Saturday, August 28, 2010

UK Recruiting is Like "Nuclear Bombs Compared to Rifles"

Evan Daniels of just posted a message on Twitter that illustrates how other college coaches are feeling about Kentucky's recruiting these days:

@EvanDanielscout: Just got this from a high major coach referring to Kentucky: "Nuclear bombs compared to rifles for everyone else!"

Kyle Wiltjer Commits to Kentucky

Kyle Wiltjer, a 6-9 power forward from Oregon, announced his commitment to Kentucky tonight during the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game.

Wiltjer, who is labelled an outstanding shooter, ranks No. 25 on the Rivals150 List for 2011. He gives UK a fourth top 25 commitment in the 2011 recruiting class.

Kentucky's Current 2011 Commitments ( Rankings):

(2) Marquis Teague, G, 6-2, 170
(3) Mike Gilchrist, F, 6-6, 190
(6) Anthony Davis, F, 6-10, 220
(25) Kyle Wiltjer, F, 6-9, 225

Wiltjer in action:

Mark Jackson Jr. to Walk-On at Louisville

Yesterday, George Goode posted on Twitter:

GGoode0 Everybody follow one of the newest cards he's gonna play for us this year @themarkjr

Today, it has been confirmed by Jody Demling of the Courier-Journal that Mark Jackson Jr. will walk-on for the Louisville Cardinals.

Here is Demling's confirmation:

jdemling Answer to a couple of twitter messages from Louisville fans: Yes Mark Jackson Jr. is a walk-on at Louisville. He's on campus.

Jackson Jr., of course, is the son of Jackson Sr., who starred for the New York Knicks and had a very successful NBA career.

It Appears that Kyle Wiltjer is Heading to Kentucky

According to (Gonzaga Site), 2011 Center Kyle Witijer has chosen Kentucky and will make the announcement this afternoon at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game.

Here is an excerpt:

Prized 2011 power forward Kyle Wiltjer has made his decision and he will take his game to
Lexington and play for John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats.

That was tough to write.

Wiltjer is a 6-9 power forward that currently ranks No. 25 on the Rivals150 List for 2011. His final list consisted of California, Gonzaga, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kentucky, Texas and Wake Forest.

This is not an official announcement, but all signs seem to point to Kentucky.

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My Thoughts: I am in the dark on this one, but it is being reported as fact. Stay tuned...

Michael Gilchrist Uses Twitter to Put UK Fans on Edge

Michael Gilchrist, who committed to Kentucky's 2011 class in April, sent some interesting messages out on Twitter last night.

He immediately caught the eyes of hundreds of Wildcat fans when he posted:

MikeGilchrist I think I’m going to take 3 official visits

That Tweet has since disappeared, but not before Gilchrist was hit with questions about his commitment to Kentucky. He was asked if he has decommitted and he replied simply with "No."

He also posted:

MikeGilchrist I'm soo connected to my mother she is all I have I can't leave her by her self.. I know my bro @joshSelby32 feel me

MikeGilchrist Wish my dad was here right about now, I really need him!

His night of mysterious Tweets ended with:

MikeGilchrist Just had a long talk to Coach Cal.. Ill be on campus next weekend

Just minutes ago, Gilchrist posted:

MikeGilchrist I'm still 100 percent committed to UK. Ill be on campus on Thursday

My Thoughts: I don't feel this is anything for Kentucky fans to be concerned with, although it is out there publicly and must be noted.

I personally think this is yet another instance of social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook allowing fans into the minds of 16-18 year old kids. It is a world that sports fans in general have never had access to and one that is not always accurate.

Ten years ago, a kid thinking out loud would have been a private matter. Today, these feelings are aired publicly and can easily lead to misconceptions, over-exaggerations and "much ado about nothing."

Ex-Wildcat Ed Davender Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison

Former Kentucky star Ed Devender was sentenced yesterday to eight years in prison due to his part in a UK basketball ticket scam.

Davender will be eligible for parole after serving 20 percent of his sentence.

The former Wildcat point guard accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to 20 charges, many of which were amended down. Five charges were completely dropped as part of the deal.

Here is an excerpt from the Lexington Herald-Leader:

"I hate it. I hate it. I hate it for Mr. Davender and his family," said Fayette Circuit Judge James Ishmael before sentencing Davender. The judge said he also hated how the situation had affected the UK community.

"I really, really hate it for the victims in this case," the judge said.

Ishmael said that he watched Davender play for UK and rooted for him, but he could not give him probation.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

John Wall Dominating at Elite 24 Scrimmage

With all the buzz on the Internet about Austin Rivers "crossing over" John Wall, I thought it might be fun to put the shoe on the other foot and watch Wall do his thing at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 scrimmage:

* Video from Hoopmixtape 's YouTube channel

UK Recruit Kyle Wiltjer Will Announce Tomorrow Night

Alex Kline of just stated on Twitter that 2011 power forward Kyle Wiltjer will make his college announcement tomorrow night during the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game on ESPNU.

Here is Kline's post on Twitter:

TheRecruitScoop Kyle Wiltjer will make his college announcement tomorrow night on ESPNU during the live telecast of the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game.

Wiltjer ranks No. 25 on the Rivals150 List for 2011. His final seven schools are: Gonzaga, California, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech

NKU Adds Malcolm Eleby from St. Bonaventure

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball head coach Dave Bezold announced Friday that he has added St. Bonaventure transfer Malcolm Eleby to the 2010-11 roster.

Malcolm ElebyEleby, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard, averaged 5.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game for St. Bonaventure last season. He scored in double figures seven times, including a season-high 14 points against Illinois State. Eleby also averaged 3.3 assists per game.

As a sophomore two years ago, Eleby averaged 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. He also led St. Bonaventure and ranked 14th in the Atlantic 10 Conference with 42 steals. Eleby started 57 games in his career for the Bonnies, averaging 5.2 points, 2.7 assists and 2.5 rebounds per contest.

“Malcolm is a powerfully built point guard who has the ability to get to the basket and score inside,” Bezold said. “He is a versatile guard who can pass it, rebound and play defense. He has long arms and great jumping ability, so you will see him get his share of rebounds and blocks. The experience he brings from playing three years against big-time competition is going to help us. I think Malcolm is going to be a great addition to our team.”

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Top Player in 2016 Likes UK; Check Damon Harge Out

Check out this video of 11-year old Damon Harge, the top-ranked 6th grader in the nation (who knew we ranked 6th graders?).

At the end, his father explains that his dream is to play at Kentucky. Young Damon attends Modesto Christian and hopes to follow the footsteps of another Modesto native - Chuck Hayes. His favorite player is former Wildcat John Wall.

Check him out:

* Video from Yayareasfinest2006 's YouTube Channel

Eloy Vargas Cleared to Play at Kentucky

Junior transfer Eloy Vargas has been cleared to play at Kentucky according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Here is an excerpt:

One of the two Kentucky big men absent from the team's recent basketball trip to Canada is officially in the fold.

Eloy Vargas, a 6-foot-11, 225-pound junior forward from Plantation, Fla., has been cleared to play at UK, the team announced Friday.

Kentucky is still awaiting the NCAA' decision on Enes Kanter's eligibility.

Nobody Calls Rajon Rondo "Chicken"

Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel feels that Rajon Rondo quit Team USA because of Derrick Rose's "strong play."

Gardner states, "In fact, Rose's strong play led Boston guard Rajon Rondo to make a last-minute withdrawal from the squad..."

It's true that Rondo may have been cut from the roster had he opted to wait it out, but I think Gardner is way off base with his reasoning. In reality, Rondo's game is perceived to not mix well with international play and he may have felt slighted with his DNP against Spain.

I feel pretty confident that Rondo was not scared off by the play of another guard.

Here is an excerpt:

And even though this group has been dubbed a "B" team, it still may have enough talent to give the U.S. its first world championship since 1994.

Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant has emerged as the leader of a young U.S. team, and Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose has seized the starting point guard role and given indications he could be a huge factor for the team during the 2012 London Olympics.

In fact, Rose's strong play led Boston guard Rajon Rondo to make a last-minute withdrawal from the squad before the final cut was made earlier this week.

But Krzyzewski is well aware of the pitfalls that could be lurking in Turkey - the U.S. will open World Championship play against Croatia on Saturday (11 a.m. Milwaukee time) in Istanbul.

Kentucky Wesleyan Adds Guard from Down Under

Luke Shelley, a 6-foot-2, 163-pound guard from Victoria, Australia will continue his education and basketball career at Kentucky Wesleyan College, according to Panther head coach Todd Lee. He is the first Aussie recruit in the 101-year history of KWC basketball.

Shelley competed on two clubs, one state junior representative team plus high school and participated in the Basketball Australia National Intensive Training Program over the past three years.

He played for the Dandenong Rangers in the Under-23 Development League of the Australian Basketball Assocation in 2008 and again this past season. He averaged 16.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest.

In 2009, he played for Latrobe City Energy in the U-23 D-League for for his coach and father Phil Shelley.

“Luke is a very skilled player and a good athlete that shoots the ball well with international three-point range," said Lee. "He will stretch the defense with his long distance scoring ability.

"His experience of playing with older more mature players will serve him well. His adjustment as a freshman coming in will be getting stronger and also getting used to the American-style of collegiate competition.

"He comes from a basketball family where his father is a specialist shooting coach to two different Australian Leagues teams, the state and junior state teams and serves as a consultant to the national program."

Shelley was a member of the 2008 Victorian Bushrangers U-18 Victorian Country Representative Team that won the 2008 Australian Country Junior National Championship Cup. He twice made the "final 20" selection in the Victorian U-20 state team.

In high school, Shelley was a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at St. Paul's Anglican Grammar School. He was the captain of the 2008 and 2009 U-18 Victorian Schools Senior Boys Representative Team where they finished third twice in the National Independent Schools Division 2 Championships.

He is the son of Phil and Carolyn Shelley and will major in business administration.

Source: Kentucky Wesleyan College

2012 Star Kyle Anderson Receives Offer from Kentucky

Kyle Anderson, the top-rated point guard in the 2012 recruiting class, has received a scholarship offer from Kentucky.
Jerry Meyer of confirmed on Twitter yesterday that Anderson picked up two high-major offers:

3starmeyer Kyle Anderson receives offers from Arizona and Kentucky

Anderson is a lengthy 6-6, 215-pound point guard from St. Anthony (NJ). He is the No. 1 rated point guard and No. 11 overall on the Rivals150 List for 2012.

Anderson in action:

Former Colonel Zach Ingles Signs in Argentina

Former Eastern Kentucky guard Zach Ingles has signed a contract with Lanus in Argentina's top-level LigaA.

Ingles spent time last season in Mexico and Lebanon. During a brief stint in Lebanon, he averaged 13.3 points per game. He exploded for 28 points, including 8-14 from long distance, during a January game.

The former EKU sharp-shooter has also spent time Slovakia and Iceland after his college career.


Rick Pitino Confirms: No Sallie or Coleman at Louisville

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino confirmed on the "Early Birds" radio show this morning that his team will be without Memphis transfer Roburt Sallie and freshman Justin Coleman this season.

Here is an excerpt from

Sallie, a 6-foot-5 sharpshooting small forward, played the past two seasons at Memphis and attempted to take advantage of an obscure NCAA rule penned at helping players choose graduate studies of their choice.

Sallie could have transferred to U of L and been eligible immediately had he finished his undergraduate degree in August and sought an advanced degree not offered at Memphis.

Coleman, who is also a 6-foot-5 forward, signed with the Cards in May, but failed to qualify. The Richmond, Va., native played last season at Huntington Prep in West Virginia with center Gorgui Dieng, who also signed with U of L.

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Pitino added that Preston Knowles has been fully reinstated with the team.

The loss of Sallie and Coleman depletes the Cards on the wings and will hurt the team in terms of depth.

University of the Cumberlands Coaches' Bloopers 2010

Have some fun with the coaches at University of the Cumberlands:

* Video from brandonh4 's YouTube Channel

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Richie Farmer Not Ruling Out a Run for Governor

Former Kentucky guard Richie Farmer is not ruling out a run for governor next year. Farmer stated today that he expects to be on the ballot next year, but he is not certain which office he will run for.

Here is an excerpt from

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer isn't ruling out a run for governor next year as the former basketball star mulls his political options.

Farmer told reporters Thursday that he expects to be on the ballot next year, but he's still considering whether to run for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state or another statewide office.

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Rick Pitino Picks St. John's to Win The Big East

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has chosen St. John's and new head coach Steve Lavin to win The Big East Conference in 2010-11.

Another coach chose St. John's as low as No. 13.

Pitino did offer his reasons, however. Here is an excerpt from

"I was debating between St. John's, Pittsburgh, Villanova and Cincinnati, but I didn't want to put that on Mick [Cronin, Pitino's former assistant now with the Bearcats] so I went with St. John's," Pitino said.

The Louisville head coach did have his reasons.

"Nine seniors. Everyone but Pitt and Villanova lost key players," he wrote in a text message to ESPN on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh and Villanova got 13 of the 16 first-place votes in the poll which was conducted in May. One coach voted St. John's as low as 13th, the report says.

Murray State Hopes to Build on Success in 2010-11

Andy Katz of writes today that Murray State is looking to build on the success of last season. A year ago, the Racers won 31 games and came within a bucket of defeating eventual national runner-up Butler in the second round.

Here is an excerpt of Katz's article:

Murray State coach Billy Kennedy, who has seen the Racers improve from 16 to 18 to 19 to 31 wins last season, certainly believes his team is worthy of such a projection.

After winning 31 games and upsetting Vandy in the NCAA tournament, what does Murray State and Billy Kennedy have for an encore in 2010-11?

"That's what we're attempting to do,'' said Kennedy. "We know now we can win in the tournament. You're never quite sure until you do it. Our guys were very disappointed in losing to Butler.''

Butler coach Brad Stevens said earlier this summer that Murray State was the Bulldogs' hardest NCAA game prior to the final against Duke.

"You don't feel like you're an NCAA tournament team unless you win,'' Kennedy said. The win over Vandy was the Racers' first tourney victory since 1988. They had 10 appearances between '88 and 2010. "Now we realize we can do something. We've got a group back that has experienced significant games.''

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Anthony Davis to Play in Flyin' to the Hoop Event

Anthony Davis,'s No. 1 ranked player in the 2011 class, will compete in the Flyin' to the Hoops basketball event in Dayton, Ohio.

Davis, who has already committed to Kentucky, will be the second top-ranked player to play in the event in the last two years. Last season, it was Brandon Knight, who is a freshman at Kentucky this season.

Here is an excerpt from’s No. 1-ranked senior in the upcoming class, Anthony Davis of Perspectives Charter School in Chicago, is scheduled to appear with his team at the 2011 Good Sam Flyin’, event director Eric Horstman said.

The entire Flyin’ field isn’t set, but Horstman said he’s planning for 34 teams from eight states. Horstman said he should be able to release the full schedule soon for an event that has become a notable happening on the national prep basketball calendar.

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Morehead State Adds Wade O'Connor as Assistant

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Morehead State men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall announced Thursday that he has named Wade O’Connor as Assistant Men's Basketball Coach.

O’Connor will assist with all aspects of the program, including recruiting, scouting and game planning. He joins the MSU program after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Western Carolina.

“Wade and I have been very good friends for 16 plus years now. I have followed his career closely and have no doubt in my mind that we are getting one of the best assistant coaches in college basketball to join our staff here at Morehead State University,” said Tyndall. “Wade will be involved with every phase of our program, and brings a reputation as a very, very good recruiter. He has worked for many great coaches in his career including coach Billy Donovan, coach Oliver Purnell and coach Larry Hunter. Those experiences obviously speak for themselves. I am thrilled to add coach O’Connor to our Morehead State University family.”

While at Western Carolina, O’Connor helped lead the program to 38 wins over two seasons, including a school-record 22 wins this past season. The Catamounts beat Elon in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament in 2009 and participated in the Collegiate Insider Post Season Tournament against Marshall. The highlight of that season was a non-conference win at Louisville. The Catamounts were the last non-Big East team to defeat Louisville in Freedom Hall.
“I am very appreciative and thankful for the opportunity coach Tyndall has given me to be a part of his coaching staff. I have known coach Tyndall for over 16 years and the job he has done in the short time he has been at Morehead State University is incredible,” said O’Connor. “I am very excited to work with a head coach that is so highly thought of in the college coaching fraternity and hope to help coach Tyndall and the rest of the staff continue with success they have had here at Morehead State University.”

Prior to Western Carolina, O’Connor was head coach at St. Catharine College in Kentucky, where he led the Patriots to a 23-8 record in his first season. In just four years at St. Catharine, O’Connor led the Patriots to 94 wins. In 2005-06 the Patriots finished 25-6 overall and captured a share of the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association (TJCCAA) regular season championship, the first in school history. The Patriots were ranked as high as 16th in the country by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

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Kentucky Release 2010-11 Basketball Schedule

The University of Kentucky has released its men's basketball schedule for the upcoming season.


Nov. 1 (Mon.) - PIKEVILLE (Exh.)
Nov. 5 (Fri.)- Dillard (Exh.)
Nov. 12 (Fri.) - EAST TENNESSEE ST.
Nov. 19 (Fri.) - at Portland#

Maui Invitational:
Nov. 22 (Mon.) - vs. Oklahoma^
Nov. 23 (Tue.) - vs. Washington/Virginia^
Nov. 24 (Wed.) - vs. TBD^

Dec. 4 (Sat.) - at North Carolina
Dec. 8 (Wed.) - vs. Notre Dame%
Dec. 11 (Sat.) - INDIANA
Dec. 22 (Wed.) - WINTHROP
Dec. 28 (Tue.) - COPPIN STATE
Dec. 31 (Fri.) - at Louisville
Jan. 3 (Mon.) - PENN
Jan. 8 (Sat.) - at Georgia
Jan. 11 (Tue.) - AUBURN
Jan. 15 (Sat.) - LSU
Jan. 18 (Tue.) - at Alabama
Jan. 22 (Sat.) - at South Carolina
Jan. 29 (Sat.) - GEORGIA
Feb. 1 (Tue.) - at Ole Miss
Feb. 5 (Sat.) - at Florida
Feb. 8 (Tue.) - TENNESSEE
Feb. 12 (Sat.) - at Vanderbilt
Feb. 19 (Sat.) - SOUTH CAROLINA
Feb. 23 (Wed.) - at Arkansas
Feb. 26 (Sat.) - FLORIDA
Mar. 1 (Tue.) - VANDERBILT
Mar. 6 (Sun.) - at Tennessee
Mar. 10-13 (Thur.-Sat.) - SEC Tournament&

#Rose Garden; ^Maui Invitational, Maui, Hawaii; %Freedom Hall, Louisville, Ky.; &Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.

Northern Kentucky Adds D1 Transfer James Cotton

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball head coach Dave Bezold announced Thursday that he has added Maryland Eastern Shore transfer James Cotton to the 2010-11 roster.

Cotton, a 6-foot-8 forward from Pocomoke City, Md., saw action in 19 games last season as a freshman for Maryland Eastern Shore. He started three times and averaged 2.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. Cotton shot 44.1 percent from the field and collected 11 steals.

“James is an outstanding athlete who brings a great deal of versatility to our team,” Bezold said. “He plays with a lot of intensity and can really run the floor. He can help us right away because of his experience at the Division I level, and he was one of the nation’s top 100 players while he attended prep school.”

Cotton played a year in prep school at Rise Academy (Pa.) and was rated 78th in Hoopscoop’s ranking of the nation's top 100 fifth-year players. While at Rise Academy, Cotton averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds per game.

Cotton joins an NKU program that posted a 17-13 record last season. The Norse also advanced to the semifinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.

NKU knocked off eventual regional champion Saint Joseph’s in the second round of the GLVC Tournament.

Source: NKU

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John Calipari to Speak at Event in Lexington

Kentucky head coach John Calipari will speak at a "Small Business Bounce Back" event in Lexington on Thursday, September 2.

Here is the release from

UK Coach John Calipari will join and the Bluegrass Small Business Development Center for a statewide event targeting small business owners and Kentucky’s nonprofit small business resource providers. “Small Business Bounce Back” will be held Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Embassy Suites in Lexington, Ky.

The statewide meeting will link small business owners and would-be entrepreneurs with resource providers offering valuable information and motivation to assist small business recovery in Kentucky. Additionally, Small Business Bounce Back attendees will learn about the steps taken by several Kentucky small business owners as they “bounced back” from near disaster.

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John Fitzgerald Leads QBL in Steals Per Game

Former Lindsey Wilson guard John Fitzgerald led the Queensland Basketball League (Australia) in steals per game for the 2010 season.

QBL 2010 Awards:

MVP - Daniel Egan (Townsville Heat)
D-League MVP - Josh Black (Seahawks GC)
Coach of the Year - Leonard King (Mackay Meteors)
U23 Youth Player of the Year - Jeromie Hill (Cairns Marlins)
Referee of the Year - Ron Braemer

2010 QBL Team of the Year:

Rhys Martin (Mackay Meteors)
Chris Goulding (Northside Wizards)
Matthew Hanson (Bundaberg Bulls)
Daniel Egan (Townsville Heat)
Ryan McDade (Rockhampton Rockets)

QBL statistical leaders:

Scoring - Matthew Hanson (Bundaberg Bulls) 29.8 ppg
Rebounding - Ryan McDade (Rockhampton Rockets) 15.2 rpg
Steals - John Fitzgerald (Mackay Meteors) 2.88 spg
Assists - Todd Meyerding (Bundaberg Bulls) 5.85 apg
Blocks - Anthony Petrie (Northside Wizards) 1.38 bpg

Brandon Jennings to John Wall for the Fastbreak Dunk

Brandon Jennings to John Wall for the amazing dunk during a Boost Mobile Elite 24 scrimmage:

* Video from Hoopmixtape 's YouTube Channel

Family of Fallen Track Star Needs Assistance

Thomas Washington, a Logan County High School class of 2010 graduate, passed away Saturday evening.

Washington was set to begin his freshman year at WKU as a member of the track team.

His high school track and cross country coach is raising money to help the family with the funeral expenses. Anyone interested in helping, please contact Coach Greg Howard at Logan County High School (270) 726-8454.

This young man was had an amazing spirit and brought life to all those whose paths he crossed.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Kentucky Extends Offer to Bowling Green's Chane Behanan

Kentucky and head coach John Calipari have extended a scholarship offer to Bowling Green big man Chane Behanan.

Evan Daniels of has confirmed the offer on Twitter:

EvanDanielscout Chane Behanan Gets New Offer, Takes Trip ...

EvanDanielscout Just got off the phone with Chane Behanan. He had some big news. Took a visit to Louisville and picked up a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

Behanan took a visit to Louisville this afternoon, as well.

I spoke to Behanan tonight and he confirmed the offer and spoke highly of the UK program.

"It's a great offer and also a great program," Behanan said. "Coach Cal is a solid individual."

He added, "I'm going to take a look at my options and evaluate."

Heshimu Evans Scores 25 in Loss to Belgium

Former Kentucky star Heshimu Evans led all scorers with 25 points but it was not enough as Portugal lost to Belgium 68-63. The loss dropped Portugal to 1-6 overall in the EuroBasket Qualifying Round.

Evans was 9-19 from the field and also pulled down 9 rebounds against the heavily favored Belgians (5-1).

In 7 EuroBasket Qualifying games, Evans is averaging 16.7 points and shooting 58.0% from the field. He has also pulled down 7.0 rebounds per game.


ESPN Breaks Down the Big East Conference

ESPN has broken down the Big East Conference and given a "best case/worst case" for each team.

Here is an excerpt about the Louisville Cardinals:


Best case:
Louisville coach Rick Pitino had his share of fun this offseason (and by fun, I mean debilitating and embarrassing public disclosures about a random sexual encounter in a Louisville restaurant) and now he'll have to prove why Louisville brass had his back so relentlessly through his off-court dilemma: He'll have to coach. Louisville doesn't have much talent returning from last year's inconsistent team. Pitino promises to up the tempo in a big way, and if the Cardinals are competitive this year, it will be thanks to Pitino's mastery of high-pressure basketball.

Worst case: Uptempo, pressuring style is great and all, but it helps if you have some talent. Louisville, unfortunately, doesn't have much. Terrence Jennings, Peyton Siva and Preston Knowles are all unproven, and freshman shooting guard Justin Coleman -- who, at No. 50 overall, is the highest-rated player in Louisville's uncharacteristically mediocre recruiting class -- will likely need time to develop before he's Big East-ready. Maybe Louisville's style will make them surprisingly tough. A better bet is a year of struggles almost as frustrating as Pitino's offseason.

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No ESPN College GameDay in Kentucky This Season

ESPN has announced the 2011 schedule for "College GameDay" and neither Kentucky nor Louisville were selected as host sites. The Wildcats will be involved in one "GameDay" game when they visit Florida on February 5.

Many Kentucky fans will likely feel slighted as UK broke the GameDay attendance record during a broadcast last season.

Scheduled sites for College GameDay and Saturday Primetime:

Jan 15 Knoxville, Tenn. 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. * Vanderbilt at Tennessee (men’s game) noon
Vanderbilt at Tennessee (women’s game) 8 p.m.
Jan 22 West Lafayette, Ind. 10 a.m. & 8 p.m. Michigan State at Purdue 9 p.m.
Jan 29 Lawrence, Kan. 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Kansas State at Kansas 7 p.m.
Feb 5 Gainesville, Fla. 10 a.m. & 8 p.m. Kentucky at Florida 9 p.m.
Feb 12 Villanova, Pa. 10 a.m. & 8 p.m. Pittsburgh at Villanova 9 p.m.
Feb 19 Lansing, Mich. 10 a.m. & 8 p.m. Illinois at Michigan State 9 p.m.
Feb 26 Blacksburg, Va. 10 a.m. & 8 p.m. Duke at Virginia Tech 9 p.m.
Mar 5 Waco, Texas 10 a.m. & 8 p.m. Texas at Baylor 9 p.m.

* ESPNU will televise the first hour of College GameDay with ESPN continuing coverage at 11 a.m. except Jan. 15 when ESPN will televise the first hour and ESPNU continuing coverage at 11 a.m. ESPN will televise the evening edition each week.

Louisville to Visit Western Kentucky in December

Jonathan Linter of spoke to WKU athletic director Ross Bjork yesterday about the Hilltoppers' 2010-11 schedule.

The schedule has not been announced at this point, but Bjork stated that it is coming soon. Bjork also confirmed the date the highly anticipated home game against the Louisville Cardinals.

Here is an excerpt:

Director of Athletics Ross Bjork said Tuesday that should change sometime within the next week or two. A contract with the Toppers’ final non-conference opponent was signed Monday, Bjork said, and now the task of finding a pair of exhibition opponents remains.

Bjork did say that Western’s highly anticipated matchup against Louisville — in Diddle Arena — will be played Dec. 22.

“We’re waiting on television on that one,” Bjork said. “We might be selected on ESPN.”

He added that the Toppers’ originally scheduled January home game against North Texas has been moved to Feb. 12 and will be televised on ESPN 2.

In addition to Sun Belt Conference play, Western’s schedule features a trip to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and games against South Carolina, Memphis, Murray State and Bowling Green.

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Yao Ming and Chuck Hayes Talking Trash at Workout

Check out Yao Ming and former Kentucky star Chuck Hayes having some light-hearted fun at practice recently:

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WebMedley LLC Launches New Website

WebMedley LLC, a Lexington-based digital marketing firm, has launched the new web site for UK head coach John Calipari.

Here is an excerpt about the new site from Business First of Louisville:

The site, , highlights Calipari’s activities, including preparations for the upcoming season, charity participation and media coverage from certain events, according to a news release.

The site integrates all of his social media accounts, the release said, so fans can stay informed through various forms of communication. It is compatible with desktop computers, iPhones and iPads.

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Japeth Aguilar Makes Philippines National Team Roster

Former Western Kentucky big man Japeth Aguilar has made the roster for the 2010 Philippines National Team.

Here is the complete roster:

Mark Barroca 198-F/C-88 Smart Gilas
5 Japeth Aguilar 207-C-85 Smart Gilas
6 JV Casio 177-G-86 Smart Gilas
7 Dylan Ababou 193-G/F-86 Smart Gilas
8 Chris Tiu 178-G-85 Smart Gilas
9 Asi Taulava 206-C-73 Coca-Cola
10 Mac Baracael 193-F/G-85 Smart Gilas
12 Jason Ballesteros 200-C-85 Smart Gilas
13 Marcio Lassiter 188-G-87 Smart Gilas
14 Rafael Joey Jazul 181-G-86 Smart Gilas
15 Rey Guevarra 193-F-85 Smart Gilas

Coach: Rajko Toroman Assistant Smart Gilas

Ex-Cat Joe Crawford Talks Tubby, Billy G and the NBA

Susan Shan has caught up with former Kentucky star Joe Crawford and he had plenty to say about his former UK head coaches and his future in basketball.

On Tubby Smith:

However, the scorer’s mentality that Crawford had never fit in with Coach Tubby Smith’s system. “It was hard for me to come in and change my game to his style of play,” he said. “I was used to taking over a game or taking a certain shot, but he didn’t like some of the shots I took.”

Although he calls Smith a great coach, Crawford feels that he would have never gotten drafted if Coach Billy Gillispie hadn’t taken over after Smith’s departure for Minnesota. “People didn’t get to see my game the three years prior to Coach G. I was that close to breaking through and showing everybody that I was really good,” he said.

On Billy Gillispie:

“Ramel [Bradley] and I carried all of that weight on our shoulders. There were times when we wanted to quit because of that pressure,” he said. “He would be in the doghouse or I would be in the doghouse, but we helped each other through it. No one knew what we were going through.”

The relationship with Gillispie was rocky from the start. Gillispie’s philosophy was to push a player as far as possible without breaking him in order to strengthen his mental and physical toughness. “He tried
to get the most out of us so he put us through a lot. He had to know that you were with him.”

On his basketball future:

This past summer, he played on the Orlando Magic’s summer league team. His 29-point breakout performance against the New Jersey Nets in the third game drew a lot of buzz from NBA teams. His subsequent games of 17 points and 15 points were also solid.

As a result, Crawford signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Sacramento Kings to participate in training camp. “It’s a great situation because they need a guard like me,” he said. “They’ll evaluate me for a month, I’ll practice with the team, and then I’ll play in the preseason games.”

If Crawford makes the team, he’ll join fellow former Wildcat DeMarcus Cousins, whom he met a summer ago in Lexington. “I played pickup games with John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, and DeMarcus Cousins before their freshmen year. It was a fun experence and I got the chance to see how talented they were first-hand,” he said. “They reminded me so much of my own recruiting class.”

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Pikeville College Releases 2010-11 Basketball Schedule

Pikeville College Men's Basketball Schedule for 2010-11:


29 Temple Baptist College Pikeville, KY (Expo) 7:00


1 # University of Kentucky Lexington, KY TBA
5 Giovanni’s Classic (Bethel, IN) Rio Grande, OH 6:00
6 Giovanni’s Classic (OU Chillicothe) Rio Grande, OH 2:00
10 Glenville State, WV Pikeville, KY (Expo) 8:00
13 # Spalding University Louisville, KY 4:00
19 BB&T Classic (Alice Lloyd College) Pikeville, KY (PC Gym) 8:00
20 BB&T Classic (Bluefield College) Pikeville, KY (PC Gym) 7:00
27 Faulkner University Pikeville, KY (Expo) 4:00
30 Kentucky Christian University Pikeville, KY (Expo) 8:00


2 University of the Cumberland’s“Pikeville Medical Center Night” Pikeville, KY (Expo) 8:00
4 Lindsey Wilson College (Pikeville HS vs. Knott Co. Central HS, 4:00) Pikeville, KY(Expo) 6:00
7 Alice Lloyd College Pippa Passes, KY 8:00
11 OSU – Mansfield Pikeville, KY (Expo) 4:00
16 Georgetown College Georgetown, KY 8:00
18 Shawnee State University Portsmouth, OH 4:00
29 Temple Baptist College Pikeville, KY(PC Gym) 4:00
31 Faulkner University Montgomery, AL 6:00 CST


6 Campbellsville University Campbellsville, KY 8:00
8 St. Catharine College Springfield, KY 4:00
13 Rio Grande University Pikeville, KY (PC Gym) 8:00
15 West Virginia Tech Pikeville, KY (Expo) 4:00
22 UVA Wise Wise, VA 4:00
27 University of the Cumberland’s Williamsburg, KY 8:00
29 Lindsey Wilson College Columbia, KY 4:00 CST


3 Georgetown College“Appalachian Wireless Night” Pikeville, KY (Expo) 8:00
5 Shawnee State University Pikeville, KY (Expo) 4:00
10 Campbellsville University Pikeville, KY (Expo) 8:00
12 St. Catharine College Pikeville, KY (Expo) 4:00
17 Rio Grande University Rio Grande, OH 8:00
19 West Virginia Tech Montgomery, WV 4:00
26 UVA Wise Pikeville, KY (Expo) 4:00


3-6 Mid-South Conference Tournament Frankfort, KY TBA
16-20 NAIA National Championship Kansas City, MO TBA

#-Exhibition Game

Junior Varsity Schedule:


29 Union College Pikeville, KY (Expo) 5:00


3 Rio Grande University Rio Grande, OH 7:30
7 Georgetown College Georgetown, KY 2:00 & 4:00
11 Sinclair Community College Pikeville, KY (PC Gym) 7:00
12 New Creations School Pikeville, KY (PC Gym) 7:00
13 New Creations School Pikeville, KY (PC Gym) 2:00
13 Spalding University Louisville, KY 4:00
16 Alice Lloyd College Pikeville, KY (PC Gym) 7:00
17 Bluefield College Pikeville, KY (PC Gym) 7:00


3 King College Bristol, TN 6:30
7 Alice Lloyd College Pippa Passes, KY 6:00


18 Rio Grande University Pikeville, KY (PC Gym) 7:30
20 Bluefield College Bluefield, VA 7:00
25 Union College Barbourville, KY TBA
26 King College Pikeville, KY (PC Gym) 6:30

DeMarcus Cousins Takes Over Arco Arena in Sacramento

Here is the new 35-feet tall, 118-feet wide banner of former UK star DeMarcus Cousins that now graces the side of Arco Arena in Sacramento:

* Photo taken by Kati Garner of

Memphis Transfer Sallie May Be Ineligible at Louisville

Mike Rutherford at reported last night that Memphis transfer Roburt Sallie may be ineligible for the 2010-11 season.

Here is an excerpt from Rutherford's article:

Lots of rumors circulating that Roburt Sallie may not have taken care of everything he needed to at Memphis and that he may end up never playing a game in a Louisville uniform. If true, Sallie would join Justin Coleman in the category of ineligible players who would have helped fill a major void on next year's roster; Sallie as a shooter and Coleman as an athletic wing.

If the Cards lose both Coleman and Sallie for the season, it is a damaging blow to the team's depth on the wings.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wildcats on Top of Updated 2011 Scout and Rivals Rankings

The Kentucky Wildcats have three of the top six players in both the Rivals150 and Scout Top 100 rankings for the 2011 recruiting class.

Both major services updated their rankings today and it is evident that John Calipari and Kentucky are on course to land one of college basketball's all-time great recruiting classes.

In the updated rankings, future Wildcat Anthony Davis takes over the No. 1 spot. Michael Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, who are both committed to UK already, sit in spots 5 and 6, respectively.

In the new Rivals150, Teague ranks No. 3, followed by Gilchrist at No. 4 and Davis at No. 6. Top 10 for 2011:

1. Anthony Davis; Committed to Kentucky
2. Quincy Miller; Baylor, Louisville, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas
3. Austin Rivers; Duke, Florida, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky
4. James McAdoo; Committed to North Carolina
5. Michael Gilchrist; Committed to Kentucky
6. Marquis Teague; Committed to Kentucky
7. Brad Beal; Committed to Florida
8. Adonis Thomas; Memphis, Tennesse, Kentucky, Duke, Florida, Kansas, Arkansas and others
9. Myck Kabongo; Committed to Texas
10. Rakeem Christmas; Committed to Syracuse

Others of Note:

11. LeBryan Nash
12. Wayne Blackshear; Committed to Louisville
19. Kye Wiltjer
22. Jakarr Sampson
24. Josiah Turner
27. Tony Wroten
29. Chane Behanan; (Bowling Green High School)
32. Deuce Bello
34. DeAndre Daniels
36. Amir Williams
52. Trevor Lacey
67. Michael Chandler Top 10 for 2011:

1. Austin Rivers
2. Marquis Teague
3. Michael Gilchrist
4. LeBryan Nash
5. Quincy Miller
6. Anthony Davis
7. Bradley Beal
8. James McAdoo
9. DeAndre Daniels
10. Josiah Turner

Others of Note:

23. Chane Behanan
25. Kyle Wiltjer
30. Tony Wroten
32. Wayne Blackshear
34. Trevor Lacey
43. Deuce Bello
44. Jakarr Sampson
47. Michael Chandler
72. Zach Price (Jeffersontown High School)
73. Amir Williams
103. Ryan Taylor (Western High School)
135. Derrick Gordon; Committed to Western Kentucky

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Eastern's Kameron Woods Commits to Butler University

Eastern High School's Kameron Woods has committed to Butler University.

Here is an excerpt about Woods' commitment from Jody Demling:

"It's been unbelievable," Woods told The Courier-Journal. "It couldn't have gone any better for me. I started kind of unknown, had 13 offers and now I am going to the NCAA (Tournament) runner-up. I couldn't ask for anything more."

Woods also had offers from Ohio University, IUPUI, Wright State, Eastern Kentucky, James Madison, Western Carolina, Morehead State, Georgetown, Miami (Ohio), Marshall, Tulane and Coastal Carolina.

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Former UK Star Derrick Millar Sentenced in Laurel County

Former Kentucky sharp-shooter Derrick Millar was sentenced today in Laurel County for his part in a ticket scam.

Millar, who is facing similar charges in multiple Kentucky counties, was sentenced to two years in jail with five years probated. The sentence translates into no jail time as long as he stays of trouble during that five year period.

He was also ordered to pay nearly $4,000 in restitution.

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Former Wildcat Rajon Rondo Withdraws from Team USA

Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo opted to withdraw from the United States men's national team roster earlier today. stated this morning:

Named to the 12-man 2010 USA World Championship Team were: Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets); Tyson Chandler (Dallas Mavericks); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers); Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).

The 2010-12 USA National Team coaching staff is led by Duke University’s Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, and features as USA assistant coaches Syracuse University’s Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan and Toronto Raptors head mentor Jay Triano.

“Rajon came to us and said he was going to withdraw from the team, that he had some family matters to attend to and some things to take care of before the NBA season. He did an outstanding job during our training, we appreciate the effort and commitment he made to our program and he completely has our support," said Colangelo.

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My Thoughts: I'm disappointed that Rondo is not on the World Championship roster, not because he's a former Wildcat, but because I think he added a needed dimension to the roster. That being said, he is not considered the typical "type" of player that is perfectly suited for international competition - in other words, he lacks a consistent jumper and excels in an up-and-down game.

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Rajon Rondo: "I think I'm on the bubble" for Team USA

Former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo is not happy about being held out of Team USA's game against Spain and he is feeling less confident about his chances of making the final roster.

The United States will need to cut one additional player from its current 13-man roster and Rondo feels that he is on the bubble:

"I think I'm on the bubble," Rondo said Tuesday. "Just looking at the obvious -- I got a DNP last game. That pretty much speaks for itself."

Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski has made some comments that would seem to backup Rondo's concerns:

When pressed on who may or may not be on the bubble, Krzyzewski gave a very strong indication that Stephen Curry is not.

"It's not so much what Rajon has to show, it's what our team needs. We've found a good lineup, and the international game is so different from the NBA game, you can ask any of these guys," Krzyzewski said. "Part of it is to make sure that we try not to have two non-shooters out on the court, and there's the physicality, too.

The cut will be made Wednesday night following an exhibition game against Greece (Weds. at Noon). Rondo is proving to be a team player, however:

"It's what's best for the country," said Rondo, who said his DNP-CD (did not play -- coach's decision) Sunday was his first since his rookie NBA season. "It's part of it. We knew coming in it was still tryouts until we make the team that goes to Turkey."

My Thoughts: I personally think it's a mistake to cut Rondo, but Coach K will do what he feels is best for the team.

Two from Kentucky Wesleyan Sign Pro Contracts

Former Kentucky Wesleyan stars T.J. Smith and Desmond Stephens have signed professional contracts to play basketball for international teams.

Smith led the Panthers in scoring (16.3 PPG), assists (5.5 APG) and steals (28) in 2009. He has signed with UBC Muenster in the Fourth Germany League.

Stephens averaged 18.1 points, 2.3 steals and 6.6 assists per game for KWC in 2010. He has signed with BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld in Austria's 1st Division League.

Kentucky Wildcats: Best Case vs. Worst Case in 2010-11 has broken down the Southeastern Conference and given a best case/worst case look at each team.

Here is an excerpt about Kentucky:


Best case: It's always difficult to predict how a young, unproven batch of talented recruits is going to play, but Kentucky fans got a glimpse of this team's potential in its torrid run through three Canadian exhibition games in August. Brandon Knight looked particularly impressive. If all goes well, Knight will be the latest in John Calipari's remarkable streak of star point guards, and Kentucky will find itself at the top of the SEC for the second straight season.

Worst case: For all of Kentucky's talent, this year's Wildcats aren't a particularly deep team. Calipari and company are still waiting for the NCAA clearinghouse to approve forward Enes Kanter's eligibility. If Kanter doesn't get eligible -- or, perhaps, even if he does -- Kentucky could be relying on a handful of supremely talented youngsters (Knight, Doron Lamb, Stacey Poole, and injured forward Terrence Jones) to carry considerable loads. Can they do it?

ESPN also lists "5 things to know" this offseason. First on the list is:

1. The eligibility of Kentucky freshman Enes Kanter: Kentucky has a chance to challenge Florida for the SEC East title if Kanter can clear up amateur issues from playing and growing up in his native Turkey before coming to the United States to finish high school. Kanter can be that much of a difference-maker for the Wildcats. He wasn't cleared in time to travel with Kentucky on its foreign trip to Canada earlier this month. The Wildcats have the top-rated newcomer class again this season, and a lot of that has to do with Kanter and Brandon Knight. Knight performed quite well by scoring and dishing out, while not committing turnovers on the trip. Kanter has time to get eligible, but the NCAA has been known to drag these cases out for quite some time. It could be a daily watch on whether Kanter will be eligible in time for Kentucky's trip west to play at the University of Portland and in Maui.

Fran Fraschilla expects UK to win the SEC East:

1. Kentucky: Could the Wildcats be as talented as last year's 35-3 team? No, but don't feel bad for John Calipari. His one-and-done freshman class has everything, including another great point guard in Brandon Knight.

2. Tennesee
3. Florida
4. Georgia
5. Vanderbilt
6. South Carolina

Andy Katz names a pair of Wildcat freshmen as key players in the league:

Enes Kanter, Kentucky: If Kanter is eligible, he immediately becomes one of the top big men in the SEC, if not the country. He's a lock for NBA first-round status if he decides to leave after this season. Kanter has already proved that he can produce, and now, like DeMarcus Cousins a year ago, he has to show he can handle the rigors of a long season.

Brandon Knight, Kentucky: Knight is not John Wall. Let's stop with those comparisons right now. He's a true point who can get the Wildcats into their dribble-drive-motion offense, but don't expect Knight to be the quickest guard who runs past opposing guards. The Canada trip was a bit of a misnomer for what should happen against elite college teams.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Kings to Hang Huge Banner of Cousins on Arco Arena

The Sacramento Kings have announced that the team will unveil banners of NBA Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins tomorrow.

Cousins was the team's first round draft pick this summer and is the NBA's Rookie of the Month for July.

Each banner will be 35 feet tall by 118 feet wide. The banners will be the two largest Kings banners ever to hang from Arco Arena.

DeMarcus Cousins and Lance Stephenson Scratching

I have came to the conclusion that NBA Rookie Photo Day was quite possibly the best day ever.

First, we had DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall doing the "Dougie" dance. Then, there was a rookie slam dunk contest thrown together during a layup line. Now, we have footage of Cousins and fellow rookie Lance Stephenson scratching records with DJ Neil Armstrong:

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Sterling: Source Says Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee and North Carolina Are Under NCAA Investigation

Our old buddy Kent Sterling has reared his ugly head once again. Sterling, who apparently wants a piece of the attention the Chicago Sun-Times earned with their Anthony Davis story, makes the claim this afternoon that Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Tennessee are all under NCAA investigation as a result of recruiting 2010 point guard Josh Selby.

Here is an excerpt of Sterling's non-substantive (since it's based on "a person close to the investigation") article:

We know that the NCAA is taking a long look into the recruiting of #1 recruit Josh Selby, and his relationship with Carmelo Anthony’s business manager Robert Frazier.

What is new is that investigation stretches beyond Bill Self, Selby, KU and Frazier. It includes the basketball programs at North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and their relationships during the recruiting process with Frazier and Selby. This is according to a person close to the investigation.

At some point, the arrogance of the crooks and pimps in college hoops will cause the whole mess to unravel, and this allegedly sordid business with Selby might hasten that process.

Sterling adds:

So the Tar Heels, Vols, Jaywawks, and Wildcats have reason to sweat because the NCAA is right at the end of its rope in the area of playing games. After listening to new NCAA president Mark Emmert in a couple of expansive interviews, there is no doubt in my mind that he isn’t a chair warmer type of guy and solutions will be found that will at the very least force the pimps to change their game a little bit.

He ends his plea for attention with:

The knuckleheads will be punished. The Josh Selby recruiting investigation may be that moment.

I hate to direct any traffic to his so-called work, but I'm obligated to include the link to the complete article.

My Thoughts: I personally hope Sterling receives a call from the same UK attorneys that contacted The Sun-Times.

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Tipton: DeAndre Daniels Will Attend Prep School in 2010

Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader is reporting that DeAndre Daniels has chosen to attend prep school in 2010 and remain in the 2011 recruiting class.

Daniels decommitted from Texas and toyed with the idea of reclassifying to the 2010 recruiting class, but it now appears he will stick with 2011.

Here is an excerpt:

However, trainer Alex Parker said that Daniels will attend a prep school this coming academic year. An announcement on the prep school should come in the next week or so, Parker said.
Parker emphasized that Daniels is going to a prep school to make sure he is physically and mentally ready for college. Family issues limited Daniels’ high school career to “one solid year” of varsity basketball, Parker said.

The prep school option is not related to academics, said Parker, who added that Daniels had a 3.2 grade-point average and had met the NCAA standards for freshman eligibility.

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Antoine Walker is Still on the NBA Comeback Trail

Former Kentucky star Antoine Walker, who has battled a host of issues ranging from weight problems to legal woes, is still putting serious effort into making an NBA return at the age of 34.

In the last few years, Walker has endured a DUI charge, legal woes stemming from gambling debts, real estate problems, a bankruptcy filing and a failed attempt at playing basketball in Puerto Rico.

Still, he has worked hard to overcome those problems and has spent the summer working out with his former coach at Kentucky, Rick Pitino.

His uncle has confirmed that Walker is hearing from several NBA teams and is hoping to make it to training camp.

Here is an excerpt of comments from Walker's uncle, Chico:

“He’s definitely looking to go into training camp, but he knows it’s not going to be a guaranteed contract,” said Chico. “He’s going to have to go in and make a team, and he understands that. That’s where he is in terms of his conditioning. He knows he has to go in there and earn a spot. Nothing’s going to be given to him regardless of what he’s done in the past.

“I think the main concern is that this other stuff is going to follow him around. Is that going to be a deterring factor for a lot of teams? Hopefully not because basketball-wise, I still think he has a little bit to give to the game. But he has to go in and he has to show that. Nothing’s going to be given to him at this point.”

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Tony Wroten Says He is Down to Six Schools

Tony Wroten, Jr. took to Twitter over the weekend to announce that he is down to five schools - then he gave a list of six schools: Louisville, Washington, Kentucky, Connecticut, Villanova and Miami.

Here are some of Wroten's Tweets (which, for the record, are always interesting):

ToneTone13 Having a sit down wit my bros. Gone narrow my schools to 5 tonight. Stay tuned. Will post them tonight

ToneTone13 My top 5 is final. Here it comes


ToneTone13 Well my bad james. LolRT @jmcadoo14: @ToneTone13 that's 6...

That is what Wroten says on Twitter, so take it for what it's worth.

Heshimu Evans Leads Portugal to First Qualifying Win

Former Kentucky star Heshimu Evans shined as Portugal shocked favored Poland 85-84 in the EuroBasket Qualifying Round.

A strong first half propelled Portugal to a surprising 37-28 halftime lead. Poland, led by NBA player Marcin Gortat, quickly came back to take a 48-47 lead.

The Polish side seemed destined to get the win, but Portugal and Evans would not go away. With the game tied 84-84, Gortat fouled David Gomes. Gomes sank one free throw to set the final score and give Portugal the unexpected victory.

Evans led all scorers with 20 points on blistering 8-10 field goal shooting.

The win was Portugal's first at the event as they improved to 1-5. Poland dropped to 3-3.


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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Inspiration Behind the "John Wall Dance" Dies in Suspected Murder

LaShawn Talbert, a Louisville-based hip hop artist, has died at the age of 28 from a violent gunshot wound.

Former Kentucky superstar John Wall credited Talbert as being the inspiration behind the now famous "John Wall Dance" moves.

Talbert arrived at University Hospital in Louisville early Wednesday morning after being shot in the head.

Patrick Patterson and John Wall Discuss NBA Goals

Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson says his number one goal is to stop LeBron James or Kobe Bryant for "just one play." Then, he'll say, "yo coach, get me out, I'm done..."

Former Cat John Wall said he is ready for "all of 'em":

Team USA Defeats Lithuania and Spain in Exhibitions

The United States men's national basketball team struggled at times, but managed to pull away from Lithuania and narrowly edge Spain in this weekend's exhibition games.

Former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo had a poor game against Lithuania and was held out of the lineup in the Spain game.

Yesterday against Lithuania, the Americans came out flat and actually trailed 29-28 at the half. A 24-2 run in the third and fourth quarters put the United States ahead for good, however.

Rondo started, but only played a little more than 14 minutes. He was 1-3 from the field and had 2 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals.

Kevin Durant led Team USA with 15 points and Rudy Gay added 14 off the bench.

In today's game, the United States lost an 11-point lead late and actually surrendered the lead for the first time with under two minutes remaining in the game. Two Derrick Rose free throws game the Americans an 86-85 lead. Kevin Duran blocked an attempted 3-pointer at the buzzer and Team USA survived.

The United States returns to action Wednesday at Noon when they battle Greece in the last exhibition game before the World Championships.

The American roster is still one player over the limit for the World Championships and someone will be cut before the event kicks off.

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