Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Billy Gillispie is Retiring from Coaching

Former University of Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie has announced that he is retiring from coaching due to health concerns.

Gillispie told the Dallas Morning News of his decision:

"No one's ever enjoyed coaching more than I have, I promise, and no one's ever been luckier in the coaching profession than I have," Gillispie said. "What a wonderful career!

"I've been very sick with blood pressure issues since the summer, but I've tried to fight it out. I got a report Monday that told me if I didn't address this blood pressure situation immediately, irreversible, bad things were very likely to happen here relatively soon and my long-term health could be compromised. "Timing isn't great, but I've decided to do what I was told and try to return to healthy ASAP.

"I've had a wonderful career and in the last two years some of the best days I've ever experienced as a coach. I hate leaving this team because they are really coming around, but they understood me being sick. That's the worst part of it, not coaching."

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Bowling Green Tops Bluegrasspreps High School Top 20 This Week

Bowling Green is No. 1 in Bluegrasspreps High School Top 20 rankings this week.

Trinity comes in behind the Purples at No. 2.

Scott County, Covington Catholic and Fern Creek round out the top 5.

Defending state champion Dunbar comes in at No. 9.

Bluegrasspreps Boys Top 20 Rankings 12/7/16

1. Bowling Green
2. Trinity
3. Scott County
4. Covington Catholic
5. Fern Creek
6. Christian County
7. Ballard
8. Cooper
9. Dunbar
10. Doss
11. Hopkinsville
12. Pulaski County
13. Pleasure Ridge Park
14. Lexington Christian
15. Valley
16. Corbin
17. South Laurel
18. Bardstown
19. Graves County
20. Adair County

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Johnson Central's Mason Blair Commits to the University of Pikeville

Johnson Central guard Mason Blair has committed to the University of Pikeville.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Bellarmine University Up to No. 6/7 in the National Polls This Week

Bellarmine University is up to No. 6 and 7 in the NCAA Division II national rankings this week.

Here are details from BU:


LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The Bellarmine University men's basketball team is ranked No. 6 and No. 7 in the latest DII Media Poll and the NABC Division II coaches polls that were announced on Tuesday afternoon.
After recording wins in two Great Lakes Valley Conference games on the road last week, the Knights climbed one spot in the DII Media Poll sponsored by D2SIDA, a consortium of NCAA Division II sports information directors, but remained in the same No. 7 position in the coaches poll.

There was a bit of a shake up at the top of the poll as last week's consensus No. 1, the West Liberty Hilltoppers, dropped a game to Fairmont State last week. The D2SIDA poll ranks Northwest Missouri as its new No. 1 while Saginaw Valley State rises to the top in the NABC poll. The Cardinals are the only team to post a victory over Bellarmine this season, scoring a 68-66 win in the first game of the year when SVSU drained a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining.

Other Bellarmine past and future opponents in the polls include: Alabama Huntsville (No. 9 in both polls), Drury (NABC No. 12 and D2SIDA No. 16) and Lincoln Memorial (D2SIDA No. 22 and NABC No. 24), while GLVC-member Southern Indiana is getting votes in both polls.

2016-17 DII Media Poll Sponsored by D2SIDA (Dec. 6)
Rank
School (First Place Votes)
Record
Points
Previous
1
Northwest Missouri (7)
7-0
335
2
2
Saginaw Valley State (4)
8-0
332
3
3
California Baptist (2)
8-0
316
4
4
Fairmont State (1)
7-0
297
12
5
St. Thomas Aquinas
7-0
263
6
6
Bellarmine
6-1
259
7
7
West Liberty
7-1
244
1
8
Queens
8-0
241
9
9
Alabama-Huntsville
5-1
239
8
10
Augustana
7-1
228
11
11
Barry
6-1
186
5
12
West Texas A&M
10-1
175
RV
13
Angelo State
5-0
174
10
14
UC San Diego
7-1
169
17
15
Washburn
6-0
168
14
16
Drury
7-0
129
16
17
Western Washington
7-0
118
15
18
Southern New Hampshire
6-0
109
18
19
Augusta (Ga.)
6-1
86
13
20
Shippensburg
7-0
84
NR
21
Tarleton State
6-1
69
21
22
Lincoln Memorial
6-2
62
23
23
Colorado Mines
7-1
48
NR
24
San Francisco State
8-0
39
RV
25
Wheeling Jesuit
6-1
37
20
Also receiving votes: Southern Indiana (30), MSU-Moorhead (24), Indiana (PA) (21), Chico State (19), Delta State (12), Ferris State (9), Hawai'i Pacific (5), West Florida (4), Minnesota State (3), Kutztown (3), Wisconsin-Parkside (3), Fort Lewis (2), Eckerd (1). 


NABC/Division II Rankings
(Dec. 6, 2016 - Poll #3)
Record
Points
Last
1.
Saginaw Valley St., Mich. (13)
7-0
391
2
2.
Northwest Missouri State (1)
7-0
379
3
3.
California Baptist
8-0
361
5
4.
Fairmont State, W.Va. (2)
7-0
356
11
5.
St. Thomas Aquinas, N.Y.
7-0
337
6
6.
West Liberty, W.Va.
7-1
308
1
7.
Bellarmine, Ky.
6-1
296
7
8.
Queens, N.C.
8-0
264
13
9.
UAH
5-1
256
10
10.
Wheeling Jesuit, W.Va.
6-1
246
4
11.
Angelo State, Texas
5-0
237
14
12.
Drury, Mo.
7-0
225
15
13.
Western Washington
7-0
176
18
14.
Barry, Fla.
6-1
166
9
15.
Tarleton State, Texas
6-1
163
16
16.
Kutztown, Pa.
6-1
155
8
17.
Indiana, Pa.
8-1
144
12
18.
Colorado School of Mines
7-1
104
19
19.
UC San Diego
7-1
99
22
20.
Fort Lewis, Colo.
7-1
92
20
21.
Augustana, S.D.
7-1
86
21
22.
West Texas A&M
10-1
64
24
23.
Southern New Hampshire
6-0
63
25
24.
Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.
6-2
49
23
25.
San Francisco State, Calif.
8-0
47
NR
Others receiving votes: Washburn (Kan.) 39, Shippensburg (Pa.) 27, Columbus State (Ga.) 16, Southern Indiana 14, Hawai'i Pacific 12, Saint Rose (N.Y.) 9, Chico State (Calif.) 10, Delta State (Miss.) 7, Arkansas-Monticello 5, West Florida 4, Pfeiffer (N.C.) 3.

Dropped out: Chico State (17).

Records are through games of Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Taveion Hollingsworth Passes Cameron Mills for 5th on Dunbar's All-Time Scoring List

Taveion Hollingsworth scored 31 points to lead Dunbar to a 73-52 win over Bryan Station Thursday night.

In doing so, Hollingsworth passed former UK player Cameron Mills for 5th on the school's all-time scoring list.

Congratulations Taveion!

Donnie Butcher Earns 200th Career Home Win at University of the Cumberlands

Head coach Donnie Butcher won his 200th career game at home for University of the Cumberlands earlier this week.

The Patriots knocked off Shawnee State 71-66 Monday night.

Here's a recap from UC:

Williamsburg, KY – The University of the Cumberlands men's basketball team used a 14-6 run to end the first half and defeat Shawnee State 71-66 in Mid-South Conference action Monday night at the O. Wayne Rollins Center. The win was also a milestone for UC Head Coach Donnie Butcher, who earned his 200th career home victory.

"It's great to reach this milestone, our team came out playing hard right from the tip," said Butcher. "We battled hard down the stretch and made plays when we needed them to get a win in conference."

Cumberlands (9-2; 1-1 MSC) came out strong as Marquis Yates (SR/Manassas, VA) drained a three-pointer to start the game. Shawnee State (5-5; 0-2 MSC) responded with an 8-2 run, before Dez Marshall (JR/Shelbyville, KY) hit a three-pointer to even the game 8-8 with 14:24 remaining in the first half. That three-pointer sparked a 13-2 run, which included three three-pointers, for Cumberlands to give the Patriots a 24-10 lead with 7:11 remaining. After trading baskets, the Patriots went on a 14-6 run to end the first half and take a 39-21 lead at the break. Yates and Eric Duncan (JR/Stockton, CA) each netted 12 points in the half to spark the offensive.

Yates and Marshall each hit from behind the arc to extend the Patriots lead to 45-21, their largest lead of the game. The Bears scored 12 unanswered points over the next four minutes to cut the lead to 45-33 with 13:04 remaining. Yates scored eight of the Patriots next 14 points to give Cumberlands a 55-41 advantage with seven minutes left. Two minutes later, Shawnee State cut the lead to nine, before Kelsley Wilkinson (SR/SW Ranches, FL) drained a three to put the Patriots ahead 59-47. Wilkinson scored nine of the Patriots next ten points to give Cumberlands a 64-53 lead with 45 seconds remaining. Shawnee State went on a 13-6 run to end the game for the 71-66 final.

Leading the way for Cumberlands was Yates who finished with a team-high 23 points and five rebounds. Wilkinson and Duncan added 13 points apiece, while Eddie Tornes (JR/Muskegon Heights, MI) finished with nine. Bernard Samuel (JR/Charleston, SC) dished out a team-high three assists.

The Patriots will return to the court Saturday, December 3, when they travel to Atlanta, GA to face conference foe Life. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.

For the latest and most up-to-date information on University of the Cumberlands Athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com. Fans can also follow us on Twitter - @UC_Patriots, Instagram - @UCPatriots, YouTube – CumberlandsPatriots, and Facebook by searching University of the Cumberlands Athletics.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Rick Pitino Previews Tonight's Game Against Purdue

Here's what Louisville head coach Rick Pitino had to say about tonight's game against Purdue and the Cardinals' second-place finish in Atlantis:

UK is Having a Blue-White Out for UCLA Game

The University of Kentucky is asking fans to paint Rupp Arena blue and white for Saturday's game against UCLA.

Morehead State is Giving Away Ramen Noodles to First 100 Students at Tonight's Game

Morehead State is giving away free Ramen Noodles to the first 100 students in the door at tonight's game against Northern Kentucky University.

This might be a candidate for the best promotion ever.

As for Morehead State's coaching situation, there are no new updates. Preston Spradlin is serving as interim coach and will be leading the Eagles tonight.

The game tips off at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

5-Star Center Says He's Decommiting from WKU; Rick Stansbury Says His Twitter Account Was Hacked

Five-star center Mitchell Robinson Tweeted last night that he plans to decommit from Western Kentucky University and explore other options.



That Tweet was later deleted.

This morning, WKU coach Rick Stansbury told reporters that he believes the player's Twitter account was hacked.




But then there's this:

It's important to note that Robinson has actually signed with WKU so he can't simply decommit.

Obviously, this is a situation to keep an eye on.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

John Calipari Slides in a Jab at Assistant Kenny Payne and Louisville

UK head coach John Calipari had some fun at the expense of assistant Kenny Payne the University of Louisville earlier this week.

Payne, of course, played college basketball for the Cardinals.

When Calipari was explaining why Payne hasn't read his new book, he joked, "he went to Louisville. He doesn't read."


Calipari laughed and said he's only kidding.


Louisville Survives Old Dominion in Overtime

Louisville 68
Old Dominion 62 F/OT

Final from Paradise Island, Bahamas

Game recap by UL:

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP)-- Donovan Mitchell scored all 15 of his points after halftime to help No. 10 Louisville hold off Old Dominion 68-62 in overtime in Wednesday's final game of the first day at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Mitchell put Louisville ahead for good with a long 3-pointer to start the extra period and came up with several key plays that helped the Cardinals (4-0) advance on a night they struggled to knock down much of anything. Louisville finished the game shooting 30 percent.

Quentin Snider scored 18 points to lead the Cardinals, while Mangok Mathiang nearly won it in regulation for Louisville with an inside basket with 14.4 seconds left.

Brandan Stith scored 20 points, including a putback with 6.3 seconds left to answer Mathiang and force overtime for the Monarchs (2-1). Old Dominion shot just 38 percent, but hurt its chances most by missing 17 of 32 free throws.

Complete Recap


Louisville will face Wichita State today at 2:00 p.m. in the semifinal round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Union College's Gerrard Newby Earns Third Consecutive AAC Player of the Week Honor

Union College's Gerrard Newby is well on his way to being named Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Through three weeks, Newby has been named conference player of the week all three times.

Here's a release from UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – For the third week in a row, Union College senior Gerrard Newby (SR/Lexington, Ky. ) is the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday.

On the week, Newby averaged 20.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last week as he recorded double-doubles in both of the Bulldog wins. He had three assists, two blocks and one block on the week while shooting 62.5 percent (15-of-24 shots) from the field.

Newby scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in an 86-49 win over AAC rival Bryan (Tenn.). In an 105-71 victory over Fisk (Tenn.), he put up 26 points and 14 rebounds.

On the year, Newby has posted four double-doubles with three coming in the last three Union contests. He leads the conference in scoring at 22.38 points per game and is averaging 9.88 rebounds per game.

The Bulldogs are 5-3 overall and 1-0 in AAC play. Union returns to the hardwood on Tuesday when it hosts Montreat (N.C.) in another conference contest. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Morehead State Suspends Head Coach Sean Woods with Pay

Morehead State has suspended head coach Sean Woods with pay, according to a press release from the school.

Here's the release:

Morehead State University officials announced today (Tuesday, November 22) that head basketball coach Sean Woods has been suspended with pay, effective immediately.

"Resulting from complaints received, the institution has begun an investigation involving the head basketball coach. While we continue through the formal process, we believe it is prudent to suspend the coach until the investigation is finished," said Brian Hutchinson, director of athletics. "Assistant Coach Preston Spradlin will serve as head coach in the interim until the investigation is completed. We have full confidence in Preston and his ability to lead our student-athletes both on and off the court. Since this is an ongoing process, we will be unable to comment further until this comes to a conclusion."

Louisville Getting Ready for Battle 4 Atlantis

The Louisville Cardinals are getting ready for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.


Louisville will open the tournament against Old Dominion tomorrow night at 9:30 p.m.

Here's a look at the bracket:


Georgetown's Troy Steward Named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

Georgetown College's Troy Steward was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here is a release from the league:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Georgetown's (Ky.) Troy Steward is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

Houchens Industries is the proud sponsor of the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week Award program. Houchens Industries was founded in 1917 and is one of the largest employee-owned companies in the United States with more than 18,000 corporate-wide employees.

Troy Steward – Georgetown (Ky.) – So. – Guard – Ewing, Ky.

- Steward paced No. 2 Georgetown to a 2-1 mark at the Mid-South Conference/Southern States Athletic Conference Challenge.
- He averaged 20 points over three games last week, grabbing a total of 16 rebounds for the Tigers.
- In an 80-72 victory over Martin Methodist (Tenn.), he scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds, while chipping in with two assists, a block and a steal.
- Steward was 27-of-31 from the free throw line last week as Georgetown moved to 8-1 overall on the season.
- Steward earns his first player of the week honor of the season and of his career.

Date Men's Basketball Player of the Week - School 

Nov. 7 Charles Sutton – Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Nov. 14 Dmitry Utolin – Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Nov. 21 Troy Steward – Georgetown (Ky.)

Monday, November 21, 2016

Former Rowan County Star Adam Wing to Play in NBL Canada

Former Rowan County High School star Adam Wing will begin his professional career in NBL Canada.

Wing, who had a successful college career at Evansville, recently signed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans.

Here is a release from the Titans:

The Kitchener-Waterloo Titans announced on Wednesday that rookie swingmen Orlando Coleman, Ryan Nitz, and Adam Wing have signed with the club.

“I’m thrilled to have these young men join us in Kitchener-Waterloo and complement the veteran core we are assembling around them. All three of these rookies are high character individuals that pride themselves in having a strong work ethic and are supportive teammates both on and off the floor,” said KW Titans Head Coach, Serge Langis.

Adam Wing (6’4”, forward) completed his four-year college career at the University of Evansville (NCAA DI) in 2016, where he served as team captain in his senior year, averaging 7.8 PPG on 51% FG shooting and 52.5% from 3-point range, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. “I’m thankful for the opportunity that I’ve been blessed with to play basketball in college and now as a professional. I’m extremely competitive, and as a hardnosed player, I’ll do the little things to help my team win,” said Wing. “I love the idea of coming to a new team within the NBL. When I had the opportunity to meet Stu (Julius), he lit a fire in me and I know I’m ready to make this a remarkable year with the Titans. If the team buys into Coach Langis’ philosophy, I’m confident we can really make some noise this year,” said Wing.

“Adam is a gritty combo forward that gives us a solid option on the wing and up front with his unique skill set to shoot the ball but also play physical inside. His toughness when rebounding the ball and defending multiple positions really stood out to me and we’re excited to have him,” said Coach Langis.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Former KWC Forward Dominique Dawson Taken in NBL Canada Draft

Former Kentucky Wesleyan College power forward Dominique Dawson has been drafted by the Island Storm of NBL Canada.

Dawson was taken No. 4 overall in tonight's 2016 NBL Canada draft.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Former WKU Guard Tyrone Brazelton Named Player of the Week in Poland

Former Western Kentucky guard Tyrone Brazelton was named Eurobasket.com Player of the Week in Poland this week.

Brazelton had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in Rosa Radom's 82-79 win over Szczecin.

Here are details:

30-year old point guard Tyrone Brazelton (184-PG-86, agency: Higher Vision Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Rosa Radom and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.

He had the game-high 19 points adding six rebounds and five assists for Rosa Radom in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Szczecin (4-3) 82-79. Rosa Radom is placed at 4th position in Polish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rosa Radom will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. Brazelton turned to be Rosa Radom's top player in his first season with the team. Tyrone Brazelton averages this season 14.6ppg and 4.9apg.

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Ashland Coach Jeremy Howell Shows Off Dance Moves at Meet the Cats Event

Ashland held their preseason Meet the Cats event last night and head coach Jeremy Howell was in midseason form already.

Check out his moves:

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Dillon Avare and EKU are Ready for SEC Network Game Against Auburn

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels will battle Auburn and Bruce Pearl tonight. The game will air live on the SEC Network at 9:00 p.m.

It looks like EKU's Dillon Avare (and a teammate) is ready for action:

Georgetown, UPIKE and Campbellsville To Do Battle vs. Southern States Athletic Conference

Georgetown College, Campbellsville University and University of Pikeville are all set for a challenge against the Southern States Athletic Conference.

The three Mid-South Conference teams will do battle against Faulkner, Bethel and Martin Methodist over the next three days.

Participating MSC teams enter the challenge with an 18-1 combined record. SSAC teams enter with a 10-1 combined record.

Here's a schedule:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

John Calipari Has Great Exchange with Young Reporter

John Calipari had a great exchange with a Sports Illustrated for Kids reporter after last night's win over Michigan State.

Check out the video:

KWC's Ken-Jah Bosley Named G-MAC Athlete of the Week

Kentucky Wesleyan's Ken-Jah Bosley was named Great Midwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week on Monday.

Here are details from KWC:

GREENWOOD, Ind. (Nov. 14, 2016) – Kentucky Wesleyan senior guard Ken-Jah Bosley received the first weekly Great Midwest Athletic Conference Athlete Of The Week award on Monday according to the league office.

Bosley had a huge weekend at home on Friday and Saturday in the Panthers' wins over Wayne State and Tiffin. He scored 22 points in the victory over the Warriors, and led all scorers with 23 points in their second win over Tiffin. Bosley scored 17 second half points to help the Panthers rally at home to defeat the Dragons and keep their home-game winning streak of 31 straight wins at the Sportscenter alive.

Bosley is averaging 22.5 points per contest, along with four rebounds, three assists, and two steals so far this year. He is also shooting 93 percent from the free throw line.

The Panthers (2-0) will play two games this weekend in Evansville at the Small College Basketball Hall Of Fame Classic. Friday's game is against national runner-up and No. 2 Lincoln Memorial, and Saturday's contest is against USI.

Kenneth Faried Gives a Young Fan Some "Huuuuuge" Shoes

Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried surprised a  young fan with an autographed pair of shoes this afternoon.

The young fan said, "they're huuuuuge!"

Check out her reaction:


Kentucky is the New No. 1 in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one) Rankings

Kentucky has taken over the top spot in the new CBS Sports Top 25 (and one) rankings.

The Wildcats replaced Duke after last night's action at the Champions Classic.

Kentucky defeated Michigan State by 21 points while the Blue Devils lost 77-75 to Kansas.

Here's a look at the updated rankings:

1. Kentucky
2. Villanova
3. Indiana
4. Kansas
5. Duke
6. Xavier
7. North Carolina
8. Virginia
9. UCLA
10. St. Mary's

Complete Rankings

Plenty of Mid-November Hoops Around Kentucky: Schedule for the Week

It's mid-November and basketball is in full swing around Kentucky.

Here's a complete schedule and scoreboard for the week:

Monday, November 14

UNC Wilmington 78 Eastern Kentucky University 69 (OT)
University of Louisville 91 William & Mary 58
Martin Methodist 97 Lindsey Wilson College 71

Tuesday, November 15

University of Kentucky 69 Michigan State 48
University of the Cumberlands 84 Kentucky State University 67
Middle Tennessee 87 Murray State University 81
Berea College 99 Johnson University 68
IU Southeast 103 Kentucky Christian University 63

Wednesday, November 16

7:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Transylvania University
7:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Marshall
7:30 p.m. Centre College at Maryville (Tenn.)
7:30 p.m. Bryan at Union College*
9:00 p.m. Jacksonville State at Western Kentucky University

Thursday, November 17

3:00 p.m. Campbellsville University vs. Bethel (at Pulaski, Tenn.)
4:00 p.m. Long Beach State at University of Louisville (Battle 4 Atlantis)
5:30 p.m. Georgetown College vs. Faulkner University (at Pulaski, Tenn.)
7:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Martin Methodist
9:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Auburn (Cancun Challenge)

Friday, November 18

3:00 p.m. Campbellsville University vs. Faulkner University (at Pulaski, Tenn.)
4:30 p.m. Alabama Huntsville vs. Bellarmine University (at Southern Indiana)
4:30 p.m. University of Pikeville vs. Bethetl (at Pulaski, Tenn.)
5:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University vs. Austin Peay (at Oxford, Ohio)
5:30 p.m. Berea College vs. Berry (at Thomas More College)
7:00 p.m. Lincoln Memorial vs. Kentucky Wesleyan College (at Southern Indiana)
7:30 p.m. Midway University at Thomas More College
8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Martin Methodist
8:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Wisconsin-Platteville
8:00 p.m. Asbury University at Marian University

Saturday, November 19

11:00 a.m. University of Pikeville vs. Faulkner (at Pulaski, Tenn.)
1:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Evansville
1:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Texas Tech (Cancun Challenge)
1:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky University vs. Delaware (at Oxford, Ohio)
2:00 p.m. Berry vs. Midway University (at Thomas More College)
2:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Illinois Springfield
2:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at University of the Cumberlands
2:30 p.m. Georgetown College vs. Bethel (at Pulaski, Tenn.)
3:00 p.m. Malone University at Alice Lloyd College
4:00 p.m. Berea College at Thomas More College
4:00 p.m. Asbury University at IU Northwest
5:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Martin Methodist
7:00 p.m. Fisk at Union College
7:00 p.m. Murray State University vs. Green Bay (at Bowling Green)
7:00 p.m. Spalding University vs. New Jersey City (at St. Mary's City, MD)
7:00 p.m. Bellarmine University vs. Florida Southern College (at Southern Indiana)
8:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College s. Wisconsin-Whitewater (at Platteville, Wis.)
8:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Belmont
8:00 p.m. Brescia University at Lee University (Exhibition)
9:30 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Southern Indiana

Sunday, November 20

2:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Miami (Ohio)
4:00 p.m. Murray State University vs. UMKC (at Bowling Green)
9:00 p.m. Duquesne at Unviersity of Kentucky
TBA Spalding University vs. TBA (at St. Mary City, MD)

* Conference Game

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Western Kentucky Signs 4-Star Guard Anderson and 5-Star Center Robinson

It seems recruiting has improved at Western Kentucky University under new head coach Rick Stansbury.

The Hilltoppers have signed 4-star guard Josh Anderson and 5-star center Mitchell Robinson this  week. 

Josh Anderson

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Making it two backcourt signees for his program, WKU men’s basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced Monday the signing of four-star prospect Josh Anderson (6-4, Guard) to a national letter of intent in the 2017 recruiting class.

Anderson, out of Madison Prep Academy in Baton Rouge, La., is the highest-ranked signee for the Hilltoppers since the beginning of the modern recruiting services.

Anderson is a consensus four-star recruit across all outlets and is ranked as the No. 43 player nationally in the 2017 class by Rivals, No. 50 by Scout and No. 52 by 247Sports.

“We’re very excited to have Josh join our basketball program and family,” Stansbury said. “He’s a talented young man who brings a lot of athleticism offensively and defensively. Besides being a terrific basketball player and athlete, he’s a great young man that comes from a really good family. On top of that, he comes from one of the best high school programs in the state of Louisiana where he’s been well-coached by Jeff Jones. We’re excited to have him and his family be a part of our program.”

Anderson is a proven winner, helping Madison Prep to its third state championship in four years last season. He averaged 18.1 points. 5.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game as a junior as Madison Prep won its second straight title and appeared in its third straight state championship game.

Anderson will be the first player in Madison Prep history to start all four years at the varsity level and will make a run at the school’s all-time scoring record.

He was also a standout at the AAU level, averaging 15.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals last summer for the Louisiana Elite program.

“Josh is probably one of the most underrated and intriguing players in the country,” Madison Prep coach Jeff Jones said. “He’s a very versatile player with a large skillset. He can play multiple positions and guard anywhere from the 1 to the 3, and he’s a gym rat.”

Mitchell Robinson

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Adding to a nationally elite signing class, WKU men’s basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced Tuesday the signing of five-star prospect Mitchell Robinson (7-0, Center) to a national letter of intent in the 2017 recruiting class.

Robinson, out of Chalmette (La.) High School, is far and away the highest-ranked signee for the Hilltoppers since the beginning of the modern recruiting services.

The big man is a consensus five-star recruit across all outlets and is ranked as the No. 4 prospect nationally in the 2017 class by 247Sports and No. 6 by both Rivals and Scout.

Along with fellow signee guards Josh Anderson and Taveion Hollingsworth, the newest Hilltoppers give WKU its first top-25 signing class in the modern era. With the trio, the Hilltoppers’ haul is currently ranked seventh by Rivals, 10th by Scout, and 12th by 247Sports.

247Sports rates Robinson as the top center prospect in the country and the No. 1 player out of Louisiana in the 2017 class.

Robinson is also the highest-ranked recruit ever signed by Stansbury, who produced five top-20 signing classes in a nine-year stretch during his 14-year tenure at the helm at Mississippi State.

“It’s obvious Mitchell is one of the most talented big guys in the country,” Stansbury said. “His best days all lie ahead of him. He has a lot more abilities than just running and jumping and blocking the ball. He has a skillset where he can step out and really shoot the basketball. We’re excited to have him and his family be a part of our program.”

Robinson heads to WKU with a reputation as a defensive force. He averaged 20.9 points, 13.6 rebounds, 8.1 blocks and 2.0 steals per game last season as a junior for Chalmette High School while shooting 69 percent from the floor.

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Name
School
Conference
Height
Class
Position
Jaylen Adams
St. Bonaventure
Atlantic 10
6-5
Jr.
G
Edrice Adebayo
Kentucky
SEC
6-10
Fr.
F
Grayson Allen
Duke
ACC
6-5
Jr.
G
Jarrett Allen
Texas
Big 12
6-11
Fr.
F
Dwayne Bacon
Florida State
ACC
6-7
Soph.
G
Lonzo Ball
UCLA
Pac-12
6-6
Fr.
G
V.J. Beachem
Notre Dame
ACC
6-8
Sr.
F
Joel Berry II
North Carolina
ACC
6-0
Jr.
G
James Blackmon, Jr.
Indiana
Big Ten
6-4
Jr.
G
Antonio Blakeney
LSU
SEC
6-4
Soph.
G
Jaron Blossomgame
Clemson
ACC
6-7
Sr.
F
Trevon Bluiett
Xavier
Big East
6-6
Jr.
G
Chris Boucher
Oregon
Pac-12
6-10
Sr.
F
Miles Bridges
Michigan State
Big Ten
6-7
Fr.
G/F
Dillon Brooks
Oregon
Pac-12
6-7
Jr.
F
Thomas Bryant
Indiana
Big Ten
6-10
Soph.
C
Tyler Dorsey
Oregon
Pac-12
6-4
Soph.
G
Jawun Evans
Oklahoma State
Big 12
6-1
Soph.
G
De'Aaron Fox
Kentucky
SEC
6-3
Fr.
G
Markelle Fultz
Washington
Pac-12
6-4
Fr.
G
Jack Gibbs
Davidson
Atlantic 10
6-0
Sr.
G
Harry Giles
Duke
ACC
6-10
Fr.
F
Devonte' Graham
Kansas
Big 12
6-2
Jr.
G
Ethan Happ
Wisconsin
Big Ten
6-10
Soph.
F
Josh Hart
Villanova
Big East
6-5
Sr.
G
Nigel Hayes
Wisconsin
Big Ten
6-8
Sr.
F
Malcolm Hill
Illinois
Big Ten
6-6
Sr.
G
Josh Jackson
Kansas
Big 12
6-8
Fr.
G
Justin Jackson
North Carolina
ACC
6-8
Jr.
F/G
Kris Jenkins
Villanova
Big East
6-6
Sr.
F
Peter Jok
Iowa
Big Ten
6-6
Sr.
G
Moses Kingsley
Arkansas
SEC
6-10
Sr.
F
Bronson Koenig
Wisconsin
Big Ten
6-3
Sr.
G
Dedric Lawson
Memphis
The American
6-9
Soph.
G/F
Tyler Lydon
Syracuse
ACC
6-9
Soph.
F
Lauri Markkanen
Arizona
Pac-12
7-0
Fr.
F
Frank Mason III
Kansas
Big 12
5-11
Sr.
G
Malik Monk
Kentucky
SEC
6-3
Fr.
G
Monte Morris
Iowa State
Big 12
6-3
Sr.
G
Austin Nichols
Virginia
ACC
6-9
Jr.
F
London Perrantes
Virginia
ACC
6-2
Sr.
G
Alec Peters
Valparaiso
Horizon League
6-9
Sr.
F
Ivan Rabb
California
Pac-12
6-11
Soph.
F
Dennis Smith, Jr.
NC State
ACC
6-3
Fr.
G
Edmond Sumner
Xavier
Big East
6-6
Soph.
G
Caleb Swanigan
Purdue
Big Ten
6-9
Soph.
F
Jayson Tatum
Duke
ACC
6-8
Fr.
F
Melo Trimble
Maryland
Big Ten
6-3
Jr.
G
Maurice Watson, Jr
Creighton
Big East
5-10
Sr.
G
Nigel Williams-Goss
Gonzaga
WCC
6-3
Jr.
G
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