Friday, October 11, 2013

Oklahoma City Waives Former UK Center Daniel Orton

The Oklahoma City Thunder waived former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton on Thursday.

Here is more from

It's a move that had become increasingly likely given that Orton, the former Bishop McGuinness standout, was projected to be the fourth center after the team drafted center Steven Adams with the 12th overall pick.

Adams is on a guaranteed rookie scale contract, while Orton was on a non-guaranteed deal, meaning the Thunder saves approximately $900,000 by waiving Orton now. The Thunder would have had to pay Orton his full salary for this season had he made the team.

Releasing Orton now also gives the Thunder an opportunity to enter the regular season with 14 players, a strategic move that most teams like to employ to maintain flexibility in the event a roster move must be made during the regular season.

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The Best Player in College Basketball Is: Kentucky Freshman James Young?

Several NBA scouts have apparently told Kentucky head coach John Calipari that the best player in college basketball is...drum roll...UK freshman James Young:

AdamZagoria John Calipari told Kentucky HS coach Jim Youngman and recruits yesterday that NBA scouts in attendance at practice said James Young might be

AdamZagoria the best play in the country, Youngman told @SNYtv

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

KHSAA Does Away with Postgame Handshakes in All Sports

The KHSAA has done away with mandatory postgame handshakes in all sports, including high school basketball, in Kentucky.

Here is a release from the KHSAA website:

Several sports have “traditions” regarding postgame handshakes, etc. by team members (both en masse and as individuals), but none of them have such action dictated by playing rules. While it is an obvious sign of sportsmanship and civility, many incidents have occurred both in Kentucky (more than two dozen in the last three years in Kentucky alone) and throughout the country, where fights and physical conflicts have broken out. And this is not restricted to specific sports. In our state alone, incidents in soccer, football and volleyball have occurred this fall.

Unfortunately, the adrenaline and effort required to participate in the sport sometimes seems to deplete the supply of judgement available to participants. And this can be particularly problematic when there is a lack of an appropriate level of adult supervision, or counterproductive actions by the adults involved with the team. After consultation with the Board of Control at its last meeting, the Commissioner is issuing the following directives and recommendations to the schools and officials regarding post game in baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, volleyball and wrestling:
  • Following the contests, officials are to quickly and efficiently leave the playing facility following all rules mandated duties and ensure that the rules book mandated jurisdiction ends promptly. There is no need for officials to secure the game balls, shake hands with the coaches or players, or stick around the playing area for any other reason. 
  • Officials have no role in what goes on in postgame, including handshakes, etc. after jurisdiction has ended. Officials also have NO role in administering this policy. Officials choosing to involve themselves in postgame activities will be penalized appropriately;
  • Game management and the administration of the participating team(s) are solely responsible for what happens after the contest is concluded.
  • It is directed that teams and individuals do not participate in organized post game handshake lines/ceremonies beyond that interaction that is required by the NFHS playing rules (i.e. the awarding of a bout winner in wrestling) and the individual unorchestrated actions by individual competitirs;
  • The coaches and administration of the teams are responsible for the individual conduct of the members of the team following the contest and shall be held accountable for such; and
  • If the decision is made to ignore this directive and participate in some form of organized postgame handshake line/handshake against this recommendation, it is the expressed responsibility of game management and the coaches and administration of the teams to supervise the activity, to report to the KHSAA any incidents that occur.
Henceforth, any incidents by an individual squad member (including coaches) or group of squad members that results in unsporting acts immediately following the contest will result in a fine against the member school athletic program, and additional penalties against the individuals or schools as deemed appropriate following investigation.

It is disappointing that this action has become necessary, but enough incidents have occurred both in our state and in others, that the necessity has arrived.

Kelly Oubre Commits to Kansas

Kelly Oubre has announced via Twitter that he has committed to Kansas:

K_Ctmd22 Blessed to say that I have Committed to Kansas University !! #RockChalk

Kelly Oubre Cancels UK Visit, Appears Kansas Bound

Kelly Oubre, who ranks No. 12 overall on the list for 2014, has cancelled his visit to Kentucky and appears to be headed to Kansas.

Evan Daniels confirmed the news on Twitter:

EvanDanielsFOX Both @JoshGershon and I can confirm that Kelly Oubre has canceled his visit to Kentucky and will announce his college decision today.

EvanDanielsFOX Kansas and Kentucky were the heavy favorites. With the Kentucky visit canceled & decision today, I think the destination is obvious.

EvanDanielsFOX Sources: Oubre cancels UK visit, to announce today @JoshGershon ...


John Calipari's Speech at Tip-Off Luncheon in Louisville

Here is John Calipari's speech yesterday at the Wildcat Tip-Off Luncheon in Louisville:

* Video by CN2

Mike Marra Gets Huge Rib Tattoo to Commemorate 2013 National Title

Former Louisville player Mike Marra got a huge rib tattoo to commemorate the Cardinals' 2013 national championship.

Mikemarra33 Rib piece is done! Thanks to the best #tattoo #artist in the game my big bro @RobMarra86 #L1C4 #CardNation

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Monday, October 7, 2013

UK Recruit Kelly Oubre: "Big News Tomorrow!!"

Kentucky recruit Kelly Oubre may be approaching a college decision. He posted on Twitter tonight that big news is coming tomorrow:

K_Ctmd22 Big News tomorrow !!

Oubre is a 6-foot-7 shooting guard at Findlay Prep (Nev.). He ranks No. 12 overall on the list for 2014.

Jerry Meyer of 247 Sports thinks Kansas is currently favored to land Oubre over Kentucky.

UPDATE: Evan Daniels thinks it might just be to announce that his final two choices are Kentucky and Kansas:

EvanDanielsFOX  @VOODOOdatDREWdo I'm sure it'll be cutting his list to Kansas and Kentucky

MRI Confirms Torn ACL for Murray State's Zay Jackson; Will Miss 2013-14 Season

An MRI has revealed that Murray State guard Zay Jackson suffered a torn ACL in practice Saturday. He will miss the 2013-14 season.

Ricky Martin of the Murray Ledger & Times was the first to confirm the news on Twitter:

RickyMartinMLT  Murray State #Racers guard Zay Jackson has torn ACL, will miss 2013-14 season. Injury came near the end of Saturday's practice.

Jackson, a talented point guard for the Racers, was set to return to basketball action after fighting through off-the-court problems.

Ballard's Kelan Martin Has Committed to Butler University

Ballard star Kelan Martin has given his commitment to the Butler Bulldogs.

Matin is listed as a 6-foot-5 small forward. He ranks No. 143 overall on the list for 2014.

Tickets for Kentucky's Blue-White Game Go On Sale Tuesday

Tickets for Kentucky's 2013 Blue-White scrimmage will go on sale Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. ET.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the men's basketball Blue-White scrimmage go on sale beginning Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 9:00 a.m. ET. The annual Blue-White scrimmage is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Rupp Arena.

Tickets will be available online through or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. Tickets will also be sold in person at the UK Ticket Office between the hours of 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. ET or by calling 800.928.2287. Fans can also obtain tickets by calling or in-person at the Rupp Arena Box Office (859.233.3535) starting at 10 .m. ET, or by visiting statewide Ticketmaster outlets. For outlet locations, go to

The cost of the tickets will be $10 (lower level) and $5 (upper level). All public seating is reserved. UK students may claim up to two free eRUPPtion Zone tickets for the Blue-White Scrimmage, while supplies last. Student tickets must be claimed in person at the Joe Craft Center ticket office with a valid student ID.

The Cats will tipoff the 2013-14 season on Friday, Oct. 18 with Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena.

Murray State's Zay Jackson Suffers Knee Injury, Prohm Hopeful It Isn't an ACL Tear

According to reports, Murray State guard Zay Jackson suffered a knee injury in practice Saturday.

Head coach Steve Prohm is hopeful that the injury isn't an ACL tear, which would likely force Jackson to miss the 2013-14 season:

RickyMartinMLT Murray State #Racers head coach Steve Prohm is hopeful Zay Jackson didn't tear ACL Saturday in practice. MRI is today at 3 p.m.

Popeye Jones Chosen for 2014 Class of Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

Former Murray State great Ronald "Popeye" Jones will be inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on May 17, 2014.

Jones is generally regarded as one of the all-time great players in the Ohio Valley Conference and is the only player in MSU history to total 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.

Here is a release from MSU:

Murray State great Ronald "Popeye" Jones, who played basketball for the Racers from 1989-92, is part of the 2014 class of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Jones is on a list of seven inductees that will be enshrined Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville.

Coming out of Dresden, Tenn., Popeye Jones was an iconic player and is still one of the most recognizable student-athletes to ever come out of the Ohio Valley Conference.

Jones was part of four OVC regular season championship teams at MSU and three that played in the NCAA Tournament. Ranking first at MSU in career rebounds with 1,374, Jones led the nation in the 1991-92 season at 14.4 per game. The season prior, he ranked second in the nation with 14.2 per game (1990-91), second behind only LSU's Shaquille O'Neal at 14.7.  Jones was an unstoppable scorer and ranks fourth at MSU in career scoring with 2,057 points. He is the only player in MSU history to score 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds.

Jones finished his career as a three-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection and was named OVC Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991. Jones was also named the OVC Athlete of the Year in 1991 and 92.

Popeye's jersey No. 54 is one of nine retired at MSU and hangs in the rafters of the CFSB Center. 
Jones was selected by the Houston Rockets in the second round as the 41st overall pick in the 1992 National Basketball Association (NBA) draft. But he never played for the Rockets and instead started his professional career in Milan, Italy and played one season (1992-93).  In 1993-1994, Popeye began what would be an 11- year career in the NBA.  He played with the Dallas Mavericks (1993-96) and Toronto Raptors (1996-1998). He played with the Boston Celtics (1998-99) and Denver Nuggets (1999-00). He finished his career with the Washington Wizards (2000-02) before returning to Dallas (2002-03) and finishing with the Golden State Warriors (2003-04).

Popeye played in 535 games (304 starts) in the NBA and scored 3,726 points (6.9ppg) and pulled down 3,981 rebounds (7.4 rpg). He shot .447 percent from the field and .751 from the free throw line. He had 696 assists and 300 steals. Combining his collegiate career at Murray State and what he accomplished in the NBA, Popeye played in a total of 658 games with 6,441 points and 5,355 rebounds.

Jones has carved out a successful coaching career after his playing days. He worked in the New Jersey Nets organization and is now an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers.

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Report: Louisville No Longer Considering JUCO PG Sam Cassell Jr.

According to Jody Demling's sources, Louisville is no longer considering junior college point guard Sam Cassell Jr.

jdemling Per a source, Louisville is no longer recruiting JUCO guard Sam Cassell Jr.

Longtime UNC Tutor Quits, Hammers Roy Williams Over P.J. Hairston Decision

A man who tutored student athletes at the University of North Carolina for more than twenty years wrote a scathing letter to the Daily Tar Heel, UNC's student paper, recently.

The man, identified as Jack Halperin, announced his resignation and hammered UNC men's basketball coach Roy Williams over the "disgraceful decision to allow P.J. Hairston to remain on the team."

Hairston had several run-ins with the police during the summer and was indefinitely suspended by Williams. Despite the suspension, Hairston has been practicing with the Tar Heels and is expected to play this season.

Here is the letter from the Daily Tar Heel:


Roy, after 23 years as an academic tutor, and after going through the devastating football scandal, I am resigning in protest of your disgraceful decision to allow P.J. Hairston to remain on the team.

If I were arrested driving with no license, illegal drugs and a gun in a felon’s car, my employment at this University would end immediately.

Hairston’s DTH headline quote was, “I will play this season.” Since when does the criminal decide his fate?

Jack Halperin
Athletic academic tutor


Louisville Picks Up Commitment from Chinanu Onuaku

Louisville picked up a commitment from 2014 center Chinanu Onuaku on Friday afternoon.

Onuaku is a 6-foot-10 center who is rated as a four-star recruit.

Here is more from the Courier-Journal:

The University of Louisville basketball team added the third member to its recruiting class of 2014 on Friday afternoon with the pledge of four-star center Chinanu Onuaku of Upper Marlboro, Md.

The 6-foot-10 Onuaku chose the Cardinals over Miami and Georgetown during an announcement at his high school school, Riverdale Baptist.

Onuaku, a standout defender and rebounder, is ranked as the No. 64 senior prospect nationally by, No. 65 by and No. 69 by

He averaged 8.2 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots last season.

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UK to Be Part of ESPNU Midnight Madness for Fifth Straight Year

Kentucky will be part of ESPNU Midnight Madness coverage for the fifth consecutive year on Friday, October 18, at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Here are more details from the University of Kentucky:
ESPNU will tip off the basketball season with more than four hours of ESPNU Midnight Madness coverage on Friday, Oct. 18, at 9 p.m. ET. This year’s ESPNU special will feature on-site coverage from nine basketball programs, eight of which are in basketball writer Jason King’s Top 25: No. 1 Kentucky, No. 6 Duke, No. 9 Syracuse, No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 13 Wichita State, No. 15 Memphis, No. 17 New Mexico, No. 21 UConn and Florida Gulf Coast. ESPN analysts will provide commentary from each site, with additional previews and interviews live from the ESPNU studio in Charlotte, N.C.
ESPN3 will carry six Midnight Madness events live in their entirety, beginning tomorrow, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m., with Late Night in the Phog featuring the No. 5 Kansas men’s basketball team. It will be the nation’s first chance to see 2013 No. 1 recruit Andrew Wiggins take the court as a Jayhawk along with highly anticipated teammates Joel Embiid and Wayne Selden. ESPN3’s coverage continues on October 18 with a comprehensive look at Duke, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, UConn and Syracuse events.
In total ESPN’s Midnight Madness coverage across networks will feature the top three 2013 recruiting classes – Kentucky, Kansas, Memphis – and a first glimpse at 19 freshmen from the 2013 ESPN 100. 
2013 ESPNU Midnight Madness Highlights:
  • Home Court –  ESPNU host Matt Schick will be joined by college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Andy Katz. The studio team will provide analysis, previews and conduct phone interviews throughout the show with the nation’s leading head coaches.
  • On the Road - ESPN commentators will provide coverage of various elements from nine college arena’s including scrimmages, player introductions, skill and dunk contests, team skits, head coach and player interviews, along with season previews. ESPN analysts on-site: Bruce Pearl, Darrin Horn, Dino Gaudio, Fran Fraschilla, Jimmy Dykes, Kara Lawson, Rebecca Lobo, LaPhonso Ellis, Len Elmore, Miles Simon, Rich Hollenberg, Sean Farnham and Tim Welsh.
  • Special Guest – ESPNU will host its first head coach in-studio,  Indiana Men’s Basketball Coach Tom Crean
  • Notables - Kentucky will be a part of the special for the fifth consecutive year; UConn coverage will include a special men’s & women’s combined scrimmage with Kevin Ollie and Geno Auriemma coaching; Florida Gulf Coast, Wichita State and New Mexico will be featured for the first time.
Basketball Team/ Commentator
Event Names
Network (Timing ET)
TBD & Dino Gaudio
Countdown to Craziness
ESPN3 (8 p.m.)
Florida Gulf Coast
LaPhonso Ellis
Dunk City After Dark
Jimmy Dykes & Darrin Horn
Big Blue Madness
ESPN3 (7:30 p.m.)
Bruce Pearl
Memphis Madness
New Mexico
Miles Simon
The Lobo Howl
Oklahoma State
Fran Fraschilla & Sean Farnham
Homecoming & Hoops
ESPN3 (10 p.m.)
Rich Hollenberg & Tim Welsh
Orange Madness
ESPN3 (9 p.m.)
UConn Rebecca Lobo & Kara Lawson
First Night
ESPN3 (7 p.m.)
Wichita State
Len Elmore
Shocker Madness
ESPN will mark the opening of college basketball competition just a few weeks later with the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon providing more than 24 hours of consecutive basketball coverage over Monday, Nov. 11 and Tuesday, Nov. 12. The schedule includes 16 men’s matchups and two top-25 women’s games across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, ending with the third installment of the State Farm Champions Classic – featuring Michigan State vs. Kentucky and Kansas vs. Duke – from the United Center in Chicago.

Anthony Davis Dunks All Over Terrence Jones in NBA Preseason Game

Anthony Davis caught a lob from Austin Rivers and dunked all over former Kentucky teammate Terrence Jones in NBA preseason action over the weekend.

Davis scored 21 points in the Pelicans' 116-115 win. Jones had 13 points and 5 rebounds off the bench for Houston.

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