Friday, June 8, 2012

Anthony Davis Interviews at the NBA Draft Combine

Here is former Kentucky star Anthony Davis talking to the media at the NBA Draft Combine (videos by Hoopsworld on YouTube):



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UK Recruit Wayne Selden Will Move to 2013 Class


Kentucky recruit Wayne Selden plans to reclassify to the 2013 recruiting class.

Selden, a 6-foot-4 small forward, currently ranks No. 13 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.

Selden's current list of colleges consists of Florida, UCLA, Harvard, Kansas, Ohio State, Kentucky and UConn.

Here is more from ESPN Boston:

"I believe I am physically and academically ready to go back to my original class," Selden said.

Selden, ranked No. 12 overall in the Class of 2014, will be rated 20th in the Class of 2013. When he left the John D. O'Bryant School in Boston to attend Tilton School two years ago, his family wasn't sure how he was going to handle the change in academics. Tilton is a college prep school in New Hampshire.

"I was the one who wanted him to reclassify when he left the O'Bryant school in Boston," said Lavette Pitts, Selden's mother. "I wanted to make sure he could do the work academically and have the educational confidence one needs in a new setting. It was never for basketball."

As soon as a formal request is in place, the school will review it. No one anticipates any problems.

"Wayne is a strong student and has enough credits to get back into his original class," Tilton School coach Marcus O'Neil said. "He has adapted very well academically here at Tilton."


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Ray Kasongo Talks East Ridge, Recruiting and Adidas Nations


Ray Kasongo, a 6-foot-8 power forward who last played at East Ridge High School, has exploded on the AAU circuit this Spring and is emerging as one of the top recruits in the 2014 class. He has already picked up several high-major offers and is hearing from numerous other schools.

Kasongo has starred for Ohio Basketball Club at several AAU events in recent weeks and college coaches have noticed.

"I spoke with assistant Book Richardson recently and he reaffirmed that I have an offer from Arizona," Kasongo said. "I have also picked up offers from DePaul, UCLA and USC."

He noted that he has growing interest from several other schools, including North Carolina State and Florida State.

Kasongo has also spoken with University of Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne.

"I talked to Kenny Payne some the other day," he confirmed. "He said he's going to come watch me play in July. I hope to visit Kentucky after the Adidas Nations."

The Adidas Nations is a prestigious, invitation-only event that includes top amateur players from all over the world.

"I feel like it's a privilege to be there," Kasongo said of playing at Adidas Nations. "I'll work hard and be very happy to be there."

Following Adidas Nations, Kasongo will represent his home country of Canada on the nation's U-16 national team. He will also return to the AAU circuit with either Ohio Basketball Club or Ellis Myles' Louisville Magic team.

One hot topic surrounding Kasongo is whether or not he will return to East Ridge for another season. While he is leaning towards leaving the Pike County school to take his basketball talents to Oak Hill Academy, Kasongo says he has not made a decision yet.

"I'm still deciding what I'm going to do," he explained. "I like what Oak Hill has to offer me from a basketball perspective but East Ridge has stood behind me from day one. I'm still thinking about it."

East Ridge has hired Randy McCoy to replace former Kentucky player Preston Lemaster, who coached the boy's basketball program last season.

"I was upset about Preston Lemaster leaving," Kasongo said. "That being said, I have spoken to Coach Randy McCoy several times and like what he had to say. I'm not sure what I'm going to do at this time."

In describing his basketball game, Kasongo says he is improving and working daily to get better.

"AAU has been going pretty good," he said of his outstanding Spring. "I've gotten better at attacking from he perimeter and have developed a consistent outside jumper. I'm still working to improve my footwork and quickness."

Terrence Jones to Work Out for the Detroit Pistons


Former Kentucky star Terrence Jones is expected to work out for the Detroit Pistons on June 25, just three days before the NBA Draft.

Ex-North Carolina star John Henson confirmed to the Detroit Free Press that he will be working out for the Pistons on June 25. Henson said he expects to be joined by Jones, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and Baylor's Perry Jones.

The Pistons have the ninth pick in the draft and all players expected at the workout are projected to go in the 7-15 range.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Shrimp Boat Finds Kentucky Wildcats Prosthetic Leg


In one of the more bizarre stories in recent memory, a shrimp boat off the coast of Florida netted an unusual catch Thursday morning.

The boat's captain discovered a prosthetic leg in his nets. The limb's owner was apparently a University of Kentucky fan as the leg had been airbrushed with a UK logo.

Here is more from NWFDailyNews.com:

“We’ve caught (portable toilets), boat trailers and crab traps,” said Matt Willingham, who owns the Michele Dawn shrimp boat and Willingham Seafood. “This was the first to catch a prosthetic leg.”

Willingham said that if the limb had been in the water longer, it would have been covered with barnacles. He speculated that someone lost the limb at Crab Island the past weekend.

It came up in the turtle excluder during a pass between Crab Island and the Brooks Bridge at about 2 a.m. Its owner was apparently a University of Kentucky fan, since the molded knee portion had been airbrushed with the school’s motto and a wildcat
.

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Former Georgetown College Star Allen McCowan Dies in Australia


Former Georgetown College basketball star Allen McCowan has passed away from a suspected heart attack at age 42.

After a spectacular college career, McCowan had a superstar career in Australia and decided to live there.

McCowan is survived by his wife Caroline and his daugthers Jade, Aleira and Kijana.

Here is more from an Australian news source:

McCowan, 42, passed away at Albury Base hospital this morning after suffering a suspected heart-attack.

The Kentucky native was a giant and champion of both the basketball world and local community.

He arrived in Australia from America in 1994 as a high-profile recruit to the Albury-Wodonga Bandits.

“I had six months to kill so I said ‘why not?’,” McCowan said in 2006. “I got here, I liked the area, I liked the team and I had fun so I didn’t go back.”

He went on to become the Bandits’ greatest ever player, and a champion of the SEABL.


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Statement from former Georgetown College head coach Happy Osborne:

Allen was one of the best and arguably the best athlete ever to play at Georgetown College. He played four years of baseball, was one of the best wide receivers on the football team and was an All-American basketball player.

Countless people have called me today to talk about him and share stories. My heart truly goes out to his wife and kids. I think the world of his mom, LaDonna. They are such a close family and I hurt for them tonight.

I'll say this, he was a Christian and I know he's in a better place right now. This is just such a shock. He was a great all-around athlete and just a great, great guy.

Video: Marquis Teague Interview at NBA Draft Combine

Here is former Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague talking with the media at the Chicago NBA Draft Combine earlier today (video by hoopsworld on YouTube):

Is Thomas Robinson Jealous of Anthony Davis?


For the third or fourth time in the last few months, former Kansas star Thomas Robinson has publicly sounded off about ex-Kentucky Wildcat Anthony Davis.

According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, Robinson reacted to Davis' t-shirt today:

SpearsNBAYahoo On Anthony Davis wearing a T-shirt today stating, "Check My Stats," Thomas Robinson said, "If you check my stats I'd be the No. 1 pick."

Is Robinson jealous of the former Kentucky big man or is he simply confident and full of swagger?

Either way, there should be some fun games in the NBA summer league and next season.

Siva, Canaan Invited to Chris Paul's Elite Guard Camp


Louisville star Peyton Siva and Murray State stud Isaiah Canaan have been invited to participate in Chris Paul's elite guard camp this weekend.

The invite-only camp run from June 8-11.

Some other notables joining Siva and Canaan in the camp will be Michigan's Trey Burke, Detroit's Ray McCallum, Duke's Seth Curry and Ohio State's Aaron Craft and Ohio's D.J. Cooper.

Complete Roster:

Cameron Ayers 6-5 203 Junior Bucknell
Ryan Boatright 6-0 160 Sophomore UConn
Lorenzo Brown 6-5 186 Senior NC State
Trey Burke 6-‐0 180 Sophomore Michigan
Deonte Burton 6-1 185 Junior Nevada
Isaiah Canaan 6-0 193 Senior Murray State
D.J. Cooper 5-11 165 Senior Ohio
Aaron Craft 6-2 190 Junior Ohio State
Seth Curry 6-2 180 Senior Duke
Michael Dixon 6-1 185 Senior Missouri
Erick Green 6-3 185 Senior Virginia Tech
Langston Hall 6-4 180 Junior Mercer
Ray McCallum 6-1 180 Junior Detroit
CJ McCollum 6-3 194 Senior Lehigh
Phil Pressey 5-10 175 Junior Missouri
Durand Scott 6-5 202 Senior Miami
Peyton Siva 6-0 180 Senior Louisville
Brandon Triche 6-4 205 Senior Syracuse
Maurice Watson 5-10 160 Freshman Boston University

Brad Calipari vs. Karl Towns Jr. in a Game of Horse

Check out this video of 2015 star Karl Towns Jr. playing H.O.R.S.E against John Calipari's son, Brad, during a Dominican Republic workout in Lexington (video by alrise01 on YouTube):



Towns showing the "three goggles" to Brad:

Kelenna Azubuike to Play in "Night of Shooting Stars" Pro Game


Former University of Kentucky star Kelenna Azubuike will play in a pro basketball exhibition game Saturday in Lahaina, Hawaii.

The "Night of Shooting Stars" pro game will be played at the Lahaina Civic Center with pregame festivities starting at 3:00 p.m.

Here are more details from LahainaNews.com:

"Night of Shooting Stars" will include a pre-game concert, two feature games, food and live entertainment at Lahaina Civic Center. The concert with popular Christian reggae band Christafari begins at 3 p.m.

A 5 p.m. novelty warm-up contest will spotlight celebrity all-stars - music, movie and media personalities, community leaders and athletes from other sports - against all-stars selected from the basketballMAUI Summer Camp program. Following that game, the pro all-stars will hit the court for a 6 p.m. match-up.

Admission for the basketball games is $10 in advance and $15 at the gate for all fans over seven years of age; there is no charge for keiki age seven and under. Advance tickets are available at various Maui Clothing Company outlets, specified Starbucks locations (visit www.nightofshootingstars.com) and Kihei Christian Bookstore
.

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Night of Shooting Stars Roster:

- Rudy Gay, Memphis Grizzlies
- Jeremy Pargo, Memphis Grizzlies
- Kyle Pape, Hawaii Raiders
- Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings
- Nate Robinson, Golden State Warriors
- Corey Maggette, Charlotte Bobcats
- Kelenna Azubuike, Dallas Mavericks
- Patrick Ewing Jr., New Orleans Hornets
- Anthony Tolliver, Minnesota Timberwolves
- Derrick Low, European pro
- Julian Sensley, European pro
- Bill Amis, European pro
- Bobby Nash, European pro

EKU Completes Recruiting Class with Jaylen Babb-Harrison

Eastern Kentucky has signed 6-foot-4 guard Jaylen Babb-Harrison for the 2012-13 season.



Here is more from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball head coach Jeff Neubauer wrapped up the 2012-13 signing class with the addition of Jaylen Babb-Harrison.

Babb-Harrison, a native of Ajax, Ontario was named team MVP at J. Clarke Richardson High this past winter. The 6-4 guard averaged 25 points, five assists and six rebounds per game while being named a Durham County all-star and earning first team all-region honors. Babb-Harrison also helped his prep team make two AAAA Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championship appearances.

“Jaylen is a terrific young man,” Neubauer said. “He is a tall guard who has a very high skill level. His ability to see, pass and shoot with range will translate well to Division I basketball. We are excited to have him join our program.”

The EKU basketball team has signed five student-athletes for the upcoming season. Joining Babb-Harrison as part of the incoming class are 6-3 guard Dominique Hagans (Lexington, Ky.), 6-5 forward Tarius Johnson (Jackson, Tenn.), 6-4 guard/forward Marcus Lewis (Streamwood, Ill.) and 6-2 guard Corey Walden (Ormond Beach, Fla.).

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Chuck Hayes Visits Old School in Modesto

Former Kentucky star Chuck Hayes visited his old elementary school yesterday. Check out the video of Hayes speaking to the students (video by mbicekphotos on YouTube):

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Dominican Republic to Play Two Exhibition Games at NKU


The Dominican Republic national team will play two exhibition games against Team Ignition at The Bank of Kentucky Center on the campus of Northern Kentucky.

The games are scheduled for June 12 and June 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

The Team Ignition roster will be made up of NBA D-League players.

Here is ticket info from WKYT.com:

Tickets are general admission seating and all tickets are available at the ticket office of Northern Kentucky University or www.ticketmaster.com. A portion of proceeds will go to benefit the Calipari Foundation. $12 for single game seats $20 for both games

You can also join Coach Cal’s mobile network. Text: CAL to: 78601 to enter to win basketball and shoes signed by Coach Cal
.

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Anthony Davis, Others Withdraw from Draft Combine Drills


Kentucky's Anthony Davis is one of several high profile draft prospects that have declined to take part in certain skills drills at the NBA Draft Combine on Thursday.

Here is more from Sam Amick of SI.com:

More proof that the NBA combine is getting worse: Source says Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal, Andre Drummond, Dion Waiters, and Harrison Barnes are declining to take part in skills drills that involve running and shooting tomorrow. This list is likely to get longer, as agents try to limit the chances that their prospect works out in front of a large group and instead prioritize individual team workouts.

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Stephan Van Treese is Transferring from Louisville


Stephan Van Treese is transferring from Louisville according to his father.

Evan Daniels broke the news on Twitter:

EvanDanielsFOX Stephan Van Treese is transferring from Louisville. He just received his release, per his father Dan Van Treese.

Van Treese only appeared in 3 games in 2011-12 before missing the rest of the season with an injury. He averaged 1.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.

He averaged 2.9 points and 3.5 rebounds during his sophomore season in 2010-11.

Morehead State Picks Up Commitment from Jourdan Stickler


Morehead State has picked up a commitment from 6-foot-4 shooting guard Jourdan Stickler.

Here is more from BaltimoreSun.com:

Several Division I programs expressed interest in Stickler during his first-team All-Metro senior season with the Panthers, but the wait for scholarship offers continued through the spring.

“I don’t know if surprised would be the right word, but definitely disappointed,” Stickler said about his lack of offers. “I’d see a lot of my friends who played ball for other schools already committed. I kind of just wondered when it was going to be my time.”

Stickler’s time turned out to be Tuesday – two days before Annapolis High’s graduation. On an official visit to Morehead State, Stickler received his long-awaited scholarship offer and committed on the spot.

“It feels like a weight is lifted off my shoulders. I feel great right now,” Stickler said. “I had a lot of people like [coach] Eric Elston and my parents. They kept telling me to push through. Good things will happen. God will bless you, and he did. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I think it did.”


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Winston Bennett to Hold Two Summer Basketball Camps


Mid-Continent University has announced the schedule for the 5th annual Winston Bennett Basketball camps.

Bennett will host two camps for boys and girls ages 6-16. The first camp will be at Mid-Continent University in Mayfield from June 11-14. The second camp will be July 23-26 at the Paducah Regional Sports Plex in Paducah.

Here are details from WestKentuckyStar.com:

The cost of attendance is $100 per camper for a week of camp, with an employee rate of $80 per camper for Mid-Continent University employees. Payment should be submitted to Winston Bennett, P.O. Box 7322, Paducah, Ky. 42003 with all checks made payable to Winston Bennett Basketball Camps. Confirmation of registration will be conducted between 8:30 and 9:00 am on the first day of each camp week, with the doors opening at 8:30 am.

Campers are responsible for their own insurance, regardless of which week of camp they attend. The first week of the camp will take place from June 11-14, with the second week of camp running from July 23-26. Any requests for further information should be directed to Winston or Peggy Bennett who can be reached at 270-247-8521 or wbennett@midcontinent.edu.

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Terrence Jones Would Like to Team Up with Anthony Davis in New Orleans


Former Kentucky star Terrence Jones likes the idea of playing with his former UK teammate Anthony Davis in the NBA.

The Hornets will almost certainly take Davis with the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. They also have the No. 10 pick.

Jones worked out in New Orleans on Monday. Here are his comments on the possibility of teaming up with Davis at the next level:

“I already have a relationship with him, being teammates and winning a national championship together,” Jones said of Davis. “It would just be a great thing to continue on our next careers together.”

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Report: Aaron Tate Granted Release from Morehead State


Aaron Tate, a 6-foot-5 power forward, has been released from his scholarship at Morehead State University following the school's coaching change.

Tate will open his recruitment back up and is considering several schools, including Winthrop, St. Bonaventure, Jacksonville, High Point and Central Connecticut State.

Here is more from Newbernsj.com:

With a new coaching staff coming in, Tate said he didn’t feel comfortable playing at Morehead State.

“I was looking forward to going to that (Morehead State) based on the coach, and he left,” Tate said. “When he left, it just messed up everything.”

Tate, who graduates from West Craven on Saturday, filed his release papers on Thursday.

“We just called and talked to the athletic director,” said Allen Hall, Tate’s father. “He was very understanding, so we filled out the paper work, and he signed it.

“I thought it was going to be tough. It was a legitimate reason. When it’s a coaching change, kids tend to de-commit. It wasn’t really a hard process.”


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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

John Calipari Talks Dominican Republic, Scheduling and More

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari met with the media Tuesday afternoon. He talked about the Dominican Republic national team, UK scheduling, Karl Towns Jr. and much more (video by uknationofblue on YouTube):

Video: DeMarcus Cousins Preparing for Team USA

Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins is working hard to prepare for Team USA and next season (video by cowbellkingdom on YouTube):

Catching Up With New USM Head Coach Donnie Tyndall


Drew White of GoldenEaglePride.com recently sat down with new Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall.

Here is an excerpt of the interview:

Q: Coach Tyndall, you've certainly come in and hit the ground running. How has this big adjustment been for you, your family, and your assistant coaches?

A: "Well it has gone great, and we've hit the ground running for sure. One of the challenges right away for us was to determine who is going to be with us and who was going to hit the road packing. I tell you the people have really reached out and have been unbelievably kind to us. Anything we have needed or asked for they have stepped up and done for us right away, so I want to commend the people of Hattiesburg first.

"The biggest thing is that we return the players we had last year, and I think for the most part we've done that. Unfortunately we are going to lose LeShay Page who is graduating this summer and will be able to play immediately. He's been through a lot, he's lost him Mom and he has to take care of his family. Of course I am disappointed because he is a big part of this team and was last season, but I fully support what and why he is doing that."

Q: Coach you were at a place where you have built a nice program and had great success at Morehead State. What was it about the opportunity at Southern Miss that made you make the jump?

A: "Well there are a couple of things. When you look at some of the great tradition of Coach Turk, Coach Floyd, and the success that Coach Eustachy had as well this past season, Southern Miss has had some great seasons and good team. You have a great football program, a great baseball program, and I think when you have fans that can rally behind programs like that then the same thing can happen here at basketball.

"We want to continue to build the program and on what they have accomplished. Secondly, the most important thing is that through the interview process right on down to everyone I talked to, and especially General Hammond, raved about the friendliness of the people, and when I encountered General Hammond and how friendly and outgoing the people were, I'll tell you, I wanted to be a part of that.

"We grew our program at Morehead State to where people had that passion, and we want to do that here."

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Billy Gillispie Set to Hire Former UK Assistant Jeremy Cox


Billy Gillispie is expected to hire former Kentucky assistant Jeremy Cox as his assistant coach at Texas Tech.

Cox will be hired to replace Jeff Kidder, who left Gillispie's staff to take the head coaching job at Taylor County High School.

Here is more from LubbockOnline.com:

The hire brings familiarity to the Tech staff. Cox was an assistant under Red Raider head coach Billy Gillispie during stops at Texas A&M and Kentucky.

During his one season as an assistant at A&M (2006-07), Cox helped Gillispie guide the Aggies to the Sweet 16. He helped Gillispie lead Kentucky to the NCAA tournament the following season and the NIT quarterfinals the season after that.

Following his time at Kentucky, Cox spent two seasons as an assistant at South Florida before serving under Doc Sadler at Nebraska last season
.

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John Wall Gives Thoughts on What the Wizards Should Do with No. 3 Pick

Former Kentucky star John Wall explains what he thinks the Washington Wizards should do with the No. 3 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft (click below to watch interview):

John Calipari Introduces His Basketball Fantasy Experience

Kentucky head coach John Calipari presented his Basketball Fantasy Experience to the media earlier this afternoon (video by uknationofblue on YouTube):



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Morehead State and Marshall Renew Men's Basketball Series


Morehead State and Marshall has agreed to a four-year men's basketball contract that will renew the rivalry and extend it through 2015.

Here are details from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Morehead State and Marshall have signed a four-year men’s basketball contract, which begins with the upcoming season. The schools will play non-conference games at the Henderson Center in 2012 and 2014, and at Johnson Arena in 2013 and 2015.

The first contest will be played on Nov. 28 in Huntington, W.Va. Game time is still to be determined. All other games between Morehead State and Marshall will be announced at a later date.

“We’re excited about this series with Marshall,” said Sean Woods, who was introduced as MSU’s head coach last month. “We played a highly competitive schedule (during his last head coaching job) at Mississippi Valley State, and we expect that to continue here at Morehead State.”

Marshall owns a 50-43 advantage over Morehead State in the all-time series. The teams haven’t met since Dec. 1, 2007, when the Thundering Herd posted a 69-56 victory over the Eagles.

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Ex-Hilltopper Filip Videnov Makes 2012 Bulgarian National Team


Former Western Kentucky star Filip Videnov has made the final cut for the 2012 Bulgarian national team.

Videnov is coming off a successful season with Olin Edirne in Turkey. He averaged 14.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 23 games. He also shot 37.5% from long range.

In the 2011 European Championships, Videnov averaged 13.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists for Bulgaria.

2012 Bulgarian National Team:

Nikolay Varbanov 209-C-85 Kalev/Cramo
Nikolay Kolev 204-F/C-88 Cherno More
Stanislav Vaklinov 207-PF-89 Rilski Sportist
Hristo Nikolov 200-F-85 Szolnok
Aleksandar Yanev 203-F-90 Cherno More
Pavel Marinov 197-G-88 Lukoil Academik
Martin Durchev 200-G-87 Tundja Yambol
Hristo Zahariev 200-G/F-90 Rilski Sportist
Chavdar Kostov 196-G-88 Levski Sofia
Filip Videnov 196-F/G-80 Olin Edirne
Ivan Lilov 196-F/G-88 Feni Indistrija
Tihomir Zhelev 192-G-90 Cherno More
Bozhidar Avramov 196-G-90 Lukoil Academik
Julian Radionov 188-G-79 Tundja Yambol
Stanimir Marinov 191-G-91 Balkan

Source: Eurobasket.com

Xavier Rathan-Mayes Gives a Recruiting Update

Huntington Prep's Xavier Rathan-Mayes gives a recruiting update to FiveStarBasketball.com:

Brandon Garrett Representing Murray State in East Asia


Murray State big man Brandon Garrett is representing the Racers on the U.S. Eagles roster overseas.

The Eagles are in East Asia to play exhibition games against high-level and professional teams in several large cities.

The trip is scheduled for June 3-17.

Garrett averaged 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per game for the Racers last season.

Roster:

- Daniel Alexander, Texas A&M
- Brandon Garrett, Murray State
- Terrell Barnes, Tennessee Tech
- Jordan Green, Texas A&M
- Jake Barnett, Saint Louis
- DaVonte Lacy, Washington State
- Bobby Capobianco, Valparaiso
- Robert Lewandowski, Texas Tech
- Jon Diebler, Ohio State
- Brad Tinsley, Vanderbilt

Head Coach: Paul Fortier, Washington
Assistant: Don Vanden Berghe
Assistant: Jonathan Kwok

Video: Marquis Teague Working Out in Indianapolis

Here is some footage of former Kentucky star Marquis Teague at his NBA Draft workout in Indianapolis (video by CityLeagueHoopsTV on YouTube):

Point Guard Dre Mathieu is Leaving Morehead State


Dre Mathieu, a 5-foot-11 point guard, has decided to leave Morehead State and transfer to Central Arizona College.

Here is more from KnoxNews.com:

"(Central Arizona coaches) called me the first day after I got released from Morehead," said Mathieu. "They were just like, they could get me back to the Division I level. I talked to a bunch of people, and they said they're a big-time juco (junior college)."

Mathieu, a 5-foot-11 point guard, was the 2011 PrepXtra Boys Basketball Player of the Year as a senior.

He opted to walk-on at Morehead State, where he played in 29 of 33 games for the Eagles (18-15).

Mathieu started nine games, including the final seven games. He averaged 12.9 minutes per game along with 2.9 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists. His 43 assists ranked fourth on the team
.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

DeMarcus Cousins Has Sites Set on London Olympics


Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins isn't going to Las Vegas just to scrimmage against the United States senior national team.

Cousins believes he can be so impressive during the workouts, that he can earn a spot on the USA roster for the London Olympics.

Here is more from CentreDaily.com:

"I'm not going there (Las Vegas) just to practice," Cousins reiterated Monday after meeting briefly with local media. "I can make that team."

Cousins' intentions and bold pronouncements aside, his presence on the final U.S. Olympic roster would be a massive upset, on par with Angola bouncing the United States out of the medal round. His addition to the men's Select team the young, emerging NBA stars enlisted to practice against the Olympians from July 5-12 while improving their prospects for future world championship and Olympic teams was secured only after some impassioned lobbying by Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof.

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist a Lock to be the No. 2 Pick?


Scott Anderson of NationofBlue.com is hearing from a source that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is almost a lock be the second pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.

Here is a post from Anderson on Twitter:

SAndersonNOB Heard from a source that Scott Howard, Dir of Scouting for Charlotte, loves Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and is almost a lock for the #2 pick.

Will the top two picks in the draft be former Kentucky Wildcats?

Michael Porter Case Sent to Grand Jury


The charges against former Kentucky men's basketball player Michael Porter were waived to a grand jury Monday morning.

Porter has pleaded not guilty to six counts of sodomy and two counts of sexual assault in the case involving an underage girl.

Here are details from the Herald-Leader:

Sex abuse and sodomy charges against former University of Kentucky basketball player Michael Porter were waived to a grand jury Monday morning.

Jurors will review the evidence against Porter, 25, and choose whether to indict him. He has pleaded not guilty to six counts of sodomy and two counts of sexual assault in the case involving an underage girl he allegedly met through church. The charges are felonies.

Porter, wearing a gray suit and dark leather dress shoes, appeared in Fayette County District Court flanked by his attorney, Jim Lowry
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Union College Announces 2012 Summer Basketball Camp


Union College has announced plans for the 2012 Bulldog Basketball Individual Camp.

Here are details from UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College Department of Athletics announced it will host the 2012 Bulldog Basketball Individual Camp for boys and girls at Robsion Arena on June 25-27.

The camp is an instructional skills camp and is designed to improve skill level and enhance the complete development of young players interested in becoming a better player.


The camp will be conducted by Union women's head basketball coach Tim Curry and the Lady Bulldog basketball coaching staff and players.

The camp is open for boys and girls ages 6 through high school senior. Cost is $60 per camper with discounts available for siblings and for teams of eight or more players. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day. Each camper will reach a t-shirt.

To register or for more information, click here.

DraftExpress.com Talks to Doron Lamb

DraftExpress.com recently caught up with former Kentucky star Doron Lamb:

SEC Names Kentucky and Florida "Permanent Rivals"


The Southeastern Conference has released scheduling plans for men's basketball following the additions of Texas A&M and Missouri.

As part of the new system, the league has named "permanent rivals" as part of the new 18-game schedule.

Kentucky's permanent rival will be the Florida Gators.

Here is more from the league:

The league’s 14 members will play an 18-game schedule that features at least one game against each conference opponent. Teams will play one permanent rival, four rotating opponents that will played home-and-home each season and eight teams that will be played once each year (four at home and four on the road). Each school will play its permanent rival home and away each season.

Over the course of the three years in the current model, each school will play their permanent rival six times and each other team four times.

The permanent rivals are: Alabama-Auburn, Arkansas-Missouri, Florida-Kentucky, Georgia-South Carolina, LSU-Texas-A&M, Ole Miss-Mississippi State, Tennessee-Vanderbilt.

The 2013 men’s basketball schedule will be announced in August.

The men’s basketball tournament has expanded to include all 14 teams and will be seeded 1-14. The tournament will begin on Wednesday with matchups between the No. 11 and No. 14 seeds and the No. 12 and No. 13 seeds. The winners will advance to meet the sixth and fifth seeds, respectively, on Thursday. Also playing on Thursday with be the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds and the No. 7 and No. 10 seeds. The top four seeds in the tournament will receive byes until Friday’s quarterfinal round.

The 2013 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament will be played March 13-17 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn
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Beau Braden Promoted to Full-Time Assistant at Morehead State


Beau Braden has officially been added to Sean Woods' coaching staff at Morehead State University.

Braden spent last season as a graduate assistant on Donnie Tyndall's staff at MSU. Woods has promoted Braden to full-time assistant coach.

Here is the release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Beau Braden, who was a member of the 2011-12 Morehead State men’s basketball staff, has been promoted to a full-time assistant coach by new Head Coach Sean Woods.

“Beau is a great addition to our staff,” Woods said. “He is an up-and-coming coach who works hard and brings a lot of energy to our program. Beau has ties to the state of Kentucky that will help us in recruiting. His familiarity with the program, athletic department and university will also serve us well. He has been a great help during the transitional period here at Morehead State.”

Braden spent one semester last season as the director of operations and the other as a graduate assistant manager. He coordinated several administrative duties and all video operations during a season which saw the Eagles win 18 games and finish third in the Ohio Valley Conference.

“I want to sincerely thank (former) Coach (Donnie) Tyndall for giving me an opportunity at Morehead State and Coach Woods for having the belief in me moving forward,” Braden said. “I’m really looking forward to this next step in my coaching career. Our program did a lot of great things last season, and with the new coaching staff, I feel like we can continue to build on that success.”

Braden spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at St. Catharine College (Ky.), where he focused on recruiting, scouting, individual instruction and academics. He helped the Patriots to a 24-9 record, NAIA national tournament appearance and three victories over the eventual national champion Pikeville (Ky.).

Braden spent the 2009-10 campaign as a graduate assistant and the junior varsity head coach at Georgetown College (Ky.), where he specialized in game preparation, individual instruction and film exchange. He helped the Tigers to a 27-6 record, Mid-South Conference Tournament title and NAIA national tournament appearance.

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Karl Towns Jr. Enjoying Time at UK with Dominican Team


Karl Towns Jr., a blossoming 16-year old star, will play with the Dominican Republic national team during Olympic qualifying.

The 6-foot-11 Towns says he's trying not to think like a 16-year-old, even though he's ecstatic at the opportunity to play alongside NBA stars Francisco Garcia, Charlie Villanueva and Al Horford.

Here are some of Towns' comments via ESPN.com:

"To be selected to the Olympic team is one of the greatest feelings I've had in a while," said Towns, who is eligible for the squad because his mother, Jacqueline, is Dominican. "It shows that all the work I've put in is coming out to be a great success and it will motivate me more to practice and play even harder. I feel like a kid in the candy store."

And really, Towns is just that -- a giddy teenager in awe of the wealth of talent that will surround him. Also on the team are NBA players Al Horford, Charlie Villanueva and Francisco Garcia, guys Towns has grown up watching on TV.

"Al Horford sent me a message on Twitter saying he can't wait to play with me, and now he's following me (on Twitter)," Towns said. "I was real happy to hear from him because as a Dominican, I've always looked up to him."

Now Horford will be Towns' teammate when the Dominican Republic plays in the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament from July 2-8 in Venezuela, where three teams out of the 12-team field will qualify for the London Games. With proven NBA talent on its squad -- plus Kentucky's John Calipari installed as head coach -- the Dominican Republic basketball program has a shot at qualifying for its first Olympic Games.

"It's still pretty surreal to me," Towns said. "I'm trying not to think like a 16-year-old, because I'm going to be playing with pros and can't be soft. I have to carry myself like one of them, like a 24-year-old that has confidence
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On a side note, Towns is already considered one of the top prospects in the 2015 recruiting class. It's a big opportunity for John Calipari to have Towns in Lexington for the Dominican Republic workouts.

Towns has been talking about his time in Lexington on Twitter:

KATis32 First day of training camp with coach Cal #BBN. About through go through a Kentucky Wildcat Day #blessed #HARDWORSPAYSOFF #dominicanobball

KATis32 In the Kentucky puttin my stuff away about to left lol they gave me Anthony Davis's locker Lolz

KATis32 About to head to the lodge #BBN #kentuckywildcats

KATis32 Eloy Vargas just dropped me off at the hotel about to take a nap and head for our second practice

Montrezl Harrell Picks the Louisville Cardinals


Former Virginia Tech signee Montrezl Harrell is headed to Louisville. Harrell committed and signed with the Cardinals over the weekend.

ESPN's Dave Telep broke the news on Twitter:

DaveTelep Montrezl Harrell is a Louisville Cardinal per his coach, AW Hamilton. Signed and signed off on by his family.

Harrell is a 6-foot-7 power forward from Hargrave Military Academy. He ranks No. 82 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Rajon Rondo and the Celtics Even Series with Miami

Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo and the Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 93-91 in overtime last night to even the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals series at 2-2.

Rondo led the way for the Celtics with 15 points, 15 assists and 5 rebounds. Paul Pierce scored 23 points. Kevin Garnett added 17 points, 14 boards and 5 blocked shots.

LeBron James led the Heat with 29 points and 6 rebounds. James also had a game-high 7 turnovers and fouled out in the overtime period. Dwyane Wade chipped in 20 points for Miami.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Video: John Wall Throws Down an Alley Oop from Chris Brown

Check out this video of Chris Brown throwing a nice alley oop to former Kentucky star John Wall:



Wall was playing the Drew League for Team Money Gang. DeMar DeRozan, The Game, Paul George, and Metta World Peace were also on the squad.

Antoine Walker Talks About Losing Millions of Dollars

Former Kentucky star Antoine Walker and Kenny Anderson discuss their financial troubles despite making millions of dollars in the NBA:

Former Kentucky Star Doron Lamb Works Out in Philadelphia


Former Kentucky star Doron Lamb worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.

Lamb has also worked out for Houston recently and will be working out for the Chicago Bulls soon.

Here are some comments from Lamb following the Philadelphia workout:

"It was an okay workout, really" Lamb said. "It was the first time playing one-on-one the whole time."

After one-on-one, the Sixers tested the players' shooting, letting them take spot-up jumpers from all over the court.

"I think I did great," Lamb said. "I missed a couple shots but I know I can shoot the ball very well."

In his sophomore year at Kentucky, Lamb was second on the team in scoring at 13.7 points per game. His three-point shooting was especially impressive. Lamb finished his career at Kentucky as the top-3 point shooter in school history at 47.5 percent.

Not that scoring is all he does.

"I'm an energized player, playing defense, doing what I got to do to win, being a great teammate," Lamb said
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Kentucky Wesleyan Signs Australian Combo Guard


Kentucky Wesleyan College has signed Lucas Barker, a 6-foot combo guard from Australia, for the 2012-13 season.

Here is a release from KWC:

Lucas Barker, a 6-foot, 175-pound combo guard from Cranbourne, Australia, signed a national letter-of-intent to play basketball for Kentucky Wesleyan College, according to Panther head coach Todd Lee.

Barker currently plays for the Dandenong Solo Rangers in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) where they compete from March to August.

In the first 14 games this season, Barker's averaging 10.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 20.2 minutes per contest. In 2011, he produced 14.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists a game.

"Lucas will help us immediately as he possesses a very high basketball IQ and a tremendous shooting touch which allows him to play both the point and shooting guard positions," Lee said.

"He's currently gaining great playing experience at one of the highest levels in Australia with the SEABL. His playing with and against older players will prepare him well for this upcoming season."

His club experience also includes playing nine years for the Rangers junior squad.

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Talks to Chad Ford of ESPN.com

Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist talks to ESPN.com's Chad Ford about the upcoming NBA Draft:

Brandon Knight to Throw Out First Pitch for Detroit Tigers

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight is scheduled to throw out the first pitch for the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, June 5.

The Tigers will be hosting the Cleveland Indians at 7:05 p.m. ET.



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John Calipari Talks to CBS Sports Network

Here is a portion of a John Calipari interview with CBS Sports Network's Jon Rothstein - Calipari discusses the difference between the enjoyment of his players getting drafted and winning the national title:



* Calipari's full interview will appear June 3rd at 7:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.

Video: New Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Mixtape

Check out this new video of former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - collection of pre-Kentucky highlights (video by HoopmixtapeBlog on YouTube):

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