Saturday, September 15, 2012

Cousins, Davis Lead Way as White Hammers Blue in UK Alumni Game

The White team, led by NBA stars DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, hammered the Blue team 121-93 in Kentucky basketball's alumni game.

Cousins led the way with a game-high 42 points and 15 rebounds. Davis chipped in 40.

More details soon...

For now, here is Davis dunking all over former UK star Jeff Sheppard:

UK Olympic Gold Medalists: Anthony Davis, Wah Wah Jones

Kentucky head coach John Calipari recognizes two UK legends and Olympic gold medal winners: Anthony Davis and Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones:

1996 Kentucky Wildcats Overwhelm Calipari's All-Stars

They were a little slower and have lost a few inches on their vertical leaps, but the 1996 Kentucky Wildcats had more than enough skills to overwhelm the all-stars from John Calipari's Fantasy Experience Camp.

The former Cats drilled the All-Stars 103-43 earlier this afternoon at Rupp Arena.

Alex Poythress Knows What's Up

The Kentucky freshmen are learning quickly. Check out Alex Poythress throwing up the three goggles for fans at Rupp Arena:

Joe Crawford Working Hard to Rehab Knee

Former University of Kentucky star Joe Crawford is working hard in Los Angeles to rehab his knee and get back on the basketball court.

Crawford suffered a serious knee injury while playing in Israel in May.

Here is some footage of Crawford's rehab:

Friday, September 14, 2012

Billy Gillispie Returns to Lubbock

Texas Tech head coach Billy Gillispie has returned to Lubbock following a brief stay at the Mayo Clinic.

KAMC Sports snapped this picture of Gillispie exiting the plan upon his landing in Texas:

John Calipari Talks to the Media at Fantasy Experience

Here are John Calipari's comments to the media at his Basketball Fantasy Experience:

Opening statement
“Well I say stuff like this, “Only at Kentucky” and obviously there are other places that do these kinds ofexperiences for the so called “players”. These guys ball now. They’re not here for funsies. They’ll compete.There is a circuit of them. There are 20 of these guys that go to all of them. Let me thank some of thesponsors. You have Walt Lunsford of Raymond James who is helping the Starky Foundation which is givingmoney back to the city. The interesting thing is, from this and the alumni game, we are giving away over$300,000. This is a neat thing. They are going to have a ball. For us, in this state, it is great to bring backthe former players and tie it all in together is really a great thing.”

On why it is important to bring back former players and include them
“It’s the right thing to do. When you are sitting in the seat I am in, you are the keeper of tradition. Being partof that means you reach out like I do with Coach (Joe B.) Hall, like I do with Herky Rupp and their family.You reach back and you bring people back in and make them understand and let them know that this isabout them. This is their program. The ’96 guys have been fabulous by the way. It’s been unbelievable.They are appreciative to be here. They already told me to tell everybody to get to this game because we arenot losing. We will not lose a quarter. Some of them want to play with the current players that are in theNBA which we said fine. So it should be neat.”

On the comparison between the 1996 and 2012 championship teams
“Well that team wouldn’t have been together because they would have all left early, if it was now. If it wasback then, I will tell you that they had guys that didn’t even play. They wanted Nazr Mohammad to play withthem instead of with the current NBA guys. I said no, you wouldn’t let him play when he was on your team.He didn’t even play and he is still in the NBA. So that’s how good that team was. They also sacrificed foreach other where guys were playing 23, 24 minutes a game, which in this day in age is a little harder to do.But my hat is off to them. They played and they played well. Both teams were good in different ways. Youcould say that those are maybe two of the better teams in the last 25 years.”

On what kind of memories were brought up after seeing the 1996 team
“I just was appreciative of them being there. They had a dinner and everything. When they were at dinnerand laughing and telling their stories, it didn’t include me. I wasn’t the guy that they were joking about. It wasabout another guy. I said I’m leaving the room because they will say I said it. It was all in good fun though.They just appreciate what this meant and how people treated them at the time. They want to be back here.”

On why he asks for the Big Blue Nation to come out to this charity event
“We will have great numbers there. You would like to have 25,000 there, but we aren’t going to. It’s asummer event during football season. You are bringing people back. It’s not a free thing but the money isgoing towards charity. However, many people decide to come, they are going to have a ball. They are goingto say that I am so happy. It’s not going to be televised, so anybody waiting for television, it won’t bestreamed because the NBA won’t allow it. It’s either you are in the building or you’re not. We are going to dosome special things as we raise banners. We have won eight national titles and a lot of those guys aregoing to be back. I’m really hoping we can get Wah Wah Jones back. We want to honor all of those guys.You got Mike Pratt and that crew coming back. They are not playing but they are coming back. Sam(Bowie) and all of the guys and Coach Hall will be there so it should be a great celebration of the history ofthe program."

On how much he has shown off his ring
“Well if I had it on today I would have hit some microphones and stuff with it. I learned it20 years ago and Isaid I ever win a national title, I am doing that somewhere. It was a coach of the Washington Redskins whowas in Buffalo, who had never won a championship. They kind of booed him when he was introduced andhe smacked a microphone. He said, ‘Doggone championship ring.’ The place went crazy. I said if I everhave a chance to do that, I am doing it. It was literally 20 years ago, maybe 25.”

On the talent level of the camp
“I’m going to be honest with you, we have better players than you think. And if you go out there, they’re smart. The guys that had to do the circuit; if they want to be drafted by somebody, they will act like he can’t play because the guy they want to get drafted by knows they can play. Some guys won’t even try out, they’ll have bad ankles hurting me because they are looking at the guy they want. You pick me, you know me. I mean his is like ‘uh… and they’re competitive now.’ Doc Rivers coached one team at the Jordan camp, I was coaching the other team, and we made a 3 at the buzzer to tie the ball game up, and the official waves it off and goes and points to the line and it’s at the buzzer. We went from tying the game at over time to losing and his team ended up winning the championship out there and we were done right there and we went crazy. I still remember it. We are chasing the official, the whole team and coaches. The guy is running out of the building.”

On Michael Kidd-Gilchrist saying UK will repeat this year as National Champions
“Yea, the women’s team is going to do fine. We will be alright. We aren’t where we were, we have greatkids. I’m really excited about the kind of people we have on this team. They understand, we are not asphysical as we were. Obviously we weren’t very experienced last year, but we had more than we have thisyear. We had three guys who had been in the Final Four. But, like I said a couple years ago, if I had mychoice of teams, I’m taking this team. I don’t see anybody out there that scares me. Like a couple yearsago, if we had beaten Connecticut, we probably would have won the National Title two years ago."

On why he would take this team over any other team
“No I’m talking about, two years ago I looked around the country and I’m saying, ‘I’m not afraid of any teamout there.’ My team is losing games, but we are fine we are going to be good. No one scares me and I cantell you right now without the ball going up, we can go 0-2 to start the year. We have got a veteranMaryland team and a veteran Duke team we have to play right out of the gate with no other games. We canbe 0-2 and have everybody in the state in full blown panic and they’re looking at me and I’m saying we’refine. At the end of the year, our team will be fine. We’ve got size, we’ve got speed, we’ve got someathleticism, they’re just really inexperienced.”

On Indiana and Louisville entering the season
“I said those were two of the better teams but, I haven’t seen all the other teams. Duke is going to be oneof those teams. The have everybody back. They have more unity than they’ve had in the past. You have ateam like a Syracuse, whose still going to be really good. Whereas, Ohio State, how much are they goingto dip? Penn State is going to be really good. You got some teams in the Big 10 that are going to be reallygood, so it should be interesting.”

On his thoughts to the ACC obtaining Notre Dame
“I’ll tell it’s starting to lean toward what I said for two years. They are going to four ‘super conferences’ andit’s going to be divided up. (You will have) your football playoff, and all those teams playoff(s), and your owngoverning body and all that stuff. I said it two years ago. I’ve been wrong before. What year? (19)78?”

On the retirement of UConn head coach Jim Calhoun
“I would tell you that what he has done on the court will be documented and all the other things, peopleanalyze all that. My thing is, I was there when he went on that campus. What I think when you judgecoaches is, ‘what do they add to where they are?’ What happens to the campus where he coaches. Arethey using the vehicle to help that campus? That campus was not a nice campus two years ago. One of theworst in New England. Now, it may be the nicest campus in New England and there are some really goodschools. You talk about transforming a school and athletic department. Now I’m not saying he did it allhimself. It’s like what happened in (Boston College) when that touchdown was thrown by (Doug) Flutie, andall of a sudden everything changes in B.C. It wasn’t just Flutie but it was the entire thing of bringing peopletogether. Well, he has been able to do that. That campus, that community and I think as he walks away,for me, that’s when a guy has really had an effect. Some guys will judge the coaching, the games and howit finished, how it started. There are all kinds of opinions. I’m just looking at what he has done on thatcampus and what he has done for the school and their state. In my mind, that tells you what he is.”

On the money being donated on Saturday
“Well there is going to be more than four (charities). I wish I could give $300,000 to each charity. In total,as we speak right now, it’s that. Let’s hope its $400,000. More people that buy the tickets, the money iscoming in and going right out. I’m doing it this way because I want the players to give away the checks, tolet them understand, you’re coming back and yeah we are all together and his is about our family and all ofthat. But, by coming together, we can have an impact on all these different organizations. It’s probablygoing to be more than four, it may be five or six, but until we get exactly what we have to give away, thenprobably there will be more giving away based on the fact there will still be some left now.”

Kyle Washington Down to 6; Louisville in the Mix

According to his head coach at Brewster Academy, 6-foot-9 power forward Kyle Washington is down to six schools: N.C. State, Ohio State, Washington, Marquette, Louisville and Iowa State.

Adam Zagoria of reported the news on Twitter:

AdamZagoria Per @BrewsterHoops, 6 schools remain in the mix for 6-9 Kyle Washington: N.C. State, Ohio State, Wash, Marquette, Louisville & Iowa State

Washington ranks No. 96 overall on the list for 2013.

John Calipari, Dick Vitale and Rick Pitino?

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Dick Vitale have a little fun with Louisville head coach Rick Pitino:

On a serious note, Calipari and company donated $25,000 to the Jimmy V Foundation:

Anthony Davis Flips Unibrow Liability Into Valuable Asset

Greg Dinkin of says Anthony Davis is the latest professional athlete to flip a physical liability into an asset.

Davis is now universally known for his trademarked (literally) unibrow. Dinkin says Davis could have plucked the unibrow to avoid all the criticism, but he chose to embrace it.

Now, Davis' brow is paying off in a big way.

Here is an excerpt:

What is your it? What do you perceive as the thing that's keeping you from being your best? When you rail at it -- your big ears, your raspy voice, your impoverished upbringing -- do you ever stop to think how it can help you? Do you see it as closing opportunities or opening the door to new ones?

Martin Kisp, author of "The Daily Love," writes, "I would love for you to consider that the worst things in your life, seen from a new perspective, are actually your greatest gifts!"

Kisp didn't need to tell this to Anthony Davis, Olympic gold medalist and the first pick in the NBA draft, who may be best known for his unibrow. All Davis had to do was pluck or it or shave it to avoid all the criticism, but he not only chose to embrace it, he figured out a way to capitalize on it. He has officially trademarked the phrases "Fear The Brow" and "Raise The Brow."

He leveraged that identity for a draft-day deal with Sprint and a shoe contract with Nike, which commissioned a portrait with swooshes in place of his unibrow

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Dan Dakich Says Trey Lyles Visited UK During Dead Period, Father Denies Claims

Former Indiana University player and interim head coach Dan Dakich claims that 2014 recruit Trey Lyles visited the University of Kentucky during a dead period.

Dakich also makes the claim that Lyles' father wanted a job as an assistant at Indiana to secure his son's commitment to the Hoosiers.

Here is more from Jeff Rabjohns of

JeffRabjohns Trey Lyles visited Kentucky prior to his de-commitment from Indiana, per Dan Dakich.

JeffRabjohns Dan Dakich hinted that Trey Lyles father wanted a job as an assitant at Indiana to secure his son's commitment to IU.

JeffRabjohns If Trey Lyles was on campus at Kentucky in late July during a dead period as Dakich said he heard, it is an NCAA violation.

It's important to note that Dakich provides no credible proof and only throws out accusations based on rumors.

Lyles' father, Tom, says Dakich's claims are "flat out ridiculous." From Adam Zagoria's Twitter account:

Lyles is a 6-foot-8 power forward at Arsenal Tech (Ind.). He ranks No. 8 overall on the list for 2014.

Louisville Men's Basketball to Hold Three Preseason Scrimmages

The Louisville Cardinals will hold three men's basketball scrimmages prior to the 2012-13 season.

The scrimmages will be held October 13, October 21 and October 27 in the KFC Yum! Center.

Here are details from Louisville:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville will stage three opportunities for a preseason look at the 2012-13 Cardinals with three Red-White intrasquad men's basketball scrimmages in the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday, Oct. 13; Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.

The game time for the Oct. 13 scrimmage, which occurs the day after the first official day of practice for college basketball, will be set later so as not to conflict with the Cardinals' football game at Pittsburgh also that day.

The Oct. 13 scrimmage is in concert with U of L's "Return to the Nest" Homecoming on Main festivities, which will include activities on the Norton Healthcare Plaza of the KFC Yum! Center prior to the game.

Tickets, priced at $10 for lower side and corner arena seats and $5 for end zone seats, will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 at both U of L Ticket Offices, located near Gate 2 of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium off Floyd Street; and on the third floor of the Swain Student Activities Center. Both locations are open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets will also be sold at the KFC Yum! Center ticket office, as well as before and during the Cardinals' next two home football games against North Carolina on Sept. 15 and USF on Oct. 20.

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Dick Vitale is in Lexington, Will Speak at Cal's Fantasy Camp

Legendary basketball voice Dick Vitale is in Lexington today to speak at John Calipari's Fantasy basketball camp.

Vitale announced on Twitter that he has arrived:

DickieV We have arrived in BBN BABY! @vaughtsviews @johnclayIV @jerrytipton

Spalding University Becomes Official Member of NCAA Division III

Spalding University has officially made the jump to NCAA Division III.

Here is a release from SU:

Louisville, KY. (Sept. 13) – Spalding University President Tori Murden McClure and Athletic Director Roger Burkman announced Spalding University has become an official member of NCAA Division-III, making the Golden Eagles the only Division-III institution in the city of Louisville, and one of four in Kentucky.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was on hand to celebrate the occasion. Mayor Fisher stated, “Spalding’s designation as an NCAA Division III school is a well-deserved honor. Spalding has been doing great things for our downtown community as they continue to grow and innovate, and we are excited to see the benefits their designation will bring to the school’s faculty, staff, students, and to our entire city.”

Also attending the celebration was NCAA Division-III assistant director of academic and membership affairs Jean Orr, Metro Councilman David Tandy, Louisville Sports Commission Executive Director Karl Schmitt, and most importantly, our student-athletes.

Spalding’s membership to the NCAA will not only benefit the school from an athletics standpoint, but will also open the city of Louisville up to the possibility of hosting NCAA D-III Championships.

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EKU Men's Basketball Roster for 2012-13

Eastern Kentucky University head coach Jeff Neubauer has announced his 2012-13 men's basketball roster.

The Colonels returns high-scoring senior Mike DiNunno and will feature several talented newcomers.

2012-13 EKU Men's Basketball Roster

0 Glenn Cosey G 6-0 170 Jr. Flint, Mich. (Columbus State Community College)
1 Willie Cruz G 6-3 204 Jr. Rochester, N.Y. (L'Anse Creuse High School)
2 Corey Walden G 6-2 190 So. Daytona Beach, Fla. (Brevard Community College)
3 Mike DiNunno G 5-11 192 Sr. Chicago, Ill. (Northern Illinois University)
11 Jaylen Babb-Harrison G 6-4 172 Fr. Ajax, Ontario (J. Clarke Richardson High School)
12 Marcus Lewis G 6-3 185 Jr. Streamwood, Ill. (South Suburban College)
15 Orlando Williams G 6-4 175 Jr. Cincinnati, Ohio (Miami (Ohio))
21 Robbie Stenzel G 6-5 183 So. Winchester, Ky. (George Rogers Clark High School)
22 Timmy Knipp G 6-7 204 So. Olive Hill, Ky. (Elliott County High School)
23 Ryan Parsons G 6-2 196 Jr. Morgantown, W.Va. (Morgantown High School)
24 Jeff Johnson F 6-7 264 Jr. Champaign, Ill. (Centennial High School)
33 Deverin Muff F 6-7 207 So. Strongsville, Ohio (Strongsville High School)
34 Tarius Johnson G 6-5 185 Jr. Jackson, Tenn. (Three Rivers Community College)
42 Eric Stutz F 6-8 225 So. Newburgh, Ind. (Castle High School)

Coaching Staff

Jeff Neubauer Head Coach
Rodney Crawford Assistant Coach
Austin Newton Assistant Coach
Luke Strege Assistant Coach
Ryan Wiersma Director of Basketball Operations

John Wall Will Coach, Not Play in UK Alumni Game

Washington Wizards star John Wall will be a coach in the Kentucky basketball alumni game tomorrow.

UK head coach John Calipari announced the news on Twitter this morning:

UKCoachCalipari We have our second coach, @John_Wall will coach against @Drake on Saturday in Rupp Arena. $20 ticket sale ends today.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

John Calipari to Watch Andrew Wiggins on Monday

Kentucky head coach John Calipari will be at Huntington Prep (WV) Academy on Monday to watch top recruit Andrew Wiggins.

Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford confirmed the visit to Adam Zagoria:

Andrew and Aaron Harrison Trim Final List to 3 Schools

According to Reggie Rankin of, Andrew and Aaron Harrison have trimmed their final list to three schools: Kentucky, Maryland and SMU.

Rankin reported the news on Twitter:

ReggieRankin Harrison twins trim list to three. Kentucky, Maryland and SMU a distant third according to father Aaron Harrison who I spoke with 30 sec ago

WKU Men's Basketball to Hold Coaches Clinic in October

Western Kentucky University men's basketball will hold a coaches clinic in October.

Here are details from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- WKU head men's basketball coach Ray Harper and his staff are hosting a coaches clinic on October 12 and 13 for coaches on all levels.

The clinic, which costs $50 per coach or $45 per coach for coaching staffs of three or more, will center around WKU basketball practice on October 13. The weekend starts with Hilltopper Hysteria on October 12, which coaches attending the clinic are welcome to attend and will receive priority seating.

On October 13, coaches will watch two WKU practices focusing on early-season drills and fundamentals and then attend a post-practice breakdown with the WKU coaching staff to review the concepts.

Included in the registration fee is lunch on October 13, a Russell Athletics notebook and a WKU coach's shirt.

Reservations are due by October 8.

Register Here

6th Annual Gateway Holiday Classic Field Announced

The field is set for the 6th Annual Gateway Holiday Classic at Montgomery County High School.

The field includes in-state schools Lafayette, Fleming County, Franklin County, East Carter, Covington Holy Cross and Montomgery County. Edgewater (FL) and Worthington Kilborne (OH) will also compete in the tournament.

Tournament bracket (Click to enlarge):

Here is a schedule:

Thursday December 27

2 PM - Lafayette vs. Fleming County (Gym B)
4 PM - Franklin County vs. Edgewater, FL (Gym B)
6 PM - East Carter at Montgomery County (Gym A)
8 PM - Covington Holy Cross vs. Worthington Kilborne, OH (Gym A)

Friday December 28

Losers Bracket

2 PM - (5A) Lafayette/Fleming County vs. Franklin County/Edgewater, FL (Gym A)
4 PM - (6B) East Carter/Montgomery County vs. Covington Holy Cross/Worthington Kilborne, OH (Gym B)

Winners Bracket

6 PM - (7A) Lafayette/Fleming County vs. Franklin County/Edgewater, FL (Gym A)
8 PM - (6B) East Carter/Montgomery County vs. Covington Holy Cross/Worthington Kilborne, OH (Gym B)

Saturday December 29

Losers Bracket

12 PM - Loser 5A vs. Loser 6B (7th/8th Place Game)
2 PM - Winner 5A vs. Winner 6B (5th/6th Place Game)

Winners Bracket

4:30 PM - Loser 7A vs. Loser 8B (3rd/4th Place Game)
7:30 PM - Winner 7A vs. Winner 8B (Championship/2nd Place Game)

Bracket Source:

Kidd-Gilchrist: "I'm playing at Rupp on Saturday"

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has either changed his mind or was misunderstood earlier today. He now says on Twitter that he will be playing in the UK basketball alumni game Saturday:

MikeGillie14 Not sure what everybody is talking about, but I'm letting the BBN know I'm playing at Rupp on Saturday

Kentucky to Visit 2015 Star Karl Towns Tonight

Someone from the Kentucky coaching staff will be visiting 2015 star Karl Towns tonight, according to Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader:

NextCats UK will be in New Jersey tonight to see 2015 star Karl Towns, his AD tells the Herald-Leader.

Towns, who played for John Calipari's Dominican Republic national team this summer, is a 6-foot-10 star at St. Joseph's (NJ).

Kidd-Gilchrist Will Coach, Not Play in UK Alumni Game

Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be an assistant coach in Saturday's UK basketball alumni game.

It was originally thought that Kidd-Gilchrist would play in the game but the Charlotte Bobcats have asked him to sit out.

Victims in Zay Jackson's Alleged Assault Case Speak Out

The victims in the Zay Jackson assault case have told their side of the story to

Jackson, a Murray State men's basketball player, allegedly used his car to assault the victims.

Here is an excerpt of their side of things:

Alia did not want to appear on camera, but says she and her husband are good people who were trying to report an incident. She says she saw Zay Jackson push a shopping cart into a truck parked outside Walmart and then laugh about it.

When she commented on his actions, she says Jackson got in his car, drove up, and then threatened her husband. At that point, he tried to snap a picture of Jackson's license plate to report him to police. She said, "He walks around to the back of the car to take the picture. As he's going for it, the guy puts the car into reverse and backs into his knees and pops him back about a foot."

Jackson allegedly hit the Clements more than once eventually flipping Jason onto the hood of the car. When Jackson hit the brakes, Jason hit the pavement. "Everyone is saying minor injuries, but my husband can barely walk. He can't even really hug our kids because it hurts too bad. He hasn't been able to hold my one year old baby daughter since it happened, because it hurts too bad," said Clement

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Kentucky, Louisville to Check Out Shaqquan Aaron

According to, Kentucky and Louisville will be checking out 2014 small forward Shaqquan Aaron soon:

PremierBall Ucla, Kansas, UNC, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Washington & Louisville are coming out to see 2014 6'7 G Shaqquan Aaron @theQ_21 Rainer Beach (WA)

Aaron, who stands 6-foot-8, ranks No. 30 overall on the list for 2014.

College Coaches Checking In On Shane Hall, Camron Justice

College coaches have been flocking to Eastern Kentucky this week to check out Johnson Central's 6-foot-8 power forward Shane Hall.

According to a source, Butler watched Hall yesterday. Xavier and Miami (OH) checked him out on Monday. Tennessee and UAB are expected to visit before the end of the week.

Hall holds offers from UAB, Northern Kentucky, Butler and Miami. He ranks No. 86 overall on the list for 2014.

Coaches from Butler and Western Kentucky also checked out Knott County Central's Camron Justice during their trip to the Bluegrass state.

Justice, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, is one of the top players in Kentucky's class of 2015.

John Wall Looks Explosive in 2012 Summer Highlights

Here are some summer highlights of Washington Wizards star John Wall:

* Video by

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Kentucky to Visit 2013 SF Tyler Roberson Tomorrow

According to Adam Zagoria, Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua is expected to visit 2013 star Tyler Roberson tomorrow:

AdamZagoria Orlando Antigua of UK, Joe Dooley of KU, G'town and WVU expected tomorrow for 2013 F Tyler Roberson of Roselle (NJ) Catholic

Roberson is a 6-foot-8 small forward at Roselle (NJ) Catholic. He ranks No. 29 overall on the list for 2013.

Terrence Williams Reportedly Working Out for Detroit Pistons

Former Louisville star Terrence Williams is reportedly working out for the Detroit Pistons this week.

Here is an excerpt from

Former lottery pick Terrence Williams is still considering his options as well, and a source with knowledge of his situation says the 25-year-old small forward is working out for the Pistons in Detroit this week.

Williams, who had a strong second half last season after being traded from Houston to Sacramento, played under Pistons coach Lawrence Frank in New Jersey as a rookie. He was taken 11th overall by the Nets out of Louisville in 2009. Dallas and Boston are believed to be interested as well



Video: Gorgui Dieng Shows Off His Soccer Skills

Check out Louisville center Gorgui Dieng showing off his soccer skills:

Tennessee Tech Visits Ray Kasongo

I was told earlier tonight that Tennessee Tech University sent an assistant coach to East Ridge High School yesterday to meet with rising star Ray Kasongo.

Kasongo is a 6-foot-8 power forward who ranks No. 150 overall on the list for 2014.

DeAndre Liggins Signs with Oklahoma City Thunder

Former Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins has signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Orlando Magic let Liggins go following the NBA summer league. He'll be working to earn a roster spot with the Thunder.

Here is the official release from

OKLAHOMA CITY, September 12, 2012 – The Oklahoma City Thunder signed guards DeAndre Liggins and Andy Rautins to contracts, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Liggins (6-6, 209 pounds) saw action in 17 games during the 2011-12 season as a member of the Orlando Magic where he registered averages of 1.9 points and 0.9 rebounds in 6.8 minutes.

After spending three years at the University of Kentucky, Liggins was selected in the second round (No. 53 overall) of the 2011 draft by the Orlando Magic.

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Rajon Rondo Appears on BET's 106 & Park

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo appears on BET's 106 & Park:

Tayshaun Prince to Help Promote Child Nutrition

Former Kentucky basketball star Tayshaun Prince will help launch a commemorative wine bottle that will benefit the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's child nutrition program.

Here is more about the project from

Elk Creek Vineyards of Owenton will release the first of its True Blue Legends wine bottle series in honor of Prince on Friday, Sept. 21, at the Elk Creek store at Fayette Mall in Lexington. Prince and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will be on hand for the festivities.

“Tayshaun and Elk Creek have come together for a great cause – encouraging Kentucky’s children to eat right and live a healthy lifestyle,” Commissioner Comer said.

Elk Creek, Kentucky’s largest winery, will release 21,000 limited-edition bottles of its best-selling Kentucky Blue Riesling for $21 per bottle in honor of Prince’s uniform number at UK. The bottles will feature graphic artwork by Chris Rosenthal Design bearing Prince’s likeness and signature

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Report: Louisville Leads for 2014 Star Trevon Bluiett

According to a report on Twitter, Louisville is currently in the lead for 2014 star Trevon Bluiett:

G2_Blog Louisville leads for IN Park Tudor's Trevon Bluiett, per our source. Top 50 player from '14 class. Butler not far behind.

Bluiett is a 6-foot-5 small forward at Park Tudor (Ind.) School. He currently ranks No. 49 overall on the list for 2014.

WKU's Nigel Snipes to Miss the Entire 2012-13 Season

Western Kentucky University sophomore Nigel Snipes will miss the entire 2012-13 men's basketball season after suffering a torn ACL in practice.

Here is a press release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU sophomore forward Nigel Snipes will miss the 2012-13 season after suffering a torn right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in practice. A full recovery is expected in time for the 2013-14 campaign.

Snipes injured the knee in practice on Monday and will have surgery in the coming weeks.

"Nigel has been working extremely hard this offseason, and we feel for him after this news," WKU head coach Ray Harper said. "Nigel made great strides since last season ended, and we were expecting a big sophomore season from him. I know without a doubt that Nigel will use the support of his teammates and the resources we have available and work just as hard in his recovery as he had been preparing for the season. Nigel will come back better than ever, and he will be right there with his teammates every step of the way this season."

Snipes, a 6-6 forward from Marietta, Ga., played in 32 games as a freshman in 2011-12 and averaged nearly 16 minutes per contest. He led the team in free throw percentage at 83.9 percent (26-for-31) and also contributed 3.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

Video: National Championship Floor Arrives at Rupp Arena

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Northwestern Mutual's Dan Rivers hold a press conference at Rupp Arena to discuss the arrival of the the 2012 NCAA Championship floor:

* Video by Scott Anderson on YouTube

Video: A Look at 2013 C Joel Embiid

Here's a look at 7-foot center Joel Embiid, who picked up an offer from Louisville recently:

* Video by PrepHoopsTV on YouTube

A Look at Morehead State's 2012-13 Men's Basketball Roster

Here is a look at Morehead State's 2012-13 men's basketball roster (includes transfers who will not be eligible to participate in games this season):

2012-13 Men's Basketball Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown High School Previous School
00 Drew Kelly F 6-7 235 R-Jr. Franklin, Tenn. Centennial Miami (Ohio)
1 Kahlil Owens F 6-7 250 Sr. Pensacola, Fla. Pensacola NW Florida State College
2 Devon Atkinson G 6-1 175 Sr. Farmville, N.C. Central Brunswick CC (N.C.)
3 Maurice Lewis-Briggs F 6-8 215 Jr. Norristown, Pa. Norristown CC of Beaver County (Pa.)
4 Jarrett Stokes G 6-1 170 R-Jr. Smyrna, Ga. Campbell Georgia Perimeter College
11 Taariq Muhammad G 6-2 170 R-Jr. Norcross, Ga. Norcross Blinn College (Texas)
12 Bakari Turner G 6-4 190 Jr. Plano, Texas Plano West Cedar Valley College (Texas)
14 Jared Ravenscraft G 6-2 195 So. Morehead, Ky. Bath County Kentucky Christian U.
15 Jordan Percell F 6-7 230 So. Campbellsville, Ky. Campbellsville
20 Chad Posthumus C 6-11 270 R-Jr. Winnipeg, Manitoba River East Howard CC (Texas)
21 Bruce Reed F 6-7 200 R-Jr. Olathe, Kan. East Hutchinson CC (Kan.)
22 Angelo Warner G 6-3 200 So. Orlando, Fla. Jones
24 Milton Chavis F 6-6 210 Sr. Raleigh, N.C. Word of God Kilgore College (Texas)
25 Karam Mashour F 6-6 210 Jr. Nazareth, Israel St. Joseph UNLV
30 Jourdan Stickler G 6-4 190 Fr. Annapolis, Md. Annapolis
32 Brent Arrington G 6-2 180 So. Halethorpe, Md. Lansdowne Mississippi Valley State
33 Sawyer Williams F 6-8 200 Fr. Owenton, Ky. Owen County
40 Cordell James G 6-1 175 Fr. Chattanooga, Tenn. McCallie Prep
42 Jason Holmes F 6-9 225 R-Sr. River Grove, Ill. Guerin Prep Mississippi Valley State

Coaching Staff

Name Title
Sean Woods Head Coach
Dylan Howard Associate Head Coach
Brian "B.J." Ellis Assistant Coach
Beau Braden Assistant Coach
Martiese Morones Graduate Manager

Eastern Kentucky Releases 2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule

Eastern Kentucky University released its 2012-13 men's basketball schedule last week.

The Colonels will open the season with seven straight home games, including four games in the Comfort Suites Invitational.

EKU will then hit the road for six consecutive games before entering Ohio Valley Conference play. Those road games include difficult tests at Illinois, West Virginia and UT-Chattanooga.

EKU 2012-13 Men’s Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time
Nov. 9, 16-18 Comfort Suites Invitational
Nov. 9 (Fri) CINCINNATI CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY Richmond, Ky. 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 16 (Fri) KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY Richmond, Ky. 6 p.m.
Nov. 17 (Sat) TOWSON UNIVERSITY Richmond, Ky. 6 p.m.
Nov. 18 (Sun) RADFORD UNIVERSITY Richmond, Ky. 5 p.m.

Nov. 24 (Sat) NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Nov. 28 (Wed) DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Dec. 1 (Sat) WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY Richmond, Ky. 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 4 (Tue) at North Carolina Central Durham, N.C. TBA
Dec. 8 (Sat) at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tenn. 7 p.m.
Dec. 16 (Sun) at University of Illinois Champaign, Ill. TBA
Dec. 19 (Wed) at North Carolina A&T State University Greensboro, N.C. TBA
Dec. 21 (Fri) at High Point University High Point, N.C. 7 p.m.
Dec. 30 (Sun) at West Virginia University Morgantown, W.Va. TBA
Jan. 3 (Thur) EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Jan. 5 (Sat) SOUTHERN ILLINOIS EDWARDSVILLE* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Jan. 9 (Wed) at Murray State University* Murray, Ky. TBA
Jan. 12 (Sat) MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Jan. 17 (Thur) at Belmont University* Nashville, Tenn. 8 p.m.
Jan. 19 (Sat) at Jacksonville State* Jacksonville, Ala. TBA
Jan. 24 (Thur) TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Jan. 26 (Sat) BELMONT UNIVERSITY* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Jan. 31 (Thur) at University of Tennessee-Martin* Martin, Tenn. 8 p.m.
Feb. 2 (Sat) at Southeast Missouri State* Cape Girardeau, Mo. TBA
Feb. 5 (Tue) CROWLEY’S RIDGE COLLEGE Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Feb. 9 (Sat) at Morehead State University* Morehead, Ky. 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 14 (Thur) TENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITY* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Feb. 16 (Sat) JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Feb. 20 (Wed) AUSTIN PEAY* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Feb. 23 (Sat) at Sears BracketBuster TBA TBA
Feb. 28 (Thur) at Tennessee Tech University* Cookeville, Tenn. TBA
March 2 (Sat) at Tennessee State University* Nashville, Tenn. TBA

March 6 (Wed) OVC Tournament (First Round)# Nashville, Tenn. TBA
March 7 (Thur) OVC Tournament (Quarterfi nals)# Nashville, Tenn. TBA
March 8 (Fri) OVC Tournament (Semifi nals)# Nashville, Tenn. TBA
March 9 (Sat) OVC Tournament (Finals)# Nashville, Tenn. TBA

March 19-20 (Tue-Wed) NCAA Basketball Championship (First Four) TBA TBA
March 21-22 (Thur-Fri) NCAA Basketball Championship (Second Round) TBA TBA
March 23-24 (Sat-Sun) NCAA Basketball Championship (Third Round) TBA TBA

* Denotes Ohio Valley Conference Game
# Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tenn.
Times given are Eastern Time and subject to change

2012 Comfort Suites Invitational Schedule

Nov. 9 (Fri) Cincinnati Christian at Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky. 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 12 (Mon) Cincinnati Christian at Radford University Radford, Va. 7 p.m.
Nov. 16 (Fri) Kennesaw State at Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky. 6 p.m.
Radford University vs. Towson University Richmond, Ky. 8 p.m.
Nov. 17 (Sat) Towson University at Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky. 6 p.m.
Kennesaw State vs. Radford University Richmond, Ky. 8 p.m.
Nov. 18 (Sun) Radford University at Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky. 5 p.m.
Towson University vs. Kennesaw State Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Nov. 19 (Mon) Cincinnati Christian vs. Towson University Richmond, Ky. 1 p.m.

More Big East Woes: Notre Dame Headed to the ACC

Notre Dame is reportedly leaving the Big East Conference and joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports except football:

Notre Dame will play five regular season football games against ACC competition.

The move is another hit to an already weakened Big East.

Kentucky Staff Visits 2013 Star Aaron Gordon

Kentucky head coach John Calipari visited 2013 star Aaron Gordon of Archbishop Mitty (Cal.) yesterday.

Gordon is a 6-foot-8 small forward who ranks No. 5 overall on the list for 2013.

The Arizona coaching staff was in for a home visit with Gordon on Monday.

Gordon has announced that he'll make official visits to Oregon (Sept. 21), Washington (Sept. 28), Kansas (Oct. 12) and Arizona (Oct. 19). He has already made unofficial trips to California, Stanford and New Mexico.

He will likely setup a visit to Kentucky at some point.


Calipari Visits 2014 Star Stanley Johnson in California

Kentucky head coach John Calipari stopped by Mater Dei (Cal.) High School yesterday to visit with 2014 star Stanley Johnson:

trigonis30 John Calipari (Kentucky) & Sean Miller (Arizona) stopped by Mater Dei to visit Stanley Johnson earlier today

Johnson is a 6-foot-6 power forward who ranks No. 17 overall on the list for 2014.

National Championship Floor Expected in Lexington Today

The University of Kentucky is literally bringing the national championship court from New Orleans home with them.

The 2012 NCAA Championship floor is expected to be delivered in Lexington this morning.

A large section of the floor - including the center court logo - will be installed in UK's men's basketball locker rooms, which are currently being renovated.

The floor was purchased by Northwestern Mutual and the company has donated the portion that will be used in the locker rooms to UK.

Here is a release from UK and Northwestern Mutual:

Milwaukee, WI, September 12, 2012 – Northwestern Mutual, an official corporate partner of the NCAA®, announced today it has donated parts of the basketball court used at the national championship of the 2012 NCAA® Division I men's basketball tournament to the University of Kentucky (UK) and to raise funds for charities located in Kentucky.

The UK men’s basketball team won its eighth national championship earlier this year and will soon have a new locker room in Rupp Arena. More than 3,000 square feet of the floor will be installed this week in the locker rooms currently undergoing major renovation, putting a tangible reminder of the team’s championship season literally under foot for Wildcat players as they prepare for games beginning this fall.

Additionally, a portion of the floor will be divided into one thousand souvenir pieces and signed by UK Coach John Calipari. Northwestern Mutual will auction a portion of these signed pieces to benefit Kentucky-based nonprofits. A significant number will go towards Northwestern Mutual’s philanthropic focus to fight against pediatric cancer. In addition, some of the pieces will be donated to The Calipari Foundation.

Through Northwestern Mutual’s corporate partnership with the NCAA, the company had an opportunity to utilize the floor following the men’s basketball tournament. It was purchased with the intent to create philanthropic opportunities in local communities that Northwestern Mutual serves.

“Northwestern Mutual’s donation of the championship floor is an all-around win,” said Conrad York, vice president of marketing. “We are able to bring a portion of the floor to the national champion Wildcats, but more importantly, it provides an exclusive way to support pediatric cancer and give hope to many families that are currently experiencing this disease.”

“We owe a big thanks to Northwestern Mutual for making this contribution happen,” Calipari said. “Adding the championship floor to Rupp Arena will further contribute to the magic surrounding this building and this program. It will not only enhance what will be the gold standard for locker rooms across the country, it will serve as a fitting tribute to a special team.”

Further details of the charity auctions will be released by Northwestern Mutual later this fall.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Billy Gillispie Checks Into Mayo Clinic, Walker Takes Over at Texas Tech Temporarily

Jason King of reports tonight that embattled Texas Tech head coach Billy Gillispie has voluntarily checked himself into the Mayo Clinic in an attempt to improve his health.

A source told King that Gillispie fully intends to coach the Red Raiders this season.

Here is an excerpt:

Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie left Lubbock on a private plane on Tuesday afternoon to fly to Rochester, Minn., where he will seek treatment at the Mayo Clinic for stress and high blood pressure, a source close to Gillispie told

The source said Gillispie had hoped to admit himself last week, but he had to wait for a spot to become available at the prestigious facility.

Although it's unclear how long Gillispie will be away from Lubbock, the source said he fully intends to coach the Red Raiders this season.

"Coach Gillispie is both a great coach and a great man who truly cares about helping young men achieve their dreams and true potential," the source said. "Hopefully, he'll find the answers to his medical issues quickly and be able to return to the Red Raiders and lead their basketball program back into national prominence."

News that Gillispie is voluntarily seeking medical attention comes two weeks after a handful of Texas Tech players met with compliance officials and athletic director Kirby Hocutt to voice concern about the way Gillispie was running the program. Among their complaints were Gillispie mistreating athletes and that he exceeded the NCAA limit on practice times, a secondary violation for which he'd already been reprimanded in January

Read More: Billy Gillispie headed to Mayo Clinic

Meanwhile in Lubbock, Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt has announced that associate head coach Chris Walker will temporarily take over the men's basketball program until the Gillispie situation is resolved:

Coach Cal is Doing Work on the Recruiting Trail

How is this for a good, hard day of work on the recruiting trail?

John Calipari says the Kentucky coaching staff spent 22 straight hours recruiting yesterday:

Kentucky, Louisville Make Final 3 for Marcus Lee

Marcus Lee, a 6-foot-9 power forward at Deer Valley (Cal.), is reportedly down to three schools.

According to Jason McCleary of, Lee is down to Kentucky, Louisville and California:

Jason_McCleary 2013 Marcus Lee cut his list to 3. Cal, Louisville and Kentucky, per source.

Lee ranks No. 15 overall on the list for 2013.

Dad: Harrison Twins Will Not Visit Kentucky Again

If the comments of Aaron Harrison, Sr. are any indication, it certainly seems as if the Harrison twins have either decided for or against the Kentucky Wildcats.

The elder Harrison told Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader that his sons, UK recruits Andrew and Aaron Harrison, will not visit Lexington again before making their college decision.

He told Roberts their previous two visits told him "all I need to know."

Harrison also added that reports of a midnight madness visit to Maryland are possible but "not a done deal."

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Julius Randle Update: Roy Williams "31-ups" John Calipari

John Calipari wowed top 2013 star Julius Randle with his national championship ring on Monday.

Today, Roy Williams did his best to one-up Calipari.

"More like 31-up," Randle told Jason Jordan of USA Today.

Here is more:

During his presentation Tuesday night, Williams opened a case of 30 rings -- everything from conference titles to Final Four berths to national titles -- that he'd collected over the years.

"When coach Williams opened the case you almost couldn't look directly in it for fear of going blind," Randle joked. "It was crazy."

Added Kyles: "Yeah, coach Williams was ready for coach Cal with those rings. He got him there."

Once he'd achieved the wide-eyed reaction he hoped for, Williams added the exclamation point, reaching into his pocket and pulling out Michael Jordan's 1992 NBA championship ring he won with the Chicago Bulls.

"He said Jordan gave it to him to show his players what they could achieve with hard work and determination," Randle said. "I was just shocked. I couldn't believe I was holding Jordan's ring."

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College Coaches Checking Out Omar Prewitt, Other Montgomery County Stars

According to a good source, college coaches have been flocking to Mount Sterling lately to check out a trio of Montgomery County High School players.

Coaches from in-state schools Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Morehead State, Campbellsville and Georgetown College have all stopped by or are planning to do so soon.

Southern Poly, Drake, Furman and Samford have all been represented, as well.

Most schools are checking out Mr. Basketball candidate Omar Prewitt, a 6-foot-5 senior scoring machine.

Coach Happy Osborne will also rely heavily on talented juniors Darius Jones and Bryan Wallace.

Walter McCarty Surprises Elementary Students with Visit

Former University of Kentucky star Walker McCarty made a surprise appearance at Stockwell Elementary School in Evansville recently.

Here is more from

Students at Stockwell Elementary School's Extended Day Center received a special surprise last week as Evansville native Walter McCarty stopped by. McCarty is a Harrison High School graduate and former NBA basketball player for the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics. During his visit, McCarty spoke to students about the importance of working hard.


Video: Kyle Wiltjer at 2012 adidas Nations Event

Check out these highlights of Kentucky sophomore forward Kyle Wiltjer at this summer's adidas Nations:

* Video by YayareasfinestTV on YouTube

Western Kentucky, Indiana State Check Out Kevin Ndahiro

I am told by a good source that Western Kentucky and Indiana State were in to check out 6-foot-8 small forward Kevin Ndahiro of Thomas Nelson High School.

Ndahiro is a 2014 transfer player from Canada.

John Calipari Slashes Ticket Prices for UK Alumni Game

Kentucky head coach John Calipari is now offering half-price tickets for the UK basketball alumni game Saturday in Rupp Arena.

Calipari sent out a message Monday night that fans can now purchase $20 lower-arena tickets for the event. Those tickets had been going for $40.

Fans can buy tickets at the Rupp Arena box office, or by calling (800) 745-3000. The code TWENTY can be used to get the half-price deal.

2013 SF Deontae Cole Commits to Northern Kentucky University

Deontae Cole, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Toledo Central Catholic (OH) High School, has committed to Northern Kentucky University.

The news was reported on Twitter last night:

theEknopp 2013 SF Deontae Cole of Toledo CC High School has committed to the Norse of Northern Kentucky University.


Here is a look at Cole in action:

Campbellsville University Announces 2012-13 Roster

Campbellsville University head coach Keith Adkins has released his official men's basketball roster for the 2012-13 season.

Here is an excerpt of the press release:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Seven players may see action for the first time in a Campbellsville University uniform this season as the CU Tiger men's basketball program has announced its 2012-2013 roster. Head coach Keith Adkins is pleased with the additions, and thinks they will create great opportunity for the team this year.

"With this class, we have given attention to every position," said Adkins. "We have increased our depth, our talent level and our athleticism. Looking back at last year and evaluating our team, we think that the biggest concerns were our lack of inside scoring, our mediocre athleticism, and depth at certain positions. We also have to become a more dominant rebounding team. I think that we have addressed those concerns and improved in every phase."

Campbellsville picks up two players that had planned on playing for perennial power house Mountain State University, which closed its basketball program this summer. The Tigers gained 6-fot-9 senior post player Dino Muslic of Bosnia, who averaged 1.8 points and 2.8 rebounds last season for the Cougars, as well as junior point guard Sean Scott, who was preparing to begin his first season at MSU.

"Dino has always been a role player on some very talented MSU teams. He only has a year, so he must make up for lost time in a hurry," Adkins said. "Talented and skilled, Dino will be a great pick up for us. He must be a great rebounder."

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2012-13 Men's Basketball Roster

# Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown
1 Addison Smith SR G 6-2 230 West Palm Beach, Fla.
2 Raysean Hairston JR F 6-6 215 Fayetteville, N.C.
3 Filip Stanic JR F 6-5 190 Zagreb, Croatia
4 Sean Scott JR G 5-9 175 Chicago, Ill.
5 Darius Clement SO G 5-10 170 Bowling Green, Ky.
15 Justin Ennis SR G 5-11 165 Huntsville, Texas
21 Bryton Taylor SO G 6-2 200 Campbellsville, Ky.
23 Chris Smith JR F 6-6 250 Richmond, Va.
24 Vernon Payne JR F 6-6 215 Fayetteville, N.C.
32 Malik Thomas SR G 6-4 215 Largo, Md.
33 Dino Muslic SR C 6-9 250 Sarajevo, Bosnia
41 Jordan Myers JR F 6-8 250 Evansville, Ind.

Keith Adkins - Head Coach - 13th season
Bryan Milburn - Assistant Coach - 12th season
Brent Vernon - Assistant Coach - 1st season
Matt Walls - Grad Assistant - 1st season

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