Saturday, June 12, 2010

Jerry Tipton Says USC a Cautionary Tale, Offers Solution

Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader says that Southern California, who was heavily penalized by the NCAA for rules violations, should serve as a cautionary tale for other athletic programs.

Tipton also recommends that schools pay $1,500 to $10,000, which he deems as "tip money" for an athletics program like Kentucky's, to hire attorney Michael L. Buckner. For that amount, Buckner will do all the background research necessary on questionable players.

Here is an excerpt:

Follow the money, that famous phrase from the Watergate political scandal, applies to college athletics. The pursuit of money guides the current seismic shift in college conferences. It can also suggest how much — or how little — schools want to know about potential problems with coveted prospects.

Attorney Michael L. Buckner, who earlier this spring said that Kentucky either knew or should have known about questions involving then prospect Eric Bledsoe, sees thorough research as preventative medicine. Learn all you can about a prospect in order to make an informed decision about whether to recruit the player. Or to be armed with answers should the NCAA come forward later with questions.

For fees ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 (tip money for an athletics program like Kentucky's), Buckner will give a school a thick file of information.

My Thoughts: I think Michael L. Buckner has discovered an innovative way to advertise his services for free in the Herald-Leader.

In case you were wondering, Buckner also serves as a private investigator. Go figure.

NKU Selected to Host 2012 and 2013 NCAA Elite Eight

INDIANAPOLIS – Northern Kentucky University has been selected as the site for the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Division II men’s basketball Elite Eight, the NCAA announced Friday.

NKU will host the event inside The Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights, Ky. The Bank of Kentucky Center is a 9,400-seat facility that opened in 2008.

The NCAA Division II Elite Eight features the winners of the nation’s eight regions in men’s basketball. Next year’s event will be held in Springfield, Mass., followed by a two-year stay in Highland Heights, Ky.

From 1995-2000, the NCAA Division II Elite Eight for men’s basketball was held in Louisville, Ky., inside the Commonwealth Convention Center. NKU advanced to the national championship games in both 1996 and ‘97 while the event was hosted in Louisville.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for us to bring individuals from all over the country to northern Kentucky and Highland Heights.” said Dr. Scott Eaton, NKU director of athletics. “To be able to showcase Northern Kentucky University and The Bank of Kentucky Center to a national audience during the NCAA Division II premier event is both an honor and an opportunity that we look forward to.

“With the national championship game on CBS television, it will allow a number of viewers around the country to see an outstanding event in a first-class facility like The Bank of Kentucky Center.”

NKU is a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference and competes in the Midwest Region.

Source: Release by NKU

Kentucky All-Stars Blow It; Indiana Wins 100-97

With a convincing victory in hand, the Kentucky All-Stars found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory last night in the first game against the Indiana All-Stars.

The homestanding Kentuckians led by nine points with under four minutes to go and still found a way to allow Indiana to pick up a 100-97 win.

Excerpt of game recap by

Kentucky had only five Division I players on its roster, while Indiana had 12.

"That doesn't matter," Indiana All-Star coach Ron Hecklinski of Anderson said. "On game night, it's all about basketball players competing."

Trailing by 11 points with less than five minutes remaining, Indiana started its charge, and the Hoosiers held on for a 100-97 win after Terone Johnson's bucket with 34 seconds gave the road team the lead.

Mr. Basketball Deshaun Thomas nailed two free throws in the final seconds to cap the scoring.
With 2:13 remaining, Bowman Academy's Tyrae Robinson nailed a 3-pointer to reduce Indiana's deficit to 93-91. Robinson scored 16 points to go with three rebounds and two assists.

"That comeback was all about being aggressive, defending and getting some stops," Robinson said. "When I hit that 3, I really didn't feel nothing. I was glad the game was close, but we had to keep fighting hard. That was it."

Complete Article

Press Release on Ex-Wildcat Shagari Alleyne

Former Kentucky big man Shagari Alleyne and his representation have put out another press release:


( June 12, 2010 --

Shagari recently completed a solid season in the NBA D-League, playing for Albuquerque. John Coffino coached the team.

Though he is a well-rounded player, Shagari understands that in order to make it to the next level, skills such as shot-blocking and rebounding are expected. Ever-mindful of the need to play sound, fundamental defense, Shagari prides himself on great shot-blocking. This is probably the hallmark of his defensive game. Defense was emphasized early in his playing career.

It really started in Harlem, at Rice High-School. There he garnered national attention through helping Rice win the New York City Championship. He accomplished this in the nationally-recognized Catholic High-School Athletic Association, or the CHSAA. The CHSAA named him as MVP that same year.

Shagari's next step was Lexington, Kentucky. He signed at the University of Kentucky, then coached by Tubby Smith. Surrounded by teammates such as Joe Crawford, Rajon Rondo, Chuck Hayes and Randolph Morris, to name a few, Shagari was on one of the country's most talented teams.

He was a very important factor in Kentucky's playoff games during his sophomore year. That season saw Kentucky go to the NCAA Elite Eight, eventually losing to perennial power Michigan State. He racked up big games such as his MVP performance against border-state Indiana, the Hoosiers. He ranked among the SEC leaders in blocked shots. Most importantly, he worked hard, helping Kentucky win.

In 2007 the Philadelphia 76ers signed and invited him to training camp. Although a deal wasn't reached in 2007, the NBA door certainly remains open. Since then he has played in Europe and more recently in the NBA D-League. Concerning his recent season he issued this statement:

" Playing in the NBA Development League was a great experience for me. It allowed me to display my talents to teams in the NBA and overseas. Though I have many talents on the basketball court, I chose to concentrate on skills that teams ( NBA and abroad ) were looking for out of me on a daily basis. Those skills include shot- blocking, rebounding and running the floor on every possession. Other skills such as scoring would take care of itself. Fortunately, I was able to do those very things. As a result, I was able to receive interest from various teams.

Shagari Alleyne is represented through Terrence Norman of Pinnacle Global Advisors LLP. Pinnacle is a multifamily office located in Atlanta and Tokyo.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Louisville's Preston Knowles Will Not Face Charges

The Courier-Journal reports today that Louisville guard Preston Knowles will not be facing any charges stemming from a physical altercation with his girlfriend's stepfather in Bullitt County.

There is a chance that Knowles will still face a civil lawsuit.

Here is an excerpt from the Courier-Journal's article:

''Based on the information we had from all the parties involved and the witnesses, and obviously the family did not want to pursue it any farther either, we decided not to do any charges,'' Bullitt County Sheriff Detective Scotty McGaha said.

Knowles still could face a civil suit, said John A. Cook, an attorney representing the family.


2011 PG Jabarie Hinds Trashes Kentucky...Literally

Jabarie Hinds, a 2011 point guard from Mount Vernon (NY), has literally trashed John Calipari and the University of Kentucky.

Hinds posted the picture shown here on Twitter along with the message: "Going In The Trash!"

The 6-0 point guard ranks No. 73 on the Rivals150 List for 2011 and is being recruited heavily by Louisville.

Of course, picked up on the Tweet and made a post here that says:
"Calipari. Trash. There's a metaphor here that I'm just not grabbing."

My Thoughts: I like a kid with a good sense of humor. Hopefully, he'll be cracking up this much when he's matched up against Marquis Teague.

Union College Basketball Camp is Coming Soon

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union basketball program announced it will host its annual camp June 28-30 at Robsion Arena on the Union College Campus.

The camp is for boys ages six through the eighth grade.

The Bulldog Basketball Camp is designed to improve skill level and enhance the complete development of young players. It is designed to be fun and challenging with an emphasis on fundamental instruction. Players will be placed into groups of similar age/ability for drills, instruction and team competition.

The camp will be directed by Head Men's Basketball Coach Sean Gillespie as he brings with him over 17 years of coaching experience to the camp. The men's basketball staff, Kyle Mendenhall and Matt Taylor will be assisting throughout the camp as well.

Cost for one camper is $65 and includes a camp T-shirt, lunch and a Union College basketball.

For more information, click here, or please call (606) 546-1705, or email Head Coach Sean Gillespie at

Several Kentucky Recruits Invited to NBPA Top 100 Camp

The invitee list for the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Top 100 Camp has been announced and it includes several Kentucky targets as well as Bowling Green's Chane Behanan.

Here are a few notable invitees:

Chane Behanan -- Bowling Green KY
Quddus Bello -- Greensboro NC
Wayne Blackshear -- Chicago IL
Ryan Boatright -- Aurora IL
Michael Chandler -- Indianapolis IN
Jeremiah Davis -- Muncie IN
Perry Ellis -- Wichita KS
Quincy Miller -- North Chicago IL
JP Tokoto -- Menomonee Falls WI
Amir Williams -- Detroit MI
Achraf Yacoubou -- Bronx NY
Cody Zeller -- Washington IN

It's Official: Wizards Will Draft Kentucky's John Wall

According to a tweet by the Washington Post's Michael Lee, the Washington Wizards will be drafting Kentucky's John Wall with the first pick in the NBA Draft.

Here is Lee's post on Twitter:

MrMichaelLee It's official: Wiz taking John Wall No. 1. David Falk told me Evan Turner will NOT work out for WAS - has one workout sched for PHI on 6/17

Heshimu Evans Leads Benfica to Championship in Portugal

Former Kentucky forward Heshimu Evans and Benfica defeated FC Porto Ferpinta 85-74 to capture the National Championship in Portugal's top-level LPB League.

Evans led all scorers with 23 points in the decisive game 5 victory. He was a brilliant 9-13 from the field and also pulled down 9 rebounds.

Benfica won the championship series 4-1.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

UK Will Play Western Mustangs on Canada Trip

The Kentucky Wildcats will face the Western Mustangs on their exhibition trip to Windsor, Canada.

Here is an excerpt from about the game:

The Western men’s basketball team faces a stiff early test to their 2010-11 hoops season.

The John Calipari-coached Kentucky Wildcats.

The game against one of the United States’ top hoops schools, however, will be played in Windsor at the St. Denis Centre on Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. The Wildcats will face the Windsor Lancers on Aug. 15 and Aug. 17.

“The opportunity to play a team the calibre of a Kentucky does not come along very often,” Mustangs head coach Brad Campbell said. “Our guys are very excited to play against some of the best players in the NCAA and future NBA prospects.”

Game schedule (all at St. Denis Centre)
Sunday, Aug. 15 - 7 p.m. - Windsor vs. Kentucky
Monday Aug. 16 - 6 p.m. - Western vs. Kentucky
Tuesday, Aug. 17 - 11 a.m. - Windsor vs. Kentucky

Ticket Information
Ticket Prices: $10 (Adult/Youth) and $5 (Children under 12)
Advance Tickets: Available starting Monday, June 14 by phone at (519) 253-3000 ext. 2437

Birmingham Meeting on Bledsoe Re-scheduled for Monday

The meeting regarding Eric Bledsoe between the Alabama High School Athletic Association and Birmingham City School officials has been re-scheduled for Monday, June 14, according to Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader.

The meeting was originally scheduled for earlier this week, but was postponed due to a scheduling conflict.

Tipton reports that the meeting is intended to look into ways to prevent future accusations on this nature.

The Extra Season was Well Worth It for Patrick Patterson

As we get closer to the NBA Draft, it appears that Patrick Patterson's stock is rising, while there are reports out that Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton are dropping a bit.

Here is an excellent article from the Utah area about Patterson and how he benefited from an additional season at Kentucky.

Excerpt of article from

Patterson extended his college career at the University of Kentucky by one season, much to his benefit.

He made concise but articulate answers go a long way at the recent NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago.

And he's stretched an arguably undersized body — 6-foot-8 without shoes, 6-9 with, 240 pounds and a wingspan of just 7-1, which is 1 inch less than that of Monroe and nearly 6 inches less than the amazing 7-7 of Marshall's Hassan Whiteside — into one capable of competing with those taller and longer.

"I have no worries at all with my size going into the league, going into the next level," said Patterson, one of six draft prospects who worked out for the Jazz on Wednesday.

"If you can play, you can play," he added. "It doesn't matter how short you are. It's all about your heart and how well you compete on the court."

Complete Article

John Wall "Is Not the Answer in Washington"

Carter Bryant of bluntly writes today: "John Wall is the answer in Washington."

Here is some of his argument:

But wearing blue and white for Kentucky on the road against South Carolina is not the same as wearing blue and white for Washington on the road against Boston. Wall will have growing pains as the star of a losing team, as the better players on the floor will be wearing a different color jersey than his.

Wall’s ability to weave through traffic with never before seen athleticism is rather frightening for opposing teams. When he gets a head of steam, he is nearly impossible to stop from scoring or dishing off to an open teammate for easy baskets. He reminds scouts of Tyreke Evans, except better.

On the contrary, Wall’s first-step isn’t too explosive. When he doesn’t have his signature “head of steam”, he wasn’t too spectacular at beating defenders off the dribble in the half court sets, partially due to his lack of a consistent outside jumper.

My thoughts: I personally think Wall is very explosive. He does need to work on his outside jumper, but that is a fixable problem. My feelings are that Carter Bryant will be surprised at how good John Wall actually is.

What are your thoughts?

Pitino to Izzo: Stay at Michigan State if You're Happy

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, one of the notable college coaches with limited success in the NBA, told Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated his advice for Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo:

"My advice to him would be, if you're really happy where you are, then it doesn't make any sense to mess with happiness," Pitino said. "Happiness is more important than money. Happiness is more important than a new challenge. Also, you're on the threshold of making the Hall of Fame. If he called me, I'd tell him, 'Tom, put yourself in a seat belt and stay at Michigan State.'"

Davis thinks that is excellent advice and what Izzo will likely decide in the end.

Here is Davis' take on the situation

Photo: New York Daily News

2011 Star Deuce Bello Names Kentucky on List

Quddus "Deuce" Bellow, a 6-3 small forward from North Carolina, names Kentucky on his list of schools:

* Video by

Bello in action:

* Video from Hoopmixtape's YouTube Channel

A Few Basketball Updates from Around Kentucky

- Will Yager, the son of Carroll County basketball coach Carroll Yager, will continue his career at northern Kentucky's Thomas More College.

- Former Georgetown College star Andre Mahorn has been hired as an assistant coach on Happy Osborne’s staff

- Clay County has hired former player Robert Marcum as head coach; Marcum starred at Alice Lloyd College in the mid-1990's

- After speaking to Shane Howard of Custom College Recruiting, Colorado State has started recruiting George Fant of Warren Central.

CSU has also invited Custom College Recruiting's Jordan Shanklin of Warren Central and Grant and Russell Kindred (pictured) of Metcalfe County to an Elite Camp this month. The Kindred brothers have also been invited to an Elite Camp at the University of Portland.

Shanklin has also heard recently from University of California Riverside, High Point, Charleston Southern and Portland State. When asked how the Custom College Recruiting process was working, Shanklins' father stated that he had received more phone calls on his son in the last three weeks than he has in the last four years combined.

- All state basketball programs had satisfactory NCAA APR scores and no penalties were received

- Elliott County's Timmy Knipp has received a scholarship offer from Marshall University

- In what continues an aggravating trend, one of Kentucky's top players will leave the state; Lexington Catholic's Jaylen Beckham is leaving the state to play for Newark (NJ) St. Benedict's Prep

- Morehead State has given Eastern's Remy Abel an offer; he also has offers from Marshall, Akron, Wright State and IUPUI (HT: Jody Demling, Courier-Journal)

Latest Update from Daniel Orton's Draft Journal

Former Kentucky freshman Daniel Orton has been doing an "NBA Draft Journal" for The Oklahoman.

Here are some excerpts from today's entry:

I've heard that I could go anywhere from 14th to 24th in the draft. But I'm hoping to move up.
I've worked out for Indiana, Toronto and I just got done working out for Sacramento on Tuesday.

When people continue to bring up my three-point, three-rebound average at Kentucky, I just smile and say I understand. I know that I'm making the right decision, though.

Complete Article

Wall, Bledsoe Lead the Top 10 Point Guards in the NBA Draft breaks down the top ten point guards in the 2010 NBA Draft this morning and concludes, as expected, that John Wall "is far and away the best prospect in the draft at any position, let alone amongst point guards."

Also making the list is Eric Bledsoe from Kentucky and A.J. Slaughter from Western Kentucky.

Here are some excerpts from the analysis of each player:

John Wall, 6'4", 196 lbs.: Wall is far and away the best prospect in the draft at any position, let alone amongst point guards. Along with his freakish athleticism, there are very few weaknesses in his game and the weaknesses he does have things that should improve with continued work and experience. The one-and-done player from Kentucky lacks a consistent jump shot and is a bit turnover prone but outside of those two things, it is tough to find a glaring hole in Wall's game.

Eric Bledsoe, 6'1", 192 lbs.: Wall got most of the attention, and rightfully so, coming into the season but Bledsoe would have been grabbing headlines and the national spotlight had he chosen to play his college basketball anywhere other than Kentucky. Considering the success that Calipari has had with developing point guards the last few years, it isn't too tough to imagine why Bledsoe agreed to join Wall for a run at a national championship. Bledsoe has shown the ability to play off the ball and alongside Wall but because of his limited size, he'll have to play the point guard position in the NBA.

A.J. Slaughter, 6'3", 175 lbs.: Slaughter is an accomplished shooter whose skills as such might just be enough to get him consideration late in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft. A solid athlete, he is an absolute assassin in the pick and roll, where he seems most comfortable and can beat a defense in a variety of ways. The former Western Kentucky star is truly a combo guard, without the size to defend the shooting guard or the quickness to stay in front of NBA point guards.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

John Wall Signs a $25M Deal with Reebok

Former Kentucky Wildcat John Wall is now a very rich young man. He has a signed a $25 million endorsement deal with Reebok that will extend over the next five years.

Here is confirmation from Yahoo! Sports:

Kentucky guard John Wall, the projected No. 1 pick in June’s NBA draft, has reached an endorsement agreement with Reebok worth $25 million over five years, sources tell Yahoo! Sports.

Reebok made an immense investment with the charismatic and explosive guard, believing that Wall can replace Allen Iverson(notes) as the brand’s superstar. Wall’s reps, Dan Fegan of Lagardere Unlimited and Brian Clifton of Pindar Enterprises, negotiated a rare two guaranteed signature shoes for Wall.

Complete Article

Congratulations to John Wall!

Kentucky Will Play Windsor in August

Kentucky will play the Windsor Lancers in August during a trip to Canada, according to an announcement by Windsor.

Here is an excerpt of the announcement:

“We are really excited to have Coach Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats coming to Windsor,” commented Oliver. “They are without question one of the elite programs in the country and it will be a real treat for our university and our community to have the Wildcats in Windsor in August.”

The Wildcats are one of the top NCAA collegiate programs of all-time and arguably the highest profile team in America right now.

Complete Announcement

Game schedule

Sunday, August 15 - 7:00pm - Windsor vs. Kentucky
Tuesday, August 17 - 11:00am - Windsor vs. Kentucky

Ticket Information

Ticket Prices: $10 (Adult/Youth) and $5 (Children under 12)
Advance Tickets – Available starting Monday, June 14
Ticket Outlets: U of W’s athletic department main office (call 519-253-3000 ext. 2437), through Head Coach Chris Oliver (ext. 4047) and locally in Windsor at Nantais Source for Sports (2020 Tecumseh Road West)

Source: Windsor Sports Info

My Thoughts: I love when a young team takes an exhibition trip like this before the season. Such trips provide incredible bonding opportunities for the players and allows the team to get into some live game situations within the rules. This is just what the doctor ordered for a team like the 2010-11 Wildcats.

Kentucky Wesleyan Adds Brandon Johnson

Kentucky Wesleyan has added Brandon Johnson, a 6-foot guard from Fresno City College, to their 2010 recruiting class.

Here is an excerpt from

Fresno City College men's basketball players Brandon Johnson and Edward Willis will continue their careers at a pair of small college powerhouses.

Johnson, the Central Valley Conference MVP and a first-team All-State selection, is headed to Kentucky Wesleyan, which has won the NCAA Division II title twice in the past 11 years. Johnson is a 6-foot guard who played in high school at Clovis West.

Donnie Tyndall Basketball Camp at Raceland High School

Donnie Tyndall Basketball Camp at Raceland High School

Who: Boys & Girls ages 5-18
What: Basketball Day Camp
When: June 14-17
Where: Raceland High School
Cost: $80.00

- Boys and girls ages 5-18 next year are invited to attend
- Beginners to advanced are welcome - Emphasis will be on the improvement of fundamental skills
- Campers are placed in groups according to age, size, and ability
- Instruction is directed by the MSU and Raceland High School coaching staffs
- Registration will be held Monday morning beginning at 8:00 in the gym
- All activities are supervised
- Camp goes from 9:00AM-3:00 PM everyday!
- All Campers receive FREE CAMP T-SHIRT


Tom Izzo to Coach the Cleveland Cavaliers?

UPDATE: This report is false; Izzo met with his team today to tell them he is going to talk to Cleveland, but he did NOT tell them he was leaving to coach Cleveland.

We may soon be able to toss another John Calipari to the NBA rumor to the wayside as it appears that Michigan State's Tom Izzo will coach the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Here is an excerpt from WFNY:

Sources close to WFNY have informed us that Tom Izzo has told his players at Michigan State that he plans on taking the Cavaliers job. Our sources have heard directly from players on the MSU team that Izzo informed them this week that he is planning on making the move up to the NBA level under the ownership of MSU grad Dan Gilbert. We have also heard from a separate source that Izzo is holding off on announcing this until the end of the week, when his kids finish up school in the Lansing area. While Izzo could always change his mind, we are comfortable reporting that he has in fact informed his players at Michigan State that he will be taking the Cavaliers job.

My Thoughts: I'm going to wait for official confirmation before I get too excited.

Billy Gillispie Loves College Basketball, Loves Kentucky

Former Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie made a public speaking appearance at a recently-formed Sports Club in Horeshoe Bay, Texas.

Gillispie stated that he is ready to get back into coaching and did not shy away from discussing his DUI problems and his time at Kentucky.

Here is an excerpt from

"I loved it at Kentucky,” Gillispie insisted. “I have no regrets about leaving UTEP or A&M, although some people told me not to go. I don’t live my life like that. The fans at UK were great. There’s no animosity about the firing; that’s part of the business.” Maybe pocket change was a bit strong.

Gillispie was not shy discussing the huge problem he brought upon himself in August 2009—he was guilty of DUI in Kentucky. “I made a mistake; it was a real bad decision. I can’t act like it didn’t happen. I should have known better. I have to deal with it and move on.”

Moving on could include gaining a fourth head coaching job in the near future. “I love college basketball,” he states. “I love the recruiting, which is a passion of mine. You have players who, when they leave you, have their whole lives in front of them. Relationships with players last forever.”

Complete Article

Calipari Begins "Team Building" for 2010-11

David Scott of writes today that team building is underway for 2010-11.

There are several comments in the article about Darius Miller, DeAndre Liggins, Jon Hood, Josh Harrellson and Darnell Dodson.

Calipari stated that Dodson, "finished the year up strong academically but still has a ways to go and will be on campus this summer to take some classes. He still has some work to do before he will be able to be on the court with us.”

He also said that Darius Miller is in the best shape of his life and they hope to enter him into some quality camps this summer.

Kentucky Will Face Notre Dame in SEC/Big East Invitational

The Kentucky Wildcats will battle Notre Dame on December 8 at Freedom Hall as part of the DIRECTV SEC/BIG EAST Invitational.

Here is an excerpt from

The matchup of Kentucky and Notre Dame revisits a long tradition at Freedom Hall in Louisville. The teams have met 32 times at the historic venue, the first game being played in January 1937. The rivalry was held in Louisville every season from 1962-63 to 1987-88. Kentucky has a 23-9 advantage in games played at Freedom Hall, most recently a 78-69 win Jan. 31, 1988.

In the overall series, Kentucky holds a 41-18 edge on Notre Dame. The Irish won the most recent meeting, a 77-67 decision in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on March 25, 2009, in South Bend, Ind.

Complete Release

Wednesday, December 8

Freedom Hall in Louisville

7:00 p.m. Arkansas vs. Seton Hall (ESPN2)
9:30 p.m. Kentucky vs. Notre Dame (ESPN)

Saturday, December 11

CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh

TBA Rutgers vs. Auburn (ESPN2)
TBA Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee (ESPN)

Kentucky Senior All-Stars Defeat Juniors in Closing Seconds

The Kentucky Junior All-Stars seemed to have the game in hand but missed an ill-advised shot with under ten seconds remaining. The Seniors grabbed the rebound and took advantage with a game-winning shot by Ricardo Johnson from Covington Holmes.

The scrimmage was all part of the build up for the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Classic scheduled for June 11 at Bellarmine University’s Knights Hall in Louisville. The following day, the two teams travel to Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Last night's scoring totals:

KY Sr. All-Stars

Elisha Justice 17
Taylor Epley 16
Keisten Jones 13
Ricardo Johnson 11
Elijah Pittman 7
Vance Hall 5
Josh Sewell 5
Thomas Jackson 5
Colt Barnhill 4
Tanner Peurach 4
Will Evans 2
Aaron Watts 1

KY Jr. All-Stars

Veontae Lewis 19
Chane Behanan 17
Jordan Shanklin 14
Donovan Kates 11
George Fant 8
Anthony Hickey 6
Robbie Stenzel 6
Timmy Knipp 3
Vinny Zollo 3
Remy Abell 2

Coach Calipari to Speak at Ashland Fundraiser Tonight

Kentucky head coach John Calipari is set to speak at a dinner at the Ashland Plaza Hotel tonight in Ashland, Kentucky.

The event is an Ashland Main Street fundraiser and the doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Here are some details from

The Ashland Alliance is handling reservations. The following are options available as of this morning and their cost:

- A seat at head table with Calipari, $1,000 each (7 available)

- Sponsorship levels of 10-seat tables in ballroom: One table for $5,000; two tables for $2,500 each; and 10 tables at $1,250 (Pricing based on proximity to head table).

- Individual seats are $75 each in the restaurant area outside the ballroom. There will be open seating, and a big screen television in the restaurant area. The ballroom doors will be open.

Seat reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the Alliance office at 606-324-5111.

Pikeville College Adds High-Major Transfer Kyle Cannon

Pikeville College has added transfer Kyle Cannon from Oklahoma University and San Jacinto (Texas) Junior College.

Cannon is a talented 6-8, 235-pound forward that will likely have an immediate impact in the Mid-South Conference.

Some notes on Kyle Cannon:

#31 – Forward
Junior – 6-8, 236
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
High School: Worcester MA Academy
Transfer: Oklahoma University / San Jacinto TX JC


Attended San Jacinto (Texas) Junior College ... A preseason first-team All-American in 2007-08 ... Played in four games before undergoing season-ending knee surgery to correct patellar tendinitis ... Averaged 13.5 points and 8.3 rebounds in 21.3 minutes per game ... Shot .465 from the field (20-for-43), .429 from 3-point range (3-for-7) and .688 from the free throw line (11-for-16) ... Averaged 14.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game as a freshman when he was a third-team all-region selection ... Helped Ravens to a 23-8 record in his first season ... Coached by Scott Gernander.


Attended Worcester (Mass.) Academy for the 2005-06 school year ... Averaged 15.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals on a team that featured five would-be Division I players ... Coached by Ed Reilly.


Attended Towson Catholic High School in Baltimore, Md., as a senior ... Averaged 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds a game ... Coached by Mike Daniels ... Attended Hammond High School as a sophomore and junior ... Attended Wilde Lake High School as a freshman.


Born in Baltimore, Md. ... Parents are Diane Garey and Anthony Cannon ... Chose Oklahoma over Arizona State, Nebraska and South Florida ... Plans to major in communication.

Rick Pitino Says Walter McCarty Has Not Made a Decision

Contrary to reports last night from Jeff Goodman of, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino says that assistant Walter McCarty has not made the decision to leave Louisville at this time.

He is expected to meet with the Pacers next week, but no decision has been made on either end.

Here is an excerpt of Pitino's message on

As recently reported, Walter McCarty has not been offered a job by the Indiana Pacers. Jim O’Brien has asked and received permission to speak with Walter. They will speak sometime next week. No decision has been made by the Pacers or Walter. Walter will continue to have many interview opportunities that come his way. This is very early on in the process.

Here is Goodman's post on Twitter from last night:

goodmanonfox Saw Walter McCarty on JumboTron here at Celtics game. Sources told he is leaving Louisville to join Indiana Pacers staff.

Daniel Orton and Eric Bledsoe Seem to be Falling in Draft reports today that two former Kentucky Wildcats are expected to be drafted in the top 5 picks of the NBA Draft, while another pair of Cats may be sliding down first round draft boards.

Kentucky's John Wall is still expected to be the overall No. 1 pick and DeMarcus Cousins will almost certainly land somewhere in the following four picks.

Daniel Orton and Eric Bledsoe, however, seem to be a different story.

Here are some excerpts about Orton and Bledsoe:

Daniel Orton C - 6'10"- 260

Scouts want to like Daniel Orton, but after a small handful of workouts the early returns on Orton are not good. Size matters in the NBA, but teams seem to be underwhelmed by Orton's athletic game and apparently he has not faired well against his peers in workouts. A lot has been made about Orton's knee injuries in high school, which did not get red-flagged in Chicago at the Pre-Draft Combine medical review, but observes feel he is a step too slow and lacks power. It is still very likely that Orton goes in the first round, but its beginning to look like he'll be a teens to mid-twenties pick, where several weeks ago he was viewed as a borderline lottery pick.

Eric Bledsoe - PG - 6'1"- 190

Bledsoe is proving to be what he appeared at the beginning of the process. A longer term project. Bledsoe has amazing talent, and more than a few teams commented on how impressive he is athletically, but the big knocks on him coming in - judgment, experience and defense are showing true in workouts. One Eastern Conference scout said he is very much like Atlanta's Jeff Teague - raw around the edges, amazingly gifted athletically, but easily two years away from contributing at a significant level. If most teams see Bledsoe this way he could see his stock drop to the mid to late twenties as more proven polished players start to settle in, in the late teens.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ex-Wildcat Walter McCarty to Leave Louisville for Pacers

Jeff Goodman of has confirmed on Twitter that former Kentucky forward Walter McCarty will join the Indiana Pacers as an assistant.

McCarty, who has enjoyed a stay on Rick Pitino's staff in Louisville, will leave the Cards for the NBA.

Here is Goodman's confirmation on Twitter:

goodmanonfox Saw Walter McCarty on JumboTron here at Celtics game. Sources told he is leaving Louisville to join Indiana Pacers staff.

Eric Bledsoe Meeting Postponed in Birmingham

The much-anticipated meeting between the Alabama High School Athletic Association and Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Craig Witherspoon was postponed today due to a schedule conflict.

The meeting was planned to discuss eligibility questions concerning former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe.

Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader reports today:

A meeting between the Alabama High School Athletic Association and Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Craig Witherspoon was scheduled for Monday. Reginald McDaniel, the attorney for Bledsoe’s coach at Parker High School in Birmingham, said last week that the meeting would settle questions about Bledsoe’s eligibility.

But conflicts in Witherspoon’s schedule caused a postponement of the meeting. No new date had been set as of Tuesday afternoon.

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Steve Masiello Passes a Police Polygraph

The Louisville Courier Journal reports this evening that Louisville assistant Steve Masiello has passed a police polygraph in which he said he was not involved in a scheme to obtain tickets for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks.

Here is an excerpt of the article:

One of Masiello's lawyers, Larry Wilder, said in a prepared statement that the prosecuting attorney's office has confirmed that Masiello was "not involved in any wrongdoing and that he did not commit a crime."

"From the outset, Masiello, denied ... that he was involved in any business dealings with Davis," Wilder said.

Wilder said Masiello, who has worked five years as an assistant to Coach Rick Pitino, wouldn't talk to reporters because Davis' suit is still pending.

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Hornets Focused on Four, Including Patrick Patterson, a New Orleans Hornets blog, states today that the Hornets seemed to be zeroed in on four players: Cole Aldrich, Patrick Patterson, Paul George and Xavier Henry.

The site breaks down Aldrich and Patterson today.

Here is an excerpt about Patterson:

The Hornets were apparently impressed with Patrick Patterson at the pre-draft combine. Of all the top prospects, he was the only one who was willing to take part in the basketball drills - and the Hornets even went so far as to cancel their interviews with those prospects who did not participate in the drills. As a result, he fit in perfectly with their conservative outlook and determination to get good character players who "do the right thing".

Summary: I think Patterson duplicates everything the Hornets already have at the Power Forward position in David West and Darius Songaila. Drafting him would do little to address the holes that exist in the Hornets frontcourt. Now maybe there is a role for him in New Orleans if they are planning to move Songaila, but as of right now, I am desperately hoping that Patterson's fine character does not overwhelm the fact he's not that special as an NBA prospect.

My Thoughts: The article states that Aldrich is the best fit for the team out the four players mentioned. I know I'm a little partial, but I would take Patterson over Aldrich any day of the week.


Big Blue Nation is a Powerful Force in the Sports World

Kentucky's Big Blue Nation once again proves its dominance. asked: "Who will make the biggest impact on the Washington, D.C. sports scene?"

Big Blue Nation answered: "Wizards' No. 1 pick"

Doc Rivers on Rajon Rondo: "He's our quarterback"

Former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo continues to receive high praise for his excellent play with the Boston Celtics.

After Rondo's triple-double against Los Angeles in Game 2 of the NBA Championship series, Boston head coach Doc Rivers said, "he's our quarterback."

Ray Allen said, "One rebound he went to the roof -- it seemed like he went over all the bigs."

Here is an excerpt of an article from The Denver Post about how Rondo has seized his time to shine:

"You've always got to be ready for him because he'll make a quick pass when you didn't think he was going to pass it," Allen said. "He gets there so fast you've got to get to your spot real early."

Asked the difference between his role on the 2008 champions and the 2010 champion contenders, Rondo said, "I think it starts with my energy level, picking up the ball full court (on defense). And then when I get the ball on the offensive end, just trying to push the ball and push the tempo and getting guys easy looks on the floor. . . .

"Anything I can do to help the team win is big. I take pride in my game and how I play the game."

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Celtics vs. Lakers

Series tied 1-1 Best-of-seven series; * — if necessary

Series tied 1-1

L.A. Lakers 102, Boston 89

Boston 103, L.A. Lakers 94

Today: L.A. Lakers at Boston, 7 p.m.

Thursday: L.A. Lakers at Boston, 7 p.m.

Sunday: L.A. Lakers at Boston, 6 p.m.

Tues., June 15: Bos. at L.A. Lakers, 7 p.m.*

Thur., June 17: Bos. at L.A. Lakers, 7 p.m.*

Update on UTEP Transfer Arnett Moultrie

The Starkville Daily News reports that there is a major roadblock that might prevent UTEP transfer Arnett Moultrie from joining the Mississippi State basketball program.

Here is an excerpt of the article:

A major roadblock exist in getting UTEP transfer Arnett Moultrie in the Mississippi State men’s basketball program - the wording in his transfer release.

According to the source close to the situation, Moultrie was never restricted beyond Conference USA schools in his release from UTEP as to where he could transfer despite confusion to the contrary over the last month.

The Starkville Daily News has learned the only addition to the Memphis native’s release contract written up by UTEP officials was a line saying he could not immediately apply for a waiver to the mandated one-year period he must sit out according to NCAA transfer guidelines.

The article adds that Moultrie is likely trying to choose between Mississippi State, Texas, Kentucky and Arkansas.

Video: The Ultimate John Wall Mixtape

This is an excellent mixtape of former Kentucky star John Wall:

* Video from AntFly1 's YouTube Channel

John Wall to Work Out For Wizards on June 17

Former Kentucky star John Wall will work out for the Washington Wizards on June 17 - one week before he is expected to be drafted No. 1 by the club.

Here is an excerpt of the workout plans from The Washington Post:

...the Kentucky freshman has already made plans to work out for the Wizards on June 17. The Wizards also plan to work out Ohio State junior Evan Turner, but they fully intend to take Wall first overall on June 24.

I bumped into Wall after Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night. He moved through the hallway of Staples Center like a rock star, with people seeking his autograph, stopping to shake his hand and congratulate him. This, after Ray Allen's exciting, record-breaking performance in Boston's 103-94 victory over the Lakers. Wall seemed to be in a rush, with his adviser, Dwon Clifton, trailing behind. "It was hard getting him through all of those people," Clifton said, as Wall used his first bit of open space to dart out of the arena.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Schedule Set for Pikeville College Basketball Camps

Schedule finalized for Pikeville College basketball camps:

PC Youth Camp
June 14-17
Ages 5-14
@ Pikeville College Gym
8 am – Noon daily
$75.00 per camper, $10.00 discount for family members

PC Junior High/MS Team Camp
June 19-20
$150.00 Team Fee
@ Pikeville College Gym / Pikeville HS Gym

PC High School Team Camp
June 21-24
$300.00 Varsity Team Fee, $250.00 JV Team Fee
@ Pikeville College Gym / PHS / Pike Central / Mullins / Blue Goose

PC “Elite” Youth Camp
July 5-8
Grades MS, Freshman, Sophomore (limited space)
@ Pikeville College Gym
1-4 daily
$75.00 per camper, $10.00 discount for family members

If interested contact Coach Kelly Wells at the numbers below or email at

Kelly Wells, Head Men's Basketball
Pikeville College Bears
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, KY 41501
606-218-5352 - Phone
606-218-5351 - fax


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Former Wildcat Jamaal Magloire Helps a Family in Toronto

Former Kentucky big man Jamaal Magloire has perfectly illustrated the type of story that I love to report on this site.

Magloire learned of a single mother that was murdered in Toronto recently. He reached out to the family and paid for the funeral and setup a trust fund for her special needs son.

Here is an excerpt of the touching story from

When he heard of the murder last Monday of single mother Lucita Charles — who left behind a 7-year-old son with cerebral palsy — not only did Jamaal Magloire think he could help out, he did help out.

The 10-year NBA veteran paid for the funeral for Charles (the city’s 18th murder victim of this year) and plans to establish a trust fund for her orphaned son.

“When we see things like this in the news, we don’t know what to do. I wanted to show I could do something,” Magloire, a Toronto native, said by phone Saturday night.

“It just really touched me, the fact it was a single mother and she left behind a special-needs child,” he said.

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Big Blue Nation needs to send a special 'thank you' to Magloire for this tremendous deed. Yahoo! Sports noted that Magloire didn't wish for anyone to find out about his act of kindness, which speaks a great deal about his intentions. Sorry Jamaal, but this story deserves a mention.

* HT to Matt Jones of for finding this article.

Rondo Takes Over; Celtics Steal One in Los Angeles

It is becoming more and more apparent that the Big Three in Boston must include Rajon Rondo or must be renamed the Big Four. Rondo has prominently been the deciding factor in Boston's playoff run this season and last night's game in Los Angeles was no exception.

Veteran Ray Allen, who set an NBA Finals' record with 8 made three-pointers, provided the offense for the Celtics in the first half but it was Rondo that took over during crunch time.

The former Kentucky point guard netted a triple-double and was seemingly all over the court late in the game. With the game hanging in the balance, Rondo first stripped the ball from Kobe Bryant and later blocked Bryant's three-point attempt to prevent a Lakers' comeback.

When the final horn sounded, Rondo had 19 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals and a blocked shot.

With the 103-94 win in Los Angeles, the two teams head to Boston for tomorrow night's game 3 showdown. The series is tied at one game apiece.

Asbury University Youth Basketball Camp Coming Soon

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.

Please contact Men’s Head Coach Will Shouse for more details at or 859-858-3511 ext. 2476.

Camp Brochure

Video: John Wall Working Out for the NBA Draft

Here is an impressive video from of former Kentucky point guard John Wall.

The video shows Wall working out for the NBA Draft and includes some interview time.

"The key is going in and learning as much as I can in one year and try to give any advice if I am seeing something, basically trying to be a coach on the court," Wall said.

Check it out:

NBA Draft Examiner: Buyer Beware of Orton, Cousins

Neal Leitereg of NBA Draft Examiner names five players today that he feels have "legitimate concerns" for NBA teams.

Two of the five players are Kentucky's Daniel Orton and DeMarcus Cousins.

Here is what he says about the former Wildcats:

DeMarcus Cousins (PF/C, Kentucky)

Many scouts have said that judging from purely a talent and potential standpoint, Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins is leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else. What raised more than a few red flags were recent fitness tests conducted at the combine that proved to be not all that flattering for Cousins. Cousins has the size and ability to be a force in the NBA, but in order to be the best you also have to work and train harder than everyone else. Take the Heat's Udonis Haslem for example. Haslem ballooned to over 300 pounds after leaving the University of Florida and did not receive much NBA interest until he got serious about his fitness and dropped around 70 pounds. Maturity issues and whether Cousins can commit to staying in optimal shape are the biggest concerns dogging this talented young man.

Daniel Orton (PF/C, Kentucky)

Another freshman forward out of Kentucky with a bit of injury baggage is Daniel Orton. Although Orton held it together in limited minutes for the Wildcats last season, it is hard to ignore the knee and wrist problems he had in high school. Orton will likely get his ticket punched somewhere in the first round due to his size and potential, but NBA personnel would be smart to look closely at his history of injuries. Can Orton hold up for an entire 82-game season in the NBA? Only time will tell.

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My Thoughts: I can live with his concerns about Orton. He has suffered a major knee injury in his past and he was largely unproven at high-level division I basketball - largely due to playing time. I think he is a pretty big gamble, but has NBA potential.

Cousins, on the other hand, has the potential to be a star at the next level. He dominated the college game and has all the tools to be effective in the NBA. He is perceived to have emotional flaws on the court, but that might be more perception than reality. I would draft Cousins in the top 5 and feel great about my pick.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Championship Plans Delayed for Heshimu Evans and Benfica

Heshimu Evans and Benfica will have to wait until at least Wednesday to collect an LPB Championship in Portugal.

Benfica, who entered today's game with a 3-0 lead in the series, was destroyed 90-58 by Porto Ferpinta.

Evans scored 8 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for Benfica in the loss.

Box Score

Ex-Cat Erik Daniels Earns All-League Status in Ukraine

Former Kentucky forward Erik Daniels was named to the All-Ukrainian Superleague Honorable Mention team for 2009-10.

Daniels, who left Ukraine before the season ended to play in Israel, averaged 17.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists for Azovmash Mariupol in league play.

He finished the season with Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa in Israel's top-level basketball league.

Here are the all-league honors:

1st Team

G: Ramel Curry (191-80) of Azovmash
G: Khalid El-Amin (178-79) of Budivelnyk
F: Charles Thomas (203-86) of Ferro-ZNTU
C/F: Michael Fraser (203-84) of Hoverla
C: Daniel McClintock (212-77) of Mykolaiv

2nd Team

G: Steve Burtt (185-84) of Ferro-ZNTU
G: Jason Crowe (193-76) of Dnipro
G/F: Kevin Tiggs (196-84) of Ferro-ZNTU
F: Fred House (195-78) of Azovmash
C: Hasan Rizvic (212-84) of Azovmash

Honorable Mention

Erik Daniels (204-G/F-82) of Azovmash
Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) of Budivelnyk
Vincent Hunter (208-F-84) of Ferro-ZNTU
Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87) of BC Kyiv
Denys Lukashov (190-G-89) of BC Kyiv
John DeGroat (198-F-85) of BC Odessa
Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84) of Khimik
Lamar Karim (178-G-83) of DniproAzot

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Sun-Sentinel Talks to Future Wildcat Brandon Knight caught up with future Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight at a recent event. Here is an excerpt of their brief interview:

Q: What do you love most about the game of basketball?

A: It rewards you. If you work hard, it's going to reward you, not only getting better but just other aspects of life. Teaches you a lot of lessons, you know. If you stay focused, things will go in the right direction. It really just rewards you in so many different ways.

Q: Your favorite high school moment is?

A: Probably winning the second state championship. When you win a state championship, it just brings a school together. It's about having pride about your school, your teammates. When you set an ultimate goal as a team and you reach that, it's like ultimate joy.

Q: Your favorite personal award?

A: I try not to focus on the awards. I enjoy getting them. But I can't really say that's there's one I cherish more than the other. I just go out and try and act like I really achieved nothing, so I can continue to have that hunger. Continue to have that burn and that fire to get better. I try to act like I haven't won anything at all.

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