Saturday, October 16, 2010

DeMarcus Cousins Day-To-Day with Ailing Ankle

Former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins is dealing with a strained right ankle. He sat out most of today's practice and is officially listed as day-to-day.

Here is footage of Cousins following a recent game against the world champion Los Angeles Lakers:

* Video from kingsflix 's YouTube Channel

Western Kentucky's Brandon Peters Talks About Practice

Western Kentucky freshman guard Brandon Peters talks about the opening day of practice:

Darnell Dodson Pleads Not Guilty to Disorderly Conduct Charge

Former Kentucky Wildcat Darnell Dodson pleaded not guilty yesterday in a Fayette County courtroom.

Dodson was arrested Thursday night after his reported involvement in a scuffle in downtown Lexington. He received disorderly conduct charges.

Here is an excerpt from

Former UK basketball player Darnell Dodson pleaded not guilty Friday following his arrest early Friday morning in Lexington on disorderly conduct charges.

Dodson, who was dismissed from the team by coach John Calipari in August, was arrested at about 3 a.m. at Pine Street and Jersey near the Two Keys Tavern. The police report on the arrest says that when police arrived, Dodson had removed his shirt and was pushing and yelling at others.

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Bluegrass Stallions Now Call Georgetown Home

The Bluegrass Stallions basketball club will now call Georgetown, Kentucky home.

Here is an excerpt from

A great product with explosive entertainment.

These are the words of Bluegrass Stallions general manager Matthew DiLorenzo and president Kristin Nelson when describing their team who has just recently moved a step up from the ABA — a semi-professional basketball league — to the PBL.

Last year, Blluegrass Stallions owner Tony Chase introduced the Bluegrass Stallions to Lexington, showcasing former University of Kentucky players Wayne Turner, Lucas Obrzut and Ravi Moss. Along with the Wildcat alum, players from across Kentucky, including Georgetown College's Aubrey White and Justin Taylor led the team to a third-place finish in the ABA.

And with the majority of the fan base being from Georgetown and the final contracts up with Horse Park, Stallions' staff felt it would more than appropriate to make Georgetown its new home.

"It all came together so well," Nelson said. "It was a great fit. (Georgetown College) has a great understanding and tradition in experienced athletics, and I think it will work out to benefit us both."

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Former Wildcat Patterson Conquers the Great Wall of China

Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson and several of his Houston Rockets teammates scaled the Great Wall of China during their exhibition tour of the country.

Courtney Lee, Ish Smith, Jermaine Taylor and Chase Budinger joined Patterson for the journey.

Patterson loved the experience:

"I loved it," Patterson said. "Just being here with my teammates, seeing the people, the history, the culture. The excitement and joy that I have from seeing the Great Wall and what it means to this country and the people. I had a great time."

I never would have imagined myself going to China. I climbed the Great Wall of China."

Murray State Men's Basketball Opens Practice

The Murray State men’s basketball squad staged their first workouts of the season with an evening workout Friday at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

The Racers’ start comes after a record-breaking season in 2009-10 that saw them win 31 games including one in the NCAA Tournament over Vanderbilt.

“Yes it’s a big day for us to have our first practice,” Head Coach Billy Kennedy said. “We’re excited to have the team together and get after it.”

One area that will define the Racers is the typical attention to playing defense for all Kennedy teams. Last season, the Racers dominated the Ohio Valley Conference and were the best in the league in scoring defense, defensive field goal percentage, three-point percentage defense, blocked shots and steals.

“We’re a defensive-minded team, so the first week of practice is usually real ugly and very physical,” Kennedy said. “We’re working hard on setting our identity; we’re a blue collar team.”

Leadership is an area that is in good shape. The Racers have three seniors on the club, B.J. Jenkins, Jeffery McClain and Isacc Miles, plus several other returning players that saw significant playing time last season.

“The leadership from this group if the best we’ve had here,” Kennedy said. “Last season’s leadership was good and it’s good now. They have demonstrated it on and off the court.”

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Kentucky Wesleyan Names Tri-Captains for 2010-11

Kentucky Wesleyan College head men's basketball coach Todd Lee announced seniors Jay Ivey, Kwan Waller and Chris Williams have been chosen as tri-captains by their teammates for the 2010-11 season.

“It is a great and well deserved honor for these three young men to be chosen by their teammates," said Lee. "All three have been in our program and have grown and improved each year, not only as players but also leaders.

"They understand the goals and expectations of our program and they are able to lead by example and also set the tone for our practices each day."

Ivey, a 6-foot-7 center from Owensboro (Owensboro Catholic HS), led KWC in field goal shooting (59.9) and blocks (23); finished second in rebounding (5.7) while averaging 6.9 points in 33 starts and 34 games.

Waller, a 5-foot-11 guard from Rockford, Ill. (Auburn HS), averaged 7.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 19.2 minutes where he started the last 11 contests of 34 games played. He shot 43.7 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from three-point arc and 71.0 percent from the foul line.

Williams, a 6-foot-5 forward from Versailles, Ky. (Woodford County HS), led the Panthers in rebounding (7.1 rpg); finished second in scoring (11.1 ppg), three-pointers (57), assists (58); steals (39); and minutes played (28.8 mpg) while starting 33 of 34 games played.

Lee added, "Being named a captain takes on a greater responsibility, you are an extension of the coaching staff and you must care for the greater good of the program above all us, these three young men exemplify that.”

Source: Release from KWC

Purdue's Robbie Hummel Tears ACL, Out for Season

There is some terrible news out of Purdue this morning as senior star Robbie Hummel has torn his ACL again and will miss the entire 2010-11 season.

It was Hummel's first official practice since returning from last season's ACL tear.

Purdue was generally considered a top 5 team in America with Hummel in the lineup.

My Thoughts: Terrible news. My prayers are with Robbie Hummel this morning.

Morehead State Holds First Practice, Announces Hysteria

MOREHEAD, Ky. – It’s Morehead Hysteria Time again. Morehead State fans will get their first look at the 2010-11 Eagle men’s and women’s basketball teams on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Arena. Admission is free.

The evening will include several activities, including three-point shooting contests for both teams, a dunk contest, and a scrimmage by the men’s team.

Fans will also get a chance to meet the new women’s basketball coaching staff, led by head coach Tom Hodges.

Afterwards, fans will get a chance to meet their favorite players and coaches as an autograph session with teams will be held.

The Eagle men went 24-11 in 2009-10 and advanced to the College Basketball Invitational. Returning senior Kenneth Faried was the OVC Player and Defensive Player of the Year. The Eagle women advanced to the postseason for the first time in school history, finishing 22-11 and setting a school record with a 14-4 OVC record. Chynna Bozeman, the OVC Player of the Year, returns to lead MSU again this season.

Morehead Opens Season with First Official Practice

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The 2010-2011 Morehead State men’s basketball season officially got under way on Friday afternoon. Coach Donnie Tyndall, his staff, and his squad of 14 players participated in their first full team practice of the season in Johnson Arena.

This season the Eagles will start practice at 4 p.m. in Johnson Arena and all practices, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public.

Tyndall, who is entering his fifth season at the helm of the Eagle basketball program, which is coming off a 24-11 season, was very excited to get practice underway.

“We are very excited to get the season started, we had an excellent preseason, and our guys worked hard on getting their bodies right and in condition,” said Tyndall. “We have a tough schedule that we look forward to playing and we expect to have an exciting season of basketball ahead.”

The Eagles return just five players who saw court time last year, but leading that group is reigning OVC Player of the Year Kenneth Faried. Faried, who averaged 16.3 points per game and 13 caroms per contest last season, has been receiving numerous national preseason honors attention.

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Some Final Thoughts on Kentucky's Big Blue Madness

The University of Kentucky signalled the start of basketball season with its annual Big Blue Madness festivities last night.

Here are a few thoughts from the event:

- I am overwhelmed annually that Kentucky manages to get 24,000 people into Rupp Arena for player introductions, videos, music and a short scrimmage. The power of Big Blue Nation never ceases to amaze.

- Kudos to UK Hoops coach Matthew Mitchell for being brave enough to "Dougie" in front of 24,000 people.

- Enes Kanter (watch video below) had arguably the greatest entrance in Big Blue Madness history. He officially transformed into the "UnderKanter" last night.

- From a basketball perspective, it's difficult to tell much of anything from BBM, but, I am encouraged that the 2010-11 version of the Wildcats will be able to shoot the ball from distance.

- If the season started today, I would go with Knight, Lamb, Liggins, Miller and Jones. If a big was a necessity, I'd probably try my luck with Harrellson and bring Lamb off the bench. Of course, this will likely all change after seeing some competitive basketball.

- It's difficult to forget last season's "NBA Cats" and it was great to see the former stars who sent video messages to the current team.

- In a strange twist, Daniel Orton asked on Twitter last night if anyone knew where he could watch BBM online.

Enes Kanter with perhaps the greatest entrance in the history of Big Blue Madness:

Western Kentucky Lands 2011 Small Forward Nigel Snipes

Earlier tonight, Western Kentucky earned a commitment from point guard Cezar Guerrero, but the Hilltoppers were not finished.

WKU has landed a verbal commitment from 2011 small forward Nigel Snipes.

Snipes is a three-star recruit according to

Friday, October 15, 2010

Cezar Guerrero Commits to Western Kentucky

Cezar Guerrero has committed to Western Kentucky. He made commitment public via his USTREAM channel tonight.

Guerrero is ranked No. 61 nationally on the Rivals150 List for 2011.

Maui Chairman Not Upset at Calipari's Comments

Maui Invitational chairman Dave Odom is not upset with the comments made recently by John Calipari.

Calipari expressed that he would rather play home games in Rupp Arena than travel to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational.

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

Dave Odom, the former coach at Wake Forest and South Carolina, is now chairman of the Maui tournament. He told The Maui News he took no offense at Calipari’s comments.

“Absolutely not,” Odom told the newspaper. “I’ve been where he is. I’ve been a head coach at the major college level. I’ve been at that arena. When you see comments and see articles from coaches like John, those are comments that are spontaneous and how he feels at the moment.

“If he goes through the 2010-2011 basketball season and, as expected, Kentucky has another outstanding year and we held this same interview in the middle of April and the team had played well into the NCAA tournament, if not winning it, the remarks would be much different. The answers would be different. Of course, if he doesn’t have that kind of year, he can pin it on Maui if he wants to - but there are seven other teams coming to Maui, and they’re not all going to have bad years. You can’t blame it on Maui.”

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Enes Kanter Arrives at Big Blue Madness

Kentucky freshman Enes Kanter arrived at Big Blue Madness the Undertaker:

Former Stars in Kentucky State's Hall of Fame Class

Frankfort, Ky. - Kentucky State University has selected its 2010 inductees for the Kentucky State University Athletic Hall of Fame. These nine men and one woman will be officially entered into the hall of fame at the annual banquet at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, in the Student Center Ballroom during KSU's Homecoming festivities. Cost to attend is $25.

Each will receive a plaque on the wall in the university's William Exum Center and will be honored during halftime of the Homecoming game, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in Alumni Stadium against Clark-Atlanta.

The inductees are:

Willie French, Football, 1960-1964, Lexington, Ky.
Katie I. Williams,Cheerleading, 1957-1960, Sunrise, Fla.
Henry Ross, Football, 1974-1977, Commerce, Texas
J.B. Olinger, Baseball/Football, 1919-1921, Rockwood, Tenn.
Francis Gipson, Football, 1946-1950, Alexandria, Va.
Hilton Napoleon, Baseball, 1974-1976, Romulus, Mich.
Charles Francis, Basketball, 1968-1972, Delray Beach, Fla.
Albert J. Hawkins, Football/Track, 1951-1957, Washington, D.C.
Sam Sibert, Basketball, 1970-1972, Arlington, Texas
Harold Gipson, Basketball, 1968-1972, Columbus, Ohio

For more information or to purchase tickets to the banquet, call the Office of Alumni Relations at (502) 597-6511.

Source: KSU

Eastern Kentucky Holds First Official Practice

RICHMOND, Ky. - The Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team held its first official team practice of the 2010-11 season Friday night in McBrayer Arena. Below is a season preview for the Colonels.

The Outlook

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team will have an entirely new look in 2010-11 as 10 of the 15 players on the roster are either new to the program or did not see any game action last season. Four transfers and five freshmen have to integrate themselves into the EKU program.

“We had a really good summer session, especially the second one,” Eastern head coach Jeff Neubauer said. “There is still a lot of learning to be done, but the challenge now is to get all of the players up to speed with the Division I game and to get everyone on the same page.”

There are a few familiar faces who return from the 2010 postseason trip to the College Basketball Invitational. Senior Justin Stommes was one of just two OVC players to total at least 400 points and 100 assists in 2009-10. Fellow senior Josh Daniel brings another veteran leader voice to the table. Senior Spencer Perrin and sophomore Willie Cruz can both rebound and are adept at passing the basketball. Meanwhile, junior Joshua Jones does all of the little things well on the court.

“Our returnees do give us a level of comfort heading into preseason practices,” Neubauer said. “They give us a good starting point and will need to help the newcomers learn our system.”

As always under coach Neubauer, the Eastern Kentucky offense will revolve around unselfish play and the ability to shoot the basketball. The Colonels ranked second nationally in three-pointers made (9.9 per game) and 11th nationally in three-point shooting (39.7 percent) one year ago. Stommes, Jones and Daniel are all proven shooters who fit well into the offense. Newcomers Jeff Allgood, Jeff Johnson and Ryan Parsons have the ability to hit the long range shots as well.

Players are needed to step up in the post area. Perrin is the lone returning true forward on the roster. Johnson, Taylor Filipek and Deverin Muff are three new additions who will battle for playing time alongside of Perrin. All three players are true freshmen and will need to adjust to the pace and play of collegiate basketball very quickly.

“We will spend lots of time on defense in the preseason,” Neubauer said. “We have to be a better one-on-one defensive team this year. On offense, we have to get everyone to understand the system.”

Complete Release from EKU

Former Wildcat Joe Crawford Waived by the Kings

Former Kentucky star Joe Crawford has been waived by the Sacramento Kings. He will likely return to the NBA D-League.

Here is the release from the Kings:

SACRAMENTO, CA, October 15, 2010 -- The Sacramento Kings today announced that they waived forward-center Connor Atchley, guard Joe Crawford and forward Marcus Landry from their training camp roster.

The Kings roster now stands at 14.

Despite the bad news, Crawford is still hopeful and upbeat on Twitter:

JoeCrawford5 Goal 4 Sacramento Kings Training Camp was b best pro on & off court! Mission Accomplished. Thanks Kings all the best 4 a great season!

JoeCrawford5 Sometimes u WIN when to everyone else it looks like u lost. But I feel like I'm moving in the right direction. Thank you lord

Georgetown College Picked to Win Mid-South Conference

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Georgetown College men's basketball team received nine first-place votes and is the favorite to win the Mid-South Conference in 2010-11 season, according to the MSC Preseason Coaches' Poll released on Thursday by the conference.

Georgetown received 81 voting points from the conference coaches, including all but one first-place vote. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

The Tigers have won or shared seven of the last nine MSC regular season titles. Georgetown won the MSC Tournament last season after finishing second to Campbellsville University during the regular season.

Campbellsville is projected to finish second in the conference according the preseason poll. The Tigers received 67 voting points. Campbellsville won the conference last season with a 12-2 league mark.

St. Catharine College is third in the poll with 58 voting points, including the final first-place vote.

University of the Cumberlands and Pikeville College each received 57 voting points from the coaches' poll to tie for fourth, while Lindsey Wilson College is projected to finish sixth with 45 voting points.

West Virginia University Tech (31 voting points), University of Rio Grande (23), UVa.-Wise (20) and Shawnee State University (11) complete the 10-team coaches' poll.

The Mid-South Conference regular season tips-off on December 16, 2010 with the MSC Tournament set for March 4-6 in Frankfort, Ky.

Source: Release by MSC

1. Georgetown College 81 (9)
2. Campbellsville University 67
3. St. Catharine College 58 (1)
4. University of the Cumberlands 57
4. Pikeville College 57
6. Lindsey Wilson College 45
7. West Virginia University Tech 31
8. University of Rio Grande 23
9. UVa.-Wise 20
10. Shawnee State University 11

WKU Recruit Cezar Guerrero to Announce Decision Tonight

St. John Bosco (Calif.) point guard Cezar Guerrero says he will announce his college decision tonight at 7:30 p.m. PDT (9:30 CDT) via his USTREAM channel.

His final three are Oklahoma, Kansas and Western Kentucky.

Link to Guerrero's USTREAM

Guerrero is rated as a 4-star recruit by and ranks No. 61 overall on the Rivals150 List for 2011.

Guerrero in action:

ESPN Breaks Down NCAA 2010 Freshman Class

Dave Telep of breaks down the 2010 freshman class for college basketball.

Here are some excerpts about Kentucky's recruiting class:

Cal's Collection If you are an SEC fan worried about where your favorite team will finish this year, say this out loud with us: Kentucky signed three consensus Top 10 players (Enes Kanter remains ineligible), and John Calipari's fourth-best recruit, guard Doron Lamb, was Oak Hill Academy's leading scorer last season. Yikes. Psst, next year's UK class is just as good.

Most Versatile Just a few years ago, wasn't everybody lamenting the lack of elite players in the SEC? Not anymore. Tobias Harris has the keys to the Tennessee offense and he's a super mix of perimeter and paint. Terrence Jones could make his mark early for UK as a defender and board man while keeping defenses honest with his offense.

Top Scorers Keep your eyes on Dion Waiters of the Cuse, Will Barton of Memphis and Brandon Knight of Kentucky. These three are totally different guys, but at the end of the day, they can scorch it. Waiters is thick-bodied in an Austin Freeman-ish way. Barton, who is now 175 pounds and 6-6, likes to describe himself as "wiry strong." Knight scored over 3,500 points in high school.

Appears to be Louisville vs. Baylor for Quincy Miller

Quincy Miller, a 6-9 senior forward from Westchester (N.C.) Country Day, will not attend Duke's "Countdown to Craziness" event as originally scheduled.

According to Evan Daniels of, the two sides have parted ways and Miller is no longer considering Duke (I'm not sure Duke was considering Miller, either).

Here is a post from Daniels on Twitter:

EvanDanielscout Just received word from Quincy Miller that he won't be visiting Duke this weekend. He's down to Baylor and Louisville.

Williams: Source Says John Wall May Fire Agent

ESPN basketball analyst Jay Williams stated on Twitter today that he is hearing John Wall may fire his current agent and seek new representation.

Here is Williams post on Twitter:

RealJayWilliams According to a source, John Wall may be firing agent Dan Fegan as their rep

SI Lists Kenneth Faried No. 2 on List of Top 16 Defenders lists Morehead State's Kenneth Faried No. 2 on its list of top 16 impact defenders in college basketball for 2010-11.

Here is an excerpt about Faried:

#2 Kenneth Faried

6-8 PF, Sr., Morehead State
On defense, Kenneth Faried is a possession-ender extraordinaire. He grabbed an amazing 36.1 percent of available defensive rebounds last season, the highest rate in the nation by more than six percent. He also blocks 8.1 percent of opponents' shots, ranking 53rd nationally, but it's mainly his skills on the glass, where he's established himself as the game's best all-around rebounder, that have earned him attention from NBA scouts.

Former Wildcat Darnell Dodson Arrested in Lexington

Former Kentucky player Darnell Dodson was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct last night in Fayette County.

Dodson allegedly participated in a fight and was arrested.

Here is a mug shot:

Orlando Magic Want Orton to Lose at Least 10 Pounds

The Orlando Magic want rookie Daniel Orton to lose at least 10 pounds before joining the team for practices.

Orton currently weighs between 285-290 right now, which is about 10 pounds heavier than his last game at Kentucky, and the team wants him at 275.

Orton told the Orlando Sentinel, "My knee is fine. They just want me to lose weight."

Here is an excerpt:

But there’s another reason Orton hasn’t been practicing with the Orlando Magic: his weight.

Orton said the team wants him to lose 10 to 15 more pounds before joining the team for practices. He weighs between 285 and 290 right now — the Magic want him at 275.

“I’ve been working for about a week, but it’s more conditioning,” he said. “I’ve been working out three or four times a day.”

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Bellarmine Starts Season with Pre-Dawn Practice

The Bellarmine Knights opened the 2010-11 basketball season up with a 5 a.m. practice this morning.

Bellarmine is ranked No. 2 nationally, but head coach Scott Davenport told WHAS in Louisville that the ranking is not important today:

“The only expectations we’re worried about don’t come from some magazine or some ranking. They just come from the confines of that locker room. What we expect … what those guys expect out of themselves. If we live up to those standards, championships will take care of themselves,” he said.

Here is Kelsey Starks from WHAS at Bellarmine's early morning practice:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Kentucky Football Star Seeks Out Advice from John Calipari

In the midst of a brutal three-game losing streak, Kentucky football's Randall Cobb decided to seek out leadership advice from one of the most proven leaders in Lexington - UK basketball coach John Calipari.

Brett Dawson of The Courier-Journal wrote about Cobb's meeting with Calipari:

"We talked a lot about leadership," Cobb said. "I'm always looking for ways that I can help my team to get back on track. It's been rough for us, it has, especially coming up short like we have. Coach Cal, me and him just sat down and talked. He gave me a few pointers."

Cobb said Calipari told him to concentrate on the little things that can help boost morale.

"(Calipari) doesn't know a lot about football, but he knows a lot about leadership," Cobb said. "He was just telling me that I'm a leader, it's obvious to see that I'm a leader, and I've got got use myself in ways that I normally wouldn't -- just reaching out to my teammates and telling them how much I can do to help them, to make their jobs that much easier. So I'm going to make sure I do that this week, try to find out all the little things I can to help my teammates out."

Western Kentucky to Host Recruits at Hilltopper Hysteria

Western Kentucky will host several recruits at tomorrow night's Hilltopper Hysteria event.

Jody Demling reports that WKU will host George Fant, Derrick Gordon and Vinny Zollo. Fant and Gordon have already committed to the Hilltoppers. There is a growing feeling that Zollo may follow.

Here is an excerpt from Demling's article:

McDonald will host commitments George Fant of Warren Central and Derrick Gordon (right) of Elizabeth, N.J., along with Clark County standout Vinny Zollo for Hilltopper Hysteria on Friday.

"Yes it will be us there," Gordon said.

John Wall Impresses with Double-Double Against Milwaukee

John Wall and Washington Wizards fell 96-88 to the Milwaukee Bucks tonight, but Wall again showed that he is a star in the making.

The former Kentucky point guard had a double-double with 15 points and 11 assists. He also added 2 rebounds and 2 steals.

Wall in action vs. Milwaukee:

* Video by blazersedge

2011 PG Angel Rodriguez to Visit Louisville

Angel Rodriguez, a 5-10 point guard from Miami, has scheduled a visit to Louisville next weekend.

Here is an excerpt from

"Rick Pitino was in the building last night," Rodriguez's AAU coach Art Alvarez told the Topeka Capital Journal. "He came with with his staff to watch Angel lift wights and play a little. I spent some time with Rick, and he seems to think Angel is one of the top point guards in the country."

North Carolina State and Kansas State have been recruiting Rodriguez longer than Louisville has been Alvarez insists the Cardinals have a legitimate chance to sign him.

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Rodriguez is rated as a three-star prospect by both and

Former Wake Forest Big Man to Visit Louisville; AAU Coach Says Kentucky Has Called

Former Wake Forest big man Tony Woods will make an official visit to Louisville Friday.

Woods left Wake Forest following a suspension he received after pleading guilty to a charge of misdemeanor assault on his girlfriend.

The former Deamon Deacon reportedly pushed and kicked his live in girlfriend, causing her to have a lumbar fracture to her spine. Two of his charges were dismissed and he received 60 days in jail and 100 hours of community service for the other.

Here is an excerpt from

“He’s looking for a good school, a good coach that can help him continue to develop and a good situation,” Parker said. “He has great grades and is a good kid. He’s just a kid that made a mistake.

“We’re looking for a place to give him a second chance.”

Louisville is the first visit, but Parker said the Cardinals are among “probably 25 or 30” schools that have been in contact. He said he’s also had calls from Kentucky, Georgetown, Xavier, Cincinnati, Auburn and others.

Woods won’t be able to enroll at a school until after the first semester ends in December and won’t be eligible until December of 2011 for his junior season.

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Video: Daniel Orton Works on Offensive Post Drills

Below is some footage of former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton working on offensive post drills after practice. Orton is trying to strengthen his knee is preparation for NBA play:


Enes Kanter Did Not Participate in Kentucky's Media Day

Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader reports that Kentucky freshman Enes Kanter, who is still waiting for NCAA eligibility clearance, was not made available for UK's media day events today at the Craft Center.

Here is an excerpt:

University of Kentucky basketball player Enes Kanter was not made available for interviews during the team's annual media day on Thursday, and Coach John Calipari was not planning to address any questions concerning Kanter's eligibility status, UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy said.

Peevy did not address when Kanter would be allowed to resume practicing with the team or what Kanter's role would be in Friday's Big Blue Madness celebration in Rupp Arena.

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Quincy Miller Says He's Down to Three Schools

As expected, Evan Daniels of reported on Twitter yesterday that Quincy Miller is only considering three Baylor, Louisville and Duke. Miller who already taken official visits to Baylor an Louisville.

Here is Daniels' Tweet:

EvanDanielscout Per a message from @qmillertime he's only considering Baylor, L'ville & Duke right now. Will visit Duke for their midnight madness this wkd

Miller is scheduled to attend Dukes Midnight Madness event this Friday while taking his official visit to Duke this weekend.

Calipari Confirms: Darnell Dodson "No Longer Here"

Kentucky head coach John Calipari confirmed at media day this afternoon that Darnell Dodson has been granted a release and is free to go anywhere he likes.

Calipari stated that Dodson is "no longer here."

In his only season at Kentucky, Dodson played in 35 games and averaged 6.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and shot 34.7% from the 3-point line.

SI Names Knight, Kanter Top 16 Impact Freshmen has listed Kentucky's Brandon Knight and Enes Kanter as two of the nation's top 16 "impact freshmen" for 2010-11.

Kanter ranks No. and Knight No. 9 on the list.

Here is an excerpt about each:

#9 Brandon Knight
6-3, PG, Kentucky
Brandon Knight is the second of what could be a long line of elite point guards to play for John Calipari at Kentucky; John Wall ran the show in 2009, and a third five-star floor general, Marquis Teague, arrives in 2011. Knight isn't a lock to go one-and-done like Wall, but big things are expected of the lanky Floridian, who led UK in scoring (at 25 points per game) with a 5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in an August exhibition tour of Canada.

#4 Enes Kanter
6-11, C, Kentucky
The "Free Enes" movement is sweeping Kentucky, as Wildcats fans are pleading with the NCAA to rule in Kanter's favor on his amateurism case. It may come down to the word of his former Turkish pro team, Fenerbahce (which alleges he was paid more than $100,000) against the word of Kanter and his parents, who claim he didn't accept any excessive benefits. The reason UK fans care so much? Kanter's performance in April's Nike Hoop Summit (where he scored 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds against a U.S. all-star team) and his experience in Euroleague have made it clear he'll be a dominant big man at the college level. And the Wildcats, without him, will have no dominant big man.

Schedule Announced for 2010 KBA Preseason Showcase

The 2010 KBA Holiday Preseason Showcase will be held November 27 at Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington.

Here is a schedule for the day:

2010 Holiday Preseason Showcase

8:30 a.m. Model v Bath Co
9:40 Green Co v Harrison Co
10:50 Adair Co v Whitley Co
12:00 Letcher Co v Dixie Heights
1:10 7th State MS (G)
2:20 8th State MS (G)
3:30 Marion Co v Anderson Co (G)
4:40 Henderson Co v Harlan Co
5:50 Johnson Central v Meade Co
7:00 Leslie Co v Larue Co
8:10 Hazard v East Jessamine
9:30 Frankfort v Pendleton Co

Maui Writer Responds to Calipari's Comments on Hawaii

Several days ago, John Calipari told Larry Vaught of the Danville Advocate-Messenger that he would prefer to play home games rather than travel to the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

Calipari spoke and Robert Collias of The Maui News listened.

Collias has given some thoughts on Calipari's comments today at Here is an excerpt:

A few observations from a guy who has covered the Maui Invite 20 times:

—UK has come to this tournament every time it is allowed (once every four years, as per NCAA rule) before JC came to town. BTW, coach, this tournament does not need you to worry about its well-being;

—for one missed home game, UK gets to play three here in paradise against a loaded field that includes Michigan State, Connecticut, a very good Wichita State unit, Oklahoma and Virginia;

—UK’s semifinal opponent here could be Washington, the school that Calipari convinced Terrence Jones — one of the top recruits in the country — to forgo in favor of the Wildcats; one of Jones’ high school teammates in Portland, Ore., Terrence Ross, a highly-regarded player in his own right, is on the UW roster;

it may not be 600-large, but I know that the UK team will be well compensated, in one way or another, for playing here by ESPN. If it is not directly money, it is certainly the exposure and prestige that playing here helps in recruiting, national recognition, etc. It is quite possible that when Terrence Jones — very liley a one-and-done college player — saw that UK was playing in Maui, it could have helped recruit him;

—whether he likes it or not, the Maui event will make Calipari’s team better;

it is something the UK boosters count on every four years — these folks have set records for coming here several times, including loading two full planes they were here last in 2006;

—this tournament is good enough that Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, UConn, and Arizona, arguably the best of the best programs in the nation, including Kentucky, come every time they can;

finally, and perhaps most important, I can’t believe the Kemper-Lesnik folks who run the tournament can be real pleased with Calipari’s comments. This is simply the best college basketball tournament held annually, outside of, say, the ACC postseason event, that there is in the nation.

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Former Hilltopper Filip Videnov Signs with Polish Team

Former Western Kentucky sharpshooter Filip Videnov has signed with Asecco Prokom 2 Gdynia, a top-level 1Liga team in Poland.

Videnov has enjoyed a successful international career with stops at KK Split, SLUC Nancy, Tekelspor, Real Madrid and Crvena Zvezda Belgrade.

Last season, with FMP Zeleznik Beograd in Serbia, Videnov averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. He shot 35.5% from beyond the 3-point line.

Videnov shined for the Bulgarian national team this summer, scoring 19.5 points per game in the European Championships. He also pulled down 5.1 rebounds and blistered the nets for 40.9% from long range.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

UK Recruit J.P. Tokoto May Attend Marquette's Madness

J.P. Tokoto, a 2012 recruit who holds an offer from Kentucky, is hoping to attend "Marquette Madness" Friday night.

Here is an excerpt from

Among the prospects expected to attend the event Friday at the Al McGuire Center is the state's top player from the Class of 2012 -- Menomonee Falls wing J.P. Tokoto.

"If his schedule permits, and he’s able to do so, he’d like to go over to Marquette’s festivities on Friday night," said Ritchie Davis, Tokoto's AAU coach with the Wisconsin Playground Warriors. "I know that’s local and the closest thing, but that’s something that he’s got on his schedule.

"It’s not 100 percent that he’s going to be there – the family has a lot of things going on -- but they’re trying to work it out so that he’s able to attend."

MU, of course, is one of many suitors for the 6-foot-6 Tokoto. In fact, he's entertaining offers from virtually all the heavy hitters in college basketball, including Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina.

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Union College Basketball Attends "Boot Camp"

The Union College men's basketball team recently attended a Kentucky National Guard "boot camp" session intended to help with team unity and leadership.

Here is a video from the day:

* Video from rock19701 's YouTube Channel

Patrick Patterson Representing Peak in Beijing

Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson is in Beijing, China for some exhibition basketball.

During the trip, he was able to make his debut as spokesperson for Peak Sports Products, which is based in China.

Here is a press release issued by Peak:

Houston Rockets Shane Battier and Kyle Lowry Once Again Arrived in China
For the NBA China Games

The 13th Peak NBA Spokesperson, Patrick Patterson, Made his Debut Visit to Beijing
To Compete with New Jersey Net

(13 October 2010, Hong Kong) Houston Rockets ("Rocket") arrived in Beijing in high profile yesterday (12 October) to prepare for the competition with New Jersey Net in the first contest of NBA China Games held today (13 October). Three spokespersons of Peak Sport Products Co., Limited ("Peak" or the "Company", together with its subsidiaries referred to as the "Group"; stock code: 1968) in Rockets, namely Shane Battier, Kyle Lowry and Patrick Patterson, who just became Peak's 13th NBA spokesperson, came all the way to China. In particular, it was Patrick Patterson's first journey to China.

On the first day of arrival in Beijing, Kyle Lowry and Patrick Patterson set off to Beijing Peak Center for Innovation and Design at Pingod, Dongsanhuan (東三環蘋果社區) to observe the design process of Peak's sports shoes. Accompanied by "Little Giant" Yao Ming and Rocket's veteran Battier, Lowry and Patterson were well received by basketball fans throughout the visit.

"I am very glad to have joined Peak as our cooperation offers me the chance to be part of this leading sports products brand in China. I am looking forward to wear Peak's sports shoes on courts and I hope to grow with Peak all along," said Rockets' forward Patrick Patterson.

Patterson, who just reached 20 years of age, was the freshman selected by Houston Rockets in the first round of the No.14 pick. Graduated from the University of Kentucky, a famous NCAA university, he was accredited as one of the top power forwards in the draft this year and was, considered by many experts, the rookie who would adapt to NBA games within the shortest time.

Peak's CEO, Mr. Xu Zhihua said, "Our endorsement philosophy changes as Peak grows. In the past, we needed star players such as Battier and Kidd to boost our profile in domestic and international markets. What Peak is seeking now as a well-established brand, however, are young accomplished players who can turn themselves into star players on their own in the future. Our endorsement with Patterson marked another bright spot for our star strategy."

John Lamb Lands at Iowa State as a Preferred Walk-On

Former Morehead State guard John Lamb has transferred to Iowa State and will join the men's basketball program as a preferred walk-on. Lamb will redshirt during the 2010-11 season.

Here is an announcement from ISU that was made in late August:

"Iowa State men's hoops would like to officially welcome John Lamb as a member of the team. A native of Indianola, Iowa, Lamb will join the Cyclones as a preferred walk-on. He was a INA First-Team All-State selection in 2007 at Indianola. He spent the last three seasons at Morehead State, making 55 career 3-pointers. Lamb will sit out this season as a redshirt and will be a redshirt senior in 2011-12."

John Lamb

Release: 08/23/2010

2009-10 (At Morehead State)
Played in one game, making his only 3-point attempt.

2008-09 (At Morehead State)
Played in 26 games, averaging 2.3 points...started six games...tallied nine points vs. Florida A&M and Concord...was 15-of-48 (31.3 percent) from 3-point qualified for NCAA Championship.

2007-08 (At Morehead State)
Played in all 30 games, starting 11...averaged 4.8 points and 1.1 rebounds...tallied 39 3-pointers, connecting on 32.2 percent (39-121 3FG) of his shots from downtown...tallied a career-high 18 points vs. Eastern Kentucky when he was perfect offensively (5-5 FG; 4-4 3FG; 4-4 FT)...had double figure scoring games vs. Bowling Green, Eastern Illinois and Kentucky Christian.

High School
An INA First-Team All-State pick and a Second-Team All-State selection by the Des Moines Register in 2007...averaged 23.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists as a advanced to the substate final...averaged 11.9 points and 7.1 assists to help Indianola advance to the Class 4A State Tournament in 2006...was a two-time all-conference performer...played in the 2007 Iowa Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game.

Born Nov. 11, 1988 in Delta, Colo...son of Kathy Lamb...liberal studies major...former Cyclone star Jake Sullivan was his AAU coach and gave him his No. 25.

John Calipari Surprises Pikeville College with a Visit

Pikeville College head coach Kelly Wells and his team received a surprise visit from Kentucky head man John Calipari today.

Calipari was not scouting the Bears, who Kentucky will host in Rupp Arena for an upcoming exhibition game. In fact, he was in town for another function and happened into the gym after hearing the sounds of a basketball practice.

Coach Wells was delighted to receive a visit from the UK head coach and noted that Calipari even spoke some words of encouragement to the Bears.

"It was great to have Coach Cal in Pikeville tonight," Wells said. "He has been very gracious with his and efforts in our area. It was an honor to have him drop in to say 'hello' and have some small talk."

Pikeville College, an NAIA program, will visit Rupp Arena on November 1 for an exhibition battle. The Bears have a talented roster and are expected to compete for a Mid-South Conference championship in 2010-11.

Big Blue Madness Television Schedule Announced

FOX Sports South to Televise Big Blue Madness in Kentucky

Friday, October 15 at 7 p.m. ET

Exclusive, behind-the-scenes access also available on

FOX Sports South* will televise the University of Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness LIVE on Friday, October 15 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. ET. The Big Blue Network’s Dave Baker and Kyle Macey will cover the action from Rupp Arena.

In addition to live event coverage on FOX Sports South, will have exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Big Blue Madness beginning on Friday, October 15 and continuing through the weekend. Highlights include:

· Video from Big Blue Madness rehearsal in Rupp Arena
· Exclusive interview with Coach John Calipari
· Pre-event access to the locker room and Wildcat players
· Video messages from the Wildcat players’ drafted in the 2010 NBA Draft
· All-access video from both the women’s and men’s team practices
· In-depth analysis from Kentucky insider and’s Larry Vaught

And coming soon to is the web-exclusive feature – Calipari’s Mailbag. Coach John Calipari will host live monthly chats with Wildcat fans across the country and answer fan questions via video on a weekly basis.

Morehead State Lands Commitment from JUCO Power Forward

Morehead State has landed a commitment from Kahlil Owens, a 6-6 power forward from Northwest Florida State College.

Owens is known as a physical prescense in the paint.

He joins Will Bailey and Orlando Coleman in MSU's 2011 recruiting class.


Photo Courtesy: Northwest Florida State College

DeMarcus Cousins Blasts Warriors, May Start for Kings

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins led the way in Sacramento's 116-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors last night.

Cousins was 6-12 from the field, including 1-1 from long range, and 7-8 from the free throw line on the way to a team-high 20 points. The former Wildcat also added 8 rebounds and was a dominant force in the paint.

Ex-Wildcat Joe Crawford was 1-2 from the field for 4 points in only 3 minutes of action.

Cousins May Start

Center Samuel Dalembert underwent an MRI yesterday and the Kings have confirmed that he will be out of action for 4-6 weeks with a left adductor (groin) strain.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Cousins will likely be the starting center for the team when the NBA regular season begins:

The Kings have started rookie DeMarcus Cousins at center during the preseason, and that could continue in the regular season. When Jason Thompson isn't at power forward, he is Cousins' backup.

Cousins fouled out of the previous two games.

"DeMarcus can block some shots, he can take some charges and clog the middle," Westphal said. "But he fights foul trouble, and he's not going to just be an eraser like Dalembert, like Hassan can be."

DIME: DeMarcus Cousins will win Rookie of the Year thinks DeMarcus Cousins will win NBA Rookie of the Year:

With names like John Wall and Blake Griffin gracing the Rookie of the Year headlines coming into the 2010-11 season, it seems many are starting to forget about DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins, the Sacramento Kings’ big man fully equipped with an even bigger attitude.

After averaging 15.1 points (55% FG), 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks during his 23.5 minutes per game as a Kentucky freshman, Cousins dropped to No. 5 in the Draft due to perceived “character issues” and questions about his work ethic and conditioning. Cousins, of course, believes he should have gone higher, and a lot of Philly and New Jersey fans may agree, considering how good Cousins has looked against NBA competition while Evan Turner (No. 2, Sixers) and Derrick Favors (No. 3, Nets) have been up and down.

Former Kentucky Basketball Star Sentenced in Ticket Scam

Former Kentucky star Derrick Millar was sentenced yesterday in Hardin County for his part in a UK basketball ticket scam.

Millar, who was accused of taking money for season tickets and never producing them, was given a five-year probated sentence in Hardin County. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $6,500 and participate in a drug court program.

Here is an excerpt from

Millar was given a five-year probated sentence in Hardin County. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $6,500 and participate in a drug court program.

"Mr. Miller is facing demons and wants to do right and pay restitution," said Millar's defense attorney, David Stewart.

Karen Sypher Asking for a Delay in Her Sentencing

Karen Sypher, who was convicted in August of several crimes against Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, is asking to delay her sentencing hearing. reports:

Karen Sypher's attorney, James Earhart, filed a request Tuesday in U.S. District Court asking that the Oct. 27 hearing be put off for at least 30 days. Earhart says he needs the time to finish preparing for the sentencing.

Sypher was convicted in August of three counts of extortion, two counts of lying to the FBI and one count of retaliaton against a witness.

Bob Huggins to Speak at Calipari's Basketball Clinic

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins will speak at John Calipari's basketball camp on October 30.

Calipari posted the news on Twitter earlier this morning. He also posted some information for fans, including a chance to earn free Big Blue Madness tickets:

UKCoachCalipari Bob Huggins has agreed to speak at our Basketball Clinic on Oct. 30. He'll do a talk on open-post offense and the 1-3-1 defense.

UKCoachCalipari The next 100 people to register along w/ everyone that previously registered for the clinic will get 1 free ticket to Big Blue Madness.

Sean Woods Coaching an Intriguing Team at MVSU

Nick Fasulo writes on that the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, who are coached by former Kentucky star Sean Woods, are one the nation's most intriguing teams in 2010-11.

MVSU will embark on a 13-game road trip that will produce roughly $700,000, money that is essential for the survival of the men's basketball program.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

For the uninformed, the Delta Devils inclusion to this list is perplexing. But if you’ve been reading and staying up to date with one-bid conference news (hopefully there’s not too many of you out there), then you're feeling a strong sense of intrigue towards this SWAC favorite just like we are.

On the tightest of budgets, Mississippi Valley State has, in short, the toughest non-conference schedule you could imagine. As a way to stay financially afloat in these tough economic times, head coach Sean Woods and his players will embark on a 13-game road trip that spans more miles than an American League East team heading west for two weeks in late July.

As a result for sacrificing home cooking and a supportive student section, the Delta Devils will receive upwards of $700,000 in total appearance fees to test their mettle in historic venues like Freedom Hall, Hinkle Fieldhouse and Rupp Arena. Lop-sided games like this occur frequently in the first weeks of the college basketball season - we all know this - but almost never weight a low-major's schedule like this.

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John Calipari: "We'll lose some games early"

Kentucky head coach John Calipari told a group on UK's campus yesterday that he over-scheduled this season and the Cats will likely lose a few games early.

Here is an excerpt from Jerry Tipton's article:

“Last year, we scheduled for the No. 1 seed (in the NCAA Tournament),” Calipari said. “Now I kind of screwed up a little bit. I over-scheduled. We’ll lose some games early.

“We probably need to get them to grow up. This team needs to get knocked around. Last year, we needed to learn to play together.”

Calipari added that he hopes to "under sell" and "over deliver."

Baylor Men's Basketball Under NCAA Investigation

Jeff Goodman of reports that coach Scott Drew and the Baylor men's basketball program are being investigated by the NCAA for their involvement int he recruitment of a high school player form Colombia.

Here is an excerpt from Goodman's article:

The ongoing investigation surrounds the recruitment of 6-foot-9 Hanner Perea, a junior from Colombia who transferred to LaLumiere High School in Indiana.

Multiple sources confirmed that Baylor assistant coach Mark Morefield sent dozens of texts to Perea’s AAU and high school coaches in July while they were coaching events, which is against NCAA rules.

Morefield, according to sources, had already been suspended by the school and was not allowed to recruit on the road in July for previous texting infractions.

Morefield also sent a text to LaLumiere coach Alan Huss, which was obtained by, saying that if Perea didn’t go to Baylor, he wouldn’t be back in the United States.

"I guarantee u if he does [commit to another school] he will be in Colombia for the spring and summer and next year. Don’t forget it,” the text said.

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My Thoughts: I have two: 1) was there ever a doubt that something shady has been going down in Baylor? 2) I hope Pete Thamel is talking to a Colombian GM

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pete Thamel Talks to Turkish GM Again; Releases Another Anti-UK Article

Pete Thamel of the New York Times has again spoken to a Turkish general manager about Kentucky freshman Enes Kanter.

Thamel has written a new article about Kanter and his NCAA (or N.C.A.A. if you're a young journalist with an anti-John Calipari agenda) eligibility.

Here are some excerpts of Thamel's latest work (I call it work only because I know a certain few groupies will break their hands patting Thamel's back on Twitter):

While Calipari is confident Kanter will play for the Wildcats this season, Karakas disagreed.

“It was a surprise for us to learn that the N.C.A.A. permitted Enes to practice with U.K.,” he said. “The documents we have provided the N.C.A.A. with should have been sufficient to decide.”

Karakas accuses Kanter's father of trying to negotiate a salary:

Karakas disagreed with Mehmet Kanter’s contention that he “never once” discussed salary with Fenerbahce and kept “meticulous” records to ensure his son retained his amateur status.

“On the contrary to what he had said about his academic approach, he himself was the one to negotiate the terms of his son’s salary,” Karakas said.

The GM from the land of Thanksgiving even went as far as to say that Kanter is not gifted academically:

“Enes has a good basketball potential yet academically, he is not gifted as much,” Karakas said.

And Thamel's final sentence:

With practice starting Friday, “Free Enes” T-shirts are the rage on Kentucky’s campus.

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