Thursday, April 24, 2014

Kenny Johnson Joins Louisville Staff as an Assistant Coach

Louisville has officially announced the hiring of assistant coach Kenny Johnson, who was previously as assistant at Indiana University.

Here is a release from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kenny Johnson, assistant men's basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at Indiana University for the past two years, has joined the University of Louisville men's basketball staff as an assistant coach under head coach Rick Pitino.

"We're very excited to have Kenny in our program," said Pitino. "The first thing I did when Kevin Keatts left to become the head coach at UNC Wilmington was to ask my son Richard (Pitino, head coach at Minnesota) to find the best rising assistant coach in the business. He spoke to a lot of people and they led directly to Kenny Johnson and others think he is outstanding as well. He is extremely bright, having studied cell, molecular biology and genetics in college."

While at Indiana, Johnson helped the Hoosiers assemble top 20 recruiting classes each of the past two seasons, including a top five class in 2013. On the court, Indiana produced a combined 46-22 record in his two seasons there, winning the Big Ten Championship, earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2013.

ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman, after surveying more than 200 collegiate coaches, named Johnson as the nation's 11th most respected/feared assistant coach in a July 2013 listing after just two seasons as a collegiate assistant.

Johnson was an assistant coach at Towson for one season in 2011-12, helping assemble a top five mid-major recruiting class. He began his coaching career in 2002 as the associate head coach at Eleanor Roosevelt High School before moving to Dr. Henry Wise High School in 2006 for one year (2006-07). He was associate head coach at Paul IV High school for four years (2007-11) before advancing to the collegiate ranks.

Johnson served six years as assistant director and head of travel and logistics for the TeamTakeover AAU program and was the head coach of its 16 and under age group during that stint. The program produced a total of 53 Division I scholarship players during his stint there. His travel team tournament championships include the prestigious King James Classic (2009, 2010) and the Orlando National Super Showcase (2009).

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Terrence Jones Tells His Side of the Story After Case Dismissed

The assault case against former Kentucky star Terrence Jones was dismissed on Tuesday.

Jones was originally charged with assault after an officer said Jones stepped on a homeless man.

With the case dismissed, Jones opened up about the incident. Here is an excerpt from Chron.com:

Jones said Wednesday the officer that said Jones stomped on one of several homeless men sleeping in a doorway, Portland Sgt. Anthony Passadore, did not get a clear view.

“It was just a lot of what someone saw from a far distance,” Jones said. “It was hard to explain my side at the time. It just had to be his word versus mine. An officer’s word is going to be worth more than mine. I just wanted to get past it.

“What he saw didn’t happen. The way he saw it didn’t happen at all like that. I’ve never been that type of guy to hurt anybody that hasn’t done anything to me. Anybody that knows me knows that. I just knew the [people that knew me and know what I’m about wouldn’t believe that story when it came down to it.”

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Marshall Close to Hiring Dan D'Antoni?

According to multiple sources, Marshall  University is close to hiring Los Angeles Lakers assistant Dan D'Antoni to take over the men's basketball program.

D'Antoni played college basketball at Marshall from 1966-70. He was inducted into the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990.

Currently, D'Antoni serves as an assistant with the Lakers under brother Mike D'Antoni.





It's not exactly the D'Antoni this guy was hoping for but I guess Dan will have to do:


Video: John Calipari on The Colbert Report

Here is video of John Calipari's appearance on The Colbert Report last night:

Donnie Tyndall Wins Opening Press Conference at Tennessee

New head coach Donnie Tyndall won his opening press conference at the University of Tennessee.

Tyndall gave an exciting speech about the future of the Tennessee program under his leadership:


Spots Available for Bellarmine University's Summer Basketball Camps

Spots are still available for Bellarmine University's summer basketball camps.

Here are details from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --- Spots are still open for the Bellarmine Basketball Camps for both boys and girls held throughout the summer.

Directed by coaches Scott Davenport and Chancellor Dugan, the Bellarmine Basketball Camps are widely regarded as some of the best summer camp values in Kentucky.

In all 12 camps are available for children of varying ages and skill level where attendees will receive instructions from BU coaches and players.

Discounts for family and groups are available, check out the brochures bellow for specifics. For questions or more information, contact the Bellarmine basketball offices, Men: 272-8310 or Women: 272-8382.

Boys camp brochure

Girls camp brochure

Scott County's Trent Gilbert is Visiting Louisville Today

Scott County guard Trent Gilbert is visiting the University of Louisville today. Head coach Rick Pitino has offered Gilbert a walk-on spot next season.


Evan Daniels Talks Kentucky Basketball Recruiting

Evan Daniels of Scout.com talks University of Kentucky recruiting with Thomas Beisner of CN2:


Report: Jeff Neubauer the Leader to Get Marshall Job (UPDATED)

According to a report in The Charleston Gazette, Eastern Kentucky University head coach Jeff Neubauer is the front-runner to get the same job at Marshall University.

Here is an excerpt:

Indications are that Jeff Neubauer, the John Beilein disciple who has led Eastern Kentucky to four 20-win seasons and two NCAA tournament berths, will be hired as the new Marshall basketball coach.

The timing of an announcement is uncertain, but this appears to end the six-week process of replacing Tom Herrion. Herrion resigned March 14 after the Thundering Herd tied the program record with 22 losses.

The 43-year-old Neubauer has compiled a 167-122 record in nine seasons at the Colonels’ helm, including a 49-20 mark over the last two years. This past season, the Colonels finished second in the Ohio Valley Conference’s East Division, and took out perennial favorite Belmont in the finals of the league tournament.The Colonels lost 80-69 to Kansas in the second round of the NCAA tourney, but put up a respectable fight — they led the Jayhawks with 8:55 left and trailed by five with 2:28 remaining.

In terms of mutual interest, Neubauer may have been the last solid candidate remaining.

A source told the Gazette on Wednesday morning that Stephen F. Austin coach Brad Underwood pulled out of the running, and CBS Sports later reported that Underwood is the top target to fill the sudden vacancy at MU rival Southern Mississippi.

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UPDATE: I have just spoken to a reliable source who says Jeff Neubauer will not be the new head coach at Marshall.

The source told me, "I'm not sure who they are hiring, but I'm very confident it's not Neubauer."

UPDATE 2:

Doss Head Coach K.C. Goodin Joins Kentucky Wesleyan Staff as Associate Head Coach

Louisville Doss head coach K.C. Goodin has stepped down to join Happy Osborne's staff at Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Here is a release from KWC:

K.C. Goodin, head boys basketball coach at Louisville Doss High School, has been named associate head coach for eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College, as announced by Panther head men's basketball coach Happy Osborne.

"I'm so happy and elated to have K.C. back with me again," Osborne said. "As an individual, I enjoyed coaching with him as much as anybody I've ever coached with in my life. He was nothing but a champion as player and a real motivator as a coach who will push our guys to be the best than can be academically and athletically. K.C. has a tremendous feel for the game and knows how to recruit."

Goodin, 37, inherited the Doss program in 2010 that had won only 21 games in the previous three seasons and turned around the Dragons by compiling a 67-49 record in four winning seasons including a 22-8 finish in 2014 by winning the 22nd District title and earning a trip to the Sixth Region semifinals. They also played in three region tournaments in his tenure.

"The experience I've had with Happy as a player and coach is second to none," Goodin said. "It's a true blessing to be able to join my mentor once again, especially at Kentucky Wesleyan College where they win championships and graduate student-athletes. I was both surprised and ecstatic about the opportunity to coach with Happy."

Prior to Doss, Goodin reunited with his coach, Osborne, at Georgetown (Ky.) College as assistant head coach for four seasons (2006-10) where the Tigers amassed a 117-17 record for a 87.3 winning percentage with three conference regular season titles, three tournament championships, four trips to the NAIA nationals including a 2008 Fab Four finish.

Goodin received his first head coaching position at Louisville Western High School in 2005-06 after serving as an assistant for five seasons. Once again, he turned the Warriors from a losing team (5-18) to 14 wins, the most since 1996, while guiding Western to the district championship game and the region semifinals.

The Hodgenville, Ky. native first taste of coaching came when he was a volunteer assistant for one season at Georgetown when the Tigers were NAIA Finalist in 2000 with a 34-5 record after a stellar career playing for Osborne.

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Keaton Belcher Named Head Coach at Pendleton County High School

Keaton Belcher has been named head coach at Pendleton County High School:




Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nerlens Noel to Appear Several Times at Hillbilly Days

Former Kentucky star Nerlens Noel will be appearing several times at Hillbilly Days in Pikeville this weekend:


Kentucky's Alex Poythress Will Return for Junior Season

Kentucky sophomore Alex Poythress announced earlier today that he is going to return to Lexington for his junior season.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sophomore forward Alex Poythress will return to the Kentucky men’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season, he announced Wednesday.

“Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine, but I want to make sure that I’m NBA-ready before I make that jump,” Poythress said. “By coming back, I’ll be so much closer to earning my degree in business and it will give me another year to prepare my game and my body for the next level.”

The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in helping lead the Wildcats to the NCAA title game. He shot better than 68 percent from the field in the NCAA Tournament, including an eight-point, seven-rebound performance in the Final Four against Wisconsin.

“I’m excited for Alex and the decision he’s arrived at,” head coach John Calipari said. “I’m proud of the work he committed to this past season, on and off the floor, and think he’s ready to take that next step and lead this team next season.”

The Clarksville, Tenn., native tallied a double-double (10 points, 13 rebounds) in UK’s season-opener against UNC Asheville and pulled down 12 rebounds two games later against second-ranked Michigan State.

Fellow sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein and freshman Marcus Lee announced their intentions to return for the 2014-15 season last week.

Julius Randle, James Young to Sign Autographs Around Kentucky

Kentucky's James Young and Julius Randle will be signing autographs around the state during the next week.

Here's a look at the schedule as of now:

Julius Randle

Thursday, April 24 – Wildcat Wearhouse – Ashland 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 25 – Hillbilly Days – Pikeville – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 26 – Hillbilly Days – Pikeville – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 26 – Lexington Sports Card – 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 27 – Elizabethtown Mall – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 29 – Tin Roof – Louisville – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

James Young

Sunday, April 27 – Wildcats and More Store – Dry Ridge – 1:00 -2:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 27 – Lexington Sports Cards – 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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Dakari Johnson Staying at Kentucky for Sophomore Season

Freshman big man Dakari Johnson has announced that he will return to the University of Kentucky for his sophomore season.

Here is a statement from Johnson:

“This year has been for me a year of transition, growth and so much fun! I’ve learned a lot about myself personally through adversity and triumph which I know made me a stronger individual. I would like to thank my brothers (teammates) for pulling together and stepping up and taking the road that many don’t travel. What memories! I would like to thank Coach Cal and the staff for trusting and providing me the opportunity to grow and build on my skills. I’d like to wish Julius Randle and James Young all the best and personally let them know that they have a group of brothers who will always support them. With that being said, I’m excited about having the option to either enter the 2014 NBA Draft or return to the University of Kentucky. After looking at the information provided to me by Coach Cal and the NBA committee, my family and I made the decision for me to return to UK for my sophomore year. Returning to school allows me to build on my leadership skills, improve my individual basketball strength and conditioning skills, and have another opportunity to accomplish one of my individual goals: winning an NCAA national championship in college. In addition, it will give me the opportunity to continue my studies because the ball will stop bouncing one day (shout out to Mike Stone). Big Blue Nation, I can’t thank you enough for your support, and I look forward to representing UK next year.” #StriveforNine

And a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman center Dakari Johnson will return to the Kentucky men’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season, he announced Wednesday.

“After looking at the information provided to me by Coach Cal and the NBA committee, my family and I made the decision for me to return to UK for my sophomore year,” Johnson said. “Returning to school allows me to build on my leadership skills, improve my individual basketball strength and conditioning skills, and have another opportunity to accomplish one of my individual goals: winning an NCAA national championship in college.”

The 7-foot center started 18 of Kentucky’s last 20 games, averaging 5.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game during that stretch. Johnson tallied nine points and a career-high 11 rebounds in UK’s postseason-opening win over LSU in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

“I’m happy to have Dakari back with us for next season,” head coach John Calipari said. “Despite being the youngest player on the team this season, he continued to improve every day on the court and it showed. We look forward to seeing his improvement over the summer and throughout next year.”

The Brooklyn, N.Y., native grabbed six or more rebounds four times during UK’s postseason run, while shooting better than 62 percent from the field during the NCAA Tournament.

Sophomores Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress and fellow freshman Marcus Lee have already announced their intentions to return for the 2014-15 season.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kenny Payne, Jeff Neubauer Mentioned as Possible Candidates at Southern Miss

Eastern Kentucky head coach Jeff Neubauer and University of Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne are mentioned as two possible candidates to replace Donnie Tyndall at Southern Miss.

Here is an excerpt from SunHerald.com:

* Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne - He is a Laurel native and regarded as one of the top recruiters in the nation. He was a top candidate for the Mississippi State job last time around.

* Eastern Kentucky coach Jeff Neubauer - This is a candidate who has an Ohio Valley Conference background much like Tyndall. He's a proven winner at EKU and he was considered a candidate for the job at South Florida not long ago. Read More

Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2014/04/21/5511716/now-that-tyndall-is-reportedly.html?sp=/99/228/834/#storylink=cpy

Sacramento Rookies Get Popcorned by DeMarcus Cousins and Reggie Evans

Sacramento Kings rookies Ray McCallum and Ben McLemore fell victim to a prank by veterans DeMarcus Cousins and Reggie Evans recently.

Watch as the rookies get "popcorned":




DeAndre Liggins Named NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year

Former Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins has been named NBA Development League Defensive Player of the Year.

Here is a release from the D-League:

NEW YORK, April 21, 2014 -- Sioux Falls Skyforce guard DeAndre Liggins has been selected as the 2014 NBA Development League’s Defensive Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s 17 head coaches, it was announced today.

Liggins (6-6, 209, Kentucky) appeared in 42 regular season games for the Skyforce, anchoring the defensive efforts of a Sioux Falls team that held their opponents to league-lows of only 45 percent shooting from the field and 100.1 points per 100 possessions. Sioux Falls’ opponents averaged 102.9 points, good for second-lowest in the NBA D-League. As an individual, he averaged an NBA D-League best 2.6 steals, to go with 14.2 points and 4.8 assists.

Liggins’ defensive prowess helped Sioux Falls to a 31-19 record during the regular season and the fourth seed in the 2014 NBA D-League Playoffs. The Skyforce defeated the Canton Charge 2-1 in the best-of-three first round series, and were defeated by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the top overall seed in the 2014 NBA D-League postseason, in second round playoff action.

“DeAndre has demonstrated his ability to be a consistent lock-down defender all season long – a quality that surely helped Sioux Falls have such a successful campaign,” said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations for the NBA D-League. “A top prospect in the NBA D-League this season, I’m looking forward to watching DeAndre continue to develop on both ends of the court and congratulate him on this well-deserved accomplishment.”

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Former Murray State PG Zay Jackson Will Transfer to Southeastern Louisiana

Former Murray State point guard Zay Jackson is planning to transfer to Southeastern Louisiana.

Jackson had a tumultuous stay at Murray State, including a nasty altercation in a Walmart parking lot.


Tennesssee to Introduce Tyndall This Afternoon in Knoxville

Tennessee will announce new men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall at a press conference this afternoon in Knoxville.

Here are details from UT:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- University of Tennessee vice chancellor and director of athletics Dave Hart will hold press conference today at 2 p.m. ET on the men's court in Pratt Pavilion to introduce Donnie Tyndall as men's basketball coach.

The press conference will be streamed live on UTSports.com.

After averaging more than 21 wins during his eight-year head coaching career - including an unprecedented 56-17, championship-winning two-year run at Southern Miss - Donnie Tyndall was handed the reins to the Tennessee program on April 22, 2014.

The 2013-14 season saw Tyndall guide Southern Miss to a share of the regular-season Conference USA championship, a school-record 29 wins, an unblemished 15-0 home record and an RPI in the low 30s.

The Golden Eagles under Tyndall played an up-tempo brand of basketball that in 2014 ranked first or second in C-USA in efficiency (110.0), points per possession (1.1), steals per game (8.2, 17th nationally), assists per game (14.1) and field-goal percentage (.463).

Attendance at Southern Miss home games rose 23 percent in Tyndall's first season. And in his second year in Hattiesburg, season-ticket sales saw a spike of more than 20 percent as well.

Tyndall's Division I head coaching record stands at 170-102 (.625), which includes six stellar seasons at his alma mater, Morehead State, where he played from 1990-93. His inspiring climb up the collegiate coaching ladder was underscored by a tireless, blue-collar approach and a commitment to building relationships and comprehensive excellence.

In 2006, Tyndall took over a Morehead State program that finished 4-23 the previous year. He improved the Eagles' record in each of his first five seasons and led the school to 20-win seasons from 2008-11 - MSU had reached the 20-win mark just twice in its history before his arrival.

Tyndall also guided Morehead to NCAA Tournament berths in 2009 and 2011. His 2011 squad, led by first-round NBA Draft pick and current Denver Nuggets star Kenneth Faried, knocked off knocked off No. 4-seeded Louisville in the Big Dance.

When Tyndall was named head coach at Southern Miss prior to the 2012-13 campaign, he took over a team that was the youngest in the country and led it to a 27-10 (12-4 C-USA) record and a trip to the NIT quarterfinals.

The 12 C-USA victories were the most since USM joined league, and he was honored by his peers as the NABC District 11 Coach of the Year.

Tyndall's squad only continued to reach new heights in 2013-14, breaking the previous year's C-USA wins record by going 13-3 in league play - 29-7 overall.

Tyndall took over at Southern Miss after leading Morehead State to a 114-85 record, including a 70-40 mark in Ohio Valley Conference games, from 2006-12. In the season immediately prior to his arrival, the Eagles finished with an RPI rating of 321. Five years later, his efforts yielded a year-end RPI of 77.

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Official: Tennessee Hires Donnie Tyndall as Men's Basketball Coach

Tennessee has officially hired Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall for the same position in Knoxville.

Here is confirmation from Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com:

Tennessee, hours after being turned down by Louisiana Tech's Mike White, has hired Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall. The school will introduce him in a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Sources originally told ESPN about the agreement on Monday night.

The deal was for five years at $8 million overall. But they were still negotiating Monday night because Tyndall wanted six years instead of five, a source with direct knowledge on the negotiations told ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Donnie Tyndall to Accept the Tennessee Job

Former Morehead State head coach Donnie Tyndall is expected to be the new head coach at Tennessee.


Josh Cook is the New Head Coach at Mercer County High School

I have confirmed that Josh Cook is stepping down at Lawrence County and will be the new head coach at Mercer County.

Cook led Lawrence County to a 21-11 record last season. He was 41-22 in the last two seasons with back-to-back 20-win seasons.

Before Cook took over the program, Lawrence County was 7-46 the previous two seasons.

CBS Sports: Julius Randle Will Enter the NBA Draft

Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com is reporting that Julius Randle will officially announce his intentions to enter the 2014 NBA Draft during tomorrow afternoon's press conference.

Here is an excerpt:

Kentucky officials have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 ET, at which point sources told CBSSports.com that freshman basketball player Julius Randle is expected to formally announce his decision to enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

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John Calipari Sets Up Meetings with UK Players Trying to Make Draft Decisions

Kentucky head coach John Calipari has set up meetings with remaining players who are still trying to make NBA Draft decisions.

Calipari will meet with Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress later today. He will meet with Andrew and Aaron Harrison tomorrow.

According to Andy Katz of ESPN.com:

Calipari said by phone Monday he will meet with freshman forward Julius Randle. Kentucky put out a news release Monday announcing a 1:30 p.m. news conference Tuesday on Randle's decision. Calipari said he didn't know what Randle would do yet.

Calipari said he was surprised when sophomore forward Willie Cauley-Stein announced he was returning to school.

Calipari said he will meet with freshman forward Dakari Johnson and sophomore forward Alex Poythress Monday afternoon and with freshmen guard twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison Tuesday.

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UK Announces Press Conference for Julius Randle Tomorrow

The University of Kentucky has announced that freshman star Julius Randle will hold a press conference tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

Randle is expected to announce that he is headed to the NBA.

Knott Central's Camron Justice Commits to Vanderbilt

Knott County Central star Camron Justice has committed to Vanderbilt.

Justice, a 6-foot-3 guard, will be a candidate for Mr. Basketball in 2015.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Terrence Williams is Headed to Puerto Rico

Former Louisville star Terrence Williams has signed a deal to play for Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rico.

Here is more from Sportsando.com:

Terrence Williams signed a deal in Puerto Rico with Brujos de Guayama.

The former NBA has played two games in Turkey with Turk Telekom Ankara averaging 4 points. Williams ha also played in D-League with D-Fenders scoring 20.6 points with 5.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 34 games.

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Official: Marcus Lee Staying at Kentucky for Sophomore Season

The University of Kentucky has announced that freshman Marcus Lee will remain in college and return for his sophomore season.

Here is the release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman forward Marcus Lee will return to the Kentucky men’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season, it was announced Friday.

“I’ve really enjoyed my college experience and I’m looking forward to continuing to develop as an all-around player," Lee said. "Playing in the Final Four was such an amazing feeling, but I want to come back and help win that final game this year.”

The 6-foot-9 forward was called upon in Kentucky’s Final Four run and he answered the call with a 10-point, eight-rebound, two-block performance in the Elite Eight against Michigan. He finished the tournament shooting 70 percent from the field and was named to the Midwest Regional All-Tournament team.

“I'm excited for Marcus and think he’s barely scratched the surface of what he’s capable of,” head coach John Calipari said. “In addition to his athleticism and the energy level he brings, the experience he gained in the NCAA Tournament this year will be immeasurable for us next season.”

The Antioch, Calif., native tallied 17 points in UK’s season-opener against UNC Asheville and pulled down a then-career-high six rebounds against Northern Kentucky.

The NBA Early Entry deadline is at 11:59 p.m. ET Sunday, April 27.

Warren Central's Chris Porter-Bunton Commits to Austin Peay

Warren Central senior Chris Porter-Bunton has committed to Austin Peay.

Porter-Bunton, a 6-foot-5 wing, chose Austin Peya over Jacksonville state and the Naval Academy. He also was garnering late attention from SEMO, Northern Kentucky, Lipscomb, IUPUI and Evansville. He was also a Division I football recruit at wide receiver and safety.

CPB as he is widely known was named to the Kentucky All-Star Team yesterday.

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