Saturday, May 22, 2010

Kadeem Jack Will Likely Attend Prep School



Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com is reporting on Twitter that 6-8 power forward Kadeem Jack will likely attend prep school rather than college in 2010.

Jack has been recruited lately by the likes of Kentucky and North Carolina.

Here is Zagoria's post on Twitter:

AdamZagoria Kadeem Jack`s mentor, Damian Leslie, says he will be at South Kent prep next year, not college. `As far as I know.`

John Wall Meets with the Washington Wizards


Kentucky's John Wall and Ohio State's Evan Turner met with leadership from the Washington Wizards over the weekend.

The Wizards have earned to the right to make the first pick in the NBA Draft and the top two draft choices will presumably be Wall and Turner.

Here is an excerpt of an article about Wall's introduction to the Wizards:

John Wall walked into a ballroom at the Sheraton Chicago, lowered his headphones from his ears to his shoulders and looked around for a table with a placard with his name on it. When that proved futile, Wall simply looked for the crowd. He grinned, circled a mob of reporters and cameramen surrounding his table, and before sitting down said, "Thank you, guys, for joining me today."

Wall, the player favored to be selected first overall by the Washington Wizards in the NBA draft, relishes being in the spotlight, a position he embraced through his lone season at Kentucky -- and one that will surely increase if the Wizards decide to take him with the top choice. His possible arrival has already generated considerable buzz around Washington, with the team selling nearly 400 season ticket packages within 12 hours of winning the draft lottery on Tuesday. That night, prospective Wizards owner Ted Leonsis was spotted doing Wall's signature dance move -- a playful jig where his arm forms a tea-kettle shape and his fist moves side-to-side -- which became a craze among Kentucky fans.

"It feels good. It's a dream come true, you know," Wall said of the hype surrounding him. "It's no pressure, you can't let it get to you. You've got to stay humble and hungry. Just keep working and thank God you have a chance to play in the NBA."

Some Anti-John Wall Fans in Washington?


Matthew Brown of BleacherReport.com says there are a few fans in Washington that have jumped on the anti-John Wall bandwagon. Some have labelled the Kentucky point guard as "overhyped" and "not the franchise's future".

Here is an excerpt of the article:

Now that the shock of landing the first overall pick in June's NBA Draft has worn off, Wizards fans can get back to doing what they do best.

Being wrong.

Too many people are jumping on the anti-John Wall bandwagon just because he's received so much attention as the best player in the draft.


Brown adds that the reason Wall receives so much attention is that he deserves it:

Is it fair to write Wall off as over-hyped, or overrated, just because ESPN has a fixation capable of elevating any sports figure to astronomical heights?

There is a reason Wall gets the coverage and hype everyone is already tired of. Plain and simple, he deserves every second of it.

Complete Article

My Thoughts: If you are one of these people, you either know nothing about basketball or you simply enjoy cheering for a losing franchise.

Which Calipari Recruiting Class at UK is the Best?



Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com was asked in his Mailbag feature this week: With the recent recruitment of Terrence Jones, how do you compare the 2009 Kentucky No. 1 recruiting class to the 2010 No. 1 recruiting class?

Here is an excerpt of his answer:

By the ranking numbers, the two classes are pretty much a wash. The difference between the two, however, is the star power at the top of the 2009 class. John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were the No. 1- and No. 2-ranked prospects in the Rivals150, and both were named All-Americans as freshmen.

Kentucky's top two recruits in the 2010 class - Enes Kanter andCheck Spelling Brandon Knight - are ranked No. 3 and No. 6 in the Rivals150. They will be major impact players, but it is difficult to envision them having the impact that Wall and Cousins had.

For this reason, I'd give the nod to the 2009 class as the better recruiting class.


Complete Article and Answer

Here is a look at the two classes and my thoughts:

2009

1. John Wall, PG, 6-4
2. DeMarcus Cousins, PF, 6-9
22. Daniel Orton, C, 6-10
23. Eric Bledsoe, PG, 6-1
40. Jon Hood, SG, 6-6
JC. Darnell Dodson, SF, 6-7

Class Analysis and Highlights:

- Five stars (4)
- Four stars (2)
- Total stars: 28
- Average: 4.67
- Top two players in the class
- 4 of the top 25 players in the class

2010

3. Enes Kanter, PF, 6-9
6. Brandon Knight, PG, 6-3
13. Terrence Jones, PF, 6-8
21. Doron Lamb, SG, 6-4
33. Stacey Poole, SF, 6-5
JC. Eloy Vargas, C, 6-11
??. ?????????????, ?, ?-?

Class Analysis and Highlights:

- Five stars (4)
- Four stars (2)
- Total stars: 28
- Average: 4.67
- 2 of the top 10 players in the class
- 4 of the top 25 players in the class
- The question marks indicate that another player will likely be added

My Thoughts:

I think the two classes remarkably close in terms of talent and rankings. Obviously, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were superstars for Kentucky and it time will only tell if Kanter and Knight can live up to that billing.

Terrence Jones adds another top 10 player, however. Jones gives UK three elite, top 10 players in the class.

In terms of pure superstar talent, I give the edge to 2009. If I'm grading based on the entire class in terms of depth, I lean to 2010 - particularly if Kentucky adds a seventh player.

I personally believe that Calipari has landed two of the top 5-10 classes in NCAA basketball history in his first two seasons at Kentucky, which is nothing short of phenomenal.

UK Trying to Work Out West Coast Game with Portland



There has been speculation that Kentucky will try to play a West Coast game before they travel to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational.

It appears that Kentucky and John Calipari are trying to schedule a game with the University of Portland.

OregonLive.com says the two teams are close to finalizing a deal that will allow the two teams to play November 19 at the Rose Garden.

Here is an excerpt:

The University of Portland is close to finalizing a deal for its men's basketball team to play the Kentucky Wildcats -- who are expected to include prep star Terrence Jones of Portland's Jefferson High School -- at the Rose Garden on Nov. 19, the Pilots confirmed Friday afternoon.

An official announcement could come as early as Monday.


The EA Sports Maui Invitational will be held November 22-24.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Ten Reasons for Washington to Love John Wall


Dalockerroom.com has 10 immediate impacts that John Wall will have on DC Sports.

Here is the top 10 list:

1. Help revitalize DC sports in general
2. Increase ticket holders

3. Wizards can now attract free agents
4. Automatically makes the Wizards better
5. Gives Wizards media visibility
6. Makes Gilbert Arenas a second tier player
7. Ted Leonsis can build through draft
8. Fans can have faith in the Wizards again
9. Everyone on the Wiz team is expendable now
10. Prez Obama will make more Wizard appearances


NOTE: Washington has already sold an additional 400+ season tickets since the NBA Draft Lottery.

Vanhoose, Vaught and Others Elected to KHSAA Hall of Fame


Former Paintsville star J.R. Vanhoose and Larry Vaught of the Danville Advocate-Messenger are amongst the 13 new members of the KHSAA Hall of Fame.

Congratulations to all new members!

Here is an excerpt from an article on LEX18.com:

Gary Kidwell - A longtime supporter of high school athletics in northeastern Kentucky, Kidwell served as basketball coach at Lewis County High School for 20 years, baseball coach for 12 and football coach for 10, as well as athletic director for nearly two decades. Kidwell also is a longtime baseball and softball umpire and served on the KHSAA Board of Control, in addition to Commissioner of the Eastern Kentucky Conference since 2001. Kidwell has served as sports editor of the Lewis County Herald since 1975 and continues to host a weekly sports show on WKKS radio in Vanceburg after 35 years.

Felton Spencer - A standout at Eastern High School in the mid-1980s, Spencer helped the Eagles to a pair of 7th Region championships and a spot on the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Team in 1986. He followed with a standout career at the University of Louisville, followed by a lengthy NBA career.

J.R. VanHoose - A schoolboy legend at Paintsville High School, VanHoose led the Tigers to the 1996 state championship and a runner-up finish in 1998. VanHoose finished his career with 3,095 points and 2,069 rebounds, one of only a handful of players to accomplish the feat. Among the individual honors bestowed upon VanHoose are Parade All-American, USA and Gatorade Player of the Year and 1998 Kentucky Mr. Basketball. VanHoose also enjoyed a standout career at Marshall University.

Larry Vaught - The sports editor of the Danville Advocate-Messenger for more than three decades, Vaught has spent his entire career promoting and recognizing high school student-athletes that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.

Calipari Welcomes New Players, Says "Let's get one more"


Kentucky head coach John Calipari and UK have made the additions of Terrence Jones and Eloy Vargas official.

Calipari made mentions of both new Cats on Twitter earlier today:

UKCoachCalipari Terrence Jones is perfectly suited for our dribble-drive offense. He's a lefty that can score inside and out on the perimeter.

UKCoachCalipari His ability in open space what makes him a special player.

UKCoachCalipari Eloy Vargas is a long, big forward who is skilled both offensively and defensively.

UKCoachCalipari He immediately adds a shot-blocking presence and a versatile front-court player to our team next season.

Calipari then confirmed his intentions add at least one more player to the 2010 Class:

UKCoachCalipari Now let's get one more!

Also check out:

Official Music Video: Do the John Wall

Game 4: Harrellson, Pettigrew Lead Reach USA to Win



Reach USA rebounded in the fourth game of their Chinese exhibition tour to capture a 76-67 victory over the Bayi Rockets. The series is not even at 2-2.

Western Kentucky's Steffphon Pettigrew led Reach USA with 18 points on 8-11 field goal shooting.

UK's Josh Harrellson continued his run of excellent play with 10 points and 6 rebounds. His Wildcat teammate, Jon Hood, had a cold-shooting night and did not score.

The Americans have a day off today before returning to the court tomorrow.

Complete Box Score and Recap

Murray State's Matt Fraliex Transfers to Mid-Continent


Mayfield, KY - Mid-Continent University men's basketball coach and 2009-10 TSAC Coach of the Year Winston Bennett has signed Matt Fraliex from Caldwell County High School in Princeton, Kentucky, to an NAIA Letter of Intent to play for the Cougars beginning with the 2010-2011 season. Fraliex, the son of Earl and Helen Fraliex of Fredonia, Kentucky, transfers to MCU from Murray State University with three years of eligibility remaining.

Fraliex, a 6-4, 185-pound shooting guard, is a 2007 graduate of Caldwell County High School and redshirted in 2007-08 at Murray State. He appeared in 25 games for the Racers in 2008-09, averaging 2.6 points in 7.6 minutes per game with 13 three-pointers in 46 attempts (.283), 8 assists, 23 rebounds and 3 steals.

Heavily recruited out of high school, Fraliex was a five-year varsity starter and led Caldwell County to a 23-win season in 2006-07, including a school-record 15 consecutive wins. CCHS won the 7th District championship and advanced to the 2nd Region semifinals.

CCHS's all-time leading scorer, Matt accumulated 2941 points (22.1 ppg), 629 rebounds (4.7 rpg), 224 assists and 305 three-point field goals in 133 career games. He averaged 26.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game with 74 three-pointers in 26 games as a junior in 2005-2006 and set several school scoring records as a senior in 2006-07 when he averaged 32.3 points with a total of 892 points and 83 three-pointers in 27 games.

Complete Release

NBA Draft Combine Interviews with Former Wildcats

DeMarcus Cousins:



Daniel Orton:




NOTE: Visit DraftExpress.com's YouTube channel to see part 2 of both interviews and also to see interviews with John Wall and Patrick Patterson.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Complete Recap of Terrence Jones' High School Career



OregonLive.com has an excellent review of Terrence Jones' high school career on their site.

It includes all of the articles written about Jones, pictures and even videos.

I recommend checking it out:

Jefferson senior Terrence Jones has signed a financial aid agreement with Kentucky. If you're a Wildcats fan (or not a Washington Huskies fan) we have put together a recap of Jones' career, dating back to his sophomore season at Jefferson High School. Enjoy:

The Oregonian focuses on what made Terrence Jones such a sought-after recruit.

Focus on Terrence Jones
Picture Story - Terrence Jones

Read a collection of our past coverage on Terrence Jones.

Big East May Change Basketball Tournament Format


The Big East Conference will consider a move that will eliminate the "double-bye" situation from the league's conference basketball tournament.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is one of the outspoken voices against the double-bye.

Here is an excerpt of an article from NCAA Basketball Fanhouse:

When the Big East basketball coaches get together at their annual meetings next week, there's a very good possibility they will be saying bye-bye to the double-bye format in the league tournament.

For the past two seasons, the Big East tournament has awarded the top four seeds two byes into the quarterfinals. Of the eight teams to receive the two byes, five have lost their opening game.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino told FanHouse he believes the majority of the league's coaches are for changing the tournament and it could be changed for the 2011 event.

"I'm not for the double bye," Pitino said. "It doesn't keep you sharp enough. I think they [a lot of other coaches] think that also. It could change. I would like it to change."

Complete Article

My Thoughts: I am not a fan of the so-called double-bye. I can understand trying to reward the league's best teams, but that is just too much of an advantage, in my opinion.

Updated Rivals 150 List for 2011 is Released


The updated Rivals 150 List is out and Kentucky already has commitments from the top two players in the class.

Michael Gilchrist holds on to the top spot and Marquis Teague comes in at No. 2.

Kentucky recruit Quincy Miller drops a few spots to No. 8 and UK target Michael Chandler lands at No. 10.

Wayne Blackshear, who has committed to Louisville, is No. 15 on the list.

Bowling Green's Chane Behanan climbs all the way to No. 45 in the nation.

Rivals 150 Top 10:

#1 Mike Gilchrist F Elizabeth, NJ St. Patrick 5 stars 6'6" 190 Kentucky
#2 Marquis Teague G Indianapolis, IN Pike 5 stars 6'2" 170 Kentucky
#3 James McAdoo F Norfolk, VA Norfolk Christian School 5 stars 6'8" 205 North Carolina
#4 LeBryan Nash F Dallas, TX Lincoln 5 stars 6'7" 212 list
#5 Bradley Beal G St. Louis, MO Chaminade 5 stars 6'3" 170 Florida
#6 Austin Rivers G Winter Park, FL Winter Park 5 stars 6'3" 175 list
#7 Anthony Davis C Chicago, IL Perspectives Charter 5 stars 6'10" 220 list
#8 Quincy Miller F High Point, NC Westchester Country Day 5 stars 6'8" 193 list
#9 Rakeem Christmas C Bryn Athyn, PA Academy Of The New Church 5 stars 6'8" 200 list
#10 Michael Chandler C Indianapolis, IN Lawrence North 5 stars 6'10" 220 list

Asbury University Announces Summer Basketball Camp


Wilmore, Ky. – The Asbury University men’s and women’s basketball programs will hold their annual youth basketball camp from June 21-24. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 5-15 with the choice of half-day, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, or full-day which runs until 3:00 pm, lunch will be provided for full-day campers only.

In addition to instruction from men’s coach Will Shouse and women’s coach Bart Flener, the campers will have a chance to learn from current and former Eagles’ players. Every day the campers will focus on fundamentals such as dribbling, passing, and shooting along with learning the importance of team play and sportsmanship. At the end of the week all campers will receive a t-shirt, basketball, and prizes.

For more information and to download a printable brochure plese use the link provided at the top. Registration is open now and will close at 8:50 am on Monday June 21st.

Ex-Card Derrick Caracter Has a Plan for his Future


Former Louisville and UTEP big man Derrick Caracter has a plan for his future if his NBA career fails to pan out - he'll just join the Navy.

That is not a joke. Caracter stated in an interview appearing on Hoopshype.com that plan B after the NBA "would be joining the Navy."

Here is an excerpt:

A future in the NBA is far from certain for Pitino and the same holds true for Caracter. Although his talent has never been in question, the NBA is still not sold on him. Currently projected as a late second-round pick, he will probably have to battle for a roster spot during training camp next October.

If the NBA thing finally doesn’t happen for him, Caracter has already thought about other options, though.

“If Plan A doesn’t work out, Plan B would be joining the Navy. I would do something like that. Seriously. I think it would be a great experience. You travel, you train, you can be chillin’ in Japan. You get to see different things and differents parts of the world. That’s something I always wanted to do: travel around the world. See different things, new people, cultures and lifestyles.”

Complete Article

And, of course, there's no way to submit this post without adding this:


Scout.com Updates 2010 Class Team Rankings; UK No. 1


As expected, with the additions of Terrence Jones and Eloy Vargas, Kentucky has reeled in the top recruiting class for 2010 according to Scout.com.

The Wildcats have added six players, including three of the top 10.

Kentucky may add another player to the 2010 class, which would likely give the Cats one of the all-time great classes in college basketball history.

Adding Jones to the class already makes this a top 10 class all time, in my opinion.

Scout.com Team Rankings for 2010

Parrish Wonders if Terrence Jones Deserves Criticism


Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com, who has seemed a little "anti-UK" lately, wonders this morning if Terrence Jones deserves skepticism rather than sympathy.

Here is an excerpt of Parrish's article:

Jones knew his presence on Twitter -- he stayed on all night, Tweeting well past midnight ET -- ensured both Kentucky and Washington fans would monitor his Twitter account, which ensured one fan base or another would be Tweeting "really hurtful stuff" back at him within seconds of his announcement. If that's what bothered Jones the first time around -- all that "really hurtful stuff" -- why run back to it for seconds?

"Either way 1fan base was gonna hate me," Jones Tweeted after his announcement, so he clearly knew the score. But rather than stay away from Twitter and avoid the "really hurtful stuff" he previously said bothered him, Jones camped out on Twitter to tease and antagonize and pull the strings of thousands in a way only LeBron James wearing his Yankees hat can appreciate.

"Most hated player n 2010 goes 2 me," read Jones' final Tweet of the night.

And you know what?

He might be correct.

But it's hard to argue, this time, that he didn't bring it on himself.


What do you think?

Did Terrence Jones bring much of the negative criticism on himself? Was he looking for too much attention? Was he justified in taking so much time to make a crucial decision?

Let's discuss in the comments section (Note: Foul language and other inappropriate stuff is not welcome and will be deleted).

NKU Will Be First Louisville Opponent at KFC Yum! Center


Northern Kentucky will get the first opportunity to battle the Louisville Cardinals at the brand new KFC Yum! Center.

The Norse will play an exhibition game in the new arena in November.

Here is an excerpt from Cincinnati.com:

U of L's first official game will be against last year's NCAA tournament media darlings, the Butler Bulldogs, but the Yum! Center's shakedown cruise will come in an exhibition game against the Norse.

I'm not surprised that NKU was selected, because the Norse gave the Cardinals such a good test two years ago when the Bank of Kentucky Center opened. Pitino said that having his team be down late in the game on the road in a hostile environment to the hot-shooting Norse was an invaluable pre-season learning experience for the team.


NKU head coach Dave Bezold is excited about the opportunity for his club:

"This (opening the KFC Yum! Center) is an unbelievable opportunity," Bezold said. "It's hard to even put into words."

Complete Article

Josh Harrellson Has Breakout Game in China



Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson was impressive for Reach USA in the third game of their Chinese exhibition tour.

Harrellson had 20 points, 14 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocked shots in an 84-80 loss to the Bayi Rockets, a Chinese top-level club team. Harrellson was 9-15 from the field.

Western Kentucky's Steffphon Pettigrew added 14 points on 6-6 field goal shooting.

UK's Jon Hood added 7 points and 6 rebounds for Reach USA, a squad organized by Sportsreach Ministries.

Complete Recap

John Calipari: Kentucky May Add One More Player



Andy Katz (who is quickly becoming known as Mr. Exclusive for UK basketball news) has spoken to Kentucky head coach John Calipari and revealed that the Cats are may add one more player to the 2010 Class.

Here is an excerpt:

Calipari said Jones fits well into his dribble-drive motion offense. He should allow the Wildcats to use players interchangeably at various positions. Calipari also said the Wildcats may add one more player.

Calipari and Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar both confirmed to ESPN.com that Jones did sign a scholarship aid agreement with Kentucky. Katz adds:

Both coaches, who spoke with Jones Wednesday night, expect this to be his final decision.

Complete Article

My Thoughts: The player Calipari speaks of may be Arnett Moultrie, a transfer from UTEP. Moultrie would take up a 2010 scholarship, but would not be eligible to play until 2011.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

BREAKING: Terrence Jones Signs with Kentucky



Terrence Jones has signed with Kentucky!

Terrence Jones, a 6-9 forward from Jefferson High School (Ore.), has signed scholarship papers with the Kentucky Wildcats.

Several weeks ago, Jones announced that he was committing to Washington, but decided he rushed his decision and continued the process.

Tonight, he made the decision to join Kentucky's 2010 Class.

Jones is No. 8 overall in the class according to Scout.com and fills a huge need in the Kentucky lineup next season. In addition, he solidifies what is easily the top-rated 2010 class in the nation.

A few notes:

- Mark your calendars for The Maui Invitational this fall; UK and UW will both be in the field

- Hat tip to Evan Daniels of Scout.com for breaking the story first on Twitter

- UK easily has the No. 1 recruiting class in 2010; not even close

- 950 KJR radio host has stated at least 10 times tonight that Washington will be a better team than Kentucky next season; let's make a mental note of that for later use

Terrence Jones was a trending topic on Twitter tonight:



It's time to celebrate the nation's top-rated recruiting class (by a landslide):





UPDATE: Terrence Jones Decision at 10:30 p.m. EST

A Seattle radio station is reporting that Terrence Jones will announce his decision at 10:30 p.m. tonight (EST).

Terrence Jones Update: Mother Says "Can't Say Yet"



ZagsBlog.com is reporting that Terrence Jones has likely made his choice but his mother says she "can't say yet" when asked which school he has chosen.

Jones' mother also confirms that her son will indeed sign a national letter of intent and financial aid papers.

Here is an excerpt:

Terrence Jones will sign a National Letter of Intent and financial aid papers Wednesday night, the last day of the spring signing period, according to his mother.

It remains unclear if the 6-foot-9 Jones out of Portland (Ore.) Jefferson will sign with Washington or Kentucky.

“Can’t say yet,” Linda Mashia-Jones wrote by text at about 7:45 p.m.


Complete Article

AAU Coach: Duke Leads for 2011 Star Austin Rivers


Austin Rivers, a 2011 star that has committed to Florida, appears to be looking a different direction these days.

According to ZagsBlog.com, Rivers is now favoring Duke as his future destination.

Rivers, the No. 2 shooting guard in the 2011 Class, has also mentioned several other schools including Kentucky on a potential list.

Here is an excerpt from ZagsBlog.com:

He initially made a verbal commitment to Florida but opened it up and is now considering Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Kansas, Kentucky and Florida.

“He’s opening it up to everybody,” Joseph said. “He’s going to take a visit to North Carolina. He just talked to Rick Barnes [Monday] and he’s going to take a visit to Texas. And then he will make the best decision for his style of play and hope he gets a good education.”


Complete Article

The article also states that Rivers has not established visit dates with UNC, Kansas or Kentucky and his AAU coach says, "he might just visit other schools for the [sake] of visiting."

Kentucky Christian Basketball Signs Bryant Applegate


Excerpt of article from Maysville-Online.com:

RIPLEY, Ohio -- Ripley's Bryant Applegate signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Kentucky Christian University in a ceremony Tuesday at the high school.

As a senior, Applegate averaged 8.3 points per game and led the Blue Jays with an average of 6.9 rebounds. A natural shooting guard or small forward, Applegate was forced to play in the post last season because at 6 feet 4, he was the tallest player on the Jays' roster. Still, he had the team's best field-goal percentage at 55 percent, and though he didn't get to take as many 3-pointers, converted on 40 percent of them.

As it turns out, Applegate's playing out of position may have been a blessing in disguise. His versatility was one of the things that appealed to KCU head coach Corey Mullins.

Complete Article

St. Catharine Signs Three Talented Transfers for 2010


- Mike Johnson, 6-5 wing from Laramie Co. Community College (Wyoming)

Coach Burton says:

"Mike is 6-5 from Denver Co. He averaged 14 points per game the second half of the season. He is very long and athletic. Mike is also a big time defender."



- Troy Lambert, 6'8 forward from Los Positas Community College (California)

Coach Burton says:

"Troy averaged 16 points and 13 rebounds a game last season. He is very athletic and has a motor that never stops!"


- Antoine Watson. 6-4 wing from Sheridan Community College (Colorado)

Coach Burton says:

"Antoine played two seasons at Sheridan Community College. He averaged 13 points and 6 rebounds a game and was named first team all league his sophomore season. Antoine is very athletic and he can score the ball!"

Ex-Cat Randolph Morris Will Likely Be Job-Hunting Soon


Former Kentucky Wildcat Randolph Morris - who famously left Tubby Smith's program early, went undrafted and faxed his way back - will likely be looking for a new team following a four-season run with Atlanta.

Morris is now an unrestricted free agent and the consensus is that he will be searching for a job after appearing in only 74 games (437 minutes) in four seasons.

Here is a breakdown from Mrnewsbreaker.com (Hawk's blog):

Randolph Morris, 6-11, C

Contract: Unrestricted free agent

Look back: Morris, a Landmark Christian product, spent the most time on the inactive list for the Hawks.

Look ahead: Still only 24-years old but with just 74 games and 437 minutes over four seasons he’ll likely be searching for a job.

Morris was always perceived as an underachiever at Kentucky, despite scoring 1,123 points and pulling down 531 rebounds in two-and-a-half seasons (2004-07).

He found a contract with the Hawks after originally signing a free agent contract with the Knicks.

Northern Kentucky Signs Brady Jolly from Campbell County


HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball head coach Dave Bezold has signed Campbell County High School standout Brady Jolly to a national letter of intent.

Jolly, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, averaged 17.5 points per game as a senior at Campbell County. He scored a total of 884 points during his varsity career for the Camels and was named to the 10th Region’s all-star team as a senior.

In addition, Jolly earned all-tournament honors during district play. As a senior, he also averaged 7.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game for head coach Scott Code.

Jolly joins an NKU program that posted a 17-13 record last season. The Norse also advanced to the semifinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.

NKU knocked off eventual regional champion Saint Joseph’s in the second round of the GLVC Tournament.

Source: Release by NKU

Gilchrist Tops Updated Scout.com 2011 Rankings


The latest 2011 recruiting rankings have been released by Scout.com and Kentucky currently has commitments from two of the top three players.

Louisville also has a commitment from Wayne Blackshear, who is ranked No. 8 overall.

Bowling Green's Chane Behanan represents the state of Kentucky in the top 100 as he comes in at No. 85 overall.

Top 10 and a few other notables in the top 100:

1. Michael Gilchrist, 6-6, SF, Kentucky
2. Quincy Miller, 6-8, PF, Kentucky and Louisville on list
3. Marquis Teague, 6-1, PG, Kentucky
4. Austin Rivers, 6-4, SG
5. James McAdoo, 6-8, PF
6. Rakeem Christmas, 6-9, C
7. Johnny O'Bryant, 6-8, PF, Kentucky on list
8. Wayne Blackshear, 6-4, SG, Louisville
9. Anthony Davis, 6-9, PF, Kentucky on list
10. Brad Beal, 6-3, SG
17. Branden Dawson, 6-5, SF, Kentucky on list
18. Tony Wroten, 6-4, SG, Louisville and Kentucky on list
21. Kyle Wiltjer, 6-9, PF, Kentucky on list
31. Amir Williams, 6-9, C, Kentucky on list
40. Trevor Lacey, 6-3, SG, Kentucky on list
44. Sam Thompson, 6-6, SF, Kentucky on list
45. Mike Shaw, 6-8, PF, Louisville on list
46. Michael Chandler, 6-10, C, Louisville and Kentucky on list
47. Jabarie Hinds, 5-11, PG, Louisville on list
76. Zach Price, 6-10, C, Louisville
83. Ryan Taylor, 6-5, SF, Louisville
85. Chane Behanan, 6-6, PF, Louisville and WKU on list (Bowling Green, KY)


Photo: Slamonline.com

High School Coach Thinks Jones Will Choose UW


Terrence Jones will make a final college decision tomorrow (or at least he has stated that he will do so) and he is expected to choose between Kentucky and Washington.

Jones' Jefferson high school coach, Pat Strickland, still thinks his star senior will choose Washington.

Here is an excerpt from The Seattle Times:

"I've been talking with him the last couple of days — with him and his mom — and he told me he'll get it done (Wednesday), and in my opinion, I think he'll choose Washington," Strickland said Tuesday night. "Kentucky is a great institution, but I just think at the end of the day Terrence will choose a situation where the guys that are coming back on the team are familiar with winning.

"And that's the unknown factor with Kentucky. Yeah, they've got blue-chip players and everything, but it's still an unknown factor that they're going to pan out on the college level."



For the record, there are a handful of rumors online that have Jones favoring Kentucky and at least one die hard UK fan on Twitter that insists he has inside information that Jones will be a Cat.

I have asked everyone I know to ask and I can't find anyone that knows either way. In fact, I've been told that even the coaching staffs at the two schools are still in the dark.

Regardless, it appears that the Terrence Jones fiasco will come to a close tomorrow, the final day of the Spring signing period.

At least we hope that will be the case.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Those Tar Heels Can't Win But They Sure Know How to Party

CoedMagazine.com has a little fun with the North Carolina Tar Heels (for the record, I realize these are college students and they are old enough to make their own choices - but, these aren't exactly the type of pics Roy Williams would like to see on the Internet):


Link to complete set of pictures and article

John Wall Speaks to ESPN's Andy Katz


ESPN's Andy Katz caught up with John Wall after the NBA Draft Lottery. Wall said that playing in the NBA is going to be a "dream come true" and he's excited about the possibility of staying on the East coast.

Here is an excerpt:

"It was tough," Wall said early Tuesday after a morning workout at the 360 Athletic Club, hours before he would learn the NBA draft lottery. "I was 17 years old at the time and everyone was telling me about it [being the top pick]. I had to block out, stay hungry and humble.

"People thought I was just going to look over college basketball and not take it seriously, not do my school work and just look to the draft," Wall said. "But that wasn't my goal or my mindset. I went to Kentucky to be a better player. Coach [John Calipari] and [assistant] coach [Rod] Strickland helped me get better. The college experience jump-started me to the NBA."

His projected one year in college was highly coveted with Kentucky beating out Duke, Baylor, Miami and NC State for his services.

Wall said he was particularly proud of his 3.5 grade point average in his second semester at Kentucky, which would dwarf the overall fall semester GPA of the Wildcats. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Kentucky's basketball team's first-semester grades were a seven-year low of 2.025.


Complete Article

Wizards Hit the 2010 NBA Draft Lottery Jackpot


The Washington Wizards have won the NBA Draft Lottery...

1. Washington Wizards

2. Philadelphia 76ers

3. New Jersey Nets

4. Minnesota Timberwolves

5. Sacramento Kings

6. Golden State Warriors

7. Detroit Pistons

8. Los Angeles Clippers

9. Utah Jazz

10. Indiana Pacers

11. New Orleans Hornets

12. Memphis Grizzlies

13. Toronto Raptors

14. Houston Rockets

Terrence Jones is "Definitely Going to Sign Tomorrow"


OregonLive.com reports tonight that 6-9 forward Terrence Jones said he "was definitely going to sign tomorrow."

He has not indicated which school he will with, but it will be between Kentucky and Washington.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

The NCAA's regular signing period for basketball ends Wednesday, meaning it is the final day a school can sign a player from the class of 2010 to a letter of intent. On April 30, Jones announced he was going to Washington but didn't sign with the school. Jones has since said he is trying to decide between Washington and Kentucky.

Contacted by phone Tuesday, Jones -- a 6-foot-9 guard/
forward and two-time Oregonian Class 5A player of the year -- said he "was definitely going to sign tomorrow" but didn't indicate which school he was choosing.

Complete Article

UK Basketball: Where Are We Now?


Let's take a snapshot of Kentucky basketball as of 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18.

Returning Players:

1 Darius Miller, 6-7, Jr. Guard
3 Darnell Dodson, 6-7, Jr. Guard
4 Jon Hood, 6-6, Soph. Guard
34 DeAndre Liggins, 6-6, Jr. Guard
55 Josh Harrellson, 6-10, Sr. Forward

2010 Recruiting Class:

- Brandon Knight, 6-3, Fr. Guard
- Enes Kanter, 6-9, Fr. Forward
- Doron Lamb, 6-4, Fr. Guard
- Stacey Poole, 6-5, Fr. Forward
- Eloy Vargas, 6-11, Jr. Center

Announced Walk-on:

- Jarrod Polson, 6-2, Fr. Guard

Scholarship situation:

Total Scholarships Available: 13
Total Scholarships Used: 10
- Calipari has stated that we're likely to only use 10-11, which likely means we'll maybe add one more player depending on Terrence Jones and Arnett Moultrie doesn't really count since we're technically recruiting him for 2011 anyways

Ongoing recruiting:

- Terrence Jones, 6-9, Forward, Ranked #13 nationally (Rivals.com): the basketball world waits on Jones to make a final decision; he will choose between UK and Washington and some feel his decision will come as soon as today (signing period ends tomorrow, but he doesn't necessarily have to sign in order to play in 2010)

- Arnett Moultrie, 6-11, Center, Transfer from UTEP: most believe he will choose between UK and Texas; Moultrie would be required to sit out 2010 but would still require a 2010 scholarship

- Remi Dibo, 6-8, Forward, 3-star by Rivals.com: I don't know that UK actually goes to Dibo but he is a name that has been mentioned if things go Washington's way with Jones

- Kadeem Jack, 6-8, Forward, 3-star by Rivals.com: Jack's final two are/were UK and North Carolina but rumors are circulating that he might stick with his original plan to attend prep school. Still, he is a target until that rumor is made official

- Chris Hill, 6-8, Guard, 3-star by Rivals.com: I hear this name mentioned with UK recruiting all the time and that's the only reason he is being mentioned here; I do not believe UK is after Chris Hill and I see no way that he ends up at Kentucky

- No longer considering UK: Kyle Cain, Marcus Thornton

Coaching Staff:

- John Calipari, Head Coach; don't believe the chatter; Calipari is going nowhere

- Assistants: John Robic, Orlando Antigua, Vacant; Rod Strickland has been reassigned to an administrative position, leaving an open spot; several names are being floated around, but no decision has been announced at this time

Jon Hood Plays Well in Game 2 in China


Sportsreach's Reach USA team lost game 2 in China as the Bayi Rockets banked in a 3-pointer with 2 seconds remaining in the game.

The shot was a bit controversial as the shot clock had expired well before the shot was taken, but no call was made.

As a result, Reach USA suffered a 77-76 defeat.

Kentucky's Jon Hood, who was scoreless in the team's first game, scored 13 points for the Americans. He also had 7 rebounds and 5 assists, both team-highs.

Hood's UK teammate, Josh Harrellson, added 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks for Reach USA.

The team will return to action tomorrow after making a 4-5 hour bus ride, according to the SportsReach site.

Georgetown College Adds Talented Transfer Aaron Morris


Georgetown College has added Madison Central graduate Aaron Morris, who is transferring from North Dakota State College of Science.

Morris started this college career with IUPUI, an NCAA Division I program.

The 6-6 forward averaged a team high 15.4 points per game and was second on the team with 6.7 rebounds per game this past season at North Dakota State College of Science.

During his senior season at Madison Central, Morris averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds a game. He is the Indians’ all-time leading scorer with 1,980 points.

Morris is expected to sign with Happy Osborne's program today and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Update on Pikeville College Summer Basketball Camps


I have a few camp updates to pass along from Pikeville College head coach Kelly Wells:

Pikeville College Team Camp

June 21-24
Guaranteed 2 games per day
300.00 – Varsity, 250.00 – Junior Varsity
T-Shirts for all participants

Pikeville College Junior High Team Camp

June 19-20
Guaranteed 2 games per day
150.00 – Team Fee
T-shirts for all participants

Pikeville College Youth Camp

June 14-17
Ages: 5-14
75.00 per camper ($10.00 discount for multiple family members)
Time: 8-noon daily
Site: PC Gym
Here is one camp addition:

PC Youth Basketball “Elite Camp”

July 5-8
Grades: Middle School, Freshman, Sophomores
Site: Pikeville College Gym
Time: 1:00-4:00
Limited to first 30 kids.
$75.00 per camper

Contacts:

Kelly Wells – kwells@pc.edu, 606-218-5352.

Participating Teams:

Junior High (June 19-20): Pikeville 1, Pikeville 2, Millard, Phelps, Adams, Jenkins, Johnson Central, Paintsville, Magoffin, Virgie, Mullins, Perrry Co, Johns Creek, Rowan Co.

HS (June 21-24): Ashland JV/V, Letcher Central JV/V, South Floyd JV/V, Johnson Central JV/V, Paintsville V, Phelps JV/V, Magoffin JV/V, Haysi VA V, Perry Central F/JV/V, Elliott V, Pikeville HS F/JV/V, Pike Central F/JV/V, Scott WV V, Shelby Valley V, Prestonsburg JV/V, Buckhorn JV/V, Burch WV V, Cordia V, Belfry JV/V, Tug Valley V, Sheldon Clark V, Powell Valley VA V, Johns Creek F/JV, Betsy Layne V.

Union College Inks Mickey Lewis from Franklin-Simpson



BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Mickey Lewis recently signed his letter of intent to join the Union College men's basketball program, the Union College athletics department announced today.

Lewis, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Franklin Simpson High School, finished as one of Franklin Simpsons' all-time greatest players. For his career, Lewis totaled 1,071 points, 505 rebounds, 235 assists and 168 steals, all while missing half of his junior season with a torn ACL.

For his senior campaign, Lewis averaged a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds per contest.

Mickey also helped lead the Wildcats to three straight district championships while also receiving two All-District honors his junior and senior seasons. Lewis also notched an All-State honorable mention in his final campaign.

"We are very excited to see Mickey Lewis join the Union Bulldog family for the next four years," commented Union head coach Sean Gillespie.

"He adds to an already strong freshmen class for next year. His ability to get the ball up the floor and to the rim will be a great fit for what we are doing in our system. As a 6-3 point guard he does a great job seeing the floor, pushing the ball to the rim and kicking the ball around to the open teammates. Not only are we getting a very good basketball player but a very supportive family. We are excited for he and his family as Mickey gets to pursue his dream of playing collegiate basketball."

Source: Union College

Lewis earned an assist from:

Are You Motivated for the NBA Draft Lottery?


(I know I'm motivated after watching this...motivated to laugh and watch it again)

The NBA Draft Lottery is scheduled for tonight at 8:00 p.m in New York City. The New Jersey Nets (12-70) have the best chance to win the lottery, followed by a host of other teams in descending order.

The 14 teams in the NBA Draft Lottery this season are:

- New Jersey Nets: 25%
- Minnesota: 19.9%
- Sacramento: 15.6%
- Golden State: 10.4%
- Washington: 10.3%
- Philadelphia: 5.3%
- Detroit: 5.2%
- Los Angeles: 2.3%
- Utah: 2.2%
- Indiana: 1.1%
- New Orleans: 0.8%
- Memphis: 0.7%
- Toronto: 0.6%
- Houston: 0.5%

2010 NBA Draft Order, First Round:

Picks 1-14: to be decided at NBA Draft Lottery
Pick 15: Milwaukee Bucks
Pick 16: Minnesota Timberwolves
Pick 17: Chicago Bulls
Pick 18: Miami Heat
Pick 19: Boston Celtics
Pick 20: San Antonio Spurs
Pick 21: Oklahoma City Thunder
Pick 22: Portland Trail Blazers
Pick 23: Minnesota Timberwolves
Pick 24: Atlanta Hawks
Pick 25: Memphis Grizzlies
Pick 26: Oklahoma City Thunder
Pick 27: New Jersey Nets
Pick 28: Memphis Grizzlies
Pick 29: Orlando Magic
Pick 30: Washington Wizards

Some links to help you prepare:

- SportingNews.com says the Nets and their new ownership are seeking a lottery win

- Here is everything you need to know about the NBA Draft Lottery

- Kentucky's John Wall is the ultimate Lottery prize

Kentucky players in the draft:

- UK has four players who could be potential Lottery picks
- John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are considered Lottery locks
- Patrick Patterson and Daniel Orton are fringe Lottery picks
- Eric Bledsoe is not considered a Lottery pick by most; projected late first round

Hood, Harrellson Win Game 1 in China



Kentucky's Jon Hood and Josh Harrellson helped Sportsreach earn an 87-75 victory in the team's first Chinese exhibition game.

Harrellson scored 12 points on 6-12 shooting and pulled down 8 rebounds.

Hood was held scoreless, but did have 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

Tennessee's Skylar McBee led the Sportsreach squad with 17 points. He was an impressive 5-7 from long range.

Louisville's Peyton Siva scored 4 points and dished out a team-high 6 assists.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Weber Expects Jerrance Howard to Stay at Illinois



Illinois head coach Bruce Weber thinks assistant Jerrance Howard will stay with the Illini next season.

Howard has been contacted by Kentucky to discuss the vacant assistant's position on John Calipari's staff.

Here is an excerpt of an ESPN article from tonight:

“In a way, it’s a compliment to our program and him,” Weber said on Monday night. “If we’re struggling and not doing a good job recruiting, they wouldn’t contact him. He’s very loyal to the Illini and appreciates everything. At the same time, you always listen to things and see what’s out there.”

Weber said he expected Howard to remain with the Illini based on conversations they’ve had since Howard was contacted by Kentucky on Friday.

“As far as I know, he’ll be back,” Weber said.

Bowling Green's Tommie Boyce Signs with Union College


BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College men's basketball program announced today the signing of Tommie Boyce to its 2010-11 roster.

A 5-foot-7 guard from Bowling Green, Ky., Boyce was a two year starter in high school, and helped lead the Purples to 77 wins in his three years on the varsity squad and two District-14 titles.

On Boyce's signing head coach Sean Gillespie commented, "I am very excited to have Tommie join the Bulldog family for next year. It doesn't take long to hang around this young man to realize that he is special."

"When he came into our open gym and competed with our guys he showed his competitive character. I don't think that we have had a recruit come in and dive on loose balls, take charges and get up into our returners defensively the way Tommie did.He had a very good career at Bowling Green High School and with his work ethic and passion for the game we know that he will have a solid collegiate career here."

Source: Union College

UK, Texas are Two Favorites for UTEP's Arnett Moultrie



Steve Jones of CatsPause.com reported earlier today that Kentucky and Texas are the two favorites for 6-11 UTEP transfer Arnett Moultrie.

Moultrie is a multi-talented big man that will be eligible for the 2011 season and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

He was a three-star center in the 2008 class according to Rivals.com.

In two seasons at UTEP, he averaged 9.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in 70 career games.

Moultrie in action for Team USA:

Darnell Dodson Will Return for Junior Season at Kentucky



Larry Vaught has broken a huge story today as he has learned that Darnell Dodson is returning to Kentucky.

An excerpt of Vaught's article:

Matt Eisele, the head coach at Miami Dade College, says his former player "will be back" with the Wildcats next season even though UK coach John Calipari proclaimed several times in the last month that UK would have only four players back of this year's team.

Complete Article from VaughtsViews.com

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