Friday, September 4, 2015

Chad Posthumus Signs with London Lightning in NBL Canada

Former Morehead State big man Chad Posthumus has signed with the London Lightning in NBL Canada.

Posthumus spent time in Argentian, Japan and Canada last season.

Here are details from USBasket.com:

London Lightning (NBL Canada) added to their roster 24-year old Canadian center Chad Posthumus (211-122kg-91, college: Morehead State, agency: Edge Sports). Posthumus managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. He played last season at Argentino in Argentinian LigaA. In 11 games he recorded 9.7ppg and 4.9rpg. He also played at Power that season. In three NBL Canada games he averaged impressive 24.3ppg and 15.3rpg. The other team Posthumus played that season for was Hokkaido (NBL) in Japanese league. In 16 games he averaged 10.1ppg and 8.1rpg. His team made it to the OVC Tournament Semifinals in 2014.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

UNC vs. Kentucky Alumni Game Will Air Live on ESPNU

Next Sunday’s North Carolina vs. Kentucky alumni basketball game in Rupp Arena will be televised live on ESPNU.

LEX18.com confirmed the news with ESPN:

Now, there’s an added benefit for True Blue Fans that may live outside of the state or just aren’t able to snatch up the tickets to attend. The ESPN News Desk tells LEX 18 Sports that the game will be televised live on ESPNU.

Source

The game is scheduled for next Sunday (September 13) at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Murray High School's Preston English Will Visit Belmont

Preston English, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard at Murray High School, will visit Belmont September 21.



Bellarmine University Releases 2015-16 Basketball Schedule

Bellarmine University has revealed their men's basketball schedule for the 2015-16 season.

The Knights will officially release their exhibition schedule at a later date, but it is already known that they will travel to Louisville on November 1.

The schedule also includes a conference game against McKendree in December that will be shown live on ESPN3.

Here's a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Bellarmine University men's basketball team announced its 2015-16 regular season schedule today with the Knights playing 27 regular season games including a nationally distributed game live from Knights Hall on Dec. 5 against McKendree. Bellarmine's 2015-16 exhibition schedule will be announced at a later date.

Again this season, Coach Scott Davenport and his staff have assembled a rigorous schedule that includes non-conference games against traditional DII powerhouses Findlay, Lincoln Memorial and Midwestern State along with the always-challenging Great Lakes Valley Conference slate.

Bellarmine opens the regular season by hosting Northwood and Saginaw Valley in the GLIAC-GLVC Challenge on Nov. 14 and 15. The following weekend, the Knights remain home to welcome Christian Brothers in a game scheduled to tip at 7 p.m.

The first road game will be a stiff challenge as Bellarmine visits Croy Gymnasium to take on the Findlay Oilers on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The Knights will stay on the road for their next two games with their annual appearance in the University of Southern Indiana's Bill Joergens Memorial Classic where they will tangle with Midwestern State and Ohio Valley on Nov. 27 and 28 respectively.

Bellarmine returns home on Dec. 3 when it will open GLVC play with a Thursday night game against Illinois Springfield. Two days later the Knights welcome both McKendree and ESPN3 in a 3:15 p.m. game as Bellarmine reaps the benefit of a nationally distributed game earned by winning the NCAA's Division II Award of Excellence last season.

The Knights' final action before the NCAA-mandated winter break comes when they host St. Catharine College and Shaw University on Dec. 11 and 12 in the Holiday Inn Express Classic.

Bellarmine opens post-winter break action with its final non-conference game of the year on Jan. 2 as the Railsplitters of Lincoln Memorial visit Knights Hall in a game that will feature teams that combined to win 61 games last season.

Complete Release

2015-16 Men's Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time/Result
11/14/2015 Northwood University (MI) Louisville, KY 7:30 PM
11/15/2015 Saginaw Valley State University Louisville, KY 7:30 PM
11/21/2015 Christian Brothers University Louisville, KY 7 PM
11/24/2015 University of Findlay Findlay, OH 7:30 PM

Bill Joergens Memorial Classic
11/27/2015 Midwestern State University Evansville, IN 6:15 EST
11/28/2015 Ohio Valley University Evansville, IN 6:15 EST

12/3/2015 University of Illinois Springfield Louisville, KY 8 PM
12/5/2015 McKendree University Louisville, KY 3:15 PM
12/11/2015 St. Catherine University Louisville, KY 7:30 PM
12/12/2015 Shaw University Louisville, KY 7:30 PM
1/2/2016 Lincoln Memorial University Louisville, KY 3 PM
1/7/2016 William Jewell College (Mo.) Liberty, MO 8:30 PM (ET)
1/9/2016 Rockhurst University Kansas City, MO 4 PM (ET)
1/14/2016 Truman State University Louisville, KY 8 PM
1/16/2016 Quincy University Louisville, KY 3:15 PM
1/18/2016 University of Southern Indiana Louisville, KY 8 PM
1/21/2016 University of Wisconsin-Parkside Kenosha, WI 8:30 PM (ET)
1/23/2016 Lewis University Romeoville, IL 4 PM (ET)
1/28/2016 Saint Joseph's College (Ind.) Louisville, KY 8 PM
1/30/2016 University of Indianapolis Louisville, KY 8 PM
2/4/2016 Missouri S&T Rolla, MO 8:30 PM (ET)
2/6/2016 Drury University Springfield, MO 4:15 PM (ET)
2/11/2016 University of Missouri - St. Louis Louisville, KY 8 PM
2/13/2016 Maryville University Louisville, KY 3:15 PM
2/18/2016 McKendree University Lebanon, IL 8:30 PM (ET)
2/20/2016 University of Illinois Springfield Springfield, IL 4 PM (ET)
2/25/2016 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN 8:30 PM (ET)

Great Lakes Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
2/28/2016 GLVC Tournament First Round (if needed) TBA TBA
3/3/2016 GLVC Tournament Quarterfinals TBA TBA
3/4/2016 GLVC Tournament Semifinals TBA TBA
3/5/2016 GLVC Championship TBA TBA

NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament
3/12/2016 NCAA Tournament First Round TBA TBA
3/13/2016 NCAA Tournament Second Round TBA TBA
3/15/2016 NCAA Regional Final TBA TBA
3/23/2016 NCAA Division II Elite Eight Frisco, TX TBA
3/24/2016 NCAA Division II Final Four Frisco, TX TBA
3/26/2016 NCAA Division II National Championship Frisco, TX TBA

Brescia University Releases Roster for 2015-16

Brescia University has released their men's basketball roster for the 2015-16 season.

The Bearcats' freshman class includes Mason Roland (Webster County), Darion Morrow (Owensboro), Nick Wells (Apollo), Dillon Geralds (Monroe County), CJ Shanklin (St. Xavier) and Ed Carter (Owensboro Catholic).

Here's a look at the updated roster:

# Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown Previous School
0 Trey Howard JR G/F 6-4 165 Owensboro, KY Owensboro High School
3 Kyle Nixon SR G 6-0 165 Fort Branch, IN Gibson Southern High School
5 Austin Morris SR F 6-7 220 Evansville, IN Bosse High School
10 Tavon Johnson SO PG 5-9 165 Bardstown, KY Bardstown High School
12 Mason Roland FR PG 5-10 165 Sebree, KY Webster County High School
15 Darion Morrow FR G 5-10 175 Owensboro, KY Owensboro High School
21 Nick Wells FR F 6-4 175 Owensboro, KY Apollo High School
22 Dillon Geralds FR G/F 6-4 185 Thompkinsville, KY Monroe County High School
23 Jordan Cooper-Livers JR PG 5-10 175 Bardstown, KY Bethlehem High School
24 CJ Cummings SR F/C 6-7 220 Hendersonville, TN Beech High School
25 Jermain Langley SR G 6-3 175 Henderson, KY Henderson County High School
32 CJ Shanklin FR F 6-5 175 Louisville, KY St. Xavier High School
33 Ed Carter FR F/C 6-5 180 Owensboro, KY Owensboro Catholic High School
34 Isaac Hebner SO F 6-6 185 Reo, IN South Spencer High School

Josh Gibson - Head Coach - 4th season
Eric Schneider - Assistant Coach - 3rd season
Hunter Rowe - Assistant Coach - 2nd season
Eddie Boehm - Manager - 2nd season
Lindsey Townsel - Athletic Trainer - 2nd season

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Louisville Releases Complete 2015-16 Schedule, Includes 21 Home Events

The Louisville Cardinals' schedule for 2015-16 is complete. 

The schedule includes 21 home events and challenging games at Kentucky, Michigan State and Duke.

Here is a release from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Appearances in three special early season events, the Cardinals' second season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, facing three of the 2015 NCAA Final Four teams, at least 17 games on national television and 21 home games in the KFC Yum! Center highlight the 2015-16 University of Louisville men's basketball schedule.

Sixteen of the Cardinals' 31 games will be played against teams that participated in post-season competition last season, including 10 from the 2015 NCAA Tournament (NCAA Tournament: Duke twice, Kentucky, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, North Florida, Michigan State, Virginia twice; NIT: Miami, Pittsburgh twice, St. Francis Brooklyn; CollegeInsiders.com Tournament: Grand Canyon; College Basketball Invitational: Eastern Michigan). Nineteen of the Cardinals' games will be played against teams that won at least 17 games last season.

"We realize that with almost a new team that we have our work cut out for us, but that's the excitement of this type of schedule," said U of L Coach Rick Pitino, whose team has played a schedule ranked among the top 16 toughest by the ratings percentage index (RPI) in seven of the last eight seasons. "We have to get ready early and we know from our summer trip what we need to work on. Our freshmen are going to have to develop early and we feel they have the ability to do so. We're very excited about our schedule and look forward to the challenge."

Including a pair of exhibition games against intrastate teams, 12 of the Cardinals' first 14 games will be played at home in the KFC Yum! Center, UofL's spectacular 22,000-seat home arena. The Cardinals will face their first outside competition in an exhibition game on Nov. 1 in the KFC Yum! Center against 2015 NCAA Division II Final Four participant Bellarmine, a team coached by former UofL assistant Scott Davenport. Kentucky Wesleyan will provide the opposition in UofL's second home exhibition game on Nov. 9.

UofL officially opens its season on Nov. 13 against Samford. The Bulldogs are coached by Louisville native Scott Padgett, who played for Pitino at Kentucky.

Complete Release

2015-16 Men's Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time/Result
11/1/2015 vs BELLARMINE LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
11/9/2015 vs KENTUCKY WESLEYAN LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
11/13/2015 vs SAMFORD LOUISVILLE, KY TBA

BROOKLYN HOOPS HOLIDAY INVITATIONAL 
11/17/2015 vs HARTFORD LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
11/21/2015 vs NORTH FLORIDA LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
11/24/2015 vs ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
11/28/2015 vs Saint Louis Brooklyn, N.Y. 8:00 PM ET

BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE
12/2/2015 at Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. 7:15 PM ET

12/5/2015 vs GRAND CANYON LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
12/12/2015 vs EASTERN MICHIGAN LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
12/16/2015 vs KENNESAW STATE LOUISVILLE, KY 7:00 PM ET
12/19/2015 vs WESTERN KENTUCKY LOUISVILLE, KY NOON ET

BILLY MINARDI CLASSIC
12/22/2015 vs MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
12/23/2015 vs UTAH VALLEY LOUISVILLE, KY 7:00 PM ET

12/26/2015 at Kentucky Lexington, KY NOON ET
1/3/2016 vs WAKE FOREST LOUISVILLE, KY 8:00 PM ET
1/7/2016 at NC State Raleigh, NC 7:00 PM ET
1/10/2016 at Clemson Clemson, S.C. TBA
1/14/2016 vs PITTSBURGH LOUISVILLE, KY 9:00 PM ET
1/20/2016 vs FLORIDA STATE LOUISVILLE, KY 9:00 PM ET
1/23/2016 at Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA 4:00 PM ET
1/27/2016 at Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA TBA
1/30/2016 vs VIRGINIA LOUISVILLE, KY 1:00 PM ET
2/1/2016 vs NORTH CAROLINA LOUISVILLE, KY 7:00 PM ET
2/6/2016 vs BOSTON COLLEGE LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
2/8/2016 at Duke Durham, N.C. 7:00 PM ET
2/13/2016 at Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. 4 or 9 PM
2/17/2016 vs SYRACUSE LOUISVILLE, KY 7:00 PM ET
2/20/2016 vs DUKE LOUISVILLE, KY NOON ET
2/24/2016 at Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pa. TBA
2/27/2016 at Miami Coral Gables, Fla. TBA
3/1/2016 vs GEORGIA TECH LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
3/5/2016 at Virginia Charlottesville, Va. TBA

ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
3/8/2016 vs TBD Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center) TBA
3/9/2016 vs TBD Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center) TBA
3/10/2016 vs TBD Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center) TBA
3/11/2016 vs TBD Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center) TBA
3/12/2016 vs TBD Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center) TBA

Ole Miss' Andy Kennedy Tries To Whip Nae Nae

Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy is back as "Randy" Kennedy and this time he's doing the Whip Nae Nae.

Check out this hilarious video from Ole Miss:


2015-16 Thomas More College Schedule Highlighted by Games at Eastern Kentucky, Austin Peay

The 2015-16 Thomas More College men's basketball schedule has been released and includes road games at two NCAA Division I schools.

The Saints will travel to Austin Peay for an exhibition game on November 2.

On November 25, Thomas More will play a regular season game at Eastern Kentucky University.

TMC will also play at challenging road game at Centre College on November 28.

2015-16 Thomas More Men's Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Notes Result Status
Nov. 02 at Austin Peay # 7:00 PM
Nov. 20 Rust Coach Jim Connor Classic 7:30 PM
Nov. 21 Birmingham Southern Coach Jim Connor Classic 4:00 PM
Nov. 25 at Eastern Kentucky 2:00 PM
Nov. 28 at Centre TBA
Dec. 02 Waynesburg * 7:30 PM
Dec. 05 at Westminster * 3:30 PM
Dec. 12 Grove City 4:00 PM
Dec. 16 at Mount St. Joseph Bridge Shootout 7:30 PM
Dec. 19 Franklin 3:00 PM
Dec. 30 Transylvania 2:00 PM
Jan. 02 at Thiel * 3:00 PM
Jan. 06 at Bethany * 8:00 PM
Jan. 09 Washington & Jefferson * 3:00 PM
Jan. 13 at Geneva * 7:30 PM
Jan. 16 at Saint Vincent * 4:30 PM
Jan. 20 at Chatham * 7:30 PM
Jan. 23 at Waynesburg * 3:30 PM
Jan. 27 at Grove City * 7:30 PM
Jan. 30 Westminster * 3:00 PM
Feb. 03 Bethany * 7:30 PM
Feb. 06 Thiel * 3:00 PM
Feb. 10 Geneva * 7:30 PM
Feb. 13 at Washington & Jefferson * 3:00 PM
Feb. 17 at Chatham * 7:30 PM
Feb. 20 Saint Vincent * 3:00 PM

# Exhibition
* Conference

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Warren East's Dylan Gaines Has Enrolled at Taylor County High School

I am told by a good source that Dylan Gaines, who led Warren East in scoring and rebounding last season, has moved to Taylor County and enrolled at Taylor County High School.

Gaines, 6-foot-4 small forward, averaged 16.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season at Warren East as a sophomore.

Willie Cauley-Stein Working on Rim Runs, Tough Twos and Getting to the Nail

Former Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein stopped by to visit Arkansas women's coach (and former ESPN analyst) Jimmy Dykes yesterday.

Cauley-Stein must have been getting some tips on rim runs, tough twos and the nail.


Former Morehead State Point Guard Brandon Shingles Will Continue Pro Career in Germany

Former Morehead State point guard Brandon Shingles will continue his professional career in Germany.

Shingles has signed with Uni Riesen Leipzig in Germany's Pro B league.

Previously, Shingles has played in Germany, England, Kosovo and Spain during his five-year professional career.

Here are more details from Eurobasket.com:

Brandon Shingles (190-G-87, college: Morehead St.) will continue his career with German Pro B team Uni Riesen Leipzig. Shingles is a 190 cm guard born in 1987 that hails from Albany, Georgia and will be playing his fifth professional season and third in Germany after further stops in England, Kosovo and Spain. The American had been in Leipzig on a try-out basis and also played some test games and was able to convince the coaching staff and mangement with his stellar play. In the game against Cottbus he had 15 points, eight rebounds, one assista nd four steals and against pro A team Chemnitz he had 16 points.

Mike DeCourcy Praises John Calipari's Ability to Be The Salesman

Mike DeCourcy of SportingNews.com says John Calipari is a master salesman. He says if Calipari didn’t coach basketball, he would likely be president of a major American corporation.

Check out the video to hear DeCourcy break down some of Coach Cal’s greatest attributes.

Click below to play video:

Campbellsville University Unveils 2015-16 Men's Basketball Roster

Campbellsville University has unveiled their men's basketball roster for the 2015-16 season.

The Tigers have reloaded the roster with several talented transfers and freshman.

Roderick Lawrence comes to Campbellsville from Ole Miss. Erik Kinney, who was originally at UC Bakersfield, has transferred from Northwestern Nazarene.

Campbellsville has also added Sekou Harris from South Dakota, Dii'jon Allen-Jordan from Francis Marion and Ronald Scott from Texas A&M Kingsville.

The freshman class includes Hagen Tyler (Boyle County), Dominique Harding (Elizabethtown) and Byron Dean (Nashville, TN).

2015-16 Men's Basketball Roster

# Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown
0 Roderick Lawrence SR F 6-5 180 Orlando, Fla.
1 Dii'jon Allen-Jordan SR F 6-5 190 Plainfield, N.J.
2 Erik Kinney SR F 6-5 220 Fairfield, Calif.
3 Ronald Scott SR G 6-0 170 Baltimore, M.D.
4 Byron Dean FR G 6-0 190 Nashville, Tenn.
5 Zach Perry JR G 6-1 170 Frankfort, Ky.
10 Sekou Harris SR G 5-11 165 Plainfield, N.J.
15 Micah Satterly SO G 6-0 160 Versailles, Ky.
21 Rob Robinson SR F 6-5 205 Chicago, Ill.
22 Elliott Young JR F 6-7 215 Mt. Washington, Ky.
23 Dominique Harding FR F 6-7 225 Elizabethtown, Ky.
24 Hagen Tyler FR G 6-3 185 Danville, Ky.
33 Quin Richardson JR G 5-11 175 Georgetown, Ky.
42 Shawn Johnson SO G 6-7 185 Maysville, Ky.

Keith Adkins - Head Coach - 16th season
Bryan Milburn - Assistant Coach - 15th season
Brent Vernon - Assistant Coach - 4th season
Justin Watson - Assistant Coach - 6th season
Darius Clement - Grad Assistant - 1st season
Art Smith - Student Assistant - 3rd season

Video: EKU Head Coach Dan McHale Throws Out First Pitch

New Eastern Kentucky University head coach Dan McHale recently threw out the first pitch at a Lexington Legends' game.

McHale didn't bring the heat but his offspeed stuff found the strike zone.

Check it out:

Western Kentucky's Phabian Glasco to Miss 6 Months After Rupturing Achilles Tendon

Western Kentucky's Phabian Glasco will miss up to six months of action after rupturing his Achilles tendon during workouts Monday morning.

Glasco, a 6-foot-7 forward from Connors State College, just transferred to Western Kentucky two weeks ago.


Newport Central Catholic's Ben Weyer Commits to Bellarmine University

Newport Central Catholic small forward Ben Weyer committed to Bellarmine University over the weekend.

Weyer also had offers from Lindenwood, Pikeville, Lee and West Liberty.

Chuck Hayes Signs One-Year Deal with Los Angeles Clippers

Former Kentucky forward Chuck Hayes has signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.

It appeared recently that Hayes would be signing with the Houston Rockets but that deal fell through.


Hayes has averaged 3.7 points and five rebounds per game during his 10-year NBA career.

UPDATE:

According to Dan Woike of OCRegister.com, the deal is not guaranteed:

The one-year minimum deal is not fully guaranteed, and Hayes will have to earn his spot on the Clippers’ roster in the preseason.

Northern Kentucky Announces Nonconference Schedule

Northern Kentucky University and new head coach John Brannen have released a challenging nonconference schedule for the 2015-16 season. 

The Norse schedule will be highlighted by road trips to West Virginia, Xavier and Michigan.

Here is a release from NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. –Northern Kentucky men's basketball head coach John Brannen announced the team's nonconference schedule on Monday. The schedule features four teams NKU played a season ago and three traditional national powers.

"I'm excited for the nonconference schedule that we've put together," commented Brannen. "We wanted to schedule a slate of games that would challenge our team and prepare us to enter our first season in the Horizon League."

In a return game from last season, Northern Kentucky will head to Morgantown, West Virginia, on Friday, Nov. 13, to square off against the Bob Huggins-led West Virginia Mountaineers to kick off the 2015-16 season. NKU and WVU met last season at BB&T Arena, with the Mountaineers pulling away in the second half en route to a 67-42 decision.

The Norse return home for consecutive games against Tiffin on Nov. 17 and in-state foe Morehead State on Nov. 21. NKU and MSU also squared off a season ago in a tilt where Tyler White poured in 24 points en route to an 83-60 Northern Kentucky victory in Morehead, Kentucky.

A short trip across the Ohio River then awaits NKU, as the Norse will take on Xavier on Monday, Nov. 23. The matchup against the Musketeers is the first since the 1978-79 campaign.

Complete Release

NKU's 2015-16 Nonconference Schedule:

Date Event Location  
11/7/2015 Ohio Northern (Exh.) Highland Heights, Ky. TBD
11/13/2015 West Virginia Morgantown, W.Va. TBD
11/17/2015 Tiffin Highland Heights, Ky. TBD
11/21/2015 Morehead State Highland Heights, Ky. TBD
11/23/2015 Xavier Cincinnati, Ohio TBD
11/30/2015 North Carolina A&T Greensboro, N.C. TBD
12/5/2015 Eastern Illinois Charleston, Ill. TBD
12/13/2015 Norfolk St. Highland Heights, Ky. TBD
12/15/2015 Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. TBD
12/19/2015 Southeast Missouri State Highland Heights, Ky. TBD
12/23/2015 IU-Kokomo Highland Heights, Ky. TBD
12/30/2015 Toledo Toledo, Ohio TBD

Monday, August 31, 2015

Brandon Hatton To Leave Vermont Basketball Program

Former Dixie Heights guard Brandon Hatton has decided to leave the Vermont basketball program.

Hatton averaged 3.9 points per game as a freshman for the Catamounts.

Here is a release from Vermont:

BURLINGTON, Vt. - The University of Vermont Athletic Department has announced that men's basketball sophomore Brandon Hatton will not return to the team for the 2015-16 season.

"I want to thank Brandon for his year here at UVM," head coach John Becker said. "He has decided to pursue other opportunities and we wish him the best."

Hatton played in 31 games during his freshman season for the Catamounts averaging 3.9 points per game. The Independence, Kentucky native shot 31.6 percent from 3-point range in a season that saw him score in double figures four times. He posted a career-high 12 points at Stony Brook to help the Cats erase a 17-point second half deficit to beat the Seawolves.

Sun Belt Conference Will Add Coastal Carolina Instead of EKU

The Sun Belt Conference will add Coastal Carolina instead of Eastern Kentucky University.


Here is more from ESPN.com:

Coastal Carolina will join the Sun Belt Conference beginning in the 2016-17 academic year, sources told ESPN on Monday.

Coastal Carolina will join the Sun Belt in all sports but football in 2016-17. The Chanticleers will remain at the FCS level in football in 2016 before joining the Sun Belt as a football member for the 2017-18 academic year.

A news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET Tuesday, an industry source said.

Sun Belt presidents voted Sunday to add Coastal Carolina over Eastern Kentucky, sources said.

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University of Pikeville to Hold Basketball Coaching Clinic in September

The University of Pikeville and head coach Kelly Wells will hold a basketball coaching clinic on September 26 at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville, Kentucky.

UPIKE MEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES CLINIC

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

EASTERN KY EXPO CENTER

Our one day instructional clinic will allow the UPIKE Men’s Basketball staff along with several guests (Pro, College, and High School) to share offensive, defensive, and team building strategies/philosophies as well as their years of knowledge and experience. There will also be opportunities to view both a men and women’s team practice. Discounted staff pricing is available up until the day of the clinic.

CLINIC SCHEDULE

8:00-10:00 UPIKE Men’s Basketball Open Practice

10:00-10:45 “UPIKE Strength & Conditioning”
Donald Thomas, University of Pikeville

10:45-11:30 “Implementing the Fast Break”
Tommy McKenzie, Johnson Central HS

11:30-12:15 “Our Defensive System”
Dwaine Osborne, University of Charleston

12:15-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:45 “Quick Hitters”
Joanna McNamee, University of Pikeville

1:45-2:45 “Coaching Nuggets / Ball Screen Offense”
Kelly Wells, University of Pikeville

2:45-3:30 “The Six B’s of Team Building”
Kevin Keathley, Bowling Green Bandits

3:30-4:00 “Ball Screen Offense Breakdown Drills”
Tigh Compton, University of Pikeville

4:00-6:00 UPIKE Women’s Basketball Open Practice

Through Sept. 25th

Cost:

Individual: $50
Staff Discount: Two Coaches: $75
Three or More: $100

Day of Clinic

Cost:

All Coaches: $50

Proceeds from the UPIKE Basketball Coaches Clinic will be donated to the “Wells Tough” campaign as well as the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA)

To pre register, email tighcompton@upike.edu or call (606) 218- 5352



Former Wesley Christian Guard Shaq Athie Will Visit Drake Soon

Former Wesley Christian School guard Shaq Athie will visit Drake on September 19.



Athie, a 6-foot-4 point guard, currently attends South Georgia Technical (JUCO) College.


Three Former Union College Players Sign Professional Contracts for 2015-16

Three former Union College players have signed professional contracts for the 2015-16 season.

Deante Johnson has signed with Mapfree Ya~am ve Spor in Cyprus.

Daniel Fernandez Munkholm has inked with Randers Cimbria in Denmark's Basket Ligaen league.

Earlier this month, Fitzgerald White signed with Units pel Bàsquet Gandia of Liga EBA in Spain.

Here are the releases from UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Two more former Union College men's basketball players were given the opportunity to further their careers as Deante Johnson and Daniel Fernandez Munkholm signed to play professionally overseas.

Johnson signed to play for Mapfree Ya~am ve Spor, a team in Cyprus, while Munkholm will be playing for the Randers Cimbria in the Basket Ligaen in Denmark.

"Being healthy and able to compete at any level is a blessing," Johnson said of getting to continue his basketball career. "Being able to say I graduated college, played on a great historical record-breaking team and now get the chance to play pro basketball is a dream in itself."

"I always dreamed with playing basketball professionally," said Munkholm. "My father played professionally in Spain, so I always had something in me telling me to pursue the same."

The duo helped Bulldogs post the best season in program history in 2014-15 as they rolled to a 30-5 overall record and the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships. Union also recorded its first-ever victory in the NAIA Division II National Championship Tournament and ended the campaign ranked No. 15 in the nation.

A 6-foot-8 forward, Johnson was a three-year member of the Bulldogs, finishing with 1,216 career points to rank him 23rd in program history. Twice named to the All-AAC First Team, he earned NAIA All-American Third Team honors in 2014-15.

Johnson led Union in scoring last season at 14.6 points per game and led the NAIA in field-goal shooting, hitting 71.3 percent of his shots.

"I am excited that Deante is getting to live out his dream of playing professional basketball," said Union coach Kevin Burton. "He has certainly earned this opportunity with his high caliber play over the past few seasons. Deante has matured into a fine person that everyone has enjoyed knowing. He will be a successful pro and a success in life after basketball."

"Playing at union helped my dreams become future goals and my future goals become a present reality," Johnson said. "Being able to play with other talented players under the guidance of a great coach brought the best out of me, and I'm grateful for that."

Complete Release

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Former Union College men's basketball standout Fitzgerald White has signed a professional contract, inking a deal to play for Units pel Bàsquet Gandia of Liga EBA in Gandia, Spain.

"I'm really happy for Fitz," said Bulldog head coach Kevin Burton. "He is now getting an opportunity to pursue his lifelong dream. Fitz was instrumental in our success the past two seasons with his versatile play and will be a successful pro player."

White, a native of Miami, Florida, was a key component in Union's recent renaissance in men's basketball, helping the Bulldogs capture back-to-back Appalachian Athletic Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships in 2014 and 2015, along with consecutive trips to the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Championship.

In two seasons, White averaged 11.7 points a game and 5.1 rebounds per contest, while dishing out 3.5 assists per game, as well. For his efforts, White nabbed a spot on the All-AAC Team in both of his seasons in Barbourville, earning Third-Team honors after the 2013-14 season, and First Team accolades this past season.

Complete Release

Photo: UC Athletics

Marques Bolden Trims Final List to 7, Will Visit Kentucky on Wednesday

Marques Bolden, one of the top centers in the Class of 2016, has trimmed his final list to seven schools and scheduled a visit to Kentucky on Wednesday.



Bolden's current list of seven is Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, Oklahoma, TCU, Alabama and Wake Forest.

Here's an excerpt from the Scout.com article:

Bolden said he will take his first official visit to Kentucky. The visit begins on Wednesday, September 2nd. He hasn't scheduled any other visits.

Bolden, a standout at DeSoto (Tex.) High, is regarded as the No. 1 center and the No. 12 overall player in the 2016 recruiting class.

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Braydon Hobbs Leads Mackay Meteors to 2015 QBL Championship

Former Bellarmine University star Braydon Hobbs led Mackay Meteors to the 2015 QBL championship over the weekend.

Hobbs, who was named Grand Finals Series MVP, scored a game-high 22 points in the decisive 88-86 win over Brisbane Capitals.

Here are more details from AustraliaBasket.com:

Congratulations to the Mackay Basketball Meteors - 2015 QBL Men's Champions after taking out a thrilling Game 3 decider 88-86 win over Brisbane Capitals! Mackay took out Game 1 with an 82-76 victory on Friday night (Adekponya 21), with Brisbane levelling the series on Saturday night with an 85-73 win (Carter, 19). Braydon Hobbs (196-G-89, college: Bellarmine, agency: You First) took out the Grand Finals Series MVP award, with a game-high 22 points helping Mackay get over the line in the third and final match. Chris Cedar (188-G-88, agency: BrevAlto) notched 16 points for the winners. Ryan Jeffries (192-G/F-86) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Brisbane.

Photo credit: Giessen46ers.de

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Tyler Sharpe, Jordan Perry to Visit Cincinnati Christian

I'm told by a source that Bullitt East's Tyler Sharpe and Morgan County's Jordan Perry will visit Cincinnati Christian on Tuesday. 

Perry, a 5-foot-10 guard, was one of the state's leading scorers last season at 25.4 points per game.

Sharpe, a 6-foot-1 lefty, averaged 16.9 points per game for Bullitt East. He also drained a team-high 68 three-pointers.

European Shooting Guard Kristaps Gluditis Will Not Join Western Kentucky This Season

European shooting guard Kristaps Gluditis will not be joining the Western Kentucky men's basketball team this semester.

Gluditis is NCAA-qualified, but did not meet the required score on a test that judges international students' readiness to succeed at an American college.

Here are details from BGDailyNews.com:

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard is NCAA-qualified, according to WKU, but did not get the required score on a test that judges international students' readiness to succeed at an American university.

Because Gluditis met NCAA standards, he is eligible to attend another Division I institution or junior college immediately. He could also retake the test and seek admission to WKU next semester.

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Rice, Page and Johnson No Longer With Campbellsville University

I am told by a good source that Miles Rice, DeMarcus Page and Kody Johnson are no longer with the Campbellsville University men's basketball program. 

Rice played in 32 games last season as a sophomore. He averaged 6.7 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

Page put in 1.5 points and 1.6 boards in 23 games in 2014-15.


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