Friday, August 21, 2015

Justin Miller Leaves Kentucky Wesleyan College

Former Owensboro High School big man Justin Miller has reportedly withdrawn from school at Kentucky Wesleyan College.



Miller, a 6-foot-7 forward, originally committed to Coppin State. He then broke off that commitment and headed to Kentucky Wesleyan.

Louisville and Indiana to Play Three-Game Series in Basketball and Football

Louisville and Indiana will play a three-game football and basketball series beginning in 2016.

In basketball, the two teams will meet in a neutral site game at Bankers Life Arena in Indianapolis on December 31, 2016.

On December 9, 2017, the Hoosiers will travel to the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.

Louisville will head to Assembly Hall in Bloomington on December 8, 2018.

Here is a release from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Indiana University and the University of Louisville have signed an agreement to play a three-game series in both football and men’s basketball. The football and basketball series were announced jointly on Friday by the schools from neighboring states with campuses separated by only 100 miles.

A neutral site game at Bankers Life Arena in Indianapolis on Dec. 31, 2016, will open the men’s basketball series in an equally divided arena. The Cardinals and Hoosiers will later play at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville as a home game for UofL on Dec. 9, 2017, and the teams will match up again in Assembly Hall in Bloomington on Dec. 8, 2018.

Indiana and Louisville will kick off the football series at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sept. 16, 2023 with seating split equally between the two schools. The second football game will be played in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville on Sept. 7, 2024 and the three-game series will be completed at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington on Sept. 6, 2025.

“I’ve felt for a long time that these series were a natural for fans from both universities and I’m thrilled to see it come to fruition,” said Tom Jurich, UofL Vice President and Director of Athletics. “We appreciate the efforts of Fred Glass and his staff in helping to pull this together. We have played each other in most sports and it has been a very friendly rivalry. There are a lot of fans in Southern Indiana that support both schools who I know will particularly enjoy the competition.”

“These series are tremendous for the football and basketball programs at both schools,” said Fred Glass, IU Vice President and Director of Athletics. “Our alumni, fans, and students will be thrilled to compete against such strong programs. I really want to thank Tom Jurich and the head coaches from both schools for working with us to make these great series a reality.”

“The Louisville series will be a great challenge for us.” said Indiana men’s basketball coach Tom Crean. “The preparation and execution needed to compete against Rick Pitino and his team is extraordinary. We are excited about the opportunity to face them on a consistent basis and the chance for both schools’ fan bases to watch this series take off again is exciting. That first game on New Year’s Eve next year should be special.”

“We have tremendous respect for Indiana and all of their sports programs,” said Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino. “We’re very excited to have Indiana on our schedule. It’s a natural rivalry and it’s great for both universities. Tom (Crean) and I spoke about possible future games while we were together at a function last fall and I’m glad to see that it has become a reality.”

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Apollo's Trace Young Announces That He's Transferring to Huntington Prep

Apollo High School wing Trace Young announced via Twitter yesterday that he is taking his talents to Huntington Prep (WV) for the remainder of his high school career.



Young, who was considered one of Kentucky's top high school, is another tough loss for Apollo and the state.

In recent weeks, Apollo has lost 2016 stars Eli Wright and Ben Moss Jr. to transfer. The program likely goes from preseason favorites to win the 3rd Region to a team that will struggle.


Jalen Perry No Longer at MTSU, Signs with John A. Logan College

Former Ballard High School star Jalen Perry is no longer at Middle Tennessee State University and has reportedly signed with John A. Logan (JUCO) College.



Perry was with Middle Tennessee State in the Bahamas for an exhibition tour just last week.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Former Morehead State Forward Jason Holmes Set to Make History in Australian Football League

Former Morehead State center Jason Holmes is expected to make his debut for St. Kilda in the Australian Football League this weekend.

When Holmes takes the field, he will become the first born and raised American to play Australian rules football.

Here's more about Holmes' journey from Sportal:

Former college basketballer Jason Holmes will become the first born and raised American to play Australian rules football when he pulls on a St.Kilda jersey against Geelong at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Saturday night (AEST).

Holmes, the younger brother of Oakland Raiders wide receiver Andre, signed for Australian Football League club St.Kilda at the end of 2013 on an international rookie contract.

The six-foot-seven giant, who played ball for Morehead State Eagles, has been developing with St.Kilda's feeder team Sandringham for the past two seasons - establishing himself as the number one ruckman over the course of 2015.

An ecstatic Holmes is proud of his achievements in such a short space of time and admitted he didn't always think he would succeed at making St.Kilda's senior side.

“I’m so excited, it’s been one of my main goals since I came out here and it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” the 25-year-old said.

"I've always prepped myself for the possibility that it may not happen.

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UK Officially Announces Signing of Isaac Humphries

The University of Kentucky has officially announced the signing of 7-foot power forward Isaac Humphries.



Here's an excerpt from the release:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Already loaded with one of the best recruiting classes in the country, the Kentucky men’s basketball team has bolstered its 2015-16 frontline with the addition of Australian big man Isaac Humphries. UK head coach John Calipari announced the signing on Thursday.

“I watched Isaac when he first came over to the United States in high school in Indiana and was impressed with his skill and size,” Calipari said. “He reminded me of a much bigger Josh Harrellson. He’s very skilled, has great hands and is a great passer. To have a 7-footer who just turned 17, he has a lot still in front of him, and the best part is he wants the challenge of playing at Kentucky.”

A 7-footer from Australia, Humphries was originally a member of the 2016 class before just recently reclassifying to 2015. As a member of the 2016 class, he was rated a top-50 prospect by most major recruiting services.

Humphries, a forward/center, will help fill a front line that saw Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles and Dakari Johnson depart in the spring for the NBA Draft. Listed at 7 feet and approximately 250 pounds by most recruiting services, Humphries will add considerable size alongside the nation’s top recruit, Skal Labissiere, and returners Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee and Derek Willis.

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Humphries was a vital piece of the Australian U17 National Team that won the silver medal at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship. Guiding the Australians to the championship game, Humphries led the team in scoring (18.9 points per game), rebounding (11.6 rebounds per game), blocked shots (3.3 blocks per game) and field-goal percentage (.576).

Included in Humphries’ dominating run with the Australian U17 National Team was a 41-point, 19-rebound effort in a victory over fellow Kentucky signee Jamal Murray’s Canadian U17 National Team. In the championship game vs. the United States, Humphries recorded eight points and seven rebounds.

Humphries, who played prep ball this past season at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., was ranked as high as No. 34 in the Rivals 2016 rankings before reclassifying to 2015. Scout lists him as the ninth-best center in its new 2015 rankings.

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Jamal Murray Will Not Play for Canada in FIBA Americas Championship

Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray will not be playing for the Canadian national team in the FIBA Americas Championship.

Canada released a 13-man roster earlier today that does not include Murray, who is expected to report to UK for the Fall semester.

Here's a look at the Canadian roster:

2015 TUTO MARCHAND ROSTER

NAME POSITION HEIGHT HOMETOWN CURRENT TEAM/CLUB

Bennett, Anthony F 6'8 Brampton, ON Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
Doornekamp, Aaron F 6'7 Odessa, ON Braunschweig (Germany)
Ejim, Melvin F 6'6 Toronto, ON Orlando Magic (NBA)
Hanlan, Olivier G 6'4 Aylmer, QC BC Zalgiris (Lithuania)
Heslip, Brady G 6'2 Burlington, ON Pallacanestro Cantu (Italy)
Joseph, Cory PG 6'3 Pickering, ON Toronto Raptors (NBA)
Nicholson, Andrew F 6'9 Mississauga, ON Orlando Magic (NBA)
Olynyk, Kelly C 7'0 Kamloops, BC Boston Celtics (NBA)
Powell, Dwight F 6'9 Toronto, ON Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
Sacre, Robert C 7'0 Vancouver, BC Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
Scrubb, Phil G 6'3 Richmond, BC AEK Athens (Greece)
Stauskas, Nik SG 6'6 Mississauga, ON Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
Wiggins, Andrew F 6'8 Vaughan, ON Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)

2015 TUTO MARCHAND COACHES

NAME POSITION HOMETOWN
Jay Triano Head Coach Toronto, ON
Dave Smart Assistant Coach Ottawa, ON
David Vanterpool Assistant Coach Washington, DC
Bryan Gates Assistant Coach New Orleans, LA

Kentucky Adds Power Forward Isaac Humphries for 2015-16 Season

Kentucky has signed 6-foot-10 power forward Isaac Humphries for the 2015-16 season.

Humphries, who was ranked No. 35 on the Rivals.com list for 2016, will reclassify to the Class of 2015 and join the team this season.




Former Morehead State Star Ricky Minard is Headed to Germany

Former Morehead State University star Ricky Minard is headed to Germany for 2015-16.

Minard, who is entering his 11th season as a pro, has signed with BG Goettingen in Germany's top-level BBL league.

Northern Kentucky Unveils New Basketball Court Design

Northern Kentucky University has unveiled a new basketball court design.

Here are details from NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University Director of Athletics Ken Bothof unveiled a new design for John L. Griffin Court in BB&T Arena Wednesday morning. The new design features a Norse ship watermarked in a golden hue, with the NKU Norse wordmark in the middle of the ship's sail at center court.

"We wanted a new, fresh look for the court to showcase the Norse brand," said Bothof. "The Norse ship rising through the sea is meant to serve as a metaphor for the uprising of Northern Kentucky athletics."

"Northern Kentucky" is written along each baseline, while "Northern Kentucky University" is positioned along the sideline opposite the scorer's table and oriented for television broadcasts. The court was designed by Ohio-based LaineGabriel.

Northern Kentucky's official website, NKUNorse.com, and twitter handle, @NKUNorse, are prominently displayed next to the two benches. On each end of the court, the Horizon League logo appears in the lane and both John L. Griffin Court and BB&T Arena are written inside the three-point arc.

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Morehead State Has a New Basketball Court Design

Morehead State University has a new basketball court design in Johnson Arena. 



Here's a release from MSU:

What do the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, Kentucky Wildcats and Duke Blue Devils have in common with Morehead State's basketball program?

All have floor designs put in place by the Cincinnati Flooring Company.

MSU's revamped floor, dominated by the Eagle mascot Beaker, is still being worked on but Johnson Arena should be ready for use by the beginning of September.

"We got started a little bit later (July 27) than we wanted to," said Brian Hutchinson, MSU's Director of Athletics. "And the humidity, at the beginning of the project, kind of delayed us a little bit."

Hutchinson said the floor hadn't been sanded down all the way to the wood in about nine or 10 years.

The new look, which includes a large "M" at each end of the floor, is the latest move to keep the Eagles' home as attractive as possible. Last year, seating was replaced, the building was painted and the front lobby was remodeled.

"I think (the floor is) probably the most visible thing that we have, and we need to keep it as fresh as we can," Hutchinson said.

The floor design was chosen by MSU fans.

We put a Twitter contest out and we asked our fans to vote on two different designs," said Brad Smith, MSU's assistant athletics director for external affairs. "They chose the one that we've been affectionately calling the Big Bad Eagle. It will basically have the Morehead State 'Beaker' Eagle emblazoned on center court. Just a huge Eagle on center court. It will be great for TV and great for the fans."

All the floor work, at a cost of about $40,000, is being done by the father-son team of Herb and Austin Finley.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Southeastern Conference Releases Men's Basketball Schedule for 2015-16

The Southeastern Conference has released the complete men's basketball schedule for the 2015-16 season.

The Kentucky Wildcats will add to an already difficult non-conference schedule with road trips to LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina. Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Florida.

Press release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Seeking their second straight regular-season Southeastern Conference championship, the Kentucky Wildcats learned their 2016 league schedule Wednesday night with the unveiling of the SEC slate on the SEC Network

Kentucky will play all 13 SEC teams at least once during league play in addition to rematches with Alabama, Florida, LSU, Tennessee and Vanderbilt in 2016. All told, UK will play 18 conference games (nine in Rupp Arena and nine on the road) from early January to early March, capped off with the annual SEC Tournament in Nashville, Tenn., March 9-13.

The SEC is expected to be one of the best conferences in the nation in 2015-16 with six All-SEC players and 14 of the league’s top 25 scorers returning to a conference that sent five teams to the NCAA Tournament in 2014-15.

UK will hit the road early and often to start league play with four of its first six SEC games away from the friendly confines of Rupp Arena. After tipping off the SEC schedule in Rupp Arena against Ole Miss on Jan. 2, UK will visit LSU on Jan. 5, Alabama on Jan. 9, Auburn on Jan. 16 and Arkansas on Jan. 21. A home game against Mississippi State on Jan. 12 breaks up the early-season travel.

The Wildcats will return home for back-to-back homes games against Vanderbilt (Jan. 23) and Missouri (Jan. 27) before a break in the conference schedule to play at Kansas in the annual Big 12/SEC Challenge. That trip to Lawrence, Kan., on Jan. 30 will be UK’s first trip to Allen Fieldhouse since 2006 and just its second since the 1989-90 season. It’s also the first time Kentucky will experience a break in conference play since the 2004-05 season.

After the Kansas game, Kentucky will resume SEC play with the first of two games vs. Tennessee. The first meeting will take place in Knoxville, Tenn., on Feb. 2. It’s the first time UK will play Tennessee twice in a season since the 2012-13 season.

Florida, under the direction of new head coach Mike White, will visit Rupp Arena on Feb. 6, followed by a home game with Georgia on Feb. 9.

At that point, UK will alternate home and away games for the remainder of February. The Wildcats will travel to South Carolina on Feb. 13, host Tennessee Feb. 18, visit Texas A&M for the second consecutive season on Feb. 20, host new head coach Avery Johnson and Alabama on Feb. 23, and then wrap up the month with a date at Vanderbilt on Feb. 27.

Conference play will conclude with a trip to Florida on March 1 and the season’s final home game on March 5 vs. LSU.

Complete Release

Here is a look at UK's complete schedule:

2015-16 KENTUCKY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

OCTOBER

16 (Fri) BIG BLUE MADNESS [TBA] TBA
27 (Tues) BLUE-WHITE GAME [TBA] TBA

NOVEMBER

2 (Mon) * OTTAWA [TBA] TBA
6 (Fri) * KENTUCKY STATE [TBA] TBA
13 (Fri) 1 ALBANY [TBA] TBA
14 (Sat) 1 NJIT [TBA] TBA
17 (Tues) 2 vs. Duke [ESPN] 7:30 p.m.
20 (Fri) WRIGHT STATE [TBA] TBA
24 (Tues) 1 BOSTON [TBA] TBA
27 (Fri) 3 vs. South Florida [ESPN] 5 p.m.
30 (Mon) ILLINOIS STATE [ESPN2] 7 p.m.

DECEMBER

3 (Thurs) at UCLA [ESPN] 9 p.m.
9 (Wed) EASTERN KENTUCKY [ESPN2] 7 p.m.
12 (Sat) ARIZONA STATE [ESPN] 3:15 p.m.
19 (Sat) 4 vs. Ohio State [CBS] 3:30 p.m.
26 (Sat) LOUISVILLE [CBS] Noon

JANUARY

2 (Sat) OLE MISS [SEC Network] 7 p.m.
5 (Tues) at LSU [ESPN] 9 p.m.
9 (Sat) at Alabama [SEC Network] 6 p.m.
12 (Tues) MISSISSIPPI STATE [ESPN/SEC Network] 7 p.m.
16 (Sat) at Auburn [ESPN/ESPN2] 4 p.m.
21 (Thurs) at Arkansas [ESPN/ESPN2] 7 p.m.
23 (Sat) VANDERBILT [ESPN/ESPN2] TBA
27 (Wed) MISSOURI [SEC Network] 9 p.m.
30 (Sat) 5 at Kansas [TBA] TBA

FEBRUARY

2 (Tues) at Tennessee [ESPN/ESPNU/SEC Network] 7 p.m.
6 (Sat) FLORIDA [CBS] 4 p.m.
9 (Tues) GEORGIA [ESPN/ESPNU] 9 p.m.
13 (Sat) at South Carolina [ESPN/ESPN2] Noon
18 (Thurs) TENNESSEE [ESPN/ESPN2] 7 p.m.
20 (Sat) at Texas A&M [ESPN/ESPN2] TBA
23 (Tues) ALABAMA [ESPN/ESPNU/SEC Network] 7 p.m.
27 (Sat) at Vanderbilt [CBS] 4 p.m.

MARCH

1 (Tues) at Florida [ESPN] 7 p.m.
5 (Sat) LSU [CBS] 2 p.m.
9-13 (We-Su) 6 SEC Tournament [SEC NETWORK/ESPN] TBA

As of Aug. 19, 2015 – All Times Eastern; HOME GAMES in BOLD CAPS
All dates and times are subject to change
*–Exhibition Games;
1–Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Classic (Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.);
2–Champions Classic (United Center, Chicago, Ill.);
3–Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Classic (American Airlines Arena, Miami, Fla.);
4–CBS Sports Classic (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.);
5–Big 12/SEC Challenge (Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kan.);
6–SEC Tournament (Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.)

Campbellsville University Adds Darius Clement as Graduate Assistant

Campbellsville University has added former player Darius Clement as a graduate assistant.

Here is a release from CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. - Four years wasn't long enough for Darius Clement, as the men's basketball team snatched him up as a graduate assistant for the next two years.

"I decided to comeback and take the GA spot at Campbellsville because I missed it," said Clement. "It feels like home here and I am comfortable here. I'm excited for the team we have this year and I'm ready to get started."

Clement came to Campbellsville in 2011 because his brother, Shawn Savage, was also a member of the men's basketball team and he was comfortable with coach Keith Adkins and the staff that recruited him.

Being a Bowling Green, Ky. native, the drive was short and just close enough to home for his dad and family to come to many, if not all games — home and away.

"I always appreciated looking up in the stands and seeing my dad at almost every game of my career... In Vegas, Oklahoma, Kansas City, the list could go on," said Clement.

Last year in his senior season, Clement helped lead his team to its second MSC regular season and tournament championship. He was also named the Mid-South Conference Champions of Character.

As a four-year varsity player his career stats included 724 total points, 232 assists and 231 rebounds. He averaged 79.2 percent on free throws and shot 36.3 percent from behind the 3-point line.

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Anthony Davis Did the Whip Nae Nae on The Late Late Show with James Corden

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis discussed his new contract, 2K16 and dancing on The Late Late Show With James Corden last night.

Davis even did the popular "whip nae nae" dance.

Check it out:


Murray State Releases 2015-16 Men's Basketball Schedule

The Murray State Racers and new head coach Matt McMahon have released their men's basketball schedule for the 2015-16 season.

Here's a release from MSU:

Murray State Men's Basketball released its 2015-16 schedule that gives Racer fans many opportunities to see Matt McMahon's rookie campaign as head coach.

The Racers' slate includes the Gulf Coast Showcase Thanksgiving week and a 15-game home schedule at the CFSB Center. MSU's non-conference opponents at the CFSB Center include Middle Tennessee, Evansville and Southern Illinois.

Murray State enters the season with the nation's fourth-longest run of consecutive winning seasons at 28.

When Ohio Valley Conference play begins in January, the Racers seek to back up last season's championship which was the 24th in program history.

"We've got some big challenges with our non-conference schedule that will prepare us for the OVC," McMahon said. "I'm excited about the opportunity to take our team to the Gulf Coast Showcase and Florida, a state that has been great for us in recruiting. Our home schedule is strong and we have several road games that our fans can make easily."

After an exhibition game at home against Freed-Hardeman (Nov. 5), the Racers open the regular season against Harris Stowe (Nov. 13) as they look to continue a 15-game home win streak from last season. MSU hosts Middle Tennessee (Nov. 17).

The Racers' first road trip begins at Georgia (Nov. 20). The game marks MSU's first appearance in Athens, Ga., and their second meeting with the Bulldogs since they first met in the NCAA Tournament in Chicago in 2002.

From UGA, the Racers head for the Fort Meyers area to compete in the Gulf Coast Showcase (Nov 23-25). Milwaukee is the Racers' first opponent. From there, the Racers will face either Pepperdine or Duquesne. The other half of the bracket features Western Kentucky, Weber State, Central Michigan and Drake.

Saturday, Nov. 28, the Racers are back at home to host Alabama A&M.

In December, the Racers alternate three road and three home games. MSU has road games at Houston (Dec. 2), Illinois State (Dec. 13) and Wright State (Dec. 22). The three home games include Evansville (Dec. 5), Southern Illinois (Dec. 18) and Brescia (Dec. 30).

Complete Schedule:

Date Time Opponent Location H/A Conf. Game Time/Result
11/5/2015 7:00 p.m. Freed-Hardeman CFSB Center H 7:00 p.m.
11/13/2015 7:00 p.m. Harris-Stowe State CFSB Center H 7:00 p.m.
11/17/2015 7:00 p.m. Middle Tennessee CFSB Center H 7:00 p.m.
11/20/2015 Georgia Athens, GA A
  
Gulf Coast Showcase
11/23/2015 11:00 a.m. Milwaukee Estero, Fla. N 11:00 a.m.
11/24/2015 TBA Estero, Fla. N
11/25/2015 TBA Estero, Fla. N

11/28/2015 7:00 p.m. Alabama A&M CFSB Center H 7:00 p.m.
12/2/2015 TBA Houston Houston, TX A TBA
12/5/2015 7:30 p.m. Evansville CFSB Center H 7:30 p.m.
12/13/2015 Illinois State Normal, IL A
12/18/2015 7:00 p.m. Southern Illinois CFSB Center H 7:00 p.m.
12/22/2015 6:00 p.m. Wright State Dayton, OH A 6:00 p.m.
12/30/2015 7:00 p.m. Brescia CFSB Center H 7:00 p.m.
1/2/2016 5:30 p.m. Morehead State CFSB Center H 5:30 p.m.
1/7/2016 7:00 p.m. Tennessee Tech CFSB Center H 7:00 p.m.
1/9/2016 5:30 p.m. Jacksonville State CFSB Center H 5:30 p.m.
1/14/2016 Belmont Nashville, TN A
1/16/2016 Tennessee State Nashville, TN A
1/21/2016 7:00 p.m. Eastern Illinois CFSB Center H 7:00 p.m.
1/23/2016 7:00 p.m. SIU Edwardsville CFSB Center H 7:00 p.m.
1/27/2016 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, KY A
1/30/2016 UT Martin Martin, TN A
2/4/2016 8:00 p.m. Southeast Missouri Cape Girardeau, Mo. A 8:00 p.m.
2/6/2016 7:00 p.m. Austin Peay CFSB Center H 7:00 p.m.
2/11/2016 TBA SIUE Edwardsville, IL A TBA
2/13/2016 7:00 p.m. Southeast Missouri CFSB Center H 7:00 p.m.
2/20/2016 7:00 p.m. Austin Peay Clarksville, TN A 7:00 p.m.
2/25/2016 TBA Eastern Illinois Charleston, IL A TBA
2/27/2016 7:00 p.m. UT Martin CFSB Center H 7:00 p.m.

Ohio Valley Conference Tournament
3/2/2016 6:00 or 8:00 p.m. Ohio Valley Conference Nashville, Tenn. N 6:00 or 8:00 p.m.
3/3/2016 6:00 or 8:00 p.m. Ohio Valley Conference Nashville, Tenn. N 6:00 or 8:00 p.m.
3/4/2016 6:30 p.m. or 9 p.m. Ohio Valley Conference Nashville, Tenn. N 6:30 p.m. or 9 p.m.
3/5/2016 6:00 p.m. Ohio Valley Conference Nashville, Tenn. N 6:00 p.m.

2016 PF Sacha Killeya-Jones Has Committed to Kentucky

Sacha Killeya-Jones, a 6-foot-9 power forward in the Class of 2016, has just committed to the Kentucky Wildcats.







Killeya-Jones ranks No. 51 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.

Sacha Killeya-Jones to Kentucky?

It sounds like Kentucky is close to landing a commitment from 4-star power forward Sacha Killeya-Jones.

According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Killeya-Jones is close to making his announcement and all signs are pointing to Kentucky.





Killeya-Jones, a 6-foot-9 power forward, ranks No. 51 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.

Here are some highlights:


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Willie Cauley-Stein to Hold Trill Nation Basketball Camp in Cincinnati

Former Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein will hold his first annual Trill Nation Camp in Cincinnati in September.

Here are details:


Rick Pitino Gives David Levitch a Scholarship, Announces Plans for a J.V. Team

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has blogged a recap article of the Cardinals' trip to Puerto Rico.

The article is filled with nuggets, including news that David Levitch has been awarded a scholarship for this season and Pitino plans to implement a J.V. team at Louisville.

Here is an excerpt:

David Levitch: Just was awarded a scholarship for this season. Dependable player who will help us in tough situations. If he had a consistent jump shot he would definitely see action. Not sure if he is ready.

Jay Henderson: walk-on from St. John’s. Was the surprise of our trip! Good size and work ethic. Will be ready!

Dillon Avare: Had a chance to play major minutes in our preliminary games. Definitely improving and making strides. Needs time.

Ryan McMahon: Shooter with a strong work ethic and great attitude. Probably will redshirt. Defense needs a lot of work. Hoping he grows, if not, must learn how to make players better at the point guard position. Needs time.

We are working on playing 10 J.V. games this year. Some will be played at the Yum! Center on game day. It will give guys like Matz, Dillon and Ryan a chance to play major minutes and continue to develop.

Pitino also had high praise for Damion Lee:

Damion Lee: explosive scorer with great size for a guard. Handles the ball well and plays extremely hard at both ends. More than ready

The rest of the team needs time.  That is not a negative but rather a fact that it is August.

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Louisville Finishes Puerto Rico Trip with Back-To-Back Wins

Louisville finished up their exhibition trip to Puerto Rico with back-to-back wins.

After taking the Puerto Rican national team to overtime in a loss on Thursday, the Cardinals got over the hump on Friday for an 84-81 win. Louisville finished the tour with a 77-72 win on Saturday.

Here's a recap from UL:

TRUJILLO ALTO, Puerto Rico -- The University of Louisville men's basketball team wrapped up a week-long tour of seven games with a 77-72 victory over the Puerto Rico Junior Team at Ruben Zayas Montanez Coliseum on Saturday night.

Damion Lee led the Cardinals with 28 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Quentin Snider finished with 10 points and six assists while Mangok Mathiang finished with 10 points and five rebounds. Chinanu Onuaku finished with seven points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. Will Martinez led Puerto Rico with 19 points.

Pitino coached his Louisville team for the first time this week and the Cardinals got off to a good start, taking an 18-5 lead. Puerto Rico cut the lead to 23-18 at the end of the first quarter. As the game went on, the Cardinals had to fight through rather adverse conditions with wet spots popping up on the court, causing the players to slip during the game.

The Cardinals led by one at the half but came out strong in the third quarter behind the shooting of Lee. Puerto Rico hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to three with 5.9 seconds left. After a timeout the Cardinals scored to hold off the rally and win 77-72.

UofL Coach Rick Pitino coached the Cardinals for the first time this week. 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 think the biggest problem all week has been turnovers," said Pitino. "We've got to get our guys who are not used to playing fast to understand what they have to do fundamentally. Outside of that, statistically they did a much better job. We had 41 deflections tonight, and we hadn't come close to that in any of our other games.

"These trips sometimes are really a vacation when you can mentally bond together, but it's not physically rewarding to you for improving as a basketball team because the competition is not really good. We got a lot out of this bonding-wise and basketball-wise. I think we're very athletic, I think we're fast, we're eager to learn and we've got to get our interior people passing the ball better."

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The Cardinals finished the trip with an overall record of 2-5 vs. Puerto Rico and 2 games were cancelled.

Jordan Brangers Decides to Stay at St. Catharine College

Former Eastern High School guard Jordan Brangers has decided to stay at St. Catharine College for 2015-16.

Brangers announced in June that he would be leaving St. Catharine to attend Motlow State Community College.




Former WKU Guard T.J. Price Inks First Pro Contract in France

Former Western Kentucky guard T.J. Price has signed with Lille in France's second-level ProB league.

Price averaged 17.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the Hilltoppers last season.

Here are details from Eurobasket.com:

Lille added another piece to their 15/16 puzzle. They secured the services of T.J. Price (193-G-93, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Agency). The guard signed his first pro contract. He just graduated from W.Kentucky. T.J. Price notched 17.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in his senior season. He was named into All-C-USA 1st Team in 2015.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Former Apollo Star Eli Wright Commits to Mississippi State

Former Apollo High School star Eli Wright has committed to Mississippi State.


Wright, a member of the Class of 2016, recently announced that he will play his senior season at IMG Academy.

Patrick Patterson Will Reportedly Play in UNC vs. UK Alumni Game

According to Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio, Patrick Patterson will play for the former Wildcats in the North Carolina vs. UK alumni game:


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Daniel Orton is Headed to Greece for 2015-16

Former University of Kentucky center Daniel Orton has signed with AEK Athens in Greece's top-level A1 league for 2015-16.

AEK Athens will also compete in Group F of the prestigious Eurocup competition.

Here are more details from Eurobasket.com:

AEK Athens (A1) added to their roster 25-year old American forward Daniel Orton (208-116kg-90, college: Kentucky, agency: Agency). He played last season at Grand Rapids Drive (D-League) in the U.S.. In 6 games he recorded 6.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.0bpg. The last summer Orton played at Purefoods (PBA) in Filipino league. In three games he averaged 15.0ppg, 12.7rpg, 1.7apg and 3.3bpg. The last (2015) season he played at Sichuan Blue Whales (CBA) in Chinese league. In 15 games he averaged 14.3ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg and 1.6bpg. Orton also spent pre-season at Shanxi Zhongyu (CBA) in Chinese league that year. He was called during the season by the Washington Wizards.

The previous (13-14) season Orton played at Maine Red Claws in D-League. In 24 games he averaged 11.3ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.8apg and 2.1bpg in 2013-14 season.

In 2010 he was drafted by Orkando Magic (NBA) in first round (29th overall). The former University of Kentucky standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball.

The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won NBA Northwest Division championship title in 2013. Orton was also voted USBasket.com All-D-League Honorable Mention in 2013.

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Former Morehead State Center Billy Reader Signs With Leicester Riders

Former Morehead State center Billy Reader will begin his professional career in the British Basketball League. 

Reader has signed with the Leicester Riders.

Here are details from Eurobasket.com:

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders (BBL) inked 23-year old American center Billy Reader (208-118kg-92). He just graduated from Morehead State University (NCAA). In 30 games he recorded 7.4ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.0apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.

As mentioned above Reader is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. His college team won Big Sky Conference Tournament in 2012.

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