Friday, June 28, 2013

Kyle Wiltjer Visits Gonzaga Day After He Gets Release from UK

Kentucky transfer Kyle Wiltjer was given his scholarship release by UK this week and almost immediately took a visit to Gonzaga.

GoodmanESPN Kentucky transfer Kyle Wiltjer visited Gonzaga yesterday and today, source told ESPN. Leaves tomorrow to rejoin Canadian National Team.

At this point, it seems that all signs are pointing to Wiltjer transferring to Spokane.

My Thoughts: I think Kyle's heart has been in Spokane for a while and his body will soon be following.

Charlotte Fans Clearly Excited About Bobcats Taking Cody Zeller

Charlotte Bobcats fans were clearly happy that their team selected Indiana's Cody Zeller with the No. 4 pick in the NBA Draft last night:

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Nerlens Noel on Draft Slide: "Oh yeah, I'm going to make them pay"

Nerlens Noel dropped to New Orleans at No. 6 in the NBA Draft and was quickly traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Noel, who was widely projected as the No. 1 pick, was visibly unhappy with the slide.

"Oh yeah, I'm going to make them pay," Noel told USA Today.

Here is an excerpt:

Pelicans dealt Noel and a 2014 first-round draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jrue Holiday and this year's 42nd pick.

With a perplexed look on his face, Noel tried to force out a smile. When asked about the five teams who passed him, Noel tried to stay positive, but admitted he felt overlooked.

"Oh yeah, I'm going to make them pay," Noel confided to USA TODAY Sports.

Noel never thought about quitting after a season-ending ACL tear in his first and only season at Kentucky. The Wildcats' performance declined following Noel's injury Feb. 12, and they became a rare defending national champion not to return to the NCAA tournament the next season.

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Cleveland Takes Anthony Bennett with Top Pick in 2013 NBA Draft, Noel Drops to No. 6

In a stunning move, the Cleveland Cavaliers have taken UNLV's Anthony Bennett with the first pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Bennett becomes the highest-drafted Canadian of all time.

The Orlando Magic drafted Indiana's Victor Oladipo with the second pick.

Georgetown's Otto Porto was the third selection to the Washington Wizards.

In a second shocker, the Charlotte Bobcats took Indiana's Cody Zeller with the fourth pick.

With the fifth pick, Phoenix drafted Maryland big man Alex Len.

Kentucky's Nerlens Noel dropped to No. 6 where he was taken by the New Orleans Pelicans. For the time being, he joins Anthony Davis and Darius Miller in New Orleans.

UPDATE: It sounds like Noel will never make it to New Orleans:

ESPNAndyKatz Multiple league sources say Nerlens Noel is on the move.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Philadelphia 76ers have sent Jrue Holiday to New Orleans for Noel and a future first round pick.

Louisville's Gorgui Dieng was taken No. 21 by Utah and then traded to Minnesota.

Kentucky's Archie Goodwin slipped into the first round to Oklahoma City at No. 29. He was then traded to Phoenix.

First Round

1. Cleveland: Anthony Bennett (UNLV)
2. Orlando: Victor Oladipo (Indiana)
3. Washington: Otto Porter Jr. (Georgetown)
4. Charlotte: Cody Zeller (Indiana)
5. Phoenix: Alex Len (Maryland)
6. New Orleans: Nerlens Noel (Kentucky) *(Traded to Philadelphia 76ers)
7. Sacramento: Ben McLemore (Kansas)
8. Detroit: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia)
9. Minnesota: Trey Burke (Michigan) *(Traded to Utah)
10. Portland: C.J. McCollum (LeHigh)
11. Philadelphia: Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse)
12. Oklahoma City: Steven Adams (Pittsburgh)
13. Dallas: Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga) *(Traded to Boston)
14. Utah: Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA) *(Traded to Minnesota)
15. Milwaukee: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece)
16. Boston: Lucas Nogueira (Brazil) *(Traded to Dallas)
17. Atlanta: Dennis Schroeder (Germany)
18. Atlanta: Shane Larkin (Miami (FL)) *(Pick goes to Dallas)
19. Cleveland: Sergey Karasev (Russia)
20. Chicago: Tony Snell (New Mexico)
21. Utah: Gorgui Dieng (Louisville)  *(Traded to Minnesota)
22. Brooklyn: Mason Plumlee (Duke)
23. Indiana: Solomon Hill (Arizona)
24. New York: Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan)
25. Los Angeles Clippers: Reggie Bullock (North Carolina)
26. Minnesota: Andre Roberson (Colorado) *(Pick goes to Golden State, Traded to Oklahoma City)
27. Denver: Rudy Gobert (France) *(Traded to Utah)
28. San Antonio: Livio Jean-Charles (French Guiana)
29. Oklahoma City: Archie Goodwin (Kentucky) *(Pick goes to Phoenix)
30. Phoenix: Nemanja Nedovic (Serbia) *(Pick goes to Golden State)

Second Round

31. Cleveland: Allen Crabbe (California) *(Pick goes to Portland)
32. Oklahoma City: Alex Abrines (Spain)
33. Cleveland: Carrick Felix (Arizona State)
34. Houston: Isaiah Canaan (Murray State)
35. Philadelphia: Glen Rice Jr. (NBA D-League)
36. Sacramento: Ray McCallum (Detroit)
37. Detroit: Tony Mitchell (North Texas)
38. Washington: Nate Wolters (South Dakota State)
39. Portland: Jeff Withey (Kansas)
40. Portland: Grant Jerrett (Arizona)
41. Memphis: Jamaal Franklin (San Diego State)
42. Milwaukee: Ricky Ledo (Providence)
43. Philadelphia: Pierre Jackson (Baylor)
44. Dallas: Mike Muscala (Bucknell) *(Pick goes to Atlanta)
45. Portland: Marko Todorovic (Montenegro)
46. Utah: Erick Green (Virginia Tech) *(Traded to Denver)
47. Atlanta: Raul Neto (Brazil)
48. Los Angeles Lakers: Ryan Kelly (Duke)
49. Chicago: Erik Murphy (Florida)
50. Atlanta: James Ennis (Long Beach State) *(Traded to Miami)
51. Orlando: Romero Osby (Oklahoma)
52. Minnesota: Lorenzo Brown (N.C. State)
53. Indiana: Colton Iverson (Colorado State) *(Pick goes to Boston)
54. Washington: Arsalan Kazemi (Oregon) *(Pick goes to Philadelphia)
55. Memphis: Joffrey Lauvergne (France)
56. Detroit: Peyton Siva (Louisville)
57. Phoenix: Alex Oriakhi (Missouri)
58. San Antonio: Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State)
59. Minnesota: Bojan Dubljevic (Montenegro)
60. Memphis: Janis Timma (Latvia)

Rick Pitino Nominated for an ESPY Award

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has been nominated for an ESPY Award in the category of Best Coach/Manager.

Go here to vote

2014 Star JaQuan Lyle Commits to Louisville

JaQuan Lyle, a 6-foot-4 point guard from Bosse (Ind.) High School, has committed to the Louisville Cardinals.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

Lyle is ranked No. 22 overall in the ESPN 100, and his commitment moves Louisville to No. 3 in the 2014 recruiting class rankings. The combo guard averaged 27 points, 13 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game as a junior.

"There was no point in waiting," Lyle said. "I wanted it over with so I could focus on my senior year."

Lyle admitted to rooting for the Cardinals during the national championship game, and a recent unofficial visit to Louisville sealed the deal for his decision.

"We clicked a lot, but that last visit when my mom went ... [Rick Pitino] clicked with me and clicked with my mom," Lyle said. "When I got back to the hotel, I knew, my mom knew, and she asked me when I wanted to get it over with."

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Lyle ranks no. 18 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.

Photo: Rivals.com


Kentucky Has Most NBA Draft Picks Since 2008

USA Today has a graphic today that lists the number of NBA Draft picks by colleges since 2008.

USATODAYsports @UKAthleticsNews fans will like today's snapshot. #BBN pic.twitter.com/OEjtNCkb3J

Kentucky leads the way with 17 NBA Draft picks from 2008 to 2012.

Kansas is second with 12, followed by North Carolina with 9.

Syracuse and UCLA round out the top 5 with 7 each.

Josh Harrellson is Feasting on Chinese

Former University of Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson is off to an outstanding start with Chongqing Fly Dragon in China's NBL league.

Yesterday, Chongqing (11-3) defeated Jiang Xi 118-86 to take over first place in the league's regular season standings. Harrellson led the way with 30 points and 23 rebounds.

In Sunday's 72-65 victory over Guangzhou, Harrellson finished with 24 points and 31 boards.

In 14 games with Chongqing, Harrellson is averaged 21.7 points, 18.9 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 2.4 steals per game.

NBL Standings

1. Chongqing FD 11-3
2. Changsha Bank 10-4
3. Jiangsu TX 10-4
4. Sichuan BW 10-4
5. Hong Kong 9-5
6. Guangzhou L. 8-6
7. Heilongjiang 6-8
8. Nanjin Army 4-10
9. Jiang Xi 2-12
10. Hebei S. 0-14

22 Feet Academy's Racine Talla Makes Senegalese U19 National Team

Racine Talla, a 6-foot-8 forward from 22 Feet Academy, has made the final roster for the Senegalese U19 National Team.

Talla has signed with USC-Upstate for the 2013-14 season.

Senegalese U19 National Team Roster:

4 Alioune Diallo 190-PG-96 ASC Thies Senegal
5 Pape Diatta 204-F-94
6 Ibrahima Sankare 201-F-96 ASC Thies Senegal
7 Cheikh Diallo 190-G-96 ASC Thies Senegal
8 Khalifa Ndiaye 207-F-94 High School USA
9 Modou Mbaye 201-F-94 Real Madrid II Spain
10 Khadim Fall 194-SF-95 Le Mans France
11 Youssoupha Kane 208-C-94 W.Nebraska CC USA
12 Abdoulaye Ndoye 210-C-95 ASC Thies Senegal
13 Racine Talla 207-F-94
14 Abdou Gueye 194-PG-96 ASC Thies Senegal
15 Tidiane Badiane 208-C-95 ASC Thies Senegal

DeMarcus Cousins Fills in the Blank: Coach Cal is Fat

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins completes the sentence: "Coach Cal is ________"

Cousins: "Coach Cal is Fat"



* Video by Thomas Beisner on YouTube

Kenneth Faried Dominates Nike Pro City Event

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried suited up for Sean Bell All Stars at the Nike Pro City event recently.

As expected, Faried was in full Manimal mode:


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Lakers Exercise Team Option on Jodie Meeks

The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised a team option on former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks.

Here is a release from NBA.com:

EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised a team option on Jodie Meeks’ contract for the 2013-14 season, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.


“Jodie is not only a gifted three-point shooter who helps us space the floor on the offensive end, but he is also a very active and underrated player defensively who continues to work on and improve all aspects of his game,” said Kupchak. “He was an important member of our team last year and we look forward to having him back for the 2013-14 season.”

In 78 games (10 starts) last season with the Lakers, Meeks averaged 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.74 steals in 21.3 minutes. With 34 multiple three-point games, including a career-high tying seven three-point field goals made 11/30/12 vs. Denver, Meeks finished among the league’s top-50 in three-point field goals made per game (49th/1.6) as well as total three-point field goals made (43rd/122).

Gottlieb: Nerlens Noel is Overvalued and "A Reach" in the Top Five

Doug Gottlieb of CBSSports.com says that former Kentucky star Nerlens Noel is overvalued in the NBA Draft.

Gottlieb says he would love to draft Noel in the middle of the first round, but feels he will be a reach in the top five.

Here is an excerpt:

Overvalued

Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky -- Noel is a phenomenal athlete who can block shots and score a bit in the post, but what is his legitimate potential in the NBA? Is he Theo Ratliff? That would be a very good career. Noel is still benefiting from the high school/prep school hype, and he isn't the talent of DeMarcus Cousins nor Anthony Davis, nor does he have their frame for his position.

He is young, he plays hard and John Calipari has been known to recruit talent and help mold it to an NBA style, but his injury could undercut his athleticism, to what extent no one truly knows. I would love Noel in the middle of the first round, but he will be a reach in the top five.

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Louisville's Luke Hancock Chosen as Finalist for USA World University Games Team

Louisville's Luke Hancock has been chosen as one of sixteen finalists for the USA Basketball Men's World University Games teams.

Here is a release from USA Basketball:

Following three days of training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., that kicked off on June 24 with 26 of the nation’s top collegiate athletes, the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee today announced 16 finalists for the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team.
 
Training camp will continue in Colorado Springs through June 30, and the 12-member roster will be announced prior to the team’s departure for Russia on July 1. The 2013 World University Games (WUGs) men’s basketball competition will be played July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia.
 
Named as finalists were: Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado/Woodland Hills, Calif.); Yogi Ferrell (Indiana/Indianapolis, Ind.); Davante Gardner (Marquette/Suffolk, Va.); Treveon Graham (Virginia Commonwealth/Temple Hills, Md.); Jerian Grant (Notre Dame/Bowie, Md.); Luke Hancock (Louisville/ Roanoke, Va.); Tyler Haws (BYU/Alpine, Utah); Rodney Hood (Duke/Meridian, Miss.); Cory Jefferson (Baylor/ Killeen, Texas); Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati/Yonkers, N.Y.); Alex Kirk (New Mexico/Los Alamos, N.M.); Doug McDermott (Creighton/Ames, Iowa); Adreian Payne (Michigan State/Dayton, Ohio); Chasson Randle (Stanford/Rock Island, Ill.); Will Sheehey (Indiana/Stuart, Fla.); and Aaron White (Iowa/Strongsville, Ohio).
 
Additionally, P.J. Hairston (North Carolina/Greensboro, N.C.) suffered an injury to his back during the evening session on June 25 and was not able to continue his participation.
 

Harlem Shake at Steve Prohm Basketball Camp

Watch as the kids at Steve Prohm's Basketball Camp do their version of the Harlem Shake:


NCAA Reprimands Bill Self and Marshall Henderson

The NCAA has issued a public reprimand and fine to Kansas head coach Bill Self for "misconduct during the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship."

Here is a release from the NCAA:

INDIANAPOLIS — Kansas men’s basketball head coach Bill Self received a public reprimand and a fine for misconduct during the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

Specifically, Self damaged the LED scorers table when he struck it during Kansas’ third-round contest against the North Carolina.

NCAA guidelines define misconduct as “any act of dishonesty, unsportsmanlike conduct, unprofessional behavior or breach of law, occurring from the time the championship field is announced through the end of the championship that discredits the event or intercollegiate athletics.”

“Coach Self’s actions were out of line with the committee’s expectations that championship participants act in a manner that represents the highest standards of sportsmanship,” said Ron Wellman, chair of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee and athletic director at Wake Forest.

The NCAA has also reprimanded flashy Ole Miss star Marshall Henderson for "an inappropriate gesture toward the crowd following Mississippi's third round contest against LaSalle."

Here is that release:

INDIANAPOLIS — Mississippi men’s basketball student-athlete Marshall Henderson received a public reprimand for misconduct during the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.
Specifically, Henderson directed an inappropriate gesture toward the crowd following Mississippi’s third round contest against LaSalle.

NCAA guidelines define misconduct as “any act of dishonesty, unsportsmanlike conduct, unprofessional behavior or breach of law, occurring from the time the championship field is announced through the end of the championship that discredits the event or intercollegiate athletics.”

“A point of emphasis with the committee over the last several years continues to be ensuring that championship participants act in a manner that represents the highest standards of sportsmanship,” said Ron Wellman, chair of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee and athletic director at Wake Forest. “Mr. Henderson’s actions failed in this regard.”

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Writer: Sources Say Kyle Wiltjer Likely Headed to Gonzaga

Greg Crawford of Comcast Sportsnet says he has learned "that barring any last minute change of heart, Kyle Wiltjer will most likely be playing his basketball in 2014-15 for the Gonzaga Bulldogs."

The rumors of Wiltjer leaving Kentucky for Gonzaga have been going around since March.

Here is an excerpt:

Crawford's Court has learned tonight that barring any last minute change of heart, Kyle Wiltjer will most likely be playing his basketball in 2014-15 for the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

It was announced today that Wiltjer will leave the Kentucky Wildcats after two seasons and per NCAA rules will have to sit out the 2013-14 season.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kentucky, Louisville Target Trey Lyles Dunks on a Defender

Watch as 2014 Kentucky and Louisville recruit Trey Lyles dunks on a defender at the Run-N-Slam Classic:

Description: Trey Lyles 2014 Arsenal Tech DUNKS ON defender at the Run-N-Slam Classic. Trey is being recruited by Duke, Louisville, Indiana, Kentucky, Butler and Florida.


Cangrejeros de Santurce Waive Edgar Sosa

Cangrejeros de Santurce has waived former Louisville point guard Edgar Sosa and replaced him with Diego Ciorciari.

Sosa averaged 7.5 points and 2.8 assists in 31 games for Santurce.

Source

John Wall, Kenneth Faried to Appear Nude in ESPN The Magazine's The Body Issue

Former Kentucky star John Wall and ex-Morehead State big man Kenneth Faried will both appear nude in ESPN The Magazine's 13th annual The Body Issue, which hits newsstands in July.

Here is more from ESPN:

IF A BREAKOUT wasn't enough to make sports fans take notice of Matt Harvey, Colin Kaepernick and Kenneth Faried, then it's safe to assume their photos in this year's Body Issue will be. The Mets' strikeout specialist, the Super Bowl QB and the Nuggets standout rebounder join 18 other elite athletes to be included in ESPN The Magazine's fifth annual The Body Issue, which hits newsstands Friday July 12.

The athlete roster for this year's edition also includes three-time beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, Marlins' slugger Giancarlo Stanton, and four-time WNBA All-Star Swin Cash. Others baring all are: Courtney Force, John Wall, Vernon Davis, John Isner, Sydney Leroux, Carly Booth, Joffrey Lupul, Elena Hight, Agnieszka Radwanska, Chris Sharma and Daila Ojeda, Miesha Tate, Marlen Esparza and Tarah Gieger. Another notable standout: 77-year-old golf legend Gary Player.
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Willie Cauley-Stein is at 2013 Nike Big Man Skills Academy

University of Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein is currently at the 2013 Nike Big Man Skills Academy.

The invitations only event includes the top 15-20 high school big men and the top 10 college big men.

The camp features former Kentucky star Anthony Davis and NBA big man Amar'e Stoudemire.

Here is a schedule for the week:

Monday, June 24th

4:00-6:00 pm College Player Workout #1
5:00-7:00 pm High School Player Workout #1

Tuesday, June 25th

9:00-11:00 am College Player Workout #2
10:00 am-12:00 pm High School Player Workout #2
4:45-6:45 pm College Player Workout #3
5:45-7:45 pm High School Player Workout #3

Wednesday, June 26th

9:00-11:00 am College Player Workout #4
10:00 am-12:00 pm High School Player Workout #4
4:45-6:45 pm College Player Workout #5 (Media Session)
5:45-7:45 pm High School Player Workout #5 (Media Session)

2013 Big Man Skills Academy College Roster

No. Name Hgt. Wgt. Wingspan Class College
64 Ryan Anderson 6’9 226 6’8 ½ Junior Boston College
58 Brandon Ashley 6’8 ½ 217 7’2 ½ Sophomore Arizona
78 Khem Birch 6’8 ½ 220 7’0 Junior UNLV
82 Willie Cauley-Stein 7’ ½ 240 7’2 ½ Sophomore Kentucky
80 Mitch McGary 6’10 ½ 266 6’11 ½ Sophomore Michigan
65 Akil Mitchell 6’8 ½ 232 6’11 ½ Senior Virginia
62 Mike Moser 6’8 211 6’11 ½ Senior Oregon
79 Chris Obekpa 6’8 ½ 240 7’4 ½ Sophomore St. Johns
76 Johnny O’Bryant 6’9 260 7’1 ½ Junior LSU
77 Juvonte Reddic 6’9 ½ 248 6’11 ½ Senior VCU
61 Jakarr Sampson 6’7 ½ 208 6’11 Sophomore St. Johns
81 Richard Solomon 6’11 232 7’0 Senior UC Berkeley
75 Noah Vonleh 6’9 236 7’3 Freshman Indiana
63 Jamil Wilson Senior Marquette

**Height measured in sneakers and weight measured without sneakers   2013 Big Man Skills Academy High School Roster

No. Name Hgt. Wgt. Wingspan Class High School/Town

59 Abdul-Malik Abu 6’8 232 7’1 2014 Kimball Union Academy/ NH
54 Zylan Cheatham 6’7 ½ 202 6’11 ½ 2014 Westwind Prep/Phoenix, AZ
68 Payton Dastrup 6’9 218 6’10 2014 Mountain View/Mesa, AZ
67 Angel Delgado 6’9 216 6’10 ½ 2014 Redemption Academy/Northfield, MA
70 Cheick Diallo 6’8 ½ 208 7’3 2015 Our Savior New American/Centereach, NY
57 Jakeenan Grant 6’7 195 6’11 2014 Effingham County/Springfield, GA
66 Khadeem Lattin 6’9 197 7’0 2014 Redemption Christian/Houston, TX
55 William Lee 6’8 192 6’10 2014 Dallas County/Plantersville, AL
69 Trey Mourning 6’8 203 7’0 2014 Ransom Everglades/Coconut Grove, FL
71 Goodluck Okonoboh 6’10 213 7’2 ½ 2014 Wilbraham & Monson/Wilbraham, MA
74 Elbert Robinson 7’0 ½ 322 7’5 2014 Lakeview Centennial/Garland, TX
73 Trayvon Reed 7’1 ½ 215 7’2 2014 Shiloh/Atlanta, GA
56 Elijah Thomas 6’8 270 7’1 2014 Prime Prep/Dallas, TX
53 Reid Travis 6’7 228 6’10 2014 De La Salle/Minneapolis, MN
72 Myles Turner 6’10 223 7’2 2014 Trinity/Euless, TX
60 Craig Victor 6’8 ½ 218 6’9 2014 St. Augustine/New Orleans, LA

**Height measured in sneakers and weight measured without sneakers

At Least 6 Schools Interested in UK Transfer Kyle Wiltjer

According to ESPN.com, at least 6 schools are already interested in Kentucky transfer Kyle Wiltjer:

Sources told ESPN.com that Gonzaga, Portland, Texas, Stanford, Oregon and Oregon State are all interested in pursuing sophomore forward Kyle Wiltjer after he announced Monday on the Kentucky website that he was exploring options of transferring.

Wiltjer, who is from Portland, would have to sit out next season and be eligible in 2014-15. His decision to attend Kentucky two years ago was a bit of a surprise at the time with the unknown if he would have an impact with the Wildcats.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Kyle Wiltjer May Be Leaving the Kentucky Basketball Program

Junior forward Kyle Wiltjer is considering a transfer from the University of Kentucky.

Wiltjer, citing a desire to find a situation that will allow him to play a more significant role, released the following letter via UKAthletics.com:
Big Blue Nation,

I would like to take this moment to thank Coach Cal, the entire staff, my teammates and the BBN for a memorable two years thus far.

Heading into college my dream was to win a National Championship and compete with and play against the best players in the country. Without a doubt, I accomplished both of these goals in my two years at Kentucky. Now as I head into my junior year, I recognize that my new and adjusted goals require me to make some very difficult upcoming decisions. Coach Cal has been everything I expected him to be, as I have felt very comfortable talking with him about my situation. I cannot stress enough how supportive Coach has been during this period. He is more than a coach to me, and for that I am forever grateful.

During this next year, I will be working on my body so that I am able to compete the way I know I can. I want to find a situation that will help me do this as well as play a more significant role, wherever that may be. Even though I might physically leave Lexington, I will never forget the support and kindness that everyone has shown my family and me. It is difficult to put into words how hard it is to possibly leave BBN, yet I am confident that whatever I choose, I will give it my all. Regardless, I will always bleed blue and will never forget these amazing last two years at Kentucky.

Thank You,

Kyle Wiltjer

Kentucky head coach John Calipari posted a response on CoachCal.com. Here is an excerpt:

As I do with all of our players over the summer, I’ve been in constant communication with Kyle Wiltjer over the last few weeks during his experience with the Canadian National Team. Kyle called me before he left for China and when he returned on Sunday.


After playing with Canada, Kyle feels like he could have a more prominent role in another program than he might have with us next season. He expressed to me that that’s the kind of situation he wants to be in for his last two years of eligibility. For his future, he may be right.

In my mind, Kyle is going to be a professional player as soon as his body begins to change. He has a mentality, a skill set and the length to be a pro, but the maturity of his body has not caught up with the rest of his game yet. He knows that and he’s working on that.

Kyle went from being the seventh man on the national championship team to the Sixth Man of the Year in the SEC, and I felt like over the next few years he was going to develop into the player I know he will eventually become. Unfortunately, that may happen somewhere else.

The one thing that all of us have to understand is every player we have is on a different path. There is no cookie cutter to this. When you talk about players first, every player is different – from their physical growth to their mindset, their academic progress and their mental maturity. Everyone is different, and they all need us in different ways.

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My Thoughts: There have been rumors that Wiltjer was seeking a transfer for much of the summer. The destination most often tossed around has been Gonzaga, which would put Kyle in a solid program and get him back on the West coast.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out but it certainly seems that Wiltjer is headed elsewhere to finish out his college career. Best of luck Kyle!

New Highlights of 2014 Ballard Star Quentin Snider

Here are some new highlights of 2014 Ballard star Quentin Snider, who is already committed to the University of Louisville:

Tony Delk Leaves New Mexico State to Be Closer to Family

Former Kentucky star Tony Delk has left the New Mexico State men's basketball program to be closer to family.

Delk spent last season as an assistant coach at New Mexico State.

Here is more from Las Cruces Sun-News:

New Mexico State basketball coach Marvin Menzies will have a slightly different staff in 2013.

Still in place are associate head coach Paul Weir (sixth year) and assistant Keith Brown (third year). But assistant Tony Delk left the program to be closer to family in the south, closer to his family, after two years and Coordinator of Player Development Ryan Mack left to take a head coaching job at Shelbyville High School in Indiana. Aerick Sanders will join Menzies on the bench and Eric Brand will replace Mack. "I hire guys with hopes of moving them up later on," Menzies said. "(Sanders) and I have a very positive lengthy relationship. He is a guy I have had earmarked for a long time."

Complete Article

Kentucky Wesleyan to Play Louisville in Exhibition Game

Kentucky Wesleyan College will play the Louisville Cardinals in an exhibition game to open the 2013-14 men's basketball season.

Here is a release from KWC:

Kentucky Wesleyan will play reigning NCAA Champion Louisville in an exhibition basketball contest to open the 2013-14 season, as announced by new KWC head men's coach Happy Osborne.

The Panthers will play the Cardinals on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in their downtown KFC Yum Center (22,000) at 7 p.m. ET. This marks the fourth time KWC has faced U of L in exhibition play and the sixth for a Osborne team.

"We're really looking forward to the opportunity to play Louisville and we appreciate Coach (Rick) Pitino's invitation," Osborne said.

"We also would like to thank Owensboro businessman and close Pitino friend Joe Iracane and former KWC Director of Athletics David Williams for initializing the contact.

"With their talent, athleticism and how hard they play for Pitino, it will definitely help prepare us for our season. To be the best you have to play the best and we have more than achieved our goal.

"This will be great for our fans to see us play the national champions in a great atmosphere in one of best basketball arenas in the country. "
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2012 Kentucky Wildcats to Reunite for Dyckman Tournament?

Doron Lamb has issued a warning to competitors in the Dyckman Basketball Tournament in New York City.

If Lamb's Tweet is any indication, he is planning to bring the 2012 national championship Kentucky Wildcats to Dyckman. Lamb's Tweet was retweeted by Anthony Davis:

Video: Holmes' 2016 PG Markel McClendon

Check out these new highlights of Covington Holmes' 2016 point guard Markel McClendon, who transferred to Holmes from Holy Cross at the end of last season:


Antoine Walker Wants to Coach the Boston Celtics

Former Kentucky and NBA star Antoine Walker says he wants to coach the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics are looking for a head coach now that Doc Rivers is on the move to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Walker had this to say on Twitter early Monday morning:



Highlights of 2014 Star LeRon Black at Run-N-Slam Classic

Check out these highlights of 2014 big man LeRon Black at the Run-N-Slam Classic:

Description: LeRon Black 2014 White Station with an off the backboard reverse dunk at the Run-N-Slam Classic. LeRon plays AAU for Team Thad and is being recruited by Baylor, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Arizona, UCLA, Duke, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Memphis, Missouri and Vanderbilt among others.


Assistant Wade O'Connor Leaving Donnie Tyndall's Staff at USM

Assistant coach Wade O'Connor is leaving Donnie Tyndall's staff at Southern Miss to be closer to family in southeast Ohio.

Here is more from HattiesburgAmerican.com:

“He’s been with me for the past three years, but we’ve been friends for over 20 years now, and it’s something that we talked about the whole year, off and on,” USM head coach Donnie Tyndall said. “It’s something that he’s really had a tough time with.”

Tyndall, who led the Golden Eagles to a school-record 27 victories in his first season in Hattiesburg, said he hoped to have O’Connor’s replacement on staff within the next few weeks.

Tyndall said he had three candidates that he hoped to approach.

“You always have two or three guys in mind, just in case,” Tyndall said. “I’d like to have them here by July 4 because (an evaluation) period is opening up.”

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

New Gorgui Dieng Workout Footage and Interview

Here some footage of former Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng at a recent pre-draft workout:

Description: Gorgui Dieng (Louisville, Huntington Prep, Senegal) works out in front of dozens of scouts at the Wasserman Draft Workout in Santa Monica on June 1, 2013. Includes an interview along with exclusive workout footage.


2016 7-Footer Raekwon Long is Headed to Scott County High School

I mentioned back in May that I spotted 7-footer Raekwon Long at the Kentucky state AAU tournament in Lexington.

At that time, I was told by a source that he was planning to relocate to Kentucky and would likely be playing in the 11th region.

Now, Evan Daniels is hearing that Long will be attending Scott County High School in 2013-14.

EvanDanielsFOX Getting word that 2016 7-footer Raekwon Long is headed to Scott County. High level prospect.

Long reportedly already has the interest of several high major schools, including Kentucky.

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