Friday, May 1, 2015

2015 Star Jaylen Brown Has Committed to California

California just picked up a surprising commitment from 2015 forward Jaylen Brown. 

Brown, a 6-foot-7 small forward, is the No. 3 overall recruit on the Rivals.com list for 2015.

He picked California over Kentucky and Michigan.


Former EKU Assistant Josh Merkel Named Head Coach at Randolph-Macon College

Former Eastern Kentucky University assistant coach Josh Merkel has been named head coach at Randolph-Macon College.

Merkel was an assistant under Jeff Neubauer from 2006-2010. During that time, the Colonels registered 73 victories, the highest four-season total in program history. EKU won the Ohio Valley Conference championship in 2007 and faced North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.

This will be Merkel's second head coaching job as he comes over from Salisbury College. He has also previously worked as an assistant coach at West Virginia and Randolph-Macon.

Here is a press release from RMC:

ASHLAND, Va. – Former Randolph-Macon assistant and Salisbury head coach Josh Merkel has returned to Ashland to lead the Yellow Jackets’ men’s basketball program.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be the next head coach at Randolph-Macon College,” Merkel said. “I am humbled and grateful by the faith and confidence that Athletics Director Jeff Burns, President Robert Lindgren and Provost William Franz have placed in me. The opportunity to return and build on the great tradition of coaches such as Paul Webb, Hal Nunnally, Mike Rhoades and Nathan Davis is something we will pursue with enthusiasm every day. We understand the expectations and the standard of excellence that have been established. We realize we are being given a gift and it is our responsibility to continue to grow that gift.”

Merkel was an assistant at R-MC during the 2010-11 season under former head coach Nathan Davis. The Yellow Jackets posted a 25-5 record, captured a share of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference regular-season title with a 13-3 mark and won the ODAC Tournament crown. R-MC reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Merkel also helped recruit this past season’s senior class of Marcus Badger, Hunter Fromang, Chris Hamilton, Akeem Holmes, Evan Jackson, Connor Sullivan and Trent Walker.

"Josh Merkel is a great recruiter, has an excellent basketball mind, and relates well to his players,” said Davis, the head coach at Bucknell University. “He was as good an assistant coach as I have ever been around. He showed what he is capable of as a head coach during his time at Salisbury. I am confident that he will take the Randolph-Macon Basketball program to heights it has yet to achieve."

Merkel is just the fifth head coach for the R-MC Basketball program since 1956, joining Davis (2009-15), Rhoades (1999-2009), Nunnally (1975-99) and Webb (1956-75). Each of the past four head coaches was a former Yellow Jacket assistant coach.

“The history of coaching talent associated with the Randolph-Macon College basketball family is unmatched at the college level,” said R-MC Director of Athletics Jeff Burns. “Josh embodies the high character, first-class nature of our program and is well-suited to carry on that tradition.”

For the past four seasons, Merkel served as head coach at his alma mater. The Sea Gulls were 66-41 (.617) over the past four years and 37-25 (.597) in Capital Athletic Conference contests.

This past season, Merkel led Salisbury to a 21-8 record and a 14-4 CAC mark. It was the fifth-best record in the 86 years of the program and the first 20-win season since 1996-97. Salisbury set a school record with 14 CAC victories and Merkel was named CAC Coach of the Year. The second-seeded Sea Gulls defeated No. 6 Mary Washington 59-52 in the CAC semifinals and edged No. 4 Christopher Newport 58-57 to win the CAC Championship, the first title since 1997 and second in program history. Salisbury defeated Eastern Connecticut St. 66-54 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to host Trinity in the second round.

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Kentucky Offers 2018 Guard Jaedon LeDee

The Kentucky Wildcats are looking into the future as they have extended a scholarship offer to 2018 guard Jaedon LeDee.




Kentucky vs. West Virginia All-Star Game Tonight at Mingo Central High School

The 3rd annual Consol Energy All-Star Game is scheduled to take place tonight at Mingo Central (WV) High School.

The girls’ game will tipoff at 6 p.m., while the boys’ game will start at approximately 8:15 p.m. There will be a dunk contest and a 3-point shootout between games.

Ky. Boys Roster

No. 14 Peyton Woods, 6’3”, Wayne Co.
No. 23 Keifer Dalton, 6’0”, Clinton Co.
No. 3 Chase Parsley, 5’10”, Sheldon Clark
No. 2 Braxton Blair, 6’0”, Johnson Central
No. 21 Kyle Gullett, 6’7”,Johnson Central
No. 33 Zach Huffman, 6’6”, Pikeville
No. 20 Simon Christon, 6’5”, Knott Co. Central
No. 11 Andrew Newsome, 6’4”, Shelby Valley
No. 5 Isaiah Johnson, 6’4”, Scott Co.
No. 34 Dalton Richardson, 6’0”, Shelby Valley
No. 1 Corey Hamilton, 5’11”, Shelby Valley
No. 10 Michael Fields, 5’10”, Shelby Valley
No. 44 Austin Hylton, 6’6”, East Ridge

Head Coach: Jim Hicks

W.Va. Boys Roster

Ted Kapita, Huntington Prep
Ron Shabazz, Huntington Prep
Dikembe Dixson, Mingo Central
Josh Butcher, Chapmanville
Paul Serena, Huntington Prep
Anthony Meadows, Huntington High
Aalik Harris, Capital
D. J. Staples, George Washington
Jordan Kinney, Capital
Hayden Sturgell, Tug Valley
Austin Baisden, Tug Valley
Zac Accord, Logan
Jacob Hudson, Lincoln County

Head Coach: Garland Thompson

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Karl-Anthony Towns Taken No. 6 Overall in Dominican Republic League Draft

Did you know that Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns has already been drafted by one professional team?

Towns was taken No. 6 overall by Leones de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic's LNB league.

Obviously, Towns will be taken in the NBA Draft soon but Leones de Santo Domingo own the rights to Towns if he ever ends up in the Dominican league.

Kelly Beidler was the top overall pick, Jon Horford (Florida) was the No. 2 pick and Emmy Andujar was No. 3.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Terrence Williams Signs to Play in Venezuela

Former Louisville star Terrence Williams has signed with Guaiqueries de Margarita in Venezuela's top-level LPB league.

Williams recently played two games for Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rico. He averaged 16.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. He spent the majority of 2014-15 with Maccabi Ashdod in Israel's top-level league and Fuerza Regia in Mexico.

Here is more from LatinBasket.com:

Guaiqueries de Margarita (LPB) landed 28-year old American swingman Terrence Williams (198-100kg-87, college: Louisville). He played recently at Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican BSN league. In two games he averaged impressive 16.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg this season. Williams ended this season at Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) in Israel. But the most of that year he spent at Fuerza Regia (LNBP) in Mexican league. In four BSN games he had 15.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0spg.

Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky to Play in December

Eastern Kentucky University will travel to the University of Kentucky for the second season in a row on December 9, 2015.

Here are details from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky will play the University of Kentucky for the second straight season in 2015-16. The game will be played on Dec. 9 at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

The game time will be determined at a later date.

New Eastern Kentucky head coach Dan McHale will be facing his alma mater for the first time.

"It will be special to take a team into Rupp Arena for the first time as a head coach," McHale said. "I met my wife and a lot of special people that are still very close to me while I was a student at UK. Between now and then I won't be thinking much about that, my effort will be spent every day on getting our Eastern Kentucky team ready to win all 31 games on the schedule."

The two teams, separated by less than 30 miles, played on the hardwood just once before 1990, but have met 10 times since the 1990-91 season.

The Colonels and Wildcats faced each other last season on Dec. 7, 2014 in Lexington. No. 1 UK won that game 82-49. Eastern scored more points against Kentucky than Kansas, Providence, West Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, Missouri and UCLA.

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Florida's Billy Donovan is Headed to the NBA After 19 Seasons

Head coach Billy Donovan is leaving the Florida Gators after 19 seasons to take over the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Gators won two national titles under Donovan's leadership. He also led Florida to four Final Fours, seven Elite Eights and 14 NCAA tournament berths.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

Billy Donovan has agreed to a multiyear deal to be the next coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources told ESPN's Jeff Goodman and Andy Katz on Thursday.

Donovan has spent the past 19 years as coach of the Florida Gators, with whom he won two national championships and appeared in four Final Fours. He will replace Scott Brooks, who was fired as coach of the Thunder after seven seasons on April 22.

An official announcement is expected Thursday or Friday, sources told ESPN.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti, who made a number of trips to Gainesville in the past year to scout Donovan, did not interview any other candidates for the position. Presti and Donovan have a previous strong relationship and have similar ideas about team culture and advanced metrics. That could provide added organizational synergy, something Presti highly values.

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Elizabethtown's Zach Patterson Collects Offer from Olney Central

Elizabethtown's Zach Patterson has picked up an offer from Olney Central College following a visit today.



Patterson, a 6-foot-5 wing, averaged 17.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game last season as a senior.

Rhode Island Graduate Transfer Jarelle Reischel Will Visit EKU Today

According to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, Rhode Island graduate transfer Jarelle Reischel will visit Eastern Kentucky University today.



Reischel, a 6-foot-5 forward, averaged 3.0 points and 1.9 rebounds per game for the Rams last season.

Billy Donovan, Thunder Reportedly Working on Multiyear Deal

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Billy Donovan are nearing a multiyear agreement that would make Donovan the team's new head coach.



Here's more from Stein's article:

The Oklahoma City Thunder are nearing an agreement with Billy Donovan on a multiyear deal that will make the two-time NCAA title winner their new coach, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that an announcement confirming Donovan as the replacement for the ousted Scott Brooks is likely to come as soon as Thursday or Friday.

ESPN.com first reported early Wednesday that the Thunder and the Florida Gators coach had entered into serious dialogue about the position.

Sources said Wednesday night that only an unforeseen collapse at this stage would prevent the sides from finalizing a deal after two days of advanced negotiations.

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Meanwhile, the Donovan camp says this:


Oklahoma State Offers Scholarship to Owen County's Carson Williams

Owen County High School forward Carson Williams has added a high major offer from Oklahoma State.




Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Apollo's Ben Moss Picks Up Offer from Eastern Kentucky University

Apollo's Ben Moss has picked up an offer from Eastern Kentucky University.



Moss is a 5-foot-10 point guard in the Class of 2016.

Quentin Goodin Will Visit Xavier University Tomorrow

Taylor County star Quentin Goodin will visit Xavier University tomorrow.



Goodin, a 6-foot-2 guard, recently picked up an offer from Miami.

Kentucky Adds Guard Jonny David as a Walk-On

The Kentucky Wildcats have added 6-foot-2 guard Jonny David (No. 13 in picture) from Mount Lebanon (Pa.) as a walk-on for 2015-16.

Instead of exploring other Division I offers, David decided he would rather be a walk-on at Kentucky.

David averaged 18.5 points per game as a senior.

Here is more from the Herald-Leader:

Jonny had expressed interest in walking on at a bigger program, and Calipari noted that he would be losing three walk-ons — seniors Tod Lanter, Brian Long and Sam Malone — to graduation.

Calipari told the Davids to consider it over the next few months and let him know at the end of the season if he’d be interested in coming to Kentucky.

Other Division I coaches made phone calls and sent letters to express interest in Jonny’s recruitment.

Joe David asked his son the same question whenever a new school would inquire: “If they offered you a scholarship would you go there or walk on at Kentucky?

“The answer was always, ‘I want to go to Kentucky.'”

Last month, Jonny sent Calipari a text message saying he’d like to be a Wildcat.

“Welcome to the family,” the UK coach responded.

Mason County High School Hires Former Ashland Coach Buddy Biggs

Mason County High School has hired former Ashland coach Buddy Biggs to take over the boy's basketball program.

I first saw the news reported by Danny Weddle on Twitter:



Biggs was 172-115 in 9 seasons at Ashland. The Tomcats finished 5-27 last season.

Billy Donovan Leaving Florida for the NBA?

It's sounds like Florida might be losing head coach Billy Donovan to the Oklahoma City Thunder.



Donovan is said to be in formal discussions with the Thunder at this time.

Here is an excerpt from the ESPN article:

Within NBA coaching circles, Donovan is widely regarded as the clear favorite to succeed Brooks, who made one trip to the NBA Finals and two other trips to the Western Conference finals in his seven seasons as Thunder coach.

Donovan is the first known candidate to talk with the Thunder about the job. It was not immediately clear how many other candidates, if any, Presti plans to sit down with.

ESPN.com reported in early April that there was a growing sense among NBA executives that Donovan is more ready to make the jump to the NBA than he has ever been. He also has a very close with relationship with Presti, who has hired two members of Donovan's staff at Florida within the past 12 months to take positions with Oklahoma City -- Mark Daigneault as coach of the Thunder's D-League team and Oliver Winterbone as a data analyst.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cheick Diallo Commits to Kansas

Cheick Diallo has just committed to Kansas.


JUCO Transfer Mychal Mulder Commits to Kentucky

Junior college transfer Mychal Mulder has just committed to the University of Kentucky.

Mulder averaged 8.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game at Vincennes University last season. He also shot 38.3% from the three-point line.

Photo: 247 Sports



Ray Kasongo Reportedly Down to Tennessee and Mississippi State

According to reports, former Pikeville High School forward Ray Kasongo is close to making his college decision.




Roster Released for 2015 Kentucky All-Star Team

The roster has been released for the 2015 Kentucky All-State Team that will battle Indiana in June.

Here's a look at the Kentucky roster:

Boys’ Kentucky All-Stars

Camron Justice, Knott Central
James “Beetle” Bolden, Holmes
Evan Hall, Knott Central
Aric Holman, Owensboro
JaQualis Matlock, Hopkinsville
Justin Miller, Owensboro
Zach Patterson, Elizabethtown
Jalen Perry, Ballard
Matt Rose, Lexington Christian
David Simmons, Henderson County
Ray Spalding, Trinity
Dwayne Sutton, Manual
Peyton Woods, Wayne County

Head coach: James Haire (Elizabethtown)
Assistant coach: Wayne Breeden (Tates Creek)
Assistant coach: Jerry Turner (Elizabethtown)
Assistant coach: Robert Broughton (Elizabethtown)

Kentucky will host Indiana on June 12 at Transylvania University’s Beck Center. The girls game will tip at 5:30 p.m. and the boys game will follow at 8:00 p.m. The teams will meet June 13 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Former WKU Star Steffphon Pettigrew to Play in the Philippines

Former Western Kentucky University star Steffphon Pettigrew will join Talk N Text Tropang Texters in the Philippines for the upcoming Governor's Cup in May.

Here's more from Asia-Basket.com:

The Beermen are retaining the services of Arizona Reid (196-F-86, college: High Point), the Elasto Painters signed Wendell McKines (198-F-88, college: N.Mexico St.) and the Tropang Texters availed the services of Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F-89, college: W.Kentucky) and Jordanian hotshot Osama Daghles (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.).

Source

The Governor's Cup tips off on May 5.

Pettigrew has played professionally in Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Venezuela.

UK Offers 2015 N.C. State Commit Shaun Kirk

Kentucky has extended a new scholarship offer to 2015 forward Shaun Kirk.

Kirk, a 6-foot-6 combo forward, committed to N.C. State yesterday. Last night, he received an offer from the Wildcats.

Now, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, he is considering all options:

“He intends to explore that option,” the source told Scout.

Kirk, who is eligible to go to college this coming season, didn’t sign any paperwork after he committed to N.C. State.

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Rivals.com rates Kirk as a three-star recruit.

West Jessamine's David McCorvey Signs with Asbury University

West Jessamine High School guard David McCorvey has signed with Asbury University for 2015-16.



McCorvey averaged 13.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game for the Colts last season.

Carson Williams Adds an Offer from Saint Joseph's

Owen County forward Carson Williams has picked up an offer from Saint Joseph's following an impressive weekend at the EYBL event in Lexington.



Williams, an athletic 6-foot-6 forward, also holds offers from Northern Kentucky, Samford, Miami (OH), Wright State, Ohio, North Florida and Northwestern State.

George Fant Exploring Possibility of Playing Football at Western Kentucky

Western Kentucky senior basketball player George Fant is apparently exploring the option of playing a season of college football for the Hilltoppers.



According to the Bowling Green Daily News:

Fant is simply "exploring all options" and "seeing how it goes for now," according to WKU, and no concrete commitment has been made by him or the program.

Multiple sources told the Daily News that Fant recently approached WKU about the option of playing next season. Right now, both sides are testing the waters.

Sources previously told the Daily News that WKU had shown interest in Fant earlier this semester, but Fant had declined to pursue that opportunity.

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George Roger Clark's Damion King Commits to Thomas More College

George Rogers Clark guard Damion King has committed to Thomas More College.



King averaged a team-best 17.4 points per game for the Cardinals last season.

Monday, April 27, 2015

JUCO Guard Mychal Mulder to Kentucky?

According to Hoops Hype Canada, JUCO guard Mychal Mulder will formally announce his commitment to Kentucky tomorrow.



Mulder, a 6-foot-4 guard from Vincennes University, is just coming off a visit to UK.

The report from Hoops Hype is not confirmed so take it for what it's worth but we do know that Mulder will announce his decision tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.

Photo: Rivals.com

Male High School's Alex Cook Commits to Bellarmine University

Male High School junior forward Alex Cook has committed to Bellarmine University.



Cook, a 6-foot-6 wing, averaged 10.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game for Male last season.

Four Wesley Christian School Players Sign with College Programs

Four Wesley Christian School basketball players have signed to continue their careers at the college level.

- Pepper Ben; 6'8" forward - Lindsey Wilson College

- MJ Lex; 6'6" guard - Union College

- Abraham Onyebuchi; 6'7" forward - University of Rio Grande

- Lequan Johnson; 6'3" guard - University of Cincinnati Clermont

"I couldn't be any prouder of this group of young men for all their accomplishments in the classroom and on the court," said Wesley Christian coach Jack Jarrell following the signing ceremony.

Morehead State's Corban Collins to Travel with Athletes in Action

Morehead State guard Corban Collins will travel to New Zealand for an exhibition tour with Athletes in Action this summer.

Here are details of the trip from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Corban Collins, who just completed his sophomore season with the Morehead State men's basketball program, will join the Athletes in Action for their upcoming New Zealand Tour. The squad is scheduled to leave the United States on July 30 and return on Aug. 16.

The team is scheduled to have four days of training camp in Los Angeles before playing several games overseas. AIA basketball teams have traveled to nearly every continent for exhibition contests since 1967. For more on the faith-based sports organization, visit AIABasketball.com.

"I'm really happy Corban is getting this opportunity," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "It's great that he will be representing Morehead State men's basketball on an international stage. Corban is a mature player. He produces on both ends of the floor and can play either guard position."

Collins averaged 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 2014-15. The 6-foot-3 guard played in 30 contests, knocking down 39 percent from the field, 35 percent from three-point range and 79 percent from the foul line. His season high of 22 points came at No. 12/12 Ohio State.

"Corban had to shake off some rust at the beginning of the season (after sitting out in 2013-14), but became a regular contributor for us by the end of the year," Woods said. "Corban is works really hard on his game and that typically shows. He's a leader for our team, on and off the court."

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2015 Star Brandon Ingram Will Announce His Decision Today

Brandon Ingram, one of the top remaining uncommitted players in the Class of 2015, will announce his college decision this evening at 6:10 p.m. ET.



Ingram, a 6-foot-8 small forward, will reportedly choose from a list that includes Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, NC State and UCLA.

Here's more on Ingram from Zagsblog.com:

I’m still torn between a few schools,” Ingram says in the above video. “So I’ve set a timeline for myself, April 27th, because I’m ready to get it over with.”

Duke, which twice met with Ingram last week, is the clear favorite on the 247Sports CrystalBall, owning 76 percent of the predictions as of this writing, but that hasn’t always been the case as North Carolina initially led.

“What has stood out with [Duke] is them telling me how unique I was,” Ingram told ESPNU on Tuesday before the second Duke visit. “[Coach K] knows a lot about me and they are a great fit for me.”

Apparently the addition of reclassified point guard Derryck Thornton to Duke’s recruiting class made a positive impact on Ingram.

“It impacts [my decision] a lot,” he told ESPNU. “That [lack of a point guard] was one of my concerns coming and looking at the particular schools so that impacts a lot.”

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Ingram ranks No. 4 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015.

My thoughts: The majority of guesses seem to think Ingram will pick Duke but with John Calipari....stranger things have happened.

Photo: Rivals.com

Taquan Dean Signs With Mahram Tehran in Iran

Former Louisville guard Taquan Dean has signed to play with Mahram Tehran in Iran's Superleague.

The 32-year old Dean just finished up 26 games with Gipuzkoa in Spain's Liga Endesa. He averaged 12.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

Here's more from Asia-Basket.com:

Mahram Tehran (Superleague) tabbed 32-year old American guard Taquan Dean (193-90kg-83, college: Louisville, agency: Two Points). He played recently at Gipuzkoa in Spanish Liga Endesa, but left the team earlier this month. In 26 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.6apg this season. The last season Dean played at Air Avellino (Serie A) in Italian league. In 14 games he had 10.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg.

The previous (12-13) season he was tested by Aliaga Petkim (TB3L) in Turkish league. In only one game he recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists in 2012-13 season. Dean also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he had 12.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.5apg in 2012-13 season.

In 11-12 season he played at Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) in Spain. In 7 games he had just 2.4ppg in 2011-12 season.

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2017 Franklin-Simpson Guard Tavin Lovan Adds Offer from Eastern Kentucky

Tavin Lovan, who is quickly rising to the top of Kentucky's Class of 2017, has added a new offer from Eastern Kentucky University.



Lovan is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard at Franklin-Simpson High School.

He currently plays for The Travelers AAU program on the Nike EYBL circuit.

Lovan recently earned his first Division I offer from Western Kentucky University.

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