Friday, August 8, 2014

Ray Kasongo Visiting Kansas This Weekend

Former East Ridge High School and Pikeville High School forward Ray Kasongo is visiting Kansas this weekend, according to a source.

He is expected to visit Michigan State on Tuesday if he doesn't commit to Kansas during the visit.

He has reportedly eliminated Memphis from consideration and appears to be down to Kansas, Michigan State and Indiana:



Apparently, that mentor is former Louisville player Brandon Bender:

So said his mentor, former Louisville player Brandon Bender, in a Wednesday Facebook chat with the Journal-World.

“He’s super-chiseled,” Bender said, also referring to the former Faith Christian School (Mesa, Arizona) standout as a “powerful dunker and physically athletic specimen.”

In addition to all that ...

“If you look at Serge Ibaka’s body now, that’s what Ray looks like,” Bender told ESPN-affiliated radio station 92.9 FM/680 AM of Memphis. “He’s like Amar’e Stoudemire when he first got in the NBA. That’s what he is.”

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Army Extends Scholarship Offers to Matt Rose and Jacob Conway

Army has extended scholarship offers to two Class of 2015 Kentucky kids in recent days.

The Black Knights have offered Lexington Christian Academy's Matt Rose and Lincoln County's Jacob Conway.


Rose is a smooth, 6-foot-6 forward who also just picked up an offer from UNC-Asheville.



Conway is a 6-foot-5 small forward at Lincoln County. He's one of the top scoring threats in the 12th Region and has already surpassed 1,000 points in his high school career.

Conway's offer was confirmed by his Hoop Dreams AAU coach, Steve Quattrocchi.

Fundraiser Planned for Former Kentucky Wesleyan All-American Dave Bennett

A benefit fundraiser has been planned for former Kentucky Wesleyan basketball star Dave Bennett (1984-86).

Bennett, a former All-American, is dealing with serious health issues, including the loss of a leg and major medical expenses.

Here is a release from KWC:

Owensboro, Ky. (Aug. 8, 2014) — Former Kentucky Wesleyan basketball coaches Mike Pollio, Wayne Chapman and Ray Harper will host a fundraiser for former All-American Dave Bennett (1984 to 1986) on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Owensboro Show-Me’s Restaurant on Frederica Street.

“Dave has been rocked with serious health issues that include taking a leg and the medical expenses are over whelming and we the KWC basketball family and the fans want to help,” Pollio stated. “Our motto – Once a Panther, Always a Panther – reminds us to help our former Panthers in need.”

The cost is $20, which includes a buffet meal. Along with the fellowship, we will have an auction with some fantastic sports items such as two tickets to Louisville vs Notre Dame football game, two tickets behind Coach Calipari at a Kentucky basketball game, two front row seats for Cincinnati Reds opening day next year, and several other exciting items.

Pollio added, “As KWC coaches have been saying for the past 50 years, we appreciate our fans support and we ask everyone’s help to assist a Panther in need.”

For more information, call the KWC Athletic Office at 270-852-3330.

Sean Woods Previews Morehead State's Trip to the Bahamas

Here is Morehead State head coach Sean Woods talking about the Eagles' upcoming exhibition trip to the Bahamas:


Lakers Head Coach Byron Scott Praises Rookie Julius Randle

Los Angles Lakers head coach Byron Scott had some pretty high praise for former Kentucky star Julius Randle recently.

Scott said Randle is very gifted and even called him a more athletic version of Zach Randolph.

Here is an excerpt from Fansided.com:

It may have paid off because the Lakers used the seventh-overall pick on former Kentucky Wildcats’ power forward Julius Randle. New Lakers head coach Byron Scott praised his ability.

“The young kid is very gifted. Offensively, he can rebound the ball, he can score in the post, he’s probably got 15-foot range. He handles the ball extremely well for a big man,” said Scott on The Dan Patrick Show Thursday morning via Broderick Turner of The Los Angeles Times. “I look at him as Zach Randolph but more athletic. I think in a few years he’s going to be a monster, once he really learns what the NBA is all about.”

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Morehead State to Play at Ohio State and Cincinnati in 2014-15 Season

The Morehead State Eagles will be playing at both Ohio State and Cincinnati during the 2014-15 season.

On their newly released scheduled, Cincinnati lists a home game against the Eagles on Wednesday, November 19.

GantDaily.com and LandGrantHolyLand.com both report that Ohio State will host Morehead State on Saturday, December 13.

2015 Shooting Guard Donovan Mitchell Commits to Louisville

Donovan Mitchell, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard at Brewster Academy, has committed to the University of Louisville.

Mitchell had an outstanding summer on the AAU circuit and stood out as one of the nation's top shooting guard prospects in the class of 2015. He currently ranks No. 101 overall on the Rivals.com list but will likely move up the rankings when they are updated.




Boyle County's Hagen Tyler to Visit Samford This Weekend

Boyle County High School's Hagen Tyler is making an unofficial visit to Samford University this weekend.

Tyler, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, is one of the top scoring threats in Kentucky high school basketball.

He currently holds offers from Samford, Northern Kentucky, Alabama State and Morehead State.

* Tyler is No. 23 in white in the photo

Eastern Kentucky Comes Up Short in First Game Down Under

Sydney Kings 76
Eastern Kentucky 65

Exhibition FINAL from Sutherland, Australia

Game recap by EKU:

SUTHERLAND, Australia. – In its first game of a four-game tour of Australia, the Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team lost 76-65 to the Sydney Kings at the Sutherland Basketball Stadium.

The Colonels overcame a 7-point halftime deficit to take a 43-42 lead in the third quarter. However, the Kings rolled off 11 unanswered and never trailed again. Jaylen Babb-Harrison's three-pointer gave EKU its one point lead before Sydney went on its big run.

Senior Corey Walden tied for the game-high with 20 points. He also had nine rebounds, six assists and two steals before fouling out with 5:22 left in the game. Babb-Harrison, a redshirt sophomore, scored 16 points while senior Eric Stutz contributed 11 points and seven rebounds.

Eastern Kentucky shot only 31 percent (22-of-70) from the field. The Colonels made just 2-of-16 from behind the three-point line in the first half (13 percent) and finished 7-for-37 (19 percent) from deep. As it has done for most of the past two seasons, EKU committed fewer turnovers (24-15), but the visitors were out-scored 40-20 in the paint.

The Kings are a professional team playing in Australia's National Basketball League (NBL). Sydney finished 12-16 during the 2013-14 season that ended in March.

Freshmen Daniel Norl and Paul Jackson finished with five and three points respectively in their first game as Colonels.

The Colonels will face the Wollongong Hawks on Sunday at 4 p.m. Australian time and 2 a.m. ET.

Australia Trip Game Schedule

Aug. 8th at Sydney Kings L 65-76
Aug. 10th at Wollongong Hawks 4 p.m. (2 a.m. ET)
Aug. 11th at Suncoast Clippers 8:30 p.m. (6:30 a.m. ET)
Aug. 14th at Cairns Taipans 7 p.m. (5 a.m. ET)

Rajon Rondo Joins the #IceBucketChallenge for ALS Research

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo joined the #IceBucketChallenge Thursday to help raise money and awareness for ALS research.

Rondo called out Boston teammates Brandon Bass, Phil Pressey, Marcus Smart and former Kentucky star James Young to take the challenge as well.

Click here for more information on ALS and how to donate

Here are the videos that were posted on Rondo's Instagram account:


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Former Bellarmine Star Braydon Hobbs Signs to Play in Germany

Former Bellarmine University star Braydon Hobbs has signed with Rent4Office Nurnberg in Germany's second-level ProA League.

Last season, Hobbs played for Alba Fehervar in Hungary's A Division. In 32 games, he averaged 9.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

German pro A team Rent4Office Nurnberg have hauled in Braydon Hobbs (196-G-89, college: Bellarmine) who has European experience to take on the playmaking duties. Braydon Hobbs is a 25 year old 196cm American guard that will be starting his third professional season. Last season he played for Alba Fehervar (Hungary-A Division, starting five): Eurocup: 10 games: 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 52.3%; Hungarian League: 32 games: 9.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 72.7%. "We have recieved a classic point guard thatt looks for his teammates and can lead a team. He has won tiles and has experience. Nice that we can welcome a player like that", stated Nurnberg head coach Ralph Junge.

Hobbs started his basketball career in 2008 with Bellarmine (NCAA2) where he played until 2012 playing a total of 133 NCAA2 games. As a senior he played 2.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.7apg, 1.2bpg, 1.9spg, FGP: 47.5%, 3Pts: 42.4%, FT: 86.8%. In the spring of 2012 he took part at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 0.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.7apg, 1.3spg, then moved to Mackay Meteors (Australia-ABA) playing 17 games: 13.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 5.1apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 44.0%, FT: 84.2%. In 2012-2013 he played for Caceres Basket (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 35 games: 7.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 87.9%. In the summer of 2013 he played for Gladstone Port City Power (Australia-QBL, starting five): 12 games: 22.3ppg, 8.1rpg, 6.0apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 45.7%, FT: 88.5%.

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John Calipari Press Conference Prior to Big Blue Bahamas Trip

Here is John Calipari's summer update and pre-Bahamas press conference:


Louisville's Chris Jones Out Six Weeks with Shin Injury

Louisville point guard Chris Jones will be out of action for six weeks after suffering a stress fracture in his left shin.

Here are details from Courier-Journal.com:

University of Louisville point guard Chris Jones suffered a stress fracture in his left shin and will be out for six weeks, he said Thursday.

Jones, a 5-foot-10 senior, posted a photo of his leg in an aircast on the popular picture-sharing site early Thursday afternoon.

He just returned from the Adidas Nations camp for high school prospects, where he and teammates Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier served as counselors.

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Jerry Colangelo Explains Why Team USA Cut John Wall

Washington Wizards teammates John Wall and Bradley Beal were recently cut from the United States men's national team.

USA Basketball Men'a National Team managing director Jerry Colangelo explained during a teleconference on Tuesday why the two players were cut:

You know, the fact is both players had a good week. Beal is a young player who has been involved with USA Basketball in the past, and I feel confident that he will be part of that future because he's an outstanding talent. This was strictly a numbers situation with him.

As relates to John Wall, you look at the guards who went forward in terms of our point guards, and he's truly a point with great size and really very good defensively, and that was a tough call as it relates to asking him not to go forward because of the people we felt were ahead of him in terms of talent and what they might bring to this particular team.

But John also has time in with USA Basketball, and I believe that we'll hear from him in the future, also.

Transcript of Entire Teleconference

Report: Kevin Love to Join LeBron and Irving in Cleveland

According to multiple reports, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement that will send All-Star forward Kevin Love to the Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers will receive Love in exchange for rookie Andrew Wiggins, second-year player Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick.

As a result, Cleveland will be the popular pick to win the NBA championship in 2015.

Here is an excerpt from Yahoo! Sports:

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement in principle to send All-Star forward Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Cleveland is making the deal with Minnesota with a firm agreement Love will opt out of his contract in 2015 and re-sign with the Cavaliers on a five-year, $120 million-plus contract extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The deal cannot be finalized until Aug. 23, because Wiggins, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, cannot be traded until one month after the signing of his rookie contract. The two teams have agreed to the deal, but neither would have recourse if the other decided to pull out of the arrangement before it can be formally completed this month. No third team is involved in the Cavaliers-Timberwolves trade agreement.

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Former OSU Star Greg Oden Arrested, Charged with Battery

NBA player and former Ohio State star Greg Oden has been arrested and accused of punching his ex-girlfriend.



According to Fox59.com:

He’s accused of punching his ex-girlfriend.

According to the Lawrence Police Department, officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 7200 block of Maple Bluff Place around 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

When they arrived, they found a woman lying down with blood on her face. They encountered a witness who was yelling and crying. The witness identified herself as the victim’s best friend.

“He punched her in the face, my hand hurts and I just want to go home,” the woman told police, according to the incident report.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Isaiah Canaan and Ivan Aska Catch a Boat Full of Fish

Former Murray State stars Isaiah Canaan and Ivan Aska spent the day on the lake and look to have landed a boat load of fish.

Nice day on the lake:

Photo from Canaan's Instagram account:

Kentucky Players Talk About Exhibition Tour in the Bahamas

Kentucky's Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and Alex Poythress talk about the upcoming exhibition tour in the Bahamas:


Knott Central Junior Andrew Shrum Suffers Torn Meniscus

Andrew Shrum, a 6-foot-2 junior at Knott County Central High School, is out indefinitely after suffering a torn meniscus.



Shrum averaged 3.0 points per game and shot 41.7% from the three-point line last season as a sophomore.

Watch John Calipari's Pre-Bahamas Press Conference Live

Watch John Calipari's summer update press conference live at 2:45 p.m. as the Kentucky Wildcats get ready to head to the Bahamas:


Ray Kasongo Will Reportedly Visit Kansas and Memphis, Indiana Has Also Shown Interest

Former East Ridge High School and Pikeville High School player Ray Kasongo is likely to visit Kansas and possibly Memphis in the next week.

Kasongo originally committed to Oregon was denied admission to the school. He is now looking for a new home for next season.





According to Goodman's source, he may visit Memphis next week:



According to a source, Indiana has also shown interest in adding Kasongo late.

Western Kentucky Releases 2014-15 Men's Basketball Schedule

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have released their men's basketball schedule for the 2014-15 season.

Here's a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- WKU Hilltopper Basketball announced its preliminary 2014-15 schedule Wednesday, featuring eight games against teams that played in 2013-14 postseason and an 18-game Conference USA schedule in its first season in the league. WKU is contracted to participate in the 2014 NIT Season Tip-Off, and those games will be announced at a later date.

Highlights include a home game at E.A. Diddle Arena against in-state foe Louisville (Dec. 20) for the first time since 2010, the beginning of a four-year series with Belmont (Nov. 22) at E.A. Diddle Arena and a total of seven games against teams that won at least 20 games a season ago.

In its first season as a member of Conference USA WKU will play 18 league games, nine at home and nine on the road, including home-and-home series with Marshall, Charlotte, Old Dominion, Florida Atlantic and FIU. The Hilltoppers will host UTEP, UTSA, North Texas and Rice and travel to LA Tech, Southern Miss, UAB and Middle Tennessee for single games.

Season ticket renewals will be mailed within the next week. Fans interested in purchasing season tickets can call the WKU Ticket Office at 1-800-5-BIG RED or 745-5222 locally. With the anticipation of a sellout against Louisville, all season ticket holders are encouraged to order additional tickets for that game on their renewal form. Season ticket pricing will remain the same as last season, ranging from $99 to $299. If tickets remain, there will be a three-game mini plan offered in September that includes a ticket to the Belmont, Chicago State and Louisville games for $75.

WKU opens the season at home on Friday, Nov. 14 against Austin Peay. On Saturday, Nov. 22, WKU hosts Belmont in the start of a four-game series between the two schools located less than 70 miles apart. The schools have met just six times in history, with WKU holding a 4-2 advantage, and the last meeting came in 1999-2000. Belmont went 26-10 a season ago, won the Ohio Valley Conference and played in the NIT. The Hilltoppers will face Bowling Green State for the fourth time in the last five seasons on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at E.A. Diddle Arena.

WKU hits the road on Saturday, Dec. 6 to face Murray State for the 151st time and then travels to Ole Miss on Saturday, Dec. 13 to return a game that was hotly-contested in Bowling Green last season. Murray State finished the 2013-14 season with a 23-11 record and won the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, and Ole Miss went 19-14.

Chicago State comes to WKU on Wednesday, Dec. 17, and Louisville visits on Saturday, Dec. 20 to mark the seventh-straight season the in-state foes have squared off. WKU leads the all-time series 39-38, but Louisville has won four-straight including last season's 78-55 triumph in Nashville, Tenn., when the Cardinals were ranked fifth in the nation. The Hilltoppers hold a 16-9 advantage in games contested in Bowling Green, with the last one coming in December 2010.

The non-conference portion of the schedule closes with a pair of home games against Brescia (Ky.) (Dec. 27) and Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College (Dec. 29).

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2014-15 WKU HILLTOPPER BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

DATE DAY OPPONENT LOCATION TIME (CT) TV
N10 MON Pikeville (Ky.) (Exh.) E.A. Diddle Arena TBD
N14 FRI Austin Peay E.A. Diddle Arena TBD
N22 SAT Belmont E.A. Diddle Arena TBD
D3 WED Bowling Green State E.A. Diddle Arena TBD
D6 SAT at Murray State Murray, Ky. TBD
D13 SAT at Ole Miss Oxford, Miss. TBD
D17 WED Chicago State E.A. Diddle Arena TBD
D20 SAT Louisville E.A. Diddle Arena TBD
D27 SAT Brescia (Ky.) E.A. Diddle Arena TBD
D29 MON Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College E.A. Diddle Arena TBD
J4 SUN Marshall* E.A. Diddle Arena TBD
J8 THUR Charlotte* E.A. Diddle Arena TBD
J10 SAT Old Dominion* E.A. Diddle Arena TBD
J15 THUR at Florida Atlantic* Boca Raton, Fla. TBD
J17 SAT at FIU* Miami, Fla. TBD
J22 THUR UTEP* E.A. Diddle Arena TBD
J24 SAT UTSA* E.A. Diddle Arena TBD
J29 THUR at LA Tech* Ruston, La. TBD
J31 SAT at Southern Miss* Hattiesburg, Miss. TBD
F5 THUR North Texas* E.A. Diddle Arena TBD
F7 SAT Rice* E.A. Diddle Arena TBD
F14 SAT at Marshall* Huntington, W.V. TBD
F19 THUR at UAB* Birmingham, Ala. TBD
F21 SAT at Middle Tennessee* Murfreesboro, Tenn. TBD
F26 THUR Florida Atlantic* E.A. Diddle Arena TBD
F28 SAT FIU* E.A. Diddle Arena TBD
M5 THUR at Charlotte* Charlotte, N.C. TBD
M7 SAT at Old Dominion* Norfolk, Va. TBD
M11-14 WED-SAT at Conference USA Tournament Birmingham, Ala. TBD
M17-A6 at NCAA Tournament Various Locations TBD

(*) Conference USA game Home games in bold All times (CT) and subject to change

NOTE: WKU will participate in the 2014 NIT Season Tip-Off with games to be determined

Russ Smith Drops 52 Points in Hoops in the Sun Classic Game

Former Louisville star Russ Smith dropped 52 points in a Hoops in the Sun Roundball Classic game over the weekend.

Smith reportedly nailed 10 three-pointers during the game.


Cousins, Davis and Faried are Finalists for Team USA; John Wall Gets Cut

Former Kentucky stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins have made the final 16 for Team USA's World Championship roster. Former Morehead State big man Kenneth Faried is also a finalist for the team.

Ex-Kentucky point guard John Wall was cut along with Bradley Beal and Paul Millsap.

Here's a look at the 16 finalists from USA Basketball:

The finalists include three Olympic gold medalists from 2012 - Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) and James Harden (Houston Rockets); three 2010 World Championship gold medalists – Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Durant and Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and the addition of Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets) to the 2014-16 USA National Team roster and to the list of finalists participating in Chicago. Plumlee began the Las Vegas training camp as a member of the 2014 USA Select Team.

Selected USA World Cup Team finalists were DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Curry; Davis; DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Durant; Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Harden; Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks); Plumlee; Rose; and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).

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One of the final roster spots figures to come down to Cousins and former Duke big man Mason Plumlee.

Cousins was reportedly "visibly shaken" recently when he was told that Plumlee could possibly take his roster spot:

What is it like playing for Krzyzewski?

It’s different. I can’t say I can’t run, because at Kentucky we ran. I am not sure know what my role is. I’m still trying to figure out what that means.

(At this point, Cousins’ friend Andrew Rogers joins us and displays tweets from ESPN and other news outlets indicating that Colangelo and Krzyzewski favored Plumlee over Cousins. My sources suggested that the competition among Cousins, Drummond and Plumlee remained wide open and that Friday’s scrimmage and ensuing exhibitions would be crucial. Yet when he saw the tweets, Cousins appeared visibly shaken.)

Have you heard anything about your chances?

Nothing. They don’t really tell us much. I saw Coach K in the elevator, but we just chatted.

How disappointed would you be if you don’t make the team?

I would be crushed. Everyone knows how much I want to do this. This is my third year here (two with Select Team), and I don’t run from any challenge. I would be crushed, but I’m not a quitter. I would come back and try again.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski had this to say about Cousins during a teleconference yesterday:

"All the coaches were really pleased with DeMarcus and how he played," he said. "Look, his attitude is tremendous because he wouldn't keep coming back to be a part of Team USA if it didn't mean something to him. We recognize that. He was in good shape. He played well. He was talking on defense. He was our leading rebounder (in Friday's scrimmage) and he can pass out of the low post. He gives us a 'big' that is different than Anthony Davis."

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/08/05/3367193/coach-k-on-demarcus-cousins-his.html#storylink=cpy

Catching Up with Former University of the Cumberlands Star Luke Fitzgerald

University of the Cumberlands catches up with former All-American Luke Fitzgerald, who currently plays professionally in France:



Here are some highlights of Fitzgerald from last year in France:


Eloy Vargas Leads Dominican Republic to Semifinals of Centrobasket

Former Kentucky big man Eloy Vargas and the Dominican Republic national team  have advanced to the semifinal round of the 2014 Centrobasket tournament.

The Domicans, led largely by Vargas' inside presence, finished the group stage with a perfect 4-0 record. They will play Puerto Rico (3-1) later today in the semifinal round. Mexico and Cuba will do battle in the other semifinal game.

Through 4 games, Vargas is averaging a team-best 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

Here's a look at Vargas in the group stage:

Dominican Republic 85 Costa Rica 47: 10 pts, 6 reb, 0 blk
Dominican Republic 71 Panama 56; Vargas: 14 pts, 5 reb, 2 blk
Dominican Republic 73 Jamaica 68; Vargas: 23 pts, 10 reb, 2 blk
Dominican Republic 76 Cuba 72; Vargas: 13 pts, 9 reb, 1 blk


Group A

# Team W/L Pts
1. Dominican Republic 4/0 8
2. Cuba 3/1 7
3. Panama 2/2 6
4. Jamaica 1/3 5
5. Costa Rica 0/4 4

Group B

# Team W/L Pts
1. Mexico 4/0 8
2. Puerto Rico 3/1 7
3. Virgin Islands 2/2 6
4. Bahamas 1/3 5
5. El Salvador 0/4 4

Semifinals (Today):

Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico
Mexico vs. Cuba

Former Georgetown College Center Maurice Pearson Signs in Austria

Former Georgetown College big man Maurice Pearson has signed with ECE Bulls in Austria's top-level A Bundesliga league.

Pearson played last season for Kanoeroes in Belgium's Ethias League. He averaged 10.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in 33 games.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (A Bundesliga) landed 25-year old American power forward Maurice Pearson (206-100kg-89, college: Georgetown, KY, agency: Hart Sports Mngm). He played most recently at Kangoeroes in Belgian Ethias League. In 33 games he averaged 10.5ppg and 4.2rpg previous season.

The previous (12-13) season Pearson played at Zepter Vienna. In 22 A Bundesliga games he had 10.7ppg and 4.9rpg that season. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. They also made it to the cup final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League 2nd Team. Pearson also played at Furstenfeld Panthers that season. In 17 A Bundesliga games he had very impressive stats: 19.8ppg and 12.5rpg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League 2nd Team. He also spent pre-season at Stabill Jezioro (TBL) in Polish league that year.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Eastern Kentucky Colonels are Leaving for Australia Tomorrow

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels will be heading to Australia tomorrow for a four-game exhibition tour.

Here's a schedule:

Aug. 8th at Sydney Kings 7 p.m. (5 a.m. ET)
Aug. 10th at Wollongong Hawks 4 p.m. (2 a.m. ET)
Aug. 11th at Suncoast Clippers 8:30 p.m. (6:30 a.m. ET)
Aug. 14th at Cairns Taipans 7 p.m. (5 a.m. ET)

EKU roster for the trip:

Maroon Uniforms

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown (Previous School)
1 Isaac McGlone G 6-2 175 So. Lancaster, Ohio (Bloom-Carroll HS)
2 Paul Jackson G 6-0 180 Fr. Lithonia, Ga. (Martin Luther King Jr. HS)
3 Jaylen Babb-Harrison G 6-4 187 R-So. Ajax, Ontario (J. Clarke Richardson HS)
4 Ja’Mill Powell G 6-7 195 Jr. Bridgeport, Conn. (Northeastern Okla. A&M College)
5 Daniel Norl G 6-2 185 Fr. Clarksville, Tenn. (Kenwood HS)
6 Timmy Knipp G 6-7 205 Sr. Olive Hill, Ky. (Elliott County HS)
7 Robbie Stenzel G 6-5 195 Sr. Winchester, Ky. (George Rogers Clark HS)
8 Eric Stutz F 6-8 225 Sr. Newburgh, Ind. (Castle HS)
9 Corey Walden G 6-2 206 Sr. Daytona Beach, Fla. (Brevard CC)
11 Tommy Matthews G 6-1 180 Jr. Clinton, Md. (Surratsville High School)
12 Deverin Muff F 6-8 212 Sr. Strongsville, Ohio (Strongsville HS)

Gray Uniforms

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown (Previous School)
0 Paul Jackson G 6-0 180 Fr. Lithonia, Ga. (Martin Luther King Jr. HS)
1 Robbie Stenzel G 6-5 195 Sr. Winchester, Ky. (George Rogers Clark HS)
2 Corey Walden G 6-2 206 Sr. Daytona Beach, Fla. (Brevard CC)
4 Tommy Matthews G 6-1 180 Jr. Clinton, Md. (Surratsville High School)
5 Isaac McGlone G 6-2 175 So. Lancaster, Ohio (Bloom-Carroll HS)
11 Jaylen Babb-Harrison G 6-4 187 R-So. Ajax, Ontario (J. Clarke Richardson HS)
13 Daniel Norl G 6-2 185 Fr. Clarksville, Tenn. (Kenwood HS)
22 Timmy Knipp G 6-7 205 Sr. Olive Hill, Ky. (Elliott County HS)
32 Ja’Mill Powell G 6-7 195 Jr. Bridgeport, Conn. (Northeastern Okla. A&M College)
33 Deverin Muff F 6-8 212 Sr. Strongsville, Ohio (Strongsville HS)
42 Eric Stutz F 6-8 225 Sr. Newburgh, Ind. (Castle HS)

Head Coach: Jeff Neubauer (La Salle, 1993), 10th Season
Assistant Coaches: Rodney Crawford (Cincinnati, 2002), Third Season
Austin Newton (Eastern Kentucky, 2005), Seventh Season
Luke Strege (Wisconsin-LaCrosse, 1999), Fifth Season
Director of Operations: Nick Bowman (Eastern Kentucky, 2010), First Season

Here are more details from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University's men's basketball team will depart for Australia on Tuesday.

The Colonels are traveling to the Land Down Under for a four-game summer trip. The team will depart from Alumni Coliseum at approximately 3 p.m.

Eastern will fly from Lexington's Bluegrass Airport to Dallas. After arriving in Dallas, EKU will depart for Brisbane, Australia at 9:55 p.m. CT. The plane is expected to be in the air for 16 hours and five minutes before landing in Brisbane. The team will then take a one hour and 40 minute flight to Sydney, arriving at 8:15 a.m. Australian Eastern Time on Thursday.

From the time they leave Richmond until they land in Sydney, the Colonels will spend about 27 hours traveling.

EKU will play four games in four cities – Sydney, Wollongong, Brisbane and Cairns. Fans can keep up with the team on Twitter (@EKUHoops), Instagram (EKUHoops) and Facebook (EKU Men's Basketball).

The Colonels' first game will be Friday against the Sydney Kings. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Sydney, which will be 5 a.m. in Richmond. EKU will take a 53-mile bus ride to face the Wollongong Hawks on Sunday at 4 p.m. Australian time and 2 a.m. ET.

On Monday, August 11, Eastern will fly from Sydney back to Brisbane. The Colonels will face the Suncoast Clippers that night at 8:30 p.m. Australian time and 6:30 a.m. ET. On Wednesday the team will take a two hour and 20 minute flight to Cairns. The final game of the trip will be played on Thursday, August 14, against the Cairns Taipans. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. local time and 5 a.m. in Richmond.

The Kings, Hawks and Taipans are professional teams playing in Australia's National Basketball League (NBL). Wollongong went 13-15 during the 2013-14 season that ended in March. Sydney and Cairns both finished 12-16. The Clippers play in the Queensland Basketball League (QBL). Their season started in May and the team is currently ninth in the 13-team league with a 6-9 record.

NCAA rules allow teams a maximum of 10 days of practice before leaving for a foreign trip.

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Kentucky vs. Kansas to Highlight ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon

Kentucky's game against Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic will highlight ESPN's 7th annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon in November.

ESPN just released the entire schedule:

2014 College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game Network

Mon, Nov 17

7 p.m. No. 13 Baylor at No. 6 Kentucky women ESPN2 Miami at No. 9 Florida ESPNU
9 p.m. No. 1 Connecticut at No. 20 Stanford women ESPN2
11 p.m. No. 12 SMU at No. 15 Gonzaga ESPN2
Legends Classic: Detroit at No. 22 Oregon ESPNU

Tue, Nov 18

1 a.m. Auburn at Colorado ESPN2
3 a.m. New Mexico State at Saint Mary’s ESPN2
5 a.m. High Point at Hawaii ESPN2
7 a.m. Iona at Wofford ESPN2
9 a.m. Northern Iowa at Stephen F. Austin ESPN2
11 a.m. Manhattan at UMass ESPN2
Noon Baylor at South Carolina ESPN
2 p.m. No. 5 Wichita State vs. Memphis (Sioux Falls, S.D.) ESPN
4 p.m. Utah at No. 20 San Diego State ESPN
6 p.m. College GameDay (Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis) ESPN
Legends Classic: Toledo at No. 14 VCU ESPNU
7 p.m. State Farm Champions Classic (Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis): No. 18 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Duke ESPN
7:30 p.m. Marquette at Ohio State ESPN2
9:30 p.m. State Farm Champions Classic (Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis): No. 10 Kansas vs. No. 1 Kentucky ESPN
9:30 p.m. Texas Tech at LSU ESPN2

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Check Out Kentucky's Uniforms for the Big Blue Bahamas Tour

Check out Kentucky's uniforms for the upcoming Big Blue Bahamas exhibition tour:


Jay Bilas to Call All 6 of Kentucky's Exhibition Games in the Bahamas

ESPN's Jay Bilas will call all six of Kentucky's exhibition games on the Big Blue Bahamas exhibition tour.

Here is a release from ESPN:

ESPNU and SEC Network will televise the Kentucky Men’s Basketball ‘Big Blue Bahamas’ tour (August 10-17) where the NCAA Division I national runner-up will compete in six games vs. international opponents in Nassau, Bahamas. ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas will call each game along with play-by-play commentators Kevin Connors (ESPNU) and Dave Neal (SEC Network).

ESPNU will televise the first three games of Kentucky’s summer exhibition slate on Sunday, Aug. 10 (vs. Puerto Rico), Monday, Aug. 11 (vs. Champagne Chalons-Reim Basket), and Tuesday, Aug. 12 (vs. Puerto Rico). SEC Network will televise the final three games on Friday, Aug. 15 (vs. Dominican Republic), Saturday, Aug. 16 (vs. Champagne Chalons-Reim Basket) and Sunday, Aug. 17 (vs. Dominican Republic). All games are at 1 p.m. ET.

SEC Network will launch on Thursday, August 14.

Big Blue Bahamas Schedule:

Friday, August 8: Team leaves for Nassau, Bahamas
Sunday, August 10: vs. Puerto Rico (ESPNU)
Monday, August 11: vs. Champagne Chalons-Reim Basket (ESPNU)
Tuesday, August 12: vs. Puerto Rico  (ESPNU)
Friday, August 15: vs. Dominican Republic (SEC Network)
Saturday, August 16: vs. Champagne Chalons-Reim Basket (SEC Network)
Sunday, August 17: vs. Dominican Republic (SEC Network)

* All games are at 1:00 p.m. ET

Details Announced for John Calipari's 2014 Women's Clinic

The details have been announced for John Calipari's 2014 Women's Clinic.

The Clinic will be held September 28 at the Joe Craft Center on the University of Kentucky campus.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky men's basketball program has announced the date and times for the 2014 Women's Clinic.

The sixth annual John Calipari Women’s Clinic is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 28 from 3-6 p.m. ET at the Joe Craft Center on the University of Kentucky’s campus. This unique clinic is designed for women with all levels of basketball knowledge and experience and offers an exclusive inside look at the University of Kentucky men’s basketball program. Don’t miss the opportunity to become the first in your household to get a look at the 2014-15 Wildcats.

Registration for the Women's Clinic will be from 1-3 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the Lexington Avenue entrance of the Joe Craft Center (UK ticket office side). Throughout the designated check-in time, attendees will enjoy refreshments and lunch, plus a self-guided tour of the Joe Craft Center, including team locker room and training facilities. Men’s basketball staff members will be stationed throughout the facility for demonstrations and questions.

Following check-in, the women’s clinic will include scheduled presentations by staff and players on the inner workings of the program, as well as a Q & A with UK coaches and the 2014-15 Wildcats.

Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable attire (athletic shoes) and participate in activities and presentations (at own risk).

Parking will be available in the E lot located on the north side of the Joe Craft Center. Attendees MUST park in a legal parking spot in that E lot only (parking in R lots is not permitted).

Please note that this clinic is open to WOMEN ONLY and recruitable age participants (currently in the 7th-12th grades, junior college or prep school) are NOT permitted to register for or attend the clinic, per NCAA rules.

Date: Sunday Sept. 28, 2014
Check-in: 1-3 p.m.
Time: 3-6 p.m.
Location: Joe Craft Center and Memorial Coliseum (338 Lexington Avenue)
Cost: $100 (Includes T-shirt and lunch)

Those who wish to register for the 2014 John Calipari Women’s Clinic can do so online (http://www.ukathletics.com/camps/) and are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible due to limited spots available. The 2011, 2012 and 2013 Women’s Clinics were sold out.

Once you have completed the registration process, you will receive a confirmation email with itinerary. You will receive reminder emails with additional details of the event.

Any clinic related questions can be called into the men’s basketball camp line at 859-257-9457 or 859-257-1916.

Former UK Guard Kevin Galloway Signs a New Contract in Greece

Former Kentucky guard Kevin Galloway has signed a contract with AS Apollon Patras in Greece's top-level A1 league.

Galloway played the 2008-09 season at UK under head coach Billy Gillispie. He averaged 1.9 points and 1.8 rebounds that season before transferring to Texas Southern.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

AS Apollon Patras (A1) signed 26-year old American point guard Kevin Galloway (200-98kg-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: LA sports). He played previous season at Osaka Evessa in Japanese BJ League. In 54 games he had 12.6ppg, 8.3rpg, 6.4apg (top 2) and 2.0spg (in top 2). A very impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Honorable Mention.

The previous (12-13) season Galloway played at Hamamatsu Phoenix (BJ League) in Japanese league. In 54 games he recorded very remarkable stats: 16.5ppg, 9.9rpg, 5.9apg (top 4) and 1.9spg (in top 5) that season.

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Julius Randle Says He Will Win NBA Rookie of the Year

Former University of Kentucky star Julius Randle said recently that he thinks he'll win NBA Rookie of the Year.

Asked by a fan as to who he thinks will win Rookie of the Year, Randle gave the following answer:

Shaking my head… Who do you think it will be. You think I’m going to say anyone but myself.

Randle and former UK teammate James Young were having a good time at NBA Rookie Day:



Here is some footage of NBA rookies having a dunk contest:


2015 SG Donovan Mitchell Cuts List to 5, Louisville in the Mix

Donovan Mitchell, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard at Brewster Academy, has cut his final list to five schools.

Mitchell posted a picture on Twitter confirming that he's down to: Boston College, Providence, Louisville, Villanova and Florida State:



Mitchell ranks No. 101 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015.

Another Former Player Confirms That He'll Participate in UK Basketball Alumni Game

Former University of Kentucky star Antoine Walker confirmed on Twitter over the weekend that he'll be back in Lexington for the UK basketball alumni game later this month.


Here are some clips of Walker at the last alumni game:


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