Saturday, May 12, 2012

Video: DeMarcus Cousins NBA Mix

Check out these NBA highlights of former University of Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins:

Kentucky Recruits Shine on Day 1 of EYBL Dallas

Kentucky recruits Andrew Wiggins, Jahlil Okafur and Jabari Parker put on a show during Day 1 of the EYBL Dallas event (video by ballislife on YouTube):

Wade O'Connor Joins Donnie Tyndall's Staff at Southern Miss


Former Morehead State associate head coach Wade O'Connor has officially accepted the same position on Donnie Tyndall's staff at Southern Mississippi.

Here is more from HattiesburgAmerican.com:

Tyndall’s associate head coach at Morehead State, Wade O’Connor, will take over the same role at USM after he was passed over this week as a finalist for the top job at Morehead.

Former Mississippi Valley State head coach Sean Woods confirmed Friday to the Hattiesburg American that he has been hired to be the next man at Morehead State, which is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.

O’Connor spent two years as Tyndall’s top assistant at Morehead State after previous stops at Tulane, Marshall, St. Catharine (Ky.) Junior College, and Western Carolina.

“I wanted Wade to get the job so I’m disappointed for him that it didn’t work out,”
Tyndall said Friday. “On the flip side, in Wade we get a very good basketball coach and a good recruiter. I’m excited he’ll be joining us at Southern Miss.”


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Sean Woods Named Head Coach at Morehead State


Morehead State has officially announced the hiring of Sean Woods as head men's basketball coach.

Here is the MSU release:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Sean Woods, who has spent time with five Division I men’s basketball programs and led Mississippi Valley State to the 2012 NCAA Tournament, has been named the 13th head coach in Morehead State University history.

Woods will be formally introduced during a press conference on Monday at 2 p.m. ET. The press conference, which is open to the public, will be held at MSU’s Adron Doran University Center.

“I am very pleased to welcome Sean as the new head men’s basketball coach at Morehead State University,” said Dr. Wayne D. Andrews, MSU president. "I believe that Coach Woods' experience, character and integrity will help us continue the momentum that our basketball program has achieved in recent years. I have no doubt that he will be an outstanding leader for our young men.”

“We are very excited to add Sean and his family to the Morehead State athletics family,” said Brian Hutchinson, MSU director of athletics. “Sean is a strong leader and tireless worker. We were impressed with his energy, character, vision and professionalism throughout the interview process.”

Woods led Mississippi Valley State to 50 overall wins and 44 Southwestern Athletic Conference victories the past four years. The 2011-12 Delta Devils finished 21-13 overall, 17-1 in the SWAC, won the conference tournament and advanced to the school’s fifth-ever NCAA Tournament.

MVSU improved by 14 overall wins and 10 conference victories from his first season to his fourth. Woods was recognized as the 2011-12 SWAC Coach of the Year and earned the prestigious Ben Jobe Award, which honors the top minority coach in NCAA Division I men’s college basketball.

Prior to accepting the head job in Itta Bena, Miss., Woods spent time on the coaching staffs at TCU (2006-08), Texas A&M Corpus Christi (2005-06) and High Point (2003-05).

Woods may be best known as one of the “Unforgettables” from Kentucky’s 1992 East Regional final team. He scored 21 points against Duke in one of the NCAA Tournament’s most memorable games, but Christian Laettner’s buzzer beater gave the Blue Devils a 104-103 overtime win over the Wildcats.

Woods, a UK Athletic Hall of Famer, played in 91 games for the Wildcats from 1989-92. He was coached by Rick Pitino, Tubby Smith, Herb Sendek and Billy Donovan at Kentucky. Pitino, Smith and Donovan all have won national championships as head coaches.

“Sean has an impressive background, ties to the state of Kentucky and has been around some of the top coaches in the game,” Hutchinson added. “Our men’s basketball program has enjoyed a lot of success in recent years, and we look forward to keeping the bar high with Sean at the helm.”

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John Calipari Announces That He'll Coach Dominican Republic Again


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari has officially announced on CoachCal.com that he will coach the Dominican Republic National Team again this summer.

The Dominicans will be playing in the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in hopes of earning a spot in the Olympics.

Here is an excerpt:

John Calipari, who led the Dominican Republic National Team to its best finish in international play last summer, has accepted an offer to coach the Dominican Republic at the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

“I’m really honored that the Dominican federation and Eduardo Najri and Jose Miguel Bonetti have once again asked me to coach their national team,” Calipari said. “It was a wonderful learning experience last time that turned out successful for both the Dominican Republic and my staff.”

Calipari will attempt to guide the Caribbean nation to its first-ever Olympics after leading the Dominican Republic to the doorstep last summer.

“This country is very excited to have Coach Cal back,” said Najri, general manager of the Dominican Republic National Team. “We were following closely during the NCAA Tournament and he had 10 million followers rooting for him in the Dominican Republic. The fact that he’s going to join us again is a great honor and we look forward to finishing what we started last year in Argentina.”

“To have a coach of Coach Cal’s experience is a luxury for our country, said Rafael Uribe, the Dominican Basketball Federation president.

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Check Out This New Footage of Ryan Harrow

These videos should get Kentucky fans excited for next season - Ryan Harrow at the Garner Road Elite College Open Run:




Friday, May 11, 2012

Source: Sean Woods to be Named Morehead State Head Coach


I have been told by a good source that Morehead State will soon name Sean Woods head men's basketball coach.

Woods will be officially announced at a 2:00 p.m. ET press conference on Monday afternoon.

The former University of Kentucky point guard led Mississippi Valley State to a 21-13 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance last season.

Elisha Justice to Hold Youth Basketball Camp in Pikeville


Elisha Justice, who has transferred from Louisville to the University of Pikeville, plans to hold a middle school basketball camp next week.

The camp will take place May 14-17 at the Dorton Middle School gym in Pike County.

Source

Morehead State Has Not Offered Job to Matthew Graves


There is a rumor on Hoopdirt.com that Morehead State has already offered the head coaching job to Butler associate head coach Matthew Graves.

I can confirm that the rumor is false.

Morehead State has not offered the job to anyone at this point and interviews are still ongoing.

Graves is certainly in the final mix but reports that he has been offered the job are false.

Here is the Hoopdirt report:

According to two separate sources, Butler associate head coach Matthew Graves has been offered the Morehead State job. I have heard that he expects to make his decision by no later than 4:00 this afternoon. I have also heard that he has been offered somewhere in the area of $185,000 per season for four years with additional incentives for NCAA appearances and academic goals. Stay tuned on this one - I'll bring you more as I hear it.

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UK Recruit Troy Williams Plans to Expand Final List


Troy Williams may be adding a couple of schools to his final list. Williams told National Recruiting Spotlight that he'll likely add two schools to his list and those two will probably come from Florida, Villanova, Georgetown and Louisville.

Williams, a 6-foot-6 small forward, had planned to commit last week but decided he wasn't ready.

Here is an excerpt from NRS:

“We’ll probably let two more schools back in, just to see what else is out there,” Williams told NRS. “It’s probably going to be between Florida, Villanova, Georgetown and Louisville. It will probably be Georgetown and Florida.”

Although he’s looking to expand his list, the Virginia native said he knew which program he wanted to commit to last week but wasn’t entirely ready to end the recruiting process.

“That morning, I talked to my uncle [Boo Williams] about it and we decided to hold off,” Williams said. “I didn’t really feel like it was too early but we both didn’t feel too comfortable with it.”

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Photo: Rivals.com

Update on Morehead State's Coaching Search


Morehead State is down to three finalists and will likely name a new head coach soon.

Interviews are ongoing and there is speculation that a decision could be made as early as today (almost certainly by Monday).

The final three are (in no particular order):

- Wade O'Connor - Associate Head Coach, Morehead State

- Sean Woods - Head Coach, Mississippi Valley State

- Matthew Graves - Associate Head Coach, Butler University

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Anthony Davis Samples a Blazzin Hot Win

Watch Anthony Davis' reaction after he tries a "blazzin wing" at Buffalo Wild Wings (video by titanxman04 on YouTube):

Orlando Antigua Named Top Assistant Coach Under 40


ESPN.com has named the top 10 college basketball assistant coaches under the age of 40.

The list is headed by University of Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua.

Butler assistant Matthew Graves, who is a finalist for the Morehead State head coaching job, is also on the list.

Here is an excerpt:

1.Orlando Antigua (Kentucky): The former Pitt standout helped John Calipari sign another top-ranked recruiting class. He’s also assisted Calipari in developing the young prodigies who have come to Lexington. After Kentucky won the national title in April, Antigua was a candidate for multiple jobs, including Duquesne. It’s just a matter of time before he’s leading his own show. He turns 40 next year.

9.Matthew Graves (Butler): Last year, Brad Stevens promoted Graves, who’s in his late 30s, to an associate head-coaching position, a credit to his role in the program’s success. You don’t reach back-to-back national title games as a mid-major program by accident. Stevens and his staff put the program on the national map. With a move to the Atlantic 10, the Bulldogs will attain even more national exposure. And Graves, who’s been vital to the program’s efforts in recent years, will end up on a multitude of lists once jobs open up again after next season
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Terrence Jones to Sign with Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group


According to Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com, former Kentucky star Terrence Jones will sign with Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group:

DraftExpress Kentucky's Terrence Jones will sign with Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group, according to a source close to the process.

Tom Crean Explains Stance on Kentucky vs. Indiana Series


Indiana head coach Tom Crean tried to explain his stance on the Kentucky vs. Indiana men's basketball series on Tuesday night.

Here is an excerpt from SI.com:

Tom Crean is content playing one game a season in Indianapolis -- just not two.

One week after Indiana announced it would not renew its contract with Kentucky because of a dispute over where the rivals should play, Crean explained the reason for the split: The games belong on campus.

"First off, someone asked me do you not want to play neutral sites? We have neutral sites," Crean told reporters Tuesday night before meeting with fans at Lucas Oil Stadium. "When the Crossroads Classic came in, that became something that was going to be locked in every year. Even though it's in Indianapolis, it's a neutral site. It's not a home site. You always want to have the ability to play in exempt tournaments. We've done that in the past. We have it this year, playing in New York. So there's three right there."


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Anthony Davis Has a Future Beyond Basketball...As a Fry Cook

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis appears to have a future outside of basketball:



Willmartin4 If all else fails in basketball, @AntDavis23 has a solid future in the frying business @gwcbww http://pic.twitter.com/9NVfjsup

John Calipari Visits St. Joseph High School in Connecticut

Kentucky head coach John Calipari visited St. Joseph (Conn.) High School and longtime friend Vito Montelli on Wednesday.

Calipari was the guest speaker at the St. Joseph boys' basketball banquet:





Read the article at NHRegister.com

Donovan Johnson Transfers to Kentucky Wesleyan College


Kentucky Wesleyan College has added 6-6 sophomore Donovan Johnson, a transfer from Wabash Valley College and native of Shelbyville, Kentucky.

Here is the release from KWC:

Donovan Johnson, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound sophomore forward from Wabash Valley (Jr.) College in Mt. Carmel, Ill., will transfer to Kentucky Wesleyan College to play basketball, according to Panther head coach Todd Lee.

Johnson, a native of Shelbyville, Ky. (Shelby County HS), led the Warriors in field goal percentage at 53.9 and free throw percentage at 82.7 while finishing fourth in scoring 9.4 points per game during the 2011-12 season.

The All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference and All-Region 24 selection also averaged 5.9 rebounds with 44 assists, 40 steals and 14 blocks in 30 games.

"Donovan is a very good athlete and has the ability to play more than one position," Lee stated. "Two of our spring recruiting goals are to become more athletic at certain positions plus add quickness. Donovan fulfills both areas very well."

Johnson helped WVC to a 25-8 record, the Region 24 title and a eighth place finish at the 2012 NJCAA Championship for head coach Dan Sparks.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Kentucky Could Play Road Game at Cincinnati in 2012-13


There is a chance that the Kentucky Wildcats will have a road game at Cincinnati in the Big East/SEC Challenge next season.

Here is more from Cincinnati.com:

If things break just right with the Big East/SEC Challenge – which means if ESPN gives its blessing – there’s a chance that national champion Kentucky could play at UC in 2012-13.

Of course, those are two really big ‘ifs,’ but such a matchup is at least a legitimate possibility.

The Bearcats, who won at Georgia last year in the Big East/SEC Challenge, are scheduled to play in it again this season, this time as a home team. Kentucky is scheduled to be in the event as a road team.

“Last year we lobbied for Kentucky but ESPN picks the matchups,” Cronin said. “Now there’s speculation that Kentucky will be sent here because they’re a road team and we’re a home team. You’d think it would be logical because we’re close by. But ESPN makes that decision.”


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UK Target Wayne Selden Talks Recruiting and More

Kentucky 2014 recruit Wayne Selden talks recruiting and more with FiveStarBasketball.com:

Coach Says Amile Jefferson to Decide by Next Wednesday


According to his high school coach, 2012 star Amile Jefferson will make his college decision and announcement by next Wednesday.

Adam Zagoria broke the news on Twitter:

AdamZagoria Amile Jefferson will "decide/announce by next Wednesday," his HS coach, Jason Polykoff, tells @SNYtv. That's the end of the late signing per

Jefferson is a 6-8 power forward from Friends Central (Penn.) School. He ranks No. 36 on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Next Wednesday marks the last day of the Spring signing period.

Kelly Wells Talks UPIKE Basketball and More

University of Pikeville head coach Kelly Wells talks about UPIKE basketball and his decision to pull out of the Morehead State search:

Hoopdirt Looks at Morehead State Coaching Search


Hoopdirt.com has listed some candidates for the Morehead State job:

I have heard that Pikeville head coach Kelly Wells has withdrawn from consideration for the Morehead State job. It sounds like four who are still in the mix are: Brian Lane (Head Coach Transylvania), Wade O’Connor (Assistant Coach Morehead State), Happy Osbourne (former Georgetown College [KY] Head Coach), and Sean Woods (Head Coach Mississippi Valley State).

Source

In my opinion, this list is way off base. I'll just leave it at that. I would anticipate that a hire is made within the next week or so.

Rajon Rondo Calls Out Cameraman, Charles Barkley Calls Out Rondo's Jacket

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was not in the mood to be filmed following Boston's playoff loss to Atlanta the other day - and of course, Charles Barkley is there for comic relief:

John Calipari Talks New York Knicks, Mike Woodson


Kentucky head coach John Calipari has once again publicly stated he has no interest in leaving Lexington for New York (or any other job in the NBA).

Calipari recently told Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News he has no plans of leaving Kentucky and Mike Woodson will be the the coach of the Knicks.

Here is an excerpt:

“Mike Woodson is a dear friend of mine and he is doing an unbelievable job and he has gotten Carmelo (Anthony) to be the Carmelo he needs to be to win,” Calipari said. “And I got the best job in basketball, in my opinion. You don’t need to make decisions financially, which I did the last time when I went to the Nets. Fifteen million back in 1996, when you’re a kid, is like $30 million now. At Kentucky, you can win championships. And you have a stage that really helps the young people.

“I’m not going to to the Knicks. Mike Woodson will be your coach.”


Source

Video: Terrence Jones Singing Teach Me About Kentucky

Check out former Kentucky star Terrence Jones singing "Teach Me About Kentucky" live at Wick's Pizza:

Potential Indiana vs. Louisville Series May Wait a Year


According to Andy Katz of ESPN.com, a potential series between Indiana and Lousville may have to wait a year.

Here is more from Katz:

Louisville coach Rick Pitino said in a text Tuesday night that Indiana and Louisville couldn’t get a date set to schedule a game next season. Indiana coach Tom Crean wasn’t ready to close the door in his response, saying he wasn’t sure. But Pitino said he’s now trying to start the home-and-home series in 2013-14, which is a shame considering that the two teams could be ranked 1-2 to start next season. Indiana still has a few more games to schedule.

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Brandon Knight Destroys Fan in Game of H.O.R.S.E.

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight made a recent public appearance in the Detroit area. Knight interacted with fans, signed autographs and worked over a contest winner in a game of H.O.R.S.E.:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Thamel: NCAA Investigating Nerlens Noel's Recruitment


According to Pete Thamel (surprise) of the New York Times, the NCAA is investigating the recruitment of Kentucky signee Nerlens Noel.

EVERETT, Mass. — The N.C.A.A. sent two members of its enforcement staff to Massachusetts this week to inquire about Nerlens Noel, who is the country’s top basketball recruit and has committed to play at Kentucky.

Cindi Merrill and Frank Smith, assistant directors of enforcement with the N.C.A.A., went to Everett High School on Tuesday to meet with school officials about the 6-foot-10 Noel, who spent his freshman and sophomore years there. Merrill and Smith specialize in basketball-related issues.

The Everett High School principal, Louis Baldi, said the meeting lasted an hour and 15 minutes and centered on “concerns we had as adults” for Noel. He said the conversation was similar to one he had with a reporter in February about Noel’s background and the people surrounding him.

“I didn’t get any sense,” Baldi said when asked about the conversation’s tone. “It was a conversation, very collegial. That was really it. They didn’t ask me any investigative-type questions.”

Baldi said the N.C.A.A. officials asked him not to reveal the specifics of the conversation, which is common practice
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Photo: Rivals.com

Prince, Knight in top Detroit Pistons Highlights for 2011-12

Here are some of the best highlights of the 2011-12 Detroit Pistons - includes plenty of Brandon Knight and Tayshaun Prince:

Holmes Senior Dontel Rice Signs with Gulf Coast State College

Holmes senior forward Dontel Rice has signed a full scholarship to play at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida:

Derek Willis Headlines 2012 Kentucky Junior All-Stars


The Kentucky Junior All-Stars for 2012 have been announced. There will be games in Lexington and Louisville in early June and the rosters for each game are slightly different.

Boys Team Blue - June 4th in Lex.

Ken-Jah Bosley - Madison Central
Kelton Ford - Larue Co.
Taylor Gover - Pulaski Co.
Dominique Hawkins - Madison Central
Daryl Hicks - Trinity
Lavone Holland - Ballard
Jordan Majors - Hopkinsville
Omar Prewitt - Montgomery Co.
Jay Smith - Dunbar
Quan Taylor - Madison Central
Charles Washington - Lafayette
Derek Willis - Bullitt East

Boys Team White - June 6th in Lou.

Dominique Hawkins - Madison Central
Daryl Hicks - Trinity
Lavone Holland - Ballard
Stuart Jackson - Central
Brock Kiesler - Saint X
Demetrius McReynolds - Butler
Logan Obryan - Daviess Co.
Omar Prewitt - Montgomery Co.
Trey Rakes - Bullitt East
Rusty Troutman - Bullitt East
Quan Taylor - Madison Central
Derek Willis - Bullitt East

Here is more about the game:

Dave Satterly, Game Director from the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation announced a new format for the Junior Ky All-Stars today.

18 Juniors were chosen at try out earlier in the month to play the Senior Ky All-Stars. Six (6) core players plus six (6) chosen for each team. On June 4th 12 Juniors will scrimmage the Seniors in Lexington, Ky. and then on June 6th 12 Juniors will scrimmage the Seniors in Louisville. Ky. The following week 12 of those original 18 Juniors will be chosen to play the Indiana Juniors on June 15th at Heritage Christian in Indianapolis, and then the following day at North Oldham High School in Goshen, Ky
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Louisville and Indiana Discussing Men's Basketball Series


Louisville and Indiana are discussing the idea of a home-and-home men's basketball series.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino says such a series "would be good for college basketball."

Here is an excerpt from ESPN.com:

Louisville coach Rick Pitino said he wants to play Indiana next season. Hoosiers coach Tom Crean confirmed that the two sides are discussing the idea of a home-and-home series. “This is something we have to consider,’’ Crean said. IU is playing Butler in Indianapolis and could play UCLA or Georgetown in the Legends Classic in Brooklyn. IU could also draw North Carolina in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge in the most likely scenario. Louisville is in the Battle 4 Atlantis with a field that has all NCAA projected or bubble teams in Duke, Memphis, Stanford, Missouri, Minnesota, VCU and Northern Iowa. The Cards host Kentucky and will play a road SEC-Big East Challenge game. IU and Kentucky couldn’t agree on a series for next season, leaving the Hoosiers open to another high-profile game. “The polls have us 1 and 2,’’ Pitino said. “It would be good for us to have a game a 1-[hour], 45-[minute] bus ride away. It would be good for college basketball.’’

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Quincy Hankins-Cole Has Outstanding Season in Iceland

Former University of Pikeville star Quincy Hankins-Cole just finished up a very successful first season in Iceland:



Hankins-Cole plays for Snaefell in Iceland's top-level Express League. In 25 games, he averaged 18.2 points and a league best 13.0 rebounds per game.

He was named to the Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Second Team:

Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League

1st Team
G: Darrin Govens (185-88) of Thor Thorl
G: Justin Shouse (180-81) of Stjarnan
F: J'Nathan Bullock (196-87) of Grindavik
G: Charles Parker (193-85) of Keflavik
F: Nathan Walkup (200-88) of Fjolnir

2nd Team
G: Magnus Gunnarsson (186-81) of Keflavik
G: Giordan Watson (178-85) of Grindavik
G/F: Marvin Valdimarsson (198-81) of Stjarnan
F: Jarryd Cole (204-88) of Keflavik
F: Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-90) of Snaefell

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Kelly Wells Withdraws Name from Morehead State Search

University of Pikeville head coach Kelly Wells has informed UPIKE administration that he has withdrawn his name from consideration for the vacant Morehead State job.

Wells is staying at UPIKE for the 2012-13 season.

Herald-Leader Delivers "Interesting" Cartoon About John Calipari

The Lexington Herald-Leader's Joel Pett ran an interesting cartoon in today's paper:



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Anthony Davis Signs Baby Version of His Poster

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis signed a unique poster on Monday night:



RantSports.com says Davis is going to be a PR dream from whichever NBA team lands him:

Anthony Davis is going to be a star in the NBA. You can mark that down right now. Monday night, Davis was signing autographs when a couple from Louisville came up with the best picture to get signed. Earlier in the year, Davis took a photo behind five basketballs with his arms outstretched. Baby Aiden posed for the same picture and had it autographed by Davis.

That is just a great picture of the baby and Anthony Davis. Davis is going to be a star not only off the court, but on the court. He’s insightful and well-spoken. He’s a PR dream and he’s going to make some team very happy. You can market him and rebuild your franchise around him.

If presidential candidates are used to kissing babies, athletes autographing pictures of babies imitating them has to be the next step. If they can pull off a move like Aiden did, the sky is the limit for them. It is a great picture, even though Aiden will have a zero percent chance of remembering exactly went down. That’s what sucks about being really young or really old. Your memory is non-existent
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Former Louisville Star Taquan Dean to Finish Season in Spain


Former Louisville star Taquan Dean has signed on with Valencia Basket through the end of this season.

Valencia Basket is currently 20-14 in Spain's top-level ACB league.

Dean started the season with Sidigas Avellino in Italy. He averaged 16.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game in the top-level SerieA league.

Here is more from ValenciaBasket.com:

Valencia Basket and escort Taquan Dean (1.93, 29, Red Bank, New Jersey) have reached an agreement for the player, once overcome the various medical tests, the discipline s'incorpore orange until the end of season.

Taquan Dean has played this season in the Legacy of Avellino in Italy, and could join the team orange once it has finished the competition with the Italian.

The escort has experience in ACB, after playing the 2008-09 season with CB Murcia, the start of 2009-10 with Unicaja Malaga and then Caja Labor (Europe only).

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Kansas Governor Making Good on NCAA Championship Wager


Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is paying off a friendly wager he made with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.

Brownback and Beshear made a wager on the NCAA title game between Kansas and Kentucky.

Here is more from TheRepublic.com:

Brownback had promised to send beef to the Bluegrass State if the Kansas Jayhawks lost the NCAA championship game to the Kentucky Wildcats. Beshear had pledged Kentucky country ham to Kansas if the Jayhawks prevailed.

The Jayhawks lost the title game 67-59, and Brownback is making good with a shipment of 440 Kansas steak burgers. Beshear is to accept the donation Tuesday at Hope House, a Lexington shelter serving the homeless and people with addiction and mental health issues
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Georgetown College Accepts Invitation to Join G-MAC


Georgetown College has accepted an invitation to join the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

The G-MAC is a new NCAA Division II conference that also includes UVa.-Wise and Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Here is a release from the league:

INDIANAPOLIS – Great Midwest Athletic Conference Commissioner Tom Daeger announced on Tuesday that Georgetown College has accepted an invitation to join the G-MAC as a Provisional Member, effective July 1, 2012.

Georgetown, which recently announced intentions to apply for NCAA Division II membership, is the eighth member institution of the G-MAC.

Georgetown joins The University of Virginia's College at Wise as a Provisional Member of the G-MAC. If successfully admitted into NCAA Division II candidacy, Georgetown will become a Full Member of the G-MAC and join charter members Cedarville University (Cedarville, Ohio), Central State University (Wilberforce, Ohio), Kentucky Wesleyan College (Owensboro, Ky.), Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville, Tenn.), Urbana University (Urbana, Ohio), and Ursuline College (Pepper Pike, Ohio).

Georgetown, a private, liberal arts college located in Georgetown, Ky., will apply for NCAA Division II membership prior to June 1. If approved by the NCAA Division II Membership Committee, Georgetown will enter the candidacy process with the goal of becoming an active NCAA Division II member for the 2015-16 academic year.

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Tom Crean Takes a Small Jab at Kentucky

Indiana head coach Tom Crean took a subtle jab at the University of Kentucky on Twitter this afternoon.

In the wake of Indiana's decision to end the men's basketball series between the two schools, Crean went to Twitter to talk baseball:

TomCrean Kentucky comes to Bloomington tomorrow to play Indiana........... In Baseball. It starts at 3. They need a great crowd at that game.

TomCrean Check that. The game is now Wednesday. The Hoosiers have now won 6 of their last 7. Good to see Micha Johnson back in the lineup.

Hopefully, Indiana baseball fans won't act like Indiana basketball fans:

Check Out This Picture of Rex Chapman

I don't really have an explanation for this one but check out this picture of Rex Chapman:

rexchapman Crew thought my shorts were too high. #Haters #sosexy http://pic.twitter.com/Uenqzapg



* If you're not following Rex on Twitter, do yourself a big favor: @rexchapman

Heshimu Evans, Benfica Return to LPB Championship Game


Former Kentucky star Heshimu Evans and Benfica are headed back to the LPB championship series in Portugal.

Benfica defeated Lusitania 67-61 over the weekend to win the semifinal series 3-1.

Former West Virginia State star Ted Scott led the way with 18 points. Marcus Norris chipped in 6 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

Evans chipped in 6 points and 2 rebounds.

Benfica will battle Porto Ferpinta for the LPB championship. The series tips off this coming weekend.

In 28 games this season, Evans has averaged 9.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

The LPB is Portugal's top-level basketball league.

Source: EuroBasket.com

Video: Rick Pitino on the Kentucky Derby Red Carpet

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino does a brief interview on the Kentucky Derby red carpet over the weekend:

Calipari on Scheduling: The 25-Year-Old Model Doesn't Work Anymore


Kentucky head coach John Calipari has written a long piece explaining his scheduling philosophy at UK.

Calipari says the 25-year-old model of scheduling no longer works for Kentucky.

Check out Calipari's thoughts:

Big Blue Nation, it’s time we learn and come to grips with the fact that we are not a traditional program. We haven’t been one for the last three years, and going forward, this will continue to be a nontraditional program.

The 25-year-old model doesn’t work anymore. It is done and blown up. We are going by our own model now: the gold standard. Everyone has to accept that.

We are going through things that no other program in the history of college basketball has gone through. No other program is losing five or six players a year. We are facing issues and having to make decisions with the thought of what’s next and where are we going, which includes our schedule.

When we schedule, there are three factors my staff and our administration must take into consideration: (1) preparing our players for the postseason, (2) our fans and (3) the financial component
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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Anthony Bennett is No Longer Considering Kentucky

Anthony Bennett, the top remaining uncommitted player in the 2012 recruiting class, is no longer considering Kentucky. Bennett is down to UNLV and Oregon on his final list.

Evan Daniels of Scout.com confirmed the news:

EvanDanielscout Mike George confirmed with me that Kentucky is no longer under consideration for Anthony Bennett.

2013 Star James Young is on the Rise, Likes Kentucky


James Young, a 6-6 small forward from Troy (Mich.), is a 2013 star on the rise. The left-handed Young is now considered a top 10 player in the recruiting class and he openly says that he likes Kentucky.

Here is more from Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com:

“My strongest point is getting to the hole,” he said. “Guys don't know how to guard left-handed.”

In terms of recruiting, Young mentioned Kentucky, Michigan State, Ohio State and Providence. Kansas is also in the mix. Young said he wants to visit Kentucky and Ohio State during the summer.

As he has said in the past, Young named Kentucky as his favorite.

“I love their offensive system,” he said. “[John] Calipari is a good coach. I like the way they play offense and defense; they get up and down the floor. It's a good educational school too.”

Calipari was in the stands to watch some of Young's games last weekend at the Boo Williams Sportsplex.

“It means a lot, it's a blessing. Not every kid gets that,” he said. “I watched them growing up. They like to win and that's something I like to do. I just always liked Kentucky.”


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Calipari May Coach Star 2015 Recruit This Summer


Kentucky head coach John Calipari may have the unique opportunity to coach one of the top 2015 recruits in the nation.

Karl Towns, a 6-11 sophomore at St. Joe's (NJ) High School, will have a chance to make Calipari's Dominican Republic national team this summer.

Here's more from ZagsBlog.com:

Karl Towns is a 16-year-old basketball prodigy who could play for John Calipari’s Dominican Republic team in this summer’s London Olympics.

A 6-foot-11 rising sophomore at St. Joe’s High School in Metuchen, N.J., Towns, whose mother, Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, is Dominican, trained with the Dominican Senior National Team last year and has been invited to do so again this year.

“The Olympic team, yeah,” Towns told SNY.tv Saturday at the Mary Kline Classic. “They asked me to come over. They want me to play. I’m just going to go down to Kentucky and practice with them. I know [the training] is soon.”


According to the article, Kentucky is one of several high-major schools that are targeting Towns:

“As you know, Kentucky’s always the top,” Towns Sr. said.

None of the aforementioned schools –except Kentucky — will host Towns this summer for Olympic training.

And only one school’s coach can potentially coach Towns this summer in London.

“You know,” Towns said, “Kentucky’s a great school. I already took a nice visit down there. I think the school is just amazing. It’s just seeing how the future unfolds for me.”


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Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas are UK Graduates

University of Kentucky seniors Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas went through graduation ceremonies today.

John Calipari posted a picture on Twitter:

UKCoachCalipari And here I am with the two graduates: http://yfrog.com/kes3kasj #WeAreUK

Mark Lyons is Headed to Arizona


Xavier transfer Mark Lyons has committed to the Arizona Wildcats. He chose Arizona over Kentucky and Kansas.

JasonScheer Mark Lyons is officially headed to Arizona.

Video: John Calipari on the Red Carpet at the Kentucky Derby

Here is Kentucky head coach John Calipari on the red carpet at the Kentucky Derby:

Kentucky Christian University Signs Dallas O'Brien


Kentucky Christian University has signed Dallas O'Brien of Micah Christian School in Louisville.

Here is a release from KCU:

The Knights have signed a new player to the 2012-13 squad. Assistant Coach Grady Lowe traveled to the Micah Christian School in Louisville, KY to sign Dallas O’Brien. Dallas was a guard for the Lions, who are a perennial power house in the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association. O’Brien did a little bit of everything on the floor for his team, from scoring, to rebounding, finding his open teammates with the ball and playing strong hard defense every single game. “Dallas is a very well rounded player, who will bring an excellent work ethic and positive attitude to the Knights next season. It has been a true joy recruiting him as a player and getting to know him as a young Christian man.” Said coach Lowe.

“Coach Lowe knows talent when he sees it, so I know that adding Dallas to the team is a great thing. I can’t wait to see him in action on the floor for the Knights next season.” Coach Ron Reed.

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Nazr Mohammed Plays Big Role in Win Over Dallas


Former Kentucky big man Nazr Mohammed was called into action Saturday night when an injury sidelined Kendrick Perkins.

Mohammed played his role well as Oklahoma City defeated Dallas 103-97 to capture the best-of-seven series.

The veteran big man finished with 4 points and 2 rebounds but most importantly, he gave the Thunder a much-needed big man in the paint.

Newsok.com caught up with Mohammed after the game:

With Perk sidelined, you had to come in and play some significant minutes. Is there pressure there?

“That's your job. Try to stay ready and be ready to go out there and do what you can do when your number's called.”

How much of a challenge is it, though, to change on the fly and have a rotation you're not used to?

“It's difficult, but it's the playoffs. It happens. You've got a split second to kind of adjust yourself and change your mentality.”


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