Saturday, May 26, 2012

DraftExpress Exclusive with Terrence Jones gets some exclusive workout footage and an interview with former Kentucky star Terrence Jones:

The Smart Cats? UK Men's Basketball Posts 3.12 GPA

The University of Kentucky men's basketball team earned a 3.12 grade-point average for the spring semester of 2012.

Here is more from the Lexington Herald-Leader:

Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari cited a team grade-point average of 3.12 for the spring semester of 2012 as conclusive evidence that critics are wrong to suggest so-called one-and-done players are not college students.

Noting that the UK team's GPA included five players who entered this year's NBA Draft, Calipari said in a statement released Friday that "all this stuff bitter old men say that they don't go to class, it's not true."

Three of those early entrants to the NBA Draft — freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague — combined for a grade-point average of "well above 3.0," UK said in a news release.

The UK news release called the men's basketball team "the most high-profile example in a department full of student-athletes committed to excelling both on and off the field."

The team's two seniors — Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas — graduated in May

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Jabari Parker Lights it up Friday Night at EYBL Oakland

Kentucky recruit Jabari Parker was on fire at day 1 of the EYBL Oakland event; check out this video (by

Andre Riddick Helps Charleroi Swat Antwerp in Belgian League Playoffs

Former University of Kentucky big man Andre Riddick and Spirou Charleroi defeated Port of Antwerp 73-63 Tuesday night to advance to the Belgian league finals.

Demond Mallet led Charleroi with 20 points and 4 rebounds. Caleb Green added 19 points and 8 boards.

Riddick came off the bench to contribute 3 points, 4 rebounds and a game-high 5 blocked shots.

Charleroi defeated Antwerp 2-0 in the best-of-3 series. With the win, they advance to the Finals against Oostende. Game 1 of the championship series will be played Monday.

Dominican Republic National Team Coming Back to Lexington

The Dominican Republic national team, which is coached by University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari, is coming back to Lexington to train.

Calipari has named his preliminary roster and the group will be training in Lexington from June 1-15.

The team will compete in the Centrobasket tournament June 18-14 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Dominicans will then try to earn a spot in in the London Olympics at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which runs from July 2-8.

Here is the preliminary roster:

Edgar Sosa
Manuel Quezada
Ronald Ramon
Gerardo Suero
Juan Coronado
Luis Flores
Victor Liz
Manuel Fortuna
Dagoberto Pena
James Feldeine
Sammy Mejia
Ricky Greer
Francisco Garcia
Charlie Villanueva
Eulis Baez
Jack Michael Martinez
Alejandro Salas
Eloy Vargas
Orlando Sanchez
Al Horford
Josh Asselin
Manuel Guzman
Karl Towns


Brandon Knight is Already Back to Working Out

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight is already back to work trying to make himself better for next season.

Coming off a successful rookie season, Knight isn't wasting any time working to get better.

Here is more from the Detroit Free Press:

With less than a month since the Pistons concluded the regular season with a victory over the 76ers, their point guard was at the practice facility for a 3-hour workout alongside backcourt mate Rodney Stuckey, who has been a regular pretty much since the off-season began.

It shows Knight, 20, is eager to improve on his promising rookie season -- he was named to the NBA's first-team all-rookie squad this week. He averaged 12.8 points and 3.8 assists in playing a rookie-high 2,129 minutes.

"It feels good, but I'm not just satisfied with that," Knight said Thursday afternoon as he signed autographs at Hollywood Market in Lake Orion on Lapeer Road, a few miles from the Palace. "I want to continue to get better. It's an honor to be selected as first-team all-rookie, but that's the minimum.

"I really don't care about accolades; I just want to focus on the Pistons being a playoff team."

Complete Article

Friday, May 25, 2012

2015 Star Karl Towns Named to Dominican Republic National Team

Karl Towns, a 6-foot-11 freshman at St. Joseph-Metuchen (NJ), has been named to John Calipari's Dominican Republic national team.

Towns, a high school freshman, is widely considered the top recruit in the 2015 class.

John Calipari is recruiting Towns and will have a great opportunity to coach him this summer as the Dominican Republic tries to qualify for the London Olympics.

Here is more from

“I felt like a little kid in a candy store,” Karl said. “This is something you dream about but you never actually think it’s going to happen. That dream has all of a sudden come true.”

Towns, a Piscataway resident who averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks per game this past winter to help the Falcons post a 29-2 record and win the program’s first NJSIAA Non-Public A title, is eligible for the Dominican team because his mother Jacqueline was born there.

He spent part of last summer on an international tour with the Dominican Republic’s Under-17 national team and did well enough to earn a tryout for the U-19 team in New York two weeks ago. He aced that, too, and turned some important heads in the process.

“To be selected out of so many people, it’s a great feat not only for him but for St. Joes,” said his dad, Karl Towns Sr. “There’s a lot more left in the process, but the fact that he’ll be down there practicing and working out with pros, and that he has the possibility of fulfilling a dream that people spend their whole lives working for, it’s an exciting moment for myself and my wife and our family.”

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Video: Working Out with Terrence Williams

Watch former University of Louisville star Terrence Williams working out and talking about his life in the NBA (video by THUGDENNY on YouTube):

Doron Lamb, Terrence Jones Working Out in Santa Monica

Former Kentucky stars Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb are working out for NBA scouts in Santa Monica today.

Chad Ford of ESPN is at the workout:

chadfordinsider Heading off to a morning workout in Santa Monica: Terrence Jones, Tony Wroten, Fab Melo headlining. Around 80 NBA scouts/GMs will attend

chadfordinsider Others here at Santa Monica workout include Doron Lamb, Yancy Gates, Jordan Taylor ...

Morehead State Offers 2012 PG Tommy McDermott

Morehead State has offered 6-foot-3 point guard Tommy McDermott of Minnetonka (Minn.) High School.

McDermott in action:


Western Kentucky Reportedly Recruiting Michael Carrera

According to the Bowling Green Daily News, Western Kentucky is recruiting 6-6 forward Michael Carrera from Montrose Christian (Md.) School.

Here is an excerpt:

Montrose Christian School (Rockville, Md.) basketball coach Stu Vetter confirmed Wednesday that Western Kentucky is recruiting senior Michael Carerra.

Carerra is a 6-foot-6-inch, 205-pound forward who has offers from George Mason, George Washington, Gonzaga, Minnesota, Mississippi, Richmond, Towson and Virginia Tech, according to

Carerra is a Venezuela native. He averaged 13.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season

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Video: Terrence Jones Gives a Great Mother's Day Gift

Here is the video of Terrence Jones' mother as she realizes her son has bought her a new car for Mother's Day (video by Goodtv503 on YouTube):

Asbury University to Hold Several Basketball Camps

Asbury University has several basketball camps scheduled for late May and June.

Here are details:

Youth Day Camp

June 4 - 7
Ages 5 - 15

$125 for full-day camper
$100 for half-day camper

Team Camp - Girls

June 11-13
$100 for day camp; $140 for overnight camp

Team Camp - Boys

June 18-20
$100 for day camp; $140 for overnight camp

Middle School Camp (5th - 9th Grade)

May 30-June 1
$100 for day camp; $140 for overnight camp

Camp Brochure

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Fan Makes Anthony Davis Cereal Portrait

Hey Big Blue Nation, how great is this?

palmer102 Here is a 4'x4' portrait of @AntDavis23 I did made out of Reese's Puffs & Kix! Give me a RT if you think it's "sweet!"

Kenneth Faried to Play in 2012 NBA Summer League

According to, former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried is expected to play on the Denver Nuggets' NBA Summer League team.

The 2012 NBA Summer League will take place on the UNLV campus in Las Vegas from July 13-22.

Faried, who was just named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, will be joined on the Summer League team by Jordan Hamilton and Julyan Stone.


Troy Williams to Play Senior Season at Oak Hill Academy

Kentucky recruit Troy Williams will play his senior season at national powerhouse Oak Hill Academy.

Here is more from

Troy Williams of Phoebus (Va.) High will spend his senior season at vaunted powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, while fellow 2013 star Allerik Freeman with play for Findlay Prep.

“He’s a combo forward, he can play the three/four,” Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said of Williams in confirming the news. “His deficiency, if he has one, is his outside shot. He thinks he needs to make a few changes on his shot.

“He plays extremely hard, defends, offensive rebounds like crazy. Scores inside, scores mid-range. He just needs to work on his outside shot to become a little more consistent. I like the fact that he plays so hard.”

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Thomas Robinson Thinks He Can Be the No. 1 Pick Over Anthony Davis

Former Kansas star Thomas Robinson isn't sold on Anthony Davis being the No. 1 overall pick in this summer's NBA Draft.

In fact, Robinson thinks he can take the top spot away from the Kentucky big man.

“I think I’m very capable of being the number one pick,” Robinson told HoopsWorld on Tuesday. “No disrespect to Anthony Davis, he’s a great player. But at the same time, as a competitor, I do feel that I’m worthy of the number one pick.”

Here is the interview:

Brandon Knight to Represent Pistons at NBA Draft Lottery

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight has been chosen to represent the Detroit Pistons at the upcoming NBA Draft Lottery.

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reported the news on Twitter:

VinceEllis56 @BrandonKnight12 will represent ‪#Pistons‬ at draft lottery next week. @MooseGM10 did it last season.

Rothstein Praises Murray State's Isaiah Canaan

Jon Rothstein of CBS New York ranks Murray State star Isaiah Canaan as the top mid-major guard in the nation heading into the 2012-13 season.

Here is an excerpt:


THE SKINNY: Always locked and loaded, there is no spot on the floor that isn’t in Canaan’s range. An incredibly effective outside shooter, Canaan has shot over 40% from 3-point range in each of his three seasons in college. The 6-foot point guard has also improved the other areas of his game, averaging 3.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.4 steals per game last season

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Chris Lofton to Hold Basketball Camp in Maysville

Former Mason County and University of Tennessee star Chris Lofton will be holding a basketball camp June 4-6 in Maysville, Kentucky.

The Chris Lofton Basketball School is for kids entering grades 1-8. Grades 1-4 will be in camp from 9:30 a.m. to Noon each day. Grades 5-8 will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The camp will be held at the Tom Browning Boys & Girls Club in Maysville.

The cost of the camp will be $75 and registration details are on the printable flyer (click to enlarge). Talks to Kentucky Point Guard Ryan Harrow catches up with Kentucky point guard Ryan Harrow:

Steve Prohm, Isaiah Canaan Speak at All Pro Dad Night

Murray State head coach Steve Prohm and star point guard Isaiah Canaan recently spoke at the first All Pro Dad Night at Graves County High School.

Here is more from

Some 130 people attended the first All Pro Dad Night at Graves County High School recently. They heard Murray State University basketball coach Steve Prohm and star player Isaiah Canaan speak, watched the movie Courageous, and enjoyed dinners supplied by western Kentucky restaurants.

Giveaways included Courageous DVDs, retired National Football League coach Tony Dungy books, and more. The Graves County Family Resource and Youth Services Centers co-sponsored the event with the YMCA and Community Collaboration for Children

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Heshimu Evans is a Champion Again in Portugal

Former Kentucky star Heshimu Evans helped lead Benfica to the LPB championship in Portugal this afternoon.

Benfica defeated Porto Ferpinta 56-53 in game 5 of the championship series.

Ted Scott led the way for Benfica with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Diogo Carreira added 12. Evans chipped in 7 points.

Gregory Stempin led Porto with a game-high 16 points and 12 boards.

On the season, Evans averaged 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game for Benfica.

John Calipari Makes Basketball Schedule Announcement

John Calipari has made some exciting announcements regarding Kentucky's basketball schedule during the next few seasons.

Calipari said on that he wants to create experiences, not just games.

In his announcement, Calipari mentions the following games/series:

- Kentucky and North Carolina will resume their rivalry with a 2-year series beginning in 2013-14. The game will be played opposite the Louisville game, meaning one game will be at home and the other will be on the road each season.

- Calipari is talking to Coach K at Duke about scheduling a multi-year, neutral-based series. He said it would be "the game" to watch on the same weekend every year.

- He said he is working on finalizing an event that UK hopes to have in Lucas Oil Stadium in 2013-14.

- Also in 2013-14, Kentukcy is planning a doubleheader with the UK women's program. Both teams would face Baylor at Cowboy Stadium in Dallas. Baylor will return th egame to Rupp Arena this season on CBS.

- Additionally, Cal noted that UK plays Duke in Atlanta this season and Michigan State in Chicago in 2013-14. He also mentions that the Wildcats will play a road game against a Big East opponent this season.

Here is an excerpt of Calipari's thoughts:

When we schedule, I want to create experiences, not just games. The thing about Kentucky basketball is it’s passed down from father to son. I want to schedule events that grandfathers and grandsons will be talking about 25 years from now. That’s part of what Kentucky basketball is about; part of what has made this place so unique. Those experiences mean our fans can go to those games in addition to another 20,000 fans that never get to go to the games.

We also want to create experiences for our players that prepare us for our 18-game Southeastern Conference schedule, which includes the addition of two NCAA Tournament teams in Missouri and Texas A&M. With that being said, we want to have a tough nonconference home game and a tough nonconference road game every year

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Murray State Discussing Possible Series with VCU

According to Andy Katz of, Murray State has been in discussions with Virginia Commonwealth about a possible home-and-home series.

Here is more from Katz:

Murray State coach Steve Prohm said he has had discussions with Virginia Commonwealth about a home-and-home series but nothing is finalized. The Rams are searching for multiple games after losing Richmond and George Washington from the schedule now that they’re all in the Atlantic 10. VCU also needs two more games, since the A-10 plays 16 games and the CAA played 18. VCU coach Shaka Smart said many possibilities remain, but one certainty is that the Rams will continue the rivalry with Old Dominion, which will be off to Conference USA in 2013. Smart said the home-and-home series will start at ODU in 2012-13.

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Tubby Smith Jokingly Says He Doesn't Want to Play Kentucky

Chip Cosby of CN2 recently interviewed Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith.

Smith talked about coming back to Kentucky for a golf outing, the success John Calipari has had at Kentucky, his Minnesota program and much more.

Smith even jokingly said he wants no part of playing Kentucky or Louisville.

Check it out:

HT: Kentucky Sports Radio

Ervin Williams Named to UBA All-Rookie First Team

Former St. Catharine College big man Ervin Williams has been named to the UBA All-Rookie First Team. Williams was also named All-UBA Honorable Mention.

Ex-Georgetown College star Justin Taylor was named to the All-Rookie Second Team.

David Palmer, a 6-9 center from Northern Kentucky University, was named All-UBA Honorable Mention and also named to the All-Playoffs Team. All-UBA Awards 2011-2012

1st Team

G: Freddie Williams (6'2''-87) of GIE Morrow D.
F: Jonathon Avery (6'7''-88) of Cincinnati S.
G/F: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-82) of GIE Morrow D.
G: DeAndre Bray (5'6''-85) of S.Generals
F: Al'Lonzo Coleman (6'7''-89) of Georgia L.

2nd Team

F: Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-86) of Georgia L.
G/F: James Williams (6'3''-85) of GIE Morrow D.
F: Will Morning (6'8''-88) of C.Texas C.
C: Desmond Blue (6'11''-88) of Atlanta Assult
G: John Cantrell (6'2'') of GIE Morrow D.

Honorable Mention

Iman Walcott (6'6''-F/G-88) of Atlanta Assault
Paul Mills (6'7''-F-83) of Ohio Kings
Anthony Allison (6'7''-F-86) of Houston E.
Joshua Walker (6'4''-F-84) of Tennessee D.
Edward Horton (6'4''-G-85) of Texas Cyclones
David Palmer (6'9''-F/C-86) of Tennessee D.
Sam Brown (6'4''-G-87) of Cleveland H.
Effran Bryant (5'6''-PG-88) of Austin K.
Ethan Bradshaw (6'1''-G-87) of S.Ohio K.
Ervin Williams (6'9''-F/C-88) of Cincinnati S.
Delvin Franklin (6'2''-G) of Austin K.
Cordaryl Ballard (6'5''-G/F-87) of Cincinnati S.
Brent Ragsdale (6'4''-G-86) of GIE Morrow D.
Antonio Webb (5'10''-G-84) of Tennessee D.
Kevin Sims (5'10''-G-88) of Austin K.
Dante Curry (6'4''-G-88) of Southern G.
Marques Johnson (6'5''-G) of S.Generals
Paul Mills (6'7''-F-83) of Ohio K.

All-Defensive Team

Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86) of Georgia L.
Chris Moore (6'8''-F-88) of GIE Morrow D.
Joshua Walker (6'4''-F-84) of Tennessee D.
Jonathon Avery (6'7''-F-88) of Cincinnati S.
Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87) of GIE Morrow D.
Cordaryl Ballard (6'5''-G/F-87) of Cincinnati S.
Ransom Antoine (6'4''-F-82) of Atlanta Assault
DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85) of S.Generals

All-Rookie 1st Team

G: John Cantrell (6'2'') of GIE Morrow D.
G: Delvin Franklin (6'2'') of Austin K.
G: Sam Brown (6'4''-87) of Cleveland H.
F: Joshua Walker (6'4''-84) of Tennessee D.
G: Marques Johnson (6'5'') of S.Generals
F/C: Ervin Williams (6'9''-88) of Cincinnati S.
G: Tremayne Russell (6'1''-88) of Georgia L.

All-Rookie 2nd Team

G: Dante Curry (6'4''-G-88) of Southern G.
G: Krayleon Winston (6'1''-88) of Georgia L.
G: Justin Taylor (6'3''-85) of Cincinnati S.
PG: Daniel Bolick (5'10''-89) of Atlanta Assault
PG: Effran Bryant (5'6''-88) of Austin K.
F/G: Will Richard (6'5''-84) of Cincinnati S.

All-Playoffs Team

Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82)
David Palmer (6'9''-F/C-86)
James Justice (5'10''-G-89)
Al'Lonzo Coleman (6'7''-F-89)
DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85)
Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89)
Mike Corpening (6'8''-F-87)

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Sean Woods Completes Coaching Staff at Morehead State

Several sources have confirmed that new Morehead State head coach Sean Woods has completed his coaching staff.

Woods has hired former Morehead State graduate assistant Beau Braden as an assistant coach. Braden worked last season as a G.A. under Donnie Tyndall.

Brian Ellis and Dylan Howard came with Woods from Mississippi Valley State. Howard will serve as Woods' associate head coach while Ellis will be an assistant.

MSU Coaching Staff for 2012-13:

- Sean Woods, Head Coach

- Dylan Howard, Associate Head Coach

- Brian Ellis, Assistant Coach

- Beau Braden, Assistant Coach

Dieng, Noel Among Nation's Top Shot-Blockers for 2012-13 ranks Louisville's Gorgui Dieng and Kentucky's Nerlens Noel as two of the nation's top three shot-blockers for 2012-13.

Here is an excerpt:

2.Gorgui Dieng (Louisville): Withey and Anthony Davis dominated the headlines in March. But Dieng (3.2 blocks per game), a 6-foot-11 sophomore from Senegal, was a very talented shot-blocker, too. He offered a sneak preview in New Orleans by blocking four shots in the national semifinals against Kentucky. Next season, however, he’ll be a star for a top-5 program.

3.Nerlens Noel (Kentucky): I’ve never seen a high school player dominate his peers the way Noel did during the Peach Jam AAU tournament last year. He’s a special talent. Anthony Davis claims Noel is the better shot-blocker between the two of them, and that’s not a crazy concept. It’s just scary for every team that’s scheduled to face Kentucky next season.

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Terrence Williams to Hold Basketball Camp in Louisville

Former Louisville star Terrence Williams will be holding a youth basketball camp in Louisville in June.

Here are some details:

DATES: June 18th-21st - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

LOCATION: Basketball Academy (2401 Stanley Gault Parkway Louisville, KY 40223)

COST: $150 ($175 after June 1st)

AGES: 6-16 (Boys & Girls of all skill levels are welcome)

This is no ordinary camp. At the T-Will School of flight players will receive instruction from a collection of the area's top coaches as well as T-Will himself!

That's right...Terrence will not just be stopping in to shake a few hands, he will be involved hands on during the camp.

Our coaches include current/former Louisville players as well as other former college and pro players that have been coaching at Elite Sports Camps around the country.


•Form Shooting & shot repetition
•Ball handling skills
•Perimeter defense
•Post defense
•Defensive footwork & positioning
•One on One moves


•Basketball trivia
•Daily competitions
•Special prizes
•Guest speakers


•School of Flight T-Shirt
•A signed 8x10 photo of T-Will
•Official "Pilot's License"

Go Here to Register

John Calipari Gives Interesting Interview to WKYT

Kentucky head coach John Calipari recently sat down for a lengthy interview with WKYT.

Calipari openly discussed his thoughts on scheduling, coaching at UK and how some media members "looked constipated" following Kentucky's national championship victory.

Click below to check it out:

Kentucky State Names Antwain Banks Head Coach

Kentucky State University has removed the interim tag from Antwain Banks and named him head coach.

Banks served last season as interim coach, leading the Thorobreds to a 12-15 record.

Here is a release from KSU:

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 21, 2012)—After serving one year as Kentucky State University's Men's Basketball Interim Head Coach, KSU's Director of Athletics, Dr. Denisha L. Hendricks, announced today that Antwain Banks has been named Head Coach of the Thorobreds.

“We are pleased that Mr. Antwain Banks will remain at KSU as our head coach,” announced KSU Director of Athletics, Dr. Denisha L. Hendricks. “We are confident that Coach Banks will continue building upon the rich legacy of KSU men's basketball. Our student-athletes respect him and work hard alongside him to make KSU men's basketball a conference title contender every year.”

Banks, who led the Thorobreds to a 2011-2012 12-15 overall and 12-12 conference record, served as KSU's Assistant Men's Basketball Coach for two seasons (2009, 2010)and was an integral part in achieving the first winning season since the 1998-99 season. During the 2010-2011 season the Thorobreds finished 15-13 overall, 13-11 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC).

“I would like to thank our Director of Athletics, Dr. Hendricks, and our President, Dr. Sias, for the opportunities they have given me,” said Banks. “They gave me the chance to serve as interim head coach during the 2011-12 season, and I am humbled and truly blessed to have the interim tag removed.”

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Details Emerge in Michael Porter Sex Scandal

Details have emerged regarding the arrest of former University of Kentucky player Michael Porter.

Accorting to court documents, Porter was arrested following a "sting" operation that was set up by Lexington police.

Police reportedly yielded evidence that Porter had oral sex with an underage girl. When he was arrested, Porter allegedly told police he got involved with with the girl "because he was addicted to pornography."

Here are some of the unfortunate details from the Herald-Leader:

The warrant says Lexington police detectives interviewed the girl May 14. She told detectives she met Porter at church functions, where Porter was a group leader.

"She went on to say he took her home from these functions" but stopped at a parking lot where "they would engage in oral sex," the warrant said.

The girl said she and Porter messaged each other on Facebook and would sometimes call and text each other.

"Though the conversations began benign, they eventually turned sexual in nature, as he would relay to her sexual things he would like to do," the warrant said.

The teen sent a "half-naked" picture of herself to Porter over an instant messaging program, the warrant said.

Several hours after the interview with the girl, police began a "phone/text sting," with Porter that yielded information which corroborated her statements, the warrant said, including that they had oral sex in her bedroom

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Video: Some of the Best of Eric Bledsoe

Check out these highlights of former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe (video by SportsHighDefinition on YouTube):

Knight, Faried Named to NBA All-Rookie First Team

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried and ex-Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight were named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team on Monday.

Knight and Faried were joined on the first team by Kyrie Irving, Ricky Rubio, Klay Thompson, Iman Shumpert and Kawhi Leonard.

NBA All-Rookie First Team

- Brandon Knight, Detroit
- Klay Thompson, Golden State
- Iman Shumper, New York
- Kenneth Faried, Denver
- Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio
- Ricky Rubio, Minnesota
- Kyrie Irving, Cleveland

All-Rookie Second Team

- Chandler Parsons, Houston
- Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento
- MarShon Brooks, New Jersey
- Derrick Williams, Minnesota
- Tristan Thompson, Cleveland

DeMarcus Cousins Has an Arsenal of Post Moves

Check out this video collection of post moves from Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins during the 2011-12 season (videos by yamizelda on YouTube):

Six Kentucky Players Invited to NBA Draft Combine in Chicago

Six University of Kentucky men's basketball players have been invited to participate in the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.

Anthony Davis, Doron Lamb, Marquis Teague, Terrence Jones, Darius Miller and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist all received invitations to participate in the combine.

The event will run on June 7-8 in Chicago and will have 60 participants.

Here’s the full list of participants from the NBA:

Quincy Acy, Baylor
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
Will Barton, Memphis
Bradley Beal, Florida
J’Covan Brown, Texas
William Buford, Ohio State
Jae Crowder, Marquette
Jared Cunningham, Oregon State
Anthony Davis, Kentucky
Marcus Denmon, Missouri
Andre Drummond, UConn
Kim English, Missouri
Festus Ezeli, Vanderbilt
Evan Fournier, France
Drew Gordon, New Mexico
Draymond Green, Michigan State
JaMychal Green, Alabama
Moe Harkless, St. John’s
John Henson, North Carolina
Tu Holloway, Xavier
Robbie Hummel, Purdue
Bernard James, Florida State
John Jenkins, Vanderbilt
Orlando Johnson, UC Santa Barbara
Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette
Kevin Jones, West Virginia
Perry Jones III, Baylor
Terrence Jones, Kentucky
Kris Joseph, Syracuse
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
Doron Lamb, Kentucky

Jeremy Lamb, UConn
Meyers Leonard, Illinois
Damian Lillard, Weber State
Scott Machado, Iona
Kendall Marshall, North Carolina
Fab Melo, Syracuse
Khris Middleton, Texas A&M
Darius Miller, Kentucky
Quincy Miller, Baylor
Tony Mitchell, Alabama
Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State
Kevin Murphy, Tennessee Tech
Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure
Kyle O’Quinn, Norfolk State
Miles Plumlee, Duke
Austin Rivers, Duke
Thomas Robinson, Kansas
Terrence Ross, Washington
Mike Scott, Virginia
Henry Sims, Georgetown
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Jeff Taylor, Vanderbilt
Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas
Marquis Teague, Kentucky
Hollis Thompson, Georgetown
Dion Waiters, Syracuse
Royce White, Iowa State
Tony Wroten, Washington
Tyler Zeller, North Carolina


Report: Montrezl Harrell Not Considering Kentucky, Louisville in Top 4

According to a report from Joe Davis of, 2012 power forward Montrezl Harrell is no longer considering Kentucky and has Louisville in his top four schools.

Davis reports that Harrell's father said the top four is Louisville, Cincinnati, Alabama and Florida.

His father added that Illinois, Arkansas, LSU, Pittsburgh and South Carolina are showing interest.

Here are some posts from Twitter:

scoutsfocus Montrezl Harrell's dad said the top 4 is Louisville, Cincinnati, Alabama & Florida. Also Illinois, Arkansas, LSU, Pitt & SC w/ interest

scoutsfocus They are no longer entertaining the NC State option. They were not interested in sitting out the year.

scoutsfocus Another interesting X-factor in the Montrezl recruitment is that Billy Donovan will be coaching Harrell @ the Olympic Qualifiers June 5-12.

scoutsfocus Louisville informed the Harrell family that the scholarship situation has been worked out and that they have one waiting for him.

Kentucky Showing Interest in 2013 Center BeeJay Anya

Kentucky is among several high-major schools that are showing significant interest in 2013 center BeeJay Anya.

Anya is a 6-8 center at DeMatha Catholic School. He ranks No. 20 overall on the list for 2013.

Here is more from

There are multiple highlight tapes available showing his ability to dominate inside. Defensively, he uses his 7-4 wingspan to block shots and grab rebounds. Offensively, Anya's power is beneficial in finishing plays close to the rim.

Anya is balancing a host of offers, including Ohio State, Kansas, Syracuse, UCLA and Georgetown. He also has interest from North Carolina, Duke and Kentucky.

One offer that often comes up in conversation is Indiana. Kenny Johnson, the new assistant coach at Indiana as of the beginning of the month, is the former vice president and assistant director of basketball operations of Team Takeover. Johnson also was the head coach of the program's 16-and-under group, and he has built a great relationship with Anya.

"I'm very interested in Indiana, just like I'm very interested in all the other schools that have offered me," Anya said. "I'm really happy for him. I know he's going to do great things at Indiana."

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Mason County's Tyler Black Signs with Jackson State Community College

Mason County senior Tyler Black has signed a letter of intent with Jackson State (Tenn.) Community College.

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Mason County senior Tyler Black is entering his college years at Jackson State Community College looking to improve more than just his play on the court.

His goals, he said Monday, are to "just come in playing my game and hopefully win a national championship at the junior college level, and then just work on my game and get better as a person, as a student-athlete and as a basketball player."

Black signed a letter of intent Monday afternoon to play collegiately at the two-year institution in west Tennessee.

He missed the first half of his senior season with the Royals due to an injury sustained during football season but made up for lost time when he got back, averaging 19.5 points a contest in 15 games. Mason County finished 18-14 as the 10th Region tournament runner-up

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Kenneth Faried Picks Oklahoma City to Win it All

Denver Nuggets rookie Kenneth Faried talks NBA Playoffs, his pick to win and more in a recent interview (video by ESNEWS on YouTube):

Monday, May 21, 2012

Dick Vitale Thanks Calipari, Pitino and Prohm

Dick Vitale raised more than $2 million for pediatric cancer research over the weekend.

Vitale thanked a long list of coaches on today. John Calipari, Rick Pitino and Steve Prohm were among the coaches who helped Vitale out.

Here is his message:

I just want to thank the college basketball community for all of its support at the seventh annual Dickie V Gala. It was like a who's who in the sport down in Sarasota on May 18th as we raised over $1 million for pediatric cancer research. Special thanks to the honorees: Villanova coach Jay Wright, former Maryland coach Gary Williams and former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz. Among the hoop coaches in attendance were: John Calipari, Rick Pitino, Tom Izzo, Bob Huggins, Mike Brey, Steve Lavin, Mark Gottfried, Brad Stevens, Rollie Massimino, Scott Drew, Bryce Drew, Frank Martin, Fred Hoiberg, Joe Jones, Leonard Hamilton, Lorenzo Romar, Mark Fox, Ray McCallum, Stan Heath, Steve Alford, Tom Pecora and Steve Prohm. Former coaches like Fran Fraschilla, Gene Keady, Bill Raftery and Barry Rohrssen were there. It was a very special evening.


Dorian Finney-Smith Adds Louisville to List

Louisville is making a late push to land 6-9 forward Dorian Finney-Smith, who is transferring from Virginia Tech.

Finney-Smith averaged 6.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game for the Hokies last season.

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Now Finney-Smith has his "final" list with Florida, Texas, Louisville, Marquette, Iowa State and Ohio State.

Finney-Smith announced earlier this month that he planned to transfer from Virginia Tech. He was the Hokies' highest-ranked recruit in almost 30 years.

He averaged 6.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in his only season in Blacksburg. He also had 24 steals and 23 blocks.

A call from Louisville caught him and his mother, Desiree, by surprise.

"They came on late," Desiree said. "But I liked talking to coach (Rick) Pitino and look forward to talking to him again."

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Wall, Cousins Officially Added to USA Select Team Roster

Former Kentucky stars DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall have officially been added to the 2012 USA Men's Select Team roster.

2012 USA Men's Select Team Roster


Ryan Anderson F 6-10 240 5/06/88 Orlando Magic/California
DeJuan Blair C 6-7 270 4/22/89 San Antonio Spurs/Pittsburgh
DeMarcus Cousins C 6-11 270 8/13/90 Sacramento Kings/Kentucky
DeMar DeRozan G 6-7 216 8/07/89 Toronto Raptors/USC
Derrick Favors F/C 6-10 248 7/15/91 Utah Jazz/Georgia Tech
Paul George G 6-8 215 5/02/90 Indiana Pacers/Fresno State
Taj Gibson F 6-9 225 6/24/85 Chicago Bulls/USC
Gordon Hayward F 6-8 210 3/23/90 Utah Jazz/Butler
Kyrie Irving G 6-3 191 3/23/92 Cleveland Cavaliers/Duke
Kawhi Leonard F/G 6-7 225 6/29/91 San Antonio Spurs/San Diego State
Jeremy Lin G 6-3 200 8/23/88 New York Knicks/Harvard
Klay Thompson G 6-7 205 2/08/90 Golden State Warriors/Washington State
John Wall G 6-4 195 9/06/90 Washington Wizards/Kentucky

Coach: Mike Hopkins, Syracuse University
Coach: Jay Triano

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Video: Enes Kanter Working Out Hard in Utah

Check out this footage of Enes Kanter working on his game in Utah - would have been nice to see him on the court at Kentucky:

Jodie Meeks Making Most of Playoff Minutes in Philadelphia

Former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks is making the most of the minutes he's receiving in the NBA Playoffs.

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It might have been “garbage time” for the fans at the Wells Fargo Center in Game 3, which the Celtics won by 16. But it wasn’t for Meeks.

Until then, Meeks hadn’t played more than eight minutes in any previous playoff game other than the first,which he started and was quickly pulled. He had made only two field goals through the first eight playoff games and just one 3-pointer.

That changed Friday night. Meeks shot 4-for-8, hit a 3-pointer and finished with 11 points.

In Game 4, he played 12 minutes and finished with nine points.

“It helped me,” Meeks said about Game 3. “Coach was telling me to find your rhythm as well as you can. I knocked down a couple shots, got going a little bit, and it definitely helped me in Game 4.”

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The Sixers and Celtics are currently tied 2-2 in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals series. The teams will meet tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET in Boston for a critical game 5.

Braydon Hobbs Wins Prestigious Paragon Award

Bellarmine University's Braydon Hobbs has received the 2012 Richard F. Scharf Paragon Award.

The Paragon Award is given by the Great Lakes Valley Conference to one male and one female athlete that displays academic excellence, athletic ability and achievement, character and leadership.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Bellarmine University senior Braydon Hobbs and University of Wisconsin-Parkside senior Hope Christie have been selected to receive the 2012 Richard F. Scharf Paragon Awards, the Great Lakes Valley Conference announced Monday.

The awards are bestowed annually by the Great Lakes Valley Conference to one male and one female athlete that display academic excellence, athletic ability and achievement, character and leadership. Hobbs and Christie will be recognized tomorrow at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car GLVC Awards Banquet at the Drury Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, with their respective school's faculty athletic representative accepting the award on their behalf.

Hobbs, the GLVC's Player of the Year, signed a professional contract with the McDonalds Meteors of the Queensland Basketball League last week and was promptly shipped to Australia to begin practicing with the team. Christie, a decorated long-distance runner for the Rangers' cross country and track and field teams, will be in Pueblo, Colo., preparing for the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, for which she qualified in the 1,500 meters.

While starting all 133 games for the Knights, and helping them to wins in 111 of those contests, Hobbs maintained a 3.53 grade point average in criminal justice, excelling both on and off the hardwood. He graduated Bellarmine as the school's leader in assists, steals, three-point field goals made and games played. In addition to receiving the conference's top honor on the court, Hobbs was named National Player of the Year by both the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Basketball Times despite being only the third-leading scorer for the Knights this past season. The 2009 GLVC Freshman of the Year, who guided BU to the 2010 and 2011 GLVC Championships, also led the Knights to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, which included the 2011 national title and a trip back to the national semifinals in 2012. Hobbs was also lauded throughout his career for his handling of the ball and court awareness, having ranked in the top 10 nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio in each of his four seasons.

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The Outlook for Kelenna Azubuike in Dallas is breaking down the Dallas Mavericks roster for next season.

Here are their thoughts on the outlook for former Kentucky star Kelenna Azubuike:

His outlook: The Mavs believe they have the best head athletic trainer in the game today in Casey Smith and an elite orthopedic crew headed by team doc T.O. Souryal. Azubuike will be three years removed from the horrific knee injury that put his burgeoning career in jeopardy and one that remains terribly difficult to watch on YouTube. But here's the hope for Azubuike: A second surgery in March 2011 was performed to fix the first surgery that wasn't done properly. Azubuike confirmed that fact on Twitter in March 2011, saying: "The 1st surgery in '09 wasn’t done right. Gettin it done right this time!” The Mavs' medical and training staffs have a track record with patellar tendon injuries after Caron Butler's awful injury on Jan. 1, 2011, in Milwaukee, which happens to be where Azubuike also blew up his knee. There's no guarantee that the the former Kentucky Wildcat will ever regain his explosiveness, but watching Butler this season with the Los Angeles Clippers has to be encouraging that he can at least be a productive player. At less than $1 million next season, Azubuike is low-risk and if he turns out to be high-reward, the Mavs will have made a shrewd move at a time when many were scratching their heads at the timing of the signing.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Kentucky, Louisville Relying on Transfers in 2012-13

Kentucky and Louisville will have some of the top incoming transfers in college basketball in 2012-13. ranks Louisville's Luke Hancock and Kentucky's incoming duo of Ryan Harrow and Julius Mays as three of the top 10 transfers in the nation for next season.

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Luke Hancock, Louisville

The former George Mason standout excelled in practices last year with the Cardinals and will add some badly needed offensive potency to the backcourt of what should be a top-five team in the preseason poll. The Cards just will have to make sure Hancock can get healthy (shoulder issue) and doesn't get food poisoning before their 2013 NCAA tournament games.

Ryan Harrow and Julius Mays, Kentucky

Once again, the Wildcats reeled in a massive freshman class, headlined by defensive force Nerlens Noel, but the ultimate success of the Cats in John Calipari's dribble drive attack may depend on Harrow (N.C. State) and Mays (Wright State) providing lead guard competence and a welcome dose of shooting. In last season's media guide, Calipari said of Harrow: "Ryan should be in the best position of any point guard I have ever coached because he's got a year to be tutored without the pressure of having to play." If that's true, the Cats have a legit chance to repeat as national champs.

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Donte Poole Invited to New Jersey Pre-Draft Workouts

Former Murray State star Donte Poole was invited to New Jersey pre-draft workout over the weekend.

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Donte Poole is not on anyone's mock draft, but the 6'3" shooting guard from Murray State is in New Jersey this weekend, waiting his chance at a pro career. He's hoping his play on Sunday, the workout's second day, will earn him individual workouts with one or more of the 30 teams whose scouts will be sitting behind two rows of tables at the PNY Center.

The last player invited, following Evan Fournier's injury and Kris Joseph's decision to drop out, Poole almost didn't make it. He missed Bobby Marks' call Friday. But he's ready now, and typical of the 44 prospects, a borderline pick with a lot of ambition. After three mediocre seasons with the Racers, as a senior he helped them win 23 straight games and get to the Sweet Sixteen. At best, he's a late second rounder

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Check out this spotlight feature on Kentucky signee Archie Goodwin (video by on YouTube):

Spirou Charleroi and Andre Riddick Advance to Semifinals

Former Kentucky big man Andre Riddick and his Spirou Charleroi teammates have advanced to the Belgian league semifinals with an 89-68 win over Leuven on Sunday.

Demond Mallet led Spirou with 27 points in the decisive game 3 victory. Jiri Welsch added 17 points.

The veteran Riddick contributed 2 points and 2 blocked shots in 10 minutes of action.

In 35 games this season, Riddick averaged 5.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. He ranked second in Belgium's top-level league blocks per game.

Riddick has enjoyed a lengthy professional career that has included stops in France and Venezuela. He has been with Spirou since the 2006-07 season.

Three GRC Basketball Stars Pick Colleges

Three players from George Rogers Clark High School have made their college decisions:

- Bopper Stenzel has committed to Georgetown College and is expected to sign in the coming week.

- Andrew Howe has signed with Alice Lloyd College.

- Adam Fatkin has signed with Rockhurst (Mo.) University, an NCAA DII program that competes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Montrezl Harrell to Visit Louisville on May 31

Montrezl Harrell has scheduled a visit to Louisville on May 31.

Harrell's father, Sam, says his son has already been contacted by Florida, Louisville, Kentucky , Cincinnati, N.C. State, Alabama and LSU.

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Harrell’s father, Sam, said his son has been contacted by Florida, Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati, N.C. State, Alabama and LSU.

Harrell, who attended North Edgecombe for three years before transferring to Hargrave Military Academy for his senior season, has scheduled a May 31 visit to Louisville.

“Right now, he’s looking at several schools who have called,” Sam Harrell said. “We’re trying to get a couple of visits scheduled and make a decision. He’s ultimately going to make the decision, but he’s not in a rush. He has to put in the time.”

Harrell, a 6-foot-8 power forward who will graduate from Hargrave Military today, is rated among the top 100 players of the 2012 signing class.

He is rated the 82nd best prospect in the nation by and the 89th prospect in ESPNU’s top 100

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Pistons' Coach Praises Brandon Knight's Hustle, Work Ethic

Detroit Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank spoke highly of former Kentucky star Brandon Knight on The Jim Rome Show late last week.

Frank said Knight and veteran Ben Wallace are consistently the teams' two hardest workers.

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"It was all through merit," Frank said. "Brandon came in, his work ethic -- I would say both he and Ben Wallace are consistently our two hardest workers. He just had a great aptitude and just soaked everything in. He just earned it.

"He didn't start the first six games. We started Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon. Rodney got hurt, and really from that point on, Brandon had the keys. He learned through trial and error but continued with his work ethic and his preparation."

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Berea Community Hires Cameron Jackson

Berea Community has hired Cameron Jackson to take over the boy's basketball program.

Jackson was a star at West Jessamine High School and played college basketball at Kentucky State University. He last worked as head girl's coach at Campbellsville High School.

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Cameron Jackson has been hired as the new boys basketball coach at Berea Community.

Jackson spent the past four seasons as the girls basketball coach at Campbellsville High School.

“He came highly recommended by everyone we talked to,” Berea Community athletic director Luke Wright. “He had high school coaching experience and he is a special needs teacher and we needed to fill a teaching spot. He fit perfectly into that spot.”

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Eric Bledsoe Emerging as Defensive Star for Clippers

Former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe is becoming a defensive star for the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Parker has rarely gotten into the paint with Bledsoe checking him. I've never seen a player stick to his hip better on pick-and-rolls than Bledsoe. Ginobili has a considerable size advantage on Bledsoe but the 6'1" guard has been done a tremendous job contesting his shots, especially at the basket. Watching Bledsoe elevate after riding Ginobili's hip on drives and actually get well above Manu has been incredible to watch. In game two Bledsoe was a bit too eager to get to Ginobili's shots, which led to a few fly bys on pump-fakes, but overall he's done a great job on him.

"I just try to frustrate (Tony and Manu) as much as possible," Bledsoe said. "I know they are pretty much going to get their numbers but I want to make it as tough as possible while they are doing it."

And that's exactly what Bledsoe has did in the first two games of this series. Ginobili has shot just 38% from the floor and 33% from deep thus far and Parker has been even worse, shooting just 33% from the field while turning the ball over nearly four times a game.

"Just keeping them from penetrating," said Bledsoe about what is he trying to do against Manu and Parker defensively. "They are a great team ball movement wise, so we just have to stop their penetration by Ginobili and Parker."

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Western Kentucky Likely to Open Against Southern Miss

Western Kentucky will likely open the 2012-13 men's basketball campaign against Southern Miss and new head coach Donnie Tyndall.

The game is tentatively scheduled for November 12 at Southern Miss.

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It looks like the Hilltoppers will be tested right from the start next season. Their opener is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 12 at Southern Mississippi — now coached by Donnie Tyndall, who left Morehead State to take the job.

It would be the first time the Toppers have opened against a team that reached the NCAA Tournament the previous season since 2003, when they visited Auburn.

“That’ll be exciting,” coach Ray Harper said. “Donnie’s a great guy and an unbelievable coach.”

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