Saturday, May 4, 2013

Andrew Wiggins and the Amazing Story of "JohnnyCrabCakes"

Just when it seemed the recruitment of 2013 star Andrew Wiggins couldn't get any stranger, the Twitter world was introduced to John Minadakis, aka @JohnnyCrabCakes.

Minadakis touts himself on Twitter as "Proud owner of 2013 Maryland Restaurant of the Year."

Friday at 12:01 p.m., Minadakis posted the following on Twitter:

JohnnyCrabCakes Sources inform me Andrew Wiggins will accept a scholarship to UNC today, May 3rd. Expect announcement around 5:00 EST.

The Internet blew up after the post was retweeted 75 times, but Minadakis wasn't finished there:

JohnnyCrabCakes Wiggins wanted to make decision before returning home to Canada, cites playing time, chance to compete for title as deciding factors.

JohnnyCrabCakes The official crab cake supplier of Ol' Roy gets the #scoop first. pic.twitter.com/JebOw4bzQ9

JohnnyCrabCakes Nothing wrong with a little passion. Everything's wrong with no passion.

Of course, 5:00 p.m. EST came and went but Minadakis still wasn't finished:

JohnnyCrabCakes Wiggins to UNC is a done deal. Timing might be off a few hours/days, but Tar Heels fans can go ahead & dust off the old Ellington jerseys.

JohnnyCrabCakes Kentucky fans are having a hard time accepting rejection.

JohnnyCrabCakes After Roy cuts down the nets for the 3rd time in 9 years, will be still not be a good coach? Just curious.

My Thoughts: Can we get this recruitment over with as soon as possible? Please?

Friday, May 3, 2013

DeMarcus Cousins: Top 10 Plays from 2012-13 Season

Here are DeMarcus Cousins' top 10 plays of the 2012-13 NBA season (as determined by Black9ne on YouTube):


Brother Says Andrew Wiggins Hasn't Decided Yet

Andrew Wiggins' brother,  Nick, says the 2013 star hasn't made a college decision yet:

While the basketball world waits for Andrew Wiggins to make an announcement on his college choice, his brother says no decision has yet been made. “The days are counting down,” Nick Wiggins, Andrew’s older brother and a junior at Wichita State, told SNY.tv. “When he is ready to make his decision he will make it.” The NCAA late signing period runs through May 15, meaning Andrew Wiggins could sign a Letter of Intent through that date.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

John Calipari is Happy to Vacation With You to Maui

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talked to WKYT today about his decision to decline the Maui Invitational.

Calipari said it's not just the Maui tournament but any tournament that requires his team to be off campus for three games.

He added that if Kentucky fans want to vacation to Maui, he'll be happy to join them...without the basketball team.

Here is an excerpt from WKYT:

Coach John Calipari discussed his reasoning in an interview at WKYT. "It's not just Maui, it's any tournament that we have to be off campus three games, I mean we're just not doing it. At this point, where we are as a program, we've got better ways of using our financial wherewithal."


Calipari also threw out a suggestion for any fans who want to go. "And I would tell any of our fans that really want to go to Maui. Why don't we do a trip, Ellen and I will go with you. We don't have to bring the basketball team, Why have you got to bring the basketball team? We'll go vacation out there, maybe we'll go for four days, we'll have a couple dinners, a couple functions and come back. We don't need to bring the team with us."

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Justin Johnson Adds Offer from Kent State, Now Holds 15 Offers

Perry County Central's Justin Johnson has added an offer from Kent State. Johnson, an athletic 6'6" forward, now holds 15 offers:

justin23johnson Blessed with another offer from Kent State! #15offers

Cincinnati Bengals Showing Interest in Vic Moses

Former Georgetown College star Vic Moses, who was recently named NAIA National Player of the Year, is being pursued by the Cincinnati Bengals.

According to Tony Gaujot, assistant coach of the Bowling Green Hornets, the Bengals have been showing interest in Moses.

Moses, a 6-foot-6 power forward, scored 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in his first game with the Hornets.

The former Henry Clay High School star led Georgetown College to the national championship last season.

Bullitt East Star Elliott Young Signs with Campbellsville University

Bullitt East big man Elliott Young has signed with Campbellsville University for the 2013-14 season.

Here is a release from CU:

MOUNT WASHINGTON, Ky. – Campbellsville University men's basketball added another high school senior to its 2013-14 roster this month, signing Bullitt East High School's Elliott Young at a school signing ceremony earlier in April.

Young, a 6-foot-7 post player, is the fifth incoming freshman for Coach Keith Adkins and the Tiger basketball staff this spring.

"Elliott is a great addition to our roster for next year. Rarely do we get the opportunity to recruit and sign a high school post player with the ability and tremendous up-side that Elliott possesses. He is going to be a very good player for us," Adkins said.

"As his frame starts to fill out and he gains experience at the college level, he will continue to get better and better. He has the ability to step out and shoot it with excellent range and his athleticism will surprise you. He will need to develop his low post game, but that will come easily for him. You have to remember that he comes from another high level basketball program, in Bullitt East High School. He had teammates that have signed at very high levels of college basketball. And, he has played for an excellent high school coach in Troy Barr. Elliott has a very bright future here at CU."

Young played in 34 games for Bullitt East as a senior, averaging 9.1 points and five rebounds per game. He had 23 3-pointers on the season.

Young's older sister, Lindey, is a sophomore on the Campbellsville University women's basketball team. He is the son of Carla and Vincent Young.

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Photo: Campbellsville University

Rick Pitino Talks About the Kentucky Derby, Goldencents

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is part owner of Goldencents, a talented horse that will be running in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Goldencents is one of the early favorites (5/1) to win the Derby.

Here is Pitino talking about the Derby:



* Video by Jody Demling on YouTube

Former Asbury Star Phillip Morrison Playing Professionally in Asia

Former Asbury star Phillip Morrison is off to a solid start in his professional basketball career.

Morrison currently plays for the Singapore Slingers of the Asean Basketball League.

Here is an update on Morrison from AU:

Former Asbury University men’s basketball standout Phillip Morrison is playing professional basketball as part of the Asean Basketball League (ABL). Morrison, who played for the Eagles from 2008 to 2010, is a member of the Singapore Slingers, after previously playing for league rival Saigon Heat.

As a dual citizen of the United States and the Philippines, Morrison wanted to play professionally in Southeast Asia after graduating from college. “My mother was born in Manila and is full Filipino. She passed away in 2007 of cancer, but after college I decided to pursue getting my dual citizenship hoping to play professionally in the Philippines,” Morrison said.

Despite playing well for Saigon, Morrison was released in the middle of this season, unsure if he’d be able to play again. “Although at the time I faced a lot of lies, betrayal and the ‘dark side of professional sports,’ I was determined to keep my integrity and never let the situation change me,” he said. “My goals from day one were simple: have a great work ethic, be a great/encouraging teammate, and honor the Lord with this opportunity.”

Soon after being released, the Slingers signed Morrison for the remainder of the season to start at point guard. Although the journey was not easy, Morrison sees it as God preparing the way. “All the pain and disappointment I dealt with in Saigon was just God preparing me to be a servant leader for the opportunity I have now in Singapore,” he said.

Through five games with the Slingers, Morrison was averaging 13.4 points per game and shooting 39% from the floor. He scored a career-high 28 points on April 13 against San Miguel. Overall this season, he is averaging just more than 10 points per game.

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Kentucky to Play Transylvania in Exhibition Game For Third Consecutive Year

The Kentucky Wildcats will be playing Transylvania University in an exhibition game at Rupp Arena on November 1.

This year will be the third consecutive year that the Wildcats and Pioneers have squared off in exhibition action.

Here is a release about the game from Transy:

LEXINGTON, Ky. - For the third consecutive season, Transylvania and the University of Kentucky will tip off a basketball season with an exhibition game in Rupp Arena. The match is set for Nov. 1.

The UK athletics department released the men's basketball non-conference schedule on Wednesday and Transylvania will provide the opposition in the first of two exhibition games the Wildcats have scheduled, renewing the Battle on Broadway for a third straight year. The other exhibition is against Montevallo on Nov. 4. The UK news release can be found here.

The Pioneers posted a 20-8 record last year and qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championship, where they were defeated by Illinois Wesleyan in the first round. The Wildcats made an appearance in the NIT, losing in the first round to Robert Morris.

Transy loses six seniors from last year's team while Kentucky is bringing in what experts consider one of the best recruiting classes of all time. Among Transy's departures are three 1,000-point scorers in Ethan Spurlin, Barrett Meyer, and Brandon Rash. Among Kentucky's losses from last year is Nerlens Noel, a 6-10 center who could be the top pick in this year's NBA draft.

"It will be a challenge for us," said Transy head coach Brian Lane. "But a good challenge. This exhibition game has become something our players, fans, and supporters have come to enjoy and look forward to. We hope to provide some competition for them and do some things that will help them get better and that we can learn from. But mainly, it's a thrill for our program and a lot of fun for our community."

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Harlan County's Alex Sergent Signs with Alice Lloyd College

Harlan County High School star Alex Sergent has signed with Alice Lloyd College for the 2013-14 season.

Here is a release from ALC:

The Alice Lloyd College men’s basketball program, under the direction of head coach J. R. Hammond, has announced the signing of Harlan County High School’s Alex Sergent to an athletic letter of intent for the 2013-14 season. Coach Hammond made the trip to Baxter, KY on Thursday, April 25th, and was proud to return to Pippa Passes with the signature of the versatile Black Bears guard.

“This kid is an excellent shooter,” said Coach Hammond, “and, with his ball-handling skills and great ability to penetrate, I know he’ll be a perfect fit in our dribble drive offense.”

After losing starting point guard Isaac Wilson to graduation, Hammond was on the hunt for fresh new talent to take over the team next season. The 6’0″ Sergent was the coach’s target player, even though he spent most of his time on the wing in high school.

“Alex has the leadership skills that I’ve been looking for,” Hammond continued. “He’s been a starter all four years and was a huge factor in his team making a run to the 13th Region championship game. His teammates really fed off of his energy.”

“After visiting us,” the coach concluded, “he already has good chemistry with our other players.”

Along with shepherding the Black Bears to the 13th Region title match-up with Clay County, Sergent guided Harlan High to its first-ever 52nd District championship in 2010. He averaged in double figures throughout the last three seasons, scoring 14 points per game, and was placed on the school’s 1,000 Point Club.

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Photo: ALC

Darius Miller Talks About Life in the NBA, Wanting to Beat Patrick Patterson

Former Kentucky star Darius Miller talks to Thomas Beisner of CN2 about life in the NBA, always wanting to beat his good friend Patrick Patterson, facing off against LeBron and much more:


Lillard Wins NBA Rookie of the Year, Anthony Davis Finishes Second

Portland's Damian Lillard was named NBA Rookie of the Year on Monday after leading all rookies with 19 points per game this season. Lillard also totalled 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game for the TrailBlazers.

Former Kentucky star  Anthony Davis finished second in the voting with 306 total points, just under 300 less than Lillard.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist earned 3 third place votes.

2012-2013 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Voting Results
Rookie, Team 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Damian Lillard, Portland 121 -- -- 605
Anthony Davis, New Orleans -- 96 18 306
Bradley Beal, Washington -- 14 52 94
Andre Drummond, Detroit -- 5 21 36
Dion Waiters, Cleveland -- 2 15 21
Harrison Barnes, Golden State -- 1 5 8
Chris Copeland, New York -- 2 2 8
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte -- -- 3 3
Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto -- -- 2 2
John Jenkins, Atlanta -- -- 1 1

Release from NBA.com

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

University of Kentucky Releases 2013-14 Non-Conference Schedule

The University of Kentucky men's basketball program has released its non-conference schedule for the 2013-14 season.

The Wildcats will open with exhibition games against Transylvania and Montevallo. The regular season begins with back-to-back home games against UNC Asheville and Northern Kentucky.

Next season will mark the first annual Keightley Classic in honor of the late Bill Keightley. The inaugural event includes Robert Morris, Texas-Arlington, Cleveland State and Eastern Michigan.

Kentucky will also face the likes of Michigan State, Providence, Baylor, North Carolina and Louisville.

2013-2014 SCHEDULE


Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result

11/01/13 vs. Transylvania # Lexington, Ky. TBA
11/04/13 vs. Montevallo # Lexington, Ky. TBA
11/08/13 vs. UNC Asheville Lexington, Ky. TBA
11/10/13 vs. Northern Kentucky Lexington, Ky. TBA

State Farm Champions Classic

11/12/13 vs. Michigan State Chicago, Ill. (United Center) TBA

Keightley Classic

11/17/13 vs. Robert Morris Lexington, Ky. TBA
11/19/13 vs. Texas-Arlington Lexington, Ky. TBA
11/25/13 vs. Cleveland State Lexington, Ky. TBA
11/27/13 vs. Eastern Michigan Lexington, Ky. TBA

12/01/13 vs. Providence Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center) TBA
12/06/13 vs. Baylor Arlington, Texas (Cowboys Stadium) TBA
12/10/13 vs. Boise State Lexington, Ky. TBA
12/14/13 at North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. TBA
12/21/13 vs. Belmont Lexington, Ky. TBA
12/28/13 vs. Louisville Lexington, Ky. TBA

Release from UK

Andrew Bogut Goes for Kenneth Faried's Throat

Golden State's Andrew Bogut tried to get physical with former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried last night:



Here is Faried's answer just moments later:




Georgetown College to Hold Team Camp in June

The always-popular Georgetown College Team Camp is coming up in June.

Just under 100 teams are already signed up for this year's camp.

Here is more information:
 
2013 NAIA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
Georgetown College Team Camp
June 5-8, 2013

CAMP DIVISIONS – 7th, 8th, 9th, Junior Varsity, Varsity B, Varsity A
 
CAMP OPTIONS – Teams may commute or stay overnight on campus.
 
CAMP MEALS – Teams that stay overnight receive 3 meals per day. Commuters can choose to have 1, 2, or 3 meals per day.
 
CAMP COST – Coaches must workout a price depending on your overnight/commuter status and how many meals and games you would like to play. We can assure you that our prices are always the lowest of any team camp in the Southeast. Checks can be made to Georgetown Basketball Team Camp.
 
CAMP SCHEDULE – Registration will take place around lunch on Wednesday, June 5th and games will begin around 2 pm. Each team will play 2 games on Wednesday, 4 games on Thursday and 4 games on Friday. The entire single elimination tournament will be played Saturday and will conclude around Noon or 1pm.
 
CAMP FACILITIES – Every on campus dorm is air conditioned and centrally located to the gym and cafeteria. The Georgetown College cafeteria is owned and operated by Sodexho Marriott and is one of the finest dining facilities of its kind. All games will be played in Alumni Gym, the campus recreation center, and numerous elementary, middle and high school gyms in the Scott County School System. Transportation is provided to and from all games by our campus shuttle buses.
 
WHAT PLAYERS NEED TO BRING TO CAMP – Shower supplies, towels, bed linens, athletic gear, snacks, money for concessions/pizza, etc.
 
CONTACT INFORMATION – Please contact us with any questions regarding camp. We look forward to providing an outstanding camp experience for all of your players and teams.

Chris Briggs – 502-863-7093 or chris_briggs@georgetowncollege.edu

James Jackson – 502-863-8055 or james_jackson@georgetowncollege.edu

Dominique Hawkins Leads AP All-State Team

Kentucky Mr. Basketball Dominique Hawkins and Holmes head coach Jason Booher are the AP Player and Coach of the Year, respectively .

Here is a look at the AP All-State Team for 2012-13:

AP All-State Team

Player of the Year: Dominique Hawkins, Madison Central, 6-1, F
Coach of the Year: Jason Booher, Holmes

FIRST TEAM

Dominique Hawkins, Madison Central, 6-1, F
Omar Prewitt, Montgomery Co., 6-5, G
Derek Willis, Bullitt East, 6-9, PF
Darryl Hicks, Lou. Trinity, 6-3, G
Quentin Snider, Manual, 6-1, G

SECOND TEAM

Rusty Troutman, Bullitt East, 6-5, G
Shane Hall, Johnson Central, 6-8, F
Cameron Justice, Knott Co. Central, 6-1, G
James Bolden, Holmes, 5-11, GJordan Majors, Hopkinsville, 6-3, G
Jaqualis Matlock, Hopkinsville, 6-5, F

HONORABLE MENTION

Kelan Martin, Ballard; Demetrius McReynolds, Butler; Brandon Price, John Hardin; Devon Mills, Barbourville; Daveon Greene, John Hardin; Kelton Ford, LaRue Co.; Tyler Roberston, Russell Co.; LaMontray Harris, Pleasure Ridge Park; Deonquez Nance, Trigg Co.; Ray Kasongo, Pikeville; Chip McDaniel, Clay Co.; Ethan Rowe, Pikeville.


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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

John Calipari Has Been Texting Devin Booker Daily

I didn't really have Kentucky head coach John Calipari pegged as much of a texter. I kind of figured that UK assistants Orlando Antigua and Kenny Payne took care of most of the texting needs while Calipari was the "call guy." 

My theory is clearly false however, as 2014 star Devin Booker says he has been texting with Coach Cal pretty much daily since the Kentucky coach extended a scholarship offer more than a week ago.

"I've been texting with Calipari daily," Booker told me last night.

I jokingly told Devin that I didn't picture Calipari as being much of a texter.

His reply: "neither did I!"

2013 John Calipari Father/Son Camp is Coming in June

The 2013 John Calipari Father and Son Camp will be split into two sessions this year. The first session will be June 7-8 and the second session will be June 14-15.

Here are details from CoachCal.com:

The first John Calipari Father & Son Camp is scheduled for June 7-8. The second session will be the following Friday and Saturday, June 14-15 (Father’s Day weekend). Update: The second session is sold out.


Traditionally UK’s most popular camp, this year’s father and son participants will be treated to instruction from the Kentucky coaches and staff, along with current and former Wildcat players through detailed skill work and competitions in the Joe Craft Center and Memorial Coliseum. Father and son teams will compete with fellow campers of appropriate age groups (based on son’s age/grade level) in competitions that incorporate skills learned throughout the camp. The skill work is designed to give both father and son drills and techniques to take home and continue working on together.

The Father & Son Camp is open to all fathers and sons ages 6-17, regardless of previous basketball experience. The cost of the camp is $180 per individual and includes:

•Supervised dorm room for one night

•Three meals (including cookout on Friday during registration)

•Camp T-shirt

•Three sessions of instruction and competition

•Photo and autograph opportunities with Coach Calipari, UK staff and players

A limited number of spots are available for all camps and are based on a first-come, first-serve basis, with online registration recommended as the fastest and most efficient form of registering campers. All of the camps listed were sold out the last two summers, so early registration is encouraged to secure a spot.


Rick Pitino Announces New Assistant Coach, Names Team Captains for 2013-14

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino introduces his new assistant coach (Mike Balado) and names team captains for next season (Luke Hancock and Russ Smith):



* video by Jody Demling on YouTube

Monday, April 29, 2013

Calipari and Pitino Pose For a Picture at Drake's

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Louisville head man Rick Pitino were together at Drake's in Lexington earlier tonight.

The photo proof (HT: KentuckySportsRadio.com):

Kentucky Offers 2016 Star Jayson Tatum

The University of Kentucky has reportedly offered 2016 guard/forward Jayson Tatum of Elite Chaminade (MO):

scott_chihoops Elite Chaminade (MO) 2016 SF Jayson Tatum @Im_that_dude22 tells me he picked up a #Kentucky offer today! #BBN

Lyonell Gaines is Headed to Morehead State University

IUPUI transfer Lyonell Gaines, a 6-foot-7 forward out of Louisville Eastern High School, has just committed to Morehead State University.

Gaines said he fell in love with the MSU coaching staff on his visit and is excited about the team's potential going forward.

"The main reason I chose Morehead State is because of the coaching staff," Gaines said earlier tonight. "They have everything it takes for me to reach the next level and I feel they can make me a pro."

Gaines is excited about the direction of the program under head coach Sean Woods.

"I love that they play a fast tempo," he added. "The program is already on the rise and is only going to get better with Coach Sean Woods and the guys he is bringing in along with myself."

Gaines will sit out the 2013-14 season under NCAA transfer rules and be eligible to play the next season.

12 JCPS Schools Break Rules By Allowing Autograph Sessions with Louisville Players

According to a report by WAVE3.com, 12 Jefferson County Public Schools broke rules by allowing former Louisville men's basketball players to sell autographs.

PPS Sports, which is owned by former University of Kentucky men's basketball player Jeff Sheppard, reportedly published a flyer telling parents they had to pay $20 to $50 for their children to receive various autographed items.

Here is an excerpt from WAVE3.com:

"I mean if it's against policies they would of course have had no other options but to cancel it," said Victoria Allen, a LPAS parent. "But I feel like it could have been something positive."


PPS has already held a dozen of similar events at JCPS schools with Dieng and Siva. When parents at some of the schools started complaining about getting charged for players signatures, school administrators took a closer look and discovered the autograph sale was a violation of board's rules against public solicitation in schools.

JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey said some of the principals thought the appearances would have been ok under another board policy, but the JCPS General Council determined it was not.

"When it came to asking our students to pay for autographs, that's not in conjunction with policy, that's not in conjunction with our strategic plan," Jackey said. "And it really didn't have an educational value."

So how did it ever happen in the first place? Jackey said PPS Sports owner, former University of Kentucky basketball player, Jeff Sheppard, contacted many of the schools directly, bypassing administrators who may have known the rules prohibiting the practice of selling autographs on JCPS property.

Archie Goodwin Chooses an Agent

Former Kentucky star Archie Goodwin has signed with Charles Briscoe of BSM Sports:


John Calipari Presents the "Untold Story" at Kentucky

Kentucky head coach John Calipari acknowledges that recruits and their families know his program has produced 17 NBA Draft picks over the last 4 years. Those same folks see Kentucky's wins and championships, as well.

Calipari also wants everyone to know about Kentucky's academic success. Today on CoachCal.com, he presents the untold story at Kentucky:

Of our 10 players who have been eligible to graduate by the end of their senior years, all 10 will have graduated after this weekend. For you math majors out there, that’s 100 percent. We’ve also had a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average over the last three years.

It’s the norm, not an aberration.

Our latest graduates are Jarrod Polson, Jon Hood and Twany Beckham, all of whom will walk across that stage this weekend to receive their degree. I couldn’t be more proud of all three.

With Wayne Turner and Marquis Estill, who we invited to come back to finish their degrees, we’ve actually graduated 12 people over the last four years. We will continue to invite any and all players to come back and finish their degree.

We’re waiting on the spring semester to conclude, but we had five players on the Southeastern Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll this year, which doesn’t include freshmen. If you want to judge us by the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate, we had a four-year composite score of 963 last year, well above the NCAA’s cutoff mark of 930.

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Report: Four NBA Teams Are Scouting Scotty Hopson

According to a report out of Israel, four NBA teams are scouting former Tennessee star Scotty Hopson.

Hopson, who plays for Hapoel Eilat in Israel's top-level Winner League, is currently averaging 19 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

Here is an excerpt from Eurobasket.com:

According to the Israeli portal, Walla Sport, Hapoel Eilat shooting guard, Scotty Hopson (200-G-89, college: Tennessee), is being scouted by four NBA teams: The Thunder, the Suns, the Jazz and the Cavs. Hopson was excellent yesterday in Eilat's impressive win over Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv 89-82 (at OT) scoring 28 points and leading Eilat to the 2nd place. Hopson couldn't make it into the 2011 NBA draft and joined the Greek league. This season he signed in Eilat and so far he is one of the best players in the league with 19 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 2.8 apg.

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Breckinridge County's Kody Hughes Signs with Brescia University

Breckinridge County's Kody Hughes has signed with Brescia University for the 2013-14 season.

Here is a release from BU:

Brescia head men's basketball coach Josh Gibson announed the signing of former Breckinridge County (KY) star Kody Hughes on Wednesday. Following in his father and Brescia Alum Bill's footsteps, Kody is set to dawn the Blue and Gold of the Bearcats next season.


Hughes is a dynamic player who Gibson hopes can make an immidiate impact for the Bearcats next season. "Kody is going to be a tremendous asset to our program," said Gibson. "He is obviously a good shooter and a natural scorer, but he can rebound and distribute the ball effectively as well. He also has tremendous quickness and an extra gear that most players don't possess."

Kody had a well rounded high school career at Breck County as he He was 1st team All-Messenger, All-Rregion tournament team 2011, 2012, 2013. He was All-District in 2011,2012, 2013 as well. He leaves Breck County as the overall 3rd place all time scorer and member of the 1000 point club. His senior season was very solid averaging 20 points, 5.5 rebound, 2 assists, and 2 steals per game.

Gibson adds, "We are excited to welcome him into the Bearcat family, and I am looking forward to watching him develop over the next four years."


Photo: Brescia University

Offers Mounting for Perry Central's Justin Johnson

According to head coach Kevin Spurlock, Perry County Central star Justin Johnson has picked up an offer from Towson.

I spoke to Spurlock this morning and he confirmed the Towson offer. Spurlock added that Johnson also holds offers from Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Northern Kentucky, Indiana State, Murray State, Morehead State, Belmont, Lipscomb, Winthrop, William & Mary and Western Michigan.

He said Southern Miss is actively recruiting the 6-foot-7 forward and Kansas State is showing interest.

Brandon Knight in adidas Basketball Off the Court

The latest edition of adidas Basketball Off the Court stars former Kentucky star Brandon Knight:


Crittenden County's Ethan Hill Signs with Brescia University

Brescia University recently signed Crittenden County High School point guard Ethan Hill for the 2013-14 season.

Here is a release from BU:

Brescia men's basketball coach Josh Gibson is pleased to announce the signing of Ethan Hill from Crittenden County (KY) High School. Hill is a 6' guard who has had an outstanding high school career. "We are proud to add Ethan to our recruiting class for 2013. He is another piece to the foundation of the future of our program," said Gibson

Hill was voted Team Captain and MVP by his Rockets' teammates this past year as he led the team in socring (13ppg) and assists (2.1) and was named to the All-District team. Ethan is a scrappy guard who also averaged (3.6) rebounds per game and tallied 54 steals on the season. Gibson adds, "Every single person that I met or talked to about Ethan during the recruiting process has been unfailingly positive about the type of person that he is and the work ethic he will bring to our team. He is a proven leader with the respect of his teammates, and I am looking forward to seeing him in a Brescia jersey this fall."

Complete Release

Photo: Brescia University

Frustrated Kenneth Faried Kicks Hole in Locker Room Wall

Kenneth Faried was so frustrated after Denver's 115-101 loss at Golden State last night that he literally kicked a hole in the locker room wall.

sam_amick The hole in the visitor locker room wall, courtesy of Denver's Kenneth Faried. http://twitpic.com/cmrju2

nuggetsnews Kenneth Faried said he kicked this hole in the locker room wall after Nuggets loss: pic.twitter.com/sNkoomjKaD

sam_amick Asked if he kicked it with his ailing left foot (ankle injury), a frustrated Faried said, "I don't know. I just kicked it."

Faried and the Nuggets are now in a grim 3-1 hole to Golden State in their NBA Playoff series.

#TheManimal

Season Highlights of Lindsey Wilson Star Kalen Kimberland

Check out the 2012-13 season highlights of Lindsey Wilson College star Kalen Kimberland:

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Calipari vs. Pastner for 2015 Star Skal Labissiere

John Calipari appears to be headed into a recruiting battle with former assistant Josh Pastner for the services of 2015 star Skal Labissiere.

Labissiere, a 6-foot-9 power forward at Evangelical Christian School (Tenn.), says Kentucky and Memphis are coming at him the hardest. He also holds an offer from Kansas and Auburn. 

Here is more from NBCSports.com:

Lets start with the basics. He’s a 6-foot-9 sophomore that can run the floor and has the kind of length and athleticism that makes schools like Kentucky and Kansas very, very interested in him. Rivals currently has him ranked as the No. 6 recruit in the Class of 2015. That alone is enough to make him worth watching in each and every basketball game that he plays.

Now throw in the fact that he’s a native of Haiti whose house literally collapsed on him in the devastating earthquake that leveled the country back in 2010. As recently as last July his parents were still living in the school in which his mother was the principal.

That’s not it. Labissiere, who now lives in Mississippi just south of Memphis and plays his high school ball in the city and his AAU ball for Penny Hardaway’s team, is setting himself up to be in the middle of a recruiting battle between current Memphis head coach Josh Pastner and current Kentucky head coach John Calipari, who didn’t exactly make a lot of friends on his way out of the Tiger program.

“Memphis and Kentucky. They’re coming at me the hardest,” Labissiere said, while also mentioning Kansas and Auburn had offered him and that UCLA, Georgetown and Tennessee were showing a lot of interest.

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Labissiere ranks No. 6 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015.

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Justin Johnson to Visit Western Kentucky on Tuesday

Perry County Central star Justin Johnson plans to visit Western Kentucky University on Tuesday. He currently says the Hilltoppers are on top of his list.

Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader had the report on Twitter:

NextCats Justin Johnson will visit WKU on Tuesday. He says they're No. 1 on his list. Assistant coach David Boyden watched him all weekend.

John Wall in New adidas Commercial

Check out former Kentucky star John Wall in this new adidas commercial:

John Calipari Turns Down Offer to Play in the 2014 Maui Invitational

John Calipari has rejected an offer for his Kentucky Wildcats to play in the 2014 Maui Invitational tournament.

Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader spoke to tournament director Dave Odom about Kentucky.

Here is an excerpt from Tipton's article:

Tournament Director Dave Odom, the former South Carolina and Wake Forest coach, has been trying to get Calipari back to Lahaina ever since Kentucky participated in 2010.

"The invitation was there," Odom said last week, "and he turned it down."I certainly don't want Kentucky fans to feel anything less than they're wanted. ... We'd love to have them on a rotating, four-year basis like we always have."

That timetable would mean a spot for Kentucky in the 2014 Maui Invitational. But when that year's field was announced recently, there was no UK. Message: Calipari meant it when he said he did not see any compelling benefit for Kentucky to play on Maui during Thanksgiving week.

"I think every coach has the right to decide what's right for their program," Odom said. "I respect that."


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Rod Strickland Not Leaving Kentucky After All

More than a week ago, Jon Rothstein of CBS College Sports reported that Rod Strickland was leaving Kentucky to take an assistant's position at DePaul.

Now Rothstein says Strickland, who serves as special assistant to John Calipari at Kentucky, isn't leaving after all:

JonRothstein Rod Strickland not going to DePaul as an assistant coach after all, per a source. Oliver Purnell still with an opening on his staff.

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