Saturday, July 25, 2009

Union College Adds Six Players for 2009-10

Union College interim head coach Sean Gillespie recently announced the 2009 men's basketball signing class, adding six to the roster.

The class features four transfers, Dan Penick (Ludlow, Ky.), Darrell Jackson (Jonesboro, Ark.), Jerome Carmichael (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Robert Amis (Hazard, Ky.) along with two high-school products, Pat Spoonamore (Dry Ridge, Ky.) and Anthony Barnes (Lexington, Ky.).

"We are pleased with this year's recruiting class," Gillespie said. "It will fill some immediate needs within the program as well as address some needs in the future."

Press Release from Union College

Western Kentucky to Face Vanderbilt at Sun Belt Classic


Western Kentucky University, in conjunction with Middle Tennessee, will be hosting the second Sun Belt Classic on Friday, December 11 at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tenn. The men's basketball doubleheader will pit WKU against Vanderbilt while MTSU will take on Tennessee. The inaugural event drew 18,071 fans when the Hilltoppers and Blue Raiders hosted the event in 2007.

"This will be a tremendous night for college basketball and for the many passionate basketball fans in this region by having these four strong programs on display," said WKU Director of Athletics Dr. Wood Selig. "We like to try and create a regular season atmosphere that mirrors what a team experiences during the NCAA Tournament, and this doubleheader will provide exactly that type of atmosphere early in the season. Our players and fans have always had a great experience at the Sommet Center and we are looking forward to this December's doubleheader and another great night of college basketball in Nashville."

In the 2007 edition, WKU played 11th-ranked Tennessee, falling 88-82 despite 23 points and eight rebounds from current NBA star Courtney Lee. Middle Tennessee faced second-ranked Memphis in the other game. In its one appearance in the Sommet Center last season, the Hilltoppers upset #3 Louisville 68-54 on November 30 as AJ Slaughter and Steffphon Pettigrew combined for 42 points and 21 rebounds.

WKU and Vanderbilt have met 23 times on the hardwood with the Commodores holding a 13-10 advantage in the all-time series. This will be the first meeting between the programs on a neutral floor, the first meeting since 2001, and just the fourth match-up in the last 29 years. During the 2000-01 season, Vanderbilt swept a tough home-and-home series with the Hilltoppers, winning 70-66 in Bowling Green while claiming an 80-75 decision at Memorial Gymnasium.

"I am excited about the opportunity to play Vanderbilt," said WKU head coach Ken McDonald. "We get to play a really good SEC team in what should be a great night of basketball. Getting to play a game like this in Nashville is really good for our fan base, and with the doubleheader format, it should be like an NCAA Tournament environment."

Jeff Goodman Previews the Ohio Valley Conference

Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com has given his preview of the Ohio Valley Conference. Here are his thoughts on Murray State, Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State:

Eastern Kentucky: The Colonels will play in the CBE event at the Pittsburgh pod and will also be in the Dr. Pepper Classic at Chattanooga along with Long Island University. Deveyon Hunter has transferred out of the program.

Morehead State: Matt Grady joined the staff as an assistant coach, replacing Barry Wortman, who left to become the head coach at Oak Ridge High in Tenn. Donnie Tyndall's team will play in the Basketball Travelers Invitational at Utah State (Dec. 21-23) along with Weber State and Cal State Fullerton. The Eagles will play at Kentucky (Nov. 13) and will host Kent State (Nov. 29) in non-conference games. Three players – Robert Murry (Clayton State), Andreas Coleman (Quincy) and Cecil Brown (Slippery Rock) – left the program while Landon Slone (Kentucky) transferred in.

Murray State: The Racers will play in the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament and are in the California pod in which they play the Bears on Nov. 9. They will then head to Florida International for the rest of the event, along with NC Central and James Madison. Non-conference games include at Western Kentucky, on the road against East Tennessee State and against Chattanooga.

Here is the complete article

Morehead State Loses Three Players from Roster

The Morehead State Eagles have lost three players from their roster during the off-season:

- Rob Murry transferred to Clayton State

- Andreas Coleman left for Quincy

- Cecil Brown departed for Slippery Rock

Antonio Owens Signs with the College of Southern Idaho


It has been a long and winding road for former Boyd County High School star Antonio Owens. Owens, who had a difficult background before landing at Boyd County, starred in the 16th Region several seasons ago. In fact, I would go as far as to say that Owens was perhaps the most talented player in the region from a basketball perspective. Simply put, he was unstoppable with the basketball. In 2005, Owens put in 55 points during the Town Bank Holiday Classic championship game against Bob Jones High School.

Owens failed to qualify for college basketball and spent time at Stoneridge Prep in Tarzana, California. After impressing at Stoneridge, Owens signed with Los Angeles City College. During the 2008-09 season at LACC, Owens averaged 20.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He was named the South Coast Conference North Division co-player of the year and Honorable Mention on the All-California Community College Athletic Association team.

Now, Owens, 6'3" guard, has been signed by the College of Southern Idaho, one of the winningest junior college programs in America. CSI head coach Steve Gosar is excited the he was able to land Owens.

"He's a really athletic wing that can score the ball," said Gosar. "He can shoot it, he can handle it, he's just a very, very talented player."

UK in Final Five for 2010 Star Adreian Payne


Adreian Payne has trimmed his final list to five schools: Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona, Michigan State and West Virginia.

Payne, 6'10" center, is ranked 15th in the 2010 class by Scout.com and 20th by Rivals.com.

The latest school to be cut from Payne's list was Dayton, which is close-to-home for the Jefferson High School senior.

“I know a lot of people in Dayton, and I want to be focused on school without a lot of distractions,” Payne said by phone from Orlando between games in an AAU tournament.

“I like the (UD) players a lot. Chris (Wright) is my cousin and everything. It was a tough decision. ... I don’t know where I want to go, but I just feel it was too close.”

Asked how firm he was about ruling out Dayton, Payne said: “I’m pretty solid with my decision.”

Photo: ESPN.com

Hilton Head: The Shannon Tanner Show


We are back in Kentucky this morning, but I wanted to add one suggestion to any family visiting Hilton Head Island. If you have kids or any age, I highly recommend a visit to the Shannon Tanner Show at Shelter Cove Harbour.

This has become an annual staple of our Hilton Head vacation and is highly enjoyed by everyone, including the adults. Tanner is an excellent performer that has the unique ability to get the entire family involved with a mix of kid's songs (The SpongeBob Squarepants theme song) and timeless classics (Sweet Home Alabama).

Oh yeah, if you visit on Tuesday nights during the summer, you will be treated to a thrilling fireworks show over the water.

Check out ShannonTanner.com for more information

Friday, July 24, 2009

John Calipari Now on Facebook

Coach Cal continues his quest to conquer the Internet by creating his official Facebook page. Here is the announcement from UKAthletics.com:

University of Kentucky men's basketball head coach John Calipari continues his venture into the technology age.

Calipari has now created the official John Calipari Facebook page, John Calipari. Fans can now "friend" Calipari and get the latest on the UK head coach.

Facebook is a free social networking website that allows people to add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. Along with his Twitter account, UKCoachCalipari, Coach Cal is as accessible to his fans as ever before.

There are many Twitter accounts and Facebook fan pages, groups dedicated to following UK Coach John Calipari, but the ones listed above are the only Facebook and Twitter entities that are officially sanctioned by the University of Kentucky Athletics Department and Coach John Calipari.

In addition to his new Facebook page, Calipari rolls out the official John Calipari website, www.CoachCal.com on Thursday. The website is scheduled to launch at noon on July 23.

Ex-Card Andre Mcgee Signs in Germany


Andre Mcgee followed up a strong performance at the Orlando Invitational Tournament by signing a professional contract with Phoenix Hagen in Germany's top-level league.

Mcgee is a player that Hagen coach Ingo Freyer has been trying to land.

"I liked him right away as I saw him. He is a player with a lot of discipline. He is a real guard. A Big reason for his signing was his strong defense. We spoke with a lot of his ex coaches and they all confirmed his strong defense," stated Freyer.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino said, "Andre is one of my favorite players and a guy that absolutely loves the game. He works hard and is one of the best defenders that I have worked with at the guard position. I am sure that the next steps will be successful in his career."
Source: EuroBasket.com

Billy Gillispie: Not a Genius


ESPN has produced a list titled Real Men of De-Genius: Who was tagged as brilliant only to be exposed as inept? Former Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie has made the list at #4. Here is an excerpt discussing Gillispie:

4. Billy Gillispie

Mistaken identity: College hoops' Winston Wolf.

Genius credentials: Established reputation as turnaround artist by coaching UTEP to an 18-win improvement in 2003-04 and Texas A&M to a 14-win jump in 2004-05; two seasons later, Gillispie took the Aggies to a top-10 regular-season ranking and a one-point loss to Memphis in the Sweet 16.

Genius moment: Prowled sideline for UTEP's victory over the Harlem Globetrotters -- not the confetti 'n' shorts-tugging showmen Trotters, the competitive squad -- the Globies' first loss in 289 games.

Genius reconsidered: Hired to coach Kentucky -- in essence, being elected president of college basketball -- in 2007, Gillispie lost his first game, at home, to Gardner-Webb. By 16 points. A first-round NCAA loss followed, and in his second year, Gillispie oversaw a home defeat to VMI and a berth in the NIT … which the Wildcats didn't even win.

De-Genius moment: After Kentucky fired Gillispie, it was revealed that the coach had never actually signed his formal contract with the school. Oops.

The real genius: Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes, who's smart enough to realize there's more sanity and less hassle coaching at a school and in a state where fans treat college football with the same do-or-die impatience Kentucky fans reserve for hoops.

The Complete List:
1. Brian Billick
2. Charlie Weis
3. Leo Mazzone
4. Billy Gillispie
5. M. Night Shyamalan
6. Marvin Lewis
7. Bernard Madoff
8. Cam Cameron
9. Michael Cimino
10. Steve Spurrier
11. Dana Carvey
12. Dave Wannstedt
13. Cuba Gooding Jr.
14. Mike Shanahan
15. Alan Greenspan

Demetrius Avery Transfers to Holmes

Article from NKy Sports Blog:

Well people have been talking about it for weeks and today it became official when the Enquirer reported it that Demetrius Avery has enrolled at Holmes.

Avery is a big boost to a Holmes' roster that was already returning a lot of talent.

The 6-foot-3 inch wing averaged 11 points and five rebounds per game last season, but the most important asset he brings is his outside shooting ability. The athletic Avery also shot 42% from beyond the arc last season.

Avery's family is moving into the Covington area, but he will still have to be cleared to play by the KHSAA.

Avery is looking forward to the change of scenery.

"I'm really looking forward to starting school at Holmes," Avery said in a brief chat Thursday afternoon. "While I'm there I want to help the Bulldogs bring home another state title."

Avery already has a head start as far as his relationship on the court goes with his new teammates. He has been playing AAU basketball with the KY Players, the same team Ricardo Johnson, Jeremiah Johnson, and Elijah Pittman play for.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Hilton Head: Waterspout on the Horizon


Being that I am a weather enthusiast, today was a special day.

While sitting on the beach, a huge storm brewed up over the ocean. We watched it develop and travel across the horizon. Suddenly, we noticed a waterspout dip out of the storm and start spinning water up from the ocean.

Meanwhile, it was perfectly sunny on the beach and we had the best (and safest) seat in the house for nature at its finest.

For those that are interested (from Wikipedia):

A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex (usually appearing as a funnel-shaped cloud) that occurs over a body of water and is connected to a cumuliform cloud. In the common form, it is a non-supercell tornado over water, and brings the water upward. While it is often weaker than most of its land counterparts, stronger versions spawned by mesocyclones do occur. While many waterspouts form in the tropics, locations farther north within temperate zones also report waterspouts, such as Europe and the Great Lakes. Although rare, waterspouts have been observed in connection with lake-effect snow precipitation bands. Waterspouts have a five-part life cycle: formation of a dark spot on the water surface, spiral pattern on the water surface, formation of a spray ring, development of the visible condensation funnel, and ultimately decay.

Kentucky Wildcats and Coach Cal Vacation Survey


I am vacationing in Hilton Head this week and have been out of the loop for the most part, but I thought I would survey a few random folks around town today and get some opinions on Kentucky basketball and Coach Calipari. I asked approximately ten random people three quick questions:

- Who is your favorite college basketball team?
- What are your thoughts on Kentucky Wildcats' basketball?
- What are your thoughts on John Calipari?

Interestingly enough, about half the people I surveyed were Kentucky fans that were vacationing in Hilton Head, as well. Here are the comments given by the Kentucky fans:

- "Kentucky basketball is heading in the right direction."
- "I wish Meeks would've stayed."
- "I was very glad to get rid of Gillispie."
- "It's a good time to be a UK student."
- "I hope he (Calipari) is here to stay. I would like to see him retire at UK."

I ran into one guy whose favorite team is Tennessee and his second favorite team is Memphis (I did a double-take on that one, as well). His thoughts:

- "They are going to be a power to be reckoned with under Cal."
- "I like him (Calipari) a lot. He is one of the best minds in basketball."

Then, I bumped into some college-aged girls on the beach. They weren't really knowledgeable basketball fans, but they saw a guy running around asking questions and thought they should approach. Their comments:

- "I think he (Calipari) is hot. I love his hair and he is so cocky. That's hot."
- "I don't know anything about Kentucky basketball, but I'll start watching this season - thanks to you." (Glad I could add a member to Big Blue Nation)

I asked an LSU fan his thoughts tonight:

- "I hate Kentucky basketball, but if I'm being honest, they're one of the best programs of all time. Seriously, I really hate them."
- "I wish you guys could bring Gillispie back."

Finally, I polled a family of South Carolina fans:

- "I don't like the Wildcats but they're always the big game on our schedule. I hope we can win a few more before Calipari builds a powerhouse."
- "I like Gamecocks all the way!"
- "Calipari seems a little shady but he's a decent coach."

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Darren Ballou Leaves Morehead for Lindsey Wilson?


Adair County's Darren Ballou took little time in deciding that he wanted to leave Morehead State. He quickly left the Eagles' program and a source indicates that he will likely transfer to Lindsey Wilson.

Ballou should have a great opportunity to shine at the NAIA level.

Jamaal Magloire Re-Signs with the Miami Heat

Article from WKYT.com:

Reserve Jamaal Magloire has re-signed with the Miami Heat, giving the team four centers under contract.

Restricted free-agent center Joel Anthony re-signed Monday. The Heat also have starter Jermaine O'Neal and seldom-used Mark Blount.The Heat announced Wednesday they had reached an agreement with Magloire, an unrestricted free agent. He said entering off season he"absolutely" wanted to stay with the Heat, and teammate Dwyane Wade praised his contribution as an enforcer.

Magloire appeared in 55 games for Miami last season, with 12starts, and averaged 2.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 12.9 minutes. Thenine-year veteran has career averages of 8.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 23.2. He was an All-Star in 2004.

Article from WKYT.com

Morehead State Adds Jason Beharie from England

Jason Beharie, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward from London, England, has joined the Morehead State men's basketball program. Head coach Donnie Tyndall announced this week that Beharie has completed his financial aid agreement and has completed enrollment requirements to the university. He joins the Eagles after two seasons at the Canarias Basketball Academy (CBA) in Spain's Canary Islands.

"Jason is a very skilled player that can play both frontline positions. He runs the floor well and will be a good shot blocker," said Tyndall. "Jason has played for a very good coach in Rob Orellana at CBA who has pushed him hard so he will understand the work that is required at this level. Not only is Jason a talented young man on the basketball floor, he is a very good student as well. We are excited to add Jason to our basketball family."

Beharie averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game at CBA.

"I have been impressed with Coach Tyndall. He is very straight forward and direct which I like. He seems to be the type of coach who will push me to reach my potential and help me develop both on and off the court," said Beharie. "I'm very excited to be coming to Morehead State and hope to help the team any way I can."

The Canarias Basketball Academy has produced numerous NCAA Division I and NBA players and is located in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands - Spain.

Press Release from Morehead State

UPDATE: I just spoke to Morehead State coach Donnie Tyndall to get his thoughts on Beharie. Tyndall says, "Beharie is "a 6'9" kid that can really run the floor. He is not a great scorer at this point, but he is able to knock down jumpers out to 15-17'. He will be a great help defensively around the rim. He is 230 pounds and a college-ready body."

Tyndall also says that Morehead State will likely have another big-time announcement coming in the next week. Stay tuned.

CoachCal.com is Coming Soon!


John Calipari's explosive new website is under development and will be coming soon. The address will be:


Remember, to join the 460,000 other followers of Coach Cal's Twitter account at:



Dick Vitale Notices Several Wildcats and Cardinals


The one and only Dick Vitale is giving several Kentucky Wildcat and Louisville Cardinal players some pre-season recognition. Vitale, an ESPN basketball analyst and legendary college basketball guru, has named his 2009 All-Rolls-Royce Team and also named several players to keep an eye on during the upcoming season.

He lists Kentucky's Patrick Patterson as a forward on his All-Rolls-Royce Second Team and Darius Miller as a player to watch in 2009. From Louisville, Vitale thinks the nation should watch out for Terrence Jennings and he lists big man Samardo Samuels as the center on his All-Rolls-Royce Seventh Team.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

East Kentucky Miners Join the ABA


For two years, basketball fans in Eastern Kentucky have been treated to professional hoops on a high level as the East Kentucky Miners established more than one record during a successful run in the CBA. Now, Eastern Kentucky fans will have the opportunity to follow the local pro team for a third straight season.

The East Kentucky Miners name and trademark logo have been acquired by the PSE Group, a local group headed by President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Kevin Keathley. The East Kentucky Miners is a new organization with local ties to the area and will begin competing in the American Basketball Association (ABA) during the 2009-2010 season. The ABA currently includes two other Kentucky-based teams in Owensboro (Kentucky Bisons) and Lexington (Bluegrass Stallions). The Kentucky Bisons are defending ABA champions.

"The change to the ABA will be a good one for several reasons," said Keathley. "The biggest is the location of teams. We have five to six teams within four hours of Pikeville which will help in building rivalries and cut the cost of travel significantly. The ABA has several exciting rules that add to the viewing experience. The 3-D Rule is, in my opinion, the most exciting rule in all of sports. The Celebrity 13th Man Rule which allows teams to dress one celebrity every game is another exciting rule. When I coached the Kentucky Colonels, we had former boxing champion Roy Jones Jr dress for a game as well as WWE wrestlers and top-selling recording artists."

I do want to make it clear that the East Kentucky Miners are in no way associated with Trinity Sports & Entertainment Group which owned the East Kentucky Miners in the CBA," added Keathley.

"This is a totally different company that's affiliated with the ABA. I do, however, appreciate Jay Fiedler, former Miami Dolphin quarterback, for giving the trademark name and logo to the PSE Group. On the court, we will stay the same - the most exciting brand of basketball in Eastern Kentucky will continue to be the East Kentucky Miners. The Diamond Girls, our mascot Hard Hat Harry, halftime entertainment, the DJ - there's nothing like it in the Mountains."

ProBasketball News recently named Keathley one of the top 10 coaches not in the NBA. He is a former ABA Coach of the Year. Keathley coached current NBA player Jamario Moon (Miami Heat) during a previous coaching stint in the ABA.

"We are extremely pleased to have Coach Keathley as part of the ABA again," stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO. "Kevin was an integral part of the Kentucky Colonels in the ABA several years ago and we were very impressed with his leadership ability and coaching skills. Owning a professional basketball team is more than putting a good team on the court. The efforts 'off the court' are equally important - becoming an important part of the community, impacting youth in schools, churches, YMCA's, Boys & Girls Clubs and other organizations. Kevin has always understood that and whatever leagues in which he has coached, he has made community involvement a priority. 'We are very interested to see the East Kentucky pro team thrive," added Newman. "The business of basketball is vital to the success of any basketball team. You must have sponsors, you must put people in the seats, and you must give your fans a quality product at an affordable price. Kevin is putting together the kind of organization that can maximize the potential of the business. He's done it before and he'll do it again."

East Kentucky is slated to play 30 games this season, 15 home, 15 away. The season runs from December into March and the team will compete in the South Central Division with the Kentucky Bisons, Smoky Mountain Jam, St. Louis Stunners, WV Blazers, Bluegrass Stallions and others. The Miners will play games in and outside of Pikeville and will unveil a new team website and announce its first tryouts shortly.

For more information, visit http://www.ekminers.net/ or email coachkeathley@yahoo.com

Antoine Walker Appears in Court to Face Charges

Article from WKYT.com:

Former Wildcat and NBA all-star Antoine Walker appeared briefly in a Las Vegas court to face criminal charges in a caseinvolving an $822,500 casino gambling debt.

The 6-foot-9 Walker who played for Kentucky before moving on tothe NBA said nothing inside or outside the courtroom as he appearedMonday with his lawyer, Jonathan Powell, on three felony counts ofwriting bad checks. Powell also declined comment.

Each charge carries a possible one- to four-year prison term.Walker remains free on $135,000 cash bail posted Thursdayfollowing his arrest at a Lake Tahoe hotel. Walker was in northernNevada to play in a weekend celebrity golf tournament.

Walker wasn't asked to enter a plea before a Las Vegas justiceof the peace set a Sept. 16 date for an evidentiary hearing.

Link

Monday, July 20, 2009

NBA Summer League Wrap-Up; Meeks Impressive


The 2009 Vegas Summer League has concluded. Several players with Kentucky ties stood out, particularly Jodie Meeks and Earl Clark. Joe Crawford also had a good summer. Here is a look at the statistics and analysis of players from schools in Kentucky:

Jodie Meeks

Stats: 19.0 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.8 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.0 BPG, .557 FG%, .533 3P%, 32.2 MPG

Summary: Meeks really stood out as the most impressive player on the Bucks' squad. He led the team in scoring and proved that Milwaukee made a great choice in selecting him in the second round.

Outlook: Meeks will likely make the Bucks' roster

Earl Clark

Stats: 11.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.0 BPG, .378 FG%, .000 3P%, 27.8 MPG

Summary: Clark struggled with shooting percentage, but still showed that he will be a solid professional player. He has an NBA body and the talent to succeed at the next level.

Outlook: Clark will make the Suns' roster

Erik Daniels

Stats: 3.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.5 BPG, .600 FG%, .333 3P%, 13.0 MPG

Summary: Daniels only had a chance to play in two games for the Grizzlies. He did what he could, even showing an ability to knock down the outside jumper.

Outlook: It is not impossible, but Daniels is not likely to make the Memphis team

Joe Crawford

Stats: 9.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.4 APG, 0.2 SPG, .465 FG%, .389 3P%, 21.8 MPG

Summary: Crawford had a good summer, but I would have liked to see him be more aggressive for the Knicks. He did show that he can knock down the NBA 3-point shot with consistency, which surely opened some eyes in New York.

Outlook: Crawford finished the season with the Knicks last season and will have a great opportunity to make the team again in the coming season. He will be competing with one or maybe two others for a spot, but he will have an opportunity. I would list him as a 50/50 chance to make the Knicks roster.

David Padgett

Stats: 4.2 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.4 BPG, .615 FG%, .000 3P%, 11.4 MPG

Summary: Padgett played in all five games for the Trail Blazers in the summer, but did not see significant minutes. He showed a nice ability to play the post.

Outlook: Padgett will likely not make the Portland roster, but he should be able to find a professional home.

Juan Palacios

Stats: 0.6 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.0 SPG, 0.4 BPG, .100 FG%, .000 3P%, 9.2 MPG

Summary: Palacios played in all five games for the Bucks, but struggled. He particularly struggled with putting the ball in the basket.

Outlook: Palacios will likely not make an NBA roster.

ESPN Says Kentucky Basketball Is On The Rise

Kentucky Wildcats

2008-09: 22-14 (NIT)

The Kentucky Wildcats return just six players from last year's team, lost the nation's fifth-leading scorer to the NBA and will start next season with a new head coach. Most teams in a similar situation would be talking about slow progress during the summer. The Wildcats are talking about a national championship. Such is the impact of John Calipari.

Complete Article from ESPN.com

Jodie Meeks Continues to Receive Praise

Jodie Meeks continues to get some love from around the country after his tremendous showing in the NBA Summer League. Today, Sam Amico from Pro Basketball News speaks well of Meeks. He also states that former Louisville Cardinal Earl Clark had a nice summer.

Thoughts on Meeks:

Two other rookies who caught my eye: New Orleans guard Marcus Thornton and Milwaukee guard Jodie Meeks. Thornton led all rookies in scoring (20.7 ppg) on 44 percent shooting from the floor. He also averaged an impressive 2.3 steals per game. Meanwhile, Meeks averaged 19 points per game on a sizzling 55 percent from the field.

Earl Clark Had a Nice Summer:

Phoenix first-rounder Earl Clark also had a pretty nice summer, averaging a solid 11.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Blake Griffin's brother, Taylor Griffin, played in all five games for the Suns and averaged 6.2 points.

Complete Article from ProBasketballNews.com

Hilton Head: Caught My First Stingray This Morning



Approximately 30 pounds; took 45 minutes to land it on 12-lb. test line

After I took the pictures, I figured I couldn't do anything better than that, so I just packed it up and came back to the condo.

Former Card Taquean Dean Signs With New Team


Taquean Dean, a former Louisville Cardinal, has been acquired by Unicaja and Spain's top-level league.

Dean recently completed a season for Spain's Polaris World Murcia, another top-level squad. There he averaged 16.7 points, which was fourth in the league, and 2.8 rebounds per game. In March, Dean exploded for 34 points, including 10-13 from the 3-point line.

After his Cardinal career, Dean had stints in Italy and Russia before making the move to Spain.

NBA Summer League: Final Day Report

The NBA Summer League has concluded in Las Vegas. I'll have a total wrap-up later, but here is a recap of final day's action:

- Joe Crawford (Kentucky) scored 12 points on 5-13 shooting and pulled down 4 rebounds

- Erik Daniels (Kentucky) put it 3 points on 1-2 shooting in 13 minutes of play

- David Padgett (Louisville) scored 2 points on 1-2 shooting in 10 minutes of action

- Earl Clark (Louisville) had 16 points and 4 rebounds for the Suns

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Hilton Head: Caught My First Shark Today


I caught my first and second-ever sharks today. Here is a picture of the first - it is a pretty small one (about 18"), but it was still a blast.
I can't wait to set my hook on a big one!

Ramon Harris: It's a Girl!

Congratulations to Kentucky forward Ramon Harris on the birth of his daughter. He announced, via Twitter, that it is a girl. Here is his "tweet":

8 pounds 11.6 ounces... Seeing my daughter being born is the closest I ever been to Heaven!

You can follow Harris on Twitter here

Josh Selby to Kentucky?


There is a rumor circulating that a Josh Selby committment to Kentucky is coming soon.

Selby, a talented 2010 point guard who is ranked #7 on the Rivals150 list, has decommitted from Tennessee and is looking towards Lexington according to a good source. Jeff Goodman at FoxSports.com is reporting that Kentucky is also the front-runner for Selby.

Could Selby be the first 2010 committment from Kentucky?
UPDATE: I spoke to a friend at UK tonight and he says he "feels confident" that Selby may end up in Lexington.

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