Saturday, May 5, 2012

UK Recruit Wayne Selden Drops the Hammer at Mary Kline Classic

Check out what Kentucky recruit Wayne Selden did at the Mary Kline Classic tonight (Video by HoopDreamsMagazine):

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Signs with CAA Sports Agency

Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist announced on Saturday that he has signed with an agent:

MikeGillie14 Glad to be apart of #CAASports !!

Kidd-Gilchrist chose CAA Sports Agency, which represents NBA stars Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and others.

LCA's Taylor Barnette Commits to Virginia

Lexington Christian Academy star Taylor Barnette has committed to Virginia. He originally signed with Central Florida but was given his release.

Evan Daniels of broke the news on Twitter:

EvanDanielscout Taylor Barnette (@tbarnette20) committed to Virginia ...

From the article:

Taylor Barnette is headed to the ACC. The sharp shooting guard out of Kentucky committed to Virginia.

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New Highlights of Andrew and Aaron Harrison

Here are some new highlights of Kentucky recruits Andrew and Aaron Harrison (video by

Kentucky Wildcats Party Rock Anthem One Take Lip Dub

Check out the Kentucky Party Rock Anthem One Take Lip Dub - approximately 200 athletes from all 22 sports at UK were represented:

Anthony Bennett Drops Florida, List Down to Final 3

Anthony Bennett, the top uncommitted player in the 2012 recruiting class, has surprisingly dropped Florida from his final list.

Bennett, a 6-7 power forward from Findlay Prep (Nev.), is now down to Kentucky, Oregon and UNLV.

Evan Daniels of broke the news on Twitter:

EvanDanielscout Anthony Bennett has informed Scout that he is down to Oregon, Kentucky and UNLV. He has eliminated Florida from his list.

Bennett ranks No. 7 overall on the list for 2012.

According to, Bradley Beal's decision to enter the NBA Draft played a big role in Bennett opting to drop Florida:

As for Florida, they had long been considered a frontrunner, but Mike George of CIA Bounce said that Bradley Beal’s decision to enter the NBA Draft played a big role in Bennett’s decision.

“The bottom line is when Bradley Beal committed and decided he was going off to the draft, he and AB were pretty tight,” George told “The main reason he was considering going there was to play with Bradley. They were pretty close. Bradley took the lead on recruiting him.

“The second thing obviously for AB is he just wants to be in a position where he wants to enjoy his experience and he wants to be one of the main focal points of what’s going on. Florida has Erik Murphy coming back. He’s a senior and probably is going to dominate the minutes. They also have Patric Young coming back

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Tony Kimbro Jr. Arrested, Charged with Rape

Georgia State's Tony Kimbro Jr. was arrested on Thursday and charged with rape.

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Georgia State basketball player Tony Kimbro Jr. was arrested and charged with rape on Thursday.

The alleged rape was reported to Georgia State University Police on March 15, according to Deputy Chief of Police Carlton Mullis.

Kimbro and the alleged victim went before a Fulton County judge on Thursday in a show-cause hearing after which the judge signed the arrest warrant. Kimbro’s next court date is May 18

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Video: Kentucky Wildcats Visit the White House

Here is ESPN's coverage of the Kentucky Wildcats visiting the White House and President Obama (video by edwardlowen on YouTube):

The Kentucky Wildcats are at the White House

The Kentucky Wildcats are at the White House right now. Here is a picture posted by UK on Twitter:

DeMarcus Cousins and Chuck Hayes Play Kings Password

Watch this hilarious video of former Kentucky stars Chuck Hayes and DeMarcus Cousins playing "Kings Password":

HT: Kentucky Sports Network

UK Men's Basketball Staff Signs New Deals

The University of Kentucky has announced new deals for John Calipari's coaching staff.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari and assistant coaches Orlando Antigua, Kenny Payne and John Robic have signed multi-year contracts with the University of Kentucky, UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced on Friday.

“It’s rare, in this day and age, to be able to keep a staff together that has helped produce a national championship and back-to-back Final Four runs,” Barnhart said. “We want to show them how appreciative we are of their hard work and dedication, and how much they mean to this program.”

Calipari, who signed a new eight-year deal last spring, was awarded an 8.3 percent increase annually in guaranteed compensation from media rights and endorsements over the remaining seven years of his current contract. Calipari’s contract amendment also added a retention bonus of $1 million on July 31, 2015.

Antigua, who has been at Kentucky for three seasons, signed a two-year deal worth $525,000 plus incentives. Payne, who just completed his second season at UK, signed a three-year deal worth $1.05 million plus incentives, and Robic, who has also been at Kentucky for three seasons, signed a two-year deal worth $575,000 plus incentives.

In the last three years, the Wildcats have posted a 102-14 (.879) record, including a 51-0 mark at Rupp Arena. UK won its eighth national championship in April while advancing to its second-straight Final Four. The Cats reached the Elite Eight in Calipari and his staff’s first year in Lexington.

Since Calipari and his staff arrived in the spring of 2009, all four seniors and a junior have earned their degrees, with two more on track to graduate this year. Additionally, UK posted a 3.14 grade-point-average in the 2011 spring semester, the highest in recent years, and an overall 3.015 GPA for the 2010-11 season.Nine Wildcats have been selected in the NBA Draft in the last two years, and draft experts have as many as six UK players projected to go in this year’s draft.

UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart talked about the extensions on Twitter:

UKMitchBarnhart It’s rare, in this day & age, to be able to keep a staff together that has helped produce a national championship & back-to-back Final Fours

UKMitchBarnhart We want to show them how appreciative we are of their hard work and dedication, and how much they mean to this program. #WeAreUK

Alexsej Rostovs Commits to Western Kentucky

Western Kentucky has reportedly picked up a commitment from 6-9 center Alexsej Rostovs from Latvia and the Canarias Basketball Academy.

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Western Kentucky men's basketball coach Ray Harper's recruiting reach has crossed the Atlantic.

Alexsej Rostovs, a 6-foot-9-inch, 235-pound center from Latvia and the Canarias Basketball Academy, committed to Western Kentucky today, according to the CBA website.

Rostovs was part of the Latvian national team, which won a bronze medal in the 2010 European Championships, and part of the national team that finished 10th at the 2011 FIBA Championships.

"I'm really looking forward to the new challenge that awaits me at Western Kentucky University," Rostovs told the website. "Coach Harper has been a winner at every level he has coached at, add that to the rich basketball tradition at WKU, it is all really exciting."

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Eric Bledsoe Has Contusion But Should Play in Game 3

Former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe injured his elbow in game 2 of the Clippers playoff series with Memphis.

The injury has been diagnosed as a contusion and Bledsoe is expected to play in game 3 on Saturday.

The series is tied 1-1 and heads back to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Highlights of 2011-12 Lindsey Wilson Men's Basketball

Here are season highlights from the 2011-12 Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Kentucky and North Carolina Will Not Play in 2012-13

According to Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader, Kentucky and North Carolina will not continue their series in 2012-13.

JerryTipton UNC Sr Associate AD Larry Gallo confirmed that no UK-UNC game in 2012-13 season. He expressed hope of resuming series in 2013-14.

Anthony Davis Officially Added as Finalist for Team USA

Kentucky's Anthony Davis, who will likely be the No. 1 pick in this summer's NBA Draft, and James Harden have officially been added to the list of finalists for the 2012 USA Basketball National Team.

Here is the release from USA Basketball:

Anthony Davis, who led the University of Kentucky Wildcats to this year’s NCAA championship, and Oklahoma City Thunder standout guard James Harden have been added to the list of finalists for the 2012 USA Basketball National Team, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo announced today. The official 12-man U.S. Olympic team roster will be announced later this year.

“After a lot of deliberations, after reviewing our roster, we think these two additions strengthen our National Team program immeasurably. James Harden probably is the sixth man of the year in the NBA, and Anthony Davis brings a dimension to our pool we don’t have. He’s young, but it’s exciting to think about the possibilities,” said Colangelo.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be this young and have a chance to represent my country. This is a great opportunity and I’m excited to be a part of something like this,” said Davis.

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Disappointed Mitch Barnhart Releases Statement on IU Series

An obviously disappointed Mitch Barnhart has released the following statement in regards to Indiana's decision to end its men's basketball series with Kentucky:

“We are extremely disappointed in Indiana’s decision to end our annual men’s basketball series. We were under the impression that we were in continued negotiations with Indiana University on signing a two-year contract to play the annual game at neutral sites. After the NCAA Championships, both schools verbally agreed in principle to play for two years at neutral sites (December 8, 2012 and December 7 or 14, 2013) and agreed to revisit campus sites upon completion of the two-year deal. The public comments by Indiana prior to today over the last week led us to believe that our previous verbal agreement could be in jeopardy, but at no point did we ever have any mutual discussions with Indiana to end the series. We were contacted by Indiana today shortly before 2 p.m. ET and informed that due to our desire to move to neutral sites they were moving on for the 2012-13 season and would revisit continuing the series at a later date. Our desire to play the series at a neutral site was due mainly to the success of the series from 1992-2006. It allowed the fans of both schools to enjoy the experience of one of the greatest rivalries every year. Everyone that watched or attended those games said it was a great atmosphere for college basketball. We looked at this as an opportunity to recapture that atmosphere and unfortunately it ended today.”

John Calipari Talks About End of Indiana Basketball Series

Kentucky head coach John Calipari spoke to Andy Katz this afternoon about the end of the Kentucky/Indiana basketball series.

Here is an excerpt:

"We're not going to play," Kentucky coach John Calipari said Thursday. "We're not going to do a home-and-home. That's out. They don't want to play two games in the state of Indiana, which I'm fine with. There are a lot of people who want to play us."

Calipari said Kentucky has the date for Lucas Oil Stadium and will still try to schedule an opponent there next season.

"We were willing to play them both in the state of Indiana and they said no to that," Calipari said. "That means they don't want to play us."

Indiana coach Tom Crean said in a text message that the Hoosiers never wanted to move the game.

"We couldn't have gotten our students up there," said Crean. "Prices would have been too much to get them there. We will have around 8,500 students.

"The bottom line is that they didn't want to play home-and-home and we did. We looked at it hard but it belongs on campus."

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IU Press Release Confirms: Indiana vs. Kentucky Series Ends

Indiana University has put out a press released confirming that Indiana and Kentucky will not continue their men's basketball series in 2012-13.

Here is the release:

Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass has announced that Indiana University will not sign a new contract to play the University of Kentucky in men’s basketball next season in light of their insistence that the matchup be moved to off-campus sites.

“While we understand that such neutral site games could be quite lucrative, we think the series should be continued as it is, home and home,” said Glass. “Playing on campus enables our students to attend these marquee games which we believe is a great component of the overall college experience. Playing in the historic venues that are Assembly Hall and Rupp Arena is also a tremendous experience for our student-athletes.”

The latest two-game, home and home contract between the schools expired following the Wildcats visit in December to Bloomington. Subsequently, Kentucky has conditioned the continuation of the series on moving the games to Louisville and/or Indianapolis.

“In the final analysis, we want our student-athletes, our overall student body and our season ticket holders to enjoy this series at Assembly Hall,” said Glass. “We would be open to reviving the series in the future on a home and home basis.”


Is Kentucky Turning Up the Heat on Amile Jefferson?

Jeff Borzello of is hearing that Kentucky is turning up the head on 2012 star Amile Jefferson:

jeffborzello Was asked about Amile Jefferson on SiriusXM ... been hearing a lot of talk about Kentucky turning up the heat on him. Could end up there.

Bellarmine University Signs George Suggs

The Bellarmine Knights have signed George Suggs of St. John Vianney (Mo.) High School to a National Letter of Intent.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --- Bellarmine University and men's basketball coach Scott Davenport have announced the signing of George Suggs of St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis, Mo. to a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Knights next season.

Davenport believes that Suggs will develop into a high-caliber player for the Knights. “He is a tremendous prospect, a true 6-8 player who is incredibly skilled. He is very young in his class and players with great size develop at a slower rate than guards, we believe that his best basketball is still down the road. He is already a great player and with continued physical development and dedication his potential is unlimited."

Suggs averaged 11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks as a senior, while earning first team All-Metro Catholic Conference honors. He finished his prep career holding the school record for most blocks in a season and in a career at Vianney.

“I'm really excited to come join a program that has had so much success recently,” commented Suggs. “They have such a great staff and a great team. I want to help continue that tradition. I'm ready to make an impact in any way I can, whether it's in a game or in practice.”

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Wright State Guard to Transfer, Kentucky on List

According to Jeff Goodman of, Wright State guard Julius Mays is transferring and is considering Kentucky.

Mays averaged 14.1 points last season and will be eligible to play immediately. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

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Julius Mays, a 6-foot-2 guard at Wright State who averaged 14.1 points this past season, announced he'll go elsewhere and be able to play immediately for his final campaign.

Mays told that his initial list consists of Purdue, Michigan State, Kentucky, Cincinnati and possibly Michigan

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Team USA to Play John Calipari's Dominican Republic Team

According to, the United States national basketball team will play an exhibition game against John Calipari's Dominican Republic national team on July 12 in Las Vegas.

Here is an excerpt:

Colangelo and Krzyzewski announced during the press conference that the U.S. would train in Las Vegas and play an exhibition game against the Dominican Republic - coached by Kentucky's John Calipari - on July 12 at The Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.


My Thoughts: This is exciting for several reasons. First, if you followed the site last summer, you know that I thoroughly enjoy covering the Dominican Republic national team. I attended a practice and spent time around the team during last summer's exhibition game at Rupp Arena. As a result, I'm now a huge fan.

Secondly, from a site perspective, the game could potentially include John Calipari, Orlando Antigua, Anthony Davis, Eloy Vargas, Edgar Sosa and Francisco Garcia.

Transylvania Lands Parker Stansberry and Joe Jennings

Transylvania University has picked up commitments from Parker Stansberry and Joe Jennings for the 2012-13 season.

Jennings is a 6-9 center from Bishop Brossart:

Stansberry is a 6-6 wing from Dixie Heights:


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Donnie Tyndall Bids Farewell to Morehead State

Watch as new Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall bids farewell to Morehead State:

ESPNU to Cover Kentucky's Visit to the White House

ESPNU will cover UK's visit to the White House live on Friday.

Here is a release from ESPN:

Wildcats at the White House, Friday on ESPNU

ESPNU will cover live the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team’s visit to the White House as the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Champions on Friday, May 4, at 5 p.m. In celebration of their national title, ESPN basketball reporter Andy Katz will be with the team during the SportsCenterU Special: Kentucky at the White House when the players and coaches meet President Barack Obama.

In addition, ESPNU will follow the team throughout the day and air behind-the-scenes moments in a half-hour special, All-Access: Kentucky at the White House, airing Friday, May 11, at 11:30 p.m.

Who Will be the Next Head Coach at Morehead State?

Here are my thoughts on who may be in the mix for the Morehead State job (in no particular order):

Wade O’Connor – Associate Head Coach Morehead State. Has 14 years of NCAA Division I experience at Dayton, Marshall, Tulane and Western Carolina. O'Connor was 94-29 as head coach at St. Catharine College. Donnie Tyndall is backing his assistant. He will head to Southern Miss with Tyndall if he doesn’t get the job.

Kelly Wells – Head Coach University of Pikeville. Wells was a Morehead kid and is a Morehead State alum. He won the NAIA DI National Championship and was also the NAIA DI National Coach of the year in 2010-11. Wells also won a KHSAA Championship as the head coach at Mason County High School in 2003.

John Brannen - Assistant Coach Alabama. Played basketball at MSU before transferring to Marshall. He has been an assistant at Alabama since 2009. Before that, he spent time on the staffs at VCU, St. Bonaventure, Eastern Kentucky and University of Charleston.

Sean Woods - Head Coach Mississippi Valley State. Woods just finished up a magical NCAA Tournament run at MVSU. After starting the season 1-11, Woods led the Delta Devils to a 23-13 overall record and a SWAC championship. The former University of Kentucky player has also spent time on the staffs at High Point, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and TCU.

Allen Edwards - Assistant Coach University of Wyoming. Has a decade of Division I coaching experience. As a player and coach he has won Two NCAA Championships, 4 SEC Tournament Championships, and 2 NCAA Tournament Championships. Edwards is a former Kentucky standout that played in three consecutive Final Fours. He’s a proven winner and a former Assistant Coach at Morehead State University.

Some other names that I do not believe are candidates, even though they have been rumored in some Internet circles:

- Happy Osborne - Was just announced as head coach at Montgomery County High School.

- Phil Cunnigham - Was hired yesterday as an assistant coach on Ray Harper's staff at Western Kentucky.

- Darrin Horn, John Pelphrey, Saul Smith - Have heard all these names rumored; I don't believe any are in the mix.

Prohm Confirms: Jaylen Bland, Harley Nussman to Transfer

Murray State head coach Steve Prohm has confirmed that freshmen Jaylen Bland and Harley Nussman are transferring.

WPSD broke the news on Twitter:

WPSDSports Murray State coach Steve Prohm confirms Racer freshmen Jaylen Bland and Harley Nussman are transferring.

WPSDSports Prohm says neither Bland nor Nussman have a new school as of yet.

WPSDSports With Bland and Nussman leaving, that gets Murray State down to 13 scholarship players for next season.

Sources Say Anthony Davis to be Added to U.S. Olympic Team Roster

According to Sam Amick of, Kentucky's Anthony Davis has been selected as a replacement candidate for the Team USA roster that will compete in the London Olympics this summer.

Here is more:

In the wake of serious injuries that have decimated Team USA's roster of Olympic finalists, sources said Kentucky big man and projected No. 1 pick Anthony Davis has been selected as a replacement candidate to compete in the London Games this summer.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and the coaching staff headed by Mike Krzyzewski will be adding one other player, with both picks expected to be announced later Wednesday. According to sources, players under consideration were Pistons center Greg Monroe, Jazz center Al Jefferson and Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. But Cousins, sources said, has been invited to the Select team -- which will train with Team USA before the Olympics -- and is not the other finalist addition.

Team USA announced 20 finalists in January, but four of those players are now out because of injuries: Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (knee), Magic center Dwight Howard (back), Clippers point guard Chauncey Billups (Achilles) and Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (hip). It was Rose's ACL tear in Chicago's playoff opener on Saturday that prompted Colangelo to say he would explore the possibility of expanding the roster

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Behind the Scenes with Nerlens Noel and Others

HoopDreamsMagazine recently went behind the scenes with several New England high school players, including future Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel:

Rajon Rondo: I Might Be Coming Out With an R&B CD

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo says he's going to release an R&B CD. Check out his interview with

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Former UK Star Accepts Job at Williamstown High School

Former University of Kentucky star Roger Harden is the new head basketball coach at Williamstown High School.

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Williamstown, a program that hasn’t enjoyed a winning season since 2004-05, has made a big splash with the hiring of their new boys basketball coach.

The Demons announced on Tuesday that former University of Kentucky point guard Roger Harden is their new head basketball coach, following Steve Sigmon who resigned due to health issues.

Harden came to UK out of Valparaiso, Indiana, where he was named a McDonald’s All-American and Mr. Basketball in 1982. Harden played at Kentucky from 1983-86 and set the school’s single season assist record in his final year, before being selected in the fifth round of the NBA draft by the Lakers. In his sophomore campaign he was part of a team that made the Final Four. He was known as a playmaker that set-up players such as Kenny Walker, James Blackmon, Leroy Byrd and Winston Bennett

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Harper Adds Phil Cunningham to Western Kentucky Staff

Western Kentucky head coach Ray Harper has added veteran coach Phil Cunningham to his staff.

Here is more from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Phil Cunningham, a 20-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks and native Kentuckian, will join the WKU men's basketball coaching staff as an assistant in 2012-13, Hilltopper head coach Ray Harper announced Tuesday. Cunningham arrives on the Hill after spending 12 seasons as a nationally-recognized assistant coach as Mississippi State University.

The Campbellsville, Ky., native attended Taylor County High School and then played two collegiate seasons at Kentucky Wesleyan College before transferring to Campbellsville College to continue his playing career under his father, the legendary Lou Cunningham. Harper was an assistant coach at Kentucky Wesleyan while Cunningham played for the Panthers, and both were members of the 1987 NCAA Division II national championship team.

"Coach Cunningham has a wealth of high-level experience, and he will be a great addition to our staff," Harper said. "I have known him for quite some time dating back to our days at Kentucky Wesleyan, and he has a passion for coaching that the players really relate to. Coach Cunningham is a perfect fit for our program and will complement the current staff extremely well."

"I am very excited about the opportunity to work at Western Kentucky University for Coach Harper," Cunningham said. "I have known Coach Harper since I was a player in college and he was an assistant coach, and I have followed his career closely. I really respect what he has been able to do as a head coach, and I am looking forward to working with him. I am from Taylor County High School in Campbellsville, and when you are from Taylor County you understand and respect the tradition of WKU basketball because that is where Clem Haskins went to high school. I am really excited about being a part of this great tradition."

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Patrick Patterson to Have Minor Ankle Surgery

Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson talks about the upcoming offseason; says he'll have minor ankle surgery and spend time working on his one-on-one skills (video by RedNinetyFour on YouTube):

Happy Osborne is the New Head Coach at Montgomery County High School

I have confirmed with a good source that Tennessee Tech assistant Happy Osborne is the new head coach at Montgomery County High School.

Osborne was at Tech for one season after a lengthy stay as the head coach at Georgetown College.

The official announcement will take place tomorrow afternoon. I'll have more later.

John Calipari Comments on Visiting The White House

John Calipari has given the following statement about his team's opportunity to visit The White House on Friday:

“The amazing thing is the first thing that was said when the horn sounded in New Orleans was, ‘We’re going to the White House!’

“It’s one of those moments for these players that they have probably thought about without us even knowing that it was important to them. So I’m excited about the opportunity for them to meet the President of the United States, the Leader of the Free World and someone who is trying to make a difference in their lives.”

Steffphon Pettigrew Has Great Season in Uruguay

Former Western Kentucky star Steffphon Pettigrew has just wrapped up a successful season in Uruguay.

In 44 games for Aguada, Pettigrew averaged 19.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

Pettigrew was honored by in their All-Uruguay LUB Awards for 2011-12. He was named all-league second team and named to the All-Imports Team.

1st team

G: Gustavo Barrera (194-85) of Hebraica
F: Emilio Taboada (191-82) of Bigua
F: Mauricio Aguiar (197-83) of Hebraica
F: Jimmy Boston (201-77) of Welcome
C: Hatila Passos (211-86) of Hebraica

2nd team

PG: Bruno Fitipaldo (183-91) of Malvin
G: Alejandro Muro (187-74) of Aguada
F: Steffphon Pettigrew (195) of Aguada
C/F: Ryan Humphrey (203-79) of Atenas
C: Rammel Allen (210-79) of Bohemios

All-Domestic Players Team

G: Gustavo Barrera (194-85) of Hebraica
F: Emilio Taboada (191-82) of Bigua
F: Mauricio Aguiar (197-83) of Hebraica
F: Federico Haller (198-88) of Lagomar
C: Claudio Charquero (207-77) of Welcome

All-Imports Team

G: Kevin Nelson (192-84) of Welcome
G: Timothy Jennings (193-83) of Plaza
F: Steffphon Pettigrew (195) of Aguada
F: Jimmy Boston (201-77) of Welcome
C: Hatila Passos (211-86) of Hebraica

Kentucky Basketball Team to Meet President Obama at the White House

The University of Kentucky men's basketball team has been invited to meet President Obama at the White House.

Here is a release from UK:

President Obama to Welcome the 2012 NCAA Champion University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball Team to the White House

WASHINGTON, DC — On Friday, May 4, President Obama will welcome the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team to the White House to celebrate their 2012 NCAA championship.

- FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012
- 4:50 PM EDT

Rick Pitino Announces Changes to Louisville Coaching Staff

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino announced several changes to his coaching staff on Monday.

Most notably, Pitino has replace son Richard Pitino on his staff with Xavier assistant Kareem Richardson. Richard left Louisville for the head coaching job at Florida International.

Pitino also announced a promotion for Andre McGree and the addition of Doug Davenport as Director of Video Operations.

Here is the release from U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Three outstanding individuals have joined or assumed new roles on the University of Louisville men's basketball staff as announced today by Cardinals' head coach Rick Pitino.

Kareem Richardson, an assistant coach the past season at Xavier University and a 15-year collegiate coaching veteran, has joined the UofL staff in a similar capacity under Pitino. Andre McGee, a program assistant at UofL for the past three seasons and a former Cardinal letterman, will serve as the Cardinals' Director of Basketball Operations. Doug Davenport, a program assistant at Xavier for the past two years, is the Cardinals' new Director of Video Operations.

Richardson made the most of his season at Xavier, helping the Musketeers reach the NCAA Sweet 16 and the finals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament last season while posting a 23-12 record. He helped the Musketeers land a Top 20 recruiting class in 2011.

Richardson, 37, had joined Xavier from Drake University, where he had been the head assistant coach for three seasons. He has also served on the basketball staffs at Missouri-Kansas City, Evansville, Indiana State, Wright State and Indianapolis.

"A few years back, I almost hired this young man," Pitino said. "Ralph (Willard) and I were about as impressed with the interview as anybody we've met with. Kareem (Richardson) is terrific at all facets of the game, and that's what I was looking for. As you all know, Richard did a bulk of the scouting, and Kareem did a lot of it at Drake. He's a very good X's and O's guy. He's a very hard-working recruiter and an outstanding person."

Richardson has been ranked as one of the top assistants in college basketball according to the basketball website He earned a reputation as a top-level recruiter during his time at Drake, serving as recruiting coordinator and helping head coach Mark Phelps secure the top-rated recruited class in the Missouri Valley Conference in two out his three years there. In his first year as assistant coach at Drake, Richardson helped lead the Bulldogs to post-season play during the 2008-09 season, in the inaugural Tournament.

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Donnie Tyndall Officially Introduced at Southern Miss

Here is a transcript of Donnie Tyndall's introductory press conference at Southern Miss:

"Well what a great turnout. It's very, very humbling, and I do want to make sure everyone here does have their season tickets already purchased. We're good with that, correct? It's very humbling to be the next basketball coach here at Southern Miss. I can't tell you how proud I am. I want to start by thanking Dr. Saunders for the opportunity to lead this program and continue to grow it into the future. I want to thank General Hammond. Every time that I spoke with the General, I could feel his passion for the University and feel his pride about Southern Miss, and leaving my alma mater wasn't an easy choice. It wasn't, but talking to him repeatedly and talking to others that worked here at the University, and feeling his passion, I knew this was a special situation. I firmly believe it is a special situation and we can do some magical things here in Hattiesburg. I believe that. Again, I want to thank Dr. Saunders and General Hammond and the selection committee as well.

Everything that was forwarded to me, information-wise, the way they handled themselves in the interview was in a first class manner. I would have certainly been disappointed had I not been offered the job, but I would have left there saying, `That group of men, led by General Hammond, was fantastic.' Again guys, I appreciate you very much. It was first class.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention my former president, Dr. Andrews, and my former athletic director at Morehead State, Bryan Hutchinson, for the opportunity that they afforded me six years ago. My former players and assistants that have worked so hard to help get us to this point. I've worked for three great bosses: John Brady at LSU, Leonard Perry, who was actually an assistant this year for Coach Eustachy, and Kermit Davis at Middle Tennessee. All three of those guys were influential and impactful in me being the coach and the person that I am today. I also want to thank some other special people in my life. My mom and dad, my girlfriend Nikki, and I have two little girls back home, Taylor and Grace, who I am sure are watching on the internet as we speak. So, all those people have helped me tremendously to get to this point in my career and I love each and every one of them.

I always said that if I left MSU, it would have to be for a unique and special situation. When you talk about special situations, the tradition, the history, the great coaches and players that have played here and coached at Southern Miss, the championships that have been won, you have to start with guys like Coach (M.K.) Turk. I had a great talk with Coach Turk on Saturday. He spent thirty or forty minutes on the phone with me, just trying to help and encourage me. One thing in coaching, a lot of times, when you're the best coach in the history of the school and the most successful coach in the history of the school, you don't necessarily want people to do well under you. But when you're a secure man and a true gentleman like Coach Turk is, you pull for the next guy and he's done that repeatedly and I know Coach Turk and I are going to have a great relationship and he's going to pull like heck for me to do well. I told him, if he can sign guys like (Ricky Jones and Clarence Weatherspoon), I'm bringing his tail out of retirement. Another guy, when you talk about the NIT championship and two NCAA tournaments, you have to talk about Coach (Lee) Floyd and the job that he did and the success that he had here at Southern Miss and the games that he won and the players that he graduated. Those are big shoes to fill when you're talking about Coach Turk and Coach Floyd. And by the way, Coach Floyd's son can coach a little bit but we're going to try to whip his tail this year. You talk about Coach (James) Green and winning a Conference USA championship, and I've had the opportunity to coach against Coach Green in the OVC. He's a great gentleman and a great coach. He had some very successful years here at Southern Miss and again the Conference USA championship. Then, we get to this year's team and this year's coach, Coach (Larry) Eustachy. You're talking about a guy that at one time was the National Coach of the Year. A guy that led a team to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 21 seasons, won 25 games, those are big shoes to fill. Four great coaches, and of course there have been many others. There is great tradition and great history here at Southern Miss which was so appealing to me. Then, you talk about all the great players - and there's so many that you can't mention them all. A few of them are here today. You have to start with maybe the best player, arguably, certainly the leading scorer in the history of the program: Nick Revon. You talk about Wendell Lander, Ricky Jones and Clarence Weatherspoon. I asked Spoon in the interview process, `Spoon, I don't even need a year, just give me one semester man!' Randolph Keys, Derek Hamilton, Joe Courtney, Darrin Chancellor, and Gary Flowers. I could go on and on about the great players that have played here at Southern Miss. So when you talk about the coaches and the players and the history and then you add to it the community of Hattiesburg and the people around the campus community that I've heard nothing but great things about, it equaled out to one of those special situations that I had to consider. I can't tell you how excited I am and proud I am to be in a special situation and we're going to do some big, big things here at Southern Miss.

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2013 Star Troy Williams Postpones Announcement

Troy Williams, one of the top players in the 2013 recruiting class, says he has postponed his announcement "for a while."

Williams was planning to post his school choice on Twitter later today.

troywilliams_ POSTPONED the decision for a while.

Monday, April 30, 2012

DeMarcus Cousins on Team USA: "I would love to do it"

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins says he would love to play for the United States in the 2012 Olympics.

Cousins could potentially earn an opportunity to make Team USA's roster following injuries to several key players.

Here is an excerpt from The Sacramento Bee:

Cousins, in a typically candid postgame conversation, said he hoped to be invited to Las Vegas, and if so, expected to make the final roster. Like, um, the 2012 Olympic roster. "I mean, who wouldn't want to play for Team USA?" he said. "Go over there and represent your country. I would love to do it."

Asked if he would be willing to go to Las Vegas strictly as an invitee with the Select Team, comprised of players chosen to challenge Team USA in scrimmages and practices, influencing the likelihood of their own future Olympic appearances, the Kings second-year center added: "I feel like if I did go play for the Select Team, I probably would get a spot (on the Olympic team). Honestly ... but we'll see."

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Rajon Rondo Suspended One Game Following Ejection

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended one game by the NBA following his ejection on Sunday.

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Rondo chest-bumped referee Marc Davis with 41 seconds remaining in Sunday's 83-74 Game 1 loss at Philips Arena, earning his second technical and automatic ejection. Rondo, who earned both technicals while vehemently protesting a foul call against teammate Brandon Bass, said after the game that the bump was unintentional, but the league apparently viewed it as otherwise.

This is Rondo's second referee-related suspension in three months. He was also suspended for two games in February after zipping a ball at an official.

The NBA rulebook states, "Any player or coach guilty of intentional physical contact with an official shall automatically be suspended without pay for one game. A fine and/or longer period of suspension will result if circumstances so dictate."

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Miami (Ohio) Offers Jordan Fox and Shane Hall

Miami (Ohio) has offered both Jordan Fox and Shane Hall, according to their travel coach.

Hall, a 6-foot-8 power forward at Johnson Central High School, is also receiving interest from Cincinnati and BYU.

Fox is a 6-foot-1 point guard at Dixie Heights.

Murray State Offers 2013 PF Tyrek Coger

Murray State has offered 6-8 power forward Tyrek Coger a scholarship.

Justinbyerly Tyrek Coger 6' 8" PF SEBL Elite 17u got offers from Ole Miss, Murray State, Georgia and LaSalle after performance this weekend. @Tyreeg3

Southern Miss to Introduce Donnie Tyndall Later Today

Southern Miss will introduce new head coach Donnie Tyndall at a 4:00 p.m. ET press conference today.

The event will take place in Room 103 on the first floor at the Trent Lott Center.

Tyndall accepted the Southern Miss job on Saturday morning.

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University of Pikeville Adds Two More Talented Transfers for 2012-13

The University of Pikeville has signed two more talented recruits for the 2012-13 season.

UPIKE has added JUCO transfer Darnell Tubbs and NCAA D1 transfer Trevon Flores.

Trevon Flores

6’11 Forward- JR.

James Madison University

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Bio: Trevon Flores joins the UPIKE Bears after 2 seasons at NCAA Division I James Madison University. As a freshman at JMU, Flores started 24 games for the Dukes while setting a JMU record for blocked shots by a freshman (37) while also finishing 10th in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in blocked shots per game. Flores posted a career high of 11 points as a freshman vs. Norfolk State and 9 rebounds as a sophomore vs. Canisius. In 55 games, 28 as a starter, at JMU, Flores posted averages of 2.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. During his senior season of high school competition, Flores won a Louisiana State Championship alongside Greg Monroe of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons at Helen Cox High School in Harvey, La.

Darnell Tubbs

6’2 Guard

Columbus State Community College

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Bio: Darnell Tubbs comes to UPIKE after two very successful seasons at Columbus State Community College. As a freshman, Tubbs averaged 14.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game for the Cougars. Tubbs helped lead CSCC to a 25-4 record and #11 ranking nationally during his sophomore season while putting up averages of 15.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. During his career at Columbus State, Tubbs was twice named a First Team All OCCAA and, as a freshman, was named a First Team NJCAA All Region 12 selection. Tubbs is a product of Dayton Ohio’s Trotwood Madison High School where he averaged 15.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game as a senior and was named 2nd Team All Area by the Dayton Daily News.

Nerlens Noel Appears on ESPN Radio "The Team"

Future Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel appeared on ESPN Radio 100.3 "The Team" on Friday.

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Rick Pitino to Announce Staff Changes Later Today

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino will announce changes to his coaching staff at a 3:00 p.m. press conference today.

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Rick Pitino will announce the changes to his Louisville basketball coaching staff for the 2012-13 season, including his new assistant coach, during a 3 p.m. press conference on Monday.

Though nothing definitive has been stated, the new assistant is expected to be Kareem Richardson from Xavier.

Richardson spent one season with the Musketeers after three with Drake of the Missouri Valley Conference. He is advertised as a top-level recruiter with outstanding connections in the Midwest

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Dieudonne Headlines 2012 Kentucky All-Star Team

The 2012 Boys Kentucky All-Star Team roster has been released. The team is headlined by Mr. Basketball Nathan Dieudonne and several players who will be playing at NCAA Division I schools next season.

2012 BOYS Kentucky All-Star Team

#1 Nathan Dieudonne, Trinity – 2012 Mr. Kentucky Basketball
#2 Matt Day, Buckhorn
#3 Charles Foster, Trinity
#4 Jay Johnson, Woodford Co.
#5 Twin Lancaster, Logan Co.
#6 Tamron Manning, Scott Co.
#7 Jaysean Paige, Perry Co. Central
#8 Alan Bopper Stenzel, George Rodgers Clark
#9 Jeril Taylor, Pleasure Ridge Park
#10 Mike Terry, Fairview
#11 DJ Townsend, Rowan Co.
#12 Adam Wing, Rowan Co.
#13 Mekale McKay, Moore*

* Contingent upon approval by Arkansas

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Rajon Rondo Ejected in Loss to Atlanta

Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo was ejected late in tonight's NBA playoff game against Atlanta:

The Hawks defeated Boston 83-74 in game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series.

Rondo finished with 20 points, 11 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals.

Georgetown College Applies to Become NCAA DII Member

Georgetown College is applying to become an NCAA Division II member.

Here is a release from Georgetown College:

The Board of Trustees of Georgetown College today unanimously voted for the institution to apply to become an NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division II member. Georgetown is currently an NAIA member school.

This decision caps a year-long process of evaluation by the College’s Board of Trustees which involved input from coaches, students, faculty, alumni, NAIA and NCAA officials, and others. According to Head Football Coach Bill Cronin, “It’s the right move for us, and a real sign that Georgetown College has deepened its commitment to athletics – not only for football but also for all of our athletic teams. NCAA: DII status will help and challenge our entire athletics program.”

Earl Goode, the College’s Board Chair, noted “Our excellent experiences and successes in the NAIA have positioned us for the next chapter of our college athletic experience.”

Athletics Director Brian Evans agreed, and added “I am excited for our athletes and for our coaches. Wearing Georgetown College on our uniforms will continue to be a source of pride.”

Application to the NCAA will be made by June 1; a decision on Georgetown’s application is anticipated by July 15, 2012.

Highlights: Julius Randle at EYBL in Minneapolis

Here are some new highlights of 2013 Kentucky recruit Julius Randle at the Nike EYBL event in Minneapolis recently:

Video: Highlights of Kentucky Recruit Mark Lyons

Check out this new highlight mix of Kentucky recruit Mark Lyons, a transfer from Xavier (video by CLHTV2 on YouTube):

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