Saturday, October 6, 2012

Boston Celtics Discover Rondo Cookies in Turkey

The Boston Celtics have discovered "Rondo" cookies during their stay in Turkey as part of the NBA's international preseason tour.

Unfortunately, the Celtics lost their preseason opener 97-91 to Fenerbahce. Rondo had 13 points and 9 assists in 30 minutes of action.

Molly McGrath of Celtics.com posted a picture on Twitter:



 

Terrence Jones on the Harrison Twins Going to Kentucky

Former Kentucky star Terrence Jones gives his thoughts on Andrew and Aaron Harrison committing to the Wildcats:


Julius Randle Is hanging Out with the Gators in Florida

Kentucky recruit Julius Randle is hanging out with the Gators in Florida today...literally:

Friday, October 5, 2012

Kenneth Faried Interviews George Karl

As the media surrounded Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl earlier today, former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried joined them.

Faried began asking Karl questions. Here is an excerpt from DenverPost.com:

Faried: So coach, how do you feel about Kenneth Faried?

Karl: I do like Kenneth Faried, I'm anxious to see how much improvement he makes this year.

Faried: What about Ty Lawson, being a leader of the team this year?

Karl: He's a little bit like Faried — he goofs off a little too much for me.

After Faried asked several more questions, Karl ended with: "I'm too old for this."

Complete Article

Faried joined teammates in presenting Denver's new uniforms earlier this week:


ESPN to Go All-Access with Kentucky Basketball

ESPN is going to unveil a new sports series this fall focusing on the Kentucky Wildcats.

"All-Access Kentucky" will debut this month and will give fans an all-access look at the UK men's basketball program.

Here is a release from UK:

ESPN will premiere a new sports series this fall focusing on the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. All-Access Kentucky debuts this month and will follow Coach John Calipari and his staff as they guide the new faces of the defending national champion Wildcats from Big Blue Madness to the start of the 2012 season. The multi-part series will consist of 30-minute weekly shows airing on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET with the first three episodes scheduled for October 17, 24 and 31.

All-Access Kentucky will provide a never-before-seen perspective of the Wildcats preparation for the basketball season. The episodes will chronicle teaching six new players the Kentucky system and trying to mold high school superstars into instant national champions, all while recruiting the class of 2013. The cinéma vérité series will showcase what life can be like on a top-level collegiate basketball team, providing a unique window into the first step in building a national champion.

“Our mission at ESPN is always to serve sports fans and with many new players on the Wildcats this year, there is enormous interest surrounding this team,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN’s executive vice president of programming and acquisitions. “All-Access Kentucky gives us an opportunity to deliver something entertaining and unique that helps bring fans closer to a sport they love.”

The series will be a trip inside the lives of Coach Cal, his staff and the players, the fight for playing time, what happens in the weight room, the inside jokes and pranks.All-Access Kentucky will highlight UK’s seemingly unrivaled ability to land top players and quickly build them into a cohesive team, as they try to repeat as national champion with four freshmen and no starters from the previous season.

ESPN will also produce original segments and highlights from the series to air acrossSportsCenter and other ESPN platforms including ESPN.com and SportsNation.

“College basketball fans are among the most passionate and dedicated sports fans in the country and they have a strong desire to connect with their team and feel a part of the action,” said Jamie Horowitz, ESPN’s vice president of original programming and production. “All-Access Kentucky will bring people behind the scenes of this storied program to capture both the joys and the challenges of creating and leading an elite college basketball team.”

UK Players Do Fashion Show at Calipari's Women's Clinic

Check out members of the Kentucky men's basketball team doing a fashion show at the women's clinic:



* Video by tytythompson84 on YouTube

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Quentin Goodin to Visit Louisville This Weekend

A source says Taylor County's Quentin Goodin is planning to make an unofficial visit to Louisville this weekend.

Goodin, a 6-foot-2 freshman, is one of the state's top players in the class of 2016.

He recently checked out Tennessee and has heard from several other schools, including Purdue.

"He's very fast and athletic," one scout says of Goodin. "The kid has a ton of upside."


 

Rick Mahorn Interviews Detroit's Brandon Knight

Former NBA star Rick Mahorn sits down with Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Knight:


Breaking: Andrew, Aaron Harrison Commit to Kentucky

Andrew and Aaron Harrison, two of the top players in the class of 2013, have committed to the University of Kentucky.

More details coming soon...


Harrison Twins: Evan Daniels, Jerry Meyer Predict Kentucky

Evan Daniels of Foxsports.com has made his official prediction on the Harrison twins' upcoming decision.

Daniels, one of the most respected analysts in the recruiting game, predicts that Andrew and Aaron Harrison will pick Kentucky.


Jerry Meyer of 247Sports.com also feels the twins will end up wearing blue and white. Here is an excerpt of his thoughts:

Regardless, the prevalent assumption is that the twins favor Kentucky. Aaron and Andrew are not lacking in confidence and they crave the enormous stage and bright spotlight that Kentucky can provide. They have been thinking NBA since they hit the national AAU scene prior to even being in high school. John Calipari has built a program that is custom built to satisfy these desires.

But then perhaps the twins would like to make their mark at Maryland and spark a resurgence in the proud basketball program there. It certainly isn't a challenge that they would be afraid of taking on.

In the end this will be remembered as one of the epic recruiting battles of recent time. Everyone is uncertain what the pick will be and certain that it was a nip and tuck battle.

All along I've felt Kentucky was the team to beat in this recruitment. I haven't been persuaded yet to feel differently. With the announcement being moved up ahead of the twins potential visit to Maryland for Midnight Madness, I lean even a little more towards Kentucky.

Complete Article

Prisbell on Harrison Twins: Grab a Coin and Flip It

Eric Prisbell of USA Today says he's spoken to a coach who believes the Harrison twins' decision may go the other way now (meaning Maryland).

In my opinion, no one really knows what's going to happen at 5:00 p.m. ET today but here is Prisbell's post from Twitter:

DeAndre Liggins Talks OKC and Competing with Daniel Orton

Former Kentucky star DeAndre Liggins is trying to find a permanent job with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Unfortunately, Liggins is likely competing against for UK teammate Daniel Orton for one of the final spots on the 2012-13 roster.

NewOK.com recently talked to Liggins about Oklahoma City and  his relationship with Orton.

Here is an excerpt of the interview:

How did you end up getting a tryout with the Thunder?

“Orlando decided not to bring me back. OKC called my agent and said they liked me, liked the way I played and they were going to bring me down here and work me out. I worked out for a week. Two weeks later, I came back and I've been here since.”

What do you think the Thunder likes most about you?

“My defense mostly. That's why I'm in the league, because of my defense. I'm trying to become an improved jumper-shooter and a better ball-handler.”

You've been teammates with center Daniel Orton at Kentucky and Orlando and now you're together in OKC.

“Yeah, I go somewhere, I see Daniel Orton (laughing). Everywhere I go, Daniel Orton is right there with me. In the NBA, you never know what happens. It's just fallen that way. I'm happy for Daniel. I'm happy to be here with Daniel. End of the day, we're trying to compete for a job.”

Complete Interview

Kingsport to Host Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament

The Appalachian Athletic Conference men's and women's basketball tournaments will be held in Kingsport, Tennessee, for the next three seasons.

Here is a release via Union College:

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Appalachian Athletic Conference and the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau have agreed to showcase the AAC men's and women's basketball championship tournaments at the Meadowview Marriott Convention Center and Resort in Kingsport, Tenn., for the next three seasons, AAC Commissioner John Sullivan announced recently.
The agreement begins immediately with Kingsport to host the 2013 AAC men's and women's basketball tournaments at the Meadowview on Feb. 20-23. The agreement guarantees the tournament to be held at the Meadowview in 2014 and 2015 and will be on year-to-year renewal basis thereafter.
"We are very excited to enter into this new agreement with Kingsport to host our Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament," said Sullivan. "The Kingsport Convention and Visitor's Bureau has proven to be an excellent host for our championship tournaments over many years now beginning with our baseball tournament, then volleyball, softball and now basketball.
"Kingsport has made a significant investment in equipment and facilities at the world-class Meadowview Convention Center in order to accommodate this tournament," Sullivan continued, "and we look forward to a very memorable experience for our student-athletes that will equal the very best tournaments at any level across the country."

Kingsport has been the host to the AAC baseball tournament since 2007 and has since added the softball and volleyball conference tournaments. With the addition of men's and women's basketball, Kingsport will now host five of the AAC's championship tournaments.

Complete Release

Chuck Hayes Talks Day 1 of Kings Training Camp

Former Kentucky star Chuck Hayes talks to the media after the first day of Kings camp:

Scenes from 2012 Kentucky Basketball Women's Clinic

Here is some good footage from the 2012 Kentucky Basketball Women's Clinic:

UPIKE Offers Knott Central's Camron Justice and Evan Hall

The University of Pikeville was at Knott County Central yesterday to watch sophomores Camron Justice, Evan Hall and Simon Christon.

I'm told by a good source that UPIKE offered scholarships to Justice and Hall after the workout.

Justice, a 6-foot-2 guard, is one of the state's brightest 2015 prospects.

Hall is a 6-foot-5 forward with a big upside as his game continues to mature.

Christon is a 6-foot-3 forward (see below):

Where Will the Harrison Twins Go?

Today is the day that 2013 star Andrew and Aaron Harrison announce their college choices.

Evan Daniels of Scout spoke to a source yesterday who said: "To be honest I believe they have gone back and forth 10 times this week on it."

Cat's Illustrated reportedly spoke to a source last night who said the Harrison twins have already made their decision and will announce for Kentucky today at 5:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Here's a look at the dynamite duo in action:



Adam Zagoria spoke to Sonny Vaccaro about the decision. Here is an excerpt of his thoughts:


“If they pick Kentucky it’s a logical move because since [head coach] John [Calipari]‘s been at Kentucky the kids have done well,” Vaccaro told SNY.tv from his California home. “His teams have won a national championship. It’s a logical move.

“The surprise would be if they didn’t pick Kentucky. Kentucky almost has to win [the battle for the twins]– no matter what the gain is — to show that they’re not losing it.”

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My Prediction: It's hard to go against John Calipari in these situations. While the Under Armour connection gives Maryland a shot, I'm going with Kentucky.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

John Calipari Makes Recruiting Stop in Massachusetts

Kentucky head coach John Calipari stopped by Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Massachusetts earlier today.

Calipari was checking out 2014 big man Goodluck Okonoboh and 2015 recruit Luis Monteiro.



Here is more from Masslive.com:

University of Kentucky’s John Calipari, coach of the reigning national champion, was on campus Wednesday morning with a particular interest in junior Goodluck Okonoboh and sophomore Luis Monteiro.

Okonoboh is a 6-foot-9, 215-pound center who played last season for national power Tilton (N.H.) School. Okonoboh played in a frontcourt alongside Nerlens Noel, now a freshman at Kentucky. Monteiro, a newcomer, is a 6-foot-7 point guard from the Dominican Republic.

And Calipari hasn’t been the only high-profile coach or program on campus this fall.

“When schools like Stanford, Columbia and Harvard come in ... they are as big of a deal to us as a Kentucky,’’ WMA coach Chris Sparks said. “Calipari brings something, for sure, especially as national champions.’’

Complete Article

Video: Marquis Teague at Chicago Bulls Media Day

Here is former Kentucky star Marquis Teague doing an interview at Chicago Bulls media day:


Murray State Stops By To See 2014 SF Tamarcus Blanton

According to OntheRadarHoops on Twitter, Murray State stopped by Luella (Ga.) High School to see 2014 small forward Tamarcus Blanton this afternoon:

OntheRadarHoops Murray State stopped through Luella HS (GA) to see 2014 SF Tamarcus Blanton




Torian Graham Headed to Chipola (Junior) College

According to a report at FayObserver.com, 2012 star Torian Graham is headed to Chipola (Junior) College.

Graham, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, had been recruited by Kentucky and Louisville in the past. He currently ranks No. 67 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Here is an excerpt:

Torian Graham, a shooting guard who committed to N.C. State on two occasions as a high school upperclassman, plans to attend Chipola (Junior) College in Florida.


Graham finished his prep career last season at the Creedmoor Christian Faith Center Academy north of Raleigh. He played at Durham Hillside and Raleigh's Word of God before transferring to Arlington Country Day in Florida.


Photo: Rivals.com

Perry Central Stars to Attend Hilltopper Hysteria at WKU

Head coach Kevin Spurlock passed along on Twitter that Perry County Central stars Justin Johnson, Braxton Beverly, Dalton Cornett and Austin Hill will attend Western Kentucky's Hilltopper Hysteria event next week in Bowling Green:

KevinSpurlock24 @awireman @justin23johnson @BBeverly10 @daltoncornett54 and 8th grader Austin Hill of Perry Central have been invited 2 this and will attend

Western Kentucky to Hold Hilltopper Hysteria Next Week

Western Kentucky University has announced plans for the school's annual Hilltopper Hysteria event.

This season, Hysteria will take place Friday, October 12 at E.A. Diddle Arena.

Here are details from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The annual tip-off to men's and women's basketball season at WKU, Hilltopper Hysteria, presented by Walk2CampusProperties, will take place Friday, October 12 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at E.A. Diddle Arena. Admission and parking are free for everyone.
The event starts with a free Lady Topper volleyball match and will continue into Hilltopper Hysteria basketball festivities. The first 500 fans will receive a free Hilltopper Hysteria t-shirt as they enter the volleyball match, courtesy of Coca-Cola.
Hilltopper Hysteria includes autograph sessions with the men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams, as well as individual player and coach introductions, a live men's and women's basketball scrimmage, three-point and dunk contests and special performances by the Topperettes and WKU cheerleaders. Big Red will also be in attendance for pictures and autographs.

Free tickets to see Dierks Bentley in concert at E.A. Diddle Arena on October 18 will be given away throughout the evening to lucky WKU students and fans, and fans can sign up for the ticket giveaway as they enter Hilltopper Hysteria.

Complete release

Harrison Twins: How Much of an Impact Will Under Armour Have?

Eric Prisbell of USA Today has written an interesting article about the recruitment of 2013 star Andrew and Aaron Harrison, who will announce their college decisions tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Prisbell feels that Under Armour could play a key role in the Harrisons' final decision.

Maryland, of course, is an Under Armour school. Kentucky, on the other hand, is sponsored by Nike.

Here is an excerpt of the article:

Harrison Sr., said that until September even the college coaches courting his sons had to go through dad first. One exception: Chris Hightower, in charge of basketball marketing at Under Armour.


"He is my saving grace that there are some upright, straight, humane people in the basketball business," Harrison Sr. said. "He is the one guy who can call Aaron and Andrew.

"They text him, 'Hey, Chris, appreciate what you sent us, thanks a lot. Hey, Chris, do you have a black hoodie? Does Under Armour make this or that?' He will text them, 'Great game I saw on TV.' "

Under Armour sponsors Maryland's basketball team as well as the AAU team for which Harrison coaches and his sons play. And if the connection between Hightower and Maryland was not clear enough, Hightower uses an image of the Under Armour-designed Maryland football uniforms for his Twitter picture.

Here are some additional comments from Harrison Sr.:

"Me being in the used-car business, and I will let you know this, the basketball business, is 25 times worse than the used-car business," he said. "It is not even close. It blows my mind what people try to do or that people think it's OK and they'll tell you things and you fall for.

"I'll be frank with you, there are college coaches who are just as involved in this thing as any AAU guy. I am more of a father than an AAU guy. I am not a handler. I don't own any kids. . . . At some point they will become their own men."


Andrew and Aaron Harrison will announce their decisions tomorrow on ESPNU at 5:00 p.m. ET. Their top two schools are thought to be Kentucky and Maryland.

Bellarmine University Roster for 2012-13

Here is an updated look at Bellarmine University's 2012-13 men's basketball roster following Jeremy Kendle's decision to end his career early:

Bellarmine University 2012-13 Men's Basketball Roster

No. Full Name Pos. Year Ht. Wt. Hometown High School (Previous School)
3 Vance Hall Guard Jr. 6-3 190 Frankfort, Ky. Franklin County (Wright State)
4 George Suggs Forward Fr. 6-8 205 St. Louis, Mo. Vianney
5 Chris Dowe Guard Sr. 6-2 190 Louisville, Ky. Eastern
10 Corbin Maynard Guard So. 5-10 170 Louisville, Ky. DeSales
11 Garett Ross Guard R-So. 6-3 175 Corydon, Ind. Corydon Central
12 Jake Thelen Forward So. 6-6 220 Edgewood, Ky. Covington Catholic (Spring Hill College)
14 Cole Schafer Guard Fr. 6-2 190 Evansville, Ind. Harrison
21 Stephen Asihene Forward So. 6-7 210 Freehold, N.J. Oak Hill Academy
23 Keisten Jones Guard Jr. 6-3 195 Louisville, Ky Ballard
24 Ryan Burton Forward So. 6-7 195 Bedford, Ind. Bedford-North Lawrence
25 Max Clemons Guard Fr. 6-4 205 Louisville, Ky. PRP
32 Jelani Johnson Guard Sr. 6-4 190 Aurora, Ill. Waubonsie Valley (Western Illinois)
33 Stevie Loveless Forward R-Jr. 6-6 205 Frankfort, Ind. Frankfort (Purdue U.)
42 Alex Pritchett Forward R-Fr. 6-8 230 Bedford, Ind. Bedford-North Lawrence (Wright State)

Coaching Staff

Name Title
Scott Davenport Head Coach, Men's Basketball
Drew Cooper Assistant Coach, Men's Basketball
Michael Scott Assistant Coach, Men's Basketball
Reece Gaines Assistant Coach, Men's Basketball

Training Camp Underway for Terrence Jones and the Rockets

Matt Thomas of Sports790.com interviews Houston Rockets rookie Terrence Jones:



Here is some footage of Jones making a play at Rockets training camp:

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Randolph Morris: I'm the Happiest Guy on the Planet Right Now

To say that former Kentucky big man Randolph Morris is enjoying his playing time in China might be an understatement.

Morris, who plays for the Beijing Ducks in the China's top-level CBA league, has made his way back to China.

During this interview, Morris talks about how much he loves playing in Beijing and says he's the happiest guy on the planet right now:


Jodie Meeks Talks About New Role of Backing Up Kobe Bryant

Former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks talks about his new role in the NBA...backing up Kobe Bryant:


Brandon Goodwin Commits to Southern Miss

Brandon Goodwin, a 6-foot point guard from Norcoss (Ga.), has committed to Southern Miss.

EvanDanielsFOX Jesse McMillan just informed Scout that Brandon Goodwin has committed to Southern Mississippi.

Goodwin, who Rivals.com rates as a three-star recruit, had offers from several other schools, including Western Kentucky and Murray State.

Photo: Rivals.com

Louisville Coaching Staff Not Happy with Nebraska Coaches

According to Jody Demling, coaches from Nebraska stopped by to watch 2013 big man Akoy Agau.

You may remember that Agau recently committed to Louisville.

As one might expect, Demling reports that the Louisville coaches aren't exactly pleased with Nebraska's visit:

jdemling Nebraska coach Tim Miles dropped in unannounced to see Louisville commit Akoy Agau today. Heard U of L coaches not too happy.

Video: John Wall Sits Down with ESPN The Magazine

Here is former Kentucky star John Wall sitting down with ESPN The Magazine:


2013 PG Angel Rivera Focusing on Five Schools

Angel Rivera, a 5-foot-7 point guard at Cincinnati Hughes High School, is focusing in on five schools, according to a source.

The source says Rivera has a top five (in no order) of High Point, Cornell, Morehead State, St. Catharine College and St. Francis.

Rivera in action:


Video: Anthony Davis Sings at Hornets Media Day

Check out this video of former Kentucky star Anthony Davis singing during an interview at Hornets media day:


Julius Randle Down to Six, Kentucky Makes the Cut

Julius Randle, one of the top players in the class of 2013, has cut his final list down to six schools.

According to a Twitter release from his high school, Randle is down to: Kentucky, N.C. State, Florida, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma:

PCAAthletics Julius Randle narrows to 6: Kentucky, NC State, Florida, Texas, Kansas, OU.

Notably absent from the list: both Duke and North Carolina.

Randle, a 6-foot-9 power forward, currently ranks No. 1 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013.

Antoine Walker Tells Story on ESPN First Take

Former University of Kentucky star Antoine Walker goes on ESPN First Take to discuss his fall from NBA stardom to being broke:



As he proved in the Kentucky alumni game, Walker can still shoot a little, as well:

Chuck Hayes, DeMarcus Cousins at Kings Media Day

Check out former Kentucky stars Chuck Hayes and DeMarcus Cousins as Sacramento Kings media day:



Quincy Hankins-Cole Signs in France for 2012-13

Former University of Pikeville star Quincy Hankins-Cole will be playing in France this season.

Hankins-Cole has signed with Basket Club Sorgues in France's mid-level National 1 league.

Last season, the former UPIKE star averaged 18.2 points, 13 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for Snaefell in Iceland's top-level Express League.



Source: Eurobasket.com

Video: Northern Kentucky Basketball Promo 2012-13

Check out the Northern Kentucky men's and women's basketball promo for the upcoming season:

Monday, October 1, 2012

Doron Lamb to Miss Training Camp, Has Torn Ligament in Elbow

Former Kentucky star Doron Lamb will miss training camp with the Milwaukee Bucks due to a torn ligament in his left elbow.

Here is more from Brewhoop.com:

The Milwaukee Bucks announced on Monday at the team's media day that rookie guard Doron Lamb will be held out of training camp activities due to an elbow injury. During an interview with the media, Lamb revealed that he suffered a torn ligament in his left elbow while trying to defend a pick-and-roll play during team practices. When asked whether he will need surgery, Lamb responded: "I hope it heals on its own."

Source

Andrew, Aaron Harrison to Announce Decision This Week

Andrew and Aaron Harrison, two of Kentucky's top targets in the class of 2013, will apparently announce their college decisions Thursday evening on ESPNU.

TerrapinNation According to the Worldwide Leader, the Harrison twins will be committing to to either Kentucky or the #Terps this Thursday on ESPNU.

The Harrison twins were originally scheduled to make their announcement on October 29.

The Travis High School Twitter account confirmed that the announcement will take place at 5:00 p.m. ET (4:00 Central):

ths_tigers The Harrison Twins commit @ths_tigers gym Thursday @4:00. Will air live @ESPNU @recruitkentucky@terpshoopsnews @smubasketball @travishoops

On another note, the Travis Twitter page also provided visual proof that Andrew Harrison was recently named Homecoming King:

ths_tigers 2012 Homecoming Queen & King: Homecoming 2012 King: Andrew Harrison Queen: Ariana Jackson [...]

James Young Enjoyed Kentucky Visit, List Sits at 4

James Young hasn't committed yet, but he enjoyed his visit to Kentucky over the weekend. According to quotes given to ZagsBlog.com, Young's final list still sits at four schools and he plans to visit Michigan State soon.

Here is an excerpt:

Young is now working with a list of Kentucky, Michigan State, Syracuse and Kansas — and has not cut his list to two schools, despite some reports.

“James hasn’t narrowed it down to two schools and he certainly hasn’t narrowed it down to Syracuse and Kentucky,” Mahone said. “The remaining four are Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan State and Syracuse.”

As for the Kentucky visit, it went well.

“It was a great visit,” Mahone said. “We had an opportunity to visually validate and witness firsthand the quality of their program, the facilities, the basketball facilities, the academic facilities, the entire campus. It was first-hand, top-notch. We were very impressed with it.

Complete Article

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

Photo: Rivals.com

Coaches Checking Out Wesley Christian High School Big Man

College coaches have been checking out Wesley Christian High School's 6-foot-7 senior center Stephen Goble.

Goble recently visited Shawnee State University. He worked out for the coaching staff and toured the campus.

Cincinnati Christian College has also been to Wesley Christian to watch Goble work out.

Goble, who averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds per game as a junior, will lead the Wesley Christian Circuit Riders into the 2012-2013 season beginning on Nov. 2nd at home against Forest Hill Military Academy and then on Nov. 3rd at Oak Hill Academy (red).

Wesley Christian High School competes in the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association.

SN Names Poythress, Noel to Preseason All-Freshman Team

Sporting News had named Kentucky's Alex Poythress and Nerlens Noel to their preseason college basketball All-Freshman team.

The Kentucky freshmen are joined by Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) and Yogi Ferrell (Indiana).

Here are excerpts about Noel and Poythress:
Alex Poythress, Kentucky , SF, 6-7/215

Poythress is one of those matchup nightmares, a 6-7 wing too strong for a small forward to defend and too quick for a power forward.

Nerlens Noel, Kentucky, C, 6-10/215

Ditch the Anthony Davis comparisons, please, and appreciate Noel strictly as a shot-blocking defensive force this season.


Bulls Add Vance Cooksey to Training Camp Roster

The Chicago Bulls have added former Pikeville star Vance Cooksey to their training camp roster.

chicagobulls #Bulls add free agents Ryan Allen, Vance Cooksey, Andre Emmett, Kyrylo Fesenko & Marko Jaric to round out the training camp roster.





Louisville to Watch 2015 Guard Isaiah Briscoe Today

Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog.com is reporting this morning that Louisville assistant Wyking Jones will watch 2015 guard Isaiah Briscoe later today:

AdamZagoria Louisville asst Wyking Jones will watch 2015 G Isaiah Briscoe today at St. Ben's. Fordham's Tom Pecora will watch Denzell Taylor.
Briscoe is a 6-foot-3 point guard St. Benedict's (NJ) High School.


Report: Tyler Roberson to Visit Kentucky on November 2

Tyler Roberson will reportedly visit the University of Kentucky on the weekend of November 2.

NextCats 2013 forward Tyler Roberson will take his official visit to UK on Nov. 2, according to @PonyPride

Roberson is a 6-foot-8 power forward at Roselle Catholic (NJ). He currently ranks No. 29 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013.
Photo: Rivals.com

Pistons Officially Add Terrence Williams to Training Camp Roster

The Detroit Pistons have officially added former Louisville star Terrence Williams to their training camp roster:

detroitpistons Pistons news: The #Pistons have officially added guards Terrence Williams and Jonny Flynn to the training camp roster.




JaQuan Lyle, Cliff Alexander to Attend Big Blue Madness

Top 2014 stars JaQuan Lyle and Cliff Alexander confirmed on Twitter last night that both will be attending Kentucky's Big Blue Madness event next week.

Lyle is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard at Bosse (Ind.) High School in Evansville. He currently ranks No. 19 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.

Alexander is a 6-foot-9 power forward at Curie (Ill.) High School. He currently sits at No. 6 overall in the class.

They can expect a Big Blue show:



Sunday, September 30, 2012

Elisha Justice Goes Home to Pikeville, Becomes an Old Regular Baptist Preacher

In all the time I've spent covering college basketball, I'm not sure I've ever covered a story as special as that of former Louisville point guard Elisha Justice.

Justice, who won Kentucky Mr. Basketball at Shelby Valley High School, played two seasons for the Louisville Cardinals. As a sophomore, Justice averaged 2.4 points and 1.1. assists for the Cardinals. He then decided to end his time at Louisville and head back home to the University of Pikeville.

After coming back home, Justice answered the call to become an Old Regular Baptist preacher. You read that correctly, Elisha Justice spends his Sundays preaching at the Pilgrim's Prayer Church in Dorton, Kentucky.

Even though he is yet to make his University of Pikeville playing debut, Elisha  has already touched the heart of head coach Kelly Wells.

"He's the type of person who makes you better in all areas of life and basketball," Wells said over the weekend. "The kind of person you pray your son turns out to resemble."

After listening to Justice preach the Word, it's hard to argue with Wells.





2014 Star Ray Kasongo Leaving East Ridge?

I have been told by a source close to the situation that 6-foot-8 forward Ray Kasongo is likely leaving East Ridge High School due to personal reasons associated with his living situation.

While rumors are circulating, it is not known where Kasongo, who ranks No. 150 on the Rivals.com list for 2014, will land.

Ray's younger brother, Ruben, is also expected to leave East Ridge, according to the source.

Kasongo currently holds offers or major interest from the likes of DePaul, UCLA, USC, N.C. State and Arizona. He has also heard from many other division I programs.

John Calipari Attends Concert at Barclays Center, Hangs with Jay-Z

Kentucky head coach  John Calipari visited the new Barclays Center, where UK will play basketball soon, Friday night for a concert.

Calipari posted several pictures from the concert on Twitter:

UKCoachCalipari Had a chance to visit backstage w/ Jay-Z & my good friend Irv Gotti tonight. http://instagr.am/p/QJQX0ljSMA/  

UKCoachCalipari I told Jay-Z that I might get fined $50k for being in HIS locker room tonight. He said "I got you". #Lafamilia

UKCoachCalipari Great seeing @MagicJohnson and his brother Larry at the @barclayscenter opening http://instagr.am/p/QJRq6YjSNO/  

UKCoachCalipari With @BrooklynNets coach Avery Johnson at the #BarclaysCenter opening. http://instagr.am/p/QJSF89jSNm/  

UKCoachCalipari Invited tonight for the opening & @S_C_ concert because @UKAthleticsNews will be one of the first teams to play in @BarclaysCenter Nov. 9

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