Friday, April 18, 2014

Terrence Williams is Headed to Puerto Rico

Former Louisville star Terrence Williams has signed a deal to play for Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rico.

Here is more from Sportsando.com:

Terrence Williams signed a deal in Puerto Rico with Brujos de Guayama.

The former NBA has played two games in Turkey with Turk Telekom Ankara averaging 4 points. Williams ha also played in D-League with D-Fenders scoring 20.6 points with 5.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 34 games.

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Official: Marcus Lee Staying at Kentucky for Sophomore Season

The University of Kentucky has announced that freshman Marcus Lee will remain in college and return for his sophomore season.

Here is the release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman forward Marcus Lee will return to the Kentucky men’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season, it was announced Friday.

“I’ve really enjoyed my college experience and I’m looking forward to continuing to develop as an all-around player," Lee said. "Playing in the Final Four was such an amazing feeling, but I want to come back and help win that final game this year.”

The 6-foot-9 forward was called upon in Kentucky’s Final Four run and he answered the call with a 10-point, eight-rebound, two-block performance in the Elite Eight against Michigan. He finished the tournament shooting 70 percent from the field and was named to the Midwest Regional All-Tournament team.

“I'm excited for Marcus and think he’s barely scratched the surface of what he’s capable of,” head coach John Calipari said. “In addition to his athleticism and the energy level he brings, the experience he gained in the NCAA Tournament this year will be immeasurable for us next season.”

The Antioch, Calif., native tallied 17 points in UK’s season-opener against UNC Asheville and pulled down a then-career-high six rebounds against Northern Kentucky.

The NBA Early Entry deadline is at 11:59 p.m. ET Sunday, April 27.

Warren Central's Chris Porter-Bunton Commits to Austin Peay

Warren Central senior Chris Porter-Bunton has committed to Austin Peay.

Porter-Bunton, a 6-foot-5 wing, chose Austin Peya over Jacksonville state and the Naval Academy. He also was garnering late attention from SEMO, Northern Kentucky, Lipscomb, IUPUI and Evansville. He was also a Division I football recruit at wide receiver and safety.

CPB as he is widely known was named to the Kentucky All-Star Team yesterday.

Frank Haith Leaves Missouri to Take Job at Tulsa

Frank Haith is leaving Missouri to become the next head coach at Tulsa.

Here is more from ESPN's Jeff Goodman:

Missouri coach Frank Haith has verbally agreed to become the next coach at Tulsa, he confirmed Friday morning to ESPN.com.

Haith would not comment on the terms of the deal, but a source with direct knowledge told Andy Katz of ESPN.com that Haith will receive a seven-year deal, which includes a one-year extension after the first year, at an average of $1.85 million.

He will be introduced as the replacement for Danny Manning, who left for Wake Forest earlier this month, on Friday afternoon.

"We had great leadership at Missouri and I had a great relationship with athletic director Mike Alden and our administration,'' Haith told ESPN on Friday morning. "This was a great fit for me and my family.

"The fact that the national champion came out of this league was attractive. This has been a great basketball job at Tulsa with a great tradition with Tubby Smith, Nolan Richardson and most recently with Danny Manning. There is great leadership here at Tulsa and they are showing a great commitment.''

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Haith reportedly informed Missouri AD Mike Alden of his decision via a text message:

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Dave Matter, former Mizzou coach Frank Haith called Alden on Thursday morning to tell him that Tulsa had offered him a seven-year deal worth roughly $1.85 million per year. Then, on Friday morning, Haith informed Alden he would accept the position. And how? Via text message.

Chad Ford Thinks Harrison Twins are Considering a Return to Kentucky

ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford believes Kentucky freshmen Andrew and Aaron Harrison are considering a return to Lexington for their sophomore seasons.

According to Ford, the Harrison twins were strongly leaning toward leaving for the NBA Draft, but are no considering a return following feedback from NBA folks.

Chad Posthumus Meets NBA Legend John Stockton

Former Morehead State big man Chad Posthumus is currently participating in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, an NBA pre-draft camp for seniors.

Today, he was able to meet NBA legend John Stockton:



In his first PIT game, Posthumus put in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in a loss.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jodie Meeks Will Graduate from UK in May

Los Angeles Lakers guard Jodie Meeks will graduate from the University of Kentucky on May 10.

Despite earning millions of dollars in his NBA career, Meeks has continued to work towards his degree in the summers.

That is great news for the former Wildcat star:






Video: John Calipari Postseason Wrap Up Press Conference

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about his new book and wraps up the 2013-14 season:


Kentucky's James Young Will Enter the NBA Draft

Kentucky freshman James Young will give up the rest of his college eligibility and enter this summer's NBA Draft.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky freshman All-Southeastern Conference selection James Young will forego his sophomore season and enter his name in this year's NBA Draft.

“My time at Kentucky has been special to me, something I’ll always treasure, but I feel that I’m ready to take the next step to the NBA,” Young said. “I’ve learned more this year, on and off the court, about life from Coach Cal and the staff and appreciate all of their guidance and support. I can’t say enough about my teammates; the journey helped us build a bond that we will always share for the rest of our lives. I would like to thank the best fans in the country, the Big Blue Nation, and I hope you guys will continue to support me as I move on. I will always bleed blue. Succeed and Proceed!”

The Rochester Hills, Mich., native knocked down a squad-best 82 3-pointers, the seventh most in a single season inprogram history and second most by a UK freshman. He shot 42.6 percent from behind the arc and better than 85 percent from the free-throw line in the NCAA Tournament.Young averaged 18.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in the Final Four en route to Final Four All-Tournament Team honors.

“I’m excited for James and his family and the decision he’s come to,” head coach John Calipari said. “From day one, the NBA people who came to our practices in the preseasonraved about him. He’s done everything we’ve asked of him all season, investing himself in his brothers for the betterment of the team, and I think we all saw the end result in the tournament and Final Four. Whatever team drafts James is not only getting a superb athlete, they are getting the ultimate teammate.”

Young collected All-SEC Second-Team and All-SEC Freshman Team honors after logging 30 double-figure scoring efforts on the season. He received national player of the week honors after delivering a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists) against No. 6/4 Louisville in the regular season. He followed that performance with a 26-point, 10-rebound performance in UK’s SEC opener against Mississippi State. It was one of his team-high nine 20-point efforts on the season.

The NBA Draft lottery is scheduled for May 20, and the 2014 NBA Draft will take place June 26.

Tennessee Considering Donnie Tyndall and Richard Pitino for Head Coaching Vacancy

According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com, Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall and Minnesota head man Richard Pitino are currently in the mix for Tennessee's head coaching job:




St. Xavier's Zach Schmucker Commits to Centre College

Zach Schmucker of St. Xavier (OH) has committed to Centre College for the 2014-15 season.

Schmucker is a 6-foot-5 forward.



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

John Calipari Had Lunch with Bill Clinton Today

Kentucky head coach John Calipari had lunch with former President Bill Clinton this afternoon.



Report: 2016 Center Raekwon Long is Leaving Scott County (UPDATED)

Raekwon Long, a 7-foot center in the Class of 2016, has reportedly left Scott County High School after just one season.

According to reports, Long will be attending Carmel Christian in Charlotte, North Carolina next season.

UPDATE: Perhaps the report by Justin Byerly was incorrect:




Roster for 2014 Kentucky Junior All-Star Team Announced

The Kentucky Junior Boys All-Star team roster has been announced by the Bluegrass Sports Commission.

Here is the release from the BSC:

The Bluegrass Sports Commission in conjunction with the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation and the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches announced the rosters of the Junior Boys and Junior Girls Kentucky All-Star teams that will represent Kentucky this June.

"With more than 50 players invited to tryout for each team, to make this team is quite an accomplishment," stated Terry Johnson, Executive Director of the Bluegrass Sports Commission. "The talent level at tryouts was extraordinary and I applaud the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches for their hard work in putting these teams together."

The Junior All-Star teams will play their Indiana counterparts in Indianapolis June 6 and in Lexington June 7. Venue and times will be announced at a later date.

For more information on the event, please visit www.kyallstars.net

2014 KY/IN All-Star Classic Junior Team

Jermiah Bell (Butler)
James (Beetle) Bolden (Holmes)
Elijay Cowherd (Bardstown)
Terrell Gray (Doss)
Evan Hall (Knott County Central)
Aric Holman (Owensboro)
D.J. Jenkins (Harrison County)
Camron Justice (Knott County Central)
Jaqualis Matlock (Hopkinsville)
Drew McDonald (Newport Central Catholic)
Justin Miller (Owensboro)
Hunter Noffsinger (Muhlenberg County)
Jalen Perry (Ballard)
Matt Rose (Lexington Christian Academy)
David Simmons (Henderson County)
Ray Spaudling (Trinity)
Dwayne Sutton (DuPont Manuel)
Jeremiah Tisdale (Henry Clay)

Head Coach: Tim Haworth (Hopkinsville)
Asst. Coach: Anthony Babb (Hopkinsville)

Marshall Transfer Kareem Canty is Planning Visits

Marshall University freshman Kareem Canty is currently working on finding a transfer destination.

I'm told by a good source that the Canty has visits planned to Penn State, South Florida, Auburn and Arizona.

Canty averaged 16.3 points and 5.5 assists per game for the Thundering Herd last season. He was named to Conference USA's All-Freshman Team and All-Conference USA Third Team. He made the decision to transfer after Marshall let head coach Tom Herrion go.

My Thoughts: I watched Canty play against Morehead State last season and he stood out. Whoever lands him will be getting an outstanding point guard who can shoot from the outside, break down defenses and make his teammates better.

Kentucky Reportedly Recruiting Devonta Pollard

Kentucky is reportedly taking another look at former recruit Devonta Pollard.

Pollard, an athletic 6-foot-8 forward, was previously recruited by Kentucky but ended up at Alabama. After a disappointing freshman season and some family problems, he ended up transferring to East Mississippi Community (JUCO) College.

Pollard averaged 12.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game at East Mississippi. He also 59% from the field and was named to the NJCAA All-Region 23 team.

Here's an update from ClarionLedger.com:

Missouri, Kentucky and Troy are three schools after the talented forward, but Pollard hasn't set up visits with any schools. White says he met with Pollard last week and talked recruiting, but that it's anyone's guess to where he ends up.

"Everybody is trying to call and text me to try to get involved," White said. "Out of high school, he waited until the very end. I wouldn't be surprised if he (did) that again."

Pollard will have until May 21 to sign a binding letter of intent with a Division-I school, though he could ultimately wait and enroll at a school without a letter of intent. The former Mr. Basketball certainly has the talent to be successful at a high level of college basketball, but his junior college coach believes he needs to work on his perimeter skills in order to have better success than he did at Alabama.

"Ball-handling is going to be his key if he's going to play high-major basketball," he said. "He can't be 6-8, 200 pounds and play inside. He has to have a perimeter, mid-ranged kind of game. To be a factor at that level, his game has to continue to improve from a perimeter aspect. But he's a first-class athlete…they don't come much more athletic than Devonta Pollard."

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Rod Strickland Officially Joins Orlando Antigua's Staff at USF

New South Florida head coach Orlando Antigua has officially added Rod Strickland and Oliver Antigua to his coaching staff.

Here is the release from USF:

TAMPA, APRIL 14, 2014 – USF men’s basketball head coach Orlando Antigua announced the addition of three new members to his staff on Monday.

Oliver Antigua and Rod Strickland were named assistant coaches while Jerry McCullough was named the director of men’s basketball operations.

Oliver Antigua spent last season as an assistant coach for Seton Hall after spending the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach at Manhattan College. He started his collegiate coaching career during the 1998-99 season as an assistant at Pittsburgh for one season. Antigua was part of the Jaspers’ run to the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship game. Serving as an assistant under older brother Orlando will be nothing new for Antigua, as the two worked together this past summer for the Dominican Republic National Team. Like Orlando, Oliver enjoyed a successful career at St. Raymond High School in the Bronx, where he coached the Ravens to five Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Class AA championships over his 13-year tenure.

“Oliver is a terrific recruiter and coaches with great energy and passion which will benefit us here at USF,” Antigua said. “He helped assemble a recruiting class at Seton Hall that was ranked No. 10 in the nation and No. 1 in the Big East Conference.”

Strickland spent the last five seasons as special assistant to head coach John Calipari at Kentucky, the same time Orlando Antigua was an assistant coach for the Wildcats. A two-time All-American at DePaul and a 17-year NBA veteran, Strickland brings a wealth of collegiate and professional experience to Antigua’s staff at USF. The former first-round draft pick of the New York Knicks (1988), Strickland began his career in college coaching under Calipari as director of student-athlete development/manager at Memphis in fall 2006, and in the summer of 2008, he was named director of basketball operations for the Tigers. Also in 2008, Strickland was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.

“I worked very closely with Rod for the past six years and he is ready for this next step up in his coaching career,” Antigua said. “We had a chance to work together for a hall of fame coach at Kentucky in John Calipari. Rod has tremendous knowledge for the game and will be a great asset for the program.”

Complete Release


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Eric Bledsoe Says "Yo mama" to Critical Fan on Twitter

A fan fired a shot at Eric Bledsoe on Twitter last night. After the game, Bledsoe fired back:



The fan changed his tune a bit after Bledsoe's reply:



But then, he opted to go on the attack again:


John Calipari Appears on ESPN First Take

UK head coach John Calipari appears on ESPN First Take today and discussed the Wildcats, the NBA, coaching tweaks and the Los Angeles Lakers rumors:


Cuonzo Martin Leaves Tennessee to Take California Job

Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin has resigned and will be the new head coach at California.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com broke the news on Twitter:


Willie Cauley-Stein: "I'm coming back for my junior year" at Kentucky

University of Kentucky sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein confirmed via Twitter on Monday that he will return to UK for his junior season.


Cauley-Stein averaged 6.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game as a sophomore.

Monday, April 14, 2014

John Calipari Explains the Tweak on CBS This Morning

John Calipari was on CBS This Morning earlier today. During the appearance, he revealed what the "tweak" was that propelled his team to an unexpected Final Four run:



* Video by cn2Kentucky on YouTube

Rosters Released for 2014 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

The rosters have been released for the 2014 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

Morehead State's Chad Posthumus will be playing for the Cherry Bekaert team. Posthumus will be teamed up with Tennessee State star Patrick Miller

Norfolk Sports Club

D.J. Cunningham, UNC Asheville
Juvonte Reddic, VCU
Javon McCrea, Buffalo
Shawn Glover, Oral Roberts
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
J.J. Mann, Belmont
Anthony Ireland, Loyola Marymount
Tim Frazier, Penn State

Portsmouth Sports Club

Garrick Sherman, Notre Dame
Jerrelle Benimon, Towson
Justin Jackson, Cincinnati
Z. Mason, Chattanooga
Dalton Pepper, Temple
Roberto Nelson, Oregon State
Langston Hall, Mercer
Devon Saddler, Delaware

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Richard Solomon, Cal
Ronald Roberts Jr., St. Joseph's
Augustine Rubit, South Alabama
Cameron Clark, Oklahoma
Travis Bader, Oakland
Mark McLaughlin, Central Washington
Eric Atkins, Notre Dame
Trevor Releford, Alabama

Roger Brown's Restaurant

Aaric Murray, Texas Southern
Shawn Jones, Middle Tennessee State
Tyler Stone, Southeast Missouri State
Fuquan Edwin, Seton Hall
Taylor Braun, North Dakota State
Nick Kellogg, Ohio
Jordair Jett, Saint Louis
Chaz Williams, UMass

Mike Duman Auto Sales

Killian Larson, Grand Canyon
Josh Davis, San Diego State
Sam Dower, Gonzaga
Jamil Wilson, Marquette
Davion Berry, Weber State
Kareem Jamar, Montana
Jason Brickman, Long Island
Kendrick Perry, Youngstown State

Sales Systems, LTD

Talib Zanna, Pittsburgh
Davante Gardner, Marquette
Josh Huestis, Stanford
Niels Giffey, UConn
Rian Pierson, Toledo
Tyler Johnson, Fresno State
Markel Starks, Georgetown
David Stockton, Gonzaga

Portsmouth Partnership

Shayne Whittington, Western Michigan
D.J. Covington, VMI
Akil Mitchell, Virginia
James Bell, Villanova
Troy Huff, North Dakota
Isaiah Sykes, UCF
Jake Odum, Indiana State
Joe Jackson, Memphis

Cherry Bekaert

Chad Posthumus, Morehead State
Will Neighbour, Arkansas-Little Rock
De'Mon Brooks, Davidson
Okaro White, FSU
Sean Armand, Iona
Andre Dawkins, Duke
Xavier Thames, San Diego State
Patrick Miller, Tennessee State

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Marcus Lee Will Reportedly Return for Sophomore Season at Kentucky

As expected, Kentucky freshman Marcus Lee will likely be sticking around Lexington for another season.

According to a report by ZagsBlog.com, Lee's brother has already confirmed those intentions.

Here is an excerpt:

Julius Randle, Willie Cauley-Stein and James Young are all projected as first-round picks, while twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison are projected as late-first or second-round picks should they decide to go.

Randle’s mother said last week the family would meet over the weekend to discuss his plans.

The Harrisons and freshman big man Dakari Johnson are all projected in the 2015 Draft by DraftExpress.com.

“The good news is eight can go, and I know eight aren’t going [this year],” Calipari said.

Marcus Lee will remain at Kentucky next season, his brother told SNY.tv.

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Video: John Calipari Talks Kentucky, NBA Rumors and More on Dan Patrick Show

Here is Kentucky head coach John Calipari on the Dan Patrick Show earlier this morning:


Pikeville's Bruce Reed to Work Out for Scouts in Portsmouth

University of Pikeville's Bruce Reed is headed to Portsmouth to work out for pro scouts during the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

Reed averaged a team-high 18.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a senior at UPIKE. He helped lead the Bears to a 31-3 record.

Morehead State's Chad Posthumus to Compete in Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

I am told by a good source that Morehead State's Chad Posthumus will participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this week.

The PIT is a pre-draft camp for 64 of the nation's top college basketball seniors.

Posthumus, a 6-foot-11 center, averaged 9.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game as a senior last season.

The official PIT rosters will be released at 3:30 p.m. today.

62nd Annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

April 16 - 19, 2014

Churchland High School Sports Complex
4301 Cedar Lane, Portsmouth, VA 23703

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Kevin Ware to Join Ryan Harrow at Georgia State

Former Kentucky and Louisville guards Ryan Harrow and Kevin Ware will be teammates at Georgia State next season.

Ware announced on Twitter over the weekend that he will be transferring from Louisville to GSU.








Henry Clay's Jordan Green Commits to Western Kentucky

Henry Clay star Jordan Green has reportedly committed to Western Kentucky University:


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Paul Pierce Says Jeff and Marquis Teague Are Ugliest Brothers in the NBA

Brooklyn's Paul Pierce was trying to get under Jeff Teague's skin during a recent game. Pierce told Teague that he and brother Marquis are the "ugliest brothers in the league."

Take a listen:


Report: Pitt Assistant Barry Rohrssen to Replace Orlando Antigua at Kentucky

According to Matthew Steinbrink of Rivals, Pittsburgh assistant Barry Rohrssen might be headed to Kentucky to take Orlando Antigua's spot on John Calipari's coaching staff:


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