Saturday, September 25, 2010

Louisville's Russ Smith Breaks Bone in Right Foot


Louisville freshman Russ Smith has a broken bone in his right foot and will be out of action for 8-12 weeks.

The injury occurred during practice earlier today and Smith will have a screw inserted during the next few days.

Louisville will open practice on October 15 and tip off the season on November 16 against Butler.

Murray State Grabs a Commitment from Jaylen Bland


I have confirmed with a good source that Cleveland (Cal.) High School's Jaylen Bland gave a verbal commitment to Murray State this weekend.

Bland is a 6-2 guard in the 2011 recruiting class.


Sterling: "Corruption Wins in Birmingham"


UK fans had to know this was coming from the garbage-spewing keyboard of the Indiana-loving, hit-seeking hater up north named Kent Sterling.

Sterling manages to throw out false accusations left and right, while still getting some cheap shots in on the actual city of Birmingham - "Something stinks in Birmingham, which normally goes without saying..."

Here is an excerpt of Sterling toiletry:

Something stinks in Birmingham, which normally goes without saying, but in this case it’s the lack of honesty and decency shown by teachers and administrators who value this outcome more than the truth. The report exonerates no one, documenting that 17 of Bledsoe’s 24 scores for Algebra 3 (which he took, according to transcripts, prior to taking Algebra 2) were “conspicuously changed.” ”The grade book shows that the original scores/grades were written over to reflect higher scores/grades.” The teacher who changed the grades claims Bledsoe earned them by completing make-up work, and that explanation, according to the report. The report concluded, “The reasons given for the (grade) changes are not credible.”

The grade books for Bledsoe’s junior year are missing, despite a rule that they must be maintained for three years. That school is closed and all the grade books for the 2007-2008 school year are gone.

While it’s accurate that the only victim here is the truth, it is still galling that Birmingham Schools officials would perpetrate this kind of canard. The ends don’t justify the means if that results in the truth being denied, especially when it’s done so clumsily. A group of educators who by their actions advocate achieving the right result in the wrong way are guilty of doing great harm to the kids they are trusted to teach.


Complete Bunch of Crap

My Thoughts: Sterling, my friend, you are a pompous ass and it's amazing that you continue your idiotic rants and false accusations even in the wake of being fired from ESPN 1070.

Larry O'Bannon Signs in Israel, Reece Gaines Leaves Spain


Here are some updates on a pair of former Louisville stars:

- Larry O'Bannon (pictured on defense) will play his third consecutive season in Israel, but has changed teams. O'Bannon has signed with Maccabi Haifa.

Last season with Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion, O'Bannon played in 26 games and averaged 16.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

- Former Card Reece Gaines has parted ways with CB Granada in Spain's top-level ACB league.

Gaines signed a one-year contract with Grenada just a month ago, but the two sides agreed to terminate the contract.

Last season, Gaines played for the Bakersfield Jam in the NBA D-League. He averaged 14.3 points, 4.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 47 games.

Kings Player to Watch: DeMarcus Cousins


CBSSports.com has broken down the Sacramento Kings as we head into the 2010-11 NBA season.

They label former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins as the "player to watch".

Here is an excerpt:

Player to watch: DeMarcus Cousins. There's no getting around it. "Boogie" is the guy you want to keep an eye on. He could dominate. He could underwhelm. He could blow up on his teammates. he could fit in seamlessly. He could add weight. He could slim down. Anything is possible with Cousins, and his progression will be a huge factor in how the Kings do this season.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Reactions to the Eric Bledsoe Report


Here are some reactions from around the Internet to the news that Eric Bledsoe's high school grades will not be changed:

Pete Thamel of the New York Times admits that he is a tool, uh, I mean shares his report:

The report, released Friday night, casts doubts upon the legitimacy of Bledsoe’s grade in an algebra class, including noting that Bledsoe’s grades were changed “far more frequently” than others’ in the class, which was not identified in the report.

Birmingham Schools Superintendent Craig Witherspoon told news media in Alabama on Friday night that despite the findings, the school board will not change Bledsoe’s grade. He told The Associated Press that although there was no documentation to justify the grade jump, the investigation did not prove there was anything improper
.

Andy Katz of ESPN.com reports on the ruling:

In response to the statement issued by the NCAA, Kentucky spokesperson DeWayne Peevey said, "it is our understanding that the matter is closed."

A source who read the report said since the Birmingham school board didn't indicate Bledsoe would be given a new transcript so it is highly unlikely there would be any change in Bledsoe's eligibility for the 2009-10 season. The Eligibility Center needs a new transcript from a student-athlete to consider reversing a previous decision.

If there is no new transcript, and there won't be in this case since superintendent Craig Witherspoon said in the report that the investigation is over, then there would be no need to alter Bledsoe's eligibility.


Eamonn Brennan off ESPN.com thinks the ruling is kind of strange:

But -- and here's the weird part -- the Board decided the firm's report wasn't sufficient evidence of wrongdoing. The grade will remain an A. Bledsoe's transcript lives on. Unless something new comes to light, Kentucky's 2009-10 season goes unvacated.

In other words, a school board used taxpayer money to hire a reputable independent firm, led by former President of the Alabama State Bar Mark White and retired Federal Court judge and Civil Rights pioneer U.W. Clemon, to investigate a former student's transcript. Then, once that firm presented its report -- which, despite the almost-impossible-to-provide evidence of actual wrongdoing, is pretty clear in its judgment, ethics-wise -- the Board decided to basically ignore it. So why spend the money? Why waste the time? Why hire the firm if its investigation only mattered so much?

Eric Bledsoe Grade Report Released in Alabama


The much-anticipated grade report regarding Eric Bledsoe's high school grades was released this evening in Birmingham.

The report (which looks pretty shabby considering it came from a $10,000 tab) states that the explanations given for changing Bledsoe's grades are "not credible", but there is no proof.

The school board voted 6-1 to accept the report.

As a result of the report, there will be no action taken against Bledsoe at this time that can damage his college eligibility.

Here is an excerpt from The Birmingham News:

Reginald McDaniel, who is Ford's attorney and has been assisting Bledsoe's representation, said he believes Witherspoon has concluded Bledsoe completed the makeup work and a grade-change form was properly created.

"As far as the report, we don't agree that Mr. Webster was not credible," McDaniel said. " I think that was the one flaw in the report. I have no reason to believe he's not credible. He's just a hard-working school teacher who had nothing to gain. He had no way of knowing two years later there would be a big controversy over a grade. His story has been consistent."

Efforts to reach Webster on Friday were unsuccessful.

McDaniel said Ford is "relieved" that "this part of it" is behind him. Ford did not want to comment, McDaniel said.

AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said the law firm's investigation found no violation of state athletic association rules. "Unless additional information is revealed, we feel this is closed as far as how it relates to AHSAA rules," Savarese said.

Complete Article


Kentucky has released the following statement:

"Eric Bledsoe was a part of our normal institutional process, the NCAA's normal eligibility cycle and a more extensive secondary review by the NCAA Eligibility Center as well. We maintain our reliance on the high school, university and NCAA Eligibility Center for initial eligibility and will continue to do so. At no point was the University of Kentucky under investigation by the NCAA nor had any reason to believe we were ever under investigation."

Analysis:

The book is not completely closed on the Eric Bledsoe situation. NCAA spokesman Chuck Wynne has stated that the NCAA will review the report and "work collaboratively" with Kentucky to determine if there is any impact on Bledsoe's academic records.

Unless further documentation or proof of wrong-doing substantiates, Kentucky fans can rest easily, however.

My Thoughts:

I'm eagerly awaiting an explanation of what went wrong from Pete Thamel, Kent Sterling, Pat Forde and all other witch-hunting journalists who hopes to "be the one" who nails Kentucky.

Former Wildcat Wayne Turner Joins Kentucky Staff


Congratulations to former Kentucky point guard Wayne Turner as John Calipari has announced that Turner will join the UK basketball staff for the 2010-11 season.

Calipari announced on Twitter:

UKCoachCalipari I'm pleased to announce the addition of former UK guard Wayne Turner to our staff as an undergraduate student assistant coach.

UKCoachCalipari I'm so happy to be able to bring back a player and person of Wayne's stature to our program.

UKCoachCalipari I've always tried to bring former players back to finish their degrees wherever I have been and I applaud the NCAA for this new rule.

Kentucky Visits 2011 Shooting Guard Trevor Lacey


A good source has confirmed that Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua visited 2011 shooting guard Trevor Lacey recently.

The source says Kentucky is very interested in Lacey but his recruitment will likely continue into Spring. The Wildcats will have a better idea of where the 2011-12 roster stands at that time.

Lacey reportedly loves UK and has been a huge fan of Alabama natives Eric Bledsoe and DeMarcus Cousins. Lacey attends Butler High School in Huntsville, Alabama.

He is a 6-3 shooting guard that ranks No. 34 on the Rivals150 List for 2011.

The source I spoke with also confirmed that UK is not interested in Tony Wroten and if they add a guard to the 2011 class, it will almost certainly be Lacey.

The schools that are most aggressively recruiting Lacey are Alabama, Auburn, Memphis, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Tennessee. Kansas has also shown some interest.

Lacey in action:

Louisville to Run Like the "Old Loyola Marymount Teams"


Seth Davis reported on Twitter a few days ago that Rick Pitino told him "Louisville is going to play offense like the old Loyola Marymount teams."

That statement brings back tremendous memories of the Loyola Marymount team that almost used heart, determination and an unorthodox running game to make it to the Final Four in the wake of Hank Gathers' death (has it really been 20 years?).

Hard to watch this and not feel emotional:


Kentucky Dominates ESPN 2011 Recruiting Rankings

With four five-star recruits already committed, the University of Kentucky and John Calipari are dominating ESPN's 2011 recruiting rankings.

UK already has Michael Gilchrist, Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague and Kyle Wiltjer committed to the 2011 class and there is an excellent chance they will add at least one more highly-touted recruit in the Spring.

Kentucky leads North Carolina, Arizona, Syracuse and Louisville in the top 5.

Louisville has a shot at finishing No. 2 when all is said and done as the Cards are still actively pursuing several top-ranked recruits including Quincy Miller, Deuce Bello and Tony Wroten.


Michael Chandler Focuses on Academics, Hopes to Attend Big Blue Madness


Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com reports that Michael Chandler, who de-committed from Louisville, has decided to focus on academics in hopes of landing at a major basketball program. One program that Chandler likes is Kentucky and the Lawrence North (Ind.) big man hopes to visit Lexington for Big Blue Madness.

Here is an excerpt:

While academics have made their way to the forefront, Chandler is still dealing with the recruiting process. He said that his initial plan to visit DePaul this coming weekend will be put on hold for another week or two. He also intends to visit Providence (Keno Davis did an in-home earlier in the week) and hopes to attend Kentucky for Midnight Madness – although it’s still unclear the level of interest that John Calipari’s program has in Chandler.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tony Wroten Changes Announcement Date

Tony Wroten will make his college announcement on October 7, rather than the previously stated October 8.

He said on Twitter that he made the change because he discovered that there is no school on the 8th.

Here is his post:


Calipari Confident Kanter Will Play at Kentucky in 2010-11


Kentucky head coach John Calipari is confident that freshman center Enes Kanter will be ruled eligible for UK this season.

Here is an excerpt from SportsIllustrated.com:

Calipari says he is confident the 6-foot-11 center will play for the Wildcats this season because he was under 18 when he played for a professional team in Turkey last year.

The coach said Thursday he believes Kanter did not sign a FIBA contract with the team in Turkey. However, the club would receive a transfer fee if Kanter plays in Europe next season instead of at Kentucky.

Theokas Named Director of Basketball Operations at WKU


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Western Kentucky University announced Thursday the hiring of Andrew Theokas as the Director of Operations for the men's basketball team.

Theokas comes to WKU after spending the 2009-10 season as the head boys basketball coach at Marlboro High School in Marlboro, N.J. Prior to that, Theokas spent 11 years as an assistant on various Division I men’s basketball coaching staffs.

Theokas was named the 2009-10 All-Shore Media Coach of the Year after leading the Marlboro Mustangs to the state sectional semifinals for the first time since the 1970s in 2009-10. Marlboro High School also reached the Round of 16 in the Shore Conference Tournament and won the Huskie Holiday Classic under Theokas’ direction.

Before taking the reins at Marlboro High School, Theokas spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Columbia University. While at Columbia, Theokas was in charge of scheduling and working with the Lion big men. Theokas was the top assistant on head coach Joe Jonas’ staff in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

Theokas joined the Columbia coaching staff in 2005 after spending four years as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts, where he was responsible for recruiting and working with post players. Under his tutelage, Rashaun Freeman was the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in 2004 and a first-team All-Atlantic 10 performer as a sophomore in 2004-05.

Prior to his four years at Massachusetts, Theokas spent the 2000-01 season as an administrative assistant for the men's basketball team at Villanova University. He came to Villanova from Rider University, where he was an assistant coach for two seasons from 1998-2000.

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Eric Bledsoe Academic Report To Be Released Friday


The official report on the academic investigation concerning former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe will be publicly released on Friday at 4:00 p.m.

Here is an excerpt from Kentucky.com:

Birmingham City Schools spokesman Michaelle Chapman said the report, completed by outside attorneys at the request of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, "should be made public as part of a special called Board of Education meeting at 4 p.m."

DeMarcus Cousins Hurts Finger; Kings to Have Open Practice



Former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins dislocated his finger yesterday during a workout. He alluded to the injury on Twitter:

boogiecousins My finger hurts!!!!!!!!

Speaking of Cousins, Sacramento fans are welcome to attend an open practice and get a firsthand look at the 2010-11 Kings.

Here is the official media release from NBA.com and the Sacramento Kings:

SACRAMENTO, CA, September 23, 2010 -- Kings fans can get their first look at newcomers DeMarcus Cousins, Samuel Dalembert and Hassan Whiteside on the ARCO Arena court when the team conducts an Open Practice on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m.

Coach Paul Westphal will guide the team, including 2009-10 NBA Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans, through a full practice including a brief full-court scrimmage.

Admission and parking for the Kings Open Practice are free of charge. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and seating is general admission.

Fans interested in attending the Kings Open Practice should visit Kings.com/openpractice today to download their complimentary tickets to this exciting event.


Source

Asbury Releases 2010-11 Basketball Schedule


Wilmore, KY – The Asbury men’s basketball team has released their schedule for the 2010-11 season as announced by Head Coach Will Shouse on Thursday afternoon. The Eagles will play 11 home games including hosting the 15th annual Zweifel Classic.

Asbury will open their 20th year of basketball on the road against Tennessee Wesleyan on October 30th. The home opener will be against Tennessee Wesleyan on November 13th. This year’s Zweifel Classic will feature Greenville College (Ill.), Ohio Christian University, and Union College (Ky.) on December 10th and 11th, it will be held in conjunction with the women’s annual Pritchett Classic.

The Eagles will play 20 games away from the Luce Center this season including two against NCAA Division I teams and one against a Division II team. Asbury will travel to Morehead State on November 12th followed by a trip on the 18th to Kentucky Wesleyan and will cap off their NCAA games against Samford University on December 18th.

Asbury will take part in the Jamieson-Allen Tip-off Tournament hosted by Spring Arbor University (Mich.) on November 5th and 6th. They are set to play Madonna University (Mich.) and either Lourdes College or the host Cougars in the second game. The Eagles will also be part of the Wierwille Hoops Classic hosted by Berea College on December 3rd and 4th, playing Union College (Ky.) and Ohio State-Mansfield. Coach Shouse will take his team out to Redding, California for three games at the end of December as part of the Simpson University Classic.

Indiana East will head to the Luce to open up KIAC action on January 11th and the regular season will come to an end at Alice Lloyd on February 17th. This year’s KIAC tournament will be played during the week of February 21st-26th. The higher seed will host throughout the tournament.

Asbury has set aside January 22nd’s double-header against Brescia University as a reunion and celebration of its 20th year of basketball.

Last year the Eagles finished 15-17 and 6-7 in the KIAC, losing in the semi-finals of the KIAC Tournament to eventual champion Indiana Southeast.

A "Free Enes" Story; Kanter is "in a holding pattern"


A good friend of mine sent the following "Free Enes" story to me earlier today:

I was in Lexington for meetings the first part of this week. After the meetings, I decided to take my ball and go down to the courts beside the Wildcat Lodge to shoot some jumpers to pass the evening. Night before last , Enes Kanter and Eloy Vargas came over to were I was and joined in the shooting. I asked Kanter what the situation was and he replied “I am in a holding pattern.”

I told him that we need you big fella and he said, “as soon as the eligibility issues get resolved, I will be there for you.”

About that time Josh Harrellson drove by and yelled out the window “Free Enes!”

I enjoyed my stay in Lexington.

Louisville Offers 2011 Forward Tyler Harris


Louisville has extended a scholarship offer to 6-8 forward Tyler Harris from St. Benedict's Prep.

Harris, the brother of Tennessee freshman Tobias Harris, ranks No. 128 on the Rivals150 List for 2011.

Tyler's father confirmed the Louisville offer to ZagsBlog.com:

Torrel Harris, Tyler’s father, said Louisville coach Rick Pitino officially offered the 6-8 Harris a scholarship and wants him to take an official.

“They offered him,” Torrel said. “If he goes to Louisville and he likes Louisville, they’re taking his commitment.”

The elder Harris also added that Louisville has its eyes locked on a 2011 trio of Harris, Quincy Miller and Tony Wroten.

“It’s Quincy Miller, Tyler and they’re looking at Tony Wroten,” Torrel said.

Photo: The Recruit Scoop

Daniel Orton's Knee "Could Require Surgery" Again


Steve Kyler of Hoopsworld reported on Twitter yesterday that former Kentucky center Daniel Orton is having additional problems from the knee he injured in high school. Kyler said there are rumblings that Orton's knee may require additional surgery.

Here is his post on Twitter:

stevekylerNBA Magic rookie Daniel Orton could be facing an uphill climb, word is he is still having knee issues that could require surgery

Orton tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee as a high school senior.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Jones, Knight Make Dick Vitale's List of Diaper Dandies


The legendary Dick Vitale has released his "dazzling dozen Diaper Dandies" for 2010-11. Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones make the list and Enes Kanter is mentioned as a player that will make the list if his eligibility issues are resolved.

Here is Dickie V's list:

My dazzling dozen "Diaper Dandies" can flat-out play. I can't wait to see them put on their college jersey: These guys will be difference makers on the college hardwood, baby! Here is my first look at the crème de la crème of college hoop freshmen to watch:

1. Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina
2. Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State
3. Brandon Knight , PG, Kentucky
4. Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke
5. Perry Jones , PF, Baylor
6. Will Barton, SG, Memphis
7. Fab Melo, C, Syracuse
8. Terrence Jones , SF, Kentucky
9. Tobias Harris , PF, Tennessee
10. C.J. Leslie , PF, NC State
11. Cory Joseph , PG, Texas
12. Patric Young , PF, Florida*

*I left off Josh Selby of Kansas because of injury and question of eligibility. I also left off Enes Kanter of Kentucky until his eligibility is settled.

Judge Reduces Amount Awarded in Tubby Smith Trial


A district court judge reduced the judgment against Minnesota and head coach Tubby Smith from $1.25 million to $1 million on Tuesday.

Here is an excerpt from the Star Tribune:

A Hennepin County district judge Tuesday reduced the judgment against Gopher basketball coach Tubby Smith and the University of Minnesota from $1.25 million to $1 million that it must pay wouldbe assistant coach Jimmy Williams, but the judge rejected motions by the university to vacate the verdict and order a new trial.

Mark Rotenberg, general counsel for the university, said that the university will appeal the decision to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

"We're pleased that the judge reduced the verdict by a quarter of a million dollars, but we continue to believe that the verdict cannot stand," Rotenberg said.


Complete Article

Kedran Johnson Chooses Vanderbilt Over U of L, Others


Kedren Johnson, a 6-4 guard from Marshall County (Tenn.) High School, has committed to Vanderbilt.

He chose Vandy over Alabama, Louisville and Florida.

Johnson ranks No. 75 on the Rivals150 List for 2011.


Photo: Rivals.com

Kentucky Ranks No. 15 in Blue Ribbon Top 25

The Kentucky Wildcats rank No. 15 in the Blue Ribbon preseason top 25. Blue Ribbon picks Duke as the early No. 1, followed by Michigan State, Ohio State, Pitt and Purdue.

Florida and Tennessee are two SEC teams that rank above Kentucky.

Here is the Blue Ribbon Preseason Top 25:

Bellarmine Unveils Challenging 2010-11 Basketball Schedule


LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The Bellarmine University men’s basketball team has announced their 2010-11 schedule that includes two exhibition games to go along with a 26-game regular season. The Knights will play 14 regular season games at home in Knights Hall this season.

“Again we will face the toughest conference competition anywhere in the country,” said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. “And what makes this schedule the toughest since I’ve been at Bellarmine, is that our non-conference opponents won 70% of their games last season. Our veteran players realize how tough this schedule is and the amount of preparation it takes to compete on a national level against a tremendously difficult schedule.“

Complete Release

2010-11 Bellarmine Basketball Schedule:

Date Opponent Location Time

11/4/2010 Kentucky State University (Exhibition) Louisville, Ky. 7:00 PM
11/6/2010 Xavier University (Exhibition) Cincinnati, Ohio 7:30 PM
11/21/2010 Wayne State College Louisville, Ky. 2:00 PM

John Dickensheets Classic
11/26/2010 West Virginia State University Institute, W.Va. 7:30 PM
11/27/2010 University of Charleston Institute, W.Va. 2:00 PM

12/2/2010 Kentucky Wesleyan College Owensboro, Ky. 8:30 PM
12/4/2010 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. 8:30 PM

Bellarmine Invitational
12/10/2010 West Virginia State University Louisville, Ky. 7:30 PM
12/11/2010 Indiana University Southeast Louisville, Ky. 7:30 PM

12/18/2010 King College Louisville, Ky. 1:00 PM

Bill Joergens Memorial Tournament
12/29/2010 St. Catherine College Evansville, Ind. 5:30 PM
12/30/2010 Harris-Stowe State University Evansville, Ind. 3:00 PM

1/2/2011 Lewis University Romeoville, Ill. 4:00 PM
1/4/2011 University of Wisconsin-Parkside Kenosha, Wisc. 8:30 PM
1/6/2011 Drury University Louisville, Ky. 8:00 PM
1/8/2011 Rockhurst University Louisville, Ky. 3:15 PM
1/13/2011 University of Missouri-St. Louis Louisville, Ky. 3:15 PM
1/15/2011 Saint Joseph's College Rensselaer, Ind. 4:15 PM
1/17/2011 University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, Ind. 7:30 PM
1/20/2011 Northern Kentucky University Louisville, Ky. 8:00 PM
1/27/2011 University of Illinois-Springfield Louisville, Ky. 8:00 PM
1/29/2011 Quincy University Louisville, Ky. 3:15 PM
2/3/2011 Maryville University St. Louis, Mo. 8:30 PM
2/5/2011 Missouri University of Science & Technology Rolla, Mo. 4:00 PM
2/12/2011 Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, Ky. 3:15 PM
2/14/2011 University of Indianapolis Louisville, Ky. 8:00 PM
2/17/2011 University of Southern Indiana Louisville, Ky. 8:00 PM
2/19/2011 Kentucky Wesleyan College Louisville, Ky. 8:00 PM

GLVC Tournament
2/26/2011 GLVC Tournament First Round TBA TBA
3/4-6/2011 GLVC Tournament Quarterfinals, Semifinals, & Final St. Louis, Mo. TBA

NCAA Tournament
3/12-15/2011 NCAA Great Lakes Regionals TBA TBA
3/23-26/2011 NCAA Elite Eight Springfield, Mass. TBA

John Wall's ZigTech Slash Reeboks Hit the Market Soon


John Wall's Reebok ZigTech basketball shoes will be hitting the market soon. The first ZigTech shoe, the ZigTech Slash, hits stores nationwide on October 15.

“I’m excited to debut Reebok’s Zig Slash basketball shoe on the court,” said Wall. “I’ve been training in Zigs and the extra energy the shoes give me is like nothing I have ever felt before.”



Here is Wall's Reebok Press Conference from earlier this summer:



Eastern Kentucky Releases 2010-11 Basketball Schedule


RICHMOND, Ky. – The 2010-11 Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball schedule features 13 home games plus road non-conference games against opponents from the Big Ten and SEC.

“We are very excited about the challenges that have made their way on to our schedule for this season,” EKU head coach Jeff Neubauer said. “For us to start our season against teams from the Horizon and Missouri Valley Conferences is an unusual way for us to begin. Since we do have nine new faces joining our program, we are going to treat all of our experiences in November and December as learning experiences that will prepare us for the last third of the season.”

Complete Release

EKU Men's Basketball 2010-11 Schedule:

Date Opponent Location Time

Nov. 5 (Fri.) Alice Lloyd College (exhibition) Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Nov. 12 (Fri.) at Loyola (Ill.)1 Chicago, Ill. 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 13 (Sat.) vs. UTPA1 Chicago, Ill. 6 p.m.
Nov. 14 (Sun.) vs. Indiana State1 Chicago, Ill. 4 p.m.
Nov. 17 (Wed.) SIU Edwardsville Richmond, Ky. 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 20 (Sat.) Presbyterian College Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Nov. 23 (Tue.) Cincinnati Christian College Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Dec. 2 (Thu.) Murray State* Richmond, Ky. 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 4 (Sat.) UT Martin* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Dec. 8 (Wed.) Kentucky Christian Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Dec. 11 (Sat.) at Minnesota (Big Ten Network) Minneapolis, Minn. 1 p.m.
Dec. 18 (Sat.) at Austin Peay* Clarksville, Tenn. 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 21 (Tue.) at Tennessee State* Nashville, Tenn. 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 31 (Fri.) at Georgia (FSN) Athens, Ga. 2 p.m.
Jan. 2 (Sun.) at Georgia Southern Statesboro, Ga. 2 p.m.
Jan. 6 (Thu.) Jacksonville State* Richmond, Ky. 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 8 (Sat.) Tennessee Tech* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Jan. 13 (Thu.) at Eastern Illinois* Charleston, Ill. 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 15 (Sat.) at Southeast Missouri* Cape Girardeau, Mo. TBA
Jan. 18 (Tue.) at SIU Edwardsville Edwardsville, Ill. 8 p.m.
Jan. 22 (Sat.) at Morehead State* Morehead, Ky. TBA
Jan. 27 (Thu.) Austin Peay* Richmond, Ky. 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 29 (Sat.) Tennessee State* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Feb. 3 (Thu.) at Tennessee Tech* Cookeville, Tenn. TBA
Feb. 5 (Sat.) at Jacksonville State* Jacksonville, Ala. TBA
Feb. 10 (Thu.) Southeast Missouri* Richmond, Ky. 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 12 (Sat.) Eastern Illinois* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Feb. 16 (Wed.) Morehead State* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Feb. 19 (Sat.) at TBA2 TBA TBA
Feb. 24 (Thu.) at UT Martin* Martin, Tenn. 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 26 (Sat.) at Murray State* Murray, Ky. 8:30 p.m.
March 2 (Wed.) at OVC Championships (First Round) Nashville, Tenn. 7/9 p.m.
March 3 (Thu.) at OVC Championships (Quarterfinals) Nashville, Tenn. 7/9 p.m.
March 4 (Fri.) at OVC Championships (Semifinals) Nashville, Tenn. 7/9 p.m.
March 5 (Sat.) at OVC Championships (Finals) Nashville, Tenn. TBA

Home Games In Boldface ~ Asterisk (*) Denotes Ohio Valley Conference Game
1Loyola Classic ~ 2ESPNU BracketBusters
Times given are Eastern and subject to change

Pitino Had "Great Visit" with Wroten; UK No Longer in the Mix


Louisville head coach Rick Pitino visited Seattle point guard Tony Wroten, Jr. yesterday and apparently left a good impression.

Wroten posted on Twitter following the visit:

ToneTone13 Just had a great visit wit coach patino. Can't wait to come down there on thursday

Wroten is scheduled to visit Louisville on Friday.

While Kentucky is still on his final list of schools, a good source tells me that the Wildcats are no longer pursuing Wroten.

The source added that Kentucky will see how things play out and make a decision on adding a guard in the Spring. If they choose to offer a guard, it will likely be Trevor Lacey.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Morehead State Team Participates in MS Walk


MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Morehead State Men’s basketball team participated in the annual Multiple Sclerosis (MS) walk at Don Greenhill Park on Saturday, Sept. 11. The event raised over $12,000 and over 300 people participated in the walk.

“Rick and Rhonda Whelan did a phenomenal job raising money and conducting a great fundraising event for the whole community,” said Morehead State coach Donnie Tyndall. “My staff and players are always appreciative when lending a helping hand to the community, especially for such a great cause.”

Participation in the MS walk means you work to support programs, services and research sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The support of participants makes a huge difference to the people who must fight MS every day of their lives.

“The Eagle men’s basketball team has always been very supportive of the MS Walk, and we have greatly appreciated the last two years that have come out and supported the event,” Rick said.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to ending the devastating effects of MS. They simultaneously fund research for a cure while also helping people who currently live with MS lead more fulfilling lives.

For more information on Multiple Sclerosis and how you can help, you can visit http://www.nationalmssociety.org/ .

Source: MSUEagles.com

Ticket Information for Kentucky's 2010 Blue-White Game


The ticket information for Kentucky's 2010 Blue-White game has been released.

Here are the details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the men's basketball Blue-White scrimmage go on sale beginning Tuesday, Oct. 5.

Scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 26, tickets are available by visiting the UK Ticket Office between the hours of 9:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET or by calling 1.800.928.2287. Fans can also obtain tickets by calling the Rupp Arena Box Office (859.233.3535) or by going online to UKathletics.com and TicketMaster.com or Ticketmaster outlets statewide. For outlet locations, go to TicketMaster.com.

The cost of the tickets will be $10 and all seating is reserved.

The first exhibition game of the season is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 1 against Pikeville, followed by the second exhibition on Fri., Nov. 5 against Dillard. The season opener is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 12 against East Tennessee State. Tickets for those three home games will go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 20 and are available from the same ticket outlets.

The Cats will tipoff the 2010-11 season on Friday, Oct. 15 with Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena.


Source: UKAthletics.com

Pitino is Visiting Tony Wroten Tonight


Tony Wroten, a 2011 point guard from Seattle Garfield, confirmed to ZagsBlog.com that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is coming to Seattle tonight for an in-home visit.

Wroten did add that he is still considering Louisville, Washington, Kentucky, Villanova, UConn and Seattle.

My Thoughts: Seattle...really? I'll go with the speculation that Wroten is down to Louisville and Washington.

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More Rajon Rondo 2K11 Commercial Shenanigans



Here is another Rajon Rondo NBA 2K11 commercial appearance. In this bit, David Lee and Derrick Rose are having a blast playing 2K11. Rondo shows up and gives Rose and Lee a dose of reality via a t-shirt message:



Kentucky Offers 2012 SG Shabazz Muhammad


Shabazz Muhammad, a 6-5 shooting guard in the 2012 class, has stated on his Twitter account that John Calipari visited last night and extended a scholarship offer.

Here is Muhammad's post on Twitter:

phenom15balla Just got done working out Coach cal at the university of Kentucky was there and offered at the end of the workout!!!!!!

He later added that Louisville is also on his list:

phenom15balla @pyarber yes Louisville is on the list

Muhammad is the top-rated shooting guard and No. 3 overall on the Rivals150 List for 2012.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Can John Wall Lead an NBA Team as a Rookie?


Michael Lee wonders in his Wizards Insider blog at WashingtonPost.com if former Kentucky point guard John Wall will be ready to lead an NBA team as a rookie.

Here is an excerpt:

That doesn't negate the fact that he's still a year away from being able to legally drink, has yet to play an NBA game and will be asked to carry a heavy load as one of the faces of his franchise and the league. Also, in Flip Saunders's point-guard-centric offense, Wall will be asked to lead.

Having coached two young prodigies early in his career in Minnesota, Saunders sees in Wall some of the best qualities in Kevin Garnett (work ethic and competitive fire) and Stephon Marbury (speed, confidence and fearlessness). Saunders and Wall have already spent some time bonding this summer, with Wall visiting his coach in Minnesota, where they attended a Twins game (Wall got to meet all-star catcher Joe Mauer) and a Vikings practice (Wall helped end practice early when he caught a punt).

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Hilltopper Greats to Join WKU Athletic Hall of Fame


Bowling Green, Ky. — Four former Western Kentucky University athletes and one Hilltopper coaching legend will be inducted as the 20th class into the WKU Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies set for Homecoming Weekend this fall.

The members of the 2010 class are: Chuck Durrant (track); Al Ellison (men’s basketball); Tellis Frank (men’s basketball); Coach Bill Powell (swimming & diving); and Joey Stockton (football).

The induction of the 2010 class will bring to 122 the number of former WKU athletes and coaches who have earned berths in the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame since its founding in 1991.

The 2010 class will be inducted in ceremonies during the annual W-Club Homecoming Brunch, set for 10 a.m. (CT), Saturday, Oct. 30, on the Main Floor of E.A. Diddle Arena on the WKU campus in Bowling Green.

Tickets for the event, which is open to the general public, are $15 each and can be purchased and/or reserved:

• online at www.alumni.wku.edu/wclubbrunch10 .
• by calling 1-888-WKU-ALUM (1-888-958-2586) or, locally in the Bowling Green area, 745-4395; • or, by contacting either W-Club Treasurer Bill Edwards (270-745-6026; bill.edwards@wku.edu) or W-Club Secretary Paul Just (270-792-4247; paul.just@wku.edu ).

Each W-Club member who has paid his/her 2010-11 dues is entitled to two complimentary tickets to the event; however, seating is limited and reservations MUST be made — either online, or with Edwards or Just — to ensure seating is available. Non-members, and the general public, are required to purchase tickets ($15 each). Letterwinners who have not yet paid their ‘10-11 dues may do so online via credit card or at the door with a prior reservation.

The inductees will also be honored in ceremonies on Jimmy Feix Field at halftime of the annual Homecoming Football Game, set to kickoff at 2 p.m. (CST), that afternoon. New Head Coach — and member of the WKU Athletic Hall of Fame — Willie Taggart will pit his Hilltoppers against Sun Belt Conference foe North Texas at Houchens Industries - L.T. Smith Stadium.

Source: WKU

UK Basketball Releases Additional Television Information


FoxSports South has picked up the majority of Kentucky's non-conference basketball games, including both exhibition games.

UK fans will be able to watch the Blue/White scrimmage and games against Pikeville College, Dillard, ETSU, Boston, Winthrop and Coppin State on FS South.

Additional information from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky men’s basketball program has released eight additional televised games for the 2010-11 season, including the annual Blue-White game and both exhibition games.

FS South picked up the majority of UK’s non-conference games, including the Pikeville (Nov. 1) and Dillard (Nov. 5) exhibition games, as well as East Tennessee State (Nov. 12), Boston (Nov. 30), Winthrop (Dec. 22) and Coppin State (Dec. 28). In addition, BBSN and FS South will both televise the Blue-White game live on Oct. 26.

The UK-Mississippi Valley State game on Dec. 18 will be televised by CSS.

Big Blue Madness will once again be televised by the Big Blue Sports Network (BBSN) and FS South. Madness, the first public practice opportunity for Kentucky’s 2010-11 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Friday, Oct. 15. Times and any additional broadcast information will be released at a later date.

BBSN will tape delay all games carried live by FS South, excluding the Coppin State game.

Source: UKAthletics.com

Information Released on 2010 Big Blue Madness Tickets


Tickets for Big Blue Madness will be made available on October 2 at 7:00 a.m. Here are the details from the University of Kentucky:
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the 2010 Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena will be available Saturday, Oct. 2, at 7 a.m., at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Euclid Avenue and online at UKathletics.com and Ticketmaster.com. Madness, the first open practice opportunity for Kentucky’s 2010-11 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Friday, Oct. 15 and will be part of ESPNU’s coverage of Midnight Madness across the nation.

Tickets are free again this year, and there will be a limit of two tickets per person at Memorial Coliseum. Online orders will have a minimal service fee attached, and there will be a limit of two tickets per household.

At the request of campus public safety officials, fans wishing to line up ahead of time at Memorial Coliseum are asked to do so no earlier than 7 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29. The Athletics Department will provide portable restroom facilities, but safety concerns will prohibit the use of permanent, wooden-type structures, and propane tanks or other open flames used in cooking.

Control cards will be issued to those camped out on Friday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to start lining up for Saturday morning’s ticket distribution between 4-5 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2.

This will be the sixth time Madness has been held at Rupp Arena.

Source: UKAthletics.com

Pikeville High School Hosting Golf Scramble


This Saturday, Sept. 25 the Pikeville H.S. Basketball Boosters will hold its Annual Golf Scramble at Mountain Pub Links at Johns Creek.
From Coach Williams:
We are still looking for teams to play. The cost is $200 per team of 4 people. Registration will be at 3:30pm on Saturday. The shotgun start for the first nine holes will be at 4:00pm. We will provide dinner, then the last 9 holes will be played after dark as we will have glow in the dark golf. The fairways will be lit up and we will give everyone 2 glow-in-the-dark golf balls. The UK/FLA football game will also be on TV during the evening beginning around 7pm. See prizes listed below:

Prizes Awarded for:

· longest drive

· closest to pin

· longest putt

-plus many more other prizes.

Cash Prizes for 1st,2nd, and 3rd place teams!!!

We would love to have you join us!!

Rondo Hosts Historic Tournament at Alcatraz


Rajon Rondo and Red Bull hosted an historic 1-on-1 basketball tournament Saturday night on Alcatraz.

The Red Bull King of the Rock was the first-known athletic event held in the prison yard since Alcatraz closed in 1963.

Isaiah "Clutch" Bowman of Inglewood, California survived the field of 64 and won the event.

Here is an excerpt from ESPN.com:

"It's basketball at its peak," said Phoenix native Gary Smith, who advanced to the final before losing, 8-6, to 25-year-old Isaiah "Clutch" Bowman of Inglewood, Calif. "This is an environment made for basketball players on the West Coast. This is what it is."

A thick layer of fog enveloped the island, once home to some of the most hardened criminals in the country. For those men, spending time in "the yard" was a privilege. Indeed, the unruly prisoners relegated to D-Block were allowed only one hour of exercise per week.

Tournament players received first-hand exposure to this sparse existence. Even Rondo, who helped the Celtics win the 2008 NBA Championship, got locked up.

"I was nervous," he said with a smile. "[The tour guide] closed the door and acted like she couldn't open it. Good thing I had my cell phone."

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EKU's Neubauer Speaks at KABC Fall Coaching Clinic


RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball head coach Jeff Neubauer served as one of the keynote speakers at the 17th annual Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches (KABC) Fall Coaching Clinic this past weekend in Lexington.

Neubauer, along with former Purdue head coach Gene Keady, were two of a handful of collegiate coaches invited to speak to Kentucky high school basketball coaches at the Hyatt Regency.

The EKU basketball team will hold its first official practice of 2010-11 on Friday, Oct. 15. Basketball’s annual Halloween Hoopfest is slated for Thursday, Oct. 28. The Colonels then open the season with a home exhibition against Alice Lloyd College on Friday, Nov. 5.

Source: EKU

Doc Rivers Visits Lexington, Talks Basketball

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers was in Lexington over the weekend to watch his daughter play volleyball.

Wildcat Student TV interviewed Rivers and he talked about Rajon Rondo, John Calipari and Kentucky basketball:

Rajon Rondo's Heart Wasn't With Team USA


Former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo has opened up about his decision to withdraw from Team USA this summer prior to the World Championships.

Despite a wide array of speculation about why Rondo left he team, he explains that his heart wasn't on winning a gold medal.

Here is an excerpt from ESPN.com:

At this stage of his career, Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo says winning a FIBA gold medal just doesn't rank with winning another gold NBA trophy.

In fact, if it had been up to Rondo, he never would have tried out for the USA squad that ended a 16-year drought by defeating Turkey for the 2010 FIBA World Championship title. Rondo said several factors contributed to his subpar performance with the squad -- being worn out from the Celtics' narrow Finals loss to the Lakers, his mind on making up for it this season; missing his two-year old daughter; mourning the death of an uncle; and being disenchanted with European cuisine -- ultimately leading him to withdraw from the team.

In other rondo news:

TerezOwens.com reports that Rondo is also planning to marry his girlfriend of five years.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Member of Kentucky's Famous Fab Five Team Dies


Joseph Burnett "Joe" Holland, a member of Adolph Rupp's famous "Fab Five" national championship team, has passed away at the age of 84.

Holland scored 504 points during his three-year University of Kentucky career. He figured prominently in UK's first national championship season and was named All-SEC in 1946-47.

Here is an excerpt about Holland's death from the Lexington Herald-Leader:

Though a World War II stint in the Navy came first, Mr. Holland arrived at UK after graduating from Benton High School in Kentucky. He was the high school team's captain and led it to second place in the state tournament.

At UK, he was a reserve on the Fabulous Five's 1947-48 championship team. "To me, he was a giant back then," Hall recalled. "He was kind of a fortress on the floor and was very strong, very physical."

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Tony Wroten to Announce on October 8; Washington?


According to MyNorthwest.com, 2011 point guard Tony Wroten will make his college choice known on October 8. There are several sources claiming that Wroten will choose Washington, but Wroten still says he will choose between Washington, Kentucky, Louisville, Connecticut and Villanova.

Here is an excerpt:

I have no idea as to whether Wroten will take that visit, but Husky Digest has reported that they are hearing from numerous sources that Wroten will choose Washington, but that no one would come out and say When it would happen. Obviously it is all meaningless until Wroten signs an LOI.

On Saturday night TheRecruitScoop tweeted, "Jabari Brown is on an OFFICIAL visit to Washington this weekend. He is at the football game with Tony Wroten, who is unofficially visiting."

Scout reported that Wroten will commit ob October 8th. So, will we see an official UW visit from Tone between now and then?


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Wroten is scheduled to visit Louisville on Friday.

John Wall Ready to Go Into "Point Guard Heaven"?



Will former Kentucky star John Wall make the ascent to "point guard heaven"?

That is the question Trust About It poses today after Flip Saunders stated that he believes Wall was "delivered from Heaven".

Here is the video:




Here is an excerpt from TruthAboutIt.net:

My favorite observations while filming that was the facial expression of Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld after Flip made his hyperbolic “dropped from heaven” declaration.

I love Jimmy Wa’s personable attitude, his sick athletic ability for a PG and the “it” factor he definitely posses. Obviously, I respect Coach Saunders’ basketball opinion, and his bravado-filled statement could prove to be 100% accurate. After all, I helped popularize the phrase “John Wall Porn” on the series of tubes, so I sure as hell want Flip’s assessment to come true.

However, I am waiting to see how Wall performs on back-to-back NBA games, whether or not he can knock down the open 15 to 20-foot J, or if he can run a successful pick and roll or consistently break down the opposing team’s best defender, before ascending him into the pearly point guard gates of Magic and the Big O.


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C.M. Newton Defends Kentucky on Kanter, Bledsoe Issues


Former University of Kentucky athletics director C.M. Newton agrees with UK's handling of both Eric Bledsoe and Enes Kanter.

Here is an excerpt from Jerry Tipton's article at Kentucky.com:

If the NCAA rules Kanter ineligible, it's a significant setback for Kentucky this coming season. If the soon-to-be-released Birmingham City Schools report validates news reports, Bledsoe could be ruled ineligible retroactively and UK would face the possibility of vacating last season's 35 victories. Of course, the latter would mean UK loses the distinction of being the first program to amass 2,000 victories. Already a joke circulating has this coming season's slogan being UK2K2.

"I don't view it as being embarrassing," Newton said of those pending cases, "and I'll tell you why. Everybody else recruited those kids, too."


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