Friday, August 11, 2017

Johnson Central's Cole Crace Signs with Pikeville

Johnson Central's Cole Crace has signed to play college basketball at the University of Pikeville.

Centre College Adds DII Transfer Will Hager for 2017-18

Centre College has added NCAA Division II transfer Will Hager for the 2017-18 season.

The former Mercer County High School star redshirted last season at Colorado School of the Mines.

Here are details from CC:

DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – Centre head men's basketball coach Greg Mason announced that guard Will Hager has joined the Colonels' 2017 recruiting class on a Division II transfer.

Hager, who graduated from Mercer County High School in Harrodsburg, Ky. in 2016, originally committed to play basketball for Division II Colorado School of Mines, but redshirted for the Orediggers during the 2016-17 campaign.

Hager is one of the most decorated high school players in the 12th region and the all-time leading scorer at Mercer County with over 1,900 points. As a senior, Hager helped the Titans achieve a 33-2 overall record and the top spot in the Kentucky high school basketball rankings. He earned a pair of All-State honors in his high school career, Second Team as a senior and Honorable Mention as a junior. Hager was also a two-time First Team Academic All-State honoree.

"We are thrilled that Will has decided to join our program and attend Centre this fall," said Mason. "Everyone who follows basketball in our area knows the impact he had at Mercer County, leading their team to a top ranking his senior season. Will fits everything we are looking for in a basketball player here at Centre in that he's an outstanding student, a very accomplished player and most importantly an outstanding young man."

The addition of Hager completes Centre's eight-player recruiting class for 2017 that will look to make the Colonels one of the favorites to win the Southern Athletic Association championship.

Centre will open up the 2017-18 basketball season with an exhibition game at the University of Kentucky on Nov. 3.

Former Morehead State Guard Xavier Moon Signs Pro Contract in France

Former Morehead State guard Xavier Moon has signed a pro contract with ALM Evreux in France's second-level ProB league.

Moon recently spoke to The Alexander City Outlook about his new journey:

“I actually know someone that played on the team I’m going to,” Moon said. “He told me about the team and how it was a good program and all that. My agent was the one who got in touch with the coach, and I was able to talk to him from there.”

Since he was a Cougar, Moon has been a standout on the basketball court. As a senior, he was the top scorer in the state of Alabama. Moon averaged 35 points per game, was named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State team and went to the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game.

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Apparently, Moon will team up with former Nebraska player Caleb Walker and a man who calls himself Steeve Ho You Fat (roster via Eurobasket.com):


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Berea College Transitions Into USA South Atlantic Conference

On July 1, Berea College officially transitioned into NCAA Divisions III"s USA South Atlantic Conference.

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) – On July 1, 2017, the USA South Athletic Conference officially welcomed Berea College, Brevard College and Pfeiffer University as its three newest members. All three will begin competing in the League this coming Fall. (READ MORE HERE)

With the addition of three new members, the USA South's divisional structures have been adjusted for the upcoming 2017-18 season. The Conference will feature divisional standings in the sports of Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Volleyball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Softball, Men's Tennis and Women's Tennis. Pfeiffer will be placed in the East Division while Berea and Brevard will compete in the West Division. An additional adjustment is Salem College's move to the East Division.

As was previously announced, Berea will be the lone institution of the three who will be a full-fledged NCAA Division III member and thus is immediately eligible to compete for all USA South championships and awards. Both Brevard and Pfeiffer are currently reclassifying from NCAA Division II to Division III and have been integrated into the USA South schedules for all sports in which they sponsor however, contests versus the two reclassifying members will not count within the League standings until the 2018-19 season. Additionally, until their reclassifying process with the NCAA is complete, which is anticipated to be following the 2020-21 academic year, neither institution will be eligible to compete in any USA South post-season tournament event. Beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, both Brevard and Pfeiffer will be eligible for regular season titles and athletic awards. Beginning immediately, all reclassifying student-athletes are eligible for any Conference-awarded academic and/or sportsmanship honors.

For those sports with divisional standings, the East and West Divisions shall be as follows:



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Omar Prewitt Will Begin Professional Career in Lithuania

Former Montgomery County High School star Omar Prewitt will begin his professional basketball career in Lithuania.

Prewitt has signed with BC Siauliai in Lithuania's top-level LKL league.

Here are details from Eurobasket.com:

BC Siauliai (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American swingman Omar Prewitt (201-88kg-94). Prewitt just graduated from William & Mary (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 30 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 3.2apg last season. Prewitt helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to All-CAA 2nd Team.

As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

Among other achievements Prewitt played in the final of CAA Tournament for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). He received also HS Region 10 Player of the Year award back in 2013 at his college time.

Mercer County's Trevon Faulkner Picks Up Offer from Valparaiso

Mercer County High School guard Trevon Faulkner has picked up a scholarship offer from Valparaiso University.

Valpo now competes in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Western Kentucky Grants Release to Five-Star Center Mitchell Robinson

Five-star center Mitchell Robinson has been granted a release to transfer from Western Kentucky University.

Rick Stansbury put out the following statement moments ago:

UPDATE FROM WKU HEAD COACH RICK STANSBURY ON FRESHMAN MITCHELL ROBINSON

From WKU men's basketball head coach Rick Stansbury: “WKU freshman center Mitchell Robinson has been granted his release to transfer from the Hilltopper program. After discussing Mitchell’s future with him Monday evening, we agreed that it would be best for both sides to allow him to move in a different direction. As I’ve said before, Mitchell is a great kid, and we wish him well going forward.”

Monday, July 31, 2017

Rick Stansbury Releases Statement on Mitchell Robinson

Western Kentucky head coach Rick Stansbury has issued a statement about freshman big man Mitchell Robinson:

STATEMENT FROM WKU HEAD COACH RICK STANSBURY ON FRESHMAN MITCHELL ROBINSON

From WKU men's basketball head coach Rick Stansbury: “WKU freshman center Mitchell Robinson is suspended indefinitely from the program for a violation of team rules. Mitchell is a good kid, but the team will always be more important than one individual player. He needs to understand the value of structure and accountability in his life, and his return will be dependent upon requirements that will be handled internally. My focus is on our team, and I’m excited about this group as we prepare for next week’s trip to Costa Rica.”

According to Jeff Goodman, Robinson doesn't even want to play at WKU:

Friday, July 28, 2017

Five-Star Recruit Mitchell Robinson No Longer on WKU Campus

According to multiple reports, five-star recruit Mitchell Robinson is no on Western Kentucky's campus and his future at the school is in doubt.


Braxton Beverly Enrolls at North Carolina State

Former Perry County Central and Hargrave Military guard Braxton Beverly has signed a financial aid agreement to play basketball at North Carolina State.

Beverly originally committed to Ohio State University, but opted to transfer after the Buckeyes made a coaching change.


Press release:

RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State men's basketball head coach Kevin Keatts announced the signing of guard Braxton Beverly to a financial aid agreement Friday. Beverly will join the Wolfpack basketball program for the 2017-18 season.

"I am excited to have Braxton join our program," Keatts said. "Braxton can really stretch the floor with his shooting ability and is tremendous coming off ball screens. He's been at one of the premier prep schools in the country for the last two years, and will be an asset both on and off the floor for us here at NC State."

Beverly spent the last two seasons at Hargrave Military Academy playing for the post-graduate team. He was a two-year captain for the Tigers as the team achieved a 90-3 record across his two seasons. He averaged 20.1 points, 6.4 assists and 2.2 steals in his first season at Hargrave to help lead the team to the 2016 National Prep Championship with a record of 47-1. In his final season with the Tigers, Beverly led the team to a 43-2 record and a Final Four appearance in the National Prep Championship.

The sharp-shooting guard set the Hargrave post-graduate single game scoring record with 70 points in the Tigers' 131-86 win over Genesis Academy on February 12, 2016. Beverly connected on 14-of-20 three-pointers in the game and added six assists, four rebounds and four steals.

Prior to joining Hargrave, Beverly starred at Perry County Central High School in his hometown of Hazard, Ky. Beverly started playing varsity basketball as a seventh grader at Perry County Central, averaging 23 points per game in the Kentucky state tournament that season before becoming a full-time starter on varsity in eighth grade. He averaged 24.6 points and seven assists per game as a junior to lead his school to a runner-up finish in the 14th Region. He left Perry County Central after his junior year with 2,558 career points, just 17 shy of the school record and also had accumulated 743 assists in his high school career with Perry County which ranked sixth in Kentucky state history.

Graduate Transfer Jack Whitman Leaves Kansas

William & Mary graduate transfer Jack Whitman recently decided to leave Kansas before ever playing a game for the Jayhawks.

Whitman's plans for the season are unknown at this time.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Rick Pitino Gives His Top Three Performers from the Last Two Weeks

Rick Pitino has given his top three performers from the last two weeks of summer practice.

Here's an update from Coach Pitino:

From the last two weeks I will give you our top 3 performers. Ranking them from 1-5, 5 being the best.

Ray Spalding- Better late than never. The light has really come on with him. He’s working hard and reaching his potential. Spending the time to improve all phases of his game. Jump shot improved and very active at both ends! 5+

Dwayne Sutton- Terrific athlete who plays incredibly hard. His jump shot has much improved and is active at both ends. Great pick-up for our program. This Manual player will give us much needed depth. 5

V.J. King- Has gone from a timid freshman to a physical sophomore. Stronger and now loves contact. Scores with and without the ball. Has to improve his passing but really pleased with his progress. 5-

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

SEMO Offers Waggener High School Wing J.J. Kalakon

Waggener wing J.J. Kalakon has picked up an offer from SEMO.

2018 SG Axavius "Tada" Stricklen Adds Offer from Morehead State

Morehead State and head coach Preston Spradlin have offered a scholarship to Axavius "Tada" Stricklen from Corinth, Mississippi.

Stricklen is a shooting guard in the Class of 2018.



Stricklen in action:

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2017 Highlights of Former UPIKE Wing Trevor Setty

Former University of Pikeville wing Trevor Setty spent the 2016-17 season with the Worcester Wolves in the British Basketball League.

Setty is now a free agent. Check out his highlights from last season:

Morehead State Offers Motlow State Duo Nick Marshall and Isaiah Hart

According to head coach Arthur Latham, Motlow State's Nick Marshall and Isaiah Hart have both received offers from Morehead State University.

Hart is a 6-foot-3 guard and Marshall is a 6-foot-11 center. Both players are in the Class of 2018.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Chane Behanan Gets Booted from PBA Governors' Cup for Being 1/16 of an Inch Too Tall

Former Louisville forward Chane Behanan has been disqualified from the PBA Governors' Cup for being just a hair too tall. In fact, the league determined that Behanan was 1/16 of an inch over the 6-foot-5 limit for roster additions.


Here are details from Spin.ph:

KIA Picanto has found its replacement import in Markeith Cummings in time for the opening night of the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

After second choice Chane Behanan went a sliver – or 1/16 of an inch to be exact – above the 6-foot-5 limit for reinforcements, the Picanto turned to a familiar name in Cummings, who suited up for GlobalPort in the season-ending tournament four years ago.

Team manager Eric Pineda and coach Chris Gavina confirmed the news in separate text messages on Saturday, saying Cummings is set to arrive on Sunday.


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The PBA Governors' Cup is an end of season event in the Philippines.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Lindsey Wilson Signs CAL Guard Michael Woodward for 2017-18

Lindsey Wilson College recently signed Christian Academy of Louisville guard Michael Woodward for the 2017-18 season.

Here are details from LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball program has added high school standout Michael Woodward for the upcoming 2017-18 season, head coach Paul Peck announced on Tuesday.

"Michael is a student of the game," Peck said. "He works everyday to make himself better and in turn makes those around him better too."

Woodward joins the Blue Raiders from Christian Academy of Louisville where he was a four-year starter. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.0 points, 7.8 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game during his senior season while maintaining a 41.6 shooting percentage from beyond the arc and 80.4 mark from the free throw line.

As a senior captain in 2017, Woodward helped lead Christian Academy of Louisville to a 24-11 record, the best record in school history, while finishing as the Region 7 runner-up.

"He will become a very good player for us and we are thrilled that he chose to come to Lindsey Wilson and be a part of this excellent recruiting class,' Peck said.

Georgetown College Adds Barrett Myer, Marquis Estill to Coaching Staff

Georgetown College head coach Chris Briggs has added two assistants to his coaching staff.

Briggs has hired former Transylvania guard Barrett Meyer and former University of Kentucky big man Marquis Estill as assistants.

Here is a release from GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball coach Chris Briggs was faced with a task he has not addressed since day one of assuming the position as the Tigers leader. With the announcing of assistant James Jackson as the new GC women's basketball coach this past spring, Briggs was in search for a full time assistant.

He did not have to look far out of the state's talent pool as he adds former Transylvania University guard Barrett Meyer and University of Kentucky post Marquis Estill. Both have been coaching for the past several years in different capacities and bring a fresh skill set to add with Briggs and former GC guard Matt Walls.

First, looking at his three assistants, a common thread already exists – all three played for 11th Region powerhouses.

Estill was at Madison Central High School from 1996-00, helping the Indians to a state tournament appearance and finishing as the 2000 Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year and a Mr. Basketball candidate. Barrett played for Franklin County High School from 2005-09, winning two district titles. Walls guided Scott County High School to the 2007 KHSAA state title and played from 2003-07.

"This is a great young staff, and a very skilled group of highly gifted basketball coaches," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "I'm really excited to get rolling with this staff, and I think we will have a lot of success together."

Meyer finished his days as a Flyer and stayed in central Kentucky, playing for coach Brian Lane at Transylvania University. In his first season with the Pioneers, Meyer received the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year honors. He finished his career as a three-time HCAC All-Conference honoree and holds the HCAC in-game record for most made threes (11).

The Pioneers won a HCAC title in Meyer's four seasons and also made two NCAA tournament appearances.

Upon graduation, he joined Lane as an assistant, where he has been the past four seasons.

"Barrett is a great student of the game and has a great mind for breaking things down," Briggs said. "He has been key to many successful Transylvania teams. He's a young, energetic, hardworking coach that will be a huge asset to us in all areas."

Estill and Briggs are no stranger to each other, having been at UK together. Briggs was a student assistant from 2001-04.

As a Wildcat, Estill played three seasons – averaging 9.3 points per game. His senior year he was NCAA All-Region, All-SEC and All-SEC Tournament. The post player also added another level to the storied Kentucky program, becoming the all-time leader in field goal percentage with a 60.13 average.

He attended training camp with the then New Jersey Nets and also played for the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks summer camp. He spent time overseas playing in Italy, Japan, Dubai and Argentina.

Estill ended his playing days and began coaching in 2012-13 as a graduate assistant under UK coach John Calipari. He also served as an assistant for Dunbar High School in 2015-16 as the Bulldogs went 33-6 winning the KHSAA state title. This past season he was on the sidelines for Midway University as the Eagles made history by starting men's athletic programs.

"Marquis and I go way back and to have the connection come back around for us to work together now is pretty special," Briggs said. "I have full confidence that he will help develop and elevate our post play, which is an area of our game that is already very strong.

"I know Marquis will be a phenomenal recruiter."

Georgetown will enter the 2017-18 season looking for a national record 27th straight NAIA tournament appearance. The Tigers are 159-48 under Briggs with one national title in two championship game appearances in past five seasons.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Stetson Adds Former Morehead State Coach Sean Woods to Staff

Stetson has hired former Morehead State head coach Sean Woods as an assistant coach.

Here's a release from Stetson:

DeLAND--Stetson men's basketball head coach Corey Williams today announced the hiring of Sean Woods to serve as an assistant coach for the Hatters.

A standout as a player at Kentucky, Woods has spent nine seasons as a head coach at the Division I level, most recently at Morehead State where he compiled a 77-70 (.524) record in five seasons (2012-16). Woods led the Eagles to a pair of 20-win seasons, including a 23-win campaign and a runner-up finish in the CBI in 2015-16.

"Sean has won every place he's been," Williams said. "He has a sharp mind and understands the game. He knows how to recruit; he has a very large skill set. Having Sean on staff makes my job a lot easier. It's going to be great to have someone who can see things from a head coach's perspective. I'm awfully excited about adding Sean to our program, where he'll join (fellow assistants) Bert Capel and Kevin Dux to give us a really strong staff. He'll be the most qualified assistant coach in the Atlantic Sun Conference."

Prior to his stay in Morehead, Woods spent four seasons as the head coach at Mississippi Valley State (2008-12), where he improved the Delta Devils from seven wins in his first season to 21 victories and an NCAA Tournament berth in his fourth and final season.

"I'm coming to work with my best friend," Woods said of joining the Hatters. "The fact that Corey and I can sit on the sidelines and coach with each other is a blessing. Corey has Stetson moving in the right direction. I've heard so many good things about Stetson and DeLand. This situation couldn't be any better for me and I'm really looking forward to getting started."

Woods and Williams have been friends since the summer before their senior years of high school, when they met at a top prospect camp in Indiana.

"We've been friends for a long time," Williams said. "We got to know each other that summer, spending time in the dorms and in the cafeteria. We've been friends ever since. I went to Oklahoma State and he went to Kentucky but we've remained close over the years."

Woods began his collegiate coaching career in 2003 as an assistant at High Point. From there he moved on to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for the 2005-06 season, before landing at TCU for two seasons (2006-08).

A member of the UK Athletic Hall of Fame, Woods played at Kentucky from 1988 to 1992, appearing in 91 total games. Woods may be best known as one of the "Unforgettables" from Kentucky's 1992 East Regional final team. He scored 21 points against Duke in the regional championship in what is largely regarded as one of the NCAA Tournament's most memorable games.

Woods still ranks as Kentucky's all-time leader in career assists-per-game (5.30) and career steals-per-game (1.58).

A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Woods in 2013 was named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary Team.

Woods and his wife, Dashaynia, have two sons: Martiese and DeSean.

Hargrave Military Academy Coach A.W. Hamilton Takes Job at North Carolina State

Hargrave Military Academy head coach A.W. Hamilton has stepped down to take a job as an assistant on Kevin Keatts' staff at North Carolina State.

In six seasons at Hargrave, Hamilton had 237 wins and only 22 losses.

Here are more details:

CHATHAM, VA: One of the biggest names in high school basketball has officially joined the college ranks as A.W. Hamilton officially accepted an Assistant Coach position at N.C. State. Hamilton has served as Head Coach of the Hargrave Military Academy basketball program since 2011, after serving as the assistant coach at Hargrave for the five seasons prior. He will be reunited with current N.C. State and former Hargrave Head Coach Kevin Keatts, whom Hamilton coached under during his stint as an assistant coach from 2006-2011 and also played for during the 1999-2000 season at Hargrave.

“Since 1999, [Kevin Keatts] has been more than just a coach; he has been like a second father to me. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to work for someone that I respect as much as a man, and who I view as the best college coach in the country.” A.W. Hamilton commented.

Hamilton leaves behind a sustained run of success that is scarcely—if ever—seen at the prep school level. In his six years as Head Coach, Hamilton amassed a record of 237 wins against just 22 losses, including a remarkable 120-2 mark at home in Hargrave’s Walter Davis Gymnasium. To that end, Hamilton ends his Hargrave career, riding an active 75-game home winning streak, with his last home loss coming in 2014. Hamilton earned a number of prestigious awards during his tenure, including recognition as National Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2016 and Regional Coach of the Year in 2014, 2015 and 2017 respectively.

The move for Hamilton comes on the heels of one of the best runs in the history of prep basketball in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. Hamilton’s teams achieved a 90-3 record across the two seasons, bringing home the 2016 National Prep Championship and reaching the National Final Four in 2017. During that stretch, Hamilton’s teams won 45 games in a row and went 364 days without losing a single game. Along the way, they set school records for wins in a season (47, 2016) and points scored in a game (163, 2017).

While the on-court performances of Hamilton’s teams were impressive, the amount of players pushed on to the Division 1 level and beyond during Hamilton’s tenure is arguably more so. All told, Hamilton coached 113 Division 1 players in his 11-year tenure, including 63 in his 6 years as head coach. This number also includes nine players that reached basketball’s brightest stage; the NBA. In the 2015 NBA Draft, Hamilton had two former players selected: Terry Rozier (16th, Boston Celtics) and Montrezl Harrell (32nd, Houston Rockets). In the past two years, 34 of Hamilton’s players have signed full basketball scholarships, including 25 at the Division 1 level. This year’s team tied a school record with 13 players committed to Division 1 schools.

Hamilton had a distinguished career as a player before joining the coaching ranks, including a stint as team captain at Hargrave Military Academy in the 1999-2000 season. That team, coached by Kevin Keatts, earned a #2 national ranking while racking up a 23-3 record. Hamilton then accepted a basketball scholarship to Wake Forest University before transferring to Marshall University, where he was a three year captain and ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in steals and assists.

“I will forever be a son of Hargrave. I’m thankful for all the players and coaches that worked hard daily towards a common goal. I’m also thankful for the immeasurable support behind the scenes that I received at Hargrave from the staff, our incredible fans, Col. Baker, BG Broome, the Board of Trustees, and in particular, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Davenport. I’d also be remiss if I didn’t thank my lovely wife, Chelsea, for being by my side through thick and thin. While I’m excited for the next chapter of my life and career, I will always be proud to say that I am a product of Hargrave Military Academy.” said Hamilton.
v For additional information in regards to this release, please contact Morgan Kreutz, Director of Marketing & Communications, at 434-432-2684 or via email at kreutzm@hargrave.edu.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Source: Magoffin County to Name Scott Castle Head Coach

According to a source, Magoffin County High School will soon name Scott Castle head boys' basketball coach.

Castle will replace Robbie Russell, who stepped down after last season.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Eli Wright Plans to Transfer from Mississippi State

Former Owensboro Apollo star Eli Wright is planning to transfer from Mississippi State.

Wright played in 30 games last season, averaging 3.5 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Deng Adel Will Withdraw from NBA Draft and Return to Louisville

Deng Adel has decided to withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to the University of Louisville for another season.


Adel averaged 12.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last season for the Cardinals.




Monday, May 22, 2017

Bellarmine University Adds EKU Transfer Parker Chitty for 2017-18

Bellarmine University has added Eastern Kentucky University transfer Parker Chitty for the 2017-18 season.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Bellarmine University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Scott Davenport announced today that point guard Parker Chitty would be transferring to Bellarmine for the 2017-18 season.

The 6-2 Chitty spent last season as a true freshman at Eastern Kentucky University after a stellar career at Columbus (IN) East High School, where his father, Brent, was the head coach. Chitty, who holds the single season and career assists records at Columbus East, was named The Republic’s Player of the Year and was also chosen as a member of the Indiana All-Stars and the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s Senior Supreme 15 team after his senior season.

Additional high school accolades for Chitty include being a first team All-Hoosier Hills Conference selection as a junior and a member of the 2015 Indiana Junior All-Stars, who defeated the Indiana Senior All-Stars in the summer of 2015.

“Parker comes to us from a tremendous basketball background that plays and teaches the game the way we believe the game should be played,” Davenport said. “He is a very poised athlete on and off the floor. I am very impressed with his preparation to excel for us.

“Playing hard and having great work ethic are talents, and Parker excels in these two very important areas,” Davenport said. “He is a true student of the game who has been blessed with the ability to play the game at a high level. Everyone associated with our program is thrilled that Parker Chitty is a Knight!”

Chitty will be immediately eligible and will have three more years to play.

“I saw the experience at Bellarmine being, overall, a better fit,” Chitty said on his decision to transfer. “I really like the way Coach Davenport’s teams play, and I know I can thrive in that system.”

Chitty becomes the third newcomer to the Bellarmine men’s basketball program. C.J. Fleming of Cincinnati’s LaSalle High School and Sean McNeil of Cooper High in northern Kentucky both signed national letters-of-intent in the fall signing period.

Bellarmine finished the 2016-17 season with a 32-4 record and made its fourth appearance in the NCAA Division II final four in the past seven years. The 2017 Knights also won the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship and the NCAA Midwest Regional.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mercer County Hires Josh Hamlin to Take Over Boys' Basketball Program

Mercer County High School has named Josh Hamlin head coach of the boys' basketball team.

Hamlin worked last season as an assistant coach for the girls' basketball program that won the KHSAA state championship.

Here's a release from the school:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ray Kasongo is Leaving Iowa State Before Ever Playing a Game

Former East Ridge High School and Pikeville High School forward Ray Kasongo has decided to transfer from Iowa State before ever playing in a game.

Kasongo, who transferred to Iowa State from Tennessee after one season, sat out last season under NCAA transfer rules.

Kasongo opened his college career at Southern Idaho. He then transferred to Tennessee for one season before transferring to Iowa State. After sitting out last season, he will be looking for his fourth college in as many years.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bath County's Jake Mitchell Commits to Kentucky Christian University

I have confirmed with Bath County High School head coach Bart Williams that senior guard Jake Mitchell has committed to Kentucky Christian University for 2017-18.

Mitchell averaged 19.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Wildcats last season.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Murray State Will Not Be Leaving the Ohio Valley Conference

Murray State University will not be leaving the Ohio Valley Conference and joining the Missouri Valley Conference.

The school was notified by the MVC this morning.

Here's a release from MSU:

Statement from Director of Athletics Allen Ward regarding conference affiliation

Today I was notified that Murray State will not be receiving an invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference. I am in no way disappointed by the news or have any regrets being involved in the process. Our goals and objectives to graduate our student-athletes, win championships, promote this great university, and be a player on the national scene have not changed and were never reliant on the outcome today.

We’re a proud program with a rich history that I’ll compare to anyone. Our passionate fans are fully engaged with our program and provide a solid foundation for our success. We’ve won four conference championships this year alone and there are many more championship banners in our exceptionally bright future.

We’re founding members of a league that we have represented proudly since 1948. We have the highest regard for the many friends, collegues and rivals we have in the OVC. I want to convey my sincerest gratitude for the manner in which they handled the past few weeks. I’m grateful for their professionalism and friendship.

The upcoming season provides Racer fans with some incredible opportunities to follow their team, impact the success of the conference, and again prove why Murray State is one of the finest mid-major programs in the country. There are so many good things happening here, I couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming year and the future of this program.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Bracken County's Austin Crawford is Headed to Morehead State for 2017-18

Bracken County's Austin Crawford will continue his basketball career as a walk-on at Morehead State University next season.

Crawford averaged 25.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for Bracken County last season.

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