Friday, August 14, 2015

Former EKU Assistant Luke Strege is Preparing for First Season at Mineral Area College

Former Eastern Kentucky University assistant Luke Strege is preparing for his first season as head coach at Mineral Area College.

Here's a release from MAC in June when Strege was hired:

The Mineral Area College Board of Trustees on June 11 approved the hiring of Luke Strege (pronounced STREGG-ee) to the coaching position of the men’s basketball program. The position was vacated this summer when Corey Tate joined MU’s basketball program as assistant coach.

Strege will be the fourth coach in the history of the program. He comes to the Park Hills, Mo., community college having finished his fifth season as the assistant men’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at Eastern Kentucky University. While at Eastern Kentucky, Strege helped guide the Colonels to an Ohio Valley Conference Championship in 2014 and a berth to the NCAA National Tournament. Eastern Kentucky’s 49 wins from 2012-2014 are the most during any two-year period in program history.

Before arriving at Eastern, Strege served six years on the staff at Quincy University in Quincy, Ill. In 2009-2010, Strege helped the Hawks finish 23-9 overall while climbing to as high as #10 in the Division II national polls. Quincy earned a spot in the 2010 NCAA Division II Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. In 2007-2008, Strege was promoted to Quincy’s associate head coach. In Strege’s six seasons at Quincy, the Hawks posted six consecutive winning seasons and advanced to four NCAA Division II Tournaments. Strege began his collegiate coaching career in 2000-2001 as a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia. He then spent two more years as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky University (2001-2003). Before moving to Quincy, Strege served as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Towson University in Baltimore in 2003-2004.

Mineral Area College Athletic Director Chad Mills said he and others are “thrilled” to have Strege on board. “Luke brings fifteen years of experience at the Division I and Division II level,” Mills said. “More than his ability to coach, we’re excited about the high character that Luke brings to MAC. He is a great family man and he will do an outstanding job of representing both the community and the college.” Strege graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1999 with bachelor’s degree in marketing. He and his wife Christine, are proud parents of Mason, Griffin, and Jaxon.

Coaching Experience

University of Georgia (Graduate Assistant, 2000-2001)
Western Kentucky (Graduate Assistant, 2001-2003)
Towson (Assistant Coach, 2003-2004)
Quincy (Assistant Coach- Associate Head Coach, 2004-2010)
Eastern Kentucky University (Assistant Coach, 2010-2015)

Louisville Shows Improvement in Overtime Loss to Puerto Rico

The Louisville Cardinals played better but still came up a little short in Puerto Rico last night.

The Cardinals had an opportunity to win the game in regulation but Damion Lee's three-pointer at the buzzer rattled off.

Puerto Rico took a lead in overtime and never looked back as they won 102-94.

Lee led the Cardinals with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Jaylen Johnson and Ray Spalding each finished with 11 points.



Louisville is now 0-5 against Puerto Rico this week.

Here is a recap from UL:

Damion Lee led the Cardinals in scoring with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Jaylen Johnson and Raymond Spalding each finished with 11 points while Mangok Mathiang added 10 points. Angel Vassallo led Puerto Rico with 29 points.

The Cardinals led Puerto Rico through three quarters. Puerto Rico fought back from 12 points down and cut the Louisville lead to five in the fourth quarter. At the 1:39 mark, the Cardinals held a four point lead (85-81). Puerto Rico tied the game at 87 and had a chance for the win but Quentin Snider stole the ball. Lee had missed a three-pointer at the end of regulation, forcing the overtime period.

"The guys (Louisville) played great tonight," said UofL Coach Rick Pitino, who did not coach either team while observing both. "This was by far our best performance. All of our bigs played terrific, but just got in foul trouble. Down the stretch we had no interior shot blocking when they were out and Puerto Rico took advantage of mismatches."

Assistant coach Ralph Willard guided the Cardinals while Pitino observed the exhibition game. Pitino is coaching the Puerto Ricans in two international events this summer, including the 10-team, 2015 FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City, Mexico on Aug. 31-Sept. 12, where the top two teams qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. "I was trying to observe Puerto Rico tonight because we have to make a cut, and I wanted to watch Louisville without trying to beat them," said Pitino.

"This is a great group," said Pitino about the Cardinals. "It's a very special group. I have a great feeling about these guys and what they're all about. Tonight, a veteran team beat them mentally. They took advantage of switches. The last few nights, (Louisville) has been penetrating to get their shots. Tonight, they penetrated to get somebody else a shot. That was a point of emphasis and we had terrific passing."

Puerto Rico took control early in the overtime period with a 96-90 lead. The Cardinals were never able to regain the lead before falling 102-94. Louisville shot the ball well, connecting on 57 percent from the field and 43 percent from behind the arc. Sophomore Chinanu Onuaku sat out the game but is expected to play with the Cardinals on Friday.

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Harlem Globetrotters Dump Washington Generals After 63 Years

The Harlem Globetrotters have dropped the Washington Generals as their primary opponents after 63 years.

During that time, the Generals had a record of 1-16,000+ against the Globetrotters. The lone win came in 1971.

Here are more details from ESPN.com:

The Washington Generals have lost their last game.

Generals' general manager John Ferrari, who started running the business for his father-in-law, Red Klotz, in 1987, confirmed Thursday that the Harlem Globetrotters had dropped the Generals, their longtime foe, as an opponent.

Ferrari said that -- much like the teams he fielded -- he wasn't even given a chance.

"I got a call about a month ago, and they just told me that that was it," Ferrari said. "I turned to my wife and just said to her, in disbelief, 'It's over.'"

In the past two decades, the Globetrotters have changed hands over and over again, the most recent time being in 2013, by Herschend Enterprises.

Many believe the change is a financial one. Instead of having to pay Ferrari to arrange for an opponent, why shouldn't they do it themselves?

"All great rivalries come to an end, and as we get set to celebrate our 90th anniversary, we are excited to take on a new opponent," Globetrotters legend Sweet Lou Dunbar, who currently coaches one of the Globetrotters teams, said in a statement. "We are looking forward to building a new great rivalry as we entertain families worldwide for years."

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The Generals posted this message on their website:

The Washington Generals organization were the opponents of the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters from 1952 to 2015.

For all the many players and fans throughout the world who supported us, we sincerely thank you.

Former St. Catharine College forward Ervin Williams was a member of the Generals.

Rudy Gay Slaps DeMarcus Cousins in the Head and Lives to Tell the Tale

Rudy Gay managed to slap DeMarcus Cousins in the head yesterday and live to tell about it:


DeMarcus Cousins Leads USA White Past USA Blue in Showcase

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins led the way for USA White in last night's 134-128 win over USA Blue in 2015 USA Basketball Showcase.

Cousins put in 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way for White. Mason Plumlee finished with 20 points and 11 boards.

Former Wildcat Terrence Jones chipped in 18 points for the White team.

Andre Drummond had 27 points and 16 rebounds for the Blue team. Victor Oladipo added 25 points.

Kenneth Faried contributed 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Blue.

Complete Recap from USA Basketball

Faried's postgame comments:

Was it hard to think about not getting hurt out there?

You can’t think about it. You play basketball. That’s what we’re paid to do. That’s what we love to do, and that’s what the fans paid to see us do, so we just went out there and had fun.

What do you take away from a smaller camp like this?

It wasn’t really a smaller camp. Guys were there, but (in) the game, I guess the stardom wasn’t there. We didn’t have everybody for the game. But, guys were at the camp. We were going hard, we were competing, not against each other, but we were competing, period. And, we were having fun.

What about the camaraderie with this group in getting ready for next summer?

I’m excited. Everybody’s excited. The team, we’re ready and focused to go out there and win the gold medal. You could tell by the guys who came in, LeBron (James), KD (Kevin Durant), Carmelo (Anthony), Chris Paul, the guys who came in, that’s who won gold.

(Question inaudible)

These guys really want to win a gold medal and represent in the most respectful way. We don’t want to go out there and have everybody saying, ‘Oh, they’re sending their B team. They’re sending their such-and-such.’ Like they said last year about us, and we won a gold medal. It’s going to be fun to see how things pan out and to see who’s going to be picked for the 12-man roster.

On tonight’s game:

It was fun. It was fun and exciting.



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Tickets for North Carolina vs. Kentucky Alumni Game On Sale This Morning

Tickets for the upcoming North Carolina vs. Kentucky alumni basketball game go on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m.

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 Friday 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 Ticketmaster.com, 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 UKathletics.com.





 
 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Louisville Changes Schedule in Puerto Rico

Louisville has changed the schedule for today's exhibition games in Puerto Rico.

Rather than playing a double header as was originally scheduled, there will only be one game tonight at 8:00 p.m.

Here's a release from UL:

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The University of Louisville men’s basketball team adjusted its Puerto Rico schedule to play a single game tonight against the Puerto Rico National Team at 8 p.m at Mario Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The Cardinals had planned to play a doubleheader tonight.

In addition to tonight’s game, the Cardinals have three games remaining over the next three days in different venues in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has won the first four games played on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Cardinals’ remaining games will be broadcast live through Learfield Sports on WHAS Radio (840 AM) in Louisville. Additionally, barring any local complications, the games will be televised through a live stream with a simple production (not HD) on the UofL Athletics web site at www.GoCards.com/puertorico. A one-time, $9.95 fee will provide access to the games, which may be viewed live or on demand for a limited time following the live feed.

Updated schedule for remainder of trip:

Thursday, Aug. 13 at Mario Morales Coliseum (5,500 seats)
Arena address: Ave Santa Rosa, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico 00969
8:00 p.m. Louisville vs. PR National team
Tickets available for $8 for adults, $4 children at www.prticket.com

Friday, Aug. 14 at Municipal Coliseum of Manati (8,000 seats)
Arena address: Coto Sur, Manati, Puerto Rico 00674
8:00 p.m. Louisville vs. PR National team
Tickets available for $12 for adults, $6 children at www.prticket.com

Saturday, Aug. 15 at Ruben Zayas Montanez Coliseum (2,250 seats)
Arena address: Calle Munoz Rivera, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico 00976
6:00 p.m. Louisville vs. PR Junior team
Tickets available for $8 for adults, $4 children at www.prticket.com

Sunday, Aug. 16 at Humacao Arena (8,000 seats)
Arena address: Calle Dr. Vidal, Humacao, Puerto Rico 00791
7:00 p.m. Louisville vs. PR National team
Tickets available for $12 for adults, $6 children at www.prticket.com

Radio coverage: All nine games will be broadcast live through Learfield Sports on WHAS Radio (840 AM) in Louisville.

Television coverage: Barring any local complications, all nine games will be streamed live with a simple production (not HD) through the UofL Athletics web site at GoCards.com/puertorico. A one-time, $9.95 fee will provide access to all nine games and may be purchased in advance.

Rick Pitino Thought Louisville Was Horse____ Last Night

Needless to say, head coach Rick Pitino was not happy with Louisville's effort in last night's 96-62 loss to Puerto Rico's senior national team.

After the game, Pitino was very frank with the media on what he thought about Louisville's performace:

"No, I thought our team was horse#$%& tonight. The reason they were horse#$%& is this team (Puerto Rico) played defense like they've never played defense before. They're getting a culture for the first time of what defense is all about."

You can listen to Pitino's postgame comments here (via the Courier-Journal):

Louisville Drops First Four Games in Puerto Rico

Louisville fell to 0-4 against Puerto Rico's junior and senior national teams last night.

In last night's first game, Puerto Rico's junior team held off the Cardinals 79-77. Freshman Ray Spalding led Louisville with 19 points. Donovan Mitchell added 16.

In the second game, the senior national team dismantled Louisville 96-62. Jaylen Johnson led the Cards with 11 points. Quentin Snider chipped in 10.

Here is a recap of last night's action from UL:

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Just like the previous night, the University of Louisville men's basketball team had its hands full on Wednesday against Puerto Rico's junior national team and the senior national team.

But on Wednesday night only one game was close. Puerto Rico's junior national team was able to hold off the Cardinals in the first game, winning 79-77. In the second game, Puerto Rico's national team looked sharp, dropping the Cardinals 96-62.

In the first game, freshmen Raymond Spalding and Donovan Mitchell shined. Spalding led the Cardinals with 19 points while Mitchell poured in 16 points. Mongok Mathiang led the Cardinals on the boards with 11 rebounds. Benito Santiago led the Puerto Rico junior national team with 30 points.

In the second game, sophomores Jaylen Johnson and Quentin Snider led the Cardinals. Johnson finished with 11 points and Snider finished with 10 points. Coming off a big scoring night on Tuesday, Damion Lee finished with nine points. Chinanu Onuaku led Louisville on the boards with seven rebounds. Angel Vassallo led the Puerto Rico national team with 21 points.

"I think they (Louisville) were worried more about the officiating than in playing basketball, and that takes you out of the game mentally," said UofL Coach Rick Pitino, who coached the Puerto Rico National Team while assistant coach Ralph Willard guided both Cardinal squads. Pitino is coaching the Puerto Ricans in two international events this summer, including the 10-team, 2015 FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City, Mexico on Aug. 31-Sept. 12, where the top two teams qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"They learned a valuable lesson," said Pitino. "We've got a lot of tough road games and they can't worry about anything other than playing basketball. They're going to learn a lot from this."

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Tayshaun Prince Agrees to Deal with Minnesota

Karl-Anthony Towns will have some great leadership during his rookie season in the NBA as former Kentucky star Tayshaun Prince will join him in Minnesota.

Prince has agreed to a one-year deal at the league's veteran minimum salary with the Timberwolves:



Prince averaged 7.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game for the Pistons in 2014-15.

Rasheed Wallace Will Reportedly Play in UNC vs. UK Alumni Game

According to a report from Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio, Rasheed Wallace will be playing for North Carolina in the upcoming UNC vs. Kentucky alumni game at Rupp Arena.



Even though he's been out of the NBA for a few seasons, the 40-year old Wallace apparently still has a little game:



Keep in mind, Wallace was a 4-time NBA All-Star and also has an NBA championship ring.

As of now, North Carolina has the following players that we know about:

- John Henson
- Rasheed Wallace
- Harrison Barnes
- Danny Green

Former Racer James Singleton Will Continue Pro Career in Israel

Former Murray State forward James Singleton will continue his professional career in Israel's top-level Winner League.

Singleton, who played this summer in Venezuela, has signed with Bnei Hertzeliyya.

In 14 games this summer, he averaged 7.5 points and 6.0 rebounds. Last season he averaged 12.6 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Canton Charge in the NBA D-League.

Here's more from Eurobasket.com:

Bnei Hertzeliyya (Winner League) signed 34-year old American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray State, agency: ASM Sports). He played this summer at Guaros in Venezuelan LPB league. In 14 games he had 7.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. The last season Singleton played at Canton Charge in D-League. In 26 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1bpg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in Atlantic Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals.

The previous (13-14) season Singleton played at Xinjiang Flying Tige (CBA) in Chinese league. In 45 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.4ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg and 1.1bpg in 2013-14 season. He contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.

The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Singleton was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team back in 2012.

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2016 Small Forward Jalen Tate Commits to Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University and head coach John Brannen have picked up a commitment from 2016 small forward Jalen Tate of Pickerington Central (OH).



Tate in action:


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Christian County High School Hires Frankie Smith

Christian County High School has named Frankie Smith head coach.

Smith comes to Christian County from Sheldon Clark High School, where he was 63-24 in the last 3 seasons.

Louisville Will Face Saint Louis in Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational

The Louisville Cardinals will face Saint Louis in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational on November 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET. 

Here are more details from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will face Saint Louis in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational on Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. ET at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“This is our fourth season hosting BROOKLYN HOOPS events and we are thrilled to continue showcasing teams from the nation’s top conferences,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center. “We are ready for another exciting season of college basketball, culminating in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.”

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, August 20 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased via Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com, or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Friday, August 14 at noon. Tickets are available for groups by calling 855-GROUP-BK.

The game is the Cardinals’ fourth in the round-robin Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational, with UofL’s first three games played in Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center. The first three games and dates will be announced with the remainder of the Cardinals’ schedule in late August or early September.

Louisville has a 46-20 all-time series advantage over Saint Louis since their first meeting in 1928. The Cardinals have won four of the last five matchups and are 4-0 against the Billikens in neutral site games. In the last meeting, UofL beat Saint Louis 66-51 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on March 22, 2014 in Orlando, Fla. The schools were previously fellow members in three conferences: Missouri Valley (1964-75), Metro (1975-82), Conference USA (1995-2005).

Saint Louis returns nine scholarship players from last year’s squad, which was among the youngest in the nation and finished 11-21 overall. Among the returnees is sophomore forward Milik Yarbrough, an Atlantic 10 Conference All-Rookie team selection a year ago. Yarbrough was one of five freshmen in the country to lead his team in scoring (10.0 ppg) and rebounding (4.8 rpg). Ash Yacoubou, the Billikens’ lone senior, was second on the team with 9.1 ppg. Neufeld played with Canada in the 2015 FIBA U-19 World Championship this past summer. Two-time A-10 Coach of the Year Jim Crews enters his fourth season at the helm.

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Lincoln Memorial Announces 4-Year Series with Bellarmine University

Two of the nation's top Division II teams will meet each of the next four seasons, beginning January 2 in Louisville.

Lincoln Memorial announced the four-game series against Bellarmine University last night.

Here's a release from LMU:

HARROGATE, Tenn. -- Lincoln Memorial University men's basketball coach Josh Schertz has announced a four-year series agreement with NCAA Division II power Bellarmine, which begins on January 2 at Knights Hall in Louisville.

The Railsplitters will travel to Bellarmine for the 2015-16 and 2017-18 seasons, while the Knights will return the favor with visits to Tex Turner Arena during the 2016-17 and 2018-19 campaigns.

This January's contest marks the first meeting between Lincoln Memorial and Bellarmine since the 2007-08 season, one year prior to Josh Schertz's arrival, when the Knights came away with an 82-70 victory in Greeneville, Tenn. It will be the third meeting between the two programs all-time.

"We are certainly excited to add this non-conference series against Bellarmine to what already was a very difficult schedule," Schertz said. "Coach [Scott] Davenport, along with his players and staff both current and past, has built an outstanding program. Outside looking in, I have tremendous respect for them, not only for what they have accomplished, but for the way in which they have done it. I hope it's something that's good for both programs and fan bases, and due to our relatively close proximity I would assume both teams will travel well and create a terrific atmosphere each game."

The LMU-Bellarmine series pits two of the heavyweight NCAA Division II programs head-to-head, as the Railsplitters claim the second-highest winning percent in the country over the past five seasons, while BU has the third-best winning percentage, three Final Four appearances and a National Championship over that same span. Only West Liberty (91.8%) has a better winning percentage than either LMU (86.6%) or Bellarmine (84.3%) since the start of the 2010-11 season.

Boasting the second-longest active streak and the fourth-longest all-time streak of consecutive weeks ranked in the NABC national poll (74), the Railsplitters enter the 2015-16 season looking to secure their fourth-consecutive South Atlantic Conference regular season championship and sixth-straight NCAA tournament berth. Lincoln Memorial has advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament in each of the last four seasons.

The Railsplitters finished 30-3 last season, breaking the South Atlantic Conference single-season record for wins and winning percentage. LMU - who matched the 1976-77 team for the most wins in program history - hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional and became the first team in SAC history to win three-straight outright regular season championships.

Bellarmine has compiled a 140-26 record since the start of the 2010-11 season, which was unsurprisingly the Knights' most accomplished season over that stretch, as BU tallied a 33-2 mark and defeated BYU-Hawaii to capture the program's first National Championship. The Knights returned to the Final Four in 2012 and 2015, falling to eventual National Champion Florida Southern last season.

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Rick Pitino Talks About First Two Games in Puerto Rico

Here's a transcript of Rick Pitino's comments following tonight's games vs. Puerto Rico:


Opening statement

Interesting enough, I thought the Puerto Rico team would run out of gas, and it was just the opposite. Louisville ran out of gas, which was surprising. I think they are so hyped up that the mental part of being so excited ... I thought Louisville did an excellent job, then they just took an ill-advised shots. Then, Puerto Rico's defense became very aggressive and Moe Harkless played terrific.

I think you all see what I mean about Damion Lee. I think this young man has a chance at greatness. It was only one exhibition game, but he has a great mentality to score, without being selfish. That was a big positive.

On the intensity of the games

Puerto Rico was very upset when they came in at halftime. They don't want to lose. Louisville doesn't want to lose. It's going to be a great series going forward. We didn't have a point guard for a while when JJ (Barea) went out because out backup point guard went out, but we got through it.

On Chinanu Onuaku

I think they've got the makings of being a great team. I really do. I'm going to be very upfront: I thought this was going to be a rebuilding year, even with the additions. This trip has given me renewed hope, because of practice, that it's not going to be. Trey and Damion, Nanu's improvement, Mangok's improvement, the length of our basketball -- remember, these are professional athletes.

If there was any disappointment in Louisville, it was in the first game. I was disappointed in the performance in that first game.

On Trey Lewis

He did a good job. He's a tough kid. He took a couple of ill-advised shots when they were only down three. He comes off the pick-and-roll and they switched, and instead of taking the guy on, he settled for a jump shot. Outside of that, he was terrific.

On playing seven more games in five days

This team is really special with how hard they work. They ran out of gas tonight. They got in foul trouble. This is a much more physical game than the college game. International basketball is much more physical than the NBA game. You see it. You see the way they guard the ball, the way they guard the screens. It's not just Puerto Rico. It's Brazil. It's every team. It's very, very aggressive.

On Jay Henderson

He was the best player on the court in that first game.

On Matz Stockman

Matz did a lot of great things. Even when he missed the shots, he did a lot of great things. But because he stands upright all the time, he doesn't rebound. We all show him clips of Kenneth Faried being in a wide base and pursuing the ball. He stands upright, so he has no mobility to rebound. He played all those minutes and got one rebound.

Conversely, on the offensive end, he made some terrific moves. Even the ones he missed, he made terrific moves.

More on Damion Lee

You know, he's a little bit better version of Ron Mercer, because he can put it on the floor. Ron was terrific. He's such a quick slasher in and out. He can run pick and rolls better than Ron.

On the in-game rotations

That's Ralph (Willard)'s decision ... We want to get Deng (Adel) playing some 4 for small teams, so we can switch a lot.

On recruiting versatility

We've got a lot of versatility. Really, really happy with how the guys played in the first half. They ran out of gas in the second half because of the physical nature of play.

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Former EKU Staffer Nick Bowman Lands New Job at Clemson

Former Eastern Kentucky University director of basketball operations Nick Bowman has been named director of recruiting at Clemson. 

Here's a release from Clemson:

The men’s basketball office will take on a different look this fall.

Nick Bowman, most recently the director of basketball operations at Eastern Kentucky University, has been added as the program’s first director of recruiting. The hire didn’t happen by simply adding a position, however. It was the product of a gradual shift within Brad Brownell’s office structure.

Longtime administrative assistant Keshana Ham accepted and recently moved into a position to serve as a coordinator with several of Clemson’s Olympic sports programs. With her departure, it opened the door for Brownell to tinker with the office’s traditional staff setup.

“With Keshana leaving — and we want to congratulate her on the promotion — it became a situation where we could shift from an administrative assistant to this (director of recruiting) position,” Brownell said. “When I was at Wright State, when we didn’t have as much personnel, I hired Lucas (McKay) instead of a traditional administrative assistant because he had some basketball experience. I’ve thought about that since I’ve been here. I thought we needed to go in that direction.”

Direction of the program has been on Brownell’s mind a lot lately. He and director of athletics Dan Radakovich had candid discussions within the last 18 months about the current state of college basketball, specifically the growing trend of recruiting through social and digital media.

“Dan and I talked about the way things had changed,” Brownell said. “We’ve done things in our athletic communications office, where we’ve changed our angle and have been more involved in the digital and social media realms. It was apparent that for us to do the kind of job we need to do, it would be very beneficial to have someone that could focus on getting the message out to fans and recruits.”

And that’s where Bowman comes in. Brownell tapped his good friend Jeff Neubauer for the second time in as many seasons, this time plucking Bowman after securing assistant coach Richie Riley — a former Neubauer assistant — last fall.

In his new role, Bowman is charged with assisting the staff with recruiting and branding. He will help generate new ideas for promoting the program’s message points.

“His job is focused, and it’s easier that way,” Brownell said. “Coaches can have too much on their plates. It’s hard to tie it all together, and to make sure we do that with the various messages we want to promote, that’s where Nick helps us. We’re fortunate to get him, because he had an opportunity to go with Coach (Jeff) Neubauer to Fordham. He’s worked for Cuonzo Martin at Tennessee when they went to the Sweet 16. He’s been part of successful programs, knows the job and has hit the ground running.”

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Photo: EKU Athletics

Video of DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe Scoring 176 Points in Charity Game

Check out the video footage of DeMarcus Cousins (91) and Eric Bledsoe (85) combining to score 176 points in a charity game over the weekend:


Peyton Siva is Headed to Italy for This Season

Former Louisville star Peyton Siva is headed to Italy for the upcoming season.

Siva has signed with Pasta Reggia JuveCaserta in Italy's top-level Serie A league.

The former Cardinals point guard played last season for the Erie Bay Hawks in the NBA D-League. In 37 games, he averaged 13.9 points and 6.8 assists per game.

Here are details from Eurobasket.com:

Pasta Reggia JuveCaserta (Serie A) agreed terms with 25-year old American point guard Peyton Siva (185-84kg-90, college: Louisville, agency: ASM Sports). He played last season at Erie Bay Hawks (D-League) in the U.S.. In 37 games he had 13.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 6.8apg and 1.6spg. He was tested during the pre-season by the Detroit Pistons and the Orlando Magic.

Two years ago he was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA) in second round (56th overall). Siva attended University of Louisville and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Times and Television Assignments Announced for 2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The times and television assignments for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge were announced on Tuesday.

Louisville game at Michigan State on December 2 will air on ESPN at 7:15 p.m.

Here's a release from UL:

ESPN will televise the Cardinals' Big Ten/ACC Challenge game at Michigan State on Dec. 2 at 7:15 p.m. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will televise the 14 games of the 17th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge -- including all 14 Big Ten schools and 14 of 15 ACC teams -- from Monday, Nov. 30 through Wednesday, Dec. 2.

The Cardinals' game is a rematch of the 2015 NCAA East Regional championship game in Syracuse, N.Y., as the Spartans won 76-70 in overtime to advance to the Final Four. Wayne Blackshear scored 28 points to lead the Cardinals, who had recovered from a six-point deficit in the closing four minutes to force the overtime. Travis Trice led Michigan State with 17 points.

Louisville advanced to its 14th NCAA Elite Eight in 2015 and its third in the last four years. Louisville and Michigan State are the only two schools in the nation to reach the last four NCAA Sweet 16s. The Cardinals (27-9 in 2014-15) are one of four Division I schools in the nation that have won 20 or more games in each of the past 13 seasons. Louisville has won 123 games over the past four seasons, the second-most in the nation during that stretch.

The Big Ten captured last year's Commissioner's Cup, winning eight of the 14 matchups. The two conferences split the previous two events, winning six Challenge games each in 2012 and 2013. The ACC won the first 10 Challenges (1999-2008), while the Big Ten won the next three (2009-2011). In the event of a tie, the Commissioner's Cup remains with the conference that won the previous year.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Pitino: Damion Lee a Little Better Version of Ron Mercer

Rick Pitino had high praise for Damion Lee following tonight's 36-point performance against Puerto Rico.

Pitino said after the game that Lee is a little better version of Ron Mercer.

Here's his exact quotes:

"You know, he's a little bit better version of Ron Mercer, because he can put it on the floor. Ron was terrific. He's such a quick slasher in and out. He can run pick and rolls better than Ron."

Peyton Siva likes what he saw in Lee:


Ben Moss Leaves Apollo, Transfers to 22 Feet Academy

Ben Moss is leaving Apollo High School and plans to transfer to 22 Feet Academy.



Moss is the second Apollo player to leave the school in the last week as Eli Wright is also transferring (to IMG Academy).

Monday, August 10, 2015

Former UK Players, Cameron Payne Impersonate NBA Veterans and John Calipari

Watch as former Kentucky players and ex-Murray State star Cameron Payne impersonate NBA veterans and even John Calipari at NBA rookie day:

2016 PF J.J. Matthews Cuts Final List to 6 Schools, Murray State in the Mix

Jermaine "J.J." Matthews, a 6-foot-8 power forward in the Class of 2016, has cut his final list to six schools.

Murray State is in the final mix for Matthews along with Providence, Towson State, Temple, James Madison and Old Dominion.



Matthews in action:


St. Catharine College Hires Jamie Jackson as Assistant Coach

St. Catharine College head coach Joe Krupinski has added former Bellarmine star Jamie Jackson to his coaching staff.

Here's a release from SCC:

St. Catharine, Ky. – Head Coach of the Patriot Men’s Basketball team, Joe Krupinski, has announced the hiring of Jamie Jackson as assistant coach.

“We are excited to add Jamie Jackson to our staff as we start a new beginning for St. Catharine basketball,” noted Krupinski. “As a Kentucky native, he enjoyed a very good career both at Bellarmine as well as professionally. He understands our state and the level of competitiveness in the Mid-South. I am confident that his wide range of experience as both a player and coach will be invaluable in us getting off to a good start as we build our program.”

Jamie Jackson comes to St. Catharine from Holy Names University, a NCAA D-II school from Oakland, Calif. Jackson has spent the last two seasons with the Hawks helping with the day-to-day operations. He was head of guard and wing skill development and also took on many of the basketball operation duties.

Prior to joining the Hawks, Jackson played professionally for five years. From 2008-10, he was a standout on the Kentucky Bisons and then from 2010-13, he had a stint with the Washington Generals.

Over the five years, he traveled over 28 countries, 47 states, and two provinces. Jackson was the youngest player on the team with the Bison, where he co-captained a first-year organization to a 26-4 record and the American Basketball Association Championship. In his second season with the Bison, they finished with a 24-6 record and ABA runners-up. Jackson was an American Basketball Association All-Star selection in 2009-10. He averaged 16.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG and 3.1 APG in his final season with the Bison.

Before playing professionally with the Bisons and Generals, Jackson was a standout with the Bellarmine University Knights from 2004-08. While with the Knights, he was a four-year varsity letter winner and served as team captain for one season. Jackson helped lead the Knights to their first national ranking since 1991.

Coming to St. Catharine will also serve as a bit of a homecoming for Jackson. From 2000-04, Jackson was a star at Butler County High School in Morgantown, Ky. Jackson finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,188 points. During his senior season, he averaged a double-double with 24.7 PPG and 11.7 RPG. Jackson was named NABC Regional Player of the Year and was a Louisville Courier-Journal All-State 2nd team selection in 2004. “I am honored to be a part of the coaching staff at St. Catharine College,” noted Jackson. “I would like to thank Athletic Director, [Tom] Bystrek and Coach Krupinski for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to helping built on previous success here and to cultivating the excellence of our student-athletes in the class, on the court, and in our community.”

University of the Cumberlands Schedule and Roster for 2015-16

University of the Cumberlands has released their 2015-16 men's basketball schedule and updated roster.


2015-16 Men's Basketball Roster

# Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown Previous School
1 Matt Welch SR F 6-10 280 New York Mills, NY Georgia Highlands College
3 Iven Rosier JR G 5-10 180 West Palm Beach, FL Royal Palm Beach HS
4 D'Lando Carter SR G 6-1 190 Danville, IL Danville Area CC
5 Temjae Singleton SR F 6-7 205 Los Angeles, CA Cal State Fullerton
10 Xavier Owens SR F 6-5 215 Tampa, FL Mount Saint Mary's University
14 Kelsey Wilkinson JR G 6-0 180 SW Ranches, FL Palm Beach State College
15 Karon Pratt SR G 6-1 170 Nassau, Bahamas C.C. Sweeting Senior HS
20 Taylor Gover JR G 6-1 175 Somerset, KY Pulaski County HS
21 Kaashif English JR G 6-4 190 Orlando, FL Palm Beach State College
22 Tre Boutilier SO F 6-5 225 Dartmouth, Canada Wesleyan College
23 Josh Dow FR F 6-6 190 Melbourne, Australia Rowville Secondary College
24 Michael Dow JR G 6-5 195 Melbourne, Australia Rowville Secondary College
33 Matthew Uchedike SR F 6-9 215 Greensboro, NC College Of Central Florida

Coaches

Donnie Butcher, Head Coach 16th season
Mark Vernon, Assistant Coach 14th season
Rodney Clarke, Assistant Coach 3rd season

2015-16 Men's Basketball Schedule

November

3 7:00 PM vs. Indiana University Southeast Williamsburg, KY
10 6:00 PM @ Carver Bible College Atlanta, GA
14 2:00 PM vs. Union College Williamsburg, KY
17 8:00 PM vs. University of Rio Grande Williamsburg, KY
* 21 4:00 PM @ Life University Marietta, GA
25 4:00 PM vs. St. Thomas Williamsburg, KY
27 @ TBA Bluefield, VA Bluefield College Classic
28 @ TBA Bluefield, VA Bluefield College Classic

December

5 3:00 PM @ Indiana University Southeast New Albany, IN
* 9 8:00 PM @ University of Pikeville Pikeville, KY
12 @ TBA Montgomery, WV West Virginia Tech Classic
13 @ TBA Montgomery, WV West Virginia Tech Classic
18 @ TBA Dalton, GA Dalton State Classic
19 @ TBA Dalton, GA Dalton State Classic

January

2 vs. Miami-Middletown Williamsburg, KY
* 7 8:00 PM vs. Cumberland Univ. Williamsburg, KY
* 9 4:00 PM vs. Lindsey Wilson Williamsburg, KY
* 14 8:00 PM @ Campbellsville University Campbellsville, KY
* 16 4:00 PM @ St. Catharine College Springfield, KY
* 21 8:00 PM vs. Shawnee State University Williamsburg, KY
* 23 4:00 PM vs. Georgetown College Williamsburg, KY
26 7:00 PM vs. Carver Bible College Williamsburg, KY
* 30 4:00 PM vs. Life University Williamsburg, KY

February

* 4 8:00 PM @ Shawnee State University Portsmouth, OH
* 6 4:00 PM @ Georgetown College Georgetown, KY
* 11 8:00 PM vs. St. Catharine College Williamsburg, KY
* 13 4:00 PM vs. Campbellsville University Williamsburg, KY
* 20 4:00 PM vs. University of Pikeville Williamsburg, KY
* 25 9:00 PM @ Lindsey Wilson Columbia, KY
* 27 5:00 PM @ Cumberland Univ. Lebanon, TN

March

3 @ TBA Frankfort, KY Mid South Conference Tournament
16 @ TBA Kansas City, MO

 
* Conference Event
% Scrimmage
^ Exhibition
 

Louisville to Play Nine Exhibition Games in Puerto Rico

The Louisville Cardinals are in Puerto Rico for nine exhibition games this week.

All nine games will be against Puerto Rico's national team and junior national team.

Here's a look at the updated schedule:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A few changes have been made for the University of Louisville men's basketball team's exhibition games on its trip to Puerto Rico on Aug. 10-17.

The changes include:

- The Aug.13 event will now be played as a doubleheader, with the Cardinals facing the Puerto Rico Junior National Team at 5:30 p.m. and the Puerto Rico National Team at 8 p.m. There had been a single game previously scheduled on that evening.

- The Cardinals will now play a single game against the Puerto Rico Junior National Team on Aug. 15 game at 6 p.m. It had been originally set as a doubleheader.

- The Cardinals' Aug. 16 game against the Puerto Rico National Team at 7 p.m. will be played at Humacao Arena in Humacao, Puerto Rico. The game was originally announced at a different venue.

The Cardinals will play a series of nine games over six days against the Puerto Rico National Team and Junior Team, playing three double headers. On the nights of the doubleheaders, the Cardinals' roster will be split with a predetermined group as the primary participants in each game.

Fans attending the games in Puerto Rico may purchase tickets in advance online or in person at the respective arenas. Tickets for the Aug. 11 and 12 games are available at coliseodepuertorico.com and tickets for the remaining four dates may be purchased at prticket.com.

All nine games of the Cardinals' venture will be broadcast live through Learfield Sports on WHAS Radio (840 AM) in Louisville. Additionally, barring any local complications, all nine games will be televised through a live stream with a simple production on the UofL Athletics web site at www.GoCards.com/puertorico. A one-time, $9.95 fee will provide access to all nine games and may be purchased in advance beginning Aug. 5.

The complete schedule is included below.

University of Louisville Exhibition Games Schedule vs. Puerto Rico National and Junior Teams

Tuesday, Aug. 11 at Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum of Puerto Rico (17,024 seats)
Arena address: 500 Ave Arterial B, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918
5:30 p.m. Louisville vs. PR Junior team
8:00 p.m. Louisville vs. PR National team
Tickets available for $30 at www.coliseodepuertorico.com

Wednesday, Aug. 12 at Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum of Puerto Rico (17,024 seats)
Arena address: 500 Ave Arterial B, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918
5:30 p.m. Louisville vs. PR Junior team
8:00 p.m. Louisville vs. PR National team
Tickets available for $30 at www.coliseodepuertorico.com

Thursday, Aug. 13 at Mario Morales Coliseum (5,500 seats)
Arena address: Ave Santa Rosa, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico 00969
5:30 p.m. Louisville vs. PR Junior team
8:00 p.m. Louisville vs. PR National team
Tickets available for $8 for adults, $4 children at www.prticket.com

Friday, Aug. 14 at Municipal Coliseum of Manati (8,000 seats)
Arena address: Coto Sur, Manati, Puerto Rico 00674
8:00 p.m. Louisville vs. PR National team
Tickets available for $12 for adults, $6 children at www.prticket.com

Saturday, Aug. 15 at Ruben Zayas Montanez Coliseum (2,250 seats)
Arena address: Calle Munoz Rivera, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico 00976
6:00 p.m. Louisville vs. PR Junior team
Tickets available for $8 for adults, $4 children at www.prticket.com

Sunday, Aug. 16 at Humacao Arena (8,000 seats)
Arena address: Calle Dr. Vidal, Humacao, Puerto Rico 00791
7:00 p.m. Louisville vs. PR National team
Tickets available for $12 for adults, $6 children at www.prticket.com

Radio coverage: All nine games will be broadcast live through Learfield Sports on WHAS Radio (840 AM) in Louisville.

Television coverage: Barring any local complications, all nine games will be streamed live with a simple production (not HD) through the UofL Athletics web site at GoCards.com/puertorico. A one-time, $9.95 fee will provide access to all nine games and may be purchased in advance.

Former Cordia Guard Emmanuel Owootoah Transfers to Lynn University

Former Cordia High School point guard Emmanuel Owootoah has transferred from Fresno State to Lynn University.

Owootah played two seasons at Fresno State before deciding to transfer.

Lynn University is an NCAA Division II school located in Boca Raton, Florida.

Here's a release from LU:

BOCA RATON, Fla.- Lynn University's men's basketball head coach Jeff Price excitedly announced the addition of Emmanuel Owootoah on Friday afternoon. Owootoah comes to Lynn after playing two years at Division I Fresno State and is the final piece to the 2015 recruiting class for the Fighting Knights.

"Emmanuel [Owootoah] brings a wealth of experience to our program and has performed extremely well at a high level," said Price. "We are excited to have him and look forward to having him help us continue to become recognized at the national level."

A 5-foot-11, 175-pound guard out of Toronto, Canada, Owootoah was a top recruit following his senior year at Cordia High School in Hazard, Ky. Arizona, Tennessee, Florida State, UCLA and Kentucky were all in the pursuit of Owootoah out of high school but he chose to attend Fresno State, a traditionally top program in the Mountain West Conference.

As a freshman he appeared in 29 games logging 285 minutes of playing time. That season Fresno State posted a 21-18 overall record and went 9-9 in conference play. During his sophomore campaign Owootoah saw significantly more time playing in 31 games, earning 12 starts while averaging 22.8 minutes per game as the Bulldogs went 15-17 overall and 10-8 in the MWC.

Owootoah is the sixth signee of the 2015 class for Coach Price and his staff as they replace the departure of eight members, including All-District guard Aaron Harrison, from last year's squad that went 21-10 overall and reached the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen.

For more information on the men's basketball team at Lynn University, fans can log on to LynnFightingKnights.com. Don't forget to 'Like' us on Facebook and follow @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.

2016 Power Forward T.J. Leaf Cuts List to 8, Kentucky in the Mix

Five-star power forward T.J. Leaf, who recently de-committed from Arizona, has cut his new list to eight schools.

The 6-foot-9 star in the Class of 2016 says his final eight schools are: Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, Texas, California, San Diego State, Gonzaga and Indiana.



Leaf is No. 12 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016. He is No. 13 overall in the Scout.com rankings.

Eric Bledsoe Says He Will Play in UNC vs. UK Alumni Game

Phoenix Suns star Eric Bledsoe confirmed on Twitter over the weekend that he plans to play in the North Carolina vs. Kentucky alumni game.


Elijah Pittman Signs with Paffoni Omegna in Italy

Former Holmes High School star Elijah Pittman has signed with Paffoni Omegna in Italy's second-level Serie A2 league.

Pittman played last season for Wydad Athletic Club Casablanca in Morocco.

Here's more from Eurobasket.com:

Paffoni Omegna (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American forward Elijah Pittman (206-104kg-91, college: Marshall, agency: N.E.T.). He played most recently at Wydad Athletic Club Casablanca in Moroccan D1 league. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in League South Division.

The previous (13-14) season Pittman played at Delaware 87ers in D-League. In 8 games he recorded 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg in 2013-14 season.

Among other achievements he won JUCO Region XIV regular season championship title in 2012. Pittman received also JUCO All-Region XIV 2nd Team award back in 2012 at his college time.

John Pelphrey to Conduct Coaching Clinic at Iroquois High School in October

Iroquois High School will host a coaching clinic for coaches of all levels on October 10.

The clinic will be given by former University of Kentucky player John Pelphrey.

Message from Iroquois head coach Jeff Morrow:

Iroquois Raider Wolves Boys Basketball

On October 10, 2015 Iroquois High School will host a coaching clinic for coaches of all levels. The clinic will be given by Coach John Pelphrey who is 20 year college coaching veteran. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. During the clinic, there will be five 50 minute segments where Coach Pelphrey will break down a different part of the game. He will use on the court demonstrations with players & video illustrations as well. He will be detailing what has worked at the University of Florida & the other stops in his coaching career. This opportunity is a must for any coach that wants to learn & improve. (Both UK & UL are off this date from college football so there will not be a conflict for coaches who support college football) For further information contact Coach Morrow at Iroquois High School.

SPECIAL THANKS TO REPUBLIC BANK FOR SPONSORING THE CLINIC

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Former EKU Guard Mike DiNunno is Headed to Greece

Former Eastern Kentucky point guard Mike DiNunno has signed with GS Iraklis Thessaloniki in Greece's second-level A2 league.

DiNunno played last season for Cheshire Phoenix in the British BBL. In 20 games, he averaged 16.1 points and 4.3 assists per game.

Here are details from Eurobasket.com:

GS Iraklis Thessaloniki (A2) landed 25-year old American (has also Italian passport) point guard Mike DiNunno (180-87kg-90, college: E.Kentucky). He played most recently at Cheshire Phoenix in British BBL league. In 20 games he averaged impressive 16.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.3apg and 2.0spg (in top 2) last season. Part of previous (2013-14) season DiNunno spent at Madogas Natural Energy BNB (Serie C) in Italian league. In 10 games he had 14.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.9apg in 2013-14 season. He also played at Beroe (NBL) in Bulgarian league that season. In 6 games he had very remarkable stats: 23.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg in 2013-14 season.

Among other achievements DiNunno's team was regular season runner-up in OVC East Division in 2013. He received also NABC Division I All-District 19 1st Team award in 2013 at his college time.

DiNunno graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2013 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Source

Kentucky Offers 2017 Point Guard Trae Young

Kentucky and head coach John Calipari extended an offer to Norman (Okla.) North point guard Trae Young Sunday.



Young currently ranks No. 28 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2017.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Valdosta State Adds Former Georgetown College Assistant Jason Mays to Coaching Staff

Valdosta State has added former Georgetown College associate head coach Jason Mays to the coaching staff as an assistant coach.

Mays was an assistant on Happy Osborne's staff at Georgetown College from 2000-07. He was promoted to associate head coach in 2003.

Valdosta State is an NCAA Division II program that competes in the Gulf South Conference.

Here is a release from VSU:

VALDOSTA, Ga. - Valdosta State Athletics and Blazer basketball are proud to announce the hiring of Jason Mays as the program's new assistant coach.

Mays brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Blazer basketball coaching staff, with his most significant accomplishments coming during his time at Georgetown College from 2000-07. Hired as an assistant coach in 2000 at 24 years of age, Mays worked his way into an associate head coaching position in 2003. During his time there, he took on fundraising, game prep, and recruiting responsibilities, while leading the program to an NAIA Elite Eight appearance in 2002 and Final Four appearances in both 2003 and 2004. Mays recruited both internationally and in 48 states within the U.S. while with the program, and helped produce five NAIA All-Americans and 20 All Mid-South Conference players. In addition, his work as a recruiter resulted in 11 players that went on to play professionally after college.

"I've known Jason for over 20 years, and I have a lot of respect for him as a coach," said Head Coach Mike Helfer. "I followed the GC program very closely, and the success they had while he was there speaks for itself. I think Jason will bring a very solid coaching and personal background to the position."

Team academics also became a focal point for Mays as a member of the Tigers' coaching staff. Under his watch, players held a grade point average of 3.05 and graduated at a rate of 81 percent, and nine players earned Mid-South Conference Academic All-Conference honors.

Mays' coaching career began at Maine Central Institute in 1999, where he was promoted to an assistant coaching position by Head Coach Max Good while still serving as a graduate assistant. After Good left to coach at UNLV, Mays moved to St. Catharine College in the fall of 1999, where he coached for one year before returning to his alma-mater in 2000.

In 2007, Mays elected to take time away from coaching at the collegiate level in order to spend more time with his family. Since then, he has spent time working as a financial advisor and pursuing a Masters degree in Education at GC.

Photo: Valdosta State University Athletics

DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe Score 176 Points in Charity Basketball Game

Former Kentucky stars DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe played in the Back to School Rally charity basketball game at Railroad Park in Birmingham, Alabama last night.

The two former Wildcats combined to score 176 points in the game. Cousins poured 91 points, and Bledsoe was just behind with 85.





Here is Bledsoe doing an interview at the event:

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