Saturday, September 24, 2011

Kentucky Pros vs. University of Pikeville on October 8


The University of Pikeville, who enter the season as defending NAIA national champions, will play a group of University of Kentucky pros on October 8 at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center.

Official details will be released early next week and a roster for the Pros is not official.

The Kentucky team is expected to be similar to the teams that battled the Dominican Republic national team several weeks ago. Those teams included the likes of John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Tayshaun Prince, Rajon Rondo, Keith Bogans, Nazr Mohammad, Brandon Knight, Josh Harrellson, DeAndre Liggins and Eric Bledsoe.

More details are coming soon...

UK Recruit Anthony Bennett with the Play of the Day

Here is University of Kentucky recruit Anthony Bennett with the FiveStarBasketball.com Play of the Day:

John Wall Gives Thoughts on UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage

John Wall and other NBA stars give their thoughts on UFC 135:

Wiggins, Rathan-Mayes to Visit Kentucky Today


Huntington Prep teammates Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Andrew Wiggins are expected to make unofficial visits to the University of Kentucky on Saturday.

Wiggins is the top-rated player int he 2014 class. He is a 6-7 small forward.

Rathan-Mayes, a 2013 recruit, is a 6-2 shooting guard.

Friday, September 23, 2011

2012 Center Eric Weisenbach Commits to Tennessee Tech


Tennessee Tech has picked up a commitment from 2012 center Eric Weisenbach.

Weisenbach is a 6-11 center from Dublin Coffman (OH) High School.

The news was first reported on Twitter:

PearsonJamie Congrats to #DublinCoffman Sr. Eric Weisenbach (6'11, 2012). He has committed to play division I basketball @ #TennesseeTech next year.

Kentucky Extends Offer to 2013 Star Jabari Parker


Kentucky has officially offered 2013 star Jabari Parker.

Here's more:

The University of Kentucky has now officially put a scholarship offer on the table for Class of 2013 Chicago Simeon star Jabari Parker of the Mac Irvin Fire.

Parker, a 6'9 guard/forward, rates as the #1-ranked overall prospect in the United States for the Class of 2013. He already holds a long line of scholarship offers from around the country including Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, DePaul, Illinois, Michigan State, Washington, Utah and Brigham Young to name a few. Louisville head coach Rick Pitino offered a scholarship earlier this week.

Kentucky was at Simeon on Thursday for an open gym session.


Kentucky Has Now Officially Offered Chicago Simeon Star Jabari Parker, The #1-Ranked 2013 Prospect In The Country

Photo: Rivals.com

Pair of Kentucky Recruits to Play at Lexington Catholic


Mike Fields of the Herald-Leader points out this afternoon that a pair of University of Kentucky recruits will be playing in Lexington in January.

Archie Goodwin, who committed to UK earlier this week, and Alex Poythress will both be in action at the Dunkin' Donuts National Shootout on January 7, 2012.

The event will be held at Lexington Catholic High School. Catholic and Lafayette will play the out-of-state teams, while Sayre, Wolfe County, Lincoln County and Harrison County will also be playing during the day.

General admission tickets will be $9.

Source

Jones, Davis Named to Blue Ribbon All-America Teams


University of Kentucky sophomore Terrence Jones has been named preseason first team All-America by Blue Ribbon.

The 2011 Blue Ribbon Preseason All-America First Team includes Jones, Jared Sullinger, Harrison Barnes, Kris Joseph and Jordan Taylor.

Kentucky's Anthony Davis was named to the fourth team.

2011 Blue Ribbon Preseason All-America Teams

First Team
Jared Sullinger, 6-9, So., Ohio State
Harrison Barnes, 6-7, So., North Carolina
Kris Joseph, 6-6, Sr., Syracuse
Terrence Jones, 6-8, So., Kentucky
Jordan Taylor, 6-3, Sr., Wisconsin

Second Team
Perry Jones, 6-11, So., Baylor
William Buford, 6-6, Sr., Ohio State
Jeremy Lamb, 6-5, So., Connecticut
Trevor Mbakwe, 6-8, Sr., Minnesota
Tyler Zeller, 7-0, Sr., North Carolina

Third Team
John Jenkins, 6-4, Jr., Vanderbilt
Tu Holloway, 6-0, Sr., Xavier
Ashton Gibbs, 6-2, Sr., Pittsburgh
Jamychal Green, 6-8, Sr., Alabama
Draymond Green, 6-7, Sr., Michigan State

Fourth Team
Marcus Denmon, 6-3, Sr., Missouri
Orlando Johnson, 6-5, Sr., UC Santa Barbara
Tim Abromaitis, 6-8, GS, Notre Dame
Andre Drummond, 6-10, Fr., Connecticut
Anthony Davis, 6-10, Fr., Kentucky

Player of the Year: Jared Sullinger, 6-9, So., Ohio State

Newcomer of the Year: Andre Drummond, 6-10, Fr., Connecticut

Source

Eastern Kentucky Releases 2011-12 Basketball Schedule


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

EKU will battle Mississippi State, Liberty, William & Mary and Lehigh as part of the 2K Sports Classic.

The Colonels will also face a stiff test in December when they travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas for a battle with the Razorbacks.

2011-12 EKU Men's Basketball Schedule

Nov. 2 (Wed.) Urbana (exhibition) Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Nov. 7 (Mon.) at Mississippi State1 Starkville, Miss. 8 p.m.
Nov. 12 (Sat.) at Winthrop Rock Hill, S.C. 4 p.m.
Nov. 14 (Mon.) at Presbyterian College Clinton, S.C. 7 p.m.
Nov. 18 (Fri.) at Liberty1 Lynchburg, Va. 7 p.m.
Nov. 19 (Sat.) vs. William & Mary1 Lynchburg, Va. 5 p.m.
Nov. 20 (Sun.) vs. Lehigh1 Lynchburg, Va. 1 p.m.
Nov. 27 (Sun.) at Norfolk State Norfolk, Va. 7 p.m.
Nov. 29 (Tue.) at Delaware State Dover, Del. 7 p.m.
Dec. 3 (Sat.) Brescia Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Dec. 6 (Tue.) North Carolina Central Richmond, Ky. 8 p.m.
Dec. 10 (Sat.) Georgia Southern Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Dec. 17 (Sat.) at Jacksonville State* Jacksonville, Ala. TBA
Dec. 20 (Tue.) at Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark. TBA
Dec. 29 (Thu.) Austin Peay* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Dec. 31 (Sat.) Tennessee State* Richmond, Ky. 2 p.m.
Jan. 4 (Wed.) at Murray State* Murray, Ky. TBA
Jan. 7 (Sat.) Southeast Missouri* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Jan. 12 (Thu.) at Austin Peay* Clarksville, Tenn. 8 p.m.
Jan. 14 (Sat.) at Morehead State* Morehead, Ky. TBA
Jan. 19 (Thu.) UT Martin* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Jan. 22 (Sun.) Longwood Richmond, Ky. 2 p.m.
Jan. 26 (Thu.) Tennessee Tech* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Jan. 28 (Sat.) at Tennessee State* Nashville, Tenn. TBA
Feb. 2 (Thu.) at Eastern Illinois* Charleston, Ill. 8 p.m.
Feb. 4 (Sat.) at SIUE* Edwardsville, Ill. 8 p.m.
Feb. 7 (Tue.) Mid-Continent Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Feb. 11 (Sat.) Morehead State* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Feb. 15 (Wed.) at Tennessee Tech* Cookeville, Tenn. 8 p.m.
Feb. 18 (Sat.) TBA2 Richmond, Ky. TBA
Feb. 23 (Thu.) SIUE* Richmond, Ky. 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25 (Sat.) Eastern Illinois* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Feb. 29 (Wed.) at OVC Championships (First Round) Nashville, Tenn. TBA
March 1 (Thu.) at OVC Championships (Quarterfi nals) Nashville, Tenn. TBA
March 2 (Fri.) at OVC Championships (Semifi nals) Nashville, Tenn. TBA
March 3 (Sat.) at OVC Championships (Finals) Nashville, Tenn. TBA

- Asterisk (*) Denotes Ohio Valley Conference Game
- Times given are Eastern and subject to change

John Calipari Talks About Early Practices with New Team

John Calipari talks about his first few organized practices with his 2011-12 Kentucky team:

Videos: Check Out 2012 Star Gary Harris

Here are some looks at 2012 star Gary Harris, who Kentucky did an in-home visit with earlier in the week:



Entire UK Staff Checks In On 2013 Star Jabari Parker


The entire University of Kentucky staff was in Chicago last night to see 2013 star Jabari Parker.

Parker is a 6-7 small forward from Simeon (Ill.) High School. He ranks No. 2 overall on the Rivals.com lists for 2013.

DaveTelep Stand corrected. Kentucky sent its entire staff of Cal, Orlando Antigua and Kenny Payne to Chicago to see @JabariParker22 today.

Former WKU Star Jeremy Evans with a Putback Dunk

Check out former Western Kentucky University star Jeremy Evans as he slams down a nice putback dunk at the Impact Basketball League:



As SlamOnline.com pointed our recently, Evans is quite an artist off the court, as well:

Armed with oils, pastels, acrylics and charcoal, Evans draws and paints celebrities, landscapes and anything else that inspires him. Earl Watson, Francisco Elson and Al Jefferson are among a handful of teammates for whom Evans has sketched likenesses on basketballs, and he points to portraits of Michael Jordan and Halle Berry as sources of pride.

“I started drawing when I was 5 years old,” says Evans, who turns 24 in October. “And my stick figures were a little different from everyone else’s.”

A little different would be putting it modestly. But it’s that humility that helped Evans crack Utah’s rotation late last season, and if the second half of his rookie year is any indication of his hoops potential, he’s a bona fide double threat.


The Basketball Artist

An example of Evans' work:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Faried Nets His Usual Numbers in Jimmer's All-Star Game


Former Morehead State University star Kenneth Faried totalled his usual line of 23 points and 17 rebounds in Jimmer Fredette's All-Star exhibition game tonight.

Team Leonard defeated Team Jimmer 140-126 in the star-studded exhibition in Provo, Utah.

Faried was clearly the most dominant big man in the game as he controlled the boards and assaulted the rim with numerous power dunks.

Fredette put in 27 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds.

Former Duke star Nolan Smith had a game-high 30 points and a game-high 13 assists.

Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points and pulled down 10 boards. Kemba Walker heated up in the fourth quarter and finished with 23 points.

Field Announced for 2011 Ashland Invitational Tournament


The field is set for the 2011 Ashland Invitational Tournament.

The teams who will participate in this year's tourney are:

- Ashland Paul Blazer
- Christian County (defending state champions)
- Rowan County (state runner up)
- Warren Central
- Clark County
- Pendleton County
- Lincoln County
- Woodford County

The brackets, dates and game times will be set at a later date.

Source: iHigh.com

EKU Reportedly Offers 2012 Guard Alfonzo Houston


According to "highmajorscoop" on Twitter, Eastern Kentucky has reportedly made an offer to 6-3 guard Alfonzo Houston:

highmajorscoop Eastern Kentucky has "reportedly" offered 6-foot-3/2012/G/Alfonzo Houston from State Fair JC via Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Alex Poythress Says All Five Schools "Are Still There"


University of Kentucky recruit Alex Poythress says all five of his potential college destinations are still in the mix.

The Memphis Commercial-Appeal caught up with Poythress following his 2 1/2 hour in-home visit with Memphis coaches:

"It went good. There were some questions my mom had. I had some, but it was mostly my mom asking questions," said Poythress, whom Rivals.com ranks the No. 19 overall prospect in the Class of 2012.

Poythress is considering Memphis, Kentucky, Florida, Duke and Vanderbilt. He's expecting to receive in-home visits from Vanderbilt and Duke next week.

"I don't have any favorites right now. All five schools are still there," he said.


Alex Poythress talks about his in-home visit with Memphis staff

Poythress is considering Memphis, UK, Florida, Duke and Vanderbilt.

Photo: Rivals.com

John Wall Confirms That He's Playing in Indy on Saturday


Kentucky fans will have an opportunity to watch John Wall play in Indianapolis on Saturday. Wall has confirmed that he will participate in "The Ball For It All Classic" with several other NBA stars at the University of Indianapolis.

Michael Lee of The Washington Post spoke to Wall:

MrMichaelLee John Wall confirmed that he WILL play for Goodman League vs Indy Pro-Am on Sat. With Kentucky support JW gets in Indianapolis, makes sense.

Wall will be joined on the Goodman League roster by former UK teammate DeMarcus Cousins and a handful of NBA stars that include Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, Josh Selby, Caron Butler, Will Bynum, Andray Blatche, Michael Beasley and Greg Monroe.

They will be opposed by the Knox Indy Pro Am team, which includes Lexington native Shelvin Mack. He'll be joined by Jeff Teague, Eric Gordon, George Hill, Gordon Hayward, Zach Randolph, Lance Stephenson, Mike Conley Jr., JaJuan Johnson, Paul George and D.J. White.

The doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the game starts at 7:30 p.m.

Go Here for Tickets and More Info

UK Comes Up With the "Wildcat Wobble"

I'm not sure what to say about this, but here is the introduction of the "Wildcat Wobble":



Personally, I'm sticking with the dancing guy:

Wall, Rondo Set to Play in Southern Hospitality Showcase


Former University of Kentucky stars Rajon Rondo and John Wall are scheduled to play in the upcoming Southern Hospitality Showcase Atlanta 2011.

The event is set for Friday, September 30 at Morehouse College.

Here is more from NECN.com:

On Friday, September 30 Marquis Daniels, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins, and Nate Robinson will suit up as teammates in the Southern Hospitality Showcase Atlanta 2011, a competitive, fast-paced "pick-up" style game featuring over 20 NBA players.

Along with the current/former Celtics, other NBA players slated to participate include John Wall, Jason Terry, Stephen Jackson, Josh Howard, Al Harrington, JJ Hickson, Josh Selby, and Trey Thompkins. Additional players are expected to be announced.

The event will take place at Morehouse College’s Forbes Arena and is presented by Daniels’ organization, the Q6 Foundation, as well as SLAM Magazine, Victory H2O, C9 by Champion, The V Firm, and The Cube Lounge.

With players traveling around the country during the NBA lockout to play in various leagues (more than 60 took part in the Impact League in Las Vegas last week), Daniels, an Orlando native and Auburn University alum, was inspired to bring basketball down south.


Rondo, Perkins among C's to play together again

Faried, Knight in Action at Short Summer Pro League

Check out former Kentucky star Brandon Knight and Morehead State All-American Kenneth Faried in action at the Short Summer Pro League at Mira Costa High School (Faried gets nasty at the 2:10 mark):

Jazzmar Ferguson Inks First Pro Contract in Canada


Former Louisville Moore star Jazzmar Ferguson has inked his first professional contract with the Moncton Miracles in NBL Canada.

Ferguson was an NAIA All-American at Indiana University Southeast. He is the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,042 points and holds the record for single-game points with 46 against Mid-Continent University last season. He averaged 24 points, four rebounds and five assists during his senior season.

Here is the announcement from USBasket.com:

Moncton Miracles (NBL Canada) announced the signing of American guard Jazzmar Ferguson (185-G). Ferguson has just graduated from Indiana University Southeast (NAIA) in the U.S. He had a very impressive season averaging 24.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 4.9 apg. Jazzmarr was selected to All-NAIA D2 1st Team and won KIAC Male Athlete of the Year award.

Trae Cunningham Takes Unofficial Visit to WKU


According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, 2014 prospect Trae Cunningham took an unofficial visit to Western Kentucky University this week.

Here is Daniels' report on Twitter:

EvanDanielscout Trae Cunningham, a 2014 prospect, took an unofficial visit to Western Kentucky and has interest from Illinois and Minnesota.

Kansas Coaches Visit 2012 Star Shabazz Muhammad


Kansas head coach Bill Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend travelled to Las Vegas on Wednesday to visit Shabazz Muhammad, the top-rated player in the 2012 recruiting class.

Muhammad, who is one of Kentucky's top 2012 targets, said the visit helped Kansas.

Here is more from TheShiver.com:

“It went great, said Muhammad about the in-home visit. “They [Kansas] really helped themselves in my recruitment,” added Muhammad.

The successful visit with Muhammad and his family also locked up an official visit to Kansas for Muhammad.

“None set up yet,” said Muhammad about


Kansas visits Shabazz Muhammad

Pervis Ellison Returns to Basketball...As Head Coach


Former University of Louisville star Pervis Ellison is returning to competitive basketball as a head coach.

Ellison has taken over the program at Life Center Academy, a private school in Burlington, New Jersey.

Here is more from BostonHerald.com:

But what attracted "Never Nervous Pervis," as he was nicknamed in college, to coach at Life Center?

"I’ve been around the program for about 2 years, and I’ve seen all the opportunities they provide for young kids coming from the inner city," said Ellison, who was raised in Savannah, Ga. "I saw an organization that reaches out and helps people and needed a coach, so I wanted to step up."

Ellison, 44, is no stranger to helping others or running a basketball program.

He has been coaching his dominant, Philadelphia-based AAU squad, Team Final, as well as quietly mentoring other local players whenever he gets the chance. It was Ellison’s strong ties to some of his AAU athletes -- one of whom is his son, Malik, a rising freshman -- that also contributed to his hiring at Life Center.

"Pervis had brought in a couple of his young Team Final players, seventh- and eighth-graders. We put them into school, and a couple of them are ninth-graders now," said Boudwin, who is also a pastor at the Christian academy. "We were without a coach at this point, so I said, ’Hey, Pervis, why don’t you just stay with the boys? These are your kids anyway.’ And so he agreed to do it."


Pervis Ellison starting new basketball career at NJ high school

Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Big News Coming Edition


Wednesday's Top 5:

- Kentucky coaches did an in-home visit with 2012 star DaJuan Coleman on Tuesday.

- Perry Ellis made it official and committed to the Kansas Jayhawks.

- John Wall returned to the Impact Basketball League and promptly scored 47 points. Wall and Pikeville's Jamar Board were recognized as two of the summer's best players.

- Several top recruits have spoken to Archie Goodwin about the possibility of joining him in Lexington.

- DeMarcus Cousins is still having fun at the University of Kentucky.

On Thursday, Get Ready For:

- Jimmer Fredette's exhibition game; former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried will team up with Jimmer in the game.

Recruiting News:

- Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua and Bellarmine head coach Scott Davenport were at Bullitt East High School on Wednesday to check out Derek Willis.

- Tennessee Tech has offered a scholarship to Montgomery County's Omar Prewitt. Tech is also expected to check out Shane Hall and Justin Johnson this week (HT: Jody Demling)

- Nebraska picked up a commitment from 5-9 point guard Benny Parker. Parker also had an offer from Murray State.

- Kansas' Bill Self and Kurtis Townsend visited 2012 star Shabazz Muhammad on Wednesday.

- Deion Taylor from St. Augustine (La.) committed to Richmond; he had offers from Murray State, UTEP, Tulane, Tulsa, Northwestern State, Samford and others.

The Buzz:

- John Brown is the new head coach at Deming High School.

Video of the Day:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Top Recruits Talking to Goodwin About Joining Him at UK


Several other top recruits have talked to 2012 commit Archie Goodwin about the possibility of joining him at the University of Kentucky.

Specifically, shooting guard stars Gary Harris and Torian Graham have both communicated with Goodwin about possibly teaming up in Lexington.

Here is an excerpt from ESPN.com:

Goodwin did, however, find time to answer a few; specifically the ones he got from recruits expressing their interest in joining him in Lexington.

Hamilton Southeastern’s (Fishers, Ind.) Gary Harris, a senior shooting guard who is ranked No. 10 in the ESPNU 100, and Arlington Country Day’s (Jacksonville, Fla.) Torian Graham, a senior shooting guard who is ranked No. 38, both contacted Goodwin congratulating him and inquiring about the possibility of playing together in college.

And though Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) swingman Shabazz Muhammad, the top-ranked player in the ESPNU 100, didn’t say so last night, Goodwin said the two have spoken about the possibility of teaming up as well.

“I told them let’s do it,” Goodwin said. “I’m not that guy who’s gonna pressure anyone so I let them reach out to me first, but when they do I definitely try and get them to join me. I want to play with the best because I think it’s the best way to win. And I definitely plan to win.”


Goodwin makes Cats even more attractive

New Footage of 2012 Kentucky Recruit Anthony Bennett

Here is some new footage of 2012 Kentucky recruit Anthony Bennett, a 6-7 forward from Canada:

John Wall Returns to Impact League, Scores 47

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall returned to the Impact Basketball League on Tuesday night and was once again spectacular.

The former University of Kentucky star dropped 47 points in a 137-131 loss.

Afterwards, NBA veteran Chauncey Billups stated, "I just think the speed that he has is unmatched."

In three Impact League games, Wall has averaged 43.3 points.

Wizards’ John Wall moving fast, scoring big, in Las Vegas

DeMarcus Cousins Caught Red Handed

Now that's a guilty look...

E_Vargas30 Look what @boogiecousins did to Sam room lol http://twitpic.com/6oejie

2012 Star Perry Ellis Commits to Kansas



As expected by most, 2012 power forward Perry Ellis has committed to Kansas.

Ellis chose the Jayhawks over Kentucky, Wichita State and Kansas State.

Jamar Board, John Wall Were Two of Summer's Best

John Wall of the Washington Wizards and Jamar "Silent Assassin" Board of the University of Pikeville were two of this summer's top players around the nation:

Kentucky Does In-Home Visit with 2012 Star DaJuan Coleman


Members of the University of Kentucky coaching staff had an in-home visit with 2012 big man DaJuan Coleman on Tuesday night.

Adam Zagoria confirmed the visit with Coleman's AAU coach:

AdamZagoria Kentucky had a home visit last night w/ DaJuan Coleman of Jamesville-DeWitt, per Jim Hart of Albany City Rocks

Archie Goodwin Talks About Choosing Kentucky


Dave Telep of ESPN.com spoke to 2012 star Archie Goodwin, who committed to the University of Kentucky on Tuesday night.

Goodwin talked about why he chose the Wildcats and more.

Here is an excerpt:

"I think Kentucky did (appeal the most). Coach Cal already told me that it's not going to be easy. I don't want anyone to give me anything. I've worked for stuff my whole life," Goodwin said. "I'm going to compete and that's going to make me and my teammates better. I want to go work every day. From a competitive standpoint, it's the best decision for me."

By picking the Wildcats, he passed on the Razorbacks and anytime the state's best player doesn't go to Fayetteville, there's a whole group of Hogs fans who want to know why. "That's one thing that is the toughest," Goodwin said. "Growing up here and with so many expectations to go there, it's been a lot of pressure. Arkansas is a great school and I love Coach [Mike] Anderson and his staff. I love my state but it's a business decision and this is best for my career and my family." As a youngster, when Goodwin would tune into college basketball on TV -- and he watches hoops a lot -- it was Calipari who dominated his thoughts. "I wasn't in the era to see the other coaches in their prime. I grew up watching Coach Cal in his prime. I knew from Day 1 that he was the guy I wanted to play for. I have that opportunity, so I went ahead and did it."


Archie Goodwin picks Kentucky

2012 Star Perry Ellis is Nearing a Final Decision


Perry Ellis will announce his college choice later today at 3:45 p.m. ET (2:45 p.m. local time).

Ellis will choose between Kansas, Kentucky, Kansas State and Wichita State.

Here is more from CBSSports.com:

The highly-publicized recruitment of Perry Ellis is just hours away from ending.

The 6-foot-8 forward from Wichita Heights (Kan.) will announce his commitment at 2:45 p.m. local time during a press conference at his high school gym. The finalists for his services are Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Wichita State.

Throughout his recruitment, Kansas has been considered by some to be the favorite, but the family has not shown their cards heading into the final day.

“All four coaches have recruited him for at least three years,” Fonda Ellis, Perry’s mother, told CBSSports.com. “They have built a relationship with Perry and our whole family. They are all great programs and we think they all are great choices.”


Perry Ellis closing in on decision

My Prediction: I'm going to go with Kansas on this one. I'm hoping for Kentucky, but my gut instinct says KU.

Photo: Rivals.com

Burgin Basketball Players Help Fallen Coach's Mother


There is a great story out of Danville, where members of the Burgin boy's basketball team came to the aide of a fallen coach's mother.

On August 2, Burgin assistant Tim Abbott died of an apparent heart attack while walking his dog at Millennium Park in Danville.

On Wednesday, some of his players performed some special deeds for Abbott's grieving mother, Lou Ann.

Here is an excerpt:

Small deeds after a loss — a garage painted and a lawn mowed for a grieving mother.

They were jobs Lou Ann Abbott’s late son, Tim, a basketball coach and educational aide, might have done, but they were finished Wednesday by his players.

As part of the Heart of Kentucky United Way Day of Action, the entire varsity basketball team from Burgin High School gathered at Lou Ann’s Danville home to do what didn’t feel like work.
“If all our young people were like that, there would truly be hope for the world,” Lou Ann said.

On the afternoon of Aug. 2, Burgin Independent School's first day of classes, Tim Abbott, 45, died of an apparent heart attack while walking his dogs at Millennium Park in Danville. The weeks that followed have brought sorrow and attempts at healing for those who loved him.

Last week, some who know Lou Ann decided to turn the tables on the longtime United Way volunteer.

“It’s never something I thought about,” she said about the idea of going from Day of Action project leader to the recipient of a boost. “(Tim) was my handyman. He took care of my lawn; if I had a problem, he took care of that, no matter what.”


Coach's death spurs team to help his mother

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Breaking: Archie Goodwin Commits to Kentucky


It went down.

Archie Goodwin has announced on Twitter that he's a Kentucky Wildcat:

A1Laflare10 If you don't know by now I'm a Wildcat!!!

Goodwin is a 6-4 shooting guard from Sylvan Hills (Ark.). He is a five-star recruit who ranks No. 12 overall in the 2012 recruiting class.

Some comments on Goodwin:

Dave Telep (ESPN.com) "The best part about @A1Laflare10's game is his competitive fire. Told Calipari he doesn't want any playing time he can't earn."

Evan Daniels (Scout.com): "Best part of Goodwin's game is his ability to attack the basket. He's relentless going to the rim. Athlete. Competitive. Very good pick up."

UK Recruit Archie Goodwin Says It's About to Go Down


Get ready Big Blue Nation, it's possible that two 2012 University of Kentucky recruits will announce their college decision on Wednesday.

A press conference is already scheduled at Wichita Heights High School, where Perry Ellis will choose between Kansas, Kentucky, Kansas State and Wichita State. Most believe Ellis chooses either Kansas or Kentucky with Kansas State have an ounce of hope.

Tonight, 2012 star Archie Goodwin made an announcement on Twitter that seems to indicate that he will also make a decision tomorrow:

A1Laflare10 Eveyone stay tuned tomorrow morning it's going down!!!

Goodwin provided a little drama via Twitter last week, so a Wednesday announcement is not a lock. He did cut Kansas and Connecticut from his list this week, however.

Either way, tomorrow is a big day for Kentucky's 2012 recruiting class.

UPDATE: Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com predicts Kentucky:

jeffborzello Kentucky. RT @Stumpbuster9: Prediction?

Transylvania University: 2011-12 Men's Basketball Roster


Transylvania University has released its men's basketball roster for the 2011-12 season.

2011-12 Men's Basketball Roster

# Full Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown / Highschool
1 Tommy Sirkin G 5-9 160 Fr. West Boca, FL / West Boca
2 Tate Cox G 6-1 180 So. Hindman, Ky. / Knott Co. Central
3 Trey Beuttel G 6-1 190 Jr. Beechwood, Ky. / Beechwood
4 Jordan Gilbert G 5-10 165 Fr. Maysville, KY / Mason Co.
5 Michael Stone G/F 6-2 185 Sr. Lexington, Ky. / Tates Creek
10 Nick Fudge G 5-9 165 Jr. Columbia, Ky. / Adair Co.
11 Barrett Meyer G 6-2 200 Jr. Frankfort, Ky. / Franklin Co
12 Taylor Botkin G/F 6-2 185 Jr. Lexington, Ky. / Lex. Catholic
20 Chris Owens G/F 6-3 185 Sr. Maysville, Ky. / St. Patrick
21 Matthew Clevenger G 6-1 180 Jr. Pikeville, Ky. / Pikeville
22 Ethan Spurlin F 6-4 185 Jr. Stanford, Ky. / Lincoln Co.
23 Ashley Hatfield F 6-6 200 So. Pikeville, Ky. / Shelby Valley
24 Stephen Kowolonek G 6-2 180 So. Ft. Thomas, Ky. / Highlands
31 Gavin Dunagan F 6-5 215 Fr. Monticello, KY / Wayne Co.
32 Brandon Rash F/G 6-3 200 Jr. Mt. Sterling, Ky. / Montgomery Co.
33 Jimi Starks F 6-3 175 Fr. Princeton, FL / Miami Killian
34 Mike Satterwhite C 6-8 250 Jr. Frankfort, Ky. / Western Hills
45 Leavitt Morrison F 6-6 210 Jr. Morehead, Ky. / Rowan Co.

Coaching Staff

Brian Lane Head Coach
Nate Valentine Assistant Coach
Matthew Martin Assistant Coach

Video: More Footage of John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins

Here is more of John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and several other NBA stars from last weekend's "Clash of the Superstars" exhibition game:

Kentucky Recruit Nerlens Noel Talks Recruiting


TarHeelIllustrated.com recently caught up with 2013 Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel. Noel said he isn't too far along in the recruiting process but will come out with a list of "10 strong schools" at some point.

Here is an excerpt:

What are the factors for you in your decision? Where are you in the process?

I'm not too far in the process right now. I'm in the beginning of trimming the list. I've already got some schools down, but I just have to get on the phone first-hand with some of these these coaches and build the relationship. That's when I'll be confident to put out a list of 10 strong schools that I feel comfortable with.

So do you know how many schools are going to make your list, whether it's seven or eight or 10?

I'm not going to give it out yet, but when I do put it out, it's going to be a pretty good list of good schools.

If you were a Duke or Carolina, should they be optimistic to think they're going to make your list?

Yeah, they should be optimistic.

Syracuse, Connecticut, Big East schools? Schools in the Pac-12 or Big 12?

Schools all over---schools all over, schools in the Pac-12 and Big 12.


Nerlens Noel Open Gym Q and A

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Faried, Jimmer on Same Team for Exhibition Game


Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried will be on the same team as Jimmer Fredette during Thursday's "Jimmer's All-Stars" exhibition game.

Here are the teams, which were chosen through a draft system:

Dave Rose's team: Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Kenneth Faried, Nolan Smith, Chris Singleton, Tyler Honeycutt, Charles Jenkins Chris Wright

Steve Fisher's team: Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker, Bismack Biyombo, Tobias Harris, Malcolm Lee, Vernon Macklin, Isaiah Thoma and Jake Kelly

Teams announced for Jimmer’s All-Stars exhibition

Perry Ellis Remains Undecided as Announcement Day Looms


Perry Ellis is scheduled to make his college decision known on Wednesday afternoon during a press conference at Wichita Heights (Kan.) High School.

He will choose between Kansas, Kentucky, Kansas State and Wichita State. Coaches from all four schools are likely attempting to make one last pitch to the 2012 star.

Here is more from ZagsBlog.com:

“All four coaches are still working on landing Perry,” a source with direct knowledge told SNY.tv.

Kansas assistant Danny Manning came to Wichita Heights (Kan.) High School on Monday, and Kansas State coach Frank Martin and Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall have both mentioned coming Tuesday.

“It should be interesting for sure,” the source said.


Perry Ellis Remains Undecided

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Anderson's Decision Not Likely to Impact Shabazz Muhammad


Kyle Anderson committed to UCLA on Monday but his decision isn't likely to make an impact on Shabazz Muhammad's college choice.

Anderson and Muhammad are good friends and have talked about playing together at the next level, but Muhammad's father says that's not necessarily the case.

Here is an excerpt:

"They are good friends and have talked about playing college ball together," Holmes said in a text message, "but they both at the end of the day have to do what's best for themselves."

The commitment of Anderson, a 6-foot-8 point guard-forward from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony's, bolsters what is shaping up as one of the top recruiting classes in the nation. The Bruins had already received commitments from highly touted shooting guard Jordan Adams of Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy and point guard Dominic Artis of Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep.

"We all have one common goal, and that's to win a national championship," said Anderson, who picked UCLA over Seton Hall, Georgetown, Florida and St. John's.

Kyle Anderson's commitment to UCLA may not sway Shabazz Muhammad

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Former KWC Star to Speak in Alumni Lecture Series


Former Kentucky Wesleyan College basketball star Corey Crowder will speak in the college's Alumni Lecture Series soon.

Here is the release from KWC:

Kentucky Wesleyan College basketball great Corey Crowder ’91 will speak at the first event in the college’s Alumni Lecture Series on Wednesday, September 21, at 7 p.m. in Hager Hall at the Ralph Center. His topic is “Leaders Learn from Mistakes.”

Crowder is an author, speaker, mentor and expert in the challenges high performance individuals face. After playing basketball in the NBA and overseas for 14 years, he worked in insurance sales and then followed his dream of speaking and coaching people on how to become superstars for life. A master networker and communicator, he has coached business executives and current and retired professional athletes.

Crowder is a certified Executive and Business Coach from the Center for Executive Coaching, an International Coaching Federation accredited program. He is the author of Superstar for Life: A Professional Athlete’s Guide to Elite Performance On and Off the Court and co-author of The Student Athlete Success System and Success in a Challenging World.

Crowder was the 1991 National Division II Player of the Year and the first KWC athlete to play in the modern era of the NBA, where he played for the Utah Jazz and the San Antonio Spurs. Crowder was named to the Kodak/NABC All-American first team in 1990 and 1991 and the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference first team in 1989, 1990 and 1991. He broke the KWC career scoring record with 2,282 points.

Assistant Director of Development Matt Ruark ’09 said of Crowder, “Corey’s life story is an all-American journey to success. His reflections and perspective will encourage students, alumni and the community.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Transfer to Eastern Kentucky Edition


Monday's Top 5:

- Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson is recovering well from a recent ankle surgery. He should be ready for the NBA season...if there is an NBA season.

- There will be a rematch between the Drew League and the Goodman League.

- Kentucky recruit Archie Goodwin has dropped Kansas and Connecticut from his list. He'll choose between UK, Memphis and Arkansas.

- Tickets for the Champions Classic go on sale soon - unless you want to go ahead and buy them from the Kansas site.

- Television information for the University of Kentucky men's basketball season was released on Monday.

Recruiting News:

- 2012 star Perry Ellis will announce his college decision on Wednesday: Kentucky, Kansas, Kansas State or Wichita State

- 5-star recruit Kyle Anderson committed to UCLA on Monday

- Trinity point guard Charles Foster is scheduled to take an official to Morehead State next weekend.

- Lafayette's Jackson Davis has picked up an offer from Illinois.

- Kentucky's John Calipari did an in-home visit with Gary Harris on Monday.

- Rick Pitino stopped by Findlay Prep on Monday to check out junior guard Nigel Williams-Goss.

- According to Jody Demling on Twitter, Butler High School's Jalen Palm has committed to Monmouth.

The Buzz:

- All of a sudden, Eastern Kentucky has turned into a hotbed for talented basketball transfers. Perry Central picked up a star from New York and Cordia reportedly has some transfers and foreign exchange students who happen to be good basketball players. Now, a talented sophomore from Canada has apparently landed in far Eastern Kentucky.

- Rowan County assistant Andrew Zaheri is the new head coach at Danville High School.

- Jesse Jackson's birthday could be an interesting day for basketball fans.

Video of the Day (A look at 2012 star Gary Harris):

Monday, September 19, 2011

Patrick Patterson On Pace to Start Season After Surgery


Former University of Kentucky star Patrick Patterson is on pace to start training camp if the NBA lockout ends in time.

Patterson underwent surgery last month to treat bone spurs in his right ankle.

Here is more from CHRON.com:

Patterson had surgery to treat bone spurs in his right ankle. He is rehabilitating the ankle and training at St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis.

"He was playing through it the past couple years," McCants said. "He's right on schedule to be ready if training camp does start on time."


Recovering from ankle surgery, Patterson on pace to start season

Drew League vs. Goodman League Rematch is Scheduled


There will be a rematch between the Drew League and Goodman League, after all.

The will take place at Cal State Dominguez in Los Angeles on October 9. The time is tentatively set for 5:30 p.m. PT.

Former Kentucky stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins played for the Goodman League in the first game.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

"I know on our side, we sent out the Twitter and the text messages to each of our players and told them we needed to hear from them as soon as possible. Within five minutes today, I started hearing back, 'Definitely! Can't wait!'"

Among those who suited up for Drew League in D.C., the only player who won't be available is Washington Wizards big man JaVale McGee. His place will be taken by Cleveland Cavaliers center Ryan Hollins, and other new faces for will include New Orleans Hornets forward Trevor Ariza, Timberwolves rookie Derrick Williams, Golden State Warriors forward Dorell Wright and Wizards guard Nick Young.

"We're lining up all our young guns for this one," said Smiley.

As for the biggest potential addition of all, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant hit a game-winner during an Aug. 16 Drew League scrimmage but isn't a formal member of the team. He was recruited to play for Drew in D.C., but he declined the invitation.


Drew-Goodman rematch set

Videos: Check Out 2012 Star Perry Ellis

Here is a look at 2012 star Perry Ellis, who will choose between Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Wichita State on Wednesday:



Archie Goodwin Drops Kansas and Connecticut


Kentucky recruit Archie Goodwin has dropped both Kansas and Connecticut from his final list of schools.

Goodwin posted the decision on Twitter:

A1Laflare10 I'm going to have to cancel my two visits with UCOON and Kansas. Both are very great schools but I'm going to drop them from my list

Tickets for Champions Classic Go on Sale Soon


The University of Kentucky announced via Twitter on Monday that tickets for the 2011 State Farm Champions Classic will go on sale October 6 at TicketMaster.com and the Madison Square Garden box office.

The Champions Classic will be played on Tuesday, November 15. Duke and Michigan State will play at 7:00 p.m. ET, followed by Kentucky and Kansas at 9:00 p.m.

The games will be televised on ESPN as part of the network's "Tip-Off Marathon".

West Virginia Tech Announces 2011-12 Recruiting Class


WVU Tech has announced their 2011-12 men's basketball recruiting class:

Tenth-year head coach Bob Williams has announced his incoming recruiting class for the 2011-12 WVU Tech Basketball season. Williams signed four to scholarships and added another three invited walk-ons to a team that returns 3 starters, including 6’8 Honorable Mention All-American Josh Proctor.

Eddie Hayden, a 6’7 forward, transfers to Tech from Division I Coppin St. Hayden hails from Weirton, WV where he was a “AA” All-State selection his senior year for Weir High School. At Weir, he led the state of West Virginia in rebounding his senior campaign. While at Coppin St., Hayden appeared in 84 games, earning 34 starts. He had a collegiate career high of 16 points against Hampton.

David Rawlinson, a 6-0 point guard, transfers to Tech from San Bernardino Valley College in California. The Las Vegas, Nevada product led his team in assists and points, while finishing second in scoring during his sophomore season. Rawlinson help lead his junior college team to a 49-14 record in two seasons, including a spot in the California state junior college Final Four during his freshman year. He scored a career high of 29 points last season against Citrus College.

David Ward, a 6-6 wing-forward from Scott High School, WV, comes to WVU Tech after a stellar high school career. Ward was named 1st Team “AA” All-State after the 2010-11 season, in which he led the Skyhawks to the “AA” State Championship Game. Ward tallied 23 points and 14 rebounds in a 57-48 loss to Oak Hill in the state championship game, earning him all-tournament honors. During his senior season Ward was named WCHS-TV “Scholar-Athlete of the Week”, as well as, Boone County “Player of the Year”.

Brandon Burgraff, a 6-1 shooting guard, transfers to Tech from Alice Lloyd College, KY, where he averaged 7.5 ppg during his freshman year. Burgraff played in 22 games at Alice Lloyd, shooting 47% overall, 41.9% from beyond the 3-point arc, and 79% from the free throw line. The Matewan, WV native starred at Matewan High School, averaging 25.1 ppg his senior year of 2008-09, and earning 1st Team All-State honors in class “A”.

The Golden Bears invited three players to walk-on for the 2011-12 season. Jaren “Bubba” Marino, a 6-1 guard, is a 2010 South Charleston High School graduate. He will be a red-shirt freshman this year. Also walking on is Gary Miller, a 6-6 post player from Logan High School. Miller was a member of Logan’s 2010 state championship team. The final walk-on is Hunter Lambert, a 6-0 point guard from Lincoln County HS. Lambert started for Lincoln County in 2010-11.

“We are very pleased with this year’s recruiting class and combined with an experience group of returnees should make for a successful season. We really pin-pointed our deficiencies from a season ago and feel like we have addressed our needs with this class,” stated Coach Bob Williams.

Tech was 8-10 in the Mid-South Conference and 14-16 overall in 2010-11. Tech won it’s first round MSC Tournament game and advanced to the quarterfinals last March. The MSC had two teams make it to the final four in Kansas City, with Pikeville College winning the National Championship.

Shabazz Muhammad to Visit Texas A&M This Weekend


Top 2012 recruit Shabazz Muhammad may be taking a visit to Texas A&M this coming weekend.

ESPN's Dave Telep talked about the visit on Twitter:

DaveTelep Shabazz Muhammad will visit Texas A&M this coming weekend, according to @phenom15balla.

Campbellsville University Men's Basketball Roster for 2011-12


Campbellsville University has released its updated men's basketball roster for the 2011-12 season.

Coach Keith Adkins has reloaded with a talented group of newcomers. The Tigers will feature a trio of former NCAA Division I players: Dennis Harris (LSU), Jordan Myers (Southern Illinois) and Malik Thomas (Memphis).

Another talented newcomer is senior transfer Cedric Henderson from Arkansas Fort-Smith.

Campbellsville has also added Rilwan Bakari from Danville Area Community College, Justin Ennis from Grayson County College and Filip Stanic from Collin County College.

The Tigers will have two freshmen in Darius Clement from Bowling Green High School and Bryton Taylor (redshirted last season) from Campbellsville.

Jonas Bohm, Kevin Bobson, Reggie Smith and Demetric Ray return from last season's squad.

2011-12 Men's Basketball Roster

# Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown
1 Cedric Henderson SR G 6-0 180 Houston, Texas
2 Reggie Smith SR F 6-5 210 Louisville, Ky.
3 Filip Stanic JR F 6-6 205 Zagreb, Croatia
5 Darius Clement FR G 5-10 165 Bowling Green, Ky.
12 Demetric Ray JR G 5-9 185 Bowling Green, Ky.
15 Justin Ennis JR G 5-11 175 Huntsville, Texas
21 Bryton Taylor FR G 6-2 195 Campbellsville, Ky.
23 Dennis Harris JR F 6-11 205 Jonesboro, Ga.
31 Kevin Bobson SO F 6-5 235 Fayetteville, N.C.
32 Malik Thomas JR G 6-4 210 Largo, Md.
33 Aharon Mims JR F 6-6 240 El Cajon, Calif.
40 Jonas Bohm SR C 6-9 235 Berlin, Germany
41 Jordan Myers SO F 6-8 250 Evansville, Ind.
42 Rilwan Bakare JR F 6-7 230 Chicago, Ill.

Keith Adkins - Head Coach - 12th season
Bryan Milburn - Assistant Coach - 11th season
Justin Watson - Assistant Coach - 4th season
Shawn Savage - Grad Assistant - 1st season

Perry Ellis to Announce Decision on Wednesday


Kentucky recruit Perry Ellis will make his college destination known at a press conference on Wednesday.

Ellis' final list is Kansas, Kentucky, Kansas State and Wichita State.

jeffborzello Perry Ellis will announce his college choice on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at a press conference at Wichita Heights High School.

Ellis is a 6-8 power forward from Wichita Heights (Kan.) High School. He ranks No. 24 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Blue-White Scrimmage, Transy Game To Be Televised Live


The University of Kentucky has announced that The UK IMG Sports Network and Fox Sports South will both televise the Blue-White scrimmage and the Transylvania exhibition game live.

The annual Blue-White men's basketball scrimmage is scheduled for October 26 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

The Transylvania exhibition game will be on November 2.

Ticket information will be released at a later date.

Here is a release from UK with some additional television information:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky men’s basketball program has released additional televised non-conference games for the 2011-12 season, including the annual Blue-White scrimmage and both exhibition games. CBS Sports will televise five games, adding the North Carolina (Dec. 3) and Louisville (Dec. 31) games to the three UK conference games announced earlier.The ESPN family of networks will broadcast 16 Kentucky men’s basketball games this season. Nine Southeastern Conference games were previously selected and seven non-conference games were selected. The Penn State (Nov. 19 on ESPN3.com), Old Dominion/South Florida (Nov. 20 on ESPNU), Indiana (Dec. 10 on ESPN), Samford (Dec. 20 on ESPN2) and Lamar (Dec. 28 on ESPNU) games were added, along with previously released games vs. Kansas (Nov. 15 on ESPN) in the Champions Classic and St. John’s (Dec. 1 on ESPN2) as part of the Big East/SEC Challenge.

The UK IMG Sports Network and FS South will both televise the Blue-White scrimmage (Oct. 26) and the Transylvania (Nov. 2) exhibition game live.FS South picked up the majority of UK’s non-conference games, including the Morehouse (Nov. 7) exhibition game, as well as Marist (Nov. 11), Radford (Nov. 23), Portland (Nov. 26), Loyola-Md. (Dec. 22) and Arkansas-Little Rock (Jan. 3). The UK-Tennessee-Chattanooga game on Dec. 17 will be televised by CSS.Big Blue Madness will once again be televised by the UK IMG Sports Network (UK IMG) and FS South. Madness, the first public practice opportunity for Kentucky’s 2011-12 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Friday, Oct. 14. Times and any additional broadcast information will be released at a later date.UK IMG will tape delay all games carried live by FS South, excluding the Loyola-Md. Game.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Top Recruits to Participate in John Lucas Midwest Invitational



Several 2013 and 2014 Kentucky and Louisville recruits will participate in the upcoming John Lucas Midwest Invitational Camp.

Some of the names who have already been confirmed for the event are Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Nerlens Noel, Jabari Parker, Wayne Selden and Dakari Johnson.

The camp will be held October 8-9 at Hoops in Louisville.

Rick Pitino Comments on Teams Leaving the Big East


University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has given his thoughts on the potential departures of Syracuse and Pittsburgh from the Big East Conference.

Pitino also looks at the future and gives his endorsement to Memphis - IF they upgrade their football program.

Here are some thoughts from Pitino:

The chess match now begins.

Will UConn and Rutgers be the next to join the ACC as many predict?

The BIG EAST will have a conference call and the football members will all say they will stick together – that is, until an offer they can’t refuse comes along. I love these movie analogies.

I believe West Virginia, Cincinnati, South Florida and Louisville will stick together. But where? Which Big will that be? The Big 12, or as I hope, the BIG EAST?

Who lands and who moves first?

The Big 12 has to wait and see what Oklahoma does. The BIG EAST must move quickly and secure four football schools to enter ASAP and be ready for two more possible defections.

Central Florida? Is Baylor or Iowa State next? What about Kansas and Kansas State? Personally, I like Memphis being tossed into the mix. Great basketball tradition (much needed with Syracuse and Pitt leaving), but they must guarantee an upgrade of their football program, which is definitely possible.


Red Alert

Murray State Grabs Pair of Basketball Commitments


The Murray State Racers netted a pair of 2012 commitments on Sunday.

Evan Daniels of Scout.com reports that MSU picked up commitments from 6-7 forward Erik McCree and 6-8 center Zabius "Zay" Henderson.

EvanDanielscout Murray State just picked up a commitment from Zay Henderson, a 6'8, 225 post from Neville High School.

EvanDanielscout Murray State just picked up their 2nd commitment of the day. 6'7 fwd Erik McCree is the latest commit. From Winter Garden (Fla.) W Orange

Henderson is rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com.

Kentucky State Releases 2011-12 Men's Basketball Schedule


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

Kentucky State University 2011-2012 Men’s Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time

November

22 Claflin University Frankfort, KY 7:30pm
26 Benedict College Columbia, SC 3:00pm
28 Paine College Augusta, GA 7:30pm

December

3 Claflin University Orangeburg, SC 3:30pm
30 Lane College Jackson, TN 3:00pm

January

3 Fort Valley State Fort Valley, GA 7:30pm
5 Albany State University Albany, GA 7:30pm
7 Paine College Frankfort, KY 3:00pm
9 Benedict College Frankfort, KY 7:30pm
12 Morehouse Atlanta, GA 7:30pm
14 Clark Atlanta University Atlanta, GA 3:00pm
17 Fort Valley State Frankfort, KY 7:30pm
19 Albany State University Frankfort, KY 7:30pm
24 Tuskegee University Frankfort, KY 7:30pm
26 Stillman College Frankfort, KY 7:30pm
28 Central State University Wilberforce, OH 4:00pm

February

2 LeMoyne-Owen College Frankfort, KY 7:30pm
4 Miles College Frankfort, KY 3:00pm
7 Lane College Frankfort, KY 7:30pm
9 LeMoyne-Owen College Memphis, TN 7:30pm
11 Central State University Frankfort, KY 8:00pm
16 Stillman College Tuscaloosa, AL 7:30pm
18 Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL 3:00pm
20 Miles College Birmingham, AL 7:30pm
23 Clark Atlanta University Frankfort, KY 7:30pm
25 Morehouse College Frankfort, KY 3:00pm
28 SIAC TOURNAMENT Atlanta, GA TBA

March

1-3 SIAC TOURNAMENT Atlanta, GA TBA

John Wall Says Kobe Bryant Needs to Step Up


Washington Wizards point guard John Wall says players like Kobe Bryant need to step up and take charge in NBA lockout negotiations.

Here is an excerpt:

“I think we’re going to have to have guys like Kobe [Bryant], LeBron, the face of the NBA, to step up and say something,” said Wall, who was in Las Vegas this week when National Basketball Players Association President Derek Fisher and executive director Billy Hunter updated the players on the labor impasse. “Derek Fisher and those guys are doing a great job, but I just want it to be over. I can’t really say too much. I only have one year under my belt. . . . I just want to sit back, learn and listen and see what’s going on during the meetings.”

John Wall says superstars like Kobe, LeBron need to take charge in the lockout

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