Friday, October 4, 2013

Morehead State Season Tickets Are Now On Sale

Season tickets are now on sale for the 2013-14 Morehead State men's basketball season.

Here are details from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Season tickets for the 2013-14 Morehead State basketball seasons are now on sale. Fans have several packages to choose from. Both teams host 15 games in Johnson Arena.

"Season tickets are the best way for fans to support our teams and guarantee their seats for every game," Assistant Athletic Director for External Affairs Darian Westerfield said. "We have many options to meet the needs of all our fans."

Online sales of season and single-game tickets will begin soon. Fans can also download the form and mail in with payment or stop by the athletic ticket office in the Academic-Athletic Center to purchase in-person.

Season tickets range from $50-250. Reserved parking passes for any season ticket holder are only $50.

MSU is offering two "spirit packages," which also include an Eagles Nest pass for complimentary popcorn and soft drinks each game and an MSU polo shirt. The Eagle Spirit Package is $250 and features a reserved seat. The Blue Spirit Package is $225 and includes a general admission ticket.

There are three other options for the general public. The Eagle Package features a reserved chairback seat for $180, while the Blue Package is $135 and includes a general admission seat. The Gold package is $80 and is a bleacher seat on either end of Johnson Arena or on the upper south side.

Morehead State faculty, staff or retirees can purchase a general admission or upper chairback season ticket for $50.

The women host an exhibition game versus Kentucky Christian on Nov. 1. The men open with an exhibition game against St. Catharine (Ky.) on Nov. 2.

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EKU Players Assist with Habitat for Humanity Move

Several members of the Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team helped other groups from EKU with Habitat for Humanity move from Berea to Richmond recently.

Here is more from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Members of the Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team were among several groups from the University helping Habitat for Humanity move from Berea to its new location in Richmond this week.

Click here to read about the move in the Richmond Register. The story also includes pictures of the Colonels helping with the move.

EKU begins its 2013-14 season on Nov. 8 against Florida International at the Kennesaw State Invitational. Eastern's first home game is on Nov. 13.   

Tickets Now Available for Pikeville vs. Louisville Game

University of Pikeville tickets for the exhibition game at the University of Louisville are now on sale. Tickets are available online by credit card or in Pikeville at the UPIKE Gym.

Here are details from UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – University of Pikeville men's basketball tickets for the away game against the University of Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center on Nov. 6 are now available online by credit card or locally at the UPIKE Gym by personal check.

A limited number of tickets are available,
order online or stop by the athletic office soon to reserve your spot. Tickets are $39 each and available in the upper-level, end-court area.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET in Louisville, Ky.

This is the third straight season the Bears have travelled to Louisville for an exhibition. UPIKE is 0-3, losing 93-57 in 2012 and 74-55 in 2011. The Cardinals won the 2013 NCAA National Championship and figure to be ranked in the top three entering the season.

Fans can catch a lot more UPIKE basketball at the East Ky. Expo Center this season by
purchasing season tickets for men's and women's basketball as well. A link to the form is available above, which can be taken to the box office at the expo.

The UPIKE women also play an exhibition against Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center at 11 a.m. on Nov. 5. Tickets will be available at the arena on game day.

You can get your first glimpse of the 2013-14 Bears at 9 p.m. on Oct. 16 during the Basketball Blast-Off at UPIKE Gym. Both the men and women will scrimmage at the event.

Kentucky Players Deliver Pizzas, Interact with Big Blue Madness Campers

Check out this video of Kentucky men's basketball players delivering pizzas to Big Blue Madness campers:


AND1 Signs Former Murray State Star Isaiah Canaan

The AND1 Basketball and apparel brand has announced the signing of former Murray State star Isaiah Canaan.

Here is a press release from AND1:

The AND1 Basketball and apparel brand today announced the signing of Isaiah Canaan and Jamaal Franklin, two up and coming NBA prospects to join the growing list of professional basketball players to endorse AND1. Canaan, a 6-0, 188-pound point guard from Murray State, was selected by the Houston Rockets of the NBA in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft, the 34th overall selection. Franklin, a 6-5, 191-pound forward from San Diego State was a second round pick by the Memphis Grizzlies, the 41st overall section in the recent NBA Draft.

Canaan and Franklin join AND1 Basketball ambassador Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers who re-upped with the popular basketball shoe and apparel company in June, 2013 after a break-out season with the Pacers where he helped lead the team to the 2013 Central Division title and a 49-32 regular season record to advance to the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals.

“Isaiah Canaan embodies the AND1 brand because he honors the game with his hard work, energy, dedication and great attitude,” said Maurice Levy, director of marketing for AND1. “He doesn’t take anything for granted and that’s one of the things we liked most about him."

Canaan, currently projected as a back-up to Houston’s Jeremy Lin at point guard, was the Ohio Valley conference Player of the Year in 2013 as he finished his collegiate career as part of the winningest class in Murray State history (106 victories). He averaged 21.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game while playing 36.5 minutes and shooting 37-percent from the three-point line and over 82-percent from the free throw line.

Franklin joins AND1 as one of the top prospects for the Memphis Grizzlies after leading the San Diego State Aztecs to the NCAAs for the third consecutive season. The small forward averaged 17 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game while playing 33 minutes. He was the only player in NCAA Div. 1 to lead his team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. Franklin earned All-Mountain West conference honors for both 2012 and ‘13.

“Jamaal Franklin fits the AND1 mold because he knows he has to earn his way to the NBA through hard work,” said Levy. “He has a lot of potential and is determined to make an impact for Memphis. Plus, he competes every night, is an excellent rebounder and passes the ball and he can jump through the roof.

“We’re very proud to have both Isaiah Canaan and Jamaal Franklin wearing the entire line of AND1 basketball shoes and our apparel this season,” added Levy. “We can’t wait to get the basketball season started up again.”

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Former Georgetown College Star Vic Moses Signs Pro Contract with Cheshire Phoenix

Former Georgetown College big man Vic Moses has signed with Cheshire Phoenix of the British Basketball League.

Here is a release from GC:

Vic Moses becomes the 46th Tiger, and fourth in the past two seasons, to sign a professional basketball contract. The Lexington native will be heading to England, signing with Cheshire Phoenix of the British Basketball League.

"Cheshire has gotten a steal with Victor Moses," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "There is no doubt in my mind he will be one of, if not the best, player in that league.

"Vic will make the most of this opportunity and move up the ladder in his professional career. I am very proud of him and excited to follow his progress in pro basketball."

As a senior Moses led the Tigers to a national championship and earned NAIA Pla
yer of the Year honors. He is a four-time All-American honoree and scored 2,106 points in that span. He averaged 15.6 points and 7.9 rebounds for his career, highlighted by 17.0 and 9.8 respectively in 2012-13.

The forward averaged a double-double as Georgetown won five games in Kansas City to win the toughest national tournament.

Moses was ranked first nationally in field goal percentage and total total rebounds and third in total rebounds per game and offensive rebounds per game. For his career, Moses hit 65.8 percent of his shots.

"Vic has been a huge piece of Georgetown's success over the past five years," Briggs said. "He is one of the most talented players to ever put on the Tiger uniform; even better than that he is such a wonderful young man.

"I could not be more proud of the success he led us to, especially after dealing with the injury. It was a dream ending to his career and he absolutely deserved every bit of it."

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Video: John Calipari Speaks to Big Blue Madness Campers

Kentucky head coach John Calipari spoke briefly last night to the record-breaking crowd at the Big Blue Madness campout.

Here is some footage from Kentucky Wildcats TV:


Elijah Pittman, Neil Watson on List of C-USA Players to Watch in 2013-14

Marshall University's Elijah Pittman has been named to the list of Conference USA men's basketball players to watch in 2013-14.

Pittman, who played high school basketball as Holmes High School, led the Thundering Herd in scoring last season with 16.1 points per game and will be the top returning scorer in the conference.

Neil Watson, who plays for head coach Donnie Tyndall at Southern Miss, also made the list.

2013-14 C-USA MEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH

Student-Athlete School Class Pos. Hometown
Pierri√° Henry, Charlotte Junior G Charleston, W.Va.
Akeem Richmond, East Carolina Senior G Sanford, N.C.
Tymell Murphy, FIU Senior F Brooklyn, N.Y.
Dragan Sekelja, Florida Atlantic Redshirt Senior C Zagreb, Croatia
Raheem Appleby, Louisiana Tech Junior G Jacksonville, Ark.
Elijah Pittman, Marshall Senior F Covington, Ky.
Shawn Jones, Middle Tennessee Senior F Hialeah, Fla.
Jordan Williams, North Texas Junior G Dallas, Texas
Keenan Palmore, Old Dominion Sophomore G Stone Mountain, GA.
Max Guercy, Rice Sophomore G Arleta, Calif.
Neil Watson, Southern Miss Senior G Kansas City, Kan.
Tre Drye, Tulane Junior F Baton Rouge, La.
James Woodard, Tulsa Sophomore G Edmond, Okla.
Rod Rucker, UAB Senior F Elberton, Ga.
Julian Washburn, UTEP Junior F/G Duncanville, Texas
Jeromie Hill, UTSA Senior F Cairns, Australia

Here are excerpts about Watson and Pittman from the C-USA release:

Neil Watson, Southern Miss, Senior, Guard, Kansas City, Kan. Watson was one of the top playmakers in the league last season, setting conference records with 17 assists in a game and three-point percentage in a game (7-of-7). In 2011-12, he was named Second Team All- Conference USA, the C-USA Newcomer of the Year and the C-USA Sixth Man of the Year. He is 230 points from reaching 1,000 for his career. Watson currently holds the school record in free throw percentage, connecting on 82.7-percent from the line. He ranks 10th on the school list in assists (328) and second in three-point field goal percentage (.412). He also set school records with 64 steals on the season, 17 assists in a game and eight steals in a game.

Elijah Pittman, Marshall, Senior, Forward, Covington, Ky. Pittman led the team in scoring last season with 16.1 points per game and holds the title as the top returning scorer in Conference USA. He scored double-digit points in all but four games and netted at least 20 points in 11 games. During the Herd’s five game exhibition trip in Canada this past August, Pittman averaged 16.4 points and 7.4 rebounds. Of Marshall’s five returners from the 2012-13 season, 89.1 percent of the scoring was by Pittman.

Kyle Wiltjer Misses His Dudes in Kentucky

Former Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer, who transferred to Gonzaga over the summer, posted on Twitter last night that he misses some of his friends in the Bluegrass state.

kwiltj Missing my dudes @TrillWill15 @AlexTheGreat22 @BrianLong32 @jpolson05 @SamMaloneuk13 @A1Laflare10 @jonnylightning4

In honor of Wiltjer, here are some WBA videos:






Thursday, October 3, 2013

College Interest Picking Up for Caverna PG Mason Faulkner; Will Visit Morehead State for Madness

College coaches are starting to show interest in 2016 Caverna High School point guard Mason Faulkner.

A source close to Faulkner says he hearing from Austin Peay, Cleveland State, Morehead State, Wright State and Eastern Kentucky University.

The source added the Faulkner has been invited to and plans to attend Morehead State's midnight madness event on October 24.

Faulkner was Caverna's leading scorer last season at 19.0 points per game. The 6-foot-1 speedster played for Team Manimal AAU during the summer.


Record Number of Fans at UK's Big Blue Madness Campout

There is now a record number of fans at Kentucky's Big Blue Madness campout. According to UK, there is an estimated 755 tents currently set up as of this afternoon.

As a result of the numbers, UK is warning any new campers that they will likely not receive control cards for free tickets to the Big Blue Madness event.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Never underestimate the power of the Big Blue Nation. Last year’s all-time record has been shattered with an estimated 755 tents set up as of Thursday at 1:00 p.m. ET. The 2012 campout held the record previously with 595 tents. With the record number of tents on site, UK Athletics staff will make any new campers aware of the likelihood that they will not receive control cards for free tickets to the annual event.

“Based upon our latest estimated numbers, any tent or camper not already in line for Big Blue Madness tickets is not likely to receive control cards on Friday at 2 p.m. ET,” Deputy Athletics Director DeWayne Peevy said. “We will still maintain a limited number of tickets online for those who do not receive control cards on Friday or were not able to camp out.”

A fixed number of camper tickets are allotted each year based on availability after internal needs are established. Inventory already accounted for includes tickets for students, recruits, staff, sponsors, and both our men’s and women’s basketball programs. Unlike a normal basketball game at Rupp Arena, which seats 23,000 plus, capacity is decreased for the annual free event and is determined by the varying setup each year.

“Our goal is to protect the tradition the Big Blue Nation created in camping out for free tickets to our first public practice each season,” Peevy said. “With that, we have a responsibility to communicate with our fans that are camping out that we are near our capacity of tickets available for distribution.”

A maximum of four (4) control cards per tent will be issued to those camped out on Friday, Oct. 4, beginning at 2 p.m. ET. Fans will receive a maximum of four (4) free tickets per control card on Saturday morning. Fans with control cards are encouraged to begin lining up for Saturday morning’s ticket distribution between 5-6 a.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 5. All fans must be present to obtain their control cards on Friday and only one control card per person will be accepted at distribution. All persons with control cards must be in line by 7 a.m. ET on Saturday.

Sam Cassell Jr. is Down to Louisville and Connecticut

Sam Cassell, Jr. has reportedly cut his final list down to two schools: Louisville and Connecticut.

NextUpRecruits 6'3 PG Sam Cassell Jr of Chipola College tells us he has narrowed his list down to UCONN and Louisville. @sam2ss2ll

Cassell originally committed to Maryland out of high school but ended up at Chipola (JUCO) College.


Boston Radio Host to Rick Pitino: "You stink. You ruined the Celtics."

A Boston-area radio show apparently brought Louisville head coach Rick Pitino on the air for an interview, trashed him and immediately hung up the phone.

Here is an excerpt from TheBigLead.com:

Fred: We are joined by Rick Pitino, former coach of the Celtics, current coach of the Louisville Cardinals who won the national championship. Rick Pitino, hello!

Pitino: Morning, guys.

Fred: You stink. You ruined the Celtics.

And, that’s all she wrote. They hung up. Boston tough guys trying to clown a coach who just six months ago won the National Championship. Hilarious guys. Real knee-slapper. You can listen to the audio below.

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2014 Star Devin Booker Will Reportedly Announce Decision Soon

Devin Booker, one of the top shooting guards in the Class of 2014, will reportedly announced his college decision on Thursday, October 31.

According this
high school coach, Booker is no longer considering Florida. His current list stands at Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State and Missouri.

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

Mississippi shooting guard Devin Booker is planning to announce his college choice Oct. 31 during a ceremony at his high school, Moss Point Coach Micoe Cotton told the Herald-Leader on Wednesday night.

Booker took an official visit to UK last month. He’s planning to visit Michigan this weekend and Missouri later this month. His father, Melvin Booker, was a standout player at Missouri in the early 1990s. He’s also taken an official visit to Michigan State.

Booker has taken several unofficial visits to Michigan, Michigan State and Missouri. His trip to Lexington last month was the first time he had been on UK’s campus.

Cotton said Florida is no longer involved in the recruitment.

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Photo: Rivals.com


Former Bellarmine Guard Chris Dowe Signs Pro Contract in Puerto Rico

Former Bellarmine University guard Chris Dowe has changed course and signed with Sampaense Basket in Puerto Rico's top-level LPB league.

Dowe had originally planned to play for SG Schwelmer Baskets in Germany's ProB league.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Sampaense Basket (LPB) inked 22-year old American guard Chris Dowe (193-86kg-91, college: Bellarmine). He was about to sign at SG Schwelmer Baskets in German ProB, but the plans were changed. The last season Dowe played at Bellarmine College in Great Lakes Valley Conference in the NCAA2. In 32 games he recorded 14.8ppg, 5.1rpg and 4.6apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. and they also made it to the NCAA D2 Sweet 16. A very good season in his career as he was voted to All-GLVC 1st Team, NABC Division II All-Midwest Region 2nd Team and to the Reese's Division II College All-Star Game.

Dowe just graduated from Bellarmine College and it is his first season in pro basketball.

Among other achievements his team won GLVC East Division Regular Season for two years in a row (2011 and 2012).

Tip Time Changed for Kentucky vs. Providence

The tip time for the Kentucky vs. Providence game on December 1 has been changed to 8:30 p.m.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tip-off time for the Kentucky-Providence men’s basketball game on Dec. 1 has been changed to 8:30 p.m. ET. The game will air live on Fox Sports 1 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

In addition, the UK men’s basketball program has released the remainder of its televised non-conference games for the 2013-14 season, including the annual Blue-White scrimmage and both exhibition games.

FS South will televise the Blue-White scrimmage (Oct. 29) as well as Kentucky’s first four games, including the two exhibition games (Transylvania, Nov. 1 and Montevallo, Nov. 4). Also included in the season-opening lineup will be UK’s season opener against UNC Asheville (Nov. 8) and the Northern Kentucky game (Nov. 10). Kentucky’s final game on FS South will be the concluding game of the Bill Keightley Classic against Eastern Michigan (Nov. 27).

UK IMG and FS South will also televise Big Blue Madness (Oct. 18) live.

Ray Kasongo Commits to Oregon, Changes Mind; Says He's Still Undecided

Phase 1 Academy power forward Ray Kasongo says he is still undecided and needs more time to make his college decision.

Kasongo actually committed to Oregon last night, but apparently had a change of heart.

He told ESPN's Reggie Rankin, “I got along great with the Oregon players and coach Dana Altman. It was the best fit for me”

Early this morning, he posted on his Twitter account:

RayKasongo32 I am still undecided, and haven't made a commitment yet. I need more time to think about this and will decide where I go later on this week.

Kasongo is an athletic 6-foot-8 power forward in the class of 2014.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

More Footage from Big Blue Madness Campout; Players Interacting with UK Fans

Here is some more footage from Kentucky's Big Blue Madness campout, where UK players are interacting with fans:


Source: Ray Kasongo Has Committed to Oregon - UPDATED

I'm told by a good source that former Pikeville High School big man Ray Kasongo just notified the Oregon coaching staff that he plans to be a Duck.

Kasongo, an athletic 6-foot-8 power forward, chose the Ducks over Connecticut.

He will play this season at Phase 1 Academy before heading to college in 2014-15.

UPDATE: Kasongo's camp told everyone he had committed to Oregon last night. A few hours later, Kasongo apparently had a change of heart and went to Twitter to say that he is indeed "still undecided":

RayKasongo32 I am still undecided, and haven't made a commitment yet. I need more time to think about this and will decide where I go later on this week.

Highlights: Dikembe Dixson at Midwest Invitational

Check out these highlights of Thomas Nelson High School junior Dikembe Dixson at the Midwest Invitational:


Pitino: Kentucky Has Best Recruiting Class in 20 Years, Not Sure About No. 1 Ranking

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino thinks the Kentucky Wildcats have the best recruiting class in the last 20 years of college basketball but he still isn't sure the Cats are deserving of a No. 1 preseason ranking.

Here is more from Zagsblog.com:

Rick Pitino is sufficiently impressed with Kentucky’s historic recruiting class, but isn’t certain if the Wildcats should be the preseason No. 1.

“Best recruiting class in 20 years,” the Louisville coach told SNY.tv by text. “As far as No. 1, I’m not sure.”

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Former Card George Goode Signs with the Halifax Rainmen in NBL Canada

Former Louisville center George Goode has signed with the Halifax Rainmen of NBL Canada.

Here is more from USBasket.com:

Halifax Rainmen (NBL Canada) added to their roster 25-year old American center George Goode (205-113kg-88, college: Fair Dickinson). He played last season at Yulon Luxgen in Taiwanese SBL league, but left the team in Jan.'13. In 7 games he recorded 14.1ppg and 7.6rpg. Goode played in the final of Big East Tournament in 2011.

He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2012 and it will be his second season as a professional player. Previously he studied and played for Louisville.

Former MSU Big Man Jason Holmes to Play Australian Rules Football

Former Morehead State center Jason Holmes has signed with the St. Kilda Saints, an Australian rules football team in Australia.

Here is a release from St. Kilda:

ST KILDA has signed American giant Jason Holmes on a two-year international rookie contract.

In announcing the signing at the AFL Draft Combine at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, Saints head of football Chris Pelchen said the 203-centimetre former college basketballer from Chicago had excited the club with his athletic prowess, coordination and competitiveness.

"For those who were here yesterday to see the vertical leap that Jason has, I think we were all impressed by that," Pelchen said.

"That doesn’t mean he's an AFL player (yet) … He's got to learn some very basic skills and obviously understanding of the game… (but) I think he'll adapt to the game very, very quickly."

Holmes, 23, was identified as a potential AFL project player at the US combine in Los Angeles in April.

He and fellow Americans Patrick Mitchell and Mark Cisco spent three weeks with the Sydney Swans Academy, then coached by Paul Roos. Only Mitchell was offered an international rookie contract by the club.

Holmes recorded a vertical leap of 97 centimetres – just four centimetres short of Nic Naitanui's record.

Holmes told reporters he first came across Australian Football on cable television about six years ago.

When he heard about the US combine, he believed it was a game he was capable of playing after studying it on YouTube.

He says he picked up the skills more naturally than many other hopefuls at the combine.

"I've just been trying to absorb as much as I can," he said. "It was polarising to me, watching just how important it is in this country and how many fans come watch it. It's a huge sport and it looked really exciting."

Asked whether he found it difficult to give up basketball, Holmes said: "At times … but my passion is to compete. I had time to think about (it) … and I wouldn’t be here if this wasn't serious to me."

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2013 Campout for Big Blue Madness Tickets is Underway at UK

The 2013 campout for Big Blue Madness tickets is underway at the University of Kentucky. Here are some video updates from Kentucky Wildcats TV:





Tuesday, October 1, 2013

John Calipari Says the NCAA Is Not Working, Predicts New Division

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari says the NCAA is not working and predicts that a fourth division will be added in the future.

"It's kind of like our government right now," Calipari told KSTV. "It's not working."


Patrick Patterson is the "Basket" in Hilarious Prank on Travis Outlaw

Watch as former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson orchestrates a funny prank...rookie Ben McLemore posterizes veteran Travis Outlaw:


Tickets On Sale for 2014 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament

Tickets are on sale for the 2014 Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament in Atlanta.

Here are details from UK:

Birmingham, Ala. –Tickets for the 2014 Southeastern Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament are now on sale. The 2014 tournament will be held March 12-16, 2014 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Tickets for the tournament are $300 for a reserved book. A ticket book contains seven tickets, one for each session, which allows 1 person to attend all 13 games. Again this year, the Tournament will begin on Wednesday evening. The Wednesday evening session will be all general admission seating, first-come, first-served. Therefore, you will receive a general admission ticket in your book for Wednesday evening and a reserved ticket for all other sessions Thursday through Sunday.

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.southtix.com/sec/secmbb.html or by calling (800) 732-4849.

Fresh off hosting the 2013 NCAA Final Four, the Georgia Dome first hosted the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament in 1995 and the 2014 tournament will mark the 11th time the facility has served as host. The city of Atlanta hosted the first SEC Tournament in 1933 and this season’s tournament will mark the 14th time the City of Trees has hosted the event.

The winner of the 13-game tournament receives the SEC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The tournament seeds are determined by the 18-game conference schedule during the regular season. Teams are seeded 1-14 based on their regular season conference finish.

Former Racer Brandon Garrett Signs to Play in Spain

Former Murray State power forward Brandon Garrett has signed with Oviedo in Spain's second-level LEB Gold division.

GuidoGuida Rookie signings - 6-9 power forward Brandon Garrett, out of Murray State University, signed for Oviedo (Spain/Division 2)

In 2012-13, Garrett averaged 6.6. points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Racers.

Article Says UK Has Contacted Thomas Nelson's Dikembe Dixson

According to an article by IndepthSportsOnline.com, Kentucky is the latest school to reach out to 2015 forward Dikembe Dixson of Thomas Nelson High School.

Dixson recently opened many eyes with his performance at John Lucas' Midwest Invitational camp.

Here is an excerpt:

Two things that really stood out to me when getting my first look at Dikembe were his shot blocking and passing abilities. I asked him how important it is to him to be more than “just a scorer”.

“That’s the most important thing,” he reasoned. “Because if you go against a good defender and they stop you from scoring, you have other things that you can fall back on and still help out the team. If I was just a scorer and I got stopped by a good defender, I wouldn’t be any help to the team.”

Dixson told me that he has been hearing from a variety of schools. So far, he has received interest from Kentucky Wesleyan, Connecticut, West Virginia, Morehead State, Indiana State, Stanford, Detroit and, most recently, Kentucky. The Wildcats contacted Dikembe this weekend after his performance at the Midwest Invitational. That list is guaranteed to expand very soon. He hasn’t taken any visits yet, but he plans to start taking some during this school year.

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Terrence Jones Avoids Questions About Incident in Portland

During Houston Rockets' media day, forward Terrence Jones would not comment on a July incident in which he was charged with misdemeanor harassment for allegedly stepping on a homeless man in Portland, Oregon.

“It doesn’t have anything to do with what I’m talking about right now,” Jones said. “It’s a legal matter. I can’t talk about it. It’s just something I had to deal with. I’m just moving on, trying to get ready for the season.”

Jones pleaded not guilty and a hearing is scheduled for October 10.

Source

Thomas Nelson's A.J. Youngman Picks Up Offer from West Virginia

A.J. Youngman, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward at Thomas Nelson High School, recently picked up an offer from West Virginia University.

Youngman, who scored more than 35 points in a game four times as an eighth grader, is one of the top players in Kentucky's Class of 2017.

West Virginia joins Portland and Northern Kentucky University on Youngman's list of scholarship offers.


DeMarcus Cousins' Max Contract Press Conference in Sacramento

The Sacramento Kings held a press conference to formally announce a max contract extension for former University of Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins:



* Video by cowbellkingdom on YouTube

Monday, September 30, 2013

Former NKU Guard Eshaunte Jones Signs First Pro Contract in Argentina

Former Northern Kentucky University guard Eshaunte Jones has signed with Penarol Mar del Plate in Argentina's top-level LigaA league.

Here is more from LatinBasket.com:

Penarol Mar del Plata (LigaA) signed 25-year old American guard Eshaunte Jones (193-91kg-88). He just graduated from N.Kentucky (NCAA). In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.1apg last season. Great year as he was named to All-A-Sun 1st Team.

As mentioned above Jones is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. He played in the final of GLVC Tournament in 2012.

Eastern Kentucky Hits the Gym with High Expectations in 2013-14

Eastern Kentucky University and head coach Jeff Neubauer officially opened men's basketball practice last week.

The Colonels are facing high expectations as they are picked by many to win the Ohio Valley Conference in 2012-13.

Here's an update from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – A change in NCAA rules means an Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team facing high expectations in 2013-14 started practice this year two weeks before the traditional mid-October start date.

Men's college basketball teams are now allowed to start practice 42 days before their first game. During that time period teams can only have activity – including practice, conditioning and weight training – on 30 of those days.

Today marked 42 days before EKU's first game, so the team took to the court for a nearly three hours.

Eastern has already been picked by several national publications as the favorite in the Ohio Valley Conference. USA Today predicts the Colonels to win the OVC and earn a No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

EKU begins its 2013-14 season on Nov. 8 against Florida International at the Kennesaw State Invitational. Eastern's first home game is on Nov. 13.


Photo: Kyle Wiltjer in His New Gonzaga Uniform

Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer decided to transfer to Gonzaga over the summer. Wiltjer, who averaged 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 2012-13, will sit out this season under NCAA transfer rules.

There are pictures floating around of Wiltjer in his new Gonzaga uniform:

Edgar Sosa Signs with Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany

Former Louisville point guard Edgar Sosa has signed a one-year deal with Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany's top-level BBL league.

Last season, Sosa played briefly for Blancos de Rueda Valladolid in Spain's top-level ACB league. He then signed with Cangejeros de Santurce in Puerto Rico's BSN league. In 31 games, he averaged 7.5 points and 2.8 assists per game.

Sosa spent a big portion of this summer with the Dominican Republic national team during their run at the FIBA Americans Championship.

Source: Ratiopharm Ulm press release

Tickets for Champions Classic Go On Sale Tomorrow

Tickets for the 2013 State Farm Champions Classic go on sale tomorrow. The event features Kentucky vs. Michigan State and Duke vs. Kansas at the United Center in Chicago.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A limited number of tickets for the 2013 State Farm Champions Classic will go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 1. The third annual event will be played Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the United Center in Chicago, featuring an ESPN doubleheader of Kentucky vs. Michigan State at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by Duke vs. Kansas at 9:30 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $39 to $405 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting the United Center box office (open Mon.-Sat. from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., hours may vary on event days).

For more information about the 2013 State Farm Champions Classic, visit the official web site at TheChampionsClassic.com.

Nerlens Noel Talks Injury, Motivation for the Future and More

Former Kentucky center Nerlens Noel joined Jon Marks and Sean Brace live during Sixers Media Day Friday.

The Philadelphia rookie gave an update on his injury and much more (click image to play interview):


Ray Kasongo Close to Making a College Choice

It sounds like Canadian big man Ray Kasongo is closing in on a college decision. A source close to Kasongo says a decision could be announced as soon as Tuesday.

Kasongo, a 6-foot-8 power forward, visited Oregon over the weekend:

RayKasongo32 Having a quick workout at Oregon pic.twitter.com/ifRQZJZ8Cl

Kasongo played one season at East Ridge High School and one season at Pikeville High School after moving to Kentucky from Canada. He is now on the prep team roster at Phase 1 Academy in Arizona.

Most folks think Kasongo will choose either Connecticut or Oregon. UCONN just picked up a commitment from a power forward which would seem to make Oregon the favorite for Kasongo.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Willie Cauley-Stein to Miss Two Weeks with Hand Injury

According to a University of Kentucky spokesman, center Willie Cauley-Stein suffered a minor hand injury on Friday and will miss 10-14 days of basketball activity.

Cauley-Stein is expected to be back before Big Blue Madness.


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