Saturday, July 14, 2012

Hilton Head Island: Let's Take a Vacation Together

Allkyhoops.com is on vacation this week and we are going to take you with us. For the next few days, you'll be receiving Kentucky basketball coverage plus some bonus vacation reports.

We will have some big announcements coming after this "business" trip. Stay tuned.

If you are actually in Hilton Head or nearby, hit us up.

We ran into a member of Big Blue Nation during the overnight journey to HHI (he better hope little blue nation doesn't get too excited in those shorts):

DeMarcus Cousins Interview from Las Vegas Summer League

CowbellKingdom.com caught up with former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins at the Las Vegas Summer League.

Cousins is not playing in the league but was on hand to cheer for his Sacramento teammates:

MVSU Point Guard Brent Arrington Will Transfer to Morehead State


Mississippi Valley State point guard Brent Arrington Has been released from his scholarship and will transfer to Morehead State.

Arrington will rejoin head coach Sean Woods in Morehead.

Here is more from BaltimoreSun.com:

But last Friday, after his father spoke with someone from the NCAA and pleaded Arrington’s case, the 6-foot-2, 182-pound guard was released from his scholarship. Arrington’s first days as a free man were something to savor.

“I feel great,” Arrington said. “The first night I had the release I could actually fall asleep. I slept the whole night, no headaches. I’m just ready to play ball right now.”

Arrington, who averaged 6.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.1 assists in 22.3 minutes per game as a freshman, will resume his college basketball career at Morehead State. He will play for former Mississippi Valley coach Sean Woods, who guided the Delta Devils to a SWAC tournament championship and an NCAA tournament berth.

Arrington said he was surprised that his release came without transfer restrictions. He didn’t necessarily expect to be able to follow his old coach to Morehead, and was considering interest from Vermont and Dayton, among others. But those programs had scholarship crunches, and Morehead offered him the chance to continue in a system he had a good bit of success in as a freshman.

“[I’m hoping to come in and] be the starting point guard here … next season,” Arrington said. “[Woods] just really wants me to take over the team and show them how to run the offense.”


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Friday, July 13, 2012

Brandon Knight to Hold Basketball Camp in Detroit


Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight will be holding a two-day basketball camp in Detroit on July 28-29.

Here are details from a press release:

Detroit, MI- Only a few spots remain at the Brandon Knight Basketball ProCamp!

The two-day event is July 28th-29th at Home Court Advantage. Session 1 is from 9:00AM-12:00PM and is for children ages 7-11. Session 2 is from 1:00PM-4:00PM and is for children ages 12-18. Partners include TV 20 Detroit.

Knight will be on site to direct camp activities and provide instruction. He will be joined by a selection of the top prep and college coaches from the Detroit area.

The camp is open to boys and girls ages 7-18 and focuses on the team concept and fundamentals of basketball. Groups will be small to ensure that each camper gets personalized instruction. Knight will also give talks highlighting the finer points of the game of basketball and beyond.

Each camper receives a goodie bag with $75 worth of merchandise, including an autographed camp team photo with Knight and exclusive camp T-shirt. Campers will have also the opportunity to win additional prizes. Cost of the ProCamp is $149. For $20 off registration, please enter promotional code “BK” when prompted.

Additional information and registration is available by visiting www.bknightcamp.com or bycalling 888-389-CAMP (2267).

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at Peace with Speech Problem


Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has a slight speech problem, particularly when speaking in public.

It's no secret. I picked up on it the first time I heard him talk to the media at Rupp Arena.

Kidd-Gilchrist has accepted his disorder and says it's part of who he is.

Here is an excerpt from SI.com:

But the guarded young man said in an interview with The Associated Press that he is no longer embarrassed by his stuttering.

Kidd-Gilchrist's off-court self-confidence has grown over the last 12 months since being thrust into the national spotlight. That's what happens when you chose to play college basketball at the University of Kentucky, win a national championship and become the second pick in the NBA draft.

"It's a part of me. It's who I am.'' Kidd-Gilchrist said of his stuttering.

While he's far from a finished product when it comes to speaking to the media, Kidd-Gilchrist said without ever-present support of his mother Cindy Richardson - whom he considers his best friend, the confidence he gained working with Kentucky's media relations department last season and the help of a speech pathologist he might not be where he is today.

His mother concedes "Michael doesn't do media well,'' but she's confident he'll improve as he matures - just as he's done on the court.

"You have to remember Michael doesn't turn 19 until September,'' Richardson said. "He's always been a very private person. Our entire family is private. We don't make it a habit to share information with outsiders. And when Michael is just Mike, when he's away from cameras and the media, he doesn't have the (stuttering) issue.''


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Summit Country Day's Holden Hertzel Commits to Centre College


Centre College has picked up a commitment from Summit Country Day (OH) center Holden Hertzel.

Here is more from Cincinnati.com:

Summit Country Day 2012 center Holden Hertzel committed to play basketball at Centre College, according to Summit coach Michael Bradley.

Bradley said Hertzel committed at least a month ago. Hertzel, an Enquirer Divisions II-IV all-area selection, was first-team all-Miami Valley Conference. He helped lead the Silver Knights (26-1) to their first state Final Four appearance since the 1980 season. Summit defeated Portsmouth 53-37 to win the Division III state title this past year.

Orlando Summer League Comes to a Close; Final Recaps


The Orlando Pro Summer League has ended. Here is a recap from days 4 and 5:

Thursday

Detroit 93 Boston 79

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight had arguably the best game of any point guard during the Orlando league. Knight had 19 points and 14 assists to lead Detroit (3-1) to a win over Boston (3-1).

Austin Daye added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocked shots for the Pistons. Khris Middleton chipped in 12 points.

Kris Joseph led Boston with 17 points and 11 boards. JaJuan Johnson also totalled 17 points.

Oklahoma City 87 Brooklyn 86

The Thunder (2-2) squeaked out a one-point victory over the winless Nets (0-4).

Dwight Buycks led Oklahoma City with 22 points on 10-15 shooting. He also dished out 5 assists. John Holland came off the bench to add 15 points.

TyShawn Taylor led all scorers with 23 points for Brooklyn. Al Thornton added 19 points and 6 rebounds.

Utah 87 Indiana 81

Alec Burks continued to play well for the Jazz (3-1) as he led the way with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.

Former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter put in his second straight double-double with 12 points and 11 boards. Former Western Kentucky star Jeremy Evans finished with7 points and 7 rebounds.

Ben Hansbrough led the Pacers (2-2) with 18 points. Miles Plumlee contributed 15 points and 6 rebounds.

Orlando 77 Philadelphia 75

Orlando (2-2) used a balanced scoring attack to get past Philadelphia (1-3). Justin Harper led the Magic with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Anderson added 12 points.

Former Kentucky star DeAndre Liggins played well, finishing with 11 points, 4 boards and 4 assists.

Clay Tucker led the 76ers with 15 points. Former Louisville big man Terrence Jennings had 4 points and 3 rebounds in 16 minutes.

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Oklahoma City 89 Utah 75

The Thunder (3-2) finished the Orlando league on a positive note with a win over the Jazz (3-2).

Lazar Hayward led four players in double figures with 15 points. Latavious Williams had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Former Kentucky center Enes Kanter led Utah with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Former Western Kentucky star Jeremy Evans totalled 11 points and 6 boards.

Boston 94 Orlando 73

The Celtics finished the week with an impressive 4-1 record after holding off Orlando (2-3).

Dionte Christmas paced Boston with 21 points and 5 rebounds. E'Twaun Moore had 18 points on 6-10 shooting.

Justin Harper led the Magic with 16 points. Charlie Westbrook had 14.

Former Kentucky player DeAndre Liggins struggled offensively, scoring just 2 points in 21 minutes. Liggins did pull down 8 rebounds.

Detroit 71 Philadelphia 67

Detroit (4-1) held on for the 71-67 victory over the 76ers (1-4) on the final day in Orlando.

Kim English led the Pistons with 17 points. Austin Daye chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight did not play in the game.

Devin Searcy scored 10 for Philadelphia and was the only player to reach double figures.

The Sixers lost guard Xavier Silas to a head injury following an in-game collision. There are concerns that Silas suffered a fractured skull.

Brooklyn 90 Indiana 77

MarShon Brooks tied an Orlando Summer League record with 34 points to give Brooklyn their first win of the week. Tornike Shengelia added 16 off the bench.

FINAL STANDINGS:

Detroit 4-1
Boston 4-1
Oklahoma City 3-2
Utah 3-2
Indiana 2-3
Orlando 2-3
Philadelphia 1-4
Brooklyn 1-4

Louisville Offers 2013 PF Kentan Facey


According to NYCHoops.net, Louisville has offered a scholarship to 2013 star Kentan Facey.

Facey is a 6-foot-8 power forward from Long Island Lutheran (NY) High School. He is not ranked on the Rivals.com list for 2013. Scout.com rates Facey as a three-star recruit.

Connecticut, Florida, Xavier, Providence, St. John's and Virginia Tech are among schools that have also offered Facey.

Scotty Hopson is Headed to Israel Next Season


Former Tennessee star Scotty Hopson has signed a deal with Hapoel Eilat in Israel's top-level Premier League.

Hopson, a Kentucky native, spent last season in Greece.

Here is more from EuroBasket.com:

According to Eurobasket's David Pick, Israeli D1 newcomer penned a deal with American guard Scotty Hopson (200-G-89, college: Tennessee) for the next season. He spent the last one with Greek team VAP Kolossos Rhodes. For 35 games in the league Hopson averaged 9.9 points and 3 rebounds helping Kolossos to reach the Playoff Semifinals. The player was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention -12 in his first season as a pro.

Scotty Hopson graduated at the University of Tennessee something more than a year ago. He shined with 17 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 32 games as a senior. Hopson was named to All-SEC 1st Team -11 and NABC Division I All-District 21 2nd Team -11. In 2010, the player helped Tennessee to reach NCAA Elite Eight. He had 12.2 ppg and 3.4 rpg that season.

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Patterson, Jones and Harrellson May Be Affected by Trade


Three former Kentucky stars may be affected by a potential trade between the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic.

The Rockets are attempting to land free agent superstar Dwight Howard.

According to ESPN.com, the complex trade, which involves multiple players and draft picks, would send Patrick Patterson and Terrence Jones to Orlando while Josh Harrellson would be waived.

Here is an excerpt:

Houston officials, though, remain steadfast in their belief that, even if the Bulls decline to match on Asik, they'll be able to absorb at least three of the four aforementioned Magic role players: Richardson, Davis, Duhon and Turkoglu. Sources say the Rockets would have to send Kevin Martin, Patrick Patterson, Marcus Morris and Chandler Parsons to the Magic from their current roster to make the salary-cap math work, as well the draft rights to Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones, all selected in last month's first round.

The Rockets, in addition, would have to waive a handful of players with nonguaranteed contracts (Shaun Livingston, Courtney Fortson, Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan, Jon Leuer, Diamon Simpson and Greg Smith) to clear sufficient cap space. But Houston, sources say, is also offering multiple first-round picks to the Magic, including a potential lottery pick acquired this week from Toronto in the Kyle Lowry deal. Future picks are known to hold great appeal to new Magic general manager Rob Hennigan, and no team in the recent running for Howard -- Brooklyn and the Los Angeles Lakers are the other two top suitors -- has a first-rounder of that caliber to send to Orlando
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Kentucky vs. Duke Highlights 2012 ESPN Tip-Off Marathon


Kentucky and Duke will highlight the 2012 ESPN Tip-Off Marathon on Tuesday, November 13.

The marathon tips at midnight with West Virginia vs. Gonzaga and features 11 consecutive games.

Duke vs. Kentucky in the Champions Classic will be the final game of the 24-hour event.

2012 ESPN Tip-Off Marathon Schedule

Midnight: West Virginia at Gonzaga
2 a.m.: Davidson at New Mexico
4 a.m.: Houston Baptist at Hawaii
6 a.m.: Stony Brook at Rider
8 a.m.: Northern Illinois at Valparaiso
10 a.m.: Harvard at Massachusetts
12 p.m.: Temple at Kent State
2 p.m.: Detroit at St. John’s
4 p.m.: Butler at Xavier
7 p.m.: Michigan State vs. Kansas (Champions Classic, Georgia Dome, Atlanta)
30 minutes following MSU/KU: Duke vs. Kentucky (Champions Classic)

Juan Pattillo to Play for NBA D-League Select Team


Former Western Kentucky forward Juan Pattillo will play on the NBA D-League Select Team at the Las Vegas Summer League.

Pattillo played last season for the Bakersfield Jam. He averaged 14.5 points and 7.2 rebounds in only 25.6 minutes per game.

2012 NBA D-League Select Team Roster

PLAYER POS HT WT BORN COLLEGE NBA D-LEAGUE NBA EXP.
Mardy Collins G 6-6 220 8/4/84 Temple L.A. D-Fenders 5
Marcus Cousin C 6-11 255 12/18/86 Houston Austin Toros 1
Chris Daniels C 7-0 265 4/19/84 Texas A&M -Corpus Christi Erie BayHawks R
Marcus Dove F 6-9 225 6/17/85 Oklahoma St. Dakota Wizards R
Andre Emmett F 6-5 224 8/27/82 Texas Tech Reno Bighorns 2
Kenny Hayes G 6-2 175 4/16/87 Miami (Ohio) Maine Red Claws R
Chris Johnson C 6-11 210 7/15/85 Louisiana St. Dakota Wizards 2
Leo Lyons F 6-9 240 5/6/87 Missouri Dakota Wizards R
Renaldo Major F 6-6 210 5/7/82 Fresno St. Bakersfield Jam 1
Juan Pattillo F 6-6 225 3/12/88 W. Kentucky Bakersfield Jam R
Jeremy Wise G 6-2 185 3/13/86 S. Mississippi Bakersfield Jam R

Head Coach: Eric Musselman (L.A. D-Fenders)
Assistant Coaches: Conner Henry (L.A. D-Fenders), Phil Hubbard (L.A. D-Fenders), Larry Lewis (L.A. D-Fenders)
Athletic Trainer: Michael Douglas (Dakota Wizards)

NBA D-League Select Schedule

DATE OPPONENT TIME LOCATION
July 15 Washington 10pm COX Pavilion
July 16 Cleveland 8pm COX Pavilion
July 19 Milwaukee 10pm COX Pavilion
July 20 Phoenix 10pm COX Pavilion
July 21 Minnesota 8pm COX Pavilion

John Wall's Breakout - The Animated Story

Check out Reebok's latest video titled "John Wall's Breakout - The Animated Story":



About the video:

In the summer of 2007, John Wall, an unknown athlete from Raleigh, NC took a road trip to Chicago that forever changed his life. This unique animated short by Reebok and James Blagden tells the story of how John Wall burst onto the scene, rising from an unknown player who was previously cut by his high school varsity team to the #1 recruit in the country. From his tryout at Reebok's Breakout Underclassman Camp to his coming out party at RBKU in Philadelphia, this inspiring and emotional video is uniquely told through the animated style of James Blagden and delivers a remarkable story of how hard work, dedication and a relentless desire can help you "breakout" and get noticed.

Two Thomas More Players Named to NABC Honors Court


Thomas More's Ryan Hamm and Todd Krohman were recently named to the 2011-12 NABC Honors Court for academic achievement.

Here is a release from TMC:

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) - The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced on Tuesday (July 10, 2012) that Thomas More College men's basketball student-athletes Ryan Hamm (Maysville, Ky./Mason County) and Todd Krohman (Florence, Ky./Boone County) were named to the 2011-12 NABC Honors Court.

The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gift that these men possess off the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria as he must be academically a junior or senior and a varsity player, a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2011-12 academic year, student-athletes must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution and be a member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA institution.

Both Hamm and Krohman are secondary education majors.

Anthony Davis to Replace Griffin on Team USA Roster


Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis has been chosen to replace Blake Griffin on the Team USA roster for the 2012 Olympics.

Griffin suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee and is no longer able to participate in the Olympics.

Davis was impressive in his Team USA debut tonight in an exhibition game against the Dominican Republic. The former UK star scored 9 points in 10 minutes, including an exciting four-point play.

After the three-pointer went down, Davis turned to Dominican Republic head coach John Calipari and playfully talked some smack:

UPDATE: Edgar Sosa Has Broken Left Foot

It was revealed via x-ray that former Louisville star Edgar Sosa suffered a broken left foot in tonight's Dominican Republic exhibition game against the United States.

Sosa confirmed the terrible news on Twitter:

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Edgar Sosa Suffers Injury Against Team USA, Leaves Game

Former Louisville star Edgar Sosa, who is just not returning to basketball after a gruesome leg injury last summer, went down early in tonight's exhibition game against the United States.

Sosa entered the game for the Dominican Republic and almost immediately went down with an apparent leg injury. He has not returned to the game.

I can only say that I'm praying for good news on Edgar. He has worked hard to make his way back to the court and has an opportunity to play in the Las Vegas Summer League.

UPDATE: The initial report on Sosa says he has no fracture in his leg and has some sort of ankle injury. More details coming soon...

UPDATE #2: The news is bad. Sosa has suffered a broken left foot.

John Calipari Will No Longer Coach Dominican Republic


Kentucky head coach John Calipari announced on ESPN tonight that he will no longer coach the Dominican Republic national team after tonight's exhibition against the United States.

Calipari led the Dominicans on a remarkable run. The team was one win short of qualifying for the country's first ever appearance in the Olympics.

A popular thought is that Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua will be next in line as head coach of the Dominicans.

Aaron Harrison Gets Hot from the Outside (Video)

Check out this video of Kentucky recruit Aaron Harrison showing his range from outside at yesterday's Reebok Breakout Challenge:



* Footage by Hoopmixtape.com

Orlando Pro Summer League: Day 3 Recap


Here is a recap of day 3 at the AirTran Orlando Pro Summer League:

Boston 85 Indiana 77

Boston (3-0) remained undefeated during the Orlando league.

Jared Sullinger led the Celtics with 16 points and 8 rebounds. E'Twuan Moore scored 15 points.

Lance Stephenson led the Pacers (2-1) with 19 points on 7-15 shooting. Miles Plumlee contributed 18 points and 8 rebounds.

Oklahoma City 83 Detroit 62

The Thunder (1-2) controlled the majority of the game and rolled to a big win over Detroit (2-1).

Lazar Hayward, Garrett Temple and Reggie Jackson all scored 15 points to lead a balanced Oklahoma City attack. Jackson also added 7 rebounds and 5 assists.

Austin Daye led the Pistons with 18 points. Andre Drummond finished with 10 points and 9 rebounds.

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight struggled to score 11 points on 5-17 shooting. Knight also had 3 assists and a game-high 5 turnovers.

Philadelphia 79 Brooklyn 71

Philadelphia (1-2) picked up their first win of the summer as Brooklyn (0-3) remained winless.

Justin Holiday led the way for the Sixers with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Xavier Silas finished with 12 points.

Former Louisville big man Terrence Jennings had 2 points and 2 boards in 12 minutes.

Marshon Brooks led Brooklyn with 18 points and 3 assists. Tornike Shengelia put in 17 points and pulled down 6 rebounds.

Utah 79 Orlando 75

Former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter had his best game of the summer to this point to lead Utah (2-1) to a win.

Kanter finished with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds to lead the way. Alec Burks added 15 points for the Jazz. Former Western Kentucky star Jeremy Evans contributed 13 points and 9 boards.

Maalik Wayns led Orlando (1-2) with 16 points and 4 assists. Andrew Nicholson added 16 points for the Magic.

Former Kentucky player DeAndre Liggins struggled in the game. He was scoreless in just under 13 minutes of action.

Jabari Parker Names Top 10; Kentucky In, Louisville Out


Jabari Parker, one of the top three recruits in the 2013 recruiting class, has given his list of ten schools.

Parker posted on Twitter Wednesday night that his list of schools in no particular order are: Kentucky, Stanford, Michigan State, Kansas, Florida, Duke, BYU, Georgetown, DePaul and North Carolina.

He is no longer considering Louisville.

Here are some comments from Parker via WashingtonPost.com:

“I want to make my decision in November if that’s possible,” he told The Associated Press at the Gatorade national prep athletes of the year dinner a night earlier. “I just need to cut it down so I’ll be able to go on visits and make my decision from there.”

Parker said he hopes to reduce his list to five by this fall, when he will start his senior year at Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy, where he is an A student. He said geography would play a role in his eventual choice.

“I don’t want my family waking up at 12 o’clock in the morning just to watch my games,” he said, “but then again I have to do what’s best for me. I have to go with which program fits me the best and what system and style of play is going to allow me to expand my game out in the pros.”


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Blake Griffin Injures Knee, Anthony Davis Headed to Las Vegas


Clippers star Blake Griffin has suffered a knee injury during a Team USA scrimmage.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, USA Basketball has contacted Anthony Davis and requested that he report to Las Vegas immediately.

Davis is one of the official Team USA alternates and could be called into action for the 2012 Olympics if Griffin is out due to injury.

Giffin will have an MRI as soon as today and an official announcement should be made after the examination.

WojYahooNBA Blake Griffin hurt his knee in a Team USA scrimmage Wednesday and is returning to LA to be examined by team doctors, sources tell Y! Sports.

WojYahooNBA USA Basketball has summoned Anthony Davis to report to Las Vegas for training camp immediately, sources tell Y! Sports.

WojYahooNBA Blake Griffin "twisted" the knee in a scrimmage, source says, and the severity is unclear. He's expected to get an MRI as soon as today.

WojYahooNBA Blake Griffin injured his left knee, the same one that he sprained during the Clippers playoff run, source tells Y! Sports.

Adam Wing Talks About Evansville and More


Jonathan Lintner of the Evansville Courier & Press recently caught up with former Rowan County High School star Adam Wing.

Wing is preparing for his freshman season at the University of Evansville.

Here is an excerpt:

Q: How would you describe your summer in Evansville so far?

A: Every time you go away from home it's going to be a new experience. I was the only freshman here for the first two or three weeks, so any chance I had I was going home because I didn't really know what to do on the weekends. For the most part, after (freshmen D.J. Balentine and David Howard) moved here, we're all kind of going out to eat, going to movies, going Putt-Putting, getting acclimated to our surroundings.

Q: What do you expect your role to be as a freshman this year?

A: Just coming to practice every day, trying to make our team better, whether it's giving them the best look possible through the scout team or answering questions about film. I'm still trying to get used to how the practices are run. I'm just trying not to mess up too bad right now.

Q: Who would you compare your game to and why?

A: That's a hard question to answer. I would consider myself more of a spot-up shooter. Nowadays we get guys in college, and they're more versatile like a (former Oklahoma State guard) Keiton Page. But I wouldn't consider myself a Keiton Page because he's such a lights-out shooter.

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Sixers Confirm that Jodie Meeks Will Not Return

Philadelphia 76ers CEO Adam Aron has confirmed on Twitter that former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks will not be back with the Sixers next season:

SixersCEOAdam @Jmeeks20 All in Sixers Nation salute Jodie Meeks. You have a bright future, we wish you well.

"The Brow" Makes an Appearance at VBS

The "old man" version of Anthony Davis' trademarked (literally) unibrow made an appearance at Vacation Bible School last night.

Cody Shackelford, 13, proudly displays his version of the brow at The Carpenter's Christian Church in Harrodsburg, Kentucky:



In all seriousness, it is amazing how the brow has taken on a life of its own. Two years ago, not many kids were wearing fake unibrows.

Doron Lamb Signs Three-Year Contract with Bucks


Former University of Kentucky star Doron Lamb has signed a three-year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The Bucks drafted Lamb with the 42nd overall pick in the June draft.

Lamb averaged 13.1 points in 78 games at Kentucky.

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Terrence Jones Mixtape by BallisLife.com

Check out the official BallisLife.com mixtape of former Kentucky star Terrence Jones:

Doron Lamb, Ray George on Bucks Summer League Roster


The Milwaukee Bucks have unveiled their 2012 NBA Summer League roster.

The roster includes former Kentucky star Doron Lamb and former Murray State star Ray George.

Lamb was drafted in the second round by Milwaukee last month.

George has been playing professionally in Mexico.

2012 Bucks Summer League Roster

Num Player Position Height Weight From
25 Olu Ashaolu F 6'7" 220 Oregon/USA
23 Rashad Bishop F 6'6" 220 Cincinnati, Cia do Terno (Brazil)
24 Jarrid Famous F-C 6'11" 240 South Florida/USA
18 Olu Famutimi G-F 6'5" 220 Arkansas, Optimum TED (Turkey)
17 Ray George G 6'4" 190 Murray State, Nogales (Mexico)/USA
27 Xavier Gibson F-C 6'11" 248 Florida State/USA
26 Vernon Goodridge F-C 6'9" 220 La Salle, BC Kyiv (Ukraine)/USA
6 Stefhon Hannah G 6'1" 183 Missouri/USA
15 Tobias Harris F 6'8" 226 Tennessee/USA
31 John Henson F 6'11" 220 North Carolina/USA
9 Terrence Joyner G 6'3" 180 Mississippi Valley State/USA
12 Tarence Kinsey G 6'6" 185 South Carolina, Anadolu Efes
20 Doron Lamb G 6'4" 210 Kentucky/USA
5 Aaron Miles G 6'1" 175 Kansas/Krasnie Krilya (Russia)/USA
22 Jamarr Sanders G 6'5" 210 UAB/USA
8 Larry Sanders F 6'11" 235 Virginia Commonwealth/USA
11 Cameron Wells G 6'1" 195 Citadel, Zwolle (Holland)/USA

HEAD COACH Skiles, Scott

ASSISTANT COACHES Boylan, Jim
Sampson, Kelvin
Wolf, Joe
Griffin, Adrian

Jerry Smith Signs 2-Year Deal to Play in Italy


Former Louisville star Jerry Smith has a nice backup plan in place if he is unable to secure a spot with an NBA team.

Smith has signed a 2-year deal with Pallacanestro Cantu in Italy's top-level SerieA league.

The deal includes an NBA escape clause that will expire on July 25.

Smith has played int he NBA D-League and New Zealand.

He averaged 17.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game for the Waikato Pistons in New Zealand last season.

Source: Eurobasket.com

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Nazr Mohammed Will Not Be Back with Oklahoma City

As expected, former Kentucky big man Nazr Mohammed will not be back with the Oklahoma City Thunder next season.

The veteran center is now a free agent and will be fielding offers from other teams.

The news was confirmed earlier today on Twitter:

dailythunder So it's official: Derek Fisher, Nazr Mohammed and Royal Ivey won't be returning to the Thunder next season.

Rod Strickland Still Has Some Basketball Game

Former NBA star Rod Strickland, now a member of the Kentucky coaching staff, can still play the game of basketball.

Check out this video of Strickland working over Dominican Republic guard Elpidio Fortuna:

Eric Bledsoe to Play for Clippers in NBA Summer League


Former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe will play for the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2012 Las Vegas Summer League.

Bledsoe has played two seasons for the Clippers.

NO. PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE COLLEGE/COUNTRY YRS.
9 Hilton Armstrong C-F 6'11" 235 11/23/84 UConn/USA 5
14 Talor Battle G 6'0" 170 9/16/1988 Penn St/USA R
12 Eric Bledsoe G 6'1" 195 9/21/1990 Kentucky/USA 2
21 Marcus Hubbard C 6'9" 230 12/231983 Angelo State/USA 1
31 Chris Hunter F-C 6'11" 250 7/9/1984 Michigan/USA 1
23 Travis Leslie G 6'4" 205 3/29/1990 Georgia/USA 1
2 Mickey McConnell G 6'0" 190 4/14/1989 Saint Mary's/USA R
52 Gary McGhee C 6'11" 250 10/28/1988 Pittsburgh/USA R
22 Cameron Moore F 6'10" 230 11/12/1990 Alabama-Birm./USA R
35 Adam Morrison F 6'8" 205 7/19/1984 Gonzaga/USA 5
33 Trey Thompkins F 6'10" 245 5/29/1990 Georgia/USA 1
24 Terrico White G 6'5" 213 3/7/1990 Mississippi/USA 2
34 Antoine Wright F 6'7" 215 2/6/1984 Texas A&M/USA 6

Head Coach: Robert Pack USC
Assistant Coach: Dave Severns Cal State - Chico
Assistant Coach: Howard Eisley Boston College
Assistant Coach: Raman Sposato Oregon
Head Athletic Trainer: Jasen Powell Cal Poly Pomona
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Richard Williams Tabor College
Assistant Athletic Trainer/Assistant
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Joe Resendez Louisiana Tech

Roster is subject to change.

2012 LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS NBA SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE

July 16: vs. Minnesota 7:00 PM COX Pavilion
July 18: vs. San Antonio 7:00 PM COX Pavilion
July 19: vs. Lakers 5:30 PM Thomas & Mack Center
July 21: vs. Chicago 5:30 PM Thomas & Mack Center
July 22: vs. Boston 3:00 PM COX Pavilion

Source: NBA.com Press Release

Morehead State's Ty Proffitt Named to NABC Honors Court


Former Morehead State star Ty Proffitt has been named to the 2011-12 NABC Honors Court for academic achievement.

Here is a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Ty Proffitt, who graduated from Morehead State in May with a bachelor’s degree in finance and cumulative 3.79 grade-point average, has been named to the 2011-12 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for academic achievement.

Proffitt earned several academic awards during his college career. He was a Dean’s List member each semester at MSU, three-time NABC Honors Court honoree, two-time Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipient and won the prestigious OVC Scholar-Athlete Award in 2010-11.

A native of London, Ky., Proffitt was also involved with several community projects during his time at Morehead State. He was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, worked with Relay for Life, addressed elementary school students and gave leadership speeches at basketball camps.

A 6-foot-4 guard, Proffitt started all 33 games for the Eagles in 2011-12. He averaged 9.9 points and shot 80 percent from the free-throw line while helping MSU to a third-place finish in the OVC. He reached double figures 16 times and scored a season-high 20 points against Tennessee Tech.

The Honors Court recognizes juniors or seniors at NCAA and NAIA institutions who own a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 and have been enrolled at least one year at their current school.

New Music: Big Blue Nation Refuse To Lose (Get # 9 UK)

Check out the latest YouTube song in honor of the Kentucky Wildcats (video by uk2kallday on YouTube):

Brandon Knight Talks to Hoopsworld at Summer League

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight speaks to Hoopsworld.com at the Orlando Pro Summer League:

Orlando Pro Summer League 2012: Day 2 Recap


Here is a recap of the Orlando Pro Summer League's second day:

Utah 84 Philadelphia 80

The Jazz (1-1) earned their first summer league victory with a hard fought victory over the winless 76ers (0-2).

Alec Burks exploded for the Jazz, scoring 31 points on 10-14 shooting. Former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter finished with 10 points and a team-high 8 rebounds.

Jacob Pullen led Philadelphia with 23 points.

Ex-Louisville big man Terrence Jennings chipped in 4 points and 3 rebounds.

Indiana 78 Oklahoma City 74

Lance Stephenson had a big game with 28 points and 7 assists to lead Indiana (2-0) to their second-straight summer league win.

Miles Plumlee added 14 points for the Pacers.

Lazar Hayward led the Thunder (0-2) with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Reggie Jackson chipped in 13 points and 4 assists.

Detroit 79 Orlando 74

Austin Daye had 24 points and 6 boards to lead the Pistons (2-0) to a low-scoring win over Orlando (1-1).

Kyle Singler had 12 points and 5 rebounds for Detroit. Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight finished with 11 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals.

The Magic got 13 points and 6 rebounds from Andrew Nicholson. Kyle O'Quinn and Kevin Anderson each scored 11 points.

Former Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins started and had 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the Magic.

Boston 82 Brooklyn 73

Jonathan Gibson led a balanced scoring attack from the Celtics (2-0) with 17 points. E'Twaun Moore added 15. Kris Joseph chipped in 11.

Rookie Jared Sullinger struggled in his second summer league appearance. The former Ohio State star had 8 points and 12 rebounds but only managed to shoot 3-12 from the field.

Al Thornton led the Nets (0-2) with 16 points and 8 boards. Marshon Brooks added 13 points and 4 assists.

Kentucky, FSU on Top for Andrew Wiggins?


Andrew Wiggins, the top recruit in the 2014 class, recently said that he has a top five of Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina, Duke and Syracuse.

His high school coach believes two schools currently sit on top of that list, however.

The coach says Kentucky and Florida State likely have the inside track on Wiggins, who may reclassify to the Class of 2013.

Here is more from ZagsBlog.com:

But his high school coach said two other schools appear to have the inside track on the 6-foot-7 Wiggins, who may or may not reclassify to the Class of 2013 from 2014.

“Right now if I had to say the two that stick out more as far as just been there the longest, it’s Florida State and Kentucky,” Huntington (W.V.) coach Rob Fulford told SNY.tv Sunday night.

“Obviously, Florida State for family reasons [both his parents, former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins and former Canadian track star Marita Payne-Wiggins, went there]. Andrew’s comfortable with everything there. And Kentucky’s been around the longest and been the closest.”


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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Dick Vitale Makes a Good Point About Mark Emmert

It was revealed today that NCAA President Mark Emmert makes a paycheck of approximately $1.6 million.

Dick Vitale made a good point about Emmert's salary on Twitter:

Tony Delk Hanging Out With....Christian Laettner?

Here is former Kentucky star Tony Delk hanging out with former Duke player Christian Laettner (yes, that one):

Andrew Wiggins vs. Julius Randle at LeBron James Skills Academy

Check out this video of Kentucky recruits Julius Randle and Andrew Wiggins going head-to-head at the 2012 LeBron James Skills Academy (video by CityLeagueHoopsTV):



Someone who watched the game said: "Both players had good games and played equally well. Wiggins got the better of Randle in head-to-head situations but Randle had a more compete game, getting teammates involved and making plays. Wiggins highlighted the game with a block on Randle and a huge one hand dunk that had the crowd buzzing."

Four Cardinals Earn NABC Honors Court Recognition


Four Louisville men's basketball players received NABC Honors Court accolades today.

The four honorees are senior Kyle Kuric and juniors Mike Marra, Peyton Siva and Stephan Van Treese.

Here is a release from U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's basketball team had four student-athletes earn National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court accolades, the Kansas City-based organization announced Tuesday.

Senior Kyle Kuric and juniors Mike Marra, Peyton Siva and Stephan Van Treese made up Louisville's four honorees, which is the most in the BIG EAST and is tied with Creighton for the highest amount of award winners for a team that ranked in the ESPN/USA Today top 25 at the season's end. The Cardinals' total also ranks third best at the NCAA Division I level, as Louisville is just one of just nine schools to have at least four student-athletes make the prestigious list.

In order to be named to the NABC Honors Court, an athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria: be a junior or senior academically and a varsity player; possess a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2010-11 academic year; have matriculated at least for one year at their current institution; and be a member of an NCAA Division I, II, II or NAIA institution.

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Western Kentucky Announces 2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule


Western Kentucky University has announced its men's basketball schedule for the 2012-13 season.

The Hilltoppers will play exhibition games against Campbellsville University and Kentucky Wesleyan College. They will open the regular season on November 10 against Donnie Tyndall's Southern Miss team.

Western Kentucky will then play in the 2012 Cancun Challenge.

The highlight of the non-conference schedule is a three-game stretch in December that includes road games at Murray State and VCU, followed by a neutral-court battle against Louisville.

WKU 2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time (CST) Results

Mon, Oct 29 Campbellsville (Ky.) (Exh.) Bowling Green, Ky. TBA

Sat, Nov 03 Kentucky Wesleyan (Exh.) Bowling Green, Ky. TBA

Sat, Nov 10 at Southern Miss at Hattiesburg, Miss. TBA

2012 Cancun Challenge

Tue, Nov 13 Austin Peay Bowling Green, Ky. 7:00 PM

Sat, Nov 17 Western Carolina Bowling Green, Ky. 7:30 PM

Tue, Nov 20 vs. TBD at Cancun, Mexico TBA

Wed, Nov 21 vs. TBD at Cancun, Mexico TBA



Sat, Nov 24 Brescia (Ky.) Bowling Green, Ky. 7:30 PM

Thu, Nov 29 at ULM * at Monroe, La. TBA

Sat, Dec 01 at Troy * at Troy, Ala. TBA

Wed, Dec 05 Southern Illinois Bowling Green, Ky. 7:00 PM

Sat, Dec 08 IUPUI Bowling Green, Ky. 3:00 PM

Sun, Dec 16 at Murray State at Murray, Ky. TBA

Tue, Dec 18 at VCU at Richmond, Va. TBA

Sat, Dec 22 vs. Louisville at Nashville, Tenn. 6:00 PM

Thu, Dec 27 FIU * Bowling Green, Ky. 7:00 PM

Sat, Dec 29 North Texas * Bowling Green, Ky. 7:00 PM

Thu, Jan 03 at UALR * at Little Rock, Ark. TBA

Sat, Jan 05 at Arkansas State * at Jonesboro, Ark. TBA

Sat, Jan 12 Florida Atlantic * Bowling Green, Ky. 7:00 PM

Thu, Jan 17 Louisiana-Lafayette * Bowling Green, Ky. 7:00 PM

Sat, Jan 19 UALR * Bowling Green, Ky. 5:00 PM

Thu, Jan 24 at South Alabama * at Mobile, Ala. TBA

Sat, Jan 26 at Middle Tennessee * at Murfreesboro, Tenn. TBA

Thu, Jan 31 Troy * Bowling Green, Ky. 7:00 PM

Thu, Feb 07 at North Texas * at Denton, Texas TBA

Sat, Feb 09 Arkansas State * Bowling Green, Ky. 7:00 PM

Thu, Feb 14 at Florida Atlantic * at Boca Raton, Fla. TBA

Sat, Feb 16 at FIU * at Miami, Fla. TBA

Thu, Feb 21 ULM * Bowling Green, Ky. 7:00 PM

Sat, Feb 23 at Louisiana-Lafayette * at Lafayette, La. TBA

Thu, Feb 28 South Alabama * Bowling Green, Ky. 7:00 PM

Sat, Mar 02 Middle Tennessee * Bowling Green, Ky. 7:00 PM

* Conference Games

Terrence Jones Bangs Knee During Houston Scrimmage


Former Kentucky star Terrence Jones suffered what appeared to be a minor knee injury during a Houston Rockets' scrimmage this afternoon.

According to ClutchFans.net, Jones left the scrimmage and did not returned. He was limping after the scrimmage.

Kevin McHale said Jones "bumped knees" with another player during the scrimmage.

clutchfans Terrence Jones went down to injury in the game. Was in pain but seems to be ok. Has not returned.

clutchfans Scrimmage over. Terrence Jones slightly limping to the huddle, seems to be his left knee (it's wrapped).

clutchfans McHale said Terrence Jones "bumped knees" out there... should be fine.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on Charlotte's Summer League Roster


The Charlotte Bobcats have released their official roster for the Las Vegas Summer League.

Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is on roster.

Here's a look:

No Player Pos Ht Wt Yrs Last Team
0 Bismack Biyombo F 6-9 245 1 Charlotte Bobcats
3 Carlon Brown G 6-5 215 R Univ. of Colorado
11 Cory Higgins G 6-5 180 1 Charlotte Bobcats
7 Paris Horne G 6-3 189 R Goettingen (Germany)
6 Othello Hunter F 6-8 225 2 Azovmash Mariupol (Ukraine)
14 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist F 6-7 232 R Univ. of Kentucky
22 Byron Mullens C 7-0 275 3 Charlotte Bobcats
8 Hamady Ndiaye C 7-0 235 2 Guangzhou (China)
9 Josh Owens F 6-8 240 R Stanford Univ.
55 Ralph Sampson III C 6-11 241 R Univ. of Minnesota
5 Patrick Sullivan F 6-9 215 R Hapoel Holon (Israel)
44 Jeffery Taylor F 6-7 225 R Vanderbilt Univ.
15 Kemba Walker G 6-1 184 1 Charlotte Bobcats

2012 Charlotte Bobcats Summer League Schedule:

July 13: Charlotte vs. Sacramento, 10 p.m. ET
July 15: Charlotte vs. Cleveland, 8:30 p.m. ET
July 17: Charlotte vs. Minnesota, 10:30 p.m. ET
July 19: Charlotte vs. Denver, 10:30 p.m. ET
July 20: Charlotte vs. Memphis, 6:30 p.m. ET

2012 Orlando Pro Summer League: Day 1 Recap

The first day of the Orlando Pro Summer League is in the books and several former Kentucky and Louisville stars were in action.



Here is a recap:

Orlando 92 Brooklyn 88

Andrew Nicholson led Orlando (1-0) with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Kyle O'Quinn chipped in 16 points.

Former Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins had 6 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists for the Magic.

Al Thornton scored 18 points and pulled down 7 boards to lead the Nets (0-1). Tyshawn Taylor added 17 points.

Boston 73 Oklahoma City 65

Rookie Jared Sullinger had 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead the Celtics (1-0). E'Twaun Moore added 16 points and Dionte Christmas chipped in 10.

Reggie Jackson led the Thunder (0-1) with 19 points on 7-15 shooting. Lazar Hayward contributed 18 points and 9 rebounds.

Detroit 76 Utah 73

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight had a big game for Detroit (1-0) with 17 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Kim English scored a game-high 18 points for the Pistons.

Utah (0-1) got 13 points from Deron Washington. Alec Burks chipped in 10.

Enes Kanter struggled in his summer league debut. Kanter was just 1-7 from the field for 3 points in 28 minutes. He also pulled down 5 boards.

Indiana 69 Philadelphia 63

Orlando Johnson led the Pacers (1-0) with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Lance Stephenson contributed 13 points and 6 assists.

Jacob Pullen had 15 points to lead the way for Philadelphia (0-1). Xavier Silas finished with 10 points but was just 3-10 from the field.

Former Louisville big man Terrence Jennings was scoreless in 15 minutes of action. He did pull down 3 rebounds.

Former NBA star Mark Price, who now serves as Orlando's Player Development Coach, said DeAndre Liggins was his player of the game after Monday's win:



Enes Kanter in action:

Kentucky Releases Non-Conference Schedule for 2012-13


The University of Kentucky has released its non-conference men's basketball schedule for the 2012-13 season.

The schedule is highlighted by games against Duke, Maryland, Notre Dame, Baylor and Louisville.

It also includes in-state opponents Transylvania (exhibition) and Morehead State.

2012-13 KENTUCKY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

OCTOBER

12 (Fri) BIG BLUE MADNESS
24 (Wed) BLUE-WHITE GAME

NOVEMBER

1 (Thurs) NORTHWOOD (Exh.)
5 (Mon) TRANSYLVANIA (Exh.)
9 (Fri) 1 vs. Maryland
13 (Tues) 2 vs. Duke
16 (Fri) 3 LAFAYETTE COLLEGE (Pa.)
21 (Wed) 3 MOREHEAD STATE
23 (Fri) 3 LONG ISLAND UNIV.
29 (Thu) 4 at Notre Dame

DECEMBER

1 (Sat) BAYLOR
4 (Tues) SAMFORD
8 (Sat) PORTLAND
15 (Sat) LIPSCOMB
22 (Sat) MARSHALL
29 (Sat) at Louisville

JANUARY

2 (Wed) EASTERN MICHIGAN

As of July 6, 2012 / HOME GAMES in BOLD CAPS
All dates and times are subject to change.

1– Barclays Center Classic (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.); 2–State Farm Champions Classic (Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.);
3– Barclays Center Classic (Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.); 4–SEC/Big East Challenge (South Bend, Ind.)

Jarnell Stokes: "We plan on winning in Rupp Arena"


Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes spoke to the Knoxville News Sentinel today.

A confident Stokes said the Volunteers plan on winning in Rupp Arena in 2012-13.

Here are some of Stokes' comments from Tennessee beat writer Brendan Quinn:

BFQuinn "We can beat any team. Just making the tournament isn’t enough this year." -- Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes

BFQuinn "We’d walk into Rupp Arena (last year) and say, ‘OK, maybe we can beat them, but we probably won’t. ..."

BFQuinn "... It’s definitely different this year. We plan on winning in Rupp Arena." - Jarnell Stokes

Top Plays from 2012 LeBron James Skills Academy

Check out these top highlights from the 2012 LeBron James Skills Academy - features Kentucky recruits Chris Walker, Andrew Wiggins and Troy Williams:

Monday, July 9, 2012

Coach Kevin Keathley to Hold Run N' Gun Basketball Camp


Sauk Valley Predators head coach Kevin Keathley will host his Run N' Gun Basketball Camp July 26-28 in Pikeville.

Coach Keathley has routinely produced the nation's highest-scoring professional teams.

The camp runs daily from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will be held at the Pikeville YMCA.

All kids in attendance will receive a free t-shirt and other prices.

To register, contact the Pikeville YMCA at (606) 433-9622 or e-mail Leigh Ann Hughes at leighann_0915@ymail.com.

Daniel Orton to Play for Toronto in NBA Summer League

Former Kentucky center Daniel Orton has confirmed on Twitter that he will be playing for the Toronto Raptors in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Orton was asked by a Twitter follower who he was playing for and he confirmed that it will be Toronto.

Faried, Harper on Nuggets Summer League Roster


The Denver Nuggets have announced an NBA Summer League Roster that includes two former Morehead State stars.

Kenneth Faried, who played significant minutes for the Nuggets as a rookie, will be joined by former MSU teammate Demonte Harper in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Denver Nuggets 2012 NBA Summer League Roster

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School/Country Exp.
50 Solomon Alabi C 7-1 252 Florida State 2
23 Josh Carter G/F 6-7 200 Texas A&M R
35 Kenneth Faried F 6-8 228 Morehead St. 1
94 Evan Fournier G 6-7 190 France R
5 Jorge Gutierrez G 6-3 195 California R
1 Jordan Hamilton F 6-7 220 Texas 1
22 Demonte Harper F 6-4 195 Morehead State R
20 Derwin Kitchen G 6-4 204 Florida State R
31 Gani Lawal F 6-9 234 Georgia Tech 1
14 Chu Chu Maduabum F 6-9 210 Nigeria R
30 Quincy Miller F 6-9 210 Baylor R
10 Julyan Stone G 6-7 200 UTEP 1
12 Izzet Turkyilmaz F 7-0 211 Turkey R

Anthony Davis Added to Hornets' Summer League Roster

Former University of Kentucky star Anthony Davis has been added to the New Orleans Hornets NBA Summer League roster.

Davis will be joined on the roster by Kentucky teammate Darius Miller and Duke star Austin Rivers.

The team will compete in the Las Vegas Summer League, which runs July 15-21.

Josh Harrellson Traded to Houston Rockets


Former Kentucky star Josh Harrellson has been traded to the Houston Rockets according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

WojYahooNBA Houston and New York agreed on a sign-and-trade deal sending Douglas, Harrellson, Jordan to Rockets for picks, sources said.

Harrellson will join former Kentucky players Terrence Jones and Patrick Patterson in Houston.

Mike Bradley's Hardship Waiver Denied by NCAA


Connecticut transfer Mike Bradley has lost his appeal to play basketball at Western Kentucky University this season.

Here is more from SportingNews.com:

The Daily News of Bowling Green, Ky., reported that the 6-foot-10 forward transferred to Western from the University of Connecticut this spring. He petitioned the NCAA for a hardship waiver to play this coming season, but that request was denied.

Bradley and Western hoped to persuade the NCAA that Bradley’s cancer-stricken grandmother three hours away in Chattanooga, Tenn., was reason enough to allow the 20-year-old to forego the rule that requires Division I transfers to sit out one year after changing schools
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NCAA Sanctions Four AAU Basketball Teams


The NCAA has banned three AAU programs from taking part in NCAA certified events this month and a fourth has been sanctioned due to an alleged association with a sports agent.

According to NBCSports.com, the Florida Rams, New England Playaz, Worldwide Renegades and SEBL Elite All-Stars have all been contacted by the NCAA.

The Rams, Playaz and Renegades will be forced to revamp their coaching staffs and will not be allowed to play under the same names this month.

Kentucky recruit Chris Walker plays for the Rams.

Here is more from NBCSports.com:

But a closer look at the NCAA’s ruling reveals that this should not have much of a negative impact on the players currently with these four programs.

“Please note that the eligibility of the prospects to participate in an NCAA certified event has not been impacted. Those prospects currently registered on the involved teams’ rosters are still permitted to compete in a certified event provided that they do not compete on behalf of the above-named teams.”

Could this open up a “free agency” period of sorts, especially with players such as 2013 phenoms Brannen Greene (Kansas commit), Kasey Hill (Florida commit) and Chris Walker (all three are Florida Rams) and 2015 big man Jarred Reuter (New England Playaz) being among the affected?

That’s certainly possible but the NCAA also left open the door for these teams to play together (under a different name), provided that they’re able to prove that the coaches found to be associated with ASM Sports are no longer a part of the program
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Ivan Aska to Begin Pro Career in Belgium


Former Murray State big man Ivan Aska will begin his professional career with the Stella Artois Leuven Bears in Belgium's top-level D1 league.

Aska averaged 10.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game for the Racers last season.

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Edgar Sosa to Play for Sacramento in NBA Summer League


Former Louisville star Edgar Sosa was recently added to the Sacramento Kings' NBA Summer League roster.

Sosa had a successful season in Italy's top-level league during his only season as a professional.

His career was then delayed when he suffered a broken leg last summer while playing with the Dominican Republic national team.

Sosa travelled to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament with the Dominicans and is almost fully recovered from his injury.

The Las Vegas Summer League runs from July 13-22.

2012 NBA SUMMER LEAGUE SACRAMENTO KINGS ROSTER

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Born From NBA Exp.
8 Josh Akognon G 5-11 185 02/10/1986 Cal State Fullerton, DongGuan (China)/USA R
24 Patrick Christopher G 6-5 210 06/03/1988 California/USA R
7 Jimmer Fredette G 6-2 195 02/25/1989 Brigham Young/USA 1
18 Kenny Gabriel F 6-8 209 07/03/1989 Auburn/USA R
30 Yancy Gates F 6-9 260 10/15/1989 Cincinnati/USA R
40 Augustus Gilchrist F 6-10 241 10/15/1989 South Florida/USA R
41 Darnell Jackson F 6-9 253 11/07/1985 Kansas, BC Donetsk (Ukraine)/USA 3
9 Dominique Johnson G 6-3 195 06/09/1987 Azusa Pacific, D-League (Texas)/USA R
16 Jarrod Jones F 6-9 234 05/27/1990 Ball State/USA R
10 Lazeric Jones G 6-1 187 08/11/1990 UCLA/USA R
31 Rob Kurz F 6-9 232 03/05/1985 Notre Dame, SLUC Nancy (France)/USA 2
35 Michael Lee F 6-9 215 06/05/1986 St. Bonaventure, BC Donetsk (Ukraine)/USA R
26 Tony Mitchell F 6-6 210 08/07/1989 Alabama/USA R
17 James Nunnally G 6-7 205 07/14/1990 UC Santa Barbara/USA R
19 Adrian Oliver G 6-4 210 03/31/1988 San Jose State, Aris B.C. (Greece)/USA R
0 Thomas Robinson F 6-9 240 03/17/1991 Kansas/USA R
45 Edgar Sosa G 6-2 170 01/15/1988 Louisville, Sutor Montegranaro (Italy)/Dominican Republic R
33 Hassan Whiteside C 7-0 255 06/13/1989 Marshall/USA 2
29 Alex Young G-F 6-6 212 10/17/1989 IUPUI/USA R

Utah Jazz, Jeremy Evans Agree to Three-Year Deal


The Utah Jazz agreed Thursday to a three-year, $5.5 million deal with former Western Kentucky star Jeremy Evans.

Here is more from Sltrib.com:

Evans entered free agency as a restricted free agent. The Jazz extended him an official qualifying offer last Friday.

"I’m very thankful to [Jazz General Manager] Kevin O’Connor for making the commitment to Jeremy," agent Mark Bartelstein told The Tribune. "It’s another huge step in his career, and hopefully this young man will just continue to grow and become a bigger and bigger part of the Jazz."

The deal will become official July 11, once the NBA’s free agency moratorium period ends
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Dominican Republic Suffers Heartbreak in Quest for Olympics


Nigeria, led by former Arizona State All-American Ike Diogu, came up big down the stretch to defeat the Dominican Republic national team 88-73 in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Sunday.

With the win, Nigeria qualified for the Olympics for the first time in history. It was the ultimate heartbreak for the Dominicans, who have never earned a berth in the Olympics.

Diogu scored 25 points, including back-to-back three-pointers in the closing minutes that ultimately led Nigeria to victory. Al-Farouq Aminu added 14 points and 7 rebounds. Derrick Obasohan chipped in 11 points.

Francisco Garcia led the Dominicans with 17 points. Jack Michael Martinez finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Eulis Baez contributed 13 points and 8 boards.

Al Horford and Juan Coronado added 12 points each for John Calipari's team.

The Dominicans trailed 47-39 at halftime and fell behind by as many as 12 points in the third quarter. From there, the Dominicans used a big run to tie the game but could never pull away.

In the final frame, Nigeria used Diago's hot shooting to create separation and capture the historic win.

The Dominican Republic will play the U.S. in an exhibition game Thursday in Las Vegas.

In London, Lithuania and Nigeria will join the United States, Tunisia, France and Argentina in Group A. Russia, China, Britain, Brazil, Australia and Spain are in Group B.

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