Hill, N.C. 2:00 p.m. ET
01/13/15 vs. VIRGINIA TECH # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
01/17/15 vs. DUKE # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 12:00 p.m. ET
01/25/15 at Pittsburgh # TV Pittsburgh, Pa. 1:30 p.m. ET
01/28/15 at Boston College # TV Chestnut Hill, Mass. 9:00 p.m. ET
01/31/15 vs. NORTH CAROLINA # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 4 or 7 p.m. ET
02/03/15 at Miami # TV Miami, Fla. 8:00 p.m. ET
02/07/15 at Virginia # TV Charlottesville, Va. 6:00 p.m. ET
02/11/15 vs. PITTSBURGH # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 8:00 p.m. ET
02/14/15 vs. NC STATE TV KFC YUM! CENTER 4:00 p.m. ET
02/18/15 at Syracuse # TV Syracuse, N.Y. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/21/15 vs. MIAMI # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 2:00 p.m. ET
02/23/15 at Georgia Tech # TV Atlanta, Ga. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/28/15 at Florida State # TV Tallahassee, Fla. TBA
03/04/15 vs. NOTRE DAME # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
03/07/15 vs. VIRGINIA # TV KFC YUM! CENTER TBA

ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
03/10/15 TBD TV Greensboro, N.C. TBA
03/11/15 TBD TV Greensboro, N.C. TBA
03/12/15 TBD TV Greensboro, N.C. TBA
03/13/15 TBD TV Greensboro, N.C. TBA
03/14/15 TBD TV Greensboro, N.C. TBA

Knott Central's Evan Hall to Visit IUPUI this Weekend

According to his uncle, Knott County Central star Evan Hall is planning to visit IUPUI this weekend.



Hall, a 6-foot-7 small forward, has increasing interest from several Division I schools, including Morehead State, Eastern Kentucky, Samford and Lipscomb.

Newport Central Catholic's Drew McDonald Has Committed to Northern Kentucky University

Newport Central Catholic big man Drew McDonald has committed to Northern Kentucky University for 2015-16.



McDonald, a 6-foot-7 forward, plays for the Kentucky Travelers AAU program.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Shirtless John Calipari is Getting Some Sun This Week

It looks like John Calipari is working on his preseason tan these days:


John Calipari Explains Why He's Happy at Kentucky and More

ESPN's Seth Greenberg recently sat down with Kentucky head coach John Calipari.

Calipari talked openly about why he is happy with his current job despite a lucrative offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also talked about the exhibition to the Bahamas and turning the team's attention to the regular season (click both images to play video).


Louisville Releases 2014-15 Men's Basketball Roster

The University of Louisville has released their official men's basketball roster for the 2014-15 season.

The Cardinals return seniors Chris Jones and Wayne Blackshear. Junior star Montrezl Harrell is also back.

Terry Rozier, Anton Gill, Mangok Mathiang, Akoy Agau and David Levitch return as sophomores.

Rick Pitino will have eight freshmen on the roster: Quentin Snider, Dillon Avare, Matz Stockman, Jaylen Johnson, Anas Mahmoud, Trent Gilbert, Shaqquan Aaron and Chinanu Onuaku.

Snider (Ballard), Avare (Lexington Catholic), Gilbert (Scott County) and Levitch (North Oldham) are Kentucky kids on the roster.

2014-15 Louisville Basketball Roster

2014-15 roster

Monday, August 25, 2014

John Calipari's Fantasy Camp Raised $1 Million for Various Charities

John Calipari's Fantasy Experience basketball camp raised over $1 million for 23 different charities over the weekend.

Here is more from CoachCal.com:

On Sunday, near the conclusion of his third annual John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience, Calipari announced approximately $1 million would be going to 23 different charities and organizations this year (full list to the right). The funds were generated solely on the back of the fantasy experience.

“Every one of (the fantasy campers) are here to win, (but) they know the bigger picture of why we’re doing this is it generates money for charity,” Calipari said Sunday. “If you add up the checks, which some of you may do, I think it’s $890,000. With matching funds it’s over a million dollars again. … There were (23) groups that benefited by this experience, by these players and by an auction last night that was outrageous. And everybody got involved. To whatever level people could get involved they did because they knew that’s what this was about: generating money for charity. I’m really proud of this experience for campers.”

Complete Article


Morehead State to Play at UAB, Central Arkansas in 2014-15

The Morehead State men's basketball schedule has not been released yet but the non-conference schedule is starting to trickle out.

The Eagles will be playing at Ohio State and Cincinnati this season.

UAB recently released their men's basketball schedule which includes a December 4 home game against Morehead State.

Sean Woods' team will also travel to Central Arkansas on December 29.

An interesting note is that Southern Miss recently released their 2014-15 schedule and Morehead State is not listed as expected. The Golden Eagles were expected to travel to Morehead this season.

Ray Kasongo Lands at Southern Idaho (We Think)

In just over two weeks, former East Ridge and Pikeville big man Ray Kasongo's recruitment has gone from Oregon to Kansas to LSU to Indiana to Michigan State to Southern Idaho to unknown by way of the Denver airport to Southern Idaho (again). We think.

Kasongo originally signed with Oregon but was denied admission due to academic problems.

Reports then surfaced that he was considering Kansas, LSU, Indiana and Michigan State. He was seemingly unable to get into any of those schools.

Over the weekend, College of Southern Idaho head coach Jared Phay confirmed to ZagsBlog.com that Kasongo had signed with his program.

“He did,” Phay told SNY.tv by text Saturday morning. “He is on a plane to our campus as we speak. He is enrolled in classes and we start Monday. He is a great kid and we are excited to have him here.”

Recruitment over, good luck at CSI, Ray. Right?

Wrong.

It turns out that the plane landed but only Kasongo's luggage made the trip. He was reportedly diverted by a third party at the Denver airport.

Here's what Phay told ZagsBlog.com about the incident:

“Ray Kasongo did sign with us but did not show up at the Boise Airport like he was supposed to,” CSI coach Jared Phay told SNY.tv Sunday. “His bags came but he didn’t.

“After several hours of panic and alerting authorities, we did hear that he switched planes in Denver and flew to a different location. We are thankful that he is safe but disappointed in his reckless choice. We only want people who really want to be at CSI and apparently he doesn’t want to be. We wish Ray Kasongo the best in his future.”

Was this part of the infamous Denver airport conspiracy (just Google that if you don't believe me)? Former Paintsville star J.R. VanHoose wonders if the airport is haunted:


Actually, it seems that Kasongo was taken on a different plane to an unknown location, possibly for a last minute attempt to get into a Division I school.

One report said he was visiting Iowa while his luggage was getting settled in at Southern Idaho. But, that was apparently refuted as another report said he was visiting a girlfriend:



Kasongo has apparently managed to get to Southern Idaho at this point.



The real question is whether or not Kasongo will be doing any other flying in the near future.









Boyle County's Hagen Tyler Commits to Northern Kentucky University

Boyle County High School star Hagen Tyler has committed to Northern Kentucky University.



Tyler, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, also had offers from Alabama State, Morehead State and Samford.

John Wall Learning Some New Dance Moves in China

Former Kentucky star John Wall has been touring China to promote his new shoe line.

Wall has visited the Great Wall of China, interacted with fans and of course...learned some new dance moves.






Former St. Catharine Guard Marquis Lee Taken in NBL of Canada Draft

The Mississauga Power took former St. Catharine College guard Marquis Lee with the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NBL of Canada Draft last night.




Friday, August 22, 2014

Cordia Appeals KHSAA's Penalties Against Basketball Program

Cordia High School has officially appealed the KHSAA's penalties against the school's boy's basketball program and head coach Rodrick Rhodes.

In July, the KHSAA handed down penalties that included an almost $26,000 fine and a ban on playing games during all of 2014-15 and the 2015-16 postseason.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/08/22/3391725_cordia-high-school-appeals-khsaas.html?sp=/99/322/&rh=1#storylink=cpy

Here is more from the Herald-Leader:

Officials from McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland issued a statement Friday announcing the appeal, which challenges the factual findings, application of the KHSAA's bylaws, and penalties assessed against Cordia and its coach, former University of Kentucky basketball player Rodrick Rhodes.

"Cordia looks forward to addressing these issues before the KHSAA's Board of Control and coming to a fair and just resolution as soon as possible," the statement said.

Complete Article

Three Transfers Enroll at Hopkinsville High School

According to Les Johns of Kentucky New Era, three area basketball players have enrolled at Hopkinsville High School.

Johns reported last week that former Christian County senior A.J. Tyler and former University Heights seniors Jordan Gary and Ledonald Gray have enrolled at Hopkinsville.

Hopkinsville went 31-3 last season before falling to Trinity in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.




2015 Star Antonio Blakeney to Visit Louisville Next Week

Antonio Blakeney, one of the top shooting guards in the Class of 2015, will officially visit Louisville next Sunday.



Blakeney, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard at Oak Ridge (Fla.), ranks No. 16 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015.

Photo: Rivals.com

John Calipari Says David Blatt is a Better Choice for the Cleveland Cavaliers

Kentucky head coach John Calipari says David Blatt is a better choice for the Cleveland Cavaliers coaching position than himself.

Earlier this summer, the Cavaliers reportedly offered Calipari a deal worth some $60 million to coach the team.

Here is an excerpt from Cleveland.com:

David Blatt can really coach," Calipari told Frank Isola and Malik Rose during an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio. "He's a better choice than me to coach that team. I coached against him. I'm not sitting here just saying it. I coached against him in FIBA basketball. I watched him coach Russia, the guy can coach, OK? Those players, all they want is respect. If they respect you as a coach they're going to play like crazy."

"It's not going to happen in a month, just like Miami," Calipari told the hosts. "It'll be similar to that but they got an outstanding coach, they got the best coach they could get for where they are and what they're trying to do."

Complete Article

Listen to the interview here:


Manual's Dwayne Sutton Commits to UNC-Asheville

Manual High School's Dwayne Sutton has committed to UNC-Asheville.



Sutton is a 6-foot-5 guard/forward.

Houston Agrees to One-Year Deal with Francisco Garcia

Former Louisville star Francisco Garcia and the Houston Rockets have agreed on a one-year deal that will keep the veteran guard in Houston for 2014-15.

Last season,  Garcia averaged 5.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 55 games for the Rockets.



The deal will be for the NBA veterans minimum ($1,316,809).

2017 University Heights' Forward Jaylen Sebree to Visit Tennessee Soon

According to Les Johns of Kentucky New Era, University Heights' forward Jaylen Sebree will make an unofficial visit to Tennessee on August 31. 




2015 Center Doral Moore to Visit Kentucky This Weekend

According to multiple reports, 2015 center Doral Moore will make an official visit to the University of Kentucky this weekend.





Moore is a 6-foot-11 center at Montverde Academy. He currently ranks No. 38 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015.

Photo: Rivals.com


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