Saturday, July 28, 2012

A.J. Slaughter Signs with France's Cholet Basket


Former Western Kentucky star A.J. Slaughter has signed with Cholet Basket in France's top-level ProA league.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Cholet bolstered their backcourt. They signed contract with A.J. Slaughter (191-G-87, college: W.Kentucky). The guard spent the previous season in Belgium. He played for Dexia Mons-Hainaut. A.J. Slaughter notched 13.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game in EuroCup. In Belgian League the guard averaged 11.6 points, 2.6 boards, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals per appearance. The guard made it into Belgian Cup and Belgian League semis with Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Previously A.J. Slaughter played in Italy. He started his pro career with Angelico Biella. His stats read 10.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 assists per game in SeriaA.

Cholet will be competing in the Eurocup this season.

Steffphon Pettigrew is Headed to Mexico


Former Western Kentucky University star Steffphon Pettigrew has announced on Twitter that he is headed to Mexico.

Pettigrew has signed with Abejas de Guanajuanto in Mexico's second-level LNBP league.

Pettigrew30 Excited about joining the Mexican club Abejas de Guanajuanto this season!!

Patrick Patterson Talks About Omer Asik, Ankle

Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson talks about Omer Asik and gives an update on the health of his ankle:

Mountain State's David Nyarsuk is Headed to the Big East

I have confirmed with a good source that David Nyarsuk, Mountain State's 7-foot-2 big man, is headed to the Big East Conference for the 2012-13 season.



More coming soon...

Friday, July 27, 2012

Chicago Bulls Officially Sign Nazr Mohammed


The Chicago Bulls have officially signed former Kentucky big man Nazr Mohammed. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed.

Here is a release from NBA.com:

July 27, 2012 -- The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has signed free agent center Nazr Mohammed (NAH-zee). In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not announced.

Mohammed (6-10, 250), a 14-year NBA veteran, most recently played with the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2011-12 campaign. Last year, he appeared in 63 games and averaged 2.7 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 11.0 mpg.

The Chicago native has enjoyed stints with the Thunder (2010-12), the Charlotte Bobcats (2007-10), the Detroit Pistons (2006-08), the San Antonio Spurs (2004-06), the New York Knicks (2003-05), the Atlanta Hawks (2000-04) and the Philadelphia 76ers (1998-01). In 834 career games, he has posted averages of 6.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 0.69 bpg in 17.4 mpg. He owns career shooting averages of .493 from the field and .639 from the line.

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Oak Hill's Steve Smith Talks About Rajon Rondo


ESPN Boston high school reporter Brendan Hall recently caught up with Oak Hill Academy head coach Steve Smith.

Smith talked a great deal about former Oak Hill and Kentucky star Rajon Rondo.

Here is an excerpt:

On Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, a 2004 graduate, and how he thinks Rondo has evolved in his pro career: "I follow him quite a bit, obviously I'm close to Rajon. He came to Oak Hill from Lousiville Eastern High School in Kentucky, where he was not that well-known except basically in the state of Kentucky. When he got to Oak Hill played with Josh Smith, they developed a friendship, it was one of the best teams I've ever had. Rajon went from a guy not even ranked in the top 10, to one of the best point guards in the country his senior year, an undefeated season, and a McDonald's All-American.

"All the pro scouts were coming to see Josh Smith because he was a top high school prospect and had made known he wasn't planning on going to college, so they'd come to a lot of our practices and games. But a lot would come up to me and say 'Hey, your best pro prospect is Rondo, not Josh'. Josh at that time was a freakish athletic player more than anyone else country, while Rajon ended up signing late in the spring with Kentucky. In two years, I knew he'd be a great player, and I've had six or seven point guards in the NBA from Oak Hill, but most people thought I was crazy. But I didn't think he'd be that good that early, I thought it would take a little more time.

"He's a unique player. He's so long, with those long arms, and then on the offensive end he's different than other point guards. There's something different about him, the way he feels for the game. Most passes he makes, most guys dont want to attempt. He has a knack for making the right play. The other knock on Rajon is that he can't shoot the ball, but he can score when he needs to. He's a smart player, he knows when to take a shot and when not to. I watched a game where he had 40-something points in the playoffs, he can step up.

"One night we were playing in Barcelona, he stepped up for that. Josh Smith had three fouls in the first six minutes, and this is one of the best teams in Spain, with Sergio Rodriguez. Rondo comes over to the bench and sayd, 'I need to score'. For me that night, he had 55 points. He made shots from the perimeter, but he made most of his shots going to the basket, floaters, transiton points. The next night he had 17 in the gold medal game. He knows how to pick spots and when when not to, he knows how to get other guys shots. He's been playing the last few years with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, so he's got a good feel."

Could Rondo be a a great shooter? "He's worked at it. At Oak Hill he changed his shot, at Kentucky he changed it again, and now in the NBA he's changed again. I think he shoots better than people think. Some nights you look at him and go 'Whoa'. He's developed into a better shooter. He's never gonna take bad shots, he's gonna take high quality shots, he gets to the rim and makes shots that way as well. I've seen nights where he's hit three or four 3-pointers in a game, and NBA range is much longer than college, so I know how much time he's put in. He knows the way people are talking bout him, but he works at it all the time."


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Rick Pitino Appears on Katz's Corner, Praises John Calipari

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino appeared on Katz's Corner with ESPN's Andy Katz last night. Pitino says he will continue coaching through his contract and also had great praise for John Calipari and Louisville player Kevin Ware.



Here is more from ESPN.com:

Louisville coach Rick Pitino said that he has been energized coaching this recent Cardinals crew the past two seasons. Pitino also clarified on Katz Korner that he will coach until his contract were to run out, which happens to be in 2017. He said if his deal were to have run out in 2021 he would have said the same thing. He didn’t seem like he was ready to retire anytime soon. If he were offered an extension it doesn’t sound like Pitino would say no. He simply isn’t projecting like someone who is nearing the end. Pitino also overly praised the job done by his rival John Calipari. Pitino said he didn’t think a team dominated by one-and-done players could win a title, until Calipari accomplished the feat in April (by beating Louisville in the national semifinal before taking down Kansas). Pitino said the biggest surprise so far in workouts has been guard Kevin Ware. Pitino said it probably wasn’t fair to him to bring him in midseason. Ware didn’t log too many minutes, averaging just 5.3 a game. But Ware has already made an impact on Pitino as a potential serious rotation player for a possible Final Four squad.

John Calipari Expects Nerlens Noel in Lexington Soon


Kentucky head coach John Calipari told ESPN's Andy Katz on Thursday that he expects incoming freshman Nerlens Noel to be on campus next month.

Noel is finishing up two classes and is expected to be eligible for the 2012-13. season.

Here is more from ESPN:

Kentucky coach John Calipari said during our Thursday taping of Katz Korner on ESPNU that incoming freshman center Nerlens Noel should be finishing up his two last classes and be eligible and on campus next month. Noel reclassified for the 2012-13 season and had to finish his degree requirements before he could attend Kentucky. So Noel wasn’t able to participate in any of the summer workouts since he was prohibited from finishing his requirements anywhere but back in high school. Calipari continued to praise incoming freshman Willie Cauley and his ability to produce during workouts. Calipari insists he will try playing the 6-10 Cauley and Noel together during the season. Cauley was the lowest-profile of the four newcomers (Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin are the others).

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Video: Anthony Davis Team USA Highlights

Check out these highlights of former Kentucky star Anthony Davis in action for Team USA:



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Video: Highlights of Lindsey Wilson's Chase Spreen

Check out these 2011-12 highlights of Lindsey Wilson College senior Chase Spreen:

Donnie Tyndall to Appear on Katz Corner Tonight


New Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall will appear live on the ESPNU television program "Katz Corner" tonight at 11:30 p.m. ET.

Here are details from Conference USA:

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss basketball coach Donnie Tyndall is slated to appear on the ESPNU television program "Katz Corner" tonight at 10:30 p.m., CT.

The show, hosted by ESPN reporter Andy Katz, will interview Tyndall during one of his segments.

The program can be seen on Comcast Digital Cable in the Hattiesburg area on channel 396 (in high definition) and channel 744 (in standard definition). The program is also available on channel 208 through DirecTV and channel 141 on the Dish Network
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Three NKU Players Named to NABC Honors Court


Three Northern Kentucky University basketball players were named to the NABC Honors Court recently.

Senior Tony Rack and juniors Eshaunte Jones and Ethan Faulkner all earned the recognition for their academic achievement during the 2011-12 season.

Here is an excerpt of the NKU release:

Rack, a senior guard from Cincinnati, Ohio, earned the honor for the second straight year. He averaged 7.7 points per game as NKU posted a 23-7 record and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament. Rack also knocked down 59 3-pointers as a senior and added 31 steals.

Jones, a junior guard from Fort Wayne, Ind., averaged 10.7 points per contest and was 69-for-156 from 3-point range. He also hit a game-winning 3-pointer in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament against Missouri-St. Louis, and it was Jones' last-second trey in November that gave NKU a 77-74 victory at West Virginia in an exhibition game.

Faulkner, a junior guard from Sandy Hook, Ky., led NKU with 130 assists and added 10.0 points per game. He netted a career-high 24 points against Findlay in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.

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Murray State to Play Auburn in Charleston Classic


The Murray State Racers have been paired with Auburn in the first round of the 2012 Charleston Classic at TD Arena in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Racers second game will be against the winner/loser of St. John's or host College of Charleston.

Here's a schedule:

Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant
All Times Eastern Time (Charleston, S.C. local time)

Nov 15

12:30 p.m. Dayton vs. Colorado ESPN3 / ESPN3D
3 p.m. Baylor vs. Boston College ESPNU / ESPN3D
5 p.m. St. John's vs. College of Charleston ESPNU / ESPN3D
8 p.m. Murray State vs. Auburn ESPN3 / ESPN3D

Nov 16

12:30 p.m. Semifinal #1 ESPNU / ESPN3D
2:30 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPNU / ESPN3D
5:30 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN3 / ESPN3D
7:30 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPN3 / ESPN3D

Nov 18

Noon 7th-place Game ESPN3 / ESPN3D
2 p.m. 5th-place Game ESPN3 / ESPN3D
6 p.m. 3rd-place Game ESPNU / ESPN3D
8:30 p.m. Championship Game ESPN2 / ESPN3D

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Courtney Lee to Honor Fallen Friend with Jersey in Boston

Former Western Kentucky star Courtney Lee has officially signed his contract with the Boston Celtics.

Lee says on Twitter that he has chosen No. 11 for his jersey to honor Danny Rumph, Lee's close friend who passed away.

CourtneyLee2211 Just picked out my jersey# seen 11 was available so had to get. Was one of my bestfriends jersey # that passed away. R.I.P Danny Rumph🏀👼🙏

Winston Bennett Speaks to Kids at Mid-Continent University


Mid-Continent University head coach Winston Bennett recently spoke at a group of children from the Washington Street Baptist Church's mentorship program.

Here is a release from MCU:

MAYFIELD, Ky. - As summer winds down, and the 2012-13 school year approaches, Mid-Continent University has continued to reach out into the community both by sending representatives out, and by opening the campus to visitors. On Monday, one such group of visitors enjoyed a morning of mentorship on the campus.

Approximately 25 children from the Washington Street Baptist Church's mentorship program came to the Mayfield campus, where they spent the morning, hearing from among others, Mid-Continent University men's basketball coach Winston Bennett. Bennett spoke to the group, engaging the crowd of youngsters in an interactive presentation on daring to "Dream Like a Fool." The former University of Kentucky star - who also played in the NBA for three seasons - encouraged the group that no matter what others may say, dreams can be achieved through hard work and perseverance.

"I wanted the kids to know that even when others may say ‘you can't' or ‘that's impossible,'" Bennett explained, "that through Faith, determination, and hard work, they can achieve their dreams."

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Tayshaun Prince Holds Basketball Camp in Kentucky


Former University of Kentucky star Tayshaun Prince recently held a youth basketball camp in Covington.

Here is the story from Local12.com:

Transy's Fudge, Morrison Named to NABC Honors Court


Transylvania University's Nick Fudge and Leavitt Morrison were recently named to the NABC Honors Court for academic achievement during 2011-12.

Here is a release from Transy:

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Two members of the Transylvania's men's basketball team were included on the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for the 2011-12 academic year, the organization recently announced.

Seniors Nick Fudge (Columbia, Ky., Adair County High School), and Leavitt Morrison (Morehead, Ky., Rowan County) qualified for the honor, which requires student-athletes to be a junior or senior, maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 and play for a team that is a member of the NCAA or NAIA.

Fudge is currently working toward a Business Administration major while Morrison is majoring in Mathematics.

Fudge and Morrison helped lead Transy to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship with an overall record of 23-5, earning the Pioneers a berth to the NCAA Division III National Tournament this past season.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

ESPN Wonders if Louisville Will Return to Final Four


ESPN.com takes a look at the Big East Conference today and has high praise for the Louisville Cardinals (minus the Preston Knowles error):

4. Return engagement? A year ago, Louisville served as the beggars at the feast, the surprise member at the Final Four party. They survived as much as they won, overcoming a laundry list of injuries to key players, to make their way to lifting the Big East tournament trophy and followed that up with a trip to New Orleans.

This year people expect the Cardinals to thrive as well as survive, all the way to Atlanta and a Final Four return engagement.

The rationale is simple: Louisville returns everyone to the lineup save Preston Knowles and inserts George Mason transfer Luke Hancock to fill that role. (That is, after Hancock recovers from shoulder surgery. Not everything has changed in Louisville).

But Rick Pitino knows a thing or two about trying to get back to the Final Four, having walked down Expectation Highway with Kentucky in 1996 and 1997, and realizes what he's up against.

"This past year at Louisville, we didn't expect to go but now we have high expectations to go and do it," Pitino told ESPN.com's Andy Katz. "I think this time will be tougher than it was at Kentucky. At Kentucky, it was totally unexpected, but this time it will be expected. It's hard to have a Final Four that will be expected."



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Terrence Jones Signs Rookie Contract with Rockets


Former Kentucky star Terrence Jones has signed his rookie contract with the Houston Rockets.

Jones' contract is for $2.5 million and includes two guaranteed seasons.

The Rockets also signed rookie Royce White to a $2.8 million deal.

Here is more from Chron.com:

The Rockets have signed forwards Royce White and Terrence Jones to their rookie contracts, with Jeremy Lamb, the team’s top pick in last month’s draft, expected to sign in the coming days, a person with knowledge of the process said on Thursday.

As the 16th pick of the draft, White’s deal is worth $2.8 million in the first two guaranteed seasons of his rookie contract, with the team holding options for a third and fourth season. Jones, the 18th player taken in the draft, is signed for $2.5 million in the first two seasons.

Video: Kentucky Recruits Andrew Wiggins and Aaron Gordon

Check out these latest highlights of Kentucky recruits Andrew Wiggins and Aaron Gordon:



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Nerlens Noel Relies Heavily on Everett Roots


Dan Duggan of the Boston Herald recently wrote an excellent article about soon-to-be Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel.

The article focuses on Noel's life in Everett, his recruiting process, NCAA scrutiny and a close friend's initial concerns about Noel choosing Kentucky and head coach John Calipari.

Here is an excerpt:

"That’s one of the biggest things, to be completely honest, that I was a little nervous about at first," Wright-Easy said. "Because with the whole New York Times [NYT] thing, everyone was looking at (Noel) and then the next thing he’s going to Kentucky with John Calipari, one of the most scrutinized guys in college basketball. But he’s a great coach and it’s the right choice for Nerlens and what he’s trying to do. He’s mature enough to handle everything that comes with playing at Kentucky."

As if the Calipari connection didn’t generate enough attention, the Kentucky fan base is arguably the most rabid in the nation.

“I know it’s going to be crazy,” said Noel, who has more than 56,000 Twitter followers and sports a signature high-top fade haircut. “I know there’s a lot of expectations and a lot of pressure that comes along with it, but I chose that because I want to be the best that I can be — and I play my best under pressure. That’s the way to become a great player.”

Noel will be expected to replace Anthony Davis, another master shot-blocker who led Kentucky to a national title as a freshman and then was the top pick in the NBA draft.

“It’s a crazy comparison,” said Noel, who has received advice from Davis. “All the accolades he won this past year, living up to that is going to be a lot of work and a lot of commitment. I’m definitely looking forward to that.”


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Former Georgetown College Star is Headed Back to Argentina


Former Georgetown College star Derrick Miller is headed back to Argentina for the 2012-13 season.

Miller is returning to Banda Norte Rio Cuarto in Argentina's second-level TNA league.

Here is more from LatinBasket.com:

Banda Norte Rio Cuarto (TNA) added to their roster 34-year old American power forward Derrick Miller (202-C/F-104kg-78, college: Georgetown, KY). Its actually Millers comeback to Banda Norte as he played here last season. Before he moved to Banda Norte he started 2011-2012 season at Plaza de Nueva Helvecia (Uruguay). While playing 2 games for Plaza he recorded 16.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0bpg. Then in Feb.12 agreed terms with Banda Norte Rio Cuarto (Argentina-TNA and starting five). He is a very experienced player. Miller played also pro basketball in Austria, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay and USA. He graduated from Georgetown College in 2001 and it will be his 12th season in pro basketball.

Miller has spent time in Argentina, Uruguary and Paraguay during his lengthy professional career.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Aaron Gordon Considering Seven, Plans to Take Time


Aaron Gordon, a 6-foot-7 small forward at Archbishop Mitty (Cal.), is currently considering seven schools.

Gordon, who ranks No. 5 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013, says he will take his time with the recruiting process.

Here is an excerpt from SportingNews.com:

He is not weary, though, from the recruiting process because he is managing it so tightly. He has seven schools under consideration: Washington, Arizona, Oregon, New Mexico, Stanford, Kentucky and Kansas. College basketball insiders cite Washington as the leader, although the others aren’t relenting.

“I’ve always been able to keep that set of schools. Pretty much everybody knows that, and honestly I can play basketball and not worry about anything else,” Gordon said. “They try really hard to respect not calling my phone all the time. They do a good job not hassling me. I’ll get about three calls a day, so that’s not too bad, and about four or five text messages.

“Basically, my brother didn’t do what I’m doing now. So I got to see what he’d go through, what decisions to make, what to look for in a coach. My eyes are a little more opened maybe in regards to other people because of my big brother.”


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Photo: Rivals.com

Mountain State Terminates Bob Bolen, Ends Basketball Program


Mountain State University has terminated head coach Bob Bolen and ended it's men's basketball program.

Bolen and other employees were terminated as part of a 50 perfect reduction in the school's workforce.

Here is more from Register-Herald.com:

“I’ve given my entire adult life to Mountain State University,” said the 48-year-old MSU coach, who won an NAIA national championship in 2004. “I kind of thought I’d be the last person on this ship while it was sinking. But I guess that’s not going to be the case.

“This place means the world to me, and this is difficult.”

Bolen — a Beckley native who came to The College of West Virginia in 1993, rebuilding a basketball program that had been terminated following the 1977 season, and watching it change its name to Mountain State University in 2001 — admitted he was crushed by the news. Not only does he have a wife, Lisa, and three kids — Katie (14), Jaysen (11) and Andrew (8) — who will be impacted by the decision, he also has a roster of 12 players that no longer have a place to showcase their skills.

Helping those players — some of the most talented in the country — find new homes will be his top priority over the next two months.

“I need to make sure that these 12 kids have scholarships,” said Bolen. “I’m tired of my phone ringing, but that’s what I’m going to have to do.

“They’re wanted. We’re one of the top teams in the country. We’ll be able to find them places to go. I’m going to be loyal to them.”

Aside from losing his job, Bolen will have to watch MSU’s ultra-successful athletic program — which included men’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball and cheerleading — come to an end.

“When it’s being destroyed because of nothing we did athletically, it’s sad,” said Bolen. “A lot of coaches take jobs to get to other jobs, but this was my job. It’s what I loved doing, and for it to be taken like this is hard.”


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Louisville Commit Terry Rozier to Attend Prep School


The University of Louisville has released a statement declaring that Terry Rozier will not be joining the men's basketball program for the 2012-13 season.

Rozier will be attending Hargrave Military Academy for a year of prep school.

Here is the release from U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Terry Rozier, who signed a national letter-of-intent with the University of Louisville men's basketball team last November, will not join the Cardinals' roster for the 2012-13 season. Rozier will instead enroll at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. for a year of prep school.

"We have spoken to Terry and without question, he is headed to the ideal spot for him to improve his academic standing and to play with teammates very familiar with him," said UofL Head Men's Basketball Coach Rick Pitino. "A.W. (Hamilton, Hargrave's head basketball coach) is an outstanding coach and was a terrific backcourt player himself. Another year academically and athletically in prep school will be a great opportunity for Terry."

A 6-1 guard, Rozier averaged 25.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.7 steals as a senior last season in leading Shaker Heights (Ohio) High School to a 21-3 record, the Erie League championship and a berth in the regionals for the first time since 2002.

Anthony Davis Signs Three-Year Guaranteed Contract


Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis has signed a three-year guaranteed contract with the New Orleans Hornets.

Davis' contract is worth a little more than $16 million, with just over $5 million paid in the first year.

Darius Miller, who was taken in the second round, still must negotiate his contract with the Hornets.

Here is more from CBSSports.com:

As the first pick in this summer's draft, the 6-foot-11 Davis receives a three-year guaranteed contract worth a little more than $16 million, with just over $5 million paid in the first year.

Rivers, a 6-4 guard picked 10th overall, receives a three-year guaranteed deal worth nearly $5.9 million, with nearly $1.9 million paid during his rookie season.

The Hornets' second-round pick, 6-8 forward Darius Miller, still must negotiate his contract. Generally, contracts for second-round picks are not fully guaranteed
.

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Team USA: The Brow vs. The Bron?

Who you taking? TMZ.com looks at The Brow vs. The Bron:

UK Night at the Louisville Bats Game with Joe B. Hall


Former University of Kentucky head coach Joe B. Hall will be a special guest at UK Night at the Bats on Thursday.

UK Night at the Bats
Bats vs Bisons
Thursday, July 26
First pitch, 7 pm

- FREE #WeAreUK Tshirts to first 300 fans who buy advance tickets!

- Special guest Coach Joe B Hall. He will sign autographs from 5:45 to 6:20 at the Hall of Fame Pavilion and throw first pitch

- $1 Beer!

To purchase $6 discounted tickets, buy online at batsbaseball.com using special promo code Big Blue, or contact Kyle Reh at 614-4515.

Tom Crean Praises the Progress of Remy Abell


Indiana head coach Tom Crean praised the progress of former Louisville Eastern star Remy Abell on Twitter last night:

TomCrean Remy Abell's game is really exploding this summer. He keeps getting better and better. His work ethic is exciting and productive.

As a freshman, Abell averaged 3 points and 8.3 minutes per game for the Hoosiers.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Wrapping Up the 2012 NBA Summer League


Eric Bledsoe - L.A. Clippers - Kentucky

3 G, 33.3 MPG, 12.3 PPG, 5.7 APG, 3.7 RPG, 3.0 SPG, 4.7 TO

Thoughts: Bledsoe had more turnovers than he would like, but played great for the Clippers. His future is bright in Los Angeles.

Derrick Caracter - Atlanta - Louisville/UTEP

3 G, 5 MPG, 1.3 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 1.0 TO

Thoughts: Caracter's professional career appears to be headed in the wrong direction. It doesn't seem likely that he'll have an NBA job in 2012-13.

Tony Easley - Minnesota - Murray State

3 G, 6.7 MPG, 2.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.3 BPG

Thoughts: Easley played well in Italy last season. It's not likely that he'll land in the NBA next season but Easley will be playing professionally somewhere.

Anthony Davis - New Orleans - Kentucky

* DNP after making Team USA roster

Jeremy Evans - Utah - Western Kentucky

3 G, 23.3 MPG, 10.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 1.3 SPG, 1.7 BPG

Thoughts: Evans has signed a new contract with the Jazz and will be on the roster next season. He played well in Vegas and is one of the team's top young players.

Kenneth Faried - Denver - Morehead State

3 G, 25.7 MPG, 11.3 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 3.0 BPG, 1.3 APG, 1.0 SPG

Thoughts: Faried had 16 points and 15 rebounds against the Knicks but only played 11 minutes in the next game before taking a shot to the face. Faried will receive significant playing time in Denver next season.

Demonte Harper - Denver - Morehead State

4 G, 12.3 MPG, 4.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.8 APG

Thoughts: Harper played sparingly in his first three games. When he finally received significant minutes (30), he had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

Terrence Jones - Houston - Kentucky

5 G, 25.2 MPG, 18.2 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.4 APG

Thoughts: Jones played outstanding basketball during the Summer League. The Rockets have to be excited about Jones' future with the team.

Enes Kanter - Utah - Kentucky

5 G, 26.0 MPG, 10.4 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.2 SPG, 2.6 TO

Thoughts: Kanter struggled in his first game but was consistently good the rest of the week. He had two double-doubles and was a force in the paint.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - Charlotte - Kentucky

1 G, 22.0 MPG, 18.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 5.0 APG, 4.0 SPG

Thoughts: Kidd-Gilchrist played one game and looked to the be the best player on the Bobcats' roster.

Brandon Knight - Detroit - Kentucky

4 G, 29.0 MPG, 14.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 7.3 APG, 1.2 SPG, 4.0 TO

Thoughts: Knight had a few games where he struggled from the field but still played well. He had one of the most impressive games of the week when he put up 19 points and 14 assists against Boston.

Doron Lamb - Milwaukee - Kentucky

4 G, 29.0 MPG, 14.0 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.8 APG

Thoughts: Lamb had one bad night but was great in his other three games. The Bucks must feel fortunate after landing Lamb in the second round.

DeAndre Liggins - Orlando - Kentucky

5 G, 24.4 MPG, 5.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.8 APG

Thoughts: On the surface, Liggins' numbers aren't overly impressive. His contributions that don't show up on the score sheet were outstanding, however.

Shelvin Mack - Washington - Butler

5 G, 24.6 MPG, 11.0 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.4 APG, 3.4 TO

Thoughts: It was a pretty solid week for the Kentucky native. Mack gave the Wizards hope that he'll be able to contribute in the near future.

Darius Miller - New Orleans - Kentucky

5 G, 18.4 MPG, 4.4 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.8 SPG

Thoughts: Miller had one solid performance but seemed to struggle with the NBA three-point line (0-6). Still, he did many things well on the defensive end and other intangibles.

Daniel Orton - Toronto - Kentucky

5 G, 13.8 MPG, 2.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.6 BPG

Thoughts: Orton had one solid performance with 7 points and 8 rebounds against Sacramento. Other than that, he was pretty much terrible. It seems unlikely that Orton will make an NBA roster.

Juan Pattillo - D-League Select - Western Kentucky

4 G, 6.5 MPG, 3.5 PPG, 0.8 RPG

Thoughts: Pattillo didn't earn very many minutes. He'll likely be back in the D-League next season.

Samarado Samuels - Cleveland - Louisville

5 G, 20.8 MPG, 12.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.6 TO

Thoughts: Samuels had a solid summer league. He was consistently good and should have an opportunity to play big minutes for the Cavaliers in 2012-13.

Chris Smith - New York - Louisville

5 G, 19.4 MPG, 5.2 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.4 APG

Thoughts: Smith was unable to find his range from the field. He shot just 29% from the field.

Jordan DeMercy Signs to Play in Japan's BJ League

Former Georgetown College player Jordan DeMercy has signed a 9-month contract with the Akita Happinets in Japan's top-level BJ League.



Here is a release from GC:

Jordan DeMercy became the 44th Georgetown College men's basketball player to sign a professional contract this past week. The Georgia native inked a deal with Akita Happinets from Akita, Japan.

On June 20, DeMercy went to an invite-only camp through Top Notch Sports/VVG Agency. Scouts from 10 teams in Japan, China and the D-League came to observe the workouts.

"We played 5-on-5 the first day and after the second game I had received six offers," DeMercy said. "I chose to sign with Akita, which is the third best team in the top league in Japan.

"I will be playing the wing position for head coach Kazuo Nakamura. I am very excited for this opportunity to open a new chapter in my career and become a professional basketball player. I am blessed to play the game I love and for the family I have supporting me."

He signed a nine-month deal with Akita through his agents at VVG sports. The guard-forward combo averaged 11.3 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game in his 23 games in Orange & Black.

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Tubby Smith, Minnesota Agree to Terms on Contract Extension


Former Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith has agreed to terms on a contract extension at Minnesota through the 2016-17 season.

Smith is entering his sixth season with the Gophers. He has accomplished a 103-68 record.

In a statement distributed by Minnesota, Smith said he believes "we can get the job done here."

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Video: Andrew Wiggins Dominates Nike Peach Jam

Check out these highlights of Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins at the 2012 Nike Peach Jam:



* Video by BallisLife.com

Report: Nazr Mohammed to Sign with Chicago Bulls


According to Peter Vescey and Tim Bontemps of The New York Post, former Kentucky big man Nazr Mohammed has reportedly agreed to a contract with the Chicago Bulls.

Mohammed had been rumored to be in talks with the Brooklyn Nets to backup Brook Lopez, but the Nets have reportedly been told that Mohammed will sign with Chicago:

A league source confirmed late Saturday night that the Bulls are on the verge of signing veteran center Nazr Mohammed.

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Terrence Jones Snubbed on All-Summer League Team


The 2012 Las Vegas All-Summer League Team was announced last night. Josh Selby and Damian Lillard were named co-MVPs.

Former Kentucky star Terrence Jones was snubbed despite averaging 18.2 points and 8.6 rebounds in 5 games.

Eric Bledsoe also put up solid numbers, averaging 12.3 points and 5.7 assists per game in 3 games.

All-Summer League Team:

Josh Selby – Memphis Grizzlies
Damian Lillard – Portland Trail Blazers
Malcolm Thomas – Chicago Bulls
Bradley Beal – Washington Wizards
Tobias Harris – Milwaukee Bucks
John Henson – Milwaukee Bucks
Jeremy Lamb – Houston Rockets
Dominique Jones – Dallas Mavericks
Cory Joseph – San Antonio Spurs
Jimmy Butler – Chicago Bulls
Kemba Walker – Charlotte Bobcats
Donatas Motiejunas – Houston Rockets
Jae Crowder – Dallas Mavericks

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Doron Lamb Reveals Two Superstitions

Former Kentucky star Doron Lamb reveals two superstitions during the NBA Summer League:

Kyle Wiltjer and Willie Cauley-Stein Return as The Goonies

Kentucky's Kyle Wiltjer and Willie Cauley-Stein are back...as The Goonies:

2013 Star Chris Walker Commits to Florida

Chris Walker, one of the top big men in the 2013 recruiting class, has given his commitment to the University of Florida.

Walker had been thought of as a Kentucky recruit, but he never earned an offer from UK and was likely not an actual Calipari target.

He gave his commitment on a video Sunday morning:

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