Saturday, April 3, 2010

Marqus Blakely Does a Double Dunk and the John Wall Dance

Daniel Orton to Leave Kentucky but There's a Twist



Kentucky freshman Daniel Orton posted on Facebook tonight that he is leaving Lexington and will be heading to San Francisco.

Here is his post:

Daniel Joseph Orton On to San Fran Tomorrow....time to get to work!

There is a bit of an unexpected twist, however.

He followed that post with one stating that he is leaving Lexington, but will be able to complete his classes remotely.

I honestly had no idea that there was even an option for him to complete his classes from California, but that is what he is stating.

The good news would be that if he can complete his coursework, he will not damage Kentucky's APR and he will be able to hold on to his eligibility - just in case.

The bad news is that his plans are seemingly pretty clear - his mind is set on the NBA and if he is projected this summer where he is projected now, he is likely gone for good.

NOTE: I spoke to UK tonight and there is nothing official on Orton's status or future.

Kentucky's Wall, Cousins are NABC All-Americans


The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) has released its All-America teams.

Kentucky's John Wall has been named to the first team and fellow freshman DeMarcus Cousins has made the second team.

2010 NABC All-America Teams:

First Team:

Sherron Collins, Kansas, 5-11, 205, Senior, Guard, Chicago, Ill.
Wesley Johnson, Syracuse, 6-7, 205, Junior, Forward, Corsicana, Texas
Scottie Reynolds, Villanova, 6-2, 190, Senior, Guard, Herndon, Va.
Evan Turner, Ohio State, 6-7, 205, Junior, Guard, Chicago, Ill.
John Wall, Kentucky, 6-4, 195, Freshman, Guard, Raleigh, N.C.

Second Team

Cole Aldrich, Kansas, 6-11, 245, Junior, Center, Bloomington, Minn.
DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky, 6-11, 270, Freshman, Forward, Mobile, Ala.
Robbie Hummel, Purdue, 6-8, 208, Junior, Forward, Valparaiso, Ind.
Jon Scheyer, Duke, 6-5, 190, Senior, Guard, Northbrook, Ill.
Greivis Vasquez, Maryland, 6-6, 200, Senior, Guard, Caracas, Venezuela

Third Team:

James Anderson, Oklahoma State, 6-6, 210, Junior, Guard, Junction City, Ark.
Da’Sean Butler, West Virginia, 6-7, 230, Senior, Forward, Newark, N.J.
Jimmer Fredette, BYU, 6-2, 195, Junior, Guard, Glens Falls, N.Y.
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame, 6-8, 246, Senior, Forward, Schereville, Ind.
Greg Monroe, Georgetown, 6-11, 247, Sophomore, Center, New Orleans, La.

Butler, Shelvin Mack Advance to NCAA Title Game


(5) Butler 52
(5) Michigan State 50

NCAA Tournament National Semifinal

Game recap by AllKYHoops.com:

The Butler Bulldogs have continued an improbable run to secure a spot in the NCAA national championship game after a 52-50 victory over Michigan State.

The Bulldogs are one win away from the school's first-ever national championship.

Butler (33-4) was led by Gordon Hayward with 19 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Lexington native Shelvin Mack, from Bryan Station High School, added 14 points.

Durrell Summers led the Spartans (28-9) with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Korie Lucious and Draymond Green add 12 points each.

Neither team shot the ball particularly well, but Butler was able to win the low-scoring battle by knocking down 17-24 (70.8%) free throws and forcing Michigan State into committing 16 turnovers.

The Bulldogs advance the title game where they will meet the winner of West Virginia and Duke.

Dates Set for Morehead State Basketball Team Camp



MOREHEAD, Ky.—Morehead State men’s basketball will hold its annual summer team camps beginning June 10 at MSU’s two primary basketball arenas, Ellis T. Johnson Arena and Wetherby Gymnasium.

The camp, which runs in two sessions, one June 10-12 and the other June 18-20, will feature four levels of play, seven games per team with KHSAA or certified officials. There will be athletic trainers on staff, campers will stay in air conditioned dorms within walking distance of the gyms. There will be a camp store for refreshments and t-shirts for campers and coaches.

The entry fee is $100 per team with per camper fees ranging from $65 to $135 depending on meals and lodging needed.

Questions regarding the camp can be addressed to Joel Zimmerman in the MSU basketball office at 606-783-5143 or via email at j.zimmerman@moreheadstate.edu.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO DOWNLOAD CAMP ENTRY FORM

Calipari Maker's Mark Tickets: Gone in 60 Seconds


The 1,200 tickets for the 2010 Maker's Mark bottle signing honoring Kentucky head coach John Calipari were gone in less than 60 seconds according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Here is an excerpt:

Tickets for the 2010 Maker's Mark bottle signing honoring Kentucky Coach John Calipari sold out in less than a minute, according to Keeneland officials.

The 1,200 available tickets went on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com.


Complete Article

Holmes Forward Jeremiah Johnson Signs with Campbellsville



Jeremiah Johnson, a forward from Covington Holmes, has signed with Campbellsville University.

Johnson averaged 8.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for Holmes this season.

Campbellsville is coming off a tremendous 26-8 season that a top 10 national rankings in NAIA Division I.

Photo: Wayne Litmer, MaxPreps.com

Kentucky's Darnell Dodson May Be Back After All



I just got off the phone with what I consider to be a good source who says Darnell Dodson may be back on the Kentucky roster next season.

There have been rumors that Dodson would be leaving Kentucky and possibly even entering the 2010 NBA Draft, but it seems there is reason to believe he will be back on the UK roster in 2010-11.

A good source told me this morning, "Darnell did have some issues that could lead to a Kentucky departure, but those things are being handled efficiently. I don't think there's any decisions made at this point. There will probably be something set in stone within the next couple of weeks."

When I asked the source his opinion on the matter, he responded, "I fully expect Darnell Dodson to be on the Kentucky roster next season, but that is my opinion only based on what I know of the situation."

From the sounds of it, there's still a chance it could go either way, but I personally feel a little better about Dodson's situation after hearing those comments.

Joe Crawford is Finding His Groove in China



Former Kentucky Wildcat guard Joe Crawford is off to an excellent start in China's top-level CBA League.

Crawford, who plays for Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing, is averaging 20.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in his first three games in China.

He scoring 13 in his first game, but picked it up in the other two - scoring 27 and 22. He was 5-10 from long range in the last two games.

Crawford was drafted by the Lakers out of Kentucky, but ended up in the D-League. He worked himself into a stint with the New York Knicks, but found himself in the D-League again to start this season.

He was averaging 17.8 points and 3.1 assists with the Los Angeles D-Fenders this season before choosing to relocate to China.

Former Hilltopper Elgrace Wilborn Stays in Uruguay

Former Western Kentucky forward Elgrace Wilborn will remain in Uruguay for the upcoming Metropolitan League.

The league is scheduled to begin on April 16th.

Wilborn, a 6-8 force in the paint, has spent time in Spain, the NBA D-League and the ABA. Most recently, he played for Trouville in Uruguay.

He is an athletic big man that transferred to Western Kentucky in 2003-04 from Tennessee.

Here is a video of Elgrace in the 2006 NCAA Slam Dunk contest:



Related News:

- Future Hilltopper Brandon "Snap" Peters has indeed qualified academically. There were rumors recently that he failed to get the required SAT score, but he his new score was more than enough. Peters should be good to go for WKU.

John Wall Says Time at Word of God Changed His Life



Kentucky freshman John Wall told Dave Shore of 99.9 FM The Fan ESPN Radio that his time at Word of God Christian Academy changed hi life and coming to Kentucky made it even better.

Here is an excerpt:

"When I went to Word of God Christian Academy it changed my life, so coming to Kentucky made it even better," Wall said. "Kentucky made it even better, a great state for basketball just like back home. They love Carolina and Duke and here they love their fans the same way."

Complete Article

Billy Kennedy May Be in Play at Tulane After All


Tammy Nunez of The Times-Picayune writes that it may not be as far-fetched for Tulane to get Murray State's Billy Kennedy as it seems.

Kennedy did sign a four-year contract extension within the past week, but the contract buyout is only $50,000 according to WPSD TV in Paducah.

His contract includes a base salary of about $225,000 at Murray State. The Tulane position will reportedly make between $320,000-400,000.

Nunez states, "Kennedy did not answer interview requests from The Times-Picayune of WPSD."

Friday, April 2, 2010

Ex-Cat Rajon Rondo Breaks Celtics' Assists Record



Former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo has surpassed the legendary Bob Cousy for the Celtics' single-season franchise record.

With his 10 assists tonight, Rondo now has 724 assists this season, breaking Cousy's mark of 715 in 1959-60.

Rondo finished tonight's 119-114 loss to Houston with 23 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 steals.

Catching Up On a Few Coaching Carousel Rumors


I wanted to take an opportunity to pass along a couple of coaching rumors that have surfaced late this week:

- A former coach reports on his blog that he's hearing Murray State head coach Billy Kennedy is a candidate for the Tulane job; this comes even after Kennedy signed a recent contract extension

- Jeff Goodman is hearing that Louisville assistant Ralph Willard may be returning to his head coaching position at Holy Cross

- Goodman also added that Reggie Theus interviewed for the DePaul head coaching position yesterday; that is important to Kentucky fans as assistant Rod Strickland has been a name mentioned in that search

- Some possible names tied to the Iona job are Louisville assistant Steve Masiello and Florida assistant Richard Pitino (Rick's son)

Daniel Orton Explains His Situation on Twitter

Kentucky big man Daniel Orton sent the following out to his followers on Twitter a few minutes ago:

danielorton33 3 things I want to address: 1. I've never been a me first person. I came to UK bc I loved the fans. I care what they think of me.

danielorton33 2. I have a great relationship w ALL the coaches 3. Demarcus is a GREAT player and he made me better and he deserves all the praise and

danielorton33 accolades he's received

danielorton33 Please understand my dad lost the love of his life of 23 yrs. He is a great father and a great example of a strong Christian man.

danielorton33 We are a very humble family. Its been an emotional year and a half. We are all still grieving bc my mom was our rock.

These messages have been followed by out pours of love and support for Orton by many of his followers.

C.J. Leslie Expected to Visit Connecticut

Kentucky 2010 recruit C.J. Leslie is expected to visit Connecticut in two weeks.

Courant.com reports that he will likely make the visit after the Jordan Brand Classic on April 17 at Madison Square Garden.

The site says:

That is a very encouraging sign, an elite player scheduling a visit this late in the process - three days after the spring signing period begins. According the rivals.com, Leslie is the 14th best overall player and fourth best power forward in the high school senior class.

And, in case you didn't already know...Leslie can do this:

Pitino, Calipari are Coaches You Would Want on Your Team


NorthJersey.com lists 10 coaches you would want on your team - 5 with national championships and 5 without.

Rick Pitino makes the list of coaches with a title and John Calipari makes the list of coaches that are still trying to win a crown.

Here is an excerpt on each:

Rick Pitino: Pitino and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim have one championship apiece, but what separates Pitino from his Big East Conference rival is that Pitino has brought three teams (Providence, Kentucky, Louisville) to the Final Four, winning with Kentucky in 1996. Now that he has survived his off-the-court situation in Louisville, Pitino can go about the task of making the Cardinals a Final Four-worthy team again. He tutored Billy Donovan, who’s won two national titles at Florida.

John Calipari: He’s taken two schools to the Final Four and might have won the title with Memphis two years ago if his players shot better from the foul line and he exhibited better time management late in regulation. He’s not a great in-game tactician, but he’s always going to have top players, especially if he stays at Kentucky. He could have a national championship before too long.

Video: Georgetown College Basketball 2009-10

Ex-Cat Derrick Miller Accepts Plea Bargain in Ticket Scam



Former Kentucky Wildcat Derrick Miller has entered pleas to five counts of theft by deception according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The Commonwealth's Attorney wants three years in prison for Miller on one count and 12 months each on the other four. The prosecutor is also recommending restitution of $13,500.

Judge Kimberly Bunnell set Miller's sentencing for April 23.

UPDATE: Amazingly enough, it turns out that his actual name is Derrick Millar. It has been spelled incorrectly for decades.

An interesting note - I grabbed his autograph on a field trip to UK once in the early 90's. He signed his own name "Derrick Miller".

Florida May Battle WKU for Chris Denson

Western Kentucky has offered a scholarship to 2010 point guard Chris Denson, but it appears they will face stiff competition from several other schools, including Florida.

Excerpt of article from OrlandoSentinel.com:

Three-star Midland (Ga.) Shaw point guard Chris Denson was unheralded during the AAU season, but after a strong senior year, Florida is one of a couple high-major schools recruiting him.

The Gators, who desperately need another point guard for the 2010 class, have visited the 6-foot-2 Denson twice and are waiting on the decisions of higher-profile guards before making an offer, according to Shaw High School coach Terry White said.

“They have a couple of guys ahead of him, so it looks like they are waiting on a couple of All-Americans,” White said. “Chris doesn’t take that as disrespect, he just wants to play high-major basketball.”

Players Who Should Go Back to School: Daniel Orton


An article on BleacherReport.com list ten players who should go back to college.

Coming in at No. 6 on the list is Kentucky's own Daniel Orton:

“You know, if I’m a lottery pick, it’s something I have to think about," he said. We'd advise him that even if he somehow plays his way into the lottery he should return to Kentucky and shoot for the top five.

Orton has a great combination of size and soft hands. He's an effective inside scorer and an efficient rebounder, who by all accounts is a great role player based on his acceptance of the limited role with Kentucky this season. In a starring role he could put up numbers similar to DeMarcus Cousins and see himself at the top of the 2011 draft.

Yates High School Star Elton Roy Interested in Murray State


RCSSports.com in Houston reports that Elton Roy from Yates High School (Tx.) is very interested in Murray State.

Here is an excerpt:

Yates HS star Elton Roy phoned in and chatted regarding his current recruiting status while confirming that he is most interested in Northeastern and Murray State. One of the main reasons there are so many unsigned seniors is the fact that they defer taking the college entrance exams until the last minute. Roy has indeed taken the test, but has yet to be scheduled an official visit at either of those schools.

Roy, a 6-2 shooting guard on arguably the nation's top-rated high school team, receives a scouts grade of 85 from ESPN.com. They rank him as the 118th best shooting guard in the 2010 class.

Jalen Steele Asks for Release from Auburn; Had WKU Offer


Jalen Steele, a 2010 recruit from Fulton High School (Tn.), has asked for a release from his Letter-of-Intent at Auburn University.

Steele, a 6-3 shooting guard who averaged 24 points per game this season, signed with Auburn and coach Jeff Lebo in September. Lebo was fired in March and replaced by Tony Barbee from UTEP.

Steele's high school coach, Jody Wright, stated the following to KnoxNews.com:

"I think that without a doubt Coach Barbee is going to be successful at Auburn, but I just don't know that Jalen felt as comfortable with the situation at Auburn as he did," said Wright. "He may end back up at Auburn. But, at this point, he wanted to ask for his release to see what else is out there."

This is a newsworthy story on here: a) because Auburn is an SEC school and b) because Steele had a scholarship offer from Western Kentucky University.

Besides WKU, he was also being recruited heavily by USC and Marshall.

In the days following Lebo's departure, Wright heard from UCLA, Cincinnati, Florida, Miami, Alabama and Georgia.

Steele is rated as a 3-star prospect by Rivals.com.

Related News:

- There are rumors that Brandon Peters, who has signed with WKU, is having some issues with becoming eligible for 2010. I am looking into it and for now, consider it a rumor only.

Ohio State's Evan Turner Named AP Player of the Year

Ohio State junior Evan Turner has won the AP Player of the Year award in a landslide.

Turner captured 54 of the 65 votes - 45 more than runner-up John Wall of Kentucky.

Da'Sean Butler of West Virginia and Luke Harangody of Notre Dame each received one vote.

Turner averaged 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game.

Louisville or Kentucky Decision Coming for Elisha Justice?


Kentucky head coach John Calipari called Shelby Valley's Elisha Justice last night to gauge his interest in possibly playing for the Kentucky Wildcats.

Justice, a 5-11 point guard and 2010 Mr. Basketball, has committed to Louisville as a walk-on.

I have confirmed that Calipari was talking scholarship opportunities with Justice during the call.

Jody Demling of the Courier-Journal reported last night that Calipari told Justice he was "expecting to lose a lot of guys."

I interviewed Shelby Valley head coach Jason Booher last weekend and he said that while he cannot speak for Justice, his opinion is that Justice would listen to a high-major DI school that offered a scholarship.

Calipari told Justice to think about things and talk it over with his family.

My Thoughts:

Yes, Justice is a little-undersized at 5-11 and yes high-major DI will be a different level of speed and athleticism than high school - no question.

But, here's why I like this move:

1. Justice has led his team to a state championship, won Mr. Basketball and been named Gatorade Player of the Year in Kentucky; they don't just hand those things out for free - he can play.

2. If UK lands Justice, they get a 4-year player that is as good of a kid as you'll find anywhere; he will be a tremendous leader on and off the court and he will win Big Blue Nation over the first time he steps on the court. Let me reiterate - he can also play some basketball.

3. Louisville and Kentucky are arch rivals and there's no love lost between Pitino and Calipari; that being said, why not steal a Louisville recruit away and give him the scholarship that Pitino has not given him? That is a pretty solid way to deliver a swift kick to your rivals' solar plexus.

4. If 80% of the UK roster really does leave, Kentucky is actually going to need a solid backup point guard.

We're Gonna Need a Bigger NCAA Tournament Bracket


Based on conversations yesterday in Indianapolis, the NCAA appears to be destined to expand to a new 96-team NCAA Tournament.

Above is what you would be filling in on Selection Sunday.

On a bright note: in ten years, we'll be able to say, "has a 24 ever beaten a 9?"

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Young John Wall Dancer Meets His Heroes

Remember young Brennen Callahan?



He and his dad (Brian) made the most of a great opportunity at the Rupp Awards banquet:



Wall signed an SI cover and the UK jersey that Brennen wore in the infamous YouTube video.



Brian and Brennen with Kentucky head coach John Calipari



Wall at the banquet table

Patrick Patterson Gets a Fan Surprise



Check out the article by KYKernel.com

AJC Interviews Ex-Cat Jeff Sheppard


Today, AJC.com has a brief interview with former Kentucky star Jeff Sheppard.

Here is an excerpt:

Q: What do you remember most about visiting the White House after winning the championship?

A: I guess my most vivid memory is the Secret Service asking me to take my hands out of my pockets as President Clinton got close to shaking my hand. I actually got reprimanded by the Secret Service. That's one of the things that sticks out.

Q: Does it ever strike you as incongruous how your career -- going from Peachtree City to Kentucky and winning an NCAA title -- played out?

A: I'm a big believer that God has a plan for my life and everything that happened has happened because of God's timing and his purpose. As a boy, I dreamed about playing basketball at Kentucky. I wrote a paper in the sixth grade about wanting to go to the Final Four with Kentucky, so to be able to live that dream, I'm just very fortunate, very blessed, to be able to live the dream and develop the relationships with the people that I have along the way. No, I don't consider it chance or luck or anything. Just a real blessing.

Complete Interview

Wall, Cousins are Wooden All-Americans


Kentucky freshmen John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins have been named to the John R. Wooden Award All-American Team.

They are the only two Southeastern Conference players named to the team.

Men’s 2010 John R. Wooden Award All American Team

Name Height Class Position University Conference

James Anderson 6-6 Jr. G Oklahoma State Big 12
Da’Sean Butler 6-7 Sr. F West Virginia Big East
Sherron Collins 5-11 Sr. G Kansas Big 12
DeMarcus Cousins 6-11 Fr. F Kentucky SEC
Wesley Johnson 6-7 Jr. F Syracuse Big East
Scottie Reynolds 6-2 Jr. G Villanova Big East
Jon Scheyer 6-5 Sr. G Duke ACC
Evan Turner 6-7 Jr. G/F Ohio State Big Ten
Greivis Vasquez 6-6 Sr. G Maryland ACC
John Wall 6-4 Fr. G Kentucky SEC

WKU's A.J. Slaughter Hires an Agent



Western Kentucky guard A.J. Slaughter has acquired an agent to assist with his professional career.

Slaughter signed with Stu Lash of Experience BEST Sports marketing.

He plans to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament that begins April 7 and runs through April 10.

Source

Related News:

- WKU has extended an official offer to Chris Denson, a 2010 point guard that I mentioned a few days back.

Ex-Georgetown Star Craig Schoen is Chilling in Iceland


Former Georgetown College college player Craig Schoen is shining in an unlikely place - Iceland.

Excerpt of article from CorydonDemocrat.com:

Korfuknattleiksfelag Isafjaroar, better known as KFI, is where former South Central basketball standout Craig Schoen is continuing his career.

At 26, Schoen completed his second season playing professional basketball overseas in Iceland and has since returned to Elizabeth for the off-season.

From September to April, Schoen lives in an apartment with a roommate in Isafjorour, Iceland, a town of about 3,000 people.

"The bad thing is, there is nothing really to do," Schoen said. "The closest city of any size is five hours away, which pretty much is the only city in Iceland."

Complete Article

John Wall Named National Freshman of the Year


Kentucky's John Wall has been named National Freshman of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.

National Freshman of the Year

John Wall, Kentucky

Few freshmen in the history of the game had the instant impact that John Wall had for Kentucky this season. He and fellow freshman phenom DeMarcus Cousins became the first Kentucky teammates to make the AP All-America first team since Ralph Beard and Alex Groza in 1949.

Wall's floor leadership and ability to score in transition propelled Kentucky to a 13-win improvement over the 2008-09 season. He set a school record for assists with 241 and his average of 6.5 assists ranked third nationally. He averaged 16.9 points a contest and his 616 total points are a school record for freshmen. He also led the Wildcats with 66 steals.

The Bob Cousy Award Goes to Greivis Vasquez


Maryland's Greivis Vasquez has been awarded the Bob Cousy Award, which is given to the nation's top point guard.

Kentucky's John Wall was one of the six finalists for the award.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that Greivis Vasquez from the University of Maryland is the winner of the 2010 Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. This annual award is given to college basketball’s top point guard and is named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics guard Bob Cousy. An original list of 73 candidates made up of players from Division I, II and III schools was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally based committee to 20, down to 11, and a final six before voting on the winner of one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards.

“The Hall of Fame is proud to present one of college basketball’s premier awards to Greivis Vasquez,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Greivis represents the best in the game at his position and truly represents Bob Cousy’s vision for this award.”

"We are proud to congratulate this year’s Bob Cousy Award winner, Greivis Vasquez for demonstrating the values of leadership, vision, teamwork and integrity,” said Mike Concannon, executive vice president of sales and distribution at The Hartford. “These values are shared by The Hartford and reflect the high standards set by Mr. Cousy to inspire people on and off the court to achieve what is ahead of them.”

Vasquez, a senior from Caracas, Venezuela, averaged 19.6 points per game for Maryland this season while recording 6.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. He led Maryland to a 24-9 record, a share of the ACC regular-season title and an NCAA tournament berth. Vasquez is a Wooden Award Finalist, was named as the ACC’s Player of the Year, and was named to The Sporting News First-Team All-America.

Vasquez ranks second on Maryland’s all-time lists in career points (2,171) and career assists (772). He is the only player in ACC history to record at least 2,000 points, 700 assists and 600 rebounds in his career. He ranked throughout the season among the top 10 nationally in assists per game in NCAA Division I.

Each of the final six candidates was reviewed by the Hall of Fame’s Blue Ribbon Selection Committee, chaired by former NABC President and Hall of Fame Trustee Ken Kaufman. The Blue Ribbon Selection Committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and Hall of Famers. The 2010 Bob Cousy Award presentation will be on Monday April 5 as part of the Bob Cousy Award Breakfast and Basketball Hall of Fame Class Announcement in Indianapolis at the Final Four.

Previous Winners of the Bob Cousy Award

2004 Jameer Nelson St. Joseph’s
2005 Raymond Felton North Carolina
2006 Dee Brown Illinois
2007 Acie Law Texas A&M
2008 D.J. Augustin Texas
2009 Ty Lawson North Carolina

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About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:

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Doron Lamb and Josh Selby Give Interviews

Josh Selby talks to KentuckySportsNetwork.com:



Doron Lamb speaks with Box of M.E.S.S.:

John Calipari Recaps the 2009-10 Basketball Season

Kentucky head coach John Calipari recaps the season before he departs for Indianapolis.

Some interesting quotes:

"A lot of stuff went on this year that will not go on next year. Stuff surrounding the program and different...it will not go on next year. This will be that kind of program. This is not a CYO team. This is a major college, maybe the best, in the country."



Video from CoachCalipari's YouTube Channel

Update on Darnell Dodson Rumors


I spoke with a good source this morning about the rumors of Darnell Dodson leaving Kentucky to pursue a professional career.

Apparently, Kentucky freshman DeMarcus Cousins made some statements last night at the McDonald's All-American game in Columbus about Dodson. DraftExpress.com reported that Cousins said Dodson is going pro and Kentucky expects only four players to return from this season's roster.

My friend verified that there is "a decent chance that Dodson will leave."

I expressed my concerns that it is seems unlikely Dodson would be drafted in 2010.

He responded, "if he (Dodson) indeed leaves Kentucky, it will be because of non-basketball related stuff."

I feel that anything beyond basketball is between Dodson and the UK staff and frankly has no purpose in a public forum.

Two things I take from those comments are that a) there is a good chance Dodson will not be back, but it is certainly not set in stone at this point and b) there are personal reasons why Dodson is considering this decision and that should be respected as such.

My Thoughts: Best of luck Darnell. You'll forever be a Wildcat regardless of what happens.

"One More Year" Rally in Lexington to Keep UK Players



I just received an e-mail about a rally in Lexington tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Kentucky fans have planned a "one more year" gathering at the Pizza Hut on South Limestone tonight to encourage UK players to return to school for another season.

The group will meet at Pizza Hut, then march to Wildcat Lodge.

Just when I thought I'd seen it all, Big Blue Nation raises the bar.

McDonald's All-American Game - Quick Recap


The West team defeated the East 107-104 by virtue of a last-second 3-pointer by Kentucky recruit Brandon Knight.

Knight, who appeared to be out of sync for much of the night, finished with only 9 points, but hit the shot that counted in the final seconds. He finished 3-11 from the field, including only 1-7 from long range.

Harrison Barnes led the West with 18 points on 7-10 shooting.

Terrence Jones added 14 points on 7-11 shooting. Doron Lamb added 12 for the West.

The East squad was led by Jared Sullinger's 22 points and 7 rebounds. Josh Selby added 13 points and 3 assists and C.J. Leslie finished with 7 points and 9 rebounds.

Both teams shot poorly from long range as they went a combined 8-43 from beyond the 3-point line.


NOTES:

- Tennessee recruit Tobias Harris was playing great, but had to leave early with a foot injury. He later confirmed on Twitter that he has a broken bone in his foot.

- Brandon Knight was a little off in this game, but don't fret Kentucky fans - he is a baller.

- After the game, we learned that Selby will not visit Kentucky. He claims he doesn't need to visit to make a decision, but what I'm taking from it is that he is likely heading to Kansas.

- C.J. Leslie is an athletic freak; he would be a huge get for Kentucky

- Terrence Jones is an excellent fit into Kentucky's offensive scheme; he would be a nice player at UK, as well

EKU Assistant Ted Hotaling Takes New Haven Job


Ted Hotaling, Eastern Kentucky's top assistant for the past five years, has taken the head coaching job at the University of New Haven.

Hotaling will replace Al Siebert, who was 43-94 during his six years at the school. New Haven finished 2009-10 with a 5-22 record.

Hotaling was an assistant at New Haven in 2000-01. He has also been an assistant at Yale.

He is considered to be an excellent recruiter and said to have many ties in the Connecticut area.


Related News:

- At least one site lists EKU head coach Jeff Neubauer as a coach in the running for the Marshall job.

I am not sure that I trust this site, however, considering they list "Jimmy Kennedy" as a candidate. You know, the head coach at Murray State.

- Taylor Filipek, who has signed with EKU, has been named All-Area in his region of Minnesota; Filipek stars for Willmar (Mn.) High School.

Breaking: John Calipari Close to a Deal with the Nets



I have heard from a good source this morning that John Calipari is very close to accepting a deal to coach the New Jersey Nets in 2010-11.

He is reportedly set to sign a deal that would make him the highest paid coach in NBA history.

Calipari led the Kentucky Wildcats to a 35-3 record, SEC regular season and tournament championships and an Elite 8 appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

There has been speculation that Calipari would be in the running for the job and now it appears a deal is close.

My Thoughts: Today is the only day of the year that I would report such garbage. : )

Stay tuned throughout the day as we look into transfer rumors, NBA Draft rumors, recruiting rumors and news from around the state. If today is anything like yesterday, it's going to be a long (but very fun) day.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Jon Hood Transfer Rumor Can Stop Now



With all the crazy rumors swirling around the Kentucky basketball program right now, there is at least one that can be squashed.

Jon Hood is not leaving UK.

Brian Hood, Jon's father, told WKYT's Steve Moss that his son is returning and that any talk of a transfer is just that.

Source: Josh Selby Will Not Visit Kentucky

TheShiver.com reports late tonight that 2010 point guard Josh Selby will not visit Kentucky.

They added this comment via Twitter:

KUTheShiver Selby on Collins role at KU and possibly filling it.'I love that role.'

The long-time prophecy that Selby is Kansas-bound appears to be playing out as planned for the Jayhawks.

My Thoughts: I'm sticking with Knight to UK and Selby to KU...

Update on Daniel Orton Situation

Larry Vaught has a tremendous article up about the Daniel Orton situation. I'll let you read the article on his site, but here are a few interesting excerpts:

Orton's father confirms NBA intentions:

“Daniel is going into the draft,” his father, Larry Orton, said Wednesday. “He’s going into training. He’s going to drop his classes just in case he needs to come back (to UK), but the plan is for him to be in the draft.”

Orton will drop classes and leave UK:

He said his son attended classes Wednesday but will leave for California Sunday. Larry Orton will remain in Lexington working until after the draft.

Perhaps the most interesting comment:

“He has a lot of stuff people have not seen. If he had played more, he would have made DeMarcus look bad. I am not saying that because he is my son. It’s just that I know what he can do. He’s very smart and very skilled.

Definitely a must-read article by the always good Larry Vaught.

Kentucky's Darnell Dodson to Enter NBA Draft?


There are rumors surfacing tonight that Darnell Dodson may be leaving Kentucky, as well.

DeMarcus Cousins told DraftExpress.com tonight that Dodson will be leaving and Calipari is expecting four Kentucky players to return next season.

DraftExpress.com posted the following on Twitter:

DraftExpress Twitter DeMarcus Cousins here in Columbus. Apparently saying Darnell Dodson is declaring for draft & that Cal told him only 4 UK players returning

My Thoughts: I will openly admit that I did not see this coming at all. I have heard rumor after rumor of transfers and draft entrants but I heard nothing about Dodson.

This comes as a total shock and makes me wonder why Dodson would consider leaving Kentucky?

Houston Hires James Dickey; Not Billy Gillispie



The University of Houston has hired former Texas Tech head coach James Dickey to coach their men's basketball program.

There has been mass speculation that former Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie would be the choice, but Houston went a different direction. (Source: Chron.com)

My Thoughts: Is this the worst hire in basketball this season?

Daniel Orton to Enter NBA Draft, Not Hire Agent



UPDATE: UK has released the following statement from Daniel Orton:

"I have not declared for the NBA Draft. I'm currently weighing my options and will make a decision prior to the deadline."--Daniel Orton

UPDATE #2: Orton's father told Larry Vaught that Daniel is dropping his UK classes and leaving the school to train for the NBA.

“Daniel is going into the draft,” his father, Larry Orton, said Wednesday. “He’s going into training. He’s going to drop his classes just in case he needs to come back (to UK), but the plan is for him to be in the draft.”

Kentucky freshman big man Daniel Orton will test the NBA Draft waters, but will not hire an agent according to his father.

Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader has some quotes from Orton's father, Larry:

Larry Orton made it sound like his son would enter the draft in order to learn how viable he was as a NBA prospect. “Just to see where he is,” the player’s father said.

The possibility of returning to Kentucky to be the main man around the basket would not be a prime factor in his son’s thinking, Larry Orton said.

“I don’t see that as a big deal,” the elder Orton said.


Tipton's Complete Article

It is important to note that underclassmen have until May 8 to withdraw their names and return to college.

My Thoughts: I think it is a wise move to test the waters and see a) what the process is all about and b) see where you really stand.

Orton is projected in the 10-15 range on most boards I have checked out. If that holds, he'll have to choose between being a top 15 pick in 2010 or returning to UK to be the big man on campus and possibly improving standing in 2011.

Ex-Cat Dale Brown is in a Battle for Program's Survival


Former Kentucky Wildcat Dale Brown is the head coach at Dillard University, an NAIA program in New Orleans.

The school and surrounding area suffered severe damage during Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath has left Dillard's basketball program in shambles.

After reading Brown's note to Alan Cutler a few days back, I decided to give him a buzz and see how things are going.

"We're having an extremely difficult time right now," Brown explained. "I'm trying to get some uniforms and other equipment ordered right now and can use any extra help I can get."

He continued, "I'm doing all I can as far as trying to raise money to help our team's cause, but I'm not really getting any help."

He did add that Travis Ford and Oklahoma State are going to give Dillard an exhibition game in 2010-11, which will offer a payout for Brown's team. Brown would like to make a return to Rupp next season.

"I'm trying to get UK, as well. I actually contacted Coach Robic yesterday," said Brown.

Dillard, coming off a 4-23 season, currently has only three scholarships available for next season.

I asked Brown to pass along what folks can do if they wished to donate money or help out with the program's situation:

"Have them give me a call any time at (504) 419-7772 or donations can be sent to Coach Dale Brown, 1005 Clive Ct., Slidell, LA 70461. Tell your readers God Bless for taking the time to consider our situation," Brown answered.

Kenneth Faried Named to Lefty Driesell Defensive Team


Morehead State's Kenneth Faried has been named to the 2010 Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team.

Solomon Alabi 7-1 So. Florida State
Cole Aldrich 6-11 Jr. Kansas
Keith Benson 6-11 Jr. Oakland
Marqus Blakely 6-5 Sr. Vermont
DeAngelo Casto 6-8 So. Washington State
Devan Downey 5-9 Sr. South Carolina
Kenneth Faried 6-8 Jr. Morehead State
Damion James 6-7 Sr. Texas
Chris Kramer 6-3 Sr. Purdue
Landon Milbourne 6-7 Sr. Maryland
Hamady N'Diaye 6-11 Sr. Rutgers
Jacob Pullen 6-0 Jr. Kansas State
Magnum Rolle 6-0 Jr. Louisiana Tech
Damian Saunders 6-7 Jr. Duquesne
Chris Singleton 6-9 So. Florida State
Lance Thomas 6-8 Sr. Duke
Evan Turner 6-7 Jr. Ohio State
Ekpe Udoh 6-10 Jr. Baylor
Jarvis Varnado 6-9 Sr. Mississippi State
Hassan Whiteside 7-0 Fr. Marshall

Award Selection Committee: Rod Barnes (Georgia State), Matt Brady (James Madison), Adrian Branch (ESPN), Bobby Champagne (North Alabama), Phil Cunningham (Mississippi State), Dave Dickerson (Tulane), Chuck Driesell (Maryland), Lefty Driesell (NCAA Basketball Hall of Fame), Joe Dwyer (CollegeInsider.com), Len Elmore (CBS/ESPN), Billy Hahn (West Virginia), Ron Hunter (IUPUI), Angela Lento (CollegeInsider.com), Phil Martelli (Saint Joseph's), Bob McKillop (Davidson), Kevin O'Neill (USC), Michael Perry (East Carolina), Bill Self (Kansas), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion), Scott Van Pelt (ESPN), Travis Williams (Tennessee State). Source: CollegeInsider.com

Three Wildcats Named to CollegeInsider.com Freshmen Team


Eric Bledsoe, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins have all been named to the 2010 CollegeInsider.com Freshmen All-America Team.

Complete List:

Avery Bradley 6-3 Texas
Alec Burks 6-6 Colorado
Eric Bledsoe 6-1 Kentucky
D.J. Cooper 5-11 Ohio
DeMarcus Cousins 6-11 Kentucky
Derrick Favors 6-10 Georgia Tech
Chris Gaston 6-7 Fordham
Elias Harris 6-7 Gonzaga
Xavier Henry 6-6 Kansas
Desmar Jackson 6-5 Wyoming
Kawhi Leonard 6-7 San Diego State
C.J. McCollum 6-3 Lehigh
Reggie Moore 6-1 Washington State
Derek Needham 5-11 Fairfield
Greg Smith 6-10 Fresno State
Lance Stephenson 6-5 Cincinnati
Brandon Triche 6-4 Syracuse
John Wall 6-4 Kentucky
Hassan Whiteside 7-0 Marshall
Derrick Williams 6-8 Arizona

Faried, Slaughter on Lou Henson All-America Team


Morehead State junior Kenneth Faried and Western Kentucky senior A.J. Slaughter have been named to the 2010 Lou Henson All-America Team.

Lexington native Shelvin Mack (Butler) also made the team.

2010 Lou Henson All-America Team

Keith Benson 6-11 Jr. Oakland
Marqus Blakely 6-5 Sr. Vermont
Matt Bouldin 6-5 Sr. Gonzaga
Noah Dahlman 6-6 Jr. Wofford
Louis Dale 5-11 Sr. Cornell
Kenneth Faried 6-8 Jr. Morehead State
Charles Garcia 6-10 Jr. Seattle
Robert Glenn 6-7 Sr. IUPUI
Andrew Goudelock 6-7 Sr. College of Charleston
Reggie Holmes 6-4 Sr. Morgan State
Matt Howard 6-8 Jr. Butler
Matt Janning 6-4 Sr. Northeastern
Charles Jenkins 6-3 Jr. Hofstra
Anthony Johnson 6-3 Sr. Montana
Orlando Johnson 6-5 So. UC Santa Barbara
Johnathon Jones 5-11 Sr. Oakland
Adam Koch 6-8 Sr. Northern Iowa
David Kool 6-3 Sr. Western Michigan
Gerald Lee 6-10 Sr. Old Dominion
Jeremy Lin 6-3 Sr. Harvard
Shelvin Mack 6-3 So. Butler
Ashton Mitchell 5-11 Sr. Sam Houston State
Artsiom Parakhouski 6-11 Sr. Radford
Larry Sanders 6-11 Jr. VCU
A.J. Slaughter 6-3 Sr. Western Kentucky
Ryan Thompson 6-6 Sr. Rider
Edwin Ubiles 6-6 Sr. Siena
Cameron Wells 6-1 Jr. The Citadel
Ryan Wittman 6-6 Sr. Cornell
Desmond Yates 6-7 Sr. Middle Tennessee

Award Selection Committee: Stephen Bardo (ESPN), Dr. McKinley Boston (New Mexico State), Jimmy Collins (Illinois-Chicago), Mark Coomes (Retired Head Coach), Gene Cross (Former Head Coach Toledo), Chris Crutchfield (Oral Roberts), Tom Douple (Summit League), Joe Dwyer (CollegeInsider.com), Rob Evans (Arkansas), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), John Giannini (La Salle), Ed Groom (Great West Conference), Ted Gumbart (Atlantic Sun Conference), Lou Henson (Former Head Coach Illinois and New Mexico State), Kyle B. Kallander (Big South Conference), Jon Kasper (Big Sky Conference), Angela Lento (CollegeInsider.com), Marvin Menzies (New Mexico State), Scott Nagy South (Dakota State), Frank Sullivan (America East Conference), Riley Wallace (CollegeInsider.com).

Wall, Cousins Named to Lute Olson All-America Team


Kentucky's John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins have been named to the 2010 Lute Olson All-America Team.

2010 Lute Olson All-America Team:

Cole Aldrich 6-11 Jr. Kansas
James Anderson 6-6 Jr. Oklahoma St.
Luke Babbitt 6-9 So. Nevada
Da'Sean Butler 6-7 Sr. West Virginia
Sherron Collins 5-11 Sr. Kansas
DeMarcus Cousins 6-11 Fr. Kentucky
Jordan Crawford 6-4 So. Xavier
Gordon Hayward 6-9 So. Butler
Lazar Hayward 6-6 Sr. Marquette
Damion James 6-7 Sr. Texas
Wesley Johnson 6-7 Jr. Syracuse
Dominique Jones 6-4 Jr. South Florida
Jimmer Fredette 6-2 Jr. Brigham Young
Greg Monroe 6-11 So. Georgetown
Jacob Pullen 6-0 Jr. Kansas State
Scottie Reynolds 6-2 Sr. Villanova
Omar Samhan 6-11 Sr. Saint Mary's
Jon Scheyer 6-5 Sr. Duke
Evan Turner 6-7 Jr. Ohio State
Greivis Vasquez 6-6 Sr. Maryland
John Wall 6-4 Fr. Kentucky

Award Selection Committee:
Jeff Barber (Liberty), Karl Benson (Western Athletic Conference), Ron Bertovich (Colonial Athletic Association), Rick Boyages (Big Ten), Max Casanova (Fox College Sports), Tom Crean (Indiana), Joe Dwyer (CollegeInsider.com), Mike Ellis (Virginia Commonwealth), Jim Harrick (Former UCLA Head Coach), Jordan Hill (New York Knicks), Jay John (California Berkley), Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers), Ken Kavanaugh (Florida Gulf Coast), Steve Kerr (Phoenix Suns), Eric Lautenbach (Nike), Steve Lavin (ESPN), Angela Lento (CollegeInsider.com), Todd Lickliter (Former Iowa Head Coach), Jim Livengood (UNLV), Lute Olson (Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame), Richard Paige University of Arizona), Josh Pastner (Memphis), Russ Pennell (Grand Canyon University), Lorenzo Romar (Washington), Rob Spear (Idaho), Damon Stoudamire (Memphis Grizzlies), Scott Thompson (University of Arizona), Jason Terry (Dallas Mavericks), Larry Williams (Portland), Jamie Zaninovich (West Coast Conference).

Ex-Cat Jared Carter is Having a Successful Pro Season


Former Kentucky Wildcat big man Jared Carter is developing into a nice player for Vermont of the Premier Basketball League.

Carter, who played 4 games in the NBDL in November and December, has been with the Frost Heaves since the beginning of 2010.

He has been in the starting lineup more often than not and is putting together solid averages of 7.9 points and 3.9 rebounds in 16 games. In a recent 7-game stretch, Carter scored double figures in 5 games, including a 16 point effort against Buffalo.


PRP's Jamal Stephenson Commits to Morehead State


Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier-Journal is reporting that 6-8 forward Jamal Stephenson of Pleasure Ridge Park has committed to Morehead State University.

Stephenson will enter the Morehead program as a preferred walk-on in 2010.

He averaged 10.1 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.4 blocked shots at PRP this season. He was a top 25 player in Kentucky's 2010 classe in the preseason rankings.

Murray State Earns OVC Team Sportsmanship Award


Excerpt of press release by the OVC:

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - On Wednesday the Ohio Valley Conference announced that Murray State University is the recipient of the 2009-10 Team Sportsmanship Award for men's basketball.

Voted on by the student-athletes and coaches of the respective sports, the team awards are bestowed upon the Conference squads deemed to have best exhibited the standards of sportsmanship and ethical behavior as outlined by the OVC and NCAA. Included in the areas for evaluation are the conduct of student-athletes, coaches, staff and administrators and fans.

"Without sportsmanship there are truly no meaningful victories," said Beth DeBauche, OVC Commissioner. "The recipients of the OVC Team Sportsmanship awards should accept this award with great pride for their fellow competitors have made it clear their teams exemplify the best in intercollegiate athletics. In receiving this prestigious honor other competitors are saying these student-athletes compete with class, respect their opponents and value fair play. That is quite a compliment as those are all traits that will lead to true victories throughout the course of life."

The 2009-10 school year marks the fifth year the team sportsmanship honors have been awarded. This marks the first award for the Murray State men's basketball program.

Murray State won its 21st OVC regular season championship and 14th OVC tournament championship on its way to a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2009-10. The Racers topped No. 4 seed Vanderbilt in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to No. 5 seed Butler in the second round. Murray State finished the year with 31 victories, the most in OVC history.

"Our team is honored to receive this award from our peers in the OVC," said Billy Kennedy, head basketball coach at Murray State. "It goes to show how our program is thought of and the character our team has shown throughout the season."

Complete Release

Updates on Former Morehead State and WKU Assistants


Here are some updates on a pair of familiar assistant coaches:

- Former Morehead State assistant Barry Wortman (pictured) has resigned as boys' basketball coach at Oak Ridge High School, less than one year after taking the job.

Wortman has accepted the head coaching position at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The decision is said to be based solely on a desire to be closer to his son, Austin, who is a student at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee. (Source: Knoxnews.com)

- Jeff Strohn, a former assistant at Western Kentucky, is one of the five finalists for the head coaching position at St. Michael's College in Vermont (NCAA DII).

Strohn has been an assistant at WKU, Northern Illinois, Utah and Marquette. Most recently, he was the head coach of the Vermont Frost Heaves in the Premier Basketball League. (Source: Hoopdirt.com)

Terrence Jones Named 5A Player of the Year in Oregon

Kentucky 2010 recruit Terrence Jones has been named Class 5A Player of the Year in Oregon.

The Oregonian Class 5A boys basketball all-state

Player of the year: Terrence Jones, sr., Jefferson

Coach of the year: Darren Shryock, Silverton

First team

Terrence Jones, sr., 6-9, F, Jefferson
Michael MacKelvie, sr., 6-3, G, Wilsonville
Stephen Madison, sr., 6-6, F, Jefferson
Kyle Tedder, sr., 6-2, G, Marshfield
Andy Avgi, jr., 6-6, P, Woodburn

Complete Article

Get to know Terrence Jones:

Brandon Knight Hopes to Prove Self in McDonald's Game



Kentucky recruit Brandon Knight hopes to show the world why he was named National Player of the Year tonight during the McDonald's All-American game.

Here is an excerpt from an article by Fabian Lyon on MiamiHerald.com:

Knight, a 6-4 combo guard ranked No. 1 by Rivals.com will vie with hometown favorite Jared Sullinger, a 6-9 center ranked No. 2 by ESPNU 100 and 6-8 forward Harrison Barnes, ranked No. 1 by ESPNU 100, for top billing when the preps showcase gets under way at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

"I am looking forward to the competition and having fun,'' Knight said. "McDonald's is one of the best high school All-American games out. I look forward to playing with all of them. Once you get to that kind of category, with those kind of people and those athletes, you know it will always be a good game.''

Complete Article

Many basketball folks think Knight will end up at Kentucky but he still contends that he is trying to choose between the Wildcats, Kansas, Syracuse, Connecticut and Florida.

Photo: ESPN.com

Bluegrasspreps.com Online Poll: Who Will Not Return to UK


Just for fun, I conducted an online poll on the BluegrassPreps.com message board during the past two days to gain some opinions on who may or may not be leaving UK early.

The poll excluded the three seniors: Mark Krebs, Ramon Harris and Perry Stevenson and included John Calipari for fun.

Keep in mind, the question asked on this poll was: Who will NOT return to UK for 2010-11?

At the time of this article, there were a total of close to 500 votes given and the numbers are as follows:

- John Wall 116
- DeMarcus Cousins 113
- Patrick Patterson 104
- Eric Bledsoe 54
- Jon Hood 26
- Daniel Orton 21
- Josh Harrellson 6
- Darnell Dodson 5
- Darius Miller 2
- DeAndre Liggins 0
- John Calipari 0

Analysis:

The poll shows what most everyone else believes - Wall is certainly gone and you're almost safe to bet the house on Cousins and Patterson, as well.

The majority of voters feel that Eric Bledsoe is likely planning to leave Kentucky also.

I am a bit surprised to find that the next person on the list is Jon Hood. In fact, more people suspect a Hood departure than Daniel Orton, who has openly mentioned his NBA dreams.

No other players (or coach for that matter) received enough votes for discussion.

Using the numbers as an indicator, it appears that many fans are expecting anywhere from 5-6 all the way up to 8-9 new faces on the Kentucky roster next season. That is a massive overhaul no matter how you slice it.

While this is a small sampling of basketball fans, it is always interesting to see what folks are thinking. As we progress through Spring and into Summer, it will be interesting to review the poll and see how things matchup.

By the way, if you enjoy good, clean message board discussions that are suitable for kids through adults, I recommend checking out Bluegrasspreps.com.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Doron Lamb and C.J. Leslie Talk Recruitng and Who's Leaving



Above video has nice information from two Kentucky recruits: Doron Lamb and C.J. Leslie

Video below is a complete interview with Leslie.



Videos courtesy: http://www.kentuckysportsnetwork.com/

Clips of Great 1992 Duke Shot Should be Viewed in Entirety

Linda Negro of Courierpress.com writes that she is tired of seeing CBS play highlights of Christian Laettner's buzzer-beater in 1992 that prevented Kentucky from a Final Four appearance.

She is not tired of seeing the great shot. Rather, she is tired of CBS not telling the complete story.

Here is an excerpt:

The shot in the East Regional finals in 1992 is inappropriate because it is out of context. It leaves out a crucial bit of inappropriate behavior by the "star" just moments before.

Please, CBS, roll the tape back a few minutes and show the true side of Laettner, who should not have been in the game for the final shot. If Bob Knight had been the coach, I suspect Laettner wouldn't have been.

If CBS doesn't roll back the tape, you can find the clip on YouTube at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AwYVTB2rZw. There you will see Laettner purposefully stomping on the chest of Aminu Timberlake, whom he had just knocked to the floor.

Complete Article

And the clip (which makes DeMarcus Cousins look like an angel):

Chris Denson is Undecided but Likes Western Kentucky


College Heights Herald Sports Toppertalk site reports that 2010 point guard Chris Denson is liking Western Kentucky.

Terry White, his coach at Shaw High School (Ga.) told Toppertalk:

"He’s liking Western Kentucky as an option."

Denson is listed as a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com and is talking to Florida and Connecticut. He holds offers from Buffalo and UNC-Greensboro.

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