Saturday, June 23, 2012

Murray State's Steve Prohm Named Citizen of the Year


Murray State head coach Steve Prohm was named Murray Calloway County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Thursday.

Here is a release from MSU:

Murray State head men's basketball coach Steve Prohm was honored as the Murray Calloway County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Thursday as the organization held their 85th annual dinner at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

The Citizen of the Year award was first given in 1958.

Prohm follows Racer Football Coach Mike Gottfried (1979) as the only MSU coaches to be honored with the award.

Prohm, who led the Racers to a 31-2 season as a rookie head coach, was also the speaker for the event.
“I've got a great mentor in Billy Kennedy (former MSU coach now at Texas A&M) and I also have a great support system here,”
Prohm said. “The one thing they've all told me is that once you become a leader, you're on a platform. It is a responsibility to move people, impact them and make a difference in their lives. “

A crowd of about 450 business leaders and their families would certainly agree that Coach Prohm and the Racers did just that in the 2011-12 season both on and off the court.

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Dominican Republic Goes Undefeated, Wins Group B


John Calipari's Dominican Republic national team defeated the U.S. Virgin Islands 78-73 to finish off the first round of Centrobasket 2012 with a perfect 4-0 record.

The Dominicans won Group B with 8 points and will now advance to the medal round. Jamaica (3-1) finished second in the group with 7 points.

Jack Michael Martinez led the Dominicans with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Juan Coronado added 18 points. Al Horford chipped in 13 points and 11 boards.

The Virgin Islands (1-3) got 18 points from Walter Hodge. Former Murray State star Ivan Aska finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds.

The Dominicans will play Panama (3-1) today at 6:00 p.m. ET in the second round. Puerto Rico (4-0) will face Jamaica in the other game. The winners will play Sunday in the gold medal game while the losers will meet for bronze.

Group A

# Team W/L Pts
1. Puerto Rico 4/0 8
2. Panama 3/1 7
3. Bahamas 2/2 6
4. Cuba 1/3 5
5. Nicaragua 0/4 4

Group B

# Team W/L Pts
1. Dominican Republic 4/0 8
2. Jamaica 3/1 7
3. Mexico 2/2 6
4. Virgin Islands 1/3 5
5. Costa Rica 0/4 4

Louisville and Florida International to Play Basketball Series


Florida International head coach Richard Pitino announced Friday that his team will begin a three-year series with Louisville in 2012-13.

FIU will travel to Louisville in 2012-13 and 2013-2014. The Cardinals will then travel to Miami in 2014-15.

Here are some comments from Richard Pitino:

“We are extremely excited to be able to announce this series with Louisville,” Pitino said. “Getting a chance to play one of the premier teams in the nation will be great for our fans as well as our program, especially in 2014-15, when the Cardinals come down here to Miami. To be able to get a Top 5 team in the country to come into your building is not only a landmark moment in the evolution of our program, but it will open the door for other opportunities. This is big for FIU and we look forward to bringing more quality opponents like this to U.S. Century Bank Arena.”

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Terrence Jones Works Out With Other Bigs in Toronto

Here is some footage of former Kentucky star Terrence Jones working out for the Toronto Raptors - Jones is working out with Perry Jones III, John Henson, Jared Sullinger and others:



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Friday, June 22, 2012

NASCAR Driver Michael Waltrip to Honor Kentucky Basketball


Michael Waltrip will drive a car decorated in University of Kentucky blue and white when he races in the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway.

Here is a release from UK:

ATLANTA – When Michael Waltrip climbs in the No. 55 Toyota at Kentucky Speedway’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race, he and his Aaron’s Dream Machine will sport University of Kentucky colors to honor his – and probably most of the local fans’ -– favorite college basketball team.

The blue-and-white paint scheme and the Owensboro, Ky. native’s driver’s uniform will pay tribute to UK’s 2012 NCAA National Champion basketball team.

“This might be my all-time favorite paint scheme,” said Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 champion and Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame member.

“I’m so proud of all the people in Kentucky for not only their world class race track, but we have the best college basketball team in the country again. To race in Kentucky and wear the UK uniform will be a heck of an honor for me.”

Waltrip will have many high profile supporters.

“We’re honored Aaron’s and Michael Waltrip have chosen to don our colors during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Kentucky Speedway,” said UK basketball coach John Calipari. “Michael is a championship-caliber driver, and I can’t think of anyone better to race our colors to victory.”

Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart will visit the track Thursday to help Waltrip unveil the special paint scheme.

“It’s so exciting to be hosting a NASCAR Sprint Cup race in the Bluegrass state and we can’t wait to watch Michael race in the blue and white,” Barnhart said. “We thank Aaron’s for making this possible and will be cheering Michael on in his home state.”

Waltrip thanked Aaron’s for permitting him to combine two of his great passions in life.

“Like everyone in Kentucky I grew up watching UK basketball. That’s just what we did. We raced cars and watched basketball. I guess it’s part of the culture,” he said. “I can’t tell you how thankful I am to Aaron’s for combining NASCAR and UK basketball for the weekend. I think they’ll bring the national championship trophy to the Aaron’s display at the track. I’d love to give the UK folks another trophy to take back to Lexington after the race.”

Aaron’s said it wanted to do something special for the fans at Kentucky Speedway.

“Aaron’s is a proud sponsor of the University of Kentucky athletic program, and we’re thrilled to have an opportunity to honor the school in this exciting and unconventional way,” said Ken Butler, Aaron’s chief operating officer. “We know how much this means to the people of Kentucky. We hope to give the University of Kentucky something to smile about on Saturday night with a Wildcat-themed car in Victory Lane.”

UK fans can order special t-shirts and die cast replicas of Waltrip’s cars by visiting: www.nascar.com/aaronsgowildcats.

Brescia University Names Josh Gibson Head Coach


Brescia University has hired Josh Gibson as new head coach for men's basketball.

Gibson replaces Joe Pechota who left after last season to take another job at Siena Heights University.

Here is the release from BU:

Brescia University announces the hiring of Josh Gibson as the new Head Coach for Men’s Basketball. Josh comes to Brescia with eight years of coaching experience. He most recently hails from Murray State University, where he was the Operations/Video Coordinator. Prior to this position he was the Head Assistant Coach at Sewanee, the University of the South (TN) for three years. In addition he was the recruiting coordinator as well as assistant coach at Maryville University (MO) and also spent a year at KIAC member Indiana University Southeast.

His coaching highlights include mentoring 21 All-Conference selections including three All-Americans and two conference Players of the Year. His teams have led their respective leagues in 26 statistical categories, including six in the top-ten nationally. In post-season play, his programs compiled a .670 team winning percentage.

“Every assistant dreams about their first head coaching job, but to get the chance to lead a program with a history of success and an unbelievable location for my family is almost too good to be true. The city of Owensboro and this University have so much to offer, I am truly humbled and blessed to have been given this chance to lead my own program,” said Josh.

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Rick Pitino Talks Louisville Transfers and More


Louisville head coach Rick Pitino appeared on "The Early Birds" show with Drew Deener this morning.

Pitino talked about several topics and gave some insight into recent transfers and more.

Here are some of Pitino's comments, via CardChronicle.com:

-- Says Rakeem Buckles is "almost like a son to me" and their relationship is one of the closest he's ever had with a player.

When he and Buckles talked earlier this summer, they laid out two potential paths. The first was him being a role player at U of L when he came back from his ACL injury and starting the process of becoming a coach. The second was him going to FIU, playing 30 minutes per game, playing professionally overseas and then coming back and beginning a coaching career. Rock talked with Richard and then told Rick that he really wanted to play significant minutes, and Pitino told him that he had his blessing.

-- He and Rakeem had five conversations about this, and the reason he took so long to make the decision was that he wanted to see how his knee rehabilitation came along. If he didn't feel like his knee was getting any better then he was going to stay here. He actually wanted to wait until the end of July to make a decision, but he came in the other day and felt his knee was good enough to go ahead and make the announcement and Pitino gave him the Ok.

--Reiterated that Montrezl Harrell is the best player he's ever picked up this late in a recruiting year. He's a tremendous competitor who gets himself involved in every possession. He'll play both the four and the five next season. We go into every season with no starters so he'll compete with those guys for a starting spot. Obviously he thinks that Chane and Gorgui will both start next year, but they still have to earn it. Even if he doesn't start, Montrezl is going to play major minutes right away.

--There is no chance of Stephan Van Treese returning now that there is a scholarship available.

When he and Van Treese originally talked, Pitino told him to go to Bellarmine, play 35 minutes a night, get his game back and then come back to Louisville the following year or another D-I program the following year. He and his father have chosen to go in a completely different direction and are looking to transfer to another Division-I school.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Dominican Republic Cruises, Locks Up Spot in Medal Round


The Dominican Republic national team cruised to a 69-51 victory over winless Costa Rica on Thursday.

With the win, the Dominicans (3-0) locked up a spot in the Centrobasket 2012 medal round.

Juan Coronado led the Dominicans with 14 points and 9 assists. Josh Asselin added 12 points and 5 rebounds. Manuel Guzman had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.

Kentucky recruit Karl Towns had 2 points and 3 rebounds.

Clifford Araya led Costa Rica (0-3) with 15 points and 5 rebounds.

The Dominican Republic finishes up pool play tomorrow with a game against the U.S. Virgin Islands (1-2).

In other action, Jamaica defeated Mexico 76-74 to also advance to the medal round out of Group B.

Former Louisville star Samardo Samuels had 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead Jamaica.

Both Jamaica and the Dominican Republic also qualified for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

Marquis Teague to Work Out for Philadelphia Friday

Former Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague will work out for the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.

The workout will be at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Karam Mashour to Transfer from UNLV to Morehead State

Former UNLV forward Karam Mashour is transferring to Morehead State, according to UNLV head coach Dave Rice.

As a sophomore in 2011-12, Mashour averaged 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds in 13 games.

Mashour is a native of Nazareth, Israel.

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ESPN Says Blackshear, Wiltjer are Potential Breakout Players


ESPN.com says Kentucky's Kyle Wiltjer and Louisville's Wayne Blackshear are potential breakout players in the 2012-13 season.

Here is an excerpt:

Wayne Blackshear, Louisville: Blackshear arrived at Louisville as a highly touted recruit, but was rarely heard from during his freshman season, when he was derailed by injuries. But Blackshear returned in time to make a major impact in the Cardinals' Final Four swing at the inimitable Kentucky Wildcats. UK prevailed, but the Chicago native was excellent in his 14 minutes on the floor. With injuries behind him and playing alongside defender-drawing forward Chane Behanan, the shooting guard will have ample opportunity to show his quality.

Kyle Wiltjer, Kentucky: I'm not sure it's possible, in 2012, to be a Kentucky Wildcat and also be under the radar. But if it is possible, Wiltjer fits the bill. The lanky forward was the seventh man in UK's championship rotation last season, and he made timely contributions throughout the season. But as the Cats marched to the national title, and Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and super-sub Darius Miller and the rest of the top six garnered 100 percent of the attention, Wiltjer largely became an afterthought. Don't make the same mistake in 2012-13. Kentucky will be loaded again, no doubt, but Wiltjer -- a former top-20 prospect in the Class of 2011, lest we forget -- will play starter's minutes, and should emerge as much more than a stretch forward with a sweet jump shot. If he combines a low-post game with that spot shooting, Wiltjer could morph into one of the nation's most complete scoring threats -- a Doug McDermott lookalike with national title talent at his side.

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Rakeem Buckles is Transferring from Louisville to FIU


Louisville forward Rakeem Buckles will transfer to Florida International University.

Here is the release from Louisville:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Forward Rakeem Buckles will transfer from the University of Louisville to join the Florida International University men's basketball team.

FIU is coached by first year head coach Richard Pitino, a former UofL assistant coach, and FIU assistant coach Mark Lieberman was Buckles' high school coach and is a former UofL assistant.

"Rakeem is one of my favorites during my tenure at Louisville," said U of L Coach Rick Pitino. "He's just a fantastic young man who we wish great success at FIU. We will miss his personality and work ethic, but he is in good hands with Richard."

Buckles was expected to miss the 2012-13 season while recovering from a second torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of his career. He suffered the injury in his left knee during the Cardinals' game at Marquette on Jan. 16, had surgery on Feb. 1 and will missed the remainder of season.

The 6-7, 215-pound forward tore the ACL in his right knee on Feb. 27, 2011 in a game against Pittsburgh. He had surgery to repair the knee on March 16, 2011, and saw his first game action in 283 days against IUPUI on Dec. 7. He played an average of 13 minutes in the 11 games in which he participated last season, averaging 4.0 points and 3.8 rebounds. He made his only start of the season against Memphis, totaling 12 points and six rebounds in 13 minutes.

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Isaiah Whitehead Hears from "Dream School" Kentucky


Isaiah Whitehead, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Abraham Lincoln (NY) High School, has heard from Kentucky.

Whitehead, who ranks No. 17 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014, confirmed that Kentucky head coach John Calipari called him recently.

Here is more from NYPost.com:

Whitehead’s recruitment has picked up with the start of unlimited text-messaging and phone calls allowed for college coaches with prospects who have finished their sophomore years. He’s heard from Iowa State, UConn, Rutgers and Syracuse, all of whom have previously offered him a scholarship. Kentucky head coach John Calipari also called him.

“They said they heard good things about me,” he said. “They’re close to offering. I just have to keep playing well.”


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Video: NBA Draft Preview of Marquis Teague

DraftExpress.com breaks down NBA Draft prospect and former Kentucky star Marquis Teague:

DeMarcus Cousins Playing with a Reindeer?

Here's something you don't see every day: former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins posing with a reindeer:



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NBPA Top 100 Camp Mixtape Featuring Jabari Parker

Check out this mixtape of top plays from NBPA Top 100 Camp; video features Kentucky recruit Jabari Parker (video by fivestarbasketball on YouTube):

Aska Plays Well as Virgin Islands Dismantle Costa Rica


The U.S. Virgin Islands earned their first win at Centrobasket 2012 on Wednesday as they hammered Costa Rica 92-64.

Hot-shooting USVI led 43-26 at the half and never looked back. The team finished the game 32-52 (60%) from the field.

Walter Hodge led the way with 25 points and 8 assists for the Virgin Islands. Phillip Jones added 16 points and 15 boards.

Former Murray State star Ivan Aska had 17 points and 5 rebounds for USVI (1-2).

Kay Martinez led Costa Rica with 16 points. Clifford Smith chipped in 12 points and 3 assists.

The Virgin Islands do not play tomorrow and finish up pool play with a tough game against the Dominican Republic on Friday.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dominican Republic Blasts Jamaica, Moves to 2-0 at Centrobasket


John Calipari's Dominican Republic national team moved to 2-0 at Centrobasket 2012 with an 80-64 win over Jamaica Wednesday.

The Dominicans went 10-21 (48%) from the three-point line on the way to victory. The Jamaicans, led by three NBA players, were expected to be the Dominicans toughest challenge in Pool B.

Al Horford led the Dominican Republic with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Juan Coronado and Manuel Fortuna added 19 points each. Jack Michael Martinez chipped in 6 points and 11 boards.

Samuels and Weyinmi Rose each scored 15 points to lead Jamaica (2-1). Jerome Jordan scored 13 points and Ewing added 10.

The Dominicans are in prime position to win the group as they finish up with Costa Rica (0-2) and the Virgin Islands (1-2).

GROUP A

Team Won Lost Points Points Made Points Against
1. Puerto Rico 3 0 6 287 198
2. Bahamas 1 2 4 222 234
3. Cuba 1 1 3 148 128
4. Panama 1 1 3 138 162
5. Nicaragua 0 2 2 114 187


GROUP B

Team Won Lost Points Points Made Points Against
1. Jamaica 2 1 5 235 205
2. Dominican Republic 2 0 4 165 131
3. Virgin Islands 1 2 4 223 219
4. Mexico 1 1 3 142 152
5. Costa Rica 0 2 2 125 183

2014 PG Tyus Jones Has Heard from Kentucky


Tyus Jones, a 6-foot-1 point guard in the 2014 recruiting class, has heard from Kentucky.

The Wildcats have not offered yet, but did contact Jones recently.

Jones currently ranks No. 14 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.

Here is more from ZagsBlog.com:

“Michigan State, Ohio State, Minnesota, Baylor, Indiana, Duke, Arizona, those are kind of the ones that are showing the most interest,” the 6-foot-1 Jones said from the USA U17 practices in Colorado Springs, Colo.

He said Duke, Michigan State, Kentucky, Kansas, Baylor, Indiana, Ohio State, Minnesota and Nebraska all reached out after midnight last Friday, when coaches were permitted to contact rising juniors and seniors.

Jones said all of the aforementioned schools have offered him a scholarship except for Kentucky, Kansas and Nebraska
.

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2014 Star D'Angelo Russell Will Visit Kentucky Next Week


D'Angelo Russell, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Montverde (Fla.) Academy, has confirmed that he will visit Kentucky next week.

Russell ranks No. 16 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.

Here is more from ZagsBlog.com:

As for Kentucky, he said assistant Kenny Payne will set up a date with his father for a visit.

“It’s an honor to have any school show interest,” he said. “I know Coach Cal and their reputation.”

Asked who was showing him the most interest of late, Russell said, “I would probably say Indiana, Ohio State, Missouri, Louisville and Virginia.”

“He’s really played well this summer and he’s being recruited by a lot of people,” Montverde coach Kevin Boyle told SNY.tv
.

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Rajon Rondo Wins Scavenger Hunt on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo defeated Tyson Chandler in a "Skype Scavenger Hunt" on Jimmy Kimmel Live recently:

Jacksonville State Punished for Poor APR Scores


The Jacksonville State men's basketball program has received penalties from the NCAA after producing poor Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores for the 2010-11 academic year.

The NCAA gave the men's basketball team a postseason competition ban for 2012-13 due to historic penalties. As a result, JSU will not be eligible to compete in the 2013 OVC Men's Basketball Championship.

Here is a release from the OVC:

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – On Wednesday the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released Academic Progress Rate (APR) data for the 2010-11 academic year.

The APR provides a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. The APR awards are based on a two-point system - one point for academic eligibility and one point for academic retention. A team's APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible, multiplied by 1,000. Multi-year APR includes four years of data (this year's numbers included the academic years of 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11).

The Jacksonville State men’s basketball team had a multi-year rate of 889 and was given a NCAA postseason competition ban for 2012-13 due to historic penalties.

Article 4.3.4 of the OVC Constitution states “Member schools must meet the scheduling, minimum number of participants, grant-in-aid minimums and eligibility requirements of the NCAA and OVC in Conference championship sports. An institution shall not be considered eligible to compete for the Conference championship in a particular sport if an NCAA decision or policy renders the institution ineligible for an NCAA Championship in that sport.”

Due to this Jacksonville State will not be eligible to compete in the 2013 OVC Men’s Basketball Championship.

Terrence Jones to Work Out for Milwaukee Bucks

Former University of Kentucky star Terrence Jones is scheduled to work out for the Milwaukee Bucks today.

According to FoxSportsWisconsin.com, Jones will be working out with Perry Jones III, John Henson and Arnett Moultrie.

The Bucks hold the No. 12 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.

Tubby Smith Donates Playground Equipment to Tornado Victims

Former Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith was up to some good deeds on Father's Day. Smith donated playground equipment to tornado victims in Minnesota:

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Dominican Republic Hammers Mexico at Centrobasket


The Dominican Republic overcame a slow start to hammer Mexico 85-67 on day two of Centrobasket 2012.

Mexico jumped out to a 23-16 lead heading into the second quarter. The Dominicans rolled in the second quarter and never looked back on the way to a convincing win.

Al Horford led the Dominicans with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Jack Michael Martinez added 18 points and 13 boards. Eulis Baez chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Former Louisville star Francisco Garcia struggled. Garcia finished with 3 points and 2 rebounds in only 10 minutes of action.

Kentucky recruit Karl Towns did not play.

Victor Mata paced Mexico (1-1) with 17 points. Former Western Kentucky star Orlando Mendez-Valdez finished with 8 points and a game-high 4 assists.

The Dominican Republic (1-0) plays Jamaica (2-0) at 6:00 p.m. ET tomorrow. The Jamaicans are led by former Louisville big man Samardo Samuels and Patrick Ewing, Jr.

Other scores from Day 2:

Jamaica 80 U.S. Virgin Islands 64

Cuba 80 Nicaragua 47

Puerto Rico 88 Bahamas 71

Anthony Davis Talks to the Media in New Orleans

Here is former Kentucky star Anthony Davis talking to the media in New Orleans:

Report: Kidd-Gilchrist Will Not Slip Past No. 3 in Draft


There is a report out of Cleveland that the Washington Wizards will not let Michael Kidd-Gilchrist slide beyond their pick in the NBA Draft.

Via Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beach-Journal.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson is expected to go second overall to the Bobcats, and while it’s difficult to decipher smokescreens from truth this time of year, the Wizards have made it clear they won’t let Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fall beyond them at No. 3.

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Dominican Republic Opens Centrobasket Pool Play Today


The Dominican Republic national team, led by Kentucky head coach John Calipari, opens play at Centrobasket 2012 this evening at 6:00 p.m. ET.

The Dominicans open the tournament against Mexico and former Western Kentucky star Orlando Mendez-Valdez.

The Mexican team defeated the U.S. Virgin Islands 75-67 on Monday. Paul Stoll led Mexico with 23 points and 7 steals. Gustvao Ayon added 22 points and 15 rebounds.

Mendez-Valdez finished with 5 points in 25 minutes of action.

Former Murray State star Ivan Aska had 10 points and 10 boards for the Virgin Islands.

In other day 1 action, Jamaica hammered Costa Rica 91-61.

Ex-Louisville big man Samardo Samuels had 14 points and 8 rebounds for the Jamaicans.

Day 1 Recap:

Jamaica 91 Costa Rica 61
Game 2: Bahamas 80 Cuba 68
Game 3: Mexico 75 Virgin Islands 67
Game 4: Puerto Rico 92 Panama 60

Day 2 Schedule:

1:00 p.m Jamaica 80 Virgin Islands 64
3:30 p.m. Nicaragua vs. Cuba
6:00 p.m. Dominican Republic vs. Mexico
8:30 p.m. Bahamas vs. Puerto Rico

Photo by: RDBSeleccion on Twitter

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bradley Beal Talk About John Wall

Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and ex-Florida Gator Bradley Beal talk about their relationship with John Wall:



Both Kidd-Gilchrist and Beal have a chance of being Wall's teammate following the NBA Draft. The Wizards have the No. 3 overall pick.

Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball to Take Over Church


Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball and Western Kentucky star Harry Todd has been chosen to lead the Paradise United Methodist Church in Livingston County.

Todd won Mr. Basketball in 1958. He is the state's all-time leading rebounder (2,188) and is third in scoring (3,567). He played college basketball at WKU from 1958-62.

Here is more Ky-news.com:

Harry Todd, the 1958 Mr. Basketball in Kentucky is looking forward to leading the Paradise United Methodist Church in Livingston County. He will be welcomed by the congregation this Sunday, June 24th after having been appointed by the District Superintendent.

Todd is a certified Lay Speaker in the Kentucky Annual Conference and was approved to be a Supply Pastor at their recent Annual Conference.

“I retired from the Army to Trigg County in 1990 after serving our country for 30 years. As a Lay Speaker, I have been a guest speaker on 81 occasions in the past two and a half years. As a lay speaker, I am excited to have been chosen to Pastor Paradise United Methodist Church in Livingston County,” explained Todd
.

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Anthony Davis is Visiting the New Orleans Hornets


Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis, who will almost certainly (%99.99) be the top pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, is visiting New Orleans today.

The Hornets, who hold that No. 1 pick, are hosting Davis and have stated that he will not be required to work out for the team.

Davis will meet with the Hornets' owners, executives and coaches today at the team's facility outside of New Orleans.

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Anton Gill Talks Basketball, Louisville and More

2013 shooting guard Anton Gill talks to FiveStarBasketball - Gill is committed to Louisville:

Monday, June 18, 2012

Rick Pitino Was First Coach to Contact Jahlil Okafor


Jahlil Okafor, one of the top big men in the 2014 recruiting class, says Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was the first coach to text him at midnight on Friday.

Here is more from ZagsBlog.com:

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was the first to text Chicago center Jahlil Okafor at midnight on Friday.

And it caught the Whitney Young big man by surprise.

“Oh yeah, that impressed me a lot,” the 6-foot-9 Okafor said by phone from the USA U17 trials in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“I didn’t expect Rick Pitino to text me, maybe the assistant. But it stood out to me that the head coach texted me first. I really appreciate that.

“Rick Pitino was the first one to text me. He texted me right at 12, so he was the first one to text me.”


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Video: Gorgui Highlights from 2011-12

Here are some of the best highlights from last season of Louisville's Gorgui Dieng:

JaQuan Lyle Talks Louisville, Kentucky and More


JaQuan Lyle, one of the top recruits in the 2014 recruiting class, is hearing from both Kentucky and Louisville.

Lyle spoke to CBSSports.com about his recruitment:

Lyle, a 6-foot-4 guard from Bosse (Ind.), is ranked No. 14 in CBSSports.com's class of 2014 rankings. Not surprisingly, several schools are in pursuit of Lyle, with him specifically naming Louisville, Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Xavier, Ohio State and Michigan State. Kansas State, UCLA, Butler, Kentucky and Kansas are also showing interest.

At the NBPA Top 100 camp, Lyle roomed with Louisville-commit Quentin Snider – and Snider and fellow Cardinal pledge Anton Gill didn't waste any time trying to woo Lyle to Louisville.

“When we were shooting around, they both were like, ‘You better get on board or get run over,” Lyle said. “It's a great school, coach [Rick] Pitino is a great coach. They get out and run and that's what I like to do.”

His most recent offers were from Texas and Georgetown, both coming about two weeks ago. Lyle has a visit set for Tennessee, and he also wants to trip to Indiana, Purdue and Texas. The recent Longhorn offer was special.

“It's always been my dream school,” Lyle said. “[Kevin] Durant, Damian James, D.J. Augustin. It's a great school.”

Kentucky is also making a push for the five-star guard, as assistant Orlando Antigua contacted him last Friday, and head coach John Calipari called him earlier on Monday.

“Coach Orlando is a good dude,” Lyle said. “Coach Calipari produces players.”


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Treg Setty Will Transfer to Ohio University

Former Mason County star Treg Setty has decided to transfer from Southern Illinois to Ohio University.

Setty averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game for SIU last season.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Tweaks Back, But Should Be Fine


According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tweaked his back during his workout in Charlotte.

Kidd-Gilchrist later said that he should be fine for his workout in Cleveland on Wednesday.

rick_bonnell Kidd-Gilchrist fell during ‪#Bobcats‬ workout, hurt back a bit. Says should be fine for workout Wed in Cleveland.

New Footage of 2013 Star Jabari Parker

Check out this new footage of 2013 Kentucky and Louisville recruit Jabari Parker (video by PrepHoopsTV on YouTube):

Jon Crispin Breaks Down Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague

Jon Crispin of FoxSports breaks down NBA Draft prospects Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague:



On a side note, Kentucky fans should remember the Crispin name:

Prohm to Speak at Murray-Calloway County Chamber Dinner


Murray State head coach Steve Prohm will be the speaker at the Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce 85th Annual Dinner on Thursday.

Here is more from MurrayLedger.com:

Every year, the dinner features an important speaker who has an impact on statewide or local businesses. This year’s speaker will be Murray State Men’s Basketball Head Coach Steve Prohm. While it is unusual to use a coach as the keynote speaker at a business gathering, Allison said Prohm’s success with last season’s 31-2 record and sell-out crowds in the CFSB center positively affected local businesses as much as they flourished the reputation of MSU.

“Coach Prohm and Coach Hatcher (MSU football) both speak at our breakfast events, so you don’t normally have your coach be your keynote speaker, because they’ve spoken throughout the year,” he said. “But the magnitude of the impact that the basketball team had on Murray and the businesses economy was great.”

Allison said an underlying theme of the annual dinner is a celebration of the accomplishments of Murray State athletics, which is part of the reason he decided to host the yearly event in the CFSB Center
.

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2014 Star JaQuan Lyle Gets a Call from John Calipari


JaQuan Lyle, one of the top stars in 2014, says he just got off the phone with Kentucky head coach John Calipari:

JMamba5 Just got off the phone with Coach Cal from UK...#BBN

Lyle, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Bosse (Ind.) High School, is currently ranked No. 15 overall by Rivals.com.

Calipari Spends Father's Day with Kids Who Don't Have a Father


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari spent Father's Day with kid who don't have a father in their lives.

Calipari spent Sunday afternoon with more than a dozen members of Team Focus.

Here is more from WKYT.com:

"I like to tell these young people they're not alone in this," Calipari explained following the event. "That they're not the only ones in this situation."

Team Focus is a year-round community initiative for young men ages 10-18 who don't have a father-figure. Calipari made the commitment to get involved as soon as he arrived in Kentucky to his longtime friend, Mike Gottfried. Gottfried is a former coach and ESPN Analyst, who started Team Focus in 2000.

"He said 'It's about boys who are without a father,' and I said 'I'm in. Tell me what I need to do to help,'" Calipari said. "We started this chapter. We're starting small, but we're going to try and do the same thing throughout the state."


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Braydon Hobbs Named GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year


Former Bellarmine University star Braydon Hobbs was recently named 2011-12 GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year in men's basketball.

Here is more from BU:

INDIANAPOLIS – Ten student-athletes representing eight Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) institutions have been named as 2011-12 GLVC Winter & Spring Scholar Athletes of the Year, it was announced by the conference office on Friday. The recipients--including Bellarmine's Braydon Hobbs and Robert Sandlin, Jr.-- were honored for their efforts both in the classroom and competition in the sports of men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, baseball and softball.

Bellarmine University and the University of Indianapolis both registered multiple winners as the Knights were led by Braydon Hobbs (men's basketball) and Robert Sandlin, Jr. (men's track and field), while the Greyhounds were paced by Aaron Monson (men's golf) and Jennifer DeMotte (softball). Additional honorees included Drury University's Katrina Choate (women's golf), Kentucky Wesleyan College's Jordan White (baseball), Lewis University's Zsofia Lanstiak (women's tennis), Missouri S&T's Julie Meyer (women's basketball), Rockhurst University's John Lazenby (men's tennis), and University of Wisconsin's Hope Christie (women's track and field).

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Terrence Jones Pre-Draft Workout Interview in Sacramento

Here is Terrence Jones speaking to the media following his NBA pre-draft workout for the Sacramento Kings:

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Jodie Meeks Gives Advice to UK Players Going Pro

Former University of Kentucky star Jodie Meeks, who now plays for the Philadelphia 76ers, often gives advice to UK players who are turning pro (video by WTVQ.com):

Kidd-Gilchrist: Playing for Wizards Would Be Dream Come True


Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist worked out for the Washington Wizards on Friday.

Kidd-Gilchrist said afterwards that Wizards star John Wall is one of his best friends. He added that it would be a "dream come true" to play for the Wizards.

Here is an excerpt of Kidd-Gilchrist's comments from WashingtonTimes.com:

Kidd-Gilchrist,18, is the youngest player in the draft, and already has a friendship with fellow former Kentucky player, Wizards point guard John Wall.

"I know John well. He's one of my best friends," Kidd-Gilchrist said.

"If it happens [playing for the Wizards with Wall], it will be a dream come true."


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Ivan Aska to Play for U.S. Virgin Islands at Centrobasket


Former Murray State star Ivan Aska has made the Centrobasket roster for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The event tips off Monday. USVI is in Group B with Jamaica, Costa Rica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

U.S. Virgin Islands Roster for Centrobasket:

- Jamil Samuel - Delgado Community College
- Dimetri Byron - Florida Memorial
- Phil Jones - Charlotte
- Greg Washington - Hofstra
- Kitwana Rhymer - Umass
- Ivan Aska - Murray State
- Walter Hodge - Florida University
- Jason Edwin -Kent State
- Deon Edwin - Red Lion Christian
- Aaron Brown - Temple
- Johnathan Gray - Cornell University

Group A - 50 Cuba (CUB), Bahamas (BAH), 16 Puerto Rico (PUR), 26 Panama (PAN), and Nicaragua (NCA)

Group B - Jamaica (JAM), Costa Rica (CRC), 30 Mexico (MEX), 55 Virgin Islands (ISV), 25 Dominican Republic (DOM)

*the number in front of the team is their rank in the world.

Centrobasket schedule:

6/18/2012

13:00 Jamaica Costa Rica
15:30 Cuba Bahamas
18:00 Mexico Virgin Islands
20:30 Puerto Rico Panama

6/19/2012

13:00 Virgin Islands Jamaica
15:30 Nicaragua Cuba
18:00 Dominican Republic Mexico
20:30 Bahamas Puerto Rico

6/20/2012

13:00 Costa Rica Virgin Islands
15:30 Panama Bahamas
18:00 Jamaica Dominican Republic
20:30 Puerto Rico Nicaragua

6/21/2012

13:00 Nicaragua Panama
15:30 Mexico Jamaica
18:00 Dominican Republic Costa Rica
20:30 Cuba Puerto Rico

6/22/2012

13:00 Bahamas Nicaragua
15:30 Panama Cuba
18:00 Costa Rica Mexico
20:30 Virgin Islands Dominican Republic

Video: NBA Draft Preview of Terrence Jones

Here is an NBA Draft Preview of former Kentucky star Terrence Jones (video by foxsports on YouTube):

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