Friday, September 13, 2013

Forde: JaQuan Lyle Has Broken Off Commitment to Louisville

According to Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports, 5-star prospect JaQuan Lyle has broken off his commitment to Louisville and decided to open his recruitment back up.

Here is an excerpt:

Five-star senior prospect JaQuan Lyle has decommitted from Louisville, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Lyle, of Huntington Prep, informed the Cardinals Friday afternoon that he wants to re-open his recruitment. The 6-foot-5 guard is ranked the No. 22 player in the class of 2014 by Rivals.com.


Complete Article

UPDATE: The original article has been taken down so I have linked the cached version. I'm not sure what is going on but this is a story to keep an eye on.

Photo: Rivals.com

2014 PG Tyler Ulis Commits to Kentucky

Tyler Ulis, a 5-foot-9 point guard from Marian Catholic (Ill.) High School, has just committed to the University of Kentucky.

He chose the Wildcats over Iowa and Michigan State.


Interview with UK Recruit Tyler Ulis from Last Night

Here is an interview with Kentucky recruit Tyler Ulis from last night - Ulis will make his college announcement this evening and most folks believe he will commit to UK:


Louisville Fan Gets an "Interesting" Tattoo of Rick Pitino

A Louisville fan has gotten himself an amazing, somewhat unbelievable tattoo of Cards' head coach Rick Pitino:

 

Wowza....

Source

Richie Farmer Pleads Guilty in Government Corruption Case

Former University of Kentucky and Clay County High School basketball player Richie Farmer entered a guilty plea to government corruption charges this morning in U.S. District Court in Frankfort.

Here is an excerpt from the Herald-Leader:

He appeared Friday morning in U.S. District Court in Frankfort.

"I let down the people of Kentucky, I let down my family and friends, and for this I am truly sorry," Farmer said during the proceeding.

Farmer was accused of using Department of Agriculture employees to work on his Frankfort home, including building a basketball court in his backyard. Prosecutors said Farmer also hired friends, including his girlfriend, as special assistants who did little or no work for the agency. And they accused Farmer of using government employees to do personal errands, including babysitting his children, mowing his yard, even chauffeuring his dog.  Complete Article

New JaQuan Lyle Highlights from Big Strick Classic

Check out these new highlights of Louisville commit JaQuan Lyle at the Big Strick Classic:


Interest Picking Up for Marshall County's Austin Rentfrow Following Big Summer

Marshall County big man Austin Rentfrow is set to visit Bellarmine University on Monday.

Rentfrow, a hard-working 6-foot-7 post player, is on pace to have an outstanding senior season for the Marshals. He had a nice summer with the Louisville Magic after averaging 13.9 points and 8.5 rebounds for his high school team in 2012-13.

Bellarmine is not the only in-state school that has been showing interest in Rentfrow. He has heard from Western Kentucky, Northern Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky.
He has also heard from Belmont, Gardner-Webb and several other schools in recent months.

"That kid is a winner," one coach said of Rentfrow this summer. "He does all the little things that coaches love."

Ballard's Quentin Snider Commits to Illinois

Ballard High School star Quentin Snider has committed to Illinois. Snider, a 6-foot-1 point guard, chose the Illini over UCLA:


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Open Gym: Casey County Rebels and Head Coach Maze Stallworth

I checked out Casey County's open gym last week in Liberty. The Rebels, under new head coach Maze Stallworth, are hoping to improve on last season's 14-17 record and make a run to the 12th Region tournament in 2014.

The Rebels return skilled big man Baylen Hill, a pair of tough senior guards and a group of talented freshmen this season.

The combination of talent and Stallworth's defensive schemes should be more than enough to make the Rebels competitive in the 47th District, where they'll have to find a way to get past Somerset, Wayne County or Rockcastle County come tournament time.

Players to Watch in 2013-14

- Baylen Hill (6'7" senior forward): Hill is a very skilled big man with tremendous upside. Coach Stallworth will depend heavily on Hill for scoring and rebounding. He has the ability to play on the wing or in the paint. Hill has nice touch around the rim and a solid long range jumper. His ceiling is low-to-mid-major division I and he's already receiving interest from several schools including UT-Martin, UVa.-Wise, Northern Kentucky, IU-Southeast, University of the Cumberlands and Berea College.

- Zach Scott (6'0" senior guard): Experienced senior who will be counted on for leadership and scoring. Stallworth describes him as arguably his toughest player.

- Cody Clarke (5'8" senior guard): Tough guard who will also provide a wealth of leadership and toughness.

- Jake Smith (5'10" freshman guard): Smith spent the season with Hoop Dreams on the AAU circuit and will be a handful in the 12th Region in the future. Look for Smith to make an impact as a freshman.

- Breece Hayes (6'3" freshman wing): Hayes is a highly-touted football player. Stallworth expects him to be one of his hardest workers this coming year. He is very receptive to coaching and always working hard to improve.

- Collin Miller (5'8" freshman guard): Some publications have Miller rated as the best point guard in Kentucky in the Class of 2017. He is also currently with the football team. Stallworth will depend on Miller to take control as a freshman and be one of the team's vocal leaders.

- Jordan Brown (junior forward): Has shown great improvement over the summer. Stallworth describes him as a tremendous worker who punches the clock each and every day.

Other notable players:

- Caleb Wesley, Tanner Davis (football), Landon Carmen (currently injured), Micco Randall (football)

Comments from Coach Stallworth:

"I believe we have a solid group of kids that have put in the time since July 10th. They have all been very receptive. We will take our lumps early because a new style and just getting adjusted to the overall new culture of our program. I feel that once January hits, we will be in great form to make a run at a district title, which hasn't happened here in a decade.

"I feel confident that we have a great group of kids who can do something special this year. That players have embraced the idea of being a family and giving it all for each other and I'm very happy with the progress they've made from week 1. I believe the Rebel nation of Casey County is deserving of getting back to the basketball tradition they once had."

Kentucky Offers 2014 Star Myles Turner During Home Visit

Kentucky head coach John Calipari extended  a scholarship offer to 2014 big man Myles Turner during a home visit last night.

Turner, who stands 7-feet tall, is currently ranked No. 2 overall in the Class of 2014 by Scout.com. Rivals.com has him ranked at No. 6 overall.

Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader caught up with Turner's high school coach:

Trinity High Coach Mark Villines was present for Wednesday night’s in-home visit, and he said it went well.

“The family and everybody was very impressed with Coach Calipari,” Villines told the Herald-Leader. “I mean, it’s Kentucky basketball, but he really pitched it to Myles. He didn’t sugarcoat anything — was very honest. When he walked away, the initial vibe was they were very impressed.”

Calipari is hoping Turner visits him next. The ideal date would be Oct. 18 for Big Blue Madness, which already has a guest list that includes 2014 targets Stanley Johnson, Trey Lyles, Kelly Oubre and James Blackmon Jr.

“They really want him to come up for midnight madness,” Villines said. “But everybody wants him to come that weekend. So I’m not sure where he’s going to choose, but he did throw that out there. And I know Myles is considering it.”

Complete Article

Photo: Rivals.com

2014 Guard Keenan Evans to Visit Western Kentucky Soon

Keenan Evans, a 6-foot-1 combo guard from Berkner (Tex.) High School, will visit Western Kentucky University on September 28:

DJH5Report Plex Update: 2014 SG Kennan Evans (Berkner HS) will visit Texas Tech this weekend & Western Kentucky on Sept. 28, 2013.

Rivals.com rates Evans as a three-star prospect.

Photo: Rivals.com

St. Xavier Unveils New Home Uniforms for 2013-14

St. Xavier High School in Louisville has new home uniforms for the upcoming season.

StXBasketball RT if you like our new home uniforms! pic.twitter.com/9seODAOKnp

Not bad!

Ballard's Quentin Snider to Announce College Choice Tonight

Ballard High School star Quentin Snider will announce his college decision this evening:

EvanDanielsFOX Quentin Snider will announce his college decision this evening, per his father Scott Snider.

Snider, a 6-foot-1 point guard is rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com. He is expected to pick either UCLA or Illinois.

EvanDanielsFOX Snider is ranked No. 7 at the point guard spot and No. 31 overall. He's deciding between UCLA and Illinois.

Two Cards, Two Cats on Sporting News Preseason All-American Team

Russ Smith, Montrezl Harrell, Julius Randle and Andrew Harrison are on Sporting News' Preseason All-American Team for 2013-14.

First Team

- Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
- Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
- Doug McDermott, Creighton
- Jabari Parker, Duke
- Mitch McGary, Michigan

Second Team

- Gary Harris, Michigan State
- Russ Smith, Louisville
- Jahii Carson, Arizona State
- Julius Randle, Kentucky
- Aaron Gordon, Arizona

Third Team

- Andrew Harrison, Kentucky
- Aaron Craft, Ohio State
- Rodney Hood, Duke
- C.J. Fair, Syracuse
- Montrezl Harrell, Louisville

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St. Catharine College Releases 2013-14 Men's Basketball Schedule

St. Catharine College has released a challenging men's basketball schedule for the 2013-14 season.

The Patriots will played exhibition games at Morehead State and Southern Miss and a tough out-of-conference schedule that includes battles against Robert Morris College, Life University, West Virginia Tech and William Carey.

St. Catharine College Patriots Men’s Basketball Schedule 2013-14

October

31 UVA Lynchburg Lourdes Hall 12:00pm

November

2 Morehead State University* Morehead, KY TBA
5 University of St. Francis Lourdes Hall 7:30pm
8 Cardinal Stretch @ University of St. Francis TBA Fort Wayne, IN 8:00pm
9 University of St. Francis Fort Wayne, IN TBA
18 Wilberforce College Wilberforce, OH 8:00pm
21 University of Pikeville** Lourdes Hall 8:00pm
23 Bluefield College** Lourdes Hall 4:00pm
29 Robert Morris College @ LWC Columbia, KY 7:00pm
30 Life University @ LWC Columbia, KY 3:00pm

December

6 West Virginia Tech @ Bluefield Bluefield, VA 6:00pm
7 Barber Scotia @ Bluefield Bluefield, VA 2:00pm
12 William Carey Hattiesburg, MS 8:30pm
14 University of Southern Miss* Hattiesburg, MS TBD

January

2 Cumberland University** Lebanon, TN 9:00pm
4 Lindsey Wilson College** Columbia, KY 5:00pm
9 University of the Cumberlands** Lourdes Hall 8:00pm
11 Georgetown College** Lourdes Hall 4:00pm
16 Rio Grande University** Rio Grande, OH 8:00pm
18 Shawnee State** Portsmouth, OH 4:00pm
23 Campbellsville University** Campbellsville 4:00pm
30 Cumberland University** Lourdes Hall 8:00pm

February

1 Lindsey Wilson College** Lourdes Hall 4:00pm
6 Georgetown College**  Georgetown, KY 8:00pm
8 University of the Cumberlands ** Williamsburg, KY 4:00pm
11 Wilberforce College Lourdes Hall 8:00pm
13 Shawnee State** Lourdes Hall 8:00pm
15 Rio Grande University** Lourdes Hall 4:00pm
20 Campbellsville University** Lourdes Hall 8:00pm
27 Bluefield College**  Bluefield, VA 8:00pm

March

1 University of Pikeville**  Pikeville, KY 4:00pm
6-9 Conference Tournament Cumberland, TN TBD
19-25 NAIA National Tournament  Kansas City, MO TBD

*Exhibition Game
** Conference Games

Chris Smith Signs with the Knicks, Gets Amazing Tattoo of His Brother

Former Louisville guard Chris Smith has signed with the New York Knicks and will be added to the team's training camp roster.

Smith is the younger brother of Knicks guard J.R. Smith.

Speaking of the Smith brothers, Monday was J.R.'s birthday. To celebrate the occasion, Chris apparently got a tattoo (see picture) of his brother's face on his back. It says "Always got my back" beneath the portrait.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

New Mixtape of 2014 UK Commit Karl Towns

Check out this new highlight tape of 2014 Kentucky commit Karl Towns:

Description: Karl Towns is a 17 year old rising senior at New Jersey's Saint Joseph's High School. Starting a year ago Towns helped defend the Dominican Republic's national team in three significant events. Towns, who is a sure bet to play in the NBA in the near future, is still developing physically. At 7-foot-1 and well built, he is still adding body mass. He's dynamic, has a good attitude and coherence that's necessary to grow professionally, step by step, game by game. Check out Towns highlights from the Mary Kline Classic, NBPA Top 100 Camp, NY2LA Summer Jam, and Nike Hoop Summit. To see more visit www.ballislife.com.

Cordia's Malik Hines Picks Up and Offer from LSU

LSU has extended a scholarship offer to Cordia's Malik Hines.

Head coach Rod Rhodes confirmed the offer via text this evening. Hines is a 6-foot-9 center who moved to Kentucky over the summer.

Photo: Scott Anderson, NationofBlue.com

DeMarcus Cousins Was Mic'd Up at the UK Alumni Game

Former UK star DeMarcus Cousins was mic'd up at the UK basketball alumni game. As you might expect, the sound clips some funny stuff:


UK Recruit Tyler Ulis Will Announce Decision on Friday

Tyler Ulis, a 5-foot-8 point guard from Marian Catholic (Ill.), will announce his college decision on Friday:

michaelsobrien Tyler Ulis will announce Friday at approx. 7:20 pm, live on High School Cube News. Will be 10 min before start of varsity football game.

Ulis, who just visited Kentucky earlier this week for the alumni game, is expected to announce for UK, Michigan State or Iowa.

Photo: Rivals.com

UPIKE Signs All-Big West Performer Keala King for 2013-14

The University of Pikeville has signed 6-foot-5 guard Keala King for the 2013-14 men's basketball season.

King started his college career at Arizona State University, where he averaged 6.8 points and 1.9 assists per game in 42 games. He then transferred to Long Beach State and averaged 9.8 points, 4.8 boards and 2.9 assists per game. He earned honorable mention All-Big West Conference honors.

Rivals.com rated King No. 26 overall in the Class of 2010.

Name: Keala King
Height/Position: 6’5 Guard
Class: Senior
Hometown: Compton, CA
Previous School: Arizona St./Long Beach

LONG BEACH STATE • In his first season with LBSU, earned honorable mention All-Big West
Conference honors... Started 19 of the 22 games he played in, averaging 28.1 minutes per
game ... Averaged 9.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 2.9 assists per game, while making
43.5 percent of field goal attempts ... Scored in double figures 11 times ... Tallied a season-high
22 points, shooting 9-of-16, in a home win vs. UC Davis ... Led the team in scoring on three
occasions - 18 points at UC Riverside, 22 points vs. UC Davis and 15 points against UC Irvine
in the Big West Tournament ... Led the team in rebounds four times ... Had two double-doubles
on the season - 16 points and 10 rebounds at Cal Poly and 12 points and 11 rebounds at Cal

ARIZONA STATE • Spent a season and a half at Arizona State and averaged 6.8 points, 1.8
rebounds and 1.9 assists in 42 games, while making 44.5 percent (98-of-220) of field goal
attempts ... Played 13 games as a sophomore before leaving the team at the semester ...
Averaged a team-high 13.7 points and pulled down 4.9 rebounds during time with team ...
Converted on 51.7 percent (60-of-116) of field goal attempts, while making 38.7 percent (12-
of-31) 3-pointers ... Also led team with 43 assists and 19 steals in 13 games ... Scored careerhigh 25 points, on 8-of-10 shooting, and grabbed eight rebounds against Wake Forest ... Scored
22 points twice, the first time vs. DePaul (6-of-12 shooting) and the second time against Fresno
State ... Had one double-double with 16 points and a career-high 10 boards against Southern
Miss ... Scored 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting at Tulsa ... Scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting
against Northern Arizona and had 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting vs. Montana State ... Finished
with 14 points vs. Nevada and 13 points against New Mexico ... Averaged 3.7 points and 2.6
rebounds while playing in 29 games as a true freshman ... Scored in double digits three times ...
Had a season-high 14 points at USC, 13 points vs. Houston Baptist and 10 points against
Washington State ... Grabbed eight boards twice.

MATER DEI HS: Ranked #26 player in the nation in the Class of 2010 by Rivals.com


Murray State Checks Out 2014 Forward Markell Lodge

Coaches from Murray State checked out 2014 forward Markell Lodge of Pace Academy (NC) on Tuesday.

Justinbyerly Murray State and Stephen F. Austin University were in yesterday to see 2014 F Markell Lodge of Pace Academy (NC). @Kell_Lodge_15

Lodge is a 6-foot-6 power forward who is rated as a 3-star prospect by Rivals.com.

Photo: Rivals.com

Kevin Ware Set to Resume Basketball Activities in One Month

According to University of Louisville SID Kenny Klein, Kevin Ware is expected to resume basketball activities in about a month.

KKcards Latest x-rays for Louisville G Kevin Ware's rt leg show good healing. He's expected to resume basketball activities in about 4 weeks #L1C4

On March 31, 2013, in Louisville's NCAA Tournament game against Duke, Ware landed awkwardly after attempting to block a three-point shot attempt and suffered a gruesome fracture to his right leg.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Brandon Knight, John Wall Talk About UK Basketball Alumni Game

Here are postgame comments from John Wall and Brandon Knight following last night's UK Basketball Alumni Charity Game:




A Bat Invaded the UK Alumni Game in Rupp Arena

The rumors were true - a bat (literally) invaded Rupp Arena during the UK alumni game last night:


2013 Kentucky Basketball Alumni Game Intro Video

If you are a Kentucky Wildcats basketball fan, you'll want to check out the intro video from last night's UK Basketball Alumni Charity Game:


John Wall Nets Triple-Double to Lead Blue Past White in UK Basketball Alumni Game

Washington Wizards star John Wall scored early and often as he led the Blue All-Stars to a 111-95 victor
y over the White All-Stars in the 2013 Kentucky Basketball Alumni Charity Game.

Wall dropped 40 points, dished out 10 assists and pulled down 10 rebounds in a matchup against new Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Knight.

Knight matched Wall for much of the game, finishing with 30 points and 7 assists. He was 6-for-11 from the three-point line.

After the game, Wall was asked who is the best point guard that John Calipari has ever had. Without hesitation, he quickly said, "me."

Patrick Patterson added 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue team. DeAndre Liggins chipped in 20. Josh Harrellson contributed 11 points and 10 boards. Perry Stevenson and Ramon Harris finished with 10 points each.

Charlotte's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 26 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the White team. Terrence Jones put in 22 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. Anthony Davis ended up with 12 points and 10 rebounds and also nailed two buzzer beaters (see below). Randolph Morris, who still plays professionally in China, had 5 points and 8 boards.

NOTES:

- Prior to the charity game, DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe apologized to the crowd for not being able to play due to ongoing NBA contract negotiations.

- More than $1 million were raised for various charities as a result of the charity game and John Calipari's Fantasy Basketball Experience.

- The official attendance - for an alumni game in September - was 19,255

- Kentucky recruits in attendance: Devin Booker (2014), Tyler Ulis (2014), Jahlil Okafor (2014), Charles Matthews (2015), Luke Kennard (2015), Derrick Jones (2015) and Kobi Simmons (2016)

- In the first game of the night, a team of UK All-Stars defeated the Fantasy Experience All-Stars 75-41. The UK team included Todd Svoboda, Randolph Morris, Kenny Walker, Perry Stevenson, Mark Krebs, Ramon Harris, Andre Riddick and Jared Prickett.

- Some players were originally scheduled to participate in the event (Doron Lamb, Jamaal Magloire, etc.) but did not appear for various reasons.

HIGHLIGHTS:







BOX SCORE (click to enlarge):

Monday, September 9, 2013

Anthony Davis Drains 65-Footer at the Buzzer in UK Alumni Game

Watch as former Kentucky star Anthony Davis gets held and still drains a 65-foot bomb at the halftime buzzer in the 2013 UK Basketball Alumni Charity Game:


Darius Miller Suffers Stress Fracture, Out 8-12 Weeks

Former Kentucky star Darius Miller has suffered a stress fracture in his left foot. He is expected to miss 8-12 weeks of action.

Here is an update via press release from the Pelicans:

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that Darius Miller suffered a stress fracture in his left foot. Team doctors discovered the injury after Miller experienced discomfort recently. Dr. Richard Ferkel of Southern California Orthopedic Institute surgically repaired the stress fracture. Miller will return to New Orleans on September 10, 2013 to begin the rehabilitation process. He is expected to miss 8-12 weeks.

Official Roster for UK Basketball Alumni Charity Game

Here is the UK basketball alumni game roster for tonight's charity game at Rupp Arena:

A Day in the Life of a John Calipari Fantasy Experience Player

Check out this behind the scenes look at what it's like to be a player at the John Calipari Fantasy Basketball Experience (click image to play):

WKU, Boston College Visiting Perry Central Star Justin Johnson Today

Coaches from Boston College and Western Kentucky are visiting Perry Central star Justin Johnson today.

Johnson posted about the visits on Twitter last night:

justin23johnson WKU and Boston College coming to visit tomorrow!

And today:

justin23johnson Good visit with WKU! Now Boston College on the way.

Photo: Rivals.com

Lafayette's Jackson Davis Adds Offer from Houston

Lafayette High School big man Jackson Davis has added a scholarship offer from Houston.

Scott Anderson of TheRoadtoRupp.com broke the news on Twitter:

SAndersonNOB Lafayette HS (2014) Jackson Davis received an offer from Houston today. He will be taking an unofficial visit there tomorrow.

The 6-foot-8 power forward already has offers from VCU, Texas Tech, Morehead State, Western Kentucky, Indiana State, Tennessee Tech, Kent State, Chattanooga, Columbia, Princeton, Princeton, Wright State, Houston and Cleveland State.

Video: Rick Pitino's Outstanding Hall of Fame Speech

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was formally inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame over the weekend.

Pitino gave an outstanding speech in which he talked about his time at Louisville and Kentucky.

Check it out:


Sources: Senior Point Guard David Kapinga Leaves Southwestern (UPDATED)

I am told by several sources that senior point guard David Kapinga is leaving Southwestern High School and will be moving out-of-state.

The 5-foot-10 Kapinga is widely considered one of the top point guard prospects in the state.

He has received college interest from several schools, including Morehead State, Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky.

UPDATE: Not so fast...Kapinga's move has not been finalized but a decision will be made within the next week.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Video: John Calipari Excited for 2013-14 Season

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is excited for the 2013-14 men's basketball season.

Check out this video from CN2:


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