Saturday, August 1, 2015

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Helps Raise Money for Charity with MKG Burger

Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist helped raised $5,000 for A Child's Place, which works to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education.

The donation was a portion of the proceeds from sales of the MKG Burger at The Cowfish restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Here is more about the project from

Alan Springate, co-founder of The Cowfish in Raleigh, North Carolina, recently presented $5,000 to A Child’s Place, which works to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education.

The donation was a portion of the proceeds from sales of the MKG Burger, a menu item named in NBA player Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s honor and developed specifically to benefit one of his favorite charities.

Kidd-Gilchrist worked with The Cowfish Executive Chef David Lucarelli and Master Sushi Chef Rifali Almunir to develop the MKG, which reflects his healthy eating habits.

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Hedo Turkoglu Calls Out Enes Kanter in Political Feud

There is apparently a political feud between Turkish NBA stars Hedo Turkoglu and Enes Kanter.

Turkoglu recently called out Kanter saying, "Enes' head does not work."

Here is the latest from

The latest development in this saga was when Enes Kanter got refused entry to the national team this Summer. Initially, Kanter cited politics as the reason why he couldn't play. The Turkish national government has been in conflict with the Gulen movement, which Kanter is a part of, since 2013. Eventually, Kanter tweeted a photo of Hedo Turkoglu with Turkey's president. The caption read something to the extent of, "this is why I was not invited".

Turkoglu took offense to what Kanter said, and responded with something to the extent of, "Enes' head does not work." Also, Turkoglu called for a permanent end to Kanter's career with the Turkish national team.

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Apollo Guard Ben Moss Adds Offer from Middle Tennessee State

Apollo point guard Ben Moss has added a new scholarship offer from Middle Tennessee State University.

Moss picked up an offer from Eastern Kentucky earlier this summer.

NBC Sports Wonders if Addition of Isaac Humphries is a Red Flag About Skal Labissiere's Eligibility

Rob Dauster of wonders if Kentucky's addition of Isaac Humphries is actually a red flag about Skal Labissiere's eligibility.

Here's what Dauster says:

But there may be more to it than that, as the issues that have surrounded Labissiere throughout his recruitment have not been completely answered. No one that I’ve spoken to knows what the future holds for Labissiere, but the general consensus is that Calipari would not take a kid if he wasn’t going to be eligible. That said, there is enough smoke surrounding Labissiere and his guardian, Gerald Hamilton, that no one would be surprised if he got dinged for something.

One of the major questions for Labissiere is regarding the school he attended as a senior. He transferred out of Memphis Evangelical Christian school and into Lausanne Collegiate School, alsoin Memphis, but was ruled ineligible to play for the basketball team by the state of Tennessee. So Hamilton created a prep school called Reach Your Dreams Prep, which didn’t exist until this winter, for Labissiere to play as a senior.

It wasn’t the smoothest of transfers, to say the least.

Think about it like this: if Calipari was so confident that there would be no issues with Labissiere, would he be working so hard to bring in kids that play the same position as him?

The bottom line, however, is that with or without Labissiere, adding a player like Humphries now — and bringing in a player like Wynyard in December — is far from a bad thing.

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Tavin Lovan Adds Offer from Winthtrop, Visiting Vanderbilt This Weekend

Franklin-Simpson guard Tavin Lovan is on a visit to Vanderbilt this weekend according to multiple sources.

Lovan, a 2017 recruit, recently added an offer from Winthrop.

Kentucky Expected to Add Australian Star Isaac Humphries for 2015-16

According to Gary Parrish of, Kentucky is expected to add Australian forward Isaac Humphries for the 2015-16 season.

Here is an excerpt from Parrish's article:

Humphries is on a visit to Kentucky this weekend.

Barring any snags, he's expected to publicly announce his intentions soon.

Humphries is an Australian who has been attending school in Indiana. The 7-foot forward is ranked 43rd in the Class of 2016, according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. He averaged 18.9 points and 11.6 rebounds in last year's FIBA under-17 championships.

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Humphries is listed as a 2016 recruit but he is expected to reclassify to 2015 and be eligible for this season.

Friday, July 31, 2015

NBA Impersonator Has Some Fun with Brandon Knight

Brandon Armstrong, who is also known as the NBA Impersonator, has a new video out about former Kentucky star Brandon Knight.

Knight's NBA career is off to an outstanding start, but he has also had his share of "growing pains."

Watch as Armstrong does his impression of Knight:

Tickets On Sale Soon for North Carolina vs. Kentucky Alumni Game

Tickets go on sale August 14 for the upcoming North Carolina vs. Kentucky alumni basketball game in Rupp Arena.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the 2015 UK Men’s Basketball Alumni Charity Game, which will be held Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m. ET in Rupp Arena, will go on sale to the public on Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. ET. For the first time, a team of University of Kentucky pros will face a team of North Carolina pros.

All seats are reserved and priced at $50 and $100 (premium lower level), $25 (lower level), $10 (premium upper level), and $5 (upper level). Tickets can be purchased at the Rupp Arena box office, online at, at any Ticketmaster Outlet or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. There is an eight-ticket limit per person. All orders will have additional fees attached plus a $1 facility fee. All proceeds from the game will go to charity.

You must be 16 or older to purchase tickets and children under the age of 2 get in for free with a paying adult (the child will not have a seat and must sit on the lap of the paying adult).

Doors to Rupp Arena will open at 4 p.m. ET.

Set to tip off Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. ET, the game will feature UK players either currently or formerly playing professionally against North Carolina players either currently or formerly playing professionally. The Big Blue Nation will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the top talent to don the Blue and White against other elite talent. Per NBA rules, the University of Kentucky cannot confirm individual players participating in the exhibition game.

For the latest on the Kentucky men's basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and on the web at

Murray State Offers a Pair of 2016 Forwards

Murray State has reportedly extended scholarship offers to a pair of 2016 forwards.

According to Verbal Commits, the Racers have offered Mike Layssard, Jr. and Adrio Bailey.

Layssard is listed as a 6-foot-9 post player at Lancaster (Texas) High school. He is rated as a 3-star recruit by

Bailey, who is also considered a 3-star recruit, is a 6-foot-7 power forward at Lakeview (La.) High School.

Preston Knowles Signs with Serie A Team in Italy

Former Louisville guard Preston Knowles has signed with Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia in Italy's top-level Serie A league.

Knowles spent the last two seasons with Ironi Nes-Ziona in Israel's Winner League. In 34 games last season, he averaged 10.9 points and 3.7 assists per game.

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Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia (Serie A) landed 26-year old American guard Preston Knowles (187-89, college: Louisville, agency: Relativity Sports). He has played for the last two years at Ironi Nes-Ziona in Israeli Winner League. In 34 games he averaged 10.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg last season.

Among other achievements Knowles won D-League East Conference championship title in 2012. He was selected to Israeli League All-Star Game in 2014.

Knowles has played also professionally in Greece (KAO Dramas), Ukraine (DniproAzot) and D-League (Springfield A.).

He attended University of Louisville until 2011 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.


Northern Kentucky Offers 2017 Forward Alex King

Northern Kentucky University has extended a scholarship offer to 2017 forward Alex King from Columbus North (Ind.) High School.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Trimble County's Michael Dunaway Has Enrolled at Owen County

Trimble County's Michael Dunaway has enrolled at Owen County High School for his senior season.

Dunaway averaged 16.6 points and 11.7 rebounds per game last season at Trimble County.

Chuck Hayes is Headed Back to the Houston Rockets

Former Kentucky forward Chuck Hayes has agreed to a one-year deal that will send him back to the Houston Rockets next season.

Hayes played 6 seasons with the Rockets at the start of his NBA career. He has since spent time in Sacramento and Toronto.

Shane Hall to Play at Alice Lloyd College

Former Johnson Central star Shane Hall will reportedly play for Alice Lloyd College in 2015-16.

Hall, a 6-foot-9 forward, originally committed to Marshall but never played for the Thundering Herd.

Jordan DeMercy Earns Player of the Week Honors in Colombia Following Triple-Double

Former Georgetown College forward Jordan DeMercy has been named Player of the Week in Colombia this week.

DeMercy had a triple-double of 12 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in Bucaros' 100-83 win over Piratas.

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27-year old forward Jordan Demercy (201-F-88, agency: Blacktop Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Bucaros and receives a Player of the Week award for round 2.

He recorded a triple-double of 12 points adding also 13 rebounds and 11 assists, while his team crushed Piratas (#8, 1-2) with 17-point margin 100-83. It allowed Bucaros to consolidate first place in the Colombian league. The season is still on an early stage, but Bucaros already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Demercy has many years of experience at Bucaros, through which he has constantly improved. Georgetown College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Demercy is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 9.5rpg) and averages solid 68.8% FGP.

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New Highlights of 2017 Kentucky Recruit Michael Porter Jr.

Check out these new highlights of 2017 Kentucky recruit Michael Porter Jr.:

Johnson Central's Braxton Blair to Sign with Alice Lloyd College

Johnson Central point guard Braxton Blair will sign with Alice Lloyd College on August 4, according to a press release.

Blair finished his career with 1,507 points, which ranks 8th all-time at Johnson Central. He is the school's career leader with 500 assists.

His signing will take place Tuesday, August 4 at 1:00 PM in the Johnson Central High School Library.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Benito Santiago Jr. is Headed to Uruguay

Former University of the Cumberlands forward Benito Santiago Jr. is headed for Uruguay for next season.

Santiago has signed with Atletico Bigua Montevideo in Uruguay's top-level LUB league.

In 47 games this summer, Santiago averaged 10.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rico.

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Atletico Bigua Montevideo (LUB) inked Puerto Rican forward Benito Santiago (198-95kg, college: Cumberlands). He played in the summer at Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 47 games he averaged 10.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.0apg.

Among other achievements Santiago's college team made it to the Puerto Rico Cano Jirao Cup final in 2013. He received also All-MSC 1st Team award in 2013. Santiago has played also professionally for other Puerto Rican teams like Maratonistas and Indios.

He graduated from University of the Cumberlands in 2013 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Karam Mashour Will Begin Professional Career in Israel

Former Morehead State forward Karam Mashour will begin his professional playing career in Israel.

Mashour has signed with Bnei Hertzeliyya in Israel's top-level Winner League.

Here is more from

Bnei Hertzeliyya (Winner League) added to their roster 24-year old Israeli forward Karam Mashour (198-95kg-91, agency: KMG Sports Management). He just graduated from Morehead State University (NCAA). In 33 games he had 10.7ppg and 5.9rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.

As mentioned above Mashour is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. He represented Israel at the European Championships U18 in Metz (France) six years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 5.8ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 36.8%.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Jamal Murray May Miss Opportunity with Canada Due to Classes at Kentucky

Jamal Murray, who just led Canada to the silver medals in the Pan Am Games, may not be able to participate in the FIBA Americas Championship in August due to classes at Kentucky.

According to Mike DeCourcy of, the FIBA Americas event runs from August 31 through September 12, but classes begin at UK on August 26.

Kentucky faced a similar situation last season with Karl Towns and the Dominican Republic national team. Towns had to miss the FIBA Americas tournament.

Here is an excerpt from DeCourcy's article:

“We’ll see if there’s any way he can do both, because that’s what I want,” Calipari said. “The kid absolutely wants to play for the national team, and we want that. But the NCAA has really clear guidelines on this.

“This kid is so much for his country, I can’t begin to tell you. Whatever we can do, we’re going to do.”

Murray is a 6-5, 196-pound point guard from Kitchener, Ontario, who committed in June to play next season at Kentucky. Calipari said he spent two days in Canada watching the team train in advance of the Pan-Ams and spoke with team general manager Steve Nash and head coach Jay Triano.

“They are about this kid. They’re not going to do anything that hurts this kid’s career,” Calipari said. “What I’m happy about is, even if he goes there and trains with their team, think of the work he gets in. He’s 18 and he’s playing with pros.”

Kentucky had a similar situation last fall with freshman center Karl-Anthony Towns, who is a part of the Dominican Republic national team program and played for Calipari in 2011 and 2012, when he was the head coach. Dominicana qualified for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, which ran Aug. 30-Sept. 14. Towns did not participate. Calipari said, “With Karl, we couldn’t make that happen.”

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In five games, Murray finished with averages of 16.0 points, 3.2 boards and 2.4 assists in the Pan Am Games.

Here are some highlights:

Monday, July 27, 2015

Berea College Releases 2015-16 Men's Basketball Schedule

The Berea College men's basketball schedule for 2015-16 has been released on the school's website.

2015-16 Berea College Men's Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Notes Result Status


Thu. 15 Alice Lloyd # 3:30 PM


Sat. 14 Ohio Mid-Western Berea, KY 7:30 PM
Mon. 16 Crown Berea, KY 7:00 PM
Sat. 21 vs. TBD @ Cincinnati, OH Mount St. Joseph Classic TBA
Sun. 22 vs. TBD @ Cincinnati, OH Mount St. Joseph Classic TBA
Mon. 23 Boyce Berea, KY 7:00 PM
Wed. 25 Centre Berea, KY 7:00 PM


Fri. 4 vs. Fisk @ Wilmore, KY Asbury Classic 4:00 PM
Sat. 5 vs. Indiana University Northwest @ Wilmore, KY Asbury Classic 2:00 PM
Fri. 11 Ohio Mid-Western Rainmaker Classic/Berea, KY 7:00 PM
Sun. 13 Union Rainmaker Classic/Berea, KY 2:00 PM
Fri. 18 vs. Birmingham-Southern @ Birmingham, AL Black Tie Classic TBA
Sat. 19 vs. Belhaven @ Birmingham, AL Black Tie Classic TBA


Thu. 7 vs. Asbury @ Wilmington, OH Wilmore, KY 7:00 PM
Wed. 13 at UC Clermont Batavia, OH 7:00 PM
Sat. 16 Hiwassee Berea, KY 2:00 PM
Tue. 19 Kentucky Christian Berea, KY 7:00 PM
Thu. 21 at Ohio Christian Circleville, OH 7:00 PM
Fri. 22 Johnson University Berea, KY 7:00 PM
Sat. 30 Wilberforce Berea, KY 1:00 PM


Tue. 2 Covenant Berea, KY 7:00 PM
Fri. 5 UC Clermont Berea, KY 8:00 PM
Sat. 6 at Johnson University Knoxville, TN TBA
Tue. 9 at Hiwassee Madisonville, TN 7:00 PM
Tue. 16 at Kentucky Christian Grayson, KY 7:00 PM
Sat. 20 West Virginia University Tech Berea, KY 1:00 PM


Tue. 1 vs. TBD @ Uniontown, PA USCAA National Championships-Division 1 TBA
Wed. 2 vs. TBD @ Uniontown, PA USCAA National Championships-Division 1 TBA
Thu. 3 vs. TBD @ Uniontown, PA USCAA National Championships-Division 1 TBA
Fri. 4 vs. TBD @ Uniontown, PA USCAA National Championships-Division 1 TBA
Sat. 5 vs. TBD @ Uniontown, PA USCAA National Championships-Division 1 TBA

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