Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Samardo Samuels Named to 2014 Jamaican National Team

Former Louisville big man Samardo Samuels has been named to the Jamaican national team for 2014.

Here's a look at the roster:

Jamaican National Team 2014

4 Dylan Ennis 187-G-91 Villanova USA
6 Patrick Ewing Jr. 203-F/C-84 Trikalla Greece
7 Garfield Blair 196-G-87 Marin Spain
9 Akeem Scott 185-G-83 Guaiqueries Venezuela
11 Jerome Jordan 215-C-86 Granarolo BO Italy
12 Christopher Walker 198-F-81 Cedarville USA
13 Adrian Forbes 211-F/C-88 Cognac France
14 Samardo Samuels 206-F/C-89 EA7 Armani Italy
15 Vashil Fernandez 208-F-92 Valparaiso USA

Steve Payne Adds Ron Jirsa to Coaching Staff at Tennessee Tech

Head coach Steve Payne has added longtime coaching veteran Ron Jirsa to his staff at Tennessee Tech University.

Jirsa has been a head coach at Marshall and  Georgia. He last worked as Tubby Smith's assistant coach at Minnesota. Jirsa has also made stops at Tulsa, Dayton, Garder-Webb, VCU, Delaware, Connecticut College and Belmont Abbey.

He was 78-104 overall as a head coach.

Coaching career

1981–1983 Connecticut College (asst.)
1983–1984 Delaware (asst.)
1984–1985 VCU (asst.)
1985–1988 Tulsa (asst.)
1988–1989 Belmont Abbey (asst.)
1990–1991 Gardner-Webb (asst.)
1991–1994 Tulsa (asst.)
1994–1995 Tulsa (assoc. HC)
1995–1997 Georgia (assoc. HC)
1997–1999 Georgia
1999–2003 Dayton (asst.)
2003–2007 Marshall
2007–2013 Minnesota (asst.)

Head coaching record

Overall 78–104

Here is a release from TTU:

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech men's basketball team took one more huge step towards the 2014-15 season, as head coach Steven Payne announced the hiring of Ron Jirsa as assistant coach to the Golden Eagle coaching staff.

"We are very excited about the addition of Coach Jirsa to our staff," Payne said. "Anytime you can add a man with the reputation, integrity and character, as well as the success in coaching, that Coach Jirsa has had, it's obviously a plus for any program, especially here at Tennessee Tech. We're really excited to add a man with the kind of background and character that he has."

"I know Coach Payne from having worked with [former Tech head coach] Mike Sutton, who's a close friend of mine," Jirsa explained. "It was easy for me to call Coach Payne because I know about his ability as a coach, his integrity and the type of person he is. I was excited that there was an opening here at Tennessee Tech that I could apply for."

A veteran of the coaching profession for over 30 years, Jirsa's responsibilities with the Tech squad will consist primarily in two areas of his expertise: coaching the Golden Eagle big men and recruiting.

"I think he'll do very well working with our post players," Payne said. "He's got some strong ties from his head coaching days at Georgia and Marshall and his recruiting contacts are tremendous from all the places he's been. I think he'll help us a lot in recruiting and I think he'll do a great job with our bigs.

"We're looking forward to having a lot of success with Coach Jirsa here," Payne added.

"I got to see the Tennessee Tech facilities on a visit and I also got to see our players and see their talent level," Jirsa said. "I met some of the guys after they worked out and I was really impressed with how easy it was to get to know them and with their work ethic. Seeing them out there working and sweating and putting in the extra effort was very impressive.

"I loved the Eblen Center," Jirsa added. "It is a very impressive building when you first walk inside and so are the basketball offices to go with it. I just loved the feel of the campus and everybody I met was extremely friendly. We got a chance to go around town and see what a nice place it would be to live. I'm excited to move my family here and get them started."

With experience as both a head coach and assistant at several different institutions, Jirsa, 54, joins the Tech staff after spending last season as a recruiting coordinator at Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minn.

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Ray Kasongo Denied Admission to Oregon, Back on the Market

Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com is reporting that former East Ridge High School and Pikeville High School forward Ray Kasongo has been denied admission to the University of Oregon.


Former UPIKE Star Trevor Setty Signs with Surrey United in BBL

Former University of Pikeville and Mason County High School star Trevor Setty has signed with Surry United in the British Basketball League.


Setty played last season for Plymouth University in the BBL.

Jon Hood Explains Comment About Scott County and Billy Hicks

Former UK player Jon Hood made a controversial statement about the Scott County boy's basketball program and head coach Billy Hicks on Monday.

Today, Hood explains that he was just making a general statement and was not attacking the Scott County program:







Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Video: 2013-14 Kentucky Basketball - "The Greatest Story Ever Told"

Kentucky fans will want to check this one out .

2013-14 Kentucky Basketball: "The Greatest Story Ever Told"



* Video by ukcats8fan on YouTube

Western Kentucky Has Reportedly Offered Emmanuel Nzekwesi

Western Kentucky has reportedly extended a scholarship offer to 2015 forward Emmanuel Nzekwesi.




Several UK Recruits Make the Cut for USA U17 Team

Several University of Kentucky recruits have made the final cut for the USA Basketball's U17 team that will be playing in the World Championships in August.

Some familiar names on the final roster include Tyus Battle, Malik Newman, Diamond Stone, Caleb Swanigan and Jayson Tatum.

Here's a look at the roster:

• Tyus Battle (Gill St. Bernard’s School/ Edison, N.J./2016)
• Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake H.S./Rice Lake, Wis./2015)
• Terrence Ferguson (Prime Prep Academy/Flower Mound, Texas/2016)
• Harry Giles (Wesleyan Christian Academy/Winston-Salem, N.C./2016)
• Josh Jackson (Consortium College Prep H.S./ Southfield, Mich./2016)
• V.J. King (St. Vincent-St. Mary H.S./Akron, Ohio/2016)
• Malik Newman (Callaway H.S./Jackson, Miss./2015)
• Ivan Rabb (Bishop O’Dowd H.S./ Oakland, Calif./2015)
• Devearl Ramsey (Sierra Canyon H.S./Los Angeles, Calif./2016)
• Diamond Stone (Dominican H.S./Milwaukee, Wis./2015)
• Caleb Swanigan (Homestead H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind./2015)
• Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep/St. Louis, Mo./2016)


Video: James Young Interview at John Calipari Pro Camp

Former Kentucky star James Young talks to the media at John Calipari Pro Camp:


One Former Player Confirms He'll Play in Kentucky Alumni Game

Derek Anderson has confirmed via Twitter that he'll be participating in the upcoming UK basketball alumni game.


Anderson doesn't have the hops the once had, but he can still play:


Nerlens Noel Held a Block Party During the NBA Summer League

Former Kentucky star Nerlens Noel held a block party during his limited time in the NBA Summer League.

Check out these highlights:



Make sure you like Noel's Facebook page

Louisville's Akoy Agau to Miss Six Weeks Following Surgery

Louisville's Akoy Agau will reportedly miss six weeks of basketball after undergoing surgery this morning to repair a sports hernia.

Agau posted a picture of himself in a hospital gown on Instragram (@akoy22). The caption on his picture said, "Pre-surgery. Out in Philly about to go under the knife. About to get fixed up!! Then waking up and getting a huge Philly cheese steak."


 
 


Former UK Player Jon Hood Fires a Shot at Scott County

Former University of Kentucky player Jon Hood gave a few thoughts on the Cordia situation last night via Twitter.

Hood also mentioned Scott County and head coach Billy Hicks.

Here are his Tweets, in order:






Shots fired!

Cordia Administration Releases a Statement Regarding KHSAA Ruling

Cordia administrator Alice Whitaker has released a statement regarding the sanctions handed out by the KHSAA.

Head coach Rodrick Rhodes posted the statement on social media:

"We have no comment at this time on the KHSAA sanctions. We are handling this matter through our lawyers, due process, and the courts to rebuke this unfair, unjust, and unprecedented ruling. We are going through the proper appeal process and will be going through the courts, because clearly the KHSAA has no interest in being a fair and unbiased authoritative governing body."

Alice Whitaker
Lotts Creek Community School

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cordia Basketball Program Receives Serious Penalties from the KHSAA, Team Banned From Competition in 2014-15

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has handed out serious penalties to the boy's basketball program at Cordia High School.

The KHSAA has handed down the following punishment to the Cordia program:

- Suspension of the Cordia HS boys’ basketball team from playing scrimmages or contests during the 2014-15 regular and postseason, as well as the 2016 postseason. During its suspension, the school would be permitted to conduct regular season practices from October 15 until the first allowable day for district tournament play. Included in this penalty is a stipulation that representatives of the boys’ basketball team with eligibility remaining may transfer to specific KHSAA member schools without penalty;

- Forfeiture of all boys’ basketball games from the 2013-14 season for the use of at least one ineligible player in all games. The score will be recorded as 2-0 for all games which Cordia won, and the game score will remain the same for losses but will be noted as forfeits;

- Probation for Cordia’s interscholastic athletic program through the 2018-19 season. With this probation, Cordia will be placed on conditional membership, with its membership status to be reviewed at the end of the 2014-15 school year to determine whether its membership should continue to be recommended for approval by the Board of Control beginning with the 2015-16 season. Also as part of its probation, all Cordia coaches and athletic administrators shall be required to attend an in-service workshop in Lexington, conducted by the KHSAA staff concerning Association Bylaws and Kentucky law that affects interscholastic athletics during the 2014-15 school year. Additionally, an Assistant Commissioner will also be assigned to work directly with the Superintendent of schools and the Principal of Cordia to ensure development of policies, procedures and best practices to be implemented in the athletic program;

- Suspension of two members of the Cordia HS boys’ basketball coaching staff from the 2014-15 postseason boys’ basketball tournaments sanctioned by KHSAA.

- An aggregate fine of $25,980 for various infractions per the fine schedule in Bylaw 27.

Here is a summation of the allegations against Cordia:

- Falsifying records, or maintaining inaccurate records with regards to living arrangements of transferring student-athletes;
- Allowing a staff member to lease housing to the family of a student-athlete without ever receiving payment;
- Impermissible contact with multiple student-athletes with the intent to sway them to enroll at Cordia for the purpose of competing in athletics;
- Providing free transportation to relocate a student from an out-of-state school;
- Providing plane tickets on two separate occasions to a student-athlete so he could travel out-of-state;
- Facilitating housing for a student-athlete at no cost to him or his family;
- Providing money and clothes to student-athletes;
- Conducting tryouts for non-enrolled students;
- Paying the entire cost of education for two students on an F-1 exchange VISA to attend Cordia;
- Providing housing to numerous students that participated on the boys’ basketball team, as well as housing for their families;
- Allowing ineligible players to practice and compete in contests before they were cleared to participate;
- Requiring players to attend practice prior to the official start date for preseason practice (October 15), and disciplining students who missed these practice sessions;
- Holding “open gym” practices that were limited to the boys’ basketball team and thus mandatory, following the elimination from the postseason; and
- Failing to properly monitor the coaching requirements for individuals coaching in the boys’ basketball program, including the obligation to complete the legislatively mandated Sports Safety Course. These violations included a 30-day period during the 2013-14 season when no member of the coaching staff met the requirements of Bylaw 25.

Read the Complete Release

Jason Booher Steps Down at Holmes, Announces Retirement

Jason Booher has stepped down as head boy's basketball coach at Holmes High School and announced his retirement from coaching.

Booher sent the following release to several members of the media this afternoon:

This letter is to announce my retirement from coaching high school basketball. After coaching eighteen years of Kentucky high school basketball (thirteen as a head coach), I am ready to shift gears. God has truly blessed me throughout my career with great players, teams, assistant coaches, and support staffs. It has been a greater ride than anything I could have ever dreamed of eighteen years ago when I first started coaching at Corbin high school as their freshmen coach. I want to thank all my former players, assistant coaches, support staffs, schools and communities for all you have done for me and my family during my career. I also want to thank my wife and two kids for their unbelievable support of me during my career. Much has been achieved on the hardwood, but most meaningfully, it is my player’s development as young men that has mattered the most to me. It has truly been a magical ride!

My son and daughter are in middle school now and both play sports all three seasons of the year. I want to be able to attend their sporting events and spend more time with my family before my kids graduate. I also have more professional career goals that I would like to accomplish before retiring from education. I will continue to share my testimony “From Tragedy to Championships: Surviving Our Nation’s Worst Drinking and Driving Crash” around our state and nation. Writing a book about the bus crash and the magical ride I have been on as a Kentucky high school basketball player and coach is in the beginning stages as well.

I want to wish my team the best of luck next season. We have a really good team coming back next year that will be led by Mr. Basketball candidate, James “Beetle” Bolden. I have confidence in my current staff that they can lead this team to Rupp Arena this upcoming season.

God Bless to ALL & GO BULLDOGS!!!

Head Coaching Records and Accomplishments

Holmes High School

2013-2014 28-6

Shelby Valley High School

2009-2010 32-4
2012-2013 32-3
2011-2012 23-7
2010-2011 21-11
2008-2009 31-5
2007-2008 24-5
2006-2007 29-4
2005-2006 18-13
2004-2005 26-6

Belfry High School

2003-2004 11-17

Henry County High School

1998-1999 10-16

Overall Record 285-97

• KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball State Champion (2010)
• 2-time All “A” Classic Boys Basketball State Champion (2009 & 2010)
• 5-time Region Champion (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 & 2013)
• 8-time District Champion (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014)
• 2-time All “A” 15th Region Champion (2009 & 2010)

Head Coaching Awards

• 3-time Associated Press Kentucky State Coach of the Year (2009, 2010 & 2013)
• Courier Journal’s 2009 State Coach of the Year
• Kentucky High School Athletic Directors Association’s 2009 Outstanding Coach of the Year (All Sports)
• Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Head Coach (2011)
• Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches 15th
• 9th Region Coach of the Year (2013)
• Eastern Kentucky’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes Coach of the Year (2007)
• Adidas Appalachian Coach of the Year (2010)
• WYMT-TV’s 15th Region Coach of the Year (2009 & 2010)
• Kentucky-West Virginia All Star Series Head Coach
• Gatorade Appalachian All Star Game Head Coach
• Coached Kentucky’s 2010 Mr. Basketball Elisha Justice

A Part of 10 Regional Championships

1990 & 1991 Player at North Hardin High School
1997 Assistant Coach at Corbin High School
2001 Assistant Coach at North Hardin High School
2002 Assistant Coach at Shelby Valley High School
2005, 2007, 2009, & 2010 Head Coach at Shelby Valley High School
2013 Head Coach at Covington Holmes High School

Lindsey Wilson College Releases Men's Basketball Schedule for 2014-15

Lindsey Wilson College has released the school's men's basketball schedule for the 2014-15 season.

The Blue Raiders will open their season November 1 with an afternoon game against Benedictine College at the Lou Cunningham Classic in Campbellsville.

2014-15 Men's Basketball Schedule

Day Time Opponent Score Record

November

1 1:00 PM vs. Benedictine College Campbellsville, Ky. (Lou Cunningham Classic)
2 2:00 PM vs. Ohio State-Mansfield Columbia, Ky.   
5 7:00 PM @ Martin Methodist Pulaski, Tenn.   
7 8:00 PM vs. Miami University-Middletown Columbia, Ky.   
9 4:00 PM vs. College of Saint Joseph in Vermont Columbia, Ky.   
* 13 8:00 PM vs. Life University Columbia, Ky.   
* 20 7:00 PM @ Shawnee State University Portsmouth, Ohio   
* 22 3:00 PM @ Georgetown College Georgetown, Ky.   
28 8:00 PM vs. Voorhees College Columbia, Ky. (Lindsey Wilson College Classic)
29 4:00 PM vs. Robert Morris College Columbia, Ky. (Lindsey Wilson College Classic)

December

* 4 8:00 PM vs. Campbellsville University Columbia, Ky.
* 6 4:00 PM vs. St. Catharine College Columbia, Ky.   
16 7:00 PM vs. Ohio Christian University Columbia, Ky.   
19 6:00 PM vs. John Brown University Little Rock, Ark. (Philander Smith College Classic)
20 4:00 PM @ Philander Smith College Little Rock, Ark. (Philander Smith College Classic)

January

3 2:00 PM vs. MidAmerica Nazarene University Columbia, Ky.   
5 5:00 PM vs. Martin Methodist Columbia, Ky.   
10 7:00 PM vs. Fisk University Columbia, Ky.
* 15 7:00 PM @ University of Pikeville Pikeville, Ky.   
* 17 3:00 PM @ University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, Ky.   
* 22 8:00 PM vs. Cumberland Univ. Columbia, Ky.
* 29 8:00 PM vs. University of the Cumberlands Columbia, Ky.   
* 31 4:00 PM vs. University of Pikeville Columbia, Ky.

February

* 5 7:00 PM @ Campbellsville University Campbellsville, Ky.   
* 7 3:00 PM @ St. Catharine College St. Catharine, Ky.
* 12 8:00 PM vs. Georgetown College Columbia, Ky.   
* 14 4:00 PM vs. Shawnee State University Columbia, Ky.   
* 21 3:00 PM @ Life University Marietta, Ga.   
* 26 8:00 PM @ Cumberland Univ. Lebanon, Tenn.

* Conference Event
% Scrimmage
^ Exhibition

2015 Star Antonio Blakeney Cuts Final List to 7 Schools

Antonio Blakeney, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Oak Ridge (Fla.), has cut his final list to seven schools.

According to Scout.com, Blakeney is down to Florida State, Louisville, Missouri, Kentucky, Oregon, LSU and USC.

Here is an excerpt:

Antonio Blakeney tells Scout.com that he is down to seven schools.

The five-star prospect out of Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge cut his list to Florida State, Louisville, Missouri, Kentucky, Oregon, LSU and USC.

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Blakeney ranks No. 16 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015. He is No. 20 overall on the Scout.com list.

Photo: Rivals.com


UK Basketball Legend Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones Passes Away at 88

University of Kentucky basketball legend Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones has passed away at the age of 88.

Jones was the lone surviving member of the famed Fabulous Five, which won Kentucky's first two national championships in 1948 and 1949.

In 1948, the All-American was also a member of the U.S. team that won the Olympic gold medal. Jones also starred on the football field as he was an all-Southeastern Conference football player for former head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

During his four-year career at Kentucky, Jones scored 1,151 points. He was an All-SEC performer during all four seasons as a Wildcat. He was also a three-time All-American.

Jones was drafted No. 9 overall by Washington in the 1949 NBA Draft.


Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/07/27/3354327/legendary-uk-basketball-and-football.html#storylink=cpy

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Coach K and Boogie Together? It Could Happen With No Love

Will Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and  DeMarcus Cousins join forces to help Team USA later this summer?

It could happen now that Kevin Love has withdrawn from the team:


Friday, July 25, 2014

Union College Lands Dominique Hagans and David Kapinga

I am told by a source that Union College has landed commitments from Georgetown College transfer Dominique Hagans and incoming freshman David Kapinga.

In 23 games for Georgetown College last season, Hagans averaged 15.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. 

Hagans, who played high school basketball at Lafayette High School, originally signed with Eastern Kentucky University but ended up at Georgetown. The 6-foot-2 guard has the potential to be an all-league player at Union.

Kapinga, a 5-foot-10 point guard, previously played at Southwestern High School before finishing out his high school career at St. Louis Christian.



Former Campbellsville Forward Rilwan Bakare Signs to Play in Germany

Former Campbellsville University power forward Rilwan Bakare has signed to play with TUS Breckerfield in Germany's 2.Regionalliga league next season.



John Wall Invited to Team USA Camp

According to a report from ESPN.com, former Kentucky star John Wall has been invited and will attend Team USA camp next week in Las Vegas.

Here is an excerpt:

Sources said that USAB has wanted Wall in camp for weeks and merely wanted to make sure that the Wizards’ All-Star was able to play at full capacity after a longer-than-expected season before making it official.

Wall will join DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors and new Dallas Mavericks signee Chandler Parsons as newcomers to the original Team USA roster.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski and USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo have assembled a group of 19 players — Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin dropped out Thursday — to audition in Las Vegas, from which they will pick a final 12-man roster to represent the United States in FIBA’s inaugural World Cup of Basketball starting Aug. 30 in Spain.

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Wall will join DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried at the camp.

Former Card Brandon Jenkins Signs to Play in Switzerland

Former University of Louisville guard Brandon Jenkins has signed with BC Boncourt Red Team in Switzerland's top-level LNA league.

Jenkins played 16 games for Hub Jets in New Zealand earlier this summer. There, he averaged 15.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

Last season, Jenkins 14.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game for KB RTV 21 Prishtina in Kosovo's SuperLeague.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

BC Boncourt Red Team (LNA) agreed terms with 29-year old American guard Brandon Jenkins (191-85, college: Louisville). He played this summer at Hub Jets in New Zealand NBL league. In 16 games he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 6.2apg (top 5) and 1.8spg (in top 5). The previous season Jenkins played at KB RTV 21 Prishtina (SuperLeague) in Kosovo. In 8 games he recorded 14.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.5apg and 1.6spg.

In 2012-13 season he played at Starwings. In 26 games he recorded 13.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.3apg (top 5) and 2.2spg (in top 4). Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention. Jenkins' team won KBDL Regular Season in 2007.

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Former UPIKE Assistant Lands Job at Northeast Mississippi Community College

Former University of Pikeville student and assistant coach Kyle Morris has been hired as an assistant at Northeast Mississippi Community College.

This will be his eighth season on the sidelines after spending time at UPIKE and North Alabama.

Here is a release from NMCC:

Booneville, Miss. - Kyle Morris is enthusiastic about reunifying with a longtime companion and joining one of the most tradition-rich men's basketball programs in the Magnolia State.

Morris, who brings an intense and dynamic attitude to the court, has been selected as the new assistant coach for Northeast Mississippi Community College beginning with the upcoming 2014-15 campaign.

"It's a big hire in a lot of different areas," said Tigers headman Cord Wright. "First and foremost from the recruiting side of it, he's really good. He's active, stays on it and that's one of the biggest things in recruiting is just being consistent and working at it. That's one area that he's going to bring a lot of help to with the state being opened up.

"Secondly, he does a really good job with individual workouts and making the players better. Recruiting them is huge, but making them better while they're here is the next step. I'm very excited and I think that within a year or so once we get this thing rocking and rolling that everybody will see the excitement that I feel now."

Morris enters his eighth season in the coaching profession at Northeast following successful stops at his collegiate alma mater, the University of Pikeville (Ky.), and the University of North Alabama.

"I'm very honored and humbled," Morris said. "I've known coach Wright for the past six years. He helped me get in the business and kind of jump-start my career. I wanted to come over here, accept the challenge and I'm looking forward to getting going.

"My main duties are just making the players that we have here better by making sure they stay in the classroom and making sure they graduate. Also, recruiting is going to be huge, especially the next two years, and making sure we sign the right student-athletes."

Morris landed his first position as an assistant coach at Pikeville during the 2007-08 season. He guided the Bears to a solid 22-9 record and fourth-place finish in the Mid-South Conference.

Pikeville compiled an impressive 14-game winning streak that spanned three months. The Bears defeated their opponents in that stretch by an average score of 77-53.

Under the tutelage of Morris, Jeff Ferguson was named a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Honorable Mention All-American while William Harris, Justin Hicks and Morris each earned all-conference honors.

After an outstanding campaign at Pikeville, Morris travelled further south and accepted a post at North Alabama. He served as an assistant coach for the next six years and aided in the Lions' return to countrywide prominence.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rick Pitino and Billy Donovan Catching Up at AAU Tournament

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and Florida head man Billy Donovan have been catching up a little at the AAU National Championship in Louisville.

Here is some video of the two sitting courtside from cn2 on YouTube:



Here is a picture from Twitter of Pitino and Donovan:


SEC Network and Time Warner Cable Reach and Agreement

Kentucky fans who subscribe to Time Warner Cable can relax a little as TWC has reached an agreement with the SEC Network.

With the new agreement in place, Time Warner subscribers will have access to the SEC Network when it launches in August.

Kentucky fans will now be able to watch all six of the team's games in the Bahamas next month.

Here is more from Bizjournals.com:

The new SEC Network has picked up distribution deals with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks prior to its Aug. 14 launch.

ESPN's agreements with the carriers will put the new network in 60 million homes, including several markets in the Southeastern Conference footprint.

Bright House has a considerable presence in the Birmingham area and also has a huge presence in Florida.

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John Calipari is Watching Recruits in Las Vegas

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and assistant Kenny Payne are currently in Las Vegas at the Adidas Super 64 event.

The UK coaches are checking out Skal Labissiere, Stephen Zimmerman and Jaylen Brown.

Here are some pictures of Calipari and Payne sitting courtside:


This Might Be the Best John Wall Highlight Video to Date

Check out these highlights of former Kentucky star John Wall:


ABA's Bowling Green Bandits to Hold Open Tryout

The Bowling Green Bandits, Kentucky's newest ABA team, will hold an open tryout on August 9 at the Evansville Basketball Academy.

Here are details:



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