Saturday, June 30, 2012

Former WKU Stars Earn Qualifying Offers from NBA Teams


Former Western Kentucky stars Courtney Lee and Jeremy Evans have earned qualifying offers from their respective NBA teams.

The Houston Rockets extended a $4.3 million qualifying offer to Lee on Friday. The move ensures that Lee will be a restricted free agent and Houston will be able to match any offer sheet he receives.

According to Chron.com, Houston intends to keep Lee as a free agent, but he will be able to attract offers greater than the qualifying offer necessary to keep him a restriced free agent.

Sacbee.com reports that the Utah Jazz have tendered a qualifying offer to Evans.

Evans played in 78 games during the last two seasons, averaged 3.1 points and 1.9 rebounds. He won the 2012 Slam Dunk championship during NBA All-Star Weekend.

Sixers Do Not Make Qualifying Offer to Jodie Meeks


The Philadelphia 76ers have decided to not make a qualifying offer to former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks.

As a result, Meeks could become an unrestricted free agent.

Here is more from CSNPhilly.com:

Meanwhile, in not making an offer to Meeks, which would have had to be approximately $3.3 million for next season, the two-guard out of Kentucky could become an unrestricted free agent.

Meeks was the only player on the Sixers to play in every game last season, garnering 50 starts. However, there was no other player on the team who was as hot and cold as Meeks. Coach Doug Collins liked to use Meeks as a starter because of the floor spacing he provided and as the one true jump shooter on the club, Meeks drew attention from opposing defenses no matter what. To Collins, that made Meeks an effective player even if his shot was not falling
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Terrence Jones Introduced in Houston

Here is former Kentucky star Terrence Jones and other draft picks being introduced in Houston (click to play):

Video: John Calipari on Pardon The Interruption

Here is video of Kentucky head coach John Calipari on ESPN's Pardon The Interruption:

Friday, June 29, 2012

Terrence Williams Becomes Unrestricted Free Agent

According to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, the Kings will not extend a qualifying contract offer to former Louisville star Terrence Williams.

As a result, Williams is now an unrestricted free agent.

2014 PG JaQuan Lyle Talks About Visit to Kentucky


JaQuan Lyle, a 6-foot-4 point guard from Evansville Bosse (Ind.) High School, recently took an unofficial visit to the University of Kentucky.

After the visit, Lyle said he spoke to John Calipari and praised the passion for basketball in Kentucky.

Here is more from IndyStar.com:

Lyle’s most recent unofficial visit took him to Kentucky for a look at the facilities and face-to-face chat with coach John Calipari. Though Kentucky isn’t one of the dozen schools that have offered him (he listed Cincinnati, Georgetown, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas State, Louisville, Ohio State, Purdue, SMU, Tennessee, Texas and Xavier as offers), Lyle said the visit went well.

“I got to tour the campus and see where the players stay and talk to coach Cal and watch some workouts,” he said. “I talked to him a lot. He said he recruits the 2014 players, but he’s not going to officially offer any of them because he normally has five players leave (early for the NBA) for he still has to recruit the 2013 class and get some commits there. They eat, sleep and breathe basketball down there (at Kentucky). That’s what I like.”


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Lyle currently ranks No. 15 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.

Photo: Rivals.com

Winners and Losers from the 2012 NBA Draft


CBSSports.com says Anthony Davis, the Charlotte Bobcats and Kentucky were some of the big winners from the 2012 NBA Draft.

On the other hand, Dimemag.com feels that John Calipari was one of draft's big losers.

Here are some excerpts from CBSSports.com:

WINNER: Who else but Anthony Davis? The No. 1 overall pick finally was able to put the anticipation behind him and get started on life as the face of the New Orleans Hornets. He handled the process, the expectations and the silly questions as well as anyone his age could, with a rare combination of sincerity and self-deprecation. As talented as he is on both ends of the court, his personality and intelligence could wind up being what puts him over the top. He seemed to strike the perfect balance between being hungry at the opportunity and respectful of his elders. "I'm not sure a rookie can do that," Davis said, when asked whether he would start lobbying to help his team keep restricted free agent guard Eric Gordon in New Orleans. "I don't think I have that much power." With the biggest night of his life now behind him, we're all about to discover his true power.

WINNER: Michael Jordan's Draft track record deserves all sorts of mocking but the principle displayed by second-year GM Rich Cho in sticking to his rebuilding formula and selecting what he deemed the best player available at No. 2 deserves praise. Many thought Kansas forward Thomas Robinson would go here but Cho, who values intangibles, two-way play and advanced statistics, surely appreciated Kidd-Gilchrist's positive attitude, love of the game and work ethic. Not to mention his athletic skills, ability to finish in transition and his potential as a lockdown No. 1 defender. Cho defined conventional wisdom with his pick and yet still wound up with the surest player in this class besides Davis. That's a good night.

WINNER: The Kentucky Draft Dynasty continues. After Davis became the second Wildcat (after John Wall) to go No. 1 overall, his teammate Kidd-Gilchrist went No. 2. That was just the beginning. Kentucky finished with a record-setting six players selected in the Draft, including four in the first round. Another year, another few hours of face time for Kentucky coach John Calipari. He doesn't just have the system beat. He has it destroyed.

Meanwhile, Dimemag.com says John Calipari was one of the draft's top 10 biggest losers:

JOHN CALIPARI: How can John Calipari be a loser on draft night when all six of his Wildcats got selected? He’s a loser because he and Big Blue Nation had grandeur expectations of these draftees after winning their first national championship in a cool minute. In classic Calipari fashion, he arrogantly believed that all six of these guys should be first-round picks. He wants to outperform and brag about how many recruits he can get into the first round mix every year. These draftees couldn’t even match the five Wildcats that were headlined by John Wall in 2010. Calipari should always be held to a higher standard than the rest of his collegiate coaching peers because of his personality and bravado.

Dominican Republic Wins Two at Super 4 Israel Sarmiento Cup


The Dominican Republic national team posted two victories and one defeat in the Super 4 Israel Sarmiento Cup this week.

The Dominicans lost a close game to Angola before recovering with wins over Jordan and Venezuela.

Former Louisville star Edgar Sosa returned to the Dominican Republc roster after being excluded during Centrobasket 2012. Sosa and Ronald Ramon replaced Amaurys Fermin and Ricky Soliver on the active roster for the Super 4 Cup.

The Dominicans will be gunning for a berth in the London Olympics at next week's Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Game 1: Angola 72 Dominican Republic 67

The Dominicans were a bit sluggish in their first Super 4 game as they lost 72-67 to Angola.

Gerardo Suero led the Dominicans with 17 points. Jack Michael Martinez had 14 points. Manuel Fortuna chipped in 13.

Edgar Sosa returned to action for the Dominicans, scoring 3 points in 7 minutes.

Game 2: Dominican Republic 89 Jordan 80

The Dominicans evened their record in the Super 4 Cup with an 89-80 win over Jordan.

Juan Coronado led the Dominicans with 16 points. Elpidio Fortuna netted 15 points and Gerardo Suero added 12.

Zaid Abbas led Jordan with a game-high 29 points.

Game 3: Dominican Republic 88 Venezuela 84 (OT)

The Dominican Republic defeated Super 4 host nation Venezuala 88-84 in overtime on Thursday night.

Ronald Ramon led the way for the Dominicans with 22 points and 5 rebounds. He was 4-6 from the three-point line. Elpidio Fortuna added 15 points and 6 boards. Al Horford chipped in 13 points.

Former Louisville star Edgar Sosa played just under 25 minutes in the win. He finished with 6 points, 3 assists and no turnovers.

Francisco Garcia did not play for the Dominicans, who finished the Super 4 Cup with a 2-1 record.

Greivis Vasquez led Venezuela with 31 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

Super 4 Cup - Final Standings

Dominican Republic 2-1
Venezuela 2-1
Angola 2-1
Jordan 0-3

Kelenna Azubuike Sent to Cleveland as Part of Trade


Former Kentucky star Kelenna Azubuike was traded to Cleveland during last night's NBA Draft.

The Mavericks sent Azubuike and the draft rights to 17th pick Tyler Zeller to the Cavaliers for the 24th, 33rd and 34th picks in the draft.

The Cavs then made those three picks for the Mavericks - taking Oregon State shooting guard Jared Cunningham, Florida State power forward Bernard James and Marquette small forward Jae Crowder.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

University of Kentucky Celebrates Six NBA Draft Picks

Congratulations to Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb and Darius Miller:

Darius Miller Drafted by New Orleans, Six Wildcats Drafted


Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Darius Miller has been drafted at No. 47 by the New Orleans Hornets.

Miller becomes Kentucky's record sixth player taken in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Anthony Davis was drafted No. 1 overall by the Hornets.

Doron Lamb Taken in Second Round by Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks have drafted Kentucky's Doron Lamb in the second round with pick No. 42.

Lamb becomes the fifth Kentucky player taken in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Chicago Bulls Draft Marquis Teague at No. 29


The Chicago Bulls have selected Kentucky's Marquis Teague at No. 29 in the 2012 NBA Draft.

2012 NBA Draft - First Round

1. New Orleans, Anthony Davis
2. Charlotte, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
3. Washington, Bradley Beal
4. Cleveland, Dion Waiters
5. Sacramento, Thomas Robinson
6. Portland, Damian Lillard
7. Golden State, Harrison Barnes
8. Toronto, Terrence Ross
9. Detroit, Andre Drummond
10. New Orleans, Austin Rivers
11. Portland, Meyers Leonard
12. Houston, Jeremy Lamb
13. Phoenix, Kendall Marshall
14. Milwaukee, John Henson
15. Philadelphia, Maurice Harkless
16. Houston, Royce White
17. Dallas, Tyler Zeller
18. Houston, Terrence Jones
19. Orlando, Andrew Nicholson
20. Denver, Evan Fournier
21. Boston, Jared Sullinger
22. Boston, Fab Melo
23. Atlanta, John Jenkins
24. Cleveland, Jared Cunningham
25. Memphis, Tony Wroten, Jr.
26. Indiana, Miles Plumlee
27. Miami, Arnett Moultrie
28. Oklahoma City, Perry Jones
29. Chicago, Marquis Teague
30. Golden State, Festus Ezeli

Terrence Jones Drafted by the Houston Rockets


The Houston Rockets have drafted Kentucky's Terrence Jones at No. 18 in the 2012 NBA Draft.

1. New Orleans, Anthony Davis
2. Charlotte, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
3. Washington, Bradley Beal
4. Cleveland, Dion Waiters
5. Sacramento, Thomas Robinson
6. Portland, Damian Lillard
7. Golden State, Harrison Barnes
8. Toronto, Terrence Ross
9. Detroit, Andre Drummond
10. New Orleans, Austin Rivers
11. Portland, Meyers Leonard
12. Houston, Jeremy Lamb
13. Phoenix, Kendall Marshall
14. Milwaukee, John Henson
15. Philadelphia, Maurice Harkless
16. Houston, Royce White
17. Dallas, Tyler Zeller
18. Houston, Terrence Jones
19. Orlando, Andrew Nicholson
20. Denver, Evan Fournier

Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are Top 2 Picks in NBA Draft

The University of Kentucky has produced the top two picks in the 2012 NBA Draft.

As expected, the New Orleans Hornets took Anthony Davis with the overall No. 1 pick.

With the second pick, the Charlotte Bobcats drafted Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Seth Davis to Michael Jordan: Draft Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated made one last plea to Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats on Twitter this evening:

Big East Announces 2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule


The Big East Conference announced the league's in-conference men's basketball schedule on Thursday.

Louisville will have 18 Big East games, including two games each against Notre Dame, Seton Hall, USF and Syracuse.

Here is more from U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville's 2012-13 men's basketball season in the BIG EAST Conference will include another challenging slate of 18 games, including two games each against Notre Dame, Seton Hall, USF and Syracuse.

Louisville's home conference opponents will include Cincinnati, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, USF and Syracuse. The Cardinals' nine league road games will be at Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse and Villanova. With one less school in the BIG EAST this year at 15, each team will face 10 opponents once and four twice.

Louisville is one of six BIG EAST teams which have been included in early rankings, including two of the Cardinals' repeat opponents in Syracuse and Notre Dame (also Cincinnati, Marquette and Villanova). UofL is second nationally in preseason rankings by ESPN.com (Andy Katz), SI.com (Luke Winn) and NBCSports.com (Mike Miller) while the Cardinals are third in three other rankings by CBSSports.com (Gary Parrish, Jeff Goodman), Yahoo.com (Mike Huegenin) and SportingNews.com (Mike DeCourcy).

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Anthony Davis Named 2011-12 SEC Male Athlete of the Year


Kentucky's Anthony Davis has been named 2011-12 Roy F. Kramer Southeastern Cofnerence male Athlete of the Year following a vote by the league's athletics directors.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky basketball player Anthony Davis has been named the 2011-2012 Roy F. Kramer Southeastern Conference Male Athlete of the Year per a vote by the league's athletics directors, Commissioner Mike Slive announced Thursday.

"When you consider how competitive the Southeastern Conference as a whole has been in all sports, it's a complete honor to be named SEC Male Athlete of the Year," Davis said. "The SEC has produced a lot of greatstudent-athletes, and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of such an elite class."

A 2012 NCAA consensus first-team unanimous All-America selection, he also earned the national Freshman, Defensive Player and Big Man awards. In addition, he was named the 2012 National Player of the Year by various organizations, earning the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the Adolph Rupp Trophy, the Associated Press Player of the Year, Naismith Award, Sporting News Player of the Year, Basketball Times Player of the Year and John R. Wooden Award.

"We are extremely excited that a University of Kentucky Wildcat has been named SEC Male Athlete of the Year," Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. "Anthony had an incredible year and is very deserving. He led our program both on the floor and off the floor. He exemplified the competitive spirit indicative of this award. This is only the sixth time a Kentucky Wildcat has won this award and we are very happy for Anthony and his family."

Davis helped lead Kentucky to its eighth national championship in men’s basketball and was named the 2012 Final Four Most Outstanding Player for his efforts.

Furthermore, the Chicago native set a new standard in the NCAA freshman record books for blocks in a season with 186 swats. The new mark also stands as a conference and UK single-season record. He led the league in blocks (186), field-goal percentage (.623) and double-doubles (20).

He was the SEC’s Player of the Year (Coaches/AP), SEC Defensive Player of the Year (Coaches) and SEC Freshman/Newcomer of the Year (Coaches/AP).

“I’m so proud of Anthony,” UK coach John Calipari said. “To become the Male Athlete of the Year in the greatest conference in the country is truly a remarkable achievement. Anthony did it by becoming the ultimate team player. He deferred to his teammates, put the team before himself and dedicated himself to becoming the best player in the country. I couldn’t be happier for Anthony, and I’m looking forward to watching him achieve even greater things at the NBA level.”

Alabama golfer Brooke Pancake earned the Female Athlete of the Year honor from the conference office.

"Anthony and Brooke are true examples of outstanding student-athletes,” Slive said. “They have competed at the highest level of collegiate athletics and through their hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence have been successful in their endeavors. They are outstanding representatives of their universities and this conference. The SEC is proud to honor them for their accomplishments and wish them the best in their future endeavors.”

Davis is the sixth Kentucky winner of the conference’s Athlete of the Year award, joining Tim Couch (1999), Jenny Hansen (1995), Jamal Mashburn (1993), Kyle Macy (1980) and Jack Givens (1978) as other recipients.

John Calipari to Take Draft Cats Out for Supper Tonight

According to Jeannine Edwards of ESPN, John Calipari and his six "draft Cats" will enjoy supper together tonight after the NBA Draft:

Darius Miller to Lead Fourth of July Parade in Maysville


Former Kentucky star Darius Miller will be the grand marshal of the Fourth of July parade in Maysville next week.

According to The Ledger-Independent in Maysville, Miller will be honored at a ceremony after the parade.

Here is a schedule of events for the Maysville area:

Activities in Maysville start at 8 a.m., on Wednesday, July 4, with the Knights of Columbus 5K run; check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. The city of Maysville hosts its Red, White and Blues beginning at 4 p.m.

Fat Head Davis performs from 4 - 6 p.m. at Limestone Landing; the bike decorating contest starts at 6 p.m., at Rotary Park; and the Community Band performs at 6 p.m., on the Second Street Mall.

The annual parade begins at 7 p.m., with line up at 6:30 p.m.; Maysville native and University of Kentucky basketball star Darius Miller will be recognized at 7:45 p.m. at Second Street Mall; and the Stacey Mitchhart Band will play at Limestone Landing from 8 - 10 p.m.

The annual fireworks display over the Ohio River begins at 10 p.m.


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Video: The Physics of an Anthony Davis Block

Brad Plaster, an Associate Professor in UK's Department of Physics & Astronomy, describes how Newton's Laws are at work during an Anthony Davis blocked shot:

Dayton Releases Non-Conference Schedule, Will Host Murray State


The Dayton Flyers have announced their non-conference men's basketball schedule for 2012-13.

The Flyers will host Murray State on December 22. They will travel to Alabama on December 5 and Southern Cal on December 30.

The Flyers will also compete in the Charleston Classic in mid-November. The tournament field there includes Murray State, Baylor, Colorado, St. John's, Auburn, Boston College and College of Charleston.

Oct. 27 FINDLAY (exh.)

Nov. 4 RYERSON UNIV.-TORONTO (exh.)

Nov. 10 ARKANSAS STATE

Nov. 15-18 Charleston Classic

Nov. 24 MANHATTAN

Nov. 28 WEBER STATE

Dec. 1 NORTHERN ILLINOIS

Dec. 5 Alabama

Dec. 8 MIAMI

Dec. 15 FLORIDA ATLANTIC

Dec. 19 ILLINOIS STATE

Dec. 22 MURRAY STATE

Dec. 30 Southern Cal

Jan. 5 ALABAMA-BIRMINGTON

Home game in CAPS

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TMZ.com Takes a Funny Look at Anthony Davis and the Brow

TMZ.com talks about Anthony Davis and his unibrow:

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Report: Cavaliers Leaning Towards Drafting Kidd-Gilchrist


According to a report, the Cleveland Cavaliers will likely draft Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with pick No. 4 in Thursday night's NBA Draft.

Here is more from MorningJournal.com:

It appears as if the Cavaliers might have landed on Kentucky small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the No. 4 overall pick.

But that’s still fluid. It’s anything but a slam dunk, sources say.

“I’m being told if they stay at 4, their pick will be Kidd-Gilchrist,” Pro Basketball Draft’s Joe Kotoch said.

The NBA draft starts at 7 p.m. tonight on ESPN. The Cavs will host a free NBA draft party tonight at Quicken Loans Arena. The team’s war room will be at Cleveland Clinic Courts, where the local media will converge. The question is when Cavs general manager Chris Grant and Cavs coach Byron Scott stand in front of that media throng, whom are they going to announce as their pick?


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Stephan Van Treese Will Remain at Louisville


The University of Louisville has announced that forward Stephan Van Treese will remain with the men's basketball program.

It was announced recently that Van Treese was planning to leave the team and seek other NCAA Division I opportunities.

Here is the release from U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Forward Stephan Van Treese will remain on the University of Louisville men's basketball team after he had been provided his release earlier this month.

"As far as I'm concerned, Stephan should have never thought of going any place other than Bellarmine or Louisville," said UofL Men's Basketball Coach Rick Pitino. "He's committed to helping us have another great season."

Van Treese played in just three games early during the 2011-12 season due to an injured left knee. He averaged 2.9 points and 3.5 rebounds as a sophomore in 2010-11 while playing in 33 games, starting 12. He produced his finest career game at USF with 12 points and 14 rebounds on Jan. 9, 2011. He has averaged 2.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in 52 career games.

Eastern Kentucky Completes Successful Basketball Camp


Eastern Kentucky University recently wrapped up a successful youth basketball camp.

Here is a recap from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – The 2012 Jeff Neubauer Basketball Camp was in full swing last week on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. The camp, which was open to boys and girls ages 7-16, was in its eighth year of operation.

"This is a great time of year for our basketball players," EKU camp director Ryan Wiersma said. "The camp gives our players a chance to interact with kids in the community who support us during the winter months. We want the kids to learn some of the fundamentals of basketball, yet have a good time in the process. We hope the campers had as much fun as our staff and players did."

The camp featured several competitions including 1-on-1, 3-on-3, 5-on-5, ball handling, hot shot and free throws. Hustlers of the day were awarded each day in three different divisions – the OVC, SEC and NBA.

Many current and former Colonels were on hand to serve as camp counselors for the youngsters. They included - Willie Cruz, Josh Daniel, Jeff Johnson, Timmy Knipp, Deverin Muff, Ryan Parsons, Robbie Stenzel, Eric Stutz and Orlando Williams.

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Andy Katz Sits Down with Former UK Star Anthony Davis

Andy Katz of ESPN.com sits down with former Kentucky star Anthony Davis:

Frank Martin Responds to John Calipari's NBA Tweet

New South Carolina head coach Frank Martin responded to John Calipari's NBA Tweet earlier today:

Tubby Smith to Get Extension at Minnesota


Former Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith is close to signing a contract extension at Minnesota.

According to Twincities.com, the extension will be for three years with a relatively small salary increase:

Tubby Smith's long-anticipated University of Minnesota men's basketball contract extension will be for three years with a relatively small salary increase.

But his overall compensation with the new deal will depend primarily on incentive bonuses based on performance.

Smith, who turns 61 on Saturday, June 30, has two seasons remaining on his current contract. The new deal will run through the 2016-17 season
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UK Men's Basketball in Running for Four ESPY Awards


The University of Kentucky men's basketball is in the running for four ESPN ESPY Awards.

The entire team is in the category of Best Team, Calipari is in the mix for Best Coach and Davis is up for both Breakthrough and Best Male College.

Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo is in up for Best NBA Player.

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Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky’s men’s basketball team as well as head coach John Calipari and national player of the year Anthony Davis have been selected as an ESPY nominee in the category/categories of: Best Team, Best Coach (Calipari), Breakthrough (Davis), Best Male College (Davis).

The 20th annual ESPYs will air live July 11 at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles with host Rob Wiggle. ESPN describes the event as the one night where the sports world joins together to celebrate the best moments of the year.

Fans can select the winners by voting online at ESPN.com/ESPYs. ESPN will air the ESPY Nomination Special Wednesday night at 11 on ESPN2.

Anthony Davis to Try Out for Spot on USA Olympic Team


Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin and Lamar Odom will try out for spots on this summer's Olympic team on July 4, one day before the official start of Team USA training camp.

The trio will be working out for head coach Mike Krzyzewski during the tryout.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

Blake Griffin, Lamar Odom and Anthony Davis will be spending the July 4th holiday with Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, auditioning for spots on this summer's Olympic team one day before the official start of training camp.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told ESPN.com that an earlier plan to have Griffin and Odom get their health status updated and work out for Krzyzewski and the rest of the coaching staff on the Duke campus this week was scrapped and replaced by the new schedule, which will bring all three big men into Las Vegas just ahead of the July 5 reporting date for the other 15 healthy players on the roster.

Season-ending injuries suffered by Orlando's Dwight Howard (back), and Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge (knee) have opened up a spot for one of this diverse trio of frontcourt candidates
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Royce White on Michael-Kidd-Gilchrist: "I don't like that kid"


Former Iowa State star Royce White had nothing good to say about Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist during a recent interview with SI.com:

SIPabloTorre Royce, on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: "I don't like that kid. He's too hyped up. He's not as good as they think he is. He's a kid. I'm a man."

He also spent some time taking shots at Andre Drummond:

SIPabloTorre Asked Royce what he told Drummond, who'd downplayed ISU frontcourt, in ISU-UConn: "'You f----- up. You talked too much.' A teaching point."

UPDATE: White has responded on Twitter:

Highway_30 #BBN @MikeGillie14 I think is VERY talented, my comments were more about our age difference. Have nothing but respect for UK and Coach Cal

Highway_30 #BBN The context of what I said was based on what @MikeGillie14 said prior to our game in the tourney.

John Wall, Kyrie Irving to Play in Greater N.C. Pro-Am


Former Kentucky star John Wall will play in the annual S.J.G. Greater N.C. Pro-Am this summer.

The Pro-Am is loaded with talent, including Kyrie Irving and many former Duke and North Carolina stars.

Wall will play for The Athletes Foot team:

- John Wall, NBA
- Ryan Kelly, Duke
- Tyler Thornton, Duke
- David Williams, UNCG
- Kory Vandussen, UNCG
- Kyle Cain, UNCG
- Wil Bunton
- Marquis Hines
- Richard Howell, NCSU
- Alex Johnson
- Gary Clark, Wake Forest

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The event tips Thursday evening. The Athletes Foot will take on Banks Law at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Banks Law features C.J. Leslie, Quinn Cook, Mashall Plumlee and J.P. Tokoto.

Draymond Green Once Committed to the Kentucky Wildcats


Former Michigan State star Draymond Green once committed to the University of Kentucky.

After his commitment, then head coach Tubby Smith left Lexington and took over the Minnesota program. Green then de-committed from Kentucky and ended up having a successful career at MSU.

Green recently talked about his recruitment and admits that part of him would have enjoyed playing for the Wildcats.

Here is an excerpt:

And although Green is 100-percent Spartan, there's still a part of him that would have enjoyed playing for Smith at Kentucky.

"I know everything happens for a reason," Green said. "I know Coach Smith is happy for me. He's not the kind of guy who would be bitter. That's why I have so much respect for him.

"I had a very good relationship with Coach Smith. He's a good person, and Kentucky is Kentucky. Who doesn't want to play there? But Coach Smith left Kentucky for Minnesota, and I was happy to go to State and Coach Izzo. There wasn't anything bad about it, even between the coaches. Coach Izzo and Coach Smith are best friends."

As are Dawkins and Smith. Dawkins, who is an assistant coach for Northern Illinois, played for Smith at Tulsa from 1989-94 and led the team to the Sweet 16 in 1994. He was named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1994.

"At the time Day Day verbaled, Michigan State didn't have any scholarships," Dawkins said. "Scholarships don't come around every day. At that particular time, Coach Izzo didn't have any to offer, but a player from MSU (Maurice Joseph) transferred out and a scholarship became available
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John Wall Signs Endorsement Deal with Red Bull


Former Kentucky point guard John Wall has joined Rajon Rondo and others as an official Red Bull athlete.

Red Bull announced on Monday that Wall has signed on with the company.

Here is the release from Red Bull:

Early this year, Jason Kidd, the legendary point guard, was asked to list the NBA players he expected to take up the torch as master of the triple-double. In addition to the usual suspects -- LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Rajon Rondo -- Kidd named John Wall, the second-year point guard for the Washington Wizards.

In only two seasons, 21-year-old Wall has emerged as one of the NBA's youngest, most complete and explosive players. Today, he joins Rondo, Blake Griffin and Deron Williams as an official Red Bull athlete.

"I’m an avid Red Bull drinker,” Wall says. “I drink Red Bull all the time before games. It gets me hyped up. It gives me energy, that speed, that boost in games.”

Wall, who recorded a triple-double in his rookie season, filled the stat box again last year, averaging 16 points, 8 assists and 4.5 rebounds a game. The rebound number is startlingly high for a point guard, and Wall credits some advice he once received from Kidd.

“Jason Kidd once told me that he got a lot of his triple-doubles by just standing at the free throw line,” he recalls. “A lot of rebounds just drop in to him."

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Brandon Knight to Hold Basketball Camp at Pine Crest


Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight will hold a basketball camp in Fort Lauderdale over the coming weekend.

The camp will be at Pine Crest High School, where Knight because a nationally-known star.

Here is more information from Sun-Sentinel.com:

The camp, which runs June 30-July 1 includes two days of instruction with Knight and select coaches. It's open to young hoopsters between 7-17 and will cost $150 and Efrem Knight, Brandon's father and one of the camp directors, says it will be a positive experience--especially for youngsters who grew up watching Knight at Pine Crest.

“Kids should expect to come out and work hard,” said Efrem Knight said. “We have professional trainers that are going to teach the kids some fundamentals. They’re going to have fun, but they’re going to learn about basketball and get to know Brandon. It’s not the kind of camp where he’s in and out. It’s not just him putting his name on it. He’s going to eat with the kids, talk with the kids, and work with them. If he sees them doing the drills wrong, he’ll go out there with them.”

For more information, or to register, check out brandoneknight.com.

John Calipari "Apologizes" to Recruits, Sends Very Strong Message


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari has a message to recruits (and the rest of college of basketball):

UKCoachCalipari I want to apologize to all the recruits this week. I'm spending the majority of my time answering questions from NBA teams about my six guys

Loosely translated, that Tweet means:

- If you want to make money in the NBA, you come to Kentucky.

- If you are recruiting against Kentucky, best wishes.

Brett Rector Leaving UPIKE to Join EKU Women's Staff


University of Pikeville associate head coach Brett Rector is leaving the UPIKE staff to take an assistant's position with the Eastern Kentucky University's women's program.

Rector served one season as assistant coach and one season as associate head coach on Kelly Wells' staff at UPIKE.

He is Wells' fifth assistant in six years to land an NCAA Division I position.

NBA Draft Scouting Report of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Here is SB Nation's NBA Draft scouting report of former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist:

Joe B. Hall to be Grand Marshal of Fourth of July Parade


Former Kentucky head coach Joe B. Hall will be the grand marshal for this year's Fourth of July parade in downtown Lexington.

More from the Herald-Leader:

Former University of Kentucky basketball coach Joe B. Hall will be the grand marshal for this year’s Fourth of July parade in downtown Lexington, according to a release from the city.

The release says Hall will lead the parade in downtown Lexington, beginning at 2 p.m on July 4. The parade is part of an all-day street festival, concert, fireworks and running of the Bluegrass 10,000.

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Morehead State Signs Jourdan Stickler for 2012-13


Morehead State University has announced the signing of 6-foot-4 shooting guard Jourdan Stickler from Annapolis, Maryland.

Here is the release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Jourdan Stickler, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Annapolis, Md., is set to join the Morehead State men’s basketball program this fall. He has four years of college eligibility remaining.

Stickler led the Baltimore area with 26 points per game as a senior at Annapolis High School. He also averaged eight rebounds en route to being named the Anne Arundel County Player of the Year.

Stickler poured in 24 of his team-high 39 points in the final four minutes of regulation to force overtime in last year’s Maryland High School Athletic Association Class 3A state semifinals.

“We are very excited about Jourdan because he’s a terrific student and talented basketball player,” Morehead State Head Coach Sean Woods said. “Jourdan was a big time scorer in high school. He has the potential to be an instant contributor in our program because of his ability to score.”

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A Look at Kentucky's Last Four National Championships

Adam Lefkoe has put together an excellent look at Kentucky's last four national championships:

Video: Anthony Davis on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Former Kentucky All-American Anthony Davis appeared on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night.

Here is video of the appearance:

LatinBasket.com Names Calipari Best Coach at Centrobasket


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari led the Dominican Republic national team to a perfect 6-0 record and the gold medals at Centrobasket 2012.

As a result, LatinBasket.com has named Calipari "Best Coach" at Centrobasket.

The site named former Louisville big man Samardo Samuels to the All-Centrobasket Second Team.

LatinBasket.com All-Centrobasket Awards

Best Player: Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) of Dominican Rep.
Best Guard: David Huertas (195-G-87) of Puerto Rico
Best Forward: Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) of Dominican Rep.
Best Center: Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86) of Dominican Rep.
Best Coach: John Calipari of Dominican Rep.

1st Team

PG: Walter Hodge (183-86) of U.S. Virgin Islands
G: David Huertas (195-87) of Puerto Rico
G: Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86) of Jamaica
F/C: Jack Michael Martinez (203-81) of Dominican Rep.
F/C: Alfred Horford (208-86) of Dominican Rep.

2nd Team

PG: Jose Juan Barea (181-84) of Puerto Rico
G: Juan Coronado (196-83) of Dominican Rep.
F: Josimar Ayarza (205-87) of Panama
F/C: Samardo Samuels (206-89) of Jamaica
C: Jerome Jordan (213-86) of Jamaica

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Kentucky Point Guard Ryan Harrow with the Five Star POTD

Kentucky point guard Ryan Harrow with yesterday's FiveStarBasketball.com Play of the Day:

Monday, June 25, 2012

Union College Signs Barbourville's Tanner Broughton


Union College has signed Barbourville's Tanner Broughton for the 2012-13 season.

Here is a release from UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - About four weeks ago Union College announced Kevin Burton as its new mens basketball coach and he hasn't wasted any time recruiting local talent. Barbourville's Tanner Broughton managed to live out his dream of making it to the next level as he signed to play for the Bulldogs next season.

"It feels good to fulfill one of my dreams," Broughton said. "I would like to win a title for Union and just keep progressing. Maybe one day I could play a little pro ball somewhere."

Burton admitted he is excited to sign Broughton.

"I really like his ability level," he said. "He was a really high level player in high school. I think with his ability and basketball intelligence he is going to be able to translate that to the college game."

Burton realizes there is a learning curve for players during their freshman year of college, but he feels like Broughton has all of the tools to make the adjustment.

"I think he has a really nice instinct for the game," Burton said. "There might be a little bit of a learning curve, but hopefully he comes in and is ready right away. We're just excited that he's going to be with us and is going to be one of the guys that we're going to be counting on."

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Photo: Union College

Centre College Announces Basketball Camp Cancellations


Centre College has announced the cancellation of two summer basketball camps:

NOTICE: June 25-28 and July 23-26 Camps CANCELLED

******NOTICE******

Due to a period of undergoing staff transitions, the individual camps that were scheduled to take place on June 25-28 and July 23-26 will be CANCELLED.

We apologize if this creates any inconvenience. Camps will resume as scheduled in the summer of 2013.

Anthony Davis Trademarks the Brow


Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis has trademarked the phrases "Fear The Brow" and "Raise The Brow."

Here is more from CNBC.com:

Davis, known for his connected eyebrows, trademarked the phrases “Fear The Brow” and “Raise The Brow” earlier this month.

“I don’t want anyone to try to grow a unibrow because of me and then try to make money off of it,” Davis told CNBC. “Me and my family decided to trademark it because it’s very unique.”

Davis said that people frequently tell him to cut it, but Davis said he won’t because “everyone’s talking about it.”


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Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb Getting Final Workouts In

Former Kentucky star Doron Lamb worked out for the Indiana Pacers on Friday. Lamb was joined by Quincy Miller, Kim English, Robbie Hummel, Kenny Gabriel and Orlando Johnson.

Meanwhile, Terrence Jones worked out in Philadelphia on Saturday morning. He was joined by Perry Jones III, Arnett Moultrie, Andrew Nicholson, John Henson and Tyler Zeller.

Jones and the other big men are working out for the Detroit Pistons today.

Here is Jones doing an interview in Toronto recently:

Video: Doron Lamb Interview in Atlanta

Here is Doron Lamb being interviewed after his recent workout for the Atlanta Hawks (video by insaneHighlights on YouTube):

Antoine Walker is Shooting for Par These Days

Former Kentucky star Antoine Walker was spotted on the golf course recently. It looks like he is enjoying his time away from basketball:



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Every Kentucky Starter for Past 3 Seasons Has Been or Will Be an NBA Draft Pick


Andy Katz of ESPN.com says John Calipari will be in Newark for the NBA Draft on Thursday.

Katz also points out that every Kentucky starter for the past three season has been or will be an NBA Draft pick.

Here is an excerpt:

Kentucky coach John Calipari will be in Newark Thursday to see what he hopes is another record night. He has been touting a stat that is hard to beat: Every Wildcats starter for the past three seasons has been or will be an NBA draft pick. The only player that could be a question mark heading into Thursday is Darius Miller; but I expect him to go in the second round. The Wildcats will likely see five starters drafted in the first round: Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague. Teague will go likely fifth among the playmaking group that includes Dion Waiters, Damian Lillard, Austin Rivers and Kendall Marshall.

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Calipari Leads Dominican Republic to Gold at Centrobasket


The Dominican Republic national team defeated Puerto Rico 80-72 Sunday night to capture the gold medals at Centrobasket 2012.

The Dominicans finished the tournament with a perfect 6-0 record and won Centrobasket for the first time since 2004.

Jack Michael Martinez led the Dominican Republic with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Juan Coronado added 17 points and 9 boards. Francisco Garcia and Eulis Baez scored 11 points each.

J.J. Barea led Puerto Rico (5-1) with 18 points and 6 assists. Daniel Santiago finished with 16 points. Ricardo Sanchez chipped in 15.

The Dominicans fell behind 27-17 early in the second quarter before exploding on a 23-5 run. Puerto Rico closed the half with a couple of baskets to cut the Dominican lead to 40-35.

Puerto Rico eventually took the lead 65-64 in the fourth quarter but the Dominican Republic used a decisive 7-0 run to take a 74-67 lead with 2:53 remaining.

Head coach John Calipari will now begin preparing his team for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caracas, Venezuela. The OQT tips on July 2 and the top three teams will earn spots in the London Olympics.

NCAA Denies Waiver for Michael Bradley, Cannot Play Immediately at Western Kentucky


Connecticut transfer Michael Bradley had been denied a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately at Western Kentucky.

Jeff Borzello broke the news on Twitter:

jeffborzello The NCAA has denied Western Kentucky big man Michael Bradley's hardship waiver to play this season. He transferred from UConn in the spring.

Bradley reportedly transferred to WKU after his mother was diagnosed with cancer. She lives in Chattanooga and Bradley was hoping to be closer to home.

My thoughts: No major surprise, the NCAA blows it again. If only the NCAA could thing of the kids first...

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Kentucky to Play Marshall University in 2012-13


According to Keith Morehouse of WSAZ-TV in Huntington, the University of Kentucky will play Marshall University next season at Rupp Arena.

Morehouse says details of the game are still being discussed and schools cannot confirm anything until a contract is signed:

KeithMorehouse Marshall basketball playing Kentucky next season on ESPN

KeithMorehouse @SAndersonNOB yes at Rupp

KeithMorehouse Details on UK-Marshall still being discussed and schools can't confirm until contract is signed

Peyton Siva Earns Big East Conference Scholar-Athlete Sports Excellence Award


Louisville point guard Peyton Siva has been named the receipient of the 2011-12 Big East Conference Scholar-Athlete Sports Excellence Award for men's basketball.

Here is a release from U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville guard Peyton Siva has been named the recipient of the 2011-12 BIG EAST Conference Scholar-Athlete Sports Excellence Award for men's basketball, an honor presented to an individual in each of the league's 24 sports which recognizes academic and athletic achievement as well as community service.

The Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards are given to one student-athlete in each BIG EAST sport based on academic credentials, athletic accolades or performances and volunteer service to the community. Student-athletes who attained junior academic standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 are eligible. The winners are chosen by the BIG EAST Faculty Athletics Representative Council.

Siva is one of seven UofL student-athletes to earn the recognition, the most from any single institution in the league. Cardinals who also attained the honor for their respective sport are Brendon Andrews, men's swimming and diving; Austin Berry, men's soccer; Victoria Collins, softball; Chinwe Okoro, women's track and field; Katie Oliverio, women's lacrosse; and Hayley Turner, field hockey.

Siva, who has a 3.41 cumulative grade point average in sociology, was named to the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-District 2 men's basketball first team.

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Eric Bledsoe to Play in NBA Summer League?

Former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe seemed to confirm on Twitter yesterday that he will be playing in the NBA Summer League next month.



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