Saturday, October 1, 2011

John Wall Scores 34 Points in Win at CP3 Game


Former University of Kentucky star John Wall scored 34 points in the White team's 175-146 victory at Saturday night's CP3 All-Star Pick-Up Game in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Kevin Durant scored 48 points to lead the White team. Chris Paul added 39 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals.

Rudy Gay scored 38 points to lead the Black team. Dwyane Wade added 32 and LeBron James chipped in 30.

The charity game was played at Winston-Salem State in front of a sold out crowd in the 3,200-seat arena.

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Video: University of Pikeville Star Trevor Setty

Here are some highlights of University of Pikeville star Trevor Setty, who returns this season to help lead the defending national champs:

Kevin Grevey Succeeds in the Business World


Former University of Kentucky star Kevin Grevey is now a successful businessman.

Grevey was a two-time SEC Player of the Year and two-time NCAA All-American during his time at Kentucky. In three seasons, he scored 1,801 points and pulled down 547 rebounds. He was drafted No. 18 overall by the Washington Bullets in the 1975 NBA Draft.

Aaron Carter of NBA.com recently caught up with Grevey and has written an excellent article about the former UK star.

Here is an excerpt:

Former Bullet Kevin Grevey Sr. has found success on the court at nearly every stage. He was named Mr. Basketball in Ohio while playing for the Taft High School Tigers in 1971. He twice earned All-American honors at the University of Kentucky, where he was also SEC player of the year in 1973 and took the Wildcats to the national championship game in 1975.

So when his Bullets career got off to a slow start after being drafted 18th in the first round of the 1975 NBA draft, Grevey relied on mentoring from veteran teammates to prepare him for life in the NBA.

That mentoring also lead to his successful post-basketball career in business, mentoring he is now sharing with his son, Kevin Jr.

Father and son have opened Frozenyo, a self-serve a la carte style frozen yogurt franchise in Washington. Kevin Jr., a business management major at George Mason University, is managing the day to day operations.

"I'm happy my son has a chance to learn about business in this environment," Grevey said while sitting store-front, as Frozenyo's lunch crowd bustled.

Grevey Sr., a business major at Kentucky, knew the ball wouldn't bounce forever, but he says he had no idea just how early he needed to plan for his future.

He credits teammates like Wes Unseld, "the Big E" Elvin Hayes, Phil Chenier and Mike Riordan with teaching him the value of preparation during his rookie season.

"I remember they asked me about what I did [that] summer," Grevey says.

His summer was filled with hard work on the hardwood, preparing for his foray into the NBA. But what they meant was had he begun any plans for his life after basketball.

"Even as a rookie, I had veterans telling me to think about the future," he says.


Kevin Grevey: Basketball to Business

Interviews with Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones

Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal caught up with several University of Kentucky players recently for Q&A sessions.

Here are some interviews with sophomores Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones:

Doron Lamb:



Terrence Jones:



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Getting To Know DeMarcus Cousins' Right Hand Man


Keith Taylor of the Winchester Sun recently talked to Andrew Rogers, manager of former UK star DeMarcus Cousins.

Rogers is basically Cousins' right hand man.

Here is an excerpt:

“I’ve made a lot of new friends and there are a lot of things to do,” he said. “There are a lot of big cities around you. It’s something new. It’s really nice being close to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas. Everything is so close. Sacramento has great fans and it’s a great community. They have given DeMarcus nothing but a lot of love. Fans are crazy about him with his personality and stuff. It’s kind of like UK basketball. Nothing will ever be close to UK basketball, but they are (also) crazy about the team. They get tons of support. He loves the people and the town.”

Rogers sees the NBA¿as more of a business, compared to college athletics.

“That’s what (I’m involved in), is the business side of it,” he said. “It is demanding and takes a lot of time. Some days, he’ll have things going on from 8 a.m. until late at night. Then sometimes, he won’t have a lot to do, but there’s always something going on, from signing autographs to his car company, television and radio interviews and things like that. There’s always something going on.”


When your business is DeMarcus Cousins, business is booming

Official Report: Big Blue Madness Tickets Are "Sold Out"


According to the official release from the University of Kentucky, tickets for Big Blue Madness are "sold out."

The tickets were reportedly gone within the first hour of distribution.

Here is the release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Once again, Kentucky fans have demonstrated their insatiable appetite for basketball. All tickets to the 2011 Big Blue Madness were snapped up in the first 60 minutes of availability Saturday morning.

Thousands of fans were present at UK's Memorial Coliseum ticket office Saturday at 7 a.m. when the distribution of free tickets began. Others obtained their tickets via the school's Website, UKathletics.com and ticketmaster.com.

Despite the fact that fans were limited to two tickets per person at UK's Memorial Coliseum ticket office and two per household online, this year's Big Blue Madness event sold out in 60 minutes.

Big Blue Madness, the first practice opportunity for Kentucky's 2011-12 men's and women's basketball teams, is Friday, Oct.14. Times and broadcast info will be released at a later date.

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

Big Blue Madness Tickets Were "Gone in Minutes"


According to numerous reports, all tickets for Kentucky's Big Blue Madness were gone in a matter of minutes this morning.

Some fans reported that they were unable to land tickets on Ticketmaster.com at 7:02 a.m. - just two minutes after the tickets were made available. Others say they were able to snag single upper level seats as late as 8:50 a.m.

Either way, all tickets are reportedly gone.

Campers at "tent city" suffered through a long night as temperatures dropped below 40 degrees.

They were treated to appearances by several UK coaches, players and former players. Former UK star DeMarcus Cousins even brought burgers:

UKCoachCalipari Heard @boogiecousins gave out 100 burgers tonight to the campers. Now he probably ate 10, but that's how family looks out for each other.

The final official tent count was a record 570:

UKAthleticsNews At the final count on Friday afternoon, a record-breaking 570 tents are set up as fans wait for tickets to Big Blue

Friday, September 30, 2011

John Calipari Talks About Practice, Trip to Northeast

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about Friday's practice and his visit to the Northeast for the Brayden Carr Foundation's first coaches' clinic:

Man Arrested at Kentucky's Big Blue Madness Campout

A man was arrested overnight following a chase after he allegedly stole another camper's cell phone at the Big Blue Madness campout.

Here is the story from WKYT:



My Thoughts: Don't be that guy!

Rodney Purvis Commits to North Carolina State



As expected, 2012 star Rodney Purvis has announced that he has committed to North Carolina State.

"There's no place like home," Purvis stated during his announcement.

Purvis previously committed to Louisville, but opened his recruitment back up.

Asbury University Guard Adam Delph Tears ACL


It's always difficult to report this kind of news, but I have confirmed with members of the Asbury University coaching staff that junior guard Adam Delph has suffered a serious knee injury.

Asbury assistant Daniel Prevett confirmed the news this morning.

"An MRI showed that he has torn his ACL," Prevett confirmed. "We are expecting him to miss this season."

There could be additional damage but the extent of his injuries are not known at this time.

"He is in good spirits and is ready to support our guys from the sidelines," Prevett added.

Delph played high school basketball at Pleasure Ridge Park and spent one season as a walk-on at the University of Kentucky. Since he never appeared in a game, he transferred to Asbury as a freshman for the 2009-10 season.

During his sophomore season at Asbury, Delph averaged 15.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. He also dished out a team-high 97 assists.

My thoughts: I really hate to hear this and prayers are definitely going up for a speedy recovery. You can send prayers and words of support to Adam on Twitter.

Kentucky Players Deliver Breakfast to Madness Campers


Members of the University of Kentucky basketball team delivered breakfast to Big Blue Madness campers on Friday morning.

John Calipari posted pictures on his Twitter account:

UKCoachCalipari Heard our players handed out McDonald's breakfast to the campers this morning: yfrog.com/h7paxgigj yfrog.com/khqvkalj

There are now a pre-Madness record of more than 550 tents setup near Memorial Coliseum.

Brandon Knight to Speak at Detroit Elementary School


Former University of Kentucky star Brandon Knight is scheduled to appear at Mark Twain Elementary School in Detroit on October 7.

Here is more from Freep.com:

Although he isn't officially a signed Piston yet, first-round draft pick Brandon Knight will make an appearance Oct. 7 in Detroit.

Knight, a 6-foot-3 combo guard from Kentucky, is scheduled to appear at Mark Twain Elementary School to speak to students.

Knight has yet to sign a contract with the Pistons because of the ongoing NBA lockout that is threatening the start of the regular season, scheduled to begin for the Pistons on Nov. 2 against the Indiana Pacers.


Pistons' draftee Brandon Knight to speak at Detroit elementary school

Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: UK's Big Blue Madness Edition


Saturday's Top 5:

- The madness before Big Blue Madness continues in Lexington. University of Kentucky players and coaches have been hanging out with the fans during the week.

- John Calipari will visit the UK Alumni Association luncheon in Louisville on October 12.

- The brackets were announced for the 2011 2K Sports Classic; Eastern Kentucky University will be playing in the event.

- There will be some high profile teams and recruits playing in an event at Rupp Arena in January 2012.

- John Calipari is speaking at a special coaches clinic at Rutgers University this morning.

Recruiting News:

- Mekale McKay from Moore High School has committed to UTEP. He'll sign as a football player, but plans to play basketball, as well.

- Here is some new footage of 2012 Kentucky recruit Willie Cauley, who is also a two-sport star.

- Woodford County's Jay Johnson has committed to Tennessee Tech.

- Kentucky has reportedly offered a scholarship to 2012 star Gary Harris.

- Murray State picked up a big commitment from 2012 shooting guard Jeffery Moss; Moss is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.

- The Racers have also picked up a commitment from Callaway (Miss.) guard Terron Gilmore.

- Andre Yates, a guard from Dayton (OH), has committed to Creighton. He also had offers from Dayton, Nebraska, Cleveland State and Morehead State.

- LaSalle (OH) senior guard Josh Lemons will visit Southeastern Louisiana this weekend and Morehead State the weekend of Oct. 22.

- Oklahoma State's Travis Ford met with Rowan County's Adam Wing last week. Ford took a pair of recruits in a rumored "package deal" and is now over his scholarship limit for the 2012 class. Wing is apparently the odd man out, as Ford says his offer is still "on the table" but is encouraging him to attend prep school next season. I'm hearing from good sources that Wing will have more opportunities in the near future.

- Most everyone says Rodney Purvis will commit to North Carolina State today at 2:30 ET

- Austin Peay picked up a verbal commitment from Cory Arentsen, a 6-5 shooting guard from Mater Dei (Ill.) High School.

The Buzz:

- Kentucky Pros who have reportedly committed to the upcoming series of game against NAIA schools: Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousins, Chuck Hayes, DeAndre Liggins, Josh Harrellson, Brandon Knight, Rajon Rondo and Jodie Meeks. All players will not be available for every game and the details are still being worked out.

- Note to the KHSAA: Stop being stupid with restricting Kentucky kids from playing at events such as the upcoming John Lucas event. You are limiting great exposure from some of the state's top recruits.

- Asbury University star Adam Delph has suffered a serious knee injury. His entire season is in jeopardy.

Video of the Day (The future is bright for Kenneth Faried):

John Calipari to Appear at Special Coaches Clinic Today


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari will join Bill Self, Mike Rice, Jeff Van Gundy, Larry Brown and Bob Hurley at the Inaugural "Coaches' Clinic Full of Character" on Friday to raise support for the Brayden Carr Foundation.

Here's more about the event:

The foundation, “In Brayden’s Eyes,” was established by longtime Rutgers men’s basketball staff member Jim Carr and his wife Natalie, whose 2-year-old son Brayden passed away in May. It will raise money for children and their families.

Self will speak about hi-low offense, Brown on the secondary break, Hurley on practice drills, Rice on warmup drills and Calipari on Kentucky basketball.

Here's the schedule for Friday:

9:00 a.m. Bob Hurley (practice drills)
10:10 a.m. Bill Self (Kansas high/low offense)
11:20 a.m. John Calipari (Kentucky basketball)
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:10 p.m. Jeff Van Gundy (pick and roll offense and defense)
2:20 p.m. Larry Brown (secondary break)
3:30 p.m. Mike Rice (warm up drills)

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Two Sport Dreams Lead Mekale McKay to UTEP


Moore High School's Mekale McKay has committed to UTEP. According to Jody Demling, he will sign for football but plans to play basketball as well.

jdemling Moore High School's Mekale McKay commits to UTEP. Will sign for football but play both football and basketball.

McKay is a 6-6 wide receiver on the football field. He plays forward on the hardwood.

UK, U of L Recruits Coming to Rupp Arena in January


There will be several high-major recruits playing at Rupp Arena on January 8, 2012.

The one-day event, titled "Rumble at the Rupp", will feature some of the nation's top teams, as well as several quality in-state teams.

Some of the top recruits in the nation will be in action for local fans. Top names at the event include Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, T.J. Warren, Mitch McGary and JaKarr Sampson.

Here is a schedule:

9 a.m.: Bourbon Co. vs. Madison Southern

10:30 a.m.: Perry Co. Central vs. Boone Co.

Noon: Clinton Co. vs. Bryan Station

1:30 p.m.: Chicago Whitney Young vs. Our Savior New American (N.Y.)

3 p.m.: Kiski (Pa.) vs. Brewster Academy (N.H.)

4:30 p.m.: Huntington Prep (W.Va.) vs. Chicago Simeon

6 p.m.: Scott Co. vs. Pulaski Co.

7:30 p.m.: Hopkinsville vs. Rowan Co.

9 p.m.: Hargrave Military (Va.) vs. Rise Academy (Pa.)

Brackets Announced for 2011 2K Sports Classic


The brackets have been released for the 2011 2K Sports Classic. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels will play games against Mississippi State, Liberty, William & Mary and Lehigh.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS

Semifinal Doubleheader
Madison Square Garden - New York, N.Y.
Thursday, November 17 - 7:00 PM ET
Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State (ESPN2)
St. John's vs. Arizona (ESPN2)

Championship Doubleheader
Madison Square Garden - New York, N.Y.
Friday, November 18 - 4:30 PM ET
Consolation Game (ESPN2)
Championship Game (ESPN2)

REGIONAL ROUNDS

Queens Regional Rounds
Carnesecca Arena - Queens, N.Y.
Monday, November 7 - 7:00 PM ET
William & Mary at St. John's (ESPNU)
Wednesday, November 9 - TBA
Lehigh at St. John's

Tucson Regional Rounds
McKale Center - Tucson, Ariz.
Monday, November 7 - 9:00 PM ET
Valparaiso at Arizona (ESPNU)
Wednesday, November 9 - 9:00 PM ET
Duquesne at Arizona (ESPNU)

College Station Regional Round
Reed Arena - College Station, Texas
Wednesday, November 9 - 8:00 PM ET
Liberty at Texas A&M
Starkville Regional Rounds
Humphrey Coliseum - Starkville, Miss.
Monday, November 7 - 8:00 PM ET
Eastern Kentucky at Mississippi State
Wednesday, November 9 - 7:00 PM ET
Akron at Mississippi State (ESPNU)

SUBREGIONAL ROUNDS

Lynchburg Subregional Rounds
Vines Center - Lynchburg, Va.
Friday, November 18 - 5:00 PM ET
William & Mary vs. Lehigh
Eastern Kentucky vs. Liberty
Saturday, November 19 - 5:00 PM ET
Eastern Kentucky vs. William & Mary
Lehigh vs. Liberty
Sunday, November 20 - 3:00 PM ET
Lehigh vs. Eastern Kentucky
William & Mary vs. Liberty

Valparaiso Subregional Rounds
Athletics-Recreation Center - Valparaiso, Ind.
Friday, November 18 - 5:00 PM ET
Duquesne vs. UDC
Akron vs. Valparaiso
Saturday, November 19 - 5:00 PM ET
Akron vs. Duquesne
Indiana-Kokomo vs. Valparaiso
Sunday, November 20 - 3:30 PM ET
Duquesne vs. Valparaiso
UDC vs. Indiana-Kokomo

Akron Subregional Round
James A. Rhodes Arena - Akron, Ohio
Saturday, November 12 - TBA
Hiram at Akron

Complete Bracket

More From the Madness Before Big Blue Madness

Here is more of the madness before the Madness at the University of Kentucky (video by Scott Anderson of NationofBlue.com):

John Calipari to Visit UK Alumni Luncheon in Louisville


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari will visit Louisville in October for the 2011 Wildcat Tip-off Luncheon at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.

Here is a release from the association:

Greater Louisville UK Alumni Association to Host 2011 Wildcat Tip-Off Luncheon with Coach John Calipari

Louisville, Kentucky (September 29, 2011) – The Greater Louisville UK Alumni Club, in Corporate Partnership with Central Bank, will host the 2011 Wildcat Tip-off Luncheon on Wednesday, October 12th at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, 280 W. Jefferson Street. Doors will open at 11:30am for lunch and the program will begin at 12:00pm. The event will be emceed by Matt Jones with Kentucky Sports Radio and include an appearance by former UK basketball players, a highlights video, a silent auction and door prizes. All proceeds from this event will benefit the University of Kentucky Alumni Scholarship Endowment fund. Tickets are $40 for members and $45 for non-members and tables of 10 can be purchased for $400. Reservations can be made by calling Central Bank at 502-456-3829.

For more information or questions about tables sponsorships, contact Kim Livesay at (502) 445-1680 or kim.livesay@ukalumni-louisville.net.

New Footage of Kentucky Recruit Willie Cauley

Check out this new footage of 2012 Kentucky recruit Willie Cauley, who is really taking care of business on the football field as well:

UK Coaches, Players Interact with Big Blue Madness Crowd

Members of the University of Kentucky men's basketball program have been interacting with fans at the Big Blue Madness campout near Memorial Coliseum.

At last count, the number of tents was approaching 500.

Head coach John Calipari met with fans and signed autographs on Wednesday:



UK freshman Anthony Davis welcomes a fan to high-major basketball reality:

Woodford County's Jay Johnson Commits to Tennessee Tech


Woodford County senior Jay Johnson has committed to Tennessee Tech University according to a good source.

Johnson is a 6-7 power forward and is considered one of the top prospects in the Kentucky's 2012 class.

Kentucky Has Reportedly Offered 2012 Star Gary Harris



Here is an update on 2012 star Gary Harris and his upcoming visits from InsidetheHall.com:

The first of three official visits scheduled for 2012 target Gary Harris takes place this weekend at Purdue. The Boilermakers host Notre Dame in football Saturday night on ESPN which should make for an interesting atmosphere. Harris will spend Friday evening at Noblesville as the Hamilton Southeastern football team looks to move to 6-1.

There’s still been no word on plans for an official visit to Kentucky, but the Wildcats have offered a scholarship according to GoldandBlack.com. After the Purdue visit, Indiana will get Harris next for Hoosier Hysteria on October 15 and then Michigan State will host him on the weekend of November 5. The early signing period begins on Wednesday, November 9.


Here is the report from GoldandBlack.com:

GoldandBlackcom Not sure if this is news or not but Gary Harris does have a Kentucky scholarship offer, according to dad. Harris visits #Purdue this weekend

Video: A Look at 2014 Star D'Angelo Russell

Here is a look at Louisville Central point guard D'Angelo Russell, who is considered one of the top prospects in the 2014 recruiting class (has interest from Louisville, Kentucky and Indiana):



D'Angelo Russell
Point Guard
6'2 175 lbs
Class of 2014
Offers - Indiana, Louisville, Xavier
Central High School (Louisville, Kentucky)
AAU - All Ohio Red/Louisville Magic

Shagari Alleyene Signs with Lake Michigan Admirals


Former University of Kentucky big man Shagari Alleyne is headed to the Lake Michigan Admirals, a first-year franchise in the Premier Basketball League (PBL).

Alleyne played at UK from 2003-2006, before finishing up his college career at Manhattan.

He has played for various pro and semi-pro teams, including the Harlem Globetrotters.

Source

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Murray State Gets Commitment from 2012 Star Jeffery Moss


According to Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com, Murray State has picked up a commitment from 2012 recruit Jeffery Moss.

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Alabama shooting guard. Jeffrey moss to murray state

Moss, a 6-4 shooting guard from Bob Jones (Ala.) High School, is a highly-regarded three-star prospect.

John Calipari Talks About Get Motivated Speech

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about his speech at Wednesday's Get Motivated Business Seminar at Rupp Arena:

Let the Big Blue Madness Begin!

Watch as University of Kentucky basketball fans race to land a prime spot in the ticket line for the upcoming Big Blue Madness event:



As of this afternoon, there were already some 400 tents setup. Tickets will officially be available on Saturday morning.

Get Your Kenneth Faried "Manimal" T-Shirt


Kenneth Faried fans need to pick up their official "Manimal" t-shirts.

Faried, who actually plays like half man and half animal, picked up the nickname from former NBA player Makhtar Ndiaye. Ndiaye is now an agent at Wasserman Media Group, the first that represents Faried.

The shirts are available at the Morehead State University Bookstore for $19.99.

HT: Dimemag.com

Darnell Dodson May Get Another Chance at Southern Miss


According to Andy Katz of ESPN.com, former University of Kentucky guard Darnell Dodson may receive another chance to play basketball at the University of Southern Miss.

Here is an excerpt:

In addition, a source said a decision was due soon on reinstating Kentucky transfer guard Darnell Dodson by mid-year. Dodson had been booted off the Wildcats team after the 2009-10 season by coach John Calipari, who did not give a reason.

Dodson transferred to Southern Miss and was enrolled this past January, but in late April, Eustachy announced Dodson had been dismissed from the Golden Eagles as well, and also did not give a reason.

According to the Hattiesburg (Miss.) American, Dodson was charged with felony burglary for allegedly stealing items from a fraternity house in April.


Source: Larry Eustachy has new deal

My Thoughts: Dodson is surely getting low on opportunities. I hope he realizes that and makes the most out of this one.

J.R. Giddens Unloads on Bill Self in "Beyond the Phog"


Jason King of Yahoo! Sports, who is making a name for himself as one of the best writers in the land, has written a book about Kansas basketball titled "Beyond the Phog - Untold Stories from Kansas Basketball's Most Dominant Decade."

The book will be available in stores on Friday.

Today, a preview of the book was released and needless to say, it has created plenty of buzz. J.R. Giddens, who was stabbed during his playing days at KU before eventually transferring to New Mexico, talks about the end of his time in Lawrence.

Here is an excerpt of Giddens' comments:

Any thoughts I had about leaving (school early) for the NBA ended when I got stabbed. After that I knew I wasn’t going anywhere. If anything, I was trying to figure out if I was ever going to play basketball again.

I think that’s why they made me leave Kansas. The doctor said I would walk with a limp for the rest of my life. He said I was going to come back 50% and I wasn’t going to be able to play basketball anymore.

I’m not saying Kansas threw me out like a battery. But they get McDonald’s All-Americans every day. They weren’t going to let me stay around campus and be Moulaye Niang.

Micah Downs was coming in. Bill Self used to always tell me, “Micah is coming in and he’s better than you.” He would just say little stuff like that and I was like, “Dang, man, you’re not even for me, are you?” I wanted to stay at Kansas but I felt like they just pushed me out the door, especially after getting stabbed. I was like, “I’m sitting here worrying if I’m ever play basketball again and you guys are over here talking to me in an inappropriate manner? I’m 19 years old. You guys are supposed to my college coaches. Instead, at the first sign of trouble, you guys are turning your back on me?” I felt like it was everyone from the coaching staff to the people up there in the offices. As a 19-year-old who was immature and didn’t understand life, I took that really hard. I left the office in tears when I knew I was leaving.

I remember that day really well. I walked out of there on crutches, crying. I’d been interrogated for about seven hours for three days straight. Then those guys did that to me? A few weeks before that, I had to move out of my dorm at the Towers. I and was staying with Josi Lima, my girlfriend at the time who played volleyball. Bill Self was telling my teammates not to have any contact with me. Darnell Jackson and Jeremy Case were two of my best friends, and they weren’t even allowed to talk to me. Aaron Miles was done playing so he came over. He was the only person who came and saw me. I was like, “Dang, I’m 30 feet from where I used to stay and you guys can’t even come over here and see me?” I’m stabbed and laid up and don’t even know if I’m going to play basketball again. That was very kind of Kansas basketball and Bill Self, to tell people to stay away from me like I was a team cancer.


‘Beyond the Phog’ excerpt: J.R. Giddens on leaving KU

Alex Poythress a Lock to the Kentucky Wildcats?


Yesterday on the Gary Parrish Show in Memphis, respected AAU "insider" Keith Easterwood told Parrish that 2012 recruit Alex Poythress is going to the University of Kentucky.

Poythress, a 6-8 power forward who ranks No. 19 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012, is reportedly down to UK, Florida, Vanderbilt and Memphis. He recently cut Duke from his final list.

Easterwood suggests that it's already a "done deal" that Poythress ends up in Lexington.

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Photo: Rivals.com

Rodney Purvis Plans to Announce Decision on Friday


Rodney Purvis, a 6-4 guard in the 2012 class, is going to announce his college on Friday.

He is reportedly considering North Carolina State, Louisville, Connecticut and VCU. Most people seem to think it will be either State or UConn.

Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com said on Twitter that he will be surprised if Purvis doesn't choose North Carolina State:

GoodmanCBS Rodney Purvis set to announce on Friday. I'd be surprised if he doesn't stay close to home and go to N.C. State. UConn also in the mix.

Former Bruce Pearl Assistants Struggling Financially


Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com recently talked to former Tennessee assistants Jason Shay and Steve Forbes about the aftermath of Bruce Pearl's firing and the penalties handed down by the NCAA.

After Pearl was fired, he received a $1 million buyout, then landed a high-paying position with a Knoxville-based wholesaler. He still lives in his 10,000-square-foot mansion, which is valued at $2.6 million.

Things have not worked out so well for Pearl's former assistants.

Here is an excerpt:

"My family is split up for the first time ever," said Steve Forbes, a former Pearl assistant who is now the head coach at Northwest Florida State. "My daughter is a senior at Tennessee. She lived at home with us. But now we don't have her because we don't live there anymore."

The whys and whats and whens of the demise of Pearl and his staff can be spun 100 different ways, and they have been. The assistants feel like they are mostly just guilty of protecting their head coach, and their head coach believes he lied to the NCAA only to protect his assistants, who were already on record claiming they couldn't recall where the now infamous picture of Pearl and Aaron Craft was snapped.

Either way, the truth is this: Had Pearl not been photographed doing what he did, Forbes wouldn't be the head coach at a junior college here in the panhandle. And Shay wouldn't be his assistant. And Shay's two young children wouldn't be sharing bunk beds in a two-bedroom apartment. And they wouldn't have had to leave the family dog with relatives because dogs aren't allowed in the complex.

And nobody's house back in Knoxville would be, in all likelihood, headed for foreclosure.

"I've tried to sell it, but I can't even rent it," Forbes said. "My monthly check here doesn't even cover my monthly mortgage payment on that house."

Forbes used to make $200,000 a year at Tennessee.

Now he makes $60,000.

Shay made around $150,000 a year at Tennessee.

Now he makes $20,000


While Pearl lives in luxury, his ex-assistants go through upheaval

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

More Information Released on UK Pros Tour of Kentucky


Former University of Kentucky star Jeff Sheppard is organizing an exhibition tour featuring former UK players in competition against several NAIA schools around Kentucky.

A list of the five games, according to a press release:

- Oct. 8 — Pikeville, at Eastern Kentucky Expo Center, 7 p.m. (Tickets on sale Sept. 29, 10 a.m., Ticketmaster.com and Eastern Kentucky Expo Center)

- Oct. 9 — Alice Lloyd, at Knott County Central High School, 4 p.m. (Tickets on sale Sept. 28, 9 a.m., Knott County Central High School)

- Oct. 10 — Georgetown, at Mason County High School, 7 p.m. (Tickets on sale Sept. 29, 7 a.m., Mason County High School)

- Oct. 11 — Union at Pulaski County High School, 7 p.m. (Tickets on sale Sept. 30, 7 a.m., Pulaski County High School)

- Oct. 13 — Mid-Continent, at Graves County High School, 7 p.m. Central Time. (Tickets on sale Oct. 3, 8 a.m. Central, Graves County High School)

Sheppard is calling the UK Pros the “Big Blue All Stars." He said rosters were being finalized. Sheppard also confirmed that he is trying to organize a game between the former Cats and a team of UK “villains” in Rupp Arena.

Here is information on purchasing tickets (via WTVQ.com):

- Alice Lloyd, on sale Sept. 28, 9 AM ET, Knott Co. Central HS

- Pikeville, on sale Sept. 29, 10 AM ET, Ticketmaster and Eastern Kentucky Expo Center

- Georgetown, on sale Sept. 29, 7 AM ET, Mason Co. HS

- Union, on sale Sept. 30, 7 AM ET, Pulaski Co. HS

- Mid Continent, on sale Oct. 3, 8 AM CT, Graves Co. HS

Wall, Bledsoe and Rondo to Play in South Florida Classic


Former University of Kentucky stars Eric Bledsoe, John Wall and Rajon Rondo are reportedly planning to play in a star-studded event titled "The South Florida All-Star Classic" on October 8.

According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the three former Cats will join NBA stars such has LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Chris Bosh and others.

The game will be played on the same night that a group of former UK stars are planning to play the University of Pikeville at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center.

Here is an excerpt from ESPN.com:

The game will be held on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. ET at Florida International University, where Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas is coach. All proceeds will go toward a charity supporting the educational community of South Florida.

A number of NBA players are slated to join the Miami trio on the court, including fellow Heat teammate Mario Chalmers, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, the New Orleans Hornets' Chris Paul, the Washington Wizards' John Wall, the Atlanta Hawks' Jamal Crawford and Joe Johnson, the Houston Rockets' Jonny Flynn, the Los Angeles Clippers' Eric Bledsoe, the Dallas Mavericks' Caron Butler, the Memphis Grizzlies' Rudy Gay, the Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo, the Philadelphia 76ers' Lou Williams, the Golden State Warriors' Dorell Wright, and the Portland Trail Blazers' Wesley Matthews and free agent Eddy Curry.

Cleveland Cavaliers first-round picks Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson also are possible participants in the game.


Sources: Star-studded game planned

New Look at 2012 UK Recruit Mitch McGary

Here is the latest look at 2012 Kentucky recruit Mitch McGary (video by MichiganPrepStars.com):

DeMarcus Cousins Mixtape from Ball For It All Classic

Here is some footage of former UK star DeMarcus Cousins in action at The Ball For It All Classic in Indianapolis (video by CityLeagueHoopsTV on YouTube):

Tubby Smith Returns to the Bluegrass State


Former University of Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith, who is now the head man at Minnesota, appeared at Georgetown College on Monday night.

Smith was part of Georgetown's ongoing series called "Interviews with Champions."

Here is more from Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader:

The crowd — which included such former coaches as Don Lane, Mike Pollio and Mike Calhoun, plus UK athletics administrator John Cropp — treated Smith to a standing ovation when Reed introduced him. A few whistles of appreciation could be heard. Then when the 45-minute program ended, the crowd rose again to applaud the man who left UK for Minnesota four short years ago, saying at the time he was going where he was "wanted."

The circumstances of Smith's departure from UK went largely unexamined.

In speaking to reporters before entering the program's site, Smith pooh-poohed the notion that Minnesota fans are less demanding than Kentucky's.

"It's not different from anywhere," he said. "Adversity is the same, trust me, if you're not performing well on the job."

But with the audience listening to his conversation with Reed, Smith noted the unrelenting nature of UK basketball.

One reason he left UK after 10 seasons was because "it was time," he said. "If you're not careful, you can be consumed by it. I never wanted to be that way."


Tubby Smith returns to warm welcome at Georgetown forum

Monday, September 26, 2011

Kentucky Students Grab First Batch of Madness Tickets

Almost 2,000 University of Kentucky students rushed through the Memorial Coliseum doors on Monday to collect the first batch of Big Blue Madness tickets:

John Wall to Play in Chris Paul's Charity Game on Saturday


According to Michael Lee of The Washington Post, John Wall has committed to yet another charity/exhibition game:

MrMichaelLee Josh Howard & John Wall to play in Chris Paul charity game on Sat. in Winston-Salem, NC with LeBron, Melo, DWade, Rudy Gay & Kyrie Irving

Wall says he's playing in so many summer games because he's young:

MrMichaelLee John Wall on why he has played in so many charity games, pro-am leagues & @impactbball CTS: “I guess I do it because I’m young.” #wizards

John Calipari Visits 2013 Recruit Kuran Iverson


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari spent part of Monday visiting with 2013 small forward Kuran Iverson.

Here is an excerpt:

The Kentucky coach spent part of Monday visiting Kuran Iverson, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound 2013 small forward out of West Hartford (Conn.) Northwest Catholic.

“He just said, ‘What’s up?’ and asked me how’s it going,” Iverson, the cousin of former Georgetown and NBA star Allen Iverson, told SNY.tv.
Andre Harrington, Iverson’s AAU coach, added that Calipari “basically wanted to stop by and say hi while he was out visiting his daughter at UMass.

“He was just telling Kuran by the time he graduates the other [Kentucky] guys will be leaving,” Harrington added.


Calipari Visits Kuran Iverson

Photo: Rivals.com

Murray State Looking for Ball Boys and Girls for 2011-12


The Murray State Racers are looking for some ball boys/girls for the 2011-12 season. See below:

2011-12 Basketball Ball Boys & Girls Application

Requirements

- Must be between the ages of 10-12 years old (cannot be in the 7th grade)
- Agree to serve a minimum of five (5) basketball games
- Attire must be non-marking tennis shoes and khaki/tan slacks or navy blue sweatpants/shorts

Responsibilities

- Arrive one (1) hour prior to game time on assigned game dates
- Sit at one of the two basketball goals and sweep the lanes during timeouts. Assist officials in drying wett spots on the court
- Must stay attentive at the designated station during the game
- Breaks occur during halftime. Must return with five (5) minutes remaining during halftime.

Racer Athletics Provides

- Special game day t-shirt to be worn during assigned game
- Two (2) general admission tickets to every game (One (1) adult and one (1) youth)
- Racer basketball team photo at the end of the season
- Opportunity to attend end of the season awards presentation as guests of Racer athletics

Click Here to Apply

Terrence Jennings is Headed to Belgium


Former University of Louisville big man Terrence Jennings is headed to Belgium for his first professional season.

Jennings, who left U of L after his junior season, will join Liege Basket in Belgium's top-level D1 league.

Here is more from EuroBasket.com:

Liege Basket has completed its roster for the soon to start 2011-2012 season. Their newest addition is American forward/center Terrence Jennings (205-F-88). Jennings finished his final college year at the university of Louisville and this will be his first year overseas. Jennings declared himself eligible for the 2011 NBA draft. He was not drafted and since he signed with an agent had to forgo his senior season at Louisville. As junior he played 34 games and averaged 9.6 ppg and 5.2 rpg.

Big Blue Madness Is Just Around the Corner


Kentucky's annual Big Blue Madness is just around the corner and fans can start camping for tickets on Wednesday.

Here are some details from the University of Kentucky:

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

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

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

Additional Info:

Fans camping out for the Big Blue Madness ticket distribution may utilize the metered parking spaces and pull-off area adjacent to the Ticket Office while they are loading and unloading their vehicles.

After unloading, campers must relocate their vehicles to the E/K overflow parking lot, located across from Commonwealth Stadium off Alumni Drive. Parking in the E/K overflow parking lot will be free. Bus service will be available to transport fans back to Memorial Coliseum. Lextran buses serve this parking lot from 7 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. From 6 p.m. to midnight, the CATS Yellow Night Route will be in service. From midnight to 5 a.m., the CATS Bus On-Demand Service may be utilized by calling (859) 221-RIDE (7233). For more information, please visit http://www.uky.edu/pts/buses-and-shuttles_campus-shuttles_yellow-night-route

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, the gates of Parking Structure #5 next to Kennedy’s Bookstore will be open and the structure will be available for free parking. The structure will remain open overnight; however no camping or sleeping in vehicles is permitted. Cars must be removed by 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. This will be the seventh time Madness has been held at Rupp Arena.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Kentucky Pros vs. The Villains?


According to WKYT, the Kentucky Pros will play a team of "villains" at Rupp Arena in the near future.

The report says the Pros will battle a group of some of the most hated University of Kentucky opponents in recent memory.

Rajon Rondo, Nazr Mohammed, Tayshaun Prince, Chuck Hayes, Jodie Meeks, DeAndre Liggins, Josh Harrellson, Eric Bledsoe, Patrick Patterson and Kelenna Azubuike have said they would play in the Villains game.

The list of potential "villains": Kemba Walker, Rudy Gay, Tyler Hansbrough, Nolan Smith, Eric Gordon, Terrence Williams, Joakim Noah, Kenneth Faried and Shelvin Mack.

A source says the villains may be coached by a true villain who is well known for stomping a Kentucky player in the chest (see picture).

The Kentucky Pros will also play:

Oct. 8: Univeristy of Pikeville at the Expo Center
Oct. 9: Alice Lloyd College at Knott Central High School
Oct. 10: Georgetown College at Mason County High School
Oct. 12: Union College at Pulaski County High School
Oct. 13: Mid-Continent University at Graves County High School

The list of Pros who have committed to those games are Rajon Rondo, Jodie Meeks, Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, Josh Harrellson and DeAndre Liggins.

John Wall, Chuck Hayes and Keith Bogans are undecided.

Morehead State Lands Two Commitments


I'm told by a good source that Morehead State has picked up commitments from two 2012 recruits.

The Eagles have earned verbal pledges from Trinity point guard Charles Foster and Dr. Phillips (Fla.) shooting guard Roderick Lawrence.

Both players visited MSU over the weekend.

Kentucky Pros to Play More Games Against In-State Schools


It was already known that the Kentucky Pros would play an exhibition game against the University of Pikeville on October 8, but not it looks like the Pros will play several additional games.

According to WKYT, the Pros will play Union College on October 11 at Pulaski County High School.

I have been told by a good source that the Pros will also likely play several other in-state schools, including Georgetown College, Mid-Continent University and Alice Lloyd College.

No dates or times have been released for the additional games.

Texas A&M Officially Joins the Southeastern Conference


It has been announced that Texas A&M will officially join the Southeastern Conference.

University of Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart released the following statement:

“On behalf of the coaches, administrators and student-athletes at the University of Kentucky, I would like to welcome the Texas A&M Aggies to the Southeastern Conference. Coming off its best year athletically in school history, Texas A&M adds a strong athletic program along with its academic prowess to the best league in the country. I look forward to competing against one of my mentors, Bill Byrne, for years to come.”

Wall, Cousins Lead Goodman League to Win at Indy

Former University of Kentucky stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins led the Goodman League to a 170-167 victory over the Knox Indy Pro-Am team last night in The Ball For It All Classic.

Wall was named MVP after finishing with a triple-double of 41 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. Cousins added 33 points and 15 rebounds.

Former Indiana University star Eric Gordon finished with 40 points to lead the Knox Indy team.



Tubby Smith to Appear at Georgetown College on Monday


Former University of Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith will be in Georgetown on Monday as part of Billy Reed's "Conversations with Champions."

Here is a release from Georgetown College:

Georgetown, KY – Tubby Smith – a man with a reputation for character-building and a coach appreciated by Kentucky basketball fans of almost every stripe – will tip-off Year 2 of Billy Reed’s “Conversations with Champions” as a slam-dunk to pack John L. Hill Chapel. This free, “fireside chat” event with the former UK basketball coach and current University of Minnesota head man will begin at 7:30 p.m., September 26.

“Tubby Smith is one of the finest gentlemen and best basketball coaches I’ve ever been around,” said Reed, who took on a role as a Georgetown College Executive Scholar-in-Residence a year ago to crusade for bringing character, ethics and integrity back to collegiate athletics. “He’s living proof that it’s possible to do things the right way and still win championships.”

Former UK coach Tubby Smith has guided the Minnesota Golden Gophers since 2007-08.
Smith left the University of Georgia to return to UK for the 1997-98 season when Rick Pitino left for the NBA and he coached the Cats to a second NCAA crown in three years. He was an assistant at UK (1989-91) when Pitino had the challenge of resurrecting a Wildcat program that was reeling from NCAA probation and player defections.

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Kenneth Faried May Be the Perfect Replacement for Martin


Denver Nuggets big man Kenyon Martin is off to China, opening the door for former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried. The way Faried has played this summer, many Denver fans feel that they may have the perfect replacement for Martin.

Faried had 23 points and 17 rebounds in Jimmer Fredette's all-star exhibition game on Thursday night.

Afterwards, Nick Smith of Salt City Hoops raved about the performance:

Faried’s offensive game leaves a ton to be desired but he makes up for it in virtually every other aspect of the game. Faried seemed to be one of those players that somehow is always in the right place at the right time. He is relentless down low on both sides of the court and runs the floor as well as any PF in the league today. After watching tonight’s event, I’d say Denver should feel ok about Kenyon Martin’s departure to China.

Faried made SportsCenter's top 10 plays:

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