Saturday, November 5, 2011

Jodie Meeks Working Hard to Stay in Shape

Former University of Kentucky star Jodie Meeks is working hard to stay in shape as the NBA works through the lockout:



Here is Meeks and former Mr. Basketball Chris Lofton:

Tough Weekend for Mid-Continent University


Mid-Continent continues to struggle early this season as the Cougars went 0-2 at the Joe B. Hall/Denny Crum Classic in New Albany, Indiana.

On Friday night, Indiana University-Southeast (1-1) overwhelmed Mid-Continent 106-88.

Southeast was an impressive 16-37 from the three-point line in the game. They rolled to a 50-35 halftime lead and never looked back.

The Grenadiers placed six players in double figures, led by 19 points from Jake Simpson.

Larry Thompkins II led MCU with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Charles Peden added 18 points and 9 boards. Maurice Bynum contributed 17 points.

This afternoon, Life University defeated the Cougars 89-77.

Life (2-0) shot just under 60% from the field in the first half and took a 53-36 advantage into the halftime locker room. Mid-Continent fought hard in the second half but came up short.

Steve McBorrough had a double-double for MCU with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Charles Peden added 15 points and 10 boards.

P.J. Meyers led Life with 22 points and 6 assists. Andrew Woods chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds.

Mid-Continent (0-4) travels to Williamsburg on Tuesday night for a battle with University of the Cumberlands (2-0).

ESPN Analyst Jay Bilas Watches Kentucky Practice

ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas has been in Lexington to watch the Kentucky Wildcats practice.

CoachCal.com caught up with Bilas:



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Meet Matt Clarke: Antoine Walker's Biggest Fan

Dimemag.com has met a guy named Matt Clarke, who has the "largest collection of Antoine Walker memorabilia in the world."

Here is a picture from Clarke:



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Pikeville Folds in Second Half at Mississippi State


Mississippi State 94
University of Pikeville 70

Exhibition Final from Starkville, Mississippi


Game recap by UPIKE:

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State University put six players in double figures and clamped down defensively in the second half to pull out a 94-70 win over the University of Pikeville Friday night in Humphrey Coliseum.

The Bulldog win came in the final exhibition game for both teams. Mississippi State opens its season on Monday night when it hosts Eastern Kentucky in the 2K Sports Classic.

Pikeville, 1-0 on the regular season, will head home to host the BB&T Classic on Sunday at the East Kentucky Expo Center. The Bears will play Warren Wilson College at 2 p.m. while Alice Lloyd meets Shawnee State in the 4 p.m. contest.

UPIKE played well in the first half. After falling behind 1-0, a jumper by junior Trevor Setty put the Bears in front with 19:19 to play and they maintained the lead for the next 11 minutes. It was extended to six, 14-8, when senior Jamar Board nailed a three with 16:05 to play.

Setty had 18 points in the game while Board tossed in 17. They were the only Bears in double figures in the game.

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Jared Carter Working Out with Summerside Storm


Former University of Kentucky center Jared Carter has been working out with the Summerside Storm, a member of the National Basketball League of Canada.

Carter has not been added to the active roster yet, but coach Joe Salerno says a decision will be made soon.

Here's an excerpt from JournalPioneer.com:

Summerside Storm head coach Joe Salerno said Jared Carter began working out with the team recently, and could be added to the roster.

“He’s (Carter) not on our active roster yet, but he’s here working with the team,” Salerno said. “He’s from Kentucky. He played at the University of Kentucky.

“He actually played for me two years ago in Vermont. He’s a presence. He’s seven-foot-two-inches, 270 pounds. We’ll see what happens with Jared.”


Former University of Kentucky player working out with Storm

Miami-Middletown Surprises Campbellsville at Rio Grande


Miami-Middletown 83
Campbellsville 74

Final from Giovanni's Tipoff Classic in Rio Grande, Ohio


Game recap by CU:

RIO GRANDE, Ohio - Campbellsville University men's basketball did not have the season opener it wanted Friday, falling 83-74 to the University of Miami-Middletown (Ohio) in the Giovanni's Tipoff Classic at the University of Rio Grande.


"We didn't take the game seriously. We tried to talk to our guys about some things that Miami-Middletown did last year. That's all the information we had on them was last year's stats and results. They'd played well against some really good teams. When you approach a game the way we did, you get the result you got," CU head coach Keith Adkins said.

Miami-Middletown hit a pair of 3-pointers to start the game and never looked back for their first win of the season. The lead stretched to 44-30 at halftime and remained double figures for most of the second half. The Tigers chipped away at the deficit in the final 10 minutes, pulling within a basket, 69-67, with 3:41 remaining, but that was the closest CU was all night.

"Defensively we could not get stops when we needed to, and we fouled too much. When you get outscored by 14 at the free throw line you're going to have trouble winning," Adkins said.

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Lindsey Wilson Takes Care of Virginia University of Lynchburg


Lindsey Wilson College 81
Virginia University of Lynchburg 66

Final from Southern Virginia University Classic
in Buena Vista, Virginia


Game recap by LWC:

BUENA VISTA,Va. -- Lindsey Wilson College senior Chase Spreen scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Blue Raiders to an 81-66 win over Virginia University of Lynchburg tonight at the Southern Virginia University Classic.

Spreen narrowly missed his first double-double of the season as the Bedford, Ind. product pulled down a team-high nine rebounds in the win. He finished the night making 8-of-11 shots from the field -- including two of his three three-point attempts -- and eighth of his nine free throws.

Spreen's hot hand was contagious as the Blue Raiders (2-0) as a team shot 53.2 percent (25-of-47) from the field on the night. Lindsey Wilson also connected on half of their 14 three pointers.

Sophomore Chase Cox continued his stellar shooting to start the season with a 4-for-7 performance from beyond the three-point arc. Cox -- who finished with 12 points -- has made 56.3 percent of his threes this season.

Junior Kalen Kimberland and freshman Giorgos Pramagioulis added 10 and 11 points respectively in the win. Pramagioulis finished with a perfect shooting night -- making all three of his shots from the field and all four of his free throws -- in just his second game as a Blue Raider.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Eshaunte Jones, Northern Kentucky Stun West Virginia


Northern Kentucky 77
West Virginia 74

Exhibition Final from Morgantown, West Virginia


Eshaunte Jones nailed a clutch three-pointer with 1.1 seconds remaining and NCAA Division II Northern Kentucky University stunned West Virginia 77-74 in exhibition action on Friday night.

Trailing 74-71, West Virginia's Darryl Bryant drained a three-pointer to tie the game at 74-74.

Northern Kentucky answered at the other end with Jones' game-winner.

Tony Rack led the way for NKU with 21 points, including an outstanding 6-7 from long range. Jones added 15 points and 4 assists. Jon VanHoose scored 12, all on three-pointers. Ethan Faulkner dished out a game-high 5 assists.

Northern Kentucky was 27-50 (54%) from the field and 13-25 (52%) from long range.

Bryant led West Virginia with 24 points. Kevin Jones added 22 and 7 rebounds.

Morehead State Falls to Talented Mountain State in Exhibition


Mountain State University 84
Morehead State University 69

Exhibition Final from Morehead, Kentucky


On paper, it looked to be a difficult match up for the young Morehead State Eagles and looks were not deceiving as a talented Mountain State team soundly defeated the Eagles on Thursday night.

Featuring a lineup that included impressive size and several high-major NCAA DI transfers, Mountain State rolled to an 84-69 win over the Eagles.

Morehead State, who lost All-American Kenneth Faried to graduation, was out-rebounded 47-28 by the athletic Cougars.

After the game, Coach Donnie Tyndall said he hopes his inexperienced Eagles will learn some valuable lessons from the exhibition loss.

"They have no idea what it takes to be successful at this level," Tyndall said of his newcomers after the game. "If a game like tonight isn't a learning experience or a wake up call, I don't know what will be."

Tyndall admitted that Mountain State dominated the game and emphasized that his players must find a way to be tougher.

David Nyarsuk, a 7-1 center, controlled the paint for Mountain State. He led the way with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Kansas State transfer Devon Peterson had 16 points and 6 rebounds, despite playing only 15 minutes due to foul trouble.

Isaiah Hill added 15 points and 9 rebounds for the Cougars. Cam Miller and Mark Williams chipped in 12 points each. Miller dished out a game-high 7 assists.

Senior Terrance Hill led the way for Morehead State with 19 points on 8-22 shooting. Milton Chavis came off the bench to contribute 15 points and 5 rebounds in his MSU debut.

The Eagles threatened to cut the lead to two possessions several times in the second half but failed to get over the proverbial hunt as Mountain State made key plays and scored clutch baskets.

The Cougars shot 51.8% (29-56) from the field, compared to just 37.3% (25-67) for Morehead State.

The Eagles return to action on Wednesday with an exhibition contest against St. Catharine College.

Some Notes:

- Don't be fooled, Mountain State is a very talented NAIA team. They are preseason No. 2 in the nation and will almost certainly compete for a national championship.

- Morehead State's key weaknesses right now are inexperience and post play. The team looked like a group of players who didn't know exactly what to expect in their first games at this level. They will improve and be fine as the season plays out.

- I was impressed with the new digital scoreboards in Johnson Arena. They are visibly pleasing and a great addition to the arena:



- What I was not impressed with was the attendance. What else does the program need to do to appeal to the folks at MSU and in the community? They have been to the NCAA Tournament two of the last three seasons. Morehead State is a legitimate NCAA Division I program - get out and support the Eagles.

- I look for plenty of scoring from Terrance Hill this season. I was also impressed with the potential of Milton Chavis. Once he settled into a comfort zone, he showed the ability to put plenty of points on the board.

John Calipari Delivers National Signing Day Message


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari has delivered a national signing day message over on CoachCal.com.

Here is an excerpt:

I want to wish everyone the best in their decisions. My coaching staff understands as well as anybody that it’s a confusing and challenging process. Kentucky is not for everybody and it isn’t the only school where you can reach your dreams. It is, however, unique.

Before we get to National Signing Day, and as players wind down their decision process, I would hope everyone – players and fans – understand that if you start hearing outlandish things, understand it’s out of desperation. Some of the stuff I’ve heard thrown out there during this recruiting process is ridiculous and crazy.

Desperate people will do and say desperate things. I want everyone to understand that we’re not desperate at Kentucky. We’re not talking about other programs.

If someone asks me about another school or another coach, it’s going to be nothing but positive because we don’t concern ourselves with other programs. What these kids see when they visit here is exactly what they get when they come to play basketball and study at the University of Kentucky.

We don’t guarantee anybody a spot or make any outlandish promises. This is a player-first program built on the foundation of helping these players reach their dreams, but the only way they get there is by working hard and taking advantage of opportunities. Nothing is given here. You earn what you deserve.

Let me leave you with this: If it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably too good to be true. If it sounds too outrageous to be true, it’s probably too outrageous to be true.

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Maze Stallworth Drafted by the Tulsa 66ers


Former Morehead State University star Maze Stallworth was taken by the Tulsa 66ers in last night's NBA Development League Draft.

Stallworth, a good friend of mine, obviously shot up the draft board after his gold medal run with the AllKyHoops.com team at the 2011 Bluegrass State Games.

All kidding aside, congrats Maze and good luck!

Here is a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Former Morehead State men's basketball star Maze Stallworth was selected in the seventh round of the NBA D-League Draft on Thursday by the Tulsa 66ers.

Stallworth, the career leader in three-pointers made at Morehead State, was taken as the 107th overall pick and the 11th choice of the seventh round. He was one of 10 players chosen by the 66ers.

"I am very happy for Maze," said MSU coach Donnie Tyndall, who made Stallworth his first signed recruit in 2006 in his second year at MSU. "I certainly wish him the best and hope everything goes well for him as he embarks on his professional career."

Stallworth finished his MSU career more than 1,000 points and hit a school-record 283 three-pointers. He also holds the school single season mark for treys. He helped guide the 2008-09 Eagle team to its first OVC Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament berth in 25 years.

The 66ers are an affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder. They begin training camp on Nov. 12 and tip off their 48-game 2011-12 schedule on Nov. 25 at the Idaho Stampede.

The NBA D-League is the official developmental league of the National Basketball Association. The 16-team league has teams stretching from Los Angeles to Maine. Jamaal Tinsley of Iowa State was the first overall choice in the 2011 draft.

Former University of South Dakota standout Nate Tibbetts is the head coach of the 66ers. In his first season in 2009-10, he led the 66ers to the D-League Finals.

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Short-Handed Louisville Holds Off Bellarmine in Exhibition


University of Louisville 62
Bellarmine University 54

Exhibition final from Louisville, Kentucky


Game recap by Louisville:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Redshirt junior Jared Swopshire and freshman Chane Behanan had 14 points and nine rebounds each, lifting the No. 9 Louisville men's basketball team to a 62-54 exhibition victory over reigning Division II champion Bellarmine on Thursday night at the KFC Yum! Center.

The Cardinals have high expectations, but are trying to overcome injuries to freshman Wayne Blackshear and junior Peyton Siva.

Bellarmine's veteran lineup, which returned more than 70 percent of its scoring, is a favorite in Division II again this season.

Louisville went on a 9-0 run early in the second half to take a 43-32 lead with 14:20 left. The Knights whittled it down and Jeremy Kendle's second 3-pointer made it 52-49 with 5:46 to play, but they never got any closer.

With just a 1-of-13 performance from beyond the arc, the Cardinals made good use of interior scoring, registering 40 of their 62 points in the paint.

Bellarmine, which is less than 5 miles from Louisville's campus, is 0-12 against the Cardinals (0-4 in exhibition contests).

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"I thought it was really good experience for us to play against five perimeter guys. They are about as difficult a team to guard because of their cutting and passing skills and are as good as you'll find in the country. It was great for us because it takes good communication. It takes bigs having to guard small guys. We were able to make a lot of good offensive plays down the stretch with the game on the line. I was worried about this game, to tell you the truth. I know you think it is just a Division II team but I knew their style of play would give us major problems. Gorgui (Dieng) was going to have to come away. Chane (Behanan) has struggled with coming away and guard the perimeter. (Jared) Swopshire and Russ (Smith) gave us a big lift on offense. Defensively, he (Russ) hurt us a little bit because he lost sight of the ball quite a bit. But both of them gave us a big lift."

- Rick Pitino

Darius Miller Nominated for Lowe's Senior Class Award


University of Kentucky senior Darius Miller has been nominated for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

Here is a little about the award:

Sixty NCAA® men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as candidates today for the 2011-12 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

The 2011-12 candidate class includes three men’s players who were members of last year’s CoSIDA Academic All-American team, one Associated Press All-American and seven players who are on teams ranked in the Associated Press preseason top 25 poll.

Men’s Basketball 2011-12 Candidates

Name Position School
Tim Abromaitis Forward Notre Dame
William Buford Guard Ohio State
Kyle Bullinger Forward Weber State
Scott Christopherson Guard Iowa State
Darnell Gant Forward Washington
Ashton Gibbs Guard Pittsburgh
Drew Gordon Forward New Mexico
Malcolm Grant Guard Miami
Draymond Green Forward Michigan State
Justin Greene Forward Kent State
Reggie Hamilton Guard Oakland
Mick Hedgepeth Forward Belmont
Robbie Hummel Forward Purdue
Bernard James Forward Florida State
Orlando Johnson Guard UC Santa Barbara
Kevin Jones Forward West Virginia
Jarrod Jones Forward Ball State
Quinn McDowell Forward William and Mary
Darius Miller Guard Kentucky
Ronald Nored Guard Butler
Zack Novak Guard/Forward Michigan
Zack Rosen Guard Pennsylvania
Jesse Sanders Point Guard Liberty
Tanner Smith Guard Clemson
Jordan Taylor Guard Wisconsin
Erving Walker Guard Florida
Demetrius Ward Guard Western Michigan
Kyle Weems Forward Missouri State
Chris Wroblewski Guard Cornell
Tyler Zeller Forward North Carolina

Jarnell Stokes Adds UK to List and Will Visit This Weekend


Jarnell Stokes, a 6-8 power forward from Southwind (Tenn.) High School, has replaced UCLA on his list with the University of Kentucky.

Dave Telep of ESPN.com confirmed the news on Twitter:

DaveTelep Jarnell Stokes replaced UCLA with UK on his list and he's on his way to visit Kentucky today.

Stokes is a 5-star recruit and ranks No. 11 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012. He had previously lost connection with UK according to reports, but the relationship has reignited.

Report: Stacey Poole Has Left the Kentucky Team (UPDATED)


According to a report from Adam Zagoria on Twitter, University of Kentucky sophomore Stacey Poole has moved out of Wildcat Lodge and is no longer a member of the men's basketball program.

There has been no official announcement from the university.

Here is the post from Zagoria:

AdamZagoria Kentucky sophomore Stacey Poole has moved out of the players' living area and is leaving the team, UK team source tells SNY.tv.

UPDATE:

Stacey Poole's father tells Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal that Zagoria's report is false and a decision will be made on Monday.

KyleTucker_CJ CJ Blog updated. Stacey Poole Sr., en route to Lexington, says report that his son left UK already is false. http://cjky.it/ryeqwa

Here is an excerpt of the article:

Just spoke to Stacey Poole Sr., who disputes a report this morning by Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv that his son, UK basketball player Stacey Poole Jr., has moved out of the players’ dorm and is leaving the team.

“No, no, no, no,” the father said. “He hasn’t moved out of there. He lives there. That’s false. I’m actually in a layover right now, heading into Lexington so him and I can sit down. We’re going to make the decision this weekend. The decision will be made by Monday.”

Poole Sr. said he advised his son to sit out of Wednesday’s exhibition game against Transylvania, which he did. He was not in even on the bench for the game.


Stacey Poole Jr. left UK? Not so fast

South Carolina Slips By Kentucky Wesleyan in Exhibition


South Carolina 69
Kentucky Wesleyan 59

Exhibition final from Columbia, South Carolina


Game recap by KWC:

Kentucky Wesleyan College had a good first half at South Carolina, but the Gamecocks turned it up in the second 20 minutes.

The Gamecocks went on a big run starting at the end of the first half, and extended it into the first 10 minutes of the second on the way to a 69-59 win at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C.

“We didn't do a good job against their zone in the second half,” KWC coach Todd Lee said. “We hadn't worked on that, and that's the coach's fault.”

The Panthers held a lead late in the first half, 32-26, with 1:04 left. South Carolina finished the half with a 7-0 run, capped off by a contested 3-pointer by Malik Cooke at the horn, giving South Carolina a 33-32 advantage.

Cooke had 11 points for South Carolina. Freshman Anthony Gill led the Gamecocks with 14 points.

When the teams came out of the locker room for the second half, it turned into a South Carolina show.

The Gamecocks' defense picked up, contributing to KWC going scoreless over the first four-and-a-half minutes of the second half.

Meanwhile, the Gamecocks found the shooting range. They went on a 22-6 run over the first eight minutes of the second half to take control.

South Carolina scorched the nets for 54 percent shooting from the floor, hitting 12-of-22 in the second half.

The Gamecocks were also good from long range, hitting 4-of-6 on 3-pointers in the second half.

The Panthers were led by Anthony Young, who had 12 points and eight rebounds.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Several with Kentucky Ties Taken in D-League Draft


The 2011 NBA Development League Draft is complete and several players with Kentucky ties were drafted. Here is a recap:

First Round:

Pick Team Selection School
1 Los Angeles D-Fenders Jamaal Tinsley Iowa State
2 Texas Legends Alando Tucker Wisconsin
3 Maine Red Claws Chris Wright Dayton
4 Sioux Falls Skyforce Gabe Pruitt Southern California
5 Texas Legends Jamal Sampson California
6 Bakersfield Jam Edwin Ubiles Siena
7 Erie BayHawks Cory Higgins Colorado
8 Bakersfield Jam Nayal 'Mac' Koshwal DePaul
9 Erie BayHawks Chris Daniels Texas A&M-CC
10 Fort Wayne Mad Ants Cameron Jones Northern Arizona
11 Tulsa 66ers Curtis Sumpter Villanova
12 Dakota Wizards Osiris Eldridge Illinois State
13 Bakersfield Jam Mustapha Farrakhan Virginia
14 Rio Grande Valley Vipers Tyren Johnson Louisiana-Lafayette
15 Canton Charge Tyrell Biggs Pittsburgh
16 Tulsa 66ers Gary Johnson Texas

Notables:

Round 2: 9 Idaho Stampede Kevin Galloway Texas Southern
Round 3: 9 Idaho Stampede Kendall Dartez Louisville
Round 4: 9 Bakersfield Jam David Palmer Northern Kentucky
Round 4: 12 Texas Legends Vance Cooksey Pikeville
Round 6: 9 Bakersfield Jam Perry Stevenson Kentucky
Round 7: 11 Tulsa 66ers Maze Stallworth Morehead State

Terrence Jones Named to 2011-12 Lute Olson Preseason All-America Team


Kentucky's Terrence Jones has been named to the 2011-12 Lute Olson Preseason All-America Team.

The Lute Olson Award honors the best player who has played at least two season of college basketball.

About the Lute Olson All-America Team and Award:

BOSTON (MA) -- The 2011-12 Lute Olson Preseason All-America team was announced. Rather selecting a first, second, third team and honorable mentions; the Lute Olson All-America squad is just one team.

The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation’s top Division I player who has played at least two seasons with his respective team. Freshmen and first-year transfers can be named to the All-America team, but are not eligible to receive the Player of the Year honors.

The award is named in honor of coaching great Lute Olson, who won 780 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona. During that stretch he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a National Championship in 1997.

2011-12 LUTE OLSON PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Harrison Barnes 6-8 So. North Carolina
Allen Crabbe 6-6 So. California
Aaron Craft 6-2 So. Ohio State
Kevin Foster 6-2 Jr. Santa Clara
Tu Holloway 6-0 Sr. Xavier
Mike Glover 6-7 Sr. Iona
Tim Hardaway 6-5 So. Michigan
Elias Harris 6-7 Jr. Gonzaga
Orlando Johnson 6-5 Sr. UC Santa Barbara
Terrence Jones 6-8 So. Kentucky
Perry Jones III 6-11 So. Baylor
Arsalan Kazemi 6-7 Jr. Rice
Jeremy Lamb 6-5 So. Connecticut
Kendall Marshall 6-4 So. North Carolina
Trevor Mbakwe 6-8 Sr. Minnesota
Khris Middleton 6-7 Jr. Texas A&M
Andrew Nicholson 6-9 Sr. St. Bonaventure
Thomas Robinson 6-9 Jr. Kansas
Jared Sullinger 6-9 So. Ohio State
Jordan Taylor 6-1 Sr. Wisconsin
Tyler Zeller 7-0 Sr. North Carolina

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Samardo Samuels Talks NBA Lockout and More


Former Louisville big man Samardo Samuels has lost $30,000 in salary during the last two weeks of the NBA lockout.

He is currently back in Louisville taking classes and working out.

Robert Bailey of The Gleaner in Jamaica recently spoke with Samuels about the lockout and more. Here is an excerpt:

"Playing basketball is my job and so I have to stay focused on my job," Samuels continued. "The lockout is a strike and so I have to stay focused because I still go to practice and workout and I am still doing my daily routine, and I also get more time to spend with my family."

Samuels, who left college for the NBA as a sophomore, is now back at Louisville University, where he is currently completing his bachelor's degree in communication studies.

"I am pretty close to finishing it because I think I have about three semesters to go. I took one class already and I got like a B in it," said Samuels.

"I have also been working out with the Louisville players and coaching staff here and they have been helpful to me," he said. "Coach Rick Patino has been helping me in getting access to the gym and the weight rooms and so they make my life a bit easier."


Samardo feels NBA lockout drain... Jamaican already loses J$2.5m due to strike

Pitino: Cards Only Have Seven Guys Who Can Play Right Now


Louisville head coach Rick Pitino says the Cardinals "only have seven guys who can play right now" as they prepare to host the Bellarmine Knights tonight at the KFC Yum! Center.

Pitino says the Cards will not be able to press as they normally would and will be greatly limited in what they can do against the defending NCAA Division II national champs.

Here is an excerpt:

“We have no choice; we only have seven guys who can play right now,” Pitino said. “We have to play good position defense. There’ll be no full-court pressure that’s for sure.”

A truly optimistic view would be that the Cards can now emphasize their half-court defensive sets. Bellarmine, the defending NCAA Division II champions, will test U of L in ways that Pikeville could not last week.

Pitino even said he likely won’t get to play freshman center Zach Price a lot because of their motion and cutting.

“They’ve got five guys on the perimeter, they don’t have a low-post game, they just pass, ball fake and cut,” Pitino said. “We’ll give him a shot, but I don’t think it’s too much his type of game.”


Louisville basketball team to show new faces in Thursday's exhibition vs. Bellarmine

Juan Pattillo Invited to Bakersfield Jam Training Camp


Former Western Kentucky University big man Juan Pattillo has been invited to participate in training camp with the Bakersfield Jam.

The Jam, an NBA Development League club, have invited Pattillo, Adrian Thomas, Damian Johnson, Ronnie Aguilar, Brian Butch, Anthony Harris and Adam Koch to camp.

Pattillo, a 6-6 forward, earned the opportunity after an impressive open tryout.

He averaged 13.7 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game during his one season at WKU.

Source

Enes Kanter Talks NBA Basketball, Future in Pro Wrestling


Former University of Kentucky big man Enes Kanter was interviewed recently by the Salt Lake Tribune.

Kanter gave some comments on the NBA, the Utah Jazz, Ricky Rubio and the possibility of a future career as a professional wrestler.

Here is an excerpt:

Which NBA player's given him the best advice: I played with Tyson Chandler and Danny Granger, they helped me a lot. … They just said to 'Go to the basket, go to the basket. Shoot the ball.' When we played — I played with Tyson Chandler, Danny Granger and Ricky Rubio — they all say the same thing. Just go to the basket, no one can stop you, you're too strong.

Confidence level now compared to when he was drafted by Jazz: EuroBasket was very special to me because I finally get to play basketball, play some games. EuroBasket I played with Marc Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, couple other real good players. I saw where I'm at compared to other players. So I'm just going to work hard right now. Right now I feel more confident because I play European basketball and then in L.A. Right now, I'm going to play in Utah with all the other players. I'm feeling so much better.

Taking in the W.W.E. while living in the United States: Yeah, I've been to wrestling three or four times. … Not on TV, I was actually in the place. … It was great. I'm a huge W.W.E. fan. You know my favorite is Undertaker. It was just great. Maybe, I was just thinking, after my basketball career I can be a pro wrestler. … I saw one in Chicago and the other was in Cincinnati or something.


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Shot by Ty Rogers is No. 4 on ESPN's List of Top 3-Pointers

ESPN.com has named the top 3-point shots in college basketball history. They recognize Ty Rogers' last-second bomb that gave Western Kentucky an upset win over Drake in the 2008 NCAA Tournament as No. 4 on the list.



Here is an excerpt:

4. Three defenders and no time on the clock? No problem. Drake saw the play coming. It defended it perfectly. It still didn't matter.

The Bulldogs -- ranked No. 14 in the nation and seeded No. 5 in the first round of the 2008 NCAA tournament -- had just overcome a 16-point deficit in the final eight minutes of regulation when their forward, Jonathan Cox, made two free throws to give them a 99-98 lead.

The inbounds play came from the baseline. Ty Rogers, Western Kentucky's best shooter, took the ball out of bounds. He would have to get up the floor in a hurry to catch and shoot in time, but the Hilltoppers would try to find him; Drake had to be sure of that. When guard Tyrone Brazelton caught the ball and raced (much like Drew Nicholas before him) across the floor to the right side of the 3-point arc, Rogers had indeed caught up, but Drake saw the play the whole way. Brazelton handed the ball off, and three Drake defenders stood in a two-foot radius of Rogers -- close enough to challenge the shot, but not so close as to risk a foul.

The impressive read didn't make a difference. Rogers caught the ball and launched a 26-foot 3-pointer with three defenders in his face, one of the most thrilling and unlikely buzzer-beaters in NCAA tournament history.


Top 3-point shots in NCAA history

Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: NBA D-League Draft Edition


Wednesday's Top 5:

- Kentucky struggled a bit, particularly in the first half, but overwhelmed Transylvania University on Wednesday night.

- Former UK star Antoine Walker will receive probation and be forced to pay restitution for gambling debts in his bad checks case.

- John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are planning to play in the "2011 Goon Squad Classic" later this month.

- UK sophomore Stacey Poole thanked Kentucky fans on Twitter and did not dress for last night's exhibition game. His future at UK is in question.

- Patrick Patterson will be signing autographs at the Huntington Mall on Saturday.

Wednesday's Scoreboard:

- University of Kentucky 97 Transylvania University 53 (Exhibition)
- Wilberforce University 79 Asbury University 68
- Eastern Kentucky 70 University Urbana 59

On Thursday, Get Ready For:

7:00 p.m. NBA D-League Draft
7:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at South Carolina (Exhibition)
7:00 p.m. Bellarmine University at University of Louisville (Exhibition)
7:45 p.m. Mountain State at Morehead State University (Exhibition)*

* Allkyhoops.com will be at this event

Recruiting News:

- Rick Pitino watched 2012 forward Ryan Taylor on Tuesday night.

- 2012 star T.J. Warren chose North Carolina State on Wednesday.

- 2012 big man Mitch McGary will announce his college choice on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. ET.

The Buzz:

- The 2011 NBA Development League Draft gets underway at 7:00 p.m. ET tonight. My man Maze Stallworth from Morehead State University is in the draft pool.

Video of the Day (Bob Huggins talks about playing NKU on Friday night):

John Calipari Says Kentucky Has "A Ways to Go"

Here is University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari talking about last night's exhibition win over Transylvania:



Transcript via UK:

Q. What did you get out of tonight?

COACH CALIPARI: We have a long way to go. I think everyone knows it. We've got a couple guys that play with great intensity. They're going to have to spend a lot of time on the court. That's just how it is. Mad, sad, happy, unhappy, they're going to have to be on the floor a lot because they have that intensity you need to win.

The good news is everybody in this building saw it, anybody that watched it on TV saw it. They also see we're not tough enough. First half, we couldn't post up. We couldn't go in the post and hold a position.

Again, Coach (Brian) Lane, I told those guys after, ‘Brian, you should be proud of them.’ They didn't back away. They started that game, made shots, played with unbelievable emotion, played harder than us, got every loose ball, took charges, did everything they had to do to stay in the game. Here we are with a big height advantage. I think probably five of our first six shots were 3s.

Am I missing something here? But that's what happens when you have a lot of young guys or guys that aren't playing with that fire that you got to play with. They'll settle.

Why you settle for 3s? It's easier. Go in there and get pushed and shoved and grabbed and hit? Stay right out here and shoot this. I hope it goes. If it doesn't, I'm good.

We got a ways to go. Marquis Teague played a good game for a point guard first time out. Showed some good poise. Missed some shots. But that's not what he's going to be doing for us. What he's going to be doing is nine assists, two turns, in a game where he played a lot of minutes and we were flying up and down the court.

I thought we were in shape until we played this thing. We didn't look like we were in very good shape, so we got a lot of work to do there. Defense, we didn't talk. Like I said, there are 60 teams right now, maybe more, that we could not beat if we had to play today. Thank goodness we got another couple weeks before we got to play another game, a real game.

Q. How about Anthony Davis and the way he could contest and block 3 point shots? How is his ankle?

COACH CALIPARI: He's cramped up. It wasn't his ankle. He got cramps because he's not used to running that hard. That's why I was laughing when we carried him off.

He's good. But physically, you know, we got to figure out how we play him, where we put him where he can have success. Just throwing him in the post, say, ‘Here, post up, Shaq.’ That's not who he is. I mean, he couldn't do it today.

Made one play where he went back to his left hand. It looked pretty good. There were others he couldn't get the shot off. The guy was 6'5", 6'4" guarding him.
We have to figure out how to use him. When you end up with a game with eight blocks, pretty good stuff. We only had eight turnovers. They played the way they had to play. They sagged. They're not going to spread out. They're going to sag. Guess what? They're not the only team that's going to play us that way. There's going to be a lot of teams playing us that way.

Q. What do you think Michael Kidd-Gilchrist gave you?

COACH CALIPARI: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist? Obviously, you watched the game. He was the difference in what happened. He did what I knew he would do. I would say, looking at today, he's a starter because you have to have him start the game. Can't start the game like we did today. That's what I would say.

I'll watch the tape and watch the game.

But I think he solidified one spot with great intensity and fire, which is what we were looking for. He goes for 19 (points), seven rebounds, five assists, 9-for-12 from the floor in 25 minutes. I took him out in the first half because he had two fouls. I want those guys to know, ‘You got two (fouls), I'm not going to play you.’ Then because I wanted him to get more minutes, I put him for about four or five minutes with two fouls. Normally, I wouldn't do that.

Q. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist gave you a big spark off the bench. Why not use him in that sense?

COACH CALIPARI: Because you can't start a game down. We should be a good starting team. Then you go to your bench. We should be able to get another boost because those guys should be going against a second line player from another team who isn't as good as they are or a player from another team that's a little tired after four or five minutes.

Again, I don't know who our starting five will be. But I would guess after today Michael will be one of them.

Q. How pleased were you with the way Darius (Miller) played? When Darius came in, he played inspired ball.

COACH CALIPARI: Yeah, he did. He played good. I thought Doron (Lamb) played good.

Again, I got to watch the tape. We just have to be a better team together. We have to play off of one another. We can't worry about where I'm playing.

I think we thought we were going to win by a hundred. I was so happy the game was close. I was so happy the start was what it was. Then when we started separating, they came back and tied it up again. I was loving it. It's a teaching tool. It's a chance for me to talk to them about, you know, look, they're a good team, but they're Division III, but they're a good team. But c'mon, think about where we are as a team right now.

That's basically what I said to them after.

Q. What did you think defensively from your guys?

COACH CALIPARI: I'm going to have to watch the tape and really see.

Because we had so many blocks, it kind of covers some of the breakdowns. I do know this: we switched, which I do want to do with this team because we got a lot of guys that look the same. But we didn't switch the right way.

Now, I cannot blame them because we haven't worked on it much, so... If we're going to switch and do those things, we're going to have to work on it.

Q. Did you see anything about how you were playing that was a little bit alarming to you or is this exactly where you knew they were?
COACH CALIPARI: It's always alarming to me. I'm an alarmist.

We got a lot of work to do. I wish it was easy. Just put a group of guys together, a bunch of freshmen, you throw them together and they just play. That's not how it works. Got a lot of work to do. Got a lot of work to do defensively, conditioning, toughness, execution, understanding you can't settle. It's Nov. 2. I've had them for two weeks. Think about that. Had 'em for two weeks.

Still like my team. But I got a lot of work to do. I thought it was going to be easy. It's not going to be easy. It's going to be hard.

Q. What can you tell us about Stacey Poole, whatever his situation is?

COACH CALIPARI: We don't have any roster changes, so there's nothing to talk about right now, so... All right. Thanks, folks.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Kentucky Struggles, Eventually Pulls Away from Transylvania


University of Kentucky 97
Transylvania University 53

Exhibition Final from Lexington, Kentucky


The Kentucky Wildcats did not play well, particularly in the first half, but still managed to roll 97-53 in an exhibition game against crosstown Division III foe Transylvania University.

"We have a long ways to go," Kentucky head coach John Calipari said after that game.

Transylvania took an early 11-4 lead before falling behind 37-23 at the half. A more focused Kentucky team overwhelmed the smaller Pioneers in the second half.

Terrence Jones led the way for Kentucky with a game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds. Doron Lamb and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 19 points each.

Calipari praised Kidd-Gilchrist after the game, adding that he likely locked down a starting spot with his "intensity and fire."

Marquis Teague just missed a double-double with 14 points and 9 assists for the Wildcats. Anthony Davis struggled offensively but finished with 8 rebounds and 8 blocked shots.

Tate Cox led Transy with 15 points. Barrett Meyer added 13 and Ethan Spurlin chipped in 12.

Kentucky returns to action on Monday when they host Morehouse College for an exhibition game.

Notes:

- Stacey Poole did not play and was not with the team tonight. His future at UK is in doubt.

- Kentucky did not play well. The Wildcats look very much like a young team in early November.

- The bigger, more athletic Wildcats out-rebounded Transy 45-27.

- Anthony Davis and Kyle Wiltjer were weak with the ball in tonight's game. Davis was stripped several times and both players struggled to establish offensive position against the smaller Pioneers.

EKU Takes Care of Urbana in Exhibition Contest


Eastern Kentucky 70
Urbana 59

Exhibition final from Richmond, Kentucky


Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Junior Mike DiNunno and freshman Eric Stutz scored 14 points apiece to lead four Colonels in double figures as the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team defeated Division II foe Urbana, 70-59, Wednesday night in McBrayer Arena. This was the Colonels’ only exhibition game of the preseason.

DiNunno directed the team from the point guard position for most of the night and flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 14 points, eight assists and eight rebounds. Stutz scored 10 of his 14 points in a strong first-half performance.

Senior Jaron Jones (12 points) and freshman Timmy Knipp (10 points) also contributed in the winning effort.

The Colonel defense stifled Urbana all night, holding the Blue Knights to just 37.3 percent (22-of-59) shooting from the field. Sharif Muhammed led Urbana with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Ramel Mitchell chipped in with 12 points.

A pair of freshmen, Stutz and Knipp, scored EKU’s first 12 points of the game, as back-to-back three-pointers by Knipp gave the Colonels an early 12-5 lead at the first media timeout. Free throws by Jaron Jones, a jumper by senior Joshua Jones and a layup by DiNunno extended EKU’s lead to 18-5 in just a two-minute span.

A three-pointer by Josh Brown brought Urbana to within six, 20-14, with 7:29 remaining in the first half, but a late run by EKU, capped by a DiNunno jumper with less than two minutes on the clock, sent the Colonels into the locker room at halftime up by 14, 37-23.

Complete Recap

Asbury Falls to Wilberforce on Opening Night


Wilberforce University 79
Asbury University 68

Final from Wilmore, Kentucky


Game recap by Asbury University:

WILMORE, Ky. – A second-half comeback was not in the cards for the Eagles as the men dropped their season opener for the fifth consecutive year, 79-68 to Wilberforce University (Ohio). The Eagles have dropped four straight home openers as well.

The game swayed back and forth much of the first half, with six ties and eight lead changes. The Eagles (0-1) would lead for a total of 10:54 in the first half, but would never lead in the second. Asbury would tie the game out of the half at 36-36, but the Bulldogs would take the lead back on a jumper by Ronald Hightower just 18 seconds later, and would never surrender it back.

Wilberforce’s Darius Foster and Chris Olafioye proved to be forces against the Eagles, scoring 21 and 18 points respectively. Foster knocked down 3-of-7 from three-point range and nine-of-19 from the floor. Olafioye connected on seven-of-13 from the floor and hit on four-of-five from the free throw line.

The Eagles could not get it going on the inside on the night, despite starting forwards Dakotah Euton and Justin Jones scoring 13 and 12 points. The duo combined to shoot 10-of-26 from the floor. Euton was three-of-six from long range but Asbury scored only 16 points in the paint, Wilberforce scored 34. Jones would also grab a game-high 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season, he had six last year and now has 10 in his career.

Complete Recap

Antoine Walker to Receive Probation for Bad Check Charges


As part of a plea agreement, former University of Kentucky star Antoine Walker will receive probation and be ordered to pay restitution to three casinos he has an estimated $750,000 in gambling debts with.

Here is more from Lasvegassun.com:

The sentencing for professional basketball player Antoine Walker, who pleaded guilty in June to felony bad check charges, has been delayed a week.

As part of a plea agreement, Walker will receive probation and be ordered to pay restitution to three casinos he has an estimated $750,000 in gambling debts with.

Walker lives in Chicago and has had trouble connecting with the state’s division of parole and probation for an interview required before he can be sentenced, his attorney Jonathan Powell told Judge Valerie Vega on Tuesday morning.


Former NBA player Antoine Walker to get probation on bad check charges

Additionally, Walker's ex-lover, Donna Grant, claims she's trying to collect back child support from the Idaho Stamped forward.

According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times:

FORMER NBA star and native Chicagoan Antoine Walker was in court this week for allegedly not paying child support in over 2½ years to his ex Donna Grant. He recently got his court notice while partying at a local nightclub, his ex says. Grant also contends she had been trying to get him in court since May. In 2009, it was reported that the NBA star was broke and in debt.

Terrence Williams is Ready to Play Some Basketball


Former University of Louisville star Terrence Williams is ready for some NBA basketball.

Earlier today, he posted on Twitter:

therealtwill Hey @TheNBPA Let's play BALL enough with the stare off

Rick Pitino Watched Ryan Taylor on Tuesday Night


University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino checked out 6-6 wing Ryan Taylor on Tuesday night.

Here's more from Jody Demling:

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino called in for his radio show on Tuesday night because he was on the road recruiting.

Pitino was checking out a prospect that U of L fans will remember – Ryan Taylor.

The former U of L commitment played his senior season of high school at Louisville Western but had some academic issues and never signed with the Cardinals.


Pitino watches Ryan Taylor

Photo: Rivals.com

Wall, Cousins to Play in "Goon Squad Classic"


Former University of Kentucky stars DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall will join several other NBA players in the "Goon Squad Classic" exhibition game.

The game will take place November 20 at UC Davis.

Here is more from Aroyalpain.com:

What started off as a fan idea and grew into a few Sacramento Kings playing in a pick-up game has turned into quite a big name tilt. In addition to a handful of Kings, which includes DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans, Donte Greene confirmed that vaulted Kings rookie Jimmer Fredette will be taking the court for the first time in Sacramento – something King fans have been anticipating since the June draft. The Kings other two rookies, Isaiah Thomas and Tyler Honeycutt will both be taking part as well.

In addition to the Kings near roster taking part, NBA superstars like John Wall and Kevin Durant have now confirmed their participation in the charity event (Wall was on-board the the first night) and the rosters are still far from complete, so you’ll be seeing more players added as the date draws even closer.


Jimmer Fredette, Kevin Durant To Play In Sacramento’s Goon Squad Classic

Stacey Poole Thanks Kentucky Fans on Twitter


University of Kentucky sophomore Stacey Poole thanked Kentucky fans for their support on Twitter earlier today.

There are rumors that Poole is considering a transfer from Kentucky but no announcements or decisions have been announced at this time.

Poole posted on his Twitter account:

DeuceyDeuce Thanks for all the support from the #BBN an to everbody out there thats supporting me, This is my decision an im going to make it! If u have nothing good to say dont hit my TL

DeuceyDeuce Thanks #bbn for all the support!

Georgetown Survives Long Range Assault by IU-Southeast


Georgetown College 100
Indiana University Southeast 92

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky


Game recap by GC:

Early in the first half, Georgetown College men's basketball team opened a 25-12 lead and it seemed to be headed in the direction of the first two games, blowouts. But, Indiana University Southeast had other ideas. The Grenadiers (0-1) went small and began to live and die by the three.

Unfortunately for the Tigers (3-0), IUSE was living very well. It got as close as two with just less than five minutes to play. Georgetown hung on though, and weathered the deep threats in the 100-92 win. IUSE was 19-of-51 from deep for 57 of its points.

Maurice Pearson dropped his second double-double with 31 points and 15 rebounds, both of which were career highs for the senior. He snagged six offensive boards and nine defensive, also career highs. He also went nine-of-12 from the free throw line, bouncing back from his 7-of-14 performance at the stripe Sunday.

Allen Thomas and Tyrone Shelley contributed 17 points each, Aaron Morris had 11 and Russ Middleton and Garel Craig each had 10. Craig, who battled foul trouble all night, and Middleton did most of their damage in the final few minutes, keeping the Tigers out in front despite the last few threes from IUSE.

Richmond native, Morris went four-of-five from the field and was also critical down the stretch from the foul line. The senior was three-of-three in the final 1:03 of the game.

Shelley added seven assists and nine rebounds, finishing every so close yet again to a triple-double.

The Tigers return to action Saturday against Florida Memorial following the women's game against William Carey University. The women are set to tip at 5 pm.

Complete Recap

Lindsey Wilson Pulls Away from Union in Second Half


Lindsey Wilson College 78
Union College 59

Final from Columbia, Kentucky


Game recap by LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- What was on display in the second half of the Lindsey Wilson College men's basketball opener against Union (Ky.) College on Tuesday did not mirror the first-half action.

After going into halftime tied at 26 with the Bulldogs, the Blue Raiders came out in the second half and simply routed Union for a 78-59 win at Biggers Sports Center. The second half was all Lindsey Wilson as it outscored Union 52-33 behind five three-pointers from sophomore Chase Cox.

Cox led all scorers in the game with 17 points, while senior Chase Spreen and junior Kalen Kimberland each added 13 points and senior Justin Archie tallied 12.

Union was led by Josh Hurd's 12 points, while Ryan Young backed him up with nine and Cody Miller and Brent Cork each added eight points on the night.

Holding onto the basketball and knocking down seven threes were huge for the Blue Raiders as they didn't help themselves on the glass, losing the rebound battle 40-36 despite getting a team-high eight boards from Spreen.

The solid outside shooting, combined with just 14 turnovers helped Lindsey Wilson take care of business in the second half as Union struggled against the Lindsey Wilson pressure, turning the ball over 22 times with just 11 assists.

While the second half provided plenty of excitement, including a dunk by senior Charles Baker that nearly brought the house down, the first half couldn't have gone much worse for either team.

Complete Recap

Patrick Patterson Appearing at Huntington Mall on Saturday


Former University of Kentucky star Patrick Patterson will be signing autographs at the Huntington Mall on Saturday, November 5.

Here's more from Wowktv.com:

Former Huntington High School basketball player turned NBA player, Patrick Patterson, will be signing autographs at the Huntington Mall Saturday, Nov. 5.

The autograph session is slated from 2-4 p.m. at Collectibles Etc., according to the news release.

During Patterson's high school career, he helped lead the Huntington High School to three state championships and was named a McDonald's All-American. Patterson then played for the University of Kentucky and after that was picked #14 overall in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets.


Patrick Patterson To Sign Autographs at Huntington Mall Saturday

Behind the Scenes of John Wall's Dimemag Cover Shoot

Here's a behind the scenes look at John Wall's recent cover shoot for Dime Magazine:



Here's the cover:

Who Would Win a Game of 1-on-1: Kobe or LeBron?

NBA stars were asked recently who would win a game of 1-on-1 between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James - John Wall was the only player who chose James:

Austin Peay Expecting Big Things from John Fraley in 2011-12


Austin Peay and head coach Dave Loos are expecting big things from center John Fraley this season.

Fraley, who came to Peay from Heritage Christian Academy in Hopkinsville, should be one of the OVC's best big men in 2011-12.

Here's more from TheLeafChronicle.com:

The John Fraley that's now a senior center for Austin Peay in the OVC is a long way removed from the senior high school center who dominated at Heritage Christian Academy in Hopkinsville, Ky., and in the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association.

"He's come a long, long way from the first time I saw him," Govs coach Dave Loos said. "He's been especially good around the basket in our preseason practices. He's really been active around the basket. He's been very good on the offensive boards and he's rebounded it pretty well. He didn't have huge numbers (at our scrimmage Sunday), but that's because some other guys finally got involved. But he's light years ahead of where he was when we first saw him."


Fraley's journey not over

Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Stacey Poole Rumors Edition


Tuesday's Top 5:

- Kentucky sophomore Stacey Poole (and/or his father) is reportedly considering a transfer from UK.

- Louisville freshman Wayne Blackshear may return to the lineup in 6-8 weeks following surgery; junior point guard Peyton Siva has a concussion.

- John Wall is planning to play in an upcoming charity game in Memphis; the game is being put together by Rudy Gay.

- Bellarmine University tops the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll heading into the season.

- Former UK stars Joe Crawford and Ramel Bradley are doing a number on the competition in Israel's top-level Premier League.

Scoreboard:

- Marshall University 65 Northern Kentucky University 55 (Exhibition)
- Georgetown College 100 IU-Southeast 92
- University of the Cumberlands 97 Bluefield College 87
- Alice Lloyd College 94 Kentucky Christian University 72
- Lindsey Wilson College 78 Union College 59
- Missouri Baptist 92 Mid-Continent University 85

On Wednesday, Get Ready For:

7:00 p.m. Transylvania University at University of Kentucky (Exhibition)
7:00 p.m. Wilberforce University at Asbury University
7:00 p.m. Urbana at Eastern Kentucky University (Exhibition)

Recruiting News:

- Arizona has offered a scholarship to 2014 forward Ray Kasongo of East Ridge High School.

- Seton Hall has offered 2012 center Jaleel Cousins, the younger brother of DeMarcus.

- Trinity's Troy Saxton has committed to the University of Alabama in Huntsville (NCAA DII)

- Shabazz Muhammad was at UNLV to watch their scrimmage last night.

The Buzz:

- Former UK star Patrick Patterson will be signing autographs at the Huntington Mall on Saturday. Check article later today for details.

- Tubby Smith says Minnesota is going to run up and down the floor and play a much faster style of basketball this season. I feel like I've heard that some place before.

- Perry Central's Jaysean Paige, a transfer from New York, was scheduled to have his KHSAA appeal heard yesterday. No word on a decision, yet.

- Karen Sypher is reportedly writing a book in prison. The title? How about: "Raped and Railroaded: The Karen Sypher Story." Really?

Schedule for the KBA Preseason Showcase in Rupp Arena on November 25:

9:00 a.m. Bluegrass United vs Somerset Christian
10:15 a.m Deming vs Trinity Christian
11:30 a.m. Paris vs Garrard County
12:45 p.m. Cooper vs Bracken County (girls)
2:00 p.m. Livingston Central vs Beth Haven
3:15 p.m Montgomery County vs Sheldon Clark
4:30 p.m St. X vs Henry Clay
5:45 p.m Findlay Prep vs La Lamire
7:15 p.m. Southwestern vs LaRue County
8:30 p.m. Lafayette vs Butler

Pairings for the Fast Lane Classic at Sheldon Clark High School on November 26:

10:30 a.m. - Russell vs Logan (WV)
12:00 p.m. - Betsy Layne vs Bryan Station
1:30 p.m. - Madison Central vs Jeffersontown
3:00 p.m.- Louisville Trinity vs Bullitt East
4:30 p.m. - Sheldon Clark Lady Cards vs TBA (Girls)
6:00 p.m - Shelby Valley vs Mingo Central
7:30 p.m. - Sheldon Clark vs Buckhorn
9:00 p.m. - Perry Central vs Rowan County

Video of the Day (don't be THAT fan):

Stacey Poole's Father Encouraging a Transfer from UK


Stacey Poole's father is apparently unhappy with his son's playing time at the University of Kentucky.

According to the elder Poole's comments to Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal, he is trying to convince his son to transfer away from Kentucky.

Here is an excerpt from the Courier-Journal:

The father said no final decision has been made, but it will likely come soon. He wants to sit down in person with his son and come up with a plan.

“I want to look in his eyes and see what’s what,” he said. “At the end of the day, I’m going to make the call. He’s 20, but he’s still a kid. Four years from now, he can blame his father if it doesn’t work out.”

He said his son is upset with him for how vocal he’s been about his displeasure. He said Calipari is aware of his wishes after a recent phone conversation between them.

“Cal said, ‘It just doesn’t seem like he’s as focused as he should be.’ I said, ‘He’s probably not because this is what I’ve been talking to him about,’ ” Poole Sr. said. “Cal said it’ll be all right, that he just has to keep fighting. He’s done that, but he just doesn’t look confident anymore. He looks scared to make a mistake.


Poole's father wants to discuss possible transfer from UK basketball

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Good News, Bad News for the Louisville Cardinals


University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino delivered some bittersweet news on Tuesday.

The good news is that freshman Wayne Blackshear may possibly return to the action in 6-8 weeks. It was originally thought that Blackshear would miss the entire 2011-12 season with a torn labrum.

Unfortunately, the injury news for Louisville isn't all good. Pitino also said junior point guard Peyton Siva has suffered a concussion and will miss Thursday night's exhibition against Bellarmine.

Junior forward Mike Marra is also expected to miss the Bellarmine game as he continues to nurse a back injury.

If nothing changes, the Cardinals will be with Siva, Marra, Blackshear, Stephan Van Treese and Rakeem Buckles on Thursday.

My thoughts: The short-handed Cards are going to have their hands full against the Kinghts. It would not (and should not) be shocking at all if Bellarmine pulls an exhibition upset.

Hopefully the Cards can get back to full strength soon.

Kentucky Players Discuss First Exhibition Game

Here are some videos of Kentucky's Marquis Teague and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist talking about tomorrow's exhibition game against Transylvania University (videos by uknationofblue on YouTube):



John Wall Plans to Play in Rudy Gay's Exhibition Game


NBA star Rudy Gay announced earlier today that he is hosting a charity basketball game on November 8 at the DeSoto Civic Center in Memphis.

Former University of Kentucky star John Wall is expected to play in the game.

Here is more from 3sob.com:

Rudy Gay announced today that he is hosting a charity basketball supporting his charitable foundation on Nov. 8th at the DeSoto Civic Center. Tipoff is scheduled at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale at 10:00 am Wednesday at the DeSoto Civic Center or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

It's not exactly the NBA but Zach Randolph, O J Mayo, John Wall, Kevin Durant and Josh Smith have already said they will be participating. Hopefully more of the Grizzlies will sign on as well.


Rudy's Bringin Pro Ball Back to Memphis

Marshall Overcomes Halftime Deficit to Defeat NKU


Marshall University 65
Northern Kentucky University 55

Exhibition Final from Huntington, West Virginia


The Marshall Thundering Herd overcame a halftime deficit to pick up a 65-55 victory over Northern Kentucky University on Tuesday night.

Trailing 32-25, Marshall's Shaquille Johnson nailed a jumper to end the first half. The Herd then opened the second half on a 25-3 run to take a 52-35 lead with 9:41 remaining in the game.

The Norse managed to cut the lead to 9 but failed to get any closer.

Johnson led Marshall with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Justin Coleman added 15 points. Dennis Tinnon chipped in a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

John VanHoose paced NKU with 17 points. Former Elliott County point guard Ethan Faulkner had an impressive all-around performance with 6 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals.

Northern Kentucky shot just 20-60 (33.3%) from the field and 10-34 (29.4%) from long range. They were out-rebounded 48-30 by the Thundering Herd.

Bellarmine Tops NABC/Division II Coaches Poll


Bellarmine University is the top-ranked team in the newly released NABC/Division II Coaches Poll.

Kentucky Wesleyan College will enter the season at No. 15.

Northern Kentucky University is outside of the top 25, but did earn 5 points.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Nov. 1, 2011 – Pre-Season Poll)

1. Bellarmine, Ky. (8) 33-2 200 2
2. Alabama-Huntsville 29-5 187 7
3. BYU-Hawaii 22-9 179 NR
4. Missouri Southern 26-5 166 9
5. Lincoln Memorial 27-3 153 10
6. West Liberty, W.Va. 33-1 142 1
7. Findlay 24-4 130 NR
8. Tarleton State 24-6 124 17
9. Bowie State 23-6 121 19
10. Metropolitan State 22-8 118 NR
11. Central Oklahoma 30-4 112 4
12. Southern Indiana 24-6 105 12
13. Benedict 21-8 100 24
14. Humboldt State 26-4 73 6
15. Kentucky Wesleyan 19-10 72 NR
16. Augustana, S.D. 18-9 69 NR
17. Alaska-Anchorage 24-10 68 NR
18. Colorado Mines 25-6 61 20
19. Indiana, Pa. 26-6 57 21
20. Saint Rose, N.Y. 22-9 50 NR
21. Georgia Southwestern 20-9 48 NR
22. Seattle Pacific 20-10 40 NR
23. Massachusetts-Lowell 20-10 28 NR
24. Arkansas Tech 25-6 22 14
25. Queens, N.C. 21-8 20 NR

Others receiving votes: Winona State (Minn.) 18, LIU-C.W. Post (N.Y.) 17, Limestone (S.C.) 15, Hillsdale (Mich.) 11, Central Missouri 10, Montevallo (Ala.) 10, Rollins (Fla.) 10, Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 8, Bentley (Mass.) 7, Cal Poly Pomona 7, Grand Valley State (Mich.) 7, West Texas A&M 7, Clayton State (Ga.), Florida Southern 5, Northern Kentucky 5, Drury (Mo.) 4, Harding (Ark.) 4, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 3, Bloomfield (N.J.) 2.

Arizona Offers 2014 Star Ray Kasongo of East Ridge High School


I was told by a good source last night that 2014 forward Raynold Kasongo picked up an offer from Arizona yesterday.

The 6-8 Kasongo is now attending East Ridge High School.

Kasongo has also heard from several other schools recently including Cincinnati, Maryland, West Virginia and Indiana.

Additional UK Basketball Tickets Available for Upcoming Games


The University of Kentucky has announced that unclaimed student tickets are available for UK's upcoming basketball games against Transylvania, Morehouse, Marist, Radford and Portland.

Those tickets can be purchased here.

Radio and TV information for Kentucky vs. Transy:

Information regarding where the Kentucky-Transylvania exhibition will be available on TV and radio, as well as various options for catching the game online.

Television

FS South: 7:00 p.m. ET

LIVE to entire FS South full footprint which includes the states of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina (parts), South Carolina and Tennessee.

UK IMG Sports Network

Market Station Time (all times local)
Bowling Green, Ky. WBKO-FOX 7:00 p.m. (live)
Cincinnati, Ohio WSTR-TV 7:00 p.m. (live)
Evansville, Ky. WTVW-TV 7:00 p.m. (live)
Hazard, Ky. WYMT-TV 7:00 p.m. (live)
Hopkinsville, Ky. WKAG-TV 6:00 p.m. (live)
Huntington, W.Va. WSAZ-DT My Z 7:00 p.m. (live)
Lexington, Ky. WKYT-TV 7:00 p.m. (live)
Louisville, Ky. WMYO-TV 7:00 p.m. (live)
Paducah, Ky./Cape Girardeau, Mo. WDKA-TV 6:00 p.m. (live)

Radio

All UK men's basketball games are carried by the UK IMG Sports Network; check for the affiliate in your area.

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Former NKU Star Carl Mitchell Signs with Las Vegas Aces


Former Northern Kentucky University star Carl Mitchell has signed with the Las Vegas Aces in the ABA.

Mitchell, a 6-9 forward, has enjoyed a successful professional career since his NKU career.

He was named second team All-GLVC after averaging 13.0 points and 6.8 rebounds during his senior season with the Norse in 2002. He also led the team in blocked shots with 53.

Here is the announcement from USBasket.com:

Todd Triplett, Owner and GM of the Las Vegas Aces, has just communicated to Usbasket.com the agreement with professional players Carl Mitchell (6'9''-F-79, college: N.Kentucky) and Maurice Riddick (6'2''-G-79, college: Bethune-Cookman). Mitchell is a good inside operator, Riddick a flat out scorer. Aces ownership group was very pleased the we can pick up this caliber of players this late.

Injuries Have Greatly Reduced Louisville's Depth


The Louisville Cardinals and head coach Rick Pitino expected to have a deep bench this season but numerous injuries have created a much thinner roster.

Here is more from SI.com:

But injuries have derailed the Cardinals' depth and the frontcourt is especially thin.

Louisville suffered a major blow Friday when the school announced freshman Wayne Blackshear will miss the season with a torn right labrum. The 6-foot-5 win was expected to figure prominently in the rotation and replace some of the scoring lost from last year's leader, Preston Knowles.

The frontcourt has been hardest.

Rakeem Buckles will miss another 6-8 weeks after tearing his right ACL on Feb. 27. Stephan Van Treese has not practiced this fall after straining his left patellar tendon. Jared Swopshire, a starter in 2009-10, missed all of last year with a groin injury and has to return to the player he once was.

Guards Elisha Justice, Tim Henderson and Russ Smith have also missed time.


No. 9 Louisville looks to overcome early injuries

Lake Michigan Admirals Add Shagari Alleyne to Roster


The Premier League's Lake Michigan Admirals have added former University of Kentucky and Manhattan College big man Shagari Alleyne to the roster for the 2011-12 season.

Alleyne, a 7-3 center, committed to playing for the Admirals in September.

Here is more from USBasket.com:

Admirals team officials communicated to Usbasket.com thet towering center Shagari Alleyne (7'3''-C-84, college: Manhattan), nicknamed 'Skyscraper', has committed to play for the Lake Michigan Admirals for the 2011-12 season. Alleyne has played for the University of Kentucky and the Harlem Globetrotters

Photo: Metronews.ca

Bradley Leads Premier League in Scoring, Crawford Third


Former University of Kentucky stars Ramel Bradley and Joe Crawford are off to strong starts in Israel's top-level Premier League.

Heading into Round 4, Bradley leads the league in scoring average at 27.5 points per game and Crawford is third with an average of 23.5.

Bradley, who plays for Maccabi Ashdod (1-1), opened the season with 31 points and 4 assists in an 89-79 loss to Ironi Ashkelon. He was 9-18 from the field and 10-15 from the free throw line.

The former Kentucky point guard led Ashdod to a 90-86 win over Elitzur Netanya in Round 2. Bradley had 24 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

Crawford is off to a solid start with Maccabi Rishon (1-1). In Round 1, Crawford had 28 points in an 87-83 loss to Hapoel Holon. He was 8-15 form the field and 10-14 from the charity stripe.

In Round 3, Crawford led Rishon to a 78-66 win over B.C. Habikaa. He scored a game-high 19 points and also had 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

Both players return to action on Sunday as Ashdod takes on Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Rishon battles Bnei Hasharon.

Premier League Standings

1. Maccabi T-A 3-0
2. B.C. Habikaa 2-1
3. Ironi Ashkelon 2-1
4. Hapoel Holon 2-1
5. Maccabi Ashdod 1-1
6. Maccabi Rishon 1-1
7. Maccabi Haifa 1-2
8. Galil Gilboa 1-2
9. Bnei Hasharon 1-2
10. Hapoel J-M 1-2
11. Elitzur Netanya 0-2

Points Per Game

1. Bradley, Maccabi 27.5
2. Banks, Elitzur 24.0
3. Crawford, Maccab. 23.5
4. Landesberg, Macca. 22.7
5. Lewis, Hapoel Holon 22.3
6. Strawberry, Hapoel 21.0
7. Carter, Bnei H. 21.0
8. Booker, Bnei H. 20.0
9. Schortsaniti., Mac. 20.0
10. Morgan, Ironi A. 20.0

Source: Eurobasket.com

Photo: Jpost.com

Monday, October 31, 2011

Video: EKU Head Coach Jeff Neubauer at OVC Media Day

Here is Eastern Kentucky head coach Jeff Neubauer's interview at OVC Media Day:

Former Lafayette Star Dominique Hagans Commits to EKU


I have been told by a good source that former Lafayette High School star Dominique Hagans gave a commitment to Eastern Kentucky University earlier tonight.

Hagans is a 6-3 guard who played last season at Southeastern Illinois (JUCO) College. He was named Great Rivers Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year last season after averaging 16.4 points, 5.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds at SIC.

Hagans joins 6-2 shooting guard Corey Walden in EKU's 2012 recruiting class. Walden will come to Richmond from Brevard (Fla.) Community College.

Photo: Jeff Jones of DailyRegister.com

Enes Kanter to Play in Jazz vs. the NBA Exhibition Game


Former University of Kentucky big man Enes Kanter has formally agreed to play in an upcoming Utah Jazz vs. NBA charity exhibition game at Salt Lake Community College.

The game will be played November 7 and will feature many NBA stars including Jimmer Fredette, Chauncey Billups, Stephen Curry, Al Jefferson, Devin Harris and Paul Millsap.

Source

Press Release:

Salt Lake City – With the sad basketball news earlier today that the lockout will continue and that the NBA has canceled an additional two weeks of the season, Pro Player Tours, LLC is pleased to announce a charitable basketball game involving professional basketball players to be held at Salt Lake Community College on November 7, 2011 at 7 p.m.

The game will pit a team of Utah Jazz players against a team of NBA players from around the league. The game will feature former Brigham Young standout Jimmer Fredette, Chauncey Billups, Stephen Curry and Utah Jazz players Al Jefferson, Devin Harris and Paul Millsap. In addition, Corey Maggette, Derrick Favors, Ronnie Price and Anthony Tolliver are set to participate. Additional players, including more players from the Jazz, will be announced Monday.

Net proceeds from the game will be distributed among several charities including, but not limited to, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House and the OI Foundation.

Tickets will go on sale at all Smith’s Tix outlets Monday at 1 p.m.

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