Saturday, July 30, 2011

DeAndre Liggins Signs Autographs in Danville

Former University of Kentucky star DeAndre Liggins was in Danville this morning as part of his autograph signing tour with NationofBlue.com.

Here are some pictures from the signing in Danville:






Liggins walking into Wildcat Wearhouse:



Schedule for Sunday:

12pm-1:30pm(central) Owensboro Wildcat Wearhouse

4pm-5:30pm(eastern) Elizabethtown Wildcat Wearhouse

7pm-9pm Louisville Big Blue Country Bar and Grill

- Autograph packages start at $15

DeMarcus Cousins and Akon at a Charity Game



Andrew_Rogers_ @boogiecousins & @Akon after Celebrity game in Birmingham, AL http://lockerz.com/s/125156309

Nestor Colmenares Added to Venezuelan National Team


Former Campbellsville University star Nestor Colmenares has been added to the national team roster for Venezuela.

Colmenares joins a roster that includes former Maryland star Greivis Vasquez.

The Venezuelans defeated Japan 91-53 in the first of two friendlies last night, but complete stats are not available.

The team will play in the Super 4 Tournament in La Guaira from August 5-7 against Brazil, Panama and Cuba.

Colmenares spent time in Venezuela and Argentina last season. In 5 games with Cocodrilos, a club team in Venezuela, he averaged 5.2 points and 4.0 rebounds. He played 10 games for Argentina's Union de Sunchales, putting in 12.4 points and 6.3 boards.

Filip Videnov Leads Bulgaria to Win Over Canada


Former Western Kentucky University sharpshooter Filip Videnov led a balanced scoring attack as Bulgaria defeated Canada 79-72 in the Trofeo Gianatti tournament in Bormio, Italy.

Videnov scored 15 points to lead the way for Bulgaria, who advanced to the tournament's title game.

Former Syracuse gunner Andy Rautins scored a game-high 18 points for Canada.

Get Ready for the Capital Punishment Streetball Game

Here is a great video to get your ready for the Capital Punishment streetball showdown on August 20 in Washington, D.C. (includes John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins):

Edgar Sosa Sports His FC Internazionale Jersey


Former Louisville point guard Edgar Sosa modelled his FC Internazionale soccer jersey on Twitter today:

Edgarsosa10 ITALIA!!!! best soccer team INTER!!!

NCAA Releases Statement About Joe B. Hall


The NCAA has released the following statement regarding the Dominican Republic game and former UK head coach Joe B. Hall:

NCAA statement on Dominican National team game at University of Kentucky

Public speculation, fueled by inaccurate media reporting, incorrectly assumed the NCAA denied former Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall the opportunity to coach in an exhibition game against the Dominican Republic. In reality, the University of Kentucky withdrew its involvement and association with this event due to a conflict with member mandated NCAA bylaws. These bylaws prohibit member schools from participating in events that pay former players and raise funds to benefit teams that include prospective student-athletes.

Kenny Payne Watches 2012 Star T.J. Warren



According to ScoutsFocus.com, Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne is one of several coaches who checked out 2012 star T.J. Warren today.

scoutsfocus North Carolina, Kentucky(Payne), Mark Gottfried, Virginia Tech and Danny Manning (Kansas) here for TJ Warren

On a side note, Scouts Focus posted his Tweet yesterday afternoon:

scoutsfocus Pretty sure Dave Telep just got his seat jacked by John Calipari. However looked like he went over there and got it back.

2014 UK Recruit Andrew Wiggins to Huntington Prep


I was just notified by a good source that 2014 star Andrew Wiggins is headed to Huntington Prep.

The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reported the transfer earlier today:

Andrew Wiggins, one of the most most coveted boys basketball players in the high school Class of 2014, is coming to town.

Wiggins, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound small forward prospect from Canada, announced Friday night via Twitter that he will be playing for Huntington Prep Academy with his brother Xavier Rathan-Mayes.

"Adding a kid of his caliber not only helps locally with fan base to get people excited, it does so nationally," Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford said. "He's the No. 1-rated player in the class, and he'll be that way for three years. He'll be a great player and huge recruiting tool. We'll be excited to see the preseason rankings, but obviously we are more interested in where we are at the end."


Complete Article

Photo: Rivals.com

Wiggins in action:

Did Coach K Commit a Recruiting Violation?


Did Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski commit an NCAA violation by offering 2012 star Alex Poythress a scholarship during a summer tournament?

Duke is investigating whether or not Coach K committed such a violation.

Here is an excerpt from ESPN.com:

Duke is investigating whether an NCAA recruiting rule was violated when coach Mike Krzyzewski reportedly offered a scholarship to a recruit during a summer tournament.

Forward Alex Poythress told CBSSports.com that Krzyzewski spoke to him earlier this week while he was in Orlando, Fla., for a tournament with his AAU team, the Georgia Stars, and offered him a scholarship.

NCAA rules prevent coaches from contacting recruits before they are finished playing in tournaments.


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U.S. Virgin Islands Captures Gold in CBC Championships


The U.S. Virgin Islands defeated Bahamas 91-89 to capture the gold medals at the CBC Championships in Nassau.

Former Murray State star Cuthbert Victor had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds for USVI.

By finishing in the top three, USVI qualified for the 2012 CentroBasket tournament.

Finals standings

1. US Virgin Islands *
2. Bahamas *
3. Jamaica *
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4. British Virgin Islands
5. Bermuda
6. Antigua
7. Guyana
8. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
9. Cayman Islands

*Qualified for the 2012 CentroBasket

More Talk About Joe B. Hall and the NCAA


The discussion about former University of Kentucky head coach Joe B. Hall and the NCAA has continued into the weekend.

Jay Bilas and Erin Andrews of ESPN have joined in the #FreeJoeB movement on Twitter:

JayBilas Free Joe B. Hall!!

JayBilas Here is yet another reason the NCAA rule book needs an overhaul: bit.ly/ngSdOP Joe B. Hall is subject to this silliness?! Please.

ErinAndrews Free Joe B. Hall

This morning, Oscar Combs has posted a series of Tweets that are going to lead to considerable speculation:

wildcatnews I don't really know how to say this, but I may need to make big-time apology here in next few days. When you're wrong, you need to admit it.

wildcatnews Maybe, just maybe, big brother NCAA wasn't/isn't as bad as I & lot of other people made them out to be recently. In time, all will come out.

wildcatnews Sorry, I can't say more now, but for the time being, you won't hear me lashing out at NCAA until all this is cleared up.

wildcatnews To clarify. Not saying NCAA is great. Just saying no one, including NCAA, should be criticized for something it may not be guilty of.

Remember to join the FreeJoeB Facebook page and voice your concerns for the former UK head coach.

Faried, Cousins and Wall Likely for Streetball Showdown


Former Kentucky stars DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall as well as Kenneth Faried from Morehead State are likely to participate in an upcoming streetball showdown between the Goodman League and the Drew League.

The game,which has been appropriately titled "Capital Punishment", is scheduled for August 20 and will be an East (Goodman) vs. West (Drew) grudge match.

Here is an excerpt about the potential rosters from Sports Illustrated:

Of the NBA players expected to play for Goodman, only Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City) and Sam Young (Memphis) are from Washington, D.C. Most are from the area, though, with Maryland natives Ty Lawson (Denver), Donte' Greene (Sacramento), Gary Neal (San Antonio), Michael Beasley (Minnesota) and Josh Selby (second-round draft pick for Memphis who has yet to sign a contract). John Wall has the obvious tie to the Washington Wizards, and the Kings' Tyreke Evans is from Chester, Pa. One of the team's most imposing threats, Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins, trains in Washington, D.C., during the offseason. He was raised in Alabama and played collegiately at Kentucky.

Smiley said he will have one roster change because Golden State's Dorell Wright has a wedding to attend and will not be playing as expected. There could be Drew League additions as well. The Timberwolves' Derrick Williams, the No. 2 pick in the June draft and a Los Angeles-area native, wants to participate. Denver's Jordan Hamilton, the No. 26 pick and another L.A. native, also wants in. Fellow Nuggets rookie Kenneth Faried, who is from New Jersey, has been playing in the Drew League recently and might also take part.

The Drew League roster, as previously announced, includes eight other players who are from the Los Angeles area: Oklahoma City's James Harden, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan, Washington's Nick Young, Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings, the Clippers' Craig Smith, Sacramento's Pooh Jeter and former NBA players Bobby Brown and Marcus Williams. The one exception is the Wizards' JaVale McGee, who grew up in Michigan and played collegiately at Nevada.


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DeAndre Liggins Tries His Luck at Planking


Former University of Kentucky star DeAndre Liggins did some planking this morning at the Wildcat Wearhouse in Somerset.

The former Wildcat is on the DeAndre Liggins Nation of Blue Tour and will be at several towns around the state today and tomorrow:

Saturday

10am-12pm Somerset Wildcat Wearhouse

1pm-2:30pm Danville Wildcat Wearhouse

3:30-5:30pm Fayette Mall Wildcat Wearhouse

6:30-8:00pm Best Little Card Shop

Sunday

12pm-1:30pm(central) Owensboro Wildcat Wearhouse

4pm-5:30pm(eastern) Elizabethtown Wildcat Wearhouse

7pm-9pm Louisville Big Blue Country Bar and Grill

- Autograph packages start at $15

Help Us Free Joe B. Hall from the NCAA

Former EKU Star Justin Stommes is Headed to Germany


Former Eastern Kentucky University star Justin Stommes has signed with Webmoebel Baskets Paderborn in Germany's second-level ProA League.

Here is an excerpt from Sctimes.com:

The former Rocori and Eastern Kentucky University star leaves Wednesday for Germany, where he’ll play professionally for the Paderborn Baskets.

It’s a professional ‘A’ League team in Paderborn, Germany.

“It’s very exciting,” said Stommes, a 6-foot-7 point guard and excellent three-point shooter.

Sprechen sie Deutsch?

“Ahh no, not really,” Stommes said. “I took (German) in high school, so I know a little bit.

“I’ll probably have to catch up a little.”


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Stommes in action last season:

Friday, July 29, 2011

Samaki Walker Arrested on Drug Charges


Former University of Louisville big man Samaki Walker has been arrested in Nevada on drug charges.

Here is an excerpt from The Review-Journal in Las Vegas:

Officials said about 10 grams of marijuana was seized from the vehicle along with some prescription drugs and eight bottles of liquid steroids.

Police Sgt. Jamie Clark, the supervisor of a narcotics task force, said Walker was cooperative when interviewed by officers at the Mohave County Jail. He said Walker indicated that he uses the steroids to enhance his athletic ability as he still plays professionally in Syria.


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ESPN Analyst Jay Bilas: Free Joe B. Hall!!


ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas has posted a familiar message on his Twitter account:

JayBilas Free Joe B. Hall!!

Go Here to voice your frustrations with the NCAA.

Report: Cordia Set to Bring In Two Transfers


According to BluegrassSportsReport.com, Cordia will have two transfers from Texas on their roster in 2011-12.

Here is an excerpt:

Two out-of-state basketball transfers have enrolled at Cordia School in Knott County.

Chris Hudson, a 6-foot-5 swingman, and Akeem Williams, a 5-foot-11 point guard, have both left their home state of Texas to play for recently-hired head coach Rodrick Rhodes.

It is believed that the duo was brought to Eastern Kentucky by Rhodes' high school connections in the Lone Star State. Before accepting the Cordia job, Rhodes served as an assistant coach at Texas-Pan American University.

The two student-athletes are expected to live in the school's dormitory with their coach.

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Williams, Edgerson Listed on Midwest Flames Roster


A pair of former Kentucky college stars are on the roster for the ABA's Midwest Flames.

DeAaron Williams (NKU) and Rodney Edgerson (KWC) are listed ont he Flames roster.

Here is an excerpt:

Former Bradley players Daniel Ruffin and Matt Salley are joined by other ex-college hoopsters Josh Edmonds (Quincy), DeAaron Williams (Northern Kentucky), Rodney Edgerson (Kentucky Wesleyan) and Quentin Edwards (Missouri Southern).

Also on the roster are Austin Andrews of Galesburg, Ben Egolf of Alaska, Alonzo Whitfield of Springfield, Josh Wagner of Roanoke, Chris Tarpley and Tyler Moretto of Pekin and Peorians Justin Giles, Mike Gills, Brent Jones, DeAndre Miranda, Ahmid Palmer and Terrance Smith.

Training camp begins in early November when the roster will be trimmed to 15. Then it’s down to 10 for the ABA’s opening day rosters in December.


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Union College AD Darin Wilson Resigns


BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College President Edward de Rosset announced Thursday the resignation of Director of Athletics Dr. Darin S. Wilson, who has headed the department since 2003. Wilson will complete his tenure at Union effective August 14.

"These past eight years represent a period of increasingly robust, well-designed, well-managed, and successful athletics for Union College," said de Rosset. "During this interval, Wilson has added eight new athletics programs, bringing the total to 23. During his term of athletics management, our programs have garnered a large number of distinctive honors both in terms of individual programs as well as individual honors for outstanding athletes and their achievements in competition and in the classroom."

During Wilson's tenure, Union experienced historically unprecedented success. On his watch Union captured 47 conference championships with 47 teams advancing to national tournaments, a trend that Wilson says is solid and predicts will continue. Union has had 47 NAIA Scholar-Athletes and four CoSIDA Academic All-America Team members since 2003.

Wilson oversaw unparalleled achievements and accomplishments on and off the field, while continually working to improve the college's athletic facilities and shaping them to be among the best college competition venues. This work included oversight of the installation of a synthetic turf football/soccer field, expansion of athletic training facilities, press boxes, and new scoreboards. During the 2009-10 academic year, Union won the Appalachian Athletic Conference Duard Walker All-Sports Trophy for the first time in school history, an accomplishment that is particularly meaningful to high-level collegiate administrators.

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Joe B. Hall Joins Dominican Republic Coaching Staff


John Calipari has just announced on Twitter that Joe B. Hall has joined his Dominican Republic coaching staff:

UKCoachCalipari I'm proud to announce that Joe B. Hall has joined my Dominican team coaching staff. He will be with us at practice and the exhibition game.

UKCoachCalipari Coach Hall has international experience and brings a lot to the table and I'm glad that I finally have the chance to coach with him.

Join the Free Joe B. Hall Fan Page

Kentucky Fans Make Plea to NCAA: #FreeJoeB



Kentucky fans have a simple message on a Facebook fan page: FreeJoeB.

Former Kentucky head coach Joe B. Hall is not allowed to coach a group of former Kentucky players in an exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on August 15.

Now, UK fans have taken to Facebook and Twitter to demand justice.

Join the Movement on Facebook

Check out the #FreeJoeB hashtag on Twitter

Enes Kanter Considering China, Will Not Return to Kentucky


According to Brian Smith of The Salt Lake Tribune, former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter is considering offers to play in China if the NBA lockout continues.

tribjazz Jazz's Enes Kanter considering playing in China after EuroBasket 2011 if NBA lockout persists. Nothing imminent. But Kanter has two offers.

tribjazz Kanter is open to the idea of playing in China and is expected to be watched by teams that have made offers during EuroBasket.

tribjazz If Kanter doesn't play in China he'll continue working out in Chicago with Tim Grover.

tribjazz Kanter will not return to Kentucky during NBA lockout.

2012 Kentucky Recruit Mitch McGary in Action

Here is some footage of 2012 big man Mitch McGary from the Super Showcase in Orlando:

Calipari: 10,000 Tickets Sold in 15 Minutes


John Calipari has just posted on Twitter that 10,000 tickets were sold to the Dominican Republic game are Rupp Arena in just 15 minutes.

UKCoachCalipari 10k tickets sold in 15 minutes. WOW. Let's sell it out BBN!

Video: Jabari Parker Shows Improved Jumper

Kentucky recruit Jabari Parker has been showing a new and improved jump shot this summer. Here is some footage from the Nike EYBL finals:

Greg Buckner Joins Houston Rockets Staff


The Houston Rockets have hired Kentucky native Greg Buckner as player development coach.

Buckner, who grew up in Hopkinsville, was a high school star at University Heights Academy. He play college basketball at Clemson and enjoyed a productive 10-year career in the NBA.

Here is an excerpt from Chron.com:

“He’s going to be coaching, a lot of player development,” McHale said. “He’s still young enough to run out there with them. I said he’s got to do a lot of that, a lot of player development. He just got done playing. He was a heady player, played with a lot of heart.

“He came up the hard way, really worked his way around the league. Just a really good, blue-collar guy who understands the league.”


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Tayshaun Prince and Brandon Knight at Calipari's ProCamp

Here are former UK stars Tayshaun Prince and Brandon Knight talking to the media at John Calipari's ProCamp:

Your UK Legends vs. Dominican Presale Password Is...


UKCoachCalipari The password for the pre-sale is 'NATION' and tickets for the DR National Team exhibition go sale at 10 am ET. http://bit.ly/r5xPiN

The password is NATION.

Now, go get your tickets at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Vitale on NCAA: Can't Common Sense Be Used?



ESPN's Dick Vitale continues to publicly question some of the bizarre decisions made by the NCAA.

Tonight, on his Twitter account, Vitale says "NCAA rule r wacky."

Here is Vitale's post:

DickieV NCAA rules r wacky - what about Joe Hall being denied to coach. an all star team of ex UK players? Can't common sense be used! Hall is 82!

My Thoughts: I couldn't agree more!

U.S. Virgin Islands Advances to Championship Game


The U.S. Virgin Islands picked up a 79-73 win over British Virgin Islands to advance to the championship game of the CBS Championships in Nassau.

In the semifinal victory, former Murray State star Cuthbert Victor had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Current Racers star Ivan Aska added 6 points and 9 rebounds.

In yesterday's 86-61 victory over Jamaica, Victor led the way with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Aska contributed 15 points and 5 rebounds.

USVI will play either Jamaica or Bahamas for the championship tomorrow night.

The University of Kentucky Really Is Point Guard U.


According to University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari, three former Wildcats plan to enroll in classes at UK this fall if the NBA lockout continues.

Calipari said on Twitter tonight that Rajon Rondo, John Wall and Eric Bledsoe all plan to take classes:

UKCoachCalipari John Wall (@jimmywa11), Rajon Rondo (@rajonrondo) & Eric Bledsoe (@ebled24) all plan to enroll in the fall if the lockout continues. Kaboom!

UK Legends vs. Dominican Team is Official...but Different


The game between former University of Kentucky stars and the Dominican Republic national team has been formally announced with a press release from ProCamps Worldwide.

According to the release:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – ProCamps Worldwide along with presenting partners Urban Active and Orange Leaf have announced a men’s basketball exhibition game between Dominican Republic National Team and several NBA players to be played at Rupp Arena on Monday, Aug. 15. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET.

Tickets for the event will become available Monday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. ET on ticketmaster.com or by calling the Rupp Arena box office at (859) 233-3535. Tickets range from $15 per seat for upper-level seating, to $35 per seat for lower-level seating, $100 per person for VIP seats.

John Calipari, who is entering his third season as the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats, agreed in May to become the head coach of the Dominican Republic National Team, which begins play in late August in several tournaments, including the FIBA Americas Championship for Men/Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The Dominican Republic National Team will feature 12 players, scheduled to include current NBA stars Francisco Garcia (Sacramento Kings), Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) and Charlie Villanueva (Detroit Pistons).

Their opponent will consist of eight NBA players that are scheduled to attend, including Eric Bledsoe (Los Angeles Clippers), Keith Bogans (Chicago Bulls), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), Jodie Meeks (Philadelphia 76ers), Nazr Mohammed (Oklahoma City Thunder), Tayshaun Prince (Detroit Pistons), Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics) and John Wall (Washington Wizards). Both rosters are subject to change.

The University of Kentucky is not involved in the production of this event.


Unfortunately, some of the original plans for the game have been changed due to outside interference from our good friends at the NCAA.

Three notable changes that have been forced by the NCAA:

- Former UK head coach Joe B. Hall is not allowed to coach the UK team

- There will be no television or radio coverage of the game

- John Calipari is no longer allowed to welcome former UK players who are not playing back for the game.

Matt Jones of KentuckySportsRadio.com also notes that the team cannot be called the "UK Legends" and will need to go by a generic name, instead.

My Thoughts: The NCAA blows it again...surprise, surprise.

It should be noted that several schools have held alumni games in the past. North Carolina held a similar game in 2009 and Illinois has one scheduled for next week. I will point out that the primary difference in those games and the UK game is that those teams were made up of players from those schools only. The UK game is former UK players versus an outside entity.

As for Joe B. Hall, it is simply stupid that former players can play in the game but a former coach can't sit on the sidelines.

Lastly, I find it ironic that the University of Texas can have its own "Longhorn Network" which is associated with ESPN but the ProCamps Worldwide cannot show a single game of former college players against a national team.

I stand by my statement that the NCAA continually goes out of its way to prove that it does not have the best interests of athletes and former athletes at its core.

Telep: Something is Brewing Again in Lexington


ESPN recruiting analyst Dave Telep says Kentucky has something "brewing again in Lexington."

Despite not having any 2012 commitments (yet), Telep says Kentucky is flexing its muscle this month and will once again make a run at the nation's top recruiting class.

Here is an excerpt:

Kentucky is in the mix

Though we aren't much closer to answering the question of who Kentucky is going to sign first, we know Big Blue is flexing its muscle this month. One of my recollections from the trip is Kentucky's ability to get involved and John Calipari's ability to make his presence felt in the gym. The Wildcats put the time in with Muhammad, Drummond and a host of others out west. They also managed to sneak onto Kaleb Tarczewski's (Claremont, N.H./St. Mark's) list despite the big man seemingly locking down his recruiting list before the month began. UK is also involved with a plethora of highly-regarded guys who weren't even in Las Vegas. Something is brewing again in Lexington, and although they may not wind up having the nation's best class, the Wildcats are going to make a run at it by recruiting as many prospects as they can.


Complete Article

My Thoughts: Get ready UK fans...the commitments will come.

Milton Chavis in Action at the 2011 North Carolina Pro-Am

Here is Morehead State signee Milton Chavis in action at the North Carolina Pro-Am (he has the potential to be a good one for the Eagles):

Darius Miller is Headed to USA Basketball Camp


Kentucky senior Darius Miller is headed to Colorado Springs, Colorado for the start of 2011 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team training camp.

Here is an excerpt from USABasketball.com:

The USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Jim Boeheim (head coach, Syracuse University), is expected on July 31 to announce finalists for the 2011 USA World University Games Team. Training camp will continue July 31-Aug. 7 at the USOTC, and the official roster will be announced prior to the team’s departure for China on Aug. 8.

USA Basketball also announced it has added guards Ray McCallum (Detroit Mercy/Beverly Hills, Mich.) and Shabazz Napier (Connecticut/Randolph, Mass.) to the training camp roster, while Tu Holloway (Xavier/Hempstead, N.Y.), Alex Oriakhi (Connecticut/Lowell, Mass.) and Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin/Bloomington, Minn.) have withdrawn from participating in training camp.

Along with McCallum and Napier, also participating in the 2011 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team Training Camp are: Tim Abromaitis (Notre Dame/Unionville, Conn.); Bradford Burgess (VCU/Midlothian, Va.); Marcus Denmon (Missouri/Kansas City, Mo.); Kim English (Missouri/Baltimore, Md.); Yancy Gates (Cincinnati/ Cincinnati, Ohio); Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh/Scotch Plains, N.J.); Draymond Green (Michigan State/Saginaw, Mich.); JaMychal Green (Alabama/Montgomery, Ala.); Scoop Jardine (Syracuse/Philadelphia, Pa.); John Jenkins (Vanderbilt/Hendersonville, Tenn.); Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara/Seaside, Calif.); Greg Mangano (Yale/Orange, Conn.); Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota/St. Paul, Minn.); C.J. McCollum (Lehigh/ Canton, Ohio); Khris Middleton (Texas A&M/North Charleston, S.C.); Darius Miller (Kentucky/Maysville, Ky.); Tony Mitchell (Alabama/Swainsboro, Ga.); Aaric Murray (West Virginia/Philadelphia, Pa.); and John Shurna (Northwestern/Glen Ellyn, Ill.).

Collegiate head coaches Cuonzo Martin of the University of Tennessee and Brad Stevens of Butler University were named as assistant coaches for the 2011 USA Men’s World University games team, and Tony Bennett (University of Virginia), Sean Miller (University of Arizona) and Shaka Smart (Virginia Commonwealth University) are serving as court coaches during the team’s training camp.

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The 2011 World University Games men’s basketball competition will be held Aug. 13-22 in Shenzhen, China.

The USA is in Pool D with Finland, Hungary, Israel, Mexico and South Korea. The Americans will open play against Mexico at 6:00 p.m. (local time, +12 hours from ET) on Aug. 13 and will then play Hungary at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 14; South Korea at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 15; Finland at 6:00 p.m. on Aug. 17; and Israel at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 18.

Spencer Perrin, Terrance Farley Head to FYR Macedonia


A pair of big men with Kentucky ties are headed to FYR Macedonia for next season.

Former Eastern Kentucky University forward Spencer Perrin and ex-Louisville big man Terrance Farley have signed with Liria in Macedonia's top-level Superleague.

Perrin, a Danville native, averaged 13.0 points and 5.0 rebounds for the Colonels last season.

Farley spent last season with Takamatsu Five Arrows (Japan) and Balneario Archena (Spain). In Japan, he averaged 11.8 points and pulled down 7.3 rebounds in 47 games.

Source: Eurobasket.com

Photo: Semoball.com

Video: 2012 Kentucky Recruit Mitch McGary

Check out the latest highlights of 2012 Kentucky recruit Mitch McGary:

Taquan Dean Signs Extension with Air Avellino


Former University of Louisville star Taquan Dean has signed a one-year contract extension with Air Avellino in Italy's top-level SerieA league.

Dean played in 24 games for Avellino last season, averaging 14.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. He was 60-164 (36.6%) from the three-point line.

Air Avellino finished fourth place in the league standings last season with a 17-13 record.

Dean graduated from U of L in 2006. He has played overseas for several teams including Unicaja Malaga, Caja Laboral, Kavala and Dynamo Moscow.

Source: Eurobasket.com

Here is some footage of Dean in action last season:

Dominican Republic National Team Training Camp Roster


Dominican Republic head coach John Calipari has invited 19 players to the national team training camp that will begin on August 2 in Lexington.

Those invited include former Louisville stars Edgar Sosa and Francisco Garcia as well as current Kentucky big man Eloy Vargas.

Garcia, Al Horford and Charlie Villanueva are current NBA players who will attend the camp.

Head coach John Calipari invited the following players for the first stage:

- Edgar Sosa, Louisville
- Francisco Garcia, Louisville

- Alfred Horford, Florida
- Charlie Villanueva, Connecticut
- Jon Horford
- Luis Flores, Manhattan
- Giancarlos Acosta
- Jack Michael Martinez
- Kelvin Pena, Southeastern CC
- Ricardo Soliver, Iona
- Sean Ogirri, Wyoming
- Ronald Ramon, Pittsburgh
- Eloy Vargas, Kentucky
- Elys Manuel Guzman, Bemidji St.
- Manuel Fortuna
- Eulis Baez, W.Illinois
- Dagoberto Pena
- Juan Pablo Montas
- Luis Martinez, William Pater.

Source: LatinBasket.com

Campbellsville University Unveils 2011-12 Men's Basketball Schedule


Campbellsville University has unveiled their 2011-12 men's basketball schedule.

The schedule includes 14 of 30 regular season games against teams that qualified for the 2011 NAIA Tournament. The Tigers will battle three of last season's NAIA Fab Four teams during the regular season.

Campbellsville University 2011-12 Men's Basketball Schedule

November

4 6:00PM vs. Miami-Middletown @ Rio Grande
5 2:00PM vs. Ohio - Chillicothe @ Rio Grande
12 4:00PM @ Life University In Marietta, Ga.
15 8:00PM @ Union University In Jackson, Tenn.
* 19 8:00PM vs. University of Rio Grande
21 4:00PM vs. West Virginia Tech
26 2:00PM vs. Life University Lou Cunningham Classic

December

* 1 8:00PM @ Shawnee State University
* 3 4:00PM @ Georgetown College
6 7:30PM @ Asbury College In Wilmore, Ky.
10 4:00PM @ Mountain State University In Beckley, W.Va.
17 3:00PM @ Olivet Nazarene University In Bourbonnais, Ill.
30 8:00PM @ Indiana University Northwest In Gary, Ind.

January

2 7:00PM vs. Union University
* 5 8:00PM @ Pikeville College
* 7 4:00PM @ UVA-Wise
9 7:00PM vs. Olivet Nazarene University
* 14 4:00PM vs. St. Catharine College
* 19 8:00PM vs. Lindsey Wilson
* 21 4:00PM vs. University of the Cumberlands
* 26 8:00PM vs. Shawnee State University
* 28 4:00PM vs. Georgetown College

February

* 2 8:00PM @ University of Rio Grande
4 4:00PM @ West Virginia Tech
* 9 8:00PM vs. Pikeville College
* 11 4:00PM vs. UVA-Wise
14 7:00PM vs. Mountain State University
* 18 4:00PM @ St. Catharine College
* 23 9:00PM @ Lindsey Wilson
* 25 4:00PM @ University of the Cumberlands

Release from Campbellsville

John Wall Steals the Show in Melo Center League Debut

Former University of Kentucky star John Wall was an unstoppable force in the Melo Center League last night.

Here are some highlights including a couple of "wow" moves:

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Calipari Names the UK Pros Who Will Face the Dominicans


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari, who will now turn his attention to the Dominican Republic national team, has confirmed on Twitter that the game between the DR and a group of former Kentucky stars is official.

Calipari posted tonight:

UKCoachCalipari On August 15th, the Dominican National Team will face the Kentucky Pros (8 former Kentucky players currently in the NBA) at Rupp Arena.

UKCoachCalipari We're also inviting every former UK player to be honored at the event. The Kentucky Legends include HOFers, National Champs & World Champs.

UKCoachCalipari A formal release should go out tomorrow. Everyone keeps asking about the players. Do you want to know who's playing for the Kentucky Pros?

UKCoachCalipari The Dominican National Team will have 12 players, scheduled to include Francisco Garcia (@cisco32), Al Horford (@Al_Horford) & Charlie Villanueva (@CV31).

UKCoachCalipari The 8 Kentucky Pros that are scheduled to play are Eric Bledsoe (@ebled24), DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins), John Wall (@jimmywa11)....

UKCoachCalipari Jodie Meeks

UKCoachCalipari Have you already guessed the others?

UKCoachCalipari Nazr Mohammed (@NazrMohammed) and Keith Bogans...

UKCoachCalipari Tayshaun Prince and Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo)

Kentucky Pros vs. Dominican Republic at Rupp Arena


A game between the Dominican Republic National Team and a roster of former University of Kentucky stars is in the works and will likely be played on Monday, August 15 at Rupp Arena.

The game is not official yet, but likely will be soon.

Tickets for the game at Rupp Arena can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and will range from $15 up to $1,200. There will be a presale opportunity Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. General public tickets will be on sale Monday morning at 10:00 a.m.

To register for the presale, fans can sign up to be in the Lexington Center's "First in Line" program. Members of First in Line will be notified Thursday morning of how to purchase presale tickets.

While there is still nothing official, former UK players rumored to be in the game include the likes of John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Nazr Mohammad, Eric Bledsoe, Rajon Rondo, Tayshaun Prince, Jodie Meeks and more.

The Dominican team will feature several NBA stars, including Al Horford and former Louisville star Francisco Garcia.

More information will be coming soon...

Pikeville Inks JUCO Transfer Kenny Rhymes


The University of Pikeville has announced the signing of 6-4 wing Kenny Rhymes, a transfer from Panola Junior College.

Rhymes is yet another talented addition to UPIKE's 2011-12 roster. The Bears will enter the season as defending NAIA national champions.

Kenny Rhymes- 6’4 G/F

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Kenny Rhymes, a transfer from Panola Junior College, is the newest signee for the University of Pikeville Men’s Basketball program.

Rhymes, who originally committed to NCAA Division I Chicago State University, comes to UPIKE after a spectacular sophomore season for the Panola Ponies. Rhymes averaged 11.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore while shooting nearly 50% from the field.

Coach Kelly Wells on Kenny Rhymes:

“Kenny will have the opportunity to play a number of different roles for us. He is a very versatile player who is equally as dangerous taking his man off the dribble or shooting it from deep. He plays with great effort and rebounds very well from the wing. He put up great stats in a very tough Texas JUCO league, and should have no trouble adjusting to the style of play in the MSC. We’re very excited about adding Kenny to the UPIKE program.”

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Tubby Smith Gives Statement on Desmond Allison


Former University of Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith released the following statement about the death of former player Desmond Allison:

"I am deeply saddened by the news that Desmond Allison has passed away. He was a gifted athlete that was taken from us way to soon. He will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."


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Ningxia Hanas, Ramon Harris Upset ShenYang


Former Kentucky Wildcat Ramon Harris and Ningxia Hanas pulled off a 130-117 upset over top-ranked ShenYang in China's National Basketball League on Tuesday.

Sze Wong scored 28 points after going a perfect 5-5 from the three-point line to lead the way. Harris had 15 points and 6 rebounds for Hanas.

Corey Allmond, who once torched the Rupp Arena nets for Sam Houston State, scored a game-high 33 points for ShenYang. He was 7-14 from long range.

Harris is now averaging 18.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this season.

NBL Standings

1. Changan Group 10-5
2. Whampoa 9-6
3. ShenYang 9-6
4. Jiangsu 9-6
5. Ningxia Hanas 8-7
6. Sichuan 8-7
7. Guangzhou FM 7-8
8. Hebei 6-9
9. Heilongjiang 6-9
10. Hangzhou 3-12

Newest Video of Kentucky Recruit Ricardo Ledo

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Louisville Men's Basketball Earns Big East Academic Award


The Louisville men's basketball team has earned the 2010-11 Big East Conference Team Academic Excellence Award.

Here is the release from U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's basketball team has earned the 2010-11 BIG EAST Conference Team Academic Excellence Award, which recognizes the highest collective grade-point averages in each of the conference's 26 sports.

The winners were chosen based on the 2010-11 grade-point average of each student-athlete who appeared on an institution's roster as of the last contest of the championship segment in each conference-sponsored sport.

The men's basketball team has hovered around a collective 3.0 GPA for six straight semesters, including a 2.96 GPA for the most recent spring 2011 semester when seven Cardinals surpassed a 3.0.


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John Wall Destroying the Competition in Las Vegas

Check out former Kentucky star John Wall destroying the competition at the Impact Basketball Training Facility in Las Vegas:



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U.S. Virgin Islands Blasts Guyana at CBC Championships


The U.S. Virgin Islands picked up a 111-51 victory over Guyana to advance to the semifinals of the CBC Championships in Nassau.

Aaron Brown led the way for USVI as he put in 21 points on 7-14 shooting. Murray State's Ivan Aska added 18 points and 9 rebounds. Former Racer Cuthbert Victor had 9 points and 5 rebounds.

Keron McKenzie scored a game-high 25 points to lead Guyana (0-2).

The U.S. Virgin Islands (2-0) will battle Jamaica (2-0) for the top spot in Pool A.

CBC Championships Standings

Group A

1. US Virg.Isl 2-0
2. Jamaica 2-0
3. Antigua 0-2
4. Guyana 0-2

Group B

1. Bahamas 4-0
2. British Vi. 2-1
3. Saint Vinc. 1-2
4. Bermudas 1-2
5. Cayman Isl. 0-3

Demond Allison Murdered Over a Baseball Cap


Details are coming out about the death of former Kentucky player Desmond Allison, who was gunned down in Columbus on Monday.

According to reports, the incident was the result of an altercation between two women who began arguing over Allison's baseball cap.

Here are some details from The Columbus Dispatch:

Two women arguing over a baseball cap might have led to the shooting death of a former University of Kentucky basketball player on Monday afternoon.

Desmond "Dez" Allison, 31, was outside with friends, talking on his cellphone at the Nelson Park Apartments on the Near East Side, when an ex-girlfriend took a cap off his head, said Malcolm Goff, 36, who also was shot in the same incident.

Allison barely noticed and kept talking, his friend Goff said.

But his current girlfriend had given him the hat, said Tina Underwood, 31, a witness and longtime friend of Allison’s. The current girlfriend saw the ex-girlfriend with the hat and the two women began arguing, Goff and Underwood said.

A crowd formed at the apartment complex as the women yelled at each other, but neither woman was violent, the witnesses said.

Allison mostly stayed out of the argument but did exchange words with one of the women after she yelled at him, Underwood said. Then he walked with Goff and another man to a bench about 30 yards down Maryland Avenue, close to Merryhill Drive, said Goff and Underwood. Allison remained on the phone.

Not long afterward, three men walked up, Goff said. They did not seem aggressive until one of the men accused Allison of messing with his cousin - one of the women, Goff said. That man punched Allison. Another man took out a gun and started shooting.

Goff was hit twice in the legs as he ran away. He was treated at Grant Medical Center and released. Police said that Allison was hit multiple times and died at Grant shortly before 4 p.m., soon after the shooting.

"It was a hat he didn’t care about," Goff said. "He was just wearing it to wear it."


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2012 Recruit Alex Poythress is a Star on the Rise


Alex Poythress had a national "coming out" party on ESPNU last night and Kentucky fans were watching.

In a 79-77 loss to Texas Pros in the Super Showcase, Poythress had 26 points. He looked like the best player in the game and is sure to climb up the national ratings when they are updated.

Kentucky has offered a scholarship to Poythress.

TheLeafChronicle.com says Poythress' stock is rising and college coaches are taking notice. Here is an excerpt:

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound senior has attracted the attention of some of the larger Division I basketball programs across the country. And now one of the elite programs in the history of the college game has thrown its cards on the table.

The University of Kentucky offered the Northeast High product a scholarship.

"It's exciting," he said. "Anytime you get a call from a school as big as Kentucky, that makes you take notice."

Poythress, who is currently in Georgia with his sister visiting his father, said the school contacted his mother. His mother called Poythress with the message to return UK's call.

"Coach (John) Calipari offered me over the phone," Poythress said. "I was really humbled by it."


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Lindsey Wilson Basketball Releases 2011-12 Schedule


Lindsey Wilson College has released their men's basketball schedule for the 2011-12 season.

2011-12 Men's Basketball Schedule

November

1 7:30 PM vs. Union College

Southern Virginia University Tournament @ Buena Vista, Va.
4 5:00 PM vs. Union College
5 vs. TBA

10 7:00 PM @ Trevecca Nazarene University
13 2:00 PM vs. Ohio State University-Mansfield
15 7:00 PM @ Freed-Hardeman
18 6:00 PM vs. Ohio Midwestern University
* 21 7:00 PM @ University of the Cumberlands
25 6:00 PM vs. Life University Lou Cunningham Classic @ Campbellsville, Ky.

December

* 1 8:00 PM vs. UVA-Wise
* 3 4:00 PM vs. University of Pikeville
% 10 4:00 PM @ Samford University
14 4:00 PM @ Southern Wesleyan University
17 2:00 PM vs. Trevecca Nazarene University
% 19 7:00 PM @ Lindenwood University
29 1:00 PM vs. Indiana University Northwest

January

5 7:00 PM @ West Virginia Institute of Technology
* 7 3:00 PM @ University of Rio Grande
* 12 8:00 PM vs. Shawnee State University
* 14 4:00 PM vs. Georgetown College
* 19 7:00 PM @ Campbellsville University
* 21 3:00 PM @ St. Catharine College
* 26 7:00 PM @ UVA-Wise
* 28 3:00 PM @ University of Pikeville

February

* 4 4:00 PM vs. University of the Cumberlands
9 8:00 PM vs. West Virginia Institute of Technology
* 11 4:00 PM vs. University of Rio Grande
* 16 7:00 PM @ Shawnee State University
* 18 3:00 PM @ Georgetown College
* 23 8:00 PM vs. Campbellsville University
* 25 4:00 PM vs. St. Catharine College

March

1 vs. TBA MSC Tournament @ Frankfort, Ky. -- March 1-4
14 vs. TBA NAIA National Championship @ Kansas City, Mo. -- March 14-20

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Kentucky Involved with Most of the Top 2012 Stars


ESPN recruiting guru Dave Telep and college basketball writer Eamonn Brennan have broken down the remaining elite talents in the 2012 recruiting class.

As expected, Kentucky and head coach John Calipari are involved at some level with nearly all of them.

Here are some excerpts:

Shabazz Muhammad, 6-6, SF (Las Vegas)

Telep: "He's about to leap from No. 3 to No. 1 in ESPN's rankings if he closes the summer strong. There's a major recruiting tussle for him. Memphis bowed out during the break between evaluation periods. UCLA is the clubhouse leader over Duke, hometown UNLV has emerged as a legit option and there continues to be whispers about Kentucky. Muhammad can shoot and leap tall buildings in a single bound, thus making him an elite impact player."

Brennan: The importance of Muhammad's recruitment for UCLA can't really be overstated. Ben Howland has struggled on the recruiting trail in recent years, but his 2012 class at UCLA is already shaping up to be a good one, and -- understatement alert -- Muhammad would officially announce the return of the "three Final Fours in three years" Howland regime. The Kentucky angle is interesting too, because John Calipari's 2012 class is uncharacteristically shallow at this juncture. Knowing Calipari, whose 2011 class might be the best of any school's in the last 10 years, he'll probably end up with another monster class. Could this Las Vegas native be his first get?

Andre Drummond, 6-10, C (Middletown, Conn.)

Telep: "This is the top post talent in the class. Drummond has an NBA body, talent and size. He doesn't turn 18 until later in the summer. There's been chatter involving him enrolling in the fall, but it looks now like Connecticut, West Virginia, Kentucky or Georgetown will get him."

Brennan: More Kentucky talk, which is something you should probably get used to; it seems every player on this list is considering the Wildcats either casually or seriously.

Mitch McGary, 6-10, PF (Chesterton, Ind.)

Telep: "He may be college basketball's next Tyler Hansbrough; he's that intense an individual and a more diverse offensive player. McGary isn't doing much talking to colleges this summer, but schools are nonverbally communicating with him. Head coaches from Purdue, UConn, Florida, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and Texas are omnipresent at his games."

Brandon Ashley, 6-8, PF (Oakland, Calif.)

Telep: "He may be having the best summer production-wise of any big. Will Arizona add to its haul and reel him in? If they do, the Wildcats will be in for a long run in the Pac-12. Syracuse, Texas, Oregon, Kentucky, Georgia Tech and UCLA are trying to position themselves for fall visits."

DaJuan Coleman, 6-10, C (DeWitt, N.Y.)

Telep: "For three years, he's pretty much been on the ticket list for games at Syracuse. At one point, Jim Boeheim and the entire Syracuse staff was posted up watching him at the Peach Jam. Could a native of the Syracuse area really leave home? Kentucky is wedged in there with him and is threatening to throw a wrench into the plan to put him in orange."

Brennan: See what I mean about Kentucky? A defection by Coleman would be devastating for the Cuse, though it's not as if Boeheim has any shortage of young forwards to pick from in the coming seasons.

Archie Goodwin, 6-5, SG (Little Rock, Ark.)

Telep: "He's coming back from a wrist injury, but trust me, no one is evaluating him. Programs are all-in on Goodwin. Arkansas, the home-state school, needs to have him to make a statement. Kentucky, UConn, Missouri, Kansas and Baylor are in there, chipping away this summer. Goodwin is one of the most competitive wings in the class."

Kaleb Tarczewski, 7-0, C (Claremont, N.H.)

Telep: "Surely we thought Mike Krzyzewski would be all over this Polish center. However, it's the other residents of Tobacco Road that made Tarczewski's list, North Carolina. The Tar Heels are locked in a battle with presumed leader Kansas and Arizona to snag him -- and Kentucky was recently eyeballing him in Vegas. He'll play in the NBA one day and will be a major piece for an elite program."

Perry Ellis, 6-8, PF (Wichita, Kan.)

Brennan: Kansas and Kentucky -- that sounds familiar, doesn't it? UK's situation is always more difficult to read, because the Wildcats have tended to specialize in one-year players in Calipari's tenure. Of course, that's not to say Kentucky won't be able to use Ellis, especially if forwards Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones and Michael Gilchrist depart for the NBA next spring.

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