Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Murray State's Zay Henderson Transfers to Kentucky Wesleyan

Murray State big man Zay Henderson has transferred to Kentucky Wesleyan College for 2014-15.

Here are details from KWC:

OWENSBORO, Ky. (July 2, 2014) — Murray State's Zay Henderson will transferred to eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College for his final two years of eligibility, as announced by KWC head men's basketball coach Happy Osborne.

Henderson, a 6-foot-8, 245-pounder, from Monroe, La. / Neville HS, as a sophomore suffered an injury after the first game and missed the next eight games. He averaged one point, one rebound and 3.9 minutes in the final 16 games played.

"We're counting on Zay to give us a big physical presence inside as a great screener and rebounder." Osborne stated. "He's a banger."

In high school, Henderson averaged 11.3 points and 11.8 rebounds where he was named Louisiana 4-A All-State second team as a senior during the 2011-12. His junior season, he averaged 17.1 points , 14.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game where he received honorable mention all-state recognition.

His parents are Charles Ellis, Sr., and Lisa Henderson, of Monroe, La.

Chris Douglas-Roberts Talks About John Calipari Rolled Into "Numberz Streetz" and Wowed Everyone

Former Memphis player Chris Douglas-Roberts talks about how John Calipari once rolled into tough, poverty stricken area known as Numberz Streetz and wowed everyone during an in-home visit:


Kentucky Releases 2014-15 Non-Conference Schedule

The University of Kentucky has released its non-conference men's basketball schedule for the 2014-15 season.

Nov. 2: University of Pikeville (Exhibition)
Nov. 7: Georgetown College (Exhibition)
Nov. 14: Grand Canyon University
Nov. 16: Buffalo
Nov. 18: vs. Kansas (in Indianapolis)
Nov. 21: Boston University
Nov. 23: Montana State
Nov. 25: UT-Arlington
Nov. 30: Providence
Dec. 5: Texas
Dec. 7: Eastern Kentucky University
Dec. 10: Columbia
Dec. 13: North Carolina
Dec. 20: vs. UCLA (in Chicago)
Dec. 27: at Louisville

Here's a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky has announced its 2014-15 men's basketball non-conference schedule, which is highlighted by five of the winningest programs in college basketball history.

The Wildcats will face off against some of the most tradition-laden teams in the history of the sport including, Kansas, Texas, North Carolina, UCLA and Louisville, all of whom are among the top 20 winningest programs in college basketball.

Kentucky will open with a pair of games in Rupp Arena against Grand Canyon University on Nov. 14 and Buffalo on Nov. 16 in the 2014 Cawood Ledford Classic.

For the fourth straight year, UK participates in the State Farm Champions Classic, taking on Kansas on Nov. 18 in Indianapolis.

The Wildcats will return home for three straight games, including a tilt with Boston (Nov. 21) and the final two games of the Cawood Ledford Classic against Montana State (Nov. 23) and UT-Arlington (Nov. 25).

Kentucky closes out November hosting Providence on Nov. 30 in Rupp Arena.

The Wildcats will ring in December with four straight home games beginning with the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Dec. 5, when the Texas Longhorns come to Lexington. Kentucky will then host Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 7), Columbia (Dec. 10) and North Carolina (Dec. 13) before heading to Chicago to take on UCLA in the inaugural CBS Sports Classic on Dec. 20.

UK closes out the 2014 calendar year against in-state rival Louisville on Dec. 27.

Prior to regular-season action, Kentucky hosts a pair of in-state exhibition games. The first will be Nov. 2 against Pikeville, followed by a matchup against Georgetown College on Nov. 7.

Additional times and television information will be released at later dates.

Report: Kentucky Will Host Buffalo in November

According to Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com, the Kentucky Wildcats will host Buffalo on November 16:



Buffalo, a member of the Mid-American Conference, finished last season with a 19-10 record. They are coached by former Duke All-American Bobby Hurley.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Jodie Meeks Signs 3-Year Deal with the Detroit Pistons

Former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks has signed a three-year deal with the Detroit Pistons that's worth just under $20 million.



Meeks averaged 15.7 points and shot 40.1 percent on 3-pointers for the Lakers last season.

UK to Hold Cawood Ledford Classic, Replaces Keightley Classic Name

The University of Kentucky has announced that this season's multi-team event will now be labeled the Cawood Ledford Classic.

The event was called the Keightley Classic in previous seasons.




Report: Demonte Harper to Play for Denver in NBA Summer League

According to former Morehead State assistant Wade O'Connor, Demonte Harper will be playing for the Denver Nuggets in the upcoming NBA Summer League:


Ryan Wiersma Joins Greg Mason's Staff at Centre College

Centre College head coach Greg Mason has hired Ryan Wiersma as an assistant coach. Wiersma previously served as Director of Basketball Operations at Eastern Kentucky University.

Here is a release from CC:

After an extensive search that featured over 200 applicants, Centre College is pleased to announce the hiring of Ryan Wiersma as its new assistant men's basketball coach.

A native of Newark, Ohio and 2009 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Wiersma has spent the last four years as Director of Basketball Operations at his alma mater under head coach Jeff Neubauer. In 2013-14 Wiersma played a role in the building and overseeing of an Eastern Kentucky team that won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament and advanced to play Kansas in the NCAA Tournament in St. Louis, Mo.

"We couldn't be more excited to announce that Ryan will be joining our Centre basketball family," said head coach Greg Mason. "During the interview process, what quickly impressed us about Ryan was his offensive insight, which has been helped by working for two of the best offensive minds in college basketball in Jeff Neubauer and Mike Maker. I would like to welcome Ryan to the Centre community, and we look forward to his upcoming contributions to our program."

Prior to his work at Eastern Kentucky, Wiersma spent one year as an assistant coach at Division III Williams College in Massachusetts. In that one year, Wiersma helped coach a Williams team to a 30-2 record in the 2009-10 season and a berth in the NCAA Division III National Championship game.

As a player at Eastern Kentucky from 2004-09, Wiersma was a part of two NCAA Tournament teams, including the 2005 team that played the University of Kentucky in Indianapolis, Ind. and set a program record for wins at the time, as well as the 2007 team that played top-ranked North Carolina in Winston-Salem, N.C. Wiersma started in 24 games in his senior season at EKU and finished second on the team with 71 assists.

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Berea College Announces Recruiting Class for 2014-15

Berea College has announced its men's basketball recruiting class for the 2014-15 season.

The Mountaineers have added Bilal Young (University of Rio Grande), Devondre Peoples (Owens Community College) and Deante Cisero (Montgomery County High School).

Here is a release from BC:

Berea College Men's Basketball team has announced their 2014 recruiting class and while it may be a small class in terms of numbers, it is large in terms of quality and need. "Even though this recruiting class is not large in numbers we addressed our needs perfectly," men's basketball head coach John Hemenway said. The Mountaineers are bringing in two transfers, Bilal Young from the University of Rio Grande and Devondre Peoples from Owens Community College, as well as Deante Cisero from Montgomery County High School in Mount Sterling, Kentucky.

Young, a 6'6" sophomore forward is transferring to Berea College from the University of Rio Grande. During his freshman season at Rio Grande, Young averaged 10.1 points and 6.4 rebounds while playing 23.8 minutes per game in the NAIA I Mid-South Conference. He shot 48% from the field and 70% from the free throw line, blocked 21 shots and dished out 48 assists while making 11 starts at the forward position. Young scored a career-high 24 points vs. Miami Hamilton and scored in double figures on 13 occasions. The Cleveland, Ohio native played his high school basketball at Garfield Heights High School and will have three years of eligibility remaining at Berea.

After playing two seasons at Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio, Peoples will transfer to Berea College. While at Owens Community College, Peoples, a 6'6" junior forward, averaged 3.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. He blocked 17 shots and collected 94 total rebounds while shooting 47% from the field and 71% from the free throw line. The Detroit, Michigan native played his high school basketball at Consortium College Prep where he averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds. Peoples will have two years of eligibility remaining at Berea.

The last member of the Mountaineers' 2014 recruiting class, Cisero, a 6'6" freshman forward will join Berea College after playing high school basketball at Montgomery County High School in Mount Sterling, Kentucky. Cisero averaged 12.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game and shot a sizzling 60% from the field which ranked in the top 5 in the state of Kentucky. He had a career-high of 24 points in a game in which he went 10-10 from the floor. Cisero was named Honorable Mention on the All-10th Region team and helped lead his team to a 30-3 record this past season. He will enter Berea as a true freshman and will have four years of eligibility.

With the addition of these players, Coach Hemenway is bringing in players who will help the Mountaineers in multiple ways. "Bilal, Devondre and Deante will all add tremendous length and athleticism to our roster. They will all help in different ways but they give us three great athletes in the frontcourt that can score, rebound and block shots." Coach Hemenway is also excited about the versatility these players are bringing as Berea College transitions from NAIA to NCAA Division III. "Because of their individual length and quickness, they can all guard multiple positions which will make us much better defensively. I envision all three of our newcomers helping us in all phases of the game and making an immediate impact in our program next season as we transition to NCAA Division III."

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Lakers, Other Teams Reach Out to Jodie Meeks

The Los Angeles Lakers and several other teams have reached out to Jodie Meeks expressing interest in acquiring him for next season.



Here are details from insidesocal.com:

“A numbers of teams,” including the Lakers, reached out to Meeks’ representatives on Monday night expressing interesting in acquiring him, according to a league source familiar with the situation.

It has not been specified what Meeks will look for in free agency, regarding the size and length of his contract and which teams would most interest him. But after posting a career-high 15.7 points on 46.3 percent shooting last season, Meeks expressed strong interest in re-signing with the Lakers.

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Luke Hancock to Play for Magic and Rockets in NBA Summer League

Former Louisville sharp-shooter Luke Hancock will have two opportunities to display his basketball ability for NBA scouts this summer.

Hancock will suit up for the Orlando Magic in the Orlando Pro Summer League next week.


Following that, he'll play for the Houston Rockets in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Noel, Daniel on Sixers' Orlando Pro Summer League Roster

Former Kentucky star Nerlens Noel and Murray State big man Ed Daniel are on the Orlando Pro Sumemer League roster for the Philadelphia 76ers.

It will be Noel's first official action since a severe knee injury during his freshman season at Kentucky.

Daniel spent last season with Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia in Italy's top-level SerieA league.

Philadelphia's schedule in Orlando:

Date Opponent Time (ET)

Saturday, July 5 Orlando 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 6 Oklahoma City 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 8 Houston 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9 Brooklyn 5:00 p.m.
Friday, July 11* TBD TBD


John Calipari Has 20 Questions Every Recruit Should Ask When Picking a School

John Calipari has formulated a list of 20 questions that every recruit should ask a prospective coach.

Calipari, who has been known to post proactive PSA's publicly before, posted his list of questions on CoachCal.com this morning.

Here is an excerpt:

Having said that, I have formulated 20 questions that I would recommend any player, especially an elite-level athlete, ask a coach or a program so that he can gather the information to make a good business decision. At the end of the day, it’s about their personal development, not the program’s. Their success drives the program.

Keep in mind, every answer a coach gives from this list should be from the last five years or so. What happened 10 or more years ago is irrelevant.
  1. Does your program offer multi-year (four-year) scholarships?
  2. How many players have graduated from your program over the last four to five years?
  3. How many players have graduated from your school and gone on to the NBA?
  4. How many players have come back to finish school after they have left to pursue other dreams? Who pays for it?
  5. How many of your players were insured through the disability program last season? If none were, why not?
  6. What is your team grade-point average?
  7. Where does your Academic Progress Rate retention rank among other schools?
  8. What type of media training do you offer?
  9. What kind of social media training program do you have in place? What are your social media policies?
  10. How many double-figure scorers have you averaged in the last four to five years? If you only have one or two a year, what does that mean for me?
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Darius Miller Becomes Unrestricted Free Agent

The New Orleans Pelicans decided to not extend a qualifying offer to former Kentucky star Darius Miller.

Miller is now an unrestricted free agent.



Miller played in 45 games last season for the Pelicans and averaged 4.4 points per game.

NCAA Reopens Academic Fraud Investigation at North Carolina

The NCAA has reopened its academic fraud investigation at North Carolina. In a release, the NCAA noted that additional people with information "might be willing to speak" to enforcement staff.

Here is the release in its entirety:

“The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, was cited by the Division I Committee on Infractions in 2012 for violations in its athletics program, including academic misconduct. As with any case, the NCAA enforcement staff makes clear it will revisit the matter if additional information becomes available. After determining that additional people with information and others who were previously uncooperative might be willing to speak with the enforcement staff, the NCAA has reopened its investigation. The enforcement staff is exploring this new information to ensure an exhaustive investigation is conducted based on all available information. The NCAA will not comment further to protect the integrity of the investigation.”

Recently, former UNC star Rashad McCants came forward with some serious allegations of academic fraud during this time in Chapel Hill.



Here are more details from ESPN.com:

Since 2011, the university has conducted several reviews related to the academics scandal and provided the NCAA with updates. North Carolina announced in 2012 that it had found problems with 54 classes in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM) taught from summer 2007 to summer 2011, including grade changes, forged faculty signatures on grade rolls and limited or no class time.

North Carolina forwarded the results of that investigation to the NCAA, which ruled the university did not break any rules related to the AFAM scandal.

In February, the university hired former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein to conduct an independent investigation and instructed him to share relevant information directly with the NCAA.

Former faculty member Julius Nyang'oro is on trial for felony criminal fraud as a result of the scandal, though the judge in his case is considering dropping the charges because he has been cooperating with the Wainstein investigation.

Earlier this month, former North Carolina basketball player Rashad McCants made headlines when he alleged academic fraud to "Outside the Lines," saying he had papers written for him and that no-show classes helped keep him eligible. A copy of his transcript obtained by "Outside the Lines" showed that in his African-American Studies classes he had 10 A's, six B's, one C and one D. In his other classes, McCants got six C's, one D and three F's.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Doron Lamb Waived by the Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic have waived former Kentucky star Doron Lamb.

Here is a release from NBA.com:

ORLANDO -- The Orlando Magic have waived guard Doron Lamb, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today.
 
Lamb played in 53 games last season with the Magic, averaging 3.6 ppg. in 13.1 minpg., while shooting .400 (36-90) from three-point range. He scored in double figures six times, including a season-high 14 points on Apr. 2 vs. Cleveland

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UPIKE Head Coach Kelly Wells to Undergo Second Kidney Transplant Today

University of Pikeville head coach Kelly Wells is scheduled to undergo a second kidney transplant today.

Coach Wells is a great friend and I want to ask all my readers to send a prayer in his direction today.

Also, please say a prayer for Boyd County Schools Superintendent Brock Walter, who is donating a kidney to Wells.

Here's a little more about today's procedure from DailyIndependent.com:

Wells, a former area star basketball player at Rowan County High School and currently University of Pikeville men’s basketball coach, and his brother-in-law, Boyd County Schools Superintendent Brock Walter, will be at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center on Monday — where Walter will donate a kidney to Wells, who suffers from IgA nephropathy, an inflammation that hampers the kidneys’ ability to filter waste, excess water and electrolytes from the blood.

It’s the second kidney transplant for Wells — he received the first from his wife, Shawne, 10 years ago while he was coach at Mason County High School. He says he’s a little nervous about his latest surgery, though he knew another one was possible because transplanted kidneys don’t last a lifetime.

“I am comforted by (having) been through it before,” Wells said. “I don’t know if the ins and outs is the right word, but I do kind of understand the process, some of the things that will bother me, some of the things that won’t.

“The first time it was, ‘bang-bang, here we are.’ Now, I’ve had more time to think about it.”

Walter, 50, recently completed his first year as superintendent. He knew he was a compatible match with Wells, when he and Shawne were first tested 10 years ago — which gives him peace now about what he’s doing.


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Here is a previous interview with Coach Wells and his wife, Shawne (via the Courier-Journal):

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