Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pikeville College Blisters Temple Baptist with Balanced Attack

Pikeville College 107
Temple Baptist 62

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

The Pikeville College Bears overwhelmed Temple Baptist College for a season-opening 107-62 home win.

The Bears placed five players in double figures and ten players scored more than 8 points. Vance Cooksey, Ryan Whitaker and Kane Belcher led the way with 11 each. Quincy Hankins-Cole and Trevor Setty each scored 10. Hankins-Cole also added 10 rebounds.

Ontiwon Primus led Temple Baptist with 12 points and 7 rebounds.

Pikeville College had 18 steals as a team and forced Temple Baptist into 28 turnovers.

The Bears (1-0) travel to Rupp Arena Monday night for an exhibition battle against the Kentucky Wildcats.

Asbury University Ice Cold in Season-Opening Loss

Tennessee Wesleyan 94
Asbury University 52

Final from Athens, Tennesee

ATHENS, Tenn. – Asbury started their season cold as they lost 94-52 to Tennessee Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles shot 27% from the floor for the game as they dropped their season opener for the fifth straight year.

Asbury did not have a player in double figures as Phillip Morrison led the team with nine points on two-of-nine shooting. The Eagles were 18-of-68 for the game. Asbury even struggled from the free-throw line as they went a combined seven-of-20. Morrison also led the team in rebounds with six and assists with three.

The Eagles struggled on the boards as TWC won the battle 50 to 30. Matt Towry led the Bulldogs with eight rebounds and a game-high 24 points. Towry was one of five Bulldogs in double figures for the game.

Asbury will take the court again on Friday November 5th against Madonna University in the Jamieson-Allen Tip Off Tournament hosted by Spring Arbor in Spring Arbor, Michigan.

* Game recap by Asbury University

Five-Star Point Guard Myck Kabongo Decommits from Texas; Considering Kentucky

Highly-touted point guard Myck Kabongo has decommitted from Texas and is considering five schools, including the Longhorns.

Kabongo's list is Texas, Syracuse, Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky.

Here is an excerpt from Dave Telep of ESPN:

To avoid the onslaught of interest and attention, Kabongo is looking at only five programs and made it clear he's only interested in relationships with a select handful of programs.

"I'm not opening it up to everybody but I'm going to open it to certain schools," said Kabongo. "I'll look at Syracuse, Duke, North Carolina, Texas and Kentucky. That's it."

Kabongo committed to Texas in January 2009 when he was a student at St. Benedict's. The native of Canada now attends Findlay Prep in Nevada and is ranked No. 8 overall and the No. 2-ranked point guard.

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Kabongo is ranked No. 24 on the Rivals150 List for 2011.


X-Rays Negative on T-Will's Hand

Former Louisville star Terrence Williams felt soreness and his hand after practice today and was sent for precautionary X-rays.

The X-rays were negative on Williams' hand.

Williams will receive treatment on his hand tonight and his status for tomorrow's game is not known at this time.

John Wall Working Overtime On His Jumper

Former Kentucky point guard John Wall is putting in extra work on improving his jumper.

Michael Lee of the Washington Post reports that Wall showed up 45 minutes early for practice the morning after his NBA debut. Wall spent the extra time working on his jump shot with Wizards assistant Ryan Sanders.

Here is an excerpt:

Wall knows that he will have to develop a consistent mid-range jumper and during his workout on Friday, he made 50 of 55 shots between 16 and 19 feet. After practice, Flip Saunders pulled Wall aside and worked with him for about 10 minutes. Saunders forced Wall into areas where teams are going to dare him to shoot pull-ups. They repeated the same routine over and over again.

"As an individual, it was tough not making shots," Wall said after the Wizards' 112-83 loss in Orlando. "I have been working on it. Shots are going to start falling sooner or later."

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Catching Up With Former Kentucky Coach Tubby Smith

Here is a recent preseason interview of former Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith:

* Video from bigtennetwork 's YouTube channel

Brennan: Five Things I Can't Wait to See in SEC Basketball

ESPN's Eamonn Brennan has five things he can't wait to see in Southeastern Conference basketball this season. One of those things is "Kentucky's young stars."

Here is what Brennan says about the Wildcats:

2. Kentucky's young stars

That group may or may not include Enes Kanter, the Turkish forward whose eligibility case remains at a standstill at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis. But no matter: John Calipari's latest No. 1 recruiting class should still have plenty to offer in entertainment value. There's guard Brandon Knight, the No. 2-ranked point guard in the 2010 class, who gave UK fans the vapors in a trio of impressive summer exhibition performances. There's Terrence Jones, the No. 2 small forward in the class, who put on a Washington hat at a press conference before finally settling on Big Blue. There's Doron Lamb, another McDonald's All-American, who could play Eric Bledsoe to Knight's John Wall. This team will have interior issues if Kanter can't get eligible; the only other players taller than 6-foot-8 on the 2010-11 roster are junior college transfer Eloy Vargas and little-used backup Josh Harrelson. Meanwhile, Calipari is promising a return to his up-tempo dribble-drive system after last season's more post-oriented pro-style offense. We might not know how good this Kentucky team can be -- anything is on the table -- but we do know that those freshmen should be awfully entertaining.

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Ex-Cardinal Samaki Walker Signs in Syria

Former Louisville big man Samaki Walker has signed with Jalaa, his former team in Syria's top-level D1 league.

Walker played last season for the Seoul SK Knights in South Korea. He averaged 14.1 points and 9.0 rebounds in 34 games.

The former Cardinal spent 10 years as a journeyman in the NBA. Following his NBA career, he has spent time in Russia, Lebanon and China.

Walker's career achievements:

Metro Freshman of the Year -95
CUSA 1st Team -Pre96
NCAA 2nd Team -Pre96
NBA Midwest Division Champion -01
NBA Champion -02
NBA Western Conference Champion -02
NBA Western Conference Semifinals -03
NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals -04
Russian A Superleague Semifinals -06
Russian Cup Semifinals -06
Syrian League Champion -08


UK Staffer Rod Strickland Used to Have an Interesting Ritual

I am always amazed at the pregame rituals and superstitions of athletes and today I read about an interesting ritual that Kentucky basketball staffer Rod Strickland used to partake in.

Strickland used to eat a hot dog before every game he played, even though he would sometimes get sick. Even with the risk of of being sick, it was Strickland's pregame ritual and he always did it.

Amanda Vinner The Churchill Observer has written an interesting article about this type of behavior and she says rituals are not exclusive to athletes.

Here is an excerpt about Strickland from the article:

“We believe in our core values, so as we leave the team room for our games, everyone slaps a copy of our core values that are taped onto of the door for good luck,” senior captain Rachel Marincola said.

Although everyone has his or her own personal routines, not everyone believes that they hold any real value.

“Rod Strickland, a former player for the Wizards, used to eat a hot dog before every game and would sometimes get sick,” said local psychologist Patrick Mitchell, who coached lacrosse at The Heights School for 10 years. “That can’t be good.”

While not everyone’s routines actually help them perform better, some people still believe they are important for other reasons.

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Pikeville College Signs EKU Transfer Cordaro Ellis

Pikeville College has signed Eastern Kentucky transfer Cordaro Ellis.

Ellis, a 6-9 forward, gives the Bears an NCAA Division I big man who will be eligible to play in the second semester of the 2010-11 season.

"We are extremely excited with the addition of Cordaro Ellis to our program," Pikeville College head coach Kelly Wells said this morning. "Cordaro brings something to our program that will aide in our team's success. He gives us size and depth in the post."

Ellis is known as a great play on- and off-the-court.

Wells stated, "Cordaro has a great body, great touch around the basket and is a high character person. He is a perfect fit for out program and will be a great lift to us at the end of the first semester."

Photo Courtesy of Eastern Kentucky University

Rondo Has Triple-Double, 24 Assists and Other NBA Notes

NBA Recap - October 29:

- Rajon Rondo (Kentucky) set the early-season assists bar at 24 as he led Boston to a 105-105 victory over New York. Rondo had a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 24 dimes.

- Francisco Garcia (Louisville) led the Kings in scoring for the second consecutive game as he had 18 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in a 106-100 loss to New Jersey. Garcia was 7-12 from the field, including 4-6 from long range.

- DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky) put in 12 points and 4 rebounds for Sacramento. The physical big man from Kentucky also fouled out.

- Terrence Williams (Louisville) had an off night as he only scored 3 points on 1-4 shooting for New Jersey.

- Samardo Samuels (Louisville) played 7 minutes for Cleveland in a 101-81 loss to Toronto. Samuels averaged a point a minute as he scored 7 points on 3-5 shooting.

- Nazr Mohammed (Kentucky) picked up 5 points and 4 rebounds for Charlotte in a 104-101 loss to Indiana.

- Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky) was 6-11 from the field and scored 12 points, but Detroit lost 105-104 to Oklahoma City. Prince also had 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

- Jamaal Magloire (Kentucky) scored 1 point and pulled down 1 rebound in 5 minutes during Miami's 96-70 win over Orlando.

- Eric Bledsoe (Kenucky) played 5 minutes and had 1 point and 1 assist in the Clippers' 109-91 loss to Golden State.

- Derrick Caracter (Louisville/UTEP) DNP Coach's Decision

- Earl Clark (Louisville) DNP Coach's Decision

Rick Pitino Talks Basketball with Jon Rothstein

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks about his team and the upcoming season with AOL's Jon Rothstein:

John Wall on GQ, Dance on The Daily Show

John Wall seems to be everywhere these. Currently, has a feature on the former Kentucky superstar while the John Wall Dance has found its way to The Daily Show.

Here is an excerpt of the GQ article:

"He's got a little bit of Jason Kidd in him," says Rod Strickland, the last great pure distributor to wear a Wizards jersey—the only one, come to think of it— and one of Wall's coaches during his single season as a Kentucky Wildcat. "Coming at you full speed, he's gonna be a problem. Big-time aggressiveness."

Only a few years ago, Wall was known for a different kind of aggressiveness, the kind that once led him to swing a baseball bat at another kid's head. But if Wall's anger defined him, that rage was understandable. His father spent most of his adult life in prison and died of liver cancer when the boy was 8. (Wall only recently learned—from a Washington Post reporter—what his dad had been in for: second-degree murder.) "I had to be a man quicker than I wanted to be," Wall says, "or most guys have to be. I didn't trust people. It was hard for me to trust me."

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Wyatt Cenac performing the John Wall Dance on The Daily Show:

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Houston Rockets Sign Erick Dampier

The Houston Rockets have signed 35-year old center Erick Dampier to a one-year contract.

The move adds a big man to an already crowded roster that includes Yao Ming, Brad Miller and Chuck Hayes.

Hayes will almost certainly return to his natural power forward position which might leave Patrick Patterson on the inactive list for an extended period of time.

Calipari, Wildcats Talk About Pikeville College Game

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and several Wildcats talked today about Monday's exhibition game against Pikeville College.

Here are some quotes from

UK Head Coach John Calipari

“It’s funny, I went with (UK) President (Lee) Todd to speak in Pikeville a couple of weeks ago and we walked into the convention center and in the arena, Pikeville was practicing! So I tried to do a little scouting, but they were just wrapping up. (Pikeville) Coach (Kelly) Wells does a great job with his team and it will be a good test for our young squad. I like that we are able to play other Kentucky schools and help them prepare for their season as well.

“We just need to continue to get better in all areas and I know our guys are looking forward to playing some other competition.”

#55 Josh Harrellson, Sr., F

“Playing Pikeville is going to be a great challenge for us to see how far our team and our team chemistry have come. It’s going to be a good opportunity to see how far along we are and a chance to see our friend, Landon Slone.”

#34 DeAndre Liggins, Jr., G

“I’m excited. The freshmen are going to be a little bit nervous but they’re going to get over it. I just want to come out and play hard. It’s the first game of the season; everyone’s going to be excited. We’re just trying to get the first game and take it one game at a time.”

#1 Darius Miller, Jr., G

“We’re looking forward to getting out to Rupp Arena and playing against some competition other than each other. I’m also looking forward to playing against my one of my high school teammates, Trevor (Setty), and my old high school coach Kelly Wells.”

28 of 29 Western Kentucky Games to be Televised

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Western Kentucky University announced Wednesday that 28 of its 29 regular season men's basketball games this season will be televised.

This includes 21 games televised on the Hilltopper Sports Satellite Network (HSSN) and Fox College Sports (FCS), a minimum of four games on the ESPN family of networks, two Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) contests and one Sun Belt Network Game of the Week.

Not counting any potential additions to the television schedule, by the end of the 2010-11 season WKU will have made 120 television appearances since 2007-08.

“It speaks to the relevance of WKU basketball that 28 of our 29 regular season games will be televised,” said Senior Associate Athletics Director Todd Stewart. “We are very excited that ESPN will televise our conference match-up with North Texas from Diddle Arena, as this pits the two teams that have represented the conference in the NCAA Tournament over the last three years.

"We are also pleased that CSS will be carrying our non-conference matchups with Memphis and Vanderbilt and that our conference game at Arkansas State has been designated as the conference’s game of the week. Our arrangement with HSSN and FCS will result in an additional 21 televised games. This includes 14 Sun Belt Conference games broadcast from a total of seven conference campuses in addition to WKU. Once again, Hilltopper basketball will be one of the most televised programs in the nation.”

A large portion of the broadcasts are the result of an arrangement with HSSN, which enables WKU basketball games to be syndicated nationwide. The 21 games that are scheduled to be broadcast on HSSN will also air nationally on FCS and DirecTV channel 617. The HSSN games also air locally in Bowling Green on WKYU-PBS.

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UK Basketball Equipment Manager Resigns Abruptly

According to Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader, UK basketball equipment manager Bryan Settle has abruptly resigned.

Here is an excerpt from Tipton:

Bryan Settle, who was about to begin his second season as Kentucky basketball’s equipment manager, has resigned. No official word yet on why he abruptly resigned.

Settle was one of many staffers who came to UK from Memphis with John Calipari. He had worked on Calipari’s staff the previous six seasons, which included stints as a manager and video coordinator.

Murray State Fans Enjoy Racer Fan Jam

The Murray State Basketball programs staged the annual Racer Fan Jam Thursday at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky. The event is the traditional tip-off to the Racers’ basketball season for the women’s and men’s teams.

Both teams were introduced before playing a 15-minute scrimmage.

The MSU men’s team will receive their Ohio Valley Conference championship rings from last season when they won both the regular season and tournament titles.

MSU’s Spirit Groups and the Racer Band performed throughout the event.

Racer Fan Jam ended with each team signing autographs for the fans.

The MSU men’s team plays an exhibition game at the CFSB Center (Nov. 9) against Freed-Hardeman at 7 p.m., before playing the season and home opener against East Tennessee State (Nov. 15) at 7:30 p.m.

The MSU women’s squad has its season and home opener (Nov. 13) at the CFSB Center against St. Catharine at 7 p.m., and their game (Nov. 15) against Mid-Continent at 5:15 p.m. is the first of a Racer double-header that day.

DeMarcus Cousins vs. Derrick Favors: Round 1 Tonight

It's no secret that former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins and longtime nemesis Derrick Favors have a big time rivalry. The two star big men have gone head-to-head dating back to the AAU courts of Atlanta and Alabama.

Tonight, the two will meet as NBA foes for the first time when Sacramento travels to Newark to face the New Jersey Nets.

Cousins is hungry to prove that not only is he better than Favors, but also that he was the best big man in the 2010 NBA Draft.

DeMarcus has made his feelings known publicly:

"I believe I was the best big (in the draft), hands down," said Cousins. "I can't wait to play (teams that passed me up) because I'm going at their necks. Especially the big that got picked before me."

Favors has a response to Cousins. Here is an excerpt from

After going head-to-head many times in high school and AAU, Favors and Cousins teamed up in the 2009 McDonald's All-American game. In a fitting twist to the rivalry, Favors was slated as the starter but forgot his jersey in the locker room. Cousins started and was removed after "like two seconds," he recalled, following Favors' uniform retrieval.

"If I took it (as being slighted), it would have been foolish," Cousins said. "It's an all-star game, everybody is going to play."

Favors, when asked if he outplayed Cousins that game, said, "I won the MVP."

Cousins has a fonder memory of his high school career at LeFlore in Alabama.

"When I got to play him in Birmingham," Cousins said. "Every time we played it was always in Atlanta. So when we got to Alabama, it was my turn. We won."

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Meanwhile, New Jersey's Brook Lopez says he's also eager to compete against the Sacramento rookie.

Here are Lopez's comments from the New York Post:

"I'm excited. He's a very talented young guy, athletic for his size, quick for his size. He can do a lot of things," Lopez said of the Kings' rookie center he will be matched against tonight in Newark. "It's a great challenge for me. I'm excited to get out there and play against him."

One of the reasons Lopez is pumped up is that he sees Cousins carrying a game similar to his own, especially as both can step outside.

"There is a little [similarity]," said Lopez, who had a 25-point, nine-rebound opener (Cousins was 14 and 8). "He has great footwork in the post and there's a lot he can do. He has a very multi-faceted game. I think that's something my game is as well."

Is It Time for Basketball Already?

It's hard to believe, but the basketball season tips off tonight in Pikeville as the Bears host Temple Baptist College.

Here is the schedule of games around the state this weekend:


Temple Baptist College at Pikeville College 7:00 p.m.


Berea College at Kentucky Christian University 3:00 p.m.
Asbury University at Tennessee Wesleyan College 4:00 p.m.


Campbellsville University at Western Kentucky University (Exhibition) 4:00 p.m.
Northern Kentucky Universty at University of Louisville (Exhibition) 2:00 p.m.

Eric Bledsoe in His "Rookie Threads"

Pictures have finally surfaced of former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe in his "rookie threads":

Bledsoe and other fellow Los Angeles rookies were "encouraged" to wear their tuxedos by their veteran teammates.

Here is an excerpt from

The season has only just begun, but the rookie hazing is already in midseason form. Here are Clippers rookies Willie Warren and Eric Bledsoe on their way into Staples Center last night before the Clippers-Blazers opener, looking either like a lounge-act version of Boys II Men or Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne.

At least Warren and Bledsoe were able to smile about it – it could have been worse.

They could have been teammate and fellow rookie Al-Farouq Aminu (right), who looks about as miserable as one would expect to be in a get-up like that. I mean, look at his glasses (zing!).

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Eastern Kentucky Basketball Hosts Halloween Hoopfest

RICHMOND, Ky. – Alumni Coliseum was filled with ghosts and goblins Thursday night for the festivities surrounding Eastern Kentucky University’s eighth annual Halloween Hoopfest. The event, free to the public, gave Colonel fans their first glimpses of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. In addition, all ages were entertained with Halloween activities throughout the concourse level.

Each team participated in a 10-minute intra-squad scrimmage while slam dunk and three-point competitions were also held.

Senior Nadia Mossong and junior Joshua Jones paired to win the very competitive three-point shooting competition. Meanwhile in the slam dunk contest, senior Spencer Perrin was the hands down winner over newcomers Jaron Jones and Jabs Newby.

The men open their home schedule with an exhibtion game on Friday, Nov. 5 against Alice Lloyd College at 7 pm. The women’s first home game is Sunday, Nov. 7, against Pikeville College. Tip time is set for 1 p.m.

Source: EKU

Wall, Wizards Have Tough Debut and Other NBA Notes

NBA Notes - 10/28/2010:

- John Wall (Kentucky) and the Washington Wizards got off to a rough start to the 2010-11 season. Wall had 14 points on 6-19 shooting in an embarrassing 112-83 loss to the Orlando Magic. Wall did dish out 9 assists and grab 3 steals, however.

- Earl Clark (Louisville) DNP Coach's Decision

- Jeremy Evans (Western Kentucky) DNP Coach's Decision

Photo: Screenshot from

Can Jeff Goodman Stop Butler's Shelvin Mack?

Jeff Goodman of tries to defend Butler star Shelvin Mack:

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Fitzgerald, Linton Drafted in First Round of PBL Draft

A pair of former Mid-South Conference stars were drafted in the first round of Premier Basketball League Draft. The two-round draft was held at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

Former University of Cumberlands star Luke Fitzgerald was drafted by the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions as the No. 2 overall pick.

Ewan Linton, who starred at Pikeville College for two seasons, was drafted No. 9 overall.

Here is an excerpt about Fitzgerald from

For their first pick in the 2011 draft, the other new team in the PBL, the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions, chose Luke Fitzgerald, a 6’7” forward from the University of the Cumberlands, in the first round. During his senior season there, Luke Fitzgerald averaged 17.2 ppg and 7.9 rpg, placing him among the top scorers and rebounders in the Mid-South Conference. He surpassed 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in his career, and was named a two-time NAIA All-American. After a stint with the Bluegrass Stallions in another league, Fitzgerald averaged 17.3 ppg for the Dandenong Rangers in an Australian professional league

The Stallions received the inaugural pick in the second round, and selected Marcus Thompson, a 6’4” guard from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa. Thompson, who starred with the Bluegrass Stallions in that team’s existence in a smaller independent league, has also played in the Eastern Basketball Alliance and in the Kentucky Basketball Developmental League.

And Linton:

Rochester’s next first-round pick was Ewan Linton, a 6’9” forward from Pikeville. Joining Pikeville after two seasons at West Plains (MS) Community College, Linton lit up the scoring table for the Bears. In his junior year, he averaged 11.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. He remained consistent in the 2008-09 season, where he scored 9.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game and was named Team Captain. In 2009-10, he signed to play for Bucaneros de Campeche in Mexico.

2010 PBL Draft Selection Order

Round One

1.) Dayton - Tayloe Taylor (6’3”, 175, Point Guard – Livingstone)
2.) Kentucky - Luke Fitzgerald (6'7", 252, Forward – Cumberlands)
3.) Quebec - Emanuel Willis (6'8", 235, Forward – Houston Baptist)
4.) Saint John - Marc Egerson (6’7”, 237, Guard – Delaware)
5.) Vermont - Joe Jones (6’3”, 180, Guard – Edinboro)
6.) Halifax – Aaron Spears (6’10”, 256, Center-Forward – St. John’s)
7.) Rochester - Steffon Farley (6'8", 220, Forward – Adelphi)
8.) Lawton – Fort Sill - Dennaryl Rice (6’1”, 180, Guard – Arkansas Tech)
9.) Rochester (via trade with Maryland during 2010 season) - Ewan Linton (6’9”, 225, Forward – Pikeville)

Round Two

1.) Kentucky - Marcus Thompson (6’4”, 215, Guard – Seton Hill (PA))
2.) Dayton - Marcus Johnson (6’3”, 200, Guard - Dayton)
3.) Lawton – Fort Sill – Keith “Tiny” Gallon (6’9”, 290, Forward – Oklahoma)
4.) Rochester - Mervyn Clarke (6’6”, 210, Guard-Forward – Oakland City)
5.) Halifax - Kyle Cuffe (6’9”, 245, Forward – St. John’s)
6.) Vermont - Andy Robinson (6’2”, 195, Combo Guard – Buffalo)
7.) Saint John - Ridley Johnson (6’4”, 205, Point Guard – Toledo)
8.) Quebec - Romauld Augustin (6’7”, 215, Forward – Bryant)
9.) Quebec (via trade with Maryland during 2010 season) - S√©bastien Salois (6’5”, 195, Forward – Northern Michigan)

John Calipari Tells Katz He's Ready for Second Season

ESPN's Andy Katz catches up with Kentucky head coach John Calipari:

Thursday, October 28, 2010

John Wall Has Some Serious Hops

Check out John Wall proving once again that he has freakish athletic talent:

Asbury, Berea, Brescia Earn Votes in NAIA DII Poll

Asbury, Berea and Brescia all earned votes in the preseason NAIA Division II Coach's Poll.

2010-11 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll – (Oct. 25)

1 University of Saint Francis (Ind.) (13) 28-9 432
2 Walsh University (Ohio) (3) 32-3 417
3 Bellevue University (Neb.) 28-8 386
4 Cornerstone University (Mich.) 29-7 382
5 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.) 30-6 365
6 Black Hills State University (S.D.) 21-10 363
7 Indiana University Southeast 27-5 354
8 University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) 25-10 350
9 Oregon Institute of Technology 30-5 345
10 Oklahoma Wesleyan University 30-5 312
11 Davenport University (Mich.) 23-10 275
12 Northwood University (Fla.) 27-6 270
13 Briar Cliff University (Iowa) 23-9 266
14 Cedarville University (Ohio) 26-9 234
15 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 20-11 233
16 Northwest University (Wash.) 17-14 222
17 Grace College (Ind.) 17-16 211
18 Eastern Oregon University 23-9 157
19 Friends University (Kan.) 25-7 153
20 Dakota Wesleyan University (S.D.) 28-6 149
21 Judson University (Ill.) 17-13 148
22 Jamestown College (N.D.) 20-12 141
23 Saint Ambrose University (Iowa) 18-13 140
24 Indiana Wesleyan University 30-6 121
25 Siena Heights University (Mich.) 21-11 102

Others receiving votes:

Notre Dame College (Ohio) 83; Mount Mercy University (Iowa) 73; Warner University (Fla.) 69; College of Idaho 31; Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) 25; Northwestern College (Iowa) 20; Huntington University (Ind.) 19; William Jessup University (Calif.) 18; Asbury University (Ky.) 13; Bryan College (Tenn.) 13; Warner Pacific College (Ore.) 9; Fisher College (Mass.) 3; Johnson & Wales University (Colo.) 3; Aquinas College (Mich.) 1; Grand View University (Iowa) 1; Tennessee Wesleyan College 1; Berea College (Ky.) 1; Bethel College (Ind.) 1; Sterling College (Kan.) 1; Valley City State University (N.D.) 1; Brescia University (Ky.) 1; Spring Arbor University (Mich.) 1; California State University-Maritime 1; Roberts Wesleyan College (N.Y.) 1; University of Northwestern Ohio 1

John Wall is the Best Dancer in the Rookie Class

Former Kentucky Wildcat John Wall has been voted by his peers as the "best dancer" in the 2010-11 NBA rookie class:


Need more proof?

The Rookie Hazing Continues: Eric Bledsoe's Tuxedo

All three Los Angeles Clippers rookies, Al-Farouq Aminu, Eric Bledsoe and Willie Warren, had to wear tuxedos to and from their first NBA game.

Of course, they weren't just any tuxedos.

Aminu's was bright red while Bledsoe and Warren dawned powder blue.

Here is an excerpt from

"It was smooth," Aminu said, smiling. "It was smooth. They (the veteran players) told me I had to wear the red one. ... The coaches, they took some souvenir pictures. It was funny. It was cool, though."

Bledsoe said his blue tux was "real stylish," if not particularly well sized.

"Mine was kind of big," Bledsoe added. "Farouq's was small. They didn't fit exactly the way we planned."

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Fox Sports South Partners with John Calipari for "Coach Cal's Mailbag" Feature



“Coach Cal’s Mailbag” to Debut on on November 1

Webpage to Feature Weekly Video Q&A, Monthly Live Chats and More

FOX Sports South today announced that the network has partnered with University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball Coach John Calipari to launch “Coach Cal’s Mailbag,” an exclusive, interactive webpage on “Coach Cal’s Mailbag” debuts on Monday, November 1.

The weekly “Coach Cal’s Mailbag” feature, in which Calipari will offer video responses to reader-submitted questions, headlines the webpage. The first video Q&A will take place on Monday, November 1 and the weekly feature will continue throughout the 2010-11 college basketball season. Readers can submit questions by visiting

In addition to the latest Wildcat basketball news and videos, “Coach Cal’s Mailbag” will also feature live monthly chats with Calipari, the first of which will take place on Monday, November 29.

“John Calipari is a college basketball icon,” said Jeff Genthner, senior vice president and general manager of FOX Sports South and SportSouth. “He has posted five consecutive 30-win seasons, the only coach in NCAA Division I history to accomplish that feat, so he brings unprecedented perspective and insight to our visitors. In addition, Coach Cal’s strong interest in and huge following on social media make him the perfect partner for a web-based initiative.”

“I'm excited for this opportunity that FOX Sports South has given us to allow the citizens of the Big Blue Nation a direct line to interact and ask questions,” said UK Men’s Basketball Coach John Calipari. “I hope all our fans will take advantage of this unique opportunity on”

The first coach in University of Kentucky history to receive the Adolph Rupp National Coach of the Year Award, Calipari is third on the list of NCAA Division I active winningest coaches with at least ten years of experience, behind only Gonzaga’s Mark Few and North Carolina’s Roy Williams. His social media following is unparalleled, with more than 1.11 million Twitter followers and more than 200,000 Facebook fans.

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Pitino Says Jared Swopshire May Be Out For A While

Rick Pitino said during his live press conference this afternoon that Louisville may be without Jared Swopshire for a significant amount of time.

Swopshire, who has already been out 8 weeks, is showing no improvement with his groin injury.

"Jared Swopshire has not gotten any better at all," Pitino explained. "We're sort of stuck in mud right now. He's not getting any better. It's frustrating."

Pitino did not sound positive when speculating how much longer Swopshire would be out.

"My guess is that he is not coming back any time soon," Pitino said.

Get Ready for John Wall Bobblehead Night in Washington

Washington Wizards fans can make plans for John Wall Bobblehead Night on December 3. The first 10,000 fans to the arena that night will receive a bobblehead of the new Wizards star:


Former UK Player Jules Camara May Be Deported

LEX18 has discovered this morning that former Kentucky big man Jules Camara, who was arrested for DUI earlier in the week, has been placed on a detainer by immigration and customs enforcement officials and could be deported.

According to police, Camara was discovered early Monday morning at the intersection of New Circle Road and Alumni Drive. Camara's car was reportedly running while sitting on the grass median and Camara was found unconscious in the car.

Here is an excerpt from LEX18:

Officials at the Boone County jail, where Camara was moved to on Wednesday, confirmed the detainer placed on Camara. Immigration officials say that anyone who has a detainer placed on them is deportable. However, Camara has the right to go before an immigration judge, where facts of his case will be presented. There is no word yet on when that will happen. Also, immigration officials will not talk about why Camara could be deported.

Point Guard Spot Still a Question Mark at Western Kentucky

Western Kentucky head coach Ken McDonald has not decided who will be the starting point guard for his Hilltopper team when the season tips off.

McDonald is trying to decided between sophomore Jamal Crook, who started last season, and JUCO transfer Ken Brown.

Here is an excerpt from the Courier-Journal:

For the second straight year, the Hilltoppers have questions at the point. Sophomore Jamal Crook is the incumbent, and junior-college transfer Ken Brown is the challenger.

“It's up for grabs right now,” McDonald said at Wednesday's media day. “I'm happy that both guys are competing, doing a good job. … Both are very quick. Jamal knows the system more, and you notice that as you watch him practice. Ken Brown is more of a talent with a lot of speed and doesn't quite know how to run a team yet.”

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Kentucky No. 11 in First AP Basketball Poll

The Kentucky Wildcats will open the season at No. 11 in the Associated Press college basketball rankings.

Murray State received 15 votes and theoretically rank No. 35.

Associated Press Preseason College Basketball Poll:

Record Pts Pvs
1. Duke (55) 35-5 1,613 3
2. Michigan St. (8) 28-9 1,558 13
3. Kansas St. (2) 29-8 1,414 7
4. Ohio St. 29-8 1,368 5
5. Pittsburgh 25-9 1,310 18
6. Villanova 25-8 1,198 9
7. Kansas 33-3 1,172 1
8. North Carolina 20-17 1,034 —
9. Florida 21-13 997 —
10. Syracuse 30-5 920 4
11. Kentucky 35-3 917 2
12. Gonzaga 27-7 889 22
13. Illinois 21-15 773 —
14. Purdue 29-6 771 10
15. Missouri 23-11 700 —
16. Baylor 28-8 625 19
17. Butler 33-5 607 11
18. Washington 26-10 572 —
19. Memphis 24-10 551 —
20. Georgetown 23-11 363 14
21. Virginia Tech 25-9 288 —
22. Temple 29-6 265 12
23. Tennessee 28-9 252 15
24. BYU 30-6 198 17
25. San Diego St. 25-9 158 —

Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 126, Texas 107, Georgia 67, West Virginia 65, Minnesota 55, Florida St. 28, Wichita St. 28, UNLV 21, Richmond 17, Murray St. 15, Vanderbilt 14, N.C. State 10, Arizona 8, Connecticut 8, Colorado 7, Mississippi St. 7, UCLA 5, Miami 4, Ohio 4, Utah St. 4, Xavier 4, Dayton 3, Old Dominion 2, Georgia Tech 1, New Mexico 1, Wofford 1.

John Wall Drops the Hammer on Nick Young at Wiz Practice

Former Kentucky star John Wall drops the hammer on a helpless Nick Young during a recent practice...


"Daammmnn Nick!"


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Transylvania University Picked Fourth in HCAC

GREENWOOD, IN – Anderson University has been voted as the frontrunner in the 2010-11 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball championship race. The Ravens, who earned the conference title last winter, received eight first place votes in the Coaches’ Preseason Poll. They garnered 97 points overall in the poll holding off Manchester College who finished with 85 points.

Hanover College has been forecasted as the third place team by receiving 81 points and one first place vote in the poll. Transylvania University’s 67 points and final first place vote placed the Pioneers fourth and was followed by Franklin College (58 pts) in fifth position. Defiance College (57), Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (38), Bluffton University (33), College of Mount St. Joseph (20), and Earlham College (14) round out the poll.

Anderson will be looking to capture its second consecutive HCAC championship this season. The Ravens earned the title last winter, posting a 23-6 overall record and a 13-3 mark in the HCAC. Anderson fell to Defiance in the conference tournament title game, but earned an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament. AU defeated St. Thomas (MN) 73-71 in the opening round before falling to Carthage 76-58 in round two.

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Heartland Conference Preseason Poll:

Anderson University 97 (8)
Manchester College 85
Hanover College 81 (1)
Transylvania University 67 (1)
Franklin College 58
Defiance College 57
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 38
Bluffton University 33
College of Mount St. Joseph 20
Earlham College 14

DeMarcus Cousins Off and Running and Other NBA Notes

NBA Recap: 10/27/2010

- Rajon Rondo (Kentucky) had 18 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals in a 95-87 loss to Cleveland; Rondo was 8-12 from the field

- Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky) was one of three players to score 14 points for Detroit in a 101-98 defeat at the hands of the Nets. Prince was 5-10 from the field an also had 2 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.

- Terrence Williams (Louisville) played 32 minutes off the bench for New Jersey; he scored 10 points on 5-8 shooting and also had 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

- DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky) scored 14 points on 5-10 from the field and 4-6 from the free throw line; the former Wildcat also pulled down 8 rebounds and dished out 5 assists in Sacramento's 117-116 win over Minnesota.

- Francisco Garcia (Louisville) led the Kings with 22 points on 7-12 shooting; Garcia also had 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals.

- Keith Bogans (Kentucky) started but was only 1-4 from the field for 3 points. He did grab 7 rebounds and hand out 4 assists in Chicago's 106-95 loss to Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City.

- Nazr Mohammed (Kentucky) scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in Charlotte's 101-86 road loss at Dallas.

- Jeremy Evans (Western Kentucky) opened his NBA career with 11 points on 4-5 shooting. Utah lost 110-88 to Denver.

- Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky) played only 1 minutes and did not score in the Clippers 98-88 loss to Portland.

- Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky) scored 11 points off the bench in Houston's 132-128 loss to Golden State. Lee was 1-3 from the field and 9-9 from the free throw line.

- Chuck Hayes (Kentucky) started and had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Houston.

Campbellsville Looking for Big Year from JaVaughn Espritt

Campbellsville is looking for a big season from senior forward JaVaughn Espritt in 2010-11. Espritt transferred to Campbellsville from Antelope Valley College.

Last season, he led the team in blocked shots (19) and put in 8.6 points and 6.5 rebounds a night.

Here is an excerpt about Espritt from Antelope Valley College Men's Basketball:

Campbellsville University in Kentucky, a NAIA school, is looking for AVC 2008 graduate Javaughn Espritt, 6’6”, 210 forward to have a big year. He led the Mid-South Conference season champions in blocked shots last year with 19, was second in rebounds with 6.5 ppg, and was the 4th leading scorer with 8.6 ppg.

Javaughn went to the California JUCO state tournament 2007 with AVC and was known for his powerful play in the paint for the Marauders.

No Question: DeMarcus Cousins is the Rookie Class Clown

DeMarcus Cousins is, without question, the "class clown" of the NBA rookie class:

Rajon Rondo Will Steal to Help Boston Area Parks

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will literally steal from the rich during the 2010-11 season to help refurbish Boston's parks.

For every steal the former Kentucky star records this season, Red Bull will donate $500 towards a "Boston's Got Wings" fund aimed at refurbishing the city's parks.

Rondo has already gathered 5 steals in the first two games of the season, which is good for $2,500.

Here is an excerpt about Rondo's good works from

“Every steal will be a little bit sweeter this season,” said Rajon Rondo. “I won’t only be helping my team win, but also fulfilling a need in the communities around Boston.”

A $15,000 donation for Rondo's first 30 steals is earmarked for Malcolm X Park in Roxbury.

"We look forward to Rondo using his skills in the NBA to benefit the basketball courts in Boston's neighborhoods," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "Rajon has led in steals from his freshman year at Kentucky to last season with the Celtics, so we are confident that he and Red Bull will be making a substantial contribution to our city parks."

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Goodman Lists Top Freshmen to Watch in 2010-11

Jeff Goodman of has listed his top freshmen to watch in 2010-11. He lists Kentucky's Brandon Knight and Enes Kanter (with an *), but omits Terrence Jones.

Here is an excerpt about Knight and Kanter:

Brandon Knight, 6-3, 195, G, Kentucky — He’s a big-time scoring guard who can put up big numbers. He’s not John Wall, but he’ll be the guy with the ball in his hands for the Wildcats this season.

*Enes Kanter, 6-11, 270, C, Kentucky — All accounts point to the Turkish big man being dominant if he’s cleared, but right now he’s still awaiting word on his amateur status from the NCAA.

John Wall and Daniel Orton Hang Out in Orlando

Former Kentucky teammates John Wall and Daniel Orton have been hanging out while Wall is in Orlando for tomorrow night's game against the Magic.

Even though Wall and Orton are friends, they will be on opposing sides when the game tips tomorrow.

Orton says he hasn't offered his Magic teammates any advice on how to slow Wall down.

“They haven’t asked,” Orton said. “Unless they ask, I’m not going to tell them anything. I do know certain things, like little niches he does and stuff like that.”

In fact, the Magic veterans seem to have little interest in anything Orton says.

“Most of the time they tell me to shut up anyway,” Orton said, with a laugh. “MP always tells me not to talk because I’m a rookie.”

Union College Holds Bulldog Madness

Union College men's and women's basketball held Bulldog Madness earlier tonight.

Yes, the Dougie did make a group appearance at the event:

You can watch the entire event by going here and clicking on WATCH beside Union College Men's Basketball vs Bulldog Madness.

Union College Roster for 2010-11:

4 Brent Cork SO G 6-3 Saginaw, MI.
5 Shawn Hadley SR G 5-6 155 Doraville, Ga.
12 Ryan Young SO G 5-11 Waynesburg, KY
14 Antonio Murry SR G 5-10 Nashville, TN
15 Darriel Hunter JR G 6-3 Indianapolis, IN
20 Nathan Beckley SR G 6-2 170 Clarksville, Ind.
21 Payton Ponzer JR G 5-11 165 Independence, Ky.
22 Vince Coleman SO G 6-3 Columbus, OH
23 Cody Miller FR F 6-5 Barbourville, KY
32 Madison Johnson FR G 6-3 Corbin, KY
33 Ian Davis JR F 6-6 Cherry Hill, NJ
34 Storm Burchett FR G 6-3 Albany, KY
35 Turrell Morris SO G 6-6 Columbus, OH
44 Tyler Smothers FR F 6-5 Lexington, KY
50 Stuart Stamper FR G 5-11 Hindman, KY
54 Dwayne Cypress FR G 6-4 Norfolk, VA
55 James Strange SO G 5-10 Pineville, KY
Josh Hurd* JR 6-9 Independence, KY
Kenney Lee* SO F 6-10 Columbus, OH
Mickey Lewis* FR G 6-4 Franklin, KY

* Redshirt

Former Kentucky Star Indicted on Theft Charges

Former Kentucky star Ed Davender has been indicted by a Fayette County grand jury on a theft charge for allegedly taking money for college basketball tickets that he did not produce.

Here is an excerpt from the Lexington Herald-Leader:

He was charged with theft by deception while on bond awaiting sentencing on numerous theft-related charges stemming from a UK basketball ticket scam and a drug charge. In that case, Davender accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to 20 charges, many of which were amended down. He was sentenced to eight years in prison on Aug. 27.

Western Kentucky Holds Basketball Media Day

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Western Kentucky University conducted its annual men's and women's basketball media day on Wednesday afternoon at E.A. Diddle Arena. Several members of the media met with head coaches Mary Taylor Cowles and Ken McDonald, as well as Lady Toppers Arnika Brown, Amy McNear and Jasmine Johnson and Hilltoppers Sergio Kerusch, Steffphon Pettigrew and Caden Dickerson.

This year’s Lady Topper roster includes nine players with at least one year of college playing experience under their belt — a level of maturity that is not lost on their head coach.

“I hear a lot of our upperclassmen talking this year in practice. In areas where I would normally have to stop and correct things, our older players are pulling people aside and teaching as we go along,” said Cowles, who enters her ninth season as the head coach at her alma mater. “Things like that are huge when you see your older players taking on that role as a coach on the floor. I think it also demonstrates a level of confidence that our older players have in themselves — and in each other — to speak out. Hopefully that experience and that confidence will pay off as we move into our season against a very, very tough schedule of games.”

In contrast with the veteran Lady Topper roster, McDonald's men's team only has five returning letterwinners from a 2009-10 squad that finished the season with a 21-13 record. Although WKU was picked to finish first in the conference's East Division in the preseason coaches poll this season, McDonald has cautioned his players against getting too excited about the recognition.

"We have seven new kids, and it's time to stay focused," the third-year Hilltopper head coach said. "We're much more about improving right now. Where is this team going to go? What are our expectations for our own team, and how are we going to get there? We're finding out how committed we are to the team goal and getting back to showing our fans exactly why they are so happy about being Hilltopper fans. When you walk away from our games, the biggest thing I want is that we go out and compete every night and that our fanbase and student body are excited about our team. I think they do that when they see the effort that has been the trademark of a WKU basketball team."

The Hilltoppers play the first of two exhibition games on Sunday (Oct. 31), hosting Campbellsville at 3 p.m. (CDT) at Diddle Arena. The 2010-11 regular season will begin for the men on Nov. 12 at St. Joseph’s. The Lady Toppers take the court for the first time in an exhibition contest on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. against Lindsey Wilson and get the regular season underway on Nov. 16 at Louisiana Tech.

Source: Western Kentucky University

SEC Unveils 2010-11 Preseason Awards; Knight, Miller on Second Team

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference unveiled its seventh annual men’s basketball coaches preseason All-SEC first and second teams Wednesday, tipping off another great season of SEC men’s basketball.

Twenty-nine different players received votes for the teams and Florida led all schools with four selections while Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt had two selections each. In all, nine different schools are represented on the preseason squads.
The coaches preseason All-SEC first and second teams consist of a minimum of eight players on each squad, voted on by the SEC Head Men’s Basketball Coaches. No ties were broken and no predicted order of finish was made.

A list of the 2011 SEC Men’s Basketball Coaches Preseason All-SEC team follows.

2010-11 SEC Men's Basketball Coaches Preseason All-SEC Teams

First Team All-SEC

Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
Dee Bost, Mississippi State G 6-2 176 Jr. Concord, N.C.
JaMychal Green, Alabama F 6-8 228 Jr. Montgomery, Ala.
Scotty Hopson, Tennessee G 6-7 200 Jr. Hopkinsville, Ky.
Travis Leslie, Georgia G 6-4 205 Jr. Decatur, Ga.
Chandler Parsons, Florida F 6-10 218 Sr. Casselberry, Fla.
Marshawn Powell, Arkansas F 6-7 220 So. Newport News, Va.
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt F 6-7 225 Jr. Norkopping, Sweden
Trey Thompkins, Georgia F 6-10 245 Jr. Lithonia, Ga.
Chris Warren, Ole Miss G 5-10 168 Sr. Orlando, Fla.

Second Team All-SEC

Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown

Kenny Boynton, Florida G 6-2 183 So. Pompano Beach, Fla.
Rotnei Clarke, Arkansas G 6-0 184 Jr. Verdigris, Okla.
John Jenkins, Vanderbilt G 6-4 215 So. Hendersonville, Tenn.
Ravern Johnson, Miss. State G 6-7 175 Sr. Lyon, Miss.
Brandon Knight, Kentucky G 6-3 195 Fr. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Darius Miller, Kentucky G 6-7 230 Jr. Maysville, Ky.
Alex Tyus, Florida F 6-8 220 Sr. St. Louis, Mo.
Erving Walker, Florida G 5-8 171 Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y.

Source: Southeastern Conference

UK Fans Question Louisville's Use of Former Player

Shortly after news broke yesterday that Kentucky would not be allowed to use three former players in their Blue-White Game, many fans turned their attention to the University of Louisville.

U of L used former player Perrin Johnson during their Red-White scrimmage. Did they violate an NCAA rule? has this to say about it:

So what happens now? It's been explained to me that a program is permitted to use former players in a scrimmage, but that doing so turns the scrimmage into an exhibition game. So basically, the worst case scenario here is that U of L will have to cancel its exhibition game against either Northern Kentucky (this Sunday) or Kentucky Wesleyan (11/11).

Then adds the update:

UPDATE: The consensus in the comments is that because it was only one player, Louisville did not violate any rule. Apparently we checked with the NCAA beforehand. So to answer the title question...No.

I'm not buying the argument that using one player is any different than using three or any other number. If UK was allowed to use one player, they would have certainly allowed Stevenson, Krebs or Turner to participate last night.

The question I must ask is whether or not using a former player is an actual violation of rules or did Kentucky's compliance office chose to be overly cautious for obvious reasons?

If it is a rule, should Louisville be held accountable?

I'll be interested to see how this is addressed, if at all, in the coming days.

Rodney Hood Commits to Mississippi State

As expected, 2011 star Rodney Hood has committed to Mississippi State.

Hood made the announcement this afternoon. He chose the Bulldogs over Louisville and Florida State.

Here is an excerpt about the commitment from ESPN analyst Dave Telep:

"We didn't want Rodney to limit himself to the state or the SEC but the fact that he grew up in this state and the state knows who he is brings something different," Ricky Hood, Rodney's father, told

Hood (Meridian, Miss./Meridian) is a 6-foot-7 swingman who was outstanding last summer with his traveling team. A versatile wing who can pass, handle and shoot, he became a priority recruit for a number of programs in his region and nationally. Mississippi State wanted badly to keep him home.

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Twit Out of Luck? Harrellson Banned from Twitter by Calipari

It appears that University of Kentucky senior Josh Harrellson has been banned, at least temporarily from Twitter by head coach John Calipari.

When Harrellson caught wind of Calipari's postgame remarks last night, he did the obvious thing - went to Twitter to publicly rant about his head coach.

Last night, Calipari stated:

"We have got to get, you know, Josh (Harrellson) is getting like 24 rebounds. I don't think he's ever done that in a rebounding drill, like by himself, with a zone -- I don't know what that means."


"Can Josh do this for 15, 20 minutes a game? If he can go in there and go grab rebounds and do it, either we are the worst offensive-rebounding team in America or he's gotten better, one of the two. I don't know, I'll watch the tape but we'll figure it out."

Harrellson posted on Twitter:

BIGTYME55 "Either we are the worst offensive rebounding team or he had gotten better"!!! Just amazing to me I can't get a good job or way to go

BIGTYME55 yes he has been working hard this off season... It is just amazing to me but I look past it and keep trucking! You can't stop this train!!!

Calipari then posted a response of his own on Twitter:

UKCoachCalipari Please don't fault Josh. He's never dealt w/ how to handle success. I promoted him to the 1st team & told the team to applaud his effort

UKCoachCalipari I'm looking for consistency in practice, scrimmages & games. He won't be tweeting until he's responsible enough to handle success & failure.

The account "BIGTYME55" has since been deleted.

Deng Leek's "Blind Side" Experience on Rachael Ray Show

The amazing story of Deng Leek, who has committed to Western Kentucky's 2011 class, was told on the Rachael Ray Show.

Leek's story is comparable to that of Michael Oher's tale, which was told in the popular movie "The Blind Side".

Here is a summary of Leek's story:

After feeling lost for years, a chance meeting changed his life. "The first day I met Sam, we were playing pickup games," Deng, now 17, recalls.

They quickly bonded and Sam decided to be Deng's mentor, but after sharing countless stories about the 7-foot-tall teen with his family, Sam's wife had an idea. "It just struck me, knowing that [Deng] had come here at 12 years old, and during that span of time not really having stability," Mary explains. "I just felt that maybe he needed us and maybe we needed him."

They invited Deng to live with their family and he soon found a home of his own. "It's pretty wonderful for me to have them like my mom and dad," Deng says. "The Johnson's have been amazing. They're there for me for everything, I really love them. "

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Rajon Rondo Dishes Out 17 Assists and Other NBA Notes

Last night was the first night of the 2010-11 NBA regular season. Here is a recap:

- Rajon Rondo (Kentucky): dished out 17 assists to lead Boston to a hype-killing 88-80 victory over the Miami Heat; Rondo also had 4 points, 4 reboudns and 2 steals in the win.

- Jamaal Magloire (Kentucky): DNP coach's decision for Miami

- Earl Clark (Louisville): DNP coach's decision for Phoenix

- Chuck Hayes (Kentucky): 15 MIN, 0-0 FG, 0 PTS, 1 AST, 1 BLK

- Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky): 15 MIN, 4-9 FG, 8 PTS, 3 STL

- Derrick Caracter (Louisville): 2 MIN, 0-1 FG, 0 PTS

St. Catharine College's Patriot Madness Videos

Introducing the 2010-11 St. Catharine Patriots:

Dunk contest from Patriot Madness:

John Calipari's Blue-White Postgame Quotes

Here is a complete transcript of John Calipari's postgame quotes after last night's scrimmage (via

Q. Can you talk about the play of Terrence Jones, what you saw and what you liked?

COACH CALIPARI: He's pretty good. Pretty good. Did some good stuff. One of the things you've got to have is you've got to score the ball, and that kid right there can score the ball. But we are still -- if you watch, we are still trying to figure out how we are going to have to play.

Look, I'm not the kind of guy that recruits players and says, you must play like this and if you can't, you're not going to be a player. I try to look at a kid and say, how does he play, what's the best style for him to play.

Even Brandon, I grabbed him after and I said, "Brandon, we have to just define your game a little bit. I haven't had a point guard shoot like you." So we have to define a little more of how we play. And to stay with Doron (Lamb); I thought he did some stuff with the ball, got really quick with the ball where he wanted to.

But we had not worked on switching. We had not worked on any trapping. We had not worked on any ball screens. So when it looked like we didn't know what we were doing -- that's right, we didn't. We had no idea. I was trying to talk them through it and scramble it up a little bit just to see what we would look like, but got a ways to go.

Q. Is this a good two hours, or two hours better spent in practice format?

COACH CALIPARI: No, I'll tell you why it's good. I want to know: When you've got numbers on your back, and the lights turned on, how you play now. And let's put 10,000 people in the seats. Now how do you play? How do you shoot? How do you make free throws? It's important.

The other thing was, we went 40 minutes without a sub. So every kid played every minute. So we got the conditioning we wanted. I get to see, all right, who is a little panic-stricken; and I also get to watch tape of us in that environment and see where the breakdowns were.

But obviously, look, guys, I'm not lying to you when I tell you, we are a ways away. I like my team. We have got to get, you know, Josh (Harrellson) is getting like 24 rebounds. I don't think he's ever done that in a rebounding drill, like by himself, with a zone -- I don't know what that means. Does that mean, wait a minute, and I switch to Eloy (Vargas), because I've got to get some fight out of Eloy. He loves the chance, but it's not just playing; in that position, you've got to battle.

So, but he was -- but that's his first (game). You've got to give Eloy (a break), first time-out of the gate. He's never played in front of 10,000. Wait until it's 25,000. Never played in front of 10,000. So how about the beginning of the game, we had a lot of anxiety. But that's to be expected. That's why you do these things. That's why it's important that you do them.

Q. When you found out you could not bring some subs in, did you think about changing the format?

COACH CALIPARI: I heard that about 5:30, 5:00, I got the call. I'm not going to argue; if that's what they say it is what it is. First thought we were saying was maybe let's go with some running time. And the other thing was, maybe we can do some drills and other things. But these people wanted to see us go up-and-down. And to be honest with you, we have a day off tomorrow, and then I thought, 40 minutes of conditioning, and I told these guys, make this a conditioning day.

But also, you need a base to look at where you are. And I'll watch this tape a couple of times and I'll have a good feel of where we are and how we are going to have to do this. We have some plays like, my goodness -- you get up 15 or 16, and you make two errors in a row, for no reason. It's not like they make great plays or diving, you just give them two plays. Well, you may lose that game, but these guys don't get it. Terrence (Jones) comes out and throws it to the wing; what did you just do? He stole it. What?

So that's the kind of stuff that we'll see on the tape and learn about. But I also liked that they came together a little bit if you watched them out there. Like Doron (Lamb), the last pass he made, instead of driving it, he gets Brandon (Knight) a shot in the corner and then Terrence gets a pass across the court and then someone gives Terrence a lob and then DeAndre (Liggins) jumps in. There was some good stuff. We are not there, and we are not supposed to be, it's October whatever. When do we play our first game, the 12th? What do I got, three weeks? Oh, my gosh. Maybe I should be panicked.

Q. Did you have any kind of backup plan if somebody got injured? What were you going to do; do you know?

COACH CALIPARI: I asked that to the person that told me, you can't (have the extra guys playing). And I said, "What happens if a guy gets hurt, what are we going to play, four on four, play the zone?" No, we had no backup plan.

That's why -- I think it was Doron that hit the floor hard, I said, "Get up, kid, you've got to finish this one out." We started cramping up at the end. I had a couple guys with cramps.

Q. Brandon (Knight), 37 points, 14 of 20, pretty unbelievable. Do you credit that to format? Great play? Pretty unbelievable stat.

COACH CALIPARI: You know, again, I'll give you one play where the high school play, where it breaks down, so you just jack a three up, can't do that. But all of the other shots -- the only thing I've told him, you can't go in there and throw your body into a player and shoot the ball, because the officials will not give you that call in college. You're not getting it.

That was good. When you asked me what was good, that was great for him. So you know now, if you don't think you can get to the rim and play up to the bump, shoot at the foul line; shoot a runner. Don't go in there and throw your body and just like hit the floor, because what will happen, not only will you miss it, but you'll be our first line of defense. So that means throw; throw it, shoot a layup.

So there are things he's got to learn. Again, you saw I started doing pick-and-rolls. Again, this may be a pick-and-roll team. , I haven't figured it out yet. It will take time. And it may take time as we go through the season. We start defining, look, I was at Memphis, we were 6-3 and I figured out, maybe Tyreke Evans should be our point guard. And we won 27 straight.

That's how dumb I was. We were 6-3 in nine games and dying, and I had the wrong guy at point guard. Took me some time but I figured it out. We have to figure it out. We have some guys that we saw (play great) today, okay, they are fine.

Now, who are those other guys? And you all know what I'm saying. We need to have seven guys, eight guys, who are those other guys? We had some guys maybe play not as well and I'm not worried about it, but who are those other guys? Can Josh do this for 15, 20 minutes a game? If he can go in there and go grab rebounds and do it, either we are the worst offensive-rebounding team in America or he's gotten better, one of the two. I don't know, I'll watch the tape but we'll figure it out.

Q. Seeing DeAndre (LIggins) dig in and play that kind of aggressive defense --

COACH CALIPARI: You know, that's who he is. DeAndre really picks it up. He missed some layups today, missed a couple shots, and the other thing is, we miss free throws. I mean, come on. 20 for 34, you know, we should be -- we are a good shooting team. We should be 27, 28 for 34; 25 for 34. 25, 26, 27; 20, and we were like one for five -- no way, we are a good shooting team. Shouldn't happen.

Q. You said you haven't figured out how you're going to play; have you figured out what you're not?

COACH CALIPARI: Well, I know we are not the beast of a team we were inside last year where we had three horses. We don't have that.

So now you play a little different. Maybe that guy instead of running to the basket runs into all ball screens and you space the court out with him, I don't know. But we have just got to watch and you know, try to play this out and just see, what's the most effective way for us to play.

I think when you look at us, you know we are going to be better against zone. Because you know, now you put Terrence (Jones) in the middle of a zone and you put shooters around him, we are a little different team than we were a year ago versus the zone.

But again, some of these guys, they are going to have to step up and do some stuff. I like the fact that the blue team, again, never played together, how many days of practice? Nine? Eight? We just had 18 assists and seven turns.

Now, you can say what you want. We played fast. We ran the ball up the court. We drove the ball. We attacked. We didn't pass it 20 times and then try to take a shot. That's not how we play. We had seven turns. That is good. And we are not playing like we did a year ago where every ball must go through Brandon Knight.

Whoever rebounds the ball brings it up now. We are playing a little different than we did. Last year whoever rebounded gave it to John Wall. So now we are saying, Brandon shoots it so well, if someone else brings it up, bring it up. Let him shoot the ball.

Q. We saw Terrence take a couple of shots from deep, is that something you get him to do to stress the defense a little bit?

COACH CALIPARI: I stopped him a couple of times because he took a couple he didn't need to take. If the ball is driven in the lane and it's thrown out to him, I'm fine with that.

But if the ball is swung and he should be driving the ball and he's just jacking up a three because he's not in the mode to attack, you've got to come out.

What he'll do for us is get to that rim; get to that rim, he is long. Now what he did not do today and what he must do for us to be any good, he has to offensive rebound. He had one offensive rebound in that game; not only that, we missed 40 shots, so one out of 40 shots you rebounded. Come on now.

But again, he's never -- we are going to watch the tape, and he probably attempted to offensive rebound, 25, 30 percent of the time. He needs to attempt to offensive rebound, 80 percent of the time. He's long. Go get a free basket here. You'd score five, six more baskets a game that way; so would he.

Q. On if people feed off Brandon Knight's play ...

COACH CALIPARI: When you think of it, when he plays that way, when DeAndre (Liggins) plays that way, now you have Terrence (Jones) that picked up his game, you saw him start to play that way, all of a sudden, it does bleed.

Now Doron (Lamb) looks around and says, I've got to do it. And I'll give you some examples. We have not worked on switching anything, and we had to today because guys were getting mixed up, and the second half you saw we did a better job. A lot of that is just energy; I've got to go get him.

You know, look, I'm going to have fun coaching this team and figuring it out but it's going to be a process. And in most years, that's what it is. Let me explain it. Last year, it was the thing. We are down 18 to Miami (Ohio), 18 in the first half, we were not a great team early. We became a great team. This team, we have got to figure them out. Doesn't happen overnight. They have got to figure out each other.

I like the fact that you saw some camaraderie out there. Did you see it? You had to feel that they were like talking and passing and chest-bumping. That's what -- if they are that, then it's up to us -- let me say this. I told my staff this and I'll leave you with this -- Jerry, this will be his headline.

They are listening to everything we say. We have got to be -- we had better make sure we are telling them the right thing. They are listening. They are doing whatever we are asking them to do. So now we have to make sure whatever we are telling them to do is the right thing and that's what we have all got to figure out.

Like I said, early on, a little anxiety, some things I didn't like. In the second half, you saw them come out of the gate a little bit different, which was great. And both teams did, Doron did; Jon Hood did; they all did.

So you know, we'll get something out of it, and I hope the fans enjoyed it, and saw that this is going to be a process. Thanks.

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