Thursday, August 6, 2015

Former Murray State Forward Jonathan Fairell is Headed to Austria

Former Murray State forward Jonathan Fairell will begin his professional career in Austria.


Jarvis Williams Signs with WKS Slask Wroclaw in Poland

Former Murray State forward Jarvis Williams will begin his professional career with WKS Slask Wroclaw in Poland's top-level TBL league.

Williams averaged 15.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for the Racers last season.

Here's more from Eurobasket.com:

WKS Slask Wroclaw (TBL) added to their roster 22-year old American forward Jarvis Williams (203-98kg-93, agency: Pro One Sports). He just graduated from Murray State University (NCAA). In 35 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.0bpg last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the OVC Tournament final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to All-OVC 1st Team and NABC All-District 19 1st Team.

Harrison Barnes, DeMarcus Cousins Already Talking Trash Ahead of Alumni Game

Former North Carolina star Harrison Barnes opened the trash talking for the UNC vs. UK alumni game.

Barnes proclaimed on Twitter that the Tar Heels are coming to Rupp Arena to get a win.



DeMarcus Cousins didn't care much for Barnes' comments and fired back with this:



John Henson announced that he will be playing for the Tar Heels:



Some other players who are expected to play in the game are Karl-Anthony Towns (UK) and Danny Green (UNC).

Former NKU Coach Dave Bezold is a Finalist at Winona State

Former Northern Kentucky University head coach Dave Bezold is a finalist for the same position at Winona State.

Bezold was 194-133 in 11 seasons at Northern Kentucky.

Winona State is an NCAA Division II program located in Winona, Minnesota.

Here's a release from Winona State:

WINONA, Minn. – Winona State Director of Athletics Eric Schoh has announced two finalists for the Warriors' head men's basketball coaching position.

Dave Bezold and Todd Eisner will be on campus Thursday, August 6 and Friday, August 7, respectively, for interviews and an open forum. The forums will be open to the public – including staff, media and community members.

Bezold most recently was the head coach at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky, where he compiled a record of 194-133 (.593 winning percentage) in 11 seasons while leading NKU through the four-year transition from NCAA Division II to Division I beginning in 2012. Prior to the transition, Bezold guided NKU to a 23-7 record in 2011-12 – the team's fifth 20-win season in six years – and a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament. Bezold spent 14 years as NKU's assistant coach before taking the head job in 2004. Bezold is a graduate of Viterbo (Wis.) University, where he also played.

Complete Release

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Kentucky No. 3, Louisville Not Ranked in ESPN's No-Longer-Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2015-16

The Kentucky Wildcats are No. 3 in ESPN's No-Longer-Way-Too-Early Top 25 preseason rankings for 2015-16.

Maryland is No. 1 followed by North Carolina. Virginia and Kansas round out the top 5.

Here's a look at the top 10:

1. Maryland
2. North Carolina
3. Kentucky
4. Virginia
5. Kansas
6. Duke
7. Iowa State
8. Oklahoma
9. Wichita State
10. Villanova

Here's what ESPN says about Kentucky:

3. Kentucky Wildcats

Our previous No. 1 earned that status largely through deference. The Wildcats have come to operate on an altered time-space continuum under coach John Calipari; when they lose talent to the NBA, they usually replace it, and fast. It was reasonable to assume the same would happen this spring. And it did, to a certain extent: UK already had the No. 1 center (Skal Labissiere) and No. 1 point guard (Isaiah Briscoe) in the 2015 class when five-star shooting guard Jamal Murray reclassified from 2016 to start his career at UK early. Murray played extremely well at the Nike Hoops Summit and for Team Canada in the Pan Am Games; he appears to be a star, and one few saw coming months ago.

Then again, Murray's arrival was made possible by a string of elite recruits with spring decisions who chose not to go to Kentucky. Five-stars Cheick Diallo, Brandon Ingram, Stephen Zimmerman, Malik Newman and Jaylen Brown -- who looked likely to end up in Lexington before eschewing Coach Cal for Cal(ifornia) -- all ended up elsewhere. On May 5, in a not-even-thinly veiled recruiting message titled "We may never platoon again, but players will always come first," Calipari essentially admitted that the shared-minutes ethos of his 38-1 team actually hurt UK on the trail. "It's amazing people could try to use that against us, but I guess you have to come up with something," Calipari wrote, just before assuring his readers he would never platoon again.

"Hurt" is relative: UK's was still the No. 2-ranked 2015 class. Kentucky won't have a laughably balanced Monstars roster in 2015-16; fans might want to hold off on the latest edition of their 40-0 tattoos. This team will have more mundane occupations, such as moving senior forward Alex Poythress back to the four to give the Wildcats another body alongside Labissiere and Marcus Lee in a frontcourt that suddenly needs bodies. But what UK does have -- in Lee, Poythress, a very good recruiting class and point guard Tyler Ulis playing real starter's minutes -- is going to be awfully good. Mortal, sure. But good.

Complete Article

T.J. Sapp Will Begin Professional Career in Germany

 Former Murray State guard T.J. Sapp will begin his professional basketball career in Germany.

Sapp has signed with MLP Academics Heidelberg in Germany's second-level ProA league.

In 35 games for the Racers last season, Sapp averaged 12.3 points, 3.3. rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

T.J. Sapp MLP Academics Heidelberg (ProA) signed 23-year old American guard T.J. Sapp (190-86kg-92). He just graduated from Murray State University (NCAA). In 35 games he had 12.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.9apg last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the OVC Tournament final. A very impressive season as he was named to OVC All-Tournament Team.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Video: Kentucky Basketball Summer Workouts

Kentucky Wildcats TV has put together some footage of UK's summer workouts.

Check it out:


Former Racer Ivan Aska Signs with ALBA Berlin in Germany

Former Murray State big man Ivan Aska has signed with ALBA Berlin in Germany's top-level BBL league.

Aska played last season for Maccabi Ashdod in Israel. In 32 games, he averaged 16.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

ALBA Berlin (BBL) inked 25-year old Puerto Rican-Virgin Islander forward Ivan Aska (200-104kg-90, college: Murray State, agency: Comsport). He played most recently at Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli Winner League. In 32 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.5apg last season.

Aska received also Latinbasket.com All-CBC Championships 1st Team award in 2015.

The previous (2014) summer Aska played at Cangrejeros (BSN) in Puerto Rican league. In 11 games he averaged 6.9ppg and 4.5rpg in 2014 season. The last (2014) season he played at Ikaros (B) in Greek league. In 25 games he averaged remarkable 15.2ppg and 7.0rpg in 2013-14 season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention.

Complete Article

DeMarcus Cousins Crashes Random Birthday Party

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins crashed a random birthday party recently.

Watch as Cousins dances his way into a party of strangers:


Eli Wright to Visit Florida and Wake Forest Soon

Apollo High School's Eli Wright will visit Florida this weekend and Wake Forest later in August.

According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Wright will visit Florida tomorrow.



He is also reportedly working on a visit to Wake Forest for August 21.



A big question surrounding Wright right now is whether or not he'll be at Apollo this season. There is heavy scuttlebutt that he will leave and attend a prep school.

Head Coach Kyle Eades Steps Down at Christian County

Christian County head coach Kyle Eades has stepped down and plans to take an assistant's position at Muhlenberg County.

Chris Jung of Kentucky New Era confirmed the news on Twitter:





Eades was 37-44 during his time at Christian County.

For Christian County, the next head coach will be the program's fifth head coach since 2001.


Monday, August 3, 2015

2016 Forward Dantez Walton Commits to Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky and new head coach John Brannen have picked up a commitment from 2016 forward Dantez Walton.

Walton announced the commitment on his Instagram account.


UC Clermont Adds Former Kentucky Player Andre Riddick to Coaching Staff

Former UK player Andre Riddick has been hired as an assistant coach at The University of Cincinnati Clermont College.

This will be the first college coaching job for Riddick, who enjoyed a lengthy professional career overseas following his time at Kentucky.

"We are excited to add Coach Riddick to our staff," said UC Clermont head coach Greg Himes. "The wealth of knowledge he brings from coaches he has played for during his career will be a great asset to our program. We are looking forward to working with Coach Riddick."
 
Andre Riddick's Professional Basketball Career
 
1995–1996 Blue Winds (Japan) 1998–1999 Mars (Taiwan)
1999 Trotamundos de Carabobo (Venezuela)
1999 Metropolitanos de Mauricio Baez (Dominican Republic)
1999–2000 JDA Dijon Basket (France)
2000 Trotamundos de Carabobo (Venezuela)
2000–2001 JDA Dijon Basket (France)
2001 Trotamundos de Carabobo (Venezuela)
2001–2002 Paris Basket Racing (France)
2002–2013 Spirou Charleroi (Belgium)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Taylor County's Quentin Goodin Commits to Xavier

Taylor County star Quentin Goodin, the early favorite to win Kentucky's Mr. Basketball award next season, has committed to Xavier University.



Goodin made the commitment during a visit this weekend.

Sheldon Clark's Dylan James to Enroll at Mercer County

I'm told by a good source that Sheldon Clark star Dylan James plans to enroll at Mercer County High School.

James averaged 22.6 points and a team-high 10.1 rebounds at Sheldon Clark last season.

With James eligible and in the lineup, Mercer County would have to be considered the favorites to win the 12th Region.

John Calipari, Karl-Anthony Towns Talk to Media at ProCamps

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and former UK star Karl-Anthony Towns spoke to the media yesterday during Calipari's ProCamp.

A few highlights:

- Calipari said he feels confident about Skal Labissiere's eligibility

- Towns and Calipari both spoke about how well Labissiere has competed in head-to-head battles vs. Towns

- Towns said he's planning to play in the UK/UNC alumni game if he can get it worked out

- Calipari said a large portion of money from the alumni game will be donated in the honor of former UNC head coach Dean Smith

- Towns spoke highly of new Minnesota teammates Kevin Garnett

Check it out:


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