Saturday, July 23, 2011

Walter McCarty is Leading Candidate at SUNY New Paltz


Former University of Kentucky star Walter McCarty is the leading candidate to become the new head coach at NCAA Division III SUNY New Paltz.

Here is an excerpt from The Post in New York:

Walter McCarty, the former Knicks first-round pick who was recently let go by the Pacers as an assistant coach, is the leading candidate to become men's head basketball coach of Division III SUNY New Paltz, The Post has learned.

According to a person familiar with the situation, McCarty, a 6-foot-10 forward who played 10 years in the NBA, was on the Ulster County campus this week doing final interviews for the position.

"It seems to be his if he wants it," the person said.

McCarty was hired by Indiana coach Jim O'Brien before last season. But O'Brien was fired in midseason and interim coach Frank Vogel did not retain McCarty.

McCarty, 37, was one of Rick Pitino's assistants at Louisville the prior three seasons.


Complete Article

AllKyHoops.com Wins Gold at Bluegrass State Games

AllKyHoops.com sponsored a team in the Bluegrass State Games this weekend and the "good guys" won the gold medals.



Left to Right: Maze Stallworth (Morehead State), Ervin Williams (St. Catharine), Travis Allen (Pikeville College), Sam Goodman (Morehead State), Anthony Wireman (Old School)

And here's a man who obviously has a bright future as a basketball analyst:

Ty24Johnson @awireman has the best jumper in the gym ...

Here are a few more pictures from the day:




John Wall and Dick Vitale Talk NBA Lockout on Twitter

ESPN's Dick Vitale sent a message to John Wall on Twitter last night:

DickieV @jimmywa11 r u optimistic that this lockout will end? How good will @AustinRivers25 be? Ur @UKCoachCalipari is a recruiting machine.

Wall's response:

Calipari Watches 2012 Star Perry Ellis in Las Vegas


Kentucky head coach John Calipari watched 2012 star Perry Ellis last night in Las Vegas.

Ellis has been one of Calipari's primary targets recently.

Ricardo Ledo to Consider Playing for Puerto Rico


Kentucky recruit Ricardo Ledo will consider an opportunity to play for the Puerto Rican national team in Olympic qualifying.

Here is an excerpt from ZagsBlog.com:

Notre Dame Prep shooting guard Ricky Ledo has accepted an invitation to visit next week with Puerto Rico Basketball Federation executives, practice with the team and see if he wants to represent Puerto Rico in Olympic qualifying.

“Ricky’s dream has always been to play for the USA team, that’s his dream,” Todd Quarles, a close family friend and founder of the Expression Elite AAU team, said Friday by phone. “And he wants to make sure that if he goes down there [to Puerto Rico] it won’t hurt any possibilities, but at the same time to explore every opportunity.

“So the Federation has invited us to spend some time with them learning about Puerto Rico and Puerto Rican basketball and see if there’s an opportunity for Ricky to play in the Olympic qualifying event in Argentina [Aug. 30-Sept. 11].”


Complete Article

Photo: Rivals.com

Kyle Wiltjer is a Talented Youngster with Old School Moves


Kentucky freshman Kyle Wiltjer has spent a great deal of time watching legendary NBA players such as Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.

As a result, Wiltjer has developed an "old school" game that's as diverse as anyone in the nation.

Here is an excerpt from CoachCal.com:

Wiltjer has used the mental reels of film to his advantage in his rise to one of the top incoming freshmen in the country. While the average fan watches a basketball highlight in awe, Wiltjer studies it and applies it to his game like a sponge soaking up water.

“I try to pick up and practice moves I get from those tapes,” Wiltjer said. “I loved how skilled Larry Bird was. He just didn’t miss in his highlight tapes. My favorite clip is when he scores like 40 points all with his left hand. I thought it was pretty unbelievable that he could play with competition like that and do something like that.”

Wiltjer credits his archive of game tape with helping him develop one of the most dynamic set of moves in the country. At 6-foot-10, 239 pounds, Wiltjer possesses the skills of a shooter, the craft of a point guard and the power of a forward.

His efficient, beautiful moves in the post with his back to the basket are what make him so good, but his ability to run the floor and pick and pop are what make him so dangerous. Some are calling him the most skilled big man in the 2011 class.


Complete Article

Friday, July 22, 2011

NBAPlaybook.com Scouts Brandon Knight


Sebastian Pruiti of NBAPlaybook.com has delivered an in-depth scouting report on former Kentucky star Brandon Knight.

Here is an excerpt of Knight's strengths:

Despite not being a crazy athletic ball handler like a Derrick Rose or John Wall, Knight simply has a knack to get into the lane with relative ease. He has a quick first step and and uses hesitation/misdirection moves very well, allowing him to get his defender on his hip and get by him on his way to the paint. Off of the catch, Knight loves using the jab step and it is easy to see why, he does a great job of using it to catch his defender leaning one way or the other and then takes advantage, going by him with the dribble:

Again, unlike a Derrick Rose or a John Wall, Knight isn’t going to explode to the rim and finish with powerful dunks. He’s simply not that type of athlete. However, that doesn’t mean he isn’t able to score once he gets into the paint. According to Synergy, on shots around the basket Knight shoots 62.4%. Knight has a great touch and he loves to use that touch when shooting a variety of floaters over bigger help defenders:

Some weaknesses:

Knight always seems to take one more dribble than he should when he is in passing situations. He takes a little too long to identify the open player and by that time it is too late to make the pass, but that doesn’t keep Knight from trying. Also, Knight doesn’t do a great job handling hard traps when coming off of ball screens. We mentioned how much of a scoring threat Knight can be in PNR situations, and because of that, teams started trapping him coming off of ball screens. Knight had a really hard time making passes out of these traps, turning the ball over 9.5% of the time when the defense commits to him as he comes off of ball screens.

Complete Article

John Calipari Watching Basketball with Jerry Tarkanian



Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com captured this photo of Kentucky head coach John Calipari sitting by legendary UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian in Las Vegas.

MattNorlander Cal and Tark undoubtedly sharing their favorite summer dessert recipes. http://twitpic.com/5ub1u8

Shabazz Muhammad Talks to John Wall "Almost Daily"


Shabazz Muhammad, the top-rated player in the 2012 recruiting class, has an excellent relationship with former Kentucky star John Wall.

Muhammad told the Las Vegas Sun that he texts with Wall "almost daily."

Here is an excerpt:

Muhammad has traveled to Los Angeles with his family, and while there, he’s worked out with several of today’s young NBA stars who once were in his shoes, such as John Wall, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose. Just last weekend, it was former UCLA standout and current New Orleans Hornet Trevor Ariza.

He’s built up a pretty impressive contact list in his iPhone and developed some relationships that most young basketball players could only dream of. Muhammad said he texts with Wall — a one-year Kentucky standout now with the Washington Wizards — almost daily. No matter who the advice comes from, though, it’s consistent and not that complicated.

“They just say play hard,” he said. “At the end of the day, if you’re not doing that, everyone who’s said you’re so good could become your enemy. I just have to continue with what I’m doing, then go from there.”


Complete Article

Muhammad is currently playing in Las Vegas as the adidas Nations event. John Calipari watched as Muhammad scored 38 points this morning:

It was incredibly impressive, most of all, because his team came behind to beat the Atlanta Celtics, a team that's one of the more stacked groups in the country. Muhammad had 38 points, continuing his trend of filling up scorebooks this month. His 38 comes in an economical way, if that makes sense. He's certainly not a ballhog.

Afterward, a small swarm of reporters -- myself included -- got about two minutes with the future NBA lottery pick (only an unforseen injury or life on the lam will prevent that from happening) before his coach got him out of the gym as quickly as possible.

"I'm taking it slow," he said of not only the recruiting process, but the pressure that's supposed to exist on his 17-year-old shoulders. "I'm going to focus on [teams recruiting me] in August, after the AAU season."

Muhammad listed off, in order, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, Memphis and UNLV as schools he'll focus on. The A&M choice, I believe, is a relatively new one. From what I gather, there's an assistant at the school who's close with Muhammad's father.


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Andre Drummond Delivers the Facial of the Week

Kentucky recruit Andre Drummond was a dominant force today in Las Vegas.

Eric Bossi posted on Twitter:

ebosshoops Andre Drummond is playing like a mad man on the offensive glass. Snatching boards with strong left hand and cramming it home with right.

Then, this picture surfaced (via adidas):



Ouch.

Tony Woods Decides to Sign with Oregon


Former Wake Forest big man Tony Woods has decided to sign with the Oregon Ducks, according to ESPN.com.

Here is an excerpt:

Dismissed Wake Forest center Tony Woods decided to sign with Oregon, his AAU coach Norman Parker told ESPN.com Friday night -- a decision that will immediately help the Ducks compete for a potential top four finish in the inaugural Pac-12 in 2011-12.

Parker said Woods decided to go with Oregon after he learned that he could play immediately with the Ducks following his completion of his associate of arts degree and then admission into summer school next month.

Woods had visited with Louisville, Kentucky and Texas over the last few months but none of the three could admit Woods until December because they are on a semester system. Oregon is on the quarter system and doesn't start until September, allowing Woods to complete his academic requirements in a community college and then on campus

Complete Article

John Calipari Tells His Turtle and Scorpion Story


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari told a story about a turtle and a scorpion on CoachCal.com.

Here is an excerpt:

The scorpion then said, “I will jump on your back and you can swim to the other side.”

The turtle said, “Are you crazy? You will sting me and I will die!”

The scorpion says, “Why would I do that? We would both die. And if you do this favor for me – I will shout your name from the treetops of what a good person you are.”

So the turtle says to himself, “That this makes sense and I could use a little positive publicity.”

So the turtle swims towards the beach and has the scorpion jump on his back, and starts to swim across the lake.

Halfway across the lake he feels a sting in his neck.

He turns to the scorpion and says, “You stung me! We’re both going to die!! Why would you do it??”

The scorpion’s simple reply, “I’m a scorpion. I sting. Thats what I do!”

Moral – when you connect with a scorpion that says, “I need your help, I wont hurt you. As a matter of fact, I will promote you,” beware!!!


Complete Article

My Thoughts: Isn't that the truth, though? If you're like me and believe that every story Cal says has a purpose, then you must also be wondering who inspired this story...

Rick Pitino Admits That He Blew It On Rajon Rondo


ESPN's Dana O'Neil polled 15 coaches recently. She asked the coaches to name the "one that got away" and "the best discovery."

There are many interesting answers, including Darrin Horn's admission that he could have landed J.J. Barea at Western Kentucky but felt he was too small.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino admits that he missed out on a good one when he failed to land Rajon Rondo.

Pitino opted to take Sebastian Telfair, who never played at Louisville, and Rondo ended up in the worst place imaginable (for Pitino) - Lexington.

On the other hand, Pitino says Nazr Mohammed "was probably the worst high school player I've ever seen." Now Mohammed is riding out a long and fruitful NBA career.

Here is an excerpt:

Rick Pitino, Louisville

The one that got away: Rajon Rondo. "We took Sebastian Telfair instead. We should have waited. I always loved Rondo. He was at my camp every year, but a point guard had never gone directly to the NBA so I didn't see that coming with Telfair. And then not only did we lose [Rondo], we lost him to a bitter rival."

The best discovery: Nazr Mohammed. "He was probably the worst high school player I've ever seen. I remember I went to his high school and his coach said, 'Rick Pitino, what are you doing in my gym? Antoine Walker isn't walking through that door.'"

Complete Article

Former Kentucky Stars Appear at Bath County Camp

Former Kentucky players Bobby Perry and Preston Lemaster appeared at a girl's basketball camp at Bath County High School this week.

Tom Hodges, the head women's coach at Morehead State University, also spoke at the camp.

The camp was organized by Troy Lee Thomas, the new head coach of the Bath County girl's program.

Here are some pictures from the week:





John Calipari Is In Las Vegas Today


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is watching recruits in Las Vegas today.

He is currently checking out 2012 star Shabazz Muhammad. Earlier today, he checked out Jabari Parker.

Video of John Wall Playing in the Goodman League

Here is some video footage from earlier this month of former UK star John Wall destroying the competition in the Goodman summer league:

Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Wall and Cousins Team Up Edition


Thursday's Top 5:

- Former Kentucky stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins will join forces once again in an upcoming summer league challenge.

- A redshirt season is a possibility for Kentucky's Jon Hood. Hood suffered a torn ACL on Monday.

- Louisville's Peyton Siva talked basketball and also responded to Rick Pitino's NBA comments.

- John Calipari is considered by his peers to be one of college basketball's smartest coaches.

- Several former Kentucky college stars are making the most of opportunities to play for the national teams of their respective countries: Shaad O'Garro | Antonio Garcia

Recruiting News:

- Northern Kentucky has added two more talented players for 2011-12.

- Morehead State announced the signings of three transfers for 2011-12.

- Kentucky is on Jarnell Stokes' final list but he says two others are currently standing out the most.

- UK recruit Chris Walker talked recruiting in an interview.

The Buzz:

- The Mid-South Conference has added yet another outstanding transfer. The league, as usual, will be top notch in 2011-12.

- Former Morehead State star Ricky Minard is headed to Ukraine.

- Matt "The Beast" Pilgrim has signed his first pro contract in Turkey.

Video of the Day (Butler commit Chris Harrison-Docks):

John Wall to Appear at Jrue Holiday's Basketball Camp

Former Kentucky star John Wall will make a guest appearance at Jrue Holiday's NBA Superstar Basketball Camp on August 1-4.



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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Calipari is One of the Smartest Coaches in College Basketball


ESPN.com asked a range of questions to several college basketball coaches recently.

One question was: "Who is the smartest coach in college basketball right now?"

West Virginia's Bob Huggins and Iowa's Fran McCaffery both answered John Calipari.

Here is an excerpt:

Bob Huggins, West Virginia: John Calipari. “I cannot understand how he can have all these things going on and still be as good as he is. Who can do that? To be involved in all he’s involved in, that’s incredible. I don’t think anyone realizes what a great job he’s done the past two years basically starting over with a new team. And he’ll do it again this year and still be good.’’

Fran McCaffery, Iowa: John Calipari. “He’s so innovative, off and on the court.’’

Another question that was asked: There are five seconds left in a tie game. Your opponent has the ball. What coach would you most worry about diagramming the last play?

Memphis head coach Josh Pastner had good things to say about his former boss:

Josh Pastner, Memphis: John Calipari. “In those situations you have to be quick with your thinking and he really is. He grabs the board and draws up something immediately. It’s a gift, really.’’ Pastner also named Jeff Van Gundy.

Meanwhile, Huggins chose Louisville head coach Rick Pitino:

Bob Huggins, West Virginia: Rick Pitino. “I think he’s a pretty good coach but I also think he inspires confidence in his players and that’s so important in those end-game situations.’’

Source

Rajon Rondo is No. 19 in All-Star Likeability Rankings


Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo comes in at No. 19 on CBSSports.com's 2011 NBA All-Star Likeability Rankings.

What's it mean?

Here's how CBSSports.com describes it:

It's an impossible task, but that didn't stop the Eye On Basketball staff from trying. Over the last week, we pinpointed five characteristics that combine to make NBA players likeable: "Ballin' Ability" (how good they are as a player), "Winning Attitude" (how dedicated they are to the game), "Talking Softly" (how they come across in their public comments), "Commerical Appeal" (how visible they are in advertisements) and "Public Works" (charitable contributions and other character-defining achievements).

Our panel of four experts ranked every member of the 2011 All-Star teams on a 1-5 scale in each of those five categories. We then added up all the scores to get a ranking on a 1 to 100 scale. The higher the number, the more likeable the player. Pretty simple stuff.


Here's an excerpt about Rondo:

19. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics: More than anyone else on this list, Rondo genuinely doesn’t care what you think about him. He can come across as curt and moody, and doesn’t expend much energy playing the media game. His authenticity can’t be questioned, but it does keep casual fans at arm’s length. Score: 58

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Former KWC Star to Attend Panamanian NT Camp


Former Kentucky Wesleyan College star Antonio Garcia is one of 24 players who have been invited to the Panamanian National Team Pre-Selection camp.

Here is more from LatinBasket.com:

Panamanian Basketball Federation announced yesterday the list of the players of the Panamanian National Team Pre-Selection. The NT Camp is scheduled to start on August 1 in the Coliseo Deportivo de la AIP at Costa del Este. The players convocated are:

1 Joel Munoz (179-G-80),
2 Nicanor Alvarez (192-G/F-91)
3 Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington)
4 Ariel Robinson (195-G/F)
5 Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Missouri So.)
6 Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87)
7 Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80, college: Arkansas)
8 Jonathan King (193-G-90)
9 Desmond Alexis Smith (199-F-86, college: William & Mary)
10 Ryan Abrahams (191-G-81, college: Hawaii-Hilo)
11 Joel Tesis (204-F/C-85, college: John Brown)
12 Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89)
13 Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia)
14 Jair Peralta (178-G-76, college: Tennessee-Martin)
15 Ruben Douglas (193-G-79, agency: Lanshire Group, college: N.Mexico)
16 Benito Sykes (205-C/C-85)
17 Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence)
18 Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76, college: Ky Wesleyan)
19 Michael Hicks (193-G-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.)
20 Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest)
21 Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU)
22 Israel Munoz (195-F-91)
23 Daniel King (203-F-87, college: N.Mexico JC)
24 Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86, college: San Diego)

Peyton Siva Responds to Rick Pitino's NBA Comments

Louisville point guard Peyton Siva talks to Rick Bozich about Rick Pitino's NBA comments and what he needs to improve on the court:

Highlights of UK Recruits at Under Armour Summer Jam

FiveStarBasketball.com has put together a nice mixtape from the Under Armour Summer Jam.

The video is filled with Kentucky recruits, including Shabazz Muhammad, Mitch McGary, Chris Thomas, and Perry Ellis:

Calipari Thinks Redshirt Season May Help Jon Hood


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari says a redshirt season for junior Jon Hood is a possibility.

Calipari told ESPN’s Andy Katz, “We’ll see how it goes. It’s a possibility. It might help him.”

Hood suffered a torn ACL in a pick-up basketball game on Monday.

In two seasons at Kentucky, the former Mr. Basketball has played in 50 games, scoring 46 total points.

A redshirt season would give Hood an opportunity to further develop his game and potentially contribute for two more seasons.

Campbellsville's Shaad O'Garro on Final Cayman Islands Roster


Campbellsville University's Shaad O'Garro has made the final roster of the Cayman Islands national team.

The team will compete in the upcoming CBC Championships in the Bahamas.

Cayman Islands National Team Roster:

Jerome Graham-Record of Weber State (USA)
Chad Leslie (C) of Heat
Jerome Narcisse (193-G/F) of SW Oklahoma State (USA)
Dwight O'Garro (C) of Wolves
Jorge Ebanks (185-G-88, college: Daemen) of Buffalo Stampede (USA)
Sammy O'Garro (196-G) of Eckerd (USA)
Shaad O'Garro (200-F) of Campbellsville (USA)
Lloyd Samuels of King's College (USA)
Deandre Simpson (195-G) of SW Oklahoma State (USA)
Cory Thompson of Wolves
Rotando Thompson (C) of Dominos Warriors
Jasen Campbell of Dominos Warriors

Head Coach: Daniel Augustine

Source: LatinBasket.com

NKU Adds Two More Talented Players for 2011-12


Northern Kentucky University has added two more players for the upcoming basketballs season.

Here is the release from NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Northern Kentucky University men's basketball team has added two more players for the upcoming season. They are:

• Ernest "Stretch" Watson, a 6-foot-7, 195-pound forward from Trinity Valley Community College. Two years ago, Watson averaged 10.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game as Trinity Valley finished with a 24-9 record and advanced to the semifinals of the Region XIV Tournament. A native of Hyattsville, Md., Watson once scored 50 points in a game for Progressive Christian Academy.

•Jalen Billups, a 6-foot-6 forward from Shroder High School in Cincinnati. Billups averaged 19.2 points and 8.6 rebounds this past season. He was named to the all-city team and earned All-Cincinnati Metro Atlantic Conference accolades as a senior.

“Stretch is constantly in motion on the court and has tremendous energy,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “He has a chance to step in and make an immediate impact because he is a good scorer and rebounder.”

“Jalen has a great deal of potential, and we are very excited about his future,” Bezold said. “He is very strong and has a good inside game. I can see him also being a very good player for us.”

Complete Release

Here is an older video of Watson in action:

Video: 2012 Star Jarnell Stokes at adidas Nations Camp

Here is 2012 Kentucky recruit Jarnell Stokes at the adidas Nations Camp in Las Vegas:

Morehead State Signs Three Talented Transfers for 2011-12


Morehead State University and head coach Donnie Tyndall have announced the signings of a trio of talented transfers.

Here is the release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. – A trio of talented transfers are set to join the Morehead State men’s basketball program. Head coach Donnie Tyndall announced the additions of Devon Atkinson, Marsell Holden and Milton Chavis this week.

“I feel these three junior college transfers will impact our very young team. I feel that Devon, Marsell and Milton all have the experience and toughness to compete at a high level and contribute, in my opinion, in what is one of the best mid-major conferences in America,” said Tyndall.

Atkinson, a 6-2 guard, is a native of Farmville, N.C., and a graduate of Farmville Central High School in 2008. He attended Missouri State for one semester before transferring to Pitt Community College. He spent his sophomore season at Brunswick (N.C.) Community College. At BCC, he averaged 9.1 points and 6.7 assists per game while shooting 74 percent from the free throw line.

“With Devon, we are getting a very vocal, tough guard with good size and strength,” said Tyndall. “I feel that Devon will be a solid contributor from day one.”

Holden is a 5-11 guard from Farrell, Pa. He prepped at Farrell Area High School before attending San Jacinto College in Texas. Holden racked up an impressive list of accolades, including being named a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American as well as being tabbed the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Junior College Player of the Year and the Region XIV Player of the Year in 2010-11. He ranked 20th in the nation in scoring last season, tossing in 19.9 points per game.

He also shot 90 percent from the free throw line in his two years at San Jacinto and made 42 percent of his three-pointers last year. In his senior year in high school, he was named Pennsylvania Player of the Year, finishing his prep career with 1,913 points.

“Marsell is a guard that can score in a variety of ways,” said Tyndall. “His speed and quickness complements our style of play perfectly.”

Chavis, a 6-5 forward, comes to MSU from Kilgore (Texas) College. A native of Raleigh, N.C., Chavis attended Word of God Christian Academy. He averaged 8.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per outing in 2010-11 at Kilgore. He shot 47 percent from the field and dished out two assists per game.

“Milton’s length and athleticism are what excites us the most. We are getting a great kid with a strong work ethic, who we feel will contribute in a variety of ways,” said Tyndall.

Release

Jarnell Stokes Names UK But Says Two Others Stand Out


Jarnell Stokes, a 6-7 forward who will play for Oak Hill Academy this fall, still names Kentucky in his top six but says Arkansas and Memphis currently stand out.

Stokes ranks No. 10 on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Here is an excerpt from CBSSports.com:

Stokes’ ability to outmuscle smaller defenders and get past slower opponents enables him to get to the free-throw line at an extremely rate and score efficiently in the post.

“Most defenders can’t guard inside and out,” he said. “I’m trying to play my best, bring effort to the floor. But there’s a lot more to improve on.”

Stokes ranks No. 16 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100, and he has plenty of schools on his trial. Recently, though, he named his top six schools: Connecticut, Kentucky, Arkansas, Florida, Memphis and Tennessee.

Out of that group, Arkansas and Memphis are standing out.

“I have a great relationship with the people there,” Stokes said.


Complete Article

Photo: Rivals.com

2013 Star Chris Walker Talks Recruiting and More


TheHoopsWindow.com recently caught up with 2013 star Chris Walker.

Walker mentions Kentucky on his list and says the call from Coach Cal was "just like any other call."

Here is an excerpt:

How did you feel when you received the call from Coach Cal? Where you shocked, humbled, did you expect it?

“I expected it. It is just like any other call now”

What are you working on improving in your game during the summer?

“My timing of blocking shots, my handles, low post moves, footwork and athleticism”

How do you get up for a game? What is your pre-game routine?

“I get crunk bumpin some Wiz, Soulja or Flacka. I stretch, jump up and down and get ready to bust them boys”

Any player in particular that you model your game around?

“Quincy Miller”

What other schools have you heard from recently?

“FSU, Ohio State, UK, UF, Kansas, Louisville”


Complete Interview

Chris Walker Interview at the 2011 Adidas Nations Camp in Las Vegas:

DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall to Team Up Again


Former University of Kentucky stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins will join forces once again for "Capital Punishment," the long-rumored summer league showdown between the Goodman League and Drew League.

The rosters for the much-anticipated game have been released and the former Wildcats will play together for the Goodman League, which is based in Washington, D.C.

The Los Angeles based Drew League will feature NBA stars Brandon Jennings, James Harden, DeMar DeRozan and Nick Young.

Here are the rosters:

Goodman League

- Kevin Durant
- John Wall
- Ty Lawson
- Gary Neal
- Michael Beasley
- Tyreke Evans
- DeMarcus Cousins
- Josh Selby
- Sam Young
- Donte Greene
- Baby "Shaq" Jones
- Emmanuel "Dice" Jones
- Warren "D-Nice" Jefferson

Drew League

- James Harden
- DeMar DeRozan
- Nick Young
- Dorrel Wright
- Brandon Jennings
- JaVale McGee
- Craig Smith
- Pooh Jeter
- Bobby Brown
- Marcus Williams

Source

Doron Lamb is a Top Sleeper for 2012 NBA Draft


NBADraft.net lists Kentucky's Doron Lamb as an NBA Draft sleeper for 2012.

Here is an excerpt:

Doron Lamb – A key piece of Kentucky’s impressive recruiting class from a season ago, Doron Lamb played a big part in the Wildcats’ run to the final four. The sharp-shooting guard is a model of efficiency, shooting 49.7% from the field and 48.6% from behind the arc. Though he’s usually spotting-up and playing off of his teammates, his ball-handling ability is adequate and he can finish well in transition. Lamb will fit in well with sophomore Terrence Jones and in the incoming freshman class consisting of Marquis Teague, Michael Gilchrist, Kyle Wiltjer and Anthony Davis. Lamb is a big-time scorer from a big-time program and he could be in lottery discussions next season.

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Ricky Minard is Headed to BC Azovmash in Ukraine


Former Morehead State University star Ricky Minard has agreed to contract terms with Azovmash in Ukraine's top-level Superleague.

Minard, who is MSU's all-time leading scorer, played last season in Russia. In 23 games with Unics Kazan, Minard averaged 7.0 points and 1.7 rebounds. He averaged 7.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 16 Eurocup games.

Before Russia, Minard spent a great deal of time in Italy.

Source: EuroBasket.com

Matt Pilgrim Set to Sign First Pro Contract in Turkey

Former Oklahoma State forward Matt Pilgrim has agreed on terms of contract with Dalaman A.S. Pamukkale Unv. in Turkey's second-level TB2L league.

Pilgrim began his college career at Hampton before transferring to the University of Kentucky. He sat out one season under NCAA transfer rules and then ended up at OSU after John Calipari replaced Billy Gillispie as head coach of the Wildcats.

Last season, Pilgrim averaged 5.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game for Travis Ford's Cowboys.

Source: Eurobasket.com

Here is Pilgrim in action at OSU:

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Rex Chapman Shows Us a Young Dave "Buzz" Baker



Former University of Kentucky star Rex Chapman took his Twitter followers back in time on Wednesday night - a young Dave "Buzz" Baker:

DeMarcus Cousins Meet and Greet Coming to Lexington


University of Kentucky fans have an opportunity to meet former UK star DeMarcus Cousins on Monday, August 1.

Here are some details:

DeMarcus Cousins Meet and Greet

Get Tickets: DeMarcus Cousins Meet and Greet
Event Location: Crowne Plaza, Lexington, KY
When: Monday August 1 2011 7:00pm
Hosted by: Old Friends Farm

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Western Kentucky Releases 2011-12 Basketball Schedule


Western Kentucky University has released their 2011-12 men's basketball schedule.

The schedule is highlighted by a battle at E.A. Diddle Arena with 2011 Final Four participant VCU and games with traditional non-conference rivals Murray State, Southern Illinois and Louisville.

Two preseason exhibition games will be added to the schedule shortly.

Here is a look at the schedule:

Date Opponent Location Time (CST) Results Media

Fri, Nov 11 St. Joseph's Bowling Green, Ky. TBA

Mon, Nov 14 Tennessee State Bowling Green, Ky. TBA

2011 Charleston Classic

Thu, Nov 17 TBD at Charleston, S.C. TBA

Fri, Nov 18 TBD at Charleston, S.C. TBA

Sun, Nov 20 TBD at Charleston, S.C. TBA

Wed, Nov 23 VCU Bowling Green, Ky. TBA

Sat, Nov 26 Southeastern Louisiana Bowling Green, Ky. TBA

Thu, Dec 01 Murray State Bowling Green, Ky. TBA

Sun, Dec 04 Bowling Green State Bowling Green, Ky. TBA

Wed, Dec 07 Southern Illinois at Carbondale, Ill. TBA

Sat, Dec 10 IUPUI at Indianapolis, Ind. TBA

Sat, Dec 17 Furman Bowling Green, Ky. TBA

Fri, Dec 23 Louisville at Louisville, Ky. TBA

Thu, Dec 29 ULM * at Monroe, La. TBA

Sat, Dec 31 FIU * Bowling Green, Ky. TBA

Thu, Jan 05 Louisiana-Lafayette * Bowling Green, Ky. TBA

Sat, Jan 07 Troy * Bowling Green, Ky. TBA

Thu, Jan 12 North Texas * at Denton, Texas TBA

Sat, Jan 14 Denver * at Denver, Colo. TBA

Sat, Jan 21 UALR * Bowling Green, Ky. TBA

Thu, Jan 26 Florida Atlantic * at Boca Raton, Fla. TBA

Sat, Jan 28 FIU * at Miami, Fla. TBA

Sat, Feb 04 South Alabama * Bowling Green, Ky. TBA

Thu, Feb 09 Middle Tennessee * at Murfreesboro, Tenn. TBA

Sat, Feb 11 Troy * at Troy, Ala. TBA

Thu, Feb 16 Florida Atlantic * Bowling Green, Ky. TBA

Sat, Feb 18 South Alabama * at Mobile, Ala. TBA

Thu, Feb 23 Arkansas State * Bowling Green, Ky. TBA

Sat, Feb 25 Middle Tennessee * Murfreesboro, Tenn. TBA

Sun Belt Conference Tournament

Sat, Mar 03 - Tue, Mar 06 TBD at Hot Springs, Ark. TBA

Release from WKU

Telep Says Nerlens Noel is Best Defender in Country

ESPN's Dave Telep says Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel is the best defensive player in the country "maybe since Greg Oden":

2014 Recruit Wayne Selden Talks Basketball and More

Here is a Fivestarbasketball.com video blog of 2014 Kentucky recruit Wayne Selden:

Prohm Holds First Practice as Murray State Head Coach

Murray State head coach Steve Prohm held his first practice as head coach of the Racers on Tuesday.

WPSD Sports was there to talk to the new head coach:


Can Michael Jordan Dunk at Age 48?

Legendary NBA star Michael Jordan is 48 years old. Do you think he can still dunk?

First 12 Announced for Sixth Annual Boost Mobile Elite 24


The first 12 players selected to play in the sixth annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 event have been announced.

The University of Kentucky is literally involved with at least half of the first 12 players. The Wildcats and John Calipari have been heavily involved with several of the players, including DaJuan Coleman, Shabazz Muhammad, Perry Ellis and Anthony Bennett.

The full roster, dunk contest participants and team names will be announced in early August.

Boost Mobile Elite 24 – 2011 Roster Release I

Pos. Name Class Height Weight High School ESPNU Rank

PG Kyle Anderson 2012 6'7" 210 St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) No. 10 ESPNU 100

PF Anthony Bennett 2012 6'8" 230 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) No. 46 ESPNU 100

C DaJuan Coleman 2012 6'10" 280 Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt, N.Y.) No. 5 ESPNU 100

PF Perry Ellis 2012 6'8" 220 Wichita Heights (Wichita, Kan.) No. 19 ESPNU 100

PF Grant Jerrett 2012 6'9" 200 Lutheran (La Verne, Calif.) No. 15 ESPNU 100

PF Mitch McGary 2012 6'10" 225 Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) No. 4 ESPNU 100

SF Shabazz Muhammad 2012 6'6" 205 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) No. 3 ESPNU 100

PF Julius Randle 2013 6'9" 225 Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) No. 1 ESPNU Super 60

PG Marcus Paige 2012 6'1" 160 Linn-Mar (Marion, Iowa) No. 27 ESPNU 100

PF Tony Parker 2012 6'9" 270 Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) No. 25 ESPNU 100

SG Rodney Purvis 2012 6'4" 185 Upper Room Christian (Raleigh, N.C) No. 7 ESPNU 100

C Cameron Ridley 2012 6'10" 230 Bush (Fort Bend, Texas) No. 11 ESPNU 100

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Top 25 Non-D1 Coaches: Happy Osborne, Scott Davenport


CollegeInsider.com has listed the Top 25 Non-Division I Coaches. Georgetown College's Happy Osborne and Bellarmine University's Scott Davenport both made the list:

Happy Osborne (Georgetown College) – Led Georgetown to an NAIA title in 1998 and was runner up in 1996 and 2000, and has led Georgetown to the NAIA Tournament every year in his 15 year tenure. He was the fastest coach at any level to win 100 games, and also the fastest to win 400 games. He has a career record of 424-79. Six-time Mid South Conference Coach of the Year and won 9 of last 12 MSC titles.

Scott Davenport (Bellarmine) - Led Bellarmine to 2011 national championship. Has set the Bellarmine record for most wins in a season and has the highest winning percentage of any coach in school history. Won the 2010 Great Lakes Valley Conference championship for the first time in school history and also recorded the program’s first back-to-back 20 win campaigns in 2008-09 through 2010-11.

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Peyton Siva Impressed by Louisville Freshmen

Louisville junior Peyton Siva tells the Courier-Journal he is impressed with U of L's incoming freshmen:



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John Wall Hammers the Windmill Dunk on the Break

Hoopmixtape.com has put together a highlight video of some of the of the best dunks they've watched recently.

The video is highlighted by former UK star John Wall and several Kentucky recruits, including Archie Goodwin and Perry Ellis:

Kenneth Faried Planks in the Denver Locker Room

Here is former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried "planking" in the Denver Nuggets locker room:



Picture from Faried's Twitter Account

University of Louisville Pulls out of 2012 Maui Invitational


The University of Louisville has pulled out of the 2012 Maui Invitational Tournament.

Here is an excerpt from CardChronicle.com:

Louisville has pulled out of the 2012 Maui Invitational Tournament and has already been replaced by Marquette. U of L was also scheduled to participate in the event in 2009, but instead worked out a deal to push their participation back three years.

Reportedly, Louisville pulled out the event so it could play in the 2012 Atlantis in the Bahamas Tournament. The tournament will be making its debut this season, and made headlines last spring when it announced that it will be paying participating schools $2 million annually, making it the richest preseason tournament in college basketball. Defending national champion Connecticut will be playing in the tournament this fall.

While pulling out of the sport's most prestigious preseason tournament may seem like an odd move, Rick Pitino's motives become pretty apparent with the added news that the team will instead be heading to the Bahamas.


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Seth Davis Looks at the 2011-12 Louisville Cardinals


Seth Davis talked to nine coaches about their 2011-12 teams. One of the coaches he talked to was Louisville head man Rick Pitino.

Here is an excerpt:

This time last year, Rick Pitino was wondering how he was going to put a full team together. Now he's entering a season with 17 players -- four of whom aren't on scholarship (including Mark Jackson's son). Pitino will also be welcoming Luke Hancock, a skilled transfer from George Mason who will become eligible for the 2012-13 season.

The Cardinals are stable at the point thanks to the return of point guard Peyton Siva. They will also have two of the top freshmen in the country in Chane Behanan, a muscular 6-6 forward from Bowling Green, Ky., and 6-5 Chicago native Wayne Blackshear. Last year's team needed to overachieve to be good, but this year the Cardinals are more flush with talent. "We had a fun team last year," Pitino said. "If we can match last year's attitude we'll be really good."

One of the questions Pitino will have to answer early in the season is whether to redshirt Rakeem Buckles, the 6-8 rebounding machine who tore his ACL toward the end of the season. Pitino told me Buckles is doing workouts, but he won't start playing fullcourt until late September. Part of the redshirt calculation will depend on the progress of Gorgui Dieng, a 6-10 center from Senegal who played limited minutes his freshman year but could be headed for a breakout sophomore season. "Unlike a lot of African kids who come over here, Gorgui is very gifted offensively," Pitino said.


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Enes Kanter is Ready to Represent Turkey


Former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter is ready to represent Turkey at EuroBasket 2011.

Here is an excerpt from FIBA.com:

"My purpose of coming back to Turkey is the national team," Kanter said.

"I really want to wear the national team jersey because this way, I'll represent Turkey better.

"At the moment, I'm focused neither on the Utah Jazz nor the (NBA) lock-out.

"My sole purpose is to represent Turkey in the best way."

Kanter admits it's going to be a real joy to run onto the court with the likes of Hedo Turkoglu, Kerem Tunceri and Omer Onan - veterans in the Turkish team that celebrated a silver-medal triumph at last year's FIBA World Championship in Istanbul.

He believes the quality in the squad is good enough to carry the team to London.

"The names you mention are really worth respect," Kanter said.


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Jodie Meeks Worth More Than Stats for Philadelphia


Former University of Kentucky star Jodie Meeks is worth much more than numbers for the Philadelphia 76ers.

While Meeks' numbers last season were not overly impressive, his impact on Philadelphia's offense was beyond measure.

Here is an excerpt about Meeks' contributions last season:

His success from distance this year, however, has opened the floor for everyone else to do their things. The proof is not in standard numbers, but here’s something to back me up. The best two Sixers lineups have Jodie in them according to both raw and adjusted plus/minus. Heck, the lineup of Brand-Young-Iguodala-Meeks-Holiday was third in the NBA among ALL lineups when NBA.com Stat Guy John Schuhmann called it “the lineup of doom” (the lineup currently sits seventh, according to BasketballValue.com).

In essence, Jodie may be just as valuable for his potential contribution (and the effects that would have on the opponent’s defense) as he is for his actual contribution. And while his impact may not show up on your basic stat sheet, it certainly shows when watching the game. And I imagine Andre really does like to play alongside him, since it works pretty well.


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Julius Randle Highlights from 2011 Nike Peach Jam

Check out 2013 Kentucky recruit Julius Randle, who is ranked No. 2 overall by Rivals.com, in action at last week's Nike Peach Jam:

Ponzi Scheme, Suicide, Millions of Dollars, FBI Investigation and Billy Gillispie


Former University of Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie, who is now the head man at Texas Tech, is in the middle of an ugly developing story.

According to reports, Gillispie and several other college coaches had money invested with an AAU coach who committed suicide on Sunday.

Gillispie alone has as much as $2.3 million invested with J. David Salinas. An angry Gillispie reportedly visited Salinas just days before he committed suicide.

Here is an excerpt from SportsIllustrated.com:

More than a dozen current and former college coaches -- including Texas Tech's Billy Gillispie, Arizona's Lute Olson, Baylor's Scott Drew and Gonzaga's Mark Few -- are believed to have lost investments most recently valued at over $7.8 million combined with the late Houston-area businessman and AAU basketball operator J. David Salinas, sources close to the matter tell SI.com.

According to documents reviewed by SI.com, the value of Gillispie's investment alone was purported to be $2.3 million; Olson's, $1.17 million; Drew's, $621,000; Few's, $353,000.

Salinas, who committed suicide on Sunday amid a months-long investigation into his businesses by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, died at age 60 from a gunshot wound at his home in Friendswood, Texas. He was the chairman of the eponymous J. David Financial Group in Friendswood, the founder of the Houston Select AAU basketball program and a Houston, Rice and Wichita State donor.

SI.com has learned that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun to look into the case, which centers around the supposed issuing of corporate bonds.


Complicating matters for Gillispie and several other coaches are the comments made by former Houston coach Tom Penders:

On Monday former University of Houston basketball coach Tom Penders told The Daily that Salinas had solicited a $100,000 investment from Penders and "made a strong, strong implication" that it would help him gain access to Houston Select prospects. "He talked about all these coaches that he had investing with him," Penders told The Daily. "I told him because he was an AAU guy, I couldn't possibly get involved in that. I said, 'I think that's kind of a rules violation, or could be.'"

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My Thoughts: This story continues to develop and get uglier and uglier. This is one you'll want to keep an eye on.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

CBSSports.com on Hood: "Here's an injury that won't mean much"


CBSSports.com says the ACL injury to Jon Hood's knee is an injury "that won't mean much."

Here's an excerpt:

Here's an injury that won't mean much.

My condolences to Jon Hood, and well wishes to a fine young basketball player for a speedy recovery.

But have you looked at Kentucky's roster for next year? Hood, who tore his ACL in a pickup game Monday afternoon, probably wouldn't have been seeing much time as is. (Perma-counterargument: onetime pine-rider Josh Harrellson's 2010-11 season, which ended in him being drafted.) The talking point can -- and will, time and again -- be made that the 2011-12 Kentucky group John Calipari's assembled is the best team of 12 he's ever coached.


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My Thoughts: I know what the writer is trying to say - that Kentucky is loaded for 2011-12 - but, he probably could have said some kinder words about Jon Hood.

WHAS11 to Air Two Louisville Games from the Bahamas


WHAS11 has announced plans to air two of Louisville's exhibition basketball games live from the Bahamas.

Here is the announcement on Twitter:

WHAS11 WHAS11 is thrilled to be able to bring fans two Cardinal basketball games from the Bahamas.

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