Kentucky bound Archie Goodwin talks about what it means to represent the United States in the Nike Hoop Summit:
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Saturday, April 7, 2012
Western Kentucky's annual "Toppers On Tour" will get underway soon.
Here is a release from WKU:
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — For the third-straight year, Western Kentucky University will bring the Hill on the road this spring and summer to seven area cities and offer fans the opportunity to meet, mingle and have pictures taken with WKU head coaches and athletic department personnel.
"Toppers On Tour" will stop in Owensboro on April 17, Lexington on April 21, Glasgow on April 24, Nashville on April 25, Russellville on April 26, Louisville on June 11 and Elizabethtown on June 18. Locations and times can be found below. Scheduled to appear at "Toppers On Tour" are WKU Interim Director of Athletics Todd Stewart, head football coach Willie Taggart, head men's basketball coach Ray Harper and head women's basketball coach Michelle Clark-Heard, as well as cheerleaders, Topperettes and Big Red, and more coaches and staff members could appear as well.
Members of the WKU Ticket Office will also be on-hand to answer questions and take orders for football season tickets and deposits for basketball season tickets.
“Toppers On Tour” Stops
Owensboro area -- April 17 at 6:00 PM:
Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn
2840 West Parrish Avenue
Lexington area -- April 21 at 11:00 AM (ET):
Coincides with the Central Kentucky Alumni Chapter’s Day at the Races. Look for the WKU tent in the "Preferred $5" tailgating area adjacent to the “Reserved” area by Gate 2.
4201 Versailles Road
Glasgow area -- April 24 at 5:30 PM (CT):
Colton’s Steakhouse & Grill
206 North L. Roger Wells Blvd.
Nashville area -- April 25 at 6:00 PM (CT):
Jed's Sports Bar & Grille -- on the Upper Deck
114 28th Avenue North
Russellville area -- April 26 at 12:00 PM (CT) -- lunch available:
Historic Downtown Russellville Square
164 East 4th Street
Louisville area -- June 11 at 6:00 PM (ET):
Heritage Hill Golf Club
1050 Valley View Drive
Elizabethtown area -- June 18 at 5:30 PM (ET):
Elizabethtown Country Club
2606 Hodgenville Road
Friday, April 6, 2012
Fans in Eastern Kentucky can meet University of Kentucky big man Eloy Vargas on Saturday.
Vargas will be signing autographs in several locations on Saturday.
Here is a schedule from NationofBlue.com:
9:30-11:00am at Sports R Us in Whitesburg
12-1:30pm at Page 3 Comics in Pikeville
3-4:30pm at Tailgaters' Pizza in Paintsville
5:30-7pm at the United Methodist Church Gymnasium in Louisa
Autographs will be $10 per item.
There will also be pictures available for purchase and packages will also be available.
The Nation of Blue Championship Shirt "Don't Hate, We Got 8" will also be on sale at each event.
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Vargas was at JD Legends in Nicholasville earlier tonight:
According to reports, LSU head coach Trent Johnson will be named head coach at TCU on Monday.
Here is more from ESPN Dallas:
LSU coach Trent Johnson is set to be named TCU's new basketball coach Monday, sources confirmed Friday.
He will replace Jim Christian, who left for the head coaching vacancy at Ohio University.
Johnson has coached four years at LSU, where he was 67-64 and took the Tigers to the NCAA tournament in his first season. He's coming off an 18-14 season and an NIT appearance after LSU finished eighth in the SEC.
Johnson is making around $1.2 million, according to reports. Christian made just shy of $600,000 at TCU before leaving to take the head coaching job at Ohio earlier this week.
My Thoughts: It should be interesting to see who gets the LSU job.
According to multiple reports, Tennessee State head coach John Cooper has accepted the head coaching job at Miami (Ohio).
MikeOrganWriter Tennessee State basketball coach John Cooper has accepted the head coaching job at Miami (Ohio).
According to N.D. Kendrick of RecruitRecon.com, 2012 point guard Jalen Pendleton will visit Western Kentucky University this weekend:
NDKendrick_RR 2012 6-2 PG Jalen Pendleton Evansville Bosse (IN) is visiting Western Kentucky this weekend. http://goo.gl/GyJWN
Pendleton is a 6-2 point guard from Evansville Bosse (IN) High School. He has an offer from Indiana State and is also hearing from Houston, Iowa and Murray State.
The Kentucky/Ohio All-Star Game festivities get going tonight at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills.
Tonight, the all-star participants will participate in the Slam-Jam Night of Stars (Slam-Dunk Contest, 3-Point Shootout, One-on-One, and Three-on-Three Competitions).
Tomorrow, the Kentucky/Ohio All-Star Game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. at Thomas More. The girl's game will tip at 5:30 p.m.
Here is the Kentucky roster:
Jaylen Beckham - Bryan Station
Max Clemons - PRP
Matt Day - Buckhorn
Nathan Dieudonne - Trinity
Charles Foster - Trinity
Lemon Gregory - Muhlenberg Co.
Jagos Lasic - Morgan County
Jaysean Paige - Perry Co. Central
Devon Rowan - North Oldham
Jeril Taylor - PRP
Mike Terry - Fairview
Dontel Rice - Holmes
D.J. Townsend - Rowan County
Sawyer Williams- Owen County
Adam Wing - Rowan County
Chad Ford of ESPN.com has spoken to sources who say Kentucky's Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Terrence Jones are expected to declare for the NBA Draft soon.
Here is an excerpt:
Kentucky's Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Terrence Jones are expected to declare for the draft soon, according to sources. Kansas' Thomas Robinson is a lock to declare. Florida's Bradley Beal and UConn's Jeremy Lamb are also leaning strongly in that direction.
On the other side, North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo says he's returning to school. Indiana's Cody Zeller, as we've been reporting for months, is seriously considering coming back for his sophomore year. Florida's Patric Young is the only other player in our Top 30 who looks like a lock to return to school.
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Sam Amico has spoken to an NBA scout about the upcoming NBA Draft.
The scout expects Kentucky's Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to be the top two picks in the draft.
Here is an excerpt:
Moving on, I spoke with an NBA scout last night and he rates the top five draft prospects this way: 1. Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky; 2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SG/SF, Kentucky; 3. Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas; 4. Bradley Beal, SG, Florida; 5. Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina. He said he would take Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger no earlier than ninth, but no later than 13th. The scout also added, “Your tweets about Kidd-Gilchrist are a little off base. I expect him to be a regular All-Star, not just good.”
The Sauk Valley Predators, coached by Kentucky native Kevin Keathley, will meet Rochester in game 1 of their Premier Basketball League playoff series tonight.
The Predators averaged 114.0 points per game this season - the highest average in professional basketball. It is the fifth time in Keathley's coaching career that his team has won the scoring title.
Sauk Valley finished 13-6 on the season, good for second place in the PBL's Central Division.
A key player for Sauk Valley has been former Eastern Kentucky University star Mike Rose.
Rose averaged 14.6 points in 15 games this season with the Predators. After transitioning into the lineup, rose exploded for a 34-point performance against the Chicago Muscle on March 11. Six days later, he pumped in 41 points against the St. Louis Phoenix.
Here is more on Rose from SaukValley.com:
The Predators average 114 points per game, and the up-tempo style fits Rose to a tee. He’s a 6-foot-4 wing player with a deadly outside shot.
“[Keathley’s] style of play is exactly what I like,” Rose said. “It’s to run and play. It was a matter of me finding my confidence in the whole situation.”
Keathley likened Rose to NBA players Richard Hamilton and Reggie Miller – catch-and-shoot players who command defense’s attention. If teams choose to leave him open, he’ll hit jumpers all game. If they guard him closely, other players will shine.
“What he does is open everything up for our penetration game,” Keathley said. “I want to attack and get to the rim, and he’s a great shooter. It allows Herman Favors or Shelton Jackson or Carlton Fay to really work on the opposite side without the double-team coming. They have to key in on Mike. You can’t leave him.”
PBL playoffs – semifinals
Friday: RazorSharks at Predators, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday: Predators at RazorSharks, 7:05 p.m.
Monday: Predators at RazorSharks, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
According to a good source, coaches from Western Kentucky University checked out Olney Central (Ill.) College point guard Trivante Bloodman yesterday.
Bloodman is 6-1 freshman from Wadleigh, New York. He averaged 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists per game this season. He was named freshman of the year in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.
Olney Central finished 25-8 and lost a heart-breaker to Wabash Valley in the Region 24 title game.
Bloodman has visited Seton Hall and has an offer form Texas Tech. Cleveland State, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Florida Atlantic are showing heavy interest.
Bloodman in action:
There will be a block party in downtown Lexington tonight to celebrate Kentucky's basketball championship.
Here are details from the Herald-Leader:
Starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Cheapside Park's Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in downtown Lexington will be hopping.
The first-ever Big Blue Block Party is free. It's set to feature food and drinks from Goodfellas pizza, Bellini's, Kentucky Ale beer and Four Roses bourbon; music by Bluejay, Daniel Griffin, Dale Stumbo and DJ Daddy; and booths from local businesses.
There will be block party T-shirts for sale to benefit Sunrise Children's Services in Louisville and Beloved, an anti-sex-trafficking-group in Lexington.
The party is scheduled to end at 11 p.m., but music will probably continue a little later, organizers said.
Check out the Ballislife.com mixtape for the 2nd annual All-American Championship game - includes Kentucky recruits Nerlens Noel, Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison:
Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com confirms that John Calipari met with UConn transfer Alex Oriakhi last night. Goodman also notes that Oriakhi will meet with Xavier's Chris Mack today:
GoodmanCBS Alex Oriakhi met with John Calipari last night. The UConn transfer will meet with Xavier's @coachchrismack today.
Oriakhi said on the radio yesterday that he has talked to 2012 recruit Nerlens Noel about the possibility of playing together at Kentucky.
Noel and Oriakhi have spent time working out together during the summer months.
The Washington Wizards have signed former Murray State star James Singleton to a 10-day contract.
Singleton just finished up his season in the Chinese Basketball Association.
Here is a release from NBA.com:
WASHINGTON, DC - Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed forward James Singleton to a 10-day contract.
Singleton (6-8, 230) averaged 17.8 points and 11.9 rebounds while shooting .576 from the floor in 43 games with the Guandong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association this season. He appeared in 32 games for Washington during the 2009-10 season and averaged 6.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in 32 games.
Singleton was originally acquired by the Wizards from the Dallas Mavericks on February 16, 2010 along with Josh Howard, Quinton Ross and Drew Gooden in exchange for Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson. The four-year pro holds career averages of 3.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in 231 career games with the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks and Washington Wizards.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Murray State star Isaiah Canaan plans to return for his senior season with the Racers.
Here is a release from MSU:
Murray State men's basketball coach Steve Prohm announced that Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year and multiple All-America pick Isaiah Canaan will play his senior season with the Racers in 2012-13 after exploring leaving school early to play professional basketball.
Coming off one of the greatest team seasons in the history of the MSU program, the junior from Biloxi, Miss., explored his options of entering the 2012 National Basketball Association draft after an outstanding individual season in which he was considered for every major award in college basketball.
“I'm proud of what Isaiah accomplished this season both for the team and for himself,” Prohm said. “Along with his parents, we did our due diligence and looked into what opportunities he might have to play in the NBA with the help of the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee. The most important thing was to look long term and do what was in Isaiah's best interest. He felt playing his senior season for the Racers was best.”
“I talked to a lot of different people and got feedback from people I respect,” Canaan said. “This was all about the timing and making the right decision and I think I did. Coach Prohm and my parents were very supportive and I appreciate them being there for me. You know, you dream of playing in the NBA and this was a good experience to explore the possibilities. I'm excited to be at Murray State.”
“Obviously we're excited that Isaiah will be back at MSU for his senior season,” Prohm added. “He's a team player and one of our leaders and he represents Racer Basketball in the right way. He's a tremendous talent, but he's also humble and unselfish. I'm glad he's bringing all of those great qualities to our team for his senior season.”
“There were many reasons to stay at MSU,” Canaan added. “I want to try to win another OVC championship. We have a good team coming back and there aren't many guys in college basketball that can say they've won four championships. We want to get back to the NCAA Tournament and give it another run, so there are many things I want to accomplish. I want to graduate and become a better player.”
I have confirmed with two sources that Eastern Kentucky assistant Richie Riley will take a job on Jarrod Haase's staff at UAB.
Riley, a native of London (KY), was at EKU last season and spent two seasons at Coastal Carolina before that.
He previously spent time as recruiting coordinator for Pikeville College.
Kentucky's Anthony Davis, who is in Los Angeles to accept the John R. Wooden Award, will appear on The Jimmy Kimmel Show tonight at midnight.
Here is more from UK:
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman Anthony Davis will make his late night national television talk show debut tonight, appearing as a guest on the Jimmy Kimmel show which will air tonight at midnight on ABC.
Davis is in Los Angeles to be presented the John R. Wood Award at 36th Annual Wooden Award Gala.
The gala, which will be honoring Davis and the John Wooden All-American Team, will take place Friday April 6 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Davis led the Wildcats in scoring (14.2), rebounding (10.4), blocks (4.7) and field goal percentage (.623), while helping to lead Kentucky to its eighth national championship.
During his run, he broke the school record, SEC record and NCAA freshman record for blocks in a season.
Voters include hundreds of national college basketball media who selected and ranked 10 players. Davis had 3,350 points, outdistancing second-place finisher Thomas Robinson of Kansas (3,017). Rounding out the top five were Draymond Green of Michigan State (2,825), Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger (2,425), and Tyler Zeller of North Carolina (1,793).
The ten-player All American team also included in alphabetical order Isaiah Canaan, Murray State; Jae Crowder, Marquette; Marcus Denmon, Missouri; Kevin Jones, West Virginia; and Doug McDermott, Creighton.
All players proved that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Voters were asked to take into account performance during the regular season and postseason through the first three rounds of the NCAA tournament, as well as a player’s character and academic performance, essential components of an outstanding player. The winner will receive a contribution from The Los Angeles Athletic Club for their university’s general scholarship fund.
Freshman Derrick Gordon will transfer from Western Kentucky to be closer to home. Gordon led the Hilltoppers in both scoring and rebounding as a freshman.
Here is more from the WKUHerald.com:
Freshman guard Derrick Gordon, WKU's leading scorer and rebounder, will transfer from the program, a source confirmed to the Herald on Thursday.
Gordon wants to play closer to his home in Plainfield, N.J., the source said.
He averaged 11.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game on his way to earning Third Team All-Sun Belt Conference honors.
Gordon, who started all 35 games for WKU this season, helped lead WKU to a Sun Belt Tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, where the Toppers fell in the Second Round to eventual champion Kentucky.
Someone is selling a "Kentucky Wildcat Quilt" on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $275,000.
The seller says the quilt was hand embroidered in 1994 and has all Kentucky lettermen names on it from 1903-2012.
The quilt has authentic signatures from Mark Pope, Josh Carrier, Winston Bennett, Kelenna Azubuike, Antwain Barbour, Jon Hood, Darius Miller, DeAndre Liggins, Josh Harrellson, Scott Padgett, Tony Delk, and John Calipari.
The starting bid is set at $150,000 and no one has bidded on the quilt at this time.
Check it out on eBay
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has an idea that I think University of Kentucky basketball fans would be on board with.
Cuban thinks that college basketball players should be required to stay in school for three years before entering the NBA Draft.
Here are his thoughts from ESPN.com:
"I just think there's every good reason to do it, which is obviously why we didn't do it," Cuban said sarcastically, adding that Kentucky fans were the only people who like the one-and-done concept.
It's a moot point unless the players' union agrees to change the draft-eligibility rules, something the NBA didn't make a priority while negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement during the lockout. At this point, the union has agreed only to form a committee to discuss changes.
Cuban's opinion is based on what would be best for the NBA as a business, but college basketball also would benefit greatly from such a rule. Cuban believes that requiring a three-year wait to declare for the NBA draft would prevent players from making poor decisions that affect the rest of their lives, as well as help rid the sport of corruption among player agents.
"I just think there's a lot more kids that get ruined coming out early or going to school trying to be developed to come out early than actually make it," Cuban said. "For every Kobe (Bryant) or (Kevin) Garnett or Carmelo (Anthony) or LeBron (James), there's 100 Lenny Cookes."
Just for fun, this season's Kentucky lineup could have looked something like this:
G - John Wall
G - Brandon Knight
F - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
F - Anthony Davis
C - DeMarcus Cousins
- Eric Bledsoe
- Darius Miller
- Doron Lamb
- DeAndre Liggins
- Terrence Jones
- Marquis Teague
- Kyle Wiltjer
- Daniel Orton
- Eloy Vargas
Minnesota is expected to offer head coach Tubby Smith a contract extension by the end of April, according to the Star Tribune.
Here is an excerpt:
Smith has two seasons remaining on his current deal that pays him about $1.8 million annually. The financial details of the extension are unknown, but school officials broached contract discussions with Smith's agent after the Gophers' loss to Stanford in the NIT championship game last week.
The timing is noteworthy because the school is in the process of hiring a new athletic director to replace Joel Maturi, who will depart June 30. Contract talks for Smith were put on hold until after the season because of the uncertainty with the athletic director and the fact that Eric Kaler was still new to his job as university president.
Western Kentucky has announced the dates for this summer's Ray Harper Basketball Camps.
Here is the release from WKU:
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU will be holding four basketball clinics at E.A. Diddle Arena in June as part of the inaugural Ray Harper Basketball Camps.
The four camps offered will be an Elite Camp (June 8-9), a Little Topper Camp (June 11-14), a Father/Son Camp (June 15-16) and a Day Camp (June 18-21). All campers will receive a WKU jersey and a certificate of participation, and all camps feature contests and competitions, an awards ceremony, an autograph session with WKU players and more.
The Elite Camp is for boys ages 14 and over, the Little Topper Camp is for boys ages 4-7, the Father/Son Camp is open to all ages and the Day Camp is for boys ages 7 and up.
A brochure and registration form can be found at the link at the top of the page. For more information, please contact the men's basketball office at WKU at (270) 745-5101.
Brochure and Registration Form (PDF)
According to his father, Marquis Teague will meet with his family next week and decide whether he is staying at Kentucky or leaving for the NBA Draft.
Here is more from IndyStar.com:
After an up-and-down start to the season, Teague cut down on his turnovers and played his best basketball in the NCAA Tournament. He scored 14 points and had three assists in the national championship game.
Shawn Teague, his father, said the family will have discussions about the NBA draft next week. The deadline to enter is April 29.
“We really haven’t talked about it yet,” the elder Teague said. “We really haven’t had time even think about it with the national championship this week. We’re still all kind of in that moment.”
My thoughts: I have heard that Teague is leaning towards leaving for the draft but we'll have to play the waiting game for an official announcement.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari is expected to meet with Connecticut transfer Alex Oriakhi today.
GoodmanCBS Kentucky's John Calipari expected to meet with UConn transfer Alex Oriakhi today. Oriakhi has one year left and can play immediately.
GoodmanCBS I've been told that Oriakhi will be able to play at SEC school if he chooses an area of study that is not offered at UConn.
Oriakhi's father told Hearst Connecticut Media Group on Tuesday that his son will "definitely visit" North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky and Missouri.
Here is an excerpt:
UConn forward Alex Oriakhi, perhaps the most sought-after transfer in the country, will “definitely visit” North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky and Missouri, his father told Hearst Connecticut Media Group Tuesday.
Oriakhi requested his release from UConn on March 21. He won’t have to sit out a year if UConn’s 2013 tournament ban holds up, which seems to be the most likely scenario at this point. The school is currently awaiting word on an appeal for a postseason waiver. If the appeal is rejected, UConn could sneak into the tournament if the NCAA changes its timetable for APR data collection.
Tennessee Tech assistant David Boyden is returning to Western Kentucky University as a member of Ray Harper's coaching staff.
Here is a release from WKU:
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU head men's basketball coach Ray Harper announced Wednesday that David Boyden will return to the Hilltopper bench in 2012-13 after spending one season as an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech. A standout basketball player on the Hill from 2000-03, Boyden previously spent two years as an assistant coach at WKU during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.
"I am honored to be back on staff here at WKU, and I am grateful to Coach Harper for giving me this opportunity," Boyden said. "It is a place that I hold near and dear to my heart. I have had the unique experience of being an undergraduate student at WKU, a graduate student, a basketball player, a basketball coach and a fan. Western Kentucky University is a special place, and I cannot wait to help this team get better every day and work towards another Sun Belt Conference championship."
"We are really happy to have David back," Harper said. "WKU is a place that he loves, and he wore the jersey with pride when he played. He was a big part of our successes when he was here as an assistant coach previously, and I know he is extremely excited to help us take this program to the next level. He brings a wealth of coaching experience back to the Hill, and he is an outstanding addition to our staff."
During his first two seasons as an assistant at WKU, Boyden helped the Hilltoppers to back-to-back 20-win seasons, a Sun Belt Conference East Division and Tournament championship and a win in the NCAA Tournament. Boyden worked primarily with the post players at Tennessee Tech in 2011-12 and was instrumental in the Golden Eagles’ 19-14 finish and 9-7 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play.
According to sources, the Morehead State Eagles will play the University of Kentucky in Rupp Arena next season.
The Eagles and Wildcats will both play Maryland next season, as well.
Kentucky opens the season against the Terrapins on November 9 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. On the same night, Morehead State will battle Long Island University of Brooklyn at the Barclays Center.
The games will be part of the inaugural Barclays Center Classic.
Dates for the other games have not been announced.
UPDATE: Larry Vaught of the Advocate Messenger is hearing that the MSU/UK game will be the day before Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
I have been told by a good source that Scott Padgett will likely accept a job on Bennie Seltzer's staff at Samford.
Padgett is currently an assistant on Steve Masiello's staff at Manhattan.
Padgett is currently an assistant on Steve Masiello's staff at Manhattan.
Eastern Kentucky has announced the schedule for Jeff Neubauer's summer basketball camp.
Here is more from EKU:
RICHMOND, Ky. - Jeff Neubauer and his staff at Eastern Kentucky University are proud to announce the dates for this year’s upcoming basketball camp. The camp will run June 18-21 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and is open to boys and girls ages 7-16.
Head coach Jeff Neubauer, along with his staff and current EKU players, will focus on offensive and defensive fundamentals that will improve each camper’s individual basketball game. The camp will be conducted in the air conditioned Alumni Coliseum. The cost is $175 per camper, with a $25 discount if your application is received before June 1, 2012. Campers will compete in both shooting and 5-on-5 full court games daily.
For more information regarding camp please contact Coach Ryan Wiersma at 859-622-6679 or email@example.com, or visit http://www.ekusports.com/.
Click here for camp brochure
University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart said on Twitter earlier that he had a good conversation with John Calipari today:
UKMitchBarnhart I had a great conversation with Cal and I'm looking forward to chasing UCLA's record. #WeAreUK
It sounds like Calipari will be in Lexington for awhile.
Nerlens Noel has written a new article at ESPN.com. He confirms in the article that his final list is Syracuse, Kentucky and Georgetown.
Noel also says he enjoyed watching Kentucky win the national title and spoke to UK assistant Orlando Antigua after the game. He also notes that a Kentucky fan offered his wife to Noel on Bourbon Street.
Here is an excerpt:
Kentucky had the big win Monday night and I had a good time watching that game. I was really liking how Anthony Davis continued to be effective even without scoring the ball. I know how it feels to not be able to get it going on the offensive end at times and that makes you just want to go even harder defensively. I loved that he got Most Outstanding Player, too.
Just seeing him have all the success that he’s had this year definitely makes me think a lot about what I could be doing there. That’s really appealing to me.
His IQ on the court is crazy. I talked to him a lot while I was down there and he told me all about how much better he’d gotten since he got there. He told me that I’d have to be ready when I got there because it was going to be a lot of hard work.
I’d definitely say it makes me think about Kentucky more, and with them winning with all of those freshmen was very attractive. Just seeing that it doesn’t matter how young you are, you can win a national title.
I talked to (Kentucky assistant) coach Orlando (Antigua) after they won and he was really happy, of course. He said that all he could think about was me being a part of something like that next season.
I wouldn’t say that all of that stuff gives Kentucky an advantage though. It’s just something I think about a lot.
Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com says the coaching staffs at both Kentucky and UCLA feel confident that they'll earn a commitment from 2012 star Shabazz Muhammad.
GoodmanCBS I think it's funny that both Kentucky and UCLA think they are getting Shabazz Muhammad. Both staffs telling people "it's done for them."
I was told by a good source a few days ago that the UCLA staff was feeling good about Muhammad. I guess the Kentucky coaches have a good feeling, as well.
Well, that didn't take long... The day after Kentucky's national championship celebration, rumors have already surfaced that John Calipari will leave Lexington behind for the NBA.
Frank Isola, a Knicks beat writer for the New York Daily News, posted on Twitter earlier today:
FisolaNYDN Lot of NBA people believe John Calipari to the Knicks is already being set into motion. (Not sure how this impacts Rod Strickland)
FisolaNYDN And yes, Calipari has a link to Isiah as well as Amar'e, Melo and even Larry Brown, who has a link to Mike Woodson. Oh boy
Of course, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports posted his obligatory "Cal to the NBA" article late last night. He feels that "money matter to Calipari" and the "circumstances are aligned" for a move to the NBA.
Here is an excerpt:
Money matters to Calipari – matters a lot – and rest assured that Calipari will get Kentucky to push past his $5 million a season salary. How far does UK go, though? Six million? Seven? Kentucky doesn’t lose bidding wars, but it would lose this one.
And for the monolith of a program that he’s constructed in Lexington – an assembly line of recruiting and player development – Calipari understands that the nature of big-time recruiting leaves him vulnerable to investigation and scandal. No one has ever popped Calipari on the big one, but you never know. For $40 million over five years with New York, Calipari will sleep better in the NBA, and he knows it.
The circumstances are aligned for Calipari to make a move: the validation of an NCAA title, a suspect relationship with his athletic director and his ability to leverage a monumental contract out of the Knicks. Calipari is a great salesman, and he’ll sell owner James Dolan on his ability to get the most out of Carmelo Anthony, to keep the Garden sold out and get the Knicks winning in the postseason again. Dolan can’t sell results as an owner, so he’s always selling a new savior. Now, Calipari is no longer the failed ex-Nets coach, but the national champion Kentucky Wildcats coach.
Calipari has already issued the following response on CoachCal.com:
Big Blue Nation, breathe. Relax. Calm down. Enjoy the championship.
I just talked to Mike DeCourcy and Andy Katz and they asked me if I was going to jump to the NBA. What?! We just won the championship a day and a half ago. The only three things I’m trying to decide on is when I’m going to go see a few recruits, how I’m going to get through all these voicemails and when do I get a chance to get some sleep.
But for those of you that need to hear it again, let me repeat what I told Andy and Mike: I’m not going anywhere. I have the best job in the country. Why would I leave after we’ve just won a national title? We’re trying to catch UCLA, folks. I have been blessed. I’ve got more money than I’m ever going to need or my family can spend, so I don’t have to make a decision based on finances.
Let me assure you that you will see me at NBA games this summer … to watch our former players. I’m not going to give up my lifestyle based on a few rumors, and I will continue to go to NBA games to see my family, friends and former players. I’m even going to a game tonight.
But relax, Big Blue Nation. Sit back and enjoy this special time. We’ve waited 14 years for this, so let’s not let anyone ruin this for us. No one’s stealing my joy or my players’ joy. Don’t let them steal yours
The national champions are alone on top of the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Postseason Poll.
Kentucky (38-2)captured all 31 first place votes.
The Louisville Cardinals (30-10) end the season at No. 4 in the rankings.
Murray State (31-2) is No. 16.
ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (31) 37-2 775
2 Kansas 32-6 744
3 Ohio State 31-8 705
4 Louisville 30-10 661
5 Syracuse 34-3 641
6 North Carolina 32-6 624
7 Michigan State 29-8 566
8 Baylor 30-8 564
9 Florida 26-11 506
10 Marquette 27-8 464
11 Missouri 30-5 425 12 Wisconsin 26-10 424 13 Indiana 27-9 382 14 Duke 27-7 336 15 Florida State 25-10 325 16 Murray State 31-2 283 17 Georgetown 24-9 242 18 Cincinnati 26-11 216 19 Vanderbilt 25-11 161 20 North Carolina State 24-13 146
21 Creighton 29-6 129 22 Michigan 24-10 119 23 New Mexico 28-7 107 24 Xavier 23-13 92
25 Ohio 29-8 91
Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 67, Wichita State 56, Saint Mary's 54, Virginia Commonwealth 51, San Diego State 23, Kansas State 22, Purdue 17, Stanford 17, Notre Dame 16, UNLV 12, Temple 4, Saint Louis 4, Pittsburgh 2, Iowa State 1, South Florida 1
The University of Tennessee's iconic rock was apparently sabotaged lately (photo by Wes Rucker on Twitter):
I guess the rock was feeling a little blue about Kentucky's eighth national championship.
The rock, which serves as an "unofficial" UT message board, is back to normal now.
I guess the rock was feeling a little blue about Kentucky's eighth national championship.
The rock, which serves as an "unofficial" UT message board, is back to normal now.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Former Louisville star Terrence Williams talks about his NBA journey, being cut by Houston, his new contract with Sacramento and more:
ESPN has projected their Top 25 for the 2012-13 season. The site has Indiana at No. 1, followed by Louisville and Kansas.
Kentucky is No. 4 and Ohio State rounds out the top 5.
5. Ohio State
6. North Carolina State
7. Michigan State
Here are excerpts about Kentucky and Louisville:
The Cardinals reached the Final Four despite a number of injuries and eligibility issues. They showed tremendous resolve and were a terrific team at home. Rick Pitino couldn't be too upset over the loss to Kentucky because he knows this team can be right back here next season. Can you imagine if Indiana and Louisville, near neighbors, are 1 and 2? Could happen. Peyton Siva should be Big East preseason player of the year and UL is only losing Kyle Kuric and Chris Smith. Plus, Wayne Blackshaer will be around for a whole season.
The Wildcats likely will lose Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and maybe Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague. One or two might stay. Darius Miller also is gone, and he was one of the best glue guys in the country. But don't think for a second that the Wildcats will dip much at all. The additions of Ryan Harrow, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley will keep Kentucky near the top again. And just think if Kentucky were to land Nerlens Noel and/or Shabazz Muhammad? If that occurs, don't be surprised to see Kentucky open up at No. 1 in the fall.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari has now won his first national championship. When asked what's next, Calipari said he'd like to coach an undefeated team.
Here is an excerpt from ESPN.com:
"Before I leave coaching, I would like to coach an undefeated team," Calipari told ESPN after Monday night's 67-59 national championship victory over Kansas at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
"I would like to coach an undefeated team before I'm done with this. Why? Because it can't be done, so let's chase that."
Indiana was the last to go undefeated in 1976 at 32-0. UNLV nearly did it in 1991 with 34 straight wins before losing to Duke in the national semifinals.
Will Calipari stick around Kentucky and the college game to make an attempt?
He coached in the NBA with New Jersey. He was an assistant in Philadelphia. He could still make a play for a job. He could obviously try to get involved with the New York Knicks. But why would he when he continues to get the top players in the country, makes over $3 million a year and now has won a national title at Kentucky?
"We've had the most wins in 2008 and now this year we had 38 wins; no other program has done that," said Calipari of winning 38 games with Memphis in 2008 before losing the title game to Kansas and then winning 38 this season. "Let's go get them all. Let's get seven guys drafted in the first round. I hope we have six this year."
Kentucky's Doron Lamb and Darius Miller reached career milestones during last night's championship game.
For Miller, it was his 152nd career game at the University of Kentucky. With last night's game, Miller eclipsed Wayne Turner's all-time record of 151 career games.
Miller finishes his UK career with 1,248 points, 487 rebounds and 278 assists.
Lamb entered Kentucky's prestigious 1,000-point club early in the first half. He finished the game with 1,018 career points.
A look at Kentucky's top career scorers:
1. Dan Issel, 2,138
2. Kenny Walker, 2,080
3. Jack Givens 2,038
4. Keith Bogans, 1,923
5. Tony Delk, 1,890
6. Jamal Mashburn, 1,843
7. Kevin Grevey, 1,801
8. Tayshaun Prince, 1,775
9. Cotton Nash, 1,770
10. Alex Groza, 1,744
34. Darius Miller, 1,248
52. Terrence Jones, 1,064
57. Doron Lamb, 1,018
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