Saturday, June 25, 2011

Brandon Knight Introduced to Detroit Media

Here is former Kentucky star Brandon Knight being introduced to the media in Detroit:

Brandon Knight Decides to Wear No. 7 in the NBA


According to Tom Leyden of WXYZ.com, Brandon Knight has decided to wear No. 7 for the Detroit Pistons.

He chose 7 to remind himself that 7 teams skipped over him in the NBA Draft.

Here is Leyden's post from Twitter:

TomLeyden Brandon Knight: Chose between 0
and 7 and seven teams passed over me, so 7 it was. #Pistons http://lockerz.com/s/114050265

Rupp Arena to Allow Additional Accessible Seating


Rupp Arena will be undergoing a transition that will allow availability of accessible seating in the upper level.

Here is an excerpt from UKAthletics.com:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Earlier today, The Lexington Center Corporation Board of Directors approved a construction plan to enhance the availability of accessible seating in the upper level of Rupp Arena. Work will begin immediately and will be completed before the 2011-12 men’s basketball season begins.

Additional upper level accessible seating will be available to current season ticket holders based on K Fund priority points, prior to the 2011-12 season.

The UK Athletics Ticket Office has contacted those season ticket holders impacted by this construction plan and are working with them to identify new seating options in the upper level in accordance with existing policies and procedures for the upcoming 2011-12 men’s basketball season.

The following seats will be impacted by the construction:

•Section 217, rows C and D, seats 1 to 9
•Section 218, rows C and D, seats 1 to 18
•Section 227, rows C and D, seats 1 to 18
•Section 228, rows C and D, seats 1 to 9
As in years past, all current season ticket holders will receive their 2011-12 men’s basketball ticket renewal forms in August.

If you are a current season ticket holder and have questions, please call the UK Ticket Office at (859) 257-1818.

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The University of Kentucky is a Factory for NBA Players


NBA.com lists Kentucky as one of three schools that shine as NBA "proving grounds". In other words, the University of Kentucky is a factory for NBA players these days.

The UK program has sent nine players into the NBA in the last two NBA drafts.

Currently, pending the outcome of Kelenna Azubuike's free agency, there are 17 players from the University of Kentucky who are active in the NBA.

Here is an excerpt:

Kentucky

Wildcat opponents, especially in the Southeastern Conference, had better get used to the embarrassment of riches that is passing through Lexington these days.

After providing five first-round draft picks -- a record for one school -- in 2010, the Wildcats were almost as generous in 2011.

Enes Kanter never got to play for Kentucky, but he attended class and practiced with the team all season, so he counts toward the Wildcats' total of four draftees. Kanter was picked by the Utah Jazz at No. 3 and becomes part of that franchise's masterful rapid rebuilding program, joining Colorado's Alec Burks, who's going to be a star at shooting guard, and 2010 lottery picks Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward.

Guard Brandon Knight was taken No. 8 by the Detroit Pistons. He has the intelligence and work ethic to become whatever Detroit wants him to become -- a scorer, a true point or a combo who can fill in at either spot.

I'll pause a moment to let you absorb this little nugget: In the last two years, Kentucky has had four players selected in the top 10 of the draft, five in the top 15 and seven in the first round.

That total will grow next year. More on that later.

The Wildcats also provided two second-round picks. The first was the only man to get drafted because of a Tweet, center Josh Harrellson. Read this to learn all about Harrellson's social media skills.


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University of the Cumberlands Holds Youth Day Camp


The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Basketball program hosted its annual Youth Day Camp this past week at the O. Wayne Rollins Center in Williamsburg. Coach Don Butcher and staff had 76 participants in this year's camp with ages ranging from 8 to 14. The camp attracted youth from Williamsburg, Whitley County, Corbin, McCreary County, Laurel County, Knox County, and Wayne County.

During the camp, the participants worked on various fundamentals through drill and repetitions as well as playing other fun games. Throughout the week, the campers also played in 3-on-3 games as well as 5-on-5 games. At the end of the week, the camp staff gave out awards to contest winners as well as 3 on 3 and 5 on 5 game winners.

UC Men's Basketball Assistant Coach Mark Vernon commented, "We had another great week of camp. Youth camp is always so much fun because you get to see young kids that love the game of basketball and are willing to learn. We have many kids that are repeat campers and it is always nice to see how much they have improved and grown as basketball players each year. We had kids from all over the surrounding areas that attended. I thought it was a huge success and look forward to it again next year."

The Patriots have already hosted their annual team camp this year, but will still host the 2011 Big Man Camp from June 26th - June 30th.

For more information on other summer camps, Patriots Basketball and other Patriot athletics, please visit http://www.cumberlandspatriots.com.

Source: University of the Cumberlands

Ishmail Wainright Opens Recruitment Back Up, Likes UK


Ishmail Wainright, a 6-5 small forward in the 2013 class, has de-committed from Missouri and opened his recruitment back up.

He lists Kentucky as one of the schools he likes.

Wainright ranks No. 40 on the Rivals.com list for 2013.

Here is an excerpt from ZagsBlog.com:

I talked to my dad, mom, coach and uncle about the situation,” he said. “It’s too early to make a decision. I want to wait and go visit more schools. There could be a better situation out there.”

Wainright committed on May 8 after taking an unofficial visit to Missouri and building a relationship with the new Missouri staff. Haith, the former Miami (FL) coach, and his staff made a big impression on Wainright, who chose the Tigers based off of “the great relationship with (the new staff).”

That list includes “West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Texas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, St. John’s, UCLA, Arkansas, Baylor, UMKC, Memphis, Kentucky and a few more.”


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Photo: Rivals.com

Brandon Knight Throws Out First Pitch at Tigers Game


Former University of Kentucky star Brandon Knight, who was drafted by the Detroit Pistons, threw out the first pitch at last night's Detroit Tigers baseball game.

Afterwards, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said, "He's a hell of a player."

Here is an excerpt from Freep.com:

FIRST PITCH: Pistons first-round draft pick Brandon Knight threw out the first pitch against the Diamondbacks in his first day in Detroit. "He's a hell of a player," Leyland said of the point guard out of Kentucky. "He's going to be a good one."

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From the looks of it, Knight won't be striking any batters out, but he did find the catcher (sorry John Wall):

Kentucky Wesleyan Signs Patrick Neel from Henderson County


Kentucky Wesleyan College has inked 6-4 swingman Patrick Neel from Henderson County High School.

Here is the release from KWC:

Patrick Neel, a 6-foot-4 swingman from Henderson County High School in Henderson, Ky., announced he will continue his education and basketball career at Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Neel averaged 14.8 points and 6.6 rebounds while shooting 61.4 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from three-point range and 73.1 percent from the free throw line as a senior. He averaged 11.6 points and 6.8 rebounds during his junior season.

KWC head coach Todd Lee said, "We are looking forward to having Patrick join our program. He plays very hard where he played inside and outside. Once he gains maturity and strength, he has a chance to be a very good player for us."

The three-year starter earned All-Sixth District and All-Second Region Tournament honors in 2011 in leading the Colonels to a 20-6 record and the district title for head coach Mark Starns.

"Kentucky Wesleyan was one of my favorite childhood teams," said Neel in telling The Henderson Gleaner. "Their academic reputation is great plus I wanted to stay close to home so my family can see me play. Eight national championships — you can't beat that.”

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Anthony Davis, Kentucky Recruits at Stoudemire Camp


Kentucky signee Anthony Davis and several UK recruits are taking part in the Amar'e Stoudemire Skills Academy in Chicago.

2011 High School Roster

# First Name Last Name HT/WGT* Wingspan City, State Class

15 Brandon Ashley 6’7/191 6’8 Dublin, CA 2012
6 Anthony Bennett 6’7/242 7’1 Toronto, CAN 2012
17 Robert Carter 6’8/260 7’2.5 Thomasville, GA 2012
18 Willie Cauley 7’1.25/221 7’2 Overland Park, KS 2012
24 DaJuan Coleman 6’9/290 7’2 Dewitt, NY 2012
3 Shaq Goodwin 6’8.5/248 7’0 Decatur, GA 2012
28 AJ Hammons 7’0/278 7’3 Carmel, IN 2012
2 Prince Ibeh 6’11/219 7’4 Garland, TX 2012
25 Grant Jerrett 6’10/220 7’1 Chino Hills, CA 2012
26 Brice Johnson 6’9.5/185 6’11 Orangeburg, SC 2012
10 Landen Lucas 6’9.5/241 7’0 Portland, OR 2012
11 Mitch McGary 6’11/258 6’12 Porter,IN 2012
12 Charles Mitchell 6’7/266 7’0 Marietta, GA 2012
4 Nerlens Noel 6’11.5/201 7’3 Everett, MA 2013
21 Chris Obekpa 6’9/224 7’4 Corann,NY 2012
7 Daniel Ochefu 6’10.5/232 7’3 Exon, PA 2012
29 Tony Parker 6’9.5/284.6 7’0 Lithonia, GA 2012
5 Julius Randle 6’9/243 6’10 McKinney, TX 2013
27 Cameron Ridley 6’10/262 7’4 Richmond, TX 2013
8 Chad Rykhoek 6’11.5/210.8 6’11 Fort Worth, TX 2012
13 Jay Simpson 6’10/263 6’10 Champaign, IL 2012
30 Jarnell Stokes 6’9/256 7’1 Memphis, TN 2012
22 Robert Upshaw 7’0/264 7’4 Fresno, CA 2012
23 Adam Woodbury 7’0/222 6’9 Sioux City, IA 2012

2011 Alphabetical College Roster

# First Name Last Name HT/WGT* Wingspan City, State College Class

16 Alec Brown 7’1/212 7’0 Winona, MN Wisconsin Green Bay SO
31 Anthony Davis 6’10/214 7’4 Chicago, IL Kentucky FR
32 Trevor Mbakwe 6’8.5/237 7’4 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota SR
36 James McAdoo 6’9/226 7’1 Norfolk, VA North Carolina FR
19 Aaric Murray 6’10.75/249 7’3 Philadelphia, PA West Virginia JR
35 Alex Oriakhi 6’9.25/238 7’3 Storrs, CT Connecticut JR
14 Mason Plumlee 6’10/234 6’11 Winona Lake, IN Duke JR
12 Miles Plumlee 6’11.5/247 7’0 Winona Lake, IN Duke SR
9 Thomas Robinson 6’10/240 7’1 Lawrence, KS Kansas JR
33 Jared Sullinger 6’10/281 7’1 Columbus, OH Ohio State SO
34 Mouphtaou Yarou 6’9/253 6’11 Natitingou, Benin Villanova JR

Joe Dumars Speaks Highly of Brandon Knight

Listen to Joe Dumars of the Detroit Pistons as he says some great things about former Kentucky guard Brandon Knight:

John Calipari Talks NBA Draft and "The Kentucky Effect"


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari has some NBA Draft thoughts and more on CoachCal.com today.

Here is an excerpt:

By the time I landed in New Jersey on Thursday afternoon I was sure that either Brandon or Enes would go No. 3. I had talked to four clubs about what would happen if Enes went 3, where would Brandon go but no one would commit to where that was as I was calling around.

After Brandon was chosen at No. 8, I sat with his family at the table and I said, “Our ego wanted him to go at 3, 4 or 5 but at the end of the day he’s in a great situation with a terrific organization led by Joe Dumars and his staff and again, fate intervened. Tayshawn (Prince) is not only one of the great players in the NBA, but a great person to help teach Brandon what it means to be professional. I know they’ve already met during open gym at the Craft Center.”


Coach Cal on "The Kentucky Effect":

I really believe the Kentucky Effect was in full force in this Draft. For us to have four of the top 53 picks this year and 5 of the top 29 last year? Wow! It’s about the entire Kentucky environment which includes our staff, our fans, our administration who invests in this program. It’s about our academic support staff led by Mike Stone that helped us earn a 3.14 Spring GPA with 9 players above a 3.0 and the highest APR in our conference. And our league which created a TV package second to none that puts us on TV and has us as the highest rated college basketball team in the nation. The Kentucky Effect is all of it – our school and our students; our city of Lexington and our state.

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2012 Recruit Andrew White Lists Louisville


Andrew White, a 6-6 small forward in the 2012 recruiting class, lists Louisville as a potential college destination.

Here is an excerpt from Jody Demling of the Courier-Journal:

And one of the schools that’s tracking his progress is Louisville where assistant coach Kevin Keatts has a relationship with the 6-foot-6 White.

“I knew him from when he was at Hargrave,” White said. “We have a little relationship. He’s a great guy. I had a good conversation with him and coach (Rick) Pitino and his son (Richard Pitino) (recently).

“They said they know I can play, now I have show it this summer.”


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Photo: Rivals.com

John Wall and B.J. Raji Dance Off at Prom

Who you taking? John Wall or B.J. Raji:

CBSSports.com: Knight was a Draft Loser Because of Attitude


According to Matt Moore of CBSSports.com, Brandon Knight was one of the NBA Draft's big losers because of his...gasp...bad attitude.

Here is an excerpt:

Individual Losers

Brandon Knight: Plummeted due to his attitude and wound up in dysfunctional Detroit.

Josh Selby: If there was no age limit to the draft, Selby would have been a top ten pick last year. Now he falls all the way to the second round.


Really?

Matt Moore clearly knows nothing about Brandon Knight, who has one of the better attitudes one could find in college basketball. Knight was Kentucky's leader on and off the court and saying he plummeted due to attitude is misguided and off base, in my opinion.

From Twitter:

MattMooreCBS Draft winners and losers: http://bit.ly/isPFIP and 5 biggest surprises: http://bit.ly/mjWoKE

Rosters Posted for 2011 Deron Williams Skills Academy


The official rosters have been posted for the 2011 Deron Williams Skills Academy in Chicago:

2011 Alphabetical High School Roster

# First Name Last Name HT/WGT* Wingspan City, State Class

11 Ryan Arcidiacono 6’4/188 6’4 Langhorne, PA 2012
1 Dominic Artis 6’1/167 6’1 Richmond, CA 2012
12 Jamel Artis 6’6.25/207 6’6 Baltimore, MD 2012
2 Montay Brandon 6’7/191 6’7 Greensboro, NC 2012
13 Omar Calhoun 6’6/189 6’6 Brooklyn, NY 2012
14 Siyani Chambers 6’1/159 6’2 Golden Valley, MN 2012
21 Andrew Harrison 6’5.75/209 6’8 Richmond, TX 2013
4 Kendall Jones 5’9/137 5’9 The Colony, TX 2012
19 Braxton Ogbueze 6’1/177 6’3 Charlotte, NC 2012
15 Marcus Paige 6’2/156 6’4 Marion, IA 2012
22 Rodney Purvis 6’4/190 6’4 Raleigh, NC 2012
16 J-?‐Mychal Reese 6’1.5/172 6’4 Bryan, TX 2012
5 James Robinson 6’2.5/206.4 6’2 Mitchellville, MD 2012
33 LJ Rose 6’3.25/189 6’7 Houston, TX 2012
17 Terry Rozier 6’1/168.2 6’6 Shaker Heights, OH 2012
23 D’Vauntes Smith-?‐Rivera 6’3.5/227 6’3 Indianapolis, IN 2012
24 Rasheed Sulaimon 6’4.5/185 6’7 Houston, TX 2012
18 Nigel Williams-?‐Goss 6’4/182 6’6 Henderson, NV 2013

2011 Alphabetical College Roster

# First Name Last Name HT/WGT* Wingspan City, State College Class

31 Brad Beal 6-?‐3.5/196 6’7 St. Louis, MO Florida FR
6 Ashton Gibbs 6’2.25/185 6’6 Scotch Plains, NJ Pittsburgh SR
9 Tu Holloway 5’11/185 6’5 Cincinnati, OH Xavier SR
26 Scoop Jardine 6’3/200 6’5 Syracuse, NY Syracuse SR
25 Kendall Marshall 6’4/197 6’4 Dumfries, VA North Carolina SO
34 Ray McCallum 6’2/187 6’3 Beverly Hills, MI Detroit Mercy SO
7 Shabazz Napier 6’1/182 6’2 Storrs, CT Connecticut SO
29 CJ Reed 6’2.5/198 6’2 Daytona Beach, FL Bethune Cookman SO
10 Gerald Robinson 6’1/173 6’3 Nashville, TN Georgia SR
20 Jordan Taylor 6’1.5/193 6’1 Bloomington, MN Wisconsin SR
28 Marquis Teague 6’2/179 6’6 Indianapolis, IN Kentucky FR
32 Josiah Turner 6’4/187 6’3 Sacramento,CA Arizona FR
30 Maalik Wayns 6’2/201 6’2 Philadelphia, PA VillanovaJR
27 Tony Wroten, Jr. 6’6.5/204 6’8 Renton, WA Washington FR

Goodman Spends the Day with Shelvin Mack



Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com spent some time with Lexington native Shelvin Mack leading up to the NBA Draft.

Mack, who starred at Butler for three seasons, was drafted No. 34 by the Washington Wizards.

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Brandon Knight Invited to Throw First Pitch for Detroit Tigers


Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight has been invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at tonight's Detroit Tigers baseball game.

Knight was drafted No. 8 by the Detroit Pistons in Thursday night's NBA Draft.

Patrick Patterson Addresses Trade Rumors, More



Former University of Kentucky star Patrick Patterson appeared on CBS radio in Houston recently and addressed trade rumors:

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Antigua, Strickland to Hold Mini-Camp in Dominican Republic


Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua and staffer Rod Strickland will join forces with Del Harris and Felipe Lopez to hold a basketball mini-camp June 26 through July 2 in the Dominican Republic.

The camp will be held at the Palacio de los Deportes Virgilio Travieso Soto (see image).

Here is an excerpt (translated by Google):

SANTO DOMINGO. - Coaches Del Harris, Orlando Antigua, Rod Strickland and Luis Felipe Lopez held in the country a basketball minicamp June 26 to July 2.

The information was provided by Eduardo Najri, general manager of the Dominican team will participate in the Pre-Olympic tournament basketball, staged in the city of Mar de Plata, Argentina.

Najri reported that the activity will be held at the Palacio de los Deportes Virgilio Travieso Soto and with the participation of members of the preset players nationwide. "With this event, we will begin the preparation work that will represent selected in Mar de Plata" he said.

Harris stressed that, Antigua, Strickland and Lopez will serve on the coaching staff to assist the renowned American coach John Calipari, the new leader of the whole Dominican compete in the Pre-Olympic ".


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Enes Kanter: "I hate to lose and I love to play toughness"


After Enes Kanter was drafted No. 3 by the Utah Jazz last night, he was asked to describe his game.

"I hate to lose and I love to play toughness," he responded.

Here is more from Sport Illustrated:

Enes Kanter, who went No. 3 overall to the Jazz, was a delight. He cried after being picked, which was endearing. He came to the press-room area holding a half-sheet of paper, on which was printed key data about the Jazz ("ownership: The Miller Family"; "General Manager: Kevin O'Connor"; etc.). He set it down in front of him for each interview. When the reporter in the photo below asked Kanter if he played any other sports, he said, "I play ping pong."

Then Kanter went to the main press-conference room, where an NBA official asked him for an opening statement on being picked by the Jazz. Kanter remained silent, staring out at the reporters, waiting for questions. He had apparently not heard the request for the opening statement. When he was asked, "What's your game? ... Who are you like as a player?" he said, "I hate to lose and I love to play toughness."

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Kanter gave plenty of love to Kentucky and the Big Blue Nation:

Thursday, June 23, 2011

2011 NBA Draft Recap: Another Banner Day for Kentucky


It was another banner night for the Kentucky Wildcats as four eligible players from UK were taken in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Enes Kanter was drafted at No. 3 by Utah and Brandon Knight went No. 8 to the Detroit Pistons.

In the second round, Josh Harrellson was snagged by New Orleans at No. 45 and was then purchased by the New York Knicks. DeAndre Liggins was drafted by Orlando at No. 53.

Morehead State's Kenneth Faried was taken at No. 22 in the first round by the Denver Nuggets.

Butler's Shelvin Mack, a native of Lexington, was drafted No. 34 by the Washington Wizards.

Tennessee's Scotty Hopson, Morehead State's Demonte Harper and Louisville's Terrence Jennings went undrafted and will look to sign free agent contracts.

First Round:

1. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
2. Derrick Williams, Minnesota
3. Enes Kanter, Utah
4. Tristan Thompson, Cleveland
5. Jonas Valanchunas, Toronto
6. Jan Vesely, Washington
7. Bismack Byombo, Sacramento
8. Brandon Knight, Detroit
9. Kemba Walker, Charlotte
10. Jimmer Fredette, Sacramento
11. Klay Thompson, Golden State
12. Alec Burks, Utah
13. Markieff Morris, Phoenix
14. Marcus Morris, Houston
15. Kawhi Leonard, Indiana (Rights traded to San Antonio)
16. Nikola Vucevic, Philadelphia
17. Iman Shumpert, New York
18. Chris Singleton, Washington
19. Tobias Harris, Charlotte
20. Donatas Motiejunis, Minnesota (Rights traded to Houston)
21. Nolan Smith, Portland
22. Kenneth Faried, Denver
23. Nikola Mirotic, Houston (Rights traded to Chicago)
24. Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City
25. Marshon Brooks, Boston (Rights traded to New Jersey)
26. Jordan Hamilton, Dallas
27. JaJuan Johnson, New Jersey (Rights traded to Boston)
28. Norris Cole, Chicago (Rights traded to Minnesota)
29. Cory Joseph, San Antonio
30. Jimmy Butler, Chicago

Second Round:

31. Bojan Bogdanovic, Miami (Rights traded to Minnesota)
32. Justin Harper, Cleveland (Rights traded to Orlando)
33. Kyle Singler, Detroit
34. Shelvin Mack, Washington
35. Tyler Honeycutt, Sacramento
36. Jordan Williams, New Jersey
37. Trey Thompkins, L.A. Clippers
38. Chandler Parsons, Houston
39. Jeremy Tyler, Charlotte (Rights traded to Golden State)
40. Jon Leuer, Milwaukee
41. Darius Morris, L.A. Lakers
42. Davis Bertans, Indiana
43. Malcolm Lee, Chicago (Rights traded to Minnesota)
44. Charles Jenkins, Golden State
45. Josh Harrellson, New Orleans
46. Andrew Goudelock, L.A. Lakers
47. Travis Leslie, L.A. Clippers
48. Keith Benson, Atlanta
49. Josh Selby, Memphis
50. Lavoy Allen, Philadelphia
51. Jon Diebler, Portland
52. Vernon Macklin, Detroit
53. DeAndre Liggins, Orlando
54. Milan Macvan, Cleveland
55. E'Twaun Moore, Boston
56. Chukwudiebere Maduabum, L.A. Lakers
57. Targuy Ngombo, Dallas
58. Ater Majok, L.A. Lakers
59. Adam Hanga, San Antonio
60. Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento

DeAndre Liggins Drafted at No. 53 by Orlando


Former University of Kentucky forward DeAndre Liggins has been drafted at No. 53 by the Orlando Magic.

First Round Recap

New Orleans Drafts Josh Harrellson at No. 45 (UPDATED)


University of Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson has been drafted at No. 45 by the New Orleans Hornets.

UPDATE: Harrellson was purchased by the New York Knicks.

WojYahooNBA The Knicks paid $1 million to the Hornets for the 45th pick, source says. The NBA owns the Hornets now.

First Round Recap

Kanter, Knight and Faried Drafted in the First Round


Kentucky's Enes Kanter and Brandon Knight were drafted in the top 10 and Morehead State's Kenneth Faried was taken at No. 22 in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft:

First Round Recap:

1. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
2. Derrick Williams, Minnesota
3. Enes Kanter, Utah
4. Tristan Thompson, Cleveland
5. Jonas Valanchunas, Toronto
6. Jan Vesely, Washington
7. Bismack Byombo, Sacramento
8. Brandon Knight, Detroit
9. Kemba Walker, Charlotte
10. Jimmer Fredette, Sacramento
11. Klay Thompson, Golden State
12. Alec Burks, Utah
13. Markieff Morris, Phoenix
14. Marcus Morris, Houston
15. Kawhi Leonard, Indiana (Rights traded to San Antonio)
16. Nikola Vucevic, Philadelphia
17. Iman Shumpert, New York
18. Chris Singleton, Washington
19. Tobias Harris, Charlotte
20. Donatas Motiejunis, Minnesota (Rights traded to Houston)
21. Nolan Smith, Portland
22. Kenneth Faried, Denver
23. Nikola Mirotic, Houston (Rights traded to Chicago)
24. Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City
25. Marshon Brooks, Boston (Rights traded to New Jersey)
26. Jordan Hamilton, Dallas
27. JaJuan Johnson, New Jersey (Rights traded to Boston)
28. Norris Cole, Chicago (Rights traded to Minnesota)
29. Cory Joseph, San Antonio
30. Jimmy Butler, Chicago

Kenneth Faried in action:

Kenneth Faried Drafted No. 22 by the Denver Nuggets


Morehead State big man Kenneth Faried is headed to the Denver Nuggets after they took him with the No. 22 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Here is the draft to this point:

1. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
2. Derrick Williams, Minnesota
3. Enes Kanter, Utah
4. Tristan Thompson, Cleveland
5. Jonas Valanchunas, Toronto
6. Jan Vesely, Washington
7. Bismack Byombo, Sacramento
8. Brandon Knight, Detroit
9. Kemba Walker, Charlotte
10. Jimmer Fredette, Sacramento
11. Klay Thompson, Golden State
12. Alec Burks, Utah
13. Markieff Morris, Phoenix
14. Marcus Morris, Houston
15. Kawhi Leonard, Indiana
16. Nikola Vucevic, Philadelphia
17. Iman Shumpert, New York
18. Chris Singleton, Washington
19. Tobias Harris, Charlotte
20. Donatas Motiejunis, Minnesota
21. Nolan Smith, Portland
22. Kenneth Faried, Denver

Brandon Knight Drafted No. 8 by the Detroit Pistons


Former University of Kentucky star Brandon Knight has been drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the No. 8 pick in the NBA Draft.

Knight and former UK star Tayshaun Prince may be teammates soon.

Here is the draft to this point:

1. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
2. Derrick Williams, Minnesota
3. Enes Kanter, Utah
4. Tristan Thompson, Cleveland
5. Jonas Valanchunas, Toronto
6. Jan Vesely, Washington
7. Bismack Byombo, Sacramento
8. Brandon Knight, Detroit

Enes Kanter Drafted No. 3 by the Utah Jazz


Former University of Kentucky big man Enes Kanter has been drafted No. 3 by the Utah Jazz in the NBA Draft.

As requested, Kanter was introduced as being from the University of Kentucky.

Here is the draft to this point:

1. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
2. Derrick Williams, Minnesota
3. Enes Kanter, Utah

Stansberry Leads West to Victory in Junior All-Star Game


The West defeated the East 69-56 in the Northern Kentucky Junior All-Star Game.

Dixie Heights junior Parker Stansberry and Newport Central Catholic's Brady Hightchew were named MVP of their respective teams.

Box Score:

East (56) - Towles (Highlands) 4 0 8, Rogg (Dayton) 1 2 4, Jennings (Brossart) 2 1 5, Griffin (Campbell County) 0 0 0, Hightchew (Newport Central Catholic) 5 6 16, Massey (Covington Catholic) 2 0 4, Dunn (Newport) 3 0 6, Ryan (Newport Central Catholic) 4 0 11, Phelps (Villa Madonna) 1 0 2, Dedden (St. Henry) 0 0 0. Totals 22 9 56.

West (69) - McQueary (Boone County) 4 0 10, Webster (Cooper) 2 0 5, Huff (Conner) 3 0 6, Burger (Holy Cross) 3 3 9, Hall (Lloyd) 0 0 0, Cruse (Beechwood) 3 2 8, Stansberry (Dixie Heights) 6 4 16, Engel (Ludlow) 1 0 2, Mullins (Ryle) 2 0 6, Chambers (Simon Kenton) 3 1 7. Totals: 27 10 69.

3-pointers: East - Ryan 3. West - McQueary 2, Mullins 2, Webster.

Dick Vories Mr. Hustle Award: East - Dalton Griffin; West - Alex Webster. Tony Commodore MVP Award: East - Brady Hightchew (Newport Central Catholic); West - Parker Stansberry (Dixie Heights).

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Video: Kentucky Recruits at Under Armour Best of the Best

Here are some video highlights from the Under Armour Best of the Best that was held in Atlanta recently (includes Kentucky recruits Chris Walker and Robert Carter):

Video: 2012 Kentucky Recruit Perry Ellis in Action

Check out these new highlights of 2012 Kentucky recruit Perry Ellis in action:

Rondo Introduces The Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011

Former UK star Rajon Rondo introduces the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011:





Source: Dimemag.com

Kentucky Signess Anthony Davis and Marquis Teague

Kentucky fans, here are some new highlights of future Wildcats Anthony Davis and Marquis Teague:



Anthony Davis at Amar'e Stoudemire Skills Academy


Future Kentucky big man Anthony Davis is in Chicago today for the Amar'e Stoudemire Skills Academy.

Here is some information about the event:

NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks will host the top 20 high school and top 10 college big men for a three-day training camp as part of the NIKE Skills Academies. At each of the four position-specific events, high school athletes have the opportunity to receive personal instruction from the NBA athlete along with an elite group of high school and NBA coaches.

The goal of the Skills Academies is to instill the fundamentals into the next generation of top players. Each academy focuses on strength and conditioning and skill development. In addition to the on-court instruction the players also get to hear from the NBA athlete and the coaches on life lessons and what it takes to make it at the next level.

Where: Chicago, Illinois
When: June 23-25, 2011

Rosters will be released on the night of June 23rd.

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Marquis Teague at Deron Williams Skills Academy


Kentucky signee Marquis Teague is in Chicago for the 2011 Deron Williams Skills Academy.

Here is a little information about the camp:

NBA All-Star Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets will host the top 20 high school and top 10 college point guards for a three-day training camp as part of the NIKE Skills Academies. At each of the three position-specific events, the high school athletes had the opportunity to receive personal instruction from the NBA athlete along with an elite group of high school and NBA coaches.

The goal of the Skills Academies is to instill the fundamentals into the next generation of top players. Each academy focuses on strength and conditioning and skill development. In addition to the on-court instruction the players also get to hear from the NBA athlete and the coaches on life lessons and what it takes to make it at the next level.

Where: Chicago, Illinois
When: June 23-25, 2011

Rosters will be released on the night of June 23rd.

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Cleveland No Longer Interested in Enes Kanter?


According to Ric Bucher of ESPN.com, the Cleveland Cavaliers are no longer interested in drafted Enes Kanter with either of their top four picks.

Here is an excerpt:

The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to take Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas with the No. 4 pick even if Kentucky's Enes Kanter is still available, league sources said Thursday morning.

Cleveland is still expected to take Duke point guard Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 pick, with Arizona forward Derrick Williams likely to be Minnesota's pick at No. 2.

The Utah Jazz are deciding between Kentucky guard Brandon Knight and Kanter, with Kanter the choice anticipated by several general managers who hold subsequent lottery picks.


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It is important to note that NBA teams are not always completely honest in the hours and days leading up to the draft, but this is what is being reported at this time.

My Thoughts: If I were the Cavs, I'd take Kanter at all costs. He would be worth the No. 4 pick due to the increased ticket sales and media coverage alone.

New Highlights of Kyle Wiltjer and Michael Gilchrist

Check out these new highlights of future Kentucky stars Kyle Wiltjer and Michael Gilchrist:



John Wall to NBA Rookies: "Work hard, stay hungry"


Former Kentucky star John Wall, the number one pick in last summer's NBA Draft, has some advice for NBA rookies this season:

"Just don't worry about when you get drafted," he said. "It's not all about if you go No. 1 or you go to the 20th pick of the draft. You've just got to work. Some of these guys that went undrafted, like (Portland Trail Blazers guard) Wesley Matthews, came out and got a big contract because he was doing what he was supposed to. And now (he) is a starting (shooting) guard."

Wall remembers the predraft experience as a grind. Workouts, sometimes two or three a day, were tough, he said: "Just work hard, stay hungry, do the same thing you did before you got to the NBA and just learn and develop each day."


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Archie Goodwin Explains That He Will Wait Until Spring

Sylvan Hills guard Archie Goodwin, who is one of Kentucky's primary 2012 targets, explains why he will wait until Spring to decide his college future:

Eloy Vargas to Join Dominican Republic National Team


University of Kentucky big man Eloy Vargas will join the Dominican national team when it plays in Lexington later this summer.

Former Louisville star Francisco Garcia is also expected to join the team.

Here is an excerpt from LatinBasket.com:

University of Kentucky center, Eloy Vargas (208-F), a native of Moca, will join the Dominican national team when it plays in Lexington later this summer. UK coach John Calipari after all, is the Dominican coach. Vargas has spent some of his college off-season playing for Sports Reach, a collection of college players that finished 6-2-1 during its recent tour of China.

As a condition for taking the job with the Dominicans, Calipari requested the team train in Lexington. Calipari has said several NBA players, with ties to the Dominican Republic, have been contacted. After that, the coach will have to fill out the roster with college players or players who are playing in other pro leagues, including Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida), Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) and Francisco Garcia (201-F-81, college: Louisville)

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Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: 2011 NBA Draft Edition


Wednesday's Top 5:

- A confident Enes Kanter stated that he feels he's the best player in the NBA Draft and he thinks Kentucky would have won a national championship had he been allowed to play.

- Former Kentucky player Kevin Galloway has been working out for NBA teams in hopes of finding a spot in tonight's draft.

- The Sacramento Kings exercised their team option on three players, including former UK star DeMarcus Cousins.

- Former UK forward Ramon Harris continues to play well in China.

- New Samford AD Martin Newton talked about his new job and his time at the University of Kentucky.

On Thursday, Get Ready For:

- The 2011 NBA Draft at 7:00 p.m. ET

Recruiting News:

- IUPUI signed former Louisville Ballard star Ian Chiles.

- Kentucky recruit Robert Carter hopes to have a college list by the end of July.

The Buzz:

- Former Carroll County standout and assistant coach Johnny Leep has accepted the head coaching position for the Trimble County.

- Tommy Hensley has been hired as head coach at Harlan High School.

- Greenup County has hired Jim Youngman, a veteran coach who has a reputation for building solid programs in Illinois.

- Collins has hired assistant Chris Gaither to replace former coach Curtis Turley.

Video of the Day (Louisville signee Wayne Blackshear in action):

WKU Star Sergio Kerusch Shines in Bluff City Classic


Former Western Kentucky star Sergio Kerusch has been playing well in the Bluff City Classic in Tennessee.

The Bluff City Classic is a summer league that will continue through July.

Here is an excerpt:

Former Overton High and Western Kentucky forward Sergio Kerusch scored 31 points and Rasuul Baluu added 21 to lead the Heat to a 112-109 victory over the Mavs in Bluff City Classic play on Wednesday night at Verties Sails Gymnasium. Guard Myron Strong scrored 22 for the Mavs. ... Detroit Pistons guard Terrico White, a former Craigmont star, scored 51 points and his Nets squad defeated the Cavs, 116-108. AJ Pigram scored 31 for the Cavs, University of Memphis forward Wesley Witherspoon chipped in 21 and the Tigers' DJ Stephens added 18 points.

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Photo: Western Kentucky University

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Interview with Samford AD Martin Newton


Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News has interviewed former University of Kentucky director of basketball operations Martin Newton, who is now the Athletics Director at Samford.

Here is an excerpt:

Q. What kind of responsibilities did you have the last two years at Kentucky?

A. I was called the director of basketball operations, but the reason was more of a financial thing. If I was an assistant or associate AD, it was going to limit me on what I could make.

Cal had four positions -- the three assistant coaches and the director -- that he controlled the funding. Basically, he gave me the keys and said he was gonna coach. In fact, we put a sign up in his office and it said "Coach your team" in big, bold letters. He said, "I've got to focus on coaching my team. You run it administratively."

Think about it. It's an $11 million, $12 million budget. It's Kentucky. It's a lot of pressure. Everything you do, 365 days a year, is in the newspaper. It's on the blogs. It's being talked about. You just can't afford to stub your toe. ... Cal's great because he's so comfortable in his own skin. He allows you to do what you have to do to get it done. He doesn't micromanage you. Plus, his mind never stops. He's always thinking about creative things to do. Recruiting. Scheduling. Social media. To be able to learn from him helped me for this position.

Q. It sounds like perfect training to become an AD, doesn't it?

A. I told Samford in the interview process, my lack of experience as an athletic director really isn't a negative. In a lot of ways, it should be a positive. So many athletic directors came from the school of AD 101. I think it's time for some new, creative, innovative ideas.

We talk about that a lot here. Think outside the box. Don't tell me this is how they've done it in the past. If it's not broke, let's break it. Let's figure out a new way to do it.


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Shabazz Muhammad May Play in Tournament This Weekend


Univeristy of Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad and Las Vegas Bishop Gorman are expected to play in a tournament that includes national powerhouse Mater Dei at Newport Beach this weekend.

Other teams expected at the event include Santa Ana Mater Dei, Mission Hills Alemany, Chino Hills Ayala, San Juan Capistrao JSerra and Huntington Beach Edison.

Here is an excerpt from LATimes.com:

This weekend, Corona del Mar in Newport Beach is hosting a tournament that includes Mater Dei and Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, led by Shabazz Muhammad, the No. 1 college prospect on the West Coast. If Muhammad isn't away at a camp, the Saturday 4:15 p.m. game between Mater Dei and Bishop Gorman ought to be a good one.

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Enes Kanter: "I believe I'm the best player in this draft"

Kentucky's Enes Kanter met with the media today to discuss the upcoming NBA Draft.

“I believe if I go play, I will go as No. 1 pick,” a confident Kanter told reporters this afternoon.

When he was asked to explain his answer, he said, “Because I believe I’m the best player in this draft.”

Kanter believes he could have helped UK win a national championship last season.

"Yes, we would’ve won national title," he explained.

Here is footage of Kanter talking:

Sacramento Exercises Option on DeMarcus Cousins


The Sacramento Kings have exercised their team options on the contracts of DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans and Omri Casspi.

Here is the press release from the team:

SACRAMENTO, CA, June 22, 2011 -- The Sacramento Kings have exercised the rookie contract options on guard Tyreke Evans, forward Omri Casspi and center DeMarcus Cousins for the 2012-13 season, Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie announced today.

Evans, a two-year NBA veteran, averaged a team-high 17.8 points (.409 FGs, .291 3FGs, .771 FTs), 4.8 rebounds, a team-leading 5.6 assists and 1.49 steals per game through 57 outings with the Kings this past season. He was the winner of the 2009-10 NBA Rookie of the Year Award and became only the fourth player in NBA history to average 20 points, five rebounds and five assists as a rookie.

Casspi, a two-year NBA veteran, averaged 8.6 points (.412 FGs, .372 3FGs, .673 FTs), 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game through 71 contests this past season with Sacramento, of which he started 27. He is the first Israeli-born athlete to play in the NBA after being selected by the Kings with the 23rd overall pick in the 2009 draft.

Cousins, who recently finished his rookie campaign with the Kings, averaged 14.1 points (.430 FGs, .167 3FGs, .687 FTs), a team-high 8.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.05 steals per game through 81 outings, of which he started 62. He set a new Sacramento-era rookie record for total rebounds in a season (699).

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Ramon Harris Nets Double-Double in China


Former University of Kentucky forward Ramon Harris is off to a blistering start in China.

Harris has reached double figures in scoring in each of his first five games as a member of Ningxia Hanas in China's National Basketball League (NBL).

In yesterday's 93-84 loss to Whampoa, Harris netted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Through five games, he is averaging 15.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.

A Story from John Calipari's Satellite Camp in Bowling Green


Justin Lamb of The Daily Herald in Columbia (TN) has written an article his experience at John Calipari's Satellite Basketball Camp in Bowling Green.

The article offers some good insight into one of Calipari's satellite camps.

Here is an excerpt:

Once we checked in, we were informed that UK coach John Calipari along with his entire coaching staff would be signing autographs for the campers. Despite the numerous campers, each coach, including Coach Calipari, took the time to talk to each incredibly excited camper and pose for pictures. This delighted both father and son as you can imagine.

Coach Calipari also posed for pictures with last year’s East Regional championship trophy. Of course, Drew was in the center of his group for that picture with both his hands on the trophy.

Once the initial autograph session, along with a brief press conference with the assembled media, was completed Coach Calipari addressed the campers before seperating the kids into groups for their drills.

The actual basketball camp featured numerous stations with the 180 future Wildcats all trying to impress the coaches with varying degrees of success. The camp crowned a knockout game champion for the younger kids and free throw shooting champion for the older campers before Coach Calipari took to the microphone again.

Amazingly, Coach Calipari held an impromptu question-and-answer session for close to 20 minutes where he touched on numerous subjects. Most of the questions were about future players, but he did reiterate that there was no NBA job that he knew of which would take him away from Kentucky. No, I didn’t ask the question, but I liked the answer.


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Robert Carter Hopes to Have List by the End of July


Robert Carter, a 6-8 power forward in the 2012 recruiting class, told Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com that he will have a finalized college list by the end of July.

Rivals.com ranks Carter No. 16 overall in the 2012 class.

He said he has not personally spoken to members of the Kentucky coaching staff, despite some reports.

Here is an excerpt:

“I have no list, all the ACC, all the SEC,” he said. “I’m going to cut my list at the end of July.”

He currently holds offers from a number of schools, including Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ohio State and Virginia Tech. Most of the ACC and SEC schools are on his trail as well.

One school that has been associated with Carter recently is Kentucky. Some reports said the Wildcats offered the rising senior, but Carter said he hasn’t personally talked to the coaching staff at UK.

“I’ve heard about it, but I can’t confirm that,” he said.

With major schools like North Carolina and Kentucky sniffing around but not offering yet, and so many other schools in the mix, Carter is not ready to name favorites or places he wants to visit.

“No one’s coming at me the hardest,” he said.


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Photo: Rivals.com

IUPUI Inks Former Louisville Ballard Star Ian Chiles


IUPUI has officially signed former Louisville Ballard star Ian Chiles.

Here is the release from IUPUI:

INDIANAPOLIS - The IUPUI Athletics Department and Head Basketball Coach Todd Howard announced the signing of Ian Chiles (Louisville, Ky./Ballard/Wabash Valley JC) to a departmental grant-in-aid and the guard will join the Jaguars in 2011-12. He is the fourth signee for next year's recruiting class, all hailing from Howard's home state of Kentucky. Chiles will be immediately eligible and have three years remaining.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound guard played this past season at Wabash Valley Junior College after a standout prep career at Louisville Ballard High School.

"Ian is a versatile wing that fits the IUPUI mold of athletic, savvy play," Howard said. "He propelled his high school team to a state finals appearance and Wabash Valley to a trip to Hutchinson because he knows how to win. He's one of the most athletic players we will put on the floor and comes from a family that has had great success as student-athletes.

"With his winning pedigree, we made sure that he was a priority in terms of recruiting. Plus, with three years, we are really pleased with our sophomore class and their potential in Gibbs, Patton, Rice, P.J. and Ian."

At Wabash Valley under legendary coach Dan Sparks, Chiles averaged 11.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while hitting 50.7 percent from the floor and 70.3 percent from the foul line. He earned Second Team Great Rivers Athletic Conference honors and helped WVC to an NJCAA Tourney berth. In the NJCAA Tournament, he scored a season-high 29 points in the second round game versus Midland College. His previous high was a 26-point effort against John A. Logan on Feb. 12, 2011.

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Here is a look at IUPUI's "all-Kentucky" recruiting class:

- Marcellus Barksdale G/F 6-5 205 Lexington, Ky./Tates Creek
- Ian Chiles G 6-1 190 Louisville, Ky./Ballard (Wabash Valley JC)
- Lyonell Gaines F 6-6 200 Louisville, Ky./Eastern
- Jordan Shanklin G 6-0 165 Bowling Green, Ky./Warren Central

Jodie Meeks Profile by YellowWhite Films

Here is a profile of former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks by YelloWhite Films and Life's Journey Clothing:

ESPN Sport Science: Kentucky Star Brandon Knight

Check out this ESPN Sport Science feature with former University of Kentucky star Brandon Knight:

Chad McKnight Teams Up with Some Familiar Faces


Former Morehead State star Chad McKnight reunited with his three brothers on the basketball court last weekend.

The McKnights joined forces at Team Buffalo Wild Wings in a three-on-three tournament.

Chad spent last season playing for Konstanz in Germany's ProB League. In 21 games, he averaged 9.4 points and 3.7 rebounds.

Here is an excerpt from LancasterEagleGazette.com:

It took five years, a forfeit and a downpour, but the McKnight brothers were back on the court together Saturday.

Phil Jr., Chad, Chris and Brett McKnight -- all former Lancaster High School basketball players -- had not played together since 2006, when they played in a summer game at Southeastern Correctional Institution, where their father works. On Saturday, the four brothers entered the downtown Gus Macker tournament for the first time together as Team Buffalo Wild Wings.

"This is fresh and exciting to me," said Phil McKnight Sr., father of the four brothers. "They hurt when they couldn't play in Gus Macker tournaments together. They've been waiting for this for a long time."


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Kevin Galloway is Showing His Stuff to NBA Teams



Former University of Kentucky player Kevin Galloway, who transferred and finished up his career at Texas Southern, worked out for the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.

Galloway has already showed his stuff to Atlanta and New York.

In Sacramento, Galloway worked out with Andrew Goudelock (College of Charleston), Jacob Pullen (Kansas State), Julyan Stone (UTEP), Xavier Rabaseda (Spain, Barcelona), and Mark Payne (U.C Davis).

Here is an excerpt from Sacbee.com:

"With all the things I've been through, it's been a long career," Galloway said. "Just to actually have a home, somewhere I could fit in and get a chance to play a little bit, and help out the school and put up a banner. So it felt good."

Galloway has been working out in Las Vegas and was in town this week when he got the call Monday that the Kings needed a player for the workout to replace injured Cleveland State guard Norris Cole.

Having already worked out for Atlanta and New York, Galloway jumped at the chance to audition for his hometown team.

Galloway said he could be drafted in the second round but would be happy "anywhere."

"I got a lot of positive feedback that even if I don't get drafted, I've got a good chance of making an NBA team," Galloway said. "So, hopefully, I end up in the NBA next year."


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Footage from Galloway's workout:

Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: UK License Plates Edition


Tuesday's Top 5:

- A group in North Carolina is close to introducing University of Kentucky license plates to drivers in North Carolina.

- Kentucky basketball fans really are crazy and John Calipari admits that he loves it.

- Former Louisville big man David Padgett has been hired as an assistant coach at IUPUI.

- The University of Florida listed five vacated wins in its 2010-11 media guide. I think it's time for an NCAA investigation.

- Former IUPUI star Leroy Nobles had an impressive workout for the Washington Wizards.

On Wednesday, Get Ready For:

- Josh Harrellson will work out for the Boston Celtics today before heading home to watch tomorrow night's NBA Draft.

Recruiting News:

- Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel says he plans to have a list by the end of the summer.

- 2012 big man Robert Carter plans to have a list figured out by the end of July; despite some reports, he also told Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com that he can't confirm an offer from UK.

The Buzz:

- Former Kentucky forward Ramon Harris had 11 points and 10 rebounds in a loss in China.

- ESPN's Andy Katz is hearing that the Utah Jazz may be favoring Enes Kanter over Brandon Knight with the No. 3 pick in the draft.

Video of the Day (Footage from Chris Paul Elite Skills Camp, including Louisville's Peyton Siva):

Kenneth Faried Talks NBA and Mother's Battle with Lupus

Former Morehead State University star Kenneth Faried talks about his mother's battle with Lupus and how scouts have compared him to the likes of Dennis Rodman and Paul Millsap:

SI Evaluates Enes Kanter and Other International Prospects


Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated has evaluated the top international prospects who are eligible for the NBA Draft.

Here is his take on Kentucky's Enes Kanter:

Enes KanterC, Freshman, Kentucky
Height: 6-foot-11
Weight: 259 pounds
Age: 19
Mock Draft Standing: No. 4

PROJECTION: The big man is a top-10 talent at worst but isn't likely to get past Cleveland at No. 4. There's a slim chance he could go even higher.

BACKGROUND: It has been more than a year since Kanter's only real performance on American soil, but it was one to remember. He scored 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland on April 11, 2010, and we all thought there would be much to come during his freshman season at Kentucky.

But Kanter was ruled ineligible because of extra benefits he received while playing for his club team in Turkey. The NCAA claimed he was given $33,000 more than the necessary allotment for expenses, so Kanter spent his one collegiate season practicing with the Wildcats and training for his NBA life.

SCOUT'S TAKE: "He's a big, strong center, a legitimate NBA center. He plays extremely hard, uses his body well, finishes around the basket. I think he's one of those guys who will have a long career. He knows who he is, and that's what I like about him. He's going to rebound, has good hands, scores around the basket -- you can throw it to him in the post. I don't see him being an All-Star, but I see a solid 10- or 12-year pro."

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Leroy Nobles Has Impressive Workout in Washington


Former Louisville Central star Leroy Nobles, who just completed a solid career at IUPUI, had an impressive workout for the Washington Wizards on Monday.

Here is an excerpt from IUPUI:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Former IUPUI basketball standout Leroy Nobles gave a strong showing as he worked out for the NBA's Washington Wizards on Monday afternoon. Nobles, a 6-foot-5 swingman, worked out with Richmond point guard Kevin Anderson, Iowa State combo guard Diante Garrett, Morehead State guard Demonte Harper, Old Dominion's Frank Hassell and Old Westbury big man Lester Prosper.

Nobles, who earned First Team All-Summit League honors following his senior year, drew comparisons to longtime NBA gunner Roger Mason following the workout. Mason is a 7-year NBA veteran who has hit 38 percent from three and 86 percent from the foul line in 372 career games. Nobles made almost 40 percent from three in his four-year IUPUI career and drilled 186 treys.

The Wizards have the 6th, 18th and 34th picks in Thursday night's draft, which will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. While Nobles isn't projected to be selected by any major mock drafts, the Louisville-native could benefit from what's been tabbed as a group thin on talent.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

University of Kentucky License Plates...in North Carolina


John Calipari posted on Twitter tonight that a group of University of Kentucky fans living in North Carolina are very close to doing something special.

The group is close to being able to offer special UK license plates to North Carolina car owners who are Kentucky fans.

Calipari posted on Twitter:

UKCoachCalipari Dad called from Charlotte & some of his friends who r UK fans asked that we make sure the BBN living in N.C. know about a super project.

UKCoachCalipari This group (http://bit.ly/m7K5ob ) is very close 2 being able 2 offer special UK license plates for NC car owners who bleed OUR color blue!!

Here is a message from the group's website:

Status

We stand at 280 right now so we need roughly 20 more commitments to make this happen. So, we will begin contacting individuals to confirm count, contact information, and vehicle information. Please continue to reach out to alumni and fans in your area to round up these last commitments.

The Overall Process

1. Secure the University’s Approval for Use of UK’s Logo by North Carolina’s DMV

2. Collect the names of University Alums and Friends who Would Support a UK License Plate on their Vehicles

3. Once Commitments for 300 or More Vehicles has been Obtained, Follow Up with Interested Parties for Vehicle Information

4. Collect Vehicle Information and License Plate Fees

5. DMV Designs and Produces License Plates

6. License Plates Distributed

We are on step 4 of this process but are still short of our 300 license plates. We are so close, so please step up and participation. Once we get 300 vehicle commitments, then the state can produce our plate.

How You Can Participate

1. Download the application form. Click Here

2. Write a check made payable to the UK Charlotte Alumni Club for the appropriate amount. $25 for standard issue and $55 for customized plate.

3. Submit both the form and the check to:

Marilyn Folnsbee

PO Box 691542

Charlotte, NC 28227

Then go out and recruit more individuals.

Go Here to Learn More

Video: L.J. Rose Talks Recruiting and More

Kentucky 2012 recruit L.J. Rose has started a video blog with FiveStarBasketball.com. Here is a new segment:

Kentucky Fans: Rajon Rondo Knows What's Up



Former University of Kentucky star Rajon Rondo made a post on Twitter that UK fans will enjoy.

Rondo asked who the best NBA player in this year's draft will be and a fan answered: "Brandon Knight".

"Kentucky represent," Rondo replied.

RajonRondo Kentucky represent RT @WZHart: “@RajonRondo: who is going to be the best nba player in this yrs draft?” Brandon Knight

Vitale Lists Faried, Mack in NBA Draft Super Six Sleepers


ESPN's Dick Vitale lists Morehead State's Kenneth Faried and Butler's Shelvin Mack as two of his super six sleepers for Thursday's NBA Draft.

Vitale's top sleeps include Mack, Faried, Chandler Parsons (Florida), Charles Jenkins (Hofstra), Nikola Vucevic (USC) and Marshon Brooks (Providence).

Here is an excerpt:

Kenneth Faried, Morehead State -- At 6-foot-8, some may consider him undersized. My friends, he dominated on the glass in college and has been compared to a future Rodman. If you don't think he can play, go ask Rick Pitino, whose Cardinals were upset by Morehead State. Faried had double-doubles against the likes of Ohio State and Florida last season.

Shelvin Mack, Butler -- He helped Brad Stevens' team make the national championship game in consecutive years. I like how his athleticism will translate to the pros. Mack is a flat-out winner.


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Source Thinks Andre Drummond is Down to UK, UConn


ZagsBlog.com has a source who thinks 2012 star Andre Drummond is going to choose between Kentucky and Connecticut.

Here is an excerpt:

Speaking recently at the NBA Top 100 Camp in Virginia, Drummond told USA Today he has offers from UConn, Duke, Georgetown, Louisville, North Carolina and Pittsburgh.

“I just shut the whole process down and not talk with anybody,” Drummond told the paper, referring to his reluctance to give interviews. “I tell them when I’m ready to talk with somebody, I’ll let you know.”

UConn has been recruiting the Connecticut native from the get-go, and the source said he believes UConn and Kentucky may be the leaders at this point.

“What I’ve heard is that he narrowed it to [UConn] and Kentucky,” the source said. “I think if the kid was going to college next year [in 2011] I think it would be UConn.”


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Former Teammate Talks About Enes Kanter

Deniz Kilicli, a native of Turkey, talks about his former teammate Enes Kanter:

DeCourcy: Brandon Knight is a Potential NBA Bust


Mike DeCourcy of SportingNews.com lists Kentucky's Brandon Knight as a potential bust in the NBA draft.

DeCourcy's top five risky NBA Draft picks are Knight, Tyler Honeycutt (UCLA), Bismack Biyombo (Fuenlabrada), Chandler Parsons (Florida) and Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State).

Here is an excerpt:

Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky. What is it, exactly, that turned Knight into a likely top-5 pick? John Wall-type athleticism? Doesn’t have it. The strength of a Derrick Rose? That, either. The playmaking wizardry of Jason Kidd? Huh-uh.

Knight is a capable shooter but not extraordinary. He has good size for the point guard position, but we’re not talking about Magic Johnson or Penny Hardaway. Knight is 6-3, 185. Deron Williams has him by 22 pounds.

Talk to coaches who’ve opposed him, and they’ll tell you Knight has almost no use for his left hand. If a defender sits on his right hand, Knight can’t cross over and drive in the opposite direction.

The past three point guards to play for John Calipari at Memphis and Kentucky were Rose, Tyreke Evans and John Wall, so it might be that some are expecting that magic to continue as if by osmosis.

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