Saturday, August 20, 2011

Video: John Wall Summer Mixtape

Here are some of the top highlights from John Wall's summer of non-NBA basketball:

Josh Harrellson Rapping for Horse Aid Live

Here is former UK star Josh "Jorts" Harrellson rapping for Horse Aid Live recently:

NKU Adds Shot-Blocking Specialist DeAndre Nealy


Northern Kentucky University has added shot-blocking specialist DeAndre Nealy for the 2011-12 season.

Here is the release from NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – One of the top shot-blockers to ever play in the junior-college ranks has decided to finish his basketball career at Northern Kentucky University.

DeAndre Nealy, who averaged 7.6 blocked shot per game at Mott (Mich.) Community College three years ago, has transferred to NKU after spending one season at Division I Kent State University. A 6-foot-6, 250-pound post player, Nealy will have one year of eligibility remaining with the Norse.

During the 2008-09 season at Mott, Nealy averaged 15.2 points and 8.1 rebounds, and he led all levels of college basketball with 7.6 blocks per game. Nealy capped off his sophomore season at Mott by earning NJCAA All-America honors.

As a freshman, Nealy led Mott to the NJCAA Division II national championship by averaging 12.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per game.

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Cousins, Wall to Play in Capital Punishment Showdown Tonight


Former Kentucky stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins will be playing in tonight's streetball showdown between the Drew and Goodman leagues.

Here are the rosters:

Drew League (Los Angeles): Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, Oklahoma City’s James Harden, Golden State’s Dorell Wright, Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings, Washington’s JaVale McGee, the Clippers’ Craig Smith and Sacramento’s Pooh Jeter.

Goodman League (Washington, D.C.): Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Washington’s John Wall, Denver’s Ty Lawson, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins and Memphis’ Sam Young.

Branded “Capital Punishment,” the game, which tips at 6:00 p.m. ET, will be streamed live on Ustream for $4.99. Organizers were unsuccessful in getting a network like ESPN or TNT to carry the game. Tickets to the event cost $25-60, even though attending games at both leagues are generally free. Money raised will benefit each league’s charities as well as help pay for players’ travel expenses.

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Wall dunking on the Dominican Republic at Rupp Arena:

John Calipari Takes Part in ESPN Coaches' Roundtable

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari takes part in ESPN's coaches' roundtable:


Friday, August 19, 2011

The Future of Ole Miss Basketball

Ole Miss is working on funding for a new arena. Here is a virtual tour of what they have in mind (click image to watch video):


Northern Kentucky Planning D1 Move in the Fall


Northern Kentucky University President Jim Votruba said during a speech this morning that the school is moving ahead with its plan to transition to an NCAA Division I school.

Here is an excerpt from Cincinnati.com:

Northern Kentucky University expects to be invited to join a Division I athletic conference this fall.

The heavy favorite is the Ohio Valley Conference, which includes Eastern Kentucky University, Murray State University and Morehead State University.

NKU President Jim Votruba, speaking at this morning's fall convocation, says the university is moving ahead with its plan to upgrade into Division I not just for sports, but to raise the university's profile and attract more students and faculty. He would not publicly identify a conference.


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Matt Pilgrim Gets a Better Deal, Signs with Pamukkale


Former Oklahoma State big man Matt Pilgrim has found a better deal and signed with Gamateks Pamukkale Universitesi in Turkey's top-level TBL league.

Pilgrim, who sat out one season at Kentucky before heading to OSU, originally agreed on contract terms with Dalaman A.S. Pamukkale Unv. in Turkey's second-level TB2L league.

Here is an excerpt from Eurobasket.com:

Gamateks Pamukkale Universitesi announced signing of Matthew Pilgrim (203-F-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Oklahoma St.) for the next season. It is the first professional deal for the American forward. Pilgrim graduated few months ago at the Oklahoma State University and he is ready for his first pro adventure. He had 5.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 1.3 spg in 34 games as a senior with Oklahoma State. In 2009/10, Pilgrim averaged 8.2 points and 6.7 rebounds. Matthew Pilgrim transferred to Oklahoma State in 2009 from Kentucky. He spent one year with Kentucky, but did not play. First two years Pilgrim spent with the University of Hampton. In his freshman year Pilgrim averaged 11 points and 5.3 rebounds.

Rajon Rondo is Headed Back to Alcatraz

Former University of Kentucky star Rajon Rondo is heading back to Alcatraz for the second annual Red Bull King of the Rock 1-on-1 basketball tournament, scheduled to conclude on Sept. 24.

Rondo is giving away two tickets to the event. Go here for details.

John Wall Talks to CoachCal.com


Eric Lindsey of CoachCal.com caught up with former University of Kentucky star John Wall recently.

Here is an excerpt of the interview:

Question: What’s it like being back in Lexington?
Wall: It’s great, man. To this day I still think about what may have been. I would have been a junior here and still in school playing basketball. That’s one thing I still miss. But it was a great opportunity. It’s like second home to me. They took us all in and treated us all like their own kids.

Question: I know you were exposed to it for a year, but even now when you come back here, it’s still like you’re a rock star. Do you get surprised anymore by the type of reception you receive here?
Wall: It’s still amazing. They always try to say I helped Kentucky get back on the map when they were down for years, but it wasn’t just me by myself. The other guys that came back and wanted to play, especially Patrick (Patterson), and having Eric (Bledsoe) and DeMarcus (Cousins) and Daniel (Orton) and Jon Hood, Darnell (Dodson), all those guys helped me. Without them, we couldn’t have done it. I’m thankful the coaching staff and the fans let us come here.

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UK Recruit Brandon Ashley Transferring to Findlay Prep


Kentucky recruit Brandon Ashley is transferring to Findlay Prep (Nev.) for his senior season.

Ashley, a 6-8 power forward, currently ranks No. 14 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Here is an excerpt from LostLettermen.com:

Top recruit Brandon Ashley has transferred from his hometown of Oakland, CA, to Findlay Prep near Las Vegas, NV, for his senior year of high school. Ashley may be overshadowed by Sin City’s Shabazz Muhammad, who is the nation’s top recruit. But let’s examine what makes Ashley special as well.

Ashley is a 6-foot-8, 225-pound five-star power forward who is the fifth-ranked player at his position – No. 14 overall – according to Rivals.com. He has offers from college basketball powers Arizona, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Oregon, Syracuse, Texas and UCLA.


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John Wall, Ryan Harrow Highlights from NC Pro-Am

Here are some video highlights from the 2011 North Carolina Pro-Am; former UK star John Wall and future Cat Ryan Harrow made several appearances this summer:



And Harrow with the "pass of the week":

Coach John Wall to Participate in Boost Mobile Game


Former University of Kentucky star John Wall will once again try his luck at coaching as he has been selected as an assistant for the upcoming Boost Mobile Elite 24 game.

Here is the release from ESPN:

ESPNHS Announces Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings, Kevin Love, Kemba Walker, John Wall, and Jason Williams to Coach Boost Mobile Elite 24 Teams

Game and Slam Dunk Contest Live on ESPNU August 26 and 27

Boost Mobile Elite 24 alumni Kevin Love, John Wall, Tyreke Evans, Kemba Walker and Brandon Jennings will coach at this year’s event held at Venice Beach, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 26, and Saturday, Aug. 27. They will be joined by former college player of the year and national champion Jason Williams.

High school basketball coaches Jason Hart of Taft High School (Woodland Hills, Calif.) and Grant Rice of Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nev.) will lead the coaching staffs of the two teams. Hart, who recently retired after a 10-year pro career, will team with Love, Jennings and Williams to lead the “Raymond Lewis” squad. Rice, with Evans, Walker and Wall will lead the “Marques Johnson” squad. Teams, in the tradition of the event, are named after Los Angeles playground legends.

2011 Boost Mobile Elite 24 Teams:
Raymond Lewis Squad: Head Coach: Jason Hart; Assistant Coaches: Brandon Jennings, Kevin Love & Jason Williams

Player High School Position College
Brandon Ashley Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) PF Undecided
Aquille Carr Patterson (Baltimore, Md.) PG Undecided
Perry Ellis Wichita Heights (Wichita, Kan.) PF Undecided
Savon Goodman Academy of the New Church (Bryn Athyn, Pa.) SF Villanova
Amile Jefferson Friends’ Central (Wynnewood, Pa.) SF Undecided
Mitch McGary Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) PF Undecided
Shabazz Muhammad Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) SF Undecided
Marcus Paige Linn-Mar (Marion, Iowa) PG North Carolina
Tony Parker Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) PF Undecided
Rodney Purvis Upper Room Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.) SG Undecided
Cameron Ridley Bush (Fort Bend, Texas) C Texas
Gabe York Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) SG Arizona

Marques Johnson Squad: Head Coach: Grant Rice; Assistant Coaches: Tyreke Evans, Kemba Walker & John Wall

Player High School Position College
Justin Anderson Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) SF Virginia
Kyle Anderson St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) PG Undecided
Anthony Bennett Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) PF Undecided
Nate Britt II Gonzaga Prep (Washington, D.C.) PG Undecided
Robert Carter Jr. Shiloh (Snellville, Ga.) PF Undecided
DaJuan Coleman Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt, N.Y.) C Undecided
Aaron Harrison Travis (Fort Bend, Texas) SG Undecided
Andrew Harrison Travis (Fort Bend, Texas) PG Undecided
Grant Jerrett La Verne Lutheran (La Verne, Calif.) PF Arizona
Nerlens Noel The Tilton School (Tilton, N.H.) C Undecided
Julius Randle Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, Texas) PF Undecided
Rasheed Sulaimon Strake Jesuit (Houston, Texas) SG Duke

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Canada Trip Very Helpful for Murray State

Murray State head coach Steve Prohm discusses the value of his team's trip to Canada with WPSDLocal6.com:


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Catching Up with 2013 UK Recruit Nerlens Noel

Here is a recent interview with 2013 Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel:

KWC Choose David Williams as School's AD


Kentucky Wesleyan College has hired David Williams to be the school's new athletic director.

Here is the release from the NCAA:

OWENSBORO, Ky. -- David Williams has been chosen to be Kentucky Wesleyan College’s new athletic director, KWC president Dr. Craig Turner announced.

The former AD at Missouri Western State and Wisconsin-Parkside brings 20 years of intercollegiate athletic experience including 12 in administration and 10 as a director.

“David’s reputation as a national leader in NCAA Division II athletics administration is unparallel,” Turner said. “His peers consider him as one of the top 10 mentors in the profession. He has an incredibly strong record of building winning programs with the highest degree of integrity and academic excellence.”

“His passion for the student-athletes having a positive experience on the competitive field and in the classroom placed him over the top. We are very fortunate to have a person of this caliber join ‘Team KWC.’"

Williams is no stranger to his new institution.

“I’m very familiar with Kentucky Wesleyan College, the athletic staff, the fans and the tradition since my days at Wisconsin-Parkside as a fellow Great Lakes Valley Conference member,” Williams said. “This is the right time and the right place for myself and my family. KWC has all the ingredients for many future successes in all sports.

“It is extremely important to me that student-athletes enjoy their college experience. I applaud their dedication and drive to be successful in their sport, in the classroom and in the community. It is my responsibility to ensure their experience is a great one to remember for the rest of their lives.”

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Darius Miller and Company Go Undefeated in Pool Play

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The USA men's World University Games team finished pool play with a perfect 5-0 record after taking care of Israel 94-84 this morning in Shenzhen, China.

Kentucky's Darius Miller finished with 7 points and a rebound.

Here is a recap from USA Basketball:

SHENZHEN, CHINA (Aug. 18, 2011) - The USA Men (5-0) survived their first test of the 2011 World University games and rode a 10-0 run that stretched from the end of the third quarter into the first two minutes of the fourth period to an eventual hard-fought 94-84 win over Israel (2-3) on Thursday afternoon at the Universiade Main Gym in Shenzhen, China.

Trailing by two points at halftime, 43-41, the USA battled back from its first deficit at a quarter break to remain undefeated. As group Group D's. No.1 seed, the USA will take on Lithuania (4-1), the No. 2 seed from Group C in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. (all times listed are China Standard Time, which is +12 hours from Eastern Time) on Aug. 20, following a day off for all teams on Aug. 19. The semifinals are scheduled for Aug. 21, and the finals will be played on Aug. 22.

"Anytime you can get into a close game and win it, it really helps your team," said USA and Purdue University head mentor Matt Painter. "The game of basketball will humble you at times. I thought there was no difference between the team we beat by 60 and the one we beat by 10. It shows that on any given day, you'd better be ready and you'd better have that focus. Hopefully this close game will help our guys going into the medal round."

JaMychal Green (Alabama/Montgomery, Ala.) led the USA for a second-straight game with 16 points; while Marcus Denmon (Missouri/Kansas City, Mo.) tallied 13 points, five rebounds and four steals; Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota/ St. Paul, Minn.) finished with a 12-point, 13-rebound double-double to go with three blocked shots and John Jenkins (Vanderbilt/ Hendersonville, Tenn.) added 12 points.

"Israel was out there playing hard," Denmon said. "They made their shots early, and we weren't making shots. They capitalized off of our missed shots and got out in transition. I felt we made the adjustment in the second half and came out with the win."

The USA opened the game with a 7-0 spurt as Mbakwe grabbed his first of five offensive boards and converted on a three-point play, followed by four straight points from Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara/Seaside, Calif.). Israel hung within striking distance and closed to two points, 18-16 on two made free throws at 3:50. From there, the teams traded baskets, and a 3-pointer from Denmon at 41.0 seconds helped the USA take a 27-23 lead after the first 10 minutes. Mbakwe, who drew six fouls from the Israeli big men, as did JaMychal Green, landed Israel's starting forward Samer Jasser in foul trouble in the first few minutes of the game, and Jasser played just four minutes in the contest.

Israel had an answer for every U.S. score in the first five minutes of the second quarter and took its first lead with a 3-pointer at 4:37. The lead changed hands four more times in the stanza, and Israel had a three-point advantage with 48.0 seconds to go. Denmon was fouled on the last shot attempt of the first half and sank one-of-two free throws to cut the margin to two points, 43-41, at halftime.

"In the second half coach got into us a little bit and we took that challenge." Jenkins said. "We hadn't really had any adversity since we've been here, so we got that first taste of adversity and I think we did well getting through it."

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A Night Out With Walter McCarty on August 28

Hey fans, remember that former University of Kentucky star Walter McCarty will be performing musically in Lexington on August 28. Here's more, including some things you probably didn't know about Walter:

Papa John Misses Shots, Still Gives Away Free Pizzas

John H. Schnatter, better known at "Papa John", appeared at Rupp Arena on Monday night during the halftime festivities.

Papa John told the fans he would give everyone a free pizza if he could make one half court shot out of five attempts.

Things didn't work out so well (see video) and then he gave everyone a free pizza anyways. Of course, many fans in attendance posted the code online and/or texted it to family members and a nice gesture has turned into days of hard work for Papa John's employees in the Lexington and Louisville areas - not to mention that the company is giving away thousands of free pizzas.



SEC Releases 2011-12 Basketball Schedule


The SEC has released the league's 2011-12 men's basketball schedule.

Kentucky will open with a home game against South Carolina on January 7 and end with a road game at Florida on March 7.

Senior night will be March 1 against Georgia.

2012 SEC Men's Basketball Conference Schedule

Date Day Teams Time (ET) Television Internet
Jan. 7 Saturday Florida at Tennessee 11:00 a.m. ESPN2 ESPN3.com
Jan. 7 Saturday Ole Miss at LSU 1:30 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Jan. 7 Saturday Auburn at Vanderbilt 1:30 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Jan. 7 Saturday South Carolina at Kentucky 4:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Jan. 7 Saturday Alabama at Georgia 7:00 p.m. FSN ESPN3.com
Jan. 7 Saturday Mississippi State at Arkansas 9:00 p.m. CSS ESPN3.com
Jan. 10 Tuesday Georgia at Florida 7:00 p.m. ESPN ESPN3.com
Jan. 10 Tuesday Vanderbilt at South Carolina 9:00 p.m. ESPNU
Jan. 11 Wednesday Arkansas at Ole Miss 8:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Jan. 11 Wednesday Kentucky at Auburn 8:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Jan. 11 Wednesday LSU at Alabama 9:00 p.m. CSS ESPN3.com
Jan. 12 Thursday Tennessee at Mississippi State 9:00 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2 ESPN3.com
Jan. 14 Saturday Kentucky at Tennessee Noon ESPN ESPN3.com
Jan. 14 Saturday Ole Miss at Auburn 1:30 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Jan. 14 Saturday Alabama at Mississippi State 4:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Jan. 14 Saturday Georgia at Vanderbilt 4:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Jan. 14 Saturday Florida at South Carolina 7:00 p.m. CSS ESPN3.com
Jan. 14 Saturday LSU at Arkansas 9:00 p.m. FSN ESPN3.com
Jan. 17 Tuesday Auburn at LSU 7:00 p.m. ESPNU
Jan. 17 Tuesday Arkansas at Kentucky 9:00 p.m. ESPN ESPN3.com
Jan. 18 Wednesday Tennessee at Georgia 8:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Jan. 18 Wednesday Mississippi State at Ole Miss 9:00 p.m. CSS ESPN3.com
Jan. 19 Thursday Vanderbilt at Alabama 7:00 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2 ESPN3.com
Jan. 21 Saturday Alabama at Kentucky Noon CBS Sports
Jan. 21 Saturday South Carolina at Auburn 1:30 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Jan. 21 Saturday Ole Miss at Georgia 4:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Jan. 21 Saturday LSU at Florida 6:00 p.m. FSN ESPN3.com
Jan. 21 Saturday Mississippi State at Vanderbilt 7:00 p.m. ESPN2 ESPN3.com
Jan. 24 Tuesday Tennessee at Vanderbilt 7:00 p.m. ESPNU
Jan. 24 Tuesday Kentucky at Georgia 9:00 p.m. ESPN ESPN3.com
Jan. 25 Wednesday Alabama at South Carolina 8:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Jan. 25 Wednesday LSU at Mississippi State 8:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Jan. 25 Wednesday Auburn at Arkansas 9:00 p.m. CSS ESPN3.com
Jan. 26 Thursday Florida at Ole Miss 7:00 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2 ESPN3.com
Jan. 28 Saturday Mississippi State at Florida 1:30 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Jan. 28 Saturday Arkansas at Alabama 1:30 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Jan. 28 Saturday Kentucky at LSU 4:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Jan. 28 Saturday South Carolina at Ole Miss 7:00 p.m. FSN ESPN3.com
Jan. 28 Saturday Auburn at Tennessee TBD ESPN2 ESPN3.com
Jan. 31 Tuesday Tennessee at Kentucky 7:00 p.m. ESPNU
Jan. 31 Tuesday Vanderbilt at Arkansas 9:00 p.m. ESPN ESPN3.com
Feb. 1 Wednesday Georgia at Auburn 8:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Feb. 2 Thursday South Carolina at Florida 9:00 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2 ESPN3.com
Feb. 4 Saturday Vanderbilt at Florida 1:00 p.m. CBS Sports
Feb. 4 Saturday Arkansas at LSU 1:30 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Feb. 4 Saturday Auburn at Mississippi State 4:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Feb. 4 Saturday Kentucky at South Carolina 6:00 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2 ESPN3.com
Feb. 4 Saturday Georgia at Tennessee 8:00 p.m. FSN ESPN3.com
Feb. 4 Saturday Ole Miss at Alabama TBD ESPN or ESPN2 ESPN3.com
Feb. 7 Tuesday Florida at Kentucky 7:00 p.m. ESPN ESPN3.com
Feb. 7 Tuesday Alabama at Auburn 9:00 p.m. ESPNU
Feb. 8 Wednesday Arkansas at Georgia 8:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Feb. 8 Wednesday South Carolina at Tennessee 8:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Feb. 8 Wednesday LSU at Vanderbilt 9:00 p.m. CSS ESPN3.com
Feb. 9 Thursday Ole Miss at Mississippi State 7:00 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2 ESPN3.com
Feb. 11 Saturday South Carolian at Arkansas 1:30 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Feb. 11 Saturday Georgia at Mississippi State 1:30 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Feb. 11 Saturday Tennessee at Florida 4:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Feb. 11 Saturday Auburn at Ole Miss 7:00 p.m. FSN ESPN3.com
Feb. 11 Saturday Kentucky at Vanderbilt 9:00 p.m. ESPN ESPN3.com
Feb. 11 Saturday Alabama at LSU TBD ESPN2 ESPN3.com
Feb. 14 Tuesday Florida at Alabama 7:00 p.m. ESPN ESPN3.com
Feb. 14 Tuesday Mississippi State at LSU 9:00 p.m. ESPNU
Feb. 15 Wednesday Georgia at South Carolina 7:00 p.m. CSS ESPN3.com
Feb. 15 Wednesday Arkansas at Tennessee 8:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Feb. 16 Thursday Vanderbilt at Ole Miss 9:00 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2 ESPN3.com
Feb. 18 Saturday Tennessee at Alabama 1:30 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Feb. 18 Saturday LSU at South Carolina 1:30 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Feb. 18 Saturday Ole Miss at Kentucky 4:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Feb. 18 Saturday Florida at Arkansas 6:00 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2 ESPN3.com
Feb. 18 Saturday Mississippi State at Auburn 8:00 p.m. FSN ESPN3.com
Feb. 19 Sunday Vanderbilt at Georgia 1:00 p.m. FSN ESPN3.com
Feb. 21 Tuesday Auburn at Florida 7:00 p.m. ESPNU
Feb. 21 Tuesday Kentucky at Mississippi State 9:00 p.m. ESPN ESPN3.com
Feb. 22 Wednesday Georgia at LSU 8:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Feb. 22 Wednesday Ole Miss at Tennessee 7:00 p.m. CSS ESPN3.com
Feb. 22 Wednesday South Carolina at Vanderbilt 8:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Feb. 23 Thursday Alabama at Arkansas 7:00 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2 ESPN3.com
Feb. 25 Saturday Vanderbilt at Kentucky Noon CBS Sports
Feb. 25 Saturday LSU at Ole Miss 1:30 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Feb. 25 Saturday Arkansas at Auburn 4:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Feb. 25 Saturday Florida at Georgia 4:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Feb. 25 Saturday Mississippi State at Alabama 6:00 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2 ESPN3.com
Feb. 25 Saturday Tennessee at South Carolina 8:00 p.m. FSN ESPN3.com
Feb. 28 Tuesday Ole Miss at Arkansas 7:00 p.m. ESPNU
Feb. 28 Tuesday Florida at Vanderbilt 9:00 p.m. ESPN ESPN3.com
Feb. 29 Wednesday Auburn at Alabama 8:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Feb. 29 Wednesday Mississippi State at South Carolina 8:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
Feb. 29 Wednesday Tennessee at LSU 9 p.m. ET CSS ESPN3.com
March 1 Thursday Georgia at Kentucky 9:00 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2 ESPN3.com
March 3 Saturday South Carolina at Georgia 1:30 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
March 3 Saturday LSU at Auburn 2:00 p.m. CBS Sports
March 3 Saturday Vanderbilt at Tennessee 4:00 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2 ESPN3.com
March 3 Saturday Alabama at Ole Miss 4:00 p.m. SEC Network ESPN3.com
March 3 Saturday Arkansas at Mississippi State 5:00 p.m. FSN ESPN3.com
March 4 Sunday Kentucky at Florida Noon CBS Sports

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Video Surfaces of Georgetown vs. Bali Brawl in China

As expected, video has surfaced of the Georgetown Hoyas' brawl in China...wow:



* Video from nbainfos on YouTube

Doron Lamb to Appear in Coloring Book


According to TheVillager.com, Kentucky sophomore Doron Lamb will be appearing in a special coloring book soon.

The coloring book will be an effort to spotlight personalities from Lamb's Lower East Side home.

Here is an excerpt:

In addition, in another effort to put the Lower East Side and some of its personalities on the map, Patterson, Harris and Orlando Bonilla are teaming up on a special coloring book. Its illustrations will run the gamut of current and former local figures, from artists Peter Missing, Ai Weiwei and Jim Power, to laid-back biker “Freaky Fridge,” emcee Tru Life and current Kentucky basketball standout Doron Lamb, who grew up on the L.E.S., though news articles always just say he’s from Queens.

Similarly, Patterson and Harris said, Councilmember Charles Barron is only known as being from Brooklyn, but he really grew up on the Lower East Side.


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Latest Highlights of UK Recruit Wayne Selden

Here are some new highlights of 2014 Kentucky recruit Wayne Selden:

NKU Officially Adds Darris Nichols to Coaching Staff


Northern Kentucky University has officially announced the hiring of Darris Nichols as an assistant.

Here is an excerpt of the NKU release:

“Darris has been associated with one of the nation's top programs in West Virginia as a player and a coach, and he is a great addition to our staff,” Bezold said. “He was an outstanding point guard in the Big East, and he knows how to win. West Virginia won at least 20 games in each of his four years while he played, and we're glad to have him in our program.”

Nichols joins an NKU program that posted a 21-9 record last season and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament. The Norse defeated Kentucky Wesleyan in the opening round before falling to eventual national champion Bellarmine in the regional semifinals.


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Kentucky Coaches, Players to Attend Sports Reach Auction


DATE: Thursday, August 25, 2011

WHERE: Christ United Methodist Church, Louisville , KY.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

*4:45- Silent auction begins

*5:30- Meal begins

*6:15- Silent auctions ends; Program begins

*7:15- Auction begins

*9:00- Head home

SPEAKERS:

The MC for the night will be Mike Pratt, UK radio color voice and Kentucky AD, Mitch Barnhart, will be the featured speaker.

CELEBS COMMITTED:

Updated 8/4/11)

*Mike Pratt (UK Radio and former player);

*Mitch Barnhart (UK AD); Boo Brewer

(former Louisville BB Player);

*Jack Givens (former UK player);

* Mike Phillips (Former UK player);

* Jim Andrews (former UK player);

* Gene Walter (former MLB player);

*Pat Day (Hall of Fame Jockey);

*Curtis Shaw (former NCAA BB official );

* Bobby Perry (former UK player);

*Brett Campbell (Ast. Coach at Austin Peay Univ.);

*Ray Harper (Ast. Coach at WKU);

*Scotty Davenport

(Head Coach of National Champions Bellarmine U.);

*Randy Embry (former UK player and NBA scout for Miami Heat);

*Wayne Chapman(former College BB coach and NBA scout);

*Larry Pursiful (former UK player);

*Keith Adkins (Head Coach of Campbellsville Univ.);

* Keith Madison (former UK baseball coach)

*Dewayne Peevy (Sports Information Director for UK),

*Matt Jones(Kentucky Sports Radio and TV),

*Brian Kizer(former UL player),

*John Wethington (Head Women’s coach at Lindsey Wilson College)

**Others will be added**

Find an updated list of auction items on www.sportsreach.org

INTERESTED IN ATTENDING?

There is no cost for the dinner. If you would like to attend, please contact us at speer_rds@hotmail.com

Georgetown Hoyas Involved in Brawl with Chinese Team


The Georgetown Hoyas were involved in a major brawl against a Chinese club team this morning.

Apparently, things were so ugly that the Hoyas simply walked off the court, ending the game.

Details are still sketchy, but Ballin' is a Habit has a link to a message board post from someone who claims to have been in attendance at the game:

The whole thing came undone in the third. About two minutes in, the ridiculously lopsided foul calls continued and the first real shoving match kicked off over a loose ball. The players on the court separated each other pretty quickly, but then the craziest thing I've ever seen happened- one of the Bayi big men got in JT3's face and almost took a swing. He was so shocked he didn't know what to do. So that upped the ante a bit.

Then the foul calls truly took on a comical dimension. ... There were four or five intentional fouls called, giving them four shots each time down the court. JT3 was called for a technical for stepping over the line onto the court. ... A few exchanges got testy and at one point players had to restrain themselves again.

Two minutes into the fourth, they were pressing full court, trapped one of our guards (I forget who it was), and then must have pushed or punched him on the ground after he made the outlet pass, because then there was a shoving match and then a bit of a fight, and then the whole thing set off. He tried to get away as quickly as possible as the Chinese players sort of converged on him, and then benches cleared, and then people on the Chinese bench started picking up chairs. Everyone on the other side of the court started fighting as well. Brawl spread all over the court, and then off the court. After it kicked off it immediately became possible for the crowd to get involved, and then they did. As we tried to get the team off the court, bottles (plastic ones, thankfully) came out of the crowd at the team and everyone left. Security was there (sort of), but it was more equivalent to mall cop-quality security rather than actual security. The Georgetown staff wanted the security to get on the floor, but honestly these guys didn't have a clue what to do. They escorted the whole alumni contingent out fairly quickly after that.


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Brandon Knight Misses UK, But Has No Regrets


Former University of Kentucky star Brandon Knight misses college but has no regrets about heading to the NBA.

He recently spoke to J. Michael Falgoust of USA Today.

Here is an excerpt:

At 19, Knight has plenty to study and learn about being a professional. The 6-3 guard, who spent one season at Kentucky, recently worked out with his old team during the NBA lockout, which began July 1.

"I definitely miss (college) already," says Knight, the eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft. "You build a close relationship with your teammates, your coach, your assistant coaches and also with the fans. The entire place. You build a new family.

"But once you move on, you can't really look back and regret the decision you made. The best thing you can do is move forward."

Many players who turned pro early amid labor uncertainty find themselves in Knight's position. Eighteen of the 30 first-round picks had at least one year of college eligibility left.


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Brescia University Releases 2011-12 Basketball Schedule


Brescia University has released its 2011-12 men's basketball schedule.

Brescia University 2011-12 Men's Basketball Schedule:

November 4-5 at Spring Arbor University Classic Spring Arbor, MI TBA
(Lourdes College & Great Lakes Christian)
November 9 at Cincinnati-Clermont College Batavia, OH 7:00pm
November 15 Bethel University (TN) Owensboro, KY 8:00pm
November 19 at Union College (KY) Barbourville, KY 7:00pm
November 21 Hiawasee College Owensboro, KY 7:30pm
November 25-26 at Tennessee Wesleyan College Classic TBA
(Tennessee Wesleyan & Bluefield College)
November 30 Fisk College Owensboro, KY 8:00pm
December 7 at Fisk College Nashville, TN 8:00pm
December 10 at Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN TBA
December 10 Union College (KY) Owensboro, KY 5:00pm
December 16-17 BU/Independence Bank Classic Owensboro, KY 5:00/7:00
(UC-Clermont & Tennessee Wesleyan) 1:00/3:00
December 28 at Holy Cross College Notre Dame, IN TBA
December 30 at Calumet College of St. Joe Chicago, IL TBA
January 2 Asbury College Owensboro, KY 6:00pm
January 4 Indiana University Northwest Owensboro, KY 6:00pm
January 7 Indiana University East Owensboro, KY 6:00pm
January 10 at Indiana University Southeast New Albany, IN 7:30pm
January 14 at Alice Lloyd College Pippa Passes, KY TBA
January 19 at Asbury College Owensboro, KY 7:00pm
January 21 Berea College Owensboro, KY 6:00pm
January 28 Alice Lloyd College Owensboro, KY 3:00pm
January 30 Cincinnati Christian University Owensboro, KY 7:00pm
February 2 at Indiana University East Richmond, IN 7:00pm
February 7 Indiana University Southeast Owensboro, KY 7:30pm
February 9 at Asbury College Wilmore, KY 7:00pm
February 11 St. Louis College of Pharmacy Owensboro, KY 8:00pm
February 14 at Indiana University Northwest Gary, IN 7:00pm
February 16 at Cincinnati Christian University Cincinnati, OH 7:00pm
February 18 at Berea College Berea, KY 4:00pm

The Night the Lights Went Out in Louisville

The Yum! Center went dark prior to the start of the Dominican Republic vs. UK Pros exhibition game on Wednesday.

In fact, the first nine or so minutes of the actual game were played in a bizarre darkened arena.

"Pitino probably had something to do with it, but it's all good," DeMarcus Cousins joked after the game. "Or they ain't pay the light bill or something."

Here is some footage from the early moments of the game (check out Rajon Rondo's shoes):



Wayne Blackshear Says He'll Be in Louisville Today


It looks like good news for University of Louisville fans as Wayne Blackshear says he'll be on campus today:

Waynefb25 Jus got the best news ever louisville

Waynefb25 I will b on campus thursday louisville

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Former Kentucky Stars Talk to the Media in Louisville

Former Kentucky stars DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight meet with the media after last night's exhibition game in the Yum! Center (video by the Courier-Journal):

Tarczewski to Choose Between Kansas, Arizona and UNC?


According to AZStarnet.com, 2012 big man Kaleb Tarczewski is expected to choose soon between Kansas, Arizona and North Carolina.

Here is an excerpt:

That's the way Tarczewski's coach with the New England Playaz, John Carroll, described the well-regarded big man's current status. Even if he's expected to soon make a decision between Kansas, Arizona and North Carolina.

"I really don't think anything's changed from earlier this summer," Carroll said today. "His plan was to play in July, go to Adidas Nation, then go home, decompress, and enjoy being a kid. Then start thinking about his decision in the later part of August."

Carroll said Tarczewski might then make a decision, sometime before his school begins in September, though he probably will not wait to take any more official visits after school begins. He has already visited his three finalists unofficially.


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Photo: Rivals.com

Mitch McGary Changes Plans for Kentucky Visit


Mitch McGary has changed his visit plans for Kentucky.

The 2012 big man will no longer visit during the first week of September. He will now visit in late September according to his father.

Chris Fisher of CatsPause.com broke the news on Twitter:

ChrisFisher247 Mitch McGary will not take an unofficial to UK in early Sept, instead opting for an official visit in late Sept, his father told TCP today.

Denny Crum to Join MVC Hall of Fame



Former University of Louisville head coach Denny Crum will be inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame in March.

Here is an excerpt of the release from the University of Louisville:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Former University of Louisville men's basketball coach Denny Crum is one of six individuals that will be inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame on Friday, March 2, 2012 in St. Louis.

 Joining Crum in this year's Hall of Fame class are oaching legend/television analyst Charlie Spoonhour of Missouri State, basketball standout Paul Silas of Creighton, men's soccer coach Fred Schmalz of Evansville, track and field Olympian Connie Price-Smith of Southern Illinois, and track star Joey Woody of Northern Iowa.

Louisville was a member of the MVC from 1964-75, winning six league men's basketball championships and finishing as runner-up twice.

A native of San Fernando, California, Denny Crum compiled a 98-22 overall record (.817 winning percentage), a 46-8 league slate (.852), two Final Four trips, a Sweet Sixteen appearance in the NCAA Tournament and a trip to the NIT in just four Missouri Valley Conference seasons.

 His overall and league-only winning percentages rank first on the all-time Missouri Valley Conference coaching list.

 In the NCAA Tournament, Crum guided the Cardinals to the Final Four in 1972 and 1975.

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Western Kentucky vs. Louisville to Air Live on ESPN2


The December 23 game between Western Kentucky and Louisville will air live ESPN2.

Dec. 23 Game vs. Western Kentucky on ESPN2

U of L's Dec. 23 men's basketball game against Western Kentucky in the KFC Yum! Center will be televised by ESPN2 at 7 p.m. The Hilltoppers have a 39-35 all-time series advantage, but the Cardinals have hit the century mark in winning the last two meetings: 102-79 in Louisville on Dec. 19, 2009; and 114-82 in Bowling Green on Dec. 22, 2010.

Louisville's complete men's basketball schedule is expected to be released in early September.

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Rajon Rondo Sharing Point Guard Secrets with John Wall

Here is former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo passing along his knowledge of the point guard position to former UK star John Wall:

Shaq: Barack Obama Damaged Rajon Rondo's Game


Did President Barack Obama shatter Rajon Rondo's confidence late last season?

Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal seems to think so. Shaq says in his book "Shaq Uncut" that President Obama is to blame:

In early March some of the guys went to the museum of Fine Arts for a fund-raiser and got to hang with President Barack Obama. Everyone was a little bit in awe. The President turns to Ray, points at Rondo, and says, “Hey, Ray, why don’t you teach this kid how to shoot?” Everyone starts laughing.



KG told me he saw the look on Rondo’s face and the kid was devastated, embarrassed. Dissed by the President, even though I’m sure Obama didn’t mean any harm. Rondo smiled and went along with all of it, but KG told me he could see it in his eyes. It bothered Rondo. It killed him.

The next day Rondo shot the ball horribly. He stopped taking shots after that. He’s so sensitive. I think it was a real jolt to hear the outside perception of a basketball fan who happens to be the President of the United States. It messed with his mind. I’m sure of it.


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Photo: Whitehouse.gov

3 of the Best: John Calipari, Denny Crum and Joe B. Hall

Here is video footage of John Calipari, Denny Crum and Joe B. Hall talking to the media following last night's exhibition game in Louisville:

CBS Writer: "Kentucky, unbelievably, is the clean one here"


CBSSports.com writer Matt Moore says LeBron James appears to be cursed. James recently affiliated himself with Miami, Ohio State and Kentucky and two of the three are now in serious hot water with the NCAA.

Unfortunately, Moore adds: "Kentucky, unbelievably, is the clean one here."

In typical fashion, another college program (Auburn, UCF, Ohio State, Miami and on and on) is wrapped in NCAA scandal, but certain members of the media always go back to Kentucky and John Calipari.

Here is an excpert:

James has been sponsoring the Buckeyes since 2007. He makes "The Decision," and in the following year the program goes through its worst NCAA violations scandal and their legendary head coach resigns.

Well that's not so bad, and it's not like the other two universities have gone through any... oh.

James moves to the Heat and the following year the University of Miami suffers arguably the worst reveal of recruiting violations in the history of college sports. Yachts, strippers, prostitutes, it's all there. That's two down.

Kentucky, unbelievably, is the clean one here. Whether it's fair or not, if you'd put odds out two years ago on which of those three schools an average person would bet would have recruiting violations, Kentucky would probably have been the best bet.

So what can we take from James having sponsored two out of three programs with recruiting violations and massive scandals on their hands? The clear answer is that James is cursed.


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Vitale: BBN is the Best, Teams Usually Defeat All-Stars


ESPN's Dick Vitale offered up two thoughts about the Dominican Republic vs. UK Pros series on Twitter earlier.

Vitale praised Kentucky's Big Blue Nation and also pointed out that a well-prepared, organized team will almost always defeat a collection of all stars.

DickieV All star games PROVED 2 FACTS- #1 Cats fans BBN-most passionate in hoops # 2 An organized team will beat All -Stars. http://t.co/6p0PiYV

My Thoughts: Good points from Dickie V.

Terrence Jones is Ready to Be a Leader for Kentucky


University of Kentucky sophomore Terrences Jones is glad to be back in Lexington and says he's ready to take a leadership role on the team.

Here is an excerpt from Yahoo! Sports:

A lot of people thought I was going to be one-and-done,” Jones said. “Playing for coach Calipari and being a top freshman … that’s usually what happens. But he’ll tell you it was no one’s decision but my own. I told him I wanted to come back.

“I didn’t want to rush into something that might be a bad situation with this NBA lockout, just not knowing what was going on with that. To me, there were a lot of reasons why I should stay in college.”

Jones spent most of his summer in Lexington, working on his ball-handling skills, shooting and conditioning while adding strength and bulk. Jones said he weighed 240 pounds as a freshman. Now he’s up to 250. He hopes the extra muscle will help him absorb contact better under the basket, enabling him to finish plays.

When he wasn’t working out, Jones took an equal interest in setting a good example for the Wildcats’ newcomers.

“I wanted to make sure that I was going as hard as I could in front of my new teammates,” he said. “It’s obvious they look up to me. I try to show them how to do the right thing and what’s best for them. When they ask me questions, I try to play the big brother role that my teammates played for me last year.


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Leroy Nobles Will Start Professional Career in Poland


Former IUPUI star Leroy Nobles, a native of Louisville, has agreed on contract terms with Asseco Prokom.

Here is an excerpt from Eurobasket.com:

Asseco Prokom have ensured the services of Leroy Nobles (195-G/F). The guard will start his pro career in Poland. Leroy Nobles graduated from the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The guard notched 18.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in his senior season. Leroy Nobles was named into All-Summit League 1st Team.

Asseco Prokom plays in Poland's top-level PLK league and will participate in Euroleague games this season. Former Duke star Daniel Ewing and ex-Western Kentucky guard Filip Videnov were on the Prokom roster last season.

Nobles played high school basketball at Louisville Central.

Highlights: UK Pros vs. Dominican Republic in Louisville

Here are some highlights from last night's game at the Yum! Center:



Louisville Names Tri-Captains for 2011-12 Season


The Louisville Cardinals have named Kyle Kuric, Chris Smith and Peyton Siva tri-captains for the 2011-12 season.

Here is the release from U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino has announced that seniors Kyle Kuric and Chris Smith, and junior Peyton Siva have been named tri-captains for the 2011-12 men's basketball team.

"We usually have seniors be our captain or captains, but Peyton is the exception to the rule," said Pitino. "His leadership abilities are unparalleled. He's joining Kyle and Chris, who are also terrific leaders by example in their dedication to the game."


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USA Men Dismantle Finland, Earn No. 1 Seed in Group

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The USA World University Games team destroyed Finland 124-64 this morning to capture the top seed in Group D.

Kentucky's Darius Miller had 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals for the Americans.

Here is a recap from USABasketball.com:

After a first-quarter fight from Finland (2-2), the 2011 USA Men’s World University Games Team (4-0) went on to easily secure a 124-64 win and the No. 1 seed out of Group D in the 2011 World University Games on Aug. 17 at the Universiade Main Gym in Shenzhen, China.

Led by 21 points from JaMychal Green (Alabama/Montgomery, Ala.), who grabbed five offensive boards and shot 6-of-7 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free throw line, the USA collected 22 offensive rebounds overall on its way to a 47-27 advantage on the glass.

“We came out with a lot of energy,” said USA and Purdue University head mentor Matt Painter. “We mixed up the line up a little bit tonight and swapped our point guards, Scoop (Jardine) and Ashton (Gibbs), just to get a different look and see how our guys would respond to it, and both groups played well. I thought our guys had a great effort on the glass, especially on free throws. Even though you don't want to miss your free throws, we did a great job of attacking the glass and getting second-chance opportunities.”

The USA, which has cruised uncontested through its first four games, will wrap up preliminary round pool play against Israel at 3:30 p.m. (all times listed are China Standard Time, which is +12 hours from Eastern Time) on Aug. 18. The top two finishing teams from each pool will advance to the medal quarterfinals, which will be contested on Aug. 20. The semifinals are scheduled for Aug. 21, and the finals will be played on Aug. 22.

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John Calipari Heads to the Dominican Republic


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari stated on Twitter earlier that he's headed to the Dominican Republic as he continues to prepare his team for the FIBA Americas tournament.

UKCoachCalipari I'm on my way to the Dominican Republic and I'm very excited about the opportunity to learn and grow as a coach.

Calipari followed that up with a very interesting message:

UKCoachCalipari I'm also looking forward to the opportunity to help this country do something that they've never done before.... Strict Liability.

Hmmm strict liability...I think I've heard that phrase before.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Warrant Issued in Desmond Allison's Murder Case


Police have issued a warrant for 35-year old Richard Lee Willis in the shooting death of former University of Kentucky basketball player Desmond Allison.

Allison, who played at Kentucky from 1998-00, was gunned down in Columbus in July. Witnesses reportedly said that the incident may have stemmed from an argument between two women over a baseball cap.

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WKU Assistant Named in Yahoo! Report About Miami


Western Kentucky University assistant Jake Morton was named in an investigation by Yahoo! Sports into alleged impermissible benefits provided to Miami (Fla.) players by Nevin Shapiro.

Here is an excerpt of the potentially serious violations that were uncovered in the Yahoo! report:

Shapiro said he violated NCAA rules with the knowledge or direct participation of at least six coaches - Clint Hurtt, Jeff Stoutland and Aubrey Hill on the football staff, and Frank Haith, Jake Morton and Jorge Fernandez on the basketball staff. Multiple sources told Yahoo! Sports Shapiro also violated NCAA rules with football assistant Joe Pannunzio, although the booster refused to answer any questions about that relationship. Shapiro also named assistant football equipment manager Sean Allen as someone who engaged in rulebreaking, and equipment managers Ralph Nogueras and Joey Coreyas witnesses to some of his impropriety.

Among the specific incidents, Shapiro or other sources say Hurtt, Hill, Stoutland, Pannunzio and Allen all delivered top-tier recruits to Shapiro's home or luxury suite so the booster could make recruiting pitches to them. Among the players who were ushered to Shapiro while they were still in high school: Eventual Miami commitments Ray-Ray Armstrong, Dyron Dye and Olivier Vernon (prompted by Hurtt); eventual Florida commitments Andre Debose (Hurtt) and Matt Patchan (prompted by Stoutland and Pannunzio); eventual Georgia commitment Orson Charles (Pannunzio); and eventual Central Florida commitment Jeffrey Godfrey (Allen).

The University of Alabama (Pannunzio and Soutland), University of Florida (Hill) and Louisville University (Hurtt) all declined to make the coaches available for interviews. Allen declined comment, calling all of Shapiro's claims "egregious and false."

But Shapiro insists he came in contact with multiple recruits improperly during their official or unofficial visits going all the way back to 2002.

"Hell yeah, I recruited a lot of kids for Miami," Shapiro said. "With access to the clubs, access to the strip joints. My house. My boat. We're talking about high school football players. Not anybody can just get into the clubs or strip joints. Who is going to pay for it and make it happen? That was me."

The booster said his role went one step farther with the basketball program, when he paid $10,000 to help secure the commitment of recruit DeQuan Jones. Shapiro said the transaction was set up by assistant coach Jake Morton in 2007 who acted as the conduit for the funds, and was later acknowledged by head coach Frank Haith in a one-on-one conversation.

Haith denied Shapiro's claims through a University of Missouri spokesman. Morton, who is now at Western Kentucky, didn't return a call seeking comment.

Shapiro also entertained then-prominent AAU basketball coach Moe Hicks in October of 2008, with a nightclub visit that was attended by both Morton and Fernandez.


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Those Pesky Dominicans Sweep the UK Pros


Dominican Republic 91
Bud Light Pros 86

Exhibition Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Complete recap coming soon...

More Highlights of Dominican Republic vs. UK Pros

Here are some highlights of last night's Dominican Republic win in Rupp Arena (highlights by my man Mackenzie Bates of WYMTNews.com):

A Few Thoughts on Eloy Vargas and the Dominican Team



I have now watched Kentucky's Eloy Vargas in one Dominican Republic practice/scrimmage and one exhibition game. Here are a few thoughts and observations:

- Vargas has clearly improved during the summer but must continue to work hard if he is going to contribute positive minutes at UK this season. He appears to be on the right path, however. As Coach Cal has noted several times, he hopes the "light bulb" comes on for Eloy like it did for Josh Harrellson.

- During practice, Vargas was running with what appeared to be the third string of players. In other words, he didn't appear (from my point of view) to be in the top 10, which means his future on the roster is still unknown.

- As you likely noticed last night, Eloy was not a part of the regular rotation of players on the Dominican team - even with Charlie Villanueva out with an injury. He came in very late (and played well scoring 4 points in a minute) in what felt more like a "crowd-pleasing" role than anything.

Keep an eye on: Vargas' role in tonight's game at the Yum! Center. Will he receive a few more minutes to prove himself? Has a decision already been made?

My Thoughts: If I were making a prediction based only on what I've observed (and this is nothing more than pure speculation), I would guess that Eloy is on board for as many workouts/scrimmages as possible leading up to the team's departure for South America. When the deadline comes, my guess is that Vargas will be cut from the final roster.

Don't get me wrong, I would love nothing more than to see Vargas on the final roster, but I'm guessing that it wouldn't be worth having him miss significant class time if he can't crack the regular rotation.

I'll add an update after tonight's game to see if my mind changes...

Recent Interview with Andrew and Aaron Harrison

Here is DraftExpress.com with 2013 Kentucky recruits Andrew and Aaron Harrison:

Harris Returns Home After Successful Season in China


Ramon Harris is back in the United States following his team's exit in China's NBL playoffs.

Ningxia Hanas was eliminated with a 113-97 loss to Jiangsu over the weekend.

Harris actually did not appear in the playoffs as the team replaced him in the lineup with American Craig Winder.

In 17 games this season, Harris averaged 17.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. He set a new league scoring record with 48 points in a game earlier this season.

Harris posted on his Twitter account:

Only1MonieMone What's good Ky???? Feels good to be back in the bluegrass!!

Source: AsiaBasket.com

Luke Fitzgerald Nails Game-Winner to Keep Hopes Alive


Former University of Cumberlands star Luke Fitzgerald nailed a "season-saving" three-pointer with five seconds left to give the Dandenong Rangers an 87-86 win over Bendigo Braves on Saturday night.

The win improved Dandenong to 12-13 on the season and kept the team in the playoff hunt in Australia's ABA league.

Here is an excerpt of the recap from AustraliaBasket.com:

Fitzgerald said he was always confident he would make the shot if he got the chance.

'I've practised that shot, I knew I could make it,' he said. 'If I got it I was going to shoot it. 'When Hogan shot the ball I looked over at the referee and saw he had signalled it was a two-point shot so I knew we were OK.'

The Braves players and coaches looked stunned as the buzzer sounded while the Rangers players celebrated by going into the stands and slapping high-fives with their supporters.

Fitzgerald and Jura led the way with 22 points while Braves centre Sam Harris scored 27 points and had five blocks.


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Here is a recent interview with Fitzgerald:

Calipari Shares His Top 10 Funniest Moments from Exhibition


John Calipari has given his "top 10 funniest moments" from Monday night's exhibition game at Rupp Arena.

Here is an excerpt:

8.) Papa John’s halfcourt shots – I love Papa John (John Schnatter), but he will not be the guy taking the half-court shot if we need it. Are you kidding me? He needed a little more pepperoni on those half-court shots.

6.) What rules? Obviously the Big Blue Nation isn’t too familiar with FIBA rules. I heard somebody yell, “Are we playing volleyball” on a tip-in, but that isn’t goaltending in FIBA. The ball is live anytime after it hits the rim even if it’s in the cylinder.

4.) Once a rival, always a rival – You all showered former Cardinals Edgar and Francisco Garcia with boos all night long, but they didn’t back down and combined for 59 points. These guys can play now.

3.) The chomp – As if booing Edgar and Francisco weren’t enough, you all let Florida Gator Al Horford have it with a bunch of boos in the introduction. He responded by giving Big Blue Nation the Gator chomp before going out there and scoring 12 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists.

1.) Stacking the deck? None too pleased with the calls, Rajon Rondo said to me as he ran up the court, “Did they get this official from the DR?” I said, “No, they’re from Puerto Rico.” Did he think we were stacking the deck? Little did he know those countries are big rivals.

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Kentucky to Appear in Four "Super Tuesday" Games


ESPN has announced its "Super Tuesday" schedule for the upcoming college basketball season and the Kentucky Wildcats figure heavily into the mix.

UK will appear in four of the Super Tuesday games beginning with a January 17 Rupp Arena game against Arkansas. A week later the Cats will be featured on the road against Georgia.

Kentucky will also appear two times in February with a home game against Florida and a road appearance at Mississippi State.

Super Tuesday Schedule (All games televised on ESPN and ESPN3.com; schedule subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game

Jan 10 7 p.m. Georgia at No. 12 Florida
Jan 17 9 p.m. Arkansas at No. 2 Kentucky
Jan 24 9 p.m. No. 2 Kentucky at Georgia
Jan 31 9 p.m. No. 7 Vanderbilt at Arkansas
Feb 7 7 p.m. No. 12 Florida at No. 2 Kentucky
Feb 14 7 p.m. No. 12 Florida at No. 14 Alabama
Feb 21 9 p.m. No. 2 Kentucky at Mississippi State
Feb 28 9 p.m. No. 12 Florida at No. 7 Vanderbilt

Former University of Kentucky Stars Talk About Coming Back

All eight of the former University of Kentucky stars who played in last night's exhibition game spoke to the media afterwards.

John Wall, Eric Bledsoe and Jodie Meeks:



Keith Bogans, Tayshaun Prince and Nazr Mohammad:



DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo:

Dominicans Talk About Win Over Kentucky Pros

Francisco Garcia, Edgar Sosa and Al Horford talked to the media following last night's win over the Bud Light Pros, which was a collection of former University of Kentucky stars.

Garcia spoke highly of Sacramento teammate DeMarcus Cousins, saying that Cousins is going "to be an All-Star" some day in the NBA.

Al Horford addressed the "Gator chomp" that he gave the UK faithful before the game.

Mitch McGary to Visit Kentucky on September 4


According to Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com, 2012 star Mitch McGary will visit the University of Kentucky on September 4.

UPDATE: Meyer corrected himself - the correct date is September 5

3starmeyer Mitch Mcgary's up coming visits: official Michigan 9/3, unofficial Kentucky 9/4, offical UNC 9/5&6, official Duke 9/7&8

McGary is a 6-10 center from Brewster Academy. He ranks No. 5 over all in the 2012 recruiting class.

Evan Daniel of Scout.com adds this tidbit:

EvanDanielscout My understanding is Mitch McGary won't be at UK on September 4th. John Calipari won't be in Lexington and neither will most of his staff.

Calipari Announces the Starters for Tonight's Game


The votes are in and the fans chosen the starters for tonight's exhibition game at the Yum! Center in Louisville.

John Calipari announced the lineup this morning on Twitter:

UKCoachCalipari The votes are in for the starters for game 2. You picked Rajon Rondo, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Knight and Josh Harrellson.

Starters:

G Rajon Rondo
G John Wall
G Brandon Knight
F Josh Harrellson
F DeMarcus Cousins

Bench:

G Eric Bledsoe
G/F DeAndre Liggins
C Nazr Mohammad

And remember:

UKCoachCalipari If you want to get your tickets on-line, enter the code word “BLUE” and you will get your tickets for $5: http://t.co/tPwVmbm

Dominican Republic vs. The Pros: Introductions

More than 24,000 fans welcomed the Dominican Republic national team and the Bud Light Pros to Rupp Arena for last night's exhibition game.

The very pro-Kentucky crowd gave current UK player Eloy Vargas a tremendous ovation when he was introduced as a member of the Dominican team.

The cheers changed to a rabid course of boos when former Louisville stars Edgar Sosa and Francisco Garcia as well as former Florida star Al Horford were introduced. Horford shot back at the crowd with a trademark "Gator chomp":



The former Kentucky stars were introduced to thunderous cheers from the Big Blue faithful:

Rupp Arena Postgame with John Calipari and Joe B. Hall

"We all think this is normal..this is not normal now. An exhibition game August 15th...and it's packed...and it's t.v. and they're going at each other. There's going to be people mad tomorrow that our team lost."

- John Calipari on UK fans

"I may be hung in effigy tomorrow..."

- Joe B. Hall on the passion of Kentucky fans

Here is Dominican Republic coach John Calipari and The Pros coach Joe B. Hall talking to the media after last night's exhibition game:



Organized Dominican Republic Team Too Much for The Pros


Dominican Republic 106
Bud Light Pros 88

Exhibition Final from Rupp Arena


The Dominican Republic national team, under the guidance of Kentucky head coach John Calipari, pulled away from a collection of former Kentucky stars to earn a 106-88 win in an exhibition game at Rupp Arena on Monday night.

Led by former Louisville stars Francisco Garcia and Edgar Sosa, the Dominicans were clearly more organized and prepared than the "Bud Light Pros".

Garcia led the way with 30 points while Sosa added 29. The pair of former Cardinals combined to nail 11-21 three-point shots.

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins led The Pros with 28 points and 12 rebounds.

The two teams will meet again on Tuesday night at the Yum! Center in Louisville.

Cousins with a powerful dunk in the closing minutes:



Some postgame quotes:

Dominican Republic National Team Head Coach John Calipari

On the atmosphere
“What I liked was the introduction. You have to understand, this was like an NBA playoff environment. (Dominican Republic assistant coach) Del Harris, who’s never seen this, is looking at me saying ‘what is this? This is like an NBA playoff. Look at these people.’ When they introduced (Pros co-head coach Denny) Crum and it was a positive thing and when they introduced (Pros co-head coach Joe B. Hall) and the whole place went bonkers, now you just want to have a good game because that stuff there just shows what our fans are about. I just hope everyone enjoyed themselves.”

On what it was like coaching against former players
“I wanted them to play well, just because they’re my family. Tayshaun (Prince) and Jodie (Meeks) and Nazr (Mohammed) and even Keith (Bogans) have been so good to me, I want those guys to play well, but we wanted to win too.”

On the uniqueness of the night
“Del Harris from the NBA looks around and says ‘what is happening? What is this?’ We all think this is normal. This is not normal. An exhibition game August 15 and it’s packed and they’re going at each other. There are going to be people mad tomorrow that our team lost. They’ll be at the water cooler (saying) ‘I can’t believe we lost that game.’”

Pros Co-Head Coach Joe. B Hall

On the experience
“It was a really good experience. I wish we had played a little better but I think they played hard and without much coaching they did a good job. I was really impressed with several of the players’ attitude. I thought they really tried there at the last, but the baskets just didn’t fall. I think it was a futile effort without the experience of practicing and having an offense we could go to.”

On how he coached his team
“I didn’t care what they did. They are pros, they wanted to win, they did what they thought they had to do to win and I just enjoyed having a good seat there on the bench. (There’s) not a lot you can do. (I tried) to balance the time the played, tried to keep them fresh and give some consideration for the older ones.”

On Rajon Rondo as a coach on the floor
“We had a lot of coaches. The players wanted to win and they tried to get themselves together. They know each other, they knew what they could do and they were doing a lot of coaching. Not only Rondo, but () Wall and (DeMarcus) Cousins. They came up with some things that they wanted me to do. They wanted Nazr in there to play with two big men one team. They wanted to go to zone. They came up with ideas all night.”

Monday, August 15, 2011

DeMarcus Cousins and Francisco Garcia Playing Hard

Watch as Sacramento Kings' teammates DeMarcus Cousins and Francisco Garcia get tangled up:

John Wall Brings the House Down with the Dunk

Check out John Wall doing what John Wall does:

Photos: The Pros vs. Dominican Republic Pregame

Here are some pictures of the Kentucky Pros and the Dominican Republic national team preparing for tonight's game:






Kentucky Pros Dunking in Pregame at Rupp Arena

I hate to say the Dominican Republic national team is in trouble, but check out DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall and Eric Bledsoe putting on a show for the Rupp Arena fans:

WKU Showing Heavy Interest in Dashawn Suber


Western Kentucky University is reportedly showing heavy interest in 2012 point guard Dashawn Suber.

Here is an excerpt:

The same school that produced Rivals.com four-star recruit Derrick Gordon has another player on WKU's radar.

Dashawn Suber, a Rivals.com three-star point guard from the class of 2012 who transferred to St. Patrick's (N.J.) before his junior year, said WKU is showing "heavy interest" in him.

WKU hasn't officially offered him a scholarship, but Suber said he likes the thought of teaming up with his former high school teammate in college.

He said he plans to visit WKU in the next few weeks.

"I talked to Derrick a lot about the school," he said. "Derrick was a role model type. It would be nice if I was able to play in college with him because he's a very good teammate and he's like a big brother to me."


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Alex Poythress Cuts Final List to 5; UK in the Mix


Fresh off a weekend visit to the University of Kentucky, 2012 star Alex Poythress has cut his final list to five schools.

Poythress is reportedly down to Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Memphis and Vanderbilt.

Footage of Dominican Republic Intrasquad Scrimmage

The Dominican Republic national team is preparing for the upcoming FIBA Americas Tournament.

The team will battle some former University of Kentucky stars tonight at Rupp Arena and Tuesday night at the Yum! Center.

Here is some footage from a recent Dominican Republic intrasquad scrimmage:





The Dominican team is being coached by UK head coach John Calipari:

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