Saturday, October 8, 2011

Big Blue All-Stars Pull Away from Pikeville

Big Blue All-Stars 103
Pikeville 82

Exhibition final from Pikeville, Kentucky

The Big Blue All-Stars picked it up a notch in the second half and pulled away from a tough University of Pikeville team. The All-Stars picked up a 103-82 victory at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins led the way with 28 points. Former Morehead State big man Kenneth Faried added 23 points and an array of nasty power dunks.

Scoring stats


Cousins 28
Faried 23
Knight 14
Mack 13
Hayes 9
Liggins 8
Moss 4
Harrellson 4


Board 22
McHenry 20
Young 15
Setty 9
Simpson 4
Burrell 4
Whitaker 4
Martin 2
Watson 2

Kenneth Faried passes to himself for the power dunk of the backboard:

DeMarcus Cousins Destroys a UPIKE Defender

Former University of Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins throws down on a Pikeville defender:

Indiana Site Claims Tom Crean Committed Recruiting Violation

An Indiana website is alleging that IU head coach Tom Crean committed a recruiting violation by making contact with 2012 star Gary Harris during a period of time when coach-to-recruit contact is not allowed.

Here is a post the site made on Twitter:

G2_Blog EXCLUSIVE: solid source informs G2 that IU coach Tom Crean committed recruiting violation by contacting Gary Harris.

My thoughts: I know nothing about that site or its credibility but it is something to keep an eye on.

Cousins, Wall Set to Play Two More for Goodman League

Former University of Kentucky stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are getting ready to play two more exhibition games for the Goodman League team.

The Goodman League is scheduled for a rematch against the West Coast-based Drew League on Sunday in Southern California.

In Sunday's game, the Drew League will have James Harden, Brandon Jennings, Nick Young, Derrick Williams, DeMar Derozan, Dorell Wright, Trevor Ariza, Craig Smith, Marcus Banks and Ryan Hollins.

The Goodman League is expecting a roster of Wall, Cousins, Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley, Donte Green, Rudy Gay and Sam Young.

On October 15, the Goodman team will play a collection of players from Philadelphia at Collidge High School. The game is being dubbed "The Chocolate City against the City of Brotherly Love."

For the game in Philadelphia, the Goodman League will have Wall, Cousins, Durant, Beasley, Greg Monroe, Jarrett Jack and Young.

Team Philly plans to have Hakeem Warrick, Tyreke Evans, Kyle Lowry, Wayne Ellington, Lou Williams, Jason Thompson, Gerald Henderson, Flip Murry, Mardy Collins, Rasual Butler and possibly Jameer Nelson.


Pikeville Players Talk About Big Blue All-Stars Game

University of Pikeville players Trevor Setty and Cordaro Ellis talk about the opportunity to play against the Big Blue All-Stars tonight (interview by Scott Anderson of

Friday, October 7, 2011

Parrish Wonders if Calipari Can Ever Match Pitino On the Court

Gary Parrish of likes the latest John Calipari and Rick Pitino controversy, but he still wonders if "Calipari can ever match Pitino in terms of on-the-court success."

Here is an excerpt:

2. What do you make of the latest John Calipari-Rick Pitino controversy?

I love it. Love it. Love it. Love it. I'm half-tempted to call one of them on one day and the other on the next, every day going forward, just to see what I can get. Because they're clearly past the point of trying to keep their disdain for each other private, and the winners are the caring public. Seriously, all fans want from a rivalry is for the people involved to hate each other as much as the fan bases hate each other. Calipari and Pitino fit the bill. I won't be satisfied till somebody throws a punch. Or at least until Pitino gets an invitation to help coach in the Kentucky Villains vs. Big Blue All-Stars Charity Game.

3. How about that game, huh?

It should be a fun night at Rupp Arena with Christian Laettner coaching a team of former non-Wildcats (Tyler Hansbrough, Rudy Gay, Nolan Smith, etc.) against a team of former Wildcats (John Wall, Rajon Rondo, Jodie Meeks, etc.). So while I did think it was nutty (and obviously intentional) when Calipari suggested Kentucky has no real counterpart in the state by ignoring the presence of Louisville, I actually agree with him when he says there's no other program in the country that can pull off some of the grand events Kentucky is pulling off. From raising money for Haiti to having folks camp for Big Blue Madness tickets to assembling the rosters of professionals that'll be on display in this charity game Oct. 24, the Calipari-Kentucky combination has taken things to previously unseen levels. That's undeniable. The only debate is whether Calipari can ever match Pitino in terms of on-the-court success, because though the current Kentucky coach has passed the former Kentucky coach in terms of relevance in the Year 2011, Calipari still lags in regards to actual achievements.

Five for the Weekend: Lots of fun, season hasn't even begun

UK Recruit Shabazz Muhammad Dunks Everything

Here's the latest from University of Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad, who dunks pretty much everything (video by

Rajon Rondo, Ravi Moss to Join Big Blue All-Stars for Several Games

Former University of Kentucky star Rajon Rondo has officially been added to the Big Blue All-Stars roster for several upcoming games.

According to a press release from Jeff Shepperd, Rondo will join the All-Stars in games against Alice Lloyd College, Georgetown College and Union College.

Here are updated rosters from Shepperd:

Pike County: DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Knight, Chuck Hayes, Josh Harrellson, DeAndre Liggins, Ravi Moss, Kenneth Faried, Shelvin Mack

Knott County: DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Knight, Chuck Hayes, Josh Harrellson, DeAndre Liggins, Ravi Moss, Kenneth Faried, Shelvin Mack, Rajon Rondo

Mason County: DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Knight, Jodie Meeks, Josh Harrellson, DeAndre Liggins, Ravi Moss, Kenneth Faried, Shelvin Mack, Rajon Rondo

Pulaski County: DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Knight, Jodie Meeks, Josh Harrellson, DeAndre Liggins, Ravi Moss, Kenneth Faried, Shelvin Mack, Rajon Rondo

Graves County: DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Knight, Jodie Meeks, Josh Harrellson, DeAndre Liggins, Ravi Moss, Kenneth Faried, Shelvin Mack

Jabari Parker to Visit Louisville This Weekend

Jabari Parker, the top-rated player in the 2013 recruiting class, will visit the University of Louisville this weekend.

Parker, a 6-7 forward from Chicago Simeon (Ill.), will be in town for the John Lucas Midwest Invitational Camp.

The University of Kentucky and numerous other high-major programs are also recruiting Parker.



Dick Vitale Shoots Promo for Big Blue All-Stars Game

ESPN basketball personality Dick Vitale says he has done a promo for the Big Blue All-Star vs. The Villains game.

Vitale made the statement on Twitter and included the picture:

DickieV Did promo 4 game @ Rupp Big Blue vs Villains. NBA stars @JohnWall vs team of NBA guys coached by LAETTNER.

Proceeds from the exhibition contest will go to The Jimmy V Foundation, which Vitale has proudly supported for years in honor of his late friend Jimmy Valvano.

UK Recruit Nerlens Noel Will Not Reclassify to 2012

Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel, the top-rated center in the 2013 recruiting class, says he will not reclassify to the 2012 class.

Here is more from

“I’m not reclassifying and I will be cutting my [college] list before the season starts,” Noel told Thursday by text.

Earlier Thursday, Tilton headmaster James Clements said Noel and his family were mulling the reclassification process.

“Tilton School has a written procedure and process for students and families who may wish to seek a reclassification of grade,” Clements told

Nerlens Noel Says He Won’t Reclassify (UPDATED)

Noel, who ranks No. 3 overall on the list for 2013, had previously considered a move to 2012.


Former USF Point Guard Lands at Georgetown College

Former University of South Florida point guard Anthony Crater is now on the roster at Georgetown College.

Crater played parts of two seasons at USF after starting his college career at Ohio State. He started 29 games in 2010-11, averaging 3.9 points and a team-best 4.6 assists per game.


Many fans will remember Crater's late-game heroics to upset Villanova in the 2011 Big East Conference Tournament:

Negus Webster-Chan Has Committed to Missouri

Former Louisville commit Negus Webster-Chan has committed to Missouri.

Evan Daniels of confirmed the commitment:

EvanDanielscout Negus Webster-Chan has committed to Missouri, per Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford.

Webster-Chan is a 6-6 small forward from Huntington Prep Academy. He is rated as a three-star recruit by

Presale Opportunity for Big Blue All-Stars vs. The Villains


This presale starts Friday, October 7 at 10:00am and ends Sunday, October 9 at 10:00pm. To purchase tickets for the Big Blue All Stars vs. The Villains click the Ticketmaster link below and then enter the password BLUE in the box on the left. Tickets go onsale to the general public Monday, October 10 at 10:00am.

Click Here to Buy Tickets

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Rondo, Wall on Opposite Sides for Miami All-Star Game

Former University of Kentucky stars John Wall and Rajon Rondo will be on opposite sides for the Miami Heat's charity All-Star game on Sunday.

Wall will suit up for "Team Wade" while Rondo will play for "Team LeBron" in the exhibition game at Florida International. The game will be streamed online at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Playing for Team LeBron: Chris Bosh, Jamal Crawford, Kevin Durant, Jonny Flynn, Rudy Gay, LeBron James, Damon Jones, Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook and Lou Williams.

Playing for Team Wade: Carmelo Anthony, Caron Butler, Mario Chalmers, Eddy Curry, Wesley Matthews, Chris Paul, Amare Stoudemire, Dwyane Wade, John Wall, Dorell Wright.

More Information

Dinner With Transylvania and Kentucky Basketball Teams

Basketball fans can have dinner with the Transylvania Pioneers and the Kentucky Wildcats on October 30 at Keeneland Entertainment Center & Barn.

Here is more information from Transy:

Dinner with the Pioneers and Wildcats

If you’ve ever dreamed of sitting down for a pre-game dinner with the Transylvania and University of Kentucky men’s basketball teams, here’s your chance. The Wildcats, the Pioneers and their coaches will break bread together on Sunday, October 30, in anticipation of their first meeting on the basketball court in 100 years. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Transylvania Athletics. The game will take place on Wednesday, November 2 at 7 p.m., at Rupp Arena.

- Check-in begins at 5:45 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 p.m.
- Cash Bar
- Master of Ceremonies - Dave Baker of WKYT
- Program features Coach Brian Lane and Coach John Calipari
- Live auction of two signed basketballs (one signed by both teams and both coaches; the other by the two coaches)

Cost: $150/person; Table of 10/$1,200; Team-side Table of 10/$5,000; Head Coaches' Table/$15,000.

Reserve a Table

Walter McCarty Releases Video for "Emotionally"

Former University of Kentucky star Walter McCarty has released the video for his single "Emotionally":

2011-12 University of Kentucky Team Photo

Here is a look at the 2011-12 Kentucky Wildcats:

The picture was posted by Eloy Vargas on Twitter:

E_Vargas30 Eloy Vargas #WeAreUK

Christian Laettner: The Classic Pro Wrestling Heel

Former Duke University star Christian Laettner has released a promotional video for the Big Blue All-Stars vs. UK Villains game.

He is playing the classic role of a wrestling heel and UK fans are sure to treat him accordingly.

"You remember the stomp? You remember the shot? This Christian Laettner from Duke and the Villains are going to stomp the Big Blue All-Stars once again..."

Some notes about the game:

- If the NBA lockout is somehow resolved, the game will be cancelled
- Enes Kanter has been added to the Big Blue All-Stars roster
- Rajon Rondo, John Wall and Tayshaun Prince are expected to play; rest of roster is unofficial
- Tickets go on sale Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. on $25 for upper level; $50 for lower level. Pre-sale begins on Friday (tomorrow) - use the code "BLUE"

UK Releases Statement About Herald-Leader, Kidd-Gilchrist

The University of Kentucky has released the following statement regarding the Lexington Herald-Leader and men's basketball player Michael Kidd-Gilchrist:

Statement from UK on Michael Kidd Gilchrist

After a recent interview session with UK men’s basketball player Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the Lexington Herald-Leader took the liberty of rewriting a question from the transcript in a way that we feel sensationalizes the story and was unfair to Michael and his family.

While the Herald-Leader thought their actions warranted a clarification, the newspaper has not issued a public apology to Michael or his family.

Because it is our responsibility and duty to protect our student athletes and we feel an apology from the Lexington Herald-Leader was necessary, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will no longer be available for interviews with the Herald-Leader.

Enes Kanter Added to Big Blue All-Stars Roster

Jeff Shepperd announced this afternoon that former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter has been added to the Big Blue All-Stars roster for the game against the "UK Villains" at Rupp Arena on October 24.

Kanter was declared ineligible by the NCAA and never appeared in a game for the University of Kentucky.

He was drafted by the Utah Jazz and is currently working out in Chicago while the NBA works on ending its lockout.

Tom Crean Thinks Calipari Forgot How Passionate IU Fans Are

Indiana University head coach Tom Crean responded on Twitter yesterday to some of John Calipari's recent comments.

Crean said Calipari "is going to see he forgo about how the state of Indiana feels about this (basketball) program" when UK travels to Assembly Hall on December 10.

Here are Crean's comments:

TomCrean I saw Coach Calipari's comments about there being no State as connected to the Basketball program as the State of Kentucky is to UK.

TomCrean I think on December 10th at 5:15 in Assembly Hall he is going to see he forgot about how The State of Indiana feels about this Program.

TomCrean No question the UK fans are behind the program but There is NO WAY OUR FANS TAKE A BACKSEAT TO ANYONE! GO HOOSIERS!

Great Lakes Valley Conference Going to Two Divisions

The Great Lakes Valley Conference is going to a two-division format for the 2011-12 season.

There two division will be East and West with Bellarmine, Northern Kentucky and Kentucky Wesleyan positioned in the East. The three Kentucky schools will be joined by Southern Indiana, Lewis, UW-Parkside, St. Joseph's and Indianapolis.

The West Division will consist of Drury, Quincy, Rockhurst, Missouri-St. Louis, Missouri S&T, William Jewell, Maryville and Illinois-Springfield.

New format:


- Bellarmine
- Kentucky Wesleyan
- Northern Kentucky
- Southern Indiana
- Lewis
- UW-Parkside
- St. Joseph's
- Indy


- Drury
- Quincy
- Rockhurst
- Missouri-St. Louis
- Missouri S&T
- William Jewell
- Maryville
- IL-Springfield

Calipari vs. Pitino: Business is Picking Up in Kentucky

It all started last week when John Calipari, during an interview by Matt Jones of KSTV, accidentally (or was it?) forgot about the University of Louisville men's basketball program when describing the importance of his UK team to the basketball fans in the Bluegrass State.

"There's no other connected to their basketball program as this one," Calipari stated. "Because those other states have other programs. Michigan has Michigan State. California...UCLA has all of those. North Carolina has Duke's Kentucky, throughout this whole state and that's what makes this unique."

Obviously, those comments were not well received by Louisville fans, and rightfully so. Apparently, U of L head coach Rick Pitino was not impressed by Calipari's geographical lesson, either.

In an interview with Jeff Goodman of, Pitino fired back.

"Four things I've learned in my 59 years about people," Pitino told on Wednesday. "I ignore the jealous, I ignore the malicious, I ignore the ignorant and I ignore the paranoid."

"If the shoe fits anyone," he added. "Wear it."

Ouch. Business is certainly picking up in one of the nation's fiercest basketball rivalries.

Rick Bozich of the Louisville Courier-Journal claims that Calipari has "Rick Pitino envy."

I'm not buying that, but here are some thoughts from Bozich (including a ridiculous cheap shot at former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe):

You don’t have to consult Eric Bledsoe’s geography teacher to understand Calipari’s agenda. It’s the same one that inspired the midsummer exhibition game that Cal’s Dominican National Team staged in the KFC Yum! Center. The same one that had Cal primed to coach the Dominicans three seconds after Pitino mentioned coaching the Puerto Rican team. The same one that had UK trying to schedule a practice in Freedom Hall two years ago.

It’s similar to the agenda that has resulted in Cal squeezing Pitino on recruits such as Marquis Teague and Gary Harris — and making a belated run at Elisha Justice. As one of Calipari’s sidekicks once told me when the coach arrived from Memphis, if Pitino and U of L need to get steamrolled, they’re going to get steamrolled.

Bozich concludes by saying that Calipari has something else: "a king-sized case of Rick Pitino Envy."

Business is certainly picking up in the Bluegrass State rivalry.

For fans of both teams, December 31 can't get here fast enough. Pitino vs. Calipari. Louisville vs. Kentucky. It's going to be great - assuming that the less-talented Cards can keep things competitive where it matters most...on the scoreboard.

4-Year Old Schools Brandon Knight with a Mean Crossover

Check out 4-year old Cody Jordan as he puts a mean crossover on former Kentucky star Brandon Knight:

Jordan was recently featured on ESPN Sports Nation:

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mitch McGary Down to Three; UK Officially Off List

According to, 2012 star Mitch McGary is officially down to three schools and the University of Kentucky is no longer in the mix.

McGary is reportedly down to Michigan, Duke and North Carolina.

Here is an excerpt:

Mitch McGary, ESPN's top-ranked power forward for the 2012 basketball recruiting class, is close to making his college choice, and Michigan could be his pick.

McGary, a 6-foot-10 star from Brewster (N.H.) Academy, posted Monday in a blog he's writing for that he has taken three visits -- to U-M, Duke and North Carolina -- and is not going anywhere else. He hopes to make his decision within a month. The early signing period is next month.

"I know there are a lot of rumors out there that I've already committed to certain schools, but I can honestly tell you guys that I don't know where I want to go," he wrote. "I have not committed anywhere so that's just not true."

Simply by reputation and achievement, Michigan is an underdog in this recruiting fight, but the Wolverines sound like contenders.

His thoughts on U-M's visits: "Michigan has been here to see me the second most and I know that Michigan will be good too. They're in the rebuilding stage and Coach (John) Beilein is another guy I really respect and like. They're moving up in the rankings too."

Recruit Mitch McGary narrows choices to U-M, Duke, North Carolina


Kentucky, Duke Staffs Visit Shabazz Muhammad

Kentucky's John Calipari and Orlando Antigua were at Bishop Gorman (Nev.) High School today to check in on Shabazz Muhammad, the nation's top-rated player in the 2012 recruiting class.

The news was reported on Twitter:

PremierBall Coach John Calapari and Coach Orlando Antigua visit with Shabazz Muhammad at Bishop Gorman today.

Members of the Duke coaching staff also visited Bishop Gorman today:

PremierBall Duke Coach K, Coach Capel and Coach Wojo in to see Shabazz Muhammad today. #duke

Antoine Walker to Share His Story in Chicago on Monday

Former University of Kentucky star Antoine Walker will open up about his past and tell his story on stage at the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago on Monday, October 10.

Here is the release from

From his high school days at Mount Carmel to winning the NBA Championship with the Miami Heat, 3 Time NBA All-Star Antoine Walker has had a journey unlike any other. On Monday, October 10th he shares that journey with Chicago’s newest hit television show Sports City Chicago ( in front of a live audience at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago (

Filmed live on the Hard Rock Cafe Chicago Stage and airing on NBC Chicago Nonstop, Emmy Award winning reporter Mitch Robinson will take audience members though Walker’s journey growing up in Chicago, his college years at the University of Kentucky and his 3 time All-Star career in the NBA. Co-Host Lauren Strec will navigate fan questions during a designated “break out session” at the end of the show.

Show creator and executive producer Jason Groh explains, “Having three time All-Star and NBA Champion Antoine Walker is very exciting. We look forward to telling his story and learning about his journey.” Groh elaborates, “Sports City Chicago gives you the inside stories with full online and live audience interaction that you can’t get anywhere else in Chicago sports.”

Sports City Chicago also highlights local bands and live performers. Playing audience members in and out of segments will be musical guest “Band Called Catch.”

Sports City Chicago streams live on UStream and airs on the NBC Chicago Nonstop Channel Saturday nights at 8pm.

Sports City Chicago Live Taping with Antoine Walker

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Hard Rock Cafe Chicago
63 W Ontario
Chicago, IL

Free | All Ages | Reservation Required
Email fans(at)sportscitychicago(dot)com or visit to secure reservation.

ESPN Networks to Show 10 OVC Basketball Games

There will be 10 Ohio Valley Conference games shown on ESPN networks during the 2011-12 season.

Morehead State, Austin Peay, Tennessee Tech and Murray State will each have two guaranteed ESPN games with opportunities for several others depending on "wild card" game selections and the outcome of the OVC Tournament.

Eastern Kentucky will have opportunities to appear during wild card games and the tournament.

Here is the schedule from

2011-12 ESPN Television Schedule

Saturday, December 31

Austin Peay at Morehead State, 11:00 a.m. CT (ESPNU)

Saturday, January 7

Murray State at Austin Peay, 7:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday, January 14

Tennessee Tech at Murray State, 5:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday, January 21

Wild Card Game (Teams TBD), 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
Potential Wild Card Games for Jan. 21
Austin Peay at Eastern Illinois
UT Martin at Morehead State
Murray State at SIUE
Southeast Missouri at Tennessee Tech

Saturday, January 28

Tennessee Tech at Morehead State, 2:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Thursday, February 2

Wild Card Game (Teams TBD), 7:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
Potential Wild Card Games for Feb. 2
Tennessee Tech at Austin Peay
Eastern Kentucky at Eastern Illinois
Morehead State at SIUE
Southeast Missouri at Murray State
Jacksonville State at UT Martin

Thursday, February 23

Wild Card Game (Teams TBD), 7:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
Potential Wild Card Games for Feb. 23
Austin Peay at UT Martin
SIUE at Eastern Kentucky
Murray State at Tennessee State
Eastern Illinois at Morehead State
Southeast Missouri at Jacksonville State

Friday, March 2

OVC Tournament Men's Semifinal #1, 6:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
OVC Tournament Men's Semifinal #2, 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPN3)

Saturday, March 3

OVC Tournament Men's Championship, 1:00 p.m. CT (ESPN or ESPN2)

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Trailer for "Prayer For A Perfect Season" Documentary

Here is the official trailer for Prayer For A Perfect Season, an HBO documentary about St. Patrick's (N.J.) 2010-11 basketball season - the documentary prominently features Kentucky freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and WKU freshman Derrick Gordon:

Prayer for a Perfect Season from Blowback Productions on Vimeo.


Enes Kanter Returns to Chicago, Resumes Workouts

Former University of Kentucky big man Enes Kanter has returned to the United States following Turkey's disappointing performance at EuroBasket 2011.

Kanter is in Chicago and will resume workouts with Tim Grover. According to Kanter's agent, all offers from Chinese teams are off the table but offers from European pro clubs will be considered.

Here is an excerpt from

Kanter plans to remain in Chicago for the immediate future, keeping an eye on the progress of the NBA lockout. Contract offers from Chinese professional teams are off the table.

"The China thing, what happened is … Enes' priority is the NBA, as an NBA player," said Max Ergul, Kanter's agent. "Once [China] came up with that rule change — we thought they could've bent it around — it's just not happening. They're very stern; they don't want a player coming and leaving. I'm not going to put my signature on something that might force him to stay there for a whole season."

Kanter will consider signing with a European pro club if a strong offer is presented and the NBA's work stoppage continues.

Jazz's Enes Kanter returns to U.S., working out in Chicago

Who is This Christian Laettner Guy?

Former Duke star Christian Laettner is coming to Rupp Arena in October to coach a team of "UK villains." Laettner is probably villain numero uno for UK basketball fans, but why? Here's a little refresher...

First, he stomped on Aminu Timberlake's chest (which he later admitted he did intentionally):

Obviously, Laettner should have been tossed from the game, but the officials chose to punish him with a technical foul. He then hit the shot:

And Michigan's "Fab Five" speak for everyone when they say:

Louisville To Be Featured on ESPNU Midnight Madness

The Louisville Cardinals will be one of the 11 schools featured during ESPNU Midnight Madness on October 14.

Here is a release from U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's basketball team will be one of 11 schools featured during "ESPNU Midnight Madness," a four-hour program which will air on Oct. 14 from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. ET on ESPNU.

The Cardinals will have a Red-White intrasquad scrimmage in the KFC Yum! Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, the first official day of practice for college basketball.

U of L is also one of seven sites that will be featured live on WHAS-TV in Louisville will air the first hour of the event from 7-8 p.m., with the remainder of the intrasquad scrimmage being featured statewide on Wazoo Sports.

Ranked teams from ESPN's Andy Katz's preseason Top 25 that will be featured live on ESPN3 include No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Kentucky, No. 4 Syracuse, No. 5 Duke, No. 6 Connecticut, No. 9 Louisville and No. 20 Texas A&M. Additional team spotlights with coach interviews will occur on ESPNU from No. 3 Ohio State, No. 7 Vanderbilt, No. 8 Memphis, No. 10 Arizona, No. 11 Wisconsin and No. 12 Florida, as well as New Mexico and UCLA.

Tickets for the scrimmage, priced at $10 for lower arena seats and $5 for upper arena seats, are currently on sale at both U of L Ticket Offices, located near Gate 2 of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium off Floyd Street; and on the third floor of the Swain Student Activities Center. Both locations are open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The Cardinals will also have a second public scrimmage on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in concert with U of L's "Return to the Nest" Homecoming on Main festivities, which will include activities on the Norton Healthcare Plaza of the KFC Yum! Center prior to the game. Tickets are the same prices for that event.

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

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Terrence Williams: Poor Hungry Driven Episode 2

Here is epsiode 2 of Terrence Williams: Poor Hungry Driven:

Wall, Cousins Set to Play in All-Star Game Thursday Night

Former University of Kentucky stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are expected to play in an all-star game Thursday night in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Here is an excerpt from

A group of former first-round picks, including John Wall of the Washington Wizards and Michael Beasley from the Minnesota Timberwolves, will come to Harrisburg on Thursday, October 6 to play the Harrisburg Horizon and All-Stars from the Eastern Basketball Alliance at Harrisburg High's Kimber Gymnasium.

Also scheduled to attend: Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Bobcats; Boston's Jeff Green; and DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings.

"We’re delighted to have the opportunity to bring this level of talent to town to play our Harrisburg Horizon and EBA All-Stars," said Dick Anzolut, president of the Eastern Basketball Alliance’s Harrisburg Horizon, in a statement.

Anzolut also told CBS 21 News Sports Director Jason Bristol more NBA players may come and play, as well. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Wall, other NBA stars to play exhibition game in Harrisburg

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Rex Chapman to Coach Big Blue All-Stars Against Laettner

Former University of Kentucky star Rex Chapman will coach the Big Blue All-Stars in an upcoming exhibition game at Rupp Arena.

The Big Blue stars will play a group of "UK villains" coached by former Duke big man Christian Laettner.

Scott Anderson of confirmed the news with Jeff Shepperd and reported it on Twitter:

SAndersonNOB I have just confirmed with Jeff Sheppard that Christian Laettner will coach the Villains and Rex Chapman will coach the Big Blue All Stars.

DeMarcus Cousins to Join Big Blue All-Stars in Pikeville

Mackenzie Bates of has confirmed that former University of Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins will join the Big Blue All-Stars roster in their exhibition game against Pikeville on Saturday.

Bates posted the news on Twiter:

mbateswymt BREAKING: Sacramento Kings Forward DeMarcus Cousins added to Big Blue All-Stars Roster. Formal Announcement expected tomorrow.

Scott County's Tamron Manning Commits to Marshall

Scott County star Tamron Manning has committed to Marshall.

Manning announced his decision on Twitter:


The 6-4 shooting guard is rated as a three-star recruit by

John Calipari Visits 2013 Star Chris Walker

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari and assistant Orlando Antigua visited 2013 star Chris Walker today.

Walker posted about the meeting on Twitter:

cwalkertime23 Coach cal and coach o came by the school had a great talk with them !!!

Walker is a 6-9 power forward who ranks No. 8 overall on the list for 2013.

Christian Laettner May Come to Rupp and King Rex Isn't Happy

As we reported on September 25, former Duke University star Christian Laettner may be coming to Rupp Arena to coach a team of "villains" in an exhibition game against a team of Big Blue All-Stars.

At least one former Kentucky star isn't so happy about having one of UK's all-time most hated villains in Rupp Arena. Check out Rex Chapman's comments on Twitter:

rexchapman @KySportsRadio Lmao. NO WAY that "Duke-Puke-Pretty-Boy" Christian Laettner is stepping foot in Rupp Arena. If so, I want some of that dude.

Big Blue Madness to Air Live on UK IMG Sports Network

Kentucky's Big Blue Madness will be aired live on the UK IMG Sports Network. UK is also one of 11 schools that will be featured in the sixth annual ESPNU Midnight Madness special on Oct. 14 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET on ESPNU.

Here is the release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for Kentucky's 2011-12 men's and women's basketball teams, is Friday, Oct. 14. This will be the seventh time Madness has been held at Rupp Arena. Fans will be allowed to enter Rupp Arena beginning at 6 p.m. the night of Big Blue Madness.

Madness Timeline:

6:00 p.m. - Doors Open
7:30 p.m. - Event Begins
9:30 p.m. - Event Concludes

Blue-White Scrimmage: The Blue-White Scrimmage has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Rupp Arena. Tickets are available for $10. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster and during regular hours at the UK Athletics Ticket Office (M-F, 9am-4pm) and the Rupp Arena Ticket Office.

Madness on TV: UK fans without tickets to Big Blue Madness have a variety of TV options for watching Kentucky’s first open practice opportunity. The UK IMG Sports Network will televise the festivities live, from 7-9:30 p.m. (ET), on WYMT-TV in Hazard; WKAG-TV in Hopkinsville; WSAZ-DT in Huntington; WKYT-TV in Lexington and on WMYO-TV in Louisville. Fans can also view Big Blue Madness live for FREE on the University of Kentucky website at or ESPN3.

Kentucky is also one of 11 schools that will be featured in the sixth annual ESPNU Midnight Madness special on Oct. 14 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET on ESPNU.

Other UK IMG Sports Network affiliates will carry Big Blue Madness on a tape-delayed basis, including FS South (10:00 p.m. ET); WBKO-TV (9:00 p.m. CT) in Bowling Green; WTVW-TV in Evansville (10:30 p.m. CT) and WDKA-TV in Paducah/Cape Girardeau (TBA).

Here is the ESPN madness schedule (ESPN release):

Cortell Busby Commits to IUPUI

IUPUI has picked up a commitment from 6-2 guard Cortell Busby from Fishburne Military Prep (Va.).

Jeff Borzello broke the news on Twitter:

jeffborzello Per source, IUPUI picked up a commitment from Cortell Busby, a 6-foot-2 guard out of Fishburne Military Prep (Va,).

UK, UL Recruits to Join USA Developmental Camp

Several Kentucky and Louisville recruits are among the 27 members of the 2011-12 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team who are confirmed to participate in an upcoming mini-camp.

Some of the players who will participate in the camp include Jabari Parker, Jordan Swopshire, Isaiah Whitehead and James Blackmon, Jr.

Here is the release from USA Basketball:

Twenty-seven members of the 2011-12 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team are confirmed to participate in a mini-camp that will be held Oct. 15 and 16 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

On the heels of a gold medal at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, the USA will utilize four practice sessions to prepare to defend its inaugural gold at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship, which will be played June 29 – July 8 in Lithuania.

Participating in the October mini-camp are: Shaqquan Aaron (Taft H.S. / Apple Valley, Calif.); Beejay Anya (DeMatha Catholic H.S. / Gaithersburg, Md.); Larry Austin (Lanphier H.S. / Springfield, Ill.); Anton Beard (Parkview Magnet H.S. / North Little Rock, Ark.); James Blackmon, Jr. (Bishop Luers H.S. / Fort Wayne, Ind.); Dom Collier (Denver East H.S. / Denver, Colo.); Stephen Domingo (Saint Ignatius Prep / San Francisco, Calif.); DeMonte Flannigan (Villa Angela-St. Joseph H.S. / Richmond Heights, Ohio); Conner Frankamp (Wichita North H.S. / Wichita, Kan.); Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S. / San Jose, Calif.); Justin Jackson (Homeschool Christian Youth Assoc. / Spring, Texas); Ronda√© Jefferson (Chester H.S. / Chester, Pa.); Dakari Johnson (Montverde Academy, Fla. / Brooklyn, N.Y.); Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S. / Fullerton, Calif.); Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S. / Apple Valley, Minn.); Trey Lyles (Arsenal Technical H.S. / Camby, Ind.); Kendrick Nunn (Simeon H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Jabari Parker (Simeon H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Theo Pinson (Wesleyan Christian Academy / Greensboro, N.C.); Jordan Swopshire (SportsQuest Academy, Va. / O’Fallon, Mo.); Jimmie Taylor (Greenboro H.S. / Greensboro, Ala.); Charles Tucker (Lansing Eastern H.S. / Lansing, Mich.); Paul White (Whitney Young H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Isaiah Whitehead (Lincoln H.S. / Brooklyn, N.Y.); Johnathan Williams (Southwind H.S. / Memphis, Tenn.); and Justise Winslow (St. John’s School / Houston, Texas).

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Rajon Rondo Plays in 2011 Southern Hospitality Game

Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo participated in the 2011 Marquis Daniels Southern Hospitality game recently.

Rondo was joined by other NBA stars such as Daniels, Kendrick Perkins, Nate Robinson, Jeff Teague, Louis Williams, Iman Shumpert and Trey Thompkins.

Here is some footage from the game:

Gary Harris Sets Up Official Visit to the University of Kentucky

Gary Harris, a 6-6 shooting guard from Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) High School, has scheduled an official visit to the University of Kentucky.

Harris, who ranks No. 23 overall on the list for 2012, will visit UK the weekend of October 22.

Here is more from

“Yes, we have an official set up for Oct. 22,” Harris, the No. 3 shooting guard in the Class of 2012, said by text.

Harris recently had a home visit with Cats coach John Calipari that went well.

“He talked about how he wants me to be a part of the program and what they had to offer and discussed when they could get me on campus,” Harris said.

Harris Sets Kentucky Visit


Goodman: "Kentucky Backed Off T.J. Warren"

According to Jeff Goodman of, the University of Kentucky coaching staff backed off of 2012 forward T.J. Warren.

Goodman posted on Twitter:

GoodmanCBS Kentucky backed off T.J. Warren; Not other way around, per sources. Multiple coaches are concerned with his recent attitude/body language.

Warren announced his final four schools yesterday and Kentucky was no longer on his list. Perhaps he didn't have a choice.

John Calipari Forgot All About Louisville in an Interview

KSTV recently interviewed University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari. During the interview, Calipari compared basketball in Kentucky to several other states.

Here is a transcript of Coach Cal's comments:

"There's no other connected to their basketball program as this one. Because those other states have other programs. Michigan has Michigan State. California...UCLA has all of those. North Carolina has Duke's Kentucky, throughout this whole state and that's what makes this unique."

Here is the interview:

My thoughts: I can't believe Calipari forgot about Morehead State University! Just kidding Louisville fans.

Monday, October 3, 2011

T.J. Warren Announces Final Four, Kentucky Out

T.J. Warren announced this morning that he would no longer be attending Kentucky's Big Blue Madness. It comes as no surprise tonight that he is no longer considering Kentucky on his final list.

Warren texted Evan Daniels of his final list of four schools:

EvanDanielscout T.J. Warren just texted over his final four. UNC, NC State, Florida and Georgetown.

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


Tickets for Blue-White Game Go On Sale Thursday

Tickets for the University of Kentucky's annual Blue-White scrimmage will go on sale Thursday, October 6.

Here is the release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the men's basketball Blue-White scrimmage go on sale beginning Thursday, Oct. 6.

Scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 26, tickets are available by visiting the UK Ticket Office between the hours of 9:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. ET or by calling 1.800.928.2287. Fans can also obtain tickets by calling the Rupp Arena Box Office 859.233.3535 or by going online to and or Ticketmaster outlets statewide. For outlet locations, go to

The cost of the tickets will be $10 and all seating is reserved and no general admission eRUPPtion Zone tickets will be available for this contest as in the past.

The Cats will tipoff the 2011-12 season on Friday, Oct. 14 with Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena.

11 OVC Teams to Compete in Sears BracketBusters

Eleven teams from the Ohio Valley Conference will compete in the 10th annual Sears BracketBusters event, which runs from February 17-19.

Murray State and Eastern Kentucky will host BracketBusters games, while Morehead State will play on the road.

Here is the release from the Ohio Valley Conference:

The 10th annual Sears BracketBusters, a three-day men's college basketball event pitting potential NCAA Tournament hopefuls against each other Feb. 17-19, will feature 13 nationally televised games - on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3 -- selected from a pool of 142 teams from 16 conferences, the largest pool in the event's history.

For the seventh straight year, ESPNU will feature five Sears BracketBusters games, while ESPN or ESPN2 will television up to six and ESPN3 will carry two. The 13 Sears BracketBusters matchups will be announced Monday, Jan. 30 with dates, times and networks. The television matchups are selected by ESPN, while a Committee of Conference Commissioners determines the additional non-televised games.

For the seventh-straight year every Ohio Valley Conference school will be a member of the pool of teams participating in the event. Austin Peay, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Murray State and SIUE will serve as host institutions while Morehead State, Southeast Missouri State, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin will play road contests.

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Ohio Valley Conference

Home Games:

- Austin Peay
- Eastern Illinois
- Eastern Kentucky
- Jacksonville State
- Murray State

Road Games:

- Morehead State
- Southeast Missouri State
- Tennessee State
- Tennessee TEch
- UT-Martin

ESPN's Erin Andrews is Hanging Out in Kentucky

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari has posted on Twitter that ESPN college basketball reporter Erin Andrews is at UK today.

Here is Calipari's Tweet:

UKCoachCalipari Apparently, a lot is going on in our facilities today. All I saw was that my good friend @ErinAndrews was at our practice today. #WeAreUK

2012 Star T.J. Warren Cancels Big Blue Madness Visit

University of Kentucky recruit T.J. Warren has changed his plans for midnight madness.

Warren was scheduled to visit Kentucky for Big Blue Madness, but has not cancelled that visit and will now head to North Carolina's madness event.

The news comes just hours after Brewster Academy teammate Mitch McGary also announced that he no longer plans to attend Big Blue Madness.

The news was first reported by Evan Daniels of

EvanDanielscout T.J. Warren reschedules visit ...

NBA Star Derrick Rose is Also Coming to Lexington

Andre Woodson continues to break basketball news today. He now says on Twitter that reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose is also coming to Lexington to work out:

AndreWoodsonJr @UKCoachCalipari is doing a great job with the BBALL Program! NBA's Reigning MVP will be here as well to workout tomorrow...D.Rose. #BBN

Siva, Jones on 2011-12 Wooden Award Watch List

Kentucky's Terrence Jones and Louisville's Peyton Siva are on the list of 50 players the Wooden Award has recognized on its preseason watch list.

Andy Katz of asked opposing coaches to comment on the list of 50 players. Here are their thoughts on Jones and Siva:

Terrence Jones, 6-8, So., F, Kentucky
"Jones is a dynamic player who does his damage in a lot of ways. The added year of experience will make him a player of the year candidate."

Peyton Siva, 6-0, Jr., G, Louisville
"He really needs to develop a jump shot. He's got great quickness, but he lost his confidence in his jump shot. He became too one-dimensional. If he can get his confidence in his jump shot back, he can be devastating."

Scouting the Wooden Award watch list

Katz also has a list of players who might find themselves on the Wooden Award watch list before the season ends.

Here are some excerpts:

TyShawn Edmondson, Austin Peay: The Governors should be the favorite in the Ohio Valley with a legit scorer in Edmondson who has a strong man in Will Triggs to take pressure off him.

Doron Lamb, Kentucky: John Calipari says Lamb will be the Wildcats' best player. Just Coach Cal mind games or the truth?

Anthony Davis, Kentucky: Davis has a chance to be the SEC player of the year and the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, so expect him to be on the midseason list when freshmen are allowed.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky: Gilchrist will be another star on what will be a headline team throughout the season.

Players who might end up on Wooden list

The Boston Celtics are in Lexington, Too

According to former University of Kentucky football star Andre Woodson, members of both the Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder are working out in Lexington today.

Woodson posted on Twitter Monday morning:

AndreWoodsonJr Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder working out in the football weight room today after Rajon and the Boston Celtics got a workout in

Rosters Announced for Big Blue All-Star Games

Jeff Shepperd has announced the rosters for the upcoming State Farm Big Blue All Star Tour presented by Zija and Coal Mining Our Future.

The Big Blue Stars will play five in-state NAIA program from October 8-13.

The former University of Kentucky players will be joined on the tour by former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried and former Butler standout Shelvin Mack.

Here are the confirmed rosters:

Big Blue All Stars vs. University of Pikeville - Oct 8

• Brandon Knight
• Chuck Hayes
• Josh Harrellson
• DeAndre Liggins
• Kenneth Faried
• Shelvin Mack

Big Blue All Stars vs. Alice Lloyd College - Oct 9

• Brandon Knight
• Chuck Hayes
• Josh Harrellson
• DeAndre Liggins
• Eric Bledsoe
• Kenneth Faried
• Shelvin Mack

Big Blue All Stars vs. Georgetown College - Oct 10

• Brandon Knight
• Jodie Meeks
• Josh Harrellson
• DeAndre Liggins
• Eric Bledsoe
• Kenneth Faried
• Shelvin Mack

Big Blue All Stars vs. Union College - Oct 11

• Brandon Knight
• Jodie Meeks
• Josh Harrellson
• DeAndre Liggins
• Eric Bledsoe
• Kenneth Faried
• Shelvin Mack

Big Blue All Stars vs. Mid Continent University - Oct 13

• Brandon Knight
• Jodie Meeks
• Josh Harrellson
• DeAndre Liggins
• Eric Bledsoe
• Kenneth Faried
• Shelvin Mack


Big Blue All-Stars Site

2012 Star C.J. Ford Commits to Murray State

Murray State and head coach Steve Prohm picked up a commitment from 2012 star C.J. Ford over the weekend.

Evan Daniels of confirmed the news on Twitter:

EvanDanielscout CJ Ford is headed to Murray State, per a source. Big get for the Racers!

Ford is a 6-2 point guard from Westover Senior (NC) High School. He is rated as a three-star recruit by

Prohm is putting together one heck of a 2012 recruiting class as Ford joins Zabius Henderson, Eric McCree, Terron Gilmore and Jeffery Moss.

Ford, Moss and McCree are all rated as three-star recruits. rates Gilmore as a two-star prospect.

Mitch McGary Cancels All Visits, Including Kentucky

Mitch McGary, a 6-10 power forward from Brewster Academy, writes in his blog that he will not be making any other visits - including his reported trip to Kentucky's Big Blue Madness.

McGary, who ranks No. 3 overall on the list for 2012, has an impressive list of offers that includes Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan and North Carolina.

Duke has been up here the most. I really like what Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) has been talking to me about. He’s about to be the all-time winningest coach in NCAA history and that’s just really impressive to me. That’s something that stays on my mind. After Duke, Michigan has been here to see me the second most and I know that Michigan will be good too. They’re in the rebuilding stage and Coach (John) Beilein is another guy I really respect and like. They’re moving up in the rankings too.

Maryland has probably visited me the third most and I really like their program and think they’re headed in the right direction. Also, Coach (Billy) Donovan was up here a couple weeks ago and he’s done a really good job showing me what he’s done in the last few years developing talent. I really like what he’s been saying.

North Carolina has been up here too. They just got a commitment from Joel James, which will be a great situation for him. I want to definitely give Joel a shoutout.

As far as more visits, I don’t think I’ll be making any. I’m not gonna go to Kentucky’s Midnight Madness, I feel like I have all the information that I need to start to think about a decision. Within the next month I hope to have a decision made.

This decision will be really hard to say the least. I’m gonna let you guys in on a few things I’ll be thinking about throughout the process.

Mitch's Memos: Options overload


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Kevin Durant, Thunder Teammates Headed to Kentucky

NBA star Kevin Durant and several of his Oklahoma City teammates are headed to Lexington for a workout that was organized by former University of Kentucky star Nazr Mohammed.

Durant confirmed on Twitter tonight that he is headed for Lexington for the October 3 workout, which is likely to include UK players.

KDTrey5 Headed to Lexington,KY tonight.

Demonte Harper is Off To a Good Start Overseas

Former Morehead State University star Demonte Harper is off to a solid start in his professional career.

Harper's KK Cibona Zagreb team fell just short of qualifying for Euroleague, but the former MSU guard played well over the weekend.

In a 77-70 win over Cholet on Thursday, Harper scored 13 points. Former University of Kentucky player Antwain Barbour led the way with 16 points in the win.

On Saturday, Cibona lost 88-71 to Lietuvos Rytas. Harper led his team with 14 points. The loss relegated Cibona to the EuroCup league for the coming season.

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