Saturday, August 1, 2009
Warranted or not, the media is going to give John Calipari and Kentucky a bad image when (I mean if) Josh Selby heads to Lexington.
Here is Jeff Goodman's List of 10 Things He Learned in July
U.S. Magistrate Judge James Moyer tapped James A. Earhart, who used to work in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's office in Louisville, to handle the case of Karen Cunagin Sypher. She has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of trying to extort money from Pitino and lying to the FBI.
Cunagin Sypher is accused of demanding college tuition for her children, her house to be paid off and, eventually, $10 million.
Cunagin Sypher's previous attorney, Thomas Clay, resigned from the case on July 9, but did not disclose the cause of the rift.
Complete Article from ESPN.com
Friday, July 31, 2009
In my 17 years of college coaching, I have very rarely had walk-ons and when I have it's usually been another student-athlete, who could help us in practice or game situations because of his size, speed or skill level. I find my practices run at optimum performance when there are 12-13 players. Any more than that and we're not able to accomplish what I want in each practice.
Believe me, I appreciate the work and effort that goes into being a walk-on.
In meeting with the most recent group of walk-ons, we let all of them know how much the UK family appreciated their hard work and dedication to Wildcat basketball. Any of the former walk-ons who want to transfer and try and play elsewhere will have my staff's full cooperation in helping them.
I can tell you that we are considering a scholarship position on the team for walk-on Mark Krebs, but we still have some things to decide on that front. I will keep you posted. If we do, at any time, decide to have walk-on tryouts, I will be sure to let everyone know.
Go Big Blue!
Mark Krebs appears to be the only walk-on remaining.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Omar Calhoun, a 6'4" sophomore guard out of Christ the King High School, is drawing the attention of the Kentucky Wildcats.
Calhoun averaged about 29 points per game to help the Gauchos 15U team reach the Final Four of the AAU Supershowcase in Orlando.
“He’s getting a lot of college interest,” said Omar Calhoun Sr. “Villanova and St. John’s have offered. He has interest from Maryland, Pittsburgh, Florida, Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana and Rutgers.”
One of head coach Donnie Tyndall's favorite players, the MSU coach was thrilled to be able to catch up with Nik.
Q: Coach Tyndall, recently Nikola Stojakovic came back to visit. Can you tell us a little bit about your visit?
It was so great to see Nik. As everyone knows he is one of my all-time favorite players. He came over to the house and ate a couple of times. We had a great time together. Nikola is a young man who is very close to me and will always be a part of my family.Questions With Nik
Q: What have you been doing since you graduated from MSU?
I have been playing professionally in Serbia this past season. My team was Masinac. I had an up and down season, but as Coach Tyndall always taught me I have turned some of the negatives of my season into positives and learned a great deal from my first season as a professional.
Q: How did your time at MSU help prepare you to play professional basketball?
The biggest thing was learning to work hard on a daily basis. Coach Tyndall and his staff helped push me and develop me and my love of the game grew and grew. The competition at the Division I level was much greater than I anticipated, and these experiences helped me a great deal.
Q: What are some good memories of your time here at MSU?
Wow, there are so many I don't know where to start. My first season beating the conference champs Austin Peay on the road in the last game of the regular season to qualify for the conference tournament is one. My whole second year was memorable. Our team had great chemistry and was unselfish. It helped us to a 3rd place finish after being picked last in the preseason, and, of course meeting my future wife Jessie Plante (Plante was a student-athlete on the women's basketball team with her last season in 2006-07). She has been a fantastic friend, and we are so excited about our future together. Also, my graduation day was awesome, I could see that Coach was very proud of me!
Q: Speaking of Jessie, can you tell us a little about the engagement?
Jessie was over in Serbia this past year as well playing professionally for Kraljevo. I proposed on New Year's Eve which is also her birthday. The wedding is set for July 10th, 2010 in Windsor Ontario, Canada, Jessie's hometown. We plan to live in Europe until I am finished with my professional career, and then most likely make Canada our home.
Q: Going forward what are your expectations for the upcoming year?
I have a new agent, and we are working on several different possibilities for my career. I hope to land on a team where I can play more minutes and showcase my skills.
Q: What are your future expectations for the Eagles?
On my recent visit, I had a chance to play pickup with the team. The talent level is very high and it seems the players are getting bigger and stronger. Everyone knows what to expect, and I know Coach Tyndall will not let the guys get big-headed from last season's experiences. I believe the sky is the limit for MSU basketball.
Article from Morehead State
"We have granted David his release," said McDonald. "It is disappointing that he is not interested in living up to the championship standards of our basketball program, and more importantly our University. We wish him all the best with his future."
WKU finished the 2008-09 season ranked 41st in the RPI ratings as well as receiving votes in the final ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll after going 25-9 and winning the Sun Belt Conference East Division championship. The Toppers won the SBC Tournament and earned the program's 21st NCAA Tournament appearance, knocking off fifth-seeded Illinois 76-72 in the first round before falling at the buzzer to 10th-ranked Gonzaga 83-81, just missing the program's second-straight trip to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Announcement from WKU
Tyler was the leading scorer for the Golden Lions averaging 17 points per game during his senior season. He was also the leading 3-point shooter on the team. Woods led Garrard to 20 wins for only the third time in school history, finishing the season 20-9. Tyler was a 12th Region All-Star as well as All-District and All-Area as a senior.
Tyler will join Coach Will Shouse's second campaign in charge of the Eagles and be looked upon to compete for minutes immediately. "Tyler is a shooter and there is always a need for a player that can shoot the basketball. As a shooting guard he is a little taller than the average player at that position and it will allow him to get his shot off when we need it. The way he shoots the ball, there is immediate opportunity for Tyler to push for playing time."
Coach Shouse also spoke about the importance of Tyler fitting into the Asbury community as a whole. "We are very pleased to have Tyler here at Asbury. First and foremost he is a Christian young man who will fit in the campus life part of Asbury with no problem. I'm very excited to have him here."
Press Release from Asbury
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
UK won't be getting new basketball uniforms, just making a few minor changes to last year's model. Perhaps an 'alternate' color may be used
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C.J. Leslie, Word of God (Raleigh, NC), PF, 2010
Harrison Barnes, Ames (Iowa), SG, 2010
Jared Sullinger, Northland (Ohio), PF, 2010 — OHIO STATE
Josh Smith, Kentwood (Wa.), C, 2010
Kendall Marshall, Bishop O’Connell (Va.), PG, 2010 — NORTH CAROLINA
Rakeem Christmas, Philly NOrth Catholic, PF, 2011
Roscoe Smith, Oak Hil (Va.) Academy, PF, 2010
Tobias Harris, Half Hollow Hills West (N.Y.), PF, 2010
Tony Wroten, Garfield (Wa.), PG, 2011
Tristan Thompson, Findlay (Nev.) Prep, PF, 2010 — TEXAS
Will Barton, Brewster (NH) Academy, SG, 2010 — MEMPHIS
We hear the following players were also chosen, though they have yet to be officially announced:
Michael Gilchrist, St. Patrick (NJ), SF, 2011*
Kyrie Irving, St. Patrick (NJ), PG, 2010
Dion Waiters, Burlington (NJ) Life Center Academy, PG, 2010
Joe Jackson, Memphis (TN) White Station, PG, 2010
*Gilchrist was selected last year but did not participate.
“My parents have thought I would be better off here than in the (United) States. We felt I would earn more in the PBA with my salary there and possible endorsements,” said Aguilar.
Fitzgerald scored 3.3 points per game during the event while playing on an extremely talented team of players loaded with international and other professional experience.
Carter put in 2.7 points per outing, including 4 points and 4 rebounds in the championship game.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
John Calipari Kentucky $4
Thad Matta Ohio State $2.5
Rick Pitino Louisville $2.25
Rick Barnes Texas $2
Tom Izzo Michigan State $1.735
Jim Calhoun Connecticut $1.6
Ben Howland UCLA $1.5
Tom Crean Indiana $1.48
Mike Krzyzewski Duke $1.2
Jim Boeheim Syracuse $1.00 plus
The focal post player for Kentucky is rising junior Patrick Patterson. The options next to him are numerous, led by high-profile newcomers Daniel Orton and DeMarcus Cousins. But Calipari might not just play Patterson and one of those two.
"It might be Orton and Cousins at the same time to steal minutes for both of those kids,'' Calipari said. "I want Daniel and DeMarcus to get minutes. If we're trying to get them as many minutes at a time when Patrick's not on the floor you may have to play both of them, which is not all bad. But you've got to know how you're going to play with both of them on the floor."
Calipari, who under NCAA rules isn't allowed to watch the summer pickup games in Lexington, said he told incoming point guards John Wall and Eric Bledsoe to not just go against each other.
"I told them to play with each other, too,'' said Calipari, who plans to use a lineup of two playmaking ballhandlers at times next season. The depth on the perimeter with Wall, Bledsoe, incoming freshmen Darnell Dodson and Jon Hood, and returnees Darius Miller (who won gold in New Zealand with the Under-19 team earlier this month), Ramon Harris and DeAndre Liggins gives Calipari a slew of combinations.
Kentucky Completes Its Schedule (Also from Katz's article):
Meanwhile, Kentucky got out of a guarantee game against Coppin State and filled its schedule with one of the Big West favorites, Long Beach State. The Wildcats also have littered the schedule with the usual heavyweight names in North Carolina, Connecticut (SEC-Big East Invitational), Louisville, Indiana, as well as a tournament in Cancun, Mexico, that includes Virginia, Stanford and Cleveland State.
"What we tried to do is eliminate any teams that were 250 and above in the power rating,'' Calipari said. "Last year they had a bunch. My teams try not to play any of them. We try not to play any in that box (on the selection committee's cheat sheet that breaks down the schedule in 50-team power-rating groupings). At this point, and you don't know what will happen with injuries, none of the teams on our schedule projected to be in that range."
Complete Article from ESPN.com
Guard Joshua Mack from University Heights in Hopkinsville has signed with Mississippi Valley State.
“We have had a good run during the recruiting and signing period,” coach and former Kentucky Wildcat Sean Woods said.
“Coach (Dylan) Howard and Coach (Chico) Potts both worked hard evaluating players and we believe that we have the players here to be successful during the upcoming season. Both Coach Howard and Coach Potts should be commended for the efforts and results off the court.“Now we must translate this to success on the court.”
Mack (6-foot-0, 185 pounds) was the 2006-07 Big South freshman of the year at Coastal Carolina. He averaged 12.3 points, 3.2 assists and 2.7 rebounds. Mack shot 38.5 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from behind the three-point line.
“I like our schedule, MSU Head Coach Billy Kennedy said. “It’s more balanced than what we had last season and that will definitely benefit us down the stretch.”
Murray State Complete Schedule:
Thu/05 Home Bethel (exhibition) Murray, Ky.
Mon/09 Away ^California (ESPNU) Berkeley, Calif.
Sat/14 Home Missouri-St. Louis Murray, Ky.
Fri/20 Neutral ^James Madison Miami, Fla.
Sun/22 Neutral ^North Carolina Central Miami, Fla.
Mon/23 Away ^Florida International Miami, Fla.
Sat/28 Home Tennessee Wesleyan Murray, Ky.
Thu/03 Home *Eastern Kentucky Murray, Ky.
Sat/05 Home *Morehead State Murray, Ky.
Sat/12 Away East Tennessee State Johnson City, Tenn.
Tue/15 Away Louisiana Tech Ruston, La.
Sat/19 Home Chattanooga Murray, Ky.
Tue/22 Away Western Kentucky Bowling Green, Ky.
Wed/30 Away SIU Edwardsville Edwardsville, Ill.
Mon/04 Home *UT Martin Murray, Ky.
Thu/07 Away *Tennessee State Nashville, Tenn.
Sat/09 Away *Austin Peay Clarksville, Tenn.
Mon/11 Home *Eastern Illinois Murray, Ky.
Thu/14 Home *Jacksonville State Murray, Ky.
Sat/16 Home *Tennessee Tech Murray, Ky.
Thu/21 Away *Eastern Illinois Charleston, Ill.
Sat/23 Away *Southeast Missouri State Cape Girardeau, Mo
Wed/27 Home SIU Edwardsville Murray, Ky.
Sat/30 Away *UT Martin Martin, Tenn.
Thu/04 Home *Tennessee State Murray, Ky.
Sat/06 Home *Austin Peay Murray, Ky.
Thu/11 Away *Tennessee Tech Cookeville, Tenn.
Sat/13 Away *Jacksonville State Jacksonville, Ala.
Tue/16 Home *Southeast Missouri State Murray, Ky.
Sat/20 Home ESPNU BracketBusters Murray, Ky.
Thu/25 Away *Morehead State Morehead, Ky.
Sat/27 Away *Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky.
Tue/02 TBA OVC Tournament Quarterfinals
Fri/05 Neutral #OVC Tournament Semifinals (ESPNU) Nashville, Tenn.
Sat/06 Neutral #OVC Tournament Championship (ESPN2) Nashville, Tenn.
* OVC game
^ Coaches vs. Cancer Classic - Berkeley, Calif. & Miami, Fla.
# Sommet Center - Nashville, Tenn.
Press Release from Murray State
“He’s wide open,” Joseph's high school coach Bo Russell said. “He’s going to cut it down to 10 in early August and then cut it to five in late August.”
Wherever he ends up, Russell said he can make an impact right away.
“He’ll be an impact player,” he said. “He has real good size and he plays real hard. He brings a unique blend of high level offense and high level defense. He can shoot the ball and get to the basket and make plays. He’s athletic. He’ll be an impact player for whatever school he goes to.”
"It's nice to have a lot of coaches calling," Tobias said, "but it will be hard to pick only one school."
The Harris family plans to narrow their list to five by the end of August and make their final decision in November.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Jackson, who is from Memphis, spoke highly of Tigers head coach Josh Pastner:
“That’s all he’s been preaching since he got to Memphis, even when he was an assistant coach, that I’m the No. 1 guy,” Jackson told the Memphis Commercial Appeal of Pastner. “He’s relentless. He doesn’t give up. He wants you to commit right on the spot every time he talks to you. That’s how he is. I’m just speechless because he wants me so bad. He comes harder than anybody.”
He said his decision will likely come around the middle of next season or late spring:
Asked when he will decide, Jackson said “Probably by the half way point of the high school basketball season…or late spring.”
You must be an ESPN "Insider" to read the entire article, but here is ESPN says during the preview:
Insider knows you're hot for hoops over the summer, so we're bringing you a closer look at five programs on the rise, five on the way down and five at a crossroads. Today, we move on to five schools that are down from a year ago, beginning with Louisville. Tomorrow: Arizona.
31–6 (NCAA Tournament, Elite 8)
Even when a team runs 12 different players for an average of five minutes or more, losing two of them as NBA lottery picks is highly problematic. Since 2005, six teams have seen two of its stars selected in the same draft's top 14 picks. Only half of those teams returned to the NCAA Tournament the following season. None of them surpassed the second round. And it's not as though those programs were one-hit wonders, considering that list includes UCLA, Duke, UConn, Florida, Ohio State and North Carolina.
That note doesn't even consider the individual impact of the departed players. In Louisville's case, the future gets particularly dicey when you figure that Terrence Williams (New Jersey Nets, No. 11) and Earl Clark (Phoenix Suns, No. 14) ranked first and second on last season's team, respectively, in points, rebounds and assists. Moreover, they led the team far and away in those three categories, accounting for 36 percent of the scoring, 46 percent of the board work and 49 percent of the dimes.
After losses like that, it's hard not to see the Cards sliding back in 2009-10 after reaching the Elite Eight and capturing dual Big East titles. However, coach Rick Pitino believes a fresh face and a key returner could keep the Cards on the up and up.
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For the record, Vaught is typically one of the most trustworthy sources of UK information and if he reports it, it is usually on target.
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Adreian Payne's Rivals.com Profile
Sunday, July 26, 2009
The rumors have gained steam after the completion of Team USA's mini-camp this past weekend. Gay scored 27 points in the mini-camp exhibition game and Durant added 20 points and 8 rebounds. Mayo, who played some high school basketball for Kentucky's Rose Hill Academy, struggled from the field (5-16) but still managed 13 points and 4 assists.
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Brandon Jennings wasn’t the only rookie who made a distinct impression on the Bucks coaches during the recent NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. So did Jodie Meeks.
While Jennings showed team officials why he was the 10th overall selection in the June draft with his stellar passes and aggressive full-court defense, Meeks performed equally well. Meeks, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Kentucky whom the Bucks drafted in the second round, displayed veteran-like poise and maturity on both ends of the floor. On offense, the Bucks coaching staff consistently ran him off screens and Meeks consistently knocked down open jumpers.
On defense, Meeks was not afraid to get in his opponent’s face and mix it up inside while battling for rebounds.
Prior to the NBA Summer League, Meeks was considered somewhat of a project, someone who could possibly end up in the D-League. But after his eye-opening showing in Las Vegas, some Bucks officials are now thinking Meeks could get some key minutes off the bench and perhaps even challenge Charlie Bell as Michael Redd’s primary backup.
Jodie Meeks, G, 6-4, Kentucky (second round)—Bucks general manager John Hammond said the team’s scouting department had Meeks ranked considerably higher and never envisioned him falling to them in the second round, the 41st pick overall.
What: Kentucky Christian University youth basketball camp invites you to participate in a fundamental, instructional, exciting week of basketball.
When: July 27-30, 2009
Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Who: Boys and Girls ages 5-15. There will be age appropriate grouping.
Where: Lusby Center Gym on the campus of Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky.
$90 for Full Day Campers (9:00 am-3:00 pm)
$65 for Half Day Campers (9:00 am-12:00 Noon)
$45 for additional siblings (half or full day)
What to Bring:
Lunch (If Full Day Camper)
Basketball Appropriate Attire
Concession Stand Money (Concessions will not include lunch products)
How To Register: Download the registration form, fill out completely and return the form with proper payment to the address on the form.
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- 10 Things Jeff Goodman Learned in July
- Karen Sypher Obtains New Lawyer
- Fab Melo to Louisville?
- John Calipari Explains the Walk-On Decisions
- Three Walk-Ons Dismissed from Kentucky
- Former Wildcat Allen Edwards Hired at Towson
- Soph. Guard Omar Calhoun Catching Kentucky's Eyes
- Morehead State Q&A with Nikola Stojakovic
- Western Kentucky Dismisses David Laury From Team
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- Good Source: Josh Selby to Kentucky
- UK Jerseys to Remain the Same?
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- The Greek God Cuthbert Victor Re-Signs in Spain
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- Joshua Mack to Mississippi Valley State
- Murray State Announces 2009-10 Schedule
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