Friday, June 24, 2016

Tyler Ulis Will Reunite with Devin Booker in Phoenix

The Phoenix Suns drafted Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis in the second round with pick No. 34 in last night's NBA Draft.

Ulis will reunite with former UK teammate and friend Devin Booker in Phoenix.

For now, the Suns also have Archie Goodwin, Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe on the roster. The team is expected to trade Knight or Bledsoe at some point.

Here are more details from UK:

Tyler Ulis

Ulis was the second player taken by the Suns – although, Labissiere was traded to Sacramento shortly after the Suns drafted him. The Chicago native was picked 34th overall and he is the seventh Kentucky player ever taken by the franchise. It is the second consecutive season that two players have been selected by the Suns in the same draft.

The 2016 Bob Cousy Award winner had a sensational sophomore season that will be regarded as one of the best in SEC history en route to All-America honors. Ulis is the shortest consensus first-team All-American since 1958. He was also tabbed SEC Player of the Year and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, joining Anthony Davis as the only players in league history to win both honors in the same season.

He set the UK-single-season mark for assists in a season with 246, second all-time in the SEC. Ulis was both an elite distributor and proficient scorer in his sophomore campaign, becoming the only player in league history with at least 606 points and at least 246 assists. He was one of only four players in the country this season to average at least 17.3 points and at least 7.0 assists per game. He ranked sixth nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.6) and seventh in assists per game (7.0).

Braxton Beverly Returning to Hargrave, Opening Recruitment Back Up

Braxton Beverly has decided to break off his commitment to Miami (OH) and return to Hargrave Military Academy for another season of prep basketball.

Beverly will be reclassifying to the Class of 2017.

DeMarcus Cousins Claims Draft Night Tweet Was About "Sculpting Class"

DeMarcus Cousins created a buzz last night when he posted a controversial Tweet shortly after the Sacramento Kings drafted Georgios Papagiannis from Greece with the 13th overall pick.

Today, Cousins claims that Tweet was actually about "a hot sculpting class."

Here's more from Marc Spears of The Undefeated:

Kings All-Star DeMarcus Cousins told The Undefeated his draft night tweet had nothing to do with the draft. So what was it about? "A hot sculpting class," Cousins said jokingly.

Vlade Divac Believes Skal Labissiere is the Steal of the Draft

Sacramento Kings GM Vlade Divac believes he landed the steal of the NBA Draft with Skal Labissiere at No. 28.

The former Kentucky big man is not ready for the NBA at this point but has a high ceiling in the future.

He averaged 6.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game as a freshman at UK last season.

Skal Labissiere Slips to Phoenix at No. 28, Traded to Sacramento

Kentucky big man Skal Labissiere slipped to the Phoenix Suns at No. 28 in last night's NBA Draft.

Labisierre was quickly traded to the Sacramento Kings, where he will be joining forces with former Wildcats DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein.

Here are more details from UK:

Skal Labissiere

Labissiere became UK’s second selection in the opening round when he was taken by the Phoenix Suns at 28th overall. He is the sixth-ever selection by the Suns in the history of the program. Devin Booker and Andrew Harrison were chosen by the Suns a season ago. In a proposed trade, the Suns’ pick will be shipped to the Sacramento Kings, where Labissiere is expected to join former Wildcats Willie Cauley-Stein, DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo.

The native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, appeared in all 36 games with 18 starts, averaging 6.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in his lone season at Kentucky. His 1.6 blocks per game ranked seventh in the SEC, and he blocked three or more shots nine times during the year. Labissiere shot 51.6 percent from the field.

He scored in double figures in four of his first six career games and posted a career-high 26 points in his second career game. Labissiere came on late in the season with an 11-point, eight-rebound game in the win at Florida and an 18-point, nine-rebound, six-block effort in the regular-season finale vs. LSU. He made 8 of 10 shots in the victory over the Tigers. In his NCAA Tournament debut, Labissiere scored 12 points and blocked six shots, tied for the second most in an NCAA Tournament game in school history.

Twice Labissiere won SEC Freshman of the Week, earning the honor in the first week of the regular season and the last.

Kentucky's Jamal Murray Drafted by the Denver Nuggets

University of Kentucky shooting guard Jamal Murray went to the Denver Nuggets with pick No. 7 in last night's NBA Draft.

Kentucky has had at least one player taken in the top seven in each of the last seven drafts.

If no deals are made, Murray will be teaming up with former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried in Denver.

Here is an excerpt of a UK press release:

Jamal Murray

Murray was UK’s first player off of the board when he was selected seventh overall by the Denver Nuggets. He’s the first player in program history to be selected by the Nuggets. With the Kitchener, Ontario, native going seventh overall, UK has had at least one player taken in the top seven in each of the last seven drafts.

The 6-foot-4 guard led the Wildcats in scoring at 20.0 points per game, which is the highest individual scoring average at Kentucky in the Calipari era. He earned a plethora of postseason accolades, including Associated Press Third Team All-America honors as well as All-Southeastern Conference First Team recognition by both the AP and the league’s coaches.

With 720 points this season, he owns the school’s freshman single-season scoring record, surpassing Brandon Knight (657 points in 2010-11). Murray posted three 30-point games this season. He was the first Wildcat to reach double figures in 30 or more games since Jodie Meeks had a run of 32 times in 2008-09. Murray’s streak stretched to 34 straight games. He racked up a 12-game streak of scoring 20 points or more, matching the longest such streak for any UK player since Kevin Grevey topped 20 or more points in 12 straight games in 1974-75. Having hit a 3-pointer in every game this season, Murray owns the UK freshman record for most 3-point field goals in a single season with 113. His 113 made 3-pointers are second on the UK single-season 3-point field goal list and the most of any freshman in the history of the SEC. It’s also the second most of any freshman in NCAA history, trailing only Stephen Curry’s record of 122.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

DeMarcus Cousins is Calling on a Higher Power After Kings' Draft Pick

Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins seems to be calling on a higher power following the Kings' first round draft pick.

After the Kings selected Georgios Papagiannis from Greece with the 13th overall pick, Cousins posted this on Twitter:

Several NBA Teams Believe Thon Maker is Older Than 19

According to reports, several NBA team are going to pass completely on Thon Maker because of concerns that he is not actually 19 years old.

Maker, who is skipping college to go straight to the NBA, could reportedly be anywhere from 21-23 years old.

If nothing else, it will be interesting to see which team takes a chance on Maker.

Radford Adds David Boyden to Coaching Staff

Radford University has added former Western Kentucky assistant David Boyden to the men's basketball coaching staff.

Here is a release from Radford:

RADFORD, Va. – Radford head coach Mike Jones announced the additions of David Boyden and Donny Lind as assistant coaches on his men's basketball coaching staff, Thursday afternoon.

Both veteran assistant coaches will handle recruiting, on-floor coaching and scouting for the Highlanders. Boyden will assist with post player development, while Lind will work with the perimeter players.

Boyden brings 10 years of Division I coaching experience, including six seasons at his alma mater, Western Kentucky. Lind comes to the New River Valley after three years each at VCU and Mount St. Mary's.

A two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection and 1,000-point scorer for the Hilltoppers, Boyden was an assistant with the program for two stints (2008-10 and 2012-16), helping guide teams to five 20-win campaigns, two Sun Belt Conference championships and two NCAA Tournaments, including a first-round victory in 2009. With Boyden on the sidelines, Western Kentucky compiled a 124-78 overall record.

In between that success, he spent the 2011-12 season at Tennessee Tech, working primarily with the post players of a Golden Eagles' squad that posted a 19-14 mark.

As a player, Boyden ranks third in WKU history with 123 career starts from 2000-03 while playing a key role for teams that won at least 24 games in each of his final three seasons and captured three consecutive Sun Belt East Division and conference tournament titles and NCAA Tournament berths. He earned All-Sun Belt honors as a junior, was a second-team selection as a senior and was named to the 2003 Sun Belt All-Tournament Team. The native of Richmond, Va., finished his career with 1,167 points, 650 rebounds and 130 assists.

After receiving his degree from the school, Boyden spent two years working with Jones on Dennis Felton's staff at Georgia. He first served as an administrative assistant before taking over the role of director of basketball operations for the 2004-05 season. Boyden then garnered his first assistant coach position at Eastern Kentucky, helping the Colonels to the 2007 Ohio Valley Conference championship and NCAA Tournament during his three seasons.

"David is someone our players will gain a lot from because he has experienced many of the same things they are going through now," Jones said. "He has also achieved a level of success, both as a player and as a coach, that we and our players want to achieve here.

"His work ethic and knowledge of the game will strengthen our staff and help our players reach new heights on and off the court. David's ability to affect all aspects of our program will be a welcome addition and will allow him to impact us immediately. His experience at one of the great mid-major programs in the country will help us immensely."

A 2009 inductee to the Hermitage High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Boyden played one year at Fork Union Military Academy before moving on to Western Kentucky.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be working at Radford University," Boyden offered. "Coach Jones has a winning pedigree that I am excited to be a part of. He is a well-respected coach in our profession, and it is a privilege to be on his staff as we strive to continue to raise the bar for Radford men's basketball."

Complete Release

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Richard Gatewood is Leaving Taylor County for 22 Feet Academy

Head coach Richard Gatewood is leaving Taylor County High School to take over at 22 Feet Academy in Greenville, South Carolina.

Gatewood was 80-20 at Taylor County in 3 seasons. 

During his 3 seasons, he led Taylor County to the Sweet Sixteen Tournament twice. 

Gatewood will replace Ryan Schmidt, who recently stepped down at 22 Feet to pursue other opportunities.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Kentucky Transfer Charles Matthews is Headed to Michigan

University of Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews has decided to transfer to Michigan according to Jeff Goodman of

Matthews averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds per game for the Wildcats as a freshman.

He will have to sit out one season under NCAA transfer rules.

Team Coached by Billy Gillispie May Have to Forfeit All Wins from Last Season

According to reports, Ranger College possibly used an ineligible player last season and may have to forfeit all 31 wins.

Ranger College is coached by former University of Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie.

Here is an excerpt:

The NJCAA official, and Ranger College president Bill Campion, told The News that Ranger has appealed the decision. If the ruling stands, Ranger likely will have to forfeit every game in which the ineligible player participated.

Two sources said Monday that the player in question is 6-6 Joshua Simmons of Irmo, S.C. Ranger College's website lists Simmons as having played in every game, averaging 11.4 points and nine rebounds as the Rangers went 31-7 and finished fourth in the NJCAA national tournament _ the highest national finish in Ranger's 90-year history.

"The NJCAA previously ruled that Ranger College used an ineligible player during the 2015-16 season," NJCAA Assistant Executive Director Mark Krug said in an emailed statement to The News. "Ranger has since appealed that ruling to the NJCAA Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will make a decision on Ranger's appeal and will notify Ranger."

During a brief telephone interview, Campion on Monday told The News: "We are working through the issue right now and feel very strongly about Ranger's position -- and the ultimate outcome."

If Ranger loses its appeal to the NJCAA executive committee, the school could attempt a final appeal, through the American Arbitration Association.

Complete Article

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Former UPIKE Guard Jackson Hussey Begins Pro Career in Australia

Former University of Pikeville guard Jackson Hussey has signed with the Geraldton Buccaneers in Australia's SBL league.

Hussey averaged 8.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for the Bears last season.

Here are more details from

Geraldton Buccaneers (SBL) landed 24-year old Australian guard Jackson Hussey (190-84kg-92). He just graduated from Pikeville (NAIA). In 31 games he averaged 8.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Mid-South Conference.

The previous (14-15) season Hussey played at Pikeville College in Mid-South Conference in the NAIA. In 24 games he had 9.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg in 2014-15 season. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. and they also made it to the NAIA D1 Elite Eight.

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Ivan Aska, Cuthbert Victor on U.S. Virgin Islands National Team Roster

Former Murray State stars Ivan Aska and Cuthbert Victor are on the preliminary roster for the U.S. Virgin Islands national basketball team.

Here's a look at the roster:

- Ivan Aska 201-F-90 Ironi Nes-Ziona Israel
- Johnathan Gray 190-G Albacete Spain
- Frank Elegar 208-C-86 TED Kolejliler Turkey
- Justin Gray 198-F-95 Texas Tech USA
- Khalid Hart 198-SF-95 High School USA
- Walter Hodge 183-PG-86 Arecibo Puerto Rico
- Elon Howard 203-F-90 Z*Brooklyn AG USA
- Javier Martinez 201-F-93 Tenn-Martin USA
- Georgio Milligan 187-PG-90 Coopenae Costa Rica
- Jordan Murphy 198-C-97 Minnesota USA
- Charles Pemberton 193-F-92 Mansfield, PA USA
- Xavier Richards 188-G-92 Tennessee St. USA
- Angel Rivera 173-PG-95 Stetson USA
- Jamaal Samuel 206-F-93 La-Monroe USA
- Kevin Sheppard 182-G-79 Azad Iran
- LeRon Smith 190-G Frank Phillips JC USA
- Rasheed Swanston 193-G-95 Frank Phillips JC USA
- Cuthbert Victor 197-F-83 Arecibo Puerto Rico

Vargas, Sosa and Dicent Make Preliminary Roster for Dominican Republic National Team

Eloy Vargas (Kentucky), Edgar Sosa (Louisville) and Miguel Dicent (Morehead State) have made the preliminary 24-man roster for the Dominican Republic national team.

Here's a look at the 24-man roster:

- Jhonatan Araujo 208-C-96 Los Prados Dominican Republic
- Eloy Vargas 211-C-88 San Carlos Dominican Republic
- Juan Coronado 193-G-83 Humacao Puerto Rico
- Jose Corporan 88 Reales LV Dominican Republic
- Adris De Leon 180-PG-84 Manati Puerto Rico
- Angel Delgado 206-F-94 Seton Hall USA
- Brandone Francis 196-G-95 Florida USA
- Yerri Flores 188-PG-96 Trotamundos Venezuela
- Juan Garcia 201-F/C-89 Manresa Spain
- Juan Guerrero 201-F-93 El Million Dominican Republic
- Victor Liz 188-SG-86 Humacao Puerto Rico
- Rigoberto Mendoza 190-G-92 Aguada Puerto Rico
- Luis David Montero 203-SG-93 Portland TB USA
- Dagoberto Pena 198-F/G-88 Coruna Spain
- Bernardo Polanco 189-G-94 San Carlos Dominican Republic
- Orlando Sanchez 206-SF-88 Bucaneros Venezuela
- Edward Santana 203-F/C-80 San Carlos Dominican Republic
- Gelvis Solano 185-G-94 Sameji Dominican Republic
- Edgar Sosa 190-PG-88 Hapoel J-M Israel
- Gerardo Suero 193-G-89 Mauricio Baez Dominican Republic
- Juan Miguel Suero 196-SG-93 Mauricio Baez Dominican Republic
- Luis Santos 203-F-94 S.Florida USA
- Andres Feliz 183-SG-97 S.Florida USA
- Miguel Dicent 191-G-94 Morehead St

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Derek Willis Arrest Video is Not Good

WCPO in Cincinnati has released police footage of Kentucky's Derek Willis being arrested.

The video is pretty tough to watch:

Tai Wynyard Makes Some Ballsy Comments About Draymond Green

Kentucky forward Tai Wynyard didn't care much for it when Draymond Green kicked fellow New Zealander Steven Adams in the jewels recently.

Watch as Wynyard discusses Green's kick to the, um, basketballs:

Peyton Siva is Headed to Germany

Former Louisville point guard Peyton Siva will be playing in Germany next season.

Siva has signed with ALBA Berlin in Germany's top-level BBL league.

Last season, Siva averaged 13.3 points and 6.5 assists per game for JuveCaserta in Italy's Serie A league.

Here are more details from

ALBA Berlin (BBL) inked 26-year old American point guard Peyton Siva (185-84kg-90, college: Louisville). He played most recently at JuveCaserta in Italian Serie A. In 21 games he averaged 13.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 6.5apg and 2.0spg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game.

The previous (14-15) season Siva played at Erie Bay Hawks in D-League. In 37 games he had 13.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 6.8apg and 1.6spg in 2014-15 season. He also spent pre-season at the Magic in NBA that year. Siva was also tried-out by the Pistons in NBA.

In 13-14 season he played at Fort Wayne Mad Ants in D-League. In 9 games he had 14.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 5.0apg and 2.2spg in 2013-14 season.

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Marcus Lee Officially Introduced by California

California and head coach Cuonzo Martin have officially introduced Kentucky transfer Marcus Lee.

Lee will sit out one season and have year of eligibility left for the Golden Bears.

Here's a release from Cal:

BERKELEY – Marcus Lee, a 6-9, 224-pound forward from nearby Antioch, has signed a financial aid agreement to join the Golden Bear men’s basketball team, Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin announced Monday. Lee, who spent his first three seasons at Kentucky, will sit out the 2016-17 season under NCAA transfer guidelines and will have one season of eligibility for the Bears in 2017-18.

“We're very excited to have Marcus Lee be a part of our basketball family,” Martin said. “Marcus brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program. He's contributed and won at a high level in high school as well as in college.”

Lee started 20 of 36 games for the Wildcats last season, averaging 6.4 points per game and tying for the team lead with 6.0 rebounds per game and 59 blocked shots. He helped Kentucky finish 27-9 overall and 13-5 in the SEC. The Wildcats won the SEC Tournament title and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Lee earned a place on the SEC Community Service team for the second straight year in 2015-16 and was the SEC’s male representative at the 2016 NCAA Leadership Forum. He shot a school-record 68.0 percent from the floor (minimum 150 shot attempts, 102-of-150) and paced Kentucky in rebounding a team-high 13 times. In addition, he collected a team-best 87 offensive rebounds and led the squad with 51 dunks.

“He's a high-motor guy with tremendous attributes on both ends of the floor,” Martin added. “He's one of the best athletes in all of college basketball and he's committed to being successful on and off the court.”

Lee recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a victory over No. 5 Duke and went on to add double-doubles vs. Illinois State (13-12), at South Carolina (11-13) and vs. LSU (12-10). He scored a season-high 14 points vs. Arizona State.

During his sophomore season, Lee was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second time in his career. He saw action in all 39 games and contributed 2.6 ppg and 2.7 rpg along with 27 blocks while shooting 64.4 percent from the field. Kentucky finished 38-1 and reached the NCAA Final Four.

Lee earned a spot on the Midwest Region NCAA All-Tournament team his freshman year after scoring 10 points and grabbing eight rebounds in a Sweet 16 victory over Michigan. He played in 25 games with four starts and averaged 2.4 ppg and 1.4 rpg with Kentucky going 27-11 and advancing to the NCAA championship game before falling to Connecticut.

Lee averaged 17.7 ppg, 19.5 rpg and 6.7 bpg as a senior at Deer Valley High School in Antioch. He was ranked as the No. 17 recruit in the country by, while ESPU rated him the No. 30 high school prospect and put him at No. 40. Lee played in both the Jordan Brand and McDonald’s High School All-America games. In addition to basketball, Lee was an exceptional volleyball player and helped his team to the sectional title as a senior.

Lee becomes the fourth addition to Cal’s roster for the 2016-17 season, joining guards Charlie Moore, Don Coleman and Grant Mullins. Moore is a 5-11 guard out of Chicago who is rated as high as No. 55 in the country by The Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year as a senior, he averaged 28 points, 7 assists and 5 steals per game this past season for Morgan Park High School. Coleman, a 6-4 guard, will be a sophomore for the Bears for the upcoming campaign after averaging 19.9 ppg this past year at Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama, while Mullins, a 6-3 guard, comes to the Bears as a graduate transfer from Columbia after contributing 13.3 ppg and earning second-team All-Ivy League honors for the Lions in 2015-16.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Brescia University Signs Blake Donavan, Zach McDaniel for 2016-17

Brescia University has signed two more players for 2016-17.

New head coach Brian Skortz has added Lloyd Memorial High School point guard Black Donavan and Virginia-Wise transfer Zach McDaniel.

Blake Donavan, Lloyd Memorial High School

Head Coach Brian Skortz announces the signing of Blake Donavan, a point guard from Lloyd Memorial HS. Donavon averaged 8.5ppg and 8.3apg at Lloyd Memorial. He was also selected to the NCKC All Conference 1st Team and was named to the 34th District All Tournament Team. "We are excited to have Blake a part of the Bearcat family. He is a true point guard and will bring added depth to the program. He has a knack of finding the open guy and is quick to the basket in penetration. He has a great work ethic and we are excited he is coming to Brescia." commented Coach Skortz

Zach McDaniel, University of Virginia Wise (South Warren High School)

Brescia University Men's Basketball Coach Brian Skortz announces the addition of Zach McDaniel, a 6-foot-7 forward from the University of Virginia Wise,. A native of Bowling Green, KY., McDaniel recently signed a letter of intent to continue his education and basketball career at Brescia University. "We are excited to have Zach join our program," said Coach Skortz. "With his skill, versatility, and leadership, I believe he has an opportunity to make an immediate impact in our program." "Zach's style of play fits into our philosophies here. Zach has played with some of our current players through AAU and at his time at South Warren H.S. he has some chemistry already with some of the guys and will fit right in from day one with the team." Skortz also states. During McDaniel's playing career at South Warren, Zach avgeraged 16.1 ppg 7.8 reb. McDaniel then went to a Prep School at Hargrave Military Academy where he averaged 14.2 ppg 7.1 reb before signing at NCAA Div II School Virginia Wise. At UV-Wise McDaniel averaged 2ppg and 2rpg during his freshman year.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Citation Says Kentucky's Derek Willis Was Found Passed Out in the Street Prior to Arrest

An arrest citation obtained by the Courier-Journal has revealed more information on the weekend arrest of Kentucky's Derek Willis.

According to the citation, Willis was found passed out in the street.

Here is an excerpt:

According to the arrest citation provided by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, a deputy was dispatched to Mountain Laurel Way in Union, Ky., because of a possible drunk subject “laying in the middle of the street.” The deputy arrived to find Willis on the ground outside the open driver’s side door of a vehicle and reported a “strong odor of associated with alcohol” coming from the inside of the vehicle and Willis.

The deputy reported Willis said he had “a lot“ to drink and could not advise where he was other to say in “northern Kentucky” after being woken up. The citation reports Willis had extremely slurred speech, was unsteady on his feet and “was a danger to himself and others.”

Complete Article

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Kentucky's Derek Willis Arrested in Northern Kentucky

University of Kentucky forward Derek Willis was reportedly arrested in Northern Kentucky last night.

Here are details from Cats Illustrated:

Records, available to the public, list the offense as ‘alcohol intoxication in a public place.’

A source first tipped Cats Illustrated off to the news on Sunday afternoon. That source said Willis was with a female, believed to be his girlfriend, at the time of his arrest. Willis’ mother provided the bail required for Willis’ release.

Complete Article

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Former Kansas Guard Rio Adams Will Play Final Season at Eastern Kentucky University

Former Kansas guard Rio Adams will finish his college basketball career at Eastern Kentucky University.

Adams played one season at Kansas in 2012-13, averaging 1.1 points per game.

According to reports, Adams played for two high schools, spent one season at Kansas, transferred to Ohio University for approximately one month, landed at Odessa (JUCO) College and was eventually rumored to be signing with Auburn. Auburn didn't work out and now Adams finds himself at EKU for a season.

He will have one season with the Colonels and is eligible to compete immediately.

Midway University to Debut Men's Basketball Program in 2016-17

Midway University is starting up a men's basketball program that will debut in the 2016-17 season.

The program will be led by former St. Catharine College head coach Joe Krupinski.

Additionally, the program will offer a home to many athletes in the aftermath of St. Catharine closing for business.

Midway University will compete at the NAIA Division II level in the River States Conference (formerly Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference).

Here is a press release about the new program at Midway:

MIDWAY, Ky – Midway University and Athletic Director Rusty Kennedy announced on Monday that the Lexington-area school, which will welcome men on campus as a fully co- educational institution for the first time this coming Fall, will compete in Men's Basketball beginning with the upcoming 2016-17 school year. Joe Krupinski, former head coach at St. Catharine College, has been hired to lead the transition of the program to Midway from SCC, which announced its impending closure at the end of July due to mounting financial difficulties.

Midway Men's Basketball will join its female counterparts as members of the River States Conference (formerly known as the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) and play a full 18-game league schedule this upcoming season. “I want to thank President Marsden, Coach Kennedy, and everyone at Midway for making this unique transition possible and for allowing me to become the first-ever coach of Men's Basketball at Midway. After only a brief time on campus, I have been impressed with all of the people at the school and their willingness to make this a great academic and athletic environment for all students, including our St. Catharine transfers, our recruits and the newcomers which we still hope to find before the start of school in August.” Krupinski, who will begin his eighth season as a head coach (and twentieth overall in collegiate coaching) comes to Midway after his only season at St. Catharine, one which saw the Patriots post a 4-2 mark against RSC opponents. Krupinski was also the head coach at Lyndon State College in Vermont for six seasons and has held assistant positions at four other schools at various levels prior to his arrival in Kentucky. “We are hopeful and feel confident that most all of our core returners and projected newcomers from SCC will join us at MU and allow us to continue building a successful program in all areas, one in which the Midway community will take pride.”

Krupinski also expressed his thanks to St. Catharine, the school that's closing led to this new beginning. “This is a very exciting opportunity for me, our team and for a few of our other programs and athletes, but obviously I am saddened by the outcome at St. Catharine. It was a place that became very special to me in a very brief amount of time. I especially want to thank President Gnadinger, Vice President Pittman and everyone at SCC for assisting with this transition and for all of their support over the past year.” Midway also announced on Monday that the school will field teams in Men's Soccer, Baseball and Men's Golf for the 2016-17 seasons and that two other St. Catharine coaches, Luther Bramblett (Baseball) and Tim Wolz (Men's Soccer) have been appointed to those respective positions with the Eagles. Anyone interested in available opportunities to participate in the Men's Basketball program at Midway this coming season or in the future should contact Coach Krupinski at

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ed Daniel Leads Bologna Eternedile to Serie A2 Finals

Former Murray State big man Ed Daniel controlled the paint to lead Bologna Eternedile to the finals in Italy's Serie A2 league.

Daniel had 9 points and 12 rebounds in a 54-47 win over Treviso Basket in game 4 of the semifinal series.

Bologna won the semifinal series 3-1.

Here are more details from

Bologna Eternedile reached Serie A2 Finals. They held off Treviso Basket to win the semifinal series 3-1. Bologna Etern. forced 19 Treviso Basket turnovers. American power forward Ed Daniel (201-90, college: Murray St.) fired 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Matteo Montano (188-92) chipped in 15 points. American forward Marshawn Powell (201-90, college: Arkansas, agency: HMS) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Matteo Fantinelli (195-93, agency: Octagon Europe) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.

Top scorers:

Bologna Etern.: M.Montano 15+4reb+2ast, E.Daniel 9+12reb+3ast, M.Carraretto 8+2reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 7+4reb, L.Candi 5+1ast, G.Sorrentino 5+2reb+1ast

Treviso Basket: M.Powell 14+5reb+2ast, M.Fantinelli 11+5reb+3ast, D.Moretti 7+1reb+1ast, T.Rinaldi 4+6reb+1ast, A.Ancellotti 4+8reb+2ast, M.Negri 3+4reb+1ast

Monday, June 6, 2016

Former Mason County Forward Treg Setty Will Begin Pro Career in Belgium

Former Mason County big man Treg Setty will begin his professional basketball career in Belgium.

Setty has signed with Stella Artois Leuven in Belgium's top-level Scooore League.

Here are details from

Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Scooore League) signed 24-year old American forward Treg Setty (203-88kg-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He just graduated from Ohio (NCAA). In 35 games he had 12.0ppg and 5.1rpg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Mid-American Conference. They also advanced to the league semifinals.

As mentioned above Setty is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

University of the Cumberlands Signs Two More for 2016-17

University of the Cumberlands recently added two more players for the 2016-17 season.

The Patriots have signed LaRoyce Eason from Southwestern Illinois (JUCO) College and Marquis Yates from NCAA Division II Arkansas Tech.

Here are some release from UC:

LaRoyce Eason

LaRoyce hails from St. Louis, Missouri and is coming to UC as a transfer from Southwestern Illinois College where he played the previous two seasons. The 6'7" junior center averaged 2.7 points per game and 2.7 rebounds per game. Eason shot 59.6% from the field over the last two seasons.

Eason helped lead Southwestern Illinois to a 27-6 record in his previous season. Although the team finished with an incredible record, they fell just short and missed out on a berth for the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. LaRoyce was graduated from Fort Zumwalt East High School in St. Peters, Missouri.

When asked about signing Eason, Coach Butcher commented, "I am excited to add LaRoyce Eason to the Patriot program. He brings much needed size and athleticism to our team. LaRoyce battled injuries all year, so his stats last year are misleading. He is a high level athlete which allows him to be a very good rebounder and shot blocker, but he also has the tools to be an effective scorer in the low post. He played for a high level junior college program in Southwestern Illinois that we have had players from in the past, and he played for a legendary coach in Jay Harrington. He understands what it takes to be successful on and off the court and should be a contributor for us next season."

Marquis Yates

Yates hails from Manassas, Virginia and is coming to UC as a transfer from NCAA D-II Arkansas Tech where he played last season. The 6'6" senior wing led Arkansas Tech last season averaging 16.7 points per game while hauling in 4.3 rebounds per game. Yates shot 44.1% from the field and 38.4% from three point range last season while also contributing from the free throw line at a clip of 78.8%.

Coach Butcher commented, "Marquis is a great addition to our program. He is a strong, skilled wing that knows how to score the basketball in many ways. His strength allows him to finish with contact, but he also has the ability to shoot the basketball very well with range. Marquis brings experience of playing against quality competition while at Arkansas Tech last year and was very productive against that competition. His ability to score the basketball and his versatility on the floor should make us tougher to defend next season."

Darius Miller Closing in On Championship in Germany

Former University of Kentucky forward Darius Miller is working on a championship in Germany's top-level BBL league.

Miller led Brose Baskets to a 101-82 win over Ratiopharm in game 1 of the championship series.

The former Kentucky Mr. Basketball led his team with 26 points and 4 assists.

Brose Baskets finished the regular season wtih an impressive 31-3 record.

Game 2 of the championship series is Wednesday.

South Warren's Brandon Stacker Signs with Brescia University

South Warren forward Brandon Stacker has signed with Brescia University for 2016-17.

Here's a release from BU:

South Warren's Senior Brandon Staker has signed a national letter of intent to be a two sport athlete in the sports of Track and Field and Men's Basketball at Brescia University. The 6'4" Stacker during his senior year on the hardwood averaged 16.4ppg and 6.3rpg, while shooting an impressive 60.9% from the field.

"I am very excited to have Brandon join the Bearcat family. He is a tremendous offensive rebounder and plays with such great passion and effort and has a good feel of the game." stated Head Coach Brian Skortz. "He will fit our system well and he will also do a great job in the Track and Field program for Coach Gale." Skortz added.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Brescia University Names Brian Skortz Head Coach

Brescia University has named Brian Skortz head coach of the men's basketball team.

Skortz has been working as director of athletics at Brescia.

Here's a release from the school:

Brescia University has announced Brian Skortz will assume the role of head men's basketball coach for the 2016-2017 season. Skortz currently serves as the Director of Athletics and has coached at the youth, high school, and college levels.

Skortz coaching career includes stops at Mid-State Technical College (MSTC) in Wisconsin Rapids, WI and Port Edwards High School in Wisconsin. Skortz has coached 24 All Conference players, 5 Conference Players of the Year, 10 All State team members, and 8 NJCAA Region XIII players.

"I am excited about returning to the hardwood as a head coach again. We have a great group of young men returning which I am looking forward to leading," stated Skortz. "I want to thank the administration of Brescia University, particularly President Father Larry Hostetter, for entrusting me with the role. We will continue to build on the tradition and success of the program, and bring pride to the University and the Owensboro community."

Skortz began his coaching career at MSTC as an assistant for Head Coach Mark Wagner before becoming Head Coach for four years. While at MSTC, the program was ranked as high as 6th in the nation at the NJCAA Division II level and the program played in the NJCAA National Regional Tournament every year under Skortz' s direction. The team also won the NJCAA District XIII tournament against nationally ranked Bismarck State (ND).

Skortz played at MSTC and Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Skortz received his B.A. in Business Administration from Lakeland College in 1992 and received his Masters of Science in Sports Administration (with honors) from American Public University in 2012.

Skortz, is married to his wife Shannon and has three children, daughter Avery (19) and sons Tyler (16) and Kobe (14).

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