Saturday, July 21, 2012

Video: Wayne Blackshear at Cardinal Caravan Event

Check out this clip of Louisville's Wayne Blackshear at the recent Cardinal Caravan event (Video by RU4UOFL on YouTube):

Brooklyn Nets Re-sign Keith Bogans for 2012-13

The Brooklyn Nets have re-signed former Kentucky star Keith Bogans.

Bogans signed with the Nets in 2011-12 but had to miss the season with a serious ankle injury.

Chane Behanan Returns to Bowling Green as Part of Cardinal Caravan

Here is a brief interview with Louisville star Chane Behanan during his return to Bowling Green as part of the Cardinal Caravan:

Andrew Wiggins Continues to Impress at Peach Jam

Check out these highlights of Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins at the Nike Peach Jam:

Tyus Jones Picks Up Kentucky Offer


Tyus Jones, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Apple Valley (Minn.), says he has picked up an offer from the Kentucky Wildcats.

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

Here is more from ZagsBlog.com:

Said Tyus: ”I’m open to everything right now. I haven’t tried to cut down my list at all.”

Last week he landed an offer from Kentucky.

“Yes, sir, last week,” he said. “It was a great feeling, especially with them being the national champion. They’re the top school right now. It’s a good feeling and it makes me want to work that much harder.

“Oh, yeah, most definitely I’m considering them,” he added. “They got a great system. Coach [John] Calipari’s a phenomenal coach. He’s always had great point guards and he knows how to coach point guards so that’s definitely a positive.”


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Friday, July 20, 2012

Patrick Patterson Talks NBA Summer League and More

Hoopsworld catches up with former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas:

Marquis Teague Loves Gummy Bears and the Old Jay-Z

Former Kentucky star Marquis Teague says he loves old school Jay-Z and Gummy Bears. Also says Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb were the best-dressed players on his UK team:

Anthony Davis Plays Well in Team USA's Exhibition Win

Anthony Davis earned some time of the bench and played well in Team USA's 118-78 demolition of Great Britain yesterday.

In 13 minutes, Davis was 5-7 from the field for 11 points. He also had 3 rebounds and 4 blocks.

Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams each scored 19 points to lead the United States. Russell Westbrook finished with 15 points and 9 assists.

Here are some highlights - including several big plays from Davis:

DeMarcus Cousins Says a King is Greater than a Wildcat

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins, who now plays for the Sacramento Kings, says a King is greater than a Wildcat (don't worry DeMarcus, BBN still loves you):

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Rajon Rondo: "I think I'm the best point guard in the league"


Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo certainly has plenty of confidence. The Boston Celtics point guard recently told a French basketball website that he is the best point guard in the NBA.

Here is an excerpt from The Hub:

"I did not choose that I wanted to be a leader or not," Rondo said, according to a translation on CelticsLife.com. "I must be one for my team. Every day, I get up telling myself I want to be better. I worked hard to get to this point and I continue to work hard."

Added Rondo: "I have matured a lot and my game has also. I think I am one of the best playmakers in the league. I think I'm the best point guard in the league." (via WEEI)


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Byron Scott Not Sure About Kelenna Azubuike


Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott says he isn't sure about Kelenna Azubuike's health and/or conditioning.

Scott also said "that's undetermined" when asked if Azubuike will be able to help the Cavs next season.

Here's more from Cleveland.com:

As of Sunday, Scott really wasn't sure about Azubuike's health and/or conditioning, although he said he thought the player was healthy. Asked whether he might help the Cavs, Scott said, "That's undetermined. I've got to see him on the court. If he's healthy, from what I saw in the past, he can play. He could help us. But right now, it's two or three years later with a couple of surgeries, so I've got to see him on the basketball court.''

Azubuike, 28, was undrafted out of Kentucky, although he did take part in the Cavs training camp in 2005-06. He has played a total of 208 NBA games with Golden State and Dallas, averaging 10.5 points, 4 rebounds and 1.1 assists, but has played just 12 NBA games the past two seasons after tearing the patella in his left knee on Nov. 14, 2009
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Chandler Parsons Interviews Patrick Patterson and Josh Harrellson

Check out this hilarious video of former Florida star Chandler Parsons "interviewing" former Kentucky players Patrick Patterson and Josh Harrellson:

Gorgui Dieng, Peyton Siva Talk About Upcoming Season

Louisville's Gorgui Dieng and Peyton Siva talk about the upcoming basketball season:



* Video by wlkytv on YouTube

Nazr Mohammed Close to Signing with Brooklyn Nets


Former Kentucky star Nazr Mohammed is reportedly close to signing with the Brooklyn Nets.

According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld.com, Mohammed will likely sign soon for the NBA veteran's minimum salary.

AlexKennedyNBA Nazr Mohammed is close to signing with the Brooklyn Nets, according to source. He'll likely sign for the veteran's minimum in next 24 hours.

Mohammed, who turns 35 soon, played in 63 games for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season. He averaged 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Keith Adkins is Staying at Campbellsville University


Head coach Keith Adkins has officially announced that he will be staying at Campbellsville University.

Adkins had considered a job opportunity at Paintsville High School, where he was a star player in the late 1980s.

Here are some of Adkins' comments from WKYT.com:

"I am pleased to announce that Keith and Vanessa have decided to stay in Campbellsville and continue to build on the success of their respective programs. I know this was a very tough and emotional decision for them and their family. They love Campbellsville University, but the chance to return home and coach at Keith's alma mater was very enticing to them," Hollingsworth said.

"Campbellsville University won big today by keeping these two!"

Adkins is considered one of the Top 5 boys’ basketball players to ever wear a Paintsville Tiger uniform. A three-sport star (basketball, baseball, golf) for the Tigers in the mid-to-late 1980s, he was named the Kentucky Male Athlete of the Year in 1988.

“I’d like to thank Paintsville High School and superintendent Coy Samons for extending me an opportunity to be their boys’ basketball coach. It was a humbling offer, and one that was definitely attractive, mostly because it was home for me. It’s where I played, where my father coached for 35 years and to be perfectly honest, it was intriguing to say the least,” Adkins said. “I don’t think at this point in my career, I would or would have considered any high school position other than Paintsville High School … It being a special place to me is the only reason it earned consideration.”


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Rajon Rondo Talks to Media at World Basketball Festival

Here is former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo speaking to the media at the World Basketball Festival:

Marquis Teague Struggles in NBA Summer League Debut

Former Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague struggled in his first taste of NBA action.

In Chicago's first game in the Las Vegas Summer League, Teague took 17 shots from the field, but only made 4. He also committed 6 turnovers and only had 1 assist.

"I had a rough game," Teague said afterwards. "I'm ready to bounce back Wednesday."

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Kentucky Offers 2014 PF Cliff Alexander


Kentucky has reportedly extended an offer to 2014 power forward Cliff Alexander from Curie (Ill.) High School.

NDkendrick 2014 6-9 Cliff Alexander Curie (IL) confirms that he picked up an offer from Kentucky this morning.

Alexander is ranked No. 4 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014. Michigan State was thought to be in the lead for Alexander but that may change now that Kentucky has offered.

Kenneth Faried Talks Basketball and More in Las Vegas

Here is an interview with former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried at the Las Vegas Summer League - some good Denver Nuggets' insight from The Manimal:


Kenneth Faried - Las Vegas Summer League by BNQT

Twany Beckham Working Out Hard This Summer

Check out this video of Kentucky guard Twany Beckham putting in work this summer:

Anthony Davis Helped Persuade New Orleans to "Pick Darius"

New Orleans Hornets head coach Monty Williams said last night that former Kentucky star Anthony Davis was texting him throughout the draft telling him to "pick Darius."

Darius, of course, is Davis' Kentucky teammate Darius Miller.

The Hornets did select Miller in the second round.

Jared Cunningham Earns All-IBL Honors for 2011-12


Former University of the Cumblerlands star Jared Cunningham continues to play well in his professional career.

Cunningham was recently named to the USBasket.com All-IBL Second Team for his play with the Portland Chinooks during the 2011-12 season. He also spent time in Germany and Canada last season.

USBasket.com All-IBL Awards 2011-12

1st Team

F: Chehales Tapscott (6'5''-90) of S. Soldiers
C: Blake Poole (6'5''-88) of Bellingham S.
F: David Lucas (6'8''-82) of Portland C.
G: Paul Hafford (6'4''-84) of Bellingham S.
G: Andre Murray (6'2''-87) of Vancouver V.

2nd Team

C: Gjio Bain (7'0''-85) of Olympia R.
F: Jared Cunningham (6'9''-89) of Portland C.
F: Devin Uskoski (6'6''-85) of Vancouver V.
G: Michael Ward (6'2''-86) of Olympia R.
G: Morris Anderson (6'3'') of Bellingham S.

Source: USBasket.com

Monday, July 16, 2012

Nets to Sign Keith Bogans, Looking at Nazr Mohammed


The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly expected to re-sign former Kentucky star Keith Bogans.

Additionally, the Nets are also considering former Kentucky big man Nazr Mohammed.

Here is more from NYDailyNews.com:

The Nets are expected to re-sign veteran small forward Keith Bogans, a source told the Daily News.

Bogans, 32, played in just five games with the Nets last season before suffering a nasty injury, fracturing his ankle and completely tearing his deltoid ligament. Bogans has remained in the area during and after recovery, training at the Nets practice facility.

The Nets are planning to reward him with a contract.

The signing would give the Nets 12 players under contract, as they also inked Jerry Stackhouse on Monday.

They still need to re-sign Kris Humphries, which a source reiterated Monday was in the works, and find a center to back up Brook Lopez.

They’re looking at veteran Nazr Mohammed, a source told the News.

Mohammed, 34, is an unrestricted free agent after playing 63 games with the Thunder last season. The Nets would have to sign him for the veteran’s minimum salary because they’re over the salary cap and have exhausted their exceptions
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Pitino: Terry Rozier is 50-50 to Qualify at Louisville


Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is now saying that recruit Terry Rozier is "50-50" to qualify academically for next season.

Here is more from CardChronicle.com:

According to WDRB's Eric Crawford, Rick Pitino is now saying that it's 50-50 that Terry Rozier will wind up making it to Louisville.

Don't forget that just a few weeks ago he told Drew Deener on The Early Birds that he thought it was "70-30." And, of course, earlier this summer he simply wasn't worried about the situation.

The fact that Pitino is throwing out numbers at all suggests there's cause for concern
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Brandon Knight Named to Orlando Pro All-Summer League Team


Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight was named to the 2012 AirTran Airways Orlando Pro All-Summer League Second Team following the week-long event.

Knight averaged 14.5 points, 7.3 assists, 3 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 4 games during the Orlando league.

Ex-Kentucky big man Enes Kanter and former Western Kentucky star Jeremy Evans were Honorable Mention selections.

2012 AirTran Airways Orlando Pro All-Summer League Teams

1st Team

G – Alec Burks, Utah
G – Lance Stephenson, Indiana
F – Andrew Nicholson, Orlando
F – Austin Daye, Detroit
C – Miles Plumlee, Indiana

2nd TeamG – Brandon Knight, Detroit

G – Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City
F – Lazar Hayward, Oklahoma City
F – Jared Sullinger, Boston
C – Kyle O’Quinn, Orlando

Honorable Mention

Boston – Dionte Christmas, E’Twaun Moore
Oklahoma City – Garrett Temple
Utah – Enes Kanter, Jeremy Evans
Orlando – Justin Harper, Maalik Wayns
Detroit – Kim English
Philadelphia – Jacob Pullen, Justin Holiday
Brooklyn – Al Thornton, Tyshawn Taylor

Anthony Davis Signs Endorsement Deal with Nike

Former University of Kentucky star Anthony Davis has signed an endorsement deal with Nike.

According to ChicagoTribune.com, Davis already has a "Nike Swoosh Unibrow" print for sale.

Kyle Wiltjer Produces Another Hit Video

Check out the latest video (aka The Goonies) video...it's complete with Kyle Wiltjer and Willie Cauley-Stein rapping and dancing, Jarrod Polson moving like Bernie, a McDonald's parking lot, a random dude dancing all over the place and more. Must watch:

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Lindsey Wilson's Spreen, Ballou Named to NABC Honors Court


Lindsey Wilson College's Chase Spreen and Darren Ballou recently earned NABC Honors Court recognition.

Here is a release from LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Darren Ballou and Chase Spreen of the Lindsey Wilson College men's basketball team earned National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court accolades for the 2011-12 season, the Kansas City-based organization announced on Tuesday.

The Blue Raider pair are the only student-athletes from the Mid-South Conference included on the Honors Court which includes honorees from NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA institutions.

In order to be named to the NABC Honors Court, an athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria, including junior or senior academic status, possessing a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2010-11 academic year and have spent at least one year at their current institution.

Spreen, also an NAIA Scholar Athlete and Academic All-MSC selection last season, averaged 15.4 points and 4.5 rebounds en route to being named a Third Team NAIA All-American. Ballou also earned Academic All-MSC honors and helped the Blue Raiders win their first out-right MSC Regular-Season Championship averaging 4.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest.

Video: Kenneth Faried Blocks Three Consecutive Shots

Watch as former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried blocks three consecutive shots and collects a rebound on one trip down the court during Saturday's NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas:

Video: Demonte Harper with a Nice Hustle Play in Vegas

Check out this video of former Morehead State star Demonte Harper working hard in the Las Vegas Summer League:



Harper played just under 4 minutes for the Nuggets, finishing with no points, 1 block and 1 assist.

Rick Pitino Watches Louisville Commit Anton Gill


University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was at the adidas Invitational to watch 6-foot-4 guard Anton Gill on Thursday.

Gill, who has already committed to Louisville, scored 18 points in Garner Road's loss to Florida Elite.

Here is more from the Courier-Journal:

“We should have won,” Gill said. “I missed some easy ones. I had a really bad ankle sprain, and I iced it and tried to play and got a cramp. It had felt like the swelling went down, and I worked with the trainers. I decided to give it a go and it felt good during the entire game, but I guess that happens sometimes.”

Gill, who said he probably will rest the ankle until tournament play on Saturday, was excited to see Pitino.

“I still get butterflies when Coach P walks in,” he said. “I’m glad they came and watched me, especially because I know they were skeptical of my ankle. I wanted to show them I wasn’t going to do anything to mess it up for the future.”


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Gill ranks No. 49 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013.

Photo: Rivals.com

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