Saturday, May 7, 2011

Archie Goodwin is the BallisLife Player of the Week

University of Kentucky recruit Archie Goodwin is the BallisLife Player of the Week #8:

Knicks Showing Interest in Kenneth Faried


The New York Knicks are showing interest in Morehead State star Kenneth Faried.

New York holds pick No. 17 in June's NBA Draft.

Here is an excerpt from NYPost.com:

One scout said he is "probably the best rebounder in the draft."

Some NBA scouts even wonder if he'll be available when the Knicks select at No. 17 next month.

Walsh, who's working on a new contract, wants size for the roster, preferably at center, but none of quality will likely be there at pick 17. Amar'e Stoudemire is not a great boardman and the undersized Knicks became a poor rebounding team. Faried is slightly undersized even for a power forward, but scouts rave about his motor, hustle and tenacity for loose balls.


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DeAndre Liggins Gives Interview at New Jersey Workout

University of Kentucky junior DeAndre Liggins was interviewed at the New Jersey pre-draft workout today:

Washington Huskies Fan Takes Hate to a New Level

Brandon Knight Sits at No. 5 on Ford's Updated Top 100


Former University of Kentucky star Brandon Knight sits at No. 5 on Chad Ford's updated Top 100 NBA prospects.

Enes Kanter, who was ruled ineligible by the NCAA, is No. 3 in the updated ratings.

Former Duke star Kyrie Irving tops the updated list, followed by Arizona's Derrick Williams. Connecticut star Kemba Walker comes in at No. 4.

Here is the updated list

John Calipari Offers His Kentucky Derby Picks


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari has offered his picks for the 2011 Kentucky Derby.

On CoachCal.com, Calipari says he will go with:

- Dialed In
- Soldat
- Shackleford
- Nehro

He adds: "Box it if you're conservative or go for the Superfecta if you're like me!!"

Source

Here are my picks for a Superfecta:

- Twice the Appeal
- Dialed In
- Nehro
- Mucho Macho Man

UPDATE: Here's how they finished:

1. Animal Kingdom
2. Nehro
3. Mucho Macho Man
4. Shackelford

Terrence Jones Will Return to UK for Sophomore Season


Terrence Jones has just announced on Twitter that he is returning to the University of Kentucky for his sophomore season.

Jones averaged 15.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game as a freshman.

Jones posted on Twitter:

TerrenceJones1 I've been enjoying being a college player & plan on striving to reach my goal of winning #8 here at UK. I can't leave the BBN just yet.

John Calipari sent these messages in regards to Jones:

UKCoachCalipari I’m very happy for Terrence and his family because he did the right thing for his future but he had to come to that conclusion.

UKCoachCalipari He told me he wanted to continue enjoying the college experience and I told him that was fine by me.

Terrence Jones Announcement Expected Soon


Terrence Jones is expected to announce his decision on Twitter at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Stay tuned...

Will he stay or will he go?

Either way, he knows John Calipari loves him:

UKCoachCalipari Looks like Terrence is announcing at 4 pm on his twitter account @TerrenceJones1 -- Big day for him and his family. He knows I love him.

Calipari Thinks Trevor Lacey is Biggest Secret in 2011 Class


Mark Komara, Trevor Lacey's former AAU coach with Southeast Elite, spoke to LJWorld.com about the Alabama high school star.

"I think he is the best player to come out of Alabama in 25 years, maybe since (former Philadelphia 76er) Andrew Toney," Komara stated.

He added, "He’s like a smaller version of Magic Johnson. He makes basketball look so simple. Kentucky ... (coach John) Calipari thinks he’s the biggest secret in the class (of 2011)."

Lacey is currently on a visit to Kansas and is expected to check out North Carolina State next weekend. He is tentatively scheduled to announce his college decision on May 18.

Source

The Big Blue World Waits for Terrence Jones


The world known as Big Blue Nation is still waiting for the NBA decision of freshman Terrence Jones, who will reportedly make his announcement sometime today on Twitter.

There has been speculation both way but the majority of prognosticators seem to think Jones is heading back to Kentucky for a sophomore season.

So far, the only Tweet from Jones today says:

TerrenceJones1 Just woke up from a long night of tossing and turning from this decision I have to make today

It has been reported that Jones will likely tell the University of Kentucky his decision about an hour before he makes it known publicly.

Marc Maggard of TrueBlueKentucky.com says his sources are saying that Jones is coming back to Kentucky:

marcmaggard I'm told by great sources that he's coming back RT @JHammon67: so you're "sure" T Jones will be back? Would it shock you to be wrong?

For now, Big Blue Nation waits...

NBA GM: Brandon Knight is a "Lottery Pick For Sure"


It is easy to see why Brandon Knight opted to enter the NBA Draft and never look back.

When asked if he made the right decision, one NBA general manager told Sporting News:

"Absolutely. He is a lottery pick for sure and possibly even a top five guy depending on how the lottery goes. After Kyrie Irving, it is him and (UConn's Kemba) Walker as far as who will be the second point guard chosen."

Source

Friday, May 6, 2011

Eric Bledsoe Joined DeMarcus Cousins in Alabama


Former University of Kentucky stars Eric Bledsoe and DeMarcus Cousins reunited in Tuscaloosa, Alabama this afternoon. Unfortunately, it was not under ideal circumstances.

Cousins and Bledsoe, along with D.J. White and Cousins' assistant Andrew Rogers, visited Tuscaloosa to help support tornado victims in one of Alabama's hardest hit areas.

All made remarks on Twitter to describe the devastation they witnessed:

EBled24 Smh this is crazy!

boogiecousins Wow...

Andrew_Rogers_ This tornado damage is the craziest stuff I have ever witnessed......

dj_white3 This is where I used to get my haircut....So sad http://lockerz.com/s/99328469

DeMarcus Cousins Hits His Dougie with Kate Upton

Watch former University of Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins having some fun with Kate Upton at last night's Ferdinand's Ball:

Kentucky Still Sweating NBA Draft Decisions


Brandon Knight ended his college career at a Friday morning press conference but the Kentucky Wildcats still must "sweat" the decisions of two other players.

Junior DeAndre Liggins and freshman Terrence Jones still have not announced if they will remain in the NBA Draft or return to school.

Eamonn Brennan of ESPN says the Wildcats are one of ten teams that are sweating out Sunday's deadline.

Here is an excerpt about Kentucky:

2. Kentucky (Terrence Jones, DeAndre Liggins): On Friday morning, guard Brandon Knight took absolutely no one by surprise in announcing he would stay in the NBA draft, where he is likely to be a lottery pick and the third guard drafted behind Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker. That decision won't hurt the Wildcats much, not with incoming star Marquis Teague set to take over for John Calipari. But the decisions of forwards Terrence Jones (a possible lottery selection who tweeted that he was "50-50" late last night) and DeAndre Liggins (a valuable defender who would need to impress scouts if he wants to somehow jump into the first round) could have a huge impact on Kentucky's ability to contend for a national title next season. With both in the fold, Calipari could start an all-star lineup incorporating Jones with a No. 1-ranked recruiting class. Liggins, meanwhile, might be the best defender and glue-guy role player in the country. Without both, the Cats will still be supremely talented, but they'll lack for depth and experience, two key components in the season's long slog toward the Final Four in April.

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Calipari: Jones is Prepared to Make an Informed Decision


John Calipari has talked to freshman Terrence Jones about the NBA Draft. Calipari posted on Twitter this afternoon that Jones has "everything he needs to make an informed decision."

Here is Calipari's post on Twitter:

UKCoachCalipari I just talked to Terrence Jones about the NBA Draft and he has everything he needs to make an informed decision.

UKCoachCalipari He plans to talk it over w/ his family tonight & wants to announce his decision Saturday on his twitter account (@TerrenceJones1).

Let the speculation begin...

DeMarcus Cousins Heads to Tuscaloosa


Former University of Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins flew to Tuscaloosa today as part of NBA Cares with Red Cross.

Shortly after 2:00 p.m. ET, Cousins posted on Twitter that his plane was landing in Tuscaloosa:

boogiecousins Wheels down in ttown

Just over 15 minutes later, he simply posted "wow..."

boogiecousins The Red Cross needs YOUR help to help Alabama: Click: redcross.org, Call: 1-800-RED CROSS, Text: REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Pikeville College Hands Out Basketball Awards


Pikeville College (soon to be University of Pikeville) handed out honors at the team's annual awards celebration on Monday night.

Here is a list of awards that were given:

- The Bart Williams/Todd May Scoring Award: Vance Cooksey, whose average of 18.7 points per game led the MSC and his point total was second in the country
Mike May Field Goal Percentage Award: Quincy Hankins-Cole, 54 percent
- John Kitchen Assist Award: Cooksey, whose 5.05 assists per game was sixth in the country
- Justin Hicks Free Throw Award: Cooksey, who hit 76.1 percent
- Vern Woods Rebound Award: Hankins-Cole, whose 287 rebounds on the season ranked 15th in the nation
- Jeff Campbell Three-Point Award: Trevor Setty, whose 2.771 made three-point shots per game was 18th nationally
- Damon Stephenson Defense Award: Ryan Whitaker
- Rodney Fuller Hustle Award: Kyan Hines
- Ryan Whitaker Sixth-Man Award: Ryan Whitaker. Coach Wells announced that the award would carry Ryan's name from this season on
- Daniel Price Steals Award: Cooksey, whose 2.2 steals per game ranked him third in the country
- Joey Mirus Most Improved Award: Hines
- Mark Myers Academic Award: Andre Thornton, 3.26 GPA and a Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athlete
- Mark Myers Academic Award: Hines, 3.21 GPA and a Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athlete
Josh Whitaker, 3.81 GPA
- Hal Smith JV Award: Nick Noble, Eric Stidham
No. 11 All-Time Leading Scorer: Hicks, 1,571 points
Paul Butcher Team Captain Award: Thornton, the team's Champions of Character Award nominee
- John Biery “All In” Award: Cordaro Ellis, Quintel Maxwell, Chris Puckett
Brian Johnson Freshman Award: Josh Whitaker
100 Career Wins at Pikeville College: Wells

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Anthony Davis is No. 2 on List of Top Frontcourt Players


University of Kentucky signee Anthony Davis ranks No. 2 on Jason King's list of the top frontcourt players in college basketball.

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger tops the list, followed by Davis, Perry Jones, Tyler Zeller and John Henson.

Here is an excerpt about Davis:

2. Anthony Davis, Kentucky, freshman – Some recruiting analysts believe that the 6-foot-10 Davis – and not Duke’s Austin Rivers – is the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2011. He’s a bit skinny at 190 pounds, but that won’t stop him from becoming a force during his one year at Kentucky.


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Did Brandon Knight Make the Right Decision? Absolutely


Ryan Clark of Big Bluegrass Blog at Cincinnati.com says Brandon Knight made the right decision to stay in the NBA Draft.

Do you agree?

Here is an excerpt of Clark's thoughts:

As we’ve said here since the end of the season, Knight had his decision made for him. He was told he may be the fifth player taken in the draft, and he is definitely going to be a Top 10 pick. Does that mean he’s ready? No. And I don’t think he is.

But the NBA draft is based on potential – and Knight has a ton of potential. He needs to get bigger. He needs to get a more consistent jumper and he needs to be better on defense. But he’s a worker, and I believe he will get better.

One thing is for sure – he will never have a higher draft ranking than he does right now, in a weak draft, coming off his heroics on the road to a Final Four appearance.

He had to make this decision. It’s a shame for Kentucky, but the Wildcats will roll on. It’s wonderful for Knight, who will get to ride the UK wave into the NBA.


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My Thoughts: I absolutely agree that Knight made the correct decision. If his ultimate goal is to get to the NBA, this is the season to do it. I don't feel that he is ready for the NBA but he will likely be a top 10 pick and it would be difficult to ever improve his stock - regardless of what happened in the future.

Knight should have left and UK fans should fully support him and be happy for the former Wildcat.

Brandon Knight will Remain in the NBA Draft


University of Kentucky freshman Brandon Knight has announced that he will remain in the NBA Draft and end his Wildcat career.

"This year was everything I hoped for and more," Knight said during his news conference. "It's been a great experience here at the University of Kentucky."

Knight averaged 17.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game during his freshman season.

He is projected as a top 10 pick in the draft.

Knight said he has not hired an agent yet and added that he plans to finish his education and earn his University of Kentucky degree.

Terrence Jones on NBA Draft: "I'm still 50/50 at this point"


University of Kentucky freshman Terrence Jones says he is still undecided about remaining in the NBA Draft or returning to college for his sophomore season.

Here is a post that Jones made on Twitter:

TerrenceJones1 For all BBN I'm still 50/50 at this point but I'll be letting you guys know my decision real soon much love to all y'all y'all the best!!

Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Brandon Knight Decision Edition


Thursday's Top 5:

- The University of Kentucky announced late Thursday night that Brandon Knight will have a press conference at 10:15 a.m. on Friday morning. Presumably, Knight will announce his NBA intentions.

- It's official: John Calipari will coach the Dominican Republic national team this summer.

- Trevor Lacey enjoyed his visit to Kentucky. He will still likely visit Kansas and North Carolina State before making a decision.

- Georgetown College is exploring a move that would send its athletics programs to the NCAA but no decisions have been made at this point.

- Rodney Purvis is still "wide open" according to his AAU coach.

On Friday, Get Ready For:

- Brandon Knight's NBA decision at 10:15 a.m.

- NBA Playoffs: Bulls vs. Hawks at 7:00 p.m.; Lakers vs. Mavericks at 9:30 p.m.

Recruiting News:

- Murray State signed 6-10 center Harley Nussman from Pearland (Tex.) High School.

- Former Oklahoma signee Robert Goff is headed to Marshall University; big pickup for the Thundering Herd.

- Madison Southern's Aaron Ponder will be signing with Berea College.

The Buzz:

- Connecticut's Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, who was arrested on drug-related charges recently, will transfer.

- Maryland's Gary Williams will retire after 22 seasons at helm of the Terrapins program.

- Eastern Kentucky University is looking for an assistant coach.

- Murray State assistant Amir Abdur-Rahim has been announced as the new director of player development at Georgia Tech.

- Shelvin Mack will hold a news conference Tuesday at Hinkle Fieldhouse to announce his NBA intentions.

- Kentucky will play Transylvania University in an exhibition game this fall.

Video of the Day (Boogie's best friend from last night's Ferdinand's Ball):

Thursday, May 5, 2011

At This Point, Georgetown College is Only Exploring Move


There have been rumors circulating for weeks that Georgetown College is considering a move that would send its athletics programs to NCAA Division III, which offers no athletic scholarships to student-athletes. Early Tuesday morning an article appeared in the Georgetown News-Graphic that seemingly confirmed the rumored move.

It is important to note, however, that a decision to move to Division III has not been made and it cannot be assumed as the likely outcome at this juncture. In fact, a potential move is in a youthful stage at this point and is only being explored.

A move to any other level would be a dramatic change for the Georgetown College basketball program, which has earned the right to be considered one of the top programs in the history of NAIA Division I basketball.

Since 1983-84, Georgetown has posted 25 or more wins in every season but one. The Tigers captured the NAIA Division I national championship in 1998. The program has enjoyed a long and fruitful history, both in the Mid-South Conference and nationally.

It’s no stretch to say that when many people think of NAIA men’s basketball, they think of the Georgetown College Tigers.

"Assuming that we are going DIII is really jumping the gun."

When news of a potential move to DIII was confirmed on Tuesday, I contacted head coach Happy Osborne to get his thoughts on the news.

“First of all, let me say that all we’ve done at this point is formed a committee to explore our options,” Osborne explained. “I feel confident that we will be open to exploring NCAA DIII, DII and even DI.”

Osborne continued, “All it is at this point is a committee that will do some research and help our school form the best plan of action.”

Georgetown College is exploring the move as part of its journey towards obtaining Phi Beta Kappa status.

Phi Beta Kappa is a prestigious honor society and only ten percent of American colleges and universities have chapters. None of the NAIA’s 290 schools have Phi Beta Kappa chapters.

While the chances are likely slim, Osborne noted that there is still a possibility of Georgetown remaining in the NAIA.

“It is an option to stay in the NAIA,” the long-time coach stated. “I’m proud to be in the NAIA.”

Osborne said the committee will likely present their findings to the college’s board of trustees in a year or so and future decisions will be made at that time.

As expected with a potential move of this magnitude, there has been some misinformation and false assumptions made about the future of Georgetown College basketball and other athletics programs.

“We have to get the facts out there,” Osborne said. “This is an exploratory move. Our school is just taking a look at our options at this point. It’s a good possibility that we’ll stay NAIA or look at DI and DII.”

He continued, “Assuming that we are going DIII is really jumping the gun. That’s not necessarily true by any stretch of the imagination.”

Osborne is proud of the Georgetown College tradition on the hardwood and all of the school’s athletics programs.

“I have been here 31 years and I’m so proud of my athletic department,” Osborne stated. “There are so many great things about Georgetown College.”

“Nothing has been pre-determined”

After speaking to Osborne, I followed up with Georgetown College President Bill Crouch about the future of the school and its athletics programs.

“We are currently trying to make key decisions about the future of Georgetown College,” Crouch explained. “Nothing has been pre-determined. We will explore our options, make the best decision and go from that.”

The college’s board of trustees will be charged with the duty of making those choices, including decisions about the future of the school’s athletics programs.

“We have some (trustees) who want to go DIII, some who want to go DII and some who want to stay NAIA,” Crouch said. “So we have formed this committee to explore all the available options. We have to ask ‘what is the best place for us to be athletically?’”

Crouch said Georgetown has already picked up a soft invitation from a DIII school about a possible conference that may be forming in a few years.

“We want to make a decision that will last the next 25 years,” Crouch added.

Once a school files a letter of interest with the NCAA, there is a one-year wait before any further action is taken. Crouch anticipates that Georgetown will do some exploration and have some decisions in place before that year is up, however.

“My hope is that we won’t wait that long to look at it,” he stated. “We have a meeting with the board of trustees in October and I hope we can present our findings then…whether it be DIII, DII or NAIA.”

While it seems unlikely that Georgetown could reach Phi Beta Kappa status with athletics programs remaining in the NAIA, Crouch said that possibility has not been ruled out.

“Phi Beta Kappa recommended that we no longer remain a Christian college but we met and decided that we are staying the way we are on the Christian side of things,” Crouch explained. “They also would prefer that we be a non-athletic scholarship school, but we have already shown that we won’t necessarily go with their preference on everything.

“The decision will be made by the trustees and then we’ll have to determine how to fund our programs,” he continued. “Our trustees want to be competitive no matter where we are. They will study it and make the best decision just like they did with the Christian side of things.”

I asked Crouch what his ideal outcome would be when the decisions are all made and Georgetown College moves into the future.

“My ideal situation is that regardless of what the trustees decide, that we have a financial plan in place to be the most competitive at the level we decide,” he answered. “I’m not the one who’ll go to the trustees with a recommendation. They will decide themselves where they want to go and then we’ll go from there.”

Crouch noted that his school will need assistance from its many outstanding alumni.

“We must have alumni step up as well to help fund us at the level we need to be,” he stated. “It’s very important that we hear from our alumni. Constructive information and passion from the alumni will be very important to us.”

What is Phi Beta Kappa? (Information obtained from the organization’s site)

Five students at the College of William and Mary founded Phi Beta Kappa in 1776, during the American Revolution. For over two and a quarter centuries, the Society has embraced the principles of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression. Laptops have replaced quill pens, but these ideas, symbolized on Phi Beta Kappa's distinctive gold key, still lay the foundations of personal freedom, scientific inquiry, liberty of conscience and creative endeavor.

Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

Quick Facts

•ΦBK — Greek initials of the motto "Love of learning is the guide of life."

•Phi Beta Kappa is a leading advocate for excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.

•We have over half a million members and chapters at 280 American colleges and universities.

•Invitation to membership in Phi Beta Kappa is a reflection of outstanding achievement.

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Source: Harley Nussman Commits to Murray State

According to a source, Murray State has picked up a commitment from 6-10 center Harley Nussman from Pearland (Tex.) High school.

Nussman averaged 9.6 points and 6.1 rebounds during his senior season.

Here is some footage of Nussman in action:

Brandon Knight to Announce NBA Decision on Friday


University of Kentucky freshman Brandon Knight will announce his NBA decision Friday morning at 10:15 a.m.

The media has been alerted of the press conference that will take place in the Memorial Coliseum media room.

Knight is almost universally expected to announce that he will end his UK career and stay in the NBA Draft.

Gary Williams Retires at Maryland; Tubby Next?


Longtime Maryland coach Gary Williams is abruptly retiring.

Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com broke the news this afternoon that Williams will be stepping down after 22 years of service.

Here is an excerpt of Goodman's article:

"It's the right time," Williams said. "My entire career has been an unbelievable blessing. I am fiercely proud of the program we have built here. I couldn't have asked any more from my players, my assistant coaches, the great Maryland fans and this great university. Together, we did something very special here."

There will be an official press conference Friday afternoon. Assistant Robert Ehsan will serve as interim coach, sources said.


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One name that immediately surfaced as a replacement is Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith, who happens to be a Maryland native. Smith has faced a tremendous amount of adversity at Minnesota in recent years and one has to assume that he has one eye open for an opportunity to make a move.

ESPN's Dick Vitale immediately tossed Smith's name out on Twitter:

DickieV If I were Mr Anderson AD @ Maryland I would immediately go after TUBBY SMITH!

If interest is shown, will Smith make the move?

John Calipari to Coach the Dominican Republic


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari has announced that he will coach the Dominican Republic national team this summer.

Here is an excerpt from CoachCal.com:

Just an update to let you know that I have formally accepted the head coaching position with the Dominican Republic’s national team. I am so excited to begin working with Southgate Sports, which operates all aspects of the team, as we prepare for FIBA’s upcoming Tournament of the Americas.

I have already spoken with several of the Dominican players in the NBA and Southgate will have more about those players’ participation in the coming weeks. We will hold a mini-camp here, in Lexington, at the beginning of August with some of the Dominican Republic’s emerging young stars, most of whom are already playing American college basketball, including our own Eloy Vargas. The mini-camp will precede the team’s official training camp which will include the veterans.

We really hope the Big Blue Nation will show the Dominican Republic the love and support you show our University. There will be an opportunity for fans to see the team in a planned exhibition game at Rupp Arena vs. former Cats and also my former players. The team will play another exhibition in the Dominican Republic before heading to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil for the Jenaro “Tuto” Marchand Continental Cup (August 24-26). From there, we will travel to Mar del Plata, Argentina for the FIBA Americas Championship for Men/Olympic Qualifying Tournament (August 30 – Sept. 11).


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Calipari has also announced plans to have the Dominican team in Lexington for an exhibition game against former University of Kentucky players.

Gary Gallup Leaving KWC for Similar Job at Avila University


Director of Athletics Gary Gallup is leaving Kentucky Wesleyan College for a similar position at Avila University.

Here is an excerpt of the release from KWC:

KANSAS CITY, Mo - - Gary Gallup, a veteran of 34 years in intercollegiate athletic administration, including NCAA Division I and Division II institutions, has been appointed as the new Director of Athletics and Recreation at Avila University, it was announced today by Ned Harris, vice president of enrollment and student development.

"I met some great people during my on-campus interview, and I am excited about the opportunity to lead Avila athletics and recreation at a time when the University is making a commitment to strengthen support for its athletic and recreation programs," said Gallup. "I look forward to working with students, coaches, faculty and other staff to improve the experience of students and the profile of Avila athletics in the community."

Gallup succeeds Anthony Hall, who left Avila after two years as athletic director and six years as head men's basketball coach to become associate athletic director at Fontbonne University in St. Louis.

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Western Kentucky Announces Summer Basketball Camps


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU head basketball coach Ken McDonald will be holding three basketball camps this summer for youth of all ages to learn valuable skills and have fun.

Camps will feature contests and competitions with current WKU players, and participants will receive a WKU jersey and a certificate of participation. There will also be an awards ceremony at the end of camp, and participants will be able to have an autograph session with WKU players.

Day Camp 1:
June 20-24
Boys ages 8-17
8:30 AM-4:30 PM

Little Hilltopper Camp:
July 18-21
Boys ages 4-7
8:30 AM-11:30 AM

Day Camp 2:
July 25-29
Boys ages 8-17
8:30 AM-4:30 PM

For more information and to download the camp brochure, click here. Also, interested families can call the WKU men's basketball office at (270) 745-2131 or email andrew.theokas@wku.edu.

Pitino Introduces New Coaching Staff at Louisville


Rick Pitino formally introduced his new coaching staff at the University of Louisville on Wednesday.

Here is an excerpt about Richard Pitino, Kevin Keatts and Wyking Jones from U of L:

Richard, an assistant on the Louisville staff from 2007-09, has developed into one of the top young assistants and recruiters nationally, with a reputation as a tireless worker and a comprehensive and detailed scout. He worked at Florida under head coach Billy Donovan, who played under Rick Pitino at Providence for two seasons, including the 1986-87 season when the Friars reached the NCAA Final Four.

In his two seasons with the Gators, Florida was a combined 50-20 with back-to back NCAA Tournament appearances, including reaching the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional finals before falling to NCAA runner-up Butler. The Gators won the 2011 Southeastern Conference championship and had a 29-7 overall record, ranking 10th in the final ESPN/USA Today poll and 15th by AP.

Jones previously spent two years at New Mexico under head coach Steve Alford. He helped the Lobos produce a combined 52-18 record. The 2009-10 New Mexico team won a school-record 30 games (30-5 record), won the Mountain West Conference Championship and was ranked eighth in the final AP poll.

Before joining the New Mexico staff, Jones spent two years as a basketball travel team manager with Nike Elite Youth Basketball. There, he managed all 45 travel teams and the tournaments that Nike sponsored in its grassroots youth program, while he built key relationships across the nation.

Keatts, through 10 seasons at Hargrave Military Academy in two separate stints as the head coach (1999-2001, 2003-2011), compiled an incredible 262-17 record with two national prep titles (2004, 2008), three runner-up finishes (2005, 2006, 2009) and two additional appearances among the final four prep teams (2007, 2010). He won his second national prep title with a perfect 29-0 record, the school's first undefeated season. His teams lost one or fewer games on six occasions.


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Rodney Purvis is Still "Wide Open" According to AAU Coach


Rodney Purvis, a 2012 star who recently decommitted from Louisville, is still wide open according to his AAU coach.

Here is an excerpt of Tony Edwards' comments to ZagsBlog.com:

Rodney Purvis remains wide open after decommitting from Louisville, according to his AAU coach, Tony Edwards of the CP3 All-Stars.

“I don’t think anyone has an advantage right now,” Edwards said Thursday by phone. “They [the family] just want to see what can be established with someone.”

Louisville, Duke, N.C. State, Kentucky and Missouri all remain options, Edwards said.


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Purvis is a 6-3 point guard from Upper Room Christian Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina. He ranks No. 2 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Photo: Rivals.com

Former Kentucky Wesleyan All-Americans Honored


Former Kentucky Wesleyan College All-Americans and basketball teammates Dallas Thornton and George Tinsley will be inducted into the Kentucky Black Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday in Louisville.

The Hall of Fame selected Thornton and Tinsley on these college and professional sports accomplishments:

Dallas Thornton (1965-68) –
· Voted to KWC's All-Century Team in 2010 by fans
· Two-time All-American 1967, 1968
· Two-time NCAA Champion 1966, 1968
· Honored with retired jersey number - 22
· 1968 U.S. Olympic Trials participant
· Fifth in career points with 1,929 and seventh in rebounds with 903
· Played professionaly with the world famous Harlem Globetrotters for 16 years

George Tinsley (1966-69) –
· KWC's All-Century Team in 2010 by receiveing the most votes from fans
· Two-time All-American, 1968, 1969
· Three-time NCAA Champion 1966, 1968, 1969
· Honored with retired jersey number - 50
· 1968 U.S. Olympic Trials participant
· All-time leading rebounder with 1,115 and fourth in career points with 2,014
· Played professionally for Kentucky Colonels, Oakland Oaks, Washington Capitals, Miami Floridians and New Jersey Nets of the ABA.

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Michael Gilchrist and Company are on a Mission


Michael Gilchrist says he and future Wildcats Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague and Kyle Wiltjer will be on a mission come June 8:

MikeGillie14 There is nothing wrong with being in school for four years, I'm going to UK to be a STUDENT-Athlete not a Athlete-Student!

MikeGillie14 Didn't know they were talking about us like this.... When June 8th come we are Def on a mission @AntDavis23 @MarquisTeague25 @kwiltj! #BBN

Big Blue Nation: Vote for Anthony Davis


Kentucky fans need to vote for future Wildcat Anthony Davis in the USOC's April Male Athlete of the Month poll:

usabasketball Vote now to help @AntDavis23 earn the USOC's April Male Athlete of the Month honor! http://twtpoll.com/c5m4go

Currently, Davis is tied with a gymnast for the lead.

I think Big Blue Nation can change that.

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Me llamo Tony Wroten! Y yo soy un motivational speaker!


I said in October of 2010 that Tony Wroten likely utilizes Twitter a little more than he should.

In October, the 2011 recruit sent a message directly to University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari:

tonetone13 @UKCoachCalipari aye coach. I just wanna know why u stopped recruiting me?

It turns out that my opinion was correct.

Wroten is wrapped up in an ugly situation right now after a Twitter post he made has led to an academic scandal and the firing of Garfield High School athletic director Jim Valiere.

Wroten posted on Twitter in January:

"just me and my 2 bros," Wroten Tweeted. "we got a 3 person Spanish class. #Niccceeee."

It turns out, Wroten was given credit for a Spanish class that he didn't take.

Here is an excerpt from The Seattle Times:

Wroten, the University of Washington's top recruit, found himself in the tiny remedial class after an investigation showed that the Garfield athletic director in 2010 had given him and another star athlete passing grades in a Spanish class that never existed.

Wroten needed the remedial class because otherwise he wouldn't be able to earn two years of foreign-language credits needed to get into UW.

The incident led to athletic director Jim Valiere's April 11 firing, according to a report of the Seattle Public Schools investigation.

Wroten and the other student, Valentino Coleman, told an investigator that last year Valiere did little more than occasionally quiz them in the hallway.


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Of course, in true Tony Wroten fashion, he responded to The Seattle Times via, you guessed it, Twitter (@TWroten_LOE):

"Lol this guy @masonkelley be lying. Lol we r retarded now? Lol yea ok. I guarantee it wouldn't even b a story if MY name wasn't in it. Lol Its koo though cause u will NEVER get another interview with me. Never again. Now retweet that. Lol."

I think Wroten has answered his own question to Calipari.

Trevor Lacey Enjoyed Visit to Kentucky


Trevor Lacey says he enjoyed his official visit to the University of Kentucky. Lacey's visit ended on Wednesday and he's preparing for his next stop in Kansas.

Here is an excerpt of Lacey's comments from LJWorld.com:

Weather concerns kept Lacey from making an official recruiting visit to Kansas University last weekend. He has rescheduled that trip for Saturday and Sunday and says he’s looking forward to seeing KU up close and personal so soon after checking out Lexington.

“I enjoyed it. It was great,” Lacey said of his visit to UK. “Just seeing how coach (John) Calipari is ... he’s passionate, always helping his players. He’s always on the go about them,” noted Lacey, Rivals.com’s No. 24-rated player who has a final list of KU, UK, Alabama, Auburn, North Carolina State and Connecticut.


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Earl Clark Pleased with Opportunity in Orlando


Former University of Louisville star Earl Clark says the Orlando Magic accepted him with "open arms" when he was picked up as part of a six-player trade in mid-December.

Clark feels that he can crack the Orlando rotation next season if he does what he's supposed to do.

Here is an excerpt from OrlandoSentinel.com:

"His potential as a defensive player and as a defensive impact guy is unlimited," Van Gundy said, "if he can get down some better team defensive principles and focus and if he can truly understand that his route to being a special player in this league lies at the defensive end."

Clark's offensive skills are still raw and he doesn't always seem to grasp the team's defensive scheme. That's what kept him on the bench in this year's playoffs.

But with a little hard work, Clark thinks he can play next season — for some team.

"If I come in and do what I'm supposed to do, I don't see why I'm not going to crack the rotation and play a lot of minutes," Clark said.


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Blake Griffin Wins Rookie of the Year Over Kentucky Duo


Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers was named 2010-11 T-Mobile NBA Rookie of the Year on Wednesday.

Griffin won by a comfortable margin over former University of Kentucky star John Wall.

Wall's Kentucky teammate, DeMarcus Cousins, finished third in the voting.

Griffin defeated Wall 590-295 in the voting, including all 118 first place votes.

BulletsForever.com points out that Wall won the True Rookie of the Year Award since Griffin is technically a sophomore who sat out his first season due to injury.

Alhaji Mohammed Signs with Iranian Team


Former University of Louisville player Alhaji Mohammed has signed a contract with Towzin Electric Kashan in Iran's top-level Superleague.

Mohammed signed a deal that will take him through the rest of the league's playoffs.

TE Kashan will meet Mahram in game 1 of the league's semifinal series later today.

Mohammed comes to Iran from Spanish team Lleida. He appeared in 33 games for Lledia, averaging 16.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

Source: Asia-Basket.com

Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Cinco de Mayo Edition


Wednesday's Top 5:

- There is a "strong possibility" that Terrence Jones will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season but he likely won't announce a decision until Sunday.

- Meanwhile, Brandon Knight "got the confirmation" he needed to likely keep his name in the NBA Draft.

- North Carolina State transfer Ryan Harrow plans to visit both Kentucky and Louisville.

- DeMarcus Cousins is back in Lexington. He made an appearance yesterday at Lexington Sports Cards.

- Here is a first look at John Wall's new signature shoe for next season.

On Thursday, Get Ready For:

- NBA Playoffs: There are no games on Thursday

- DeMarcus Cousins will be co-hosting the Ferdinand's Ball in Louisville.

Recruiting News:

- Jeffersontown's Tony Kimbro committed to Georgia State on Wednesday.

- Jeffersontown's Harry Cross signed with Berea College.

- Kentucky Country Day's Jordan Schwartz is headed to Emory and Henry.

- Western Kentucky picked up a commitment from Spence Sheldon of IMG Basketball Academy; Sheldon will join WKU as a walk-on.

- Kevin Ware has named his new list: Louisville, Georgia, UCLA, Kansas and Kansas State.

The Buzz:

- Blake Griffin was named NBA Rookie of the Year. Former UK stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins finished 2nd and 3rd in the voting, respectively.

- Morehead State star Kenneth Faried is in Los Angles (see picture)

- The Bulls defeated Atlanta 86-73 to even their playoff series at 1-1; Keith Bogans had 6 points and 4 rebounds.

- John Calipari and his son, Brad, were in attendance at the Bulls game last night. Rod Strickland was also in Chicago:

DeMarcus Cousins Returns to Lexington


Former University of Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins is back in Lexington and he appeared Wednesday at Lexington Sports Cards.

The Lexington Herald-Leader caught up with Cousins:

DeMarcus Cousins, one year removed from being a one-and-done entry in the NBA Draft, speaks with experience when talking with the University of Kentucky duo who are considering a similar path.

"I talked to them. I basically just told them which was the toughest part, basically what they're going through now," said Cousins, who held an autograph session Wednesday at Lexington Sports Cards. "You can kill yourself just trying to do everything right and trying to impress those coaches. I told them, 'You'll never impress them, so just go out there and relax and do your thing.' "


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Cousins in action during the regular season:


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Ryan Harrow to Visit Kentucky and Louisville


North Carolina State transfer Ryan Harrow stated on Twitter today that he will visit several schools, including both Louisville and Kentucky.

Harrow posted that he will be visiting Kentucky, Louisville, St. John's, Georgia and Texas.

Here is a post from Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com:

jeffborzello Ryan Harrow says on Twitter (@12Harrow) that he will be visiting Kentucky, Louisville, St. John's, Georgia and Texas.

IMG's Spence Sheldon Commits to Western Kentucky


IMG Basketball Academy guard Spence Sheldon has committed to play basketball at Western Kentucky University.

Sheldon is listed as a 6-0 shooting guard from Bowling Green.

Here is an excerpt from IMGAcademies.com:

Sheldon’s coach at the IMG Basketball Academy, Vince Walden, looks forward to seeing Sheldon play at the next level, and knows that he will understandably represent IMG Academies well.

“On behalf of the IMG Basketball family, we all congratulate Spence Sheldon on his commitment to Western Kentucky. We are extremely excited about his opportunity and we share in the excitement with his family on his commitment to play basketball at Western Kentucky. Western Kentucky has a fine coaching staff, with which Spence has developed a relationships with being from Kentucky himself, which will make it an easy transition for him. At this point, it’s all about Spence getting his body ready for Sun Belt conference play and continuing to train, so he can getting those necessary reps that are needed for him to make impact in year one of his commitment.”


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UPDATE:

wkuheraldsports IMG Academy guard Spence Sheldon tells the Herald he will walk on as a freshman at #WKU next season.

Tony Kimbro Commits to Georgia State


Jeffersontown star Tony Kimbro committed to Georgia State on Wednesday.

Jeff Morrow, Kimbro's head coach at Jeffersontown, posted the news on Twitter:

JTownHoops Tony Kimbro has committed to Coach Ron Hunter and Georgia State today.

Related News: Jeffersontown senior Harry Cross signed with Berea College.

First Look at John Wall's Signature Shoe for Next Year

Here is a look at John Wall's signature shoe for next season:



Here is an excerpt about the shoe from SoleCollector.com:

With the departure of Allen Iverson and Yao Ming shelved by injury, Reebok Basketball turned their attention to incoming Kentucky point guard John Wall to get their foot back in the hoops door last summer. They signed Wall to a reported 5-year deal that would include at least two signature shoes after his rookie campaign. Drafted number one overall by the Washington Wizards, Wall spent majority of his first year wearing the Reebok Zig Slash in several Wizards-themed colorways. For his sophomore season, John Wall will be lacing up his first official signature shoe - the Reebok Zig Encore.

The Zig Encore doesn't divert much from the Zig Slash in terms of design concept. Zig Technology makes a return in slightly less bulky fashion on the outsole. The upper sports a layered synthetic build, with perforations along the toebox and medial heel. The Vector logo is prominently displayed on the side panels, while Wall's personal logo appears on the tongue. The collar of the right shoe features a mock John Wall signature, the left reads 'Humble and Hungry,' a motto Wall lives by. Look for these to drop sometime this fall.


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Video: Kentucky Athletics Dynamite One Take Lip Dub

Those University of Kentucky athletes know how to have some fun (and Jorts has some impressive moves):

Brandon Knight Got the Confirmation He Needed


Kentucky head coach John Calipari spoke to ESPN's Andy Katz about the Kentucky Combine and UK's potential NBA draft entrants.

Calipari said Brandon Knight "got the confirmation" that he wanted - that he should stay in the draft.

Here are Calipari's comments:

"You had some guys tell him he's a 1-2-3-4 pick in the draft next year and there were some telling him you should go back and there were others saying he should stay in the draft,'' Calipari said of Jones. "Brandon got the confirmation that he wanted [that he should stay in the draft] and DeAndre met with five or six teams. Josh met with four teams.''

Liggins is hoping to go to a workout sponsored by the New Jersey Nets over the weekend before making a decision before the Sunday night deadline. A player in his position next year will not be able to do so. The NCAA has adopted legislation to move up the decision to withdraw and that deadline will be April 10 next year.

"So this will never be done again unless we can stop that train moving toward that April date,'' Calipari said. "It's the worst thing for these players,'' Calipari said. "They need more time to make a decision.''


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Terrence Jones Will Likely Wait Until Deadline


Terrence Jones' mother says her son "probably will go all the way up until Sunday's deadline" before making his NBA decision.

Here is an excerpt of Linda Jones' comments to Chip Cosby of the Lexington Herald-Leader:

"There really isn't anything new at this point," Linda Jones said. "I plan on talking with Terrence later (on Wednesday) to see what he's thinking, but no decisions have been made. He'll listen to what the coaches and (NBA) GMs have to say, and I think he'll probably use all the time that he has before he decides."

Jones' mother noted the timing of the deadline, which falls on Mother's Day.

"I really don't think Mother's Day is the greatest day to ask a young man to decide on his future, but we'll work with it the best we can," she said.


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San Antonio Representative Enjoyed the Kentucky Combine


San Antonio Spurs director of college personnel George Felton enjoyed the two-day Kentucky Combine at the Joe Craft Center.

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

“I thought it was a tremendous concept that Coach Cal came up with,” Felton said. “To have an opportunity to get another look at these young men, and also to have an opportunity to interview them — I would love to see more universities do this.”

The UK players involved were freshman point guard Brandon Knight, freshman power forward Terrence Jones, junior wing DeAndre Liggins and senior center Josh Harrellson. Although he would have been welcome to participate, UK student Enes Kanter — who was ruled ineligible to compete this past season by the NCAA — chose not to join the sessions.

Felton said he was able to spend 15-20 minutes interviewing the players and appreciated that opportunity.


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Kenneth Faried Named "Mr. Eagle" at MSU Awards Night


Morehead State senior Kenneth Faried was named "Mr. Eagle" at the MSU Student-Athlete Honors Banquet on Monday evening.

Here is an excerpt from MSUEagles.com:

Senior Kenneth Faried earned the honor of Mr. Eagle. The Mr. Eagle award is given to a male student-athlete that dominates his sport and stands out within the Ohio Valley Conference and in the national spotlight. Faried dominated on the basketball court last season as the Eagles won the Ohio Valley Conference title, and led MSU to a first-round win in the NCAA tournament.

Will Tayshaun Prince Find a New Home in Dallas?


Former University of Kentucky forward Tayshaun Prince will enter the free agent market this summer.

Prince has said that he'd like to return to Detroit but he may also have interest from the Dallas Mavericks and Rick Carlisle.

Here is an excerpt from Freep.com:

Tayshaun Prince was underutilized by former coach Rick Carlisle during his rookie season with the Pistons in 2002-03.

Maybe Carlisle could make amends by making the versatile small forward a Dallas Maverick in 2011-12.

Carlisle and the Mavs lead the Los Angeles Lakers, 1-0, in the Western Conference semifinals. Looking ahead to next season, whom would Carlisle, a defensive-minded coach, rather have help chase Kobe Bryant: Prince or Peja Stojakovic, a reserve small forward?


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Kevin Ware Names Five Schools, Louisville on the List


Kevin Ware has named five schools on his list and Central Florida is no longer in the mix.

Ware decommitted from UCF last week for what he cited as "personal reasons". Since, UCF has been hit with incredible scrutiny involving allegations of potential recruiting violations.

Ware's new list includes five schools: Kansas State, Kansas, Georgia, UCLA and Louisville.

Here is an excerpt from AJC.com:

Ware tweeted “no order kstate, kansas, uga, ucla, uofl” — which we did our best to translate to Kansas State, Kansas, Georgia, UCLA and Louisville.

However, the next tweet was the most interesting one: “depending on what’s going on at ucf once everything cleared up will determine if there on my list.”

Ware abruptly reneged on his pledge to Central Florida last Thursday after being informed about a pending article in the New York Times that alleged that UCF used a convicted felon with agent ties to recruit him. At the time, Ware told the AJC, “Louisville and Georgia are my [frontrunners]. I just have to talk to the coaches and see if they are still interested in me. I really don’t know where things stand.”


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