Friday, May 9, 2014

Eastern Kentucky Players Motivate Students at White Hall Elementary School

Eastern Kentucky's Marcus Lewis, Deverin Muff and Tommy Matthews visited White Hall Elementary School Thursday afternoon to help motivate students for upcoming state testing.

Here's more from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – EKU student-athletes participated at a pep rally at White Hall Elementary School Thursday afternoon.

EKU Colonel student-athletes gave tips to White Hall Elementary students about testing. The Colonel student-athletes also quizzed the students on healthy eating habits. After the rally, EKU student-athletes signed autographs and answered additional questions from the White Hall students.

State testing for elementary schools begins next week.

Some pictures from the visit:








Demonte Harper Earns All-League Honors in Belarus

Former Morehead State star Demonte Harper earned Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League honors for 2013-14.

Harper averaged 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game for league champion Tsmoki-Minsk. He averaged 11.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists in EuroChallenge games.

Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League Awards

1st Team

PG: Siarhei Charykau (185-PG-82) of Sozh Gomel
G: Kiril Sitnik (190-G-89) of Sozh Gomel
F: Kanstantin Yafremov (202-F-86) of Grodno-93
F: Sergei Dadukin (198-F-83) of Sozh Gomel
F/C: Siarhei Kazlou (203-F/C-95) of Tsmoki II

2nd Team

PG: Vyacheslau Korzh (192-PG-86) of Grodno-93
G: Siarhei Vabishchevich (192-G-88) of Svisloch
G: Alexander Harkevich (186-G-86) of Borisfen
F: Yauheni Beliankou (197-F-95) of Tsmoki II
C: Maksym Kozlovets (205-C-90) of Svisloch

Honorable Mention

Aliaksei Lashkevich (203-PF-78) of Tsmoki-Minsk
Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) of Tsmoki-Minsk
Demonte Harper (193-G-89) of Tsmoki-Minsk
Denis Pastukhov (197-F-91) of Grodno-93
Sergej Vabischevich (190-G-88) of Svisloch
Rostislav Vergun (198-G-82) of Borisfen
Victor Ovsepyan (204-F-91) of Rubon
Henadziy Zahar (198-SF-92) of Impuls BGUIR
Alexander Semeniuk (209-C-94) of Prinemanye

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Apollo Assistant Neil Hayden Named Head Coach at Owensboro Catholic

Apollo High School assistant coach Neil Hayden has been named head coach at Owensboro Catholic.


Western Kentucky Offers 2015 Wing Malik Moore

Western Kentucky has offered a scholarship to 2015 wing Malik Moore of Erwin (NC) High School.




Dominique Hawkins Joins Sports Reach for Far East Exhibtion Tour

University of Kentucky sophomore guard Dominique Hawkins will head to the Far East with Sports Reach for an 8-game exhibition tour.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sophomore guard Dominique Hawkins will travel to the Far East with Sports Reach May 10-25 to compete in eight games against local clubs.

The Reach USA team will be on a cultural exchange basketball trip in order to learn more about the Far Eastern culture, while sharing its own culture.

“Traveling to the Far East is something I’ve never dreamed of,” Hawkins said. “I’m excited for this experience made possible by Sports Reach. I look forward to immersing myself in the culture and bettering my skills on the court.”

Hawkins played in 33 games for UK’s national runner-up squad. He scored 25 points and hauled in 23 rebounds while dishing out 12 assists in his first season. The 6-foot guard from Richmond, Ky., served as a top defensive performer during UK’s NCAA Tournament run with John Calipari citing his efforts against Michigan’s Nik Stauskas as a key to UK’s win over the Wolverines.

Hawkins is one of several Wildcats who have participated in the cultural exchange during Calipari’s tenure. Other players who have participated include Josh Harrellson, Jon Hood and Eloy Vargas. Harrellson’s trip came in the summer of 2010 and was followed by a breakout senior campaign in which he averaged 7.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game while shooting 61 percent from the field.

Joining Hawkins on the trip will be players from Illinois, Jacksonville State, Murray State, Southern, TCU, Texas Tech and Troy.

Founded in 1986 by Robby Spear, Sports Reach attempts to reach the world through sports. For more information on Sports Reach, visit sportsreach.org.

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The Louisville Cardinals are Doing Well in the Classroom, Too

The Louisville Cardinals have been impressive on and off the court in recent years. Not only are the Cards winning games and championships, they are posting impressive scores in the classroom.

The men's basketball team are among the nation's leaders in the most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released by the NCAA.

Additionally, the Cards posted a collective 3.40 GPA for the 2013-14 academic year, the highest ever for the Louisville men's basketball team.

Here are more details from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Two University of Louisville athletic teams are among the nation's leaders within their sport in the most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released by the NCAA.

UofL's men's basketball and women's golf teams are among the top 10 percent in their respective sports in the latest APR, which measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation for student-athletes. Both sports programs have a perfect 1000 score for the most recent four-year period from 2009-13.

"As much as we emphasize winning on the basketball court, we believe that winning in the classroom is equally important," said UofL Head Coach Rick Pitino. "Our academic staff and players have been totally committed to getting the most out of their academic abilities and we're really proud of their efforts."

Over the four-year period of this multiyear APR report, Louisville's academic success has come while winning a combined 110 games and the Cardinals won the 2013 NCAA Championship, reached the 2012 Final Four, and won two conference tournament championships.

While the University of Louisville men's basketball team has performed well on the court, the Cardinals have excelled in the classroom as well. The Cardinals earned a collective 3.40 GPA for the 2013-14 academic year, the highest ever for the UofL men's basketball team.

The team produced a record 3.47 combined GPA for the 2013 fall semester, the highest ever semester average for the Cardinals and the best among UofL's nine men's sports programs. A total of 14 of 15 Cardinals earned a 3.0 or better in the fall, with 10 above a 3.4 GPA. The 14 men's basketball players were among a record 371 student-athletes recognized on the 2013 Fall Semester UofL Athletic Director's Honor Roll, highlighting those that achieve a 3.0 GPA or higher for a semester.

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UK to Host Eastern Kentucky in December

The Kentucky Wildcats will host Eastern Kentucky next season on December 7.

UK made the announcement via press release:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky men’s basketball team is set to host in-state foe and 2014 NCAA Tournament participant Eastern Kentucky in Rupp Arena on Sunday, Dec. 7, it was announced on Thursday.

A game time and TV network will be released at a later date.

The Colonels and Wildcats will meet for the 11th time in program history and 10th in Rupp Arena. UK currently holds a 10-0 edge in the series.

EKU is coming off a 24-10 overall season that included an Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship and a trip to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. In the opening round of the tournament, EKU led No. 2 seed Kansas with 8:55 remaining in the game and trailed by five with just 2:28 left before the Jayhawks pulled away for an 80-69 win. It was the Colonels’ eighth appearance in the NCAA Tournament in program history.

UK and the Colonels last met in during the 2006-07 season. UK claimed a 78-65 victory in Rupp Arena behind a career-high 25-point effort from Randolph Morris. This will mark the first meeting between the two schools in the John Calipari era.

In addition to UK’s matchup with EKU, the Wildcats have also announced dates with Kansas (Nov. 18), Texas (Dec. 5) and UCLA (Dec. 20) as a part of the 2014-15 non-conference regular-season schedule.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

DeAndre Liggins to Participate in NBA D-League Elite Mini Camp

Former University of Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins will participate in the upcoming NBA Development League Elite Mini Camp.

Here are details from the NBA:

New York, May 8, 2014 -- The NBA Development League will hold its fifth-annual Elite Mini Camp on Monday, May 12 and Tuesday May 13 at Chicago’s Quest Multisports gym. The camp features top 2013-14 NBA D-League prospects and gives players an opportunity to display their skills and be evaluated by NBA team personnel in advance of NBA Summer Leagues and 2014 training camps.

The two-day event features both drill work and full-court games for players to comprehensively showcase their talents. NBA front office executives and scouts are expected to be on hand to evaluate the talent, as NBA teams look to fill their rosters for Summer League and training camp.

This year’s 37-player event includes six players with NBA experience, including Shane Edwards (Canton Charge), Jeff Foote (Springfield Armor), Terrell Harris (Bakersfield Jam), Dennis Horner (Bakersfield Jam), DeQuan Jones (Reno Bighorns) and DeAndre Liggins (Sioux Falls Skyforce). Matt Bouldin (Fort Wayne Mad Ants) will also attend the camp having recently been crowned an NBA D-League Champion with the Mad Ants.

Twenty-seven athletes who participated in last year’s NBA D-League Elite Mini Camp went on to play in NBA Summer League in Orlando or Las Vegas, while eight of those players earned NBA training camp invitations. Tour’e Murry and Hollis Thompson, who both played at the 2013 NBA D-League Elite Mini Camp, spent the entire 2013-14 season in the NBA with the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers, respectively.

The event, which is closed to the public, has previously been held in Los Angeles (2009), Chantilly, Va (2010), and Chicago (2012, 2013).

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Jodie Meeks Meets with the Media, Will Graduate from UK This Weekend

Former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks met with the media this afternoon in Lexington.

Meeks will be graduating from UK this weekend.

Here is the press conference in its entirety:


Thomas Nelson's Kevin Ndahiro Signs with Stetson University

Thomas Nelson High School big man Kevin Ndahiro has signed with Stetson University for the 2014-15 season.

Ndahiro, a 6-foot-9 forward, averaged 17.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season for Thomas Nelson.

Here is a release from Stetson:

DeLAND—Kevin Ndahiro (Ottawa, Ontario) has signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play basketball at Stetson University, head coach Corey Williams announced today.

A 6-9, 225-pound forward, Ndahiro is the fifth member of Williams’ first full Stetson recruiting class.

“Kevin is athletic and versatile,” said Williams. “He’s a power forward/center who can step out and shoot an occasional jumper, so he may be able to play some small forward for us as well. He still has some work to do, but he’s the type of player we need to recruit and sign in order to move this program forward.”

Ndahiro played his senior season at Thomas Nelson High School in Bardstown, Ky. He averaged 17.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as he helped the Generals to a 16-13 record and an appearance in the district finals. His best game of the season came against Bethlehem in the district semi-finals when he scored 24 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked 12 shots in a 58-46 win.

“Kevin can score in a number of ways,” said Williams. “He can face up and shoot, and also score with his back to the basket. He runs like a deer so he’s really going to help us in the transition game, which is an important part of our offense.”

Ndahiro was lightly recruited in the fall after sitting out his junior year as an international transfer student. But he began receiving significant interest from high majors this spring and took a recruiting visit to Washington before verbally committing to the Hatters.

“Back in January, (assistant coach) Bert Capel kept telling me about a big man in Kentucky I needed to go see,” said Williams. “So when we played at North Kentucky I went to watch Kevin practice and I liked what I saw. I loved him almost immediately.

“He was recruited late this spring by a lot of high majors but we continued to build our relationship with him. In the end, we recruited him longer and harder than any other school. We’re very fortunate and very pleased to be able to add Kevin to our program.”

Ndahiro will be the fifth Canadian to play basketball for Stetson, and the first since Shawn Bowen (2007-10) and Olivier Dupiton (2007-10), both of whom hailed from Montreal.

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Tennessee Signs Four-Star Guard Detrick Mostella

Tennessee has reportedly signed four-star guard Detrick Mostella.

The news was first reported by Ben Frederickson of Knoxnews.com.

Mostella, who is listed as a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, was ranked No. 53 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013. He ended up reclassifying 2014 and attended Notre Dame Prep last season.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Powell County to Hire UPIKE Graduate Assistant Ryan Whitaker

I am told by a good source that University of Pikeville graduate assistant Ryan Whitaker has accepted the head coaching job at Powell County High School.

Whitaker played high school basketball at Bell County High School and Hazard High School before playing at the University of Pikeville.

He was a member of UPIKE's national championship team.

Kentucky to Battle Texas in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

The Kentucky Wildcats will battle Texas on Friday, December 5 as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

Here are details on the event from ESPN.com:

College basketball can look forward to a pair of mega-matchups in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Dec. 5, with Texas traveling to face defending national champion Kentucky and Florida on the road at Kansas.

The pairings were announced Wednesday afternoon. The 2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge will air on the ESPN family of networks from Dec. 3 through Dec. 6.

Myles Turner, the No. 2 prospect in the 2014 class per RecruitingNation, will lead a strong Texas squad against a Kentucky team that boasts the most talented frontcourt in the country. The Wildcats could enter the 2014-15 season as the No. 1 team in the country, but the Longhorns shouldn't be too far behind them.

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2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge

The matchups for the second annual SEC-Big 12 Challenge, which will be played from Dec. 3-6 (on ESPN networks):

Wednesday, Dec. 3

• Auburn at Texas Tech

Thursday, Dec. 4

• Arkansas at Iowa State
• Baylor at Vanderbilt
• LSU at West Virginia
• TCU at Ole Miss

Friday, Dec. 5

• Florida at Kansas
• Missouri at Oklahoma
• Texas at Kentucky

Saturday, Dec. 6

• Kansas State at Tennessee
• Missouri at Oklahoma
• Oklahoma St. at S. Carolina

UK to Play in CBS Sports Classic with UCLA, Ohio State and UNC

The Kentucky Wildcats will be playing in a new annual event titled the CBS Sports Classic beginning next season.

Kentucky will alternate annual games against UCLA (2014), Ohio State and North Carolina.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky men’s basketball program, along with North Carolina, Ohio State and UCLA, in conjunction with CBS Sports, has agreed to play in the inaugural CBS Sports Classic for the next three years, it was announced on Wednesday.

The event, pitting four of the winningest programs in college basketball history, will rotate through the cities of Chicago (2014), Brooklyn (2015) and Las Vegas (2016). All six games will be broadcast by CBS.

“This event will feature programs that represent 25 national championships, which is remarkable,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “Not only that, some of the best fan bases in college basketball will have the opportunity to see us play in three major venues against some of the top programs in the country. We’re excited to be part of an event of this caliber for the next three seasons.”

The event debuts at the United Center in Chicago on Dec. 20. North Carolina will take on Ohio State at 1 p.m. ET, followed by UCLA vs. Kentucky at 3:30 p.m. ET.

The “CBS Sports Classic” moves to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Dec. 19, 2015, and then travels to Las Vegas in December 2016. CBS Sports retains the exclusive distribution and marketing rights to the event.

In addition, CBS Sports will stream the games exclusively on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android.

CBS Sports Classic Matchups/Locations

2014 - Saturday, Dec. 20 (Chicago)

North Carolina vs. Ohio State – 1 p.m. ET
UCLA vs. Kentucky – 3:30 p.m. ET

2015 - Saturday, Dec. 19 (Brooklyn)

2016 - (Las Vegas)

Former Elliott County Star Evan Faulkner Earns First Head Coaching Job

Former Elliott County High School star Evan Faulkner has been hired to coach Ripley (W.Va.) High School next season.

Faulkner spent last season as an assistant coach at the University of Charleston, where he was a standout player for two seasons. Before that, he played two seasons at Radford University.

Here is more on the hire from JacksonNewspapers.com:

“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity,” Faulkner said, “I’m very thankful that Mr. Hosaflook and Steve Lough have entrusted me to run the boys basketball program here at Ripley High. The community here is very special and many people have reached out to congratulate me and help me feel welcomed, which is very encouraging.”

A native of Sandyhook, Kentucky, Faulkner will take over for Craig Harmon, who retired at the end of last season.

Harmon had two stints as head coach of the Vikings (from 1988-1994 and then from 1998-2013) for a total of 21 seasons. Faulkner is taking the reigns of a program that is on an upward trajectory, with several returning key players.

“We want to establish a culture here based on work ethic, toughness, and discipline,” Faulkner added, “We have multiple kids that gained valuable experience last year that will be a huge benefit going forward. If we can get our kids to buy into that culture, we’ve got a chance to build something special.”

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Peyton Siva and Luke Hancock to Sign Autographs in Louisville Tonight

Former Louisville stars Luke Hancock and Peyton Siva will be at Tin Roof in Louisville (3921 Shelbyville Rd) tonight for an autograph signing.

HT: CardinalSportsZone.com

Assistants Kenny Payne, John Robic Sign New Deals at Kentucky

Assistant coaches Kenny Payne and John Robic have signed new deals with extensions to remain on John Calipari's staff at the University of Kentucky.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky’s men’s basketball assistant coaches Kenny Payne and John Robic have signed new multi-year extensions with the University of Kentucky, UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart and head coach John Calipari announced on Wednesday.

Payne, who has been with the team for four seasons, signed a new two-year deal worth $500,000 annually plus incentives and was promoted to associate head coach.

“There’s not a better partner to work with to help these young men achieve their dreams,” Calipari said. “His feel for the game and ability to develop players is second to none. I have all the confidence in the world that Kenny will make a great head coach someday, but we're ecstatic to have him as a part of our staff as associate head coach for the near future.”

Robic, who has been at Kentucky for five seasons, inked a two-year deal worth $375,000 annually with the opportunity for incentives.

“No one knows me better and knows what I need to be prepared to coach a game than John,” Calipari said. “He’s been a loyal friend who has helped me build three different programs. He’s as good as they get.”

Since Calipari’s arrival at Kentucky, the Wildcats have posted a 152-37 record, won the 2012 national championship, appeared in the 2014 title game, advanced to three Final Fours and four Elite Eights. UK has claimed two regular season Southeastern Conference titles and two SEC Tournament crowns.

Seventeen players have been drafted by the NBA with two more projected in the upcoming draft in June. UK’s first-ever No. 1 overall draft choices have come during Calipari’s tenure. John Wall was selected first overall in 2010 and Anthony Davis followed in 2012. The duo was also Kentucky’s first national player of the year honorees. Furthermore, both Wall and Davis became NBA All-Stars in 2014.

Kentucky has had 10 players graduate in the last five years – including every player who has exhausted his athletic eligibility. Patrick Patterson and Jarrod Polson both earned their degrees in three years. UK’s players have amassed a collective 3.0 grade-point average or higher in each of the last five semesters.

UK has hauled in the top-rated recruiting class in four of five seasons under Calipari’s tutelage. This year’s four-player class is rated No. 2 overall by most recruiting services and will accompany eight scholarship players from the 2013-14 national runner-up squad.

Kentucky is set to return 67 percent of its assists (300), 65 percent of minutes played, 59 percent of its scoring (1,773) and 54 percent of its rebounds (872) produced from its 2013-14 roster which includes Willie Cauley-Stein, Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress, all of whom have started at least four games in their careers.

Additional returnees include freshmen Dominque Hawkins and Derek Willis, who all saw action this season. The Wildcats will also welcome four McDonald’s All-America and Jordan Brand Classic players in Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyler Ulis.

In addition to Payne’s and Robic’s extensions, UK announced the hiring of new assistant Barry Rohrssen (pronounced Roar-son) last week to complete the staff.

All current coaching contracts can be found at http://www.uky.edu/Legal/ORRContracts.htm.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Eastern Kentucky and Jeff Neubauer Agree to Contract Extension Through 2018

Eastern Kentucky University and head coach Jeff Neubauer have agreed in principle to a contract extension through 2018.

Neubauer led the Colonels to the OVC Tournament championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season.

Here is a release from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Following one of the most successful seasons in program history, Eastern Kentucky University and head men's basketball coach Jeff Neubauer have agreed in principle to a contract extension through 2018.

Under Neubauer's guidance in 2013-14, the Colonels won the program's sixth Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship and made their eighth NCAA Tournament appearance. Eastern nearly upset No. 2 seed Kansas in the Big Dance, leading the Jayhawks with 8:55 left in the game and trailing by only five with 2:28 to go.

"I am very proud of coach Neubauer and his staff, and the superb job they have done in recruiting the right kind of student-athlete to EKU," Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson said. "As stellar as Jeff's win-loss record is, we should all be even more pleased by the fact that the program graduates more than 90 percent of the student-athletes that have exhausted their eligibility during Jeff's tenure. That is the most important statistic."

Before giving Kansas all it could handle in the NCAA Tournament, Neubauer led the Colonels on a methodical march through the OVC Tournament. Eastern won three games in three days and trailed for only 41 seconds during the entire tourney.

EKU finished the season with a 24-10 record, the second most wins in program history. Along the way, the Colonels set new program records for the winningest 2-year, 3-year and 4-year periods in program history. Neubauer led the team to a school record 25 victories in 2012-13, giving the team 49 wins the last two years combined.

Eastern finished 2013-14, the ninth season for Neubauer on the Eastern Kentucky bench, ranked 19th in the Mid-Major Top 25 and with an RPI of 95.

In recognition of a spectacular season, Neubauer was one of 15 finalists for the 2014 Hugh Durham Award, which is given annually to the nation's top mid-major coach.

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Murray State Signs Chattanooga Transfer GerVaughn "Gee" McGhee

Murray State University has signed UT-Chattanooga transfer GerVaughn "Gee" McGhee.

McGhee is a 6-foot-4 guard who averaged 10 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last season. He totaled 715 points in two seasons for Chattanooga. He will sit out next season and join the Racers in 2015-16 as a junior.

Here is a release from MSU:

Murray State men's basketball coach Steve Prohm announced the signing of GerVaughn "Gee" McGhee.

McGhee, a 6-4 guard, will be a junior with the Racers as a transfer from the University of Chattanooga. He will have two seasons to play for Murray State beginning with the 2015-16 season.

"We're very happy to have Gee join the Racer Family," Prohm said. "He is a versatile perimeter player that stats in a lot of different areas. He'll benefit from the sit-out year, as we will having him with us. I look forward to him playing in the 2015-16 season."

Out of Baton Rouge, La., McGhee played in 64 games and made the same number of starts for the Mocs in his two seasons. He scored 715 points for an 11.1 per game average.

He was a Southern Conference All-Freshman Team selection in the 2012-13 season and had a high scoring game of 24 points against Elon.

In the 2013-14 season as a sophomore, he scored 10 points per game and grabbed 4.8 rebounds. His 90 assists were tops on the team and his 40 steals tied for the team lead. He had three double-double games including a 16-point/15 rebound effort against Western Carolina. He also had a game against Maine with 17 points and 10 assists.

McGhee played his high school ball at Redemptorist where he won 99 games in four seasons. He averaged 29.2 points per game as a senior in the 2011-12 season.

Former UK Player Perry Stevenson Joins Trinity High School Coaching Staff

Former University of Kentucky player Perry Stevenson announced on Twitter this morning that he is joining the Trinity High School coaching staff as an assistant.


John Calipari's Book Includes Some Valuable Business Lessons

John Calipari's new book titled "Players First" is a great book about the Kentucky Wildcats and the game of basketball in general.

As Harvey Mackay writes in the Dallas Business Journal, the book is about so much more than hoops. Mackay points out that the book also includes some valuable business lessons.

Here is an excerpt:

As a real basketball junkie, I was completely enthralled with this book. I loved the stories, the strategy, and the thoughts behind his decisions.

And then I realized that I was reading a book about so much more than basketball. Calipari has incorporated a variety of business and life lessons that will resonate with sports fans as well as those who don’t know a slam dunk from a grand slam.

For example, he makes lists and advises readers to write things down and give themselves a deadline. Business people know the importance of being organized and setting goals. Take it from me: If you don’t have a good game plan, how do you expect to win?

Calipari tells his players, “You’ve got to love the grind. Embrace the work. Embrace the sweat. Embrace the pain.” Managers everywhere can relate to that kind of a pep talk. There are parts of every job that require the kind of dedication that enables you to work through the difficult or tedious tasks. Just like winning basketball requires practice, practice and more practice, to be really good at what you do takes plenty of preparation. You might as well enjoy the journey.

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Kentucky Wesleyan Signs Spanish Guard Luis Becerra

Kentucky Wesleyan College has signed Luis Becerra, a 6-foot-4 guard from Seville, Spain.

Here are details from KWC:

OWENSBORO, Ky. (May 5, 2014) — Luis Becerra, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound, guard from Seville, Spain, signed a national letter-of-intent to play basketball at Kentucky Wesleyan College, as announced by KWC head coach Happy Osborne.

Becerra played this past season at Score Sports Academy in Raleigh, N.C. He led his team in assists with 6.4 per game and free throw shooting at 78.3 percent for former KWC assistant Rafael Franco.

He averaged a second-best 13.7 points along with 2.9 steals and 1.8 rebounds while shooting 54.1 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from three-point territory. His season-highs were 27 points and 13 assists in starting all 36 games played.

“Luis is a point guard extraordinaire,” Osborne stated. “He has the uncanny ability to see the complete floor with pin-point accuracy on his passes. He’ll make some unbelievable assists as he threads the needle in tight spots. Not only will we rely on his court savvy but Luis also brings us a talent for scoring.”

Franco added, “Luis has a high IQ for basketball and he is a very skilled basketball player who can find an open man on the court but also score when he needs to. His ability to read the offense and defense and react with it is very impressive, and his work ethic is even more impressive. “

Becerra plans to major in bio-chemistry.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Louisville's Mangok Mathiang Arrested After Kentucky Derby

Louisville's Mangok Mathiang was arrested Saturday and is facing charges of drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place and failure to disperse.

Here is more from WDRB.com:

According to court documents, Mathiang faces charges of drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place and failure to disperse.

An arrest report states the incident happened at 7:30 p.m. on May 3rd at 3rd Street and Central Avenue just outside of Churchill Downs.  In the report, an officer writes that Mathiang was "walking down 3rd Street when his friend was arrested and was asked several times to leave and kept walking down street following the police."

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