Friday, July 10, 2015

Georgetown College Announces Portion of 2015 Recruiting Class

Georgetown College has announced five signees for the 2015-16 men's basketball season.

The Tigers have signed Edson Avila (transfer from South Dakota), Jordan Green (Henry Clay HS), Jacob Conway (Lincoln County HS), Eljay Cowherd (Bardstown HS) and Chris Coffey (Seneca HS).

Here is a release from GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball has signed a part of its next class of players to add to the legendary program looking for a 25th straight trip to the NAIA Men's Division I Basketball National Tournament.

Coach Chris Briggs has brought in a solid mix of transfers and rookies through the early part of July.

Edson Avila, transferring from South Dakota, is the lone upperclassman currently coming in for the 2015-16 year. He joins Jordan Green, Henry Clay High School; Jacob Conway, Lincoln County High School; Eljay Cowherd, Bardstown High School; and Chris Coffey, Seneca High School.

"We are very excited about these young men joining the Georgetown basketball family," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "They are all quality student-athletes that have tremendous potential, both on and off the court. Each of these young men bring a different dynamic to our team, and I am eager to help them mesh with our returning players. I can't wait to get started with this group of newcomers in August."

Green, a 6-foot-5 wing player, helped guide Henry Clay High School to the 11th Region Tournament finals, averaging 20.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game his senior season. The 2014 graduate signed with WKU over UNC-Wilmington, Eastern Kentucky, Northern Kentucky, Troy, UT-Martin and Jacksonville. He has not used any eligibility and will have all four years to play for Georgetown.

"We have been recruiting Jordan for a long time, watching him since he was a freshman or sophomore at Henry Clay in our team camp," Briggs said. "He is a bright, young man that has enormous potential and will provide immediate scoring on the wing for us. We look forward to helping him became the best he can possibly be."

Avila, a 6-9 post, played for Seward County Community College where he averaged 11.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. He left the junior college to play for South Dakota, but after sitting out this past season has picked Georgetown as his destination.

"Edson is a huge addition for us," Briggs said. "He will bring immediate impact inside. He and Deondre have a chance to be a really special duo in the paint, and I can't tell you how excited I am about that. He will be fun to watch in the black and orange, and we are thrilled to welcome Edson to Georgetown."

Conway helped Lincoln County to a 25-6 record this past season. He averaged 20.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. The 6-5 wing turned down offers from Indiana University Purdue Fort Wayne, Cleveland State and Belmont, opting instead to stay in-state and help the Tigers pursue a third national title.

"Jacob is another guy that we have recruited for a few years now," Briggs said. "Just like Jordan, he has been in our team camps since middle school. He is a young man that can do a lot of things well and will be really special here at Georgetown."

Cowherd helped Bardstown to a 21-11 mark this past season and was 2015 5th Region Player of the Year. He averaged 15 ppg and 4 rpg during his senior year.

"Eljay is a very talented young man, and he can do a lot of things from the point guard position," Briggs said. "He is an extremely hard worker and will be a lot of fun to have around because of his infectious personality."

Coffey rounds out the next set of Tigers. He averaged 19.3 ppg and 12.2 rpg this past season for the Redhawks.

"Chris has a tremendous upside, and I really think we got a steal with him," Briggs said. "He is a long and active athlete at 6-7, and it will be fun to watch as he continues to work and develop his skills."

Liggins, Cauley-Stein Teaming Up for Sacramento in NBA Summer League

Former Kentucky players DeAndre Liggins and Willie Cauley-Stein will be teaming up for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA Summer League this week.

Cauley-Stein was the Kings' top draft pick. Liggins will be trying to win a roster spot as a free agent.

Sacramento Kings Summer League Roster:

· James Anderson, 6’6”, Guard, Oklahoma State
· Sim Bhullar, 7’5”, Center, New Mexico State
· Duje Dukan, 6’10”, Forward, Wisconsin
· Corey Hawkins, 6’2”, Guard, UC Davis
· Ian Hummer, 6’7”, Forward, Princeton
· C.J. Leslie, 6’9”, Forward, North Carolina State
· DeAndre Liggins, 6’6”, Guard, Kentucky
· Shaquielle McKissic, 6’5”, Forward, Arizona State
· Eric Moreland, 6’10”, Forward/center, Oregon State
· Alex Oriakhi, 6’9”, Forward, Missouri
· Willie Cauley-Stein, 7’1″, Center, Kenrucky
· Juwan Staten, 5’11’, Guard, West Virginia
· David Stockton, 5’11”, Guard, Gonzaga
· Julyan Stone, 6’6”, Guard, UTEP
· David Wear, 6’10”, Forward, UCLA
· Kyle Randall, 6’1″, Guard, Central Michigan

Schedule

Friday, July 10th at 3:30 p.m. vs. Toronto Raptors at the Thomas & Mack Center
Sunday, July 12th at 5:00 p.m. vs. Denver Nuggets at the Cox Pavilion
Monday, July 13th at 3:30 p.m. vs. Golden State Warriors at the Thomas & Mack Center

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University Releases 2015-16 Men's Basketball Schedule

Eastern Kentucky University and new head coach Dan Mchale have released their 2015-16 men's basketball schedule.

The non-conference portion of the schedule is highlighted by challenging four-game road trip in early December. The Colonels will travel to Western Kentucky, Savannah State, University of Kentucky and Marshall.

Eastern will also travel to ETSU and West Virginia in December before hosting Manhattan.

2015-16 Men’s Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time
Nov. 8 (Sun) UNION COLLEGE (Exhibition Game) Richmond, Ky. TBA
Nov. 13 (Fri) COPPIN STATE UNIVERSITY Richmond, Ky. TBA
Nov. 16 (Mon) at University of North Carolina Wilmington Wilmington, N.C. TBA
Nov. 20-22 @EKUHoops Classic
Nov. 20 (Fri) BALL STATE UNIVERSITY Richmond, Ky. TBA
Nov. 21 (Sat) SOUTH CAROLINA STATE Richmond, Ky. TBA
Nov. 22 (Sun) LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY Richmond, Ky. TBA
Nov. 25 (Wed) THOMAS MORE COLLEGE Richmond, Ky. TBA
Nov. 28 (Sat) SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY Richmond, Ky. TBA
Dec. 1 (Tue) at Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, Ky. TBA
Dec. 5 (Sat) at Savannah State University Savannah, Ga. TBA
Dec. 9 (Wed) at University of Kentucky Lexington, Ky. TBA
Dec. 12 (Sat) at Marshall University Huntington, W.Va. TBA
Dec. 15 (Tue) FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY Richmond, Ky. TBA
Dec. 18 (Fri) at East Tennessee State University Johnson City, Tenn. TBA
Dec. 21 (Mon) at West Virginia University Morgantown, W.Va. TBA
Dec. 29 (Tue) MANHATTAN COLLEGE Richmond, Ky. TBA
Jan. 2 (Sat) at Austin Peay State University* Clarksville, Tenn. TBA
Jan. 7 (Thur) UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT MARTIN* Richmond, Ky. TBA
Jan. 9 (Sat) SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY* Richmond, Ky. TBA
Jan. 14 (Thur) at Eastern Illinois University* Charleston, Ill. TBA
Jan. 16 (Sat) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville* Edwardsville, Ill. TBA
Jan. 21 (Thur) JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY* Richmond, Ky. TBA
Jan. 23 (Sat) TENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITY* Richmond, Ky. TBA
Jan. 27 (Wed) MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY* Richmond, Ky. TBA
Jan. 30 (Sat) MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY* Richmond, Ky. TBA
Feb. 4 (Thur) at Tennessee State University* Nashville, Tenn. TBA
Feb. 6 (Sat) at Belmont University* Nashville, Tenn. TBA
Feb. 10 (Wed) at Morehead State University* Morehead, Ky. TBA
Feb. 13 (Sat) TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY* Richmond, Ky. TBA
Feb. 18 (Thur) BELMONT UNIVERSITY* Richmond, Ky. TBA
Feb. 25 (Thur) at Jacksonville State University* Nashville, Tenn. TBA
Feb. 27 (Sat) at Tennessee Tech University* Nashville, Tenn. TBA

March 2 (Wed) OVC Tournament (First Round)# Nashville, Tenn. TBA
March 3 (Thur) OVC Tournament (Quarterfi nals)# Nashville, Tenn. TBA
March 4 (Fri) OVC Tournament (Semifinals)# (ESPNU) Nashville, Tenn. 7:30 p.m./9:30 p.m.
March 5 (Sat) OVC Tournament (Finals)# (ESPN2) Nashville, Tenn. 7 p.m.
March 15-16 (Tue-Wed) NCAA Basketball Championship (First Four) TBA TBA
March 17-18 (Thur-Fri) NCAA Basketball Championship (Second Round) TBA TBA
March 19-20 (Sat-Sun) NCAA Basketball Championship (Third Round) TBA TBA

* Denotes Ohio Valley Conference Game
# Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tenn.
Times given are Eastern Time and subject to change

Mason Faulkner Adds Another OVC Offer

Caverna's Mason Faulkner has added another Ohio Valley Conference offer tonight. 

According to Team Manimal head coach Maze Stallworth, Southeast Missouri has extended an offer to the 2016 scoring machine.

Faulkner now holds offers from SEMO, EKU, Morehead State, Loyola, Lipscomb and Kentucky Wesleyan.

Mason Faulkner Adds Offers from Morehead State, Tennessee Tech

I am told by Team Manimal head coach Maze Stallworth that Caverna star Mason Faulkner has picked up new offers from Morehead State and Tennessee Tech.

Faulkner, a 6-foot-3 point guard in the Class of 2016, previously picked up offers from Eastern Kentucky, Lipscomb, Loyola and Kentucky Wesleyan.



Faulkner averaged 30.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game at Caverna last season.

Taquan Dean Signs with Socar Petkimsport in Turkey

Former Louisville guard Taquan Dean has signed with Socar Petkimsport in Turkey's second-level TB2L league.

Here is an excerpt from Asia-Basket.com:

Socar Petkimspor (TB2L) landed 31-year old American guard Taquan Dean (193-90kg-83, college: Louisville, agency: Two Points). He played in the summer at Mahram in Iranian Superleague. In 11 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 20.2ppg and recorded 4.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague 1st Team and All-Imports Team. The last season Dean played at Gipuzkoa (Liga Endesa) in Spanish league. In 26 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.6apg.

2016 Star Kobi Simmons on Kentucky: "I'm their guy"

It sounds like Kentucky is in the driver's seat for 2016 star Kobi Simmons.

John Calipari watched Simmons last night and after the game, Simmons said, "I'm their guy."

Check out an excerpt from Chris Fisher's article on The Cat's Pause site:

Calipari started the live period Wednesday at North Gwinnett High School outside Atlanta to watch the Atlanta Celtics’ 5-star point guard.

Afterward, Simmons, who has already visited Kentucky twice on a pair of unofficial visits, says he’s set his first offcial visit to Lexington for Aug. 28 and feels as though he’s the Wildcats’ top target at his position.

“I’m their guy,” Simmons told CatsPause.com.

The lanky 6-foot-4, 170-pound guard, who is ranked as the No. 6 overall prospect in the 2016 class by the industry-average 247Sports Conposite, is fresh off helping the USA Select Team to a perfect 3-0 record at the Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy.

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Simmons, a 6-foot-5 point guard, ranks No. 8 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.

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Edgar Sosa Signs with Banco di Sardegna Sassari for Another Season

Former Louisville point guard Edgar Sosa will be staying with Banco di Sardegna Sassari in Italy's top-level Serie A for another season.

In 40 games with the club last season, Sosa averaged 11.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He also competed with Banco in Euroleague and Eurocup competitions.

Sosa has played professionally in Italy, Dominican Republic, Spain, Germany and Puerto Rico.

Here is more from LatinBasket.com:

Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Serie A) re-signed 27-year old Dominican point guard Edgar Sosa (190-80kg-88, college: Louisville, agency: Duran International). He played there last season. Sosa managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 40 Serie A games he recorded 11.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.0apg. He also played 10 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 4.2apg. Sosa also played 5 games in Eurocup where he averaged 6.0ppg, 1.2rpg and 3.2apg. His team won Italian Cup.

The previous (13-14) season he played at ratiopharm Ulm (BBL) in German league. In 34 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.7apg in 2013-14 season. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Sosa also played 15 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.5ppg, 1.3rpg and 3.9apg in 2013-14 season.

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Keith Bogans "Just Happy to be Back" in Basketball

Former Kentucky star Keith Bogans says he's just happy be back around basketball after missing the 2014-15 season.

Bogans, and 11-year NBA veteran, will try to earn a roster spot as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers NBA Summer League team.

Here is Bogans talking about his return to basketball and how he feels like a kid again:


Former BU Guard Vance Hall Will Begin Pro Career in Iceland

Former Bellarmine University guard Vance Hall will begin his professional basketball career in Iceland.

Hall has signed with Thor Thorl in Iceland's top-level Dominos League.

Hall landed a job in Iceland following some excellent play in the Kentuckiana Pro Am, an outstanding summer event organized by Coach Michael Stinnett.

Here are more details from CoachStinnett.com:

Former Bellarmine Guard Vance Hall has signed to play in the top league in Iceland for the 2015-16 season. Hall a 6-4 combo guard played recently in the Kentuckiana Pro Am Summer League, and had a great showing. Coach Michael Stinnett then got the word out about him to several clubs, and recently the club Thor Thorl (Dominos League) offered him a contract. Coach Elnar Johnnason liked what he saw in Vance, based on reviewing his film at Bellarmine, as well as some KPA footage. Vance has also signed to be represented by Coach Stinnett's partner in Spain FIBA Agent David Gonzalez (Free Agency Basketball). Good luck to Vance!

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Morehead State Adds Derrick Tilmon to Coach Staff

Morehead State and head coach Sean Woods have hired Derrick Tilmon as an assistant men's basketball coach.

Here's a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Derrick Tilmon, who was an assistant men's basketball coach at Missouri State from 2012-15, has joined Morehead State's staff in the same capacity. He will have a variety of duties, including working with post players, assisting with recruiting and helping with scouting.

"I want to welcome Derrick and his family to Morehead State," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "We are really lucky to get someone of Derrick's caliber. He has lots of experience, as both a player and coach, at all levels of college basketball. Derrick will fit in well with our student-athletes, coaches and support staff. He's a hard worker with a nice personality."

The 2013-14 season highlighted Tilmon's time at Missouri State. The Bears finished 20-13 overall and 14-3 at home en route to a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. That MSU team had one All-Missouri Valley Conference player and one All-MVC Freshman Team selection.

"I want to thank Coach (Sean) Woods for this great opportunity," Tilmon said. "I think we have a terrific coaching staff and lots of talented student-athletes here at Morehead State. It seems like this program is on the verge of doing something special, which would be great for everyone involved. I've been impressed with what I've seen in my first week here."

Prior to his three seasons at Missouri State, Tilmon spent three years (2009-12) at Southern Indiana. The Screaming Eagles went 72-16 (.818) overall, winning 24 contests each year, and captured the 2012 Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament title. Tilmon worked with nine all-conference picks and three Division II All-Americans.

Tilmon spent the 2005-06 season as an assistant coach at Division II member Shorter (Ga.) before a three-year stint, from 2006-09, as an assistant coach at Division II school Kentucky Wesleyan.

A native of Clarksdale, Miss., Tilmon played five years of professional basketball in Europe. He made stops in both Austria and the Netherlands. The 6-foot-7 post player earned a spot on the Netherlands All-Star team and was part of the Netherlands Championship Series.

Tilmon played one year at Hiwassee (Tenn.) before spending his final three seasons at Missouri Valley Conference member Southern Illinois. He was a three-year starter for the Salukis, scored 605 points and finished 13th in school history with 58 blocked shots. His senior campaign in 1999-2000, SIU finished 20-13 and advanced to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

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Aaron Harrison Ends Up On Wrong End of Poster

Aaron Harrison has been having a solid week in the Orlando Pro Summer League but he'll likely want to delete some of the tape from today's game against the Orlando White team.

Harrison went to the hole for a poster dunk but ended up on the wrong end of Keith Benson highlight reel block.

Watch as Harrison's shot gets destroyed above the rim:



Ouch.

Harrison did finished with 15 points on 5-for-13 field goal shooting in the 81-68 loss.

2016 Kentucky Recruit Jonathan Isaac Commits to Florida State

Jonathan Isaac, a five-star small forward in the Class of 2016, has committed to Florida State over Kentucky.





Isaac ranks No. 13 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.

Photo: Rivals.com

Damontre Harris Will Begin Professional Career in Poland

Former Campbellsville University big man Damontre Harris has agreed to terms with PGE Turow Zgorzelec in Poland's top-level TBL league.

Harris averaged 11.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game last season for the Tigers.

Here is an excerpt from Eurobasket.com:

PGE Turow Zgorzelec (TBL) agreed terms with American forward Damontre Harris (208-104kg). He just graduated from Campbellsville (NAIA). In 31 games he had 11.3ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.1spg and 3.0bpg last season. He helped them to win MSC Tournament and they also made it to the NAIA D1 Sweet 16. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-MSC 1st Team, All-NAIA D1 1st Team and to NABC-NAIA All-Star Game (D1 Team). The previous (13-14) season Harris was tested by the University of Florida in Southeastern Conference in the NCAA.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

South Warren High School Names Tony Hopper Head Coach

South Warren High School has named Tony Hopper head boy's basketball coach.

Hopper has been a head coach at Central City, Muhlenberg North, Apollo and Muhlenberg County.




Orton, Bogans Land on Portland's NBA Summer League Roster

Former Kentucky players Daniel Orton and Keith Bogans are both listed on the NBA Summer League roster of the Portland TrailBlazers.

The TrailBlazers will be playing in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Their first game will be against Boston on July 11.

Here's a look at the roster:

No. Name Pos Ht Wt Birthdate Last Played NBA Years
60 Keith Bogans G/F 6-5 215 5/12/80 Boston Celtics 11
6 Kenny Chery G 5-11 180 1/24/92 Baylor R
16 Karl Cochran G 6-1 175 9/7/92 Wofford R
5 Pat Connaughton G 6-5 215 1/6/93 Notre Dame R
23 Allen Crabbe G 6-6 197 4/9/92 Trail Blazers 2
29 Andre Dawkins G 6-4 206 11/19/91 Sioux Falls (D-League) 1
40 Stephen Dennis G 6-6 180 10/2/87 Melbourne United (Australia) R
10 Tim Frazier G 6-1 170 11/1/90 Trail Blazers 1
8 Ra’Shad James G 6-1 193 1/26/90 Reno (D-League) R
17 Marko Keselj F 6-9 218 1/12/88 Mega Leks (Serbia) R
44 Luis Montero G 6-7 185 4/6/93 Westchester C.C. (N.Y.) R
11 Meyers Leonard C 7-1 255 2/27/92 Trail Blazers 3
34 Arnett Moultrie F 6-11 250 11/18/90 Jiangsu Dragons (China) 2
18 Daniel Orton C/F 6-10 255 8/6/90 Grand Rapids (D-League) 3
26 Malcolm Thomas F 6-9 225 11/8/88 Philadelphia 76ers 4
21 Noah Vonleh F 6-10 240 8/24/95 Charlotte Hornets 1

*As of July 7, 2015

Summer League Coaches: Nate Tibbetts (South Dakota), Dale Osbourne (South Alabama)
Summer League Assistant Coaches: Jonathan Yim (Cal State Fullerton), Jim Moran (William & Mary), John McCullough (Oklahoma), T.C. Swirsky (UNLV)
Director of Player Heath and Performance: Chris Stackpole (Boston University)
Head Athletic Trainer: Geoff Clark (Oregon State)
Sports Performance Specialist: Todd Forcier (Washington State)
Sports Performance Specialist: Ben Kenyon (Adelphi)

J.T. Burton Announces Coaching Staff at Motlow State

Head coach J.T. Burton has announced his coaching staff at Motlow State Community College.

JT Burton My staff that will be joining me at Motlow State ‪


Monday, July 6, 2015

Bullitt East's Jared Farris Picks Up Offer from Asbury University

Bullitt East big man Jared Farris has picked up an offer from Asbury University. 

Farris confirmed the offer on social media:

Kentucky Wesleyan Adds Morehead State Transfer Marcus Fuggins

Kentucky Wesleyan College has added Morehead State transfer Marcus Fuggins for the 2015-16 season.

Here's a release from KWC:

OWENSBORO, Ky. (July 7, 2015) — Morehead State forward/center Marcus Fuggins (FUDGE-INS) will transfer to eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College for his final year of eligibility, as announced by Panther head men's basketball coach Happy Osborne.

Fuggins, a 6-foot-9, 255-pounder from Moreno Valley, Calif. (Westwind Prep Academy), averaged 1.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 8.2 minutes in 25 games with two starts for the Eagles as a junior in 2014-15.

He shot 41.0 percent from the field and finished third in blocked shots with 14 for head coach Sean Woods.

He posted season-bests of five points twice, seven rebounds at Green Bay and three blocks against East Tennessee.

"Marcus gives us a big physical presence with his height and girth," Osborne said. "He's a shot blocker and rebounder who can score inside the paint. Along with previous signee, All-State center Justin Miller, they both will more than take care of our inside game. "

As a sophomore, Fuggins led San Bernardino Valley College in blocks with 54 for a 1.5 average in starting 24 of 26 games played in 2013-14. He averaged 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds.

He shot 52.5 percent from the field and 49.5 percent from the free throw line. He helped the Wolverines to a 29-8 record and a runner-up finished California Community College Athletic Association Championship.

Fuggins played his freshman season at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas in 2012-13. He led Hawks in blocks with 26 in 33 games and five starts.

He averaged 1.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 9.4 minutes while shooting 55.2 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from the free throw line.

Fuggins graduated from Westwind Prep Academy in Phoenix. He helped the Warriors to the 2012 Arizona 2A State Championship as a senior. He averaged 4.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks for head coach Jacob Miller.

Jamal Murray Reportedly Turned Down Seven Figure Pro Contract to Play at Kentucky

Jamal Murray, who signed with the University of Kentucky last week, reportedly turned down a seven figure professional basketball contract to join the Wildcats next season.

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EKU Announces Basketball Series with Manhattan and UNC Wilmington

Eastern Kentucky University has announced upcoming basketball series with Manhattan and UNC Wilmington.

Here's a release from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University's men's basketball team will play Manhattan College and the University of North Carolina Wilmington each of the next four seasons. The Colonels will play two games at home and two on the road against both teams.

Manhattan, an NCAA Tournament team a year ago, will visit McBrayer Arena on Dec. 29. The game will feature a head coaching match-up of McHale and Steve Masiello. McHale (1997-01) was a manager for the University of Kentucky program while Masiello (1996-00) was a walk-on player.

"We are really excited to start a series with Steve and the Manhattan Jaspers," said Head Coach Dan McHale. "Getting the back-to-back MAAC champions to start a series at McBrayer arena only enhances our non-conference slate. Coach Masiello and I go way back from our years at UK together and have worked on the same staff at UofL. He is someone that I have always admired and I'm thrilled to begin this rivalry between the two schools."

EKU will play at Manhattan in 2016-17 and 2018-19. The Jaspers will return to McBrayer Arena during the 2017-18 season.

The Colonels will begin their series with UNCW in Wilmington on Nov. 16. The Seahawks went 18-14 last season and played in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. UNC Wilmington tied for first in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 12-6 league mark.

McHale and UNCW Head Coach Kevin Keatts have both worked under Hall of Famer Rick Pitino.

"We are thrilled to start a series with UNC Wilmington and Kevin Keatts," McHale said. "Anytime we can play a team from the CAA, especially one that is coming off a near 20-win season, it's going to enhance our already challenging schedule. Kevin is a good friend who I have always had a lot of respect for, and we obviously share a common connection with his time as an assistant for coach Pitino at Louisville."

The Seahawks will come to Richmond in 2016-17 and again in 2018-19. The Colonels will play a second game in Wilmington during the 2017-18 season.

Eastern Kentucky Reveals 2015-16 Men's Basketball Roster

Eastern Kentucky University and head coach Dan McHale have revealed their men's basketball roster for the 2015-16 season.

The Colonels will be looking to rebuild in McHale's first season after losing last season's three leading scorers and rebounders: Eric Stutz, Corey Walden and Timmy Knipp.

Here's a look:

2015-16 Men's Basketball Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown (Previous School)
0 Paul Jackson Paul Jackson G 6-1 178 So. Lithonia, Ga. (Martin Luther King Jr. High School)
4 Tommy Matthews Tommy Matthews G 6-1 180 Sr. Clinton, Md. (Surratsville High School)
5 Isaac McGlone Isaac McGlone G 6-2 175 Jr. Lancaster, Ohio (Bloom-Carroll High School)
11 Jaylen Babb-Harrison Jaylen Babb-Harrison G 6-4 187 R-Jr. Ajax, Ontario (J. Clarke Richardson High School)
14 Daniel Parke Daniel Parke G 6-1 165 R-So. Richmond, Ky. (Madison Central High School)
21 JaVontae Hawkins JaVontae Hawkins G 6-5 211 R-Jr. Flint, Mich. (University of South Florida)
23 Jonathan Hood Jonathan Hood G 6-4 206 Sr. Durham, N.C. (Santa Fe College)
24 K.J. Bluford K.J. Bluford G 6-1 185 R-Sr. Minneapolis, Minn. (Northeast CC)
32 Ja'Mill Powell Ja'Mill Powell G 6-7 180 Sr. Bridgeport, Conn. (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College)
Greg King F 6-7 225 So. Ellenwood, Ga. (Chipola College)
Nick Mayo F 6-8 225 Fr. Oakland, Maine (Messalonskee High School)
Anthony Pratt F 6-6 200 Fr. St. Louis, Mo. (St. Louis Christian Academy)
Jarelle Reischel G 6-7 210 Sr. Frankfurt, Germany (University of Rhode Island)
Cameron Williams G 5-11 170 Jr. Omaha, Neb. (North Platte Community College)

Coaching Staff

Name Title
Dan McHale Dan McHale Head Coach
Michael Bradley Michael Bradley Associate Head Coach
Reece Gaines Reece Gaines Assistant Coach
Doug Davenport Doug Davenport Assistant Coach
Trent Angelucci Trent Angelucci Director of Basketball Operations

Andrew and Aaron Harrison Face Each Other for First Time in Orlando Pro Summer League

Former Kentucky guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison played against each other for the first time in their careers over the weekend at the Orlando Pro Summer League.

Statistically speaking, Aaron won the battle of the twins, but Andrew won the war as Memphis knocked off Charlotte 79-75.

Andrew finished with 9 points, 2 assists and 6 rebounds in the win.

Aaron scored 16 points, dished out 8 assists and pulled down 4 boards for the Hornets.




Sunday, July 5, 2015

Morehead State Unveils 2015-16 Men's Basketball Roster - UPDATED

The Morehead State Eagles have unveiled their men's basketball roster for the 2015-16 season. 

The Eagles lost talented shooting guard Angelo Warner, point guard Kareem Storey, forward Karam Mashour and big man Billy Reader.

The 2015-16 team will feature a roster of talented newcomers to go along with returning contributors Brent Arrington, Corban Collins, Miguel Dicent and Lyonell Gaines.

NOTE: Keion Alexander has been added to the roster; Gavin Peppers is no longer listed.

Morehead State Roster for 2015-16:

1 Malik Maitland G 5-11 170 Fr. Daytona Beach, Fla. Father Lopez Catholic
3 Corban Collins G 6-3 190 R-Jr. High Point, N.C. Massanutten Military Academy (Va.) LSU
4 Ty'Quan Bitting F/C 6-9 220 Jr. Winston-Salem, N.C. Mount Tabor Angelina College (Texas)
5 Miguel Dicent G 6-3 155 So. Santo Domingo, D.R. Canarias Basketball Academy
10 Anthony Elechi F/C 6-8 235 Sr. Elmont, N.Y. Elmont Labette CC (Kan.)
11 Keion Alexander F/C 6-9 210 Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y. Kingdom Prep Christian Academy (Ga.) Southwest Tennessee CC
13 Lamontray Harris F 6-7 210 Fr. Louisville, Ky. Pleasure Ridge Park Robinson Prep School (N.J.)
14 Jared Ravenscraft G 6-2 210 R-Sr. Morehead, Ky. Bath County Kentucky Christian Univ.
15 DeJuan Marrero F 6-6 230 Jr. Gary, Ind. Bowman Academy Chipola College (Fla.)
21 Wes Noble F 6-5 190 R-Fr. Jackson, Ky. Breathitt County
22 Xavier Moon G 6-2 165 Jr. Goodwater, Ala. Central Coosa Northwest Florida State College
23 Treshaad Williams F 6-5 235 Jr. Nashville, Ga. Berrien County Northwest Florida State College
25 Ronnye Beamon F 6-5 195 Jr. Calumet City, Ill. Hammond Bishop Noll (Ind.) Kaskaskia College (Ill.)
31 Lyonell Gaines F 6-6 220 R-Sr. Louisville, Ky. Eastern IUPUI
32 Brent Arrington G 6-3 190 R-Sr. Baltimore, Md. Lansdowne Mississippi Valley State

Coaching Staff

NAME TITLE
Sean Woods Sean Woods Head Coach
Dylan Howard Dylan Howard Associate Head Coach
Preston Spradlin Preston Spradlin Assistant Coach
Jonathan Mattox Jonathan Mattox Director of Operations

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