Saturday, May 3, 2014

Murray State Hangs CIT Banner, Hands Out Season Awards at Annual Banquet

Murray State recently handed out season awards and hung a CIT Tournament championship banner during their annual awards banquet.

Here's a release from MSU:

Murray State men's basketball put a wrap on the 2013-14 season Monday with their annual awards banquet in the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

With time to reflect since MSU won the championship of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament earlier this month, this evening was filled with laughter and reflection. The spotlight was solely on the student-athletes, especially lone senior Dexter Fields, for giving the fans one of the best seasons in the 89-year history of the program.

Fields was honored after he was fantastic in his leadership as the only senior on the team. He was practically a coach on the floor, but his play shouldn't be overlooked either. Fields made 76 made 3-point baskets to rank seventh for a single-season at MSU. His .420 3-point percentage is 17th. Fields finished with 531 points in two seasons at MSU. Add in the 319 points he had UAB and it means 850 points in his collegiate career.

The Popeye Jones Mr. MSU Award (Sponsored By CFSB) was given to Cameron Payne. The Mr. MSU Award goes to the student-athlete who displayed excellence in all areas, on and off the court. Payne led the Racers in scoring this season, was named All-Ohio Valley Conference and OVC Freshman of the Year.

Fields was honored with the Jeff Martin Class & Character Award (Sponsored by The Murray Bank). Named after MSU's all-time scorer, Fields earned the honor from great play and leadership this season.

The Garrett Beshear Defensive Award (Sponsored By Heritage Bank) is named after one of the greatest defenders in MSU history. Jonathan Fairell was the honoree after he played a big part in the Racers' defensive effort especially in their run to the CIT title.

T.J. Sapp was given the Racer Hustle Award (Sponsored by Regions Bank) for his tremendous energy he displayed this season.

The evening was also highlighted by the unveiling of the Racers' CollegeInsider.com Tournament championship banner. At the start of the banquet program, the banner was hung from the rafters at the CFSB Center. The banner hangs next to the retired No. 5 of Marcus Brown in the northeast corner of the arena.

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Season Honors

Cameron Payne

OVC Freshman of the Year
All-OVC First Team
All-NABC District-19
OVC All-Tournament Team
CollegeInsider.com Tournament MVP
SBNation.com Mid-Major Freshman of the Year
College Madness Freshman of the Year
Kyle Macy Freshman All-America

Jarvis Williams

All-OVC Second Team
All-OVC Newcomer Team
All-NABC District-19
CollegeInsider.com All-Tournament Team


Western Kentucky to Host Several Summer Basketball Camps

Western Kentucky University will host several basketball camps this summer.

Here are details:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Registration is underway for the 2014 Ray Harper Summer Basketball Camps, and the men's basketball program will be hosting two Day Camps and an Elite Camp in the month of June.

All camps will take place at E.A. Diddle Arena and will include instruction by current and former WKU players and coaches, skill development, contests and competitions, autograph sessions and an award ceremony at the end of camp.

The first Day Camp will be held June 16-18, and the second will be June 30-July 2. Both are open to all boys ages seven and older, and lunch is included each day. The Elite Camp will be held June 27-28 and is open to all boys ages 15 and older. Elite Camp is designed for recruitable and competitive basketball players.

For more information and to register online, CLICK HERE. For additional camp information, contact WKU Director of Basketball Operations Chase Richardson at (270) 745-6057 or chase.richardson@wku.edu

Friday, May 2, 2014

University of the Cumberlands Ink JUCO Transfer Joshua Caldwell

University of the Cumberlands has signed 6-foot-7 small forward Joshua Caldwell from Lake Land (JUCO) College for the 2014-15 season.

Here's a release from UC:

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Basketball team had another successful season, finishing with a strong 20-12 overall record as well as a Sweet Sixteen appearance in the NAIA National Championship. As the Patriots will lose five seniors to graduation in May, Head Coach Don Butcher and his staff have been hitting the recruiting trail hard this offseason and have signed a talented player for the 2014-15 team.

The Patriots are proud to announce the signing of Joshua Caldwell to the UC basketball program for the upcoming season. Caldwell is the son of Katherine Caldwell and hails from Eaglecrest, IN.

While at Lake Land College, Caldwell dominated on the court, averaging 13 points per game while shooting an impressive 40% from behind the three-point line. He also grabbed 5 rebounds a night as well as shooting an overall 50% from the floor. A 6-7 small/power forward, Caldwell's athletic ability and versatility pencils him in as an immediate impact for Cumberlands.

"Joshua is a very skilled player for his size and he will be called on to contribute from day one," Head Coach Don Butcher commented. "He can stretch the defense being able to shoot it from the perimeter where he made 40% of his 3 point attempts last season while shooting 50% from the field. Adding Joshua is a huge addition, and we as a coaching staff are extremely excited about having him join us."

When asked about joining the legacy of UC basketball, Caldwell added, "I feel comfortable with the coaches, and trust that they care about me as an individual. I'm excited to play the next two years there and help win a National Championship."

For more information on the Patriot Men's Basketball program along with other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.

Lindsey Wilson College Signs JUCO Transfer Quentin Purtue for 2014-15

Lindsey Wilson College has signed 6-foot-6 forward Quentin Purtue from Seward County (JUCO) Community College for the 2014-15 season.

Here is more information from LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball program signed sophomore forward Quentin Purtue of Seward County Community College (Kan.) for the 2014-15 season, head coach Paul Peck announced on Wednesday.  

Purtue, a 6'6 forward from Wichita, Kan., finished his sophomore campaign averaging 8.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game as he helped lead Seward to its fourth-straight Jayhawk West title.

"We are pleased that Quentin signed with Lindsey Wilson. He has played in a great program with Coach (Bryan) Zollinger at Seward County in Western Kansas," Peck said. "Quentin continued to get better and as the games got tougher in conference he continued to grow."

Purtue shot 47.2 percent from the field and 77.3 percent from the free throw line while grabbing 145 rebounds – 111 defensive rebounds – in 33 games this past season. He averaged 22.4 minutes per game.

"Quentin is a glue guy; he makes everyone around him better," Peck said. "He plays great defense. He does all the things that need to be done – rebound, defend, run the court, make the extra pass – he doesn't have to score to win. Coach Zollinger did a great job with him and Quentin will help us get back to where we need to be."

Purtue scored a season high 22 points in an 86-47 win over God's Academy (Texas) in 22 minutes of action. Purtue went 10-for-15 from the floor and 2-for-4 from beyond the arc in the game. It was the first of two 20 point games his sophomore season. Seward was 11-2 in the 13 games Purtue scored more than 10 points.

Purtue joins former Saint and current Lindsey Wilson assistant men's basketball coach Chris Starks who played at Seward from 1988-1990.

Morehead State and Head Coach Sean Woods to Host Two Team Camps This Summer

Morehead State and head coach Sean Woods will host two team basketball camps this summer.

Here are details:

Head Men's Basketball Coach Sean Woods and his 2014-15 staff will host two team camps this summer at Morehead State's Johnson Arena.  Details on the camp, along with the behavior contract and waiver, are below in PDF format.

Team Camp - June 12-14 or 20-22   |   Behavior Contract   |   Waiver

Additional questions can be directed to Assistant Coach Beau Braden at 606-783-5142 or bbraden@moreheadstate.edu 

Dates Announced for Jeff Neubauer's Basketball Camp at EKU

The dates have been announced for Jeff Neubauer's summer basketball camp at Eastern Kentucky University.

Here are details:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University head men's basketball coach Jeff Neubauer and his staff are proud to announce the dates for the 2014 Jeff Neubauer Basketball Camp.  The camp will be held June 23-26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is open to boys and girls ages 7-16.

The camp will focus on offensive development.  Shooting the basketball and 1-on-1 offensive moves will be emphasized every day.  Games and instruction will be held in the air conditioned Alumni Coliseum on the EKU campus.

The cost of the camp is $175 per camper, with a $25 discount if your application is received before June 1, 2014.

For more information regarding camp please contact Coach Ryan Wiersma at 859-314-2606 or ryan.wiersma@eku.edu, or visit www.ekusports.com.

Neubauer concluded his ninth season as the Colonels' head coach by directing the team to the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Colonels finished the 2013-14 season with a 24-10 record, the second most victories ever for an Eastern team.  EKU captured its sixth OVC Tournament title and made its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance.

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Former Head Coach Randy McCoy to Enter University of Pikeville Hall of Fame

Former Pikeville College (now University of Pikeville) head coach Randy McCoy will be inducted into the UPIKE Hall of Fame Sunday at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

McCoy is currently working as head coach and athletic director at East Ridge High School.

University of Pikeville Athletics Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction

* Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at the East Ky. Expo Center

New inductees to the Athletics Hall of Fame include:

- Kayla Bandy, class of 2008 – Women’s Bowling
- Justin Lamb, class of 2009 – Football
- Randy McCoy, class of 1977 – Men’s Basketball Coach
- & the 2008 Women’s Bowling National Championship Team

UPIKE head coach Kelly Wells on Randy McCoy:

"Randy revived the Pikeville College program and led it new heights never achieved. I grew up watching Coach McCoy at Morehead State with Wayne Martin and have always admired him and his work. He is very deserving of being a UPIKE Hall of Famer and is a great friend. He is one of the great ones!"

Tennessee Lands a Commitment from Jabari McGhee

New Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall has picked up a much needed commitment from 6-foot-7 forward Jabari McGhee.




McGhee attends Hargrave Military Academy and was also considering Georgia, Auburn, Western Kentucky and Florida Gulf Coast.

Rothstein: UK is Absolutely Loaded, But Arizona Has the Best Starting Five

Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com says the Kentucky Wildcats are loaded for the 2014-15 season but he would take Arizona's starting five over any other team in the country.

Here is an excerpt:

1. Kentucky is absolutely loaded headed into next season, but I'd take Arizona's starting five over any other first unit in college basketball.

John Calipari's squad has talent on top of talent and depth on top of depth. Kentucky will have nine McDonald's All-Americans on its roster next season and the program that's been synonymous with dynamite freshmen over the past few years could very well start three sophomores next season --- Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and Marcus Lee --- along with two juniors --- Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein. Calipari has always had talent but now the scary thing is next year he's going to have talent to go with experience.

With all that said I'd still take Arizona's starting five entering next season over any other first unit in America. Sean Miller's team has a fifth-year floor general in T.J. McConnell who has been through the gamut, along with a blue chip shooting guard in freshman Stanley Johnson who will be elite from day one on both sides of the ball. Arizona's front court is seasoned and talented as well. Six-foot-7 lefty Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is primed to take a major step forward as a sophomore and Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski will form arguably the best power forward-center combination in the sport.

No one can compete with Kentucky's bench. Calipari will have four --- yes, four --- high level first-year players in reserve in Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, and Karl Towns along with a valuable defensive specialist in Dominique Hawkins. There is no team in America that has depth like Kentucky, but as of right now there's not a team that looks like it's as complete as Arizona in terms of the first five players it will put on the floor to start a game. The hype surrounding Kentucky is warranted considering its talent, depth and experience, but people need to remember that this past year's edition in Lexington didn't click until the last month of the season. It's going to take this group a little bit of time to form their own identity post Julius Randle and James Young.

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Western Kentucky Inks JUCO Transfer Ayinde Sprewell

Western Kentucky University recently signed Ayinde Sprewell for the 2014-15 season.

Sprewell comes to WKU from Daytona State (JUCO) College where he averaged 15.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in 2013-14.

Here is a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU has signed Ayinde Sprewell (6-3, G, Orlando, Fla.) to a National Letter of Intent to join the Hilltoppers for the upcoming 2014-15 season, head coach Ray Harper announced Monday.

Sprewell joins Derrick Clayton (6-5, G, Castro Valley, Calif.), Jordan Green (6-5, F, Lexington, Ky.), Justin Johnson (6-7, F, Hazard, Ky.) and Avery Patterson (6-1, G, Decatur, Ga.) as signees for WKU in the Class of 2014. Clayton, Green, Johnson and Patterson will be freshmen for the Hilltoppers in 2014-15, and Sprewell will be a junior with two years of eligibility remaining.

Sprewell spent the 2013-14 season at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Fla., and averaged 15.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while playing nearly 30 minutes per contest. He also shot 52.9 percent from the floor and 47.4 percent from behind the arc. Sprewell spent the 2012-13 campaign at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff, Mo., where he contributed 11.6 points per game and shot 60.0 percent from three-point range in 22 games.

He prepped at Agape Christian Academy in Orlando, Fla.

Sprewell chose WKU over offers from Rhode Island, Akron, Detroit, Florida Gulf Coast, Louisiana-Lafayette and Troy, among many others. He is the nephew of 13-year NBA veteran Latrell Sprewell.

Harper on Sprewell:


"Ayinde is a super athlete, and he fits exactly what we were looking for in this recruiting class. He brings the ability to rebound from the perimeter, which will help make us harder to match up against. We are excited to get him to campus and see him develop along with the rest of the team."

The regular signing period for the Class of 2014 runs through May 21.

For more information on WKU Hilltopper Basketball, visit WKUSports.com or follow the program via social media @WKUBasketball on Twitter and on Facebook at facebook.com/WKUBasketball.

Lexington Catholic's Rob Dence Commits to Transylvania

Lexington Catholic's Rob Dence has committed to Transylvania University.


Kevin Ware Opens Up About Departure from Louisville and More

Former Louisville player Kevin Ware talked about his decision to transfer and more in an interview with Adam Himmelsbach of the Courier-Journal.

Ware has now transferred to Georgia State where he hopes to have a fresh start following a tumultuous stay in Louisville.

Here is an excerpt:

“I stayed in my room as much as I could, honestly,” he said. “If I didn’t have to leave the house or be somewhere, I’d just stay in and watch Netflix. Everybody always asking, everybody wanting to have conversations about it. Like, why can’t we just have a conversation about basketball?”

Ware received attention after missing a Nov. 18 court date for a reckless-driving charge. On Dec. 17 he was sidelined after being kicked in his repaired right leg during a game against Missouri State. After working diligently to return, he admits he was so frustrated by that setback that he handled it poorly.

“It was a bad year, honestly,” Ware said. “I feel like I was mentally a lot stronger when I knew I could come back, and when I got hit again and (coaches and trainers) were saying I might want to sit out, it was just a lot of disappointment. Just sitting there not being able to help, not being able to do too much except be vocal. And that sucked. It really got to a point where I was just like, ‘Man, this is crazy.’ I was out of it mentally.”

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Former ALC Player Patrick Damron Finds Success on the Sidelines

Former Alice Lloyd College player Patrick Damron is enjoying a successful high school coaching career.

Damron, who currently coaches at Eastside (Va.) High School was recently named 2013-14 boys basketball Coach of the Year by the Bristol Herald Courier.

Here is an excerpt:

Damron was raised in the Eastern Kentucky town of Whitesburg, which has earned international fame for the ambitious media, arts and education center called Appalshop located in the center of town. While he lived nearly two hours from Lexington and Rupp Arena, Damron fed his basketball appetite by following the Wildcats.

From Richie Farmer and “The Unforgettables” of 1992 to the 2012 national title team, Damron watched, learned and dreamed. He even attended the 2012 Final Four.

“When I grew up, the players that made it to the Sweet 16 of the state [high school] basketball tournament in Kentucky were treated like celebrities,” he said. “There was a player in our community named Todd May who was recruited to UK and everybody wanted to be like him on the playgrounds.”

Damron found his niche. After starring for the now defunct Whitesburg Yellow Jackets, he accepted a basketball scholarship to Alice Lloyd College in rural Pippa Passas, Ky. As a junior small forward, Damron joined the hot-shooting Eagles in the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament at Virginia High’s Bearcat Den.

“My only other connection to Southwest Virginia before that was playing in Coal Classic at Appalachia High School, which we were able to win,” Damron said.

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James Young Signs with Jay Z's Roc Nation

Kentucky's James Young has officially signed with Jay Z's Roc Nation as he prepares for the upcoming NBA Draft.

Roc Nation is described as a full-services management, music publishing and entertainment company founded by JAY Z.

Young was officially welcomed to the Roc Nation family by Rihanna:


Former 22 FT Academy Player Petar Rusic Commits to Tulsa

Former 22 Feet Academy player Petar Rusic has committed to Tulsa for next season.

Rusic is a 6-foot-3 shooting guard with unlimited range.


Louisville to Play Ohio State in 2014-15 Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Louisville will play Ohio State in next season's Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Here's more from TheLantern.com:

OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg confirmed Thursday the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Louisville Cardinals Dec. 2 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky.
 
The matchup is one of 14 games set to be played as a part of the 16th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The previous two challenges were split by the two conferences.
 

UK Officially Announces Barry "Slice" Rohrssen as New Assistant

The University of Kentucky has officially announced the addition of Barry "Slice" Rohrssen to John Calipari's coaching staff.

Here is the release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Barry Rohrssen has joined the UK men's basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach, head coach John Calipari announced Thursday.

Rohrssen comes to Lexington after serving as an assistant at the University of Pittsburgh in the 2013-14 season, his second stint at Pitt.

“It’s an honor to be part of a program that has the greatest tradition in the history of college basketball,” Rohrssen said. “I was humbled when John Calipari asked me to become a member of his outstanding staff. Coach Cal embodies the meaning of the word ‘success.’ The way he prepares young men for their future, in both basketball and life, is remarkable. Additionally, I’m grateful to represent the most passionate fan base in sports, the Big Blue Nation.”

Rohrssen initially came to Pittsburgh in 1999 as a part of head coach Ben Howland’s staff. Upon Jamie Dixon’s hiring in 2003, Rohrssen remained in that position, through the 2006 season. This season, he helped lead the Panthers to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 12th appearance in the last 13 seasons.

“Barry has been part of my coaching family for the past 30-some years. We roomed together at Five Star as counselors, still in college, and have followed each others’ careers on the court closely,” Calipari said. “I’m thrilled with what he brings to our staff, both on court and off, in terms of coaching, recruiting and mentoring these young men.”

During a five-year period of his first stint at Pitt, he helped guide the Panthers to a 133-33 overall record (.801 winning percentage), a 59-21 Big East regular-season record (.738 winning percentage), four Big East championships (three regular season), three NCAA Sweet 16 berths and five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. In addition, Pitt won its first-ever Big East Tournament title in 2003. At Pitt, he served in three different capacities including the associate head coach under Dixon from 2004-06, assistant coach (2001-04) and director of operations (1999-2001).

Rohrssen has over 19 years of major college coaching experience. He became the 22nd head coach at Manhattan College on April 25, 2006, a position he held for five seasons from 2006-11. His best season came in 2008-09 when he guided the Jaspers to a 16-14 overall record and fourth-place finish in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 9-9 league slate. Many of the players he recruited earned a postseason berth and won 21 games in 2011-12. Rohrssen improved academic progress ratings at Manhattan as he graduated every player that stayed for four years and dramatically improved the school's basketball NCAA Academic Progress Rate.

During the 2012-13 season Rohrssen was hired by the Portland Trailblazers organization to assist their NBA Development League club, the Idaho Stampede.

Prior to his first stint at Pitt, Rohrssen served as the school's director of operations at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas from 1995-99 under head coach Bill Bayno. While at UNLV, the program experienced a resurgence as the Runnin' Rebels captured the 1998 Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship and advanced to postseason play in three of his four years. Rohrssen's duties included serving as a liaison to the athletic administration and other school officials, coordination of student-athletes' game, practice and daily schedules, as well as serving as UNLV's director of summer basketball camps.

Rohrssen also has extensive international coaching experience. In both 1991 and 1992, Rohrssen represented the United States at the World International Championships in both Poland and England, respectively. He also co-coached an American All-Star team in 1998 that finished 5-0 in Tahiti. In 2000, he also served as an assistant coach with a USA Junior Team that competed at an international tournament in Leon, Spain. Later that summer, Rohrssen helped lead a New York City squad to a gold medal title at the 2000 Empire State Games.

He played in the Catholic High School Athletic Association at Xavieran High School in Brooklyn and is a member of the school's Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Morehead to Host 5K Color Run for Cystic Fibrosis This Saturday

There will be a 5K color run in Morehead Saturday morning to benefit Kentucky residents with Cystic Fibrosis.

Here are some details from participants:

- In person registration available on Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Moonlight Stage (First Street) for participants who are not yet pre registered

- Online registration is available at active.com until Friday at 9:00 p.m.

- Proceeds benefit Kentucky residents with Cystic Fibrosis

- This is already Morehead's largest 5K race to date 

- Registration on Saturday begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race starts at 9:30 a.m.

Here are more details:

Anthony Davis Works as a Sushi Chef for Boost Mobile

It looks like former Kentucky star Anthony Davis will be appearing in a Boost Mobile commercial as a sushi chef soon:


Former EKU Star Joshua Jones Lands Job at Lincoln University

According a good source, former Eastern Kentucky University player Joshua Jones has joined John Moseley’s new staff at Lincoln (MO) University.

Jones, who graduated from EKU in 2012, has an outstanding playing career for the Colonels. He also served as a graduate assistant for Jeff Neubauer.

2016 Star Dedric Lawson Says He is Down to Kentucky and Memphis

Dedric Lawson, one of the top players in the Class of 2016, says he is down to Kentucky and Memphis.

Lawson is a 6-foot-8 power forward who now plays for Arlington Country Day (Fla.). He currently ranks No. 6 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.


Vinny Zollo Signs With Cleveland State

Former George Rogers Clark High School and Western Kentucky University player Vinny Zollo has signed with Cleveland State.

Here is more from Cleveland.com:

Zollo (6-8, 230), with two years of eligibility, will give CSU a physical presence on the baseline to pair with Anton Grady (6-8) for the next two seasons.

"Vinny will bring a versatility to our program and our frontcourt,'' CSU head coach Gary Waters said in a release. "He has the ability to play inside and outside and we really like that he had Division I basketball experience as well as experience playing in the NCAA Tournament.

"We are excited about the energy and athleticism that he will bring to our frontcourt."

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Zollo averaged 3.7 points and 2.9 rebounds a game as a freshman at Western Kentucky before he transferred to play at Furman. He ended up never playing for Furman and landed at Northwest Florida (JUCO), where he averaged 3.3 points and 2.9 rebounds.

Alice Lloyd's Isaac Wilson Named 2013-14 Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete

Alice Lloyd College's Isaac Wilson was recently named a 2013-14 Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

Here is more from ALC:

The National Association of the Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) also announced that senior point guard Isaac Wilson was named a 2013-14 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. The Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete programs recognize excellence in the classroom by NAIA-member student-athletes who are juniors or above in academic standing with a 3.5 cumulative GPA. The awards are given annually to outstanding student-athletes in the various sports in which the program is active and their respective teams are eligible for NAIA postseason competition.

Wilson, a native of Corbin, Ky., made the list of Scholar-Athletes for the second straight year. He is a Math Education major and holds a 3.94 GPA. Wilson will graduate from Alice Lloyd on May 3, 2014.

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Southern Miss Expected to Hire Brad Underwood

It sounds like Southern Miss will name Brad Underwood head coach soon:

Here is more from CBSSports.com:

Sources told CBSSports.com on Tuesday that Southern Miss officials have offered their coaching vacancy to Stephen F. Austin's Brad Underwood. The same sources added that, barring a surprise, Underwood plans to accept and become Donnie Tyndall's replacement.

The sources stressed nothing is signed yet.

But an announcement could come as soon as Wednesday, they said.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Western Kentucky Offers Sean Lloyd a Scholarship

Western Kentucky has reportedly offered a scholarship to 6-foot-4 wing Sean Lloyd from Imhotep, Pennsylvania.

Most services rate Lloyd as a three-star recruit in the Class of 2015.

Chane Behanan Opts to Enter the 2014 NBA Draft

Former Louisville big man Chane Behanan announced Monday that he is officially declaring for the NBA Draft rather than completing a transfer to Colorado State.






University of Charleston Announces Summer Basketball Camps

University of Charleston and head coach Dwaine Osborne have announced several summer basketball camps.

2014 Charleston Summer Basketball Camps

- June 2-5 Individual #1
- July 5 Elite Camp #1
- July 6 Shooting Camp #1
- July 7-10 Individual Camp #2
- July 14-17 Little Eagle's Camp
- August 9 Elite Camp #2
- August 10 Shooting Camp #2

Osborne's coaching staff includes assistants Chris Kibler, Derek Felder, Matt Kelly and former Elliott County High School star Evan Faulkner.

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Montrezl Harrell Shatters a Backboard, Shuts Down Pickup

Louisville big man Montrezl Harrell took care of pickup action last night when he shattered a backboard with a powerful dunk.

John Henson posted a picture on Instagram:

Monday, April 28, 2014

Derek Willis: I am not transferring or leaving Kentucky

Kentucky freshman Derek Willis went to Twitter Sunday night to shoot down a report by Pat Forde that he is considering a transfer from Kentucky.

"I am not transferring or leaving Kentucky," Willis said via Twitter.

Forde reported Saturday morning that Willis is weighing transfer options.

Kentucky Wesleyan Signs JUCO Transfer Basil Deveaux

Kentucky Wesleyan College recently signed JUCO transfer Basil Deveaux from Gulf Coast State College.

Here is a release from KWC:

Gulf Coast State (Jr.) College guard Basil Deveaux signed a national letter-of-intent to play at eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College for his final two years of eligibility, according to KWC head men's basketball coach Happy Osborne.

Deveaux, a 6-foot-4, 176-pound, native of Nassau, Bahamas (Veritas Christian Academy), averaged 6.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists while collecting 38 steals and 12 blocks in starting all 29 games as a sophomore. The 2014 second-team All-Panhandle Conference selection shot 41.8 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from the free throw line for coach Jay Powell.

"Basil fulfills our point guard needs with his ball handling and passing ability," said Osborne. "His size will create havoc at both ends of the court especially with a 6-foot-6 wingspan. He also has earned a reputation as a tenacious defender. His statistics nowhere reflects how valuable Basil will be to Kentucky Wesleyan."

As a JuCo freshman, he averaged 3.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists with 23 steals and four blocks. He shot 45.6 percent from the field and 47.8 percent from the free throw line in playing 29 games and starting six.

Deveaux was a three-year starter at Veritas Christian in Fletcher, NC. He led the Warriors in scoring with 19.4 points a game his senior year in 2012. He also grabbed 7.2 rebounds and dished out 3.2 assists per game.

Chane Behanan Appears to Be Staying at Colorado State

It appears that a report about Chane Behanan entering the 2014 NBA Draft was false as his name is not on the initial list of early entrants.

Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com reported that Behanan would enter the draft but that doesn't appear to be the case.

Here is more from Coloradoan.com:

CSU transfer Chane Behanan’s name did not immediately appear on the list of underclassmen who had to declare for the NBA draft by the 10 p.m. MDT Sunday deadline.

Behanan via his Twitter account denied reports in recent days that he had hired an agent was going to declare for the draft.

The 6-foot-6 Behanan signed with Colorado State University in January and is taking online courses following his dismissal from the Louisville basketball program in December for a violation of team rules. He’s since admitted the violation was for marijuana use, and he had been working with John Lucas at a recovery center in Houston to get his life back on track.

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