Saturday, August 25, 2012

Anthony Davis Has Some Lofty Goals for His Rookie Season


Joe Brescia of the New York Times recently interviewed former Kentucky star Anthony Davis.

Davis talked about playing for Team USA, his lofty goals for this season and more.

Here is an excerpt:

Q.What’s your scouting report on yourself?

A.I can shoot the midrange. Finish around the rim. A great defender. Can run the floor. And plays hard for the whole game.

Q.What part of your game do you want to improve?

A.I want to get stronger. Improve my ball handling and become a better shooter.

Q.What do you want to accomplish in your first season in the N.B.A.?

A.Win rookie of the year. Make first-team all-rookie, first-team all-defense and defensive player of the year.

Q.What player do you compare yourself to?

A.K. G. Kevin Garnett. And I like how hard he goes, and he plays good defense along with his offense
.

Complete Interview

Kenneth Faried is Starting His Own Fashion Trends

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried has been having a little fun on Twitter lately.

First, there was this:

KennethFaried35 I start my own trends!! http://instagr.am/p/Otr_rVvebb/



Then, this picture appears on JaVale McGee's Twitter:

JaValeMcGee34 RT @JaValeMcGee34 #SHWAG #ELMO #COOKIEMONSTA @kennethfaried35 http://instagr.am/p/OwnK_1POBI/


Video: Peyton Siva Mixtape from 2012 adidas Nations

Check out this mixtape of Louisville star Peyton Siva doing work at the 2012 adidas Nations event:



* Video by HomeTeamHoops on YouTube

Maurice Pearson Earns Pro Opportunity in Poland


Former Georgetown College big man Maurice Pearson has earned a tryout with Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg in Poland's top-level TBL league.

Here is more from GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball Maurice Pearson will be trying out for Jezioro Tarnobrzeg, a Polish professional basketball team. He arrived in Poland yesterday.

Pearson helped the Tigers to an Elite Eight appearance this past season, averaging 15.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. He was named Third-Team All-America during his senior season. As a junior, Pearson averaged 11 ppg and 6.6 rpg as the Tigers made it back to the Fab Four.

"It's really exciting to see Mo get this opportunity," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "He was a staple on our team over the past several seasons."

The center from Maryland dealt with knee injuries most of his time at Georgetown, but has been able to get strong enough to try and continue his career at the next level. If he is signed he will be the 45th Tiger to play professionally.

Release

Three More Schools Join G-MAC Conference


The new formed Great Midwest Athletic Conference has announced that Alderson-Broaddus College, Davis & Elkins College and Ohio Valley University have accepted invitations to join the league.

Here is a release from the GMAC:

The Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) has announced that Alderson-Broaddus College, Davis & Elkins College, and Ohio Valley University have accepted invitations to partner with the G-MAC.

The collaboration between the G-MAC and these three institutions began several months ago and is currently being finalized, with Alderson-Broaddus, Davis & Elkins, and Ohio Valley to begin competing in the fall of 2013.

“The G-MAC is excited about the recent developments regarding membership and is looking forward to flourishing with the addition of Alderson-Broaddus, Davis & Elkins and Ohio Valley,” said G-MAC Commissioner Tom Daeger. “These institutions are committed to creating a quality Division II athletic conference that will benefit the experiences of their student-athletes and will prove to be valuable additions to the membership.”

The addition of three new NCAA Division II members will allow the G-MAC to satisfy the membership requirement for active status as a conference for 2013-14, as it continues to work through the Educational Assessment Program in 2012-13. The Conference, originally scheduled to move into 2013-14 with only five active members, will now anticipate starting the year with at least nine total institutions, and at least seven active members, as the G-MAC continues to explore further expansion opportunities.

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UK Recruit Julius Randle Wins Elite 24 Dunk Contest

Check out this crazy dunk by Kentucky recruit Julius Randle to win the Elite 24 dunk contest:



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Friday, August 24, 2012

Xavier Rathan-Mayes Cuts Final List to Five


Xavier Rathan-Mayes announced his top five schools on Twitter earlier this evening.

Rathan-Mayes says he is down to Illinois, Texas, Baylor, Connecticut and Florida State.

YungBoiMayes My top 5 are Baylor, FSU, Uconn, Illinois and Texas no specific order

Kentucky was in Rathan-Mayes' top 10 but the Wildcats have not extended a scholarship offer.

Murray State Announces 2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule


Murray State University has announced a challenging men's basketball schedule for the 2012-13 season.

Here's a release from MSU:

Murray State men's basketball announced its 2012-13 schedule featuring 15 home games at the CFSB Center, which includes home games against Old Dominion, Valparaiso, Western Kentucky and the ESPNU BracketBusters as well as a full slate of Ohio Valley Conference games as the Racers will be trying for their fourth-straight league title.

The Racers enter the 2012-13 campaign on the high of their greatest season in the 87 years of the program when they were 31-2 under rookie head coach Steve Prohm. MSU earned a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to within a game of the Sweet 16 and set program records in the national rankings ending the season No. 12 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 16 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll.

Highlighting MSU's non-conference schedule is an appearance in the Charleston Classic (Nov. 15-18) in Charleston, S.C. The Racers' first opponent in the event is Auburn (Nov. 15) at TD Arena. MSU will face either St. John's or College of Charleston (Nov. 16). The rest of an outstanding field of teams is made up of: Baylor, Boston College, Dayton and Colorado.

The Racers face other road non-conference match-ups with Lipscomb, Evansville, Arkansas State and Dayton.

Complete Release

Murray State University 2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule

NOVEMBER

Tue/6 Home Freed Hardeman (Exhibition) Murray, Ky. TBA
Fri/9 Home Brescia Murray, Ky. TBA
Thu/15 Neutral ^Auburn Charleston, S.C TBA
Fri/16 Neutral ^St. John’s or College of Charleston Charleston, S.C TBA
Sun/18 Neutral ^Baylor, Boston College, Dayton, Colorado Charleston, S.C TBA
Sat/24 Home Old Dominion Murray, Ky. TBA
Mon/26 Away Lipscomb Nashville, Tenn. TBA

DECEMBER

Tue/4 Home Bethel Murray, Ky. TBA
Sat/8 Away Evansville Evansville, Ind. TBA
Sun/16 Home Western Kentucky Murray, Ky. TBA
Wed/19 Away Arkansas State Jonesboro, Ark. TBA
Sat/22 Away Dayton Dayton, Ohio TBA
Sat/29 Home Valparaiso Murray, Ky. TBA

JANUARY

Thu/3 Away UT Martin Martin, Tenn. TBA
Sat/5 Away SE Missouri Cape Girardeau, Mo. TBA
Wed/9 Home Eastern Kentucky Murray, Ky. TBA
Sat/12 Away Austin Peay Clarksville, Tenn. TBA
Thu/17 Home Eastern Illinois Murray, Ky. TBA
Sat/19 Home SIUE Murray, Ky. TBA
Thu/24 Away Tennessee Tech Cookeville, Tenn. TBA
Sat/26 Away Jacksonville State Jacksonville, Aka. TBA

FEBRUARY

Sat/2 Home Austin Peay Murray, Ky. TBA
Thu/7 Home Belmont Murray, Ky. TBA
Sat/9 Home Tennessee State Murray, Ky. TBA
Thu/14 Away SIUE Edwardsville, Ill. TBA
Sat/16 Away Eastern Illinois Charleston, Ill. TBA
Wed/20 Away Morehead State Morehead, Ky. TBA
Sat/23 Home BracketBusters Murray, Ky. TBA
Thu/28 Home UT Martin Murray, Ky. TBA

MARCH

Sat/2 Home SE Missouri Murray, Ky. TBA
Wed/6 Neutral #OVC Tournament 1st Round Nashville, Tenn. TBA
Thu/7 Neutral #OVC Tournament 2nd Round Nashville, Tenn. TBA
Fri/8 Neutral #OVC Tournament Semifi nals Nashville, Tenn. TBA
Sat/9 Neutral #OVC Tournament Championship Nashville, Tenn. TBA

* OVC game
^ Charleston Classic - Charleston, S.C.
# Municipal Auditorium - Nashville, Tenn.
Racer TV Network (RTVN) games are aired live on Time Warner, Mediacom, Comcast, Murray Electric cable systems

Reece Gaines Added to Bellarmine University Coaching Staff


Former Louisville star Reece Gaines has been added to Coach Scott Davenport's coaching staff at Bellarmine University.

The official announcement could come as soon as later today.

Gaines will replace Carl White, who left to take over the Shawnee High School boy's basketball program recently.

Gaines spent some time playing professionally in Venezuela and Austria last season. Before that, he had stays in Austria, France, Spain, Greece and the NBA Development League.

Prior to heading overseas, Gaines spent three seasons in the NBA with the Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks.

The move was first mentioned on Twitter here:

Xavier Rathan-Mayes to Announce Top 5 Later Today


Huntington Prep star Xavier Rathan-Mayes will announce his final list of five schools this evening at 6:00 p.m. ET.

Kentucky is in Rathan-Mayes' top 10.

Fans can likely expect Florida State to make the final list since Rathan-Mayes is scheduled for a visit to Tallahassee soon:

EvanDanielsFOX Xavier Rathan-Mayes is taking an unofficial to Florida State next week with his mother. One of better shooter/scorers in the 2013 class.

Rathan-Mayes is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard. He ranks No. 48 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013.

Eloy Vargas Set to Begin Pro Career in Spain


Former Kentucky big man Eloy Vargas will begin his professional career in Spain.

Vargas has signed a one-year deal with Knet in Spain's second-level LEB Gold league.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Eloy Vargas (210-F-88, college: Kentucky) is set to start his professional basketball career. The Dominican big guy signed a 1-year deal with Knet. They will compete in Spanish second division for men - LEB Gold. Vargas graduated at the University of Kentucky few months ago. They were NCAA champions, but Vargas had very limited playing time. It was expected as Kentucky had No.1 NBA pick Anthony Davis (208-C-93, college: Kentucky), as well as few other players who will start their NBA careers in the upcoming season. Eloy Vargas played 33 games for the school as a senior averaging 1.7 rebounds and less than a point. He transferred to Kentucky in 2010 from Miami Dade C (JUCO). In this first year with Kentucky they reached NCAA Final Four. Eloy Vargas started college career at the University of Florida in 2008. He spent just one year with Florida, before he moved to Miami Dade CC. Vargas was on the list of candidates for Dominican National Team last summer.

Source

Stanley Johnson Has Been Hearing from Kentucky


Stanley Johnson, a 6-foot-6 forward from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, says he has been hearing from Kentucky.

Johnson, who was recently invited to play in the Under Armor Elite 24 game, ranks No. 17 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.

Here is more from ZagsBlog.com:

Johnson joins Oakland Soldiers teammates Jabari Bird and Aaron Gordon in the game, which airs Saturday night on ESPNU.

While Bird and Gordon are in the Class of 2013, Johnson is 2014, yet he is still hearing from a lot of big time schools.

He said Kentucky, Arizona, USC, UCLA and Colorado have reached out recently.

“Coach Cal called me and Orlando [Antigua] texted me,” Johnson said of the Kentucky coaches. “Coach Cal is talking about college and stuff, and coach Orlando said they’re coming down in September to watch me.”


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Photo: Rivals.com

2014 SF Sean Sellers to Visit Morehead State Soon


Sean Sellers, a 6-foot-5 small forward from Greensburg (Ind.) High School, will reportedly make an unofficial visit to Morehead State September 7.

Sellers, a member of the 2014 recruiting class, recently picked up an offer from IUPUI.

Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star reported the news on Twitter:

KyleNeddenriep Greensburg forward Sean Sellers (2014) picked up an offer from IUPUI. He will take unofficial visit to Morehead State Sept. 7.

Northern Kentucky Offers Stedman Lowry

Northern Kentucky University has reportedly extended an offer to Lakota East (OH) guard Stedman Lowry.

Lowry, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, received an offer from Hillsdale College in June. He is also hearing from Navy, William & Mary, Akron, Central Michigan and Army.



Here is more from Westchesterbuzz.com:

Vickers has also said that Navy wants Lowry to visit soon. According to The Enquirer’s Mike Dyer, Army has also shown interest in Lowry.

Many schools were interested in Lowry this past winter, but backed off after he tore his ACL just five games into his junior season. Prior to the injury, Lowry was averaging 17.5 points and 7 rebounds per contest
.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bellarmine University Releases 2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule


Bellarmine University has announced the school's 2012-13 men's basketball schedule.

The Knights will open with exhibition contests at Cincinnati and Louisville before playing a 26-game regular season.

Bellarmine University 2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Location
11/5/2012 University of Cincinnati (exh.) Cincinnati, Ohio TBA
11/7/2012 University of Louisville (exh.) Louisville, Ky. 7:00 PM
11/15/2012 Wayne State University KNIGHTS HALL 7:00 PM
11/17/2012 Grand Valley State University KNIGHTS HALL 3:15 PM
Bill Joergens Memorial Classic
11/23/2012 Philander Smith College Evansville, Ind. 6:15 PM
11/24/2012 University of Virginia College @ Wise Evansville, Ind. 6:15 PM
12/1/2012 West Virginia Univ. Institute of Technology Montgomery, W.V. 2:00 PM
12/8/2012 Wheeling Jesuit University KNIGHTS HALL 2:30 PM
Fern Valley Hotel Classic
12/14/2012 University of Cincinnati Clermont KNIGHTS HALL 7:30 PM
12/15/2012 Nova Southeastern University KNIGHTS HALL 7:30 PM
1/3/2013 Quincy University KNIGHTS HALL 8:00 PM
1/5/2013 University of Illinois Springfield KNIGHTS HALL 3:15 PM
1/10/2013 University of Missouri - St. Louis St. Louis, Mo. 8:30 PM
1/12/2013 Maryville University St. Louis, Mo. 4:15 PM
1/17/2013 University of Wisconsin-Parkside KNIGHTS HALL 8:00 PM
1/19/2013 Lewis University KNIGHTS HALL 3:15 PM
1/21/2013 McKendree University Lebanon, Ill. 9:30 PM
1/24/2013 Saint Joseph's College (Ind.) Rensselaer, Ind. 7:30 PM
1/26/2013 University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, Ind. 7:45 PM
1/31/2013 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. 8:00 PM
2/2/2013 Kentucky Wesleyan College KNIGHTS HALL 8:00 PM
2/7/2013 University of Indianapolis KNIGHTS HALL 8:00 PM
2/9/2013 Saint Joseph's College (Ind.) KNIGHTS HALL 6:30 PM
2/14/2013 Lewis University Romeoville, Ill. 9:30 PM
2/16/2013 University of Wisconsin-Parkside Sommers, Wisc. 4:15 PM
2/21/2013 University of Southern Indiana KNIGHTS HALL 8:00 PM
2/23/2013 Kentucky Wesleyan College Owensboro, Ky. 8:30 PM
2/28/2013 McKendree University KNIGHTS HALL 8:00 PM

Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament

3/8-10/2013 GLVC Tournament Evansville, Ind. TBA

NCAA Division II Tournament

3/15-19/2013 Midwest Regionals TBA TBA
3/26-30/2013 Elite Eight TBA TBA

Injured Mushatt Won't Get Sixth-Year of Eligibility at Murray State


According to WPSDLocal6.com, Murray State senior forward LaTreze Mushatt will not receive a sixth-year of eligibility.

Mushatt suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon about six weeks ago and will almost certainly not receive an additional year of eligibility.

Here is an excerpt:

Murray State coach Steve Prohm told us today his compliance department said getting the sixth-year is essentially impossible. Prohm said the sixth-year is generally given to kids who need to redshirt twice because of injury. Mushatt already redshirted once when he transferred to Murray State two years ago.

So without a chance to redshirt again, the question now is when will Mushatt be back on the court. Prohm said Mushatt is ahead of schedule in his rehab, even though he'll be in a walking boot for a while. Prohm said the goal is to get Mushatt back by February -- although if he continues to stay ahead of schedule, he might be back a little sooner
.

Complete Article

Marquis Teague Ruins Another North Carolina Picture

Former UK point guard Marquis Teague takes his turn at ruining a North Carolina picture at NBA rookie day:



* Photo posted by former UNC star Kendall Marshall

UK Officially Announces Alumni Basketball Game


The University of Kentucky has officially announced the 2012 UK Alumni Charity Game at Rupp Arena.

Tickets to the event will be $20, $40 or $100 and go on sale August 31 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – On Sept. 15, the Big Blue Nation will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the top talent to come through the UK men’s basketball program in the last two decades when Kentucky hosts the 2012 UK Alumni Charity Game at Rupp Arena.

Set to tip off at 2 p.m. ET, the game will only feature Wildcats currently playing professionally.

Tickets for the game go on sale Friday, Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. ET. All seats are reserved and priced at $100 (premium lower level), $40 (lower level) and $20 (upper level). Tickets can be purchased only at the Rupp Arena box office, online at Ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster Outlet or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. There is a four-ticket limit per person. Online orders and phone orders will have additional fees attached. All proceeds from the game will go to charity.

You must be 16 or older to purchase tickets and children under 2 get in for free with a paying adult.

Doors to Rupp Arena will open at 11 a.m.

Alhaji Mohammed is Headed to Spain's Top-Level League


Former Louisville star Alhaji Mohammed has signed with Blancos De Rueda Valladolid in Spain's top-level ACB league.

Mohammed is coming off an excellent season with Al Kuwait in Kuwait's top league. Before that, he averaged 16.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game for Lleida in Spain.

Previously, Mohammed has played in Iran, Spain, France, Holland, Germany and Kuwait.

Here is Mohammed absolutely destroying a defender last season:

Josh Harrellson Works Out for the Miami Heat


Former Kentucky star Josh Harrellson worked out for the Miami Heat this morning. Harrellson is now a free agent after being waived by the Houston Rockets last week.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

MIAMI -- Looking to fill their final spot on the roster, the Miami Heat hosted a workout for free agent center Josh Harrellson on Thursday morning, a league source told ESPN.com. The 6-foot-10 big man was waived last week by the Houston Rockets in order to make room for newly signed guard Carlos Delfino.

Harrellson averaged 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 33.9 percent from downtown last season as a reserve big man for the Knicks before being traded this offseason to the Rockets in a package for center Marcus Camby.

A rare rebounding big man who can stretch the floor, Harrellson joined Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love and Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova as the only qualified players last season to average over nine rebounds and make at least one 3-pointer per 36 minutes on the floor. Though he lacked the height of a traditional center, Harrellson primarily backed up Knicks center Tyson Chandler last season
.

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Wizards Showing Interest in Terrence Williams


The Washington Wizards are reportedly showing interest in former Louisville star Terrence Williams.

According to Michael Lee of The Washington Post, the Wizards are showing interest in T-Will, Michael Redd, Shawne Williams and Anthony Tolliver.

Here is an excerpt:

Anthony Tolliver has been in the mix for some time, but the team also has interest in free agents Michael Redd, Terrence Williams and Shawne Williams. Redd has a connection with Ernie Grunfeld since Grunfeld drafted Redd, a former all-star and Olympic gold medallist, for Milwaukee in 2000. Redd averaged 8.2 points last season in Phoenix after missing most of the previous three seasons with knee ailments.

Terrence Williams averaged 8.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 18 games with Sacramento after getting waived by Houston last season. Shawne Williams became a free agent in July after working out a buyout with Portland. He was a valued member of the New York Knicks during their playoff run two seasons ago but struggled in New Jersey before eventually getting dealt for Gerald Wallace
.

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Marquis Estill Joins Kentucky Staff as Graduate Assistant


Former Kentucky star Marquis Estill has joined John Calipari's staff at UK as a Graduate Assistant.

Estill will taking classes in an effort to complete his college degree.

Hat tip to Jimmy Smith of Bleed Blue Kentucky for posting the picture on Twitter:

BBK_Jimmy @KyleTucker_CJ you have more access to b-ball; could you find out what role Marquis Estill has on staff? Here he is.. http://pic.twitter.com/3b7CIfFL

Braydon Hobbs is Headed to Spain for 2012-13


Former Bellarmine University star Braydon Hobbs is headed to Spain for the 2012-13 season.

Hobbs has signed with Caceres Basket in the nation's second-level LEB Gold league.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Caceres Basket (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of American guard Braydon Hobbs (195-84kg, college: Bellarmine). He just graduated Bellarmine College. Hobbs averaged last season 12.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.7apg, 1.2bpg, 1.9spg. He helped Bellarmine to make it to the NCAA D2 Final Four and was voted to NABC Division II All-America Team. It will be his first season in pro basketball.

Andrew and Aaron Harrison to Announce on October 29

Nick Jones of The Kernel broke the news this week that Kentucky recruits Andrew and Aaron Harrison will announce their college decisions on October 29:

Kernel_Nick 20 @awireman @espn_OTT_BBB @Kernel_Nick BREAKING: Andrew and Aaron Harrison to announce decision on Oct. 29 the day after their birthday

Andrew ranks No. 3 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013. Twin brother Aaron is just behind at No. 4 overall.



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2013 SG Justin McKie Visiting Murray State This Weekend

According to Garrett Tucker of Future150.com, 2013 shooting guard Justin McKie is visiting Murray State this weekend:

GTuckerF150 2013 SG Justin Mckie begins his official visit to Murray State today



McKie holds offers from Florida Gulf Coast, Memphis, Presbyterian, Samford and Winthrop.

Julius Randle Would Consider Joining Harrison Twins, Wiggins at Kentucky


Julius Randle, one of the top players in the class of 2013, says he would have no problem joining the Harrison twins and Andrew Wiggins in a potential blockbuster recruiting class at Kentucky.

Randle, a 6-foot-9 power forward, ranks No. 2 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013.

Andrew and Aaron Harrison rank 3 and 4, respectively. Wiggins is currently No. 1 in the 2014 class but is considering reclassifying to 2013, where he'll likely hold the same spot.

In other words, Kentucky would have 4 of the top 5 recruits in 2013.

Here is more from ZagsBlog.com:

“Yeah, I’ve talked to Andrew a little bit,” Randle said. “If he went to Kentucky I wouldn’t consider not going there. I like Andrew and I like his game a lot. Like I’ve said before, playing with other great players makes the game easier.”

Speaking of great players, Randle said he has no problem with Aaron and Andrew Harrison and isn’t sure where the Internet rumors to the contrary came from.

“Yeah, I don’t know where that came from, but that’s not true at all,” Randle said.

“I mean, people try to start rumors all the time. I don’t know if it’s for Websites or anything, but I have no problem playing with them.”

Kentucky and Baylor are among the schools recruiting both Randle and the twins, who are set to announce Oct. 29.

“Yeah, for sure, I’d consider playing with them,” Randle said. “I mean, just playing with great players make the game easier itself, so of course I’d consider playing with them.”


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Jake Thelan Transfers to Bellarmine University


Bellarmine University has added Jake Thelan, a transfer from Spring Hill (Ala.) College, for the 2012-13 season.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --- Bellarmine University and men's basketball coach Scott Davenport have added talented transfer forward Jake Thelen into the fold for the 2012-13 season, bringing in the rising sophomore by way of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala.

“We are thrilled to have Jake join our program,” said Davenport. “He is a complete basketball player who attacks offensively and is solid on the defensive end. He comes from a great high school program and comes to us after a very positive year of college basketball.”

A native of Edgewood, Ky., Thelen led the Badgers in scoring averaging 18.5 points per game while shooting 63.4% from the field, third best in NAIA. The 6-6, 205 lb. forward also pulled down 7.5 boards a game on his way to earning Southern States Conference Freshman of the Year honors while also being named to the all-conference team. He eclipsed the 20-point plateau 13 times as a freshman with a season-high 28 points coming in a 57-62 loss at Faulkner on Feb. 16.

Thelen said he transferred primarily to be closer to his family to give them more opportunities to see him play, and he is excited to have landed at Bellarmine.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Anthony Davis Dunks All Over Cardboard Skip Bayless

Anthony Davis having a little fun with a cardboard cutout of Skip Bayless:

Bellarmine Signs Cole Schafer for 2012-13 Season


Bellarmine University has signed 6-foot-3 combo guard Cole Schafer for the 2012-13 men's basketball season.

Here is more from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --- Bellarmine University men's basketball coach Scott Davenport has added to his 2012-13 roster by signing Cole Schafer to a National Letter of Intent. The 6-3 combo guard is a recent graduate of Harrison High School in Evansville, Ind.

“Cole brings great versatility to our program,” said Davenport. “He's had to overcome an injury, so he's developed a 'never to be denied' attitude, and our staff is impressed with his drive and determination.”

Schafer's senior season was cut short at Harrison when he tore tendons in between his toes and the arch of his foot seven games into the year. Before the injury he was averaging 14.6 points and 6.1 rebounds which included a 13 point, 10 rebound performance against Pleasure Ridge Park High School and fellow Bellarmine signee, Max Clemons.

His high school coach, Bryan Speer, believes that Schafer's work ethic, he added 15-lbs. of muscle on while rehabbing the injury, shows that his best basketball is still ahead of him. “Cole improved as much over four years as any play as I've ever seen,” said Speer. “He just keeps getting better.”

His role in college will probably be as a “2-guard,” but Speer said he did it all in high school. “He played mostly at the 2 or 3, but on defense we had him guard whoever (our opponents') best player was, no matter if he was 5-7 or 6-7.”

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Kyle Wiltjer Goes All-Access at UK Photo Day

Kyle Wiltjer takes over the camera at UK men's basketball photo day:





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Dick Vitale States What Many UK Fans are Thinking

Dick Vitale states what many Kentucky fans are likely thinking:

DickieV Let's face it if Noel signed anywhere but with @UKCoachCalipari this recent inquiry would NEVER take place. #FACT


Thamel: NCAA Expanding Inquiry Into Nerlens Noel


Pete Thamel (go figure) of SI.com reports that the NCAA has expanded its inquiry into Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel.

According to Thamel, the NCAA enforcement staff is focusing on a cast of characters that surrounded Noel's recruitment and how Noel paid for his unofficial visits.

Here is an excerpt:

This is the NCAA enforcement staff's second trip to New England regarding Noel. Assistant directors of enforcement Cindi Merrill and Frank Smith also traveled to Noel's public high school in Everett, Mass., in May to meet with school officials there.

What made the NCAA's visit to Tilton intriguing is that a senior Kentucky official, UK chief compliance officer Sandy Bell, accompanied Merrill and Smith for the meeting. Bell didn't ask many questions, according to the source, but did take notes and spoke up occasionally. The presence of two NCAA enforcement officials and Bell gives the appearance that this case has gone beyond the routine checking of top prospects, according to one former NCAA investigator.

Bell did not return an e-mail and a request to comment through a spokesperson.

"I would say it's not common to utilize those resources to just check how recruiting went," said the former NCAA investigator, who has no specific knowledge of the Noel case. "It seems there would be more significant information that has to be tested."


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Mid-Continent's Chris Ferguson to Play in Belgium


Former Mid-Continent University star Chris Ferguson will begin his professional basketball career in Belgium.

Ferguson has signed with Verviers-Pepinster in Belgium's top-level Ethias League (Div. I).

Here is a release from MCU:

MAYFIELD, Ky. - Mid-Continent University's Chris Ferguson has earned the opportunity to continue his basketball career. Ferguson, who completed his senior season as a Cougar in March, has signed a contract to play for RBC Verviers-Pepinster, a professional team in the top-division of Belgian professional basketball.

"We are very excited to see one of our own sign to play oversees," said coach Winston Bennett. "Chris is a tremendous talent, and I know he will be a great asset to his new club. We wish him nothing but the best as he continues to pursue his dream of being a professional basketball player."

Ferguson is coming off a season in which he earned his second consecutive TranSouth Defensive Player of the Year Award, despite only playing in 19 games. He averaged 13.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game as a senior for the Cougars, leading Mid-Continent to its first ever TranSouth Athletic Conference Championship Game appearance.

"Mid-Continent brought the best out of me, in life and on the Court," said Ferguson. "I am going to miss it, but I thank God every day for giving me this opportunity. I'm excited to get to play professionally. I have an opportunity to play, and now I have to make the best of this chance."

Mitch Barnhart Praises John Calipari in Interview


The Kernel recently sat down with University of Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart.

In the interview, Barnhart had great praise for John Calipari, calling him "a great CEO for men's basketball."

Here is an excerpt:

Q. What has UK head basketball coach John Calipari’s impact been across the entire athletic department?
A. John cares about everybody. He has been a great CEO for men’s basketball, there is no question about that. He has made Kentucky basketball not only relevant again, but dominant again — to a spot where people fear playing us again. From a program perspective, he believes it is important for everyone to be successful, and he has done a nice job reaching out to other coaches and other programs to see what he can do to help them and to help them get better. He thinks about things at a 30,000-feet level, but he also is able to get down and deal with the details that allow him to be great. Both pieces of that he manages in a way that is unique to coaches at that level.

Q. What challenges does Calipari bring to the athletic department, when you consider how he is perceived, such as the recent “biggest cheater in college basketball” poll.
A. For me, not really any. We know what we are and how we run our program here. Sandy Bell (UK Athletics Compliance) and John have a great relationship and they work very closely together. I have been at this business long enough to know you can’t control what people say and what they do. In my opinion, people are going to say things and be hurtful if they want to be hurtful. If they have an ax to grind, they are going to do their darndest to make sure to find their agenda and get it done. I have never heard Cal out there bad-mouthing other coaches. Every coach that has been in Rupp Arena — almost without exception — he has complimented them, said that they have done a great job and has always been gracious about the other guy. I am amazed at the jealousy created when they say stuff about him, and that is what it is — it’s jealousy and people being hurtful wanting to be either where he is or to bring him down. What hurts him and the coaching industry most is that they have these polls. For a coach to even participate in a poll like that, I find almost unbelievably incredible.

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Bellarmine, Louisville Chosen to Host 2013 Elite Eight


Bellarmine University and the city of Louisville have been chosen to host the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Elite Eight.

The game will be played on March 28 and 30 in Freedom Hall.

Here is more from BU:

INDIANAPOLIS---The NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Committee has selected Bellarmine University and Louisville, Ky., to serve as the hosts for the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Elite Eight. The games will be played on March 28 and 30 in historic Freedom Hall, which has hosted six NCAA Final Fours.

“The Division II basketball committee is excited to bring the Elite Eight back to Louisville, a historic site for college basketball,” said Eric Schoh, chair of the committee and director of athletics at Winona State University. “Louisville has proven success in hosting basketball events, and given the tradition of Freedom Hall, we are looking forward to a great experience for the student-athletes.”

Bellarmine and city of Louisville served as hosts of the Division II Elite Eight from 1995 to 2000 when the event was held at the Kentucky International Convention Center downtown.

“After being fortunate enough to have played in the last two Elite Eights, the entire Bellarmine community knows what a great event it is, and we're thrilled to be hosting once again,” said Bellarmine Director of Athletics Scott Wiegandt. “The added bonus of playing in a great and storied venue such as Freedom Hall will provide lifelong memories for all the student-athletes who get to participate.”

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Three Kentucky Players in Dirty Recruiting Poll


CBSSports.com has released another poll in their "critical coaches" series. Today's question: Which player's recruitment is perceived dirtiest of past decade?

Here are the results:

Shabazz Muhammad: 15 percent
Anthony Davis: 13 percent
John Wall: 7 percent
Kyle Anderson: 7 percent
O.J. Mayo: 7 percent
Derrick Rose: 6 percent
Renardo Sidney: 6 percent
Terrence Jones: 3 percent
Tobias Harris: 3 percent
Chris Obekpa: 3 percent

Kentucky had three of the top 10 responses, including two of the top three, with John Calipari adding another in Derrick Rose. Shabazz Muhammad, who is currently under investigation, finds himself at the top of the list with 15-percent of the vote.

One coach who voted for Davis said, ”I’ve never seen a recruitment get shut down as quickly as that one got shut down. I don’t know how they did it. But it was a strong play.”

Another coach said, ”Baylor hired John Wall’s AAU coach and that still wasn’t enough to get that deal done. That recruitment was on another level. And remember, Roy Williams basically stopped recruiting him. Best player in the country is from North Carolina, and North Carolina didn’t really want anything to do with it. What does that tell you?”

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Kelenna Azubuike Showing Some Promise in Cleveland


Former Kentucky star Kelenna Azubuike is reportedly showing some promise in his workouts for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Azubuikie is trying to return to top form after suffering a torn patellar tendon in 2009. He played only 6 minutes all of last season in Dallas before being traded to Cleveland on NBA Draft night.

According to a report from Sam Amico, Azubuike could be a contributor this season:

SamAmicoFSO One thing mentioned in Cavs notes: Watch out for Kelenna Azubuike. Chris Grant says he's moving well, knee improving. Could be contributor.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Anthony Winchester Signs Deal in Spain


Former Western Kentucky University star Anthony Winchester has signed a contract with Leche Rio Breogan Lugo in Spain's second-level LEB Gold league.

Winchester was the 2006 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year after averaging 18.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the Hilltoppers. He has also played for Melilla and A. Ford Burgos in Spain.

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Video: John Wall Shares His Breakout Story

Former Kentucky star John Wall shares his breakout story, focusing on his rise from no-name prospect to star attraction at the 2007 Reebok Breakout Challenge basketball camp:



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Brother Wants Andrew Wiggins to Attend Kentucky


Nick Wiggins hopes his brother Andrew reclassifies to 2013 and chooses the University of Kentucky.

Here is more from ZagsBlog.com:

“I would love to see him go to Kentucky,” Nick, a 6-foot-6 wing who will attend Wichita State, told NorthPoleHoops.com in the above video about his younger brother.

Andrew Wiggins is a 6-7 wing who is arguably the top player in North America not currently in the NBA. He has yet to announce whether he will reclassify to 2013 from 2014, but his brother says he’s ready.

“Personally, I think he’s ready now,” Nick said. “…Personally, I think the class of 2013, that would be a good class for him to come out in now and showcase his talents because he’s ready.”


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Wiggins, who is currently in the 2014 class, is widely considered one of the top recruits in the nation.

Photo: Rivals.com

Jordan Myers Completes Mission Trip with Sports Reach


Campbellsville University men's basketball play Jordan Myers has just completed a mission trip with Sports Reach.

Myers traveled with a group of other college stars to Brazil for several exhibitions games and some additional mission work.

Here is a release from Campbellsville:

BRAZIL -- The final few weeks before school starts is usually a time of relaxation for most collegiate athletes. That was certainly not the case for Campbellsville University men's basketball player, Jordan Myers. Rather than spending his last moments of summer on the couch, the forward from Evansville, Ind., took a trip to Brazil to share Christ through his basketball talent.

Myers traveled with "Sports Reach", a Christian organization aimed to reach and teach the world about Christ through sports. The group was composed of six collegiate basketball players, and Myers was the only player to represent Campbellsville. Robby Speer, founder of SportsReach, led the group.

"Jordan always does a great job," said Spears. "He has been on mission with us to Belize two times previously, and to China once. Each time he is willing to share his love for the Lord and is sure to put everyone else first."

Speer shared that at the beginning of the trip, Myers opted not to start in any of the games, making him the only man on the bench while the other five played the first minutes.

"He knows what his purpose is," said Speer. "He is a great athlete who is going to perform well, but he is there to represent Christ, not just play ball."

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Terrence Jones Crashes North Carolina Party at Rookie Day

Meanwhile, at NBA rookie photo day:

terrencejones1 Had to ruin the UNC pic. Lol

Big Blue Madness Tickets Will Be Distributed September 22


Tickets for Kentucky's annual Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena will be available Saturday, September 22nd at 7:00 a.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows.

Here are the details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the 2012 Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena will be available Saturday, September 22nd at 7:00 am at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Euclid Avenue and online at UKathletics.com and Ticketmaster.com. Madness, the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2012-13 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Friday, Oct. 12. Times and broadcast info will be released at a later date.

Tickets are free again this year, and there will be a limit of four tickets per person at Memorial Coliseum. Online orders will have a minimal service fee attached, and there will be a limit of four tickets per household.

At the request of campus public safety officials, fans wishing to line up ahead of time at Memorial Coliseum are asked to do so no earlier than 7:00 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19th. The Athletics Department will provide portable restroom facilities, but the use of permanent, wooden-type structures; portable generators; and propane tanks or other open flames used in cooking is prohibited due to safety concerns. Alcoholic beverages or tobacco products are not permitted. Additionally, selling sports tickets in excess of face value is illegal in Kentucky.

Control cards will be issued to those camped out on Friday, Sept. 21st, beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to start lining up for Saturday morning’s ticket distribution between 4-5 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22nd. All fans must be present to obtain their control cards and only one control card per person will be accepted at distribution. Control cards will not be distributed after 7:00 am on Saturday, September 22 and all persons with control cards must be in line by 7:00 am.

Fans camping out for the Big Blue Madness ticket distribution may utilize the metered parking spaces adjacent to Memorial Coliseum while they are loading and unloading their vehicles.

After unloading, campers must relocate their vehicles to the E/K overflow parking lot, located across from Commonwealth Stadium off Alumni Drive. Parking in the E/K overflow parking lot will be free. Bus service will be available to transport fans back to Memorial Coliseum. Lextran buses serve this parking lot from 7 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. From 6 p.m. to midnight, the CATS Yellow Night Route will be in service. From midnight to 5 a.m., the CATS Bus On-Demand Service may be utilized by calling (859) 221-RIDE (7233). For more information, please visithttp://www.uky.edu/pts/buses-and-shuttles_campus-shuttles_yellow-night-route

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, the gates of Parking Structure #5 next to Kennedy’s Bookstore will be open and the structure will be available for free parking. The structure will remain open overnight; however no camping or sleeping in vehicles is permitted. Cars must be removed by 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Tanjevic: Enes Kanter "Has Forgotten How to Play Basketball"


Bogdan Tanjevic, the technical coordinator of the Turkish national basketball team, recently made some interesting statements about former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter.

Tanjevic says Kanter, who is no longer with the Turkish team, has "forgotten how to play basketball." He also feels that Kanter "needs us more than we need him."

Here is an excerpt from BallinEurope.com:

On Enes Kanter not playing on the national team in 2012, Tanjevic said that “He is a great talent and we miss him a lot. He decided not to join us but honestly, he needs us more than we need him. He has not played or trained with us in the past three years. I [also] had to replace [Kerem] Gonlum, who was on holiday with his family. Without Kanter, it will be a little more difficult but I think we’ll be able to get into EuroBasket 2013.”

But Tanjevic also sees a problem with dependence on NBA stars at all – namely, the coaches. Was he surprised when Kanter declined to play with Team Turkey? “I’m not surprised at all … America is the perfect place to lose your head. Firstly, because the coaches [there] do not understand. In the NBA, there are just three or four coaches who have been there for 100 years, making billions and winning trophies. Others are weak. Including [Utah Jazz head coach] Tyrone Corbin…

“I should have told him that I was going him to do a great service by teaching one of its basketball players and he could have earned money on it. But I don’t want to talk to guys who do not know what they are doing. Kanter has forgotten how to play basketball. He will never be a center but he always starts with his back to the basket. As a power forward, this would be devastating. He’s 2.10 meters tall and [could be] the best shooter on the Turkish team, backcourt included. But in the NBA, he never takes a shot.”


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Monday, August 20, 2012

Patrick Patterson Talks Basketball While in China

Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson has recently been in China to help promote PEAK shoes.

Here is a brief interview with Patterson:

Does Anthony Davis Have a Future as an Artist?

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis has been trying his hand as an artist.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

It also isn't the only example of a No. 1 overall pick drawing pictures. Last week, New Orleans Hornets star-in-the-making Anthony Davis and 2011 top pick Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers each drew a trio of sketches for Panini, sketches that will be made available to collectors via special promotion.

For Davis, two celebrated his famed unibrow, while one paid homage to his hometown, Chicago. Irving, meanwhile, put messages in his three sketches. None was of the caliber of, say, friend of Playbook Dustin Watson. But here's betting they fetch quite a sum if sold
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Here is a sample of Davis' work:


Kentucky Basketball Adds Kevin Massey as Student Manager

Kentucky head coach John Calipari has just announced that the men's basketball program has added Kevin Massey as a student manager.

John Calipari: Big Blue Nation, thank you for your prayers for Kevin Massey. He's made it to campus and will serve as a student manager for us this year.



If you're not familiar with Kevin Massey, go back and read this article from 2010.

John Wall Teaches Tyrek Coger a Lesson

John Wall is challenged by high school star Tyrek Coger of Upper Room Christian Academy to a game of one on one at the Reebok Breakout Challenge.

Of course, the outcome is predictable but it's funny to watch what happens when Wall tries for a play or two:



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Marcus Lee to Visit UK for Big Blue Madness


According to Adam Zagoria, 2013 forward Marcus Lee will visit the University of Kentucky for Big Blue Madness in October.

Here is an excerpt from ZagsBlog.com:

With an unofficial set for UCLA today (Saturday), Lee has added official visits to Louisville (Sept. 8), Kentucky (Oct. 12 for Big Blue Madness) and Indiana (Oct. 20), his brother, Brian, told SNY.tv. Marcus will also visit Cal unofficially Sept. 1, as previously reported.

Lee will have an in-home visit with Kansas Oct. 6
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Lee in action:

John Calipari Visits with 1996 Kentucky Basketball Players


Members of Kentucky's 1996 national championship team are having a reunion in Lexington.

UK head coach John Calipari visited with the former Kentucky stars over the weekend:



Calipari posted the picture on his Twitter account:

UKCoachCalipari Here's a better version of my earlier picture with members of the 1996 team. #WeAreUK #BBN http://twitpic.com/alm26b

In the picture with Cal: Ron Mercer, Wayne Turner, Derek Anderson, Walter McCarty, Tony Delk, Allen Edwards, Jeff Sheppard and Jared Prickett

Mangok Mathiang Cleared Academically to Play at Louisville


According to Eric Crawford of WDRB.com, Mangok Mathiang has been cleared academically to play at the University of Louisville in 2012-13.

Here is more from Crawford:

Mathiang (whose first name apparently really is pronounced "Mango") committed late to the Cards after reclassifying to the class of 2012. He still has one more step in the eligibility process to complete, but was to be with the team when Rick Pitino holds a meeting this afternoon to talk about academic matters.

Coaches have not commented on Mathiang, and won't until his eligibility process is complete.

Mathiang wasn't just under the radar, he was off the U of L recruiting radar (at least when it comes to the usual reporting sources) when he committed to U of L on August 1. It's been an unusual process, with Cardinals coaches quiet about the prospect as he works to become eligible
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Nerlens Noel is in Lexington; Site Claims He is Overrated

Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel is now in Lexington and ready for the upcoming semester:



Speaking of Noel, a site called RantSports.com says the UK big man is the most overrated prospect in 2012.

Here is an excerpt:

Those who evaluate potential often look for size and athleticism and then assume that skills and feel for the game will develop with time and hard work. This common misconception has been the reason bigs like Andre Drummond and Nerlens Noel have been overrated. The old adage, “you can teach size,” has caused more mistakes from scouts than one can imagine.

Noel still is a long, athletic player who should be able to block shots at Kentucky and will undoubtedly get significant minutes after the mass exodus of John Calipari’s players to the draft. But his lack of strength, offensive skills and feel for the game will likely prevent Noel from being the player most expect him to be. Averages of eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks per game would be a reasonable expectation as a freshman. Those numbers are not bad. Unfortunately, expectations for Noel are so high that many will consider that kind of season to be a major disappointment and will likely apply the bust tag if Kentucky fails to reach the lofty expectations set for them
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Keith Clanton is Staying at Central Florida


Central Florida forward Keith Clanton has decided to stay in Orlando and will not be transferring.

Several schools, including Kentucky, had shown interest in Clanton.

Here is more from OrlandoSentinel.com:

UCF men's basketball coach Donnie Jones said shortly after the NCAA announced its sanctions that he did not want to put pressure on the players to stay, telling them they should consider all options and pick whatever felt best.

Jones said he hoped the seniors would ultimately decide on their own to stay at UCF.

"It's always a hard decision," Jones said of the dilemma facing the seniors. "... I brought each and every one of them in there and told them, 'It's about you. I want the best for you and the right decision for you.' So I want to respect giving them a couple of days here to really take things in.

"But how could they not want to stay here? We've got a great place here at UCF. I love those guys dearly as people as well as players. They've really made a great commitment here this summer with their leadership. They've still got a lot to play for here at UCF."


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