Saturday, April 17, 2010

Terrence Jones Says He Will Visit Kansas Soon

There have been rumors floating around for the past few days that Terrence Jones may be rekindling interest with the Kansas Jayhawks.

Tonight, (a Kansas site) reports on Twitter that Jones has stated that he will take a visit to Kansas soon.

Here is the message from Twitter:

KUTheShiver Terrence Jones said he is planning a visit to KU.

Jones was thought to be down to Kentucky, Oregon, Washington, UCLA and Oklahoma.

I guess we can now add Kansas back to the list.


Doron Lamb Confirms His Commitment to Kentucky

Doron Lamb just announced live at the Jordan Brand Classic that he will attend the University of Kentucky.

Lamb is an explosive shooting guard that will give Kentucky a consistent outside shooter.

He joins Brandon Knight, Enes Kanter and Stacey Poole in Kentucky's 2010 recruiting class.

UK head coach John Calipari has stated previously that he intends to add 5-6 scholarship players for 2010.

Breaking: Josh Selby Commits to Kansas

Josh Selby just announced during a timeout at the Jordan Brand Classic that he will attend Kansas.

There was some buzz late today that Tennessee might have a better chance than some anticipate, but as many have expected for a good while, he chose Kansas.


NOTE: Doron Lamb will make his decision soon

Ex-Cat Mark Pope Leaves Georgia, Heads to Wake Forest

Former Kentucky big man Mark Pope will leave the University of Georgia staff to take an assistant's position at Wake Forest.

Pope took the entry-level position with Georgia in hopes of landing a coaching job and his plan has worked.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that an announcement concerning Pope will come next week "after he completes Wake Forest's hiring process.

Pope left medical school at Columbia and accepted a $35,000-a-year staff position with Georgia. His job was described by a colleague as one that handled "the smallest details for the Bulldogs, anything from socks to jocks to keeping the student managers on task."

Videos: Oak Hill Academy's Doron Lamb

Lamb blows up for 49 points earlier in the season:

Ricardo Ratliffe May Try to Leave Missouri if Anderson Does

I spoke to JUCO star Ricardo Ratliffe last night about his thoughts on Missouri head coach Mike Anderson considering the vacant job at Oregon.

I was told of a rumor that Ratliffe might ask out of his letter of intent if Anderson does in fact leave.

Ratliffe said, "yeah, that's true."

It seems that Ratliffe felt confident that Anderson would stick with the Tigers, but reported yesterday that the Oregon search has turned to the Missouri head man.

Here is an excerpt:

Oregon asked for permission to speak with Missouri coach Mike Anderson late Thursday night after it had already spoken with him at a golf event in El Paso, Texas.

A Missouri official confirmed Friday that Oregon, which fired Ernie Kent a month ago, asked to speak with Anderson. The Oregonian first reported that Anderson and former athletic director Pat Kilkenny, who is leading the job search, met Anderson earlier Thursday in Texas at Nolan Richardson's golf tournament. Anderson was on Richardson's coaching staffs at Tulsa and Arkansas.

The rumor I was given is that Ratliffe might take a look at the Kentucky Wildcats if he decides to leave Missouri. I asked him if that portion of the rumor is true.

"Nah," Ratliffe answered.

Brandon Knight Signs Financial Aid Agreement, Not LOI

There has been a buzz about Brandon Knight only signing a financial aid agreement with Kentucky and not a National Letter of Intent.

Here is an excerpt of an article from that explains:

High school star Brandon Knight has signed a financial aid agreement to play basketball at Kentucky.

The school announced the signing on Friday, two days after Knight said he would play for the Wildcats during a nationally televised press conference.

Knight did not sign a letter of intent, as most recruits do, though the agreement is binding. Most incoming recruits sign both the letter of intent and the financial aid agreement.

Not signing the LOI would make it easier for Knight to go to another school if he decided against playing at Kentucky. The financial aid agreement does prohibits him from receiving any athletic aid from another Southeastern Conference school for two years if he opted to play elsewhere.

Of course, Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader offers some thoughts on the matter:

Highly regarded prospect Brandon Knight signed a financial-aid offer rather than a national letter of intent to play basketball for Kentucky. There's a difference.

A financial-aid offer gives Knight greater freedom to play for another school if conditions arose that changed his mind on playing for Kentucky.

Some points:

- Knight pointed out that he is firm in his commitment to Kentucky or he wouldn't have made the announcement

- All schools recruiting Knight were made aware of his intentions in this matter; UK's DeWayne Peevy states that UK is satisfied

- This is actually a smart decision by Knight and a tool that should be utilized by other top-level players to protect themselves

- UK and John Calipari are allowed to discuss Knight after he signs the aid agreement

My Thoughts: I do not think there is anything at all to worry about with Brandon Knight.

Jordan Brand Classic and An Inside Look at Josh Selby

Kevin Armstrong of the New York Times has an interesting article about 2010 recruit Josh Selby, who will make his college destination know at tonight's Jordan Brand All-Star game.

The article speaks of Selby's interactions with coaches, advisers and even agents. There is some interesting stuff in the article and it's worth a read.

Here is an excerpt:

Even though N.C.A.A. rules forbid players to have agents, that has not stopped a host of would-be agents from trying with Selby. When inquiries became too much, Witherspoon said, friends recommended she speak with Robert Frazier, who goes by Bay and is the business manager for the Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony, who is also from Baltimore.

Witherspoon said she soon recognized Frazier from her elementary school, and now talks regularly with him. “Bay’s been a lifesaver; so glad we reconnected,” said Witherspoon, who previously worked as a manager at McDonald’s and the overnight supervisor at a Kmart. Later, she added: “He’s behind the scenes providing a place for us to meet with coaches and giving so much information. He don’t need us. To be honest, we need him.”

Complete Article

My Thoughts: Let me reiterate - Josh Selby is not coming to Kentucky.

Check out tonight's Jordan Brand All-Star Game at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN2

2010 Jordan Brand All-American Team

East Team

Reggie Bullock G Kinston, NC North Carolina
Kyrie Irving G Elizabeth, NJ Duke
Perry Jones C Duncanville, TX Baylor
Jelan Kendrick F Marietta, GA Memphis
Brandon Knight G Fort Lauderdale, FL Kentucky
C.J. Leslie F Raleigh, NC Undecided

Roscoe Smith F Mouth of Wilson, VA Connecticut
Jared Sullinger C Columbus, OH Ohio State
DeShaun Thomas F Fort Wayne, IN Ohio State
Dion Waiters G Philadelphia, PA Syracuse

Head Coach: Greg Wise, Yates High School (Houston, TX)
Assistant: Charles Smith, Peabody Magnet High School (Alexandria, LA)
Assistant: Doug Lipscomb, Wheeler High School (Marietta, GA)

West Team

Harrison Barnes F Ames, IA North Carolina
Will Barton G Wolfeboro, NH Memphis
Tobias Harris F Dix Hills, NY Tennessee
Terrence Jones F Portland, OR Undecided
Cory Joseph G Henderson, NV Undecided
Doron Lamb G Mouth of Wilson, VA Undecided
Kendall Marshall G Arlington, VA North Carolina
Josh Selby G Baltimore, MD Undecided
Joshua Smith C Covington, WA UCLA
Tristan Thompson F Henderson, NV Texas

Head Coach: Mike Peck, Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV)
Assistant: Pat Striclkand, Jefferson High School (Portland, OR)
Assistant: Mark Mugiishi, Iolani School (Iolani, HI)

Louisville Likely Losing Star 2011 Recruit Michael Chandler broke the news last night that superstar 2011 center Michael Chandler, who committed to Louisville over a year ago, has decided to re-open his recruitment and likely part ways with the Cardinals.

Chandler, a 6-10 force down low for Lawrence North High School (Ind.), is ranked No. 10 overall on the Rivals 150 List for 2011.

"I mean I feel as though I'm still committed to Louisville," Chandler, who plays AAU ball for the Derrick Rose All-Stars, told "But I'm open for other schools to recruit me."

My Thoughts: This is yet another terrible recruiting loss for Louisville and Rick Pitino. Will Chandler have interest in Kentucky (and vice versa)?


Friday, April 16, 2010

Shelby Valley's Ashley Hatfield Commits to Transylvania

Shelby Valley senior Ashley Hatfield has committed to Transylvania University.

Hatfield, a 6-6 forward, was a key member of Shelby Valley's state championship run this season. He put in an impressive 21 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals in the championship game against Ballard.

Shelby Valley head coach Jason Booher talks about Hatfield's basketball skillset:

"He's going to be a good player for them. He's a versatile small forward that can take a big outside. He can shoot the three really well and he can take little guards inside and post them up. He can also take people off the dribble and handle the ball really well."

He adds that Ashley is a great kid in the classroom and off the court, as well:

"He's really smart, made a 28 on the ACT, 4.0 student. He's going to be our Salutatorian of the Senior class when we have graduation in June. I'm the huddle leader for Fellowship of Christian Athletes at school and he's on the leadership team, which means he conducts a lot of the Bible studies and stuff."

Booher added, "Transy will be a real good fit for him and I'd say they're excited to get him."


Josh Selby Will Not Commit to Kentucky

I will express with the same confidence I have that Doron Lamb will commit to Kentucky tomorrow that Josh Selby will not commit to Kentucky tomorrow.

Selby stated in an article at that he has not spoken to John Calipari in "a couple of months."

My understanding is that Calipari's focus has been on Brandon Knight, who has already committed and signed scholarship papers. Once the staff felt confident about Knight, they distanced themselves from Selby.

Here is a telling excerpt from the SI article:

The one recruit who didn't care about the signing day madness was Selby, who's the second-ranked point guard in the Class of 2010, and a target of Kansas (his most likely destination), Kentucky, Tennessee and UConn. He was at the Westin, engrossed in a PlayStation 3 hoops duel between the Nuggets (using his fellow Baltimorean Carmelo Anthony) and Lakers, and made no attempt to check up on Knight's situation. When I asked Selby for his reaction on Knight, he said, "I didn't know that it happened. I don't have a reaction, because it doesn't have any effect on where I'm going."

What he meant by it not having any effect on him is that he feels he's good enough to earn time in any backcourt, whether it be alongside Knight or the Jayhawks' Tyshawn Taylor. But one could sense that Selby, who's going to announce his college choice at halftime of Saturday's Jordan game, wasn't too interested in Kentucky. He mentioned that while he'd spoken with Kansas coach Bill Self a few days earlier, he hadn't spoken with Calipari in a couple of months.

I asked if I should take that as a sign. Selby said, "Yeah, that's a sign."

Advice: If you're holding out hope on Selby...stop.

Ex-Cat Winston Bennett Speaks to Middle School Students

Former Kentucky star and current Mid-Continent head coach Winston Bennett delivered a motivational presentation to Graves County Middle School students recent.

Kudos to Bennett for reaching out to Kentucky's youth!

Article by West Kentucky Star

Mercer County's Jamel Taylor Commits to Vol State

Mercer County's Jamel Taylor has committed to Vol State Community College in Nashville.

Taylor, a 5 year starter at Mercer County (8th grade at Harrodsburg HS), is a 6-6 wing that scored over 1,400 points and had over 900 rebounds during his career.

His senior season, Jamel averaged 15. 2 points, 9.8 rebounds and shot 58.8% from the field. He had 18 double-doubles in 29 games played.

Mercer County Head Coach Nelson Cundiff said, “Jamel has come along way since his freshman year to today, both basketball and as a person. Jamel has improved daily, has a great attitude, his best basketball is ahead of him. He is as athletic as anyone, Junior College will be good for him to improve his skill set and the sky is the limit for him.”

Vol State is a two-year junior college program.

Associate head coach Deron Breeze added, "“Jamel is the most-underrated player in the state. He didn’t play AAU or attend camps so he wasn’t on any of the top senior list prior to the season. Jamel is a Division 1 athlete, he plays above the rim and is always the fastest kid on the floor. Jamel played the 5 for us out of necessity, but I believe that after two years of Junior College, Jamel will end up being a 3-4 player and a low D1 to High D2 player."

Taylor helped Mercer County to 22 wins, which tied a school record, and runner-up finishes to West Jessamine in both the district and region tournaments.

Jamel was named First Team All-District, All-Region and First Team All-Area by the Danville Advocate Messenger.

Vol State Head Coach Rusty Melvin says of Taylor:

“I am starting over this year, we are replacing six kids that were 6’5 to 6’7, some going division 1 and some going division 2, but they are all going to further their education. When I seen Jamel, it was an easy decision to offer him after five minutes, I plan on Jamel coming in working hard, and playing major minutes and helping Vol State get to the national junior college tournament. As good of basketball player he is, he is a better person, he is yes sir, no sir, looks you in the eye and very respectful. He will be a great addition to the Vol State Basketball Program, and is the 1st commitment of the year for us."

Kentucky's Patrick Patterson to Hold Press Conference

Kentucky junior forward Patrick Patterson will hold a press conference next week to give the world his future plans.

Patrick's mother, Tywanna, told LEX18 Sports today that a decision has not been made but added, "I will be surprised if he comes back."

One interesting statement that Tywanna made concerned the other Kentucky players that may or may not leave for the NBA Draft.

"If a couple of people stayed, it might be different," she explained.

My Thoughts: Good luck in the NBA, Patrick.

Ge-Lawn Guyn Undecided on Future; Will Visit Baylor

Jody Demling of the Courier-Journal reported earlier in the week that Scott County senior Ge-lawn Guyn is still undecided on his future plans but plans to visit Baylor next weekend.

Guyn is trying to decide on signing with a Division I school now or spend a year at a prep school.

Demling reports: Baylor has been in contact recently, along with Virginia Tech, Mississippi, Dayton, Hawaii and New Mexico.

Here is a video of Guyn that was shot by

Basketball News from Around the Commonwealth

Here are a few late Friday notes:

- Shawn Jackson, who has signed with Murray State, will participate in the FABC All-Star basketball game tomorrow night at Vanguard High School (Fl.)

- The Baltimore Sun reports that Maryland is still in the running for Huntington Prep big man Gorgui Dieng. Dieng is visiting Colorado this weekend and then visits to Marquette and either Maryland or Wake Forest. A decision is expected in about a week and a half.

- Shelby Valley's Ashley Hatfield has committed to Transylvania University (complete story coming later tonight)

- Mercer County's Jamel Taylor has committed to Vol State Junior College in Nashville, Tennessee; he received a full scholarship (article later)

- Ricardo Johnson from Covington Holmes has officially signed with Ohio University

- Middlesboro's Blaine Green has signed with Alice Lloyd College

- Kentucky recruit Jarrod Polson is now hearing from Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State, Nichols State, Montana State, Liberty and several other schools

- Jeffersontown's Thomas Jackson has committed to Kankakee Junior College (Ill.)

- The Adidas Appalachian All-Star Classic will be played this weekend at Perry Central High School; there will be a boys' tripleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m and a girls game on Sunday. The Adidas event features teams from Regions 12-16.

Marcus Thornton Cuts List to Eight; UK in the Mix

Georgia Mr. Basketball Marcus Thornton has trimmed his final list to eight schools and Kentucky is still very much in the mix.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports today that Thornton's list consists of: Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Georgia and Georgia Tech.

Georgia head coach Mark Fox is expected to make an in-home visit with Thornton today.

Here is an excerpt from the AJC:

The head coaches from eight finalists, including Kentucky’s John Calipari and Florida’s Billy Donovan, will be making in-home visits with Thornton during the upcoming NCAA contact period. The lone exception will be Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt, which Thornton will travel to meet due to close proximity.

Thornton is still studying the situation at Memphis. “We have not completely ruled out Memphis at this time, but it is hard to understand how they could utilize Marcus with seven recruits already coming in this year.”

Quincy Miller Moving to Westchester Academy? is reporting that Kentucky 2011 recruit Quincy Miller will leave Quality Education Academy and enroll at Westchester Academy in High Point.

If the move occurs, Miller will join Deuce Bello and Ike Nwamu on the Westchester team and likely become the early favorites to win next year's North Carolina Independent Schools 2A Championship.


Breaking News: Marquis Teague to Announce Thursday

Evan Daniels of has announced on Twitter this morning that 2011 superstar point guard Marquis Teague will announce his college choice on Thursday.

Here is Daniels' post on Twitter:

@EvanDanielscout Marquis Teague will announce his college decision on Thur April 22nd.

Teague's final list includes Kentucky, Louisville and Cincinnati.

There have been reports in the past week that Teague is now Kentucky's to lose, but Daniels is not so sure. He stated yesterday during a live blog on that Teague is 60-40 Louisville lean. "Doron Lamb is headed to Kentucky" is announcing this morning that they have also confirmed with sources that Doron Lamb is heading to Kentucky. Here is an excerpt:

While All-American senior shooting guard Doron Lamb is formally announcing his decision tomorrow at the Jordan Brand Classic, we already know what it’s going to be. Doron Lamb is headed to Kentucky.

Choosing Kentucky over finalists Kansas, UConn, Arizona and West Virginia, we have confirmation from multiple sources that Lamb’s decision came down to the Wildcats and the Jayhawks, with him ultimately choosing to play next season in Lexington.

Complete Article

Western Kentucky Makes It Official for Three Recruits

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have announced the signings of three players for the 2010 Class. WKU has officially inked Brandon Peters, Ken Brown and Kahlil McDonald.

- Peters is a 6-2, 180-pound guard out of Houston, Texas. Rated as the 32nd-best shooting guard in the nation, Peters is classified as a three-star prospect by and rated 119th in the prestigious Rivals Top 150. In averaging 25.5 ppg this past season for famed Yates High School, Peters earned Fourth-Team honors on the MaxPreps Boys High School All-American team.

Peters chose WKU over Memphis, North Texas, Oregon State, and TCU as well as drawing heavy interest from Wichita State, Baylor, and Missouri.

- Brown is a 6-1, 160-pound point guard from St. Louis, Mo. He played this past season at Cerritos College, averaging 14.4 points, 4.2 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. In leading the California junior college in those statistical categories, Brown also shot 70.0 percent from the free throw line and 44.0 percent from the field.

Brown chose WKU over Hawaii, Houston, USC, Lamar, ULM, Portland State, San Diego State, Texas Southern, Utah, Wichita State, and Wyoming.

- McDonald is a 6-4, 190-pound guard who hails from Brooklyn, N.Y. In two seasons at Blinn College, he averaged 22.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, shooting nearly 50.0 percent from the three-point line. Entering the 2009-10 season at the Texas junior college, McDonald was rated by, a division of, as the 12th-best junior college prospect in the country.

After earning All-America Third-Team honors as a freshman, he was placed on the NJCAA All-Conference and All-Region XIV teams this past year.

The three new Hilltoppers join Kene Anyigbo and Stephon Drane in the program's 2010 recruiting class.

Brandon Knight Discusses Kentucky and His Decision

Fabian Lyon at The Miami Herald spoke to Brandon Knight following his public commitment to Kentucky on Wednesday.

Knight gave some thoughts on comparing himself to John Wall and why he ultimately chose Kentucky.

Here is an excerpt:

Several Kentucky fans attended the ceremony, hoping the rumors Knight was leaning toward the Wildcats were true. After the announcement, one such fan sitting in the front row threw Knight's mother, Tonya, a blue Kentucky T-shirt and shouted, "We love you!"

Knight chose Kentucky over Syracuse, Connecticut, Kansas and Florida.

"On my trip to Kentucky, I couldn't believe the amount of support the players got from fans," Knight said. "I wanted to be at a place where I would be comfortable. The support I felt was incredible. People were shouting out my name."

Complete Article

Brandon Knight Commits to Kentucky:

Eastern Kentucky Signs Jeff Allgood and Deverin Muff

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels have added two more signed recruits to their 2010 class. EKU has signed Jeff Allgood and Deverin Muff.

- Allgood is a 6-2 guard who played for Iowa Western Community College this past winter. The native of Bellevue, Neb., averaged 8.6 points per game while shooting 41 percent from three-point range for the Reivers. In 2008-09, Allgood attended The United States Military Academy at West Point. He played high school basketball for coach Doug Woodard at Bellevue West and helped the T-Birds reach two state title games. As a senior prepster, Allgood averaged 16 ppg on the way to earning all-state and all-metro honors.

- Muff, a 6-8 forward out of Strongsville, Ohio, averaged 11.2 ppg and 7.8 rebounds per game this past season for Strongsville High and head coach Joe Lynch. Muff shot a team-high 45.1 percent from the field while finishing second on the team in both scoring and rebounding.

The Colonels have now signed Allgood, Muff, Jeff Johnson, Taylor Filipek and Jabs Newby for next season.


Scout Breakdown: John Wall and Eric Bledsoe

This is the final piece of scouting notes from Brian Levy on Kentucky's potential NBA Draft entrants. Tonight, Levy breaks down Kentucky's guard tandem of John Wall and Eric Bledsoe. We find out that Wall is basically who we think he is and Bledsoe is a borderline first rounder.

Brian Levy is currently a professional basketball scout and consultant. He most recently served as the Director of Operations for the East Kentucky Miners, where he evaluated talent for 2 Continental Basketball Association Drafts. Brian resides in Louisville, KY. You can follow him on Twitter @bmwblball

John Wall

Projected 1st Pick

There’s not much to say about John Wall that hasn’t already been said. He is a special blend of speed, size and athleticism. He is the faster with the ball, than most are without it. His wingspan is that of a small forward’s. He can create offense for himself and for his teammates. He slices through opposing defenses, at will. He has amazing body control, which allows him to finish at the rim. He has a nose for the basketball, seemingly always around the ball. His shot is good enough from the outside to keep the defense honest. He shoots the passing lanes on defense and uses his long arms to create steal opportunities, getting almost 2 steals a game. But the scariest thing of all is that he’s only getting better.

Now even with all these superlatives, there are a few issues the NBA team that drafts him will want to address. The biggest one of these will be his decision making. At times, Wall appears to be out of control, moving at 100mph without a clear idea of what he plans to do with the ball. He’ll need to tighten up on the 4 turnovers per game he averaged at Kentucky. Defensively, Wall is too good an athlete to be such a poor overall defender. His stingy, on ball defense aside, Wall is disinterested in maintaining even the most fundamental of defensive principles. His rotational help defense is slow, he closes out poorly on shooters, and most disheartening, is his inability to fight through screens. These are things that he is more than capable of correcting if he gave just half the effort he does offensively. While he can survive, and probably thrive, playing little to no defense in the NBA, if wants to become an elite point guard, he will need to step it up defensively.

John Wall was rated as the number one NBA prospect on most people’s boards before he ever put on a University of Kentucky jersey, so it’s no surprise that he’s leaving after only one year. The college game just doesn’t have anything left to offer him, and maybe it never did. He is physically ready for the NBA. He is the prototypical “One and Done” guy and the consensus #1 overall pick in the draft.

NBA Comparison: Allen Iverson/Rajon Rondo

Eric Bledsoe – PG

Projected Middle to Late 1st Rd pick

Eric Bledsoe can get anywhere on the court he wants, and fast. Rarely do you see a player who has the ability to get to the rim at any time, regardless of the defense or the situation, but Bledsoe has that quality. It’s his combination of speed and quickness that makes him so explosive but he’s surprisingly strong too for someone only listed at 6’1” and 190lbs. And it’s that strength that allows him to finish in traffic when he gets in the lane. Add in that he shoots just under 40% from the 3pt line, and he becomes very hard to defend. Defensively, Bledsoe drew the assignment of the opposing team’s best guard every night. He has quick hands and feet and shadows his opponent all over the court.

While most of these things translate well to the NBA game, there are a number of question marks regarding Eric. First and foremost, is he a true point guard? His size would lead you to believe that he is, but his play says otherwise. A negative assist to turnover ratio and a shoot first mentality would not indicate a typical floor general, but he did not need to be playing next to John Wall, so it’s difficult to say. Can he lead a team? There were times this year, when Eric Bledsoe was the best player on that court by far, John Wall included. But those times were few and far between. Usually, Bledsoe found himself comfortably in the role of 4th option behind Wall, Cousins and Patterson. The only way to know the answers to these questions would be for Bledsoe to return to Kentucky for his season year, when he would be the number one option.

I don’t think anyone can blame him for declaring. He’s most likely going to be the 2nd or 3rd point guard taken, in what is shaking out to be a pretty weak point guard class. He’ll never play for a more talented team than he did this year, and it’s only smart to try and capitalize on it. There is also the chance that if he did return for another year, that he would have to play second fiddle to another crop of talented freshmen recruits, specifically Brandon Knight. Even though I believe he will be the last of the Kentucky 5 to be selected, he made the right decision to leave while his stock was high.

NBA Comparison: Kyle Lowry

Williams Named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—Nets rookie swingman Terrence Williams was named the NBA Eastern Conference T-Mobile Rookie of the Month for April, the NBA announced today. Williams, the sole rookie on the Nets, is a first time winner.

During the month of April, Williams ranked first among Eastern Conference rookies in scoring (14.3 ppg) and minutes (34.2 mpg), while also leading all Eastern Conference rookies in points + rebounds + assists average (27.7) and ranking second in rebounds (7.1 rpg), assists (6.3 apg) and free throw percentage (.889). The Louisville product shot .455 (45-99) from the field and recorded his first career triple-double on 4/9/10 vs. Chicago with 27 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. He also averaged a triple-double over New Jersey’s three home games in April with 20.7 points, 10.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists.

Williams finished the month tied for first among Eastern Conference rookies with three double-doubles, highlighted by his triple-double vs. Chicago and his 14 point, 14 assist game vs. New Orleans on 4/3. Throughout the month of April, Williams set career-highs in the following categories: points (27), assists (14), minutes (49) and field goals made (12), while tying career-highs in rebounds (13) and blocks (1).

Williams is the seventh Nets rookie to win the award joining Brook Lopez (Jan. 09, Feb. 09), Richard Jefferson (Jan. 02), Kenyon Martin (Nov. 00 & Mar. 01), Kerry Kittles (Dec. 96), Derrick Coleman (Nov. 90, Jan. 91, Apr. 91) and Buck Williams (Feb. 82).

Source: Press Release by the Nets


Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Latest on Terrence Jones and Terrence Ross

UPDATE: Jones states that the report of him being down to three schools is false. He is still considering all five schools on his list.

The Seattle Times is citing an article on that says 2010 star Terrence Jones has trimmed his list to three: Kentucky, Washington and Oregon.

The report indicates that Jones is no longer considering Oklahoma and UCLA. reported earlier today that Jones and good friend Terrence Ross will announce their college choice together on either April 23 or 30.

If the report on Jones is accurate, he and Ross are now considering the same schools with Ross also considering Oklahoma and Kansas.

There have been unconfirmed rumors for a few weeks that the two would like to go in a package deal to the same school, but they claim that is not a factor in either decision.

I have talked to several sources tonight that feel both players will end up at Washington, but UK still has a decent shot at Jones. Most believe Ross will go elsewhere.

Shelby Valley Defeats Yates High School in MaxMadness

The Shelby Valley Wildcats have blown out national champion Yates High School by a score of 66-34.

Those scores are actually percentages in's MaxMadness national tournament. The percentages are based on the number of fan votes and Shelby Valley is rolling through the popularity-based bracket.

With the win, the Wildcats move into the Final Four of the MaxMadness Championship. Their next opponent will be Plymouth Whitemarsh (Penn.).

To this point, Shelby Valley has defeated a "who's who" of high school basketball: Peabody, Montverde Academy, Findlay Prep and Yates.

Let's show the world how powerful high school basketball fans in Kentucky can be and help Shelby Valley win the whole thing:

Rick Stansbury Fined $30,000 by Southeastern Conference

Do you remember this?

After that game, and SEC Championship game loss to Kentucky, Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury said:

"It's a very obvious lane violation. Both guys in that lane line up outside that three point line. Well the ball's six, eight feet from the rim and you got two guys in the top of the paint, Wall and (Darius) Miller. It's a very obvious lane violation. Obvious. It was not called."

Stansbury added: "If it's the right call, you make the call. It's a game-changing call. It wasn't something that's even close."

Those comments have earned Stansbury a $30,000 fine from the Southeastern Conference.

The Mississippi State Athletic Department released a statement from Stansbury following news of the fine:

"It’s very obvious I’ve said enough already,” said Stansbury. “So, it is what it is.”


Good Source: Doron Lamb to Kentucky on Saturday

There are reports coming out today that Oak Hill Academy senior Doron Lamb will announce his commitment to Kentucky Saturday during the Jordan Brand Classic all-star game.

Lamb and Josh Selby, another Kentucky recruit, will announce their college choices during halftime of Saturday's event.

Lamb said in an interview today:

“My family knows where I’m going, but nobody else knows where I’m going.”

Nation of Blue reported earlier today that Lamb is heading to Kentucky and Jay Williams posted later on Twitter:

RealJayWilliams I just heard through someone close to Daron Lamb's group that the guard is probably going to go to #Kentucky as well."

After making some calls this afternoon, I feel pretty confident that the reports are true. I think Doron Lamb will commit to Kentucky Saturday.

I talked to a recruiting analyst about Lamb and he said:

"Following a highly successful in home visit late last week, UK surged to the front of the pack for Lamb and it now looks like the Wildcats will hold off last ditch efforts by WVU, UConn and St. John's to land the New York City guard."

I asked him to give a comment on Josh Selby and he simply said, "Kansas."

Here is a Lamb interview by

Rod Strickland Pleads Not Guilty to DUI Offense

Lexington attorney Jim Lowry entered a not-guilty plea on behalf of Kentucky assistant coach Rod Strickland today in Fayette District Court.

Strickland was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with DUI.

A pretrial conference in the case was set for May 12.


Mike Rosario to Visit Florida Tomorrow

Rutger's transfer Mike Rosario plans to visit Florida tomorrow. Rosario has listed Kentucky as one of his 6 potential destinations.

Here is an excerpt from

Armed with a conditional release from Rutgers, sophomore shooting guard Mike Rosario will visit Florida beginning Friday.

Jorge Fontan, who serves as a mentor to Rosario and is the father of USC point guard Jio Fontan, said Wednesday night he "just got off the phone with Billy Donovan [and] it's a go."

Joe Lunardi Takes Craziness to the Next Level

Joe Lunardi has already projected a 96-team NCAA Tournament field for 2011.

Now, I know he is labelled a "resident bracketologist" at ESPN and I'm praying that this is only to give an idea of what the tournament might look like, but enough is enough.

How can you project anything when rosters are not even set in stone? That is only one of a hundred factors that go into such a projection. How about coaches changing jobs, teams that don't even have a coach and no guess as to how a team will look once November rolls around?

I enjoy listening to Lunardi in March, but ESPN really needs to shift his role during the other eleven months. You can only do so much with Bracketology and predicting a March Tournament in April doesn't fall into that criteria, in my opinion.

For what it's worth, Lunardi projects Kentucky (which currently has about 6 players on the team that we are pretty sure about) as a 4-seed. Louisville is a 12-seed, Murray State a 14-seed and Western Kentucky sliding in as a 23-seed.

I am pretty fired up about those 24 vs. 10 battles, however.

Recap: DeMarcus Cousins Press Conference

- He proved himself this year and he felt like it was his time to go

- Calipari told him it was his time and he needed to go

- Possibility that he could come back and get hurt; also possibility that he could get even better

- What he's hearing about NBA Draft: "Right now, I'm hearing top 10."

- He's never been accepted like he was at Kentucky

- DeMarcus and family feels it's the right decision to enter the Draft

- Time at UK was "one of the most precious times of my life..."

- He says he will have a friendship with every one of his UK teammates for the rest of his life

- He's had a good relationship with Coach Calipari and appreciates everything Calipari has done for him

- "It was a hard decision."

- The big part of his decision was the risk of getting hurt and ending his career if he returned to college

- "Yeah, I am finishing up school."

- Will work hard on conditioning leading up to the draft

- Advice for other recruits: "If you come to Kentucky, you're going to love it. I don't know about any other schools, but you're going to love it here."

- Says his mom found his agent; "I just let my mom handle it..."

- One of his best memories was Senior Night; just seeing how happy his teammates were

- Classic DeMarcus: "My goofiness became popular, I guess..."

- Will you guard that cell phone number a little better when you're in the league? "Oh yeah!"

C.J. Leslie Undecided, Doesn't Plan to Announce Saturday

C.J. Leslie, a highly sought after 6-8 forward, says he does not plan to make an announcement this weekend during the Jordan Brand Classic high school all-star game.

He thought he was ready to make an announcement but now plans to make an official visit to Florida next week.

Leslie's quote from

"I'm really not leaning toward to a school right now," Leslie said. "I'm still making my decision."

Leslie also gave some thoughts on each of the four school's still on his list (Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina State and Connecticut.

On Kentucky:

Kentucky is a great program, and coach John Calipari is a great coach who has a history of preparing players for the NBA, Leslie said. The player believes he would fit in well in the Wildcats' offensive system. Calipari visited with Leslie last week.

He cited a close relationship with North Carolina State head coach Sidney Lowe and added: "Plus, it is really close to home."

Few Recruiting Updates from Around the State

Here are a couple of quick morning notes:

- Caleb Hardy (pictured), a high-scoring wing from Carlisle County, remains undecided on a college home. He currently holds offers from Bethel College and Mid-Continent University and has also visited Columbia College, Asbury University, Cedarville University, Union University and McKendree University.

- JUCO point guard Mykel Cleveland from SW Illinois College has chosen Southern Illinois; he chose the Salukis over Jacksonville State, Appalachian State, UNC-Wilmington, Morehead State, Alabama and Auburn

- DeAndray Buckley, a 6-3 guard from Romulus (Mich.), has offers from Eastern Kentucky and Northern Iowa; he is also considering Central Michigan

- Bellarmine University has signed Jake Jenkins from St. Thomas More (Conn.)

- Corbin point guard Isaac Wilson has signed with Alice Lloyd and head coach J.R. Hammonds

Michael Gilchrist Chose Yesterday for a Special Reason

Michael Gilchrist, the top-rated player in the 2011 recruiting class, verbally committed to Kentucky yesterday evening during a phone call to ESPNU's Signing Day Special show.

After giving his commitment, he spoke about why he decided to do it yesterday. Gilchrist spoke of his father, who passed away when Michael was only 2 years old. Yesterday would have been his father's 44th birthday.

"Today is not for me. It's for him," Gilchrist stated.

Gary Parrish of writes:

But mostly it's a day to honor her late husband, Michael Gilchrist Sr., who died of multiple gun shot wounds in 1996. Today is his birthday; he would be 44 if he was still alive. So you can expect his son, Michael Gilchrist Jr., to speak extensively about him this afternoon when the Class of 2011 star announces a commitment to Kentucky at a news conference scheduled to be televised nationally.

"Michael has played this game in dedication to his father all these years without knowing he'd be so blessed with the talent," Gilchrist-Richardson told "A lot of people don't know he wears No. 31 in high school because his father wore No. 31 in high school."

Yesterday was not just a special day for the Kentucky Wildcats. It was also a very special occasion for the Gilchrist family.

Parish discusses Brandon Knight and Michael Gilchrist:


A Pro Scout's Take on Kentucky's Patrick Patterson

Now that the dust has settled from a crazy good recruiting day, let's take a look at Kentucky's Patrick Patterson.

Here is a breakdown of Patterson by professional scout Brian Levy:

NOTE: Brian Levy is currently a professional basketball scout and consultant. He most recently served as the Director of Operations for the East Kentucky Miners, where he evaluated talent for 2 Continental Basketball Association Drafts. Brian resides in Louisville, KY. You can follow him on Twitter @bmwblball

Patrick Patterson

Projected Late Lottery to Middle of the 1st Rd

Patrick Patterson is the model of consistency. For 3 years his draft stock has been lingering in the mid first round range. Patterson returned to school after testing the draft waters last year, hoping that new coach John Calipari, and his dribble drive offense, would vault him into the top 10 prospects. It didn’t. But what did happen might be even more important: Patrick developed a jump shot. After not making a 3pt field goal, and only attempting 4, in his first two seasons, Patterson connected on 24 of 69 attempts, good for 35%. Important because most NBA teams employ a basic Pick and Roll/Pick and Pop offensive set, and having a big man who can knock down an open jumper is essential. Increasing his range helped to clear the paint for teammates Cousins and Orton to operate, but still keep his own overall field goal percentage up around 58%. Patterson is also a capable rebounder (averaging no less than 7rpg in each of his three seasons), a good free throw shooter (73% for his career), and a solid defender.

The main concern for Patrick, and possibly the reason why he was never considered an elite talent, is his limited athleticism. Over the last decade, power forwards in the league have become longer, leaner, and increasingly more athletic. A typical “4” in the NBA is just as likely to play on the perimeter as battle underneath. And it’s that dual threat that allows the Rashard Lewis and Lamar Odoms of the world to take advantage of mismatches by posting smaller players or pulling out larger, slower opponents. Patterson has not shown the necessary foot speed to defend those types of athletes 25 feet from the basket, instead his movements seem stiff and reactionary. Based on the footwork Patterson displays on the offensive end, he has the ability to improve this deficiency, and he’s going to have to if he wants to compete with the premiere power forwards in the NBA.

Overall, Patrick Patterson is ready to contribute in the NBA right away. His skill set is well suited for the pro game as he’s solid in every facet of the game and has the physical stature to stand up to the grueling schedule. Equally as important is Patterson’s demeanor. He has been asked to carry a team at times, and be a complimentary piece, and in both cases has shown he is a consummate professional and a mature leader. A team selecting in the middle of the first round that is a player or two away, will take a hard look at Patrick. Possible landing spots include Milwaukee, Chicago or Charlotte.

NBA Comparison: Carlos Boozer

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tony Wroten Jr. Says Kentucky is Now His Leader

Superstar 2011 point guard Tony Wroten Jr. confirmed to today that he has a new leader:

He confirmed to us early Wednesday that Connecticut was his front-runner, but after his “brother” Michael Gilchrist (St. Patrick H.S., Elizabeth, N.J.) committed to Kentucky live on ESPNU Wednesday afternoon, Wroten said that immediately propelled the ‘Cats ahead.

“Kentucky’s taking over the top spot for me now,” he said.

Wroten is a 6-4 point guard that ranks No. 9 nationally in the 2011 Class according to

His previous leader was Connecticut.

Marcus Thornton Adds More Offers Including Kentucky

Georgia Mr. Basketball Marcus Thornton has earned scholarship offers from a host of high-major schools, including one from the Kentucky Wildcats.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Thornton now holds offers from: Kentucky, Memphis, Auburn, Michigan, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Texas.

He has also received messages from around a dozen other schools.

The AJC reports that he has accepted in-home visits from: John Calipari, Billy Donovan, Rick Barnes, Anthony Grant, Paul Hewitt and Mark Fox.

Complete Article

Here's a video of Thornton doing what he does:

A Closer Look at Enes Kanter's Collegiate Eligibility

Mike DeCourcy of says there are three major hurdles that must be cleared before Turkish big man Enes Kanter will be eligible for college basketball.

Kanter, a talented 6-10 power forward, leaped one of those hurdles this afternoon when he signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats.

DeCourcy says the next hurdle "should come later this month, when the the NCAA is expected to approve a rules change that makes it easier for international prospects who play for club teams to gain collegiate eligibility."

The third, which Kentucky head coach John Calipari feels is not an issue, will be "any NCAA examination regarding whether Kanter, 17, became a professional while part of the Fenerbahce club in Turkey."

Double Whammy! Michael Gilchrist Commits to Kentucky

Michael Gilchrist, the top-rated player in the 2011 Class, has given an oral commitment to the Kentucky Wildcats.

He becomes the second huge recruit to commit to Kentucky today, joining 2010 point guard sensation Brandon Knight.

Gilchrist speaks of late father on ESPNU. His dad passed away when Michael was 2 years old and today is his father's birthday.

He says, "today is not for me. It's for him."

Michael Gilchrist: Wait Kentucky Fans...There's More

The Philadelphia Inquirer cites sources as saying that Michael Gilchrist will give an oral commitment to play college basketball at Kentucky.

Here is an excerpt:

Michael Gilchrist, a native of Somerdale who commutes to St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J., will give an oral commitment to play college basketball at Kentucky at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday on ESPNU, according to sources.

My Thoughts: This is perfectly in line with what I've heard from every person I have talked to about Gilchrist.

This is shaping up to be perhaps the most monumental single day of recruiting in Kentucky basketball history.

Brandon Knight Commits to Kentucky

Brandon Knight makes it official and commits to the Kentucky Wildcats!

Knight immediately goes on the recruiting trail for the Wildcats: "Whoever wants to come, I'm going to try and get them there."

Enes Kanter Makes it Official, Signs National Letter of Intent

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Enes Kanter has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University of Kentucky, Head Coach John Calipari announced on Wednesday.

A senior at Stoneridge Preparatory School in Simi Valley, California, Kanter ranks 25th on ESPNU’s Top 100 and is rated a five-star player by both and recruiting services.

“Enes has the body and potential to be special,” said Calipari. “I look forward to working with all the incoming players and our returnees as we build on the foundation we set with our 35-3, Elite Eight team.”

The 6-foot-10, 235-pound Kanter, who hails from Turkey, finished with 34 points and 13 rebounds at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon over the weekend. Kanter's 13-of-21 shooting performance from the field set the World Team Nike Hoop Summit record for field goals made and attempted and his 34 points broke the individual World Team scoring record of 33 points set by Dirk Nowitzki in 1998.

Kanter played for the Turkish under-18 national team in 2009 and was named the championship’s MVP after averaging 18.6 points and a tournament best 16.4 rebounds a game as Turkey won the bronze medal at the European Championships in France.

Kanter joins Stacey Poole Jr. as the first two signees for the Wildcats in the 2010 class.


Luke Cothron No Longer Considering Kentucky

I just talked to Luke Cothron and he said he still has some work to do before making a final decision.

He also added his list of five schools and it does not include Kentucky.

Cothron's current list is: Auburn, Connecticut, Tennessee, Marquette and Alabama.


Survey Says: UK Gets Brandon Knight and Michael Gilchrist

There are literally hundreds of articles out today about the Kentucky Wildcats and their chances of landing both Brandon Knight and Michael Gilchrist.

The recurring theme is simple: no reason to be nervous, UK will sign Knight and earn a commitment from Gilchrist this afternoon on ESPNU.

Here are a few links:

- Gary Parrish of says John Calipari is a master of this stuff and landing two top-rated players in one day is all a part of his master plan. He adds that there should be no surprise when Gilchrist commits to Kentucky today:

The point is that eventually Douglas-Roberts introduced me to a tall kid, just said, "This is my little cousin, Mike." I quickly realized that the Mike I had just met was the Michael Gilchrist I had just read about, and it doesn't matter that he and Douglas-Roberts aren't really cousins. What matters is that Gilchrist was "a part of the family" way back then, which is why it should come as no surprise when the Class of 2011 star formally commits to play for Calipari at a Wednesday afternoon press conference.

- Jeff Goodman of thinks UK lands Knight and Gilchrist today and adds that they will likely add Doron Lamb, C.J. Leslie and maybe even Terrence Jones:’s No. 2 player in the country, Brandon Knight, will announce he is signing with John Calipari and Kentucky at 4 p.m. on ESPNU. Knight is not John Wall, but he’s extremely talented.’s top-rated player in the Class of 2011, forward Michael Gilchrist, will commit to Kentucky in one of the worst-kept secrets around. Gilchrist has been a virtual lock to play for Calipari since he hit puberty.

- Fabian Lyon of The Miami Herald says there is a growing sentiment that Knight has settled on Kentucky:

While Syracuse, Kansas, Florida and Connecticut have also been mentioned as possible destinations for Knight, the growing sentiment is that Knight has settled on Kentucky and will become the heir apparent to Wall.

- Evan Daniels of thinks it would be a major surprise to see Knight land anywhere besides Kentucky:

Therefore we think his decision is ultimately down to Kentucky and Connecticut. Kentucky has long thought to be the leader and it would be considered a major surprise if Knight didn’t choose to play for the Wildcats

- Marc Maggard of posted on Twitter earlier:

Big day for UK fans despite the absence of suspense. Two #1 players (in at least one ranking) announcing for the same school on same day.

- Jody Demling of The Courier-Journal says that Kentucky will land both Knight and Gilchrist today:

Two No. 1-ranked players in one day? Yes, it will happen.

Georgetown College to Add Rodney Haddix from Miami (OH)

Jeff Goodman of has released the first version of his always popular End-Of-Year-Transfer List.

There are several players from Kentucky schools and perhaps more importantly, an addition to the Georgetown College program.

The Tigers and head coach Happy Osborne appear to be adding NCAA Division I transfer Rodney Haddix II (pictured) from Miami (OH). Haddix is a 6-3 junior guard that played 22.4 minutes per game for the Redhawks this past season.

Against the University of Kentucky, Haddix played 23 minutes and finished with 5 points and 3 rebounds. On the season, he averaged 5.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and shot close to 30% from long range.

Other transfer news from Goodman's list:

- Western Kentucky's William Green and Jameson Tipping are listed; no destination listed

- A.J. Wilson, a 6-6 junior, is leaving Murray State; no destination

- Cordaro Ellis, a 6-8 sophomore, is leaving Eastern Kentucky; no destination

- Corey Clemens, a 6-2 freshman, is leaving Morehead State; no destination

The Kentucky Wildcats Enter the World of Twitter

The University of Kentucky has confirmed that there are now nine members of the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team that are on Twitter:

- John Wall: @jimmywa11
- DeMarcus Cousins: @boogiecousins
- Patrick Patterson: @pdpatt
- Josh Harrellson: @BIGJORTS55
- Perry Stevenson: @PSteve2122
- Darius Miller: @uknum1
- Daniel Orton: @danielorton33
- Ramon Harris: @MonieMone907
- Jon Hood: @jdhood4

Those accounts are all confirmed to be real and any others (remember the fake John Wall and the fake Eric Bledsoe?) are considered to be impostors.

Some others that you need to follow:

- John Calipari: @UKCoachCalipari
- Orlando Antigua: @UKCoachO
- UKAthletics: @UKAthleticsNews

Our site on Twitter:

- @awireman

One note:

- The account @eneskanter is a fake account and should be ignored; it was exposed by the guys at yesterday.

Daniel Orton Thinks He Will Stay in NBA Draft

Tommy Bailey of managed to get an interview in with Kentucky freshman Daniel Orton.

Orton has left Lexington and is currently training in San Francisco in hopes of being a first round pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He has not hired an agent and a return to Kentucky is not completely ruled out, but it is very likely that Orton's UK career is over.

Here are some excerpts of the interview:

IOD: When did you make the choice to enter the draft, and what factors played into that choice?

DO: I really still haven’t entered the draft my coach just said that. But i think i’m going to keep my name in, but there are a lot of different factors that come into play when deciding to stay or leave. My best bet was there aren’t a lot of post players coming out of college and into the NBA draft this year and its just a great opportunity for me to go.

IOD: Is there a certain team you’d like to get picked by?

DO: Of course i’d love to come back home, but as long as i get drafted it doesn’t matter to me.

My Thoughts: Stranger things have happened, but it sounds like Orton's mind is set on the NBA.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Multiple Sources Believe Kentucky Will Land Brandon Knight and Michael Gilchrist Tomorrow

I have talked to multiple sources tonight that say Kentucky is set to land the top-rated player in both the 2010 and 2011 classes tomorrow afternoon.

I have known about Knight for a few days now, but I was honestly surprised to find out that Gilchrist plans to announce tomorrow, as well.

After checking with some folks that I consider solid sources, I feel that UK lands a duo of recruits that might be as big as any other duo in the program's history - at least from a ratings and talent standpoint.

I'll add updates as I get them.

ESPNU Signing Day Special Schedule:

Brandon Knight – 4:00 PM
Ray McCallam – 4:15
John Calipari – 4:20
Jared Sullinger – 4:25
Josh Pastner – 4:30
Harrison Barnes – 4:35
Trey Zeigler – 4:45
Bruce Pearl – 5:00
Michael Gilchrist – 5:50

UK 2011 Recruit Michael Gilchrist to Announce Tomorrow

There is some unexpected news tonight as several sources (I saw it first from on Twitter) are reporting that 2011 superstar Michael Gilchrist will announce his college decision on ESPNU tomorrow.

Gilchrist has been thought to be a Kentucky lean for some time now and most believe he will choose UK or Villanova.

Gilchrist is a superstar 6-6 small forward from St. Patrick (NJ). He is the top overall player in the 2011 Class according to and some have stated that he might be the best player in the nation...period.

My Thoughts: This is a huge deal for Kentucky. If Kentucky were to land Brandon Knight and Michael Gilchrist tomorrow afternoon, they would be landing the top-rated overall players in both the 2010 and 2011 Classes.

Pair of Ex-Wildcats Named to All-ABA Teams

The ABA has handed out postseason awards and several players with Kentucky ties have been honored.

Two former Kentucky Wildcats, Bobby Perry and Lukasz Obrzut, were named to the All-ABA teams. Perry made the Second Team and Obrzut is on the Third Team.

Former Western Kentucky player Mike Wells was named to the ABA's First Team.

Kenny Jones from Kentucky State is on the Second Team.

Daniel Price from Pikeville College was named the ABA's Defensive Player of the Year.

Kentucky native Kevin Keathley, who I interviewed last week, was named Assistant Coach of the Year for his work with the ABA champion SE Texas Mavericks.

Most Valuable Player: Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse), Southeast Texas Mavericks
Offensive Player of the Year: Derek Foster (6'0''-G-81, college: Cal-Santa Cruz), San Francisco Rumble
Defensive Player of the Year: Daniel Price (6'3''-G-82, college: Pikeville), Mississippi Blues
Rookie of the Year: Ahmad Mosby (6'1''-G-87), Jersey Express

First Team All-ABA

Josh Pace, SETX Mavericks
Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.), SETX Mavericks
Derek Foster, SF Rumble
Mike Wells (6'3''-G-79, college: W.Kentucky), Kentucky Bisons
Sam Mack (6'7''-G/F-70, college: Houston), Chicago Steam

Second Team All-ABA

Kenny Jones (6'6''-F-84, college: Kentucky St.), Kentucky Bisons
Devin Davis (6'5''-F, college: New Jersey City St.), Jersey Express
Dominick Melton (6'6''-F, college: Wisc.-Parkside), Lake Michigan Admirals
Bobby Perry (6'9''-F-85, college: Kentucky), Bluegrass Stallions
Marlo Saunders (6'5''-F-84, college: Texas-PB), West Texas Whirlwinds.

Third Team All-ABA

Leon Flaherty (6'4''-G/F-85, college: La Sierra), Riverside Rainmakers
Cardell Butler (6'4''-F-81, college: Utah St.), San Francisco Rumble
Lukasz Obrzut (7'1''-C-82, college: Kentucky), Bluegrass Stallions
Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.), SETX Mavericks
Rashad Powell (6'6''-G-81, college: Idaho), Seattle Mountaineers


Team of the Year: Southeast Texas Mavericks
Executive of the Year: Candace Nelson, Southeast Texas Mavericks
General Manager of the Year: Cindy Preast , West Virginia Blazers
Coach of the Year: Steve Tucker , Southeast Texas Mavericks
Assistant Coach of the Year: Kevin Keathley , Southeast Texas Mavericks
Community Service Award: Damone Hale , San Francisco Rumble
Outstanding Service Award: Tom Chichester, ABA Director of Officials

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