Saturday, July 9, 2011

LeBron James to Sponsor Nike Gear for Kentucky Basketball

NBA superstar LeBron James will be sponsoring Nike gear for the University Miami, Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky this coming season.

Here is an excerpt:

The University of Miami men's basketball team will be sporting LeBron James-branded Nike gear this coming season thanks to a sponsorship deal with the Miami Heat superstar, two sources said Friday.

James will also be sponsoring Ohio State and Kentucky.

Miami players were told the news by coach Jim Larranaga on Thursday.

James' publicist, Keith Estabrook, said he wouldn't comment on the matter and directed all questions to Nike, which didn't immediately return an email from the Sun Sentinel.

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Hornacek Gives His Expectations for Enes Kanter

Utah Jazz assistant coach Jeff Hornacek was asked to give his expectations for former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter.

Here are Hornacek's thoughts:

Q: What are you and the other coaches expecting from Enes Kanter?

A: Enes is a guy who can rebound and get inside, as well as shoot it a bit from the outside. We haven't seen him play a lot, but from what we can tell he's got a really nice shot from about 15 feet out. I gave him a few things to work on this summer if he wants to, and he seemed eager to get better.


Ramon Harris Nails the Magic Number Again in China

Former Kentucky basketball player Ramon Harris scored 26 points for the third consecutive game this morning in China.

Harris' Ningxis Hanas club lost 107-104 to Hangzhou.

For the third time in a row, Harris scored 26 points. He was 7-14 from the field and 12-16 from the free throw line. In addition, he pulled down 9 rebounds and picked up 4 steals.

Harris is now averaging 21.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game in his first season in China's National Basketball League.

Kentucky Wesleyan Defeats USI in Kentuckiana Pro-Am

Kentucky Wesleyan College rolled to a big win over Great Lakes Conference rival Southern Indiana in the Kentuckiana Pro-Am Basketball Tournament on Thursday night.

KWC jumped out to a big lead and held on for a 66-54 win over the USI team.

Here is an excerpt from

"This was the first time we'd played five-on-five together," said Cardell McFarland, who scored 21 points, got out well on the break and shot effectively from long range. "We don't seem to have many weaknesses."

This KWC team's makeup was veterans returning for the upcoming 2012 season, new players who will join those Panthers this coming season and a few players who were seniors in 2011. Yorell Shemwell, a former Owensboro High School basketball and football standout, also asked to play on the team.

Anthony Young scored 11 points and, along with McFarland, was impressed by how the different groups worked on the court.

"We did a lot of talking on the court, and all the guys played good together," Young said.

McFarland and Young have been doing a lot on their own to improve their games for next season. They each made two 3-pointers.

"I've been doing a lot of individual work and working out with a friend of mine," McFarland said. "I need to do more running."

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Box Score:

EAGLES 12 10 9 23 -- 54

KWC 10 16 27 13 -- 66

Eagles 1 (54) -- Trotter 15, McClure 14, Jones 7, Davis 6, Thomas 5, Lasme 4, Little 3.

KWC (66) -- McFarland 21, Young 11, Oxley 8, Shemwell 8, Williams 6, Walker 5, Owsley 4, Johnston 2, Herzog 1.

Brandon Knight Participating in Play for Peace Program

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight is one of several NBA player who are taking part in the Play for Peace Program in Maine.

Here is an excerpt from

Pistons draft picks Brandon Knight and Kyle Singler are among NBA players taking part in the Play for Peace Program at the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Otisfield, Maine.

The athletes conducted basketball clinics for nearly 200 campers from across the Middle East and South Asia, providing teens from regions of conflict a chance to learn the values of teamwork and cooperation.

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2014 Star Dakari Johnson Names Kentucky

Kentucky recruit Dakari Johnson, who played with Michael Gilchrist in high school, said Syracuse is recruiting him the hardest right now. He also named Kentucky in an interview:

Asbury Announces 11 New Players, Highlighted by Euton

Asbury University has announced 11 new players for 2011-12. The recruiting class is highlighted by former Scott County and Rose Hill star Dakotah Euton, who transfer from NCAA DI Akron University.

Here is the release from Asbury:

WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury University men’s basketball coach Will Shouse has announced the commitment of 11 players for the 2011-12 season. This year’s class features six transfers and five first time freshmen.

The Eagles landed Dakotah Euton, a transfer from Akron University who previously played at Scott County High School with current Eagle Austin Flannery. Euton will have three years of eligibility remaining and can play immediately. Last year at Akron, the 6’8 forward he played in 14 games scoring 16 points. He scored a season-high seven points and grabbed four rebounds against Dayton. While at Scott County Euton helped lead the Cardinals to two 42nd District Titles and the 11th Region Crown in 2010. That year the Cardinals were eliminated in the semi-finals of the state tournament.

“We are very excited to add the caliber of players we were able to,” said Shouse. “These 11 guys obviously add depth to our team, but also provide us an opportunity to build on the success we achieved last season.”

Shouse also adds Lee’Vaughn Morris from Garden City Community College (Kan.) and Louisville Central High School. At Central Morris led the Yellow Jackets to their first Region Title since 1978 as a senior in 2008. The 6’3 guard led the team in assists and steals with 127 and 83 in 21 games; he was second in points at 13.6 per game. Morris will have three years of eligibility

Tam Holt is another commitment originally from Louisville by way of a two-year school. Holt plans to join the Eagles after spending time at Shawnee Community College. The 6’6 forward previously played at Louisville Western High School. Holt was second on the team in scoring at Shawnee as a freshman in 2009-10 with a 10.7 points per game average. He was second on the team in rebounds at 5.5 per game and led the squad with 2.8 blocks per game. Holt will have three years of eligibility

Isaac Cole transfers from Salem International (W.Va.) after playing one season for the Tigers. Cole played in seven games averaging 5.7 points and 2.4 assists per game. Prior to attending SIU, the 6’2 guard was a standout at Fairfield High School just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. Cole will have three years of eligibility

Two other in-state players will be heading to Asbury in the fall, Cam Richardson and Shelton Burruss. Richardson, a 6’2 guard, transfers in from Central Wyoming College after playing at Bryan Station High School. Burruss, a 5’10 guard, comes down the road from Transylvania University after playing at Trigg County High School. Both Richardson and Cole will have three years of eligibility.

Shouse has also added five freshmen for the 2011-12 season, bringing in Trace Larabee (Ahoskie, N.C.) and Jerry Skeeter (Portsmouth, Va.) from outside the state. Local products Bradley Strait and Dylan Pohl come from West Jessamine High School and Jordan Akins comes from Williamsburg where he played at Whitley County.

DeAndre Liggins is Signing Autographs Today and Sunday

Former University of Kentucky star DeAndre Liggins is signing autographs at various locations today and tomorrow.

Here is some info from

DeAndre Liggins will be back in Kentucky this weekend for the Nation of Blue Tour, sponsored by Nation of

DeAndre will be making 5 stops in 2 days in the Eastern part of the state to see the Big Blue Nation thiis Saturday and Sunday.

The dates and times are listed below, and make sure to show up early to get your place in line!!!

Saturday July 9, 2011

10am-12pm Hazard Wildcat Wearhouse

1pm-3pm Pikeville Wildcat Wearhouse

4pm-6pm Paintsville Dairy Queen

Sunday July 10, 2011

1:30pm-3:45pm Ashland Dunham Sports

5pm-7pm Maysville Dunham Sports

Click Location Link for Address and Directions

Calipari, Tubby and Padgett Posing Together

UK head coach John Calipari posed with Tubby Smith and Scott Padgett at an AAU event recently.

He posted the picture on Twitter:

UKCoachCalipari Two national title winners with a guy who's trying!!

Hilton Head Island: Alligator vs. Crab

If you ever think you're had a bad day...come back and watch this video.

We heard a rustle in the leaves and saw an alligator shoot across the lagoon to investigate. I picked up my camera and started recording:

UK Recruit Perry Ellis Talks Recruiting and More

Kentucky recruit Perry Ellis talks recruiting with Jody Demling of the Courier-Journal:

Friday, July 8, 2011

Reggie Hanson Involved in Staff Shakeup at South Florida

Former University of Kentucky star Reggie Hanson is part of a coaching staff shakeup at South Florida.

Head coach Stan Heath has decided to replace Hanson on his coaching staff with Andy Hipsher, who has been serving as director of basketball operations.

Hanson will transition into Hipsher's former role.

Here is an excerpt from

"I don't look at this as a negative. From the outside, it looks like 'What's going on?'" Heath said by phone while scouting recruits Thursday. "I'm excited about the dynamic of my coaching staff for this season. I think I have the right pieces in the right places."

Hipsher, the son of former USF assistant Dan Hipsher, is out on the road recruiting this week, but Heath said that wasn't the impetus for the change. Hipsher, who is single, has more time to spend working with players on the courts of USF's new Muma Center practice facility. "I want him to live in the gym, morning, noon and night," Heath said.

Hanson, who has been on Heath's staff since he came to USF in 2007, will still be involved in recruiting on campus, especially during official visits, Heath said. He thinks of the moves as a reorganization, and that's reflected in the fact that neither coach will have a change in salary despite their new positions.

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Ryan Harrow is Happy to be at Kentucky

North Carolina State transfer Ryan Harrow is happy to be at Kentucky. He recently went to Twitter to talk about how he feels about being in Lexington:

12Harrow Good morning everyone. Bout to go on my rant then off this. It's a good one tho don't worry

12Harrow For the first time in a minute everything is going as planned and my future is looking brighter.

12Harrow I made the best decision for my family and I by making this move to UK. I thank everyone for allowing me to come here.

12Harrow I'm on the right path here. Working harder than ever without any distractions. My goals look more attainable everyday.

12Harrow I've surrounded myself with great people that are trying to reach the same goals and we are working hard together to get to where we want

12Harrow I'm getting even closer to the most important ppl in my life my sister and mom. So thats very important to me

12Harrow Basically I'm saying I'm thankful, humble, and extremely happy.

Walter McCarty: Basketball Coach and R&B Artist?

I have to admit, I had no idea until today that former University of Kentucky star Walter McCarty is an accomplished R&B artist.

He released his debut album seven years ago and will be performing live on August 27 in Indiana.

Here is an excerpt from

McCarty also is an R&B artist who released his debut album seven years ago. He’ll perform songs from his new CD, “Emotionally,” at 8 p.m., Aug. 27, in The Victory.

Tickets, priced from $22 to $42 (not including handling and facilities fees) go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, July 11, at The Center box office and Ticketmaster outlets. Order online at or by phone at 800-745-3000.

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Justin Timberlake is Getting Ready for the Capital One Cup

Justin Timberlake is set to present the inaugural Capital One Cup at the 2011 ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 13th. In order to be prepared for the big day, Justin wanted to do his homework and try his hand at several collegiate sports. The results were hilarious and the bottom line, Justin needs to do more homework…

Greg Himes is Working to Build Tradition at Southern State

Greg Himes, who once worked for NAIA national coach of the year Kelly Wells at Mason County, is getting ready to head into his second season as the head man at Southern State Community College.

Himes was named co-coach of the year in the Ohio Collegiate Athletic Conference in his first season at the helm of SSCC. Now, he is hoping to build some tradition at the small school in Aberdeen, Ohio.

Here is an excerpt from

Southern State went 7-19 last season, finishing 14th among USCAA Division I teams, and Himes has intentionally "beefed up" the docket this year, he said, for his team to improve and try to finish in the top eight nationally and gain a tournament berth.

"We want to make the guys ... have to play deep competition every night," Himes said.

As part of that process, the Patriots will open the season at Wilberforce, an NAIA Division II foe, Nov. 5. They'll also take on the JV team at Pikeville over Thanksgiving weekend, Himes said.

Pikeville won last year's NAIA Division I national championship and is coached by former Mason County coach and Himes' former boss Kelly Wells.

Himes also said he'd contacted some NCAA Division III schools and other NAIA teams, such as Mountain State (W.Va.) and Shawnee State, to try to get games scheduled.

The end result

Himes is looking for Southern State to be successful at all the aforementioned tasks, and thus fulfill the highest goal: success in the national tournament in March.

"Our motto for this year is 'building a tradition,'" Himes said. "To build a tradition, you gotta win. A lot of these guys, they talk about national championships and stuff. That's where we wanna be."

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DaJuan Coleman Talks Basketball, Recruiting and More

Kentucky recruit DaJuan Coleman talks to the media (complete with Jerry Tipton asking if he's related to Derrick Coleman):

John Wall Discusses Involvement with Reebok Challenge

Former University of Kentucky star John Wall talks about his involvement with the Reebok Breakout Challenge:

Brandon Knight Has No Interest in Playing Overseas

Former University of Kentucky freshman Brandon Knight says he has no interest in playing overseas if the NBA lockout is not resolved before the regular season.

"That's not an option for me as of now," Knight told the Detroit Free Press on Thursday.

Here is an excerpt:

Pistons draft picks Brandon Knight and Kyle Singler told the Free Press on Thursday afternoon that despite the fact that the lockout prevents them from even discussing a contract with the club that selected them in last month's draft, they aren't thinking about going overseas.

"That's not an option for me as of now," Knight said from Maine, where both he and Singler were helping out at a basketball camp. "I'm just focusing on getting better. I'm sure that's an option for other guys."


Louisville Preparing for Life Without Peyton Siva

The University of Louisville is beginning to prepare for life without star point guard Peyton Siva.

Here is an excerpt from

Louisville coach Rick Pitino has seen Samardo Samuels and Terrence Jennings unexpectedly depart the team and declare for the NBA draft in consecutive offseasons. Now Pitino is reportedly recruiting point guards in the event that Peyton Siva leaves for the draft after his junior year.

According to The Courier-Journal, several prospects have said Pitino talked about Siva's potential NBA future. Kris Dunn and Gabe York, two top-10 guards in the 2012 class, told the paper about Pitino mentioning the possibility of early entrants. According to York, "He’s told me up front that he thinks the guards are leaving and that I would have a good chance to play."

Much of this is Pitino covering his base to make sure a potential departure doesn't leave him without having communicated with some of the nation's top recruits at guard.

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Kentucky Recruit Anthony Bennett Talks Recruiting

Here is Kentucky recruit Anthony Bennett talking recruiting with

Kentucky Releases Official Roster for 2011-12

The University of Kentucky has released its official men's basketball roster for 2011-12 (click to enlarge):

Coaches and Staff

John Calipari - Head Coach
Orlando Antigua - Assistant Coach
Kenny Payne - Assistant Coach
John Robic - Assistant Coach

Assoc. AD/ Basketball Operations: Chris Woolard (UCLA, `97)

Strength Coach: Mike Malone (Mount Union College, `01)
Athletic Trainer: Chris Simmons (Memphis, `02)

Media Relations (Primary MBB Contact): DeWayne Peevy (Montevallo, '96)
Media Relations (Secondary MBB Contact): John Hayden (Alabama, '98)

WKU to Hold Little Hilltopper Camp Soon

Western Kentucky University will hold its "Little Hilltopper Camp" soon.

Here is more information from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- The WKU men's basketball program will be holding its second of three summer camps July 18-21, and space is still available for the Little Hilltopper Camp for boys ages 4-7.

"Our first day camp a couple of weeks ago was a big success," WKU head coach Ken McDonald said. "The campers learned quite a bit throughout the week, and it was great to see our current players interacting with the kids. I think everyone will take away some great memories from that week, and we look forward to more of the same with the last two camps of the summer."

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

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

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

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

UK Recruit Anthony Bennett Nails Rare Dunk

Check out Kentucky recruit Anthony Bennett as he hammers home the rare two-handed windmill dunk:

2012 Star Perry Ellis: "I Like Coach Cal"

John Calipari has watched 2012 Kentucky recruit Perry Ellis several times this week.

Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader picked up some comments from the 2012 star.

Here is an excerpt:

"Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski), the USA team," Ellis said in explaining why he held Duke in such high regard. "That just humbles me. It's just an honor to be wanted by them."

Kentucky, which will work toward a fourth straight No. 1 recruiting class under Coach John Calipari, is in the running for Ellis, a 6-foot-8 forward from Wichita, Kan., going into his senior year.

"I like Coach Cal," Ellis said. "I like his approach."


"He lets you roam a little freely," he said.

Ellis voiced a similar impression of Calipari's successor at Memphis, Josh Pastner.

"He's not micromanaging you," he said of Pastner.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Parrish Claims World Wide Wes Sits Near UK Recruits

Gary Parrish of has an interesting blurb about William Wesley, better known as World Wide Wesley.

Parrish says Wesley is at the LeBron James Skills Academy and is "within talking and bumping distance of every high school prospect in attendance."

He also names two of the prospects: future Kentucky players Anthony Davis and Michael Gilchrist.

Here is an excerpt:

They're here to make sure the coaches stay where they're supposed to stay and the prospects stay where they're supposed to stay, and they do a fine job of it. But here's the issue: They can't quite figure out what to do with William Wesley -- the man more commonly known as "Worldwide Wes" who basically has the run of the place. Wesley is a longtime and well-documented power-broker who is now a certified agent. And even though agents are supposed to be nowhere close to players at an event like this, Wesley has spent the better part of tonight sitting in a chair on the court around Kentucky freshmen Anthony Davis and Michael Gilchrist, and within talking and bumping distance of every high school prospect in attendance.

Nike officials allow it to happen.

So it happens.

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Kenneth Faried is Killing it in Summer League Action

Check out former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried absolutely killing it in the Drew League:

Kentucky Recruit Mitch McGary Talks Recruiting

Here is a recent interview with 2012 Kentucky recruit Mitch McGary:

Ricardo Ledo Says He Plans to Visit Kentucky "For Sure"

Ricardo Ledo mentioned several schools that he is interested in during an interview today, then named Kentucky when asked which schools he plans to visit.

"I'm going to visit Kentucky for sure," Ledo stated.

Here is an interview from

Video: Shabazz Muhammad at the Adidas Invitational

Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad is as good as advertised and he showed it on day one of the Adidas Invitational. Check out this video from

Kentucky Wesleyan Adds Cornelius Walker to 2011 Class

Kentucky Wesleyan College has picked up Wabash Valley College transfer Cornelius Walker for the 2011-12 season.

Walker is a 6-3 combo guard who will have two years of college eligibility remaining.

Last season, he averaged 6.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

Here is an excerpt from Owensboro-Daviess County News:

“We are very fortunate to have Cornelius joining our program," said Lee. ""He turned down offers from three Division I programs to come to Kentucky Wesleyan after seeing him play this season and at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Championships.

"Cornelius is a very good athlete and defender, that shoots the ball well. He's a leader and a person that will put the team above himself and accept whatever role it takes to help the team be successful.”

Walker helped the Warriors to a 28-6 record and a Region 24 title plus a trip to the first round of the NJCAA tournament for head coach Dan Sparks.


Shabazz Muhammad Says He Will Likely Visit UK First

Shabazz Muhammad, the top-rated player in the 2012 recruiting class, says he will probably visit the University of Kentucky first.

Here is some footage of Muhammad talking to Jody Demling of the Courier-Journal:

I Made a New Friend in Hilton Head

Here is my new "buddy" in Hilton Head:

Keep in mind, this is about 10-feet from our front door:

Anthony Davis at the LeBron James Skills Academy

The News Herald in Ohio caught up with incoming Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis at the LeBron James Skills Academy this week.

Murray State Preparing for Trip to Canada in August

The Murray State Racers are getting ready for an exhibition trip to Canada in early August.

Here is a release from MSU:

New Murray State men's basketball coach Steve Prohm is taking the Racers to Toronto, Ontario (Aug. 4-9) for a set of three exhibition games, which mark his first as the Racers' head coach and the program's first foreign tour since 2005.

The first game for MSU is against Brock University (Aug. 5) at Bob Davie Gym in the Toronto suburb of St. Catherine. After an off day (Aug. 6), the Racers take on A-Game Hoops (Aug. 7), a senior select team in a game played in the city of Missisaauga at the Hershey Center. MSU's third exhibition contest (Aug. 8) is also at the Hershey Center against ABA Canada All-Stars, another senior select team.

“We're very excited about the trip and the chance to get an extra 10 days of practice,” Prohm said. “This trip will give our team the opportunity to grow and get to know one another.”

The Racers have an outstanding group of returners including, Ohio Valley Conference First Team selection Isaiah Canaan (Biloxi, Miss.). Canaan, a junior, was the 2010 OVC Freshman of the Year. Senior Ivan Aska (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) is also a former OVC Freshman of the Year in 2009. Other returners include, seniors Jewuan Long (Jackson, Tenn.) and Donte Poole (Las Vegas, Nev.) and juniors Ed Daniel (Birmingham, Ala.) and Brandon Garrett (Phoenix, Ariz.).

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Felton Spencer Joins Spalding University Coaching Staff

Former University of Louisville star Felton Spencer has joined coach Kevin Gray's staff at Spalding University.

Here is the school's release:

LOUISVILLE, KY – More than 3,300 points, over 3,400 rebounds, and more than 525 blocks; all done in the NBA. This experience is what Head Coach Kevin Gray added to the Spalding University Men’s Basketball staff this week when he hired Louisville native, Felton Spencer as his assistant coach. Spencer, a product of Eastern High School and a standout basketball player at the University of Louisville (1986-1990) joins the Spalding staff after various coaching positions around the city. The Spalding basketball team recently finished a stellar season ending with a 3rd place finish at the USCAA National Championships. Head Coach Kevin Gray and Athletic Director Roger Burkman believe that Spencer is the right fit to help the program take the next step. “I was looking for someone that was a great person,” states Gray, “I wanted a coach that brings different experiences to the program and that could work with our student athletes both on the court and in their daily lives”.

After graduating from the University of Louisville, Spencer became the 6th overall pick in the 1990 NBA draft being selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Spencer made his debut on November 2, 1990 and spent 3 solid years with the Minnesota franchise. After the conclusion of the 1993 season, the Utah Jazz traded for Spencer to compliment the likes of Karl Malone. Despite fighting off injury which plagued most of his 1994-95 season, Spencer spent 3 years in Utah where he started 183 games and averaged over 7 points a contest. Spencer would bounce around the NBA after that landing in Golden State, San Antonio and eventually New York. In 2002, after 12 seasons, Felton Spencer retired from the NBA and returned to Louisville.

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Interview with Kentucky Recruit DaJuan Coleman

Here is an interview with Kentucky recruit DaJuan Coleman at the LeBron James Skills Academy:

Ramon Harris Scores 26 Points in Loss

Former University of Kentucky player Ramon Harris continued to play well offensively in Ningxia Hanas' 115-107 loss to Guangzhou FM on Tuesday.

Former Wake Forest star Justin Gray led Guangzhou FM with a game-high 49 points. He was 10-15 from the three-point line.

For the second consecutive game, Harris put in 26 points. He was 7-8 from the field and 9-11 at the free throw line. The former Wildcat also had 6 rebounds and a season-high 6 steals.

After 9 games, Harris is averaging 21.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game.

Ningxia Hanas (4-5) returns to action Saturday against Hangzhou (1-8).

2012 Star Gary Harris Gives Some Recruiting Updates

Louisville recruit Gary Harris is trying to sort out his college list. According to Jody Demling of the Courier-Journal, Harris has been talking to Indiana, Louisville, Michigan State, Purdue, Notre Dame and Illinois, among others.

In addition, Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua has been in e-mail contact with the 2012 star recently.

Here are some comments about Louisville from Demling's article:

With Louisville, Harris said Wyking Jones has “been great to get to know and I am just trying to build a relationship with the new staff there.”

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Harris is a 6-6 shooting guard form Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) High School. He ranks No. 28 overall on the list for 2012.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

T.J. Warren Keeps Louisville, Drops Kentucky

Dave Telep of writes today that 2012 recruit T.J. Warren has narrowed his list to seven schools.

His final list includes the University of Louisville, but he has officially dropped Kentucky.

T.J. Warren (Durham, N.C./Brewster Academy) recently made a significant decision. He's heading off to Brewster Academy for his senior year where he'll star alongside Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster). Warren began his high school career at Durham Riverside then switched after two years to Word of God in Raleigh, N.C. Now at Brewster, he'll face a tough northern prep schedule.

His collegiate recruitment could have him returning home in the fall of 2011. Warren recently trimmed his college list to seven programs: Georgetown, Florida, NC State, Louisville, Kansas, Texas and North Carolina. Each program, except the Tar Heels offered him a scholarship. The 6-foot-6 small forward with exceptional shooting touch and deep range is the son of a former NC State player.



Enes Kanter Named as Candidate for EuroBasket Roster

Former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter has officially been announced on the list of 18 candidates for Turkey's EuroBasket 2011 squad.

Here is an excerpt from

Head Coach of the Turkish National Team Orhun Ene announced list with 18 candidates for the upcoming EuroBasket in Lithuania. The biggest news is that Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) is on this list. He got a green light from FIBA to play for Turkey.

Turkish National Team Candidates:

Baris Ermis, Banvit
Izzet Turkyilmaz, Banvit
Cenk Akyol, Anadolu Efes
Kerem Gonlum, Anadolu Efes
Kerem Tunceri, Anadolu Efes
Dogus Balbay, Anadolu Efes
Sinan Guler, Anadolu Efes
Emir Preldzic, Fenerbahce Ulker
Oguz Savas, Fenerbahce Ulker
Omer Onan, Fenerbahce Ulker
Sertac Sanli, Galatasararay
Ender Arslan, Galatasaray
Furkan Aldermir, Galatasaray
Omer Asik, Chicago Bulls
Semih Erden, Cleveland Cavaliers
Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks
Hidayet Turkoglu, Orlando Magic
Enes Kanter, Utah Jazz

Alex Tyus Joins Ramel Bradley in Israel

Former UK star Ramel Bradley has picked up a new teammate in Israel as ex-Florida big man Alex Tyus has decided to play for Maccabi Ashdod.

Bradly and Tyus will be joined for fellow Americans Josh Carter and Josh Duncan.

As you can see, Israel isn't all that bad:

Mark Krebs to Speak at UK Convention in Ohio

Former University of Kentucky walk-on Mark Krebs will be one of the keynote speakers at the 22nd annual UK convention in Ohio on July 16.

Here is some more information from

For the 22nd year, with Franklin’s Jim Porter running the show, Ohio’s annual UK Convention returns July 16 to Eastview Baptist Church on Ohio 122.

The five keynote speakers include a member of the 2010 team who played under Tubby Smith, Billy Gillispie and John Calipari; a standout Wildcat on the UK basketball teams in the late 1950s and early 1960s; an assistant football coach; and two members of the media who regularly cover the Wildcats.

And Porter promises a twist this year: performances from the UK Dance Cats.

The morning speakers will be Mark Krebs and Chuck Smith. Krebs played at UK from 2006-2010. He recently wrote a book, “Beyond a Dream,” which chronicles his Wildcat career and his mother’s battle against cancer. Smith, an assistant football coach, was part of the staff that led UK to five consecutive bowl appearances.

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Georgetown College in the Mix for Mississippi State Transfer

Jeff Goodman of reported late last night that Georgetown College is in the mix for John Riek, who plans to transfer from Mississippi State.

GoodmanCBS Just got word that John Riek is transferring out of Mississippi State. Likely heading to Southern Indiana or Georgetown College.

Riek is a 7-1, 250-pound forward. In 14 games last season for the Bulldogs, he averaged 1.2 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.

Here's some older footage of Riek:

Kentucky Recruit Wayne Selden Continues to Dominate

Check out the latest video of 2014 Kentucky recruit Wayne Selden, who continues to shine this summer:

Kentucky Recruit Perry Ellis Continues to Impress

Here is the latest footage of 2012 Kentucky recruit Perry Ellis in action:

Tayshaun Prince to Co-Host Calipari's ProCamp

Former University of Kentucky star Tayshaun Prince will be co-hosting all three days of John Calipari's ProCamp later this month.

Coach Cal posted on Twitter last night:

UKCoachCalipari Make sure u sign up for our Overnight Camp (July 24-27) & ProCamps (July 28-30) later this month. #WeAreUK

UKCoachCalipari Brandon Knight on July 28, DeAndre Liggins on July 29 and Josh Harrellson on July 30 will all be at our ProCamp at the end of the month.

UKCoachCalipari We are also proud to announce that Tayshaun Prince will be co-hosting all 3 days of our ProCamp this year. Takes a Vacation...Well Sort Of

Hey friends, I just wanted to pass along a programming note that we are on vacation this week.

The site will still be running at full speed (plus you'll get a couple of random photos like the one above).

If any of you happen to be vacationing at Hilton Head Island during the next week, let me know.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Catching Up with Former Louisville Star Terrence Williams

Here is a recent summer interview with former Louisville star Terrence Williams:

* Video from RedRocketzFan's YouTube Channel

Shawn Townsend to Host Basketball Shooting Camp

Shaun Townsend's Shooting Camp

Former WCHS and Brescia College basketball standout Shaun Townsend will host a shooting camp July 25-28 beginning at 9 a.m. each for grades K-8. The camp will stress fundamentals of passing, dribbling, shooting and scoring. Cost is $50. For more information call Shaun at 615-506-1589.


Calipari: Anthony Davis Has To Be On The Floor

UK head coach John Calipari is still trying to figure out how he wants his 2011-12 Kentucky team to play.

The one thing he is banking on is big minutes and production from incoming freshman Anthony Davis.

Here is an excerpt from

The one certainty he has seen is this: Anthony Davis has to be on the court.

Davis, a 6-foot-10 power forward from the Perspectives Charter School (Ill.), is expected to be a starter and an impact player from the outset.

"He has to play and be on the floor,'' Calipari said. "We'll figure out how we'll going to play against zone and overall offensively.''


SLAM Talks Reebok Challenge with John Wall caught up with former University of Kentucky star John Wall recently to discuss his experience with the Reebok Basketball Breakout Challenge.

Here is the interview:

SLAM: What do you remember about that 18-hour drive you took all the way up to Chicago?

John Wall: I just remember me and my friends going over there with Mohawks—trying to see if we would be the only ones styling. Thought we would automatically get picked out because we had mohawks, at the very least. In the car it was tight. We couldn’t even breathe going up there. We were in there all nervous. But it was a great experience and there was a lot of great talent there that I met. And I got an opportunity to get to the big camp.

SLAM: What was your mindset like going into the camp? What were you trying to showcase to the scouts and coaches?

JW: I just kind of wanted to play my game. Just wanted to play my hardest. I had never been playing in front of college coaches, recruiters and scouts and stuff like that, so I just went out there to play. I didn’t have anything to lose. I wasn’t a big name. I was just an unknown person trying to get where the other guys were. I just think I had a hunger that nobody else had.

SLAM: Once you got invited to Philly, at what point in the camp did you realize that you had a chance of finally making a buzz for yourself?

JW: Ah, it was the first game we played. We played the best team with Renardo Sidney, Brandon Jennings and Isaiah Thomas. We went down to the wire and ended up losing by two. But after, a lot of guys came and interviewed me. I was shocked. I didn’t even know what to say. I’m stuttering. It was the first time I was ever in front of the cameras like that. For the remaining of the camp, I just kept playing well and did what I did that first night.

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Chicago Sun-Times Slides In Another Cheap Shot at Calipari

The Chicago Sun-Times, who notoriously made up a lie about Kentucky offering money to Anthony Davis, slid in another cheap shot at UK head coach John Calipari over the weekend.

Rick Telander wrote on Saturday that "no NCAA we-don’t-pay-players-because-it’s-morally-wrong treatise would be complete without a mention of Kentucky businessman John Calipari."

Here is an excerpt:

And no NCAA we-don’t-pay-players-because-it’s-morally-wrong treatise would be complete without a mention of Kentucky businessman John Calipari.

J-Cal just got his multiyear salary bumped from $31.6 million to $36.6 million for, uh, winning fewer national championships at Kentucky than fired former coach Tubby Smith did.


Summer Talk with Former UK Star Patrick Patterson

Here is a recent summer interview with former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson:

NBA Lockout Hurts Daniel Orton, DeAndre Liggins

Former Kentucky players Daniel Orton and DeAndre Liggins should be participating in the annual Orlando Pro Summer League this week, but those plans were cancelled by the NBA lockout.

Now, rather than showing their stuff to the Orlando Magic, the former Wildcats must sit and wait for a resolution to the lockout.

Here is an excerpt from

This was supposed to be the week Justin Harper and DeAndre Liggins received a crash course in the way things are done in the NBA and by the Orlando Magic. This was supposed to be the week when second-year Magic center Daniel Orton was going to show how much he can help the team in the year ahead.

Not anymore.

The NBA lockout, now in its fifth of many days to come, forced the cancellation of this year’s Orlando pro summer league, which was supposed to start on Monday and run through this Friday.
Eight teams participate in the league, which is hosted and run by the Magic.

Each team plays one game a day for five consecutive days, and the exhibitions and the practices leading up to those exhibitions are critical for everyone involved.

Young players learn their new teams’ systems and their new coaches’ expectations. The coaches recognize their new players’ strengths and weaknesses. For second-round draft picks and undrafted rookies, it’s a chance to show that they deserve a training-camp invitation or an NBA roster spot.

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Archie Goodwin Will Not Be The First 2012 UK Commit

Archie Goodwin made an interesting post on Twitter last night:

A1Laflare10 For anyone who thinks I'm going to be the first person to commit to Kentucky. You are 100% wrong so stop thinking that. #wasteoftime

He somewhat clarified this morning by saying he is going to take his time with the recruiting process:

A1Laflare10 Let me clear this up. I never said I wouldn't commit to Kentucky. I'm Just saying that Its not a good chance of me being the first because

A1Laflare10 I'm going to take my time with my recruiting

What does it all mean?

Likely nothing, but his first post was rather interesting.

Goodwin is a 6-4 shooting guard from Sylvan Hills (Ark.) High School. He ranks No. 11 overall on the list for 2012.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Video: John Wall Working Over Isaiah Thomas

Here is some footage of John Wall working over former Washington point guard Isaiah Thomas in the Jamal Crawford Summer League:

John Wall Drops 41 Points in Goodman League Debut

Former University of Kentucky star John Wall dropped 41 points in his Goodman League debut.

Last week, Goodman League commissioner Miles Rawls called out Wall and said the area's best must prove themselves on the Goodman League court.

Wall accepted the challenge, scoring a game-high 41 points for "Baltimore's Finest" in a game that also featured former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins.

Here is a little about the game from AFRO sports:

Wall, 20, showed off the freak athleticism that made him the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA draft, speeding up and down the court to score a game-high 41 points. He even showed off a long-range jumper that he’s been working on this offseason, one of his weaker areas that needed improvement. A few three-pointers in the first half helped Baltimore’s Finest leap out to a 74-56 lead at halftime.

“I’ve been working on it, so I’m getting more comfortable [shooting from range],” Wall told the AFRO. “I just have to keep working and working.”


Kentucky Wildcats Fan of the Day

Check out this new addition to the Big Blue Nation:

UK Recruit Nerlens Noel with the Play of the Day

Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel continues to impress on the AAU circuit this summer. Here he is with another Play of the Day:

Centre College Places Six on SCAC Academic Honor Roll

The Centre College men's basketball program placed six athletes on the 2011 SCAC Spring Academic Honor Roll.

Student-athletes must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the term and be a regular member of a varsity athletic team in a sport sponsored by the conference.

Centre College had 120 student-athletes make the SCAC Spring Academic Honor Roll, setting a new school record.

From the men's basketball team:

- Kyle Binder
- Bryon Ellis
- Matt Griggs
- Matt Lohr
- James Melloan
- Donovan Whiteside

Would John Calipari Leave Kentucky for the NBA?

Would John Calipari leave Kentucky for the NBA?

He was on an Arkansas radio show recently to answer that question:


Coach John Wall to Help with Reebok Breakout Challenge

Former Kentucky point guard John Wall will assume a new role as "coach" at the upcoming Reebok Breakout Challenge.

The Reebok Breakout Challenge will be a four-day event at Philadelphia University. There are 100 invitees who will be looking to showcase their talents at the camp.

Here is an excerpt about Wall from the New York Daily News:

Wall, who attended high school in Raleigh, N.C., exploded at Rbk U All-America camp in 2008, beginning a meteoric rise that put him in line with such eventual NBA players as Tracy McGrady (1996) and Al Harrington (1997). Wall played a season at Kentucky before the Washington Wizards made him the first overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

"John will take ownership of the camp," said Brian Lee, Reebok's global basketball director. "It'll be a hands-on experience for him. He's only three years removed from that summer, and wants to find kids that mirror his story."

Along with traditional five-on-five games, players will be evaluated in skill training and fitness testing. Orlando's Jameer Nelson and Dallas' Jason Terry will assist with the coaching duties, and the top performers will be selected to participate in a private training summit later in the summer.

"It's not fair to solely judge kids in game settings," Lee said. "To the trained eye, this will give coaches other ways to view a player."


A look at John Wall's coming out party in 2007:

Kentucky Signees Marquis Teague and Anthony Davis in Action

Anthony Davis at the Amar'e Stoudemire Skills Academy in Chicago, Illinois:

Anthony Davis and Marquis Teague at the Deron Williams and Amar'e Stoudemire Skills Academies in Chicago, Illinois:

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Kenneth Faried is Generating a Buzz in Denver

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried is creating a buzz in Denver after the Nuggets selected the rebounding machine with the 22nd pick in the NBA Draft.

Here is an excerpt from The Denver Post:

Your new favorite Nuggets player is a Muslim. Your new favorite Nuggets player was raised by his mother and her female life partner. Your new favorite Nuggets player could change the way you look at society.

Kenneth Faried, Denver's highest pick in the 2011 draft, has created a buzz across the Front Range, similar to when he led Morehead State to an NCAA Tournament upset win over Louisville last March at the Pepsi Center.

Fans are giddy about the new power forward who wasn't just one of the better rebounders in NCAA basketball, but broke Tim Duncan's modern-era (post 1973) record with 1,673 career boards.

"I don't quit on plays," said Faried, who was drafted No. 22 overall. "I just want it more than anybody else."

Faried is fascinating. He plays basketball the way he lives his life — unwavering, headstrong and proud. And he comes to town carrying an amazing life story in his gym bag.

"As far as him being strong as a person, he got that from me, his father and my wife," said his mother, Waudda Faried, from back home in Newark, N.J. "He grew up in the 'hood, but he's not 'hood.' It was a totally different attitude. And I'm just proud of him. I'm so proud of him, I can't express the words of how proud I am."

Complete Article

Kentucky Recruit Julius Randle in Action

Kentucky recruit Julius Randle is the Player of the Week. Randle confirmed in early June that he has been hearing from UK.

Randle is a 6-8 power forward from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas. He ranks No. 2 overall on the list for 2013.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Chuck Hayes Talks Basketball and More in China

Former University of Kentucky star Chuck Hayes is in China this week. Here is an excerpt of an interview Hayes gave during his time overseas:

  Q: Chuck, how to see the team pick this year's three rookie?

  Hayes: They certainly will join the team stronger.

  Q: how many people think you look at China's defense comparable to Howard ... ...

  Hayes: I think they are right, Howard, good blocks, I better at tackling, defensive end I am stronger than him.

  Q: As the Rockets to be five or six players, you think the original teammate Tracy McGrady how!

  Hayes: great teammate, he first entered the rocket when the rocket too much pressure on him, he will give me as a teammate to share a lot of pressure, will create many opportunities for his teammates.

  Q: Hello, and Yao Ming partner that has the story? To tell a listen okay?

  Hayes: 2007 Yao Ming knee injury, made a ball when I want to butt, so he fell on Yao Ming's legs. Yao Ming to ask how a doctor? Chuck said he hurt me.

  Q: After the retirement of the Sea Lord going to do? When commentators do?

  Hayes: I want to coach, I too love this sport.

  Q: Chuck, do you think the Rockets who is the most fun guy?

  Hayes: Terrence - Williams, even very funny the way he spoke, he felt he was a poet ... ...

Complete Article

Andre Drummond Still Considering Kentucky, Move to 2011

Kentucky recruit Andre Drummond is still considering a move to the 2011 class but won't have a final decision until August.

Here is an excerpt from

Drummond said he hopes to have a decision made sometime in August regarding his future. Despite reports, he has not ruled out the possibility of playing college basketball in the 2011-12 campaign. He could still head back to the prep-school ranks and then determine whether to go to college in 2012 or head straight to the NBA.

Even if the rule doesn't change -- as many feel it will -- and high school kids aren't allowed to go directly to the NBA, Drummond appears to still have that option on the table.

He just graduated from St. Thomas More and would turn 19 a year from this August, fulfilling the NBA's requirements to be eligible for the 2012 NBA Draft.

And there's not a huge entourage guiding him through this process either. In fact, his inner circle consists of just two people -- his mother, Christine, a nurse at a local hospital, and his coach, J.R. Hargreaves.

Drummond has been well-schooled. He has the leverage, so why not wait and see what players commit to certain schools, whether certain coaches remain at their current spots and whether the one-and-done rule will be abolished.

"I'm just exploring all my options right now," Drummond said.

Complete Article

Cumberlands Holds Successful Big Man and Guard Play Camp

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) basketball team held their annual "Big Man and Guard Play Camp" on the UC campus in the O. Wayne Rollins Center Gymnasium and Intramural Gymnasium.

Campers arrived on campus Sunday, June 26, from three different states and many counties from across Kentucky. The camp lasted through Wednesday June 29.

"We were able to see some very good upperclassmen as well as some younger talent that have the chance to become very good basketball players," said Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Mark Vernon.

When campers arrived on campus they found out quickly that this was not a recreational camp. When players stepped on the court they spent about 8 and a half hours a day getting a lot of repetitions in drill work as the camp staff put them through the drills. It also gave the players the opportunity to play many 3 on 3 and 5 on 5 games.

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Cumberlands head coach Don Butcher:

Ramon Harris Continues Assault on Chinese Baskeball

Former Kentucky player Ramon Harris continues to terrorize China's National Basketball League.

Following a league-record 48-point performance last time out, Harris put in 26 points in a 107-92 loss to Jiangsu. Harris also pulled down 7 rebounds.

On the season, Harris is averaging 20.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.

Ningxia Hanas is in a four-way tie for third place in the league standings with a 4-4 record.

NBL Standings

1. ShenYang 7-1
2. Whampoa 5-3
3. Jiangsu 5-3
4. Sichuan 4-4
5. Ningxia Hanas 4-4
6. Guangzhou FM 4-4
7. Hebei 4-4
8. Heilongjiang 3-5
9. Changan Group 3-5
10. Hangzhou 1-7

Doron Lamb on Yahoo! Sports' All-Firecracker Team

Yahoo! Sports says Kentucky sophomore Doron Lamb is on the "All-Firecracker Team" for 2011-12.

Jason King of Yahoo! defines his All-Firecracker Team as:

Usually they’re guys who have shown flashes of stardom in the past but, for whatever reason, have fallen just short of elite status. With more opportunities and experience, they almost always take that next step toward greatness.

Here is an excerpt about Lamb:

Doron Lamb, Kentucky, G, sophomore – Lamb ranked third on the team in scoring (12.3 points) as a part-time starter last season. But he was largely overshadowed by players such as Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones. With another huge crop of freshmen headed to Lexington, Lamb – who shot 48.9 percent from 3-point range in 2010-11 – will be counted on heavily for leadership.

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Edgar Sosa Signs with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro in Italy

Former University of Louisville star Edgar Sosa has inked a new deal with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro in Italy's top-level SerieA league.

Sosa spent last season with Angelico Biella in the same league, averaging 14.1 points, 4.5 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

Here is an excerpt from

Montegranaro have agreed on terms of contract with Edgar Sosa (188-G-88, college: Louisville). The deal is meant for the next season. Edgar Sosa spent the last season with Angelico Biella. The Dominican guard averaged 14.1 points, 4.5 assists, 1.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game in SeriaA. He earned All-Italian SeriaA Honourable Mention. Edgar Sosa also participated at 2011 SeriaA All-Star Game.


Calipari Invites NBA Cats to Return to Lexington

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari says he has reached out to every former UK play in the NBA to invite into the Joe Craft Center to train as needed.

Calipari says he also told the players that he would help if they would like to take classes during their time in Lexington.

Here is a post from Calipari on Facebook:

John Calipari I reached out to every former Wildcat that’s in NBA and having to deal with this lockout to make sure they knew the Joe Craft Center is available to train if needed. If they want to finish up some school work while in Lexington, we will help with that as well. We just want to make sure all our players know that it’s all about family here at UK. #WeAreUK

New Mexico State Announces Tony Delk as Assistant Coach

I was told on Friday that New Mexico State offered a job to former Kentucky star Tony Delk. On Saturday, the school announced Delk as a new assistant coach.

Here is the release from NMSU:

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (July 2)-New Mexico State men's basketball head coach Marvin Menzies has hired former NBA and University of Kentucky standout Tony Delk as an assistant coach. Menzies also announced that Paul Weir is now recognized as the associate head coach and Tom Lewis as an assistant coach.

As the newest member of the Aggie family, Delk arrives in Las Cruces after two seasons at Kentucky as the assistant director of basketball operations. He helped the Wildcats to a 2011 Final Four appearance, 2010 Elite Eight finish, SEC Championship and SEC Tournament Championship.

"The hiring of coach Tony Delk will give us instant credibility with not only our current players but with recruits that are familiar with all of his NBA accolades and not to mention his national championship at Kentucky," Menzies said. "Tony is a very high character individual, who will undoubtedly bring a lot of positives to the program and assist us in our goals of winning a WAC Championship and competing deep into the tournament."

Delk began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the Carolina Gigantes a team in the National Superior Basketball league in Puerto Rico. As a player at Kentucky, Delk was a second team AP All-American in 1996 after leading the Wildcats to the 1996 NCAA National Championship. As the 16th pick of the Charlotte Hornets, he spent 10 years in the NBA including stints with Golden State, Sacramento, Phoenix, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta and Detroit.

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