Saturday, July 20, 2013

Devin Booker Has Not Cut Final List...Yet

I just spoke to 2014 Kentucky recruit Devin Booker about a report that came out this morning saying he had cut his final list to five schools.

Here is an excerpt of that report which appears at Sunherald.com:

Moss Point guard Devin Booker has narrowed his five choices down to Michigan State, Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri and Florida.

Booker plans to visit Kentucky this summer and Michigan in the fall before he makes a final choice.

According to Booker, that report it false but cuts will be coming soon.
"That's false," Booker said via text. "I will be [cutting the list] soon though."

Friday, July 19, 2013

John Calipari Sends a Message to Kyle Wiltjer: "Love you, kid"

Kentucky head coach John Calipari posted an inspiring message on his Facebook and Twitter accounts tonight about the departure of junior forward Kyle Wiltjer.

Calipari posted the following:

I’m saddened that Kyle Wiltjer is leaving the program, but if he thinks it’s in his best interest to go somewhere else, I completely support his decision. Here is what I sent Kyle after he told me of his final decision:

“All’s good. Mrs. Cal and I are sad and disappointed but accept your decision. Thank you for helping us win a national title and working so hard for me the last two years. Go prove me right! You can play!! I will be here for you if you need me. Love you, kid."

Kyle will always be a part of the ‪#‎BBN‬.

Kyle Wiltjer's Letter to Kentucky Fans

Kentucky junior forward Kyle Wiltjer sent the following letter to UK fans about his decision to transfer to Gonzaga:

Dear BBN, this past month has been very emotional and challenging for me. Whether to transfer or not has been one of the toughest decisions of my life, so I would like to thank everyone for being so supportive through this process. I feel like in my basketball career I’m facing a make it or break it moment and the primary factor in this decision is transforming my body. I’m choosing to transfer to Gonzaga because i feel they have a proven plan in place to help develop players similar to me, which has seen great results. I believe with hard work I can maximize my development at Gonzaga. The last two years at UK have been a valuable experience and I’m very grateful for them. Even though I’m leaving the program, Coach Cal and I will continue our relationship and I will look to him for advice. He is more than just a coach to me. I have made many friends here and I plan to come back. My heart will always be in Lex.

Thank you BBN,

Kyle Wiltjer

Louisville's Montrezl Harrell Fires Shots at UK's Talented Freshmen

Louisville's Montrezl Harrell called Kentucky talented incoming freshmen exactly what they are today.

"So all these guys they're hyping up, yeah they're pretty good guys and they did pretty good in high school but that doesn't mean anything when you get on the court," Harrell said.

Here are his comments via YouTube:

“I’ve been asked that question a few times how we’re going to matchup against UK. They are another game to us,” Harrell said. “Everybody is hyping them up but people have to realize all those guys coming in are freshmen. They haven’t even played a college game yet. So all these guys they’re hyping up, yeah they’re pretty good guys and they did pretty good in high school but that doesn’t mean anything when you get on the court.”




HT: NationofBlue.com

Kentucky Has Reportedly Offered 2014 SF Justise Winslow

According to Adam Zagoria, Kentucky has extended an offer to 2014 star Justise Winslow.

AdamZagoria Coach: Kentucky Has Offered Justise Winslow http://zagsblog.com/kentucky/coach-kentucky-has-offered-justise-winslow/ …

Winslow is a 6-foot-5 small forward from St. Johns (Tex.) High School in Houston. He currently ranks No. 16 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.


Peach Jam Highlights of Kentucky Recruits, Braxton Beverly

Check out these highlights from the Peach Jam featuring several Kentucky recruits (Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, Cliff Alexander and Trey Lyles) and Perry Central's Braxton Beverly:


What Can Gonzaga Fans Expect from Kyle Wiltjer?

A whole lot of hilarious WBA/Geek Squad/Goonies videos:








Kentucky's Kyle Wiltjer is Transferring to Gonzaga

As expected, Kentucky junior Kyle Wiltjer is transferring to Gonaga. Wiltjer's father confirmed the news to CBSSprots.com this afternoon.

Here is an excerpt:

Kentucky transfer Kyle Wiltjer has decided to enroll at Gonzaga, his father confirmed to CBSSports.com on Friday.

Wiltjer, a 6-foot-10 forward, announced in late June that he was debating leaving the Wildcats, although he had second thoughts soon after his visit to Gonzaga. After going back and forth, it seems that he is officially a done deal to the Bulldogs.

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New Previews of Red v. Blue Rivalry Documentary

Several more previews of the Red vs. Blue rivalry documentary are out on YouTube. Here is a look:

Description: Doug Young, owner of The Finishing Touch frame shop in Paintsville, KY, explains what Kentucky basketball means to him. But Doug's message of the importance of tradition is as applicable to Louisville fans as it is to Kentucky fans. Just as Doug is a lifelong Wildcats supporter because UK was his dad's team, there are thousands of Louisville Cardinal fans with similar stories whose love for the Cards grew out of their love for a family member or good friend.



Description: Tony Vanetti from The Afternoon Underdogs sports radio show on WKRD 790 in Louisville explains why he thinks many Kentucky fans have finally let go of their Rick Pitino resentment. Louisville's Sports Radio: 790 KRD



* Videos by RedvBlueKY on YouTube

Northern Kentucky Releases 2013-14 Men's Basketball Schedule

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

The Norse will open with road games at Purdue and Kentucky before hosting San Diego and Morehead State. The team will finish up November at the Hoops for Hope Classic in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

December is highlighted by games at UT-Martin and North Carolina. NKU will also host UT Chattanooga, Hampton and Navy.

Here's a look:

2013-14 Men's Basketball Schedule

Fri November 8, 2013 Purdue West Lafayette, Ind.
Sun November 10, 2013 Kentucky Lexington, Ky.
Sat November 16, 2013 San Diego Highland Heights, Ky.
Tue November 19, 2013 Morehead State Highland Heights, Ky.
Sat November 23, 2013 - Sun December 1, 2013
Hoops For Hope Classic Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Sat December 7, 2013 Tennessee-Martin Martin, Tenn.
Sun December 15, 2013 UT Chattanooga Highland Heights, Ky.
Wed December 18, 2013 Hampton Highland Heights, Ky.
Sat December 21, 2013 Navy Highland Heights, Ky.
Fri December 27, 2013 North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C.
Mon December 30, 2013 A-Sun Florida Gulf Coast Ft. Myers, Fla.
Wed January 1, 2014 A-Sun Stetson DeLand, Fla.
Sat January 4, 2014 A-Sun Jacksonville Highland Heights, Ky.
Mon January 6, 2014 A-Sun North Florida Highland Heights, Ky.
Thu January 9, 2014 A-Sun USC Upstate Spartanburg, S.C.
Sat January 11, 2014 A-Sun East Tennessee State Johnson City, Tenn.
Thu January 16, 2014 A-Sun Mercer Highland Heights, Ky.
Sat January 18, 2014 A-Sun Kennesaw State Highland Heights, Ky.
Fri January 24, 2014 A-Sun Lipscomb Highland Heights, Ky.
Thu January 30, 2014 A-Sun North Florida Jacksonville, Fla.
Sat February 1, 2014 A-Sun Jacksonville Jacksonville, Fla.
Thu February 6, 2014 A-Sun East Tennessee State Highland Heights, Ky.
Sat February 8, 2014 A-Sun USC Upstate Highland Heights, Ky.
Thu February 13, 2014 A-Sun Kennesaw State Kennesaw, Ga.
Sat February 15, 2014 A-Sun Mercer Macon, Ga.
Fri February 21, 2014 A-Sun Lipscomb Nashville, Tenn.
Thu February 27, 2014 A-Sun Stetson Highland Heights, Ky.
Sat March 1, 2014 A-Sun Florida Gulf Coast Highland Heights, Ky.

Karl Towns to Star in New Documentary: "Center of Attention"

Kentucky commit Karl Towns, Jr. is the subject of a new documentary by MSG Varsity titled "Center of Attention."

Here is more from MSGVaristy.com:

St. Joseph (Metuchen) basketball star Karl Towns, one of the top prospects in the nation and New Jersey’s Gatorade Player of the Year, is the subject of MSG Varsity’s latest original documentary, “Center of Attention.”
The film, which takes you behind the scenes with the 7-foot Kentucky commit and potential future NBA Draft lottery pick, will air on Sunday, July 21 at 9 p.m. on Optimum Ch. 14 and MSGVarsity.com.


Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to Play for the Hornets Soon

Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will soon be playing for the Hornets. The NBA Board of Governors has approved Charlotte's nickname change from Bobcats to Hornets on Thursday.

Charlotte entered the NBA as the Hornets in 1988. After 14 years, they moved to New Orleans and Charlotte became the Bobcats. Recently, New Orleans changed their team name to the Pelicans which opened the door for the Hornets name to return home to Charlotte.

The change will officially take place after the 2013-14 NBA season.

Here is a release from the NBA:

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Charlotte is the home of the Hornets once again.

The NBA unanimously approved Charlotte's nickname change from Bobcats to Hornets on Thursday at the league's Board of Governors meeting. The original Hornets built a supportive fan base in Charlotte from the time they entered the league in 1988 until they moved to New Orleans in 2002.

But the new owners in New Orleans have changed the team's name to the Pelicans. That opened the door for owner Michael Jordan to bring the Hornets name back to Charlotte. The change will take place after the 2013-14 season.

"We're thrilled to bring back the Hornets to Charlotte and the Carolinas," Jordan said in a statement issued by the team. "The passion and enthusiasm around this name change by fans in this market has been unmatched. They overwhelmingly told us what they wanted, we listened and we couldn't be happier with the Board of Governors' approval of the name change. With the young team we are developing on the court, the direction of our business and the return of the Hornets name, we are extremely excited about our future. The buzz is back!"

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Somewhere, former UK and Charlotte Hornets star Rex Chapman is smiling (see below):

rexchapman Hilarious time @ dinner 2nite w original Hornets - #Muggs , Steve Martin , m'self, #Wardell Curry & #KG Kendall Gill. pic.twitter.com/hXlfZBklaS

rexchapman Many laughs tonight reminiscing w Muggs, Dell, KGill & Kelly (Tripucka) - as well as Carl Scheer & Steve Martin - abt those 20-win seasons

rexchapman Leaving Charlotte after a couple of days of reminiscing & many laughs. Good things ahead for the Bobcats - soon to be #Hornets

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Eloy Vargas Making the Most of NBA Summer League Opportunity

Eloy Vargas, who was little more than a situational reserve at Kentucky, is making the most of his NBA Summer League opportunity with the New York Knicks.

After playing surprisingly well through four games, KnicksJournal.com wonders if Vargas is a player to keep an eye on.

Here is an excerpt:

That said, one player who's flown under the radar a bit is University of Kentucky big man Eloy Vargas. A friend of the Mike Woodson family, it could be suggested that Vargas' spot on the Knicks' Summer League squad is that out of pure courtesy. Nevertheless, Vargas has proven to be a bit intriguing after receiving such an opportunity to play.
Through four contests with New York, Vargas is averaging 5.5 points (on 41% from the field and 40% from deep) and 4.0 rebounds. For a 6'11" forward, he moves very well on the court and works to get himself open on the offensive end. He doesn't appear too afraid to take shots around the perimeter, but has also proven to be able to use his agility a bit to get past defenders under the hoop.

Averaging almost 17 minutes per game, Vargas has certainly held his own in comparison to some of the Knicks' other less than stellar performers this week in Las Vegas. After all, this is Summer League competition. There's a reason many of these prospects are currently competing for contracts, as opposed to already having one.

Louisville's Siva, Van Treese and Marra Named to NABC Honors Court

Louisville's Peyton Siva, Stephan Van Treese and Mike Marra were all named to the NABC Honors Court which recognizes student-athletes who have excelled academically.

Here is a release from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Three University of Louisville men's basketball upperclassmen student-athletes have been named to the 2012-13 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, which recognizes college basketball student-athletes who have excelled academically.

Cardinal upperclassmen Peyton Siva, Stephan Van Treese and Mike Marra were among more than 700 student-athletes from 285 institutions which were honored. To qualify for inclusion in the NABC Honors Court, a student-athlete must be a junior or senior, have a cumulative 3.2 GPA or higher at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season and must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.

Louisville's career leader in steals (254) and second in assists (677), Siva averaged 10.0 points and 5.7 assists as a senior. The sociology major was the Most Outstanding Player of the BIG EAST Championship for the second straight year, joining Georgetown's Patrick Ewing as the only players to attain that honor twice, and was a Final Four All-Tournament and an All-Midwest Region selection. A second-team Academic All-America selection, Siva was honored as the BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year, received the 2013 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award and was named to the Allstate NABC Good Works Team. In the national championship game against Michigan, Siva totaled 18 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals with just two turnovers.

A sport administration major, Van Treese was a top reserve at center for the Cardinals in their national title run. He averaged 3.7 rebounds in nine postseason games, including leading the Cardinals with eight rebounds against Villanova in the BIG EAST quarterfinals and grabbing seven boards against North Carolina A&T in the NCAA Second Round. His 11.2 rebounds per 40 minutes average was second on the team to Gorgui Dieng (12.1).

Marra reinjured his left knee in preseason practice and was sidelined for the season. A 6-foot-5 guard from Smithfield, R.I., Marra averaged 6.2 points and two assists, while burying 45 three-point goals as a sophomore in 2010-11, starting 11 games. He served as a student assistant coach. A sport administration major, Marra served as a student assistant coach during the Cardinals' national championship season.

EKU Announces Plans for Second Jeff Neubauer Basketball Elite Camp

Eastern Kentucky University has announced that a second Jeff Neubauer Basketball Elite Camp has been scheduled.
Here are details from EKU:

2013 Jeff Neubauer Basketball Elite Camp (boys in grades 9-12)

Dates: August 2, 2013
For more information, call 859-622-2124.

Click here for camp brochure!

Ryan Harrow Says Ron Hunter May Be a Little Bit More Relaxed than John Calipari

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution caught up former Kentucky point guard Ryan Harrow today.

Harrow is excited that he can play immediately at Georgia State. He also says it's still early but Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter may be a little bit more relaxed than UK head man John Calipari.

Here is an excerpt of the interview:

Q: Did you  ever doubt the request would be denied?
A: I was a little nervous because it was taking a long time. It may have been a fast process with the NCAA, but it seemed like it took a long time. But I was happy with the approval.

Q: How is your father doing?
A: He’s getting better, slowly but surely. I try to hang out with him as much as I can. He had an extra pep in his step after hearing the news.

Q: How are you fitting in with the team?
A: We are gelling together pretty well. I‘m having a good time. I’m happy that they are accepting me on the team. I’m just trying to learn the system. We are working on defense a lot. I think I’m picking up on it pretty fast. We’ve gone over some offensive plays that I have down so far.

Q: What has been the most difficult?
A: Just learning what my new coach (Ron Hunter) wants. He has a different style than what coach Calipari (at Kentucky) has.

Q: Which coach is more intense?
A: It’s only the summer time right. He may be a little bit more relaxed. I’ll have to say coach Cal right now.

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Josh Harrellson Leads Chongqing FD to Series-Tying Win

Former University of Kentucky star Josh Harrellson notched a double-double to lead Chongqing FD to a series-tying 98-77 win over Sichuan BW in game 2 of the NBL semi-finals.

Harrellson finished with game-high totals of 25 points and 19 rebounds.

Game 3 of the series will be tomorrow.

Box score from Asia-Basket.com:

Must Watch: P.J. Hairston Parody Song "Bet P.J.'s Back for Kentucky"

Check out this hilarious parody song "Bet P.J.'s Back for Kentucky" (set to the tune of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky") about troubled North Carolina star P.J. Hairston:


WKU Announces the Signing of Ben Lawson for the 2013-14 Season

Western Kentucky University has officially announced the signing of 6-foot-11 forward Ben Lawson for the 2013-14 men's basketball season.

Here is a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU men's basketball has added 6-11 forward Ben Lawson to its roster for the upcoming 2013-14 season, Hilltopper head coach Ray Harper announced Thursday. Lawson will have four years of eligibility at WKU beginning in the fall.

Lawson, who hails from Hitchen, England, prepped at Oaklands College and is a member of the England 18U National Team. In 31 games for Oaklands College in 2012-13, Lawson averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds per contest. He also contributed 4.7 blocks per game and shot 45 percent from the floor and 40 percent from the three-point line in 2012-13.

Lawson joins Aaron Adeoye (6-7, forward, Marion, Ill.), Chris Harrison-Docks (6-0, guard, Okemos, Mich.), Payton Hulsey (6-5, guard, Memphis, Tenn.), Trency Jackson (6-2, guard, Jackson, Miss.) and Daouda Soumaoro (6-9, center, Mali) as newcomers to the Hilltopper roster in 2013-14.

Fresno State Welcomes Former Cordia PG Emmanuel Owootoah

Former Cordia High School point guard Emmanuel Owootoah has arrived at Fresno State.

The school officially welcomed Owootoah with a press release. Here is an excerpt:

Owootoah, a 5-11 point guard and native of Canada, enters the Bulldogs' program as a freshman with four years of eligibility. He prepped at Cordia High School in Kentucky, where he averaged 16 points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals per game.

Earlier this month, Owootoah earned an invite to the 2013 Canadian Junior Men's National Team Training Camp.  "Emmanuel brings another dimension to our team," Terry said. "His speed, ball handling, and playmaking ability will help us in many ways. He can really pass the ball and makes other players around him better. He is a confident and fearless young man who is a winner. We look for Emmanuel to make great strides and are excited to coach him."

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John Calipari is Watching Stanley Johnson, Kelly Oubre This Morning

Kentucky head coach John Calipari is up early this morning to watch 2014 stars Stanley Johnson and Kelly Oubre at the Nike Global Challenge in Washington, D.C.

AdamZagoria  John Calipari and Steve Alford are here bright and early to see Stanley Johnson play for USA West vs. Canada #NIkeGlobal

Calipari has also been checking out Huntington Prep star Montaque Gill-Caesar:

Josh_Stirn 2015 G Montaque Caesar-Gill looks like he's grown to be a legit 6-6. Has all the physical tools to be an elite SG. Coach Cal looking on.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Rick Pitino Wins ESPY for Best Coach/Manager

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino won an ESPY award tonight for Best Coach/Manager.

Pitino led the Louisville Cardinals to the 2013 NCAA college basketball national championship.

KKcards Congratulations to Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who won the ESPY for Best Coach/Manager. It was announced during the red carpet pre-show

Ryan Harrow Cleared to Play Immediately at Georgia State

Former Kentucky poing guard Ryan Harrow has been cleared to play immediately at Georgia State following his transfer after last season.

ESPNAndyKatz Georgia State coach Ron Hunter said Kentucky transfer Ryan Harrow cleared by the NCAA to play immediately. Ga State fav in Sun Belt?

Harrow transferred closer to home so he could be near his ill father, who suffered a stroke prior to last season.

Offers Rolling in for Ballard Star Kelan Martin

The offers are rolling in for 2014 Ballard High School forward Kelan Martin.

Martin, who plays AAU basketball for Indiana Elite, is now up to ten scholarship offers and counting.

With Auburn offering today, Martin has now added five division I offers since Sunday. Currently he holds offers from Auburn, Xavier, Butler, Texas Tech, St. Louis, Western Kentucky, Missouri-Kansas City, Indiana State, IUPUI and Ohio.

kee_broo Just got a Scholarship offer to Auburn

kee_broo Just got an offer from Butler University

kee_broo Another offer from Xavier

kee_broo Another offer from Texas Tech

kee_broo Offer from St Louis today

Martin, who ranks No. 137 on the Rivals.com list for 2014, averaged 19.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for Ballard last season.

Photo: Rivals.com

Cats and Cards Celebrate Together at the ESPY Awards

Former Kentucky stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins celebrated at the ESPY Awards pre-party with Louisville's Peyton Siva and Russ Smith:

TeamCousins Guess who @John_Wall and @boogiecousins ran into at #GBKPreESPYAwards? #BBN #Cards pic.twitter.com/JhWNZhAtzT


Eric Bledsoe Introduced by the Phoenix Suns

Former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe was introduced by the Phoenix Suns last week. Here is the introductory press conference:



Bledsoe talks to CBS42.com about being traded to Phoenix:


Twany Beckham, Jarrod Polson Named to NABC Honors Court

Kentucky players Twany Beckham and Jarrod Polson have been named to the NABC Honors Court for their work during the 2012-13 academic school year.

Here is a release from UK:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kentucky men’s basketball players Twany Beckham and Jarrod Polson were honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) for excellence in the classroom during the 2012-13 academic school year. Both players were tabbed to the NABC’s Honors Court.

In order to earn recognition on the Honors Court, a student-athlete must be academically a junior or senior, own a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year and must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.

Beckham earned a degree in communications in May while possessing a cumulative GPA of 3.391. He was a national finalist for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar award, while also being a member of the Southeastern Conference’s Academic Honor Roll twice at Kentucky. Beckham appeared in 21 games as a Wildcat after transferring from Mississippi State.

Polson graduated in three years with a degree in Business-Finance and earned a 3.457 GPA. He has earned SEC Academic Honor Roll accolades three times. Polson will return to the court in 2013-14, after turning in a career-best season as a junior. He averaged 3.1 points and 1.7 rebounds per game while appearing in all 33 contests a season ago.

Beckham and Polson were two of 12 Kentucky players who tallied a 3.0 GPA or higher during the spring 2013 semester.

Tubby Smith Finally Gets His Practice Facility at Minnesota

Tubby Smith has finally landed his practice facility at Minnesota...unfortunately Smith is now the head coach at Texas Tech.

Minnesota has announced plans for facilities upgrades, including a basketball practice court, that will cost an estimated $190 million.

Smith long fought for a new practice facility but the project was continually delayed. Now, new head coach Richard Pitino, who is off to a great start at Minnesota, will benefit from the new upgrades.

Here is more from TwinCities.com:

Former Gophers coach Tubby Smith had pressed for a basketball practice facility since he was hired in 2007. He took teams to three NCAA tournaments in his six seasons as coach, but he struggled in the Big Ten and was unable to spark enough interest in funding a practice facility. Smith was replaced by former Florida International coach Richard Pitino, who has created more of a buzz for Gophers basketball.  Pitino, Kill, women's basketball coach Pam Borton and other coaches were part of a caravan that traveled across the state recently to build support for Gophers sports.  "I think the reaction to Richard has been even better than I thought," Teague said. "He's very pleased with what we have (in facilities). But (Gophers associate athletics director) Mike Ellis will tell you, (Pitino) is going to be even more about a sense of urgency for showing the things we really need."  The estimated cost of a basketball facility built next to Williams Arena had been $15 million to $20 million. It could be just as costly near Bierman but worth it, said Blake Hoffarber, the Gophers' all-time leader in three-point shooting.

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2014 Star Kelly Oubre Cuts Final List to Eight

Kelly Oubre, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard at Findlay Prep (Nev.), has cut his final list to eight schools.

According to ESPN's Paul Biancardi, both Kentucky and Louisville made the final cut for Oubre.

Here is an excerpt:

That feeling became a reality Wednesday morning as Oubre, the No. 20 player in the ESPN 100, trimmed his massive list down to eight schools.

Kansas, Florida, Kentucky, Georgetown, Louisville, Oregon, UConn and UNLV all made the cut, with the Wildcats being his most recent offer following Peach Jam.


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Kentucky offered Oubre following the Peach Jam. He ranks No. 19 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.

Photo: Rivals.com

Pistons May Ask Peyton Siva to Play Overseas in 2013-14

The Detroit Pistons may ask former Louisville point guard Peyton Siva to play overseas during the 2013-14 season.

The Pistons already have the NBA maximum of 15 players under contract and Siva appears to be the odd man out.

Here is more from DetroitBayBoys.com:

After releasing Kim English and accounting for rookies Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Tony Mitchell, the Pistons will enter the season with the NBA maximum of 15 players under contract. That's bad news for Peyton Siva, who's currently the odd man out, barring another roster move later this summer. From MLive.com's David Mayo:

The Pistons have until Sept. 6 to tender an offer for next season to No. 56 overall draft pick Peyton Siva and Dumars said he has had discussions with the player's agent about all the possibilities, including Siva agreeing to play overseas in 2013-14 so the Pistons could retain his rights. "We liked him a lot," in summer league, Dumars said of Siva. "He had a great showing and he's someone that we have a great interest in either keeping or retaining his rights."

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Video: Terrence Williams Shows Out at Rip the Cut Event

Former Louisville star Terrence Williams and several other NBA players showed out at the 2013 Rip the Cut event in Seattle:


Marquis Teague Drops 25 in Overtime Win Over Portland

Former Kentucky star Marquis Teauge led the Chicago Bulls to an 80-78 overtime win over Portland in the NBA Summer League last night.

Teague was 7-for-14 from the field for a team-high 25 points and 3 assists. He drained all three attempts from long range.

Through 3 games, Teague is averaging 17.3 points and 5.7 assists per game.

Video Tour: Morehead State Basketball Facilities

Here is a video tour of the Morehead State basketball facilities:

Archie Goodwin Scores 22 in NBA Summer League Win

Former Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin is off to a great start in the NBA Summer League.

Goodwin had 22 points and 4 rebounds in the Suns' 100-88 win over the Grizzlies today. He was 6-for-11 from the field and 3-for-3 from the three-point line.

In 3 games, Goodwin has averaged 12.3 points and 2.7 boards per game.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

UK Recruit Luke Kennard Picks Up An Offer From Louisville

Luke Kennard, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard in the class of 2015, picked up offers from Kentucky, Duke and Michigan State on Sunday.

Today, Kennard added an offer from Rick Pitino and Louisville.

Kennard's father confirmed the offer to the Herald-Leader:

Luke Kennard picked up a scholarship offer from Louisville on Monday night, his father told the Herald-Leader.

Louisville Cardinals to Visit the White House Next Week

The national champion Louisville Cardinals will be honored at the White House on July 23.

KKcards: UofL has received word from White House that the 2013 NCAA Champions will be honored by President Obama on July 23 at 2:05 pm.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Added to Team USA Mini-Camp Roster

Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been added to the 2013 USA Basketball men's national team mini-camp roster.

Kidd-Gilchrist will join former UK players John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis at the camp in Las Vegas.

Here is the release from USA Basketball:

USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo today announced the addition of George Hill (Indiana Pacers), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Bobcats) and Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State University) to the roster of players who will be attending the July 22-25 USA Men’s National Team mini-camp in Las Vegas, Nev., and also announced that Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs) is unable to participate while rehabbing after a long season.

USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp roster now numbers 29.

The invited players will assemble in Las Vegas on July 21, and will conduct daily training sessions July 22-24 (12:00-2:00 p.m. PDT) and will close out the mini-camp with the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase, a blue-white intra-squad game on Thursday, July 25, 6 p.m. PDT at the Thomas & Mack Arena on the campus of UNLV. All USA practices will take place at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center and are closed to the general public.

Tickets for the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase on July 25 start at $10 and can be purchased by calling 702-739-FANS or at www.UNLVtickets.com.

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KSTV's Mark Krebs Gives His Thoughts on John Wall Posing Nude

Former Kentucky player Mark Krebs gives his thoughts about John Wall posting nude for ESPN The Magazine:


Tubby Smith Would Be Honored to Return to Rupp Arena

Former Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith tells CN2 he would be honored to return to Rupp Arena:


Monday, July 15, 2013

Gorgui Dieng Signs NBA Rookie Contract with the Timberwolves

Former Louisville star Gorgui Dieng has signed his rookie contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Dieng will reportedly make a guaranteed $2.7 million over the next two seasons. The final two years of his four-year contract will be team option years.

VRizzoSports   #NBA Gorgui Dieng(Former Louisville) has a guaranteed two-year deal with Minnesota that will pay him somewhere in the $2.7 million range


Anthony Winchester Signs with Gipuzkoa in Spain's Highest League

Former Western Kentucky University star Anthony Winchester has signed with Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC which competes in Spain's top-level ACB league.

Winchester played 11 games for Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rico earlier this summer. He averaged 10.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

Last season, Winchester played for Leche Rio Breogan in Spain's LEB Gold league. He averaged 15.9 points and 3.2 rebounds in 30 games.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (Liga Endesa) signed 30-year old American guard Anthony Winchester (193-83, college: W.Kentucky). He played this summer at Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 11 games he had 10.5ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.3apg. The last season Winchester played at Leche Rio Breogan (LEB Gold). In 30 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. In 2006 he was drafted by Dodge City Legend (USBL) in third round (20th overall). The former Western Kentucky University star is in his eighth season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the LEB Cup (Cope Principe de Asturias) Semifinals in 2007. Winchester was also voted All-Sun Belt Player of the Year back in 2006 at his college time.

2015 SF Javier Roper Picks Up An Offer From Western Kentucky

According to Future150.com, Western Kentucky University has extended a scholarship offer to 2015 small forward Javier  Roper from New Living Word (La.).

Future150 Western Kentucky just offered 2015 SF Javier Roper of Southern Elite.

Roper is a 6-foot-6 small forward.

Coach Michael Stinnett to Lead Teams at WSM Invitational and Eurobasket Summer League

Michael Stinnett, a longtime coach and director of the Kentuckiana Pro Am event, has been selected to coach teams in the World Sports Marketing Invitational and the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas.
 
"I am excited about it," Stinnett said in a brief interview. "I will be coaching in the World Sports Marketing Invitational July 15 and 16 in Vegas at UNLV. I will also be coaching in the Eurobasket Summer League July 18-20 in Vegas. The opportunity came about because of my work with the Kentuckiana Pro Am tournament over the years and my desire to eventually get into pro level coaching."
 
The World Sports event tips today and runs through tomorrow night. Stinnett will be coaching Team 4 in the event. Former Northern Kentucky star Eshaunte Jones is a familiar name on Team 4.
 

Team 4 – Michael Stinnett

No.Player's Full NameCollegeHeightPositionPrevious Team/College
2Dwight GentryUT-Arlington (WAC)6'1PGUT-Arlington (WAC)
38Alshwan HymesCanisius (MAAC)6'2SG/PGCanisius (MAAC)
30Brad TinsleyVanderbilt (SEC)6'3GSt. Vallier (France-ProB)
31Brian WanamakerTexas Wesleyan (NAIA)6'3GFort Wayne Mad Ants (D League)
32Eshaunte JonesN. Kentucky (Atlantic Sun)6'4SG/SFN. Kentucky (Atlantic Sun)
33Robbie SihotaCalgary (CIS)6'6FMatrixx Magixx (Holland-Eredivisie)
34Theron LaudermillCS Cal Bernardino (NCAA II)6'8PFRattelsdorf (Germany Regionalliga)
35Steve WeingartenLaSalle (A-10)6'8FGoldfield Giants (Australia-SEABL)
36Dan ColemanMinnesota (Big Ten)6'9PF/CKataja (Finland-Korisliiga)
 
 
Some other names that local fans will recognize in the two-day exposure event include:
 
- Stacy Wilson (Murray State) Team 3
- Cliff Dixon (WKU) Team 5
- Jared Carter (Kentucky) Team 1
- A.J. Stewart (Kentucky) Team 6
- Bobby Maze (Tennessee) Team 5
- Brad Tinsley (Vanderbilt) Team 4
- Jud Dillard (Tennessee Tech) Team 3
 
 
The Eurobasket Summer League 2 event runs July 18-20 at UNLV.  Stinnett has not received his team assignment for that event.
 
Here is a list of players who will be participating in the ESL 2 camp.
 
Chris Johnson (Pikeville), Reggis Smith (Campbellsville) and Marquis Lee (St. Catharine) are currently playing in the Eurobasket Summer League 1 event, which runs today through Wednesday in Vegas.
 
Stinnett will serve as an assistant at Pleasure Ridge Park and head coach of the Louisville  Diesel semi-pro team next season. Formerly, he spent time as head coach at Owensboro High School and Iroquois High School. He has long been involved in the Kentuckiana Pro Am tournament.
 
Make sure you follow Coach Stinnett on Twitter

Brown Offers Christen Cunningham a Scholarship

Brown has offered Henry Clay point guard Christen Cunningham a scholarship:

Lville_Magic Brown has offered Christen Cunningham a scholarship....

Since Ivy League schools don't offer athletic scholarships, I am under the assumption that this is an academic scholarship.

Cunningham has played well this summer. He also recently picked up an offer from IUPUI.

Daniel Orton Likely the "Odd Man Out" in Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma City is walking a tight rope with the NBA luxury tax and currently have four centers on the roster.

According to NewOK.com, former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton is likely the odd man out and will likely be traded.

 Here is an excerpt:

Orton likely is the odd man out. He’s due to be paid just $916,099 in 2013-14, and Orton’s Summer League performance last week was impressive.

But Orton is one of four centers on the Thunder roster. In the modern NBA, you don’t need four centers. Heck, in the old NBA, you didn’t need four centers, not when you’ve got Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison, too.

So look for the Thunder to try to trade Orton. Probably a second-round draft pick is all OKC could get for him, but that’s better than nothing, which is what the Thunder will get if it has to waive him.

It’s possible the Thunder could trade or cut Orton and sign two players in his stead – both at minimum salaries. That would drop the Thunder just below the luxury tax threshold.

Or the Thunder could sign a third-team point guard and keep the 15th roster spot open for a late-season acquisition, much like it has done with Derek Fisher the last two seasons.

Complete Article

Rajon Rondo Makes It Clear: "I will never play for the Miami Heat"

Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo made his feelings clear at a basketball camp in Louisville last week.

"I will never play for the Miami Heat," Rondo said to his campers.

I wonder if Ray Allen's ears were burning?


2015 Guard Luke Kennard Lands Offer from Kentucky

Kentucky has extended a scholarship offer to 2015 guard Luke Kennard from Franklin (OH) High School.

John Calipari watched Kennard over the weekend at the Peach Jam 16U tournament.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard also scored offers from  Duke and Michigan State over the weekend.

Here is more from Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader:

Ohio shooting guard Luke Kennard picked up a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky on Sunday.

Kennard — a 6-foot-4 prospect from the class of 2015 — played for the King James Shooting Stars in the Peach Jam 16-and-under tournament and was watched multiple times by John Calipari and his assistants over the weekend.

Complete Article

Photo: Rivals.com

Sunday, July 14, 2013

JaQuan Lyle and Quentin Snider Highlights from Adidas Invitational

Louisville commits  JaQuan Lyle and Quentin Snider joined forces for the Louisville Magic this weekend at the Adidas Invitational.

Here are some highlights:




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