Saturday, June 8, 2013

SLAM Catches Up with Kentucky Commit Karl Towns, Jr.

SLAM recently caught up with future Kentucky big man Karl Towns, Jr.

Towns talked about his first communication with UK head coach John Calipari, playing on the Dominican Republic national team and more.

Towns is a multi-talented 7-0 center who is already committed to Ke
ntucky's class of 2014.

Check it out:

SLAM: How did it feel to verbally commit to Kentucky on national TV?

Karl Towns: It was a great experience for me and my family and it was a great moment in my life. To be able to higher my education for free and also play in a great basketball program is a great dream of mine. When I was younger, I played the game of basketball to get a college scholarship and I’m so happy I’m able to fulfill my promise to my parents and be able to go to college for free.

SLAM: When you first picked up the phone and heard that it was Coach Cal on the other end, what was your thought process?

KT: For me, when I got my first phone call from Coach Cal, it was a great moment. But, it was actually kind of scary [laughs]. It happened before I was going to play for the Dominican national team, so I was really worried how I was going to play and everything.

SLAM: How would you assess the experience and your play for the Dominican team this summer?

KT: It was a blessing. Because, you know at the end of the day, I never new that Coach Cal would be my coach in college. It was really great to play with Al Horford and the rest of the guys. I learned a lot from them.

SLAM: Have you been in touch with Coach Cal about the rest of your recruiting class?

KT: For me, I don’t know, and I just want players to come to Kentucky if they want to win. I want to win a Championship there. If you wanted to get recruited to Kentucky, know that I’m going to be there and I want to win.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Bellarmine Adds Tanner Gibson, Nick Fredrick for 2013-14

Bellarmine University has signed University of Albany transfer Tanner Gibson and incoming freshman Nick Fredrick for the 2013-14 men's basketball season.

Here is more from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Bellarmine University's men's basketball team has announced two more commitments for the 2013-14 season: Tanner Gibson, a transfer from University of Albany, and Nick Fredrick, an incoming freshman from Covington Catholic High School.

Gibson, who will have three years of eligibility, is a 6-2 “combo” guard that is expected to make an immediate impact.

“Tanner Gibson brings a true college body and winning game to our program,”
said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. “He has the personal pride you love seeing in a player on and off the court. I was very impressed with his willingness and ability to be one of our guys right away. His background is very impressive in preparing him to be a very successful college basketball player.”

Gibson is a native of Zanesville, Ohio, where he earned all-state second team honors from the Associated Press. He also was named the Eastern District co-Player of the Year. As a senior, he averaged 17.5 points, 3.5 assists and two steals a game while helping lead Zanesville High School to a 21-3 record. He signed with Albany out of high school, seeing action in 24 games as a freshman.

“I'm looking forward to a fresh new start and just having the opportunity to get back on the court and play basketball for Coach Davenport and with the Bellarmine team,” Gibson said. “I'd heard of (Bellarmine) and remember seeing them play in the national championship, so I knew it was a good program. Then, when I visited I loved everything about the place.”

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Morehead State Signs LSU Transfer Corban Collins

Morehead State has signed LSU transfer Corban Collins, a 6-foot-3 point guard. Collins will have to sit out the 2013-14 season under NCAA transfer rules.

Here is a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Corban Collins, who spent the 2012-13 season at LSU, has signed an athletic scholarship agreement with the Morehead State men’s basketball program. He will sit out in 2013-14 and have three years of eligibility beginning with the 2014-15 campaign.

Collins, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, played in 27 games for the Southeastern Conference Tigers as a freshman. He averaged 2.6 points and shot 46 percent from three-point range in 9.1 minutes per contest. Collins registered a career-high 19 points at Boise State.

“Corban is another young man who has played at the highest level of college basketball,” Head Coach Sean Woods said. “He has a strong body, great size for a guard and high basketball IQ. His ability to shoot, pass and defend will give us a great option in the backcourt.”

Collins spent three years at Arden Christian School (N.C.) before finishing his prep career at Massanutten Military Academy (Va.). He was an honor roll student at Arden Christian and also competed on the school’s track and field team as a sprinter and long jumper.

Collins helped Arden Christian to a 32-5 record and North Carolina 3A state championship in 2010-11. He averaged 25 points, seven assists and six rebounds his final prep season in 2011-12, while leading Massanutten to a 28-8 mark and Elite Eight appearance in Virginia.

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Louisville Players and Coaches Visit Fort Knox

Louisville coaches and players visited Fort Knox earlier this week to sign autographs and meet fans:

Drew Cooper is the New Head Coach at Thomas More College

Bellarmine University assistant Drew Cooper is the new head coach at Thomas More College.

Here is a release from TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – Thomas More College Director of Athletics Terry Connor announced today (Monday, June 3, 2013) that Drew Cooper has been named the ninth head men's basketball coach at Thomas More.

Cooper comes to Thomas More from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky where he has been the assistant men's basketball coach for the past six seasons. While at Bellarmine he helped lead the Knights to a record of 152-41, a Final Four appearance in 2012, and Bellarmine's first National Championship in history in 2011.

"We are extremely excited to have Drew Cooper take over our men's basketball program," commented Connor. "He has a tireless work ethic, comes from a successful program at Bellarmine and is an excellent teacher of the game of basketball. We are very confident that he will maintain our position among the conference and region's best academically and athletically."

Prior to Bellarmine, Cooper was the head coach at NCAA Division III Wheelock (Mass.) College. He was the first-named Head Men's Basketball Coach in the history of Wheelock. He spent one full year recruiting, scheduling, and performing all duties necessary to start up Wheelock's program for its inaugural season. Before arriving at Wheelock, Cooper spent two seasons as the lead assistant at NCAA Division III Babson (Mass.) College. During Cooper's time there, Babson became the 2004 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Tournament Champions and advanced in the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to Babson, Cooper spent one season as a graduate assistant coach at Northern Kentucky University and one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Bellarmine.

Kyle Wiltjer Finds a Bearded Josh Harrellson in China

Kentucky junior Kyle Wiltjer is currently in China with the Canadian National Development Team for a series of exhibition games.

Once he arrived in China, Wiljter found a familiar face...former Kentucky star Josh Harrellson, who now plays professionally in China:

kwiltj Just got to China and check out who I ran into randomly @bigjorts55instagram

More Details on Kenneth Faried's All-Star Basketball Camp in Morehead

Here are more details on next week's Kenneth Faried All-Star Basketball Camp at Morehead State's Johnson Arena:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Former Morehead State student-athlete and current Denver Nuggets star Kenneth Faried will host his first All-Star Basketball Camp on June 13-14 at MSU’s Johnson Arena.

The camp will run both days -- Thursday (6/13) and Friday (6/14) -- from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET. The cost is $50 per camper. Registration will begin inside Johnson Arena on Thursday at 8 a.m.

The event is open to boys and girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. Space is limited to 150 individuals. To reserve a spot, call former MSU player Maze Stallworth at 502-550-1692.

The camp will include hands-on teaching from Faried and instruction on individual fundamentals. It will also feature competitions in ball handling, passing, shooting and five-on-five.

Members of Morehead State’s 2009 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship team will be on hand. An autograph session for attendees will follow Friday’s camp.

Faried helped Morehead State to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances (2009, 2011) and arguably the school’s biggest victory over Louisville his senior season.

Faried was named the OVC’s Male Athlete of the Year as a senior. He was a two-time OVC Basketball Player of the Year (2010-11) and three-time Defensive Player of the Year (2009-11).

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Rick Pitino Maker's Mark Bottles to Hit Store Shelves Today

Rick Pitino commemorative Maker's Mark bottles will hit store shelves today:

Here is more about the special bottles from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Commemorative bottles of a premium brand featuring University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino will go on sale late this week to aid in fundraising efforts for a new academic center on the Cardinals’ campus.

Special commemorative bottles of Maker’s Mark®, a handmade bourbon produced in Loretto, Ky., feature a unique bottle design depicting Pitino’s image, his upcoming induction to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and UofL’s 2013 men’s basketball national championship.

Proceeds from the sales of the 12,600 bottles, which will be on retail store shelves on Friday, June 7, will go toward the UofL Academic Center of Excellence, an $8 million, state-of-the-art facility that will be built on the Cardinals’ campus.

“We want to congratulate Coach Pitino on his selection for the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame and UofL for winning the national championship all in the same weekend,” Maker’s Mark Chief Operating Officer Rob Samuels said. “And we want to thank Coach Pitino, as well, for his partnership on this year’s commemorative bottle, which will create both awareness and dollars for the Academic Center of Excellence.”
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Ford: Archie Goodwin "Clearly Should've Returned to School"

According to Chad Ford of, former Kentucky players Nerlens Noel and Archie Goodwin are heading in different directions as the NBA Draft approaches.

Noel is still favored to be the top pick in the upcoming draft. Ford says there's a 60-65 percent probability that Noel is the No. 1 pick.

Meanwhile, the news isn't as positive for Goodwin. Ford isn't sure that Goodwin is a lock for the first round and even goes as far as saying, "he clearly should've returned to school."

Here is an excerpt of Ford's comments about Goodwin (via the Herald-Leader's Ben Roberts):

Ford didn't dismiss the possibility that Goodwin would be selected in the first round, which would include a guaranteed contract. But it's more likely he'll fall to the second round.

"He could go in the first. It takes one team," Ford said. "He's the youngest or one of the youngest players in the draft. John Calipari is working the phones on his behalf. He's just a big project and few teams late in the first have the taste for that."

In the past three drafts, nine UK freshmen have decided to go to the NBA after just one season in Lexington. If Goodwin drops to the second round, he would be the first of Calipari's one-and-done players to do so.

"He clearly should've returned to school," Ford said.

UK to Host Inaugural John Calipari Dribble Drive, Shooting and Skills Academy

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari has announced a Dribble Drive, Shooting and Skills Academy to be held Saturday, August 3 at the Joe Craft Center.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The University of Kentucky men’s basketball program is pleased to announce the dates and information for the inaugural John Calipari Dribble Drive, Shooting and Skills Academy.

Inspired by Coach Cal’s innovative and successful offense, the Dribble Drive, Shooting and Skills Academy is the first of its kind and will offer detailed skill work designed for players off all ages. All of the drills taught are geared exclusively toward the skills needed to succeed in the Dribble Drive Motion Offense. The Academy will focus primarily on the offensive skills that campers can take home and continue using to improve their offensive skill set.

The inaugural academy is scheduled to take place Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Joe Craft Center, and will offer two separate sessions available for registration. Both sessions are open to both boys and girls from kindergarten through 12th grade, with a limited number of spots available in each session. Each academy will provide campers will extensive interaction with current Kentucky coaches and players as they teach offensive skills stations, demonstrate drills used by the Kentucky players, and speak about what it takes to become a champion. Campers will enjoy all of this in the comfort of the greatest facilities in all of college basketball.

Register online here.

The cost for each session is $100 and includes camp T-shirt, autograph opportunities and three hours of detailed instruction with Kentucky players and coaches.

Dribble Drive, Shooting and Skills Academy Session 1 (9 a.m.-noon EST) – Check-in 7:45-8:45 a.m.

Dribble Drive, Shooting and Skills Academy Session 2 (2 p.m.- 5 p.m. EST) – Check-in 12:45-1:45 a.m.

Camper’s grade level is based on the grade in which the camper will be enrolled during the fall of the 2013 school year. On-site camp check-in will be located at the Joe Craft Center ticket office and begin one hour prior to the designated start time. All pre-registered campers will receive a confirmation email for their specific academy session that includes details of necessary paperwork needed (physical, insurance and consent). To ensure the safety and participation of all campers, it is important that the basketball office receives all necessary paperwork two weeks prior to the start of the academy. Once each individual session has reached its maximum capacity, that particular camp will be closed to all forms of registration (online and walk-ups). Any camp related questions can be called into the men’s basketball camp line at 859-257-9457.

Terrence Jones Signing Autographs Around Kentucky This Weekend

Former University of Kentucky basketball star Terrence Jones will be on an autograph tour around the state this weekend.

Jones, who now plays for the Houston Rockets, will be at the following locations over the next three days:
Friday June 7th

1-2:30 p.m. Busy Bee Florist in Edmonton

6-7:30 p.m. Toy Topia in Taylorsville

8-9:30 p.m. Buffalo Wings and Rings in Bardstown

Saturday June 8th

10-11:30 a.m. Richmond Honda in Richmond

2:15-3:45 p.m. Chickabiddy in Louisa

7-8:30 p.m. Billie’s Skyline Tavern in Highland Heights

Sunday June 9th

12-1:30 p.m. Stillhouse Restaurant in Lebanon

4:30-6 p.m. Beef O’Brady’s in Owensboro

* All times are local

Autographs are $20 for each personal item. There will also be prints being sold beginning at $20, which include the autograph.

Additionally, the first 50 people to purchase an autograph at each location will be entered into a drawing to play Terrence Jones in a game of NBA 2K13 on XBox at the end of the session.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Kentucky Fans Should Be Excited About the Harrison Twins

Kentucky fans should be really excited about Andrew and Aaron Harrison - check out these highlights:

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Kyle Wiltjer is in China with Canadian Development National Team

Kentucky junior Kyle Wiltjer is in China with Canada's Development National Team for an exhibition series that begins Saturday.

Here is more informtion from UK:

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Junior Kyle Wiltjer has been selected to the Canadian Development Men’s National Team roster for the China exhibition series beginning June 8, it was announced by the team’s headquarters on Tuesday. Wiltjer and the other members of the team traveled to China early Wednesday morning to begin play this weekend.

Wiltjer was named the Southeastern Conference’s Sixth Man of the Year following his sophomore season in which he averaged 10.2 points and hauled in 4.2 rebounds per game. Wiltjer sunk 55 3-pointers on the year - while dishing out 50 assists. 

He earned SEC Player of the Week accolades following the team’s season-opening victory over Maryland. The sharp-shooter poured in 19 points, logged six rebounds, swatted three shots and added a pair of assists in the 72-69 win. 

Wiltjer began training with the Canadian developmental team in Portland, Ore., earlier this week. Senior Men’s National Team head coach Jay Triano will lead the selected players into the China exhibition series. 

Following the exhibition series, Wiltjer will have the chance to earn a roster spot on the team that travels to the FISU Summer Universiade, also known as the World University Games, in Kazan, Russia, from July 6 to 17.

Dunbar's E.J. Floreal to Walk-On at Kentucky

Dunbar High School forward E.J. Floreal, the son of University of Kentucky track coach Edrick Floreal, will walk-on at UK next season.

Floreal, a high-flying 6-foot-4 small forward, confirmed the news on Twitter.

Video: Ultimate Gorgui Dieng 2011-2013 Highlights .

Check out these career highlights of former University of Louisville star Gorgui Dieng:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

DeMarcus Cousins Earns Invitation to USA Basketball Mini-camp

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins has been invited to USA Basketball's mini-camp in late July.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told Yahoo! Sports he has moved on from the past and is looking forward to the future with Cousins.

Here is an excerpt:

Jerry Colangelo told Yahoo! Sports he has moved on from the past and is looking toward the future in inviting Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins to USA Basketball's mini-camp in late July.

The USA Basketball chairman said Cousins had "some growing up to do" when he was a member of a select team practicing against USA Basketball's Olympic team last summer. Cousins took offense to those comments and asked Colangelo about them. After much debate among USA Basketball executives, a source said, Cousins, 22, was extended an invite to take part in the mini-camp with a chance to land a spot on Team USA.

"You bury the past and go forward," Colangelo said. "He's invited and he's definitely on the list. New year, new summer, new opportunity."

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Former UK Star Anthony Davis Talks About Rookie Season in the NBA

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis talks about his rookie season with the New Orleans Pelicans (formerly known as the Hornets):

Kuran Iverson: Memphis' 2013 Recruiting Class is Way Better Than Kentucky's

Memphis recruit Kuran Iverson thinks the Tigers' 2013 recruiting class is "way better" than Kentucky's top-ranked class.

Iverson added, "they talented, we work hard."

Here is an excerpt of Iverson's comments from

“Everybody talking about Kentucky hype, but there ain’t really gonna be no Kentucky hype. There’s gonna be some Memphis hype.”

Do you think you guys are better than them?

“Yeah, way better,” he said. “Way better. They talented, we work hard.”

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Is it too late to add Memphis to the schedule?

Monday, June 3, 2013

Kyle Wiltjer on Canada Development National Team Training Camp Roster

Kentucky's Kyle Wiltjer is on Canada's development men's national team training camp roster. The 16 athletes will prepare for the upcoming World University Games and start preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

2013 Development Men’s National Team Training Camp Roster

Name Position Height Hometown

Mangisto Arop Guard 6-6 Edmonton, Alta.

Jordan Bachynski Centre 7-2 Calgary, Alta.

Murphy Burnatowski Forward 6-7 Waterloo, Ont.

Justin Edwards Guard 6-3 Whitby, Ont.

Melvin Ejim Guard 6-6 Toronto, Ont.

Olivier Hanlan Guard 6-3 Aylmer, Que.

Brady Heslip Guard 6-2 Burlington, Ont.

Owen Klassen Forward 6-10 Kingston, Ont.

Daniel Mullings Forward 6-2 Toronto, Ont.

Grant Mullins Guard 6-3 Burlington, Ont.

Kevin Pangos Guard 6-1 Holland Landing, Ont.

Dwight Powell Forward 6-9 Toronto, Ont.

Laurent Rivard Guard 6-5 Saint-Bruno, Que.

Philip Scrubb Guard 6-3 Richmond, B.C.

Thomas Scrubb Forward 6-5 Montreal, Que.

Kyle Wiltjer Forward 6-9 Portland, Ore.

2013 Development Men’s National Team Staff

Name Position

Jay Triano Head Coach

Dave Smart Assistant Coach

Greg Francis Assistant Coach

Phil Handy Assistant Coach

Sam Gibbs Therapist

Charlie Weingroff Strength and Conditioning Coach

Marc Bubbs Nutritionist

David Cox Sport Psychologist

Chris Cheng Team Manager

K.C. Beard Video Coordinator

Morehead State, Sean Woods to Hold Basketball Camps This Month

Head coach Sean Woods and the Morehead State men's basketball program will hold two summer camps this month, with the first slated to begin Friday..

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 

Video: James Young Senior Season Highlights

Check out these senior season highlights of 2013 Kentucky signee James Young:

Apollo's Devin Humphrey Signs with Brescia University

Devin Humphrey from Owensboro Apollo High School has signed with Brescia University for the 2013-14 men's basketball season.

Here is a release from BU:

Brescia men's basketball coach Josh Gibson is pleased to announce the signing of local talent Devin Humphrey of Owensboro Apollo (KY) High School. "Devin will be a strong addition to our program. As we lay the foundation for the future, it is exciting for us to add a player with his size and skill," says Gibson. After battling back from an ACL injury his junior year, the 6' 3" G/F fought through that adversity to put up 144 points, 23 assists and 84 rebounds his senior season, while shooting 38% from three-point range. Gibson adds, "What sets Devin apart for me is his versatility. He is capable of handling the ball, is a solid shooter, and can rebound the basketball. In addition to this skill, he has the size and speed to defend the 1-4 positions at our level."

In addition to helping lead Apollo to a 17-12 record, Humphrey brings an attitude and work ethic pleasing to Coach Gibson. "I really believe that Devin's best basketball is still in front of him." says Gibson, adding, "I am excited to add him to the mix with our team, and I look forward to working with him and watching him progress as our program grows."

NKU Men's Basketball to Hold Summer Camps Soon

Northern Kentucky men's basketball will be holding several camps this summer, beginning next week.

Here are details from NKU:

– The Northern Kentucky men's basketball team is offering a variety of camps this summer, with its first boys' individual camp set for June 10-13 for grades 3-12.

NKU holds its second individual camp June 24-27 for grades 3-12. On July 1, NKU will offer a pair of individual camps, the first junior skills for grades 1-4 and another that same day for elite skills that is designed for grades 9-12. On July 2, NKU will conduct a similar camp for grades 5-8.

Please click on this link to view the summer camp brochure. For additional information or any questions you might have regarding camps please call 859-572-5665 or email

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June 7-8 (Weekend Team, Grades 9 – 12)

June 10-12 (Weeknight Team, Grades 9 – 12)

June 10-13 (Individual #1, Grades 3 – 12)

June 24-27 (Individual #2, Grades 3 – 12)

July 1 (Junior Skills, Grades 1-4)

July 1 (Elite Skills, Grades 9-12)

July 2 (Skills, Grades 5-8)

Calipari to Deliver Keynote Address at 2013 Henry P. Iba Citizen Athletes Awards Tonight

Kentucky head coach John Calipari will deliver the keynote address at the 20th annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards tonight in Tulsa.

Here is more from

2013 Keynote-John Calipari

During the Feburary 27 Rotary weekly meeting, Eddie Sutton, former OSU head basketball coach announced this year's keynote speaker of the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards will be John Calipari, University of Kentucky's head basketball coach.

Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari reached the mountaintop in his third year in Lexington, guiding Kentucky to its eighth national championship and 15th Final Four. In doing so, he claimed his first national championship and his fourth appearance in the Final Four. He is one of only two coaches to lead three different schools to a Final Four (UMass-1996; Memphis-2008; Kentucky-2011, 2012).

The Wildcats rode the trademark hard-nosed Calipari defense to the title, finishing the season as the nation's top-ranked team in field-goal percentage defense and blocked shots.

Kentucky lost three members of its 2011 Final Four team (two to the draft, one to graduation), but Calipari reloaded with the nation's top-ranked recruiting class for the third straight season. Included in the class were eventual National Player of the Year Anthony Davis and All-American Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

En route to the national championship, Calipari guided the Wildcats to an NCAA record-tying 38 wins, a perfect 16-0 mark in the Southeastern Conference, earning the school's 45th SEC championship, and extended his winning streak in Rupp Arena to 51 straight games. Calipari extended his perfect mark at home as UK's coach to 54 games before finally losing in his fourth year at Kentucky.

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The Iba Awards:

The Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards were created in 1994 by the Rotary Club of Tulsa to recognize a male and a female premiere athlete who has excelled in their sport, and who exemplifies a high degree of citizenship in the image of Henry P. Iba, by demonstrating a desire to help others. Henry P. Iba was former basketball coach for Oklahoma State University and three U.S. Olympic basketball teams.

This prestigious black-tie event will be held at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center on June 3, 2013. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation.

For tickets or table sponsorship information, contact the Rotary Club of Tulsa at 918-584-7642 or online at

Video: Isaiah Canaan 2013 NBA NBA Draft Workout

Check out former Murray State star Isaiah Canaan during his 2013 NBA Draft workout (via SLAM):

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Rick PItino Calls OSU President a Pompous Ass

Ohio State president Gordon Gee recently took some controversial jabs at a number of schools, including both Louisville and Kentucky.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talked to Terry Meiners on the radio about Gee's comments. Pitino didn't hold back, calling Gee a "pompous ass" and saying he is "ignorant of the facts."

Calipari Says Only Reason He Coached Dominicans was to Help Orlando Antigua

Kentucky head coach John Calipari spoke to WKYT on Friday about the Dominican Republic national team.

Calipari coached the Dominicans for two years before handing the duty over to assistant coach Orlando Antigua.

Why did Calipari coach the Dominican team?

He told WKYT the only reason he did it was to help Antigua secure the job.

Here is an excerpt of Calipari's comments:

"It's the only reason I really did it," Calipari told WKYT on Friday, after being inducted into the Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame..

"I think doing it, and then giving Orlando the opportunity to go back to his country, where he was born, to be able to do that, is kind of neat."

After making a two-year commitment to coach, Calipari led the Dominican team to the finals of an Olympic qualifying tournament before losing to Nigeria. The loss prevented the Dominican Republic from reaching its first Olympic games.

"The time it takes to be here and coach this team, to take five weeks, to stay in touch with recruiting, the grind of that for two summers was tough," Calipari said.

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