Saturday, July 4, 2015

Andrew Harrison, Russ Smith Team Up for the Grizzlies in Orlando

A pair of former rivals are now teammates for the Memphis Grizzlies in the Orlando Pro Summer League.

Former Kentucky point guard Andrew Harrison is on the same roster with ex-Louisville lead guard Russ Smith this week in Orlando.

Ironically, the Grizzlies' final roster spot could come down to either Harrison or Smith, but that will be a discussion for the future.

For now, here's a look at the Memphis summer league roster and their schedule for the week:

Memphis Grizzlies

No. Player Pos Ht Wt DOB College/Last Team
3 Jordan Adams G 6-5 209 7/8/1994 UCLA/Memphis Grizzlies
21 Josh Cameron G 6-1 175 9/20/1991 Coastal Carolina
14 Raymond Cowels F/G 6-4 205 11/18/1990 Santa Clara/DonHeider (Netherlands)
6 Tony Crocker G/F 6-7 209 1/17/1987 Oklahoma/Hapoel Holon (Israel)
0 JaMychael Green F 6-9 227 6/21/1990 Alabama/Memphis Grizzlies
4 Andrew Harrison G 6-6 213 10/20/1994 Kentucky
20 Michael Holyfield C 6-11 270 11/18/1992 Sam Houston State
53 Alex Kirk C 6-11 245 11/14/1991 New Mexico/Canton Charge (D-League)
235 Darnell Lazare F 6-8 240 1/29/1985 LSU/London Lightning (Canada)
7 Ky Madden G 6-5 171 5/23/1992 Arkansas
23 Philip Scrubb G 6-3 180 11/27/1992 Carleton University
2 Russ Smith G 6-0 165 4/19/1991 Louisville/Memphis Grizzlies
1 Jarnell Stokes F/C 6-9 263 1/7/1994 Tennessee/Memphis Grizzlies
18 Josh Warren F/C 6-9 220 11/29/1988 Troy/Kumamoto Vorters (Japan)
8 Okaro White F 6-9 180 9/13/1992 Florida State/Granarolo Bologna (Italy)

Saturday, July 4, 2015                                                                    

5:00 p.m.         Memphis                     @        Brooklyn

Sunday, July 5, 2015
3:00 p.m.         Memphis                     @        Charlotte
Monday, July 6, 2015

No Games

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

1:00 p.m.         Orlando Blue               @        Memphis                     

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

No Games

Thursday, July 9, 2015

5:00 p.m.         OKC                 @        Memphis

Friday, July 10, 2015 (Championship Day)

1st game                      8:00 a.m.         6th place                      @        5th place
2nd game                     10:00 a.m.       4th place                      @        3rd place
3rd game                      12:00 p.m.       2nd place                     @        1st place
4th game                      2:00 p.m.         8th place                      @        7th place
5th game                      4:00 p.m.         10th place                    @        9th place         

Former Pikeville Star Haakim Johnson Earns Opportunity in Orlando Pro Summer League

Former Pikeville College (now University of Pikeville) star Haakim Johnson will be playing with the Los Angeles Clippers in the Orlando Pro Summer League this weekend.

Johnson, a 6-foot-7 swingman, has played professionally in Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany and Mexico.

Here's a look at the roster:

Los Angeles Clippers

No. Name Position Height Weight DOB College
1 Jordan Hamilton F 6-7 220 10/6/90 Texas
2 D.J. Newbill G 6-4 210 5/22/92 Penn State
8 Diante Garrett G 6-5 189 11/3/88 Iowa State
10 Nate Wolters G 6-4 193 5/5/91 South Dakota State
12 Yanick Moreira C 6-11; 220 7/31/91 SMU
14 Patric Young C 6-9 215 2/1/92 Florida
18 Amath M’Baye F 6-8 215 12/14/89 Oklahoma
19 Liam McMorrow C 7-2 275 7/22/87 Tennessee Tech
20 Geron Johnson G 6-3 202 8/9/92 Memphis
21 Eric Griffin F 6-8 193 5/26/90 Campbell
22 Branden Dawson F 6-6 193 2/1/93 Michigan State
30 C.J. Wilcox G 6-5 195 12/30/90 Washington
31 Haakim Johnson F 6-7 200 7/12/87 Pikeville
33 Royce White F 6-8 268 4/10/91 Iowa State
42 Tim Parham F 6-9 239 3/18/83 Maryland Eastern Shore

Here's a schedule for the Clippers:

Saturday, July 4, 2015

1:00 p.m. Orlando Blue @ LA Clippers

Sunday, July 5, 2015

1st game 1:00 p.m. LA Clippers @ Detroit

Monday, July 6, 2015

No Game

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

5:00 p.m. OKC @ LA Clippers

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

3rd game 5:00 p.m. LA Clippers @ Miami

Thursday, July 9, 2015

No Game

Friday, July 10, 2015 (Championship Day)

8:00 a.m. 6th place @ 5th place
10:00 a.m. 4th place @ 3rd place
12:00 p.m. 2nd place @ 1st place
2:00 p.m. 8th place @ 7th place
4:00 p.m. 10th place @ 9th place

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Nerlens Noel Dunks All Over a Kid at Basketball Camp

Check out this video of NBA big man Nerlens Noel taking a child to the bucket (or leaving him in the paint) at Camp One:

* Video by cn2Kentucky on YouTube

Louisville to Host Kentucky Wesleyan College in November Exhibition Game

Kentucky Wesleyan College will travel to Louisville for an exhibition game on November 9.

Here's a release from KWC:

OWENSBORO, Ky. (June 30, 2015) – Kentucky Wesleyan will play Louisville in a men's exhibition basketball contest on Monday, Nov. 9, at the KFC Yum Center (22,000), as announced by third-year Panther head coach Happy Osborne.

Game time and ticket information will be announced at a later date. This marks the fifth time Kentucky Wesleyan has faced U of L in exhibition play. The last time the teams met was Oct. 29, 2013.

“We’re really looking forward to the opportunity to play Louisville and we appreciate Coach (Rick) Pitino’s invitation,” Osborne said.

“With their talent, athleticism and how hard they play for Pitino, it will definitely help prepare us for our season. To be the best you have to play the best and we have more than achieved our goal."

The Panthers return three full-time and three part-time starters from last season’s 22-8 squad while the Cardinals return one starter from their 27-9 NCAA East Region Finalist team.

Aaron Harrison on Charlotte Hornets Summer League Roster

Former Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison will participate in the Orlando Pro Summer League with the Charlotte Hornets.

Harrison, who went undrafted in the NBA Draft, will be joined by several familiar names including Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin) and Kevin Murphy (Tennessee Tech).

Here's a look at the roster and schedule:


No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Born Prior to NBA/Home Country Yrs Pro
24 Justin Burrell F 6-9 242 04/18/88 St. John’s/USA R
1 Justin Cobbs G 6-3 190 03/16/91 California/USA R
34 Aaron Craft G 6-2 192 02/21/91 Ohio State/USA R
30 Troy Daniels G 6-4 204 07/15/91 Virginia Commonwealth/USA 2
19 P.J. Hairston G 6-6 220 12/24/92 North Carolina/USA 1
9 Aaron Harrison G 6-6 209 10/28/94 Kentucky/USA R
4 Frank Kaminsky F/C 7-0 242 04/04/93 Wisconsin/USA R
55 Kevin Murphy G 6-5 185 03/06/90 Tennessee Tech/USA 1
41 Brian Qvale C 6-11 255 11/03/88 Montana/USA R
23 Keith Rendleman F 6-8 220 12/29/90 UNC Wilmington/USA R
10 LaQuinton Ross F 6-8 220 11/18/91 Ohio State/USA R
21 Ralston Turner G 6-6 205 09/22/91 North Carolina State/USA R
20 Jonathan Wallace G 6-2 195 05/16/86 Georgetown/USA R
16 Alan Williams F/C 6-8 261 01/28/93 UC Santa Barbara/USA R


•July 1 | Novant Health Training Center - TWCA | Media Arrival - 11:30 a.m.*
•July 2 | Novant Health Training Center - TWCA | Media Arrival - 11:30 a.m.*
•July 3 | Novant Health Training Center - TWCA | Media Arrival - 11:30 a.m.*

*Times subject to change daily, please confirm with a member of the Hornets Communications Department.


•July 4 | Oklahoma City Thunder | 3 p.m.
•July 5 | Memphis Grizzlies | 3 p.m.
•July 7 | Brooklyn Nets | 3 p.m.
•July 8 | Orlando Magic - White | 1 p.m.
•July 10 | TBD | TBD

Release from Charlotte

Wesley Christian High School Adds Maurice Calloo for 2015-16

Wesley Christian High School has picked up a commitment from 6-foot-8 wing Maurice Calloo for next season, according to head coach Jack Jarrell. 

Calloo, who is considered one of the top sophomores in the nation, comes to Wesley Christian from Canada.

He moved from Windsor and Catholic Central High school to Brampton, Ontario and St. Augustine High School last year.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Alice Lloyd College Begins Dual Affiliation with NAIA and NCCAA

As of today, Alice Lloyd College is officially affiliated with both the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).

Here's a release from ALC:

Alice Lloyd College, a longstanding member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), will also become a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) beginning July 1, 2015.

“We are very pleased to become a member of the NCCAA,” stated Executive Vice-President Jim Stepp. “Alice Lloyd College was founded on and continues to operate on Judeo-Christian principles and we believe that this will be an excellent fit for our institution. We fully endorse the mission of the NCCAA and look forward to this exciting new chapter in our school’s history.”

The NCCAA was incorporated to provide a Christian-based organization that functions uniquely as a national and international agency for the promotion of outreach and ministry and for the maintenance, enhancement and promotion of intercollegiate athletic competition with a Christian perspective. From its beginning in Canton, Ohio in 1968, it has grown to encompass over 100 Christian colleges nationwide, both liberal arts and Bible colleges. The participating schools are dedicated not only to providing the best athletic competition possible, but also to exemplifying Jesus Christ in all they do.

One of the features that make the NCCAA unique is the Christian Service Project (CSP) provided during every championship event. CSPs are opportunities in which NCCAA student-athletes and coaches go out into a championship host’s community and serve others. Some CSPs have included visiting children’s hospitals, serving the Salvation Army, Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, reading to children in public schools, doing yard work around the community, writing soldiers overseas, working in food projects, visiting the elderly in nursing homes, and much more. Tens of thousands of hours have been given to communities across the nation through the NCCAA.

Complete Release

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Calipari Dismisses Kings Rumor: "I will be at Kentucky"

John Calipari has quickly released a statement that essentially dismisses Adrian Wojnarowski's rumor about the Sacramento Kings.

The following is a statement from UK men’s basketball head coach John Calipari …
“For the 100th time, I have the best basketball coaching position in the world. I am not looking for any other coaching position. Since he bought the team, Vivek Ranadive and I have talked on and off about DeMarcus Cousins. Vivek has asked me what I thought about DeMarcus and I told him he would be an all-star, and I was right. In the last two weeks, we’ve also talked a bunch about the draft and on draft day, obviously because of Willie Cauley-Stein. At no time has Vivek offered me a job. I will be at Kentucky.”

Earl Clark, Ben Vozzola on Brooklyn Nets Summer League Roster

The Brooklyn Nets have released their 2015 Summer League roster and schedule.

The roster includes former Louisville big man Earl Clark, who is now a 6-year NBA veteran.

Ben Vozzola of St. Catharine College is also on the Nets' roster.

The Nets will participate in both the Orlando Pro Summer League and the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Here's a release from the NBA:

Brooklyn, NY – The Brooklyn Nets have announced their 2015 Summer League roster and schedule, as they will compete in both the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League, as well as the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The Nets will be returning to Orlando for the 10th time, while they’ll be making their second appearance in Las Vegas and first since 2005.

Brooklyn’s Summer League team will feature Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, the 23rd overall pick in this year’s draft who the Nets acquired on draft night, as well as returning Nets’ players Markel Brown and Cory Jefferson. Head coaching duties will be shared by assistant coaches Jay Humphries and Joe Wolf. The full Summer League roster and schedule can be found below.

Darius Adams G 6-1 165 04/17/89 Indianapolis Laboral Kutxa (Spain) R
Cliff Alexander F 6-8 240 11/16/95 Kansas Kansas R
Khem Birch F 6-10 220 09/28/92 UNLV Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) R
Ryan Boatright G 6-0 175 12/27/92 Connecticut Connecticut R
Markel Brown G 6-3 190 01/29/92 Oklahoma State Brooklyn Nets 1
Earl Clark F 6-10 234 01/17/88 Louisville Brooklyn Nets 6
Deshawn Delaney G 6-5 200 08/17/92 New Mexico New Mexico R
Josh Gasser G 6-4 192 02/13/92 Wisconsin Wisconsin R
Steven Gray G 6-5 205 04/08/89 Gonzaga Dijon (France) R
Austin Hollins G 6-4 190 11/08/91 Minnesota Denain (France) R
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson F 6-7 220 01/03/95 Arizona Arizona R
Cory Jefferson F 6-9 218 12/26/90 Baylor Brooklyn Nets 1
Akil Mitchell F 6-9 230 06/26/92 Virginia Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) R
JayVaughn Pinkston F 6-7 240 11/27/91 Villanova Villanova R
Juvonte Reddic F 6-9 250 05/23/92 Virginia Commonwealth Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna (Italy) R
Jonathon Simmons F 6-6 195 09/14/89 Houston Austin Spurs (D-League) R
Xavier Thames G 6-3 187 01/19/91 San Diego State Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) R
Juan Pablo Vaulet F 6-6 200 03/22/96 Bahia Basket Bahia Basket (Argentina) R
Ben Vozzola G 6-5 195 05/14/92 St. Catharine College St. Catharine College R

Wojnarowski: Sacramento Kings Trying to Hire Kentucky's John Calipari

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Sacramento Kings are gauging John Calipari's interest in running their front office and coaching the team.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

Calipari has been communicating with owner Vivek Ranadive and other members of the Kings' ownership group in recent weeks, league sources said. Calipari has listened to scenarios with which the Kings could offer him complete control of the franchise's fledgling basketball operations to go along with coaching, league sources said.

No formal offer has been made to Calipari, and Kings ownership understands that it will take a multiyear financial package of $10 million-plus annually to get Calipari to seriously consider leaving Kentucky, sources said.

In recent weeks, Sacramento ownership's intrigue with Calipari has only grown with the dissolution of the relationship between All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins and coach George Karl, sources said.

Monday, June 29, 2015

John Calipari, Frank Martin Support Removal of Confederate Flag

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and South Carolina head man Frank Martin have both publicly stated that they support removal of the confederate flag.

Calipari was asked on the SEC Teleconference earlier today to give his thoughts on the matter:

On his thoughts about the hanging of the confederate flag and statues throughout the South …

“Really? Obviously, it offends a portion of our society, so people are deciding to take them down. That’s how I feel.”

On if he would support taking them down …

“Sure. They offend, and I would say do it, yeah. Does our state use the Confederate flag, Jerry? (Reporter: There’s a statue of a confederate general at the old courthouse in Lexington and a statue of Jefferson Davis at the capital in Frankfort). Wow. Since I’m not running for public office, I will let the powers that be decide those matters. I was thinking about running for president, and I was discouraged from that.”

Calipari later clarified his comments on social media:
Was just asked a question on a basketball conference call about the confederate flag. I don’t want any confusion. I think we should take it down! I don’t think there’s any question it should be taken down, but again, I’m not running for office.

Martin had this say on his Twitter account earlier this week:

Calipari has received a great deal of criticism on his Facebook page. Check out these comments (via John Clay of the Herald-Leader):

– Johnda Wilburn Griffith: “Well this is 1 thing you are definately wrong about. Stick to picking the best players.”

– John Strode: “Just keep distancing yourself from the fan base by answering questions you really should pass on, just because you’re in the public eye doesn’t mean you have to answer every question you’re asked and it’s sometimes better to keep you’re opinion to yourself especially when it has to do with things close to the heart of the people whose basketball program you run and it’s not a good idea to alienate yourself from the fan base!”

– Bucky Bryant: “Coach Cal? Your in Kentucky! Heritage NOT Hate! Maybe a tour of Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, and other Civil War Battlefields, needs to be on your agenda, this summer! Then you’ll understand the pride, that many Kentuckians share with this flag and our Confederate heritage! Thank you!”

Former EKU Guard Jabs Newby Wins Dunk Contest in Italy

Former Eastern Kentucky and Gannon University guard Jabs Newby recently won the slam dunk contest at the ALLINSPORT Summer League in Italy.

Check out the highlights:

2018 Lexington Catholic Guard TC Price Earns First Division I Offer

TC Price, a 2018 guard at Lexington Catholic, has picked up his first Division I offer from Toledo:

Calipari Talks 2015-16 Season, Answers Question About Confederate Flag on SEC Summer Teleconference

Kentucky head coach John Calipari fielded questions on the SEC summer teleconference call earlier this morning.

Calipari talked about next season's team, saying "it could be crazy again."

Near the end of Calipari's portion of the call, he was asked about his stance on the Confederate flag.

Here's a transcript of the call via

Opening statement …

“I’m excited about our team. Our backcourt should be one of the stronger backcourts in the country even though we’ll be very young. And our frontcourt, athletic and long. Seven-foot, 6-10, 6-8, 6-9. Our wing play with Charles (Matthews) and Mychal (Mulder), Alex (Poythress) getting back healthy, Marcus Lee getting his opportunity. I hate to say it, but it could be crazy again.”

On the proposed rule that would allow underclassmen to withdraw their name from the NBA Draft after declaring …

“That was all tied to what we did to get the NBA to have a combine. So, we on the NABC board, and there were five or six or seven of us, met with the NBA to say let’s have a combine where you control it. You invite the players, you work them out, you have meetings with them, you do your thing with them, and then if you recommend to them they go back to school and they choose not to, that’s fine. If they don’t get recommended to the combine, in other words, they’re not invited, it kind of sends a clear message. But for that to work we have to let the kids come back to school if they’re not invited to the combine or they go to the combine and know they need to go back to school. I think it’s all good stuff. I think we’re finally moving in a direction where it favors the kids and that’s what we should be doing.”

On the importance of adding Jamal Murray …

“Well, you know I’ve played all kinds of different teams, whether it’s smaller teams, bigger teams, longer teams. He is a playmaking guard. He can play one or two and can really score the ball, great in pick-and-rolls, can play with Tyler (Ulis) or you can play three guards at times if we choose to do that. But it’s hard to say you’re going to do that when you have the bigs that we have in Skal (Labissiere), Marcus and Alex if he’s healthy, or with Charles and Mychal. All of a sudden you have Dom(inique Hawkins) and Derek (Willis). We have a good team. I mean, we’re like, let’s start playing, let’s throw it up.”

On the health of Alex Poythress …

“He’s good. He’s only five months out. He needs another three months, or at least two months, and we’ll see from there. He was so physically strong, the doctors are amazed that around his leg – the one thing he has to do is he’s working so hard on that leg that was repaired – the knee – that the other leg has to catch up now, the strong leg, the healthy leg.”

On his thoughts about the hanging of the confederate flag and statues throughout the South …

“Really? Obviously, it offends a portion of our society, so people are deciding to take them down. That’s how I feel.”

On if he would support taking them down …

“Sure. They offend, and I would say do it, yeah. Does our state use the Confederate flag, Jerry? (Reporter: There’s a statue of a confederate general at the old courthouse in Lexington and a statue of Jefferson Davis at the capital in Frankfort). Wow. Since I’m not running for public office, I will let the powers that be decide those matters. I was thinking about running for president, and I was discouraged from that.”

On all the success he’s had in recruiting …

“Well, it’s not been what everybody thinks. We don’t get everybody we’re trying to get, and there are a lot of kids that didn’t come. As a matter of fact, we missed on a bunch of kids this year. Now, what you’re saying is, ‘With all the draft picks, how do you lose on any kid?’ If someone’s watching the draft and there’s four lottery picks and there’s three freshmen, and there was Karl(-Anthony) Towns, who was never considered the No. 1 pick until later in the year, was never at the McDonald’s game considered the best player there. Devin Booker, how in the world does he go 13? Trey Lyles, who was injured and comes back. You would think it’s easy, every kid would want to come. That’s not the case. So, we’re trying to find kids who want to do this, that understand how hard a challenge this is.”

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