Saturday, June 2, 2012

Siva, Canaan Are 2 of Nation's the Top Returning Seniors

Louisville's Peyton Siva and Murray State's Isaiah Canaan are two of college basketball's top returning seniors according to

Here is an excerpt:

Peyton Siva, Louisville

It feels like he's been around forever, especially if you've read George Dohrmann's Play Their Hearts Out, and now Siva is a big key for a Cardinals club that has the talent to repeat as a Final Four team. With the way the Cards defend, they don't need a ton of offense and improved decision-making and consistency from their floor general should help them improve on that side of the ball.

Isaiah Canaan, Murray State

What more can you say? Canaan's going to be on many preseason All-America lists with very good reason, and the Racers should be excellent again. Add in Kerron Johnson and Belmont to an OVC that also has Robert Covington back at Tennessee State, and the top of the league should be very strong.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Source: Preston Lemaster Out as Head Coach at East Ridge

I have been told by a good source that former Kentucky player Preston Lemaster is no longer the head coach at East Ridge High School.

No details have been released about Lemaster's departure, but he seemed to confirm the news with a Facebook post earlier tonight.

There are rumors that a former 15th Region head coach is the favorite to take over at East Ridge.

UPDATE: Several people have confirmed that Randy McCoy has already been named head coach at East Ridge.

New Anthony Davis Rap Song by Hyroglific

Check out this new rap song about former Kentucky star Anthony Davis - song by Hyroglific:


Brian "B.J." Ellis Named Assistant Coach at Morehead State

Brian "B.J." Ellis has officially been announced as assistant men's basketball coach at Morehead State University.

Here is a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Brian “B.J.” Ellis, who spent the past season as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Mississippi Valley State, has been named an assistant coach at Morehead State.

Ellis will continue to work alongside Sean Woods, who was recently named the head coach at MSU.

“I’m looking forward to this opportunity at Morehead State,” Ellis said. “Coach Woods is a proven winner, an outstanding leader and I’m blessed to be following him to this next position. The previous staff did a real nice job here at MSU and our plan is to build on that tradition.”

Woods and Ellis helped Mississippi Valley State to a 21-13 overall record and 17-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference mark a season ago. The Delta Devils also won their conference tournament and advanced to the school’s fifth-ever NCAA Tournament in 2012.

“I’m excited about continuing to work with B.J.,” Woods said. “He was an important piece to the puzzle during last year’s run at Mississippi Valley State. B.J. is a terrific coach and will be a big help as we look to build on the recent success here at Morehead State.”

Prior his season at MVSU, Ellis spent five years at Division II Delta State (Cleveland, Miss.). He was a full-time assistant for three seasons after spending two years as a graduate assistant.

The Statesmen finished 55-30 (.647) overall, 29-13 (.690) in the Gulf South Conference and made one NCAA Division II Tournament appearance during Ellis’ three years as a full-time assistant.

Complete Release

Kentucky to Face Notre Dame in SEC/Big East Challenge

Kentucky will travel to South Bend for a battle against Notre Dame in the 2012 SEC/Big East Challenge.

ESPN announced the game pairings and dates earlier today.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The UK men’s basketball team will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Nov. 29 in the 2012 SEC/Big East Challenge, ESPN announced on Friday. The squads will meet in South Bend, Ind., at a time yet to be determined.

The SEC/Big East Challenge will feature 12 schools in the SEC competing against 12 schools from the Big East over a three day period beginning Nov. 29.

The Wildcats lead the all-time series against the Irish, 42-18; however Notre Dame holds an 8-6 advantage over Kentucky in South Bend. UK defeated the Irish in the most recent meeting, 72-58 in Louisville during the 2011 season. The last time the two teams met in South Bend, the Irish bested the Cats, 77-67, in the 2009 NIT, ending UK’s season.

Only matchups and dates have been determined. Game times and networks will be announced at a later date.


Thursday, November 29th

· Kentucky at Notre Dame
· South Carolina at St. John’s
· Seton Hall at LSU
· Marquette at Florida

Friday, November 30th

· Georgia at South Florida
· DePaul at Auburn
· Tennessee at Georgetown
· Syracuse at Arkansas

Saturday, December 1st

· Mississippi State at Providence
· Rutgers at Ole Miss
· Alabama at Cincinnati
· Villanova at Vanderbilt

Brandon Knight to Play for Detroit in Orlando Summer League

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight will be playing with the Detroit Pistons summer league team in the in the Orlando Magic Summer League.

The Pistons first game will be July 9 against the Utah Jazz, which will likely feature former UK big man Enes Kanter.

Here is more from

The Pistons will play their first game in the event on July 9 against the only Western Conference entrant, the Utah Jazz.

They will follow with games July 10 against the Magic, July 11 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, July 12 against the Boston Celtics, and July 13 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Brooklyn Nets and Indiana Pacers also will participate in the eight-team event for developing players, the Magic announced

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Video: Rajon Rondo Goes Off Against Miami Heat

Check out these highlights from Rajon Rondo's unbelievable 44-point performance against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night:

ESPN Grades Eric Bledsoe's 2011-12 Season gives former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe a "B+" for his performance in Los Angeles during the 2011-12 season.

Here is an excerpt:

2011-2012 contributions: Bledsoe missed the first month of the season while recovering from an offseason meniscus tear and didn't even get into the rotation until March, but he was very productive in the final month and in the playoffs. In fact, Bledsoe was arguably the Clippers' third or fourth most important player in their playoff run, when he consistently came in and injected energy to the rest of the club during his limited minutes. He finished the team's 11 playoff games with averages of 7.9 points, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals, but those numbers don't do his production justice. Bledsoe was, to put it simply, a postseason revelation.

Grade: B+

Complete Article

Donnie Tyndall Signs First Four Recruits at Southern Miss

New head coach Donnie Tyndall has signed his first four recruits at Southern Miss.

Tyndall has signed:

- Jerrold Brooks, G, Casper (Wyo.) College: Averaged 15.8 points and 2.6 assists per game last season; hit 43 percent of his 3-point attempts.

- Davon Hayes, G, St. Stanislaus (Miss.) High School: Averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists during his senior season.

- Aaron Brown, G, Temple (transfer): Averaged 6.4 points and 2.1 rebounds for the Owls last season.

- Chip Armelin Jr., G, Minnesota (transfer): Averaged 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds for the Golden Gophers last season.

Brown and Armelin will sit out the 2012-13 season under NCAA transfer rules.


Wally Szczerbiak Takes a Shot at Tubby Smith

Former NBA player Wally Szczerbiak took a bit of a shot at Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith on Twitter last night.

WSzczerbiak If my memory serves me correct Tubby Smith used to bring ‪#rondo‬ of the bench when he played for ‪#Kentucky‬. ‪#whatwashethinking

WSzczerbiak I remember the first pickup game I played with Rondo his rookie year. He made every big play at game pt. knew was gonna b great. #Celtics

Rondo led the Celtics with 44 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists and last night's Game 2 loss to Miami.

Jodie Meeks to Hold Basketball Camp in Lexington

Former University of Kentucky state Jodie Meeks will be holding a basketball camp at Bryan Station High School in Lexington soon.

The camp will be June 18-20 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and is for ages 9-13.

Go here to sign up


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Isaiah Canaan Named OVC Male Athlete of the Year

Murray State star Isaiah Canaan was named OVC Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday.

Here is a release from the OVC:

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - For the second-straight year athletes from the sports of men's basketball and cross country/track and field have been selected as the Ohio Valley Conference Athletes of the Year for 2011-12 in voting by the league's athletics directors and sports information directors.

Murray State University junior guard Isaiah Canaan, the OVC Player of the Year and a first-team All-American, was selected as the OVC Male Athlete of the Year, while Eastern Kentucky senior distance runner Lydia Kosgei, the 2011 OVC Cross Country Athlete of the Year and 2012 OVC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and an All-American in both cross country and indoor track, was named OVC Female Athlete of the Year. The two winners will receive their awards at the League's annual Honors Brunch on June 1 in Nashville.

Canaan was the leader of the Murray State men's basketball team that completed a 31-2 season (tying the most wins in OVC history), won both the OVC regular season and tournament championships, advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, was ranked as high as No. 7 nationally (the highest-ranking in school history and first OVC team to be ranked in the Top 10 since the 1970-71 season), was the last undefeated team in Division I at 23-0 and the only team to be undefeated in road games (13-0). Canaan averaged 19.0 points/game which ranked him 24th nationally, while also ranking among the national leaders in 3-point percentage (6th, 45.6%) and 3-pointers made/game (13th, 2.97). He scored a season-high 36 points against Southern Miss in the championship game of the Great Alaskan Shootout (the output was the ninth-most in single-game Great Alaskan Shootout history), leading the Racers to the title at the 34th annual event. Canaan was named MVP of the tournament after averaging 25.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals/game in the three Murray State victories. He also led the Racers to victories over nationally-ranked Memphis and Saint Mary's during the year. Following the season he was named an All-American by seven different outlets including the Wooden Team (one of 10 total players), The Sporting News (first-team), (first-team), Associated Press (second-team), USBWA (second-team), NABC (third-team) and Lute Olson Team. He was also one of five finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard.

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New Orleans Hornets Win NBA Draft Lottery

The New Orleans Hornets have won the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery and will have the opportunity to draft former Kentucky star Anthony Davis with the first pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.

Charlotte, which had the best odds to win the top pick, slipped to the second spot. The Washington Wizards will have the third pick.

Here is how the first 14 picks will look:

1. New Orleans Hornets
2. Charlotte Bobcats
3. Washington Wizards
4. Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Sacramento Kings
6. Portland Trailblazers
7. Golden State Warriors
8. Toronto Raptors
9. Detroit Pistons
10. New Orleans Hornets
11. Portland Trailblazers
12. Milwaukee Bucks
13. Phoenix Suns
14. Houston Rockets

Video: The Best of Eric Bledsoe from 2011-12

Check out the top highlights from the 2011-12 season of former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe:

Dylan Howard Joins Coaching Staff at Morehead State

Morehead State has officially announced that Dylan Howard has joined the men's basketball coaching staff.

Howard will serve as Sean Woods' associate head coach.

Here is the release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Dylan Howard, who played in two NCAA Tournaments and has spent 16 years as a men’s college basketball coach, has been named the associate head coach at Morehead State.

Howard will be re-united with Sean Woods, who was recently named the head coach at MSU. Howard was the top assistant under Woods at Mississippi Valley State from 2008-11. The duo put together two top-50 recruiting classes in their three seasons together at MVSU.

“I am excited to be back with Coach Woods because I enjoy working with him and learning from him,” Howard said. “Sean is one of the best young coaching minds in college basketball. We had a great time together previously, and we look forward to taking this program to the next level.”

Howard comes to Morehead State after spending one season as the head coach at Division III North Park in Chicago. It was his second stint and eighth year as a collegiate head coach.

“I’m excited about getting another opportunity to work with Dylan,” Woods said. “He was instrumental in helping us build the program from the ground up at Mississippi Valley State. Dylan is an excellent basketball coach and will be a great asset for our program here at Morehead State.”

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Anthony Davis Says UK will Miss Doron Lamb the Most

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis says the Wildcats will miss Doron Lamb the most in 2012-13.

Here is an excerpt:

The national champions seem to have replaced every position in some form with the exception being Lamb, the lock-down shooter who provided a lift throughout the season and during the NCAA title run.

"They don't have that,'' said Davis as he stood on the Craft Center practice court after a draft workout with former Kentucky manager Will Martin. "I could throw it to him, and he would make a shot. That won't happen. There will be a lot of guys who can shoot the ball, but not as consistent as Doron [did] last year.

"But they'll still make the [NCAA] tournament.''

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Roderick Lawrence Released from Scholarship at Morehead State

Roderick Lawrence, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, has asked for and granted a release from his scholarship at Morehead State.

Lawrence decided to leave after Donnie Tyndall took the head coaching position at Southern Mississippi.

According to, Lawrence is visiting Penn State:

The staff still seems intent on adding some backcourt depth and have two known visitors scheduled to make official visits in the next week. 6'4" shooting guard Roderick Lawrence from Florida begins his visit today. Lawrence is a Morehead State decommit, who was just released from his LOI after coach Donnie Tyndall left to take Southern Mississippi's job. The other visitor is 6'1" point guard Kaza Kajami-Keane from Canada who is scheduled to visit next week. Keane reclassified to the 2012 class during this past season, and the unconfirmed twitter report claims he is down to PSU and Illinois State.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Coach: Kentucky in the Top Two for Tony Trocha

According to his coach, Tony Trocha is going to join the 2012 recruiting class and he has a top two that includes Kentucky.

Check Out the Article Here (Subscription) currently ranks Trocha at No. 59 overall in the 2013 class. He is a 6-foot-10 center.

Georgetown College Adds Ray Valentine to Coaching Staff

Georgetown College head coach Chris Briggs has added Ray Valentine to his coaching staff.

Valentine replaces Andre Mahorn on the Georgetown staff.

Here is his bio:

Ray Valentine

Assistant Coach- 1st Season


•Sullivan University, 1989-90
•Elizabeth Community College


•Georgetown College Assistant Coach and Head JV Coach, 2012-present
•Kentucky State Assistant Coach, 2011-12
•Head Coach, Amateur Athletic Union circuit, 2000-present
•Kentucky Country Day Assistant Coach, 2008-09
•Western High School Assistant Coach, 2001-03
•Bellarmine University Assistant Coach
•Murray State Assistant Coach
•Tennessee Tech University Assistant Coach
•Western Kentucky University Assistant Coach


•Wife, Celina Valentine; daughter Jasmine


•Email -


•15 AAU Tournament Championships
•3 State AAU Championships

Photo: Georgetown College

Peyton Siva, Sr. Talks About Jr., Basketball and More

PWS Interviews recently caught up with Peyton Siva, Sr. The elder Siva talked about his son and belief in God.

Here is an excerpt of the interview:

As the father of one of the only Polynesian NCAA basketball players, what sort of pride does you take in that? I give God the glory and I don’t have pride, just proud … It’s all Jesus (IAJ).

Growing up, how were you able to instill cultural values into your children's lives? I give credit to my parents and family and my baby’s growing up with their cousins … and a lot of me in them.

How important was it for Peyton Siva Jr. to go to college? Very, we knew it was in his future.

This past year he was the talk of March Madness with his family support and athletic abilities. What did that mean to you? It meant a lot to me to be very supportive of him and grateful of the blessing … IAJ!

One segment, a commentator stated, "Siva had over 50 people on his will call and they are all family members." How important is family support? Very, it’s just a blessing having that support.

How was PS first exposed to basketball? Me, I saw that look in his eyes.

Complete Interview

Monday, May 28, 2012

Kentucky Christian Signs Dunbar's Josh Page

Kentucky Christian University has signed Paul Lawrence Dunbar's Josh Page for the 2012-13 season.

Here is a release from KCU:

The Knights have signed a new player to the 2012-13 squad. Assistant Coach Grady Lowe traveled to the Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School in Lexington, KY to sign Josh Page. Josh is a 6’5” post player with great hands and quick feet. He averaged 14.2 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists a game for the Bulldogs of Dunbar in his senior season. “Josh is a very well rounded player, you can’t teach good hands and to have another big body on the inside with Ace (Puckett) will be a nice addition to our squad. It has been a true joy recruiting him as a player and getting to know him as a young Christian man.” Said Coach Lowe.

“One of our big struggles this past season was inside the paint because we just didn’t have the bodies to put out on the floor. Adding Josh is a huge plus, I know he will look great in the red and black playing for KCU.” Coach Ron Reed.

Complete Release

Photo: KCU

Video: Peyton Siva's Junior Season at Louisville

Check out this highlight mix of Peyton Siva's junior season at Louisville (video by BasketballHighlights Mixes by YouTube):

Bellarmine's Knights' Hall is Getting a Makeover

Eric Crawford of the Courier-Journal reports that Bellarmine University's Knights' Hall is getting a new look for next season.

Here is a picture from Crawford:

According to Crawford, the arena will have a new court, with new art scheme, new artwork around the arena and new chairback seating in the lower level.

Morehead State Announces Summer Basketball Camps

New Morehead State head coach Sean Woods has scheduled a couple of summer basketball camps:

Head Men's Basketball Coach Sean Woods and his 2012-13 staff will host two summer camps at Morehead State's Johnson Arena. Details on both camps, along with the behavior contract and waiver, are below in PDF format.

Team Camp - June 15-17

Day Camp - June 25-28

Behavior Contract


Additional questions can be directed to Beau Braden at 606-783-5142 or

Kentucky Showing Interest in 2013 SG Robert Hubbs

According to, Kentucky has been showing interest in 2013 shooting guard Robert Hubbs of Dyer County (Tenn.) High School.

Hubbs is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who ranks No. 24 overall on the list for 2013.

Here is an excerpt:

Robert Hubbs - 6-foor-5, SG, Newbern (Tenn.) Dyer County, 2013: An explosive scorer with big-time leaping ability and feathery touch on his jumper out to the three-point line, the wing from M33M Elite went for big numbers on Saturday. Hubbs is an aggressive slasher who can jump over defenders and adjust his body through contact to score the basketball in the paint. He has a high-arcing jumper, which he has great confidence in, and is a true triple threat with the ball. Hubbs needs to continue to improve his handle and off-ball play, but the four-star guard is one of the top pure scoring talents in the class of 2013. Hubbs lists Memphis, Missouri, Florida, Kentucky and Duke as the top schools recruiting him.



Louisville Showing Interest in Bryant McIntosh and Austin Nichols

According to, Louisville is showing interest in 2014 combo guard Bryant McIntosh and 2013 power forward Austin Nichols.

Here is an excerpt:

Austin Nichols - 6-foot-8, PF, Eads (Tenn.) Briarcrest Christian, 2013: Nichols is a great athlete who plays with a high-running non-stop motor. He's deceptively skilled out of the low or mid post, can play in the pick and roll and finishes at a high rate around the rim. While he's still somewhat raw with his skill game, he makes plays as a rebounder and a defender, where he can block shots as a high leaper who gets off the floor quickly. The forward from M33M Elite also shows a good feel for the game and has a high ceiling as he continues to improve. Nichols recently added offers from Duke and North Carolina, and he also is being recruited by Florida, Louisville, Kansas, Memphis and Tennessee.

Bryant McIntosh - 6-foot-2, PG/SG, Greensburg (Ind.) Greensburg, 2014: The top underclassmen performer of the day was McIntosh, a combo guard from the Eric Gordon All-Stars. McIntosh is a skilled and streaky scorer with an aggressive mentality and no conscience when letting it fly. He can shoot the ball from deep, handle it and is adept at finishing with floaters over taller defenders. What he lacks in physical ability, he makes up for with a strong basketball IQ and deep range that keeps the defense on its toes. McIntosh has interest from Michigan, Indiana, Purdue, Louisville and Xavier.



Nestor Colmenares May Miss Opportunity to Play for Venezuela

Former Campbellsville University star Nestor Colmenares may miss his chance to play for Venezuela's national team this summer due to injury.

According to, Colmenares has a lingering dental issue that dates back to his time in Mexico.

The problem will likely require surgery that will sideline Colmenares 60 to 80 days.

Venezuela will be playing in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament with hopes of earning a berth in the London Olympics.


Noel, Poythress and Goodwin Named Parade All-Americans

Kentucky signees Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin were named Parade All-Americans on Sunday.

2012 Parade All-Americans

Name High School City Ht. Pos. College Commitment

Adolphus Washington, Taft Cincinnati, Ohio 6'5" F Ohio State
Alex Poythress, Northeast Clarksville, Tenn. 6'8" F Kentucky
Archie Goodwin, Sylvan Hills High Sherwood, Ark. 6'4" G Kentucky

Brandon Ashley, Findlay Prep Henderson, Nev. 6'8" F Arizona
Brice Johnson, Edisto Cordova, S.C. 6'9" F North Carolina
Bruce Marshall, Fayette Fayette, Mo. 6'10" C Missouri State
Cameron Biedscheid, Cardinal Ritter St. Louis, Mo. 6'8" F Notre Dame
Deandre Burnett, Carol City Miami Gardens, Fla. 6'1" G Miami
Devonta Pollard, Kemper County High De Kalb, Miss. 6'7" F undecided
Dewayne Russell, Peoria Peoria, Ariz. 5'10" G USC
Gary Harris, Hamilton Southeastern Fishers, Ind. 6'4" G Michigan State
Grant Jerrett, Lutheran La Verne, Calif. 6'10" F Arizona
Isaiah Cousins, Mount Vernon Mount Vernon, N.Y. 6'4" G Oklahoma
Javion Watson, San Ysidro San Diego, Calif. 6'2" G Long Beach State
Joe McDonald, Landon School Bethesda, Md. 6'1" G George Wash.
John Ross, Glover Univ. School of Jackson Jackson, Tenn. 6'4" F Lipscomb
John Simons, Cadillac Cadillac, Mich. 6'8" F Central Michigan
Jordan Loveridge, West Jordan West Jordan, Utah 6'6" F Utah
Josh Scott, Lewis-Palmer Monument, Colo. 6'9" C Colorado
Kaleb Tarczewski, St. Mark’s Southborough, Mass. 7'0" C Arizona
Kenneth Gaines, Whitefield Academy Mableton, Ga. 6'4" G Georgia
Kris Dunn, New London New London, Conn. 6'4" G Providence
Kyle Anderson, St. Anthony Jersey City, N.J. 6'8" F UCLA
Marcus Paige, Linn-Mar High Marion, Iowa 6'2" G North Carolina
Matt Costello, Bay City Western Auburn, Mich. 6'10" F Michigan State
Maurice Watson, Boys Latin Charter School Philadelphia, Penn. 5'10" G Boston U.
Mike Gesell, South Sioux City South Sioux City, Neb. 6'2" G Iowa
Mitch McGary, Brewster Academy Wolfeboro, N.H. 6'10" F Michigan
Nerlens Noel, Tilton School Tilton, N.H. 6'10" C Kentucky
Omar Calhoun, Christ the King High Middle Village, N.Y. 6'4" G UConn
Perry Ellis, Heights Wichita, Kan. 6'8" F Kansas
Rasheed Sulaimon, Strake Jesuit Houston, Texas 6'4" G Duke
Rodney Purvis, Upper Room Christian Raleigh, N.C. 6'4" G N.C. State
Sam Dekker, Sheboygan Area Lutheran Sheboygan, Wis. 6'8" F Wisconsin
Savon Goodman, Constitution Philadelphia, Penn. 6'6" F undecided
Shabazz Muhammad, Bishop Gorman Las Vegas, Nev. 6'6" G UCLA
Stefan Moody, Poinciana Kissimmee, Fla. 5'10" G Florida Atlantic
Tony Hicks, St. Rita Chicago, Ill. 6'2" G Pennsylvania
Tony Parker, Miller Grove Lithonia, Ga. 6'9" C UCLA
Twymond Howard, Pearl High Pearl, Miss. 6'6" F UTEP


Kentucky Recruit Aaron Harrison Drops 45 Points in Game

Check out these highlights of 2013 Kentucky recruit Aaron Harrison - he dropped 45 points in this game at the "Are You From Here" Classic (video by HMTextras on YouTube):

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Prayers for Anthony Epps and Family

I'd like to ask all readers to say a prayer for former Kentucky star Anthony Epps and his family.

Epps' mother has passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Anthony Davis Watching Kentucky Recruits at EYBL

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis is watching Kentucky recruits Julius Randle and Jabari Parker at the Nike EYBL event today:

SpearsNBAYahoo Projected No. 1 NBA pick @AntDavis23 sitting courtside at EYBL Tourney to watch prep stars Jabari Parker and Julius Randle.

Randle is a 6-foot-8 power forward who ranks No. 3 overall on the list for 2013. Parker, a 6-foot-7 small forward, is ranked No. 1 overall.


Ray Kasongo Visiting DePaul, Possibly Transferring to Oak Hill

East Ridge High School star Ray Kasongo is visiting DePaul this afternoon.

Unfortunately for East Ridge, Kasongo is likely taking his basketball talents to Oak Hill Academy next season.

Kasongo, who is currently playing on the AAU circuit with Ohio Basketball Club, has already enrolled at Oak Hill.

According to a source close to the situation, "it's 90% a done deal that Ray will be at Oak Hill next season. He still has to visit the school and that is the last step."

Kasongo has earned national attention with his AAU play this Spring. According to, he has interest from DePaul, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Indiana, UCLA and Kentucky.

Here is an excerpt:

Ray Kasongo - 6-foot-8, PF, Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy, 2014: Kasongo is a native of the Toronto area who is relatively unknown in the United States. Currently staying in Kentucky and enrolled at Oak Hill Academy for next school year, the powerful forward is a standout for Ohio Basketball Club. Kasongo is a high-level athlete who can attack defenders off the bounce from the wing or score in traffic with physicality. He displayed toughness, a high motor and some serious raw potential in two Saturday outings. Right now he has interest from DePaul, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Indiana, UCLA and Kentucky, while his AAU coaches expect him to really raise his stock during the July period.


Derek Willis Staying Positive Despite Major Drop in Rankings

Bullitt East star Derek Willis isn't down after dropping 61 places in's updated 2014 recruit rankings. He fell from No. 30 to No. 91 in the latest rankings.

Willis, who has committed to the University of Kentucky, also dropped from No. 35 to all the way out of the top 100 in ESPN's rankings.

Despite the noticeable drop in the national rankings, Willis is keeping a positive attitude.

Here is more from

“I heard about it, and people tell me my ranking all the time and ask me about it,” Willis said. “But I never really even listen to them anyway. I don’t think rankings determine what kind of a player you are, so I don’t worry about it.

“It’s real cool to look at ESPN or Rivals and see you are a top-30 player in the nation. It’s exciting and flattering, but you can’t base yourself or your game on what one guy puts you at in his rankings.”

Complete Article


Video: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Getting Ready for the Draft

Check out this footage of former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist working out in preparation for the NBA Draft (video by CityLeagueHoopsTV on YouTube):

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