Saturday, August 13, 2011

Murray State to Pick Up UAB Transfer Dexter Fields


Murray State University is reportedly set to pick up a transfer from UAB. According to his travel team coach, 6-2 guard Dexter Fields will enroll at Murray State and be eligible for the 2012-13 season.

Here is an excerpt:

Former Olympia basketball star Dexter Fields has left UAB after two seasons and is, according to his former travel ball coach, headed to 2010-11 Ohio Valley Conference regular season champion Murray State.

Diana Neal, coach of the Showtime Ballers/Florida Assault travel team, confirmed by text on Saturday that Fields is set to enroll at Murray State, which has a new coach in former Racers assistant Steve Prohm.

Mike Davis The 6-foot-2 guard made 12 starts and averaged 7.1 points in 31 games played as a sophomore for UAB. Career highlights included an 8-for-11 performance from 3-point distance against Southern Miss and 19 and 13 points in his two hometown appearances against UCF.

There had been speculation that Fields might land at UCF. Instead, it appears he will transfer to Murray State and sit out a season with two years of college eligibility to follow in a program that is regarded among the top low-majors in the nation.

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Kentucky, Louisville Recruits Playing in Franchise Classic


Several Kentucky and Louisville recruits are playing in the first annual Franchise Classic tonight in Harlem, New York.

Here is a release about the event:

New York — The First Annual "Franchise Classic" Memorial high school game will be held on Saturday, August, 13, 2011, at Col. Young Park on 145th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem. The game is a memorial to the legendary streetball player John "Franchise" Strickland, featuring some of the top high school players from around the country, playing as Team USA, going up against Team NYC and the top players from the tri-state area. In all, a total of four Five-Star rated players will be in the building tomorrow night.

This game is free to enter and open to the public. There will be free giveaways for fans. This game is sponsored by Inside Streetball and the Tri-State tournament.

What: 1st Annual "Franchise Classic"

When: Saturday, August 13, 2011 @ 8 P.M.

Location: Col. Young Park, 145th Street and Lenox Avenue, Manhattan, New York

Rosters:

Team USA:
Ricardo Ledo, Archie Goodwin, Chris Walker, Jarnell Stokes, Shaq Goodwin, Martavious Newby, Malik Price Martin, Chris Walker, Greg McClinton and others. Coach: Rah Wiggins

Team NYC:
Omar Calhoun, Kyle Anderson, Myles Davis, Kareem Canty, Malik Nichols, Daniel Dingle, Savon Goodman, Darrick Wood, Daijuan Walker, Mike Lee, Jevon Thomas, Kamari Murphy, Kereuwem Okoro and Aquille Carr, and others. Coach: Mousey Carela

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Louisville Overwhelms the Real Deal Shockers in Nassau


Louisville 113
Real Deal Shockers 58

Exhibition Final from Nassau, Bahamas


NASSAU, Bahamas - Sophomore guard Russ Smith scored 18 of his team-high 22 points in the first half to lead seven Cardinals in double figures as the University of Louisville beat the Real Deal Shockers 113-58 in an exhibition game Friday night at Kendal Isaacs Gym in Nassau, Bahamas.

Senior forward Kyle Kuric totaled 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals for the Cardinals and buried 4-of-10 three-pointers.

After leading just 12-11 nearly eight minutes into the game, the Cardinals scored the next 24 points of the game to take command en route to a 63-24 halftime advantage. Louisville connected on 49 percent from the field (37-of-75) for the game, including making 43 percent of its three-pointers (15-of-35).

"Tonight was just a foul-fest," said U of L Coach Rick Pitino. "Last night, although we won by 50, we had a little better competition and we could run some things. This team would just foul you seemingly every possession."

The Shockers, the runner-up in the professional championship in the Bahamas last season, committed 31 fouls and 42 turnovers that hindered the flow of the game. Jamal Rose played the entire game and led the Shockers with 27 points, 11 rebounds and five dunks, scoring 23 of his points in the second half.

Complete Recap

Box score:

Angel Nunez 13, Chane Behanan 15, Peyton Siva 15, Chris Smith 6, Gorgui Dieng 0, Zach Price 11, Mark Jackson 0, Kyle Kuric 18, Mike Marra 10, Russ Smith 22, Stephan Van Treese 3.

Photo: University of Louisville

Francisco Garcia Loves Playing for John Calipari

Former University of Louisville star Francisco Garcia told the media on Friday that playing for Dominican Republic head coach John Calipari has been great.

Garcia said Calipari is "real" and tells his players "what it is".

When asked how Louisville may react to Garcia's admission that he loves playing for Kentucky's head coach, he said he loves Louisville and has a great relationship with Rick Pitino, but "the truth is the truth".

Here is Garcia talking about playing for John Calipari:



Garcia was asked how he will interact with Sacramento Kings teammate DeMarcus Cousins on Monday night when the Dominican Republic battles a team of former UK players at Rupp Arena. He said he will tell Cousins that "he's still my rook":

Surprise: Alex Poythress is Visiting Kentucky Today


According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, 2012 forward Alex Poythress is in Lexington today for a visit.

EvanDanielscout It appears the news is out now, but Alex Poythress is indeed at Kentucky today for an unofficial visit.

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

Cuthbert Victor Named Best Player at CBC Championships


Former Murray State University star Cuthbert Victor was named "Best Player" at the 2011 CBC Championships.

Victor and current MSU star Ivan Aska were both honored for their play during their gold medal run with the U.S. Virgin Islands.

All-CBC Championships Awards 2011

Best Player: Cuthbert Victor (196-F-83, college: Murray St.) (196-F-83) of U.S. Virgin Islands
Best Guard: Akeem Scott (186-PG-83) of Jamaica
Best Forward: Cuthbert Victor (196-F-83) of U.S. Virgin Islands
Best Center: Kleon Penn (211-C-86) of British Virgin Islands
Best Coach: Milton Barnes of U.S. Virgin Islands

1st Team

PG: Akeem Scott (186-83) of Jamaica
PG: Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) (183-86) of U.S. Virgin Islands
F: Cuthbert Victor (196-83) of U.S. Virgin Islands
F: Ryan Reid (203-86) of Jamaica
C: Kleon Penn (211-86) of British Virgin Islands

2nd Team

G: Keron McKenzie (193-86) of Guyana
G: Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville) (182-79) of U.S. Virgin Islands
G/F: Sullivan Phillips (198-79) of Bermudas
F: Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-84) of Jamaica
F: Jaraun Burrows (203-85) of Bahamas

Honorable Mention

Rashid Cann (183-G-86) of British Virgin Islands
Jean-Rony Cadeau (87) of Bahamas
Randolph Williams (188-G-76) of Saint Vincent
Lezlo McKenzie (G-79) of Saint Vincent
Lennox McCoy (188-G-77) of Antigua
Hodge Julius (201-G-83) of Antigua
Jason Lowe (85) of Bermudas
Ivan Aska (200-F-90) (200-F-90) of U.S. Virgin Islands
Kennedy Bass (196-F-81) of British Virgin Islands

Source: Latinbasket.com

Photos: Dominican Republic Practice at the Joe Craft Center

Here are a few pictures I snapped during yesterday's visit to the Dominican Republic practice at the Joe Craft Center:






USA Blasts Mexico at World University Games


The USA World University Games Team defeated Mexico 108-67 in its first game of pool play at the 2011 World University Games.

Kentucky's Darius Miller had 2 points and 8 rebounds for the Americans.

Here is a recap:

The 2011 USA Men’s World University Games Team (1-0) fought back from a first-quarter deficit and outscored Mexico (0-1) 65-30 in the second half to secure a 108-67 win in its opening game of the 2011 World University Games on Aug. 13 at the Universiade Main Gym in Shenzhen, China.

Led by 20 points and three assists from Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh/Scotch Plains, N.J.), every U.S. team member scored and grabbed at least two rebounds. Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota/ St. Paul, Minn.) recorded a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, Marcus Denmon (Missouri/Kansas City, Mo.) added 11 points and collected three steals, Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara/Seaside, Calif.) contributed 10 points and three assists and Draymond Green (Michigan State/Saginaw, Mich.) finished with 10 points.

“For the first game, I thought we had some jitters,” said USA and Purdue University head mentor Matt Painter. “We had guys who just weren’t quick to the basketball. Mexico played a little bit harder than we did. Then, once we kind of got into the flow of things, we did a little better in the second quarter. Then, obviously we picked it up in the second half.

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Photo: USA Basketball

John Calipari Announces Starting Five for The Pros at Rupp



UKCoachCalipari The starters (by fan vote) for The Pros at Rupp Arena: Cousins (@boogiecousins), Meeks, Prince, Rondo (@RajonRondo) and Wall (@jimmywa11)

Starting Five:

G John Wall
G Rajon Rondo
G Jodie Meeks
F Tayshaun Prince
F DeMarcus Cousins

Bench:

C Nazr Mohammad
G Keith Bogans
G Eric Bledsoe


Calipari also offered up an opportunity to vote for the starting five in the Yum! Center game:

UKCoachCalipari You picked the starters for Rupp. Now its time to select the starting 5 for the Yum! Center. Vote here: http://t.co/IcxlReJ

Calipari Hopes Eloy Vargas Has a Little Jorts in Him

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari told the media on Friday that he hopes Eloy Vargas "has a little Josh (Harrellson) in him" for next season.

Calipari also talked about Jon Hood's knee injury and its impact on the team's depth for 2011-12.

Here is Calipari speaking about Vargas and Hood:

Darius Miller and Team USA Enjoy Opening Ceremonies


Darius Miller and the United States' World University Games Teamplayed Mexico this morning. We will have a full recap soon.

Here are video highlights of the USA Basketball Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams from Opening Ceremonies, which featured U.S. Flag Bearer Orlando Johnson:

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Charlie Villanueva Joins the Media to Interview Edgar Sosa

Here is NBA star Charlie Villanueva joining the media at the Joe Craft Center to ask teammate Edgar Sosa a question:

Archie Goodwin Trims List to 8; Cuts U of L, Florida


University of Kentucky recruit Archie Goodwin has cut his final list to eight schools after cutting Florida and Louisville.

Goodwin is still considering Kentucky, Arkansas, Baylor, Georgetown, UConn, Missouri, Memphis and Kansas.

Here is an excerpt from ZagsBlog.com:

During Friday’s practice for Saturday’s Franchise Classic in Harlem, Goodwin told SNY.tv he’s now looking at Arkansas, Baylor, Georgetown, Kentucky, Kansas, Memphis, Missouri and UConn.

“I cut Florida [and] Louisville, and Missouri is still in there, so you could say it’s eight,” Goodwin, who scored a game-high 23 points Sunday to help Team USA Midwest win the Nike Global Challenge, said Friday afternoon. “I basically just cut Florida and Louisville.”

Goodwin previously said Arkansas and Kentucky would likely be among his final five.


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Photo: Rivals.com

Pikeville Promotes Brett Rector to Associate Head Coach


The University of Pikeville has promoted Brett Rector to the position of Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach.

Here is the release from UPIKE:

Coach Kelly Wells and the University of Pikeville are please to announce that Brett Rector has been promoted to Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach.

“Coach Rector has made significant contributions to our Men’s Basketball team and our University as a whole. I am very grateful to him and this is the next step in his progression as a basketball coach. Brett has a great future and is very deserving of this promotion. He is a tireless recruiter, great on-court coach and wonderful with our student-athletes!” -Kelly Wells

Brett Rector Bio

Education
Master of Science in Sport Management, West Virginia University
Bachelor of Arts in History/Political Science, Davis & Elkins College

Coaching Career
April 2010-Present, University of Pikeville, Assistant Coach
June 2008-April 2010, West Virginia Tech, Assistant Coach

University of Pikeville Highlights
• 2011 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Men's Basketball Division I National Champions

• Top Assistant for Kelly Wells, Rawlings NAIA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year
• Helped guide team to school record 30 wins (30-7)
• Instrumental in the recruitment of All American PG Vance Cooksey and Nebraska transfer Quincy Hankins-Cole as well as 11 former Division 1 players

West Virginia Tech Highlights
• 20-11 record, first 20 win season at school in 19 years (08-09)
• Top Assistant for Bob Williams, 2009 Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year
• 5th in NAIA Division I in field goal percentage defense (38.9 percent)
• Upset #1 Mountain State University, 96-91 (08-09)

Davis & Elkins College
• Led nation in 3-Point Shots Made Per Game NCAA D2 (4.1) in 2006-2007
• 2nd in nation, 3-Point Shots Made Per Game NCAA D2 (4.0) in 2007-2008
• Scored 1,249 career points, including 300 3-Point Shots
• 3 Year Team Captain (2005-2008)
• All-WVIAC (2006-2008)
• WVIAC Player of the Week (November 19, 2007)
• MVP, Davis & Elkins College Tip Off Tournament (2007)
• All-Tournament Team (Univ. of the District of Columbia Tournament, 2006)
• Played for USA Athletes Intl. Collegiate All-Star team in Barbados (Summer 2007)
• Recipient of the Joe Carroll Leadership Award (May 2007)

Ravenswood High School
• 1st Team All-State, Football & Basketball, 2003
• Hold 17 School Football Passing Records, threw for 47 Touchdowns & 4,500 yards
• Led State of West Virginia in 3-Point Shots Made, 2001 & 2003
• Scored 1,250 career points, including 252 3-Point Shots
• McDonalds All American Game Nominee

DaJuan Coleman Plans to Set Up UK Visit Soon


Kentucky recruit DaJuan Coleman says he plans to setup a visit to Kentucky after John Calipari completes his obligation to the Dominican Republic national team.

NationofOrange.com caught up with Coleman recently. Here is an excerpt:

"Syracuse, Ohio St, Kentucky, Florida, and North Carolina are my top five," Coleman told C2C Hoops.

Coleman also said he started thinking about which schools he's going to visit.

"I'm going to try to visit Kentucky before school starts. I talked to Calipari last week," he said. "He's coaching the Dominican national team right now so when he gets back I'll try to set up a visit."

As a native of New York, Syracuse is also a major player in his recruitment.

"I live about 5 minutes away from Syracuse so I haven't scheduled any visit there yet," Coleman said.


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Photo: Rivals.com

Father Says Jon Hood Had Successful Knee Surgery



Matt May of CatsPause.com reports on Twitter that Jon Hood's father says surgery on Jon's torn ACL went well this morning.

TCPMattMay Jon Hood's father says surgery for Jon's torn ACL went well this morning and everything is good. Rehab begins soon.

Wayne Selden's Visit to UConn Has Been Postponed


Kentucky recruit Wayne Selden has announced on his Twitter account that his scheduled visit to Connecticut has been postponed:

WayneSelden23 UConn visit got postponed to a later date

Selden is a 6-4 small forward from Tilton, New Hampshire.

Pikeville's Quincy Hankins-Cole is Headed to Iceland

Former University of Pikeville star Quincy Hankins-Cole will begin his professional career in Iceland.

Hankins-Cole has agreed to terms with Snaefell in Iceland's top-level Express League.

During his senior season, Hankins-Cole was an integral part of UPIKE's national championship run. He averaged 12.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.

Hankins-Cole in action last season:





Source: Eurobasket.com

Enes Kanter Returns to Action in Turkey's Win Over Ukraine

Former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter finally returned to game action yesterday in Turkey's 69-65 win over upset-minded Ukraine at the Spor Toto World Cup.

Kanter finished with 7 points and 6 rebounds and looked very strong in the paint for Turkey.

Louisville Dismantles the Commonwealth Giants in Nassau


Louisville 115
Commonwealth Giants 54

Exhibition final from Nassau, Bahamas


NASSAU, Bahamas - Junior guard Mike Marra and freshman forward Chane Behanan scored 16 points each to lead eight Cardinals in double figures as the University of Louisville trounced the Commonwealth Giants 115-54 in an exhibition game Thursday night at Kendal Isaacs Gym in Nassau, Bahamas.

Junior guard Peyton Siva had 11 points, six rebounds and a team-high six assists and four steals in just 17 minutes of action for the Cardinals.

Marra made 5-of-8 three-pointers for U of L, which made 15-of-32 threes for the game. Behanan grabbed a team-high seven rebounds as the Cardinals held a 45-32 advantage on the boards.

"I think the first 10 minutes, we set the tone defensively and got a lot out of that stretch," said U of L Coach Rick Pitino. "After that, we got very little out of it because baskets were too easy to come by. In the BIG EAST, you don't get all of those run-outs. But the first 10 minutes, we got really after it defensively and did a lot of good things rotating."

Louisville jumped to a 19-5 lead in the first five minutes of the game with Siva, Kyle Kuric and Gorgui Dieng each scoring a pair of baskets. The Cardinals kept the pressure on, forcing 22 turnovers and collecting 14 steals in the first half to lead 57-27 at the intermission. Dieng and freshman center Zach Price each blocked three shots in the game.

The Giants, which has won the professional championship in the Bahamas the past two seasons, committed 32 turnovers and were limited to 34 percent shooting from the field by the Cardinals. Micheal Bain led the Giants with 14 points.

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Louisville scoring:

Russ Smith 14, Chane Behanan 16, Kyle Kuric 12, Peyton Siva 11, Mike Marra 16, Gorgui Dieng 11, Stephan Van Treese 0, Chris Smith 15, Zach Price 6, Angel Nunez 11, Mark Jackson 0, Elisha Justice 3.

The Courier-Journal caught up with Peyton Siva:

Video: Darius Miller and Team USA Roll in Exhibition

Here are some highlights from the USA Men’s World University Games Team’s 88-61 exhibition win over Chinese professional team New Century in Huizhou, China on Aug. 11.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

2012 Star Perry Ellis Names Final Four, Drops Duke


University of Kentucky recruit Perry Ellis has named a final list of four schools. He has dropped Duke from the list and added Wichita State.

According to several sources, Ellis is considering Kansas, Kentucky, Kansas State and Wichita State.

Here is an excerpt from Theuknation.com:

The four schools he will consider are Kentucky, Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State. Previously Ellis had Duke in his four, but the Blue devils have apparently been dropped from Perry's final list.

For Wichita State, this is a huge announcement and one that might shock the recruiting world. For Duke, this has to be a blow, especially when you consider the amount of man hours the Blue Devils coaching staff utilized watching Perry throughout the July evaluation.


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John Calipari Announces New Initiative for Financial Literacy


Earlier today, John Calipari announced a new initiative to bring financial literacy education to children across the state of Kentucky.

Here is a release from the University of Kentucky:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 11, 2011) – University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari today announced a new initiative to bring financial literacy education to children across the state of Kentucky.

The Calipari Family Foundation for Children will partner with local banks and EverFi, Inc. to provide the VaultTM Understanding Money online learning program to hundreds of elementary schools across the Commonwealth in the coming academic year.

The launch event, held at the University of Kentucky’s Craft Center, was attended by Coach Calipari, U.S. Representative Hal Rogers, U.S. Representative Ben Chandler, Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and UK President Eli Capilouto. Also in attendance were local bank sponsors of the initiative including Republic Bank CEO Steve Trager, Central Bank CEO Luther Deaton, Whitaker Bank CEO Elmer Whitaker, and Executive Director of the Kentucky Bankers Association Ballard Cassady.

"This has been a vision that my wife Ellen and I have held for several years, and we are excited to be launching a program that will focus on teaching young children the value of saving," said Coach Calipari. "I applaud the local banks here in Kentucky who have made this possible and encourage others to join me in this endeavor. Together, we are empowering children to cultivate good financial habits that will stay with them throughout their lives."

"This initiative is the true definition of a public-private partnership," said EverFi CEO Tom Davidson. "Through the amazing support of the Calipari Foundation and numerous Kentucky banks, EverFi will work with the Kentucky Department of Education to ensure elementary schools across the state have access to our cutting-edge financial literacy technology program."

VaultTM - Understanding Money is EverFi’s interactive, new-media learning platform specifically designed to introduce financial literacy skills early in a child’s cognitive development. The course features interactive lessons, games, and story-based activities that challenge kids to make choices in real-life scenarios to best achieve important goals around saving, job planning, and budgeting. The 2.5-hour curriculum is designed for students in 4th through 6th grade and aligns with both state and national standards.

"The significance of understanding sound financial practices is especially relevant in the volatile economic environment we live in today", said First Lady Jane Beshear. "Teaching children quality financial management skills at a young age is the best way to help them grow to be conscientious consumers and financially responsible citizens later in life. Thanks to Coach Calipari and everyone involved in this initiative in helping to implement financial literacy education in Kentucky classrooms."

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday added that financial literacy is critical to student success and in helping young people throughout their lives. "This partnership is an excellent example of how we can work together to support public schools as they prepare students for college, careers and adult lives."

"The success of our country depends on how well we educate and prepare our kids," Congressman Ben Chandler said. "Poor financial decisions pushed our country into the trouble we face today, but by giving our children these critical financial skills at an early age, we can create a brighter future for the Commonwealth and our nation. It is great to see everyone — Coach Cal, UK, our community banks, and Kentucky officials — coming together to make this program a possibility for Kentucky’s kids."

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto applauded Coach Calipari's commitment to the community and the state, saying it underscored the University of Kentucky's commitment to the Commonwealth. "Today’s announcement, by the Calipari Family Foundation, addresses a serious challenge in our state and launches a program to teach sound financial management practices to children across Kentucky," Capilouto said.

White Teams Rolls in Louisville's Intrasquad Scrimmage


The University of Louisville held a red/white scrimmage in the Bahamas last night. A team of mostly veterans led the white team to a 101-55 demolition of the younger red team.

Here is a recap from U of L:

NASSAU, Bahamas - Sophomore guard Russ Smith scored 26 points to lead the University of Louisville White team to a 101-55 victory over the Red team in a men's basketball intrasquad game Wednesday night at Sir Kendal Isaac Gym in Nassau, Bahamas.

Freshman forward Chane Behanan added 20 points, and junior guard Peyton Siva totaled 15 points and 11 assists for the White squad. It was the first of four games the Cardinals will play on this foreign trip to the Bahamas.

"The White team passed the ball very well and they all looked for each other," said U of L coach Rick Pitino. "I liked the way our veterans passed the ball and their conditioning. Peyton is the difference maker because of his speed."

Kyle Kuric added 16 points, Mike Marra had 14 and Gorgui Dieng 10 for the White team.

Junior forward Stephan Van Treese led the Red squad with 19 points, including burying a 3-pointer from the corner. Chris Smith and Zach Price each added 10 for the Red.

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Photo: U of L

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USA Blisters the Nets in Win Over New Century


The United States blistered the nets from long range to drop Chinese club team New Century 88-61 in an exhibition game today.

Kentucky's Darius Miller had 7 points and 8 rebounds in the win.

Here is a recap from USA Basketball:

HUIZHOU, CHINA (Aug. 11, 2011) - After trailing by as many as eight points in the first quarter, John Jenkins (Vanderbilt/ Hendersonville, Tenn.) hit three straight 3-pointers during a 14-0 run in the second period to help propel the USA Men's World University Games Team to an eventual 88-61 exhibition win over Chinese professional team New Century on Aug. 11 at Huizhou Stadium in Huizhou, China.

Jenkins finished 8-of-10 from 3-point for a game-high 24 points, while Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara/Seaside, Calif.), Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota/ St. Paul, Minn.) and Greg Mangano (Yale/Orange, Conn.) added nine points apiece.

"I thought this was a great game for our team to get ready for the World University Games," said USA and Purdue University head mentor Matt Painter . "(New Century) presented a lot of challenges for us, especially in the first half. With their size, they did a good job of carralling us, not letting us get going. But this was a great tune-up game for us. I thought our guys did a good job of adjusting. We went through a period of time in the first half where I thought we missed some open shots, and our guys didn't get frustrated. We did our best to sub players in and out to keep everybody fresh and wear down our opponent. After John (Jenkins) got hot and made some 3-pointers and we got out in transition a little bit more, I thought our depth was really the key to our victory."

The USA will open play in the 2011 World University Games play on Aug. 13 against Mexico at 6 p.m. (all times listed are China Standard Time, which is +12 hours from Eastern Time). "This was a great experience for our team to come out here and play in this exhibition game in front of a crowd," Jenkins said. "They came out strong and hit us pretty hard, and we had to battle back throughout the game. I want to thank my teammates for passing me the ball when I was open."

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Photo: Garrett W. Ellwood/USA Basketball

Enes Kanter is Free in Turkey

Former University of Kentucky big man Enes Kanter is finally free. Here is some proof:



Kanter and Turkey are currently locked in a battle with Ukraine. I'll have a recap later...

Second Half of Boost Mobile Elite 24 Roster Announced


The second half of the complete roster has been released for the 2011 Boost Mobile Elite 24 game that is coming up on August 26-27.

The roster is filled with Kentucky and Louisville recruits, including Nerlens Noel, Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Robert Carter and Brandon Ashley

Boost Mobile Elite 24 – 2010 Roster Release II

Pos. Name Class Height Weight High School ESPNU Rank

SF Justin Anderson 2012 6'6" 210 Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) No. 62 ESPNU 100

PF Brandon Ashley 2012 6'9" 215 Findlay Prep(Henderson, Nev.) No. 5 ESPNU 100

PG Nate Britt 2013 6'1" 165 Gonzaga Prep (Washington, D. C.) No. 15 ESPNU Super 60

PG Aquille Carr 2013 5'6" 140 Patterson (Baltimore, Md.) No. 59 ESPNU Super 60

PF Robert Carter Jr. 2012 6'8" 250 Shiloh (Snellville, Ga.) No. 14 ESPNU 100

SF Savon Goodman 2012 6'6" 190 Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) No. 68 ESPNU 100

SG Aaron Harrison 2013 6'4" 205 Travis (Fort Bend, Texas) No. 7 ESPNU Super 60

PG Andrew Harrison 2013 6'4" 205 Travis (Fort Bend, Texas) No. 4 ESPNU Super 60

SF Amile Jefferson 2012 6'7" 180 Friends' Central (Wynnewood, Pa.) No. 25 ESPNU 100

C Nerlens Noel 2013 6'10" 215 The Tilton School (Tilton, N.H.) No. 2 ESPNU Super 60

SG Rasheed Sulaimon 2012 6'3" 175 Strake Jesuit (Houston, Texas) No. 13 ESPNU 100

SG Gabe York 2012 6'1" 170 Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) No. 37 ESPN

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John Wall Discusses Plans if NBA Season is Cancelled

Former UK star John Wall recently talked about his short-term plans if the NBA season is cancelled. Wall also says he'd rank himself as one of the top 5 players in the NBA:

Henderson County's Ford Stuen to IMG Basketball Academy


Henderson County graduate Ford Stuen has decided to attend IMG Basketball Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Stuen averaged 19.3 points per game during his senior season at Henderson County.

Here is an excerpt from Courierpress.com:

The 6-foot-2 guard made dramatic improvement on the court from his junior to senior season. “Up through my junior year, I had always just rode my talent, but I realized that wasn’t good enough. I was going to have to work harder,” he said.

Stuen described the results as “a complete 180” from his junior year to senior season. “If it wasn’t for me pushing myself and my coaches pushing me, I know I wouldn’t have the opportunity to play at the next level,” he said.

As a late bloomer of sorts, Stuen was under the radar for most colleges though he did have some offers. Another year of development might push him closer toward his goals.


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Louisville, Kentucky to Play in ESPN College GameDay Games


Louisville and Kentucky will both be featured in ESPN College GameDay games one time during the 2011-12 season.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

Louisville at Pittsburgh, Jan. 21

The Cardinals surprised most everyone by finishing third in the Big East a year ago. Pittsburgh never surprises anyone. The Panthers are always expected to be good and they won the league’s regular-season crown. This year the weight of expectation falls to Louisville, where Rick Pitino has a strong nucleus plus two talented freshmen. And Pitt just has Ashton Gibbs, Dante Taylor, Talib Zanna, Travon Woodall and Nasir Robinson. Yep. That’s it.

Kentucky at Vanderbilt, Feb. 11

Expect the eyes of many to zero in on the paint for what could be a battle for SEC supremacy. Kentucky has yet another loaded recruiting class, including Anthony Davis, the top-rated freshman in his class. He may be listed as a power forward but there’s not a coach in the country who doesn’t think Davis can command the interior. The Commodores have Festus Ezeli, whose ability to rebound and provide an interior presence could be the key to Vandy’s success. Most everyone agrees this is Kevin Stallings’ best Vanderbilt team but to prove its worth, it will have to get through UK first.

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Jared Cunningham Receives ESL Summer League Honors


Former University of the Cumberlands star Jared Cunningham was recently named to the European Summer League 2011 New York City All-Tournament Team.

Here is an excerpt:

Jared Cunningham (206-F-89, college: Cumberlands):

The 2010-11 NAIA All American that came to the ESL New York event and displayed his high skill level. He is a legitimate 69 & 225lbs forward who is a tough competitor with a deadly outside shooting stroke. He is an excellent scorer out of the triple threat position and is a craft passer as well. His mid range jump shot is high quality and he has a nice understanding of the game. He is a solid defender and rebounder as well as a decent athlete. Jared will be an excellent power forward who has wing skills for entry level teams throughout Europe.

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Kentucky's Ryan Harrow Plays at North Carolina Pro-Am

University of Kentucky point guard Ryan Harrow returned to North Carolina on Tuesday night and made an appearance in the North Carolina Pro-Am:

John Wall Dominates at North Carolina Pro-Am

Former University of Kentucky star John Wall was an unstoppable force at the North Carolina Pro-Am last night.

At one point, Wall was fouled hard by a defender. The Washington Wizards rookie was audibly heard saying, "You cannot stop me!"

Wall finished with 36 points but his team came up short 68-65.

Here is Wall in action last night:



And Wall with one of the plays of the night:

Group of Kentucky All-Stars to Compete in China


A group of Kentucky all-stars will compete in the Continental Club Basketball Championships August 20-28 in Beijing, China.

The team will be coached by former Breckinridge County (1995 state champs) star Bradley Payne and will feature NBA stars Paul Pierce and Michael Beasley.

Also playing with the Americans will be former University of Kentucky players Erik Daniels and Sheray Thomas.

The roster also includes former Tennessee guard Bobby Maze and former Vanderbilt sharp-shooter Dan Langhi. Others on the team are Michael James (Apollo), Lamar Owen (Owensboro), Jamie Jackson (Butler County), Arthur Latham (St. Catharine College) and Boris Siakam (Western Kentucky University).

The Americans will compete in a round-robin format against national teams from Argentina, Germany and China.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Painter Praises Darius Miller for Shooting Ability, Versatility


Head coach Matt Painter discussed his USA World University Games Team with ESPN.com recently.

Here is what he had to say about Kentucky's Darius Miller:

Darius Miller, Sr., G, Kentucky: "If we throw Darius in there with Abromaitis and Green, we can play different ways. He can help us play bigger or smaller. He has really improved his shooting since we had him in New Zealand. He's going to be good against a zone, and we'll just have to find the right place to play him. He's a very good player and will help us a lot defensively.''

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The United States will play an exhibition game against Chinese club team New Century on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (+12 hours from ET).

The World University Games tip on Saturday when the U.S. takes on Mexico.

Photo: Garrett Ellwood/USA Basketball

Remy Abell and IU Freshmen Introduced to Media

Here are Indiana University's freshmen, including former Louisville Eastern star Remy Abell, meeting with the media:

John Calipari: Big Blue Nation Has Been Challenged


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari says UK fans have been challenged.

Here are some messages that Coach Cal posted on Twitter:

UKCoachCalipari Go to http://www.PROSvsDR.com 4 once in a lifetime access to the RUPP game (includes 2 courtside seats, parking & 2 VIP area access passes).

UKCoachCalipari Uh Oh Big Blue Nation, we got challenged again. Someone said u can't pack the Yum Center. Please, I wanna say Kaboom after we paint it blue!

UKCoachCalipari Tickets are available for purchase at all Ticketmaster outlets, Phone at 1-800-745-3000 & ticketmaster online at http://bit.ly/qhARf

UKCoachCalipari Over half the tickets have been sold for the game in Louisville. If you're interested in a group package for kids email: PROSvsDR@gmail.com

Steve Prohm Talks About Murray State's Trip to Canada



The Murray State Racers are back from their three-game exhibition tour of Canada. Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com caught up with new MSU head coach Steve Prohm:

``It was great,” Prohm said. ``Great for me – and even better for our guys.”

What he learned: ``Come January and February, I think we’ll have a chance to be a very good team. I was impressed with the maturity and leadership of our older guys. They did the right thing – and for me, that made me feel good – like things are going to be just like normal.”

What impressed him: Brandon Garrett - ``The biggest thing I worried about was frontcourt depth. Brandon did some really good things for us. He’s 6-9, is long and thin – but did a nice job scoring around the basket and was physical. That was a real bright spot for us.”

What concerned him: Being fundamentally sound. ``I know we’ve only had 10 practices, but if you talk to anyone who knows our program, the one thing they’ll say is that we’ve been fundamentally sound over the last few years. We’re not there yet, but it’s still early.”

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Q&A with Kentucky Freshman Marquis Teague

Here is a recent Q&A with Kentucky freshman Marquis Teague:

Times Announced for 2011 Big East/SEC Challenge

ESPN released the times of the upcoming Big East/SEC Challenge. Kentucky will play St. John’s at Rupp Arena on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

Here is the complete Big East/SEC Challenge schedule (click to enlarge):


Andre Drummond to Prep School; Names UK and U of L


Andre Drummond, who is the top-rated big man in the 2012 recruiting class, has decided to attend prep school this season.

He has also given a list of five schools, which includes Kentucky and Louisville.

Here is an excerpt from ESPN.com:

Andre Drummond, the No. 2 overall player in the 2012 class, has been quiet about his recruitment, which has led to countless speculation. On Wednesday, he listed in-state Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisville, Georgetown and West Virginia as his possible landing spots.

"I have a good relationship with all of those coaching staffs," said Drummond. "They all have a chance to compete for a national championship, and they prepare their players well for the next level."


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Drummond will attend Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Massachusetts.

Photo: Rivals.com

Antwain Barbour to Join Croatian Club Cibona


Former University of Kentucky player Antwain Barbour has agreed on terms of a contract with Croatian club team KK Cibona VIP Zagreb.

Cibona plays in Croatia's top-level A1 league and will also be in Euroleague qualifying.

Barbour spent last season with Erdemir Belediyesi in Turkey. He averaged 17.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention after the season.

Source: Eurobasket.com

Shabazz Muhammad Dunks on Mitch McGary

Here is some recent footage of 2012 Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad dunking on fellow UK target Mitch McGary (video by MichiganPrepStars on YouTube):



Here is the latest mixtape of Muhammad from Coast2CoastHoops.com:

Former Louisville Star Earl Clark is Headed to China


Former University of Louisville star Earl Clark is headed to China.

Clark, who played for the Orlando Magic last season, has agreed to a one-year contract with Zhejiang in China's top-level CBA.

The deal will reportedly pay Clark in the "high six figures."

Clark averaged just under 12 minutes per game for the Magic last season.

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John Calipari to Make Special Announcement on Thursday


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari will announce a commitment to financial literacy effort on Thursday, August 11, according to a UK release.

There will be a major initiative by The Calipari Family Foundation for Children discussed during the announcement.

The announcement will be made at the Craft Center at 3:30 p.m.

Jackson Davis Visits the University of Kentucky


Jackson Davis, the son of former University of Kentucky player Johnathon Davis, made an unofficial visit to UK on Tuesday.

Here is more from Jody Demling:

One of the state’s top young prospects, Lafayette High School sophomore Jackson Davis has seen his college interest pickup since the end of the summer evaluation period.

On Tuesday, the 6-foot-8 son of former University of Kentucky player Johnathon Davis was invited and did take an unofficial visit to the UK campus.

Davis’ father said his son will make a visit to Purdue for a one-day camp later this month and then will attend Hoosier Hysteria at Indiana in October.


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Louisville Begins Exhibition Trip to the Bahamas


The Louisville Cardinals are in the Bahamas for a series of exhibition games. The Cards will play an intrasquad scrimmage tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Here is more from U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's basketball team, which will spend six days in the Bahamas on its foreign trip, began its excursion with a visit to the beaches of Nassau on Tuesday.

The Cardinals landed in the Bahamas on Monday, Aug. 8. The squad will play four games, beginning with an intrasquad scrimmage on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 7:30 p.m. ET. Louisville is scheduled to face the Commonwealth Giants on Thursday, Aug. 11, the Real Deal Shockers on Friday, Aug. 12, and concluding with a Red-White intrasquad contest on Saturday, Aug. 13. All four games will take place at Sir Kendal Isaac Gymnasium in Nassau.

WHAS-TV, an ABC-affiliate in Louisville, will televise the Cardinals' Aug. 11 and Aug. 12 games. Pregame shows for each telecast will begin at 7 p.m. The games will not be televised in high definition because of production limitations on the island.

Fans can log on to UofLsports.com for audio of the final three contests.

Some Pictures from Day 1

Photos: U of L


Derek Willis Visits Louisville; Kentucky in Contact


According to Jody Demling of the Courier-Journal, Bullitt East big man Derek Willis made an unofficial visit to Louisville on Monday.

Demling also reports that Willis has been in contact with Kentucky and Indiana.

Here is an excerpt:

Bullitt East junior Derek Willis made an unofficial visit to U of L on Monday, one day after decommitting from Purdue. UK and IU also have been in contact with him.

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Chicken Knowles Down to 4; Louisville Not on List


According to Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com, four-star power forward Chicken Knowles is down to Arkansas, Baylor, Houston and Missouri.

The 6-9 Knowles ranks no. 58 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012. His original list included Louisville.

3starmeyer Chicken knowles is down to arkansas, baylor, houston and missouri according to his travel team coach

Photo: Rivals.com

Former UK Star Erik Daniels May Be Returning to Italy


According to a sources, former University of Kentucky star Erik Daniels is on the verge of returning to Italy.

Daniels is expected to sign a deal with Aget Imola in the second-level Lega2 league.

Last season, Daniels played 15 games with the Erie BayHawks in the NBA Development League. He averaged 15.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

John Wall to Visit North Carolina Pro-Am on Wednesday


jimmywa11 See y'all @ncproam tomorrow!!!

The opposing players have been warned...

The Future of the NBA Flows Through Lexington, Kentucky


Matt Moore of CBSSports.com says the future of the NBA flows through Lexington, Kentucky.

Here is an excerpt of Moore talking about John Calipari and the "new NBA nexus":

UCLA hosts the most famous and well known private pickup games. But with Cousins, Bledsoe, and Wall on campus along with Rondo and whoever else conceivably shows up, Lexington is going to be a virtual nexus of NBA workouts. It'll make the machine stronger, even as a class that some consider to have a higher total ranking than the Fab Five makes its way to play in the SEC.

Calipari is coaching the Dominican national team against a collection of former Wildcats. Cal has used every edge in keeping the factory rolling. William Wesley's close associate, LeBron James, and his brand will be sponsoring gear for UK this year. All-Stars are hanging out on campus and could be hired as special assistant coaches.

The reality is that with New York a tar pit where both the players and owners are stuck drowning in their own stubbornness, and Miami evacuated as the Triad go about their globe trotting ways, there's a new center of the NBA universe. Maybe Calipari isn't emperor of this kingdom, and he's just the friendly father figure he makes himself out to be. It doesn't change the fact that the future of the NBA flows through Lexington, and it's Calipari tending the waters.


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Catching Up With Former UK Star Wayne Turner

Scott Anderson of NationofBlue.com catches up with former University of Kentucky star Wayne Turner:

Preston LeMaster Introduced at East Ridge

Former University of Kentucky player Preston LeMaster was officially announced as the head coach at East Ridge High School on Monday.

Here is footage from WYMT:

Japeth Aguilar is Playing Well for Philippines National Team


Former Western Kentucky University big man Japeth Aguilar is coming up big for the Philippines national team this summer.

Aguilar and his teammates are currently competing in the Williams Jones Cup tournament.

Here is a schedule and recap of the action to this point:

Aug. 6 Philippines 73 Iran 59

- Marcus Douthit 24, Andy Barroca 13, Joseph Casio 11

Aug. 7 Philippines 90 Taiwan 78

- Marcus Douthit 23, Japeth Aguilar 12, Joseph Casio 10

Aug. 8 Jordan 76 Philippines 72

- Andy Barroca 13, Christopher Lutz 10, Marcus Douthit 10

Aug. 9 Philippines 86 Malaysia 68

- Marnel Baracael 14, Christopher Tiu 14, Japeth Aguilar 13

Aug. 10 Philippines-Korea

Aug. 11 UAE-Philippines

Aug. 12 Japan-Philippines

Aug. 13

15:00 #7 vs. #6
17:00 #4 vs. #1 (Semifinals)
19:00 #2 vs. #3 (Semifinals)

Aug. 14

15:00 #7/#6 winner vs. #5
17:00 Third-place game
19:00 Championship game

A Birthday Bash for DeMarcus Cousins in Las Vegas



If you happen to be in Vegas on Saturday, here's your chance to party with former University of Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins:

Andrew_Rogers_ SATURDAY AUG. 13TH! Come celebrate @boogiecousins' 21st birthday inside Gallery Nightclub Las Vegas! http://moby.to/u1o1c7

Five Schools Stand Out for 2013 Star Chris Walker


Chris Walker, a 6-10 center in the 2013 class, says five schools are standing out for him at this point.

Walker told Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com that Kentucky, Florida, Ohio State, Kansas and Florida State are the schools at the forefront. He has also heard from a long list of schools, including Louisville.

Here is an excerpt:

One school noticeably absent from that list of offers is Kentucky. The Wildcats have offered juniors Kasey Hill and Malik Price-Martin, who also play in the Florida Rams AAU program.

“They may offer soon,” Walker said.

Although it’s still early in the process, five schools are standing out for the rising junior.

“I’m really feeling Florida, Kentucky, Ohio State, Kansas and Florida State,” he said.

With Adidas Nations over, he plans on taking trips to Kentucky, Ohio State, Florida, Kansas and Alabama.

“I want to get a feel, for now,” Walker said.


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Photo: Rivals.com

Jones Leaves Brevard, Named Head Man at Tusculum


Maysville native Michael Jones is leaving Brevard College to take over the program at Tusculum College.

Jones served 12 seasons as the head man at Brevard.

Here is the release from Tusculum:

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Tusculum College has named Michael Jones as its new men’s basketball coach announced TC director of athletics Frankie DeBusk. Coach Jones will be introduced to the College and Greeneville communities at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. (EST) at the Niswonger Student Commons on the Tusculum campus.

Jones comes to Tusculum after serving the last 12 years as head coach at South Atlantic Conference member Brevard College. Jones replaces former Tusculum coach Jim Boone, who resigned last week after six seasons on the TC sidelines to accept a similar position at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Jones led Brevard to a historic campaign in 2009-2010, as the Tornados finished the season 21-10, while capturing the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament. Jones was named the SAC Coach of the Year as the team set or tied 27 individual and team records.

The Maysville, Ky. native has amassed 214 victories in his 14 years as a collegiate head coach, including 175 in his 12 seasons at Brevard. Jones has led his programs to three national tournaments, including two with the Tornados. Jones has also seen five of his players offered professional basketball contracts, including two in the NBDL.

"I am very excited to welcome Michael Jones to Tusculum College," said DeBusk. "I am absolutely confident that he will lead our program to success, both on and off the basketball court, while positively representing our College, the South Atlantic Conference and NCAA Division II. Michael is a well-respected member of the coaching community, an accomplished recruiter and in a short time, has made a positive impact within our conference. There are exciting years ahead for Tusculum basketball."

While at Brevard, Jones’ teams have accounted for 20 wins or more on four occasions. In 2001-02, his squad was ranked as high as No. 12 nationally (NAIA), while posting an impressive 22-11 worksheet. The Tornados captured both the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles that season, led by All-American and AAC Player of the Year David Evans.

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Rick Pitino, Louisville Agree to Contract Extension


The University of Louisville and head coach Rick Pitino have agreed to terms on a contract extension.

According to Eric Crawford of the Louisville Courier-Journal:

Pitino’s base salary will remain at $3 million annually through the 2102-13 season, then rise to $3.9 million for the final four seasons of the contract. That $3.9 million amount matches what he will be making the next three seasons with his base salary and share of a retention bonus combined.

That retention bonus goes away after 2012-13 season, and Jurich said the new base amount is just designed to keep Pitino’s salary where it is.

"I want to keep him here as long as possible, that’s my goal," Jurich said. "

The contract also includes incentives for Big East championships and NCAA Tournament performance, for a total of $375,000 possible incentive pay for on-court performance. It also includes another possible $200,000 per year in academic incentives.


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