Saturday, August 14, 2010

Rajon Rondo Plays Well in Romp Over China


Former UK point guard Rajon Rondo and Team USA dominated the Chinese national team in a closed scrimmage at Madison Square Garden earlier today.

The score was reset after each quarter, but in total, the United States outscored China 98-51.

Here is an excerpt from John Schuhmann of NBA Hang Time Blog:

The score was reset after each quarter, but in total, the U.S. won 98-51. China, however, did win the fourth quarter 17-16.
Danny Granger led all scorers with 22 points on 9-for-12 shooting (3-for-4 from 3-point range). Rudy Gay had seven rebounds and Rajon Rondo had seven assists.


In an interview at MSG, Rondo told Boston.com that he will have no problems playing with new Celtic Shaquille O'Neal:

"Shaq's not a perimeter shooter and neither is (Kendrick Perkins)," he said Saturday from Madison Square Garden. "They're both great finishers around the rim, very efficient, shoot a high field-goal percentage. A lot of people are saying Shaq is going to clog up the paint but Perk didn't clog up the paint. They are two different players but at the end of the day we've got Paul (Pierce), Ray (Allen) and Kevin (Garnett) on the perimeter to spread the defense. There's only so much you can do as far as clogging up the paint."

Davis Loves Calipari, Excited About Future UK Teammates


In an article by Paul Biancardi of ESPN.com, Anthony Davis cites Coach Calipari as a major reason why he committed to Kentucky:

"Coach Calipari is easy to talk to and he listens to what you are saying," said Davis, who's parents had some academic questions answered by Kentucky President Dr. Lee T. Todd, Jr. on his visit before he would commit. "[Calipari] will be a father figure to me away from home. He's a demanding coach that will not tell me what I want to hear, but what I need to hear to improve."

He also is looking forward to playing with Michael Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, two other top 10 players who have already gave their commitments to UK:

"It will be nice [playing with Gilchrist and Teague]," said Davis. "They are very talented and unselfish players, who are about winning, like me."

Teague and Gilchrist share similar feelings.

"I am excited to play with Anthony Davis. He is long, athletic and talented," said Gilchrist. "[Davis, Teague and I] are all so different, we have talent and we will have good chemistry."

Teague added, "Our goal is to win a championship."

Yesterday, Davis added his name to what will surely be the top recruiting class in 2011, if not all time.

Calipari and Wildcats are Washing Feet Today


Kentucky head coach John Calipari just posted this picture of Darius Miller washing feet in Detroit on Facebook.

He added the message:

John Calipari We r in Detroit w/Samaritans Feet and I'm so proud of all our guys. They r putting smiles on the faces of all the youngsters. Here, Darius Millet, gets a child ready to receive brand new socks and shoes. This is what UK Basketball is all about!! Be proud of our team, BBN.

My Thoughts: I am very proud of Coach Cal and the Cats today...great job!

The John Wall "Touchdown" Dance by the Redskins



The John Wall Dance pops up again...this time as an NFL touchdown celebration


Friday, August 13, 2010

John Wall Dance Will Make Video Game Debut on 2k11

The John Wall Dance will make its video game debut on NBA 2K11 by 2K Sports:





Here is an official 2K11 preview:

Anthony Davis Commits to Kentucky


Evan Daniels of Scout.com has just reported the news that Anthony Davis has committed to the University of Kentucky.

Here is Daniels post on Twitter:

EvanDanielscout Anthony Davis Sr just confirmed that his son Anthony Davis has committed to Kentucky.

Davis is a 6-10 power forward that currently ranks No. 8 overall on the Rivals150 List for 2011. He is expected to climb up the rankings when they are updated.

The Wildcats now have 2011 commitments from three of the top 10 players in the class.

Davis in action:



Calipari Confirms That Enes Kanter Will Not Go To Canada


Kentucky head coach John Calipari confirmed on Friday that freshman Enes Kanter will not be making the trip to Canada for UK's three exhibition games.

Kanter's college eligibility is still in question as the NCAA looks into his amateur background and his association with a professional team in his native country of Turkey.

Calipari also confirmed that Darnell Dodson will not be with the team in Canada. The UK coach added that he has not spoken to Dodson, which calls his future at UK into question.

Here is some information for UK fans from UKAthletics.com:

The Wildcats will tip off the trip on Aug. 15 against the University of Windsor at 7 p.m. ET, followed by a 7 p.m. ET matchup against the Western Mustangs on Aug. 16. UK will close with an 11 a.m. ET rematch against Windsor on Aug. 17, with all three games being played at the St. Denis Centre in Windsor. Monday's game was moved back one hour to 7 p.m. ET for broadcast purposes.

Sunday's game is sold out and only a few tickets remain for Monday and Tuesday's contests. Advance tickets can be purchased by phone at 519.253.3000 ext. 2447 by Friday, August 13 at 4:30 p.m. ET. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and youth, and $5 for children (12 and under). All seating is general admission.

UK fans without tickets to the games in Canada have a variety of broadcast options for keeping up with Kentucky's three-game, three-day exhibition series in Windsor. The Big Blue Sports Network will televise the games live on FOX Sports South and FOX Sports Ohio; WTVW-TV in Evansville, Ind.; WYMT-TV in Hazard; WSAZ-My Z in Huntington, W.Va.; WKAG-TV in Hopkinsville; WKYT-TV in Lexington; WMYO-TV in Louisville and WDKA-TV in Paducah/Cape Girardeau.

The games can be heard on radio in Lexington on WLAP-AM (630) and in Louisville on WHAS-AM (840).The Big Blue Sports Radio Network will also carry all three games; check for the affiliate in your area.

Fans can also view the games on the University of Kentucky website, www.UKathletics.com. The direct links for all three games are below:

Sunday, Aug. 15: http://www.ukathletics.com/allaccess/index.html?media=184868
Monday, Aug. 16: http://www.ukathletics.com/allaccess/index.html?media=184867
Tuesday, Aug. 17: http://www.ukathletics.com/allaccess/index.html?media=184866

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UK Freshman Brandon Knight Has an Admirable Work Ethic


Kentucky freshman Brandon Knight has a work ethic, on- and off-the-court, that demands admiration. Steve Megargee of Rivals.com profiles Knight today and talks about his work ethic, his basketball skill set and the sense of values he received from his parents.

Here is an excerpt:

"My parents always instilled that in me ? just by doing it themselves," Knight said. "You see someone else do it, and it kind of rubs off on you. That's the way my parents lived -- working hard at all aspects of life, no matter what it is."

Even as their son developed into one of the top prospects nationally, Knight's parents made sure their son valued academics over athletics. They wouldn't allow Knight's rising profile as a basketball recruit to cause his performance in the classroom to slide.

Knight had to stay grounded -- or else he might get grounded.

"Anytime we saw him slipping in school, basketball was out," his mother said. "We didn't care that he was the No. 1 player in the country. If his grades weren't what they were supposed to be, there'd be no more basketball."

How often did Knight's parents have to administer that punishment?

"Never," Turgenia Knight said. "He always did what was expected of him."


Complete Article

My thoughts: Knight sounds like a kid that UK fans will fall in love with. I have received several reports from practice and pickup games that say Knight has stood out on the court this summer, as well.

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Cousins, Wall are NBA Rookies with a Chance to Shine


NBA.com lists former UK stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins as two of the top 10 rookies with a chance to shine this season.

Here is an excerpt on each:

2. DeMarcus Cousins, Kings. Could the Kings go two-for-two in Rookie of the Year winners? It's quite possible, because Tyreke Evans, as a point guard, will actually help Cousins' case for the award. The big man brings soft hands to catch passes from Evans, and the rebounding attitude the Kings need. Plus, he knows his way around the rim with the ball. If he's on a mission to shatter all those pre-draft perceptions of him being a big baby, then Cousins will enjoy a relatively-smooth rookie season, and perhaps a smashing one as well.

4. John Wall, Wizards. When showmanship meets skills, it's an irresistible combination, a blend that creates stars. As incoming point guards go, Wall might be the most entertaining since Jason Kidd. He has a variety of stutter-step moves and passes and could be the rare player who sells tickets just by himself. However, much like Kidd, Wall lacks a polished jumper, which was exposed during summer league when he shot a shaky 37 percent. That may hold him back when it comes time for the Rookie of the Year vote, along with the potential for errors that victimize all rookie point guards.

The 10 rookies with a chance to shine:

1. Blake Griffin
2. DeMarcus Cousins
3. Derrick Favors
4. John Wall
5. Gordon Hayward
6. Wesley Johnson
7. Evan Turner
8. Greg Monroe
9. Cole Aldrich
10. Ed Davis


Photo Source: UKAthletics.com

Happy Birthday DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins!


Everyone join me in wishing former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins a Happy Birthday today!

Here are some birthday wishes from Coach Cal (via Twitter):

UKCoachCalipari Happy Birthday to @boogiecousins. Let's show him how much we miss him Big Blue Nation & get him some more followers as a birthday present!

Pikeville College Adds JUCO Transfer Carlos Woodard


Pikeville College head coach Kelly Wells has polished off a brilliant 2010 recruiting class with Carlos Woodard, a 6-6 transfer from Volunteer State Community College.

The Nashville native attended East Robertson High School and will enter Pikeville College as a senior.

He averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds last season at Volunteer State.

Coach Wells on Carlos Woodard: “We are very excited to add Carlos to the Bear Family. Carlos brings interior toughness and size that will complement our team. He is a mature student-athlete with great direction and demeanor. We look for Carlos to compete for significant playing time the day he steps foot on campus. He has tremendous rebounding skill, excellent athleticism, great body, warrior attitude, and very coachable. Carlos had a great junior college experience at Vol State and put up a double-double avg. in a very good league. We feel very fortunate to add a player of Carlos’ person and ability this late in the recruiting period!”

Woodard in action:



The 2010-11 Louisville Cardinals Basketball Uniforms



Thursday, August 12, 2010

Calipari and Wildcats will Wash Feet in Detroit


John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats who are making the trip to Canada will stop in Detroit on the way to do a great deed of service.

The Wildcats will partner with Samaritan's Feet and the Boll Family YMCA to wash the feet of students from the newly established Detroit Leadership Academy.

Here is more on the tremendous efforts of Calipari and the Cats:

Detroit, MI (August 12th, 2010)- University of Kentucky Head Basketball Coach John Calipari brings hope and new shoes to needy children in Detroit.

Through a partnership with Samaritan’s Feet and the Boll Family YMCA, Coach Calipari along with his staff and basketball team will exemplify servant leadership by washing the feet of students from the newly established Detroit Leadership Academy. After washing their feet and providing the children with new shoes, Coach Cal and the UK squad will engage the students in basketball drills.

The event will be on Saturday, August 14th from 11am until 3pm at the Boll Family YMCA, 1401 Broadway Street, Detroit, MI 48226.

After participating in a Samaritan’s Feet shoe distribution for orphans in Haiti this past June, Coach Cal was deeply impacted by the simple yet profoundly humbling act of washing the feet of children and providing them with new shoes.

"It's really neat the way Samaritan's Feet does it," said Coach Calipari. "You can't imagine the smiles and appreciation. It's an amazing feeling to give those kids even a few minutes of that excitement that comes with getting new shoes.”

Managed by the YMCA of metropolitan Detroit, The Detroit Leadership Academy anticipates hosting 300 students this year in grades K through 5. Volunteers from the University of Kentucky athletic team, the Boll Family YMCA, and the Detroit community will celebrate the grand opening of the Detroit Leadership Academy by sharing hope and new shoes with 228 students grades K through 5.

Since March 2009, Samaritan’s Feet has impacted over 6,000 children in need throughout Detroit. Nearly one thousand volunteers from area churches, community groups, and corporations including the Detroit Pistons Basketball Team, have given back to the people of Detroit through Samaritan’s Feet shoe distributions.

“Serving the people of Detroit over the last two years has been an incredible blessing to Samaritan’s Feet,” said Manny Ohonme, Founder of Samaritan’s Feet. “We have formed strong bonds with the community and consider our Detroit-area volunteers as family.”

The Greenfield Inn located in Allen Park, Michigan has provided accommodations for Samaritan’s Feet staff. All shoe recipients have been pre-registered and the event is not open to the public.

Source: Media Release by SamaritansFeet.org

Kyle Wiltjer Trims List to 7; Kentucky Makes the Cut

Kyle Wiltjer, the top player in Oregon for 2011, has narrowed his list of college choices to seven schools: Gonzaga, California, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech.

Wiltjer is a 6-9 power forward that ranks No. 22 overall on the Rivals150 List for 2011.

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Wiltjer in action (via nolanflagrantfouls 's YouTube Channel):

Ex-Wildcats Rondo and Anderson to Speak at High School


Former Kentucky standouts Derek Anderson and Rajon Rondo will speak at R. A. Hubbard High School (Ala.) on Saturday, August 21.

The former Cats will be present to help students kick off their school year.

Here is an excerpt from The Moulton Advertiser:

R.A. Hubbard students will kick off their school year taking advice from some well-known basketball players. NBA players Derek Anderson and Rajon Rondo will speak at Hubbard High School’s gymnasium Saturday, Aug. 21, at 4 p.m.

Anderson and Rondo’s path to Courtland started in Louisville, Ky., where they both were promising young basketball players. Both players eventually went on to have successful careers at the University of Kentucky, but it almost didn’t happen for the once troubled teenagers.

William White, brother of North Courtland Mayor Ronald Jones and Hubbard Principal Thomas Jones, coached in the Louisville area for more than four decades. White mentored hundreds of young athletes during that time, including Anderson and Rondo.


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SLAM Online Catches Up With John Wall


SLAM ONLINE recently caught up with former Kentucky star John Wall at the Greater North Carolina Pro-AM event.

Here is an excerpt of the interview:

SLAM: Now you came from a Nike-sponsored AAU program and the usual protocol is to sign with the company that gave you love on the circuit. Why’d you decide to make a unique move and sign with Reebok?

JW: It was a great opportunity for me, man. I thought that they could best help me market my image. Nike, adidas, all those guys… they do great for their guys. It wasn’t about the money, but it was about who could help me best in the long haul. My own shoe, my own commercial, and who could help my family the best.

SLAM: You got 23 and 7 in the summer league, most outstanding player. But the turnovers were a bit high. Give me a self analysis of your play in Vegas.

JW: I’d give myself a “B.” My turnovers went down in the last two games. I only had 5 turnovers in my last two games combined. That was the key: lowering my turnovers. Once I got to know my teammates, my turnovers went down a lot.

Complete Interview

Ex-Hilltopper Aguilar on Smart Gilas Pilipinas Team


Former Western Kentucky big man Japeth Aguilar has made the Smart Gilas Pilipinas team roster.

Smart Gilas Pilipinas is a developmental Philippine national basketball team sponsored by Smart Communications and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP). The team is bannered by collegiate and amateur standouts whose ultimate goal is to reach the 2012 London Olympics. The team, formed in early 2009 to instill a long term program for the Philippines men’s national basketball team, is coached by former Iran national basketball team coach Rajko Toroman.

Smart Gilas Basketball Team Roster

1. G 7 Ababou, Dylan 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) UST
2. F 8 Aguilar, Japeth 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Western Kentucky*
3. F 20 Al-Hussaini, Rabeh 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Ateneo*
4. F 12 Ballesteros, Jason 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) – San Sebastian*
5. G/F 10 Baracael, Mac 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 184 lb (83 kg) FEU*
6. G 4 Barroca, Andy (C) 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) – FEU*
7. G 6 Casio, J. V. 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) De La Salle*
8. G 15 Cawaling, J. R. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) – FEU*
9. C 21 Douthit, Marcus 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 233 lb (106 kg) Providence*
10. G 13 Guevarra, Rey 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) – Letran*
11. G 14 Jazul, R. J. 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Letran*
12. G 16 Lassiter, Marcio 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Cal State Fullerton*
13. G 13 Lutz, Chris 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Marshall*
14. F 5 Ramos, Aldrech 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) FEU*
15. F 19 Sison, Magi 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) – UP Diliman*
16. C 9 Slaughter, Greg 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Ateneo*
17. C — Taulava, Asi 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 275 lb (125 kg) BYU-Hawaii*
18. G 17 Tiu, Chris (C) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Ateneo*

Calipari's Puzzle: Coach Calz Crazy Bandz 1.0


They were crazy/silly bands after all...introducing Coach Calz Crazy Bandz 1.0:

Almost every sports team has their own set of Bandz, but this is the first time I’ve heard of a coach getting his own Bandz designs. Kentucky Wildcats head basketball coach John Calipari is getting his own line of silly bands called Coach Calz Crazy Bandz 1.0. The Coach Calipari Bandz are being made and sold by Pannell Swim Shop. Above is a photo of Coach Calz Crazy Bandz 1.0 courtesy of the Pannell Swim Shop Facebook page.

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Ex-WKU Star Courtney Lee Traded to Houston


Former Western Kentucky star Courtney Lee has been traded to the Houston Rockets as part of a four-team, five-player deal.

The Rockets tried to trade in the 2008 NBA Draft with hopes of landing Lee. Since then, the team has tried to trade for Lee several times, but now they have their man.

Here is an excerpt from Chron.com:

"We really like him," Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said. "We think he's a really solid two-guard. We've liked him since the draft. He's always been a winner, at Western Kentucky and as a rookie with Orlando. He's a really balanced player defensively at two spots, maybe three. He's a very good cutter, a very good shooter and has a very high basketball IQ."

Lee seems pleased with the deal as well:

""It brought back the excitement of chasing an NBA championship again," Lee said of the deal. "My first year, we went to Finals and I got that taste in my mouth. I want that again. I definitely feel I can bring that toughness on the defensive end.

"I noticed that during my workout for the draft I was called back to do interviews with Houston so I knew the interest was there. I'm happy they stuck with the interest and kept pursuing me."


My Thoughts: With Lee, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes all on the same roster, I'll be a Rockets fan this season for sure...

Photo Source: OrlandoSentinel.com

Quincy Miller Still Lists UK; Says He's "Wide Open"


In an interview with Highschoolhoop.com, 2011 star Quincy Miller said he is not favoring Louisville, Kentucky is still on his list and he has three schools that he will definitely visit.

Here is an excerpt:

HSH: Indeed. Let’s talk recruiting. What’s your list looking like?
QM: Kentucky, Louisville, Oklahoma, Duke, Texas, Tennessee, Wake Forest and Baylor.

HSH: You probably heard about our story on the rumor that you’re favoring Louisville. Talk about that.
QM: (Laughs) Right. I’m not favoring Louisville. I think they’re a great school and they’ve hired coach Tim Fuller, he’s a real cool guy. I do like Louisville, but I’m not favoring anyone. I’m wide open.

HSH: Fair enough. You obviously can only take five official visits so give me the schools that will definitely get an official visit from you.
QM: Louisville, Baylor and Oklahoma.

HSH: So basically everybody else is playing for two spots?
QM: Yeah basically, but again I’m really open.


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My Thoughts: So Miller is wide open, but he has five schools playing for two spots? The way he answers the questions leaves one to assume that Louisville, Baylor and Oklahoma are his top three. With Quincy Miller, however, that is definitely only an assumption.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Edison CC's Keith Lowe Will Play at Georgetown College


Keith Lowe, a JUCO All-American from Edison Community College, is heading to Georgetown College to play for the Tigers.

Lowe finished third in NJCAA DII last season with 22.9 points per game. He also dished out 5.5 assists.

He was introduced to Georgetown College head coach Happy Osborne through a friend and fell in love with the basketball program.

"I really like the history of the program at Georgetown," Lowe said. "Everyone I talked to about Coach Osborne had nothing but good things to say."

After a visit to Georgetown's campus, he added, "The campus is very nice. I'm really impressed. The library impressed me the most but I haven't seen the gym yet because they are redoing the floor."

Lowe was recruited by Northwest Missouri State, Arkansas Tech, West Virginia Tech, West Liberty, Central State and several other schools before deciding on Georgetown.

I asked Keith to describe his game for Tiger fans:

"I'm an all-purpose guy from one to three. I can play point guard, shooting guard or wing. I just want to be on the floor. I can get to the basket and score, but I like to find the open man. Of course, I love to shoot the three-ball as well."

Keith Lowe in action:


Meyer Discusses Teague, Gilchrist and Davis in Q&A


Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com has given a summer recruiting update through a Q&A. Meyer touches on Marquis Teague and Michael Gilchrist, who are already committed to Kentucky as well as Anthony Davis, Quincy Miller and Austin Rivers, who are still being recruited by the Wildcats.

Here are some excerpts:

Which player was the biggest surprise this summer?

Anthony Davis, a 6-foot-10 center, came out of seemingly nowhere to take the travel circuit by storm. Davis, who plays at a small high school in Chicago named Perspectives Charter, now is a consensus top-10 prospect because of his length and high skill level.

Which player was the biggest disappointment?

Technically speaking, Mike Gilchrist was far from a disappointment. But as the top-ranked player in the country, Gilchrist - from Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick - didn't really separate himself from the pack. Now we are scratching our heads trying to figure out exactly who should be the No. 1-ranked prospect.

If you could pick a starting five - complete with a point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward and center - from next year's class, what would it be?

At point guard, Marquis Teague of Indianapolis Pike is the most dynamic player with the basketball in the class.

At shooting guard, Austin Rivers of Winter Park (Fla.) High is ranked ahead of Bradley Beal of St. Louis Chaminade, but I'd take Beal as a better complement with Teague. Beal is a better shooter than Rivers off the catch and also is a better defender. With his ability to create and play both point and shooting guard, Rivers would be perfect as the first guard off the bench.

At small forward, this is another tough one, but I'll take Gilchrist's stability and defensive prowess as a starter, then use LeBryan Nash of Dallas Lincoln as a dynamic scorer and intimidating presence off the bench.

At power forward, Quincy Miller of High Point (N.C.) Westchester Country Day is a highly skilled player whom I would love to have in the high post.

And at center, the problem here is that the best low-post players in the class aren't physical players. Davis would be my pick, with James McAdoo of Norfolk (Va.) Norfolk Christian School right behind him. But then I would want a physical grinder like Johnny O'Bryant of Cleveland (Miss.) East Side to come off the bench.


Western Kentucky Completes Media Relations Staff


Bowling Green, Ky. - WKU Senior Associate Athletic Director Todd Stewart announced Wednesday the hirings of Michael Schroeder and Melissa Anderson as Assistant Directors of Media Relations, rounding out the full-time athletic media relations staff for the 2010-11 athletic year.

Schroeder will be the primary media relations contact for men's basketball, men's golf and women's golf, and Anderson will work with baseball, volleyball and swimming and diving.

"Michael and Melissa are tremendous additions to our communications/media relations operation," Stewart said. "Melissa has five years of experience in the Southeastern Conference, working last year at Arkansas and the previous four years at Tennessee, and these experiences will enable her to make a significant impact at WKU. Michael did a superlative job with our baseball program last year in every aspect, and also was heavily involved with our men's basketball program, so he is perfectly suited for the responsibilities of this new role. They both have produced results of the highest quality, and I am confident each will make many positive contributions to our athletic department. We are fortunate to have them."

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Sypher Chooses a Day at the Lake Over Family Court


Karen Sypher, who was found guilty of extorting Rick Pitino just last week, was scheduled to appear in family court this week after petitioning the man she is divorcing for custody of their five-year-old daughter.

Rather than showing up for the court day, Sypher opted to spend the day at Nolin Lake.

The judge in the case, Hugh Smith Haynie, Jr., called the no-show "ironic" because he has rescheduled the trial date to fit Sypher's schedule.

Source

In other Sypher/Pitino/Mess news, Sypher's attorney, Jim Earhart, has spoken out for the first time.

Here are some excerpts of Earhart's comments from Wave3.com:

"He's (Rick Pitino) like cross examining a law enforcement witness in a way," said Earhart. "They were trained how to testify. They're not going to help you out and they have an agenda to promote, as did he."

In opening arguments Earhart said it was a case about power, money, and influence--referring to Pitino.

"I think there was some questionable testimony given during the course of the trial that would be highly suspect in any other circumstance, but I think there was a motivation for those people to do what they did," said Earhart. "I think there's no other explanation for it other than the celebrity of the person it was for."

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John Calipari Will Finally Get His Revenge on Bob Huggins


Kentuky head coach John Calipari will be able to seek out some revenge soon on friend and coaching rival Bob Huggins.

On Friday, September 3, there will be a celebrity roast of the West Virginia head coach. Calipari will be one of the roasters.

Here is an excerpt from MSNSportsnet.com:

Mark your calendars for Friday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. On that date and time there will be a celebrity roast of coach Bob Huggins at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown with proceeds from the event benefiting the Norma Mae Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund at The Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.

Among those scheduled to attend the event include John Calipari, Frank Martin, Andy Kennedy, Ron Everhart, former Auburn football coach Terry Bowden, plus some surprise guests. Once they're done roasting Huggs, he will get a chance to have the last word.


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Dick Vitale on Anthony Davis Rumors: "Give me a break."


Dick Vitale of ESPN.com has weighed in on the Chicago Sun-Times vs. Anthony Davis and Kentucky situation.

Vitale essentially blasts the Sun-Times and speaks highly of Kentucky and head coach John Calipari.

Here is an excerpt:

The article claimed that a package was put together for Davis, in excess of $200,000, in an effort to get him to commit to Kentucky.

Give me a break. Do you really think that transpired? Kentucky has many selling points of its own, starting with a beautiful, state-of-the-art practice facility. There is Rupp Arena, a place which creates blue hysteria. There is the rich winning tradition, which itself attracts blue chip athletes, Players want to go to a winner and it also helps when five of your players went in the first round of the most recent NBA draft.

John Calipari is a tenacious, relentless recruiter. He has a solid class coming in for the 2010 season, and you know kids want to play for him. The product at Kentucky is first class.


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Coaches Expected to Attend Special Dinner in Owensboro


Several coaches including Ray Harper from Western Kentucky, Todd Lee from Kentucky Wesleyan, Joe Pechota from Brescia and former NBA coach Del Harris are expected to be in attendance at the Cliff Hagan Boys & Girls Club's annual Steak & Burger Dinner.

Hagan is a former Kentucky Wildcat that played for Adolph Rupp's national title team in 1951.

The event will be held Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in Owensboro.

Here is an excerpt from AmericanChronicle.com:

Longtime professional basketball coach Del Harris is the keynote speaker on what is being called "A Night of Basketball." Harris has a 556-457 career record in 12 years as an NBA head coach, including 26 playoff appearances.

Boys and girls club executive director Steve Winkler said Cliff Hagan is also scheduled to attend, as well as Western Kentucky University assistant men's basketball coach Ray Harper, Kentucky Wesleyan head men's basketball coach Todd Lee and Brescia University head men's basketball coach Joe Pechota.

Longtime professional basketball coach Del Harris is the keynote speaker on what is being called "A Night of Basketball." Harris has a 556-457 career record in 12 years as an NBA head coach, including 26 playoff appearances.

Boys and girls club executive director Steve Winkler said Cliff Hagan is also scheduled to attend, as well as Western Kentucky University assistant men's basketball coach Ray Harper, Kentucky Wesleyan head men's basketball coach Todd Lee and Brescia University head men's basketball coach Joe Pechota.


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Final 12 Added to 2010 Boost Mobile Elite 24 Roster


ESPN RISE has announced the complete roster for the 2010 Boost Mobile Elite 24 event.

The event will feature some of the top players in America and includes several Kentucky recruits.

Here is the complete roster:

Adonis Thomas Melrose High School (Memphis, Tenn.) SF 6-6 210 2011
Alex Murphy St. Mark's School (Southborough, Mass.) SF 6-8 215 2012
Amir Garrett Findlay Prep (Las Vegas, N.V.) SF 6-6 190 2011
Austin Rivers Winter Park (Winter Park, Fla.) PG 6-4 189 2011
Bradley Beal Chaminade College Prep School (St. Louis, Mo.) SG 6-3 177 2011
DaJuan Coleman Jamesville-DeWitt High School (DeWitt, N.Y.) C 6-8 280 2012
DeAndre Daniels Taft High School (Woodland Hills, Calif.) SF 6-8 190 2011
Jabari Brown Oakland High School (Oakland, Calif.) SG 6-3 200 2011
Jahii Carson Mesa High School (Phoenix, Az.) PG 5-11 160 2011
James McAdoo Norfolk Christian (Norfolk, Va.) PF 6-8 216 2011
Johnny O’Bryant East Side High School (Cleveland, Miss.) C 6-10 245 2011
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Greenville High School (Greenville, Ga.) SG 6-4 190 2011
Kyle Wiltjer Jesuit (Portland, Ore.) PF 6-9 220 2011
LaQuinton Ross Life Center Academy (Burlington, N.J.) SF 6-8 200 2011
LeBryan Nash Lincoln High School (Dallas, Texas) SF 6-7 230 2011
Michael Gbinije Benedictine (Richmond, Va.) SF 6-6 195 2011
Myck Kabongo Findlay Prep (Las Vegas, N.V.) PG 6-2 170 2011
Nick Johnson Findlay Prep (Las Vegas, N.V.) SG 6-3 185 2011
Quddus Bello Westchester Country Day School (Winston-Salem, N.C.) SG 6-4 180 2011
Quincy Miller Westchester Country Day School (Winston-Salem, N.C.) PF 6-9 210 2011
Quinn Cook Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) PG 6-1 180 2011
Rakeem Christmas Academy of the New Church (Brynn Athyn, Pa.) PF 6-9 220 2011
Shabazz Muhammad Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) SG 6-5 195 2012
Shannon Scott Milton (Alpharetta, Ga.) PG 6-2 170 2011

You're Invited: Pikeville College Dinner and Auction


Invitation from Pikeville College Basketball:

Join us for

Pikeville College Basketball Alumni & Friends Dinner and Auction

- Catered Dinner, Give A Ways, Guest Speaker, Silent Auction, Great Fellowship

DATE: September 18, 2010 7:00

SITE: Pikeville College Gym

PRICE: $30 per person

RSVP: E-mail or phone by Sept. 10: kwells@pc.edu (606) 218-5352

“Make Everyday Your Masterpiece”

Rajon Rondo Takes Time Away for Death in Family


Rajon Rondo did not practice with Team USA today due a death in the family.

A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com posted on Twitter earlier that Rondo is expected back in town tonight and will talk to Coach Mike Krzyzewski and/or Jerry Colangelo.

Here is an excerpt from Blakely's article on Rondo's situation:

While this is a time of mourning for the 6-foot-1 guard, it's clear that he's eager to return back to the court.

A Team USA official said Rondo is expected to rejoin the team later tonight, and will be ready to practice on Thursday.

Rondo is one of 15 finalists vying for a roster spot on the Team USA squad that will compete in the World Championships in Turkey later this month.

"I'm excited to be here. It's definitely an honor," Rondo said following Tuesday's practice. "It's something you can be proud of the rest of your life."

My thoughts: Send a prayer out for Rondo and his family today...

Shelvin Mack Impresses; Bilas Says "Mack is a Pro"


Lexington native Shelvin Mack, who will be entering his junior season at national runner-up Butler, is impressing most everyone these days.

ESPN analyst Jay Bilas, who breaks down the game as well as anyone, said:

"He is a good shooter and passes very well," Bilas wrote. "Mack is a pro. The key for him is to refine his point guard skills and continue to work on his body."

Fran Fraschilla, another ESPN analyst recently wrote:

"He (Mack) is a point guard with NBA strength right now, and he utilizes it to bull his way into the lane and effortlessly shoot the NBA 3-point shot."

Butler point guard Ronald Nored commented on Mack's improvement:

"I tell you what, he's gotten a heck of a lot better."

Mack is in New York this week as one of 10 collegians selected by USA Basketball to practice against the pros vying for spots on the national team for the World Championship.

Here is an excerpt from IndyStar.com:

As he spoke to a reporter, he got a text from John Wall. Other texting buddies include Rajon Rondo, Chauncey Billups, Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook.

Shelvin Mack has a new basketball peer group. Indeed, this summer the Butler guard has seen more of Duke's Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith than he has of his own Bulldogs teammates.

"I'm just blessed and just having the time of my life," Mack said. "Just enjoying playing college basketball, and happy that I went to a place like Butler."

Mack has had such a breakout summer that the question has become: How long will he stay at Butler? Just as Gordon Hayward left after two seasons, it's possible Mack could leave after three.

At minimum, Mack has a chance to be Butler's first All-American since Billy Shepherd in 1970-71.


Mack played high school basketball at Bryan Station High School in Lexington.

Former Wildcat Pleads Guilty in Hardin County


Former Kentucky star Derrick Millar pleaded guilty to four counts of felony theft by deception in Hardin Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Millar pleaded guilty in exchange for a probated four-year sentence.

Here is an excerpt from TheNewsEnterprise.com:

According to Millar’s own admissions Tuesday, he approached the Elizabethtown victims and sold them bogus tickets for which he received about $4,000.

Millar admitted that he had no legal right to sell any tickets.

As part of his plea deal in Hardin County, Millar agreed to make full restitution to those he victimized here.

He’s made similar agreements in some of the other Kentucky counties where he’s been accused of committing similar ticket scams.


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Future Hilltopper Brandon Peters Receives White House Invite


Future Western Kentucky guard Brandon Peters and his Yates High School teammates have received an invitation to visit the White House.

Here is an excerpt from TexasHoops.com:

Incoming Western Kentucky freshman Brandon Peters was cleaning his dorm room when he got a phone call from one of his former high school teammates that made him stop in his tracks.
The call was from Darius Gardner, an incoming freshman at Stephen F. Austin, and Peters' teammate at Houston (Texas) Yates.

The news? The 2009 Yates basketball team had been invited to the White House.

"I told him to stop playing," Peters said, "and he said he was for real. I was surprised. I'm still surprised."

Yates, which finished the season undefeated and atop the RivalsHigh Top 100 basketball poll, was invited to Washington, D.C., by President Barack Obama late last month.

The exact date for the visit has not yet been determined. Yates coach Greg Wise said via text message last week that specific details surrounding the trip may not be ironed out until sometime this week. It has been announced, however, that the visit will happen sometime in September.


Peters in action:

Quincy Miller Says: "People Twist My Words Up"


Quincy Miller, one of the top talents in the 2011 recruiting class, went to Twitter yesterday to defend himself against a report that he may have concerns about Rick Pitino's ability to get Miller to the NBA. He also added that he is not leaning towards any particular school at this point.

Here is Miller's post on Twitter:

qmillertime People twist my words up all the time..I never said pitino would hold me back from being one and done...and I'm not leaning any way.

The interest level between Louisville and Miller has seemingly intensified lately while the mutual interest with Kentucky has apparently cooled off a bit.

Ex-Cardinal Kendall Dartez to Play in Japan's BJ League



Former Louisville Cardinal forward Kendall Dartez has signed with the Tokyo Apache in Japan's BJ League.

Last season, Dartez spent time in Jordan after playing with Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA D-League. At Rio Grande, he averaged 11.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

He has previously spent time in South Korea, Turkey and France.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Chane Behanan Will Visit Kentucky Tomorrow


Bowling Green's Chane Behanan will take an unofficial visit to the University of Kentucky tomorrow.

Evan Daniels of Scout.com confirmed with Behanan that he will make the trip to Lexington. Here is Daniels' post on Twitter:

EvanDanielscout Chane Behanan just confirmed that he will take an unofficial visit to Kentucky tomorrow...

Behanan is a 6'6" power forward that ranks No. 24 on the Rivals150 List for 2011.

A good source told me late tonight that Behanan is heading to Lexington to watch UK practice tomorrow. He is also currently receiving a great deal of interest from North Carolina, Texas and Marquette.

Johnny O'Bryant is No Longer Considering Kentucky


Johnny O'Bryant has changed his final list of seven schools according to Rivals.com.

O'Bryant has knocked Georgetown, Kentucky and Kansas off his list and added Maryland, Alabama and Miami.

He is still also considering Mississippi, Mississippi State, LSU and Georgia Tech.


O'Bryant is a 6-9 power forward that ranks No. 36 on the Rivals150 List for 2011.

Video: Terrence Williams Co-Stars in a Dunkfest

Here is a video featuring dunks from former Louisville star Terrence Williams and New Jersey teammate Sean Williams:

GRC's Robbie Stenzel Commits to Eastern Kentucky


George Rogers Clark senior Robbie Stenzel has committed to the Eastern Kentucky Colonels.

Here is an excerpt from The Winchester Sun:

“We all came to the conclusion that it was the best fit for me,” he said Tuesday. “I really like the coaches, the campus and it’s not too far from home. All of my family can come and see me play, which will mean a lot to me.”

Ann Stenzel was pleased with her son’s decision.

“We’re excited,” she said. “They rolled out the red carpet for us last week and it was really impressive. They have courted Robbie since the beginning of time. I don’t remember a time when they were not (recruiting him).”

Robbie Stenzel said his visit to Richmond last week ended the recruiting process. Stenzel had planned on making his college choice following the season.

Stenzel recently received offers from Samford, UTEP and New Hampshire. He was also being recruited by Morehead State, Western Kentucky, Tennessee Tech, Georgetown College, Pikeville College and others.

Ex-Wildcat Ramel Bradley Signs in Israel


Former Kentucky guard Ramel Bradley has signed a contract with Maccabi Ashdod in Israel's top-level Premier League.

Bradley spent last season with JDA Dijon in France. He averaged 12.0 points, 3.7 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game.

My Thoughts: Congrats to Smooth, who will always be one of my favorite Wildcats. I still miss Ramel throat-slashing and talking smack during Rupp Arena pregames on "The Cat Walk".

Source: EuroBasket.com


John Calipari to Chair Light The Night Event in Lexington


Kentucky head coach John Calipari will team up with Stephen Hillenmeyer, owner of Stephen Hillenmeyer Landscape Services, to chair this year's Light The Night walk in Lexington.
The annual event is being hosted by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The LLS hosts annual Light The Night Walk’s in the United States and Canada.

Here is an excerpt from RichmondRegister.com:

We’re looking for businesses to sponsor T-shirts and we would like to have huge support form the community,” Reeder said. “We plan on being able to donate T-shirts to everyone who wants to walk.”

The fundraising event festivities will begin in the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza at 5:30 p.m., the opening ceremony will be at 7:15 p.m. and the walk will begin at 7:30 p.m.

“Our goal is to raise as much money for research to find a cure for this horrible disease as we possibly can,” Carman said.

This year’s event will be chaired by University of Kentucky Basketball Coach John Calipari and Stephen Hillenmeyer, owner of Stephen Hillenmeyer Landscape Services based in Lexington.


2012 Center Isaiah Austin Chooses Baylor

Isaiah Austin, a multi-talented 7-foot center in the 2012 class, has committed to Baylor. He chose Baylor over Texas, Kansas, Kentucky, Georgetown, Oklahoma State, Iowa and Arizona.

Austin ranks No. 2 overall on the Rivals150 List for 2012. He is also the second-rated center behind Andre Drummond.

Here is some footage of Austin in action (video from Ballislifedotcom 's YouTube Channel):

St. Catharine Signs Jeffrey Kirksey from Bakersfield College


Jeffrey Kirksey, a point guard from Bakersfield College, has signed with St. Catharine College.

Kirksey averaged 3 points and 2 assists a game for Bakersfield in primarily a reserve role.

He is a native of Louisville.

Monday, August 9, 2010

John Calipari Returns as "The Riddler"


Kentucky head coach John Calipari is back to teasing UK fans with puzzles and riddles. The CoachCal.com staff posted this image on Calipari's Facebook earlier with this message:

John Calipari Any guesses on what this picture puzzle may be? We'll all know on Friday. . . ^CoachCal.com Staff


Any guesses?

Calipari to Speak at Henderson Community College


Kentucky head coach John Calipari will be the featured speaker at Henderson Community College's 50th anniversary on September 17. HCC is located in Henderson, Kentucky.

Here is some information from Courierpress.com for those of you that would like to attend:

The event will begin with a “Close-Up” reception with Calipari at 6 p.m. for premium ticket holders. At 7:30, Calipari will speak at the Fine Arts Center McCormick Performance Hall.

Tickets are three prices: $75 includes the reception and premium reserved seating, $50 for reserved seating and $45 for balcony reserved seating.

Tickets are on sale now at Independence Bank. Call or visit your local Independence Bank location to purchase your tickets.

Parrish Says Lawsuit Would Be Great, But It's Not Likely


Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com thinks a lawsuit involving Anthony Davis Jr. would be "great theater" but it is not likely to happen.

Here is an excerpt of Parrish's thoughts:

I, for one, am praying this happens -- not because I want to see the Davis family bring down a newspaper that mishandled a story (regardless of whether the allegations are true), and not because I'm interested in seeing Kentucky's good name cleared. If those things happen, fine, but they don't matter much to me. What matters to me is that a lawsuit could, in theory, lead to a trial with witnesses testifying under oath about possible recruiting improprieties, which would be an even bigger gift to college basketball enthusiasts than the recent extortion trial centered around Louisville's Rick Pitino.

Can you imagine?

All the head coaches of the programs recruiting Davis -- everybody from Kentucky's John Calipari to Ohio State's Thad Matta to Syracuse's Jim Boeheim to DePaul's Oliver Purnell -- could be subpoenaed along with various boosters, agents, runners, and Nike reps. Throw in a few assistant coaches, a couple of recruiting analysts, and every member of the Davis family, and we'd have a trial worth covering gavel-to-gavel.

Birmingham News: Hughley Hired as a "Babysitter" for Cousins


Paul Beaudry of The Birmingham News says that LeFlore High School coach Otis Hughley was recently hired by the Sacramento Kings "as a babysitter for DeMarcus Cousins."

Here is an excerpt:

I'm not buying any reasoning from the Sacramento Kings other than what appears to be obvious: The Kings hired LeFlore High basketball coach Otis Hughley as a babysitter for DeMarcus Cousins.

Hughley is a talented coach, no doubt. You have to be a great coach to lead teams to as many Final 48 appearances as he did with LeFlore, to get national rankings as he did, and to have your top prospects in the spotlight as often as his were. And he has worked at the college level on occasion as well as interviewing with NBA teams in the past, so there was a familiarity with Hughley's work.

Videnov Leads Bulgaria to Shocker Over Poland



Former Western Kentucky guard Filip Videnov led Bulgaria to a surprising comeback win over favored Poland in a 2011 EuroBasket Qualification game.

Videnov led all scorers with 26 points and was an impressive 5-8 from beyond the 3-point line in the win.

In 2 games at the European Championships, Videnov is averaging 21.5 points and has shot 8-17 from long distance.

Source: EuroBasket.com

NY Post Gossips About Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino


Here is the New York Post's latest effort to be US Magazine (this time at the expense of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino):

Rick Pitino celebrated bombshell Karen Sypher’s conviction for trying to extort him over sex — by downing martinis with his kids. With no sign of wife Joanne, Pitino was spotted dining at Miami Beach restaurant Prime 112 on Thursday night after Sypher was found guilty of demanding $10 million to keep quiet about their “15-second” tryst. A spy told us: “He was with four of his kids, but not Joanne. He was sipping martinis, was noticed by many other guests and seemed to be having a celebratory dinner. He even ordered dessert for everyone at the table.”

— NY Post

Heshimu Evans Continues to Lead Portugal


Former Kentucky forward Heshimu Evans, who is now a Portuguese citizen, continues to be his new country's "go to" guy in international play.

Portugal has been a bit overwhelmed by larger nations, but Evans has been rock solid.

In the team's last outing, a 78-69 loss to Belgium, Evans led the way with 19 points.

In 3 games at the European Championships, Evans led Portugal with 14.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He shot 59.1% from the field during the event.

Source: EuroBasket.com

Sources Saying Quincy Miller Likes Louisville


Jason Jordan of Highschoolhoop.com has a source who indicates that Quincy Miller wants to commit to Louisville, but is a bit worried that the decision could potentially hold him back from being a one-and-done player.

Miller has long been considered a lock to end up at the University of Kentucky, but a change on the Louisville staff and UK's recent interest in Anthony Davis Jr. may have changed the direction of Miller's recruitment.

Here is an excerpt of Jordan's article:

The word in Orlando last week was that Miller, who many perceive to be favoring Kentucky, is actually leaning toward Louisville ever since it hired former Wake Forest player turned Nike employee Tim Fuller, who is close with Miller, a rising senior.

“Tim Fuller is a great guy,” Miller told the Courier-Journal. “I definitely keep in touch with coach Fuller. He wants to help me develop and become a good player, and that’s what I want to become.”

A reliable source said that Miller wants to commit to Louisville, but is worried that Cards coach Rick Pitino could potentially hold him back from being a one-and-done player. The Cards have also offered Miller’s best friend and teammate Deuce Bello. Both Miller and Bello are scheduled to visit Louisville on the weekend of Sept. 4.



There are other sources indicating that Kentucky's interest in Miller has declined if not diminished entirely based a number of factors.

Here is Miller flat out embarrassing some kid from Italy:

Former Cardinal Dwayne Morton Signs in Bulgaria


Former Louisville star Dwayne Morton has signed a contract with Balkan in Bulgaria's top-level NBL league.

Morton, who continues to play well at the age of 39, has enjoyed a lengthy professional career.

After averaging 15.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game during his senior season at Louisville, Morton was drafted in 1994 by the Golden State Warriors.

In 1994-95, he averaged 4.1 points and 1.4 rebounds in 41 games for the Warriors. Following the season, he moved to Israel and began a career overseas.

Morton has played for many teams including London Towers, Hitachi Sunrockers, Indiana Legends, CSKA Sofia, Los Mina and Vichy Auvergne.

Last season, he played for Chernomorets in Bulgaria and averaged 13.1 points and 6.7 rebounds.

Source: EuroBasket.com

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