Thursday, June 5, 2014

JUCO Transfer Marcus Fuggins Signs with Morehead State

Morehead State has signed 6-foot-9 JUCO post player Marcus Fuggins for the 2014-15 season.

Here is a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Marcus Fuggins, a 6-foot-9 post player with a 7-foot-6 wing span, has signed an athletic scholarship agreement with the Morehead State men's basketball program. He has two years of college eligibility after transferring from San Bernardino Valley College (Calif.).

"We're excited to add Marcus to the program," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "He's another impact player who can push us toward our goal of winning an Ohio Valley Conference championship. Marcus has a high basketball IQ and very good instincts on the court."

Fuggins averaged 5.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots while shooting 54 percent from the field as a sophomore in 2013-14. He helped the Wolverines to a 29-8 overall record and runner-up finish in the 91-team California Community College Athletic Association.

Fuggins, a native of Moreno Valley, Calif., who weighs 250 pounds, spent the 2012-13 campaign at Howard College (Texas). He helped the Hawks to a 30-6 overall record, No. 11 national ranking and Western Junior College Athletic Association championship as a freshman.

"We were attracted to Marcus during the recruiting process for several reasons," Woods said. "He has a 7-foot-6 wing span and has been a winner throughout his basketball career. In addition to having great size, Marcus has a lot of athleticism and toughness."

His two junior college squads combined for a 59-14 overall record and 22-4 conference mark.

Fuggins averaged 4.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks during the 2010-11 campaign as a senior at Westwind Prep, where he helped the Warriors to an Arizona state championship.

"Marcus has the potential to be a big-time defender," Woods added. "He has the ability to rebound, which continues to be a staple of our program, and block shots. We also like Marcus' work ethic. He will fit into our program and help us achieve our goals."

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Samford Set to Promote Scott Padgett to Head Coach?

According to reports on Twitter, Samford is close to promoting former Kentucky star Scott Padgett to the position of head coach.

Garrett Tucker of Future 150 says he has been told by multiple sources:



Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com had this to say last night:


Orlando Antigua Throws Out First Pitch at Rays Game

New South Florida head coach Orlando Antigua threw out the first pitch at last night's Tampa Bay Rays game:


Murray State to Play in Inaugural Challenge In Music City in November

Murray State will play in the inaugural Challenge In Music City in Nashville during Thanksgiving weekend.

The Racers will be joined in the event by Drake, Portland and Valparaiso.

Here is a release from MSU:

The Murray State Racers men's basketball team has accepted an invitation to play in the inaugural Challenge In Music City in Nashville, Tenn., at Municipal Auditorium.

The three-day event, Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 28-30), includes the Racers, Drake, Portland and Valparaiso. The format for the Challenge In Music City is round-robin with each team getting in three games.

The Challenge in Music City also means the Racers will get to play three games at the site of the OVC Tournament that is played in March at the downtown arena.

"We're excited to be part of the Challenge In Music City," Murray State Head Coach Steve Prohm said. "It's a great opportunity for us to play in a multi-team event on a neutral floor and test our team against three very good teams from good conferences. To get to play where our conference tournament is held is a plus and our fans can easily get there. MSU alumni in Nashville can see three games as well. It's going to be a great weekend. Our fans can shop on Black Friday in Nashville, and then see the Racers play three times."
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Here is the schedule of games for the Challenge In Music City

Friday Nov. 28                
5:00 p.m.           Drake vs Valparaiso
7:30 p.m.           Murray State vs Portland

Saturday Nov. 29            
5:00 p.m.           Portland vs Drake
7:30 p.m.           Murray State vs Valparaiso

Sunday  Nov. 30              
1:00 p.m.           Portland vs Valparaiso
3:30 p.m.           Murray State vs Drake

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Marshall Transfer Kareem Canty Spurns USF, Flips Back to Auburn

Marshall University transfer Kareem Canty has apparently had a change of heart and flipped back to Auburn.

Canty originally decided to transfer to Auburn before changing his mind and picking South Florida and new head coach Orlando Antigua.

Apparently, Bruce Pearl was able to convince Canty to flip back to his Tigers:

Canty will sit out the 2014-15 season under NCAA transfer rules and have three years of eligibility remaining.


Orlando Antigua Isn't Sure If South Florida Will Try To Schedule Kentucky

New South Florida head coach Orlando Antigua was asked earlier today if his program will try to schedule Kentucky in the future.

"That's a great question," Antigua joked. "And a question that's above my pay grade."


Deron Breeze Named Head Coach at South Warren High School

South Warren High School has hired Deron Breeze to take over the boy's basketball program.


David Aliu Signs Two-Year Deal with Cheshire Phoenix

Former Morehead State forward David Aliu has signed a two-year deal with Cheshire Phoenix in the British Basketball League.


Aliu has enjoyed a lengthy professional career with stops in Switzerland, Spain, Iceland and the United Kingdom.

He spent last season with the Manchester Giants in the BBL.

Here are some quotes from Aliu via Chesterchronicle.co.uk:

On joining head coach John Lavery's charges, Aliu said the chance to take another run at the title was too good to ignore.

"I have spoken with the chairman and he has convinced me that the team is committed to moving forward," he said.

"In their first full season as a fan-owned club the Nix did fantastically well last time out. They recruited strong and engaged with their fanbase, attracting a lot of support to the Northgate Arena.

"I certainly noticed them and having spoken with Andrew he has convinced me that there are plans in place to recruit even more strongly this season and make a real run at some silverware.

"Personally I am training hard during the current off-season and am excited to take on a new challenge to be part of something great. I had a great time last season and played with some good friends and it meant a lot to be part of that group. But in sport you move on and I am keen to be part of building a great group here in Chester.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Brian Kloman Leaves Tennessee Tech to Take Job at Winthrop

Assistant coach Brian Kloman has left Tennessee Tech to join Pat Kelsey's coaching staff at Winthrop.

Kloman was formerly an assistant coach at Pikeville College and North Carolina Central.

Here is a release from Winthrop:

ROCK HILL, SC— Winthrop head men's basketball coach Pat Kelsey announced Monday afternoon the addition of Brian Kloman to his coaching staff.

"Brian is someone that I have known for many years through the coaching profession and have tremendous respect for," stated Kelsey. "He is a tireless worker and possesses and elite ability to cultivate relationships. He has gained a reputation as one of the best up and coming recruiters in our business. Student-athletes love him. I am excited to have him at Winthrop."

National basketball expert Jeff Goodman, an ESPN Basketball Insider, share's Kelsey's sentiments; "Brian Kloman is a rare breed of coach nowadays. He is someone who is the ultimate grinder and will turn over every stone in order to recruit a player. He has tremendous relationships throughout the country -- and will be a quality addition to Pat Kelsey's staff -- which is as good of a mid-major staff as there may be in the country."

For the last two seasons Kloman was an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech. Prior to that he was at North Carolina Central where he was a major part of building the program that recently went 28-6 including a trip to the NCAA tournament. His coaching career includes stints at Pikeville College, Daniel Webster and Pfeiffer College. In 2008, Kloman founded recruitingrumors.com, which became one of the most popular sources for recruiting information amongst college coaches.

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Schedule Finalized for 2014 Jimmy V Classic; Louisville vs. Indiana

The scheduled has been finalized for the 2014 Jimmy V Classic in New York City.

Illinois has replaced Maryland in the 2014 event and will battle Villanova at 7:00 p.m. ET on December 9. The second game at 9:00 p.m. will feature Indiana vs. Louisville.

Here is a release from ESPN:

The Illinois men’s basketball team will play Villanova in the 2014 Jimmy V Men’s Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 9. The teams will square off in the firstgame of a doubleheader at 7 p.m. ET from New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden. ESPN will televise both games, which also includes Indiana vs. Louisville at 9 p.m. Illinois replaces Maryland – which due to scheduling issues – will now play in the 2016 Jimmy V Classic.

The Fighting Illini returns all five starters and a total of nine letterwinners from last year’s club that won 20 games and advanced to the NIT Second Round. The Fighting Illini also posted a 7-11 record in a deep Big Ten Conference. Highlighting the returnees are seniors Ravyonte Rice, Tracy Abrams and Nnanna Egwu.

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2014 Jimmy V Classic

Tuesday, December 9

7:00 p.m. Illinois vs. Villanova

9:00 p.m. Indiana vs. Louisville

Monday, June 2, 2014

Darius Miller, Chris Lofton to Hold Summer Basketball Camp in Maysville

Former Mason County stars Darius Miller and Chris Lofton will hold a basketball skills camp in Maysville in June.

More details:

Come join professional basketball players Darius Miller & Chris Lofton at their 2nd annual basketball camp in Maysville, KY. Both are active participants in the camp and will be on the court with you throughout the duration of the camp. Each day campers will go through stations & drills that will teach a variety of fundamentals as well as scrimmages and other contest and games. We will also give the kids lunch/snack during dismissal at the end of each day. We want each kid to come and learn the game of basketball but most importantly have fun doing it. This camp will sell out!

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

• Autograph Session with both players on the last day of camp
• Free Picture with your camp team and both players
• Limited edition Nike Camp Shirt
• Oppurtunity to participate in Contest and win prizes
• Learn and Interact with both players.
• Guest Speakers

Where:

Tom Browning Boys and Girls Club
241 E Maple Leaf Rd
Maysville, KY 41056

When: June 23rd-25th

Times:

SESSION 1 - Ages 6-10; 9:00am-12pm

SESSION 2 - Ages 11-16; 1:00pm-4:00pm

(Registration will begin 30 mins prior to the start of each session on the first day)

Cost: $100

Go Here to Register


Centre College to Hold Summer Basketball Camp June 30 - July 3

The Centre College men's basketball program will hold summer camp from June 30 through July 3.

Here are details and a link to sign up:

The Centre men's basketball program is pleased to announce the dates for its annual summer camp to be held here on campus.

Coach Greg Mason and the Centre men's basketball staff welcome youth boys of all ages to the camp, which will be taking place June 30th through July 3rd. Centre will be hosting both full day and half day camps during this time.

A printable brochure including more information on Centre's basketball camp as well as a release form can be found HERE.

EYBL Highlights: Taylor County Star Quentin Goodin

Check out these EYBL highlights of Taylor County star Quentin Goodin, one of the top players in Kentucky's Class of 2016:


Former UK Walk-On Matt Scherbenske is New Assistant at Central Arkansas

It appears that former University of Kentucky walk-on Matt Scherbenske is now an assistant coach at Central Arkansas.

According to Hoopdirt.com:

I have heard that former Cal video coordinator Matt Scherbenske has become an assistant at Central Arkansas. He spent the past two years at Cal, and was the DBO at The Citadel before that. Scherbenske was a walk-on at Kentucky who graduated in 2010.

Scherbenske now identifies himself as "University of Central Arkansas Assistant Basketball Coach" on his Twitter account.

ESPN Ranks Top 50 College Basketball Coaches: Pitino, Smith in Second 25

ESPN has ranked college basketball's top 50 coaches. Today, they released the bottom 26 (25-50).

Some names in this group include Belmont's Rick Byrd, Texas Tech's Tubby Smith, Memphis' Josh Pastner, Xavier's Chris Mack and Minnesota's Richard Pitino.

ESPN noted that Murray State's Steve Prohm just missed the top 50.

Here's an excerpt:

No. 37: Rick Byrd, Belmont

Belmont is the best indie act in college hoops, a consistent offensive (and efficiency margin) powerhouse whose lack of a Cinderella run has kept the Bruins, and Byrd, under the radar. But those of us who spend all year obsessing over college hoops know and respect Tennessee's best-kept secret.

No. 39: Tubby Smith, Texas Tech

Last season Smith took a Texas Tech program ravaged by Hurricane Billy Clyde and almost immediately made it respectable; the Red Raiders jumped from 233rd to 83rd in adjusted efficiency in the matter of one season.

No. 42: Josh Pastner, Memphis

After a promising but occasionally rocky first few years in Memphis -- where fans are desperately hungry for John Calipari-era success -- the relentlessly upbeat Pastner seems to have settled into something of a groove. His best skill is still his recruiting, but he's a better overall coach than he often gets credit for.

No. 43: Chris Mack, Xavier

Mack has been steady at Xavier, missing the tournament just once in his four years. He did an especially nice job with a young team in 2013-14, but will have to replace NBA-bound sophomore guard Semaj Christon.

No. 49: Richard Pitino, Minnesota

Someone made an impression in his first Big Ten season, huh? Richard Pitino, all of 31 years old, guided the Gophers to the NIT title in 2013-14, a strong finish to an encouraging first season. (And one that provided a shot of his father, Rick Pitino, screaming from courtside at one of his son's guards that the Gophers had no timeouts left, while former Louisville guard Peyton Siva sat beside him laughing. Dads are so embarrassing!)

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Kentucky Wesleyan Lands Southern Miss Transfer Ude Ifeanyichukwu

Kentucky Wesleyan College  has landed a big (no pun intended) transfer from Southern Miss.

Ude Ifeanyichukwu, a 6-foot-10 center from Nigeria, is headed to Owensboro to play for head coach Happy Osborne next season.

Here is a release from KWC:

OWENSBORO, Ky. (June 2, 2014) — Southern Mississippi center Ude Ifeanyichukwu (pronounced OOO-Day-IF-En-Uh-Chuck-Wu) will transferred to eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College for his final year of eligibility, as announced by KWC head men's basketball coach Happy Osborne.

Ifeanyichukwu, a 6-foot-10, 235-pounder from Abuja, Nigeria, saw limited action for the NIT participant Golden Eagles averaging nearly one point and one rebounds in 16 games.

"Ude's a huge rim protector with tremendous athleticism with his size and girth," Osborne stated. "He's an impact player with great shot blocking skills and a nose for rebounding. "Ude's a tough competitor who's an excellent teammate and leader on the court. He also leads by example in the classroom especially with a 3.0-plus grade point average.

He signed with Southern Mississippi after playing his freshman and sophomore season at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wy., for head coach Jason Ficca. As a sophomore, Ifeanyichukwu led the team in rebounding with 7.5 boards, blocks with 130 and field goal shooting at 60.6 percent while averaging 6.0 points in 32 games played. His career single-game highs were 17 points, 14 rebounds and nine blocks.

His freshman year, he also led LCCC in rebounding at 6.7 per outing, blocks with 114 and field goal percentage at 52.9 plus averaged 7.4 points in 31 contests.

Ifeanyichukwu played at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wis., for one season prior to Laramie County.

He is the son of Raephael Ude of Enugu, Nigeria.

Stephen Zimmerman to Visit Kentucky for Big Blue Madness

Stephen Zimmerman, who ranks No. 4 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015, will take an official visit to the University of Kentucky for Big Blue Madness in October.

Zimmerman is a 6-foot-11 center at Bishop Gorman (Nev.) High School.

Here is more from CatsPause.com:

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman 5-star center Stephen Zimmerman will take an official visit to Kentucky for the Wildcats' Big Blue Madness event in October, Zimmerman's mother, Lori, confirmed to CatsPause.com Friday.

Zimmerman narrowed his list to eight schools in April and in addition to Kentucky, is also considering Arizona, Kansas, Indiana, Louisville, North Carolina, UCLA and UNLV.

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Cordia's Austin Combs is Transferring to Knott Central

Cordia guard Austin Combs is transferring to Knott County Central.


Combs, who plays AAU basketball for the Louisville Lightning, was recently invited to Murray State's Elite Camp:


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