Saturday, April 16, 2011

Anthony Davis Named Co-MVP of Jordan Brand Classic


The East defeated the West 113-109 in the Jordan Brand Classic All-Star Game in Charlotte tonight.

For Kentucky fans, it was a public display of John Calipari's multi-talented 2011 recruiting class.

UK signee Anthony Davis was named co-MVP after leading the West with 29 points and 11 rebounds.

Michael Gilchrist was impressive for the East and both Kyle Wiltjer and Marquis Teague had solid performances.

I will post complete stats as soon as they are available.

For now, enjoy Wiltjer going old school:

Heshimu Evans Has Best Game of Season for Benfica


Former University of Kentucky star Heshimu Evans saved his best game of the season for the playoffs as he led Benfica to an 82-66 win over Ovarense in Portugal.

Evans scored a season-high 27 points on 8-9 shooting and pulled down 8 rebounds. He was 2-3 from the three-point line and 5-5 from the free throw line.

On the season, Evans averaged 14.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 22 games. In EuroChallenge play, he put in 13.1 points and 6.1 rebounds.

Benfica, the defending LPB champions, holds a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five quarterfinal series. Game 2 will be played on Sunday.

Kentucky Fans: Be Excited About Anthony Davis

Big Blue Nation should be excited about 2011 signee Anthony Davis:

Jodie Meeks, 76ers Come Up Short at Miami


Former University of Kentucky star Jodie Meeks and the Philadelphia 76ers competed to the end but came up short 97-89 to the Miami Heat in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

Chris Bosh scored 25 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Heat. LeBron James added 21 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists.

Thaddeous Young came off the bench to lead Philadelphia with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Jrue Holiday added 19 points.

Meeks had 9 points on 3-6 shooting, including 2-3 from long distance.

Former UK big man Jamaal Magloire did not play for Miami.

Miami takes a 1-0 lead in the best of seven series. Game 2 is Monday in Miami.

Jodie Meeks takes it to the hole on Dwyane Wade:

Sacramento Kings Fans Love Boogie

Sacramento Kings fans love former University of Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins:

Shabazz Muhammad is Getting it Done in Little Rock

The word out of Little Rock, Arkansas this afternoon is that Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad looks outstanding.

Muhammad and other top recruits are competing in the highly-touted Real Deal in the Rock AAU event this weekend.

Here is a video Muhammad throwing down a thunderous dunk:

Jordan Brand Classic Stars Visit Sick Children, School


Jordan Brand Classic stars, including four Kentucky recruits, visited Presbyterian Hemby Children's Hospital in Charlotte on Friday. The high school stars also made an appearance at Billingsville Elementary School.

Here is an excerpt from SportingNews.com:

CHARLOTTE -- Although Jordan Brand Classic week is loaded with plenty of basketball, not to mention the perks of being a great player like you can read about here and here, players participating in the event also gave back to the Charlottea area community with a visit to Presbyterian Hemby Children's Hospital on Friday.

Players visited sick children at Presbyterian Hospital and also took the floor at the facility to play ball with visiting students from Billingsville Elementary.

Kids competed in drills led by the players and posed tough questions to the All-Americans, like who their favorite players were or whether Kyle Wiltjer could dunk. (The answer is yes, in case you wondered.)


Complete Article

Kentucky Has Been Most Affected by Players Leaving Early


Since 2006, the University of Kentucky basketball program has lost seven players to the NBA Draft before their college eligibility was used up.

Combined, the Wildcats have lost 16 total seasons of eligibility to the NBA Draft.

According to Sacbee.com, no other team in college basketball has been affected more than Kentucky.

Here is an excerpt:

1. KENTUCKY

Number: 7 players

Seasons lost: 16

Players: Eric Bledsoe (2010, Fr.), DeMarcus Cousins (2010, Fr.), Jodie Meeks (2009, Jr.), Daniel Orton (2010, Fr.), Patrick Patterson (2010, Jr.), Rajon Rondo (2006, Soph.), John Wall (2010,Fr.)


Complete Article

My Thoughts: The players Kentucky has lost since 2006 could join forces and make a solid NBA team. My first thought is: what might have been...my second thought: who will join them from the 2010-11 roster?

Marquis Teague Named First Team AP All-State in Indiana


The 2011 Associated Press Indiana High School Boys Basketball All-State Teams have been announced and Kentucky signee Marquis Teague was named to the First Team.

Eric Stutz, who has signed with Eastern Kentucky University, was named to the Third Team.

Here are the teams:

First Team


Cody Zeller, 6-10, Sr., Washington

Dee Davis, 5-10, Sr., Bloomington South

Marquis Teague, 6-2, Sr., Indianapolis Pike

Kevin Ferrell, 5-11, Jr., Indianapolis Park Tudor

Branden Dawson, 6-7, Sr., Gary Wallace

Second Team

Jonny Marlin, 5-10, Sr., Center Grove

Nic Moore, 5-9, Sr., Warsaw

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, 6-3, Jr., Indianapolis North Central

Gary Harris, 6-4, Jr., Hamilton Southeastern

Joe Crisman, 6-4, Sr., Munster

Third Team

Austin Etherington, 6-6, Sr., Hamilton Heights

Justin Gant, 6-8, Sr., Terre Haute North

Eric Stutz, 6-8, Sr., Castle

Austin Richie, 6-2, Sr., Lowell

Michael Chandler, 6-10, Sr., Lawrence North

Complete List Including Honorable Mention

Will Kentucky Pursue Joseph Uchebo?


Joseph Uchebo, a 6-9 forward from Raleigh Word of God Christian Academy (John Wall's high school), requested and was given a release from his scholarship offer at North Carolina State.

Will Uchebo find himself on Kentucky's radar?

One has to think that Kentucky will at the very last be in contact with Uchebo. The Wildcats have actively recruited several big men in hopes of adding one to the 2011 recruiting class. Braeden Anderson ended up at Kansas, Stan Simpson chose Memphis and God's Gift Achiuwa has an all world name but it's not known if his talent is of the high-major variety.

Uchebo is rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com. He ranks No. 12 at the center position and No. 92 overall on the Rivals list.

At this late stage of the game, it would seem likely that Kentucky will be mentioned soon as a school who is interested in Uchebo.

Uchebo in action:




Photo: Rivals.com

Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Jordan Brand Classic Edition


Friday's Top 5:

- Kentucky signees Michael Gilchrist and Kyle Wiltjer were named 2011 Hoopniks All-Americans; Anthony Davis was overlooked once again.

- Terrence Jones has gone home to Portland to think about his upcoming NBA decision with family members.

- Kentucky State head coach Clarence Moore announced his resignation.

- John Calipari was not able to meet with Trevor Lacey on Friday as planned due to bad weather in the area.

- Chuck Hayes wants to stay with the Houston Rockets but admits that he is "scared" about his future.

On Saturday, Get Ready For:

- The Jordan Brand Classic All-Star Game at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2

- The second day of tryouts for the Kentucky All-Star Team at DuPont Manual High School in Louisville.

- Day 2 of the Real Deal in the Rock AAU event in Little Rock, Arkansas; several Kentucky and Louisville recruits will be in action.

- NBA Playoffs:

1:00 p.m. Indianapolis vs. Chicago (Keith Bogans)
3:30 p.m. Philadelphia (Jodie Meeks) vs. Miami (Jamaal Magloire)
7:00 p.m. Atlanta vs. Orlando (Daniel Orton, inactive)
9:30 p.m. Portland vs. Dallas

Recruiting News:

- Alabama's Kendall Durant and Jason Carter will transfer at the end of the school year. This leaves the Tide with 7 scholarships returning and opens up room for Kentucky recruit Trevor Lacey.

- Joseph Uchebo, a 6-9 forward at Word of God High School, has been released from his NLI at North Carolina State. One has to imagine that Kentucky will be in the mix.

- Dylan Dawson of Western Brown (OH) High School will be signing with Souther State Community College on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

- Herb Harrison, a 6-8 power forward, will sign with UAB. He chose UAB over Western Kentucky, Marshall, Stetson and Mercer.

The Buzz:

- Murray State Isaac Chew left MSU for a position on Frank Haith's staff at Missouri.

- Former Georgetown College student assistant Michael Fly has been hired as an assistant at Florida Gulf Coast University.

- Bellarmine's Scott Davenport will speak Wednesday at a breakfast meeting of the St. Matthews Area Business Association in Louisville. The meeting will be from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the St. Matthews Community Center, 310 Ten Pin Lane off of Shelbyville Road.

- Former Kentucky guard Donald Williams is transferring from Ole Miss.

- Kentucky high school star Vee Samford is transferring from Georgetown University.

Video of the Day (The greatest comeback in college basketball history):

Get Ready for the Jordan Brand Classic Tonight

Kentucky signees Kyle Wiltjer, Marquis Teague, Michael Gilchrist and Anthony Davis will be in action at the Jordan Brand Classic tonight in Charlotte. The event takes place at Time Warner Cable Arena at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Here is a little video to help you get fired up for tonight's Jordan Brand Classic:

Friday, April 15, 2011

Gilchrist, Wiltjer Named All-Americans by Hoopniks


Kentucky signees Michael Gilchrist and Kyle Wiltjer were named First Team 2011 Hoopniks All-Americans on Friday.

UK recruit Trevor Lacey was named Second Team All-American.

A handful of Kentucky recruits were named to the Junior All-American team. Kyle Anderson, DaJuan Coleman, Perry Ellis, Archie Goodwin and Shabazz Muhammad make up half of the Junior team.

2011 Hoopniks All-Americans – Seniors (Class of 2011)

First Team

• Bradley Beal, 6’-4”, G, Chaminade (MO) – Averaged better than 30 points per game in leading team to successful season.
• Joe Coleman, 6’-3”, G/F, Hopkins (MN) – Took Hopkins to three titles in his tenure, first team all-state pick.
• Dorian Finney-Smith, 6’-7”, F, IC Norcom (VA) – Repeat state titlist spurred team in scoring and rebounding to #5 national finish.
• Michael Gilchrist, 6’-7”, F, St. Patrick (NJ) – Team only lost once, and Gilchrist was nearly dominant in leading Celtics to victories over other strong opponents.
• Tyrone Johnson, 6’-3”, G, Montrose Christian (MD) – In sole season at Montrose, Johnson took team to ESPN Rise National High School Invitational Championship.
• Myles Mack, 5’-9”, G, St. Anthony (NJ) – First team all-state pick was the heart of national champion Friars team.
• Austin Rivers, 6’-4”, G, Winter Park (FL) – National player of the year in several publications, impressive on a national stage, in leading Winter Park another state championship.
• Kyle Wiltjer, 6’-9”, C, Jesuit (OR) – Won third state title and averaged 19 points per game.
• BJ Young, 6’-4”, G, McCluer North (MO) – Made a splash on the high school basketball season in his only full season, taking team to Class 5 championship and scoring 28 points per game.
• Cody Zeller, 6’-11”, C, Washington (IN) – Averaged a double-double in leading his team to another Indiana state championship.

Complete List of All-American Teams

Terrence Jones Heads Home to Make NBA Decision


According to Kent Spencer of ABC 36 News, Kentucky freshman Terrence Jones went home to Portland this weekend to think about his upcoming NBA decision with family members.

KentSpencer Josh Harrellson tells ABC 36.. Terrence Jones went home to Portland this weekend to think about his upcoming decision with family members.

Clarence Moore, Jr. Announces Resignation at Kentucky State


FRANKFORT, Ky. – After two years at the helm of Kentucky State University's (KSU) men's basketball program, Head Coach Clarence Moore, Jr. announced today his resignation from the program. KSU Director of Athletics, Dr. Denisha L. Hendricks also announced that Assistant Coach Antwain Banks will serve as Interim Head Coach for the 2011-12 season. The announcement comes after Moore led the Thorobreds to their first winning season (15-13, 13-11 SIAC) since their 16-13 record under Winston Bennett during the 2000-01 campaign.

“I'm saddened to leave KSU. It was my first opportunity to coach at the collegiate level after coming in as an assistant and then made interim head coach halfway through the season and for the following year, then promoted to head coach this past season,” said Moore. “I'm sad because I've grown here as a coach and have bonded with my team and others on campus. I'm grateful for the opportunity I had here. It's an experience I will never forget or take for granted. I want to thank Dr. Sias, Dr. Hendricks and the entire KSU family for welcoming me and my family here and for giving me such a great opportunity at a young age.”

In two-and-a-half years, Moore amassed a record of 34-42. He also coached six Dean's List student-athletes (Julian Brown, Carlos Carter, John Gaston, Jarrod Gay, William Marsh and Austin Rich) and one student-athlete who scored over 1,000 career points (Tony Johnson). Under Moore's leadership, Johnson was also named to the 2010 SIAC All-Conference Second Team, 2010-11 Preseason All-Conference Second Team, 2010-11 All-Conference First Team and the 2011 SIAC All-Tournament Team.

Complete Release

Chane Behanan, Clark County Duo Decline All-Star Invites


At least three of the state's top seniors have declined invitations to try out this weekend for the Kentucky All-Star team.

Bowling Green's Chane Behanan and Clark County's Robbie Stenzel and Vinny Zollo have all three decided to skip the try outs.

According to Bowling Green head coach D.G. Sherrill, Behanan plans to enroll in summer school at Louisville in June and join the Cardinals on their trip to Australia in August.

Stenzel and Zollo simply decided that they didn't want to participate.

Here is an excerpt from Jason Frakes of the Courier-Journal:

Sherrill said if Behanan had won Kentucky's Mr. Basketball award — which went to Christian County's Anthony Hickey — that Behanan would have “had to revisit” the decision. The Mr. Basketball winner automatically makes the All-Star team.

“We probably would have tried to figure out some way to work it out,” Sherrill said. “It still wouldn't have been a great fit schedule-wise.”

Humphrey said he was disappointed the 6-4 Stenzel and 6-9 Zollo chose not to attend the tryouts.

“They just said they didn't want to,” Humphrey said.


Complete Article

Murray State Inks JUCO Transfer Stacy Wilson


Murray State men’s basketball head coach Billy Kennedy announced the signing of 6-3 guard Stacy Wilson from Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kan.

Wilson comes off his sophomore season with the Red Ravens where he earned Jayhawk Community College Conference and Region-6 second team honors after leading Coffeyville in scoring with 14.4 points per game, and in steals with 70.

“Our goal was to add some size and maturity on the perimeter,” Kennedy said. “We struggled last season guarding the bigger wings in our league and Stacy will provide us help in that area. He played for one of the best Juco programs in the country and led his team to fifth place in the national tournament.”

Indeed, Wilson was a big part of Coffeyville’s 33-5 run in the 2010-11 season. He scored a team-high 23 points against Shelton State in the fifth-place game and he had eight 20-point games in the 2010-11 season, including 28 against Labette on 11-of-18 shots from the field.

Complete Release

Donald Williams Reportedly Leaving Ole Miss


According to Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com, former University of Kentucky guard Donald Williams is now seeking a transfer from Ole Miss.

Williams never appeared in a Kentucky uniform and ended up at Ole Miss.

In his one season with the Rebels, Williams played in only nine games, averaging 2.2 points.

Source

Goodman: Kanter, Others Leave Us Empty Handed


Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com says freshmen flakes, including Kentucky's Enes Kanter, didn't give us much of anything in 2010-11.

Goodman is specifically talking about Kanter, Kyrie Irving and Josh Selby.

Here is an excerpt:

They weren’t just supposed to make their teams national championship contenders, but also save a lackluster freshman class.

And now, in a blur, they are gone.

Kanter never played a single game in a Kentucky uniform after the NCAA basically deemed him a pro, saying he received an excess of money and benefits from his team back in Turkey.


Complete Article

John Calipari Unable to Meet Trevor Lacey on Friday


According to a source, John Calipari was not able to visit 2011 recruit Trevor Lacey this morning as planned due to severe weather in the area.

The Kentucky head coach could not fly in due to the weather and then Lacey had to leave for his visit to Alabama.

The visit has been rescheduled and Calipari will visit after Lacey's trip to Alabama.

NBA Screws Jay-Z, Gives Michael Jordan a Pass


Scoop Jackson of ESPN.com has a great article today about the NBA's $50,000 fine laid on entertainer Jay-Z following his visit to the University of Kentucky locker room a few weeks ago.

The NBA reasoned that Jay-Z, as minority owner of the New Jersey Nets, violated league rules by making contact with potential NBA Draft picks.

But wait a minute...Michael Jordan "bumped" into the North Carolina Tar Heels in a parking lot of the arena where they happened to be playing and the NBA did nothing. Jordan, of course, owns the Charlotte Bobcats.

Here is Jackson's take:

But hold up. Apparently, a week before the Jay-Z incident, another cultural and global icon had contact and conversations with another college team trying to advance in the NCAA tournament. And just like Jay, this "god" is an owner of an NBA team.

But when the University of North Carolina's ball team "happened" to bump into Michael Jordan in the parking area of the arena where they were playing, and the Charlotte Bobcats owner gave future-first-round-draft-pick-with-eligibility-left Harrison Barnes the "business" about wearing Kobe's kicks instead of his (Jordan Brand, of course), the Jay-Z rule didn't apply.

Videos surfaced of both meetings, but one launched an investigation while the other didn't. It is as though one innocence was innocent and the other wasn't; one meeting unintentional, the other full of it … intent, that is.

Smells kinda, sorta iffy, right?

Emails and calls to the NBA, the Nets, Jay-Z's "people" and the University of Kentucky came back responsive, but unenlightening and unofficial. Beautifully cryptic. No one went on the record or said anything more than, It's a done deal, it's over, keep it moving.

But I was told that Jordan's "encourage" was inadvertent; Jay-Z's wasn't.

That's the word they used. "Encourage." Love that word.


Complete Article

Here is the video of Jordan interacting with North Carolina and even Duke players:

Chuck Hayes is "Scared" About His Future


Former University of Kentucky star Chuck Hayes wants to stay with the Houston Rockets but admitted yesterday he is "scared" about his future.

Here is an excerpt from Chron.com:

Center Chuck Hayes, the only player in the rotation who will be a free agent, reiterated his desire to remain with the Rockets, but admitted he is "scared" about his future.

"I'm scared because I don't know," Hayes said. "I hate not knowing.

"If I had my choice, if it was up to me, I will be here. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I love it here, the fans, the people."

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said the team wants to sign Hayes.


Complete Article

Kentucky Recruits Expected at Real Deal in the Rock


The Real Deal in the Rock AAU event will be the focus of amateur basketball this weekend as many of the nation's top recruits head to Little Rock, Arkansas.

There will be several Kentucky and Louisville recruits in action at the event including Shabazz Muhammad, Andre Drummond, Archie Goodwin, Rodney Purvis and more.

Here is an excerpt of a preview from Brian Snow of Scout.com:

Dream Vision, which features Shabazz Muhammad and Robert Upshaw, will look to make a big impact. Also the Wisconsin Playground Warriors will be in attendance. The Playground Warriors feature North Carolina commitment J.P. Tokoto.

Also in the event is the Atlanta Celtics. The Celtics are one of the top travel teams in the country this summer. Damien Wilson, William Goodwin, Jordan Adams, and a host of others lead the way for the Celtics as they hope to go on a dominant run this summer.

Other top players will include Rodney Purvis and Theo Pinson of the CP3 All-Stars, Grant Jerrett of Belmont Shore, and the New England Playaz duo of Duke commitment Alex Murphy and uncommitted five-star center Kaleb Tarczewski.


Complete Article

Isaac Chew Leaves Murray State to Join Missouri Staff


Assistant coach Isaac Chew has left Murray State to join Frank Haith's staff at Missouri.

Here is an excerpt from the Missouri release:

Columbia, Mo. - Missouri Basketball Head Coach Frank Haith added to his impressive coaching staff on Friday, as he announced that former Murray State assistant coach Isaac Chew has been hired to the same position at Mizzou.

Another of the country's top young recruiters and instructors, Chew brings ties to Missouri after playing collegiately at Avila University in Kansas City, Mo., and earning his MBA at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan. Chew was instrumental in the development of Kansas City's elite AAU-level talent as he coached with the Kansas City Pump N' Run, the same program that produced current Tigers Marcus Denmon, Steve Moore and Michael Dixon.

"This is just an outstanding fit for our program," Head Coach Frank Haith said. "First of all, I have great respect for the work Isaac has put in to rise up the coaching ranks. He is a tireless worker and his players always come first to him. He is well-respected across the state of Missouri and bottom line, he is a winner. Whether at Indian Hills or at Murray State, his teams won and won big and he was a big part of that success."

A native of Chicago, Chew helped recruit a number of key players to Billy Kennedy's Murray State Racers club. He is credited with attracting players such as Isacc Miles (Kansas City) and Ivan Aska to Murray State and both players earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors during their tenures. He was also named by FoxSports.com's Jeff Goodman as one of the top assistant coaches in the OVC for his efforts over the past four seasons.

"It's great to be coming back to Missouri and to be at Mizzou, with Coach Haith, is a dream come true," Chew said. "It's important to me that I thank Coach Kennedy, his wife Mary, Athletics Director Allen Ward and everyone at Murray State. I've learned so much these past four seasons and they helped put me in a position to come back to Missouri. I also want to thank Coach Haith. To have an opportunity to work and learn from him is just a tremendous career opportunity. Most of all, it's great to be back working with the great coaches in our state. You look all over the country and you see young men from our state making a name nationally at the college and professional levels. That's a testament to the coaching and work that goes on here. I'm glad to be a part of this once again."

Complete Release

Louisville Recruit Kevin Ware to UCLA?


According to Franz Beard of GatorBait.net, former Tennessee commit Kevin Ware will take an official visit to UCLA and is likely to sign with the Bruins.

UCLA did hire Ware's AAU coach recently.

That being said, I just talked to a source close to Ware who says he is heading to the University of Central Florida for a visit this afternoon.

The source said, "Central Florida...his plane leaves at 3:00 p.m. today for a visit."

Ware was thought to be a Louisville lean but the Cardinals appear to be slipping in the aftermath of Tim Fuller's departure from the coaching staff.

Jodie Meeks: From Inactive List to Starting in the Playoffs


As the Philadelphia 76ers get ready to enter the NBA Playoffs, one note that stands out is the amazing rise of Jodie Meeks.

The former University of Kentucky star has gone from the dreaded inactive list to the starting lineup for Philadelphia.

Meeks ended up playing in 74 games, averaging 10.5 points and shooting almost 40% from long range. More importantly, his outside game opened up the Philadelphia offense and helped propel the team into the playoffs.

Pete Lieber of Yahoo! Sports lists Meeks as one of "five things we never would have thought about the 76ers" this season:

JODIE MEEKS(notes)—Meeks was drafted 41st overall in the second round of the 2009 draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was acquired late last season for Royal Ivey(notes) and a bag of locker air fresheners. Actually, the Sixers also gave the Bucks a second round draft pick. Stefanski thought Meeks was better than anything he would have gotten in the second round of the 2010 draft. He was right.

After being on the inactive list for much of the first two weeks of the season, Meeks asked Doug Collins what he could do to crack the dress list and the rotation. After proving to Collins he could play, he was inserted in the starting lineup when the Sixers were 3-13. Don't think for a second that their record since then doesn't reflect that move; not only because of Meeks play, but because of how it strengthened No. 5 on our list. Meeks is fourth all-time in three-point shooting percentage for a season behind Dana Barros and two seasons by Kyle Korver(notes). He's a solid defender who will likely see Dwayne Wade in the playoffs quite a bit. He's also part of the youth movement that will grow together and move this team foward in the coming years.


The 76ers open Saturday against Miami at 3:30 p.m. ET.

DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall to Appear at Ferdinand Ball


Former University of Kentucky teammates John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are expected to attend the Ferdinand Ball at the Frazier Museum in Louisville on May 5.

Here is an excerpt from BloodHorse.com:

Blowen said if Old Friends raises a sufficient amount of money this month, by the end of May it should be in better financial shape. The Georgetown, Ky., facility will benefit from the Ferdinand Ball at the Frazier Museum in Louisville May 5, which basketball players John Wall and Demarcus Cousins are expected to attend. It will also host the Old Friends Homecoming party May 7, and expects to receive $50,000 grant later this year from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a distribution through Thoroughbred Charities of America, as well as a significant contribution from the late trainer Bobby Frankel’s trust.

Source

Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Jones and Knight Decision Edition


Thursday's Top 5:

- Kentucky signee Michael Gilchrist was named Mr. Basketball USA by ESPN RISE on Thursday.

- John Wall was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for April.

- The 2011 recruiting class might be John Calipari's best.

- Former Kentucky big man Jared Carter and the Rochester RazorSharks are in the Premier Basketball League's championship series.

- UK AD Mitch Barnhart says the Kentucky men's basketball arena must be the "gold standard."

On Friday, Get Ready For:

- Today is potentially the day that Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones make their NBA Draft decision known. Calipari said that it would likely be by the end of the week. There's not guarantee that it's today, but keep your eyes open.

- Kentucky fans will also want to keep their eyes open for news out of Huntsville, Alabama. John Calipari is scheduled to be in town this morning to visit 2011 recruit Trevor Lacey.

Recruiting News:

- Pikeville College announced the first five players in their 2011 recruiting class.

- New Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger has contacted Kentucky recruit Perry Ellis.

- Marquis Teague (Kentucky) and Eric Stutz (EKU) were named to the Indiana All-Star Team.

- Kentucky is one of many schools that are paying attention to 2012 center Willie Cauley.

- An NCAA D1 transfer will be taking a visit to the Bluegrass state this weekend. He will likely make a decision next week, according to a good source.

- Kentucky Wesleyan signed 6-2 combo guard Kreig Oxley for the 2011-12 season.

- Stacy Wilson from Coffeyville Community College has signed with Murray State University. He picked Murray State over Illinois State.

The Buzz

- Christian County head coach Kerry Stovall, who is likely still celebrating a state championship, has decided to resign from his coaching position.

- Tubby Smith is making headlines at Minnesota this week. He has asked Minnesota to set a timeline for a new practice facility before he signs a contract extension.

Video of the Day (UK recruits Brandon Ashley and Aaron Gordon in action):

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Jared Carter, Rochester to Play for PBL Championship


Former University of Kentucky big man Jared Carter and the Rochester RazorSharks have advanced to the Premier Basketball League's championship series.

The RazorSharks defeated Quebec two games to one in the semifinal round and will now face Lawton-Fort Sill in the championship series.

Carter has been playing some of the best basketball of his career in recent weeks. He has now scored in double figures in 11 of his last 12 games, including 7 games in a row.

On the season, the Scott County native is averaging 11.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. He is shooting 109-188 (58%) from the field.

The first game of the final series will be Friday night in Rochester.

DeMarcus Cousins Tosses Out First Pitch

Sacramento Kings rookie DeMarcus Cousins threw out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game in Sacramento tonight.

Here is Boogie in action (Photo by News10Sean on Twitter):

Western Kentucky Hands Out Season Awards


Western Kentucky University held its end-of-season basketball banquet tonight. Steffphon Pettigrew and Sergio Kerusch were named most valuable players.

Here's a complete list of awards:

Clem Haskins Most Valuable Player: Steffphon Pettigrew and Sergio Kerusch
E.A. Diddle Award: Steffphon Pettigrew
Jim McDaniels Leading Scorer Award: Sergio Kerusch
Danny Rumph Outstanding Teammate Award: Caden Dickerson
Ralph Crosthwaite Field Goal Accuracy Award: Juan Pattillo
Darel Carrier Free Throw Accuracy Award: Caden Dickerson
Tom Marshall Rebounder of the Year: Juan Pattillo
Dwight Smith Playmaker of the Year: Jamal Crook
John Oldham Most Improved Player: Jamal Crook
Bobby Rascoe Defensive Player of the Year: Juan Pattillo
Dixie Mahurin Academic Award: Caden Dickerson
Jones Family Appreciation Award: Deborah Wilkins, WKU Chief of Staff and General Counsel

Complete Release from WKU

Michael Gilchrist is Mr. Basketball USA


Future University of Kentucky forward Michael Gilchrist has been named ESPN Rise Mr. Basketball USA.

Here is an excerpt from ESPN RISE:

Two factors stand out on the resume of Michael Gilchrist that don't show up in box scores: never taking a possession off and being a team leader on a top national program.

Among today's young players, playing hard is a skill and the 6-foot-7 forward from St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.) combined that aspect of his game with a vast offensive and defensive repertoire to be named 2010-2011 ESPN RISE Mr. Basketball USA.

In addition to his approach and leadership, Gilchrist's on-court production helped him edge shooting guards Bradley Beal of Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.) and Austin Rivers of Winter Park (Winter Park, Fla.). The Kentucky recruit averaged 19.4 points and 14.3 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field and 79 percent from the free throw line for a 26-1 team that finished No. 3 in the POWERADE FAB 50.


Complete Article

John Calipari May Have His Best Class in 2011


Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports says John Calipari's 2011 recruiting class might be his best.

Here is an excerpt:

Cal's best 'Cats?

No matter where he coaches, John Calipari will regularly put together remarkable recruiting classes, but the sentiment around college basketball is that next year's bunch at Kentucky could be Calipari's best ever. Four McDonald's All-Americans arrive in Lexington, led by bruising point-forward Michael Gilchrist and lightning quick lead guard Marquis Teague.

Those two will be joined by a Marcus Camby-lite -- 6-foot-9 big man Anthony Davis, along with sharp-shooting wing Kyle Wiltjer, a skilled forward who eerily resembles former NBA star Detlef Schrempf. This quartet, with the potential return of off-guard Doron Lamb combined with veterans Deandre Liggins and Darius Miller give Calipari perhaps his most lethal team since he stepped foot in the Commonwealth.


Complete Article

Kentucky Wesleyan College Signs Kreig Oxley


Kentucky Wesleyan has signed 6-2 combo guard Kreig Oxley for the 2011-12 season. Oxley heads to KWC from Wabash Valley College.

Here is an excerpt of the release from WVC:

Oxley said he chose Kentucky Wesleyan because, "It was close to home and they have a good tradition there."

"They've won eight national titles at Division II. There's a lot of history there," he said. "I like the program; I like Coach Todd Lee a lot. I like his system. I think it'll be a good fit for me."

"It's a real good academic school. It's a small student-to-teacher ratio which will be a lot of individual help," Oxley said.

He said he plans to major in Secondary Education and possibly go into coaching.
"Owensboro is a small big town," Oxley said. "I felt pretty comfortable there. The size isn't too bad, there are things to do there. It'll be good."

Barnhart: UK Basketball Arena "Must be the gold standard"


University of Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said recently that the UK men's basketball arena "must be the gold standard" in college basketball.

Here is an excerpt from the Herald-Leader:

Arena and the Lexington Center complex.

"The facility our players compete in, and our fans go to, must be the gold standard. It can be nothing ... less than that," Barnhart told the group appointed by Mayor Jim Gray in March to make recommendations on whether to renovate Rupp Arena or build a new facility. "I think on that we all can agree."

The 45-member Arena, Arts & Entertainment District Task Force held its first organizational meeting on Thursday. The group will be financed with $350,000 in private donations, which have not yet been raised. Attorney Brent Rice, chairman of the task force, said he was not asking anybody in the room for money on Thursday, "but I will be calling you."


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Kentucky Recruits Talk at Jordan Brand Classic Practice

UKSportsInfo.com caught up with future Kentucky players Anthony Davis, Kyle Wiltjer and Marquis Teague at Jordan Brand Classic practice on Friday:





NCAA Approves Earlier NBA Draft Deadline


In a move that I consider terrible, the NCAA has initially approved a proposal to move the NBA Draft deadline up to mid-April.

It really should come as no surprise, however, as the NCAA seems to never care about its own student athletes.

If the new deadline is made official, college players will be forced to withdraw from the draft in mid-April rather than mid-May. In other words, the evaluation period that is already ridiculously short (considering the kids are making a life-altering decision) will be shortened even more.

Here is an excerpt about the change:

The NCAA wants more time to debate the future of summer basketball.

Those same players may not get the same luxury when it comes to the NBA draft.

The Legislative Committee tabled the first proposal but approved a measure that would force basketball players to withdraw from the draft before the first day of the spring period.

Both proposals were part of a busy two-day meeting this week. The key decisions were released Wednesday on the governing body's website.

Players currently have until early May to withdraw from the draft. That would change as early as next fall if the Board of Directors doesn't reject the proposal later this month.

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John Wall Named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month


Former Kentucky star John Wall has been named T-Mobile Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for April.

Wall averaged 19.4 points and 6.0 assists per game during the month.

Patrick Patterson Talks About Rookie Season in the NBA


Former University of Kentucky star Patrick Patterson sat down with Chris O'Leary of SlamOnline.com recently to discuss his rookie season in the NBA.

Here is an excerpt:

Learning to live by myself has been hard. In high school, I had my parents. In college, I had my teammates as roommates, and now I’m living alone, cleaning, doing something I’ve never done before. I didn’t hire a cleaning lady. I mean, I thought about it, but then they say it’s $100 every time they come and clean, and thinking about it, like, what’s she do? Wash dishes, mop the floors, clean the counters, make up my bed, organize stuff. If I just keep myself neat, I can do it myself and save money.

I was in the D-League for four and a half weeks. I just worked on my game. I was in the gym, constantly working out, every single day. I really couldn’t do much else. I had a car, but I didn’t really know where everything was, so the only thing I did outside of basketball was go to the movies, which was five minutes away and go eat at Subway and shop at Wal-Mart.


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Kentucky Expected to Watch 2012 Center Willie Cauley


According to Eric Bossi of Rivals.com, Kentucky and several other high-major programs are expected to watch 6-10 center Willie Cauley work out on Sunday.

Cauley is a 2012 big man from Olathe (Kan) Northwest High School. He is currently rated as a four-star recruit and No. 47 overall on the Rivals.com list.

According to Bossi, Cauley opened some eyes with his outstanding play at last weekend's EYBL event.

Bossi posted on Twitter:

ebosshoops North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio State, Arizona, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma among those expected to watch Willie Cauley work out Sunday

ebosshoops Clearly, the 6-foot-10 c/o 2012 center at Olathe (Kan.) Northwest's put himself on map at last weekend's EYBL w/MoKan.

Eric Bledsoe Assists on the NBA Play of the Day

Eric Bledsoe gives the beautiful assist to Blake Griffin on the NBA Player of the Day:

Teague, Stutz Named to Indiana All-Star Team


A pair of high school stars who will play college basketball in Kentucky were named to the Indiana All-Star team this week.

Kentucky signee Marquis Teague and future Eastern Kentucky forward Eric Stutz were both named to the team.

Indiana will battle the Kentucky All-Stars on June 10 at Bellarmine University and June 11 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Indiana Boys' All-Stars

Player High school College choice
- Cody Zeller Washington Indiana
- Adonis Filer Hammond Bishop Noll Undecided
- Joe Chrisman Munster Loyola Chicago
- Eric Stutz Castle Eastern Kentucky
- Nic Moore Warsaw Illinois State
- Branden Dawson Gary Wallace Michigan State
- Andrew Smeathers Center Grove Butler
- Marquis Teague Pike Kentucky
- Austin Richie Lowell Western Michigan
- Justin Gant Terre Haute North Indiana State
- Darwin “Dee” Davis Bloomington South Xavier
- Austin Etherington Hamilton Heights Indiana
- Chris Whitehead New Albany Undecided

Coach: Mike Hackett, Munster.
Assistants: Bill Zych, Pike; Jeff Moore, Sullivan

John Wall Completes Successful Rookie Season


Former University of Kentucky star John Wall wrapped up a successful rookie season in the NBA last night.

Wall had 10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in the season finale. He was 4-6 from the field and played 24 minutes.

The Wizards lost 100-93 to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Washington completes the 2010-11 season with a 23-59 record which was greatly damaged by the team's 3-38 road record.

Wall averaged 16.4 points, 8.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game during his rookie campaign. He was named Rookie of the Month multiple times and would likely be a lock for NBA Rookie of the Year if Blake Griffin had not been injured during his rookie season.

The future is bright for Wall and the Wizards.

Pikeville College Signs Five to 2011 Recruiting Class


Pikeville College and head coach Kelly Wells have announced the signings of five players to the 2011 recruiting class. The Bears will enter the 2011-12 season as defending national champions.

Pikeville College Men’s Basketball Signee’s:

DeMonte Simpson

- 6’9, 260 lbs, JR, Florida Atlantic University
- 4.6 ppg / 4.5 rpg, Career High: 16 points/ 11 rebounds
- Started 11 games during the 2009-2010 season.
- Recorded 6 rebounds vs. Univ. of Georgia
- Had a streak of 3 straight 10+ rebound games while at FAU
- Led Knoxville’s Bearden High School to a 35-3 record as a Senior, earning the #1 ranking in the state of Tennessee and #26 nationally.
- Helped the Bulldogs to a remarkable 127-22 record as a 4 year varsity starter
2009 AAA First Team All State Selection
- Recorded 24 points and 12 rebounds against #2 Oak Hill Academy
- Bearden HS, TN, Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Andrew Young

- 6’9, 230, SR, California University of Pennsylvania
- 13.3 ppg / 5.5 rpg

- JUCO: Harcum College
- Averaged 14.6 ppg/8.3 rpg as a Freshman in 07-08
- Averaged 14.7ppg/7.7 rpg as a Sophomore in 08-09
- Named 1st team All Region 19 in 07-08
- Named 2nd team All Region 19 in 08-09
- 3rd All Time Leading Scorer in Harcum College history (849 pts)
- 2nd All Time Leading Rebounder in Harcum College history (471 rebs)

- Prep: Cheltenham HS, PA, Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Jeriel Henriquez

- 6’2, 175, JR, Monroe College, NY
- 14.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.5 apg, 3.1 spg, 42% 3pt% with 74 made 3’s
- 1st team All Region 15 in 09-10
- Ranked #8 in the nation in steals per game in 09-10 (108 steals)

- Prep: Long Island Lutheran HS, Hometown: Harlem, NY

Hobo McCoy

- 5’10, 165, FR, Pike Central HS
- 2nd Team All-State
- 15th Region POY
- Led the KHSAA in scoring (31.5 ppg)
- Named by the Orlando Sentinel as a member of the 2011 All-Southern Team
- Pike Co. Central’s All Time Leading Scorer (1830 points)
- Pike Co. Central’s All Time Leader in Assists

- Hometown: Pikeville, KY

Nathan Martin

- 6’3, 170, FR, Betsy Layne HS
- 19 ppg, 7rpg
- All-A Tournament MVP
- All-A State Champion
- 58th District POY

- Hometown: Betsy Layne, KY

DeMarcus Cousins Ejected in Final Game of Season


Former University of Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins was ejected after picking up his second technical foul early in last night's final game of the regular season.

Cousins had 6 points and 6 rebounds in only 14 minutes of action.

The Kings rookie averaged 14.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game during his first NBA season.

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated Sacramento 116-108 in overtime.

Game highlights including Cousins being tossed:


Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Awaiting NBA Decisions Edition


Wednesday's Top 5:

- John Calipari expects Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight to announce their NBA decisions by the end of this week.

- DeMarcus Cousins will throw out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game tonight.

- Multiple coaches will visit Trevor Lacey in the next week, beginning with John Calipari on Friday.

- The Jorts Tour featuring Josh Harrellson is coming to a town near you.

- John Calipari thinks three of his players should enter the NBA Draft and at least get an evaluation.

On Thursday, Get Ready For:

- The ESPN Rise Mr. Basketball to be announced.

Recruiting News:

- Jerome Clyburn from Santa Fe College signed with Austin Peay on Wednesday; Clyburn is a point guard who put in 12 points and 4.1 assists per game as a sophomore at Santa Fe.

- Kevin Ware's visit to UCF may be back on for this weekend. It was reported that he would no longer be visiting but it appears that he's still trying to get things worked out.

- Campbellsville University has signed 6-7 forward Rilwan Bakare from Danville Area (Ill.) Community College.

- Georgetown College has added 6-3 guard Kurklin Bohanon from Glen Oaks Community College. Bohanon averaged 22.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game last season.

The Buzz:

- Frank Haith has added former Louisville assistant Tim Fuller and former Western Kentucky player Pandov Todor to his coaching staff at Missouri.

- Rajon Rondo did not play last night in Boston's last regular season game; several starters were rested for the playoffs.

- John Wall had 10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in his final game of the season.

- The Lakers recalled Derrick Caracter from the Development League on Wednesday.

- Patrick Patterson put in 14 points and 4 rebounds in the Rockets final game of the 2010-11.

- Eric Bledsoe finished the season with a solid line of 13 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.

- The IUPUI job appears to be down to Todd Howard and Benie Seltzer, according to a source.

Video of the Day (The John Wall Mix):

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Multiple Coaches to Visit Trevor Lacey Soon


According to Trevor Lacey's dad, there will be several college coaches visiting the 2011 star in the next week.

Kentucky's John Calipari will visit the family on Friday morning, just before Lacey departs for his official visit to Alabama.

Other coaches who will visit Lacey next week including Kansas' Bill Self, North Carolina State's Mark Gottfried, Connecticut's Jim Calhoun and Auburn's Tony Barbee.

Lacey's father also told Rivals.com that all the schools have offered his son, including Kentucky.



Calipari Expects Jones, Knight to Announce Decisions Soon


John Calipari expects freshmen Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight to announce their NBA decisions by the end of the week.

Players will have until the May 8 withdrawal deadline to make a final decision.

Here is an excerpt of Calipari's comments from SportingNews.com:

“The lockout ... it’s real. This isn’t fake,” Calipari told Sporting News on Wednesday. “If there’s going to be a long lockout, now it’s, 'Why would I do this?' ”

Knight is a lean 6-3 point guard with a lethal jumpshot but a developing package of playmaking skills. Jones is a physical 6-8 forward who is versatile with the ball but whose effort wanes.

Calipari expects both Knight and Jones to announce their NBA-or-college decisions by the end of this week, although he said if they do enter the draft it would not be a final decision until closer to the May 8 withdrawal deadline.

Both could return to Kentucky, and the Wildcats would become leading contenders to win the 2012 NCAA championship. They could enter the draft and ... and what?

“It has been easy for me to recommend in the past. This one here has been delicate,” Calipari said. “I just want this to be clearer, so I can give them the information. The worst thing for everyone is the kid feels, ‘I’m going to go top 10,’ and he goes 20. And there’s a big difference.”

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Wall, Rondo are Two of NBA's Most Popular Jerseys


Two former University of Kentucky point guards finished in the top 10 of NBA jersey sales this season.

Rajon Rondo finished third behind LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. John Wall finished tenth, just ahead of Blake Griffin.

Here are the Top 15 NBA jersey sales worldwide:

1. LeBron James, Miami Heat

2. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

3. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics

4. Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks

5. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

6. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

7. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

8. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

9. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic

10. John Wall, Washington Wizards

11. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

12. Shaquille O'Neal, Boston Celtics

13. Ray Allen, Boston Celtics

14. Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics

15. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics


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Terrence Jennings to Test NBA Draft Waters


Louisville big man Terrence Jennings will likely enter the NBA Draft but not hire an agent according to head coach Rick Pitino.

Here is an excerpt from the Courier-Journal:

Pitino said he encouraged Jennings, a 6-foot-9 forward who started 23 games as a junior last season, to get a feel for the NBA Draft process. But ultimately, Pitino said he expects Jennings will be back for his senior season.

“It will be great for T.J. to see how people work in this environment and the type of competition and I’ll get feedback from every general manager on what he needs to work on,” Pitino said. “I think it’s almost good because they’ll tell him, ‘You’ve got to get your rebound numbers up, you’ve got to get your balance better’ — all the things I’ve been telling him, they’ll reinforce it.”

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DeMarcus Cousins to Try His Luck at Baseball

Former University of Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins will try his shot at baseball Thursday night.

Cousins will throw out the first pitch before the Sacramento Rivers Cats' game against the Las Vegas 51s.

Source

Hopefully Cousins won't pull a Baba Booey:


The Josh Harrellson Jorts Tour is Coming Your Way

Josh Harrellson will be coming to a town near you soon:

Make sure you check out: http://www.jorts55.com

Audio of Allegedly Drunk Florida Players is Released



Just when Florida fans thought it couldn't get any worse:



"We're Not In Gainesville, They Don't Give a F---" by sportsxbrooks

Calipari Thinks Three Wildcats Should Enter the NBA Draft


John Calipari met with the media today and talked in-depth about his players and pending NBA Draft decisions.

Calipari said he thinks Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and DeAndre Liggins should enter the draft in order to be evaluated. He does not think Doron Lamb will enter the draft but said it would be fine if he tested the waters.

Here is an excerpt from Brett Dawson's article:

Even with a potential lockout, Calipari said it’s “a no-brainer” for Knight and Jones to declare themselves eligible for the draft before the April 24 deadline, if they choose to.

Players have until May 8 to withdraw from the draft if they don’t sign with agents. Calipari also said junior DeAndre Liggins should enter the draft in order to be evaluated before the May 8 deadline.

The UK coach does not expect freshman Doron Lamb to declare himself draft eligible. “If he chose to, that’d be fine,” Calipari said.

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Louisville Release About Fuller, Lieberman


Here is Louisville's official release about Tim Fuller leaving and Mark Lieberman moving to a new position:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Tim Fuller, an assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Louisville for the past year, has left the Cardinals for a similar position at the University of Missouri under new head coach Frank Haith.

"Frank Haith has been like a father to me." said Fuller. "He's been a part of my life since I was a freshman in college and has helped mentor, advise and direct me in every aspect as a person and professionally. I'm so thankful for everything that Coach Pitino has done for me at Louisville. He's helped change my way of thinking and drive me toward perfection. At this time in my life, being with Frank Haith at Missouri is a family decision and it's the best fit for us right now."

"We wish Tim nothing but the best," said U of L Head Coach Rick Pitino. "He's fine human being. He's going to be with someone very close to him and we wish him great success."

Fuller is the second Cardinal assistant to depart following the Cardinals' 25-10 season. Steve Masiello, who was an assistant with U of L for six seasons, was named the head coach of Manhattan College on Monday. Masiello is the 25th former Pitino assistant or player to become a collegiate head coach. In addition, current assistant coach Mark Lieberman will move to the Cardinals' Director of Basketball Operations position. Pitino will announce his complete staff in the next few weeks.

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Will Wall or Cousins Be Hit by an Ice Cream Truck?

Norm MacDonald has a little fun of John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and UK Hoops coach Matthew Mitchell:

Note to UK Underclassmen: NBA Summer League Cancelled


According to NYDailyNews.com, the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League has been scrapped for 2011. In addition, the annual summer internship program has been scuttled.

These are sure signs that a lockout is looming.

Here is an excerpt:

In two more signs that the NBA is gearing up for a lockout starting July 1, the league has scrubbed its annual Las Vegas summer league and has also scuttled its annual summer internship program, according to league sources.

The Las Vegas summer league normally starts around July 9, with upwards of 20 teams, including the Knicks, sending little-used veteran players and rookies to compete over a 10-day period.

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Steve Masiello Retains Scott Padgett, Hires Matt Grady


New Manhattan College head coach Steve Masiello has started filling out his coaching staff.

Masiello has decided to retain former University of Kentucky star Scott Padgett, who was an assistant for Barry Rohrssen last season.

Padgett and Masiello were teammates at Kentucky. Padgett was named interim coach after Rohrseen was fired and actually interviewed for the job.

Masiello has also added former Louisville and Morehead State assistant Matt Grady to his staff.

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