Friday, August 28, 2015

Sun Belt Conference Focusing on Eastern Kentucky, Coastal Carolina for Expansion

According to a report by Dan Wolken of USA Today, the Sun Belt Conference is targeting Eastern Kentucky University and Coastal Carolina as a possible addition to the league.

Here is an excerpt:

The Sun Belt Conference has enough internal support to add a 12th member and has focused its search on current Football Championship Subdivision members Coastal Carolina and Eastern Kentucky, a person with knowledge of the conversations told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the matter is supposed to be private.

A decision on which school to add and formal vote should come within the next few weeks, if not days. The Sun Belt's current plan is to add one of the two, but not both.

"They have enough votes," the person said. "They have already visited the campuses."

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Ethan Faulkner Named Assistant Coach at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Former Northern Kentucky assistant coach Ethan Faulkner has been added to the coaching staff at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, an NAIA Division II program in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Faulkner was previously on Dave Bezold's staff at NKU following a successful playing career for the Norse.

Mount Vernon Nazarene competes in the Crossroads League with Bethel, Goshen, Grace, Huntington, Indiana Wesleyan, Marian, Saint Francis, Spring Arbor and Taylor.

Quincy Hankins-Cole to Play for United States in William Jones Cup

Former University of Pikeville forward Quincy Hankins-Cole is on the United States' roster for the upcoming Williams Jones Cup in Taipei, Taiwan.

Here's a look at the roster from Asia-Basket.com:

Taipei, Taiwan -- Team USA JC has announced today its 2015 U.S. Jones Cup Men's Basketball Team roster. The team will compete in the 36th annual Williams Jones Cup in Taipei, Taiwan, August 29 to September 6. The U.S. roster features 13 players and 4 coaches.

The team will be headlined by 2014 All-WJC 1st Team member Cory Bradford (191-G-78, college: Illinois, agency: Edge Sports). Bradford was in the top five in scoring with an average of 16.0ppg. Along with Bradford former Korean All-Stars Marquin Chandler (202-F-82, college: San Jose St., agency: Haylett Sports) and Calvin Warner (201-F-80, college: Jacksonville, agency: Pascal Beyrouti & Assoc.). Team USA will be by former NBA player and coach Paul Mokeski , agency: Kauffman Association. He last coached in the NBA DL.

Cory Bradford -G
Jermaine Barnes - G
Marquin Chandler - F
Calvin Warner - F
Jameel Watkins -C
Keith Closs -C
Quincy Hankins-Cole -F
Derek Hall -F/C
Anthony McDonald -G
Brian Waters - G
Tanner McGrew -F
Wesley Shu -G
Naheer Mirza -G

Head Coach: Paul Mokeski
AC: Kevin Franklin
AC: Joseph Jeff

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Former NKU Assistant Kurt Young is New Head Coach at Hopewell (Va.) High School

Former Northern Kentucky University assistant Kurt Young is the new head coach at Hopewell (Va.) High School.

Young was the head assistant coach on Dave Bezold's staff at NKU from 2009-2014.

He has previously worked at Arkansas Tech, Hawaii Pacific, Georgetown College, Labette Community College, Thomas University, Northwestern State University and Tallahassee Community College.

Here's more from HopewellNews.com:

HOPEWELL ­— “Relentless.” It’s a word that new Hopewell basketball coach Kurt Young said his players will become very familiar with.

He used it to describe the style of play that fans can expect next season, and he also used the word to describe his expectations for the players in the classroom as well. “We are going to be relentless. It is a word our young men will hear a lot. And we really preach that, in the classroom and on the court,” Young said.

Hopewell Athletic Director Marshall Parker made the announcement Tuesday that Young, a longtime college basketball coach, will become the head basketball coach of the Blue Devils.

This will be Young’s first time coaching at the high school level. It will also be his first time teaching high school students as well and will be teaching world history, although he has taught at the collegiate level.

“I am very excited. When I first decided I wanted to be a coach, high school coaching is what I thought I’d get into, and so it’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Young said.

He said both of his parents were coaches on girls high school teams, and he wanted to get involved with kids at a younger age.

Young has coached at the college level for more than 20 years. He was most recently the head assistant coach at Northern Kentucky University from 2009-2014 before joining a recruiting company and starting his own company, KY Elite, to develop basketball players and teams.

He has also worked at Arkansas Tech University, Hawaii Pacific University, Georgetown College, Labette Community College, Thomas University, Northwestern State University, and Tallahassee Community College.

Young has a bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University and a master’s degree from Northern Kentucky University.

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UK's Poythress, Ulis on Cover of Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview Magazine

Kentucky's Alex Poythress and Tyler Ulis are on the cover of the Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview magazine.

The magazine will hit shelves September 8.

Here's a look:




Louisville Announces Two Red-White Intrasquad Scrimmages in October

The Louisville Cardinals will have two Red-White intrasquad scrimmaged in the KFC Yum! Center in October.

The two scrimmages will be held October 3 and 17 and ticket prices will be $10 each.

Here are more details from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's basketball team will compete in a pair of public Red-White intrasquad scrimmages in the KFC Yum! Center in October on Oct. 3 and 17. Game times will be set when the Cardinals’ football games on those days are determined so as not to conflict with each other.

Tickets, priced at $10 each, will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street. The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets will also be on sale at each of the Cardinals' three home football games in September.

Cardinal fans may purchase tickets by visiting Ticketmaster online at www.Ticketmaster.com, calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, including statewide Kroger locations. Convenience fees are applied with Ticketmaster orders.

A limited number of tickets are available for UofL students to each scrimmage at no charge. Student tickets -- no more than two for each scrimmage -- must be obtained with a valid student ID in advance beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the UofL ticket office.

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Inside Summer Workouts: Northern Kentucky and New Head Coach John Brannen

Check out this behind-the-scenes look at Northern Kentucky's summer workouts under the direction of new head coach John Brannen:


Chuck Hayes Not Signing with Houston Rockets After All; Coaching in Future?

Former Kentucky forward Chuck Hayes will not be signing with the Houston Rockets, after all.

According to his agent, Hayes wants to play this season but is also planning for a career in coaching/front office.


Kentucky State University Releases Men's Basketball Schedule for 2015-16

The Kentucky State University men's basketball schedule for 2015-16 is complete and includes a road game at the University of Kentucky.

Here's a look at the schedule:

Date Day Opponent Location Time Result
11/6/2015 Fri. University of Kentucky Lexington, KY TBA TBA

Windy City Hardwood Classic
11/14/2015 Sat. Wilberforce University (Ohio) Chicago, IL TBA TBA

11/18/2015 Wed. Asbury University Frankfort, KY 7:30 PM 7:30 PM
11/21/2015 Sat. IUPUI Indianapolis, IN TBA TBA
11/24/2015 Tue. University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN TBA TBA
12/3/2015 Thu. Paine College Frankfort, KY 7:30 PM 7:30 PM
12/5/2015 Sat. Claflin University Frankfort, KY 3:00 PM 3:00 PM
12/7/2015 Mon. Benedict College Frankfort, KY 7:30 PM 7:30 PM
1/2/2016 Sat. Fort Valley State University Fort Valley, GA 3:00 PM 3:00 PM
1/4/2016 Mon. Albany State University Albany, GA 7:30 PM 7:30 PM
1/7/2016 Thu. Morehouse College Frankfort, KY 7:30 PM 7:30 PM
1/9/2016 Sat. Clark Atlanta University Frankfort, KY 3:00 PM 3:00 PM
1/14/2016 Thu. Stillman College Tuscaloosa, AL 7:30 PM 7:30 PM
1/16/2016 Sat. Miles College Fairfield, AL 3:00 PM 3:00 PM
1/18/2016 Mon. Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL 7:30 PM 7:30 PM
1/23/2016 Sat. Central State University Frankfort, KY 8:00 PM 8:00 PM
1/25/2016 Mon. St. Catharine College Frankfort, KY 7:30 PM 7:30 PM
1/30/2016 Sat. Lane College Jackson, TN 3:00 PM 3:00 PM
2/4/2016 Thu. LeMoyne-Owen College Frankfort, KY 7:30 PM 7:30 PM
2/6/2016 Sat. Spring Hill College (Ala.) Frankfort, KY 7:30 PM 7:30 PM
2/9/2016 Tue. Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.) Frankfort, KY 8:00 PM 8:00 PM
2/13/2016 Sat. Central State University Wilberforce, OH 7:30 PM 7:30 PM
2/15/2016 Mon. Lane College Frankfort, KY 7:30 PM 7:30 PM
2/18/2016 Thu. LeMoyne-Owen College Memphis, TN 7:30 PM 7:30 PM
2/20/2016 Sat. Spring Hill College (Ala.) Mobile, AL 3:00 PM 3:00 PM
2/23/2016 Tue. Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.) Frankfort, KY TBA TBA

SIAC Basketball Championship Tournament

2/29-3/5/2016 Mon.-Sat. TBA Birmingham, AL TBA TBA

Former Bellarmine Point Guard Chris Whitehead to Play Professionally in Cyprus

Former Bellarmine University point guard Chris Whitehead has signed with Koopspor in Cyprus' North League Stage A league.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In one year with the Bellarmine University men's basketball team, Chris Whitehead went from a relative question mark to making an impact to signing a pro contract.

Following an All-Great Lakes Valley Conference senior campaign, the former Knights point guard inked a deal with the professional team Koopspor of Cyprus, which is an island in the eastern Mediterranean near Turkey.

"The level of excitement was unexplainable," Whitehead said. "There was a big weight off my shoulders. After college, you don't get to decide to continue playing basketball. Somebody else decides for you."

Whitehead made that decision easy for Koopspor, which placed second in its league last season. The New Albany, Indiana, native was named first-team All-GLVC after leading the Knights in assists (5.3) and steals (a program-record 70) while ranking second in scoring (15.0). He shot 57.8 percent from the floor and 74.1 percent from the free throw line.

"I am thrilled for Chris and his opportunity to pursue professional basketball," BU Coach Scott Davenport said. "I congratulated him and I know he has worked incredibly hard for this chance. He is a winner and has the physical tools to affect the game in many ways at both ends of the court.

"The competition he faced at Bellarmine will serve him well in his new challenge. He is the ninth former Bellarmine player currently playing overseas, and our program and everybody associated with Bellarmine take pride in following all of our former players as they pursue their careers on and off the floor."

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Kentucky Wesleyan Adds Bradley Transfer Jermaine Morgan for 2015-16

Kentucky Wesleyan College has added Bradley transfer Jermaine Morgan for the 2015-16 season.

Morgan is a 6-foot-8 forward with one season of eligibility remaining. He averaged 2.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season as a junior.

Here is a release from KWC:

Bradley University center Jermaine Morgan will transfer to eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College for his senior season, as announced by Panther head men's basketball coach Happy Osborne.

Morgan, a 6-foot-8, 235-pounder from Chicago (Whitney Young HS), averaged 2.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 12.1 minutes as a junior where he played in 22 contests with 10 starts in 2014-15 for the Braves. He earned Academic All-Missouri Valley Conference recognition.

Prior to Bradley, Morgan played his sophomore campaign at Moberly Area Community College in Missouri. He led the Greyhounds in blocks with 50 and field goal percentage at 57.8, and finished second in rebounding with 8.4 boards. He earned first team All-NJCAA Region 16 honors.

Morgan averaged 8.5 points, shot 73.7 percent from the free throw line and collected 22 steals in starting all 30 games for head coach Pat Smith, a former KWC student-athlete. The Greyhounds compiled a 23-9 record and a runner up finish in NJCAA Region XVI tournament.

"Jermaine comes to us highly recommended from one of most respected junior college coaches, Pat Smith," stated Osborne. "He's long and athletic who will give us a big presence inside with his rebounding and shot blocking talents.

"It's unfortunate Jermaine was unable to showcase his talents due to an injury for six contests last season. One can see his true capability with his junior college and high school statistics. I love him as a player but more importantly as first-class individual."

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Owen County Star Carson Williams Commits to Northern Kentucky University

Owen County High School star Carson Williams has committed to Northern Kentucky University.

Williams, a 6-foot-6 power forward, is a member of the Class of 2016.

John Calipari Joins NBA GameTime to Discuss Hall of Fame and Kentucky

Kentucky head coach John Calipari joins NBA GameTime to discuss his induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Wildcats:


Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Staying in Kingsport for 5 More Seasons

The Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament will be staying in Kingsport, Tennessee, for at least five more seasons.

Here is a release from the AAC:

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) and the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau (KCVB) have agreed to a new five-year agreement to host the men's and women's basketball conference tournaments at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, Tenn.

"We are very pleased to extend our long relationship with the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau with this new agreement for the Men's and Women's Basketball Championship Tournament," said AAC Commissioner John Sullivan. "The KCVB and the city of Kingsport have made a significant investment in the MeadowView Convention Center, which provides arguably the finest venue for NAIA basketball in the country.

"Kingsport currently hosts five of our Conference championship tournaments and we have an excellent working relationship with the KCVB and Marriott management and staff," Sullivan continued. We look forward to working together to provide a memorable experience for our student-athletes and fans for years to come."

The AAC basketball tournaments have been held at the MeadowView for the past three years, dating back to the 2012-13 season. Reinhardt University won the women's tournament crown in 2013 with Tennessee Wesleyan College capturing the men's title. Union College swept both the women's and men's tournament championships in 2014, and the Tennessee Wesleyan and Union scoring the women's and men's crowns, respectively, in 2015.

The projected dates for the AAC Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments are:

•February 24-27, 2016
•February 22-25, 2017
•February 21-24, 2018
•February 20-23, 2019
•February, 2020 (dates to be determined after the NAIA announces the national championship dates)

"We are excited that the Appalachian Athletic Conference has agreed to extend its partnership of hosting the men's and women's basketball championships in Kingsport through 2020," said Jud Teague, the Executive Director of the KCVB. "The MeadowView Convention Center will continue to serve as the host location for the championships. The AAC continues to be a great partner hosting five of its conference championships in Kingsport."

In addition to the basketball championships, Kingsport is home to the AAC's championship events for volleyball, softball and baseball. The volleyball tournament is also held at the MeadowView and is scheduled for Nov. 12-14. The softball tournament is set for April 26-29 at the new Brickyard Ball Fields, while the baseball championship will be held at Hunter Wright Stadium on May 9-12.

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Ashland Holy Family Collegiate Granted Provisional Membership to the KHSAA

Ashland Holy Family Collegiate has been granted provisional membership to the KHSAA.

According to the KHSAA press release:

Approved the provisional membership of Ashland Holy Family Collegiate, with postseason eligibility to begin in 2017-18 following a two-year candidacy period.

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Minnesota, Richard Pitino Agree to Contract Extension Through 2021

Minnesota and Richard Pitino have agreed to a contract extension through 2021.

In addition, Pitino has received a $400,000 raise.

Here are details from UM:

MINNEAPOLIS – Gopher Athletics today announced that the University of Minnesota has agreed to new contract terms for three of the athletic department’s head coaches – men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino, women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings and softball coach Jessica Allister.

“We’re excited to announce new contract agreements for Richard, Marlene and Jess,” said Interim Athletics Director Beth Goetz. “All three are leading programs on the rise and developing their student-athletes both academically and athletically. We are proud to have them represent Gopher Athletics and the University of Minnesota and look forward to having them in maroon and gold for many years to come.”

Pitino, who led the Gophers to the NIT crown in his first year, enters his third season at the helm of the Minnesota men’s basketball program in 2015-16. While building a 43-28 coaching record in his first two seasons with the Gophers, Pitino set a new program-record with 25 wins in 2013-14 and has tallied four top-25 victories, most recently in February when he led the Gophers to their first win at Michigan State, an eventual Final Four team, in 25 years. Pitino has coached three All-Big Ten honorable mention players in Andre Hollins, DeAndre Mathieu and Maurice Walker.

“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity given to me by President Kaler, Beth Goetz and the University of Minnesota,” said Pitino. “Being the basketball coach at this tremendous university is something I cherish every day. My family and I love living in the Twin Cities and we look forward to continuing to build this basketball program the right way.”

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Georgetown College Gives Davis-Reid Alumni Gym a New Look

Georgetown College has given Davis-Reid Alumni Gym a new finish for the upcoming season. 

Here's a release from GC:

Davis-Reid Alumni Gym will have a brighter, fresher appearance this coming year as volleyball hits the floor on Sept. 1 against Campbellsville University.

Georgetown College Director of Athletics has worked hard this summer with Martin Flooring Company, one of the leaders in athletic floor installation and refinishing, to create the new look. The floor has been completely sanded down to remove all the previous lines. It was then painted with the lines and new GC Athletic logos giving it a clean, crisp feel.

"I'm really pleased with what we've been able to do," Evans said. "It looks like a whole new gym. We took out the darker finish of the wood; couple that with the paint and it pops for a much brighter look and feel. We also removed the NBA and other excessive lines that cluttered up the floor in past seasons."

Volleyball will christen it against rival Campbellsville, opening the 2015-16 year. Following that all the usual main home events including the Rumpke Invitational, Boneyard Brawl, Habitat Classic and Jim Reid Classic will showcase the new look.

Davis-Reid has had many transitions since opening in 1926, including a complete change in directions of the floor.

Raptors 905 Draft Earl Clark in NBA D-League Expansion Draft

Former Louisville big man Earl Clark was recently drafted by Raptors 905 in the NBA Development League Expansion Draft. 

Here are details from USBasket.com:

Raptors 905, the Mississauga-based NBA Development League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, has acquired the rights to 16 players through this morning's NBA D-League Expansion Draft. Seven of the players selected have NBA experience. Earl Clark (6'10''-F-88, college: Louisville, agency: Pinnacle Management), Nolan Smith (6'2''-PG-88, college: Duke, agency: Wasserman Media) and Dahntay Jones (6'5''-F/G-80, college: Duke, agency: Priority Sports) are former first-round NBA Draft picks while Luke Harrangody, Ricky Ledo (6'7''-SG-92, college: Providence, agency: Excel Sports Mngm), Mustafa Shakur (6'4''-PG-84, college: Arizona, agency: Edge Sports) and Kevin Jones have also played in the big league. Other players selected include Dee Bost (6'2''-PG-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: Three Eye Sports), Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Leslie (6'9''-F-91, college: N.Carolina St., agency: JCK Sports), Ramone Moore (6'4''-G-89, college: Temple, agency: Walton Sports Management Group), Will Sheehey (6'7''-F-92, college: Indiana, agency: Edge Sports), Scott Suggs (6'6''-F/G-89, college: Washington, agency: Impact Basketball), Ty Walker, Mitchell Watt (6'10''-F-89, college: Buffalo, agency: Bell Management) and Michael Williams. Raptors 905 was allowed to select from a pool of players who were on D-League rosters over the past two seasons. Each of the 18 existing D-League teams was able to protect the rights of 12 players while the unprotected players were eligible for the expansion draft. No more than two players from any one team could be chosen by the 905s. On Monday, Raptors 905 announced they will also be holding an open tryout on Sept. 19 at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Georgetown College Adds Louisville Transfer Trent Gilbert, Two Others for 2015-16

Georgetown College has added three more players, including Louisville transfer Trent Gilbert, for the 2015-16 season. 

The Tigers have also added Terry Rose from Grambling State University and Devon Rowan from Kaskaskia College.

Rowan played high school basketball at North Oldham High School.

Here's a release from GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball coach Chris Briggs is rounding out his 2015-16 roster. The fifth year coach has added three transfers to the already solid list of players and looking for maybe one or two more.

"This is a great collection of players and athletes who are dedicated to working hard at every phase and wanting to be successful," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "The three newest additions are Trent Gilbert, Terry Rose and Devon Rowan."

Gilbert is a name Georgetown fans should know well from his days of leading Scott County High School. The finalist for the 2014 Mr. Kentucky Basketball averaged 26.1 points per game and signed to play for University of Louisville. After a year, he is ready to help his hometown team.

"Trent has always been on our radar, he is such a great shooter and smart basketball player," Briggs said. "He learned a lot in his freshman season under Coach (Rick) Pitino. We are very excited to have him in the Orange & Black now."

Gilbert finished as the all-time leading scorer at SCHS with 2,759 points and follows in the footsteps of former Scott County standouts to return to Georgetown for the Tigers. In most recent history Matt Walls and Rodney Haddix.

Rose, a native of Florida, comes to GC by way of Grambling State University. The 6-foot-4 guard garnered first-team All-County and All-State his senior year while averaging 25.1 ppg.

As a freshman at Grambling, Rose played in 28 games and averaged 13.7 ppg.

"Terry is another great shooter that will help to stretch the floor for us," Briggs said. "He is a talented scorer, earning SWAC freshman of the year honors a few seasons ago. I really like the way our guard situation is shaping up for this coming season."

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WKU Adds Two Walk-ons, Coordinator of Player Development

Western Kentucky University has added two freshmen walk-ons and former Big East Player of the Year Ben Hansbrough to the staff. 

The Hilltoppers have added Keifer Dalton (Clinton County High School) and Dylan Sanford (Owensboro High School) to the roster for 2015-16.

Hansbrough will join the basketball staff as Coordiantor of Player Development.

Here's a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Hilltopper Basketball head coach Ray Harper announced Monday the additions of Kentucky natives Keifer Dalton and Dylan Sanford to the roster for the upcoming 2015-16 season and Ben Hansbrough to the program's staff as Coordinator of Player Development.

Dalton prepped at Clinton County High School in Albany, Ky., and Sanford played high school basketball at Owensboro High School in Owensboro, Ky. Both will be freshmen walk-ons on the WKU roster this season.

"Keifer and Dylan are high-character people both on and off the court," Harper said. "They both had extremely successful high school careers, and as local kids they understand the history and tradition of WKU Basketball and what it means to put on the uniform every day. I am excited to have them in our program."

Dalton, a guard, averaged 17.8 points, five assists and three steals per game as a senior at Clinton County in 2014-15, and he finished his career as the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,158 career points. He is also the school's career leader in assists (602), steals (362), field goals and free throws, and he grabbed over 500 career rebounds.

Sanford, a guard, was a member of Owensboro's state championship team as a senior in 2014-15, and he averaged nine points per game and shot 42 percent from three-point range. He scored 21 points in Owensboro's state championship win.

Hansbrough Added to Staff: Former BIG EAST Player of the Year and professional basketball player Ben Hansbrough has been added to the Hilltopper staff as Coordinator of Player Development. In the role, Hansbrough will assist with academics, mentoring and film study, among other tasks.

"I am excited to join a winning tradition like the Hilltopper Basketball program," Hansbrough said. "Coach Harper and his staff are well established in college basketball, and I am really looking forward to this learning experience."

"Ben has experience playing at a high level both in the NBA and overseas, and those experiences will benefit our current players from a mentoring standpoint," Harper said. "He is young enough to still be able to play but wants to get into coaching at this time, and he could be a star in this business. We are happy he chose to be a Hilltopper."

Hansbrough played two seasons at Mississippi State in 2006-07 and 2007-08 before transferring and finishing his career at Notre Dame in 2009-10 and 2010-11. At Mississippi State, he averaged 8.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game over 65 career outings.

After averaging 12.0 points per game in his first season at Notre Dame, Hansbrough exploded as a fifth-year senior and averaged 18.4 points per game en route to BIG EAST Player of the Year and second-team All-American honors. For his collegiate career, Hansbrough averaged 12.0 points per game, scored 1,613 career points, made 263 three-pointers while shooting 40.5 percent from distances and played in 134 games.

Hansbrough played professionally overseas and for the Indiana Pacers, where he appeared in 28 games in 2012-13 and averaged 7.1 minutes per contest.

Hansbrough is the younger brother of Charlotte Hornets standout Tyler Hansbrough, who played college basketball at North Carolina.

Justin Miller Withdraws from Kentucky Wesleyan, Will Transfer to 22 Feet Academy

Former Owensboro High School big man Justin Miller recently decided to withdraw from Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Miller has revealed that he plans to enroll at 22 Feet Academy in Greenville, South Carolina, and reclassify to the Class of 2016.

I have confirmed with the 22 Feet Academy coaching staff that Miller will indeed be joining their program for the 2015-16 season.

Kentucky Adds Jonny David, Dillon Pulliam as Walk-ons for 2015-16

The Kentucky Wildcats have added Jonny David and Dillon Pulliam as walk-ons for the 2015-16 season.

David is a freshman from Mt. Lebanon (Pa.) High School. He averaged 18.5 points per game last season and led Mt. Lebanon to a sectional championship.

Pulliam is a 6-foot-3 sophomore who transfers to UK from Transylvania University. He averaged 4.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Pioneers last season.

Per NCAA transfer rules, Pulliam will have to sit out the 2015-16 season and will be eligible to join the team in 2016.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky men’s basketball team has added Jonny David and Dillon Pulliam as walk-ons for the 2015-16 season. With the addition of David and Pulliam, UK’s roster stands at 14 entering the 2015-16 academic year.

David, a freshman, joins Kentucky after a productive final season at Mt. Lebanon High School, where he averaged 18.5 points per game in his senior year. The 6-foot-2 guard earned all-state honors while leading Mt. Lebanon to a sectional championship.

A prolific 3-point shooter, David was a 1,000-point scorer during his career at Mt. Lebanon. The Pittsburgh native was a two-time all-section honoree.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Kentucky basketball program,” David said. “I’m also very excited to be a part of the Big Blue Nation and can’t wait to see what the future holds for me and my teammates.”

Pulliam comes to Kentucky after a season at Transylvania University. The 6-3 sophomore guard played in 25 games for the Pioneers, averaging 4.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.

At Harrison County High School, Pulliam was a five-year member of the varsity basketball team. During his career, he made the All-10th Region Team three times, was named the district tournament MVP and was a member of the school’s 1,000-point club.

Pulliam finished his career at Harrison County fifth in career scoring, third in career 3-point field goals and set a school record for most 3-point field goals made in a game with nine.

Per NCAA transfer rules, Pulliam will have to sit out the 2015-16 season. He will be eligible starting in the fall of 2016.

“I’m excited to be a part of the UK basketball program and have the opportunity to play with other talented players under a great coaching staff,” Pulliam said. “Growing up in the state of Kentucky, I know how awesome Big Blue Nation is and I can’t wait for the season to start.”

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

Western Kentucky Releases Finalized 2015-16 Men's Basketball Schedule

Western Kentucky and head coach Ray Harper have released their finalized men's basketball schedule for the 2015-16 season.

Here's a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Hilltopper Basketball head coach Ray Harper announced Tuesday the program's non-conference schedule for the 2015-16 season, featuring nine home games to go along with nine previously-announced Conference USA home contests.

WKU hosts regional rivals Eastern Kentucky and Indiana State, as well as Stony Brook, Alabama A&M, Detroit, Brescia (Ky.) and Campbellsville (Ky.) in regular-season contests. The Hilltoppers hit the road to face Belmont, Xavier and Louisville, all of which are within 225 miles of Bowling Green, and will play three games in the 2015 Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla., the week of Thanksgiving.

"We feel like this is a very good, challenging schedule," Harper said. "Being able to add a series with a long-time rival like Eastern Kentucky is exciting, and playing Indiana State is a good regional game that fans will enjoy. We also are hoping to see Hilltopper Nation on the road for games at Belmont, Xavier and Louisville, and we want to continue proximity scheduling moving forward.

"We have a very strong home conference schedule once we hit January, and it is going to be a battle night in and night out in league play. Conference USA has a chance to be really good this year, and this league can make a statement if we rack up some good non-conference wins."

The regular season begins on Saturday, Nov. 14 against Campbellsville in the first game of the Gulf Coast Showcase. WKU heads to Belmont on Nov. 18 to face the Bruins in the second game of a four-year series between the two schools. Belmont defeated WKU in Bowling Green last season, 64-63.

WKU hosts Stony Brook on Nov. 21 in a return game for the contest WKU played at Stony Brook as part of the 2014 NIT Season Tip-Off last year. The Seawolves knocked off the Hilltoppers, 71-61, a year ago on Long Island.

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Here's a look at the schedule:

2015-16 WKU HILLTOPPER BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

DATE DAY OPPONENT LOCATION TIME (CT) TV
N2 MON Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College (Exh.) E.A. Diddle Arena
N6 FRI Kentucky Wesleyan (Exh.) E.A. Diddle Arena
N14 SAT Campbellsville (Ky.) (1) E.A. Diddle Arena
N18 WED at Belmont Nashville, Tenn.
N21 SAT Stony Brook E.A. Diddle Arena
N23 MON vs. Drake (2) Estero, Fla. 5:00 PM
N24 TUES vs. Gulf Coast Showcase (2) Estero, Fla.
N25 WED vs. Gulf Coast Showcase (2) Estero, Fla.
D1 TUES Eastern Kentucky E.A. Diddle Arena
D5 SAT at Xavier Cincinnati, Ohio
D13 SUN Indiana State E.A. Diddle Arena
D16 WED Alabama A&M E.A. Diddle Arena
D19 SAT at Louisville Louisville, Ky.
D22 TUES Detroit E.A. Diddle Arena
D28 MON Brescia (Ky.) E.A. Diddle Arena
J3 SUN at Marshall* Huntington, W.Va.
J7 THUR FIU* E.A. Diddle Arena
J9 SAT Florida Atlantic* E.A. Diddle Arena
J14 THUR at Rice* Houston, Texas
J16 SAT at North Texas* Denton, Texas
J21 THUR at Old Dominion* Norfolk, Va.
J23 SAT at Charlotte* Charlotte, N.C.
J28 THUR UAB* E.A. Diddle Arena
J30 SAT Middle Tennessee* E.A. Diddle Arena
F4 THUR at UTSA* San Antonio, Texas
F6 SAT at UTEP* El Paso, Texas
F13 SAT Marshall* E.A. Diddle Arena
F18 THUR Old Dominion* E.A. Diddle Arena
F20 SAT Charlotte* E.A. Diddle Arena
F25 THUR at Middle Tennessee* Murfreesboro, Tenn.
F27 SAT at UAB* Birmingham, Ala.
M3 THUR Southern Miss* E.A. Diddle Arena
M5 SAT LA Tech* E.A. Diddle Arena
M8-12 TUES-SAT vs. Conference USA Tournament Birmingham, Ala.
M15-A4 vs. NCAA Tournament Various Locations

(*) Conference USA game Home games in bold All times (CT) and subject to change
(1) 2015 Gulf Coast Showcase (campus sites)
(2) 2015 Gulf Coast Showcase (Germain Arena, Estero, Fla.)
Field: Central Michigan, Drake, Duquesne, Milwaukee, Murray State, Pepperdine, Weber State, WKU

Caverna's Mason Faulkner Commits to Northern Kentucky University

Caverna star Mason Faulkner committed to Northern Kentucky University over the weekend.

Faulkner, a 6-foot-2 guard, led the state of Kentucky in scoring average last season at 30.3 points per game. He also pulled down 9.5 rebounds.



Western Kentucky Preseason Hype Video for 2015-16

Check out this preseason hype video for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers:

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Kentucky Wesleyan to Play Exhibition Game at Western Kentucky in November

Kentucky Wesleyan College will play at Western Kentucky University in an exhibition game on November 6.

Here's a release from KWC:

OWENSBORO, Ky. (August 25, 2015) – Kentucky Wesleyan will play Western Kentucky in a men's exhibition basketball contest on Friday, Nov. 6, at Diddle Arena (7,326), as announced by Panther head coach Happy Osborne and WKU head coach and former Kentucky Wesleyan head coach and All-American Ray Harper.

Game time and ticket information will be announced at a later date.

This marks the second time Kentucky Wesleyan has faced WKU in exhibition play. The Hilltoppers won 83-71 on Nov. 3, in Bowling Green.

CSI Guard Armond Davis Receives Offer From Western Kentucky

College of Southern Idaho guard Armond Davis has picked up an offer from Western Kentucky University.



Davis, who stands 6-foot-6, is considered a 2016 prospect for WKU.

East Tennessee State University Adds Chad Donley to Staff as Graduate Assistant

East Tennessee State University has added former Morehead State guard Chad Donley to the coaching staff as a graduate assistant.

Donley played at Northwest Florida State College and Liberty before transferring to Morehead for his senior season.

As a senior, he played in 15 games, averaging 2.4 points and 0.9 rebounds per game.


ESPN: Rajon Rondo Will Be Worst Newcomer This Season

ESPN believes Rajon Rondo will be the worst newcomer in the NBA this season.

For this discussion, ESPN defines worst newcomer as:

To be clear, we are not talking about the worst player per se, but the one who (considering expectations, price, etc.) will have the biggest negative impact, the most disappointing season or will wear out his welcome first.

Here's an excerpt:

Worst newcomer projections

1. Rajon Rondo

Kings | Point guard
First-place votes: 15
Total points: 84


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Here's more comments on Rondo from ESPN.com:

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. In the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals, Rajon Rondo averaged 20.9 points, 11.3 assists and 6.9 rebounds against the juggernaut Miami Heat, pushing the eventual champions to an epic seven-game series. The legend of "Playoff Rondo" burned bright.

Fast forward three years later, and the legend of Playoff Rondo feels more like a myth. In the 2015 playoffs, Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle sent Rondo home in the middle of a series against the Houston Rockets, mercifully ending a disastrous season for Rondo. Playoff Rondo now means something totally different.

The outlook for Rondo looks even dimmer, according to our ESPN Forecast results. When asked which newcomer will have the most disappointing impact in 2015-16, the ESPN panel overwhelmingly chose the enigmatic Rondo, who joins the equally enigmatic Sacramento Kings on a one-year deal.

It's a curious choice because of that operative word -- disappointing -- which assumes expectations are high for a guy who almost single-handedly neutered the Mavericks' high-powered offense and basically got fired on the NBA's biggest stage. But then again, the Kings have their own hopes up, shelling out $10 million for his services -- almost twice the annual salary of free-agent point guards Patrick Beverley, C.J. Watson and Jameer Nelson.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Ottawa University Thrilled With Opportunity to Play at Kentucky

Ottawa University, an NAIA school in Ottawa (Kan.), is excited about their program's opportunity to play the Kentucky Wildcats in Rupp Arena.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for our program to play the highest winning Division I program in the history of men's basketball," said head coach Aaron Siebenthall. "Playing against Kentucky in Rupp Arena will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our players and coaches. We are truly honored and would like to thank Coach (John) Calipari, DeWayne Peevy and especially Mitch Barnhart for the opportunity."

Ottawa was 16-12 last season. Senior John O'con, who is listed at 6-foot-8, is the tallest player on the roster this season.

Here is a release from OU:

OTTAWA, Kan. - For the first time in program history, the Ottawa University men's basketball team will take on national powerhouse University of Kentucky in an exhibition game on Nov. 2 at historical Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky

This exciting matchup came about after UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart, a 1981 graduate of Ottawa University, was named 2014-2015 Under Armour AD of the Year. UK's Deputy Athletic Director DeWayne Peevy reached out to OU head basketball coach Aaron Siebenthall to ask if the Braves would be interested in playing the Wildcats. Kentucky plans to recognize Barnhart and his special award during the game.

"I'm excited that Ottawa University, a school near and dear to my heart, will have this opportunity. Seeing a group of young men from my alma mater playing in Rupp Arena will be something I will always remember," said Barnhart.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for our program to play the highest winning Division I program in the history of men's basketball," said Siebenthall. "Playing against Kentucky in Rupp Arena will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our players and coaches. We are truly honored and would like to thank Coach (John) Calipari, DeWayne Peevy and especially Mitch Barnhart for the opportunity."

Barnhart, a Kansas City, Kan., native, has been at the helm of the UK athletics department since 2002. He returned to the Ottawa campus in 2012 as a featured speaker during its Adventures in Faith event.

"We are thrilled that our men's basketball team will have the chance to step onto the court at Rupp Arena and play against a team like Kentucky," said OU President Kevin Eichner. "It is sure to be an experience that our players, student body, alumni and faculty and staff will never forget. We are grateful to Mitch and his staff for recognizing the contribution of his alma mater in this way and, in turn, we are proud to join in honoring one of our very successful alums in this way."

A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase through the Office of Advancement at a date to be announced soon. To add your name to the waiting list for the opportunity to purchase tickets, please contact Susan Trendel at (785) 248-2331 or susan.trendel@ottawa.edu. Additional details on planned OU activities and hotel accommodations can be found by visiting www.ottawa.edu/BravestoLexington.

Photo: 2014-15 team picture from Ottawa Athletics

Anthony Hickey Will Begin Professional Career in Poland

Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey will begin his professional playing career in Poland.

Hickey, who finished up his college career at Oklahoma State, has signed with Asseco Gdynia in Poland's top-level TBL league.

Here are more details from Eurobasket.com:

Asseco Gdynia (TBL) signed 23-year old American point guard Anthony Hickey (180-84kg-92). He just graduated from Oklahoma State University (NCAA). In 32 games he had 9.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg and 2.0spg last season. A very impressive year as he was named to Big 12 All-Defensive Team.

The previous (13-14) season Hickey played at Louisiana State University in Southeastern Conference in the NCAA. In 33 games he recorded 8.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.7apg and 1.9spg in 2013-14 season. He helped them to make it to the NIT Sweet 16. and they also made it to the NIT Sweet 16.

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Kentucky Passes Duke for No. 1 Recruiting Class in 2015

With the addition of Isaac Humphries, the Kentucky Wildcats now have the No. 1 overall recruiting class in 2015 according to Scout.com.

Humphries pushed Kentucky past Duke, which drops to No. 2.

California, Arizona and LSU round out the top 5.

Other SEC schools in the top 25 are Texas A&M (8), Mississippi State (13) and Florida (23).

The Louisville Cardinals are currently sitting at No. 7 in the class.

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Here’s a look at the top 10:

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