Wednesday, April 16, 2014

John Calipari Had Lunch with Bill Clinton Today

Kentucky head coach John Calipari had lunch with former President Bill Clinton this afternoon.



Report: 2016 Center Raekwon Long Leaves Scott County

Raekwon Long, a 7-foot center in the Class of 2016, has reportedly left Scott County High School after just one season.

According to reports, Long will be attending Carmel Christian in Charlotte, North Carolina next season.


Roster for 2014 Kentucky Junior All-Star Team Announced

The Kentucky Junior Boys All-Star team roster has been announced by the Bluegrass Sports Commission.

Here is the release from the BSC:

The Bluegrass Sports Commission in conjunction with the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation and the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches announced the rosters of the Junior Boys and Junior Girls Kentucky All-Star teams that will represent Kentucky this June.

"With more than 50 players invited to tryout for each team, to make this team is quite an accomplishment," stated Terry Johnson, Executive Director of the Bluegrass Sports Commission. "The talent level at tryouts was extraordinary and I applaud the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches for their hard work in putting these teams together."

The Junior All-Star teams will play their Indiana counterparts in Indianapolis June 6 and in Lexington June 7. Venue and times will be announced at a later date.

For more information on the event, please visit www.kyallstars.net

2014 KY/IN All-Star Classic Junior Team

Jermiah Bell (Butler)
James (Beetle) Bolden (Holmes)
Elijay Cowherd (Bardstown)
Terrell Gray (Doss)
Evan Hall (Knott County Central)
Aric Holman (Owensboro)
D.J. Jenkins (Harrison County)
Camron Justice (Knott County Central)
Jaqualis Matlock (Hopkinsville)
Drew McDonald (Newport Central Catholic)
Justin Miller (Owensboro)
Hunter Noffsinger (Muhlenberg County)
Jalen Perry (Ballard)
Matt Rose (Lexington Christian Academy)
David Simmons (Henderson County)
Ray Spaudling (Trinity)
Dwayne Sutton (DuPont Manuel)
Jeremiah Tisdale (Henry Clay)

Head Coach: Tim Haworth (Hopkinsville)
Asst. Coach: Anthony Babb (Hopkinsville)

Marshall Transfer Kareem Canty is Planning Visits

Marshall University freshman Kareem Canty is currently working on finding a transfer destination.

I'm told by a good source that the Canty has visits planned to Penn State, South Florida, Auburn and Arizona.

Canty averaged 16.3 points and 5.5 assists per game for the Thundering Herd last season. He was named to Conference USA's All-Freshman Team and All-Conference USA Third Team. He made the decision to transfer after Marshall let head coach Tom Herrion go.

My Thoughts: I watched Canty play against Morehead State last season and he stood out. Whoever lands him will be getting an outstanding point guard who can shoot from the outside, break down defenses and make his teammates better.

Kentucky Reportedly Recruiting Devonta Pollard

Kentucky is reportedly taking another look at former recruit Devonta Pollard.

Pollard, an athletic 6-foot-8 forward, was previously recruited by Kentucky but ended up at Alabama. After a disappointing freshman season and some family problems, he ended up transferring to East Mississippi Community (JUCO) College.

Pollard averaged 12.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game at East Mississippi. He also 59% from the field and was named to the NJCAA All-Region 23 team.

Here's an update from ClarionLedger.com:

Missouri, Kentucky and Troy are three schools after the talented forward, but Pollard hasn't set up visits with any schools. White says he met with Pollard last week and talked recruiting, but that it's anyone's guess to where he ends up.

"Everybody is trying to call and text me to try to get involved," White said. "Out of high school, he waited until the very end. I wouldn't be surprised if he (did) that again."

Pollard will have until May 21 to sign a binding letter of intent with a Division-I school, though he could ultimately wait and enroll at a school without a letter of intent. The former Mr. Basketball certainly has the talent to be successful at a high level of college basketball, but his junior college coach believes he needs to work on his perimeter skills in order to have better success than he did at Alabama.

"Ball-handling is going to be his key if he's going to play high-major basketball," he said. "He can't be 6-8, 200 pounds and play inside. He has to have a perimeter, mid-ranged kind of game. To be a factor at that level, his game has to continue to improve from a perimeter aspect. But he's a first-class athlete…they don't come much more athletic than Devonta Pollard."

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Rod Strickland Officially Joins Orlando Antigua's Staff at USF

New South Florida head coach Orlando Antigua has officially added Rod Strickland and Oliver Antigua to his coaching staff.

Here is the release from USF:

TAMPA, APRIL 14, 2014 – USF men’s basketball head coach Orlando Antigua announced the addition of three new members to his staff on Monday.

Oliver Antigua and Rod Strickland were named assistant coaches while Jerry McCullough was named the director of men’s basketball operations.

Oliver Antigua spent last season as an assistant coach for Seton Hall after spending the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach at Manhattan College. He started his collegiate coaching career during the 1998-99 season as an assistant at Pittsburgh for one season. Antigua was part of the Jaspers’ run to the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship game. Serving as an assistant under older brother Orlando will be nothing new for Antigua, as the two worked together this past summer for the Dominican Republic National Team. Like Orlando, Oliver enjoyed a successful career at St. Raymond High School in the Bronx, where he coached the Ravens to five Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Class AA championships over his 13-year tenure.

“Oliver is a terrific recruiter and coaches with great energy and passion which will benefit us here at USF,” Antigua said. “He helped assemble a recruiting class at Seton Hall that was ranked No. 10 in the nation and No. 1 in the Big East Conference.”

Strickland spent the last five seasons as special assistant to head coach John Calipari at Kentucky, the same time Orlando Antigua was an assistant coach for the Wildcats. A two-time All-American at DePaul and a 17-year NBA veteran, Strickland brings a wealth of collegiate and professional experience to Antigua’s staff at USF. The former first-round draft pick of the New York Knicks (1988), Strickland began his career in college coaching under Calipari as director of student-athlete development/manager at Memphis in fall 2006, and in the summer of 2008, he was named director of basketball operations for the Tigers. Also in 2008, Strickland was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.

“I worked very closely with Rod for the past six years and he is ready for this next step up in his coaching career,” Antigua said. “We had a chance to work together for a hall of fame coach at Kentucky in John Calipari. Rod has tremendous knowledge for the game and will be a great asset for the program.”

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Eric Bledsoe Says "Yo mama" to Critical Fan on Twitter

A fan fired a shot at Eric Bledsoe on Twitter last night. After the game, Bledsoe fired back:



The fan changed his tune a bit after Bledsoe's reply:



But then, he opted to go on the attack again:


John Calipari Appears on ESPN First Take

UK head coach John Calipari appears on ESPN First Take today and discussed the Wildcats, the NBA, coaching tweaks and the Los Angeles Lakers rumors:


Cuonzo Martin Leaves Tennessee to Take California Job

Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin has resigned and will be the new head coach at California.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com broke the news on Twitter:


Willie Cauley-Stein: "I'm coming back for my junior year" at Kentucky

University of Kentucky sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein confirmed via Twitter on Monday that he will return to UK for his junior season.


Cauley-Stein averaged 6.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game as a sophomore.

Monday, April 14, 2014

John Calipari Explains the Tweak on CBS This Morning

John Calipari was on CBS This Morning earlier today. During the appearance, he revealed what the "tweak" was that propelled his team to an unexpected Final Four run:



* Video by cn2Kentucky on YouTube

Rosters Released for 2014 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

The rosters have been released for the 2014 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

Morehead State's Chad Posthumus will be playing for the Cherry Bekaert team. Posthumus will be teamed up with Tennessee State star Patrick Miller

Norfolk Sports Club

D.J. Cunningham, UNC Asheville
Juvonte Reddic, VCU
Javon McCrea, Buffalo
Shawn Glover, Oral Roberts
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
J.J. Mann, Belmont
Anthony Ireland, Loyola Marymount
Tim Frazier, Penn State

Portsmouth Sports Club

Garrick Sherman, Notre Dame
Jerrelle Benimon, Towson
Justin Jackson, Cincinnati
Z. Mason, Chattanooga
Dalton Pepper, Temple
Roberto Nelson, Oregon State
Langston Hall, Mercer
Devon Saddler, Delaware

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Richard Solomon, Cal
Ronald Roberts Jr., St. Joseph's
Augustine Rubit, South Alabama
Cameron Clark, Oklahoma
Travis Bader, Oakland
Mark McLaughlin, Central Washington
Eric Atkins, Notre Dame
Trevor Releford, Alabama

Roger Brown's Restaurant

Aaric Murray, Texas Southern
Shawn Jones, Middle Tennessee State
Tyler Stone, Southeast Missouri State
Fuquan Edwin, Seton Hall
Taylor Braun, North Dakota State
Nick Kellogg, Ohio
Jordair Jett, Saint Louis
Chaz Williams, UMass

Mike Duman Auto Sales

Killian Larson, Grand Canyon
Josh Davis, San Diego State
Sam Dower, Gonzaga
Jamil Wilson, Marquette
Davion Berry, Weber State
Kareem Jamar, Montana
Jason Brickman, Long Island
Kendrick Perry, Youngstown State

Sales Systems, LTD

Talib Zanna, Pittsburgh
Davante Gardner, Marquette
Josh Huestis, Stanford
Niels Giffey, UConn
Rian Pierson, Toledo
Tyler Johnson, Fresno State
Markel Starks, Georgetown
David Stockton, Gonzaga

Portsmouth Partnership

Shayne Whittington, Western Michigan
D.J. Covington, VMI
Akil Mitchell, Virginia
James Bell, Villanova
Troy Huff, North Dakota
Isaiah Sykes, UCF
Jake Odum, Indiana State
Joe Jackson, Memphis

Cherry Bekaert

Chad Posthumus, Morehead State
Will Neighbour, Arkansas-Little Rock
De'Mon Brooks, Davidson
Okaro White, FSU
Sean Armand, Iona
Andre Dawkins, Duke
Xavier Thames, San Diego State
Patrick Miller, Tennessee State

Source

Marcus Lee Will Reportedly Return for Sophomore Season at Kentucky

As expected, Kentucky freshman Marcus Lee will likely be sticking around Lexington for another season.

According to a report by ZagsBlog.com, Lee's brother has already confirmed those intentions.

Here is an excerpt:

Julius Randle, Willie Cauley-Stein and James Young are all projected as first-round picks, while twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison are projected as late-first or second-round picks should they decide to go.

Randle’s mother said last week the family would meet over the weekend to discuss his plans.

The Harrisons and freshman big man Dakari Johnson are all projected in the 2015 Draft by DraftExpress.com.

“The good news is eight can go, and I know eight aren’t going [this year],” Calipari said.

Marcus Lee will remain at Kentucky next season, his brother told SNY.tv.

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Video: John Calipari Talks Kentucky, NBA Rumors and More on Dan Patrick Show

Here is Kentucky head coach John Calipari on the Dan Patrick Show earlier this morning:


Pikeville's Bruce Reed to Work Out for Scouts in Portsmouth

University of Pikeville's Bruce Reed is headed to Portsmouth to work out for pro scouts during the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

Reed averaged a team-high 18.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a senior at UPIKE. He helped lead the Bears to a 31-3 record.

Morehead State's Chad Posthumus to Compete in Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

I am told by a good source that Morehead State's Chad Posthumus will participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this week.

The PIT is a pre-draft camp for 64 of the nation's top college basketball seniors.

Posthumus, a 6-foot-11 center, averaged 9.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game as a senior last season.

The official PIT rosters will be released at 3:30 p.m. today.

62nd Annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

April 16 - 19, 2014

Churchland High School Sports Complex
4301 Cedar Lane, Portsmouth, VA 23703

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Kevin Ware to Join Ryan Harrow at Georgia State

Former Kentucky and Louisville guards Ryan Harrow and Kevin Ware will be teammates at Georgia State next season.

Ware announced on Twitter over the weekend that he will be transferring from Louisville to GSU.








Henry Clay's Jordan Green Commits to Western Kentucky

Henry Clay star Jordan Green has reportedly committed to Western Kentucky University:


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Paul Pierce Says Jeff and Marquis Teague Are Ugliest Brothers in the NBA

Brooklyn's Paul Pierce was trying to get under Jeff Teague's skin during a recent game. Pierce told Teague that he and brother Marquis are the "ugliest brothers in the league."

Take a listen:


Report: Pitt Assistant Barry Rohrssen to Replace Orlando Antigua at Kentucky

According to Matthew Steinbrink of Rivals, Pittsburgh assistant Barry Rohrssen might be headed to Kentucky to take Orlando Antigua's spot on John Calipari's coaching staff:


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Marquis Teague Gets Ruined By His Own Brother

Watch as Marquis Teague gets crossed up by his own brother, Jeff:


Friday, April 11, 2014

23rd Annual OH-KY All-Star Game Set for Tomorrow

The 23rd annual OH-KY All-Star Game will be played tomorrow night at Thomas More College.

The girl's game tips at 5:30 p.m. with the boys following at 7:30 p.m.

Here's a look at the rosters:

Kentucky
 
Brent Bach – 6’2 G – Augusta
Tra Edwards -6’3 G – Hopkinsville
Jordan Green – 6’5 G – Henry Clay
LaMontray Harris – 6’7 F – PRP
D’Angelo Hunter – 6’7 F – PRP
Joe Jackson – 6’7 F – Fern Creek
Justin Johnson – 6’7 F – Perry County Central
Montrell Little – 6’6 F – Doss
Antonio McDaniels – 5’10 G – PRP
Quan Poindexter – 6’6 F – Hopkinsville
Nick Ruthsatz – 6’1 G – Covington Catholic
Jake Schulte – 6’8 F – Newport Central Catholic
Cory Thomas – 6’1 G – Fairdale
Brandon Trotter – 6’6 F – Seneca
Bryan Wallace – 6’0 G – Montgomery County

Ohio:

Grant Benzinger – 6’3 G – Moeller
Javon Bess – 6’6 G/F – Gahanna Lincoln
Steven Carpenter – 6’3 G – Fairfield Christian
Mike Deleon – 6’6 F – Olentangy Liberty
Evan French – 6’3 G – Warren
Jalen Hudson – 6’5 G – Akron SVSM
Cameron Kuhn – 6’0 G – Vermillion
Dakota Mathis – 6’4 G – Elida
Teddy Metzen – 6’8 F – Newark
Ronnie Rousseau – 5’10 G – Winton Woods
Mitch Spotleson – 6’5 F – Lake
Jeff Thomas – 6’7 F – Norwalk
Kevin Vannatta – 6’4 G/F – Upper Arlington
Nic Williams – 6’3 G – Sandusky Perkins
Antonio Woods – 6’1 G – Summit Country Day

Event Site

Also check out tonight's SlamJamFestival "Night of Stars"

SlamJamFestival "Night of Stars"

7:00 pm Friday April, 11th 2014 at Thomas More College

FREE Admission !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Battle Between Ohio and Kentucky (Boys & Girls)

Contests:

- 1 on 1

- 3 on 3

- 3-Point Shooting

Pitino, Pelphrey Sent Letters to Judge on Richie Farmer's Behalf

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and Florida assistant coach John Pelphrey both sent letters to U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove before Richie Farmer's sentencing in January.

According to a report, Pitino asked the judge to show mercy when sentencing Farmer and allow him to "become a productive citizen again."

Here is more from Newschannel5.com:

Pitino's letter is among 29 dispatches sent to U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove before Farmer's sentencing in January for abusing public office. Farmer is serving a 27 month sentence.

Van Tatenhove unsealed the letters Thursday evening.

Among the family and friends writing letters was former Kentucky basketball star and current University of Florida assistant coach John Pelphrey. Pitino coached both men at Kentucky from 1989 through 1992.

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Kenneth Faried Drains the Game-Winner for the Nuggets

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried nailed the game-winning floater with 0.5 seconds to go for the Denver Nuggets last night:



Faried is averaging 13.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game for the Nuggets this season. He has really elevated his level of play after the All-Star break. In 28 games since the break, Faried has put in 18.7 points and 9.8 boards per game.

Video: Karl Towns Dunks All Over Defender at Hoop Summit Practice

Watch as future Kentucky big man Karl Towns dunks all over a defender at Nike Hoop Summit practice:


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Seth Davis Ranks Kentucky No. 8, Louisville No. 20 for 2014-15

Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated has given his college basketball rankings for next season.

While it's way too soon to be looking at 2014-15, Davis currently has Kentucky No. 8 and Louisville No. 20.

Duke is his preseason No. 1 team, followed by Wisconsin and Arizona.

Here's a look at the top 10:

1. Duke
2. Wisconsin
3. Arizona
4. Villanova
5. North Carolina
6. Kansas
7. Michigan
8. Kentucky
9. Colorado
10. Texas
20. Louisville

Excerpts:

8. Kentucky

This rank could fluctuate in the coming days depending on which players head to the NBA draft, but John Calipari has again signed a stellar recruiting class that features 6-10 power forward Trey Lyles and 6-5 shooting guard Devin Booker. 

20. Louisville

Russ Smith is leaving and I'm assuming Montrezl Harrell will follow, which means Rick Pitino will depend heavily on four top-75 freshmen.

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Bill Self Visiting 2015 UK Recruit Malik Newman Today

Kansas head coach Bill Self was scheduled for an in-home visit with 2015 star Malik Newman today.

Newman is one of Kentucky's top targets in the Class of 2015:




Rod Strickland Leaving Kentucky to Take a Job at USF

Rod Strickland is leaving the University of Kentucky to take a position on Orlando Antigua's staff at South Florida.

Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com first reported the news:

Rod Strickland will join Orlando Antigua's staff at South Florida as an assistant coach, multiple sources told CBSSports.com.

An official announcement is expected before the weekend.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rex Chapman Explains Himself on the Dan Patrick Show

Just before Monday night's national championship game, former University of Kentucky star Rex Chapman made a Twitter post about John Calipari leaving for the NBA after this season:


Chapman went on the Dan Patrick Show yesterday to explain himself:


Rod Strickland Might Be Leaving Kentucky to Join Staff at USF

Rod Strickland might be leaving the University of Kentucky to join Orlando Antigua's coaching staff at South Florida.

Strickland has been serving as a special assistant to head coach John Calipari at Kentucky.

USF's sports information department said Antigua, a Wildcats assistant hired March 31 to replace Stan Heath as Bulls coach, was expected in his new office early Wednesday afternoon.

Details of his initial itinerary weren't clear, but Antigua is expected to begin assembling a staff and meeting with Bulls players before being given a pass code to the door of the practice facility.

Among the strongest candidates to join him: 'Cats assistant (and NBA veteran) Rod Strickland and his younger brother, Seton Hall assistant Oliver Antigua.

Florida-based basketball recruiting analyst Russ Wood, citing only a "reliable source," reported via Twitter on Saturday that Strickland will join Antigua at USF. A special assistant to UK coach John Calipari, Strickland and Antigua also served together under Calipari at Memphis.

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