Thursday, July 16, 2015

Happy Osborne Excited for 2015-16 Season at Kentucky Wesleyan

Head coach Happy Osborne is excited for the 2015-16 season at Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Osborne has reeled in a solid recruiting class that should have the Panthers in position to play for a G-MAC league title.

Here is more on KWC's new faces:

With a few new faces set to join the Kentucky Wesleyan men's basketball team next season, third-year coach Happy Osborne is optimistic about the group he'll have at his disposal in 2015-16.

The Panthers, who went 22-8 last year with a runner-up finish in the G-MAC Tournament title game, added two physical post players and a pair of perimeter play-makers — areas of concern that Osborne said he wanted to shore up heading into the summer recruitment period.

"We're really excited about the guys we have," Osborne said. "I think they'll all fit in, and everyone has to have an impact for us."

Expected to provide a boost down low is 6-foot-7 Justin Miller, a former Owensboro High School standout who was named the state tournament's Most Valuable Player after leading the Red Devils to their first KHSAA title since 1980.

"Obviously, Justin was a person we've recruited for a long time. I'm really proud of the weight loss and maturity he's shown," Osborne said, adding that Miller has slimmed down to 258 pounds. "I'll take 15 more, but that's 32 less (than it was). He's doing a lot of things the right way, and I'm proud of him."

Joining Miller in the post will be Marcus Fuggins, a 6-9, 255-pounder who transferred from Morehead State for his final year of eligibility. He averaged 1.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 8.2 minutes in 25 games as a junior, shooting 41 percent and finishing with 14 blocks.

"He has experience, and he's a guy we'll count on heavily," Osborne said of Fuggins. "He'll be one of the biggest players in the league."

Osborne said the duo will "more than take care of our inside game," and he's also confident in the flexibility that Jordan Jacks (6-5, 195 pounds) and Tamron Manning (6-4, 210) can bring to the Panthers' perimeter game.

Jacks will join the Panthers for his final two years of eligibility after averaging 16.1 points and nine rebounds per game last year for Division II Shorter. Manning, who averaged 3.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 16.2 minutes per game, is a former Scott County standout that transferred to KWC from Marshall for his final year of eligibility.

"I'm excited about having two back-to-the-basket post players that can score, and I'm excited about having guys who can play in different spots," Osborne said. "I don't think you have to be glued in to any one spot, but it will be nice to have some guys who can score down low."

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Kentucky Extends Offers to 2016 PG Dennis Smith Jr. and 2017 SF Michael Porter Jr.

The Kentucky Wildcats have extended scholarship offers to 2106 point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and 2017 small forward Michael Porter Jr.

Smith is a 6-foot-2 point guard who ranks No. 4 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.

Porters is a 6-foot-8 small forward who ranks No. 2 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2017.








Asbury University Reveals 2015-16 Men's Basketball Roster

Asbury University has revealed their updated men's basketball roster for the 2015-16 season.

The Eagles return 9 of their top 10 scorers from last season's 20-11 team, including talented upperclassmen Kyle Lamb, Tyler Smith, Kristian Morgan and Jordan Gilbert.

Asbury has also added Morehead State transfer Will Henderson and Ryan Brightwell, who last played at Mid-Continent University.

Incoming freshmen include all-star honorable mention guard Trenton Thompson from Harrison County and Deion Cochran from Collins.

2015-16 Men's Basketball Roster

# Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown Previous School
2 Kristian Morgan JR G 6-0 175 Warsaw, Ky Gallatin County High School
3 Daulton Peters SO F 6-4 Nicholasville, Ky. West Jessamine H.S.
5 Alex Dennis JR G 6-2 165 Mt. Eden, Ky Spencer County High School
10 Jordan Gilbert SR G 5-11 160 Maysville, Ky Mason County H.S.
13 Will Henderson SO G 5-11 Nicholasville, Ky. Morehead State
14 Kyle Lamb SR G 6-1 175 Nicholasville, Ky East Jessamine High School
23 Kristian Svendsen SR F 6-6 Piscataway Township, N.J. Raritan Valley CC
24 Tyler Smith JR G 6-2 190 Lexington, Ky Bryan Station High School
30 Todd Jefferson SR F 6-5 210 Brooksville, Ky Thomas More College
32 Timmy Bradshaw JR F 6-2 220 Nicholasville, Ky East Jessamine High School
33 Zach Freeman SO F 6-2 Lawrenceburg, Ky. Anderson County H.S.
34 Austin Kindred SO G 6-2 Georgetown, Ky. Scott County H.S.
42 Isaac Moore SO G 6-2 Lawrenceburg, Ind. Homeschooled
55 Ryan Brightwell SR F 6-5 Lexington, Ky. Mid-Continent
NA Kennon Cochran FR Shelby County
NA David McCorvey FR West Jessamine
NA Trenton Thompson FR Harrison County
NA Deion Cochran FR Collins

Coaches

Will Shouse Head Coach 8th season
Russell Abner Assistant Coach 2nd season
Eric Davis Assistant Coach 2nd season

Terrence Commodore Named Director of Player Personnel at EKU

Former University of Kentucky graduate assistant Terrence Commodore has been named Director of Player Personnel at Eastern Kentucky University.

Here is a release from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Kentucky native Terrence Commodore will join the Eastern Kentucky men's basketball staff as Director of Player Personnel.

Commodore's duties at EKU will include planning recruiting schedules for staff, assisting in on-campus official visits by recruits, and serving as a liaison between players and the coaching staff.

"TC will be instrumental in our on-campus recruiting and will be a wonderful mentor to our current student-athletes," Head Coach Dan McHale said. "Being an EKU grad and a native Kentuckian will be an asset to our staff as we look to bring the best players in the Commonwealth into the Colonel family."

The Maysville native served as a volunteer for Head Coach Jeff Neubauer while an undergraduate student at Eastern Kentucky. He earned a bachelor's of science in physical education with an emphasis in sports administration in 2007. In his role, he assisted in updating recruiting profiles, video and practice drills.

Commodore served as a graduate assistant/program assistant at the University of Kentucky from 2007 to 2011. While working at UK, the Wildcats made an Elite 8 (2010) and Final Four appearance (2011). His responsibilities included on-campus recruiting, film breakdown after games, player development on and off the court, and assisting with scouting reports. He assisted in the recruiting process of former Wildcats John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Knight and Darius Miller.

Commodore earned his master's degree in sports leadership from Kentucky in 2011.

In 2011 Commodore founded Camp One LLC. The company provides high quality basketball, football and baseball camps around the region involving professional athletes. Camp One also provides individual skills training sessions for basketball players of all ages.

Rick Pitino Announces Puerto Rico's Roster for Pan Am Games

Rick Pitino has Puerto Rico's final roster set for the upcoming Pan Am Games.

Puerto Rico knocked off Dominican Republic 92-87 in a friendly game yesterday. The two teams will meet again today.

Pitino's team will begin play in the Pan Am Games against Brazil on July 21. They will face the United States on July 22.

Roster for Pan Am Games:

- Jose Juan Barea
- Jezreel De Jesus
- Larry Ayuso
- Alejandro Carmona
- Javier Mojica
- Paul Graham
- Gary Browne
- Gilberto Clavell
- Kevin Young
- Devon Collier
- Ramon Clemente
- Luis Villafane

Head coach: Rick Pitino
Assistants: Mike Balado, Allans Colon and Nelson Colon

Schedule of Puerto Rico in the Pan Am Games:

July 21: 10:30 a.m. vs. Brazil
July 22: 9 p.m. vs. USA
July 23: 1:30 p.m. vs. Venezuela

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Kentucky Has Reportedly Reached Out to Memphis Transfer Austin Nichols

Kentucky has reportedly reached out to Memphis transfer Austin Nichols.



Nichols, a 6-foot-9 junior forward, averaged 13.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Tigers last season.

Murray State Getting Ready for Canada Exhibition Tour

The Murray State Racers and new head coach Matt McMahon are preparing for their upcoming exhibition tour in Canada.

Here's an update from MSU:

The Murray State men’s basketball team is ready to make a Canadian exhibition tour to Ottawa and Montreal (Aug. 1-6).

With 10 practices and three exhibition games to come, this trip coincides perfectly with the recent hire of new Head Coach Matt McMahon. He became the Racers’ 16th head coach (June 9) when Steve Prohm left to coach Iowa State.

"I'm excited about starting our preparation for next month's trip to Canada,” McMahon said. “With seven new players and our new coaching staff, we’ll take advantage of this time to begin implementing our system while still focusing on our skill development program. Most importantly, this trip will be a great experience for our players and provides a valuable opportunity to build our team chemistry."

“I want it to be about more than just the games,” McMahon added. “It’ll be about the team meals we have and touring the cities (we visit) and unique team-building exercises. It’s going to be a lot of fun for us.”

After flying from Nashville to Ottawa (Aug. 1), the Racers play a pair of games against the University of Ottawa (Aug. 2) and Carleton University (Aug. 3). After busing to Montreal, the Racers face Concordia University (Aug. 5) before flying back to Nashville (Aug. 6).

When the 2015-16 season does arrive, the Racers will be looking for another great season that stands at six straight 20-win campaigns and 28 straight winning seasons.

Carson Williams Adds Offer from Ball State

Owen County High School forward Carson Williams has added an offer from Ball State.



Williams is at the Victor Oladipo/Ty Lawson Elite Camp in Washington, D.C. this week:


Anthony Davis Stars in Nike's New "Short A Guy" Commercial

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis is featured in Nike's new "Short A Guy" commercial.

Check it out:


Anthony Davis Signs Record-Breaking Contract Extension with New Orleans

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis has signed a record-breaking, six-year contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans.

While the Pelicans did not release terms of the deal, sources told ESPN.com that the five-year extension is estimated at nearly $145 million and will kick in starting with the 2016-17 season and run through Davis' 28th birthday.

That makes Davis' extension the richest contract in NBA history.

The team put out this release last week:

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Pelicans today announced that at 12:01 p.m. local time in Hong Kong, China, All-Star forward Anthony Davis signed a contract extension with the club. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Words cannot describe the excitement of the New Orleans Pelicans to have Anthony Davis as the cornerstone of our organization,” said Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps. “Anthony is a great person, a phenomenal player and the ideal representative of his family, the Pelicans and the New Orleans community.

“We are thrilled to have Anthony commit to the Pelicans as we continue to build our team to have sustained success.”

Davis has appeared in 199 games over his first three seasons in the NBA, all with New Orleans, posting career averages of 19.7 points while shooting .525 from the field, 9.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.5 blocks per game. The 6-10 forward currently ranks fifth in New Orleans franchise history in defensive rebounds (1,346) total rebounds (1,891) and steals (264), third in points (3,917), points per game and field goal percentage, second in rebounding average (9.5) and first in blocks (501).

“I am very excited to continue to play for the Pelicans and remain a proud resident of the City of New Orleans,” stated Davis. “I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Benson, Dell Demps, Coach Gentry, the entire Pelicans’ organization, my agent Thad Foucher, my family and, of course, all of the incredible fans for their unwavering support. I look forward to many great years together.”

Complete Release



Here is a Vine video of Davis inking the new deal:


Monday, July 13, 2015

Timmy Knipp Will Begin Professional Career in Germany

Former Eastern Kentucky University forward Timmy Knipp will begin his professional basketball career in Germany.

Knipp has signed with Bayer Giants Leverkusen in Germany's second-level Pro A league.

Here are details from Eurobasket.com:

German Pro A team Bayer Giants Leverkusen have been very active in the last 48 hours reeling in top Pro B player Diante Watkins and today have hauled in rookie Timmy Knipp (201-G). Knipp is a 23 year old 201cm small forward/power forward from Olive Hill, Kentucky that played four years at E.Kentucky (NCAA). He burst out as a senior playing 32 games: averaging 10.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 82.7%."He is a very versatile player and thanks to his athletcism can play the positions three and four. We have many opportunities in our offensive with his rebound effort and good shot", warned Bayer Giants head coach Achim Kuczmann.

In his senior season at Eastern Kentucky he scored in double figures 17 times. His best scoring game was 23 points in a 77-72 victory at Tennesse State. He is overjoyed about starting his professional basketball career in Germany. "A childhood dream has become true for me. I am thankful that the Bayer Giants gave me this chance and trust. I am looking forward to Leverkusen and the many expereinces that I will make in Germany. My biggest goal is to win as much games as possible", warned Timmy Knipp. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been OVC East Division Regular Season Runner-Up -13, 14, OVC Tournament Semifinals -13, 15, OVC Tournament Winner -14, and OVC East Division Regular Season Co-Champion -15.

Aaron Harrison Earns 2-Year Deal with Charlotte

Former Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison has agreed to a two-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets. The contract will bring Harrison to the team's training camp in October.

Harrison went undrafted but had an impressive week in the Orlando Pro Summer League.

Playing primarily at the point guard position, Harrison averaged 13.4 points, a team-high 3.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game in the summer league.


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