Saturday, September 26, 2009

Pikeville College Announces Official Roster

Pikeville College Bears 2009-10

NAME NO HT WT CL Hometown Previous School

Justin Hicks 2 5’11 175 JR Hazard, KY Hazard HS
Chris Puckett 4 5’11 180 SO Jenkins, KY Jenkins HS
Zach Hurt 5 6’0 180 SO Hazard, KY Cordia HS
Tigh Compton 10 5’10 180 SR Grundy, VA KY Christian
Andre Thornton 14 6’6 235 JR Memphis, TN U. Central Florida
Anthony Smith 15 6’8 235 SR Parkersburg, WV Harford CC
Jonathan Clark 20 6’0 185 SR Charlotte, NC La Tech
Chris Donald 21 6’5 210 JR Randolph, MA Pfeiffer Univ.
Kyan Hines 22 6’1 170 FR Green Brook, NJ St. Augustine’s
Derrick Lee 23 6’1 175 SO Seymour, TN U Southern Indiana
Trevor Setty 24 6’8 190 FR Maysville, KY Georgetown College
Joshua Samarco 25 6’1 185 SR Ypsilanti, MI U of Detroit
Maurice Thomas 31 6’9 230 SR Philadelphia, PA St. Bonaventure U
Ryan Whitaker 32 6’3 190 JR Hazard, KY Lincoln Memorial
Kane Belcher 40 6’8 200 SO Butler, KY Pendleton Co. HS
Adam Simmons 44 6’6 210 SR Huntington, WV Glenville State

Head Coach: Kelly Wells
Assistant Coaches: Brian Kloman, Matt Hurt, John Biery
Student Assistant: Tigh Compton
Strength Coach: Jordan Compton
President: Paul E. Patton
Vice-President: James L. Hurley
Athletics Director: Robert Staggs
Assistant AD / SID: Rick Bentley
Trainer: Justin Brashear
Videographer: Herb Kingsley

Tailgating at Home for Kentucky and Florida




I invited a few friends over to watch the Kentucky/Florida football game. I am demonstrating my grilling mastery!




Go Cats!!!

EKU Players Visit Special Olympics Bowlers

Here is a nice article from EKUSports.com that illustrates basketball being used for the good of others:

This past Wednesday afternoon, several members of the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team took time out of their schedules to volunteer with the Special Olympics Kentucky Bowling program.

Every Wednesday for the past month, the Special Olympic bowlers have been practicing at Galaxy Bowling in preparation for the regional tournament which will be held in Lexington in October. Seven players from the Colonel squad – Willie Cruz, Cordaro Ellis, Dayvon Ellis, Joshua Jones, Mike Lewis, Papa Oppong and Justin Stommes – spent time with the bowlers and offered plenty of support.

Eastern Kentucky tips off the 2009-10 schedule on Nov. 14 with a home game against West Virginia Wesleyan. EKU concluded the 2008-09 season 18-13 overall and 10-8 in the OVC. The Colonels have posted double-figure league victories five consecutive years. Only Murray State (six) has a longer active streak.

Kentucky Wildcats Hosting Several Recruits Today

As reported earlier, 2010 big man Adreian Payne is in Lexington today for a surprise official visit. Payne is a five-star center that is ranked #20 on the Rivals150 List for the 2010 Class. In my opinion, Payne is a very important piece of the recruiting puzzle for Kentucky. Patrick Patterson will be leaving after his junior season and there is at least a possibility that DeMarcus Cousins will join him. That would leave Kentucky with Daniel Orton and Josh Harrellson in the post.

Kentucky is also hosting a pair of younger recruits this afternoon. Those two players are 2011 recruits Brandan Kearney and Percy Gibson, both from the Detroit area. Kearney is a 6'4" small forward and Gibson is a 6'8" power forward.

I will be working to report on the visits later and will post an update when any information becomes available.

Calipari Says Patterson Will Leave UK After 2009-10


John Calipari says that this will be Patrick Patterson's last season at the University of Kentucky. In an article by Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader, Calipari said he hopes Patterson will be a top 10 pick in the NBA Draft. Here are some excerpts from Tipton's article:

Speaking to the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches, Calipari said his first UK team’s experience consisted of “three seniors and Patrick Patterson, who will leave this year. Hopefully he’ll be a top 10 pick.”

On Patterson's game:

“I better teach him how to play out (on the floor),” the UK coach said before adding, “But I’m trying to win, too.”

“I tell Patrick, ‘Play like a guard,’ ” Calipari said. “When the game’s on the line, (his teammates) will all be saying, ‘Get under the goal, Patrick.’ ”

On DeMarcus Cousins:

In a recent scrimmage, Cousins had at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. That prompted Calipari to say he told the freshman, “You were a beast. . . . Are you that good? Because if you are that good, it’s starting to get scary.”

After Cousins thanked the coach, Calipari said he added, “But your body language (stunk).”
Cousins then explained. “It’s how you’re plaing me,” he told Calipari. “You know my skills are out on the floor.”

To which Calipari told the coaches, “He thinks that’s what people want to see from a 6-11, 270 (player).”

Calipari offered a compromise.

The UK coach told his audience, “I may tell him with every 10 rebounds, I’ll let you go to the top of the key and go crazy.”

Friday, September 25, 2009

Pikeville College Releases 2009-10 Schedule

Pikeville College 2009-10 Schedule

NOVEMBER

4 # Virginia Intermont Bristol. TN 7:30
9 Shawnee State Univ. Fall Sports Night Pikeville, KY 7:00
11 UVA-Wise Wise, VA, 7:30
14 # University of Charleston Chapmanville, WV 12:00
20 BB&T Classic (Miami Hamilton) Pikeville, KY 8:00
21 BB&T Classic (Mid Continent) PC Gym 8:00
24 Kentucky Christian University (Pikeville HS vs. Raceland HS 5:30) Pikeville, KY 7:30
27 MSC Challenge (OSU-Mansfield) Frankfort, KY 10:45
28 MSC Challenge (Cincinnati Christian College) Frankfort, KY 12:30

DECEMBER

2 King College (Hurley HS, VA vs. Pike Central HS 5:30) Pikeville, KY 7:00
5 Alice Lloyd College Cornerstone Inv. Night Pikeville, KY 7:30
12 OSU-Mansfield KY Farm Bureau Night Pikeville, KY 12:00

JANUARY

2 UVA-Wise Community Trust Night Pikeville, KY 4:00
4 Virginia Intermont PCSOM Night Pikeville, KY 7:30
5 Temple Baptist (Belfry HS vs. Phelps HS 5:30) Pikeville, KY 7:00
14 Campbellsville University Campbellsville, KY 8:00
16 Lindsey Wilson College Citizens National Night Pikeville, KY 4:30
21 Georgetown College Appalachian Wireless Night Pikeville, KY 8:00
23 St. Catherine’s College Kinzer Drilling Night Pikeville, KY 4:00
26 Temple Baptist Coaches vs. Cancer Night (Johnson Central HS vs. Pikeville HS 5:30) Pikeville, KY 7:00
28 Rio Grande University Rio Grande, OH 8:00
30 WVU Tech Montgomery, WV 4:00

FEBRUARY

4 Univ. of the Cumberland’s PC Fac.-Staff Night Pikeville, KY 8:00
6 Lindsey Wilson College Columbia, KY 5:00
8 King College Bristol, TN 7:00
11 Campbellsville University Spring Sports Night Pikeville, KY 8:00
13 St. Catherine’s College Springfield, KY 4:00
18 Georgetown College Georgetown, KY 8:00
20 WVU Tech Breast Cancer Awareness Night PC Gym 4:00
25 Rio Grande University Senior Night Pikeville, KY 8:00
27 University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, KY 4:00

MARCH

4-6 Mid-South Conference Tournament Frankfort, KY TBA
17 NAIA National Tournament Kansas City TBA

*All Times EST
# Exhibition / Scrimmage

Ex-Thomas More Big Man Off to Great Start in Spain

Former Thomas More big man Rick Hughes is off to a great start in Spain. Hughes led his Grupo Begar Leon team with 23 points in a 79-65 loss to Valladolid, a top-level Spanish team. Leon is a Spanish LEB Gold, or second-level, team.

Other International News:

Former Louisville Cardinal Perrin Johnson is currently touring China with his Santa Barbara Breakers team. The Breakers are 2-0 so far on the tour, including an 83-74 victory over the Qingdao Double Star Hawks in the first game of the Shengdong Basketball Invitational. Johnson led the team in scoring with 15 points.

Source: EuroBasket.com

Tobias Harris Names Final List; UK and U of L in the Mix

Jeff Goodman at FoxSports.com reports that Tobias Harris has named his final seven:

Kentucky, Louisville, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Maryland, West Virginia and Tennessee

Harris has confirmed it on Twitter and says a decision may be coming soon:

tobias31: My final 7 schools are Maryland, West Virginia, Georgia-Tech, Tennessee, Louisville, Kentucky & Syracuse. In no type of order

tobias31: Talking with my dad and mom about the whole college situation ... Hopefully something is coming soon

Derrick Rose on the SAT: "I took it, I took it."

Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls has answered questions regarding allegations that he cheated on the SAT exam prior to arriving at Memphis. Here are some excerpts from the article on ESPN.com:

On the eve of the Chicago Bulls' training camp, Rose did it again. The star point guard reiterated that he took the SAT exam to get into Memphis and dismissed the idea that someone did so in his place.

"I took it, I took it," Rose said Friday.

"I wasn't worried about anybody saying I didn't take it," he said. "If that's the case, somebody would have then said it."

Complete Article from ESPN.com

Changes to Big Blue Madness Ticket Distribution

Tickets for Big Blue Madness will become available on Saturday, Oct. 3, beginning at 6 a.m., the University of Kentucky announced Wednesday.

That time is one hour earlier than the school had previously announced. The time was changed because that day's UK football home game against Alabama was selected for an early kickoff at 12:21 p.m.

UK also asked Wednesday that fans planning to wait in line outside Memorial Coliseum for the annual Big Blue Madness ticket distribution begin to do so no sooner than 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Big Blue Madness is UK's annual celebration of the opening of basketball practice for its men's and women's teams. The event takes place in Rupp Arena on Friday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to Big Blue Madness, which are free, will be distributed online at UKathletics.com and Ticketmaster.com, as well as at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Euclid Avenue.

There is a limit of two tickets per person at Memorial Coliseum. Online orders will be limited to two tickets per household and include a service charge.

For those waiting in line, the UK athletics department will provide portable restroom facilities, but safety concerns will prohibit the use of wooden structures and propane tanks or other open flames used in cooking.

Source: Kentucky.com

2010 C Adreian Payne to Visit UK this Weekend


Evan Daniels at Scout.com is reporting that 2010 big man Adreian Payne will make a surprise official visit to Kentucky this weekend.

Payne is a key piece of the 2010 recruiting puzzle, in my opinion. If Kentucky loses Patrick Patterson and DeMarcus Cousins to the NBA after 2009-10, we will be left with limited depth down low.

As is the norm here lately, this is another huge recruiting weekend for the Kentucky Wildcats.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Morehead, Murray, Eastern in ESPN's BracketBusters


The eighth annual BracketBusters event, a two-day men's college basketball extravaganza pitting potential NCAA Tournament hopefuls against each other Feb. 19-20, will feature 11 nationally televised games - on either ESPN2 or ESPNU -- selected from a pool of 98 teams.

For the fifth straight year, ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, will televise five BracketBusters games while ESPN2 will televise six contests. The 11 BracketBusters matchups will be announced Feb. 1, while game time and network assignments will be announced Feb. 8.

For the fourth straight season every Ohio Valley Conference school will be a member of the pool of teams participating in the event. Austin Peay, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State and Murray State will serve as host institutions while Morehead State, Southeast Missouri, SIU Edwardsville, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State and UT Martin will play road contests. This will mark the first time that SIU Edwardsville has competed in the event. SIUE joined the OVC on July 1, 2008 but does not begin official regular season Conference play until 2011-12 and is not eligible for the postseason until 2012-13 due to its reclassification to Division I.

The 98-team field will feature 12 teams from the Mid-American and Colonial Athletic; 11 from the Ohio Valley, 10 from the Missouri Valley, Horizon League and Metro Atlantic Athletic; nine from the Western Athletic and Big West; four from the Big South and Southern; three from the America East; two from the MEAC; and one from the Big Sky and Summit League.

As part of the agreement, all 11 of the BracketBusters TV home teams, as well as the remaining 38 home squads part of the pool, will play a "return" game at the home facility of their opponent in November or December of the 2010-11 season.

Source: EKUSports.com

Ex-Cat Derrick Miller Slapped with More Charges

Article from WKYT.com:

More charges for former U.K. basketball player Derrick Miller in connection with a ticket scam.

Elizabethtown police are charging Miller with two counts of theft by deception.

Miller already faces similar charges in Fayette, Clark and Bell counties.

Police say Miller sold the promise of U.K. basketball season tickets that he did not have.

Morehead State Eagles to Accept OVC Rings Saturday

Article from WKYT.com:

The Morehead State men’s basketball team will be presented with their 2009 Ohio Valley Conference Championship rings Saturday. The ceremony will take place during halftime of the home football game against Butler.

“Coach Matt Ballard’s football team is playing well and off to a great start, so it’s an exciting opportunity for the men’s basketball team to be honored and receive our championship rings at halftime of a football game,” MSU men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall said. “The successes that we had last year on the basketball court were just one part of the overall accomplishments of Eagle athletics last season, which we can all be proud of.”

Last March the Eagles earned their first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1984 with a 67-65 double overtime victory over Austin Peay in the OVC Conference Championship game in Nashville, Tenn. Morehead State also defeated UT-Martin (63-55) and Eastern Kentucky (91-72) to reach the finals.

Morehead State made its sixth appearance in the NCAA tournament, playing in the opening-round game against Alabama State, the Southwestern Athletic Conference Champions. MSU defeated the Hornets 58-43, never trailing ASU before an NCAA Opening Round record crowd of 11,346.

The Eagles advanced to play No. 1 seeded Louisville. MSU kept the game close, trailing 35-33 at halftime before the Cardinals pulled away to a 74-54 win, ending the Eagles NCAA Tournament run.

The Morehead State men’s basketball team tips off the 2009-10 season this fall in an exhibition game at home against Cedarville on Nov. 4.

The Eagles open the regular season at Kentucky on Nov. 13.Saturday’s Butler game is the Pioneer League opener for Eagle football. The family weekend game will kick off at 1 p.m. at Jayne Stadium.

Stacey Poole Announcement - Notes

- I just heard word that the coaches have been informed that Stacey Poole will be a Kentucky Wildcat

- Program is underway
- Starting out with football recruiting
- More football and now a commercial break
- Talking about Poole's game now; official announcement now
- "Well, you know, this decision was very hard...I'm playing for the University of Kentucky."
- Poole really likes Coach Calipari
- He likes the DDM offense and thinks it's a hard offend to defend
- Loves taking it to the hole and finishing at the rim
- "Brandon (Knight) is a good dude...a nice person...I'd be happy to play with him."

Former Wildcats Reach Out to Fallen Teammate


Article from LEX18.com:

There is new information in the alleged UK ticket scandal involving a former UK basketball player.

Derrick Miller is accused of selling UK basketball tickets to two Winchester businessmen who went to police after they never received their tickets. Police say Miller cashed their personal checks and sold them tickets he never had.

LEX 18 has learned that some former UK basketball players have come forward and want to help Miller pay back the money he allegedly owes people, and that arrangements are underway to get Miller into a rehab center.

Miller remains locked up in the Clark County Detention Center. He also faces charges om Bell and Fayette counties.

St. Catharine Basketball Team to Host Cornhole Tourney


St. Catharine College Men's Basketball

Cornhole Tournament

Date: October 24
Time: 12 p.m.
Registration: Begins at 10:30 a.m.
Location: St. Catharine - Lourdes Hall Parking Lot
Rain Plan: Tournament will be moved inside Spalding Student Center

Details:

- $50 Entry Fee per team
- Double Elimination Format (all matches are best of 3) - Rules will be given at registration
- 30% of Entry Fees will Be used as Prize Money
- There will be a 50/50 raffle and other prizes as well

To register or ask questions, contact:

Matt Stearsman at 270-871-3491 or mstearsman@scckky.edu

Pikeville's Kelly Wells Enjoys "Giving Back"


I joked with Pikeville College head coach Kelly Wells this morning that he is quickly becoming the John Calipari of NAIA basketball after talking with him about the numerous community service projects and speaking engagements he is participating in.

His response, "I'm just working hard and giving back. That should be part of the deal for all coaches, in my opinion."

About the time this article is posted, Wells should be wrapping up his noon speech at the Kiwanis meeting in Pikeville.

Tomorrow, Wells will be the speaker for the Big Sandy Career Day at area elementary, junior high and middle schools. The following day, he is volunteering at the YMCA for several youth programs.

On five dates in October and November, Wells and the Pikeville team will be working Drug and Alcohol Awareness community service projects at many area schools.

Kelly Wells is an up-and-coming coach to keep an eye on. He is not only an excellent coach, but also a great person. Wells is a super representative for Pikeville College and the game of basketball.

UK Has Emerged as One of the Leaders for Josh Selby

This is a subscription article from Jerry Meyer at Rivals.com, so I will only post an excerpt:

The 6-2, 183-pound Selby is rated the No. 4 prospect in the Class of 2010, and UK has emerged as one of the leaders in his re-opened recruitment.

"Things are going very well," said the player's mother, Maeshon Witherspoon. "They are a great group of guys with a success rate with players at Josh's position. That's what kind of separates them at the present time."

You can read the full article (subscription required) here

Patrick Patterson Tops List of Nation's Power Forwards

Mike DeCourcy of SportingNews.com continues his position-by-position look at the top players in college basketball for 2009-10. His latest list focuses on power forwards and there is a familiar name on top of the list:

1. Patrick Patterson, Kentucky. His confinement to the center position ended when John Calipari was hired as coach. Patterson (6-9, 235) will have the liberty to function away from the basket, but having the handcuffs removed doesn't free him from the responsibility to play inside when it counts.

Patterson says: "I know Coach Cal is going to want me to play underneath the basket at crunch time, when we really need a basket. That's my bread and butter, what I'm best at. It is a luxury to no longer have to guard the 6-11, 6-10 guys."

Complete Article from SportingNews.com

Tobias Harris to Visit Kentucky and Louisville

Article by Jody Demling, Courier-Journal:

Tobias Harris, one of the nation's top 10 recruits in the Class of 2010, still has one more in-home visit left but it already looks like both Louisville and Kentucky will get official visits.

Harris' father, Torrel, told The Courier-Journal that his son will officialy arrange his five official visits in the coming days but the father said his son will visit Kentucky for Midnight Madness on Oct. 16 and also make a visit to the Louisville campus. Connecticut will be in the home tonight.

"He's going to take official visits to the schools he liked from the beginning," the father said. "We don't want to rush things, but he would like to make a commitment before his high school season starts. We want to try and wrap up (making plans for officials) by the end of the week.

"We will definitely we at Kentucky's Midnight Madness and we will also be at Louisville sometime. We like (U of L coach) Rick Pitino a lot. We have always liked Louisville."

The father said his son tentatively set up the trip to UK on Madness weekend when he made an unofficial visit to the campus in early August.

Besides the two local schools and UConn, other schools to make in-home visits were Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, St. John's, Maryland, Tennessee and Syracuse

Ironic Twist? NBA Teams to Gamble on Antoine Walker


Former Kentucky Wildcat Antoine Walker, who has been battling criminal charges as a result of gambling debts in Las Vegas this summer, is likely going to land an NBA comeback chance this season. It appears that several teams are willing to take a gamble (no pun intended) on Walker.

"Just bumped into Antoine Walker at the MGM," SI writer Chris Mannix wrote on his Twitter page. "Says he is talking to four teams and plans on being in a camp on a non-guaranteed deal next week."

It looks like Walker, who is only 33, will at least get a shot to return to competitive basketball.

Source: NESN.com

Change of Plans for Ex-Cat Donald Williams


Former Kentucky Wildcat Donald Williams was planning a transfer to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College after leaving Lexington. I spoke to Gulf Coast assistant Patrick Wilcher this morning and he said Williams never made it to campus and ended up elsewhere.

It turns out that Williams has landed at Antelope Valley College (CA) and will eligible for a transfer after one season. He is being actively recruited by Louisiana Tech, Fresno State and several other NCAA Division I programs that hope to land Williams in 2010-11.



Nation's Top Backcourts; UK and U of L in Top 20

Jeff Goodman at FoxSports.com has ranked the NCAA's top backcourts for 2009-10. He ranks the Kentucky backcourt at #4 on the list. Louisville completes the rankings at #20. Here is what Goodman says about the guards at Kentucky and Louisville:

4. Kentucky

Backcourt:
John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Darnell Dodson, DeAndre Liggins
Analysis: Both Wall and Bledsoe are terrific athletes and are more than capable of running a team. Neither is regarded as a great shooter, but they may not need to make perimeter shots with their ability to get to the basket. Dodson is the guy who can really make shots from deep.

20. Louisville

Backcourt: Jerry Smith, Peyton Siva, Edgar Sosa, Preston Knowles
Analysis: This group doesn't blow me away, but Smith should have a break-out season and Siva comes in as a freshman who could make an immediate impact. The key is Sosa, who has had an up-and-down career

Complete Article from FoxSports.com

John Wall, Shelvin Mack Included in Top 10 PG List

Mike DeCourcy of SportingNews.com has ranked his list of the top 10 point guards in college basketball for the 2009-10 season. He ranks Kentucky freshman John Wall second on the list. Shelvin Mack, the Butler PG and former Bryan Station High School star, comes in at #10. Here is what DeCourcy says about each:

2. John Wall, Kentucky. Frequently compared to Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose, Wall is not as physically powerful—but he enters college with more confidence in his ability to lead. And Wall's impact will be more immediate.

10. Shelvin Mack, Butler. A power point, he averaged 4.4 rebounds as a freshman last season.

Complete Article from SportingNews.com

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Two Former UK Big Men Working Hard in the NBA

Two former Kentucky Wildcat big men have worked hard this summer to resurrect their NBA careers. USA Today mentions the hard off-season work of Randolph Morris and Nazr Mohammed in their NBA team previews. Here is what they say about the two former Cats:

—C Nazr Mohammed (Bobcats), who played little last season, got in great shape in the off-season and could replace DeSagana Diop as the team's backup center.

—C Randolph Morris (Hawks) has worked as hard as any player this summer to get ready for this season. Whether or not it impresses Hawks coach Mike Woodson is the question. But no one can argue that Morris didn't put in the work. He shed some 60 pounds this summer. "The work I did was both mental and physical," he said. "I was trying to get myself where I needed to be mentally and physically for the long season. It was really a two-pronged approach for me this summer like it is every summer. It was about working to get myself in the best shape possible for the upcoming season while also realizing that the guys that last in the NBA are the ones that take the best care of their bodies. The guys that have the longest careers are the ones that you see in the gym in the dead of summer, when there are no cameras and no fans around. That's where the real work is done."

Source: USA Today

Information on UK's Big Blue Madness Tickets

Article from WKYT.com:

Tickets for the 2009 Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena will be available Saturday, Oct. 3, at 6 a.m., at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Euclid Avenue and online at UKathletics.com and Ticketmaster.com. Madness, the first open practice opportunity for Kentucky’s 2009-10 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Friday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Fans will be allowed to enter Rupp Arena beginning at 6 p.m. the night of Big Blue Madness.

Tickets are free again this year, and there will be a limit of two tickets per person at Memorial Coliseum. Online orders will have a minimal service fee attached, and there will be a limit of two tickets per household.

At the request of campus public safety officials, fans wishing to line up ahead of time at Memorial Coliseum are asked to do so no earlier than 8 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30. The Athletics Department will provide portable restroom facilities, but safety concerns will prohibit the use of permanent, wooden-type structures, and propane tanks or other open flames used in cooking.

This will be the fifth time Madness has been held at Rupp Arena.

Antwain Barbour Emerging as Team Leader in Spain


Former Kentucky Wildcat Antwain Barbour appears ready to take the Spanish ACB League by storm in 2009-10.

In Lagun Aro's friendly 76-66 victory over Bizkaia Bilbao yesterday, Barbour was the game's leading scorer with 17 points. He is averaging well into double figures during Lagun Aro's pre-season and looks ready to shine when the ACB regular season gets underway.


Related News:

- A pair of ex-Louisville Cardinals are playing well for their respective teams. Larry O'Bannon has burst onto the scene in Israel's Premier League. O'Bannon led his Maccabi Rishon Lezion team with 20 points in a 77-71 victory over Hapoel Holon during a pre-season friendly.

Isiah Victor, who played high school basketball for University Heights Academy, is a teammate of O'Bannon in Israel. He added 10 points in the victory.

In French ProB action, former Cardinal reserve Alhaji Mohammed is performing well. Mohammed scored 13 points for Limoges in their 58-51 loss to Potiers during a friendly battle. ProB is France's second-level league.

- Former Western Kentucky Hilltopper Elgrace Wilborn went for a double-double in Atenas' 58-53 victory over Ferro Carril. Elgrace put in 15 points and 10 rebounds. His team improved to 2-0 on the season in Uruguay's top-level LUB League.

Sources: LatinBasket.com and EuroBasket.com

Chane Behanan Update

I spoke with Bowling Green head coach D.G. Sherrill tonight and discussed some updates on 2011 star Chane Behanan.

Behanan was ill yesterday with flu-like symptoms and had to cancel his meeting with Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury. They are hoping to bring Stansbury and his staff in during the next 2-3 weeks.

Next week, Anthony Grant and Alabama will be visiting Bowling Green to meet with Behanan.

There were earlier reports that Behanan may be visiting Kentucky for the second consecutive weekend, but that is not the case. Not only has Chane been dealing with sickness, but this weekend is also his birthday weekend and he plans to spend time with family.

Stacey Poole is Heading to Kentucky

As I reported here on Sunday, 2010 forward Stacey Poole will commit to the Kentucky Wildcats.

Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald Leader writes this article today:

All indications are Stacey Poole, Jr., a top 50 prospect in the high school class of 2010, will commit to Kentucky on Wednesday.

“He’s about to commit,” his father, Stacey Poole, Sr., said early Wednesday afternoon. “. . . Everything will be official by the of the day.”

The younger Poole is a 6-foot-4 wing from Jacksonville, Fla. a consensus top 50 national prospect, he’s reportedly narrowed his list to Kentucky or South Carolina. He visited UK last weekend.

The player’s father played for Florida. Injuries cut show his career.

Evan Daniels of the Scout.com recruiting service saw the younger Poole as a driver and scorer around the basket. Poole will need to improve his perimeter shooting, Daniels said.

Source

Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com Thinks Poole is UK Bound

Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com stated on Sirius radio this morning that Stacey Poole is all but committed to Kentucky. I fully expect Poole to announce Kentucky as his school of choice during his ESPNU press conference tomorrow afternoon.

Meyer also added that Kentucky seems to be leading for Brandon Knight, the overall top-rated player in the 2010 Class.

Additionally, he thinks the top two schools for Adreian Payne are Kentucky and West Virginia.

ZagsBlog.com is reporting that Doron Lamb may be leaning towards either Kansas or Oklahoma, with Kentucky sitting in third. This may explain the committment, uh, I mean the possible committment from Poole tomorrow.

Source: Rivalsradio.Rivals.com

Anti-Calipari Cartoon Hits the Internet

Not that this should come as any surprise or anything, but the artists at Wanton Disdain Comics just couldn't resist this little gem: Here is the original source
Unfortunately, this little masterpiece is now being circulated throughout various message boards and rival websites. The best message I've found: "Everyone get your laughs in now...you won't be laughing when the season starts."

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Billy Gillispie Offered Plea Agreement in DUI Case

Former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie is looking over a possible plea agreement in his DUI case.

27 NEWSFIRST has learned a conference in Gillispie's case that was scheduled for Wednesday in Anderson County is now canceled.

Gillispie's attorney says the prosecution has offered them a plea deal that they are now reviewing.

Gillispie checked himself into rehab earlier this month after Lawrenceburg Police charged him with DUI last month.

Source: WKYT.com

Kentucky to Host NCAA Tournament in 2013


Press Release from UKAthletics.com:

The University of Kentucky and Rupp Arena were selected to host first- and second-rounds of the 2013 NCAA Tournament as announced by the NCAA on Monday.

Recognizing that 2013 is the 75th anniversary of the championship, the committee selected venues and cities which have served as the backdrop to great tournament moments such as North Carolina's triple-overtime win in the 1957 championship game in Kansas City, Villanova's upset of Georgetown in Lexington in the 1985 title game, the Kentucky-Duke classic in the 1992 East Regional final in Philadelphia, and hundreds of other plays, players and games that are deep-seated in tournament history.

“Through our partnership with Rupp Arena and the Lexington Center, we're excited about the opportunity to host the NCAA Tournament once again, especially in lieu of it being the tournament's 75 th anniversary,” said UK Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart. “As NCAA policy precludes us from competing in our home arena during the event, it's a great opportunity for UK fans, and basketball fans in general, to experience the atmosphere of the NCAA tournament. Throughout the years, the Lexington community has shown a strong support of the tournament and, in addition to the historical significance of Rupp Arena, that played a part in being chosen as a host site again.”

In addition to Lexington, Auburn Hills, Austin, Dayton, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and San Jose were selected to host first- and second-rounds, and Indianapolis, Los Angeles and North Texas were chosen for the regional rounds. One regional site will remain unnamed while details are being finalized.

The 2013 Final Four will be played in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.

Brandon Knight Enjoyed His Kentucky Visit

Turgenia Knight, the mother of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Pine Crest guard Brandon Knight, says the family loved last weekend’s official visit to Kentucky and that six schools are in the mix for her son.

“The Kentucky visit was wonderful,” she said by phone.

“It was a very nice, kind of informal visit, to be honest. It was a relaxed visit.”

Asked if she got the impression that Brandon was a top priority for Kentucky coach John Calipari, Turgenia said, “Yes, I did.”

Knight’s list includes Kentucky, UConn, Miami, Florida, Kansas and Syracuse.

Complete Article from ZagsBlog.com

Ex-Cat Keith Bogans Signed by San Antonio Spurs


Here is an article from SlamOnline.com that announces that former Kentucky Wildcat Keith Bogans has been signed by the San Antonio Spurs:

It’s a poor man’s Bruce Bowen, but he’ll have to do for now: “Keith Bogans, the 29-year-old journeyman guard who spent the final 29 games of last season playing with Jefferson in Milwaukee, has agreed to a one-year deal worth the veteran’s minimum of $1.03 million to join the Spurs. Bogans, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, has averaged 7.5 points over a five-year career that includes stints with seven teams. He averaged 5.6 points in 65 games last season, split between the Magic and the Bucks.”

My Thoughts: A poor man's Bruce Bowen, huh? I think this will be a good fit for Bogans.

WKU's A.J. Slaughter Named Top 12 Mid-Major Player


Rivals.com has listed the top 12 Mid-Major players for 2009-10. In selecting the 12 players, they considered the following conferences to contain "mid-major" teams: America East, Atlantic 10, Colonial, Conference USA, Horizon, Metro Atlantic Athletic, Mid-American, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Southern, Sun Belt, Western Athletic and West Coast.

NOTE: They did not include players from Gonzaga, Memphis and Xavier because those programs are too established to be considered "mid-majors."

WKU's A.J. Slaughter was chosen as one of the top 12:

G A.J. Slaughter, Western Kentucky

Particulars: 6-3/180, Sr./Shelbyville (Ky.) Shelby County
Conference: Sun Belt
Watch him on: Dec. 2 at South Carolina, Dec. 11 at Vanderbilt, Dec. 19 at Louisville, Jan. 4 vs. Mississippi State
The buzz: The Hilltoppers, winners of three NCAA tournament games in the past two seasons, have a knack for passing the torch; it went from Courtney Lee to Orlando Mendez-Valdez and now to Slaughter. He led Western Kentucky in scoring at 16 points per game last season. Slaughter is one of three double-digit scorers returning to the Hilltoppers.

ESPN Delays Poole's Official Announcement

Justin Young at National Hoops Report has announced on Twitter that ESPN has asked Stacey Poole to wait and announce his college choice on ESPNU Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

I'll have more info shortly...

Monday, September 21, 2009

Chane Behanan's Stock is Rising Rapidly


Bowling Green's Chane Behanan has developed into a hot commodity on the recruiting trail since he decided to decommit from Cincinnati and explore other options.

Behanan, a 6-7 forward in the 2011 class, had an enjoyable visit to Kentucky on Saturday. Today, he had a meeting with Western Kentucky assistant David Boyden. Tonight, he received a visit from West Virginia's Bob Huggins. Immediately after that, he was visited by Oklahoma State's Travis Ford and his entire coaching staff.

Tomorrow, Behanan will entertain Mississippi State's Rick Stansbury and his coaching staff.

Bowling Green head coach D.G. Sherrill says, "Chane is excited. He is really enjoying the recruiting process.

"He has great physical size and all the tools to succeed. What is probably more impressive than his basketball skills is that he's a great kid. He's just a quality young man."

Sherrill has been contacted by an impressive list of high-major NCAA Division I coaches that are either actively recruiting or hoping to start recruiting Behanan.

He has received offers from Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, Western Kentucky, West Virginia, Xavier and Ohio State. In addition, he is being actively recruited by Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Purdue, Tennessee and Mississippi State.

Sherrill says, "The coaches are basically all impressed with how well put-together Chane is. He is a solid 6-7, 235-pound kid that can handle the ball and shoot. They think he can come in an play immediately."

Chane Behanan is a name basketball fans in the state of Kentucky need to be aware of. His basketball future is bright.

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Rajon Rondo Attends Kaiserslautern Opening in Germany


By: Mark Abramson, Stars and Stripes

The Kaiserslautern Military Community Center opened Monday morning with long check-out lines, the traditional ribbon-cutting and an NBA champion signing autographs.

According to Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials, the new exchange on Ramstein Air Base is the largest in the world at 165,000 square feet. It opened after nearly four years of construction-related delays in the same complex as a 350-room hotel and shopping center.

"It’s been spectacular. It’s been a great opening," Army Lt. Col. Wayne Marotto, AAFES spokesman, said. "It’s 1300 on a Monday and there are a lot of people here, I’m just wondering what it’s going to be like on the weekend."

The exchange’s Power Zone electronics area, toys and sporting goods were among the most packed sections of the store. Kids tested their gaming skills on various consoles and airmen and soldiers lounged in home theater chairs watching movies on massive flat-screen televisions.

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo drew more people as he signed newly purchased basketballs and posed for pictures with fans outside the exchange’s entrance.

But despite the crowds, everything went smoothly and the large turnout did not seem to cause any parking problems, Marotto said.

The line to get on base, however, was a little longer than usual, stretching to the visitor center at the West Gate. And Air Force Security Forces airmen directed traffic at the roundabout entrance to the exchange parking lot.

Blue Ribbon Magazine Picks WKU to Win the Sun Belt

Blue Ribbon Magazine projects the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers to repeat at Sun Belt Champions and they predict that WKU guard A.J. Slaughter will be the conference Player of the Year.

BLUE RIBBON FORECAST
SEPTEMBER 21, 2009

EAST DIVISION

1. WKU
2. Troy
3. Middle Tennessee
4. South Alabama
5. Florida Atlantic
6. FIU

WEST DIVISION

1. North Texas
2. UALR
3. Louisiana-Lafayette
4. Denver
5. Arkansas State
6. ULM
7. New Orleans

ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

G -- Brandon Hazzard (Troy, Sr.)
G -- AJ Slaughter (WKU, Sr.)
F -- Nate Rohnert (Denver, Sr.)
F -- Eric Tramiel (North Texas, Sr.)
F -- Desmond Yates (Middle Tennessee, Sr.)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

AJ Slaughter (WKU, Sr.)

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Billy Humphrey (New Orleans, Sr.)

Source: WKUSports.com

Louisville Will Host NCAA Tournament Games in 2012


The University of Louisville will serve as the host institution for the First and Second Rounds of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship to be played March 15 and 17, 2012 in the new downtown Louisville arena. The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee today announced the 36 cities that will serve as hosts to first- and second-round and regional games for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 championships.

Construction is in progress on the $238 million downtown arena in Louisville which is scheduled to open in November, 2010. The 22,000 seat state-of-the-art facility will include 71 private suites, 62 loge boxes and a host of amenities for fans. U of L will play its 54th and final year in Freedom Hall this season before moving to the new arena.

It is the second NCAA Championship event that has been scheduled for the new arena. U of L, partnered with the Louisville Arena Authority, the Kentucky State Fair Board, the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau and Greater Louisville Sports Commission will host the 2012 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship on December 13-15, 2012 in the new facility.

Twelve previous NCAA men's basketball championship events have been played in Louisville. U of L last served as host for an NCAA event in 1991, when Freedom Hall was the site for the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Southeast Region. Additional NCAA events that have been staged in Louisville include the 1987 NCAA Southeast Regional, 1983 NCAA Midwest Region First and Second Rounds, the 1960, 1961 and 1976 Midwest Regionals, and six NCAA Final Fours (1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1967, 1969). U of L also served as host for 11 conference tournament championships between 1976 and 2003.

Further information on the event, including ticket availability, will be announced at a later date. Louisville is one of eight first and second round sites in 2012 which will each feature eight teams in the early rounds of the national championship.

Source: Press Release from Louisville

Ex-Tiger Derrick Miller Leads Team to Huge Upset Win

Former Georgetown Tiger Derrick Miller and his Sacachispas team pulled off the seasons first true upset in Paraguay's National League. Sacachispas, which entered the game at 0-4, gave Libertad its first loss of the season by a shocking score of 100-79.

Miller, who leads the team in scoring average, was the game's leading scorer with 25 points.

The previous night, Sacachispas lost 84-76 to Sol de America. Miller scored 24 points in the loss.

Related News:

- Former Western Kentucky Hilltopper Orlando Mendez-Valdez had 11 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals as his Halcones UV Xalapa team defeated Panteras De Aguascalientes 90-76.

Sources: EuroBasket.com and LatinBasket.com

Halcones is off to a perfect 4-0 start in Mexico's LNBP League.

- Deteri Mayes exploded for 29 points in a 97-89 victory over Ulm from the German Bundesliga. Mayes, a former Murray State Racer, plays for Gmunden in Austria's A Bundesliga. Gmunden remains undefeated in pre-season action.

Mayes scored 17 poinsts in an 88-81 victory over Geoplin Ljubljana.

John Pelphrey Works to Regain Control at Arkansas


University of Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey has worked with the Arkansas administration to implement new regulations that will address several negative issues that have occurred within the program.

"We have completed our review of the matters concerning the conduct of members of our basketball team," Pelphrey said. "Although the student-athletes involved have been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing, we expect Razorback student-athletes to adhere to a higher standard and code of conduct. We will continue to address disciplinary issues in a straightforward manner as we fulfill our mission to develop our student-athletes to their fullest potential as students, student-athletes, citizens and young adults.

"While I am not permitted under federal privacy laws to disclose specific actions involving individual student-athletes, I know Razorback fans want to be confident that these matters have been dealt with seriously. I can assure you that there will be meaningful consequences for those individuals who have violated team rules and have not met the expectations of conduct required of our student-athletes. These sanctions and corrective measures will be applied on an individual basis but include suspensions from multiple athletic competitions, supplemental mandatory educational programming, community service requirements and additional conditioning and training regimens. I appreciate the continued support of the Razorback fans as we address these issues and move forward individually and collectively as a team representing the University of Arkansas."

The individual sanctions and corrective measures for team members will include, among other actions, the following:

* Multiple-game suspensions ranging from two to three games based upon a variety of considerations;
* Individualized meetings with an appropriate professional regarding decision-making choices;
* Individualized educational meetings concerning the Universitys policies;
* Community service activities; and
* Any future violations of team rules or Athletic Department policies may result in dismissal from the team.

Pelphrey, a native of Paintsville, had a memorable four-year career for the Kentucky Wildcats.

Source: ArkansasRazorbacks.com

Sunday, September 20, 2009

2010 F Stacey Poole Headed to Kentucky?


I just heard tonight from a good source that Stacey Poole's visit over the weekend went great and he will likely be a Kentucky Wildcat. The official announcement may be this week.

Poole is a 6-5, 200-pound forward from Florida. He ranks #27 on the 2010 Rivals150 List.

While this is obviously unofficial, it appears that Poole may be the first member of Kentucky's 2010 recruiting class.

UPDATE: I wrote this article late and worded it in a confusing fashion. My source called this morning to say that Stacey Poole has NOT committed to Kentucky at this time but unless something changes drastically, he WILL be committing this week. This particular friend has always had solid information so I have no reason to doubt what he/she says. Stay tuned...

UPDATE #2:

Larry Vaught expects Poole to commit to UK

DuPont Manual's Sean Samsel Commits to Findlay

Sean Samsel from DuPont Manual has committed to NCAA DII powerhouse Findlay. Findlay is coming off a 36-0 season that ended with a DII national championship.

Here is a YouTube video of Samsel in Action:

Antwain Barbour Continues to Impress in Pre-Season

Former Kentucky Wildcat Antwain Barbour continues to look impressive in pre-season action for Lagun Aro of Spain's ACB League. In a 67-62 loss to France's Pau-Orthez, Barbour led his team with 21 points.

He has picked up where he left off in 2008-09 when he scored 18.9 points for Spain's Tenerife Rural and 18.8 points for Turkey's Erdemirspor Belediyesi.

Barbour's EuroBasket.com Profile

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