Saturday, September 29, 2012

James Young Visiting Kentucky This Weekend

James Young, one of the top players in the class of 2013, is visiting the University of Kentucky this weekend.

He posted on Twitter that he'll be at the UK football game tonight:

Wayne Blackshear Listed as Breakout Star for 2012-13

SportingNews.com lists Louisville sophomore Wayne Blackshear as one of college basketball's breakout stars for 2012-13.

Here is an excerpt:

Wayne Blackshear, SF, Louisville

Debilitating shoulder injuries limited his freshman season to 105 minutes, but 14 of those came in the Final Four against Kentucky. That Rick Pitino trusted a player with such limited experience for so long on such a grand stage said a lot, and the impression Blackshear left with his strength, athleticism and jumper maybe said more.

Complete Article

Friday, September 28, 2012

Video: Rajon Rondo at Celtics Media Day

Here is former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo at Boston Celtics media day:


Report: Mike Marra Suffers Major Knee Injury

Louisville's Mike Marra has reportedly suffered a major knee injury. The news was first reported on Twitter by Lachlan McLean of WHAS:

Lach840 Rick Pitino just told @terrymeiners that Mike Marra blew out his ACL today in prax. college career is done #buzzkill



Jeremy Kendle to Skip Final Season at Bellarmine, Play Professionally

Bellarmine University star Jeremy Kendle had decided to skip his final season with the Knights and pursue a professional basketball career.

Kendle has signed with an agent and will not be returning to Bellarmine.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Bellarmine University Men's Basketball Coach Scott Davenport announced today that two-time All-America guard Jeremy Kendle has signed with an agent to pursue professional basketball opportunities and will not return to the Bellarmine team for the 2012-13 season.

Davenport said, “Jeremy has done a tremendous job on and off the court. He earned his degree and began graduate school last year. He overcame serious injuries throughout his career and never let any obstacle stand in his way academically or athletically.”

A 2006 graduate of Jeffersonville High School, Kendle suffered multiple injuries while attempting to play at Olney Central Community College and was only able to compete in two games in two years. In consideration of those facts, the NCAA granted the 6-2 guard additional eligibility that would have made it possible for him to play four full seasons at Bellarmine.

Although Kendle leaves Bellarmine after just three seasons, he will go down as one of the best players to wear a Bellarmine jersey. He helped lead Bellarmine to back to back “final four” appearances including the national championship in 2011. Kendle is the only player in school history to be named to the NABC All-America Team two years in a row, and was on track to become the all-time leading scorer. Even leaving a year early, Kendle will end his career fourth on Bellarmine's all-time scoring list with 1,792 points.

Complete Release

Sean Woods Happy To Be at Morehead State

New head coach Sean Woods is happy with the support and resources that he has at Morehead State.

Woods found a way to win at Mississippi Valley State despite having limited funding and basketball resources.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

His former program didn’t play its first home game last year until Jan. 3 because the school needed the team to travel and collect checks -- those road matchups accounted for nearly 20 percent of the school’s athletic budget -- from BCS schools.

“You know, because you’ve got to raise so much money, you’re going to lose 10, 11 straight basketball games before your conference season starts,” he said. “That’s tough.”

And kids struggled in the classroom, Woods said, due to the school’s limited academic assistance for athletes. Mississippi Valley State is banned from the 2012-13 postseason due to low APR scores.

“I only did the best I could. When there’s no money for academic resources, how can you be successful as far APR is concerned?” he said. “We didn’t have any study halls, we had no tutorial services. We had no academic advisers. We had nothing. And there was no sense of urgency with that. And that was another reason I wanted to leave. I loved the place, some of the people who were there, but [the] priorities as far as academics [were] concerned, especially with athletics, were not there.”

Complete Article

John Wall to Miss 8 Weeks with Stress Injury

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will miss approximately eight weeks of action after being diagnosed with a stress injury to his left patella.

Here is a release from NBA.com:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that guard John Wall will miss approximately eight weeks after being diagnosed with the early stages of a stress injury to his left patella. No surgery will be necessary, and his rehab will begin immediately.


“My teammates and I are all excited to build on the improvement we made at the end of last season, and I know they will continue to make great progress while I get through this setback,” said Wall. “I will work extremely hard to make sure I get back as soon as possible so I can re-join them and help our team continue to improve."

Wall was examined yesterday in New York by orthopedic specialist Dr. David Altchek after experiencing discomfort in his left knee and underwent an MRI that revealed the early stages of a non-traumatic stress injury.

"We're all disappointed for John after how hard he worked this summer and how excited he was to begin training camp, but we feel fortunate that we caught the injury early and that he will be able to return with the vast majority of the season still in front of us," said Grunfeld. "In the meantime, we're confident that the versatility and depth of our team will help us move forward and continue the positive momentum that we've seen over the past several months."

The Wizards begin training camp on Oct. 2 at George Mason University and open the season on Oct. 30 at Cleveland.

Source: NBA.com

Derek Willis Predicts No. 1 Recruiting Class for Kentucky

Bullitt East star Derek Willis, Kentucky's lone 2013 commit, thinks the Wildcats will eventually end up with the nation's top-ranked recruiting class once again.

Willis recently talked to Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal about Kentucky, Bullit East, Mr. Basketball and much more.

Here is an excerpt:

What do you think about this upcoming season, and a lot of people will be mentioning your name in the Mr. Basketball discussion?

Willis: As far as Mr. Basketball goes, I’m not really worried about it. I’m more worried about winning district, regionals and getting a state championship. That’s what matters to me now. If we do that, then Mr. Basketball can come to me. So I’m not really worried about it.

What has it been like being the only UK commitment for eight or nine months?

Willis: It’s cool. You go out in public, and somebody is always saying something to you. I work at ValuMarket, and I always have people come in and talk to me. It’s cool. It’s nice.

Who are some of the guys you wouldn’t mind having as teammates that you know (Kentucky is) recruiting?

Willis: I’ve heard (five-star Texas forward) Julius Randle (is being recruited). He’s a pretty physical player. I’ve seen him on YouTube and looked at his highlight videos and saw that he’s pretty good. The Harrison twins (guards Aaron and Andrew of Texas), you hear their name a lot. (Huntington Prep 2014 wing) Andrew Wiggins, I don’t know if he’s reclassifying (to 2013) or what the deal is with him, but I’d like to have him, too. That would be cool.

When it’s said and done, what do you think UK’s recruiting class may be ranked when it gets a full group of guys to come with you?

Willis: Oh, we’ll be No. 1, I’d say.

Complete Interview

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hazard, Perry Central Hosting Many College Coaches

With some of the top players in the 14th Region playing at Perry County Central and Hazard, it makes perfect sense that both schools have been hosting college coaches recently.

According to a good source, coaches from University of Pikeville, Eastern Kentucky and Indiana State were travelling through the Queen City yesterday.

Coaches from Samford evaluated talent at Perry Central last week.

Central features several talented kids, led by newcomer Justin Johnson, a 6-foot-7 transfer from Sheldon Clark High School.

Young star Braxton Beverly will also be back in 2012-13. Beverly will be one of the top freshmen in the state this season.

Coaches have also been checking out 6-foot-6 senior Dalton Cornett.

Hazard High School has also added  talented newcomer in junior Chris Hudson, a 6-foot-5 transfer from Cordia.

James Young Down to Kentucky and Syracuse?

Jerry Meyer of 247Sports.com has spoken to a source who feels that James Young is down to two schools: Kentucky and Syracuse.

Meyer reported the news on Twitter:
jerrymeyer247 A source close to the James Young situation is convinced it is a battle between Kentucky and Syracuse.

Young, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, ranks No. 8 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013.

New Court at East Kentucky Expo Center Looks Great

The newly revamped court at the East Kentucky Expo Center looks outstanding. The court has been completely stripped down and resurfaced.

The home of the University of Pikeville Bears is perhaps the nicest arena in NAIA men's basketball. The Bears have the talent and coaching to match the arena in 2012-13. It should be a great season at UPIKE:

 

EKU to Check Out Recruits at Evansville Bosse Next Week

According to Nolan Kendrick of RecruitRecon.com, Eastern Kentucky University coaches will be at Evansville Bosse (Ind.) next week to check out 2014 guards Perry Fairrow and Bo Burkhart.

NDkendrick Eastern Kentucky will be in to see 2014 guards Perry Fairrow and Bo Burkhart of Evansville Bosse (IN) next week

Fairrow is a 6-foot-1 shooting guard and Burkhart is a 5-foot-10 combo guard.

Video: New Highlights of UK Recruit James Young

Here is a new look at 2013 Kentucky recruit James Young, who will likely be visiting Lexington this weekend:



* Video by PrepHoopsTV

Butler Watches Johnson Central's Shane Hall Again

A good source says that coaches from Butler watched Johnson Central star Shane Hall work out again on Tuesday.

Hall is a 6-foot-8 power forward who ranks No. 86 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.

Butler has offered Hall a scholarship.

Photo: Scout.com

Louisville Staff Back at Arlington Country Day

The Louisville coaching staff is back at Arlington Country Day this morning to evaluate talent.

Justinbyerly Louisville is back in today at Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, FL) to take in workouts. A lot of talent down at ACD.

ACD has a ton of talent on this season's roster, including Trey Boykin, Damontrae Jefferson, Dante Buford, Che Bob, Brandon Francis and Jose Campo.


Tony Trocha to Visit Texas A&M This Weekend

Columbian big man Tony Trocha will reportedly visit Texas A&M this weekend.

Here is a report from Twitter:

DerekAggie06 As @HopWebsider reported first, the mythical big man Tony Trocha will be in College Station this weekend #AggieHoops


Trocha is a 6-foot-11 center who had previously been mentioned with Kentucky. Rivals.com rates him as a 4-star recruit.

Trocha in action:

Calipari Posts Pic of Final Four Floor in Rupp Arena Locker Room

Kentucky head coach John Calipari posted a picture last night of the progress that is being made in the Rupp Arena locker room.

It appears that the Final Four floor from New Orleans is already installed in the renovated locker room:

UKCoachCalipari I was driving by @rupp_arena tonight & did a u-turn to check on our locker room. As I walked in, I heard ppl working. I got a nice surprise.

UKCoachCalipari As I walked into our new @rupp_arena locker room, I was surprised to find this http://instagr.am/p/QD7TE2jSI8/







Calipari to Receive Nell and John Wooden Coach of the Year Award

Kentucky head coach John Calipari will receive the inaugural Nell and John Wooden Coach of the Year Leadership Award tonight in Washington, D.C.

John Wooden's daughter, Nan, will make the presentation. The event will be held at the Capitol Hilton.

Calipari posted on his Twitter account that he will be joined by former UK star John Wall tonight:

UKCoachCalipari Excited to receive the Nell and John Wooden Coach of the Year Leadership Award tomorrow but more excited that @John_Wall is going to join me



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Blue-White Tickets Go On Sale Next Week

Tickets to Kentucky's annual Blue-White scrimmage will go on sale next week.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the men's basketball Blue-White scrimmage go on sale beginning Thursday, October 4 at 9:00 am. The annual Blue-White scrimmage is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24 at Rupp Arena.

Tickets will be available online through Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. Tickets will also be sold in person at the UK Ticket Office between the hours of 9:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. ET or by calling 800.928.2287. Fans can also obtain tickets by calling or in-person at the Rupp Arena Box Office (859.233.3535) or visiting statewide Ticketmaster outlets. For outlet locations, go to Ticketmaster.com.

The cost of the tickets will be $10 (lower level) and $5 (upper level). All seating is reserved and no general admission eRUPPtion Zone tickets will be available for this contest.

The Cats will tipoff the 2012-13 season on Friday, Oct. 12 with Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena.

Marcus Lee Down to Kentucky and Cal, Louisville Out

Marcus Lee, who ranks No. 15 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013, is down to Kentucky and California according to his brother.

ChrisFisher247 Not surprisingly, Marcus Lee's brother, Bryan, says Louisville is out. Lee now down to California and Kentucky.

Lee is a 6-foot-9 power forward at Deer Valley (Cal.) High School.

Some of Lee's summer highlights:


Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Do Work with Eastbay

Former Kentucky stars Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist recently did some work with Eastbay. Here they are talking about the experience and more:




Kentucky Recruits to Play in 2012 Marshall County Hoop Fest

There will be several University of Kentucky men's basketball recruits on display at the 2012 Marshall County Hoop Fest.

The event takes place November 30 and December 1 at Marshall County High School.

Kentucky recruits Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Andrew Wiggins, Derek Willis and Cliff Alexander are all expected to play in the event.

Louisville recruit Quentin Snider will also be in action.

Here is a schedule:

Friday, Nov. 30 (Session 1)


4 p.m.: Marshall (girls) v Massac (girls)
5:30 p.m.: Marshall Co. v Massac (Ill.)
7 p.m.: Huntington Prep (W.Va.) v Memphis East (Tenn.)
8:30 p.m.: Oak Hill (Va.) v Curie (Ill.)
10 p.m.: Louisville Ballard v Fort Bend (Texas)

Saturday, Dec. 1 (Session 2)

10 a.m.: Marshall (girls) v Mt. Carmel (girls)
11:30 a.m.: Graves Co. v Warren Central
1 p.m.: Calloway Co. v Harrisburg
2:30 p.m.: Hopkinsville v Bullitt East

Saturday, Dec. 1 (Session 3)

4:30 p.m.: Marshall Co. v Wilson Central (Tenn.)
6 p.m.: Madison Central v Fort Bend (Texas)
7:30 p.m.: Oak Hill (Va.) v Southwind (Tenn.)
9 p.m.: Huntington Prep (W.Va.) v Briarcrest Christian (Tenn.)

* All times Central

Here is some ticket information via the Herald-Leader:   Advance tickets are on sale for $25 for all three sessions. Individual sessions will be sold for $10 if still available. Tickets can be purchased at the Marshall County athletic office. For more information, contact Jeff Stokes at 270-527-6714 or jeff.stokes@marshall.kyschools.us.

James Young Says He'll Be in Kentucky This Weekend

James Young, one of the top players in the class of 2013, just posted on Twitter that he will be in Kentucky this weekend for an unofficial visit.

James__Young Kentucky this weekend with my bro @mehoner 👍🏀

Young, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard at Rochester (Mich.), ranks No. 8 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013.





Rajon Rondo Organized Team Practices This Summer

Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo has emerged as Boston's most valuable star according to ESPN Boston.

Rondo has taken a leadership role with the Celtics, even organizing unofficial team practices over the summer.

Here is an excerpt:

Rondo has emerged as Boston's most versatile, volatile, valuable and vexing star. While Rivers has been candid in the past when his point guard allowed his stubborness to overtake him (such as when he contemplated boycotting the All-Star Game last season after initially not being chosen and later added as an injury replacement), his coach said the 26-year-old point guard continues to grow on the job.


"Rondo has been great, just terrific this summer," Rivers said. "He reached out to all the players and got every single one of them to fly to L.A. and practice together. They put in about four or five hours a day. Paul and KG were already out there, but Rondo got Jason and Courtney Lee and all the other guys on board too.

"He called and asked me what I thought of the idea. I loved it, especially because it was him that organized it."

The spirited practices at UCLA were useful not only because of all the new faces. They gave the players a chance to spend some time together away from Boston and reestablish some camaraderie.

Complete Article

Photo: NBA.com  

Zay Jackson Expected to Waive His Preliminary Hearing

Murray State's Zaveral "Zay" Jackson is expected to waive his preliminary hearing according to MurrayLedger.com.

Jackson is charged with assault following an incident in a Walmart parking lot several weeks ago.

Here is more from MurrayLedger.com:

Jackson, 20, a native of Hammond, La., now living in Murray, is accused of striking two people with his car on Sept. 9 after allegedly engaging in an altercation of some kind inside the store. Murray police arrested Jackson and he was taken to the Calloway County Jail. Jackson, expected to be a starting guard for the Racers this season, was suspended by head coach Steve Prohm a few days later.


“With the conduct involved here we have to treat this as a felony,” said Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship Tuesday, explaining that he is pursuing a plea agreement. “For that to happen Jackson is going to have to be remorseful about this. Maybe we look at anger management courses, maybe some jail time. Right now, it’s all ifs and buts.”

Blankenship said he also is not sure if Jackson will waive having the case go to a Calloway County Grand Jury. If that happens, Jackson could be arraigned in Calloway Circuit Court as soon as early October.

Complete Article

Kentucky Wesleyan Announces 2012-13 Recruiting Class

Kentucky Wesleyan College has announced its 2012-13 men's basketball recruiting class.

The Panthers will have eleven newcomers in the program this season. Coach Todd Lee has brought in two Division I, one Division II, one NAIA and two junior college transfers plus five high school recruits.

Here is a breakdown from KWC:

Rico Ferguson, a 6-4, 190-pound junior guard from Richmond, Va., played two seasons at Campbell University where he was the fifth leading scorer at 6.6 points per game as a sophomore in 2012. He led the Camels in steals with 27 and finished second in assists with 86 in starting 26 of 31 games played.


Dazmond Starke, a 6-7, 261-pound senior center from Richmond, Va., transferred to Kentucky Wesleyan from the University of Idaho after Christmas. He averaged 4.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 12.4 minutes in 12 games as junior during the 2011 semester. He will have one year of eligibility remaining.

Jake Jennings, a 6-5, 223-pound sophomore forward from Crestwood, Ky., played his freshman year at Bellarmine University in 2010-11. He played in 16 games where he averaged 1.7 points and 4.8 minutes per contest on the Knight's NCAA Championship team. He will sit out the 2012-13 season as a redshirt.

Chris Way, a 6-3, 189-pound sophomore guard from Louisville, Ky., joins KWC after his freshman season at Brescia University in 2012. He led the Bearcats in scoring with 12.6 points, rebounding with 5.1 boards per game and minutes played at 28.9.

J.D. Danforth, a 6-2, 176-pound junior guard from Rockford, Ill., started two seasons at Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill. The 2012 second team All-Arrowhead Conference selection averaged a fifth-best 8.8 points per contest in 32 games. He finished second in three-pointers with 32, third in assists with 81 and steals with 41.

Donovan Johnson, a 6-7, 213-pound junior forward from Shelbyville, Ky., started two seasons at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Ill. The All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference and All-Region 24 selection averaged a fourth-best 9.4 points per game and led the Warriors in rebounding at 5.9 boards per contests in 30 starts.

Lucas Barker, a 6-0, 196-pound freshman guard from Cranbourne, Australia, averaged 21.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists for Box Hill Senior Secondary College as senior. He also played club ball for the Dandenong Solo Rangers in the averaging 10.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 20.2 minutes per contest.

Jacob Griffin, a 6-2, 181-pound freshman guard from Greenville, Ky., as a senior at Muhlenberg County High School received All-10th District and All-Third Region recognition. He averaged 14.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists as one of the Top 50 senior players in Kentucky.

Kemonte Jackson, a 6-2, 184-pound senior guard from Antioch, Tenn., will join the team after completing his senior year on the Panther football squad. He played three seasons and started two at Stratford where he earned all-district honors as a junior. An injury forced him to miss his senior season.

Kyle Smith, a 5-8, 167-pound freshman guard from Nashville, Tenn., averaged 15.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 steals as a senior in starting all 25 games for Goodpasture Christian. He was a two-time all-county selection and a 2012 all-district performer.

Freddie Young, a 5-10, 173-pound guard from Minneapolis, Minn., played the 2012 season at Quakerdale Prep Academy in New Providence, Ia. He led the team in scoring with 29.0 points per contest, assists with 6.5, three-pointers with 81 and three-point shooting at 40.1 percent. He will sit out the 2012-13 season as a redshirt.

Patrick Patterson Likely to Start at Power Forward in Houston

According to the Houston Chronicle, former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson will likely start at power forward for the Houston Rockets when the NBA season gets underway.

Here is an excerpt:

The preseason also will be about final evaluations on contract decisions. The Rockets have until Oct. 31 to extend the contracts of Patrick Patterson, JaJuan Johnson and Marcus Morris for the 2012-13 season.

Patterson is likely to be the starting power forward. Morris and Johnson were first-round picks in 2011, and it is exceedingly rare for teams not to exercise their first options on extending rookie contracts.

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Photo: NBA.com

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Christian Laettner Has a New Shirt, Too

It looks like former Duke star Christian Laettner has created a new shirt, as well:


Check out Laetter's site

Just when Big Blue Nation was almost beginning to not completely hate Laettner...


Kentucky Blue Devils Sweats at Sam's Club in Elizabethtown?

The Sam's Club in Elizabethtown is selling a unique item of clothing. If you happen to be a fan of both Kentucky and Duke (no really), the store has an item just for you.

That's right, you can get your very own "Kentucky Blue Devils" sweats (* Special thanks to Tammy Cook for sending in the picture and info):






Cole Murray Commits to Northern Kentucky University

Cole Murray, a 6-foot-7 guard/forward at Delphi (Ind.), has committed to Northern Kentucky.

Murray had several other Division I scholarship offers, including Western Kentucky.



Here is more from JCOnline.com:

Delphi senior guard/forward Cole Murray, the reigning Journal & Courier Small School boys basketball Player of the Year, verbally committed to Northern Kentucky on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-7 Murray averaged 21.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.3 blocks for the Oracles as a junior. The All-Hoosier Conference selection shot 39.1 percent from 3-point range.

Murray chose Northern Kentucky over scholarship offers from American, Appalachian State, Boston, Gardner-Webb, Kennesaw State, Kent State, Lafayette, Northeastern and Western Kentucky.

Complete Article

Great News: Roy Williams' Tumor is "Not Cancerous"

There is some great news out of Chapel Hill this afternoon. North Carolina has announced that no cancer was found in head coach Roy Williams after a tumor was surgically removed from his kidney recently.

Here is a release from UNC:

CHAPEL HILL - University of North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams had a tumor surgically removed from his right kidney on Sept. 19. An analysis of the tumor has determined it to be benign. The tumor is an oncocytoma (pronounced ON-ko-sigh-TOE-muh), which is a benign tumor of the kidney that is often indistinguishable from kidney cancer on x-rays. These tumors do not spread, unlike cancerous tumors.


As previously announced, Williams also has a tumor on his left kidney. Doctors say that because the tumor on his right kidney was an oncocytoma, there is a good chance that the tumor on the left kidney is the same. Therefore, doctors will perform a biopsy of the left kidney tumor next week. If that tumor is also an oncocytoma, a second surgery would not be needed.

"We are pleased with how well Coach Williams is doing. If everything continues to progress as expected, he should be back to his normal activities soon," says Dr. Eric Wallen, professor of urology at UNC, who led the surgical team.

"Number one, I want to express how overwhelmed I have been by the outpouring of support, concern and good wishes by everyone, especially members of the Carolina Basketball family," says Williams. "I've just been blown away by the calls, cards, prayers and well-wishes from people all around the world in and out of the basketball community. My family and I are thankful to all that have expressed your concerns.

"I also want thank the entire medical team and staff at UNC Health Care. The treatment and care were exceptional. My family and I also deeply appreciate the support shown to us. As someone who spends every day stressing the value and importance of a team, I can confidently say that UNC Health Care has an extraordinary team. I can't thank them enough.

"There is still work to be done, but we will continue to deal with that over the next few weeks and get through it with the help of first-rate medical care and the continued support of my family and our extended family and friends through Carolina Basketball."

St. Catharine Patriots: How Bad Do You Want It?

Check out this new video from the St. Catharine College men's basketball program:

2014 Star Tyus Jones Gives an Update, Kentucky on List

Tyus Jones, one of the top players in the class of 2014, is doing a journal for USA Today High School Sports.

In his first entry, Jones says his current list of schools is: Minnesota, Duke, North Carolina,  Michigan State, Ohio State, Baylor, Kansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Stanford, Kentucky, Arizona, Iowa, Iowa State and Georgetown.

Jones is a 6-foot-1 point guard at Apple Valley (Minn.) High School. He currently ranks No. 5 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.

Here is an excerpt:

Well, right now my list is Minnesota, Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State, Ohio State, Baylor, Kansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Stanford, Arizona, Iowa, Iowa State and Georgetown. Those are the main ones for me.

Most people ask me when I’m gonna cut my list, but I don’t really have a timetable for that. I think I’ll be cutting that down pretty soon, not sure on how many I’ll cut it down to though.

I’m looking forward to visiting Duke and North Carolina in the next few weeks. I’m excited about that. I’m also working on trying to get out to Kentucky and Kansas pretty soon too. I’ll be at Duke for their Midnight Madness on Oct. 19 then I’ll probably spend a little time there Saturday and head over to North Carolina after.


Photo: Rivals.com

Ticket Information for 2012 State Farm Champions Classic

Tickets for the 2012 State Farm Champions Classic will go on sale Monday, October 1. The event will feature a doubleheader of Kansas vs. Michigan State and Duke vs. Kentucky.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the 2012 State Farm Champions Classic will go on sale Monday, Oct. 1.
The second annual event will be played Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The State Farm Champions Classic features an ESPN doubleheader of Kansas vs. Michigan State at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Duke vs. Kentucky at 9:30 p.m.

Ticket prices are $125, $90 and $75 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting the Georgia Dome box office (open Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.). 

The four teams playing in the State Farm Champions Classic have combined for 18 NCAA Championship titles, with each winning one in the last five years. In the inaugural event last November at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Kentucky defeated Kansas 75-65 and Duke beat Michigan State 74-69. 

For more information about the State Farm Champions Classic, visit the official web site at TheChampionsClassic.com, follow on Twitter @ChampionClassic and “Like” the event on Facebook at Facebook.com/ChampionsClassic.

St. Catharine College Working on Major Talent for the Future

St. Catharine College and head coach J.T. Burton are reportedly working on some big time recruits for the future.

According to a good source, the Patriots will be hosting Quan Taylor, Khalil Rasheed and Angel Rivera for visits soon.

Brandon Price and Trey Rakes have already visited the Springfield campus.

Some notes:

- Quan Taylor, 6'4" G/F, Madison Central High School: One of the top players in the 11th Region. Has been hearing from Lamar and Kentucky State.

- Khalil Rasheed, 6'3" SG, North Hardin High School: One of Kentucky's top recruits in the class of 2014. Rasheed was once a top 150 recruit nationally before sitting out a season after transferring schools.

- Angel Rivera, 5'7" PG, Cincinnati Hughes (Oh.) High Scool: Outstanding point guard prospect. Has reportedly heard from Ohio University, Morehead State, Cornell and Lehigh.

- Brandon Price, 5'7" PG, John Hardin High School: One of the top players in the 5th Region. Lightning quick point guard with great ball handling skills.

- Trey Rakes, PG, Bullitt East High School: Another good-looking point guard prospect. Gained notoriety for his game-winning shot in the 6th Region tournament last season (see below).



Rick and Richard Pitino on the Recruiting Trail Together Today

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and Florida International head man Richard Pitino are apparently on the recruiting trail together this morning.

According to a report from Twitter, father and son Pitino are currently watching 2014 recruits at Arlington Country Day (Fla.):

Justinbyerly  FIU & Louisville in today to see Dante Burford, Brandon Francis, KJ Maura and Jose Campo of Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville,FL).

Here's a run down:

- Buford  is a 6-foot-6 small forward. He is currently rated as a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com.

- Francis is a 6-foot-4 guard. He is currently unrated by Rivals.com.

- Campo is a 6-foot-9 center. He is currently unrated by Rivals.com.

- Maura is a 5-foot-8 point guard. He is currently unrated by Rivals.com.

Louisville checked out 2013 forward Noah Vonleh last night:

AdamZagoria Kansas. Louisville and BC were at New Hampton today for now 2013 F Noah Vonleh, coach Pete Hutchins told @SNYtv

Kuran Iverson is Headed to Memphis

Kuran Iverson, a 6-foot-8 small forward at Fishburne Military Schools (Va.), has committed to Memphis.

ESPN's Reggie Rankin reported the news on Twitter:

ReggieRankin Breaking News: ESPN 100 #27 overall SF Kuran Iverson to Memphis. Pastner and Aki Collins land one of the most talented and versatile players

Iverson ranks No. 24 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013. He considered Louisville and Kentucky had shown some interest in the past.

Video: Heshimu Evans Answers Questions in Portugal

Here is a recent video of former University of Kentucky star Heshimu Evans, who continues to have an outstanding professional career in Portugal:

Monday, September 24, 2012

Asbury University Men's Basketball Gives Thumbs Up for Lane

The Asbury University men's basketball team sent in a thumbs up for Lane Goodwin picture tonight:

 
We all continue to pray. You have blessed thousands of people, Lane.

John Calipari Defends Former UK Star John Wall

John Calipari was quick to defend former University of Kentucky star John Wall in a recent interview.

Wall, who some feel has struggled a bit in his young NBA career, is hoping to have a big season for the Washington Wizards.

Here's what Calipari had to say in an interview with ESPN 980:

“What’s happened is, you took a 19-year old and put the weight of the world on him, saying to him, ‘We’re expecting you to drag this team to another level.’ Well, there are no young guys [who can do that]. [Even] Anthony Davis isn’t that guy,” Calipari said.

“Now, if you have a good team, Anthony and John will make you better. If you remember, I had Derrick Rose. But the way the [ping pong] balls dropped, he ended up playing on a pretty good team. So, all of a sudden, he’s an All-Star in two years, and all of a sudden he becomes the MVP of the league. But he’s on a good team. So, what’ll happen is, as [the Wizards] build that team, John will come out more.”


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Samford Checks Out 2014 Star Shane Hall

Coaches from Samford were in Kentucky to check out Johnson Central star Shane Hall today, according to a good source.

Hall, a 6-foot-8 power forward, is one of the top players in Kentucky's class of 2014.

Northern Kentucky Releases First Division I Schedule

Northern Kentucky University, which is making the transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I, has released its men's basketball schedule for 2012-13.

The schedule is highlighted with a road battle at Ohio State on December 1. The Norse will also play at Texas Tech.

NKU will play a full schedule in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Here is a look:

2012-13 NKU men's basketball schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 14 at San Diego 10 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15 vs. Tulsa# 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17 vs. Siena (N.Y.)# 10 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18 vs. Cal-State Northridge# 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1 at Ohio State TBA
Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Texas Tech TBA
Thursday, Dec. 20 at Hampton (Va.) 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 22 at Navy 2 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 31 at Jacksonville* 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 2 at North Florida* 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 5 South Carolina Upstate* 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 7 East Tennessee State* 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 11 Lipscomb* 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 17 at Stetson* 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 19 at Florida Gulf Coast* 5:15 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 24 Mercer* 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 26 Kennesaw State* 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 31 at East Tennessee State* 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 2 at South Carolina Upstate* 5 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 8 at Lipscomb* 8 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 14 Florida Gulf Coast* 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 16 Stetson* 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 21 at Kennesaw State* TBA
Saturday, Feb. 23 at Mercer* 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 28 North Florida* 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 Jacksonville* 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 14 at San Francisco TBD

#NUCDF Challenge at San Diego, Calif.
*Atlantic Sun Conference game
All times listed are Eastern

Calipari Reportedly Watching Marcus Lee Tonight

John Calipari is reportedly watching 2013 star Marcus Lee tonight.

Here is a report from Corey Albertson of Rivals:

Corey_Rivals513 The family of Marcus Lee reports that coach Calipari and additional staff are set to watch Lee workout at his school tonight. #BBN

Lee is a 6-foot-9 power forward at Deer Valley (Cal.). He currently ranks No. 15 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013.

Photo: Rivals.com

Kevin Ndahiro Checks Out Illinois and Bradley

According to a source, Thomas Nelson star Kevin Ndahiro took unofficial visits to both Illinois and Bradley over the weekend.

Ndahiro is a 6-foot-8 power forward originally from Canada.

He has heard from a long list of schools, including the likes of Mississippi State, Villanova, DePaul, Tennessee, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington, USC and Purdue.

Rutgers has called about Ndahiro and are expected to watch him work out soon.

Aaron Harrison Sr. Denies Reports, Claims No Madness Plans

Aaron Harrison Sr., the father of 2013 stars Andrew and Aaron Harrison, says his family has not discussed taking a visit to Kentucky's Big Blue Madness, which directly conflicts with a KentuckyScout.com report from last night.

Harrison Sr. said the Harrison twins currently have no trips planned to any school.

Here is the report from Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal:

SteveJones_CJ Aaron Harrison Sr. said the family has not discussed taking a visit to Kentucky's Big Blue Madness and has no trips planned to any school

Here is an excerpt of the report from last night that seemed to confirmed the Harrison's intentions of attending Big Blue Madness:

“Aaron Harrison told me yesterday that he and his brother are planning on visiting Kentucky for Midnight Madness,” Gerson wrote on the KentuckyScout.com website.

Louisville Basketball Announces Additional Game Times

The University of Louisville has announced additional times and television information for several 2012-13 men's basketball games.

Here are some details from UL:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Five additional game times and television appearances for the University of Louisville's 2012-13 men's basketball schedule have been set, completing the BIG EAST portion of the schedule.

Five additional BIG EAST Network television appearances have been addded since the Cards' schedule was released in late September. Each of the five games will be televised by the BIG EAST Network and air locally on WHAS-TV, an ABC affiliate in Louisville. All U of L games will be broadcast on 50,000-watt clear-channel WHAS Radio (840 AM) or WKRD (790 AM) in Louisville and other affiliates throughout the region.

The updated times are Jan. 2 vs. Providence at 7 p.m.; Jan. 12 vs. USF at 4 p.m.; Jan. 22 at Villanova at 8 p.m.; Feb. 6 at Rutgers at 7:30 p.m.; and Feb. 23 vs. Seton Hall at noon.

The Cardinals will face their first outside competition in an exhibition game against Pikeville on Nov. 1 in the 22,000-seat KFC Yum! Center. U of L officially opens its season against Manhattan on Nov. 11 in the first of three straight home games.

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Work Continues on Murray State Basketball Practice Facility

Construction crews are making progress on the new Murray State basketball practice facility.

Here is the latest update from MSU:

Construction crews continue to make progress on the Murray State basketball practice facility.

In the last week, the the roof for the entire project was completed as well as a lot of exterior metal work.

Soon, the brick exterior will begin to be added.

Click here to see the latest pictures from the progress of the building.

Pinnacle, Inc. (Benton, Ky.) is the general contractor for the project.



Andrew, Aaron Harrison Will Reportedly Attend Big Blue Madness

Andrew and Aaron Harrison, two of Kentucky's primary targets for 2013, have reportedly decided to attend UK's Big Blue Madness event, after all.

This latest report has to be considered great news for Kentucky and head coach John Calipari.

HEre is more from the Herald-Leader's Ben Roberts:

Scout.com recruiting analyst Josh Gerson reported late Sunday night that Andrew and Aaron Harrison are planning to attend UK’s Big Blue Madness on Oct. 12.

“Aaron Harrison told me yesterday that he and his brother are planning on visiting Kentucky for Midnight Madness,” Gerson wrote on the KentuckyScout.com website.

If that happens, it would be quite a switch on the part of the Harrisons. It would also be great news for Kentucky.

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Tyler Roberson Trims Final List to 6, UK Makes the Cut

Tyler Roberson, a 6-foot-8 power forward at Roselle Catholic (NJ), has cut his final list of schools to six.

Roberson is down to Kansas, SMU, Kentucky, Rutgers, Syracuse and Villanova.

Kentucky got in late on Roberson, who ranks No. 29 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013. Head coach John Calipari has offered Roberson a scholarship.

Here is an excerpt from ZagsBlog.com:

Today was the last day of my home visits. I was originally going to cut my list to five schools but decided to keep six.

The six schools that I have decided to keep are Kansas, SMU, Kentucky, Rutgers, Syracuse and Villanova.

I am taking an official visit to every school but Rutgers. Me and my family will be taking a visit to Rutgers but it is going to be a unofficial since the school is close.

His thoughts on Kentucky:

Kentucky: I learned a lot about Kentucky’s program when I talked to Coach [John] Calipari (Head Coach) and Coach [Orlando] Antigua (Assistant Coach) which is one of the reasons I have decided to take a visit. I am looking forward to the visit and seeing the school and talking to the coaches.


  Photo: Rivals.com

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Nerlens Noel Spends Time Talking to Young Lane Goodwin

Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel spent some time talking to young cancer victim Lane Goodwin tonight.

Kudos to Nerlens for doing such a wonderful thing:

NerlensNoel3 Blessed that I was able to have Facetimed w/ Lane Goodwin. Very courageous youngman, w/ a big heart @TeamLaneGoodwin 👍 pic.twitter.com/UaC8LBl2

John Calipari Speaks at 2012 Clinton Global Initiative

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari spoke at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative event this afternoon.

Here is Calipari's speech in its entirety (skip to 7:00):

Kentucky Has Offered 2014 Star Rashad Vaughn

According to a report in Minnesota's Star Tribune, Kentucky has extended a scholarship offer to 2014 star Rashad Vaughn.

Here is an excerpt:

Rashad Vaughn, one of the stars of the 2014 class and a shooting guard ranked at No. 12 in ESPN’s national rankings for that class, picked up his 21st offer on Friday, according to Chris Fisher of 247sports.com, after coach John Calipari visited Vaughn at Robbinsdale Cooper. Vaughn’s other offers include Wisconsin, Syracuse, Louisville, Kansas and Minnesota.

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Vaughn is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard at Cooper (Minn.) High School. He ranks No. 15 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.

Here is the original report from Chris Fisher of 247sports.com (Subscription)

Rockets.com Catches Up with Terrence Jones

Jason Friedman of Rockets.com recently caught up with former Kentucky star Terrence Jones.

Jones said in the interview that he questioned his decision to return for a second season at UK "all the time." He also said that matured a great deal during his two years in Lexington.

Here is an excerpt from NBA.com:

JCF: A big part of what makes you such an intriguing prospect is the fact you can be such a physical presence down low while also possessing the skills that give you the ability to make plays out on the wings as well. Can it be occasionally difficult for you to find the right balance between being a banger and being a perimeter playmaker?
TJ: Well (playing out on the perimeter) wasn’t part of my role at Kentucky; I was inside. We had a team where everybody sacrificed, so we didn’t really worry too much about taking full advantage of what everyone was capable of, we just did whatever was best for the sake of the team. And for that team, the best thing I could do was concentrate on doing the dirty work down low. Right now, I’m just doing a little bit of everything and it’s a new challenge because I wasn’t used to doing all this in college.

JCF: What’s the No. 1 thing you use for motivation?
TJ: I’d definitely say the people who doubt me. Also, I do what I do for my family, the people who love me, and for my fans who expect and hope for my success. I use that as motivation to get better and improve every day.

JCF: Now that you’ve had some time to reflect on it, how do you think your experience at Kentucky – a two-year stretch that culminated with a national championship – shaped you as a person?
TJ: I think I just matured. I matured in terms of how I approached the game, how much I focused. Losing in the Final Four the year before, wanting to come back and win and then actually doing it, that was incredible. I had a chance to leave for the NBA after my freshman year but I came back because I wanted to win a championship. To actually do it, to reach that goal, it was a great feeling and I know I grew up a lot in the process.

JCF: Were there ever times when you questioned your decision to come back to school for one more year?
TJ: All the time, but only up until the season started. Once the season started, I was focused on that and just wanting to help my team win.

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Video: John Calipari Signing Autographs for Big Blue Madness Campers

Here is Kentucky head coach John Calipari hanging out with the fans at UK's Big Blue Madness campout:


Western Kentucky Hosted Four Recruits on Saturday

According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Western Kentucky had four basketball recruits in town for yesterday's football game.

EvanDanielsFOX Western Kentucky had Trey Grundy, Jordan Green, Maurice Ndour and Brandon Goodwin in town for visits today.

Grundy is a 6-foot-7 small forward at Henry Clay. Green, who also plays for Henry Clay, is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard. Both players are 2014 recruits.

Ndour is a 6-foot-8 power forward from Monroe Community College.

Goodwin is a 6-foot point guard from Norcross (Ga.) High School.

Rice Transfer Arsalan Kazemi Chooses Oregon

Rice transfer Arsalan Kazemi is headed to Oregon according to Bob Clark of The Register-Guard.

Kazemi chose Oregon over Kentucky but the move was largely determined by Oregon's class schedule, which begins tomorrow.

Here is more from The Register-Guad:

When he was granted his scholarship release by the Owls, Kazemi said he was considering a half-dozen schools for his destination, and identified Oregon and Kentucky as his top two choices. UO officials have said they can’t comment on Kazemi because he is considered a recruit, but two sources with knowledge of Kazemi’s situation indicated that he had decided on the Ducks.
 
Kazemi met with UO coach Dana Altman last week, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle. One significant advantage for Oregon was that it doesn’t begin classes until Monday; other schools he was considering are already in session.
 
It’s not clear whether Kazemi will be eligible this season. Under normal circumstances, he would have to sit out this season as a transfer, but he has said he will appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility for hardship reasons that he hasn’t publicly disclosed.
 

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