Saturday, October 25, 2014

Drew Kelly Will Begin Coaching Career at Bath County High School

Former Morehead State University forward Drew Kelly will get his first coaching experience as an assistant coach for Troy Lee Thomas and the Bath County High School girl's program.

Kelly played three seasons for the Eagles after transferring from Miami (OH). He averaged 9.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season as a senior.

Bath County was 15-9 last season and fell to Rowan County in the 61st District Tournament. The Lady Cats return several experienced players, including Western Kentucky University commit Sarah Price.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Rio Grande, Cincinnati Christian Favored in New-Look KIAC

University Rio Grande and Cincinnati Christian University are the picks to win their respective divisions in the new-look Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this season.

Rio Grande, which comes to the KIAC from the Mid-South Conference, earned 5 first-place votes and 44 total points in the North Division. IU East is just behind with 5 first-place votes and 43 points. Point Park, IU Kokomo and Carlow University round out the North Division.

In the South Division, Cincinnati Christian leads the way with 6 first-place votes and 46 points. IU Southeast is next with 3 first-place votes and 42 points.

Teams from Kentucky are picked to finish in the bottom three places in the South Division. Asbury and Brescia are tied for third with 24 points. Brescia also earned a single first-place vote. Alice Lloyd College is picked to finish last in the South Division with 14 points.

North Division
SchoolPoints
1) University of Rio Grande (5)44
2) Indiana University East (5)43
3) Point Park University29
4) Indiana University Kokomo24
5) Carlow University10

South Division
SchoolPoints
1) Cincinnati Christian University (6)46
2) Indiana University Southeast (3)42
3) Asbury University24
3) Brescia University (1)24
5) Alice Lloyd College14

Walter McCarty Pleads Not Guilty to Larceny Charges

Former Kentucky player Walter McCarty, who now serves as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of larceny.

McCarty is accused of failing to provide sufficient funds for $39,000 in cabinets for his new home.

Here is an excerpt from BostonGlobe.com:

Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty pleaded not guilty to larceny charges in a Framingham court Thursday after being accused of failing to provide sufficient funds for $39,000 in cabinets for his home.

McCarty was released without bail and is scheduled to return to court Dec. 11, which an off day for the club. It was not certain McCarty attended Thursday’s afternoon practice. The Celtics open the regular season Oct. 29 against the Brooklyn Nets.

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McCarty released a statement that read:

"This matter stems from ordering some kitchen cabinets for a home that my family and I are building. We hope to resolve the matter soon, but I simply cannot comment further while the case is pending."

Former EKU Forward Justin Stommes Signs to Play in Finland

Former Eastern Kentucky University swingman Justin Stommes has signed with the Helsinki Seagulls in Finland's top-level Korisliiga league.

Stommes played last season for Landstede Basketball Zwolle in the Dutch Eredivisie league. In 28 games, he averaged 15.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Helsinki Seagulls (Korisliiga) inked 26-year old American swingman Justin Stommes (200-88, college: E.Kentucky). He played most recently at Landstede Basketbal Zwolle in Dutch Eredivisie. In 28 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 15.1ppg and had 4.7rpg, 2.2apg and 1.9spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honorable Mention. The most of previous (2012-13) season Stommes spent at Kirchheim Knights (ProA) in German league. In 13 games he recorded 15.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg in 2012-13 season. He also played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (BBL) in German league that season. In 12 games he averaged 5.8ppg and 1.7rpg in 2012-13 season.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Video: Kentucky Wildcats at SEC Media Day

Check out this video of the Kentucky Wildcats at SEC Tipoff:


Peyton Broughton Picks Up Two Offers, Has Big Visits Coming Up

North Laurel High School's Peyton Broughton recently picked up offers from Western Kentucky and Miami (OH).





Broughton, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard in the Class of 2017, will visit Tennessee tomorrow and Clemson Saturday.




Media Picks UK to Win the SEC, Aaron Harrison is Preseason Player of the Year

The media unanimously picked Kentucky to win the Southeastern Conference yesterday during the SEC Tipoff event.

The Wildcats received all 20 first-place votes and 280 total points. Florida is second with 258 points. Arkansas, LSU and Georgia round out the top 5.

It is the first time Kentucky has been a unanimous selection since Rick Pitino's 1996 team.

UK's Aaron Harrison was voted the SEC Preseason Player of the Year and named to the preseason All-SEC First Team.

Willie Cauley-Stein, Karl Towns, Andrew Harrison and Alex Poythress were all named to the Second Team.

Preseason Media Poll (First-Place Votes in Parentheses)

1. Kentucky (20) 280
2. Florida 258
3. Arkansas 226
4. LSU 223
5. Georgia 204
6. Ole Miss 168
7. Missouri 123
8. Auburn 113
9. Texas A&M 111
10. Alabama 109
11. Vanderbilt 89
12. South Carolina 86
13. Tennessee 75
14 Mississippi State 35

First Team All-SEC

Bobby Portis - Arkansas, F, 6-11, 242, So., Little Rock, Ark.
Michael Frazier II - Florida, G, 6-4, 194, Jr., Tampa, Fla.
Aaron Harrison - Kentucky, G, 6-6, 212, So., Richmond, Texas
Jordan Mickey - LSU, F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas
Jarvis Summers - Ole Miss, G, 6-3, 186, Sr., Jackson, Miss.

Second Team All-SEC

Charles Mann - Georgia, G, 6-5, 215, Jr., Alpharetta, Ga.
Willie Cauley-Stein - Kentucky, F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.
Andrew Harrison - Kentucky, G, 6-6, 210, So., Richmond, Texas
Alex Poythress - Kentucky, F, 6-8, 238, Jr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Karl-Anthony Towns - Kentucky, F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.

SEC Player of the Year: Aaron Harrison, Kentucky

Release from the SEC

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

John Calipari to Pay Spring Tuition for Two UK Students

Kentucky head coach John Calipari will once again pay spring semester in-state tuition for two students who attend Monday’s annual Blue-White Scrimmage at Rupp Arena.

Here are more details from CoachCal.com:

Students currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky can sign up at the regular student entrance at Rupp Arena, behind section 34. They must present a valid UK student ID and be signed up before 7 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

The winners will be randomly selected and announced at the completion of the scrimmage. They must be present to win.

In the event of an out-of-state or graduate/professional student winner, the spring semester in-state undergraduate tuition amount will be applied.

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UPIKE to Tip Off Season Tonight with Annual Basketball Blast-Off

The University of Pikeville Bears will get the 2014-15 season going tonight with their annual Basketball Blast-Off event.

Tonight's event will tip off at 8:00 p.m. ET at the UPIKE Gym (not the Expo Center).

Here are details from UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The annual Basketball Blast-Off hosted by the University of Pikeville is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday at the UPIKE Gym.

It's the first chance for the UPIKE community to come out and see the men's and women's basketball teams, as well as performances from cheer, dance and the pep band.

The event, emceed by UPIKE Vice President for Enrollment Management Gary Justice, will also feature giveaways including t-shirts, sunglasses and tickets, as well as some on-court games with participants from the crowd.

Both basketball teams will be introduced and split up for two 20-minute scrimmages, followed by a dunk contest and 3-point shootout.

Men's basketball coach Kelly Wells and women's basketball's Joanna McNamee are excited to get things rolling as the Blast-Off is the starting point for what they both hope is a successful season.

The men will play their first regular-season game on Oct. 27 against Grace Bible at the East Ky. Expo Center, while the women travel to West Virginia Tech on Oct. 30 in Montgomery, W. Va.

The Harrison Twins are Ready for SEC Tip Off

Kentucky's Harrison twins are ready for SEC media days in Charlotte, North Carolina:



Of course, John Calipari is also doing this thing today:




About SEC Tipoff: The SEC Network's previews begin with every women's head basketball coach and select student-athletes from all 14 SEC teams appearing in-studio on October 21 and coverage airing during SEC Now, 7-9 p.m. ET. The following day, every men's head basketball coach and select student-athletes from each team will visit the studios. Coverage of the men's visit will air on October 22 during SEC Now, 9-11 p.m. ESPNU will also cover the men's coaches' visit to the Charlotte studios during their ESPNU Media Days Special from 3-4 p.m.

Taylor County's Quentin Goodin to Work Out for Tennessee, Michigan Today

Taylor County star Quentin Goodin worked out for Tennessee this morning and will work out for Michigan this afternoon.





Goodin, a 6-foot-2 point guard, ranks No. 78 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.

Photo: Rivals.com

Nestor Colmenares Earns Player of the Week Honors in Uruguay

Former Campbellsville University star Nestor Colmenares was named Eurobasket.com Player of the Week in Uruguay's top-level LUB league this week.

Colmenares had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds in Trouville's 91-71 win over Bohemios.

Here is more from Latinbasket.com:

27-year old power forward Nestor Colmenares (203-PF-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Trouville and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.

He had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Bohemios (#5, 3-2) with 20-point margin 91-71. Trouville is placed at 2nd position in Uruguayan league. They are still close to the very top. Trouville would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. Colmenares turned to be Trouville's top player in his first season with the team. Campbellsville University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Colmenares is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.8ppg), rebounds (5th best: 10.3rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg,2.8spg and 54.2% FGP.

Source

Former Kentucky Wesleyan star Anthony Young was sixth in the voting this week following a 26-point, 11-rebound performance.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Q&A with Morehead State's Sean Woods at OVC Media Day

Here is a Q&A with Morehead State head coach Sean Woods at OVC Media Day:

Q: What are your thoughts on this event?

A: Media Day is always an enjoyable event. It tells me basketball season is here. I like seeing everyone in a more relaxed atmosphere. The OVC has 24 head basketball coaches, and, at this point, everyone is thinking about what they can do to make their teams successful in 2014-15.

Q: Angelo Warner was announced today as a Preseason All-OVC selection. Tell us about your expectations for him this season.

A: We call Angelo "Mr. Consistency." He's our bulldog. Night in and night out, you know what you're going to get out of Angelo. He's consistent on both ends of the floor, which makes him so valuable. We have several quality guards and some talented big men this year, so Angelo has help.

Q: Over the past two years, you've talked about recruiting players who fit your style. How close are you to totally achieving that?

A: I like the direction we're heading. Off the court, we are targeting young men who are serious about getting a college education. On the court, we like to play fast. We are trying to fill the program with athletic kids who love to play basketball. We want gym rats who are working hard to maximize their potential.

Q: It seems like you've been pleased with the marketing and publicity efforts in recent weeks. How important is that visibility for your program?

A: I thought our athletic department did a great job with putting together Light Up the Lot. We had several hundred fans attend that event, including lots of Morehead State students. We hope those individuals will support us throughout the season. I've always said it's about selling the sizzle. That buzz is important for recruiting and our efforts in continuing to build the fan base.

Q: Can you speak to your program's depth this season?

A: I'm hoping everyone will add something to the soup this year to make it tastier.

Photo: MSU Athletics

Coaches from Elon to See Tanner Johnson, Jacob Conway

Coaches from Elon will be in Kentucky this week to see several recruits.

According to Hoop Dreams AAU coach Steve Quattrocchi, Elon will stop by to see Lexington Catholic's Tanner Johnson and Lincoln County's Jacob Conway.




SEC Network to Televise UK's Blue/White Scrimmage and Exhibition Games

The SEC Network will televise Kentucky's upcoming Blue/White scrimmage and both exhibition games.

According to Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader:


Coaches Pick Murray State to Win OVC in 2014-15

The Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball coaches have picked Murray State to win the league in the 2014-15.

The Racers are picked to win the West Division with 22 first-place votes and 132 total points. Southeast Missouri is picked second with 2 first-place votes and 109 points. SIUE, Austin Peay, Eastern Illinois and UT Martin (in that order) round out the West Division.

Belmont is the preseason pick in the East Division with 16 first-place votes and 125 total points. Morehead State is second with 4 first-place votes and 103 points. Eastern Kentucky is just behind with 4 first-place votes and 102 points. Tennessee Tech, Jacksonville State and Tennessee State are the bottom three teams in the East Division.

Murray State had 15 first-place votes for overall OVC champion. Belmont earned 7 votes. Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State each earned a single vote.

Murray State's Cameron Payne is Preseason OVC Player of the Year.

Release from the OVC

2014-15 Preseason OVC Men’s Basketball Predicted Order of Finish
Overall OVC Champion: Murray State (15 first-place vote)
Other Teams Receiving Overall First-Place Votes: Belmont (7), Eastern Kentucky (1), Morehead State (1)

East Division
1. Belmont (16 first-place votes) – 125 points
2. Morehead State (4) – 103
3. Eastern Kentucky (4) – 102
4. Tennessee Tech – 71
5. Jacksonville State – 52
6. Tennessee State - 40

West Division
1. Murray State (22 first-place vote) – 132 points
2. Southeast Missouri (2) – 109
3. SIUE – 77
4. Austin Peay – 70
5. Eastern Illinois – 64
6. UT Martin 40
 
 
2014-15 Preseason All-OVC Men’s Basketball Team
Preseason OVC Player of the Year: Cameron Payne, Murray State

Jarekious Bradley, Southeast Missouri
Craig Bradshaw, Belmont
Reece Chamberlain, Belmont
Chris Horton, Austin Peay
Cameron Payne, Murray State
T.J. Sapp, Murray State
Myles Taylor, UT Martin
Corey Walden, Eastern Kentucky
Angelo Warner, Morehead State
Jarvis Williams, Murray State

Drop Everything You're Doing and Watch the Story of Lauren Hill Right Now

Drop everything you are doing and go watch this video right now. This is a story that needs to be told and this young lady deserves a few minutes of our time.

I encourage you to watch the video and listen to the story of Lauren Hill.

Grab some tissues and hit the play button:



Lauren, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I plan to be at your game. God bless.

Ramel Bradley Earns Opportunity with VEF Riga in Latvia

Former Kentucky point guard Ramel Bradley has earned a tryout with VEF Riga in Latvia's top-level LBL league.

Bradley's' tryout period will reportedly last no longer than three weeks.

Last season, Bradley spent time with Turk Telecom in Turkey. He has previously played Israel, France and Croatia.

Source

Monday, October 20, 2014

Drake Introduced John Calipari and More at Kentucky's Big Blue Madness

The rapper Drake had a big role in Kentucky's Big Blue Madness event Friday night.

Drake addressed the crowd, introduced John Calipari and even went through the layup line with the Wildcats.



He didn't have as much luck on the basketball court:







Dominique Hagans Ends Up at Talladege College

Former Georgetown College guard Dominique Hagans has ended up transferring to Talladega College, an NAIA program in Talladega, Alabama.

Hagans, who played high school basketball at Lafayette High School, originally planned to transfer to Union College before landing at Talladega.

Talladega is a high-level NAIA program that is picked to win the Gulf Coast Conference this season.

GCAC 2014-15 Preseason Poll (First-place votes in parenthesis)

Team Points
1. Talladega (4)* 58
2. Xavier (3) 57
3. Philander Smith (2) 52
4. Edward Waters 38
5. SUNO 35
6. Tougaloo 20
7. Dillard 15
8. Voorhees 14

*First place vote was split between Talladega and Xavier on one ballot, resulting in nine first place votes.

The tornadoes are led by former Western Kentucky commit Brandon "Snap" Peters. Peters was ruled ineligible to play at Western and ended up leaving the program.

Video: UK Recruit Thon Maker Was a Beast at John Lucas Midwest Camp

Check out these new highlights of 2016 Kentucky recruit Thon Maker at John Lucas Midwest Camp:


Saturday, October 18, 2014

2015 PG Malik Maitland Has Committed to Morehead State University

Malik Maitland, a talented point guard in the class of 2015, has committed to Morehead State University:

Maitland is a 5-foot-11 point guard at Father Lopez (FL) High School.

Video: Highlights of Big Blue Madness 2014

Check out these highlights from Kentucky 2014 Big Blue Madness event:


Tubby Smith Crashes Motorcycle During Texas Tech Madness Event

Former Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith is now the coach at Texas Tech University.

Last night, during Tech's madness event, Smith came out dressed as Shaft on a motorcycle.

Things went downhill quickly when Smith crashed the motorcycle in the middle of Tech's court:


Friday, October 17, 2014

Video: Last Minute of Kentucky's Big Blue Madness Scrimmage

Full highlights coming later...for now, check out the final minute of Kentucky's Big Blue Madness scrimmage (plus comments from John Calipari):


Matthew Mitchell Sings at Kentucky's Big Blue Madness

UK hoops coach Matthew Mitchell sings at Kentucky's Big Blue Madness:


Drake is in the Building at Big Blue Madness

Drake has arrived at Kentucky's Big Blue Madness. There is a rumor circulating that he might perform in some manner.

Stay tuned...


Early Look at Kentucky's Big Blue Madness Setup

Here's an early look at the setup for Kentucky's Big Blue Madness event, which tips off at 7:00 p.m. ET:


National Writer Thinks Kentucky Can Actually Go 40-0 in 2014-15

Finishing a season 40-0 is impossible in modern day college basketball. Right?

Not according to Reid Forgrave of FoxSports.com. Forgrave thinks the Kentucky Wildcats actually have a legitimate shot at the historic mark in 2014-15.





Here is an excerpt of Forgrave's article:

A college basketball team has never won all 40 games, which is what it would take for John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats to go from Nov. 14 -- when they play the Grand Canyon Antelopes in Lexington -- all the way to April 6, when a new national champion will be crowned at the Final Four in Indianapolis.

The 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers were the last undefeated team in Division I hoops, going 32-0. UNLV didn’t lose until the Final Four in 1990-91. The 2003-04 St. Joseph’s squad made it all the way to the Atlantic-10 tournament before losing a game, to Xavier. And last year’s Wichita State team headed into the NCAA tournament undefeated and (I thought) had a real shot of going 40-0 and winning it all – until the top-seeded Shockers were upended by, wouldn’t you know it, the Kentucky Wildcats in what was one of the tournament’s most exciting games.

So what’s the chance at perfection? Um, not great. Maybe 3 percent? Maybe a little bit more? If you’re betting one team against the field, and that’s what you’re doing when you say Kentucky could win every game, you always take the field, of course. Especially when the rare teams that have given perfection a run in the past few decades have tended to come from conferences where powder-puff schedules make these things more possible.

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My Thoughts: Personally, I think 40-0 is an impossible feat in today's college basketball. That being said, it is difficult for me to point at any one game on the schedule and say, "I think UK loses this game."

Mark it down, however, the Wildcats will drop a game early in the season, or a in a tough road environment, or in the SEC portion of the schedule...or...you get the point. I'll go with 38-2.

Murray State Freshman JayQuan McCloud is Leaving Racer Basketball Program

Murray State head coach Steve Prohm has confirmed that freshman guard JayQuan McCloud is leaving the Racer basketball program.

According to Prohm, McCloud is homesick and wants to move closer to home.

Here is more from WPSDLocal6.com:

Murray State basketball coach Steve Prohm says freshman guard JayQuan McCloud has decided to leave the Racer program. Prohm said McCloud is homesick and wants to move closer to home.

McCloud averaged 17.4 points per game as a senior at North Chicago Community High School in Illinois. Prohm said this situation has been going on for a few weeks. Prohm recently met with McCloud and his family as they tried to figure out a way for the freshman to stay with the Racers, but that did not happen.

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