Saturday, May 11, 2013

Meyer: Wiggins Might Announce Tuesday, Prediction is FSU

According to Jerry Meyer of 24/7 Sports, 2013 star Andrew Wiggins might make his college announcement on Tuesday.

Meyer adds that he expects Wiggins to choose Florida State with Kansas as a dark horse.

jerrymeyer247 Expecting Andrew Wiggins announcement Tuesday. Gotta think #FSU w #Kansas as dark horse. http://247sports.com/Player/Andrew-Wiggins-11837

Evan Daniels of Scout.com adds this:

EvanDanielsFOX Just talked to Rob Fulford. Said its possible that Andrew Wiggins announces on Tuesday, but not a definite.

Believe it or not, there is a new website dedicated only to Wiggins' decision (see photo and link below):

http://whereisandrewwigginsgoingtoschool.com/

UPDATE: As expected, Wiggins' high school coach just posted on Twitter that nothing is official yet:
rfulford There is nothing official on AW announcement as of yet. Confirm once its official. Thx

Rod Strickland in the Mix for a Job at Memphis

Rod Strickland, who currently serves as Special Assistant to the Coach at Kentucky, is reportedly in the mix for a spot on Josh Pastner's staff at Memphis.

Jon Rothstein reported the news on Twitter:

JonRothstein Rod Strickland is in the mix for a spot on Josh Pastner's staff at Memphis, per multiple sources....

Nazr Mohammed Apologizes for Shoving Lebron James

Chicago Bulls center Nazr Mohammed was ejected last night after shoving Miami Heat superstar Lebron James to the ground.

Today, Mohammed took to Twitter to issue an apology:

NazrMohammed Sorry for my overreaction & being ejected. I blacked out & just reacted after I was pushed down. I'm happy it only resulted w/ a push

NazrMohammed For the kids who were watching... That not the way to react on the basketball court.

NazrMohammed Hopefully if I'm in the same situation again I will control my emotions but u never know what ur instincts will do. #SeeRed

Mohammed, James and Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau had this to say after the game:

“It definitely surprised me that he pushed me like that,” James said.


Was it a push, or an embellishment? “From my angle, I just saw a guy flop,” Chicago Coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Leave it at that.”

Mohammed, 35, would not talk about it. “I’m on my way out of this league, and it’s his league,” he said of James. “You guys make the decision.”

Crawford assessed personal and technical fouls on Mohammed before ejecting him.

“I look at some of the plays that happened in the series already,” Mohammed said. “Guys jumping on Nate’s face. Guy tackling Marco Belinelli out of bounds. Guy takes out Nate, first play of the game. There’s been a lot of plays that didn’t get an ejection. A push shouldn’t get an ejection.”

But it did. James had no interest in further escalation.

“If I get kicked out and Nazr Mohammed gets kicked out, they win,” James said. “It’s that simple.

“If it would have happened on the playground, it would have been a different story because I had a bunch of friends and a bunch of buddies that wouldn’t have allowed that. I haven’t been in a situation like that before. But I’m too cool. My mind is in another place right now.”


Friday, May 10, 2013

Video: Nazr Mohammed Ejected for Shoving Lebron James

Former Kentucky star Nazr Mohammed was ejected earlier tonight for shoving Lebron James to the court in their NBA playoff battle:

Morehead State Announces Signing of DeAndre Leatherwood


Morehead State and head coach Sean Woods have officially signed 6-foot-10 center DeAndre Leatherwood from Prince George's Community College.

Here is a release from MSU:
MOREHEAD, Ky. -- DeAndre Leatherwood, a 6-foot-10 post player from Prince George’s Community College (Md.), has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Morehead State men’s basketball program. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining and will be able to play in 2013-14.

“DeAndre has only played three years of organized basketball, but his potential is off the charts,” Head Coach Sean Woods said. “He is extremely athletic, long and runs the floor well. DeAndre could be a difference maker for us with his ability to score, rebound, defend and block shots.”

Leatherwood, who was reportedly 5-foot-8 as a freshman at Northwest High School (Md.), didn’t play competitive basketball until his senior year. He started high school as a football player, but made the transition to hoops after growing 14 inches in just five years.

Leatherwood averaged 2.9 points and 3.3 rebounds as a freshman at Prince George’s in 2011-12 before averaging 7.5 points and 8.2 rebounds as a sophomore. He was invited to the prestigious Mullen’s Juco Top 100 Camp during the summer of 2012.

A native of Germantown, Md., Leatherwood posted nine double-figure scoring performances and 15 double-figure rebounding efforts for the Owls in 2012-13. Prince George’s, an NJCAA member, competes in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference.

“Not too many people know about DeAndre because of his unique story, but I’m glad we found him,” Woods said. “We’re excited about adding DeAndre to the group of signees that we’ve already announced. The goal is an Ohio Valley Conference championship, and he can help us get there.”

Leatherwood was also being recruited by Penn State and Temple.

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Remy Abell Talks About Decision to Leave Indiana

Remy Abell speaks to WAVE3 News about his decision to transfer from Indiana University:

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Rick Pitino To Be Featured on Maker's Mark Bottle

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino will soon be featured on a series of commemorative Maker's Mark bottles.

Here are more details from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville head men's basketball coach Rick Pitino is slated to be featured on the second in a series of three commemorative Maker's Mark bottles benefitting the Academic Center of Excellence, the school announced Wednesday.

The second of three bottles will honor the accomplishments of Pitino, who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in September, and guided the Cardinals to their third NCAA national title with a 74-68 win over Michigan, the school's first championship since 1986.

The bottle is the second of a three-year commitment by Maker's Mark, which has pledged over $500,000 in support of UofL's Academic Center of Excellence. A total of 12,600 bottles (for those over the age of 21) will be available to the public, and details on how to purchase the bottle will be announced at a later date.

The Academic Center of Excellence will be located beneath the Norton Terrace at the South end of the Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The center will house the academic operations for the entire athletic department and all student-athletes and academic staff will be located in one building. The center will feature tutorial areas, laboratories, office areas and classroom space. Fundraising is just getting underway for the facility.

The iconic bourbon maker issued its first bottle last season, honoring Louisville's football head coach Charlie Strong, and the bottle was a success, selling over 8,400 in record time.

Maker's Mark® is a registered trademark of Maker's Mark Distillery, Inc.

Morehead State Signs JUCO Big Man DeAndre Leatherwood

Morehead State men's basketball has signed JUCO transfer DeAndre Leatherwood for the 2013-14 season.

Leatherwood is a 6-foot-10 center from Prince George's Community College.

Last season, Leatherwood averaged 7.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.


Samardo Samuels, Ramel Bradley Facing Off in Israeli Playoffs

Former Kentucky guard Ramel Bradley and ex-Louisville big man Samardo Samuels are playing at a high level in Israel's top-level Winner League.

In the first game of their Winner League quarterfinal series, Samuels' Hapoel Jerusalem club topped Netanya 87-80.

Bradley scored a game-high 26 points and dished out 6 assists in the loss.

Samuels came off the bench to put in 16 and 4 rebounds for Hapoel.

Game 2 of the series will be played Monday.

And with that, here's a video of Bradley that is blown way out of proportion:

DeMarcus Cousins Talks About Last Season in the NBA and More

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins talks to the media at last night's Lexington Legends game:



* Video by NationofBlue.com

John Calipari Invites Bill Clinton to Basketball Fantasy Camp

Kentucky head coach John Calipari has extended an invitation for former President Bill Clinton to attend this year's Coach Calipari Fantasy Basketball Experience.

UKCoachCalipari I'm trying to get the ultimate sportsman and sports fan @billclinton to come to our Fantasy Experience on Sept. 7-9. http://www.johncaliparibasketballexperience.com

UKCoachCalipari Let me make this clear: I don’t know if @billclinton can come, but he has been invited and I’m hoping he can come if his schedule is open.

UKCoachCalipari If he comes, I told him he HAS to bring his 2012 national championship ring with him.

Pikeville Signs Bullitt East's Trey Rakes for 2013-14

The University of Pikeville has officially signed Bullitt East High School point guard Trey Rakes for the 2013-14 season.

Here is a release from UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The latest signee for the University of Pikeville men's basketball program is a senior guard who had unprecedented success at Bullitt East High School.


Trey Rakes, a 5-10 point guard from Mt. Washington, has signed a scholarship agreement with Coach Kelly Wells' program.

Rakes averaged 9.3 points and 5.5 assists per game as a senior for the Chargers, who were 29-5 last season and won the 24th District championship before falling to Pleasure Ridge Park in the Region 6 semifinals.

Rakes, whose buzzer-beater in the 6th Region championship over PRP was the No. 1 play on ESPN's Top 10, was a part of 108 wins in four seasons at Bullitt East.

“This young man is a winner,” said Wells. “You just can't teach that. He knows how to win and how to lead a team in the right direction. He has an innate ability to put his team in a position to win basketball games and we're thrilled to add him to our UPike family.”

Rakes scored 1,022 points in high school and ranked second on the school's all-time list for assists with 590 and is third in school history with 262 steals. He was named to the Courier-Journal All-State Honorable-Mention team two times.

Paintsville's Trevor Tiller Signs with Transylvania University

Paintsville senior Trevor Tiller has signed to play college basketball at Transylvania University next season.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

DeMarcus Cousins Throws Out First Pitch for the Legends

Watch as former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins throws out the first pitch for the Lexington Legends:



* Video by NationofBlue.com

Bellarmine Signs Australian Big Man Josh Derksen

Bellarmine University has signed 6-foor-8 Australian forward Josh Derksen for the 2013-14 men's basketball season.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The Bellarmine University men's basketball program announced the signing of 6-8 forward Josh Derksen today. Derksen, of Toowoomba, Australia, verbally committed earlier this spring and followed up with a signed national letter of intent that was received late Wednesday night.


“We are very excited to sign Josh!” said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. “Josh is a proven, very athletic versatile player with tremendous international experience. As a player he affects the game in many ways, inside and outside at both ends of the floor. He has a great attitude and desire to join our returning players to bring that winning attitude that all winning teams possess.

“He is the first Australian player we have signed, and I want to praise Drew Cooper for the fabulous job he did in coordinating his recruitment,” Davenport added.

Bellarmine's winning tradition helped draw him to the program. “One of the main reasons I wanted to be a Knight was the chance to take my game to the next level in a winning environment,” he said. “Bellarmine is known for being a Division II powerhouse, and you don't get that kind of respect without proving yourself. I really want to be part of a winning side, and I am hopeful that during my time at Bellarmine I can help the program continue to have winning seasons and possibly win championships.”

Evan Daniels Gives Update on Wiggins, Woods and Perkins

Here is Evan Daniels of Scout.com giving CN2 a recruiting update on Andrew Wiggins, Seventh Woods and Josh Perkins:

Dewan Huell's Early List Includes Louisville, Murray State

According to his AAU program, 2016 star Dewan Huell of Norland High School, has an early list of FSU, Louisville, Memphis, Alabama, South Florida, Miami (FL) and Murray State.

TeamBreakdown Early list of schools for 6'9 2016 Dewan Huell (Norland High) is FSU, Louisville, Memphis, AL, USF, Miami, Murray St pic.twitter.com/8Pv4RyJqNw

24/7 Sports Writers Predict Andrew Wiggins to Florida State

Five writers from 24/7 Sports has made predictions on where Andrew Wiggins will play college basketball. In their "Crystal Ball" segment, all five writers predict that Wiggins chooses Florida State:


Source (HT: NationofBlue.com)

Rick Pitino Catches an 80-Pound White Marlin in the Bahamas

Minus a poor showing by his horse in the Kentucky Derby, Rick Pitino is having one heck of a year.

The Louisville head coach has won a national championship and earned a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He has even had the joy of watching his son Richard land a high-major head coaching job at Minnesota.

Now, Pitino has added catching an 80-pound white marlin the list of accomplishments (photos by Jody Demling on Twitter):

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Roy Williams Thinks UNC Has a "25 Percent" Chance at Andrew Wiggins

Much to the dismay of Johnny Crabcakes, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams thinks his program has a "25 percent" chance at signing a top unsigned recruit (aka Andrew Wiggins).

Of course, North Carolina is one of four remaining teams in the chase for the top player in the class of 2013.

Williams followed that by saying, "I have no earthly idea."

Here is an excerpt from Scout.com:

After several minutes of back and forth with the audience, Durham allotted one more question for the audience. The final question was simple and expected: “What are the chances of us signing a top unsigned recruit?”


The crowd erupted in laugher and Williams sheepishly responded, “25 percent. Four in a hundred is 25.”

He followed it up by saying, “I have no earthly idea.”

Williams proceeded with an anecdote on his lack of television viewing by telling a story in which he didn’t recognize Kramer, the iconic Seinfeld character, while in Lawrence, Kansas. He did admit that he does watch ESPN’s SportsCenter and that the recruiting updates now have his attention.

“Every time you’re looking at that ticker and it says ‘recruit,’ I sort of get up a little bit,” Williams said.

He closed by saying that the signing period ended on May 15th and that he “expected it would be done by then.”

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Derek Anderson Appears on ESPN First Take

Former Kentucky star Derek Anderson made an appearance on ESPN First Take today to talk about his book.

Here is his appearance (via commonwealthnetwork2 on YouTube):



CBS Sports and Turner Sports Announce New Schedule for Final Four

CBS Sports and Turner Sports have announced a new schedule for the 2014 and 2015 NCAA Final Four and National Championship Games.

Here is a release from CBS Sports:

CBS SPORTS AND TURNER SPORTS ANNOUNCE PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE FOR 2014 AND 2015 NCAA FINAL FOUR® AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

TBS to Televise NCAA FINAL FOUR® National Semi-Final Games and CBS Sports to Broadcast National Championship Games

CBS and TBS to Split ‘Elite Eight’ Coverage Beginning Next Year

TBS to Televise 2016 FINAL FOUR and National Championship Game and CBS to Broadcast 2017 FINAL FOUR and National Championship Game, Alternating Through 2024
CBS Sports and Turner Sports have announced the programming schedule for their exclusive joint television coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in 2014 and 2015. In each of the two years, TBS will televise the NCAA Final Four national semi-finals and CBS will broadcast the NCAA National Championship game.

Additionally, beginning in 2014 through 2024, coverage of the Regional Semi-finals and Regional Finals games will be split by TBS and CBS. Earlier round coverage of the tournament will continue to be televised across four national television networks - CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV with the First Four® airing exclusively on truTV.

In 2010, Turner Sports and CBS Sports entered into a 14-year exclusive media rights partnership with the NCAA to present the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship from 2011-2024. As part of that agreement, CBS Sports and Turner Sports will alternate coverage of the Final Four national semi-final games and National Championship game between TBS and CBS. The rotation begins on TBS with the network televising the Final Four and National Championship in 2016 with CBS broadcasting the games in 2017.

“Since the inception of our partnership, I don’t think we could have envisioned such a seamless collaboration between our two companies both in front of and behind the cameras,” said David Levy, president of Sales, Distribution and Sports, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. “Coming off another incredible year of strong ratings and exciting games, the popularity of the NCAA Tournament and Final Four continues to resonate with fans across the country. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to televise the Final Four national semi-final games and two of the Elite Eight games on TBS beginning next year, and for the network to televise its first National Championship game in 2016.”

“From the beginning, our partnership with Turner Sports has exceeded every one of our expectations,” said Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports. “Today’s news represents another win-win arrangement that continues to help us extend the reach of this marquee property by combining the resources of our two organizations. As we have done since 1982, CBS is pleased to showcase the National Championship game in 2014 and 2015.”

Turner Sports and CBS Sports recently concluded their third year of exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship. The 2013 tournament across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV was the most-watched NCAA Tournament in 19 years, averaging 10.7 million total viewers, up 11% from last year’s 9.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

Oliver Simmons Named Head Coach at University School of Jackson

Former Kentucky big man Oliver Simmons has been named head coach at University School of Jackson (Tenn.).

Simmons, a native of Nashville, was a member of Kentucky's 1996 NCAA national championship team under head coach Rick Pitino.

Here is an excerpt from WBBJTV.com:

The Volunteer State native said he was excited to be back in his home state and the he plans to be a tough coach.

"I try to run my program to the way a college coach would run theirs, so it's very difficult to play for me, but is very rewarding at the same time," said Oliver Simmons, USJ boys basketball coach.

Coach Simmons said he will teach history while his wife is teaching English and the couple's children will attend the school as well.


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Video: Rajon Rondo - The Return 2013

Check out this video about former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo:

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

North Carolina Site Thinks Wiggins is Down to UNC and Kansas

A North Carolina Site, Keeping It Heel, is hearing that 2013 star Andrew Wiggins will soon decided between North Carolina and Kansas.

The article says "most people believe that he is truly deciding between Kansas and North Carolina." Most other reports have indicated that "most people" believe he is choosing between Kentucky and Florida State.

Here is an excerpt:

Wiggins, as everyone knows, is down to four final schools: Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina.


Most people believe that he is truly deciding between Kansas and North Carolina. Both would make a great fit for his athleticism no doubt, but with recent troubles hitting Lawrence it may persuade Wiggins to North Carolina.

Of course it’s been reported that he’s known all along where he wants to go, just wants to live life as a teenager and has waited to make his decision public.

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My Thoughts: It sounds like the writer has been talking to Johnny Crabcakes.

Kentucky College Players to Travel Overseas with Sports Reach

Sports Reach is about to send a team of American college players overseas for their annual trip to the Far East.

This year's team will include Western Kentucky's T.J. Price and George Fant, Murray State's Stacy Wilson and Campbellsville's Jordan Myers.

Here are details from Sports Reach:

What a time of excitement as we get ready for our first international trip of the summer. Sixteen people will be heading to the Far East for a basketball cultural exchange trip, May 11-26.

The team will play eight games during the stay as they have the opportunity to meet many new people and share with them the things that are important in our lives.

The team will be coached by Tom Schuberth, Ast. Coach at Jacksonville St. and assisted by Gary Forrest, former high school coach in Kentucky. The team consists of TJ Price and George Fant of Western Kentucky University, Elfrid Payton of University of Louisiana@Lafayette, DJ Johnson of Kansas St. University, Travis Smith of Mercer University, Stacy Wilson of Murray St. University, JP Kambola of Marshall University, Josiah Moore of Tennessee Tech University, and Jordan Myers of Campbellsville University.

You can catch daily updates at www.sportsreach.org.

Henry Clay's Trey Grundy is Transferring to Hargrave Military

Henry Clay forward Trey Grundy is reportedly planning to transfer to Hargrave Military Academy for his senior season:

coreyevans_10 Henry Clay forward Trey Grundy tells me he has offers from MiamiOH, FIU, NKU & Samford. He will transfer to Hargrave Military for his snr yr

Grundy reportedly has offers from Miami (OH), Florida International, Northern Kentucky and Samford.

Young Fan Thinks DeMarcus Cousins is Cute

Watch as a young fan tells former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins a secret:



* Video by CN2 on YouTube

Dre Mathieu is Headed to Minnesota

Former Morehead State point guard Dre Mathieu, who spent last season at Central Arizona Community College, is headed to Minnesota for 2013-14:

Trae Golden to Transfer from Tennessee

Trae Golden, Tennessee's starting point guard last season, will be transferring to another school for his senior season.

Golden averaged 12.1 points and 3.9 assists per game in 2012-13.



Kenneth Faried Wins J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award


Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried was recently named the 2012-13 winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.

The award is presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to the player, coach or trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community.


Here is a release from MSU:
NEW YORK -- Former Morehead State standout Kenneth Faried, now a member of the NBA's Denver Nuggets, has been named the 2012-13 winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.

The award is named after the second commissioner of the NBA and presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to the player, coach or trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community.

Faried, a forward in his second NBA season (who played at Morehead State from 2007-11), is the second Nuggets player to receive the award. Dan Issel was honored in 1984-85, and Alex English was recognized in 1987-88.

Faried won the NBA's "Kia Community Assist Award" for February in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and his ongoing philanthropic and charitable work, including his efforts to champion equality and bring awareness to the importance of respect and inclusion.

Faried recently became a member of Athlete Ally, an organization that works to encourage acceptance of others and end homophobia in sports. In a show of support for equal rights, he attended the launch party for One Colorado to celebrate the passing of Senate Bill 11, The Colorado Civil Union Act. Faried also supported the message of inclusion by participating as an honorary coach at the 2013 NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Game during NBA All-Star in Houston.

The Nuggets forward has been an integral part of the team's community outreach efforts this season, having purchased a block of season tickets for distribution to children from Special Olympics Colorado, Denver Public Schools and the Denver Rescue Mission as part of the team's community ticket program. Faried also joined the giveSPORTS Equipment Drive to provide inspiration and joy for individuals affected by the Colorado wildfires and the tragic shooting at the Aurora movie theater.

As part of the NBA Cares Pediatric Cancer Awareness campaign, Faried brought smiles to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital patients and families by treating the group to an unforgettable Team Fit clinic. Faried also donated and personally delivered 44 pairs of sneakers to a local middle school basketball team for use during the upcoming season. During his visit, he met with the team to discuss the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship and education.

“Kenneth's commitment to equality and inclusion is praise-worthy,” said Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, president of the Professional Basketball Writers Association. "He has reached out to so many areas in need and touched so many different communities in Denver and Colorado that it is only right to celebrate his efforts.''

Grayson County's Ethan Saltsman Signs with Brescia University

Grayson County High School's Ethan Saltsman has signed with Brescia University 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 Saltsman of Grayson County (KY) High School. Saltsman comes to Brescia as a dominate force over his high school career for the Cougars. Said Gibson, "I'm truly excited to add Ethan to this incoming class. I believe we are fortunate to add a player with the combination of size, skill, and athleticism that Ethan possesses. He brings a physicality around the rim and a nose for the ball that this team needs. Adding a scorer and rebounder of his caliber brings a dynamic to our team that we were lacking at times."


"In addition to all of his success on the court, he is also a dedicated student in the classroom. I don't believe I could have found a more unique fit for our needs than Ethan, and we are fortunate to have him," added Gibson, " I am really looking forward to watching him on the court this fall and seeing the impact he can have on our team."

Saltsman averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds per game as a junior and 22 points and 12 rebounds per game as a senior. For his accomplishments, he was named to the both the All-District and All-Region teams.

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Rothstein: Florida State Still Favored to Land Andrew Wiggins

Jon Rothstein of CBS New York has handicapped the odds of landing 2013 superstar Andrew Wiggins.

Rothstein thinks Florida State is favored to land Wiggins with Kentucky being a close second.

His odds:

- Florida State (4/1)
- Kentucky (6/1)
- Kansas (8/1)
- North Carolina (10/1)

Here is an excerpt about why he thinks FSU has the best chance:

THE SKINNY: We’ve felt all along that Wiggins would wind up in Tallahassee, and we’re not budging from that proclamation. The Seminoles have a distinct connection with the talented small forward that none of the other schools on his list possess — both of his parents are alums. Wiggins also will have more of an impact for Leonard Hamilton’s team than any other squad he’s considering. Without Wiggins, Florida State would be a borderline postseason team. With him, they’re a top-15 unit in the country.
And Kentucky:

THE SKINNY: John Calipari has already assembled the greatest recruiting class in the history of college basketball — and that’s without Wiggins. Kentucky has signed six McDonald’s All-Americans for next season, and adding Wiggins to the Wildcats’ already loaded stable would potentially give Kentucky one of the most talented rosters the sport has ever seen. We’re hearing Wiggins likes the idea of going to Lexington for a year, but other people around him aren’t too keen on the blue-chip prospect sharing the limelight with so many other high-level players.

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Video: Mixtape of Former KWC Star Cardell McFarland

Check out this mixtape of former Kentucky Wesleyan College star Cardell McFarland, who is now working on his professional career:

West Virginia Rolls in First-Ever WV-KY All-Star Game

Huntington Prep's Carlos Arroyo scored a game-high 25 points to lead West Virginia past Kentucky in the inaugural WV-KY All-Star Game.

Body County's Brandon Taylor led Kentucky with 19 points. Pikeville Ray Kasongo and Perry Central's Dalton Cornett chipped in 15 each. Pikeville's Ethan Rowe added 9.

Kasongo also won the event's slam dunk contest.

Here's a box score:

W.Va. Boys 116, Ky. boys 86

Scoring:

W.Va. - Austin Brewer 4, Mackenzie Martin 24, Austin Banks 7, Mike Hurst 4, Marqus Cunningham 10, Luke Eddy 17, Matt Dolan 12, Trey Davis 2, Carlos Arroyo 25, T. J. Arbaugh 4, Cody Morris 7.

Ky. - Ethan Rowe 9, Sean Hurley 0, Josh Robinson 5, Stefano Vaugn 3, Todd Stacy 0, Dalton Cornette 15, Brandon Taylor 19, Colton Hall 9, Chase Kirk 7, Ray Kasonga 15, Brett Charles 4.

Rebounds: W.Va. Brewer 8, Arroyo 8. (Arroyo also had 7 assists and 6 steals.)

Boy’s MVPs - Carlos Arroyo for W.Va. and Ray Kasonga of Ky. (Arroyo played for Huntington Prep and Kasonga for Pikeville)

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Highlights of Perry Central Star Justin Johnson at Boo Williams

Check out these highlights of 2014 Perry County Central star Justin Johnson:

Dre Mathieu to Make Decision on Tuesday

Former Morehead State University point guard Dre Mathieu will decide Tuesday between Ole Miss, Pepperdine and Minnesota.

JucoRecruiting Dre Mathieu (5-8/PG/2013) of CENTRAL ARIZONA CC will decide tomorrow between Ole Miss, Pepperdine and Minnesota.

Mathieu played one season at Morehead State for head coach Donnie Tyndall. He then transferred to Central Arizona Community College, where he played last season.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Quentin Goodin Picks Up Offer from Oklahoma State

Taylor County's Quentin Goodin has added his second high-major offer of the day.

Earlier today, Indiana extended an offer to the 2016 point guard.

Tonight, he has added an offer from Travis Ford and Oklahoma State:

Goodin_3 Just picked up another offer from Oklahoma State! #Dedication #GrindToShine

Andrew Wiggins to Announce: "Within the Next Week or So"

Adam Himmelsbach of the Courier-Journal has talked to Lesley Thomas, who is Andrew Wiggins' host mother, this afternoon.

Thomas says Wiggins will be announcing his college decision "within the next week or so."

Here are some Tweets from Himmelsbach:

AdamHimmelsbach Andrew Wiggins’ host mom Lesley Thomas just told me real mom Marita Wiggins will come to WV for announcement, "within the next week or so.”

AdamHimmelsbach Andrew Wiggins' host mom Lesley Thomas also said: "If it was my choice, I'd say he should go to Louisville." (Of course, not her choice)

AdamHimmelsbach Andrew Wiggins spent this afternoon...at Walmart. Buying boxes to pack up shoes to take home to Toronto.

AdamHimmelsbach Wiggins' host mom said her 10 yr old son asked if UK recruits were jealous of him. "He said, 'No they're all respectful. They're cool guys"

2014 Star Trey Lyles Talks About Missing Time, Recruiting

Here is a recent interview with 2014 Kentucky and Louisville recruit Trey Lyles, one of the top big men in high school basketball:


Taylor County's Quentin Goodin Adds Offer from Indiana

Taylor County High School star Quentin Goodin has just picked up an offer from Indiana University.

ChrisGoodin2 Very Blessed and happy to say 2016 PG Quentin Goodin just received an offer from Indiana University!

Goodin, a 6-foot-2 point guard, is widely considered the top player
in Kentucky's class of 2016.

Former UK Star Marquis Estill Completes Degree at Kentucky

Congratulations to former Kentucky men's basketball big man Marquis Estill, who served as a graduate assistant for John Calipari last season.

Estill returned to school at UK and has officially completed his degree.

The former Madison Central star was at Kentucky from 1999-2003. He scored 936 career points and pulled down 472 rebounds in 100 games. Following an outstanding junior season, Estill declared for the NBA Draft but went undrafted.




Kentucky Wildcats Making Their Move on Jahlil Okafor

According to Jason Jordan of USA Today, Kentucky head coach John Calipari is making a move on 2014 star Jahlil Okafor:

JayJayUSATODAY Jahlil Okafor (@jahprobound) tells me that he had "a great conversation" with John Calipari tonight. Wildcats making their move.

Okafor is a 6-foot-10 center at Whitney Young (Ill.) High School. He currently ranks No. 1 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.

Here is Okafor in action:


Murray State to Hold Steve Prohm Basketball Camps in June

Murray State and head coach Steve Prohm will be holding individual and team basketball camps in June.

Here are details from MSU:

The 2013 Steve Prohm Basketball Camps promise a fun time of learning the game for boys and girls of all ages this summer.

At the heart of Steve Prohm Camps is a commitment to teaching the great game of basketball and to have fun playing it.

“Our camp objective is to instruct fundamentals, while instilling a love and appreciation for the game,” Prohm said. “Some of my best memories growing up are of going to summer basketball camp. Each camper that joins us this summer can count on an exciting and rewarding week of camp.”

All Steve Prohm Camps are held at the CFSB Center at Murray State University and are for boys and girls.

The first camp is a mini-camp for ages 5-7 (June 10-13) with a cost of $90 for each camper. The camp starts each day at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. This camp will be a great experience for these young campers with emphasis on fundamentals and team play.

The next session of Prohm Camp (June 17-20) is for boys and girls, age 7-17, and has a cost of $180 per camper. The day begins at 9 a.m. and runs through 4 p.m. The final Prohm Camp of the summer (July 29-Aug. 1) is for the same age group with the same cost.

Adult supervision is provided at all times at the Steve Prohm Camps. Parents are allowed to begin dropping their children at the CFSB Center at 8 a.m. for all camps as a cushion for work schedules. For the full day camps, supervision will be provided until 5 p.m. The last day of the full day camps ends at noon.

Lunch can be purchased for $3 per camper each day. Campers are allowed to bring their lunch if they wish.

Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt, ball, and certificate of completion.

Of course, there will be plenty of chants of “Ice Cream Shot!”

For more information, call the Murray State Men's Basketball office at (270) 809-6804.

The Steve Prohm Murray State Basketball Team Camp (June 14-15) has limited spots open. The cost for high school teams wishing to attend both days of the camp is $400. The cost for one day is $200. Coaches interested in bringing their team are asked to call MSU assistant coach James Kane at (270) 809-6730.
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Video: Scottie Pippen and Nerlens Noel at the Kentucky Derby

Watch as KSTV catches up with NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, UK football coach Mark Stoops and former Kentucky basketball star Nerlens Noel at the Kentucky Derby:

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Kentucky Basketball Not Playing Samford in 2013-14 After All

Kentucky was supposed to play Samford for the second consecutive season in 2013-14 but when the Wildcats released their non-conference schedule last week, the Bulldogs were nowhere to be found.

Here is an explanation of what happened from AL.com:

Kentucky deputy director of athletics DeWayne Peevy told AL.com that the compensation was $100,000, since Samford only received a $50,000 guarantee in each of the two previous seasons. The schools signed a memorandum of agreement to mutually end the series because of the inability to find a date that worked for both teams.

Newton said that he's hoping there will be further discussions to play Kentucky in Birmingham.

"(Kentucky head coach John Calipari) has been great," Newton said. "At the end of the day, they wanted a multi-team event. We did not need a multi-team event because we're already in one.

"I wouldn't say disappointed. We're both looking out for our schools and we're hopeful we can continue to work something out with them in the future. We've got a great relationship with Kentucky."

Kentucky's Hood, Polson and Beckham are College Graduates

Kentucky's Jarrod Polson, Jon Hood and Twany Beckham have all earned their undergraduate college degrees.

Head coach John Calipari recognized the trio on Twitter:

UKCoachCalipari With @jpolson05, @hoodyhood4 and our academic counselor, @UKMichaelStone, after graduation. pic.twitter.com/zxSjl5RdHx

UKCoachCalipari @TB_UK11 will walk at graduation later this evening. I'm so proud of all of our graduates at UK and across the country.

UKCoachCalipari For everyone that graduated today and took the next step to the rest of your life, know that you are taking the first step in leading others

UKCoachCalipari You are taking the first step in finding joy, but you will realize that finding happiness is doing what you love through servant leadership.

UKCoachCalipari To all the 2013 graduates, congratulations, and good luck sharing your gift with the rest of the world: coachcal.com/22238/2013/05/

My Thoughts: Congratulations to all college graduates!

Morehead State Basketball Team and Individual Camps Set for June

Head coach Sean Woods and the Morehead State men's basketball program will hold two summer camps in June.

Woods and company will hold a team camp June 7-9 followed by an individual day camp June 24-27.

Here are details from MSU:

Head Men's Basketball Coach Sean Woods and his 2013-14 staff will host two summer camps at Morehead State's Johnson Arena. Details on both camps, along with the behavior contract and waiver, are below in PDF format.


Additional questions can be directed to Assistant Coach Beau Braden at 606-783-5142 or bbraden@moreheadstate.edu



Rick Pitino Names Luke Hancock, Russ Smith Team Captains

University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has named returning stars Luke Hancock and Russ Smith team captains for next seas
on.

Here is a release from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Seniors Luke Hancock and Russ Smith have been named captains for the 2013-14 University of Louisville men's basketball team, head coach Rick Pitino announced Monday.


During the press conference, Pitino introduced new assistant coach Mike Balado to the media. Prior to his year at FIU under Richard Pitino, Balado worked three seasons at High Point University (2009-12), where he assisted in all areas of the Panther basketball program with a heavy concentration on recruiting. He spent the 2008-09 season on the University of Miami (Fla.) basketball staff where he helped the Hurricanes compile a 19-13 record and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) while working on player development, scouting and game preparation.

Hancock, who also served as a captain over the past season, averaged 8.1 points and hit a team-high 63-of-158 three-point goals (.399) as a junior last season. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 NCAA Final Four, the first non-starter to earn that honor in the event's 75-year history. He averaged 21 points in the two games, burying 8-of-10 three-point goals. He averaged 11.3 points in nine post-season games.

A third-team All-America selection by the AP, NABC and The Sporting News, Smith led the Cardinals in scoring last season, averaging 18.7 points (second in the BIG EAST, 35th nationally) and 2.1 steals (26th in the nation). He was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 Midwest Regional and averaged 22.3 points and 2.5 steals in the Cardinals' six NCAA Tournament games, scoring over 20 in five of the six. Smith was selected as the Ken Pomeroy National Player of the Year.

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Ray Kasongo Gets Nasty in WV-KY Slam Dunk Contest

Watch at Pikeville High School's Ray Kasongo gets nasty during the dunk contest at the inaugural Consol Energy WV-KY Allstar Game at Mingo Central High School:

Nerlens Noel Continues to Impress Off the Basketball Court

Former Kentucky star Nerlens Noel is expected to be a top three pick in this summer's NBA Draft. As good as he is on the court, .

Noel's best work continues to be off the court

Yesterday, Noel took a young cancer patient to the Kentucky Derby:

NerlensNoel3 Red Carpet with my man @Kickinit4Kelly !! pic.twitter.com/e1DmtusFsf

Kickinit4Kelly Kelly just went to wake Nerlens Noel up! saying "come on get ready!" pic.twitter.com/xc0lOH1BDf

Kickinit4Kelly Kelly and @NerlensNoel3 just entered the red carpet at Churchhill downs! I hear Kelly is super excited!

Kene Anyigbo, Eddie Alcantara to Transfer From Western Kentucky

The Western Kentucky men's basketball program has announced that Kene Anyigbo and Eddie Alcantara will be leaving the program via transfer.

“After multiple discussions with Kene and Eddie about their basketball futures, we have come to the decision that it is in the best interests of both of them to continue their playing careers elsewhere," WKU men's basketball coach Ray Harper said in a statement. "We thank them for their contributions to our program, and our doors will remain open to help them with the next step."

Anyigbo averaged 1.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 8.9 minutes per game last season. He was arrested in April and charged with marijuana possession and tampering with physical evidence following a traffic stop. He pled guilty to those charges and was sentenced to two years probation and 100 hours of community service.

Alcantara averaged 1.6 points and 5.6 minutes per game in 2012-13.

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