Saturday, April 27, 2013

Erin Calipari Takes a Jab in the Direction of Rick Pitino

John Calipari's daughter, Erin, shared her thoughts on back tattoos earlier today:

TheErinCalipari From now on when my dad does something embarrassing I will just say to myself "at least he doesn't have a giant ba
ck tattoo"

While she doesn't say his name specifically, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino happened to get a tattoo on his back yesterday morning.

Video: Andrew Wiggins Shows Complete Game in Front of NBA Scouts

Watch these highlights of Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins at the Nike Hoop Summit:

Kentucky Adidas Derby Classic Coming to Springfield

The Kentucky Adidas Derby Classic AAU tournament is coming to Springfield, Kentucky next week.

KY Adidas Derby Classic

Where: Saint Catharine College, Washington Co. High/Middle/ Elementary, River of Life Church, Marion County High School

- All within ten minutes of Springfield, Ky where the tournament is hosted

When: May 3-5

Cost: $300 Per Team

Age Groups: 3rd grade-11th grade

Hotel Locations are all within ten minutes of gym sites: Bardstown, ky/Lebanon,ky /Springfield.ky

Registration: Please Visit http://magicstour.com/registration/ and click on KY

Adidas Derby Classic
Office Phone: (989) 868-4455
Mailing Address: PO Box 600, Hartland, MI 48353
Office Email: registration@magicstour.com

Food Accommodations: Please Contact Maze Stallworth (502) 550-1692

TNC QUALIFIER

2013 TNC Nationals

Aug 2-5 Hampton VA

Friday, April 26, 2013

Tyrone Brazelton is Headed to Iran's Superleague

Former Western Kentucky University star Tyrone Brazelton has signed with Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour in Iran's top-level Superleague.

Brazelton just finished up his season at BC Odessa in Ukraine's Superleage. In 24 games there, the averaged 12.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He started the 2012-13 season with Nuernberger Basketball Club in Germany.

The former Hilltopper point guard has also played in the NBA Development League, Poland and Germany in the past.

In Poland, he won a Polish League championship in 2009.

Source: Eurobasket.com

Jeff Rogers Leaves Thomas More to Take Job at Berry College

Jeff Rogers has stepped down at Thomas More College to take the head coaching job at Berry College.

Here is a release from Berry College:

Jeff Rogers has been named head basketball coach at Berry College announced Viking Athletic Director Todd Brooks.


Rogers comes to Berry after serving as the head coach at Thomas More College—also an NCAA Division III institution—located in Crestview Hills, Ky. In four seasons, he led the Saints to a 77-34 (.694 win percentage) record. Rogers' 2012-13 team went 23-5 and 14-2 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC). He was named the conference coach of the year.

"We are extremely excited to name Jeff Rogers as our new men's basketball coach," said Brooks. "He has a winning track record and will bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the program. Along with possessing a winning approach to basketball, Jeff is genuinely committed to the well-being of his student-athletes and is committed to their overall development as young men. I believe the Berry faithful will enjoy the fast-paced style of basketball Jeff will introduce next winter. He is a tremendous hire, and the future of the Berry men's basketball program is in good hands."

Rogers spent two seasons as an assistant for the Saints before becoming the head coach in 2009-10. That team won what was the most games in a single season at Thomas More, posting a 21-7 mark and winning a share of the PAC regular-season title. His team led the NCAA (at any division) in steals per game with 14.

In his second season (2010-11), Rogers led the Saints to a 13-14 overall record and an 8-6 PAC (PAC) record to finish tied for fourth in the conference. The Saints advanced to the semifinals of the PAC Championship Tournament for the fourth straight year.

In 2011-12, Rogers guided the Saints to a 20-8 overall record and 13-3 mark in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) and an appearance in championship game of the PAC Tournament. After the season, he was named the PAC Coach of the Year.

"I'm honored to be selected to serve Berry College and its men's basketball team," said Rogers. "I look forward to building a program that fosters a strong work ethic and a commitment to success. I'm thankful to President Stephen Briggs, Dean Debbie Heida and the Vikings' Athletic Director Todd Brooks, for allowing me this opportunity. I'm excited to offer my skills to contribute to the student experience at Berry College by creating an atmosphere that's fun for both the players and the fans."

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Season Highlights of the Centre Colonels

Here are 2012-13 season highlights of the Centre College Colonels:


Archie Goodwin's NBA Draft Scouting Video

Take a look at Archie Goodwin's 2013 NBA Draft scouting video from DraftExpress on YouTube:


Rick Pitino Gets His Tattoo!

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has followed through on his promise to get a tattoo:

KKcards Coach Rick Pitino follows through on his promise to his team to get a tattoo #L1C4 pic.twitter.com/3AY8YP1AlI

UPIKE to Host Youth and Team Basketball Camps in June

The University of Pikeville men's basketball program will hold youth and high school team basketball camps in June.

UPIKE will hold youth basketball camps (ages 5-14) on June 10-11 and June 13-14.

The 2013 Team Shootouts will be held June 17-22.

More information:

2013 Team Shootouts (June 17-22)

UPIKE Men’s Basketball will be conducting six (6) one-day shootouts this summer. Games will be played at the UPIKE Gym, Pikeville High School Gym, Pike Central High School Gym, and the new Mullins Elementary. Other sites will be added if needed.

Games will start around 10 a.m. and run until 10 p.m. each day. Teams will be guaranteed three games each day.

The cost will be $150 per day for the three games.

Each Team Will Receive:

Three (3) 32:00 games (16:00 halves) and 12 T-shirts per team. The majority of varsity games will be
officiated by registered officials when available with participation from a great selection of teams across the
area.
* Please send your camp application and entry fee ASAP. We expect a growth in response to our 7th Annual UPIKE Team Camp. Seventy teams participated in the 2012 team camp!

June 17 – Varsity Only
June 18 – Varsity Only
June 19 – Varsity Only
June 20 – JV Only
June 21 – Varsity Only
June 22 – Junior High / MS Only

Youth Basketball Camps (June 10-11, June 13-14, Ages 5-14)

Camp Purpose:


The purpose of our camp is to expose campers to the essential skills necessary for development as players and ways to improve their skills. Our camp will be demanding; we try to combine hard work and learning with a lot of fun. Through stations, half-court games, lectures, competitions, etc., we think you will find our
camp the best for player development.

John Calipari Announces Online Store for Coaching Drills

Kentucky head coach John Calipari has announced an online store for coaching drills on CoachCal.com.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Never one to hide what happens within his program, John Calipari has launched an online store for coaching drills on his website, CoachCal.com, that will allow coaches, players and fans across the world to watch the drills and teaching points he has used in guiding teams to four Final Fours and the 2012 national championship.


The online store, which can be accessed at coachcal.com/john-caliparis-coaching-drills/, features nearly 40 videos of practice sessions that Calipari has used in developing 15 NBA Draft picks over the last three years.

The videos, which range in length from two minutes to 20-plus minutes, include various skills and teaching points on shooting, defense, the Dribble Drive Motion Offense and more. The pricing of each coaching drill varies from free to $2.99. All proceeds from each video purchased go directly to The Calipari Foundation.

“We talk about being different and transparent, and I believe this is another one of those things,” Calipari said. “These coaching drills are another way that we can show everyone what we’re teaching and how we’re teaching. They are available to players, coaches, fans and whoever else wants them. The great thing with this is all the revenue is going straight to the foundation to be used for projects that the foundation is investing in.”The Calipari Foundation invests in communities. These communities are not limited by geography – they can also be education, social and spiritual in nature. The foundation’s purpose is to improve the quality of life both in and through these communities, with a particular focus on enriching the lives of children.

WKU Signs JUCO Transfers Aaron Adeoye and Daouda Soumaoro

Western Kentucky University has signed JUCO transfers Aaron Adeoye and Daouda Soumaoro for the 2013-14 season.

Here is a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU head men's basketball coach Ray Harper announced Thursday the signings of Aaron Adeoye and Daouda Soumaoro to paperwork allowing them to join the Hilltopper program this summer. The duo will be eligible to suit up for the Hilltoppers in the 2013-14 season.

Adeoye (6-7, forward, Marion, Ill.) will have two years of eligibility when arriving on the Hill, and Soumaoro (6-10, center, Mali) will have three years.

"Adding Aaron and Daouda will help with our depth in the front court," Harper said. "They are both high-character kids and great students, and they are both everything we are looking for on and off the court. Even though they are both big guys, they are different types of players which will help the look of next season's roster."

Adeoye spent the 2012-13 season at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill., after transferring from Ball State University following the 2011-12 campaign. While a sophomore at John A. Logan, Adeoye averaged 14.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game and was selected as a third-team All-American.

As a freshman at Ball State in 2011-12, Adeoye earned Mid-American Conference All-Freshman Team honors after appearing in 30 games and averaging 3.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest over 17.3 minutes per game. He shot 50.6 percent from the field (40-for-79) for the Cardinals in his freshman campaign, and he posted a career-high 14 points at Kent State on February 11, 2012, which followed a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds against Bowling Green State three days earlier.

Adeoye attended Marion High School in Marion, Ill., where he earned three letters and picked up All-State Honorable Mention and first-team All-South Seven Conference honors after averaging 19 points and 13 rebounds as a senior in 2010-11. He earned second-team all-conference honors after tallying 13.0 points and 10.0 rebounds as a junior in 2009-10, and he also earned three letters in football as a defensive end at Marion.

Soumaoro, who hails from Bamako, Mali, spent the last two seasons at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He redshirted his freshman season of 2011-12 after suffering a torn ACL in October, and he started the first 12 games of the 2012-13 season before another ACL injury ended his sophomore season in mid-November. At the time of the injury Soumaoro was leading the team in scoring (12.4 points per game) and rebounding (7.8 per game), which included a 23-point, 14-rebound effort against Central on November 13, 2012.

Soumaoro played high school basketball at Our Savior New American School in New York City, where he helped the Pioneers to the most wins in school history. While at Our Savior, Soumaoro averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks per game.

Adeoye and Soumaoro join Alassane Kah (6-9, forward, Senegal) and transfers Chris Harrison-Docks (6-0, guard, Okemos, Mich.) and Trency Jackson (6-2, guard, Jackson, Miss.) as newcomers to the Hilltopper roster in 2013-14. The regular signing period for the class of 2013 runs through May 15.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bullitt East Senior Trey Rakes Commits to the University of Pikeville

Bullitt East High School senior Trey Rakes has committed to the University of Pikeville.

He announced his commitment on Twitter this afternoon:

trakes02 Committed to play my next 4 years of basketball to the University of Pikeville !!!! #Blessed

Rakes, a 5-foot-11 point guard, is the fourth player from Bullitt East who will be playing at the next level:

- Derek Willis (Kentucky)
- Rusty Troutman (Bellarmine)
- Elliott Young (Campbellsville)




Bowling Green Hornets Preparing for First Game, Roster Has Local Flavor

The Bowling Green Hornets are preparing for their inaugural season in the Central Basketball League.

The Hornets have a talented roster primarily made up of Kentucky natives and/or former area college players.

Some notable players on the roster include Vic Moses (Georgetown College), Teeng Akol (WKU), Jamal Crook (WKU), Kahlil McDonald (WKU), Daniel Price (Pikeville) Tyrone Green (SIU) and Justin Taylor (Tennessee Tech).

The team opens play Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in Russellville, Kentucky.

About the Central Basketball League:

We are a new minor league basketball organization created in 2013 in the central portion of the United States, comprising of five original franchises from five different states. Our goal is to ultimately establish successful and strong organizations in multiple cities in every state across the continental United States. With financial stability and a strong community presence, we believe that our league will not only change the perception of minor league basketball in a positive manner, but will also serve as a successful stepping stone for players, coaches, and employees to use their experience with our league, into something bigger and better in life.

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Bowling Green Hornets Roster

Player Position Height Weight Hometown School Age

Teeng Akol C 6'11" 225 lbs. Wian, Sudan Western Kentucky University 22

Runtreal Braxton F 6'4" 230 lbs. Hopkinsville, KY Cumberland University 27

Jamal Crook G 6'3" 185 lbs. Louisville, KY Western Kentucky University 22

Saville Evans F 6'4" 237 lbs. Nashville, TN 30

Tyrone Green G 6'3" 215 lbs. Monticello, KY Southern Illinois University 26

Tony Key C 6'11" 280 lbs. Russellville, KY Los Angeles C.C. 30

Zamarius McClendon F 6'6" 225 lbs. Clarksville, TN Tennessee Wesleyan College 22

Kahlil McDonald G 6'3" 220 lbs. Brooklyn, NY Western Kentucky University 23

Vic Moses F 6'6" 255 lbs. Lexington, KY Georgetown College 22

Daniel Price G 6'2" 220 lbs. Jackson, MS Pikeville College 33

Michael Stone G 6'3" 195 lbs. Lexington, KY Transylvania University 22

Justin Taylor G 6'3" 203 lbs. Lexington, KY Tennessee Tech 27

Andrae Woodard G 5'10" 190 lbs. Allensville, KY Thomas Moore College 29

Hornets Schedule:  

Date Result Opponent Location Status
Fri Apr 26 - Dayton Air Strikers Russellville, KY 7:00 PM
Sat Apr 27 - @ St. Louis Hawks St. Louis, MO 6:00 PM
Fri May 3 - St. Louis Hawks Russellville, KY 7:00 PM
Sun May 5 - @ Dayton Air Strikers Dayton, OH 4:00 PM
Sat May 11 - @ River City Panthers Peoria, IL 7:00 PM
Sun May 19 - @ Middle Tennessee Storm Nashville, TN 2:00 PM
Fri May 31 - Dayton Air Strikers Russellville, KY 7:00 PM
Sat Jun 1 - @ Dayton Air Strikers Dayton, OH 6:00 PM
Sat Jun 8 - Middle Tennessee Storm Russellville, KY 8:00 PM
Sat Jun 15 - River City Panthers Russellville, KY 8:00 PM
Sat Jun 22 - Middle Tennessee Storm Russellville, KY 8:00 PM
Sun Jun 23 - @ Middle Tennessee Storm Nashville, TN 2:00 PM

Rick Pitino on Russ Smith's Decision to Stay in School

Here is Louisville head coach Rick Pitino sharing his thoughts on Russ Smith's decision to stay at Louisville for his senior season:


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Devin Booker Loves That Calipari Offered Him "Face-To-Face"

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari watched 2014 star Devin Booker play twice at the Nike EYBL AAU event in California last weekend.

After watching him, Calipari texted Booker earlier this week.

"Calipari was at two my EYBL games and he texted me earlier this week," Booker told me tonight. "He said he loved my game and saw what he needed to see. He then mentioned that Kentucky isn't for everybody and a lot of pressure comes with it, but he feels I am built for it."

Calipari wasn't finished there. Today, the Kentucky head coach walked into open gym at Moss Point (Miss.) High School (by himself) and watched Booker again.

After the workout, he extended an offer to the 6-foot-4 shooting sensation.

"He said he feels like I will fit into his program," Booker said. "He told me he will take me if I feel the same way."

Booker, who has stated in the past that hed like to hear from Kentucky, was very excited to receive an offer from Calipari.

"It felt unreal to receive the offer," Booker explained. "And what made it better was that it was face-to-face, which means a lot more. This offer makes me want to work harder and make even bigger things come!"

I asked Devin via text message if he was excited to see Calipari walk in the door today.

"LOL, yeah man...it's Calipari!"

2014 Star Devin Booker Picks Up Offer from Kentucky

Kentucky has extended a scholarship offer to 2014 shooting guard Devin Booker after John Calipari attended his open gym today.

Booker is a talented 6-foot-3 shooting guard at Moss Point (Miss.) High School. Rivals.com currently ranks him No. 23 overall in the class of 2014.

Devin confirmed the UK offer via text.

I personally watched Booker drop 43 points on Hattiesburg High School late last season. Afterwards, he told me he'd like to hear from Kentucky.

Mixtape from the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit

Check out these highlights from the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit, which includes several Kentucky signees and recruits:

Russ Smith Will Return to Louisville for Senior Season

Louisville junior Russ Smith has just announced that he'll return to college for his senior season.

"I love to win, and, with the group coming back, I want to go out a winner again," Smith said at a press conference with head coach Rick Pitino.

Smith led the Cardinals in scoring last season at 18.7 points per game. He was selected as a third team All-American by the Associated Press.

Photo: @KentTaylorWAVE on Twitter

Transcript: Nerlens Noel Talks NBA Draft, Rehab, Kentucky and More

Here is a transcript (via UK) of Nerlens Noel's comments to the media on Tuesday:

On his knee injury recovery …
“The knee is doing good. I have been working hard in rehab. My physical therapist has been telling me I am ahead of schedule and I’m coming along really well.”

On interacting with orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews …
“He (told) me when I had the surgery that it went very well. He’s told me to make sure I take things slow and stay focused on physical therapy. That’s the key thing.”

On being patient with his recovery …
“It is hard to be patient especially during the season. Just seeing my teammates out there playing and wishing I was out there playing with them. There’s not much you can do except stay focused on physical therapy and give it 100 percent.”

On his decision to declare for the NBA Draft …
“There was a consideration about coming back, but anybody that gets injured is probably going to have the consideration and think about it. I sat there with my family and saw the extent of my injury. I thought it wasn’t going to affect me in the draft too much. I’ve definitely been tackling the rehab. My decision with my family was probably the best decision for me.”

On reasons for considering returning to UK for his sophomore season …
“The Big Blue Nation. I loved playing here. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Great fans, a great atmosphere and playing in Rupp Arena felt like a once in a lifetime thing. I will never get to do that again. It was a hard decision. I love the Big Blue Nation, I love Coach Cal. That was one of the best things to do here.”

On the incoming UK basketball freshman class …
“I played with half of those guys when I was in their class before I was classified up. I know how good they are. They are really good, they’re really good kids. That would have been a really special team if I had stayed. Those are great kids though. They’re going to have a great team next year. Even Alex (Poythress) and Willie (Cauley-Stein) coming back is going to give them good leadership just like Terrence Jones and Doran Lamb did (in 2011-12). Those were the key players they needed to win that championship. I feel they will be very good next year.”

On paying attention to NBA mock drafts …
"I don’t pay attention to those at all. I just stay focused on my physical therapy. I try to keep my mind right.”

On what it would mean to be the No. 1 draft pick …
“It would be a dream come true being the first pick in the NBA Draft. That’s something you dream about when you’re a kid. I would be very blessed to be in that position.”

On his thoughts the days after his injury and its effect on his draft status …
“When I heard about my injury a lot goes through your head. When it first happens you don’t know what the injury is. You don’t know if you will ever play basketball or whether you’ll be playing a month from now. When I heard what the injury was I knew I’d get back on the court as fast as I could and get back to what I love doing.”

On what he’s hearing from the NBA about his possible draft position …
“I don’t hear anything. That isn’t a priority to listen to what they say. I’m my own player, and I just have to worry about getting better, getting stronger, getting my leg stronger and getting right back on that court.”

On watching the UK season after getting injured …
“It was very tough just watching those guys play knowing I could have helped them in so many ways. I’m proud of those guys. They played as hard as they could. They fought; they beat two of the best teams in the league without me. You can’t underestimate those guys. Things just didn’t roll their way sometimes on the road. I love those guys. They played their hearts out. I’ll always be proud of them no matter what.”

On how good Willie Cauley-Stein can be …
“Another year Willie can be one of the best big men in the country, definitely. I’m sure he will be. Willie is a freak athlete. He’s 7-foot; he’s fast, strong, quick. He has all the intangibles to be great. I mean next year, I’m sure he is going to dominate the collegiate rankings and move on to bigger and better things.”

On how Willie Cauley-Stein has changed since the beginning of the year …
“A lot. A lot. He has made so much progress in his game, even mentally. Early on, Willie wasn’t too confident about things but as the season went on he has gotten so much more confident. He’s so sure about himself that there were times in practices that he would just dominate. You would see flashes. Willie has come a really long way physically and mentally and he’s really coming into his own as a player.”

On his injury giving him or other players a different perspective …
“You have to go out and play hard every day. You can’t take it for granted; you have to cherish the game you love and play. I feel like that’s what I did. Things like this happen you’re a human being; you’re going to get hurt sometimes. You just have to stay focused and be ready to fight and get back to doing what you love.”

On what exactly caused his injury …
“I don’t really want to recollect that. It’s over. That’s not what I’m really thinking about. I’m just thinking about moving forward and getting back on the court.”

On what they are telling him about getting back on the court …
“We’re just taking it step-by-step. It’s a six to eight month injury, I had surgery six weeks ago so it will probably be around Christmas time but you never know. It’s a long healing process. I’m just staying focused and doing my rehab.”

On the events that happened in Boston …
“That definitely affected me, just growing up in that city, born and raised, and to see that happen you just can’t think of a human being that would do that. People run in the Boston Marathon from all over the country. Everybody is out there having fun, enjoying themselves, for something they have prepared so long for. That was a very tragic happening. Seeing it on TV all day, that was the same day that I had declared but that wasn’t even on my mind the rest of the day, just me sending my prayers out for everybody that was affected that day.”

On what he was doing the day of the Boston Marathon …
“I actually woke up that morning and went to rehab, I declared that same morning but I was in rehab and it was all over the TV. Even when I got home, I was lying in bed just looking for updates, making sure everybody that I knew back home was OK.”

On how being in college for a year benefited him …
“It benefited me a lot, especially playing here under coach Calipari and the coaching staff. There are no pushovers here, they want you to be the best you can be and they don’t accept anything less. Coach Cal has taught me so much on and off the court, how to be a good person and really know how to have a good work ethic. He made us love to work. Just carry yourself, a lot of life lessons that not any regular coach would teach you about off the court.”

On his one year a Kentucky …
“This was one of the best experiences of my life being here. Regardless if you have to stay three, four years, these are the best times of your life whether you’re here one or three years, regardless.”

On the one-and-done rule …
“There is a lot of politics. I don’t really get into that. Both sides are reasonable as to why they should come out of high school and why they should stay a year in college, or two. I don’t get into that too much. I focus on what I have to do. If I have to come to school for a year, I do it.”

On if he regrets the play that tore his ACL with the score being what it was …
“No. No way. We weren’t down too much. Regardless of the score, I wasn’t going to let them get that easy basket. I will not be embarrassed in any type of way. I will not give them an easy basket. I just wanted to keep fighting and give my team the best chance of getting back in a fighting position to win that game.”

On the healing process …
“I’m taking it in stride. If I’m ready, I’m ready. If I’m not ready, I’m not ready. The main focus right now is to keep working so I am ready when my body tells me I am. You just take it one step at a time.”

On where he is right now in the healing timeline …
“Today is the six-week point. I am doing everything out of the brace. All of my exercises, so that tells I am ahead of schedule. I can tell I have had a lot of muscle added back in my leg, but it takes a while to heal and get two and two in the body with the nerve system. I am taking it slow, with exercise and agility.”

On being a community role model …
“God blessed me with my God-given talents. I remember when I was one of those little kids and I looked up to them as a role model. When I would see someone that I looked up too, I wouldn’t mind if he came to visit me. That’s the way I looked at it. I try to look back and give back to people who aren’t as fortunate as myself. Anything I can do to make a kid smile, or make their day better, whether it would be cancer or leukemia, anything that’s life threatening. I just do my best to give back to them, especially to kids who aren’t as fortunate as me.”

On what he will be doing at the NBA Combine …
“I have seen the combine. It was on TV. I have seen what the actual players will do. But, going in with the injury I have right now, I’m not sure I’ll be able to do too much, besides get checked out by the doctors. Maybe I can shoot some free throws, or talk to GM’s, but as far as that, I don’t think I’ll be doing too much.”

Video: Nerlens Noel Talks About the NBA Draft and More

Here is video of Nerlens Noel talking to the media yesterday about the upcoming NBA Draft, his rehab efforts, his time at Kentucky and more:


Ray Kasongo to Attend St. John's Northwestern Military Academy

According to Scott Anderson of NationofBlue.com, Pikeville High School's Ray Kasongo will attend St. John's Northwestern Military Academy next season:

SAndersonNOB Ray Kasongo (Pikeville HS) will be attending St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, WI.


Calipari Checks Out 2015 SG Charles Matthews

Kentucky head coach John Calipari was in Chicago yesterday to check out 2015 shooting guard Charles Matthews:

scott_chihoops #Kentucky #Wildcats Head Coach John Calipari was at St. Rita today to see elite 2015 G Charles Matthews #BBN

Matthews is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard at St. Rita (Ill.) High School. Rivals.com currently ranks him at No. 9 overall in the class of 2015.


Russ Smith Planning to Return for Senior Season?

Drew Deener is hearing that Louisville star Russ Smith is planning to return for his senior season with the Cardinals:

Drew_Deener Just heard from a very good source that Russ Smith is going to announce tomorrow that he is returning to UofL for his senior year

Drew_Deener 2nd source confirmed but sd 'keep in mind.. It's russ'. Feedback from nba was if he improves body, shot select. And A/TO. Cud b 1st Rd in'14

Smith is expected to announce his NBA decision later today.

Andrew Wiggins is Ready to Take Canadian Basketball to the Next Level

Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins is probably the biggest name to come out of Canadian basketball since Steve Nash.

Wiggins, who has yet to make his college decision, hopes to put Canadian basketball in the upper tier of international teams during his career.

Here is more from Yahoo! Sports:

The United States will remain a power in international basketball because of the sport's popularity and the depth of talent it possesses. Spain, France and Brazil also are expected to remain competitive, although Argentina's reign as a power may be coming to an end because of an aging core. With Wiggins leading the way, Canada could soon join the ranks of the elite.

"Everyone should be worried," Wiggins said.

Current NBA players who hail from Canada include: Tristan Thompson, Joel Anthony, Andrew Nicholson, Cory Joseph, Kris Joseph and Robert Sacre. UNLV forward Anthony Bennett and Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk are Canadians who are viewed as possible top five draft candidates this year, and other Canadian prospects to keep an eye on are Texas' Myck Kabongo and Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos.

Nash, 39, is the general manager of Canada's national team, but his days of playing internationally are likely over. The Los Angeles Lakers' guard, who is struggling with leg injuries in the Lakers' first-round series against the Spurs, has been talking regularly with Wiggins and says he'll be a "pretty tough player."

"He's a young kid trying to figure it out with tremendous skill, tremendous athleticism," Nash said. "For us, we want to be a support system for him and try to allow him every opportunity to develop his skills and his game and mature as a player and realize his dreams."

Wiggins has the ability to own dual Canadian-American citizenship, but he cannot play for the United States' national team because he has already played for Canada internationally. Frankly, he prefers it that way.

"I'd never want to turn my back on my country like that," Wiggins said of Canada. "That's where I'm from. I have good times here. The program treats me right. USA already has a name for itself as a basketball country. Canada has not really established that yet. I want to be one of the reasons why we establish that."

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United States Postal Service to Celebrate the Louisville Cardinals

The United States Postal Service plans to celebrate the University of Louisville men's and women's basketball championship seasons.

The USPS will offer a limited edition matted art piece celebrating the Cards' 2013 men's basketball national title. Additionally, a commemorative cache envelope and other items are also available separately.

Here is more via WHAS11.com:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (News Release) — The United States Postal Service is excited to offer unique collectibles to celebrate the University of Louisville Men’s and Women’s basketball championship seasons.

A limited edition matted art piece celebrating the Louisville Cardinals’ 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship title is now available for order. A commemorative cache envelope is also available separately (without matted art). Both the men’s and women’s teams are honored with their own commemorative cache envelope.

The Men’s Team (12” X 16”) art piece features a wide-angle color photo taken inside the Georgia Dome of the basketball court before the championship game. A commemorative envelope is included with an Atlanta postmark from the date of the win, a vintage Cardinal stamp, and basketballs reflecting championship years.


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John Calipari Supports Proposed Practice Changes

Kentucky head coach John Calipari is in favor of the proposed new practice rules being considered by the NCAA.

"I like Calipari," Calipari said of the new proposal, which would allow teams to start practice as early as the last week of September.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

If the proposal goes through, teams will essentially be allowed to practice 30 times in a 42-day period before the first game on Nov. 8. They could start those practices as early as the last week of September or first week of October.


"I like it," said Calipari, who added he wouldn't change his Midnight Madness date of Oct. 18. "What we're about to undertake has never been done before -- to bring in a group like this. They recruited each other. We've got a great staff, but they recruited each other. It took the Miami Heat two years to do what they did. We've got to do it in three months. We'll have the summer, but we could have used a foreign trip with this group."

Calipari said he'll go back to using more of the dribble drive with this group (led by the Harrison twins, Aaron and Andrew).

"This thing has never been attempted," said Calipari on Tuesday. "But we've got young players who need to be coached, who are great competitors and who love to work and want to win. I'm excited and already preparing this summer for what we're trying to get done and get it done earlier."

Video Proof: Brandon Knight Had a Long Season

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight had several "forgettable" moments in 2012-13:


Happy Osborne Retains Coaching Staff at Kentucky Wesleyan

New Kentucky Wesleyan head coach Happy Osborne has decided to keep assistant coaches Grant and George Hemmingsen on his staff at KWC.

Here is a release from KWC:

When Todd Lee announced he was leaving to take another job, all assistant coaches George Hemmingsen and Grant Hemmingsen knew to do was to keep doing their jobs.


It wasn't easy, not knowing whether or not the next coach would retain them or what the future might hold for them.

But the two brothers received some good news on Monday that they'd be retained on new coach Happy Osborne's staff, and Osborne announced the decision publicly at his introductory press conference.

"It's been a whirlwind for three weeks for us," George Hemmingsen said. "Grant and I, it was uncertainty. We didn't know. Our biggest thing was just keeping these guys together because of how special this group's going to be. That was our main focus."

They both remained upbeat throughout the coaching search, never showing outwardly that they were worried or anxious at all.

They said part of that was because they continued to keep busy and not worry too much about the search itself, figuring whatever happens happens.

Once they both met Osborne, they felt right away that they had a good chance at sticking around.

But, as George said, it's been a tough few weeks for them.

"It was really hard," said Grant Hemmingsen, who also serves as KWC's women's golf coach. "Again, the uncertainty is the hardest thing. Me and George were both blown away after we got to sit down and have a dinner with him. He's a legend, he's smart…we've learned more in the past 24 hours than we have in a long time. It's been a great experience so far. We're excited."

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Morehead State Lands LSU Transfer Jalen Courtney

Morehead State University has announced the addition of LSU transfer Jalen Courtney.

Courtney, a 6-foot-8 post man, will have to sit out the 2013-14 season under NCAA transfer rules.

Here is a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Jalen Courtney, who has spent the past three seasons at Southeastern Conference member LSU, has signed an athletic scholarship agreement with the Morehead State men’s basketball program. He will sit out in 2013-14 and be eligible to play in 2014-15.


“We’re excited about Jalen because he already has three years of high-level Division I experience,” Head Coach Sean Woods said. “He’s a mature player with an athletic body. Jalen can score in multiple ways, he’s a good rebounder and his defensive ability will certainly help us.”

Courtney, a 6-foot-8 post player, played in 51 career games at LSU. He averaged 2.1 points and 2.1 rebounds for the Tigers in 2012-13. Courtney tallied career highs of 14 points and seven rebounds.

A native of Jackson, Miss., Courtney averaged 16.0 points and 11.0 rebounds as a senior at Provine High School. He helped his prep team to two 5A state championships and one runner-up finish.

Courtney was named the Mississippi High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a senior. The McDonald’s All-America nominee also earned all-state and all-metro accolades.

“Jalen brings a lot of versatility to the table and runs the floor well for someone of his size and length,” Woods added. “Jalen will be able to play small forward, power forward or center. He will push our guys in practice this year (2013-14) and will be ready to go the following season (2014-15).”

Eric Bledsoe Coming Up Big for Los Angeles in the NBA Playoffs

Former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe has been big for the Los Angeles Clippers in back-to-back NBA Playoff wins over Memphis.

Bledsoe had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in game 1. In game 2, he finished with 8 points and 4 boards.

According to reports, this may be Bledsoe's last run with the Clippers. Teammate Chris Paul thinks he'll demand more money than the Clippers can pay after his contract expires which might lead the Clippers to look at moving him to another team:

“Bled is one of the best guards in our league,” Paul said following Sunday’s Los Angeles Clippers practice. “I’ve said it all season long, I’m enjoying playing with him right now because there’s no way he can be here next year because we probably won’t have enough money to pay him. He should be a starting point guard.”


Bledsoe, 23, is under contract through next season for a bargain $2.6 million. However, if the Clips max-out Paul, who will become a free agent this summer, the franchise could look to move Bledsoe, the third-year talent out of Kentucky taken 18th by Oklahoma City and traded to the Clippers for a first-round draft pick.

Louisville's Russ Smith Hopes to Have NBA Decision Tomorrow

Louisville star Russ Smith met with the media yesterday to discuss is pending NBA decision and more.

Smith told the media he will meet with Rick Pitino and likely announce his decision on Wednesday (tomorrow):


John Wall the NBA Star Meets John Wall the Dog

Former University of Kentucky star John Wall met his canine namesake on Twitter last night:

John_Wall Lol wats up RT @biffsays: @John_Wall Meet the other John Wall. #BBN pic.twitter.com/OjW3HQldh4

biffsays @kybluegirly My John Wall was almost Demarcus Cousins, but he was so slim I had to go with JW! Very cool though!
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Happy Osborne Officially Introduced at Kentucky Wesleyan

Former Georgetown College head coach Happy Osborne was officially introduced as the new head coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College on Monday.

Here is a press release from KWC:

Happy Osborne, former head coach at NAIA powerhouse Georgetown College for 15 years, has been named the 22nd head men's basketball coach in the 103-year history of the sport at eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College, according to Director of Athletics David Williams.


“We are honored that Happy Osborne has agreed to lead our basketball program,” said Williams. “Happy will work tirelessly to be an ambassador for the entire College.

“He is a proven winner that deeply cares about every aspect of the College. Above all, Happy is a good person. He operates under the pillars of honesty, integrity and respect.

“Happy was the one applicant that I honestly believe will get us our ninth championship banner. He understands the expectations of being the basketball coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College and will excel in the role.”

In 15 seasons, Osborne compiled a 456-84 record for a .844 winning percentage, an average of 30.4 wins per season, where the Tigers made the NAIA Championship Tournament every year.

He won over 25-plus games all 15 years including collecting eight 30-plus win seasons. He won 100 games and 400 games quicker than any other coach, according to college records.

Osborne, 55, also won the most tournament games of any coach in NAIA basketball history with a 29-13 record.

Most recently, he led the Tigers to a 32-5 record and the Fab Four, the NAIA national semifinals, in 2010-11.

He has won one NAIA Championship (1998), finished national runner-up once (2000), reached the Fab Four four times (2003, 2004, 2008, 2011), the final eight once (2005) and the round of Sweet Sixteen five times (1997, 1999, 2001, 2002) in his tenure.

His resume also shows Georgetown ranked in the Top 25 in the final poll all 15 seasons. The Tigers finished No. 1 twice and placed in the Top 10 nine times with four in the second ten.

Karl Towns Wants to Be the Best Kentucky Wildcat...Ever

Kentucky commit Karl Towns says he wants to be the best player in the history of UK basketball (video by KSTV):

Xavier Keeling Has Oustanding Season in Peru

Former St. Catharine College star  Xavier Keeling just wrapped up an outstanding season in Peru.

Here are some highlights of Keeling in action last season:

Monday, April 22, 2013

Baylor University Wants Devin Booker to Be the Face of Their Program

Baylor University wants 2014 shooting guard sensation Devin Booker to know that they want him to be the face of their program:

DevinBook Lol Baylor is funny for this! 😂😂 http://instagram.com/p/Ybdu4eFEeO/

2013 Metro Exposure Camp is Wednesday at Iroquois High School

The 4th Annual Metro Exposure Camp will be held Wednesday at Iroquois High School.

What: 4TH ANNUAL METRO EXPOSURE CAMP
For: UNSIGNED SENIORS

When: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24th

Location: IROQUOIS HIGH SCHOOL

- OPEN TO PLAYERS IN THE CLASS OF 2013 OR FORMER PLAYERS RECOMMENDED BY THEIR HIGH SCHOOL COACH

CAMP FEATURES:

*J.C., NAIA, DIV. 2 Coaches in attendance

*Combine type workout (drills, team play)

*41 Colleges in attendance in 2012:

Rend Lake J.C., Kentucky Wesleyan, Lincoln Trail J.C., Volunteer State, Urbana, Trevecca, Cleveland State J.C., Kaskaskia J.C., Cincinnati State J.C., Ohio Dominican, Mid-Continent, Oakland City, Brescia, Thomas More, Pikeville, Lindsey Wilson, Bellarmine, IU Southeast, Georgetown, Transylvania, Southwestern Illinois J.C., Spalding, St. Catherine, Florida Tech, Southeastern Illinois J.C., Southern Indiana, John Wood C.C., Cincinnati Christian, Kentucky State, Vincennes J.C., Wabash Valley J.C., Shawnee J.C., Benedict, Jacksonville Texas J.C., Daytona Beach C.C,

* Players will work out on 2 courts for 70 minutes with minimal down time each session

Three Sessions in 2013

Session 1 5:00-6:10p.m.
Session 2 6:15-7:25p.m.
Session 3 7:30-8:40p.m.

* FIRST 25 PLAYERS PER SESSION


CAMP DIRECTORS: Michael Stinnett, Jeff Morrow (Iroquois H.S. Head Coach), John Tinsley (Glasgow. H.S. Head. Coach),

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Email michael.stinnett@jefferson.kyschools.us
Twitter @CoachStinnett

Video: Alex Poythress on Returning to UK, Louisville Winning the Title and More

Here is video footage of Alex Poythress speaking to the media today about his decision to return to UK, having to watch Louisville win it all and more:

Kentucky's Alex Poythress Talks About Decision to Stay in College

Kentucky's Alex Poythress met with the media today and discussed several topics, including his decision to return for another season in college.

Here are his comments:
On if it was an easy or tough decision to return to school …

“It was a pretty tough decision. I had to weigh my options, but I am happy with my choice to come back and will have to live with it.”

On how long it took to make his decision …

“I’m not really sure. It was a long process. You just want to make sure your heart is in it and make sure you
make the right decision, and I feel like I did.”

On what he will do during the summer to improve his game …

“Just do all of the little things like workout all of the time and get in the gym as much as I can. I’ll try to drag
other people to the gym with me like Willie (Cauley-Stein) and just try to work hard for next year.”

On what the process was in the making his decision …

“Just talking to my mom and my parents. Really just trying to figure out what they were thinking, getting
their input, and talking to the assistant coaches. I talked to Coach Cal (Calipari) to try and get his input and
decide what was the best decision for me.”

On how much he discussed the process with the other guys in similar situations …

“I talked to Willie and Archie (Goodwin) a lot. Those were the two players I talked to the most because they were going through what I was.”

On Archie Goodwin’s decision to go to the draft …

“I am not surprised. Archie is a very hard worker and I think he will do fine in the league. He just has to
work hard and show that he belongs. I am happy for him and hope he has a bright future.”

On if last year’s success played a role in returning to school …

“We have big expectations for next year. We just want to come prepared everyday. The goal is a
championship and nothing less. That is the ultimate goal, and that is what we want so we just have to work hard and try to accomplish that.”

On how he would rate his freshman year …

“I think I had a decent year. There is always room for improvement. We are just focused on next year now.”

On if he forgets about last year or will use it for motivation for the upcoming season …

“We can use it as motivation. We don’t want next year to end up like this year. With the guys coming in and
the people returning, we must have a fire burning in our belly. We don’t want to repeat last year so we have
to work hard.”

On looking forward to next year’s roster …

“It’s going to be a nice roster. We will have a lot of competition. We will have to go hard everyday. We will
be competing against top competition so it should be good for us.”

On if it was hard seeing Louisville win the national championship …

“Yes it was kind of hard when you have a rival school win like that. I’m happy for them at the same time, but hopefully that will be us next year.”

On how experiencing last year will make him a better player ….

“It prepares you mentally. You have to be mentally prepared for everything. When you are losing, that is when you figure out what people are really made of. So, it just helps mentally.”

On what Coach Calipari told him after the Robert Morris game …

“He just told me that they wanted me back and that another year would help me in the long run to work on
my confidence, mentality, and that everything will work itself out.”

Terrence Williams Highlights from 2012-13 Season in Boston

Check out these 2012-13 season highlights of former Louisville star Terrence Williams:

Grand Jury Indicts Former UK Basketball Player Richie Farmer

A federal grand jury has indicted former Kentucky basketball player Richie Farmer for allegedly misusing property and funds during his tenure as Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner.

Here are details of the indictment from the Herald-Leader:

A federal grand jury has indicted former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer for allegedly misusing property and more than $450,000 in funds during his eight years at the helm of the state Department of Agriculture.

A grand jury charged Farmer, 43, with four counts of misappropriating property and money and one count of soliciting property to influence agriculture department business. Each charge has a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

In addition, federal authorities will attempt to make Farmer repay $450,000, the amount he allegedly took from the department. The alleged misappropriation of public funds alleged in the indictment took place from 2008 to 2011.


Boise State Wants to Play at Kentucky Next Season

Boise State is trying to schedule a men's basketball game at Kentucky in the 2013-14 season.

The Broncos lose only one senior and return their top six scorers from last season's 21-11 team.

Here is more from IdahoStatesman.com:

Boise State has been in discussions with Kentucky to play a road game this fall against the Wildcats, a source close to the program told the Idaho Statesman on Friday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because a contract has not been finalized.

When asked during a media briefing Thursday whether the Broncos were seeking to play a highly-ranked team on the road, Rice said, "We're going to get one for sure."

Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle, hired in December 2011, was previously the deputy director of athletics at Kentucky, where he worked with the basketball program.


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Quentin Goodin PIcks Up Offer from Northern Kentucky

Quentin Goodin, one of Kentucky's top players in the class of 2016, has picked up his first division I offer from Northern Kentucky University.

Goodin_3 Picked up an offer from Northern Kentucky University!

Goodin, a 6-foot-2 point guard, plays for Taylor County High School.

Andrew Wiggins Cancels All In-Home Visits This Week

Andrew Wiggins, the top remaining uncommitted player in the 2013 recruiting class, has cancelled all in-home visits from coaches this week. He plans to speak to the coaches via phone.

GoodmanCBS Been told Andrew Wiggins has canceled his home visits with Kansas, UNC and Florida State early this week.

North Carolina, Florida State and Kansas were all scheduled to visit Wiggins this week.

Wiggins' high school coach, Rob Fulford, says that his star forward is just tired and fans shouldn't read into his decision to cut out the in-home visits.

jeffborzello Andrew Wiggins' HS coach on canceling home visits: "It means nothing. He's just tired. Doesn't want to deal with it. He is shutting it down"

Jordan Green Picks Up Offer from Florida International

Henry Clay's Jordan Green picked up an offer from Florida International over the weekend.

He announced the offer on his Twitter account:

JoJo_TheKid Shout out to Florida International (FIU) for my 6th offer! Very appreciated!

Green, a talented 6-foot-4 forward, now has offers from Western Kentucky, Northern Kentucky, FIU, Samford, New Mexico State and Manhattan.

Murray State Offers 2015 PG Corey Sanders

Murray State has reportedly offered a scholarship to 2015 point guard Corey Sanders from McKeel Academy in Lakeland, Florida.

ShowtimeBaller1 Murray State offers Showtime Ballers 2015 6'2 PG Corey Sanders.... #Showtime

Sunday, April 21, 2013

John Calipari Speaks at Franciscan University of Steubenville

Kentucky head coach John Calipari was the keynote speaker at Saturday's 46th annual Baron Club Award Dinner held on the campus of Franciscan University of Stuebenville (Ohio).

Calipari shared several things with the crowd, including his goal of coaching a 40-0 team before he retires.

Here is an excerpt of his comments from Heraldstaronline.com:

"They (kings) think differently than we think," Calipari told the crowd at Saturday's 46th annual Baron Club Award Dinner held on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville. "There's nothing wrong with trying to get teams and groups of people to think like kings and ask what can we do, how far can we go?


"My goal before I retire is to coach a 40-0 team because they say it can't be done. As the season goes on, it gets harder and harder. But I say let's do it, let's do something crazy."
A native of Moon Township, Pa., who led the Wildcats to their eighth NCAA championship in 2012, Calipari is a self-professed "hoop dreamer."

"My mom was a big dreamer. She always thought you could be whatever you want," he said. "So dream beyond your surroundings, think beyond and dream beyond. Being the coach at Kentucky is an upset for me, I'm blessed to have this opportunity."

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Happy Osborne Named Head Coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College

Montgomery County High School head coach Happy Osborne has been named head coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Osborne will be officially introduced at 3:15 p.m. local time Monday in Tapscott Chapel on the Kentucky Wesleyan campus.

KWC athletic director announced the hiring earlier this afternoon on Twitter.

Osborne was the long time assistant and head coach at Georgetown College. As head coach there, he went 456-84 and won an NAIA national championship. He then spent a season as an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech.

Last season, Osborne guided Montgomery County High School to a 33-5 record and an appearance in the KHSAA Sweet Sixteen semifinals.

Highlights of Andrew Wiggins at Nike Hoop Summit

Andrew Wiggins led the World Select Team to a 112-98 win over Team USA at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit Saturday night. Wiggins finished with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory.

Here are highlights of Wiggins from OregonLive.com:

Anthony Davis: Top 10 Plays of NBA Rookie Season

Check out the top 10 plays of former Kentucky star Anthony Davis' NBA rookie season with New Orleans:

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