Saturday, June 19, 2010

Vitale: "Calipari won't rebuild; he will simply reload"


Dick Vitale ranks the Kentucky Wildcats at No. 6 in his early 2010-11 preseason rankings.

Here is what Dickie V says about the Wildcats:

6. Kentucky: John Calipari won't rebuild; he will simply reload. Brandon Knight is the latest diaper dandy to have an immediate impact on a Calipari-led program.

He ranks Louisville at No. 30 and says:

30. Louisville: Samardo Samuels left early, but Rick Pitino has a lot of young weapons. Watch for bigger things from Terrence Jennings and Rakeem Buckles.

Vitale's early top 10 are:

1. Duke
2. Michigan State
3. Purdue
4. Ohio State
5. Villanova
6. Kentucky
7. Syracuse
8. Florida
9. Kansas State
10. North Carolina

Ryan Hart Leaves EKU to Become Assistant at Maryville


ST. LOUIS-Maryville University head men's basketball coach, Kevin Carroll, announced today that Ryan Hart has been named an assistant coach for the men's basketball program.

"We are very excited to have Ryan join our staff here at Maryville," said Carroll. "His work ethic made a great impression on me and his combination of energy, personality and knowledge will have an immediate impact on our program. Ryan's experiences at Eastern Kentucky and Drake, two highly successful Division I programs, will be a tremendous asset for us as we continue to develop our program's culture. Ryan is an exceptional addition for our program and to the Maryville University community."

Hart comes to Maryville from Eastern Kentucky University, an NCAA Division I institution, where he served as the Director of Basketball Operations for the past two seasons. He was ranked No. 15 in the nation among Director of Basketball Operations in the 2009 The College Bound Hoops rankings. The Colonels ranked in the top ten among NCAA Division I programs in three categories: three-point field goals made per game (2nd, 10.0), assist-to-turnover ratio (2nd, +1.63) and fewest turnovers per game (3rd, 9.6). EKU also set a McBrayer Arena record with 19 consecutive home victories, the sixth longest streak in the nation and the program record for home wins (15) and regular season victories (20).

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NOTE: EKU has Hart's old position posted online

Bowling Green's Chane Behanan Hopes UK Comes Calling


Bowling Green big man Chane Behanan hopes the Kentucky coaching staff comes calling during his senior season.

Here is an excerpt of an article from the Lexington Herald-Leader:

Still, Behanan can't bring himself to shut the door on a belated recruiting pitch from Kentucky.
"I'll hold off and see if they come for my last year," he said.

When asked if he wanted UK to come, Behanan said, "Oh, yeah. I'd like to add them to the list. Just to make the list look better."

Behanan, listed at 6-foot-8 and 230 pounds at the Top 100 Camp, would also like to test himself against Gilchrist.

"I'd love to," he said. "I thought he'd be here."


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Behanan is a 6-8 power forward and his current list of suitors includes: Louisville, West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Purdue, Kansas, Seton Hall, Temple, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Stanford

Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins Working Out for the Kings

Here is Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins and Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors working out for the Sacramento Kings earlier this week:

University of the Cumberlands Holds Youth Basketball Camp


The University of the Cumberlands Men’s Basketball Program hosted its annual Youth Day Camp this week at the O. Wayne Rollins Center in Williamsburg. Coach Don Butcher and staff had 73 participants in this year’s camp with ages ranging from 8 to 14.

During the camp, the participants worked on various fundamentals through drill and repetitions as well as playing other fun games. Throughout the week, the campers also played in 3-on-3 games as well as 5-on-5 games.

University of the Cumberlands Assistant Coach Mark Vernon commented, “We had a great week of youth camp. We had 73 kids that were willing to learn and play hard every day. We put them through station work in the mornings that worked on fundamentals and certain facets of the game. Then in the afternoon, we tried to use what we learned in stations in our 3 on 3 and 5 on 5 games. Overall, we had a great group of kids that made the week very enjoyable.”

The Men’s Basketball Program has already hosted their annual team camp this year, but will still host the 2010 Big Man Camp from June 27th-July 1st.

For more information on camps and other Patriot athletics, please visit www.ucumberlands.edu/athletics

Trevor Lacey Would Like to be a Kentucky Wildcat


Trevor Lacey, a smooth shooting guard in the 2011 class, told Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier-Journal that he would like to be a Kentucky Wildcat.

Lacey, who is the reigning Alabama Mr. Basketball, told Demling:

"They have the top two players in my class but neither one plays my position," Lacey said. "They are still looking for a shooting guard, so if no one else commits before I make my final decision that’s probably where I will be going to school."

Lacey is a 6-4, 205-pound sharp-shooter who is also considering Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Memphis, Mississippi State, Kansas and Georgia Tech. Rivals.com lists him at No. 28 in the 2011 class.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Quincy Miller Taking Time, But Likes Kentucky



Quincy Miller, a 6-10 power forward in the 2011 class, likes Kentucky but is not ready to cut his list at this point.

When asked about his list of offers, Miller told ZagsBlog.com: “Syracuse, Kentucky, Wake Forest, Illinois, Duke, Memphis, Texas, Tennessee, Baylor, N.C. State and Oklahoma."

He visited UK during last season, but is going to take him time in making a decision.

Miller ranks No. 8 on the Rivals150 List for 2011 and is the third-rated power forward in the class.

76ers Make Trade That May Help DeMarcus Cousins


The Philadelphia 76ers traded Samuel Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings yesterday in exchange for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes.

With the 76ers trading a primary big man off the roster, one has to wonder if they are opening a spot to draft either Derrick Favors or DeMarcus Cousins.

Here is some analysis from ESPN.com:

The Sixers have been deciding whether to select Evan Turner or Derrick Favors with the No. 2 pick. Although Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski is a Turner fan, new coach Doug Collins is high on Favors. With Dalembert gone and Nocioni in, it could push them in the direction of Favors.

For the Kings, this also could change their draft equation.

The team has been looking at drafting DeMarcus Cousins and Greg Monroe, both centers. With this deal, it could allow the Kings to address another need at the 3. Sacramento has been high on both Al-Farouq Aminu and Gordon Hayward.

It's Official: Kenny Payne Joins Kentucky Coaching Staff


The University of Kentucky announced earlier today that Kenny Payne is now a member of the UK coaching staff:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kenny Payne has joined the UK men's basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach, head coach John Calipari announced on Friday.

Payne comes to Lexington after serving as an assistant at the University of Oregon since the summer of 2004.

“Kenny Payne has been a part of our coaching family for the last 10 years and he's been a part of our yearly retreat,” said Calipari. “I've watched his growth over the years and I've always been impressed. I've offered him a couple of jobs in the past that he passed on because of his loyalty to Oregon. This should be a great opportunity for him and naturally I'm thrilled about what he brings to our staff.”

A standout player at the University of Louisville, Payne is a veteran of 10 professional basketball leagues worldwide, including a four-year stint with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers.

“I feel fortunate and honored to have an opportunity to coach for one of the hottest and best coaches in college basketball at one of the premier programs, both historically and today, in all of college basketball,” said Payne. “I look forward to being a part of the team, growing as a coach and learning from one of the best, while helping Kentucky win a national title.”

Complete Release from UKAthletics.com

AllKyHoops.com welcomes Kenny Payne to the UK coaching staff.

Kentucky may be Team to Beat for Michael Chandler


It is sounding more and more like Kentucky is in a perfect position to land star 2011 big man Michael Chandler:

The Lawrence North big man, who originally committed to Louisville then re-opened his recruiting, now could be headed several places, Indiana, Purdue and Kentucky among them.

Chandler, at 6-10, is the top uncommitted player in Indiana, ranked 10th in the nation, an instant impact player in college.

The tea leaves are currently going as such: Chandler spurned Indiana travel teams to play with Derrick Rose's team in Chicago. Rose, the top pick in the 2008 NBA draft and now the point guard for the Chicago Bulls, played at Memphis for John Calipari. Calipari is now the coach at Kentucky.

Got all that?

OK. Now, are people reading too much into things? Maybe. That's certainly one school of thought.

But it's sounding more and more as if if Kentucky is the team to beat.


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Patterson One of the Top Power Forwards in Draft


Kentucky's Patrick Patterson is considered one of the top five power forwards in the 2010 NBA Draft, according to Hoopsworld.com.

Former Louisville Cardinals Derrick Caracter and Samardo Samuels are each considered "honorable mention".

Here are some excerpts:

Patrick Patterson, 6'9, 240 lbs.: There is just one week left in the draft process and it's still hard for teams to find something not to like about Patterson. The junior forward has done everything right leading up to next Thursday and should hear his name called very early because of it. He was the only player projected to go in the lottery that participated in the Chicago Combine fully and after a stellar three year career at Kentucky he's by far one of the draft's most mature players.

In his three seasons at Kentucky Patterson displayed a complete repertoire. As a freshman he was one of the most dominant low post players in the country. By the time his junior season was completed teams were just as worried about his outside shot as they were his back-to-the-basket game.

From day one Patterson is going to be an impact player that gets the job done. He's ready to help a team in so many ways and because of that he'll be an immediate addition to a rotation.

Derrick Caracter, 6'9, 280 lbs.: Well travelled but finally mature enough for the NBA. Will surprise the people who have written him off.

Samardo Samuels, 6'8, 260 lbs.: Never should have left school early, but good enough for one of the final roster spots.

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Patrick Patterson's NBA Draft Diary



Former Wildcat Patrick Patterson has opened up to SI.com with an NBA Draft diary. In today's entry, he discusses the NBA Draft process, how difficult it was to leave Kentucky and much more.

Here is an excerpt:

Once I decided to go pro, the last few days in Lexington were tough for me. Walking around campus, all the students and fans would ask me "Are you sure you want to leave?" It was surreal. One day I was getting into my car and I turned around and these two girls were standing right behind me. They were wearing homemade T-shirts; one of them said: "Our PP is bigger than yours." I thought it was funny so I agreed to take a picture with them. Next thing I know, a whole mob of people swarmed around me, all wearing shirts with my name on the front. They started chanting my name, taking pictures, it was wild. There was even a baby with a mini-version of one of the T-shirts. I'm just going to miss being loved by all the fans. Then again, I won't miss the 8 a.m. classes and long hours in study hall.

Last year I thought about the NBA, but I decided to come back because I just didn't feel like I was ready. Jodie Meeks was my roommate and he really tried to get me to go. Right around that time the NBA playoffs were going on, and I watched the Boston-Chicago series that went seven games. That's when I thought, "I'm not ready." I had hardly played on the perimeter and knew I needed to get better. That and knowing John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousins were coming in to UK helped me make up my mind to come back.


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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Teague, Gilchrist Working to Bring Wroten to Kentucky


Michael Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, who have both committed to Kentucky in the 2011 recruiting class, are working hard to bring good friend Tony Wroten Jr. with them to Lexington.

Gilchrist stated, “I am going to get Tony Wroten. Mark my words.”

Here is an excerpt from Yahoo! Sports:

Instead, Wroten confirmed that not only Gilchrist but fellow UK commit Marquis Teague is working on getting him to play for the Wildcats and that he’s definitely listening.

“Marquis Teague and Gilchrist talk to me every day trying to get me to Kentucky,” Wroten said. “It’s hilarious.

“It has a big influence, one of the biggest influences. I know Marquis and Gilchrist really well and I talk to them every day. I would love to play with them.

“(Gilchrist) is laid back. No matter how good he is, he just acts like another kid. It’s the same thing with Teague and myself. We don’t act better than anybody. We bond together. We’re alike.”

Kentucky, Connecticut, Kansas, Syracuse, Tennessee, Villanova and Washington are the favorite for Wroten, rated No. 25 in the 2011 class. He’s sixth among point guards according to Rivals.com.

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Photo: The Seattle Times

Video: John Wall Works Out for the Washington Wizards

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Eric Bledsoe Talks After Toronto Workout



Former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe worked out for the Toronto Raptors today.

He spoke to the media following the workout. Bledsoe stated that he’s going to cut down on his turnovers next season, what he’s doing in these workouts to prove he’s more than just a jump shooter, if he’s more comfortable playing point guard or shooting guard and much more.

Check it out:

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Aaron Wyatt Still Dreams of Playing in the NBA


Former Campbellsville Tiger Aaron Wyatt is enjoying success as a professional international basketball player, but his ultimate dream is to one day play in the NBA.

Wyatt spent last season playing in Palestine and is currently back in the United States.

Here is an excerpt of an article about Wyatt from OceanCityToday.net:

After Cecil Community College, Wyatt transferred to NCAA Div. II Georgia Southwestern for one season (2007-08) and his senior year, he went to NAIA Campbellsville University in Kentucky. He played 14 games before fracturing his ankle during the first conference match and was sidelined the rest of the season. Wyatt majored in physical education and minored in recreation sports at both schools.

The 24-year-old said his ankle has healed and his goal is to build his resume overseas and one day play in the NBA.

“I’m definitely not stopping until I get there,” he said.

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Walter McCarty Joins the Indiana Pacers as an Assistant


Former Kentucky star and Louisville assistant coach Walter McCarty has been announced as a new assistant for the Indiana Pacers.

McCarty is an Indiana native and said he is "ecstatic about returning" to his home state.

Here is an excerpt from CourierPress.com:

After retiring as a player, McCarty joined Pitino’s staff where he has been the last three seasons.

“I am ecstatic about returning to my home state and to start working with the Pacers,” said McCarty, who had declined to address reports of him joining the Pacers at an Evansville event last week. “I am anxious to work alongside Jim O'Brien and am very excited about the direction this franchise is headed.”

Pitino said McCarty will do well in the NBA.

“Walt has been an integral part of my basketball family for many years, both as a player and a coach,” said Rick Pitino. “He is an outstanding teacher, motivator and person and will be a great asset to the Pacers organization. We will miss his upbeat and positive personality he brought each and everyday. We are very excited for him to enter the ranks of professional basketball as a coach.”


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John Wall Reveals New Reeboks, Challenges Obama


John Wall worked out for the Wizards today and spoke to the media afterwards.

He revealed that the shoes he wore today (pictured) are the official signature John Wall Reeboks.

A reported asked Wall: "The shoes you wore today, are those the signature John Wall's?"

"Yeah," Wall responded.

Also, Wall delivered a challenge to President Barack Obama. The former UK star challenged the President of the United States to a game of horse.

"Hopefully I'll get picked by the Wizards," Wall said, "and if I do, yeah I want [Obama] to come to the games, but before that, I want to play him in that game of horse. I challenged him to a game of one-on-one and horse, but as the president, I guess he backed down. He didn't want to play, so I'll convince him into that first and then invite him to some games."

John Wall Working Out with Wizards Today



Kentucky star John Wall and several other NBA Draft hopefuls are currently working out with the Washington Wizards.

The workout is expected to wrap-up at around 1:30 p.m. this afternoon.

Working out with Wall today is guard/forward Darington Hobson (New Mexico), center Chas McFarland (Wake Forest), guard/forward Kevin Palmer (Texas A&M-CC), center Dexter Pittman (Texas), guard Andy Rautins (Syracuse), and guard Terrico White (Mississippi).



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Cumberlands Holds Successful Team Camp


The University of the Cumberlands Men’s Basketball Team hosted its yearly team camp this past week on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands. Eight teams from three states attended the camp this summer. While at camp, these teams worked extremely hard as they competed in head to head games as well as their own practices.

The teams participating this summer were from Williamsburg High School, Whitley County High School, Barbourville High School, Knox Central High School, and Corbin High School in Kentucky, Jellico High School in Tennessee, Cincinnati Country Day High School, and Brookville High School in Ohio. During the week of camp, each team played eight contests, which included varsity and junior varsity games.

University of the Cumberlands Assistant Basketball Coach Mark Vernon said, “We had a great week of team camp. We had teams from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio. Each team got to play eight games and all the teams played very hard which made for very competitive games. We got to see some very nice players that hopefully will help us in recruiting for the years to come.”

For more information about men’s basketball, other camps offered, and other Patriot athletics, please visit www.ucumberlands.edu/athletics

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Royce White is "Narrowing In" on Kentucky


According to Myron P. Medcalf of The Star Tribune in Minnesota, Royce White is "narrowing in" on the Kentucky Wildcats.

White was a five star small forward in the 2009 class. He signed with Tubby Smith at Minnesota, only to quit (via YouTube) midway through his freshman semester.

Now, he is looking at possibly becoming the final piece of Kentucky's 2010 class.

White is 6-7 and was ranked No. 19 nationally in the 2009 class by Rivals.com.

Here is Medcalf's post on Twitter earlier tonight:

GophersBBGuy I'm told Royce White "narrowing in" on Kentucky. Mutual interest. Guy wants to go pro. Calipari sends guys to the pros early. Makes sense

He also added:

GophersBBGuy But remember. There are eligibility issues for White right now.

There has been speculation that Kentucky would possibly add one final piece to the 2010 class and for now, it appears that it may be White.

White dunking at Minnesota's version of Midnight Madness:

Coach Calipari and Other Wildcats Visit Danville



John Calipari and several other Wildcats, including Jon Hood, Josh Harrellson, Tony Delk and Scott Padgett were in Danville yesterday afternoon for a satellite basketball camp.

John Wall on ESPN the Magazine Cover



HT: WashingtonPost.com

Kenny "The Jet" Smith talks about John Wall:



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Roster Finalized for USA U18 Team; UK Recruit Make Cut


The roster is finalized for the USA men's U18 team that will compete at the 2010 FIBA Americas event this summer.

Several Kentucky recruits, including Quincy Miller and LeBryan Nash made the cut. Amir Williams, who has heard from UK, also made the squad.

Selected to represent the United States at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship were:

- Vander Blue (James Madison Memorial H.S. / Madison, Wis.)
- Trevor Cooney (Sanford H.S. / Wilmington, Del.)
- Abdul Gaddy (Washington / Tacoma, Wash.)
- Joshua Hairston (Montrose Christian School (Md.) / Fredericksburg, Va.)
- Kyrie Irving (St. Patrick’s H.S. / Elizabeth, N.J.)
- Quincy Miller (Quality Education Academy / Winston-Salem, N.C.)
- Tony Mitchell (L.G. Pinkston H.S. / Dallas, Texas)
- LeBryan Nash (Lincoln H.S. / Dallas, Texas)
- Jereme Richmond (Waukegan H.S. / Waukegan, Ill.)
- Austin Rivers (Winter Park H.S. / Winter Park, Fla.)
- Amir Williams (Detroit Country Day / Detroit, Mich.)
- Patric Young (Providence School / Jacksonville, Fla.)


Source: USABasketball.com

DeMarcus Cousins Will Probably go to the Sacramento Kings


Dimemag.com says that former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins will probably go to Sacramento with the fifth pick in the NBA Draft.

That could change, however, depending on how well Cousins performs in his one-on-one workout with Derrick Favors. If Cousins dominates, he could potentially move up to New Jersey at the third pick.

If he somehow slips past Sacramento, he may end up at Detroit, who holds the seventh pick.

Here is an excerpt:

While Favors is taking a big risk by taking on Cousins in one-on-one drills, the risk for Cousins is low. Right now, he will probably go to Sacramento with the fifth pick (his agent recently cancelled a workout in Minnesota because he thinks the Wolves will draft Wes Johnson), but if he absolutely dominates Favors, he can go to the Nets at three.

Cousins was college basketball’s most efficient player last year, and nobody could truly slow the big man down. In addition to his brute strength, Cousins has an incredible array of low post moves to go along with his deceptively quick feet. DeMarcus can also extend his range to 18 feet, and in Sacramento this past weekend, hit on 78% of the jumpers he took. With his off-the-chart skillset, and intimidating physical presence, Cousins is exactly the kind of player that can give anyone – including Favors – fits. If Favors ends up falling below the No. 3 pick, he will have only one person to blame: DeMarcus Cousins.


Indiana Writer: Kentucky, You're Not Worthy


Steve Gorches of The Post-Tribune says Kentucky is no longer worthy in being part of the annual Kentucky vs. Indiana All-Star series.

Gorches says Kentucky should be dropped and Indiana should focus on a rivalry with a more competitive state such as Illinois or even Ohio.

Here is an excerpt of Gorches and his chest-beating article:

Kentucky's Mr. Basketball, Elisha Justice, led his team with 20 points, but he clearly was overmatched. When Bowman Academy's Tyrae Robinson guarded him, Justice only had two field goals, and one of those was on a screen switch, so that's not necessarily Robinson's fault.

What I'm getting at is that the people in charge of the series from Indiana's side need to evaluate whether it's worth it anymore. At least half of the state doesn't consider Kentucky a rival, not that they're a worthy rival anyway. Indiana has won twice as many boys games as Kentucky (84-42 since 1940).

Look at the names that have played in the series on both sides and what they did in their basketball careers afterward. Easily, the Indiana rosters are filled with more hall of famers and college and pro stars.

I'm no genius, but as a basketball fan since I was nine years old, I barely counted eight Kentucky players in the last 50 years who the average basketball fan would recognize.


My Thoughts: There is no way to argue the all-time results in the series, but Gorches fails to mention the Friday night game at Bellarmine. Kentucky not only could've, but should've won the game. It wasn't as if Indiana beat the Kentucky All-Stars like a drum in either game, but on Friday night, Kentucky played the better game - only to squander it away in disappointing fashion at the end.

I don't think it's time to scrap the series, but it might be time to look at revamping it. Perhaps a new venue is in order for the Kentucky-hosted game? Maybe the all-star selection process needs an overhaul? Regardless, I'm not ready to give up on the series just yet.

Chris Moore Leaves Morehead State for Wright State


Morehead State assistant coach Chris Moore is leaving the Eagles for a position on Billy Donlon's staff at Wright State.

Moore was an assistant at MSU for four seasons and before that he spent time at Bellarmine, Indiana University Southeast and the University of Cincinnati women's program.

Here is an excerpt of an article from The Dayton Daily News:

Moore was at Morehead State for four seasons and before that spent stints with at Bellarmine University (in Louisville), Indiana University Southeast, the University of Cincinnati (where he was an assistant coach in the women’s program). He also worked for several high schools before moving into college coaching.

Donlon and Moore first net, in fact, when Moore interviewed for a position on the Wright State staff when former coach Brad Brownell (for whom Donlon was an assistant coach) was hired in 2006. A few months later, Moore joined the staff at Morehead State.

“I think one of the things he does for us is he brings great experience in the state of Kentucky, so he’ll certainly help our recruiting there,” Donlon said. “He also has good experience in recruiting from junior colleges, especially in the south.”


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Former Wildcat Derrick Millar Receives Probation Hearing


Former Kentucky star Derrick Millar has requested a shock probation hearing in Fleming County.

Millar recently pled guilty to two counts of theft by deception in a ticket scam case involving UK basketball season tickets.

A Fleming County judge sentenced Millar to three years on each charge to be served concurrently.

The shock probation hearing is scheduled for this Friday at 11:00 a.m.

With Izzo Out...Let's Start Another Calipari Rumor


As expected, after Tom Izzo rejected the Cleveland Cavaliers, it took about ten minutes John Cailpari's name to be thrown in the mix as a candidate for the job.

Zac Jackson of Fox Sports Ohio names his five possibilities: Byron Scott, Brian Shaw, Phil Jackson, Doc Rivers and John Calipari.

Here are his thoughts on Calipari:

John Calipari -- His name was at the forefront of this whole circus -- is it safe to call it that by now? -- and then it kind of quietly faded away. Yes, he says he's happy at Kentucky. Yes, he's already swung and missed at the NBA level before. But Calipari has to be enticed by many things about this job, including the money, The King and no worries about NCAA investigators knocking on the door. Sometimes the quiet candidate wins out, and though I'm not claiming to know anything specific here, I am saying I wouldn't be the least bit surprised.


My Thoughts: Let me go ahead and say this again - John Calipari will coach the Kentucky Wildcats in 2010-11.

Asbury University Signs Grant Warford


Wilmore, Ky. – Asbury men’s basketball Coach Will Shouse has signed Grant Warford for the 2010-11 season. Warford, the oldest son of former University of Kentucky standout Reggie Warford, played his senior season under his dad at Muhlenberg County High School.

Warford was a 10th District Tournament Team selection as well as a 3rd Region Tournament Team selection in leading the Mustangs to a 20-11 record including 14-1 inside the region and the 3rd Region Championship. He led the Mustangs with over nine rebounds per game and 106 blocks on the season. Muhlenberg was knocked out of the KHSAA Boy’s Sweet Sixteen in the first round by West Jessamine 3-63.

Prior to attending Muhlenberg, Warford was at Bishop Canevin High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During his junior year Warford averaged a double-double 11.8 points per game and 10 rebounds per game. A 6-4 forward, Warford will bring much needed size and athleticism to the Eagles’ front line, as well as a threat around the basket. As a senior Warford shot 52% from the field and 74% from the free throw line.

Source: Release by Asbury

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

EKU Promotes Everick Sullivan to Associate Head Coach


RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University head men’s basketball coach Jeff Neubauer announced today that Everick Sullivan has been promoted to associate head coach.

Sullivan has almost 10 years of experience as a collegiate basketball coach, including the last two seasons at Eastern Kentucky where he has helped the Colonels average 19.5 wins per year and advance to the 2010 Collegiate Basketball Invitational postseason tournament.

“Everick has done a tremendous job at EKU over the last two years,” Neubauer said. “He came to us with a wonderful reputation as a coach and has lived up to that reputation every day on the job in Richmond. Promoting Everick to associate head coach makes a lot of sense because this shows people outside of the program that I’m confident in his abilities to lead our student-athletes. Everick has a great presence as a coach and has a great future in our profession.”

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Breaking News: Tom Izzo Will Stay at Michigan State



ESPN.com has just reported that Tom Izzo has rejected the Cleveland Cavaliers and will remain at Michigan State.

Here is an excerpt of ESPN's article:

"I'm pleased to say I am here for life at Michigan State," Izzo said in a statement released by the school on Tuesday night.

For the past nine days, the 55-year-old Izzo has been trying to decide whether to leave the place that has been his home since 1983 and jump to the NBA to perhaps make $6 million -- doubling his salary -- and possibly coaching one of the best basketball players in the world.

"Just as I decided to stay home, I hope a 6-8, 270-pound forward in Cleveland decides to stay home," Izzo said in a statement.


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Cue the Calipari to Cleveland rumors...

What Happens in Vegas...Will Likely Include John Wall


The Las Vegas Summer League will likely offer the first glimpse of former Kentucky star John Wall in an NBA uniform.

The Washington Wizards, who will almost certainly draft Wall with the top overall pick, will play five games in the Vegas League this summer.

Here is an excerpt of the announcement from The Washington Post:

The Wizards will be among 22 teams to participate in the tournament, which runs from July 9-18 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

On July 12, the Wizards will face the Los Angeles Clippers and potentially 2009 No. 1 overall pick Blake Griffin (who might not play while recovering from a knee injury) and take two days off before facing Dallas (and French second-year point guard Rodrigue Beaubois) on July 15. They will also face New Orleans and New York.

Here's the schedule, with Eastern standard times: Golden State (July 11, 8 p.m.), Los Angeles Clippers (July 12, 10 p.m.), Dallas (July 15, 8 p.m.), New Orleans (July 16, 8 p.m.), and New York (July 17, 4 p.m.). A broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.

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Ashley Judd's Chef Announces Menu for Dinner at the Calipari's


Ashley Judd's chef, Cathy Lewis, has announced the menu for the Hoops for Haiti Calipari dinner.

The winning bidder, Paul Orberson, and five of his guest will enjoy the following:

- Hors d’oeuvres, slow-roasted tomato tartlets with purple haze goat cheese and pine nuts; fried baby artichokes, Meyer Lemon Aioli cucumber shooters and cheddar wafers.
- First course, handmade pappradelle, butter de Reggianno Parmesan, shaved Umbrian white truffles, Parmesan-Reggianno and chives.
- Second course, a composed salad of heirloom tomatoes, roasted yellow beets, arugula, baby jewel tomatoes, Maytag Blue cheese, candied spiced walnuts and frizzled leeks with basil vinaigrette.
- The third course is seared halibut filet with ratatouille.
- The fourth, a prime rib eye steak grilled over hickory; gratin cheddar potatoes, haricot vert, tomato fondue and smoky shallot rings.
- A cheese and fruit course will follow.
- Dessert, tiramisu and coffee.

Here is an article from the Herald-Leader that discusses the dinner and includes several of Judd's favorite recipes.

Detroit Pistons Interested in DeMarcus Cousins



The Detroit Pistons are looking into trades that would allow them to move up in the draft where they would likely target Kentucky center Demarcus Cousins, according to The Detroit Free-Press.

Here is an excerpt:

The Pistons also are looking into trades that would allow them to move up in the draft where they would likely target Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins, who currently doesn't have a workout scheduled with the Pistons. There was some thought that Cousins could fall to No. 7 based on questions of character and work ethic, but that's unlikely considering the needs of the teams ahead of the Pistons. Cousins put on a fantastic shooting display in a workout over the weekend for the Kings, who hold the No. 5 pick.

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One place that Cousins is not likely to land is Minnesota. Hoopsworld.com reports that the Timberwolves were never sold on Cousins:

Minnesota was never sold on DeMarcus Cousins and they will not be working him out prior to the draft. Cousins didn't appear to be a good fit with Al Jefferson and Kevin Love in the frontcourt and the center's attitude and actions in recent weeks didn't help his stock.

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Sterling: Indiana vs. Kentucky All-Star Series is Irrelevant


Our old friend Kent Sterling, who once trashed University of Kentucky basketball before parting ways with an ESPN affiliate, now runs his own opinionated site called KentSterling.com.

In a recent piece, Sterling explains that the Indiana vs. Kentucky All-Star series is now irrelevant and should be moved to a smaller venue and "witnessed not even by parents."

Here is an excerpt of Sterling's opinion:

If there was any doubt about the amount anyone really cares anymore in what has become a fun weekend for Indiana to beat up on its weak sister to the south, it was washed away as the boys game was played with a women’s ball. The women’s ball is smaller, and has a big “28.5″ stamped prominently on it. That no one noticed for the first three minutes at Conseco Fieldhouse tells you just what level of focus for this series.


Basically, Sterling thinks the games should continue but not be watched publicly. Do you agree or disagree?

NOTE: A quick Google search indicates that Sterling was fired from ESPN 1070 the Fan in Indianapolis. Here is his explanation.

There Will be an Eric Bledsoe Investigation in Alabama


Birmingham school Superintendent Craig Witherspoon met with Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) officials yesterday to discuss recent reports that alleged former UK guard Eric Bledsoe was recruited to play at Parker High School (Ala.).

Reports have claimed that Bledsoe was academically ineligible at Parker High School, which could potentially call his college eligibility into question.

Following yesterday's meeting, it was determined that there will be an investigation into Bledsoe's AHSAA eligibility for his senior season at Parker.

Here is an excerpt of an article from The Birmingham News:

After meeting with the AHSAA on Monday, Witherspoon said there was enough information for his office to conduct an investigation into Bledsoe's eligibility.

"At this point, I think you'd have to consider it to be an investigation of an investigation," Witherspoon said, noting he believed Bledsoe's eligibility was probed last year. "What I am going to be doing is re-evaluating or assessing what took place to ensure from our perspective the requirements and procedures set forth by the association were indeed followed."

Witherspoon said his investigation will focus on Bledsoe's high school eligibility.


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Monday, June 14, 2010

UTEP Transfer Arnett Moultrie to Mississippi State


Evan Daniels of Scout.com posted on Twitter late tonight that UTEP transfer Arnett Moultrie is heading to Missisippi State.

Here is Daniels' post:

evandanielscout Not sure if this is out there yet...but just got a tip that Arnett Moultrie is headed to Mississippi State to play for Rick Stansbury.

He later added that Mempis Roar seems to have broken the news:

evandanielscout Looks like Memphis Roar already reported it. Regardless...good pick up for the Bulldogs.

Kentucky was thought to be in an excellent position to land Moultrie, but UTEP granted a waiver that allowed him to go to Mississippi State.

Moultrie will have to sit out a season and will be eligible in 2011.

Marcus Caesar Still Chasing Pro Basketball Dreams


Marcus Caesar, who played at both Kentucky Wesleyan and Lindsey Wilson, is still hoping he can find a professional basketball home.

Caesar, who currently resides in Eufaula (Ala.), is a 6-6 forward that averaged 4.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game for Lindsey Wilson during his senior season in 2007-08.

Here is an excerpt of an article about Caesar in The Eufaula Tribune:

Caesar, who currently resides in Eufaula, hopes to land with a professional team in the next few months. That team may be in Europe or the Middle East, the NBDL (the NBA’s development league) or if he is fortunate, the NBA.

Caesar, a 6-6 forward/center, didn’t play prep basketball in Eufaula but in northern California where his father, former Eufaula High player Ronald Caesar, was a successful prep and junior college coach.

Caesar was a talented prep player. He signed to play NCAA Division One basketball with Alabama State. However, he instead ended up playing at Chabot College in California, Kentucky Wesleyan and Lindsey Wilson in Kentucky.

“It was a blessing,” the 6-6 Marcus Caesar said of his collegiate experience. “I had a lot of good coaches, and being a coach’s son motivated me to do well.”


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Antoine Walker's Case Sent to District Court


Former Kentucky star Antoine Walker appeared briefly in Las Vegas Justice Court this morning and reaffirmed he had agreed to waive his right to a preliminary hearing.

Walker's case was referred to Clark County District Court and he will appear at 1:30 p.m. on June 30. Walker will be facing criminal charges that could send him to prison for up to 12 years.

Here is an excerpt of the coverage from the Las Vegas Sun:

On Nov. 30, Walker had waived his right to a preliminary hearing with the understanding that he would make monthly payments on the restitution, Andress-Tobiasson said this morning during the hearing.

"And nothing has been paid thus far," the judge said.

At his last court appearance on June 1, it was determined that Walker would appear to be sent up to district court on those charges, the judge said to his attorney.

"So sir, you already did unconditionally waive your preliminary hearing back in November," she said to him. "All we're going to do today is just send this up to district court."

The judge said one of two things will happen in district court.

"You will either get it resolved and pay the restitution — I assume if it is paid it will ultimately be reduced — or you'll go to trial or otherwise deal with it up at district court," she told Walker. Walker didn't speak during the hearing and quickly left the Clark County Regional Justice Center in downtown Las Vegas without talking to reporters.


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Rajon Rondo is Becoming the Man in Boston


I have said several times during the playoffs that former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo is quickly becoming the man for the Boston Celtics.

When Rondo plays well, the Celtics play well. When Rondo has an off night, the Celtics struggle.

The Celtics this season remind me of that really good team in your local city league that has a roster full of older, experienced men - the ones that play the game the right way. They play hard, they play smart and they just know how to win. Those teams always have a younger guy or two that are just plain good. Rondo is that younger guy on a Celtics roster that is loaded with star-level NBA veterans.

While Rondo has played through ups and downs during his five-year NBA career, he made the All Star team this season and has really exploded during the Celtics' magical playoff run.

Last night, he scored a "dagger" bucket that was reminiscent of Bird to D.J. - "Now there's a steal by Bird! Underneath to DJ! He lays it up and in!!"

This time was Paul Pierce with the amazing catch and the dish to Rondo:




Here is an excerpt from the article that talks about Rondo's "dagger play":

In the end, Rondo played the role of human dagger to the wheezing Lakers. With less than 36 seconds to play and the Celtics scrambling to protect a 5-point lead, Paul Pierce snared a long inbounds pass from Kevin Garnett and fired an off-balance, cross-court chest pass toward Rondo. At that, Rondo darted away from his helpless defender, Ron Artest, and scored an uncontested reverse layup to stretch Boston’s lead to 89-82.

The difference proved insurmountable as the Lakers failed to creep closer than 5 points the rest of the way.

“I wouldn’t say [it was] the dagger, but it was definitely the momentum shift,’’ Garnett said. “Huge play, because if we don’t get that play, then they come out, and if they scored, it’s a tighter game.’’


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Rajon Rondo is quickly becoming "the man" in Boston.

John Calipari Delivers a New Audio Message on Lexy



John Calipari says he is back, the Big 12 is in trouble, the SEC will be fine and more (via Lexy):

2011 Star LeBryan Nash Lists Kentucky in Top 3


Rivals.com has reported that superstar 2011 forward LeBryan Nash has Kentucky on his final three list.

His final three are the Wildcats, Baylor and Oklahoma State.

Nash is a multi-talented 6-7 small forward that ranks No. 4 nationally on the Rivals150 List for 2011.

Kentucky currently has commitments from Michael Gilchrist (No. 1) and Marquis Teague (No. 2) in the 2011 Class. Most think the Wildcats are in the lead for Quincy Miller (No. 8) and Nash is No. 4. It's too early to speculate, but can you imagine?

Nash's Rivals.com Profile

Nash talks to C2CRecruiting about his list and says his favorite right now is Baylor:


Sunday, June 13, 2010

Cousins and Favors to Play One-on-One for New Jersey Nets


Adrian Wojnarowski reports tonight that Derrick Favors will play one-on-one against DeMarcus Cousins on June 21 for the New Jersey Nets.

Favors' agent has been reluctant to allow his star to play against Cousins, but the Nets have convinced him to change his mind.

Here is an excerpt:

After some gentle prodding by the New Jersey Nets’ front office, Georgia Tech’s Derrick Favors and Kentucky’s DeMarcus Cousins – the top two big men in the NBA draft – will work out one-on-one against each other on June 21 in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Nets hold the third pick in the draft, and so far Favors’ agent Wallace Prather has been reluctant to let him get matched with the bigger, stronger Cousins on the floor. They worked out together in Sacramento on Saturday, but largely stayed in individual drills. Sources say Nets general manager Rod Thorn is leaning toward drafting Favors, but wants to see him in some contact drills with Cousins.


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My Thoughts: Derrick Favors is about to fall a spot or two in the draft.

Five More Free UNITE Camps with Jeff Sheppard


There are still five free UNITE basketball camps remaining. The camps, titled "Shoot Hoops Not Drugs", are taught by former University of Kentucky star Jeff Sheppard.

There were camps held last week in Perry County and Leslie County.

Here is the remaining camp schedule:

- Monday, June 28, in Estill County, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Estill County High School.

- Tuesday, June 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Phelps High School in Pike County.

- Tuesday, June 29, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at East Ridge High School in Pike County.

- Thursday, July 8, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Jackson County High School.

- Thursday, July 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Knott County SportsPlex.

The Knott County finale will include a unique format that adds a variety of additional skills instruction and feature former University of Kentucky basketball players to assist Sheppard.

Participants are asked to arrive about 30 minutes prior to the start time of each camp in order to facilitate the registration process.

Source: UNITE

Tyndall Says Scheduling is Like "Finding a Date to the Prom"


Morehead State head coach Donnie Tyndall is having a tough time finding opponents for 2010-11.

In a Washington Post article, Tyndall says the scheduling at Morehead State this summer is comparable to finding a date to the prom. He said "every team in America" was calling in Tyndall's first season - following a tumultuous 4-23 debacle of a season under Kyle Macy. Now, following two consecutive 20-win seasons, the phones are silent.

Here is an excerpt:

Even at a school such as Morehead State, an Ohio Valley Conference program never in position to earn an at-large berth, the process is exhausting. Coach Donnie Tyndall said "every team in America" called when he took over a four-win program in 2006. Now, after an NCAA tournament appearance in 2009 and a 23-win campaign last season, it's just the opposite. Tyndall said his staff has called close to 200 schools; nearly half have openings on their schedule but will not play.

"It is like trying to find a date to the prom," Tyndall said. "You keep hearing no and eventually you say, 'Shoot, I don't know if I want to go to the prom or not.' We've all heard no so much the last few months it gets discouraging."


My Thoughts:

AllKyHoops.com is issuing an open challenge to every BCS school in America. I challenge you to come to Morehead, Kentucky in 2010-11 and play the Eagles on their home court (Ellis T. Johnson Arena)

BCS schools, it's time to man up!

Video: DeMarcus Cousins Meets with the Media in Sacramento

Former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins chats with the media following his workout in Sacramento:



* Video from kingsflix 's YouTube Channel

Video: Latest Mixtape of Future WKU Guard Brandon Peters

Here is the latest mixtape of future Western Kentcky guard Brandon "Snap" Peters from Yates High School in Houston:



* Video from Hoopmixtape 's YouTube channel

Daniel Orton Still Finds Inspiration from Mother


There is a touching article about former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton at NewOK.com today. Orton talks about the difficult decision he made to take his mother off life support when she was stricken with lupus and how Carolyn Orton lives on through Daniel's actions.

Here is an excerpt:

"It was the toughest thing I've ever dealt with,” he said. "She was my best friend, the only one in the world who really understood me. I lost a friend, my mother and someone I looked up to.”

Said Terrence Crawford, Orton's brother: "They were best friends. In high school, he'd rather sit at home and hang out with his mom rather than go to parties.”

Yet, it was Daniel who was the driving force behind the family's decision to take Carolyn off life support when her condition continued to worsen. When Orton, his father Larry Orton and Crawford, the former Oklahoma State forward, sat down with the doctors to decide whether to keep her on life support or not, Daniel Orton made a difficult decision.

He told the group it was best to let her pass.

"It was the toughest decision of my life,” he said. "She had said if it's her time to go she didn't want machines keeping her alive, she wanted God to take her. So I told them that, it was really hard to do, but I know she would have wanted that.


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My Thoughts: I recommend checking the article out as it shows a side of Daniel Orton that we didn't really discover during his time in Lexington.

Mr. Basketball Shines as Indiana Completes Sweep


The Indiana All-Stars had no problems yesterday at Conseco Fieldhouse as they cruised to an 81-69 victory over the Kentucky All-Stars.

Indiana Mr. Basketball Deshaun Thomas led the way with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Terone Johnson added 25 points.

Elisha Justice, Kentucky's Mr. Basketball, led the way for his team with 20 points and 4 assists.

Here is an excerpt from the Lexington Herald-Leader:

Indiana Coach Ron Hecklinski thought the intensity of the first game took its toll on Kentucky's outside shooting.

"I was thinking that Kentucky's legs might be a little dead and they might not shoot it as well as they did last night, and early on that's what happened," he said.

With Indiana having six players standing 6-foot-7 or taller, Kentucky Coach Mike Listerman knew his team had to be on from outside.

2011 PF Johnny O'Bryant Says UK Will Make the Cut


Johnny O'Bryant, a 6-9 power forward in the 2011 class, stated in an interview with Highschoolhoop.com that Kentucky will definitely make his final list.

O'Bryant, who ranks No. 24 on the Rivals150 List for 2011, also confirmed that he will likely take a Kentucky visit soon.

Here is an excerpt of the interview:

HSH: What’s your school list?

JO: Kentucky, Georgetown, Mississippi, Michigan, Tennessee, Baylor, Mississippi State, Alabama and Miami. There are a few others too.

HSH: That’s a long list. When are you looking to cut it down?

JO: I’ll cut it down after Peach Jam (July 12-15). I’m gonna cut it down to about six or seven.

HSH: What school or schools will definitely make that cut?

JO: Probably Kentucky and Ole Miss.

HSH: Are you planning to take a visit to any of these schools soon?

JO: I’m planning on visiting Kentucky soon.


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