Saturday, July 6, 2013

KSTV Talks About Possible 2010 vs. 2012 UK Alumni Game

KSTV's Thomas Beisner and former Kentucky player Mark Krebs discuss the potential UK alumni game between the 2010 and 2012 teams:

Friday, July 5, 2013

Josh Harrellson Continues to Put Up Huge Numbers in China

Former Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson continues to put up huge numbers since his arrival to China's NBL league.

Harrellson, who plays for Chongqing Fly Dragon (14-3), had 21 points, 19 rebounds and 4 steals in a 96-74 win over Nanjin Army on Wednesday.

Through 17 games, he is putting up 21.4 points, 18.8 rebounds, 2.6 blocks adn 2.4 steals per game.

Chongqing currently has a camplete two-game lead over three other teams in the regular season standings.

NBL Standings

1. Chongqing FD 14-3
2. Sichuan BW 12-5
3. Changsha Bank 12-5
4. Jiangsu TX 12-5
5. Guangzhou L. 11-6
6. Hong Kong 10-7
7. Heilongjiang 6-11
8. Nanjin Army 4-13
9. Jiang Xi 4-13
10. Hebei S. 0-17

Wayne Turner To Be Featured in New Documentary

Former University of Kentucky star Wayne Turner will be featured in an upcoming documentary about the basketball culture in the neighborhood where Turner grew up.

Here is a release about the project:

There is a new documentary in production featuring former 2 time NCAA champion Wayne Turner, his brother 'Tiny', and the public housing project where they grew up in Boston, MA.

The film is being written and directed by Brian Culkin a former executive in the financial industry who has some decent basketball credentials himself. A three time UCAA all star, all time leading scorer in the history of Skidmore college, and a brief professional basketball career overseas, Culkin played with the younger Turner in the summer basketball leagues of Boston.

"It's kind of funny, we were actually the starting backcourt. I played the point and he played the two. We had amazing chemistry on the court and I think that is probably the main reason why I decided to take this project on after we reconnected so many years later."

Tiny, a veritable 'streetball' legend in the basketball rich culture of Mission Hill, contacted his old friend after he had been released from prison last summer and Culkin saw a powerful story that needed to be told.

"It's not necessarily about the Turner brothers. I feel a better way to describe it would be they are representing some of the factors, both social and historical, that define this seeming binary within the basketball culture of Mission Hill."

Eloy Vargas to Play for New York Knicks in NBA Summer League

Former University of Kentucky big man Eloy Vargas has reportedly signed with the New York Knicks for the upcoming NBA Summer League.

According to Scott Anderson of NationofBlue.com, Vargas worked out for three NBA teams and received an offer from the Knicks.

Here is an excerpt:

Vargas had been playing in the Santo Domingo League in the Dominican Republic where he averaged 19.4 points and 13.4 rebounds with San Lazaro. He was also Rookie of the Year and first team all tournament in the Districto Nacional League.


After working out for New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks and the Los Angeles Lakers, Eloy received an offer from the Knicks and he accepted.

Eloy’s agent, Glenn Schwartzman of Alliance Sports Management, is looking forward to the 6’11″ center’s run with the Knicks in Vegas.

“Eloy is looking to showcase his stuff for the Knicks, but also for the other 29 teams in the NBA and everyone else internationally. Not only is he healthy, but he is back playing at a high level and it will be a good opportunity for him.”

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Rick Pitino Tells Brad Stevens He Will Love Boston

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, who once coached the Boston Celtics, sent a congratulatory message to new Celtics head man Brad Stevens.

Pitino told Stevens he will love the Boston area.

scott_souza New #Celtics coach Brad Stevens said former C's coach Rick Pitino sent him message of congrats, telling him how much he will love Boston.

Matt Moore of CBSSports.com says Pitino is an "NCAA legend and NBA disgrace" and adds that "he ran the team (Celtics) into the ground."

Here is an excerpt of Moore's comments:

NCAA legend and NBA disgrace Rick Pitino had a message for Brad Stevens when his fellow college coach took over the franchise Pitino -- uh -- well -- let's just say it. He ran the team into the ground.

Pitino coached the Celtics for four seasons in his second NBA stint (the first in the late 80s with the Knicks), and lead them to a 102-146 record. He pushed legendary figure Red Auerbach to the fringes and was given way too much power as an executive, something Stevens won't have to worry about. He drafted Chauncey Billups, who was a disaster before coming into his own and winnig a championship later in his career, then traded Billups before he could develop.

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Nerlens Noel Stars in "Block Party" Mixtape

Former Kentucky star Nerlens Noel stars in "Block Party" mixtape:


Brescia University Signs Bethlehem's Jordan Cooper-Livers

Brescia University men's basketball has finished up their 2013-14 recruiting class with Bethlehem High School's Jordan Cooper-Livers.

Here is a release from BU:

Brescia men's basketball coach Josh Gibson has put the finishing touch on his 2013 recruiting class by signing the heralded point guard from Bethlehem (KY) High School, Jordan Cooper-Livers.

Cooper-Livers, a 5-8 point guard, caught the eye of coach Gibson with his tenacity and approach to the game.  "I like his physicality at the guard position and the way he attacks the rim with malicious intent," Gibson said.

Jordan helped Bethlehem to its best three year period in school history amassing 59 wins and making the 5th Region tournament each year.  The 2012-13 season saw the Eagles go 26-6 and earn their first District title since 1988, all on the back of Cooper-Livers.  Said Jordan, "I'm excited at the chance to play in college and at Brescia."  Gibson added, "We're really excited to get him."

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Isaiah Canaan, Terrence Jones on Rockets Summer League Roster

The Houston Rockets have released their 2013 NBA Summer League roster.

The roster includes Terrence Jones (Kentucky), Isaiah Canaan (Murray State) and Robert Covington (Tennessee State).

The Rockets will be playing in the 2013 Orlando Pro Summer League, which runs from July 7th through July 12th at the Orlando Magic's practice court in Amway Center

Houston Rockets 2013 NBA Summer League Roster:

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Last Team/College
5 James Anderson SG 6-06 215 Houston Rockets
12 Patrick Beverley PG 6-01 185 Houston Rockets
16 Vander Blue SG 6-04 220 Marquette
1 Isaiah Canaan PG 6-00 188 Murray St.
44 Jack Cooley PF 6-09 246 Notre Dame
33 Robert Covington PF 6-09 215 Tennessee St.
35 Jordan Henriquez C 6-11 250 Kansas St.
26 Tyler Honeycutt SF 6-08 188 Rio Grande Valley Vipers (NBA D-League)
6 Terrence Jones PF 6-09 252 Houston Rockets
9 Toure' Murray SG 6-05 200 Rio Grande Valley Vipers (NBA D-League)
14 Tim Ohlbrecht C 6-11 255 Houston Rockets
4 Greg Smith C 6-10 250 Houston Rockets
2 Casper Ware PG 5-10 177 Novipiu Casale Monferrato (Italy)
15 B.J. Young SG 6-03 180 Arkansas

* Covington has reportedly signed a 2-year deal with the Rockets that includes a sizable guarantee:

DraftExpress  Robert Covington will sign a two year partially guaranteed contract with the Houston Rockets, sources say. Guarantee is substantial (~150k).

League Source on Brad Stevens: He's the anti-Calipari, the anti-Pitino

A "league source" talked to the Boston Globe this week about the Celtics' decision to hire Butler head coach Brad Stevens to take over the franchise.

In giving his thoughts on Stevens, the source said the new Celtics coach is "the anti-[John] Calipari, the anti-[Rick] Pitino."

He added, "Those guys, they think it’s about them. He’s going to learn that it’s about the players and that’s going to help."

Here is an excerpt:

And then Wednesday, the Celtics shocked all but a few by announcing Stevens was their next head coach, signing him to a deal that league sources said is for six years and $22 million.

The Celtics will introduce Stevens and his family Friday at a news conference in Waltham.

Though the move was perhaps more stunning because it was kept under wraps in an age when few secrets are kept, it was also generally applauded by those across the league.

“You always have those questions, ‘Does the transition from college to the pros work?’ and all that,” a league source said.

“[But] he’s the anti-[John] Calipari, the anti-[Rick] Pitino. Those guys, they think it’s about them. He’s going to learn that it’s about the players and that’s going to help.

“Everything is a risk, but this is a good risk.”

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

New Highlights of 2014 Kentucky Recruit Cliff Alexander

Check out these new highlights of 2014 Kentucky recruit Cliff Alexander:

Kentucky Alunmi Game Tentatively Scheduled for September 9

According to University of Kentucky spokesman DeWayne Peevy, the UK basketball alumni game is tentatively scheduled for September 9.

The game will likely be a battle between the 2010 and 2012 teams.

UKDeWaynePeevy Happy Independence Day! For those that asked, we are aiming for Sept. 9 for the UK Men's Basketball Charity Alumni Game. Mark your calendars

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

2010 vs. 2012 UK Basketball Alumni Game in the Works?

It sounds like another Kentucky men's basketball alumni game is in the works.

DeWayne Peevy, UK's Deputy Director of Athletics, says the 2010 team has challenged the 2012 national champs:

UKDeWaynePeevy The 2010 team has challenged the 2012 champs. @AntDavis23 @uknum1 @MKG14 @DLamb20 @TerrenceJones1 @marquisteague25 @EVargas30 are u in?

Who you taking?

Tubby Smith Talks About Turning Things Around at Texas Tech

Former University of Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith talks about his new gig at Texas Tech University:


Germantown Academy's Greg Dotson Commits to Morehead State

Greg Dotson, a 6-foot-5 forward from Germantown Academy (PA), has committed to play college basketball at Morehead State University.

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Peyton Siva on Detroit's Summer League Roster for Orlando

Former Louisville star Peyton Siva will be playing in the Orlando Pro Summer League for the Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons took Siva in the second round of last week's NBA Draft.

Here's a look a the team's roster and schedule for Orlando:

Summer league roster



1 Andre Drummond C
24 Kim English G
20 Ryan Evans G/F
42 JaJuan Johnson F
55 Viacheslav Kravtsov C
6 Korie Lucious G
32 Khris Middleton G/F
9 Tony Mitchell F
44 Travis Peterson F/C
23 E.J. Singler G/F
25 Kyle Singler F
34 Peyton Siva G

Summer league schedule



- Monday: vs. Brooklyn, 5 p.m.
- Tuesday: vs. Boston, 3 p.m.
- Wednesday: vs. Oklahoma City, 1 p.m.
- July 11: vs. Miami, 1 p.m.
- July 12: Championship game (TBD)

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Aaron Harrison Sr. Says Harrison Twins ARE in Lexington and Taking Classes

According to Aaron Harrison, Sr., the Harrison twins are still in Lexington and taking classes.

Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal spoke to the elder Harrison:

KyleTucker_CJ The Harrison twins' father tells me his sons are still in Lexington and taking some classes but "a different load than the others."

KyleTucker_CJ Aaron Harrison Sr. said he didn't want to explain the situation incorrectly, though, and referred all further questions to UK.

KyleTucker_CJ James Young's stepfather also defers to UK for explanation of his enrollment but said "James is looking forward to playing in the fall."

KyleTucker_CJ Young's stepfather added that "you'll be seeing lots of us off and on this summer."

It was reported earlier this morning on Kentucky Sports Radio that the Harrison twins and James Young are no longer in Lexington because they could not enroll in summer classes.

UPDATE:

Matt Jones of KSR contends that the Harrison twins are not taking classes in Lexington:

KySportsRadio The Harrison Twins are not taking classes in Lexington

Harrison Twins, James Young No Longer in Lexington; Will Return Before the Fall Semester (UPDATED)

Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and James Young were in Lexington last weekend but will not be staying in Lexington for the summer.

According to a report, the three Kentucky freshmen-to-be were unable to enroll in summer school at UK because their high school classes lasted into mid-June. UK's summer session officially began on June 6.

All three players are expected back later this summer, likely in late-July or early-August.

H/T: Matt Jones and Drew Franklin

UPDATE: Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal spoke to Aaron Harrison Sr. and he says his sons ARE still in Lexington and taking classes

Video: Montrezl Harrell Dunking at FIBA U19 World Championships

Watch as Louisville's Montrezl Harrell finishes off a perfectly-executed fast break for the United States U19 team:



Through 5 games at the World Championships, Harrell is averaging 9.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.

Emmanuel Mudiay Talks to Calipari "Almost Daily"; Will Attend Big Blue Madness

Emmanuel Mudiay, who ranks No. 3 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014, says in the interview below that he talks to Kentucky head coach John Calipari "almost daily."

Mudiay hears Kentucky fans "are crazy" and says "there's no fans like them." He also confirms that he plans to attend UK's Big Blue Madness event:


Darius Miller on New Orleans Pelicans' Summer League Roster

Former University of Kentucky and Mason County High School star Darius Miller is on the New Orleans Pelicans' summer league roster.

Miller averaged 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds per game for the Pelicans in 2012-13.

Here's a look at the roster:

Austin Rivers The 10th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, the Duke University product was playing the best basketball of his rookie year when his season was cut short by a broken hand on March 6. The son of new Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers appeared in 61 regular season games, including 26 starts, while logging 1,418 minutes. He averaged 6.2 and 2.1 assists.

Brian Roberts An overseas star in Germany, the 27-year-old NBA rookie made steady progress in 2012-13, after first garnering attention from fans at summer league (average of 13.8 points). A starter in five late-regular season games, Roberts contributed a 13-point, 18-assist breakout performance in a March 25 upset win over Denver. It was a single-game season high among all rookies for assists. The Ohio native averaged 15.3 points and 7.0 assists in NOLA’s last four games.

Darius Miller Like several New Orleans young players, Miller received a greater opportunity to play during the second half of 2012-13. A reluctant offensive player for much of his rookie campaign, he delivered 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting in a 24-point rout of Denver on March 25. On the season, the Kentucky product shot an above-average 39.3 percent from three-point range.

Lance Thomas A natural power forward, the Duke University product started nine times last season at small forward, prior to Al-Farouq Aminu gaining control of the first-string job. The New York City native’s individual highlight of last season was a 12-point outing he had in a loss at Brooklyn on March 12. Thomas led New Orleans’ 2012 summer league team with averages of 14.0 points and 7.2 rebounds.

Terrel Harris Initially signed to a 10-day contract by New Orleans on March 8, the Oklahoma State product’s aggressive individual defense helped him stick on the roster for the remainder of 2012-13. A two-year NBA veteran, he spent 2011-12 with the eventual NBA champion Miami Heat, appearing in 22 games. He played 20 games for New Orleans last season.

Jon Brockman An NBA reserve for three seasons from 2009-12, the burly power forward played a total of 150 NBA games for Sacramento and Milwaukee. When Brockman was a rookie with the Kings in 2009-10, one of Sacramento’s assistant coaches was Bryan Gates. Gates is serving as New Orleans’ summer league head coach this month.

Will Cherry Like 2012-13 NBA Rookie of the Year and Cherry’s high school friend Damian Lillard, the Oakland native opted to play his college basketball in the Big Sky Conference. At Montana, the 6-foot-1 point guard was named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year as a junior.

Tamir Jackson The 6-foot-3 guard is the sixth-leading scorer in the history of Rice. As a senior in 2012-13, he led the Owls in scoring and rebounding, ranking third among all Conference USA players in points per game (17.7). He is a cousin of New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton.

Matt Lojeski Similar to the Pelicans’ Brian Roberts, Lojeski is a late-20s prospect who is attempting to make another bid at reaching the NBA. The University of Hawaii forward was named to the All-WAC second team as a senior in 2006-07. He was the MVP of the Ethias League in Belgium in 2012-13.

Cameron Moore A 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward, he excelled in college at UAB, where the Web site Mid-Major Madness assessed that Moore “plays defense like he’s a genetic clone of Anthony Davis.” The San Antonio native led Conference USA in rebounding and blocked shots as a senior. He spent 2012-13 playing professionally in the Ukrainian League.

Josh Owens The 6-foot-9, 240-pound power forward was a college teammate of Pelicans center Robin Lopez for one season at Stanford University. After going undrafted by the NBA in 2012, Owens spent last season in the D-League with Idaho, averaging 5.4 points and 4.6 rebounds.

Elston Turner Jr. The son of eight-year NBA veteran guard and longtime NBA assistant coach Elston Turner Sr., the 6-foot-5 guard was an All-SEC first-team selection in 2012-13. The Texas A&M product paced the Aggies in scoring average (17.5) and was No. 1 in the SEC in minutes per game (35.6).

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Eric Bledsoe Goes to Phoenix as Part of Three-Team Trade

Former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe has been traded to the Phoenix Suns as part of a three-team trade between the Suns, Clippers and Bucks.

The Clippers traded Caron Butler and Bledsoe to th
e Suns. The Bucks sent J.J. Redick to the Clippers. The Clippers also acquired Jared Dudley from the Suns.  In exchange, the Bucks received two future second round draft picks, one from the Clippers and one from the Suns.

Bledsoe averaged 8.5 points, 3.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game last season for Los Angeles.

John Calipari Releases His Annual Recruiting Manifesto

Kentucky head coach John Calipari has put out his annual "recruiting manifesto." As always, it's a very interesting read.

Here is an excerpt from CoachCal.com:

Ultimately, what I think a kid should be thinking about is what’s in the best interest of his individual career.

When a student-athlete is making a decision where he wants to play college basketball, he should decide who can prepare him the best and who can put him in the best position to reach his dreams. Those should be the overriding factors. The player has to understand to truly reach his potential, he must: 1.) Be on a team that wins and has a chance to win a national championship, 2.) Work beyond his comfort level, and 3.) Be willing to make sacrifices for his team.

Those have to be the overriding factors because if it’s solely about who he’s going to play with or what region of the country he wants to be in, that kid may find himself in a position where his individual career is in jeopardy because of secondary desires. Everything else is just an add-on.

Otherwise, what if the person you want to play with gets hurt? Or what if three players leave after one year before you even get to campus and leave you there by yourself? How about this: If the Miami Heat drafts you, you aren’t going to go because you want to stay in the Northeast?

It comes back to, is this the place that can prepare me the best to reach my dreams and have they done it with players like me? Has there been an environment that has brought players together where all the players have benefited? Who can help me grow as a person and as a player? Who can put me in the best position? Where can we win and play at the highest level? Who has coached players like me? Have they helped build a foundation for their future success?

If a program tells you that you’re so good that it doesn’t matter where you go to school, that’s the first school I’m marking off my list. History tells us that it’s just not true. It does matter where you go. I’m not saying that Kentucky is the only place that can make your dreams come true, because this isn’t for everybody, but for anybody to say that it doesn’t matter where you go – without trying to embarrass any players – we know that’s not true.

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Fleming County's Darion Burns Out 6-9 Months with Torn ACL

Fleming County High School point guard Darion Burns suffered a torn ACL at WKU Elite camp on Friday.

Burns confirmed the injury on his Twitter account and said he will miss 6-9 months of basketball action following surgery:

Dburns12  @Troythatman10 I tore my ACL bruh.

Dburns12  @Troythatman10 6-9 months after I have surgery.

The injury is obviously a major one for Burns and the Fleming County program, which is expected to once again compete for the 16th Region championship in 2014.

Highlights from Fab Frosh All-American Camp Top 20 Game

Check out these highlights from the Fab Frosh All-American Camp Top 20 game, which was held over the weekend in Lexington:


Nazr Mohammed Agrees to One-Year Deal with the Bulls

Former Kentucky big man Nazr Mohammed will return to the Chicago Bulls for another season.

Mohammed agreed to a one-year deal, veteran's minimum deal with the Bulls earlier this season.

Here is more from the Chicago Tribune:

The veteran center verbally agreed Tuesday to a one-year, veteran's minimum deal that he can sign July 10. This will be the Chicago native's 16th season.

"I feel great," Mohammed said by phone. "I'm looking forward to us staying healthy and competing for a title."

Mohammed said the opportunity to stay in his hometown, finally play with Derrick Rose and work for a winning team made it "an easy decision."


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Several NBA Teams Showing Interest in Free Agent Francisco Garcia

According to numerous reports, free agent Francisco Garcia is hearing from several NBA teams for the 2013-14 season.

The Knicks, Lakers and Trail Blazers are reportedly all showing interest in the former Louisville star.

JohnnyNBA #Lakers interested in: Delfino, Francisco Garcia, Chris Copeland, Chase Budinger, Nick Young, Jordan Farmar, Ellington, Dunleavy and Mullens

NYPost_Berman #Knicks eye Rockets free agent SF Francisco Garcia, Bronx product who is interested in #Knicks http://nyp.st/15cFkI2

jwquick The Blazers will talk with agent Aaron Goodwin later today or Tuesday about free agents Matt Barnes and Francisco Garcia


New Highlights: 2015 Kentucky, Louisville Recruit Stephen Zimmerman

Check out these new highlights of 2015 Kentucky and Louisville recruit Stephen Zimmerman, who currently ranks No. 2 overall on the Rivals.com list:


Doron Lamb, A.J. Slaughter on Orlando's Summer League Roster

The Orlando Magic have announced their roster for the upcoming Orlando Pro Summer League.

The roster includes former Kentucky star Doron Lamb and ex-Western Kentucky guard A.J. Slaughter.

The event takes place at Orlando's practice court at the Amway Center from July 7-12, 2013. The 25-game, six-day event will feature the Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz.

2013 ORLANDO MAGIC SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER
(as of July 1, 2013 – SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

NO.NAMEPOSHTWTBIRTHDATECOLLEGELAST TEAM
40Jared BerggrenC6-112404-2-90WisconsinWisconsin
8Keith ClantonF6-92508-18-90UCFUCF
13Glen DandridgeG-F6-62207-16-85LambuthSpirou-Belgium
7Matt GatensG6-52106-13-89IowaUCAM Murica-Spain
21Maurice HarklessF6-82105-11-93St. John'sOrlando Magic
12Tobias HarrisF6-82267-15-92TennesseeOrlando Magic
20DeQuan JonesF6-82216-20-90Miami (FL)Orlando Magic
1Doron LambG6-421011-6-91KentuckyOrlando Magic
31Shane LawalC6-1023010-8-86Wayne StateTezenis Verona-Italy
23Rodney McGruderG6-42057-29-91Kansas StateKansas State
6Ramone MooreG6-51905-27-89TempleSpringfield D-League
50Andrae NelsonF6-6230 MorehouseMorehouse
44Andrew NicholsonF6-925012-8-89St. BonaventureOrlando Magic
5Victor OladipoG6-52155-4-92IndianaIndiana
2Kyle O'QuinnF-C6-102403-26-90Norfolk StateOrlando Magic
24Romero OsbyF6-82405-7-90OklahomaOklahoma
22A.J. SlaughterG6-31858-3-87Western KentuckyCholet-France
30Eric WiseG-F6-62403-24-90USCUSC

STAFF
Head Coach: Jacque Vaughn (Kansas)
Assistant Coaches: James Borrego (San Diego), Wes Unseld Jr. (Johns Hopkins), Brett Gunning (UNLV)
Assistant Coaches/Player Development: Laron Profit (Maryland), Luke Stuckey (Iowa Wesleyan)
Athletic Trainer: Keon Weise (Maryland)
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Joe Rogowski (DePauw)
Assistant Director of Team Operations: Rodney Powell (Marshall)
 

*SUMMER LEAGUE STAFF: Head Coach James Borrego, Assistant Coaches Luke Stuckey, Zach Guthrie, Matt Hill
 
 

John Wall Speaks Chinese? Not So Much

John Wall speaks Chinese? Well...sort of.

Watch as Yi Jianlian interviews Wall and Dwight Howard in Chinese:



Wall is currently visiting China with several other NBA stars:

John_Wall  Blessed RT @Mattyd2985: Outside the @adidasHoops store in #Shanghai @John_Wall @rickyrubio9 @RelativitySport pic.twitter.com/dLeyNTWxyr

Earl Clark to Visit the Cleveland Cavaliers Today

Former Louisville star Earl Clark will visit the Cleveland Cavaliers today, according to reports
.

Here is an excerpt:

Earl Clark is visiting with the Cavaliers on Tuesday, The Sporting News reported. The Cavs’ interest in the 6-foot-10, 225-pound power forward is legitimate, one source said.

They’ve liked him for quite some time. He also played for Cavs coach Mike Brown last season with the Los Angeles Lakers before the latter was fired.

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Nerlens Noel: All-Access on NBA Draft Night

All-access with former Kentucky star Nerlens Noel on NBA Draft night:

Kyle Kuric to Play for Oklahoma City in NBA Summer League

Former University of Louisville guard Kyle Kuric will be playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the upcoming NBA Summer League.

ThunderObsessed Kyle Kuric former UofL Card, will play w/OKC during Summer League-last played w/Asefa Estudiantes of Madrid" #opportunity

Kuric played last season for Asefa Estudiantes Madrid in Spain's top-level ACB league. In 33 games, he averaged 11.2 points and 2.0 rebounds. He was 56-for-142 (39.4%) from the three-point line.

Rick Pitino to Deliver Keynote Address at IBEX Industry Breakfast in September

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino will serve as the keynote speaker at the International Boatbuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) Industry Breakfast on September 17.

Here is more from BoatingIndustry.com:

BROOKLIN, ME—June 27, 2013—The International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announces that Rick Pitino, celebrated basketball coach of the Louisville Cardinals, will deliver the keynote address at the IBEX Industry Breakfast, to be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, from 7:30 to 9:30 am.

Pitino has been head coach of the University of Louisville’s Cardinals since 2001, guiding them to victory in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship. He has also served as head coach to Boston University, Providence College, and the University of Kentucky, and he has served two stints in the NBA, coaching the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics.

Pitino began coaching in 1975, and has led many teams to big wins over his long career. Pitino is the only NCAA coach to have led three different teams to the Final Four, and he is the only NCAA coach to bring two of those teams to the NCAA Basketball Championship. Pitino is also a frequent motivational speaker, and the author of several books, including “Success is a Choice” and “Lead to Succeed.”

“Rick Pitino’s energy and inspiring leadership is a great way to kick off IBEX,” says Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “We are confident everyone will enjoy his talk and take away some positive reflections they can apply to their own businesses.”

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Nerlens Noel and John Wall Give Funny Comments on Noel's Hair

Listen to former Kentucky stars Nerlens Noel and John Wall give funny comments on Noel's hair:

Monday, July 1, 2013

Nerlens Noel Brings Food to Homeless People in NYC

Former Kentucky star Nerlens Noel brought food to homeless people sleeping outside a church in New York City last night.

Here is a picture posted by Thomas Beisner of KSTV on Twitter:

thomasbeisner Last night in NYC, Nerlens Noel brought food to the homeless sleeping outside a church. Dude has character issues. pic.twitter.com/7SH2Gci1y6

Oscar Combs Comments on the Rivalry Between Calipari and Pitino

Check out Oscar Combs' thoughts on the rivalry between John Calipari and Rick Pitino:



Source: One Dead Person: Oscar Combs on Calipari V. Pitino from Rory Owen Delaney on Vimeo.




Chane Behanan Highlights from Devores-City Gear Summer League

Louisville's Chane Behanan has been playing well in the Deveroes-City Gear Summer League. Here are some highlights:

Former Louisville Player Zach Price is Transferring to Missouri

Former Louisville player Zach Price has announced that he is transferring to Missouri:

theJPrice Papers are signed, and Mizzou is now where I reside! #TigerNation pic.twitter.com/hjGYxbc8iQ

He added a few other interesting comments:

theJPrice When it's all said and done i promise I will write a book, trust me, it will be interesting.

theJPrice Everybody already asking me for UK tickets 😂😂😂😂😂😂 seesh!

theJPrice I had already seen my dreams unfold and nightmares come true, new beginning now! Waiting on my moment

Campbellsville University Signs Trinity's Miles Rice for 2013-14

Campbellsville University has signed Trinity High School's Miles Rice for the 2013-14 men's basketball season.

Here is a release from CU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Campbellsville University signed its fifth high school senior in late April, adding Trinity High School's Miles Rice to the 2013-14 roster.

"Miles is going to be a very good player for us. He brings a lot of qualities that could make him a very special player," said Keith Adkins, CU head coach. "His toughness and ability to defend are the things that make him ready to play at the college level, immediately. Offensively, he can play the point or off the ball as a shooting guard."  
 
Rice, who joins Trinity teammate DeMarcus Page as a 2013 signee, averaged nine points and four rebounds per game for the Shamrocks this past season, while shooting 78 percent from the free throw line. He also led the team in assists and steals. 
 
"Miles is one of the best all around players we have had at Trinity. He can play multiple positions because of his strength and athleticism," said Mike Szabo, Trinity High School head basketball coach. "He is a major reason why we have had so much success. He is a team first player. He is so unselfish and is always willing to do what was best for the team. We will miss his talent, his leadership and most importantly his character. Miles Rice is a winner!"
 
 
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Luke Hancock Makes Final Roster for USA World University Games Team

Louisville's Luke Hancock was named to the final 12-man roster for the 2013 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team over the weekend.

Here is a release from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's basketball team is sending another player overseas this summer to compete for USA Basketball.

On Saturday, rising senior Luke Hancock was named to the final 12-man roster for the 2013 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team, it was announced from Colorado Springs, Colo. Louisville teammate Montrezl Harrell was named to USA Men's U-19 World Championship Team nearly two weeks ago, making Louisville the only school to have at least one participant on the World University Games Team and the U-19 World Championship Team.

Hancock initially was one of 26 players invited to compete for a roster spot at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Training camp continues through Sunday, June 30, and the team departs for Russia on Monday, July 1.

The men's basketball portion of the 2013 World University Games runs from July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia  The Roanoke, Va., native played in all 40 games in 2012-13 and was instrumental in Louisville's third NCAA national title.

For the season, Hancock knocked down a team-best 63 3-pointers and totaled 40 steals. In the national championship victory over Michigan, the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player totaled 22 points and two steals, going 5-of-5 from beyond the arc.

"Clearly versatility, we have guys that can play more than one position, that's one of the great strengths we have," USA and Davidson head coach Bob McKillop said. "I think we shoot the ball particularly well from a number of positions, and we've got guys who want to be teammates. Those two things, to me, are the biggest advantages that we have, or the biggest strengths for our team."

Along with McKillop, the U.S. coaching staff consists of Michigan's John Beilein and South Carolina's Frank Martin, each of whom are serving as assistants.

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Randolph Morris Re-Signs With the Beijing Ducks

Former University of Kentucky star Randolph Morris has re-signed with the Beijing Ducks in China's top-level CBA league.

Here is more from OneWorldSports.com:

As reported last week by Chinese media, center Randolph Morris has re-signed with the Ducks for another season. Terms of his deal were not disclosed, though it is believed to be just a one-year deal.
The decision to bring back Morris, who helped the Ducks win their first and only CBA championship in 2011-12, is smart. The 7-footer is arguably the most versatile and skilled center in the league. Able to out muscle shorter or smaller defenders on the block, shoot from midrange, and draw fouls at a high rate, Morris is a tough matchup every single night. He is also the perfect complement to Stephon Marbury, whose effectiveness getting into the paint is predicated on spread sets -- an environment in which Morris thrives.

Beyond that, Morris, entering his fourth season with Beijing, flourishes in China, which isn’t always a given for foreign players. Among people within the league, he has a reputation of being no-fuss, low-maintenance, high-integrity player who shows up for work and does his job. If Beijing decided to make a switch -- and there were clamors from both fans and media to do that after Morris played poorly against Shandong in the semi-finals -- the Ducks would have entered 2013-14 with an unknown. For a team that’s still a title contender, that was ultimately too risky.

Beijing head coach Min Lulei pointed to Morris’ comfortableness with the club as the key reason why the two sides extended their contract.

“Morris has a very good relationship with the team and both sides are familiar with each other,” Lulei said. “As a big man, he’s definitely the best fit for Beijing.”

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Video: UK Bound Julius Randle Dominates an Open Run

Watch as Kentucky freshman-to-be Julius Randle absolutely dominates an open run recently:

Forbes: NBA Draft Slide Will Cost Nerlens Noel $10 Million

According to Forbes, Nerlens Noel's slide from No. 1 to No. 6 in the 2013 NBA Draft will eventually cost him some $10 million.

Here is an excerpt about "the math" of NBA rookie money:

But rookies can be paid anywhere from 80% to 120% of the values in the above pay scale; in other words, the first overall pick can make from $3.5 million to $5.3 million in his first year. In the case of high first-round picks, however, it’s almost always the case that players will net the full 120% contract value.

After adjusting for that 120% increase, these are the expected contract values of the top six picks in this year’s draft:

Again, the third and fourth years are team options. That drop from first to sixth will cost Noel $4.4 million in his first two years. Include the team options, and Noel’s potential earnings fall from $24 million to $14.3 million, a nearly $10 million dip.

That’s a tough pill to swallow for a 19-year-old kid who has spent the last few months being told he was the draft’s top pick. And the earnings dip doesn’t necessarily end after those four years – his team’s max qualifying offer will be $5.8 million when his contract expires in 2017. Bennett, who went first overall to the Cavaliers, will have a max qualifying offer of $9.5 million.

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John Calipari "Uncorked" on the NBA Draft

WTVQ caught up with Kentucky head coach John Calipari over the weekend. Here is Cal discussing the NBA Draft:



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Ed Daniel to Play for Atlanta in the NBA Summer League

Former Murray State big man Ed Daniel has decided to play for the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Summer League:

AlexKennedyNBA Change of plans: Undrafted free agent Ed Daniel will play for the Hawks' summer league team. He decided to join Atlanta over Houston.

Daniel was not taken in the NBA Draft and is hoping to catch on as a free agent.

Calipari Texted with Wiltjer, Still Unsure of Transfer

Kentucky head coach John Calipari told Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News Saturday that he has been texting with junior Kyle Wiltjer and is still unsure on Wiltjer's possible transfer.

bobpockrass For #uk fans & @tsnmike ...Calipari - today's prerace pace-car driver - said he texted with Kyle Wiltjer today and still unsure on transfer.

According to Greg Wiltjer, Kyle's father, his son has not made a decision and is still a Kentucky Wildcat:

"Kyle is still a Kentucky Wildcat," Greg says of Kyle, the former Jesuit High standout who played the past two seasons for John Calipari. "He loves being a Kentucky Wildcat. He's not 100 percent committed to transferring."

The senior Wiltjer added these comments:

"Kyle is midway through the college process," his father says. "The reason he chose Kentucky was a chance to win a national championship, play with the best players in the nation and be in position to have an opportunity to play beyond college. Now he's looking at what lies in front of him.

'Kyle has a great relationship with Calipari, but he's not a stereotypical Calipari player. If he were at Duke or some other place, they'd be running him off screens, but that's not the Kentucky system. And now he has all these thoroughbreds coming in. Kyle's biggest challenge is his body. He needs to get stronger and quicker, to get help with nutrition, strength and agility."

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Houston Rockets Introduce Isaiah Canaan

Former Murray State star Isaiah Canaan was introduced by the Houston Rockets over the weekend:



Houston GM Daryl Morey discusses Canaan:


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Josh Harrellson Named Asia-Basket.com NBL Player of the Week in China

Former Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson was named Asia-Basket.com NBL Player of the Week over the weekend.

Harrellson had a monster performance with 30 points and 23 rebounds in a win over Jiang Xi last week.

Here is more from Asia-Basket.com:

American Josh Harrellson (208-F-89) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Chongqing FD and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 14.

The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and twenty three rebounds, while his team outclassed Jiang Xi (#9, 2-12) with 32-point margin 118-86. It allowed Chongqing FD to consolidate first place in the Chinese NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chongqing FD has a very solid 11-3 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Harrellson had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Chongqing FD, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of Kentucky graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harrellson. Harrellson is in league's top in points (7th best: 21.7ppg) and averages solid 2.8bpg and 2.4spg.

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Video: Archie Goodwin Introduced to the Phoenix Suns

Former Kentucky star Archie Goodwin was introduced to the Phoenix Suns' organization on Friday. Here is his introductory press conference:

Benfica Opts to Not Renew Heshimu Evans' Contract

Portuguese club team Benfica has decided to not renew the contract of former Kentucky forward Heshimu Evans.

Evans, who has been a part of two LPB league championships with Benfica, averaged 7.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game last season.

His lengthy professional career has taken him to Angola, Spain and Portugal.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Benfica also re-upped the deals with Pedro Belo (214-C/F-92) and Frederick Gentry (201-F-77, college: McNeese St.). Pedro Belo tallied 1.6 points per game last season. The centre mainly played for Benfica B in Proliga. His stats read 6.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game there.


Frederick Gentry will enter the third straight season with Benfica. Last season the forward notched 9.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game for the Eagles.

In the meantime Benfica opted not to renew the contracts with Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky), Ricky Franklin (185-PG-87, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) and Miguel Minhava (195-G-83).

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John Calipari is Ready to Get Back to Winning

Now that the 2013 NBA Draft is over, Kentucky head coach John Calipari is ready to get back to winning.

He posted his thoughts on Twitter Friday:

UKCoachCalipari The year officially ended last night with the end of the #NBADraft. Now we move on to next year. Happy for @NerlensNoel3 and @A1Laflare10.

UKCoachCalipari Now let’s get back to winning big and set a new draft record. The only way that happens is if this talented group has one heartbeat.

Terrence Williams Waived by the Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics have waived former Louisville star Terrence Williams.

Here is a release from NBA.com:

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics announced today that they have waived guard/forward Terrence Williams.

Williams, a 6’6” guard/forward, appeared in 24 games for the Celtics during the 2012-13 season and averaged 4.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 13.3 minutes per game. He also appeared in five games for the Celtics during the playoffs and averaged 1.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 9.6 minutes per game.

Report: Utah Transfer Justin Seymour is Headed to Murray State

According to a report by OntheRadarHoops, Utah transfer Justin Seymour is headed to Murray State University.

Seymour, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 11.6 minutes, 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game as a freshman at Utah.

He will have to sit out the 2013-14 season under NCAA transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Brandon Knight Highlights from 2012-13 NBA Season

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight had a few unlucky moments durng his sophomore season in the NBA, but the news wasn't all bad. He also averaged 13.3 points, 4.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game.

Here are some of the highlights:

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