Saturday, September 4, 2010

SEC Tournament Venues Announced for Next Decade

The SEC has announced its venue schedule for the league's men's basketball tournament for the next decade. The prestigious event will be hosted in Nashville four times during the next ten years.

Here is the release from the SEC:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference has entered into a multi-year agreement with the Nashville Sports Council to play its men's basketball tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., SEC Commissioner Mike Slive announced Friday. With today's announcement the Music City will serve as host to the annual event four times in the coming decade, adding 2015, 2016 and 2019 to an already agreed upon 2013 tournament.

"We are excited about continuing our relationship with the city of Nashville," Slive said. "Nashville provides SEC teams and fans a great postseason experience. This past year's tournament at Bridgestone Arena was one of the most exciting in recent memory."

"We are thrilled that Music City will continue its partnership with the SEC as host for the men's tournament," Nashville Sports Council president & CEO Scott Ramsey said. "As we experienced this year, the Bridgestone Arena and downtown campus provides an exciting and electric atmosphere for players, fans and media. We are appreciative of the confidence the SEC has in Nashville as a host city and look forward to welcoming everyone back to Nashville on a regular basis over the next decade."

"The SEC Tournament back in March energized our entire downtown," Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said. "Our hotels, our restaurants, the entertainment district on Lower Broad all benefited from the thousands of visitors that the tournament drew. It is tremendous that the SEC has decided to return to Music City four more times in the coming years. Downtown is only going to get better, especially with the opening of our new downtown convention center campus in 2013. The tournaments are sure to be a great experience for the fans and a great win for our tourism industry."

Bridgestone Arena opened in 1996 and has hosted the SEC Basketball Tournament three times (2001, 2006 and 2010). The facility is Nashville's No. 1 venue for large-scale musical productions, as well as one of the nation's most highly acclaimed entertainment and sports venues. The 2010 SEC Tournament at the arena drew a total of 191,852 fans for an average of 17,441 per game.

Future SEC Tournament Sites

2011 Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Dome)
2012 New Orleans, La. (New Orleans Arena)
2013 Nashville, Tenn. (Bridgestone Arena)
2014 Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Dome)
2015 Nashville, Tenn. (Bridgestone Arena)
2016 Nashville, Tenn. (Bridgestone Arena)
2017 TBD
2018 TBD
2019 Nashville, Tenn. (Bridgestone Arena)

2011 Point Guard Tony Wroten Says He Will Visit Louisville

Tony Wroten, who never suffers from a shortage of words, stated on Twitter yesterday that he will be visiting Louisville on September 22.

Here are Wroten's posts on Twitter:

tonetone13 I wish I was n da ville wit me bros @JR_Swish, @qmillertime, @Chris_Smith5, an @TheRealTWill. Smh. Its all good. Ill b down there on da 22nd

tonetone13 Yea. RT @206PS3: @ToneTone13 u comin down the 22nd bro bro

Wroten is a 6-4 point guard from Seattle, Washington, He ranks No. 30 on the Rivals150 List for 2011. His list includes Kentucky.

Legendary Coach Sanford T. Roach Passes Away

Sanford T. Roach '37 passed away Sept. 2 at the age of 94 in Lexington, Ky.

Roach studied education and played basketball for Kentucky State College and went on to work as a teacher, coach and principal in Danville and Lexington, Ky. He was a well-known and respected coach who served at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School for 23 years. He was a civil rights leader in Lexington, helping to integrate high school athletics and ensure African Americans had a chance to attend University of Kentucky basketball games.

He was inducted into the Kentucky State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977, honored by the KSU National Alumni Association in 2007 at the Founder's Day Convocation and featured in a special university historical display at the 2007 Kentucky Folklife Festival, which was also exhibited in the KSU Welcome Center.

Source: Kentucky State University

Luke Cothron Finds a Home at Massachusetts

Luke Cothron, a 6-8 forward who was once mentioned in the same breath as Kentucky, has found a home at the University of Massachusetts.

Cothron was officially accepted at UMass yesterday. He originally signed with Auburn, but the Southeastern Conference does not accept academic nonqualifiers. He will pay his own way during the 2010-11 school year and will not play or practice with the Minutemen. He will be eligible in 2011-12 and will have a chance to earn back his lost eligibility if he's completed enough credits by the end of his fourth year in college.

Cothron chose the Minutemen over UTEP.

In other UMass news, one-time Western Kentucky commit David Laury will not play for the Minutemen. He will be attending junior college instead.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Dimemag: Team USA Needs Rajon Rondo at World Championships states today that Team USA could have used the services of Rajon Rondo during the World Championships.

Here is an excerpt:

While no one knows the complete story surrounding Rondo’s departure from Team USA, we do know that they’re in need of him now. In retrospect, the knocks on Rondo during tryouts now seem silly. Under the assumption that Coach K understood the vast mysteries of “International Basketball” (after all, he somehow beat Spain with Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Dwight Howard on the court), many went along with the belief that Rondo was just not right for FIBA play. The common criticisms justifying his departure were that he couldn’t shoot and didn’t make free throws.

Under closer examination, these criticism don’t seem consequential. Aside from Chauncey Billups, the USA guards have only shot a combined 29 free throws over five games. And despite his lack of pure shooting ability, Rondo’s stroke is not significantly worse than that of Derrick Rose or Russell Westbrook, the two players he was competing against for a point guard spot. (Note: In 2010, Rose shot 27 percent, Westbrook 22 percent and Rondo 21 percent from three. I’m not sure you feel the need to fly out at any of these bricklayers). Incidentally, Rondo shot the higher percentage from the field than both Rose and Westbrook.

Complete Article

The article adds:

Over the last week it’s become clear that the attributes Rondo has in excess – ball-handling, the ability to decipher defenses and floor leadership – are in short supply on Team USA. Regardless of the reason he was left off the team, it’s hard to justify his absence using his history as a player, or the play of his peers in Turkey.

My Thoughts: I agree 100% with this assessment and I felt that Rondo was the best option for Team USA. I'm not sure what went wrong, but if this team loses due to weak guard play, I'll be the first in line to question Coach K's decision-making.

Results of Eric Bledsoe Investigation Expected Next Week

The law firm investigating the high school academics of former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe plans to release its findings next week, according to Birmingham Board of Education attorney Afrika Parchman.

Here is an excerpt from The Birmingham News:

The Birmingham News reported that the NCAA visited Birmingham in February asking questions about Bledsoe's academics and residency while in high school.

Since June 24, the Birmingham school system has spent $8,305 on the investigation, which is being conducted independently by the law firm White Arnold & Dowd, according to billing records obtained through an open-records request.

In a July 1 letter, retired federal judge U.W. Clemon, a partner at the law firm, wrote that the firm strives to be cost-effective and the school system's total bill would not exceed $10,000. The letter identified that the Alabama High School Athletic Association requested the investigation into Bledsoe.

Complete Article

Faried, Mack Prove There's More To It Than Recruiting Stars

Morehead State's Kenneth Faried and Butler's Shelvin Mack are solid proof that there is more to college basketball success than recruiting stars from Rivals, Scout or other recruiting services.

The college accolades of Mack and Faried have landed them on FanHouse's "Two-Star or Less All-Star Team."

The team consists of the best players who were no 3-,4- or 5-star recruits out of high school.

Starting Lineup:

PG - Jimmer Fredette, BYU
SG - Shelvin Mack, Butler
SF - Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame
PF - Kenneth Faried, Morehead State
C - Mike Davis, Illinois

Here are excerpts about Faried and Mack:

PF – Kenneth Faried, Morehead State -- That Kenneth Faried isn't a household name is just an indictment that households don't watch enough college basketball. The power forward with the kind of motor NASCAR would toss a restrictor plate on bullied his way to 16.9 points and 13 rebounds a game this season, the latter the second highest total in Division I. Faried was also the only player to finish in the top 10 in offensive and defensive rebounding percentage, and won both player of the year and the defensive player of the year awards in the Ohio Valley Conference. Even though he played high school basketball in Newark, N.J., Faried received no attention as a high-major prospect.

SG – Shelvin Mack, Butler -- Had Gordon Hayward remained in college and Willie Veasley been a year younger, the entire two-star team could've simply been Butler. The Bulldogs' 2008 five-man, all two-star high school class formed the backbone of last year's national runner-up squad. Three players from the '08 class were starters (Mack, point guard Ronald Nored and eventual NBA lottery pick Hayward.) The other starters were Veasley, a two-star recruit in 2006, and Matt Howard, a 2007 three-star (he presumably would've been docked to a two-star as well, had anyone been able to forsee his adventures in mustachery). Meanwhile, UCLA, the nation's top-ranked class of '08 has done much less with much more. Of the Bruins' vaunted five-man class, two left the program acrimoniously (J'Mison Morgan and Drew Gordon), one declared early for the NBA (Jrue Holiday), one developed into a good college player (Malcolm Lee) and the last is still trying to arrive in the college game (Jerime Anderson). UCLA's class has one NCAA tournament win, Butler has one Final Four.

Complete Article

Marquis Teague: The Best Point Guard in 2011? wonders if Marquis Teague is the best point guard in the 2011 class. After watching this video, I wonder if the future Kentucky Wildcat is the best player in the 2011 class:

* Video from Hoopmixtape 's YouTube Channel

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Can Louisville Compete with Kentucky in 2011?

Jerry Meyer of is asked that question in his "Mailbag" feature today and he thinks U of L has a strong chance to land a top 5 class in 2011.

Meyer actually feels that Pitino and company have a solid chance to land right behind Kentucky when all is said and done in 2011.

The Cardinals already have three four-star prospects: Wayne Blackshear, Zach Price and Ryan Taylor. They also have solid chances to land Quincy Miller, Josiah Turner, Chane Behanan and Deuce Bello.

Meyer thinks that Kentucky will likely land at least one more player for 2011 as well. He mentions Anthony Wroten and Trevor Lacey as two possibilities

Here is an excerpt:

Wroten, the No. 30-ranked prospect in the Rivals150, talks a lot about Kentucky but it is tough to get a gage on how hard Kentucky is pursuing Wroten. In fact, the only head coach who was tracking Wroten late in July was Lorenzo Romar of Washington. Most believe that at the end of the day, the opportunity to stay home and play for his father’s alma mater in a fast-paced system will make Wroten a Husky.

Kentucky, however, will likely have room for another recruit. After the success of John Wall and Eric Bledsoe playing together in the backcourt, Calipari might put on the full court press to put together a backcourt of Wroten and Marquis Teague.

Another possibility for Kentucky at the shooting guard position is four-star prospect Trevor Lacey. Along with Kentucky, Memphis and Auburn are at the top of Lacey’s list.

Complete Article

John Calipari Appears on Mike & Mike in the Morning

Kentucky head coach John Calipari made an appearance on ESPN's Mike & Mike in the Morning this morning.

Here is a summary of the show and a link to listen:

Kentucky coach John Calipari talks about the rumors he was headed to the NBA to coach LeBron James. Calipari also talks about recruiting and having five Kentucky players selected in the first round of the NBA draft. John Calipari

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New York Knicks May Start Without Kelenna Azubuike

Howard Beck of The New York Times N.B.A. Blog reported recently that the New York Knicks may start training camp with former Kentucky star Kelenna Azubuike on the sideline.

Azubuike is recovering from a torn patellar tendon which team president Donnie Walsh labelled as “one of the worst injuries in the league.”

Here is an excerpt of Beck's article:

Azubuike spent most of the summer rehabilitating with a private trainer. He just began working with the Knicks’ staff this week, so team officials do not yet have a firm assessment. Azubuike is not yet running or jumping, which suggests that he is a long way from playing high-level basketball.

“I think it’s 50-50 whether he’ll be ready for training camp right now,” D’Antoni said. “He thinks he will be.”

When healthy, the 26-year-old Azubuike is probably the Knicks’ top candidate to start at shooting guard, because of his athleticism, his strength and his steady 3-point stroke. At 6 feet 5 inches and 220 pounds, Azubuike is built “like a brick,” D’Antoni said, and is an above-average defender.

Complete Article

Calipari Mentions Nazr Mohammed as a Future Assistant

When speaking to University of Kentucky students last night, John Calipari mentioned the possibility of former Wildcat Narz Mohammed working with the basketball program in the future.

Here is an excerpt from Jerry Tipton's article:

Calipari said that Mohammed might play a few more seasons in the NBA. Then Mohammed would need one more year of academic work to get a degree.

With a degree, Mohammed would be in position to join the UK staff, Calipari said.

Complete Article

Berea College Releases 2010-11 Basketball Schedule

Berea College has released its 2010-11 basketball schedule.

Berea College 2010-2011 Schedule

Date Opponent Place Time Score

Sat. Oct. 30 Kentucky Christian
Indiana Wesleyan Dimmich Memorial Tournament. Grayson, KY 3:00 PM
Fri. Nov. 5 Indiana Wesleyan Marion, IN 8:00 PM
Sat.Nov. 6 East-West(IL)/Ashford(IA) Marion, IN 1/3:00 PM
Tue. Nov. 9 Crown(TN) Berea, KY 7:00 PM
Sat. Nov. 13 Shawnee State(OH) Berea, KY 7:30 PM
Tue. Nov. 16 Lindsey Wilson(KY)
Marian KenElmendorf Memorial Tournament
Berea, KY 7:00 PM
Fri. Nov. 19 Mt. Vernon Nazarene(OH) Indianapolis, IN 8:00 PM
Mon.Nov. 29 Lindsey Wilson(KY) Columbia, KY 8:00 PM
Wed. Dec. 1 Tennessee Wesleyan
Wierwille Hoops Invitational
Athens, TN 6:00 PM
12/4 Wierwille Hoops Classic
Warren Wilson Berea, KY 8:00 PM
12/5 Wierwille Hoops Classic
Temple Baptist Berea, KY 4:00 PM
12/10 University of Cumberlands Williamsburg, KY 7:00 PM
12/12 Brescia University Owensboro, KY 3:00 PM
12/19 OSU Mansfield Mainsfield, OH
1/4 Milligan College Berea, KY 5:30 PM
1/5 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC 7:00 PM
1/8 Crown College Berea, KY 7:30 PM
1/12 Indiana University Southeast New Albany, IN 7:30 PM
1/16 St. Louis College of Pharmacy St. Louis, MO 2:00 PM CST
1/19 Asbury College Berea, KY 8:00 PM
1/21 Ky. Christian University Berea, KY 7:30 PM
1/23 Brescia University Berea, KY 2:00 PM
1/26 Alice Lloyd College Berea, KY 7:30 PM
1/30 Indiana University East Richmond, IN 2:00 PM
2/2 Cincinnati Christian University Cincinnati, OH 7:30 PM
2/9 Alice Lloyd College Pippa Passes, KY 7:30 PM
2/12 Indiana University East Berea, KY 7:30 PM
2/13 Cincinnati Christian University Berea, KY 7:30 PM
2/16 Asbury College Wilmore, KY 8:00 PM
2/18 Indiana University Southeast Berea, KY 7:30 PM
2/25 - 2/27 KIAC Tournament TBA TBA

DeMarcus Cousins, Others Put On a Show for Charity

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins and several other basketball stars put on a show recently at the Goodman League Charity event:

Anthony Davis Sends Love to Big Blue Nation

Anthony Davis Jr. sends love to Kentucky fans in an interview - says he wants to win a national championship and it's all about Big Blue Nation:

* Video from danpon1 's YouTube Channel

Northern Kentucky Adds High-Scoring Bobby Shannon

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball head coach Dave Bezold has added former Maryland prep standout Bobby Shannon to the 2010-11 roster.

Shannon, a 6-foot-5 wing player, led all Washington, D.C., area players in scoring during his senior year at Potomac High School. Shannon averaged 27.1 points and led his team to a share of the Prince George's 3A/2A league title and the Maryland 2A South Region postseason championship.

Shannon played at the College of Southern Maryland last season and led the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference in scoring at 23.0 points per game. He also led the Hawks in field-goal percentage (.545) and rebounds per game (6.3) last season.

“Bobby is really an explosive offense player and a great athlete who can score the ball in a variety of ways,” Bezold said. “He was one of the top high school players in the D.C. area, and a number of schools were after him four years ago. Bobby is also a great leaper, and he has a chance to really help this team immediately.”

After attending The Patterson School in Lenoir, N.C., Shannon signed with Marshall University but never played for the Thundering Herd. Other schools that recruited Shannon included Arkansas, Georgetown, Maryland, Villanova, Memphis, UTEP, George Washington and Iowa State.

Shannon is the fourth transfer to join NKU for the upcoming season. The Norse also landed Division I transfers James Cotton (Maryland Eastern Shore), Malcolm Eleby (St. Bonaventure) and Josh Tabb (Tennessee) for the 2010-11 campaign.

Shannon 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.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Young Wildcats Grace Cover of Sporting News Yearbook

Kentucky basketball freshmen Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones are on the cover of Sporting News Street & Smith's Region 5 College Basketball Yearbook.

Louisville's Jared Swopshire is on the inset.

Cover: Brandon Knight & Terrence Jones, Kentucky

Inset: Jared Swopshire, Louisville

Richie Farmer Announces Candidacy for Lieutenant Governor

Former UK basketball player Richie Farmer has announced his candidacy for the position of lieutenant governor in Kentucky.

Farmer will be running on the ticket with David Williams, the President of the Kentucky Senate.

* Video by KyKernel

Louisville Fire and Police Departments to Battle on Basketball Court

The Louisville fire and police departments will do battle on the basketball court on Thursday, September 9.

The annual Patriot Games will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center and the doors open at 3:30 p.m.

There will be youth activities on site, including a free basketball clinic conducted by the Bellarmine University basketball staff and team.

Proceeds from the event will be used to help The Healing Place, a charity that helps the addicted and homeless.

Patriot Game VIII

A Basketball Classic Event!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Louisville Metro Police Department v. Louisville Fire Department


Patriot Game VIII will:

- Honor the men and women of our local police and fire departments and other first responders;
- Commemorate the anniversary and fallen heroes of September 11, 2001;
- Raise awareness and needed funds for The Healing Place, Kentucky’s leading homeless shelter/addiction recovery program.

Patriot Game VIII features:

- Terrific basketball between our Police and Firefighters!
- A tribute to the 9/11 heroes, and to our local heroes as well
- A positive experience for more than 1,500 youth in attendance
- Free tickets and T-shirts to all youth! (ages 17 and under)
- A strong message about the great future available to those who say no to drugs and alcohol
- Fun for all ages!
- Basketball Clinic – details below!
- Inflatables for kids!
- Dance Teams and Step Teams!
- VIPs and Celebrity Players signing autographs!
- Concessions available!
- And more!
- Doors open: 3:30 p.m.


Free Basketball Clinic with Coach Davenport & Bellarmine U. Teams!
4:15 – 4:45 p.m. Sign-in and warm up
4:45 – 6:15 p.m. Free Basketball Clinic
6:15 p.m. Patriot Game pre-game ceremonies, teams warm up
6:45 p.m. Tip-off for Patriot Game VIII – Louisville Metro Police Dept. vs. Louisville Fire Dept.

Free Basketball Clinic for Kids!

- For kids in 1st grade through 8th grade only
- Clinic run by Bellarmine University Men’s Head Coach Scott Davenport and his team players and women’s team players
- Clinic will consist of 8 goal stations, with different skills being taught at each station
- Firefighter and Police volunteers will also help coach at various stations
- All participants receive a free Patriot Game T-shirt!

To print Sign-up form CLICK HERE, or call 212-2425 to request the Sign-up Form!
This is a family event – everyone welcome! Come on out and support the teams!

Video: Interview with Former UK Star John Wall caught up with former Kentucky point guard John Wall at the Elite 24 game:

* Video from rappsports YouTube Channel

Former Racer Tony Easley Signs in Poland

Former Murray State student-athlete Tony Easley is now a professional basketball player after signing recently to play the coming season in the Polish A-league with Polina Azbud Warszawa.

“You bet, I am excited to get this opportunity,” Easley said while taking a break from a pick-up game at the Regional Special Events Center. “You never think that you’ll get the chance to play pro ball, but you always hope.”
“This is a blessing and I’m excited to start a new chapter in my life,” Easley added.

When Easley arrived at Murray State from Auburn, Ala., in 2005, he was a slight center that only needed some time to grow into a college basketball player.

“My time at Murray State means so much to me, Easley said. “Look, I was cut in the 9th grade, so to get the chance to come to MSU and have the career I’ve had, it’s amazing.”

Easley helped the Racers to a 31-5 season in 2009-10, which included their first NCAA Tournament win since 1988 over Vanderbilt and a near miss against eventual national runner-up Butler.

He hasn’t let up since the season ended, with daily workouts to increase his value as a professional.

“I’ve haven’t take much time off,” Easley said. “I was a post player for MSU, but in the pros I believe I’ll play some at small forward. Since the season ended, I’ve worked on my ball handling and perimeter shooting, because I’ll have to do that because I won’t be playing with my back to the basket as much.”

Easley played with tons of enthusiasm and was a Murray State fan favorite.

“So many people influenced me, so I owe Murray State and I’ll keep working hard, but I’m going to miss the place very much.”

When Murray State Head Coach Billy Kennedy arrived in 2006, he quickly saw Easley as a potential impact player.

“Tony has been a cornerstone for our program for four years,” Kennedy said. “He developed into a special player.”

Kennedy also enjoyed having Easley’s leadership in the Racer program.

Complete Release

Calipari Thinks Enes Kanter Decision is Coming Soon

Kentucky head coach John Calipari stated at a book-signing last night that he feels a decision on freshman Enes Kanter is coming soon.

Here is an excerpt from

"Still going through the process," Calipari said of Kanter, who has been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse but did not travel with the team to Canada. "The process with the foreign student will take a little longer, but I think in the next couple of weeks we'll know," he said.

Calipari also discusses recruiting a bit and seemed to allude to the most recent commitment - Kyle Wiltjer. Coaches are not permitted to comment on unsigned recruits, but he did give a blanket statement:

"When young men say they want to play with other great players, that's what you want to hear."

Greater Louisville UK Alumni Association to Host 2010 Wildcat Tip-Off Dinner with Coach John Calipari

Louisville, Kentucky (September 1, 2010) – The Greater Louisville UK Alumni Club, in Corporate Partnership with Central Bank, will host the 2010 Wildcat Tip-off Dinner on Thursday, September 23rd at the Kentucky International Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 2D, 221 South Fourth Street. Doors will open at 5:30pm and the program will begin at 7:00pm. The evening will be emceed by Matt Jones, Kentucky Sports Radio, and Tom Leach, the “Voice of the Wildcats”, and include cocktails, live music, a silent auction, dinner and a presentation and book signing by UK men’s basketball coach John Calipari.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the University of Kentucky Alumni Scholarship Endowment fund. Tickets are $50 for members and $55 for non-members and tables of 8 can be purchased for $400. Reservations can be made by calling Central Bank at 502-456-3830.

For more information or questions about tables sponsorships, contact Kim Livesay at 502-445-1680 or .

**News Media Advisory***

The news media will be invited to a 30-minute press conference with Coach Calipari prior to the dinner at 5:30pm in Room 101 at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

This event is sponsored by DMLO (Deming, Malone, Livesay and Ostroff), with special thanks to 84 WHAS, Fox 41/WDRB and Big Blue Sports Marketing.

About the UK Alumni Association

With approximately 30,000 University of Kentucky Alumni living in the Greater Louisville area, the Greater Louisville UK Alumni Association is one of the largest clubs in the country.

The UK Alumni Association fosters lifelong engagement among alumni, friends and the association and supports the mission and goals of the university. The Association traces its history to 1889, when Joseph H. "Little Joe" Kastle, a graduate of UK and a nationally-known chemist, returned to his alma mater as professor of chemistry. He persuaded a few of his fellow faculty members/UK graduates to establish an alumni club, organizing the first group of alumni with the purpose of joining together in support of the university in association together. For more information about the UK Alumni Association, visit

Quincy Miller Interview; Will He Commit to Louisville?

Evan Daniels of stated recently that Quincy Miller "could" commit to Louisville this weekend when he visits with good friend Deuce Bello.

DukeHoopBlog interviewed Miller at the Elite 24 game. Miller stated in the interview that he will stay in college four years if he feels his team has a shot at the national championship. The interviewer also asked a Brian Clifton question that was interesting:

* Video from DukeHoopBlog 's YouTube Channel

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Chuck Hayes Takes Batting Practice in Houston

Several members of the Houston Rockets, including former Kentucky star Chuck Hayes, got a chance to take batting practice at Houston's Minute Maid Park before tonight's game against St. Louis.

Hayes hit a few balls to the wall, but only Houston assistant Shawn Respert was able to put one over the fence.

Here is an excerpt from

"In the Home Run Derby, I always wondered why they were sweating so much, and now I know," he said. "I get it. Now I know why they always have a Gatorade handed to them when they're done swinging. What you do on the court has nothing to do with out here. Those guys are amazing."

In other Chuck Hayes news, conducted an excellent interview with the former UK star. I recommend checking it out:

JCF: Well, offensive efficiency aside, we all know defense is your bread and butter. What is your defensive philosophy, both from an individual and a team standpoint?

CH: Well individually I have to kind of be like a free safety or a quarterback. It’s my job to talk to the team on the defensive end. I have to run my mouth and make sure everybody is in the right spot while also controlling my man, too, because more than likely I’m going to be guarding the key offensive post threat.

As a team, we have to hold each other accountable. We have to commit ourselves and really want to do it. With Yao back, it’s great to have him, but it starts with your man first – you can’t always just depend upon the big guy because he may be late or he can’t afford to be in foul trouble. So as a team we have to hold each other accountable and have to want to make stops.

JCF: I suspect most basketball people wouldn’t point to guys like you and Shane Battier and say, “That’s the prototype for what an NBA shut-down defender should look like.” And yet you’re two of the best this league has to offer in terms of defensive impact. So I’m curious – what do you think is more important on the defensive end: physical ability or the mental aspect of team defensive principles?

CH: It’s all mental. Physical is great, don’t get me wrong. I mean me and Shane are going to be out-jumped by every guy we go against. But knowing the game, doing your homework, reading the scouting report, watching tape, knowing opposing personnel and their preferences – you do all that and I guarantee you’ll have an advantage mentally of knowing what your guy will do and how you can contain him. It’s good to have physical attributes as far as being able to run and jump and having foot speed, but for Shane and myself the mental side is so important which is why we always do our homework days before the game.

Complete Interview (Highly Recommended Read)

Some Poor Judgement at West Virginia and Michigan State

A couple of stories were released today that illustrates what happens when college athletes make poor decisions and are forced to suffer the consequences.

First came the news Joe Mazzulla and Dalton Pepper of West Virginia. The two Mountaineers could not make it to a restroom, so they opted to urinate in a public street in Morgantown. The two were charge with disorderly conduct and public urination.

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins said in a statement: "We are aware of the situation and the matter ill be handled internally."

Next, the news about a Michigan State player began to circulate around the Internet. Spartan junior Korie Lucious was charged with DUI and spent five hours in jail early this morning.

A copy of Lucious' ticket showed that he blew a .09 on a breathalyzer test.

His attorney stated: "This isn't admissible evidence necessarily. All we know is that the officers made some observations, wrote a ticket, it says .09 and, well, at this point, that means nothing."

Joe Crawford Taken in NBA D-League Expansion Draft

Former Kentucky star Joe Crawford was taken by the Texas Legends in today's NBA D-League expansion draft.

Crawford spent last season with the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the D-League.

He is still hoping to find a home in the NBA and has signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Sacramento Kings.

Players taken in today's expansion draft:

Keith Clark F 6-8 245 Oklahoma
Joe Crawford G 6-5 210 Kentucky
Michael Fey C 7-0 270 UCLA
Ryan Forehan-Kelly G/F 6-6 195 California
Gabriel Hughes C 7-0 240 California
James Peters F 6-8 215 UNLV
Frank Robinson G 6-4 220 Cal-State Fullerton
Diamon Simpson F 6-7 230 St. Mary's (CA)
Dar Tucker G 6-4 205 DePaul
James Wright G 6-1 185 Colorado

Tubby Smith Makes Guacamole at the State Fair

Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith tried his luck at making guacamole at the Tejas Express booth at the Minnesota State fair on Monday.

Here is Smith with Eric Perkins of KARE11:

In other Smith news,
local leaders in Covington will revive an after-school program that gives computer access and skills to underprivileged Holmes Middle School students.

The program is titled "Tubby's Clubhouse" and it was founded in Lexington when Smith was the University of Kentucky head coach.

Article about Tubby's Clubhouse

Northern Kentucky Lands SEC Transfer Josh Tabb

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball program landed another talented transfer Tuesday when former University of Tennessee guard Josh Tabb was added to the roster.

Tabb, a 6-foot-4 senior from Carbondale, Ill., played three years at Tennessee and saw action in 96 games for the Volunteers. As a junior, Tabb started 11 times and played in 33 games. He averaged 3.4 points and 1.7 assists per game that season.

During his freshman season at Tennessee in 2006-07, Tabb netted a career-best 11 points and grabbed five rebounds during a road game at Mississippi.

“Josh has a chance to step in and be an impact player in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, and he’s going to make his presence felt offensively and defensively,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “He was a key player in Tennessee’s rotation, and his quickness and strength in the backcourt is going to cause a lot of problems for the opposition.”

Tabb averaged 21 points, five assists and six rebounds as a senior at Carbondale High School in 2005. He later played at Harmony Prep in Cincinnati and led the team to a Division I national runner-up finish.

A week ago, Bezold added two other Division I transfers in St. Bonaventure point guard Malcolm Eleby and Maryland Eastern Shore forward James Cotton.

“We have definitely landed some very good players who bring a great deal of experience into our program,” Bezold said. “The combination of our returning players and the newcomers should make for good competition during practice, and I think our fans are really going to enjoy watching this team.”

Tabb joins an NKU program that posted a 17-13 record last season. The Norse also advanced to the semifinals of the GLVC Tournament.

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


Chane Behanan Decides to Visit Louisville This Weekend is reporting that Bowling Green big man Chane Behanan has decided to visit Louisville this weekend.

Behanan was originally scheduled to visit West Virginia, but he has changed plans and will name make another trip to U of L.

Here is an excerpt from Scout:

Chane Behanan, who visited Louisville last week, was scheduled to make an official visit to West Virginia this weekend. However,'s No. 29 2011 prospect has a big change of plans that qualifies as BIG news for another Big East program.

This could be a huge weekend for Rick Pitino and the Cardinals as Quincy Miller and Deuce Bello will also be making a visit. There are rumors that Miller and Bello are leaning towards Louisville and may even give commitments before the weekend ends.

UK 2012 Recruit J.P. Tokoto Receives Honor

Kentucky 2012 recruit J.P. Tokoto has been named Northwest NOW's Player of the Year for his play during his sophomore season at Menomonee Falls.

Tokoto, a 6-6 forward, averaged 18.6 points and 10 rebounds a game to lead his team to their first Greater Metro Conference title since 1993 and a record-setting 21 wins.

Tokoto ranks No. 32 on the Rivals150 List for 2012. He has a long list of offers, including Kentucky.


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University of the Cumberlands Head Coach Don Butcher

Here is a video bio of Cumberlands head coach Don Butcher:

* Video from brandonh4 's YouTube Channel

Monday, August 30, 2010

John Calipari Talks Team Pics, Erin Andrews and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari went to the waves of social networking tonight to pass along everything from UK team pictures to news about ESPN's Erin Andrews.

First, Coach Cal announced that Andrews will be a special guest at his upcoming women's clinic:

UKCoachCalipari One of my favorite people is @ErinAndrews, even though she's a Gator. We all voted for her when she was Dancing with the Stars.

UKCoachCalipari It's confirmed that she is coming to UK for our Women's Clinic on Oct. 6th. Don't wait! Sign up:

He added that the team had dinner at the Calipari's tonight:

UKCoachCalipari Cooking 101 at the Calipari's. (Megan with helper)

And also, he shared news of team picture day:

UKCoachCalipari Took team photos tonite. Here r a few behind-the-scene shots:

Brescia to Play Home Games at the Owensboro Sportscenter

Brescia University head coach Joe Pechota is excited to announce that his team will play home games in 2010-11 at the Owensboro Sportscenter.
"We're excited about the opportunity to have the Sportscenter as the new home of Brescia basketball," Pechota stated. "There is a history and a tradition within the community of Owensboro with the Sportscenter and we look forward to adding to that tradition."

Pechota feels that the move is a tremendous opportunity for the university, as well.

He explained, "by moving our games to the Sportscenter, the university will now gain more exposure within the community and the numerous alumni who reside in Owensboro."

In addition, the move can be used as a recruiting advantage and will give the Brescia players improved locker room facilities.

"We look forward to playing there," Pechota exclaimed.

Justin Coleman Ends Up at Marshall University

Justin Coleman, who failed to qualify at Louisville, will enroll at Marshall University.

Here is an excerpt from

“I have been speaking with Justin about Marshall since May when his eligibility starting looking suspect,” said Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford. “Once we received his test score, we just felt Marshall was his best option.

“He is familiar with the area and vice-versa. I have developed a quick relationships with Coach (Tom) Herrion and am excited for Justin to be a member of the Marshall basketball team.”

“It is win-win for everyone,” Fulford said. “Marshall is getting the highest rated player they have ever had here and we are thrilled that he is coming from Huntington Prep. We are excited to have Justin back in Huntington. And as a Marshall graduate, I am looking forward to him in green and white.”

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Frank Ramsey Not a Fan of UK Ticket Price Increase

Former All-American Frank Ramsey is not a fan of the Kentucky basketball tickets price increase.

The required "K Fund" donation to reserve prime seating at Rupp Arena jumped 370% this summer - from $1,350 to $5,000 per ticket.

Here is an excerpt from Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader:

When former All-American Frank Ramsey received a letter from the University of Kentucky advising him about the higher ticket prices this coming basketball season, he could not believe what he read.

"Is this a misprint or what?" he said when he saw that the K Fund donation required to reserve his second-row seats would leap from $1,350 to $5,000 per ticket.

Of course, it was no misprint.

After thinking it over, Ramsey decided not to renew his tickets near the floor. He'll keep his other seats higher up in the lower deck of Rupp Arena.

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My Thoughts: I think UK reserves the right to charge whatever they wish for tickets. If fans and supporters are willing to pay $5,000 per seat, then it is a wise business decision for UK.

That being said, a family of four would have to donate $20,000 for basketball tickets...Wow.

Former Wildcat Richie Farmer to Run for Lt. Governor

WKYT has learned that former Kentucky sharp-shooter Richie Farmer will make a run for Lieutenant Governor.

Here is an excerpt from WKYT:

27 NEWSFIRST has learned that Kentucky Senate President David Williams (R-Burkesville) will make a run for the Governor's office next year, and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer will join the ticket in the Lieutenant Governor slot.

Sources indicate the official announcement will come on Wednesday.

Ex-NKU Star Carl Mitchell Re-Signs with Las Vegas Aces

Former Northern Kentucky star Carl Mitchell has re-signed with the ABA's Las Vegas Aces for the 2010-11 season.

In recent years, Mitchell has bounced around from the NBA D-League to the ABA, even making a one-game stop in South Korea.


Terrence Williams Primed to Make "The Leap" in 2010-11 thinks former Louisville star Terrence Williams is primed for a breakout sophomore NBA season. The site lists Williams as a player who will make "the leap" in 2010-11.

Here is an excerpt:

Terrence Williams, New Jersey Nets – It's no secret that Williams struggled adjusting to just about everything related to professional basketball early last season, but his ability to figure out a respectful sleep and practice schedule and to figure out the actual ins and outs of the NBA game show that he's a young man that can take criticism and make adjustments quickly. Struggling through that horrific season in Jersey last year hopefully served as something of a learning experience, and with both Chris Douglas-Roberts and Courtney Lee getting shipped out this past summer, his opportunity to see the floor more will make him one of the better sophomores out there in 2010-2011.

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Evan Daniels Breaks Down 2011 PF Kyle Wiltjer

Evan Daniels of breaks down Kyle Wiltjer and discusses Wiltjer's weekend commitment to the Kentucky Wildcats:

* Video from foxsports 's YouTube Channel

Traits that Corrupt Team Chemistry by Rick Pitino

Coach Bob Starkey's Hoop Thoughts blog has presented Rick Pitino's "8 Traits That Corrupt Chemistry."

While Pitino has gone through some off-the-court issues, his coaching ability cannot be questioned. Here is an excerpt of Pitino's thoughts on potential problems with a team's chemistry:

1. Jealousy:

It’s a surefire way to disrupt the unity of any team. We must instill a belief with all our team members that everyone succeeds when one of us succeeds. There should be a sense of satisfaction from watching someone else excel, knowing that we all had a hand in it. It certainly helps when the stars are humble and remember to recognize their cohorts when receiving awards or honors—but even if they don’t, the mindset should be that what’s good for one is good for all.
•How to prevent jealousy: Work hard to disburse credit equally among your constituents. You should have a well-hones sense of fairness and be sharply attuned to who isn’t feeling the appropriate amount of love. Little ego strokes can make a big difference.


It will infiltrate when the going gets tough. Cynical people believe they are not part of the problem. Cynical people question the plan and doubt the leader. That’s because cynical people don’t understand how to find the proper solutions to the problem. In their minds, the end result will not be positive, so they’re no going to fully commit to the group effort.
• How to prevent cynicism: A one-on-one meeting that confronts the cynical individual with his own behavior is a must. Most negative people don’t realize how they’re tearing apart the fiber of a team unless it’s pointed out to them. Leave no doubt that the cynical behavior must change. There will be consequences for anything that undermines team chemistry.

Pitino's 8 Traits That Corrupt Chemistry:

1. Jealousy
2. Cynicism
3. Inflated Ego
4. Inflexible Personality
5. Discipline Deficiency
6. Lack of Passion
7. Excuse Making
8. Front-Running

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Rajon Rondo is "Flawed" but Still One of the Best

Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo has some flaws in his game, but he is still one of the best point guards in the NBA. looks at Rondo and details the strengths and weaknesses of the Celtics' point guard:

The one knock every Rondo hater has is he cannot shoot. He misses free throws, mid range jumpers, and various other shots. His shot has gotten better and word is that he is working even harder after his USA debacle. Here is what people fail to understand. The man does not need a jump shot to be a great point guard right now. The man averages almost 14 points a game and more in the playoffs without it. He still takes over games despite the fact every player in the building knows that he cannot shoot. Do people think LA was the only team to lay off Rondo the entire playoffs? Cleveland, Miami, and Orlando tried that same tactic. LA just played better team defense. Despite LA’s defense, Rondo still averaged almost 14 points a game with 7.6 assists per game. The games Boston won, Rondo was not contained. So let me get this straight. A man without a jump shot that is facing a good defensive team, still has these solid stats and had a bad series? He is not a great player because of this?

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Adonis Thomas Cuts List, No Longer Considering Kentucky

Adonis Thomas, a 6-6 small forward from Memphis Melrose (TN), has cut his list of schools and is no longer considering the University of Kentucky.

Thomas is still considering Memphis, Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas, UCLA and Kansas.

The athletic Thomas is ranked No. 15 on the Rivals150 List for 2011.


Recap and Stats from Boost Mobile Elite 24 Event

ESPN RISE hosted the fifth annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 event this weekend at the Venice Beach Basketball Courts, in Venice Beach, Calif. The event, launched in 2006 at New York’s Rucker Park, featured 24 of the nation’s top high school basketball players in the Under Armour Slam Dunk & Skills Competitions, Fri., Aug. 27 and the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game on Sat., Aug. 28. The Boost Mobile Elite 24 event was televised live on ESPNU HD and will re-air Monday, Aug. 30, 10:00 p.m. EDT and Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1:00 p.m. EDT, both on ESPNU.

The Raymond Lewis Squad, coached by high school coach Reggie Morris, Jr. and the Wizards’ John Wall, defeated the Marques Johnson Squad, coached by Derrick Taylor and the Bucks’ Brandon Jennings 131 to 128 in a fight to the finish. Standouts on the winning squad included Myck Kabongo, who had a double-double, and the team’s high scorers Kyle Wiltjer and Kentavioius Caldwell-Pope who both had 20 points. Kabongo and Wiltjer were the winning team’s co-MVPs, along with the loosing team’s Austin Rivers and James Mcadoo, who also had a double-double. Wiltjer verbally committed to Kentucky during the live telecast.

Quddus Bello and Bradley Beal won the Under Armour Slam Dunk & Skills Competitions, respectively. The slam dunk contest was judged by Boost Mobile Elite 24 alums John Wall, Brandon Jennings and Tyreke Evans.

The Boost Mobile Elite 24’s telecast featured host Eamon McAnaney, ESPN Analyst Jay Williams, and Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love; Garcia was the first Hispanic to call basketball play-by-play in English on ESPN’s networks.

2010 Boost Mobile Elite 24 Teams and Stats:

* Release and stats by Crystal Howard, ESPN

* Image: Louisville recruit Deuce Bello leaps over Quincy Miller for a huge dunk on his way to winning the slam dunk contest (Photo from

Former Kentucky Big Man Randolph Morris Headed to China

Robert Wang of has leaked news that former Kentucky big man Randolph Morris has signed to play in China.

According to Wang, Morris has signed with Beijing in China's top-level CBA league.

Morris spent last season as a little-used reserve with the Atlanta Hawks. In 28 games, he averaged 2.3 points and 1.4 rebounds.


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