Saturday, July 2, 2011

Former Morehead State Star Bob McCann Passes Away


Former Morehead State star Bob McCann passed away Friday morning in North Carolina.

Here is a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky.--Morehead State Athletic Hall of Famer and former basketball standout Bob McCann passed away in North Carolina Friday morning of heart failure.

“We were saddened today to learn of the passing of a member of the Eagle family, Bob McCaan,” MSU Director of Athletic Brian Hutchinson said. “Bob was a member of our athletic Hall of Fame and one of the all-time best basketball players to ever don a Morehead State uniform. He will be missed.”

McCann joined the Eagle program under coach Wayne Martin as a transfer. A three-time All-OVC honoree, McCann ranks 12th all-time in scoring at MSU and eighth in rebounding. An OVC Player of the Year (1986-87), he was inducted into the MSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.

"I had the privilege and pleasure of coaching Bob McCann for four years," Martin said. "He was a 6-5 transfer to Morehead and sat out his first year, grew to 6-8 and was a three-year All-Conference performer, before going on to a very successful pro career. He later became a noted Chef in the Maryland area. Bob had been so proud of Morehead’s recent basketball success and that of his fellow New Jersey native Kenneth Faried. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends”

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Wall Street Journal Profiles Josh Harrellson


The Wall Street Journal profiled former Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson earlier today. The WSJ says Knicks fans need to get ready to meet Jorts.

Here is an excerpt:

But he also made it a priority to stop by Macy's and a Levi's retail store. He was checking to make sure this fashionable city could fulfill his closet's primary requirement: jean shorts.

The 6-foot-10 center's nickname has been "Jorts" ever since he showed up for a recruiting visit to Kentucky three years ago in denim cut-offs. And now, before he has even played in an NBA game, he's bringing this staple of his summer wardrobe to New York.

"I've never been to a place where it's just Levi's," Harrellson said yesterday. "Levi's everywhere—it was all I could see."

Levi's jean shorts are Harrellson's favorite. It's the only type he wears. He prefers a relaxed cut with a straight leg. Harrellson didn't bring any jean shorts on this trip to New York, but he did purchase one pair. And on Tuesday, Harrellson tweeted: "Take your favorite pair of jeans and cut them at the knee and do the JORTS walk do the JORTS walk!" His handle on Twitter is BigJorts55.


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Friday, July 1, 2011

Tony Delk Offered Job at New Mexico State


According to a source, former Kentucky star Tony Delk has been offered an assistant coaching position at New Mexico State.

It was reported earlier today that Delk has turned down an offer to be Dale Brown's assistant at NCAA DII Clark Atlanta University. Brown noted in that interview that Delk would likely accept a Division I job.

Eastern Kentucky Holds Successful Basketball Camp


Eastern Kentucky just wrapped up a successful summer basketball camp that was attended by more than 110 boys and girls.

Here is a release from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – The 2011 Jeff Neubauer Basketball Camp was in full swing last week on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. More than 110 boys and girls were a part of the camp in its seventh year of operation.

“This year’s Jeff Neubauer basketball camp was a huge success,” EKU assistant coach and camp director Austin Newton said. “The kids [ages 7-16] were very eager to learn and easy to work with. Our goal, this year and every summer, is for the campers to take some of the drills and fundamentals that we taught during the week, and use them at home as they continue to develop as basketball players. We hope they had as much fun as our staff and players did.”

The camp featured several competitions including 1-on-1, 3-on-3, 5-on-5, ball handling, hot shot and free throws. Hustlers of the day were awarded each day in three different divisions – the OVC, SEC and NBA.

Many current and former Colonels were on hand to serve as camp counselors for the youngsters. They included - Jeff Allgood, Willie Cruz, Mike DiNunno, Taylor Filipek, Jeff Johnson, Jaron Jones, Joshua Jones, Deverin Muff, Jabs Newby and Ryan Parsons.

Photo: EKUSports.com

Video: DeMarcus Cousins at His Basketball Camp

Here is some footage of former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins at a recent basketball camp:



LeBron James Drops the Hammer on a Kid

Check out LeBron James of the Miami Heat as he charges in for a dunk while a kid is standing under the basket - the result is easy to figure out, but here's a visual:

Syracuse, Kentucky Are "1 and 1A" for DaJuan Coleman


According to Jim Hart, who is DaJuan Coleman's AAU coach with the Albany City Rocks, Kentucky and Syracuse are "1 and 1a" on Coleman's list.

Here is an excerpt from CBSSports.com:

In terms of recruiting, Coleman is taking his time with the process. Plenty of schools are on his trail, but Hart said he is looking at Syracuse, Kentucky, North Carolina, Connecticut, West Virginia and Ohio State. After the summer, Coleman plans on taking three or four official visits and then making his decision in the late fall.

Two programs are separating themselves as the teams to beat, including the hometown Orange.

"When you get a kid like that, you can eliminate everyone except about 20 schools," Hart said. "And with him, the backyard option is in that top 20.

"I think Syracuse and Kentucky are 1 and 1A, though."

One of the words that comes up the most when talking to people about Coleman is "loyal." As a result, Hart expects the quiet big man to have a traditional recruiting process -- there won't be too many twists and turns, unlike many of the top prospects in the last few years.

"DaJuan's got a lot of good, good people in his ear," Hart said. "He's got the right people close to him."

And, no, one of them is not Derrick Coleman.


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Coleman is a 6-8 center from Jamesville-Dewitt (NY) High School. He ranks No. 18 overall on the new Rivals.com list for 2012.

Photo: Rivals.com

Shabazz Muhammad Says List is Very Open Right Now


Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad says his list is "very open right now."

Muhammad, a 6-6 small forward at Bishop Gorman (Nev.), is currently the No. 1 player on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Here is an excerpt from CBSSports.com:

Like most other elite 2012 recruits, Muhammad hasn't committed to a program. When pressed for a top-five or top-eight list, Nevada's 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year wouldn't budge. (It must be noted that his father, Ron Holmes, is friends with Kansas assistant Kurt Townsend; there is no sign that Muhammad is favoring the Jayhawks right now, though.) Muhammad has taken a number of unofficial visits, which he shared with CBSSports.com in a phone interview Wednesday night. He has hit up Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Arizona, UCLA and Kansas so far, with more to come in the future.

"My list is very open right now," he said.

Muhammad's very self-aware; that's continually evident. He knows his game will be closely inspected in the July recruiting period, a time when coaches are unleashed on prospects like eager, early-morning Black Friday enthusiasts. The coaches want to impress and lure him, but he seems more focused on being a driven, honorable individual, the type of player that would be worthy of playing for Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams, Bill Self, Ben Howland or others.

"It's pretty hectic," Muhammad said of his life with regard to recruiting right now. Coaches had the door unlocked earlier this month, meaning they were allowed to contact 2012 recruits over the phone, by Facebook, etc. for the first time. It's akin to a dam giving way to the undeniable force of the waters. "A lot of coaches are writing in my [Facebook] messages and that kind of stuff. I get a lot of calls from a lot of coaches. It's pretty overwhelming once in a while, but it's good that they're interested."


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Muhammad in action:

Big East Schedule Released; Pitino Not Pleased


The official 2011-12 Big East Conference scheduled was released on Thursday and Rick Pitino is not a fan of Louisville's schedule.

After the schedule was released, Pitino speculated that the Big East schedule-makers must have used a Ouija board during the process.

"We have one of the premier commissioners in athletics, but whoever's doing our scheduling must be doing it with a Ouija board," Pitino stated. "How can you play two of the top three (projected) teams in the league twice and have to play another top team that's a rival game (at Cincinnati) on the road for a second straight year? It just doesn't make any sense to me. West Virginia has a similar argument. They must be doing it with a Ouija board."

Here is an excerpt of the release from U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville's 2011-12 men's basketball season in the BIG EAST Conference will include another challenging slate of 18 games, including two games each against Syracuse, Pittsburgh and DePaul.

Louisville's home conference opponents will include Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, USF, Syracuse and Villanova. The Cardinals' nine league road games will be at Cincinnati, DePaul, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, Syracuse and West Virginia.

Louisville is one of seven BIG EAST teams which have received mention in the early rankings (also Syracuse, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Marquette, Cincinnati and Villanova), including two of the Cardinals' repeat opponents. U of L is fifth nationally in an early FOXSports.com preseason ranking, seventh by CBSSports.com (Gary Parrish), ninth by ESPN.com (Andy Katz), 11th by SI.com (Luke Winn) and 12th by SportingNews.com (Mike DeCourcy). The Cardinals will also face three non-conference foes among the early top ten teams in Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Memphis.


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John Calipari Publicly Debunks Some Recruiting Myths


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari has once again proven that he has a Ph.D. in college basketball recruiting.

Today, Calipari goes to CoachCal.com to debunk five popular recruiting "myths."

Here is an excerpt:

Here are a few myths that I’ve thought about during this down time and I wanted to share these with the Big Blue Nation as a way of having you understand some of what goes into our recruiting philosophy and another example of how we are always focusing on being a players first program.

Myth #1 “Your talent will carry you, it doesn’t really matter where you go.”

Young people need to look at what specific programs have done with players like them in the past. Have they developed their talents and improved them as players and as people? Have they helped the young men reach their full potential and truly reach their dreams?

Coaches are creatures of habit, we don’t change. We seem to play the same way with small adjustments every year. No coach will change their system for a player; more likely they will try to change the player to fit the system. In essence you’re picking a system as well as a coach and a school. TALENT DOES MATTER but developing that talent is the crucial part of the equation.

Myth No. 2 “You can’t play at a high level and have a focus on academics too.”

Ask Brandon Knight or John Wall if you can do both. As a team we’ve been to an Elite 8 and a Final Four in the past two seasons and this past Spring our program’s APR was right alongside Vanderbilt’s atop the SEC’s APR standings. Parents and student-athletes should look closely at APRs and GPAs (our team GPA for last semester was a 3.14). We are not the only program that competes both on the court and in the classroom, but you can pick a school where both matter.

At the end of day, the young men in our program are taught as much about life after basketball as they are about basketball itself and that is done by constantly focusing on the classroom.

Myth No. 3 “You will get exposure wherever you go.”

Myth No. 4 “You don’t want to play with the best players because everyone will be out for themselves.”

Myth No. 5 “The school that has recruited me the longest is where I should go.”

Head over to CoachCal.com to read the complete article.

Telep Wonders: When Does Kentucky Strike First?


Dave Telep of ESPN.com previews July recruiting and wonders: When does Kentucky strike first?

Telep points out that UK has not 2012 commits at this point and adds that it's almost like John Calipari knows something that we don't.

Here is an excerpt:

When does Kentucky strike first?

Understand this, we aren't pushing the panic button but this is Big Blue Nation and you can never underestimate the passion Wildcats fans have for their Kentucky team. The facts are this: Kentucky has three straight No. 1-ranked recruiting classes, which is absurdly successful. However, coach John Calipari enters this summer without a single commitment in the 2012 class. If he's to make it four straight No. 1's, he'd better hurry because the clock is ticking. It's almost like Calipari knows something about the NBA lockout no one else does, like a rule change keeping kids in college longer or something along those lines. Predicting where Kentucky's first pledge comes from isn't easy. Maybe Archie Goodwin (Little Rock, Ark./Sylvan Hills), DaJuan Coleman (Dewitt, N.Y./Jamesville-Dewitt) or Ricardo Ledo (Providence, R.I./Notre Dame Prep)? The best way to find out will be to see where Calipari positions himself July 6-10 -- the opening few days of the period. Remember, Kentucky does already have NC State transfer point guard Ryan Harrow sitting out for next season.


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Thomas More Cancels Elite Guard Academy


Thomas More College has cancelled the Elite Guard Academy that was scheduled for July 5-7.

Here is an announcement from TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Due to lack of campers signed up, Thomas More College head men's basketball coach Jeff Rogers announced today (Wednesday, June 29, 2011) that the Elite Guard Academy scheduled for July 5-7, 2011 has been cancelled. Any questions please contact Coach Rogers at (859) 344-3630 or via e-mail at jeff.rogers@thomasmore.edu

John Wall Hanging Out with Shelvin Mack, Heading to L.A.


Washington Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis has a few notes about John Wall on his Ted's Take blog.

Leonsis says he spotted Wall and former Butler star Shelvin Mack pulling out of the Verizon Center together earlier this week. Wall and Mack are friends and will have a good relationship in Washington.

The Wizards owner also notes that Wall will be in Los Angeles for a few days to work out with Nick Young, Jordan Crawford and JaVale McGee.

Here is an excerpt:

As I was entering Verizon Center yesterday I saw John Wall pulling out of the garage after a hard work out and who was in the car with him? Shelvin Mack.

I stopped and talked to both young men. They know each other and will play with one another. They will bond together on and off the floor.

John will go to LA for a bit and work out with a group of our players: Nick Young, Jordan Crawford and JaVale McGee.


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Morehead State Adds JUCO Transfer Milton Chavis


Morehead State University has picked up 6-5 shooting guard Milton Chavis, a transfer from Kilgore College in Texas.

Chavis, who committed to Buffalo out of high school, confirmed the news on Twitter last night:

MiltonChavis I'm A Morehead State Eagle!! #OVC

In high school, Chavis played alongside former University of Kentucky star John Wall at Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina. He gave the good news to his former teammate a few days ago:

MiltonChavis @jimmywa11 im goin to Morehead State fam.

There are some clips of Chavis in this Word of God highlight video:



* HT: MSU Eagle Nation

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The NBA Lockout is Here as the Clock Strikes Midnight


The NBA lockout is officially here. NBA commissioner David Stern confirmed the news today:

So the NBA will lock out its players, a long-expected move that puts the 2011-12 season in jeopardy and comes as the NFL is trying to end its own work stoppage that began in March.

The latest lockout begins at 12:01 EDT on Friday. It will last until players and owners can agree on a new collective bargaining agreement, one owners demand must give all teams a chance to profit.

"We had a great year in terms of the appreciation of our fans for our game. It just wasn't a profitable one for the owners, and it wasn't one that many of the smaller market teams particularly enjoyed or felt included in," commissioner David Stern said. "The goal here has been to make the league profitable and to have a league where all 30 teams can compete."

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Here are some thoughts from a few former Kentucky stars:

boogiecousins Is walmart hiring?

NazrMohammed Players can talk to each other. We just can't communicate with any coaches, front office, or anyone who works for the NBA or it's teams

EBled24 I'm bout to lose my job who's hiring?! #hahahah

jimmywa11 Can't wait to go back to Kentucky this summer!!!

Chuck Hayes: "It's unfortunate with the season that this league has had, the fan base, the notoriety, the popularity of the sport, it's just unfortunate that it's coming to a halt and things need to get settled on the business side."

Video Honors the Career of Josh Harrellson

Check out this terrific tribute to Josh "Jorts" Harrellson:

John Calipari is Using Rosetta Stone to Learn Spanish


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari, who will soon begin his coaching duties with the Dominican Republic national team, says he is trying to learn Spanish by using Rosetta Stone.

Rosetta Stone touts itself as "the world's #1 language-learning software."

Here is Calipari's post on Twitter:

UKCoachCalipari Ellen and I have being learning Spanish together using @rosettastone to get me ready for coaching the Dominican National Team this summer.

Visit Rosetta Stone's Site

Bellarmine University Adds Transfer from Western Illinois


Bellarmine University, fresh off a national championship run, have announced the addition of Jelani Johnson, a transfer from Western Illinois University.

Here is the release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --- Bellarmine University and men's basketball coach Scott Davenport have announced the transfer of guard Jelani Johnson to join next year's team.

The 6-4 guard has spent the past two seasons at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., where he averaged 5.8 points and shot 46.3 percent from behind the arc as a sophomore. He posted career highs of 14 points and seven rebounds in a 67-62 win over North Dakota State on Jan. 15, 2011.

“We're extremely excited to have Jelani join our program,” said Davenport. “He brings two years of Division I experience and a tremendous overall background in basketball. Plus, he's a stellar young man on and off the court and we look forward to having him join the team in the fall.”

Johnson was familiar with Bellarmine from its run to the national title last season. “I saw (Bellarmine's) highlights on CBS Sports,” adding that “I was a little surprised when they called.” Johnson, who will be a pre-physical therapy major at Bellarmine, said he made the visit and “liked everything” he saw.

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Kentucky Currently Has 17 Players in the NBA


There are currently 17 players from the University of Kentucky who are active in the NBA.

That number may drop depending Kelenna Azubuike finding a new home and DeAndre Liggins and Josh Harrellson making their respective teams.

Either way, 17 players, including nine in the last two NBA Drafts, is an overwhelming number.

Wildcats in the NBA:

- Nazr Mohammed — Oklahoma City Thunder
- Jamaal Magloire — Miami Heat*
- Tayshaun Prince — Detroit Pistons*
- Keith Bogans — Chicago Bulls
- Chuck Hayes — Houston Rockets*
- Rajon Rondo — Boston Celtics
- Kelenna Azubuike — Free Agent*
- Jodie Meeks — Philadelphia 76ers
- John Wall — Washington Wizards
- DeMarcus Cousins — Sacramento Kings
- Eric Bledsoe — Los Angeles Clippers
- Patrick Patterson — Houston Rockets
- Daniel Orton — Orlando Magic
- Enes Kanter — Utah Jazz
- Brandon Knight — Detroit Pistons
- Josh Harrellson — New York Knicks
- DeAndre Liggins — Orlando Magic

* Unrestricted free agent

Bonus:

Name - Last Season's Team (League)

- Erik Daniels - Erie BayHawks (NBA Development League)
- Antoine Walker - Iowa Stamped (NBA Development League)
- Heshimu Evans - Sport Lisbon Benfica (Portugal LPB)
- Cliff Hawkins - PBG Basket Poznan (Poland PLK)
- Gerald Fitch - Unicaja (Spain ACB)
- Andre Riddick - TEC Spirou Charleroi (Belgium D1)
- Randolph Morris - Beijing Ducks (China CBA)
- Ramon Harris - Ningxia Hanas (China NBL)
- Adam Delph - Asbury University (NAIA DII)
- Jared Carter - Rochester RazorSharks (USA PBL)
- Patrick Sparks - BC Odessa (Ukraine Superleague)
- Ramel Bradley - Maccabi Ashdod (Israel Premier League)
- Antwain Barbour - Erdemirspor Belediyesi (Turkey TBL)

Free Agents:

- Joe Crawford - Last played in China
- Kevin Galloway - Last played at Texas Southern
- Souleymane Camara - Last played for Kentucky Bisons (team cancelled season)
- Brandon Stockton - Last played for Kentucky Bisons (team cancelled season)
- Perry Stevenson - Last played for Rochester RazorSharks

Dale Brown Offers a Job to Tony Delk


Former UK stars may be hooking up professionally as Dale Brown has offered an assistant's position at Clark Atlanta University to Tony Delk.

Delk, who currently has a lesser role at the University of Kentucky, has reportedly been looking for a full-time position.

Brown and Delk were teammates at Kentucky.

Here is an excerpt from Gulflive.com:

Since finishing his pro basketball career and returning to the University of Kentucky to obtain his college degree in 2003, Brown has had nine coaching jobs in eight years. The Pascagoula native was named head coach at Clark Atlanta University on Wednesday, his second job in less than a month.

But Brown said via telephone on Wednesday that he's planning on putting down roots in Atlanta. He's asked fellow Jackson County basketball legend Litterial Green of Moss Point to join his coaching staff, along with former Kentucky teammate Tony Delk.

"I feel great about it," Brown said. "This is a job I've pursued for a while now."

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College Basketball Recruiting Heats Up in July


College basketball recruiting really heats up during the month of July as the "live period" offers coaches opportunities to watch recruits on the AAU circuit.

Here is a look at the July calendar:

July 6-15 Summer Evaluation Period

July 16-21 Dead Period (Teams are allowed to contact players who have enrolled in summer classes or who have signed a National Letter of Intent)

July 22-31 Summer Evaluation Period

Louisville and Kentucky fans can expect a wealth of news, tidbits, rumors and lies over the next 31 days or so.

Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com wonders who Kentucky will have in their 2012 recruiting class when the July dust settles:

Who does Kentucky wind up getting in the Class of 2012?

A year ago, we knew exactly who John Calipari and the Wildcats had zeroed-in on, but this year UK doesn't have any verbal commitments and we don't really know who will be a part of what is sure to be another big-time class. It'll be interesting to see who winds up pulling the trigger first for the Wildcats.

Gary Parrish is also looking forward to a few things, including:

Bumping into a college coach in a corner booth at the Playboy Club with a 21-year-old model

The major tournaments in Las Vegas bring every staff to Sin City and some of them, well, they're human, and it creates some awkward conversations when you bump into them in awkward situations. Mostly, you just try to look away unless the girl is super hot. Then you just try not to get caught staring.

Watching 17-year-old basketball players sneak out of their rooms and off into the Vegas night after playing three games in one day

There's nothing funnier than watching high school prospects walk past you at the blackjack table at 4 a.m. either on their way to trouble or returning from trouble. Not that I've ever been at a blackjack table in Vegas at 4 a.m. Or 8 a.m. Or noon.

Here are some more thoughts from the guys at CBSSports.com.

2010-11 Video Highlights from University of the Cumberlands

Here are some excellent video clips of the 2010-11 University of the Cumberlands Patriots:



Kentucky Recruit Nerlens Noel Has Some Major Moves

Check out this move from 2013 Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel, who stands 6-10:



Video by FiveStarBasketball.com

Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague Were Impressive in Chicago


ESPN's Eamonn Brennan was in Chicago for last weekend’s Nike Skills Camps

Here are Brennan’s notes on future Kentucky stars Marquis Teague and Anthony Davis:

Marquis Teague: Kentucky freshman Marquis Teague has been hailed as the latest in Kentucky coach John Calipari’s long list of successful freshman point guards, a legacy that includes Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, John Wall and, most recently, Brandon Knight. There’s no reason to think Teague can’t live up to that billing. During Saturday’s full court five-on-five session — in which guards from the Deron Williams Skills Academy played with forwards from the Amar’e Stoudamire camp — Teague sliced and diced opposing defenders, found his way into the lane with relative ease, and showcased an intuitive understanding of the various ways to attack off a ball screen. One play in particular stood out: About 30 feet from the hoop in the corner of the court — picture where Duke ran its spread high-screen sets for Kyrie Irving and Nolan Smith this season — Teague got a screen from fellow Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis. The guard split the two defenders, took off toward the rim, saw help arrive and dished a nifty little bounce pass to Davis, who crashed toward the basket and finished with a ferocious dunk. The play was as impression a piece of team basketball as I saw all weekend, and Teague deserved the credit for its creation.

Anthony Davis: Speaking of Davis, well, it’s not hard to see why college recruiting services (including our own) have named him the best prospect in the class. Nor is it difficult to see why pro scouts are already drooling. To use a once-banished draft term, Davis is incredibly long. He’s also very athletic. That combination allows him to rise above other tall and athletic defenders to snatch rebounds, challenge shots and finish at the rim. But there’s also a reason Davis didn’t become a highly touted prospect until this year: He’s still pretty soft. That’s not really a knock — we’re talking about a 6-foot-10 college freshman with a 7-foot-4 wingspan, after all — but it is something that could hamper Davis’ production in his first full season as a college hoopster. Davis has the height to play center at the college level — with Terrence Jones back in the fold, it seems likely that’s where Kentucky will opt to play him — but can he stand toe-to-toe with big, physical upperclassmen? Won’t Festus Ezeli, to name one example, be able to impose his will on this kid through strength and positioning? For that reason, it’s easy to see a few growing pains for Davis, who might draw a lot of comparisons to Baylor’s Perry Jones: Both are insanely talented, versatile, athletic stretch forwards who don’t quite have the frame to bang in the low block. Jones struggled somewhat during his first season in Waco and decided to return for a second. Could Davis do the same?

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John Wall Goes Planking on a Trash Can in Chinatown



Washington Wizards star John Wall had to try his "planking" talents.

jimmywa11 Had to try the plank http://lockerz.com/s/115459210

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UK Fans: Want to Play Horse Against Rajon Rondo?


Rajon Rondo is inviting contestants for an opportunity to compete against the Boston point guard in a game of Horse.

Here is Rondo's post on Twitter:

RajonRondo Contest: Want to play me in HORSE? Just send me a pic that shows why u r my ultimate fan to rondo@fantapper.com Ill fly the winner out here

Fans/competitors can submit entries to the e-mail address and one lucky winner will be flown to Rondo's camp in Louisville.

Ramon Harris Named NBL Player of the Week in China


Former Kentucky player Ramon Harris has been named Asia-Basket.com NBL Player of the Week in China.

Harris exploded for a league-record 48 points and 10 rebounds in Ningxia Hanas' 142-107 victory over Heilongjiang. Harris was 7-11 from the three-point line.

Through 7 games, Harris is averaging 20.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

Source: Asia-Basket.com

Terrence Williams Playing in Seattle Summer Pro-Am League


Former Louisville star Terrence "T-Will" Williams is playing in the Seattle Summer Pro-Am Basketball League.

Here is an excerpt from PnwLocalNews.com:

The Seattle Summer Pro-Am Basketball League will bring NBA talent back to Seattle this summer.

The six-team league consists of former NBA, international and collegiate players, many with local ties. Current NBA players Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson, Terrence Williams, Spencer Hawes and Rodney Stuckey will be regularly competing in games.

International players Will Conroy (University of Washingotn alumni) Tre Simmons (University of Washingotn alumni, born in Seattle) and Marcellus Kemp (born in Seattle) will also play.


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Devonta Pollard "Surprised" by Kentucky Offer


Devonta Pollard, one of the top prospects in the 2012 recruiting class, said he is both "surprised" and "thankful" that he picked up a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

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

Small forward Devonta Pollard, the No. 6-overall player in the Class of '12 according to Rivals.com, says there is no leader for his services but said he was "surprised" and "thankful" to get a Kentucky scholarship offer this week.

“Really everyone in Kentucky lives and dies basketball, so I like that,” Pollard told ZagsBlog.com. “And I like the program that they have. And they always build a strong relationship with all their players.”


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Pollard is a 6-7 small forward from Kemper County (Miss.). He ranks No. 6 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Photo: Rivals.com

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

DeMarcus Cousins Visits Alcorn State for Basketball Camp

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins made a visit to Alcorn State today.

Cousins played the role of celebrity coach for Luther Riley's basketball camp.

Here he is talking to WJTV.com:

DeAndre Liggins Introduced in Orlando

Former Kentucky star DeAndre Liggins was introduced in Orlando earlier today:

Another Change of Plans for Ex-Kentucky Player Dale Brown


Former University of Kentucky player Dale Brown has changed plans once again.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Brown had left Dillard University to become the new head coach at Meridian Community College. Now, those plans have changed as Brown has been announced as head coach of NCAA DII program Clark Atlanta University.

CAU is a member of the SIAC conference, which includes Kentucky State University.

Here is an excerpt from AJC.com:

Today isn’t about what has happened in the past, it’s about building a team to ensure that we play even harder, work even smarter and aim even higher in the future,” associate athletic director D’Wayne Robinson said Wednesday upon the introduction of Dale Brown as the next head coach of the CAU men’s basketball program.

“I must say, we will win, and we will win right away,” Brown said. “My philosophy is real simple: Play hard, play smart and play together.”

Brown’s basketball résumé is extensive. During his junior college days at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Brown was named NJCAA men’s basketball player of the year in 1991.

After two years at MGCC, Brown caught the eye of Kentucky coach Rick Pitino. Brown finished his playing eligibility at Kentucky, helping the Wildcats to an Elite Eight appearance in 1992 and a Final Four appearance in 1993.


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Nazr Mohammed Re-Signs with Oklahoma City


Former UK big man Nazr Mohammed is staying with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Thunder GM Sam Presti announced the new extension today.

Here is an excerpt:

“We are pleased to be able to keep Nazr in the Thunder family,” Presti said. “He is a valuable part of our organization both on and off the floor. His professionalism, experience, and on-court play have had a positive impact on our young and evolving roster.”

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Mohammed has played 13 years in the NBA. He averaged 6.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game for the Thunder last season after coming over from Charlotte.

Chuck Hayes is Heading to China Soon


Former Kentucky basketball star Chuck Hayes will make a trip to Xiamen, China in early July.

Here are some details:

Houston Rockets’ Chuck Hayes will visit Xiamen on July 5th-9th as Qiaodan Sports’ new brand ambassador to China, reports Xiamen Economic Daily.

Standing at 6'6", Chuck Hayes is the shortest starting center in NBA history, but he posted an improbable triple-double (13 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists) on March 23, 2011, which his 7'6" teammate Yao Ming has not yet accomplished in the league.

Qiaodan Sports Co., Ltd, a Chinese sportswear producer in Jinjiang (76km away from Xiamen), announced on June 23rd that they’ve signed Chuck as their brand ambassador to China.

Chuck’s Xiamen tour is part of his one-weak ‘Beyond Yourself’ marketing campaign in China, and he will meet his basketball fans in outdoor activities in Beijing, Shenyang, Xiamen and Shenzhen, said a spokesman of Qiaodan Sports.

During his visit in Xiamen, Chuck Hayes will visit Qiaodan Sports’ R&D Center and factory in Tong’an District, and he will be tested for the new basketball shoes he is going to wear in the 2011-2012 NBA season.

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Video: Interview with Turkish Big Man Enes Kanter

Here is a new interview with former University of Kentucky big man Enes Kanter, who was drafted No. 3 overall in the NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz:

Doron Lamb is One of NCAA's Top 3-Point Threats


Jason King of Yahoo! Sports has labelled his top three-point shooters in college basketball.

He has Kentucky's Doron Lamb on the list and names Louisville's Kyle Kuric as a player to watch.

Some of the top outside threats include Vanderbilt's John Jenkins, Duke's Seth Curry and Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor.

Here is an excerpt about Lamb:

Doron Lamb, Kentucky, sophomore – Lamb flew under the radar a bit in Lexington last season, when he was often overshadowed by Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight. Still, his contributions to the Wildcats’ Final Four squad were immeasurable. He averaged 1.8 3-pointers per game and shot 47.8 percent from long distance. His stats should soar in 2011-12.

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Calipari, Pitino Expected to Attend AAU Event in Chicago


According to the Chicago Tribune, Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Louisville's Rick Pitino are expected to attend an AAU event in Chicago July 8-11.

Here is an excerpt:

AAU headed for Elmhurst: Casual fans curious about AAU basketball can watch alongside the likes of John Calipari, Rick Pitino and Bruce Weber when York High School plays host to a major tournament from July 8-11.

Many of the nation's best players will be on hand, as teams from coast to coast are entered in the field.

Calipari, Pitino and Weber are among the more than 200 coaches expected to be on hand.


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Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Razor Ramon Harris Edition


Tuesday's Top 5:

- Former UK forward Ramon Harris set a new league-high in China's NBL as he scored 48 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in a win yesterday.

- Morehead State's Kenneth Faried returned to the "scene of the crime" in Denver and was introduced by the Nuggets. He'll wear No. 35 in the NBA.

- Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com lists Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones on this way, way too early All-American list for 2011-12.

- Former Kentucky and NBA star Antoine Walker pleaded guilty to bad check charges in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

- Enes Kanter says he will play for Turkey's national team in EuroBasket 2011 if there is an NBA lockout.

Twitter:

- Follow former Kentucky star Rex Chapman on Twitter

- Follow AllKyHoops.com on Twitter

Recruiting News:

- Here is Kentucky recruit Perry Ellis and his coach talking on GregSwaim.com

- Kentucky checked in with 2012 star Mitch McGary

The Buzz:

- Hearing from a good source that former Kentucky player Anthony Epps is trying to get his job back at Marion County following an alleged DUI arrest.

Video of the Day (Brandon Knight and John Wall should model their first pitch skills after this guy):

Rajon Rondo Talks Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011 Shoes

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo introduces his Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011 shoes:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Josh Harrellson Teams Up with Former New York Star



Josh Harrellson joined former New York Knicks star John Starks at an event tonight.

Here is a post from Twitter:

thenyknicks Josh Harrellson, aka @BigJorts55, joins John Starks at the John Starks Foundation's 3 Point Scholarship event http://t.co/e8v6IOG

Shelvin Mack Ready to Bring Toughness to the Wizards


Former Butler University star Shelvin Mack, who played high school basketball at Bryan Station, was introduced by the Washington Wizards today.

Mack said he is going to bring the team toughness.

Here is an excerpt from WashingtonPost.com:

Mack confirmed Singleton did a solid job defensively against those all-star players. He added that he would like to continue the success he’s had at Verizon Center, where Butler won two games in the NCAA tournament in March and advanced to the Sweet 16 despite Mack committing a “dumb foul,” when he inexplicably clobbered Pittsburgh’s Gilbert Brown near midcourt with 1.4 seconds left. The play earned Mack an invitation to ESPN’s ESPY awards, but Saunders had to ask, “Not going to happen again, right?”

“Nah,” Mack replied.

“I’m going to bring the team toughness,” Mack said. “I know I’m not starting; John Wall is the starting point guard. I’m going to try to make him better in practice. I know he’s going to try to make me better and just enjoy the challenge of being in the NBA.”

Saunders said he expects veterans Andray Blatche, Nick Young and JaVale McGee — the last remaining players on the roster who pre-date Leonsis — to adjust to the changing environment. Blatche and McGee are under contract next season and the team hopes to bring back Young in free agency after making him a qualifying offer earlier this month.


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Rex Chapman is Officially on Twitter


University of Kentucky fans can now follow legendary former player "King" Rex Chapman on Twitter.

John Calipari confirmed that Chapman is indeed on Twitter this afternoon:

UKCoachCalipari Big Blue Nation welcome @rexchapman to the world of Twitter!

Follow Chapman Here

Chapman scored 1,073 points in two seasons as a Wildcat. He was drafted No. 8 overall by Charlotte in the 1988 NBA Draft.

Enes Kanter Will Play for Turkey if NBA Lockout Happens


Former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter, who was drafted No. 3 overall by the Utah Jazz last week, says he plans to play for Turkey's national team in the 2011 EuroBasket tournament if there is an NBA lockout.

EuroBasket 2011 is scheduled to be played August 31 through September 18 in Lithuania.

Kanter added that he will not play professionally in Turkey during a lockout but would consider offers from European teams.

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Antoine Walker Pleads Guilty to Bad Check Charges


Former Kentucky star Antoine Walker pleaded guilty to felony bad check charges this morning in Clark County (Nev.) District Court.

Here is an excerpt from the Las Vegas Sun:

Walker will likely face no jail time under a plea agreement with prosecutors, and instead will be put on probation as he works to pay off gambling debts of more than $750,000 owed to three casinos.

His sentencing is set for Nov. 1.

“Being put on probation, he’ll have a court order to pay the restitution to the casinos,” said Deputy District Attorney Sam Bateman.

Walker, 34 was not present in court, and his guilty plea was entered on his behalf by attorneys.

The criminal complaint was filed in the summer of 2009, when Walker failed to pay back gambling debts at Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and the Red Rock Resort.


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Parrish Gives Early All-American Picks for 2011-12


Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com gives some early predictions on college basketball All-Americans for 2011-12.

He includes Kentucky's Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones:

G: Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin)
G: Austin Rivers (Duke)
F: Harrison Barnes (North Carolina)
F: Anthony Davis (Kentucky)
F: Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)

G: Tu Holloway (Xavier)
G: John Jenkins (Vanderbilt)
F: Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut)
F: Terrence Jones (Kentucky)
F: Perry Jones (Baylor)

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Former Kentucky Star Eric Bledsoe Goes Planking

Former University of Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe joined in the latest rage known as planking:

EBled24 Me planking early in the morning hahahah http://lockerz.com/s/115047975



#planking

Kenneth Faried Excited to Be in Denver; Will Wear No. 35


Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried will wear No. 35 for the Denver Nuggets.

During a press conference, Faried said he's excited to be in Denver and wants to become an all-star someday.

Faried also made mention of MSU's NCAA tournament upset over Louisville by calling the Pepsi Center "the scene of the crime."

Here is an excerpt:

"I'm excited to be here, but I want to get better every day," said Faried, who will wear No. 35. "I want to hopefully become an all-star someday."

The rugged rebounder from Morehead State was drafted 22nd overall and needs no introduction on the boards. Especially at the Pepsi Center, where he helped Morehead State upset Louisville in the NCAA Tournament on March 17.

Faried had 17 rebounds and 12 points in the Eagles' 62-61 victory over the fourth-seeded Cardinals. He capped his performance that day with a game-ending blocked shot, and he was smiling Monday when he referred to the Pepsi Center as "the scene of the crime."


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Press Conference Footage:

John Calipari Talks About Paying Players with Mike Lupica

John Calipari shared his thoughts on paying players on the Mike Lupica show. Here is the audio from ESPN.com:

Ramon Harris Explodes for 48 Points in China


Former University of Kentucky forward Ramon Harris exploded for 48 points, 10 rebounds and 5 steals today in China.

Harris was 11-17 from the field, including 7-11 from the 3-point line in a 142-107 win over Heilongjiang.

The former Wildcat has reached double figures scoring in each of his first seven games for Ningxia Hanas in China's National Basketball League.

Harris is now averaging 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.

Ningxia Hanas is tied for third in the NBL standings with a 4-3 record.

UPDATE: Ramon posted on Twitter that he actually had 51 points and 10 rebounds; either way, great job!

Kentucky Checks In on 2012 Star Mitch McGary


Kentucky, Duke and Kansas all touched base with the camp of 2012 star Mitch McGary on Monday.

Here is a post from BrewsterHoops on Twitter:

BrewsterHoops #DUKE #KANSAS #KENTUCKY all touched base in regard to #BREWSTER forward @MitchMcGary33 on Monday.

McGary is a 6-10 power forward at Brewster Academy. He currently ranks No. 5 overall in the 2012 class, according to Rivals.com.

UK Recruit Wayne Selden with the Play of the Day

Check out 2014 Kentucky recruit Wayne Selden with the FiveStarBasketball.com Play of the Day on an impressive put-back at the Hoopville Spring Finale in Boston:

Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Jorts Loves New York Edition


Monday's Top 5:

- Kentucky's Doron Lamb, Terrence Jones and Darius Miller are in Chicago for the 2011 Kevin Durant Skills Academy.

- Morehead State's Demonte Harper is taking part in a 3-day rookie and free agent minicamp hosted by the Atlanta Hawks.

- Josh Harrellson told the media in New York City that he plans to protect his stars with the Knicks; Jorts also did a little beatboxing on NYC television.

- The Louisville Cardinals will play four games in the Bahamas in August.

- John Calipari and other SEC coaches appear to be against the idea of a 22-game SEC schedule.

Recruiting News:

- Kentucky offered a scholarship to 2012 star Anthony Bennett.

- 2013 big man Nerlens Noel currently lists Kentucky, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina State and Providence

The Buzz:

- Kenneth Faried will wear No. 35 for the Denver Nuggets.

- Lorenzo Charles, who had the winning dunk in the 1983 NCAA Championship for North Carolina State, has died in a bus wreck.

- Sean Sutton has been named full time assistant coach at Oral Roberts.

- Former Kentucky forward Ramon Harris continues his assault on China's National Basketball League. On Saturday, Harris had 16 points in a loss. He has reached double figures in his first 6 games in China.

- 42 teams competed in the University of Pikeville team camp. Buckhorn won the varsity division and Pikeville High School took the junior varsity crown.

Video of the Day (RIP Lorenzo Charles):

Travis Ford on List of Most Overpaid Coaches


Jason King of Yahoo! Sports has printed his list of college basketball's most overpaid coaches.

He includes Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford on his list along with Tony Bennett, Anthony Grant, Frank Haith, Mike Anderson and Oliver Purnell.

Here is an excerpt about Ford:

Travis Ford, Oklahoma State – The former Kentucky guard is making $1.8 million per year in Stillwater, where he recently concluded his third season with a second-round loss in the NIT. Oklahoma State made the NCAA tournament the previous two seasons under Ford but failed to advance past the first weekend. From 2005-08 Ford was the coach at UMass, where he failed to lead one of his teams to the Big Dance. So tell me: Does two NCAA tournament trips in six seasons justify $1.8 million? I don’t think so either.

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Sean Sutton Named Full Time Assistant at Oral Roberts


Sean Sutton, who played at Kentucky from 1987-89 before transferring to Oklahoma State, has been named full time assistant coach at Oral Roberts.

Sutton, the son of former Kentucky head coach Eddie Sutton, previously served as head coach at Oklahoma State from 2006-08, before stepping down under pressure. He was arrested on drug charges early in 2010 after allegedly trying to obtain prescription painkillers from out of state.

Here is an excerpt of the release from Oral Roberts:

TULSA, Okla. – Following a one year stint as Executive Advisor to the basketball staff, Sean Sutton has been named full time assistant coach for the Oral Roberts men’s basketball team.

Sutton will be replacing Chris Crutchfield, who recently accepted a similar position with the University of Oklahoma.

“We are excited to add Sean to our staff in a full time capacity,” stated head coach Scott Sutton. “He brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to our program and I look forward to the opportunity to continue to work with him.”

Sutton served as head coach at Oklahoma State from 2006-08, posting a 39-29 record during his two seasons in Stillwater. He previously spent 13 years as an assistant to his father Eddie, who coached the Cowboys for 16 seasons. In 2005 he was named the Rivals.com Recruiter of the Year after reeling in the nation’s #1 ranked class and Rivals #1 ranked player.

With a combined 1,068 wins, the Sutton’s are the most successful father-son basketball coaching combination in NCAA history.

Sutton is a 1992 graduate of Oklahoma State, where he helped guide the Cowboys to the Sweet 16 in 1991 and 1992. He also played two seasons at Kentucky from 1987 to 1989.

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Photo: ORU Media Relations

Louisville Basketball to Play Four Games in the Bahamas


The Louisville Cardinals will play four games in an exhibition tour of the Bahamas in August.

Here is a release from U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's basketball team will play four games on its foreign trip to the Bahamas in August, with all games played at Sir Kendal Isaac Gymnasium in Nassau.

The Cardinals will play an intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET, the Commonwealth Giants on Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m., the Real Deal Shockers on Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and the Bahamas All-Stars on Aug. 13 at 6 p.m.

The 2011-12 Cardinals will have 10 days of practice prior to leaving for the Bahamas.

Monday, June 27, 2011

John Calipari, SEC Coaches Opposed to 22 League Games


John Calipari shared his thoughts on a potential 22-game SEC schedule and more at today's SEC coaches' teleconference.

Here is an excerpt of his comments from UKAthletics.com:

The big topic of the day on the teleconference for all 12 coaches was the new one division format and the possibility of changing to an 18- or 22-game schedule in the near future, which I'll have a separate post on later. As far as Calipari's take, he said he was in favor of the one division and said that changing the amount of league games is inevitable. "I really, really think 22 is a number that very few leagues do that, and there's reasons for that, so I think you're talking about 16 or 18 games," Calipari said. "More important than the 16 or 18, whatever that may be, it's our nonconference schedule. Leagues that have gotten tons of teams into the NCAA Tournament have figured out it's about your nonconference strength of schedule and your nonconference RPI. In other words, play the very best teams you can play and still win. You have to win. If you play a really strong schedule, like a winning percentage of the teams you play is up at like 60 and you win 12 games or 13, you're going to have the No. 1 RPI ranked schedule nonconference in the country. If the schedule you play has a 52 or a 53 winning percentage and you win 12 or 13 games or 11 games, you're going to be in the top 40 or 50 in RPI in nonconference scheduling. That's as big of an issue for us as scheduling within the conference."

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In fact, no SEC coaches are in favor of a 22-game schedule.

Jerry Tipton reports that no coach voiced support of the idea:

Stallings said he surprised himself at the Spring Meeting by suggesting a 22-game SEC schedule. Earlier this month, Kentucky Coach John Calipari said a 22-game SEC schedule would be "disaster" to navigate.

Stallings acknowledged that 22 games is unlikely.

"We feel we've been drug through Armageddon after 16 games," he said of the current league format. "I don't think (22 games) has got a lot of traction. But I thought it was worth bringing up and discussing."

No coach on the teleconference voiced support for a 22-game schedule.

Calipari noted that the emphasis of scheduling should be on building as good a résumé as possible for the NCAA Tournament. That would mean the strong-est Strength of Schedule and Ratings Percentage Index. Non-conference games provide the greatest flexibility in building a schedule.


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Vance Cooksey Plays Well at D-League National Tryout

Former Pikeville College (now University of Pikeville) star Vance Cooksey performed well over the weekend at the NBA D-League National Tryout in Louisville.

Cooksey received solid feedback and is expected to get an invite to an upcoming NBA camp.

Cooksey in action last season:

Andre Drummond to UConn Rumors are False


According to Andy Katz of ESPN.com, 2012 star Andre Drummond will not reclassify to 2011 and commit to Connecticut.

A move to 2011 has been rumored for Drummond, but that no longer appears to be the case.

Drummond is still considering Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida, Connecticut and several other schools.

Here is an excerpt:

According to Drummond's representatives, including his mother, he will not be in college this fall but will instead go for a post-graduate year. That plan is St. Thomas More for now. There had been plenty of chatter about the possibility that Drummond could be ready for the Huskies in the fall, but that point is moot. He hasn't committed to UConn, either. He's a serious player for Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida. And according to ESPN's recruiting site, he's still considering Pitt, Georgetown and Duke. Drummond will likely be shadowed by the aforementioned schools' head coaches at various stops in July. He'll be in Indianapolis on July 6-9; in New England at various events, including Springfield on July 10-18; in Las Vegas July 22-26 and Orlando on July 27-Aug. 1.

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Seth Davis Thinks John Calipari is Worth the Money

Seth Davis of SI.com says John Calipari is "worth every penny" for the University of Kentucky:

Josh Harrellson Does a Little Beatboxing in New York

Josh "Jorts" Harrellson is making the rounds in New York City.

Here he is on a show called MIKE'D UP and yes, he seriously beatboxes while Iman Shumpert raps(click image to watch video):

Kentucky Gives Offer to Rising 2012 Star Anthony Bennett


The University of Kentucky has extended an official offer to 2012 power forward Anthony Bennett.

Bennett is a 6-7, 230-pound rising star from Findlay Prep (Nev.). He currently ranks No. 22 on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com confirmed Kentucky's offer:

3starmeyer Anthony bennett has offical offers from uconn and kentucky. North carolina showing serious interest

Meyer lists Bennett and Kentucky recruit Mitch McGary as the two biggest surprises on the 2011 travel circuit.

Here is an excerpt:

1. Mitch McGary

School: Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Prep
The Buzz: Based on what we saw from him during his 2010-11 campaign at Brewster, we knew that McGary would be on the rise. However, nobody could have predicted the 6-foot-10 Indiana native's ascension into the national top five or his development into a potential star.

2. Anthony Bennett

School: Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep
The Buzz: Much like McGary, we entered the spring knowing that Bennett -- who had just cracked the top 100 prior to his junior season -- was going to merit a bump in the rankings. Already a five-star, the Canadian import is still on the rise and has been one of the most consistently dominant performers of the summer.

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Mark Perdue Named AD at Asbury University


Mark Perdue, a Marshall University graduate, is the new athletics director at Asbury University.

Perdue's first day on the job will be July 1.

Here is an excerpt from Herald-Dispatch.com:

Perdue was the Marshall men's basketball head athletic trainer in the late 1980s He has an MU degree in athletic training and a master's in physical education. The Huntington High graduate's wife is the former Paula Zwick, also a Marshall graduate, from Wheeling. They have two children, Sam, 12, and Tess, 10.

His parents are Ron and Carol Perdue of Huntington.

Asbury is an NAIA member of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

"Knowing the heritage, the Asbury traditions. ... what a great Christian background Asbury has," Perdue said in a news release. "Asbury fits my lifestyle, my dedication to work for the Lord. I love that the school is mission oriented. I'm eager to be a part of that, as well."


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