Friday, July 24, 2015

2016 Recruit Miles Bridges Tells Funny Story About John Calipari Calling Him During a Date

Miles Bridges, who ranks No. 24 on the list for 2016, recently had a date interrupted by Kentucky head coach John Calipari.

Bridges told the story to

Around 10 p.m. you enter Rave Cinemas with a special female friend to check out “The Gallows” movie. Just as the horror film begins, your phone goes off as you’re kicked back, lounging in your seat.

Guess who … Kentucky coach John Calipari is calling to check in. Sounds surreal, right? Well, that’s life for five-star basketball recruit Miles Bridges.

“I had to ask, could I call him back,” Bridges said with a smile. “Coaches usually just call to check to see how I’m doing and to see if I’m still interested.”

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Bridges has narrowed his final list down to Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, Michigan and Michigan State.

He recently set visit dates to Indiana (Aug. 28-30), MSU (Sept. 12) and Kentucky (Oct. 16).

Three Arkansas Players Arrested for Using Counterfeit Money

Three Arkansas men's basketball players have been arrested for allegedly using counterfeit money.

The three players arrested are Jacorey Williams, Dustin Thomas and starting point guard Anton Beard.

Here is an excerpt from

Fayetteville police said all three were seen on surveillance video using counterfeit $20 bills last Friday and Saturday. The complaint said Beard also exchanged six counterfeit $50 bills for three $100 bills.

The three were arrested on suspicion of forgery and face a Friday court hearing. They were being held Wednesday afternoon without bail.

Police said that the arrests were related to two-month investigation into counterfeit money. Police also said that after the players were detained, they said they didn’t know the money was fake.

First-degree forgery charges are Class B felonies in Arkansas and can carry a prison sentence of five to 20 years.

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The Razorback Athletic Department released the following statement on Wednesday:

"We have become aware of a pending legal issue involving three men's basketball student-athletes. The student-athletes have been suspended indefinitely from the men's basketball program. Our continued expectation is that our student-athletes conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times."

Ryan Harrow Signs Professional Contract in Greece

Former Kentucky and Georgia State point guard Ryan Harrow has signed with A.G.O. Rethymno Aegean in Greece's top-level A1 league.

Harrow averaged 18.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game last season at Georgia State.

Here is more from

A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (A1) agreed terms with 24-year old American guard Ryan Harrow (188-73kg-91). He just graduated from Georgia State University (NCAA). In 28 games he had very impressive stats: 18.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.7apg and 1.5spg last season. He helped them to win Sun Belt Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-Sun Belt 1st Team and NABC All-District 24 1st Team.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cuthbert Victor is Headed to Korea

Former Murray State forward Cuthbert Victor will be playing in Korea this season after being taken in the Korean Basketball League Draft.

Victor was drafted by Mobis Phoebus, the league's defending champions.

Here is more from

Korean Basketball League's foreign player draft was held today in Las Vegas, Nevada. Virgin Islander Cuthbert Victor (197-F-83, college: Murray St.) was one of the twenty players drafted. Victor will suit up for defending champion Mobis Phoebus and is expected to join their team next month.

A total of 120 players attended the three day tryout with 115 available to be drafted. In the first of two rounds, eight of the 10 teams chose players with previous experience in the KBL and 9 of the 10 were big men, suggesting that the teams may have somewhat different priorities than the league itself.


Here's a look at the top 10 picks:

1. Samsung Thunder - Ratliffe Ricardo
2. SK Knights - Simon David
3. Incheon Elephants - Andre Smith
4. KGC Anyang - Rhodes Charles (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.)
5. KCC Egis - Andre Emmett (196-F-82, college: Texas Tech)
6. Sonic Boom KT - Sims Courtney (211-C-83, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Michigan)
7. Goyang Orions - Haynes Aaron (201-F-81, college: Boise St.)
8. LG Sakers - Troy Gillenwater (205-F-88, college: N.Mexico St.)
9. Dongbu Promu - Rodrique Benson (207-F/C-84, college: California)
10. Mobis Phoebus - Leo Lyons (206-F-87, college: Missouri).

Jamal Murray Scores 20 in Win Over Argentina

University of Kentucky signee Jamal Murray scored 20 points in Canada's 88-83 win over Argentina Wednesday night in the Pan Am Games.

Murray was 9-for-15 from the field, including 3-for-7 from the 3-point line.

Here are some highlights:

Canada (2-0) finishes up preliminary round play today vs. Mexico.

Rick Pitino Talks About Taking the Job with Puerto Rico

Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal interviewed Louisville head coach Rick Pitino earlier this week.

Pitino talked about coaching the Puerto Rican national team and why he chose to take that job.

Here is an excerpt:

How is this different than maybe the NBA or college?

It's really not, the only thing is ... The international game is closer to the NBA than college, but it's really not too much different. I get a kick out of it, like twice (Brazil) got technicals for flopping. I got a big kick out of it. At first I didn't know what was going on. I thought he said something. It was funny. But it's a great experience for me because I'm not only scouting and preparing, but I'm learning. You're just learning different ways to do things from an offensive and defensive standpoint. The coaching is much better than it was 15 years ago. They're pressing more. They're better defensively.

There was a time, 15 years ago, when they said these teams didn't play good defense. It was just soft basketball, but that's not the case here. Brazil was very physical, very well coached and -- the coaching is outstanding at all these levels. They all have good trick plays. They all have good out-of-bounds plays. They all have good defensive situations. They're very good.

What was the main reason why you took this Puerto Rico job?

Three reasons ... I've been a head coach since 24. And although I've had brief stints of learning under Jim Boeheim, with zone work, and learning a tremendous amount from Hubie Brown in the pros, I've been a head coach since I was 24. That's a long time. This is -- I wanted to learn more. You don't do it by just watching tape. I'm so familiar with the coaches in America, so I want to learn international basketball and see if there is anything we can improve on. It just opens up a lot of different things style-wise and what they do with their bigs ... You know, how they use the 24-second shot clock is just different than the NBA, so it's a good learning experience for me.

The second thing is, I was really worried about (Louisville's 2015-16) schedule.

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Puerto Rico in the Pan Am Games:

Tuesday: Brazil 92 Puerto Rico 59
Wednesday: United States 102 Puerto Rico 70
Today: Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Steve Nash Says Jamal Murray Has Chance to Make Canada's Olympic Qualifying Roster

Former NBA star Steve Nash had high praise for Jamal Murray following Canada's win over the Dominican Republic last night at the Pan Am Games.

Nash even hinted that Murray has a legitimate chance to make Canada's Olympic qualifying roster in August.

Here are some excerpts:

The wave of Canadian basketball talent seems never-ending and Murray is the latest next big thing. In the space of a year he’s gone from an intriguing prospect to an almost certain lottery pick should he declare for the NBA draft in 2016 and now the 6-foot-5 point guard is pushing to make the national team roster for August’s Olympic qualifying event in Mexico City under the watchful eye of the best floor general Canada has ever had.

“I’m just starting to get to know him,” Nash said. “I’ve watched him quite a bit. He’s got a tremendous amount of ability. He’s got a very bright future. It’s very exciting for our program. But it’s also exciting for me as a point guard — to see a young player come through with that much ability is very fun and exciting.”

Nash went on to say this about Murray’s Olympic qualifying chances:

Can an 18-year-old work his way onto a 12-man team that is projected to be made up almost entirely of NBA players?

“I wouldn’t say it’s out of the question,” said Nash, who might have been Canada’s best player when he made his senior national team debut at the 1994 World Championships as a 20-year-old. “It all depends how it shakes out. I think Cory has been our point guard. But there are a lot of guys with an opportunity to take the backup spot. It’s going to be probably one of the most interesting positions at the end of the summer to see who wins that spot.”

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Highlights of Murray vs. Dominican Republic:

Texas Transfer Damarcus Croaker Granted Immediate Eligibility at Murray State

Texas transfer Damarcus Croaker has been granted immediate eligibility at Murray State University.

Croaker will be eligible to play the first game of the upcoming season and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Here is a release from MSU:

Murray State head men’s basketball coach Matt McMahon announced that junior Damarcus Croaker has been granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA for the 2015-16 season following a waiver request from MSU Athletics.

Croaker will have two seasons of eligibility remaining, starting with the first game of the season, after his transfer to Murray State last December from the University of Texas.

"I am very happy for Damarcus and his family,” Head Coach Matt McMahon said. “We’re thankful that the NCAA has supported Damarcus' waiver for immediate eligibility and we look forward to him joining us on our exhibition trip to Canada next month."

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Corbin High School's Andrew Taylor Earns First D1 Offer

Corbin High School's Andrew Taylor has picked up his first Division I offer from Stetson.

Taylor, who plays for Hoop Dreams AAU in the summer, is a guard in the Class of 2018.

* Photo from Taylor's Twitter account

Dinky Phipps Named Head Coach at Lynn Camp High School

According to The Mountain Advocate, former Barbourville City School coach Dinky Phipps is the new head coach at Lynn Camp High School:

Lynn Camp school officials have just confirmed that Dinky Phipps, former Barbourville City School coach, has been hired at the new head coach of the Wildcats boys basketball team.


Lynn Camp went 10-18 last season under head coach Eric Swords.

Morehead State's Miguel Dicent Makes Pan Am Games Roster for Dominican Republic

Morehead State's Miguel Dicent is on the final Pan Am Games roster for the Dominican Republic national team.

The Dominicans are in Group B of the tournament with Canada, Mexico and Argentina.

Dominican Republic schedule for preliminary round:

Today: vs. Canada
Wednesday: vs. Mexico
Thursday: vs. Argentina

Dominican Republic roster:

4 Miguel Dicent 190-G-94 Morehead St. USA
5 Elpidio Fortuna 188-G-85 Leones SD Dominican Republic
6 Jose Acosta 185-PG-92 Reales LV Dominican Republic
7 Rigoberto Mendoza 190-G-94 Reales LV Dominican Republic
8 Edward Santana 203-F/C-80 Titanes Licey Dominican Republic
9 Andres Feliz 183-SG-97
10 Gerardo Suero 193-G-89 Leones SD Dominican Republic
11 Manuel Guzman 204-F/C-82 Soles SD Dominican Republic
12 Angel Delgado 206-PF-94 Seton Hall USA
13 James Maye 201-G/F-81 Titanes Licey Dominican Republic
14 Nehemias Morillo 196-G-92 S.Florida USA
15 Juan Garcia 201-F/C-89 Titanes Licey Dominican Republic

Jose Maita Mercedes Head Coach Los Minas Dominican Republic
Melvyn Lopez Assistant GUG Dominican Republic
Fernando Teruel Assistant Bameso Dominican Republic

Jamal Murray, Kyle Wiltjer Make Final Roster for Canada's National Team

Kentucky signee Jamal Murray and former Wildcat Kyle Wiltjer made the final roster for Canada's national team that will compete in the Pan Am Games.

Canada is in Group B with Argentina, Dominican Republic and Mexico.

Group A

Puerto Rico
United States

Group B

Dominican Republic

Canada's Pan Am preliminary round schedule:

Today: vs. Dominican Republic
Wednesday: vs. Argentina
Thursday: vs. Mexico

Canada's roster:

4 Jamal Murray 198-F/G-97 Kentucky USA
5 Junior Cadougan 187-G-90 Sidigas AV Italy
6 Melvin Ejim 198-F-91 Bayreuth Germany
7 Andrew Nicholson 206-PF-89 Orlando M. USA
8 Carl English 192-G-81 AEK Athens Greece
9 Dillon Brooks 198-F-96 Oregon USA
10 Anthony Bennett 203-F-93 Minnesota T. USA
11 Aaron Doornekamp 201-F-85 Fraport SKY Germany
12 Brady Heslip 188-G-90 Igokea Bosnia
13 Daniel Mullings 188-G-91 Bayreuth Germany
14 Kyle Wiltjer 208-F-92 Gonzaga USA
15 Sim Bhullar 226-C-92 Sacramento K. USA

Jay Triano Head Coach Portland TB USA
Dave Smart Assistant Carleton Canada
David Vanterpool Assistant Portland TB USA

Houston Rockets Close to Signing Chuck Hayes

The Houston Rockets are close to bringing Chuck Hayes back after the former Kentucky star played several seasons with Sacramento and Toronto.

According to, the Rockets are "close to an agreement" with Hayes.

Here is an excerpt:

‏The Rockets are “close to an agreement” to bring back forward/center Chuck Hayes, Hayes’ agent Calvin Andrews said.

Hayes met with Rockets coach Kevin McHale and much of the Rockets’ front office during a summer league game last week in Las Vegas when he was in town to coach an AAU team. The Rockets left thinking there could be a place on the roster before training camp, but with the trade of Ty Lawson moving four players, the Rockets and Hayes’ representatives moved close to a deal.

“The trade opens some doors,” Andrews said. “We just have to hammer out some fine details.”

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Hayes began his NBA career with the Rockets. In 6 seasons, he averaged 4.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game with Houston.

Western Kentucky Releases Conference USA Schedule

Western Kentucky has revealed their Conference USA schedule for the 2015-16 men's basketball season.

Here's a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Home games against Middle Tennessee, UAB, LA Tech, Charlotte and Old Dominion highlight the Conference USA portion of the 2015-16 Hilltopper Basketball schedule, announced Monday by WKU.

In its second year in C-USA, WKU hosts three of the top-four finishers in the league a season ago, plus welcomes longtime rival Middle Tennessee back to Bowling Green for the first time since the 2012-13 season. In all, WKU's 18 game conference schedule is comprised of home-and-home series with Middle Tennessee, UAB, Marshall, Charlotte and Old Dominion and single games against the other eight teams in the league.

Middle Tennessee travels to E.A. Diddle Arena on Saturday, Jan. 30 for the first time since the two competed in the Sun Belt Conference in the 131st meeting in the all-time series dating back to 1914-15. WKU leads the series 92-38 and 52-13 in Bowling Green.

Other notable returns to E.A. Diddle Arena include UAB's first visit since 2006 on Jan. 28 and LA Tech's first visit since 2001 on March 5. The Blazers were C-USA's representative in the NCAA Tournament last season, where they upset third-seeded Iowa State in the second round.

WKU opens with five of its first seven league games away from home, including road trips to Texas to play Rice (Jan. 14) and North Texas (Jan. 16) and to the east coast to play Old Dominion (Jan. 21) and Charlotte (Jan. 23), but the Hilltoppers end the season with five-of-seven at home including the finale against last year's regular-season champion LA Tech (March 5).

The Hilltoppers open league play on Sunday, Jan. 3 at Marshall and have their first home conference games the following weekend against FIU (Jan. 7) and Florida Atlantic (Jan. 9).

The C-USA Tournament will be held March 8-12 in Birmingham, Ala., and will include all 14 schools.

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J3 SUN at Marshall* Huntington, W.Va.
J7 THUR FIU* E.A. Diddle Arena
J9 SAT Florida Atlantic* E.A. Diddle Arena
J14 THUR at Rice* Houston, Texas
J16 SAT at North Texas* Denton, Texas
J21 THUR at Old Dominion* Norfolk, Va.
J23 SAT at Charlotte* Charlotte, N.C.
J28 THUR UAB* E.A. Diddle Arena
J30 SAT Middle Tennessee* E.A. Diddle Arena
F4 THUR at UTSA* San Antonio, Texas
F6 SAT at UTEP* El Paso, Texas
F13 SAT Marshall* E.A. Diddle Arena
F18 THUR Old Dominion* E.A. Diddle Arena
F20 SAT Charlotte* E.A. Diddle Arena
F25 THUR at Middle Tennessee* Murfreesboro, Tenn.
F27 SAT at UAB* Birmingham, Ala.
M3 THUR Southern Miss* E.A. Diddle Arena
M5 SAT LA Tech* E.A. Diddle Arena
M8-­‐12 TUES-­‐SAT vs. Conference USA Tournament Birmingham, Ala.
M15-­‐A4 vs. NCAA Tournament Various Locations

(*) Conference USA game

All times (CT) and subject to change

Monday, July 20, 2015

EKU Colonels to Play in 2018 Paradise Jam in U.S. Virgin Islands

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels will play in the 2018 Paradise Jam event in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Here is a release from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky's men's basketball team will play in the 2018 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

The field of eight will play three games each. The tentative dates for the event are Nov. 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2018. Complete pairings will not be announced until the summer of 2018.

"We are thrilled to be participating in the 2018 Paradise Jam," Head Coach Dan McHale said. "I have been fortunate enough to participate in it twice and can't wait to take the Colonels to the Virgin Islands."

Accommodations, ground travel and ticket packages will be available for Colonel fans through Basketball Travelers, Inc.

The eight participants in last year's field included Seton Hall, Illinois State, Old Dominion, Clemson, Gardner-Webb, LSU, Weber State and Nevada. The 2015 field includes DePaul, Florida State, Hofstra, Indiana State, Norfolk State, Ohio, South Carolina and Tulsa.

"We will play against top-notch competition and our players and fans will be treated to an amazing experience," said McHale. "We look forward for the EKU faithful joining us and being a part of something special."

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Apollo's Eli Wright Adds Offer from Connecticut, Considering Prep School for Senior Season

Apollo High School shooting guard Eli Wright has picked up an offer from Connecticut.

Wright, who stands 6-foot-4, holds offers from a long list of Division I schools including Clemson, Indiana, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Tennessee and Western Kentucky.

Wright averaged 20.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game at Apollo last season.

There's a chance he will leave Apollo and attend prep school for his senior season, however.

Here is an excerpt from the Bowling Green Daily News:

He averaged 20.6 points and 7.5 rebounds as a junior for Apollo, but he told the Daily News on Wednesday that he’s still considering attending prep school for his final year of high school. That will dictate a decision date.

“If I go to prep school, then I’m probably going to commit in November,” Wright said. “If I don’t, I’m going to wait it out.”

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