Friday, May 22, 2015

Mike Allen Named Head Coach at Tates Creek High School

Former Bryan Station player and coach Mike Allen has been named the new head coach at Tates Creek High School.

Allen replaces coach Wayne Breeden, who recently stepped down after seven seasons at Tates Creek.

Last season, Allen was Breeden's assistant at Tates Creek after being fired Bryan Station's coach in 2014.

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Here's an excerpt from Mike Fields of the Herald-Leader:

"I thought if I stayed the course by doing the right thing, doing right by people and working hard, I felt the good Lord would bless me with a second chance," Allen said.

Allen was an all-state player at Bryan Station in the late 1980s, and set a city scoring record with 2,408 points in his career. He coached Bryan Station's girls for two seasons, and Frankfort's boys for two years before becoming Bryan Station's boys' coach in 2010.

He was suspended for undisclosed reasons the last few weeks of the 2014 season, and wasn't rehired. He had a four-year record of 57-59.

"Things didn't end the way I wanted at Bryan Station, but there are no hard feelings," Allen said. "Once a Defender, always a Defender.

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Chad Ford Thinks Cameron Payne Could Be A Lottery Pick

ESPN's Chad Ford thinks Murray State guard Cameron Payne could be drafted as high as No. 11 by the Indiana Pacers.

Tony Barbee Named Assistant Coach at Kentucky

Tony Barbee has officially been moved to assistant coach at the University of Kentucky.

Barbee worked last season as a special assistant to the head coach.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Head coach John Calipari announced on Friday the elevation of Tony Barbee to assistant coach after spending the 2014-15 season as the special assistant to the head coach at Kentucky.

Barbee, a former head coach at UTEP and Auburn, will rejoin the bench as an assistant coach, a role in which he has served for nine years under Calipari’s tutelage throughout his career. Barbee will fill the vacated position of Barry “Slice” Rohrssen, who accepted the associate head coach position at St. John’s last month.

“I’m excited for Tony, who has been a part of my basketball family for more than 20 years,” Calipari said. “Tony has proven himself to be one of the top coaches in the country. The knowledge and experience he brought to our staff last season was invaluable. To have him be a part of our staff is a blessing for all of us.”

In his first season with the Wildcats, Barbee served as the special assistant to the head coach where he assisted Calipari in a multitude of roles, including game-plan preparation, practice plans and administrative duties within everyday basketball operations.

The Wildcats enjoyed one of the most storied seasons in program history in 2014-15. UK became the first team in NCAA history to begin a season 38-0. The Wildcats also claimed the Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament crowns, while also advancing to their 17th appearance in the Final Four in school history.

“I really enjoyed my first season in Lexington and I’m looking forward to returning to the bench as a coach,” Barbee said. “I’m grateful to Coach Cal for giving me the opportunity to represent this prestigious program and university in this capacity.”

Barbee was previously the head coach at UTEP and at Auburn and has served as either a graduate assistant or assistant coach under Calipari for nine seasons. He also played for Calipari at the University of Massachusetts before starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant on the UMass staff in 1995-96. The Minutemen advanced to the NCAA Final Four in Barbee’s first season as a member of the coaching staff.

He served as an assistant coach for two seasons at UMass before taking an assistant coaching position at Wyoming. Barbee rejoined Calipari as an assistant at Memphis for six seasons beginning in the 2000-01 season. The Tigers earned a 20-win season in each of his six years on staff. The Tigers claimed a pair of Conference USA titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament three times during his tenure, including an Elite Eight run during his final season.

Barbee was hired as UTEP’s head coach in 2006. During his four-year tenure at the helm of the Miners’ program, he averaged 20.5 wins per season and exceeded his win total from year to year. His most prolific season at UTEP was his last in which he led the Miners to a 26-7 overall record, a C-USA regular-season title and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009-10.

He became Auburn’s head coach prior to the start of the 2010-11 season. He spent four seasons with the Tigers and amassed an overall 131-127 record during his two head coaching stints.

As a player, Barbee helped lead the Minutemen to a pair of Atlantic 10 championships and two NCAA Tournament berths. UMass went 91-39 during his four-year career. Barbee still ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in numerous statistical categories, including scoring with 1,643 points. He was a Second Team All-Atlantic 10 player in 1991 and 1993 and an A-10 Freshman Team selection in 1990.

The Indianapolis native played professionally in Spain and France after his collegiate career. He earned a bachelor of arts in sports management with a minor in African-American studies from UMass in 1993. He and his wife, Holly, have a daughter, Hayden Alexandra, and a son, Andrew Marsh.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Report: Aric Holman to Mississippi State

Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal reports that Owensboro's Aric Holman will sign with Mississippi State this morning.

Owensboro's Aric Holman to Make Announcement this Morning

Owensboro big man Aric Holman will make an announcement this morning at 10:30 a.m. CT.

Holman, a 6-foot-8 forward, was originally planning to reclassify to 2016 and attend Hargrave Military Academy.

Now, there is speculation that Holman will stay in the Class of 2015 and commit to Mississippi State.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

EKU and WKU to Renew Men's Basketball Rivalry

Eastern Kentucky University has announced a four-year men's basketball series with Western Kentucky University.

The longtime rivals have met 155 times, with the last game occurring in 2007.

Here is a release from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University will renew their men's basketball rivalry beginning with the 2015-16 season and face off each of the next four seasons.

The four-game, home-and-home series will begin Tuesday, Dec. 1 in Bowling Green. The Hilltoppers will then come to Richmond during the 2016-17 season, and again in 2018-19.

"We are excited to renew our rivalry with WKU," Eastern Head Coach Dan McHale said. "Anytime we can play one of the other teams in the state it just enhances our brand and shows the passion that Kentuckians have for college basketball. Coach Harper's Hilltoppers are well coached and we look forward to keeping this rivalry going for many years to come."

The two teams last played each other on Dec. 8, 2007 in Richmond. That game was the final in a four-game series that began in 2004. The current seven-year stretch without playing is the second longest period the two teams have gone without meeting. The two rivals went 10 seasons without playing each other from 1994 to 2004.

Eastern and Western have met 155 times, including every season from 1926-27 until WKU left the Ohio Valley Conference following the 1981-82 season.

"I want to thank our good friends Coach Ray Harper and Director of Athletics Todd Stewart at WKU for recognizing the significance of this series to our basketball programs, but more importantly to our fans," Eastern Kentucky Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller said. "There has been great athletic tradition between these two outstanding Universities and I am proud to have been a small part of re-establishing this series."

Asbury University Team Currently Doing Mission Work in Puerto Rico

The Asbury University men's basketball team is currently doing some mission work in Puerto Rico.

Here is more information from AU:

WILMORE, Ky. - Asbury men's basketball team is the first of numerous teams to depart this summer to spread the love of Jesus Christ across the world and serve the people of another culture.

The team, departing tomorrow (Saturday) morning, will travel to Puerto Rico to works with local churches and youth for the next eight days.

The team asks that you follow along with their time away, reading about their journey and experiences on their blog and keeping them in prayer. Coach Will Shouse and the team have expressed gratitude for the support of family and friends leading up to the trip and ask the same for the next few days.

The team will be in Puerto Rico from Saturday May 16 until Saturday, May 23.

To see where else the Asbury Athletics teams will travel this season and to get the blog addresses during their trips please visit the Asbury Athletics Missions page by clicking here.

Henry Clay's Felix Wilson Has Committed to Kentucky State University

Henry Clay guard Felix Wilson has committed to Kentucky State University for 2015-16.

Caleb Swanigan Picks Purdue Over Kentucky

Caleb Swanigan, a 6-foot-8 forward from Homestead (Ind.) High School, committed to Purdue on Tuesday.

Swanigan, who ranks No. 19 overall on the list for 2015, picked Purdue over Kentucky.

According to Adam Zagoria, Swanigan said he chose the Boilermakers in part because he thinks they can win a national championship.

NKU, EKU to Play West Virginia in 2015-16 Season

Northern Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky will both play at West Virginia next season.

The Norse will travel to Morgantown on November 13 to open the Mountaineers' regular season.

The Colonels will battle Bob Huggins' team on December 21.

Here's a look at WVU's non-conference schedule:

Nov 13 Northern Kentucky
Nov 16 vs. James Madison (Charleston)
Nov 20 Las Vegas Invitational
Nov 23 Las Vegas Invitational
Nov 26 at Las Vegas Invitational
Nov 27 at Las Vegas Invitational
Dec 05 Kennesaw State
Dec 08 vs. Virginia (Jimmy V Classic, Madison Square Garden)
Dec 13 Louisiana Monroe
Dec 17 vs. Marshall (Charleston)
Dec 21 Eastern Kentucky
Dec 30 at Virginia Tech
Jan 30 at Florida (Big 12/SEC Challenge)

* Big 12 Conference games are to be announced.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2015 NBA Draft Lottery Results; Timberwolves Win, Knicks Fail

The Minnesota Timberwolves have won the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery. 

The could mean that Karl-Anthony Towns will drop to the No. 2 pick and end up with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Timberwolves have have hinted that they might take Jahlil Okafor with the top pick.

The real losers (as expected) are the New York Knicks. The Knicks dropped all the way to No. 4.

2015 NBA Draft Lottery Results

1. Minnesota Timberwolves
2. Los Angeles Lakers
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. New York Knicks
5. Orlando Magic
6. Sacramento Kings
7. Denver Nuggets
8. Detroit Pistons
9. Charlotte Hornets
10. Miami Heat
11. Indiana Pacers
12. Utah Jazz
13. Phoenix Suns
14. Oklahoma City Thunder

EKU Adds "Bohemian Bruiser" Anthony Pratt for 2015-16

Eastern Kentucky University has signed 6-foot-6 forward Anthony Pratt from St. Louis Christian Academy for 2015-16.

Here is a release from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – With the addition of 6-foot-6 forward Anthony Pratt to the Eastern Kentucky basketball team, head coach Dan McHale's five-member recruiting class now includes four players that are 6-foot-5 or taller.

"We are thrilled that Anthony has decided to join our EKU family," McHale said. "He was being recruited at a high level and we were fortunate he saw an opportunity to get a great education at Eastern Kentucky and play in a fun style of play."

A native of the Bahamas, Pratt played high school basketball at St. Louis Christian Academy. He was limited his senior season due to an injury, but still averaged 13 points and seven rebounds per game.

Pratt was named the MVP of the Phenom Hoops National Showcase in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in November. Against Quality Education, which came in ranked No. 31 in the country by USA Today, Pratt scored a game-high 25 points on 11-of-14 shooting from the field and grabbed five rebounds in a 65-59 victory. In the Cougars' first game of the Shootout, Pratt finished with 10 points and nine rebounds against Faith Assembly.

"The 'Bohemian Bruiser' will provide toughness and energy to our front court," said McHale. "I am really excited about his ceiling, he doesn't know how good he is going be. We are fortunate that he played for Coach Maxey, who does a great job in the summer with young men like Anthony."

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Centre College to Hold Summer Basketball Skills Camp

Centre College assistant coach Ryan Wiersma will be holding a summer skills camp in Danville on June 8-10.

The camp will be open to boys and girls ages 8-14.

Here are details from CC:

The Centre men's basketball program has announced its 2015 summer skills camp will take place on June 8th-10th and will be open to boys and girls ages 8-14.

Centre men's basketball assistant coach Ryan Wiersma will be running this year's camp with help from current college players. Camp will run from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM on June 8th-10th. Cost is $100 for a full day or $65 for a half day. Campers will be responsible for bringing their own lunch.

Click HERE for a brochure with additional information as well as a release form. Contact Ryan Wiersma with any additional questions at (859) 213-2673 or via email at

New Orleans Writer Claims Calipari Talks to Pelicans

Larry Holder of believes a report by his colleague, John Reid, was accurate.

Holder says John Calipari and the Pelicans had discussions about the head coach vacancy but the Pelicans were unable (or unwilling) to commit enough money to Calipari.

Here's the original report by Reid:

John Calipari: I have no interest in coaching the Pelicans

Kentucky head coach John Calipari has quickly shut down a rumor that he is interested in coaching the New Orleans Pelicans.

John Reid of published an article this afternoon stating that Calipari has "made it known" to Pelicans' officials that he's interested in the job.

Here is an excerpt:

Given the opportunity to reunite with star forward Anthony Davis, Kentucky coach John Calipari has made it known to New Orleans Pelicans officials that he's interested in the team's vacant head-coaching job, a source close to Calipari said Tuesday.

There have been exploratory conversations between Calipari and the Pelicans, the source said, but it doesn't appear the team would be willing to meet his financial demands to leave Kentucky.

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Calipari quick shot that rumor down via social media and a brief statement that was sent out by UK:

“Even though Anthony and Tyreke are in New Orleans, I have no interest in coaching the Pelicans or any other coaching position. I have a great job and I'm happy at Kentucky.”

– John Calipari

Monday, May 18, 2015

2016 Star Quentin Goodin Will Finish AAU Season with Indiana Elite

Taylor County High School guard Quentin Goodin will finish out the AAU season with Indiana Elite, according to his father.

Goodin, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, had been playing with Hoop Dreams Orange on the Adidas circuit.

He joined Hoop Dreams Black for the Kentucky AAU State Tournament.

Goodin is a high major college prospect and the early favorite for Kentucky's Mr. Basketball award in 2016.

Marshall's Tamron Manning Transfers to Kentucky Wesleyan College

Marshall University's Tamron Manning has transferred to Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Here is a release from KWC:

OWENSBORO, Ky. (May 18, 2015) — Marshall guard Tamron Manning will transfer to eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College for his final year of eligibility, as announced by Panther head men's basketball coach Happy Osborne.

Manning, a 6-foot-4, 210-pounder from Georgetown, Ky. (Scott County HS), played in 31 of 32 games with six starts as a junior where he was third in assists with 48 and steals with 29 for the Thundering Herd. He also averaged 3.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 16.2 minutes per contest in 2014-15. His career-high was 16 points against King.

"I'm known him since he was six years old and I have seen him develop into an outstanding basketball player," Osborne stated. "Tamron can play all three spots on the perimeter and guard four positions on defense. He's an elite defender. Offensively, he can get into the lane to create scoring opportunities for his teammates an excellent chance of scoring."

Osborne added, "It's very important we recruit Kentucky hard. Tamron and Owensboro's Justin Miller are two of our three recruits for the 2015-16 season so far. Central Kentucky is obviously a region that has priority in recruiting and having Tamron and junior-to-be guard Ken-Jah Bosley from Richmond, on our team gives us a strong presence in that area."

As a sophomore, he averaged 4.1 points and 1.5 assists while finishing second in steals with 32. Manning earned four starts in playing 31 of 33 games. He recorded a season-high 15 points versus Florida International.

His first season with the Thundering Herd, he lead the team in free throw shooting at 85 percent in playing 28 games with five starts. He averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 assists. His best performance was a season-high 12 points against Southern Mississippi. Manning earned C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognition by having a grade point average of 3.0 or better.

At Scott County, Manning received first team all-state honors as a junior (2011) and a senior (2012) plus 11th Region Player of the Year recognition his final season.

He averaged 15.3 points and 6.4 rebounds as well as shooting 42.6 percent from the field, 41.1 percent from three-point range and 70.1 percent at the free throw line as a senior. rated him as a three-star recruit.

The Cardinals finished the 2012 season with a 34-5 record and a runner-up finish at the state tournament for head coach Billy Hicks.

Manning's other post season honors include selection to the Kentucky-Indiana all-star game as a junior and senior and to the Kentucky-Ohio all-star game as a junior plus the All-11th Region team as a sophomore.

Lindsey Wilson Adds Talented JUCO Forward Shawn Lathan for 2015-16

Lindsey Wilson College has signed junior college transfer Shawn Lathan for the 2015-16 season.

Lathan comes to Lindsey Wilson from Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, California. At SCC, he averaged 13.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game as sophomore.

Here is a release from LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team added junior college transfer Shawn Lathan for the upcoming 2015-16 season, head coach Paul Peck announced on Monday.

Lathan joins the Blue Raiders from Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, Calif., where he was named the Pacific Coast South Conference Player of the Year in 2014-15.

He was also named to the All-PCS Conference Team and selected as a California Community College Athletic Association All-State team member.

Lathan helped lead Southwestern to the Pacific Coast South Championship title last season with a 21-9 record while averaging 13.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

He shot 44.5 percent from the field and held a 48.1 percent shooting percentage from three-point range.

As a freshman at Southwestern, Lathan averaged 17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while maintaining a 50.6 percent field-goal percentage and a 43.4 percent mark from beyond the arc.

"Shawn is a coaches' player that can do it all both offensively and defensively," Peck said. "He can guard the two, three and four positions and turn around and play all three on the offensive end."

"Shawn can take it strong to the rim, but can also really stretch the defense with his three-point shot ability. We expect him to be one of our leaders both on the court and in the classroom."

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John Wall Realizes Dream With His Own AAU Team

Check out this feature on Washington Wizards point guard John Wall and his new AAU team - Team Wall:

Braxton Beverly is Leaving Perry Central for Senior Season

Perry County Central star Braxton Beverly is leaving the school and will play his senior season at Hargrave Military Academy.

Obviously, the move is a crushing blow to Perry Central which will certainly change the landscape of the 14th Region.

Beverly, a 5-foot-10 point guard, was also considered to be one of the early favorites in the race for 2016 Mr. Basketball in Kentucky.

2015 Legacy Nissan Classic is Loaded with Great Teams and Players

The tentative schedule for the 2015 Legacy Nissan Classic at North Laurel High School is absolutely loaded with great basketball teams and players.

The 4-day event will feature some high level teams from around the country as well as several of Kentucky's top high school teams.

The event will be held December 3-6.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Former NKU Guard Tayler Persons Will Transfer to Ball State

Former Northern Kentucky guard Tayler Persons has announced that he is transferring to Ball State University.

Persons, who was named Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year, averaged 13.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

Purdue and Xavier has also shown heavy interest in Persons.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Lindsey Wilson Officially Adds Pepper Ben Okofile for 2015-16

Lindsey Wilson College has officially added Wesley Christian's Pepper Ben Okofile for the 2015-16 season.

Here's a release from LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball program added Pepper Ben Okofile for the upcoming 2015-16 season, head coach Paul Peck announced on Tuesday.

Okofile joins the Blue Raiders from Wesley Christian High School in Allen, Ky., where he averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game as a senior.

He helped Wesley Christian capture the 2015 National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) Division 4 National Championship.

The 6-foot-8, 230-pound freshman is expected to bring a strong, physical presence for Lindsey Wilson inside the paint.

"Ben is a tremendous freshman signee for us. His size an athletic ability will enable him to have great success in the tough, physical style of play in the Mid-South Conference," Peck said.

"He is just now learning the American game​ after recently moving to Kentucky from Lagos, Nigeria, but coach Jack Jarrell and his staff at Wesley Christian High School did a tremendous job working with Ben and his teammates to improve his game every single day."

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St. Catharine College Hires Joe Krupinski to Take Over Men's Basketball Program

I am told by multiple sources that St. Catharine College has hired Joe Krupinski as head men's basketball coach.

Krupinski worked last season as an assistant coach at American International College, an NCAA Division II program in Springfield, Massachusetts. AIC was 24-7 overall and 15-5 in the Northeast-10 Conference.

Prior to last season, Krupinski worked six seasons as the head men's basketball coach at Lyndon State College in Vermont, where he led the program during its transition into the NCAA and the Division III level. 

Here's a little more on Krupinski's background via AIC:

Joe Krupinski enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Yellow Jackets in 2014-15.

Krupinski comes to AIC following six seasons as the head men's basketball coach at Lyndon State College in Vermont, where he led the program during its transition into the NCAA and the Division III level. Under Krupinski, the 2010-11 North Atlantic Conference Co-Coach of the Year, the Hornets posted a winning conference record in three of his final four seasons and qualified for four consecutive NAC post-season tournaments, including two NAC Final Fours, in 2011 and 2014.

The 2010-11 edition of the Hornets finished the league campaign in a tie for second place and reached the NAC title game for the only time in school history, falling to host Husson University. While at LSC, Krupinski coached five players who garnered All-League recognition, including three first team selections, and recruited the 2011 conference Rookie of the Year, Phil Warrick.

Krupinski took over at Lyndon after serving for seven seasons on the staff at fellow Northeast-10 member Saint Michael’s College, including the final three as the top assistant. While at SMC, Krupinski dealt with all facets of the Purple Knight program, including game and practice coaching, recruiting, scouting and academic monitoring of student-athletes. Krupinski recruited three Northeast-10 All-Rookie Team members to SMC, including the 2002 NE-10 and New England “Rookie of the Year,” Mike Keating. The 2007-08 edition of the Knights won 16 games and reached the conference tournament quarterfinals before bowing out to NCAA Tournament participant St. Rose.

Prior to his arrival in the Green Mountain State, Krupinski spent two years as the lead assistant at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. The Redhawks were one of the top teams in the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association each year, reaching the conference tournament final both seasons. Both teams also earned bids to the ECAC Upstate post-season tournament, reaching the semifinals in 2001 after upsetting top-seeded Cortland State. Krupinski was also responsible for recruiting two of the top seven all-time leading scorers in the history of the RPI program.

Krupinski began his coaching career at his alma mater, Springfield College. In his two seasons as an assistant, the Pride were one of the top Division III teams in New England, finishing the 1997-98 season 26-2 and ranked fifth in the country – both program records – earning the top seed in the NCAA Tournament Northeast Regional. Krupinski was instrumental in recruiting the core group that advanced to the NCAA Division III “Sweet Sixteen” in 2000 – a group which included the first two “Rookies-of-the-Year” in the newly-created New England Women’s and Men’s Athletics Conference (NEWMAC).

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Former Male Head Coach Larry Miller Joins Staff at Hopkinsville

Former Male head coach Larry Miller has joined the coaching staff at Hopkinsville.

According to Kentucky New Era, Miller will join Tim Haworth's staff as an assistant coach.

Here is an excerpt:

One of the most respected names in Kentucky high school basketball circles will join Tim Haworth’s bench for the 2015-16 season, as former Louisville Moore Traditional and Louisville Male head coach Larry Miller will serve as a varsity assistant for the Hopkinsville boys’ squad next year.

Miller, 59, stepped down after four seasons at Male following this past season. He went 75-54 with the Bulldogs. Before that he was an assistant coach at the University of Dayton from 1990 to 1993 and compiled a 243-219 record at Moore Traditional during a 16-year stay.

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2017 PG Najeh Banks Says He's Eligible at Morgan County High School

Najeh Banks, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Baltimore, has apparently been ruled eligible to participate in basketball at Morgan County High School.

Banks confirmed the news on his Twitter account:

Here's some footage of banks at the 2014 Adidas Midwest Elite Camp:

If Banks is indeed eligible, this likely makes Morgan County the early favorite to win the 16th Region next season.

Kentucky Will Battle Kansas in Big 12/SEC Challenge

The Kentucky Wildcats will battle the Kansas Jayhawks on January 30 as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

Kentucky will travel to Allen Fieldhouse for a true road game against the Jayhawks.

Here is a release:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The two winningest schools in NCAA Division I history will meet during the 2015-16 season when Kentucky plays Kansas as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

The Wildcats will visit Lawrence, Kan., on Jan. 30 to play the Jayhawks in the annual league challenge between the Southeastern Conference and Big 12. The 2016 meeting will mark UK’s first trip to Allen Fieldhouse since 2006 and just its second since 1990.

This marks the third season of the annual Big 12/SEC Challenge, though this will be the first season where all 10 games of the challenge will be played on the same day. To accommodate for the new format in January, a bye in the league schedule for participating teams was created to accommodate for the format.

Ten of the SEC’s 14 teams will participate in this year’s event against all 10 of the Big 12’s institutions. Each of the 10 SEC teams participating in the 2016 games will also play in the 2017 event. The four SEC teams not participating will play each other in conference games the same day.

Eight of the 10 Big 12/SEC Challenge games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 and two games will air on ESPNU. All 10 games will be available via WatchESPN. ESPN’s College GameDay will originate from one of the Challenge games, to be announced at a later date. Start times and network designations will also be announced at a later time.

Kentucky and Kansas have met three times over the last four seasons, with Kentucky winning all three matchups. The Wildcats beat the Jayhawks twice during the 2011-12 season, including a 67-59 victory in the 2012 national championship game. UK rolled Kansas 72-40 in this past season’s Champions Classic matchup in Indianapolis.

Overall, UK leads the series 22-6. Kansas has won the last three meetings in Lawrence, but the Wildcats own a 7-4 series advantage at the Jayhawks’ home.

Per usual, Kentucky and Kansas are expected to be among the nation’s best teams when they meet during the 2015-16 season. UK welcomes back Alex Poythress, Tyler Ulis and Marcus Lee to join another highly touted recruiting class. The Jayhawks will return the core of their 2015 Big 12 championship team. Both teams are among the top 10 in various early preseason national rankings.

The meeting with Kansas adds to what was already a super slate of nonconference games for the 2015-16 season. Kentucky is slated to play Duke in Chicago in the Champions Classic, South Florida in Miami in the inaugural Hoophall Miami Invitational, at UCLA in the first game of a home-and-home series, Ohio State in Brooklyn, N.Y., in the CBS Sports Classic, and Louisville in Rupp Arena.

UK’s full 2015-16 nonconference schedule will be released at a later time.

For the latest on the Kentucky men's basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on Twitter and on the web at

2016 Big 12/SEC Challenge Matchups

Texas Tech at Arkansas
Oklahoma State at Auburn
West Virginia at Florida
Georgia at Baylor
Kentucky at Kansas
Oklahoma at LSU
Ole Miss at Kansas State
Tennessee at TCU
Iowa State at Texas A&M
Vanderbilt at Texas

EKU Adds Georgia Tech Staffer Trent Angelucci as Director of Ops

Eastern Kentucky University has hired Georgia Tech video coordinator Trent Angelucci to fill the role of Director of Basketball Operations.

Here is a release from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Trent Angelucci, the video coordinator at Georgia Tech the last four years, has been hired as Eastern Kentucky's Director of Basketball Operations.

Before joining the staff at Georgia Tech, Angelucci was an assistant coach at Transylvania University for two seasons (2009-11).

"Trent is a tremendous addition to my inaugural staff at EKU," head coach Dan McHale said. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our staff that will compliment us very well. Working most recently in the ACC for a great coach like Brian Gregory will be beneficial in all aspects of our program."

Angelucci's duties as the video coordinator at Tech from 2011 to 2015 included preparing and analyzing all film edits for scouting and player development, breaking down every opponent's offense for each scout, researching and completing statistical analysis reports, and developing and updating detailed recruiting schedules for each recruiting season.

The Lexington, Kentucky native is the son of Dr. Steve Angelucci, the president of Lexington Catholic High School. Steve served as the assistant athletics director for external relations at Eastern Kentucky during the early to mid 1990's.

"Being a Lexington native and his family ties to EKU makes Trent's homecoming even more special," McHale said. "I'm thrilled to welcome him aboard and excited as he is a rising star in our business."

As an assistant at Transylvania, Angelucci had on-court coaching, scouting and recruiting responsibilities.

Angelucci joins assistant coaches Michael Bradley, Reece Gaines and Doug Davenport on McHale's first EKU staff. Eastern is the only program in the nation with two former first round NBA draft picks on its staff. Bradley was the No. 17 pick by Toronto in the 2001 NBA Draft and Gaines was the No. 15 pick in the 2003 draft by Orlando.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

UK To Host Albany and NJIT in November

The Kentucky Wildcats will apparently host the University of Albany and New Jersey Institute of Technology in November.

Albany coach Will Brown confirmed to that his team will open their season in Lexington:

The University at Albany men’s basketball team will open next season at the University of Kentucky on Nov. 13, Great Danes head coach Will Brown confirmed by text message this afternoon.

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported this morning that NJIT will travel to Rupp Arena on November 14:

Kentucky Wesleyan Signs Owensboro's Justin Miller

Kentucky Wesleyan College has announced that Owensboro big man Justin Miller has officially signed with the men's basketball program.

Here is a release from KWC:

OWENSBORO (May 12, 2015) — Second team all-state forward and State Championship Most Valuable Player Justin Miller from 2015 State Champion Owensboro High School, announced he will continue his basketball career at eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College, according to KWC head men's basketball coach Happy Osborne.

Miller, a 6-foot-7, 260-pounder, led the Red Devils in scoring (16.4) and field goal shooting (65.0) and finished second in rebounding (8.8) in 34 starts to lead OHS to a 31-4 record for head coach and former two-time Kentucky Wesleyan All-American Rod Drake.

"First and foremost Justin’s a champion because has experienced what takes to reach the ultimate goal," Osborne stated. "He knows what it is like to wear a championship ring and wants to repeat the experience.

"Justin’s a very strong and athletic with great hands, feet and toughness. He has hit big shot after big shot after big shot throughout his career. He has been well prepared to play college ball by 2015 Kentucky State High School Coach of the Year Rod Drake.

"What I love about him the most is he wants to be here. His signing is monumental because we want to have the best high school players in the state at Kentucky Wesleyan. Along with Ken-Jah Bosley, Justin give us two of the last three state championship heroes.”

Justin will participate in the annual Kentucky-Indiana High School All-Star series on Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13.

The last signees from Owensboro High School was Rod Drake and Dwight Higgs in 1980.

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