Thursday, April 28, 2016

Brescia Head Coach Josh Gibson Takes Over at Lourdes University

Brescia head coach Josh Gibson has been named to the same position at Lourdes University.

Here is a release from LU:

Lourdes University has announced that Josh Gibson has been named the school's new head men's basketball coach, becoming the Gray Wolves' second leader in program history.

"I would like to thank the search committee and Dr. Livingston for trusting me with the future of the Lourdes basketball program," Gibson stated. "I am proud to be associated with a respected institution like Lourdes and I look forward to joining the community. We will work every day on being great teammates, strong student-athletes, and men of character. I am excited to get going and I look forward to building on the successes already experienced by this young program. I would also like to thank all of the players and coaches that were part of our program at Brescia over the last four seasons that helped make me a better coach and prepare me for this position."

Gibson arrives at Lourdes from Brescia University in Kentucky, where he spent the last four seasons in the same role. He posted a 60-56 record with the Bearcats, serving as the third winningest coach in program history.

Gibson was the 2014-2015 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, and guided Brescia to the 2014-2015 KIAC South Division championship, the only conference title in the program's history. Gibson led the Bearcats to the 2015 NAIA Division II National Championship, the lone appearance ever for the school. Gibson produced the school's first KIAC Player of the Year along with a Third Team All-American, the first in program history.

In 2015-2016, his Bearcats finished in the top-20 nationally in assists, blocked shots, assist-to-turnover ratio, and defensive field goal percentage. Brescia was ranked as high as 27th in the NAIA Division II national poll, the highest ranking in school history. Two of his Bearcats earned First Team All-KIAC honors in his final season at the school.

Prior to Brescia, Gibson served as the Director of Basketball Operations at Murray State University for two seasons, including the 2011-2012 campaign in which the Racers went 31-2 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Gibson has also spent time as an assistant coach at Sewanee: The University of the South, Maryville University, and Indiana University Southeast.

Gibson is a 2003 graduate of Murray State with a Bachelor of Arts in history. He also earned his Master of Science in human development and leadership as well as a Master of Arts in United States history from Murray State in 2005.

John Calipari Praises Ulis, Says He Might Coach Kentucky Until He's 75

John Calipari is spending time in the gym these days apparently. Check out this video of Calipari getting his "body right" so he can coach at Kentucky until he's 75 years old:

Kentucky Wesleyan, Happy Osborne Add Three Players for 2016-17

Kentucky Wesleyan College and head coach Happy Osborne have added three players for the 2016-17 season.

KWC has signed Colton Elkins from Boyle County High School, Charles Foster from Division I East Carolina University and Shaquan Cantrall from Division II University of North Georgia.

Colton Elkins, Boyle County High School

Colton Elkins, the third all-time shot blocker in Kentucky high school history from Boyle County High School in Danville, has signed a national letter-of-intent to play basketball at eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College, according to Panther head coach Happy Osborne.

Elkins, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound, power forward, led the Rebels with 13.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 154 blocks and a 53.2 field goal percentage in starting all 27 games for head coach Steve Adams. He also was third in assists with 49 and steals with 24. He blocked a career-high 13 shots against Lexington Lafayette.

In 2016, he received honorable mention All-State recognition from the Lexington Herald-Leader, All-12th Region honors and chosen first team All-Area by The Advocate-Messenger. His teammates voted him the Most Valuable Player. Boyle County finished 15-12 with a trip to the 12th Region semifinals.

"We have recruited Colton relentlessly for the past two years," Osborne stated. "He's long and athletic with a 37-inch vertical jump and good hands. His uncanny ability to block shots inside will be a huge asset to us. With hard work, he can develop into a very good low post scorer. Colton's also an excellent student."

As a junior, Elkins led the team in blocks with 151 and field goal shooting at 54.0 percent. He finished second in rebounding at 7.0 while scoring 7.2 points in 31 games and 30 starts. He also had 34 assists and 21 steals. His postseason honors included selected All-Area and All-45th District.

The Rebels won the 12th Region Championship along to the 2015 state semifinals with a 28-7 record.

His sophomore season, he led with 95 blocks and produced a second-best 9.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and a 50.5 field goal percentage in 27 starts and 28 outings. He was second in assists with 44 and collected 15 steals. The Rebels finished 18-10 and earned a trip to the 12th Region semifinals.

He closed his four-year career with 893 points, a school record 419 blocked shots, 785 rebounds, 134 assists and 64 steals and in 110 games and 84 starts.

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Charles Foster, East Carolina University

East Carolina University point guard Charles Foster, a former 2012 Louisville Courier-Journal All-State first team selection, will transfer to eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College for his senior season in 2016-17, according to Panther head coach Happy Osborne.

Foster, a 6-foot, 160-pounder from Louisville Trinity High School, played 21 contests for East Carolina last season where he averaged 2.2 points as a junior.

Prior to ECU, Foster played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Vincennes University.

He was the Trailblazers second leading scorer at 14.4 points as a sophomore. Foster also was second in assists with 182 (5.4 average), steals with 22, three-pointers with 61, three-point shooting at 41.5 percent and free throw shooting at 76.6 percent in starting 31 of 34 contests played.

As a freshman, he was the third leading scorer at 12.2 points where he led the team in three-pointers with 68 and three-point shooting at 42.2 percent plus handed out 114 assists in starting nine of 37 games played. The Trailblazers went to the NJCAA semifinals with a 34-3 record.

His career averages were 13.3 points, 42 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 71 games and connected on 41.9 percent of his three-point attempts.

"Charles can play the point and the shooting guard spots with a lot of savvy," Osborne stated. "I expect him to be one of the top defenders and quickest in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. He has been well-coached and prepared by Jeff Lebo at East Carolina, Todd Franklin at Vincennes and Mike Szabo at Trinity."

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Shaquan Cantrell, North Georgia

University of North Georgia's Shaquan Cantrell will transfer to eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College for his junior season in 2016-17, according to Panther head coach Happy Osborne.

Cantrell, a 6-foot-4, 198-pound, guard from Gainesville, Ga. (Gainesville HS), sat out this past season as a medical redshirt.

He led the NCAA Division II Nighthawks in scoring with 13.2 points, 42.9 three-point percentage and minutes played with 28.4 per contest as a sophomore in starting 25 of 26 games played in 2014-15. Cantrell pulled down a second-best 5.6 rebounds while shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 67.8 percent from the free throw line. He collected 29 assists, 17 steals and seven blocks.
v As a freshman, Cantrell averaged 8.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 23.9 minutes in 26 contests and eight starts. He shot 43.5 percent from the field, 23.1 percent from three-point territory and 69.0 percent from the free throw line.

He twice earned the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll Presidential Scholar Award.

"Shaquan brings a very strong degree of maturity to us on and off the court which is key for next year's team leadership," Osborne stated. "He's long and athletic plus very good off the bounce.

"I expect him to have an immediate impact on our team. He played in a very good conference, the Peach Belt, where his numbers were similar to Jordan Jacks when he played in the same league and he became a first-team All-Great Midwest Athletic Conference honor for us this past season.

Complete Release

Buckhorn Coach John Noble is Getting Back in the Wrestling Ring

It sounds like Buckhorn High School head coach John Noble is preparing for a return to the wrestling ring.

Noble will take part in a "Lifetime Ban vs. Reinstatement" match next Friday night at the Buckhorn gym. The belltime is set for 7:30 p.m.

It looks like there will also be a sneaky appearance by Juan Noble.

What do you think about it Legendary Larry D? It DOESN'T matter what you think!!! Whoooo



Davenport, Carrier To Be Inducted Into Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame

Bellarmine head coach Scott Davenport and former Western Kentucky star Darel Carrier are two of seven honorees that will be inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in June. 

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Bellarmine University Head Coach Scott Davenport is one of seven honorees that will be inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, it was announced this morning at a news conference at the KFC Yum! Center.

Joining Coach Davenport in the 2016 induction class are Shaun Alexander, Darel Carrier, Kyra Elzy, Phillip Haywood, Joel Utley and the Lakeside Swim Club.

"This honor is second to none," Davenport said, "because it represents an organization that covers every facet of sports—every facet throughout the bluegrass—and the goal is to help young people. The more people we have helping young people like Kosair Charities, the better we're going to be."

Davenport, a native of Louisville's South End where he was an all-district player at Iroquois High School, is ingrained in the Commonwealth's basketball culture. Davenport is the only head coach to win both the KHSAA and NCAA Championships. In ten seasons at Louisville's Ballard High School (86-96), Davenport compiled a 258-69 record, which included the 1988 State Championship. Davenport's collegiate coaching includes VCU (1985-86), UofL (1996-2005), and Bellarmine University (Beginning in 2005), where he won the 2011 National Championship.

Davenport also spoke of the personal significance represented in inscription of the Hall of Fame plaque. "This was a thrill," he said. "I could have gone to a hall of fame journalist, I could have gone to our S.I.D. at Bellarmine, but my sons Russ and Doug and daughter-in-law Ashley wrote mine and that was special."

The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame honors athletes and sports figures who were born in or who played their respective sport in the State of Kentucky. Each inductee receives a bronze plaque that will hang inside Louisville's Freedom Hall. Past inductees include Muhammad Ali, Pee Wee Reese, Pat Day, Denny Crum and many more.

The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame celebrates its 53rd anniversary in 2016 and will hold the annual banquet to induct the 2016 Class on June 2 at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Exposition Center. This semi-formal event includes a silent auction, dinner, and a program. All proceeds from this event benefit Kosair Charities. For tickets: http://www.KAHF16.eventbrite.com.

Excerpt about Carrier:

Darel Carrier- Scored 3148 pts (64 point game) in HS. All American at WKU (50 point game). Broke WKU scoring record 26 ppg. In ABA, averaged 20 ppg (53 point game), led 3-point percentage, best Free Throw percentage(89.19 in 1969-70),three-time All Star Team member, and made Top 30 All-Time Team. Voted 6th Best Backcourt (with Louie Dampier), Top 25 Shooting Guards, and Top 50 Free Throw Shooters in the history of the professional game. Leading scorer in World Tournament. 1967 Gold Medal winner in Pan American Games (scored 32 pts -a record that has not been broken).

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Five UK Players Officially Declared for the NBA Draft

Several weeks ago, John Calipari stated that every member of this Kentucky team would enter the NBA Draft and go through the process.

In actuality, only five Wildcats officially entered their names.

The five UK players who are going pro or testing the Draft waters are Skal Labissiere, Marcus Lee, Isaiah Briscoe, Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray.

Check out the full list here


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Kedrick Flomo Leaving Murray State Program, Source Claims He's Medically Cleared

Kedrick Flomo has asked for and been granted his full release from Murray State University.

According to Jon Rothstein, a source claims Flomo is "100% medically cleared" to play college basketball:


Murray State announced recently that Flomo was not medically cleared to play for the Racers. He missed the entire 2015-16 season following heart surgery.


A.J. Patty, Chad Culbreath Leave Murray State Via Transfer

Murray State has lost forward A.J. Patty and point guard Chad Culbreath to transfer. 

Patty, who played in 18 games last season, has transferred to Division II Minnesota State. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.3 rebounds per game for the Racers in 2015-16.

"A.J. has great length and is very versatile" Minnesota State head coach Matt Margenthaler said. "He has an ability to score around the basket and can step out and shoot it. A.J. will provide great leadership and experience to our team. He's proven that he can be force."

Culbreath announced earlier this year that he is transferring to John A. Logan (JUCO) Community College. 

The Racers also recently announced that Kedrick Flomo will not be medically cleared to play college basketball. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Elisha Justice Will Be the New Head Coach at Pikeville High School

I'm told by multiple sources that former Shelby Valley player Elisha Justice will be the new head coach at Pikeville High School.

Justice, who was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Kentucky, played college basketball at Louisvlle and the University of Pikeville.

The program is expected to make an official announcement tomorrow:


Western Kentucky in the Mix for Grad Transfer Que Johnson

Western Kentucky University is in the mix for Washington State graduate transfer Que Johnson.


According to Jeff Goodman, Johnson is considering Boise State, WKU, Nevada and Alabama.

Johnson averaged 11.3 points for the Cougars last season.

Two SEC Schools in the Mix for Morehead State Transfer Corban Collins

According to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, Morehead State graduate transfer Corban Collins has narrowed his list of potential destinations down to three. 

Borzello says Collins will choose between Alabama, Mississippi State and UCF. 




As a grad transfer, Collins will be eligible to play immediately at his new school.

Nicholls State Expected to Hire Richie Riley

According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN, Nicholls State is expected to name Richie Riley head coach.

Riley has previously served as an assistant coach at University of Pikeville, Eastern Kentucky, UAB and Clemson.

EKU's JaVontae Hawkins Transfers to Fordham University

Eastern Kentucky University redshirt junior JaVontae Hawkins has transferred to Fordham University. 

Hawkins was EKU's second leading scorer last season with 17.0 points per game. He also averaged 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

Fordham is coached by former EKU head coach Jeff Neubauer.

Hawkins joins Paul Jackson and Greg King as players who have decided to transfer from Eastern Kentucky in recent weeks.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Buckhorn's Connor Hoskins Commits to Alice Lloyd College

Buckhorn sharpshooter Connor Hoskins has committed to Alice Lloyd College for next season.



Friday, April 22, 2016

Jeff Neubauer Receives Contract Extension at Fordham University

Head coach Jeff Neubauer has received a contract extension at Fordham University.

The former Eastern Kentucky head coach led the Rams to a 17-14 overall record last season.

Here's a release from FU:

Bronx, N.Y. (April 22, 2016) - Fordham University head men's basketball coach Jeff Neubauer has agreed to a contract extension Dave Roach, director of athletics, announced today. The extension will run through the end of the 2020-2021 season.

"Jeff Neubauer did a tremendous job in his first year, moving the Fordham men's basketball program in the right direction," said Roach. "Since the day he started, Jeff has worked nonstop to elevate our program and the results were displayed in the immediate improvement of the team. We are confident that he is building a program that will bring great pride to our alumni and fan base."

In his first year at Rose Hill, Neubauer led the Rams to a 17-14 overall record, 8-10 in the Atlantic 10, and they appeared in the 2016 CollegeInsiders.com Tournament (CIT), Fordham's first postseason appearance since 1992. The 17 wins were the most since 2006-2007 while the eight conference wins were the most since 2006-2007. The Rams went 14-5 in the Rose Hill Gym, the most home wins ever in school history. In eleven years as a head coach, Neubauer has a 205-148 career record, going 188-134 in ten years at Eastern Kentucky. He has guided six of his eleven teams to postseason play, including in each of the past four years.

Kedrick Flomo Not Medically Cleared to Play at Murray State University

Sophomore guard Kedrick Flomo will not be medically cleared to play college basketball at Murray State University.

The university will continue to honor his scholarship.

Here's a message from MSU:

Sophomore guard Kedrick Flomo will not be cleared to compete for the Murray State men's basketball team, Murray State's medical team announced after completing a thorough evaluation of his medical condition.  The university will continue to honor the terms of Flomo's athletic scholarship. 
 
"I know our medical team's top priority is the safety and well-being of Kedrick and I share that priority," stated Head Coach Matt McMahon. "I am sorry for Kedrick but trust their decision. Fortunately, Kedrick will have continued opportunities to excel academically."
 

Kentucky's Jamal Murray Has a Logo Now

Former UK player Jamal Murray has his own logo now as he prepares for the NBA Draft and his professional future.

The new logo was inspired by Murray's "bow and arrow" celebration throughout the season. 

Take a look:


Will Hager Part of Solid Recruiting Class at Colorado School of Mines

Mercer County's Will Hager is part of a solid recruiting class at Colorado School of Mines for next season.

Hager, who signed last Fall, will be joined by Mason Baker, Dustin Gaddis, Will Schenken and Jimmy Ritchie.

Head coach Pryor Orser led the Orediggers to a 24-8 season in 2015-16.

Here is more on Hager:

Will Hager (Mercer County HS / Harrodsburg, Ky. / G / 6-4 / 185)

All-state point guard for Mercer County (Ky.) … Led Mercer to the state's #1 ranking, a 33-2 record, and district and regional titles with a state tournament appearance … Mercer's all-time leading scorer with more than 1,900 points … Also had 730 rebounds and 500 assists in his career … Four-year varsity captain … Second-Team All-State as a senior and honorable mention all-state as a junior … Area Player of the Year … Four-year all-area and three-year all-region … KBA Summer Tournament MVP … Played AAU ball for Hoop Dreams on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit, and had four D-I signees as teammates … Two-time First-Team Academic All-State … 4.0 GPA.

Orser on Hager

"Will was a fall signee and had just a monster year. He is the glue guy to all these great recruits because he is a true, big point guard who can get guys shots. With Will's leadership, and winning ways, the sky is the limit for Mines basketball. Will's high school team went 33-2, and lost to the eventual state champion by 3 in Rupp Arena. Kentucky has only one classification and has a blind draw to the state tourney. He is a great recruit for the future of Mines basketball and someone we can continue to build our program around."

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Billy Gillispie Mentioned as Possible Candidate at New Mexico State

Ranger College coach Billy Gillispie has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the head coaching job at New Mexico State. 

The former Kentucky coach had a lot of success in his first season at Ranger.

Here's an excerpt from the Las Cruces Sun-News:

Billy Gillispie​, Ranger (Texas) Junior College head coach: Gillispie​ has gone from having one of the best head coaching jobs in college basketball at Kentucky to being the head coach at Ranger Junior College in Texas. Gillispie has some local ties as well, being UTEP’s head coach from 2002-04. His resume includes being the head coach at Texas A&M and Texas Tech as well. Gillespie’s Division I record is 148-108. He was named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2007 while at Texas A&M and was named Co-SEC Coach of the Year in 2008 at Kentucky. However, Gillispie resigned from Texas Tech after going 8-23 in his only season in Lubbock, citing health reasons, and was accused of exceeding practice limits at Texas Tech as well. A Ranger JC spokesperson told the Sun-News on Wednesday through a e-mail that he hasn't heard of any contact between NMSU and Gillispie or if NMSU has asked to speak with him. Gillispie seems to be named in a lot of coaching searches and always said he is pretty happy in current position at Ranger JC.

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Murray State Signs Terrell Miller for 2016-17

Murray State University has signed 6-foot-8 forward Terrell Miller for next season.

Miller will be a transfer from Southwest Mississippi Junior College.

Here's a release from MSU:

Murray State men's basketball coach Matt McMahon announced the signing of 6-8 forward Terrell Miller out of Southwest Mississippi Junior College.

From Jacksonville, Florida, Miller joins the Racers this summer as a junior.

"We are very excited to welcome Terrell to our program," McMahon said. "I love his skill level, versatility, and basketball IQ at the forward position. Terrell is a great teammate who makes the players around him better. He comes from a winning program and will be a welcome addition to our frontcourt next season."

Miller led his team in scoring and rebounding last season with 15.7 points per game and 9.5 rebounds. His numbers in games of the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) were even better at 20.1 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game. He racked up 10 double-doubles this season.

Miller was named Honorable Mention All-American by the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA).

He is the third Southwest player to be honored with All-American status by the NJCAA in four years.

"Terrell's numbers steadily grew and he had a big part in our run at the end of the season," said Southwest Coach Thomas Gray. "Once he bought into being multi-dimensional, he became an inside-out-threat. He was one of the best offensive threats in the country. He's very competitive and makes everyone around him better. He's a phenomenal young man and will impact the community of Murray."

The Bears were 17-8 overall and won the MACJC Tournament title for the first time in 53 years.

Miller was a 51 percent shooter from the field (133-of-262) and 36 percent from the 3-point line (27-of-75). From the free throw line, he hit for 74 percent (99-of-133). He had back-to-back games with 19 rebounds against Mississippi Gulf Coast (Jan. 14) and Copiah-Lincoln (Jan. 19). In the Mississippi Gulf Coast game, he also scored a season-high 33 points.

Coming out of Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Fla., Miller participated in the Florida Senior Showcase All-Star Game in Orlando where he was named MVP with 17 points.

Kentucky Posts Perfect APR Score for Third Straight Year

The UK men’s basketball program posted a perfect APR score for the third consecutive year according to the NCAA report that was released on Wednesday.
Additionally, all 14 players at UK who were eligible to graduate by the end of their senior years in the Calipari era have graduated.
Here are details from CoachCal.com:

For the third consecutive year, the Kentucky men’s basketball team has posted a perfect single-year Academic Progress Rate score of 1,000, the NCAA announced Wednesday. But that wasn’t the only perfect score the Wildcats received.

The Wildcats’ four-year composite APR score was also a perfect 1,000. It marks the first time in the 12-year history of the APR that the men’s basketball team has had a perfect four-year composite score. The NCAA cut score this year was 930, and the Division I men’s basketball average score was 964.

One week ago, Kentucky received an NCAA academic award for posting an APR score that finished in the top 10 percent of Division I schools in men’s basketball. It was the second consecutive season in which the men’s basketball team had won the award.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success by the progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR scores are a four-year composite, covering the 2011-12 through 2014-15 school years, which measure eligibility, retention and graduation. The 2015-16 team will not be included until next year’s report.

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Russell Names Bryan Groves Head Coach

Russell High School has named former player Bryan Groves head coach.

Groves previously worked as Louisville Eastern's freshman coach.

Heath Schroyer Turns In Resignation at UT-Martin

Head coach Heath Schroyer has submitted his resignation at UT-Martin and will be joining the coaching staff at North Carolina State.

Associate head coach Anthony Stewart will take over on an interim basis and coach the entire 2016-17 season.

Here is a release from UTM:

MARTIN, Tenn. – Heath Schroyer has submitted his resignation as the University of Tennessee at Martin head men’s basketball coach and Anthony Stewart will take over on an interim basis, Skyhawk interim athletics director Kevin McMillan announced today.

“Coach Schroyer informed me of his decision to accept an assistant coaching position at North Carolina State this morning,” McMillan said. “We are very appreciative of his efforts in lifting our men’s basketball program to two of its best seasons in our Division-I history. At the same time, we are excited for our success to continue with Coach Stewart at the helm. He is a key member of our program and I truly feel that the continuity that he brings will allow us to remain at the top of the Ohio Valley Conference.”

Stewart, 45, will serve as interim head coach for the entire 2016-17 season. He recently completed his second season as associate head coach at UT Martin, helping the Skyhawks to 41 victories and two postseason appearances in that span.

Stewart has also previously served as an assistant coach at Ohio University (2012-14), Southern Illinois University (2011-12), University of Wyoming (2007-11), Long Beach State University (2004-06) and Columbus State Community College (2001-04).

“I would like to thank Kevin for this opportunity,” Stewart said. “Coach Schroyer has been a close friend of mine for over a decade and I am honored to continue building the foundation that he set here at UT Martin.”

A native of Akron, Ohio, Stewart graduated from University of Mount Union with a bachelor’s degree in business management in 2003. He also completed his Master’s degree in business administration from Chancellor University in 2006.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Kentucky's Marcus Lee: "My plan is to go to the NBA"

It sure sounds like Kentucky forward Marcus Lee will not return for his senior season in Lexington. 

Lee says his plan is to go to the NBA.

In a conversation with Jeff Goodman of ESPN, Lee said he will declare for the NBA Draft but not hire an agent.

Here's an excerpt:

Marcus Lee has every intention of leaving the Kentucky Wildcats to enter the NBA draft. 

"I haven't hired an agent," the 6-foot-9 junior forward told ESPN. "Because I want to keep my eligibility just in case I decide to come back, but my plan is to go to the NBA. That's the only goal."


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Source: Bath County Has Hired Former Pikeville Coach Bart Williams

I have spoken to a very good source who says former Pikeville High School coach Bart Williams has accepted the same position at Bath County High School. 

Williams picked Bath County over Russell, who had also offered him a head coaching job.

Western Kentucky Will Host Wisconsin in 2018

Western Kentucky University has scheduled a multi-sport series with Wisconsin that will bring the Badgers to E.A. Diddle Arena in 2018.

The Hilltoppers men's basketball team will travel to Madison in 2017. The football team will play at Wisconsin in 2018.

Also in 2018, Western Kentucky will host the Badgers in a men's basketball game.

Here's a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Western Kentucky University and the University of Wisconsin have agreed to a three-game series over football and men’s basketball which will bring the Badgers to E.A. Diddle Arena in 2018.

Men’s basketball will play a home-and-home series which sends the Hilltoppers to Madison on Dec. 17, 2017, before the Badgers return to play in Bowling Green on Dec. 12, 2018. It will mark the first time an active member of the Big Ten conference has played in Diddle Arena.

In football, the Hilltoppers will play a single game in Madison to open the 2018 season on Sept. 1.

“This is an exciting series for our football and men’s basketball programs,” Director of Athletics Todd Stewart said. “We are actively attempting to improve our men’s basketball non-conference home games and hosting one of college basketball’s top programs will make Diddle Arena the place to be on December 12, 2018. Camp Randall Stadium is one of the nation’s best and most historic football venues, and our trips to Madison for football and basketball games present unique opportunities for our fans to see us compete against an outstanding Big Ten program in a terrific environment.”

The Hilltoppers are 0-1 all-time in both sports against Wisconsin. Football played at Camp Randall in 2001 while basketball’s only match-up with the Badgers came in 1989 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

MATCH-UP DATES

MBB – Dec. 17, 2017 – Madison, Wis.
FB – Sept. 1, 2018 – Madison, Wis.
MBB – Dec. 12, 2018 – Bowling Green, Ky.

The football Hilltoppers are currently in their final week of spring practice before Saturday’s Red vs. White Spring Game while new head basketball coach Rick Stansbury continues to build his recruiting class for the spring signing period. Wisconsin has appeared in the NCAA Tournament each of the past 18 seasons, advancing to at least the Sweet 16 in five of the last six years with a National Championship game appearance in 2015.

How to Follow the Hilltoppers: For complete information on WKU Hilltopper athletics, follow the program via social media @WKUSports on Twitter and on Facebook at facebook.com/WKUathletics.

Keith May is No Longer the Head Coach at Pike County Central

Pike County Central has parted ways with boy's basketball head coach Keith May.

He had an overall record of 29-33 in two seasons as head coach.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Happy Osborne Reportedly a Finalist for Nicholls State Job

According to Jeff Goodman's sources, Kentucky Wesleyan head coach Happy Osborne is a finalist for the head coaching job at Nicholls State University.

Nicholls State is an NCAA Division I program in the Southland Conference.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Buckhorn's Connor Hoskins Adds an Offer from University of Pikeville

Buckhorn High School guard Connor Hoskins has picked up an offer from the University of Pikeville.

Per his AAU team:

Cordia's Ajenee Chisolm Commits to Alice Lloyd College

Cordia guard Ajenee (A.J.) Chisolm has committed to Alice Lloyd College for next season.

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