Saturday, May 14, 2011

Kentucky Recruit Shabazz Muhammad Makes a Poster

Watch as Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad drops the hammer on a helpless defender:

KHSAA Referee Suspended Following Drug Arrest

Tommy Hutton, who has refereed seven KHSAA Sweet 16 boys' state tournaments in Rupp Arena, has been suspended by the KHSAA following an arrest on drug charges.

Hutton was charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking of a controlled substance.

Here is an excerpt from the Herald-Leader:

Damron said that, during the monthlong investigation into allegations that the men were selling narcotics, a prospective drug buyer cooperating with police told officers that a drug buy could be made at a Little League game that Wright was attending. Damron said he did not know if Wright was officiating at the game or just attending it.

Damron said he declined to have the cooperating witness make the drug buy at a game.

Both men pleaded not guilty in Letcher District Court. They declined to comment Friday through officials at the Letcher County Jail where they were held under a $50,000 bond.

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Hutton has been a high school basketball referee for 29 years, a softball umpire for 25 years and a baseball umpire for 20 years. He was a football referee for one year.

Video: DeAndre Liggins Talks Kentucky, NBA and More

Scott Anderson of interviews University of Kentucky forward DeAndre Liggins:

Source: Billy Kennedy is the New Head Coach at A&M

I have been told by a good source that Murray State's Billy Kennedy has accepted the head coaching position at Texas A&M.

I will be along soon with more information...

Terrence Jones is "Too Cool for School" says Terrence Jones is one of four players who should have decided they are "too cool for school."

In other words, Jones should have left Kentucky and remained in the NBA Draft.

Here are their thoughts on Jones:

Terrence Jones – Kentucky

Terrence Jones is another player whose game should benefit from an additional year in college; however, he should have entered the Draft. First off, he looked to be a surefire lottery (possibly top-10) pick this year due to this being a weak Draft and Jones’ unique skillset. The other reason he should have decided he was too cool for school was because of the team he plays for — Kentucky. John Calipari plans on his star players only sticking around one year so he recruits and replaces them accordingly. Now Jones will have a uber-talented crop of frontcourt freshmen teammates (Anthony Davis, Michael Gilchrist, Kyle Wiltjer) to fight with for minutes and touches, which could have a real detrimental effect on his draft stock (especially when you consider that Davis and Gilchrist are both projected to go ahead of Jones in the 2012 NBA Draft).

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Video: Tribute to the 2010-11 Bellarmine Knights

A tribute to the national champs:

Jodie Meeks Returns to the University of Kentucky

Former University of Kentucky star Jodie Meeks is back in a college student.

Meeks, who is only four classes away from earning his degree, is taking a class at UK.

Here are some comments that Meeks gave to

"Early in the season I don't think they thought I was going to be part of the foundation," says Meeks.

"After they gave me a chance to play and I showed them what I can do. They definitely want me to be part of the organization and part of the young team."

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No More Lapdance Tuesdays for the Washington Wizards

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is not a fan of the infamous "Lapdance Tuesdays" that were noted by Yahoo! Sports a few weeks back.

In comments made to 106.7 The Fan, Leonsis gave his thoughts on the matter (transcribed by

"The Wizards being associated with that is unacceptable. We made sure we got that taken down. We're not happy with that, and neither is he. The way those things tend to happen are not well understood. Sometimes celebrities get an appearance fee, and someone goes and markets them. Andray is a very gifted player, and we know this is a very important summer for him. He needs to come back and be in unbelievable shape with unbelievable determination, because he needs to prove he's a really, really good player and that he can win. He gets it. The proof will be in the pudding, but he understands it."

My Thoughts: Blatche really thought this was a good way to represent himself and his team?

Murray State's Billy Kennedy to Texas A&M?

Texas A&M is reportedly focusing on three leading candidates for their vacant head coaching job. lists the top group as Murray State's Billy Kennedy, Northern Iowa's Ben Jacobson and Wichita State's Gregg Marshall.

ESPN's Andy Katz takes it a step further by saying that Kennedy is currently the leader and may earn a job offer by the end of the day.

Here is an excerpt of Katz's article:

The latest to emerge as a favorite is Murray State's Billy Kennedy. A source with knowledge of the situation told Saturday afternoon that one of the candidates anticipated Kennedy was the leader and could be offered the Texas A&M job by the end of Saturday.

However, this has been a fluid situation, as assistant coach Scott Spinelli also was a possible fallback candidate earlier in the day.

Tony Woods Had "A Real Good" Visit to Kentucky

Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader has some details about Tony Woods' visit to the University of Kentucky.

Here is an excerpt:

During the visit to UK the week before last, Woods met with Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart and school president Lee Todd.

"To make sure he had the clearance of all levels if he was to attend Kentucky, that there's no problem," Maynard said Saturday.

When asked if Woods got such an assurance, Maynard said, "He said he felt comfortable. He doesn't think there's going to be a problem at all. It was a real good visit. They (Woods and his parents) were very happy."

The visit did not complete Woods' search for a new school. The player also plans to visit Texas, Maynard said. Kansas and Georgia Tech have also tried to get involved.

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Western Kentucky Announces Series with Southern Miss

Western Kentucky University has announced a home-and-home series with Southern Miss in football and men's basketball.

Here is an excerpt of the release:

In addition, WKU will also begin a series with the Golden Eagles in men's basketball. The Hilltoppers will travel to Hattiesburg during the 2012-13 season, and the two schools will play in E.A. Diddle Arena during the 2013-14 season.

WKU has won all three previous men's basketball meetings with the Golden Eagles, including two in Bowling Green. WKU defeated Southern Miss, 80-56, in 1958, and also won games in 2001 and 2002.

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John Pelphrey's Salary Announced at Florida

John Pelphrey isn't making head coaching money anymore, but he is still making a hefty $180,000 base salary to be Billy Donovan's assistant at Florida.

Arkansas will also be paying Pelphrey a reported $1.8 million buyout over the next three years.

All three Florida assistants will also receive a dealer car and a $10,000 supplement from UF's contract with Nike.


Gregg Popovich Not Moved By Rajon Rondo's Heroism

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich isn't buying into comparisons of Boston point guard Rajon Rondo and former NBA star Willis Reed.

"It's like Rondo is the next coming of Willis Reed, the thing he did and the character he showed," Popovich said.

Here are more of Popovich's comments from

“It’s really been hard to watch the playoffs and have them make Rondo out like Willis Reed,” Popovich said Thursday, in wide-ranging interview with the Express-News. “It’s like, Manu couldn’t even play the first game (against Memphis), and we probably shouldn’t have played him again. He went out there and worked through it, and you didn’t hear any of that kind of crap.”

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Hitler is Not Happy that Terrence Jones is Coming Back

Terrence Jones has announced that he's returning to the Univeristy of Kentucky for his sophomore season.

Hitler is not pleased:

ESPN Talks Kentucky Basketball in Roundtable Discussion

ESPN's Andy Katz, Eamon Brennan, and Diamond Leung answered several questions about college basketball during a roundtable discussion.

One question pertained to Kentucky and North Carolina.

Here is an excerpt:

1. Is college basketball better off with two blue bloods like North Carolina and Kentucky on top heading into the season?

Brennan: Frankly, guys, I'm not sure how we could argue otherwise. For the past few years, we've heard constant complaints from college hoops analysts and fans that the college game isn't what it used to be -- that all the best talent left for the NBA before programs had a chance to build something lasting and legendary. Call it the era of no great teams. Whether next season is a one-time thing or the start of a trend, the depth, talent and veteran greatness of North Carolina and Kentucky -- arguably the nation's two most recognizable programs -- will end that era. It'll be thrilling to watch, and I think most casual fans will agree. Andy, Diamond ... is there any way this isn't good for the sport?

Katz: Look, it's great for the game that Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller and John Henson decided to return to school. I love that these three players see some unfinished business. Kentucky has the potential to be a special team. But that would mean the Wildcats are relying heavily on freshmen.

I still have UK at No. 2 on my list, but Marquis Teague now has to be the point guard without Brandon Knight as his mentor. That's asking an awful lot for Kentucky to have three straight special point guards as freshmen. I'm not convinced yet that Teague can follow up on what John Wall and Knight did for the Wildcats. That's my minor critique. But having UNC and Kentucky atop the rankings is good for the game. Familiar names help the sport, especially in gathering excitement leading into the season. Once you get to March, it's OK for a school like Butler to build momentum toward a title run. But the sport needs schools like Kentucky and UNC to set the table in October.

Leung: No argument here, as it's great for the sport that both teams will go into next season with big expectations. Coming off a Final Four appearance, Kentucky should be well-known to even the casual fan, and it's nice to see John Calipari and Terrence Jones getting a chance to team up for another chance at a championship. With North Carolina, it's Barnes and Roy Williams aiming for a title and a chance to add to the tradition. I bring up those names in particular because it's high-profile coaches and mega-talents who bring the star power. Eamonn's point about no great teams has been a knock on the sport since the one-and-done era. That Barnes and Jones are among those going against the grain by coming back for their sophomore seasons really adds intrigue to next season. I think the college basketball fan is one of the clear winners of the offseason.

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Mark Krebs Talks Kentucky Starting Lineup for 2011-12

Former University of Kentucky player Mark Krebs and Tony Vanetti break down the 2011-12 Kentucky roster:

Friday, May 13, 2011

Calipari, Patterson Take Basketball Over Bourbon, Fast Horses and Pretty Women

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari and former player Patrick Patterson say they will take basketball over bourbon, fast horses and pretty women (interview from the Barnstable Brown Gala):

A Closer Look at Rajon Rondo's Elbow Injury

Maria Gomez of Anaheim Sports Medicine Examiner takes a closer look today at Rajon Rondo's gruesome dislocated elbow.

Of course, Rondo miraculously attempted to fight through the injury but was obviously limited.

According to Gomez, Rondo would have normally missed 3-6 weeks of the season with the elbow injury.

Here is an excerpt of her thoughts:

Elbow Dislocation is more commonly seen on car accident victims, but it’s no stranger in sports. The most common mechanism for a variety of elbow injuries is falling on an outstretched arm or landing on the tip of bent elbow.

Had this been a regular season game, Rondo would be sidelined for three to six weeks depending on the progress made during the rehabilitation process.

Rondo lost most of his range of motion which limited his presence on the court for the Celtics.

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According to Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, Rondo said in the locker room, "Pop it back, tape it up, let's go."

The team has confirmed that Rondo will not require surgery on his elbow.

Kentucky Involved with Former Wake Forest Center Tony Woods

Tony Woods, a 6-11 center who is looking for a new home after leaving Wake Forest, took an unofficial visit to the University of Kentucky last week.

Woods, you may recall, was involved in an altercation with his girlfriend and was suspended indefinitely at Wake Forest. He ended up committing to Louisville but has decided to re-open his options.

Jason King of Yahoo! Sports has a must read article about Woods, his recruitment and his mistakes at Wake Forest.

Here is an excerpt:

Tony Woods arrived for his unofficial visit to Kentucky last week assuming he’d meet with various members of the Wildcats’ coaching staff.

By the end of the day, though, Woods had spent time not just with John Calipari and his assistants, but with athletic director Mitch Barnhart and university president Lee Todd.

“I guess they’re the ones who ultimately have to give me the green light,” Woods said. “Hopefully I left them with a good impression.”

Later in the conversation, Woods became emotional and had to fight back tears.

“It sucks,” he said. “Whenever my name comes up, [the altercation] is what people associate me with. Hopefully I’ll be able to change people’s opinions. If not, I’ll just take what life throws at me and deal with it.”

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Woods' side of the story is that things were blown out of proportion and while he did make some mistakes, the situation with his girlfriend was not as bad as reported by various media outlets.

Coming out of high school, Woods was ranked at the third-best center in his recruiting class. He was ranked No. 20 overall in the 2008 class by

Belmont University Joins the Ohio Valley Conference

Belmont University has officially joined the Ohio Valley Conference.

Here is an excerpt of the official press release:

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference announced on Friday that Belmont University has been admitted to the Conference and will become the league’s 12th member. The move was approved by the OVC Board of Presidents.

Belmont will officially become a member of the OVC on July 1, 2012 and its athletic teams will begin competing in the Conference in the 2012-13 season.

“Given Belmont University’s commitment to excellence, both in the classroom and on the playing fields, they are a wonderful fit for the Ohio Valley Conference,” said Beth DeBauche, OVC Commissioner. “I am delighted to welcome them to the Conference. They are a wonderful addition and the right fit for the OVC.”

"The addition of Belmont University adds great value to our already stable and healthy Conference,” said Dr. Thomas Rakes, University of Tennessee at Martin Chancellor and current Chair of the OVC Board of Presidents.

With a total enrollment of 5,936 (and an expected enrollment of over 6,000 in the fall of 2011), Belmont, which was founded in 1951, is located in Nashville, Tenn. Belmont’s campus is just nine miles north of the OVC’s Brentwood headquarters and the University will be the second OVC school located in Nashville, joining Tennessee State.

“The Ohio Valley Conference is one of the most tradition-rich and respected athletic conferences in NCAA Division I," said Dr. Robert C. Fisher, Belmont University President. “We were honored by the invitation to join such a great family of fine universities and look forward to establishing new traditions and new friendships."

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Enes Kanter Talks to Chad Ford of ESPN

ESPN's Chad Ford sits down with Kentucky's Enes Kanter:

Brescia University Signs Conner and Dallas Gates

Brescia University has signed twin brothers Conner and Dallas Gates from Hopkinsville High school.

Here is a release from BU:

Owensboro, Ky. -- Conner and Dallas Gates, 6-6, 205lbs., twins from Hopkinsville High School, have signed with Brescia University and head coach Joe Pechota. Conner averaged 13.9 points per game along with 9.7 rebounds and Dallas added 7.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as they helped to pace the Tigers to a 17-6 record last season.

“Both Conner and Dallas have a great skill set that will be a great fit for our program,” says Bearcat head coach Joe Pechota. “Conner bring a definite blue-collar mindset to our frontline. He’s a very good finisher at the rim and his toughness rebounding the basketball, both offensively and defensively, can impact games immediately.”

“Dallas has tremendous athleticism and the versatility to make him a multi-dimensional scorer for us,” Pechota added. “There’s no question that Dallas has his best basketball ahead of him and I’m excited that both he and his brother will be at BU next year.”

Be Back Soon...

For the first time in almost 20 hours, I have been able to login and give an update.

Blogger has been down but the situation is almost resolved.

I'll be back online soon with updates on Tony Woods, Trevor Lacey, Texas A&M coaching search, some recruiting classes I need to announce and much more.

Stay tuned and thank you for your patience.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Davis, Gilchrist On Dime/2K Sports All-American Team

Future University of Kentucky players Anthony Davis and Michael Gilchrist were named to the 2010-11 Dime/2K Sports High School All-American First Team today.

Kentucky recruits Shabazz Muhammad and Perry Ellis were named to the Second Team.

First Team

- Myles Mack, G, St. Anthony (NJ)
- Austin Rivers, G, Winter Park (Fla.)
- Bradley Beal, G, Chaminade College Prep (Mo.)
- Michael Gilchrist, F, St. Patrick (NJ)
- Anthony Davis, F, Perspectives Charter (Ill.)

Second Team

- Myck Kabongo, G, Findlay Prep (Nev.)
- Shabazz Muhammad, G, Bishop Gorman (Nev.)
- James McAdoo, F, Norfolk Christian (Va.)
- Perry Ellis, F, Wichita Heights (Kan.)
- Tony Parker, F, Miller Grove (Ga.)

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Murray State and Billy Kennedy Agree to One-Year Extension

Murray State University and head coach Billy Kennedy have agreed on a one-year extension that will take him through the 2014-15 season with the Racers.

Here is an excerpt from MSU:

“I'm excited once again to know that we are keeping Coach Kennedy in Murray,” Ward said. “Coming off back-to-back OVC championships and a remarkable 54 wins the past two seasons, the future of Racers Basketball remains bright under his stable leadership.”

"I'm happy to have the opportunity to continue to build on the winning tradition at Murray State,” Kennedy said. “It means a lot to know that I have the support of our administration. My family and I have enjoyed our time in Murray the last five years and we're looking forward to the future.”

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Robert "Tractor" Traylor Found Dead in Apartment

Some sad news around the basketball world today as former Michigan star Robert "Tractor" Traylor was found dead in his apartment at the young age of 34:

Wall, Cousins and Bledsoe Named to NBA All-Rookie Teams

Former University of Kentucky stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were named to the NBA's 2011 T-Mobile All-Rookie First Team.

Wall received 28 of 29 first place votes (someone actually didn't vote Wall to the first team) for a total of 57 points - one behind Blake Griffin.

Former UK guard Eric Bledsoe was voted to the Second Team.

Patrick Patterson failed to make the two teams but did receive 5 total points.

2010-11 T-Mobile All-Rookie First Team Player Team First (2 pt) Second (1 Pt) Total
Blake Griffin Clippers 29 - 58
John Wall Wizards 28 1 57
Landry Fields Knicks 28 - 56
DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento 26 2 54
Gary Neal San Antonio 18 8 44

2010-11 T-Mobile All-Rookie Second Team
Player Team First (2 pt) Second (1 Pt) Total
Greg Monroe Pistons 13 16 42
Wesley Johnson Timberwolves 4 18 26
Eric Bledsoe Clippers - 19 19
Derrick Favors Jazz 1 16 18
Paul George Pacers 1 12 12

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first place votes in parentheses): Ed Davis, Toronto, 10 (1); Evan Turner, Philadelphia, 12; Jordan Crawford, Washington, 12; Gordon Hayward, Utah, 7; Omer Asik, Chicago, 6 (1); Patrick Patterson, Houston, 5; Al-Farouq Aminu, Los Angeles Clippers, 3; Tiago Splitter, San Antonio, 3; Trevor Booker, Washington, 1; Christian Eyenga, Cleveland, 1; Ekpe Udoh, Golden State, 1.


Enes Kanter Shows His Stuff at Workout

This is a tough video for Kentucky fans to watch but check out Enes Kanter showing his stuff during a recent workout:

The NCAA Would Have Punished UK for Kanter's Grades

In the bizarre (but not surprising at all considering who we're dealing with) news of the month, Larry Vaught reports that the NCAA would have punished the University of Kentucky if Enes Kanter had not passed his classes.

In other words, Kanter, who the NCAA ruled permanently ineligible, would have been used against Kentucky had he dropped out of school or failed his coursework.

From Vaught's article:

Yet when the NCAA figures the APR it now uses to determine whether a program's athletes are making saisfactory academic progress or whether a scholarship might be taken away, guess what? The NCAA counts Kanter, who was permanently ineligible, in UK's numbers.

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My Thoughts: The NCAA has proven time and time again lately that it is not trusthworthy, doesn't care about its athletes and has major internal problems.

ESPN's Jay Bilas is equally dumbfounded:

JayBilas If accurate, this is more evidence that the APR isn't a fair measure: EK permanently ineligible and he still counts?!

Trevor Lacey Will Likely Choose Kentucky or Kansas

Alabama Mr. Basketball Trevor Lacey will announce his college decision on May 18 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Lacey, a 6-3 shooting guard from Butler (Ala.) High School, is officially down to Kansas, Kentucky, Alabama and Auburn.

I spoke to a source close to Lacey yesterday and his opinion is that Lacey will likely choose between Kansas and Kentucky.

"Yeah, I think it's likely Kentucky or Kansas," the source said. "Alabama would shock me but I guess he could pick them."

Pelphrey on Returning to Florida: "I knew this was right"

Former University of Kentucky star John Pelphrey is returning to Gainesville as a member of Billy Donovan's staff at Florida.

Pelphrey, who was fired as head coach at Arkansas after the season, spoke to the media yesterday and said he knows he made the right choice in returning to Billy Donovan's staff.

"I knew this was right," Pelphrey explained.

Here is an excerpt from the Gainesville Sun:

"I could see my kids sort of getting excited about school," Pelphrey said. "I can see they were excited about where they were going to live, what the roads look like, the smiles on their faces and my wife getting excited about how close it was to the grocery store, Billy's house. I knew this was right."

Pelphrey hopes to have his family here full-time by mid-June or early July. For now, though, Pelphrey has hit the ground running in his return to the UF campus. As Florida's top assistant, Pelphrey spent most of April on the road during a live recruiting period.

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Morehead State Signs JUCO Transfer Bruce Reed

Bruce Reed, a 6-6 sophomore from Hutchinson Community College, has signed with Morehead State University.

Reed leaves HCC second all time in blocked shots with 128. He averaged 6.1 points and 4.7 rebounds a game while swatting 53 shots during his sophomore season.

Here are Reed's comments from

"They showed a lot of highlights from that game," Reed said about his visit to the school in Morehead, Ky. "Everyone still talks about that game and going to the tournament."

Morehead State loses three of its top four scorers, but returns everyone else.

"They're bringing back a lot of guys," Reed said. "They feel they could just as good as they were last year."


Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Ryan Harrow Visits Edition

Tuesday's Top 5:

- John Wall wants to wear Irene Pollin's lucky gold jacket for next week's NBA Draft Lottery; Wall modelled the Washington Wizards new uniforms on Tuesday.

- North Carolina State transfer Ryan Harrow is visiting the University of Kentucky today.

- UK announced the schedule of satellite basketball camps that will be conducted by John Calipari and his staff.

- Josh Harrellson visited elementary students in Hazard on Tuesday.

- The Morehead State University Board of Regents honored the men's basketball team with an official resolution late last week.

On Wednesday, Get Ready For:

- NBA Playoffs: Celtics vs. Heat at 7:00 p.m.; Grizzlies vs. Thunder at 9:30 p.m.

Recruiting News:

- Morehead State has signed 6-6 forward Bruce Reed from Hutchinson Community College.

- Bellarmine University has picked up a commitment from 6-8 forward Ryan Burton from Bedford (Ind.) North Lawrence (HT: Jody Demling)

- Thomas More has signed Drew Mumford from Louisville Christian Academy and Jalen Clark from Western Hills.

- Rockcastle County's Travis Carpenter is headed to Alice Lloyd College.

- Kentucky Wesleyan signed Henderson County's Patrick Neel on Tuesday.

- Clark County's Jaylen Daniel has signed with Angelina College (Tex.)

- Jerry Meyer of said Tuesday that Rodney Purvis picked up an offer from Florida but later said it doesn't seem Purvis is interested.

The Buzz:

- Former Eastern Kentucky University assistant Josh Merkel is the new head coach at Salisbury University.

- Congratulations to Scotty Davenport and Bellarmine. The school announced yesterday that Davenport will coach the national champions for five more years.

Video of the Day (Archie Goodwin dominates in Dallas):

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

John Wall Wants to Wear Irene Pollin's Gold Jacket

Former Kentucky star John Wall has pledged to wear Irene Pollin's gold jacket at next week's NBA Draft lottery.

Pollin, of course, wore the jacket last year when she won the lottery, which ended with the Wizards selecting Wall.

This year, it has been announced that Wall will represent the organization at the lottery.

Here is excerpt of Wall's comments:

"Oh yeah, there's a lot of pressure," Wall said. "She took that yellow jacket and the ring, so I'm probably going to ask, can I borrow the yellow jacket, then I'm going to ask to find something from my mom, some pearls or something, something unique, so I can try to get a win like she did."


Josh Harrellson Visits Elementary School in Hazard

Former University of Kentucky star Josh Harrellson was in Hazard today to meet with students and fans at Walkertown Elementary School.

Harrellson played basketball with the kids and signed autographs.


Video: Cousins, Bledsoe Visit Tornado-Ravaged Alabama

Good stuff from former University of Kentucky stars Eric Bledsoe and DeMarcus Cousins (and my man Andrew Rogers):

Murray State Basketball Seniors Honored at Banquet

Several Murray State basketball stars were honored during the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Council awards banquet.

Men's basketball players who were honored include:

Four Years/Two Goals

Men's Basketball – B.J. Jenkins, Jeff McClain, Isacc Miles

Graduating Seniors

Men's Basketball – B.J. Jenkins, Jeff McClain, Isacc Miles

Complete List of Awards

Morehead State Team Honored with Board of Regents Resolution

The Morehead State Eagles were honored last week with an MSU Board of Regents Resolution.

The resolution read:

WHEREAS, the University’s men’s basketball team under the direction of MSU alumnus Donne Tyndall won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament with an 80-73 victory over Tennessee Tech on March 5, 2011 at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.; and

WHEREAS, the team finished the regular season with a 13-5 conference record to earn an OVC Tournament double-bye and second place in the final standings and a school record-tying 25 overall wins; and

WHEREAS, the team advanced to the NCAA Tournament and upset fourth-seeded Louisville 62-61 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. March 17, 2011 and advanced to play Richmond on March 19, 2011; and

WHEREAS, the men’s basketball team squad members include Kenneth Faried, Demonte Harper, Sam Goodman, Ty Proffitt, Terrance Hill, Lamont Austin, Drew Kelly, Arthur McMillan, Reggie Williams, Kevin Gray, Dionte Ferguson, Romaric Lasme and Taylor Maze; and

WHEREAS, Coach Tyndall’s talented staff includes Associate Head Coach Wade O’Connor, Assistant Coach Joseph Price, Assistant Coach Adam Howard and Graduate Manager Maze Stallworth; and

WHEREAS, Kenneth Faired was named Ohio Valley Conference Player and Defensive Player of the Year, NABC National Defensive Player of the Year and eight different All-American honors; and

WHEREAS, Demonte Harper was named First Team All-Conference and OVC Tournament MVP and Ty Proffitt was named CoSIDA Academic All-District

THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Board of Regents of Morehead State University that Head Coach Donnie Tyndall and the members of the 2010-11 Eagle men’s basketball team be and hereby are commended for their exemplary achievement in winning the Ohio Valley Conference championships and advancing to the NCAA Tournament. Be it further resolved that the University expresses its sincere appreciation of their academic, athletic and personal standards.

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Harley Nussman Signs with Murray State Racers

Murray State University has announced the signing of 6-10 center Harley Nussman from Pearland (Tex.) High School.

Here are some comments about Nussman from the MSU press release:

"I'm really happy to add Harley to our program,” Kennedy said. “He's a great student who comes from one of the best high school programs in Texas. His size and ability to score around the basket will help our team now and in future.”

“I think Billy's getting a gem, Harley's a guy that's under the radar and his future is bright,” Pearland Head Coach Steve Buckaloo said. “When he gets in the weight room he's really going to add some muscle and weight. In my 31 years of coaching in Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas I'd rank him by far as the best scoring post player that I've had.”

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Detroit Pistons Interested in Drafting Brandon Knight

According to The Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Pistons have significant interest in drafting Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight.

Pistons team president Joe Dumars has pointed out that current player Rodney Stuckey is a combo guard, meaning the team has a need for a point guard.

Here is an excerpt:

With Pistons president Joe Dumars' observation that Rodney Stuckey is a combo guard and can play off the point, the team would have interest in Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight.

But the 6-foot-3 freshman, who probably would have been available with a stronger lottery, is projected to go in the top five.

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Scott Davenport to Coach Bellarmine for Five More Years

Bellarmine University has announced that Scott Davenport will coach the men's basketball team for another five years.

Davenport led the Knights the 2011 NCAA Division II national championship.

Here is an excerpt of the announcement from Bellarmine:

“We are delighted to have an understanding with Coach Davenport that will keep him around for at least another five years,” McGowan said. “He is not only a national championship coach, but also an excellent teacher and leader of young men as well as an excellent ambassador of Bellarmine University.”

Coach Davenport, who came to Bellarmine in 2005, has accumulated a record of 125-58 (.647). This year, he led the Knights to the 2011 national championship with a record of 33-2 and was named the national coach of the year by two different organizations. Davenport also picked up Great Lakes Valley Conference “Coach of the Year” honors.

“I am very grateful to Dr. McGowan, (Vice President) Fred Rhodes, (Athletic Director) Scott Wiegandt and everyone associated with the administration for extending this opportunity,” Davenport said. “These past six years have been tremendous, and I'm thrilled to have the chance to continue coaching Bellarmine Basketball to be the best basketball program we can be on and off the court. My goal every year is to have the best season possible, so my staff and I already working hard every single day to make that goal a reality.”

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Photo: Bellarmine University

Terrence Jones Had an Easy Decision to Make

Jonathan Givony of thinks Terrence Jones' decision to remain at Kentucky was an easy one.

Here is an excerpt:

Terrence Jones, SF/PF, Freshman, Kentucky, 8-15 (Withdrew)

Terrence Jones' decision to stay in school was very much emblematic of the way the 2011 draft class has evolved, making this possibly the strangest year we've evaluated. The NBA lockout pushed a significant number of top underclassmen prospects back to their respective schools, rather than risk spending too much time outside of an organized basketball structure. That in turn pushed plenty of fringe prospects solidly up the board.

Nineteen-year-old Terrence Jones saw his draft stock decline every single month, to the point that there was an outside chance he would fall out of the lottery altogether. Rather than try and strike while the iron was cold, and then possibly not have the benefit of summer league and training camp to prepare for the rigors of his first NBA season, Jones showed tremendous faith, both in himself and head coach John Calipari, to come back for his sophomore year and try to improve on his weaknesses and not just rest on the laurels of potential.

While there's plenty of debate as to whether Jones will be drafted higher in a now loaded 2012 class than he would have this year, it's never a good idea for a player to turn pro simply because he feels like he has to. That in itself makes this a very mature move on Jones' part, seeing as he clearly enjoys playing at Kentucky and doesn't feel like he's accomplished everything he needed to in Lexington just yet.


Lindsey Wilson College Inks Milos Petrovic

Lindsey Wilson College has announced the signing of 6-8 JUCO transfer Milos Petrovic from Delaware Technical and Community College.

Here is an excerpt from the LWC release:

Peck is excited about the brand of basketball Petrovic adds to his team with the ability to shoot from the outside or add depth to the post after the loss of seniors Cornell Thomas and Kemo Duncan this past season.

"Milos has great skills for his size," Peck said. "He is a good shooter from the perimeter, yet he has gained strength and weight and is now very physical inside. He has great passing and ball-handling skills. With the perimeter players we have returning, his presence inside will help open up our outside-shooting opportunities."

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University of Kentucky Announces Calipari Basketball Camps

The University of Kentucky has announced a series of satellite basketball camps that will take place around the state.

John Calipari and his staff will travel to the following locations:

Camp dates are as follows:

June 20
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Bowling Green High School
9:00 a.m. to Noon
For Boys and Girls K-6th Grades (Entering)

June 20
Bardstown, Kentucky
Nelson County High School
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For Boys and Girls K-6th Grades (Entering)

June 21
Newport, Kentucky
Newport Central Catholic High School
9:00 a.m. to Noon
For Boys and Girls K-6th Grades (Entering)

June 21
Independence, Kentucky
Twenhofel Middle School
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For Boys and Girls K-6th Grades (Entering)

June 22
London, Kentucky
North Laurel High School
9:00 a.m. to Noon
For Boys and Girls K-6th Grades (Entering)

June 22
Danville, Kentucky
Danville High School
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For Boys and Girls K-6th Grades (Entering)

June 23
Louisville, Kentucky
Christian Academy of Louisville
9:00 a.m. to Noon
For Boys and Girls K-6th Grades (Entering)

June 23
Louisville, Kentucky
Christian Academy of Louisville
1:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For Boys and Girls K-6th Grades (Entering)

June 24
Pikeville, Kentucky
Pikeville High School
9:00 a.m. to Noon
For Boys and Girls K-6th Grades (Entering)

June 24
Hazard, Kentucky
Perry Central High School
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For Boys and Girls K-6th Grades (Entering)

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WKU Announces Signing of T.J. Price

Western Kentucky University has announced the signing of two-sport star T.J. Price from Slidell, Louisiana.

Here is an excerpt of the release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A seventh member has joined WKU's men's basketball recruiting class for the upcoming 2011-12 season, as head coach Ken McDonald announced Tuesday the signing of versatile guard T.J. Price to a National Letter of Intent.

Prior to inking Price (G, 6-3, 210, Slidell, La.) and Kevin Kaspar (G, 6-1, 175, Henderson, Nev.) in the regular signing period, WKU had already signed George Fant (F, 6-6, 220, Bowling Green, Ky.), Derrick Gordon (G, 6-3, 185, Plainfield, N.J.), Deng Leek (C, 6-11, 230, Greensboro, N.C.), Nigel Snipes (F, 6-5, 185, Marietta, Ga.) and Vinny Zollo (F, 6-8, 230, Winchester, Ky.) in the early period for the Class of 2011.

Price, a 6-3 guard who hails from Salmen High School in Slidell, La., was the Louisiana Class 4A Player of the Year as a senior in 2011. He was a member of the Spartans' Louisiana Class 4A state championship team as a sophomore in 2009 and also earned both District 9 Player of the Year and all-state recognition after his junior and senior campaigns.

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John Calipari Talks About NBA Decisions of Wildcats

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks to ABC 36 about the NBA decisions made by Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and DeAndre Liggins:

John Wall Models New Washington Wizards Uniforms

Former University of Kentucky star John Wall modelled the new uniforms of the Washington Wizards this morning at a press conference.

The Wizards are going back to their red, white and blue roots.

Here is a screenshot from the Wizards team store:

Ryan Harrow is Headed to the University of Kentucky

North Carolina State transfer Ryan Harrow will begin a series of visits with a trip to Lexington later today.

After Kentucky, Harrow will visit Texas, Louisville, Georgia and St. John's.

Here are some comments from Harrow's mother to

N.C. State point guard Ryan Harrow will begin his 10-day, five-school odyssey today by tripping to the University of Kentucky with his mother Fern Matthews.

“I’m actually leaving out today,” Matthews said Tuesday by phone. “We get there this evening. We’ll have our visit tomorrow [Wednesday] morning. I’ll be meeting the coaching staff, the strength and conditioning coach is very important, and the academic staff.”


Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Dakotah Euton Edition

Monday's Top 5:

- Former Kentucky recruit Dakotah Euton is transferring from Akron to Asbury University.

- Rajon Rondo was voted to the NBA All-Defensive First Team; several other former Kentucky stars also received votes.

- Dick Vitale wonders who gave DeAndre Liggins advice about the NBA Draft. I suspect that Vitale doesn't fully understand Liggins' personal situation.

- The Bellarmine Knights were honored at the Capitol by Governor Beshear.

- John Calipari has invited former UK stars back to Lexington to workout and attend classes if there is an NBA lockout.

On Tuesday, Get Ready For:

- NBA Playoffs: Atlanta vs. Chicago at 8:00 p.m. ET

Recruiting News:

- Trevor Lacey will take no more visits (cancelled N.C. State visit) and will announce his decision on May 18. A source close to Lacey thinks it will be UK or KU.

- Beechwood's Tyler Fangman will sign with Indiana University East

- Eastern Kentucky picked up a commitment from JUCO transfer D'mitri Riggs.

- Western Kentucky landed two-sport star T.J. Price from Louisiana.

The Buzz:

- Miami defeated Boston 98-90 in overtime to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their NBA Playoff series. Rajon Rondo fought through his elbow injury for 10 points and 5 assists.

- The Thunder defeated the Grizzlies 133-123 in last night's other NBA action. That series is tied 2-2.

- Maryland has reportedly hired Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon.

Video of the Day (Marquis Teague is good):

Monday, May 9, 2011

DeCourcy Breaks Down the NBA Draft

Mike DeCourcy of breaks down the NBA draft:

DeCourcy feels that Brandon Knight is "ready to be picked", DeAndre Liggins is "ready to go" and Terrence Jones is "smart to go back".

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Enes Kanter Does His Best Michael Jordan Routine

Watch as University of Kentucky freshman Enes Kanter shows hit athleticism:

Eastern Kentucky Lands JUCO Transfer D'mitri Riggs

According to Evan Daniels of, Eastern Kentucky University has picked up a commitment from JUCO transfer D'mitri Riggs from Wabash Valley Community College.

EvanDanielscout D'mitri Riggs from Wabash Valley CC is headed to Eastern Kentucky, per a source. Solid get.

Riggs is a 6-3 shooting guard from Bloomington, Illinois.

John Calipari Invites Former Players Back to Lexington

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari has invited former UK stars who are in the NBA to return to Lexington and attend classes in case there is an NBA lockout.

Here is an excerpt from The Washington Post about Calipari's invitation to John Wall:

“I told him, if there is a lockout. You come back with us,” Calipari said on Wednesday in Chicago, where he watched another former pupil, Derrick Rose, accepted the Maurice Podoloff trophy as the league’s most valuable player at age 22. “I said, ‘Use our building. We’ve got facilities here. Whatever you want, if you need to, if there is a lockout, stay here. Be here in the mornings.’ ”

Tonight, Calipari explained his invitation on Here is an excerpt of Calpari's thoughts:

We’re in a different collegiate environment these days and even though we are preparing our guys to move forward and pursue their dreams a little quicker than in the past, I still have the duty, responsibility and honor of helping them finish their degrees. That’s another key part of being a players-first program; just because a young man has an opportunity to leave early doesn’t mean they can’t continue their academic pursuits. I’m happy to say that Wayne Turner finished his classwork and as of this weekend, is a proud graduate of the University of Kentucky. That’s what this is all about.

By having our players back on campus during the summer – or in the Fall if the NBA lockout occurs – they are also afforded the opportunity to train in the our state-of-the-art facilities at the Joe Craft Center. Although NCAA rules allow for undergraduate student assistant coaches, we don’t anticipate many former players are willing to enroll as a full-time students to fill those roles. This is the commendable program that allowed Wayne to be part of our Final Four staff while completing his degree. Even if they aren’t enrolled in classes, we’re happy to give our family a place to train in a private and world-class manner. In that vein I have already let some of my former players from both UMass and Memphis know that they too are welcome to use our facilities.

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My Thoughts: Can you imagine the level of talent that could potentially return to Lexington? Former Cats could combine to field a legitimate NBA team. I would love to go to the Joe Craft Center and cover pickup games.

ESPN Breaks Down NBA Draft Predictions

Plenty of talk about University of Kentucky players at the top:

Video: Season Highlights of WKU's Sergio Kerusch

Here are some of the top moments from Sergio Kerusch's senior season at Western Kentucky:

Western Kentucky Officially Announces Kevin Kaspar

Western Kentucky University has officially announced the signing of 6-1 guard Kevin Kaspar from Henderson, Nevada.

Here is an excerpt of the WKU release:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU head men's basketball coach Ken McDonald announced Sunday the signing of guard Kevin Kaspar to a National Letter of Intent, giving the Hilltoppers six signees in the Class of 2011.

Prior to the addition of Kaspar, WKU's recruiting class for 2011 had already been recognized as one of the best in the country. After the early signing period in November, ESPN listed WKU's class as being "on the cusp" of its ranking of the nation's top 25 classes, and various other national outlets had recognized WKU's recruiting efforts for the Class of 2011.

In addition to Kaspar (G, 6-1, 175, Henderson, Nev.), WKU has already inked George Fant (F, 6-6, 220, Bowling Green, Ky.), Derrick Gordon (G, 6-3, 185, Plainfield, N.J.), Deng Leek (C, 6-11, 230, Greensboro, N.C.), Nigel Snipes (F, 6-5, 185, Marietta, Ga.) and Vinny Zollo (F, 6-8, 230, Winchester, Ky.) in the Class of 2011.

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Bellarmine's Justin Benedetti to Receive Honor on Tuesday

Bellarmine University senior Justin Benedetti will be honored at the Awards Night on Tuesday.

Here is an excerpt of a release from Bellarmine University:

LOUISIVLLE, Ky.--Bellarmine senior baskeball player Justin Benedetti will be honored at's first-ever Awards Night on Tuesday, May 10 at the Audubon Country Club. The event, at which will Bellarmine Head Scott Davenport will deliver the keynote address, begins at 6:30pm and doors will open at 6. It is an invitation-only event.

Benedetti will receive the inaugural Distinguished Character Award, which is designed to honor a person who offers leadership skills, exhibits strong character in all faces of live and demonstrates exemplary character on and off the court/field while leading his or her team.

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Former Kentucky Recruit Euton Transfers to Asbury University

Former University of Kentucky recruit Dakotah Euton is transferring from Akron to Asbury University.

The rumored transfer was confirmed on Twitter by a member of the Asbury coaching staff:

CoachPrev Big day for us at Asbury. Gained a commitment from not only a very talented basketball player, but an even better young man, Dakota Euton.

Asbury will have a talented team next season with Euton and former Kentucky player Adam Delph on the roster.

Rajon Rondo Named to NBA All-Defensive First Team

Former University of Kentucky star Rajon Rondo has been named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Rondo finished second in the voting to Orlando's Dwight Howard. Howard and Rondo were joined on the first team by LeBron james, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett.

Former UK star Chuck Hayes picked up 10 votes, including 2 first place votes.

2010-11 NBA All-Defensive First Team
Position Player, Team First-team points Second-team points Total points
Center Dwight Howard, Magic 27 2 56
Guard Rajon Rondo, Celtics 16 7 39
Forward LeBron James, Heat 17 4 38
Guard Kobe Bryant, Lakers 13 7 33
Forward Kevin Garnett, Celtics 15 3 33

2010-11 NBA All-Defensive Second Team Position Player, Team First-team points Second-team points Total points
Guard Tony Allen, Grizzlies 7 9 23
Guard Chris Paul, Hornets 6 6 18
Center Tyson Chandler, Mavericks 3 11 17
Forward Andre Iguodala, 76ers 5 5 15
Forward/Center Joakim Noah, Bulls 3 9 15

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses):
Derrick Rose, Chicago, 14 (4); Dwyane Wade, Miami, 13 (3); Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 13 (4); Gerald Wallace, Portland, 11 (1); Grant Hill, Phoenix 11 (4); Luol Deng, Chicago 11 (4); Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 11 (3); Chuck Hayes, Houston, 10 (2); Al Horford, Atlanta 7 (3); Josh Smith, Atlanta, 7 (1); Ron Artest, Los Angeles Lakers, 7 (1); Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City, 6 (1); Shane Battier, Memphis 5 (2); Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City, 5; Wesley Matthews, Portland 4 (2), Kendrick Perkins, Oklahoma City, 3; Nicolas Batum, Portland, 3; (1); Joe Johnson, Atlanta; 2 (1); Keith Bogans, Chicago 2 (1); Kyle Lowry, Houston, 2; Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers, 2; Luc Mbah a Moute, Milwaukee, 2; Manu Ginobili, San Antonio, 2 (1); Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee, 1; Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers 1; Arron Afflalo, Denver, 1; Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 1; Kirk Hinrich, Atlanta 1; Nene, Denver, 1; Ronnie Brewer, Chicago, 1; Shawn Marion, Dallas, 1; Tayshaun Prince, Detroit, 1.


WKU Picks Up Commitment from Two-Sport Star T.J. Price

Nick Baumgardner of the Bowling Green Daily News reports that Western Kentucky has picked up a commitment from two-sport star T.J. Price.

Price is a 6-2 shooting guard from Salmen (La.) High School. He averaged 17.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists last season at Salmen.


MRI Negative on Rajon Rondo's Elbow

MRI results on Rajon Rondo's injured elbow were negative and he will try to play in tonight's critical game 4 against the Miami Heat:

John Wall to Do Some Work as a Model

Former University of Kentucky star John Wall will do some work at a model on Tuesday.

Wall and teammate Jordan Crawford (Joe's little brother) will be modelling the Washington Wizards new red, white and blue jerseys, logo and color scheme in a press conference tomorrow morning.

The event will take place on the Wizards' practice court.


Dick Vitale Wonders Who Gave DeAndre Liggins Advice

I guess it's safe to say that ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale doesn't agree with DeAndre Liggins' decision to stay in the NBA Draft:

DickieV Who in the world was D.Liggins getting advice from? How could he give up playing @ UK? He is solid college player. -but NBA a real ? mark!

NBCSports Ranks Kentucky No. 2 in Preseason Top 25 ranks Kentucky No. 2 behind North Carolina in their post-withdrawal preseason Top 25.

Duke, Syracuse and Ohio State round out the top 5.

The Louisville Cardinals are ranked No. 8.

Here is an excerpt about Kentucky and Louisville:

2. Kentucky

Record: 29-9 (Final Four)
Key returnees: PF Terrence Jones, SG Doron Lamb, SF Darius Miller, C Eloy Vargas, SF Jon Hood.
Key losses: PG Brandon Knight, C Josh Harrellson, SF DeAndre Liggins
Incoming recruits: PG Marquis Teague, SF Michael Gilchrist, PF Anthony Davis, PF Kyle Wiltjer

The skinny: Once again, the Wildcats are loaded with talent. And once again, many of those talented players are freshmen. Given that Kentucky beat UNC for a Final Four spot in 2011, you could argue they should be the top team. The biggest concerns: The frontcourt depth and Teague as the primary ball-handler. They’ll struggle if he gets hurt.

8. Louisville

Record: 25-10 (Second round of NCAA tournament)
Key returnees: PG Peyton Siva, SG Chris Smith, PF Jared Swopshire, SF Kyle Kuric, SF Rakeem Buckles, PF Gorgui Dieng
Key losses: SG Preston Knowles, PF Terrence Jennings
Incoming recruits: SG Wayne Blackshear, PF Chane Behanan, C Zach Price

The skinny: The Cards overachieved in 2010-11, winning 25 games and finishing tied for third in the Big East. Expect more. Siva’s primed for a breakout, Kuric and Smith developed into key players and Buckles and Swopshire will both be healthy. Knowles’ departure will be offset by Blackshear’s addition and Jennings’ production will be displaced by Buckles and Dieng. Still a talented team.

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Bellarmine Knights Honored by Governor Beshear

The Bellarmine Knights, who won the 2011 NCAA Division II national championship, were honored by Governor Steve Beshear at the Capitol in Frankfort this morning.

Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Jones Stays, Liggins Goes Edition

Sunday's Top 5:

- The big news of the day was the official confirmation that DeAndre Liggins will forgo his senior season at Kentucky and remain in the NBA Draft.

- The other huge news from the weekend was Terrence Jones' decision to return to Kentucky for his sophomore season.

- North Carolina State transfer Ryan Harrow will be visiting Kentucky on Tuesday.

- Rajon Rondo left with a gruesome injury in Saturday's win over the Miami Heat. He then returned in heroic fashion and finished the game.

- Butler's Shelvin Mack is ending his college career and remaining in the NBA Draft.

On Monday, Get Ready For:

- NBA Playoffs: Heat vs. Celtics at 7:00 p.m.; Thunder vs. Grizzlies at 9:30 p.m.

Recruiting News:

- Western Kentucky officially announced the signing of Kevin Kaspar; rumors are floating around that Shaquille Stokes is no longer considering the Hilltoppers.

- Another D1 program in the state is also expected to announce a new signee soon.

The Buzz:

- gatorhoops Charges against erik Murphy reduced to 2nd degree misdemeanor crim trespass.

- Duke has hired Jeff Capel as an assistant coach and moved Nate James to a staff position.

- Scotty Hopson and Tobias Harris are both leaving Tennessee early and remaining in the NBA Draft.

- Arizona signed Sean Miller to an extension, leaving Maryland on the hunt for another target.

- Head coach Jeff Nickel has resigned his position at Greenup County.

- The Mavericks completed a 4-game sweep by drilling the Lakers 122-86 in the NBA Playoffs.

- In the other playoff game, Atlanta defeated Chicago 100-88 to even the series at 2-2.

Video of the Day (Patrick Patterson's rookie highlights):

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