Saturday, June 5, 2010

Heshimu Evans Goes for Double-Double in Game 3

Former Kentucky forward Heshimu Evans led Benfica to a 101-97 win and more importantly, a 3-0 best-of-seven series lead over Porto Ferpin in Portugal's LPG championship series.

Evans was the best player on the court in game 3 as he netted an impressive double-double with 30 points and 12 rebounds.Evans was 11-22 from the field and also dished out 3 assists.

Benfica will go for the league title and series sweep tomorrow.


John Calipari Still Coaching His NBA "Draft Cats"

David Scott of writes today that Kentucky head coach John Calipari is still heavily involved with the five players from last season's team that are heading into the NBA Draft.

Here is an excerpt:

Even with his five former Wildcats stretched across the country as they each prepare for June 24th NBA Draft, Coach Cal still finds himself – happily – guiding the 5 Draft Cats.

This week, that meant phone calls and conversations with some of the players themselves, with NBA executives and with people who have been working out John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton.

Coach Cal said he would do anything his guys asked of him to make sure they are prepared for their workouts, interviews or any decisions they have to make.

Complete Article

Image: New York Daily News

Another Former Wildcat in the Mix at Western Kentucky

Several weeks ago, I told you that Tony Delk is in the mix for the open assistant coaching position at Western Kentucky. Now, I have learned that Delk is not the only former Kentucky Wildcat that is hoping to land the job. In fact, Delk is not the only member of the 1996 National Championship team that is in the running.

I have confirmed through a good source that former Kentucky Wildcat Allen Edwards is a candidate to be an assistant coach to Ken McDonald at Western Kentucky University.

Edwards enjoyed a four year career with Kentucky, scoring 819 points and being a key member of two national championships and three Final Four appearances.

He has a wealth of coaching experience and has enjoyed stays at Morehead State, Virginia Commonwealth and Towson. He joined the UK staff in 2002 as a special assistant before taking a job at Morehead State in 2003.

NOTE: Here is an interview I conducted with Edwards in 2009

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Pulaski's Tyler Jenkins to Walk-On at Western Kentucky

Pulaski County's 6-7 senior, Tyler Jenkins, has announced his intentions to walk-on at Western Kentucky University.

Here is an excerpt from

When you average nearly a double-double for your entire senior season, college recruiters will come calling on you.

When you're 6-foot, 7-inches tall and you have unparalleled basketball skills, many colleges will want you to be part of their basketball programs.

But when your last name is Jenkins, your college choices will probably be limited down to one -- Western Kentucky University.

Pulaski County High School senior bigman Tyler Jenkins has bypassed several other collegiate basketball scholarship offers to walk-on to one of the elite Division I basketball programs in the nation, and continue a Jenkins' family tradition.

Recently Tyler Jenkins announced he would attempt to walk-on to the Western Kentucky University basketball program, and continue a third-generation family tradition.

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Saunders Tells John Wall He Would Run Show as Point Guard

Washington Wizards head coach Flip Saunders told John Wall that he would let Wall run the offense as point guard.

Here is an excerpt from

In a conversation with Wizards Coach Flip Saunders two weeks ago in Chicago, Wall said Saunders told him that he would let Wall run the offense as point guard.

“I heard [Saunders] likes guards that can score. He helped Chauncey Billups get better and Stephon Marbury. I’m just going to try to go in there and be like those guys,” Wall said. “For me to be the type of player I want to be, I have to have the ball in my hands.”

Wall said that Saunders told him the Wizards would move Arenas from point guard to the No. 2 guard slot.

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Remembering a Legend: John Wooden, 1910-2010

John Wooden, one of basketball's true legends, passed away yesterday in Los Angeles. He was 99 years old.

ESPN reflects on Wooden's magical run at UCLA:

No one had the vaguest notion of the magical era that was about to begin, not even a hint that it had already begun. Not the players, not the writers and certainly not the coach himself. All John Wooden wanted to do, in his 16th season as the head basketball coach at UCLA, was win his first NCAA title.

Yet, on this evening of March 21, 1964, in the old and creaky Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo., the dawn of the age of John Wooden -- a 12-year stretch that ran without precedent and ended without parallel in the long annals of college sports -- was just breaking.

Kentucky's John Calipari called the legend for advice:

“We talked on the phone for 15 minutes,’’ Calipari told Thursday in Charlotte. “I told him ‘I’m really struggling to get this chemistry right.’ He told me that I’m playing too many people and I need to only play six or seven guys. He said, ‘I know what you’re doing. You’re trying to keep all these kids happy. But how can you get a rhythm going?’ It was unbelievable advice. I did shorten the numbers. I’m just so happy that we had that conversation.’’

Pat Forde looks at Wooden's heartland roots:

The Martinsville High School gymnasium opened in 1924, and it was built to Hoosier Hysteria scale. The original capacity was 5,200 -- in a town with a population of 4,800 at the time. They built the thing with 16 locker rooms, in hopes of attracting the Indiana state high school tournament.

Even then, just 33 years after James Naismith produced basketball's Big Bang in Springfield, Mass., the hoops universe was expanding rapidly in Indiana.

And it was in this gym, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places, that the nascent hoops universe gave birth to one of its brightest stars.

"Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be grateful. Conceit is self-given; be careful."

- John Wooden

ESPN remembers Wooden:

Friday, June 4, 2010

Kentucky Will Battle Boston University in 2010-11

Jeff Goodman of noted in a column today that Boston University will visit Rupp Arena on November 30.

Here is an excerpt:

The Terriers will play in the Villanova pod of the Preseason NIT and have non-league contests at Kentucky (11-30), against St. Joe’s (12-21), against La Salle (12-9) and at UMass (12-31). Scott Brittain transferred out and will likely go back to Canada to play.

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Kentucky Rebuilds Roster; Tops SEC in 2010 Recruiting ranks Kentucky's 2010 class as No. 1 overall in the nation and easily tops in the Southeastern Conference.

Tennessee brought in a top 10 (No. 9) class, as well. After that, it is Florida (19), South Carolina (22) and LSU (24). SEC Rankings for 2010 Class:

1. Kentucky(1st)
2. Tennessee (9th)
3. Florida (19th)
4. South Carolina (22nd)
5. LSU (24th)
6. Alabama
7. Ole Miss
8. Auburn
9. Vanderbilt
10. Arkansas
11. Georgia
12. Mississippi State

Kentucky also has the top player at four of the five positions in the league.

Best at each position (top overall player in bold)

PG: Brandon Knight, Kentucky
SG: Doron Lamb, Kentucky
SF: Stacey Poole, Kentucky
PF: Enes Kanter, Kentucky
C: Patric Young, Florida

John Calipari Addresses Various Issues with Andy Katz

Kentucky head coach John Calipari had a discussion with ESPN's Andy Katz earlier today.

Calipari addressed several key issues, including Eric Bledsoe, coaching LeBron James and Kentucky's GPA situation.

Here are a few points that Calipari made:

On a so-called package deal orchestrated by William "Worldwide" Wesley to coach LeBron James:

"He's my friend," Calipari said of James. "I've gotten to know him over the years. He's one of the neatest guys because he's loyal to his friends and if anybody knows me, being Italian, it's about family and friends and being loyal to each other. He's as loyal as I've ever seen. But he holds people accountable around him.

"We've never discussed anything [about coaching]," Calipari said. "I love that he publicly said Cleveland has an edge [to re-sign him as a free agent next month]. I said all along that he doesn't have a problem with Cleveland but we've never discussed it [coaching]."

On rumors of playing an ineligible Eric Bledsoe and a possible NCAA investigation:

"It's not true," Calipari said. "It's not true. When you're coaching at Kentucky, you're held to a different standard and like in politics there is a core group that absolutely loves you and everyone else is trying to unseat you in any way they can -- anything to trip you up, that's what it is.

On the program's unimpressive GPA during the last two semesters:

"We have to improve our GPA, which we will since we just got there," Calipari said. "We won a lot of games. At Kentucky, they want everything. They want it all -- all As, all wins by 20 and wan the highest GPA. Don't coach at Kentucky if you can't accept that."

Former Coach Flip Saunders Praises Rod Strickland

Rod Strickland's former coach, Flip Saunders, had great praise for his former point guard on the Jim Rome Show yesterday.

Here is an excerpt of an article from The Washington Post:

"He was unbelievable," Saunders said. "He was unbelievable. Had great ability to get in the paint and make plays for other people. I said him and Sam Cassell - and I coached both of them - are probably maybe two of the best post-up players around the basket, having the ability to score around the basket and post up guards.

"And so I think you're right, I do think that Rod was one of those guys that was misunderstood at times, and that really people did not understand how good he really was, didn't understand really mentally how smart he was. But I think he's had a great impact as far as him going and working with Cal both at Memphis and Kentucky, as far as helping them develop. And you look at the point guards that have come out of Cal's programs, and Rod's had a lot to do with working with those people."

Complete Article

Video: Marquis Teague Spring Highlight Reel

Check out future Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague (2011):

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Ex-Con Says Eric Bledsoe Should Have Been Ineligble

A man named Roderick Rox, who is the president of a group called the Parker High School Foundation, has stepped forward to claim that two high-level Birmingham school district officials told him that Eric Bledsoe was academically ineligible to play his senior season.

The officials that Rox names dispute those claims.

The Parker High School Foundation is a group of about 20 citizens whose chief mission in recent years was to rid the school of its past administration, according to The Birmingham News.

Here is an excerpt of the article:

Asked this week if Bled­soe was academically eli­gible to play as a senior, Moore replied: "The only thing I can say is when we checked eligibility, we went by the book. We checked grades that were given for him and he did meet the minimum standards."

Moore said he could not recall whether he told Rox before Bledsoe's senior sea­son that the player was in­eligible. "We had no reason to give any information to a non-board (of education) employee," Moore said. "Roderick Rox is not a board employee."

If Bledsoe should not have been academically eli­gible to play as a senior, it raises further questions of whether he was eligible to play one season at the Uni­versity of Kentucky before leaving for the NBA.

According to Rox, Allen told him she ordered Park­er's principal at the time, Joseph Martin, and the bas­ketball coach at the time, Maurice Ford, not to play Bledsoe. Allen denied mak­ing that order and said she and Rox might have dis­cussed Bledsoe, but that she didn't handle his eli­gibility.

"As far as I know, the state (Alabama High School Athletic Association) says Bledsoe was eligible," Allen said. "You submit all the pa­perwork to the state, and if they approved it, I guess within the school system he was eligible to play."

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Rox has some credibility issues according to several sources. He has been convicted of several crimes, including possession of drugs and possession of a firearm. Rox admits that he served 13 months of jail time.

My Thoughts: This sounds a whole lot like a local group that likely has politically-motivated (or possibly some other) ties to a person or group in Birmingham.

The article states that the foundation supports school activities today, but they once picketed board meetings for almost a year in protest of the Parker administration at the time. Rox is the president of that group and likely the group's primary public speaker.

I would have a hard time placing any credibility on this group or their leader's claims because I would have to question their motivation for being involved in this issue.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Tipton: Kentucky Could Still Be Penalized for Bledsoe

Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader points out tonight that Kentucky could still face problems as a result of the Eric Bledsoe situation.

Tipton, who was noted by the announcers in tonight's Lakers-Celtics game, explains that questions about Bledsoe's past "can lead to a review of a player's eligibility."

Here is an excerpt:

Despite those clearances, the Birmingham News reported Thursday that the Alabama High School Athletic Association and Birmingham City Schools would take a new look at Bledsoe's academic eligibility and college recruitment. Birmingham city schools Superintendent Craig Witherspoon planned to meet with the Alabama High School Athletic Association on Monday to discuss Bledsoe, the newspaper said.

Witherspoon told the Birmingham News that The New York Times story prompted the meeting. The Times' story alleged that Bledsoe's high school coach, Maurice Ford, paid several months rent for the player and marketed him to colleges for a price. The Times story also raised questions about the striking improvement Bledsoe made in his senior year after transferring to Parker High School.

These kinds of questions can lead to a review of a player's eligibility. As the University of Memphis learned in the Derrick Rose case last year, that kind of review can lead to a player being ruled ineligible and a school ordered to vacate victories, NCAA Tournament appearances and return money gained from post-season play.

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My thoughts: I know, I know...this is Tipton being Tipton, BUT, it must be noted.

Video: Eric Bledsoe Interview During Pacers Workout

The media catches up with Eric Bledsoe in Indiana:


K.C. Goodin Takes Over at Doss High School

K.C. Goodin hopes to take what he has learned as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Georgetown College and help revive the boys’ program at Doss High School next season.
The former Tiger who helped to win a national championship in 1998, will be taking over as head coach of the Dragons. The Louisville school went 4-23 a season ago, but Goodin is no stranger to turning a program around.

Before returning to GC as an assistant for Happy Osborne, he was head coach for one season at Louisville Western. He took the Trojans from a 5-19 team in 2004-05 to a 15-15 finish in 2005-06. He then joined Happy Osborne on the sidelines – a time he will not soon forget.

“The experience I’ve had here is second to none,” Goodin said. “I cannot express my appreciation to Happy and the staff here at Georgetown enough. It was a true blessing to be able to return to the school where I had so much collegiate success and learn under my coach.”

Following the 1998-99 season, where the Tigers made it to the Sweet 16, Goodin received a job with Louisville Western as an assistant. He left Georgetown and finished his degree at Kentucky State University.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity in front of me, and while it is hard to leave Georgetown, it is the right move for me and my family at this time,” Goodin said, who will not only be coaching, but also be teaching physical education at Doss.

During his four seasons on the sidelines, the Tigers were 117-17 with a final four appearance in the NAIA National tournament in 2008.

“We will surely miss K.C. Without question he has given all he has to our program. As an individual, I enjoyed coaching with him as much as anybody I’ve coached with in my life,” Osborne said. “He has been a combination father, big brother, and best friend to our players. He has such a bright future, and I know he will be successful. One of the things I enjoyed most about K.C. was having his sons around our program, and I will miss Aaron, Kenyon, and Kade.”

Source: Georgetown College

Kentucky's Eric Bledsoe to Memphis? reports today that Memphis is strongly considering former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe with the 12th pick in the NBA Draft.

Here is an excerpt:

According to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, there is a growing buzz around the other Kentucky guard in this year’s draft, Eric Bledsoe.

Said Tillery on Memphis’ interest, “There is a groundswell within the organization to select Bledsoe if the Griz hold on to the 12th overall pick.”

Despite playing second fiddle to the soon-to-be top overall selection, Bledsoe averaged 11.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2.9 apg in slightly over 30 minutes a game for the Wildcats last season, including a 29-point, 4-steal performance in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

Bledsoe is an intriguing point guard in a draft devoid of true floor leaders, but is he worthy of the 12th overall selection?

My Thoughts: If this comes true, Kentucky would have at least 3 of the top 12 picks in the 2010 Draft. If Patterson's stock has risen enough to put him in the lottery and Orton holds where projected, there is a slight possibility that Kentucky players would make up one-third of the NBA Draft Lottery.

Camacho, Mendez-Valdez on Mexico's Preliminary Roster

Jorge Camacho from Eastern Kentucky and Orlando Mendez-Valdez from Western Kentucky are on Mexico's preliminary 30-man roster for the 2010 international basketball campaign.

Mendez-Valdez played for Halcones UV Xalapa this past season in the Mexico's top-level league. he averaged 13.0 points, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 53 games.

Camacho is currently competing in the playoffs for Rayos de Hermosillo in Mexico's CIBACOPA competition. In 40 games, Camacho has averaged 11.4 points and 3.2 rebounds.

Mexico's Preliminary Roster

SEC Decides Against Reseeding Conference Tournament

The Southeastern Conference considered several options for changes in the league's basketball format but a consensus could not be reached. As a result, next year's tournament will continue to seed based on divisions, with the top two teams in both the East and West receiving a first-round bye.

Here is an excerpt from The Birmingham news:

Most coaches say they favor keeping two basketball divisions, even though no other BCS conference handles basketball that way. A handful of smaller conferences also still use divisions. The SEC considered three options in Destin this week:

1. Leave the tournament seeding as it is, meaning rotating seeds between divisions.

2. Seed 1 through 12 based on overall record, as other 12-team BCS conferences do.

3. Award the division champions the top two seeds and seed 3 through 12 by overall record.

Complete Article

Field Announced for 30th Annual King of the Bluegrass

The field was announce Wednesday for the Canfield Development King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic. The 30th annual event will be played Dec.17-22 at Fairdale High School.

Louisville teams that will participate in the event: Bullitt East, Fairdale, Pleasure Ridge Park, Iroquois, Eastern, Male, Trinity and Collins (which will open this fall in Shelbyville).

Other Kentucky teams include: Christian County, Bowling Green, Warren Central and Boone County

Teams from out of state include: Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral, Madison (Ala.) Bob Jones, Pearl (Miss.) and Sacramento Sheldon

Birmingham Schools Superintendent to Meet with AHSAA

Birmingham city schools Superintendent Craig Witherspoon stated last night that he will meet with the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) on Monday to discuss allegations involving Eric Bledsoe and his former high school coach.

Here is an excerpt of a report from The Birmingham News:

Witherspoon said his primary concerns will be "eligibility issues" and "instructional programs with correct processes in place" to pre­vent future accusations of this na­ture.

"I want to make sure we have ev­erybody doing what they need to be doing and what they are supposed to be doing," he said.

Witherspoon said no system investigation has been launched and he was still conducting "fact­-finding." He said next week's meet­ing with the AHSAA will help deter­mine how or if he goes forward with an investigation.

"You want to address it head on," he said. "We don't want any of our future or current students in jeop­ardy of not having quality athletic programs. But we are looking back­wards (in time) here. As I under­stand it, the coach is no longer there at Parker High School. The principal is no longer in place. But there are some individuals that are who will be helpful."

Gilchrist, Teague Selected for Team USA U17 Camp

Michael Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, who are both committed to Kentucky's 2011 class, are among the 19 players selected for the 2010 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team's training camp June 18-24 at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

The training camp will be utilized to select the 12-member 2010 USA U17 World Championship Team and the four players who will represent the U.S. in the 3-on-3 basketball competition at the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

Quinn Cook and Anthony Wroten, Jr., who have both been mentioned in the same breath as Kentucky recently, are also invited to the training camp.

List of players invited to the camp:

Justin Anderson (Montrose Christian School, Md. / Montross, Va.); Kyle Anderson (St. Anthony’s H.S. / Fairview, N.J.); Ashley; Brad Beal (Chaminade College Prep H.S. / St. Louis, Mo.); K.C. Caudill (Brea Olinda H.S. / Brea, Calif.); Angelo Chol (Herbert Hoover H.S. / San Diego, Calif.); Quinn Cook (DeMatha H.S. / Bowie, Md.); Andr√© Drummond (St. Thomas More School / Middletown, Conn.); Sterling Gibbs (Seton Hall Prep / Scotch Plains, N.J.); Michael Gilchrist (St. Patrick H.S. / Somerdale, N.J.); James McAdoo (Norfolk Christian H.S. / Norfolk, Va.); Johnny O’Bryant (Eastside H.S. / Cleveland, Miss.); Tony Parker (Miller Grove H.S. / Lithonia, Ga.); Norvel Pelle (Price H.S. / Long Beach, Calif.); Chasson Randle (Rock Island H.S. / Rock Island, Ill.); L.J. Rose (Second Baptist School / Houston, Texas); Marquis Teague (Pike H.S. / Indianapolis, Ind.); Adonis Thomas (Melrose H.S. / Cordova, Tenn.); and Anthony Wroten, Jr. (Garfield H.S. / Seattle, Wash.)

Chris Webber Thinks John Wall Will Love Washington D.C.

Former NBA star Chris Webber thinks John Wall will fall in love with Washington, D.C.

Here is what Webber had to say about D.C. and Wall:

"I think D.C. has some of the best fans, and I used to love playing there," Webber said. "I think that you embrace the fans, and the fans will embrace him. I would tell [Wall] to enjoy it, because that place gets loud. We played over in Landover, and that is still one of the loudest arenas that I've ever been in.

"I think the city is going to embrace him. Hopefully the team will have veterans around him. I think it's very important to have older players that were in the system, but to also put veterans around [Wall]. I think it worked very well with Derrick Rose to have Lindsey Hunter in Chicago. I can't explain to you how much I think a veteran can help [a younger player's] game preparation and body preparation.

"I think as long as a team puts great veterans around him, someone that they can ask about getting through the rough days and rough moments, I think he'll be fine. But I know he'll be happy, and when he gets that first standing ovation when he's introduced, I think he'll fall in love with the D.C. community."

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Would John Wall Be a Better Fit for the 76ers? thinks John Wall would be a better fit with the Philadelphia 76ers and Evan Turner would be better suited in Washington.

Here is an excerpt:

In truth, Evan Turner, college basketball's national Player of the Year from Ohio State, would be the perfect fit alongside Arenas, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard with a wide array of skills. That would leave Wall to go to Philadelphia, where he would fit in seamlessly next to shooting guard Andre Iguodala, giving new Sixers coach Doug Collins both incredible size and speed in his backcourt.

But just as Oden was taken by the Trail Blazers despite no immediate need at the time for a center, it is highly probable Wall will be selected No. 1 by Washington, his potential and upside far too vast for Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld to bypass him in favor of Turner.

Complete Article

What are your thoughts?

Daniel Orton: From Bench to Winning the NBA Lottery?

Will Kentucky's Daniel Orton go from a reserve who played 13 minutes per game in college to an NBA Draft Lottery pick?

While it sounds almost too good to be true, it appears that Orton will live out that exact scenario. Even Orton tells that he's "very surprised."

Here is an excerpt:

You're surprised?

A grand total of no one saw this coming, including Daniel Orton himself. Especially Daniel Orton, the guy about to go from averaging 3.4 and 3.3 rebounds as a freshman power forward at Kentucky to the first round of the Draft.

"Very surprised," he said. "Probably the most shocked out of anybody, to tell you the truth."

Tied for second-most shocked: everyone else.

Complete Article

Orton's Highlight Video:

Calipari, Bledsoe: No Comment on New York Times Article

Both John Calipari and Eric Bledsoe refused to comment on the New York Times story that was released Friday night and questioned Bledsoe's college eligibility.

According to, Calipari spoke to a group of reporters at the SEC meetings in Destin, Florida.

When questioned about the Bledsoe article, he answered, "I'm not going to have any response to that."

When asked about the process of evaluating Bledsoe's transcripts, he said, "Why...what kind of question are you asking me? I already told you the school comment on that."

Rick Bozich of the Courier-Journal reports that Bledsoe, who is working out for the Indiana Pacers today, also declined to comment when asked about the situation.

Warren Central's Halcomb, Jackson Sign with Brescia

Excerpt of article by Chad Bishop, The Daily News:

Warren Central High School graduates Troy Halcomb and Brett Jackson signed Tuesday to play basketball at Brescia University.

“It’s been a long trip, but I knew it would come sooner or later,” Halcomb said about the signing. “It was just a matter of time to keep fighting and finally - I signed.”

Halcomb was a starting guard for a Dragons team that advanced to the KHSAA Sweet Sixteen in Lexington after winning the Region 4 Tournament. Jackson came off the bench to give solid post minutes.

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Tipton Talks to a Private Investigator; Parrish Chimes In

Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader spoke to a private investigator "who checks the background of athletes" yesterday about the Eric Bledsoe situation at Kentucky.

The investigator, Michael L. Buckner, gave his opinion that Kentucky should have known about Bledsoe's eligibility questions.

Here is an excerpt:

Michael L. Buckner, an investigator and attorney based in Pompano Beach, Fla., said recent media reports made him believe questions about Bledsoe's eligibility were known during the recruiting process.

"Coaches at other schools know there is," he said. "Then I would assume Kentucky knew or should have known."

The article continues:

Bledsoe's transcript would prompt obvious questions, the private investigator said. "Just a cursory review ... should reveal some red flags."

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My thoughts on Tipton's article: Let me start by saying that I have nothing against Jerry Tipton. I have bumped into him in the UK media room and he seems like a nice enough guy.

I will be bluntly honest and say that I care nothing for Tipton's style of writing and the seemingly endless work he puts into trying to find a negative story about University of Kentucky basketball.

I know he is doing a job and other journalists will say that he is one of the best, but his style is not for me. I will not trash Jerry for doing his job, but I will say that I prefer a different way of presenting UK and the basketball program.

I actually find it hard to believe that a reporter with the level of access to the basketball program that a Jerry Tipton has continues to find ways to paint the program in a negative fashion. It is almost disheartening. But, let's be honest, Tipton works for the Lexington Herald-Leader and not the University of Kentucky. His job is to generate buzz, sell papers and get website hits and he obviously "has a way" of earning attention.

Today, Gary Parrish of picked up on Tipton's work from last night and linked to the article while adding his thoughts on the Bledsoe situation.

Here is an excerpt of Parrish's work:

Instead, Kentucky chose to not take a stand, which isn't a surprise given that no athletics director has ever been able to properly stand up to Calipari and tell him something was off-limits the way multiple athletics directors told their coaches last year they could not enroll Lance Stephenson. Kentucky left Bledsoe's status up to the NCAA and only the NCAA without recognizing that its new coach's old school had just been burned by that same approach.

Again, in fairness to Kentucky, this is the way most schools do things. But it's becoming clear that UK must take a different approach with Calipari because if the school doesn't investigate thoroughly, various media outlets will, at which point an issue that could've been avoided can become an embarrassing problem that garners national headlines.

Following Parrish's article, UK fans rushed to Twitter to question his intentions and defend the Kentucky program.

My thoughts on Gary Parrish's article: This is the third time in the last 2 week or so that Parrish has sent a bit of a low blow towards UK and/or John Calipari. He paints Tipton as a great journalist who is doing a tremendous job and that is why Kentucky fans are upset.

I disagree that Tipton is doing excellent work in his coverage of Kentucky basketball and I think UK fans are upset because they are tired of everything that is printed about the program being negative.

Parrish, like Tipton, is doing one thing correctly, however - he is generating a buzz and he is reaping the benefits of "stirring" the Big Blue Nation into a frenzy.

Adam Williams Hired as Assistant at West Virginia Tech

Adam Williams, who had a brief stint on the Kentucky roster before transferring to Marshall, has been named new assistant men's basketball coach at West Virginia University Tech.

Williams was a graduate assistant for Donnie Jones at Marshall this past season.

Here is an excerpt from

"I am very excited that Adam has joined our coaching staff," Tech Coach Bob Williams said of the hire. "He has tremendous experience as a college player at Kentucky and Marshall, is well known in our state, and learned from outstanding coaches in Tubby Smith, Ron Jirsa, Donnie Jones, and his father, Tex Williams.

"Coaching is in his blood and he's very eager to be successful in this field. Adam will do an outstanding job for us in all areas."

Basketball fans in the state should be familiar with West Virginia University Tech as they compete in the Mid-South Conference with several state schools.

John Calipari Donates $1 Million to Kids in Memphis

Kentucky head coach John Calipari has donated $1 million to a group called Streets Ministries in Memphis.

Streets Ministries works to help underprivileged children in Memphis.

Here is an excerpt from the Memphis Commercial-Appeal:

The former University of Memphis basketball coach has donated $1 million -- payable over five years -- to the group that works to help underprivileged children in Memphis.
"When I've talked to Cal in the past, he said he's probably given money back to every city he's lived in," Streets founder Ken Bennett said Tuesday. "He knows a lot more about Streets and our plans than maybe some of the other places he gives."

My Thoughts: How about sending a little love and praise to John Calipari for helping needy children in his former hometown?

Legendary Bob Cousy Praises Rajon Rondo

Former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo is receiving great praise from the legendary Bob Cousy.

Cousy, who is now 81, was also a 6-1, 175-pound point guard for the Boston Celtics. He will forever be remembered as one of the game's all-time greats.

When asked about Rajon Rondo, Cousy had plenty of praise for the former Wildcat.

Here is an excerpt:

“He plays much bigger than he is. He’s a genuine rebounding threat at 6-1. He also physically has become a dominant defensive player. He leads the league in steals, which makes him a little vulnerable occasionally in terms of his one-on-one defense, but he’s got such quickness and he recovers effectively if he gets himself out of position trying to steal.

“He’s a hell of a defender, he’s a hell of a rebounder, he’s added to his offensive repertoire. There’s not much more a point guard can do.

“Tommy [Heinsohn] and I have liked him from the start. I remember at the start of this year there was some question as to whether Danny [Ainge] was going to sign him. I said, ‘My God, given the scarcity of point guards out there, you’ve got potentially a great one here, why would you not sign him?’

My Thoughts: Cousy is probably the all-time great Boston Celtic point guard. For him to give Rondo this much praise is one of the bigger compliments of Rajon's career to this point.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Another Jamaican Report on Samardo Samuels

A report from Jamaica says that former Louisville big man Samardo Samuels is climbing up NBA Draft boards.

Here is the report:

Miramar, FL (06-01-2010): According to news out of Jamaica, former University of Louisville forward, Samardo Samuels, is moving up in the 2010 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft set for June 24, 2010 in New York City. The report also went on to say this came about after Samuels worked out for several NBA teams, including the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, and Minnesota Timberwolves, some of which have requested a second workout. Samuels surprised everyone, including Cardinal's coach Rick Pitino, when he left school two years early to enter the NBA draft. The anonymous source also stated that the 6 9, power player is presently projected to be drafted somewhere after the 19th pick in the first round. Source:

My thoughts: No comment.

SEC May Tweak Men's Basketball Format

The Southeastern Conference is considering a couple of possible changes to the league's men's basketball format.

The options being considered are:

- Scrapping the current divisions and putting all 12 teams together for the regular season

- Keep the divisions, but seeding the teams 1 through 12 for the conference tournament

Oops! Source Indicates That a College Assistant Leaked Bledsoe's High School Transcripts

Matt Jones of is reporting tonight that he has a source who indicates that Eric Bledsoe's college transcripts were leaked by a college assistant coach.

Obviously, this is a breech of privacy against Bledsoe and the guilty party could face serious ramifications.

Here is an excerpt from Jones' article:

Now this is where it starts to get interesting. A source within the media tells me that a College Assistant Coach leaked Bledsoe’s transcripts to multiple media outlets, including his own. This follows the assumption of many in the Bledsoe camp who have assumed since the story broke that the person who leaked the transcripts was an Assistant coach in college basketball.

My Thoughts: I have a pretty solid guess as to who the assistant coach is, but I'm not willing to throw a name out without concrete proof. If it's who I think it is, however, it's going to bring more negativity to two head coaches and two programs that really can't afford more bad news.

This is a story that is definitely going to make for an interesting summer.

ABA Basketball Team Coming to Corbin

Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that it will have a team playing in Corbin, Kentucky starting in December. "We are very pleased to add this team to the South Central Division, a perfect fit," stated ABA CEO Joe Newman. "And we are also very excited about the ownership group being led by Bob Siler, a prominent Realtor, whose son Joe is a professional basketball player and will likely be playing for the team. They are very far along in their development and we have no doubt that they will make an early impact. Kentucky is loaded with great players and they seem to have attrracted a good group already and anticipate more at their first tryout on June 26th."

Team Gold, LLC is led by Bob Siler who retired from the US Air Force after a 20-year stint in 1982. A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and a former college business teacher, he now owns U.S. Gold Realty, one of the Kentucky's premiere real estate companies. "I know business and marketing," stated Siler. "And I have a great love for basketball. Corbin is a wonderful city, we have excellent local support, and no doubt that we can put together a formidable team. My wife Ursula and my three sons are solidly behind this effort and we look forward to seeing Joe play regularly. This will be fun."

Source: Press Release by the ABA

Knight and Gilchrist Not Backing Out Based on Rumors

Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader reports today that Brandon Knight and Michael Gilchrist are both sticking with their commitments to Kentucky despite the New York Times article that was released about Eric Bledsoe's college eligibility.

Here is an excerpt from Tipton's article:

The mothers of Michael Gilchrist and Brandon Knight dismissed the notion of any potential impact that last weekend's New York Times story about Eric Bledsoe might have on their sons playing for Kentucky.

"Our decision is sound," said Cynthia Richardson, the mother of Gilchrist. She said her son, the No. 1-rated player in the high school class of 2011, had "no intention" of reconsidering his commitment to Kentucky.

Complete Article

DeCourcy: Media Revels in Bashing of John Calipari

Mike DeCourcy of says the media revels in bashing Kentucky head coach John Calipari. He also states that most of the time, the media gets it wrong.

DeCourcy says "when it comes to Calipari, fairness and restraint generally are trumped in the media by a perceived license to drill him at any opportunity."

Here is an excerpt:

Let's consider the areas in which various members of the media routinely repeat the same incorrect information regarding Calipari:

— That his success at Massachusetts merely was the product of Marcus Camby's excellence. Certainly there is no 1996 Final Four for the Minutemen without Camby. But well before he was recruited, Calipari transformed a team that won 10 games before he arrived to a 30-game winner in his fourth season. That team had a 6-3 power forward and a 6-7 center but made the Sweet 16.

— That his first NBA experience was an utter failure. This comes up all the time. It's repeated as often as the chorus to (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. Certainly Calipari made significant mistakes while coaching the New Jersey Nets and was fired partway through his third season. However, he took over a franchise that produced 30 victories in each of the two seasons before his hiring and won 43 games in his second year.

— And, now, that he was out of line for speaking with McDonald's All-American Terrence Jones after the player sort of announced in a press conference he would be playing basketball at Washington. In fact, Jones called Calipari and every other "losing" coach that day. Some inaccurately reported that Calipari initiated that call, and many claimed he should have merely congratulated Jones for a commitment about which Jones was so non-committal he never said the word "Washington" or the abbreviation "U-Dub." He merely put on a cap.

Complete Article

Las Vegas Court Date Set for Antoine Walker

A court date has been set for former Kentucky star Antoine Walker in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Walker will be ordered to appear in court for failing to repay approximately $900,000 in gambling debts and penalties in three separate Las Vegas casinos.

The former NBA star's arraignment will be June 14 and he will be facing up to 12 years in prison.

Walker, who is currently working out under the tutelage of Rick Pitino in hopes of an NBA comeback, filed for bankruptcy last week and has reportedly paid about $135,000 toward settling his casino debts.

Former Card Derrick Caracter Has New Attitude, Slimmer Body

Adam Zagoria has an update on former Louisville big man Derrick Caracter on today.

Caracter began his college career at Louisville but was never able to overcome conditioning issues, academic problems and disobedience to Rick Pitino's team rules.

He finally transferred to UTEP, where he had a successful season in 2009-10.
Now, Caracter has entered the NBA Draft and has a good chance of being drafted in the second round.

Here is an excerpt:

"Caracter is an obvious talent who has improved not only in his conditioning, work ethic on and off the floor, but in the classroom," said Ryan Blake, assistant director of NBA scouting. "However, what concerns teams the most is he has only proven some of the goods for a year and he has had many more concerns in the past.

"It's a deep draft, so his draft position would be anywhere from the second round to undrafted. How good a player he can be? It depends on him, his heart and ability to get into Olympic condition."

If Caracter does hear his name called during the draft, he will have come a long way from the day he discovered that Dunkin' Donuts application on his bed.

"It will make me feel great," he said. "It will be a dream come true. All the hard work and the different obstacles and adversity that I've been through in the last few years will definitely be worth it."

Complete Article


Arnett Moultrie Remains Undecided; Will Take Visits

UTEP transfer Arnett Moultrie remains undecided and will be taking a few visits before making a decision on a destination.

Gary Parrish of reports today that various sources said Moultrie was leaning towards enrolling in summer school at Mississippi State, but that is no longer the case.

Here is an excerpt from Parrish's article:

"At first he wanted to enroll in summer school in June," Valentine said. "But now he's going to take a few visits before he decides anything."

Valentine's comments come after a Memorial Day weekend during which various sources told that Moultrie was leaning toward registering for summer school at Mississippi State on Tuesday. Valentine neither confirmed nor denied such was ever a plan. All he said is that Moultrie is not in school at Mississippi State, and that the 6-foot-11 forward will now take visits before settling on a destination.

The list of schools that are believed to be involved with Moultrie includes: Mississippi State, Arkansas, Texas, Memphis, Tennessee and Kentucky.

The 6-11 center averaged 9.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game at UTEP last season.

Kevin Johnson Lists Kentucky on List of Final Four Schools

According to, Kevin Johnson, a 6-8 center from Taft High School (Cal.), is down to four schools.

Here is an excerpt:

Kevin Johnson ’11, a 6-foot-8 center from Taft in California, is down to four schools. Johnson’s final four include, “USC, Kentucky, Illinois, and Boston College.” Johnson, one of the top 150 players in the country, according to, is, “going to take the process slow.” We will see if any other schools jump in as it is still quite early.

Johnson is currently a three-star prospect according to He is not currently ranked on the Rivals150 List for 2011.

Derrick Favors vs. DeMarcus Cousins for No. 2?

NBA Fanhouse is reporting that the Philadelphia 76ers have "set up a face-off between touted big men Derrick Favors and DeMarcus Cousins a week before the draft."

This move indicates that either Evan Turner is no longer a given as the No. 2 pick in the draft or that the 76ers are looking to trade down to the No. 4 pick.

Here is an excerpt from the Fanhouse article:

So maybe Evan Turner isn't the universal No. 2 pick after all. headliner David Aldridge reports the 76ers have set up a face-off between touted big men Derrick Favors and DeMarcus Cousins a week before the draft. Could the Sixers be considering passing on Turner, college's Player of the Year, for either the the sushi-raw Favors or the (supposedly) risk-addled Cousins?

Or are the Sixers trading down to No. 4? The Wolves, who pick fourth, could definitely use Turner and have been rumored to be looking for ways to get him. A package including Al Jefferson has been mentioned. For my money, Jefferson is too good to make up the difference between Turner and Cousins, so in such a scenario Philadelphia would probably need to give Minnesota back something of value. Unfortunately, the Sixers are a bit light in that department.

Meanwhile, has an in-depth breakdown of DeMarcus Cousins vs. Derrick Favors. The Nets have the No. 3 pick in the draft and if Wall goes 1 and Turner 2, there may be a decision between Cousins and Favors at 3.

It is a fairly exhaustive piece, but definitely worth a read. The site compares/contrasts the two big men on: athleticism, post ability, other basketball skills, better fit, mental makeup and production.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Truth be told, I don’t have a conclusion to this a la Wall vs. Turner because I don’t think there’s a 100% clear-cut conclusion to be found. The pro-Favors crowd will point to his once-or-twice-in-a-decade athleticism for his size, his innate finishing ability, his upside, his temperament and his conditioning as marks over Favors. The pro-Cousins legion will conversely point to Cousins’s insane production, his overpowering body and his mean streak as reasons why he’ll dominate at the next level.

& they’re both right. Frankly, I see both of these guys succeeding at the next level. They’ve both got a few reasons why they might not, but similarly they both have about 100 reasons why they will. They’re two very different players who can fit in a variety of schemes and potentially dominate their competition. They’re head and shoulders above the next guy (Wesley Johnson) because of production & age alone, and chest, arms, and stomach above the other big men in this draft (Aldrich, Monroe, Motiejunas, Davis, Patterson, Orton, etc.) as well.
If you put a gun to my head, I’m 51-49 in favor of Favors right now because his combination of fluid athletic ability and finishing skills enable him to potentially be the Dwight Howard of power forwards, the potential “next” in a game that’s shifting towards athletic fundamentals. However, Cousins’s overpowering ability down low combined with his surprisingly sound game both inside and outside give him the potential to dominate right away. Besides, I’ve already flip-flopped like six times since the lottery on who I like better. As a Nets fan, I’m just glad I’m not the one who has to make the call, and I’d be happy with either one.

WKU 2011 Commit Derrick Gordon Named Gibbons MVP says Derrick Gordon, who has committed to Western Kentucky for 2011, was the Tournament MVP at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions over the weekend.

Here is an excerpt about Gordon:

Tournament MVP:

Derrick Gordon/6-foot-3/2011/WG (Pictured) from the Long Island Lightning was a star all weekend as the tough-nosed, high-scoring wing-guard took control on the edges and was consistent and physical all weekend getting to the rim and finishing around and through traffic — as his 17U team walked away with Championship plaque. Gordon averaged 23.7 points, knocked down a total of five 3-pointers, shot 70% on 47 attempts from the line, and lead the tournament with 47 field goals made, which was 10 more than the next candidate. Gordon hails from St. Patrick HS in Elisabeth, NJ and has already given Western Kentucky a verbal commitment.

The site also recognizes Bowling Green's Chane Behanan as one of the events top scorers (23.0 PPG).

Will John Wall Complicate Things for the Wizards?

Jon Kelman of wonders if drafting John Wall will actually complicate things for the Washington Wizards.

Kelman feels that Wall instantly makes the Wizards a playoff contender, but also slows the franchise's rebuilding efforts.

If nothing else, it's an interesting way to look at things from a guy who seemingly knows the Wizards well. Here is an excerpt:

Everyone thought that John Wall only brings happy thoughts, but he actually should be causing the Wiz quite a bit of stress on one front. I want to be clear that winning the draft lottery and the right to draft John Wall is the best thing to happen to this franchise in a long, long time. I believe, however, getting Wall creates a situation for the team that makes Ernie Grunfeld and co.'s job this offseason much more difficult than it would have been had we gotten any other pick. With any other pick , we would have continued with a 'regular' rebuilding process, but the Great Wall of Chinatown instantly makes us a playoff contender (read: better than the Nets) when paired with Gilbert Arenas and Andray Blatche. The general rule in sports is that you want to either be contending for a title, or completely rebuilding; and we suddenly find ourselves as one of those 'tweener' teams. Do we suddenly try to join the free agent bonanza or do we stay the course and rebuild? The easy answer is rebuilding, but we will likely not have a high lottery pick next year, and most of the spots/minutes on this team are already filled, leaving little room to develop more players. I know, know, I should stop and smell the roses, but hear me out after the jump

Monday, May 31, 2010

Quincy Miller Shines at Nike EYBL Event

Nolan Shuman of posted on Twitter earlier today that Quincy Miller was the best player in the building at this weekend's Nike EYBL Los Angeles event.

Here is his post:

nolanshulman EYBL complete...Quincy Miller was the best player in the building this week...few days off in L.A. names an "all buckets" team from the event and says the following about Miller's performance:

2011 Quincy Miller Aka The Truth (D-One Sports) Miller was getting off, After missing his first 2 games because of a flight delay Miller finally showed up at the HAX and didn't disappoint at all weekend. Going for 30 in both games that watch him play was nice but the way he go the buckets was what got me.He can flat out score and he get his points in bunch's when he's on a roll he is very hard to stop. Most NBA ready prospect.

Miller is an athletic, 6-8 power forward in the 2011 class and many feel that he is currently a Kentucky lean. He ranks No. 8 on the Rivals 150 List for 2011.

Jemison Leaving Alabama; Considering Murray State

Demetrius Jemison, who sat out all of the 2009-10 season at Alabama with an Achilles tendon injury, has announced that he will likely play his final season of eligibility at another Division I school.

Jemison is expected to graduated from Alabama this summer and will look to be immediately eligible at another program.

Reports indicate that he is considering Manhattan and Murray State, as well as several other destinations.

Here is an excerpt from

"Demetrius Jemison will not return to UA for a fifth season of competition," Grant said in a release. "Demetrius has completed his degree requirements at UA and has decided to pursue other options. We are thankful for his contribution to our team over the course of his career and we wish him continued success."

Jemison averaged 3.9 points and 3.9 rebounds in three seasons at UA. He started 34 games, including 32 starts in the 2007-08 season, when he averaged 5.6 points and 5.3 rebounds.

Rick Bozich Takes a Few Swings at "Teflon" John Calipari

Rick Bozich of the Louisville Courier-Journal has an article about John Calipari today.

Bozich runs through the scenario that he says always follows Calipari and always ends in an NCAA investigation. Then he concludes that "Teflon" John Calipari always "survives these dustups".

Here is an excerpt:

With John Calipari, it begins with the magic recruiting dust. He signs a string of prospects who trigger immense salivating -- guys who will smile and remind you big-time college basketball is no spelling bee.

Victories quickly follow. Then a trip to the NCAA Tournament, punctuated by a loss that temporarily furrows brows. The players going to the NBA wave goodbye. Cal's posse makes certain the world knows the NBA is making eyes at him, too. He's buddies with LeBron James, you know.

Eventually, we arrive at the point where John Calipari arrived Friday: With the serious scent of a possible NCAA investigation of Calipari's program, this time at the University of Kentucky.

Complete Article

UK's Highs and Louisville's Lows Dominate Spring Recruiting takes a look at the 10 biggest developments of spring recruiting and not surprisingly, Kentucky dominates the headlines. Louisville gets an unwanted mention as having an "ugly spring."

Here are the top story lines that involve UK and U of L:

10. At least (Terrence) Jones taught future wafflers a lesson: Don't let the spectacle of a college commitment be more important than the college decision itself.

9. Jones' change of plans means the Pac-10 doesn't have a single top-20 recruit for 2010.

8. On the subject of down-cycles, this was an ugly spring for UConn and Louisville.

2. Brandon Knight was a trailblazer (and Jones already followed Knight's lead!).

1. Despite the NBA rumors, Calipari's Recruiting Domination Tour continued.

And on the subject of Calipari's Recruiting Domination Tour, says:

For the second straight year, Kentucky was a focal point of nearly every recruiting conversation. It emerged from the spring with the Nos. 3 (Turkish forward Enes Kanter), 6 (Knight), 8 (Jones) and 28 (Lamb) players in the Class of 2010, according to's rankings. On the same day Knight signed his aid agreement, the top player in the Class of 2011, Michael Gilchrist, committed to the Wildcats, and he was soon followed by the No. 3 player in the 2011 class, the aforementioned Marquis Teague.

Calipari's three-year recruiting haul -- from 2009-11 -- is unprecedented and, for non-Kentucky fans, infuriating. He's suddenly Washington's No. 1 enemy, after robbing the Huskies of two five-star players (Kanter and Jones) that had once been committed to the Huskies. Villanova fans dislike Coach Cal for beating them on Gilchrist, and before that, Tyreke Evans in 2008; Florida fans are upset about losing Knight, their homegrown star; and Louisville fans, who needed no additional reason to hate UK's coach, got one when he stole away Teague. Kentucky's reach even spreads to the assistant coaching ranks: Illinois had to give Jerrance Howard, one of the country's best young recruiters, a raise to keep him from considering a gig on the Wildcats' staff, and Oregon still could lose the highly regarded Kenny Payne -- who had recruited Jones for the Ducks -- to Lexington in the coming days.

This empire, of course, could all come crumbling down if Calipari leaves. Knight and Jones have the freedom to bail, and Gilchrist and Teague would decommit. Cal has said he's sticking with UK, though, and I don't think any of the LeBron Sweepstakes teams actually wants to hire Cal, anyway. The people whom a Calipari-to-the-NBA jump would please most are rival college coaches, who'd rejoice if he were no longer on the recruiting trail.

Complete Article

2012 Center Daniel Ochefu Likes Kentucky "A Lot" reports that 2012 big man Daniel Ochefu is starting to pile-up high major offers. He now has offers from West Virginia, Virginia, Temple, James Madison and Rutgers.

Ochefu told ZagsBlog that he likes Kentucky and Georgetown a lot.

Here is an excerpt:

Ochefu now claims offers from West Virginia, Virginia, Temple, James Madison and Rutgers.

“I like Georgetown and Kentucky a lot but I’m sure there will be more offers at the end of the summer,” Ochefu told ZAGSBLOG contributor Alex Kline.

Ochefu said he has no visits planned yet but will set some up soon.

Complete Article

Pikeville College Signs Vance Cooksey from Youngstown State

Pikeville College has signed Youngstown State transfer Vance Cooksey for the 2010 season.

Cooksey is a 6-0 point guard from Marian Catholic High School in Chicago, Illinois.

He averaged 5.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game last season at Youngstown State, an NCAA Division I program in the Horizon League. Cooksey played in all 30 games for the Penguins last season.

"We are very excited to add a player of Vance’s credentials and experiences," said Pikeville College head coach Kelly Wells. "Vance is a true point guard with the ability to score and distribute the basketball. He is a floor leader who is all about the TEAM and winning. He brings great academic credentials along with great basketball IQ. We anticipate Vance being an immediate impact on our team!"

Cooksey played three seasons at Youngstown State and will enter Pikeville's program as a senior.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Ex-Cat Heshimu Evans Approaching Title in Portugal

Former Kentucky star Heshimu Evans and Benfica defeated FC Porto Ferpinta 73-63 in Game 1 and 63-53 in Game 2 of Portugal's LPB Championship series.

Evans scored 15 points on 7-18 shooting and pulled down 9 rebounds for Benfica in the Game 1 victory.

In Game 2, the former Wildcat led all scorers with 18 points on 6-14 shooting. He also pulled down 8 rebounds and had 2 steals.

Game 3 of the series will be June 4 as Benfica zeroes in on an LPB title.

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