Saturday, June 16, 2012

Doron Lamb Works Out for the Atlanta Hawks


Former Kentucky star Doron Lamb worked out for the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday morning.

Lamb was joined by Baylor's Quincy Miller and Syracuse's Kris Joseph.

Here is more:

The Atlanta Hawks begin draft workouts on Saturday morning as the team will get a closer look at Baylor forward Quincy Miller, Kentucky guard Doron Lamb and Syracuse forward Kris Joseph.

Miller may be the highest profile prospect of the bunch but he has seen his stock start to slip as questions are still cropping up about the ACL injury that he suffered during his senior year of high school. He needs some strong workouts to show everyone that he is healthy and has the quickness that allows him to play the small forward position at 6-foot-10.

Lamb is projected by most as a late first, early second round projection after two solid seasons with the Wildcats. Lamb is a good enough scorer who excels from the perimeter and could be a specialist pick for a team late in the first round
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Sean Woods Inks First Three Recruits at Morehead State


New head coach Sean Woods has inked his first three recruits at Morehead State. Woods has signed Taariq Muhammad, Chad Posthumus and Cordell James.

Here is an excerpt from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- First-Year Head Men’s Basketball Coach Sean Woods has signed his first three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent at Morehead State. Taariq Muhammad, Chad Posthumus and Cordell James will join the program for the 2012-13 school year.

“We are very excited about these three young men,” Woods said. “They are all very talented basketball players and high character people. The combination of our returning players and newcomers should make us very competitive this upcoming season.”

Muhammad, a 6-foot-2 point guard from the Atlanta area, has two years of eligibility remaining. He comes to Morehead State after one year at Centennial High School (Ga.), three seasons at Norcross High School (Ga.) and two campaigns at the junior college level.

Muhammad was a First-Team All-State honoree each year at Norcross. He helped the Blue Devils to an 88-7 record (.926) and two Georgia state championships during those three seasons.

Norcross, which has won four state titles and produced 11 Division I men’s basketball players since 2006, enjoyed a No. 2 national ranking Muhammad’s sophomore year and No. 6 rating his junior campaign. He averaged 17 points, 10 assists and five rebounds as a senior.

Muhammad was listed by Rivals.com as the country’s 90th-best player during his final prep season. He was also tabbed as a Reebok All-American and McDonald’s All-America nominee.

Muhammad was also being recruited by Auburn, Clemson, Memphis, Miami (Fla.), Minnesota, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, Southern California, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

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Woods on Muhammad:

“This level doesn’t see too many point guards like Taariq,” Woods said. “He is big, strong, long and heady. He will have a chance to play significant minutes for us, with his maturity and ability.”

Woods on Posthumus:


“Chad can be a fixture here the next two years,” Woods said. “He has high-major size and potential off the charts. He’s mobile, with great hands, and can even do a back flip.”

Woods on James:

“Cordell is a coach’s jewel,” Woods said. “He is a hard worker and over achiever who is explosive, strong and heady. He will be much better than people think.”

Video: Enes Kanter Highlights from Rookie Season

Check out these highlights from Enes Kanter's rookie season with the Utah Jazz (video by TheKingMisiek on YouTube):

Footage of Terrence Jones Working Out in Sacramento

Here is some footage of Terrence Jones working out for the Sacramento Kings (via New10.net):



Here is a raw interview with Jones, also from News10.net:

Orlando Mendez-Valdez to to Play for Mexico at Centrobasket


Former Western Kentucky star Orlando Mendez-Valdez will once again play for Mexico's national team this summer.

Mendez-Valdez was named to Mexico's 12-man final roster for Centrobasket 2012, which begins on Monday.

Mexico National Team 2012

Omar Quintero
Paul Stoll
Pedro Meza Rogel
Orlando Mendez-Valdez
Gabriel Giron
Carlos M. Toussaint
Hector Hernandez
Rodrigo Zamora
Jesus Lopez
Gustavo Ayon
Victor Mariscal
Horacio Llamas

Source: LatinBasket.com

Report: Kentucky Has Offered 2013 Star James Young

According to Coast2CoastHoops, James Young has finally picked up the offer he has been waiting for:

Coast2CoastHoop Kentucky has offered 2013 guard James Young



Young is a 6-foot-6 small forward from Troy, Michigan. He is currently ranked No. 9 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013.

The John Calipari Father and Son Camp is Underway

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is currently conducting his annual Father & Son Camp.

The camp, which is open to all fathers and sons ages 6-17, offers a unique father and son bonding experience through Kentucky basketball.

Here is Coach Cal with Davis Brown, 7, of Lexington:

Friday, June 15, 2012

Kidd-Gilchrist Didn't See Michael Jordan Play for Chicago


Want to feel old? Consider Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's comments about Michael Jordan this afternoon:

MrMichaelLee Michael Kidd-Gichrist said last week that he was 9 when he first saw Michael Jordan play. Me: "When he was with the Wizards?" MKG: "Yeah."

MrMichaelLee Reporters shook their heads, realizing MKG, 18, never saw CHI MJ. MKG on #wizards MJ: “That wasn’t good Mike? I thought it was good Mike.”

Want to feel even older?

Kidd-Gilchrist was born on September 26, 1993. He was five years old when Jordan retired for a second time on January 13, 1999.

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Anthony Davis Signs with Wasserman Media Group


Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis has signed with Wasserman Media Group and sports agent Arn Tellem.

Here is a press release from Wasserman:

LOS ANGELES (June 15, 2012) – Wasserman Media Group’s Vice Chairman, Arn Tellem, today announced that projected #1 NBA draft pick, NCAA National Champion, consensus player of the year, and University of Kentucky super-star center/forward Anthony Davis, has signed with the agency for comprehensive representation.

“We are thrilled that Anthony has chosen Wasserman and very much look forward to helping him launch what will undoubtedly be a hugely successful NBA career,” said Thad Foucher, EVP, Team Sports and Anthony’s agent along with Tellem.

This signing continues Wasserman’s streak of representing the top pick in multiple sports in 2012, including the NFL’s Andrew Luck, MLB’s Carlos Correa, and MLS’s Andrew Wenger.

“I know that this decision is a critical one to help me get on the right track for the next stage of my basketball career and I did not come to it easily,” said Anthony Davis. “After speaking with many agents and advisors, it became clear to me that Wasserman was the best place for me. I am excited, and also relieved to have made this choice and look forward to starting my career knowing I am in great hands.”

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Shelvin Mack, Jodie Meeks to Throw Out First Pitches


Former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks and ex-Butler star Shelvin Mack will throw out first pitches for the Lexington Legends this weekend.

Mack will throw out the first pitch before tonight's game against the Asheville Tourists. The pitch will take place at approximately 6:45 p.m. ET. The former Bryan Station star spent last season with the Washington Wizards.

Meeks, who currently plays for the Philadelphia 76ers, will toss out the first pitch before Sunday's game. The pitch will be at approximately 1:20 p.m. ET.

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Talks About Washington Workout

Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist talks about working out for the Washington Wizards:

John Calipari Has Noticed 2015 Star Mickey Mitchell

Here is an interview with 2015 star Mickey Mitchell from Prestonwood (Tex.) Christian Academy:



According to fivestarbasketball.com, Mitchell has attracted the attention of Kentucky head coach John Calipari:

5starbasketball @awireman @UKBIGBLUENATION @uknationofblue @nextcats Mickey Mitchell's game has gotten Calipari's attention. See why. http://ow.ly/bBIF3

Cliff Dixon Earns Pro Opportunity in Brazil


Former Western Kentucky player Cliff Dixon, the half-brother of NBA star Kevin Durant, has earned a 15-day tryout with Brazilian club team Vivo/Franca Basquete Sau Paulo.

Vivo/Franca is in Brazil's top-level NBB league.

Dixon last played at Western Kentucky in 2010-11. He averaged 4.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. After 22 games, he was dismissed from the team by head coach Ken McDonald.

Source: LatinBasket.com

Sean Woods at the Morehead State Golf Outing

Here is new Morehead State head coach Sean Woods at the MSU Athletics golf outing:

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Sees Wizards as a Playoff Team


Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist feels that the Washington Wizards would be a playoff team if they take him in the upcoming NBA Draft.

The Wizards hold pick No. 3 in the draft and would likely take Kidd-Gilchrist if Charlotte skips over him at No. 2.

Here are MKG's comments from the Washington Post:

“I want to win games,” Kidd-Gilchrist said last week in Chicago. “That’s what I’m about.”

The prospect of joining a losing NBA team made Kidd-Gilchrist visibly ill, and he admitted that he would probably “cry some nights” if his team is consistently adding notches to the loss column. Unless a non-playoff team moves up to get him at No. 2, Kidd-Gilchrist is almost assured some rough times – but he doesn’t necessarily believe that is the case if the Wizards select him third overall.

“I mean, with John [Wall] and Nene? I think it’s a playoff team,” Kidd-Gilchrist said, matter-of-factly, when asked how he would fit in Washington.

Next season? “I mean, I guess. I think it’s a playoff team,” Kidd-Gilchrist said
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Nazr Mohammed Takes a Jab at the NCAA

Former Kentucky big man Nazr Mohammed took a jab at the NCAA on his Twitter account recently:

NazrMohammed Dear NCAA, If I pay my 6yr old son $5 for home runs, will it effect his amateur status??? Lol Signed Concerned Dad

Samardo Samuels to Play for Jamaica at Centrobasket 2012


Former Louisville big man Samardo Samuels will lead Jamaica into next week's FIBA Centrobasket tournament as the team attempts to qualify for the Tournament of the Americas.

Samuels will be joined by fellow NBA star Jerome Jordan and Patrick Ewing Jr.

Jamaica will face John Calipari's Dominican Republic national team on June 20 in group play.

Jamaica's Roster for Centrobasket:

- Jerome Jordan
- Samardo Samuels
- Patrick Ewing Jr.
- Kimmani Ffriend
- Akeem Scott
- Ricardo Alliman
- Courtney Walter
- Steven Toyloy
- Dylon Ennis
- Linford Bromfield
- Bryan Grant
- Waymie Rose

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Edgar Sosa Will Not Play with Dominicans at Centrobasket


Former Louisville star Edgar Sosa will not travel with the Dominican Republic national team for FIBA Centrobasket 2012 in Puerto Rico.

Sosa is coming off a major injury and is not in top form. He can rejoin the team for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The Dominicans will face Puerto Rico on Saturday in an tune-up game. Centrobasket runs from June 18-24.

Also missing from the Centrobasket roster is former Kentucky big man Eloy Vargas.

12-man roster for Centrobasket:

- Al Horford
- Francisco Garcia
- Eulis Baez
- Jack Michael Martinez
- Josh Asselin
- Ronald Ramon
- Gerardo Suero
- Juan Coronado
- Amaurys Fermin
- Karl Towns
- Manuel Guzman
- Manuel Fortuna

Source: Masterdeportes.com

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Terrence Jones to Work Out for the Sacramento Kings


The Sacramento Kings announced today that they will work out former Kentucky star Terrence Jones soon.

Here is more from Sactownroyalty.com:

Today the Kings announced another group workout, featuring Terrence Jones, a Forward from Kentucky. Jones will be joined by Maalik Wayns (PG, Villanova), Andre Young (PG, Clemson), Kevin Jones (PF, West Virginia), Garrett Stutz (C, Wichita St.), and Mitchell Watt (PF, Buffalo). Of that group of players, only Kevin Jones is expected to be drafted.

Terrence Jones would be considered a reach at 5 but he does seem like a player that the team could fall in love with. Highly skilled, Jones possesses a very well-rounded game and possesses great physical tools. Jones' measurements at the combine are very similar to that of Kansas Power Forward Thomas Robinson. However, Jones plays very differently. Despite having the body of a PF, Jones plays very much like a SF, featuring a well-rounded perimeter game while only being a mediocre rebounder. He is however, an above average defender and shotblocker
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I could go for the T-Jones and Boogie combo in Sactown...

Dorian Finney-Smith Will Transfer to Florida

Virginia Tech transfer Dorian Finney-Smith is headed to Florida, according to Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com:

GoodmanCBS Dorian Finney-Smith to Florida. Billy Donovan also grabbed South Carolina big man Damontre Harris. Quality offseason for Gators.

Finney-Smith was also considering Louisville.

New Andrew and Aaron Harrison Highlights

Kentucky recruits Andrew and Aaron Harrison have been on fire this Spring. Check out these highlights (video by fivestarbasketball on YouTube):

Richard Pitino Announces Coaching Staff at FIU


New head coach Richard Pitino has announced his complete coaching staff at Florida International University.

Pitino has added Kimani Young, Mark Lieberman, Mike Balado, Casey Stanley and Josh Adel to the men's basketball staff.

Here are some of Pitino's comments from the FIU press release:

“I’m extremely excited about our new additions to the FIU men’s basketball staff,” Pitino said. “The key to success at any level is to surround yourself with great people. I believe we have done that with the additions of Kimani Young, Mark Lieberman and Mike Balado as well as Casey Stanley and Josh Adel.”

On Young:

“We are excited about Kimani Young because he brings a lot of connections from the New York, New Jersey area; an area in which we expect to do a lot of recruiting,” Pitino said. “Kimani is great with people, has an unbelievable work ethic and is a great teacher and a student of the game.”

On Lieberman:

“Mark Lieberman comes to us with a lot of coaching experience from the state of Florida,” Pitino said. “He has great energy on and off the court and will be a valuable asset to our staff.”

On Balado:

“Mike Balado has great experience in the college game as well as the junior college ranks,” Pitino said. “He knows the state of Florida and will be able to recruit from top to bottom. He is a tireless worker and will bring a lot to our staff.”

On Stanley:

“Casey Stanley worked with us at the University of Louisville and was the hardest worker in the program,” Pitino said. “He will be extremely organized and very meticulous with everything he does.”

On Adel:

“Josh Adel has been around the game his whole life,” Pitino said. “He loves basketball and will bring a lot to our staff.”

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Video: The Hottest Plays of Brandon Knight's Rookie Season

Check out the "hottest" plays from Brandon Knight's rookie season with the Detroit Pistons:

Rick Pitino's Louisville Home is For Sale


University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is selling his home in Mockingbird Gardens.

According to BizJournals.com, the home is listed for $2.2 million. The article says the home has nothing to do with Pitino's job status as Louisville and he is only "looking to downsize."

Here is an excerpt:

The home, which is listed under the name of Pitino’s wife, Joanne Pitino, is listed by Semonin Realtors. The home, formerly owned by former Papa John’s International Inc. Papa John's International Inc. Latest from The Business Journals Sternberg to leave Papa John’s to return to lawSchnatter likens Papa John's to Chick-fil-APapa John's beats Q1 expectations Follow this company (NASDAQ: PZZA) president Dan Holland, was purchased in August 2001 for $2.25 million, according to the deed for the property.

Kenny Klein, senior associate athletic director for media relations/sports information director at U of L, confirmed that the home is for sale, but he said the sale is not related to Rick Pitino’s job.

Pitino is under contract through 2017.

“He is just looking to downsize,” Klein said. “It’s as simple as that.”


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Photos: Jefferson County PVA

KyForward Interviews John Calipari, Part II

Here is part 2 of KyForward's interview with Kentucky head coach John Calipari (video by JonKyForward):

2014 PG Emmanuel Mudiay Says He Has a Kentucky Offer

Emmanuel Mudiay, a 6-foot-4 point guard at Grace (Tx.) Prep School, recently told FiveStarBasketball.com that he has an offer from the University of Kentucky.

Mudiay ranks No. 5 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.

Here is the interview:

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Terrence Jones Talks About Working Out for Trail Blazers

Former University of Kentucky star Terrence Jones talks to OregonLive.com about working out for his hometown Portland Trail Blazers recently:

John Wall is Building a Nice Jersey Collection

John Wall continues to swap jerseys with other professional athletes (I'd argue that Wall needs to take his shirt off and actually wear the jersey):

Dodgers John Wall and @TheRealMattKemp trade jerseys: http://pic.twitter.com/m2SgUvOG

CBSSports Ranks Kentucky's 2012 Recruiting Class No. 1


CBSSports.com has ranked Kentucky's 2012 recruiting class as the No. 1 class in the nation.

UCLA is ranked No. 2 followed by Arizona, North Carolina State and Baylor.

Here is an excerpt:

When it came to deciding between the three, Kentucky and UCLA had the true star power that Arizona lacked. UCLA made its case with two of the top three players, while Kentucky countered with the No. 1 prospect, three top-15 players and four top-45 prospects.

In the end, despite valiant efforts from several other teams, we ended the class of 2012 with a familiar face on top of the rankings: Kentucky.

1. Kentucky

Commitments: Nerlens Noel (1), Archie Goodwin (7), Alex Poythress (15), Willie Cauley (45)

The Wildcats started slow in 2012, but ended with yet another top-ranked class. Expect at least three of them to make immediate impacts in the starting lineup.

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Illinois State to Play at Louisville in 2012-13


Illinois State announced Tuesday that it will play the Louisville Cardinals on December 1 at the KFC Yum! Center.

Here is more from Pantagraph.com:

ISU officially announced Tuesday that it will travel to face Louisville on Dec. 1 at the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville, Ky. ESPN’s Dick Vitale has pegged Louisville as his preseason No. 1 team in the nation, while Yahoo Sports puts the Cardinals at No. 3.

“I want to prepare our team for tough conference play and put our program and team in position to make the NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid or winning the (Missouri Valley Conference) tournament,” said new ISU coach Dan Muller. “You want to get exposure for your program.

“(This) will give us the opportunity to play against one of the best coaches in the country and one of the best teams.”


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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: 2012 NBA Draft Video

Check out this NBA Draft video of former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist:

Cordell James Signs with Morehead State and Sean Woods


Morehead State has signed 6-foot guard Cordell James from McCallie (Tenn.) School.

Here are some comments from James via TimesFreePress.com:

"People tell me I now look like [Oklahoma City's] Russell Westbrook," he said with a laugh. "Some of the coaches told me they liked the high-top, but some others told me they liked that I had got a haircut."

He had intentions of making an official visit to Penn State after leaving Morehead State on Monday morning, but Eagles coach Sean Woods made him an offer on the spot. James and his mother contacted Penn State coaches, who told the 6-foot guard they had no intentions of speeding up their process.

"We went to Morehead State with no offer on the table," he said. "Coach Woods said he liked guys like me that worked, and my mom liked him too, so that was good, because I definitely wanted her to feel comfortable that she could leave me somewhere that I'd feel at home.

"When she was happy, I was happy."


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KyForward Goes One-on-One with John Calipari

Kentucky head coach John Calipari sits down with Jon Hale of KyForward to discuss his future at UK, his basketball philosophy and much more (video posted by JonKyForward on YouTube):

Murray State Added to 2012 Charleston Classic Field


Murray State has officially been added to the 2012 Charleston Classic field. The tournament will also include Auburn, Baylor, Boston College, Charleston, Colorado, Dayton and St. John's.

Here is an announcement from MSU:

The 2012 Charleston Classic, presented by Foster Grant, will feature the Murray State men's basketball team when the event is played at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. (Nov. 15, 16-18).

The Racers and Auburn were added to a field that already included: Baylor, Boston College, Charleston, Colorado, Dayton and St. John's.

Pairings for the event will be announced later.

Murray State is coming off a 31-2 season under first year head coach Steve Prohm and is added to an excellent field of teams in Charleston.

“We're excited to be part of the Charleston Classic,” Prohm said. “We want to challenge our team with tough early-season games and the field they've assembled for this event is outstanding. It's also a great thing when we can showcase our program to a national television audience.”

The Charleston event is one of the tournaments that ESPN conducts. The Racers played in another ESPN event, the 76 Classic, in Anaheim, Calif, in 2010. The games in the Charleston Classic will be carried live on various ESPN channels.

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Charlie Villanueva: I'm Not Overweight!


NBA player Charlie Villanueva did not make John Calipari's Dominican Republic national team heading into the FIBA CentroBasket Tournament and the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Here are Calipari's comments on why Villanueva failed to make the cut:

"Charlie was not in good form when we saw him," Calipari told Deportes en la Z. "He was overweight, and unfortunately, we could not slow down the entire team and it was a decision taken collectively.

"Last year, Charlie behaved really well with us and his only problem was his weight.

"An NBA player like him deserves respect and for respect, we have taken this decision.

"I enjoyed coaching him a lot.

"He is a great player."


Villanueva has publicly responded on his Twitter account, posting a picture of him standing on scales holding his UConn national championship ring:

CV31 Lol case closed http://lockerz.com/s/216607888

Video: Brandon Knight Throws Out First Pitch for Tigers

Here is some footage of Brandon Knight throwing out the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game last week:

HINT: "Just a little bit high and outside, but that's okay..."

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Edgar Sosa Taken No. 1 in 2012 LNB Draft


Former Louisville star Edgar Sosa was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 LNB Draft.

Sosa was taken by Los Reales de la Vega in today's draft.

The LNB is the Dominican Republic's top-level league. The league features eight teams divided into two equal divisions. The league will start on July 10.

Sosa played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2011 before suffering a gruesome leg injury. He is back with the national team this summer as they battle for a berth in the 2012 Olympics.

Source: LatinBasket.com

Harrell, Randle Make 2012 USA Basketball U18 National Team


Montrezl Harrell, who has signed with Louisville, and Kentucky recruit Julius Randle have made the 2012 USA Basketball U18 National Team.

Here is a release from Louisville:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville incoming freshman forward Montrezl Harrell has been named to the USA Basketball U18 National Team.

Harrell, who signed with the Cardinals last week, and his USA teammates will compete in the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be played June 16-20 in Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil. The U.S. team will continue to train through June 11 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will depart June 12 for the South American nation.

Selections for the 12-man team, composed of the nation's top 18-year-old and younger players, were made following the team's ninth practice on June 9. Joining Harrell on the team are Nathaniel Britt, II (Gonzaga H.S., D.C./Upper Marlboro, Md.); Sam Dekker(Sheboygan Lutheran H.S./Sheboygan, Wis./Wisconsin signee); Shaq Goodwin (Southwest DeKalb H.S./Decatur, Ga./Memphis signee); Jerami Grant (DeMatha Catholic/Bowie, Md./Syracuse signee); Jake Layman (King Phillip Regional H.S./Wrentham, Mass./Maryland signee); Rodney Purvis (Upper Room Christian/Raleigh, N.C./North Carolina State signee); Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian Academy/ McKinney, Texas); James Robinson (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Mitchellville, Md./Pittsburgh signee); Marcus Smart (Marcus H.S./Flower Mound, Texas/Oklahoma State signee); Jarnell Stokes (Memphis, Tenn./Tennessee signee); and Rasheed Sulaimon (Strake Jesuit College Prep/Houston, Texas/Duke signee).

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Photo: USA Basketball

Eastern Kentucky Players Visit Shriners Hospital


Members of the Eastern Kentucky men's basketball program visited the Shriners Hospital on Friday for the Children's Annual Sports Clinic.

Here is more from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University student-athletes had the opportunity to share their athletic skills at the Shriners Hospital for Children’s Annual Sports Clinic held on Friday, June 8. This is the third consecutive year the Colonels have participated in the event.

The Colonels joined patients and volunteers participating in a variety of sport activities at the Lexington hospital. Activities included baseball, corn hole, football, soccer, basketball, volleyball and cheerleading.

The student-athletes worked with the children learning the skills of the game and spending time with the newest Colonel fans over lunch. Several members of the Eastern coaching staff were also on hand for the event.

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Photo: EKU

Report: There Was "Friction" Between Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo


According to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, there was "friction" between veteran Ray Allen and Boston teammate Rajon Rondo this season.

Mannix says the issues could impact Allen's decision to stay in Boston or continue his career elsewhere.

Here is an excerpt:

"I think there's no question that the relationship was strained over this year," Mannix said of Allen and Rondo during an appearance on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan. "How strained is the key, and it's still a little bit unclear. There was some friction between those two. I think that could play a role in Ray's decision not to come back. Now, I agree, I think that Boston probably wasn't going to bring him back anyway, you're right, it's Avery Bradley's job and Ray isn't coming back to the Celtics to be a bench player, especially when he can be a bench player on a team that might be more likely to win a championship. But I think the relationship over the last year between Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo soured. Now, I'm not entirely clear as to how bad it got. But certainly I know that there was some legitimate, palpable friction between those two players and I think that will ultimately affect his decision in free agency."

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Jodie Meeks Will Likely Be On The Move This Summer


According to Ricky Doyle of Philly.com, former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks is one of several free agent players that will almost certainly not be returning to the Philadelphia 76ers next season.

Here is an excerpt:

Also, guard Lou Williams most likely will opt out of the final year on his contract in hopes of landing a long-term deal. He is scheduled to make $6.4 million. "Opting out doesn't necessarily mean you're leaving. It's getting out of one contract to begin a new one," Williams tweeted Monday.

Starting center Spencer Hawes is an unrestricted free agent. He made more than $4 million last season.

A league source said that both players are wanted by teams throughout the league and that both would probably garner salaries averaging about $7 million a year.

Lavoy Allen, who will be entering his second season, is also an unrestricted free agent and a player whom the team wants to keep. It could cost the Sixers a couple of million dollars a year in order to keep the Temple product. Almost certainly not returning to the team will be Tony Battie, Craig Brackins, Jodie Meeks and Sam Young
.

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Travis Ford is Recovering from Hip Replacement Surgery


Former Kentucky star, and current Oklahoma State head coach, Travis Ford is on the road to recovery following a hip replacement surgery.

Ford told Andy Katz of ESPN that he expects to be off crutches for recruiting in July and is expected to make a full recovery.

Here is an excerpt:

Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said he’s on his way toward a full recovery from hip replacement surgery. Ford said he had been dealing with the nagging injury on his left side for two-plus years after putting plenty of miles on his body during a post-basketball career running regimen. “Six or seven months ago, during the season, I couldn’t run anymore,’’ said Ford. Ford went to New York to see a specialist and had the surgery last month. He is still on crutches and has been working on his rehab in the swimming pool and on an elliptical machine. He said he has been on the court for individual instruction. Ford said he’ll be off crutches soon, in time for recruiting in July. He also said he doesn’t have a limp and is expected to make a full recovery.

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Taquan Dean Signs with Aliaga Petkim in Turkey


Former Louisville star Taquan Dean has signed a contract with Aliaga Petkim in Turkey's top-level TBL league.

Dean finished up last season with Valencia, where he averaged 2.4 points per game in 7 games. Before that, he averaged 16 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists for Italy's Sidigas Avellino.

Previously, Dean has played for Caja Laboral, Unicaja Malaga, Murcia, Casale, Dynamo Moscow and Biella. He graduated from Louisville in 2006.

Source: EuroBasket.com

Bulls Reportedly Interested in Doron Lamb at No. 29


The Chicago Bulls are reportedly interested in drafting Kentucky's Doron Lamb with pick No. 29 in the upcoming NBA Draft.

Here are some comments from Jon Rothstein of CBS New York:

The Bulls are said to be big fans of Kentucky’s Doron Lamb at 29. Chicago needs a capable shot maker off the bench and could use another capable guard with Derrick Rose’s status for the beginning of the next season in question. Many NBA scouts have compared Lamb to Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey because of his ability to play both spots in the back court at the next level. The 6-foot-4 Lamb led all scorers during Kentucky’s victory over Kansas in the national title game with 22 points.

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Dominican Republic NT Begins Quest for Olympics, Charlie Villanueva Misses Cut


John Calipari's Dominican Republic national team will open a two-game exhibition series against Team Ignition tonight at The Bank of Kentucky Center on the campus of Northern Kentucky University.

Team Ignition is a squad of NBA D-League players coached by NBA draft consultant Mark Morefield of the New Orleans Hornets.

No official roster for Team Ignition has been released but the team will include Kenny Hayes and Julian Mavunga from Miami (OH). It is also expected to include former West Virgina players John Flowers and Joe Mazzulla.

The two exhibition games will be tonight and tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Calipari has announced his 15-man roster, which does not include NBA big man Charlie Villanueva.

"Charlie was not in good form when we saw him," Calipari told Deportes en la Z. "He was overweight, and unfortunately, we could not slow down the entire team and it was a decision taken collectively.

"Last year, Charlie behaved really well with us and his only problem was his weight.

"An NBA player like him deserves respect and for respect, we have taken this decision.

"I enjoyed coaching him a lot.

"He is a great player."

The roster does include former Louisville stars Francisco Garcia and Edgar Sosa, former Kentucky big man Eloy Vargas, NBA star Al Horford and top 2015 recruit Karl Towns Jr.

At the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caracas, Venezuela, the Dominicans will play in Group C against Korea and Russia. That event tips off July 2 and ends on July 8.

Before that, Calipari's team will compete in the FIBA CentroBasket tournament in Puerto Rico.

Dominican Republic NT 15-Man Roster:

- Al Horford
- Jack Michael Martínez
- Francisco García
- Edgar Sosa
- Eulis Báez
- Ronald Ramón
- Juan Coronado
- Manuel Fortuna
- Manuel Guzmán
- Eloy Vargas
- Karl Towns Jr
- James Feldeine
- Josh Asselin
- Gerardo Suero
- Jon Horford

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Wizards to Work Out Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Soon

As expected, former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will work out for the Washington Wizards soon.

The Wizards hold the No. 3 overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. They will also take a look at Thomas Robinson, Bradley Beal and Austin Rivers.

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University of the Cumberlands Holds Successful Team Camp


University of Cumberlands recently held its annual team basketball camp.

Here is a recap from UC:

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) holds various camps throughout the summer for youth of all ages. The Patriots Men's Basketball team held its annual team camp from June 3rd - 6th for high school varsity and junior varsity teams.

Participating in the 2012 Team Camp were teams from Williamsburg High School, Whitley County High School, Barbourville High School, McCreary Central High School, Jellico High School, Knox Central High School, Beth Haven High School, and South Doyle High School in Tennessee. All of the teams came into the camp with one goal in mind: to show the other teams as well as the camp staff that they were the best.

Most of this year's teams stayed on campus in the dorms when not in one of two gymnasiums being used for games continuously through the day. UC's coaching staff as well as other volunteers helped conduct the camp this where nearly 20 games were played each day. Each game consisted of two 20-minute halves with a running clock. Each team played a minimum of 8 games in the 4 day camp.

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Patrick Patterson Sets Lofty Goals for Next Season


Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson is recovering from planned postseason ankle surgery.

He said in a recent interview that he is feeling great and looking forward to getting ready for next season.

Patterson, who averaged 7.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in his first two NBA seasons, has set some lofty goals for 2012-13. He hopes to average 13 and 7, help the Rockets reach the NBA playoffs and win the league's Most Improved Player honor.

Here is more from Chron.com:

"I feel great," Patterson said. "I got the surgery out of the way. I have this month, next month, the whole (summer) camp, the whole preseason camp to prepare. I should be back to my rookie form and better."

Patterson made 55.8 percent of his shots as a rookie, showing quickness and explosiveness at the rim and on defense. But in his second season, he was largely a jump shooter, making 44 percent.

According to basketball-reference.com, he made 61.4 percent of his attempts inside 10 feet as a rookie. Last season, he made just 47.8 percent of his attempts inside, with five fewer dunks in 12 more games.

"I procrastinated so long with the surgery last year, and then … not doing the things I needed to do to prepare myself for the season last year, I think that took a toll on me," Patterson said
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Nazr Mohammed Talks About Returning to the NBA Finals


Former Kentucky star Nazr Mohammed is headed back to the NBA Finals with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

He recently gave some comments on returning to the NBA Finals and what it means this time around.

Here is an excerpt from NewsOK.com:

What's it like to be back in the NBA Finals?

It's a great feeling. You go through so many seasons of not getting here and you didn't have a chance to get here, so to actually get back and have an opportunity to get another championship, it's something that you cherish and you don't want to waste the opportunity.

Do you appreciate it more this time around?

Even at an early age, I understood how hard it was to get here and how important it is just as far as having a career to get here and have a chance to win.

What do you remember most about playing in the finals in 2005?

Just how tough it was to win it. We won our first two games at home I think, but they were tough games against Detroit. They beat us up. We went to their place, they blew us out two games at their place. The third game, they were blowing us out and we just made a heck of a comeback and then Rob (Horry) hit some big shots and made some big plays down there at the end and we came out on top. It's just so hard playing a team who knows you, you know them and everyone knows the gravity of the situation
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Murray State Offers 2013 SG R.J. Curington

According to Alex Kline on Twitter, Murray State has extended an offer to 2013 shooting guard R.J. Curington:

@TheRecruitScoop Murray State has offered RJ Curington, a 2013 SG from Team Loaded.

Curington is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard at Oak Hill Academy. Rivals.com ranks him as a three-star prospect.

Michael Jordan "Isn't Sold" on MKG as No. 2 Pick


According to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, former NBA superstar Michael Jordan is not sold on Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft.

Here is an excerpt:

The question is will he (Thomas Robinson) be drafted at No. 2? We’ve had Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as the No. 2 pick for the past few weeks. Sources say the Bobcats still haven’t decided and are seriously considering trading the No. 2 pick to get multiple picks back. However, Robinson is very seriously in the mix, and I’m told right now that Michael Jordan isn’t sold on Kidd-Gilchrist.

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Tennessee Tech Hires Two New Assistant Coaches


Tennessee Tech head coach Steve Payne has announced that he has added Brian Kloman-Ferguson and Rick Cabrera to his coaching staff.

Here is more from Herald-Citizen.com:

COOKEVILLE -- Tennessee Tech second-year men's basketball coach Steve Payne has announced the addition of two assistant coaches in Brian Kloman-Ferguson and former Golden Eagle ball player Rick Cabrera.

Cabrera returns to his alma mater with 12 years of coaching experience at various ranks under his belt. He comes back to TTU from UT Chattanooga, where he spent four seasons under head coach John Shulman. Shulman was a former assistant coach at Tennessee Tech under Jeff Lebo.

"We appreciate Rick choosing to come back to TTU," Payne said of the hire. "He's a guy who has been a keystone in building the success of this program.

"Rick has history here, he wants to be here, and the passion that he will bring on a daily basis is going to help us to be successful."

Known for his strong reputation as a recruiter and evaluator of talent, Cabrera served as head coach at Lackawanna for four years prior to his stint at UTC. He accumulated a record of 100-28, winning two region titles. His 2007-08 squad went 22-9 and lost in the region semifinals. Cabrera was named region coach of the year in 2005 and 2006 and coached three NJCAA All-Americans and eight All-Region players.

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Kentucky to Play Transylvania Again in 2012-13


According to WKYT's sources, Kentucky will play Transylvania once again in the 2012-13 preseason.

Here is more from WKYT:

Sources tell 27 SportsFirst that the Pioneers again will make the short trip down Broadway to play the Wildcats in Rupp Arena in an early November exhibition game.

Last year, in the first matchup of the two schools since 1911, Transy jumped out to an 11-4 lead, before the Wildcats, who won their eighth national championship nearly five months later, won the game, 97-53
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Eloy Vargas Signs with Agent Corey Dean


Former University of Kentucky big man Eloy Vargas has signed with Corey Dean and UMB Global.

Vargas plans to look for professional opportunities overseas.

Here is more from OpposingViews.com:

South Florida-based basketball agent Corey Dean has signed basketball players Eloy Vargas and Travis Hyman. Dean is a graduate of Florida State University. In 2010, he started his own company, Insight Sports Management. Soon thereafter, he went on to partner with a company named UMG Global (where he is the Vice President), which is a sports agency that was started by Juan Morrow, a former employee of FAME and David Falk.

Eloy Vargas is a 6’11”, 235lb Power Forward who played at Kentucky University this past 2011-2012 season on their NCAA National Championship team. He originally signed with the University of Florida out of high school, but due to injury he missed 11 games and received limited playing time
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DeMarcus Cousins Excited to be on USA Select Team


Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins says he is excited to be a part of the 2012 USA Select Team.

Here are some of Cousins' comments from the Sacramento Bee:

"No, I'm excited," Cousins said. "It's a stepping stone. It's going to be a great experience. Get a chance to be around some of the elite players in this league, so I plan on learning a lot from them, take advantage of the situation."

The Select Team is scheduled to train against Team USA during its training camp in Las Vegas from July 6-12, helping Team USA prepare for the London Olympics.

"My main focus is to come back a better leader," Cousins said. "Learning from those elite guys in this league who are already leaders on this team. Just picking up habits from them."


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NBA Scout Says Kentucky System Hides Flaws, Leaves Players Unprepared


Larry Vaught had a conversation with an NBA scout recently and the scout had some interesting thoughts on former Kentucky players.

According the scout, John Calipari's system hides flaws and leaves Kentucky players largely unprepared for the NBA.

Here are some excerpts:

“The interesting thing, and its not a knock, but there is this Kentucky mystique that Calipari has done a great job creating and perpetuating. The best part about Kentucky’s system is that can hide so many flaws at first glance,” the scout, who asked not to be identified because his team could draft a UK player, said.

The scout also added that Kentucky players are unprepared for the NBA:

“In reality, the Kentucky system is smoke and mirrors. I remember being out in Vegas for a Summer League and I was sitting and watching games with a long-time Director of Scouting in the league. He said he was stunned at how unprepared Kentucky players were for the NBA, and he had drafted one of them,” the scout said.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Video: John Calipari Was "The Perfect Hire"

A short video about John Calipari being "The Perfect Hire" at the University of Kentucky (video by Airball89 on YouTube):

Marquis Teague at the NBA Draft Combine

Here is former Kentucky star Marquis Teague at the NBA Draft Combine (video by TheNewsSentinelVideo on YouTube):

Kentucky Recruits to Headline 2013 Hoophall Classic


Several Kentucky recruits will be playing in the 2013 Hoophall Classic in January.

The star-studded field will be headlined by UK recruits Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins. Other Kentucky recruits expected to play in the tournament include Julius Randle and Jahlil Okafor.

The 12th annual tournament will be played at Springfield College January 17-21.

Here is more from Masslive.com:

As it stands, ESPN’s top-ranked player for the Class of 2013, Jabari Parker of Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy, and top-ranked player of 2014, Andrew Wiggins of Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, will be playing.

Parker, who played in the Hoophall Classic as a freshman and a junior, recently landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated, the first high school basketball player to make the magazine’s cover since LeBron James.

“Obviously, Jabari Parker on the cover of Sports Illustrated is pretty big news in the high school basketball world,” Procino said. “And many people have said the Wiggins kid could be the best player regardless of class.”

The same was said about Parker last year. Despite his exceptional talent, Parker’s Simeon team lost to Findlay Prep in the Hoophall Classic, the only loss of the season for Simeon in 34 games.

Parker and three more of the top six seniors in the country, according to ESPN’s rankings, will play at the Hoophall, as will Wiggins and three more of the top six juniors.

No. 2 Julius Randle of Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) and No. 4 Aaron Gordon of Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) are among a great senior class, while No. 2 Jahlil Okafor of Chicago’s Whitney Young High School and No. 4 Noah Vonleh of New Hampton (N.H.) Prep are among the top juniors
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Doron Lamb to Work Out for Memphis Grizzlies

Former Kentucky star Doron Lamb is one of several players expected to work out for the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.

According to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, Lamb will participate in a workout with John Jenkins, Tyshawn Taylor, Dee Bost, Tu Holloway and Scoop Jardine.

The Grizzlies are also expected to take a look at former Kentucky star Darius Miller soon.

Memphis holds the 25th overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.

Here is Lamb talking to the media at the NBA Draft Combine:

Former EKU Star Justin Stommes Moves to Top German League


Former Eastern Kentucky University star Justin Stommes has signed a one-year contract with Bremerhaven in Germany's top-level Beko Basketball Bundesliga league.

Stommes spent last season in Germany's second division with Paderborn Baskets. He averaged 16.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in 29 games. He shot an amazing 85-170 (50%) from the three-point line.

"Justin is talented, but still a lot to learn," said Bremerhaven head coach Doug Spradley. "I am very excited to see how he proposes to us. Justin is not a pure shooter, but his three-ratio in ProA last season was really sensational. Something I have not seen for a long time."

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Tom Crean Responds to John Calipari's Comments

Indiana head coach Tom Crean responded to recent comments made by John Calipari late last week. Check out Crean's comments (video by TheRivalryKY on YouTube; interview by Adam Lefkoe):

Kentucky Christian Inks Betsy Layne's Andrew Roberts


Kentucky Christian University has signed Betsy Layne's Andrew Roberts for the 2012-13 season.

Here is a release from KCU:

The Knights have signed a new player to the 2012-13 squad. The coaching staff traveled to Betsy Layne High School to check out Andrew Roberts and liked what they saw throughout the season, now Roberts has signed on to play basketball at KCU. As a forward, with 13 points and 8.2 rebounds a game, Andrew has helped Betsy Layne make it to two regional and two conference championships and an All “A” state championship. Andrew has received praise for his hard work on the football field, the basketball court and most importantly for his work in the classroom.

When talking to Coach Reed about Andrew Roberts, he had this to say, “Andrew brings a toughness, a work ethic, and a winning attitude that will fit in great at Kentucky Christian. I am excited to see him in action in black and red.”

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