Saturday, September 10, 2011

FIBA Refs Screw the Dominican Republic


Brazil 83
Dominican Republic 76

Final from 2011 FIBA Americas Championship Semifinal Round


The Dominican Republic fought hard but came up short in an 83-76 loss to Brazil on Saturday night.

In a game that was clearly decided by a string of terrible calls by the officials, Brazil held off a Dominican rally to earn a berth in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Marcelo Machado led the Brazilians with 20 points and 4 assists. Marcelo Huertas added 19 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds.

Jack Michael Martinez led the Dominican Republic with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Al Horford chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds.

The Dominican Republic only had 4 assists and continued to struggle without former Louisville point guard Edgar Sosa in the lineup.

John Calipari's team will play the loser of Puerto Rico and Argentina in the tournament's consolation game.

My thoughts: The Dominican Republic was absolutely screwed by the FIBA officials. I am convinced, after watching this game, that Brazil was the pre-determined winner.

The so-called "referees" called in favor of the Brazilians in every situation and it was apparent early that the Dominicans would not be allowed to win the game.

Here are a couple of blatant examples:

- Tiago Splitter hit Jack Michael Martinez in the face (very clear on the replay); the officials determined that it was a double foul

- The Brazilian center earned 8 consecutive calls in his favor in the first half; after review, he maybe deserved 2 calls in his favor

- Near the end of the game, Brazil clearly knocked the ball out of bounds; the refs determined that the Dominican Republic knocked it out and gave the ball back to Brazil. Brazil then nailed a 3-pointer.

- In the third quarter, the Brazilians obviously shoved Jack Michael Martinez directly in front of the officials. There was no call and Brazil nailed a critical 3-pointer.

- In the third quarter, Brazil had an very obvious shot-clock violation; the officials ignored it and Brazil scored another critical basket.

John Wall Celebrates 21st Birthday with the Stars


Former University of Kentucky star John Wall celebrated his 21st birthday on Thursday night in New York City.

Wall partied at a 6,000-square foot club known as Greenhouse (because it is built entirely from recyclable materials). Joining Wall were Carmelo Anthony, Drake, Diddy and D.J. Khaled.

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Related news:

Reebok has put out a special edition John Wall shoe known as the "Grown Ass Man" edition:



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Peyton Siva Featured on Athlon Preview Cover



Louisville's Peyton Siva is featured on one of the covers for Athlon's college basketball preview issue.

Athlon predicts Louisville will finish third in the Big East Conference and advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

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Rupp Arena Makes ESPN's "Bucket List"


Kentucky's Rupp Arena picked up a mention on ESPN.com's college basketball bucket list of arenas.

ESPN's Stephen Bardo said Rupp tops his wish list:

Stephen Bardo: Rupp Arena tops my wish list. I was born in Kentucky and raised in nearby southern Illinois, so Wildcats basketball was by far the most popular college team of my childhood. Growing up watching the Jack "Goose" Givens era and now the way coach John Calipari has it rockin' again, a visit to Rupp would bring it full circle for me. Hearing 24,000 fans live and die on every play would be special.

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The Sporting News Ranks Bellarmine Preseason No. 1


Bellarmine University, the defending national champions, will enter the 2011-12 campaign as The Sporting News' top-ranked team.

The Sporting News also named Braydon Hobbs and Jeremy Kendle as preseason first team All-Americans.

Here is more from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --- Repeating as National Champions is never an easy feat in collegiate athletics, but that is exactly what The Sporting News is predicting for the Bellarmine University men's basketball team as they are ranked No. 1 in the country in the magazine's preseason poll.

The Sporting News also tabs guards Braydon Hobbs and Jeremy Kendle as 1st team All-Americans. Kendle led the Knights in scoring last season averaging 16.9 points and was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year. Hobbs was the director of an offense that led the nation in field goal percentage, while averaging 12.3 points and 6.5 assists per game.

Writer Chuck Mistovich likes Bellarmine's veteran depth in the form of Chris Dowe and Luke Sprague and goes on to add that incoming transfers Richie Phares and Jelani Johnson, could start for any Division II team in the country.

Lincoln Memorial checks in at No. 2 in the poll followed by West Liberty, Alabama-Huntsville, and BYU-Hawaii, who Bellarmine defeated in the national championship game. Benedict comes in at sixth place with Missouri Southern State, Augustana, Metropolitan State, and UMass-Lowell round out the top 10 rankings.


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DaJuan Coleman Schedules Official Visits to OSU, UK


DaJuan Coleman, a 6-10 center from Jamesville-DeWitt (NY) High School, has scheduled official visits to Ohio State and Kentucky.

Here is more from Syracuse.com:

Coleman's AAU coach told Adam Zagoria that the 6-foot-10, 285-pound center has tentatively scheduled a visit to Ohio State for the weekend of September 23.

Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger is making a case for Coleman to end up with the Buckeyes.

"I think Sullinger is basically [saying] his school is just pushing me harder," Coleman said earlier this summer to SNY.tv. "That’s what I want. I like competition and stuff. They push me harder, give me the ball, put me in the right spot. You know, make me better as a player."

The other school Dajuan's considering is Syracuse. No official visit has been scheduled yet, but Coleman has gone to a couple Orange games.

"He wants to take all the visits," Coleman's AAU coach Jim Hart told ZagsBlog. "He wants to give everybody a shot."


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Rajon Rondo Passing Workout Videos

Former University of Kentucky star Rajon Rondo shows you how he trains to be one of the NBA's top point guards:







Friday, September 9, 2011

Archie Goodwin Isn't Afraid to Speak His Mind


University of Kentucky recruit Archie Goodwin isn't afraid to tell you exactly how he feels.

He recently gave his reasons for cutting Texas, Missouri, and Baylor from his list.

Here is an excerpt:

Why not Texas?

“I did away with Texas simply because I didn’t feel like my relationship was strong enough with Coach [Rick] Barnes. I can see myself playing for Texas but I didn’t feel comfortable with him as my coach.”

And Missouri?

“I talked to the assistant coaches all the time. Coach Tim Fuller is one of the coolest assistant coaches I’ve ever known, but as far as the head coach, I really didn’t know his name. I couldn’t tell you the head coach’s name. He talked to me on the phone, but Tim was the one that mostly called.”

And Baylor?

“Coach Scott Drew is a great guy. I love Coach Drew. They were one of the first schools that were recruiting me. But I didn’t like that they were an adidas team, but that’s not to say I wouldn’t go to Kansas because Kansas is a great team. I can look over the adidas thing – I own some adidas stuff. I didn’t like their colors, either. I don’t like green and gold. That’s ugly …. When you got ugly colors like that, you gotta be Nike. …. Baylor has some ugly shoes, too."

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Man Who Challenged Calipari's 500th Win Resigns


Dennis Thomas, the man who demanded that UK retract John Calipari's 500th win, has resigned as NCAA Infractions committee chairman.

Thomas cited "unforeseen personal reasons" as the cause of his resignation.

Here is an excerpt from SportingNews.com:

Thomas also created a firestorm when he sent a stern letter to Kentucky president Lee Todd demanding that UK acknowledge it had erred in celebrating the occasion of Calipari’s 500th career victory -- ignoring that some of his wins at Memphis and Massachusetts had been vacated.

Kentucky eventually released a statement acknowledging the disparity:

"After consulting with the NCAA, the University of Kentucky has been informed that the honoring of our head men's basketball coach for his 500th career victory on Feb. 26, 2011 was in error and that, henceforth, we will reflect our head men's basketball coach's career record in our media guides, Internet sites and other publications consistent with the NCAA's official records and statistics."


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Calipari Conducts In-Home Visit Via "Distance Recruiting"


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari says he conducted an in-home visit from Argentina tonight.

UKCoachCalipari Pulled off a Kentucky first today, a home visit from South America. That’s right, BBN, Kenny Payne was in a home and I was on speakerphone.

Former Kentucky Star Chuck Hayes to China?


Former University of Kentucky star Chuck Hayes says he will consider playing in China this season if the NBA lockout continues.

Here is an excerpt from Slamonline.com:

“China would be the ideal place as Hayes popularity there is unbelievable,” said Hayes’ agent Calvin Andrews of BDA Sports Management. “We have a great relationship with teams over there and Chuck would be a fan favorite.”

Hayes can thank Yao Ming for the extra exposure. Anyone who has played significant time alongside Yao has reaped the benefits of receiving an extended fan base in China.

China offered Hayes a lucrative deal early in the summer according to Andrews. The offer was bad timing and Hayes’ camp turned it down. They won’t be as inclined to do so again if a new CBA is not reached in due time.

“If nothing is figured out by the end of October, then I’ll look at China again or somewhere else,” Hayes said.


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Latest Highlights of 2014 UK Recruit Wayne Selden

Here is the latest video of 2014 Kentucky recruit Wayne Selden (via fivestarbasketball on YouTube):

Wall, Harrellson to Compete in Impact Basketball League


Impact Basketball released the rosters for the two-week Competitive Training Series (also dubbed the “Lockout League”) from Sept. 12-23 at its facility in Las Vegas.

The University of Kentucky will be represented by former point guard John Wall and big man Josh Harrellson.

Former Western Kentucky stars Courtney Lee and Jeremy Evans will also be in the league.

In addition, Shelvin Mack (Butler) and Derrick Caracter (Louisville/UTEP) are listed.

Several names including Eric Bledsoe, Nazr Mohammad, Tayshaun Prince, Rajon Rondo and Keith Bogans were tossed around in rumors for the league but do not appear on the official roster.

Here is the complete roster via SI.com (click to enlarge):

Report: U of L's Kevin Ware Ineligible Until January


According to Kevin Ware on Twitter, he will not be eligible to play college basketball Louisville until January.

Here is more from CardChronicle.com:

According to tweets from Kevin Ware, the freshman combo guard from Georgia will not be eligible to play for Louisville this season until January.

The news marks the end of a tumultuous several months for Ware.


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Here is the official release from Louisville:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kevin Ware, a 6-4 guard from Conyers, Ga., will not enroll at the University of Louisville this fall after failing to meet NCAA initial eligibility requirements. A waiver and subsequent appeal to the NCAA were both denied.

Ware, who signed a financial aid agreement with the Cardinals in June, will continue to work on improving his standing and if successful, could become eligible for the 2012 spring semester and join the Cardinals as soon as Dec. 14, the day after U of L final examinations.

"I've never seen anyone this close to being eligible," said U of L Coach Rick Pitino. "He is just fractions away and he fully intends to enroll here."

A first-team all-state selection as a senior last season, Ware averaged 13.2 points, 4.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals in helping Rockdale County High School post a 26-6 record and finish as the Georgia 4-A state runner-up.

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Mitch McGary on Official Visit to Duke This Weekend


Kentucky recruit Mitch McGary will be on an official visit to Duke this weekend.

Brewster Academy's Jason Smith gave an update on Twitter this morning:

BrewsterHoops #Brewster forward @MitchMcGary33 begins his official visit to #Duke today.

McGary is a 6-10 power forward in the 2012 recruiting class. He ranks No. 3 overall on the Rivals.com list.

Murray State Releases 2011-12 Men's Basketball Schedule


Murray State University has released its men's basketball schedule for the 2011-12 season.

The Racers will travel across the nation for the Great Alaska Shootout in November. They will battle UAB, Western Kentucky, Dayton and Memphis before entering into the always challenging Ohio Valley Conference schedule.

MSU 2011-12 Men's Basketball Schedule

Date Time Opponent Location
11/8/2011 TBA Bethel H
11/11/2011 TBA Harris-Stowe H
11/14/2011 TBA Morgan State A
11/17/2011 TBA Tennessee Temple H
11/20/2011 TBA UAB A

Great Alaska Shootout
11/23/2011 TBA Alaska-Anchorage A
11/23/2011 TBA San Francisco or Dartmouth N
11/26/2011 TBA TBA N
12/1/2011 TBA Western Kentucky A
12/4/2011 TBA Dayton H
12/11/2011 TBA Memphis A
12/15/2011 TBA Lipscomb H
12/17/2011 TBA Arkansas State H
12/21/2011 TBA UT Martin H
12/30/2011 TBA Eastern Illinois A
1/4/2012 TBA Eastern Kentucky H
1/7/2012 TBA Austin Peay A
1/12/2012 TBA Jacksonville State H
1/14/2012 TBA Tennessee Tech H
1/18/2012 TBA Morehead State A
1/21/2012 TBA SIU Edwardsville A
1/28/2012 TBA Eastern Illinois H
2/2/2012 TBA Southeast Missouri H
2/4/2012 TBA UT Martin A
2/9/2012 TBA Tennessee State H
2/11/2012 TBA Austin Peay H
2/15/2012 TBA Southeast Missouri A
2/18/2012 TBA ESPNU BracketBusters H
2/23/2012 TBA Tennessee State A
2/25/2012 TBA Tennessee Tech A

Ohio Valley Conference Championship

2/29/2012 TBA First Round N
3/1/2012 TBA Quarterfinals N
3/2/2012 TBA Semifinals N
3/3/2012 TBA Championship Game N

Dominican Republic to Battle Brazil for Spot in 2012 Olympics


John Calipari's Dominican Republic national team will face Brazil on Saturday night for an automatic berth in the 2012 Olympics.

The Dominicans upset Brazil 79-74 in the tournament's first round, but have struggled in their last three games heading into the weekend. On Tuesday, they struggled before finally putting away Uruguay 84-76. In the last two games, they were outscored a combined 163-120 in two lopsided losses to Puerto Rico (79-62) and Argentina (84-58).

The Dominicans have been noticeably out of sorts following the devastating loss of point guard Edgar Sosa near the end of Monday's win over Panama. Calipari will attempt to refocus his group as they attempt to capture the nation's first-ever Olympics bid.

Calipari and company are one win away from making Dominican Republic history.

Final Second Round Group Standings:

Group X

# Team W/L Pts
1. Brazil 6/1 13
2. Argentina 6/1 13
3. Puerto Rico 5/2 12
4. Dominican Republic 4/3 11
5. Venezuela 3/4 10
6. Canada 2/5 9
7. Uruguay 1/6 8
8. Panama 1/6 8

Weekend Schedule:

Semifinal Round 9/10/2011

6:00 p.m. Brazil vs. Dominican Republic
8:15 p.m. Argentina vs. Puerto Rico

Final Round 9/11/2011

6:00 p.m. Loser of (37) Loser of (38)
8:15 p.m. Winner of (37) Winner of (38)

- Both semifinal winners earn spot in 2012 Olympics
- Semifinal losers have already earned a spot in a last chance Olympics qualifying tournament to be held next summer
- Venezuela captured the tournament's 5th spot with a 92-80 win over Uruguay

Thursday, September 8, 2011

2011 U of L Men's Basketball Luncheon Announced


The annual University of Louisville Men's Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 13 at noon.

Here is a release from U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino will be the featured speaker at the annual U of L Men's Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon, presented by KEMI and boice.net, on Thursday, Oct. 13, at noon in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Louisville Downtown.

Tickets for the event are $35 each, or $350 for a table of 10, and may be purchased by returning the completed form by fax or mail, or by calling the U of L special events office at (502) 852-0706.

Perry Central Reportedly Adds Star Transfer from New York


According to multiple reports, Perry Central High School in Hazard has added a star transfer from New York state.

Jaysean Paige, the Western New York player of the year, has reportedly landed at Perry Central for the 2011-12 season.

Paige, a 6-1 senior, led Jamestown (NY) High School to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA championship game in March. He averaged 25.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.4 steals.

Here are some comments from Paige's former coach:

Drake, who guided the Red Raiders to a 21-3 record, a Section 6 Class AA championship for the second straight year and their first-ever trip to the NYSPHSAA Final Four, said he is "reluctant" to comment too much on Paige's transfer because "I believe there's going to be an investigation."

"But I have been preaching to my players the importance of hard work and commitment and the importance of getting an education,'' Drake added. "With Jaysean, in particular, I've been preaching that he use basketball to get an education and not allow basketball to use him. I think it's disheartening to know that there are immoral coaches out there who will recruit kids under false pretenses."

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In another article, his coach shared some additional thoughts:

Asked Wednesday if there was a chance that Paige could return to Jamestown, Drake said: "I honestly don't know. It's an unfortunate circumstance that he's in right now. I feel as though he's been deceived by people who are trying to profit somehow from his basketball ability."

"That's not sour grapes of me wanting him back at Jamestown basketball. It's me caring about him as a person."

Photo: Post-Journal.com

Paige in action:

Big Blue Madness Tickets Will Be Distributed on Oct. 1


The University of Kentucky has announced that tickets for Big Blue Madness will be distributed on Saturday, October 1, at 7:00 a.m. ET.

Fans will be allowed to line up for tickets no earlier than 7:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, September 28.

Here is the release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the 2011 Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena will be available Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7 a.m., at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Euclid Avenue and online at UKathletics.com and Ticketmaster.com. Madness, the first open practice opportunity for Kentucky’s 2011-12 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Friday, Oct. 14. Times and broadcast info will be released at a later date.

Tickets are free again this year, and there will be a limit of two tickets per person at Memorial Coliseum. Online orders will have a minimal service fee attached, and there will be a limit of two tickets per household.

At the request of campus public safety officials, fans wishing to line up ahead of time at Memorial Coliseum are asked to do so no earlier than 7 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28. The Athletics Department will provide portable restroom facilities, but safety concerns will prohibit the use of permanent, wooden-type structures, and propane tanks or other open flames used in cooking. Alcoholic beverages or tobacco products are not permitted. Control cards will be issued to those camped out on Friday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to start lining up for Saturday morning’s ticket distribution between 4-5 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1.

This will be the seventh time Madness has been held at Rupp Arena.

Rajon Rondo to Chat Live With Fans Today



Former University of Kentucky star Rajon Rondo will be participating in a live chat with fans on Facebook today at 4:00 p.m. ET. The chat will be hosted on Foot Locker's page.

Here’s the link to the page facebook.com/footlocker

Puerto Rico Rolls to Critical Win Over Dominican Republic


Puerto Rico 79
Dominican Republic 62

Final from 2011 FIBA Americas Championship Second Round


The Dominican Republic went through a tough stretch in the third quarter and were never able to recover as Puerto Rico picked up a 79-62 victory on Wednesday night.

The game was close early with Puerto Rico leading by a point after the first quarter and six points at the half. The lead was extended to double-digits in the third quarter and the Dominican Republic failed to rally.

Alexander Galindo led the Puerto Rican attack with 16 points and 6 rebounds. He was 5-11 from the three-point line. J.J. Barea added 14 points and 7 assists.

Al Horford paced the Dominican Republic with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Jack Michael Martinez chipped in 12 points and 9 boards.

Both teams return to action on a decisive Thursday that will determine the semifinal seeding. Brazil controls its own destiny as far as grabbing the top seed. Outside of that, anything can happen.

The Dominican Republic battles favored Argentina at 5:00 p.m. ET. Brazil and Puerto Rico will do battle at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Current Standings:

Group X

1. Argentina 5/1 11
2. Brazil 5/1 11
3. Puerto Rico 5/1 11
4. Dominican Republic 4/2 10
5. Canada 2/5 9
6. Venezuela 2/4 8
7. Panama 1/6 8
8. Uruguay 1/5 7

* Top 4 have already earned a spot in the semifinals

Kyle Macy Talks Kentucky Basketball and John Calipari

Here is former University of Kentucky star Kyle Macy talking about Kentucky basketball and John Calipari to Jim Rome:

And You Think Kentucky Fans Are Crazy


One UNLV fan is willing to name his child after prized 2012 recruit Shabazz Muhammad if the player chooses Vegas as his college destination.

Here is an excerpt from the Las Vegas Sun:

Here’s how dedicated UNLV basketball fans are in their courtship of top recruit Shabazz Muhammad: One is apparently willing to name his child after the Bishop Gorman High forward if he signs with the scarlet and gray.

Muhammad, being interviewed for television two weeks ago at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 all-star game in Venice Beach, Calif., talked about Rebels’ fans obsession in keeping the prized prospect in Las Vegas, including the namesake honor.


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Rick Pitino Blogs About Team, 9/11 and More


University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has added an article on his site about some of his players and a preseason look at South Florida.

Pitino also remembers the 9/11 disaster and his dear friend Billy Minardi, who was lost on that day.

Here is an excerpt:

It’s now ten years later. I remember vividly the last weekend we spent with Billy Minardi. It was a Labor Day getaway to Pebble Beach Resort. Four man golfing teams would get together from coast-to-coast to compete and share stories. Our team was from Old Memorial out of Tampa, Fla. Tom Shannon, Hugh Connerty, Billy Minardi and myself. Three-day tournament, playing Spyglass, Spanish Bay, and Pebble Beach. Ten years ago, but it seemed like yesterday when on a beautiful day we sat outside the eighteenth green sharing a bottle of Far Niente Chardonnay. It was a spectacular four days.

We watched as pictures would be snapped as every foursome left the magnificent 18th. We traveled back home the next day. That was the last moment Billy, Stephanie, Joanne, and I shared together.

On that horrific morning, Billy’s last words were “I’d give anything to be back at Pebble.” So would I. It wouldn’t be enough to celebrate his life a tenth time with our friends in New York. I decided to do something special.


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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

USC to Visit 2012 Star Shabazz Muhammad


USC head coach Kevin O'Neill and an assistant will make an in-home visit to 2012 Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad on Friday.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

USC will visit the Las Vegas home of top Class of 2012 recruit Shabazz Muhammad on Friday, the first day of the next NCAA-allowed contact period, a source said Wednesday.

Head coach Kevin O'Neill and associate head coach Bob Cantu will make the in-home visit with Muhammad and his family Friday morning as the first set of coaches to make a visit. Expected to be present at the meeting are Muhammad's father, former USC basketball player Ron Holmes, and his mother, former Long Beach State basketball player Faye Muhammad.


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NKU Nets Commitment from 2012 Forward John Staley


Northern Kentucky University has landed a verbal commitment from 2012 forward John Staley from Chaminade-Julienne (OH) High School.

Here is an excerpt from Cincinnati.com:

Chaminade-Julienne senior forward John Staley has verbally committed to play basketball at NKU, according to his father, longtime Chaminade-Julienne coach Joe Staley.

John Staley averaged 17.6 points and 7.4 rebounds last season for Chaminade-Julienne. He also had offers from Vermont, Tennessee Tech and Hillsdale College (Mich.).

“He really liked the closeness to home and he really liked coach (NKU coach Dave) Bezold,” Joe Staley said.

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New Highlights of 2013 Star Nerlens Noel

Here are some new highlights of 2013 Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel, who is widely considered one of the top 3 players in the class (video by CityLeagueHoopsTV on YouTube):

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Dominican Republic Will Advance to FIBA Americas Semifinals


The Dominican Republic has secured a spot in the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship semifinals.

The final seeding is still in question as all teams still have two games remaining on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Dominicans will face Puerto Rico tomorrow and Argentina on Thursday. The goal at this point would seemingly be to avoid Argentina in the semifinal round as the host nation is undefeated and playing at an extremely high level in the tournament.

Regardless of the outcomes of the final two games:

- The Dominicans will finish no worse than fourth place, which is the highest the team has ever finished

- Even with a loss in the semifinals, the team has already qualified for a last-chance Olympic qualifier in the summer of 2012.

The bottom line, if the Dominican Republic wins Saturday's semifinal game, they earn a spot in the 2012 Olympics.

Current Standings:

Group X

1. Argentina 5/0 10
2. Brazil 4/1 9
3. Puerto Rico 4/1 9
4. Dominican Republic 4/1 9
5. Venezuela 1/4 6
6. Canada 1/4 6
7. Uruguay 1/4 6
8. Panama 0/5 5

Here is the remaining second round schedule:


9/7/2011

11:30 Canada vs. Uruguay
14:00 Venezuela vs. Panama
18:00 Brazil vs. Argentina
20:30 Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico

9/8/2011

11:30 Panama vs. Canada
14:00 Uruguay vs. Venezuela
18:00 Argentina vs. Dominican Republic
20:30 Puerto Rico vs. Brazil

Bellarmine Gets Commitment from PRP's Max Clemons


Jody Demling of the Courier-Journal reported on Twitter tonight that Bellarmine University has picked up a commitment from Max Clemons of Pleasure Ridge Park.

jdemling Defending Division II national champion Bellarmine with a huge local pickup: PRP star Max Clemons makes commitment to Knights. Story soon.

Clemons is a 6-4 wing who is coming off a sensational summer.

Dominican Republic Holds Off Feisty Uruguay


Dominican Republic 84
Uruguay 76

Final from 2011 FIBA Americas Championship Second Round


The Dominican Republic overcame a sluggish start and held off Uruguay 84-76 in second round action at the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

With the win, the Dominican Republic improved to 2-0 and are closing in on a semifinal berth, which would give them an opportunity to earn a spot in the 2012 Olympics with a win.

Al Horford led the Dominicans with 23 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Francisco Garcia added 12 points and Charlie Villanueva chipped in 11. Jack Michael Martinez finished with 8 points and 13 rebounds.

Martin Osimani led Uruguay with 22 points and 6 assists.

The Dominicans struggled early, trailing 25-19 after the first period. They fell behind by as many as 11 points in the second quarter before closing out the half on a big run. The run was capped off by a 35-foot bomb by Elpidio Fortuna at the buzzer to give John Calipari's team a 44-42 halftime advantage.

The teams battled back-and-forth in the third quarter and the Dominicans were finally able to pull away late in the final period to earn their fifth win of the tournament.

The Dominican Republic is in a good position to advance to the semifinal round already, but likely need at least one more win to avoid tournament-favorite Argentina in the semis.

Current Standings:

Group X

1. Argentina 5/0 10
2. Puerto Rico 4/1 9
3. Dominican Republic 4/1 9
4. Brazil 3/1 7
5. Venezuela 1/4 6
6. Canada 1/4 6
7. Uruguay 1/4 6
8. Panama 0/4 4

UPIKE Introduces New Floor, Kelly Wells Truck

The University of Pikeville has introduced a new floor at the East Kentucky Expo Center and a Kelly Wells signature edition truck.

The new UPIKE, Paul E. Patton floor at the East KY Expo Center:



The Walters Ford F150 Kelly Wells signature edition truck:

Peyton Siva is One of College Basketball's Hardest Workers


Jason King of Yahoo! Sports has named his list of college basketball's hardest workers.

Louisville's Peyton Siva is on the list:

Peyton Siva, Louisville, junior – The pesky Cardinals guard averaged two steals a game as a sophomore in 2010-11. That makes him in the league returning leader in that category. Siva’s defensive intensity helps make him the tone-setter for one of the conference’s top teams.

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Wall, Durant Committed to Goodman vs. Indy Pro-Am Game


Former University of Kentucky star John Wall and Kevin Durant have both confirmed that they will play for the Goodman League team in an upcoming exhibition game against the Indy Pro Am team.

The Indy team is expected to have Eric Gordon, George Hill, Gordon Hayward, Lance Stephenson and Mario Chalmers.

The game will be played at Butler University on September 24.

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In related news, Wall also celebrated his 21st birthday over the weekend. Happy birthday @jimmywa11!

Stacey Poole Admits Frustration, Hopes for Big Season


University of Kentucky sophomore Stacey Poole admits that he spent much of last season in frustration as he played only limited minutes. Despite the frustration, he feels that Kentucky is the "best of the best" and he looks forward to the upcoming season.

Here is an excerpt from CoachCal.com:

“Anybody would be (frustrated) when you’re not getting playing time,” Poole said. “I talked about it with my parents and I talked with coach and I felt like if I was going to work hard at any place, why not do it here? You get more benefits out of doing it here. This place is the best of the best.”

Poole credits his father, Stacey Poole Sr., with helping him through the process. The younger Poole said he talked to his dad nearly every day during and after the season. The elder Poole was a standout at Florida – he’s the No. 4 scorer in program history – and was able to give his son guidance through his own experiences.

“I love that dude,” Poole said. “He just stayed with me the whole time. It was difficult for me and him. He just stayed positive with me. He’s a realist. He was honest with me and he’s on my team. He was really like a mentor throughout the entire season, someone I could lean on.”

But after an individually difficult freshman year, Poole said he had to look at himself in the mirror and ask himself what he needed to do to get on the court and help his team. An offseason talk with Calipari revealed the answer: he needs to work harder.


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Goodman: Providence Should Hope Ricardo Ledo Never Arrives


Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com says the best-case scenario for Providence College would be that 2012 recruit Ricardo Ledo "never, ever steps foot on campus."

Ledo committed to Providence over the weekend for the second time.

Here is an excerpt from Goodman's article:

But, in essence, the ideal scenario for Cooley may be the following:

Ledo never, ever steps foot on campus.

``It's absolutely the best thing for Cooley," said one source extremely close to the situation.

It sounds nuts, but hear me out.

Ledo is at his fourth school - which is a major academic red flag for not only the NCAA, but also for those who track the success rate of those who have established a clear track record of instability in high school. This is his second pledge to the local school, the first coming when Keno Davis was at the helm.

Many of those who have suited up alongside Ledo aren't enamored with him because of his unwillingness to be a quality teammate - and the attitude he often displays. His pledge could wind up hurting Providence with some local targets.


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U of L Target Jake Layman Commits to Maryland


University of Louisville target Jake Layman has committed to Maryland.

Layman, who ranks No. 110 on the Rivals.com list for 2012, is a 6-8 forward from King Philip Regional (Mass.).

Louisville was hoping to get a visit from Layman, but he took a trip to Maryland and feel in love with the school.

Here is an excerpt from CBSSports.com:

Only two weeks after getting a commitment from top-25 big man Shaq Cleare, the Terrapins nabbed a pledge on Monday night from Jake Layman.

A source confirmed the news to CBSSports.com.

Layman, a 6-foot-8 forward from King Philip Regional (Mass.), was one of the biggest rising stars on the spring and summer AAU circuit. He is a versatile frontcourt player who runs the floor well and shoots it well from 3-point range. Defensively, his length and lateral movement make him perfect to put at the top of a zone or press. Layman checked in at No. 57 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100.


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Monday, September 5, 2011

John Wall, Other Stars Show Stuff at Luda Day Weekend

Here is a video of former University of Kentucky guard John Wall and several other stars showing their stuff at Luda Day Weekend:

Nestor Colmenares, Renaldo Balkman Suspended One Game


Former Campbellsville University star Nestor Colmenares and Renaldo Balkman have been suspended one game by FIBA Americas following an altercation in today's Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela game.

Here is more from FIBAAmericas.com:

Mar del Plata, Argentina - In the game today, in which Puerto Rico beat Venezuela, an altercation happened between the players. As a result, FIBA Americas has decided the following:

We have decided to suspend number 5, Mr. Nestor Colmenares and, number 13, Mr. Renaldo Balkman, for the next game as stipulated in Article 1 Section C of the FIBA Americas Discipline Code.

Article 1:

The players that:

c) Are disqualified from a game due to an aggression to another player will be sanction with one (1) game of suspension. For repeat offenders, a two (2) game suspension will be imposed, duplicating the sanction each time.

Here is the altercation:

Charleston Prep Academy Closed, Under Investigation


An investigation has been launched into the curious case of The Charleston Prep Academy.

The new prep academy was scheduled to open on Tuesday but those plans have been shut down after 16 to 18 teenagers were found sleeping on the floor of a three-bedroom apartment.

Here is an excerpt from WSAZ.com:

The Charleston Prep Academy was set to open Tuesday, but now all those who were planning to attend are going home. Some are even having to travel all the way back to another country.

Meanwhile, an investigation is underway surrounding the man who started the school.

“I thought this was gonna be something good for the community,” Daniel Hicks of South Charleston said.

Hicks' plan was to start a prep academy at a community center on Charleston’s West Side where students could learn and play basketball.

“He just kind of disappeared and left this one coach from Oklahoma here with all these kids and no means of support,” South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens said.

After getting a call from a suspicious parent, officials in South Charleston found 16 to 18 teenagers sleeping on the floor of a three-bedroom apartment.


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Continue to Pray for Former Louisville Player Edgar Sosa


I just want to remind everyone to continue to send prayers up for former University of Louisville point guard Edgar Sosa.

Sosa suffered a complete break of both major bones in his lower leg this morning while playing for the Dominican Republic. He is currently in the hospital in Argentina, where he will undergo surgery to repair the open break.

Initial reports say that Sosa will likely be out of action for at least six months.

Photo from Twitter:

SeleccionRDB Edgar, en buen estado de animo. Agradecido por sus oraciones. Solo nos pidio que quiere ir a Londres. http://lockerz.com/s/136184602

Bittersweet Win as Dominican Republic Dominates Panama


Dominican Republic 92
Panama 68

Final from 2011 FIBA Americas Championship - Second Round


The Dominican Republic defeated Panama 92-68 in brilliant fashion on Monday morning in the second round of the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

The win was overshadowed late, however, when former Louisville point guard Edgar Sosa went down with a gruesome injury in the final minute. Sosa suffered a broken shinbone and fibula. He will have surgery today and will have a six month recovery period.

The Dominicans were impressive in picking up the win, outscoring Panama 54-32 in the middle two periods.

Luis Flores led a balanced scoring attack with a team-high 17 points. Francisco Garcia added 15 and Charlie Villanueva contributed 13.

Sosa had a tremendous performance prior to the injury. He scored 13 points and dished out a game-high 8 assists.

Jack Michael Martinez continued his double-double streak with 13 points and 14 rebounds.

The Dominican Republic returns to action on Tuesday against Uruguay. A win on Tuesday would be a major step in making the tournament's semifinals, where the two winners will earn a spot in the 2012 Olympics.

Current Standings:

Group X # Team W/L Pts
1. Puerto Rico 3/1 7
2. Dominican Republic 3/1 7
3. Argentina 3/0 6
4. Brazil 2/1 5
5. Venezuela 1/3 5
6. Canada 1/2 4
7. Uruguay 1/2 4
8. Panama 0/4 4

Breaking: Edgar Sosa Suffers Gruesome Broken Leg


Former University of Louisville point guard Edgar Sosa suffered a gruesome injury in the final moments of the Dominican Republic's win over Panama this morning.

The injury appeared to be a completely broken bone in his leg. It was so severe that players from both teams were visibly crying on the court.

Sosa obviously is a big part of the Dominican Republic team and this is a terrible loss as they work towards Olympic qualification at the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

Our prayers go out to Edgar this morning.

The update is that it appears to be a complete break. Here is a picture (don't scroll down unless you're ready to see a bad injury):
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Brandon Shingles Signs with Guildford Heat


Former Morehead State University point guard Brandon Shingles has signed with the Guildford Heat in Great Britain's top-level British Basketball League.

Here is an excerpt from BBC:

The 24-year-old, who captained Morehead State University, played in Germany for Aschersleben Tigers last year.

He said: "I am dedicated to achieving success and will commit my skills, hard work and passion to the team.

"I look forward to creating bonds with my teammates, coaches, the management and fans, and hope to create a positive foundation this season."


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Sunday, September 4, 2011

No Rematch Between Goodman League and Drew League


The anticipated rematch between the Drew League and the Goodman League has been called off.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

Unfortunately, those hoping for a rematch are going to be disappointed. A proposed second game, by some reports set for Sept. 10th at an undetermined venue in Los Angeles, is off as officials between the two leagues were unable to solve the logistical problems required to stage a sequel.

"It's disappointing," said Drew League commissioner Dino Smiley, "because the original plan was to do the game out in D.C., then for the Goodman team to return to L.A. for the second one."

One complication appeared to be securing player commitments as different pro-am games continue springing up around the country, including a matchup last week in Baltimore between Goodman League All-Stars and a team organized by New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, which included Miami's LeBron James and Chris Paul of New Orleans.

Smiley said he was unable to secure something "concrete" from Goodman officials.

"The longer it went without the game taking place and the date being set up, we decided it wouldn't happen," he said.


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Kevin Harrington Joins Union College Coaching Staff


Union College has announced that Kevin Harrington has been hired as a men's basketball assistant coach.

Here is the release from UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. -- Union College men's basketball coach Sean Gillespie has announced that Kevin Harrington has been hired as an assistant coach in the Bulldog program. Harrington replaces Jerrod Stanford, who left earlier in the summer to take a position at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.

"I am pleased that Coach Harrington has joined the men's basketball staff," said Gillespie. "He brings a wealth of basketball experience from his playing days in college and overseas, and I expect he will be a great asset for us both on and off the court. I am looking forward to working with him as we continue to move the program forward."

Harrington comes to Barbourville from Peachtree High School in Atlanta, where he served as an assistant boys basketball coach for the last two seasons. Before that, Harrington spent one season as the head coach of the American Basketball Association's Atlanta Vision.

Before entering the coaching ranks, Harrington played professionally in China and Mexico for two years, and also played a season for the ABA's Vermont Frost Heaves.

Harrington played collegiately at USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. for four years, earning a degree in criminal justice from the university in 2004. In his senior season, Harrington started and played in all 28 games the Spartans took part in on the year, averaging 14.5 points per game.

In his time in the Atlanta area, Harrington was the master trainer for basketball at the Suwanee Sports Academy in Suwanee, Ga. for four years as well.

John Calipari Thanks UK Fans, Talks About FIBA Experience

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari sent a video message via YouTube tonight.

He thanked Kentucky's Big Blue Nation for their support of the Dominican Republic national team.

Calipari also talked about the positive experience it has been to coach the Dominican team:

Shaqquan Aaron Says Kentucky is Recruiting Him


Shaqquan Aaron, a 6-5 small forward in the 2014 class, says Kentucky is recruiting him.

Aaron plays for Taft (Cal.) High School and is rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com.

Here is an excerpt:

"Arizona and UCLA are coming at me hardest right now, pretty much the whole Pac-12 actually," Aaron said. "Kentucky's picking it up though too."

"I'm probably taking a visit to Arizona next month sometime," Aaron added. "I talked to Coach Miller and Coach Richardson there, they really want to talk to me about the future. I like that Arizona runs, and they just made it to the Elite 8 so that's a really good sign. They've got the most players in the NBA so they know how to get players to the league."


He also added:

"Kentucky is another great school that gets guys to the league," he added. "They're a powerhouse and I really like Kentucky. I've been looking at them a lot more lately."

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Chris Walker Enjoyed Weekend Trip to Florida


Kentucky recruit Chris Walker spent the weekend on a visit to Florida. He told ZagsBlog.com that he enjoyed the visit and also confirmed that he will be at UK's Big Blue Madness in October.

Here is an excerpt:

The Florida native spent Saturday on the campus of the University of Florida, one of several schools he’s considering.

“It was nice,” the 6-foot-9 Walker, the No. 2 small forward in the Class of 2013, said by text. “I watched Florida work out and scrimmage and got to have a one-one-one talk with Billy D [Donovan].

“He told me they are recruiting me the hardest and I could get it done in my own state and I could come in and be an impact player.”


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Terrence Jones on the Cover of Sporting News Magazine


The Sporting News College Basketball Yearbook features University of Kentucky sophomore Terrence Jones on the cover.

The magazine names UK freshman Anthony Davis first-team all-American. He is joined by Harrison Barnes (North Carolina), Jared Sullinger (Ohio State), Perry Jones (Baylor) and Jeremy Lamb (UConn).

Jones is on the second team with Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin), John Shurna (Northwestern), Thomas Robinson (Kansas) and Tyler Zeller (North Carolina).

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Enes Kanter Scores 19 But Poland Stuns Turkey at EuroBasket


Former University of Kentucky big man Enes Kanter had his best offensive performance at EuroBasket 2011, but Poland upset Turkey 84-83 on Sunday.

Turkey has lost two-consecutive games and fallen to 2-2 overall in the tournament's first round.

Kanter led his team with 19 points on 5-8 field goal shooting. He was also 9-10 from the free throw line.

Through 4 games, Kanter is averaging 12.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

Turkey will play Group A winners Spain on Monday in the final set of first round games.

Group A Standings:

Team P W/L F/A Pts

1. Spain 4 4/0 8
2. Lithuania 4 3/1 7
3. Turkey 4 2/2 6
4. Poland 4 2/2 6
5. Great Britain 4 1/3 5
6. Portugal 4 0/4 4

Remaining First Round Games:

September 5

15:15 Great Britain vs. Poland
17:45 Spain vs. Turkey
21:00 Portugal vs. Lithuania

Interview with 2013 UK Recruit Julius Randle

Here is 2013 Kentucky recruit Julius Randle talking with Coast2Coast Hoops recently:

Former UK Recruit L.J. Rose Commits to Baylor


Former Kentucky recruit L.J. Rose has announced on his Facebook page that he has committed to Baylor.

Rose also had offers from Texas, Arizona, Memphis, Virginia and Houston.

Here is an excerpt from SportingNews.com:

Scott Drew has been on a recruiting hot streak. (AP Photo)“We decided after long deliberation that Baylor is the best fit for L.J. right now,” his father, Lynden Rose, told KRIV-TV. “I’ve know Scott Drew for 10 years. We’re comfortable (with Baylor) based on the Christian education and values.

“We're not leery about what Baylor University has to offer. If L.J. doesn’t have basketball, Baylor offers more than enough for his spiritual growth as person.”


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