Friday, June 27, 2014

Jeff Neubauer Basketball Camp a Success at EKU

Eastern Kentucky University and head coach Jeff Neubauer held a successful youth basketball camp this week.

Here's more from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – The 2014 Jeff Neubauer Basketball Camp was in full swing this week on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. The camp, which was open to boys and girls ages 7-16, was in its 10th year of operation.

The camp featured several competitions including 1-on-1, 3-on-3, 5-on-5, ball handling, hot shot and free throws.

Current and former Colonels were on hand to serve as camp counselors for the youngsters. They included - Deverin Muff, Corey Walden, Timmy Knipp, Jaylen Babb-Harrison, Isaac McGlone, Robbie Stenzel, Tarius Johnson, Marcus Lewis, and Orlando Williams.

Photo: EKU Athletics

Phoenix Suns Extend Qualifying Offer to Eric Bledsoe

The Phoenix Suns have made a qualifying offer to former University of Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe.

John Calipari Gets Mad at ESPN During NBA Draft Coverage

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is tired of ESPN forgetting about Enes Kanter during NBA Draft coverage.

Jeff Goodman Wants to See Kentucky Play the Philadelphia 76ers

Jeff Goodman of ESPN said on Twitter this morning that he'd like to see the Kentucky Wildcats play the Philadelphia 76ers early next season.

Goodman pointed out the Sixers projected starting lineup for 2014-15 and joked that the Wildcats would likely be 3-point favorites:

Brad Calipari is Heading to Prep School, Reclassifying to 2016

Lexington Christian Academy point guard Brad Calipari, the son of Kentucky head coach John Calipari, has announced on Twitter that he is heading to prep school next season and will be reclassifying to the Class of 2016.

Calipari showed continual improvement at LCA last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

Randle, Young and Smith Taken in 2014 NBA Draft

Former Kentucky star Julius Randle was drafted No. 7 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kentucky's James Young was taken at No. 17 by the Boston Celtics.

The Philadelphia 76ers took Louisville's Russ Smith in the second round at No. 47.

The Cleveland Cavaliers made former Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins the No. 1 pick. Duke's Jabari Parker went No. 2 to Milwaukee. Kansas big man Joel Embiid was No. 3 to the 76ers.

Top 10 Picks:

1. Andrew Wiggins, Kansas (Cavaliers)
2. Jabari Parker, Duke (Bucks)
3. Joel Embiid, Kansas (76ers)
4. Aaron Gordon, Arizona (Magic)
5. Dante Exum, Australian Institute of Sport (Jazz)
6. Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State (Celtics)
7. Julius Randle, Kentucky (Lakers)
8. Nik Stauskas, Michigan (Kings)
9. Noah Vonleh, Indiana (Hornets)
10. Elfrid Payton, La.-Lafayette (76ers, traded to Magic)


17. James Young, Kentucky (Celtics)
35. Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee (Jazz)
36. Johnny O'Bryant, LSU (Bucks)
47. Russ Smith, Louisville (76ers)
55. Semaj Christon, Xavier (Heat, traded to Thunder)
58. Jordan McRae, Tennessee (Spurs, traded to 76ers)

Not Drafted:

- Chane Behanan, Louisville/Colorado State
- Chad Posthumus, Morehead State

Complete NBA Draft

A.J. Slaughter Signs With Panathinaikos Athens

Former Western Kentucky University guard A.J. Slaughter has signed with Panathinaikos Athens in Greece's top-level A1 league.

Slaughter played last season for Chalon in France's top-level ProA league. In 33 games, he averaged 17.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

Here is more from

Panathinaikos Athens (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-80kg-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Beo Basket). The previous season Slaughter played at Chalon/Saor (ProA) in France. In 33 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.5apg and 1.2spg last season. Great year indeed as he was awarded All-French ProA Import Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he was second best scorer with remarkable 17.1ppg and had 2.2rpg, 4.6apg (top 4) and 1.3spg. Slaughter's team made it to the Belgian League Semifinals in 2012.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

2015 Star Cheick Diallo Will Visit Kentucky This Weekend

Cheick Diallo, one of the top players in the class of 2015, will visit Kentucky this weekend according to Evan Daniels:

Diallo is a 6-foot-9 power forward at Our Savior New American (NY). He currently ranks No. 8 overall on the list for 2015.

Kentucky Will Face Grand Canyon University on November 14

I just received a message from Grand Canyon University associate head coach Todd Lee confirming that his team will face the University of Kentucky on November 14 at Rupp Arena.

The game had previously been reported by Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio.

Lee was previously the head coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Legendary Carlisle County Score Keeper Passes Away at 81

Rozella Young, who kept the score book at Carlisle County High School for 65 years, has passes away at the age of 81.

Young, who died last Thursday, was inducted into the KHSAA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.

Here is nice piece on Young from WPSD Local 6 News:

WPSD Local 6: Your news, weather, and sports authority

Kentucky Announces Television Plans for Bahamas Exhibition Tour

The University of Kentucky has announced the television schedule for the team's exhibition tour to the Bahamas in August.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky men’s basketball Big Blue Bahamas exhibition tour has been selected for broadcast on ESPNU and the SEC Network, ESPN announced on Wednesday.

ESPNU will broadcast the first three games of the tour from Aug. 10-12, while the newly launched SEC Network, which makes its debut on Aug. 14, will pick up the final three games from Aug. 15-17. All six games are scheduled for a 1 p.m. ET tip. Fans interested in learning whether they get the SEC Network can go to

Fan packages are still available for Big Blue Bahamas and can be found at or by calling 1-855-UKBBALL. Lines are open 24/7.

Date Opponent Time/TV

Aug. 10 Puerto Rico 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
Aug. 11 Champagne Chalons-Reim 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
Aug. 12 Puerto Rico 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
Aug. 15 Dominican Republic 1 p.m. (SEC Network)
Aug. 16 Champagne Chalons-Reim 1 p.m. (SEC Network)
Aug. 17 Dominican Republic 1 p.m. (SEC Network)

John Wall Has Arrived in Brazil for the World Cup

Washington Wizards star John Wall has arrived in Brazil for Thursday's World Cup battle between the United States and Germany.

Marcus Lewis, Johnny Manziel and Landon Donovan Drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters

What do former Eastern Kentucky University dunking machine Marcus Lewis, MLS soccer star Landon Donovan and NFL rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel have in common?

All three were drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters on Tuesday.

The Globetrotters drafted Lewis, Donovan, Manziel, Sim Bhullar, Tyler Inman and both of Andrew Wiggins' brothers in their annual draft.

Here is an excerpt about Lewis:

Marcus Lewis of Eastern Kentucky University captured the 2014 College Slam Dunk Championship in April after being named as the competition’s annual “Dark Horse Dunker” via fan voting. Lewis received perfect scores on all of his dunks leading into the finals, and fans broke a finals tie to declare Lewis the winner. The 6-4 native of Streamwood, Ill., was third in scoring and blocks for Eastern Kentucky and second in steals, and he helped the Colonels to upsets of the top two seeds in the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference tourney to take the title and an NCAA tournament berth.

More from the Globetrotters 

Photo Credit: Harlem Globetrotters 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Chad Ford Says Julius Randle Skipped a Draft Workout to Meet with GQ

ESPN's Chad Ford claims former Kentucky star Julius Randle skipped a draft workout with the Boston Celtics to meet with GQ Magazine:

The NBA Draft is coming up Thursday night and Randle is projected as a top 8 pick.

Shane Hall Reportedly Leaves Marshall Basketball Program

Former Johnson Central High School star Shane Hall has reportedly left the Marshall University men's basketball program to seek out other opportunities.

Here are more details from

The Marshall men’s basketball career of incoming freshman Shane Hall has ended before he ever suited up for a Thundering Herd game. Hall, a 6-foot-9 forward from Johnson Central High in Paintsville, Ky., has left the team, a Daily Mail source said Monday night.

He is the second of three players in former head coach Tom Herrion’s final recruiting class to decide not to play for Marshall. Junior college center Henry Uwadiae received a release from his letter of intent in April and signed with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Only Jay Johnson, a 6-7 forward from John Logan College in Illinois, remains from that trio. Hall entered Huntington with impressive credentials.

A two-time Kentucky All-State first-team pick, he was a Mr. Basketball finalist this past season, averaging 17.4 points and 10.7 rebounds and leading the state with 4.9 blocks per game.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Highlights of UK Recruit Udoka Azubuike from NBPA Top 100 Camp

Check out these highlights of Kentucky recruit Udoka Azubuike from NBPA Top 100 Camp:

Enes Kanter to Miss FIBA Basketball World Cup Following Knee Injection

Utah Jazz big man Enes Kanter is expected to miss the FIBA Basketball World Cup due to a procedure on his knee.

According to

Kanter's knee will receive an injection of platelet rich plasma to treat quadriceps tendonitis, a common overuse condition in athletes that causes soreness and inflammation above the kneecap.

The injection will take place Tuesday by Kanter's Chicago-based doctor.

Kanter, sidelined all of last summer because of shoulder surgery, is expected to be 100 percent heading into training camp for the 2014-15 season, his fourth in the NBA.

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Former Morehead State Forward Milton Chavis Shows Out at Garner Road

Former Morehead State forward Milton Chavis has been showing out during pickup games at Garner Road gym this offseason.

Check out some of the highlights:

UK Leaves IMG, Awards Mulitmedia Rights to JMI Sports

The University of Kentucky has ended its partnership with IMG Sports and awarded the school's multimedia rights to JMI Sports.

The new deal is for 15 years and $210 million, which will play a vital role in sustaining UK's athletics department.

Here is a release from UK in its entirety:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In one of the most valuable partnerships of its kind in college athletics history, University of Kentucky officials announced Monday that JMI Sports has been awarded UK’s athletics and campus multimedia marketing rights with a 15-year, $210 million agreement.

“This partnership reflects the fact that the University of Kentucky is a national brand with the largest and most loyal fan base in all of intercollegiate athletics,” UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “The size of this partnership – and our partnership with an emerging force in college sports in JMI Sports – will enable us to maintain and grow as one of the country’s few financially self-sustaining programs, allowing us to continue to provide incredible educational opportunities to more than 450 young men and women as well as continue to partner with the university in unique and distinctive ways.”

“It is critically important that our athletic program remain not only financially self-sustaining, but is also positioned to continue to be an aggressive partner in our academic efforts,” University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto said. “Nowhere else in the country is an athletics program more essential to building a thriving public, residential, research university. This partnership with JMI Sports helps ensure those contributions are strengthened.”

Last year, Capilouto and Barnhart announced the UK athletics department was paying for $65 million of a more than $100 million Academic Science Building – an unprecedented partnership between academics and athletics in American higher education.

JMI Sports is an innovator in sales, marketing, and project management services to universities and professional teams. Kentucky will be JMI Sports’ first client for which it will serve as its multimedia rights holder, but its leadership has substantial experience in sports business.

The company was founded in 2006 by developer and philanthropist John Moores and Chief Executive Officer Erik Judson. Moores is the former owner and chairman of the San Diego Padres and Judson has experience managing major sports development projects, including the Padres’ Petco Park and the University of Oregon’s Matthew Knight Arena. Tom Stultz, president of JMI Sports and a native of Greenup, Ky., formerly served as senior vice president and managing director of IMG College’s multimedia rights business.

“We are delighted to be partnering with the University of Kentucky,” Moores said. “Erik, Tom and I would like to thank President Capilouto, Mitch Barnhart and the entire UK administration for the confidence they have placed in JMI Sports. We are enthusiastic supporters of higher education, recognizing the many important roles these institutions play in our society. We look forward to working with UK to build the most innovative and successful multi-media venture in the country.”

JMI Sports’ college clients include the Southeastern Conference, Alabama, North Carolina, Oregon, Auburn, Colorado, Duke, Syracuse and many more.

“We are very impressed with JMI Sports and excited to begin working with them,” Barnhart said. “Their work with many of our peers in college athletics and the experience of their team will make them an excellent long-term partner for UK Athletics and a valued part of the Big Blue Nation.”

UK will receive a guaranteed rights fee in each of the 15 years of the contract, starting at $9.1 million in 2015-16 and increasing to $16 million in 2029-30. The agreement also includes a $29.4 million signing bonus to be paid over the first two years of the contract. The signing bonus will help the university fund important capital projects. The deal includes:

· Radio rights to UK’s football, men’s and women’s basketball and baseball games;
· Stadium and arena corporate signage and game programs for all home UK events, other than those hosted at Rupp Arena;
· Naming rights to university athletics facilities and premium areas;
· Sponsorship on;
· Game sponsorships and game promotions;
· Coaches’ endorsements;
· Pre and postgame television shows and specials and postseason highlight DVDs;
· Video features on video boards, other than at Rupp Arena;
· Opportunities to develop UK Athletics Corporate Partnership Program; and
· The potential, at the university’s discretion, to market campus multimedia rights, creating the potential for an integrated approach to multimedia rights and marketing – something few universities are doing.

As part of the agreement, UK Athletics will continue to provide premium advertising inventory in support of the school’s academic mission. This advertising inventory is valued at more than $7.5 million over the 15 years of the contract. In addition to funding nearly two-thirds of the Academic Science Building, the Athletics Department also continues to contribute $1.7 million annually toward academic scholarships for the general student population, all while remaining one of the few self-sufficient departments in the country.

UK’s current deal, which expires in April 2015, was worth $80.5 million over 10 years. Despite television rights no longer being included due to the SEC’s broadcast agreements and the impending launch of the SEC Network, UK’s multimedia rights deal increased significantly.

By comparison, the University of Alabama signed a deal in April reportedly worth between $15-16 million annually over 10 years, giving the school the third-largest multimedia rights deal in the nation behind Texas and Notre Dame, two universities with unique television agreements. Concessions, pouring rights, isotonic beverage, seat rentals and merchandise are included in Alabama’s deal, while UK manages each separately.

The new agreement was awarded following a review process in accordance with the Kentucky Model Procurement Code KRS 45A. A Request for Proposals was issued in February 2014 and responses were received in April. The contract can be found at

2016 Point Guard Derryck Thornton Picks Up an Offer form Kentucky

It was reported by multiple outlets over the weekend that the University of Kentucky has extended a scholarship offer to 2016 point guard Derryck Thornton.

Thornton, who plays at Findlay Prep (Nev.), currently ranks No. 20 overall on the list for 2016.

Here are some video highlights from City League Hoops:

DeMarcus Cousins Uses "Boogie Vision" at ESPN

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins was roaming the halls and offices of ESPN recently.

Watch as he scares folks using "Boogie Vision":

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