Saturday, July 16, 2011

Marcus Hunt Picks Up Offer from Louisville


The University of Louisville has reportedly offered a scholarship to 2012 star Marcus Hunt.

Here is a post from Twitter:

DMcDonaldHoops Louisville offered 2012 SF Marcus Hunt today.

Hunt is 6-5 small forward from College Park, Georgia. He ranks No. 91 on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Kentucky Offers 2012 Star Alex Poythress



According to Dan McDonald of UGASports.com, John Calipari has extended an offer to 2012 star Alex Poythress.

DMcDonaldHoops 2012 PF Alex Poythress just talked to Coach Cal and received an offer from Kentucky.

Poythress is a 6-8 power forward from Clarksville, Tennessee. He ranks No. 38 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

DeMarcus Cousins to Do Kentucky Camp in August


Former University of Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins is heading back to the Bluegrass State for a basketball camp on August 1-3.

Cousins posted on Twitter:

boogiecousins Excited to come back to KY to do my only Bball camp w/Bluegrass Stallions on Aug 1-3. Go to bluegrassstallions.com to pre register! #LoveKY

Here is some camp info:

The Bluegrass Stallions are extremely pleased to be hosting the DeMarcus Cousins Elite Skills Basketball Camp on Aug 1-3 at Georgetown College. The camp will be for boys and girls ages 7-16 and will run from 9am-1pm each day. The camp fee is $149 and includes a personal photo taken with DeMarcus, an autographed 16×20 photo of DeMarcus, an Official Nike Camp Tee shirt, lunch provided by Papa Johns as well as an Official Certificate of Participation. Campers will also receive basketball instruction by DeMarcus as well as members of the Bluegrass Stallions including Stallions Head Coach Jaron Brown.

DeMarcus Cousins was a 2009 McDonald’s All American in high school as well as being named to the 2010 AP First Team All American while playing at the University of Kentucky. After being drafted 5th overall in the 2010 draft by the Sacramento Kings, Cousins went on to be named to the NBA All Rookie First Team. “I love Kentucky and most importantly the people of Kentucky” stated Cousins. “I’ve wanted to do a basketball camp in Kentucky this summer and teaming up with the Stallions made sense. I look forward to reuniting with all the Kentucky fans and having a lot of fun with the kids that will attending my skills camp.” This will mark the second camp the Stallions have hosted this summer. Team President Kristi Nelson is excited about the opportunity to work with DeMarcus. Cousins “We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to work with DeMarcus. We feel as if our first camp this summer was a success. DeMarcus has been successful at every level of basketball. Having him share his experiences with the campers brings this camp to a whole new level.”

For more information about the DeMarcus Cousins Elite Basketball Camp please call 502-863-6303 or email mdilorenzo@bluegrassstallions.com. Registration forms are available at the Stallions office (143 E. Main Street, Georgetown, KY) or those interested can pre register for camp by clicking HERE.

Here is Cousins destroying the Indiana Pacers last season:


Peach Jam Highlights of Brandon Ashley, Oakland Soldiers

Here are some highlights of the Oakland Soldiers, including UK recruit Brandon Ashley, from the Nike EYBL Peach Jam:

Getting to Know New Texas Tech Coach Billy Gillispie

Big12Sports.com introduces everyone to new Texas Tech head coach Billy Gillispie:

LeBron James Wears Kentucky Gear in Summer Game

Here is some footage of NBA superstar LeBron James at the Chris Chambers City League Classic in Cleveland, Ohio - he appears to be sporting UK shorts by Nike:

Nerlens Noel Leads BABC to Nike EYBL Peach Jam Title


University of Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel capped off a spectacular week by leading BABC to a 84-67 win over Memphis YOMCA in the Nike EYBL Peach Jam championship game.

In the final game, Noel was 8-19 from the field for 17 points. He also had 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 6 blocks and 4 steals.

Jalen Brantley led the way for BABC with 24 points on 9-15 shooting, including 4-5 from long range. Georges Niang added 21 points and 7 rebounds.

Kentucky recruit Jarnell Stokes had 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists for YOMCA.

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ZagsBlog.com picked up some comments on Noel from several coaches:

“I’ll take Noel,” one high-major assistant said. “He can dominate without having the ball. You can put players around him who can score, while the other two have to have the ball.”

Veteran New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski also votes for Noel, who’s ranked as the No. 1 center in the Class of 2013 by Rivals.

“[BABC coach] Leo Papile calls him Bill Russell,” he said. “He’s a guy who’s a terrific shot-blocker. He’s had double-figure games with blocks. He’s so quick off the floor. He runs the court extremely well. As Jay Bilas would say, he has great length.

“His offense is improving. His shot-blocking is way ahead of his offensive game, but he is improving.”


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Rajon Rondo Will At Least Consider Overseas Options


Former University of Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo says he will consider overseas options if the NBA lockout persists.

Here is an excerpt from Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston:

On potentially playing overseas: “It’s something my agent and I have spoken about. A lot of things go into playing overseas, a lot of little things to take care of. For me, right now, I’m just focused on getting healthy — getting healthy and getting better for my team next year, the Boston Celtics.”

Here are some more thoughts from Rondo:

On his dislocated elbow: "It's the most pain I've ever been in playing ball. I'm feeling a little pain now, but the swelling is down. The only thing is there's swelling in my joint. I'll be fine, it just takes time. I've got a couple more weeks that I'm off, as far as rest and the repetition of weights."

On the lockout: "I don't have much stress [about the lockout], I'm just trying to get my elbow healthy, do my summer routine, and get rehab on my elbow... I can't speak much about [the lockout]. I'm not as involved as I'd like to be. I follow up on email and I talk to my agent every day. I'm aware of what's going on. We just have to wait."


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Photo: Rondo in Los Angeles filming new spot for Nike (via TerezOwens.com)

Kentucky, Kansas Making Strong Pushes for Perry Ellis


Kentucky and Kansas are certainly putting in the time on 2012 star Perry Ellis.

Kansas assistant Danny Manning all 16 games that Ellis played at the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis, Summer Jam in Milwaukee and King James Showcase in Chicago.

Meanwhile, Kentucky's John Calipari watched Ellis numerous times, even flying back-and-forth between Milwaukee and the Peach Jam in South Carolina during the last week.

Here is an excerpt about Kansas' involvement from LJWorld.com:

Assistant coach Danny Manning attended all 16 games, while head coach Bill Self was on hand for eight. Assistants Joe Dooley and Kurtis Townsend were in the gym for several games, as well.

“They told us they’d be following Perry like last year (so) we weren’t surprised,” Fonda Ellis, mother of Rivals.com’s No. 19-rated prospect in the Class of 2012, said Thursday.

“Having coach Self at so many was impressive,” Fonda added.

It’s pretty clear KU’s coaches, who also scouted almost all of Ellis’ games last summer, have made it a priority to sign the 6-foot-8 forward, who averaged 22.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists a game for Heights a year ago.

Ellis, who is planning on making five official visits this summer and fall, has a final list of KU, Memphis, Kentucky, Duke, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Wichita State.


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Louisville Without Blackshear, Ware for Summer Practice


The Louisville Cardinals will be without freshmen Wayne Blackshear and Kevin Ware for summer practices as the team prepares for an exhibition tour to the Bahamas.

Ware and Blackshear are both finishing summer school and are expected to enroll for the fall semester.

Here is an excerpt from the Courier-Journal:

“We’ve had many players do the same thing, but just because they’re more high-profile, people notice it more,” Pitino said. “… We don’t have any concerns at all. Obviously, they have to pass these courses, but they’re just like anybody else who has to go to summer school.”

The Cardinals will have 10 days to practice for their Aug. 10-13 trip. Pitino said they will work out today, Sunday and Monday, then have the final seven practices in August. In the Bahamas they will play an intrasquad scrimmage Aug. 10 before facing three Bahamian teams.


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Kentucky Recruits Stood Out at NY2LA Summer Jam


According to Rivals.com, Kentucky recruits Mitch McGary and Shabazz Muhammad stood out Friday at the Under Armour Summer Jam presented by NY2LA.

Here is an excerpt:

Friday Summer Jam standouts

Mitch McGary, C/PF, SYF- What a total animal this guy played like on Friday. First, the five-star big man broke Texas PRO in the first half with his ill-tempered length-of-the-court drives and rebounding, and he was able to rest himself for the championship after racking up 14 points and 16 boards. Then, looking as fresh as he would if he was playing his first game of the summer, he went out and dominated the paint in SYF's win over Dream Vision in the championship game. Bottom line, McGary is a competitor with a non-stop motor, great hands, great skill and even greater will.

Shabazz Muhammad, SF, Dream Vision- Still working himself into shape after being on the shelf for about a month with tendinitis, the nation's top-ranked player was incredible in the finals. He went for 42 and they came in every imaginable way. Deep jumpers off the catch, dunks in traffic or transition, stickbacks, free throws and drives to his right and left. Simply put, Muhammad played like a man possessed. Of those recruiting him, UCLA's Ben Howland and UNLV's Dave Rice hung in there until the bitter end while Kentucky was represented by assistant Orlando Antigua.

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Murray State's Ivan Aska to Play for Virgin Islands


Murray State senior Ivan Aska has been invited to play for the Virgin Islands National Team in the Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championship.

Here is a release from MSU:

Murray State men's basketball student-athlete Ivan Aska began workouts this week in preparation to play for the Virgin Islands National Team in the Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championship (July 25-30) in Nassau, Bahamas.

Aska, from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., will be a senior this fall with the Racers.

Even though he was raised in the United States, Aska has a connection with the Virgin Islands. His mother Shirley is a native of the nation and his father, Ivan Sr., is from Trinidad.

“The last time I was in the Virgin Islands, I was seven years old,” Aska said. “We still have a lot of family there.”

Aska, a former Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year in 2009, has always drawn inspiration from his parents.

“Mom's always told me whatever I do, keep working hard,” Aska said. “My mom has always been there and she motivates me. My dad has taught me about life and I look up to both of them. They were athletes and they've taught me to be humble and keep working hard.”

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Jodie Meeks Hopes UK Degree Will Open Future Doors


Former University of Kentucky star Jodie Meeks has been taking an 'Economy and Statistics' class at UK this summer.

He hopes to obtain a degree and have some options after basketball.

Here is an excerpt from Hoopsworld.com:

In May, Meeks enrolled in an 'Economy and Statistics' class. Unlike Williams, he had to attend class on campus because Kentucky doesn't offer online courses for upper-division business requirements.

When the professor called attendance, it wasn't uncommon for Meeks' peers to whip their heads around the moment they heard his name. After all, it's not every day that you have class with the person who holds the school's single-game scoring record.

"It's been a little bit different since I don't have to live on campus or be there all the time, but it's been a lot of fun," Meeks said. "I enjoyed it."

Many agents are advising their clients to use this idle time wisely, and returning to college certainly follows that advice. When players aren't attending classes, they're able to work out with their college coaches, which many do during the offseason anyway. It also prepares players for life after basketball, whatever that might entail.

"I'm not sure exactly what I'll do with my degree," Meeks said. "I've looked into starting my own business, doing something finance related or working with computers. That's what my dad did; he was with IBM for 27 years. I'll have some options."

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Terrence Jones Heads to the Mall

University of Kentucky star Terrence Jones visited the mall recently. UK fan Ryan Kennedy posed for a picture with Jones:

Kentucky Recruit Pulled From Game by Mother



Devonta Pollard, a top 2012 recruit who is being looked at by Kentucky, was recently pulled off the court in an AAU game by his mother.

Pollard reportedly made a couple of mistakes, triggering his mother to make a change - in front of a whole slew of high-major D1 coaches.

Here is an excerpt from Yahoo! Sports:

"He had made two mistakes," Pollard told a Prep Rally source who was sitting courtside. "It's hard to play a whole ball game, so I had to take him out to calm him down."

Yet, while the move may have helped calm Pollard down -- he later returned and played up to the potential you see him displaying at the end of the above clip -- it also sent a mild shockwave through the slew of college head coaches who were on hand to watch him in person.

Considering the fact that Texas coach Rick Barnes, Georgetown coach John Thompson III, LSU coach Trent Johnson, Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings and a dozen other head coaches and top assistants were at the game, the entire incident was a bit embarrassing for the budding superstar.

Of course, the on-court yanking also leads to a variety of other questions, as well. Why was Jessie Pollard allowed to walk down to the court and embarrass her son that way (that seems fairly obvious: she gets to call the shots since her son is the team's unquestioned superstar)? What will top coaches think of a player whose mother is so outwardly domineering, not to mention that prospect's willingness to blindly follow her lead over his own coach's action?


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Friday, July 15, 2011

Nike Peach Jam Highlights Including UK and U of L Recruits

Here are some great highlights from the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina (video by FiveStarBasketball.com):

WSAZ Catches Up With Patrick Patterson

WSAZ.com recently caught up with former University of Kentucky star Patrick Patterson:

Rick Pitino Talks Good, Bad and Ugly on His Site


University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino delivered a lengthy message on RickPitino.com yesterday.

The Cardinals head coach broke down his players, presented a radical plan for the Big East Conference and even talked about the NBA lockout.

Here is an excerpt:

The Good

Gorgui Dieng: Up from 217 pounds to 233. Our goal by October 15th is 245.

Kyle Kuric: Having a work filled summer. King Kyle has been concentrating on driving left and getting to the foul line. He is leaving “Kyle’s Corner” on a regular basis.

Chris Smith: Coming off a surprise junior season. Basketball junkie. Can’t get enough of working out. He lives in the gym.

Jared Swopshire: According to Fred Hina, America’s Best Trainer, his improvement is slow and gradual. He is working out but the pain after surgery is still present. We hope to have him ready by October 1st.

Rakeem Buckles: His rehabilitation is going along as planned. May be ahead of schedule. If he is not 100% by October 15th, red shirting will be an option. This will also depend on the improvements of Chane.

Chane Behanan: Speaking of him, he has lowered his body fat to 10.2%. Everyone must be under 10 by September 4th, except Coach Kevin Keatts and Vinny Tatum. Coach Keatts will need till October 15th and Vinny the Vest will need till 2022. Chane has to make some major adjustments for the college game, but his potential is off the charts. The Bahamas and practice will be great for him.

Zach Price: Conditioning, conditioning and conditioning are his major weakness. Strength training, quickness drills and stamina have been summer goals of this outstanding young man. Practice for the Bahamas will also be extremely helpful.

Russ Smith: I have been told by Peyton and Chris that Russ is improving. We are looking for him to dribble less and make the passes to open people. The back-up point guard sport is a crucial one for us.


Elisha Justice (AKA The Bullet): Haven’t heard too much about the Pride of the Mountains, which means he is doing what he always does: work hard with great humility. Played more last year than I expected and that will give him a leg up entering his sophomore season.

Mike Marra: Having a more productive summer. Competition at his position will be heavy, which should bring out the best in Mike.

Stephan Van Treese: Working hard on his outside shot and free throws. This is a must if he has a shot of getting minutes this season.

Wayne Blackshear & Kevin Ware: They are not on campus. They are finishing up their classes at home. We expect big things from both young men. Wayne hasn’t played basketball in months due to shoulder surgery. Hoping to have him ready by September. Kevin is an explosive athlete that I’m extremely excited to have on our roster. He can play multiple positions.

Peyton Siva: Developing a consistent jumper is the key to his future. Made the jump from a combo guard to a true point. Great quickness and speed. Improved his passing immensely. Like Chris Smith, a gym rat with an incredible attitude. He is my top five of all-time as a person. Super young man.

Angel Nunez: Just arrived for summer school. Chris, Peyton and Kyle have not given me any feedback yet.

Tim Henderson: Needs a consistent jump shot, has everything else. Strength training and stamina building will be a big help.

Mark Jackson: Has a long way to go before he steps onto the court. He will get it done.

Luke Hancock: I’ve had many transfers and they all have had outstanding success -- Mark Pope, Travis Ford, Derek Anderson, Chris Smith, David Padgett and now Luke Hancock from George Mason.

I’m really excited to have this young man in our program. Shoots, passes, rebounds and has an 81% free throw percentage. He will be real helpful in practice this season.

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What is John Wall's Favorite Basketball Movie?

TMZ.com recently asked former Kentucky star John Wall what his favorite basketball movie is (click on photo to play video):

Nerlens Noel Nets Another Triple-Double at Peach Jam


University of Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel is becoming on a dominant force on the AAU circuit.

Noel led BABC to a 74-60 semifinal victory over the Oakland Soldiers this morning at the Nike Peach Jam.

The 6-10 Noel had an impressive triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 11 blocked shots.

BABC will play Memphis YOMCA for the Peach Jam championship tonight at 7:00 p.m. Noel will be matched up against Kentucky recruit Jarnell Stokes in the final. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Has Plenty to Play for in 2011-12


Eric Lindsey writes on CoachCal.com today that Kentucky freshman Michael Gilchrist will be playing for more than the name on his jersey this coming season.

Here is an excerpt:

Michael plays for everyone but himself. That’s why it came as no surprise to the people that know him the most when he legally changed his name last week to “Michael Kidd-Gilchrist” in honor of his uncle, his best friend and his confidant, Darrin, who died tragically of a heart attack on the same day Michael signed his national letter of intent with the University of Kentucky.

“He put the ball in my hands,” Michael said Wednesday in an exclusive interview with CoachCal.com. “He introduced me to the game. I didn’t really have a dad. That was him.”

Michael lost his birth father a month before turning 3. He doesn’t remember a lot about the man he was named after, but he’s been told he mirrors him in almost every single way. From his contagious smile, to the No. 31 adorning his jersey throughout his youth, to his unselfish play on the court, Michael is the spitting image of the Camden, N.J., basketball legend.

“Michael’s style of play is so much like his father’s,” Cindy said. “His father really had a true love for the game.”

Michael was robbed of the chance to build a relationship with his father when the elder Michael Gilchrist was killed at the age of 30 from multiple gunshot wounds. Without a male presence in his life, Darrin, Cindy’s brother, took Michael under his wing at an early age and became a teacher, a mentor and a father figure.


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Andre Drummond to UConn for 2011-12?


According to ProBasketballDraft.com, there are "strong indications" that 2012 star Andre Drummond will reclassify to 2011 and commit to Connecticut.

Here is a post from Twitter:

Probballdraft Getting strong indications that @andredrummond03 might wind up at #UCONN in the fall and be eligible for the 2012 #NBADraft as well.

I know nothing about the site ProBasketballDraft.com or the validity of their sources. Their Twitter account profile reads:

"NBA Agent, Draft Expert, Columnist, and T.V. personality. Use my league connections to discuss the NBA, its coming and goings, and the NBA draft."

Just two days ago, Drummond told the Hartford Courant that enrolling in college this season is not going to happen:

Andre Drummond won’t be on UConn’s campus this fall.

Or any college campus for that matter.

“No way that happens,” Drummond told Mike Anthony of the Hartford Courant on Wednesday.

Instead, the 6-foot-11 Drummond will likely be back at St. Thomas More (Conn.) for a postgraduate year, as was reported here last month.


Drummond is a 6-9 center who ranks No. 2 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

My Thoughts: I don't see Drummond entering the 2011 class, but his recruitment will be something to keep an eye on as the summer progresses.

Brandon Ashley Says UK is Coming After Him Hard

UK recruit Brandon Ashley says the Wildcats are coming after him as hard as anyone:



Here is more from Ashley from ZagsBlog.com:

Kentucky coach John Calipari was also in the house against the Playaz.

“He’s in there, he’s in there,” Ashley said. “They’ve been coming after me hard since high school season. They’ve been after me as hard as anybody else.”

After cutting his list, Ashley said he may pull the trigger in the early signing period.

“I’m thinking I might sign early so I can go early. I just want to get it over with,” he said. “It’s a lot to deal with and really just make my decision early.”

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Past UK Basketball Games to Air on WKYT or CWKYT


Beginning Saturday, past UK football and basketball games will be rebroadcast on either WKYT-TV or CWKYT.

Here is the release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Beginning July 16, University of Kentucky football and basketball fans can relive many of their favorite moments when “Big Blue Encore” hits the air. Through an agreement with XOS Digital, the Southeastern Conference and WKYT-TV, the Lexington CBS television affiliate and flagship station of the Big Blue Sports Network will begin rebroadcasting classic UK games throughout the year.

The games will be rebroadcast on either WKYT-TV or its sister station, CWKYT.

UK fans certainly will remember the first two games that will be rebroadcast. On July 16, WKYT will air the 1998 Kentucky-LSU football game, which was played in Baton Rouge and televised by ESPN2. In the closing minutes, with the game tied, then-head coach Hal Mumme apparently was playing to get the game into overtime. But Mumme dipped into his bag of tricks, calling for a reverse to wide receiver Quentin McCord. McCord’s 38-yard gain helped the Cats into position for a Seth Hanson game-winning field goal

On July 17, WKYT will rebroadcast the ESPN Classic UK-Louisville football game from 2007. Andre Woodson’s 57-yard touchdown pass to Steve Johnson, with 28 seconds remaining, helped the Cats to their first win over a Top 10 opponent in three decades.

With this agreement, WKYT now holds the rebroadcast rights to a UK library of network television games dating back to 1956.

Weekend TV Schedule:
July 16 WKYT Big Blue Encore: UK vs. LSU, Oct. 17, 1998
July 17 WKYT Big Blue Encore: Louisville vs. UK, Sept. 15, 2007

Biancardi Looks at Anthony Davis, Other Top Power Forwards

Here is ESPN Recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi talking about the top power forwards entering college for the 2011-12 season (Hint: plenty of Anthony Davis in this one):

Thursday, July 14, 2011

John Calipari on 2012 Recruiting: "We'll Be Fine"


Some University of Kentucky fans have expressed concern (albeit minor) that head coach John Calipari has not reeled in a commitment from any 2012 recruits.

Calipari, who has managed to bring in three consecutive top-ranked recruiting classes, has some calming words for Big Blue Nation.

"We'll be fine," Calipari told Sporting News earlier today.

Here is an excerpt:

“The way it’s going now, kids want to wait,” Calipari said. “I’m fine with that. I don’t know why. It might be NBA—who’s leaving, who’s staying. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. Obviously, I’d rather have guys sign early, so I know who I’m getting.

“I know who I like. The funny one right now is, people will tell kids what I’m thinking: ‘He thinks you’re the fourth-best guard or fifth-best guard.’ Do I? Then commit to us, and I’ll take you.”

Kentucky is listed as a possible destination by five of the eight uncommitted top-10 players, so it’s not as though the Wildcats have wandered into the desert. Shooting guard Shabazz Muhammad of Las Vegas, big man Andre Drummond of St. Thomas More in Connecticut, Dajuan Coleman of Syracuse—Kentucky isn’t out of the picture with any of them.

And the Wildcats have a chance with power players Jarnell Stokes of Memphis and Perry Ellis of Wichita, along with muscular guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera of Indianapolis and spectacular Archie Goodwin of Little Rock, Ark.

And others.

“We’ll get kids late if that’s what it takes,” Calipari said.


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Todd Lee Discusses Future of Kentucky Wesleyan Program


Kentucky Wesleyan head coach Todd Lee took a few moments recently to discuss the future of his basketball program.

There have been open discussions about the KWC program as it explores the possibility of transitioning to an NCAA DIII institution.

Lee addressed those rumors and talked about the future at Kentucky Wesleyan.

Here is an excerpt from KWC:

Kentucky Wesleyan College men's basketball coach Todd Lee believes the program has weathered the school's current exploration of whether to move its athletics programs to NCAA Division III.

And Lee certainly understands why his program has gotten the most attention since news broke back in the spring that KWC is looking at the feasibility of making athletics non-scholarship.

The tradition that comes from being an eight-time NCAA Division II national champion draws the focus.

But Lee doesn't believe the study has significantly hampered his quest to add another banner.

“I don't think it's affected recruiting much,” Lee said. “We've had to explain our situation to recruits; and we were up front about our situation.”

It's KWC's rivals, primarily Great Lakes Valley Conference mates University of Southern Indiana, Bellarmine and Northern Kentucky University, who tried to make it a big issue.

“They're not paying attention to it,” said Lee of his recruiting targets, “but the people we're recruiting against are letting them know that it's out there.”

Despite the obstacles, Lee was able to fill the incoming 2011-12 recruiting class with five players, including two transfers from NCAA Division I programs.

The incoming players include: Aaron Gilstrap, a 6-foot-6 swingman from Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College; Dominique Dawson, a 6-7 center from the University of Minnesota; Devonte Maymon, a 6-2 guard from Youngstown State University; Kreig Oxley, a 6-2 guard, and Cornelius “Cornbread” Walker, a 6-3 shooting guard, from Wabash Valley (Ill.) College; and Patrick Neel, a 6-4 swing player from Henderson County.

Lee said developing good ties with those players during the recruiting process was a key.

“Gilstrap was the one we really had to talk to,” Lee said. “We told him we haven't done anything, we haven't made any decisions and this is the process we're going through. We had to do that pretty much with everybody.”

While their statistics aren't eye-popping from a scoring angle, Lee anticipates all the recruits having the ability to mix well with the solid veterans KWC has coming back, which includes the Panthers' top two scorers last season, Cardell McFarland and Anthony Young, as well as all-around contributor Marseilles Stewart.

Ironically, Lee believes the attention the study has produced has been a positive in some regards.

“I do think the basketball program, the athletic department and the school all three are so important to the community, and it's all tied together,” he said. “One thing is with that talk, it has allowed the community to look for ways to get more involved. I feel that the community wants to get more involved.

“I think there are a lot of people out there who want to stay at this level.”

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Video: The Latest Anthony Davis Mixtape

Here is the latest mixtape of Kentucky freshman-to-be Anthony Davis (Big Blue Nation should be excited about the big man from Chicago):

UK Releases 2011-12 Non-Conference Basketball Schedule


The University of Kentucky has released its non-conference men's basketball schedule for 2011-12:

Marist - Nov. 11 Lexington

Kansas- Nov. 15 New York

Penn State - Nov. 19 Springfield, Mass

Old Dominion/South Florida - Nov. 20 Springfield, Mass

Radford - Nov. 23 Lexington

Portland - Nov. 26 Lexington

St. John’s - Dec. 1 Lexington

North Carolina - Dec. 3 Lexington

Indiana - Dec. 10 Bloomington

Chattanooga - Dec. 17 Lexington

Samford - Dec. 20 Lexington

Loyola (Md.) - Dec. 22 Lexington

Lamar - Dec. 28 Lexington

Louisville - Dec. 31 Lexington

Arkansas-Little Rock - Jan. 3rd Lexington

UK Recruit Archie Goodwin with the Play of the Day

Check out University of Kentucky recruit Archie Goodwin as he makes the FiveStarBasketball.com Play of the Day:

Jarnell Stokes and DaJuan Coleman Go Head-To-Head



University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari watched as a pair of Kentucky recruits, Jarnell Stokes and DaJuan Coleman, when head-to-head at the Nike Peach Jam on Tuesday evening.

The 6-8 Stokes finished with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Coleman, a 6-9 powerhouse, put in 14 points and 8 rebounds.

Here are some comments from Stokes:

It has been an eventful couple of days for the Memphis big man, who announced Monday he will leave Memphis Central for national power Oak Hill Academy for his senior season.

“When you’re the best player in your playground, it’s time to find another program,” Stokes, the No. 4 power forward in the Class of 2012 per Rivals, told SNY.tv Tuesday.

“I was the best player in Memphis, so I turned all that down to go play a national schedule, play against guys that’s on my level.”

At Oak Hill, Stokes will join Memphis commit and 2012 shooting guard Damien Wilson, but he knows he’ll miss his hometown.

“I’m turning down a lot of stuff,” he said. “I’m turning down girls, being away from my family for the first time. I’m turning down shot attempts. I know it’s gonna be hard but it’s just something I feel like I gotta get through.”


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Nerlens Noel Puts Up Triple-Double on Bhullar


Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel put up an impressive triple-double against 7-4, 330-pound center Sim Bhullar Wednesday night at the Nike Peach Jam.

Noel, who ranks No. 5 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013, had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 12 blocks in his team's 58-55 win over Bhullar and CIA Bounce.

Here is an excerpt of Noel talking about the battle with Bhullar:

“I knew it was going to be a little tough, but that’s when I knew I had to go to the state of my mind that I’m quicker and leaner than him and more agile,” said Noel, a 6-10 center for BABC (Boston Amateur Basketball Club) who will be a senior this fall at The Tilton (N.H.) School. “I knew I had to move him off of the dribble and get to the basket as quick as I could because I knew when he recovered, there would be a lot of him coming.”

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UK Alumni Association to Host UK Night at the Bats


Greater Louisville UK Alumni Association Hosts UK Night at the Bats

Louisville, Kentucky (July 14, 2011) The Greater Louisville UK Alumni Club will host UK Night at the Bats on Thursday, July 28 at Louisville Slugger Field. Fans are invited to network with fellow UK alumni and enjoy giveaways, photo ops with the UK mascot, and “Thirsty Thursday” drink specials from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, then watch the Louisville Bats take on the Rochester Red Wings at 7:05pm. Guests are encouraged to show their Wildcat pride by wearing blue to the game. To purchase discounted tickets in the UK section, call Kyle Reh at (502) 614-4515 or order on-line at http://www.batsbaseball.com/ using Special Offer Code: Big Blue (case sensitive).

For more information, contact Ali Shaw at (502) 262-8580.

About the UK Alumni Association

With approximately 30,000 University of Kentucky Alumni living in the Greater Louisville area, the Greater Louisville UK Alumni Association is one of the largest clubs in the country. http://www.ukalumni-louisville.net The UK Alumni Association fosters lifelong engagement among alumni, friends and the association and supports the mission and goals of the university. The Association traces its history to 1889, when Joseph H. "Little Joe" Kastle, a graduate of UK and a nationally-known chemist, returned to his alma mater as professor of chemistry. He persuaded a few of his fellow faculty members/UK graduates to establish an alumni club, organizing the first group of alumni with the purpose of joining together in support of the university in association together. For more information about the UK Alumni Association, visit http://www.ukalumni.net/.

Vaught: Brandon Knight's Mom to Write Book, Start Blog


According to Larry Vaught of the Advocate-Messenger, Brandon Knight's mom has plans to write a book titled "Diary of Basketball Mom".

She also intends to start a blog with the same name.

Vaught posted on Twitter:

vaughtsviews Brandon Knight's mom is writing a book: Diary of Basketball Mom. Also starting blog of the same name. Should be great reads

Kentucky Basketball Fans of the Day in Hilton Head

Here are a couple of University of Kentucky "fans of the day" that I found in Hilton Head today:




If you are either of these fans, please shoot me a message - you are a winner.

And just for giggles, how about some local entertainment:

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

John Wall Works Over Julius Hodge in North Carolina Pro Am

Former North Carolina State star Julius Hodge said he wanted to guard NBA star John Wall from the time he entered the arena at the Greater North Carolina Pro Am event.

Well, Hodge earned his wish and likely bit off more than he could chew as Wall worked him over handily:



Here is more footage from The Washington Post:

Walter McCarty to Attend Harrison High School Event


Former University of Kentucky star Walter McCarty will be in attendance at the Harrison High School Hoops Dinner and Auction on July 30th at The Pub in Evansville, Indiana.

Here is an excerpt about the event from TriStateHomepage.com:

Walter McCarty, a member of the 1996 University of Kentucky National Championship team will be in attendance that night, along with SIU Head Basketball Coach Chris Lowery. Former Harrison and IU Standout Rick Atkinson, legendary Sportswriter Bob Hammel, and Angelo Pizzo (writer/producer of "Hoosiers" and "Rudy") will speak at the event.

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Report: Louisville Offers 2013 Star Daquein McNeil


According to ESPN's Reggie Rankin, Louisville is one of several schools that has offered 2013 star Daquein McNeil.

ReggieRankin Offers coming in for Daquein McNeil. Rutgers, South Florida, and Washington with Uconn, Oklahoma St, Louisville, Arizona, Cal, and Texas

McNeil is a 6-3 shooting guard from Vermont Academy (Md.).

Video: Top 2013 Recruit Julius Randle in Action

Here is some recent footage of 2013 superstar Julius Randle in action - his list includes Kentucky:

Devonte Maymon Will Give KWC a Big Boost


Kentucky Wesleyan College head coach Todd Lee is expecting solid contributions from Youngstown State transfer Devonte Maymon.

Here is an excerpt from Madison.com:

Maymon, a 6-foot-2 guard, was the third leading scorer for the Penguins at 9.2 points per game starting 14 of 20 games as a junior last season. He averaged 23.8 minutes while shooting 36.5 percent from the field, 36.3 from three-point range and 62.7 from free throw line.

“Devonte is a very good athlete that will help us improve our perimeter defense,” KWU coach Todd Lee said. “He's also a versatile offensive player where he shoots the ball well and uses his athletic ability well to attack the basket.

“We recruited Devonte last year, so there was a previous relationship with him and his family. His primary goal is to win at a high level and he knows that is the focus of our program. He's an excellent addition to our team.”


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John Calipari to Attend Clinic at Rutgers University


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari will be one of several basketball coaches who will head to Rutgers University in September for the first annual coaches' clinic to benefit the Brayden Carr Foundation.

Here is an excerpt of the Rutgers press release:

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (July 13, 2011) -The Rutgers University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in conjunction with partner Sports Radio 66 WFAN New York, announced today that the first annual coaches clinic to benefit “In Brayden’s Eyes, The Brayden Carr Foundation” will take place on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Notable hardwood mentors Jeff Van Gundy, Larry Brown, John Calipari, Bill Self, Bob Hurley, Sr. and Mike Rice will lecture at the highly anticipated event.

“In Brayden’s Eyes, The Brayden Carr Foundation” is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit charitable organization established by Jim and Natalie Zeno Carr, parents of the late Brayden Carr, who passed away on May 10. The foundation has a fully volunteer staff. One hundred percent of its net proceeds go directly into a fund to provide athletic, social, rehabilitative, and academic opportunities to children with seizure conditions, with or without motor delays from associated cerebral palsy, as well as to provide humanitarian support/relief to their parents.

Brayden was a courageous two-year old boy who battled seizures and resulting medical conditions most of his beautiful, but much too short, life. Out of tragedy, the Carr family dedicated their lives to honoring their son’s indomitable spirit and infectious enthusiasm for life through positive endeavors.

“The overwhelming support our family has received from the basketball community in the wake of Brayden’s passing has been heartfelt and inspiring,” said Jim. “We see an opportunity to help families dealing with similar challenges. It’s important that we do not let this opportunity pass us by. Through support, donations and corporate partnership, our hope is that Brayden’s smile shines on, his laugh is heard and his eyes are forever bright through the efforts of this very important foundation.”

Jim has called the BIG EAST Conference home for the past 13 years. He has been a staple in the Rutgers program, through various positions, and is currently the director of basketball operations for the Scarlet Knights. Natalie is a former athletic trainer, coach and school teacher.


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Kentucky Coaches Watch 2012 Star Devonta Pollard


Coaches from Kentucky were watching 2012 star Devonta Pollard this afternoon.

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

ScoutsFocus reported on some of the coaches who were checking out Pollard today:

scoutsfocus Texas full staff, UCONN, John Thompson,scott drew,trent johnson, Kentucky, Miss St are all here to see Devonta Pollard.

UK Recruit Anthony Bennett Talks Recruiting


University of Kentucky recruit Anthony Bennett, a 6-7 power forward who plays for Findlay Prep (Nev.), spoke to Bobby Bancroft of National Hoops Report recently.

Bennett, who ranks No. 7 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012, has a Kentucky offer and still lists the Wildcats on his final list.

Here is an excerpt:

Being at, or near, the top of the rankings usually means that a player will have his choice of schools to choose from when it’s time to sign that National Letter of Intent. Bennett already has a huge list, but he does have a plan on when he wants to cut it, and when he wants to sign.

“Right now my list is Florida, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Georgetown, West Virginia, Florida State, Xavier, Oregon, Washington, UNLV, Oklahoma, NC State, Kentucky, and Arizona,” said Bennett.

“I will probably sign next Spring and cut down to a top 10 at the beginning of high school season. If it’s a good school, I’ll go to it.”


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Nike Peach Jam Day 1: Top 5 Plays

HoopMixTape.com delivers the top 5 plays from day 1 at the Nike Peach Jam:

Steve Masiello is Happy to be Back "Home"


Former University of Kentucky player Steve Masiello, who was a major part of Rick Pitino's coaching staff at Louisville, is now the head coach at Manhattan.

Masiello says he is happy to be back "home".

Here is an excerpt from CBSSports.com:

"It's great to be home," Masiello said here at the Nike Peach Jam. "It's great to be around people I know."

Including the New York summer coaches who control most of the area's top prospects.

Masiello helped build Louisville into a Big East power by recruiting New York, point being that he's long had relationships in and around the city. Consequently, Masiello didn't have to spend much time introducing himself to the power-brokers in the weeks after he was hired. He already knew them -- all of them. And so now the goal is to use those relationships to get the Jaspers back to respectability.


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Tony Woods to Make Choice in Next Couple of Weeks


According to Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports, Wake Forest transfer Tony Woods will announce his new home in the next couple of weeks.

Woods is thought to be deciding between Kentucky, Texas, Cincinnati, Auburn, Texas Tech, Oregon and Xavier.

Here is an excerpt:

“He should be announcing his decision in the next couple of weeks,” said Norman Parker, Woods’ AAU coach with the Georgia Stars.

Parker said Kentucky, Texas, Cincinnati, Auburn, Texas Tech, Oregon and Xavier are the main schools in the mix, although other colleges have reached out.

Before Woods makes a decision, he needs to get his academics in order for the fall.
“He has to finish up a class,” Parker said. “All that other stuff is irrelevant if he doesn’t finish his course work.”


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UK Recruit Brandon Ashley Shines at Peach Jam

Kentucky recruit Brandon Ashley had a big first day at the Nike Peach Jam. Here is a video of the 2012 star in action:

I Found a Kentucky Basketball Fan in Hilton Head

We were eating at San Miguel's restaurant in Shelter Cove at Hilton Head Island last night and they had some live music.

The singer performed John Denver's "Country Roads", which UK fans will remember blaring loudly after West Virginia defeated Kentucky two seasons ago in the NCAA Tournament.

During the song, a man dressed in a white University of Kentucky shirt walked by and screamed "West Virgina sucks!"

Here is the video (the audio didn't pick up, but you can see the UK fan in the background at the 1:30 mark and the singer looks at him):



I stopped recording and chased the man down. It turns out, he is from Lexington and is a huge Kentucky basketball fan. He admitted that he was slightly under the influence (his wife said he started drinking at 9:00 a.m.), but added, "I stand by my statement."

2014 Star Theo Pinson Says He Holds a Kentucky Offer


According to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com, 2014 star Theo Pinson holds an offer from the University of the Kentucky.

Here is Zagoria's post on Twitter:

AdamZagoria 2014 star @tpinsonn says he "grew up a Duke fan" & holds offers from Duke, Carolina, UK, NC State, UConn & Cuse tinyurl.com/5tx4qgp

Pinson is a 6-5 small forward from Wesleyan Christian Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

UK Recruit Andre Drummond Talks Basketball

Here is a recent interview with 2012 Kenucky recruit Andre Drummond:

Brian Williams Doesn't Think You'll Wear Blue in Tennessee


Former Tennessee big man Brian Williams replied to Jared Sullinger's Twitter post last night about a fan wearing a Kentucky shirt on the Ohio State campus.

Here is Williams' response:

33brianwilliams @Jared_Sully0 he wouldn't wear that s**t in Tenn haha

Right...

Telep: Nerlens Noel is Best Defensive Player in the Country


ESPN recruiting guru Dave Telep says Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel is the best defender in high school basketball.

Telep goes on to say that Noel is probably the best shot blocker since Greg Oden.

Here is an excerpt:

The best defensive player in the country isn't a senior. It is junior Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./ Tilton).

"He makes everything easy all the time because you know you have a dominant shot-blocker back there," BABC junior point guard Jaylen Brantley (Springfield, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson) said.

The stat sheet said Noel had 12 points and eight boards versus All-Iowa but only three blocks. The fact of the matter is Noel dominated play in the first half where Iowa scored just 12 points. All-Iowa Attacks big three of Marcus Paige, Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury shot 8-27 from the field. Nerlens was in the neighborhood.

I've heard a lot of people criticize his offense and that's true, he has work to do but he's not a bad offensive player, he's just a superstar on defense. He has the work ethic and the offense will come. Pre-summer, Noel listed UConn, Kansas, Georgetown, Kentucky and Florida. Florida coach Billy Donovan was at his first game and Kentucky coach John Calipari and Kansas coach Bill Self popped in during the contest. You can bet North Carolina coach Roy Williams, who also caught his opener, is interested.

Noel isn't the prospect Greg Oden was at the same age, but it's been that long since high school basketball has seen a natural shot-blocker of that caliber. Anthony Davis was excellent last year but Noel is threatening to join an elite club of rejectors.


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Nerlens Noel blocks everything:

Gibbons Predicts that Robert Carter will Commit to UK


Veteran recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons predicted on Twitter last night that 6-8 power forward Robert Carter will commit to Kentucky soon.

Here is Gibbons' post:

BobGibbonshoops Headed to the Nike Peach Jam. Prediction: 6-8 PF Robert Carter, Thomasville, GA, will commit soon to Kentucky. Remember where you heard it!

Carter is a 6-8, 245-pound power forward from Thomasville, Georgia. He ranks No. 16 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Here are some highlights of Carter in action:


Shabazz Muhammad Throws Down on Mitch McGary

Check out this video of 2012 star Shabazz Muhammad absolutely throwing down on Mitch McGary (Kentucky is involved with both players):

UK Recruit Jarnell Stokes is Headed to Oak Hill Academy


Kentucky recruit Jarnell Stokes is leaving Memphis and will attend Oak Hill Academy this year.

Stokes is a 6-7 power forward who Rivals.com ranks No. 10 overall in the 2012 recruiting class.

He lists Memphis, Tennessee, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and Arkansas as his top six schools but still says he is wide open.

Here is an excerpt from GoVolsXtra.com:

Stokes, the top prospect in the Shelby-Metro area in the class of the 2012, said Monday he is leaving Central and will attend Oak Hill Academy this year.

The prep school, located in the small town of Mouth of Wilson, Va., has a legendary basketball program that has produced NBA stars ranging from Rod Strickland and Jerry Stackhouse to Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony.

And it was a call from Anthony, the New York Knicks All-Star, that helped make Stokes' decision easier.

"I guess (Oak Hill coach) Steve Smith told him to call me," Stokes said. "He knew he was my favorite player and he told me it was a great move for me, but that it would be a commitment. It was basically what I had already heard, except I was amazed to just hear it from him."


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Billy Gillispie Holds Basketball Camps at Texas Tech

Former University of Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie, who is now the head man at Texas Tech, recently held some basketball camps:

Calipari Watches Ricardo Ledo, DaJuan Coleman at Peach Jam


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is at the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina this morning.

According to reports, he has already watched the 2012 duo of Ricardo Ledo and DaJuan Coleman.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Kentucky Recruits Stand Out at Adidas Invitational


ESPN.com has broken down the standout players at last week's Adidas Invitational. A pair of Kentucky recruits, Andre Drummond and Shabazz Muhammad, top the list.

Here is an excerpt:

Andre Drummond
2012, C, 6-10, 270 pounds
His physique compares to an NBA power forward right now. He uses his large, long and powerful body on the defensive end to challenge, change and protect the rim. When he goes to the glass, he is the type of player who not only gets rebounds, he takes them away from others. He is at his best offensively when he receives a pass at the elbow or mid-post area with his back to the basket and then faces up his opponents. This gives him more room to score or pass which he does very well. However, when he gets too deep on the block he often contends with two and sometimes three defenders, which shrinks his space to move and score. His free throw shooting is a work in progress, but you can see improvement. Kentucky, UConn, Duke, Kansas, Louisville, Georgetown, are in the mix with many other elite programs.

Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/ Bishop Gorman)
2012, SF, 6-4, 190 pounds
Muhammad is the ultimate energy-giver who elevates his team's performance. He has an uncanny ability to finish plays thanks to his power and elite athleticism. He has lots of range on his jumper and he can drive past his opponent with a quick first step, especially going left. Muhammad's dominant play has been very consistent because his effort is fantastic and he's making a case for the top spot in the class.

Kasey Hill (Eustis, Fla./ Montverde Academy)
2013, PG, 6-0, 175 pounds
He is a dynamic point guard who can score and create. Hill led his team to the U17 championship of the adidas Invitational as an underclassmen. He is quick, athletic and is hard to keep out of the lane. He has solid strength and a pretty good basketball IQ but he still needs to improve his jumper. Hill is definitely one of the better point guard prospects in the 2013 class.

Perry Ellis (Wichita, Kan./ Wichita Heights)
2012, PF/SF, 6-8, 215 pounds
Ellis is one of the better talents in the 2012 class and he can play either forward position, but is probably best as a mismatch 4-man. He is too big for small forwards and too quick and skilled for power forwards. However, the key is that he can guard both positions himself. Ellis is a very good rebounder and at his best inside 17 feet on the offensive end where he can catch and shoot or put the ball on the floor score. Ellis is being recruited by all of the big-timers and it is easy to see why.

One of the better players in the Class of 2013, Malik Price-Martin (Miami Gardens, Fla./ Monsignor Edward Pace) continues to make strides in his game. As one of the nation's best underclassman, he scores well from 15 feet and in plus has a good IQ for the game. Defensively, he is long and uses that length to block and contest shots. His early list of schools are Miami (FL), Florida, Florida state, Kentucky, Louisville, UConn, Kansas State, Syracuse, UMass and California.

Omar Prewitt (Mt. Sterling, Ky./Montgomery County)
2013, SF, 6-5, 175 pounds
He is a great shooter who can be streaky at times. He has good size, length and the ability to create some off the dribble -- but is at his best when he can spot up, catch and shoot from the wing. He has range to 22 feet and is a solid ballhandler for a small forward. Prewitt puts you in the mind set of a younger version of former Butler, now Utah Jazz, wing Gordon Hayward. We watched him hit 9 of 10 3s versus Indiana Elite South.


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Isaiah Lewis: "I really wanna go to Kentucky"

Isaiah Lewis, a 2012 star, said in a recent interview that he really likes Kentucky:



Lewis is a 6-3 point guard at Christ The King (NY). He is rated as a 4-star recruit and is No. 43 overall in the 2013 recruiting class.

Devon Rowan Nets Morehead State Offer


According to Jody Demling, Morehead State has extended an offer to North Oldham's Devon Rowan.

Rowan is a 6-8 forward who continues to improve and is now considered one of the top post players in the state of Kentucky.

Four from Thomas More Named to NABC Honors Court


Four Thomas More College basketball players were named to the NABC Honors Court for the 2010-11 season.

Here is the release from TMC:

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) - The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today (Monday, July 11, 2011) announced that Thomas More College men's basketball student-athletes Robert Wilson (Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe), Ryan Hamm (Maysville, Ky./Mason County), Dalton O'Brien (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier) and Daniel Whelan (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) were named to the 2010-2011 NABC Honors Court.

The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gift that these men possess off the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria as he must be academically a junior or senior and a varsity player, a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2010-2011 academic year, student-athletes must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution and be a member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA institution.

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John Calipari Basketball Camps are Filling Up Fast


Time is running out if you would like to register for Kentucky basketball's Overnight Camp or the Prasco John Calipari pro camp.

Here is some more information from UKAthletics.com:

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Spots for the remaining UK men's basketball camps including Overnight Camp and the Prasco John Calipari pro camps are filling up fast.

Scheduled for July 24-27, the Overnight Camp will be dedicated to helping each camper have a tremendous amount of fun while learning new techniques, improving skills, games and much more.

Cost for the camps are $420 for Overnight Campers and $340 for Day Campers. Included in the cost are daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, camp t-shirt, team and individual awards and an autograph opportunity.

The Prasco pro camps, scheduled for July 28-30, will feature Brandon Knight on July 28, DeAndre Liggins on July 29 and Josh Harrellson on July 30. All camps will take place in the Joe Craft Center practice facility and Memorial Coliseum.

Former UK All-American, and current Detroit Piston, Tayshaun Prince will also be present at this year's camp.

Camps will run from 9:00 a.m. - noon for children K-6th grade, and 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. for campers 7-12th grade. Each former Wildcat player will attend one full day of camp for both age groups, with the exception of Prince, who will participate all three days.

Additionally, former UK stars currently playing in the NBA will stop by for autograph opportunities throughout the three-day period.

Cost for all three days for either morning or afternoon session is $199.

For more information, call Linda Carmack at 859.257.1916 or go online to www.ukathletics.com/camps .

Ty Proffitt Named to NABC Honor Court for 2010-11 Season


Morehead State guard Ty Proffitt has been named to the NABC Honor Court for the 2010-11 season.

Here is the release from Morehead State University:

MOREHEAD, Ky-- Morehead State men's basketball's Ty Proffitt has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches' (NABC) Honor Court for the 2010-11 season.

This is the second time Proffitt, a rising senior, has been named to the Honor Court during his time at Morehead State. It is also the second time this year he has been recognized for his work in the classroom. In February, Proffitt was named to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District IV First Team.

Proffitt, a finance major who started all 35 games for the Eagles this past season, is just one of five players from the Ohio Valley Conference to make the list. Those members included Nicolas McFarlin from Eastern Illinois, Zachary House from Southeast Missouri, and Riley Hunley and Charles Newton from Tennessee Tech.

The NABC Honor Court recognizes excellent performance off the court and in the classroom. To be named on the Honor Court an athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. To qualify, student-athletes must be a junior or senior academically with a cumulative GPA of 3.2. Student-athletes must also have been at the institution for one full year.

Kentucky Fan Shows Colors On Ohio State's Campus


According to Ohio State star Jared Sullinger, a person was spotted on the OSU campus in a University of Kentucky shirt.

Sullinger posted on Twitter:

Jared_Sully0 So this guy is on our campus rocking an UK shirt on. Mad respect. He has a lot of balls #Pause

My Thoughts: Hopefully the fan doesn't throw his balls at Sullinger's chest; he seems to struggle with the high heat:

Shagari Alleyne Averaged Double-Double Last Season


Former University of Kentucky big man Shagari Alleyne is still tall. Here are some videos of Alleyne playing for the New York Wizards in the EBA:

Shagari Alleyne Highlights

For whatever reason, the 7-3 Alleyne does not jump center for the Wizards.

Alleyne averaged 16.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game for the Wizards in 2010-11.

College Players Like Terrence Jones Made the Right Choice


Sam Amico of FoxSportsOhio.com says that college players like Terrence Jones, Jared Sullinger and Harrison Barnes made smart decisions when they opted to return to their respective college teams.

Here is an excerpt:

Yet there is actually one faction that appears to be making sense in all this. That would be none other than the college kids, the future pros who decided to return to school and avoid the madness altogether.

Included in that group are the likes of North Carolina's Harrison Barnes, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger, Baylor's Perry Jones and Kentucky's Terrence Jones. All are underclassmen and all would have been lottery picks in the June draft. And all saw what's taking place in the NBA and determined another season as an amateur was a better option.

Not one admitted the lockout had anything to do with their stay-in-school verdict.

"I wanted to be a kid; I wanted to play basketball," Sullinger said at the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio, last week. "The NBA lockout had no influence on my decision."


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My Thoughts: I think Kentucky fans will agree that Jones made the right choice.

Rajon Rondo Talks About Louisville Basketball Camp and More

Former University of Kentucky star Rajon Rondo talks about his basketball camp in Louisville, UK basketball and more:

Calipari Putting Full Court Press on 2012 Star Perry Ellis


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari has made it more than obvious that the Wildcats really want 2012 star Perry Ellis.

Coach Cal and his staff have watched Ellis multiple times already in July and now it is being reported that Calipari will be in Wisconsin to watch Ellis again on Tuesday.

According to TheHoopsWindow.com, Calipari and several other coaches will check out Ellis:

TheHoopsWindow Coach K, Coach Cal and Bill Self plan to be in attendance to check in on 2012 SF Perry Ellis in Wisconsin.

Calipari will likely be doing some travel between South Carolina and Wisconsin this week. The Wisconsin event is the NY2LA Summer Jam, while the Peach Jam will be taking place in North Augusta, South Carolina.

Several Kentucky Recruits to Play in ESPN RISE Games


The roster has been announced for the ESPN RISE Games, which will tip off on Saturday, July 23 in Orlando, Florida.

There will be several University of Kentucky recruits participating in the event. Some recruits who are listed on the roster are Mitch McGary, DaJuan Coleman, Archie Goodwin, Kaleb Tarzcewski, Ricardo Ledo, Robert Carter, Alex Poythress, Jarnell Stokes, Perry Ellis, Devonta Pollard and T.J. Warren.

Here is more from ESPN:

ESPN RISE Games AAU Boys Basketball Super Showcase presented by Champion Players Announced

The AAU 11th Grade Boys Basketball Super Showcase Presented by Champion will return to the ESPN RISE Games with action tipping off on Saturday, July 23 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in suburban Orlando, Fla.

AAU 11th Grade Boys Basketball Super Showcase presented by Champion, part of the AAU National Championships held at the ESPN sports complex, features marquee 17and under club teams from across the country. The event includes two days of pool play and a single-elimination tournament. In the past the tournament has featured future NBA players including Amar’e Stoudemire, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Tyler Hansbrough and JJ Reddick.

Class of 2012 and 2013 players ranked in the ESPNU 100 and ESPNU Super 60 will square off in hopes of making it to the championship, with games airing live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. ET. Top ranked players include Isaiah Austin and Mitch McGary for the class of 2012 and Julius Randle and Nerlens Noel for the class of 2013. Additional AAU basketball games will be streamed live on ESPN3.com. Additional players may be added to the roster prior to the event.

ESPNU 100 Ranked Players - Class of 2012:

Player Team State ESPNU 100
Isaiah Austin Texas Pro TX 2
Mitch McGary SYF Players IN 4
DaJuan Coleman Albany City Rocks NY 5
Rodney Purvis CP3 NC 7
Archie Goodwin Arkansas Wings AR 8
Kaleb Tarzcewski New England Playaz NH 9
Ricardo Ledo Expressions RI 13
Robert Carter Atlanta Express GA 14
Grant Jerrett Belmont Shore CA 15
Gary Harris D3 Heat IN 16
Alex Poythress Georgia Stars TN 17
Jarnell Stokes YOMCA TN 18
Perry Ellis Kansas Pray and Play Players KS 19
Rasheed Sulaimon Houston Hoops TX 20
Devonta Pollard Southern Phenoms MS 23
Tony Parker GA Stars GA 25
Marcus Paige Martin Bros. IA 27
J-Mychal Reese Houston Hoops TX 28
Braxton Ogbueze CP3/Charlotte Royals NC 29
Ryan Arcidiacono PA Playaz PA 35
Joell James Florida Rams FL 36
J.P. Tokoto Wisconsin Playground Warriors WI 37
Omar Calhoun New York Gauchos NY 38
T.J. Warren Garner Road NC 39

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Turkey Releases National Team Roster, Includes Kanter


Former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter is on Turkey's finalized national team roster.

Here is the official roster, which includes Kanter and four other NBA stars:

Baris Ermis 194-G-85 Banvit
Izzet Turkyilmaz 210-F-90 Banvit
Cenk Akyol 196-G-87 Anadalo Efes
Kerem Gonlum 208-C/F-77 Anadalo Efes
Kerem Tunceri 190-G-79 Anadalo Efes
Dogus Balbay 185-G-89 Anadalo Efes
Sinan Guler 193-G-83 Anadalo Efes
Emir Preldzic 206-F-87 Fener.Ulker
Oguz Savas 208-C-87 Fener.Ulker
Omer Onan 194-G-78 Fener.Ulker
Sertac Sanli 212-F/C-91 Galatasaray
Ender Arslan 190-G-83 Galatasaray
Furkan Aldemir 207-F-91 Galatasaray
Omer Asik 213-C-86 Chicago B.
Semih Erden 211-C-87 Cleveland C.
Ersan Ilyasova 207-F-87 Milwaukee B.
Hedo Turkoglu 206-F-79 Orlando M.
Enes Kanter 208-C-92 Utah Jazz

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