Friday, May 16, 2014

Julius Randle: NBA Draft Combine Interview

Former Kentucky star Julius Randle meets with the media at the NBA Draft Combine:


Karl Towns Wore Wildcat Blue to His High School Prom

Soon-to-be Kentucky big man Karl Towns went to his high school prom recently. Of course, he wore Wildcat blue:


WKU Transfer Daouda Soumaoro Signs with University of Mobile

Western Kentucky big man Daouda Soumaoro has transferred to the University of Mobile, an NAIA Division I program, for 2014-15.

Here is a release from Mobile:

MOBILE, Ala.-- The University of Mobile men's basketball team announced the addition of a pair of NCAA DI transfers Wednesday, adding 6-9 Daouda Soumaoro from Western Kentucky and 6-7 Piers Carroll from Nicholls State University.

Soumaoro prepped at Our Savior New American School, played two seasons at Iowa Western CC, where he suffered a pair of ACL injuries, and then appeared in nine games last season at Western Kentucky, making four starts.

Boasting a 7-2 wingspan, Soumaoro was also recruited by Nevada. He averaged 12.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks as a senior in high school, leading his team to the most wins in school history. He was leading Iowa Western in scoring (12.4) and rebounding (7.8) in 2012-13 before injuring his knee.

"We are excited to add Daouda to our team," UMobile Head Coach Joe Niland said. "He will help bolster our inside game, and with the losses of Julien Sargent and Kevin Calloway, we need him to come in and be an impact player."

Complete Release

James Young Goes One-On-One with Seth Davis at Draft Combine

Seth Davis of Campus Insiders sits down for a one-on-one interview with former Kentucky star James Young at the NBA Draft Combine:



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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Berea College Accepted as NCAA Division III Provisional Member

Berea College has been accepted as an NCAA Division III provisional member.

The school will be making the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division III.

Here is a release from BC:

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has granted Berea College (Ky.) provisional membership in Division III, beginning September 1. This move will allow the college to better align its athletics program to compete with other institutions that share a similar philosophy of intercollegiate athletics. The NCAA Division III philosophy is founded on the student-athlete’s overall educational experience. Institutions within the division are not permitted to award financial aid on the basis of a student’s athletic ability.

Berea College is moving from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) after being a member of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) since its founding in 1926.

“Because we value the tradition of our participation in the KIAC for more than 80 years, we very carefully and thoughtfully investigated this opportunity,” says Berea College President Lyle Roelofs. “Our conclusion is that this move is the logical step for Berea College because our approach to intercollegiate athletics is consistent with NCAA Division III expectations that academics are the primary focus for student athletes. Moreover, all of our academic benchmark institutions are already NCAA members.”

According to the NCAA, Division III participation reduces the tension between athletics and academics, supporting the academic progress of student-athletes through shorter practice and playing seasons. Participants are integrated on campus and treated like all other members of the student body, keeping them focused on being a student first. It is also expected that travel distances and times will be shortened, thus reducing time away from academic studies.

There are more than 170,000 student-athletes at 444 institutions in Division III, which is the largest of the three NCAA divisions. Berea College joins Centre College, Spalding University, Thomas More College and Transylvania University as Kentucky’s NCAA Division III members, all being former members of the KIAC. Berea is not yet affiliated with a Division III conference but is exploring several options for joining a conference after the first year of provisional membership.

“In many ways, this is a new era for Berea College athletics,” says Mark Cartmill, athletics director, “but, it’s also a return to what we believe is most important in intercollegiate athletics… campus pride, a tradition of success and a commitment to academics, first and foremost. Berea has a long and storied history in athletics and we look forward to forging new friendships and renewing some old ones with NCAA Division III schools.”

Complete Release

Assistant Rob Burton Named Head Coach at North Oldham

Rob Burton, who has served as an assistant for six years, has been named head coach at North Oldham High School:


James Young, Julius Randle Get Measured at NBA Draft Combine

Here are NBA Draft Combine measurements of former Kentucky stars Julius Randle and James Young:




Montgomery County's Bryan Wallace Signs with Lindsey Wilson College

Montgomery County point guard Bryan Wallace has signed with Lindsey Wilson College for 2014-15.




Former Hopkinsville Player Shot and Killed Overnight

Former Hopkinsville basketball player Keon Grant was reportedly shot and killed last night in Hopkinsville.

The news was confirmed by Les Johns of Kentucky New Era:



Prayers for friends and family of Keon Grant.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Report: Cleveland Cavaliers are Interested in Hiring John Calipari

The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly interested in hiring Kentucky head coach John Calipari to fill their coaching vacancy.

According to Sam Amico of FoxSports.com:

The Cavaliers are interested in the University of Kentucky's John Calipari as a candidate for their head coaching vacancy, sources familiar with the team's search told FOX Sports Ohio on Wednesday.

Sources did not say if the Cavs have contacted Calipari or if the sides have arranged a meeting.

New general manager David Griffin began the search for a new coach Monday, the same day on which Mike Brown was fired after one season.

Griffin is not offering details on the hiring process.

"I wouldn't want to speak to any specific candidates; I do appreciate the question," Griffin said during Tuesday's introductory press conference.

"There will be a time to speak about specific candidates, but now's not that time."

Complete Article

Vic Moses, David Aliu Earn All-British BBL Accolades

Former Georgetown College star Vic Moses and ex-Morehead State forward David Aliu have earned several Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Awards for 2014.

Moses was named All-BBL First Team after averaging 22.3 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots per game this season for Cheshire Phoenix. Moses was also named Forward of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Imports Team.

Aliu was named to the All-BBL Second Team and to the All-Domestic Players Team. He was also named Domestic Player of the Year. Aliu averaged 22.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for Manchester Giants.


Here is an excerpt from Eurobasket.com:

Player of the Year: Zaire Taylor (193-G-86) of Worcester W.
Guard of the Year: Zaire Taylor (193-G-86) of Worcester W.
Forward of the Year: Victor Moses (198-F-89) of Cheshire P.
Center of the Year: Will Creekmore (205-C-89) of Worcester W.
Import Player of the Year: Zaire Taylor (193-G-86) of Worcester W.
Domestic Player of the Year: David Aliu (198-F-81) of Manchester G.

1st Team

PG: Zaire Taylor (193-G-86) of Worcester W.
G: Reggie Middleton (185-PG-89) of Cheshire P.
G/F: Malik Cooke (198-F-89) of Newcastle E.
F: Victor Moses (198-F-89) of Cheshire P.
F/C: Will Creekmore (205-C-89) of Worcester W.

2nd Team

PG: Bryan Holmes (180-PG-88) of Sheffield S.
G: Jay Couisnard (198-F-88) of Leicester R.
G/F: David Aliu (198-F-81) of Manchester G.
F: Scott Martin (203-G-88) of Newcastle E.
F/C: Rashad Hassan (203-F-89) of Leicester R.

All-Domestic Players Team

G: James Jones (193-G/F-83) of Manchester G.
G/F: David Aliu (198-F-81) of Manchester G.
F: Andrew Sullivan (203-F-80) of Leicester R.
F: Darrius Defoe (204-F-84) of Newcastle E.
F/C: Rob Marsden (200-F-88) of Manchester G.

All-Imports Team

PG: Zaire Taylor (193-G-86) of Worcester W.
G: Reggie Middleton (185-PG-89) of Cheshire P.
G/F: Malik Cooke (198-F-89) of Newcastle E.
F: Victor Moses (198-F-89) of Cheshire P.
F/C: Will Creekmore (205-C-89) of Worcester W.

Complete Article

Holmes' Star James "Beetle" Bolden Commits to West Virginia

Holmes High School star James "Beetle" Bolden has committed to West Virginia University.


Ricky Minard Finishes 10th Pro Season with Superleague Championship in Ukraine

Former Morehead State University star Ricky Minard just completed his tenth professional season with a championship in Ukraine's top-level Superleague.

Budivelnyk defeated Khimik 85-77 to capture the club's second consecutive Superleague championship. Darjus Lavrinovic led the way with 20 points and 6 rebounds. DaJuan Summers added 17 points and 7 boards. Minard chipped in 11 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists.

On the season, Minard averaged 10.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game in 27 Superleague games. He averaged 8.3 points, 3.4 boards and 2.9 assists in Euroleague competition.


Source: Jaysean Paige Released from LOI at Southern Miss

I am told by a source that former Perry Central star Jaysean Paige has been released from his letter of intent at Southern Miss.

Paige originally signed with Southern Miss before head coach Donnie Tyndall left for Tennessee.

The source added that Missouri, West Virginia, Cleveland State and Eastern Kentucky have all inquired about Paige.

New UK Assistant Barry Rohrssen Meets the Media

New University of Kentucky assistant coach Barry "Slice" Rohrssen met with the media yesterday in Lexington.

Here's the press conference in its entirety:


UK Coming on Strong for 2016 Guard Eron Gordon

Kentucky is one of several high-major schools that have been recruiting 2016 guard Eron Gordon lately.

Gordon, the younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon, is currently ranked No. 36 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com.

Here is an excerpt from News-Sentinel.com:

During last weekend's adidas May Classic at Indianapolis North Central High School, Eron was aggressive and energetic, constantly darting into the passing lanes for steals and relentlessly attacking the basket. His shooting was inconsistent, but the potential was obvious. That's why Purdue and IU offered him before he played a game for North Central. It's why Krzyzewski, Self and Calipari have targeted him

“Kansas has been coming on more, coming on pretty strong,” he says. “So are Kentucky and Duke.

“Duke came on a little bit, especially last week after I had played in front of Coach Krzyzewski. Kentucky came on a month ago. Kansas likes how I play. They like me at the point. My dad talks to (Self) more.

“Coach Krzyzewski said he likes how I play hard and play both ends of the court. My dad talked to him. I haven't. That was the first time heard from them.”

Other than that, Crean, Painter and coaches from Michigan, Michigan State Nebraska and Arizona State continue to follow him. He says he plans on visiting Kentucky and Kansas, “pretty soon.”

Complete Article


Former Ballard Star Ian Chiles is Headed to Tennessee as Graduate Transfer

Former Louisville Ballard star Ian Chiles is headed to Tennessee for his final season of college eligibility.



Chiles began his college career at Wabash Valley (JUCO) Community College before playing two seasons at IUPUI. He graduated from IUPUI this season which means he can go to Tennessee as a graduate transfer and play immediately.

Last season, Chiles averaged 15.8 points and 3.2 rebounds at IUPUI.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

DeMarcus Cousins and Andrew Rogers are Living It Up in Hawaii

It looks like DeMarcus Cousins and Andrew Rogers are enjoying their vacation in Hawaii:


Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey Not Returning to LSU for 2014-15

Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey will not be returning to the LSU men's basketball program in 2014-15.

LSU announced via a press release that Hickey, Shane Hammink and Malik Morgan will not return to the team.


Nestor Colmenares Earns Player of the Week Honors in Venezuela

Former Campbellsville University star Nestor Colmenares has been named Latinbasket.com Player of the Week in Venezuela for his performance last week.

Colmenares put in 21 points and 10 rebounds for Cocodrilos in an 80-79 win over Guaros.

In 23 games with Cocodrilos, Colmenares is averaging 13.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Before heading to Venezuela, Colmenares averaged 15.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game for Abejas in Mexico.

Here is an excerpt from LatinBasket.com:

International Power forward Nestor Colmenares (203-PF-87) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Cocodrilos, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).

The 26-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Guaros (#2, 3-4) 80-79. It allowed Cocodrilos to consolidate first place in the Venezuelan LPB. Cocodrilos have a solid 5-1 record. Colmenares just recently signed at Cocodrilos, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Campbellsville University star has very solid stats this year. Colmenares is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 8.1rpg) and averages impressive 57.6% FGP.

Brandon Knight Will Head to Rome in June

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight will head to Rome in June to participate in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders camp.

Knight is coming off a great season with the Milwaukee Bucks. In 72 games, he averaged 17.9 points, 4.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game.

Tennessee Signs JUCO SG Devon Baulkman

New head coach Donnie Tyndall is certainly making the most of his situation in Tennessee.

Tyndall has signed 6-foot-5 shooting guard Devon Baulkman from Gulf Coast State (JUCO) Community College.


Baulkman originally committed to Tyndall at Southern Miss but will now follow the coach to Knoxville.

UK Officially Announces Exhibition Games Against Georgetown, Pikeville

The University of Kentucky has officially announced November exhibition games against NAIA powerhouses Georgetown College and University of Pikeville.

Here is the release:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky men’s basketball team has announced that Georgetown College and the University of Pikeville will make up the exhibition portion of its 2014-15 schedule.

The Wildcats will host Pikeville on Nov. 2, followed by a Nov. 7 match-up with Georgetown before heading into regular-season play.

UK and Pikeville have met twice in exhibition play, most recently prior to the start of the 2010-11 season. The Wildcats won that meeting 97-66.

Kentucky and Georgetown played regularly in the early 1900s, with UK posting a 35-15 mark against the Tigers. Most recently the two teams met in an exhibition contest prior to the start of the 2005-06 season with the Wildcats claiming an 85-63 victory.

Georgetown head coach Chris Briggs served as a student manager for the UK basketball program from 2001-04 and was a graduate assistant for the Wildcats from 2004-06.

It marks the first time since the 2004-05 season that a pair of in-state schools has made up Kentucky’s exhibition season.

Cincinnati and Xavier Agree to Extend Rivalry Series, Move Games Back to Campus Sites

Cincinnati and Xavier have completed a 10-year agreement to continue their annual rivalry game. The games are also returning to campus sites.

Here is a release from Xavier:

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati and Xavier University announced today that the schools have completed a 10-year agreement to continue the annual men’s basketball rivalry between the two schools. In addition, the storied basketball rivalry will return to campus sites and renew the popular long-time title of Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout.

“We are committed to providing our collective student-athletes and fan bases with the optimum collegiate environment on the national stage,” Mike Bohn, UC’s Director of Athletics said. “The on-campus venues will enhance the bond with students, alumni and community partners.”

The annual XU-UC game has been sponsored by Skyline Chili for 25 years and was known from the 1989-90 season through the 2011-12 season as the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout. The game will return to that tradition this season.

The 2014-15 edition of the Crosstown Shootout will be the 82nd all-time meeting in the series. It will be played Feb. 18, 2015 at UC’s Fifth Third Arena. The 2015-16 edition of the Crosstown Shootout will be played Sat., Dec. 12, 2015 at XU’s Cintas Center.

The 2014-15 game will be televised by ESPN2 as a part of the network’s annual rivalry week. FOX Sports holds the rights to the 2015-16 game.

“The Crosstown Shootout is our city’s game,” said Greg Christopher, Xavier’s Director of Athletics. “It’s an important part of Cincinnati’s sports landscape and I’m glad its long-term future is secure. Returning the game to our campuses is an opportunity to re-set the Shootout in a positive light.”

Complete Release


Monday, May 12, 2014

Kentucky Reportedly Contacts 2015 Forward Henry Ellenson

According to Chris Fisher of The Cats Pause, Kentucky has made initial contact with 2015 forward Henry Ellenson.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

Kentucky has no shortage of quality frontcourt options in the 2015 class but recently reached out to yet another prospect in Rice Lake (Wis.) power forward Henry Ellenson.
 
Ellenson (6-9, 250), who is rated as the No. 29 overall prospect in the 2015 class by 247Sports and No. 46 overall by the 247Sports Composite, told 247Sports Andrew Slater that he heard from the Wildcats for the first time last week.
 
Slater said Ellenson "seemed excited" by Kentucky's interest.

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Tennessee Lands FGCU Transfer Eric McKnight

Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall has added another huge piece for 2014-15 as he has landed Florida Gulf Coast transfer Eric McKnight.

McKnight is a graduate transfer who can play immediately and has one season of eligibility remaining.




SBNation Grades Coaching Hires, Gives USF a "C" for Hiring Orlando Antigua

Mike Rutherford of SBNation.com has graded all major coaching hires in college basketball this offseason.

Rutherford gives South Florida a "C" for their hire of Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua.

In regards to Southeastern Conference hires, he gives Tennessee (Donnie Tyndall) a B+, Auburn (Bruce Pearl) an A and Missouri (Kim Anderson) a B+.

Here is an excerpt:

Hired: Orlando Antigua | Came From: Kentucky (assistant) | Replacing: Stan Heath (fired)
 
We won't dive into the Steve Masiello drama, but we must at least mention his name if only to point out that Antigua was not Plan A in Tampa. As you might expect, the longtime John Calipari assistant brings a reputation for being an elite recruiter with him to USF, and that ability is going to be put to the test right off the bat if Antigua wants to have any immediate success...or enough guys to field a team.
 
Since the firing of Stan Heath, five Bulls -- Josh Heath, Zach LeDay, Musa Abdul-Aleem, JaVontae Hawkins and, most importantly, John Egbunu -- have elected to leave the program. As it stands, Antigua currently is in charge of a roster with six (active) scholarship players, including two freshmen who didn't play last season. He made his biggest play to date when he landed Marshall transfer Kareem Canty over the weekend, but Canty won't be eligible until 2015-16.
 
There's no question that Antigua is going to have his hands full initially, but if he can keep Anthony Collins (assuming he's healthy enough to play) and offer a glimmer of hope for the future, then it should be enough to temporarily appease the fans in Tampa. Beyond that, so little is known about Antigua's ability as a teacher that it's impossible to project whether or not he'll be able to surpass the achievements of his predecessor. Playing in a conference that isn't the Big East makes success more attainable, but as the AAC proved this season, it's always going to have a handful of elite teams at the top that are going to make mobility for the rest of the conference pretty difficult.
 
GRADE: C
 

Marshall Henderson Slams ESPN and Gay Football Player, Then Says It Was a Psychology Experiment

Marshall Henderson stirred up controversy this morning when he posted a rant on Twitter about ESPN and gay football player Michael Sam (I starred out the bad words):

NativeFlash22 Boycotting sportscenter til this michael sam nasty a** sh*t is off .... My brothers are 7 and 11 and saw that!!!

Obviously, the Tweet went viral and Henderson was hammered through social media and by national news sources.

After that, Henderson followed up by saying it was all just a Psychology study...no really:












Former Marshall PG Kareem Canty is Headed to South Florida

Marshall University transfer Kareem Canty has committed to South Florida and new head Orlando Antigua.

Jon Rothstein broke the news on Twitter:

Canty had an outstanding freshman season for Marshall but decided to transfer after the school made a coaching change.

Antigua has also landed commitments from Nehemias Morillo and Ruben Guerrero.

Here's more from USFOracle.com:

Nehemias Morillo was the first player to commit to the Bulls under Antigua, signing his National Letter of Intent on May 2. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Morillo played two seasons at Monroe College in New York. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard averaged 12.2 points and 4 assists last season. Morillo joins a class that already features two shooting guards, but Antigua said Morillo’s height and length will allow for some flexibility.

“Nehemias is a really long, versatile wing that can play multiple positions,” Antigua said in a press release. “He’s a skilled, aggressive and an athletic guard. We are extremely excited to have him join our family.”
 
The second player to commit was Ruben Guerrero, a forward/center from Malaga, Spain. Last season, Guerrero played for Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas, averaging 9.3 points and 8.5 rebounds. The 6-foot-10 Spaniard is a member of the 18U Spanish National team and has an ability to play multiple positions, Antigua said.
 
“He’s a long, athletic, skilled big man that can play a couple of positions,” Antigua said. “He’s a great kid coming from a great program in Sunrise Christian. He’s also a good student and will be a great representation of our program at USF.”
 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

University of Pikeville to Play Exhibtion Games at Tennessee, Kentucky

I am told by a good source that the University of Pikeville will play men's basketball exhibition games at the University of Tennessee and the University of Kentucky in November.

The Bears will face Kentucky at Rupp Arena on November 2 and Tennessee in Knoxville on November 3.

Pikeville is coming off a record-breaking 31-3 season in which they advanced to the national tournament and finished No. 5 overall in the postseason NAIA Division I Coaches' Poll.

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