Saturday, July 7, 2012

Team USA Roster Announced, No Davis or Cousins


The 2012 United State's Olympic basketball team roster has been announced, with Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala and James Harden filling the final three spots.

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis was placed ont he short list of alternates.

DeMarcus Cousins worked hard to earn a spot on the team but was also left out.

Here is more about Cousins from CowbellKingdom.com:

Cousins did his best to fight his way onto the team, bringing a toughness that caught the eye of both Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony.

“European basketball is extremely physical,” Kobe Bryant said following yesterday’s practice. “And he (Cousins) brings a physicality to the game that really changes the energy of the game. He’s not afraid to make contact, he’s not afraid to upset guys and kind of make the game uncomfortable.”

While Kobe speaks with a certain eloquence, Carmelo Anthony didn’t need nearly as many syllables when describing Cousins influence on practice.

“Yeah, he was fouling the (expletive) out of everybody,” Anthony added.

Both Cousins and the Sacramento Kings front office have to be disappointed tonight. A summer playing with the NBA’s elite could have done wonders for Cousins both on and off the court. If there is a silver lining, Cousins has made an amazing dedication to both honing his body and his game during this off-season in preparation for the games this summer. That dedication will likely translate well to the floor this coming season for the Kings
.

Team USA Roster

LeBron James, Heat
Kobe Bryant, Lakers
Carmelo Anthony, Knicks
Chris Paul, Clippers
Deron Williams, Nets
Kevin Durant, Thunder
Russell Westbrook, Thunder
Tyson Chandler, Knicks
Kevin Love, Timberwolves
Blake Griffin, Clippers
Andre Iguodala, 76ers
James Harden, Thunder

Friday, July 6, 2012

Nerlens Noel Says He Will Be in Lexington in August

Top 2012 star Nerlens Noel had a conversation with former Kentucky star Doron Lamb on Twitter tonight.

Noel confirmed that he will be in Lexington in August:

Enes Kanter Named to 2012 Turkish National Team


Former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter has made the preliminary roster for the 2012 Turkish national team.

The roster will be cut to 12 players prior to the 2012 Olympics.

2012 Turkish National Team

Cenk Akyol 196-G-87 Anadolu Efes
Dogus Balbay 185-G-89 Anadolu Efes
Osman Sirin 207-F-90 Anadolu Efes
Dusan Cantekin 222-C-90 Mega Vizura
Sinan Guler 193-G-83 Anadolu Efes
Ibrahim Yildirim 190-G-90 Bandirma Kir.
Izzet Turkyilmaz 210-PF-90 Banvit BK
Birkan Batuk 198-F-90 Anadolu Efes
Ilkan Karaman 205-F-90 Karsiyaka
Ender Arslan 190-G-83 Galatasaray
Furkan Aldemir 207-F-91 Galatasaray
Sertac Sanli 212-F/C-91 Galatasaray
Emir Preldzic 205-F-87 Fener.Ulker
Baris Hersek 204-F/C-88 Besiktas
Serhat Cetin 197-G-86 Besiktas
Can Mutaf 193-G-91 Mersin
Enes Kanter 208-C-92 Utah Jazz
Semih Erden 211-C-87 Cleveland C.

Bogdan Tanjevic Head Coach Acea Roma

Grizzlies Showing Interest in Jodie Meeks and Courtney Lee


The Memphis Grizzlies are reportedly considering unrestricted free agents Jodie Meeks and Courtney Lee.

Here is an excerpt from MemphisFlyer.com:

Of the three other names previously reported as targets, the Clippers' Randy Foye and the Hawks' Kirk Hinrich remain on the radar, while versatile Russian guard Alexey Shved seems less likely. Based on his Euroleague production, Shved projects as an NBA rotation player, but the same was true of Jeremy Pargo. The Grizzlies already have a couple of roll-the-dice prospects on the perimeter in Josh Selby and Tony Wroten Jr. They're looking for more certainty in free agency.

Two new names that are definitely under consideration: The Rockets' Courtney Lee and the Sixers' Jodie Meeks, both of whom were set to be restricted free agents but became unexpectedly unrestricted when their former teams withdrew (Lee) or did not tender (Meeks) qualifying offers.

Off these four, Lee is probably the only one who could demand a full mid-level offer. Both Hinrich and Meeks should be available for well below the full mid-level
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Recap of Patrick Patterson's Summer Basketball Camp

Check out this recap of former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson's Summer Basketball Camp in Houston, Texas:

Kentucky, Morehead State on Lafayette College Schedule


Lafayette College has released the school's 2012-13 men's basketball schedule.

The schedule includes a November road trip to Kentucky with games against the University of Kentucky and Morehead State.

Lafayette will play at Rupp Arena on November 16 and will face Morehead State two days later.

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Darius Miller to Play in NBA Summer League


Former Kentucky star Darius Miller will be playing for the New Orleans Hornets in the upcoming Las Vegas Summer League.

The team will hold a mini-camp July 11-13 before participating in the league, which runs July 15-21.

Miller will be joined by Austin Rivers, Al-Farouq Aminu, Jerome Dyson, Xavier Henry and Darryl Watkins.

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis will not be playing as he will be pursuing a spot on the United States Olympic team.

Hornets Summer League Schedule:

July 15 vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m.
July 16 vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 6:00 p.m.
July 18 vs. Phoenix Suns, 6:00 p.m.
July 20 vs. Dallas Mavericks, 10:00 p.m.
July 21 vs. Golden State Warriors, 6:30 p.m.

* All times ET

Source: NBA.com

University of Pikeville Announces Staff Additions, Changes


The University of Pikeville has announced several changes to the men's basketball coaching staff for 2012-13.

Head coach Kelly Wells has promoted Tigh Compton from graduate assistant to assistant coach.

In addition, Wells has hired former Saint Catharine assistant Matthew Taylor as an assistant.

Nick Bowman and Ryan Whitaker will serve as graduate assistant coaches this season. Chris Puckett and Corey Hoskins will be student assistant coaches. John Biery will be a volunteer assistant coach.

Here is a release from UPIKE:

University of Pikeville Head Men’s Basketball Coach Kelly Wells would like to announce updates to his men’s basketball staff for the upcoming 2012-2013 season.

Tigh Compton and Matthew Taylor have been named assistant coaches, Nick Bowman and Ryan Whitaker graduate assistant coaches, Chris Puckett and Corey Hoskins student assistant coaches, and John Biery volunteer assistant coach for the 2012-2013 campaign.

Compton has been promoted to assistant coach after spending last season as a graduate assistant at UPIKE. Before serving as a graduate assistant, Compton spent two seasons as a student assistant at Pikeville. During his time at Pikeville, Compton has had a hand in coaching five NAIA All American selections, seven Mid-South Conference selections, and has been instrumental in the recruitment of 14 former NCAA Division I players who have signed to play basketball at the University of Pikeville.

Taylor joins the Bears staff after spending the past two seasons at Saint Catharine’s College. Prior to SCC, Taylor spent one season as assistant coach at Union College (KY) and two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Pikeville College. At Saint Catharine’s, Taylor helped guide the Patriots to the 2011 NAIA National Tournament and most single-season wins in program history (22). While at Union, Taylor helped lead the Bulldogs to a 20-win season and their first conference championship in 41 years. Taylor has been responsible for signing numerous NCAA-Division I and Junior College transfers.

Bowman begins his second season at graduate assistant at UPIKE. Prior to coming to UPIKE, Bowman served three seasons as a manager at Eastern Kentucky University for Coach Jeff Neubauer. During his three seasons on staff, the Colonels finished 53-42 and finished top 15 nationally in three pointers made per game, three point shooting percentage, and fewest turnovers per game.

Whitaker joins the UPIKE staff as a graduate assistant coach after serving as a student assistant last season. In 2011, Whitaker helped guide the Bears to their first NAIA National Championship as a senior. Whitaker, who played collegiately at both Lincoln Memorial and Pikeville, will also serve at the junior varsity head coach for the Bears.

Puckett enters his first season as a student assistant coach after finishing up a four-year playing career at UPIKE. Puckett was also a member of the 2011 National Championship team as a player.

Hoskins, a recent graduate of Buckhorn High School, joins the Bears staff as a student assistant coach. While at Buckhorn, Hoskins served as a volunteer student assistant coach and helped Head Coach Jon Noble in all aspects of the program.

Biery enters his seventh season as volunteer assistant for the UPIKE program. Biery, a former player for the Bears, is also the schools Cross Country and Track coach. Biery served several seasons as the junior varsity head coach.

Video: John Wall in Top Play at Jamal Crawford Game

Here are the top plays from the recent Jamal Crawford A Plus Classic - plenty of John Wall highlights:

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Transylvania Officially Announces Exhibition Game at UK


Transylvania University has officially announced an exhibition game against the University of Kentucky in early November.

The game will be played November 5 with a tentative tip-off time of 7:00 p.m. ET.

Kentucky defeated Transy 97-53 in an exhibition contest prior to last season.

Here is the release from TU:

LEXINGTON, Ky. - For the second year in a row, Transylvania's men's basketball team will take on the University of Kentucky in an exhibition game at Rupp Arena.

Transy-UK exhibition photos

The Pioneers and Wildcats will square off on Nov. 5, with tip-off tentatively set for 7 p.m. The two teams played for the first time in 100 years last fall, with Transy leaping to an 11-4 lead before eventually falling 97-53 to a UK squad that would go on to win a national championship.

It was also a highly successful season for coach Brian Lane's squad, which won the Heartland Conference regular season title, posted a 23-5 overall record, and made an appearance in the NCAA Division III National Championship.

"We had such a positive experience with the game last year," said Lane, who has guided the Pioneers to four NCAA appearances in the last six years. "We appreciate coach (John) Calipari putting us on the schedule again. Our players, students, faculty and staff, and alumni got a big kick out the whole experience last year and we look forward to doing it again. Hopefully, it will spur them to another championship."

The Transy-UK exhibition is the first game on the Pioneers' schedule for the 2012-13 season. Regular season play begins on Nov. 16-17 when Transy participates in the D3hoops.com Classic in Baltimore. The first home game at the Beck Center is on Dec. 5 against HCAC rival Earlham.

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Western Kentucky Basketball Player Arrested


According to BGDailyNews.com, Western Kentucky walk-on basketball player Spence Sheldon was arrested Thursday morning and charged with public intoxication.

Sheldon appeared in seven games last season and totalled three minutes of action.

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2013 Star Chris Walker Dropping Recruiting Hints on Twitter


Chris Walker, one of the top players in the 2013 recruiting class, has been dropping hints on Twitter this afternoon.

Walker posted images of several basketball courts, including Rupp Arena and the KFC Yum! Center. He also indicated that a decision may be coming in the near future.

Louisville: cwalkertime23 Would be a nice gym to play in http://instagr.am/p/MtPE9OhoeT/

Kansas: cwalkertime23 I wouldnt mind balling in this gym neither http://instagr.am/p/MtPwilhoew/

Kentucky: cwalkertime23 The gym to be at http://instagr.am/p/MtQmg9Bofp/

Florida: cwalkertime23 The hometeam gym def would be nice to hoop @ http://instagr.am/p/MtR2y3hoQh/

Decision coming soon?

cwalkertime23 Just posted a photo http://instagr.am/p/MtTmicBoR2/

Walker is a 6-foot-9 power forward at Holmes County (Fla.) High School. He ranks No. 6 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013.

Video: Top Plays from Jodie Meeks in 2011-12

Check out the top plays from former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks during his 2011-12 season in Philadelphia:

DeAndre Liggins to Play in Orlando Pro Summer League


Former University of Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins will play for the Magic in the 2012 Orlando Pro Summer League.

The league runs from July 9-13 and also includes Brooklyn, Boston, Philadelphia, Utah, Oklahoma city, Indiana and Detroit.

Orlando Magic Summer League Roster

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate College/Last Team Years Pro
4 Kevin Anderson G 6'0 175 12-21-88 Strasbourg (France-ProA) R
22 Bradford Burgess G-F 6'6 225 4-29-90 VCU R
32 Justin Harper F 6'9 225 8-30-89 Orlando 1
20 DeQuan Jones F 6'8 221 6-20-90 Miami (FL) R
34 DeAndre Liggins G 6'6 209 3-31-88 Orlando 1
42 Luke Nevill C 7-2 265 2-19-86 Perth Wildcats (Australia – NBL) R
44 Andrew Nicholson F 6'9 250 12-8-89 St. Bonaventure R
9 Kyle O’Quinn F-C 6'10 240 3-26-90 Norfolk State R
31 Josh Owens F 6-8 240 12-7-88 Stanford R
35 Magnum Rolle F 6'11 235 2-23-86 Atlanta 2
10 Ish Smith G 6-0 175 7-5-88 Orlando 2
24 Dominique Sutton G 6'5 212 10-20-86 North Carolina Central R
1 Ryan Thompson G 6'6 218 6-9-88 Centrale Latte (Italy-Lega2) R
18 Maalik Wayns G 6'1 195 5-2-91 Villanova R
17 Charlie Westbrook G 6'4 196 8-21-89 South Dakota R

Terrence Jennings to Play for Philadelphia in NBA Summer League


The Philadelphia 76ers have added former Louisville big man Terrence Jennings to their NBA Summer League roster.

The Sixers will compete in the Orlando Pro Summer League . The five-day league will take place from July 9-13 on the Orlando Magic's practice court at the Amway Center.

Sixers Summer League Roster

4 Maurice Harkless G/F 6-8 208 Rookie
43 Terrence Jennings F 6-10 230 Rookie
33 Chris Johnson F 6-6 201 Rookie
40 Solomon Jones F/C 6-10 245 6
0 Jacob Pullen G 6-1 200 Rookie
5 Jeremy Richardson G/F 6-6 185 3
7 Zack Rosen G 6-1 175 Rookie
31 Jon Scheyer G 6-5 190 Rookie
30 Devin Searcy F 6-10 226 Rookie
25 Xavier Silas G 6-5 205 1
35 Clay Tucker G 6-3 195 Rookie
41 Justin Williams F/C 6-10 260 2
8 Nik Vucevic F/C 7-0 240 1

Source: Hoops-Nation.com

Boston Celtics Are Becoming Rajon Rondo's Team


Head coach Doc Rivers thinks the Boston Celtics are evolving into Rajon Rondo's team.

Here are some recent comments from Rivers:

"I thought of all the guys who grew this year, this past year, I thought Rondo grew the most," coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday on the 'Dan Patrick Show'. "Not only as a player, but as a teammate and as a leader. And I think . . . that's part of the reason Kevin [Garnett]'s coming back. I really believe that. It's almost like the LeBron/Wade thing, but in a different way where older guys have to give it to a younger guy.

"And I think they did that this year. I thought Kevin was very comfortable with that. And I thought Rondo took it and did it the right way. I thought he grew, in the playoffs, as much as any player I've seen grow in a long time."


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UK Recruit Aaron Harrison to Announce in September?

Kentucky target Aaron Harrison says he plans to make his college announcement in September:



Harrison was originally planning to commit in October. Kentucky is very much in the mix with both Aaron and twin brother Andrew.

Aaron, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, ranks No. 4 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013. Andrew is primarily a point guard and ranks No. 3 overall in the class.

HT to @ukbigbluenation on Twitter:

UKBIGBLUENATION Aaron Harrison [@AaronICE2], the #4 player in the 2013 class & a top UK target, announces he will commit in September. http://pic.twitter.com/f13WmcHm

Dick Vitale Finds Big Blue Nation at Wimbledon

Dick Vitale says he has found some members of Kentucky's Big Blue Nation at Wimbledon:

DickieV Meet BBN fans all over - @vaughtsviews @johnclayiv #Wimbledon http://via.me/-2qz0dpu

Russia Uses Big Run to Defeat the Dominican Republic


Russia used a 13-0 run early in the third quarter to take a 17-point lead on the Dominican Republic this afternoon.

The Dominicans were unable to recover and Russia cruised to an 84-69 victory at the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

With the win, Russia finished on top of Group C and the Dominicans finished second. Both teams will advance to Friday's quarterfinal round.

Andrey Kirilenko led the Russians with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Vitaliy Fridzon also scored 16. Victor Khryapa added 14 points and 6 assists.

Al Horford led the Dominicans with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Jack Michael Martinez finished with 13 points and 12 boards.

Former Louisville star Francisco Garcia had an uncharacteristically bad night, scoring just 2 points and going 0-8 from the field in 28 minutes. Juan Coronado played 32 minutes, but only managed 5 points on 1-9 shooting.

The Dominicans will face F.Y.R. Macedonia in Friday's quarterfinal round. On paper, the game should be considered a very winnable game for John Calipari's team.

OQT Quarterfinals - Friday, July 6

Russia vs. Angola
Greece vs. Nigeria
F.Y.R. Macedonia vs. Dominican Republic
Lithuania vs. Puerto Rico

* Winners advance to semifinals. Semifinals winners and third place winner earn berths in the 2012 Olympics.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Oklahoma City Showing Interest in Daniel Orton

The Oklahoma City Thunder are reportedly showing interest in signing former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton.

Orton, a free agent center, played sparingly for the Orlando Magic. He made 16 appearances for the Magic in 2011-12, including two stars. He averaged 2.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.

The Magic elected not to pick up the third- and fourth-year options on Orton's rookie contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Source

This fan landed a very rare item - Orton's game-worn shoes:

Chris Smith, Josh Harrellson on Knicks Summer Roster


Louisville's Chris Smith and former Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson will be on the New York Knicks summer league roster later this month.

Here is more from ZagsBlog.com:

“Yes,” Smith, a Freehold, N.J. native and the younger brother of free agent shooting guard J.R. Smith, said by text.

The Knicks haven’t released their Las Vegas roster yet, but Al Iannazzone of Newsday reported that Jerome Jordan and Josh Harrellson will play for the team, and that Toney Douglas wants to. Hoopshype reported that Belgian League MVP Chris Copeland will also play for the Knicks.

The 6-2 Smith worked out for the Knicks before the NBA Draft and has also shot around at the Knicks Westchester campus
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Kanter, Murphy on Utah Jazz Summer League Roster


The Utah Jazz have announced an NBA Summer League roster that includes former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter and ex-Tennessee Tech star Kevin Murphy.

The Jazz will be competing in the Orlando Summer League, which runs July 9-13.

Utah Jazz Summer League Roster:

- Blake Ahearn
- Alec Burks
- DeMarre Carroll
- Enes Kanter
- Kevin Murphy
- Kyle Weaver
- Stephen Graham
- Cedric Simmons
- John Millsap
- Michael Stockton
- Tony Gaffney
- Mike Green
- Justin Knox
- Salah Mejri
- Henry Sims
- Deron Washington

Schedule:

Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.
TV: NBA TV

Monday, 1 p.m. (MT) at Detroit
Tuesday, 9 a.m. vs. Philadelphia
Wednesday, 3 p.m. at Orlando
Thursday, 1 p.m. vs. Indiana
Friday, 6 a.m. at Oklahoma City

Source

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Marquis Teague Confirmed for Bulls Summer League Roster


Former Kentucky star Marquis Teague has been confirmed for the Chicago Bulls roster for the 2012 NBA Summer League.

Players confirmed so far:

- Marquis Teague, PG
- Leon Powe, PF
- Demetri McCamey, PG
- Jermaine Taylor, SG
- Olek Czyz, SF
- Jamie Skeen, PF

Source

Report: Anthony Davis to Join Team USA Despite Injury


According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, former Kentucky star Anthony Davis will join Team USA in Las Vegas this week despite a recent ankle injury.

Wojnarowski reports on Twitter:

WojYahooNBA Despite ankle injury, No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis will report to Team USA training camp in Vegas this week, source tells Y! Sports.

WojYahooNBA It is unclear how soon Davis will be able to get on the court, but Team USA will be patient to give him time to heal sprained ankle.

WojYahooNBA With Lamar Odom pulling out, Team USA needs frontcourt help and Davis has been determined to try and play in the London Olympics.

WojYahooNBA Said a source: "The injury isn't as bad as originally thought. (Davis) really wants to play." Davis will report to Team USA on Wednesday.

Terrence Williams Receiving Interest from Several Teams


Former Louisville star Terrence Williams is reportedly receiving interest from several NBA teams.

According to Hoopsworld.com, the unrestricted free agent is receiving interest from the Kings, Pistons and Suns:

Unrestricted free agent Terrence Williams has received interest from the Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons and Phoenix Suns, according to sources close to the situation. Williams, who averaged 8.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists last season with the Kings, is weighing his options.

Photo: NBA.com

Brandon Knight Featured in New Pistons Commercial

Check out this new commercial, featuring Brandon Knight, from the Detroit Pistons:

Dominican Republic Survives Test from Korea at OQT


The Dominican Republic national team literally survived an advanced at the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament this afternoon.

The Koreans led 41-37 at halftime but the Dominicans responded with a big second half to earn a tough 95-85 victory.

With the win, John Calipari's team will advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament, which will place three teams in the 2012 Olympics.

Al Horford led the Dominican Republic with 30 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Jack Michael Martinez added a monster double-double with 16 points and 25 boards.

Former Louisville star Francisco Garcia finished with 13 points and 4 rebounds. Juan Coronado and Eulis Baez each contributed 11 points.

Seung Jun Lee led Korea (0-2) with 21 points and 6 rebounds.

With the loss, Korea was eliminated from the tournament.

The Dominicans (1-0) return to action tomorrow with a 2:00 p.m. ET game against Russia (1-0). The Russians overwhelmed Korea 91-56 on Monday.

The Dominicans celebrate today's win:

Kevin McHale, Daryl Morey Talk About Terrence Jones

Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey talks about Houston's draft picks, including former Kentucky star Terrence Jones:



Here is Kevin McHale talking about the newest Rockets:

JUCO Star J.D. Danforth Signs with Kentucky Wesleyan


Kentucky Wesleyan College has signed junior college star J.D. Danforth from Highland Community College.

Here is an excerpt from Rockrivertimes.com:

JD Danforth, a former NIC-10 Player of the Year who averaged 20 points per game for Rockford Auburn in the 2009-2010 season, has signed a scholarship offer from Kentucky Wesleyan after a good two-year career at Highland Community College.

Danforth spent the last two years playing on a deep Highland team where he averaged nearly 9 points per game last season and was second on the team in 3-pointers.

He helped lead Highland to back-to-back Arrowhead Conference championships, as well as a NJCAA Division I 2012 Region IV championship
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Terrence Jones Buys Stone Cold Willow a Dental Makeover


Former University of Kentucky star Terrence Jones has bought a Kentucky fan a complete dental makeover.

Jones payed the entire bill for 22-year-old Williams Bolden, who is well-known as "Stone Cold Willow" around Lexington.

Here is more from NBCSports.com:

The makeover took place over eight appointments, which included pulling teeth, filling cavities, and installing three new front teeth, which he lost in a fight as a young boy.

“It’s been a long time coming since I had a smile like this,” Bolden told Kentucky.com. “All I want to say is just a big thank you.”

Jones and Bolden became friends on campus at Kentucky and bonded. Jones offered to pay out of pocket for the procedure and Bolden accepted. The 6-8 forward even accompanied Bolden to the final appointment (picture at right).

“Being around (Bolden), knowing what type of person he is, it’s only right for him to be able to smile,” Jones told the website. “As much as he makes us laugh, to have him be smiling back at us is just great.”


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University of Pikeville Adds Two to 2012 Recruiting Class


The University of Pikeville has announced the signings of two players for the 2012-13 season.

The Bears have added junior forward Greg Magee and freshman guard Colt Chapman.

Greg Magee

Height/Position: 6’7 Forward
Class: Junior
Previous School: Columbia State C.C.

Bio: Greg Magee comes to the University of Pikeville from Columbia State Community College (TN). As a sophomore, Greg posted averages of 8.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while helping lead Columbia State (21-6) to NJCAA Region 7 regular season and post season championships, including the Chargers first trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in 34 years. This season Magee was named a 2nd Team All NJCAA Region 7 as well as MVP of the Region 7 tournament. Magee also led the Chargers to a first round victory in the NJCAA National Tournament by scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds against Gordon College (GA).

Colt Chapman

Position: 6’5 Guard
Class: Freshman
Previous School: Jackson City High School

Bio: Colt Chapman comes to the University of Pikeville after a successful prep career at Jackson City High School in Jackson, OH. Chapman finished his senior season with averages of 21.5 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2.6 steals per contest. Chapman was a two-time SEOAL selection, two-time All District 13 performer, as well as 2012 District 13 Player of the Year. As a senior, Chapman scored 37 points and grabbed 16 rebounds against eventual Division 3 State Runner Up Portsmouth High School and was selected to play in the Ohio North-South All Star Game.

Dominican Republic Trying to Make History at OQT


The Dominican Republic national team is at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in hopes of earning a spot in the 2012 Olympics.

The Dominicans must finish in the top three of the 12-team tournament in order to qualify for the London games.

John Calipari's team is in a three-team group with Russia and Korea. The top two teams will advance to the quarterfinals and face of three teams from Group D (Macedonia, New Zealand and Angola).

The tournament ends July 8 with a decisive third-place game. The winner of that game will join the two semifinals winners in the Olympics.

The Dominican Republic has never qualified for the Olympics in men's basketball.

Opening Round Schedule

Monday

Russia 91 Korea 56
Greece 107 Jordan 63
Angola 88 Macedonia 84
Venezuela 71 Nigeria 69

Today

11:00 a.m. Korea vs. Dominican Republic
1:30 p.m. Macedonia vs. New Zealand
5:00 p.m. Jordan vs. Puerto Rico
7:30 p.m. Venezuela vs. Lithuania

Wednesday

11:00 a.m. New Zealand vs. Angola
1:30 p.m. Dominican Republic vs. Russia
5:00 p.m. Lithuania vs. Nigeria
7:30 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. Greece

#NoPueden

Monday, July 2, 2012

Brandon Knight to Play in Orlando Summer League


Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight will play for the Pistons in the Orlando Summer League next week.

The league features eight teams and runs from July 9-13.

Pistons Schedule:

July 9: Pistons vs. Jazz, 3 p.m.
July 10: Pistons vs. Orlando, 3 p.m.
July 11: Pistons vs. Thunder, 1 p.m.
July 12: Pistons vs. Celtics, 11 a.m.
July 13: Pistons vs. 76ers, noon.

Roster:

F Austin Daye
C Andre Drummond
G Kim English
F/C Yancy Gates
G Armon Johnson
G Brandon Knight
F/C Vernon Macklin
G/F Khris Middleton
G Patrick Richard
F Kyle Singler
G Casper Ware

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DeMarcus Cousins Could Earn Opportunity at Team USA Spot


With today's news that Anthony Davis has suffered a severe ankle sprain, the pool of big men for Team USA is limited with the 2012 Olympics right around the corner.

Sam Amick of SI.com thinks former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins is a likely candidate for Team USA.

Here are his thoughts:

Davis was seen as a possible 12th man as it was -- team officials view Griffin, the Timberwolves' Kevin Love and the Knicks' Tyson Chandler as the primary rebounders -- so Colangelo may not be inclined to expand his roster even if an amendment is allowed. If he does, however, Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins is a likely candidate. Cousins, already a member of the Select team that will train with and compete against the Team USA finalists in Las Vegas, has been vocal about his plan to play his way onto the London squad.

"I'm not going [to Las Vegas] just to practice," Cousins told local media in early June. "I can make that team."


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Marquis Teague Working Out in Chicago Bulls Uniform

Here is a first look at former Kentucky star Marquis Teague working out in a Chicago Bulls uniform:



SLAM takes a look at Teague's skill set:

EKU Adds Rodney Crawford to Men's Basketball Staff


Eastern Kentucky head coach Jeff Neubauer has added Rodney Crawford to his staff as an assistant coach.

Here is the EKU release:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University head men’s basketball coach Jeff Neubauer announced today that Rodney Crawford has joined the Colonel coaching staff for the upcoming 2012-13 season.

Crawford served the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Duquesne where he helped the Dukes equal a program record with 10 conference wins in 2010-11. That Duquesne squad went on to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2011 College Basketball Invitational.

“Rodney is an outstanding addition to our coaching staff,” Neubauer said. “He brings a wealth of experience as a player, a prep school head coach and as an assistant in the Atlantic 10 for the last two years. We anticipate that he will make a major impact in our recruiting, especially in his home state of Ohio.”

Before entering the collegiate coaching ranks, Crawford spent four years coaching at the prep level. Crawford compiled a combined 102-12 record as head coach at Harmony Community School in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio and The Academy at Mountain State University in Beckley, W.Va. In that time frame, Crawford coached more than 20 NCAA Division I players.

As head boys’ basketball coach and director of student operations at Mountain State Academy, the Falcons posted a 22-4 record in 2009-10 which included an ESPNU nationally televised 59-53 win over Oak Hill Academy in the quarterfinals of the ESPN RISE National High School Basketball Invitational. Mountain State Academy finished the season ranked No. 17 nationally in USA Today’s Super 25.

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Noah Vonleh Holds Louisville Offer, Kentucky Interested


Noah Vonleh, a 6-foot-8 power forward, recently picked up an offer from Louisville.

Vonleh also spoke to Kentucky head coach John Calipari and while the Wildcats have not offered him yet, there is heavy interest.

Here is more from NBEBasketball.com:

Noah Vonleh – Vonleh is one of the nation’s very best players and has offers from seemingly all the elite programs. His newest offer came from Rick Pitino and Louisville to join North Carolina, Indiana, UCLA,Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Arizona, Georgia Tech, Providence, and others. In addition to all the impressive offers Kentucky is also very involved with Vonleh’s recruitment. Coach Calipari called personally the first day it was allowed on June 15th and the way Vonleh described it did just about everything but offer. He made it clear that the Wildcats are very interested in the forward’s services and an offer in the future is highly likely.

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Vonleh ranks No. 2 on the Rivals.com list for 2014.

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Anthony Davis Suffers Severe Ankle Sprain, Olympic Hopes Likely Over

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports on Twitter that former Kentucky star Anthony Davis has suffered a severe ankle sprain and is almost certainly out of conention for a spot on Team USA.

WojYahooNBA Anthony Davis suffered a severely sprained ankle in a Hornets workout and almost assuredly is unable to play for Team USA, sources tell Y!

Davis was scheduled to begin the tryout process for Team USA on Wednesday.

John Wall, Ryan Harrow Playing at Garner Road YMCA

Check out this video of open run at Garner Road YMCA; plenty of highlights from former Kentucky star John Wall and current point guard Ryan Harrow:



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Video: Anthony Davis Introduced in New Orleans

Here is video footage of Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers being introduced by the New Orleans Hornets (video by nocomsports):

Larry O'Bannon is Headed to Switzerland


Former Louisville star Larry O'Bannon has signed a one-year contract with SAV Vacallo in Switzerland's top-level LNA league.

O'Bannon spent last season in Argentina with Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder. In 49 games, he averaged 16.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists. He finished last season with Lanus Buenos Aires in Argentina.

During his career, O'Bannon has also played in Bulgaria, Israel and Venezuela.

Source: Eurobasket.com

Cumberlands Completes Successful Big Man and Guard Play Camp


The University of the Cumberlands recently wrapped up another successful Big Man and Guard Play Camp.

Here is a release from UC about the camp:

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) men's basketball program hosted their annual "Big Man and Guard Play Camp" on the UC campus in the O. Wayne Rollins Center Gymnasium and Intramural Gymnasium.

Nearly 50 campers arrived on campus Sunday, June 24th from many counties from across the area. The camp lasted through Thursday June 28th. "We were able to see some good upperclassmen as well as some younger talent that have the chance to become very good basketball players. It's always a good week of camp when we have this age group of athletes on campus," said Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Mark Vernon.

Campers arrived on campus were expected to put a lot of effort into the camp and quickly learned this was not a play around time. Players spent close to 8 1/2 hours each day on the hardwood getting a lot of repetitions as the camp staff put them through numerous drills. The camp also gave the players the opportunity to play many 3 on 3 and 5 on 5 games.

The camp staff is built around a highly collective group of college and high school coaches that have been working the camp for several years now ensuring all players that attend are receiving good instruction.

"It was very enjoyable to see the campers wanting and willing to learn this week. We hope to see the majority of these young men back next year and hope they still have that mindset to work. Each camper took something away from this camp and we hope they carry that into next year," said Vernon.

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Patterson, Jones May Play Together in NBA Summer League


Former Kentucky stars Terrence Jones and Patrick Patterson may be playing together in the upcoming NBA Summer League.

According to Chron.com, Jones will definitely be playing for the Houston Rockets in the league, which runs from July 13 through July 18. Patterson will be with the team, but it has not yet been determined if he will play.

Here is an excerpt:

The Rockets will also bring Zoran Dragic, the brother of point guard Goran Dragic, to Las Vegas, according to the individual with knowledge of the Rockets plans. Temple’s Dionte Christmas, Ariziona’s Kyle Fogg, Clemson’s Jerai Grant and Detroit’s Eli Holman will also be a part of the team.

The Rockets summer league entry is consider unusually crucial because of the many young players on their roster. Draft picks Terrence Jones, Jeremy Lamb and Royce White will play along with last season’s first round picks Marcus Morris and Donatas Motiejunas. Patrick Patterson and Chandler Parsons also plan to be with the team, though it was not determined yet if they would play in the games July 13 through July 18
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Faried, Harper Team Up Again in Bowling Green Dirt Bowl

Former Morehead State stars Kenneth Faried and Demonte Harper teamed up to win the Dirt Bowl 5-on-5 championship at Western Kentucky over the weekend:



Former Morehead State sharp-shooter Maze Stallworth was also on the winning team.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Sacramento Kings Have Reached Out to Terrence Williams

According to Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee, the Sacramento Kings have reached out to unrestricted free agent Terrence Williams:



Jones later added:

mr_jasonjones If the going rate to upgrade at SF is around $10 mill/season I'm not expecting the Kings to find one in F.A....re-sign T-Will to play SF?

John Wall, NBA Stars Dazzle at Jamal Crawford Charity Game


Former University of Kentucky star John Wall and other NBA stars dazzled fans at The Jamal Crawford A Plus Classic on Saturday night.

Wall scored a team-high 35 points but his team fell short 159-148 in the charity event.

Here is more about the game from Spokesman.com:

A crowd of about 3,562 saw what may have been the most talented lineup seen in the Arena. With most of the players having Northwest ties, everybody had a rooting section.

Even John Wall, the Washington Wizards star and former No. 1 NBA pick out of Kentucky, who set an unofficial charity game record with a thunderous slam just 6 seconds into the game.

Wall led the Purple team with 35 points.

The game was the brainchild of Crawford, who prepped at Seattle’s Rainier Beach High before playing at Michigan.

“The charity game we hosted last summer at KeyArena was such a great event on so many levels,” Crawford said. “It was so rewarding to bring that game to Seattle fans, as well as to see the players having fun on the court. It’s great to bring it to Spokane.”

The A PLUS Youth Program is a youth development program that combines educational support, mentorship and competitive basketball
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NCAA Decision Forces Michael Bradley to Take JUCO Route


Connecticut transfer Michael Bradley has decided to attend Vincennes University next season.

Bradley wanted to transfer to Western Kentucky but the NCAA denied a waiver that would have allowed him to play immediately.

As a result, Bradley has opted to take the junior college route.

Here is more from WBKO.com:

Michael Bradley, a 6-10, 250-pound center from Chattanooga, TN, had signed with and planned to transfer to Western Kentucky after red-shirting his freshman season in 2010-11, then getting injured and having to red-shirt again last season for the Huskies. The season-ending injury was a fractured right ankle that required surgery and rehabilitation. UConn is facing a postseason ban for the 2012-13 season because of the team's past cumulative Academic Performance Rate (APR) scores.

Bradley had petitioned the NCAA for immediate eligibility with the Hilltoppers, but the NCAA denied his request, which would have required a third consecutive season of no game action. He has been going to summer school at Western Kentucky and Franklin traveled to that school last week to watch Bradley work out. Bradley then visited VU on Friday and signed while on campus. “He’s a big, talented guy, and he has a vast amount of potential,” Franklin said of the big man, who was pursued by programs such as Georgia and Memphis before choosing UConn. “We hope he can get us over the hump (to be a serious contender for a NJCAA Div. I National Championship at Hutchinson, KS).”


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