Friday, August 9, 2013

Peyton Siva Nails Amazing Backwards Half Court Shot at NBA Rookie Day

Check out this video of former Louisville star Peyton Siva nailing a backwards half court shot at NBA rookie day:


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Video: John Wall Press Conference After Signing New Contract with Wizards

The Washington Wizards recently re-signed former Kentucky star John Wall to a maximum 5-year contract worth some $80 million.

Here is the team's press conference, which included an emotional Wall talking about the new contract and the future:


Top 2015 Star Malik Newman to Join Mudiay at Prime Prep

Kentucky recruit Malik Newman, who currently ranks No. 1 overall in the class of 2015, will reportedly transfer to Prime Prep (TX) for his junior season.

Hoops_Reports Malik Newman has decided to transfer to Prime Prep (TX) for his junior year.

Newman will be teaming up with 2014 Kentucky recruit Emmanuel Mudiay at Prime Prep.


Preston Knowles Signs with Ironi Nes-Ziona in Israel's Winner League

Former Louisville star Preston Knowles has inked a deal with Ironi Nes-Ziona in Israel's top-level Winner league.

Knowles played last season for KAO Dramas in Greek's A1 league. In 23 games, he put up 12.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

In 2011-12, Knowles played in the NBA D-League and in Ukraine.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Ironi Nes-Ziona (Winner League) inked 24-year old American guard Preston Knowles (188-89, college: Louisville). He played most recently at KAO Dramas in Greek A1 league. In 23 games he averaged 12.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg last season. The most of previous (2011-12) season Knowles spent at Springfield Armor in D-League. In 33 games he had 6.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg that season. He helped them to win the East Conference title. Knowles also spent pre-season at DniproAzot (Superleague) in Ukraine that year. But in three games he had just 1.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg. He received NABC Division I All-District 5 2nd Team award in 2011 at his college time.

2014 PG Hunter Ware to Visit Western Kentucky Soon

Hunter Ware, a 6-foot-1 point guard at North Cobb Christian (Ga.), will reportedly visit Western Kentucky on August 25:

JamieShaw5 Hunter Ware 6'1 PG @Hunter_Ware1 tells me he will visit Western Kentucky on 8/25. Watch this visit @VerbalCommits

Larry O'Bannon Signs with Sharks Antibes in France

Former Louisville star Larry O'Bannon has signed with Sharks Antibes in France's top-level ProA league.

O'Bannon last played for Hapoel Eilat in Israel's top-level league. In 19 games, he averaged 14.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Sharks Antibes (ProA) agreed terms with 30-year old American guard Larry O'Bannon (194-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances). He played last season at Hapoel Eilat in Israeli Winner League. In 19 games he had 14.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. O'Bannon also played at SAV Vacallo (LNA) in Swiss league that season. In 18 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Swiss Cup Semifinals.

 O'Bannon ended the previous (2011-12) season at Lanus (LigaA) in Argentinian league. In only one game he had 4 points and 3 assists. But the most of that year he spent at Boca Juniors (LigaA) in Argentinian league. In 49 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.

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Julius Mays to Tip Off Professional Career in Italy

Former Kentucky shooting guard Julius Mays will start his professional career in Italy.

Mays has signed with Mobyt Ferrara in Italy's third-level Lega Due Silver league.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Mobyt Ferrara (Lega Due Silver) agreed terms with 24-year old American point guard Julius Mays (188-89). He just graduated from Kentucky (NCAA). In 33 games he had 9.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.9apg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Southeastern Conference.

The previous (11-12) season Mays played at Wright State University in Horizon League in the NCAA. In 30 games he recorded 14.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.4spg that season. Quite impressive year as he was voted All-Horizon League Newcomer of the Year, named to All-Horizon League 2nd Team and named to Horizon League All-Newcomers Team.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Calipari Says Randle, Harrison Twins "Are Going to Be Leaders"

Kentucky head coach John Calipari thinks he has some freshmen leaders in Julius Randle and the Harrison twins.

Calipari told Andy Katz of ESPN.com that his three freshmen "are going to be leaders" and gave some more preseason notes.

Here is an excerpt:

Kentucky coach John Calipari said he can already tell who his leaders may be for the upcoming season. Calipari said freshman Julius Randle and the Harrison twins, Aaron and Andrew, "are going to be the leaders.'' He said Randle has already proven in summer workouts just how much of an impact he'll have for the Wildcats. Calipari added freshman center Dakari Johnson has been the surprise so far and is producing at a higher clip than the Wildcats thought. What does this mean? "(Sophomore) Willie (Cauley-Stein) is going to have work for it,'' said Calipari about his returning big man getting challenged for minutes. Meanwhile, the other high-profile returnee, forward Alex Poythress isn't being asked to be a leader for Kentucky. "I just need him to play,'' said Calipari, "just play. He's not going to be a guy who stands up and tells people where to go. He's not that vocal. He just needs to play. Our leadership will come from one of those freshmen.'' Calipari said he's been impressed with the overall chemistry of this group, meshing quicker than he imagined.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

University of Pikeville Releases Talented Roster for 2013-14, Includes High Profile Transfers

The University of Pikeville has released its men's basketball roster for the 2013-14 season.

The Bears return seniors Josh Whitaker and Elisha Justice, junior Hobo McCoy and sophomore Colt Chapman. The rest of the roster will be made up of a talented group of newcomers.

Two transfers, big men Luke Cothron and Keala King, have the potential to be two of the top players in the nation. Both Cothron and King were once top 50 recruits in the nation and had the interest of many high profile programs, including the University of Kentucky.

Pikeville is also bringing in transfers Kenny Manigault (Wichita State), Michael Enech (Kilgore College), John Nunnally (St. Thomas), Bruce Reed (Morehead State), Devante McClung (Tennessee State), Chris Cantino (Xavier), Bruce Haynes (USC Upstate) and Eric Richardson (North Platte CC).

Trey Rakes and Dalton Cornett will be incoming freshmen for the Bears.

UPIKE 2013-14 Men's Basketball Roster

2 Trey Rakes 5-10 G Fr. Taylorsville, Ky. / Bullitt East
3 Kenny Manigault 6-5 G/F Jr. Ridgeville, S.C. / Wichita State
5 Michael Eneh 6-11 C Jr. Nigeria / Kilgore College
10 Luke Cothron 6-8 F Jr. Huntsville, Ala. / Southern Idaho
12 Colt Chapman 6-5 G/F So. Jackson, Ohio / Jackson
13 Josh Whitaker 6-0 G Sr. Hazard, Ky. / Hazard
15 Hobo McCoy 6-1 G Jr. Pikevillle, Ky. / Pike County Central
20 John Nunnally 6-4 G Jr. Miami, Fla. / St. Thomas
21 Bruce Reed 6-8 F Sr. Olathe, Kan. / Morehead State
22 Elisha Justice 5-10 G Sr. Dorton, Ky. / Louisville
23 Devante McClung 6-5 G Sr. Mounds, Ill. / Tennessee State
24 Chris Cantino 6-8 F Jr. Philadelphia, Pa. / Xavier
25 Bruce Haynes 6-2 G Jr. Summersville, S.C. / USC Upstate
32 Eric Richardson 6-9 F So. Cordova, Tenn. / North Platte CC
33 Dalton Cornett 6-7 F Fr. Hazard, Ky. / Perry County Central
34 Keala King 6-5 G Sr. Compton, Calif. / Long Beach State
RS Jordan Brangers 6-3 G Fr. Louisville, Ky. / Eastern
RS Kevin Kornegay 6-0 G Jr. Alpharetta, Ga. / St. Catharine

Coaching Staff

Name Title
Kelly Wells, Head Coach
Tigh Compton, Assistant Coach
Matt Taylor, Assistant Coach
Randy Casey, Assistant Coach
John Biery, Assistant Coach
Ryan Whitaker, Graduate Assistants
Matt Bringman, Graduate Assistants

Monday, August 5, 2013

UK Recruit Stephen Zimmerman Dunks All Over a Defender at Adidas Nations

Watch as 2015 Kentucky recruit Stephen Zimmerman dunks all over a defender at the 2013 Adidas Nations event:


Kelenna Azubuike Unable to Complete Deal in France

Former Kentucky star Kelenna Azubuike was close to signing with French club team ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket over the weekend but the deal reportedly fell through.

Azubuike last played in 2011-12 for the Dallas Mavericks. In 4 games, he averaged 2.5 points per game. In the same season, he also played 7 games for the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League. There he averaged 6.4 points and 3.4 rebounds.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Jack Michael Martinez Has a Little Fun with Edgar Sosa

Watch Dominican Republic big man Jack Michael Martinez having a little fun with former Louisville point guard Edgar Sosa:


Georgetown College Adds Siena Transfer Trenity Burdine

Georgetown College men's basketball has added Trenity Burdine, a 6-foot-6 transfer from Siena, for the 2013-14 season.

Burdine averaged 8.2 points and started in 15 games last season for the NCAA Division I Saints.

Here is more about Burdine from 4guysinblazers.com:

After coming off a redshirt season as a sophomore due to a foot injury, Burdine showed great promise. However he had a year tarnished by off-the-court issues this past season. He was suspended twice, the first for an undisclosed violation of athletic department policy at the beginning of the year, and for a second time later in the season for academic reasons. He was also said to have continuing academic difficulties at the end of the academic year. He was also reported to be present with team mate Rakeem Brookins during off the court issue that led to Brookins dismissal.

At the time of his departure, Mark Singelais of the Albany Times Union reported:
“He wants to play right away and pursue some opportunities to be closer to his son,” Siena coach Jimmy Patsos on Trenity Burdine.


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Karl Towns Gets a "Midnight Surprise" from Coach Antigua

Watch as Kentucky commit Karl Towns and several other Dominican Republic players get a "midnight surprise" from head coach Orlando Antigua:



Here is the Dominican Republic team following a recent practice session:


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