Saturday, July 17, 2010

Wall Dazzles in Vegas; Recap of Day 8

John Wall torched the Hornets for 31 points and 6 rebounds as the Washington Wizards remained undefeated in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Wizards assistant Sam Cassell, a longtime NBA veteran, told Wall to be more aggressive in the second half. Wall came out and scored 18 points in the third quarter.

"They couldn't stop him," Wizards teammate JaVale McGee later marveled. "He got to do what he had to do. He was unstoppable. They couldn't figure out a way to stop him."

Here is a recap of Day 8:

John Wall (Kentucky)

35:54 MIN, 10-23 FG, 1-3 3PT, 10-13 FT, 6 REB, 3 AST, 3 STL, 2 TO, 1 BS, 31 PTS

Summary: John Wall probably stamped his claim on the Summer League MVP award with this performance.

DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky)

28:18 MIN, 5-18 FG, 0-1 3PT, 6-7 FT, 12 REB, 2 AST, 10 PF, 6 TO, 1 BS, 16 PTS

Summary: This is not a triple-double that Cousins will be happy about; he looked tired and came out flat

Carlos Wheeler (Campbellsville)

DNP - Coach's Decision

Edgar Sosa (Louisville)

17:50 MIN, 2-4 FG, 0-1 3PT, 4-4 FT, 1 REB, 2 AST, 2 TO, 8 PTS

Summary: Not bad, but not great for Sosa; he's a long shot to make the regular roster

A.J. Slaughter (Western Kentucky)

13:37 MIN, 2-6 FG, 2 REB, 4 PTS

Summary: Slaughter, like Sosa, is a long shot to make the team

Bill Walker (Rose Hill)

35:08 MIN, 7-16 FG, 3-7 3PT, 2-3 FT, 4 REB, 5 AST, 6 PF, 2 STL, 19 PTS

Summary: Walker is playing good basketball; he has a chance to contribute for the Knicks

Samardo Samuels (Louisville)

25:08 MIN, 6-10 FG, 7-9 FT, 9 REB, 3 TO, 19 PTS

Summary: Let's face it, Samuels is showing more than expected in the summer league; they are likely celebrating in Jamaica.

O.J. Mayo (Rose Hill)


Cousins Praised for Summer League Play

Former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins is receiving high praise for his excellent showing in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Here is an excerpt from

DeMarcus Cousins is the best thing to happen to the Kings since the transformative offseason of Vlade Divac, Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic and Rick Adelman. Yes, the best early Christmas present since then. And, no, it's not the mind-numbing desert heat, which on Friday approached 114 degrees.

At the Las Vegas Summer League, Cousins is receiving more accolades than double teams – and earning every one of them. The rookie has turned more heads here than the scantily clad pixies over at the Palms. He has coaches, scouts and assorted league executives publicly and privately drooling and suggesting the Maloofs have scored the real deal.

"Unlimited potential," Detroit Pistons basketball president Joe Dumars said. "I love everything about DeMarcus. He has great hands, great feet, terrific instincts."

Complete Article

Q&A with Brandon Knight; He Talks Kentucky and More

SLAM Online has conducted a nice Q&A with future Kentucky Wildcat Brandon Knight. Knight discusses a variety of topics including the University of Kentucky and John Calipari.

Here is an excerpt:

SLAM: Talk about your decision to go to Kentucky. I know you did something unique in signing an aid agreement rather than a letter of intent that would have had you bound to the University. Brilliant move. There was definitely a lot of talk about Coach Cal leaving at that time and it sounds like this gave you some flexibility in case things didn’t work out.

BK: Yeah, just in case I decided to change my mind if coach decided to go do something better for his family or something of that nature. I would have that opportunity and that option, not be locked up. I trust coach Cal and the coaching staff and players around me. It was really something my family had always said we would do. Just in case because you never know.

SLAM: Tell me about Coach Cal. I know he’s a big reason you chose Kentucky. How did you guys connect?

BK: Just the fact that he seemed sincere. I talked to a lot of guys and couldn’t tell who was sincere and who wasn’t. Coach Cal seemed like he was. The proof is in the pudding. He’s a winner and I wanted to play for a winner. He’s a guy that loves winning—you can see it in his eyes during games. He gets mad at the simplest things, like leaving a guy open. That’s kind of how I am—when I leave a guy open I get really mad at myself. Playing for someone like me will motivate me to get better.

SLAM: You love their style of play?

BK: Yes. It’s free: get to the basket, attacking the rim a lot and putting a lot of pressure on defense throughout the entire game. When you play like that, it leads to a lot of turnovers on the other end. That helps a lot in terms of making the game easier.

SLAM: It sounds like some of the people who recruited you were hard to relate to. What is it about Coach Cal that makes you feel comfortable?

BK: The way he greets you and treats you like a regular person. He acts like a regular person, he’s very down to earth. I think some of the coaches thought they were above the situation. We really connected while he was recruiting me.

Complete Interview

Clipper Darrell Heckles John Wall Then Does the Dance

Los Angeles Clippers super fan Clipper Darrell spent the majority of the L.A. vs. Washington summer league game heckling former Kentucky star John Wall.

After Wall proved to be unphased by the continuous attacks, Darrell said he began to love the Wizards' rookie.

Here is Clipper Darrell discussing John Wall (via The Washington Post):

Clipper Darrell from Dan Steinberg on Vimeo.


Calipari Mentioned in Yahoo! Sports Article About James

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has written a lengthy, but fascinating piece that takes an inside look at LeBron James' free-agency ordeal.

The article basically has everything you wanted to know and more about the entire LeBron James fiasco.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari receives a mention in the article. Here is an excerpt about Calipari:

After a Yahoo! Sports column detailing the strife within Team LeBron in late June, Carter unwrapped his jealousy and called the New York Times to insist Wesley would have nothing to do with choosing a team. Wesley had unsuccessfully shopped Kentucky coach John Calipari to the Chicago Bulls as a preferred coaching candidate for James, but the Bulls made a run for Izzo and ultimately settled on a less-expensive client of CAA, Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau.

Wesley wanted the commission on Calipari’s pro contract, but no one wanted to hire him. James did have a strong bond with Calipari, but ultimately he was much more interested with the ownership, front office and talent on the floor. James understood that coaches were easily disposable, but the rest had more staying power.

Nevertheless, Wesley reacted with caution over Carter’s public proclamation to back off, and slid further into the background. Still, he stayed in close contact with James through a Nike official, Lynn Merritt, and let Carter cool down from his public tantrum. Carter worried far more about Wesley than Wesley did about Carter. There were such doubts about the kinds of advice that Carter had been giving James, about the staying power of that bond, that Wesley was willing to play it out and see who would still be standing beside LeBron James.

Complete Article (Definitely worth a read)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Dimemag Feels Randolph Morris Thrives on Nepotism feels that nepotism reigns supreme in the NBA Summer League. One of the examples given is former Kentucky big man Randolph Morris.

Nepotism, of course, is favoritism granted to relatives or friends, with no regard to merit.

Here is an excerpt:

Randolph Morris (Hawks) — If Morris wasn’t a buddy of Josh Smith (they played AAU ball together) the Hawks would have cut him loose a long time ago. An effective player at Kentucky, Morris has made no impact in his NBA career with the Knicks and Hawks, and his future in the League is very much in doubt.

Near Triple-Double for Wall and Other Vegas Day 7 Notes

Recap of Day 7 from Las Vegas:

John Wall (Kentucky)

32:28 MIN, 4-19 FG, 0-2 3PT, 13-15 FT, 7 REB, 10 AST, 3 TO, 21 PTS

Summary: Obviously, Wall was off from the field, but how many point guards get to the free throw line 15 times in 32 minutes?

Derrick Caracter (Louisville/UTEP)

29:48 MIN, 3-6 FG, 4-6 FT, 6 REB, 2 AST, 7 PF, 3 TO, 10 PTS

Summary: Another solid effort from Caracter; he has been impressive this summer

Earl Clark (Louisville)

34:53 MIN, 5-16 FG, 4-5 FT, 10 REB, 3 AST, 4 TO, 2 BS, 14 PTS

Summary: Not a good shooting night for Clark, but a decent all-around performance

Randolph Morris (Kentucky)

4:32 MIN, 0-0 FG, 1-2 FT, 3 REB, 1 PT

Summary: To say that Morris is in jeopardy of losing his NBA job is like saying that water is wet

Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky)

35:18 MIN, 3-8 FG, 1-2 3PT, 2-4 FT, 2 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 3 TO, 1 BS, 9 PTS

Summary: Nothing spectacular, but a really good performance from E.B.

O.J. Mayo (Rose Hill)


2012 Star Kyle Anderson Will Visit Kentucky

Kyle Anderson's father has told that his son is being recruited by Kentucky and that they plan to visit Lexington during the fall.

Kyle Sr. told ZagsBlog, “Kentucky, Syracuse, Louisville, North Carolina are all involved.”

Here is an excerpt:

Asked about Kentucky, Kyle Sr. said, “[John] Calipari communicated to me that he wanted us to come down for a visit in August.”

“We’ll get down to Kentucky for a football game in the fall,” he added.

He added that “[Louisville coach Rick] Pitino said he loves him.”

Still, Anderson said “North Carolina and Georgetown are probably my favorite schools because those are my first basketballs.”

Complete Article

Anderson, who now stands just over 6-8, has transitioned from a point guard into a wing. He currently ranks No. 11 overall on the Rivals150 List for 2012. His ballhandling skills allow him to create tremendous matchup problems for opposing teams.

Anderson in action:

Former Wildcat Scott Padgett Announced at Manhattan

Former Kentucky star Scott Padgett has been formally announced as an assistant coach at Manhattan College.

Here is the release from Manhattan:

RIVERDALE, N.Y. - The Manhattan men's basketball program welcomes another new face to its coaching staff for the 2010-11 campaign. Jaspers fifth-year head coach Barry Rohrssen has named eight-year NBA veteran and former University of Kentucky standout Scott Padgett an assistant coach.

"We would like to welcome Scott and his family to the Manhattan College basketball program," Rohrssen said. "Scott has played for some of the best coaches in our profession: Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan, Rick Pitino, Jeff Van Gundy. We feel his experience will help with the development of our post and front court players."

Padgett spent the 2009-10 season at his alma mater on head coach John Calipari's staff. The Wildcats advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, finished with a 35-3 overall record and ranked in the top-5 of both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls, including a #1 ranking on January 25.

"I have always wanted to be a head coach in college, so this is a great first step for me to coach basketball in New York City and learn every aspect of running a program from recruiting, to coaching in practice and the day-to-day operations," explained Padgett. "I am very excited to start the next chapter of my basketball career."

Padgett was a 1st Round draft pick selected 28th overall by the Utah Jazz in 1999 and spent eight years in the league. Padgett recorded 1,142 points in four years with the Jazz, before spending the next two seasons with the Houston Rockets. The Louisville, Ky., native played the 2005-06 season with the New Jersey Nets. Padgett began the 2006-07 season with the Rockets before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, where he finished out his career.

Padgett played at Kentucky from 1995-99. He helped lead the Wildcats to the 1998 NCAA National Championship, where he was named to the NCAA All-Final Four team, as well as the NCAA All-East Regional team and All-SEC during the regular season. In 1997, Padgett helped Kentucky to the NCAA championship game and was named to the All-Final Four team. A true student-athlete, Padgett received All-SEC honors twice for his work on the hardwood, and he was also honored with Academic All-SEC honors in 1998 and 1999 for his success in the classroom. Padgett scored 1,252 points over his career, which ranks 32nd on Kentucky's all-time list.

Slam Online Presents 2011 Star Quincy Miller's Diary

Quincy Miller, a 2011 star that is being recruited heavily by Kentucky and Louisville, is doing an online diary with Slam Online.

Here is an excerpt from his first entry:

Oh, and college? Yeah, I know you’re wondering. I probably got about 10 schools right now, and honestly, it’s still wide open. All my schools are even. I don’t really even have a time table. I’m having a little fun with it, though — sometimes I tweet about the different schools I’m looking at, just to keep people guessing. And you know there’s always that behind-the-scene thing with different guys trying to talk each other into going to the same school. But like I said, it’s wide open. Stay tuned.

What else? I gotta shout out my mom, Aniesha Scott, all my family, and everybody at D-One Sports, Quality Education and Westchester — especially my man Deuce Bello. Oh, and shout out to Kevin Durant, the best player in the League right now! Alright, that’s it for now. They got my diary in the magazine, too, with a little more information about me, so make sure you check that out too. I got a lot going on the rest of this summer, so check back and I’ll let you know how it goes.

In regards to his potential list of schools, Miller posted on Twitter yesterday:

qmillertime UK, BYU, OU, UL, TX, OSU & WF

He later posted:

qmillertime BYU means Baylor University lol

And OSU is:

qmillertime that's Ohio state lol

Rajon Rondo to Host Basketball Tournament at Alcatraz

Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo will be teaming up with Red Bull to host a one-on-one basketball tournament at Alcatraz, the infamous San Franciso prison.

Here is the media release from Red Bull:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - July 15, 2010) - On September 18, basketball superstar Rajon Rondo will be bringing "the rock" to The Rock. The all-star guard will set foot on the infamous island to host the finals of Red Bull King of the Rock, a one-on-one basketball tournament that will culminate with a showdown in The Yard of the former prison. Those wanting to reach the hallowed grounds of Alcatraz must earn their spot through one of six qualifier tournaments that kick off starting July 17 in Los Angeles. After Los Angeles, additional qualifiers will take place in San Diego, Phoenix, Seattle, San Francisco and Oakland. Sixty-four finalists will emerge from these six qualifiers and meet at one of the world's most iconic locations for the final battle. In the end, there can be only one King, so out of the 64 finalists, only one will be crowned "King of the Rock."

As the first official sporting event ever held on Alcatraz, Red Bull King of the Rock will be the first time a basketball has hit the hard concrete of The Rock since the inmates left the island nearly 50 years ago. Rajon Rondo shared his excitement at being involved with the project: "I'm really looking forward to making basketball history with this event. Of all the places you could play a game of basketball, Alcatraz has got to be one of the wildest. It's really going to be exciting to see what goes down on The Rock on September 18." A video clip of Rondo can be seen at

Both the Qualifiers and the Finals on Alcatraz will follow a straightforward concept where players go head-to-head in raw outdoor basketball, using a single-elimination tournament bracket. Games will last five minutes and be subject to regulation hoops rules and scoring (two and three pointers). Players have to be tough to make it to The Rock, but must also play smart -- five fouls equals an automatic loss. After each game, the loser walks, and the winner must remain on the court to immediately face his next opponent. Thus, the more a player wins, the longer he plays. So while pure hoops ability is essential, endurance will also play a major role in overall victory.

Event Schedule:


July 17 - Los Angeles, Westchester Recreation Center
July 24 - San Diego, Embarcadero Marina Park South
July 31 - Phoenix, Grayhawk Park in North Scottsdale
August 7 - Seattle, Seattle Center Courts
August 28 - San Francisco, Panhandle Park Courts in Golden Gate Park
September 11 - Oakland, Mosswood Park


September 18 - San Francisco, The Yard on Alcatraz

Red Bull King of the Rock is open to all ages, amateur and pro alike. Registration will take place on-site for each of the six qualifiers and will take the form of a 64-person bracket competition. Only the first 64 players to register will be accepted into each qualifier, so early arrival is encouraged. Players interested in competing should visit for more information.

Red Bull will be teaming up with 2K Sports, Converse, SLAM and 24 Hour Fitness for this historic event.

Finland Sweeps Portugal, but Heshimu Evans Plays Well

Finland picked up two single-digit victories over Portugal in a recent two-game series but former Kentucky star Heshimu Evans played well for the Portuguese squad.

In the first game, a hard fought 70-67 loss, Evans scored 15 points, dished out 6 assists and pulled down 6 rebounds for Portugal.

In game two, a 70-61 defeat, the former Wildcat led his team with 16 points.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Goodman Says UK Leads for 2011 Star Anthony Davis

Jeff Goodman of says that sources indicate that the Kentucky Wildcats are in the lead for 2011 superstar Anthony Davis.

Here is an excerpt:

1) Anthony Davis, 6-9, 187, PF, Perspectives Charter High (Ill.) – He’s got an 86-inch wingspan and there’s truly not much he can’t do. He’s able to step out and knock down 3’s, he can score in the post, he runs the court extremely well and can impact the game on the defensive end as well with his ability to rebound and block shots. Kentucky, Syracuse and Ohio State are his three finalists and, according to sources, the Wildcats are the leaders at this point.

Complete Article

There is a buzz coming out of the summer that Davis may end the top prospect in the 2011 class and is essentially a lock to be a top 5.


It's Boogie Time, Las Vegas Summer League Day 6 Recap

Here is a recap of day 6 from the Las Vegas Summer League:

Patrick Patterson (Kentucky)

34:21 MIN, 3-7 FG, 0-3 3PT, 10 REB, 4 AST, 3 TO, 2 BS, 6 PTS

Summary: Pretty solid performance from Patterson; I would like to see him score a few more points in the paint, but he's playing solid basketball this summer

Bill Walker (Rose Hill)

20:55 MIN, 1-8 FG, 1-4 3PT, 0-2 FT, 4 REB, 3 TO, 1 BS, 3 PTS

Summary: Not a memorable performance from Walker; he was way off from the field

Earl Clark (Louisville)

27:32 MIN, 6-14 FG, 1-2 FT, 2 REB, 3 TO, 13 PTS

Summary: Clark has been solid all summer; he'll look to make an impact this season

DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky)

34:37 MIN, 9-17 FG, 4-7 FT, 12 REB, 5 AST, 4 STL, 5 TO, 1 BS, 22 PTS

Summary: Cousins led the Kings in scoring, rebounding and assists; he dominated in the paint and hit the game-winning shot; I'd say he had a good night; Boogie is quickly becoming the summer league's star

Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky)

33:00 MIN, 1-6 FG, 2-4 FT, 5 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 7 TO, 4 PTS

Summary: Bad night for Bledsoe; he was off from the field and had 7 turnovers to overshadow only 2 assists

Samardo Samuels (Louisville)

22:29 MIN, 3-7 FG, 0-2 FT, 9 REB, 2 AST, 8 PF, 3 TO, 6 PTS

Summary: Samuels was so-so on the offensive end and pulled down 9 rebounds, but its never good when you have more fouls than points

Randolph Morris (Kentucky)

21:52 MIN, 4-5 FG, 3-4 FT, 2 REB, 4 TO, 11 PTS

Summary: A much improved performance over Morris' first game, but he needs to do more; he is one of the more experienced players in the summer league and needs to show that

A.J. Slaughter (Western Kentucky)

16:16 MIN, 1-4 FG, 0-1 3PT, 2-2 FT, 1 AST, 2 TO, 4 PTS

Summary: Slaughter earned more minutes but wasn't able to capitalize with the type of game he needed

Edgar Sosa (Louisville)

15:49 MIN, 1-4 FG, 1-2 3PT, 3-6 FT, 1 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 2 TO, 6 PTS

Summary: The good news is that Sosa led the team in assists; the bad news is that he only had 2

Patrick Patterson Being Careful With His Money

Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson is being careful with his newly earned NBA paychecks.

Drew Packham reports on the NBA Hang Time Blog that Patterson made a recent trip to a Gucci story and found an item "he just had to have." Rather than immediately buying the item, Patterson made a great decision - he called his financial advisor.

Here is an excerpt of Packham's story:

Patterson explained about a recent trip to a Gucci store in which he had an item he just had to have. But instead of just plopping down the plastic, Patterson made a phone call — to his financial advisor.

“It’s just about being smart,” said Patterson, who reached a deal with the Rockets on Tuesday that is guaranteed to pay him about $3.1 million in the first two seasons with options for the following two seasons.

Complete Article

Wright State Showing Interest in Several Kentucky Kids

Wright State University is currently recruiting several Kentucky kids.

Vinny Zollo, a 6-8 big man from George Rogers Clark High School, has Wright State high on his list. He has also picked up an offer from Miami (Ohio) and has taken an official visit to Butler. Dayton has also been showing interest.

WSU is also recruiting Eastern High School teammates Kameron Woods and Remy Abell. Woods also holds offers from Eastern Kentucky and James Madison.

Video: DeMarcus Cousins Postgame Interview

Here is an interview with DeMarcus Cousins following his game-winning shot against Minnesota, who skipped on Cousins in the NBA Draft and opted to take Wes Johnson:

* Video from nbaeu 's YouTube Channel

Western Kentucky Receives Large Financial Commitment

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Western Kentucky University announced Thursday it has received a $100,000 scholarship commitment from Terry Woodward, the owner and CEO of WaxWorks in Owensboro, Ky. The gift will create the Terry Woodward Endowed Men’s Basketball Scholarship and will provide permanent support for scholarships in generations to come.

“We have a goal to endow all 10 of our men’s basketball scholarships,” WKU’s vice president for Institutional Advancement Tom Hiles said. “This is an important step in that effort. Our endowment goal is ambitious, and when we are successful we will have built a permanent margin of excellence for our outstanding basketball program.”

“Terry’s generosity will have a tremendous impact on our men’s basketball program,” Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Ross Bjork said. “Our constant mission is to support our student-athletes in all of their endeavors, and a contribution of this magnitude to endow a men’s basketball scholarship enables us to continue to enhance the total student-athlete experience. Terry and his company, WaxWorks, is a unique partner to collegiate athletics and the entertainment world through video distribution. In addition to its significance to WKU basketball, this gift also has tremendous meaning to me personally because I have known of WaxWorks and Terry for some time through my previous work experiences. We cannot thank Terry enough for this endeavor.”

“I appreciate the fact that the WKU administration values and supports the basketball program and tradition,” Woodward said. “Their support makes me want to support the program as well. I look forward to seeing this investment pay off on the court and in the classroom.”

WKU Head Basketball Coach Ken McDonald agreed. “The key to our future financial success is through a scholarship endowment that will allow us to recruit the nation’s finest student-athletes to the WKU campus,” McDonald said. “Terry Woodward certainly understands and endorses that concept through this endowment commitment and by modeling the way for others to follow. This commitment only enhances the tradition of excellence for Hilltopper Basketball, and I am so appreciative of Terry’s willingness to be such a huge part of our program.”


Union College Inks Josh Haggard and Chris Evans

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College Men's Basketball program announced today the signing of two guards, Josh Haggard (Lexington, Ky.) and Chris Evans (Mt. Vernon, Ky.) to its roster for the 2010-11 season.

"Chris is another solid addition to the men's basketball program here at Union College," commented Head Men's Basketball Coach Sean Gillespie. "We are pleased Chris chose to attend Union and play basketball for us. He will be a fantastic asset both on and off the court, and will represent our program well. We are looking forward to seeing Chris pursue his desire to play collegiate basketball with the Bulldog family."

Also inking with the Bulldogs, from Blue Grass Christian High School in Lexington, is 6-foot guard Josh Haggard.

While at Blue Grass Christian High, Haggard earned KCAA All-State team honors twice, was a four-time Fourth-Region All Star honoree, and also became a member of the 1,500 point club in his three years of starting on varsity.

In his senior season, Haggard was also recognized with the KCAA Mr. Basketball Award for his accomplishments.

"I am excited about Josh joining the Bulldog basketball program here at Union College," commented Gillespie. "It has been a goal of his to be able to play college basketball and I'm excited we are able give him that opportunity."

Gillespie went n to say,"Josh is going to be a young man that will represent our program in a way that represents who we want to be, here in the basketball program. He is a solid guard that has a lot of upside still in his game."

Source: Union College

DeMarcus Cousins is Taking Over Las Vegas

Former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins is simply dominating the Las Vegas Summer League. He has played three games, collected there double-doubles and three wins.

Last night, Cousins scored two clutch baskets in the final minutes: an 18-foot jumper to put the Kings within a point and a 12-foot baby hook that was the game-winner. says Cousins is creating a major buzz:

I'm having a lot of fun," Cousins said. "It's not even about showing off. I'm just doing what I do and having fun doing it."

Cousins has used
his size, strength and all-around skills to create a buzz felt from the Strip to midtown Sacramento. Although it's just three games in July, many around the league are already believing the Kings have pulled off another coup in the NBA draft.

Kings co-owner Joe Maloof feels he landed the best player in the draft:

"I think (Cousins) is definitely the best player in the draft," Maloof said. "I have all the respect for John Wall, but I think DeMarcus is the best player."

Cousins did land a technical foul last night after enduring continuous rough play and jawing from former Wisconsin big man Greg Stiemsma. ESPN reports that Kings assistant Mario Elie told Cousins: "He's trying to get a job, you already have a job. Forget him."

In the end, the former Wildcat star finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, the game-winning shot and the last laugh.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Former Kentucky Star John Wall Wins an ESPY Award

Former Kentucky star John Wall has won Best Male College Athlete at tonight's ESPN ESPY Awards.

Here is an excerpt from

Former Kentucky All-American point guard John Wall, the 2009-10 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, was selected as the Best Male College Athlete at the 2010 ESPY Awards, announced by ESPN during the ESPYs Countdown show at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

Wall, a native of Raleigh, N.C., was announced as the top male in all of collegiate athletics during the pre-ESPY show on ESPN. ESPN SportsNation hosts Colin Cowherd and Michelle Beadle read the announcement on the red carpet.

Wall won the Best Male College Athlete award in a voting held on Wisconsin hockey standout Blake Geoffrion, Alabama running back Mark Ingram, Ohio State guard Evan Turner and Florida International infielder Garrett Wittels joined Wall as a finalist.

Brandon Knight Wins Prestigious Gatorade Award

Future Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight has been named the Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year.

Here is an excerpt from

Wednesday, Knight was named the Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year at a luncheon in Los Angeles.

Kevin Love and Wes Welker presented him with the award and at the podium, the Pine Crest alum was quick to thank his parents.

"I've been through a lot and my family has always been there for me," said Knight, who was a finalist for the same award a year ago.

Knight, who was also named the Gatorade National Boys' Basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive year' is only the third player to earn the sport's honor in back-to-back seasons, joining the Heat's LeBron James (2002, 2003) and Portland's Greg Oden (2005, 2006).

Red Bull Presents Rajon Rondo 2-on-2 Basketball Tourney

Red Bull has announced a "Rajon Rondo 2-on-2 Basketball Tournament." It is a 32-team tournament held in various cities and the winner takes home the grand prize of $2,000.

The tournament will be played under "Rondo' rules":

- 2 points for a made basket
- 3 points for blocking a dunk or pinning a shot against the backboard
- 3 points for stripping the ball
- 3 points for making a defender fall
- 3 points for dunking on an opponent

Here is a video:

Calipari Watches Chane Behanan at Tennessee Hoopfest

John Calipari was on hand in Franklin this morning to watch Chane Behanan participate in Eddie Ford's Tennessee Hoopfest.

Behanan, who plays at Bowling Green High School, has exploded up the 2011 recruiting rankings this summer. He is now No. 24 on the Rivals150 List and No. 29 on's rankings.

His ever-growing list contains the likes of Kentucky, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Alabama, West Virginia, Texas, Kansas, Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina and more.

Here is a report on Behanan from yesterday:

Chane Behanan (Bowling Green, KY / Bowling Green)

6′7″ 2011 WF – Kentucky Blazers

Behanan was the best prospect in the building. Fresh off a recent MVP performance at the esteemed NBPA Top 100 Camp, Behanan, dominated the play for his Kentucky Blazers U17 squad. He displayed great athleticism, a high motor, versatility as a defender, perimeter skills and just brute strength. He played like a top 10-type talent.

The schools in the mix right now are Louisville, Cincinnatti, Texas, Kansas, OK State, Florida, Ohio State, Seton Hall, Arkansas, Indiana, Marquette, Stanford, Mississippi State, Southern Illinois, WKU, UCONN, UNC, Purdue, UK, UCLA and West Virginia. He made special mention that UK was on him “heavy” of late. At this point, it sounds like Louisville is in good position. He plans on visiting Purdue, UNC, Texas, Indiana and Louisville this fall and said he will make a decision next spring.

Jury Complete for Pitino Extortion Trial Against Karen Sypher

A jury of eight men and eight women has been selected to decide the Rick Pitino extortion case.

Karen Sypher will be on trial and is charged with trying to extort cash, cars and gifts from the Louisville head coach.

Four alternate jurors will be identified and removed at the end of the trial.

The trial is scheduled to start on July 26 in U.S. District Court in Louisville. It is expected to last about two weeks.


Cousins Continues to Impress, Las Vegas Day 5 Recap

DeMarcus Cousins continues to look like a man amongst boys in the Las Vegas Summer League. He followed up an impressive first game performance with another double-double for the Kings.

Here is a recap of day 5:

DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky)

31:23 MIN, 8-20 FG, 3-3 FT, 12 REB, 3 AST, 6 PF, 2 STL, 5 TO, 2 BS, 19 PTS

Summary: Another very good performance for Boogie; He needs to shoot a tad better, but not bad

Derrick Caracter (Louisville/UTEP)

35:47 MIN, 6-9 FG, 2-2 FT, 5 REB, 8 PF, 1 STL, 5 TO, 4 BS, 14 PTS

Summary: Caracter continues to play well; fouls and turnovers are still a concern, but he's showing plenty of positive signs

Carlos Wheeler (Campbellsville)


Summary: Perhaps a bad sign for Wheeler

O.J. Mayo (Rose Hill)

32:05 MIN, 3-10 FG, 0-3 3PT, 5-7 FT, 2 REB, 3 AST, 8 PF, 7 TO, 2 STL, 11 PTS

Summary: This is a bad statline for an established NBA star; 7 turnovers and 8 fouls for Mayo

Patrick Patterson (Kentucky)

29:15 MIN, 6-13 FG, 0-2 3PT, 2-2 FT, 9 REB, 1 TO, 1 BS, 13 PTS

Summary: Another solid outing from the former Wildcat; Houston is trying to get Patterson back on the block

Samardo Samuels (Louisville)

16:05 MIN, 1-2 FG, 6-10 FT, 3 REB, 4 TO, 8 PTS

Summary: Not a bad debut for Samuels off the bench

John Wall Will Skip Tonight's ESPY Awards

According to the Washington Post, John Wall has decided to skip tonight's ESPN ESPY Awards due to scheduling conflicts.

Wall is nominated for Best Male College Athlete and Best Breakthrough Athlete.

The ESPY special will be aired live tonight at 9:00 p.m. on ESPN.

ESPN Says Terrence Jones Supports LeBron James

ESPN's Diamond Leung says that future Kentucky Wildcat Terrence Jones "is somewhat of a pioneer" when it comes to press conferences similar to the media spectacle that was the LeBron James decision.

Leung adds a post from Jones on Twitter:

Shoutout to lebron for making the decision he wanted and not caring about what the haters would say

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Terrence Jones, Kentucky's incoming freshman sensation, is somewhat of a pioneer when it comes to these kinds of press conferences -- if only in the sense that in front of a packed gym and thousands of Internet viewers he put on a Washington ballcap and ultimately signed with another school. (Even Cleveland wasn't put through anything like that.)

Given that Jones like James made the pressure-packed and controversial decision to leave home in order to join a team of blue-chip players, it should not be surprising then that Jones expressed in a recent tweet that he wholeheartedly supported James.

Shoutout to lebron for making the decision he wanted and not caring about what the haters would say

The parallels in the two situations don't appear to be lost on Jones, but he deftly doesn't specifically mention himself in the tweet. And maybe it's for the best. James received stinging criticism for The Decision, and Jones got his fair share as well during the process.

Complete Article

Derek Forest Goes 1-On-1 with Landon Slone

WYMT's Derek Forest goes 1-on-1 with new Pikeville College guard Landon Slone, who transferred to Coach Kelly Wells' program from the University of Kentucky:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Michael Gilchrist is Selling the Kentucky Program

Future Wildcat Michael Gilchrist is ready to start recruiting Anthony Davis Jr. to the Kentucky Wildcats:

Michael Gilchrist didn’t know Kentucky was recruiting 6-10 forward Anthony Davis until he learned it from reporters Tuesday morning.

Now that he knows, Gilchrist joked that he’s ready to help recruit Davis to the Wildcats.

“Oh, for real,” Gilchrist said after scoring 26 points and grabbing 9 rebounds in Team Final’s 60-54 victory over Mean Streets at the Peach Jam. “I didn’t know. I gotta get on him, huh?

“ASAP, huh?”

Complete Article

UK No. 5, Murray State No. 47 in Preseason Hoops Poll has released preseason top 50 rankings for 2010-11.

The site ranks Kentucky No. 5 and Murray State No. 47 in the nation.

Here is an excerpt on each:

5 Kentucky Welcome a ridiculously loaded class that includes 5 guys ranked in the Top 33 of the country according to

47 Murray St On the verge of becoming the Butler of the OVC?

Top 10:

1. Purdue
2. Duke
3. Michigan State
4. Kansas State
5. Kentucky
6. Pittsburgh
7. Villanova
8. Butler
9. Kansas
10. Syracuse

Complete Article

Former CU Star Carlos Wheeler Invited to NBA Summer League

Former Campbellsville star Carlos Wheeler is competing in the NBA summer league for the New Orleans Hornets.

Excerpt of article from Campbellsville University:

Wheeler has spent the past two seasons with the Utah Flash after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NBA Development League Draft. He played mostly as a reserve his first season but turned into a starter for the Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz's minor league team this past season, averaging 12.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, all while shooting 51 percent from the floor with 10 double-doubles.

Those numbers helped the New Orleans native catch the eye of Brian Hagen, director of scouting for the Hornets.

"He's a solid small forward/power forward who has had some excellent years in the D-League. We've had our eye on him there," Hagen said in a release. "He has been here in New Orleans recently, spending some time working out. We think he'll be a good fit."

Joining Wheeler on the New Orleans roster this summer are Hornets veterans Darren Collison (UCLA) and Marcus Thornton (LSU). Wheeler, 32, is the oldest player on the roster, which consists mainly of non-drafted free agents fresh out of college.

While at CU, the 6-foot-8 Wheeler helped lead the Tigers to a 19-14 record, while shooting 60 percent from the field and averaging 20.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. He was named a 2002 First Team All-Conference selection in Mid-South Conference and a NAIA All-America Honorable Mention.

Following his one season with Campbellsville, Wheeler began his professional career in Egypt, where he helped win the league championship. He has sense played in Israel and the Dominican Republic twice, the Philippines, Sweden, Italy, Uruguay and Argentina. Prior to his two-year stint in Utah, he'd only played two pro seasons in the United States for the Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs of the USBL early in his pro career and playing with the Houston Undertakers of the ABA a few years back.

While he was in Sweden, playing with Plannja Basket, he helped lead the team to the Swedish League championship in 2006, while averaging 20.5 points per game. That season led to a few YouTube videos by fans, including a full highlight reel and a clip of a windmill dunk.

Complete Article

Patrick Patterson, Rockets Reach Contract Agreement

Former Kentucky Wildcat Patrick Patterson and the Houston Rockets have came to an agreement on a contract.

Here is an excerpt from

Patterson's agent, Odell McCants, said the deal is a standard rookie contract, with the first two years guaranteed and two one-year options. McCants said Patterson planned to sign the contract after the Rockets' summer league game in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.

The Rockets chose the 6-foot-9, 236-pound forward from Kentucky with the 14th pick overall in the draft. Patterson scored 18 points in the Rockets' summer-league opener in Las Vegas on Friday.

No Summer League "Love" for Terrence Williams

Former Louisville star Terrence Williams is taken out by some big guy named Love:

That foul was apparently payback for this facial:

DeMarcus Cousins is a Beast and Other Las Vegas Notes

Yesterday was an intriguing day in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins made his summer league debut and proved once again that he is nothing short of a beast in the paint.

John Wall and Eric Bledsoe went head-to-head in a much anticipated battled.

A handful of other players with state ties were also in action.

Here is a recap:

DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky)

26:02 MIN, 5-11 FG, 4-6 FT, 10 REB, 1 AST, 5 TO, 14 PTS

Summary: Great first game for Big Cuz; he was active and impressive

John Wall (Kentucky)

27:34 MIN, 5-12 FG, 0-2 3PT, 8-8 FT, 1 REB, 10 AST, 5 STL, 8 TO, 18 PTS

Summary: Wall continues to prove that he is the man; he needs to limit turnovers, but he is going to be a superstar

Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky)

33:05 MIN; 6-15 FG, 5-8 FT, 6 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 10 TO, 17 PTS

Summary: Not the double-double Bledsoe was looking for, but he looked pretty good playing the point; like Wall, he'll need to limit turnovers

A.J. Slaughter (Western Kentucky)

7:33 MIN, 3-3 FG, 1-1 3PT, 3-5 FT, 1 REB, 1 AST, 10

Summary: Slaughter did exactly what he needed to do - he impressed in limited minutes; will he be rewarded in the next game?

Edgar Sosa (Louisville)

18:12 MIN, 2-6 FG, 1-2 3PT, 1-2 FT, 1 REB, 2 AST, 2 TO, 1 STL, 6 PTS

Summary: Not a bad night for Sosa, but he needs to stand out a bit more

Randolph Morris (Kentucky)

14:11 MIN, 0-4 FG, 2-2 FT, 1 REB, 2 TO, 1 BS, 2

Summary: The Randolph Morris experiment is coming to an abrupt halt if he doesn't pick it up a few notches.

Earl Clark (Louisville)

31:10 MIN, 6-12 FG, 6-7 FT, 5 REB, 4 AST, 6 TO, 1 BS, 18 PTS

Summary: Nice all-around game for Clark; he seems to be improving each time out

Derrick Caracter (Louisville/UTEP)

29:53 MIN, 7-13 FG, 2-3 FT, 10 REB, 8 PF, 8 TO, 16 PTS

Summary: It was the good, the bad and the ugly for Caracter; the good...16 points and 10 rebounds; the bad...8 turnovers; the ugly...8 personal fouls.

Bill Walker (Rose Hill)

25:38 MIN, 5-11 FG, 4-4 T, 2 REB, 1 AST, 1 TO, 14 PTS

Summary: Walker has scored 14 in both summer league games; he's looking to land a roster spot

O.J. Mayo (Rose Hill)

33:39 MIN, 8-13 FG, 0-1 3PT, 4-4 FT, 2 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 8 TO, 20

Summary: Mayo looks like the star he is; way too many turnovers, however

Randolph Morris Struggles in First Summer League Game

Former Kentucky big man Randolph Morris, a veteran playing in the NBA summer league with hopes of landing a roster spot, did not play well in his first summer game.

The ex-Wildcat started but could only manage about 14 minutes of playing time due to foul trouble and ineffectiveness.

Morris finished with 2 points on 0-4 shooting, 1 rebound, 4 fouls and 2 turnovers.

Here are some thoughts from on Morris' play:

I’ll put this bluntly – Randolph Morris looked like an undrafted prospect who was hoping to catch on and get sent to somebody’s D-League affiliate. From getting called for a charge, to hacking at some little-known prospect, he couldn’t stay on the court long enough to show much of anything other than the ability to get a rebound or two. I don’t know what this guy’s deal is. He has skills, to some extent. Unfortunately, the ability to collect mindless fouls is the foremost “skill” he has.

My Thoughts: I always like to see former Cats succeed, but Morris is in a world of trouble if he doesn't pick it up a notch. Hopefully, he will rebound and play up to his potential the rest of the week.

Video: Cumberlands Head Coach Don Butcher Mic'D Up

Here is a excellent video of Cumberlands head coach Don Butcher as he is "mic'd" up during a game:

John Wall Bests Eric Bledsoe, Goes for Double-Double

Former Kentucky stars John Wall and Eric Bledsoe went head-to-head in the Las Vegas Summer League's late game last night.

Wall's Wizards bested Bledsoe and the Clippers, but both former Cats looked tremendous.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari posted on Facebook that he was proud to watch his two guards and said it reminded him of many battles at the Craft Center.

Here is an excerpt on Wall's play from The Washington Post:

Wall's second summer league game had its share of bumpy moments, but despite another bout of turnoveritis, the No. 1 overall pick gave yet another capacity crowd its money's worth. Wall had his first double-double with 18 points and 10 assists, besting his buddy Bledsoe, displaying some toughness and turning doubters into believers -- despite committing eight turnovers for the second game in row.

"Too many turnovers. I don't really care about the points. I care about taking care of the ball. You have to be able to take care of the ball or you'll get blown out," Wall said. "I just have to keep working on it and getting better at it."

Wall had been looking forward to facing Bledsoe in summer league ever since both players got drafted, and the two shared some playful trash talk in the days leading up to the game. On the first play of the game, Wall drove directly at Bledsoe and hit a short floater over him. But as Wall ran back on the floor grinning, Bledsoe went right back at Wall, going around him and making a reverse layup. Kentucky assistant coach and former NBA guard Tony Delk, who led the Wildcats to the 1996 NCAA championship, gave an approving nod and said, "Oh yeah, they gon' battle."

Complete Article

Video: Flashing Back to NAIA Record-Setting Night in Pikeville

Here is a video flashback to Georgetown vs. Pikeville in an NAIA battle at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center. On this night, Pikeville set an NAIA single-game attendance record with 3,558:

Monday, July 12, 2010

Video: Morehead State's 2009-10 Season in Highlights

Here is an excellent Morehead State Eagles highlight video put together by my good friend MacKenzie Bates over at WYMT:

Morehead State Hall of Famer Carl Howerton Passes Away

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind.-- Former Morehead State football and basketball standout Carl "Corky" Howerton passed away Monday. A member of the Eagle Athletic Hall of Fame, Howerton was 89.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Scott Funeral Home North Chapel, 2515 Veterans Parkway, in Jeffersonville. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the same location. Burial will follow at Cave Hill Cemetery, 701 Baxter Avenue, in Louisville.

Howerton is one of just nine Hall of Fame members to be inducted as a multiple-sport honoree. Inducted in 1989, he played both football and basketball from 1940 to 1943 and his athletic highlights included a 90-yard touchdown run.

An excerpt of his obituary, courtesy of Scott Funeral Home, follows:

"Howerton was born on October 27, 1921 in Carter County, KY. He grew up in Olive Hill, KY, where he became known as ""Corky."" Family and friends remember his wit, charm and entertaining stories about life in Eastern Kentucky. As a student in Olive Hill and at Morehead College - now Morehead State University - Howerton was a star athlete. Howerton graduated in the spring of 1943 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps to serve during World War II. He completed officer training as a lieutenant and served in Tinian, Saipan and Okinawa during the war. He occupied Nagasaki after the war. Following his service, Howerton attended the University of Louisville Dental School. He graduated in 1951. That same year, he married Maxine Ann Munich of Clarksville, Ind., moved to Jeffersonville and opened his own practice. He retired in 1985. Howerton was a disabled veteran, a lifelong member of the Jeffersonville Elks Country Club and an avid golfer. He scored two holes in one. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie Wallace Howerton, Sr. and Goldie Alice Howerton; and his sister, Christine Adams. Survivors include his brother, Lonnie Wallace Howerton, Jr., and his wife, Phyllis of Louisville; his wife, Maxine Ann Howerton; his daughter, Deborah Christie of Scottsburg, IN; his son, Gary Howerton and his wife, Dianne of Bowling Green, KY; his son, John Howerton of Scottsdale, AZ; his son, Daniel Howerton and his wife, Lynn of Jeffersonville; his grandchildren, Lauren and Tracey Howerton, both of Boulder, CO, and Christina and Steven Howerton, both of Jeffersonville; and five nieces and nephews. "


Coroner Confirms: Turpin's Death was a Suicide

The Fayette County Coroner has confirmed that former UK star Melvin Turpin died as a result of suicide.

Here is an excerpt from the Lexington Herald Leader:

Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn said on Monday evidence made it apparent that Turpin took his own life.

Ginn said the coroner's office and the Lexington Division of Police both investigated the death.

"We've both come up with conclusive evidence that this was a suicide," he said.

Friends and family had raised questions about whether Turpin's death was a suicide, saying he was happy and he did not seem to be having financial trouble. Turpin's wife, Kerry, recently had a stroke. A spokeswoman for Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital verified Kerry Turpin was a stroke patient at the facility but declined to comment on her condition.

Complete Article Names Top 10 Players to Watch in Vegas names the top 10 players to watch in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Former Kentucky stars John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe come in at 2, 5 and 9 on the list, respectively.

Former Rose Hill star O.J. Mayo comes in at 3 and former Louisville big man Derrick Caracter makes the top 10 at No. 8.

Here is an excerpt about each player:

9. Eric Bledsoe (Clippers)
Bledsoe played lead guard in high school, but then spent a year off the ball at Kentucky. Can he make a good impression on the Clippers or will he and Willie Warren end up being combo guards that needed to stay in college?

8. Derrick Caracter (Lakers)
58th overall pick? Wow, we all know the kid has Lottery pick talent, but obviously problems with maturity continue to linger. Also, Caracter has battled weight issues, but looked good as a senior at UTEP. Does Caracter continue the progress or continue to disappoint?

5. DeMarcus Cousins (Kings)
No question that Cousins has the talent to be next year’s NBA Rookie of the Year, but like Caracter, there are questions about the big man’s maturity and ability to stay in shape. Not going to lie, if Cousins has his head on straight, him and Tyreke could terrorize opposing teams.

3. O.J. Mayo (Grizzlies)
First thing I thought of when I saw Mayo’s name on the roster was, why? Well, apparently Mayo wants to polish and perfect his skills at the point guard spot. Last month, Mayo told the Memphis Commercial Appeal that, “I’m probably horrible right now mainly because I haven’t played with the ball in three years…but I think through repetition I can be good.”

2. John Wall (Wizards)
Cox Pavilion will be packed on Sunday afternoon just to get a glimpse of John Wall. No question that he is the future.

Daniel Orton Named a "Dud" for Summer League Performance has named some "studs and duds" at the Orlando Pro Summer League and not surprisingly, former UK big man Daniel Orton finds himself on the duds list.

Former Louisville Cardinal Terrence Williams is labelled a stud for his performance.

Here are some excerpts:


- Terrence Williams, New Jersey: It's debatable whether Williams needed to be in Orlando. His skill level clearly was a notch above the field. The question is whether he can put it all together for the Nets during the regular season.

- Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia
- Luke Harangody, Boston
- Magnum Rolle, Indiana
- Derrick Brown, Charlotte


- Daniel Orton, Orlando: Orton averaged just 3.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.4 turnovers. He shot just 4-for-27 from the field and admittedly was out of shape.

- Evan Turner, Philadelphia
- Darius Miles, Charlotte
- Robert Vaden, Oklahoma City
- Marreese Speights, Philadelphia

Former Wildcat Rajon Rondo Added to Team USA Roster

Former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo has been added to the Team USA tryout roster for the 2010 World Championships.

Rondo had previously been left off the roster due to a family commitment, but his summer plans have changed.

He will join 21 others who are fighting for a roster spot during the team's July 20-24 training camp in Las Vegas.

The roster will be trimmed to 12 by Aug. 26 for the start of the event in Turkey.

Source: AOL Fanhouse

Related news: Here is Nike's new Rondo-Nike-Hyperfuse-2 shoe:

Video: A Look at Ex-Wildcat John Wall Off the Court

Here is a tremendous look at former Kentucky point guard John Wall off the court:

* Video from nbaeu 's YouTube Channel

Allen Edwards is Excited About Returning to Kentucky

I had the opportunity to chat with new Western Kentucky assistant coach Allen Edwards last night about his new job and how he feels about returning to the Bluegrass State.

Edwards, a Miami native, came to the University of Kentucky in the 1994-95 recruiting class. During his Wildcat career, he collected two national championship rings and participated in three Final Fours.

After playing some professional basketball, Edwards transitioned into college coaching. He has spent time on the staffs at Morehead State, Virginia Commonwealth and Towson.

Now, he returns to Kentucky as an assistant coach at WKU.

Here is a chat with the latest Hilltopper, Allen Edwards:

Allen, I could sense when I talked to you last week that you were happy about returning to Kentucky. How are you feeling about a return to the Commonwealth?

It’s a great feeling. I just have an overwhelming excitement about coming back to the state and the opportunity that I have at a tremendous program like Western Kentucky.

Western Kentucky is technically, probably still considered a mid-major program even though they have experienced tremendous success on a national level. Tell me your thoughts on the WKU basketball program.

If you are in the basketball realm, you know what type of program WKU is. They are a team that could easily go on a run like Butler did last season. It’s not impossible at all for the Hilltopper program to do the same thing. I feel WKU is just one NCAA Tourney away from removing the mid-major label for good.

What will be your role on the Western staff?

I’ll be the assistant coach, but after speaking to Coach McDonald, I think I will have a hand in many different things. As a staff, we’ll all get out and recruit, we’ll all coach and we’ll all scout. Much like we try to teach the players, the coaching staff will be a team effort where everyone will help each other.

You had a job at Towson when you pursued the WKU job. What would you say led you to seek out the Hilltopper job?

It is just a great opportunity for me at this time in my career. Knowing the program like I do, it was just too good to let pass by. I really want to be a part of the tradition at Western. They’ve had guys like Coach Haskins, Coach Willard, Coach Horn and now Coach McDonald. It is a standard of excellence that I wanted to be involved with.

Coach Kennedy and Towson were great to me, but this opportunity presented itself and I had to go for it.

How have you been received by folks here in Kentucky since you’ve returned?

It’s been well wishes from everyone. I’ve been stopped publicly several times and congratulated on getting the job.

I think they know that I’m the same person that they saw compete on the floor for UK and I’ll bring that same attitude with me to Bowling Green.

Allen, anything else you’d like to add for the readers?

Just that I can’t express enough the excitement I have for my opportunity and for coming back to Kentucky. I’m overly excited.

I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me tonight and best wishes with the new job. I’ll be looking forward to watching the Hilltoppers in action this season.

Thank you for the opportunity.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

John Wall Shows Great Promise in NBA Debut

Former Kentucky star John Wall showed proof that he is a star waiting to happen at the next level in his NBA summer league debut.

Patrick Patterson struggled offensively in tonight's action.

Day 3 recap:

John Wall (Kentucky)

33:21 MIN, 7-15 FG, 0-1 3PT, 10-11 FT, 2 REB, 8 AST, 2 STL, 8 TO, 1 BS, 21 PTS

Summary: Wall looked exactly like a top draft pick should look; he needs to limit bad decisions and turnovers but he has star written all over him.

Patrick Patterson (Kentucky)

32:22 MIN, 0-5 FG, 0-1 3PT, 2-2 FT, 7 REB, 2 STL, 2 TO, 1 BS, 2 PTS

Summary: Patterson simply could not get it going from the field in this one; he looked good on the defensive end but couldn't find his offense.

Carlos Wheeler (Campbellsville)

6:50 MIN, 2-2 FG, 1-4 FT, 1 REB, 5 PTS

Summary: Not a bad line for Wheeler in limited minutes

Former Louisville Player Robbie Valentine Arrested for DUI reports tonight that former Louisville player Robbie Valentine has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

Here is an excerpt:

Robbie Valentine, a member of the Louisville Cardinals’ 1986 NCAA Championship Team and a member of the University of Louisville Athletic Hall of Fame (inducted in 2000 via a special classification recognizing those whose community service is exceptional) has been arrested for driving under the influence in New Albany, Indiana.

State Police said Valentine was stopped for a traffic violation (running a red light) near State and Market streets shortly before 1 a.m this morning, failed a field sobriety test and was arrested on a DUI. He is currently the Vice President of the Greater Clark County School Board.

Complete Article

Visitation and Arrangements Set for Melvin Turpin

There will be a visitation for former Wildcat Melvin Turpin on Monday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home on Harrodsburg Road in Lexington.

The visitation will last from 3:00-7:00 p.m.

Turpin was found dead in his Lexington home Thursday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 49 years old.

A private service will be held for the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 1504 College Way, Lexington, KY 40502.

USA U17 Blitzes Poland to Capture Gold Medals

The USA U17 team saved its best game for last as the Americans completed an undefeated tournament with a 111-80 gold medal game win over Poland (7-1).

The United States (8-0) were led by James McAdoo with 20 points and Brad Beal with 19. Future Kentucky Wildcat Michael Gilchrist added 16 points. UK recruit Tony Wroten added 13 points off the USA bench.

Another future Wildcat, Marquis Teague, tossed in 8 points and 8 assists.

Kentucky recruit Quinn Cook dished out a game high 11 assists.

In Sunday’s other finals, Canada rallied back for an 83-81 victory over Lithuania (5-3) in te bronze medal contest; Serbia (4-4) bested Australia (4-4) 74-64 to captured 5th place; and China (4-4) nipped host Germany (3-5) 65- 64 to claim 7th place.


Video: John Wall's First Summer League Practice

Here is some footage of John Wall's first Washington summer league practice:

* Video from WizardsExtreme 's YouTube channel

John Wall Talks to Media After Washington Practice

Former Wildcat John Wall talks with the media in Washington following yesterday's practice:

* Video from WizardsExtreme 's YouTube Channel...

DeMarcus Cousins Shows Kings Leadership, Superb Play

Former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins is showing the Sacramento Kings more than they expected at this early stage of his NBA career.

He is showing the ability in practice that warranted his selection as a top 5 pick in the NBA Draft.
In addition, he is showing some unexpected leadership. talked to Kings summer league coach Mario Elie:

But Elie also pointed out something Cousins hasn't been given much credit for displaying: leadership.

Cousins, the Kings' first-round draft pick, was dogged for being immature before the NBA draft. But as he did when he worked out for the Kings before last month's draft, Cousins continues to show there's more to him that you might not know.

"(Cousins) was really vocal out there," Elie said. "He was encouraging his team to play harder. A lot of stuff you hear about him, and when you're around him, it's not the same guy." states that DeMarcus Cousins is not playing around:

He owned the paint during the five-on-five drills and scrimmages. A lot of great rebounders do their work with positioning and hands. Guys like Kevin Love, Jon Brockman and even Carlos Boozer move laterally and fight for rebounds which essentially become loose balls once they fall below the rim. Cousins can do that, and came up with plenty of rebounds in what were effectively scrums, especially during a five-on-five drill in which a coach fired up an errant shot and the 10 players fought for possession.

But he can also sky for rebounds few other NBA big men can get.

The dude's size is remarkable -- he takes up so much space in the paint. And when he gets off his feet quickly, he can get some Dwight Howard rebounds. No, he isn't dunking on a 12-foot rim. And he's not getting to the ball first every time it's ripe for the picking up high. But a few of the skying rebounds where breathtaking in that the Kings haven't had someone to get those rebounds in a decade.

Boogie is off to an excellent start and will take the summer league court in Las Vegas this week. The Kings first summer game will be Monday night at 6:00 p.m. against Detroit.

Las Vegas Summer League, Day 2 Recap

Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson did not play as well as he did in his first summer league game, but he was not bad by any means.

Derrick Caracter continued to be the Vegas surprise through the first two days.

Patrick Patterson (Kentucky)

24:59 MIN, 3-11 FG, 0-3 3PT, 8 REB, 1 AST, 6 PTS

Summary: Patterson cooled off a bit in his second game, but did not play terribly; he'll look for better shooting today

Edgar Sosa (Louisville)

15:54 MIN, 3-6 FG, 2 REB, 5 AST, 1 TO, 6 PTS

Summary: Sosa played better on day 2; he had an excellent assist-to-turnover ratio and showed some potential in transition

A.J. Slaughter (Western Kentucky)

6:00 MIN, 0-2 FG, 0-1 3PT, 1 AST, 0 PTS

Summary: Slaughter will need more minutes to prove himself

Derrick Caracter (Louisville/UTEP)

36:06 MIN, 7-12 FG, 3-7 FT, 12 REB, 4 AST, 6 TO, 17 PTS

Summary: For the second consecutive day, Caracter played impressively; he'd like to cut down on turnovers, but he has been looking fantastic early

Earl Clark (Louisville)

21:33 MIN, 5-14 FG, 0-1 3PT, 5-10 FT, 5 REB, 2 STL, 3 TO, 15 PTS

Summary: He was not spectacular, but another solid effort from Clark.

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