Saturday, April 14, 2012

Source: Richard Pitino to Replace Isiah Thomas at FIU


A reliable source says Louisville assistant Richard Pitino will be the new head coach at Florida International.

FIU recently fired former NBA star Isiah Thomas after a disappointing 8-21 season.

NOTE: This has not been officially reported so take it for what it's worth. I'll post an update when I can confirm or deny the report.

UPDATE: It has been confirmed that Richard Pitino will be the new head man at Florida International.

Eloy Vargas Goes to the Prom in Bowling Green

Eloy Vargas was in Bowling Green today on an autograph tour today. A high school girl walked up and told him she had no date for the high school prom and asked if Eloy will go with her. He said "yes" and actually went to the prom. How cool is that?



Here is more from Twitter:

KentuckyCEO At the signing n Bowling Green a girl came through that has prom tonight but no date.. so she asked @E_Vargas30 to be her date.. he said yes

KentuckyCEO so were eating then going to prom... @E_Vargas30 has a big heart we should all try to be more like him

KentuckyCEO Were running late cause we had to stop and get the flowers.. http://instagr.am/p/Jazwk0lJ7b/

KentuckyCEO Eloy and his prom date Natasha http://instagr.am/p/Ja2Jf-lJ80/

Murray City Council Honors Murray State Men's Basketball Team

The Murray State Racers were honored last week by the Murray City Council during their regular meeting:



Here's more from MSU:

The Murray State men's basketball team was honored Thursday, April 12, by the Murray City Council during their regular meeting at the City Hall council chambers in Murray, Ky.

The special occasion brought a smile to all who attended as the Racers were honored for their 2011-12 season that included a 31-2 mark, the first undefeated road season in program history and highest national rankings.

Mayor Bill Wells and city council started their session by honoring the Racers in several ways.

MSU Director of Athletics Allen Ward was recognized as well as the radio voice of the Racers, Neal Bradley. MSU Head Coach Steve Prohm was honored along with the team that gave the Racer Nation the greatest season in 87 years of the program. Each student-athlete of Racer Basketball was invited to the podium to introduce themselves to Mayor Wells and the members of the council.


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Video: John Wall Destroys Baron Davis

Watch former University of Kentucky star John Wall absolutely destroy veteran guard Baron Davis:

Report: John Calipari Not High on New York Knicks' List


Marc Berman of the New York Post says there are indications that John Calipari is not high on the New York Knicks' list as they pursue a new head coach.

Here is an excerpt:

Calipari, who some NBA executives believe will become a viable candidate, does not have that cache with NBA players. Calipari could stand as a risk, considering his NBA flop with the Nets and theatrical coaching style that his former Kentucky player, Knicks rookie Josh Harrellson, admitted might be too much for the league. Calipari probably would adjust, but why take a $7 million-per-year gamble that his college methods will work instantaneously in the NBA’s. There are indications he is not high on the Knicks’ list.

Anthony doesn’t know Calipari well, despite both being affiliated with super agency C.A.A., which has influence on owner James Dolan and his lieutenants. Let another NBA team take a risk on Calipari’s NBA adjustment— not a fragile franchise like the Knicks built to win this moment before Stoudemire’s back explodes.


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Louisville's Elisha Justice is Transferring to UPIKE


A source close to the University of Louisville men's basketball program has confirmed that sophomore Elisha Justice has notified the coaching staff that he will be transferring.

Justice, who won Mr. Basketball during his career at Shelby Valley High School, will be taking his talents back home to the University of Pikeville.

He averaged 2.4 points and 1.1 assists per game as a freshman and 0.9 points for Louisville's Final Four team in 2011-12.

Pikeville is an NAIA Division I program in the Mid-South Conference. Justice will be eligible to play immediately.

Friday, April 13, 2012

LSU Hires Johnny Jones to Replace Trent Johnson


LSU has reportedly hired North Texas head coach Johnny Jones to replace former coach Trent Johnson.

Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com broke the news earlier:

GoodmanCBS LSU has hired Johnny Jones, sources told CBSSports. News conference on Monday.

Jones was a member of two LSU NCAA Final Four teams as a player and assistant coach.

"I am pleased to welcome Johnny Jones back to Baton Rouge where he helped build a winner and where I am confident he will once again build a winner and bring excitement back to the Maravich Center," Alleva said. "I have followed Johnny closely since my first meeting with him four years ago when he was very impressive in my interview with him the last time the head coach job was open at LSU. I have taken every opportunity to visit with him since that time and I have come to know him well. He is the solid coach and recruiter that we need and I am particularly impressed with his passion for LSU. It is his passion that I know will translate into success on and off the court for our student-athletes under his leadership."

Release from LSU

Alex Oriakhi Picks Missouri as New Home


Former UConn star Alex Oriakhi will transfer to Missouri and have one year of eligibility remaining.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

Oriakhi averaged 7.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in three seasons at UConn and was part of the team that won the 2011 national championship.

He chose Mizzou over Kentucky, Xavier, Duke and North Carolina.

Oriakhi and Missouri point guard Phil Pressey played together as youths for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club.

"We're very excited to add a talented and proven player like Alex to our program," Missouri coach Frank Haith said in a statement. "Addressing our front-court depth has been a major emphasis of ours for this next year, and when you add Alex to a group of newcomers including Stefan Jankovic, Ryan Rosburg and Tony Criswell, we are definitely heading the right direction.


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Kenneth Faried Continues to Play Well for Denver

Here are all the highlights from Kenneth Faried's career night against Golden State:



Faried finished with a career-high 27 points, 17 rebounds and 2 steals in Monday's 123-84 thrashing of Golden State.

He followed that up with 16 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals in Wednesday night's 113-107 win over Minnesota.

The Nuggets travel to Los Angeles for a battle against the Lakers at 10:30 p.m. ET tonight.

Familiar Names in Southern Miss Rumors


There are some familiar names rumored to be on the early list for the Southern Miss job.

According to Hoopdirt.com, some of the early names are Kenny Payne, John Pelphrey, Sean Woods, Kermit Davis, Bob Marlin and Steve Barnes.

Here is an excerpt about Payne, Pelphrey and Woods:

Kenny Payne – Assistant Coach Kentucky. Is a native of Laurel, MS. Has been on John Calipari’s staff for the past two years. Before that, he spent six seasons at Oregon. Played collegiately at Louisville, and was the 19th pick in the 1989 NBA draft. Has been part of National Champions as a player (1986 Louisville) and a coach (2012 Kentucky).

John Pelphrey – Assistant Coach Florida. Former head coach at Arkansas and South Alabama. Has a 149-126 record in nine seasons as a head coach. Former standout at Kentucky who is a member of the UK Hall of Fame.

Sean Woods – Head Coach Mississippi Valley State. Has been a hot name this off-season. Rumored to be involved with 3-4 other jobs. MVSU has gotten better in each of Woods four seasons there. Won 21 games this past year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Was also the recipient of many post season awards this year including the SWAC COY and the Ben Jobe Award.

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Nerlens Noel Talks About Replacing Anthony Davis and More

Nerlens Noel talks about replacing Anthony Davis in Kentucky's lineup next season and about shaving the "UK" logo into his hair:

Video: Kentucky's Darius MiIler Throws Out the First Pitch

Here is some footage of Kentucky senior Darius Miller throwing out the first pitch at last night's Lexington Legends game:

Kentucky Recruits Named to MaxPreps All-American Teams


There are several Kentucky signees and recruits in the 2011-12 MaxPreps Boys Basketball All-American Teams.

FIRST TEAM

MAXPREPS NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kyle Anderson, St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
6-7 | 215 | Senior | Guard-Forward
Headed to: UCLA

Aaron Gordon, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.)
6-8 | 215 | Junior | Forward
Headed to: Undecided

Shabazz Muhammad, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
6-6 | 215 | Senior | Guard
Headed to: UCLA

Jabari Parker, Simeon (Chicago)
6-8 | 215 | Junior | Forward
Headed to: Undecided

Marcus Smart, Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)
6-3 | 200 | Senior | Guard
Headed to: Oklahoma State

SECOND TEAM

Perry Ellis, Wichita Heights (Kan.)
6-8 | 225 | Senior | Forward
Headed to: Kansas

Archie Goodwin, Sylvan Hills (Sherwood, Ark.)
6-5 | 185 | Senior | Guard
Headed to: Kentucky

Alex Poythress, Northeast (Clarksville, Tenn.)
6-7 | 215 | Senior | Forward
Headed to: Kentucky

Julius Randle, Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas)
6-9 | 240 | Junior | Forward
Headed to: Undecided

Andrew Wiggins, Huntington Prep (W.Va.)
6-7 | 200 | Sophomore | Forward
Headed to: Undecided

Others:

THIRD TEAM

Aaron Harrison, Fort Bend Travis (Richmond, Texas)
6-5 | 210 | Junior | Guard
Headed to: Undecided

FIFTH Team

Andrew Harrison, Fort Bend Travis (Richmond, Texas)
6-5 | 205 | Junior | Guard
Headed to: Undecided

Complete List

Brescia Head Coach Joe Pechota Resigns to Take Job at Siena Heights University


Brescia University head coach Joe Pechota has resigned after 7 years on the job. Pechota is taking the head position at NAIA Division II Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan.

Here is more from Tristatehomepage.com:

After seven seasons at Brescia University in Owensboro, Joe Pechota is leaving to become the head basketball coach at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. Pechota will be closer to his hometown of Battle Creek when he coaches the NAIA Division Two Saints next season. The 1995 Concordia College Graduate was the first Concordia player ever to receive first team all-conference honors from the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.

Source

Louisville's Jared Swopshire Will Transfer to Northwestern


Louisville's Jared Swopshire will transfer to Northwestern and be eligible to play immediately.

Here is more from ESPN Chicago:

Former Louisville forward Jared Swopshire will transfer to Northwestern, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Swopshire, a 6-foot-8 forward, averaged 3.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 13.3 minutes in 39 games this past season for Louisville. He started 20 games and averaged 7.5 points and 6.1 rebounds as a sophomore, but missed the 2010-2011 season with a groin injury.

Swopshire will be eligible immediately for Northwestern; he will pursue a graduate degree unavailable at Louisville. He is expected to help Northwestern fill the void left by John Shurna.


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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vinny Zollo Plans to Transfer from Western Kentucky


I have confirmed with a very good source that 6-8 freshman Vinny Zollo is planning to transfer out of the Western Kentucky men's basketball program.

He has not decided on a new program at this time.

Zollo averaged 3.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game as a freshman at Western.

Morehead State Signs JUCO Star Maurice Briggs


Morehead State University has signed 6-8 forward Maurice Briggs from Beaver County (Pa.) Community College.

Briggs averaged 23 points and 13 rebounds this past season. He was named third-team junior college all-American.

He chose the Eagles over Robert Morris, Maryland Eastern Shore, Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech.

Source

UK Announces Schedule for 2012 John Calipari Pro Camps


The University of Kentucky has announced the schedule for the 2012 John Calipari Pro Camps.

Here is the release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball program is pleased to announce the dates and information for the 2012 John Calipari Pro Camps.

Campers will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with Wildcat players from the 2012 National Championship team before they head off into professional playing careers. This summer’s Pro Camps will consist of two separate camps (Pro Camp I & Pro Camp II), with both camps offering two separate sessions each day, which are divided into different age groups. The cost for each camp is $199 per camper and includes a camp T-shirt, two days of instruction, competitions, autograph session, and camp team photo with featured Wildcat Pros from the 2012 National Championship team (players to be announced at a later time). Pro Camp I & II will feature a different set of professional players to participate with campers. Pro Camp I and Pro Camp II will not feature the same players and all eventual pro players will not be at both camps. In an effort to accommodate camper’s participation with all 2012 Wildcat Pro Players, there will be a discount for signing up for both camps at the price of $350. Both camps will be held at the Joe Craft Center and Memorial Coliseum.

Pro Camp I-August 1-2 (Tuition-$199)

Morning Session (8:30am-Noon)
-Open to grades K-5th-Check in from 7:00-8:30am

Afternoon Session (1:30pm-5:00pm)
-Open to grades 6th-12th-Check in from Noon-1:30pm

Pro Camp II-August 3-4 (Tuition-$199)

Morning Session (8:30am-Noon)
-Open to grades K-5th-Check in from 7:00-8:30am

Afternoon Session (1:30pm-5:00pm)
-Open to grades 6th-12th-Check in from Noon-1:30pm

Both Pro Camps I & II (Discounted Tuition-$350)

Individual campers who wish to participate in BOTH Pro Camps I & II can do so for the price of $350 per camper. The discounted price is ONLY available by selecting and registering for both desired camps during the same registration session online. You will be given the option to select the number of camps you would like to attend and the discount will be displayed at the end of your registration of both camps. Those who do not register for BOTH camps during the same registration session online are not eligible to receive the discounted price of $350. Those who wish to purchase admission to an additional Pro Camp following purchase of only ONE camp will have to pay the full $199 per camp.

Both John Calipari Pro Camps are open to both boys and girls of the appropriate age/grade level, which varies between sessions. Camper’s grade level is based on the grade in which the camper is enrolled during the 2011-12 school year. All pre-registered campers will receive a confirmation email for their specific camp/session that includes details of necessary paper work needed (Physical, Insurance, and Consent). It is important, to insure the safety and participation of all campers, that the basketball office receives all necessary paper work two weeks prior to the start of the specific camp date.

Due to the limited number of spots available for each Pro Camp, walk up registration will NOT be available, unless noted on the UK Athletics website prior to the start of camp. Once each Pro Camp has reached its maximum capacity, then that particular camp will be closed to all forms of registration (Online and Walk ups). Any camp related questions can be called into the Men’s Basketball Camp line at 859.257.9457 or the Men’s basketball office at 859.257.1916.

Online registration is available at www.ukathletics.com/camps

Nathan Dieudonne Named AP Player of the Year in Kentucky


The 2012 AP Kentucky High School Boys All-Star Basketball teams and honors were released yesterday.

Trinity's Nathan Dieudonne and Mike Szabo took player and coach of the year honors.

The 2012 Kentucky high school boys' All-State basketball team, as selected by members of The Associated Press (with school and position):

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Nathan Dieudonne, Lou. Trinity, 6-7, F

FIRST TEAM

Tamron Manning, Scott Co., 6-5, G

Derek Willis, Bullitt East, 6-9, F

Charles Foster, Lou. Trinity, 6-1, G

Dominique Hawkins, Madison Central, 6-1, G

Nathan Dieudonne, Lou. Trinity, 6-7, F

SECOND TEAM

Isaiah Ivey, Scott Co., 6-3, G

Mekale McKay, Lou. Moore, 6-6, F

Quentin Snider, Lou. Ballard, 6-1, G

Darryl Hicks, Lou. Trinity, 6-4, G

Brandon Hatton, Dixie Heights, 6-2, G

Jonathan Barger, Knox Central, 6-0, G

Max Clemons, Lou. Pleasure Ridge Park, 6-4, G

HONORABLE MENTION:

Bopper Stenzel, George Rogers Clark; David Kapinga, Pulaski Southwestern; Jake Burger, Cov. Holy Cross; Dontel Rice, Holmes; Nate McGovney, Campbell Co.; Omar Prewitt, Montgomery Co.; Quentin Ellis, Glasgow; Shane Hall, Johnson Central; Branden Hoffmann, Bellevue; Cameron Justice, Knott Co. Central; Jack Whitman, Lexington Catholic; Jake Burger, Cov. Holy Cross; Zane McQueary, Boone Co.; Jermaine Ruttley, North Hardin; ogan Baumann, Ohio Co.; Nick Ruthsatz, Cov. Catholic; Parker Stansberry, Dixie Heights; Tanner Broughton, Barbourville; Taylor Gover, Pulaski Co.; Twin Lancaster, Logan Co.; William Bryant, Lou. Moore; Adam Hendrix, North Hardin; Antonio Campbell, Cov. Holy Cross; Brent Bach, Augusta; Chase Clark, Marshall Co.; Daveon Greene, John Hardin; Deonquez Nance, Trigg Co.; Jaucoby Poore, Barren Co.; Johnny Miller, East Ridge; Jordan Majors, Hopkinsville; Lavonne Holland, Lou. Ballard; Lemon Gregory, Muhlenberg County; Leonard Brown, Breckinridge Co.; Marcus Carson, North Laurel; Nacarius Fant, Bowling Green; Tony Messer, Belfry; Tyler Black, Mason Co.;

COACH OF THE YEAR

Mike Szabo, Lou. Trinity

Evan Daniels Talks About Nerlens Noel's Commitment to UK

Evan Daniels of Scout.com talks about Nerlens Noel and what he will bring to the Kentucky Wildcats next season:

<a href='http://msn.foxsports.com/?videoid=82802e38-8540-46f7-939f-779d91853b18&src=FLPl:embed::uuids' target='_new' title='Scout: Nerlens Noel to Kentucky' >Video: Scout: Nerlens Noel to Kentucky</a>

Video: Nerlens Noel Commits to Kentucky



Here is footage of Nerlens Noel giving his commitment to the Kentucky Wildcats and holding up a Jarrod Polson jersey:

Saturday is John Wall Bobblehead Day in Washington

Saturday is John Wall bobblehead day in Washington:

Darius Miller is One of the Top Sleepers in the NBA Draft


HoopsWorld.com says Kentucky senior Darius Miller is one of the top sleepers in this summer's NBA Draft.

Here is an excerpt:

Darius Miller (Kentucky, Sr.) – 6’8, 225 lbs. Small Forward

As stated several times previously, Miller would have been a starter and a top-two option on just about every other team in the country. He has a very well-rounded skill set, ideal size for his position and the ability to get hot offensively.

While his stock may be higher if he was with another program, coming off the bench for Kentucky was the best thing for his future. The role he played for Wildcats head coach John Calipari is very similar to what he is likely to play in the NBA.

While a lot of rookies will have to adjust to getting less touches and playing time, Miller is already well versed in making the most of his chances when called on. Miller will have an extended career in the NBA as a utility player who can do just about anything a coach asks of him.

There were undoubtedly times at Kentucky where he wished he had a bigger role, but he’ll see just how much he benefited from the role he had when he’s a pro.

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Antwain Barbour Named Player of the Week in Croatia


Former Kentucky swingman Antwain Barbour has been named Eurobasket.com Player of the Week in Croatia.

Barbour led Cibona (7-0) to an 85-71 win over KK Zagreb CO. He had 18 points and 7 rebounds in the win.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

American-Lebanese Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Cibona and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Second Stage).

The 29-year old swingman had the game-high 18 points adding seven rebounds for Cibona in his team's victory, helping them to beat KK Zagreb CO (#5, 3-4) 85-71. It allowed Cibona to consolidate first place in the Croatian A1. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. Cibona still have not lost a single game, getting all 7 victories in Second Stage. In the team's last game Barbour had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Cibona's top player in his first season with the team. Antwain Barbour averages this season 13.4ppg. - League for the title.

Cibona's roster also includes Demonte Harper (Morehead State), Khalid El-Amin (UConn) and Goran Suton (Michigan State).

Patrick Patterson Talks Kentucky Basketball, Nerlens Noel

Former University of Kentucky star Patrick Patterson talks Kentucky basketball and gives some comments about future Wildcat Nerlens Noel (video by clutchfansDOTnet on YouTube):

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Video: 2012 Kentucky Basketball Recruiting Class

Check out this highlight video of future Kentucky players Nerlens Noel, Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin (video by CityLeagueHoopsTV on YouTube):

Nerlens Noel Trying to "Recruit" Alex Oriakhi to Kentucky


Nerlens Noel is already trying to encourage good friend Alex Oriakhi to transfer to Kentucky:

NerlensNoel3 #BBN we needa get @aoriakhi34 to join !! Show him love !! #WeAreUK

Nerlens Noel Commits to Kentucky


Top 2012 star Nerlens Noel has committed to Kentucky.

He just announced his choice on ESPNU's signing day special.

Noel is the No. 1 player in the 2012 recruiting class. His commitment gives the Wildcats the top-ranked class in the nation once again.

Anthony Bennett Close to Committing to Kentucky?


Jeff Drummond of the Cat's Pause is reporting that 2012 star Anthony Bennett is very close to committing to Kentucky.

The Wildcats have already missed on Shabazz Muhammad and will likely lose Nerlens Noel to Georgetown.

Either way, Bennett (No. 7 overall) would be a very nice addition.

Shabazz Muhammad Makes it Official

"I chose to be a Bruin," Shabazz Muhammad stated on ESPNU moments ago.



Photo: Rivals.com

Shabazz Muhammad is Headed to UCLA


Evan Daniels of Scout.com is reporting that Shabazz Muhammad is headed to UCLA:

EvanDanielscout A pair of sources have confirmed to http://Scout.com that Shabazz Muhammad will commit to UCLA on the nationally televised show.

Bad News Coming for Kentucky Fans?

This isn't what UK fans would like to hear just before Nerlens Noel announces his college decision:

Jabari Parker at NY2LAsports.com Swish N Dish

Here is some footage of Kentucky recruit Jabari Parker at NY2LAsports.com Swish N Dish (video by CityLeagueHoopsTV on YouTube):

Nerlens Noel Has Made His College Decision


Top 2012 recruit Nerlens Noel says on Twitter that he has made his college decision:

NerlensNoel3 After alot of contemplating last night with my family, i feel that they've helped me make the right decision thats best for me

Noel will announce his choice on ESPNU tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET. Most people seem to think he'll pick Kentucky with Georgetown having a solid shot.

Murray State Holds Men's Basketball Awards Banquet

Murray State University handed out men's basketball awards last night:



Here is more from MSU:

The Murray State men's basketball squad was honored Tuesday evening for the greatest season in 87 years of Racer hoops at the MSU Racer Club Banquet at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

MSU's 31-2 season featured a plethora of program records and firsts, with all of it coming with a rookie head coach Steve Prohm leading the way.

“It was a great night and a great way to honor our team and our three unbelievable seniors,” Prohm said when he addressed the large gathering at the Racers' home court. “When you recap this season and all the great things this team accomplished. I couldn't be more proud of the way they represented our program. The one word that I'll take from this season is 'impact', the way they impacted this program, and this community.”

The team handed out honors to the trio of seniors who leave MSU as the winningest class in program history with 104 victories: Ivan Aska (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), Jewuan Long (Jackson, Tenn.) and Donte Poole (Las Vegas, Nev.) This group led the way as MSU posted the program's longest and best streak to start the season as MSU was also the last undefeated team in NCAA Division I at 23-0. They also helped the Racers post the program's first undefeated season in road games when they were 13-0.

“This night meant a lot to me,” Long said. “To celebrate this season with my teammates, coaching staff and some of our fans. This was my last moment so I wanted to take it all in.”

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John Calipari to Speak at Basketball Banquet in Connecticut


John Calipari will be the featured speaker at the St. Joseph (CT) boy's basketball banquet on May 9.

The banquet will be held in Stratford, Connecticut.

Here are more details from Greenwichtime.com:

John Calipari, head coach of the national champion Kentucky men's basketball team, will be the featured speaker at the St. Joseph boys basketball banquet May 9.

The two-time Class LL state champions will be honored at a dinner at Vazzano's Four Season's Banquets in Stratford. The cost of the dinner is $50 for adults, $25 for students under 18 and $10 for kids under 11.


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Scout.com Predicts Muhammad to UCLA, Noel to Kentucky


The experts at Scout.com predict that Shabazz Muhammad goes to UCLA and Nerlens Noel chooses Kentucky.

Here are some thoughts from Evan Daniels of Scout:

EvanDanielscout So here's my take on the big two -- Nerlens Noel & Shabazz Muhammad.

EvanDanielscout I'm going with UCLA for Shabazz Muhammad. In fact, if he picked another school, I'd be fairly shocked.

EvanDanielscout Nerlens Noel, Scout's No. 1 player, is where things gets tricky.

EvanDanielscout I'm going with Kentucky for Nerlens Noel. But it's a close call. Last week, I would have picked Georgetown.

Here is more from Scout.com

Really Good Kentucky Basketball Tribute Video

Kentucky basketball fans need to check this one out - it's good (video by MrsAshleyRowe on YouTube):



HT: ASeaofBlue.com

UK National Championship Trophy To Go On State Tour


Kentucky fans around the state will have an opportunity to check out the national title trophy this week.

The title will be on display in several cities as part of the UK Men's Basketball National Championship Trophy Tour presented by Verizon Wireless.

Here are the details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Big Blue Nation will have another opportunity to celebrate Kentucky’s 2012 National Championship on Thursday-Saturday as the UK men’s basketball staff takes part in the UK Men’s Basketball National Championship Trophy Tour presented by Verizon Wireless.

Fans will have photo opportunities with the trophy beginning on Thursday in Eastern Kentucky, where the tour will begin with three separate stops. On Friday, the tour will hit four cities in Central and Western Kentucky. At each stop, Coach John Calipari will address the fans and take questions from the crowd.

The tour will conclude on Saturday at Verizon retail stores in Lexington (Hamburg) and Louisville (Old Brownsboro Crossing). These stops will be the trophy only.

The tour stops include the following cities, locations and times:

Thursday, April 12th
Ashland, KY: Kroger (1:00-2:00 pm ET)
711 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Ashland, KY 41101
606.325.8231

Thursday, April 12th
Pikeville, KY: Expo Center Main Street Plaza (3:00-4:00 pm ET)
Billy Johnson Stage
126 Main Street
Pikeville, KY 41501-1144
606.444.5500

Thursday, April 12th
Hazard, KY: Perry County Park (5:00-6:00 pm ET)
354 Perry Park Road
Hazard, KY 41701-9522
888.857.5263

On Friday, the staff will board a train in Nicholasville, Ky. that will take them through Midway, Ky. at 11:05 a.m. and arrive in Frankfort, Ky. at 11:45 a.m.

Friday, April 13th
Frankfort, KY: Old Capitol Annex (11:45 am-12:45 pm ET)
300 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601

Friday, April 13th
Elizabethtown, KY: Kroger (2:30-3:30 pm ET)
111 Towne Drive
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
270.737.1710

Friday, April 13th
Owensboro, KY: Kroger (4:00-5:00 pm CT)
2630 Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY 42301
270.684.9411

Friday, April 13th
Paducah, KY: Kroger (7:30-8:30 pm CT)
3141 Park Avenue
Paducah, KY 42001
270.444.0596

(TROPHY ONLY)
Saturday, April 14th
at Verizon Wireless
Lexington: Hamburg (10:00 am – 2:00 pm ET)
1895 Vendor Way
Lexington, KY 40509
859.264.9582

(TROPHY ONLY)
Saturday, April 14th
at Verizon Wireless
Louisville: Old Brownsboro Crossing (4:00 pm – 7:00 pm ET)
4830 Norton Healthcare Blvd.
Lexington, KY 40222
502.339.4949

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Shabazz and Nerlens Edition


Today's Top 5:

- Kentucky's Darius Miller will throw out the first pitch at Thursday night's Lexington Legends baseball game.

- Shabazz Muhammad has likely already made his college decision; Nerlens Noel should have his decision tonight.

- CollegeInsider.com named Murray State's Isaiah Canaan National Most Valuable Player.

- West Virginia's Bob Huggins was very happy to see his good friend John Calipari win a national title.

- John Calipari says his star underclassmen have done enough to consider a jump to the NBA.

On Wednesday, Get Ready For:

- Nerlens Noel and Shabazz Muhammad to announce their college choices at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

- The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament tips off; here is a schedule

Recruiting News:

- UConn transfer Alex Oriakhi has cut Duke of his list of potential landing spots, according to Jeff Goodman of CBSSports. Kentucky is still in the mix.

- Buckhorn star Matt Day has committed to UVa.-Wise.

- Murray State has offered 6-9 power forward Demetrius Henry of Oakland Park, Florida. Henry also has offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech, South Florida, George Mason and UTEP.

- Murray State and Tennessee Tech have both offered 6-8 forward Tevin Glass of Alpharetta, Georgia. He also has offers from Memphis, Auburn, Mississippi State, Jacksonville, Georgia State, Nevada and Georgia Southern.

- Morehead State has been showing interest in Middletown (OH) guard Geovonie McKnight. McKnight has offers from Miami University, Toledo and Winthrop.

The Buzz:

- Kyle Kuric (Louisville) and Braydon Hobbs (Bellarmine) are playing in this week's Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. See schedule above.

- Despite rumors, I have confirmed that Tennessee Tech assistant Happy Osborne is not a candidate at either Union College or Montgomery County High School.

- Duquesne will reportedly hire LIU-Brooklyn coach Jim Ferry. That means Orlando Antigua is still at Kentucky, for now.

- Tennessee State lost head coach John Cooper to Miami (Ohio). MVSU head coach Sean Woods is rumored to be an early leading candidate to replace Cooper at TSU.

- Sean Woods is also one of the top candidates for the North Carolina A&T job.

- You'll likely be hearing the words "Western Kentucky" and "transferring" mentioned in the same sentence again soon. Derrick Gordon has already announced that he's leaving WKU.

- Jeff Drew and Dionte Ferguson are both transferring from Morehead State.

- Jabs Newby and Taylor Filipek are both transferring from Eastern Kentucky.

- Bob Trimble is the new head coach at Raceland.

- Brian Kirk is the new head coach at Burgin.

- There are rumors floating around that former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey is considering a transfer from LSU.

- Speaking of LSU, Hoopdirt.com says Johnny Jones, Reggie Theus, Tony Bennett, Donnie Tyndall, Jeff Capel, Buzz Williams and Mike Davis are names being mentioned as early candidates.

- Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried had a career night last night. He put up 27 points and 17 rebounds in a win over Golden State. Faried should see more minutes with the announcement that Al Harrington has a torn meniscus.

My Gut Feelings:

- Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague will all enter the NBA Draft. Consider it a bonus if even one returns.

- Kentucky will land either Nerlens Noel or Shabazz Muhammad, if not both. I feel good about Noel and 50/50 about Muhammad. Gut feeling: Noel to UK, Muhammad to UCLA.

Video of the Day (Kenneth Faried's great night):

Walter McCarty To Be Inducted Into High School Hall of Fame


Former University of Kentucky basketball star Walter McCarty will be one of 18 members in Harrison High School's inaugural athletic hall of fame class.

The class will include 15 former athletes and 3 coaches.

Here is an excerpt:

McCarty was a first-team all-stater in basketball and runner-up for Indiana's Mr. Basketball in

1992. He led Harrison to its first sectional championship and was a Parade All-American. McCarty was a member of the University of Kentucky's 1996 NCAA championship team and played 10 seasons in the NBA.


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Video: The Best of Cumberlands Star Matt Daniel

Here are some of the best highlights of University of the Cumberlands senior star Matt Daniel:

Nerlens Noel Will Make College Choice Tonight


Top 2012 recruit Nerlens Noel says in his latest ESPN recruiting diary that he will make his college decision tonight.

Here is Noel talking about his decision:

OK, so back to the announcement. Like I said, tonight we’re gonna have a group discussion and write things out and see where we’re most comfortable and what the best decision will be. The rumors about me already being committed are just crazy.

Anyone who knows me knows my mom, Dorcina, has to sign off on any decision and that she will play a major part in any decision. So tonight is when I’ll talk to her about it all.

Any “recruiting guy” who says he has some news from a “source” is funny, too, because the source would have to be me or my mom and they’re not talking to her and I don’t talk to anyone. Like I always say, only believe what you read here.


An excerpt about Kentucky:

Then there’s Kentucky.

Of course they’re coming off the national championship, but I’d look more at how I’d be able to fit in and how I’d be used there. I’d factor in what my role would be offensively, like Anthony Davis with a lot of lobs and catching it at the high post and things like that. Defensively, I think it’ll take care of itself.


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Isaiah Canaan Named National Most Valuable Player


CollegeInsider.com has named Murray State star Isaiah Canaan National Most Valuable Player.

Here is the release from CollegeInsider.com:

BOSTON, MA -- Murray State's Isaiah Canaan is the CollegeInsider.com National Most Valuable Player.

The 6-foot junior helped the Racers to a program record 31 wins and they were the only squad in the nation that didn't lose a road game this season. MSU went 31-2 and won the OVC's regular season and tournament titles. MSU earned the highest seed in program history at No. 6 and defeated Colorado State in the NCAA Tournament before losing to Marquette in the round of 32. MSU had its first national rankings since 1998 and highest (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today and No. 9 AP). MSU finished with their highest final rankings as well, No. 12 AP and No. 16 ESPN/USA Today.

Canaan, who showed a remarkable flair for the big moment, topped the 30-point mark in scoring four times. He led MSU to a championship win in double-overtime at the Great Alaska Shootout when he had a career-high 36 points against Southern Mississippi. In a game at Austin Peay, Canaan hit his first seven three-point attempts and scored 35 points. When the Racers were trailing in the second half against Southeast Missouri, he led a big run that included four threes in a short period of time and finished with 32 points. Canaan scored 31 in MSU's only regular season loss to Tennessee State.

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Paul Westphal Says DeMarcus Cousins Cost Him His Job


Former Sacramento Kings coach Paul Westphal joined ESPN Radio in New York with Mike Lupica recently.

Westphal said that former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins was the big reason why he lost his job with the Kings. He also compared his situation with Cousins to that of Stan Van Gundy and Dwight Howard in Orlando.

Here is an excerpt of the interview:

On the idea that DeMarcus Cousins cost him his job at Sacramento:

“That’s pretty true. It’s nothing new about that though Mike. When you look historically at it I was at a thing last night honoring the Lakers Championship team of 40 years ago when they won the 33 in a row with Wilt (Chamberlain) and (Jerry) West and Bill Sharman was coaching and people at that time said Wilt was uncoachable and was a coach killer but then Sharman came in and he found the key and they succeeded. I was in Phoenix and we traded for Charles Barkley who was through with Philadelphia, his time had ended. People said he was uncoachable and he came to Phoenix to prove people wrong and he was the MVP of the league that year and he did prove people wrong just like Wilt proved people wrong. They didn’t want that stigma even though it may have been true and I think that is certainly what seems to be happening in Orlando. When Stan Van Gundy came out and said what he said he’s not stupid, he’s pretty surely gone because stars always win those kind of confrontations and if the guy is good enough the next guy will benefit. That’s why I read something in the New York paper today saying the Nets shouldn’t touch Dwight Howard. Are they crazy? Dwight Howard will be fantastic for his next coach. When you have problems is when a guy gets a coach fired and isn’t good enough to get the coach fired. That can happen too and that’s when it really gets outrageous.”


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Bob Huggins Very Happy to See John Calipari Win Title


West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins was happy to see his good friend John Calipari win the national championship.

Here is an excerpt:

You better believe Huggins was watching his friend.

"I enjoyed it very much," Huggins said.

"(Kansas head coach) Bill Self’s a friend too, but Bill and I don’t go back nearly as far as Cal and I."

The two might seem different on the surface.

Most think of Calipari in one of his finest suits on the sidelines, while Huggins dons his finest sweat suit.

When they speak, Huggins is much more subdued than Calipari.

But they aren’t that different at all.

They both grew up with a rich background in basketball. They’re gym rats and, because of that, have been able to become two of the most successful coaches in college basketball.

"Cal and I both have strong ties with the past," Huggins said. "We went to dinner with (former UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian) last summer in Vegas. We both appreciate, and kind of relish, being able to spend time with guys like Larry Brown, Tark and the late Charlie Spoonhour.

"We appreciate the past and what the people before us did."


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Shabazz Muhammad Has Likely Made His Decision


Shabazz Muhammad has likely made his final decision according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com.

Muhammad will announce his choice tomorrow night as part of an ESPNU signing day special. His final three schools are UCLA, Kentucky and Duke.

Here is more from Scout.com:

Scout.com’s No. 2 prospect and top-rated wing will announce Wednesday evening as well. Muhammad is considering UCLA, Kentucky and Duke. He’s visited all three multiple times and did recent in-home visits with the Wildcats and Blue Devils.

“[I’m] really excited to get this out of the way and go on with my career,” Muhammad told Scout.com.

Muhammad tweeted a picture of National Letters of Intents to all three schools late Monday evening. He insinuated, and a source confirmed, that he would finalize his choice with his family Monday night
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Muhammad posted a picture of his decision-making process on Twitter last night:

phenom15balla Decision making time !!! http://instagr.am/p/JObpdsyBGC/



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Alex Poythress is The Tennessean 2012 Player of the Year


Kentucky signee Alex Poythress has been named The Tennessean 2012 boys basketball player of the year after averaging 31.1 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.3 blocks for Northeast (TN) High School.

Poythress scored 2,080 points during his high school career.

Chip Cirillo of The Tennessean writes that Poythress' game is about more than numbers.

Here is an excerpt:

“When Alex is at his best, because of his size and athleticism, he’s as good as anybody in the country,” Kentucky Coach John Calipari said when Poythress signed with the Wildcats in November. “He is really athletic, and when he’s got his motor running, he can score at will.”

Clarksville Coach Ted Young said it’s rare for a high school player to be good with his back to the basket and facing it, but Poythress can do both equally well.

Young, a former Vanderbilt player, believes Poythress has an opportunity to make great improvements to his game at Kentucky.

“Every single day in practice he’s going to be practicing against future NBA players,” Young said. “Then in the summer time the Kentucky alumni all come home and play in the pickup games up there that are pretty spectacular.”


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Kentucky Wesleyan Team Visits Elementary School


The Kentucky Wesleyan basketball team recently visited Highland Elementary School to have breakfast with students.

Here is more from KWC:

The Kentucky Wesleyan College men's basketball team recently visited Highland Elementary School to have breakfast with the students (K-5) on an invitation from kindergarten teacher Sarah Major and principal Anita Newman.

The Panthers spent the morning eating with the students serving as mentors talking, listening and laughing with each one about school, family and their interests. They also answered multiple questions on a wide variety of topics and signed autographs.

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Calipari Says UK Stars Have All Done Enough to Consider NBA


Kentucky head coach John Calipari says his underclassmen will not make their NBA decisions before today's NCAA deadline. They will announce their decisions before the April 29 NBA deadline.

Calipari also says all five of his underclassmen stars have done enough to consider a jump to the NBA.

Here is an excerpt from ESPN.com:

"They're not going to make that date," Calipari said Monday. "I'm not pushing these guys. I told them to relax, do school work, finish up and see their families. They've got time to make their decisions."

Still, the expectation is that Kentucky will lose freshmen Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, as well as sophomore Terrence Jones, likely sophomore Doron Lamb and freshman Marquis Teague. Darius Miller, another possible NBA draft pick off the national champions, was a senior.

"All of them have done enough to think about it," Calipari said of the five underclassmen. "It's not will they be drafted, but do they want to do it? That's the question for each of them. That's our Kentucky effect and they've all benefited. It would be one heckuva of night if we had six guys in the first round."


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Other Recruits Make Predictions on Noel and Muhammad


ESPN recently asked several high school stars where top recruits Shabazz Muhammad and Nerlens Noel are headed for college.

Almost everyone (10-of-12) thinks Noel is headed to Kentucky. The other two said Georgetown.

Wayne Selden, Noel's high school teammate, said, "Kentucky. He’d fit right in and replace Anthony Davis."

Matt Jones, a 2013 recruit who is headed to Duke, said, "Kentucky. I played with him (Noel) last weekend at a tournament and you should’ve seen him watching Louisville play against Kentucky. It was like he could envision himself there."

The players are torn between UCLA and UK for Muhammad. Five said UCLA, five said Kentucky and two said Duke.

"Kentucky. I think he (Muhammad) wants to be one-and-done and he sees Kentucky as the perfect school for that," stated Brannen Greene.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

ESPN to Air Muhammad and Noel Announcements


ESPNU will air live announcements from Kentucky recruits Shabazz Muhammad and Nerlens Noel on Wednesday night.

Here are some details from ESPN:

On Wednesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m., ESPNU will air its sixth annual college basketball ESPNU Signing Day Special, hosted by Dari Nowkhah. The 90-minute show will include the exclusive announcements of the No.1 and No. 2 ESPNU 100 high school players, in addition to coaching interviews and analysis of the nation’s top classes from ESPN recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi and Dave Telep.

The top prospect in the ESPNU 100, Nerlens Noel, is considering Georgetown, Kentucky and Syracuse, while No. 2 Shabazz Muhammad is deciding between Duke, Kentucky and UCLA. Both will be in the ESPNU studios in Charlotte, N.C. on Wednesday, along with their Jordan Brand Classic teammates. Other Jordan Brand Classic All-American appearances will be highlighted by undecided No. 7 Anthony Bennett and No. 21 Tony Parker, as well as three ESPNU 100 players who have committed to Arizona.


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Kentucky's Sam Malone Appears on Boston Television

Kentucky walk-on Sam Malone was on MyFoxBoston.com recently. He posted a link to the interview on Twitter:

NCAA Basketball Champion: Sam Malone In The House! : MyFoxBOSTON.com



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Isaiah Lewis Breaks Down Top 5, Includes Louisville

Fivestarbasketball.com recently spoke to 2013 star Isaiah Lewis about his top 5. Here he is talking about Louisville, Kansas, Memphis, Florida State and Georgia Tech:

Darius Miller to Try His Luck at Throwing a First Pitch


Kentucky basketball star Darius Miller will try his luck at throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game on Thursday night.

Miller will help the Lexington Legends usher in a new season when he throws out the ceremonial first pitch of their home opener.

Here is more from KyForward.com:

First pitch for the home opener is set for 7:05 p.m., and Miller’s pitch should take place shortly before then. Tickets to the game can be purchased at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark ticket office, by phone at 859-422-7867(RUNS) or 1-866-698-4253 (MY-TICKE) or online here.

Gates open at 5 p.m. on Thursday, and fans can enjoy music from the Chris Campbell Band before and after the game. The 2012 Legends Poster Series #12 will be given away to the first 1,000 fans, and as with every Thursday home game beer and Pepsi’s will cost $1.


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Asbury University Signs Kyle Smith from Fairfield (OH)


Asbury University has signed guard Kyle Smith from Fairfield (OH) High School.

Smith nailed 47 three-pointers during his senior season at Fairfield.

Source

Dallas Mavericks Recall Kelenna Azubuike from the D-League


The Dallas Mavericks have recalled former Kentucky star Kelenna Azubuike from the NBA Development League.

Azubuike started his comeback to the NBA with the Texas Legends in the D-League. In 7 games, he averaged 6.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game.

Source: Dallas Mavericks

Buckhorn's Matt Day Has Committed to UVa.-Wise

I have confirmed with a good source that Buckhorn star Matt Day committed to UVa.-Wise over the weekend.

Day is Buckhorn's all-time leading scorer and a Mr. Basketball candidate.

Kentucky Basketball Fan Plans to Petition for Retired Jerseys


Brian Hughes, a resident of Morehead and University of Kentucky graduate, would like to see more Kentucky basketball jerseys hanging from the rafters at Rupp Arena.

Hughes is planning to send a letter (see below) to Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart with a petition to get signatures in support of his cause.

"I am motivated to do this because I haven't seen any players added since Mashburn," Hughes explained. "How many schools that have won championships don't have all of their championship coaches listed somewhere in the arena? Even Alabama has a statue for Nick Saban and he's still coaching."

Hughes describes himself as a lifelong Kentucky basketball fan.

"UK basketball is my passion," Hughes said over the weekend. "I watch almost every game and read about the present and history of Kentucky sports constantly."

Hughes is so passionate that he grew a beard when the 2011-12 season started. He trimmed the beard just before Kentucky's loss at Assembly Hall in Indiana.

He added, "so I vowed not to trim it again until they won the championship."

Hughes said most everyone has been supportive of his idea.

"Everyone that I've mentioned this to suggested that I write a letter to Mitch Barnhart," he said. "That really fueled my idea."

Hughes feels that Kentucky greats like Tony Delk and Jeff Shepperd should be recognized by the university. He also specifically mentioned former head coach Tubby Smith, who guided the Wildcats to the 1998 national championship.

Here is a copy of the letter that Hughes will deliver to Mitch Barnhart:

Dear Mr. Barnhart,

As a lifetime UK fan and proud alum, I want to thank you for the outstanding job you have done for all of our athletic teams. We are competitive in most major sports, not just men’s basketball. Our UK hoops team is outstanding and the baseball team is one of the best in the country. Our rifle team has won a national championship and our cheerleaders continue to set the pace. Please thank your staff for all their hard work.

The purpose of my letter is to propose to you a way to honor our athletes and coaches, specifically our men’s basketball players and coaches. There are many people who have been honored by having their name in the rafters of Rupp Arena. Many times I read stories from former players who are proud to see their name when they return. What an honor! It has been a while since we have added any names to that list. I believe there are many deserving players. However, I want to suggest a specific group that I believe need to be added. This group consists of coaches who have won the NCAA championship and players who were the Most Outstanding Player for the NCAA tournament. I believe we should honor these players only after their time at UK is complete. Currently those meeting the criteria include: Tony Delk, Jeff Sheppard, and Orlando “Tubby” Smith. I believe fans would appreciate their heroes being honored.

My family has a long and proud tradition of following UK sports. We are lucky to be longtime season ticket holders for our men’s basketball team. My grandfather got his first set of tickets in the late 1940s when we were still playing games in Alumni Hall. I went to my first game as a young boy while Rex Chapman was playing for Eddie Sutton. This letter is the result of suggestions from other fans, who upon hearing my passion, suggested I send a letter. Feel free to contact me for further input to this discussion. I would love to volunteer to help in any way to honor these people who have represented our university with pride and respect.
Sincerely,

Brian Hughes
Alum, Class of 2005 (BSME)

If you would like to support the petition, sign your name in the comments section on the site or Facebook.

Kentucky's WBA Celebrates a National Championship

Kentucky's White Boy Academy (aka the Geek Squad) celebrates a national championship:

Blake Griffin on DeMarcus Cousins' Comments: "You have to consider the source"

Blake Griffin has publicly responded to recent comments made by Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins.

Last week, Cousins the NBA "babies" Griffin and called the Clippers big man an "actor."

Griffin has responded, saying "you have to consider the source" and making jokes about his acting coach.



Here is an excerpt of Griffin's comments:

"Well I first heard about it from my acting coach," Griffin joked. "He sent me the email and obviously he was thrilled. It was a compliment and I guess he's seen some commercials and stuff so I appreciate it. Nah, I don't care. I'm not into going back and forth and name-calling players through the media and all that; just let it go."

Griffin said he wasn't too affected by Cousins' comments because, well, they came from Cousins.

"I mean this in the nicest possible way -- you have to consider the source," he said. "If this is somebody that really has been in the league a long time and really knows the ins and outs of a game, and has a great reputation for carrying himself in the right way, then it's something that I would kind of look at and be like, 'I really rubbed this guy the wrong way.' But, you know, with someone like that, just keep going."


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Pinecrest Friends and Family Come Out to Support Brandon Knight


Approximately 400 members of the Pinecrest Academy Alumni Association came out to support former Kentucky star Brandon Knight on Easter Sunday in Miami.

Here is an excerpt of Knight's comments about the game:

“A lot of joy,” Knight said of the outpouring of support. “Just thanking God for the opportunity to make it to this level and play in front of a bunch of family and friends who basically supported me throughout the time since I've started playing basketball.”

Among the visitors, Knight said, was Andrew Cutler, who coached his first AAU team in elementary school, the Coral Springs Jammers. Knight and Cutler's son, Harry, were close friends growing up.

“Guys that did surgeries for me, guys that started off coaching me in AAU when I was in the fourth grade – just to see that, and see family, was big time, and I just thank God. I just thank everyone who was here to support me.


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The Miami heat defeated Knight and the Pistons 98-75. Knight led the Pistons with 16 points and 5 rebounds.

Anthony Bennett to Make Decision in Early May


Anthony Bennett will make his college decision in early May. Bennett, one of the top uncommitted players in 2012, is still considering Kentucky and four other schools.

Here is an excerpt from NBCSports.com:

Bennett is still considering five schools, UNLV, Kentucky, Washington, Oregon, and Florida, and will not make a decision until early May, reports Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv.

“Yeah, it is tough [making a decision],” Bennett told Zagoria on Saturday. “That’s why I haven’t made my decison yet, but hopefully after I take all my visits it won’t be so hard.”

Each school has a unique draw, Kentucky as the reigning national champions, UNLV as a local school, and Florida with coach Billy Donovan.


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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Muhammad Breaks Nike Hoop Summit Scoring Record in Loss


The World Team defeated the United States 84-75 at the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit game.

Kentucky recruit Anthony Bennett drained a long three-pointer with 25 seconds to play to send the World Team to victory.

UK recruit Andrew Wiggins led the World Select team with 20 points.

Shabazz Muhammad, yet another Kentucky target, led the United States with a Hoop Summit record 35 points. Kentucky signee Archie Goodwin finished with 7 points and 3 assists.

Nerlens Noel had 5 points, 4 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.

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Here are some of the top plays from OregonLive.com:

DeMarcus Cousins Fined $25,000 for Telling the Truth About NBA Officials


Former University of Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing officials.

Here is an excerpt from NBA.com:

DeMarcus Cousins has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing officials after a 95-83 loss to Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.

The NBA announced the fine Friday.

Cousins was constantly tangled up with Griffin in a matchup of two of the league's budding young big men. He was in foul trouble throughout, finishing with eight points and three rebounds before fouling out in the closing seconds.

Sacramento's second-year big man called Griffin an "actor" and said the league protects last season's Rookie of the Year and slam-dunk champion too much. Griffin had 14 points and nine rebounds, making three shots in the final minutes to lead Los Angeles to the win.


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