Former Morehead State University star Demonte Harper worked out for the Boston Celtics on Saturday.
Harper was joined by Malcolm Lee (UCLA), Chris Wright (Georgetown), Anthony Gurley (UMass) and Jeremiah Rivers (Georgetown/Indiana).
Harper in action at the OVC Tournament:
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Former Kentucky star DeAndre Liggins feels good about today's workout in Chicago.
He posted on Twitter after the workout:
DLiggs34 I think I displayed the best defensive performance in the Bulls workout today!!!!!
Nuggets.com caught up with former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried recently for a brief Q&A.
Here is an excerpt:
Q: How does it feel to be back in Denver and at the Pepsi Center for the first time since advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament?
A: It is a great feeling. It brings back great memories from my time at Morehead St. It brings back great memories of my teammates, which are my brothers and my coaches. It was a great feeling overall.
Q: What is it like playing here at elevation versus playing in another state?
A:This one gets you tired quicker and you definitely get cotton mouth easier, even just talking you get cotton mouth quicker. You just have to stay focused and remain steady and be ready for anything pretty much.
Q: A lot of scouts know about your hustle and rebounding, what else are you trying to prove to them?
A: That I am strong enough and big enough to play down low. Everybody says I am small, too short, or not strong enough. I just want to prove that I am able to do that, and I'm not going to back down no matter how much taller or more athletic a player is. I am going to do the little things like boxing out and just going and grabbing every rebound I can whether it’s on offense or defense.
Q: What are your strengths as a player?
A:Well I know how to work hard. I always play as hard as I can and that is an advantage for me, because some guys don’t do that all the time. I know my rebounding is a big part. I also think a strength of mine is doing all the dirty work no one wants to do. I don’t have a problem getting physical, boxing out and grabbing a loose ball. I think coaches know that about me and it is something everyone wants on their team.
There is a growing feeling around the NBA landscape that Brandon Knight may be hurting himself by avoiding head-to-head workouts against the likes of Kemba Walker and Jimmer Fredette.
According to Sports Illustrated, it is no longer clear that the Utah Jazz will use the draft's third pick on the former Kentucky star.
Here is an excerpt:
Sources say the Kentucky point guard could be risking his chance to go third overall to Utah by refusing to work out against competition. Knight has an open invitation to join Connecticut's Kemba Walker, BYU's Jimmer Fredette and UCLA's Malcolm Lee in a June 15 workout with the Jazz, but sources close to both sides said he has yet to decide whether to take part.
What's more, there are rumblings that Utah is less than thrilled at the notion that Knight would even consider dictating the terms with the No. 3 pick (although Turkish center Enes Kanter already did just that in his Jazz workout in Chicago in which Toronto also took part). It's unclear whether the Jazz would take a hard-line stance and refuse to take Knight unless he worked out against other top-line competitors, but that appears to be a possibility.
I attended Knight's workout in Sacramento on June 2 and walked away convinced that Knight saw the Kings as his so-called first-round floor at No. 7. The problem there, predictably, is that the one-on-none approach wasn't well received by the Kings' brass either.
The University of Pikeville has announced the signing of 6-6 junior Nathan Parker, a transfer from NCAA Division I Wofford College.
College: Wofford College
- 2.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg
- As a sophomore played in only 12 games due to injury
- Recorded 7 points and 7 rebounds against Western Carolina
- As a freshman, played in 26 games
- Played a season-high 17 minutes with five points against Lees-McRae (11/19) and pulled down a season-best seven rebounds
- At Santa Clara (12/30) was 3-of-3 from the floor for six points
- At Elon (1/9) had a season-high eleven points as he was 4-of-6 from the floor and he was 3-of-3 from the FT line
Prep: Bearden HS, TN, Hometown: Knoxville, TN
- Led Knoxville’s Bearden High School to a 35-3 record as a senior, earning the #1 ranking in the state of Tennessee and #26 nationally.
- Averaged 12.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 2.3 apg
- Earned All-District and All-Region honors as both a junior and Senior
- Named Region Tournament MVP
- All-State honoree by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association
- Named to the All-Tournament teams at the Arby’s Classic and Super 16
University of Kentucky signee Marquis Teague drained an 18-footer with 1.2 seconds left to give the Indiana All-Stars a 105-103 win over Kentucky in last night's all-star game at Bellarmine University.
The Kentucky All-Stars had one final opportunity, but Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey failed to get a shot off.
Indiana has now won 23 of the past 26 meetings against Kentucky and holds an 84-82 series advantage.
The two teams will do battle again tonight at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Teague talks to John Clay about his game-winning shot:
According to Kirk Bohls of Statesman.com, Wake Forest transfer Tony Woods will enroll at Texas.
Woods originally decided to transfer to Louisville, but opted to open his recruitment back up after Tim Fuller left the U of L program.
Kentucky was in the mix, but it appears Woods is headed to Texas.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Former Kentucky and USC player Rodrick Rhodes has added another mountain school to his list of potential head coaching jobs.
Rhodes stated today that he has talked to Cordia, in addition to Harlan and Owsley County.
Here is an excerpt from HarlanDaily.com:
Rhodes reiterated that he would like to make a decision by June 17, and added that he has several options.
“I want to be done with this process by next Friday for sure. I have been talking to a few schools, including Cordia. I talked to (Owsley County) for the first time today and they are absolutely still in the picture,” he said. “Whatever school and community makes me feel the most comfortable is how I will base my decision.”
Rhodes added that he has one interview remaining, and will then meet with family and friends to discuss his options.
“I have one more interview then I will be pretty much done with the process,” he said. “I will talk with some friends and family members and come up with a decision that best fits me and my family.”
I am very sad to report that former Pikeville College player Ewan Linton died today after he reportedly drowned in the Russell Fork River at the Breaks Interstate Park.
Here is an excerpt of the report from WKYT.com:
A deputy coroner says he was told Linton was swimming with some friends when he just went under.
No foul play is suspected.
“Probably the most outgoing person, player for anybody that I knew at any point. Just could electrify a room when he walked in and just had that smile on his face from start to finish of any day. I'm just saddened and really reeling as far as what's went on,” Coach Kelly Wells said.
Friends say Linton was married and had a young daughter.
Linton's death is another sad reminder of just how fragile life is. I'd like to ask all readers to pray for that family as well as Coach Wells and the Pikeville Bears family.
Coach Wells released this statement tonight:
“Losing Ewan is like losing a member of my family, because he had been with me for the last four years in some capacity. Ewan was a great young man who has impacted everyone he's been around. It is very sad to lose him at such a young age. Shawne and I are devastated and our prayers are with his family at this time.”
Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports recently spoke to Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua. Coach O gave some great comments about his current and former UK players.
Here are some comments Rothstein posted on Twitter:
JonRothstein Orlando Antigua on Enes Kanter "No one has been able to see his heart, determination, + will to compete. That's what makes him who he is."
JonRothstein Orlando Antigua on Kanter cont'd "He's got extremely soft hands + he might not look it, but he's deceptively athletic."
JonRothstein Orlando Antigua on Brandon Knight "He's as driven as anyone. He's the hardest working guy around. Whoever takes him is set @ PG for 15 yrs."
JonRothstein Orlando Antigua on Knight cont'd "Coach Cal says it best - Whatever you think Brandon's best is, that's what he'll become."
JonRothstein Orlando Antigua on the 2011-12 Kentucky Wildcats "It's our job to get these guys to buy in there's no better at that than @UKCoachCalipari "
JonRothstein Orlando Antigua on Kentucky cont'd "We know kids all have their own personal goals but we have to get them to understand team > everything."
JonRothstein Orlando Antigua on Marquis Teague "He's got John Wall type athleticism and a great feel for the game. We just need him to slow down a tad."
JonRothstein Orlando Antigua on Michael Gilchrist "He can defend so many positions because he's so competitive."
JonRothstein Orlando Antigua on Anthony Davis "He's a unique player. He can potentially play 3,4, or 5 and he really rebounds well out of his area."
JonRothstein Orlando Antigua on Kyle Wiltjer "He's committed to winning because he wants to play with the best. He will be a high production glue guy."
Here is some new footage of Julius Randle, ESPN's top-ranked sophomore in the nation, in action:
Randle has an impressive list of schools recruiting him, including Kentucky.
Randle has an impressive list of schools recruiting him, including Kentucky.
University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino threw a jab at the Southeastern Conference Thursday night during a Cardinal Caravan event in Shelbyville.
Here is an excerpt:
When introducing his son, U of L assistant Richard, Pitino quipped: "He went away for a couple of years to learn how to do things in a second-rate league, then get back to the big time."
The younger Pitino spent the past two seasons as an assistant under Billy Donovan at Florida.
Pitino's comment comes a little more than a week after Calipari suggested at the annual SEC meetings that the Big East gets too many teams into the NCAA Tournament and then subsequently under-performs. He also suggested that the Big East is the product of "media hype" last March.
My Thoughts: Pitino apparently did not give a shout out to Morehead State and head coach Donnie Tyndall.
Former University of Kentucky star Jeff Sheppard and UNITE hosted their fifth Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camp Thursday night.
Here is an excerpt from The Times-Tribune:
The camp was directed by former UK basketball player Jeff Sheppard.
“He’s a really good guy. If you can get kids to look up to this guy, you’re doing good. He’s a good role model,” said Mike Williams, the West Care Kentucky Clinical director. “That’s one of the best guys you’ll ever meet. He’s never done drugs, he lives by example.”
The camp staff “coaches” were former drug addicts from West Care Kentucky rehab center.
Williams said the camp gives them the opportunity to get good feedback for doing the right thing. Williams said 15 out of 20 West Care coaches who participate in the Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camp make a full recovery.
There is a chance that the Kentucky All-Stars will be without Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey and Warren Central star George Fant in tonight's game against Indiana.
Here is an excerpt from Kentucky.com:
Anthony Hickey, MVP of the state tournament for champion Christian County and the state's Mr. Basketball, has been attending classes at LSU. The 5-foot-11 guard averaged 18 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.8 steals last season.
George Fant, a 6-foot-7 power forward out of Warren Central, has similar obligations at Western Kentucky University.
"We're hoping they can make it by Friday night, but we totally understand their future," said Drury, the coach at Anderson County. "We think we're going to get them, but we've still got our fingers crossed. It's like picking up a lottery pick late in the year."
What: Boys' and girls' high school basketball all-star games | Series: Indiana leads boys' series 84-42 and girls' series 39-31
Where: Friday at Bellarmine University's Knights Hall. Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis
Game times: Friday, girls at 5:30 p.m., boys at 7:30; Saturday, girls at 5 p.m., boys at 7
Tickets: $20 | For further details: Visit kyallstars.net or call the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation at (502) 583-0564
Player Ht. High school College
x-Anthony Hickey 5-11 Christian Co. LSU
Remy Abell 6-4 Eastern Indiana
George Fant 6-7 Warren Central Western Kentucky
Lyonell Gaines 6-6 Eastern IUPUI
Jordan Gilbert 5-10 Mason Co. Transylvania
Donovan Kates 6-5 Christian Co.Manhattan
Arman Marks 6-4 EasternJames Madison
Zach Price 6-10 Jeffersontown Louisville
y-Corey Rogers 6-4 Clark Co. Tennessee Martin
Treg Setty 6-8 Mason Co.Southern Illinois
Ryan Taylor 6-6 Western Louisville
Kameron Woods 6-9 EasternButler
Head coach: Glen Drury, Anderson Co.; assistant coach: Jason Booher, Holmes.
Player Ht. High school College
x-Cody Zeller 6-11 Washington Indiana
Adonis Filer 6-3 Hammond Noll Undecided
Joe Crisman 6-4 Munster Loyola-Chicago
Eric Stutz 6-8 Castle Eastern Kentucky
Nic Moore 5-9 Warsaw Illinois State
Branden Dawson 6-6 Gary WallaceMichigan State
Andy Smeathers 6-7 Center Grove Butler
Marquis Teague 6-2 Pike Kentucky
Austin Richie 6-1 Lowell Western Michigan
Justin Grant 6-8 Terre Haute N.Indiana State
Dee Davis 5-9 Bloomington S. Xavier
Austin Etherington5-11 Hamilton Hts.Indiana
Chris Whitehead 5-11 New Albany Undecided
Head coach: Mike Hackett, Munster; assistant coaches: Bill Zych, Pike; Jeff Moore, Sullivan.
x-Mr. Basketball; y-will play football in college
Former University of Kentucky player Dale Brown is changing jobs. Brown is leaving Dillard University after a three-year run to coach at Meridian Community College.
Here is an excerpt from WTOK.com:
"We are very excited to have Dale Brown joining the MCC athletic family," Elliott said. "We were looking for a coach with strong Mississippi ties - somebody who would stay and build a program here. We feel we have found that coach in Dale Brown. His credentials are simply outstanding."
Brown had a brief stint in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings before playing professional basketball in Europe. He took over the head coaching reins at Moss Point in 2007-08, leading his troops to a 32-6 record and a state semi-final berth.
He also coached the Mississippi Gulf Coast Bandits in the NBA developmental league, taking third place with a 20-11 mark. Brown coached 15 players who ultimately made it to the NBA.
"I look forward to the challenge at MCC," Brown said. "My goal is for our players to be winners in the classroom and on the court. I am obviously very familiar with Mississippi junior college basketball, having played and coached in the MACJC Conference. I am confident that we can recruit well in the state as well as landing some outstanding talent around the country."
If big time coaching contacts make a difference, Brown will be very well-positioned, listing Pitino, Florida's Billy Donovan and former Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith among his references.
North Carolina State transfer Ryan Harrow believes he can be a top-level point guard at the University of Kentucky.
He spoke to Jason King of Yahoo! Sports recently.
Here is an excerpt:
“I’m ready to start hitting open shots again,” he said, “and I need to get better at finishing around the basket. I took it to the hole whenever I wanted to last season but when I got bumped it would throw me off.
“I lost my confidence last year. But this season, I’ll be playing against all these good guys in practice every day. If I can do well against them, playing against other teams will be a lot easier.”
Kentucky will feature one of the country’s top backcourts with players such a Teague, Doron Lamb and Darius Miller. As much as they will help improve his game, Harrow said he hopes his presence has a positive effect on them, too.
“I’m definitely going to do as much as I can to contribute,” Harrow said. “Playing against a person with the same kind of talent as you and battling each other every day can’t do anything but help you. Going against them - and them going against me – is going to help everyone out a lot.”
Omar Calhoun, a 2012 shooting guard who had Kentucky on his final list, has committed to Connecticut.
Here is an excerpt from ZagsBlog.com:
Two days after landing 2011 small forward DeAndre Daniels, the Huskies picked up a verbal commitment Thursday from 6-foot-5 Omar Calhoun Jr. of Christ the King, the No. 8 shooting guard in the Class of 2012.
“Yes, I committed to the University of Connecticut,” he said by text. “After spending quality time with Coach [Jim] Calhoun and the rest of the coaching staff, Coach [Kevin] Ollie and Coach [Glen] Miller and touring the campus my family and I felt UConn is the perfect place for me to continue my higher education academically as well as athletically."
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Dimemag.com caught up with former University of Kentucky star DeAndre Liggins recently. In the interview, Liggins talked about his time at Kentucky, why he decided to stay in the NBA Draft and more.
Here is an excerpt:
Dime: How hard was it for you to forgo your senior season at Kentucky, especially considering UK could be national championship contenders next season?DL: It was hard. It was really hard thinking about that, but I was also thinking about my family, and my new child that just got here who’s four months old now. It was difficult not to go back, but I just had to stick with it (staying in the draft) and go with my heart.
Dime: What is your fondest memory of your time in Lexington?
DL: Definitely when I hit that three-point shot against North Carolina in the Elite Eight (that helped seal the game for the Wildcats to send them to the Final Four).
Dime: Describe what is was like to play in front of 23,500 fans every night in Rupp Arena and for UK. What did that mean to you personally?
DL: I was always nervous at the beginning of the game playing at Rupp, but once the jump ball went up I was calm. It’s a thrill to play in front of 24,000 fans every night.
Dime: UK fans are known as some of the most devoted in college basketball. What’s the craziest encounter you’ve ever had with a UK fan?
DL: When I was out one time someone wanted me to sign their sock (laughs).
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Mayfield, Ky. - Mid-Continent University head men's basketball coach Winston Bennett has announced the 2011 dates for his 4th annual Summer Basketball Camps. The Winston Bennett Basketball Camps have been the premier camp in the area for boys and girls ages 6-16 to improve and enjoy the game of basketball.
This summer's dates include camps at both the Cougar Center on the campus of Mid-Continent University in Mayfield (June 20-23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and at the Paducah Regional SportsPlex in Paducah (July 18-21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Both camps run Monday-Thursday on their respective dates.
CLICK THIS LINK for information regarding times and dates, cost and the registration form.
The University of Louisville has officially announced the additions of Kevin Ware and Luke Hancock to the men's basketball program.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kevin Ware, a 6-4, 180-pound guard from Rockdale County High in Conyers, Ga., and Luke Hancock, a 6-5, 190-pound guard/forward who has played the last two seasons at George Mason, each have signed a financial aid agreement to attend the University of Louisville.
Ware averaged 13.2 points, 4.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals as a senior last season in helping Rockdale County post a 26-6 record and finish as the Georgia 4-A state runner-up. A first-team all-state selection, he is rated by Rivals.com as the No. 70 overall prospect in the class of 2011, No. 94 in the ESPNU Top 100 and 99th nationally by Scout.com.
"Kevin is someone who can play three positions," said U of L coach Rick Pitino. "He gives us great length and height at the point spot. He'll be outstanding with our full-court press and great with our offensive transition game. We're very excited to have him as a part of our program."
"Luke is exactly the type of player that we need for our basketball team," said U of L Coach Rick Pitino. "He's a young man who understands how to play the game. He's a true triple-threat player -- he can catch, pass and shoot well -- and he really has a great basketball IQ. If it comes down to someone needing to make the pass, make the shot or go to the foul line, you want him doing all three in crucial situations."
Hancock, who hails from Roanoke, Va., averaged 10.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and a team-high 4.3 assists as a sophomore last season in helping George Mason post a 27-7 record and reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He connected on 49.4 percent from the field, 35.9 percent from three point range, and 81 percent at the free throw line. He will sit out the 2011-12 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.
He totaled 18 points, five assists and three rebounds against Villanova in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament and his 3-pointer with 21 seconds left put the Patriots ahead for good in a 61-57 upset victory. He was a third-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection as a sophomore when he scored in double figures on 19 occasions and handed out five or more assists 11 times.
Hancock earned all-rookie team honors in the CAA as a freshman when he averaged 7.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists for the Patriots. He gathered 59 steals in his initial two collegiate seasons.
Complete Release from Louisville
The University of Kentucky has officially announced the addition of Ryan Harrow, a transfer from North Carolina State, to the men's basketball program.
Here is the official release from UKAthletics.com:
LEXINGTON, Ky. – North Carolina State transfer Ryan Harrow has enrolled for summer classes at UK, head Coach John Calipari announced on Thursday.
A 6-1 guard, Harrow averaged 9.3 points and 3.3 assists as a freshman at North Carolina State last season. He was named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Rookie of the Week on Dec. 15 after his performance against USC Upstate where he came off the bench to score a career-best 20 points on 10-of-13 shooting. He also dished out five assists to zero turnovers and added three steals.
Due to NCAA transfer rules, Harrow will have to sit out the 2011-12 season, but he will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“Ryan has tremendous ball-handling skills and offensive awareness and is a great addition to our team,” Calipari said. “He’s a great student of the game as well as in the classroom. He’ll have a year to grow in our system and should be ready to be a major contributor in 2012-13.”
A graduate of Walton High School in Marietta, Ga., Harrow was a third-team Parade All-American, the Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year and the Georgia 5A player of the year as a senior. He was rated the 19th-best overall prospect and No. 7 point guard by Rivals.com in the class of 2010 and was rated No. 25 and No. 39 overall by Scout.com and ESPN Recruiting, respectively.
Jason King of Yahoo! Sports lists Kentucky's Doron Lamb as one of the most underrated players in college basketball.
Here is an excerpt about Lamb:
Doron Lamb, Kentucky, guard – Although he tapered off a bit at the end of the season, Lamb still played a vital role in the Wildcats getting to the Final Four. He averaged 12.3 points and shot 48.6 percent from 3-point range – not bad for a freshman coming off the bench.
Former University of Kentucky forward Ramon Harris played well in his debut with Ningxia Hanas in China's second-level National Basketball League.
In a 106-95 win over Hangzhou, Harris started and played 33 minutes. He was 7-12 from the field for 16 points. He also pulled down 7 rebounds and picked up 3 steals.
Ningxia Hanas returns to action with a game against Sichuan on Saturday.
Former University of Kentucky forward Heshimu Evans will re-sign for another season with Sport Lisboa Benfica.
Benfica just completed a runner-up finish in Portugal's top-level LPB league.
Evans averaged 12.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game last season.
The former Wildcat was not selected for the Portuguese National Team.
Campbellsville University's Shaad O'Garro has been named to Cayman's national basketball team for this summer.
The team will compete in the Islands Games on the United Kingdom's Isle of Wight in late June and early July. After that they will compete in the Caribbean Basketball Confederation Senior Championships July 25 through August 5 in the Bahamas.
O'Garro redshirted at Campbellsvile last season.
Here is the 12-man roster:
Jorge Ebanks, Jerome Graham-Record, Chad Leslie, Jerome Narcissee, Dwight O’Garro, Samuel O’Garro, Shaad O’Garro, Lloyd Samuels, Deandre Simpson, David Terry, Cory Thompson and Rotando Thompson
Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com reported this morning that Syracuse has recently contacted 2013 star Kuran Iverson.
Iverson is also being recruited by the University of Kentucky.
Here is a post from Zagoria on Twitter:
AdamZagoria Syracuse has recently called on 2013 stud Kuran Iverson, per his AAU coach.
Iverson in action:
Former Kentucky high school star Allan Houston has been hired as general manager of the D-League's Erie BayHawks.
Houston, who starred at Tennessee and had an outstanding NBA career, served as assistant GM with the New York Knicks last season.
Here is an excerpt from Newsday.com:
The Knicks today announced that Houston will serve as general manager of the D-League's Erie BayHawks, with whom the Knicks have formed an exclusive affiliation. The Knicks will run the basketball operations of the BayHawks. The Knicks will be one of three teams to have what is called a "hybrid affiliation" with a D-League team, along with the Nets (Springfield Armor) and Houston Rockets (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
The BayHawks used to be shared by the Cavaliers and Raptors.
Special Shout Out: Congrats to the Magoffin County High School fastpitch softball team! The girls from my old high school won the 15th Region and are in Owensboro for the state tournament. Go Hornets!
Wednesday's Top 5:
- John Calipari was nominated for a regional Emmy for his work with WKYT's Hoops for Haiti Telethon.
- Darius Miller accepted an invitation to participate in USA's World Basketball Team Training Camp.
- Centre College will leave the SCAC and join a new conference that is forming.
- Kentucky and Samford agreed to play three games, beginning with a December 20 game next season.
- Western Kentucky hired Jake Morton as an assistant coach.
On Thursday, Get Ready For:
- NBA Finals: Miami vs. Dallas at 9:00 p.m. ET (Series tied 2-2)
- Louisville grad George Goode will transfer and lists Morehead State as one of his three potential destinations.
- Campbellsville University announced the addition of three transfers.
- Arizona transfer Momo Jones is headed to Iona.
- Benfica Lisboa (Portugal) has re-signed former UK forward Heshimu Evans.
- Former Ballard star Allan Houston has been hired as general manager of the Erie BayHawks.
- Warren Central has hired assistant William Unseld to replace head coach Tim Riley.
Video of the Day (Morehead State's Demonte Harper talks about NBA workout):
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari has been nominated for a regional Emmy for his work in the WKYT Hoops for Haiti Telethon.
Here is an excerpt from the Lexington Herald-Leader:
In what is certainly a rarity, Calipari has been nominated for a regional Emmy award for his role in the WKYT (Channel 27) Hoops for Haiti telethon.
He is one of 12 people who the Lexington CBS affiliate submitted as part of its entry. Others include WKYT anchors Sam Dick, Amber Philpott, Rob Bromley and Brandon Fisher.
The telethon, in which the UK basketball team participated, raised more than $1.3 million for earthquake relief in Haiti and led to President Barack Obama phoning the team to thank them for their efforts.
"It's not very often you see people not directly involved in the business nominated for awards," said Emmy awards administrator Cherie Housley, who said she can't recall a basketball coach being nominated in her 25 years with the organization.
Louisville graduate George Goode will transfer and be eligible to play during the 2011-12 season under NCAA grad transfer rules.
He is reportedly down to three schools: Kansas State, Morehead State and Missouri.
Goode is 6-8 forward who averaged 2.9 points per game for the Cardinals last season.
Centre College will be leaving the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and forming a new conference with seven other Division III institutions.
Here is some more information from Centre:
Centre College along with seven other Division III institutions will be forming a new conference following the 2011-12 academic year.
During the annual spring meeting of the league's Board of Directors, the Presidents of Centre, Birmingham-Southern College, Hendrix College, Millsaps College, Oglethorpe University, Rhodes College, and Sewanee-The University of the South declared their intent to withdraw from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, which will be effective June 30, 2012.
Berry College, located in Mount Berry, Ga., will be joining the new conference with the seven schools from the SCAC, after being independent.
Western Kentucky University has hired Jake Morton as an assistant men's basketball coach. Morton, who comes from Miami (Fla.), completes Ken McDonald's coaching staff at WKU.
Here is the release from Western Kentucky:
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU head men's basketball coach Ken McDonald completed his bench for the upcoming 2011-12 season after announcing the addition of Jake Morton as an assistant coach on Tuesday.
Morton comes to the Hill after spending four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Miami (Fla.), where he was a member of the basketball team from 1989-93 and can still be found in the school record books in multiple statistical categories.
"Jake brings many years of Division I coaching experience, the last four of which were at an ACC school with a good friend of mine, Frank Haith," McDonald said. "We are very fortunate to have that experience both in recruiting and coaching at a high level. I have known Jake for a while, and I know the system he comes from and the program he comes from. He has done a great job recruiting in various areas of the country, and there are a lot of positives about adding him to the staff. We are excited to welcome him, his wife and three children to the Hilltopper family."
While at Miami from 2008-11, Morton helped the Hurricanes to three 20-win seasons and three postseason berths, including a victory in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. During Morton’s tenure in Miami, the Hurricanes posted their second-most victories in a season and also earned their best all-time finish in the ACC, with both coming during the 2007-08 campaign.
Morton also helped tutor two future NBA Draft picks and two first-team All-ACC performers in his four seasons under Haith.
"I am very excited to be here at WKU, and I am really looking forward to getting off to a good start," Morton said. "This time of year is all about recruiting and getting ready for July, and I'm very excited about what I see with the spirit of this team. I have followed Coach McDonald's career from afar, and he's done great things as a coach at the collegiate level. I'm looking forward to joining his staff and learning a great deal from him."
According to Mike DeCourcy of SportingNews.com, the best place to coach in America is North Carolina.
DeCourcy lists UNC as the best coaching job, followed by UCLA and Texas.
Kentucky and Ohio Stat rounds out the top five.
The best college basketball coaching jobs:
1. NORTH CAROLINA. How many kids in America wouldn’t take Carolina’s call?
2. UCLA. The location and tradition are incredible, but agents prowling the region threaten to knock this one down the list.
3. TEXAS. There’s so much talent and money — and minimal pressure to win it all. What more could a coach want?
4. KENTUCKY. Perhaps more than any other program, Kentucky makes certain there is life beyond basketball for those who prove themselves to be committed Wildcats.
5. OHIO STATE. The Buckeyes earned the 2011 NCAA Tournament No. 1 overall seed with a rotation featuring six in-state recruits.
University of Kentucky forward Darius Miller has accepted an invitation from the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee to attend the 2011 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team training camp.
Those accepting invitations to the training camp:
Accepting invitations to attend the 2011 USA Basketball World University Games Team training camp were: Tim Abromaitis (Notre Dame/Unionville, Conn.); Bradford Burgess (VCU/Midlothian, Va.); Marcus Denmon (Missouri/Kansas City, Mo.); Kim English (Missouri/Baltimore, Md.); Yancy Gates (Cincinnati/ Cincinnati, Ohio); Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh/Scotch Plains, N.J.); Draymond Green (Michigan State/Saginaw, Mich.); JaMychal Green (Alabama/Montgomery, Ala.); Tu Holloway (Xavier/Hempstead, N.Y.); Scoop Jardine (Syracuse/Philadelphia, Pa.); John Jenkins (Vanderbilt/Hendersonville, Tenn.); Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara/Seaside, Calif.); Greg Mangano (Yale/Orange, Conn.); Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota/St. Paul, Minn.); C.J. McCollum (Lehigh/Canton, Ohio); Khris Middleton (Texas A&M/North Charleston, S.C.); Darius Miller (Kentucky/Maysville, Ky.); Tony Mitchell (Alabama/Swainsboro, Ga.); Aaric Murray (West Virginia/Philadelphia, Pa.); Alex Oriakhi (Connecticut/Lowell, Mass.); John Shurna (Northwestern/ Glen Ellyn, Ill.); and Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin/ Bloomington, Minn.).
Purdue University head coach Matt Painter, who previously assisted the 2009 USA U19 World Championship Team to a gold medal, has been selected as head coach of the 2011 USA Men’s World University Games Team, while collegiate head coaches Cuonzo Martin of the University of Tennessee and Brad Stevens of Butler University were named as assistant coaches.
Article by USABasketball.com
Former University of Kentucky star Rajon Rondo and Red Bull are teaming up to host the Red Bull King of the Rock tournament at Alcatraz again in 2011.
Here is the Red Bull release:
06/07/11 -- On September 24, 64 players will once again lace up their shoes, steady their nerves and set foot on the island of Alcatraz in hopes of winning it all at Red Bull King of the Rock. First held in 2010, Red Bull King of the Rock is the only official sporting event held on Alcatraz and the first time basketball has been played on the hard concrete of The Rock since the inmates left the island more than 50 years ago. The one-on-one basketball tournament is ready to tip-off for another round, having grown from 6 qualifiers on the west coast in 2010 to 56 qualifiers around the globe in 2011 (23 in the United States). The event's international reach is sure to make the competition this year tougher than ever. Respect will be earned and feelings will be hurt, but there can be only one King, so out of 64 finalists, only one will be crowned "King of the Rock." The event will once again be hosted by basketball superstar Rajon Rondo. More info can be found at www.redbullusa.com/kingoftherock.
"The Rock is perfect for one-on-one basketball. It's just you against the other guy -- no one to set picks, no one to help you," said Rajon Rondo. "I'm definitely looking forward to heading back to Alcatraz for Red Bull King of the Rock and seeing what kind of game these guys can bring."
This summer, the world's best shooters, post players and ball handlers will put it all on the line at high caliber one-on-one battles at Red Bull King of the Rock qualifiers. The top eight players from 2010, led by Champion Izeah "Clutch" Bowman from Los Angeles, will automatically advance to the finals on The Rock. There they will face off against 56 new qualifiers from around the globe, hungry to prove that fresh blood can prove more valuable than experience. International qualifiers will take place in the following countries: Canada, Spain, France, Lithuania, Slovenia, Serbia, Romania, Ukraine, Turkey and Israel.
Both the qualifiers and finals will incorporate a regular one-on-one basketball set-up where players go head-to-head on an outdoor court using a single elimination tournament bracket. There are only two options: win and continue on, or lose and go home. Games will last five minutes and be subject to regulation hoops rules and scoring (two and three pointers).
Winners must immediately hop to the next court to face another player, so while pure hoops ability is essential, strategy and endurance will also play a major role in overall victory.
Qualifiers will contain four intense half-court games going on simultaneously, until all eyes are on the final game. Players have to be tough to make it to The Rock, but must also play smart -- five fouls equals an automatic loss.
U.S. Event Schedule:
1. Los Angeles, CA / June 182. Portland, OR / June 253. Atlanta, GA / July 104. Boston, MA / July 165. New York, NY / July 236. Indianapolis. IL / July 237. Miami, FL / July 238. Philadelphia, PA / July 309. Las Vegas, NV / August 510. Cleveland, OH / August 511. Salt Lake City, UT / August 612. Charlotte, NC / August 713. Detroit, MI / August 1214. Oklahoma City, OK / August 1315. Washington, DC / August 1316. Chicago, IL / August 1917. San Diego, CA / August 2018. New Orleans, LA / August 2019. Norfolk, VA / August 2020. Tempe, AZ / August 2721. Dallas, TX / August 2722. Houston, TX / September 423. Oakland, CA / September 17
Finals: September 24 - San Francisco, The Yard on Alcatraz
Red Bull King of the Rock is open to all ages, amateur and pro alike. Registration is first come first served at each qualifier, so players should arrive early to grab one of the coveted 64 spots. Players interested in competing should visit www.redbullusa.com/kingoftherock for more information.
Red Bull will be teaming up with 24 Hour Fitness, Skull Candy and Dime Magazine for this historic event.
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Campbellsville University has announced three transfers for the 2011-12 season:
Justin Ennis of Huntsivlle, Texas
- Transfer from Grayson County College (Tex.)
- 5-10 guard
- First team all-conference selection as a sophomore in 2011
- Averaged 11.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game
"Justin is a great student and great young man," CU head coach Keith Adkins said. "He brings to us a guy that has proven himself against great junior college competition playing in one of the better Texas JUCOs. We're confident he's ready to play at this level and help us immediately.
"On and off the floor, you will not find a better person than Justin Ennis. Coming from Grayson County and coach Rafferty, once again we know he's ready to come in and contribute immediately."
Filip Stanic of Croatia
- Transfer from Collin County College (Tex.)
- 6-6 small forward
- Averaged 7.6 points, shot 41% from the three-point line
"He's a big time shooter … We're bringing in a kid in Filip, who has also proven himself against some of the better junior college teams in Texas. Playing for Coach Jim Sigona, we know he has received great coaching at the junior college level and we're excited about the experience and skill level he brings to our team," Adkins said.
Jordan Myers of Ferdinand, Ind
- Transfer from Southern Illinois University
- 6-8 power forward/center
- Redshirted in 2009-10, but averaged 14.6 points and shot 53.4 percent from the floor during a Reach USA all-star team trip to China in May 2010.
"Jordan brings to us great size and skill level in the post. Even though his minutes at Southern Illinois were not extensive, we're still talking about a post player that signed in the Missouri Valley Conference," Adkins said. "His minutes were probably limited at Southern Illinois because of style of play. He will be a special player here at Campbellsville. He has a high skill level, high basketball IQ and any Division I transfer coming to us we expect to be an exceptional player."
Release from Campbellsville
Kentucky will play three games against the Samford Bulldogs beginning with a December 20 game at Rupp Arena next season.
Here is an excerpt from AL.com:
Samford has a signed contract to play three basketball games against Kentucky the next three seasons, with two of those games at Rupp Arena in Lexington and the final one here in Birmingham at either the Pete Hanna Center on the Samford campus or at the BJCC Arena downtown.
Newton came to Samford after serving as the director of basketball operations at Kentucky under head coach John Calipari.
"Martin was the catalyst" for the deal, Samford coach Jimmy Tillette said.
The series will start this season on Dec. 20 when Samford plays at Kentucky and will continue with early season games during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.
Former University of Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson is expected to work out for the Sacramento Kings on Thursday.
Harrellson will work out with a group headlined by former BYU star Jimmer Fredette. The group also includes Tobias Harris (Tennessee), Tyler Honeycutt (UCLA), Sam Muldrow (South Carolina), Randy Culpepper (UTEP).
My Thoughts: Harrellson and Cousins as teammates?
DeAndre Daniels, a 2011 recruit who was once involved with Kentucky, has finally (we hope) made a decision on where he will attend college.
According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Daniels has given his commitment to Connecticut.
Here is an excerpt:
Tuesday evening the 6-foot-7 forward spurned Texas, who many believed to be the leader, and others to commit to Connecticut, per Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy coach Vince Walden.
Daniels entertained interest from a number of schools early on and at different times Kentucky, Kansas and Texas were perceived to be leaders. He also toyed with the idea of heading to school last semester.
My Thoughts: Connecticut?
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
First, let me say that I'm sorry for the lack of updates today. That being said, there are times when basketball takes a back seat and and today was one of those times.
Next, I am so thankful that I have such a great group of friends, family and readers. All your words of support, prayer and enouragement have meant a great deal to my family.
Lastly, the doctors confirmed today that my dad did suffer a stroke. We are still awaiting test results that will tell us the severity of the damage and what the future holds.
Thank you for your continued prayers.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Hey friends, I have to be selfish and ask for your prayers tonight. I just found out that my dad has suffered a stroke.
I don't have a solid update at this time but I am heading to the hospital now. Please pray for my dad and my family tonight.
According to the Indianapolis Star, former Kentucky star Walter McCarty will likely not be retained in Indiana if the Pacers opt to keep interim coach Frank Vogel.
Here is an excerpt:
While a source close to the situation has said interim coach Frank Vogel is likely to return on a one-year deal, it appears he'll have to make some concessions for that to occur.
According to the Indianapolis Star, Vogel was told on Wednesday that "he'll have to change his staff if he's hired" and that "assistants Jay DeFruscio, Walter McCarty and Vitaly Potapenko will not be part of Vogel's staff if he returns as head coach." A Los Angeles Times report indicated that longtime Lakers assistant Frank Hamblen is being considered as a Vogel assistant.
The Pacers were 20-18 under Vogel, the 37-year-old who took over for Jim O'Brien midseason and was praised for the way his team competed in the five-game, first-round loss to Chicago in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Should the Pacers part ways with Vogel, Adelman and Casey are reportedly candidates.
McCarty has been rumored to be in the mix for the head coaching job at Boston University. Rick Pitino's son, Richard, is also rumored to a candidate.
The once promising basketball career of Scott County star Bud Mackey has come to a sad and bitter end.
Mackey, who has been unable to avoid trouble since his high school days, was sentenced to 15 1/2 years in prison this morning in a drug and theft case.
Here is an excerpt from Lex18.com:
The former basketball stand-out recently entered a guilty plea in court for trafficking in a controlled substance as well as escaping from the Scott County Sheriff's Office while being arrested on a robbery charge.
Mackey was sentenced to 15 1/2 years - 10 1/2 for robbery, theft and trafficking drugs, and five years for probation violation. The escape charge against Mackey was dismissed.
DREW KORDENBROCK MEMORIAL
3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
Simon Kenton Pioneers
All games will be played at Simon Kenton High School
Cost: Pre-Register = $80 per team of 4 (by June 9th)
Walk-ups = $100 per team of 4 (afterJune 9th)
When: Saturday, June 11th
Divisions: MIDDLE SCHOOL = 6th – 8th grade (as of 2011-2012 school yr)
HIGH SCHOOL = 9th grade thru 12th grade (2011 – 2012 school yr)
OPEN = Anyone that has graduated as of 2011 and Adults.
Entry form and fees must be received by Thursday June 9th.
Make checks payable to Simon Kenton Pioneer Club (no refunds)
1132 Madison Pike
Independence, KY 41051
CONCESSIONS, GAMES, AND PRIZES
**MANDATORY TEAM MEETING AT @ 2:00pm **
Teams must be registered between 1:00 - 1:30pm on June 11th
Games will begin as close to 2:30 pm as possible
Teams consist of 4 players only
Each team should have a light and dark jersey (t-shirt)
Players must play in their assigned division. No one can play down.
Each team is guaranteed at least 3 games
Pool Play, Each Team Moves on to Tournament
Prizes for 1st and 2nd place in each Division
For questions contact
Jeff Davis email email@example.com
Team Name: ______________________________
Circle Division your competing in: Middle School, High School or Open
Parent/Coach/Supervisor: _______________________ cell/home: _________________
Player 1 ________________________________ Phone________________
Player 2________________________________ Phone_________________
Player 3________________________________ Phone__________________
Player 4________________________________ Phone _________________
Western High School's Ryan Taylor says he's still firmly committed to Louisville and he thinks the Cards will have a scholarship for him next season.
He plans to attend Hargrave Military Academy and then return to Louisville in 2012.
Here he is talking to Rick Bozich of the Courier-Journal:
He plans to attend Hargrave Military Academy and then return to Louisville in 2012.
Here he is talking to Rick Bozich of the Courier-Journal:
Former University of Kentucky and USC player Rodrick Rhodes is apparently very serious about landing a head coaching job in Kentucky.
Rhodes, who made news over the weekend after expressing interest in the coaching position at Owsley County High School, has now applied for the open job at Harlan High School.
Here is an excerpt:
Harlan athletic director Kevin Ball confirmed Sunday that former Kentucky standout and NBA player Rodrick Rhodes has expressed interest in the boys coaching vacancy at Harlan High School.
Ball said he contacted the former Wildcat after learning of his interest in another coaching vacancy in the region. He added that Rhodes was receptive about the possibility of coaching at Harlan and later submitted an application.
“It is a name that people know,” Ball said. “He has obviously been around basketball all of his life, so the knowledge level should be there.”
The Dragons could have competition for Rhodes as he has also applied for the vacant boys basketball coaching position at Owsley County High School.
The Kentucky Boys' High School All-Stars will be conducting a public scrimmage at Anderson County High School on Monday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m.
The Kentucky team, led by Mr. Basketball and LSU signee Anthony Hickey of Christian County, will be scrimmaging the Kentucky Junior All-Stars in preparation for the annual summer series against Indiana.
The Kentucky team will feature 10 players who have already signed with Division I schools. In addition to Hickey, fans can meet players such as Louisville Eastern's Remy Abell (Indiana) and Kameron Woods (Butler), Warren Central's George Fant (Western Kentucky) and Jeffersontown's Zach Price (Louisville).
The team is coached by Anderson County's Glen Drury, who has won more than 400 games, two regional titles and numerous Coach of the Year awards during his career. He is also a member of the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches' Court of Honor.
The team will participate in a dunk contest and a 3-point shooting contest at 6 p.m. and will be available for autographs and pictures after the game.
Fans can see two scrimmages, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Perennial powers Eastern and Mason County will square off along with Anderson County and Lexington Sayre. Sayre boasts one of the state's top juniors-to-be in point guard Mike Smith.
Tickets are $4 at the door and are good for all events of the evening. Any high school, middle school or youth basketball coach, boys' or girls, bringing 10 or more guests can get tickets at half price. Coaches should call Jennifer Drury at 502-600-2523 for more information.
Kentucky boasts one of its strongest teams in many years, but will be taking on an Indiana team led by Kentucky signee Marquis Teague and Indiana recruit Cody Zeller, both of whom are listed in the top 15 players in the nation. The teams will play at Bellarmine College in Louisville on June 10 and at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis the following night.
**In addition, any former Kentucky All-Star player or coach who attends the June 6 scrimmage will be admitted free and recognized during the contest. Former players and coaches should contact John Herndon at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Kentucky Junior All-Stars (East Division) Expected at Anderson County:
Matt Day - Buckhorn
Wes Kimball - Henry Clay
Percy Blade - Eastern
Tyrell Corlew - Eastern
Tyler Black - Mason County
Lemon Gregory - Muhlenberg County
DJ Townsend - Rowan County
Adam Wing - Rowan County
Isaiah Ivey - Scott County
Tameron Manning - Scott County
Jay Johnson - Woodford County
Kerry Smith - Oldham County
Tyler Wesley - Oldham County
Murray State University has hired Matt Mcmahon from UNC-Wilmington as an assistant coach on Steve Prohm's staff.
Here is the release from MSU:
Murray, Ky. --- Murray State Men's Basketball Head Coach Steve Prohm announced the hiring of Matt McMahon, who joins the Racers' program from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
“I’m very excited to be able to have Matt join the Racer Basketball family,” Prohm said. “He has been part of championship teams as a player and coach and those experiences will help keep us at a championship level.”
“I am thrilled with the opportunity to join Steve Prohm’s coaching staff,” McMahon said. “His energy, passion, and overall vision for Murray State basketball are very impressive, and I am excited to be a part of it.”
McMahon comes to Murray State after spending the 2010-11 season with Coach Buzz Peterson at UNCW. McMahon served 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Appalachian State before moving to UNCW in 2010. He was ranked sixth on the list of best assistant coaches by FoxSports.com and received similar acclaim by CollegeInsider.com
FiveStarBasketball.com lists Kentucky recruits Shabazz Muhammad and Andre Drummond as two of the best players in Sunday's action at the Pangos All-American Camp.
Here is an excerpt:
Shabbazz Muhammad: has been more than a player this weekend, he has been a buzz-word. “Where's Shabbazz at? Which court is he playing at?” Phrases like those were tossed around more than the Powerade cups on the sidelines. Muhammad spent his Top 25 game going for every dunk he could find a lane for. He didn't connect on all of them, but the ones that went through were clean, absurdly high in the air and rough on the rim. At the end of the camp, Muhammad was awarded the MVP of the Camp award, joining past winners like James Harden, Brandon Jennings, John Wall and Harrison Barnes.
Andre Drummond: continued his highlight reel at Pangos with some hidden gems that he saved for the Top 25 game. Drummond enjoyed his time on Sunday, showcasing his deft handle with the rock, despite his size, crossing over his defender a few times in isolation to get the crowd hyped up. He also knew when to go back to his bread and butter, throwing down several board-rattling dunks. Overall, Drummond was a monster on the floor, making his fellow campers shake their heads in disgust at the way he treated the rims at Cal-State Dominguez Hills. He shared the game’s co-MVP award with Anthony Bennett.
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