Saturday, September 18, 2010

Survey Says: Peers Favor John Wall to Win Rookie of the Year


NBA.com surveyed 40 rookies during the annual Rookie Photo Shoot in August and former UK star John Wall was chosen by his peers as the most likely to win NBA Rookie of the Year in 2010-11. Former Wildcat DeMarcus Cousins finished third in the voting and former Cat Eric Bledsoe received votes.

Here is an excerpt about the voting from NBA.com:

At the annual Rookie Photo Shoot in August, NBA.com surveyed 40 rookies about the best in their group. Wizards point guard John Wall, the top pick in the Draft, is clearly at the top of the class, but he's not the only Kentucky guy, nor the only one with a chance to win Rookie of the Year.

Note that players were not allowed to vote for themselves, their NBA teammates or their college teammates. So, six of the 40 rookies were unable to vote for Wall (and they can blame the University of Florida class of 2007 for the rule), and the Clippers' Eric Bledsoe wasn't able to vote for any of the top three guys on the first question ...


And some of the results:

Who will be the 2010-11 Rookie of the Year?

1. John Wall, Washington -- 38.5 percent
2. Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers -- 23.1 percent
3. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento -- 12.8 percent
4. Wesley Johnson, Minnesota -- 7.7 percent

Others receiving votes: Eric Bledsoe (LAC), Jordan Crawford (ATL), Derrick Favors (NJN), Gordon Hayward (UTA), Jeremy Lin (GSW), Larry Sanders (MIL), Evan Turner (PHI)

Which rookie will have the best career?

1. John Wall, Washington -- 23.7 percent
2. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento -- 13.2 percent
3. Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers -- 13.2 percent
4. Derrick Favors, New Jersey -- 10.5 percent
5. Evan Turner, Philadelphia -- 7.9 percent

Which rookie is the best playmaker?

1. John Wall, Washington -- 67.6 percent
2. Eric Bledsoe, L.A. Clippers -- 5.4 percent
Jordan Crawford, Atlanta -- 5.4 percent
Evan Turner, Philadelphia -- 5.4 percent

Which rookie is the funniest?

1. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento -- 44.7 percent
2. Tiny Gallon, Milwaukee -- 32.9 percent
3. Cole Aldrich, Oklahoma City -- 5.3 percent

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Kiel Turpin Commits to Florida State


The son of the former Kentucky big man Melvin Turpin, who tragically took his own life this summer, has committed to Florida State.
Kiel Turpin is a 6-11 center in the 2011 class.

Here is an excerpt from NationofBlue.com:

Kiel Turpin, son of the late Melvin Turpin, has committed to Florida State University this evening. Kiel has done a recruiting journal for the Nation of Blue and has been a great kid that I have go to know pretty well. I love for any kid who has gone what he has gone through over the last couple of months get what he wants. Florida State also has a coach with Kentucky ties, Leonard Hamilton, who was an assistant coach under Joe B. Hall while Melvin played in Lexington. Good luck Kiel, we will be rooting for you!!

John Wall is No. 47 on SLAM List of Top 50 NBA Players


Former Kentucky point guard John Wall ranks No. 47 on SLAM's list of the top 50 players in the NBA for 2010-11.

Here is an excerpt about the former Wildcat:

Wall joins AI and Rose as the only guards drafted No. 1 overall in the last 30 years. There won’t ever be another AI, but many have closely compared the two former John Calipari recruits. They have very similar repertoires. Both can pull-up and nail the elbow J. Their running floaters in the lane are dropping. They each execute the fast break at a pace quicker than most people can conjure a basic thought. Some say Wall is “Rose with charisma.” Yes, Wall is the one much more likely to create a worldwide dance party or to simply do the Dougie. Anyway you look at it, they’ll probably be the fastest two guys in the League next season. So go ahead and circle the dates that the Bulls and Wizards face-off right now: November 13, December 22, February 28 and March 15.

We got a taste of how the NBA version of Wall would look during the Las Vegas Summer League, in which he was named Most Outstanding Player, averaging 23.5 points and 7.8 assists in four games. He turned the ball over 16 times in the first two games so he’ll have to be more careful with the rock. He also has some improving to do on his outside shot as he was off-target on 7 of the 8 threes he attempted. A number of his dimes went to Wizards center JaVale McGee who is one of the young players coach Flip Saunders has to build around Wall. The team looks fit to push the tempo with athletic players at every position. The most challenging thing for Saunders will be to prevent three-time All-Star and former face of the franchise Arenas from dominating the ball. Something tells me that won’t be an easy thing to do, but hey, Gil did change his number for the upcoming season so maybe Agent 9 is more willing to play a secondary role.

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Former Scott County Star Rodney Haddix Returns Home


Former Scott County star Rodney Haddix has returned home to continue his college basketball career at Georgetown College.

Haddix played last season for NCAA Division I Miami (OH), but contacted Georgetown head coach Happy Osborne after the season and expressed interested in the Tiger program.

Here is an excerpt from the Georgetown News-Graphic:

On Nov. 16 of last year, many watched as Miami (Ohio) took on the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Posting 23 minutes in that game was former Scott County standout Rodney Haddix who scored five points, as UK edged past Miami 72-70.

Friday, Georgetown College officially announced that Haddix will finish out his collegiate basketball experience as a Tiger.

“We are just tickled to death to have him,” GC men’s basketball coach Happy Osborne said.

According to the coach, Haddix called the college at the end of last season, expressing interest in GC’s program.

“We recruited him hard in high school,” Osborne said. “And we both felt that it was in his best interest to come home.”

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Ed Davender's Case Goes to Grand Jury in Ticket Scam


A case against former Kentucky guard Ed Davender has been waived to the grand jury. Davender appeared in Fayette District Court Thursday on charges that he received $4,000 for NCAA Final Four tickets from a Louisville man but failed to produce the tickets.

Here is an excerpt from the Lexington Herald-Leader:

At the previous hearing, Sept. 16, Judge Megan Lake Thornton said the court may allow Davender to serve a sentence concurrently with an 8-year sentence he has already received for 19 other counts of theft by deception. However, Stephen McFayden, Davender's attorney, said they had been unable to work out a plea deal with the Fayette County attorney's office.

If a plea deal is possible, "it will likely happen between now and an indictment," McFayden said. "I'm anticipating it's going to move pretty quickly."


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Louisville Releases 2010-11 Basketball Schedule


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

The Cardinals open the season with a 12-game homestand at the new KFC YUM! Center. In fact, 15 of the team's first 16 games will be played at home.

2010-11 University of Louisville Men's Basketball Schedule

October

Sun. 31 NORTHERN KENTUCKY / exhibition KFC YUM! CENTER 2 p.m. 17-13

November

Thur. 11 KENTUCKY WESLEYAN / exhibition KFC YUM! CENTER 7 p.m. 29-5 NCAA
Tues. 16 BUTLER (ESPN) KFC YUM! CENTER 8 p.m. 33-5 NCAA
Sat. 20 JACKSON STATE KFC YUM! CENTER TBA 19-13 NIT
in GLOBAL SPORTS SHOOTOUT
Mon. 22 CHATTANOOGA KFC YUM! CENTER 7 p.m. 15-18
in GLOBAL SPORTS SHOOTOUT
Sat. 27 MARSHALL KFC YUM! CENTER 1 p.m. 24-10 CIT
in GLOBAL SPORTS SHOOTOUT

December

Wed. 1 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL KFC YUM! CENTER 7 p.m. 7-25
in GLOBAL SPORTS SHOOTOUT
Sat. 4 SOUTH ALABAMA KFC YUM! CENTER 1 p.m. 17-15
Wed. 8 SAN FRANCISCO KFC YUM! CENTER 7 p.m. 12-18
Sat. 11 UNLV in BILLY MINARDI CLASSIC KFC YUM! CENTER TBA 25-9 NCAA
Tues. 14 DREXEL KFC YUM! CENTER 7 p.m. 16-16
Sat. 18 GARDNER-WEBB KFC YUM! CENTER 3:30 p.m. 8-21
Wed. 22 at Western Kentucky Bowling Green, Ky. 8 p.m. 21-13
Mon. 27 MORGAN STATE KFC YUM! CENTER 7 p.m. 27-10 NCAA
Fri. 31 KENTUCKY (CBS) KFC YUM! CENTER Noon 35-3 NCAA

January

Wed. 5 SETON HALL (ESPNU) KFC YUM! CENTER 7 p.m. 19-13 NIT
Sun. 9 at USF Tampa, Fla. TBA 20-13 NIT
Wed. 12 at Villanova (ESPN or ESPN2) Philadelphia, Pa. 7 p.m. 25-8 NCAA
Sat. 15 MARQUETTE (ESPN2) KFC YUM! CENTER 11 a.m. 22-12 NCAA
Wed. 19 ST. JOHN'S KFC YUM! CENTER TBA 17-16 NIT
Sat. 22 at Providence (ESPNU) Providence, R.I. 5 p.m. 12-19
Wed. 26 WEST VIRGINIA (ESPNU) KFC YUM! CENTER 7 p.m. 31-7 NCAA
Sat. 29 at Connecticut Storrs, Conn. TBA 18-16 NIT
Mon. 31 at Georgetown (ESPN) Washington, D.C. 7 p.m. 23-11 NCAA

February

Sat. 5 DEPAUL KFC YUM! CENTER TBA 8-23
Wed. 9 at Notre Dame (ESPNU) South Bend, Ind. 7 p.m. 23-12 NCAA
Sat. 12 SYRACUSE (ESPN or ESPN2) KFC YUM! CENTER Noon 30-5 NCAA
Wed. 16 at Cincinnati (ESPN or ESPN2) Cincinnati, Ohio 7 p.m. 19-16 NIT
Fri. 18 CONNECTICUT (ESPN) KFC YUM! CENTER 9 p.m. 18-16 NIT
Tues. 22 at Rutgers (ESPNU) Piscataway, N.J. 9 p.m. 15-17
Sun. 27 PITTSBURGH (CBS) KFC YUM! CENTER 2 p.m. 25-9 NCAA

March

Wed. 2 PROVIDENCE KFC YUM! CENTER TBA 12-19
Sat. 5 at West Virginia (ESPN or ESPN2) Morgantown, W. Va. Noon 31-7 NCAA
Tues. 8- at BIG EAST Championship New York, N.Y. TBA
Sat. 12 Madison Square Garden

Rod Strickland Pleads Guilty to DUI Charge


Former Kentucky assistant Rod Strickland pleaded guilty today in Fayette District Court to the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Strickland was sentenced to a $350 fine, court costs and 14 days of home incarceration. His driver's license was suspended for 12 months.

Though he is no longer considered an assistant coach, Strickland still holds an administrative position in the UK basketball office.

Here is an excerpt from the Lexington Herald-Leader:

On Friday, he pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence. Two other charges were merged with that charge, and the driving without insurance charge was dismissed after Strickland provided proof of insurance.

The DUI charge was amended to a second offense after the court received a letter signed by the Shelby County, Tenn., clerk of courts stating that Strickland had been charged with another DUI within the last three years.

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Murray State Arena Now Called CFSB Center


Murray State University’s Regional Special Events Center (RSEC) will be known as the CFSB Center starting today, thanks to the largest gift in Murray State athletics history. CFSB (Community Financial Services Bank) donated $3.3 million to MSU’s athletic program securing naming rights of the facility.

The Murray State board of regents approved the agreement at its meeting today that permanently changes the arena name. In addition to naming rights, CFSB will receive prominent display and exposure opportunities in and around the facility.

The addition of this generous gift brings the total raised to date through MSU’s capital campaign, Hold Thy Banner High: The Campaign for the Students of Murray State University, to $54 million. The opportunity to secure naming rights for the arena has been a campaign priority from the start and was a principal part of the campaign case statement. The goal for the fund raising effort, which continues through December 31, 2012, is $60 million.

“This is an historic day for Racer athletics,” said Allen Ward, director of athletics. “The commitment that CFSB has made will have a dramatic impact on our program, especially men’s and women’s basketball.”

“The entire team of CFSB employees, owners and directors are excited to partner with Murray State University in promoting this awesome facility, the CFSB Center,” said Betsy Flynn, president and CEO of CFSB. “MSU is such an important economic and cultural factor in our region, we are proud to be a part of the vibrant Murray and Purchase region community.

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UK to be Featured on ESPNU's Midnight Madness Special


The University of Kentucky will be one of six schools that will be featured on ESPNU's four-hour Midnight Madness special.

Here is an excerpt of the release from ESPN:

ESPNU will televise a four-hour ESPNU Midnight Madness special featuring extensive whip-around coverage from top college basketball programs around the nation Friday, Oct. 15, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU HD. ESPN platforms have been covering Midnight Madness events since 1993, with this season marking the fifth consecutive year on ESPNU.

Coverage will focus on several men’s programs including defending national champion Duke, and NCAA Championship participants Kentucky, Memphis, Gonzaga and Kansas State. The Connecticut women’s program – the two-time defending national champion, which is riding a 78-game winning streak (10 short of the UCLA men's record for consecutive victories in NCAA Division I basketball) – will also be featured. The Huskies will be the first women’s team to be showcased during Midnight Madness.

ESPNU Midnight Madness locations:

- Connecticut, Gampel Pavilion
- Duke, Cameron Indoor Stadium
- Gonzaga, McCarthey Athletic Center
- Kentucky, Rupp Arena
- Memphis, FedEx Forum
- Kansas State, Bramlage Coliseum

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UK No. 8, Murray State No. 35 in Sporting News Rankings


Sporting News has released its 2010-11 college basketball preseason top 50 and only two teams from Kentucky made the cut.

The University of Kentucky Wildcats picked up a preseason ranking of No. 8 and Murray State, fresh off one of the greatest seasons in school history, are ranked No. 35.

Here are the complete rankings from The Sporting News:

1. Michigan State
2. Duke
3. Purdue
4. Kansas
5. Ohio State
6. Kansas State
7. Syracuse
8. Kentucky
9. North Carolina
10. Pittsburgh
11. Villanova 12. Memphis 13. Missouri 14. Gonzaga 15. Illinois 16. Baylor 17. Georgetown 18. Wisconsin 19. Butler 20. Florida 21. Virginia Tech 22. Tennessee 23. Washington 24. Wichita State 25. Florida State

26. Texas 27. Temple 28. San Diego State 29. Texas A&M 30. Xavier 31. BYU 32. Mississippi State 33. N.C. State 34. Minnesota 35. Murray State 36. West Virginia 37. Dayton 38. Marquette 39. UCLA 40. Clemson 41. Northwestern 42. Maryland 43. Arizona 44. Oklahoma State 45. New Mexico 46. Richmond 47. Georgia 48. Cincinnati 49. UNLV 50. Wofford

2012 SF Negus Webster-Chan to Visit UK this Weekend


Nolan Shulman of Flagrantfouls.com reports on Twitter today that 2012 small forward Negus Webster-Chan will be visiting Kentucky this weekend.

Here is Shulman's Tweet:

nolanshulman Canadians making visits this weekend.....Negus Webster-Chan to Kentucky, Sim Bhullar to West Virginia and Dylan Ennis to TCU...any others ?

Webster-Chan is a 6-6 small foward who currently ranks No. 121 on the Rivals150 List for 2012.

Webster-Chan in action:

Northern Kentucky to Hold Walk-On Tryouts


If you are a student at Northern Kentucky and want an opportunity to play college basketball, read this:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men's basketball team will hold a meeting for potential walk-ons at 1 p.m. on Sept. 21 in The Bank of Kentucky Center coaches offices.

Participants must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours. Tryout candidates must also have had a physical performed within the past six months and bring proof of the physical and insurance card. Participants will also be asked to sign a waiver on site and bring playing gear. The tryout will consist of various drills as well as 5-on-5 and/or 3-on-3. Students must bring a pen as well.

For further information, please e-mail NKU assistant coach Kurt Young at youngk6@nku.edu .

Source: NKU

Former Wildcat Sean Woods and MVSU will Hit the Road


Former Kentucky point guard Sean Woods is finding out the hard way what it's like to coach at a smaller school.

Handcuffed financially, Woods and his Mississippi Valley State program will be forced to travel some 12,600 miles in 2010-11. They will be forced to participate in 13 consecutive road games and their games will be against the likes of Kentucky, Georgia, Indiana, Butler, Mississippi, Arkansas and Marquette. What's worse is that the Delta Devils have not beaten a Division I opponent out of conference since December 2006.

The payoff for the brutal early-season schedule? Woods and his program will total approximately $700,000 in appearance fees for what will almost certainly be a 2-11 or worse record.

Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo! Sports writes about MVSU's schedule and the program's financial woes. Here is an excerpt:

Even among small-budget in-state programs, Mississippi Valley State's athletic budget is more analogous to Division II Delta State than it is to SWAC rivals Alcorn State or Jackson State, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports. It's bad enough that the floor in Mississippi Valley State's basketball gym was seriously damaged as a result of a leak in the roof, yet the school may not be able to scrounge up the funds to fix the roof and replace the floor in time for the start of basketball practice Oct. 15.

Though dropping to Division II would surely ease the financial strain on the school, interim athletic director Donald Sims remains adamant the school can generate the private funding necessary to remain competitive at the top level. Sims has reduced the number of complimentary tickets available to games and ramped up marketing and fundraising efforts. As a result, last year, the school raised the most money from its alumni in his three-year tenure.

"The only thing that can help us is for our friends, alumni and supporters buy into what it would take for us to have a strong Division I program," Sims said. "There are people who are interested in improving our condition here. We just need more people to buy into what we're trying to do. We need all the help we can get to offset what we don't get from the state of Mississippi."


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MVSU's 2010-11 Non-League Schedule:

Date Opponent Mileage

Nov. 12 at Georgia 902
Nov. 16 at Indiana 1,092
Nov. 22 at St. Mary's 2,150
Nov. 24 at BYU 769
Nov. 26 vs. Liberty 1,571 (at South Padre Island)
Nov. 27 vs. TBD 853 (at South Padre Island)
Dec. 11 at Butler 1,206
Dec. 13 at Mississippi 208
Dec. 15 at Arkansas 774
Dec. 18 at Kentucky 1,112
Dec. 21 at Marquette 1,592
Dec. 29 at Southern Miss 188
Dec. 30 TBD 188

Total Miles: 12,605

Georgetown's 21st Annual Bob Davis/Jim Reid Golf Tournament


On behalf of the Tiger Basketball Team we would like to invite you to participate in the 21st Annual Bob Davis/Jim Reid Golf Tournament. This year's tournament will be held on Friday, September 24, 2010. Join other coaches, players, and friends in this always unforgettable tournament to be held at Canewood Country Club. Located on U.S. 460 west of Georgetown.

The tournament will begin at eleven o'clock with a luncheon. An $100.00 entry fee per person will cover green fees, cart fees, the luncheon, as well as dinner upon completion of your round. The tournament will feature a four-man "scramble" format. We encourage you to put together your own foursome team. Enclosed you will find a reply card, please indicate your teammates by name on the card. However, if you would like us to place you on a foursome team, please indicate that as well. The proceeds from this tournament will be used to supplement our budgets for recruiting and travel.

If for some reason you cannot participate in the tournament but would like to contribute, please mark the appropriate box on the reply card and make your check payable to Georgetown College Men's Basketball.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday, September 24, 11:00 AM at Canewood Country Club. Should you have any questions, please call me at the office at (502) 863.8055 or on my mobile phone at (859) 494. 1998. As always, we appreciate the support you give Tiger Basketball.

We will have golf shirts and vests on sale at the tournament registration.

Sincerely,

Happy Osborne

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Rajon Rondo in NBA 2K11 Promo Commercial

Here is former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo and several other NBA stars in an NBA 2K11 promo commercial:

Q&A with Former UK Star Patrick Patterson


Jason Friedman of Rockets.com has conducted a Q&A session with former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson.

He talks about his plans to explore boxing, horror movies and gives great praise to former UK player Chuck Hayes.

Here is an excerpt:

JCF: So what do you do with all that extra time? Because there are obviously productive ways you can use that time, but also some people have issues when they have too much spare time on their hands.

PP: I come back to the gym, get up extra shots and do cardio – just little stuff for my body. I also go to the movies.

Then one of my good friends back home, he does boxing. I’ve been talking to my Kentucky teammates like Daniel (Orton) and DeMarcus (Cousins) and they’ve been boxing, too. So that’s something I want to look into as well. Boxing is good for cardio, so if it’s a possibility and won’t hurt me or affect the way I practice and workout, that’s something I definitely want to look into.

I just want to stay busy rather than sitting at home on the recliner just watching TV.

JCF: Well I’m sure since Chuck is a fellow Wildcat you were probably more familiar with his game and reputation than other rookies might have been. But when you saw him for the first time, saw this 6-6 guy you tower over, did you think you’d be able to take him no problem?

PP: Definitely. You may look at him and think, “This guy’s short, I can go over him or around him because he doesn’t look that fast or that quick,” but when you step on the court and actually go up against him, you find out quick that your assumptions are wrong because Chuck has got some fast feet on him. You may be able to go over him but you aren’t going to get that close to the basket because he’s going to push you all the way out.

My impressions when I first got here were that I thought I could just keep jumping and shooting over him but as I learned, he pushes me all the way out to the free throw line because he’s so strong and his body is so wide. So it’s definitely something he’s been helping me out with and teaching me, in terms of how to move around defenders, and how to better utilize my offensive skills.


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Daniel Orton Has a New Hobby: Gardening


Former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton is working on his gardening skills this summer - gardening.

You read correctly and the garden will be for a special cause. Orton is building an edible garden at the Universal Orlando Foundation Boys & Girls Club.

Here is a release about Orton's project from NBA.com:

Orlando, Fla. – As part of Amway’s ‘Positive Sprouts’ program, Amway, the Orlando Magic and Magic rookie Daniel Orton will build an edible garden at the Universal Orlando Foundation Boys & Girls Club (5055 Raleigh St., Orlando, 32811) on September 18, 2010. Orton will be joined by Orlando Magic representatives, Amway executives and employees, Boys & Girls Club staff and community volunteers to help build the edible garden that will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Orlando. The garden project also runs in conjunction with the NBA Cares Week of Service activities.

Amway has built gardens in six other cities around the country this summer with the Orlando Magic joining the partnership to build the Orlando garden. The build will serve as the final location for the Positive Sprouts program in 2010.

The Amway Positive Sprouts project mobilizes volunteers and incorporates the gardening expertise of the Green Education Foundation (GEF) to teach youth how to start and maintain their own edible gardens. An accompanying curriculum will educate youngsters about nutrition, organic gardening practices, and cooking from the garden.

With the start of the NBA season just weeks away, every NBA team will host a variety of hands-on service events through Oct. 25 in a collaborative effort to give back to children, families, and the community and to increase fan awareness about the importance of service.

JaKarr Sampson Commits to St. John's


JaKarr Sampson has announced his commitment to St. John's University.

Sampson stated on ESPNU, "what we liked about St. John's is it's a small school but it's big-time basketball."

He chose St. John's over Louisville, Baylor and Tennessee.

Photo: Rivals.com

U of L Recruit JaKarr Sampson to Announce Today


Louisville recruit JaKarr Sampson will announce his college choice today at 5:00 p.m. His intentions were confirmed by his prep team's Twitter account:

: Brewster's JaKarr Sampson will announce his college decision today at 5pm on ESPNU. Finalists: Baylor, Louisville, St. John's, and Tennessee

Sampson is a 6-7 small forward who ranks No. 44 overall on the Rivals150 List for 2011. Several persons are hinting that Sampson may be favoring St. John's.

Writer Says "Calipari is bad for college basketball"


Dan Wiederer of FayObserver.com says "Don't be fooled; Calipari is bad for college basketball."

Wiederer compares University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari to a "successful used car salesman" and says Calipari "finds himself in the center of drama more than Glenn Beck and J-Woww combined."

The article cites various controversies (which were largely created and fueled by folks like Wiederer) and concludes: "But if you're wanting to believe John Calipari is good for college basketball, please, please stop yourself."

Here is an excerpt:

Don't forget, Bledsoe committed to Kentucky in May 2009, a month after Calipari became the Wildcats coach. The guard's academic record was known to be questionable for some time before that. But Calipari rolled the dice on the kid anyway and Bledsoe's transcript wound up passing muster with the NCAA Clearinghouse.

So maybe these newest revelations don't directly implicate Calipari as a sleazeball. It wasn't he who changed Bledsoe's transcript. And how is he supposed to be a basketball coach, a recruiter, a compliance officer and a high school guidance counselor all at once?

But there's also no denying this kind of shadiness seems to follow too many of the star players Calipari involves himself with.

In August, don't forget, a Chicago Sun-Times report alleged that star Class of 2011 recruit Anthony Davis and his family had been seeking a lucrative pay day in return for the big man's commitment, with the Sun-Times originally reporting an asking price of between $125,000 and $150,000 - a fee someone affiliated with Kentucky was alleged to have agreed to.


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Photo Source: FayObserver.com

Kentucky Bisons Set for Basketball Carnival in China


The Kentucky Bisons will be participating in the first Beijing International Basketball Carnival which starts October 1 at Wukesong Arena.

Here is an excerpt from GlobalTimes.cn:

The first Beijing International Basketball Carnival starts October 1 at Wukesong Arena in Haidian district, according to the Beijing Basketball Association.

The carnival will feature a continental championship; contestants are a Sydney club from the Australian Basketball League, the Kentucky Bisons from the American Basketball Association (ABA), Xinjiang Guanghui Basketball Club and Beijing Jinyu Basketball Club from the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

The six-day carnival boasts a mixture of professional basketball and grassroots events, according to Liu Fengyu from Beijing Happy Sports Management Company, one of the organizers.

"Amateur players can take part in a public basketball championship cup, which will take place on the outdoor courts around the arena," said marketing manager Long Xiaolin from the Beijing Sports Reporters Association, another organizer.


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The Bisons are an ABA team based in Owensboro.

Video: Getting to Know Future Wildcat Michael Gilchrist

Here is an excellent video of Michael Gilchrist, who is committed to Kentucky's 2011 recruiting class:



* Video from courtcred 's YouTube channel

Louisville Eastern's Remy Abell Commits to Bradley


Louisville Eastern's Remy Abell has given a verbal commitment to Bradley.

Abell is a 6-4 combo guard and is listed as a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com.

He chose Bradley over Penn State, Marshall and Wright State.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

DeMarcus Cousins Stands Tall in Sacramento



From the Sacramento Bee:

The California State Teachers' Retirement System, or CalSTRS, permitted the Kings to place the huge advertisement featuring players Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins on its West Sacramento headquarters building free of charge.

Standing more than 10 stories tall, and 65 feet wide, the banner was installed on the east side of the building and will be removed in late November at no cost to the state as part of a community campaign to be announced Thursday, said Patrick Hill, CalSTRS spokesman.

Adam Howard Promoted to Assistant at Morehead State


MOREHEAD, Ky.—Morehead State men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall announced Wednesday that he has elevated Adam Howard to the position of Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach.

“Adam is a very hard worker who played for a great high school coach in Mike Flynn and a great college coach in Darrin Horn. He has a great disposition and personality which I feel will help us tremendously in recruiting,” Tyndall said. “His relationships with our players are fantastic and most importantly Adam is a team guy. He is willing to accept any responsibility or complete any task he is given. We are glad to have Adam on our staff and I know our players are excited for Adam as well.”

Howard, who spent last season as a graduate manager, is in his second year with Eagle basketball. He will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of the program, including practice and game day preparation and coaching, recruiting and scouting. Howard will also handle team travel.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity coach Tyndall has given me to join his coaching staff. He has been a great role model and mentor for me in the starting blocks of my career,” Howard said. “The OVC is one of the best mid-major conferences in the country and I am honored to be at Morehead State and to coach at this level.”

Howard was a four-year letterman at Western Kentucky for current South Carolina head coach Darrin Horn. While at WKU, Howard was part of three post-season appearances: the 2004-05 NIT Second Round (24-9), the 2005-06 NIT First Round, where the Hilltoppers lost to eventual champions South Carolina (23-8), and the 2007-08 NCAA Tournament (12 seed) Sweet 16. That Sweet 16 team beat Drake in the first round and San Diego in the second round before falling to Final Four participant UCLA in the Sweet 16.

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Enes Kanter Granted NCAA Waiver to Practice


Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader reports tonight that Kentucky freshman Enes Kanter, who has not been officially ruled eligible for the 2010-11 season, has been granted a waiver which will allow him to practice while his case is reviewed.

Here is an excerpt from Tipton's article:

Because UK began practicing for its exhibition series in Canada on Aug. 1, Kanter’s 45-day window expired this week. The NCAA grants waivers to the 45-day limit.

UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy confirmed on Wednesday that Kanter would continue to practice.

“Any student-athlete that is awaiting certification is reviewed periodically for practice eligibility,” Peevy said in a statement. “Enes Kanter is currently eligible to practice.”


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UK Players and Staff Team Up for a Good Cause


The University of Kentucky basketball players and staff are working for a good cause this week. The Wildcats are teaming up with God's Pantry Food Bank to stuff bags that will be given to elementary students who are in need of food. The bags will be for students to take home on weekends and during school vacations.

Tomorrow, the team will deliver the bags to Picadome, Lansdowne and Cassidy Elementary Schools.

Here is an excerpt from WKYT.com:

"The stories you hear are the kids aren't even eating the food. The family doesn't have enough food so mom, dad, brothers, and sisters are using this bag to feed the whole family for the weekend," says Marc Hill, the Assistant to the Athletics Director.

"That statement really blows my mind because I didn't grow up in one of those families and I was very privileged not to, but some of my friends were and it's nice to get back and give back," says Jon Hood, a guard on the UK men's basketball team.

This has these Wildcats stepping up their game to assist these kids in need.

"Anytime we're able to reach out and touch lives outside of our families or outside of our own teammates, it's a big help to everyone," says Jon Hood.

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Mid-Continent Men's Basketball to Hold Clinic for Church


The Mid-Continent University Men's Basketball Team and Lone Oak First Baptist Church Basketball Clinic

To Benefit the Lone Oak First Baptist Church
Upward Sports Program

Saturday, October 16 -- Register Now!!

Click here for registration and clinic information.

Centre Colonels to be Honored at Football Game


The 2009-10 Centre men's basketball team will be honored during half-time of Centre's football game against DePauw University on Saturday, Sept. 18 at Farris Stadium. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Last year the basketball team finished the year with a 18-9 record and won their fourth straight Regular Season Championship and their third SCAC Tournament Championship in four years.

Among the Colonels' numerous accomplishments were:

- 4th Straight NCAA Tournament Appearance
- SCAC regular season champions (4th in a row and 19th in school history)
- A 4th straight year competing in the SCAC Tournament Championship game, where Centre defeated DePauw 63-53 for the Colonels 3rd title in 4 years.

Source: Centre College

Rick Pitino to Speak at Dinner for Bobby Knight


Louisville head coach Rick Pitino will speak at tonight's dinner to honor legendary college basketball coach Bob Knight.

Other speakers will include Brent Musburger, Jim Nantz, Billy Packer, Lawrence Frank and Howard Garfinkel.

Jon Rothstein, a college basketball insider for the MSG Network, posted about the event earlier today on Twitter:

JonRothstein Looking forward to tonight's dinner at the NYAC honoring the "General", Coach Bob Knight.....

JonRothstein Speakers include Brent Musburger, Jim Nantz, Billy Packer, Rick Pitino, Lawrence Frank, and Howard Garfinkel....

Official Patrick Patterson Press Release from Peak Sport


Here is the official press release from Peak Sport to announce former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson as the company's latest spokesperson:

Peak Sport Signed Patrick Patterson

To endorse basketball products and serve as a spokesperson for Peak Sport

(15 September 2010, Hong Kong) Peak Sport Products Co., Limited ("Peak Sport" or the "Company", together with its subsidiaries referred to as the "Group"; stock code: 1968) recently signed Patrick Patterson of the Houston Rockets as its spokesperson, bringing the total number of the Company’s NBA endorsed spokespersons to 13.

Selected by the Rockets with the 14th pick in this year's NBA draft out of the University of Kentucky, Patterson ranks as one of the top power forward prospects and is expected to be one of the most versatile rookies in the upcoming NBA season.

Being impressed by the performance of Patterson in Kentucky, Peak Sport has decided to sign this outstanding player. In addition to leading the Kentucky Wildcats to an Elite Eight appearance in this year's NCAA tournament, Patterson's accomplishments at Kentucky included being named the 2008 SEC Co-Freshman of the Year, two-time first team All-SEC, 2009 first team AP Pre-Season All America and the 10th fastest player to reach Kentucky's 1,000-point club in 58 games.

"I am very excited to join the Peak family." said Patterson. "My relationship with Peak Sport provides the opportunity to partner with a leading China brand as I establish my own global brand. I look forward to growing with Peak as my professional career begins."

Peak's CEO, Mr Xu Zhihua, said, "It is not an easy task to choose the right spokesperson for the Company. We would like to work with players who can represent Peak Sport positively on and off the court. In regard to the signing with Patterson, we are very satisfied as his career is just at the beginning, and he has great potential and opportunity."

Reported by TodayIR News Team

Gordon Thinks Zollo and Guerrero Will Join Him at WKU


Derrick Gordon, who has already committed to Western Kentucky's 2011 class, thinks a pair of other top recruits will join him in Bowling Green.

Gordon has done his part this summer to recruit other players to the Western Kentucky program.

One player that Gordon has introduced Western Kentucky to is George Rogers Clark senior Vinny Zollo.

Here is an excerpt from WKUHerald.com:

That’s certainly been the case with two recruits in particular: St. John Bosco High School (Calif.) point guard Cezar Guerrero and George Rogers Clark (Ky.) power forward Vinny Zollo.

“I met them both at the Bob Gibbons tournament back in May, and I got a chance to talk to them (about WKU) after I played their teams,” Gordon said. “I saw how good they were and thought we could do special things if were able to team up.

“WKU wasn’t even on their radars, but now after talking to them, there’s a good chance that when the signing period comes, it will be me, Vinny Zollo, and Cezar Guerrero as Hilltoppers.


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Birmingham Superintendent: Bledsoe Report Coming This Week or Next Week


Birmingham city school's Superintendent Craig Witherspoon said the official report on Eric Bledsoe's academic history is expected this week or next week.

"This is something I'd like to get off my plate," Witherspoon told Jon Solomon of The Birmingham News. "Do what we have to do, what have you, and move on. As soon as we get that done, I'm all for that."

Here is an excerpt from the article:

NCAA spokesman Chuck Wynne said the NCAA is aware of the article and the ongoing school board investigation "but has no other comments at this time."
Witherspoon said he has not been in contact with the NCAA.

"The high school athletic association might," he said. "In terms of the NCAA, that would be somebody else's purview."

Birmingham school board member Emanuel Ford, whose district includes Parker, said he was "not very happy" by what he read in The News article.

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Pete Thamel Changes Article Title, Bashes Calipari Again


Pete Thamel of The New York Times released an article yesterday that was titled "Analysis: Kentucky May Get Just What It Did Not Want From Calipari". Today, for whatever reason, the article title has changed to "Analysis: Calipari's Past Looms Larger At Kentucky".

What has not changed, however, is an article filled with more proof that Thamel is an irresponsible journalist with a huge John Calipari chip sitting squarely on his shoulder.

Thamel points out that "Calipari can pull off an unprecedented triple crown - having seasons vacated at three universities." For the second time in a week's time, he misrepresents a quote to give it a meaning more suitable to his own agenda. Thamel even goes as far as to insinuate that UK president Lee Todd possibly stepped down as a result of John Calipari and pending NCAA doom.

Here is an excerpt of Thamel's work (used loosely in this case):

Nothing will move forward until Birmingham releases its report. Then it will be up to the N.C.A.A. to act. (The Alabama High School Athletic Association will also be waiting for the report before it decides whether to act.) What will be interesting is how Kentucky handles the latest flap in Calipari’s program. The Times reported last week that his top freshman recruit, center Enes Kanter, took more than $100,000 from his professional team in Turkey.

Calipari is at a premier program, but the smoke from UMass and Memphis has followed him. Todd, the president who wanted Kentucky’s titles to stick, stepped down last week.

As questions continue to arise in Lexington, a new president has to decide whether having a successful program adds up to accepting recruits who ace Algebra III before taking Algebra II.


My Thought: Pete Thamel is a tool.

Additional Reading: Truzenzuzex over at ASeaofBlue.com has a nice take on Pete Thamel and his intentions

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Daniel Orton is Working Hard to Improve


Otis Smith writes on NBA.com that former Kentucky center Daniel Orton is working hard to improve the strength in his previously injured knee and also to develop his game for the NBA.

Here is an excerpt:

Question: What's Daniel Orton doing to get into NBA shape and prepare for his upcoming rookie year? What did you like about him that made you feel comfortable making him the 29th pick of the NBA Draft? – David O.

Otis: He has good hands, good feet, can pass the ball and can actually shoot the ball pretty well. But what he’s doing now is primarily strengthening up his knee. His knee was not ready to play NBA basketball, so he’s done little on the court and more in the weight room training to get his knee up to strength so he can play an NBA basketball game. His knee was about 70 percent of where it should be to play basketball, so that’s the primary goal. And drafting with the 29th overall pick, for us, you look for a guy that we don’t necessarily need. We drafted a center, but I have two centers in front of him. So it’s not about the need. He has the potential to grow and be a pretty good player if he puts in the work, which up to this point he has done.


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Father of Former UK Player Sentenced in Ticket Scam


The father of former Kentucky center Jared Carter was sentenced to three years in prison today in Bourbon Circuit Court.

Jeff Carter was accused of scamming a Paris couple out of $4,800 for season tickets that he failed to deliver.

He was sentenced to three years in prison almost a month ago in Scott County on similar charges. The sentences will run concurrently.

Carter has been hit with numerous theft charges in the past and was in prison from September 1994 to 1996 and again in 2003. He was paroled in March 2005.

Kentucky in the Mix for 2012 Star Shabazz Muhammad


Shabazz Muhammad, a 6-6 wing from Bishop Gorman (Nev.) High School, says in a "diary" piece for Dimemag.com that Kentucky is recruiting him.

Here is an excerpt:

I’m excited about heading over to North Carolina for Late Night on Oct. 15. This will be my first midnight madness event so I’m really excited about it! I watched Kentucky’s on TV last year and it looked real crazy, so I can’t wait to get down to North Carolina to see how it is. I’ve heard that they dance and stuff like that. Even Coach Roy (Williams) gets out there and dances, so that should be interesting. I think I’m going to tour the campus and watch them practice the day after so that will be cool.

Since the contact period has started I’ve had a lot of coaches come to my school to watch me workout. Duke has been here, Memphis, North Carolina, Arizona, Arizona State, Kentucky, UNLV, UCLA … I’m expecting a lot more schools too, like Texas, USC and Kansas.

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There are no reports of Kentucky giving Muhammad an offer at this point, but he does hold offers from many high-major schools including Louisville, Kansas, Duke, North Carolina, Texas and UCLA.

Muhammad is ranked No. 3 overall on the Rivals150 List for 2012.

Muhammad in action:

Chane Behanan Tops Rick Bolus' Rankings for Kentucky


Bowling Green's Chane Behanan, who recently committed to Louisville, is ranked as the top player in the state of Kentucky according to Rick Bolus' High Potential Recruiting Service.

Behanan is followed by Jeffersontown's Zach Price, who is also committed to Louisville.

Ryan Taylor, Tony Kimbro and George Fant round out the top 5.

Rick Bolus Rankings - Top 12

1. Chane Behanan, Bowling Green
2. Zach Price, Jeffersontown
3. Ryan Taylor, Western
4. Tony Kimbro, Jeffersontown
5. George Fant, Warren Central
6. Kameron Woods, Eastern
7. Vinny Zollo, George Rogers Clark
8. Remy Abell, Eastern
9. Anthony Hickey, Christian County
10. Timmy Knipp, Elliott County
11. Treg Setty, Mason County
12. Robbie Stenzel, George Rogers Clark


Scarbinsky: Bruce Pearl "Should've Been Fired"


Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News wrote this morning that Bruce Pearl received punishment, just not the punishment he deserved. Scarbinsky feels that Bruce Pearl should have been fired.

Here is an excerpt:

For now, though, he'll still get paid because Tennessee didn't give him the punishment he really deserved.

He should've been fired.

It's just another example that coaches rule the world. Think about it.

Coaches get paid. Large. If a player gets paid, even a little, he gets suspended.

Coaches lie to the NCAA, and it's fine. They just get fined. If a player lies to the NCAA, he gets suspended.


Agree or disagree?

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Hilltoppers Visit Warren East Middle School


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- The WKU men's basketball team visited Warren East Middle School Friday afternoon to speak about the importance of reading to a group of students.

The team and three coaches spoke to approximately 85 students for about an hour. The players also signed autographs and took pictures with the students and faculty members.

To read an article by the Bowling Green Daily News' Jenna Mink on the team's visit, please click here.

To view a photo gallery from the trip to Warren East Middle School, please click the link below. Photos courtesy of Hunter Wilson of the Bowling Green Daily News.

Source: WKUSports.com

Antoine Walker Hopes to Receive Invite from Charlotte


Former Kentucky star Antoine Walker, who has worked hard this summer on a potential NBA comeback, is hoping for a training camp invitation from the Charlotte Bobcats, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein.

Walker has not played in the NBA for 21 months and his last competitive basketball was during a short stint in Puerto Rico.

Charlotte owner Michael Jordan is a longtime friend of Walker.


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Yum! Center Ribbon Cutting on October 10


The official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new KFC Yum! Center will be held October 10.

WHAS11.com reports that Governor Steve Beshear, Mayor Jerry Abramson, University of Louisville president James Ramsey and Rick Pitino will all speak during the ceremony.

Here is an excerpt:

The keys will be handed over to the new KFC Yum! Center on Oct. 10.

That's when an official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held for the new downtown arena.


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Report: Conflicting Grades Call Eric Bledsoe's Eligibility Into Question


The Birmingham News reports this morning that there were "conflicting grades" recorded on Eric Bledsoe's high school transcript and a night-school grade report from Parker High School. The report calls into question whether Bledsoe should have been eligible to play for the University of Kentucky.

The report states that Bledsoe's four-year transcript shows he made an A in Alegebra 3 in night school. However, a grade report from those night sessions showed that Bledsoe was recorded as making a C average, with a low C recorded in the first session and a low B recorded in the second.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Bledsoe ended with a 2.5 core GPA, according to his transcript, making him eligible for a one-and-done season at Kentucky. Bledsoe flourished as a freshman on the court, and his success story continued with his first-round selection in the NBA Draft in June.

If Bledsoe had received a C in Algebra 3, as was recorded in the grade report, his core GPA would have been 2.375, according to his transcript. Even a B in the class would have left Bledsoe short of qualifying, at 2.4375.

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The article continues that Bledsoe took two Algebra classes "out of sequence", meaning that he took Algebra 3 before taking Algebra 2.

Here is an excerpt:

Asked whether it is common for students to take Algebra 2 and 3 out of sequence, Martin responded: "It isn't normal for a person to do that or be allowed to do that. Had I looked at his transcript, I wouldn't have allowed him to do that. By the time he got to us, I guess what we had to do ..."

Martin paused before continuing: "Well, I ain't even going there with that. I'm going to my grave with that."


My Thoughts: In the article, Bledsoe's night school teacher states, "You've got the wrong grade. There are two of those printout sheets..." Those statements call into question the validity of the report about Bledsoe's Algebra grades.

Even though the initial report sounds scary, there is a long ways to go before Eric Bledsoe is ruled ineligible for Kentucky. Still, the investigative reporting by The Birmingham News is cause for concern.

It is also important to note that the official AHSAA report has not been officially released yet. It is expected to be out this week.

Monday, September 13, 2010

John Calipari Visits a Special Kentucky Fan


John Calipari made a special visit recently to 102-year old Kentucky fan Dr. Gifford Blyton. Blyton was a Kentucky basketball season ticket holder for 62 years and a former professor under eight different president at UK.

Here is an excerpt from ESPN.com:

At least, one does. Kentucky coach John Calipari, master of the positive public relations stunt (and, by all accounts, a genuinely caring and outgoing guy), visited Dr. Gifford Blyton, a 102-year-old Kentucky season-ticket holder for 62 years and a former professor under eight different presidents at Kentucky, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. Calipari is traveling in support of his latest book, "Bounce Back: Overcoming Setbacks to Succeed in Business and in Life," but he stopped the book tour for the momentary visit with Blyton at Fat Boys restaurant in Georgetown, Ky. (Mmm. Fat Boys. I've never been there, but any restaurant named "Fat Boys" is bound to be delicious. I bet there's lots of gravy.)

In any case, Calipari left the meeting with a ready-made quote straight from the inspirational coachspeak handbook:

“You give money, and you're giving a fraction of what you have,” Calipari said last week. “But when you give your time, you're giving everything.”

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1st Annual Northern KY Wildcats Basketball Coaches Clinic


1ST Annual Northern KY Wildcats Basketball Coaches Clinic

Date: Saturday, October 9th, 2010
Time: 9 AM to Noon
Where: Summit View Middle School; Independence, KY

Sponsored by:



Designed Specifically For Coaching Boys and Girls Grades 3rd through 8th

FEATURED SPEAKERS:

DAVE BEZOLD, Head Coach, Northern KY University
Player development, ball handling and passing

JEFF ROGERS, Head Coach, Thomas Moore College
Team defense and defending the pick and roll

TRENT STEINER, Head Coach, Simon Kenton High School Boys Basketball
60 minute fundamental practice plan

ROD SNAPP, Head Coach, Newport High School Boys Basketball
Transition defense

NELL FOOKES, Head Girls Coach, Boone County High School
Transition offense

Bob Cole, 15-year varsity official
Rule Changes, Point of interest And Q and A

- For more information call Charles Hawkins at 859-466-4715 or email at nkywildcats@insightbb.com

A Few Late Afternoon Basketball Recruiting Notes


- Shooting guard Adam Smith visited UNC-Wilmington over the weekend; he has previously visited Jacksonville, Murray State, UAB and Chattanooga

- Kickapoo (Missouri) forward Christian Kirk has committed to Missouri State; he chose State over Iowa, Southern Illinois, Loyola (Chicago), Murray State, St. Louis and Creighton

- Louisville appears to be showing increased interest in 6-7 small forward Rodney Hood; Hood ranks No. 21 on the Rivals150 List for 2011 and is also considering Alabama, Florida, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Marquette and Ohio State.

Pitino, Mississippi State’s Rick Stansbury and Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton were in attendance Thursday to watch Hood practice.

More Bad News for Louisville: Gorgui Dieng Did Not Qualify


There may be more bad news coming for Louisville basketball fans as freshman big man Gorgui Dieng has not qualified to play this season and will likely attend junior college.

Dieng has been on Louisville's campus attending classes and working out with the team.

This reports comes on the heels of Louisville losing both Justin Coleman and transfer Roburt Sallie to academic issues.

Source: CardChronicle.com

Update: Evan Daniels of Scout.com just posted the following on Twitter:

EvanDanielscout Apparently there's some rumors going around about Gorgui Dieng being "academically ineligible." That is not true. (Cont.)

EvanDanielscout Dieng has not been cleared yet (like a number of freshman), but has not been deemed academically ineligible.

Note to Bruce Pearl: "What goes around comes around"


Former Illinois-Chicago coach Jimmy Collins has an interesting message for Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl regarding Pearl's recent NCAA problems:

"What goes around comes around," Collins stated to The Tennessean.

The heated rift between Pearl and Collins began way back in the late 1980s when Pearl was an assistant at Iowa and Collins held the same position at Illinois. The two were in a head-to-head battle for highly rated recruit Deon Thomas.

Pearl accused Collins of swaying Thomas to Illinois with promises of money and a car, which led to a 16-month NCAA investigation of the Illini basketball program. Pearl secretly taped a phone conversation with Thomas and turned it over to the NCAA.

Collins told The Tennessean that throughout the NCAA’s investigation of Illinois and afterward, “Bruce was holier than thou,” Collins said. “I knew Bruce and had talked to people about Bruce. Everyone knew what he was about.”

Collins added, “Now that Bruce got caught doing what he was probably doing all the time, he thinks it’s OK to say, “I made a mistake.’"


My Thoughts: Ouch, this is starting to sound like the college basketball roast of Bruce Pearl...

Washington Wizards to Have "Midnight Madness"


The Washington Wizards have decided to have a "Midnight Madness" event similar to what many colleges have each season.

Former Kentucky star John Wall, the Wizards No. 1 draft pick, launched a very successful freshman season at UK's "Big Blue Madness" a year ago. Now, he hopes to do the same at the NBA level.

Craig Stouffer of WashingtonExaminer.com thinks the idea is "pure madness":

But co-opting Midnight Madness from NCAA basketball is a step too far, even for marketing-savvy Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, who is determined to reconnect with and re-energize his team's fans in Washington.

Madness works so well for colleges in part because of the specialized, close-quarters dynamic of the university campus. Lots of students, all living together and staying up very late most nights, are easily attracted to a readily accessible arena for a season-opening pep rally, especially when their team is good.


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John Wall at Big Blue Madness:




DeMarcus Cousins is Still Doing the "Dougie"


From BisNow.com:

At downtown’s Eden Lounge at Mitch Mathis' Monday night party, we found WWE stars and their friends (here for Monday Night Raw at the Verizon Center). We caught Sacramento Kings first round draft pick Demarcus Cousins, who did an impromptu "Dougie" performance when DJ Blaze put on the Cali Swag District hit. Other sports stars followed, and soon all of Eden was doing the "Dougie."

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John Wall and Cousins doing the Dougie:

Former Cumberlands Star Chad Byron Signs in Switzerland


Former University of the Cumberlands star Chad Byron has inked his first professional deal. Byron has signed with BBC Nyon in Switzerland's top-level LNA League.

Last season at UC, Byron averaged 14.3 points, 2.6 assists and 2.2. rebounds. He was voted All-NAIA Honorable Mention.

Source: EuroBasket.com

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