Friday, September 6, 2013

Oklahoma City Waives DeAndre Liggins Following Arrest

USA Today is reporting that DeAndre Liggins has been waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Liggins was arrested Saturday on domestic abuse charges.

Here is more from USA Today.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder waived guard DeAndre Liggins on Friday after he was charged with seven felony counts in a domestic-violence case.
The 24-year-old was arrested Saturday after his girlfriend told police he attacked her in front of their 2-year-old son.

The (Oklahoma City) Oklahoman reported Friday that Liggins was charged with three counts of domestic abuse, two counts of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, one count of kidnapping and one count of violating a protective order.

Complete Article

Athletic 2015 Star Derrick Jones to Visit UK for Alumni Game

Derrick Jones, one of the most athletic players in the class of 2015, will be visiting Kentucky for the men's basketball alumni game on Monday night.

Jones is a 6-foot-6 small forward from Archbishop John Carroll (Penn.) High School. He currently ranks No. 11 on the Rivals.com list for 2015.

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

Derrick Jones — a lanky forward from Philadelphia — is scheduled to be at the game on an unofficial visit. Jones is one of only six players from the Class of 2015 with a scholarship offer from Kentucky, and he's already established himself as a five-star prospect in the class.

Archbishop Carroll Coach Paul Romanczuk acknowledged Thursday that most of the attention his player has received has been centered around his athleticism.

When Jones takes off, people take notice.

"He's kind of like a human-highlight film just waiting to happen," Romanczuk told the Herald-Leader. "Tip dunks, getting out in transition for some high-flying-type finishes. Blocks that end up in the third or fourth row. He's just a very dynamic player. And, with all that being said, he's young. His body's very young. He's very thinly built."

Complete Article

Photo: Rivals.com

Jones in action:
 

Derek Anderson, John Calipari Give Comments About Richie Farmer

News broke earlier this week that former Kentucky player Richie Farmer accepted a plea deal in a government corruption case but will still likely face a two-year prison sentence.

Former UK star Derek Anderson and current head coach John Calipari gave some comments about Farmer.

Here is an excerpt from WHAS11.com:

"He makes mistakes, people make mistakes, we have to learn how to forgive them, not belittle them, get them better and get them out the situation, whatever his punishment is and whatever he's done, I am not sure, but I will be a friend to him if he needs me,"  Anderson said.

"I’ve been in the car all day, so I don't want to go back and forth, but he's a big part of Kentucky’s program and I hope everything goes well for he and his family," Calipari added.

Complete Article

Dikembe Dixson Leaves Ashland, Reportedly Enrolling at Thomas Nelson

Dikembe Dixson, one of the top players in the 16th Region last season, has left Ashland Blazer High School and enrolled at Thomas Nelson High School.

Dixson, a 6-foot-6 forward, averaged 19.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for the Tomcats last season.

According to multiple sources, Dixson's cousin, Montrell, has also enrolled at Thomas Nelson. Montrell spent time working with Ashland during the summer.

Photo: 2013-14 University of Kentucky Men's Basketball Team

Here is the official team photo of the 2013-14 University of Kentucky men's basketball team:

KentuckyMBB How about this great looking group! Your 2013-14 Wildcats! #WeAreUK pic.twitter.com/Y0NmYfCWl1

2014 PF Jaylen Johnson Commits to Louisville

Jaylen Johnson, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Ypsilanti (Mich.), has committed to the Louisville Cardinals.

PaulBiancardi Early wake up call. Jaylen Johnson just called Rick Pitino to congratulate him going into the Hall of fame and then commits . #Ville

Johnson is rated as a four-star recruit in the class of 2014.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Seven Former Players to Participate in Fantasy Experience All-Star Game

Seven former Kentucky men's basketball players will participate in the John Calipari Fantasy Experience All-Star game Monday evening in Rupp Arena.

The Fantasy Experience game will precede the UK men's basketball alumni charity game.

The former players in the Fantasy Experience game include Ramon Harris, Mark Krebs, Randolph Morris, Jared Prickett, Andre Riddick, Perry Stevenson and Kenny Walker.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Concluding this year’s John Calipari Fantasy Experience, will be a Fantasy Experience All-Star game featuring seven former Wildcats playing against a Fantasy Experience All-Star team.

Returning to Rupp Arena for the All-Star game are Ramon Harris, Mark Krebs, Randolph Morris, Jared Prickett, Andre Riddick, Perry Stevenson and Kenny Walker.

The All-Star game is scheduled to tip at 5:15 p.m. and will be played prior to the UK Alumni Charity game, which is set for a 7 p.m. tip. Per NBA rules, the University of Kentucky cannot confirm individual players participating in the Alumni Charity game.

Tickets can only be purchased at the Rupp Arena box office, online at Ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster Outlet or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. There is an eight-ticket limit per person. All orders will have additional fees attached. All proceeds from the game will go to charity.

Rupp Arena doors will open at 5 p.m.

Eurobasket.com Catches Up with Former MSU Swingman Quentin Pryor

Former Morehead State swingman Quentin Pryor is set to begin the 2013-14 season with Groningen in Holland's top-level Eredivisie league.

Last season, Pryor averaged 10.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists Kapfenberg in Austria's highest league.

Eurobasket.com recently caught up with Quentin:

Quentin thanks for talking to eurobasket.com again. How was your summer? What was the nicest experience you had this summer at home?

My summer was nice. I worked out a lot and played in a tourney with some of my college teammates. The best summer experience for me was getting to see my son go to school on the first day.

After two years in Austria, now you start a new chapter in your basketball life in Holland with GasTerra Flames Groningen. Does it seem like an eternity since you played in the Beko BBL? Does basketball time fly for you at age 29?

Its kind of a two way street. Sometimes when I think back it seems so long ago. Now I am the one giving pointers instead of just taking them. Times has flew by!!!

What were the main reasons for going to GasTerra Flames Groningen?

I heard all great things about the organization. They want to win the championship which is always a goal for me. The team is competing in Eurochallenge which will be my first time in a Euro tourney.

The club has a successful history. With the core of guys coming in, what are the goals of the team this season?

The main goal is winning championships in the Dutch League. The second is to make the top 2 of our group in Eurochallenge.

The team has four Americans including an ex Beko BBL player with Jason Dourisseau. What has he told you from his time in Ludwigsburg?

He has talked a little about the organization and the teams he played on while he was there. We haven't talked a whole lot yet about his time there.

With Cashmere Wright you have a talented rookie that played at Cincinnati (NCAA). What has been your impression of him and who does he remind you of on the floor?

Cash will be a great player in Europe once he learns everything. He is very quick and shifty. His game is lot like Raymond Felton's. He can shoot it and he has a good floater.

Complete Interview

Richie Farmer Reaches Plea Deal, Could Spend 2 Years in Prison

Former University of Kentucky and Clay County High School star Richie Farmer has reportedly reached a plea agreement deal with prosecutors in a government corruption case.

With the deal, Farmer is still facing two years in prison.

Here is more from WUKY.org:

A former University of Kentucky basketball star whose jersey hangs in the rafters of Rupp Arena has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in a government corruption case that would put him in prison for some two years.
Richie Farmer was the sweet-shooting guard for a UK team dubbed "The Unforgettables" for their gutsy play. He launched a political career that came crashing down during a bid for lieutenant governor in 2011 when complaints began to surface about his management of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Complete Article

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

2013-14 Kentucky Wildcats Super Slow Motion Dunks

Check out this video of the 2013-14 Kentucky Wildcats dunking in slow motion:


Pimp My Ride: Daniel Orton Gets His Own "War Machine"

Former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton has purchased a new Chevy Tahoe dubbed the "War Machine."

Here is more from Carbuzz.com:

Blacked out and ready for war, this custom built Chevy Tahoe is the proud property of one Daniel Orton of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Dubbed the “War Machine,” it doesn’t appear to have any weapons or bullet proof armor, but does come with a lethal shade of matte black paint and matching 26-inch Savini wheels housing massive Wilwood brakes. A custom suede interior houses a pair of power recliners, from where the NBA star can blast some beats from the JL Audio speakers and amp, or play on the Xbox routed to a massive flip down screen.

Complete Article and Gallery

Photo: Carbuzz.com

2013 Marshall County Hoopfest is Loaded with Star Recruits and Powerhouse Teams

The schedule has been announced for the 2013 Marshall County Hoopfest in December. The event will have some of the top players and teams in Kentucky and the nation.

The Hoopfest will tip on Thursday, December 5 with a girl's game. Graves County, Marshall County and Henderson County will be in action on the first night. Friday and Saturday features some of the top teams in the nation as Chicago Curie (Ill.), Huntington Prep (W.Va.), Oak Hill Academy (Va.), and Dallas Prime Prep (Tex.) will all be in action.

Two of Kentucky's top teams, Louisville Ballad and Hopkinsville, will also be in action during the weekend.

Some of the big name recruits in the event include JaQuan Lyle (committed to Louisville), Cliff Alexander, Trey Lyles, Emmanuel Mudiay, LeRon Black, Quentin Snider, Devin Booker, Skal Labissiere, Angel Delgado, Kelan Martin, Montaque Gill-Ceasar, Josh Perkins, Jalen Lindsey and Elijah Thomas.

Recap of 2012 Hoopfest

Here's a look at the schedule:

Thursday, Dec. 5

4 p.m.: (Girls) Marshall County vs. Massac County (Ill.)

5:30: Graves County vs Massac County

7: Marshall County vs Dyersburg (Tenn.)

8:30: Henderson County vs. St. Mary

Friday, Dec. 6

4 p.m.: Chicago Curie vs. Evangelical Christian (Tenn.)

5:30: Huntington (W.Va.) Prep vs. Atlanta Sports Academy

7: Oak Hill (Va.) vs. Whitehaven (Memphis

8:30: Ballard vs. Indianapolis Arsenal Tech

10: Dallas Prime Prep vs. Quality Education (N.C.)

Saturday, Dec. 7

9 a.m.: Warren Central vs. Wilson Central (Tenn.)

10:30: (Girls): Marshall County vs. Mount Carmel (lll.)

Noon: Hopkinsville vs. Evansville Bosse (Ind.)

1:30: McCracken County vs. South Fulton (Tenn.)

3:00: Marshall County vs. Carbondale (Ill.)

5:00 Ballard v Moss Point (Miss.)

6:30 Huntington Prep vs. Arsenal Tech

8:00: Oak Hill vs. Nashville Christi Presbyterian

9:30: Dallas Prime Prep vs. Memphis White Station

Antigua Leads Dominicans to Second Round of FIBA Americas Championship

The Dominican Republic national team, led by University of Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua, has advanced to the second round of the FIBA Americas Championship.

The Dominicans defeated Paraguay 83-54 last night to secure a spot in the second round. Kentucky commit Karl Towns led the way with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Manuel Fortuna added 12 points.

During first round pool play, the Dominicans (2-2) defeated Paraguay and Argentina, but lost to Mexico and Venezuela.

Mexico (3-1), led by former Western Kentucky University point guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez, also advanced to the second round. Mendez-Valdez averaged 14.0 points, 2.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game during the first round.

Also advancing to the second round is Jamaica (1-3), led by former Louisville big man Samardo Samuels. Samuels averaged 17.0 points and 5.8 boards in the first round.

FIBA Americas Championship for Men, Second Round


9/5/2013
TimeHomeVisitorScore
11:00 Dominican Republic Jamaica
13:30 Mexico Canada
17:00 Argentina Puerto Rico
19:30 Venezuela Uruguay


9/6/2013
TimeHomeVisitor
11:00 Jamaica Argentina
13:30 Uruguay Mexico
17:00 Canada Venezuela
19:30 Puerto Rico Dominican Republic


9/7/2013
TimeHomeVisitor
11:00 Mexico Jamaica
13:30 Argentina Uruguay
17:00 Dominican Republic Canada
19:30 Venezuela Puerto Rico


9/8/2013
TimeHomeVisitor
11:00 Uruguay Dominican Republic
13:30 Canada Argentina
17:00 Puerto Rico Mexico
19:30 Jamaica Venezuela
 
Semifinals


9/10/2013
TimeHomeVisitor
17:00 Team X/2 Team X/3
19:30 Team X/1 Team X/4
 
Finals


9/11/2013
TimeHomeVisitor
17:00 Loser of (37) Loser of (38)
19:30 Winner of (37) Winner of (38)

Here's a look at the first and second round pools (via fibaamericas.com):


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