Friday, July 12, 2013

Daniel Orton Has Transitioned Into "A Monster" on the Court

Former University of Kentucky big man Daniel Orton is showing a different side on the court these days from what many fans might remember from his brief stay in Lexington.

NewsOK.com says Orton was showing Orlando what it missed with his play during the first few days of the Orlando Pro Summer League.

One person described Orton as "a monster" on the court.

In his first two games in Orlando, Orton averaged 12 points and 5.5 rebounds. He then suffered a mild concussion and had to miss the final three games.

Here is an excerpt from NewOK.com:

Fans and media members from all over were gushing about how good Orton looked.

“A monster” was what one person said Orton looked like, using the word as a term of endearment to describe his play.

But no group was more surprised than the locals in the Orlando media — the same people who watched Orton sit the bench for the first two years of his career before his unceremonious exit.
They couldn't believe how well Orton moved, how explosive he had become, how feathery his t
ouch had grown and how aggressive he was around the rim.

“All credit is due to the Thunder, the organization and the staff,” Orton said.

“I'm just putting in work. Every day going to work and working hard.”

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Hancock's 27 Not Enough, Team Canada Knocks USA Out of Medal Contention at World University Games

Louisville's Luke Hancock scored a game-high 27 points but it wasn't enough as Team Canada defeated the United States 94-85 at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.

The loss knocks Team USA out of medal contention and leaves them in the ninth place game.

“We didn't defend well enough to win the game,” Hancock said after the game. “That's as simple as it gets. If you give up that many points, it's going to be hard to win games no matter what you do.”

Brady Heslip led Canada with 20 points. Kentucky's Kyle Wiltjer only played 4 minutes, finishing with 2 points.

Box Score:


James Bolden Drains Game-Winning Bomb for Kentucky Travelers

Holmes High School star James "Beetle" Bolden nailed a three-pointer in overtime last night to give the Kentucky Travelers a huge victory at the Peach Jam.

With the final seconds ticking away in a tie game, Bolden drained a step-back bomb to give the Travelers a 79-76 win over the Oakland Soldiers.

Kentucky recruit Stanley Johnson nailed a 75-footer that would have tied the game again but officials determined that the shot was taken after time had already expired.

Johnson led all scorers with 28 points on 11-for-22 field goal shooting. He also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

Knott County Central's Camron Justice led the Travelers with 18 points and 3 steals. Zach McCormick added 13 points and 4 assists. Bolden finished with 12 points and the game-winner off the bench.

With the critical win, the Travelers still have a legitimate opportunity to advance out of pool play. They are currently playing Howard Pulley and Kentucky recruit Tyus Jones. At 6:00 p.m. this evening, the Travelers will battle Expressions Elite.

Box Score

Pool D Standings (top 2 advance):

CP3 All-Stars 2-0
Meanstreets 2-0
Travelers Baskeball 1-1
Oakland Soldiers 1-2
Expressions Elite 1-2
Howard Pulley 0-2

Bolden's game-winner:


Video: Enes Kanter's Top 10 Plays of the 2012-13 NBA Season

Check out Enes Kanter's top 10 plays from the 2012-13 NBA season:'


Marshall Henderson Appeared to Have Marijuana, Cocaine During Traffic Stop in May

Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson appeared be in possession of marijuana and cocaine during a traffic stop in May according to reports.

Here is more from SportsIllustrated.com:

The Oxford police chief says Mississippi guard Marshall Henderson appeared to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana and cocaine during a traffic stop in May.

Henderson, a 6-foot-2 senior from Hurst, Texas, was suspended indefinitely by coach Andy Kennedy on Wednesday for "violation of team rules," but no other reason was given.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Terrence Jones Leads Rockets to Orlando Pro Summer League Championship Game

Former University of Kentucky star Terrence Jones has been outstanding in the Orlando Pro Summer League.

Jones has displayed a nice all-around game and has led the Houston Rockets (4-0) to the event's championship game on Friday.

In Thursday's 92-76 win over the Nets, Jones had 16 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds to lead the Rockets.

Houston will face Oklahoma City and former Kentucky teammate DeAndre Liggins in the championship game on Friday. That game will tip at noon.

Former Louisville sharpshooter Kyle Kuric also plays for the Thunder.

Ex-Kentucky big man Daniel Orton also plays for Oklahoma City but has not played since suffering a mild concussion earlier in the week.

Current Stats

- Terrence Jones: 15.8 pts, 7.0 reb, 2.5 ast, 1.3 blk
- Daniel Orton: 12.0 pts, 5.5 reb, 1.0 stl, 1.5 blk
- DeAndre Liggins: 3.3 pts, 2.3 reb, 2.7 ast, 1.3 stl
- Kyle Kuric: 7.5 pts, 1.8 reb

Orlando Pro Summer League Standings

Team W-L Pts
Houston 4-0 21
Oklahoma City 4-0 20
Indiana 2-2 16
Utah 2-2 16
Detroit 2-2 15
Miami 2-2 15
Boston 2-2 14
Orlando 1-2 8
Brooklyn 0-4 4
Philadelphia 0-3 3

Isaiah Canaan Signs 3-Year Rookie Contract with the Rockets

Former Murray State star Isaiah Canaan has signed a three-year rookie contract with the Houston Rockets.

SteveLayman Former Murray State star Isaiah Canaan (@SiP03) signs a three-year rookie contract with the Rockets.

Antwain Barbour Signs with Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi in Turkey

Former Kentucky swingman Antwain Barbour has signed with Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi for the 2013-14 season.

Mersin competes in Turkey's top-level TBL league.

Last season, Barbour averaged 15.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game for Pesaro in Italy's top-level SerieA league.

His lengthy professional career has taken him to Italy, Croatia, Turkey and Spain.

Here is more from Asia-Basket.com:

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi (TBL) added to their roster 31-year old Lebanese ex-international swingman Antwain Barbour (196-88kg-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Barbour played last season at Victoria Libertas Pesaro in Italian SerieA. In 30 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.8spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention and was invited to participate in the All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest.

The previous (11-12) season he played at Cibona (A1) in Croatian league. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and Barbour was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 15 A1 games he averaged 10.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to win the league title. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game. Barbour also played 2 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg. He also played 5 games in Eurocup where he averaged 9.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.2apg. And finally Barbour played 24 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 12.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Adriatic League All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention.

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English Big Man Ben Lawson Commits to Western Kentucky

Western Kentucky University has picked up a commitment from Ben Lawson, a 6-foot-10 forward from England.

Shane Howard of Custom College Recruiting announced the commitment on Twitter:

coachcanhelp Congratulations to Ben Lawson from England on his commitment to play basketball at Western Kentucky University in... http://fb.me/2xzU6Kndx

From CustomCollegeRecruiting.com:

CLASS: 2013
SCHOOL: Oaklands College
HOMETOWN: Hitchin, England
HEIGHT: 6'10
WEIGHT: 200
POSITION(S): Forward
AAU/CLUB TEAM: Hemel Storm

EKU, WKU and Other D1 Programs Showing Interest in Southwestern Point Guard David Kapinga

Southwestern High School point guard David Kapinga has been hearing from several Division I programs.

The athletic 5-foot-10 Kapinga has a growing list of interested programs, including in-state schools Western Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky.

Coaches from Washington, BYU, Yale, Harvard, South Florida and Wright State have also contacted Southwestern head coach Steve Wright about Kapinga.

Here is a new highlight video:


UPIKE is Quickly Becoming University of Point Guards

Check out this highlight video featuring recent point guards at the University of Pikeville:


Antigua Names Prelimary Roster for Dominican Republic National Team

The preliminary roster for Orlando Antigua's Dominican Republic national team has been released and includes several familiar names.

The roster includes former Louisville players Edgar Sosa and Francisco Garcia as well as former Kentucky big man Eloy Vargas.

Kentucky commit Karl Towns Jr. is also on the roster.

One notable omission from the team is NBA big man Charlie Villanueva.

Preliminary roster for FIBA Americas Tournament:

Jean Carlos Acosta
Josh Asselin
Eulis Baez
Juan Coronado
James Feldeine
Amaurys Fermin
Luis Flores
Manuel Fortuna
Brandone Francis
Francisco Garcia
Ricardo Greer
Manuel Guzman
Al Horford
Adris de Leon
Victor Liz
Jack Michael Martinez
Luis David Montero
Kelvin Pena
Manny Quezada
Ronald Ramon
Orlando Sanchez
Edward Santana
Edgar Sosa
Gerardo Suero
Karl Towns
Eloy Vargas



Source

Former Apollo Star Tyler Brown Makes Spurs Summer League Roster

Former Apollo High School star Tyler Brown has made the NBA Summer League roster for the San Antonio Spurs.

Brown just finished up his college career at Illinois State. As a senior, he averaged a team-high 18.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

San Antonio Spurs Summer League Roster

No.PlayerPos.Ht.Wt.DOBPrior to NBA/Home CountryYrs
16Aron BaynesC6-1026012/09/86Washington State/Australia1
44Tyler BrownG6-418503/21/90Illinois State/USAR
25Nando De ColoG6-519006/23/87Valencia/France1
1Marcus DenmonG6-318503/20/90Missouri/USAR
5Cory JosephG6-318508/20/91Texas/Canada2
14Amath M’BayeF6-920812/14/89Oklahoma/FranceR
11James MaysF6-923003/03/86Clemson/USAR
45Dexter PittmanC6-1128503/02/88Texas/USA3
8Ryan RichardsF6-1123004/21/91CB Gran Canaria/EnglandR
2Durand ScottG6-520302/22/90Miami/USAR
22Deshaun ThomasF6-722508/28/91Ohio State/USAR
17Hollis ThompsonF6-821204/03/91Georgetown/USAR
15Alexis WangmeneF/C6-724103/01/89Texas/CameroonR
3Chris WrightG6-121011/04/89Georgetown/USA1
 
Head Coach:Ime Udoka  
Assistant Coaches:Will Hardy
Ben Sullivan
Tomislav Mijatovic
David McClure
Ken McDonald
Ivo Simovic
Borja Comenge
Head Athletic Trainer:Dice Yamaguchi
 
 
2013 SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE
 
DATEOPPONENTLOCATIONTIPOFF
TV
Fri, 7/12CharlotteCOX Pavilion9 p.m.
NBATV
Sun, 7/14TorontoThomas & Mack9:30 p.m.
 
Mon, 7/15AtlantaCOX Pavilion9 p.m.
NBATV

All times CDT.

Former UK Star Anthony Epps Earns College Degree

Congratulations to former Kentucky star Anthony Epps on obtaining his college degree from Mid-Continent University:

aepps25 I've had sum gr8 accomplishments in my life, but this most definitely is at da top of da list..better late, than nvr pic.twitter.com/QJ1Eo2Jm1q

Epps scored 881 points and dished out 544 assists during his Kentucky career (1993-97). He was a member of Kentucky's 1996 national championship team.

Ray Kasongo Plays Well at Reebok Breakout Classic

Former Pikeville High School big man Ray Kasongo played well last night at the Reebok Breakout Classic in Philadelphia.

The 6-foot-9 power forward finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds in a close loss:

BreakoutClassic 2014 PF Ray Kasongo with an impressive opening game at #Breakout. Put up 14 points with 6 rebounds in a close loss. #Breakout

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Kentucky's Big Blue Madness Will Be Held October 18

The University of Kentucky has officially announced that Big Blue Madness will be  held on Friday, October 18.

Here are details and information on ticket sales:

KentuckyMBB #BBN who's ready for basketball action? Big Blue Madness has been officially set for Friday, Oct. 18.

KentuckyMBB #BBN wishing to line up ahead of time at Memorial Coliseum are asked to do so no earlier than 7:00 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2.

KentuckyMBB Big Blue Madness ticket distribution will be Sat., Oct. 5 at 7:00 a.m. ET at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows.

KentuckyMBB Tickets will also be available Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7:00 a.m. online at http://UKathletics.com   and http://Ticketmaster.com 

Ole Miss Suspends Marshall Henderson Indefinitely for Violation Team Rules

Ole Miss has suspended controversial guard Marshall Henderson indefinitely for "a violation of team rules."

kyleveazey Ole Miss says it has suspended Marshall Henderson indefinitely "for (a) violation of team rules."

UPDATE: According to Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com, Henderson has failed a drug test:

GaryParrishCBS Marshall Henderson's suspension from Ole Miss is related to a failed drug test, a source told @CBSSports.

Henderson, who showed his middle fingers more times last season than Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania 17, seems pretty upset with the suspension as he posted this on his Twitter account just two hours ago:



Calipari to Watch Vaughn, Mudiay and Others at The Reebok Classic Breakout Tonight

Kentucky head coach John Calipari is expected to be in Philadelphia tonight to evaluate talent at The Reebok Classic Breakout.

There were rumors circulating all afternoon about Calipari and it was finally confirmed when he texted 2014 star Rashad Vaughn to let him know he'd be there tonight.

Calipari will also be checking out Emmanuel Mudiay, Josh Perkins and others at the event.

Several kids with Kentucky ties are at the event including Ray Kasongo (formerly of Pikeville HS), Kevin Ndahiro (Thomas Nelson HS) and Jamar Ergas (22 Feet Academy).

Some other familiar names taking part in the camp are Shaqquan Aaron (committed to Louisville) and Jalen Lindsey (Louisville recruit).

Here are some pictures from today (Mudiay, Ergas, Ndahiro and Kasongo):





Video: "Drunk Tonight" by The Bobby Perry Band

Remember former Kentucky player Bobby Perry? He has created The Bobby Perry Band and they are actually very good.

Check out their new song "Drunk Tonight":


Kentucky State University Releases 2013-14 Schedule

Kentucky State University has released the school's men's basketball schedule for the 2013-14 season.

The Thorobreds will take on IUPUI, Southern Indiana and Samford University as well as in-state opponents Asbury University and Kentucky Wesleyan College in non-conference games.

Release from KSU



Date


Opponent


Location


Time
11/2/2013 IUPUI Indianapolis, IN                          
11/8/2013 Asbury College Frankfort, KY 7:30PM                          
11/16/2013 Central State University Wilberforce, OH                          
11/22/2013 Virginia University of Lynchburg Frankfort, KY 7:30PM                          
12/1/2013 Samford University Birmingham, AL                          
12/7/2013 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN 3:15PM                          
1/2/2014 Albany State University Albany, GA                         
1/4/2014 Fort Valley State University Frankfort, KY3:00PM                          
1/6/2014 Clark Atlanta University Frankfort, KY7:30PM                          
1/9/2014 Claflin University Orangeburg, SC                         
1/11/2014 Benedict College Columbia, SC                         
1/13/2014 Paine College Augusta, GA                         
1/16/2014 Morehouse College Frankfort, KY7:30PM                          
1/18/2014 Tuskegee University Frankfort, KY3:00PM                          
1/20/2014 Stillman College Frankfort, KY7:30PM                          
1/23/2014 Trevecca Nazarene University Frankfort, KY 7:30PM                          
1/25/2014 Miles College Fairfield, AL                         
1/27/2014 LeMoyne-Owen College Memphis, TN                         
1/30/2014 Lane College Frankfort, KY8:00PM                          
2/3/2014 Wilberforce University Wilberforce, OH                          
2/6/2014 LeMoyne-Owen College Frankfort, KY7:30PM                          
2/8/2014 Miles College Frankfort, KY3:00PM                          
2/10/2014 Central State University Frankfort, KY 8:00PM                          
2/15/2014 Lane College Jackson, TN                         
2/20/2014 Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL                         
2/22/2014 Stillman College Tuscaloosa, AL                         
2/25/2014 Kentucky Wesleyan Frankfort, KY 7:30PM                          
2014 SIAC Championship Tournament
3/3/2014 SIAC Championship Tournament Atlanta, GA  

Team Manimal 15U, Travelers 16U Head to Elite Youth Invitational

Two Kentucky AAU programs are in Augusta, Georgia this week for the Elite Youth Invitational Tournament.

Team Manimal 15U and Kentucky Travelers 16U will both be playing in Pool C of the 16U division in the highly competitive five-day event.

The tournament features some of the most respected AAU programs in the nation including the likes of All Ohio Red, Georgia Stars Elite, Mac Irvin Fire and Expressions Elite.

Manimal originally planned to play in the 15U national tournament in Arkansas but had a change of plans.

"Team Manimal will be playing Elite Youth Invitational and we picked this event due to the low number of participants in the national tournament in Little Rock," Manimal head coach Maze Stallworth said. "I wanted my kids to get the most exposure and compete against the best and that's why we chose this tourney."

Manimal and the Travelers will be doing battle Friday morning at 9:00 a.m.

Stallworth added that he's excited for the opportunity to put his kids on the court against the likes of the Travelers.

"Our pool is difficult because we are playing up in 16U and will be squaring off against one of the top teams in Kentucky," he explained. "It'll be a good experience for my kids to have a chance to compete against the best."

Manimal will be playing up a division but they have also added talented 6-foot-2 combo guard Stephaun Adams from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

"Stephaun is a new addition to Team Manimal," Stallworth confirmed. "He is the top-rated player in the Virgin Islands and is going to make a splash on the circuit this weekend. He is 6'1'' guard with a high basketball IQ and a high motor."

Adams was named Most Outstanding Player last weekend at the Five Star Camp in Louisville.

Pool C

- Team Manimal
- Arkansas Magic
- Team United
- Grassroots Elite
- Travelers Basketball

Wednesday, July 10 Gym

5:00pm Team Trademark vs. Georgia Stars Elite Laney
5:00pm SC Elite vs. All Ohio Red Josey
6:30pm Georgia Stars Select vs. Mac Irvin Fire Laney
6:30pm Southern Phenom vs. Expressions Elite Josey
8:00pm Arkansas Magic vs. Team Manimal Laney
8:00pm Team United vs. Travelers Basketball Josey
9:30pm Ohio Varsity White vs. E1T1 Flash Josey

Thursday, July 11 Gym

9:00am Georgia Stars Elite vs. SC Elite Laney
9:00am All Ohio Red vs. Team Richmond Josey
10:30am Mac Irvin Fire vs. Southern Phenom Laney
10:30am Expressions Elite vs. NY Lightning Josey
12:00pm Team Manimal vs. Team United Laney
12:00pm Travelers Basketball vs. Grassroots Elite Josey
1:30pm Showtime Juice Allstars vs. Ohio Varsity White Laney
1:30pm E1T1 Flash vs. Houston Hoops Woods Josey
3:00pm Team Richmond vs. Georgia Stars Elite Laney
3:00pm SC Elite vs. Team Trademark Josey
4:30pm NY Lightning vs. Mac Irvin Fire Laney
4:30pm Southern Phenom vs. Georgia Stars Select Josey
6:00pm Grassroots Elite vs. Team Manimal Laney
6:00pm Team United vs. Arkansas Magic Josey
7:30pm Houston Hoops Woods vs. Showtime Juice Allstars Laney
7:30pm Ohio Varsity White vs. SC Hornets Josey

Friday, July 12 Gym

9:00am Team Manimal vs. Travelers Basketball Laney
9:00am Georgia Stars Select vs. NY Lightning Josey
10:30am Mac Irvin Fire vs. Expressions Elite Laney
10:30am Arkansas Magic vs. Grassroots Elite Josey
12:00pm Showtime Juice Allstars vs. E1T1 Flash Laney
12:00pm SC Hornets vs. Houston Hoops Woods Josey
1:30pm Georgia Stars Elite vs. All Ohio Red Laney
1:30pm Team Trademark vs. Team Richmond Josey
3:00pm Expressions Elite vs. Georgia Stars Select Laney
3:00pm NY Lightning vs. Southern Phenom Josey
4:30pm Travelers Basketball vs. Arkansas Magic Laney
4:30pm Grassroots Elite vs. Team United Josey
6:00pm E1T1 Flash vs. SC Hornets Laney
6:00pm Houston Hoops Woods vs. Ohio Varsity White Josey
7:30pm All Ohio Red vs. Team Trademark Laney
7:30pm Team Richmond vs. SC Elite Josey
9:00pm Showtime Juice Allstars vs. SC Hornets Laney

Saturday, July 13 Gym

9:00am Pool B1 vs. Pool D2 Paine
9:00am Pool C1 vs. Pool A2 Laney
10:30am Pool A1 vs. Pool C2 Paine
10:30am Pool D1 vs. Pool B2 Laney
3:00pm Winner B1/D2 vs. Winner C1/A2 Paine
4:30pm Winner D1/B2 vs. WinnerA1/C2 Paine

Sunday, July 14 Gym

10:30am Finals vs. Finals Paine
 

Former EKU Star Mike Rose Signs with the Ottawa SkyHawks

Former Eastern Kentucky University star Mike Rose has signed with the Ottawa SkyHawks and head coach Kevin Keathley in the National Basketball League of Canada:


Daniel Orton Does His Best Dikembe Mutombo

Former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton blocks a shot in the Orlando Pro Summer League and does his best Dikembe Mutombo finger wag:



Orton has played in two games for the Thunder, averaging 12.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Louisville to Put Final Four Floor to Good Use, Kevin Ware Could Return in October

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino gave a summer update yesterday, including news on Kevin Ware's return to basketball and more.

In addition, plans were announced regarding the use of the Final Four floor that has been purchased by Northwestern Mutual and donated to Louisville.

Here is the press conference in its entirety:



* Video by CardsandCats2011 on YouTube

Doron Lamb Bangs Up Knee in Orlando Pro Summer League Game

Former Kentucky star Doron Lamb went down with a knee injury in yesterday's Orlando Pro Summer League game against the Miami Heat.

The injury was officially labeled as a left knee contusion and Lamb is listed as day-to-day.

JoshuaBRobbins Magic officials are calling Doron Lamb's left knee injury a contusion.

In three games for the Magic, Lamb has averaged 11.3 points per game and drilled 6-of-9 three point attempts.


Southern Miss Will Travel to Louisville, WKU in 2013-14

Donnie Tyndall's Southern Miss Golden Eagles will play road games at defending national champion Louisville and Western Kentucky during the 2013-14 season.

Here is more from HattiesburgAmerican.com:

Tyndall also said pending one last contract tweak and approval for a game with Mississippi Valley State University, the Golden Eagles’ 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule had been completed.

Non-conference highlights include road games at defending national champion Louisville (Nov. 29), DePaul and Western Kentucky, as well a tournament in the Virgin Islands over the Christmas break. USM will open with Coppin State, and then play either Arkansas-Little Rock or Jacksonville State.


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Agent Says Rajon Rondo is On Target in His Rehab, Expects 100 Percent Return

Rajon Rondo's agent says the injured Boston Celtics star is "on target in his rehab" following knee surgery.

The Rondo camp expects a 100 percent return to basketball next season.

Here is more from the Boston Herald:

“That sounds right,” Bill Duffy said yesterday at the Orlando summer league. “We don’t want to put any pressure on him and overanticipate, but the main thing is to be healthy and 100 percent. He’s on target in his rehab and we anticipate a 100 percent return.”

Duffy doesn’t expect Rondo to suffer from the uncertainty that continues to hound Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose’s return from knee surgery.

“I think Rajon’s (knee surgery) was less severe, so he’s more optimistic,” Duffy said. “I don’t think that’s Rajon’s nature. He’s not going to be as patient. But psychologically he’ll be fine. That was a big hurdle for Rose, but Rajon isn’t made that way.”

Complete Article

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Video: John Wall Auditions for Jeff Bridges' Movie "R.I.P.D."

Former Kentucky star John Wall is seemingly everywhere these days (both clothed and unclothed).

Wall's latest appearance is a casting call for Jeff Bridges' movie R.I.P.D. Check it out:


New Highlights of Kentucky, Louisville Recruit LeRon Black

Here are some highlights of 2014 Kentucky and Louisville recruit LeRon Black:

Description: LeRon Black 2014 White Station High School highlights 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.

Marcus Lee Named East Bay Male Athlete of the Year

Kentucky freshman-to-be Marcus Lee has been named East Bay Male Athlete of the Year for his outstanding senior season performances in both baskeball and volleyball.

Here is an excerpt about Lee from InsideBayArea.com:

Lee averaged 3.6 kills per set and had a team-best 58.9 kill percentage for the Wolverines' volleyball team, which wrapped up its best season in program history with a 42-2 record.

But he was even more dominant in basketball. Lee averaged close to a triple-double (17.9 points, 19.2 rebounds and 6.9 blocks per game).

"He made everything come together and filled all the gaps," Phillips said. "He did the little things and was able to cover some of our deficiencies."

When Lee's senior basketball season was over, he headed to Chicago and New York City to take part in the McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand Classic all-star games. "It was a childhood dream," Lee said of the McDonald's honor back in February. "That was my main goal this year: To finally get there and finally learn to be the best." At Deer Valley, he'll be remembered for more than just being the best on the court and the championships he helped bring home.

"He is a role model, whether he knows it or not," Panzella said. "He has those intangibles that will help set him apart and be successful at the next level."

2014 Star Rashad Vaughn is Headed to Findlay Prep

According to Paul Biancardi of ESPN, 2014 star Rashad Vaughn will be playing his senior season at Findlay Prep (Nev.):

PaulBiancardi Its official Rashad Vaughn to Findlay Prep: http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=ncbrecruitingon-the-trail&id=4786&src=desktop  

Vaughn, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard ranks No. 7 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014. He is being recruiting by both Kentucky and Louisville.


Getting to Know 2015 UK Recruit Malik Newman

Check out this new video: getting to know 2015 Kentucky recruit Malik Newman:


University of Pikeville to Play Louisville on November 6

I have been told by a good source that the University of Pikeville will take on the national champion Louisville Cardinals on November 6 in the KFC Yum Center.

Louisville opened exhibition action last season with a 93-57 victory over the Bears.

The two programs also played in 2011-12 with the Cardinals earning a 74-55 win.

It was announced last month that the Cardinals other exhibition game will be against Kentucky Wesleyan College on October 29.

Morehead State Announces Four Games as Part of Las Vegas Invitational

Morehead State has announced four non-conference games as part of the Las Vegas Invitational for next season.

The Eagles will face Chattanooga and either Gardner-Webb or IUPUI in Orleans Arena during Thanksgiving weekend. They will also play true road games at UCLA and Nevada.

MSUATHLETICS The Morehead State men's basketball team will play two games during Thanksgiving weekend at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas (cont.).

MSUATHLETICS On Thursday, Nov. 28 -- Gardner-Webb vs. IUPUI at 2:30 p.m. ET and Morehead State vs. Chattanooga at 5 p.m. ET.

MSUATHLETICS On Friday, Nov. 29 -- Losers play at 3:30 p.m. ET and winners play at 6 p.m. ET.

MSUATHLETICS UCLA, Nevada, Missouri and Northwestern are in the other half of the bracket. Morehead State will have true road games at UCLA and Nevada.

Nov. 28           11:30  AM      GARDNER WEBB  VS  IUPUI
                       2:00   PM      MOREHEAD ST     VS CHATTANOOGA
                       4:30   PM      UCLA                    VS NEVADA          ESPN3                                         
                       7:30   PM      MISSOURI            VS  NORTHWESTERN                     
                                                                                    ESPNU
 
Nov. 29          12:30  PM     LOSER GWU/IUPUI    VS   LOSER MSU/UTC
                       3:00  PM     WINNER GWU/IUPUI  VS  WINNER MSU/UTC
                       5:30  PM     MISSOURI                  VS   NEVADA  ESPN3
                       8:30  PM     UCLA                         VS   NORTHWESTERN 
                                                                                        ESPN2

More information on the Las Vegas Invitational:

Date: November 28 - 29, 2013
Location: Orleans Arena
Cost: $50, $70, $130, $160
 
Thursday, November 28, 201312:00am
Friday, November 29, 201312:00am 
 
The Las Vegas Invitational basketball tournament returns to the Orleans Arena in November 2013!

The UCLA Bruins, the most storied team in the history of college basketball with 11 national championships, the Missouri Tigers of the Southeastern Conference and the Nevada Wolf Pack highlight the field for the 13th Annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.

Also in the highly-competitive tourney are Northwestern, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Morehead State, Indiana University - Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Gardner Webb University.

Day One of the two-day tourney takes place on Thanksgiving Day.

Book your stay at the Orleans Hotel & Casino! Visit http://www.orleanscasino.com/las-vegas-invitational-2013 to book.

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John Calipari Named to 2013-14 NABC Board of Directors

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari has been named to the 2013-14 NABC Board of Directors.

2013-14 NABC Board of Directors

Phil Martelli, President (Saint Joseph's University)
Page Moir, First Vice President (Roanoke College)
Ron Hunter, Second Vice President (Georgia State University)
Jeff Jones, Third Vice President (Old Dominion University)
Bill Self, Fourth Vice President (University of Kansas)
Ernie Kent, 2011-12 Past President
Larry Gipson, 2012-13 Past President (Northeastern State University)
Paul Hewitt, Director (George Mason University)
Bo Ryan, Director (University of Wisconsin)
Charlie Brock, Director (Springfield College)
Lorenzo Romar, Director (University of Washington)
Mike Brey, Director (University of Notre Dame)
Tim Carter, Director
Trent Johnson, Director (Texas Christian University)
Lennie Acuff, Director (University of Alabama in Huntsville)
Mark Gottfried, Director (North Carolina State University)
Cy Alexander, Director (North Carolina A&T University)
Jamie Dixon, Director (University of Pittsburgh)
Jim Boeheim, Director (Syracuse University)
Gary Stewart, Director (Stevenson University)
Bob Burchard, Director Columbia (MO) College
Dave Archer, Director (National High School Basketball Coaches Association)
Johnny Dawkins, Director (Stanford University)
John Calipari, Director, University of Kentucky
Rick Cooper, Director (West Texas A&M University)

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