Saturday, April 13, 2013

Hoptown's Jordan Majors Talks About Possibly Walking On at UK

Hopkinsville star Jordan Majors talks about the possibility of walking on at the University of Kentucky:

Julius Randle Throwing Down Dunks at Jordan Brand Classic Practice

Check out this video from Jodan Brand Classic practice - future Kentucky star Julius Randle was throwing down dunks all over the place:

Three Players Transferring from Northern Kentucky University

According to Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com, three players are transferring out of the Northern Kentucky University men's basketball program.

Goodman's NCAA Transfer List includes NKU freshmen Billy Pecora, Jacob Rossi and Justin Rossi:

- Billy Pecora, 6-2, G, Fr., Northern Kentucky
- Jacob Rossi, 6-8, F, Fr., Northern Kentucky

- Justin Rossi, 6-8, F, Fr., Northern Kentucky

Former Eastern Star Remy Abell is Leaving Indiana

Former Eastern High School star Remy Abell plans to transfer from Indiana University according to a release from the school.

Here is the release:

Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that sophomore guard Remy Abell will transfer to a school where he can increase his playing time.

“Remy has been an outstanding citizen and a solid player for us the past two years,” said Crean. “He indicated to us that he would like to look to go to a program that has a different style of play and one where he can get more playing time.”

During his career with the Hoosiers, the Louisville Eastern High product has averaged 3.5 points in 10.7 minutes of action per game.

“Being at Indiana has been the best two years of my life,” said Abell. “I love the school, the program, the fans and I want to thank everyone for their support. The coaching staff has been great to me and I couldn’t ask to have had better teammates while I was here. I am going to miss everyone, but I just feel at this time a fresh start and new opportunities are what is best in following god’s plan for me.”

Friday, April 12, 2013

Andrew Wiggins Responds to ESPN Report, Says Stop the Rumors

Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins has responded on Twitter to the ESPN report that he is headed to Florida State:

22wiggins Lol if you ain't in my family you know nothing about my recruitment , lol stop with the rumors

ESPN Writer: Andrew Wiggins to Florida State

Keith Jenkins, who bills himself as "ESPN, award-winning multimedia sports journalist" on Twitter, says he has spoken to a source who says Andrew Wiggins will commit to Florida State:

KJenkins_ESPN Source tells me Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 recruit in the 2013 ESPN 100, will commit to Florida State. Nothing official as of yet.

KJenkins_ESPN Wiggins would join his Huntington Prep teammate, Xavier Rathan-Mayes (No. 40 on ESPN 100), at FSU. Both of Wiggins' parents attended FSU.

KJenkins_ESPN Andrew Wiggins is expected to formally announce his decision sometime during the spring signing period (Wed.-May 15).

KJenkins_ESPN Source is "confident" in Andrew Wiggins' decision. Of course, nothing is official until Wiggins makes the formal announcement.

G.G. Smith to Take Over at Loyola (Md.)

G.G. Smith, the son of former Kentucky coach Tubby Smith, is the new head coach at Loyola (Md.).

Smith has been an assistant at Loyola for six seasons.

Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com broke the news on Twitter:

jeffborzello Loyola (Md.) has named G.G. Smith its new head coach, a source confirmed. Has been an assistant at Loyola for six seasons.

Brandon Knight Ends Up On the Wrong End of Top 10 List

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight ended up on the wrong end of the best dunk in the NBA this season, according to SI.com.

Watch as DeAndre Jordan gets nasty on Knight:



Michael Kidd-Gilchrist came in at No. 8 on the list:



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Former Kentucky Guard Julius Mays to Appear in Morehead Tonight

Former Kentucky guard Julius Mays will make an appearance in Morehead tonight. Proceeds from the event will benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

If you are in the area, come out and support Julius and a great cause.

Here are details:

Edgar Sosa Signs with Cangrejeros de Santurce in Puerto Rico

Former Louisville star Edgar Sosa has signed with Cangrejeros de Santurce in Puerto Rico's top-level BSN League.

Sosa plaed two games in January for Valladolid in Spain's ACB league and has previous experience in Italy and with the Dominican Republic national team.

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Ed Daniel Plays Well in First Game at Portsmouth Invitational

Former Murray State big man Ed Daniel played well in his first game at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament Thursday night.

Daniel scored a team-high 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting for his Sales Systems, LTD in an 81-74 loss to Cherry Bekaert.  He also pulled down 6 rebounds.


Sales Systems, Ltd. returns to action today with a game against Portsmouth Sports Club at 3:15 p.m. EST.

John Wall Redeems Himself with Successful First Pitch

We all remember John Wall's first attempt at throwing a strike from the pitcher's mound:



Thursday night, Wall redeemed himself as he threw out a successful first pitch for the Washington Nationals (click to play):

Highlights from Jordan Brand Classic Practice; Kentucky Recruits

Here are some highlights from the first day of practice at the Jordan Brand Classic - includes several Kentucky commits and recruits:

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Did James Young Just Ask Jessica Casebolt to the Prom?

It would certainly appear that Kentucky commit James Young just asked Miss Kentucky Jessica Casebolt to be his date to the high school prom:

Holmes Point Guard James Bolden Picks Up Offer from Purdue

Holmes point guard James "Beetle" Bolden took an unofficial visit to Purdue today and came home with an offer from the Boilermakers.

Holmes head coach Jason Booher confirmed the offer on his Facebook account tonight.

Bolden, a 5-foot-11 sophomore, also picked up an offer from Ohio University recently. He already held an offer from Xavier.

The Kentucky coaching staff has also been in touch with Bolden and Booher.

I spoke to Booher earlier tonight and he added, "we are visiting Cincinnati next week and hopefully Kentucky in the next couple of weeks."

Scott Davenport Agrees to 5-Year Extension at Bellarmine University

Bellarmine University and head coach Scott Davenport have agreed on a 5-year contract extension.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--Bellarmine University announced today that it has renewed and extended an agreement with men's basketball coach Scott Davenport that will keep him in his current position for an additional five years.


“The development of our men's basketball program to a nationally competitive level is attributable to the leadership of Coach Davenport and his staff,” said Bellarmine President Joseph J. McGowan. “The Bellarmine University community and I want to send him a clear message of strong support to encourage his achievement over the next five years.”

Davenport came to Bellarmine in 2005 and in six years took a team that had finished last in the Great Lakes Valley Conference to the national title in 2011. In his eight years as Bellarmine coach, Davenport is 178-70 with an incredible 15-4 mark in the NCAA tournament. His teams have won two GLVC tournament and regular season titles and appeared in five consecutive NCAA tournaments with two final fours and the national title. He has twice been named as the Great Lakes Valley Conference “Coach of the Year” and earned national Coach of the Year honors in 2011.

“Every year, coaching positions become available that may tempt Division II coaches from making the leap to Division I, so we wanted to ensure that Coach Davenport was happy to stay at Bellarmine and in Louisville, which over the last three years has proven to be the best city in America for NCAA basketball action,” said Bellarmine Director of Athletics Scott Wiegandt.

Anthony Davis to Miss Remainder of Season with Knee Injury

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis has a strained MCL and bone bruise in his knee. He will miss the remained of the season for the New Orleans Hornets.

SportsCenter Hornets F Anthony Davis has strained MCL & bone bruise, but no structural damage. He will miss the remainder of the season.

2014 Star Stanley Johnson Announces New List of 7 Schools

Stanley Johnson, a 6-foot-6 small forward at Mater Dei (Cal.), has announced an updated list of sevel schools:

StanMan_411 Arizona
Kentucky
Florida
Oregon
Duke
Ucla
USC
Is my new list

Johnson ranks No. 12 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.

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Video: Dominique Hawkins Commits to Kentucky

Here are full videos of Dominique Hawkins announcing his college decision and the press conference following his announcement:



Pitino Earned a $425k Bonus for Winning the NCAA Championship

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino will receive a $425,000 bonus for winning the national championship game.

Here is more from BusinessInsider.com:

Rick Pitino's contract calls for him to be paid $5.7 million this year. But thanks to leading Louisville to the national championship, he will also receive a $425,000 bonus according to Curtis Eichelberger of Bloomberg.com.

To put this in perspective, consider that Pitino's bonus is roughly 70% of the salary for Louisville University president James Ramsey, who will make $600,000 this year.

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Rick Pitino Gets a Congratulatory Call from Barack Obama

President Barack Obama called Louisville head coach Rick Pitino to congratulate him for winning the national championship and to invite the Cards for a visit to the Whitehouse:

ESPNAndyKatz @BarackObama called Louisville coach Rick Pitino and UConn's Geno Auriemma Wednesday for the traditional congratulations/invites to the WH.

Rajon Rondo Opens Up For First Time About Knee Injury

Boston's Rajon Rondo opens up to ESPN about his injury and comeback:


Doron Lamb Scores Career-High 16 Points vs. Former Team

Former Kentucky star Doron Lamb set a new career high point total against his old team (the Milwaukee Bucks) last night.

Lamb scored a career-high 16 points, pulled down 4 rebounds and dished out 2 assists in Orlando's 113-103 victory.

Milwaukee traded Lamb to Orlando earlier this season.

Here is Lamb talking after the game:


Peyton Siva Withdraws from Portsmouth Invitational, Daniel Plays Tonight

The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament tipped off last night in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Former Murray State big man Ed Daniel will see his first action for Sales Systems Ltd. tonight at 9:00 p.m. EST.

Louisville's Peyton Siva pulled out of the event and has been replaced by North Carolina's Dexter Strickland.

Here is a schedule and results from last night:

Wednesday, April 10

Norfolk Sports Club 67 K & D Round's Landscaping 91 Boxscore
Portsmouth Partnership 90 Mike Duman Auto Sales 89 Boxscore

Thursday, April 11

3:15 pm Norfolk Sports Club vs Mike Duman Auto Sales
7:00 pm Roger Brown's Restaurant vs Portsmouth Sports Club
9:00 pm Sales Systems, Ltd. vs Cherry Bekaert

Friday, April 12

3:15 pm Loser of Game 4 vs Loser of Game 5
7:00 pm Semi-Final Game 1 K & D Round's Landscaping vs Portsmouth Partnership
9:00 pm Semi-Final Game 2 Winner of Game 4 vs Winner of Game 5

Saturday, April 13

12:00 pm Loser of Game 3 vs Loser of Game 6
2:00 pm Winner of Game 3 vs Winner of Game 6
6:00 pm Loser of Game 7 vs Loser of Game 8
8:00 pm Championship Game Winner of Game 7 vs Winner of Game 8

SALES SYSTEMS, LTD.

- Derrick Nix Michigan State University #14 Center 6'9" 270 lbs Big Ten Honorable Mention
- Jared Berggren University of Wisconsin #12 Forward 6'9" 235 lbs Big Ten Second Team
- Ed Daniel Murray State University #3 Forward 6'7" 228 lbs Ohio Valley Conference First Team
- Malik Story University of Nevada #4 Guard 6'5" 215 lbs All-Mountain West Honorable Mention
- James Ennis Long Beach State University #5 Forward 6'7" 210 lbs Big West Conference Player of the Year
- Kwame Vaughn Cal State-Fullerton #10 Guard 6'3" 195 lbs All-Big West Second Team
- Khalif Wyatt Temple University #1 Guard 6'4" 210 lbs Atlantic 10 Player of the Year
- Rotnei Clarke Butler University #2 Guard 6'0" 184 lbs Atlantic 10 First Team

Coaches: Mac Carroll, P.J. Honore, Jr.
NBA Assistant Coach: James Posey

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James Young Talks About Why He Chose Kentucky and More

Kentucky signee James Young talks about why he chose the Wildcats and more in a recent interview with Draft Express:


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Pitino Says Smith, Dieng Staying in NBA Draft, Behanan Staying in College

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said today that Russ Smith and Gorgui Dieng are staying in the 2013 NBA Draft (for now) and Chane Behanan plans to return to college:

clbrown_cj Pitino confirmed after pep rally Russ & Gorgui are staying in draft, Chane will return #Cards

Kidd-Gilchrist Talks About Playing Against Michael Jordan

Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist talks about the experience of playing (and losing) 1-on-1 against NBA legend Michael Jordan, who is now 50:

Pikeville Signs K.J. Manigault and Bruce Reed for 2013-14

The University of Pikeville Men’s Basketball program and Head Coach Kelly Wells have announced the addition of K.J. Manigault and Bruce Reed to the Bears roster. UPIKE will look to reload in 2013-2014 after finishing 26-7 and earning a trip to the NAIA National Tournament this past season.

K.J. Manigault

USC Aiken: As a sophomore in 2010-2011 at USC Aiken, Manigault played in 7 games, starting 2. Manigault averaged 9.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, and 3.0 SPG while shooting 54.5% from the field.

Wichita State: As a true freshman in 2009-10 at Wichita State, Manigault played in 16 games for the Shockers, averaging 7.2 minutes per game …Manigault posted 1.6 points and 0.9 rebounds per game for Wichita State last season ... He shot 41.2 percent from the field.

High School: The 6-foot-5 guard was one of the most highly recognizable prep athletes in the Palmetto state in recent years as he was chosen as the 2008 South Carolina Independent Schools Association Player of the Year while helping his Pinewood Prep team to four consecutive state titles from 2006-09 ... He was chosen all-region from 2006-08 and all-state in both 2007 and 2008 ... Manigault averaged 14 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and five steals at Pinewood Prep High School in Summerville, S.C. ... The North Charleston, S.C. native was named the top freshman point guard coming into the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference prior to the start of his freshman season in 2009-10.

Bruce Reed

AS A JUNIOR AT MOREHEAD STATE: Played in 31 games … Averaged 3.6 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 52 percent from the floor and 73 percent from the free-throw line … Also shot 40 percent from the three-point line … Scored 10+ points on five occasions … Tallied a career-best 14 points at Oakland (Mich.) … Posted 12 points, six rebounds, two assists and three steals in just 10 minutes against Union (Ky.)

AS A SOPHOMORE AT HUTCHINSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Helped the Blue Dragons to a 30-3 overall record ... Made a Region VI Tournament semifinal appearance ... Averaged 6.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks ... Drilled 47 percent from the floor and 63 percent from the free-throw line ... Finished his two-year career with 127 rejections, which ranks second on the school's all-time list.

AS A FRESHMAN AT HUTCHINSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Helped the Blue Dragons to a 29-4 overall record ... Made a Region VI Tournament semifinal appearance ... Averaged 11.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks ... Connected on 48 percent from the field and 71 percent from the charity stripe ... Managed five double-doubles.

HIGH SCHOOL: Helped the Hawks to an 18-3 overall record ... Averaged 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds as a senior ... Ranked as the sixth-best player in Kansas his final year ... Won a 2009 Kansas 6A sub state crown ... Tabbed as the 2009 Olathe News City Boys Player of the Year ... Also a Third-Team All-State selection by the Topeka Capital-Journal and All-State Honorable Mention by the Wichita Eagle his final campaign.

Enes Kanter to Have Shoulder Surgery, Done for the Season

Former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter is done for the season after suffering a dislocated left shoulder on March 27.

Kanter is scheduled to undergo minor surgery to repair damage in the injured shoulder.

Here is more from DeseretNews.com:

The 20-year-old will undergo a minor surgery to repair damage in his shoulder, according to a source.


Though he won't be available to play again this season, Kanter could be doing basketball-related activities with his shoulder in a month or so. It isn't known, however, how long his rehab will take or when he would be able to play basketball again.

The center is currently in Chicago where he was evaluated for multiple opinions on his injury.

DeAndre Liggins Sent to Tulsa for D-League Playoffs

Former Kentucky star DeAndre Liggins was sent back to the Tulsa 66ers on Tuesday as the club prepares for the NBA Development League playoffs.

Tulsa will open the playoffs with a best-of-three series against the Canton Charge.

Here are details:

Wednesday’s 8 p.m. Game 1 between Canton and Tulsa can be seen on the D-League’s website: www.nba.com/dleague.


Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) of the series will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network. Friday’s Game 2 will air live at 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s 3 p.m. Game 3 will be on tape delay at 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Jason Knapp and Alaa Abdelnaby will call the action.

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Mr. Basketball Dominique Hawkins Commits to Kentucky

Madison Central star Dominique Hawkins has officially given his commitment to the Kentucky Wildcats.

Hawkins, an athletic 6-foot point guard, chose the Wildcats over Morehead State, Western Kentucky, Purdue, South Carolina, Murray State, Butler and others.





Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Survey Says: Dominique Hawkins to Kentucky

Kentucky Mr. Basketball Dominique Hawkins, who recently led Madison Central High School to the state championship, will announce his college decision tomorrow morning just after 8:00 a.m. at the school.

Hawkins has known offers from Morehead State, Western Kentucky, South Carolina and Purdue. There is speculation that Kentucky has also offered but that has not been confirmed or stated publicly.

That being said, I did a quick survey of ten coaches (from various levels) tonight to get their take on: "where is Dominique Hawkins headed?"

While I can't say that I'm overly surprised, all ten coaches said they believe the athletic point guard is headed to the University of Kentucky.

"Has to be Kentucky," one college head coach stated. "They can't shut down Butler completely without a Kentucky offer can they?"

Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader reported earlier this week that Butler head coach Brad Stevens called about Hawkins and was told he is too late.

"My guess is UK," a high school head coach said. "I think they offered when Calipari went to Richmond."

A college assistant replied with, "I think he is done to UK."

"I don't think a staff watches a kid that many times if they aren't going to take him," another college assistant reasoned.

"No doubt," said another assistant. "He's headed to Kentucky."

We'll have to wait until tomorrow morning before Hawkins officially tells us where he's headed but I'm liking Kentucky's chances.

Tim Riley to Take Job at Tennessee High School

Former Warren Central head coach Tim Riley will likely soon become the head coach at Springfield (Tenn.) High School.

Here is more from Tennessean.com:

Grimes officially recommended Riley for the position to Robertson County Director of Schools Dan Whitlow Tuesday afternoon.

He must pass a drug test and a background check in addition to receiving Whitlow’s approval before he will officially become a teacher at the school and the next head coach of the boys program.

The 52-year-old, who won the 2004 Kentucky state championship at Warren Central High School in Bowling Green, was a girls assistant coach for Western Kentucky University in 2011-12.

“I’m really excited and I feel re-energized,” said Riley, who declined offers to return to high school coaching last year.

“This is what I want to be doing on the level I want to be doing it.”

SNL Has Fun With the Mike Rice Situation at Rutgers

Saturday Night Live has a little fun with the Mike Rice situation at Rutgers:


Archie Goodwin Projected in 2nd Round of NBA Draft

Former Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin is currently projected to fall to the second round of the upcoming NBA Draft.

ESPN's Chad Ford is the latest to drop Goodwin to the second round in his draft projections.

Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader spoke to Ford and it seems clear that Goodwin has some work to do if he hopes to get into guaranteed money.

Here is an excerpt:

“His jump shot is the biggest concern,” Ford said. “Right after that, his lack of strength. Teams are worried he’s going to get pummeled going to the basket the same way he did at Kentucky.”

Ford released only his first round mock draft Tuesday. If he had gone a little deeper, he said he could envision Goodwin going to the Oklahoma City Thunder with the No. 31 pick or the Philadelphia 76ers at No. 36.

There’s no doubt Goodwin will be selected at some point during the June 27 draft. But he clearly has some work ahead of him to secure a guaranteed contract that comes with being a first-round selection.

“Most NBA scouts and GMs were surprised that he decided to go to the NBA,” Ford said. “Of the freshmen, they felt like he was the one who needed another year in college the most.”

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Todd Lee is Leaving Kentucky Wesleyan to Coach at Grand Canyon

Kentucky Wesleyan head coach Todd Lee is leaving to take an assistant's job on Dan Majerle's staff at Grand Canyon University.

PaolaBoivin Dan Majerle completes his Grand Canyon staff: Todd Lee, Mark Nelson and Chris Crevelone

PaolaBoivin .... Lee, who will be associate head coach, was head coach at Div Ii Kentucky Wesleyan

Grand Canyon has made the leap to NCAA Division I in men's basketball and will be joining the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).

Rick Pitino Talks About Winning the National Championship

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks about winning the national championship and more:

Russ Smith Headed to the NBA Draft?

It sounds as if Louisville's Russ Smith has already made his decision and plans to enter the NBA Draft this summer:

Rosenberg_Mike Russ Smith Sr. told his son: "What a way to go out." I asked: so he's gone? "He's gone."

Smith averaged 18.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals in 40 games this season.

Kenneth Faried Throws Down Ridiculous Alley-Oop Dunk

"How quickly Faried makes it look like a circus in here..."

Watch as Kenneth Faried throws down the alley oop dunk off a pass from roughly 65 feet:

Kene Anyigbo Released from Jail, Admitted to Eating Marijuana

Western Kentucky forward Kene Anyigbo was released from jail Monday afternoon.

Anyigbo was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with marijuana possession, tampering with physical evidence and failure to illiuminate head lamps.

According to WBKO.com, the tampering charge was filed after Anyigbo attempted to eat the marijuana. That charge is a felony.

Here is an excerpt:

According to the police report obtained by WBKO, Anyigbo admitted to eating marijuana while being pulled at Normal Drive and University Boulevard for not having his headlights on.

"We are aware of the charges," WKU athletic director Todd Stewart said on Sunday. "We are gathering more information and are handling the matter internally as it relates to WKU athletics."

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Cardlanta! Louisville Wins the 2013 National Championship

Louisville 82
Michigan 76

Final from Atlanta, Georgia - NCAA Tournament Championship Game

Game recap by UL:

ATLANTA (AP) - Luke Hancock made all five of his 3-pointers and led Louisville to its first NCAA men's basketball championship since 1986 with an 82-76 victory over Michigan on Monday night.


Coach Rick Pitino added this title to the one he won at Kentucky in 1996 and is the first coach to win a championship at two schools. Earlier in the day, Pitino was elected to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.

Hancock scored 22 points and Peyton Siva had 18 for the Cardinals (35-5), who trailed by 12 late in the first half before rallying for the school's third national title.

Trey Burke had 24 points for Michigan (31-8), which was in the final for the first time since the Fab Five led the Wolverines there in 1993. Little-used freshman Spike Albrecht added 17 points.

But the celebration belonged to the Cardinals, who added this to a Sugar Bowl victory this year and also have their women's team in Tuesday's national final against Connecticut.

Chane Behanan scored nine quick points early in the second half to help Louisville take the lead after trailing by double digits.

Behanan finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass.

Albrecht came in for Burke and made his first four 3-point attempts, scoring all his points in the opening half. Albrecht finally missed with a little more than 11 minutes left; he was still 9 for 10 from long range for the tournament.

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KWC's Todd Lee Considering Job Offer at Grand Canyon University

Kentucky Wesleyan head coach Todd Lee has been offered a job at Grand Canyon University.

According to Cole Claybourn of the Messenger-Inquirer:

Kentucky Wesleyan men’s basketball head coach Todd Lee has been offered a job as the associate head coach at Grand Canyon University, KWC athletic director Dave Williams confirmed Monday.


Grand Canyon University is a Christian university located in Phoenix, Arizona.

The men's basketball has recently made the jump to the NCAA Division I level. The newly-hired head coach is former NBA star Dan Majerle.

John Calipari Named Barefoot Coach of the Year by Samaritan's Feet

Kentucky head coach John Calipari was recently named "Barefoot Coach of the  Year" over the by the Samaritan's Feet.

Here is the press release:

Samaritan’s Feet Names Coach John Calipari, University of Kentucky Wildcats Men’s Basketball Coach, “Barefoot Coach of the Year”

Coach Calipari will be recognized at the 2013 NCAA Final Four Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast festivities for his dedication to the Barefoot for Barefeet awareness movement.

CHARLOTTE, NC (April 2, 2013) – Samaritan’s Feet announced John Calipari as the winner of their 2013 “Barefoot Coach of the Year”. Calipari will be in Atlanta to accept his award on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast recognizing coaches who have demonstrated character, leadership, courage and compassion.

Coach Calipari lives out the five pillars of being a barefoot coach: Through his barefoot efforts he provided a voice for the voice-less, created awareness for Samaritan’s Feet, raised over $25,000 which provided over 1,600 pairs of shoes to impoverished children, both domestically and internationally. His courageous efforts enhanced the image of coaches, schools, the NCAA, its member schools and its student athletes, while providing multiple opportunities to engage people in a life of service.

“Coach Calipari has been an invaluable Ambassador for Samaritan’s Feet over the years modeling servant leadership to his community and beyond,” said Manny Ohonme, president and founder of Samaritan’s Feet. “It’s my honor to recognize Coach Calipari for his efforts to serve impoverished children of Kentucky and around the world.”

The Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast now stands as one of the premier events during the NCAA Final Four weekend. The 16th annual Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast is hosted by CBS Sports’ Clark Kellogg and TNT’s Ernie Johnson. Each year, more than 1,000 guests attend the event and hear from basketball greats. The Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast recognizes the importance of leadership, character and integrity, and honors heroes in the world of sports.

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Dominique Hawkins Talks Derby Festival Classic, Recruiting and More

Kentucky Mr. Basketball Dominique Hawkins talks about the upcoming Derby Festival Classic, recruiting and more:

WKU's Kene Anyigbo Joins the Football Team, Gets Arrested

Western Kentucky University forward Kene Anyigbo was arrested early Sunday morning according to multiple reports.

Anyigbo was reportedly charged with possession of marijuana, tampering with physical evidence and failure to illuminate head lamps.

Here's more from the Bowling Green Daily News:

According to the Warren County Regional Jail online information system, Anyigbo was charged with possession of marijuana, tampering with physical evidence and failure to illuminate head lamps.

His initial bond was set at $2,000.

"We are aware of the charges (brought against Anyigbo)," WKU athletic director Todd Stewart relayed via text message. "We are gathering more information and are handling the matter internally as it relates to WKU athletics."

Sunday, April 7, 2013

2014 Star Devin Booker "Really Excited" to Hear from Kentucky

In Febuary, 2014 star Devin Booker told me he'd like to hear from the Kentucky Wildcats.

"I'd like to hear from Kentucky," Booker said back then. "I'm totally open as of now."

Booker, a 6-foot-3 sharpshooter who I openly proclaimed as the best shooting guard I watched last season, got that call last week.

"Kenny Payne called my dad (former Missouri great Melvin Booker)," Booker confirmed to me via text.

Booker's list currently includes the likes of Duke, North Carolina, Missouri, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State and Stanford but he is still very excited to hear from the Wildcats.

"Oh yeah man, I was really excited," Booker said. "I like Calipari a lot and I'll be really excited if they get involved."


Despite a report in The Sun Herald, Booker has not added
Kentucky to his final list at this point but that will likely change if the Wildcats continue to pursue him this Spring and Summer.

"I haven't listed Kentucky yet until they make it down here," he clarified.

Booker recently told Garrett Tucker of Future150.com that Calipari is supposed to watch him soon.

“Coach [John] Calipari and an assistant are supposed to be coming to visit me sometime this week,” he told Future150.com. “I’m giving every school an equal opportunity right now, but obviously you can’t ignore what Calipari has done in the past.”



Photo: Rivals.com

Florida International Might Go After Orlando Antigua

The Miami Herald speculates that Florida International might go after Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua in their head coaching search.

Here is an excerpt:

So when looking at who might succeed Pitino as men’s basketball coach, you might want to follow the trail of the unofficial search subcommittee. Garcia said he’ll solicit advice from Pitino, Louisville coach Rick Pitino, Florida coach Billy Donovan and Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton.


Odds are both Pitinos and Billy Donovan know more than a little something about Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua, a Bronx-raised Dominican Republic native who has been on major-college staffs for 10 seasons. After five seasons at Pitt, where he played, Antigua’s spent the past five seasons on John Calipari’s staffs at Memphis and Kentucky.

A public records search says Antigua makes $250,000 per season, which is what Richard Pitino made in his one season at FIU. Antigua would be going from one of the most passionate college basketball fan bases and one of the nation’s most storied programs to an apathetic fan base and a program with as many NCAA appearances all-time as Kentucky has national championships during the Barack Obama presidency.

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My thoughts: While Antigua certainly has the ability to be great young head coach, I can't imagine that he would leave Kentucky at this time. That being said, I think Orlando would make a great head coach and it would be hard to blame FIU for pursuing him.

Richard Pitino Introduced in Minnesota

Richard Pitino was recently introduced to fans and media in Minnesota. Here is the full press conference:

Samardo Samuels Signs Two-Month Deal in Israel

Former Louisville big man Samardo Samuels has reportedly signed a two-month deal with Hapoel Jerusalem of Israel's top-level Super League.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Reno Bighorns 6-foot-9 power forward Samardo Samuels officially penned a two-month agreement with Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Super League, league sources told Eurobasket yesterday.


According to people with knowledge of the parties' partnership, Samuels' contract, his first outside American soil, is valued at $25,000 monthly for two-months, excluding playoff bonuses.

Samuels, 24, who reached a verbal agreement with Jerusalem last week, penned the contract after dropping 16 points, nine rebounds and two steals in Reno's 104-100 loss to the Canton Charge on Friday. The 260-pound Jamaican big man was inactive Saturday in the Bighorns' season finale against Canton and will attempt to be available for Jerusalem's road game versus No. 3 seed Hapoel Eilat, this Wednesday.

Louisville Survives Wichita State, Advances to National Title Game

Louisville 72
Wichita State 68

Final from Atlanta, Georgia - NCAA Tournament National Semifinals

Game recap by UL:
ATLANTA (AP) - The deficit was getting bigger, the clock becoming an enemy and Louisville's options were dwindling.


''I just kept telling the guys ... 'We're going to make a run. It's about defense,''' coach Rick Pitino said. ''The tempo is not ours. Give them their credit, but the bench won the game for us tonight. Unbelievable display.''

Impressive comeback, too.

Luke Hancock came off the bench to score 20 points, walk-on Tim Henderson sparked a second-half rally with a pair of monster 3s and Louisville advanced to the NCAA title game Saturday night, escaping with a 72-68 victory over Wichita State.

Now the Cardinals (34-5) will try and win it all for their emotional leader on the bench, injured Kevin Ware. As the final buzzer sounded, Ware stood up, grinning as he thrust his arms above his head.

Louisville will play the winner of Syracuse-Michigan for the national title Monday night. It is the Cardinals' first trip to the title game since they won it all in 1986.

''We just played super hard,'' said Russ Smith, who led the Cardinals with 21 points. ''Nobody wanted to go home.''

Cleanthony Early had 24 for the ninth-seeded Shockers (30-9), who nearly pulled off their biggest upset of all.

Wichita State had knocked off No. 1 seed Gonzaga and Ohio State on its way to its first Final Four since 1965, and the Shockers had a 12-point lead on Louisville with 13:35 to play. It was the largest deficit all tournament for the Cardinals, who seemed out of sorts after an emotional week following Ware's gruesome injury; he snapped his tibia and the bone broke through the skin during last weekend's Midwest Regional final.

But Louisville had come back to win five games after trailing by nine points or more already this year, including rallying from a 16-point deficit in the title game at the Big East tournament.

This one trumped them all.

''It's tough for Wichita State to lose this game tonight because they played great. We had to dig in,'' Pitino said. ''Four of our starters had their worst start of the season. We had to win the game with our second unit.''

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