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.

Southwestern's Payton Cundiff Will Join Peyton Gover at Lindsey Wilson College

Payton Cundiff will join Southwestern High School teammate Peyton Gover at Lindsey Wilson College next season.

Cundiff signed with the Blue Raiders last week.

Here are details from LWC:

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

"Payton is the type of young man that makes everyone around him better," Peck said. "He is always giving everything he has and through hard work, he has made himself into a very good player."

Cundiff comes from Southwestern High School in Somerset, Kentucky. He joins fellow Southwestern classmate and teammate Payton Gover at Lindsey Wilson, who signed with the Blue Raiders last week.

During his senior season with the Warriors, Cundiff averaged 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists per game. The 6-foot-2 guard was named to the All-County, All-District and All-Region team as a senior, also picking up All-Region honors his junior season.

Off the court, Cundiff has received All-Region Academic Team accolades, earned the 2017 Pulaski County Work Ethic Seal and received the 2017 Society of Character Award while maintaining a 4.2 weighted grade point average.

"He will achieve a lot in college and in the future," Peck said. "He is a young man of great character and we love it that he chose to be a part of our program. He will make us better in all aspects."

Southwestern High School Scoring Machine Peyton Gover Signs with Lindsey Wilson College

Southwestern High School star Peyton Gover recently signed with Lindsey Wilson College for the 2017-18 season.

Gover averaged 30.1 points per game for Southwestern last season.

Here's a release from LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball program has signed Peyton Gover for the upcoming 2017-18 season, head coach Paul Peck announced on Friday.

Gover joins the Blue Raiders from Southwestern High School in Somerset, Kentucky.

"We are so excited to have Peyton become a Blue Raider," Peck said. "Not only will he bring great scoring skills to our team, but he also brings a great family, one of which I've known my entire life."

Gover averaged 30.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while helping the Warriors to a 24-6 record during his senior campaign. He shot 54.0 percent from the floor, 40.0 percent from beyond the arc, including 3.2 made three pointers per game, and 85.0 percent from the free throw line.

The 5-foot-9 guard racked up the accolades during his high school career, earning All-District and All-Region honors, and was named the 12th Region Player of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches.

His senior season, Gover was named a Courier Journal First Team All-State selection, a Lexington Herald Second Team All-State honoree and a Kentucky Mr. Basketball Finalist.

He comes from a strong basketball family that's familiar with the ever-competitive Mid-South Conference. His father, Al, played at Union (Ky.) College, while his cousin, Taylor, played at the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.).

"Peyton adds to the recruiting class that's being called on to help the Blue Raider perimeter shooting and he's a great shooter that can hit from anywhere on the court," Peck said. "We look forward to seeing Peyton in a Lindsey Wilson uniform."

Lindsey Wilson College Inks Hometown Star Kel Stotts

Lindsey Wilson College recently signed Adair County star Kel Stotts for next season.

Here's a release from LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball program has added local Adair County High School standout Kel Stotts for the upcoming 2017-18 season, head coach Paul Peck announced on Wednesday.

"We are so excited to have Kel join our Blue Raider program," Peck said. "Not only is he one of the top players in our area, he is one of the top players in the state and he may be the best shooter, especially from distance. He adds the dimension we lacked last year. He will be able to stretch the defense with his shooting, which will allow our post to have more freedom to operate."

Stotts joins the Blue Raiders after a stellar senior season at Adair County where he averaged a team-high 21.7 points per game and tallied 607 total points. The 6-foot-2 guard shot 54.8 percent from the field and led the Indians with 7.1 made field goals per contest, adding a 46.2 shooting percentage from beyond the arc. Stotts shot 76.2 percent from the charity stripe and averaged 4.7 rebounds per game.

He helped lead the Indians to a 32-2 record during his senior campaign as Adair County advanced to the 5th Region Championship game.

"I think Kel made a great decision by choosing Lindsey Wilson," Adair County head coach Deron Breeze said. "He had numerous options, but his choice to attend LWC shows his maturity. Kel knows what he wants to be 15 years from now and Lindsey Wilson was the best option for him to fulfill his long-term goals.

"I expect Kel to go in and work hard and be a leader by example," Breeze said "He will have a chance to earn immediate playing time and hopefully can mirror his high school career on the collegiate level. We are excited to be able to continue watching his basketball career at the next level."

Stotts tallied 2,803 points in his career and is just the second player in Kentucky High School Athletic Association history to score 1,000 points at two separate schools, doing so at both Adair County when he played on varsity in seventh and eighth grade, and at Russell County High School his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons.

Stotts pulled in the accolades in 2017 earning All-5th Region and All-20th District honors and was named the 2017 Campbellsville Holiday Classic Most Valuable Player and a Third Team All-State selection by the Courier Journal.

He also made his mark in the state record books for his career, finishing with the fourth-most three-point field goal attempts (885), the fifth-most made three pointers (389), the 14th-most field goal attempts (1,872) and the 17th-most made field goals (914).

Stotts is excited for the opportunity to play at the collegiate level and for an institution in his hometown.

"I've known Coach Peck and Coach Chris Starks all my life and to be able to sign with Lindsey Wilson and play in my hometown is a blessing," Stotts said. "I'm very excited for next fall and the season to start. I can't wait to suit up and go to war with my new brothers on the team.

"I want to continue to grow as a person and player and it's a situation where they know me well and I feel very comfortable being there," Stotts said. "Hopefully we can win championships at the conference level and make runs into the national tournament."

"Kel had a great high school career. His senior season under Coach Breeze at Adair County was a special year," Peck said. "We hope all the people of Adair and Russell County to continue to follow his progress here at Lindsey Wilson."

Kentucky Christian University Adds Joseph Banks for 2017-18

Kentucky Christian University has signed Joseph Banks from St. Andrews Episcopal Academy in Florida for 2017-18.

Here's a release from KCU:

Head Coach Grady Lowe is pleased to announce the signing of Joseph Banks (6'1"/G) from St. Andrews Episcopal Academy in Fort Pierce, FL.

Banks averaged 16 points and 3.2 assists per game during his senior year for the Lions. Coach Lowe stated, "Joseph will see action at a couple of perimeter spots. He will provide depth and athleticism to our perimeter … which is very important in the college game. We are pleased to have Joseph join the Knights program."

Joining Joseph in the picture are his father, Trevor Banks and mother Martha Banks. Welcome to KCU!!!

Brescia University Signs Noah Cunningham and Jeremy Stewart for 2017-18

Brescia University has signed two new players for the 2017-18 season.

The Bearcats recently added Jeremy Stewart from Jackson Christian (TN) High School and Noah Cunningham from Madisonville North Hopkins High School.

Here are details on both players:

Jeremy Stewart

Jeremy Stewart from Jackson Christian High School in Jackson, TN signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Men's Basketball Program yesterday at Jackson Christian High School. The 6'4" Stewart averaged 13.7ppg and 7.8 rebounds as well as averaged 2 blocks per game during his senior campaign. "We are very excited to add Jeremy to our recruiting class. He is extremely athletic and offensively can attack defenses in different ways. He is a very good defender and brings good length with his 6'7" wingspan and can guard different positions for us. He is an outstanding person with good leadership skills and is a great fit for our program.", added Head Coach Brian Skortz. Steward is the second recruit to sign his national letter of intent with the Bearcats. South Warren High School Senior Dylan Beckham committed to the Bearcats in the Fall and Madisonville North Hopkin High School Senior Noah Cunningham with be signing his National Letter of Intent next week after verbally committing to the Bearcats.

Noah Cunningham

On Thursday Madisonville North Hopkins Senior Guard Noah Cunningham signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Bearcats. Cunningham a 6'0 combo guard led the Maroons in scoring at 15.2 ppg, made 3pt field goals 70, and free throw made, attempted, and percentage. Cunningham shot an incredible 92.1 ft% that ranks third all time in Kentucky High School Boys Basketball Season FT % history as well as leading the state this year. "We are excited to have Noah part of our basketball family here at Brescia. He is an outstanding person who gets in done in the classroom as well on the basketball floor. His ability to shoot the basketball sticks out, but he has a high IQ of the game and works extremely hard to improve each and every day. He is a great fit for our program!," stated Head Coach Brian Skortz. Cunningham makes the third recruit to officially sign their National Letter of Intent with the Bearcats joining Jackson Christian's Jeremy Stewart and South Warren's Dylan Beckham.

Thomas More College to Hold Annual Athletic Golf Outing in July

Thomas More College will hold its annual Athletic Golf Outing on July 24 at Triple Crown Country Club in Union, Kentucky.

Here are details from TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – Thomas More College has announced the 20th Annual Thomas More Athletic Golf Outing presented by St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine.

The golf outing will be July 24, 2017 at Triple Crown Country Club in Union, Kentucky. Registration will be at 8 a.m., with a shotgun starting at 9 a.m. The following sponsorship opportunities are available.

CHAMPIONS SPONSOR - $5,000

* One Foursome w/Coach
* Four Saints Pull Overs and Putters
* Company name/logo displayed on event banners in the clubhouse and throughout the course
* Company name/logo displayed on the photo frames each golfer receives
* Company name/logo displayed on the golf outing website
* Company name/logo displayed on all cart signage
* Recognition at lunch
* Two Season Passes for Each Golfer (eight total) to 2017- 2018 regular season Saints' games

SAINTS SPONSOR - $2,500

* One Foursome w/Coach
* Four Saints Pull Overs and Putters
* Company name/logo displayed on event banners in the clubhouse and throughout the course
* Company name/logo displayed on the photo frames each golfer receives
* Company name/logo displayed on the golf outing website
* Company name/logo displayed on gift bag
* Recognition at lunch
* Two Season Passes for each Golfer (eight total) to 2017-2018 regular season Saints' games

ALL AMERICAN SPONSOR - $1,500

* One Foursome
* Four Saints Hats and Polos
* Company name/logo displayed on snack bags every golfer receives
* Signage featuring company name/logo on sponsored hole
* Opportunity to place company representatives on sponsored hole for greeting and giveaway
* Two Season Passes for Each Golfer (eight total) to 2017-2018 regular season Saints' games

ALL CONFERENCE HOLE SPONSOR - $200

* Signage featuring company name/logo on sponsored hole
GOLF ONLY - $500 per foursome/$125 per golfer

Any question please contact Karel Jelinek, Athletic Fundraising, Alumni Giving Coordinator, at (859) 344-3541 or at jelinek@thomasmore.edu.

Athletic Golf Outing On-Line Registration - Click Here
Golf Outing Brochure in PDF format - Click Here

JUCO Transfer Anthony Isaac Signs with Lindsey Wilson College

Anthony Isaac, a transfer from Frederick Community (JUCO) College, has signed with Lindsey Wilson College for 2017-18.

Here's a release from LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball program has added transfer student-athlete Anthony Isaac for the upcoming 2017-18 season, head coach Paul Peck announced on Wednesday.

"We are excited that Anthony has decided to become a Blue Raider, we have been looking for a young man like him for several years," Peck said. "He can do a variety of things on the court. Anthony goes full speed the entire game, is an excellent shooter both inside and outside, and is a great free throw shooter as well."

Isaac transfers to Lindsey Wilson from Frederick Community College in Frederick Maryland where he was coached by Emonte Hill. The 6-foot-5 Washington, D.C., native averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Cougars while shooting 48.0 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from beyond the arc and 80.0 percent from the free throw stripe.

Isaac was a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Region 20 selection and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining with the Blue Raiders.

"We expect big things from Anthony and can see him being a leader both on and off the court," Peck said.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Former Louisville Guard Tyler Sharpe Will Transfer to Northern Kentucky University

Former University of Louisville guard Tyler Sharpe is transferring to Northern Kentucky University. 
Sharpe was impressed with the facilities at NKU and was quickly sold on Coach John Brannen's vision for the program. 

Under NCAA transfer rules for walk-on athletes, Sharpe will likely be eligible to play immediately at NKU. 

Lincoln County's Noah Young Signs with Alice Lloyd College

Lincoln County guard Noah Young officially signed with Alice Lloyd College last week.

Young averaged 23.7 points and shot 41.1% from the three-point line last season for the Patriots.

Letcher Central's Torell Carter, Austin Caudill to Play College Basketball

Letcher County Central's Torell Carter and Austin Caudill have signed to play basketball at the next level.

Carter, who averaged 26.4 points per game last season, is headed to Berea College. Carter also pulled down a team-high 6.4 rebounds for LCC.

Caudill will continue his career at Alice Lloyd College. He averaged 6.6 points for the Cougars last season.

Pulaski County's Danny Butt Makes College Choice

Pulaski County junior Danny Butt has announced his commitment to University of the Cumberlands.

Butt averaged 9.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game last season for the 12th Region champions.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

William & Mary's Jack Whitman Will Transfer to Kansas

William & Mary graduate transfer Jack Whitman is transferring to Kansas for his senior season.

Whitman, who played high school basketball at Lexington Catholic, averaged 10.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season.

As a grad transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Three Kentucky High School Players Commit to Centre College

Calloway County's Kamden Price, Rockcastle County's Carson Noble and Greenwood's Dawson Crump have all committed to play basketball at Centre College next season.

Crump averaged 17.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last season.

Noble put in 14.9 points and shot 42% from the three-point line for Rockcastle County.

Price led Calloway County in scoring at 18.1 points per game. He shot 34.3% from long range.



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Magoffin County Guard Trenton Russell Makes College Decision

Magoffin County guard Trenton Russell has announced that he will continue his basketball career at Alice Lloyd College.

The Eagles and head coach J.R. Hammond are getting one of the most prolific scorers in 15th Region history.

Russell averaged 23.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game for the Hornets last night.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Former Bullitt East Guard Tyler Sharpe Will Transfer from Louisville

Former Bullitt East High School guard Tyler Sharpe has decided to transfer from the University of Louisville.

Sharpe appeared in seven games for the Cardinals last season as a freshman walk-on.

The former Team Manimal AAU star will be leaving Louisville on good terms and hopes to find a new program that will allow him more playing time.

He will be available to play immediately under NCAA transfer rules that apply to walk-on athletes.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

2017 Guard Brion Whitley Commits to Murray State

Brion Whitley, a 2017 guard from Riverview (FL) High School, has committed to Murray State University.



Here's Whitley in action:

 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sheldon Clark's Dylan James Commits to University of Pikeville

Sheldon Clark star Dylan James has committed to the University of Pikeville for next season.

James averaged 20.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game for the Cardinals last season.

West Carter's Haydn Roe is Headed to Berea College

West Carter's Haydn Roe, who was recently named 16th Region player of the year, has committed to Berea College according to a good source.

Roe averaged 22.7 points and 11.1 rebounds per game for West Carter last season.

Harlan County's Treyce Spurlock Commits to Morehead State

Harlan County's Treyce Spurlock has committed to Morehead State University.

Spurlock averaged 15.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for the 13th Region chamipons last season.

Metro Exposure Camp for Unsigned Seniors Today at Iroquois High School

The annual Metro Exposure Camp will take place this evening at Iroquois High School in Louisville, Kentucky.

The camp gives unsigned seniors an opportunity to perform in front of numerous college coaches and assistants.

Here are details:

Western Kentucky and Head Coach Rick Stansbury to Host Three Basketball Camps This Summer

Western Kentucky University and head coach Rick Stansbury will offer three basketball camps this summer.

WKU will host a high school team camp June 8-10.

There will be an overnight camp for middle school and high school boys (7th-12th grades) from June 18-21.

Then, June 26-29, there will be a day camp for elementary school boys (1st-6th grades).

Here are more details:



Meade County's James Baker Commits to Morehead State

Meade County's James Baker has committed to Morehead State University.

Baker returned to Meade County following an injury and led the team to an appearance in the state tournament. They were 1-19 without Baker in the lineup. He averaged 15.8 points per game in 20 games last season.

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