Friday, September 11, 2015

Country Artist J.D. Shelburne to Perform at NBA Exhibition Game in Rupp Arena

Country music singer J.D. Shelburne will perform the National Anthem at Rupp Arena for the NBA exhibition game between the Pelicans and Suns in October.



John Calipari Gives Sparkling Review of UMass Basketball Facilities

John Calipari visited UMass, where his head coaching career took off from 1988-1996, this morning.

The Kentucky head coach had great things to say about UMass, even giving a sparkling review of the school's basketball facilities.

Calipari posted this on social media:




Kenny Manigault Close to Signing With Las Vegas Dealers

Former University of Pikeville star Kenny Manigault is reportedly close to signing with the Las Vegas Dealers, a semi-pro team in the newly formed Amerileague.

Teams in Amerileague primarily plan to target top high school talent and well-known former NBA players.

The Dealers have just signed former first round pick David Harrison and plan to target ex-NBA player Royce White.

Here's more from ESPN.com:

Sources told ESPN that Cerruti Brown, the brainchild of the league, made inquiries to a few of the top high school players in the Class of 2015 with lucrative offers. Sources told ESPN there were discussions with Kentucky freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe, who spurned the money to attend college.

Norof confirmed to ESPN that the Dealers also have agreed to a deal with former Arkansas signee Ted Kapita -- who checked in at No. 71 in ESPN's Top 100, but did not qualify to play for the Razorbacks this season.

Charles said that three of his other clients are on the verge of signing contracts: Kenny Manigault, a former NAIA Player of the Year at Pikeville College; Blake Nash, who played at South Florida and Cal State San Marcos; and Chicago native Jerome Harris.

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Calipari, Dampier Hall of Fame Enshrinement Press Conference

Here is footage of John Calipari and Louie Dampier at the Hall of Fame enshrinement press conference (via Kentucky Wildcats TV on  YouTube):







Bowling Green Bandits Sign Former UAB Center Kenneth Cooper

The Bowling Green Bandits have signed former UAB big man Kenneth Cooper for the upcoming ABA season.

Cooper, a 6-foot-10 center, played two seasons at Oklahoma State (2005-07) and one season at Louisiana Tech (2009-10) before finishing up his college career at UAB.

Here is more from USBasket.com:

Bowling Green Bandits Head Coach Kevin Keathley , agency: Walton Sports Management Group and Kenneth Cooper (6'10''-C-87, college: UAB, agency: Gary W.Ebert) have come to terms for the 2015-2016 season. In 2005, Cooper was ranked the 5th best center in the nation according to Rivals recruiting service. Kenneth began his playing career at Oklahoma State University where he played in 67 games and made 28 starts. After two solid seasons at Oklahoma, he transferred to Louisiana Tech where he averaged 12 points and 7.1 rebounds in 15 games. He finished his playing career at UAB while earning his Master's Degree. 'Getting a player of Coopers caliber is huge for our club. He has proven over the years that he can be a dominant force in the paint. He's also a proven winner, having won a high school state championship and a professional title as well. His ability to rebound and finish strong over other big men is a major plus for us. He has all of the tools to be an ALL-League type performer for us,' Keathley commented.

Kenneth began his professional career in Portugal and has since had a successful career. He has had stints in Estonia, Brazil & the American Basketball Association. In 2012, Cooper was named Finnish Center of the Year and selected to the Eurobasket All-Import team. He played for the 2014-2015 American Basketball Association Champions, the Shreveport Mavericks.

'I Believe Kenneth will be a really nice addition to an already solid frontline coming into training camp. He has the potential to be a big piece to a championship puzzle. I'm excited to get to training camp and work with him,' Coach K stated.

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Video: Looking Back at the Hall of Fame Career of Louie Dampier

Kentucky Wildcats TV looks back at the playing career of Hall of Famer Louie Dampier:


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Memphis Cancels Plans to Honor John Calipari After Fan (and Likely Booster) Backlash

Memphis announced yesterday that the school would honor former head coach John Calipari during a game in December.

Some 24 hours later, the school announced that those plans have been cancelled.




Today, Rudd put this statement out:


My thoughts: Poor effort Memphis. Calipari took your program to all-time highs, then left for arguably the best job in college basketball. Cancelling this event due to a lack of "basketballs" a bad look for the university and its fans.

Former MSU, USM Assistant Jareem Dowling to Start New Basketball Program at Scotland Performance Institute

Former Morehead State and Southern Miss assistant Jareem Dowling will be back on the sidelines soon as the new head coach of Scotland Performance Institute, a prep school in southern Pennsylvania.

Dowling will be tasked with building the SPI program from ground up.

Currently, the school is made up of only basketball players who live in dorms and share the campus with other alternative schools.

Dowling's team will play about 35 games this year against other prep schools, some junior colleges and high school teams.

Here are more details from VirginIslandDailyNews.com:

When Jareem Dowling interviewed as a head coaching candidate at his alma mater a few years back, one of the factors working against him was a lack of head coaching experience.

But after a trying year and a successful summer, that is no longer the case.

Dowling of St. Croix will be back on campus for the first day of school today, starting his own basketball program at the Scotland Performance Institute in southern Pennsylvania.

"Who knows, this might be a blessing in disguise," Dowling said Monday night, as he prepared for the first day. "I look at it as a positive. One thing that was asked of me in that interview was I never ran a program, I've never been a head coach for a whole year.

"Now I'll have that head coaching experience."

It wasn't the route he envisioned a year ago when he left his assistant coaching position at Southern Mississippi after two years to join Donnie Tyndall's staff at the University of Tennessee, where he was hired after a successful run as Dowling's boss with the Golden Eagles.

Dowling didn't stay in Knoxville long, changing his mind and heading back to USM for a season under new head coach Doc Sadler.

Southern Mississippi announced before the season started, however, that the NCAA was investigating the basketball program for possible violations during's Tyndall's tenure.

Because of the investigation, Tyndall was fired by Tennessee shortly after his first season. A few days later, Dowling resigned at USM. He has since denied any wrongdoing.

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Memphis, UMass Will Honor John Calipari During Upcoming Season

John Calipari's former employers, UMass and Memphis, will honor the Hall of Fame coach during the upcoming season.

UMass will retire Calipari's jersey prior to a game on December 16.

Here are details from Masslive.com:

With the official unveiling of the University of Massachusetts basketball team's complete 2015-16 schedule Thursday, we now know the date of a game UMass fans have been looking forward to since March – John Calipari's jersey retirement ceremony.

Calipari will have his jersey lifted to the Mullins Center rafters on Dec. 16 prior to the Minutemen's non-conference matchup against New Orleans. An exact start time for the game has yet to be set, but the ceremony will likely take place in that 15-20 minute window right before tipoff.

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Memphis announced last night on social media that the school will be honoring Calipari December 28-29.



Calipari released a statement last night about being honored by both schools:

“I appreciate UMass and Memphis for deciding to honor what we were able to accomplish. UMass gave me my first opportunity and Memphis revived my career. I have a special place in my heart for both Amherst and Memphis. Ellen and I have made so many friends and created relationships with so many people at both schools that we will forever cherish. This week is about all of the schools, all of the staffs, all of our friends, all of our supporters, but most importantly, all of our players from all three schools.”
 

10 Newcomers Join Talented Veterans on Georgetown College's 2015-16 Roster

Georgetown College has released their men's basketball roster for the 2015-16 season.

The Tigers return three of the most talented seniors in the Mid-South Conference in Noah Cottrill, Deondre McWhorter and Tony Kimbro. Darion Burns returns as a sophomore and Troy Steward is back as a redshirt freshman.

The remaining 10 players on the roster are all newcomers.

The incoming freshman class is made up of Jordan Green (Henry Clay), Jacob Conway (Lincoln County), Chris Coffey (Seneca) and Eljay Cowherd (Bardstown).

Georgetown will have 6 transfers, highlighted by Trent Gilbert (Louisville), Edson Avila (South Dakota) and Terry Rose (Grambling State).

Junior college transfers Raymond Baldwin (Chabot College), Devon Rowan (Kaskaskia College) and Anthony Sharp (Jacksonville College) round out the roster.

Georgetown College 2015-16 Roster

# Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown Previous School
Edson Avila JR F 6-9 230 Bronx, NY South Dakota
Raymond Baldwin JR G/F 6-5 205 Clinton, Md. Chabot College
Chris Coffey FR F 6-7 185 Louisville, Ky. Seneca High School
Jacob Conway FR G 6-5 195 Hustonville, Ky. Lincoln County High School
Eljay Cowherd FR G 6-0 165 Bardstown, Ky. Bardstown High School
Trent Gilbert SO G 5-11 190 Georgetown, Ky. University of Louisville
Jordan Green FR G 6-6 195 Lexington, Ky. Western Kentucky University
Terry Rose JR G 6-4 195 Davenport, Fla. Grambling State University
Devon Rowan JR F 6-8 240 Prospect, Ky. Kaskaskia College
Anthony Sharp JR G 5-10 165 Mesquite, Texas Jacksonville College
3 Darion Burns SO PG 5-11 180 Flemingsburg, Ky. Fleming Co. HS
4 Noah Cottrill SR G 6-3 195 Logan, W. Va. W. Va. Wesleyan College
13 Tony Kimbro SR G/F 6-6 180 Louisville, Ky. Coastal Bend JC
20 Troy Steward FR SG 6-4 185 Ewing, Ky. Fleming Co. HS
35 Deondre McWhorter SR F 6-8 250 Louisville, KY Moore HS

Chris Briggs - Head Coach - 5th season
James Jackson - Assistant Coach - 5th season
Matt Walls - Assistant Coach - 3rd season
Ted Butler - Elite Performance Specialist - 3rd season
Remington Williams - Student Assistant - 1st season
Vince Holcomb - Student Assistant - 1st season
John Matherly - Student Assistant - 1st season

Rick Pitino Steps Down as Head Coach of Puerto Rico

Rick Pitino has decided to step down as head coach of Puerto Rico's national basketball team.

The Louisville head coach has decided to turn the position over to his assistant coaches following a fifth place finish in the FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying tournament.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

Pitino, however, said Wednesday that he's ready to hand over the national team to his assistant coaches as he returns to the United States to coach the Louisville Cardinals.

"When I came here I wanted three things," said Pitino, who has coached the team since June. "To help Puerto Rico get to the Olympics, to teach them a new culture of defensive basketball and to develop my three assistants and Puerto Rican brothers -- Nelson [Colon], Allans [Colon] and Richie [Dalmau].

"They are ready to take charge of this."

Puerto Rico closed the FIBA Americas with an 80-69 victory over Uruguay.

"I am proud of this team," Pitino said. "This is the best defense I have seen in the first half in a long time. We have been trying to reach three goals with these players for the past 100 days. We have tried to get them to play together like a closed fist, to play for Puerto Rico with a passion they have never had before and to play defense as though the game was on the line at each possession.

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Rowan County's Larry Whelan Suffers Broken Collarbone

Rowan County point guard Larry Whelan suffered a broken and dislocated clavicle (collarbone) during a soccer game last night.

Whelan will have surgery to repair the dislocated fracture on Friday.

He will likely be out of action for up to 8 weeks, but should fully recover before basketball season.

Bellarmine Adds Indiana to Already Difficult Exhibition Schedule

Bellarmine University has made a challenging exhibition slate even more difficult by adding a game against the Indiana Hoosiers.

In early November, the Knights will travel to Louisville, Cincinnati and Indiana before beginning regular season play.

Rick Bozich of WDRB.com was first to report about the Indiana game.

Bellarmine University Exhibition Schedule

Nov. 1 @ Louisville
Nov. 7 @ Cincinnati
Nov. 9 @ Indiana

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Rex Chapman Pleads Guilty to Theft Charges in Arizona

Former Kentucky star Rex Chapman pled guilty to four counts of theft in Maricopa County, Arizona Friday.

Chapman, who was charged with stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise from an Apple Store, agreed to 750 hours of community service and $15,000 in restitution.

Here is more from LEX18.com:

Former University of Kentucky basketball star Rex Chapman, pled guilty to four counts of theft in Maricopa County, Arizona Friday.

He was charged with taking thousands of dollars in merchandise from an Apple Store in Arizona and entered a substance abuse program two weeks later.

Chapman, agreed to 750 hours of community service. He also has to pay back $15,000 in restitution, half of which is due by September 25 and then he has a probation period to pay back the rest.

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Andy Katz Discusses Jamal Murray's Decision to Skip FIBA Americas Tournament

Andy Katz of ESPN.com explains why Jamal Murray chose to skip time with Team Canada to start classes at Kentucky:

Bowling Green Bandits Sign Donovan Kates and Gavin Schumann

The Bowling Green Bandits have signed Donovan Kates and Gavin Schumann for the upcoming season.

Kates played for Christian County in high school and just finished up a solid career at Manhattan.

Schuman just graduated from Southern Indiana. He averaged 19.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game last season.

Donovan Kates:

Bowling Green Bandits head coach Kevin Keathley , agency: Walton Sports Management Group has inked his first free-agent of the 2015 season to a one year contract with the signing of 6'6", 200 pound combo guard Donovan Kates (6'6''-G-93, agency: Agency). Kates hails from Hopkinsville, Ky. where he attended Christian County High School where he helped lead the Colonels to the 2011 Kentucky State Championship. Kates just finished a stellar collegiate career at Manhattan playing for Steve Masiello where he scored close to 1,000 points and helped guide Manhattan to two NCAA tournament appearances during his four year career.

"I couldn't be more excited to have Donovan on board for the 2015-2016 season. Donovan is my type of guy. He can play multiple positions and brings big time energy on the defensive end." Keathley stated. "He brings a winning mentality with him having won a state championship here in Kentucky and playing in multiple NCAA tournament appearances."

Prior to playing at Manhattan Kates earned All-Kentucky honors as a senior playing for Christian County head coach Kerry Stovall. Kates averaged 20 points and seven rebounds per game, shooting over 50% from the field during the Colonels' 2011 Championship campaign. The long distance marksman, who has 'NBA shooting range off the catch' led Christian County with 77 3-pointers and shot nearly 40% beyond the arc.

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Gavin Schumann:

Bowling Green Bandits agreed terms with guard Gavin Schumann (188-73kg, agency: Agency). Schumann just graduated from S.Indiana (NCAA2). In 18 games he had very impressive stats: 19.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg last season.

As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Schumann's college team won GLVC Tournament in 2014. He was also voted GLVC All-Defensive Team in 2014

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John Calipari on Hall of Fame Induction: "I've been blessed my whole career"

Kentucky had coach John Calipari spoke to the media Tuesday about his upcoming induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame:



Here's a transcript of Calipari's comments:

On being in the same Hall of Fame as Celtics like Bill Russell and Red Auerbach …
“I was a basketball fan, and I liked the Celtics. I wouldn’t say I was a die-hard Celtics fan. But to have Tommy Heinsohn and Jo Jo White (be inducted in the same class). Jo Jo and I worked on the staff at Kansas together. He and I were together on that staff and when we were there he was probably in his mid-40s and was still ridiculously in shape and could still play. It’s kind of neat. With Louie (Dampier) the issue for Louie is he won’t get up there and he won’t say much. He really needs to because he’s such a fan-favorite. In the history of this program there may never have been a better shooter. As far as just unassuming, humble, deference to everybody else. I want him to enjoy this night because it’s well deserved for him.”

On how many people will accompany him this week …
“I’ll have a lot of people there based on my UMass days, and Memphis days, Pittsburgh friends, friends from here in Kentucky are coming up. There will be a lot of people there. See it’s different when you’re a player. Yeah your team mattered – it mattered, but none of that matters – you had to perform yourself and then your team had to do well and then you have an opportunity for this. As a coach it’s all based on everybody else. It’s based on the kind of staff you had. How about this? It’s based on the kind of jobs you had. You have guys that have been at the greatest jobs in the history of their whole career. Then you have other guys who have been at mid-major jobs toiling. Some started at Division II. So the job you had matters, which depends on other people offering you those jobs. Then the players that you coached so when you’re coaching there are just so many more people involved. You had to become an assistant coach, and someone had to give you a chance so that you could become a head coach so that you could maybe get a job like this. The journey is totally different and it’s more inclusive of more people than if you played.”

On if the current UK team will go to the ceremony …
“That would be the plan.”

On how much he has visited the Hall of Fame as a fan …
“Ellen and I, our first press conference when I was hired by UMass was at the Hall of Fame. That’s where they did it, but it was at the old Hall of Fame. I’ve been back a lot. The new Hall of Fame I’ve been into probably four, five or six times. It’s surreal based on the fact that I’ve been there when different people were inducted. Was in the whole setup, and then all of the sudden you turn around and it’s happening to me.”

On if he’s had a chance to reflect on being inducted in the months since the 2015 class was announced …
“I haven’t, but it’s funny, all my friends and some Hall of Famers who are friends say you don’t realize until you walk in there and you’re on that stage. Then it hits you like what just happened? I’ve worked on a speech more than I’ve ever worked on any speech ever. Not for the sake of the speech, for time. This isn’t just my night. There are 10 people there other than myself. So everything I’m doing every time I come in is how short can we make this yet hit what we need to hit. We have taken down a few trees trying to get this thing, believe me. Eric and Metz are laughing, but believe me I’ve changed it 6,000 times to just keep shortening. Let me put it this way: I don’t want to be that guy.”

On what he expects his emotions to be like as the ceremony goes on …
“A friend of mine called me today and said, ‘I know how you are with logistics. You’re worried about everybody else. You just need to step back and enjoy this.’ That was my call today. Right now all I’m worried about are logistics. Do all the people have rooms? Are they all set? Did we call them about the reception? If you’re in this profession, whether you’re coaching or playing, the greatest thing about this Hall of Fame is that it includes high school. It includes all genders. It includes the entire world – FIBA, high school, pro, college, and everything. That’s what makes this Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame different. It’s neat.”

On what he would have said years ago if someone had told him he was going to be in the Hall of Fame …
“Do you remember me when I was in Pittsburgh? Back then you were coaching and into what you were doing. You were day-to-day. You enjoyed it. To have the opportunity to be a college coach – I’ll say it again: my grandparents came through Ellis Island and didn’t speak English. My parents are high school graduates. I came from a loving and caring home of hard workers that grinded. ‘Dream. You can do better than this.’ That’s where I came from and to ever think, ‘Well some day I’ll be in the Hall of Fame,’ - no. I was stunned last year when they said I was a finalist because I didn’t even know how to be eligible. What did you have to do to get it? I don’t know. I never thought about it. Then, I had to ask, ‘What’s a finalist?’ I didn’t even know what that meant.”

On his introductory press conference comments about always being the underdog, but now being at UK …
“I’ve been at great schools. Kentucky changed everything for me. All coaches wait on that call from one of those schools. When I got the call, I looked and it became, ‘You’re on the biggest of stages now. You were always trying to build programs from scratch. You were trying to take programs and create relevance. You were trying to coach at places that never got their due or respect they deserved even though they were No. 1 in the country. They never did.’ Now you’re here at Kentucky and it all of the sudden becomes, ‘Can we be the gold standard? Can we be the school, program and athletic department that other places emulate? Could you do it in the classroom? Could you do it on the court? Could you do it in the community?’ That’s a difference at a place like this. I also come back to, just historically, you have to be on a path through one of these kinds of schools to be thought of as one of those guys, which I don’t see myself as one of those guys. My dad always told me growing up, ‘It’s okay to feel phony, just don’t be phony.’ Well I feel phony. I’m in the Hall of Fame. Come on. First ballot? I didn’t even know that was a big deal. Someone had to tell me. Other than going and saying, ‘I love that this guy’s in there,’ it’s a way of thanking those guys for what they did for this great game. It’s the ultimate pat on the back or thank you for players, coaches, contributors, and officials. Dick Bavetta is going in as an official. I think, I can’t believe this, but I think they give out awards for media. It’s disgusting, but I think they do.”

On what he would say to people that think he shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame for various reasons …
“What would those reasons be? I’m not worried about those people. Those people aren’t the people that have helped us get to this point and where we are. I’m not worried about those people. They’re going to have a tough weekend.”

On his ascension from being a “scrapper” to now, and advice for young coaches …
“The biggest part of this is that you can really be focused on your players’ success and still be fine with your career. You can be totally focused on how you can help them reach their dreams and direct programs instead of trying to drag it. The crazy thing is that I have a lot of time to coach. Normally this stuff happens when you’re done coaching. You’re either retired or at the very last legs. It’s not going to change who I am, how we do things, or my approach to this. It’s something that we’ll deal with.”

On if the players are more excited about this than he Is …
“I would say a guy like Terrance Jones has called me five times to make sure what time everything is. A lot of those guys are coming back. A lot of the Memphis and UMass, a big contingent of the UMass kids. When you coach it is not what you’ve done, it is what, No. 1 has been done for you, such as the opportunities to coach at certain places, what a staff has done for you, and then thirdly, the No. 1 thing: you couldn’t really recruit the kids if you didn’t have a job and assistants help you do it, but it all falls back to how they perform for you and what did they do as players that leads you to this. To see all those people. There are widows of some of my mentors that will be there. People from my Pittsburgh days when I was in high school, my high school coach and his wife, my college coach and his wife, so for me it’s going to be more about us all getting together and saying ‘can you believe this?’ and that we all did this. This happened because we all did it.“

On his own children’s feelings towards his induction …
“We never talk about my own children. Yeah, they’re excited. I have a daughter, and if you want to say something about me publically you’ll have your own fist fight right there. She’ll do it publically. Twitter, Facebook, whatever you’d like. My middle daughter is a little bit the same. She’s not as bad as Erin. And Brad, he’s just here for the ride. He’s having a ball.”

On if he hadn’t been inducted at this point, if he would keep wondering if he would get the call saying he would be …
“I don’t know. That’s a good question, you’d have to go back and see who has gotten in and where they’ve coached. I will tell you that there are some unbelievable coaches at every level, Division II, Division III, lower level Division III that have done things and impacted the lives of others and had the same path, except the last call they never really got. I’ll tell you, I’ve been blessed my whole career. I had opportunities to leave Memphis to go to other jobs that maybe if I had taken this never would have been an opportunity for me. I have bumped into fate once or twice, chased it pretty hard, but I bumped into it, and like I said I have been blessed. I am just the face of all of this around me, of what’s happened. Here’s the issue, you’ve got eight to 10 minutes to speak. So you thank the Hall, you congratulate the other inductees, you’ve got other presenters. Do you just say your name or do you say something? You’ve got to say something. You have to talk about your wife, unless you don’t want to be married. You’ve got to talk about your children, because they’re there. My sisters are there, do you not mention them and their husbands? My in-laws, if you want to stay married you have to mention that they’re there. Then your high school coach, your college coach. Then you’re at six minutes. I mean, now you start trying to thank everyone and what happens? The music starts playing and you get the hook and you’re leaving people out. I’m telling you the hardest thing I’ve had to do is put together this speech. It has been torture to try to say what’s important and what’s not, how do we do this and who do I thank? The good news is that it has taken my mind off of everything else, to just think about how I make sure that I touch the people I need to touch, and how do I do it?”

On if he has practiced the speech out loud…
“What? Then when I change I tear stuff up and the next tree goes down. Yes, I have done it 50 times to try and get this thing into a time frame.”

On what is still out there to accomplish …
“The biggest thing is not what is out there for me just coaching to be able to coach and to coach at a place like this is honor enough for me. The question becomes can we continue to do what we have been doing for these kids? Fourteen graduated in six years, three of those graduated in three years. The things they’ve done in the community and all the other things, how they’ve connected on a level with no other program with the state the way they’ve done this. Then you say, in the next five, six, seven years how many guys can we really get in the league? And then how much money can all those players earn? How many lives can be changed and those families’ lives that can be changed? The honor is just coaching here. The question is just what we can do for these kids? And then if we can continue to do that on a high level for them? We are doing things that no program or only one or so programs have done in the history of our game. Now, what if we keep doing it for five or six years? There is no guarantee but the plan is how can we take this to another level? What is the next level of we are doing?”

Kentucky Coaches Will Visit Miles Bridges, Malik Monk Today

Coaches from Kentucky will reportedly visit 2016 recruits Miles Bridges and Malik Monk today.





Bridges recently hinted as a "package deal" with Monk, which has to be considered good news for Kentucky:


Montrell Dixson Enrolls at Pike County Central High School

I have confirmed with two sources that 2016 wing Montrell Dixson has enrolled at Pike County Central High School.

The 6-foot-6 Dixson was at Mingo Central (WV) High School last year.


Teams Announced for 2016 WYMT Mountain Basketball Classic

The teams have been announced for the 2016 WYMT Mountain Basketball Classic.

The event is scheduled for January 4-9, 2016 and will be held at Knott County Central High School.

Here's a look at the boys teams from WKYT.com:

Buckhorn Wildcats
Appearance: 7th
All-time record: 5-8
Best finish: Runner-up (2012)

Clay County Tigers
Appearance: 25th
All-time record: 44-21
Best finish: Champion (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2011)

Harlan County Black Bears
Appearance: 4th
All-time record: 5-3
Best finish: Fifth (2012, 2013)

Knott County Central Patriots
Appearance: 19th
All-time record: 27-26
Best finish: Champion (2012, 2015)

Lawrence County Bulldogs
Appearance: 3rd
All-time record: 2-3
Best finish: Fourth (2014)

Letcher County Central Cougars
Appearance: 4th
All-time record: 2-6
Best finish: Fourth (2011)

Perry County Central Commodores
Appearance: 16th
All-time record: 31-11
Best finish: Champion (1999, 2000, 2003, 2009, 2013)

South Laurel Cardinals
Appearance: 1st
All-time record: N/A
Best finish: N/A

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Hargrave's Braxton Beverly Commits to Miami (OH)

Former Perry County Central point guard Braxton Beverly has committed to Miami (OH).



Beverly, who stands 5-foot-10, transferred to Hargrave Military Academy for his senior season of high school basketball.

Hall of Fame Presenters for John Calipari Will Be Dr. J, Larry Brown and Pat Riley

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the list of Hall of Famers who will present this year's class at the upcoming Enshrinement Ceremony.

The presenters for Kentucky head coach John Calipari will be Larry Brown, Julius Erving and Pat Riley.

Here is a release from the Hall of Fame:

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the list of Hall of Famers who will present this year’s class at the 2015 Enshrinement Ceremony, presented by Nike. The special event will be held Friday, September 11th at Springfield Symphony Hall.

Members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2015 were asked to select a previous inductee to accompany and present them to their peers. The choice is solely the decision of the incoming Hall of Famer. More than 50 Hall of Famers are expected to be in attendance for this year’s ceremony, including all presenters.

The Class of 2015 inductees includes 39-year NBA referee Dick Bavetta, three-time College Coach of the Year John Calipari, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood, eight-time NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo, seven-time NBA All-Star Jo Jo White, three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie, ABA superstar Louis Dampier, Early African-American Pioneer of the game John Isaacs, acclaimed Australian player and coach Lindsay Gaze, 2-time NBA Champion coach with the Celtics Tom Heinsohn and Nike’s Director of International Basketball and former college coach George Raveling.

2015 Inductees and Presenters

Dick Bavetta, presented by Charles Barkley (‘06), Bob Lanier (‘92) & Don Nelson (’12)
John Calipari, presented by Larry Brown (’02), Julius Erving (‘93) & Pat Riley (‘08)
Louis Dampier, presented by Dan Issel (‘93)
Lindsay Gaze, presented by Larry Brown (‘02), Hank Nichols (‘12) & Lute Olson (‘02)
Spencer Haywood, presented by Charles Barkley (‘06), Bill Walton (’93) & Lenny Wilkens (’89, ’98, ‘00)
Tom Heinsohn, presented by Tom “Satch” Sanders (‘11)
John Isaacs, presented by Nate Archibald (‘91)
Lisa Leslie, presented by Cynthia Cooper-Dyke (’10), Teresa Edwards (‘11), Katrina McClain (’12), Dawn Staley (’13), Tara VanDerveer (’11), Lynette Woodard (’04) & James Worthy (’03)
Dikembe Mutombo, presented by David Stern (’14) & John Thompson (’99)
George Raveling, presented by Phil Knight (‘12), John Thompson (’99) & Lenny Wilkens (’89, ’98, ‘00)
Jo Jo White, presented by Dave Cowens (‘91) & John Havlicek (‘84)

For more information on Enshrinement Tickets, please call the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Ticket Office at (413) 231-5540. Tickets are available for multiple events throughout the weekend at varying price points. Each ticket price includes a tax-deductible donation to benefit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Inc., a 501 ©(3) non-profit organization.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.

Travis Ford Being Sued By Former Oklahoma State Player

Head coach Travis Ford and Oklahoma State are being sued by a former player who claims he was hazed, coerced into taking mind-altering drugs and promised a Camaro during his time at OSU.

Here is an excerpt from CBSSports.com:

Stevie Clark, who played for the Cowboys during the 2013-14 season, has filed a suit against Ford, and the university, that claims he was coerced into taking mind-altering drugs during his time at OSU. The lawsuit is embedded in full at the bottom of this story.

Clark also alleges his recruitment to Oklahoma State included vows of gifting him a car — specifically, a Camaro — something that never came to be once he got on campus.

The Tulsa World first obtained Clark’s suit, which also alleges, per the World, that “Clark claims that he faced ‘hazing and disrespect’ from teammate Marcus Smart. … When he expressed frustration to Ford, Clark alleges he was put on psychotropic drugs without his consent. He was required to take the medication to continue practicing with the team, according to the complaint.”

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Campbell County's Matt Wilson Commits to Army

Campbell County's Matt Wilson has committed to Army during a visit to West Point over the weekend.

Wilson is a 6-foot-9 power forward in the Class of 2016.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Berea College Unveils Roster for 2015-16 Season

Berea College has released their updated roster for the 2015-16 season.

2015-16 Men's Basketball Roster

No. Name Pos. Cl. Ht. Hometown/High School
30 Bobby Anderson Forward Fr. 6'6" Montevallo, AL / Montevallo High School
23 Seth Beckham Guard Sr 6'1" Lexington, KY / Lexington Catholic High School
31 Dyonta Bizzle-Brown Forward So. 6'8" Knoxville, TN / Hardin Valley Academy
5 Stephen Butts Guard Fr. 6'0" Huntsville, TN / Scott High School
34 Lukas Carman Center Jr 6'6" Kings Mountain, KY / Casey County High School
14 Dominique Garmon Guard Sr 6'0" Louisville, KY / Eastern High School
2 Austin Glasgow Guard Fr. 6'0" Knoxville, TN / Moravian Prep
33 Dyllan Harper Center Fr. 6'6" Scottsville, KY / Allen County High School
24 Ethan Harris Forward Jr 6'5" Mt. Gilead, OH / Mt. Gilead High School
40 Gabe Hinton Forward Fr. 6'5" Gatlinburg, TN / Gatlinburg-Pittman High School
4 Jair Jackson Center Fr. 6'5" Greenup, KY / Greenup County High School
12 Anthony Myrks Guard Jr 5'9" Bardstown, KY / Bardstown High School
10 Richard Parker Guard Jr 6'1" Cleveland, OH / Garfield Heights High School
44 Chris Spratling Center Jr. 6'7" Detroit, MI / Advanced Technology Academy
3 Shawn Williams Guard Jr 6'1" Cleveland, OH / John F. Kennedy High School

Wayne Blackshear Signs with Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia in Italy

Former Louisville forward Wayne Blackshear has signed with Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia in Italy's top-level Serie A league.

As a senior at Louisville, Blackshear averaged 11.6 points and 4.3 rebounds a game.

He totaled 1,046 points in his Louisville career.

Motlow State College Releases 2015-16 Schedule

Motlow State College and new head coach J.T. Burton have released their men's basketball schedule for the 2015-16 season.

The Bucks will play University of Pikeville's JV team in November.

Motlow Bucks 2015-16 Basketball Schedule

Date Day Opponent Location Time
Oct. 3 Saturday Jamboree Panama City, FL (scrimmage) TBA
Oct. 17 Saturday CB Hoops Juco Jam Atlanta, GA (scrimmage) TBA
Oct. 23 Friday Itawamba Jamboree Fulton, MS (scrimmage) TBA
Oct. 30 Friday Onley-Central Vincennes, IN 5:00pm
Oct. 31 Saturday Vincennes Vincennes, IN 7:00pm
Nov. 2 Monday Snead St. Snead, AL 7:30pm
Nov. 6 Friday Columbia St. * Columbia, TN 7:30pm
Nov. 7 Saturday Jackson St. Jackson, TN 4:00pm
Nov. 9 Monday UPike (JV) Home 6:00pm
Nov. 11 Wednesday Wallace St. Home 7:30pm
Nov. 14 Saturday Volunteer St.* Gallatin, TN 7:30pm
Nov. 17 Tuesday Snead St. Home 7:30pm
Nov. 20 Friday Chattanooga St. * Home 7:30pm
Nov. 21 Saturday Cleveland St. * Home 4:00pm
Nov. 24 Tuesday Northeast Home 7:30pm
Dec. 1 Tuesday Tennessee Wesleyan (JV) Home 7:30pm
Dec. 2 Wednesday Martin Methodist (JV) Pulaski, TN 7:30pm
Dec. 4 Friday Walters St. * Morristown, NJ 6:30pm
Dec. 5 Saturday Roane St. * Harriman, TN 3:00pm
Jan. 11 Monday Martin Methodist (JV) Home 7:30pm
Jan. 15 Friday Southwest TN * Home 5:30pm
Jan. 16 Saturday Dyersburg St. * Home 2:00pm
Jan. 19 Tuesday Bryan College (JV) Home 7:30pm
Jan. 23 Saturday Volunteer St. * Home 2:00pm
Jan. 25 Monday Bryan College (JV) Dayton, TN 6:30pm
Jan. 29 Friday Chattanooga St. * Chattanooga, TN 4:30pm
Jan. 30 Saturday Cleveland St. * Cleveland, TN 1:00pm
Feb. 5 Friday Walters St. * Home 5:30pm
Feb. 6 Saturday Roane St. * Home 2:00pm
Feb. 10 Wednesday Southwest TN * Memphis, TN 5:30pm
Feb. 13 Saturday Dyersburg St. * Dyersburg, TN 5:30pm
Feb. 17 Wednesday Columbia St. * Home 5:30pm
Feb. 20 Saturday Jackson St. * Home 2:00pm
Mar. 1-6 TCCAA/Region VII Tournament Gallatin, TN TBA
Mar. 14-19 NJCAA Tournament Hutchinson, KS TBA

School President: Dr. Anthony G. Kinkel
Interim Athletic Director: Dan McShea
Head Coach: J.T. Burton
Assistant Coaches: Hans Desir, Arthur Latham, Zach Holt, Jordan Scott
Mascot: Bucks

(* Conference Games, All times Central)

Former Jeffersontown Guard Gavin Stigall Commits to Lane Community College

Former Jeffersontown High School guard Gavin Stigall tells Allkyhoops he has committed to Lane Community College in Oregon.

He was previously committed to Motlow State Community College.

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