Saturday, June 26, 2010

DeMarcus Cousins Arrives in Sacramento


Former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins has arrived in Sacramento. Cousins, who was the fifth overall pick in the NBA Draft, and Hassan Whiteside were introduced to the Sacramento franchise this afternoon.

Here is an excerpt of coverage from News10 in Sacramento:

"I was lucky enough to get drafted here," said Cousins. "Very happy to be here, hopefully I can help the team gets some wins add some toughness and a down low presence."

Cousins has battled negative criticism about his attitude and work ethic, but the Kings defended their new center.

"We did alot of background checks on DeMarcus," said President of Basketball Operations, Geoff Petrie. "We had him out for a visit, we spent alot of time with him, we spent alot of time talking to people that have been involved with him in his development as a young player starting back in Junior High."

Meanwhile, George Barnette of Afro.com says Cousins was one of the three best picks made in the NBA Draft:

2. No. 5 Sacramento Kings - DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky)

DeMarcus Cousins is the best big man in the draft. The rumors of Cousins overwhelming No. 3 pick Derrick Favors in a pre-draft workout don’t shock me. Cousins has amazing footwork, great touch around the rim and has the wide body you want in a low-post player. People question his maturity, but the 20 year-old is not a finished product mentally or physically. When he is, he’ll consistently be a 20-point and 10-rebound player every night.

Patrick Patterson Will Ride Hard Work to NBA Success


Former Kentucky big man Patrick Patterson told The Houston Chronicle that he expects to bring the hard work he has shown during his time at Kentucky to the Houston Rockets.

Here is an excerpt of Patterson's thoughts:

"I can adapt to anything," Patterson said. "I'm used to change as far as offense. Also, being able to take a step back and surround myself (with) all stars (and) high-caliber players and be able to perform and still play with them. I definitely feel my first two years allowed me to adapt and my last year allowed me to be more open-minded and be able to perform with players that are better than me."

That helped sell the Rockets on the choice, and had them trying to move up to get him. But if that did not seal the deal, Patterson offered up what he expects to bring.

"Just hard work," he said, "someone who is a great team player on and off the court, who wants to strive to be a better person, but also a better player, a four man, a very versatile four man who can face up, extend his game out to the perimeter, shoot 3s, post up in the post and score at the rim, rebound and do whatever is asked of him. I'll just try to make this team better and make myself better."


Complete Article

My Thoughts: Patrick Patterson will go down in history as one of my all-time favorite Wildcats. Thanks to Pat and Chuck, I'm now a Houston Rockets fan...

Get Ready to Watch Orton in the Orlando Pro Summer League


Kentucky fans will have their first opportunity to watch former Wildcat Daniel Orton in NBA action at the Orlando Pro Summer League, which begins Monday, July 5.

All games will be covered live on NBA TV.

Here is the complete schedule (Orton plays for Orlando):

Monday, July 5

1st game 1:00 p.m. NJ @ Philadelphia
2nd game 3:00 p.m. Indiana @ Orlando
3rd game 5:00 p.m. Charlotte @ Utah
4th game 7:00 p.m. Boston @ OKC

Tuesday, July 6

1st game 1:00 p.m. Utah @ Orlando
2nd game 3:00 p.m. Philadelphia @ Boston
3rd game 5:00 p.m. Charlotte @ OKC
4th game 7:00 p.m. Indiana @ NJ

Wednesday, July 7

1st game 1:00 p.m. Charlotte @ Boston
2nd game 3:00 p.m. OKC @ Philadelphia
3rd game 5:00 p.m. NJ @ Orlando
4th game 7:00 p.m. Indiana @ Utah

Thursday, July 8

1st game 1:00 p.m. OKC @ Orlando
2nd game 3:00 p.m. Indiana @ Boston
3rd game 5:00 p.m. Utah @ NJ
4th game 7:00 p.m. Philadelphia @ Charlotte

Friday, July 9

1st game 8:00 a.m. OKC @ Indiana
2nd game 10:00 a.m. Philadelphia @ Utah
3rd game 12:00 p.m. NJ @ Boston
4th game 2:00 p.m. Charlotte @ Orlando

Source: NBA.com

Boone County's Mike Gabbard to Walk-On at WKU



Former Boone County point guard Mike Gabbard has been accepted as a preferred walk-on at Western Kentucky.

Gabbard turned down an offer last summer to play at NCAA DII Ashland University.

He was also considering an opportunity to play at Asbury University and potential walk-on spots at Morehead State and Northern Kentucky.

Source

Photo: MaxPreps.com

John Calipari Visits The Rise Show for a Lengthy Chat



Kentucky head coach John Calipari visited The Rise Show on Sports 1140 KHTK following the NBA Draft.

Listen to the long discussion about Kentucky basketball, the NBA Draft and much more:


Scott Code Hired as Assistant at Thomas More College


Former Campbell County High School coach Scott Code has been hired as an assistant at Thomas More College.

Assistant Brenden Stowers decided to leave TMC to become a graduate assistant at Northern Kentucky University, leaving a vacancy on coach Jeff Rogers' staff.

The job came open at the same time Code was controversially removed as head coach at Campbell County.

Here is an excerpt from Cincinnati.com:

"We really weren't even in the process of actively pursuing someone to fill Brenden's spot just then, but then Scott called and I was familiar with him from having spoken at his camp a couple of times, so I called around to get some opinions on him from other coaches I know and they all had great things to say about him as a person and a coach," said Rogers, whose team posted a 21-7 record in his first season as head coach in 2009-10. "I wanted someone on the staff who had previous head coaching experience and he certainly fit the need."

Code said when he went to talk face-to-face with Rogers about the position he expected to have just an hour conversation, but the two talked for almost five hours.

"It couldn't have worked out any better," said Code, who took over a program at Campbell County that had just one winning season in six years and rattled off three straight winning seasons, posting a 49-32 record. "I always had the desire to go to the college level, whether it was junior college or NAIA. They say timing is everything and in this case the timing was perfect."

Code, who is a teacher at Grant's Lick Elementary School, will be responsible for almost all aspects of the Thomas More program from recruiting to coaching to scouting.

The Birmingham News Takes a Few Shots at Calipari


Jeff Sentell of The Birmingham News questions Kentucky head coach John Calipari's priorities in an article this morning.

Here is an excerpt:

Biggest moment in Kentucky basketball history? Did you really say that, John Calipari?
To be precise, that was a nugget out of Calipari's quote to The New York Post and several media outlets Thursday at the NBA Draft. Kentucky had an NBA-record five players selected in the first round. The Calipari quote in its entirety: "I said if you're a players-first program, this is the biggest moment in Kentucky basketball history."

Kentucky basketball is about banners, not draftee bonus checks. It's about seven NCAA titles. The moment sums up Calipari's coaching career perfectly. It's individual glory over team accomplishments. Remember those "Team first, Me second" T-shirts? Does Calipari need to hand out ones that read "Draft first, Team second" after the first practice?


Complete Article

My Thoughts: I'm not with Sentell at all on this, but his opinion is worth passing along. I think it is hard to dismiss the fact that Kentucky won 35 games last season and while it was a disappointing Elite Eight exit, it was still an unbelievable turnaround following an NIT exit the season before.

Memphis Transfer Roburt Sallie to Louisville?



I'm hearing whispers that Memphis transfer Roburt Sallie may be headed to Louisville following a visit.

Sallie will graduate from Memphis this summer and will be eligible under NCAA rules for the 2010 basketball season at another school.

He was a member of John Calipari's last Memphis team and played for the Tigers last season as a junior. Last season, he averaged 10.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game for new head coach Josh Pastner.

Sallie is a 6-5 shooting guard and will have one year of basketball eligibility.

If he does end up at Louisville, it will add another interesting twist to the Kentucky vs. Louisville rivalry game in 2010-11.

Kentucky's John Calipari Discusses NBA Draft on Lexy



UK head coach John Calipari discusses the NBA Draft and its impact on the Kentucky basketball program (via Lexy.com):

Video: WKU's Jeremy Evans Interviewed After NBA Draft

Western Kentucky's Jeremy Evans is interviewed after being drafted in the second round by the Utah Jazz:

The NBA Draft's Big Winner: Kentucky Basketball


Eamonn Brennan of ESPN.com says the big winner at Thursday night's NBA draft was the University of Kentucky men's basketball program.

Here are some of Brennan's thoughts:

Which is, in the end, the biggest weapon in Calipari's recruiting arsenal: the NBA draft. Calipari already has a track record of producing NBA-friendly talent. Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans, the last two NBA rookie of the year winners, came from Calipari's Memphis program. With Rose and Wall, the coach has now nurtured two of the last three No. 1 overall picks. This is already paying off in recruiting -- top young point guards like Brandon Knight and Marquis Teague have already committed to Kentucky for the next two seasons, and Calipari's point guard production is the main reason why.

But when you extend the depth and breadth of Calipari's draft success -- when you can get your off-guard and a 13-minutes-per-game role player drafted in the first round -- every elite recruit under the sun is going to take notice. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. The most talented players will go to Kentucky to improve their NBA draft chances. Then they'll get drafted. Then a new cycle of players, observing the success of their predecessors, will repeat the process all over again.

Complete Article

My Thoughts: How great is it to have a coach that can grasp the magnitude of Kentucky basketball and take it to the next level?

Friday, June 25, 2010

John Wall Nominated for Two ESPY Awards



Former Kentucky star John Wall has been nominated for two ESPN ESPY Awards.

Wall has been nominated for "Best Breakthrough Athlete" and will be going against the likes of Brittney Griner (Baylor women's basketball), Chris Johnson (NFL's Tennessee Titans), Stephen Strasburg (MLB's Washington Nationals).

He has also been nominated for "Best Male College Athlete" and will be up against Blake Geoffrion (Wisconsin hockey), Mark Ingram (Alabama football), Evan Turner (Ohio State basketball) and Garrett Wittels (Florida International baseball).

Complete List of ESPY Nominations

Several Wildcats, Faried on NBA Watch List for 2011 Draft


Andy Katz of ESPN.com looks at the early list of top candidates for the 2011 NBA Draft.

Katz lists several Kentucky Wildcats, Morehead State's Kenneth Faried and Kentucky natives Scotty Hopson and Shelvin Mack.
Here are some excerpts:

Kenneth Faried, Morehead State: Faried is a live body who is active around the basket. He can score, rebound and will be a good watch throughout the season.

Scotty Hopson, Tennessee: Hopson hasn't been the shooter he was touted as prior to arriving at Tennessee. He's on the NBA radar, but will stay there only if he can start making shots on a consistent basis for the Vols. He'll also need to show leadership on a team that lost three key seniors.

Terrence Jones, Kentucky: Jones is a slasher that should put up points for the Wildcats. But it might be hard to differentiate himself enough to leave after just a season. But role players on elite teams can still get selected in the first round. Just ask Daniel Orton.

Enes Kanter, Kentucky: If he were in this draft, he probably would've been a late lottery pick. Kanter's eligibility still has to be solved, but assuming he gets on the court for the Wildcats, he'll likely be another one-and-done. He has a real chance to be the Wildcats' leading scorer and rebounder and will likely be too productive to stick around UK for long.

Brandon Knight, Kentucky: Knight comes in as part of another heralded UK recruiting class. He won't be John Wall, but he'll be the next big-time point for John Calipari, who has churned out Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans and Wall over the past three drafts. Knight should follow as another pro.

Shelvin Mack, Butler: He has a Vinnie Johnson-like look about his game. He's a tough defender, is becoming a better scorer and dismissing him as a prospect would be a mistake. If the Bulldogs make another deep run, you'll see lots of love going toward Mack as a prospect.

Will Daniel Orton Have a Chance in Orlando?


Dimemag.com makes an interesting point about former Wildcat Daniel Orton, who was drafted last night by the Orlando Magic.

While it is great that Orton was drafted in the first round, Dimemag points out that he is likely to find himself in a similar situation that he faced at Kentucky - he'll be playing second fiddle to a talented starting center.

At Kentucky, Orton came off the bench behind DeMarcus Cousins, who was drafted at No. 5 last night.

In Orlando, Orton will come off the bench behind Dwight Howard, who is arguably the best center in the NBA at this time.

Here is an excerpt from Dimemag.com:

The Magic took Daniel Orton with No. 29. I think Orton can be a solid 10-15 minute rebounding and defensive specialist off the bench, but isn’t that what Marcin Gortat is for? Unless Gortat is about to be traded, this pick makes no sense for a Magic team that was on the cusp of the NBA Finals this year. Even if Gortat is traded, Orton will be relegated to backup minutes for the best center in the game like he was at Kentucky behind DeMarcus Cousins. With Matt Barnes as a free agent, and Jason Williams likely leaving a hole at backup point guard, the Magic should have taken a guy like Armon Johnson, Devin Ebanks or Terrico White instead. At the same time, the Magic may have gotten a real steal though with Stanley Robinson at No. 57 if he can stay focused.

Centre College Basketball Places Five on Honor Roll


The Centre Colonels men's basketball program placed five players on the 2010 SCAC Academic Honor Roll.

The five players are:

- Kyle Binder
- Calvin Cahall
- Bryon Ellis
- Alex Lloyd
- Danny Noll

From Centre:

The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) announced its Student-Athlete Academic Honor roll for the 2010 spring term and a record 1,090 student-athletes made the list. Since its inception in the fall of 1997, just over 16,600 male and female student-athletes have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom.

A student-athlete qualifies for the honor roll if they maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.25 for the term and they are a regular member of a varsity athletic team in sports that is sponsored by the conference.

Washington, D.C. is Doing the John Wall Dance

The city of Washington, D.C. welcomes former Wildcat John Wall:




These John Wall shirts were on sale at the NBA Draft last night (via WashingtonPost.com):

Goodman Says Calipari Paves the Road to the NBA



Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com says Kentucky head coach John Calipari paves the road to the NBA through Kentucky.

Here is an excerpt of Goodman's work:

It’s going to be an annual rite of passage.

There’s no such thing as a rebuilding process with the combo of Calipari’s recruiting prowess and the power of Big Blue Nation.

Calipari already has re-loaded for next season. He may not have a top-five preseason team in the nation this year (that honor belongs to the defending national champion Duke Blue Devils), but Calipari has brought in one of the top recruiting classes in the country for a second consecutive season.

Next year Calipari will, in all likelihood, be sitting at a table with Brandon Knight, Enes Kanter or maybe even Terrence Jones. The trio has a chance to be taken in the first round — and all three could even become lottery picks after just one season in college.

Then Calipari will be grinning in 2012 at the Theater in Madison Square Garden while hugging Michael Gilchrist, the near-unanimous top-ranked player in the Class of 2011, elite point guard Marquis Teague and probably another Player to Be Determined or two who have yet to commit to the Wildcats.


Goodman, who never shies away from taking a jab at Kentucky, ends his article with this statement:

Somehow, it also was a group that wasn’t able to advance to the Final Four.

Complete article

Louisville's 2010-11 Big East Opponents, Sites Announced



* Video from JollieOllie18 's YouTube Channel

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville's 2010-11 men's basketball season in the BIG EAST Conference will include another challenging slate of 18 games, including two games each against Connecticut, Providence and West Virginia.

Louisville's home conference opponents will include Connecticut, DePaul, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, Syracuse and West Virginia. The Cardinals' nine league road games will be at Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, USF, Villanova and West Virginia. BIG EAST foes Villanova, Pittsburgh and Syracuse have been included in early preseason top 25 rankings by most outlets.

"Expect the unexpected this year," said U of L men's basketball coach Rick Pitino. "I couldn't begin to think who should be picked on top or who's close to the bottom of the BIG EAST. Many of our teams in the league will be reloading or rebuilding. I'm very excited about the prospects of our own basketball team and the new arena we will be opening."

U of L will return nine lettermen next season from its most recent team which won at least 20 games for the eighth straight season (20-13 record) against the nation's 11th toughest schedule. Louisville earned its 36th NCAA Tournament appearance last season and the Cardinals have reached the NCAA Elite Eight three of the last four years. The men's basketball team earned a collective 3.021 grade point average for the 2010 spring semester, its fourth straight semester with a 3.0 GPA.

U of L's non-conference schedule is incomplete. The Cardinals will open the 2010-11 season against NCAA runner-up Butler on Nov. 16 in the first game to be played in the new 22,000-seat KFC Yum! Center. A completed schedule, including dates and times for the BIG EAST games, is expected in early September.

Source: University of Louisville

Kentucky Basketball's NBA Draft Night Desktop Background



* This was sent out by UK on Twitter earlier

Ex-Pikeville College Star John Kitchen Signs with Energy



Former Pikeville College star John Kitchen has signed with the East Kentucky Energy ABA team based in Pikeville.

The Appalachian News Express reports:

When given the opportunity to return home and be a part of professional basketball in the mountains, John Kitchen wanted to do his part to build something special for Pikeville and the mountains of Eastern Kentucky.

Law Firm Hired to Investigate Eric Bledsoe's Eligibility in Alabama


The law firm White, Arnold & Dowd has been hired in Birmingham, Alabama to investigate the high school eligibility of former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe.

Birmingham Superintendent Craig Witherspoon stated, "the piece that we will be focused on will be grades and how that relates to AHSAA eligibility."

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

The firm hired by the school district is White, Arnold & Dowd, and includes Clemon and his partner, Mark White. Clemon, the first black federal judge in Alabama, joined the firm after he left the bench in 2009.

White has more than 30 years of experience as a trial litigator and recently served one year as president of the Alabama State Bar. He has conducted independent investigations on behalf of a number of corporations.

The school system's news release said the law firm indicated it would move as quickly and thoroughly as possible to determine the facts related to Bledsoe. The findings will be reported to the school board. The law firm will have "total autonomy" to conduct the investigation and will not act under the direction or control of anyone in the school system, the release said.

"I have pledged our cooperation and assistance to Judge Clemon and Mr. White so that the truth regarding this controversy may be ascertained as soon as possible," Birmingham Superintendent Craig Witherspoon said in a statement. "I will, however, make no further comment on this matter until the final report has been completed and submitted."

Bledsoe was drafted No. 18 in the NBA Draft last night by Oklahoma City and was quickly traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

2010 NBA Draft Recap: Kentucky Sets Draft Record


As expected, the Kentucky Wildcats set NBA Draft history tonight by becoming the first college team to ever have five players drafted in the first round.

John Wall was the 1st pick and DeMarcus Cousins went 5th to Sacramento.

Kentucky's Patrick Patterson, Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton were drafted 14th, 18th and 29th.

Western Kentucky's Jeremy Evans was drafted 55th by the Utah Jazz.

Former Louisville big man Derrick Caracter went 58th to the Lakers.

Louisville's Samardo Samuels and Western Kentucky A.J. Slaughter went undrafted.

1. John Wall, Washington
2. Evan Turner, Philadelphia
3. Derrick Favors, New Jersey
4. Wesley Johnson, Minnesota
5. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento
6. Ekpe Udoh, Golden State
7. Greg Monroe, Detroit
8. Al-Farouq Aminu, LA Clippers
9. Gordon Hayward, Utah
10. Paul George, Indiana
11. Cole Aldrich, New Orleans
12. Xavier Henry, Memphis
13. Ed Davis, Toronto
14. Patrick Patterson, Houston
15. Larry Sanders, Milwaukee
16. Luke Babbitt, Minnesota (Traded to Portland)
17. Kevin Seraphin, Chicago
18. Eric Bledsoe, Oklahoma City (Traded to Clippers for future pick)
19. Avery Bradley, Boston
20. James Anderson, San Antonio
21. Craig Brackins, Oklahoma City (Traded to New Orleans)
22. Elliot Williams, Portland
23. Trevor Booker, Minnesota (Traded to Washington)
24. Damion James, Atlanta (Traded to Atlanta)
25. Dominique Jones, Memphis
26. Quincy Pondexter, Oklahoma City (Traded to New Orleans)
27. Jordan Crawford, New Jersey
28. Greivis Vasquez, Memphis
29. Daniel Orton, Orlando
30. Lazar Hayward, Washington (Traded to Minnesota)

Round 2:

31. Tibor Pleiss, New Jersey (Traded to Atlanta)
32. Dexter Pittman, Miami
33. Hassan Whiteside, Sacramento
34. Armon Johnson, Portland
35. Nemania Bielica, Washington (Traded to Minnesota)
36. Terrico White, Detroit
37. Darington Hobson, Milwaukee
38. Andy Rautins, New York
39. Landry Fields, New York
40. Lance Stephenson, Indiana
41. Jarvis Varnado, Miami
42. De'Sean Butler, Miami
43. Devin Ebanks, LA Lakers
44. Jerome Jordan, Milwaukee
45. Paulau Prestes, Minnesota
46. Gani Lawal, Phoenix
47. Keith Gallon, Milwaukee
48. Latavious Williams, Miami
49. Ryan Richards, San Antonio
50. Solomon Alabi, Dallas (Traded to Toronto)
51. Magnum Rolle, Oklahoma City
52. Luke Harangody, Boston
53. Pape Sy, Atlanta
54. Willie Warren, LA Clippers
55. Jeremy Evans, Utah
56. Hamady N'diaye, Minnesota
57. Ryan Reed, Indiana
58. Derrick Caracter, LA Lakers
59. Stanley Robinson, Orlando
60. Dwayne Collins, Phoenix

* Kentucky becomes the first team in history to have five first round draft picks in the same season

* John Wall becomes the first player in Kentucky history to be drafted No. 1 overall

* Kentucky head coach John Calipari is in attendance at the Draft.

Goodman Says DeMarcus Cousins is the "Ultimate Risk"


Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com names his best, worst and riskiest picks in tonight's NBA Draft.
He says Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins is the ultimate risk, Eric Bledsoe will make some GM look brilliant, Daniel Orton should go back to school and former Louisville big man Derrick Caracter is terrifying.

Here are some excerpts:

ULTIMATE RISK: DeMarcus Cousins -- I know he’s supposedly matured, but I’ve seen his emotional outbursts far too many times from back in his AAU days even to this past season when he delivered a forearm shiver to Louisville’s Jared Swopshire. Cousins could turn into Andrew Bynum or, as one NBA scout told me, he could be the next Benoit Benjamin.

WILL MAKE SOME GM LOOK BRILLIANT: Eric Bledsoe -- He never complained about having to move to the two-guard spot due to John Wall, but Bledsoe is a natural point guard, with speed, strength and athleticism. This kid is going to be a very good point guard in the NBA in time.

GO BACK TO SCHOOL: Daniel Orton -- Here’s a guy who averaged three points and three rebounds per game last season at Kentucky. It should be a pre-requisite that you can’t be drafted in the first round with those numbers.

TERRIFYING: Willie Warren and Derrick Caracter -- Warren was an abomination as a leader at Oklahoma this past season after Blake Griffin left and Caracter, while he did have a solid campaign at UTEP, isn’t exactly the model of dependability.

Complete Article

Patrick Patterson's Latest NBA Draft Diary Entry


Here is an excerpt of the latest entry from Patrick Patterson's NBA Draft Diary at SportsIllustrated.com:

Hello, world! I'm in New York City right now for the draft, and I won't lie, I'm nervous. It's a surreal feeling because I'm about to realize my dreams Thursday night, but it's also nerve-racking because I don't know where I'm going to go in the draft.

My last workout was in Detroit [which has the No. 7 pick], and I think it was my best one so far. I went up against Cole Aldrich and Ekpe Udoh, and I think I won pretty much every drill. I was stopping them, and I felt like I couldn't be stopped on the offensive end. I was shooting well, and it was a better workout than normal. Because there were only three of us, we got more reps in the drills.

The Pistons people gave me great feedback, saying they liked me and they were impressed with my skills and professionalism. They even complimented me on my vocabulary and my communication skills. But most teams I worked out for said the same thing, so it's tough to tell which ones like me enough to draft me.


Photo: GenuineKentucky.com

What If NBA Teams Drafted Only Mountain Players


Jeff Archer, a good friend of mine from WYMT, dreamed up an NBA Draft consisting of only players from the mountain regions of Kentucky.

The first pick in the draft was the obvious choice - Mr. Basketball Elisha Justice from Shelby Valley High School.

Pick two was Ashley Hatfield, Justice's state champion teammate. After that, the order was Cody Miller from Knox Central, Tate Cox from Knott Central and Madison Johnson from Corbin.
Here are Archer's top 10 picks in the "2010 NBA Mountain Mock Draft":

1 Wizards – Elisha Justice, PG (Shelby Valley)
2 76ers – Ashley Hatfield, SG/SF (SVHS)
3 Nets – Cody Miller, SF (Knox Central)
4 T-Wolves – Tate Cox, PG/SG (Knott Central)
5 Kings – Madison Johnson, SG (Corbin)
6 Warriors – Matt St. John, C (South Laurel)
7 Pistons – Stuart Stamper, SG (Knott Central)
8 Clippers – Tyler Newsome, SG/SF (SVHS)
9 Jazz – Taylor Newsome, F (SVHS)
10 Pacers – Josh Whitaker, PG (Hazard)

Clearly, Shelby Valley is the hypothetical "Kentucky" of the mountain draft.

Calipari is One of the Best Recruiters in College Basketball


Mike DeCourcy names John Calipari at the top of his list of the top recruiting coaches in college basketball.

When asked who would be his top three, DeCourcy stated:

When a coach does it at a variety of levels, as John Calipari has from Massachusetts to Memphis to Kentucky, he has to make the list. And Calipari is white-hot right now. It remains to be seen if the Calipari/Kentucky combination will keep annually churning out top-three classes, but that's the track record for the moment.

He also mentioned Thad Matta (Ohio State) and Roy Williams (North Carolina) in this top three.

New Mixtape Featuring Deuce Bello and Quincy Miller

Here is a new mixtape by OneEntertainmentHoops.com that features Kentucky 2011 recruit Quincy Miller and teammate Deuce Bello:

Pitino, Willard Join Field for ARC Golf Event



Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and assistant Ralph Willard joined the field for the 19th annual Charity Tournament, which benefits the ARC of Tuscaloosa County (Florida).

Here is an excerpt from Tidesports.com:

In its 19 years of existence, the annual Charity Tournament, which benefits the ARC of Tuscaloosa County, has been a smashing success.

It has raised approximately $1.5 million dollars for the ARC program, which serves mentally challenged adults in Tuscaloosa County.

Today's tournament, held at the NorthRiver Yacht Club golf course, has a full field of 144 players that includes a morning and afternoon scramble along with sports celebrities like former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden and Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.

Former Alabama basketball coach C.M. Newton serves as honorary tournament chairman.

Complete Article

FoxNews.com: '96 UK Not One of 10 Best in Last 25 Years


FOXNews.com has given their picks as the ten best NCAA basketball champions in the last 25 years and surprisingly, the 1996 Kentucky Wildcats did not make the list.

Here are their picks:

1. Florida 2007

2. Duke 1992

3. North Carolina 2009

4. UNLV 1990

5. Indiana 1987

6. Arizona 1997

7. UConn 1999

8. Duke 2001

9. Syracuse 2003

10. Kansas 2008

So, just for clarification, 1996 Kentucky does not make the top 10, but 1997 Arizona does? That is the same Arizona team that squeaked by a injury-plagued Kentucky team in overtime in the national title game. That Arizona squad finished the season ranked #15 in the AP poll and had a 25-9 record.

The 1996 Kentucky team finished 35-2 and both losses were to top 25 opponents.

I am dumbfounded at the omission of the 1996 Kentucky team from this list. They should not only be in the top 10, they should be in the top 2 and would get my vote for No. 1.

2010 Kentuckiana Pro Am Tentative Rosters


2010 KENTUCKIANA PRO AM TOURNAMENT

JUNE 24th to 27th

http://www.kyproam.com/

Nolan Fieldhouse 5010 Progress Way Sellersburg, Indiana

Tickets $4

Here is a tentative look at the 2010 Kentuckiana Pro Am Tournament rosters:

Pal’s Elite (Xenia, Ohio) – Brandon Rogers F 6-8 210 Wilmington (2010), Michael Futrell F 6-4 230 Lindsey Wilson, Clinton Joshua F/C 6-8 215 Campbellsville/Cuba CBC, Taverius Wilkins C 6-10 260 Wilberforce (2010), William “Bo” Harris F 6-7 225 Mountain State/ABA, Demarcus Berry G 6-4 205 Siena Heights/ABA, Allasandro Roberts F 6-6 208 Shawnee State, Ricardo Alliman F 6-7 225 Cedarville (2010), Terrence Davison G 6-1 210 Shawnee State, Eugene “Anthony” Smith G 6-5 224 Liberty/CB Cornella Spain, Justin Taylor G 6-3 196 Georgetown/Portugal, Head Coach: Terry Futrell

Royalty (Brooklyn, New York) - #3 Trevor Breland G 5-8 175 Ventura CC, #5 Jason Peters F/C 6-3 225 Skyline CC, #10 Haslyn Cozier F 6-1 185 Nassau CC, #11 Nate Sudlow F 6-3 210 Bryant College, #12 Karim Telfer G 6-2 210 Augusta State University, #13 Robert Ferryman G 5-7 145 Fairleigh Dickerson, #15 Damalie Jeffers F/C 6-4 180 SUNY Delhi, #21 Ramon Cannon F 6-2 190 SUNY New Paltz, #30 DeShon Pearcy G 5-10 166 Stony Brook, Head Coach: Gerrad Herbert

Kenny HDB (Indianapolis, Indiana) – AJ Miles 5-10 Western Kentucky University, John Foster 5-10 Kentucky Wesleyan/ABA, Josh Mullins 6-5 IUPUI/ABA, Terrence Hayes 6-7 Lakeland, Torrance Hayes 6-7 Lakeland, Curtis Thomas 6-1 Indiana Tech, Damon Jones 6-8 Wilberforce, David Barlow 6-0 IUPUI, Mike Campbell 6-5 St. Francis/Norway/ABA, DA Harvey 6-5 IUPUI, Head Coach: Jermaine Gardner

Kenny Kings (Indianapolis, Indiana) 2007 and 2008 Champs – Andre Owens 6-3 Houston/NBA/Russia *2007 KPA MVP, David Logan 6-1 Indianapolis/Poland, Tony Weeden 6-2 Chicago State/Poland, Courtney Radford 6-3 Cumberland, Jason Gardner 5-10 Arizona/Germany, Donald Yates 6-5 Saginaw Valley State, Jermaine Dearman 6-8 Southern Illinois/Turkey *2008 KPA MVP, Roy Hairston 6-8 Purdue/France, Robert Owens 6-6 Ball State/Finland, Mike Crane 6-6 IUPUI, Lonnie Jones 6-11 Ball State/Mexico, Mike Granger 6-7 Bradley, Head Coach: Kenny Edwards

Clarksville Nets (Clarksville, Tn.) – Marcus Miller 6-3 Austin Peay, Kyle Duncan, Bert Singletary 6-5 Okla.Baptist, Jerome Jackson 6-5 Austin Peay, Mike Wells 6-3 Western Kentucky/ABA, Dale Evans 6-3 Bluefield St., Trenton Hassell 6-5 Austin Peay/NBA New Jersey, Erick Young, Bubba Wells 6-5 Austin Peay/Harlem Globetrotters, Marcus Royal, Head Coach: Bert Singletary

A.Eaddy Ballers (Ann Arbor, Michigan) – E.J. Bates 6-4 Kentucky Wesleyan/Switzerland/France, Joe Wordlaw 6-1 Eastern Michigan/Germany, Ryan Sidney 6-2 Boston College/Turkey/Israel, Jesse Davis 6-1 Eastern Michigan, Scottie Samarco 6-0 Pikeville College, Ibraheem Myles 6-6 Eastern Ky./Holland/Finland, Damond Brown 6-5 St. Xavier, Derrick Byrd 6-4 Auburn University, Marlos Long 6-1 Northern Arizona, Dennis Price 6-7 Ferris State, Cedric Byrd 6-1 Eastern Michigan University, Rudy Thompson 6-6 Oakland Comm. College/Detroit Pro’s

JayBee Auto (Kenosha, Wisconsin) – Brandon Morris 6-1 Wisconsin Green Bay/Quebec Kebs, Deonte Dolly 5-7 CLC, Andre White 6-0 UAB/Syria, David Tolfree 6-1 Centenary College, Oreyanta Young 6-2 Carthage College, Brian Colbert 6-2 Cameron/Ireland, Harry Boyce 6-4 Minnesota, Terry Evans 6-5 Wisconsin Green Bay/Germany, Otis Thompson 6-8 Mount IDA/Quebec Kebs, Maurice Bennett 7-0 Harlem Globetrotters, Head Coach: Tony Moore

New Beginnings (Columbus, Ohio) – *2009 3rd Place, Tony Rice 6-4 Wagner/IBL, Ike Jefferson 6-5 Hampton/Germany, Jay Mackie, Haze Massiey 6-4 Ohio Dominican/ABA, Sanjay Adell 6-7 Ohio/France, Tone Gordon, Kenny Langhorne 6-5 S.Arkansas/United Kingdom, Ron Kenley 6-6 Wilberforce/IBL, Tony Givens 6-8, Brandon Ross 6-7

Florida Skillz (Gainesville, Florida) – Traavis Chandler 6-0 Nova Southeastern, Ron Larris 6-0 Georgia State/Denmark, Marcel Thomas 5-8 Barker Co. H.S., Antwan Ruise 6-3 Fort White H.S., Marvin Davis 6-6 Pasco-Hernadez CC, Matt Fields 6-7 Georgia Southern/Germany, Terrell Humphrey 6-1 Santa Fe College, Harold Griffin 6-7 Lee University, Japan Ruise 6-5 Pasco Hernadez CC, Chris Thompson 6-6 Southern Indiana/Germany, Dee Griffin 6-8 Mountain State/Spain, Brian Clay 6-6 Santa Fe

On Point Basketball (Canton, Ohio) – Josh Yankee 6-8 GPBL/Stark Revolution, Patrick Grayson 6-0 Euro League Riga, Latvia/GPBL, JaMar Wesley 5-10 GPBL, Ricky Jackson 6-9 Walsh College, Gregory Howard 6-4 Walsh College, Arthur Clark 6-1 GPBL, Damel Wilson 6-9 SWU College, Charles Robinson 6-0 Missouri St./GPBL, Vincent Parnell 6-2 Felican College/GPBL

Team Players (Elizabeth, Indiana) – Parrish Cashpear 6-7 Kentucky State, David Scott 6-6 Miami of Ohio/Argentina, Mitchell Speedy 5-11 IUS, Scott Schoen 5-11 Georgetown/IBA, Craig Schoen 5-11 Georgetown/Iceland, Chad Schoen 6-1 Georgetown, Gus Chase 6-5 Georgetown/Portugal, Shannon Phillips 6-4 Bellarmine, Bobby Zuerner 6-2 Kentucky Wesleyan

KPA Tryout – Rashad Rowe G 5-11 202 Kentucky State, Jermiah Applin G 5-11 165 Edison State, Robert Sanders G 6-3 185 Rhema, Wilbert Reeves F 6-6 215 Ballard H.S., Aaron Perez G/F 6-6 200 Okla. Baptist/Hillsdale Free Will Baptist, Renardo Rhone G 6-3 175 Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (2010), Head Coach: Travis McAvene Columbus Crush/EBA

Columbus Crush (Columbus, Ohio) – #1 Marcus Rhodes 6-3 190 Missouri Western (2010)/Columbus Crush, Jerel Chavis 6-3 200 Deleware State , #3 Dominque Bryant 6-5 215 Kennedy King College, #4 Johnnie McLawhorn 6-5 210 Tennessee Temple (2010), #5 Brandon Lampley 6-1 185 Ball State, #6 Ephrem Davis 6-8 210 Robert Morris (2010), #7 Taverius Wilkins 6-11 260 Wilberforce University (2010), #8 John Head 6-5 210 Peru State University/Germany, #9 Quinton Noblin 6-4 210 Missoui Western (2010), #10 Justin Ward 6-7 210 Southern Illinois Edwardsville, Head Coach: Travis McAvene/Columbus Crush EBA Head Coach

Grizzly Boys (Franklin, Indiana) *Men’s Open/College Division – Zach Merschbrock 6-5 215 Franklin College, Clay Starett 5-8 140 Franklin, Gunner Erwin 6-5 195 Franklin, Clayton Merschbrock 6-4 200 Franklin, Joe Newcomb 6-6 240 Cornell (IA), Dustin Marshall 6-0 185 Franklin (09)

Team Atlanta (Atlanta, Georgia) *2009 KPA Champs – Jabari Smith 6-11 LSU/Mexico *2009 KPA MVP, Dejuan Clark 6-2 Tougaloo, Adrian Jones 6-5 Georgia, Miles Abrahams, Tony Rutledge 6-2 Wake Forest, J.J. Hickson 6-9 North Carolina State/Cleveland Cavaliers NBA, Anthony Miller 6-11 Michigan State/NBA, Eugene Williams 6-8, Doc Morgan, Derrick Garden, Head Coach Willie Ivy

KPA Old School (Kentuckiana)*Men’s Open/College Division – Craig Schoen 5-11 Georgetown/Iceland, Mitchell Speedy 6-1 IUS, Michael Stinnett 6-3 Brescia, Greg Ramsier 6-0 KWC/Brescia, David Scott 6-8 Miami of Ohio/Argentina, Melvin Beasley 6-4 KWC, Maurice Smith 6-0 Dyersburg State

Team Stone (Louisville, Kentucky) – Bryant Northern 6-2 Louisville/CBA, Ladrell Whitehead 5-10 Ohio/Czech Republic, Lamont Roland 6-4 LSU/Argentina, David Harrison 6-3 Campbellsville/Argentina, Perrin Johnson 6-5 Louisville/NBDL, Donta Smith 6-7 SE Illinois J.C./China/Venezuela, Eric Martin 6-5 Cincinnati/Mexico, Terrance Farley 6-10 Louisville/Japan, Carlos Mitchell 6-1 IU Southeast (2010), Brandon Bender 6-10 Robert Morris/Ukraine, Head Coach: Ellis Myles

Team L.I.V.E (Baltimore, Maryland) – Damon Garris 6-5 KWC/Iceland, Eugene Dabney 6-11 KWC/Bahrain, Emory Ogletree 6-5 Charleston/ABA, Maurice Smith 6-1 Dyersburg State, Paul Lodzick 6-7 Brescia, Sean Hampton 6-5 Alderson Broaddus/Germany, Matt Enos 5-10 KWC, Latroy Farrow 5-11 KWC, Gus Chase 6-4 Georgetown/Portugal, Antonio Bright 6-4 KWC/England, Tyrus Boswell 6-8 KWC/Turkey, Teon Knox 6-10 Pikeville/Kosovo

Average Joe’s (Indiana) *Men’s Open/College Division – William Barber 6-4 Berea, Kaden Nolot 6-7, Sean Fisher 6-2, Tenale Roland 6-0 Vincennes, Brendan Roland 6-3, Johnelle Hardin 6-2 Trevecca, Steve Mann 5-7, Sean Payne 5-9 Ivy Tech, Robby Gray 5-11 Joliet JC, Cody Jackson 6-1 Anderson College

McCall Law Office (Indiana) *Men’s Open/College Division – Mo Smith 6-0 Dyersburg State, Perry McCall, Ryan Wheeler, Shannon Wilkerson, Lamont Roland 6-4 LSU/Mexico, Craig Bryant IUS

Kentuckiana Boys *Men’s Open/College Divison – Chuck Frazier, Ellis Tarver, Terry Dunn, Ricky Wright, Wesley Pinkston, Marcus Pinkston, Ladrell Whitehead, Hartford Kaufman, Aron Knight, Sherron Wilkerson, Sean Hampton

Team Nashville (Nashville, Tennessee) – Justin Herndon 6-10 Belmont/Romania, Josh Cooperwood 6-4 Tennessee State/Egypt, Odell Bradley 6-4 IUPUI/ABA, Brian Collins 6-4 Belmont/Finland, Alex Renfroe 6-3 Belmont/Latvia, Kyle Allen 6-2 Kentucky State, Desmond Cambridge 6-0 Alabamba A&M/ABA, Corey Allen 6-7 Tennessee/Greece, Larrie Smith 6-6 Tennessee Tech/Luxenbourg, Juron Burroughs 6-8 IPFW

Fairdale Kingz (Louisville, Ky) *Men’s Open/College Divison – #2 Victorino Vasquez 5-10 Fairdale, #3 Michael Mudd 5-7 Southern, #4 German “Julio” Vasquez 5-10 Fairdale, #15 Corey Wilson 6-1 Butler, #21 David Hedges 6-6 Evangel Christian, #23 Matt Mudd 5-11 Fairdale, #24 Casey Wilson 6-1 Butler, #40 Bill Barnes 6-7 Southern

Murray State's Kennedy Not a Fan of New OVC Scheduling


Murray State head coach Billy Kennedy has stated that he is not a fan of the coming changes to Ohio Valley Conference basketball scheduling.

Kennedy told MSU radio personality Neal Bradley that the new format will not yield a true champion and mentioned how tough it will be to schedule.

Under the revisions, there will be 16 OVC games on the schedule - meaning each team will need to replace two conference games with non-conference opponents. OVC scheduling, which is already a difficult task, will be even more difficult when the changes are implemented for the 2011-12 season.

DeMarcus Cousins: "I'm the best player in the draft"



Former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins, who looked impressively sharp in his pink collared shirt and white cardigan, had some confident thoughts to share with NBA general managers heading into tonight's NBA Draft:

“I’m the best player in the draft,” Cousins calmly said. It’s that simple? “It’s that simple.” Cousins replied.

Source

John Wall's First Reebok Commercial to Debut Tonight

Here is John Wall's first actual Reebok commercial that is set to debut during the NBA Draft tonight:



* Via tzvitzvi 's YouTube Channel

2010 Kentuckiana Pro Am Tournament Kicks Off Today


The 16th Annual Kentuckiana Pro Am will begin today at Nolan Fieldhouse in Sellersburg, Indiana.

JUNE 24th to 27th

http://www.kyproam.com/

Nolan Fieldhouse 5010 Progress Way Sellersburg, Indiana

Tickets $4

Twitter: www.twitter/coachstinnett

Two Divisions: Super Open (Pro/Cash Prize division) and Men's Open/College Division
Rosters: Go to http://www.kyproam.com/rosters *more to be added

* Note: J.J. Hickson from the Cleveland Cavaliers is to play for Team Atlanta/last years champion. Local standouts Craig Schoen (Georgetown/Iceland), as well as several University of Louisville and Kentucky Players. More UofL players to be announced soon!!!!!
* Team Stone (in memory of former cardinal Marvin Stone) Ellis Myles Coach
* Thanks for your coverage last year

Playing Schedule:

Thursday June 24th

6:30 p.m. KPA TRYOUT SCRIMMAGE
7:30p.m. Fairdale Kingz vs. McCalls Law Office Men's Open/College Division
8:30 p.m. Grizzly Boys (Franklin College) vs. KPA Old School Men's Open College Division

Friday June 25th

5:30 KPA Tryout vs. PALS ELITE (Xenia, Ohio)
6:30 Kenny HDB vs. Columbus Crush (EBA)
7:30 Kenny Kings (2009 Runner Up) vs. Royalty (Brooklyn, New York) 7:30 Kentuckiana Boys vs. McCall Law Office Men's Open College Division
8:30 Team Players (Elizabeth, Ind) vs. On Point Basketball (ABA) 8:30 Grizzly Boys vs. Average Joe's Men's Open/College Division
9:30 Team Stone (Louisville, Ky) vs. A.Eaddy Ballers (Pontiac, Michigan)
10:30 New Beginnings (Columbus, Ohio) vs. Team Live (Baltimore, Maryland)

Saturday, June 26th

9a.m. Games Begin - will run all day until 10p.m.
*Atlanta will play at 11am 6pm 7pm and 8pm Winners Bracket Semi Finals

Sunday, June 27th

Games Begin at 10am and will run until 6:30pm
12pm Winners Bracket Finals
2pm Mens/Open College Division Finals
3:30 Finals of Losers Bracket
5pm 2010 KPA FINALS

Contact: Michael Stinnett Iroquois High School Head Coach/KPA Founder and Director 270-570-8567 for more information michproa@aol.com

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Memphis Transfer Roburt Sallie to Visit Louisville



Roburt Sallie, a 6-5 graduate transfer from Memphis, told InsideTheVille.com that he will visit Louisville this week.

Sallie will have one season of eligibility remaining and as a graduate, will be eligible to play in the 2010 season.

Source

Sallie averaged 10.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game for Memphis in 2009-10.

In 2008-09, on John Calipari's Memphis team, Sallie averaged 5.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.

Kentucky Wesleyan Adds Missouri State's Cardell McFarland


Kentucky Wesleyan has added 6-2 guard Cardell McFarland, a transfer from Missouri State, to their 2010 recruiting class.

Excerpt of article from 14wfie.com:

"We feel great about our recruiting class, from a talent standpoint, this is the best we have had in my five years at KWC," said coach Todd Lee. "We have a very good nucleus of players back that have had a lot of success here and they will be counted on the help the new players adjust to our system and our level of play.

McFarland, a 6-foot-2, 180 pound, guard, averaged five points and 17.8 minutes in five games as a sophomore in 2009-10 for Missouri State before being kicked off the team in December for violating team rules.

As a freshman, he started 19 of 29 games where he averaged 6.9 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 22.0 minutes. He shot 42.7 percent from the field, 29.5 percent from the arc and 76.8 from the free throw stripe for the Bears.

Complete Article

Kentucky Wesleyan's 2010 Recruiting Class:

- Cardell McFarland, Missouri State
- Keith Biggers, Coffeyville Community College (Kan.)
- Jason Hall, West Hills Community College (Calif.)
- Brandon Johnson, Fresno City Community College (Calif.)
- Marseilles Stewart, Foothill Community College (Calif.)
- Travis Johnston, Grayson County High School
- Anthony Young, Kankakee Community College (Ill.)

Gilchrist, Teague "Recruiting" Quinn Cook to Kentucky


Future Kentucky Wildcats Michael Gilchrist and Marquis Teague are working hard to persuade 2011 point guard Quinn Cook to join them at Kentucky.

Gilchrist, Teague, Cook and Tony Wroten are all rooming together at the USA U17 training camp in San Antonio and the current UK commits are continuously talking Kentucky to their uncommitted roommates.

Here is an excerpt from ZagsBlog.com:

“We have the best recruiting class coming in [in 2011],” Gilchrist and Teague tell Cook, the No. 4 point guard in the Class of 2011. “You can join us.”

Despite the pressure from his roomies, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Cook is keeping his college options open and says he’ll take five official visits.

His list includes Kentucky, Villanova, St. John’s, Rutgers, UConn, Wake Forest, North Carolina, UCLA, Arizona, Tennessee and Georgetown.

Photo: BoxofMess.com

East Kentucky Energy to Host a Golf Tournament


The excitement is building for the East Kentucky Energy’s inaugural season in the ABA. But the excitement extends beyond the basketball court.

On July 7, the East Kentucky Energy Mountaintop Golf Classic will be played at StoneCrest Golf Course in Prestonsburg with more than 100 golfers taking a shot at winning a new Camaro Super Sport and a trip to Hawaii.

The Camaro, sponsored by Music Carter Chevrolet in Prestonsburg, will be awarded to any amateur golfer who hits a hole-in-one on the par-3 hole No. 17.

“We hope one of our fans drives away from the tournament in a brand-new Camaro,” said Energy co-founder Tom Hamilton. “This is going to be a great tournament. StoneCrest is a wonderful golf course and we’re going to have some great golfers taking part. We’ve got great prizes and we’d love to give away each and every one of them.”

A hole-in-one at the par-3 hole No. 5 will win a six-day, five-night escape at the exclusive Makena Beach and Golf Resort on the island of Maui in Hawaii. The Makena Beach and Golf Resort is secluded on 1,800 acres between a white sand beach and Mount Haleakala. The Makena Golf Course offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The vacation is valued at more than $2,000.

A hole-in-one prize will be offered on each of StoneCrest’s four par-3 holes. Along with the Camaro and Hawaiian vacation, a hole-in-one on hole No. 8 will see the winner take home a Callaway Diablo Edge Driver and set of fairway woods, 1,3, 5, valued at more than $700.

An ace on hole No. 11 will win an Escort Drive Smarter prize package which includes an Escort Passport 9500 radar detector valued at $500, as well as an Escort SmartMirror, which offers all the features of GPS navigation, a backup camera and bluetooth all packaged on your rearview mirror, valued at $800.

On hole No. 11 golfers will also have the opportunity to text their entry into a sweepstakes which will see a winner drawn every month to receive a new Callaway driver.

“The 2010 Camaro SS is valued at more than $34,000 alone,” said Energy co-founder Jerry Boggs. “In all the prizes available approach nearly $40,000.

“We’re going to have more than 100 golfers taking shots at these prizes and we’re rooting for them to win them all.”

The golfers will also receive a free golf towel from presenting sponsors Friends of Coal and Coal Operators and Associates with the Friends of Coal and East Kentucky Energy logos, a T-shirt from FACES of Coal and other free items from businesses around the region.
Golfers will also have an opportunity to win prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin.

“We believe this will be one of the best golf tournaments in the area,” said Hamilton. “We’ve got some great prizes and lots of gifts for the golfers. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

“And we’re out here to promote the Energy and spread the word of what an exciting team we’re going to put on the floor in December,” Hamilton continued. “We’ve got five talented players on the roster and some great individuals working with us to make this a success.”

The Energy’s first signee, Kentucky Mr. Basketball J.R. VanHoose has been joined by Pikeville College standouts Jarell Jones and Daniel Price, the defending ABA Defensive Player of the Year, Neil Rasnake from Council, Va., and Sandrell Spann, who played at Delta State.

The Energy also announced John Kitchen, Pikeville College’s all-time assist leader and former assistant coach, has joined the organization at Vice President for Marketing and Player Development.

“The key to our success is to ensure that we’re surrounding ourselves with talented, successful people,” said Boggs. “We’ve done that with John and the players we have under contract. All these guys are successful, hard workers and great people on and off the court.”

The Energy is an expansion team in the American Basketball Association, and will play in Pikeville in 2010-2011.

Source: East Kentucky Energy Media Relations

Daniel Orton Wishes He Was a Kansas Jayhawk


As Daniel Orton's NBA Draft stock continues to plummet (one Western Conference executive compared Orton in the draft to "one of those anvils falling in a cartoon"), Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that Orton told NBA front offices that he wishes he would have attended KU rather than UK.

Here is an excerpt from Wojnarowski's article:

Orton played one season at Kentucky, where he averaged just 13 minutes and 3.4 points behind DeMarcus Cousins. He left on relatively poor terms with coach John Calipari, and even told front offices in the predraft process that he wished he had chosen Kansas over Kentucky. Despite the belief he would be represented by agent Raymond Brothers, Orton hasn’t used him. He’s gone without an agent, using his family and former NBA coach Bob Hill to guide him through the process. That’s been a disastrous choice for him.

It has been such a disastrous choice that Orton is in danger of falling completely out of the first round:

“It’s a perfect storm of stuff happening with him – the knee, the conditioning, the stuff going on around him,” one Eastern Conference personnel director said. “I think he drops right out of the first [round].”

This is a terrible situation for Orton, who continues to seemingly make all the wrong decisions. From the decision to leave Lexington and go to Twitter to announce his academic prowess (just before quitting school mid-semester) to not hiring an agent...one has to wonder exactly who is in charge of the Orton camp.

I don't see him dropping that far, but if he does fall out of the first round completely it will be a disaster for the former Wildcat.

Here are the "Real" John Wall Reebok Shoes

The shoes former Kentucky point guard John Wall wore during his Wizards' workout were only practice shoes.


Here is a picture of the actual signature John Wall Reeboks (via WashingtonPost.com):


Terrence Williams Not Happy with Douglas-Roberts Trade



Former Louisville star Terrence Williams is obviously not pleased with the Nets decision to trade Chris Douglas-Roberts to the Milwaukee Bucks.

He quickly posted on Twitter:

TheRealTWill CDR got traded? What the helllllll noooooo

Timeout from Kentucky Basketball for USA! USA! USA!

We'll resume basketball coverage soon but for now, the United States just defeated Algeria 1-0 to advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup.

Landon Donovan scored one of the greatest goals in U.S. soccer history late in the game and Americans have advanced!



Singer Laura Bell Bundy Rooting for Wildcats in NBA Draft


Country music singer and Lexington native Laura Bell Bundy will be supporting her Kentucky Wildcats in tomorrow night's NBA Draft.

Here is an excerpt from ESPN:

"I'm such a fanatic," said the 29-year-old Bundy, whose grandfather, Wayne Bell, was a radio announcer in legendary coach Adolph Rupp's era for Kentucky. "I can't help it. I love traveling with the team to watch them play basketball. You should see my hotel bills!"

Bundy grew up in Lexington, Ky., and her family has had UK season tickets more than 30 years. "No matter how much we might argue about anything," Bundy said, "when it comes to the Wildcats, we're all on the same page."


Complete Article

Photo: CountryHound.com

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tony Wroten Says Kentucky is "On Top Right Now"



Tony Wroten Jr., a 6-4 point guard in the 2011 recruiting class, says Kentucky is leading in his recruitment at this time.

Wroten told ZagsBlog.com that Kentucky is "on top right now."

He also listed Villanova, Washington, UConn and St. John's.

Wroten is currently training with the USA U17 team in San Antonio, Texas. The U17 squad also features future Wildcats Michael Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, who are both pushing Wroten in Kentucky's direction.

Wroten currently ranks No. 25 on the Rivals15o List for 2011.

DeCourcy: Teams that pass on Cousins in draft will regret it


Mike DeCourcy of SportingNews.com says tonight that teams that pass on DeMarcus Cousins in the NBA Draft will regret it.

Here is an excerpt of DeCourcy's thoughts:

Oh, and will those gentlemen ever be sorry when someday, relatively soon, Cousins is averaging double-figure rebounds in their league. And they'll be sorrier still when someday, perhaps relatively soon, he is generating enough points to be delivering nightly double-doubles.

"DeMarcus has skills these people haven't seen," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "If you listen to DeMarcus, I've held him back."

There are legitimate concerns for teams considering drafting Cousins. He is not in peak physical condition. He has, at times, been a challenge to coach. He averaged only a shade over 23 minutes a game in college because he struggled to avoid foul trouble and frequently required rest.

All these would serve as excellent reasons not to select a big man whose pre-NBA accomplishments were suspect: someone along the lines of Eddy Curry or Andrew Lang.

What separates Cousins from those two failures is, frankly, that Cousins can play. And he has proven it at a high level.

Complete Article

WKU's Coach McDonald Joins "Toppers on Tour" Event


Western Kentucky head coach Ken McDonald, several other WKU head coaches and AD Ross Bjork joined forces for a "Toppers on Tour" event Monday night.

The event gave fans an opportunity to meet WKU's coaches and administration in a personal manner.

Excerpt of article from GlasgowDailyTimes.com:

GLASGOW — Ken McDonald doesn’t get many chances to meet his fans face to face.

“I come out of the locker room one minute before the game and leave right after,” the Western Kentucky men’s basketball head coach said. “So I don’t get a lot of chances to meet (the fans) in the person.”

That chance arrived Monday night. McDonald, along football coach Willie Taggart, athletic director Ross Bjork, baseball coach Chris Finwood and women’s basketball coach Mary Taylor Cowles, greeted Western alumni and Glasgow citizens as part of “Toppers on Tour” at Colton’s Steakhouse. Apart from giving patrons a chance to eat with the coaches and mascot Big Red an opportunity to “eat” small children, the event served as a sort of unveiling for Taggart and Bjork. Both are entering into year one of their respective Western positions — a year Bjork is apparently taking one day at a time.

Complete Article

In other WKU basketball news, Nick Baumgardner of the Bowling Green Daily News WKU Sports Blog revealed a portion of the Hilltoppers basketball schedule for 2010-11:

- Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament (WKU should open with North Carolina. Field also includes West Virginia, Nebraska, Minnesota, Vanderbilt, Davidson and Hofstra).
- home against Louisville
- home against South Carolina
- home against Southern Illinois
- at Memphis
- at Vanderbilt
- at St. Joseph’s (St. Joe’s should travel to Diddle in 2011-12)
- at Murray State
- at Bowling Green State (Ohio)

Daniel Orton's NBA Draft Stock Dropping?


Yahoo! Sports reports that Kentucky big man Daniel Orton is struggling in the pre-draft process and could face a steep drop Thursday night.

The article cites internal family struggles, lack of conditioning and knee issues as concerns that are accumulating around Orton leading into the draft.

Orton, who played limited minutes during his freshman season at Kentucky, seems likely to end up in the bottom third of the first round.

Excerpt of Yahoo! Sports article:

There’s a great deal of uncertainty and caution surrounding Kentucky center Daniel Orton, who has cancelled several workouts in the final days before the draft, but has tentatively planned a visit with Indiana on Tuesday.

League executives say Orton has been out of shape and struggling with knee issues during the predraft process. Orton, a 6-foot-10 freshman, had planned to hire agent Raymond Brothers, but sources said an internal family struggle over control has kept him without formal representation. With so much uncertainty surrounding Orton, he could face a steep drop Thursday night.

Orton has been working out with former NBA coach Bob Hill. As one Eastern Conference executive said Monday, “There are too many red flags right now.”

Complete Article

Reggie Miller Favors Evan Turner Over John Wall


In a discussion on the Dan Patrick Show, former NBA star Reggie Miller said that he feels Ohio State's Evan Turner will enter the NBA as a better professional player then Kentucky's John Wall.

Here is an excerpt of Patrick's show recap:

DP: John Wall looks to be the consensus No. 1 pick in the NBA draft by the Wizards. Now Philadelphia is on the clock. Is [head coach] Doug Collins going to take Evan Turner or a big man?

RM: He's taking Evan Turner. And I don't know that it's definite, but there's no way you can pass up a talent like Evan Turner. He's a combo guard. I think immediately, he's going to be better than John Wall. There's a learning curve for John Wall.

Miller went on to explain that there is a much higher learning curve for an NBA point guard as oopposed to a shooting guard.

Kentucky Wesleyan to Play Louisville and South Carolina


Eight-time NCAA Division II National Champion Kentucky Wesleyan will play Louisville and South Carolina in exhibition competition to open the Panthers' 101st year of basketball for the 2010-11 season, as announced by KWC sixth-year head men's coach Todd Lee.

The Panthers will play Louisville in their new downtown KFC Yum Center (22,000) on Thursday, Nov. 11. This marks the second time in five seasons KWC has faced the Cardinals in exhibition play. U of L won 93-68 at Freedom Hall before a crowd of 14,689 on Nov.19, 2006.

"We're really looking forward to the opportunity to play Louisville and we appreciate the invitation," said Lee, the 2010 Midwest Region Coach of the Year . "This will be great for our fans to see us play a great team, in a great atmosphere, in the newest and best basketball arena in the country.

"With their talent, athleticism and how hard they play for Coach (Rick) Pitino, it will definitely help prepare us for our season and I know our team will be excited to play the Cardinals.”

KWC will compete against the South Carolina for the third straight exhibition season on Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Colonial Life Arena (18,000) in Columbia, SC. The Gamecocks have won both contests at home, 75-55 on Nov. 7, 2008; and 78-55 on Nov. 5, 2009.

"This is the fifth straight season we have played Coach (Darrin) Horn's teams with two at Western Kentucky and three at South Carolina," Lee added. "I know he feels we do a good job of getting them prepared for their season and it is a compliment to our players and the program."

Game times and ticket information for both contests will be announced at a later date.

"The national exposure and the competitive level will benefit our 'championship tradition' program," stated Lee. "To be the best you have to play the best and we have achieved our goal with two probable Top 25 teams from the Big East and Southeastern Conferences."

The Panthers return three starters from a 29-5 record, which stands for the eighth most wins in school history, and a record breaking 36th trip to the NCAA tournament.

KWC also finished with a GLVC best record 16-2 to win the regular season title, with their highest weekly ranking at No. 3 since 2003 and finished No. 5 in the final NABC Top 25 poll.

Source: Kentucky Wesleyan

Poole, Knight Named First Team All-State in Florida


It is no surprise, but future Kentucky Wildcat Brandon Knight has officially been named Class 3A First Team All-State in Florida.

Stacey Poole, another future Cat, was named Class 2A First Team All State.

CLASS 3A

First team

Chris Bryant, Rickards (Tallahassee), 6-7, Jr.

Brandon Knight, Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale), 6-4, Sr.

Avery Moore, Rickards (Tallahassee), 5-9, Sr.

Darius Perkins, Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood), 6-2, Jr.

Jason Pimental, Trinity Catholic (Ocala), 6-8, Jr.

CLASS 2A

First team

Stacey Poole, Providence Christian (Jacksonville), 6-5, Sr.

Fab Melo, Sagemont (Weston), 7-0, Sr.

Mitch Woods, Community School (Naples), 6-4, Sr.

Patric Young, Providence Christian (Jacksonville), 6-9, Sr.

Will Yuguette, Florida Air Academy (Melbourne), 6-7, Sr.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Teague, Gilchrist and Wroten Make USA U17 Team


The USA U17 final roster was announced today and several Kentucky recruits have made the team.

Michael Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, who are both committed to Kentucky's 2011 class, made the squad. Tony Wroten, Jr., who has mentioned his interest in Kentucky, also made the cut.

Here is the roster:

- Justin Anderson (Montrose Christian School, Md. / Montross, Va.)
- Brad Beal (Chaminade College Prep H.S. / St. Louis, Mo.)
- Quinn Cook (DeMatha H.S. / Bowie, Md.)
- André Drummond (St. Thomas More School / Middletown, Conn.
- James McAdoo (Norfolk Christian H.S. / Norfolk, Va.)
- Johnny O’Bryant (Eastside H.S. / Cleveland, Miss.)
- Tony Parker (Miller Grove H.S. / Lithonia, Ga.)
- Chasson Randle (Rock Island H.S. / Rock Island, Ill.)
- Adonis Thomas (Melrose H.S. / Cordova, Tenn.)
- Michael Gilchrist (St. Patrick H.S. / Somerdale, N.J.)
- Marquis Teague (Pike H.S. / Indianapolis, Ind.)
- Anthony Wroten, Jr. (Garfield H.S. / Seattle, Wash.)

Source: USABasketball.com

From the announcement:

The USA U17 Team continues its training June 21-24 at the University of Texas at San Antonio, then will journey to Kaunas, Lithuania, to continue its preparations. The USA will face Russia’s U18 team in a friendly game on June 28 and then meet Lithuania’s U17 team on June 29.

The 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Men is being held July 2-11 in Hamburg, Germany. Opening U17 World Championship play in a rematch of last year’s FIBA Americas U16 Championship gold medal contest against Argentina on July 2, the U.S. will face Lithuania on July 3, then continue preliminary round action against China on July 5, Egypt on July 6 and close the opening round against Serbia on July 7. The top four finishing teams from each preliminary round group will advance to the July 9 medal quarterfinals, the semifinals are slated for July 10 and the gold and bronze medal games will be contested on July 11.

Union College Signs Pair of Local Standouts


BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – The Union College men’s basketball program announced today the signing of two local standouts, Josh Smith (Corbin High School) and Brad Marsee (Barbourville High School), to its roster for the 2010-11 campaign.

Smith, a 6-foot-3 guard/forward and three year starter as a member of the Redhounds, averaged 13 points and eight boards in his senior season. He also helped lead Corbin High to back-to-back District and Region titles (2008-09).

Smith garnered All-State Honorable Mention honors in 2008-09 and was named to the All-Conference tournament team three straight years (2007-09).

Marsee, a 6-foot guard from Barbourville High, earned First-team all-region honors in his senior season while also averaging 15 points a game to go with his 7.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.4 steals per contest.

“We are pleased to have signed both Josh Smith and Brad Marsee to the Union College basketball program,” head coach Sean Gillespie said. “Both of these young men are going to be a great fit for us here at the college and will make an impact both on and off the floor.”

Gillespie went on the say, “We have been blessed to get good local basketball talent to commit to Union and these two young men only add to an already strong recruiting class. We are looking forward to seeing them compete in a Bulldog uniform.”

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