Saturday, July 3, 2010

Quincy Miller Praised for Play at FIBA Americas U18 Event


Kentucky 2011 recruit Quincy Miller was praised by Latinbasket.com for his play at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championships.

The site named him player of the event, forward of the event and first team All-FIBA Americas U18.

Here are the honors handed out by Latinbasket.com:
Player of the Year: Quincy Miller-Scott of USA
Guard of the Year: Myck Kabongo of USA Forward of the Year: Quincy Miller-Scott of USA
Center of the Year: Lucas Nogueira of Brazil

1st Team

G: Myck Kabongo of USA
G: Austin Rivers of USA
F/C: Quincy Miller-Scott of USA
F: Jereme Richmond of USA
C: Lucas Nogueira of Brazil

2nd Team

G: Ivan Loriente of Uruguay
G: Raul Togni of Brazil
G: Kyrie Irving of USA
F/G: Carlos Paredes of Argentina
C: Kyle Wiltjer of Canada

Honorable Mention
Aaron Brown of USA
Mathias Calfani of Uruguay
Tony Mitchell of USA
Kevin Acosta of Mexico
Christopher Ortiz of Puerto Rico
Khem Birch Canada
Charles Pemberton (92) of U.S.Virgin Islands
Gary Browne (92) of Puerto Rico

USA U17 Destroys Lithuania in Germany



The USA U17 team demolished Lithuania to stay undefeated (2-0) at the 2010 U17 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.

James McAdoo and Bradley Beal each scored 16 points to lead the Americans to an easy 102-66 win.

UK recruits Quinn Cook and Tony Wroten, Jr. each scored 9 points in the win.

The United States will enjoy a day off tomorrow and return to action on July 5 against China.

Source: USABasketball.com

Huge Turnout for Jeff Sheppard's UNITE Camp in Pikeville



There was a tremendous turnout of 122 kids that participated in UNITE's Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camp in Pike County.

Former Kentucky basketball star Jeff Sheppard spoke to the participants.

Here is an excerpt from The Williamson Daily News:

Former University of Kentucky basketball star Jeff Sheppard told participants that fundamental skills used to play basketball – or any other sport – can be applied to the rest of your life.

“The best way to get from where you are today to where you want to be is to set a goal,” Sheppard said. “None of us is perfect, but you need to set goals, work hard and avoid being distracted by bad influences – such as using alcohol or other drugs.”

“The best way to stay on a straight line is not to try and do it by yourself,” continued Sheppard, the NCAA’s Final Four Most Valuable Player in the Kentucky Wildcats’ 1997-98 national championship season. “You cannot win in life by yourself. It takes a team. It takes you hanging around the right people.”

Participants in Tuesday’s camp represented Pike, Martin, and Floyd counties.

Former UK Star Antoine Walker Pleads Not Guilty


Former Kentucky and NBA star Antoine Walker pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Las Vegas court to criminal charges alleging that he failed to repay hundreds of thousands of dollars in gambling debts to three casinos.

Walker has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and the gambling debts were among Walker's largest debts.

A trial is set for November 22 and Walker's attorney has stated that he is negotiating a deal that will allow Walker to avoid jail time. He is facing up to a 12-year sentence if convicted.

Source: Wall Street Journal

DeMarcus Cousins Answers Fans Questions in Sacramento

Former Wildcat DeMarcus Cousins visits with Sacramento King fans:

Louisville Agent Questions Validity of TMZ Report on UK



A Louisville sports agent named Jim Ellis questions the validity of a TMZ.com report that cited an anonymous source as saying the NCAA is looking into the eligibility of four Wildcat players.

Here is an excerpt from Wave3.com:

"I don't think there is anything to this than just allegations," said Jim Ellis, a Louisville attorney who has represented a lot of athletes in the past as an agent. Ellis sees no substance to what TMZ is reporting.

"The fact that a UK player former or present talked to an agent is not illegal," said Ellis.

According to the gossip website, the NCAA is taking an aggressive look at four UK basketball players. TMZ says that a source was interviewed by an NCAA investigator, and the agency is interested in two current players and two who were just drafted by NBA teams. TMZ also says one player allegedly had multiple meetings with an agent, dating back to the players' senior year in high school. The website is reporting that the insinuation is that the agent had an agreement with the player before he went to Kentucky.

USA U17 Wins Behind Big Game from Michael Gilchrist


The USA U17 basketball team (1-0) opened the FIBA U17 World Championships with an 82-70 victory over Germany on Friday afternoon.

Michael Gilchrist, who is committed to Kentucky's 2011 Class, led the way with 24 points and 15 rebounds. He was 9-14 from the field and 6-6 from the free throw line.

Quinn Cook, who has also mentioned Kentucky on his list of schools he is interested in, added 14 points and Brad Beal added 11 from the Americans.

Marquis Teague, who will join Gilchrist at UK, added 4 points. Tony Wroten, who likes Kentucky and Washington, also added 4.

The USA continues FIBA U17 World Championship preliminary play today against Lithuania, then faces China on July 5, Egypt on July 6 and closes opening round play against Serbia on July 7. The top four finishing teams from each preliminary round group will advance to the July 9 medal quarterfinals, with semifinals games scheduled for July 10 and the gold and bronze medal games to be contested on July 11.

Source: USABasketball.com

Source Says Kentucky Not Informed of NCAA Investigation



SportingNews.com reports that the University of Kentucky has not been informed of any NCAA investigation.

Here is an excerpt:

A source close to Kentucky's basketball program told Sporting News that the Wildcats have not been informed by the NCAA of an investigation into their basketball program, in regards to a report Friday by TMZ.

TMZ reported that the NCAA is looking into the possible relationships of agents with two current Kentucky players and two former players. Kentucky officials declined comment to Sporting News.

Complete Article

Cumberlands Hosts Successful Big Man Camp


The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men’s Basketball Program hosted their annual Big Man Camp this week from June 28th to July 1st. There were 65 participants from Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida in this year’s camp.

During the morning sessions, the campers worked on fundamentals in both post and guard play. That carried over into the early afternoon sessions before the campers were split up and put into teams for 3 on 3 and 5 on 5 games. The campers this week were very attentive and wanted to learn.

UC Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach Mark Vernon commented, “We had some very talented campers this week and all of them wanted to learn and really competed throughout hard. We had some great coaches that worked our camp that really gave the campers a chance to learn a lot about the game of basketball. All of these reasons made for another very enjoyable week and a very successful camp.”

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

Friday, July 2, 2010

Scott Padgett Leaving Kentucky Staff for Manhattan


Kentucky special assistant and former player Scott Padgett is leaving the UK staff for a position at Manhattan College in New York City.

Here is an excerpt from LEX18.com:

Is it another one and done for Coach Cal? Both Rick Bozich of the Courier-Journal and Evan Daniels of Scout.com are hearing that Scott Padgett will be leaving the UK staff to take a job as an assistant coach for Manhattan College in New York City.

Padgett joined the staff with Calipari in the hopes of breaking in to college coaching. He would someday like to be a head coach.

Related News: Another former Kentucky player will be making a coaching move in the coming week. Stay tuned....

Sportsbybrooks.com: NCAA Investigating Wall's Link to Agent


Sportsbybrooks.com is reporting tonight that a source is saying the NCAA is investigating former Kentucky point guard John Wall's relationship to an agent.

Here is an excerpt:

Today I looked into TMZ’s report and subsequently confirmed a former Kentucky player the NCAA is indeed investigating.

A college basketball source with knowledge of the investigation told me today that the NCAA is, once again, investigating the relationship between John Wall and longtime Wall associate Brian Clifton.

Wall had a close relationship with Clifton before attending Kentucky and played on a club team founded by Clifton before moving on to the Wildcats. Clifton claimed in 2008 to CBSSports.com that he was a certified player agent before creating founding the club team that Wall played on.

“Absolutely I was a licensed agent. But what I started and what I had given my life to was this [D-One Sports] program and I was about to watch it fall apart. Obviously I couldn’t let that happen. So at that time — after having not signed any clients — I figured that program was the most important thing for me. … And that was the end of the agent thing.”

Interestingly though, Clifton is now officially representing Wall under the auspices of his own management company, called “Pindar Enterprises.”



My Thoughts: If you can't find a witch...keep hunting.

UK Recruits Highlight Updated Rivals150 for 2011


The updated Rivals150 List for 2011 has been released and it is top-heavy with University of Kentucky recruits.

Michael Gilchrist, who has already committed to the Wildcats, tops the class and he is following by Quincy Miller, who is considered a Kentucky lean.

Austin Rivers comes in at No. 3 followed by UK recruit LeBryan Nash and Marquis Teague, who is also already committed to the Wildcats.

Bradley Beal, James McAdoo, Anthony Davis, Rakeem Christmas and DeAndre Daniels round out the top 10.

Wayne Blackshear, who is committed to Louisville, is ranked No. 14. He will be joined at U of L by Zach Price (72) and Ryan Taylor (91).

Bowling Green's Chane Behanan has moved all the way up to No. 24 on the list following an impressive summer.

Western Kentucky commit Derrick Gordon is ranked No. 126.

Ge-Lawn Guyn Commits to Cincinnati



Scott County's Ge-Lawn Guyn has committed to the Cincinnati Bearcats according to a Twitter post by Evan Daniels of Scout.com:

EvanDanielscout Guyn Makes College Choice, Will Prep... http://scouthoops.scout.com/2/981484.html

Guyn will still attend prep school in 2010.

Kentucky Players Under NCAA Investigation?



TMZ.com has released an article that cites a source "who was interviewed by an NCAA investigator" who says the agency is investigating the relationships of four Kentucky players, two current and two who were just drafted by NBA teams, with professional agents.

Here is a direct excerpt from the TMZ.com article:

According to a source who was interviewed by an NCAA investigator, the agency is interested in at least four players -- two current and two who were just drafted by NBA teams.

In the case of one former Wildcat, we're told the NCAA wants to know about his relationship with his current agent. We're told the investigator asked about multiple meetings the agent allegedly had with the player ... dating back to the player's senior year in high school.

The insinuation is the agent had an arrangement with the player before he went to Kentucky.

Complete Article



I have no further information on this story at this time and the University of Kentucky has declined to comment.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Eligibility Not Looking Good for Justin Coleman at U of L



CardChronicle.com reports that things are not looking good with the eligibility of 2010 small forward Justin Coleman at Louisville.

Coleman, who is the No. 4 small forward in the 2010 class according to Scout.com, posted this on his Facebook:

"Bout 2 go get a quick work out n at da skool i wnt good enough 2 play at Louisa lol smh"

Here is an excerpt from CardChronicle.com:

The increasingly slim hopes that Huntington Prep (WV) swingman Justin Coleman will be suiting up as a Louisville Cardinal this season may be on the verge of evaporating completely.

The fourth-best small forward in the class of 2010, according to Scout.com, currently has the following up as his status on Facebook.

John Wall Meets Adam Sandler and Chris Rock



John Wall on the set of Fox and Friends:




Source: NBA.com

Photo: WashingtonPost.com

Daniel Orton Signs Contract with Orlando Magic



Former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton has signed a contract with the Orlando Magic after being drafted by the team at No. 29 in last week's NBA Draft.

The terms of the contract were not released, but the standard rookie deal is typically three years.

Orton announced the signing on his Twitter account:

danielorton33 Signed my contract today is it's official!

Deuce Bello is on Rick Pitino's Radar at Louisville



Scout.com reports that Rick Pitino is going to give heavy attention to 6-5 small forward Deuce Bello from High Point (NC) Westchester Academy.

Bello is the No. 18 small forward in the Class of 2011 and has been mentioned in the same breath as Kentucky recently.

Scout.com Article

Numero Uno John Wall Will Wear Numero Dos for Wizards




Former Kentucky star John Wall will wear No. 2 on his Washington Wizards' uniform.

Wall explains his choice of No. 2:



Source: WashingtonPost.com

Donovan Whiteside Commits to Centre College


Donovan Whiteside from Webb School of Knoxville has committed to play basketball at Centre College.

Whiteside is a 6-3 point guard who averaged 14 points and 7.3 rebounds per game during his senior season.

He also led the team in assists per game (4.0) and steals (2.5).

It's Miller Time! USA U18 Celebrates Gold


Kentucky recruit Quincy Miller drained a game-winning 3-pointer from the corner with 25 seconds on the clock and the USA U18 team held on for an 81-78 win over Brazil in the gold medal game of the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

Kyrie Irving led the Americans with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Austin Rivers added 19 points.

Miller, who many consider a Kentucky lean, finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

The win marked the fifth U18 gold medal for the United States and improved the team's overall record int he event to 38-2.

Argentina, Brazil, Canada and the United States all qualified for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Latvia.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

John Calipari Gives Statement on Terri Krebs


Kentucky head coach John Calipari gave a statement this evening about Terri Krebs, mother of former UK player Mark Krebs, who lost her battle with breast cancer today:

"I know I speak for all of the Big Blue Nation when I express my deepest sympathies to Mark Krebs, his family and their friends as they mourn the loss of Mark's mom, Terri. One of the special parts of our first year in Kentucky was being able to coach Mark and get to know him and his family. I just finished writing the foreword to Mark's upcoming book and my words were largely inspired by Terri's memorable participation in Senior Day ceremonies. Rest in peace Terri and know that all of the Big Blue Nation is here for your family."

Jordan Swing Will Not Return to Western Kentucky


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU men's basketball player Jordan Swing, who appeared in 22 games as a freshman in 2009-10, will not return to the program for the 2010-11 season and will explore other options, head coach Ken McDonald announced Wednesday.

"I'm a little disappointed in Jordan's decision to leave WKU," McDonald said. "I felt he was turning the corner and starting to understand how hard he needed to work to contribute to our program, but Jordan felt there might be more opportunities at another university. I wish him and his family all the best."

Swing, a native of Vestavia Hills, Ala., averaged 7.6 minutes and 2.3 points per game for the Hilltoppers in 2009-10. He scored a career-high 11 points in a win against South Alabama on February 18, shooting 4-of-5 from the field in 12 minutes of action and grabbing three rebounds.
Source: Release by WKU

Daniel Orton Apologizes to Kentucky Fans on Twitter


Former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton, who was drafted by the Orlando Magic in last week's NBA Draft, went to Twitter tonight to issue an apology to Kentucky basketball fans.

Here are the messages posted by Orton:

danielorton33 Okay there are some things that I've been needing to address, but I was trying to focus my attention elsewhere. As far as the classes I want

danielorton33 To apologize for not doing what I said I would. I messed up bigtime and hope I can be somewhat forgiven. I messed up on a few due dates on

danielorton33 My online class and I just lost focus in school. I apologize. Then the thing about the Kansas comment. I was more so set up on that question

danielorton33 We all know the media and how they like to get people but i was asked was there any other school that I would have gone to. At first I said

danielorton33 No because I loved UK and I loved my experience and my teammates there. Then he proceeded to say. I know Kansas was recruiting you hard, you

danielorton33 Never had any thoughts of maybe you should have gone there? Of course I thought that at times I won't lie about that I'm sure atleast two

danielorton33 Players on every college team this year question their decision but in the end I am happy that I went to UK. As far as leavin early. I can't

danielorton33 Really justify myself there. So sorry UK fans love yall and yall are the best Ima miss it!

Prayers for Former Cat Mark Krebs and Family



I would like to ask all readers to extend a prayer for former Wildcat Mark Krebs and his family.

Mark's mother, Terri, lost a brave, nine-year battle with cancer today.

I like this quote from someone that knew Terri Krebs: "For those who knew Terri, I feel everyone would agree that God has never made a finer person. She was honest, endearing, funny, and a true blessing to have known."

Please use the comments section to extend a few lines or prayer and support to Mark and the Krebs family.

Tony Wroten's Family: No Truth to Commitment Rumors


I just spoke to a close friend of Tony Wroten Jr.'s family and Wroten's family says there is no truth to the rumor that Tony will commit to Kentucky or anywhere else when he returns from Germany.

It was rumored recently that he will commit to Kentucky as soon as he returns home from the FIBA U17 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany but that rumor is false.

The source I spoke with said, "I talked to his dad, and he said there is no truth to Tony committing when he comes home from Germany."

Wroten confirmed on Seattle radio station 950 KJR this afternoon that he will likely choose between Washington and Kentucky.

When asked about Terrence Jones and the unfortunate situation during his announcement, Wroten stated, "I'm not going to put on the hat and then change the next day."

He mentioned a love for Kentucky's offensive style and the success of point guards that John Calipari has coached recently.

Quinn Cook to Play at Oak Hill Academy Next Season


Quinn Cook, a star 2011 recruit, will leave Dematha High School (Md.) and play basketball at Oak Hill Academy (Va.) in 2010-11.

Cook, a 6-1 point guard who is rated No. 20 on the Rivals150 List for 2011, has Kentucky on his list of potential college destinations.

Here is an excerpt from MaxPreps.com:

High hopes for DeMatha's (Hyattsville, Md.) 2010-11 season took a hit with the news that Quinn Cook is leaving the school for national power Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.).
Cook is currently serving with the United States U17 team in preparation for the FIBA World Championships, which tip in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday and run through July 11.

"I think it's best for him," DeMatha head coach Mike Jones told Terron Hampton of The Gazette. "I think he's doing something we all think is going to be good for him. He needs to get away from the area. He's become somewhat of a celebrity here, and some things that were out of his control would have a negative effect."

Morakinyo Williams Plays Well in England Debut Series


Former Kentucky big man Morakinyo Williams played well in his debut series with England's national team.

Williams was relatively quiet in the first game of an exhibition series with Scotland. a 67-57 England victory.

He led the team in scoring and rebounding in the second game, which was a 72-59 win for England. Williams scored 12 points and pulled down 8 rebounds to lead the English squad.

Source: Eurobasket.com

Rivers Leads USA U18 to Beatdown of Canada U18


Austin Rivers poured in a game-high 35 points on 12-18 shooting to lead the USA U18 (4-0) to a 122-89 win over the out-manned Canadian U18 team.

The semifinal win advances the United States to today's gold medal game of the FIBA Americas U18 Championships. The Americans will battle undefeated Brazil (4-0). The championship game will be held tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Kentucky recruit Quincy Miller struggled from the field (3-11) and finished with 7 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

LeBryan Nash scored 5 points in only 8 minutes of action.

Rivers 35 points set a USA U18 national team record for points in a single game, eclipsing Calbert Cheaney's 34 in 1990.

Edgar Sosa Joins Detroit Pistons Summer League Roster


Former Louisville guard Edgar Sosa has been invited to join the Detroit Pistons NBA summer league roster.

Sosa is coming off a senior season in which he averaged 13.1 points, 4.5 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game.

He will be joined on Detroit's roster by former Western Kentucky guard A.J. Slaughter.

Detroit Pistons Summer League Roster:

26 Patrick Christopher G 6-5 220 California 6/3/88 R None
5 Austin Daye F 6-11 190 Gonzaga 6/5/88 1 None
24 Jordan Eglseder C 7-0 280 Northern Iowa 7/27/88 R None
17 Marquez Haynes G 6-3 185 UT Arlington 12/19/86 R None
33 Jonas Jerebko F 6-10 231 Kinna, Sweden 3/2/87 1 None
42 Mac Koshwal F/C 6-10 255 DePaul 10/19/87 R None
18 Elijah Millsap G/F 6-6 215 UAB 8/12/87 R None
10 Greg Monroe F/C 6-11 253 Georgetown 6/4/90 R None
25 Jared Reiner C 6-11 255 Iowa 4/8/82 2 2
8 A.J. Slaughter G 6-3 180 Western Kentucky 8/3/87 R None
35 DaJuan Summers F 6-8 240 Georgetown 1/24/88 1 None
14 Edgar Sosa G 6-1 175 Louisville 1/15/88 R None
23 Terrico White G 6-5 213 Mississippi 3/7/90 R None

USA U17 Rebounds with Win Over Lithuania


Following a tough defeat to Russia's U18, the USA U17 team rebounded to soundly defeat Lithuania's U17 team 92-79.

Adonis Thomas led the United States with 19 points on 9-14 shooting. Future Kentucky forward Michael Gilchrist put in 12 points and 8 rebounds.

Potential Kentucky targets Quinn Cook and Anthony Wroten Jr. each scored 13 points.

The exhibition portion of the USA schedule is now complete and the Americans will travel to Hamburg, Germany for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championships for men. The tournament will be held July 2-11 and the USA opens preliminary play against Argentina. There will be a rematch with Lithuania on July 3, China on July 5, Egypt on July 6 and the last preliminary game against Serbia on July 7.

Source: USABasketball.com

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Patrick Patterson Reflects on NBA Draft Night in SI Diary


Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson writes about the NBA draft and the experience of going at No. 14 in his latest Sports Illustrated diary piece.

Here is an excerpt of Patterson's once-in-a-lifetime experience:

Anyway, after I walked across the stage, and after almost four hours of media, I finally left MSG and headed over to this place called Greenhouse for John Wall's draft party. That was cool, but I had to wake up early Friday morning to fly to Houston. I met everyone with the Rockets, from team officials to the broadcasters. None of the guys on the team were around, but I've already talked to Chuck Hayes -- who also went to Kentucky -- and Shane Battier left me a message.

Saturday I was back home in Cincinnati to watch the USA-Ghana soccer game, and then I drove down to Huntington, W Va., to celebrate a friend's birthday. Now I'm in Lexington, trying to see as many people as I can before I head back to Houston. I'm going to have to start looking for places to live in H-Town this week, because we start Summer League in Vegas next week.

I can't wait to get on the court and prove myself. I want to be a starter this year, make it to the Rookie-Sophomore challenge and compete for Rookie of the Year. But of course, the most important goal is making the playoffs. And I'll be doing all that wearing No. 54, just like in college.

McDonald Says NBA Bids Should Help WKU Recruiting


Western Kentucky head coach Ken McDonald thinks the recent string of NBA opportunities and success from former Hilltoppers should help with recruiting in a big way.

Here is an excerpt from the Bowling Green Daily News:

Western Kentucky University basketball coach Ken McDonald expressed happiness Monday for both Evans, who was drafted by the Utah Jazz last week, and for Slaughter, who will play for the Detroit Pistons in the upcoming NBA Summer League, saying the former Hilltoppers deserve their professional opportunities.

Meanwhile, the chance for WKU to potentially have three recent graduates - including current New Jersey Nets guard Courtney Lee - playing in the NBA next season would be a boost McDonald on the recruiting trail.

“It helps a ton. Perception is reality,” McDonald said. “There’s no question that in our recruiting game, Courtney Lee has been a huge bright spot. Then you have everything here to sell and you tie that in. But anytime you’ve had recent success on the court and recent success with players getting drafted and making NBA rosters - then they start to understand, ‘I don’t have to be at a BCS conference. I can fulfill my dreams at WKU.’

“That’s exciting in our recent history and our history overall.”

Former Cat Morakinyo Williams Makes England National Team


Former Kentucky reserve Morakinyo "Mike" Williams has made the England national team roster.

Williams will compete with the team during this summer's international competitions. The 11-game summer program includes games against Lithuania and tournaments in France and Northern Ireland.

He was a member of the Kentucky team before transferring to Duquesne University.

England's 17-Man Roster:

Ogo Adegboye, Saint Bonaventure University (USA)
Taner Adu, Essex Pirates
Chris Ayer, Springfield Armor (USA)
Devan Bailey, Central Connecticut State (USA)
Eric Boateng, Arizona State University (USA)
Matthew Bryan-Amaning, University of Washington (USA)
Daniel Clark, Estudiantes (ESP)
Samuel Cricelli, Worthing Thunder
Ben Eaves, Rhode Island University (USA)
Matthew Guymon, Unattached
Ashley Hamilton, Loyola Marymount University (USA)
Joe Ikhinmwin, Seminole State College (USA)
James Jones, Everton Tigers
Tayo Ogedengbe, Guildford Heat
Justin Robinso, Rider University (USA)
Colin Sing, Essex Pirates
Morakinyo Williams, Duquesne University (USA)

Source: Eurobasket.com

Energy Sign Neil Rasnake Following Impressive Tryout


The East Kentucky Energy recently signed Neil Rasnake after the professional basketball veteran impressed during the team’s first tryout held in May.

Rasnake is a 6-3 guard from Western Carolina.

Aspiring professional players will get a second opportunity to compete for a contract on July 17. The team’s second tryout will be held at Pikeville High School, beginning at 3 p.m. Registration begins at 2:30.

Source: East Kentucky Energy

John Wall Isn't the Only Ex-Wildcat in Washington, D.C.


John Wall, who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Washingon Wizards, will not be the only former Kentucky Wildcat living in the Washington, D.C. area.

Jamie Vaught points out on Wcoutlook.com that ex-Cats Kevin Grevey and James "Jim" Duff also take up residency in the D.C. area.
Here is an excerpt of Vaught's article:

Grevey, who played at Kentucky during the early 1970s, was a two-time All-American sharpshooter for coach Joe B. Hall, leading the Wildcats to the 1975 NCAA championship game. He later became a success in the NBA, playing 10 years, mostly for the Washington Bullets.

Grevey, along with his wife Sandy, currently owns and operates a well-known restaurant and sports bar, called Grevey’s, in Falls Church, Virginia. Grevey, whose Wildcat jersey has been retired by UK, still does some radio commentary on college basketball for a couple of networks.

Duff is another ex-UK player who lives in the D.C. area.

A member of one of the nation’s most famous freshman basketball teams ever, Duff helped the 1971-72 Kittens post a perfect 22-0 mark in his role as a backup guard, playing with Grevey, Jimmy Dan Conner, Bob Guyette, Mike Flynn, G.J. Smith, among others.

Duff, an attorney who is a graduate of UK Honors Program in 1975, is currently the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. He was appointed to his federal post in 2006 by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Calipari Says NBA Draft was a UK Basketball "Infomercial"


Kentucky head coach John Calipari stated during the Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference this that the NBA Draft was "a two-hour infomercial" for the Kentucky program.

Calipari also wondered out loud how what he will need to do to win championships with a continuing cycle of young players.

Here is an excerpt from Brett Dawson's article at Courier-Journal.com:

"How are we going to deal with those last three (NCAA Tournament) games -- the Elite Eight and the next two -- with a young team like we had last year?" Calipari said on the Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference. "Because it looks as though we're always going to have a young team. That's the issue."

Unless the NBA changes its rule that high school players can't enter the draft until one year after they graduate, Calipari said UK is likely to be a destination for "one-and-done" players, particularly after four freshman Cats were selected in last week's NBA draft.

In all, UK had five players selected in the first 29 picks -- freshmen John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton, and junior Patrick Patterson -- in what Calipari called "a two-hour infomercial" for his program.

Quincy Miller Leads Team USA U18 to Big Win


Kentucky recruit Quincy Miller led the USA U18 team to a convincing 88-67 victory over Argentina.

Miller led all scorers with 22 points on 9-12 shooting. He was 3-5 from long range and pulled down 5 rebounds for the Americans (3-0).

Austin Rivers added 13 points and 3 assists and Patrick Young put in 11 points for the United States.

On Tuesday, the USA, which won Group B, will face Canada (2-1), the second-place team in Group A. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. (all times CDT). Argentina, which finished behind USA, takes on Brazil (3-0), the first-place team from Group A, at 5:00 p.m. The gold medal game is slated for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. All four teams earlier qualified for the 2011 U19 World Championship in Latvia.

Miller also received a visit from NBA No. 1 draft pick and former Kentucky star John Wall.

Wall travelled to San Antonio on Sunday night and has watched the last two games that the USA has played.

Here is an excerpt from MySanAntonio.com:

But Wall didn't come to San Antonio to talk about himself.

He came to watch and counsel another rising star, 17-year-old Team USA forward Quincy Miller.

“He's got a chance to do something like I did,” Wall said. “He's a spectacular player. All he has to do is add on some build, get a little bit ... faster and start taking the game more seriously.”

Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, arrived in the city on Sunday.


Photo: Kentuckysportsradio.com

Ex-Cat Joe Crawford Invited to NBA Summer League



Former Kentucky shooting guard Joe Crawford has been invited to join the Orlando Magic's NBA Summer League Roster.

Crawford was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the No. 58 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He was waived during training camp, spent time in the NBA D-League and eventually found himself on the New York Knicks roster. The Knicks waived him following the season and he returned to the D-League before spending a limited amount of time in China.

He averaged 17.8 points per game for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the D-League last season.

Crawford faces long odds of earning a roster spot, but it is great to see him land another opportunity.

Source

Ex-Cat Heshimu Evans Named to Portuguese National Team


Former Kentucky Wildcat Heshimu Evans, who is a new citizen of Portugal, has been named to the Portuguese National Basketball Team.

Evans, who plays professionally for Benfica in Portugal, will join the national team for the first time.

He averaged 15.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists to help lead Benfica to the Portuguese LPB league championship this season.

Portuguese National Team Roster for 2010:

Mario Fernandes 176-G-82 CAB
Pedro Pinto 186-G-88 Barreirense
Miguel Minhava 197-G-83 Benfica
Miguel Graca 186-G-87 Barreirense
Carlos Andrade 197-F-78 Porto Ferpinta
Jaime Silva 187-G-80 VSC Guimar.
Joao Gomes 199-F-85 Breogan
Joao Santos 205-C-79 Benfica
Heshimu Evans 198-F-75 Benfica
Jorge Coelho 200-C-78 Porto Ferpinta
Miguel Miranda 205-F-78 Ovarense
Nuno Cortez 205-C-82 Ovarense
David Gomes 200-F-86 Porto Ferpinta
Andre Pinto 200-F-80 Ovarense
Francisco Jordao 203-C-79 Benfica
Moncho Lopez Head Coach Porto Ferpinta

Source: EuroBasket.com

Monday, June 28, 2010

Eric Bledsoe Introduced in Los Angeles


Former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe was officially introduced by the Los Angeles Clippers this afternoon.

Here is an excerpt from Clipperblog.com:

On Monday afternoon at Playa Vista, the Clippers introduced Al-Farouq Aminu and Eric Bledsoe, their first-round draft picks. Both Aminu and his agent Raymond Brothers expressed genuine satisfaction that the 6-9 forward landed with a team that can use his services immediately. Clips’ general manager Neil Olshey hammered home again that the team “has been disguising 2s as 3s” for too long. Aminu’s 7-foot-4 wingspan will come in very handy for a team whose wings have been getting killed on the boards the past few seasons.

Eric Bledsoe made a very interesting decision by committing to Kentucky over Memphis as a high school senior. In doing so, the young point guard resigned himself to playing out of position a good amount of the time alongside John Wall. On Monday, Bledsoe said that the scheme at Kentucky ultimately helped his game because he got a ton of experience playing off the ball. But when asked which position he prefers to play, he unequivocally said point guard. “I like the pressure,” Bledsoe said.

Staff Shakeup at St. Catharine College Following Matt Stearsman's Resignation


There will be some new faces on the St. Catharine sidelines this season following the resignation of assistant coach Matt Stearsman.

Coach Stearsman has stepped down for personal reasons following the birth of his son several weeks ago.

"My wife had our first child on June 3rd and she is returning to her job at Young Harris College in Georgia," Stearsman explained. "She has a great job and I feel like being there with her and my son is the most important thing to me right now. She tried to get a job near me, but it didn't work out."

Stearsman added that he not permanently retiring and hinted at some future opportunities.

He stated, "the good thing about coaching is you make friends all over the country and I have some close friends in Georgia. I have some things going to stay in coaching and there is still a lot of time left to get on a staff somewhere."

He reflected on his time at St. Catharine and his close friendship with head coach J.T. Burton.

"My time at SCC was very, very special," Stearsman said. "Coach Burton gave me a great opportunity and when I arrived at SCC he had just got the job and we hit the ground running. He and I became very close and I will be forever grateful for the things he let me do and I feel like I have grown so much as a coach because of the freedom he gave me."

After a pause, he added, "I will always have a place in my heart for the people at SCC and for the players I coached there. It was special."

Coach Burton agreed that while it was not a surprise departure, he is losing a great coach and a great friend from his staff.

"Matt's departure wasn't a surprise," said Burton. "He and I would talk about his situation a lot. I knew it would be very tough for him and his wife to live apart."

He added, "Matt will be missed tremendously. It was like we were brothers. He and I worked very well together."

Burton has hired Matt Taylor and Beau Braden as assistants on his St. Catharine staff. Taylor was previously an assistant at Union College and Braden spent time on Happy Osborne's staff at Georgetown College.

WKU's McDonald is Happy with NBA Opportunities


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU men's basketball head coach Ken McDonald says the recent NBA chances for former Hilltoppers Jeremy Evans and AJ Slaughter are "well deserved," and each is in a good situation to move forward with their professional careers.

Evans became the second Hilltopper drafted in the last three years when he was chosen by the Utah Jazz with the 55th overall selection in last week's NBA Draft. When his name was called with the 25th pick of the second round, the Crossett, Ark., native joined Courtney Lee as WKU draftees in recent years. Lee was the 22nd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic.

"I'm extremely proud of and excited for Jeremy," McDonald said. "He was an outstanding kid to be able to coach and watch play for the last two years. He has a great attitude and work ethic, and he has such a good chance at the next level athletically. The Jazz are getting someone who will come to practice each day to get better."

Slaughter, who played in the second-most games in Hilltopper basketball history and finished 12th in all-time scoring, was not drafted but has since reached an agreement to join the Detroit Pistons' summer league team in an effort to earn a roster spot. The Pistons are one of 22 NBA franchises to have a team compete in the Las Vegas Summer League, which plays from July 9-18.

"AJ might have actually benefitted from going undrafted, because he was able to sit back and make a decision based on what situation is best for him," McDonald explained. "In the last couple of years, he has gotten better at both the point guard and shooting guard positions and consistently delivered in pressure situations. He has a lot of heart and a great work ethic."

Complete Article from WKUSports.com

Anthony Davis Jr. Cuts List to 3; UK in the Mix


ZagsBlog.com is reporting that Anthony Davis Jr., a 6-10 power forward in the 2011 class, has narrowed his college list to three schools.

Here is a quote from the article:

“We’re looking at Syracuse, Kentucky and Ohio State,” Anthony Sr. said. “I think those three schools fit perfectly in the style of basketball he plays.”

Rivals.com ranks Davis No. 7 overall in the 2011 class and No. 2 at the power forward position.


Complete Article from ZagsBlog.com

Miller, Rivers Shine as Team USA Steamrolls Mexico



The United States U18 team qualified for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships in Latvia by simply destroying Mexico 114-38.

Austin Rivers led the Americans (2-0) with 16 points on 5-8 shooting.

Kentucky recruit Quincy Miller added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in the win.

LeBryan Nash, who is also being recruited by the Wildcats, added 10 points.

Team USA battles Argentina (2-0) tonight at 7:00 p.m. (CDT). The semifinals are tomorrow and the finals will be held on Wednesday.

Source: USABasketball.com

Rick Pitino Announces Other Staff Additions


Rick Pitino has replaced Walter McCarty with former Wake Forest Tim Fuller and has also added two new faces to the Louisville staff.

In addition to Fuller, Louisville has added Mark Lieberman as an assistant and former player David Padgett as an assistant strength coach.

Pace gave up his head coaching position at Monsignor Pace (Fla.) High School earlier this month to pursue a college coaching job.

Pitino announced that Lieberman will take over for Eric Scott as Director of Basketball Operations. Scott took over as a special assistant to Louisville VP for Athletics Tom Jurich.

Padgett, a former Cardinal player, joined the staff earlier this summer.

Terrence Williams to Play in NBA Summer League


Former Louisville star Terrence Williams will be on the roster for the New Jersey Nets summer league squad.

The Nets will hold a four-day training camp in East Rutherford before traveling to Orlando for five days of games, which start next Monday.

One of the coaches for the summer league team will be former Murray State star Popeye Jones.

Nets Summer League Roster:

AJ Abrams G 5-11 160 10/16/1986 Texas/Trikala (Greece) R
Connor Atchley F-C 6-10 228 5/31/1985 Texas/Dakota Wizards (D-League) R
Demond Carter G 5-11 185 10/25/1986 Baylor R
Wayne Chism F 6-9 246 6/16/1987 Tennessee R
Jakim Donaldson F 6-8 220 3/9/1983 Edinboro/Ciudad de La LaGuna (Spain) R
Derrick Favors F 6-10 246 7/15/1991 Georgia Tech R
Vernon Goodridge F/C 6-9 220 2/18/1984 LaSalle R
Brandon Heath G 6-4 181 3/1/1984 San Diego State/Apoel B.C. (Greece) R
Damion James F 6-7 225 10/7/1987 Texas R
James Peters F 6-8 215 5/24/1981 UNLV/L.A. Defenders (D-League) R
Gabe Pruitt G 6-4 180 4/19/1986 USC/Utah Flash 2
Alex Ruoff G 6-6 220 8/29/1986 West Virgina/Belgacom Liege Basket R
Garret Siler C 7-0 291 10/26/1986 Augusta St./Shanghai Sharks R
Lance Thomas F 6-8 225 4/24/1988 Duke R
Cezary Trybanski C 7-2 235 9/22/1979 Poland/Reno Bighorns R
Ben Uzoh G 6-3 205 3/19/1988 Tulsa R
Terrence Williams G/F 6-6 220 6/28/1987 Louisville/New Jersey Nets 1
Brian Zoubek C 7-1 260 4/6/1988 Duke R

Source: NetsDaily.com

A "Minor Controversy" for John Calipari?


ESPN's Eamonn Brennan says Kentucky head coach John Calipari has sparked a bit of a "minor" controversy with his comments recently that the 2010 NBA Draft was "the biggest day in the history of Kentucky's program."

I heard Calipari's comments during his talk with ESPN's Heather Cox, but they did not strike me as necessarily offensive. I can see how that comment can be easily construed to sound offensive, but from my vantage point, I think the statement sounded a little worse than intended.

Here are some of Brennan's thoughts:

It was a pretty big day: Five Wildcats were drafted in the first round of the draft, including John Wall, who went No. 1 overall to the Washington Wizards. But Calipari immediately drew scoffs, and for good reason. There's no way a draft, no matter how successful, trumps any of Kentucky's seven NCAA championships on the college hoops "big day" spectrum. It just doesn't.

To the surprise of no one, Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader reached out to some former Cats to gather their opinions. Here is an excerpt of Tiptons article:

"The dumbest thing I've ever heard," said Dan Issel, UK basketball's career scoring leader.

After all, Kentucky has won seven national championships, amassed more victories than any other program and participated in some of the greatest games (think Christian Laettner) and some of the most significant games (think Texas Western).

When radio host Dan Patrick asked Calipari on Friday whether the draft surpassed national championships on a biggest-day scale, Calipari hedged. "It depends on your reference," the UK coach said before acknowledging that his draft-night comment might upset "the old guard" (aka the players, coaches and fans who made Kentucky basketball what it is).

Issel did not sound upset. He sounded amused.

Kevin Scarbinsky of The Birmingham News takes a different outlook on Calipari's comments (and this is more of how I take the comments, as well):

How dare he?

Here’s how.

When he said what he said, Calipari wasn’t talking to the 30-year-old in Paintsville, Ky., who sprays his face blue before Tennessee invades Rupp Arena.

Calipari was talking to the likes of Trevor Lacey.

Lacey may be the best high school basketball player in Alabama, and one of the better prep players in America, in the class of 2011. A lot of colleges are recruiting the Butler High School guard hard.

Kentucky is one of them.

Kentucky wasn’t just another school before Calipari got there, but UK stands out even more after Thursday night.


Scarbinsky adds a huge selling point for future Kentucky recruits:

Calipari’s crazy-on-the-surface statements add up when you do the math. According to the NBA’s rigid rookie salary scale, here’s how much the five Kentucky draftees stand to make in the first year alone of their guaranteed two-year contracts:

Wall: $4,286,900. Cousins: $2,812,200. Patterson: $1,519, 400. Bledsoe: $1,237,500. Orton: $857,000.


Before you circle the Big Blue wagons and revolt against Calipari's comments, keep in mind that he was selling the Kentucky program to the kids of 2010, 2011 and beyond. And besides that, as soon as Calipari hangs No. 8 in the Rupp Arena rafters, these comments will not only be forgotten but will also be repeated: "this is the biggest day in the history of Kentucky's program."

Former Cat Erik Daniels Signs with PBA's Gin Kings


Former Kentucky star Erik Daniels has signed with the Barangay Ginebra Kings of the Phillipine Basketball Association (PBA).

Here is an excerpt from GMANews.com:

Barangay Ginebra finally got rid of an import who’s more of a liability than providing stability to the team’s promising lineup.

The Gin Kings decided to bring in its fourth import this conference – Erik Christopher Daniels – and replace the ineffective Denham Brown.

Ginebra coach Jong Uichico confirmed the news to GMANews.TV.

“He just arrived and he looks alright in practice, but we’re hoping to see more," said Uichico in a text message.

Listed 6-foot-8 while playing in the United States, Daniels is expected to show his true worth in the Gin Kings’ playoff match against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters for the last quarterfinals seat.

Daniels is coming off a brief stint in Israel, where he played 9 games for league champs Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa. He only averaged 9.9 minutes and 4.6 points per game for Gilboa.

Before Israel, he had an extended stay with Azovmash Mariupol in Ukraine. In 21 games there he averaged 17.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Patrick Patterson and Rockets Prepare for Summer League


The Houston Rockets are preparing for NBA summer league action and have invited several rookies to join former Kentucky Wildcat Patrick Patterson on the team's summer roster.

MyFoxHouston.com reports that the following players have been invited to join the summer league roster:

G Ishmael Smith Wake Forest

G Trevon Hughes Wisconsin

G Dwight Lewis USC

G Kelvin Lewis Houston

G Tony Crocker Oklahoma

C Chas McFarland Wake Forest

They will join Patterson, Chase Budinger, Jermaine Taylor and Jordan Hill. The complete roster will be announced next week.

UPDATE: Patrick Patterson Trade Rumors?

LEX18 reported late tonight that there are trade rumors involving Patrick Patterson. Here is an excerpt:

The NBA trade rumor mill has the Rockets shipping Patrick Patterson somewhere... but no official confirmation yet.

I have been unable to find any other information out about these rumors, but will be checking into it.

Eastern Kentucky Hosts Successful Basketball Camp


RICHMOND, Ky. – The 2010 Jeff Neubauer Basketball Camp was in full swing this week on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. Almost 80 boys and girls were a part of the camp in its sixth year of operation.

“This year’s Jeff Neubauer basketball camp was a huge success,” EKU assistant coach and camp director Austin Newton said. “The kids [ages 7-16] were very eager to learn and easy to work with. Our goal, this year and every summer, is for the campers to take some of the drills and fundamentals that we taught during the week, and use them at home as they continue to develop as basketball players. We hope they had as much fun as our staff and players did.”

The camp featured several competitions including 1-on-1, 3-on-3, 5-on-5, ball handling, hot shot and free throws. Hustlers of the day were awarded each day in three different divisions – the OVC, SEC and NBA.

Many current and former Colonels were on hand to serve as camp counselors for the youngsters. They included Willie Cruz, Josh Daniel, Joshua Jones, Papa Oppong, Spencer Perrin, Justin Stommes and Josh Taylor.

“Personally, this has been a great experience for me,” Cruz said. “It’s very rewarding to be able to put a smile on the kids’ faces. As a Division I athlete, I’m glad I have the chance to give something back. That’s what it is all about.”

Source: EKUSports.com (click for camp photos)

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