Friday, August 10, 2012

Pikeville Lands Jamar "Deuce" Briscoe, Nation's Top NAIA Recruit

Kelly Wells and the UPIKE Bears have had their share of success over the last several seasons. Success that includes winning the 2011 Buffalo Funds NAIA National Championship, and Wells being named 2011 NAIA National Coach of the Year. The Bears newest addition, Jamar “Deuce” Briscoe, will look to help Wells and UPIKE continue that success. Briscoe, a 2009 NCAA Division I Freshman All American selection, made it official Friday morning.

Briscoe, who was tabbed as one of the top 20 NCAA Division I transfers in the nation in 2012, comes to the University of Pikeville after stellar seasons at North Carolina Central and Charlotte, both NCAA Division I institutions. Briscoe, a 1,000-point scorer at the NCAA Division I level, brings a ton of experience and several impressive accolades along with him to UPIKE.

“When you have the opportunity to bring in a player with the personality off the court, as well as the ability to play the game of basketball like (Deuce) has, it’s a no brainer,” said Wells.

“We are very excited about the way things are shaping up for our team this season.”

While at North Carolina Central, Briscoe ranked second in the nation among all NCAA Division I freshman in points per game (17.8), trailing only former Liberty and current Duke star Seth Curry. The 5’10 combo guard out of Baltimore, Md., also added 2.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

Other accolades Briscoe collected while at NCCU include NCAA DI Mid Major Freshman All American, NCAA DI Independent Second Team All American, First Team All BASN Black College Men’s Division I All American, Second Team High-Major All Freshman Team and NCAA DI Independent Newcomer of the Year honors.

Briscoe also has posted notable high scoring career efforts against opponents such as North Carolina State (28), Wake Forest (18), Kansas State (18) Arkansas (24), South Carolina (19) Duquesne (34), Chicago State (32), Longwood (37), and Gardener Webb (30).

Upon transferring from NCCU to Charlotte, Briscoe picked up right where he left off on the hardwood. During his first season for the 49ers, Briscoe averaged 12.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.5 steals per game while starting 28 of 29 games and being named Atlantic 10 Newcomer of the Year. As a sophomore, Briscoe posted five games of 20 or more points. An added highlight was a 14-point, 5 rebound, 4-assist effort in a win over No. 7 ranked Tennessee.

Despite a coaching change at Charlotte that led to a change of position as a junior, Briscoe still managed a ton of individual success. Briscoe started 11 of 30 games and managed averages of 7.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per contest. Briscoe had 11 double figure outings while leading the 49ers in scoring three times during the 2011-2012 season.

“The thing that stands out most about Deuce is his character. Through all the successes that he has had on the court at the NCAA Division I level, he has maintained a great GPA and has had no off-court issues. He will be a big plus for UPIKE on the court and in the community as well,” said Wells.

As a prep, Briscoe attended Cardinal Gibbons High School in the powerhouse Baltimore Catholic League. During his senior season, Briscoe was named a McDonald’s High School All-American Nominee, Runner up for Player of the Year in the BCL, First Team All-BCL as well as Second Team All-Metro by the Baltimore Sun.

Rajon Rondo Has Some Serious Athletic Ability

Check out the leaping ability of former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo:

* Video by wojtek7272 on YouTube

Anonymous Coaches Say Calipari is Perceived as Biggest Cheater in College Basketball say they recently asked nearly 100 college basketball coaches the following question: who is perceived to be the biggest cheater in the sport?

The anonymous coaches reportedly voted Kentucky's John Calipari as the biggest perceived cheater with 36% of the vote. Calipari was followed closely by Baylor's Scott Drew at 34%.

Here are the results of the poll and an excerpt:

•John Calipari (Kentucky): 36 percent
•Scott Drew (Baylor): 34 percent
•Ben Howland (UCLA): 12 percent
•Jim Calhoun (Connecticut): 7 percent
•Tom Crean (Indiana): 3 percent
•Dave Rice (UNLV): 3 percent
Others receiving votes: Too many to list.

Quotes that stuck:
On John Calipari: "Cal probably doesn't have to cheat now as much as he used to, but he's still the standard. The rest of us can't even deal in his league. He's the best."

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Kyle Kuric is Headed to Spain for 2012-13

Former Louisville star Kyle Kuric will begin his professional basketball career in Spain.

Kuric has signed with Asefa Estudiantes in Spain's top-level ACB league.

The club welcomed Kuric on Twitter earlier today:

ClubEstudiantes Welcome to Spain, Welcome to Asefa Estudiantes, @KingKK_14

Jared Carter Signs Deal in Japan's BJ League

Former Kentucky center Jared Carter has signed a deal with Tokyo Cinq Reves in the Japanese Basketball Japan League.

Carter spent last season with the Summerside Storm in the NBL Canada league. He averaged 5.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.

Here is a release from Pro Partner Sports Management:

August 8, 2012 – Pro Partner Sports Management’s Jared Carter has signed a deal to play for Tokyo Cinq Reves in the Japanese Basketball Japan League. The Cinq Reves is an expansion team that will play its first games in the BJ League this season. Translated from French, the team name means “Five Dreams”. The Japanese BJ League sports 20 teams including 2011-12 league champions Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa.

Jared Carter played last season with the Summerside Storm in the NBL Canada where he averaged 5.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, and 1.1 bpg, while shooting 48.7% from the field. Carter’s 1.1 bpg were good enough for fifth overall in the league. The 7’1 Carter, a four-year letter-winner at Kentucky who graduated in 2009, will add a crucial inside presence to his newly formed team as they strive to join the elite clubs of the Japanese BJ League.

“Jared has all the physical gifts necessary to make a tremendous impact Japan” said Pro Partner’s Nick Zaccardi. “With his size, strength, and hustle, Jared is going to make a big splash for the Cinq Reves in their inaugural season.”

John Calipari Spotted at New England Patriots Game

Kentucky head coach John Calipari attended the New England Patriots preseason game last night.

Coach Cal sat in Robert Kraft's suite for the game:


Keith Clanton May Be Staying at UCF

Andy Katz of reports that the thinking on Central Florida's Keith Clanton is that he will likely stay put.

Clanton has the option of leaving for his senior season and playing immediately but Katz says he has not contacted any of the interested schools during the past week.

Here is more from

The biggest potential free-agent prize is Central Florida's Keith Clanton. The one-year postseason ban means the senior forward can leave without sitting out a year. The assumption was that Kentucky, Florida State and South Florida would be the schools of choice for the Orlando product. But throughout this past week none of the schools have heard from him and the thinking is that he still might stay put. He has time to move on to another school. But it would be perfectly normal if he decided to finish his college career where he started and compete for the Knights for one last season even though they can't play in the Conference USA tournament or any postseason event. He can play in front of his family, stay with teammates and one would assume friends and get to the NBA draft from his original destination. And it wouldn't be the strangest thing to actually finish his college career academically in one place instead of fleeing simply because of a postseason ban that may not have mattered if UCF isn't good enough to make a tournament.


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Jeff Goodman Says John Calipari Tried to Get Him Fired

Jeff Goodman of alleges that Kentucky head coach John Calipari tried to get him fired once (video by KentuckySportsRadio1 on YouTube):

Former WKU Star Filip Videnov is Headed to Russia

Former Western Kentucky star Filip Videnov is headed to Russia for the 2012-13 season.

Videnov has signed a deal with Nizhny Novgorod in Russia's top-level PBL league.

Here is more from

Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky) will continue his career in Russia. The Bulgarian guard signed a deal with Nizhny Novgorod. Videnov arrives to the club from Olin Edrine, where he spent last season. He appeared 23 times in Turkish TBL averaging 14 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists. The guard also added 17.5 ppg, 2.5 apg and 2 rpg for two EuroChallenge appearances. Before Olin Edrine, Filip Videnov spent one year with Asseco Prokom. They won the Polish league title together. In the past, he played for FMP Zeleznik, Crvena Zvezda, Gran Canaria, Rieti, Real Madrid etc. Filip Videnov is active member of the Bulgarian National Team since 2002. Last summer in Lithuania he had 13.4 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 5 games.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Peers Say Roy Williams is Nation's Most Overrated Coach spoke with nearly 100 college basketball coaches during the last month or so.

The coaches who were polled determined that North Carolina head man Roy Williams is the most overrated coach in the country.

Here is an excerpt:

The question is: Who is the most overrated coach in the country?
1.Roy Williams (North Carolina): 23 percent
2.Rick Barnes (Texas): 17 percent
3.Scott Drew (Baylor): 11 percent
4.Steve Lavin (St. John's): 9 percent
5.Jay Wright (Villanova): 6 percent
6.Ben Howland (UCLA): 6 percent
7.Jim Boeheim (Syracuse): 4 percent
8.Tommy Amaker (Harvard): 4 percent

Quotes that stuck:

On Roy Williams: "He's won at Kansas and UNC. But who couldn't do that ... besides Matt Doherty?"

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Morehead State Announces 2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule

Morehead State University has released its 2012-13 men's basketball schedule.

The Eagles will play a challenging schedule that includes the likes of Kentucky, Maryland, Southern Miss, Marshall and Murray State.

Head coach Sean Woods discusses the MSU schedule:

Morehead State University 2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule

Day Date Opponent Location Time

Sat. 11/3/2012 St. Catharine (Ky.) ^ Morehead, Ky. TBA
Fri. 11/9/2012 LIU Brooklyn & Brooklyn, N.Y. TBA
Mon. 11/12/2012 Maryland & College Park, Md. TBA
Thu. 11/15/2012 Alice Lloyd (Ky.) Morehead, Ky. TBA
Sun. 11/18/2012 Lafayette (Pa.) & Morehead, Ky. TBA
Wed. 11/21/2012 Kentucky & Lexington, Ky. TBA
Mon. 11/26/2012 Norfolk State Morehead, Ky. TBA
Wed. 11/28/2012 Marshall Huntington, W.Va. TBA
Sat. 12/1/2012 Wright State Dayton, Ohio TBA
Wed. 12/5/2012 North Dakota State Morehead, Ky. TBA
Sat. 12/8/2012 Indiana State Morehead, Ky. TBA
Wed. 12/19/2012 South Dakota Vermillion, S.D. TBA
Fri. 12/21/2012 North Dakota State Fargo, N.D. TBA
Fri. 12/28/2012 Southern Mississippi Morehead, Ky. TBA
Sun. 12/30/2012 Union (Ky.) Morehead, Ky. TBA
Thu. 1/3/2013 SIU Edwardsville * Morehead, Ky. TBA
Sat. 1/5/2013 Eastern Illinois * Morehead, Ky. TBA
Wed. 1/9/2013 Austin Peay * Clarksville, Tenn. TBA
Sat. 1/12/2013 Eastern Kentucky * Richmond, Ky. TBA
Thu. 1/17/2013 Southeast Missouri * Cape Girardeau, Mo. TBA
Sat. 1/19/2013 UT Martin * Martin, Tenn. TBA
Thu. 1/24/2013 Belmont * Morehead, Ky. TBA
Sat. 1/26/2013 Tennessee State * Morehead, Ky. TBA
Thu. 1/31/2013 Belmont * Nashville, Tenn. TBA
Sat. 2/2/2013 Jacksonville State * Jacksonville, Ala. TBA
Sat. 2/9/2013 Eastern Kentucky * Morehead, Ky. TBA
Thu. 2/14/2013 Jacksonville State * Morehead, Ky. TBA
Sat. 2/16/2013 Tennessee Tech * Morehead, Ky. TBA
Wed. 2/20/2013 Murray State * Morehead, Ky. TBA
Sat. 2/23/2013 BracketBusters TBA TBA Details
Thu. 2/28/2013 Tennessee State * Nashville, Tenn. TBA
Sat. 3/2/2013 Tennessee Tech * Cookeville, Tenn. TBA

Ohio Valley Conference Tournament

Wed. 3/6/2013 OVC First Round Nashville, Tenn. TBA
Thu. 3/7/2013 OVC Second Round Nashville, Tenn. TBA
Fri. 3/8/2013 OVC Semifinals Nashville, Tenn. TBA
Sat. 3/9/2013 OVC Championship Nashville, Tenn. TBA

* denotes a Ohio Valley Conference contest
^ = exhibition game
& = Barclay's Center Classic
% = game to be played at Barclay's Center (new home of NBA's Brooklyn Nets)

Nerlens Noel Ruled Eligible to Play by the NCAA

Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel has been rule academically eligible to play during the 2012-13 season.

Here is more from

Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel has been cleared academically by the NCAA.

Noel, the 6-foot-11 big man out of Massachusetts who is considered to be the prize of John Calipari's incoming recruiting class, said he received the news on Tuesday morning.

"Sandy Bell called me and woke me up," Noel told on Wednesday afternoon. "She told me I was good to go. I knew I did it, but I was still nervous waiting on the official word."

There was some concern that Noel might not make it academically after deciding to return to his original graduating class of 2012. He took two classes at Everett High in July and received an A in English and a B-plus in history.

"I needed two B's," Noel said. "I never studied that hard in my life."

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ESPN College GameDay is Headed Back to Rupp Arena

The ESPN College GameDay tour will visit Rupp Arena on February 23, 2013. The Wildcats will be hosting the Missouri Tigers in a late-season SEC battle.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the fourth time in program history the ESPN College GameDay tour will visit Kentucky’s historic Rupp Arena for a weekly installment of the popular college basketball preview show. ESPN has selected the Missouri at Kentucky matchup on Feb. 23, 2013 to highlight during the upcoming season.

The conference game between Kentucky and Missouri is slated for a 9 p.m. ET tip on ESPN. The show will air live at 11 a.m. ET and again later that night at 8 p.m. ET leading into the opening tip.

Since Gameday’s inception during the 2004-05 season, ESPN has featured the Wildcats seven total times including this year’s upcoming appearance. This will mark Missouri’s second overall appearance in its school’s history.

GameDay last visited Rupp Arena during the 2009-10 season during head coach John Calipari’s inaugural season with the Wildcats. The Kentucky faithful set a new single-show attendance record with more than 22,000 fans in attendance for the 11 a.m. airing. The Blue and White own a 3-0 record on days when it is featured by the GameDay crew under Calipari’s direction.

The show stopped in Nashville, Tenn,, a season ago to feature Kentucky’s matchup with Vanderbilt in early February. In three of UK’s six previous appearances the Wildcats have faced Florida, with the other meetings coming against Vanderbilt (2012), Tennessee (2010) and Mississippi State (2005).

2012-13 GameDay Schedule

Jan. 19 Indianapolis Gonzaga vs. Butler
Jan. 26 Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina at NC State
Feb. 2 Bloomington, Ind. Michigan at Indiana
Feb. 9 South Bend, Ind. Louisville at Notre Dame
OR Cincinnati, Ohio Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
Feb. 16 Lawrence, Kan. Texas at Kansas
Feb. 23 Lexington, Ky. Missouri at Kentucky
March 2 Los Angeles Arizona at UCLA
March 9 Washington, D.C. Syracuse at Georgetown
OR Chapel Hill, N.C. Duke at North Carolina

2013 Star Marcus Lee Cuts List; Kentucky, Louisville in the Mix

According to reports, 2013 star Marcus Lee is down to seven schools, including both Kentucky and Louisville.

Lee, a 6-foot-9 power forward, is reportedly considering Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, Duke, UCLA, Kansas and California.

jerrymeyer247 Top 10 prospect Marcus Lee considering 7 schools- California, UCLA, Indiana, Duke, Louisville, Kentucky and Kansas.

Lee ranks No. 33 overall on the list for 2013.

John Wall Talks Wizards and His Future Goals

Former Kentucky star John Wall joins Jim Rome to discuss last year's season, the Wizards chances to make the playoffs, his future goals and more:

Pikeville Releases 2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule

The University of Pikeville has announced its men's basketball schedule for the 2012-13 season.

The Bears will open in October before travelling to Louisville for an exhibition game on November 1.

In addition, UPIKE will play out-of-conference series against St. Andrews, Life University and Cumberland (Tenn.).

Mid-South Conference action, which is expected to be as tough as ever, gets underway in November.

2012-2013 University of Pikeville Men’s Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Time


20 Basketball Blastoff 7:30
27 St. Andrews 4:00
30 Knoxville College 7:30


1 *University of Louisville TBA
3 Ohio Midwestern (BB&T Classic) 8:00
4 UC Clermont (BB&T Classic) 4:00
7 Life University 7:30
10 Alice Lloyd College (JV/V) 4:00
11 OSU Mansfield 3:00
15 @ Campbellsville 8:00
17 @ Lindsey Wilson 5:00
20 UVA Wise 8:00
24 Atlanta Sports Academy (JV only) TBA
29 Shawnee State 8:00


1 Rio Grande 4:00
15 Life University Noon
17 St. Andrews 6:00


3 Ohio Christian Univ. (JV/V) 8:00
5 @ Bluefield College 4:00
10 Cumberlands, KY 8:00
12 Cumberland, TN 4:00
17 St. Catharine (Education Day) Noon
19 Georgetown (Walters/EKB Day) 4:00
24 @ Cumberland, TN 7:00
26 @ Cumberlands, KY 4;00
31 Bluefield College (CTB Night) 8:00


7 @ Georgetown 8:00
9 @ St. Catharine 4:00
14 Lindsey Wilson 8:00
16 Campbellsville 4:00
21 @ Rio Grande 8:00
23 @ Shawnee State 4:00
25 @ UVA Wise 8:00


1-3 @ Mid South Conference TBA
13-19 @ NAIA National Tournament TBA

* Exhibition

John Wall, Rajon Rondo to Help President Obama

Former Kentucky stars John Wall and Rajon Rondo are among NBA stars who will be helping President Barack Obama's fundraising "shoot-around" and dinner in New York on August 22.

Here are more details from the Washington Post:

The Obama campaign is planning a fundraising “shoot-around” and dinner in New York on Aug. 22 featuring several NBA stars, including Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics, John Wall of the Washington Wizards and others. Jordan, who played for the Chicago Bulls, Obama’s favorite NBA team, and NBA Commissioner David Stern are co-hosting a $20,000-per person fundraising dinner with the president later in the day.

Obama is a longtime basketball fan who regularly plays pickup games with friends and aides. His campaign held a fundraiser last February at the Orlando-area home of NBA player Vince Carter, who is also involved in the New York events.

The campaign is holding a “shoot-around” with players at New York’s Chelsea Piers sports complex, including Anthony, Rondo, Wall, Paul Pierce, Kyrie Irving, Joe Johnson and former NBA centers Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning. WNBA stars Sheryl Swoopes and Dawn Staley are also participating in the event, which will cost $5,000 for a parent and child or two people to have a “shoot-around skills session” with the players. A $250 donation provides an autograph session with the players

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Nerlens Noel to Hoopsworld: "I'll play my own game"

Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel talks basketball and comparisons to Anthony Davis with Hoopsworld:

Florida Writer: 2007 Gators Would Beat 2011 Wildcats

Kevin Brockway, Florida basketball beat writer for the Gainesville Sun, says the 2007 Florida Gators would beat John Calipari's 2011 Kentucky Wildcats.

Brockway made his statement and supporting arguments on Twitter earlier today:

gatorhoops @MikeGriffith32 @gatorhoops Horford > T. Jones, Brewer-Kidd Gilchrist even, guard shooting even, Miller-Richard even off bench.

gatorhoops @Darren__Reese @MikeGriffith32 Davis' weakness was getting winded when teams played up-tempo. Noah best conditioned college big man.

gatorhoops @CosmicWrangler @johnclayiv you seem to forget Kentucky was outscored in second half of nat title game. Tired, perhaps?

gatorhoops @hcschl2 @johnclayiv misinterpreting "run off floor" not from team sense but Noah would get Davis fatigued. Florida would win by 8.

Go here to see his full argument

HT: John Clay's Blog

Wall, Mack Listed for The Goodman League Round Ball Classic

John Wall and Shelvin Mack are listed as participants in The Goodman League Round Ball Classic on Sunday, August 19.

Here is more info (click to enlarge):

Antoine Walker Talks Basketball at 2012 adidas Nations

Here is former Kentucky star Antoine Walker talking to Hoopsworld at the 2012 adidas Nations event:

Antoine Walker: 2012 adidas Nations by BNQT

ESPN Announces Game Times for SEC/Big East Challenge

ESPN has announced that the Kentucky Wildcats will face Notre Dame at 7:00 p.m. ET on November 29 as part of the SEC/Big East Challenge.

Here is the official release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – With the Notre Dame-Kentucky men’s basketball matchup already selected as a part of the SEC/Big East Challenge, ESPN officially announced the tip for 7 p.m. ET on Nov. 29. The game will air live on ESPN2 on the campus of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

The SEC/Big East Challenge will feature 12 schools in the SEC competing against 12 schools from the Big East over a three-day period beginning Nov. 29.

The Wildcats lead the all-time series against the Irish, 42-18; however Notre Dame holds an 8-6 advantage over Kentucky in South Bend. UK defeated the Irish in the most recent meeting, 72-58 in Louisville during the 2010-11 season. The last time the two teams met in South Bend, the Irish bested the Cats, 77-67, in the 2009 NIT, ending UK’s season.

UK opens the 2012-13 season on Nov. 9 at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Blue and White will take on Maryland to begin the year.

SEC/Big East Challenge Complete Schedule

Thursday, Nov. 29

7 p.m. ESPN2 Kentucky at Notre Dame
7:30 p.m. ESPNU South Carolina at St. John’s
9 p.m. ESPN2 Marquette at Florida
9:30 p.m. ESPNU Seton Hall at LSU

Friday, Nov. 30

6:30 p.m. ESPN Tennessee at Georgetown
7 p.m. ESNPU Georgia at South Florida
8:30 p.m. ESPN Syracuse at Arkansas
9 p.m. ESPNU DePaul at Auburn

Saturday, Dec. 1

3 p.m. ESPN2 Alabama at Cincinnati
5 p.m. ESPN2 Villanova at Vanderbilt
TBD ESPNU Mississippi State at Providence
TBD ESPNU Rutgers at Mississippi

Pikeville Adds JUCO Transfer Brandon Greene for 2012-13

The University of Pikeville has added JUCO transfer Brandon Greene for the 2012-13 season.

Greene has played two seasons at Cecil (Md.) College after originally signing with Texas Southern University.

Here is the release from UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – University of Pikeville Men's Basketball Coach Kelly Wells has added yet another impact player to his 2012 recruiting class.

Brandon Greene, a 6-6 forward from Baltimore, Md., has inked with the Bears and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. Greene, who played two seasons of competition at Cecil (Md.) College, was originally a Texas Southern University signee.

While at Cecil, Greene posted averages of 12.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per contest while shooting 50 percent from the field. Greene helped lead the 2010-2011 Seahawks to a 26-5 record and a No. 6 NJCAA Div. 2 national ranking.

“Brandon brings a lot of toughness to the court,” said Wells. “He really runs the floor well, and fights for every rebound and loose ball. Brandon's a team-first player who is always willing to do whatever it takes to help us get a win. Coming from Cecil, he is used to winning and we are excited for him to bring that winning attitude to UPIKE.”

As a prep, Greene attended Towson Catholic High School in Baltimore, Md. As a senior, Greene averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks per game and was selected as a member of the Baltimore Sun First-Team All-Metro team. He helped lead Towson Catholic to their second straight MIAA A Conference championship.

Matt Stearsman Takes Job at Young Harris College

Former St. Catharine College and Kentucky Wesleyan assistant Matt Stearsman has taken an assistant's position with the women's program at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia.

Here is the release from YHC:

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College women's basketball coach Brenda Paul announced the addition of Matt Stearsman as an assistant coach on her staff.

"Matt is a passionate, enthusiastic young coach with the knowledge and leadership skills to be a terrific head coach," said Paul. "Matt has experienced success at every program he has helped to develop which is a testament to his coaching and recruiting skills as well as his ability to motivate players."

Stearsman joins the Mountain Lions after spending the past two seasons as a member of the Gannon University men's basketball staff. He arrived in Erie, Pa., prior to the 2010-11 campaign after serving as the associate head coach at St. Catharine College the previous two seasons. In 2009-10, he helped produce the best turnaround in the country as St. Catharine posted a 21-11 record. Five of those victories came against top 25 teams. The 21 overall wins came one year after the program won only five games in 2008-09. Patriot players earned all-conference honors five times during his two seasons on the staff.

Prior to his stint at St. Catharine, Stearsman was an assistant coach for one season (2007-08) at Georgia Southwestern State University and two seasons (2005-07) at Oklahoma City University. He helped Oklahoma City produce a 64-10 record during that two-year span. The Stars advanced to back-to-back NAIA national championship games, winning the national title at 2007. The program finished No. 1 in the final 2007 national rankings and No. 7 in the final 2006 poll. At Oklahoma City, he was able to tutor NAIA All-America third-team members Nick Covington (2007) and Dawud Drew (2006).

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Harrison Twins in Feature About Houston Defenders

Kentucky recruits Andrew and Aaron Harrison are prominent in Fivestarbasketball's feature on the Houston Defenders AAU program:

Marquis Teague Signs Rookie Contract with Bulls

Former University of Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague has finally signed his rookie contract with the Chicago Bulls.

Teague, the last first round draft pick to sign a deal, settled for a deal for 100 percent of his slotted salary rather than the traditional 120 percent. He will make $857,000 during his first year and the following years are expected to be at 120 percent.

Here is more from the Chicago Tribune:

When the Bulls signed Kirk Hinrich to a portion of the midlevel exception and Marco Belinelli to the biannual exception, they put themselves in a hard-cap situation of $74.307 million. Thus, negotiations with Teague focused on a first-year salary of less than 120 percent, sources said.

Teague ultimately signed a deal for 100 percent of his slotted salary in the first year, or $857,000, sources said. The following years are expected to be at the 120 percent slotted salary

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Georgetown College Lands Maryland Transfer Mychal Parker

According to Jeff Goodman of, Georgetown College has landed Mychal Parker, a transfer from Maryland.

GoodmanCBS Also been informed that former Maryland wing Mychal Parker is set to attend Georgetown University, NAIA in Kentucky.

GoodmanCBS My bad. Ex-MD wing Mychal Parker is headed to Georgetown College, not Georgetown University - where the best screener calls home.@natelubick

Parker is a 6-foot-5 junior guard/forward. He averaged 4.3 points in 32 games as a sophomore for the Terrapins.

Doron Lamb is Participating in Grgurich's Skills Camp

Former Kentucky star Doron Lamb is currently in Las Vegas participating in veteran NBA assistant Tim Grgurich's skills camp.

The camp opened today and runs through Thursday.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Bellarmine Assistant Named Head Coach at Shawnee

Bellarmine University assistant Carl White has been named boys' basketball head coach at Shawnee High School.

Here is more from the Courier-Journal:

“To have someone of Carl’s experience on the middle school, high school and college level is a home run for us,” said Shawnee athletic director Dwight Bransford. “He comes from a championship program and is a guy with good character.”

White could not be reached for comment.

White is a graduate of Iroquois High School and Kentucky State University. After 22 years working as a systems engineer, he took a job as an assistant coach under Jason Couch at Eastern in 2004. The Eagles won two Seventh Region championships while he was there

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Rajon Rondo Hanging Out with Snoop Lion (Formerly Dogg)

Snoop Lion, who was previously known as Snoop Dogg, posted a picture of himself with former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo at rapper Drake's OVO fest in Toronto on Sunday.

Here is the picture of Rondo, who is sporting a "high" t-shirt, and Snoop D O Double G (oops, Snoop L I O N):


Peyton Siva Goes 360 Between the Legs at Adidas Nations

Check out Louisville star Peyton Siva showing off his incredible hops - between the legs 360 dunk at Adidas Nations:

* Video by HomeTeamHoops on YouTube

Northern Kentucky Signs Nate Snodgrass for 2012-13

Northern Kentucky University has signed Nate Snodgrass from Butler (Pa.) High School for the 2012-13 season.

Here is a release from NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University men's basketball coach Dave Bezold has added prep standout Nate Snodgrass to the Norse's 2012-13 roster.

Snodgrass, a 6-foot-1 point guard, graduated from Butler (Pa.) High School this spring after averaging 21.8 points and 5.2 assists per game as a senior. During the postseason, He had scoring outbursts of 33 and 34 points in the first two Class AAAA playoff games.

Snodgrass scored 33 points in a first-round upset of No. 2 seed Chartiers Valley and scored 12 points in the final quarter to bring Butler back from an eight-point deficit. In the quarterfinals against North Allegheny, Snodgrass had only two points in the first half, but finished with 34. He made a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation to tie the score and made the winning basket in overtime with two seconds left.

“Nate enjoyed a great senior season and started to get a lot of attention from Division I programs as the year progressed,” Bezold said of Snodgrass, who originally committed to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. “He is a tremendous competitor and an outstanding student in the classroom. We were fortunate he decided to join our program, and Nate is a great addition.”

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Gorgui Dieng with a Soccer Pass to Ed Daniel for the Dunk

Check out this amazing soccer style pass from Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng to Murray State's Ed Daniel:

Top Highlights from 2012 Maysville Classic

Here are some of the top highlights from the 2012 Maysville Classic:

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Photos: 2012 Maysville Classic (aka Dirt Bowl)

Here are a few pictures I snapped at the 2012 Maysville Classic:

Morehead State Adds Four Players to Men's Basketball Program

Morehead State has added four players to the men's basketball program. The Eagles have announced the additions of Jason Holmes, Maurice Lewis-Briggs, Brent Arrington and Karam Mashour.

Here is a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The Morehead State men’s basketball program has added Jason Holmes, Maurice Lewis-Briggs, Brent Arrington and Karam Mashour. Holmes and Lewis-Briggs are eligible for the 2012-13 season, while Arrington and Mashour have to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules.

“We are excited about the addition of these four young men,” Morehead State Head Coach Sean Woods said. “They are all very talented basketball players who have potential to make significant contributions at this level. I know Jason and Brent well from our time together at Mississippi Valley State, and I’ve been excited about what I’ve seen from Maurice and Karam to this point.”

Holmes, who attended Guerin Prep High School in River Grove, Ill., has one season of eligibility remaining. He comes to MSU after one year at Cochise College (Ariz.) and three seasons at Mississippi Valley State, but sat out last year as a medical redshirt.

A 6-foot-9 post player, Holmes averaged 8.2 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 54 percent from the field as a freshman at Cochise in 2008-09.

Holmes recorded 6.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while knocking down 50 percent from the floor as a sophomore at MVSU in 2009-10. He then averaged 5.7 points and 3.0 boards while connecting on 51 percent from the field for the Delta Devils as a junior in 2010-11.

“Jason was the best post player in the Southwestern Athletic Conference heading into last season, but he suffered an injury and missed the entire year,” Woods said. “He is a versatile lefty who runs well, stretches the defense and can block shots. Jason has experience in a winning environment and will compete for one of our starting spots.”

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Ramel Bradley Signs with Elitzur Netanya in Israel

Former University of Kentucky star Ramel Bradley is on the move in Israel's top-level Premier League.

Bradley has signed with Elitzur Netanya for the 2012-13 season.

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Ramel Bradley (188-G-85) is a new member of GreenTops Netanya, according to Eurobasket's David Pick. The American point guard finished last season with Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. He joined them in January collecting 12 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.3 apg for 16 Premier League games. The player started last season with Maccabi Ashdod, where he had 17.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3.3 apg for 12 games. Bradley played for Maccabi Ashdod also in 2010/11. He was top-scorer of the league with 17.7 ppg in 18 games. Before Israel, Ramel Bradley spent one year with French JDA Dijon. His rookie year the player spent with Cedevita Zagreb. Bradley graduated at the University of Kentucky four years ago. He shined with 15.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 3.4 apg for his school as a senior.


Rod Strickland Pleads Not Guilty to Amended Charges

Rod Strickland pleaded not guilty to amended charges Friday.

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Former Assistant UK Basketball Coach Rod Strickland pleaded not guilty to amended charges Friday.

Strickland was originally pulled over Thursday for failure to signal.

He was cited for having a expired license plate and a suspended license because of a DUI.

Court documents say his license was suspended in 2010 because of a DUI arrest, but it was reinstated in 2011

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Josh Harrellson Likely to be Waived, Other Teams Interested

News came out yesterday that former Kentucky star Josh Harrellson will likely be waived by the Houston Rockets on August 15.

Scott Anderson of was able to catch up with Harrellson at the Maysville Classic yesterday afternoon. Harrellson said his agent is hearing from seven teams that have interest if he is waived.

Here is the interview:

Harrellson at the Maysville Classic:

John Calipari Hangs with the Stars at Starkey Hearing Gala

Kentucky head coach John Calipari was at the Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala in Minnesota last night:

UKCoachCalipari At the 2012 @starkeyhearing Foundation gala. Great event

Calipari posted several pictures on his Twitter account:

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