Saturday, March 30, 2013

Pikeville's Ethan Rowe Commits to Transylvania University

Pikeville High School's Ethan Rowe has committed to play college basketball at Transylvania University.

EthanRowe24 Just committed to Transylvania University! #GoPios

Dominique Hawkins Named Kentucky Mr. Basketball

Madison Central High School star Dominique Hawkins was named Kentucky Mr. Basketball at a banquet Friday night.

Hawkins averaged 20.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in leading the Indians (32-5) the state title this season. He has not made his college choice at this time and is considering Morehead State, Western Kentucky, Murray State, South Carolina, Purdue and Kentucky.

Two sources directly involved with Hawkins' recruitment told Allkyhoops last night that they feel he is headed to Kentucky.

Madison Central head coach Allen Feldhaus, Jr. said Friday that Hawkins will not make his college announcement until he returns from Spring Break in Florida.

The finalists for Mr. Basketball were:

- Derek Willis, Bullitt East (Kentucky)
- Rusty Troutman, Bullitt East (Bellarmine)
- Omar Prewitt, Montgomery County (William & Mary)
- Darryl Hicks, Trinity (Boston College)
- Dominique Hawkins, Madison Central (Undecided...or is he?)

Western Kentucky Reportedly Moving to Conference USA

Western Kentucky is apparently planning to move to Conference USA according to a report from ESPN.com.

The Hilltoppers will reportedly replace Tulsa in the league beginning July 1, 2014.

Here is an excerpt:

Western Kentucky is leaving the Sun Belt to join Conference USA in 2014, a source told ESPN's Brett McMurphy on Saturday.


An official announcement is expected Monday.

Last week, ESPN reported Tulsa would leave C-USA for the soon-to-be-renamed Big East. That move is expected to be announced as early as Tuesday.

Tulsa and Western Kentucky will join their new conferences on July 1, 2014. Tulsa's move will give the soon-to-be-renamed Big East 11 members with Navy joining in 2015 as its 12th member.

Complete Article

Friday, March 29, 2013

Louisville Players Preview Oregon and More

Louisville's Russ Smith, Luke Hancock and Peyton Siva preview tonight's NCAA Tournament game against Oregon:







More from CardsandCats2011 on YouTube

Dominique Hawkins Will Not Announce Decision Today

Madison Central star Dominique Hawkins will not make his college announcement today despite rumors that he would be committing to Kentucky:

RichmondRsports BREAKING NEWS: There will be no announcement from Dominique Hawkins today about his college plans...just got word from coach Allen Feldhaus

RichmondRsports FELDHAUS - "He and I are both leaving for Fla. after the Mr. Basketball Banquet (tonight). Will not be any news until we get back."

Morehead State's Sean Woods Gives an Off-Season Update

Morehead State head coach Sean Woods gives an off-season update:

John Wall Opening the Eyes of Former NBA stars

Former NBA stars are paying attention to what John Wall is doing this season since returning from injury.

According to USA Today, Wall is the NBA's break
out star and some of the all-time greats are taking notice.

Here is an excerpt:

When a team wants to lose its rep as a laughingstock of the NBA, they could do a lot worse than their franchise point guard winning Gary Payton's seal of approval. John Wall has been turning heads around the NBA over the past month, impressing not just opponents but also legendary former players and coaches. The legendary guard, as well as notoriously outspoken former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, have heaped praise on Wall's play as he's propelled the Wizards to something close to respectability.


"[Wall] tweeted me and asked for my number and I called him and we've been tight ever since," Payton told Grantland's Holly MacKenzie of the Washington Wizards guard this week. "He's a kid where I like him because he called me to ask me how to get better at playing defense and how to become a good point guard."

Van Gundy has changed his tune on Wall as well. "I think that he has proven me wrong in terms of his value to a team," he said to Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post on Thursday. "I'm still not sure he's enough to build a team around, but if you could put a great offensive player around him, then possibly that could be enough to start pushing this team to the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference."

Complete Article

Team Manimal AAU Preps for Inaugural Campaign

The Team Manimal AAU program is off and running in preparation for the team's first summer of competition.

I stopped by the team's first practice and walked away impressed with the nice collection of young talent and head coach Maze Stallworth's preparation and demand for hard work.

Stallworth, who played at Morehead State University and is currently an assistant at St. Catharine College, will guide his 15U team into several local and national tournaments beginning April 12 and ending at the national tournament in Florida at the end of July.

Team Manimal  is funded largely by Stallworth's former Morehead State teammate Kenneth Faried, who now stars for the Denver Nuggets. There is a strong presence of Faried and former Morehead State head coach Donnie Tyndall in the team's foundation. In fact, the team colors will be very familiar to NBA fans (think Nuggets).

"If you don't play hard, you can't play for Team Manimal," Stallworth told his players shortly after practice tipped off.

After some warm-up drills, Stallworth put his kids through some very Tyndall-esque scramble drills and eventually closed out practice with some transition work.

My take away from the team's first practice was the willingness of the kids to work hard. The team will be small with Somerset's Jared Farris being the only post player, but will get up and down the court and play aggressive, "in-your-face" defense.

The Bullitt East tandem of Tyler Sharpe and Bailey Rakes gives the team two outstanding outside shooters which opens up scoring opportunities for the likes of Perry Ayers (Bowling Green), Mason Faulkner (Caverna) and Trenton Russell (Magoffin County).

Rowan County's Larry Whelan provides an impressive all-around game on both sides of the ball. D.J. Keeling will give the team some excellent ball-handling, speed and hustle.

South Warren's Bryan Cummings and Brandon Stacker round out a solid young roster that will win plenty of games this summer.



Team Manimal Roster:

- Tyler Sharpe, Bullitt East
- Bailey Rakes, Bullitt East
- Larry Whelan, Rowan County
- Trenton Russell, Magoffin County
- Perry Ayers, Bowling Green
- D.J. Keeling, Washington County
- Bryan Cummings, South Warren
- Brandon Stacker, South Warren
- Mason Faulkner, Caverna
- Jared Farris, Somerset

Head Coach: Maze Stallworth
Assistant Coach: Ty Proffitt
Assistant Coach: Matt Taylor
Assistant Coach: Brandon Johnson

Stallworth handed players a copy of his "Team Manimal Standards":

1. We will represent ourselves and the Team Manimal brand to the highest level.
2. All players will hold above a 2.8 t participate on Team Manimal.
3. We will never quit in a time of adversity.
4. We will display sportsmanship to all competitors.
5. We will be the toughest team in the NATION!
6. Team Manimal is a Family. Everything we do, we will do it together as one. When one man fails, we all fail. When one man succeeds, we all succeed.

"Brothers Keeper"

Team Manimal Game Schedule:

April 12-14 Knoxvegas Heat Invitational (Knoxville, TN)
April 19-21 Spring Slam Classic (Lexington, KY)
April 26-28 Adidas Spring Classic (Indianapolis, IN)
May 10-12 Adidas May Classic (Indianapolis, IN)
May 17-19 Kentucky State Tournament (Lexington, KY)
May 31-June 2 National Gear-up Tournament (Indianapolis, IN)
July 10-14 Adidas Invitational (Indianapolis, IN)
July 15-16 Eddie Ford Round Robin Tournament (Louisville, KY)
July 17-21 Eddie Ford Kentucky Hoop-Fest (Louisville, KY)
July 25-31 National Tournament (Buena Vista, FL)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Calipari Visits Former Cats and 2014 Star Craig Victor

Kentucky head coach John Calipari was in New Orleans last night to visit former UK players Darius Miller, Anthony Davis and Eric Bledsoe.

It turns out that Calipari also visited 2014 star Craig Victor, a 6-foot-8 forward at St. Augustine (La.).



Here is more from NOLA.com:

However, Calipari also took some time out for a potential future Wildcat.


The coach stopped by St. Augustine on Wednesday to pay a visit to Purple Knights junior forward Craig Victor, a 6-foot-8 prospect ranked among the top 60 players in the country for the Class of 2014 by ESPN.

Victor said a few weeks ago before the Louisiana Rising Stars Showcase that he held roughly 50 offers and had a top seven of LSU, UCLA, Oklahoma, Arizona, Oklahoma State, Florida and Miami.

Complete Article

Shirmane Thomas Commits to Tennessee Tech

Shirmane Thomas, a 6-foot-2 combo guard from Prime Prep Academy, has committed to Tennessee Tech University.

"I wanted to have an opportunity to come in and play right away," Thomas told me via text message. "I felt Tech could make that possible."

Thomas said he fell in love with the Tech coaching staff and the city of Cookeville.

"The coaches were amazing when I visited," he added. "I could tell it was a family-oriented program. Cookeville is a place I feel I can stay focused and work extremely hard to make it to the next level."

Thomas is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com. He said he chose Tech over Southern Miss, Murray State, South Carolina and Detroit.

Photo: Rivals.com

Doug Gottlieb Provides Most Awkward Moment of NCAA Tournament

This is what it looks like when a bad joke goes really bad...on national television. Did Doug Gottlieb really tell the world that he's here "to give the White man's perspective"?

(via Deadspin.com - click to play)

Texas Tech Reaches Out to Tubby Smith, Donnie Tyndall

According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas Tech has reached out to former Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith and current Southern Miss head man Donnie Tyndall.

Here is an excerpt:

Texas Tech’s coaching search ramped up on Thursday as it made plans to interview former Minnesota coach Tubby Smith and Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall for its open basketball head coach position, sources told the Avalanche-Journal.

Tech’s contact with Smith was first reported by ESPN.com.

Smith, 61, was fired last week from Minnesota, one day after his team lost to Florida in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Gophers were 124-81 during his six seasons as the head coach.

Smith’s distinguished resume also includes a national championship in 1998 with Kentucky, a team he guided to 263-83 record and 10 NCAA Tournament appearances in 10 seasons.

Tyndall, in his first season at Southern Miss, led the Golden Eagles to one of their best regular seasons in school history. Southern Miss won 27 games, including a school-record 12 in Conference USA action. The Golden Eagles ended their season Wednesday with a loss to BYU in the NIT quarterfinals.

Complete Article

Fan Essentials: Kentucky Wildcats Men's Baskeball

CBS Local has put together a video about Kentucky basketball. It's definitely worth a watch:

Fan Essentials: Kentucky Wildcats


Fan Sports Live discusses the biggest moments from Kentucky basketball; including Adolph Rupp against Texas Western, Tubby Smith, and the 2011-2012 Champions



Link to Site

Dominique Hawkins to Kentucky? AAU Team and Ex-Teammate Think So

Will Madison Central star Dominique Hawkins commit to the University of Kentucky tomorrow?

Nothing has been confirmed but at least one former teammate and the Louisville Magic AAU program seem to think so.

From Twitter:

Lville_Magic Dominique Hawkins will sign with UK tomorrow!

John_OBryan20 To know one of my brothers is committing to UK on Friday makes me a proud teammate @Dhawk_25 hard work pays of my dude #MuchLove to you!!

Hawkins, an athletic 6-foot-1 point guard, is considered a heavy favorite to win Kentucky Mr. Basketball tomorrow night when the award is announced.

Will he also be adding an offer from the Kentucky Wildcats?

Murray State and SIU Agree to Four-Year Series

Murray State and Southern Illinois will start up a four-year men's basketball series beginning next season.

Here are details from MSU:

Murray State and Southern Illinois have agreed on a four-year deal to renew their men's basketball series in 2013 marking their first meeting since 2006.


The four-year agreement calls for each team to have two home games with the Racers to hosting the Salukis next season in 2013. MSU will play on the SIU Arena in Carbondale, Ill. in 2014 and 2016 with MSU getting its second home game at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky. in 2015.

“This is exciting news for our fans that we've renewed the series with SIU,” MSU Director of Athletics Allen Ward said. “It's a game they can easily travel to see and it's a regional series that will create lots of interest. I want to thank SIU Athletics Director Mario Moccia and the coaching staffs of both teams for getting this series going again.”

“I'm excited that we were able to schedule this game for our fans and program,” MSU Head Coach Steve Prohm said. “The MSU-SIU series is a great non-conference rivalry that the fans would like to see.”

Trinity's Miles Rice is Headed to Campbellsville University

Louisville Trinity's Miles Rice has committed to play college basketball at Campbellsville University.

Rice averaged 8.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game last season.




Rick Pitino Talks About Oregon and More

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks about the upcoming game against Oregon and getting help from former Kentucky star Travis Ford:

Enes Kanter Suffers Dislocated Shoulder

Former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter suffered a dislocated shoulder against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night:



Here is more on the injury from the Washington Post:

Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter left the court in obvious pain against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night with what team officials said was a dislocated left shoulder.


An MRI is scheduled for Thursday morning.

Kanter was biting hard into his mouthpiece, supporting his left arm and stopped courtside as if he wanted to try to pop the joint back into place. Head trainer Gary Briggs led him to the locker room shortly thereafter.

Complete Article

Louisville's Peyton Siva on the Jim Rome Show

Louisville senior star Peyton Siva appeared on the Jim Rome Show earlier this week. Here is the audio from thecardinalconnect on YouTube:

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tony Woods Excited to Play Against Louisville

Remember Tony Woods, who flirted with both Kentucky and Louisville after transferring from Wake Forest?

He ended up at Oregon and now he's excited about the opportunity to play against the Cardinals in the NCAA Tournament:

Brandon Goodwin Receives Visit from WKU, Offer from Florida Gulf Coast

Brandon Goodwin, a 6-foot point guard from Norcross (Ga.), picked up an offer from Florida Gulf Coast today.

The news was reported on Twitter:

OntheRadarHoops Florida Gulf Coast has offered 2013 CG Brandon Goodwin @WhatAGood1 Norcross (GA) @NorcrossHoops

According to a source, coaches from Western Kentucky visited Goodwin today.

Goodwin, who is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, was recently named Georgia 6A Player of the Year.

Murray State, Southern Miss, UCF, Auburn and Tennessee Tech are some of the schools that have already offered Goodwin.

Photo: Rivals.com

Karl Towns, Jr. Official Junior Season Mixtape

Check out the complete junior season mixtape of Kentucky commit Karl Towns, Jr. (via Hoopmixtape):

Andrew Wiggins Official Senior Year Mixtape

Check out Andrew Wiggins' official senior year mixtap from Hoopmixtape.com:


Andrew Wiggins Named Gatorade National Player of the Year

Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins has been named 2013 Gatorade National Player of the Year.

Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford posted a picture on Twitter:

rfulford Congrats to Andrew Wiggins! 2013 Gatorade National Player of Year. #HPrepFamily pic.twitter.com/fQPwbszwui

Pitino, Donovan and Ford Among Finalists for Jim Phelan Award


Louisville's Rick Pitino, Florida's Billy Donovan and Oklahoma State's Travis Ford are finalists for the 2013 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award.

The Jim Phelan Award is presented annually to the nation's top Division I coach. The award is named in honor of Jim Phelan who coached his entire career at Mount Saint Mary's University. He led the Mountaineers to the 1962 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship. When he retired in 2003, after coaching for 49 years, he amassed 830 wins (overall record of 830-524) in over 1,300 games in all divisions. In those 49 years, 19 of his teams amassed 20 or more wins in a season.

2013 JIM PHELAN AWARD FINALISTS

Dana Altman Oregon
John Beilein Michigan
Mike Brey Notre Dame
Rick Byrd Belmont
Jim Crews Saint Louis
Keith Dambrot Akron
Kermit Davis Middle Tennessee
Billy Donovan Florida
Anthony Evans Norfolk State
Mark Few Gonzaga
Travis Ford Oklahoma State
Ben Howland UCLA
Jim Larranaga Miami
Rick Pitino Louisville
Bo Ryan Wisconsin
Bill Self Kansas
John Thompson III Georgetown
Bruce Weber Kansas State
Buzz Williams Marquette
Jay Wright Villanova

Complete Release

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Murray State Racers: The Heart and Soul of Murray, Kentucky

This is an outstanding look at what Murray State men's basketball means to the community of Murray, Kentucky:

The Home Team

Beyond wins and losses, the Murray State Racers men's basketball team is the heart and soul of the small town of Murray, KY.

Brought to you by Liberty Mutual’s The Responsibility Project

Click to play:

Kings Teammates Rib Former Kentucky Stars About NIT

Some of the Sacramento Kings players discuss their Final Four picks, talk about their own schools and hammer former Kentucky stars Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes and DeMarcus Cousins (re: Robert Morris):

"Who they playing? Sam Morris?"

Isaiah Canaan Named to 2013 Lou Henson All-America Team

Murray State senior Isaiah Canaan was named to the 2013 Lou Henson All-America Team on Monday.

The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the top Mid-Major player in Division I college basketball. The award is named in honor of Lou Henson who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years.

LOU HENSON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Travis Bader 6-5 Jr. Oakland

Billy Baron 6-2 Jr. Canisius
Jerrelle Benimon 6-8 Jr. Towson
Tommy Brenton 6-5 Sr. Stony Brook
Ryan Broekhoff 6-7 Sr. Valparaiso
Isaiah Canaan 6-1 Sr. Murray State
Jackie Carmichael 6-9 Sr. Illinois State
Will Cherry 6-1 Sr. Montana
Jake Cohen 6-10 Sr. Davidson
D.J. Cooper 6-0 Sr. Ohio
Matthew Dellavedova 6-4 Sr. Saint Mary's
James Ennis 6-7 Sr. Long Beach
Shane Gibson 6-2 Sr. Sacred Heart
Juan'ya Green 6-3 So. Niagara
Corey Hawkins 6-3 So. UC Davis
Tyler Haws 6-5 So. BYU
Troy Huff 6-5 Jr. North Dakota
Lamont Jones 6-0 Sr. Iona
Zeke Marshall 7-0 Sr. Akron
Jake Odum 6-4 Jr. Indiana State
Jamal Olasewere 6-7 Sr. LIU-Brooklyn
Keith Rendleman 6-8 Sr. UNC-Wilmington
Augustine Rubit 6-7 Jr. South Alabama
Colt Ryan 6-5 Sr. Evansville
Taylor Smith 6-6 Sr. Stephen F. Austin

Russ Smith Named to Lute Olson All-America Team

Louisville's Russ Smith was named to the Lute Olson All-American Team on Monday.

The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation's top Division I player who has played at least two seasons with his respective team. Freshmen and first-year transfers can be named to the All-America team, but are not eligible to receive the Player of the Year honors.


LUTE OLSON ALL-AMERICA TEAM


Anthony Bennett 6-8 Fr. UNLV

Trey Burke 6-0 So. Michigan
Ian Clark 6-3 Sr. Belmont
Ramon Galloway 6-3 Sr. La Salle
Erick Green 6-3 Sr. Virginia Tech
Shane Larkin 5-11 So. Miami
Ray McCallum 6-3 Jr. Detroit
Doug McDermott 6-8 Jr. Creighton
Ben McLemore 6-5 Fr. Kansas
Shabazz Muhammad 6-6 Fr. UCLA
Mike Muscala 6-11 Sr. Bucknell
Victor Oladipo 6-5 Jr. Indiana
Kelly Olynyk 7-0 Jr. Gonzaga
Mason Plumlee 6-10 Sr. Duke
Otto Porter, Jr 6-8 So. Georgetown
Marcus Smart 6-4 Fr. Oklahoma State
Russ Smith 6-0 Jr. Louisville
Deshaun Thomas 6-7 Jr. Ohio State
Jeff Withey 7-0 Sr. Kansas
Nate Wolters 6-4 Sr. South Dakota State
Cody Zeller 7-0 So. Indiana

Complete Release

John Calipari Visits Dominique Hawkins and Orange Leaf in Richmond

Kentucky head coach John Calipari was in Richmond this afternoon to visit Madison Central star Dominique Hawkins.

Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader confirmed the news with Central head coach Allen Feldhaus, Jr.:

NextCats John Calipari was in Richmond today to see Dominique Hawkins, Madison Central coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. tells the Herald-Leader

Hawkins, the Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year, is an athletic 6-foot-1 point guard who led the Indians to the state title this season.

His recruitment exploded late in the season and he has not picked up offers from a growing list of schools that includes Morehead State, Western Kentucky, Wright State, South Carolina, Purdue, Louisville (walk-on), Murray State and others.

Trinity's Darryl Hicks Commits to Boston College

Trinity senior guard Darryl Hicks has committed to play college basketball at Boston College.

Jason Frakes of the Courier-Journal broke the news on Twitter:

kyhighs According to Trinity coach Mike Szabo, senior guard Darryl Hicks has committed to play basketball at Boston College.

Hicks, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, averaged 16 points and 5.3 rebounds this season.

Report: Josh Pastner is Staying at Memphis

Josh Pastner is staying at Memphis according to Jon Rothstein of the CBS Sports Network:

JonRothstein BREAKING --- Josh Pastner is staying at Memphis and is no longer a candidate at USC, per a source....

Kentucky Recruits Highlight Nike Hoop Summit Rosters

The complete rosters for the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit have been announced.

Kentucky commits Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and Julius Randle are on the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Select Team. They will be joined by Kentucky recruit Aaron Gordon.

UK commit Karl Towns, Jr. is on the World Select Team. He'll be joined by Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins.

2013 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Select Team

NO NAME POS HGT WGT DOB HIGH SCHOOL / *COLLEGE HOMETOWN
11 Aaron Gordon F 6-9 210 09/16/95 Archbishop Mitty H.S./*Undecided San Jose, CA
6 Aaron Harrison G 6-5 205 10/20/94 Travis H.S./*Kentucky Richmond, TX
7 Andrew Harrison G 6-5 205 10/20/94 Travis H.S./*Kentucky Richmond, TX
4 Kasey Hill G 6-0 170 12/03/93 Montverde Academy/*Florida Eustis, FL
10 Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson F 6-7 205 01/03/95 Chester H.S./*Arizona Chester, PA
5 Demetrius Jackson G 6-1 165 09/07/94 Marian H.S./*Notre Dame Mishawaka, IN
12 Jabari Parker F 6-9 201 03/15/95 Simeon H.S./#Duke Chicago, IL
9 Bobby Portis F 6-9 225 02/10/95 Hall H.S./*Arkansas Little Rock, AR
13 Julius Randle F 6-9 225 11/29/94 Prestonwood Christian Academy/#Kentucky McKinney, TX
8 Noah Vonleh F 6-8 220 08/24/95 New Hampton School/*Indiana Haverhill, MA

USA HEAD COACH: Mike Jones, DeMatha Catholic High School, MD
USA ASSISTANT COACH: Cory Alexander, Boo Williams AAU, VA

*Indicates college where the player has signed a National Letter of Intent to play in 2013-14. #Indicates college where the player has verbally committed to attend in 2013-14.

2013 World Select Team

NAME POS HGT TEAM / CLUB COUNTRY
Gabriel Deck F 6-6 Ouimsa Athletic Assoc. Santiago del Estero Argentina
Dante Exum G 6-4 Australian Institute of Sport Australia
Livio Jean-Charles F 6-9 ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne France
Mario Hezonja G 6-7 Regal FC Barcelona Croatia
Nikola Ivanovic G 6-3 KK Buducnost Montenegro
Mouhammadou Jaiteh C 6-8 Maritime Boulogne France
Sergey Karasev F 6-7 Triumph Lyubertsy Russia
Dennis Schröder G 6-1 New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig Germany
Karl Towns, Jr. C 6-11 St. Josepht's H.S. (N.J.)/#Kentucky Dominican Republic
Andrew Wiggins F 6-7 Huntington Prep (W.Va.)

Canada Head Coach: Roy Rana (Canada)
Assistant Coach: Marin Sedlacek (Serbia)

*Measurements listed are not official.
# Indicates NCAA school where the player has verbally committed to attend in 2014-15.

Roster from USA Basketball 

Great Video for UK Fans: Kentucky's Revenge

Check out this new video that is sure to get Kentucky's Big Blue Nation excited:

Pitino, McMahon Mentioned in Coaching Search Rumors

CBSSports.com has broken down the coaching moves in college basketball to this point. There are several familiar names mentioned as in the mix at various schools.

Here is an excerpt:

GEORGIA SOUTHERN

Out: Charlton Young -- An alum of the school, Young was just 43-84 in four seasons and 14-19 this past season and 7-11 in Southern Conference play this past year. He was one of the youngest head coaches in the nation when he took over the program in 2009 at age 37 and had served as an assistant coach at various schools, including Georgia Tech and Auburn.

Candidates: Matt McMahon (Murray State), John Brannen (Alabama)

SIENA


Out: Mitch Buonaguro -- Took the reigns three years ago when Fran McCaffery left for Iowa, and just didn't get it done with the Saints. Won a total of 35 games --- and expectations are high at Siena. The team was just 8-24 this past season and the administration decided to make a move.

CANDIDATES: Andy Toole (Robert Morris), Jimmy Patsos (Loyola), Richard Pitino (FIU)


And from Hoopdirt.com:

Texas State rumors...


Here are some of the names that I’ve heard Surrounding the vacant Texas State job…

- Jeremy Cox - Former assistant Texas Tech. Was released from TTU a few weeks ago. Has also been an assistant at Nebraska, Texas A&M and Kentucky. Won a NJCAA National Championship as the head coach at Arkansas-Ft. Smith (2006).

And:

I can confirm that East Central (OK) head coach Mac McConnell is out. He was suspended (and later reinstated) during the season following an DUI arrest. The “hot” name right now to replace McConnell is former Southeast Missouri head coach Scott Edgar. He recently wrapped up his third season at Eastern Oklahoma State. He has also been the head coach at Murray State and Duquesne.

John Wall Explodes for a Career-High 47 Points

Former Kentucky star John Wall exploded for an NBA career-best 47 points last night in a 107-94 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Wall was 13-for-22 from the field and made a career-high 19 free throws in 24 attempts. He also finished with 8 assists and 7 rebounds.

Here are the complete highlights of Wall's big night:

WKU Assistant Phil Cunningham is Headed to Troy

Western Kentucky University assistant coach Phil Cunningham is the new head coach at Troy.

Cunningham, who was previously Rick Stansbury's assistant at Mississippi State, will replace Don Maestri.

Here is more from CBSSports.com:

Troy will introduce Western Kentucky assistant Phil Cunningham at a news conference on Tuesday.


Multiple sources told CBSSports.com that Cunningham, who has spent last season with the Hilltoppers after working for Rick Stansbury for a dozen years at Mississippi State, has been chosen over N.C. State assistant Bobby Lutz.


Cunningham is a native of Campbellsville, Kentucky. He attended Taylor County High School and played two seasons at Kentucky Wesleyan College before transferring to Campbellsville College (now University).

Monday, March 25, 2013

Dakari Johnson, Andrew Harrison and James Young in New Video

Check out this new video featuring future Kentucky players Dakari Johnson, Andrew Harrison and James Young:

Ethan Spurlin Competes in Reese's DIII All-Star Game

Former Transylvania University star Ethan Spurlin scored 6 points in the Reese's Division III College All-Star game Saturday in Salem, Virginia.

Spurlin's East team, led by 43 points and 10 rebounds from North Carolina Wesleyan's Brandon Givens, defeated the West All-Stars 124-102.

Spurlin was 3-foot-5 from the field and finished with 6 points and 4 rebounds in 19 minutes.

Box Score

Tubby Smith Will Collect $2.5 Million Buyout

According to Amelia Rayno of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Tubby Smith will collect a $2.5 million buyout if he has indeed been fired.

Rayno also reports that Smith had not been notified of his demise:
AmeliaRayno If Tubby Smith is already out as some are reporting, he doesn't know it yet, per team source. #Gophers

Here is Rayno's report on the news:

Tubby Smith has reportedly been fired as Gophers men’s basketball coach, CBSsports.com’s Jeff Goodman is reporting. The Star Tribune is working to confirm the report. A team source said Smith and his staff are meeting with U of M administrators this afternoon. The same source said Smith has not been told yet that he is fired.


Smith led the Gophers to three NCAA tournament appearances in his six seasons on the job as well as the team’s first official NCAA tourney victory since 1990 on Friday against UCLA, but it apparently wasn’t enough to save his job. He had a 124-81 career record at Minnesota, including 46-62 in the Big Ten.

Smith’s contract comes with a $2.5 million buyout — a number that jumped from $1.5 million after he signed an extension last summer shortly after Norwood Teague took over as Minnesota’s athletic director.

Complete Article

Report: Tubby Smith Has Been Fired at Minnesota

Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com is reporting that Minnesota has fired head coach Tubby Smith.

Here is an excerpt:

Tubby Smith is done at Minnesota.

Smith, who has spent the past six seasons with the Gophers, was fired on Monday afternoon, sources told CBSSports.com. His tenure ends with a 124-81 overall mark and a 46-62 record in Big Ten play.

Smith, 61, won his first NCAA tournament game at the school this past week against UCLA, but new athletic director Norwood Teague -- who along with associate AD Mike Ellis was responsible for hiring Shaka Smart at his last stop -- decided to go in a different direction and buy out the remaining years of his contract.

Complete Article

Video: John Wall Ejected for Excessive Talking to Klay Thompson

Former Kentucky star John Wall gets ejected for excessive talking to Golden State's Klay Thompson:


Butler Assistant Matthew Graves to Take Over at South Alabama

According to Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com, Butler assistant Matthew Graves will take over at South Alabama.

Here is an excerpt:

Graves, who has been on Brad Stevens' staff through their run to a pair of national titles contests, is headed to the Sun Belt school, according to multiple sources. Graves played for the Bulldogs in the mid-1990s.

Source

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Louisville Blitzes Colorado State, Advances to Sweet 16

Louisville
Colorado State

Final from Lexington, Kentucky - NCAA Tournament 3rd Round

Game recap by UL:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Watching film of Louisville demolishing Colorado State is going to be scary enough for anyone who has to face the Cardinals over the next two weeks.

Hearing what coach Rick Pitino said afterward is going to be downright terrifying.

''We can play much better,'' Pitino said. ''This is the best we have played so far at both ends of the floor. ... But we can definitely get better and improve.''

It's tough to see how.

Russ Smith scored 27 on 7-of-15 shooting, three other Cardinals reached double figures and top-seeded Louisville put on a defensive clinic in dismantling Colorado State 82-56 on Saturday.

Louisville forced the eighth-seeded Rams into a season-high 20 turnovers and outrebounded Colorado State 29-24 - no small thing considering the Rams came in with a nation-best plus-12 margin. Colton Iverson and Pierce Hornung, the country's best rebounding tandem, managed just eight. Greg Smith led the Rams (26-9) with 14 points while Dorian Green, who'd scored 26 against Missouri, was held to just six on 2-of-13 shooting.

''I don't want to put the pressure on Rick and his guys, but they're special,'' Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy said. ''They need a little luck like everybody does to win it all, but that's as impressive team as I've been against, certainly.''

Louisville (31-5) will play 12th-seeded Oregon on Friday in Indianapolis. The Cardinals have won 12 straight since a five-overtime loss to Notre Dame.

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Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson said on Twitter last night that he hopes the Louisville Cardinals win the national championship this season.

Don't fret Big Blue Nation...he followed that up by predicting that the title is returning to Lexington next season:

pdpatt I actually hope Louisville wins it this year. Means that for 3 years, the Championship Trophies will b in Kentucky. Next year we got it.

pdpatt Love #BBN.

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