Saturday, June 15, 2013

KSTV Catches Up with Patrick Patterson at Camp One

KSTV catches up with former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson at Camp One:

Karl Towns vs. Skal Labissiere at NBA Top 100 Camp

Check out this footage of Kentucky commit Karl Towns vs. Kentucky recruit Skal Labissiere at NBA Top 100 Camp:

Stats:

- Labissiere:  14 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 blocks  
- Towns: 10 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 3 assists


Friday, June 14, 2013

KSTV Talks to Former UK Star Darius Miller

KSTV catches up with former University of Kentucky and Mason County High School star Darius Miller at Camp One:

American Athletic Conference to Hold First Tournament in Memphis

The new American Athletic Conference will hold its first men's basketball tournament at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee next March.

The Louisville Cardinals will play in the AAC during the 2013-14 season before moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014-15.

Here is more from NCAA.com:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. The new American Athletic Conference will hold its first men’s basketball tournament at the FedExForum in Memphis next March.

The tournament will be held March 12-15 with all games televised by ESPN’s networks and the championship on ESPN.

FedExForum, which seats 18,400, is off historic Beale Street and home to the Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis men’s basketball team. The arena will host the NCAA tournament’s South Regional two weeks after the American Athletic Conference tournament.

The announcement was made by Commissioner Mike Aresco, who lauded the tournament as a ”wonderful event that our teams, coaches, administrators and fans will embrace and enjoy.”

Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen called it an exciting day after a collaboration involving the arena, the university and city of Memphis.

”This is monumental and dynamic for this new conference,” Bowen said. ”We believe it will be a great tournament for this city, our fans and for Tigers everywhere.”

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Current members of the American Athletic Conference:

- Rutgers University
- Southern Methodist University
- Temple University
- University of Cincinnati
- University of Connecticut
- University of Houston
- University of Louisville
- University of Memphis
- University of Central Florida
- University of South Florida

John Wall to Appear in Jack Black's New Movie "Adult Wolf"

Former Kentucky star John Wall will make an appearance in Jack Black's new movie Adult Wolf, which tells the story of what happened to Scott from Teen Wolf later in his life.

Some footage of the movie was shown on Jimmy Kimmel's "Game Night" last night:


Spots Still Available in WKU Summer Camps

Spots are still available in all Western Kentucky University men's basketball summer camps.

Here's more info from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Space is still available in all WKU men's basketball summer camps, which begin next week with the first of two day camps.

The day camps will be held June 17-20 and July 8-10, with the Elite Camp running June 28-29. Team Camp is June 7-9.

All camps will be held at E.A. Diddle Arena.

For more information on the camps and how to register, CLICK HERE.

2016 Star Quentin Goodin to Visit Louisville Today

Quentin Goodin, one of the top young players in Kentucky, is going to visit Louisville today.

Goodin, a flashy 6-foot-2 point guard in the class of 2016, posted the news on his Twitter account:

Goodin_3 Going to visit the University of Louisville today!

University of the Cumberlands Holds Successful Team Camp

University of the Cumberlands just completed a successful team camp for high school varsity and junior varsity teams.

Here is more from UC:

Throughout the summer, the University of the Cumberlands (UC) holds a variety of camps for children of all ages. This past week, the Patriots Men's Basketball team hosted its annual team camp for high school varsity and junior varsity teams, beginning June 9th and continuing until June 12th. While the camp extends its membership to any high school across America, it prides itself on local development. With all 11 teams this year located within the area, each has entered with the same goals: to improve as a team and to demonstrate the many talented athletes in the local area.


UC's coaching staff as well as other volunteers helped conduct the camp where nearly 20 games were played each day. Each game consisted of two 20-minute halves with a running clock. Each team played a minimum of 8 games in the 4 day camp.

"We always love doing this camp," Head Coach Don Butcher commented. "It not only gives us a chance to look at possible upcoming players, but it really allows teams to work out all of the bugs before their season starts during the school year. Because we have many varsity as well as junior varsity teams sign up, it allows the younger players an opportunity to scrimmage with the varsity squad and get the necessary experience. And that's really the goal of the camp: to give every athlete the opportunity to improve both individually but more importantly, as a team."

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Coach Cal Talks Last Season, Next Season and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks to The Independent (Ashland, Ky.) sports editor Aaron Snyder about last season, next season and more:






Thursday, June 13, 2013

Nerlens Noel Has Signed with an Agent

Former University of Kentucky star Nerlens Noel has reportedly signed with an agent:

DarrenHeitner Nerlens Noel has signed with basketball agent Andy Miller. 1st heard from @SponsorshipX. Now confirmed.

JaQuan Lyle Cuts List to 4, Louisville Still in the Mix

JaQuan Lyle, a 6-foot-4 point guard from Evansville (Ind.) Bosse High School, has cut his final list to four schools:

JMamba5 Florida, Indiana, Louisville, and Tennessee are my final 4 schools.

Lyle ranks No. 17 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.

It's Official: Orlando Antigua to Coach Dominican Republic

University of Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua has officially been named head coach of the Dominican Republic National Team.

The official announcement was made today by the Dominican Federation.

Here is a release from UK:

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua has been named the head coach of the Dominican National Team it was announced by the Dominican Federation on Thursday.

Antigua has spent the past two seasons serving as an assistant to John Calipari for the Dominican team which fell one win shy of advancing to the nation's first Olympic appearance in 2012.

"I'm extremely excited to have this opportunity," Antigua said. "Anytime you can coach and be a participant of a national team, it's very special. For Coach Calipari and (UK Athletics Director) Mitch Barnhart to allow me to take part in this opportunity means a lot, on a personal level as well as professionally.

"I'm also thankful to the Dominican Federation, (Federation GM) Eduardo Najri and (Federation President) Rafael Uribe for their confidence in entrusting this program and team to me," Antigua said. "It is my goal to build upon the recent success we've enjoyed and continue to make this a program the Dominican Republic can be proud of."

A native of the Dominican Republic, Antigua suited up for the national team in 1994-95 and 1997-98. Antigua then served as an assistant coach with Calipari and helped lead the Dominicans to the finals of an Olympic qualifying tournament before losing to Nigeria. The loss prevented the Dominican Republic from reaching its first Olympic games.

Former Racer Stacy Wilson is Hoping to Play Professionally

Former Murray State star Stacy Wilson is hoping to get his professional basketball career started soon.

Wilson, who had an outstanding senior season for MSU, is hoping to find a spot in the NBA, the D-League or overseas. 

Here is more from SCNow.com:

The former Mullins and Murray State standout has signed with an agent, Worldwide Sports Marketing, and has been busy working out in preparation for next month’s NBA draft and other showcases.


While Wilson likely won’t be drafted like his Murray State teammate Isaiah Canaan, a projected first-round pick, he hopes to catch on with an NBA Summer League team. If that doesn’t work, Wilson said he hopes to play overseas or in the NBA’s D-League.

Wilson took part in a two-day camp for USA Select Basketball last weekend in Charlotte, N.C. The purpose of that camp is to evaluate U.S. basketball talent and help the most gifted players earn professional contracts with minor-league teams in Europe.

Wilson also will travel to Las Vegas in July to take part in an International Exposure Camp for players looking to play overseas.

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Back to School with Jodie Meeks

Check out this feature on former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks heading back to college:

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Waltrip Racing to Field a Louisville Cardinals Car at Kentucky Speedway

Michael Waltrip Racing will field a Louisville Cardinals themed car at Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400.

The car will be driven by Brian Vickers.

Here is more from Cincinnati.com:

“I know how many Louisville basketball fans are NASCAR fans, and like them I’m looking forward to seeing the car on the track,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino said in a release. “I think one of those die cast cars might eventually make it to my office. I’ve seen the paint scheme and it’s really sharp.”


Team owner Michael Waltrip, an Owensboro native, raced a University of Kentucky-themed car last year at Kentucky Speedway to honor the Wildcats’ 2012 national championship.

“Like everyone in Kentucky I grew up watching basketball. It’s a part of our culture and tradition,” Waltrip said. “We have so many great teams in our state that when March Madness rolls around it is just a great time of the year for everyone.

“Last year our Kentucky Wildcats won the championship and I got to race the car at Kentucky Speedway. This year we have the Louisville Cardinals on the car and we get to honor them as well. I’ve always been a huge fan of Rick Pitino and it means the world to me to join him and celebrate with Louisville.”

Former Kentucky Wildcats Make Camp One a Success

Here are some pictures from Camp One, which featured several former University of Kentucky men's basketball stars (DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Darius Miller, Patrick Patterson, Perry Stevenson and more):



2013 PG Trey Dickerson Commits to Murray State

Trey Dickerson, a 6-foot-1 point guard from God's Academy (TX), has committed to Murray State University.

coachtimmiller Another GA player commits. 6'0" PG, Trey Dickerson from Queens, NY commits to Murray State!

Dickerson is rated as a 2-star recruit by Scout.com.

Three Former Cats, Faried Accept Team USA Invitations

John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried have all accepted invitations to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball Men's National Team mini-camp in Las Vegas.

Here is the 27-man roster announced by Team USA:

Accepting invitations to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp were: Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Pelicans); Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies/Ohio State); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Derrick Favors (Utah Jazz); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76ers); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers); Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons); Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets); Larry Sanders (Milwaukee Bucks); Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors); Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats); John Wall (Washington Wizards); and Tyler Zeller (Cleveland Cavaliers).

Recently named 2013-16 USA Basketball National Team head coach and Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame mentor Mike Krzyzewski will direct the mini-camp. Serving as assistant coaches are USA Basketball and Syracuse University veteran coach Jim Boeheim, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams.

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Video: Trey Lyles Drops the Hammer in Team Canada Scrimmage

Watch as Kentucky and Louisville recruit Trey Lyles dunks hard during Canada's U19 red and white game:

John Wall is Ready for Team USA

Former Kentucky star John Wall tells WTVQ that he's ready for Team USA experience:


Video: Orlando Antigua at Coach Cal's Satellite Camp in Danville

Check out this video of UK assistant Orlando Antigua running drills with kids at John Calipari's satellite camp in Danville (click to watch video via Centralkynews.com):

Sporting News Ranks Russ Smith No. 2 on List of Top Shooting Guards

Sporting News has ranked the top 10 shooting guards in college basketball for the 2013-14 season.

The site ranks Louisville's Russ Smith at No. 2 on the list behind Michigan State's Gary Harris.

Some other notables on the list include Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke), Jordan McRae (Tennessee) and Marshall Henderson (Ole Miss).

2. Russ Smith, senior, Louisville

There is no one in college basketball quite like Russ Smith. It’s quite possible there’s never been anyone like him: from two-star recruit to All-American, from “Russdiculous” mental errors to NCAA Tournament heroism. Though he is not a great shooter, he is a great shooting guard. Though he is a dynamic playmaker, he is not a true point guard. Though he is not a sturdy defensive presence, he is an excellent, disruptive defender. Smith truly is unique.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

John Wall Plays Knockout with Camp One Kids

Former UK star John Wall is back in Kentucky to take part in Camp One with DeMarcus Cousins and other former Wildcats.

Here is Wall playing "knockout" with some campers:

Former Wildcats Gather for Annual Reunion at Roger Law's House

Over the weekend, more than 30 former Kentucky players gathered for an annual reunion at the home of Roger Law, who has been labelled "UK's No. 1 Fan."

Here is the story from Cincinnati.com:


Grayson County's Conner Schultz Drains a Long Buzzer Beater

Check out this incredible shot - Grayson County's Conner Schultz drains a 70-footer in a recent summer JV game against Hopkinsville:


Catching Up With DeMarcus Cousins at Camp One

KSTV talks to former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins:



Kenneth Faried Talks About Changes by the Denver Nuggets

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried was asked recently to share his thoughts on the Denver Nuggets getting rid of head coach George Karl.

Here is an excerpt of Faried's comments from

“I’m not surprised about anything in this league anymore,” Faried said. “It’s a business and things happen for a reason, so I’m just focused on what I’ve got to do on the court and leave all the business side to my management, my agent, and the ownership of the Nuggets. I’m going to stay out of all of that.”

As for that postseason loss to the Warriors, Faried believes that his injury and that of Gallinari’s were logical reasons that Denver struggled in the series.

“Well, we lost Gallo, and I guess we lost me in a sense,” he said. “It took me a while to come back and start to get going like I usually get going, and I still was lingering a bit with the tear in my ankle. It was really hard for me to give my all that I usually give in each and every game.”

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Adidas Eurocamp 2013 - DailyBasket interviews Faried:


Monday, June 10, 2013

Wiltjer, Team Canada Improve to 3-0 at Four Nations Tournament

Kyle Wiltjer and the Canada Development National Team improved to 3-0 at the Four Nations Tournament earlier today with a convincing 82-40 win over Latvia.

Dwight Powell led Canada with 13 points and 8 rebounds.

Wiltjer Tweeted about the win:

kwiltj 3-0 after beating Latvia today, headed to a new province in the morning. @kpangos heslip… http://instagram.com/p/aYUrxCgkjm/

The Locker Room Checks In on Brandon Knight

The Locker Room, presented by Dunham's Sports, goes behind-the-scenes with former Kentucky star Brandon Knight:




KSTV Talks to Former Kentucky Star Jodie Meeks

KSTV catches up with former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks, who is back in Lexington to take classes this summer:


Kyle Wiltjer Shoots Down the United States at Four Nations Tournament

Kentucky junior Kyle Wiltjer nailed two free throws with less than a second on the clock to give the Canadian men's developmental basketball team a 75-73 win over the United States at the Four Nations tournament on Sunday.

Wiljter had a team-high 17 points to lead Canada. He was 5-for-5 from the free throw line.

Canada opened the tournament Saturday with a 70-66 win over host China.

Wiltjer and the Canadians will face Latvia next.

Peyton Siva Posterizes Adonis Thomas at Wizards Workout

Watch as former Louisville star Peyton Siva dunks all over Adonis Thomas at an NBA pre-draft work out for the Washington Wizards:



Here is Siva doing an interview in Sacramento (near the end of the video):


Cleveland Cavaliers are "Very Concerned" About Nerlens Noel's Knee Issues

According to Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, the Cavaliers are very concerned about Nerlens Noel's knee issuess.

Pluto says the Cavs may still take Noel with the top pick in t
he NBA Draft, but he thinks they are considering other options.

Here is an excerpt:

1. The Cavs are very concerned about Nerlens Noel's knee issues. They aren't at all sold on the 19-year-old Kentucky center as the No. 1 pick. Noel is out at least until December with an ACL. He also had a significant injury to the same knee as a high-school sophomore, which is why the Cavs and other teams are worried about his durability.


2. It's possible they may roll the dice -- and yes, they do consider it somewhat a gamble -- and take Noel. But I sense they are strongly considering other options. But lately, they have spent time considering Maryland center Alex Len. He is nearly 7-1 and weighs 255 pounds. He has far more of an NBA frame than the 6-11, 206-pound Noel. Len just turned 20.

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

KSTV Catches Up with Terrence Jones

Thomas Beisner of KSTV sits down for a one-on-one interview with former University of Kentucky star Terrence Jones:

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