Saturday, September 17, 2011

Calipari and Staff Visit Brewster Academy


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari and assistants Kenny Payne and Orlando Antigua visited Brewster Academy on Saturday.

The Kentucky staff watched 2012 stars T.J. Warren and Mitch McGary.

Here is a Tweet from Brewster's Jason Smith:

BrewsterHoops #Kentucky went 3 deep at #Brewster today @UKCoachCalipari @UKCoachO, and Kenny Payne for @T_warren32 and @MitchMcGary33!

Wall, Cousins and Durant Lead Team to Charity Win



A team led by Kevin Durant and former Kentucky stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins won a charity game 144-128 in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

The losing team was led by Michael Beasley, Greg Monroe and Jeff Green.

Nestor Colmenares Signs with Huracanes de Tampico


Former Campbellsville University star Nestor Colmenares has signed with Huracanes de Tampico in Mexico's top-level LNBP league.

The 24-year old Colmenares played last season for Cocodrilos de Caracas in Venezuela's top-level LPB league.

Colmenares is coming off an appearance for Venezuela at the FIBA Americas Championships. He averaged 4.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists for his country.

Source: LatinBasket.com

Former Kentucky Coach Joe B. Hall Backs Hollenbach


Former University of Kentucky head coach Joe B. Hall is tossing his hat into the political ring.

Hall will star in a cable TV ad on behalf of Democratic state Treasurer Todd Hollenbach during tonight's football game between UK and the University of Louisville.

Here is more about the ad from the Courier-Journal:

In the ad, Hall tells Kentucky sports fans that Hollenbach has done a good job as treasurer, citing specifically $49 million in lost property that the treasurer’s office has returned to families over the past four years.

Campaign manager Leo Haggerty said the ad will air on ESPN-U in the Lexington and northern Kentucky television markets during the game Saturday evening, and will resurface on network TV as the Nov. 8 election nears.


Former Kentucky basketball coach endorses state treasurer candidate

Antoine Carr Knows What Perry Ellis is Facing


Former Wichita State star Antoine Carr knows exactly what 2012 recruit Perry Ellis is facing.

Carr, like Ellis, starred for Wichita Heights (Kan.) High School and then chose hometown Wichita State as his college destination over nationally-known powerhouses Kansas and Kentucky.

Ellis will soon decide between Wichita State, Kansas, Kentucky and Kansas State.

Here are some recent comments from Carr via Kansas.com:

In his pitch to Ellis during a home visit this week, WSU coach Gregg Marshall and assistants Chris Jans and Dana Ford showed a highlight video from Carr's Senior Night, record-setting performance against SIU. Obviously, the point of doing so was to get Ellis to consider how beloved a hometown player can become at Wichita State.

"I'm all for it,'' Carr said when told of the Shockers' recruiting presentation. "It's a way to show Perry what can be done.''

Carr said he's met Ellis, but that it's been a few years. At the time, he said, Ellis' potential college decision wasn't brought up. Carr said no one from Wichita State has asked him to reach out to Ellis.

"Staying home for me was the best thing,'' said Carr, who admitted to being dismayed after the Shockers' were placed on probation. "It was a decision I made and the one I stuck with. When I give my word, then that's kind of it. I don't ever look back and say I could have done this, I could have gone to North Carolina or Duke or Kentucky or any of that. The best thing for me was that my family was there. And I grew to love the fans. All of my friends from high school were there. And I ate lots of home-cooked meals.''

It's impossible to know what Ellis is thinking. It must be head-spinning to welcome Marshall, Bill Self and Danny Manning, Frank Martin and John Calipari into you home and have them tell you how much they want you to be a part of their basketball programs.

With KU and Kentucky in the mix, you'd have to consider Wichita State a longshot. Carr's decision to stay home hasn't been repeated by that many Division I prospects over the past 30 years, most of whom have chosen to leave Wichita for college.

However, the Shockers do have one of Ellis' former high school teammates, Evan Wessel, in the fold. WSU is thought to be interested in current Ellis teammate Gavin Thurman, who transferred to Heights from Southeast.


Bob Lutz: Antoine Carr can understand decision Perry Ellis faces

Photo: Rivals.com

KU Freshman Braeden Anderson Denied by Big 12 Conference


Former Kentucky recruit Braeden Anderson has learned that the Big 12 Conference will not accept him as a partial qualifier.

Here is an excerpt from CBSSports.com:

Anderson then transferred to Wilbraham and Monson Academy, a prep school in Massachusetts with a strong academic reputation where he spent all of last season. He said he earned all A's and B's, but it didn't matter because he had already completed four years of high school.

"So the NCAA didn't count anything I did last year," Anderson said.

Anderson is one of six siblings who was raised by a stay-at-home mother. He said he doesn't have the financial means to pay his own way at Kansas.

"I'm not sure what I'm going to do now," Anderson said. "My dream was to play at Kansas."

Anderson said he attended summer school at Kansas at part of a bridge program and received a pair of A's, even scoring high enough on an exam that allowed him to test out of certain freshman classes. He also scored a 1450 on the SAT.

"Basketball was my ticket, my future," Anderson said. "It's the only way I can afford to go to college."


Kansas frosh not admitted by Big 12

Friday, September 16, 2011

Xavier Keeling Signs Pro Contract in Peru



Former St. Catharine College star Xavier Keeling is playing professional basketball for Regatas Lima in Peru's top-level Superior league.

Regatas, who currently boasts a 25-2 record, are the favorites to win the upcoming Superior league playoffs.

Keeling will participate in the league's all-star game tomorrow (click to enlarge):

John Calipari Allegedly Made "Illegal" Contact With This Kid

Here is the kid that Yahoo! Sports claims John Calipari made "illegal" contact with - meet Austin Kyles:

Yahoo! Claims Calipari Had Illegal Contact with Recruit


Cameron Smith of Yahoo! Sports claims that University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari potentially had illegal contact with a recruit.

Calipari reportedly walked over to 16-year old Austin Kyles following a game and shook his hand during the ScoutsFocus Super 60 Showcase in South Carolina on July 15. The date falls in the middle of the NCAA's "no-contact" period. Kyles and his father have reportedly confirmed the contact.

Here is an excerpt of the Yahoo! Sports article:

Yet that disconnect from Calipari's direct recruiting interest didn't keep him from walking over and shaking Kyles' hand during the ScoutsFocus Super 60 Showcase in South Carolina on July 15 . The picture of Calipari you see above was during Kyles' most impressive performance at the event. More poignantly, the showcase is smack dab in the middle of the NCAA's no-contact period, and Prep Rally can confirm that the handshake and conversation happened because both Kyles and his father, Dr. Tony Kyles (who was at the camp) confirmed that it occurred.

"After the game, Calipari shook his hand and said, 'Great game,'" Dr. Kyles told Prep Rally. "I think he was just acknowledging, 'Hey, this kid is holding down my senior.'"

Austin Kyles also confirmed that the handshake occurred to a Prep Rally source who could only comment on the condition of anonymity. Calipari's handshake and brief conversation with Kyles was first reported by the Aiken Standard , though the newspaper misattributed the tournament at which it occurred (the Standard said that it came at the Peach State Summer Showcase , though Kyles or Calipari was not in attendance at that event, which occurred at the same time as the Super 60 Showcase).

While a number of NCAA bylaws directly spell out how Calipari's contact was impermissible, the most direct explanation of his rule violation comes in bylaw 13.02.4 , as spelled out below.

Any face-to-face contact by a Division I coach will constitute an impermissible contact during the July evaluation period if the encounter is prearranged or if the coach positions himself in a location where contact is possible (e.g., near gym entrances, designated paths for prospects, etc.). A coach, who is innocently approached by a prospect, parent or someone associated with the prospect, will not be charged with a violation of the contact rule provided the encounter is not prearranged, the coach does not engage in any dialogue in excess of a greeting and the coach takes appropriate steps to immediately end the encounter.

Division I coaches are expected to sit in designated sections reserved for NCAA coaches. Any face-to-face encounter that occurs after a coach has placed himself in a location where contact with a prospect is possible will be deemed to be an impermissible contact or "bump" regardless of whether conversation occurs.

As both Dr. Kyles and Austin Kyles indicated that Calipari was the one who sought out the prospect, it would seem unlikely that Calipari could claim that Kyles had directly searched him out for a conversation, which would be the only way his conversation would not be a violation. Whether or not a handshake would be interpreted similarly is a matter for interpretation as well, though it seems highly unlikely that such physical contact could be brushed off as anything less than an impermissable "bump" ... at the very least.


Calipari had likely illegal contact before critique of NCAA rules

James Jackson Leaves KWC, Joins Staff at Georgetown College


Assistant coach James Jackson has left Kentucky Wesleyan College to join Chris Briggs' staff at Georgetown College.

Here is the release from Georgetown College:

Georgetown College men's basketball coach Chris Briggs rounds out his staff with the hire of James Jackson. The trio of Briggs, Andre Mahorn and Jackson hit the ground running with classes under way, getting the Tigers ready for the 2011-12 season.

"It's been a frantic time," Jackson said with a smile. "But I'm extremely happy to be here."

Jackson's resume includes two seasons on the sidelines at Kentucky Wesleyan, two seasons under Coach Rick Pitino at University of Louisville and two years as a student-assistant for Berea College.

"I feel it was the best hire I could have made," Briggs said. "His experience, work ethic and passion for the game speaks for itself. I have tremendous respect for James. He's a great friend, great coach and a great person - a true role model for our athletes."

Interestingly enough, Jackson thought for most of his life he would be working in another court - the court of law.

"I didn't want to be a basketball coach until my junior year of college," Jackson said. "I always wanted to be a lawyer. But, I started helping coach John Mills and knew it was what I wanted to do."

He loved his time under coach Pitino as well and even coached against the Tigers in an exhibition game. When an assistant position became available at Division II power KWU, it was an opportunity he could not pass up and he felt the same way about coming to Georgetown.

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ESPN Breaks Down Sleeper Teams for 2011-12

ESPN.com's Andy Katz and Eamonn Brennan look at some potential sleeper teams for the 2011-12 college basketball season:



Sleepers: The teams primed to surprise

John Wall Scores 42 Points in Vegas...Again


John Wall returned to the Impact Basketball Competitive Training Series in Las Vegas on Thursday night and dropped 42 points for the second consecutive game.

Here is an excerpt from The Washington Post:

They got the chance to see Wall put on another dazzling display of athleticism, while trying his best to demoralize the opposition. After using a behind-the-back dribble to get around Ryan Gomes, Wall sprinted, then stutter-stepped into the lane and made a layup while colliding with Cleveland forward Samardo Samuels. As Samuels fell on his backside and put his hands on his head, Wall looked down and shouted, “I told you, you can’t catch up, man.”

Lewis told Hoopsworld after Wall’s 42-point, 9-assist and 8-rebound game on Wednesday, “He’s really special. Did you see how fast he was? Nobody can keep up with him. He was going one-on-four a couple of times. He knows how to get to the basket and he’s excellent at pushing the ball down court, which is why we have to make sure we’re in shape. With the team that we have, I think we’re going to be best off playing up-and-down at a fast tempo. But that means we have to be in shape because he’s going to push it.”


Wizards’ John Wall explodes for 42 points in Las Vegas — again

Here are some highlights:

Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Calipari On the Road Edition


Welcome him to Twitter:

- Make sure you follow Tennessee Tech associate head coach Happy Osborne on Twitter

Thursday's Top 5:

- John Wall was named to the list of top 5 worst first pitches ever.

- Josh "Jorts" Harrellson gave his thoughts on the Louisville Cardinals.

- Former Louisville star Francisco Garcia filed a federal lawsuit against the maker of an exercise ball that exploded in 2009, leaving Garcia with a broken arm.

- John Wall dropped a smooth 42 points in his Impact League debut.

- Several UK and U of L recruits will be playing in a weekend tournament in Washington, D.C. in December.

Recruiting News:

- Rick Pitino will watch 2012 center Robert Upshaw on Sunday.

- Drew Hall, a 6-4 forward from McNicholas (OH) High School, will visit Maryville University and Kentucky Wesleyan College this weekend.

- Sheldon Clark's Justin Johnson, a 2014 recruit, took an unofficial visit to the University of Pikeville on Thursday.

- John Calipari will visit Perry Ellis this afternoon. He visited 2012 star Alex Poythress on Thursday.

The Buzz:

- Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried was one of 12 Muslin-American athletes invited to Washington, D.C. by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Department of State to commemorate Eid ul-Fitr, the 3-day celebration at the end of Ramadan.

- St. John's announced that freshmen basketball players Amir Garrett, Norvel Pelle and JaKarr Sampson did not qualify for the fall semester.

- There is an exciting idea being tossed around...will be great for fans if it happens.

Video of the Day (some of the top plays from the first week of Impact League action):

Thursday, September 15, 2011

John Wall Named to Dubious First Pitch List

Former UK star John Wall has been named to the list of worst first pitches in baseball history:



And of course, the worst first pitch of all time: Gary "Baba Booey" Dell'Abate from The Howard Stern Show:



Here are the top 5:

1. Baby Booey
2. Former Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory
3. Wall
4. Mariah Carey
5. Charlie Brown

The Top 5 Worst “First-Pitch”ers Of All Time

Rick Pitino to Watch Robert Upshaw on Sunday


According to Jody Demling, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino will watch 2012 center Robert Upshaw on Sunday.

Upshaw ranks No. 43 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Here is more from Demling:

University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino will make a visit to California this weekend to see 2012 center Robert Upshaw, according to the players mother.

Ceylon Sherman said Pitino is expected to visit Upshaw on Sunday in Fresno, Calif.


Pitino to visit Robert Upshaw

Photo: Rivals.com

UK, U of L Recruits to Play in December Tournament


There will be several Kentucky and Louisville recruits in action on the weekend of December 10 in Washington, D.C.

The tournament will include DeMatha High School, Oak Hill Academy and Grace Prep Academy.

Some of the stars who will be in action include Kentucky recruit DaJuan Coleman, Louisville recruit D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Jerami Grant, James Robinson, Jordan Adams, Isaiah Austin and more.

Here is a portion of the schedule from Syracuse.com:

Oak Hill is scheduled to play Grace Prep on Dec. 10; J-D is scheduled to play DeMatha that same day. Stevens said the J-D vs. DeMatha clash likely will occur in the early evening. On Sunday, Dec. 11, J-D will play Oak Hill, probably at 4 or 5 p.m., Stevens said.

Jamesville-DeWitt basketball team will play in December tournament that also features DeMatha and Oak Hill

Josh Harrellson Gives His Thoughts on Louisville

Former University of Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson gives his thoughts on the Louisville Cardinals:

Francisco Garcia Files Federal Lawsuit Against Ball Maker


Former University of Louisville star Francisco Garcia has filed a federal lawsuit against the maker of an exercise ball he blames for a weightlifting accident that left him with a broken right forearm

Here is more from Reuters.com:

The 6-foot-7, 195-pound Dominican native was balancing himself on the Stability Ball Gymnic Plus while lifting dumbbells when the ball exploded, throwing him to the floor and causing him to break his right forearm, the lawsuit said.

Garcia, 30, was able to play only 25 games in the 2009-2010 National Basketball Association season due to the injury, and the lawsuit alleges that he lost income as a result. Returning to the court, he played 58 games in the 2010-2011 season, averaging 9.7 points per game.


NBA player sues exercise ball maker over accident

Video: John Wall Drops 42 in Impact League Game


Here is some footage of John Wall dropping 42 points in his first Impact Basketball League game (video by BallisLife.com):

Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: 10,000 Posts Edition


Wednesday was a milestone day at AllKyHoops.com as the site's 10,000th post went live last night.

My first post was made on February 10, 2009 and was a preview of the Mason County Royals vs. the Elliott County Lions. There were three posts made on that first day.

It blows my mind that I am sitting here today, 10,000 posts later, with the same passion for the sport that led me to make that first post. The folks I have met, the places I have been and the friends I have made through basketball during the last 2 1/2 years is overwhelming.

I praise God for giving me the opportunity to do something I love. I have been blessed.

Some notes:

- The site has averaged just over 11 posts a day from day 1 to now.

- The most popular post ever made? The Rick Pitino Scandal Continues to Impress

- Rounding out the top 5 most popular (and yes, this blows my mind):

2. Breaking: Edgar Sosa Suffers Gruesome Broken Leg

3. What Did Joakim Noah Say?

4. Former Wildcat Shagari Alleyne Signs in EBA

5. Kentucky Fan Sends a Letter to the NCAA

Wednesday's Top 5:

- Kentucky recruit Archie Goodwin went full circle on Wednesday night. The 2012 star went from being ready to commit soon to changing his mind.

- Former Kentucky star John Wall blew up for 42 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds in his Impact Basketball League debut.

- The Louisville Cardinals will play two Red-White scrimmages during the month of October.

- Three Kentucky freshmen are on Dick Vitale's "dozen dazzling diaper dandies" list for 2011-12.

- The 31st annual Beach Ball Classic is loaded with talent, including two teams from Kentucky and two University of Kentucky recruits.

Recruiting News:

- Kentucky recruit Willie Cauley is also opening plenty of eyes on the football field.

- Kentucky coaches will be at Brewster Academy on Saturday to watch 2012 stars T.J. Warren and Mitch McGary.

- Alice Lloyd College's Brandon Burgraff has transferred to West Virginia Tech. Tech has a talented recruiting class, including Coppin State transfer Eddie Hayden.

- Scott County High School's Isaiah Ivey has given a verbal commitment to Gardner-Webb.

- 2012 stars Andrew White and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera are expected to visit Louisville on October 14.

- IUPUI head coach Todd Howard checked out Mekale McKay on Tuesday.

- Manhattan has offered Butler's Demetrius McReynolds and Deangelo Hunter. Head coach Steve Masiello did an in-home visit with Scott County's Tamron Manning recently. (HT: Jody Demling)

The Buzz:

- Western Kentucky University announced a couple of staff additions for 2011-12.

- St. Catharine College assistant Beau Braden has left SCC for a grad assistant opportunity at Morehead State. Braden is excited about the move:

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work at Morehead State for Coach Tyndall. His loyalty, work ethic, and attention to detail have been instrumental in building a winning tradition at Morehead. He has compiled an outstanding staff and a great group of players that I am excited to go to work with."

- St. Catharine has moved Hans Desir into Braden's role and also added former player Arthur Latham to the coaching staff.

- Brevard College has named Mark Prosser head coach. He replaces Kentucky native Michael Jones, who took the head coaching job at Tusculum College.



Video of the Day (John Wall interview after Impact League debut):

Archie Goodwin Goes Full Circle on Wednesday Night


Kentucky recruit Archie Goodwin went full circle on Wednesday night.

First, he created a major buzz when he posted on Twitter that he is having a "change of hearts" and is thinking about making a college decision in the next couple of weeks:

A1Laflare10 I'm having a change of hearts. I'm thinking about making my college decision in a week or two

Almost as soon as the Internet blew up with Tweets, Facebook posts and articles, Goodwin posted a "nevermind" message:

A1Laflare10 Nevermind I changed my mind back I'm Waiting it out

As usual, it's difficult to pay a great deal of attention to kids during the recruiting process.

My Thoughts: If I could give a recruit one word of advice it would be to limit the drama during the process. Too much drama often has a negative impact on fans and creates a bad first impression.

John Wall Torches Impact League Nets for 42 Points


Former University of Kentucky point guard John Wall exploded in his first appearance at the Impact Basketball League in Las Vegas.

Wall totalled 42 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds in tonight's game.

Wall shines at Impact League, Bradley impresses

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Louisville Announces Two Red-White Scrimmages


The Louisville Cardinals will play two Red-White intrasquad scrimmages in October.

Here are the details from U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville will stage two opportunities for a preseason look at the 2011-12 Cardinals in a pair of Red-White intrasquad men's basketball scrimmages in the KFC Yum! Center on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.

The first scrimmage coincides with the first official day of practice for college basketball. The Oct. 22 scrimmage is in concert with U of L's "Return to the Nest" Homecoming on Main festivities, which will include activities on the Norton Healthcare Plaza of the KFC Yum! Center prior to the game.

Tickets, priced at $10 for lower arena seats and $5 for upper arena seats, will go on sale beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 at both U of L Ticket Offices, located near Gate 2 of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium off Floyd Street; and on the third floor of the Swain Student Activities Center. Both locations are open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets will also be sold, if available, before and during the Cardinals' next two home football games against Marshall on Oct. 1 and Rutgers on Oct. 21.

Cardinal fans may also purchase tickets by visiting Ticketmaster online, calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, including statewide Kroger locations. Convenience fees are applied with Ticketmaster orders. Further information can be obtained by calling the U of L ticket office at (502) 852-5863.

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St. Catharine College Announces 2011-12 Roster


St. Catharine College has updated the official roster for the 2011-12 season.

The Patriots, coming off an appearance in the NAIA National Tournament, return one of the Mid-South Conference's top players in 6-6 senior Kashiff Carr. Carr will be joined by veterans Terrance Withers, Marquis Lee, Brandon Johnson and Adam Decker.

Coach J.T. Burton has also added a talented class of newcomers to the roster.

St. Catharine will be in the hunt for the MSC title and a return trip to the national tournament.

2011-12 Roster:

# Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School

0 Omar Skinner G 6-2 185 Jr. New Castle, Del./Salem Community College
1 Terrance Withers G 6'2 185 Sr. Radcliff, KY/North Hardin High School
2 Andre Paulk G 6-3 175 Jr. Cleveland, Ohio/Cincinnati State
3 Dominique Roy G 6-1 185 Jr. Piscataway, NJ/Salem Community College
4 Marquis Lee G 6'2 175 Sr. Detriot, MI/St. Clair Community College
5 DeShawn Mitchell F 6-5 205 Jr. Piscataway, NJ/Snow College
10 Brandon Johnson G 6'3 200 Sr. Radcliff, KY/University of Louisville
11 Jawan Demus G 6-0 162 So. Lexington, KY/Bryan Station High School
12 Kashiff Carr F 6'6 215 Sr. Philadelphia, PA/Angelina College
14 Tommy Boyce PG 5-8 165 So. St. Louis, MO/Union College
20 Delonte Taylor G 6-5 206 Sr. Washington, D.C./UC Riverside
21 Raafiq Carnegie G 6-2 175 Jr. Plainfield, NJ/Raritan Community College
22 Kevin Kornegay G 6-1 180 Fr. Alpharetta, GA/Milton High School
23 Adam Decker G 5'10 180 Jr. Louisville, KY/WKU
24 Clay (Ty) Johnson G 5'9 145 So. Lexington, KY/Montgomery County High School
32 Travis Wilkins F/C 6-8 225 Jr. Spartenburg, Sc/Missouri West Plains
33 Stefan Pope F 6-10 241 Jr. Atlanta, GA/Chattahoochee Valley Community College
34 Fateen Belfield C 6-8 230 Jr. Newark, NJ/Essex County

Head Coach: JT Burton
Assistant Coach: Matthew Taylor
Assistant Coach: Arthur Latham
Assistant Coach: Hans Desir

UK Basketball Recruit is Impressing on the Football Field


University of Kentucky basketball recruit Willie Cauley is opening some eyes with his play at the wide receiver position.

In 2 games this season, Cauley has 15 catches for 248 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Here is more on Cauley's gridiron success from KansasCity.com:

Through two games, Cauley leads all pass-catchers in the 12-team league in receptions (15), yards (248) and touchdowns (six), emerging as the brightest breakout star of the season so far.

“Kids expect him to be clumsy, because of how tall he is, so he surprises a lot of guys who don’t realize how athletic he is until he catches a touchdown over them,” Olathe Northwest quarterback Dalton Rook said. “You’ve still got to throw it to the right spot, but he’s got such a big radius that he gives you more room for error. He’s usually my first read in the red zone. We look for him a lot at the back pylon, because nobody can go up and get it with him as high as he can jump.”

Cauley realizes others might think him crazy for putting his basketball future on the line, but he isn’t concerned about what those people think.

“Football is fun, and I don’t feel like I’m risking anything,” Cauley said. “I’ve been playing (football) every year, and I have as much chance of getting hurt as anybody. I could walk down the street and bust an ankle. I just don’t look at it as a risk, but people around school and AAU coaches see it different.”


Basketball is his future, but Cauley loves football, too

Photo: ONWRavens.net

Three Wildcats in Vitale's Dazzling Diaper Dandies


ESPN's Dick Vitale has three University of Kentucky freshmen listed in his "dozen dazzling diaper dandies" for the upcoming college basketball season.

Vitale lists Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague and Michael Gilchrist in the top twelve.

Here is an excerpt:

2. Anthony Davis, PF-C, Kentucky

Name it, and this young man can do it. He can be a major force inside for the Wildcats. Davis also possesses great versatility.

5. Michael Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky

Gilchrist is a physical factor who must improve his range as a shooter. He can dominate on both ends of the court and has a winner's mentality.

9. Marquis Teague, PG, Kentucky

Teague has great ballhandling skills and is a talent on the perimeter. His presence will be vital to the young Wildcats squad.

Vitale also gave a little love to Louisville freshman Chane Behanan:

A number of other newcomers will make noise as freshmen. The likes of Wayne Blackshear and Chane Behanan at Louisville, Josiah Turner at Arizona, P.J. Hairston at North Carolina, Dorian Finney-Smith at Virginia Tech and Tony Wroten Jr. at Washington will be called upon to contribute right away.

Dozen dazzling diaper dandies

Dick Vitale Continues to Praise John Calipari



ESPN's Dick Vitale continues to post words of praise and support for John Calipari and the University of Kentucky:

dickiev NEVER EVER count out @UKCoachCalipari in the world of RECRUITING- he gets THE BBN all fired up!http://bit.ly/bXRWQF

Western Kentucky Basketball Announces Staff Additions


Western Kentucky University has announced the additions of Brian Bidlingmyer and Brandon Kuhn to the men's basketball staff.

Here is a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU head men's basketball coach Ken McDonald announced Wednesday the additions of Brian Bidlingmyer and Brandon Kuhn to his staff for the upcoming 2011-12 season.

Bidlingmyer, who spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will serve as a Director of Player Development focusing on academics for the Hilltoppers. Kuhn replaces Ryan Johnson, who left WKU to pursue his doctorate of physical therapy degree, as men's basketball strength and conditioning coach.

While at Milwaukee, Bidlingmyer helped to oversee recruiting efforts while also participating in all of the on-court aspects of head coach Rob Jeter’s program.

"Brian has a wealth of different experience at many different levels, and he is a guy who is really going to help our staff with various aspects of our program," McDonald said. "He is going to have a high amount of focus on the academic progress of our players, community relations and the day-to-day operation of our basketball program. He will be a great glue-guy for our program and will pitch in with everything that makes a high-level program operate efficiently."

Bidlingmyer has delivered results at each of his previous coaching stops as well. In two seasons at Binghamton alongside current WKU assistant coach Lawrence Brenneman, he helped Al Walker build the Bearcat program into one of the up-and-coming squads in the America East Conference. Under Mike Deane at Lamar, Bidlingmyer served as the program's recruiting coordinator in addition to his on-the-floor coaching duties, helping the Cardinals capture the 2000 Southland Conference Championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 17 years. Bidlingmyer also worked with Deane for two seasons at Marquette, and was the director of the Mike Deane Basketball Camps for all six years he worked with Deane.

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Kentucky To Watch T.J. Warren, Mitch McGary on Saturday


Members of the University of Kentucky staff are expected to visit Brewster Academy on Saturday to watch 2012 stars T.J. Warren and Mitch McGary.

Warren is a 6-7 small forward who ranks No. 23 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

McGary, a 6-10 power forward, ranks No. 3 overall in the class.

Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com reported the news on Twitter:

jeffborzello T.J. Warren says UNC is stopping by today, Kentucky on Saturday. NC State, Florida and Georgetown have come through to Brewster already.

31st Beach Ball Classic to Feature Muhammad, Randle


The 31st Beach Ball Classic will feature a loaded field of talented teams. University of Kentucky recruits Shabazz Muhammad and Julius Randle are high-major talents who will be on display at this year's tournament.

The field includes national powerhouses such as Bishop Gorman (Nev.), Miami Senior (Fla.), Prestonwood Christian (Texas), St. Augustine (La.) and Whitney Young (Ill.).

Louisville Ballard and Scott County will represent the state of Kentucky.

Here are some details:

Beach Ball Classic

Dec. 27-31

Myrtle Beach Convention Center

• Ballard (Ky.)

• Bishop Gorman (Nev.)

• Gaffney

• Lakota East (Ohio)

• Lexington

• *Lone Peak (Utah)

• Miami Senior (Fla.)

• *Milton (Ga.)

• Myrtle Beach

• Prestonwood Christian (Texas)

• *Rye (N.Y.)

• Scott County (Ky.)

• **Socastee

• *St. Augustine (La.)

• St. Edward (Ohio)

• *Whitney Young (Ill.)

*Making tournament debut
**Has played in event every year


Seniors highlight this year’s Beach Ball Classic field

John Wall Celebrates 21st Birthday in New York City

Here are some scenes from John Wall's 21st birthday party at Greenhouse in NYC last week (Wall partied with a long list of celebs...Swizz Beats, Diddy, Carmelo Anthony, Drake, DJ Khaled, Kemba Walker, Jim Jones, Baron Davis, Uncle Murda, DJ Big Ben, Jessica Rosenblum and DJ Absolut):





NOTE: The video is on YouTube. I didn't link it because it contains very strong language.

Rick Pitino Watches 2013 Point Guard Tyler Ennis


Rick Pitino was one of several coaches who watched 2013 point guard Tyler Ennis of St. Benedict's Prep.

Here is an excerpt from FiveStarBasketball.com:

On Monday, Rick Pitino of Louisville, Mick Cronin of Cincinnati and Jim Larranaga of Miami attended an open gym at St. Ben's.

"I couldn't really talk to [Pitino]," Ennis said, citing the rule that college coaches can only speak with seniors during the contact period. "He just acknowledged me. It was crazy because I see him in movies all the time. You see him in documentaries, and he's in our gym watching me. So it was kind of just like an accomplishment."

Still, count Louisville as another school that has offered the talented guard who runs with CIA Bounce during the summer.


Tyler Ennis Pulling Down Offers

Ennis is a 6-2, 180-pound point guard. He is currently ranked No. 34 overall on the Rivals.com list.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

LeBron James Highlights Talented Open Run at Kentucky


There was one heck of an open run at the Craft Center tonight as LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, Eric Bledsoe and DeMarcus Cousins played with and against members of the University of Kentucky team:

KingJames Just got done hooping at UK with the team, and alum Rondo,@EBled24 @boogiecousins! Great run! #BigBlueNation

John Calipari Undecided on Future with Dominican Team


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is undecided on whether or not he'll coach the Dominican Republic national team next summer as they continue their pursuit of a berth in the 2012 Olympics.

While the Dominicans failed to earn a spot in the Olympics at the FIBA Americas Championship, they did qualify for next summer's last chance tournament. The tournament will be played in early July and the Olympics will be shortly thereafter.

Calipari told Andy Katz of ESPN.com that he isn't sure what he will do at this time:

Calipari said he recently spoke with the D.R. delegation about whether he would continue coaching the team, but no decision was reached. Calipari said the commitment was intense the past month, despite training camp being conducted at Kentucky. The time next summer won’t be as daunting since the tournament is confined to a week next year. But if the Dominicans were to finish in the top three, the Olympics would start soon after in late July.

“We haven’t gone that far,’’ Calipari said of the discussion. “The good news is that it would be the first week of July and I wouldn’t miss anything. I don’t know. At this point, I just got through this. This was challenging. The time element certainly was and we were on campus for the first half and then Brazil [for a pre-tournament] and then Argentina.’’

John Calipari is undecided on whether he'll continue his work with the Dominican national team.Calipari said he felt like he done well with the job, providing a window for young Dominicans to see basketball in the same light they may view baseball.

“Whether I’m coaching this team or not, I’ll help them in any way I can,’’ Calipari said. “The dates may not work out. It may not be something I choose to do. But the appeal is to get them to the Olympics.’’


John Calipari undecided on D.R. future

My Thoughts: I have obviously been a big supporter of the Dominican national team and have been following them closely all summer.

That being said, I would like to see John Calipari coach the team next summer. The team has proven that it can compete with some of the top teams in FIBA and will have a legitimate shot to earn an Olympics berth next summer.

Calipari said his goal to get the Dominicans into the 2012 Olympics and I would like to see him take that goal into next summer.

Mitch McGary Gives a Recruiting Update in ESPN Diary


Kentucky recruit Mitch McGary has some updates on his recruiting process in a "diary" he is writing on ESPN.com.

McGary says he is not sure that he'll be able to visit several schools, including Kentucky.

Here is an excerpt:

I really enjoyed all three visits. All I can think now is that this is gonna make it so much harder to pick when the time comes because I have no idea what I’m gonna do at this point.

Just to squash some rumors out there; no I didn’t commit to North Carolina and no I didn’t commit to Duke either. I don’t know where people get this stuff, but I guarantee you anything like that is completely false because I have no clue where I’m going nor did I tell anyone anything like that.

I got a lot of questions answered at all three schools and any questionable perceptions I had about the schools was just blown away.

I still want to go to Kentucky, Maryland and Florida, but I’m not sure that I’ll get to those schools just yet. I’d like to get there, but we’ll just have to see.


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Videos: A Look at New Louisville Commit Terry Rozier

Here are some videos of the newest University of Louisville commit, 2012 point guard Terry Rozier:



UK Announces Plans for 2011 John Calipari Coaches' Clinic


The University of Kentucky has announced the times for the 2011 John Calipari Coaches' Clinic.

The clinic is open to male and female coaches and fans.

Here is the release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball has announced the date for the 2011 John Calipari Coaches’ Clinic.

Scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET at Memorial Coliseum, the day-long event, intended for male and female coaches and fans, gives a unique glimpse into the coaching philosophies and strategies that Coach Calipari uses in guiding the defending NCAA Tournament East Regional champion, Kentucky Wildcats. Included in this unique clinic will be a chance to tour the Joe Craft Center and Wildcat Lodge with experts available to answer questions.

Attendees will be given exclusive access to watch Coach Cal conduct two practice sessions (workouts) with the 2011-12 Wildcats and be given opportunities to ask questions of Coach Cal and his staff.

Check-in for the coaches’ clinic will be from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. at Memorial Coliseum on Oct. 30. Cost for the clinic for both coaches and fans is $75 advance registration and $100 walk-up registration.

Parking will be available in the front of Joe Craft Center.

There cannot be any recruitable age participants at the clinic. Any person entering 7th grade-12th grade will not be allowed to register or attend.

Registration is available at www.ukathletics.com/camps. For more information, please contact the Kentucky Basketball office at 800.852.2875 or 859.257.1916.

Chris Walker No Longer Attending Big Blue Madness


Chris Walker will no longer attend Kentucky's Big Blue Madness. The 2013 star told Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com that UK will be focused on 2012 recruits so he will likely attend madness at Kansas.

Walker still lists Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Ohio State and Kansas as the five schools that are standing out the most.

Here is an excerpt from Borzello's article:

Walker tripped to Florida recently, and said it was great. He will also be at Florida State this weekend on an unofficial visit.

One interesting development in his visit schedule is midnight madness. Originally, he was planning to be a part of Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness. That has changed, though.

“I’m not going to Kentucky madness because they’re going to be more worried about signing 2012 people,” Walker said. “So I think I’m going to Kansas [Midnight Madness].”


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Doron Lamb and Anthony Davis Having Fun, Enough Said

Kentucky's Doron Lamb and Anthony Davis having some fun at the Craft Center - enough said:




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NKU Releases 2011-12 Men's Basketball Schedule


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

The Norse will open with exhibitions against NCAA Division I teams Marshall, West Virginia and Cincinnati.

NKU will then play a challenging out-of-conference schedule before heading into the always-difficult GLVC slate.

NKU Men's Basketball Schedule for 2011-12

Date Opponent Location Time/Result
11/1/2011 Marshall (exhibition) Huntington, W.Va. TBD
11/4/2011 West Virginia (exhibition) Morgantown, W.Va. TBD
11/8/2011 Cincinnati (exhibition) Cincinnati, Ohio TBD
11/12/2011 UC-Clermont Highland Heights, Ky. 1:30 p.m.

John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic
11/18/2011 Lane Highland Heights, Ky. 7:30 p.m.
11/19/2011 Glenville State Highland Heights, Ky. 7:30 p.m.

11/21/2011 Urbana Urbana, Ohio TBD
12/1/2011 Saint Joseph's Rensselaer, Ind. TBD
12/3/2011 Indianapolis Indianapolis, Ind. 3 p.m.
12/6/2011 Ohio Midwestern Highland Heights, Ky. 7 p.m.
12/11/2011 Urbana Highland Heights, Ky. 5 p.m.
12/18/2011 Salem International Highland Heights, Ky. 5 p.m.
12/30/2011 Shepherd Highland Heights, Ky. 1 p.m.
1/5/2012 William Jewell Highland Heights, Ky. 7:30 p.m.
1/7/2012 Rockhurst Highland Heights, Ky. 3 p.m.
1/12/2012 Missouri S&T Rolla, Mo. TBD
1/14/2012 Drury Springfield, Mo. 2 p.m.
1/16/2012 Bellarmine Louisville, Ky. 8 p.m.
1/19/2012 Wisconsin-Parkside Highland Heights, Ky. 7:30 p.m.
1/21/2012 Lewis (Homecoming) Highland Heights, Ky. 5 p.m.
1/26/2012 Kentucky Wesleyan Highland Heights, Ky. 7:30 p.m.
1/28/2012 Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. 4 p.m.
2/2/2012 Lewis Romeoville, Ill. TBD
2/4/2012 Wisconsin-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. 4 p.m.
2/9/2012 Indianapolis Highland Heights, Ky. 7:30 p.m.
2/11/2012 Saint Joseph's Highland Heights, Ky. 3 p.m.
2/16/2012 Kentucky Wesleyan Owensboro, Ky. TBD
2/18/2012 Southern Indiana Highland Heights, Ky. 3 p.m.
2/23/2012 Bellarmine Highland Heights, Ky. 7:30 p.m.
2/26/2012 GLVC Tournament First Round TBD
3/1-4/2012 GLVC Tournament Springfield, Ill.
3/10-13/2012 NCAA Midwest Regional TBD
3/21-24/2012 NCAA Elite Eight Highland Heights, Ky.

Brandon Knight Working Out, Taking Online Classes


Former University of Kentucky star Brandon Knight is working out, taking online classes and anxiously awaiting the end of the NBA lockout.

Knight says he has no plans to play overseas even if the lockout continues.

Here is more from Detnews.com:

"There's no reason to be anxious," said Knight, selected seventh overall out of Kentucky. "It's something I can't control. It could last awhile so who knows?

"I didn't have any expectations when I was drafted. I had no clue what would happen."

That's not to say Knight isn't concerned with the current state of affairs.

But the uncertainty is a reason why he hasn't set any lofty expectations for his rookie season — yet.

"I don't have any goals right now," he said. "Once I know there will be a season, then I'll start setting goals, but not right now."

As for the possibility of playing overseas if the lockout continues into the season, it's not high on Knight's list.

"No, I'm probably going to stay here," he said. "I don't have any plans of going overseas."


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Nerlens Noel with Another Five-Star Play of the Day

Here is 2013 Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel with another Five-Star Basketball Play of the Day:

Monday, September 12, 2011

Final Rosters, Schedule for Impact Basketball League


Here is a look at the rosters and schedule for the Impact Basketball Competitive Training Series in Las Vegas:

Rosters:

A: Sebastian Telfair, James Anderson, Kawhi Leonard (week 1 only), Malcolm Lee, Larry Hughes, Marreese Speights, Melvin Ely

B: Derek Fisher (arrives Thursday), Armon Johnson, Josh Selby, Tony Allen (arrives Tuesday), Xavier Silas, Coby Carl, Jeremy Evans, Al Harrington (arrives Wednesday), Stephen Jackson (arrives Wednesday), Gary Forbes (arrives Tuesday), Derrick Caracter

C: Kyle Lowry, Jared Dudley, Channing Frye, Courtney Lee, Hakim Warrick, Austin Daye, Alan Anderson

D: Chauncey Billups (Week 2), Iman Shumpert, Damon Jones, Roger Mason Jr., Jamaal Tinsley, Shawne Williams, Jermaine O'Neal

E: Mo Williams, Eric Bledsoe, Travis Leslie, Willie Warren, Al-Farouq Aminu, Ryan Gomes

F: Avery Bradley, Isaiah Thomas, Demar Derozen, Dorrell Wright, Bonzi Wells, Corey Maggette, J.J. Hickson

G: John Wall, Nick Young, Jordan Crawford, Shelvin Mack, Desmon Farmer, Terrico White, Rashard Lewis (Week 2), Larry Owens, Marcus Banks

H: T.J. Ford, Dominique Jones, Dahntay Jones, Brandon Rush, Paul George, Corey Stokes, Wesley Matthews, Jordan Williams

Here is the complete schedule (click to enlarge):



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Rare Technical Foul in 1992 Led Sam Malone to Kentucky


A rare technical foul called on UMass head coach John Calipari in 1992 started a chain of events that has now led Sam Malone to the University of Kentucky as a walk-on.

Malone's father Joe, a Massachusetts state treasurer in 1992, was so impressed with how Calipari handled the aftermath of the technical foul that he contacted the UMass coach. A friendship began and recently, Calipari talked to his friend:

A torn anterior cruciate ligament interrupted Sam Malone's hoop dream at age 15. Two more knee surgeries seemingly splashed cold water in his face.

"Cal was always inquiring," Joe Malone said. "'How is Sam doing? Tell him, don't let some adversity get him down.' Really was wonderful to him. I think he was particularly sensitive to the fact Sam, who loved the game of basketball, seemed to have one hurdle after another put in his way."

When Sam's injury-riddled high school career neared its end this past spring, Calipari asked Joe Malone about his son's college plans.

"Well, not too many letters are coming in," Joe Malone said. To which Calipari said, "Let me know if he wants to come to Kentucky and be a walk-on, I'd love to have him."

Walking on at Kentucky agreed with Sam Malone.

Joe Malone explained his son's reaction by saying, "On a scale of one to 10, if 10 is complete happiness, Sam was about a 22."


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Kenneth Faried to Play in Jimmer's Exhibition Game


Former Morehead State big man Kenneth Faried will be playing in Jimmer Fredette's upcoming exhibition game.

The game will be held September 22 at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah.

Here is more from Sltrib.com:

Charlotte's Bismack Biyombo, Denver's Kenneth Faried and Washington's Chris Singleton were among 11 players announced Monday as being confirmed to participate in the event, which will be held Sept. 22 at the Marriott Center in Provo.

Milwaukee's Tobias Harris, Sacramento's Tyler Honeycutt, Golden State's Charles Jenkins, Minnesota's Malcolm Lee, Detroit's Vernon Macklin, the Kings' Isaiah Thomas, Xavier Silas and Chris Wright will also join previously announced participants Fredette (Sacramento), Kemba Walker (Charlotte), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio), Nolan Smith (Portland) and Jackson Emery (ex-BYU).


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Worried About Kentucky's 2012 Recruiting? Don't Be


Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com says there is nothing for University of Kentucky basketball fans to worry about in terms of 2012 recruiting.

While the Cats currently have no commitments, that is sure to change in a big way soon. John Calipari and company are in good standing with more than a handful of the nation's elite 2012 prospects and will undoubtedly land several.

Here are some thoughts from Parrish:

There are few sure things in sports anymore.

One is that Tony Romo will crumble under pressure.

Another is that Tiger Woods won't take the golf tournament he enters.

Another is that John Calipari will get great prospects and win a lot with them.

"Kentucky fans shouldn't be concerned," CBSSports.com recruiting analyst Jeff Borzello said. "If most of the top prospects were already gone, then maybe it would be a problem. As it stands, though, about 20 of the top 30 players in the country are still available -- and Kentucky is in good shape with several of them. When it comes down to it, Kentucky is still going to end up with one of the top recruiting classes in the country."

And how will it look?

"The Wildcats are in best with Archie Goodwin [No. 6 in the CBSSports.com Class of 2012 rankings], Alex Poythress [No. 14], Devonta Pollard [No. 18] and Willie Cauley [No. 47], and all four will be on campus for Big Blue Madness [on Oct. 14] -- along with Shabazz Muhammad [No. 1], DaJuan Coleman [No. 10] and T.J. Warren [No. 32]," Borzello answered. "They're also heavily in the mix for guys like Mitch McGary [No. 3] and Perry Ellis [No. 27], and if Kentucky ends up with three or four of the aforementioned players, it's another top-rated recruiting class for Calipari."


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Relax Big Blue Nation, Coach Cal has the situation under control.

Cousins, Wall Expected to Play in "Clash of the Superstars"


Former University of Kentucky stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are expected to play in an upcoming charity game in Washington, D.C.

The game, billed as "Clash of the Superstars," will feature a highly-talented group of NBA and former college stars.

Former Louisville big man Samardo Samuels is also expected to play.

Here is an excerpt from WashingtonPost.com:

Hill has rounded up some of his clients and other NBA players to play in a game that will surely draw a nice crowd and raise some money for a good cause. Billed as “Clash of the Superstars,” the game will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Calvin Coolidge High School in Northwest. It will feature Kevin Durant, former Georgetown stars Green and Greg Monroe, Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, Oklahoma City guards James Harden and Eric Maynor, Charlotte Bobcats draft pick Kemba Walker, New Orleans guard and Fort Washington native Jarrett Jack, Dallas guard Corey Brewer and Cleveland forward Samardo Samuels, among others. John Wall is expected to play, but will make an appearance even if he doesn’t, Hill said.

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Video: Enes Kanter Works Over Marc Gasol

Here is some footage of former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter working over Spain's Marc Gasol at EuroBasket 2011:



Here are some more Kanter highlights:

The Sporting News Likes Tennessee Tech in the OVC


The Sporting News says Tennessee Tech are the preseason favorites in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Austin Peay is ranked second, followed by Murray State. Tennessee State and Morehead State rounds out the top five.

Here is how The Sporting News breaks down the OVC in their College Basketball Preview:

1. Tennessee Tech
2. Austin Peay
3. Murray State
4. Tennessee State
5. Morehead State
6. Eastern Kentucky

7. Tennessee-Martin
8. Southeast Missouri State
9. Eastern Illinois
10. Jacksonville State
11. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville

Here is an excerpt about Morehead State:

Life without Kenneth Faried, the 22nd overall pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 2011 NBA Draft, will be difficult for Morehead State. Foward Drew Kelly will now assume a larger role. Morehead State will likely be more guard-oriented this year behind Ty Proffitt Terrance Hill and Lamont Austin. Coach Donnie Tyndall has high hopes for JUCO Transfer Marsell Holden at point guard.

Tennessee Tech returns a talented roster, led by senior point guard Zac Swansey:

John Calipari Snubbed in All-FIBA Americas Awards


Latinbasket.com has handed out All-FIBA Americas Awards. Argentina's Luis Scola was recognized as the tournament's "Best Player."

The Dominican Republic's Al Horford was named to the First Team and also labelled "Best Center". Jack Michael Martinez was placed on the Second Team.

Argentina's Julio Cesar Lamas was named "Best Coach", despite the historic achievements accomplished by John Calipari with the Dominican Republic team.

Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas Awards 2011

Best Player: Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) of Argentina
Best Guard: Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79) of Puerto Rico
Best Forward: Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) of Argentina
Best Center: Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86) of Dominican Republic
Best Coach: Julio Cesar Lamas of Argentina

1st Team

G: Carlos Arroyo (188-79) of Puerto Rico
PG: Marcelinho Huertas (191-83) of Brazil
G: Emanuel Ginobili (198-77) of Argentina
F/C: Luis Scola (206-80) of Argentina
F/C: Alfred Horford (208-86) of Dominican Republic

2nd Team

G: Pablo Prigioni (191-77) of Argentina
PG: Greivis Vasquez (198-87) of Venezuela
F: Guilherme Giovannoni (202-80) of Brazil
F/C: Jack Michael Martinez (203-81) of Dominican Republic
F/C: Esteban Batista (208-83) of Uruguay

3rd Team

PG: Jose Juan Barea (181-84) of Puerto Rico
PG: David Cubillan (183-87) of Venezuela
G: Carlos Delfino (198-82) of Argentina
F/G: Oscar Torres (195-76) of Venezuela
C/F: Ruben Garces (206-73) of Panama

Honorable Mention

Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) of Paraguay
Yoan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) of Cuba
Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83) of Panama
Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85) of Panama
Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86) of Canada
Daniel Santiago (216-C-76) of Puerto Rico
Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85) of Brazil

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Dominican Republic Captures First Ever Bronze Medals


Dominican Republic 103
Puerto Rico 89

Final from 2011 FIBA Americas Tournament Consolation Game


The Dominican Republic took and early lead and never looked back as they defeated Puerto Rico 103-89 in historic fashion on the final day of the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

The win gave the Dominicans the tournament's bronze medals, their best finish in history.

Al Horford led the way for the Dominican Republic as he put in 23 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Jack Michael Martinez added 21 points and 9 rebounds. Francisco Garcia chipped in 18 points.

Carlos Arroyo had 24 points and 7 assists for Puerto Rico. Daniel Gregg added a game-high 25 points.

Horford was named to the all-tournament team with Marcelo Huertas (BRA), Carlos Arroyo (PR), Emanuel Ginobili (ARG) and Luis Scola (ARG).

The win was bittersweet for the Dominicans as they fell short of the ultimate goal which was to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. The good news is that they will have one final opportunity in a last-chance Olympic qualifying tournament next summer.

Argentina defeated Brazil 80-75 to win the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship. Both finalists earned automatic bids to the 2012 Olympics.

The Dominican Republic will be joined by Puerto Rico and Venezuela in next summer's last-chance tournament.

Final Standings:

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

Terry Rozier Commits to Louisville, Knowles to Houston


The Louisville Cardinals have picked up a commitment from 2012 point guard Terry Rozier.

Rozier is a 6-1 star from Shaker Heights, Ohio. He is currently rated as a three-star recruit and ranked No. 112 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Here is more from SportingNews.com:

On Saturday, Pitino and assistant coach Richard Pitino watched Rozier in open gym. The Courier-Journal reported that Rozier will sign in November.

Rozier told the newspaper that he’s been a fan of the Louisville program since he watched the movie Through the Fire, about New York guard Sebastian Telfair, who signed with Louisville but instead went straight to the NBA. Also, his first cousin, Zach Price, is a freshman for Pitino’s squad.


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Photo: Rivals.com

In other news:

- Five-star small forward Danuel House and four-star power forward Danrad "Chicken" Knowles committed to the Houston Cougars on Sunday night.

Louisville had shown some interest in Knowles earlier this summer.

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FIBA Can Expect a Call from the NCAA

FIBA listed University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari with 509 career wins during their broadcast on Sunday. I'm sure the powers that be at the NCAA aren't smiling:

Turkey, Enes Kanter Eliminated at EuroBasket 2011


Turkey and former University of Kentucky big man Enes Kanter failed to make the quarterfinal round at EuroBasket 2011 as they were defeated 68-67 by Serbia this morning.

It is a disappointing exit for Turkey after they finished second at last year's World Championships.

Kanter had 11 points and 5 rebounds for Turkey in the loss.

For the tournament, Kanter averaged 9.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 8 games.

Eric Bledsoe to Play in Baltimore vs. Philly Showdown


Former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe will reportedly play for "Team Melo" in an upcoming hoops showdown between Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Team Melo will represent the Baltimore area and will feature the likes of Bledsoe, Donte Green, Gary Neal, Josh Selby, Carmelo Anthony and more.

Team Philly will likely include Hakim Warrick, the Morris twins, Lou Williams, Kyle Lowry, John Salmons and more.

Here is some info from CSNPhilly.com:

Team Philly, a team made up of basketball stars from the Philly area, will take on Team Melo, a team led by Carmelo Anthony, on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. at The Palestra.

Team Philly will include Hakim Warrick (Phoenix Suns), Markieff Morris (Phoenix Suns), Marcus Morris (Houston Rockets), Lou Williams (Sixers), Kyle Lowry (Houston Rockets), John Salmons (Sacramento Kings), Wayne Ellington (Minnesota Timberwolves), Jason Thompson (Sacramento Kings), former NBA player Flip Murray and Philly street ball legend Aaron “AO” Owens.

Team Melo, comprised of players from the Baltimore area, will include Anthony, Josh Selby (Memphis Grizzlies), Donte Greene (Sacramento Kings), Gary Neal (San Antonio Spurs), Eric Bledsoe (Los Angeles Clippers) and “more suprise (sp.) guests,” according to Rahim Thompson’s Twitter account @RTChosenleague.


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