Saturday, July 19, 2014

John Calipari Hangs Out with LeBron James in Lexington

NBA superstar LeBron James was in Lexington yesterday to watch his son play AAU basketball at the KBA.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari took a break from recruiting to visit with James.

WKYT's Lee Howard was on the scene:




Friday, July 18, 2014

Russ Smith Continues to Play Well in NBA Summer League

Former Louisville star Russ Smith has been on fire in the NBA Summer League.

He continued to play well last night with 19 points and 6 assists vs. Charlotte:


Travelers Lose at Buzzer After Late Collapse

The Travelers were well on their way to opening the Peach Jam with a spotless 3-0 record this morning before suffering a heart-breaking loss at the buzzer.

Trailing 69-65 with just over 3 seconds to play, Houston Hoops bounced in a 3-pointer to cut The Travelers' lead to 69-68.

Houston Hoops then stole the inbounds pass and drained a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer to literally steal a 71-69 victory. There appeared to be a lot of contact on the final play but no whistles were blown.



With the loss, The Travelers drop to 2-1 in pool play and need a win tonight at 6:00 p.m. over the Oakland Soldiers to stay in good position to advance to the quarterfinals.

Jordan Hunter led Houston Hoops with 15 points and 5 rebounds.

Camron Justice led all scorers with 21 points on 6-for-9 shooting. Dwayne Sutton chipped in 11 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.

Current Pool B Standings:

The Travelers (KY) 2-1
Houston Hoops (TX) 2-1
Team Final (PA) 1-1
Mac Irvin Fire (IL) 1-1
Oakland Soldiers (CA) 1-2
Howard Pulley (MN) 1-2

Former Cardinal Jerry Smith Signs with Hapoel Holon in Israel

Former Louisville guard Jerry Smith has signed with Hapoel Holon in Israel's top-level Winner league.

He played last season for Tezenis Verona in Italy's second-level A2 Gold league. In 39 games, he averaged 15.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

Here's more from Eurobasket.com:

Hapoel Holon (Winner League) inked 27-year old American point guard Jerry Smith (188-87kg-87, college: Louisville). He moved there from Tezenis Verona in Italian A2 Gold where he played last season. In 39 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.9apg and 1.8spg (in top 4). He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Gold Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. The previous season Smith played at Pallacanestro Cantu (Serie A) in Italian league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 20 Serie A games he averaged 5.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.8apg previous season. He contributed to his team winning the supercup and make to league semifinals. Smith also played 4 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.8apg. The most of previous (11-12) season he spent at Springfield Armor in D-League. In 42 games he averaged remarkable 18.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.0apg and 2.2spg (leader !!!). He contributed to his team winning the East Conference title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was voted to USBasket.com All-D-League 3rd Team, Gatorade All-D-League 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game. Smith also played at the Nets in NBA earlier that season. But in 5 games he averaged just 1.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0spg.

In 2011 summer he played at Pistons (NBL) in New Zealand league. In 15 games he averaged high stats: 17.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg (top 5) and 2.6spg (in top 3). He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Indeed an impressive season as he was voted to Australiabasket.com New Zealand NBL All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.

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Darius Miller Gets Re-signed by the New Orleans Pelicans

Former UK forward and Kentucky Mr. Basketball Darius Miller has been re-signed by the New Orleans Pelicans.



Miller played in 45 games last season and averaged 4.4 points and 1.2 rebounds.

Isaiah Canaan Has a Little Fun with Andrew Wiggins, Drops 28 Points

Former Murray State star Isaiah Canaan had a little fun with Cavaliers' rookie Andrew Wiggins in the NBA Summer League last night.

Watch as he gives the rookie a lesson (skip to 1:10 mark):



Canaan scored a game-high 28 points for the Houston Rockets.

After the game, he said Jaleel White would play him in a movie:


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Campbellsville University Has Signed an Impressive Recruiting Class for 2014-15, Includes Two D1 Transfers

Campbellsville University has signed an impressive recruiting class for the 2014-15 season.

The Tigers have signed five newcomers including two impressive NCAA Division I transfers, a junior college transfer who previously played at the Division I level and two Kentucky high school kids.

Here's a breakdown:

- Damontre Harris: played freshman and sophomore seasons at the University of South Carolina. He started more than 30 games for the Gamecocks before transferring to the University of Florida. Harris never played for the Gators.

In 2011-12, the 6-foot-10 Harris averaged 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game for the Gamecocks.

- D'Von Campbell: started at UTEP before transferring to Hutchinson (JUCO) College. He spent last season at Rutgers.

Campbell is a point guard but can also play the shooting guard position. Last season, he averaged 5.4 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists for Scarlet Knights.

As a freshman, he averaged 2.3 points and 1.1 rebounds for UTEP.

- Rob Robinson: can play both forward positions. He started his career at Illinois-Chicago before transferring to Iowa Western. Robinson came from a strong high school program at Chicago Simeon.

In 2011-12, he averaged 3 points and 3 rebounds a game for Illinois-Chicago as a freshman. He redshirted the 2012-13 season after suffering a season-ending ACL injury.

Last season, he averaged 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for Iowa Western.

- Dominique Harding: freshman from Elizabethtown High School

- Shawn Johnson: freshman from Mason County High School




Goodman: NBA Players Don't Want Rajon Rondo as a Teammate

Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com believes that many players and teams around the NBA don't want former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo as a teammate.




Of course, Goodman also makes statements like this:


Matt Taylor Finalizes Coaching Staff at St. Catharine College

New head coach Matt Taylor has finalized his coaching staff in preparation for his first season at the helm of St. Catharine College.

Taylor has hired former University of Pikeville graduate assistant Matthew Bringman as Associate Head Coach and retained former St. Catharine player and assistant Arthur Latham as Assistant Coach.

Bringman served as GA the last two seasons at the University of Pikeville. Before that, he was an assistant coach at Webber International.

Aside from coaching, Bringman has also spent time as a high-level basketball trainer for college and professional players.

Bringman has trained the likes of:

- Jamon Gordan (Turkey)
- Derwin Kitchen (Israel)
- T.J. Banister (Germany)
- Shaq Johnson (Peru)
- Jamar Briscoe (Australia)
- Patric Young (Florida)
- Will Cummings (Temple)
- Aaron Bowen (Georgetown)
- Beau Beech (UNF)

Latham has served as an assistant coach at St. Catharine for the last four seasons. He is the all-time leading scorer in Patriots history with 1,772 points. Latham just received his Master's Degree.

UK Releases Radio Info for Big Blue Bahamas Exhibition Tour, Certain Customers Won't Be Able to Watch on TV

The University of Kentucky has released radio information for the upcoming Big Blue Bahamas Exhibition Tour in August.

Additionally, UK points out that (as of right now) customers of Comcast, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV will NOT be able to watch the final three games of the tour.

Here is a release:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In addition to television options, UK fans without tickets to the Big Blue Bahamas exhibition tour will be able to listen to all six games on the UK/IMG Radio Network. The games can be heard on radio in Lexington on WLAP-AM (630) and in Louisville on WHAS-AM (840). Tom Leach and Mike Pratt will call the action for all six games.

All six games will be televised with ESPNU broadcasting 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.

Currently subscribers of Comcast, DirecTV and Time Warner Cable will NOT see the final three games of the Big Blue Bahamas exhibition tour. Those subscribers need to go to GetSECNetwork.com to express that they want the SEC Network or call their cable/satellite provider directly.

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

Date Opponent Time (Radio/TV)
Aug. 10 Puerto Rico 1 p.m. (UK/IMG Radio/ESPNU)
Aug. 11 Champagne Chalons-Reim 1 p.m. (UK/IMG Radio/ESPNU)
Aug. 12 Puerto Rico 1 p.m. (UK/IMG Radio/ESPNU)
Aug. 15 Dominican Republic 1 p.m. (UK/IMG Radio/SEC Network)
Aug. 16 Champagne Chalons-Reim 1 p.m. (UK/IMG Radio/SEC Network)
Aug. 17 Dominican Republic 1 p.m. (UK/IMG Radio/SEC Network)

Jason Terry Says Teammate DeMarcus Cousins Has a Shaky Attitude

NBA veteran Jason Terry made some interesting comments about Sacramento Kings' teammates DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay recently.

In an interview with ESPN Dallas, Terry said he wants to play for a team that has a legitimate shot at an NBA Championship. He said Sacramento is currently in a building process, pointing out that Cousins is a huge talent but, "attitude, a little shaky."

Terry added that Gay is "not a proven winner in this league."

Here is an excerpt from ESPN:

The situation in Sacramento is one centered around rebuilding and youth, not exactly one catering to a 36-year-old shooting guard. Being rather direct, Terry said that the situation with the Kings wasn't an ideal one for him.

"I wouldn't say it's rebuilding, but a building process," Terry said. "DeMarcus Cousins, a huge talent. Attitude, a little shaky. Rudy Gay, not a proven winner in this league but a tremendous talent and a guy you can build around.

"They're in transition right now. For me, at this point in my career, I want championships."

Terry went on to elaborate on the fact that championships are his driving force in the twilight of his career.

Complete Article

Louisville Staff, UK Assistant Watched 2015 SG P.J. Dozier Yesterday

Rick Pitino and two assistants as well as Kentucky assistant John Robic checked out 2015 shooting guard P.J. Dozier yesterday at the Under Armour Finals in Georgia.


According to Corey Evans of Hoops Intel:

Rick Pitino and two assistants, John Thompson III and an assistant, Frank Martin and an assistant, along with Clemson, UNC, and Kentucky, watched PJ Dozier.

Evans had this to say about Dozier, who ranks No. 40 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015:

PJ Dozier/6’5 Upward Stars 2015
 Dozier is back and better than ever. Coming off of an ACL tear, every second that the South Carolina native is on the floor, the more confidence he seems to be gaining. Whether it was his rim rocking attempts in the lane, crafty scores off of his feet, or impressive dishes off the bounce, the playmaking abilities that the high level guard brings to the hardwood is staggering. Many can only hope to ascertain the awareness and feel that Dozier competes with and throw in his added size and length in slicing through the defense, and what you have in the steady wing is a high level ballplayer who should continue to develop as a well-rounded asset in the backcourt.

Photo: Rivals.com









2016 PG Andrew Jones Says He Owns an Offer from Western Kentucky

Andrew Jones, a 6-foot-1 point guard in the class of 2016, says he currently holds an offer from Western Kentucky University.

According to Corey Evans of Hoops Intel:

Andrew Jones listed offers from Western Kentucky and UT-Arlington, with interest from Missouri, Arkansas, and Columbia.

Here is Evans' evaluation of Jones' play at the Under Armour Finals in Georgia:

Andrew Jones/6’1 MWA Elite 2016

 Somewhat of a sleeper entering the event with little known about him outside of the state of Texas, the rising junior was great in facilitating off the bounce and showing off his solid feel and awareness for his teammates in the half court. Not one to force much with the rock in his hands, Jones is the type of lead guard that a coach can trust come crunch time. His jumper is a work in progress but he exudes good composure, is active in the 50-50 plays, and the body to build onto. Look for Jones’ name to heat up entering his upperclassman years.

John Calipari Watching Diamond Stone and Chatting with Bill Self

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and assistant John Robic watched 2015 big man Diamond Stone today in Georgia.

Several pictures surfaced on Twitter of Calipari chatting with Kansas head coach Bill Self during Stone's game:




The Travelers Open Peach Jam with a Win Over Team Final (PA)

The Travelers have opened Peach Jam with an important 69-67 victory over Team Final (PA).

Dwayne Sutton led The Travelers with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Knott Central's Camron Justice chipped in 13 points and 3 rebounds. Andrew McDonald and James Bolden finished with 10 points each.

Malachi Richardson led all scorers with 18 points for Team Final.

The Travelers will return to action tonight at 9:00 p.m. against Howard Pulley (MN).

Other teams in Pool B of the Peach Jam include Mac Irvin Fire (IL), Houston Hoops (TX) and Oakland Soldiers (CA).



Photo by @CoachJSizemore on Twitter

Walter McCarty Gets a New Three-Year Deal with Boston

Former Kentucky star Walter McCarty has aspirations to be a head coach  someday but for now, he'll remain on Brad Stevens' staff with the Boston Celtics.

McCarty has accepted a new three-year contract to remain on the Celtics' bench.

Here is more from BostonHerald.com:

Walter McCarty agreed to a three-year contract to remain as a Celtics assistant coach under Brad Stevens. Deals for other assistants are also in the works.

Though McCarty made no secret of his desire to move into a head coaching position — he sought the Boston College job earlier this year — he is thoroughly pleased both with his current job and its location.

“I’m excited just to know that I’m going to be here another three years and continue to work with the guys and work with Brad and our staff and Danny (Ainge),” McCarty said. “This is a great organization to work for, and I think we have a lot of chemistry on our staff. I think we have a lot of good things going for us, so I’m excited about being here.”

“Here” is also where McCarty spent 71⁄2 years playing for the Celts. It’s been the main home for his wife and children.

“That’s a big part of it,” he said. “It’s great to be on a staff where everyone gets along and everyone pulls for each other and helps each other out, but it’s important, too, for my family to just be situated and not worry about where we’re going to go next. Just to have that security is great.”

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Kentucky Recruiting Malik Newman, Diamond Stone as Package Deal

Kentucky has been recruiting 2015 stars Malik Newman and Diamond Stone as a package deal, according to Newman.

Here are his comments to SNY.tv:

The 6-foot-4 Newman has insisted all along that he and the 6-foot-10 Stone will be a package deal in college, telling Jones, “I think that team is going to win the NCAA championship.”

Newman told SNY.tv at the LeBron James Skills Academy that UConn, Kansas, Kentucky, N.C. State and Miami are schools that have been recruiting the duo as a package deal.

“[Stone]’s a great player, he’s a great person,” Newman said then. “I’d love to play with him in college because he’s a dominant post player. That’s something I’ve always wanted to play with because I figure that if he can get the post going, that can help me out because that can really spread the floor.”

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- Newman is a 6-foot-3 shooting guard at Callaway (Miss.); currently ranks No. 2 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015

- Stone is a 6-foot-10 center at Dominican (Wisc.); currently ranks No. 6 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015

Photos: Rivals.com




Sosa, Vargas Make Centrobasket Roster for Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has announced its roster for Centrobasket 2014. The roster for Centrobasket is light with several stars expected to return for the World Cup.

Former Louisville point guard Edgar Sosa and ex-Kentucky big man Eloy Vargas are on the roster for Centrobasket.

Some of the notables who are not playing include former Louisville star Francisco Garcia and rugged big man Jack Michael Martinez.

Also absent is head coach Orlando Antigua who will again take the reigns for the World Cup.

Dominican Republic Roster for Centrobasket 2014

Elpidio Fortuna 188-G-85 Leones SD Dominican Republic
Juan Coronado 193-G-83 Reales LV Dominican Republic
Edgar Sosa 190-PG-88 Banco di Srd Italy
Gerardo Suero 193-G-89 Titanes Licey Dominican Republic
Juan Miguel Suero SG-94 Soles SD Dominican Republic
James Maye 201-G/F-81 Titanes Licey Dominican Republic
Manuel Guzman 204-F/C-82 Soles SD Dominican Republic
Eloy Vargas 210-F-88 Metros STGO Dominican Republic
Juan Garcia 200-F/C-89 Titanes Licey Dominican Republic
Edward Santana 203-F-80 Caneros LR Dominican Republic
Kelvin Pena 193-G-80 Huracanes PP Dominican Republic
Angel Nunez 203-F-91 Gonzaga USA
Luis David Montero 203-SG Westchester CC USA
Alexis Montas 202-F/C-79 Indios SFM Dominican Republic
Adris Deleon 180-PG-84 Metros STGO Dominican Republic

Jose Maita Mercedes Head Coach Los Minas Dominican Republic

NOTES:

- Centrobasket runs August 1-7 in Mexico; the World Cup will tip off in Spain on August 30

- In the World Cup, the Dominicans will be in Group C against the United States, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland and New Zealand.

- According to FIBA.com: When the Centrobasket is underway, Antigua will gather in Tampa, Florida, with James Feldeine, Eulis Baez, Jack Michael Martinez, Francisco Garcia and Ronald Ramon, players who are near certainties to be in the World Cup squad.

- Former Florida star Al Horford will not play in either event.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Former Morehead State Forward Milton Chavis Signs with Worthing Thunder

Former Morehead State forward Milton Chavis  has signed with the Worthing Thunder in the United Kingdom's EBL D1 league.

In 2012-13, Chavis averaged 11.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for Morehead State.

The Thunder were 11-15 last season.

Karl Towns Delivers Emotional, Heartfelt Speech at Gatorade Awards Ceremony

Kentucky freshman Karl Towns delivered an emotional, heartfelt speech when he accepted the 2014 Gatorade National Player of the Year award last night in California.

Check it out:


Kentucky's Karl Towns Named Gatorade National Player of the Year

University of Kentucky freshman center Karl Towns was named Gatorade National Player of the Year last night at a ceremony in Hollywood, California.

He even posed with former UK star Brandon Knight, who won the award in 2010.



Here is a release from UK:

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Incoming freshman Karl-Anthony Towns was named the Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year at an awards ceremony held at the Lowes Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, Calif., on Tuesday evening.

Towns is the second player in the John Calipari era to recieve the honor, as Brandon Knight was tabbed the award winner in 2010. Coincidentally, Knight joined Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal and Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson in presenting the award to the future Wildcat last night.

A Metuchen, N.J., native, Towns led St. Joseph to a 30-2 record and a title at the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions his senior year. Towns averaged 20.9 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.2 blocks per outing. In addition to his prowess on the court, Towns graduated with a 3.96 grade-point average and served as a member of his student council.

Each year, 606 athletes are chosen as state Gatorade Players of the Year in each high school sport. From that pool, 12 national candidates are selected. A national voting panel consisting of sports journalists, coaches, prep-sports experts and analysts evaluates 12 honorees. The male and female athletes receiving the highest rating from this panel are named Gatorade Athletes of the Year. The criteria remain the same each year as the Player of the Year requirements include: athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character.

Former winners of the award include LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Matt Barkley, Candace Parker, Maya Moore, Skylar Diggins and UK’s Knight.

DeMarcus Cousins Says 2010 Kentucky Would Easily Beat 2012 Kentucky

Check out this incredible interview of DeMarcus Cousins by Bill Simmons of Grantland - Cousins says 2010 UK would easily beat 2012 UK, talks about his time at Kentucky, his relationship with Sacramento's new owner and why he doesn't get along with Chris Paul:


Jared Cunningham Earns All-IBL Honors

Former University of the Cumberlands star Jared Cunningham just finished up an outstanding season for the Porland Chinooks of the International Basketball League (IBL).

USBasket.com has named Cunningham to the All-IBL First Team. He averaged 25.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for Portland in 2014.

USBasket.com All-IBL Awards 2014

1st Team

G: Andre Murray (188-G-87) of Vancouver V.
G: Morris Anderson (6'3''-G-87) of Bellingham S.
F: Germain Jordan (6'6''-F) of Portland C.
F: Jared Cunningham (6'9''-F-89) of Portland C.
C: Blake Poole (6'5''-C-88) of Bellingham S.

2nd Team

F: Tyrone White (6'7''-F-90) of Salem S.
G: Jacob Stevenson (6'4''-G-81) of Bellingham S.
: Brian Morris of Portland C.
F/C: Calvin Hampton (6'10''-F/C-86) of Vancouver V.
F/C: Frantz Dorsainvil (6'9''-F/C-83) of Salem S.

Complete List of Awards

Photo: IBL.com

Detroit Pistons Waive Peyton Siva and Josh Harrellson

The Detroit Pistons have waived Peyton Siva and Josh Harrellson.

Siva and Harrellson were both on non-guaranteed contracts for 2014-15 and the Pistons released them without compensation.

In 24 games last season, Siva averaged 2.3 points and 1.4 assists per game.

Harrellson averaged 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 32 games before missing the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

UPIKE Announces Promtion for Tigh Compton, Staff Additions

The University of Pikeville recently announced that assistant coach Tigh Compton has been promoted to Associate Head Coach.

The Bears have also added former player Donald Thomas as an Assistant Coach and Bradlee Yoder as a Graduate Assistant.

Here is a release from UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – After five seasons in various assistant roles with the University of Pikeville men's basketball team, Tigh Compton has been promoted to Associate Head Coach entering the 2014-15 season, UPIKE head coach Kelly Wells announced on Monday.

In addition to Compton's promotion, Wells also announced the hiring of Donald Thomas as an Assistant Coach and Bradlee Yoder as a Graduate Assistant.

"I am extremely pleased with our staff," said Wells. Tigh, Donald and Bradlee are not only great coaches, but they are also great people. They are all Pikeville graduates and will continue to do a great job representing our university and community. We look forward to continuing the success we've experienced in our program over the last several seasons."

Compton began his time with the Bears in 2009 as a student assistant before continuing on a part-time basis the next season and eventually taking a graduate assistant spot in 2011. Starting with the 2012-13 campaign, Compton took a full-time role on the staff and will now be the Associate Head Coach on the sidelines heading into his sixth season.

In his time with UPIKE, Compton has helped it to a 125-38 overall record and has been with the team for a national title in 2011, as well as a Mid-South Conference Regular-Season and Tournament Championship in 2014.

A graduate of UPIKE, Compton prepped at Grundy High School in Grundy, Va., where he was a four-year varsity starter.

"I am extremely thankful for the opportunities Coach Wells and the University of Pikeville continue to provide," said Compton."Pikeville is a great place to live and work and I look forward to being able to help continue bringing success to UPIKE."

Thomas, another graduate of then Pikeville College, is returning to the program after last serving as an assistant coach under Wells during the championship-winning 2010-11 season. Thomas had been a student assistant with the Bears in 2007-08.

As a senior at Pikeville in 2006-07, Thomas started 29 games for the Bears, averaging 10 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Since leaving the program three years ago, Thomas was an assistant at Pfeiffer (N.C.) for one season and an assistant at North Carolina Central for two seasons.

"I'm extremely happy to be back in Pikeville," said Thomas. "It's good to be around such positive people. Hopefully I can make a positive impact on someone the way Coach Wells has for me."

Complete Release

Photo: University of Pikeville

Nerlens Noel Continues to Impress in NBA Summer League

Former Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel continues to impress in the NBA Summer League.

Noel has been solid in his first action since returning to the court from a serious knee injury.

Last night, Noel had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks in 29 minutes. The 76ers (3-1) lost 86-77 to the undefeated Cleveland Cavaliers.

Here are some highlights:


Kentucky Christian University Schedule for 2014-15

Kentucky Christian University has released its men's basketball schedule for the 2014-15 season.

Here's a look:

2014-2015 KCU Basketball Schedule

Tue. Nov. 4 @ Alice Lloyd College Pippa Passes, KY 8:00pm                          

Rio Grande Tip-Off Classic

Fri. Nov. 7 vs. West Virginia University Institute of Technology Rio Grande, OH  6:00pm                          
Sat. Nov. 8 @ University of Rio Grande Rio Grande, OH TBA  
                        
Bob Jones University Bruin Invitational

Fri. Nov. 14 vs. Columbia International University Greenville, SC 5:00pm                          
Sat. Nov. 15 vs. Bob Jones University Greenville, SC 4:00pm 
                         
Berea Pepsi Classic

Fri. Nov. 21 @ Berea College Berea, KY 8:00pm      
Sat. Nov. 22 @ TBA Berea, KY 1:00pm  
    
Exhibition

Sat. Nov. 29 @ Morehead State University Morehead, KY 7:00pm      
Tue. Dec. 2 vs. Alice Lloyd College Grayson, KY 8:00pm  
                        
Ivanhoe Classic @ Taylor University

Fri. Dec. 5 @ TBA Upland, IN 6:00pm                          
Sat. Dec. 6 @ TBA Upland, IN 1:00pm                          
Mon. Dec. 15 @ Point University West Point, GA 6:00pm                          
Tue. Dec. 16 @ Piedmont College Demorest, GA 7:00pm                          
Wed. Dec. 17 @ Truett-McConnell College Cleveland, GA 7:00pm
                          
Piedmont International University Tournament

Fri. Jan. 9 @ TBA Winston-Salem, NC TBA      
Sat. Jan. 10 @ TBA Winston-Salem, NC TBA                          
Tue. Jan. 13 @ Boyce College Louisville, KY 7:00pm                          
Fri. Jan. 16 @ The Crown College Powell, TN 7:00pm                          
Sat. Jan. 17 @ Johnson University Knoxville, TN 4:00pm                          
Tue. Jan. 20 @ Berea College Berea, KY 7:00pm                          
Sat. Jan. 24 @ Union College Barbourville, KY 2:00pm                          
Tue. Jan. 27 vs. Ohio Christian University Grayson, KY 8:00pm                          
Mon. Feb. 2 @ Ohio University Chillicothe Chillicothe, OH 7:00pm                          
Fri. Feb. 6 @ Welch College Nashville, TN 7:00pm   
Sat. Feb. 7 @ Morthland College West Frankfort, IL 3:00pm                          
Tue. Feb. 10 vs. Boyce College Grayson, KY 7:00pm                          
Fri. Feb. 13 vs. Welch College Grayson, KY 7:00pm                          
Sat. Feb. 14 vs. Morthland College Grayson, KY 2:00pm      
Tue. Feb. 17 @ Ohio Christian University Circleville, OH 8:00pm      
Fri. Feb. 20 vs. Johnson University Grayson, KY 8:00pm                          
Sat. Feb. 21 vs. The Crown College Grayson, KY 2:00pm  
                        
NCCAA II Mideast Region Tournament

Thu. Feb. 26 @ TBA Knoxville, TN TBA       
Fri. Feb. 27 @ TBA Knoxville, TN TBA                          
Sat. Feb. 28 @ TBA Knoxville, TN TBA          
                
NCCAA DII National Championship Tournament

Wed. Mar. 11 @ TBA Circleville, OH TBA                          
Thu. Mar. 12 @ TBA Circleville, OH TBA                          
Fri. Mar. 13 @ TBA Circleville, OH TBA                          
Sat. Mar. 14 @ TBA Circleville, OH TBA

Monday, July 14, 2014

Patrick Sparks Continues to Play at a High Level

Former Kentucky shooting guard Patrick Sparks continues to play well overseas.

Sparks averaged 16.3 points per game for Nitra in Slovakia's top-level Extraliga last season.

He's currently participating in Hart Sports Camp in Las Vegas.

Louisville Diesel head coach Michael Stinnett is currently helping out with scouting camps in Vegas. He says Sparks still plays at a very high level.

"Patrick is in great shape and is playing as well as ever against high level competition," Stinnett said of Sparks.

Stinnett noted that Bruce Reed (University of Pikeville) and Maurice Pearson (Georgetown College) are also at the camp.

"Reed is a mid-level European player and is playing well," Stinnett said. "Pearson played pro ball last year and is really solid."

A.J. Slaughter Signs with Greek Champions Panathinaikos

Former Western Kentucky University star A.J. Slaughter has reportedly signed with reigning Greek champs Panathinaikos for next season.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

According to most of the Greek basketball news the American guard A.J. Slaughter (191-PG-87, agency: Beo Basket, college: W.Kentucky) is officially sign to the Greek permanent champions, team of Panathinaikos. This is the first transaction of Coach Ivanovic (since both Lountzis and Papagiannis have been targeted before the official signature of the experienced Head coach and they both consider being future projects for Panathinaikos). A.J spent his last season in the French league where he had an amazing tournament averaging in most of the games over 20 points while his organisational skills are also improved since his nearly 5 assists per game showing his balance of scoring and play-making ability..

The 27 years old guard, A.J. Slaughter is a Western Kentucky graduate of 2010 who ended his final year with the following stats: 34 games: 17.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 82.7%.

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Panathinaikos finished 25-1 last season in Greece's top-level A1 league. They will be competing in Euroleague competition this season.

Emmanuel Mudiay Releases Statement About Decision to Bypass College

Emmanuel Mudiay has released a statement to Luke Winn of SI.com about his decision to bypass college and play professionally overseas.


The statement:

"I was excited about going to SMU and playing college basketball for coach Brown and his staff and preparing for the NBA. But I was tired of seeing my mom struggle. And after sitting down with coach Brown and my family we decided that the best way for me to provide for my mom was to forgo college and pursue professional basketball opportunities. I am grateful for Prime Prep coach [Ray] Forsett for developing me into the player and man that I am...and I am also grateful for coach Brown's guidance and his support. This has nothing to do with my eligibility in any way."

Williamstown's David Jump to Sign with St. Catharine College

I am told by a good source that Williamstown High School's David Jump (that's a great basketball name) will sign with St. Catharine College and new head coach Matt Taylor later today.

Jump, a 5-foot-11 shooting guard, was one of the state's most prolific scorers last season as he put in 27.5 points per game.



More Info on Jump

Tony Wise Named Head Coach at Franklin County High School

I have heard from multiple sources that Tony Wise has been named head coach at Franklin County High School.

The news was first reported on Bluegrasspreps.com.

Jacksonville Has Contacted Lincoln County PG Timmy Taylor

Per his AAU coach, Lincoln County point guard Timmy Taylor has been contacted by Jacksonville:


Pro Opportunities Piling Up for Former Georgetown College Star Monty Wilson

Former Georgetown College star Monty Wilson will be playing professional basketball somewhere this coming season. Where is yet to be determined but Wilson has opportunities.

Wilson, who helped lead the Tigers to the national championship as a junior, has offers to play in Germany and France. He has also heard from teams in Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Argentina. Wilson's agent has also spoken some with the Toronto Raptors.

As a junior, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard averaged 16.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. His senior season, he exploded for 24.1 points and 5.2 boards.

Here are some highlights of Wilson during his last two seasons at Georgetown:




Prized Recruit Emmanuel Mudiay to Skip College, Play Overseas

Emmanuel Mudiay, one of the top recruits in the class of 2014, has elected to skip college and pursue professional opportunities overseas.

According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com:


Mudiay, who was once courted by Kentucky, signed with SMU in November.

Davis, Cousins and Faried Make Team USA Training Camp Roster

Former Kentucky stars Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins along with ex-Morehead State star Kenneth Faried have been invited to Team USA's Summer Training Camp.

A total of 19 players are invited to training camp and that will eventually be trimmed down to make the 2014 USA World Cup Team.

2014 USA Basketball Men's National Team Roster

NO NAME POS HGT WGT DOB CURRENT TEAM / COLLEGE
Bradley Beal G 6-5 207 6/28/93 Washington Wizards / Florida
DeMarcus Cousins C 6-11 270 8/13/90 Sacramento Kings / Kentucky
Stephen Curry G 6-3 185 3/14/8 Golden State Warriors / Davidson
Anthony Davis F/C 6-10 220 3/11/93 New Orleans Pelicans / Kentucky
DeMar DeRozan G 6-7 216 38/07/89 Toronto Raptors / USC
Andre Drummond C 6-10 270 9/10/93 Detroit Pistons / Connecticut
Kevin Durant G 6-9 230 9/29/88 Oklahoma City Thunder / Texas
Kenneth Faried F 6-8 228 11/19/89 Denver Nuggets / Morehead State
Paul George G 6-8 221 5/02/90 Indiana Pacers / Fresno State
Blake Griffin F 6-10 251 3/16/89 Los Angeles Clippers / Oklahoma
James Harden G 6-5 220 8/26/89 Houston Rockets / Arizona State
Gordon Hayward F 6-8 210 3/23/90 Utah Jazz / Butler
Kyrie Irving G 6-3 191 3/23/92 Cleveland Cavaliers / Duke
Kyle Korver G/F 6-7 212 3/17/81 Atlanta Hawks / Creighton
Damian Lillard G 6-3 195 7/15/90 Portland Trail Blazers / Weber State
Kevin Love F 6-10 260 9/07/88 Minnesota Timberwolves / UCLA
Derrick Rose G 6-3 190 10/04/88 Chicago Bulls / Memphis
Chandler Parsons F 6-9 227 10/25/88 Dallas Mavericks/Florida
Klay Thompson G 6-7 205 2/08/90 Golden State Warriors / Washington State

Managing Director: Jerry Colangelo
Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
Assistant Coach: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University
Assistant Coach: Tom Thibodeau , Chicago Bulls
Assistant Coach: Monty Williams , New Orleans Pelicans
Athletic Trainer: Gregg Farnam, Minnesota Timberwolves
Athletic Trainer: Joe Sharpe, Oklahoma City Thunder

Complete Release from USA Basketball

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Kentucky Offers 2015 SF Brandon Ingram

Brandon Ingram, one of the top players in the Class of 2015, has picked up an offer from Kentucky.


Ingram is a 6-foot-8 small forward from Ingram, North Carolina. He currently ranks No. 25 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015.

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