Friday, August 22, 2014

Cordia Appeals KHSAA's Penalties Against Basketball Program

Cordia High School has officially appealed the KHSAA's penalties against the school's boy's basketball program and head coach Rodrick Rhodes.

In July, the KHSAA handed down penalties that included an almost $26,000 fine and a ban on playing games during all of 2014-15 and the 2015-16 postseason.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/08/22/3391725_cordia-high-school-appeals-khsaas.html?sp=/99/322/&rh=1#storylink=cpy

Here is more from the Herald-Leader:

Officials from McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland issued a statement Friday announcing the appeal, which challenges the factual findings, application of the KHSAA's bylaws, and penalties assessed against Cordia and its coach, former University of Kentucky basketball player Rodrick Rhodes.

"Cordia looks forward to addressing these issues before the KHSAA's Board of Control and coming to a fair and just resolution as soon as possible," the statement said.

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Three Transfers Enroll at Hopkinsville High School

According to Les Johns of Kentucky New Era, three area basketball players have enrolled at Hopkinsville High School.

Johns reported last week that former Christian County senior A.J. Tyler and former University Heights seniors Jordan Gary and Ledonald Gray have enrolled at Hopkinsville.

Hopkinsville went 31-3 last season before falling to Trinity in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.




2015 Star Antonio Blakeney to Visit Louisville Next Week

Antonio Blakeney, one of the top shooting guards in the Class of 2015, will officially visit Louisville next Sunday.



Blakeney, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard at Oak Ridge (Fla.), ranks No. 16 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015.

Photo: Rivals.com

John Calipari Says David Blatt is a Better Choice for the Cleveland Cavaliers

Kentucky head coach John Calipari says David Blatt is a better choice for the Cleveland Cavaliers coaching position than himself.

Earlier this summer, the Cavaliers reportedly offered Calipari a deal worth some $60 million to coach the team.

Here is an excerpt from Cleveland.com:

David Blatt can really coach," Calipari told Frank Isola and Malik Rose during an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio. "He's a better choice than me to coach that team. I coached against him. I'm not sitting here just saying it. I coached against him in FIBA basketball. I watched him coach Russia, the guy can coach, OK? Those players, all they want is respect. If they respect you as a coach they're going to play like crazy."

"It's not going to happen in a month, just like Miami," Calipari told the hosts. "It'll be similar to that but they got an outstanding coach, they got the best coach they could get for where they are and what they're trying to do."

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Listen to the interview here:


Manual's Dwayne Sutton Commits to UNC-Asheville

Manual High School's Dwayne Sutton has committed to UNC-Asheville.



Sutton is a 6-foot-5 guard/forward.

Houston Agrees to One-Year Deal with Francisco Garcia

Former Louisville star Francisco Garcia and the Houston Rockets have agreed on a one-year deal that will keep the veteran guard in Houston for 2014-15.

Last season,  Garcia averaged 5.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 55 games for the Rockets.



The deal will be for the NBA veterans minimum ($1,316,809).

2017 University Heights' Forward Jaylen Sebree to Visit Tennessee Soon

According to Les Johns of Kentucky New Era, University Heights' forward Jaylen Sebree will make an unofficial visit to Tennessee on August 31. 




2015 Center Doral Moore to Visit Kentucky This Weekend

According to multiple reports, 2015 center Doral Moore will make an official visit to the University of Kentucky this weekend.





Moore is a 6-foot-11 center at Montverde Academy. He currently ranks No. 38 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015.

Photo: Rivals.com


Thursday, August 21, 2014

John Calipari Calls Out Mike Francesa Following Critical Comments

Kentucky head coach John Calipari appeared on Mike Francesa's show yesterday.

After his appearance, Calipari left and was apparently listening to the show on the radio. Francesa criticized Calipari, calling him a great recruiter and motivator but a not so great X's and O's coach.

Calipari then called into the show as "John in Kentucky" to give his thoughts on Francesa's comments.

This is hilarious:

Christen Cunningham Nails Clutch Free Throws to Save Samford in the Bahamas

Former Cordia and Henry Clay point guard Christen Cunningham played three outstanding games for the Samford Bulldogs in the Bahamas.

Cunningham scored 12 points in Samford's 95-62 win over the Real Deal Shockers on Sunday.

Monday, he followed that up with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in a 108-71 victory over the Atlantis All-Stars.

His biggest contribution of the trip might have came yesterday, however, as Cunningham stepped to the free throw near the end of regulation with Samford trailing by two points. The freshman calmly sank both free throws to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Samford pulled away in overtime for an 88-81 victory over the South Side Bulls. Cunningham finished with 12 points.

In 3 games in the Bahamas, Cunningham averaged 14.3 points.

Former Memphis Center Dominic Woodson Enrolls at Tennessee

Tennessee has apparently landed former Memphis center Dominic Woodson. According to reports, Woodson has enrolled at Tennessee.

Here is more from NBCSports.com:

Murmurs of Woodson joining Donnie Tyndall’s program began Wednesday afternoon, with a picture of a Dominic Woodson in the school database for the upcoming semester being sent out on Twitter. However with there being no photo, there was no guarantee that this was indeed the same person who played at Memphis last year.

Ultimately Woodson’s enrollment was confirmed, with Woodson expected to be in classes when they begin on Thursday.

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Woodson, a 6-foot-10 center, would give the Volunteers a much-needed post presence. He averaged 2.5 points and 1.9 rebounds per game for the Tigers.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Keith Bogans to be Inducted Into UK Athletics Hall of Fame

Former University of Kentucky star Keith Bogans will be one of six former Wildcats to be inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in September.

Here is a portion of a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Six University of Kentucky greats will be inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in late September. The 2014 class includes former UK student-athletes Keith Bogans (men’s basketball), Pat Etcheberry (track and field athlete/coach, also strength and conditioning coach), Marty Moore (football), Passion Richardson (track and field athlete/coach), Terry Shumpert (baseball) and Sarah Witten (women’s tennis). The class will be formally inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend, Sept. 26-27, in conjunction with the football game against Vanderbilt.

Keith Bogans, Men’s Basketball, 2000-03

Associated Press third-team All-America in 2003 in addition to National Association of Basketball Coaches second-team All-America honors … First-team All-SEC member (AP and Coaches) in 2003 and second-team All-SEC (AP and Coaches) in 2001 … Named 2003 SEC Tournament MVP and earned All-SEC Tournament team honors in 2001 … Made 2000 All-SEC Freshman Team … Ranks fourth on UK’s all-time scoring list with 1,923 points … Ranks second in UK history in three-point field goals made (254) and started the second-most games in UK history with 122 … Led UK to two Elite Eight finishes in the 2000 and 2003 NCAA Tournaments … 11 seasons in the NBA.

2014 John Calipari Coaches' Clinic Set for October 25

The 2014 John Calipari Coaches' Clinic is scheduled for October 25 the Joe Craft Center.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 2014 John Calipari Coaches’ Clinic has been set for Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Joe Craft Center. Last year’s clinic was sold out, so early registration is encouraged to reserve a spot.

The day-long event, intended for male and female coaches, gives a unique look into the coaching philosophies and strategies that Coach Cal uses in guiding the eight-time national championship basketball program at Kentucky. Included in this year’s clinic will be a chance to tour the Joe Craft Center and the training facilities used by the Wildcats, with staff members available to answer questions.

Attendees will be given exclusive access to watch Calipari and his staff conduct two practice sessions with the 2014-15 Wildcats. There will be opportunities to ask questions of Coach Cal and his staff after the practices.

The cost of the clinic is $100. Registration will close on Oct. 22, so please secure your spot for this year’s clinic early.

Check-in for the 2014 Coaches’ Clinic will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the lobby of the Joe Craft Center.

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

Please note that participants of recruiting age (males or females currently in the 7th-12th grade, junior college or prep school) are not permitted to register for or attend the clinic.

Registration is available online and any clinic related questions can be called into the men’s basketball camp line at 859-257-9457 or 859-257-1916.

SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Time - Activity
7:30 – 9 a.m. Check-in/registration
9 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome/Coach Cal introduction
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Pre-practice warm-up/stretch
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Practice
11:30 a.m. – noon Q&A with Coach Calipari and staff
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)/facilities will be open for tour
1:30 – 3 p.m. UK assistant coaches speaking presentations
3 – 5 p.m. Practice
5 p.m. Q&A with Coach Calipari and staff/closing remarks

*camp schedule subject to change

John Calipari Coaches’ Clinic

Date: Oct. 25, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (lunch on your own)
Check-in: 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Location: Joe Craft Center (338 Lexington Ave.)
Cost: $100 (registration will close on Oct. 22)

Karl Towns on Missing Basketball World Cup: I'm a student-athlete first

Kentucky freshman Karl Towns posted a brief statement on Twitter moments ago about having to miss the FIBA Basketball World Cup:


Murray State Racers Do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The Murray State Racers and head coach Steve Prohm have completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.



From MSU:

Murray State head men's basketball coach Steve Prohm, along with his team and Murray-Calloway County Parks Director Tab Brockman, took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. A hot and steamy afternoon at Roy Stewart Stadium greeted the participants in Murray, Ky. Prohm, who was challenged by Murray State football coach Chris Hatcher, answered the challenge and issued some of his own.

Prohm challenged all of the Ohio Valley Conference head men's basketball coaches including: Rick Byrd of Belmont, Jeff Neubauer of Eastern Kentucky, Sean Woods of Morehead State, Steve Payne of Tennessee Tech, Dana Ford of Tennessee State, James Green of Jacksonville State, Dickey Nutt of Southeast Missouri, Lennox Forrester of SIUE, Jay Spoonhour of Eastern Illinois, Dave Loos of Austin Peay and UT Martin's Heath Schroyer.

Prohm also challenged Murray State's new president Dr. Bob Davies. "I want to encourage all of western Kentucky and this part of the state to get behind the fight against ALS. Make sure to support the ALS Walk at the CFSB Center on Sep. 20."

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UK Prevents Karl Towns from Playing for Dominican Republic in World Cup

According to the Dominican Republic national team's official Twitter account, the University of Kentucky has decided that Karl Towns can not play for the Dominican Republic in the upcoming basketball World Cup.



That translates into: "Karl Towns shall not accompany the team to Spain. He spoke with @UKAthletics and can not make the trip. More details in a few moments."

Towns will still be playing for the Dominicans tonight against Team USA in New York City.


Which translates to: "Despite this Towns see action tonight against the United States in a contest scheduled for 7:00 at Madison Square Garden."

2016 UK Recruit Eron Gordon Appeals Ineligibility Ruling in Indiana

Eron Gordon, one of the top players in the Class of 2016, has appealed the Indiana High School Athletic Association's ruling that made him ineligible to play this season.

Gordon, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, transferred from North Central High School to Cathedral High School. His family contends that the transfer was due to academics but the IHSAA feels it was for athletic reasons.

Here is more from TheIndyChannel.com:

In June 2014, Eron Gordon transferred from North Central High School to Cathedral High School, a decision that prompted the Indiana High School Athletic Association to rule him ineligible to play during the 2014-2015 season.

Gordon, a Junior, appealed the IHSAA's decision Tuesday, but did not testify at the hearing. Instead, his parents spoke on his behalf, attorney Richard Cook said.

"(His parents) put their son's academics first. They saw he was having difficulty. As a result of that, they made the difficult decision to remove him from North Central after his father graduated from there and his brothers have graduated from there," Cook said.

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Gordon is already being pursued by such basketball programs as Kentucky, Duke and Kansas.

Juan Palacios is Headed to Turkey for 2014-15

Former Louisville big man Juan Palacios has signed with Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir in Turkey's top-level TBL league.

Last season, Palacios played for Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania. In 26 games, he averaged 14.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (TBL) agreed terms with 29-year old Colombian power forward Juan Palacios (203-111kg-85). He played previous season at Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL league. In 26 games he had 14.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Import Player of the Year, Center of the Year and named to 1st Team. Palacios also played 8 games in Eurocup where he recorded 14.4ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.9apg.

The previous (12-13) season he played at JSF Nanterre (ProA) in French league. In 22 games he recorded 7.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.0apg that season. He contributed to his team winning the league title and they also made it to the cup final.

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Video: Former Morehead State Center Jason Holmes in the Australian Football League

Check out this short film on former Morehead State big man Jason Holmes, who is now a star in the Australian Football League:


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Terrence Jones Helps Family of Murder Victim

Former Kentucky star Terrence Jones is coming to the aide of the family of a fallen friend.

Ervaeua Herring, a 21-year-old mother of one, was found dead Sunday in Portland. According to reports, Herring was gunned down when multiple suspects fired gun shots into her apartment.

Jones and Herring grew up together.

Here is more from KPTV.com:

Portland native and Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones grew up with Herring.

On Monday, he brought her family gifts and supplies.

Jones and Herring's family want people to come forward with tips about Herring's killer, but her mother isn't hopeful.

"How would they feel if it was one of their kids? They would want someone to come out and say something. But we all know nobody's going to say anything. They're cowards," she said.

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Robert Amis Hired as Assistant Coach at Navarro College

Former Perry County Central player Robert Amis has been hired as an assistant coach at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.

Amis, who has built a reputation as a great recruiter, worked last season as an assistant coach at Chipola College. Before that, he served as a graduate assistant at Marshall University and an assistant coach at Trinity Valley Community College.

In high school, Amis was a four-year letterman at Perry Central and was an all-state selection his senior year. Perry Central won three 54th district championships and two 14th region championships with Amis in uniform.

After high school, he played two seasons at UVa.-Wise.

Photo: Marshall University Athletics

Calipari: I wouldn't have left Kentucky for Cleveland even with Lebron James

Kentucky head coach John Calipari says he wouldn't have left UK for Cleveland even with LeBron James.

Here are some recent comments from Calipari when asked about how close he came to leaving:

Calipari said that not even knowing that he'd have arguably the Eastern Conference's most formidable team after James' return to the Cavs in free agency this summer would have changed his mind.

"No. No. I don't think so. Because he and I have a great relationship, but it's not based on me coaching him," Calipari said of James. "We've got a relationship. I've known him for years and years. We've always been friends. But it was never based on that. I've said that. I've had a chance to coach Derrick Rose, John Wall and DeMarcus [Cousins], Anthony Davis and Michael [Kidd-Gilchrist]. And I'm leaving names off, but I've coached some of the best players in basketball, and it is a thrill. There's nothing better than that. Especially when those guys are all good guys.

"Well, LeBron is also that kind of player and that kind of person. But again, leaving guys who made decisions based on what's right for their career was something I couldn't have gotten by anyway."

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Cleveland reportedly offered Calipari almost $80 million over 10 years to coach the Cavaliers.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Nerlens Noel is Ready To Go, Says Rajon Rondo Was the Biggest Helper During His Recovery

Former Kentucky star Nerlens Noel is fully recovered and ready to make an impact for the Philadelphia 76ers.

In a recent interview, Noel credited another former star for playing a huge role in his recovery.

Check out his comments about Rajon Rondo:

When you're working your way back and you have little milestones, like the first time you dunk or the first time you can play with contact, how much do those little moments mean?

Oh, man. Oh my God, those moments are special. At one point, not being able to walk, and then you get to the point where you're able to walk, you're able to jog, then you're running and jumping. I remember the first time I dunked off my left foot, that was the most joy I had since before I got hurt. That's when I knew I really was making a lot of progress. The first few months of my rehab, I was scared to even lightly jump off my left leg. After five months, I started lightly dunking off of it. Those are the things that keep your spirit up and keep your work ethic going, keep you motivated, seeing improvement week after week.

Is it important to you now that you've been through it to talk to other guys if they go down with that same injury?

Oh yeah, yeah. Definitely, definitely. With all the support and love, certain guys, especially Rajon Rondo -- he was definitely the biggest helper through this whole process, he actually gave me his phone number and told me I could hit him up whenever about it. Being from Boston, watching him growing up, and he went through it and he came back as strong as possible, actually before me, so it gave me a lot of confidence, having his good faith.

Is that kind of crazy, being a Celtics fan growing up, to get to know him on a personal level?

Yeah, definitely. That's definitely what made it even more of a thrill. Being able to interact with Rondo and get good advice from him, 'cause he's more of a veteran point guard now in this league, gone through so much with the Big 3, he's a world champion, he's a player who's very mature in this league now. So definitely, it was crazy. I took a lot from him.

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Bowling Green Bandits to Hold Tryouts in September

The Bowling Green Bandits, a new ABA team in Kentucky, will be holding tryouts at E.A. Diddle Arena in September.

Here are details:

Ray Kasongo Fails to Qualify for Admission to Indiana

Former East Ridge and Pikeville big man Ray Kasongo is still looking for a college destination after failing to gain admission into Indiana University.



Kasongo originally committed to Oregon but was denied admission into the school.

Video: The Kentucky Wildcats Took a Boating Trip in the Bahamas

The Kentucky Wildcats took a boating trip during their stay in the Bahamas.

Check out this footage from Kentucky Wildcats TV:


Anthony Davis Dazzles for Team USA in Win Over Brazil

Former University of Kentucky star Anthony Davis is quickly becoming Team USA's "go to" guy.

In Saturday's 95-78 win over Brazil, Davis led the way with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocked shots. His night included several dazzling dunks and one breathtaking moment where he literally jumped into the stands for a loose ball.

Chris Sheridan writes on SheridanHoops.com that Davis is the new Team USA alpha dog.

Here is an excerpt:

Usually, there are very few “Wow” moments in exhibitions, be they NBA games or FIBA games. This one bucked that trend.

Anthony Davis diving into the stands, knocking over two of the hottest female fans in the building? Yeah, that was a “Wow” moment. Davis finishing a couple of fast breaks with rim-rattling slams while running at full speed? Yeah, that too brought out the ‘W’ word.

There were enough “Wow” moments from that young man to leave you saying “Damn” about this version of Team USA, which came out looking awesome and finished looking even more awesome in a 95-78 victory Saturday night against Brazil in which the Americans very much looked like the favorite to win the World Cup, which they are.

Going into this game, you didn’t quite know what you were going to get, especially after the losses of Kevin Durant and Paul George. Coming out of it, we now know what we are going to get: A whole lot of Anthony Davis, whose youthful athleticism was infectious to the entire American team in their first game of the 2014 summer.

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Christen Cunningham Scores 12 in Exhibition Debut with Samford

Former Henry Clay and Cordia star Christen Cunningham scored 12 points on Sunday in his freshman debut with Samford University.

Sophomore Nnamdi Enechionyia (say that three times really fast) scored 14 points to lead Samford to a 95-62 exhibition win over the Real Deal Shockers.

Samford, which is coached by former University of Kentucky star Scott Padgett, will have two more games in the Bahamas.

Here's their remaining schedule:

Aug. 18 vs. Atlantis All‐Stars 7 p.m.
Aug. 19 vs. Commonwealth Giants 9 p.m.

‐ All games can we watched Live via the following Web address: btcsot.sportingpulse.net.

John Calipari Discusses Loss to the Dominican Republic

Kentucky head coach John Calipari discusses Sunday's loss to the Dominican Republic in the Bahamas:


Sluggish Kentucky Drops Final Game in the Bahamas

Dominican Republic 63
Kentucky 62

Exhibition Final from the Bahamas




Veteran big man Jack Michael Martinez nailed a crafty fade away jumper with just over two seconds remaining to give the Dominican Republic national team a 63-62 victory over Kentucky in the Bahamas on Sunday.

For Kentucky, the real story was six games in eight days. The Wildcats appeared a step slow throughout the game and the Dominicans took advantage late in the second half.

Victor Liz led the Dominican Republic with 15 points. Martinez added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Former Kentucky big man Eloy Vargas chipped in 4 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

Tyler Ulis finished with 12 points and a game-high 5 assists for Kentucky. Derek Willis and Karl Towns each added 10 points. Dakari Johnson contributed 5 points and 9 rebounds.

Kentucky finished their exhibition week in the Dominican Republic with an impressive 5-1 record.

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