Saturday, October 15, 2011

John Wall Misses First Quarter, Still Scores 38 Points



Former University of Kentucky star John Wall missed the first quarter of tonight's Goodman League vs. Team Philly showdown and still scored 38 points.

Wall explained that he was late because his flight was delayed and then he was caught in a traffic jam. He still managed to go 16-28 from the field.

Team Philly still managed to pick up a high-scoring 174-167 victory in the exhibition contest.

Lou Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers led Team Philly with 53 points on 21-38 shooting.

Kevin Durant led all scorers with 56 points for the Goodman League.

Here are some postgame comments from Wall:

“You get bored after a while,” Wall said. “It’s fun to play, its fun to give people in the community the opportunity to see NBA players play, if they can’t see a real game in person, but after a while, you want to get back to real basketball.”

Wall’s is optimistic that a deal will get done, and the NBA lockout will end, but he’s also realistic about the situation the players find themselves in.

“It didn’t take the canceling of games for the lockout to feel real to me,” Wall said. “It became real the day I couldn’t talk to my coaches or drive to Verizon Center and work out anytime I wanted.”


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Quincy Hankins-Cole Plays Well in First Pro Game

Former University of Pikeville star Quincy Hankins-Cole played well in his professional debut in Iceland.

Hankins-Cole scored 17 points in Snaefell's 93-89 victory over Haukar. He was 8-11 from the field, pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds and dished out 6 assists.

Snaelfell plays in Iceland's top-level Express League.



Source: Eurobasket.com

Samaki Walker Finds a New Team in Iran


Former University of Louisville big man Samaki Walker will continue his professional career in Iran.

Walker has signed with Zanjan, who has advanced from the D1 league to Iran's top-level Superleague.

The former Louisville star spent last season in Syria's Jalaa. He dealt with some legal problems during the off-season, but will have a new opportunity in Iran.

Here are some of Walker's career highlights (via Asia-Basket.com):

- Russian A Superleague Semifinals -06
- Russian Cup Semifinals -06
- Syrian League Champion -08, 11
- Asia-Basket.com All-Syrian League Center of the Year -11
- Asia-Basket.com All-Syrian League Import of the Year -11
- Asia-Basket.com All-Syrian League 1st Team -11
- Asia-Basket.com Syrian League All-Imports Team -11
- Asia-Basket.com Syrian League All-Defensive Team -11
- WABA Club Championships -11 (Finalist)
- Syrian League Regular Season Champion -11

Murray State Racers Open Season with First Practice


The Murray State Racers have officially opened the Steve Prohm era with their first practice of the new season.

Here is more from MSU:

The Murray State men's basketball team took to the floor at the CFSB Center Friday evening for the first practice of the season and joined more than 340 other programs across the country in NCAA D-I doing the same.

The Racers start workouts with new head coach Steve Prohm and an eye on winning their third straight Ohio Valley Conference title and with it, a third straight season of post-season play.

However, on the first day, Prohm wasn't looking that far ahead, but instead was thinking of this practice and anticipated improvement.

“I heard a quote the other day that said, don't just get through practice, get something from practice,” Prohm said. “We want to continue to improve defensively and that will be our emphasis. We want to get our core defense going.”

Prohm has a roster that has an experienced group of veterans that has been with the program over the last several seasons and helped produce 54 wins in the last two seasons. Ivan Aska, Jewuan Long and Donte Poole are the senior trio that will lead the Racers. The Racers will also count on returners Isaiah Canaan, Ed Daniel, Brandon Garrett and Latreze Mushatt.

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Darius Miller Came Out to "Ol' Kentucky" at Big Blue Madness

I thought Kentucky's Darius Miller came out to "In Constant Sorrow" last night at Big Blue Madness.

I was later told on Twitter that the song was actually a rap remix of "Ol' Kentucky" by RobertKicksIt and JayElly:

Billy Kennedy Takes Medical Leave at Texas A&M


New Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is taking a leave from his basketball program while he deals with a medical condition, according to a release from A&M.

"Don't worry, I'll be back soon," Kennedy said in the release.

The release said that Kennedy "will have a series of tests run and be evaluated by his physician before returning."

John Calipari Talks About the "Kentucky Effect" at Madness

University of Kentucky head coach delivered a riveting 12-minute speech about the "Kentucky Effect" at Friday night's Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena:



Some highlights:

- "Wow! What an incredible night to celebrate the things that make our program great, that make the Commonwealth's team the best program in the country."

- "To the thousands here in Rupp Arena, to the millions watching at home, across the state, country and globe - to every member of the Big Blue Nation - my family and I want to thank you for an incredible two years. You have made us a part of your family and Ellen and I appreciate it."

- "We paid tribute to coaches like Rupp, Hall and Smith. We honored legends like Keightley and Cawood." (No Pitino?)

- "We reflected on our revered teams we tell our children and our grandchildren about. Rupp's Runts, the Fab Five, the Unforgettables and the Comeback Cats."

- "A couple of weeks ago you camped out, to camp out, for Big Blue Madness. When we said you couldn't line up by Memorial until a certain day, you lined up across the street! Have I told you that you people are crazy? And how much I love it!"

- "But it hasn't been easy. We have faced our share of challenges. We have had some close calls, some heartbreaking moments. Each was an incredible learning opportunity that strengthened our program and helped us grow as a team."

- "None of it was possible without the players who make this program. As a players-first program, we are here to help them reach their dreams."

- "Two years ago our players broke a barrier when five were drafted in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft. It had never been done before and may never be done again, unless of course we do it!"

- "Another four of them were selected in this June's draft."

- "These players are here to prepare for the rest of their lives. That's why we posted a team GPA of over 3.0 last season. That's why our team was first in the SEC with an APR of 974."

- "This is about reconnecting with past players who have left our campus and achieved excellence. This is about Keith Bogans, Jodie Meeks, Nazr Mohammed, Rajon Rondo, Chuck Hayes and Tayshaun Prince, and everyone else that's put on that Kentucky uniform."

- "Being a Kentucky player isn't easy. You're held to a higher standard both on and off the court. You've got to want this. We choose student-athletes who breathe their dream, who wake up every day with the fire to work harder and longer than they did the day before, to realize their wildest aspirations."

- "They have to be their brother's keeper. They've got to be built for this. They've got to have a mental toughness, a burning desire, a drive that's beyond the norm. You have to be unselfish. We call it being hungry and humble. Can you be the teammate you want to play with? You have to be to play here."

- "We do more than recruit talent. We recruit character. We want good people."

- "Why have we had the number 1 recruiting class three straight years? Because of results."

- "We talk about the Kentucky Effect, that is the Kentucky Effect, having high aspirations and standards in everything you do. The Kentucky Effect is about being the best in all areas. It is pushing and promoting our players and putting them in the best position to reach their dreams. They will in turn help us create the lifelong memories and lift the banners that we all yearn for."

- "We do more than move the needle, we are the needle. ... We Are UK."

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Linwood Ross, Jr. Commits to IUPUI

I was informed by a good source this morning that 2012 guard Linwood Ross, Jr. has committed to IUPUI.

Ross, who becomes the second 2012 commit for IUPUI, is a 6-3 guard from Fort Lauderdale Westminister Academy.

More from Kentucky's Big Blue Madness

Here are some more videos from Kentucky's Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena:

UK Introduces 9 "NBA Cats":



2011 Final Four banner is raised to the Rupp Arena rafters:

Friday, October 14, 2011

Matthew Mitchell Pulls Out All the Stops at Big Blue Madness

UK Hoops coach Matthew Mitchell brings it hard at Big Blue Madness:

Rosters Announced for Big Blue All-Stars vs. The Villains


Jeff Sheppard has announced the final rosters for the upcoming Big Blue All-Stars vs. The Villains exhibition game.

Here is the release:

LEXINGTON, KY (October 14, 2011) -- Jeff Sheppard, former University of Kentucky basketball player and current organizer of the State Farm Big Blue All Stars, is very excited to announce the final team roster of the game on October 24, 2011 at Rupp Arena.

BIG BLUE ALL-STARS

Coach Rex Chapman
Keith Bogans
DeMarcus Cousins
Josh Harrellson
Chuck Hayes
Brandon Knight
DeAndre Liggins
Jodie Meeks
Nazr Mohammed
Enes Kanter
Tayshaun Prince
Rajon Rondo
John Wall

THE VILLAINS

Coach Christian Laettner
Corey Brewer
Kenneth Faried
Rudy Gay
Eric Gordon
Tyler Hansbrough
Shelvin Mack
Zach Randolph
Nolan Smith
Terrence Williams

SI Says Lamb and Kuric at Two of the Nation's Top Shooters


Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated has recognized Kentucky's Doron Lamb and Louisville's Kyle Kuric as two of the top shooters in college basketball for the 2011-12 season.

Here are some excerpts:

#5 Doron Lamb
Fr., Kentucky
Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones were the Wildcats' most-hyped freshmen last season, but Lamb proved to be a highly effective perimeter weapon whom defenses helped off of at their own risk. He made 48.6 percent of his threes (68-of-140) and should be new point guard Marquis Teague's No. 1 option on drive-and-kick passes.

#11 Kyle Kuric
Jr., Louisville
Kuric was an excellent floor-spreading weapon for the Cardinals as a sophomore, making 44.9 percent of his threes. He was somewhat of a one-dimensional scorer, with 59.1 percent of his points coming from beyond the arc.

Complete Rankings

John Calipari Speaks at UK Basketball Media Day







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Complete Transcript of Calipari's Comments

Faried Leads Big Blue All-Stars to Win Over Mid-Continent


Big Blue All-Stars 125
Mid-Continent University 100

Exhibition Final from Mayfield, Kentucky


The Big Blue All-Stars opened the game on a 43-17 run and never looked back as they rolled to a 125-100 victory over Mid-Continent University on Thursday night in Mayfield.

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried "wowed" the crowd of 5,500 fans with numerous athletic dunks and blocked shots. The "Manimal" finished with a game-high 32 points and 12 rebounds.

Ex-Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins finished with 24 points and 21 rebounds. Jodie Meeks added 21 points. Brandon Knight contributed 16.

Maruice Bynum led Mid-Continent with 22 points. Steve McBurrough and Marcus Bowins put in 14 each.

The All-Stars are scheduled to play Kentucky Christian University, St. Catharine College and Kentucky Wesleyan College next week before facing a team of "UK Villains" on October 24.

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Rick Pitino Ready to Coach "Very Talented Team" at Louisville


University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino addressed a sellout crowd of 1,400 supporters at Thursday's U of L tip-off luncheon.

Pitino told the crowd that he has a "very talented basketball team with a very difficult schedule."

Here is an excerpt from the Courier-Journal:

University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino urged the tipoff luncheon crowd assembled Thursday at the Downtown Marriott to forget about recruiting and what the team will look like in the future. This year’s team is worth their full attention.

The Cardinals return seven of their top nine players from last season and added arguably the best freshman class during Pitino’s 11 seasons as coach.

“It really doesn’t concern me with where we’re going to be down the road, what really concerns me is where we are today,” Pitino said. “And where are we today? A very talented basketball team with a very difficult schedule.”

In their nonconference schedule, the Cards will play three teams — Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Memphis — that likely will be ranked in the preseason top 15.


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Video of Pitino's speech from the Courier-Journal:



Pitino speaking to the media (video by CN2):

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera to Announce Decision on Saturday


Louisville recruit D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera will announce his college decision at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Smith-Rivera is a 6-3 guard at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. He ranks No. 22 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Most insiders believe Smith-Rivera will choose Georgetown. He is also considering the Cardinals, Memphis and North Carolina State.

Source

Photo: Rivals.com

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bellarmine Tops DII Bulletin's Preseason Rankings


The Division II Bulletin has ranked Bellarmine University No. 1 in the nation in its preseason rankings.

The Knights, who are defending national champions, are followed by Alabama-Huntsville, BYU-Hawaii, Missouri Southern State and Findlay in the top 5.

Kentucky Wesleyan is No. 20 in the rankings.

Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25

1. Bellarmine
2. Alabama-Huntsville
3. BYU-Hawaii
4. Missouri Southern State
5. Findlay
6. Lincoln Memorial
7. Tarleton State
8. Bowie State
9. Colorado Mines
10. St. Rose
11. Central Oklahoma
12. Alaska Anchorage
13. Southern Indiana
14. West Liberty
15. Queens
16. Indiana (PA)
17. Benedict
18. Georgia Southwestern
19. Metro State
20. Kentucky Wesleyan
21. Humboldt State
22. Augustana
23. C.W. Post
24. Seattle Pacific
25. Winona State

Others to watch: Anderson, Bloomfield State, Dixie State, Drury, Grand Valley State, Limestone, Minnesota State, Pitt-Johnstown, USC Aiken, Stonehill, Texas A&M International.

More from Bellarmine University

Cousins, Wall Invited to Play in Sacramento Exhibition Game


Donte Green of the Sacramento Kings is finalizing plans for an all-star exhibition game in the Sacramento area.

Here is a report from Aaron Bruski on Twitter:

aaronbruski In good news, Kings fans and @dontegreeneCOS have all but setup a charity game in Sacto featuring a who's who of NBA stars.

The list of invited players includes DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Jimmer Fredette, J.J. Hickson, DeAndre Jordan, Hassan Whiteside, Jason Thompson, Isaiah Thomas, and Matt Barnes.

The game is tentatively set for November 13 in Sacramento.

UK Recruits Andrew and Aaron Harrison at Lucas Camp

Here is the latest video of 2013 Kentucky recruits Andrew and Aaron Harrison - this is footage from last weekend's John Lucas Invitational Camp:

Sullinger Has Daily Reminder of Brandon Knight's Shot



According to Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger has a photo on his bathroom mirror of Kentucky's Brandon Knight hitting the game-winning shot in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Here is a post from Lesmerises on Twitter:

PDBuckeyes Ohio State's Jared Sullinger has photo on bathroom mirror of Kentucky's Brandon Knight hitting gamewinning shot in NCAA Tour

SLAM Goes Inside Rajon Rondo's King of the Rock Tourney

SLAM documents the Red Bull King of the Rock one-on-one tourney, with an appearance by former University of Kentucky star Rajon Rondo:

Big Blue All-Stars to Play at Least Three More Games


There will be additional opportunities for fans to watch the Big Blue All-Stars in action as at least three more games have been scheduled.

The All-Stars, a collection of NBA talent from the University of Kentucky and other local schools, will play Kentucky Christian University on Tuesday night in Morehead.

The game, which will serve as a homecoming for former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried, is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at MSU's Johnson Arena.

Players who are expected to play for the All-Stars include Faried, DeMarcus Cousins, Shelvin Mack, Josh Harrellson, DeAndre Liggins, Brandon Knight and Jodie Meeks.

Tickets for the Morehead game are $15 and can be purchased at the Morehead Conference Center.

The Big Big Blue All-Stars are scheduled to play St. Catharine College on Thursday night at Marion County High School. That games will also tip at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for the St. Catharine game can be purchased at the SCC College bookstore, Marion County High School Office or Hibbett Sports in Bardstown.

Finally, the All-Stars will travel to Owensboro for a game against Kentucky Wesleyan College on October 23 at the Owensboro Sportscenter.

Ticket information has not been released on the Owensboro game at this time.

Fans can expect to see plenty of this:

Transylvania Preparing for Three Games in Canada



Transylvania University will head to Canada for three exhibition games over the weekend.

The Pioneers will battle University of Windsor, The University of Western Ontario and University of Calgary in their three-game tour of Canada.

The games will precede a November 2 exhibition game against the University of Kentucky at Rupp Arena.

Upcoming schedule:

Oct. 15 vs. University of Calgary, 2:00 p.m.

Oct. 16 at University of Windsor, 4:00 p.m.

Oct. 17 at The University of Western Ontario, 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 2 at University of Kentucky, 7:00 p.m.

Release from Transy

Walter McCarty Talks About Music Career and More


YouKnowIGotSoul.com recently caught up with former University of Kentucky basketball star Walter McCarty, who is now pursuing a professional music career.

Here is an excerpt:

YouKnowIGotSoul: Your new album “Emotionally” will be releasing soon. What can we expect to find on there?

Walter McCarty: Really just some relaxing music. Music that I know I grew up listening to with real instruments and stuff that’s really real r&b music. Not a lot of digital effects or voices. It’s just really good strong music. It’s something that I had fun recording and writing, but I think this is a strong project.

YKIGS: You released your debut album back in 2003. What type of growth have you experienced in that time period as an artist?

WM: I think in the gap recording between both albums, I think I just really learned the tricks and the trade of mixing and how to record and better ways to write and be successful. Also, going out to L.A. and having the experience of writing with other writers; going out and writing with Harvey Mason Jr., and Tank and guys who have been doing this for awhile. I think just working with them really helped me to learn how to write songs better, how to create songs, how to come up with different ideas, and how to put those ideas on the cd.

YKIGS: You released your first album while you were still playing in the NBA. Do you think this one will be more solid just due to the fact you’re no longer playing and you had more time to focus strictly on music?

WM: Definitely. I think that’s the biggest thing with this album. The first album “Moment for Love” was pretty much a trial run. I had fun recording it and writing music to it, but once basketball started, I was into basketball, there was no promotion and nothing to really push the project. Now for “Emotionally”, the thought behind it was push this project and get it out there and let it ride. I think that’s the difference with both albums. With “Emotionally” I matured so much vocally and just really learning and being confident in the vocal booth and trusting my abilities and creativity.

Interview: After a Successful NBA Career, the “6’10 Crooner” Walter McCarty Enters the Spotlight Once Again

Club 9 Releases Former WKU Star Elgrace Wilborn


Club 9 of Argentina's top-level LigaA league has released former Western Kentucky University star Elgrace Wilborn.

Wilborn played in only three games for Club 9, averaging 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.

Last season, Wilborn averaged 19.0 points, 5.5. rebounds and 3.0 block for Atletico Bigua in Uruguay's top-level Liga Sudamericana.

Source: Eurobasket.com

Kelenna Azubuike to Play in "We Believe" Exhibition Game


Members of the Golden State Warriors' "We Believe" team will play against current Golden State players in an exhibition game on October 29 at the San Jose Event Center.

Former University of Kentucky star Kelenna Azubuike will be playing for the "We Believe" team.

Here's more from Insidebayarea.com:

Among the confirmed players is Jason Richardson -- one of the stars of the "We Believe" team that is now part of Warriors lore after upsetting top-seeded Dallas in the first round of the 2007 NBA playoffs. Matt Barnes, Kelenna Azubuike and Anthony Morrow are also confirmed. Barnes is recruiting Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington for the "We Believe" squad.

Stephen Curry highlights the confirmations from the current Warriors roster. Dorell Wright, Jeremy Lin, Charlie Bell and rookie Jeremy Tyler are also confirmed to play for the 2011-12 Warriors, and Monta Ellis and David Lee are being recruited.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

WKU to Offer a "Black Friday" Ticket Special in November


Western Kentucky University will offer a "Black Friday" special for upcoming basketball and football games in November.

Here are details from WKU:

Bowling Green, Ky. - As part of the "Hilltopper Pride Ticket Campaign", WKU Athletics is offering fans a 2-for-1 Black Friday Special for upcoming basketball and football games in November.

Fans can take advantage of the deal by purchasing tickets to the following events: an $8 bleacher seat to the Lady Topper Basketball game against Duke (Nov. 20, 2 p.m.), or a $10 bleacher seat to the Hilltopper Basketball game against either VCU (Nov. 23, 7 p.m.) or Southeastern Louisiana (Nov. 26, 7 p.m.). Anyone who purchases one of those three tickets will also receive a ticket to the Hilltopper Football finale against Troy at noon on Nov. 26.

Tickets to these or any WKU Athletic event can be purchased by calling the WKU Ticket Office at 1-800-5 BIG RED, or by visiting www.wkusports.com. 

Update on 2012 Kentucky Recruit Anthony Bennett


Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com has an update on 2012 Kentucky recuit Anthony Bennett.

Bennett, a 6-7 forward from Canada, says nine schools still remain on his list. He did have 10, but dropped Missouri because they had too many players at his position.

Kentucky is still very much in the mix.

Here is an excerpt:

Bennett still has not taken the SAT, meaning he is not allowed to take any official visits until then. He said Findlay coach Michael Peck is working on setting up a time and date for the rest.

“Once I take the test, I will be thinking about [visits],” Bennett said.

He trimmed his list to 10 schools late in the summer, and it is still pretty much the same – except for the lack of Missouri.

“They had too many players at my position,” Bennett said. “But it’s a great school and the coaches are cool too.”

The nine schools that remain are: Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio State, Oregon, Pittsburgh, UNLV, Washington and West Virginia.


Anthony Bennett not yet focused on recruiting

Big Blue All-Stars Overwhelm Union College


Big Blue All-Stars 125
Union College 104

Exhibition Final from Somerset, Kentucky


The Big Blue All-Stars jumped out to a 43-13 lead in the first half and never looked back as they rolled to a 125-104 victory over Union College on Tuesday night in Somerset.

Former University of Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins led all scorers with a game-high 40 points.

Morehead State alum Kenneth Faried added 22 points, including several unbelievable dunks.

Tyler Wagner led Union College with 18 points. Ryan Young chipped in 14. Brent Cork and Cody Miller contributed 10 points each.

The All-Stars are now 4-0 on their tour of the state. They will rest today and battle Mid-Continent University on Thursday night at Graves County High School.

Former UK, U of L Stars to Play in Minnesota All-Star Game


Several former University of Kentucky and University of Louisville stars are planning to play in Michael Beasley's All-Star Classic in Osseo, Minnesota on October 21.

Former Kentucky stars John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Keith Bogans are listed on the player roster. Former Louisville players include Derrick Caracter and Earl Clark.

Other NBA players listed are Beasley, Jeff Green, Joakim Noah, Wesley Johnson, Sam Young and Donte Green.

Complete Rosters

Date: October 21, 2011

Time: Doors Open @ 6pm / Tip Off @ 7pm

Place:

Osseo High School
317 2nd Avenue Northwest
Osseo, MN 55369-1000

Orlando Sanchez Says Kentucky on Final List of Schools


According to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com, 6-8 forward Orlando Sanchez is considering the University of Kentucky on his final list of schools.

Sanchez, who will be transferring from Monroe (NY) College, was a member of John Calipari's Dominican Republic National Team this summer.

Here is the post from Zagoria:

AdamZagoria 6-8 Orlando Sanchez of Monroe (NY) College has narrowed his list to UMASS, Providence, LSU, Kentucky, Rhode Island, FIU and Baylor.

More information on Sanchez from the Monroe College site:

#33 Orlando Sanchez
Position:
Height: 6-8
Weight: 200
Class: Freshman
Hometown: Nagua, DR
High School: COLEGIO NUEVA LUZ

Orlando is a complete package-type player. He has good size, can run the floor, can rebound and play defense, and is a game-changing shot-blocker. He can also step out and shoot the three. Coach Brustad said that he expects big things from this big player, who played for the Dominican Republic 21-under team. A versatile athlete on and off the court, Orlando is an avid bike rider, fisherman, and swimmer.

He averaged 15.2 ppg, 5 rpg, 3apg, and 5 bpg for the DR national team

SI Ranks Kentucky's Frontcourt No. 2 in the Nation


Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated has released his "Top 16 Frontcourts" in college basketball.

North Carolina tops his list, followed by the University of Kentucky. Here is what he says about the Wildcats:

#2 Kentucky: Terrence Jones, Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kyle Wiltjer, Eloy Vargas

It wouldn't be a stretch to see a more mature version of Jones contend for the Wooden/Naismith Awards -- unless, that is, he's outshined by Davis, a 6-10 freshman who could very well be the first pick in the 2012 NBA draft. The tenacious Kidd-Gilchirst is expected to be one of UK's best wing defenders from Day 1.

Luke Winn's Top 16 Frontcourts

Derek Willis Picks Up an Offer from Calipari and Kentucky


John Calipari has extended a scholarship offer to Bullitt East High School star Derek Willis.

Here is an excerpt from Courier-Journal.com:

The 6-foot-9 Willis worked out early Tuesday night for Kentucky coach John Calipari and assistant coach Orlando Antigua. West Virginia also had a coach evaluating Willis at the workout.

But the big news of the day came later in the evening from Kentucky when Willis made a call to Calipari.

Bullitt East coach Troy Barr said Calipari extended a scholarship offer Willis, a top-30 prospect in the Class of 2014 and a former Purdue commitment.


Derek Willis lands offer from Kentucky

Willis is a 6-9 power forward who ranks No. 23 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.

Photo: Rivals.com

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Indiana University Self Reports Crean Recruiting Violation


The rumors have been confirmed as Indiana University has self-reported a secondary NCAA rules violation in regards to Tom Crean's illegal contact with 2012 star Gary Harris.

Here is an excerpt from ESPN.com:

Indiana has self-reported a secondary NCAA rules violation by the men's basketball staff involving blue-chip recruit Gary Harris, according to multiple sources.

The school acknowledged to ESPN.com that coach Tom Crean committed the violation while recruiting an unnamed student-athlete in Indianapolis last week.

In a statement released Tuesday, the school said, "Coach Crean immediately reported an inadvertent recruiting contact violation to our compliance office, and we are following our normal procedures."

The school says in its report that Crean visited the unnamed student-athlete at an Indianapolis-area high school on Thursday, Oct. 6. According to the NCAA recruiting calendar, the contact period ended Oct. 5.


Oct. 6 marks the beginning of an evaluation period, which is defined thusly by the NCAA


According to the ESPN.com report, the violations was made public by a Kentucky fan and blogger who works for KentuckySportsNetwork.com.

Harris is a 2012 Kentucky recruit.

Terrence Jones Kills It in "Teach Me Bout Kentucky"

University of Kentucky star Terrence Jones, Wes Grams and Bucknasty with their new song "Teach Me Bout Kentucky":

MSU to Host Morehead Hysteria Event on October 19


Morehead State University has announced plans for their annual Morehead Hysteria event. The event will be held October 19 at Johnson Arena.

Here is a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Eagle fans will get their first chance to see the 2011-12 Morehead State men’s and women’s basketball teams at Morehead Hysteria on Wednesday, Oct. 19. The event is slated for 7 p.m. ET and will be free to the public. Fans can enjoy scrimmages by both teams, as well as a dunk contest and a three-point shooting contest.

"This event is going to be a great way to launch into the 2011-12 season," said athletic marketing and promotions coordinator Keith Nunn. "Morehead Hysteria will be a fun way for fans to rally around their Eagles this season."

The Eagle men’s basketball team returns five letterwinners, including seniors Lamont Austin, Terrance Hill and Ty Proffitt, from one of the most successful season in school history. The 2010-11 Eagles finished 25-10, tying a school record for wins, while also defeating in-state rival Louisville to advance to the third round of the NCAA tournament. Sixth year head coach Donnie Tyndall also led MSU to the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference tournament crown, the second title in three years and fourth overall tournament championship.

Complete release

Kenny "Sky" Walker Makes a New Friend

Former University of Kentucky stars Kenny "Sky" Walker and Cameron Mills visited Marshall County Hospital this afternoon.

While there, they met 11-week old Addy Lassiter, who is destined to be a new member of Big Blue Nation:

Listen to Big Blue All-Stars vs. Union College Live Tonight


Fans who are unable to attend tonight's Big Blue All-Stars exhibition game in Somerset can listen to a live broadcast on the Bulldog Sports Network.

Here is more information from Union College:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union men's basketball team is set to take on the Big Blue All-Stars tonight, and you can listen to all the action live online thanks to the Bulldog Sports Network.

Tip-off for the highly anticipated match-up is set for 7 p.m. at Pulaski County High School, with coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. Matt Mahony will be on the call live from Somerset. To listen to the game live, click here.

Fans are also reminded that updates will be posted to the new Union Bulldogs In Game Twitter account. To follow along, click here.

Report: Tyler White Commits to Northern Kentucky


According to Chas Wolfe of HighMajorScoop, Northern Kentucky has picked up a commitment from 6-1 guard Tyler White from Lima, Ohio.

Here is the post on Twitter:

highmajorscoop 2012/6-foot-1/G/Tyler White from Lima, Ohio has committed to Northern Kentucky University. -VIA a close source.

ESPN lists White as a 6-0 point guard and gives him a scouts grade of 83.

Kentucky Wesleyan is Leaving the Great Lakes Valley Conference



Kentucky Wesleyan College administration has announced that the school is leaving the Great Lakes Valley Conference to form its own NCAA Division II conference.

KWC will be joined in the new conference by Notre Dame College, Ursuline, Cedarville University, Central State University and Urbana University.

It was determined that the Great Lakes Valley Conference no longer matched Wesleyan's needs. With the GLVC expanding further West, it became a financial burden for KWC's athletics programs.

Big Red vs. Big Blue All-Star Game in the Works


Former Western Kentucky University player Ty Rogers is trying to put together an exhibition game that he is calling "Big Red vs. Big Blue."

The planned game will be a battle of former WKU players vs. former University of Kentucky players and is scheduled for October 25 at Diddle Arena.

Rogers says he has commitments from several players already, including NBA players Courtney Lee and Jeremy Evans.

Here is more from WKUHerald.com:

"I had seen all this stuff going on with UK I just started thinking, 'There's no reason not to have that at our school," Rogers said. "We've got athletes just like other places do.

"I made a few phone calls, first to Courtney and Jeremy and they seemed interested. So it just seemed like a good idea. I think it's going to be good for our community and I think it's great for our university as well."

The event itself is not affiliated with WKU in any way. Rogers said he's handling it all by himself. He said he's working with WKU Athletic Compliance to make sure nothing happens that shouldn't happen.

Tickets will go on sale by Friday at the latest, and prices will be "just like a WKU game," Rogers said.


Former WKU star Rogers sets date for 'Big Red vs. Big Blue' game

Big Blue All-Stars Hold Off Georgetown College


Big Blue All-Stars 122
Georgetown College 105

Exhibition final from Maysville, Kentucky


The Big Blue All-Stars held off the Georgetown Tigers 122-105 last night at the Fieldhouse in Maysville.

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried was impressive again as he led all scorers with 32 points. Ex-Kentucky star Jodie Meeks added 30 points, including 7-7 shooting from long range.

DeMarcus Cousins and Brandon Knight chipped in 16 points apiece. Rajon Rondo added 13.

Tyrone Shelley led the Tigers with 28 points, Allan Thomas contributed 20.

The All-Stars head to Somerset tonight for a game against Union College at Pulaski Southwestern High School.

Scoring Stats:

All-Stars

- Faried 32
- Meeks 30
- Cousins 16
- Knight 16
- Rondo 13
- Liggins 8
- Mack 4
- Harrellson 3

Georgetown

- Shelley 28
- Thomas 20
- Hamilton 19
- Craig 15
- Pearson 15
- Middleton 6
- Lockett 2

Monday, October 10, 2011

Walter McCarty Music: "Give Me Your Love"

The latest single from former University of Kentucky basketball star Walter McCarty - "Give Me Your Love":

Kenneth Faried Goes Manimal Mode on UPIKE and ALC

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried was a force to be reckoned with in exhibition games against Pikeville and Alice Lloyd over the weekend.

Here are some highlights - keep in mind - these all came from only two games:

Video: Josh Harrellson Big Blue All-Stars Mix

Here are some highlights of former University of Kentucky star Josh "Jorts" Harrellson:

WKU Announces Plans for Hilltopper Hysteria


Western Kentucky University will signal the start of the 2011-12 men's basketball season with "Hilltopper Hysteria" on Friday night.

Here are some details from WKU:

Hilltopper Hysteria, the annual kick-off event for WKU men's and women's basketball season, will be held this Friday, October 14, from 6:00-9:00 PM at E.A. Diddle Arena. The event will start with a free WKU volleyball match at 6:00 PM and then will continue into Hilltopper Hysteria. Admission for all events is free for everyone.

The first 500 students will receive a free Hilltopper Hysteria t-shirt. The event includes an autograph session with the volleyball team and Hilltopper and Lady Topper basketball teams, individual player and coach introductions, a live men’s and women’s scrimmage and special performances by the Topperettes, the WKU Cheerleaders and Big Red in "The Evolution of Dance.”

Numerous prizes will be distributed throughout the evening, but fans must be present to win. Prizes include the following:

- 32-inch flat screen TV: Four lucky WKU students will have the chance to participate in a dance-off during the volleyball match to win a flat screen TV!

- $100 Gift Card to the WKU Store: Two contestants will have 30 seconds to make a lay-up, free throw, three-pointer and a half-court shot, and whoever makes the most shots wins the gift card!

- Two lucky fans will play the "Minute to Win It" Contest for a chance to win a 15-speed mountain bike courtesy of Pepsi!

For any additional information, please contact the WKU Athletic Marketing office at 745-6048.

Video: 2011-2012 Kentucky Basketball: "The Pursuit For #8"

University of Kentucky fans will love this - more great work by ukcat88fan on YouTube:

John Wall Drops 55 Points in Goodman vs. Drew Rematch


Former University of Kentucky star John Wall scored a game-high 55 points, but the Washington D.C.-based Goodman League were defeated 151-144 in a rematch with the West Coast-based Drew League.

Kevin Durant added 50 points for the Goodman League. James Harden led the Drew League with 48 points.

Here's more from ESPN.com:

Durant had 50 points for Goodman and Harden had 48 to lead the Drew League. But Wall had the play of the night with a 360-degree spin layup in the third quarter. Then, in the fourth quarter, he took a pass from Gary Forbes and converted an alley-oop dunk to tie the score at 125.

On his way down the floor, he stopped and did a quick rendition of the "Teach Me How to Dougie" dance he made famous at a pregame introduction with the Wizards last season.

"He's been doing that all summer and his rookie year," Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan said of Wall. "He's just a terrific player. He's going to be something to reckon with in a couple years."

Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes, playing in his first competitive basketball game in more than three months, was a welcome presence for the Drew League. After getting a last-minute call Saturday to play in the game, he jumped in as a substitute and limited Durant to only 17 points in the second half.


Drew League wins rematch



Sunday, October 9, 2011

Alice Lloyd Had No Answer for Kenneth Faried

Former Morehead State University star Kenneth Faried had a field day in the Big Blue All-Stars' victory over Alice Lloyd College on Sunday afternoon. Here are some highlights of Manimal doing damage to the Knott County Central rims:







Let's take a closer look at that last one:

Big Blue All-Stars Tame Hot-Shooting Alice Lloyd College


Big Blue All-Stars 115
Alice Lloyd College 87

Exhibition final from Hindman, Kentucky


The Big Blue All-Stars pulled away from a hot-shooting Alice Lloyd team on Sunday to pick up a 115-87 victory at Knott County Central High School in Hindman, Kentucky.

The Eagles kept the game close throughout the first half and early in the second, but the All-Stars used combinations of speed, athleticism and shooting to get the victory going away.

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried and ex-Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins were more than smaller ALC team could handle down low. Faried finished with a game-high 33 points and host of crowd-pleasing dunks and blocked shots.

Cousins had 33 points, including three consecutive three-pointers early in the game. Brandon Knight added 12 points, all on three-pointers, Josh Harrellson chipped in 11. Rajon Rondo also contributed 11 points and a vast array of amazing assists.

Casey Dalton led Alice Lloyd with 29 points. Isaac Wilson added 19.

The Eagles nailed an impressive 14 shots from beyond the 3-point arc.

Unofficial scoring stats:

All-Stars (Looks like they missed 2 points somewhere, but you get the idea)

- Faried 33
- Cousins 31
- Knight 12
- Rondo 11
- Harrellson 11
- Mack 7
- Moss 4
- Liggins 4
- Hayes 0

Alice Lloyd

- Dalton 29
- Wilson 19
- Stepp 9
- Muse 8
- Hall 8
- Ailshie 5
- Hayes 4
- Green 3
- Thompson 2

More Dunks from Kenneth Faried and DeMarcus Cousins

Here are some more dunks from last night's Big Blue All-Stars win over the University of Pikeville:

DeMarcus Cousins drives to the paint and finishes strong:



Shelvin Mack hits Kenneth Faried on the baseline:

A Review of the 2012 Recruiting Class

Here is a great review of the 2012 class from FiveStarBasketball.com (several Kentucky and Louisville recruits):

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