Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Kentucky Wildcats Meet Muhammad Ali

The Kentucky Wildcats met former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali today:


Friday, September 26, 2014

Rick Pitino Visits 2016 Shooting Guard Rawle Alkins

Rick Pitino was at Christ the King (NY) High School yesterday to visit 2016 shooting guard Rawle Alkins.

Alkins posted a picture on Twitter:



Alkins ranks No. 29 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.

Worthing Thunder Interview with Former Morehead State Forward Milton Chavis

Check out this recent interview with former Morehead State forward Milton Chavis, who is now playing in the United Kingdom for the Worthing Thunder:


Morehead State Offers 2015 Players Rodney Hunter and Jonathan Jean

Coaches from Morehead State recently had in-home visits with 2015 players Rodney Hunter and Jonathan Jean.

According to reports, the Eagles extended scholarship offers to both:







Thursday, September 25, 2014

Keith Bogans Traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers

Former Kentucky star Keith Bogans is headed to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the upcoming season.

Boston traded Bogans to Team LeBron for Dwight Powell, Erik Murphy, Malcolm Thomas, John Lucas III and a pair of second-round draft picks.

Here are details from Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com:






Owensboro's Aric Holman Will Visit VCU This Weekend

Aric Holman, a 6-foot-9 center at Owensboro High School, will visit VCU this weekend.


One of Nation's Top Eighth Graders Will Transfer to South Warren for One Season

Chicago's Marquise Walker, one of the top eighth grade players in the nation, is moving to Bowling Green and plans to high school basketball for South Warren High School for one season.

After the coming season, he will return to Chicago, where he is receiving interest from some of the city's top high schools.

Walker, a 5-foot-10 point guard who averaged 35 points per game last season at the eighth grade level, is already receiving college interest. He will take an unofficial visit to Western Kentucky University this weekend.

Here is more from High School Cube News:

So far the 14-year-old is living up to the hype. He’s considered one of the top 25 players in the national class of 2019 and is the top-ranked player in Illinois.

“I love it,” said Marquise Walker. “I love good attention, I love being noticed, I’m grateful for being noticed.”

Walker, a 5-10 point guard, averaged 35 points at Stevenson Middle School in Melrose Park. He played eighth grade ball as a seventh grader. Chikosi Walker doesn’t see any point in his son playing another season at that level, so he’s made a bold decision.

Marquise is moving to Bowling Green, Kentucky. He’ll attend South Warren Middle School and be the starting point guard at South Warren High School. Middle school students are allowed to play high school basketball in Kentucky.

“Playing eighth grade again would waste a year of development,” said Chikosi Walker. “He would be the best player on the court every game and won’t get better. He’s an alpha dog. It’s a no-win situation playing eighth grade ball. You have to see him play to understand what I mean. He hits another level when he plays against the best players in the country.”

Walker said South Warren is a much better school than Stevenson, so the move makes academic sense as well. He plans to spend as much time as possible with his son in Kentucky.

Complete Article

Louisville Has Some New Home Uniforms for 2014-15

The Louisville Cardinals have some new home uniforms for the 2014-15 season.

Here are a view pictures from Twitter:





Check out @ULFlyingCard on Twitter for more pictures

Raw Footage Surfaces of Rex Chapman Allegedly Stealing from Apple Store

Raw footage has surfaced of YouTube for Rex Chapman allegedly shoplifting from an Apple Store in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Reports indicate that Chapman is suspected of stealing some $14,000 worth of merchandise from the store. He then allegedly pawned the stolen merchandise off for just over $5,000 in cash.

Here is the raw footage:



Here are more details on the story from AZCentral.com:

Police said that within days of each incident, Chapman would visit the same Scottsdale pawnshop near Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard and sell the stolen merchandise for less than half of its value.

Investigators requested a $25,000 bond for Chapman, citing his work as a sportscaster who "travels all over the country for his job," according to police documents.

The judge set his bond at $14,000, which Chapman promptly posted.

He was released from custody just before 1 p.m. Saturday, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Police said Chapman's illicit activities at the Apple store in the Scottsdale Quarter were caught on tape on nine occasions between late May and early August, including two days when he visited the store twice.

Complete Article

Chapman will have a status conference tomorrow and a preliminary hearing on September 30.

Here is footage of his first court appearance via THECOUNT.COM on YouTube:


Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns Agree To Five-Year $70 Million Deal

Former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe has cashed in with the Phoenix Suns to the tune of $70 million over the course of the next five years.





Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points and 5.5 assists for the Suns last season.

Here is more from Yahoo! Sports:

The deal will include no player options, and the $70 million will be fully guaranteed, a source said.

Bledsoe and his agent Rich Paul arrived in Phoenix on Wednesday to meet with Suns management and try to clear the final hurdles toward a new contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Communication between Bledsoe and the Suns has been non-existent through a summer stalemate in extension talks and Wednesday's visit with Suns executives was a significant development in the final thawing needed to close on a new deal.

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Former Holmes Star Elijah Pittman is Headed to Morocco

Former Holmes High School and Marshall University star Elijah Pittman will continue his professional career in Morocco.

Pittman has agreed to terms with Wydad Athletic Club Casablanca in Morocco's top-level D1 league.

Last season, Pittman's Marshall career was cut short when he was dismissed from the team for unspecified reasons. He then spent time with the Delaware 87ers in the NBA Development League.

Here is more from Afrobasket.com:

Wydad Athletic Club Casablanca (D1) agreed terms with 23-year old American forward Elijah Pittman (206-104kg-91, college: Marshall). He played last season at Delaware 87ers (D-League) in the U.S.. In 8 games he had 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

2015 Star Antonio Blakeney: UK Visit Went Well

Antonio Blakeney, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard at Oak Ridge (FL), says his visit with John Calipari and Kenny Payne went well.



Blakeney, who recently decommitted from Louisville, ranks No. 13 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015.

Video: Kentucky's Alex Poythress Leaps Over Dakari Johnson for a Dunk

Kentucky's Alex Poythress posted a video of himself dunking over teammate Dakari Johnson.

Check out the video that Poythress posted to Instagram:


OVC to Have Seven Games Featured on ESPNU and ESPN2 This Season

The Ohio Valley Conference will have seven games on the ESPN networks in 2015.

Murray State, Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State will all play live on ESPNU at least once during the regular season.

The OVC Tournament semifinals and championship game will also be shown on ESPNU and ESPN2, respectively.

2014-15 OVC ESPN Television Schedule

Thursday, January 15

Belmont at Murray State, 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Thursday, January 29

Eastern Kentucky at Murray State, 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Thursday, February 5

Belmont at Eastern Kentucky, 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Wednesday, February 11

Morehead State at Eastern Kentucky, 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Friday, March 6

OVC Tournament Semifinal #1, 6:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
OVC Tournament Semifinal #2, 8:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Saturday, March 7

OVC Tournament Championship, 6:00 p.m. CT (ESPN2)

Here is a release from the OVC:

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference announced its slate of Conference games across ESPN platforms for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday.

The schedule includes seven total men's basketball games (four regular season contests and three OVC Tournament games) that will appear on one of the networks during the season. Each of the regular season games and the OVC Tournament semifinals will air live on ESPNU.

The OVC Tournament championship game will air on ESPN2 at 6:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 7. The tournament will be held at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

The package is part of a five-year agreement with ESPN that runs through the completion of the 2017-18 season and also includes a minimum of eight football games to be carried on ESPN3 annually as well as the ability for the OVC to receive additional national exposure.

The first live game event telecast on ESPNU, launched on March 4, 2005, was a Southeast Missouri State/Eastern Kentucky OVC Tournament semifinal which followed a live College GameDay telecast from Oklahoma State. The 24-hour college sports television network airs more than 650 live events annually. ESPNU is available nationwide in approximately 75 million households and has long-term carriage agreements with all 10 of the top multichannel TV providers - Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 208), DISH Network (Channel 141), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.

A complete television schedule with additional national and regional exposure will be released soon.

Complete Release

Washington Wizards Add Daniel Orton to Training Camp Roster

The Washington Wizards have signed former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton to their training camp roster, according to multiple reports.

Orton played on the Wizards’ summer league team in Las Vegas in July. In 5 games, he averaged 4.4 points and 5 rebounds per game.


Eastern's Trey Moses Commits to Ball State

Eastern High School forward Trey Moses has committed to Ball State University for 2015:


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Report: Rex Chapman Had a Serious Gambling Problem

According to a report, former Kentucky star Rex Chapman had a serious gambling problem which might explain the motive behind his alleged theft from an Apple store in Arizona.


Chapman is accused of shoplifting some $14,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple store in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Josh Harrellson Signs with Chongqing Flying Dragons in China

Former Kentucky forward Josh Harrellson has signed with the Chongqing Flying Dragons in China's second-level NBL league.

Here is more from Asia-Basket.com:

Chongqing Fly Dragon (NBL) added to their roster 25-year old American forward Josh Harrellson (208-120kg-89, college: Kentucky). It is actually his comeback to Guangzhou as he played here before. Harrellson moved there from Detroit Pistons in the NBA where he started the season.

Three years ago he was drafted by New Orleans Hornets (NBA) in second round (45th overall). The former University of Kentucky star is in his third season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Puerto Rico Cano Jirao Cup in 2013. Harrellson was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Player of the Year and Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Import Player of the Year in 2013.

Source

Monday, September 22, 2014

Chicago Bulls Keep Nazr Mohammed for Another Season

The Chicago Bulls have agreed to keep former Kentucky big man Nazr Mohammed for another season:



In 82 games last season, Mohammed averaged 1.5ppg and 2.2rpg.

Former EKU and Gannon Point Guard Jabs Newby Signs with Saint John Mill Rats

Former Eastern Kentucky University point guard Jabs Newby has signed with the Saint John Mill Rats in the National Basketball League of Canada.

Newby played two seasons for the Colonels, averaging 1.9 points and 1.4 assists per game. He then transferred to NCAA Division II Gannon University to finish out his college career.

Here is more from USBasket.com:

Saint John Mill Rats (NBL Canada) added to their roster 23-year old Canadian guard Jabs Newby (188-86kg-91). He just graduated from Gannon (NCAA2). In 14 games he had 4.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.5apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.

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TMZ: Rex Chapman Only Pocketed $5,460 for Stolen Apple Products

According to TMZ.com, Rex Chapman only collected $5,460 in cash from more than $14,000 worth of stolen Apple products.

An excerpt from TMZ:

According to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, Chapman only raked in $5,460 for the stuff ... roughly ONE-THIRD of the retail value.

Clearly, Chapman's negotiating skills need work (allegedly).

Complete Article

TMZ also has footage of Chapman being arraigned on nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking stolen property (click to play):



Coach Cal Appreciates the Courier-Journal's Apology

John Calipari took to Twitter moments ago to express his appreciation for the Courier-Journal's apology.

Calipari said he appreciates the apology, "although it was something they didn't need to do."


Doron Lamb Signs with the Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks have signed former University of Kentucky guard Doron Lamb:



According to this report, Lamb did not get any guaranteed money:


The Courier-Journal Issues an Apology to John Calipari

The Courier-Journal has issued an apology to Kentucky head coach John Calipari following last week's controversial image of Calipari's head on a baby's body that appeared in the paper.

Here is the apology:

Dear Coach Calipari,

Please accept our apology for the inappropriate illustration used with a column in last Friday's Courier-Journal. The illustration neither reflected the tone of the column it accompanied nor our editorial standards.

This was a failure in our procedures. We have reiterated to those involved and our entire staff that any illustration of this nature must be approved by senior editors, which did not happen in this case.

We regret that this episode cast a bad light on you and the University of Kentucky basketball team.

Sincerely,

Neil Budde
Executive Editor

A Letter to Coach Calipari

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