Saturday, May 18, 2013

UK Signee Marcus Lee is a Volleyball Star, Too

Kentucky basketball signee Marcus Lee is also a high school volleyball star.

The 6-foot-10 leaper just led Deer Valley (Cal.) to a North Coast Section championship. They will play in the NorCal playoffs on Tuesday.

Check out these highlights (complete with an Antoine Walker-esque shimmy):



According to Maxpreps.com:

But around Northern California, Lee first made big noise on the volleyball court and on Friday, he capped off his senior year in North Coast Section with the school's first title.


Lee, an absolutely menacing and intimidating middle blocker, had 15 kills in 22 attempts to go along with 21 kills from 6-4 sophomore Jordan Ewert as the Wolverines defeated Amador Valley 25-15, 24-26, 25-16, 25-15 to improve to 40-1.

Despite a late start because of Deer Valley's late basketball run and to commitments to McDonald's and the Jordan Brand Classic, Lee has 154 kills on the season. He's second on the team behind Ewert (4.7) with 3.8 kills per game.

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Josh Harrellson Leaves Brujos de Guayama (UPDATED)

Josh Harrellson has been waived by Puerto Rican club team Brujos de Guayama.

Harrellson averaged 10.9 points and 8.2 rebounds in 20 games with Guayama.

The team is in the midst of a 6-game losing streak.They signed Yancy Gates to replace Harrellson on the roster.

Source: LatinBasket.com

UPDATE: While Harrellson was technically waived, he actually left Guayama for a better opportunity in China.

Friday, May 17, 2013

All-Access Look at Nerlens Noel's Knee Rehab

ESPN gives an all-access look at the rehab of former Kentucky star Nerlens Noel:

Description: Stephania Bell gives you an all-access look at how Nerlens Noel, the projected No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, is progressing in his rehab from a torn ACL.


Kentucky Wesleyan Signs Illinois Transfer Devin Langford

Kentucky Wesleyan College has signed Illinois transfer Devin Langford for the 2013-14 season.

Here is a release from KWC:

University of Illinois forward Devin Langford will transfer to eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College for his final three years of eligibility, according to new KWC head men's basketball coach Happy Osborne.

Langford, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound native of Huntsville, Ala. (Robert E. Lee High School), played in 22 games where he averaged 4.3 minutes and nearly one point and one rebound in helping the Fighting Illini to a 23-13 record and the NCAA Third Round as a redshirt-freshman. He sat out the 2011-12 season with an injury.

"Devin's addition to our program is huge," said Osborne. "He's a highly skilled and versatile athlete. He will create mismatched opportunities which will cause havoc for our foes because of his gift to play both ends of the court either from outside or inside.

"He can step out to shoot the three, put the ball on the floor and get to the basket or play in the paint. His quickness and leaping ability fuels his defensive talents by mirroring his opponent, aggressive rebounding and altering shots.

"It's just so nice to have a quality student-athlete of his talent and character come to Kentucky Wesleyan College."

Langford earned 2011 first team All-State recognition by the Alabama Sports Writers Association at Lee where he averaged 17.4 points and 7.0 assists in leading the Generals to the Alabama Class 5A State Championship game with a 27-9 record as a senior for head coach Gregory Brown.

Gorgui Dieng's NBA Draft Scouting Report

Check out Gorgui Dieng's NBA Draft Scouting Report from Draft Express:

Video: Archie Goodwin Working Out at NBA Draft Combine

Here is some footage of former Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin working out at the NBA Draft Combine:

ESPN E:60 Feature on Kenneth Faried

Check out this ESPN E:60 feature on former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried, who now stars for the Denver Nuggets:

Description: Tom Friend profiles Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, whose rise to the NBA was aided by the support of his two mothers.


Anthony Davis: Every Block from Rookie NBA Season

Check out every block from Anthony Davis' rookie season in the NBA (someone named Karol K on YouTube worked really hard on this):



Union College to Host Basketball Camps in June and July

Union College will host a series of basketball camps in June and July.

Here are details from UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union men's and women's basketball programs will be hosting various summer camps for teams and individuals alike.

There are two individual camps, and they are open for boys and girls ages 6 through seniors in high school. The individual camps are instructional camps. Each camp is designed to improve skill level and enhance the complete development of young players interested in becoming a better player. All Union College Basketball Individual Camps will be held in Robsion Arena on the Union campus and will be conducted by both head women's coach Tim Curry and head men's coach Kevin Burton along with other staff and players.

The camps will be held June 17-19 and July10-12 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Cost is $60 per player.

The Lady Bulldogs will host two team camps: one for middle school teams another for high school teams. The middle school camp is set for June 3-4 and cost $150 per team. The high school camp is slated for July 8-9 and is $180 per game.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs will hold a middle school team camp on July 16-17 with the cost being $150 per team.

For more information, please click here.

Darius Miller to Hold Basketball Camps in Kentucky

Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball and University of Kentucky star Darius Miller is coming home to host a series of basketball camps in June.

Miller, who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA, will hold camps in Pikeville and Whitesburg.

Here are details:

Darius Miller Basketball Camps

June 13-15 (Thursday-Saturday)

- Boys and Girls grades 1-12
- $125 per camper

Location #1: Pike County Central High School in Pikeville, Kentucky

Times: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (registration at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday)

Location #2: Whitesburg Rec Center in Whitesburg, Kentucky

Times: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (registration at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday)

Each camper will receive:

- a t-shirt
- autographed picture of Darius
- skill development
- fundamental improvement

Heshimu Evans, Benfica Return to LPB Finals in Portugal

Former University of Kentucky star Heshimu Evans and Benfica recently completed a three-game sweep of Ovarense to advance to the championship series in Portugal's top-level LPB league.

Evans, who primarily came off the bench this season, averaged 7.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game this season for Benfica.

The championship series tips off Saturday against Academica, which defeated CAB Madeira 3-2 in the other semifinals series.

LPB Finals:

May 18
May 19
May 25
May 26 (if necessary)
May 29 (if necessary)

Benfica has won LPB championships in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Evans was with the team for the last two titles.

Here is a video of Evans from last year (with a bonus look at his dunk against Indiana):


Isaiah Canaan Has Been Impressive at the NBA Draft Combine

Former Murray State star Isaiah Canaan is scheduled to talk with the Washington Wizards today.

Canaan has been impressive at the NBA Draft Combine with some projecting him as a first round pick.

JMichaelCSN Murray St PG Isiah Canaan is scheduled to talk with Washington on Friday. #WizardsTalk #NBA”

Keith_Langlois Also, PG Isaiah Canaan says he interviewed with Pistons last night. 2nd round guy, but a talent.

Here is an interview with Canaan at the NBA Draft Combine (via Hoopsworld on YouTube):


Nerlens Noel's NBA Draft Combine Interview

Check out Nerlens Noel's NBA Draft Combine interview (via DraftExpress on YouTube):

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Pitino and Championship Trophy Celebrate Daughter's Birthday

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and his national championship trophy were in Florida this week to help celebrate Pitino's daugther's 21st birthday.

Here is more from Yahoo! Sports:

Rick Pitino appears to have adopted an NHL mentality after winning the national championship last month. Just as they do in hockey with the Stanley Cup, Pitino has taken the national championship trophy along on a few adventures.

The latest was a trip to Florida to celebrate his daughter Jacqueline's 21st birthday. Pitino, his daughter and several friends posed for the picture above in Fort Lauderdale at Cafe Martorano.(h/t busted coverage.com)

22 Feet Academy's MiKyle McIntosh Signs with Illinois State

MiKyle McIntosh, a 6-foot-7 forward from 22 Feet Academy, has signed with Illinois State for 2013-14.

MervM_22 I have decided to further my education and make a significant impact at the next level by joining the University of Illinois State next year



Release from ISU:

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State landed MiKyle McIntosh, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward who signed to continue his education and basketball career at ISU, head basketball coach Dan Muller announced Thursday.


"MiKyle is a physically gifted player that can play multiple positions and has tremendous upside," Muller said. "You can't teach his God-given size and athleticism, and he is a great kid. His size, strength and skill at the forward spot can really help our team. I can't wait to get MiKyle with the rest of the team this summer."

A Pickering, Ontario, native with a 6-foot-10 wingspan, McIntosh will begin his Illinois State career as a freshman during the upcoming 2013-14 season, after completing his high school playing career at 22ft Academy while attending Breathitt County High School in Jackson, Ky. McIntosh averaged 17.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game for 22ft Academy, plus he shot 46 percent from the field and 78 percent at the free throw line.

Prior to his senior season, McIntosh was teammates with Redbird sophomore point guard Kaza Keane at Christian Faith Center Academy in Creedmoor, N.C. The duo also teamed up to guide the U17 Ontario boy's basketball team to the national championship, with a 68-62 win against Nova Scotia, August 6, 2011. During the tournament quarterfinals, McIntosh was credited with a game-high four blocks to help his team beat Saskatchewan. McIntosh and Keane were also teammates on the Grassroots Canada AAU Team.

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Jim Boeheim Takes a Playful Jab at Rick Pitino

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim took a playful jab at Louisville head man Rick Pitino earlier today:

McMurphyESPN I asked Jim Boeheim why Rick Pitino wasn't at ACC meetings. "He's still waiting for his horse to finish in the Derby"

Pitino's horse, Goldencents, finished 17th in the Kentucky Derby.

Calipari Agrees to Exhibition Against Franciscan University of Steubenville

Kentucky and head coach John Calipari have agreed to play an exhibition game against NCAA Division III school Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The game will be played in November of 2014.

Here is more from Hsconnect.com:

STEUBENVILLE - University of Kentucky men's basketball head coach John Calipari has agreed to play an exhibition game at Rupp Arena in November 2014 against Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Calipari, who was a guest speaker at the April 20 Baron Club fundraiser, extended the offer to Barons head coach John Lamana over dinner and then announced it to the audience at the Baron Club during his speech. Franciscan and Kentucky have been working out the details since.

"This is a huge opportunity, not only for the men's basketball program, but for the university," Lamanna said.

The 2012 national champions will provide the Barons with an opportunity to learn from one of the best basketball programs in the nation on any level, giving the Barons a once-in-a-lifetime team experience.

"We talk about a championship experience in mind, body and spirit here at Franciscan basketball." Lamanna said. "This is speaking to that experience where we are playing a previous national champion at the DI level and a potential future national champion at the DI level."

New Highlights of 2016 UK Recruit Jayson Tatum

Check out these new highlights of 2016 Kentucky recruit Jayson Tatum:


Tayshaun Prince Gets Nasty on Oklahoma City

Former Kentucky star Tayshaun Prince throws down a monster dunk on the Oklahoma City Thunder in last night's NBA Playoff game:


Richie Farmer's Federal Trial Moved to October

The federal trial of former Kentucky basketball player Richie Farmer has been moved to October 22.

According to a report from Lex18.com:

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor filed a court brief cour last Thursday asking that the trial be scheduled for sometime this fall. Farmer faces charges of misappropriating government resources while serving as agriculture commissioner, and had asked the trial be moved to February.

Farmer pleaded not guilty last month and will remain free until his trial
. He could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

Eric Bledsoe's Top 10 Plays from 2012-13

Check out former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe's top 10 plays from the 2012-13 NBA season:


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari Gives a Summer Update

Kentucky head coach John Calipari gives a summer update including thoughts on Andrew Wiggins, his returning players and the chase for an undefeated season:



Kentucky Wesleyan and USI Agree to Two-Game Series in 2013-14

Kentucky Wesleyan College and the University of Southern Indiana will continue their rivalry series with a home-and-home deal in the 2013-14 season.

Here is a release from KWC:

The Battle for the Bridge is set to continue as the University of Southern Indiana and Kentucky Wesleyan College men's basketball programs have agreed to a home-and-home contract for the 2013-14 season.


The Panthers are slated to host the Screaming Eagles at the Owensboro Sportscenter Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m., while USI hosts KWC at the Physical Activities Center Dec. 21 at 1 p.m.

The need for a formal agreement between the two programs was needed due to KWC's departure from the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Panthers starts play in the inaugural season of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference next year.

The USI-KWC rivalry is one of the most storied in all of the NCAA Division II and college basketball as a whole. The two teams have meet 83 times since the 1975-76 season with the Panthers leading the Eagles, 49-38. The series is tied, 16-16, since 2000 after USI took both games this past season.

Of the last 40 games, both teams have tipped off ranked in the top-10 17 times at tip-off and in the top-five nine times. USI, which has won 12 of the last 17 meetings, won the battle of the 15th-ranked Eagles and second-ranked Panthers last January, 72-53, at the Sportscenter.

"This is one of those rivalries that should never end," said USI Head Coach Rodney Watson. "The battle between USI and KWC is as important to the players and coaches as it is to the fans.

"The only difference this year is a conference or division title won't be on the line," continued Watson. "However, these games will hold huge regional implications."

New KWC Head Coach Happy Osborne added, "For many, many years I've known about this historic rivalry as a basketball fan from afar and now it's truly exciting to have the opportunity to coach in this legendary matchup of two Division II powerhouses.

"I firmly believe in the old adage to be the best, we must play the best. Our players and fans deserve keeping the 'Battle of the Bridge' alive for many years."

The Making of "#QuickAintFair" feat. Wall, Lillard, Holiday & Rocky

Watch as adidas takes us behind the scenes for the making of "#QuickAintFair", featuring former Kentucky star John Wall, Damian Lillard, Jrue Holiday and A$AP Rocky:


Kentucky Still Favored to Win 2014 National Championship

Kentucky is still favored to win the 2014 NCAA title, even after Andrew Wiggins picked the Kansas Jayhawks.

The Wildcats, which will likely be preseason no. 1 in the polls, are 4-1 favorites to win the title next season according to LVH SuperBook.

Kansas is now 10-1 with Duke, Michigan State, Florida, Arizona and Louisville all sitting at 12-1.

Here are all teams that are 50-1 or greater:

ODDS TO WIN 2014 MEN’S NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT (LVH):


KENTUCKY 4-1
KANSAS 10-1
DUKE 12-1
MICHIGAN ST 12-1
FLORIDA 12-1
ARIZONA 12-1
LOUISVILLE 12-1
OHIO ST 15-1
NORTH CAROLINA 15-1
MICHIGAN 25-1
SYRACUSE 30-1
VCU 40-1
OKLAHOMA ST 40-1
WISCONSIN 50-1
CREIGHTON 50-1
ST LOUIS 50-1

John Calipari Talks About Playing in the State Farm Champions Classic

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about playing in the State Farm Champions Classic:


Highlights of Team Manimal AAU Program

Check out these highlights of the Team Manimal AAU program, which is coached by St. Catharine College assistant Maze Stallworth:

Looking Back: Campbellsville vs. Cumberland in 1993 KIAC District 32 Championship Game

Take a look back at the 1993 KIAC District 32 championship game between Campbellsville College (now Campbellsville University) and Cumberland College (now University of the Cumberlands) - amazing how basketball has changed over 20 years...also pay attention to the commercials and a young Dave Baker:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Ryan Harrow, Milton Chavis in Elite Open Runs

Former Kentucky point guard Ryan Harrow is back to making defenders look silly on YouTube. Check out the highlights below from the JD Lewis Center Elite Open Runs.

The video features Harrow, former Morehead State forward Milton Chavis, Darius Johnson-Odom, Quincy Miller, Jaquon Browridge, Joel Kindred and more:

Ramon Harris is Getting it Done in Germany

Former Kentucky forward Ramon Harris has been taking care of business in Germany's second-level ProA league.

In 29 games for BC Goettingen, Harris averaged 11.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.

Here are some highlights:

Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist on NBA All-Rookie Team

Former Kentucky stars Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were voted to the NBA All-Rookie team as announced earlier today.

Davis is on the First Team with 57 votes, one behind Damian Lillard and tied with Bradley Beal.

Kidd-Gilchrist is on the Second Team with 29 votes.

Former UK star Terrence Jones also received one vote.

NBA All-Rookie First Team:

Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers (58)
Bradley Beal, Wizards (57)
Anthony Davis, Hornets (57)
Dion Waiters, Cavaliers (50)
Harrison Barnes, Warriors (47)

Second Team:

Andre Drummond, Pistons (35)
Jonas Valanciunas , Raptors (31)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bobcats (29)
Kyle Singler , Pistons (17)
Tyler Zeller, Cavaliers (15)

Receiving votes: Maurice Harkless, Orlando, 14 (1); Alexey Shved, Minnesota, 14 (1); Chris Copeland, New York, 9 (1); Brian Roberts, New Orleans, 5; Andrew Nicholson, Orlando, 4; Jae Crowder, Dallas, 1; Festus Ezeli, Golden State, 1; Draymond Green, Golden State, 1; John Jenkins, Atlanta, 1; Terrence Jones, Houston, 1; Pablo Prigioni, New York, 1; Terrence Ross, Toronto, 1; Jeff Taylor, Charlotte, 1

Bill Self Reacts to Signing Andrew Wiggins

Kansas head coach Bill Self talks about signing 2013 star Andrew Wiggins:


Kentucky-Baylor Game is Part of 2013 Big 12/SEC Challenge

The Kentucky-Baylor game in December will be part of the 2013 Big 12/SEC Challenge.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky-Baylor men’s basketball game on Dec. 6 will be a part of the 2013 Big 12/SEC Challenge as announced by both conferences and ESPN on Tuesday.

All 10 of the Big 12’s teams and 10 of the SEC’s 14 member institutions will participate in the annual event. Arkansas, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee will not play in the first year. ESPN will provide exclusive coverage of all 10 games across it networks.

Eight of the 10 games in the 2013 event will be played at home sites (each conference has four home games) and two matchups will be at neutral sites.

The inaugural Big 12/SEC Challenge (the event title will rotate to SEC/Big 12 Challenge in 2014) is a combination of existing games already scheduled along with new matchups created for this event during November and December. The two conferences and ESPN will work to schedule matchups over consecutive days in future events.

2013 Big 12/SEC Challenge schedule (times and networks are to be determined):

Thursday, November 14

Texas Tech at Alabama

Monday, December 2

Vanderbilt at Texas
Auburn at Iowa State

Thursday, December 5

Ole Miss at Kansas State
West Virginia at Missouri
TCU at Mississippi State

Friday, December 6

Kentucky vs. Baylor (Arlington, Texas)
South Carolina at Oklahoma State

Tuesday, December 10

Kansas at Florida

Saturday, December 21

Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma (Houston, Texas)

2013 Star Andrew Wiggins Picks Kansas

Andrew Wiggins will be playing his college basketball for Bill Self at Kansas. Wiggins, the top player in the class of 2013, made the announcement at a private ceremony this afternoon.

Grant Traylor broke the news on Twitter:

GrantTraylor Andrew Wiggins will be attending Kansas

Wiggins chose the Jayhawks over Florida State, Kentucky and North Carolina.

* Photo by Traylor

Houston Will Decline Team Option on Francisco Garcia

The Houston Rockets will not pick up the 2013-14 team option on former Louisville star Francisco Garcia.

As a result, Garcia will become a free agent.

Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston broke the news on Twitter:

MarkBermanFox26 NBA sources: Rockets will not pick up the 2013-14 team option on Francisco Garcia's contract which is worth $6,400,000.

Evan Daniels Would Bet on FSU for Andrew Wiggins

If Evan Daniels of Scout.com had to put money on it, he'd go with Florida State for 2013 star Andrew Wiggins:

Video: Marquis Teague Scores Two Points in the Wrong Basket

Former Kentucky star Marquis Teague had the misfortune of scoring two points in the wrong basket during last night's playoff loss to the Miami Heat:

Video: Andrew Wiggins is Really Good

Check out this lengthy highlight video of 2013 star Andrew Wiggins, who'll announce his college choice later today:


Monday, May 13, 2013

Hawkins, Willis Cleared to Play in All-Star Game

Kentucky signees Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis have officially been cleared by UK to play in the upcoming Kentucky/Indiana All-Star Game at Freedom Hall.

The Kentucky all-star team made the announcement on their Facebook page tonight:

Kentucky High School All-Star Basketball Game

Hawkins, Willis, Epps, and Goodin-Rogers have all been cleared by UK to play June 14th in the Kentucky / Indiana All-Star game at Freedom Hall on June 14, 2013

Anthony Winchester Signs with San German in Puerto Rico

Former Western Kentucky  University star Anthony Winchester has signed to with San German in Puerto Rico's top-level BSN league.

Winchester averaged 15.9 points in 30 games for Leche Rio Breogan in Spain this season.

San German released former University of the Cumberlands star Leroy Hickerson, who was averaging 19.8 points.

Source: LatinBasket.com



Florida State Still Waiting for Andrew Wiggins to Call

Many folks believe that 2013 star Andrew Wiggins will pick Florida State tomorrow afternoon but the Seminoles haven't heard from Wiggins, yet.

According to Andy Katz, Florida State is still waiting to hear from Wiggins, the top high school player in America.

Here is an excerpt:

Leonard Hamilton will be at the ACC meetings in Amelia Island, Fla., on Tuesday.


But he'll take a call if his phone rings.

Florida State is waiting to hear from Canadian and Huntington Prep (W.Va.) forward Andrew Wiggins, the top high school player in the country. Wiggins said he'll announce his school of choice on Tuesday, one day before the month-long spring signing period ends.

He could always sign beyond the month-long period, but it wouldn't be binding. The Seminoles, along with Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky, are awaiting to see what the star recruit will do and whether his decision will alter the thought process for next season.

Neither Hamilton nor any of the other coaches can talk about Wiggins until he signs a national letter of intent.

But Hamilton doesn't get too high or too low about recruiting. He has been involved at all levels of recruiting during the course of his long career as an assistant and head coach. "This is no different; it's always the same," Hamilton said about waiting for a recruit to make a decision. "We've had kids sign early. We've had kids sign late. You do what you can do and wait on the outcome. That's the way I am all the time. You do the very best job you can. The strategy isn't any different."

Nerlens Noel to Take Over @SportsCenter

Former Kentucky star Nerlens Noel will be taking over ESPN's @SportsCenter Twitter account today at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Fans can send questions to Noel on Twitter:

SportsCenter @BBN nation, @NerlensNoel3 will be taking over our feed today at 4 p.m. ET! Tweet your questions for him using #AskNerlensNoel.

All 4 CBS Sports Writers Predict Andrew Wiggins to FSU

The writers at CBSSports.com are some of the more highly respected writers on the national college basketball scene.

Borzello, Goodman, Parrish and Norlander are well-connected around the country and do a fantastic job.

That being said, Kentucky fans will probably no like their predictions for where Andrew Wiggins is going to end up.

Here are their predictions:

I think he ends up at Florida State. The Seminoles have been involved with him the longest time, and the family connection is a huge advantage for Leonard Hamilton. Wiggins isn't a fan of overwhelming media attention, and he would be able to avoid that somewhat in Tallahassee. Moreover, he would get be the go-to-guy from day one.

Jeff Goodman: "Florida State, but don't count out Kansas."

Gary Parrish: Florida State. "Combine the family's connection to the school with Leonard Hamilton's reputation as an elite recruiter with the fact that Wiggins won't really have to share the ball in Tallahassee."

Matt Norlander: "FSU."

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22 Feet Academy Announces Move to Greenville, South Carolina

According to a press release, 22 Feet Academy is joining forces with Shannon Forest Christian School in Greenville, South Carolina.

The academ operated primarily out of Jackson, KY last season. According to a source close to the team, there are plans to keep a team in Jackson but the academy's "elite" team will be based in Greenville.

Here is a press release from 22 FT:

Shannon Forest Christian School Announces

The Arrival of 22ft Basketball Academy!

Greenville, SC – Shannon Forest Christian School is pleased to announce a new partnership between the school and 22ft Basketball Academy. The European-based academy has locations in France, Holland, Spain, South Africa and now, Greenville, South Carolina!

The first, multi-continental basketball academy in the world will bring 24 student-athletes, ages 12-18 to Greenville to train in preparation for the collegiate level and attend school at Shannon Forest. “This is an exciting opportunity for Shannon Forest and we look forward to welcoming these student-athletes into our community,” said Shannon Forest President Bob Collins. 22 ft and the student athletes will start the 2013-2014 school year with the rest of the Shannon Forest students.

“We were very pleased that Shannon Forest saw this as a great opportunity for their school and community,” said Mike Rawson, 22ft CEO. “We love the Greenville area and have been looking to set up an academy here for the past 3 years.”

The students are coming to Shannon Forest not to take over the school’s basketball program, but to receive a quality education in a stable, Christian environment. While the 22ft athletes will not participate on Crusader basketball teams, the Shannon Forest athletes will have the opportunity to train with these elite players. “This is a great opportunity for our administration, faculty, coaching staff and student body to build relationships through academics, athletics and student life for God's glory,” commented Shannon Forest Athletic Director David Thompson.

A press conference will be held on Monday, May 13, to introduce the 22ft staff and a selection of players who
will be relocating to Greenville. This is a story you won’t want to miss! Another FIRST for our school community and the city of Greenville!

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Video: Nerlens Noel Appears on Mike and Mike Show

Former Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel was on Mike and Mike this morning.

Here is video of his appearance (via commonwealthnetwork2 on YouTube):


Peyton Siva Got Engaged Over the Weekend

Former Louisville star Peyton Siva popped the big question to girlfriend Patience McCroskey over the weekend.

She said yes (photo via TheCardinalConnect.com):

Check Out Enes Kanter's Brother in Action

Check out Ene Kanter's 6-foot-9 brother Kerem in action:

Western Kentucky Adds Veteran Assistant Shawn Forrest to Staff

Western Kentucky has hired veteran Shawn Forrest as assistant men's basketball coach.
 
Here is a release from WKU:
 
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU head men's basketball coach Ray Harper announced Monday the hiring of 16-year collegiate coaching veteran Shawn Forrest as assistant men's basketball coach. Forrest spent the 2012-13 season at Louisiana-Lafayette, and prior to his time in Lafayette, Forrest had been an assistant coach at North Texas, Arkansas State and Troy, as well as Florida A&M.
A 1998 graduate of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Forrest helped the Ragin’ Cajuns to the quarterfinals of the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Tournament after coming to Louisiana-Lafayette after spending four seasons from 2008-09 to 2011-12 as an assistant coach at North Texas.
"I am really looking forward to working with Coach Harper and the rest of the staff and student-athletes here at WKU," Forrest said. "The job Coach Harper has done in the last two seasons is very impressive, and I think that WKU is one of the best basketball jobs in the country. It is not every day you get a chance to coach at a school that has been to the Final Four. I have admired this program for a while, and I could not turn down the job when Coach Harper called."
While with the Mean Green, Forrest worked with teams that averaged over 21 wins per season. In 2009-10, the Mean Green went 24-9, won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament crown and advanced to the NCAA Tournament and faced Kansas State in the first round.
Forrest was instrumental in helping land the 2010-11 recruiting class of Tony Mitchell, Jordan Williams, Chris Jones and Roger Franklin, which was ranked as high as No. 31 in the country.
Prior to moving to Denton, Forrest worked as an assistant coach at Arkansas State for six seasons from 2002-03 through 2007-08. He helped the Red Wolves to multiple top-100 recruiting classes, which included a pair of two-time All-Sun Belt Conference players, a Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the Year, a league-leading scorer, a second-leading scorer and a third-leading scorer.
Forrest joined the Red Wolf staff in August 2002 after serving as the recruiting coordinator at Florida A&M during the 2001-02 season.
While at Florida A&M, Forrest helped the Rattlers to a fourth-place finish in the MEAC, which was the highest the program had finished in 10 years. Forrest also recruited Terrance Woods, who was a two-time All-MEAC First Team performer. Woods holds the third- and fourth-best single-season three-point field goal totals in NCAA history, and in 2004 he won the NABC All-Star Three-Point Contest at the Final Four in San Antonio.
Prior to his stint in Tallahassee, Forrest was an assistant at Troy for four seasons from 1997-98 to 2000-01. During that time, Forrest worked with the guards and assisted with recruiting, academics and travel.
During his time at Troy, Forrest helped land four-straight top-100 recruiting classes, which produced five all-conference players and two players of the year in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Forrest helped the Trojans to two regular-season Atlantic Sun championships, one tournament title, one NCAA Tournament appearance and one postseason NIT appearance.
Forrest received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 1998.
Coaching Career
 
Troy, assistant coach, 1998-2001 (4 seasons)
Florida A&M, assistant coach, 2002 (1 season)
Arkansas State, assistant coach, 2003-08 (6 seasons)
North Texas, assistant coach, 2009-12 (4 seasons)
Louisiana-Lafayette, assistant coach, 2013 (1 season)
WKU, assistant coach, 2014-present

Chuck Hayes Will Return to Modesto to Speak at Banquet

Former University of Kentucky star Chuck Hayes will return to his high school to be a guest speaker at the 46th annual Outstanding Athlete Awards banquet on Wednesday night.

Here are details from Modbee.com:

Critics believed there was no place for Chuck Hayes in the NBA.


Too short to be a center.

Too slow to be a wing or a forward.

Couldn't shoot from the perimeter.

Eight seasons later, Hayes has fooled them all.

The graduate of Modesto Christian High and Kentucky, a poster child for the overachieving pro, has carved a remarkable career as a high school star, a collegiate standout where the game is virtually a religion, and a savvy and dependable NBA veteran.

Hayes returns to Modesto as the guest speaker at the 46th annual Outstanding Athlete Awards banquet on Wednesday night at the Sportsmen of Stanislaus.

Stanislaus County's top high school and collegiate/open athletes of 2012 will be honored, and Hayes' presence is noteworthy. He is one of only 12 over the years to earn the top OAA award in both categories.

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