Saturday, April 24, 2010

Terrence Ross Hints That He Will Commit to Washington



Terrence Ross posted a hint on his Facebook page tonight that he may commit to Washington tomorrow during his visit.

Here is his post:

Terrence Ross I have a BIG suprise for the skool im taken a visit to...

Ross was said to be a Washington "lean" late last week and apparently those rumors were true.

His final list is considered to be Washington, Oregon, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Kansas.

My Thoughts: It is important to note that he didn't come out and say anything, so nothing is verified at this time.

Rajon Rondo Leads a Group of Wildcats in NBA Playoffs



There are a handful of ex-Kentucky players currently competing in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

The most prominent former Cat is probably Rajon Rondo, who is averaging a double-double in the playoffs for the Boston Celtics. In 3 games, Rondo is averaging 11.7 points, 10.0 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals. The Celtics lead the series with Miami 3-0.

Former Kentucky big man Nazr Mohammed has appeared in 2 games for the Charlotte Bobcats. Mohammed has put in 6.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12.0 minutes per game. Charlotte trails the Orlando Magic 0-3.

Keith Bogans appeared in game 1 for the San Antonio Spurs. In that loss to the Mavericks, Bogans did not score in 16 minutes of action. The Spurs lead the series 2-1.

Randolph Morris has not appeared in the playoffs for the Atlanta Hawks, who lead the Bucks 2-1.

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Shelby Valley Wins MaxMadness National Tournament



The Shelby Valley Wildcats have won the MaxPreps.com MaxMadness Fan Bracket Tournament, which is based on fan voting.

In the championship round, Shelby Valley fans and supporters out-voted those of Sts. Neumann and Goretti.

The final round was not even close as the Wildcats easily won with 77% of the total votes.

Complete Bracket

Photo by Wayne Litmer

C.J. Leslie Visits UConn; Says Decision Coming Soon



C.J. Leslie has visited Connecticut and says he will be making a decision soon.

"I should be coming to a decision shortly after this," Leslie said. "I'm going to sit down with my family after this and see what's best for me."

Leslie told the Stamford Advocate that he enjoyed the visit to Storrs, Connecticut.

He stated, "It's a good place. It's city-like but not city-like."

Leslie's decision will be between Connecticut, Kentucky and North Carolina State.

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Caverna's Jerrod Harper Inks with Lindsey Wilson



Excerpt of article from Glasgowdailytimes.com:

HORSE CAVE — Jerrod Harper’s mother said the Caverna senior has barely smiled since the first grade. But after inking his name to a four-year basketball scholarship, he broke the habit.

Harper signed with Lindsey Wilson College on Friday. The senior said he worked out with the team earlier in the year after Lady Colonels head coach Cornelius Faulkner set up a tryout and Harper liked the fast style of play.

“I liked the coaching staff, and the campus and their style of basketball,” Harper said. “They a faster pace and like to push the ball. It’s a lot like some of the things we do (at Caverna).”

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Mid-Continent Signs Lyle Rommelman from CCA


Mayfield, KY - Mid-Continent University men's basketball coach and 2009-10 TSAC Coach of the Year Winston Bennett has signed Lyle Rommelman from Community Christian Academy in Paducah, Kentucky, to an NAIA Letter of Intent to play for the Cougars beginning with the 2010-11 season.

A 6-0 guard, Rommelman averaged 18.9 points per game for CCA as a senior. He is the son of Dr. Monte Rommelman and Kim Rommelman.

CCA basketball coach B.B. Kendrick comments, "Lyle deserves all the acclaim he gets because of how hard he has worked throughout his career." His future collegiate coach Winston Bennett says, "He is a tremendous athlete and has a great following and support. He is a tremendous shooter."

Source: Release by MCU

Oregon Close to Hiring Creighton's Dana Altman


Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com reports that Oregon is finally close to hiring a coach. Their choice appears to be Creighton head coach Dana Altman.

Here is an excerpt from Goodman's article:

Sources have told FOXSports.com that Altman has been offered the job and the deal could be officially done as early as tonight, but more likely tomorrow.

The obvious question for Kentucky fans: what impact will Altman have on 2010 UK recruit Terrence Jones in making his final decision?

Jones, who lives in Oregon, has delayed his decision until April 30 and while he is visiting Kansas tomorrow, there has been a sentiment for some time that he would prefer to stay on the West coast.

This will be something for Kentucky fans to consider and keep a watchful eye on.

Calipari All But Says Darnell Dodson is Gone



Kentucky head coach John Calipari did not come right out and say that Darnell Dodson is leaving the Kentucky basketball program, but he came very close.

During his latest audio message on Lexy.com, Calipari plainly states:

"It's been interesting. This has never happened before where a coach has five players put their names in the NBA Draft. Has nine players leaving the program..."

Listen to Coach Cal on Lexy

While he didn't say Dodson is gone, let's do the math:

1 Darius Miller G 6-7 223 Sophomore Maysville, KY
3 Darnell Dodson G 6-7 215 Sophomore Greenbelt, MD
4 Jon Hood G 6-6 195 Freshman Madisonville, KY
5 Ramon Harris G-F 6-7 218 Senior Anchorage, AK
11 John Wall G 6-4 195 Freshman Raleigh, NC
12 Mark Krebs G 6-5 207 Senior Newport, KY
15 DeMarcus Cousins F 6-11 270 Freshman Mobile, AL
21 Perry Stevenson F 6-9 207 Senior Lafayette, LA
24 Eric Bledsoe G 6-1 190 Freshman Birmingham, AL
33 Daniel Orton F 6-10 255 Freshman Oklahoma City, OK
34 DeAndre Liggins G 6-6 202 Sophomore Chicago, IL
54 Patrick Patterson F 6-9 235 Junior Huntington, WV
55 Josh Harrellson F 6-10 265 Junior St. Charles, MO

John Calipari's Recruiting Prowess is Just Ridiculous



Mike Miller of NBCSports.com says that John Calipari's accomplishments on the recruiting trail are ridiculous when considering all the players he has brought to Kentucky to this point.

Here is an excerpt:

For those not paying attention – or who ignore recruiting news – Calipari’s debut season with the Wildcats resulted in a freshman class for the ages: four five-star recruits, including the nation’s top two players, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins. Last week, he secured the top players in the class of 2010, Brandon Knight, and 2011, Michael Gilchrist.

And now, he added to his class of 2011 by convincing point guard Marquis Teague – the No. 2 overall recruit – to come to Lexington. More impressive was that Teague was seen as a lock to attend Louisville, which had recruited him hard the past two years. How many players can say no to Rick Pitino like that?


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Friday, April 23, 2010

Ex-Cat Donald Williams May Return to the SEC



Former Kentucky guard Donald Williams, who never appeared in a game under head coach Billy Gillispie, will visit Ole Miss over the weekend.

Williams, who will have three years of eligibility remaining, is coming off a season where he scored 19 points per game at Antelope Valley Junior College.

Williams is expected to commit to the Rebels over the weekend and he will be eligible in 2010-11.

Here is an excerpt from Insidethegrove.com:

Donald Williams, a 6-foot-5 juco guard, is slated to officially visit Oxford and Ole Miss this weekend.. Williams played at Kentucky under former coach Billy Gillespie, and left for the junior college ranks when John Calipari was hired. Williams averaged over 19 points a game in junior college, Ole Miss certainly hopes that will transfer to the SEC level. He has three years of eligibility left on the court.

Williams is expected to commit to Ole Miss, as long as the Rebels want him.

It's Official: Doron Lamb Signs National Letter of Intent


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Doron Lamb has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University of Kentucky, head coach John Calipari announced on Friday.

A senior at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., Lamb ranks 29th on ESPNU’s Top 100 21st overall by Rivals.com and is rated the No. 3 shooting guard by Scout.com recruiting services.

“Doron is a terrific guard from New York and Oak Hill who will come in and contribute right away,” Calipari said. “With the Dribble Drive Motion and the way we play, his ability to score and his mid-range game will flourish. I think he’s going to be a great defender and a great addition for us at Kentucky.”

The 6-foot-4 Lamb, who hails from Laurelton, N.Y., spent his last two years at Oak Hill where he averaged 23.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 4.0 apg this past season. The 2010 McDonald’s All-American tallied 12 points in the McDonald’s All-American game, helping lead the West team to a 107-104 victory.

Lamb also participated in the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic All-American game along with future UK teammate Brandon Knight. He finished with 11 points in helping lead the West to a 129-125 win.

Lamb joins Enes Kanter, Knight and Stacey Poole Jr. in UK’s 2010 signing class.

Source: Release by the University of Kentucky

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Asbury University Lands Scott County's Austin Flannery


Wilmore, Ky. – The Asbury University men’s basketball program announced the commitment of Austin Flannery (Scott Co. High School) for the 2010-11 season.

Flannery was a starting guard on a Scott County team that will send three players to the NCAA Division I level. The Cardinals were KHSAA State Semi-finalists in 2010 as well as 11th Region Champions. A knock-down shooter, Flannery averaged 10 points per game and hit on 40% from the three point line and 50% from the field. He was a 72% shooter from the free-throw line. His season high came against Louisville Seneca when he scored 28 points.

After transferring from Boone County High School after his sophomore year Flannery played in all 68 games for Scott County his junior and senior seasons and scored over 500 points for the Cardinals. He was named to the 42nd District All-Tournament Team and was the 2010 Central Bank Classic MVP. He was also a member of the 2010 Toyota Classic All-Academic Team.

Head Coach Will Shouse commented on the commitment, “We are very excited to add a shooter like Austin to our team. Anytime you can add a player from a program the caliber of Scott County it is obviously a plus. Coach Hicks has developed a winning mentality at Scott County and we think Austin will bring that with him and make it contagious throughout our program.”

Coach Shouse added, “Austin is going to be a great fit at Asbury. He’s got great character and will fit in with not only our team but also our campus. We are very eager to get Austin here in the fall and expect him to help to continue to elevate our program.”

Flannery will formally sign with Asbury on May 5th. He chose the Eagles despite interest from Northern Kentucky and Walsh (Ohio) among other schools.

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T.G.I.F. Afternoon Notes from Around the State


- As expected, Kentucky's John Wall and Patrick Patterson will remain in the NBA Draft and end their UK careers; still waiting for official word from Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton

- Asbury University has picked up a commitment from Scott County's Austin Flannery (pictured); Flannery will sign in early May

- Jaquail Fowler, a 6-2 guard from PRP, will sign with Asbury on Monday

- Murray State has signed former UL-Lafayette recruit Jeff Reese; Reese signed with Lafayette but was released from his scholarship by new head coach Bob Marlin

- Morehead State has signed Reggie Williams from Virginia Beach, Virginia

- Sources indicate that West Jessamine's Jarrod Polson will likely have a decision on or before Monday; he is deciding on Kentucky (walk-on) or Liberty

- Lyle Rommelman from Community Christian Academy in Paducah, Kentucky has signed with Mid-Continent University (article later)

- Point guard Chris Denson from Shaw (Ga.) HS is no longer considering Western Kentucky

- Logan Laswell from Paoli High School (Ind.) has signed with Lindsey Wilson College

Patrick Patterson Press Conference Coverage


Coverage of Patrick Patterson's farewell address

* Watch the press conference live

NOTES:

- Thank you's for Tubby Smith, Billy Gillispie, Coach Cal and this year's coaching staff, teammates, Big Blue Nation, guys at the Wildcat Lodge
- Patterson will remain in the NBA Draft and not return to Kentucky
- Still on track to get his degree; will obtain it in 3 years
- "I just feel that it's time for me to move on."
- Best memories: Coach Cal tripping over his feet in practice; says they all get a kick out of it; will always remember the great moments with his team
- No regrets with returning for junior season
- "Coach Cal said he wanted me to return...he'd love to coach me for another year."
- Wants to be remembered as a hard worker and someone that was always there for the fans
- "I've been through a lot"
- "My first two years here at Kentucky were not the true Kentucky years that we've had in the past."
- The West Virginia loss is still eating at Patrick
- Says he considered coming back just to try for another championship because it meant that much to him
- Should be in Lexington until May 10 or 11; after that he'll be in California training for the Draft
- Unlike John Wall, Patrick says he can use the microwave
- He knows his mom and dad loves Lexington; knows they will miss the crazy atmosphere and the crazy fans
- "My entire family will always be true blue and bleed blue."

Terrence Jones Will Visit Kansas on Sunday



Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com just sent a message out on Twitter confirming that Kentucky 2010 recruit Terrence Jones will make an official visit to Kansas on Sunday.

Here is Zagoria's message:

adamzagoria Terrence Jones of Portland Jefferson will take an official to Kansas on Sunday

There is a thought process growing that Jones is going to decide between the Jayhawks and Washington, but that has not been confirmed by a valid source.

Jones has stated that he will make an announcement on April 30.

Keathley-Coached Player Jamario Moon Shining in the NBA


Keathley-coached player Jamario Moon in the hunt for NBA championship

by STEVE LeMASTER
THE FLOYD COUNTY TIMES

Image: NBA.com

LeBron. Shaq. Jamario. First-year Cleveland Cavalier Jamario Moon is playing on the same team as two definite future NBA Hall of Famers. Moon, who now hauls in $2.75 million per season thanks to his current one-year salary with the Cavaliers, essentially got a professional basketball boost while playing under a coach whose roots stem back to Eastern Kentucky. In 2004, following a stint with the storied Harlem Globetrotters organization, Moon signed on to play for the ABA’s Kentucky Colonels. Moon inked to play for the Colonels for $500 per week in the historic Louisville Gardens. The future NBA player’s coach during his stint with the Louisville-based franchise was Floyd County native and future East Kentucky Miners head coach Kevin Keathley.

Keathley has became known for his uptempo fast-paced style of play as a coach. That style was evident during his two seasons at the helm of the East Kentucky Miners franchise as his squads led pro basketball in team scoring. However, he’s also earned the reputation of finding little known or undiscovered talent over the years.

During a 16-game stint with the Colonels, Moon averaged 15 points and nine rebounds per game. The emerging professional basketball star suited up for Keathley’s team for a part of the 2004-2005 season, playing alongside former Kentucky Wildcats Anthony Epps and Antwain Barbour along with Luke Whitehead and Jeremy McNeil, among others.

Now, six years, one dozen minor league teams, four NBA Summer League squads and one season in Mexico later, Moon is a solid member of the NBA championship-contending Cleveland Cavaliers.

“Jamario (Moon) is playing really well as of late, he’s averaging about six points and five rebounds per game with Cleveland,” Keathley said. “However, he started three games at the end of the regular-season and had 15, 14 and 15 points in his starting role. He also came up huge in Cleveland’s opening round win, scoring 12 points and blocking two shots. He’s a big-time player who excels at both ends of the court.”

Moon began his NBA career with the Toronto Raptors during the 2007-08 season. During his rookie season, Moon averaged 8.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Moon played one season and 54 games of another for Toronto before being traded to the Miami Heat. After finishing out the 2007-08 season with Miami, Moon signed with the Cavaliers.

Keathley developed an eye for talent early on in his coaching career. Over the last few seasons, Keathley has had an opportunity to coach NBA-caliber players Jermaine Blackburn and Josh Pace in both Kentucky and Texas. Blackburn and Pace continue to draw interest from multiple NBA franchises.

“I think one of the most exciting parts of coaching on the college or pro levels is going out and finding undiscovered or little known talent,” Keathley confided. “Probably our biggest find as a staff was back in 2004 when I was the head coach of the Kentucky Colonels. My player personnel advisor Brandon Paquin and I were looking for a swing man to replace David Scott, a player of ours who was leaving for overseas. We really try to have a backup plan in case of injuries or players signing contracts elsewhere which is a regular occurrence on this level. We had a young guy who was playing for the Harlem Globetrotters at the time that we were really high on and that was Jamario Moon. He didn’t have any pro experience with the exception of a couple of brief stints, one-to-three games, with a couple of other teams. He really fit the type of mold I looked for at the swing forward position - very athletic, could shoot the ball and could really pass the basketball. Being really good in the open court is what excited me the most about Moon’s game.”
Moon made an immediate impact upon his arrival for the Colonels. In Moon, Keathley saw plenty of high-level pro potential.

“I knew immediately that Jamario was an NBA-type talent,” Keathley said. “Having him and Antwain Barbour on the wings made my job pretty easy. He ended up averaging about 15 points and nine rebounds a game for us. Looking back, he had the talent and ability then; I think what he was lacking at the time was the killer instinct.”

In addition to the ABA and NBA D-League, the much-traveled Moon has logged minutes in various leagues, including the USBL, WBA and CBA. Moon averaged 18.8 points in 44 games for the CBA’s Albany Patroons and former NBA All-Star turned coach Michael Ray Richardson during the 2006-07 campaign, one season before Keathley guided the East Kentucky Miners franchise during its debut season in the same league. He was named a CBA All-Star and the league’s Defensive Player of the Year that season.

“I think Moon having the opportunity to play for Michael Ray Richardson in Albany helped him understand what NBA coaches and scouts were looking for,” Keathley said, looking back at Moon’s run with the Albany Patroons. “Michael Ray is a former NBA All-Star, so he knows what it takes. I’ve coached in many games against Coach Richardson over the last two to three years and the one thing his teams do is play hard for 48 minutes. They will defend on and off the ball. I think Jamario took from that and became a complete player under Coach Richardson.”

When he tunes in to a Cleveland Cavaliers game, Keathley watches proudly as he sees a former player donning a No. 15 jersey and performing in the NBA.

“I’m very happy for Jamario and what he has been able to accomplish,” Keathley added. “I don’t take any credit for his success or anything like that, but I do feel we opened the door for everyone to see what type of player he was, he got to showcase his talents for more than a couple of games. It took a team taking a strong look at him and letting him play in more than a couple of games and we did that with the Colonels. After the 2005 season concluded, I spoke with the Arkansas Rimrockers of the NBA-D League the night prior to their draft. I urged then head coach Joe Harge to take a look at him in one of the early rounds. Coach Harge agreed he was well worth the draft pick and drafted him the next day. I don’t think he lasted very long with the Rimrockers but it continued to move him towards the NBA.”

Keathley feels Moon deserved the opportunity he got to catch on and play in the NBA.

“Off the court, Jamario is a very good guy,” Keathley said. “He was always a laid back young man who was easy to get along with. I’ve told this story many times, one morning before practice, Jamario surprised me with four tickets to a Harlem Globetrotters game for my family. He deserves all the success he’s having in the NBA right now with Cleveland. I’m rooting for Jamario, LeBron and Shaq to win it all. It’s amazing to even say that – Jamario in the same sentence with Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James. It just goes to show you if you work hard enough and believe in yourself, nothing is out of reach.”

Is there another Keathley-coached player bound for the NBA? Could be. But for now, Keathley is content to watch and root for Jamario Moon as his former player and teammates in Cleveland compete for an NBA title.

“I know Jamario still talks about how difficult his times were – chasing his basketball dream,” Keathley said. “On different occasions he has brought up the Kentucky Colonels as a reference to his struggle. There were times the owner of the team would hand out paychecks a few days late and all of us would rush to the bank to make sure it cleared. It became an ongoing joke amongst us as a team. I know his journey hasn’t been easy and that’s what makes his success even more special. I’m just really proud of what he’s accomplished and the adversity he’s overcome. For a guy to go from playing in the Louisville Gardens and making 500 dollars a week to now making almost three-million dollars a year and competing for an NBA championship with two of the great players of the game is a great story to watch unfold.”

Steve LeMaster covers the NBA D-League and minor league basketball for Pro Basketball News (http://www.probasketballnews.com/).

Morehead State Inks Talented Point Guard Reggie Williams

The Morehead State Eagles have signed 2010 point guard Reggie Williams from Landstown High School (Va.).


Williams is an explosive 6-2 ball handler that came on strong during his senior season at Landstown.


Rivals.com lists Williams as a 2-star player with offers from North Carolina Wilmington and Stony Brook.

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New NCAA Rules Should Greatly Benefit Enes Kanter



It is believe that new rules for international basketball players in regards to NCAA eligibility will greatly assists Kentucky's Enes Kanter.

Kanter, who has already signed with the Wildcats for next season, is a native of Turkey and will be seeking college eligibily even though he contributed to a professional team in his home country.

While Kanter participated on a pro team, he was not a professional player as he received no financial payment.

Here is en excerpt of an article from ESPN.com:

It's looking as though Kanter won't suffer the same fate as former Turkish national team teammate Deniz Kilicli of West Virginia, who was forced to sit out 20 games because he played with Pertevniyal, a farm team for Turkish club powerhouse Efes Pilsen.

Kanter contributed to the Turkish team Fenerbahce Ulker at 16. Years ago, he would have been penalized for playing with pros. Now, he won't be because he wasn't a pro.

"To punish a kid for breaking a rule he doesn't even know he's breaking, it's crazy to me," said Thornton, who also trains NBA players. "A kid is 15 and they're saying, 'OK, you got to play on this team,' he's going to say 'OK.' He doesn't know about the NCAA rules. Then two years later, they tell him he can't play for 19 games? I definitely think that they're opening that up. It's going in the right direction."


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My Thoughts: I expect Kanter to be ruled eligible by the NCAA amateurism committee. One aspect that isn't often mentioned - think of what a bonus it is for Kentucky to put a player on the court that has experience against adults at the professional level.

Updates on Some 2011 and 2012 Kentucky Recruits


2011:

- ZagsBlog.com reported yesterday that Duke was scheduled to host 2011 recruits Quincy Miller, Austin Rivers, Amir Williams and Michael Gbinije at a banquet last night.

Kentucky has been heavily involved with Miller and has also been mentioned with Rivers and Williams.

Doc Rivers, Austin's father, stated in the article that Florida and Duke are the two leaders for his son.

- There are some rumors floating around that things are heating up between Kentucky and Michael Chandler, who recently de-committed from Louisville.

Please consider those as "unverified" rumors at this point, but it would surely add insult to injury to Louisville if Calipari ends up with another player that was thought to be headed to the Cardinals.

- Kentucky has given an offer to 2011 small forward Adonis Thomas (pictured; from SlamOnline.com) according to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal

2012:

- Kentucky 2012 recruit Perry Ellis has been named ESPN Rise Sophomore National Player of the Year

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ESPN.com Discusses Bowling Green's Chane Behanan


Christopher Lawlor of ESPN.com has written a nice piece about Kentucky basketball that focuses primarily on Bowling Green's talented big man Chane Behanan.

Lawlor says Behanan should be the favorite for Kentucky's 2011 Mr. Basketball award and takes a close look at his recruitment.

Here is an excerpt:

"I'm comfortable here; the people welcomed with open arms," Behanan said. "At first it was tough coming from a large city to small one, but it's peaceful. I've met nice people here."

Since his arrival Behanan has also honed his game under the watchful eye of coach D.G. Sherrill. At first he didn't buy into Sherrill's emphasis on defense, but by midseason he was averaging more than four blocked shots per game. Behanan also heard defense wins games.

"That's what coaches Rick Pitino and Bob Huggins told me; they believe in defense, and it's an important part of their teams," Behanan said.

There are several schools in the mix. This week Oklahoma State visited Monday and Purdue was at the open gym on Tuesday.

West Virginia, Louisville, Western Kentucky, Mississippi State, Cincinnati and Florida are also interested.


The article also gives a mention to the Clark County duo of Vinny Zollo and Robbie Stenzel.

C.J. Leslie Down to 3; Will Visit Connecticut this Week



C.J. Leslie, one of the top remaining uncommitted players in the 2010 class, has announced on Twitter that he will visit UConn this weekend.

Here is his post on Twitter:

Yep it's uconn this wk end

ZagsBlog.com adds that Florida is no longer in the mix for Leslie and his list is down to three schools: Connecticut, North Carolina State and Kentucky.

Here is an excerpt:

As for Kentucky, Leslie is close friends with Kentucky commit Brandon Knight and said he is considering following him to the Bluegrass.

But Lisa Leslie said that wouldn’t necessarily be a deciding factor for her son.

“He’s really not saying,” she said. “He likes playing with Brandon. As far as that being a big factor, he hasn’t come out and told us that. He likes playing with Brandon, I’m not sure if he’s leaning in that direction. He just hasn’t said.”


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Former Louisville Recruit Josh Langford Signs with Auburn



Josh Langford, a 6-6 forward who originally committed to Louisville, has signed with the Auburn Tigers.

Langford was committed to the Cardinals for almost a year before re-opening his recruitment in November.

His final three were the Tigers, West Virginia and Ole Miss.

Source

Rivals.com lists Langford as an unranked, 3-star recruit.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Marcus Thornton Will Think Things Over; Decide in May


AJC.com reports that Marcus Thornton has met with the coaches of the final seven teams on his list and will now take a "mini-spring break" to think things over.

Here is an excerpt:

Westlake’s Marcus Thornton, who is one of college basketball top free agents, has finished the in-home visits with all seven of his finalists — Kentucky, Texas, Alabama, UGA, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Michigan. On Thursday, Thornton left for Florida for a mini-spring break. He will return late Sunday night and begin narrowing down his schools on Monday, his father confirmed to the AJC on Thursday night.

“We wanted to give Marcus some time to think about everything,” Billy Thornton said. “We’re going to look over things next week. We don’t have any pending short list, and (the rapid process of recruiting) may not allow us to specify a short list in advance.”


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Thornton hopes to make a decision and will likely announce around the third week in May.

Western Kentucky Hands Out Team Awards


Western Kentucky has handed out team awards for the 2009-10 season during their annual awards banquet.

The Hilltoppers finished the season at 21-13.

Senior A.J. Slaughter was named the team's MVP for the season.

Here is a list of awards given:

Clem Haskins Most Valuable Player: AJ Slaughter
E.A. Diddle Award: Steffphon Pettigrew and Sergio Kerusch
Danny Rumph Outstanding Teammate Award: Jeremy Evans
Ralph Crosthwaite Field Goal Accuracy Award: Jeremy Evans
Darel Carrier Free Throw Accuracy Award: AJ Slaughter
Tom Marshall Rebounder of the Year: Sergio Kerusch
Dwight Smith Playmaker of the Year: AJ Slaughter
John Oldham Most Improved Player: Cliff Dixon
Bobby Rascoe Defensive Player of the Year: Steffphon Pettigrew and Jeremy Evans
Dixie Mahurin Academic Award: Caden Dickerson
Jones Family Appreciation Award: Dr. Camden Wood Selig and Family

South Laurel's Matt St. John Inks with Union College


BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – The Union College men’s basketball program announced today the signing of local 6-foot-9 center Matt St. John (London, Ky.) to its program for the 2010-11 campaign.

St. John garnered national attention, being recognized as the 20th best center in the country on ESPN360.com his senior season. He also finished his career as South Laurel High School’s all-time leader in scoring (1,866), rebounding (1,036) and blocked shots (345).

Originally from London, Ky. St. John chose the Bulldogs after receiving attention from a plethora of institutions, including Eastern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, Lincoln Memorial University and the University of the Cumberlands.

Matt has been a starter on the Cardinals varsity squad since his freshman season. In his final season with the Cardinals, St. John averaged 22.2 points, 13 boards and nine blocks per game, while also leading the state in rebounds and blocks. The heralded center also holds two Kentucky State records for rebounds in a game (33) and blocked shots in a game (18).

No stranger to garnering recognition for his abilities, St. John has earned All-Region and All-Tournament honors in Region-XIII of Kentucky in every year since his freshman season at South Laurel. He earned All-District Team honors every year in high school for the 50th district of Kentucky.

Head coach Sean Gillespie commented on the signing, “to say I am excited about getting a post presence like Matt would be a severe understatement. For him to commit to us with all the others opportunities that were in front of him is a special feeling. Coach Wright at South Laurel High School has done a great job in getting him to this point in his career and we are looking forward to getting the ‘baton’ handed off to us.

Coach Gillespie also went on to say, “the thing that has impressed me about Matt is his foot work and his hands. He has a nice touch with the ball to go with his great moves around the basket and I believe he will have a great career here at Union College as we continue to push the program forward.”

Source: Press Release by Union College

Photo: Manchester Enterprise

Pikeville College Signs Sharp-Shooting Chris Noble


PIKEVILLE, Ky. – One of the state’s top three-point shooters has sign a scholarship agreement with Pikeville College.

Chris Noble, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Perry County Central High School, signed with the Bears on Thursday.

Noble averaged 14 points and four rebounds per game for the Commodores as a senior. He hit 43 percent of his three-point shots and was a 78 percent free throw shooter. In addition, he averaged 2.8 made three-point shots per game, which was eighth in the Commonwealth.

“If you can shoot the basketball you’ll always have an opportunity, and Chris can certainly do that,” said Pikeville College Coach Kelly Wells. “We’re excited about bringing Chris to our campus and adding him to the Bears Basketball family.”

Noble becomes the second Perry Countian to sign with the Bears this off-season. Hazard guard Josh Whitaker joined the team earlier this month.

Noble scored 1,112 points in his career. As a junior he averaged 12 points a game after tossing in 14 per outing as a sophomore. He hit the radar his sophomore season when he went 9-of-12 from the arc and scored 33 points in the 2008 14th Region tournament in a game against Powell County.

Source: Press Release by Pikeville College

UK Recruit Terrence Ross is Leaning Strongly To Washington



OregonLive.com reports tonight that 2010 guard Terrence Ross is "strongly leaning toward signing with the University of Washington."

Ross, who is good friends with UK recruit Terrence Jones, is rated No. 30 by ESPNU in the 2010 Class.

Ross is still reportedly considering Oregon, Kentucky, Kansas and Oklahoma.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

"I think he likes the fact that most of their players are returning, as well as their history for producing professional guards," Marcine Ross said. "He really has a nice bond with coach Lorenzo Romar. We'll have to see how it goes, but so far, Terrence feels strong about the University of Washington."

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Ross and Jones are expected to announce together and Jones stated earlier on Twitter that he will announce on April 30.

My Thoughts: I love Jones' game and don't know a great deal about Ross on the court, but I am feeling that we may not land either player.

Terrence Jones to Announce on April 30



Terrence Jones posted on Twitter that he will likely announce his college choice on April 30.

Here is his "Tweet":

TerrenceJones1 The 30th it is....

Jones is expected to choose between Kentucky, Washington, Oregon, UCLA or Oklahoma.

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2011 Superstar Marquis Teague to Kentucky



Marquis Teague, the No. 1 point guard and No. 2 overall player in the 2011 Class, has given his commitment to the Kentucky Wildcats.

Teague says, "He coaches guards real well and I want to be a great guard when it's all said and done."

Teague joins Michael Gilchrist, the No. 1 overall player, in the 2011 Class for UK.

On a side note, there were close to 10,000 users online to watch the IndyStar.com live feed video. Instead, they were treated to a black screen with a scrolling message and missed the entire press conference.

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Scout.com: Marquis Teague is a Kentucky Wildcat

Evan Daniels of Scout.com confirms that Marquis Teague is a Kentucky Wildcat.

Here is the Scout.com article (subscription)

NCAA Tournament: Projecting the Field of 68?



It appears that the NCAA is on the verge of expanding the NCAA Tournament to 68 teams, beginning with the 2011 Tournament.

ESPN.com reports that beginning next year, there is a $10.8 billion TV deal that will allow every NCAA Tournament game to be shown live. The agreement was made with CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting System Inc. and will run from 2011 through 2024.

Beginning in 2011, first- and second-round games will be shown on four networks: CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. CBS and Turner will equally split coverage of the regional semifinals.

Apparently, the bottom eight teams that make the field will compete in four "first round" games with the winners advancing to battle the number 1 seeds.

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A Few Thursday Morning Quick Hitters


Here are a few notes from around the state this morning:

- Pikeville College is set to sign three Kentucky kids (articles coming soon):

Chris Noble – Perry Central
Tyler Newsome – Shelby Valley
Eric Stidham – Buckhorn HS

- Matt St. John from South Laurel will be signing with Union College today

- John Clay of the Herald-Leader posted this on Twitter earlier:

Big Blue world is abuzz that LeBron James called Marquis Teague to seal the deal for Kentucky. We'll see at 1:30.

- Floyd Central's Cody Banet has signed with Indiana University East

- Jeffersontown's Dominique Smith has signed with Laramie County Community College

- Cody Miller of Knox Central has committed to Union College and will sign early next week

John Wall Press Conference Coverage



John Wall Press Conference/Media Opportunity

10:00 a.m., Memorial Coliseum

* Watch live online at WKYT.com or LEX18.com

Notes:

- Press conference about to kick off
- John Wall is looking sharp in a nice suit
- Wall will enter the NBA Draft; still deciding on his agent
- "I will come back and get my degree"
- Says Kentucky is a great school for basketball and also academics
- Wall is ready for any challenge the NBA has for him
- "I'm finishing out my school year."
- Wall will take final exams and come back in the summers to finish up his degree
- "If I get that number one pick, it's going to be a dream come true."
- "I'm just worried about getting my mom a house and a car to show her how much I appreciate everything she's done for me."
- Says John Calipari is like a father figure; "He's not my real dad, but he's something like that"
- Wall says he's still growing up; can't do laundry, can't cook
- Talks about how difficult it is to lose to WVU in the way they lost
- Hopes the fans in Kentucky remember him for the rest of his life
- "Thank you all for coming out, but I got to go take this test."

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sources Saying Marquis Teague Will be a Kentucky Wildcat


I just came home from a church meeting (where Kentucky basketball was a big topic of discussion) to see that my cell phone was suffering from text message and missed call meltdown.

The general moral of the story was:

"Wireman, several folks saying Teague will be a Cat! You heard anything?"

I have made some calls and it appears that most everyone feels Teague will announce his intentions to be a Kentucky Wildcat tomorrow.

In catching up, it looks like Marc Maggard of TrueBlueKentucky.com posted this on Twitter earlier tonight:

marcmaggard UK fans new to mobilize and head to Pike high school tomorrow for the teague announcement! No joke. Ill he leaving Lexington at 930am

About an hour later, he posted:

marcmaggard UK fans... get to Pike high school tomorrow at 1pm. Teague will announce for UK. Make a splash and show every future recruit how UK rolls!

marcmaggard Teague WILL announce for UK. Now show up to cheer!

When asked about this posts on Twitter, Maggard said, "Teague will announce for UK. Done deal."

In addition, a source with close connections to the Cincinnati program confirmed that Teague is heading to Kentucky.

Finally, I just got off the phone with a good source at UK who will not say that Teague is heading to Kentucky, but did state, "I think tomorrow will be a very good day for Kentucky basketball."

In the recruiting world, it's always hard to say 100% or done deal, but that is essentially what everyone I've talked to tonight is saying.

I always feel better when I hear a recruit make the actually announcement and pose in the blue and white baseball cap, but there is no question tonight that all signs indicate that Marquis Teague will be the next in a long line of superstar Calipari point guards.

UPDATE: 2011 recruit Tony Wroten just posted on Twitter:

Yea I jus got off da phone wit him. RT @redsoxcat u talk to him? @TWroten5 Yessir. Mr.teague will b a kentucky wildcat. Its final

Photo: IndyStar.com

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A Couple of Kentucky Recruiting Notes



Here are a couple of quick notes:

- Evan Daniels of Scout.com reported on Twitter earlier that members of the Kentucky coaching staff checked out 2011 big man Michael Chandler earlier today; here Daniels' message on Twitter:

evandanielscout Heard a pair of schools -- Tennessee and Kentucky -- went by Lawrence North today to checkout Michael Chandler.

Chandler is the player that relaxed on his commitment to Louisville and decided to open his recruitment back up.

- West Jessamine head coach Damon Kelly has confirmed reports that Kentucky has offered Jarrod Polson a preferred walk-on spot on next season's roster; Polson is currently on a visit to Liberty.

There still nothing solid on Teague but an update will be coming your way if I hear anything with validity.

Teague Family Ready to End "Tough" Recruiting Process



Kyle Neddenriep of IndyStar.com writes today that the family of Marquis Teague is ready to get this recruiting process over with and move forward. Teague's father describes the process as "agonizing" at times.

Here is an excerpt:

Shawn Teague said the family will wait until Thursday to alert the college coaches of his decision. Marquis Teague, a 6-2 junior point guard, will choose from among Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville and Purdue at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pike freshman center.

"It's tough," Shawn Teague said. "He built relationships with all of those coaches and it's going to be tough to tell them that you're going one direction versus another. We've had great relationships throughout the process with all of those coaches."


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Breaking: 2012 Big Man Zach Peters Chooses Kansas



Scout.com reports that 2012 big man Zach Peters has committed to the Kansas Jayhawks.

His final four were Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas and Texas and most everyone thought he would end up as either a Jayhawk or a Longhorn.

Article by Scout.com (Subscription)

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Three Future Cats on USA Today's All-USA Teams


USA Today's 2010 All-USA basketball teams have been announced and there are three future Kentucky Wildcats on the first two teams.

Brandon Knight, a 2010 point guard that has signed financial aid papers with UK, is on the All-USA First Team.

Doron Lamb, who has also signed in the 2010 Class, is on the Second Team.

Joining Lamb on the Second Team is Michael Gilchrist, who has committed to UK's 2011 Class.

Kentucky 2010 recruit Terrence Jones is on the Second Team, as well.

All-USA First Team:

Harrison Barnes (Player of the Year)
Brandon Knight
Jared Sullinger
Tobias Harris
Kyrie Irving

Second Team:

Josh Selby
Cory Joseph
Michael Gilchrist
Doron Lamb
Terrence Jones


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Wall and Patterson: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow



UK has announced that there will be media opportunities for John Wall and Patrick Patterson this week, presumably for both to announce their intentions to remain in the NBA Draft.

Here is an announcement from UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy via Twitter:

Media opportunities with both John Wall (Thurs @ 10 am) and Patrick Patterson (Fri @ 2:30 pm) this week in the Memorial Coliseum Media Room.

Wall is considered the likely overall top pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Patterson, who has not officially submitted his NBA Draft paperwork, is projected in the middle of the first round.

My Thoughts: Best wishes to both Pat and John in the draft and beyond..

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Roster Announced for Kentucky/Indiana All-Star Series



The Kentucky roster for the Kentucky/Indiana All-Star basketball serius has been announced following a weekend tryout session.

Kentucky roster:

Colt Barnhill, East Carter
Taylor Epley, Trinity
Will Evans, Lexington Christian
Vance Hall, Franklin County
Ashley Hatfield, Shelby Valley
Thomas Jackson, Jeffersontown
Ricardo Johnson, Holmes
Keisten Jones, Ballard
Elisha Justice, Shelby Valley
Tanner Peurach, Lexington Catholic
Elijah Pittman, Holmes
Josh Sewell, Trinity
Aaron Watts, McCreary Central

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