Saturday, June 20, 2015

Wesley Christian's Ganiyu Yahaya Picks Up Offer from UPIKE

Wesley Christian School's Ganiyu Yahaya has picked up an offer from the University of Pikeville.

Yahaya is a 6-foot-4 guard in the Class of 2016. He plays for the Arkansas Wings Select AAU program in the summer.

This is Yahaya's first official offer.

Morehead State's Marquel Willis Transfers to Palm Beach State

Morehead State forward Marquel Willis has transferred to Palm Beach State (JUCO) College in Lake Worth, Florida.


Willis averaged 4.3 points and 1.4 rebounds per game as a freshman at Morehead State.

Assistant Coach Brian Ellis Leaves Morehead State

Assistant coach Brian Ellis has left the Morehead State coaching staff to accept a new job with Custom College Recruiting, LLC.

Ellis praised Morehead State, the Morehead community and coach Sean Woods on social media. He cited a need to spend more time with family as the primary factor in his career change.

Custom College Recruiting welcomed Ellis to the company via a brief announcement earlier this morning:

Please welcome the newest addition to the CCR family and staff Coach Brian "BJ" Ellis. BJ will be stepping into the role of Global Director of Sport. He will over see the everyday progress of CCR growth and help to expand our global reach beyond the 37 countries we currently serve. He will bring a wealth of knowledge and hard work to an already talented team.

Ellis spent three seasons as an assistant at Morehead State. Before that he was with head coach Sean Woods at Mississippi Valley State. He has also served as an assistant coach at Delta State.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

JaQualis Matlock, Anton Cowherd Commit to Motlow State Community College

Hopkinville's JaQualis Matlock and Marion County's Anton Cowherd have both committed to Motlow State Community (JUCO) College. 

Matlock averaged 19.6 points and 8.8 rebounds for Hopkinsville last season. He had interest from several Division I programs.

Cowherd, a 5-foot-11 point guard, averaged 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for Marion County last season.

Motlow State is now coached by former St. Catharine College head coach and Tennessee staffer J.T. Burton.

Western High School's Terrell Howard Inks With Kentucky State

Western High School's Terrell Howard has signed to play with Kentucky State University next season.



Howard averaged 20.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game at Western last season.

Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku is Bringing Back the "Granny Style" Free Throw

Apparently, Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku is resurrecting the "granny style" of free throw shooting.

According to reports form Team USA's U19 camp, Onuaku has been perfecting the shot that was once utilized by former NBA great Rick Barry.

Here is an excerpt from Gazette.com:

It's commonly referred to as "granny style," but Onuaku is no granny. He's a 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward. He made less than 46 percent of his free throws during his freshman year with Louisville. Toward the end of the season - prior to the NCAA Tournament - the Cardinals' coach, Rick Pitino, showed Onuaku a video of NBA hall of famer Rick Barry. Barry, who lives in Colorado Springs, made nearly 90 percent of his free throws in his professional career while shooting underhanded.

"He's sacrificing the way it looks for the result," U19 coach Sean Miller said of Onauku. "It says a lot about him."

Though he began practicing the form before his freshman season ended, Onuaku didn't use the underhand style in a Louisville game. If he makes the USA roster, he'll get a chance to unveil the form at the FIBA U19 World Championships on June 27 to July 5 in Heraklion (Crete), Greece.

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Onuaku made the final roster for the USA team that will compete in the upcoming U19 world championships.

University of Pikeville Announces 2015-16 Recruiting Class

The University of Pikeville has signed eight players for the 2015-16 men's basketball season.

Here's a release from UPIKE:

Marshall Bennett | 6-6 | 210 | F | Jr. | Chicago, Ill. | Black Hawk College (Ill.)

Bennett arrives at UPIKE after a successful sophomore campaign at Black Hawk College (Ill.). The versatile Bennett put up averages of 16.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists while shooting nearly 40 percent from the 3-point line. The forward can play several positions and will be a great asset all over the floor.

Daniel Afeaki | 6-9 | 235 | C | Jr. | San Bruno, Calif. | Skyline College (Calif.)

Afeaki comes to UPIKE after two strong seasons at Skyline College (Calif.). As a sophomore, Afeaki posted averages of 7.1 points and 4.2 rebounds while shooting 62.9 percent from the field. His shooting percentage was the fifth highest in the California JUCO's. His team also experienced success during the 2014-15 season, making an appearance in the Northern California Regional Tournament.

Dmitri Reaves | 6-3 | 200 | G | Jr. | Mullins, S.C. | Olney Central College (Ill.)

Reaves, comes to UPIKE after two successful seasons at Olney Central College (Ill.). As a freshman, Reaves was named the Region 24 Tournament MVP after guiding the Knights to the Region 24 championship game. As a sophomore, he posted averages of 11.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.


Micheal Lewis Jr. | 6-10 | 225 | F/C | Jr. | Slidell, La. | Mississippi Gulf Coast College

Lewis joins the Bears from Mississippi Gulf Coast College, where he played for two seasons. As a sophomore, Lewis averaged 9.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while shooting over 50 percent from the field. Lewis was also selected to participate in the 2015 MACJC Sophomore All-Star Game where he helped lead his team to a 123-117 victory.




Bobby Barnes | 6-5 | 210 | F | Sr. | San Francisco, Calif. | Fresno Pacific (Calif.)

Barnes comes to UPIKE after a stellar season at NCAA Div. II Fresno Pacific. As a junior, he led the Sunbirds in scoring at 14.5 ppg. Barnes also added 4.5 rpg while shooting 60.5 percent from the field, which ranks ninth all-time at FPU for a single season and led the PacWest Conference in 2015.

Uzonna Akazi | 6'8 | 210 | F | Jr. | Queens, N.Y. | Three Rivers CC (Mo.)

Akazi comes to UPIKE from Three Rivers Community College (Mo.) where he averaged 14.0 ppg and 6.3 rpg as a sophomore, The versatile Akazi, who can play inside and out, also knocked down 22 three's while shooting 34.4 percent from downtown.

Chase Parsley | 5-10 | 165 | G | Fr. | Kermit, W. Va. | Sheldon Clark HS

Parsley comes to Pikeville after a standout high-school career at Sheldon Clark. While a Cardinal, Parsley set the schools all-time scoring record with over 2,300 points in his varsity career. Parsley has garnered numerous awards, including the 57th District Press Association Player of the Year, first team All-Area by the Williamson Daily News, second team All-Mountain Team by WYMT Sports Overtime and the 15th region All-tournament team.


Johnny Miller | 6-1 | 170 | G | Fr. | Lick Creek, Ky. | East Ridge HS

Miller joins UPIKE after a stellar career at local East Ridge. While at East Ridge, Miller became the schools all-time leading scorer after posting 2,165 career points. Miller was also named the 2015 Appalachian News Express and Medical Leader Player of the Year.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Doss PG Tay Weaver Signs with Eastern Kentucky University

Doss High School point guard Tay Weaver has signed with Eastern Kentucky University.


Willie Cauley-Stein Didn't Know What Trill Actually Meant

Former Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein changed his middle name to Trill without actually knowing the meaning of the word trill.

Cauley-Stein said he changed his middle name because Trill was his nickname.

Check out this comments from SportingNews.com:

Per Urban Dictionary, "trill" means either “true and real” or “too real.” But when asked which he intended, Cauley-Stein gave the most trill answer possible.

“Neither. It's my nickname. I honestly didn’t even know what it meant,” Cauley-Stein told Sporting News at a Hornets NBA Draft workout Wednesday. “My boys and everybody on campus were calling me that, and I just went with it."

That’s right, Cauley-Stein legally changed his middle name to a word without even knowing its meaning. Trill.

The three-year Kentucky center had a private workout with the Hornets, a pairing that would make very little sense come draft night. But while he was there, Cauley-Stein still worked to make an impression on the Hornets and to try and settle lingering concerns about his shooting.

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Long Time Wayne County Head Coach Rodney Woods Retires

Long time Wayne County High School head coach Rodney Woods has retired.



Woods has been at Wayne County for 29 years. He has taken Wayne County to the Kentucky state tournament 9 times in his career, including a runner-up finish in 1989.

KSTV Catches Up With Former Kentucky Star Terrence Jones

KSTV's Thomas Beisner recently chatted with former Kentucky star Terrence Jones.

Jones, now a key contributor for the Houston Rockets, was back in town for Camp One.

Check out the interview:



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Jazz Ferguson Nails Game Winner in Kentuckiana Pro Am

The Kentuckiana Pro Am continued last night with three games at Beth Haven Christian School.

The game of the night was Overseas Pros against defending champions Team Southern Indiana.

With TSI leading 84-83, former IU Southeast star Jazz Ferguson nailed a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer for the Pros.

Check out the shot by Ferguson:



The Pro Am continues with three games Thursday night, including a rematch between TSI and Overseas Pros.

Here's a schedule for the rest of the Pro Am:

Thursday, June 18

6:30 PM KPA #2 vs. Indiana Generals
7:30 PM KPA #1 vs. KPA #3
8:30 PM Overseas Pros vs. Team Southern Indiana

Monday, June 22

6:30 PM KPA #3 vs. KPA #2
7:30 PM Indiana Generals vs. Team Southern Indiana
8:30 PM Overseas Pros vs. KPA #1

Tuesday, June 23 KPA Playoffs (Single Elimination)

*2 additonal teams will be added to the playoffs

6:30 PM Playoff Game 1
7:30 PM Playoff Game 2
8:30 PM Playoff Game 3
9:30 PM Playoff Game 4

Wednesday, June 24 KPA Playoffs (Semi-Finals)

7:00 PM Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
8:15 PM Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4

Thursday, June 25 KPA Championship Night

6:30 PM KPA Game
7:30 PM Women's KPA All Star Game (Local overseas pros)
8:30 PM 2015 KPA Championship Game
- Naming of 2015 KPA All League Team
- Naming of 2015 KPA MVP

Rick Pitino, Louisville Agree to Contract Extension Through 2025-26

Louisville and head coach Rick Pitino recently agreed on a contract that will keep the Hall of Fame coach on the Cards' bench through 2025-26.

Here is the release from UL:

Louisville, Ky. -- The University of Louisville has extended the contract of men's basketball coach Rick Pitino four years, boosting his association with the Cardinals through the 2025-26 season.

The first coach in NCAA history to win a national title at two different schools and the first to take three different teams to the Final Four, Pitino had seven years remaining on his current contract, which had tied him with the Cardinals through the 2021-22 season.

In 30 seasons as a collegiate head coach at five different schools, Pitino has compiled a 722-254 record, a .740 winning percentage that ranks him 11th among active coaches. He has a 368-126 record in 14 seasons at UofL, the third winningest coach in Cardinal history. UofL is among the nations' top 10 programs in winning percentage under his guidance.

Pitino was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013, lofty recognition for a lifetime of impressive basketball achievement. His up-tempo style, pressure defense, strong work ethic and family atmosphere have restored the Cardinals to national prominence where it is firmly seated.

His most recent Cardinals reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament appearance for the fifth time in the last eight years and played their first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, finishing fourth among a league with five teams in the nation's top 25, including NCAA Champion Duke. He won his 700th game along the way.

Pitino guided the Cardinals to the 2013 NCAA Championship after claiming the nation's top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and winning the BIG EAST Conference regular season co-championship and tournament titles. The Cardinals won a school-record 35 games while claiming their first NCAA title in 27 years. UofL reached its second straight and10th Final Four, marking Pitino's seventh, a total reached by only six coaches all-time.

A 2006 inductee to the New York City Hall of Fame, Pitino has the second-highest winning percentage in NCAA Tournament games among active coaches, winning 74.6 percent of his games in the post-season event with a 53-18 record in 20 tournament appearances.

Pitino's impact on the U of L program has gone well beyond his on-court success. The overall grade point average of the men's basketball team in recent years has set record figures and the Cardinals received an NCAA Public Recognition Award in the latest Academic Progress Rate with a perfect score. The Cardinals earned a collective 3.26 grade point average for the 2014-15 academic year and the team has produced around a 3.0 or better GPA for 14 consecutive semesters. Louisville placed a league-high seven individuals on the 21-member 2015 ACC All-Academic Team.

For three and a half years, Pitino served as president and head coach of the NBA's Boston Celtics. With the Celtics, he took over a team that had posted a franchise worst 15-67 record before his arrival. He quickly made an impact, improving the Celtics' victory total by 21 games in his first season. He resigned his position with the storied franchise on Jan. 8, 2001 after compiling a 102-146 record there.

He guided Kentucky to three NCAA Final Four appearances in his last five years at Kentucky, winning the 1996 NCAA Championship and reaching the national title game in 1997. In eight seasons with the Wildcats, he amassed a 219-50 record (.814) while winning two league crowns and an impressive 17-1 record in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

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Western Kentucky Hires Former Tennessee Assistant Chris Shumate

Western Kentucky University has added former Tennessee and Southern Miss assistant Chris Shumate to Ray Harper's coaching staff.

Here's a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Native Kentuckian Chris Shumate returns to the Bluegrass State as an assistant men’s basketball coach at WKU, Hilltopper head coach Ray Harper announced Monday.

The Louisville, Ky., native spent last season at Tennessee and the season before at Conference USA rival Southern Miss. He brings eight years of Division I experience to the position at WKU.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to join the WKU program and be a part of what Coach Harper and his staff are building here in Bowling Green,” Shumate said. “Being from Kentucky, I have followed Coach’s career very closely, and everything he values and teaches is important to me as well. The name ‘WKU Hilltoppers’ carries a lot of weight in college basketball, and I cannot wait to add to the storied history of this program. My family and I are looking forward to being a part of the great community in Bowling Green and meeting the people who make Hilltopper Nation something special."

“I am thrilled to be able to add someone of Chris’ caliber to our staff,” Harper said. “He’s a hard worker and a good family man, and he will add a lot to our program in many ways. I thought it was important to hire someone who knows Kentucky and Tennessee, and I could not have found someone better than Chris."

Last season with the Volunteers, Shumate helped mold an undersized frontcourt — which featured three true freshmen and no players exceeding 215 pounds — into a unit that boasted a positive rebounding margin, ranked second in the Southeastern Conference in rebounding defense and fourth in offensive rebounding.

Junior forwards Armani Moore and Derek Reese both more than doubled their scoring output from the season before Shumate’s arrival. They were the team’s top-two rebounders, and Moore — standing just 6-5 — ranked among the top 10 in the SEC in total rebounding (8th), offensive rebounding (5th) and blocked shots (9th).

During the 2013-14 campaign at Southern Miss, Shumate helped usher the Golden Eagles to a school-record 29 wins (29-7, 13-3 C-USA), a share of the C-USA championship, a perfect 15-0 home record and a year-end RPI of 29.

Shumate transitioned to Southern Miss after having spent six years on staff at Cincinnati. He served two seasons as the director of basketball operations before becoming the director of student-athlete development in the 2009-10 season. In that role, he coordinated many of the program's daily operations, including academics and gameday preparation.

Prior to joining the Bearcats' staff, Shumate played two years of professional basketball in the NBA D-League with the New Mexico and Arkansas organizations.

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Coaching Career

- Cincinnati, director of basketball operations, 2008-09 (2 seasons)
- Cincinnati, director of student-athlete development, 2010-13 (4 seasons)
- Southern Miss, assistant coach, 2014 (1 season)
- Tennessee, assistant coach, 2015 (1 season)
- WKU, assistant coach, 2016-present (1st season)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Louisville Offers 2017 Taylor County PG David Sloan

Taylor County High School point guard David Sloan has picked up an offer from the Louisville Cardinals.



Sloan is a 5-foot-9 point guard in the Class of 2017.


Cordia's Anthony Nelson Picks Up Offer from Middle Tennessee State

Cordia guard Anthony Nelson says he has picked up an offer from Middle Tennessee State.



Nelson is a 6-foot-4 point guard in the Class of 2017.

Photo: Nelson's Twitter account

Jonathan Mattox Promoted to Director of Operations at Morehead State

Graduate manager Jonathan Mattox has been promoted to Director of Men's Basketball Operations at Morehead State University.

Here's a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Jonathan Mattox, who has spent the past two seasons as a graduate manager for Morehead State men's basketball, has been promoted to a full-time director of operations. He will continue to handle a variety of behind-the-scenes tasks and administrative duties for the Eagles.

"Jonathan has done a terrific job the past two seasons, and we're looking forward to working with him in this new role," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "Jonathan works really hard and does anything he can to make our program better. He is detailed oriented and thorough in everything he does."

Mattox will coordinate team travel, including buses, flights, hotels and meals. He will also be involved with academics monitoring, on-campus recruiting, film exchange and general video operations. In addition, Mattox will coordinate a variety of men's basketball camps the Eagles host each year.

"We're lucky to have someone like Jonathan on our staff," Woods said. "He is respected by our players, coaches, support staff and athletic administrators. You can tell Jonathan wants to be in this profession moving forward. He's done a lot for the program and earned this promotion on our staff."

Morehead State tallied 37 wins and 20 Ohio Valley Conference victories in Mattox's two seasons as a graduate manager. The Eagles participated in the league tournament both years. In 2013-14, MSU reached the 20-win plateau for the sixth time and postseason play for the ninth time in school history.

"I want to thank Coach Woods and everyone else who was involved with this decision," Mattox said. "I really enjoy working with our players, coaches, support staff and athletic administrators. I think the future is bright for Morehead State men's basketball, and I'm excited to be a small part of that."

Mattox helped NAIA school Emmanuel (Ga.) to a 49-21 record in two years as an assistant men's basketball coach from 2011-13. He assisted with on-court coaching, player development, scouting and recruiting for the Lions.

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Victor, Aska On U.S. Virgin Islands National Team

Former Murray State stars Cuthbert Victor and Ivan Aska are on the U.S. Virgin Islands national team for 2015.

Victor played last season for Krasny Oktyabr in Russia's top-level VTB United League.

Aska spent last season with Maccabi Ashdod in Israel's highest level of professional basketball.

Former Morehead State and Southern Miss assistant Jareem Dowling is an assistant for the national team.

USVI opened the CBC Championships on Monday with a 77-65 victory over Cayman Islands. Aska started and finished with 5 points and 8 rebounds. Victor chipped in 8 points and 6 boards off the bench.

Complete Roster:

4 Angel Rivera-Cuencas 170-PG-95 High School USA
5 Kevin Sheppard 182-G-79 Azad Iran
6 Georgio Milligan 187-PG Coopenae Costa Rica
7 Cuthbert Victor 197-F-83 Krasny Oktyabr Russia
8 Craig Williams 206-C-89 Stabill Jezioro Poland
10 Leron Smith G Palm Beach JC USA
11 Ivan Aska 200-F-90 Maccabi Ashdod Israel
12 Khalid Hart 198-SF-95 High School USA
13 Elon Howard 203-F Brooklyn AG USA
14 Laron Smith 203-F-93 Beth.-Cookman USA
15 Kitwana Rhymer 208-C-78 Bancola Dominican Republic

Sam Mitchell Head Coach Minnesota T. USA
Evans Michael Assistant
Jareem Dowling Assistant

Monday, June 15, 2015

Former Wildcats and Cardinals on Dominican Republic Preliminary Roster

There are several familiar names on the preliminary roster for this summer's version of the Dominican Republic national team.

Former Kentucky big men Karl-Anthony Towns and Eloy Vargas are on the roster. Towns is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.

Other recognizable post players on the early roster are Atlanta Hawks star Al Horford, Dallas Mavericks forward Charlie Villanueva and longtime Dominican star Jack Michael Martinez.

Former Louisville players Francisco Garcia and Edgar Sosa are also on the preliminary roster.

The players will be evaluated and the final national team roster will be set after cuts are made.

Preliminary Roster:

- Andrés Feliz
- Brandone Francis
- Ángel Núñez
- Alejandro Salas
- Al Horford
- Edgar Sosa
- Dagoberto Peña
- Francisco García
- Ángel Luis Delgado
- Eloy Vargas
- Juan Coronado
- Gerardo Suero
- Luis David Montero
- Charlie Villanueva
- Jonathan Araujo
- Manny Quezada
- Kelvin Peña
- Orlando Sánchez
- Edward Santana
- Karl-Anthony Towns
- Ronald Ramón
- James Feldeine
- Richard Polanco
- Eulis Báez
- Jerry Matos
- Jack Michael Martínez
- Juan Miguel Suero
- Manuel Guzmán
- Manuel Fortuna
- Ronald Roberts
- Rigoberto Mendoza
- Víctor Liz

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Centre College Announces Phase 2 of Summmer Basketball Camps

Centre College men's basketball has announced a second round of summer youth camps.

Here's a release from CC:

The Centre men's basketball program has announced that the second phase of its 2015 summer skills camp will take place on June 29-July 2 and will be open to boys ages 6-16.

Centre men's basketball assistant coach Ryan Wiersma will be running this year's camp with help from current college players. This phase of the camp will run in conjunction with Centre Women's Basketball's 2015 Girls' Individual camp. Registration will begin at 8:30 A.M. for boys ages 6-9 and 12:30 P.M. for boys ages 10-16. Cost is $75 for boys ages 6-9 and $90 for boys ages 10-16. Campers will be responsible for bringing their own lunch.

Attendance at the June 8-10 Centre men's basketball camp is NOT required to attend this camp.

Click HERE for a brochure with additional information as well as a release form. Contact Ryan Wiersma with any additional questions at (859) 213-2673 or via email at ryan.wiersma@centre.edu.

Bleacher Report's Game of Thrones Spoof Makes Fun of Rajon Rondo

Bleacher Report has created a "Game of Thrones" parody titled "Game of Zones" on YouTube.

The latest episode includes some jabs directed at former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo.

There's also a cameo appearance by former UK big man DeMarcus Cousins.

Check it out:


Assistant William Small Will Join Steve Prohm at Iowa State

Murray State assistant coach William Small is headed to Iowa State with Steve Prohm.


Video: Steve Prohm Introduced at Iowa State

Check out Steve Prohm's introductory press conference at Iowa State:


Kentucky Offers 2017 Center Mohamed Bamba

Kentucky has reportedly extended a scholarship offer to 2017 center Mohamed Bamba.

Bamba stands 6-foot-11 and has a wingspan of 7-foot-8, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com.



Bamba also holds offers from St. John’s, Indiana, Kansas, Syracuse, Arizona, UConn, Texas, Villanova, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Penn State, Temple, Seton Hall, James Madison and Yale.

If Bamba ends up at Kentucky, Dancing Guy might have a field day:



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Matt McMahon Takes Over at Murray State, Retains Assistant James Kane

While Allkyhoops.com was in vacation mode, Steve Prohm left Murray State to take over at Iowa State.

The Racers quickly replaced Prohm with former MSU assistant Matt McMahon, who had just accepted a new job at Louisiana Tech two weeks ago.

Here is the announcement of McMahon's hire from MSU:

Matt McMahon was named the 16th head coach in Murray State men's basketball history Tuesday, June 9.

Director of Athletics, Allen Ward, introduced McMahon and his family to a large gathering of media, fans and friends at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

McMahon, who had recently taken the associate head coach position at Louisiana Tech, May 27, comes back to Murray State with a wealth of experience in the game and with the Racers. McMahon was an assistant coach to Steve Prohm where he helped the Racers to 104 victories over the last four seasons, including a pair of Ohio Valley Conference championships. Prohm was named head coach at Iowa State Monday.

"I want to thank Allen Ward and President Davies for giving me the opportunity to return to Murray state as the head basketball coach. My family and I have enjoyed our four years in this community and we look forward to many more. I also owe a great deal of thanks to Steve Prohm for bringing me to Murray and serving as a mentor to me. I also want to thank our players past and present for their hard work and commitment to the program. Their success on the court, in the classroom and in the community has allowed me to be in this position today."

"I am so excited to know that Coach McMahon will be returning to Murray State to lead the Racers," Ward said. "After watching him for four years, I'm convinced he's the right man for the job. He's an outstanding coach, nationally recognized as one of the top assistants in the country, with a tremendous upside. Matt has the talent and integrity to continue the momentum we've built, put his own stamp on the program, and meet the expectations that come with being the head coach at Murray State.

"During the past season, I've had the opportunity to meet, talk and observe the outstanding work ethic of Coach McMahon," said university president Dr. Bob Davies. "He's an impressive young man, with unquestioned character and integrity, fully prepared to lead a program chalked full high expectations."

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Today, McMahon has announced his first hire as he will retain James Kane as an assistant coach.

Here is a release from MSU:

New Murray State men's basketball head coach Matt McMahon announced Monday his first hire is assistant coach James Kane. McMahon became head coach six days ago when he replaced Steve Prohm who left to be head coach at Iowa State.

Kane, who Racer fans know well, worked with McMahon as assistants the last four seasons under Prohm. McMahon and Kane had a part in Murray State's tremendous success which included 104 wins and a pair of Ohio Valley Conference championships.

"One of my top priorities since returning to Murray State was to find a way to retain James Kane as my first coaching hire," McMahon said. "Coach Kane has been a major part of our success over the last four seasons. You win with great people and James does an outstanding job building relationships with our players and he has proven to be an excellent recruiter and evaluator of talent. He has tremendous knowledge of our basketball system and player development program."

"I'm excited about the opportunity to work for Coach Matt McMahon," Kane said. "Over the past four years, we have established a relationship on and off the court and Matt is first class in every way. It's a privilege to be part of such an amazing university, program and fan base."

"James' familiarity with the Murray State campus and the Murray, Kentucky community are also very important to me," McMahon added. "He is one of college basketball's top up and coming coaches. My family and I are thrilled to have him and we know the Racer Nation will be excited as well."

Kane was brought to Murray State in 2011 by Coach Steve Prohm.

"I want to thank Coach Prohm for giving me the opportunity to come to Murray and serving as a mentor to me," Kane said. "I'm looking forward to helping lead our players both on and off the court."

2016 Wing V.J. King Commits to Louisville Over Kentucky, Connecticut

Five-star wing V.J. King recently announced his commitment to Louisville.



King, who stands 6-foot-7, picked the Cardinals over Kentucky and Connecticut. He ranks No. 11 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.

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