Saturday, May 19, 2012

UK Players Give Big Assist to Sick Nicholasville Boy


A Nicholasville boy with cystic fibrosis credits several University of Kentucky athletes for his will to live.

Reese Kemp was diagnosed with the disease when he was just 23 months old. He also lost his father when he was just 5. His mother says Kemp often struggled with the will to live.

UK athletes, including several basketball players, have given Kemp a big assist.

Here is more from WKYT.com:

Soon, other UK athletes began to visit Kemp. Basketball players John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe were the first. After those guys left for the NBA, Terrence Jones became a big influence in Kemp’s battle. The kid thrived and found a desire to live.

“When I met him, if was after a game. It was just us in there,” Jones said. “He was really funny and I said, ‘I’ve got to hang out with this dude.’”

“I thought it was a dream at first,” Reese Kemp said. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. I wanted to freak out, but then again, I wanted to remain calm.”

Kemp’s room is dedicated to his love for the Wildcats, decorated with pictures and posters of his favorite UK players.

“It helped lift my spirits,” Reese Kemp said. “It shows what they can do and that they’re not big-headed stars that people think they are, on the court or off. They can be really cool guys that you can hang around. They can turn someone’s life around, like they did mine.”

Kemp began playing sports and enjoying life again, his mother said.

“He thrived,” Shantelle Kemp said. “He had hope. For the first time, I saw hope in him.”


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Monty Boykins Gets Offer from Northern Kentucky


Lakota West (OH) junior guard Monty Boykins has picked up an offer from Northern Kentucky University.

Here is more from Cincinnati.com:

Northern Kentucky University offered Lakota West junior guard Monty Boykins on Wednesday night, according to Lakota West coach Sean Van Winkle. Boykins also has offers that include Duquesne, Miami University, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Kennesaw State and James Madison. Boykins, an Enquirer Division I all-area selection this past season, was honorable mention all-state. He averaged 16.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals.

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Heshimu Evans, Benfica Take 2-1 Lead in LPB Title Series


Former Kentucky star Heshimu Evans led Benfica to a 67-66 win over Porto Ferpinta in Game 3 of Portugal's LPB championship series.

With the win, Benfica now leads the series 2-1.

Evans led the way in game 3 with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Former Ball State star Marcus Norris added 15 points.

Carlos Andrade paced Porto Ferpinta with 14 points and 11 boards.

The two teams will meet again in Sunday's critical Game 4.

In 31 games this season, Evans has averaged 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

Source: EuroBasket.com

Video: Shagari Alleyne Still Playing Basketball

Former Kentucky/Manhattan big man Shagari Alleyne is still playing basketball for the Albany Legends in the IBA:





The Legends are currently 9-2 on the season and near the top of the IBA standings.

Troy Williams Talks About Postponing Decision and More


Kentucky and Louisville recruit Troy Williams recently spoke to Scout.com about postponing his decision and adding other schools to his list.

Here is an excerpt:

“I wasn’t really ready yet,” he explained. “I talked to my uncle, I talked to him that day and we were going do it, but . . . I was undecided.”

The No. 27-ranked player by Scout.com in the crop of rising seniors (class of 2013) was guided by the advice of his uncle.

“Just talking to him, he thought I should look at a little bit more schools and see how I feel,” Williams said.

As for which schools are on his list at this point, Williams remarked, “It’s still kind of two. I’ve just been in touch with four other schools.”

Those four programs are Louisville, Georgetown, South Carolina, and Florida, all of whom Williams claims offers from.

Regarding offers, Williams said that he still does have scholarship offers from both UNC and UK as well. He noted that he did not try to verbally commit to either program
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Video: 2013 Star Julius Randle is a Beast

Check out the latest highlights of 2013 star Julius Randle, who is clearly a beast:

Friday, May 18, 2012

Montrezl Harrell Will Visit Louisville First


According to InsidetheVille.com, 2012 power forward Montrezl Harrell will visit Louisville first.

Harrell was just given his official release from Virginia Tech and is considering several new schools, including Louisville and Kentucky.

Here is more from Mike Hughes on Twitter:

ITVHughes Breaking News at http://InsideTheVille.com. Montrezl Harrell schedules first visit to Louisville.....stay tuned to the site for the update.

ITVHughes Montrezl Harrell sets first visit to Louisville. Harrell's dad tells http://InsideTheVille.com why Cards a favorite. http://louisville.scout.com/2/1187754.html

SLAM Magazine Names 2012 High School All-Americans


Kentucky signee Nerlens Noel has been named First Team High School All-American by SLAM Magazine.

Alex Poythress is on the Second Team and Archie Goodwin is on the Third Team.

UK recruit Jabari Parker is also on the First Team.

First Team

Isaiah Austin (Baylor)
Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA)
Kyle Anderson (UCLA)
Nerlens Noel (Kentucky)
Jabari Parker (Kentucky rising senior at Simeon Academy in Chicago)

Second Team

Steven Adams (Pitt)
Anthony Bennett (UNLV)
Grant Jerrett (Arizona)
Alex Poythress (Kentucky)
Marcus Smart (Oklahoma)

Third Team

Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona)
Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke)
Archie Goodwin (Kentucky)
Ricardo Ledo (Providence)
Sam Dekker (Wisconsin)

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Signs a Deal with Nike

Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has apparently signed a deal with Nike.

Kidd-Gilchrist posted a picture on Twitter and said he's glad to be in the Nike family:

MikeGillie14 Glad to be apart of the Nike Family! #Blessed http://yfrog.com/gyqwvokfj

Bellarmine's Braydon Hobbs is Headed to Australia


Former Bellarmine University star Braydon Hobbs is taking his basketball talents to Australia.

Hobbs has signed a one-year deal with the McDonalds Meteors in the Queensland Basketball League.

Here's a release from BU:

The McDonalds Meteors are pleased to announce the signing of Braydon Hobbs for the 2012 Queensland Basketball League season.

The 23-year old will join the reigning QBL men's champions after signing a one-year deal, rounding out the teams roster and filling the clubs second restricted player position.

Hobbs joins the McDonalds Meteors after an outstanding college career at Bellarmine University where he led the team to a national championship in his junior year and was named Division II National Player of the Year in his senior year. A native of New Albany, Indiana, Hobbs was the first Bellarmine player to win the prestigious national player of the year award.

A 6-foot-5 guard, Hobbs averaged 12.3 points per game, 3.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists and lead the team in steals throughout his senior campaign. He also ranked third in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.05 to 1. Along with being named to the All-American first team, Hobbs also was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2012. In his 4-year career at Bellarmine University, Hobbs never missed a game, starting in all 133 contests, helping turn the Bellarmine program into a national collegiate powerhouse.

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Marquis Teague Will Be a Safe Pick in NBA Draft


Sam Amick of SI.com says former Kentucky star Marquis Teague will be a safe pick in the NBA Draft.

Amick lists Teague on his list of players who might not make NBA All-Stars, but are easiest to project.

Here is an excerpt:

Marquis Teague, Kentucky, freshman point guard (6-2, 189): With the way the NBA is being ruled by the Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook types, point guards who can't defend are being exposed more than ever. Teague has the ability to slow speedy point guards while applying pressure himself. While his regular-season numbers weren't spectacular (10 points on 41.2 percent shooting, 4.8 assists and 2.7 turnovers), he produced better when it counted most (13.3 points on 45.9 percent shooting, 4.8 assists and 2.5 turnovers in six NCAA tournament games). He could be a quality pick late in the first round.

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EKU Adds JUCO Transfer Marcus Lewis for 2012-13


Eastern Kentucky has added 6-4 guard/forward Marcus Lewis for 2012-13. Lewis is a transfer from South Suburban College.

Here is the release from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball head coach Jeff Neubauer announced today that Marcus Lewis will transfer to EKU for the 2012-13 season.

Lewis, a native of Streamwood, Ill., spent the previous two years at South Suburban College under head coach John Pigatti. The 6-4 guard/forward averaged 13.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game this past winter while helping the Bulldogs finish 33-4 overall and third at the NJCAA Division II national tournament. He also ranked third nationally in steals per game (3.5).

Under Pigatti, South Suburban College has turned into a national power at the NJCAA Division II level. The Bulldogs have been ranked No.1 nationally at some point during the regular season in each of the previous two years. This year’s team posted a program record 33 wins while its third place finish at the national tourney was its highest finish ever.

“Marcus is an explosive athlete whose best basketball is ahead of him,” Neubauer said. “He played a major role in helping his team finish with a 33-4 record. Marcus and his family are great additions to the EKU basketball program.”

Lewis played high school basketball at Streamwood where he was named all-conference, all-area and honorable mention all-state. One of Lewis’ favorite highlights was winning the Chicago High School Classic dunk contest.

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Changes Coming for Kentucky vs. Tennessee Series?


A look at future scheduling in the SEC suggests that a change could be in store for Kentucky's longtime series with Tennessee.

When the league goes to an 18-game schedule, there's a possibility that the rivals will only meet once a season rather than the traditional home-and-home series.

Here are some thoughts from RockyTopTalk.com:

A story by Wes Rucker at GoVols247 this morning suggests an awful possibility: the new SEC Basketball schedule, with the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, could mean only one annual home-and-home rivalry series for each team in the conference. I have no concrete idea how the powers that be would structure an 18 game schedule, but Rucker's story includes quotes from both Cuonzo Martin and Dave Hart suggesting that if only one annual rivalry series was allowed, the Vols would draw Vanderbilt...meaning Tennessee and Kentucky would play each other only once per season more often than not.

You can make the math work several other ways - a 14 team league playing 18 conference games certainly allows for five annual home-and-home rivalry series for each team while playing the other eight opponents only once each year. I have no idea why we're not going in that direction, though I suppose some schools could find that setup unfair or unbalanced (I'm sure all of us would want Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and Florida twice a year under a model like that, which might make it harder to win the league, but then again life has never been easy in the old SEC East in basketball).


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Ray Kasongo to Try Out for Canada's Cadet Men's National Team


East Ridge star Ray Kasongo is currently in Canada to tryout for the country's U17 national team, which is titled the cadet men's national team.

The cadet team will compete in the FIBA U17 World Championship for Men in Lithuania from June 29 - July 8.

Kasongo is one of 30 athletes invited to tryout for the team.

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2012 CADET MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM – INVITATIONAL TRYOUT SCHEDULE

All practices take place at Ryerson University, Kerr Hall Gym.

Date Group Time

Friday, May 18 Practice Group 1 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Friday, May 18 Practice Group 2 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Saturday, May 19 Practice Group 1 8:30am – 9:45am and 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Saturday, May 19 Practice Group 2 9:45am – 11:00am and 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Sunday, May 20 Practice Group 1 8:30am – 9:45am and 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Sunday, May 20 Practice Group 2 9:45am – 11:00am and 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Monday, May 21 Practice Group 1 & 2 9:00am – 11:00am

Boyd County's Matt Gamble Signs with Alice Lloyd College


Body County's Matt Gamble has signed a Letter of Intent with Alice Lloyd College.

Here's more from DailyIndependent.com:

Last week Gamble signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball for Alice Lloyd College starting in the fall.

The Lions senior guard said signing will hopefully lead him to some good places down the road.

“It’s a really good chance for me to play basketball someplace different,” Gamble said. “And hopefully it will take me to bigger and better places.”


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Coach K Praises Kentucky's Anthony Davis


Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who will serve as head coach of the United States' senior national team this summer, has plenty of praise for former Kentucky star Anthony Davis.

Here is an excerpt of Coach K's comments from ESPN:

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Kentucky’s Anthony Davis -- the consensus No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft -- brings shot-blocking, something the U.S. Olympic team may need this summer in London. Davis’ chances have risen due to the injury to Orlando’s Dwight Howard. Krzyzewski said Davis isn’t “trying out” for the team; rather, Davis is now in the pool of players who may be selected. Krzyzewski said it would be good to get Davis indoctrinated right away into USA Basketball. “He’s a great talent and a good kid," Krzyzewski said. “Hopefully we don’t get any more guys hurt."

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Eastern Kentucky Adds Tarius Johnson for 2012-13


Eastern Kentucky University has added Tarius Johnson, a transfer from Three Rivers College, for the 2012-13 season.

Here is a release from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball head coach Jeff Neubauer announced today that Tarius Johnson has transferred to EKU for the 2012-13 season.

Johnson spent the 2011-12 season playing at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff, Mo. The 6-5 forward helped lead the Raiders to a 21-14 overall record and an appearance in the 2012 NJCAA tournament. Johnson played his first two years of collegiate basketball under head coach Gene Bess, who is the all-time wins leader at the junior collegiate level.

“Tarius is an outstanding young man who has just completed a super season at Three Rivers,” Neubauer said. “He is certainly a winner and leader who played a major role in their advancement to the national tournament. Tarius is a competitor who will make his teammates at EKU better.”

The native of Jackson, Tenn., led Three Rivers in both scoring (20.2 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg) as a sophomore, while his scoring average ranked 10th nationally. Johnson, a third-team NJCAA All-American, posted 34 points and 10 rebounds against Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) in the opening round of the NJCAA tourney.

Johnson is the third student-athlete to sign with the EKU basketball team for the upcoming season. Two other transfers – Corey Walden (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Dominique Hagans (Lexington, Ky.) – committed to Eastern Kentucky in November.

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Homeless Author Moves John Calipari and Orlando Antigua


Kentucky head coach John Calipari and assistant Orlando Antigua attended the Education Builds Hope Luncheon on Thursday.

The luncheon featured Liz Murray, the subject of Lifetime Televisions' Emmy-nominated original film "Homeless to Harvard."

As Lex18.com writes, Murray's story had special meaning for Antigua:

Cal's assistant, Orlando Antigua. was the perfect person to introduce Liz Murray. Also from the Bronx in New York, and also at one point and time, his family were homeless.

"I was getting recruited by major division one programs," says Antigua. "My family fell on some hardships where we spent a good part of my senior year homeless."

Orlando's mother, a single parent, had an eighth grade education. Her three sons all graduated college.

"The parish we went to, St. Raymond's was able to find my mom and apartment, which to this day, she will not leave and will not move out of. I've tried to get her to come down to Lexington. She's come to visit but she will not move from that apartment."

The oldest of three brothers, Orlando was given credit for keeping the family together during their tough times. Plus, he not only was a McDonald's All-American, but was served as student council president at St. Raymond's High School
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Vinny Zollo Will Transfer to Furman


Former Western Kentucky forward Vinny Zollo announced Thursday that he is transferring to Furman.

Zollo chose the Paladins over Iona.

Here is more from WKUHerald.com:

Former Topper forward Vinny Zollo officially announced his decision to transfer to Furman and become a member of the Paladins' basketball team on Thursday.

The announcement came via a video posted on Zollo's personal blog. During the four minute video, Zollo said he had a tough choice to make between his top two choices, Furman and Iona College.

“Ultimately it came down to Iona and Furman,” Zollo said in the video. “I chose Furman over Iona and it was a very tough decision.”

Zollo said a big part of choosing Furman was that he thought the school would give him a better chance to grow as a person and a basketball player
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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Video: John Wall Opens Game with an Explosive Dunk

Former Kentucky star John Wall opens a pickup game in style:

Kentucky, Louisville on Montrezl Harrell's Early List


Montrezl Harrell has given an early list of schools that includes both Kentucky and Louisville.

According to 247Sports.com, Harrell is considering Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, N.C. State and Alabama.

Here is a post from Twitter:

WillGunter247 Per Montrezl Harrell father Sam, early schools under consideration. Florida, UK, Louisville, NCState and Bama. List could change.

Montrezl Harrell Gets Release from Virginia Tech


Montrezl Harrell has finally been granted his release from Virginia Tech. He is likely the only remaining target for Kentucky's 2012 recruiting class.

Harrell is a 6-7 forward who played last season at Hargrave Military Academy. He currently ranks No. 82 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

There are no restrictions on which school he can choose.

Here is more from DailyPress.com:

Harrell was released Wednesday from his scholarship, according to Tech associate athletic director for internal affairs Tom Gabbard.

Harrell, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward from Tarboro, N.C. who played last season at Hargrave Military Academy, is now be free to pursue a college basketball future at another school. Gabbard added Harrell has no Tech-mandated restrictions regarding which schools he considers.

"We'd have loved to have kept him, but (Tech men's basketball coach James Johnson's) position is if the young man doesn't want to be here with us on his own part, then we won't keep him here," Gabbard said. "(Johnson) would like for him to be here, but you only get one chance in your life time to play college basketball. We released him yesterday."

The loss of Harrell, who would've been a freshman at Tech this coming fall, is a significant one for the Hokies. He was considered by most recruiting analysts to be one of the top 20 power forwards in the nation for the class of 2012
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NBA Draft: Davis, MKG are Locks; Jones is a Gamble


SI.com has been breaking down potential NBA Draft picks and the level of risk associated with each player.

Kentucky's Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are considered "jackpot" players, meaning they are safe picks and have the talent to be future NBA stars.

On the other hand, Terrence Jones is labelled as a gamble.

Here are some excerpts:

Anthony Davis, Kentucky, freshman power forward (6-foot-10, 220 pounds): As if his top-dog status hasn't been established already, I spoke with another general manager to inquire about Davis' incredible potential. To review, my May 1 report had executives comparing Davis not only to Blake Griffin but also to future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett. Sure enough, the consensus continues.

"He could be every bit as good as KG," the GM said. "KG, [Tim] Duncan -- that's this guy's upside. There's no telling how good this guy is going to be."

Whereas most No. 1 picks have already showcased most of their skills by this stage, the fact that Davis didn't become a big man until a growth spurt during his junior year in high school likely means the evolution is just getting started. His defensive presence has been well-chronicled (he led the nation with 4.6 blocks), but the GM sees plenty of offensive potential as well.

"He'll start doing things in a couple of years, and you'll be like, 'Wow,' " he said.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky, freshman small forward (6-7, 210): He was Robin to Davis' Batman at Kentucky, in large part because of his commitment to playing both ends of the floor (he was only fourth on the team in scoring at 11.9 points). It's unclear whether he can evolve into playing a lead role, but he has no shortage of casting calls because of his versatility and the leadership he showed during the Wildcats' championship run.

For all of the attention paid to Davis as Kentucky's top talent, Kidd-Gilchrist was regarded as the team's glue. Coach John Calipari routinely praised him for being the emotional leader, and Kidd-Gilchrist was the captain of the Wildcats' 8:30 a.m. workouts before scheduled practices.

It's hard to tell how good he can be offensively because of the deep surrounding talent at Kentucky, but he has been compared to New Jersey's Gerald Wallace in terms of his athleticism and attacking mentality. Kidd-Gilchrist had two of his best offensive games in the NCAA tournament, scoring 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting against Indiana in the Sweet 16 and 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting against Baylor in the Elite Eight.

He might have the best motor in the draft, and nothing makes scouts happier than a player who never stops. Kidd-Gilchrist is also a tenacious defender with a 6-10 wingspan. His inconsistent perimeter game is a concern, but his work ethic and approach have NBA teams drooling.

"He has all the intangibles," one assistant general manager said. "And he plays extremely hard."

Terrence Jones, Kentucky, sophomore forward (6-9, 252): Jones played a significant part in the Wildcats' national championship after deciding to return to school. But his draft stock took a hit in the process, in large part because of his lack of consistency but also because his style of play might not fit his role at the next level. He often plays like a stretch power forward -- a la Ryan Anderson of Orlando -- but his shot isn't nearly good enough to assume that role and it's not likely he'll be able to play much small forward in the NBA. But Jones is a good passer, defender and rebounder who averaged 12.3 points (on 50 percent shooting from the field and 32.7 percent from three-point range), 7.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals last season.

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ESPN: Nerlens Noel Has National Player of the Year Potential


Kentucky signee Nerlens Noel is No. 1 on ESPN's list of top Instant Impact Freshmen for 2012-13.

ESPN says John Calipari and his staff will turn Noel into a national player of the year candidate.

Here is an excerpt:

1. Nerlens Noel (Kentucky, center): I watched the top recruit in the 2012 class compete in the Peach Jam tournament last summer. Wow. With the Wildcats, he’ll fill the defensive void created by Anthony Davis’ departure. He’s an amazing shot blocker and interior defender. He’s raw on offense, but Davis needed time to develop on that end of the floor, too. John Calipari and his staff will turn Noel into a national player of the year candidate. He’s that good.

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Ryan Taylor Signs with Marshall University


Ryan Taylor, a 6-5 forward who once committed to Louisville, has signed with the Marshall Thundering Herd.

Here's more from CBSSports.com:

“Ryan is a great addition to our Marshall basketball family,” coach Tom Herrion said in a statement. “We are truly excited to add such a terrific player and person. Ryan had a tremendous season for coach [A.W.] Hamilton at Hargrave and comes from arguably the best prep school program in the country. Ryan has great versatility and will only continue to get better.”

Taylor, originally from Indianapolis, once committed to Louisville in January of 2009. However, he never signed a letter-of-intent and reclassified from the class of 2011. After a breakout game against Notre Dame Prep in November, in which he went for 26 points and 11 rebounds, Taylor emerged back on the radar of several schools
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Murray State to Play in 2012 Charleston Classic


According to Andy Katz of ESPN.com, the Murray State Racers have accepted an invitation to be part of the 2012 Charleston Classic.

The tournament, which runs from November 15-18, will include Murray State, Baylor, Boston College, Charleston, Colorado, Dayton, St. John's and Southern Illinois.

Here is more from WestKentuckyStar.com:

Coach Steve Prohm chose the Charleston tournament over this year's NIT Season Tip-Off. The Racers would have played at Kansas State in the first round of the NIT and a win over the Wildcats would have put Murray State at Madison Square Gardens in New York City for the semifinals. But Prohm and the Racers opted for the Charleston Classic, which reportedly offered a bigger payoff and guarantees the Racers three games against quality competition.

The Racers complete the eight-team field in the Charleston tourney with Baylor, Boston College, Charleston, Colorado, Dayton, St. John’s and Southern Illinois. Baylor is the favorite in this tournament but Katz said Murray State should be seeded second or at the least third in this field
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Brandon Knight Leads Top NBA Bloopers for 2011-12

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight leads the way in this top 10 list of NBA bloopers for 2011-12 (video by OliverFMP8 on YouTube):



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Tubby Smith Would Love to Play UK at New Vikings' Stadium


Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith says he would love for his Golden Gophers to play against the Kentucky Wildcats in the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium.

The idea will have to wait a few years, however, as the new stadium isn't scheduled to open until 2016.

Here is more from TwinCities.com:

Gophers men's basketball coach Tubby Smith, during his tenure at Kentucky, coached the first basketball game played inside Detroit's Ford Field, against Michigan State. Smith said he would love for Minnesota to play Kentucky inside the Vikings' new stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2016.

"The sightlines were great," Smith said of Ford Field. "It was one of the best venues for that type of arena, and you'll find that will be the case here, and why you'll see us get a Final Four here."


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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

John Calipari to be Keynote Speaker at Man 2 Man Gala


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari will be the keynote speaker at this year's second annual Man 2 Man Gala in Louisville.

Here is a release from Men Building Men:

(Louisville, KY) Men Building Men will host their 2nd Annual Man 2 Man Gala on Saturday, June 9th at 4:30 p.m. at the Downtown Marriott Louisville in the Grand Ballroom. This year’s keynote speaker is University of Kentucky Men’s Head Basketball Coach John Calipari.

Fresh off his NCAA Championship win, a visit to Washington D.C. to meet President Barack Obama and Kentucky Derby events Calipari will talk about his team, the journey they experienced together to achieve their ultimate collegiate goal and the future of UK basketball. Calipari will also talk about the young men who will be in the upcoming NBA draft.

The Man 2 Man Conference is designed to give young men opportunities to become better men, fathers, and leaders in their homes and the community. That’s the message that Calipari is prepared to talk about with those in attendance at the gala.

The black tie dinner emceed by Comcast Sports anchor/reporter Kyle Draper is a fundraiser for the Calipari Family Foundation, and Men Building Men. The West Louisville Boys Girls Choir will perform during the program.

Former members of the University of Kentucky will be in attendance. Derek Anderson, for UK star and entrepreneur has confirmed his attendance.

After being the guest speaker at the inaugural conference, David Tyree, Super Bowl 42 hero says he enjoyed himself so much last year that he has agreed to be apart of the conference this year.

For updates on the guest list go to www.menbuildingmen.org.

Individual tickets for the event are $200 and a corporate table of ten is 5,000. There will be a private reception prior to the gala and there’s a limited number of tickets available.

If you would like to be a sponsor, purchase a table and/or advertise in the souvenir journal for the 2nd Annual Man 2 Man Gala please call 502-714-8960 or 502-376-7840.

To setup an interview with John Calipari, guest speaker; Frank Porter, Men Building Men; and/or McDaniel Bluitt, WLBGC please contact Sherlene Shanklin at 502-295-0435 or by email at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

Calipari, Antigua to Appear at Education Builds Hope Luncheon


Kentucky head coach John Calipari and assistant Orlando Antigua will be at the Education Builds Hope Luncheon on Thursday afternoon.

Here are details from LandReport.com:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 16, 2012) — One Parent Scholar House, a Hope Center agency, presents the Education Builds Hope Luncheon on May 17, 2012 at 12:15 p.m. at the Carrick House located in downtown Lexington. John Calipari and Orlando Antigua will welcome Liz Murray, the subject of Lifetime Television’s Emmy-nominated original film “Homeless to Harvard,” based on her story “Breaking Night,” which made the New York Times Best-seller List in its first week of release.

Formerly homeless, Murray transformed her life of despair into an inspiring journey of determination, hope and hard-won success. The child of drug-addicted parents who routinely ate from dumpsters and sought refuge at all-night subway stations to survive, Liz Murray was homeless at age 15 — and fending for her life. Determined not to be defined by her circumstances, she recognized education as the key to a fresh beginning and a whole new way of living. She earned her high school diploma in just two years and won a scholarship to Harvard University that would turn her bleak circumstances into a future filled with limitless possibility
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Northern Kentucky Signs Jack Flournoy for 2012-13


Northern Kentucky University has signed 6-6 forward Jack Flournoy from Woodberry Forest School in Virginia.

Here is a release from NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University men's basketball coach Dave Bezold has signed prep standout Jack Flournoy to a national letter of intent.

Flournoy, a native of Mt. Hope, W.Va., averaged 16.6 points per game last season for Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. The 6-foot-6 forward also averaged 7.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per contest and was named to the Virginia Prep League all-tournament team.

A versatile athlete who also dished out 2.8 assists per game last season, Flournoy received offers from West Virginia University, Marshall, Ohio and Delaware before an injury.

“Jack has a chance to be a very good player in our program,” Bezold said. “He has worked extremely hard to come back after an injury, and there is no doubt Jack could step in and make an impact for us.”

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Eloy Vargas to Hold Basketball Camps, Sign Autographs


Former University of Kentucky big man Eloy Vargas will hold a youth basketball camp at Perry County Central High School on Thursday.

Here are some details from NationofBlue.com:

Eloy Vargas is teaming up with Nation of Blue.com to host the first ever Nation of Blue Championship Basketball Camp.

Eloy will hold five camps in as many days May 14-18. The Nation of Blue Championship Camp featuring Eloy Vargas will tip off on Monday, May 14 at Belfry High School. Each camp will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Wildcat-led fundamental basketball camp is for boys and girls ages 5-15. Cost of each camp is $70 per participant. Walk ups are welcome!!

Camp participants will have an opportunity to interact with a member of the 2012 NCAA championship team throughout the camp.

Fundamentals will be covered extensively. Competitions will include Free Throw, Three-Point, 5-on-5 and 1-on-1 vs. Eloy Vargas.

Each participant will receive a camp T-shirt.

Here is the schedule:

Nation of Blue Championship Camp

Featuring Eloy Vargas
May 14-18
(9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day)
May 16 - at Roy F. Collier Community Center, Inez
May 17 - at Perry Central High School
May 18 at Highland Elementary School, Johnson County

Eloy will also be doing autograph signings in the area and you can find Eloy at the businesses below.

Wednesday May 16: Wildcat Wearhouse in Ashland, KY 6-7:30pm
Thursday May 17: Wildcat Wearhouse in Hazard, KY 6-7:30pm
Friday May 18: Wildcat Wearhouse in Pikeville, KY 6-7:30
Saturday May 19: Chrysler on Nicholasville 12-2pm (Free hotdogs and hamburgers)
Saturday May 19 Elizabethtown Town Mall 4:30-6pm

All other players autographed items will also be available while supplies last.

Prices of autograph vary at each location.

Pictures will be available for purchase.

Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress on All-Freshman Team


Kentucky's Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress earned mentions on Yahoo! Sports All-Freshman Team for 2012-13.

Here is an excerpt:

C Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
Background: 6-10/200; five-star recruit from Tilton (N.H.) The Tilton School
Buzz: The NCAA is investigating Noel's background, specifically his ties with two men from the Boston area, where he grew up. Regardless of the inquiry, Noel is a defensive difference-maker. While he lacks bulk, he is athletic and already has advanced shot-blocking techniques. His offense remains somewhat raw, but his defense and rebounding make up for that. Noel reclassified as a senior during the school year.

PF Alex Pothyress, Kentucky
Background: 6-8/215; five-star prospect from Clarksville (Tenn.) Northeast
Buzz: UK famously lost its top six players from its national title team, meaning Pothyress should slide right into the starting power forward role left vacant by Terrence Jones. He is athletic and runs the floor extremely well for a big man. He handles the ball well, and possesses a solid all-around offensive game; he can hit the 15-footer and also can put the ball on the floor and slash to the rim. He puts his athleticism to good use on the defensive end as well.

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Barry Bowman Joins Georgetown College Athletic Hall of Fame


Former men's basketball star Barry Bowman was recently inducted into the Georgetown College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Bowman helped lead the Tigers to the school's only national championship.

Here is a release from GC:

Entering as player inductees were Barry Bowman (men's basketball); Janie Howard Edkins (women's basketball and tennis); Steve Leach (football and baseball); Bryan McKenzie (football); Gene McWilliams (track and field); and Lindsey Thieneman Kayser (volleyball). Roy Bowling was inducted as the distinguished alumni for his stellar high school coaching career.

Bowman played for Georgetown College under Happy Osborne, helping the Tigers to its only national tournament crown. He was MVP and captain the two seasons in Orange & Black as well as NAIA All-American and All Mid-South Conference. He scored 1,121 points, 38th on the all-time scoring list. Bowman left Georgetown to play overseas and once his days as a professional were over returned for his diploma.

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Video: One-on-One with New MSU Head Coach Sean Woods

Jason Blanton sits down with new Morehead State head coach Sean Woods:

Union College Hires Kevin Burton as Head Coach


Union College has hired Kevin Burton to replace former head coach Sean Gillespie.

Here is the release from UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College Interim Director of Athletics Tim Curry announced Tuesday the hiring of Kevin Burton as the 19th head coach of the Bulldog basketball program.

"I don't know if there's a more excited guy about getting a coaching job than me," Burton said of joining the Union coaching staff.

Burton spent seven seasons as the head men's basketball coach at Lambuth (Tenn.) University before the institution closed due to financial issues. During his tenure with the Eagles, Burton compiled an overall record of 139-75, averaging just fewer than 20 wins per season.

"We are real excited about having Kevin join our athletic staff here at Union," said Curry. "Obviously, his success speaks for itself, and I look forward to watch his teams play here at Union."

In addition to the impressive win total, Burton's teams amassed a great deal of success at Lambuth. He had a team ranked in the top five of the NAIA Division I Coaches' Poll in three consecutive seasons, had the nation's top scoring team in 2008 (95.2 points per game) and ranked second two other times (92.0 ppg in 2007 and 91.0 ppg in 2010), and made three consecutive trips to the NAIA National Championship Tournament, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2006.

"I think (the high-scoring offense) was a byproduct of our talent level (at Lambuth)," Burton said. "The most important thing is to have a basketball program that is enjoyable to be around, fun to watch and a real joy to be associated with. And when you put that all together, you're going to have a real opportunity to win on and off the floor.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Joe Crawford Suffers Serious Knee Injury in Israel

Former Kentucky star Joe Crawford suffered a serious knee injury during his game in Israel on Sunday.

According to reports out of Israel, Crawford tore a knee tendon and will likely be sidelined 4-6 months.

Crawford led Maccabi Rishon in scoring with 19.3 points per game this season. He also averaged 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

Source: Jpost.com

Donnie Tyndall Adds Transfer, Texts with Brett Favre


The week is off to a good start for new Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall.

First, he has been texting with legendary NFL quarterback Brett Favre, who played college football at USM.

Here is more from NBCSports.com:

Now, USM is far from what one would consider a dream coaching job. There is a reason that Eustachy left to take over a program that is at essentially the same level of basketball. But coaching the Golden Eagles does have some perks. From Rick Bozich’s blog:

Here is one benefit of becoming the basketball coach at Southern Miss:

You receive a congratulatory text message from former Southern Miss QB Brett Favre.

“I haven’t met him yet, but I hope to after everything settles down,” said Donnie Tyndall, who left Morehead State to become the head basketball coach at Southern Miss. “He’s sent me a few texts.”


Today, Tyndall picked up a boost for his 2013-14 roster as he added Minnesota transfer Chip Armelin.

Here's more from TwinCities.com:

Former University of Minnesota basketball player Chip Armelin, who left the Gophers program in April, has signed to play for Southern Mississippi, he told the Pioneer Press on Tuesday, May 15.

"The whole staff made me feel at home and really comfortable," Armelin said. "Coach (Donnie) Tyndall really likes my style of play, and he figures that I'll be a perfect match in his system."

Armelin will have to sit out next season because of NCAA transfer rules and will be eligible to play in 2013-14.

Video: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Preparing for the NBA Draft

Check out this Sports Illustrated behind-the-scenes piece on former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist:

Amile Jefferson is Headed to Duke


Amile Jefferson, the top remaining recruit in the 2012 class, has just given his commitment to the Duke Blue Devils.

He chose Duke over Kentucky and North Carolina State.

Jefferson, a 6-8 power forward, ranks No. 36 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Photo: Rivals.com

Enes Kanter is Tired of Being a Rookie

Former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter says he is tired of being a rookie and wants to burn his pink backpack.

Check out the video:

Terrence Williams to Play in Jamal Crawford Summer League


Former Louisville star Terrence Williams will be playing int he Jamal Crawford Summer League again this summer.

Games run every weekend on Saturdays and Sundays at Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club in south Seattle. Tipoff times are at 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.. Admission is $5 for all three games with those 17 years old and younger having free admission. Follow @JCrawfordProAm on Twitter for more information.

Williams will be playing on the 76ers team:

- Garrison Carr -- Issaquah HS, American University
- Brandon Kelley -- Auburn HS, Pierce College
- Tre Simmons -- Garfield HS, Washington, Overseas
- Anthony Washington -- Garfield HS, Washington, Overseas
- Terrence Williams -- Rainier Beach HS, Louisville, New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings
- Chris Sprinkler -- Curtis HS, Central Washington
- Jacob Manning
- Joran Horner
- Jamar Berry -- Franklin Pierce HS, Central Washington
- Dwayne Wright

Full Rosters and Info Here

Photo: NBA.com

Pitino Adds Michael "Dark Slime" Baffour as a Walk-On


Rick Pitino notes on RickPitino.com today that he has added a new walk-on to replace Elisha Justice, who transferred to the University of Pikeville.

Pitino says he's added Michael "Dark Slime" Baffour, a 6-3 guard from Bryan Station High School.

While Pitino didn't add a whole lot about Baffour, CardChronicle.com has conducted a little research.

Here is what Pitino had to say in his newest blog:

Michael Baffour

-AKA (Dark Slime) Don’t ask, Russ’s nickname.

-Newest walk on from Lexington, will replace the Bullet.

-Have to determine what his best position will be.

Pitino's Article

Video: University of the Cumberlands Run in 2011-12

Check out this look at University of the Cumberlands' run in the 2012 Mid-South Conference Tournament:

Kenneth Faried Finishes Third in Rookie of the Year Voting


Cleveland rookie Kyrie Irving has been been named NBA Rookie of the Year. Irving received 117 of the 120 first place votes to win the award with 592 points.

Minnesota's Ricky Rubio finished second with 170 points and former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried came in third with 129 points.

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight finished eighth in the voting.

2012 NBA Rookie of the Year Voting Results

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland*
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota
Kenneth Faried, Denver
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio
Iman Shumpert, New York
Klay Thompson, Golden State
Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento
Brandon Knight, Detroit
Chandler Parsons, Houston
MarShon Brooks, New Jersey
Kemba Walker, Charlotte
Josh Selby, Memphis

Gorgui Dieng on Yahoo! Sports' All-Junior Team


Louisville center is on Yahoo! Sports' All-Junior Team for 2012-13.

Dieng is joined on the team by Creighton's Doug McDermott, Ohio State's DeShaun Thomas and Aaron Craft, and San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin.

Here is an excerpt:

Yahoo! Sports All-Junior Team

C Gorgui Dieng, Louisville
Key 2011-12 stats: 32.8 mpg, 9.1 ppg, 52.5 FG%, 9.1 rpg, 3.2 bpg, 1.2 spg
Buzz: He has a chance to be the biggest defensive difference-maker in the nation next season. Dieng never is going to be a smooth offensive player and his offensive ceiling is limited, but he more than makes up for it on the boards and on defense. He is athletic and runs the floor well, too.

F Doug McDermott, Creighton
Key 2011-12 stats: 31.9 mpg, 22.9 mpg, 60.1 FG%, 48.6 3-pt FG%, 8.2 rpg
Buzz: He was the “other” guy on the Ames (Iowa) High team led by Harrison Barnes, but McDermott has been a difference-maker since he stepped on campus in Omaha. He simply is a gifted offensive player. He can drain it from long range, nail the mid-range jumper and put it on the floor and get to the rim. McDermott also is a good rebounder who isn’t afraid to mix it up in the paint. His decision to stay in school and bypass the NBA draft makes Creighton a good pick to be the mid-major that makes the most noise in the 2013 NCAA tourney.

F DeShaun Thomas, Ohio State
Key 2011-12 stats: 31.4 mpg, 15.9 ppg, 52.1 FG%, 5.4 rpg
Buzz: Thomas is a former five-star recruit who looked nothing like a five-star guy as a freshman. Well, he became an important part of the Buckeyes’ offense this past season and will be their main man next season. He has 3-point range and you can expect him to shoot better than 34.5 percent from beyond the arc next season. He also has a nice arsenal of moves from about 15 feet in. Thomas is athletic enough to be an effective defender, but needs more intensity on that end of the court.

G Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Key 2011-12 stats: 32.2 mpg, 8.8 ppg, 50.0 FG%, 4.6 apg, 3.2 rpg, 4.6 spg
Buzz: Craft is the quintessential pass-first point man. He does a nice job getting the ball to more talented teammates, but he can score when he has to. He also is a tremendously pesky defender. There has been some grumbling about Craft getting to much attention for his defense, but when you average 4.6 steals per game in the Big Ten, you’re a pesky defender. While he might look like a choir boy, Craft is not averse to playing aggressive, physical defense.

G Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State
Key 2011-12 stats: 30.0 mpg, 17.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg
Buzz: Franklin made huge strides as a sophomore, increasing his scoring average by almost 15 points per game. The Aztecs went from a frontcourt-oriented team to a squad led by its backcourt, and Franklin’s stellar play was a big reason. He’s a little bit too in love with his outside shot; he should take advantage of his size (6-5/195) and take more opposing guards into the lane. He also needs to cut down on his turnovers and increase his assists. But he has the talent to do just that.

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Former UK Player Michael Porter Arrested on Sexual Abuse Charges


Former University of Kentucky guard Michael Porter has reportedly been arrested in Lexington on sexual abuse charges.

According to the report from Lex18.com, Porter was arrested and charged with six counts of sodomy and two counts of sexual abuse stemming from allegations that he sexually assaulted two minors, ages 14 and 15.

Here is an excerpt:

According to court documents, Michael James Porter, 25, had sexual contact with a 14-year-old and 15-year-old on several occasions. The police reports indicate Porter met the minors when he was serving as a group leader at a church function.

Police charged porter with six counts of sodomy and two counts of sexual abuse, according to the Fayette County Detention Center website.

Porter played point guard at UK three seasons from 2006-2009. His junior year, he played in 36 games, averaging 4.1 points and 2.5 assists per game. He left after his junior season, saying he needed to spend more time with his wife and baby
.

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Jeff Kidder Leaves Texas Tech for Taylor County High School


Jeff Kidder, who served last season on Billy Gillispie's staff at Texas Tech University, is coming back to Kentucky to coach at Taylor County High School.

Here is more from HSJ.org:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY: Taylor County High School recently hired two new basketball coaches after the girl’s and boy’s coaches both resigned for personal reasons. Jeff Kidder was hired as the new boy’s basketball head coach, and Whitney Ballinger, who was an assistant last season, was hired as the girl’s head basketball coach.

Jeff Kidder has never coached a high school basketball game in his life, but he has several years of coaching experience at the college level. Kidder was a junior assistant at Kentucky under Eddie Sutton, and landed his first assistant coaching job at West Texas State University in 1990. He later coached Howard Community College for two seasons before being hired as an assistant at the University of Nevada. Kidder also coached at Dixie State and Indian Hills, both community colleges, and was most recently an assistant at Texas Tech University. He has a junior college head coaching record of 432-107
.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Amile Jefferson Likely to Pick N.C. State or Duke


According to Adam Zagoria's sources, 2012 star Amile Jefferson will likely pick either North Carolina State or Duke on Tuesday.

Here is an excerpt:

Amile Jefferson will likely pick Duke or N.C. State on Tuesday at 4 p.m., multiple sources told SNY.tv Monday.

The 6-foot-8 Jefferson has kept it very close to the vest in his recruitment but several people involved in the recruitment say it will come down to the two ACC schools.

N.C. State on Monday picked up a commitment from former LSU guard Ralston Turner, but the school still has at least one scholarship open for Jefferson, sources told SNY.tv
.

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Lindsey Wilson Adds JUCO Transfer Shaquille Wilson


Lindsey Wilson College has added JUCO transfer Shaquille Wilson for the 2012-13 season.

Wilson is a 6-4 forward from Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He will be transferring from Wabash Valley College, where he averaged 6.6 points per game as a sophomore.

Source

Sean Woods Formally Introduced at Morehead State

Former University of Kentucky star Sean Woods was formally introduced as the new head coach at Morehead State University on Monday.



Here is a release from MSU

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Sean Woods was formally introduced as the 13th head men's basketball coach in Morehead State University history on Monday. A crowd of hundreds welcomed Woods at the Adron Doran University Center.

Morehead State Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson gave the search process background, introduced Woods and then the new coach spoke to the crowd before fielding a variety of questions from over 20 media members on site.

"It's an honor to come back home and do something I love," Woods said. "You're not going to meet a guy more personable, energetic or passionate (about what he does) than me. We're going to be a high-octane team. We're going to play fast, be entertaining and you're going to love the student-athletes we bring to Morehead State."

Woods takes over the Eagle program with high praise from fellow collegiate coaches and friends.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT SEAN WOODS

"Sean is a dynamic personality who did one of the best jobs in college basketball in building Mississippi Valley State into an NCAA Tournament-level program. He had limited resources with basically no budget, no facilities and very little to work with, yet did a phenomenal job in doing it the right way. We're really proud of Sean and welcome him back to the state with open arms."

- Rick Pitino, Head Coach, University of Louisville

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Video: Battle on Broadway: Kentucky vs Transylvania

Transylvania University has produced a behind-the-scenes video about last season's trip to Rupp Arena for an exhibition game against the Kentucky Wildcats:

John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins Added to U.S. Select Team


Former Kentucky stars DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall have been added to the USA Men's Basketball Select Team.

The U.S. Select Team will practice against the United States Olympic team that will compete in London.

USA SELECT TEAM

DeMarcus Cousins
Jeremy Lin
Klay Thompson
Kyrie Irving
John Wall
DeMar DeRozan
Paul George
Gordon Hayward
Kawhi Leonard
DeJuan Blair
Ryan Anderson
Taj Gibson
Derrick Favors

Video: Andrew Wiggins Dominates at Dallas EYBL

Check out this video of Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins at the Dallas EYBL event (video by BallisLife.com):

Terrence Jones Gives Mother a Nice Present

Former Kentucky star Terrence Jones gave his mom a nice Mother's Day gift over the weekend:



TerrenceJones1 My moms mothers day gift back in Portland she is on the plane headed to a big surprise!! http://instagr.am/p/KltnD1G3mK/

TerrenceJones1 No one better call/text and tell her either!!

TerrenceJones1 Loved hearing how happy she was can't wait to watch the video http://instagr.am/p/Kl9AttG3uZ/

Murray State Season Captured in Special Edition Prints

Murray State's historic 31-2 season will be captured in special edition prints:



Press Release from MSU:

Murray State Athletics recently commissioned ProGraphs to create two very special items for Racer fans to commemorate the 2011-12 Men's Basketball Season.

These prints titled, A Year To Remember, were unveiled Wednesday at MSU's Curris Center in Murray, Ky.

These one-of-a kind prints celebrate the Racers' 31-2 season and their accomplishments, including their advancement to the 3rd Round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. These prints are something that every Racer fan will want to have
.

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Jaysean Paige Signs with College of Southern Idaho


Perry County Central star Jaysean Paige has signed with the College of Southern Idaho.

Paige averaged 21.0 points and 6.7 rebounds as a senior at Perry Central.

Here is more from MagicValley.com:

The College of Southern Idaho signed guard Jaysean Paige on Friday, the fourth backcourt player to sign with the men’s basketball team for the 2012-13 season.

“We’re starting to look a lot like that championship team with just Kenny (Buckner) in the paint,” joked CSI head coach Steve Gosar. “Instead of four guards and one big, we’ll go straight five guards.”

Paige, a 6-1 shooting guard from Hazard, Ky., joins Kareem Storey (University of Utah), James Reid (Bend, Ore.,) and Darius Johnson (Baton Rouge, La.,) as new backcourt players for the 2012-13 season
.

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Photo: Scout.com

Katz: Kentucky Likely to Play at Georgetown in 2012-13


According to Andy Katz of ESPN, Kentucky is likely to play at Georgetown in the Big-East SEC Challenge next season.

Here is an excerpt from ESPN.com:

The Big East still has to decide if 14 schools will participate in the Big East-SEC Challenge instead of 12. Based on conversations with multiple sources, the highest-profile game that could occur is Kentucky at Georgetown. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Louisville at Florida, Marquette at Missouri, and Tennessee at Notre Dame. But those last four appear to be more speculation at this point. The most likely matchup is UK-GU.

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Kyle Kuric Proposes at Louisville Graduation

Former Louisville basketball star Kyle Kuric pulled out a surprise during graduation ceremonies on Saturday.

While on stage, Kuric grabbed the microphone and proposed to his longtime girlfriend.

Here is the story from WHAS11.com:


John Wall Plays at Garner Road College Open Run

Former Kentucky star John Wall made an appearance at the Garner Road College Open Run over the weekend. Here are some highlights:



DeJuan Wheat, Marques Maybin Return to Louisville, Earn Degrees


Two former University of Louisville stars have returned to school and earned their college degrees.

Former Cards Marques Maybin and DeJuan Wheat both participated in Louisville's commencement ceremonies over the weekend.

Here is more from U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Former University of Louisville men's basketball student-athletes Marques Maybin and DeJuan Wheat, who both rank among the Cardinals' top 15 career scorers, will be among the graduates participating in UofL's Spring 2012 commencement exercises on May 12.

Both returned to UofL to earn their degrees through the Houston-Bridgeman Fellows Cardinal Degree Completion Program, which was established in 2000 to assist returning student-athletes who have exhausted their athletic scholarship eligibility with the cost of full- or part-time tuition and books associated with completing their degree at UofL.

The program provides employment opportunities through the UofL Athletic Association to allow former scholarship student-athletes the opportunity to receive financial assistance to complete their degrees. A total of 55 former student-athletes have graduated through the Houston-Bridgeman Fellows and Project Graduate, a statewide program that helps people with 90 or more college credit hours complete their degree.

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Former Kentucky Star Marquis Teague Picks an Agent


Former Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague has reportedly selected his professional agent.

According to SportsAgentBlog.com, Teague has picked Andy Miller of ASM Sports.

Here is an excerpt:

It seems as though every few days information is leaked regarding a draft-eligible University of Kentucky player linking up with an agent. First, it was Leon Rose of Creative Artists Agency signing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. That was followed with word that Terrance Jones will sign with Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group. The latest available information is that Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague is going with Andy Miller of ASM Sports. Teague is likely to be a first round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, and could sneak his way into being a lottery pick with some good workouts.

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