Friday, September 18, 2015

Rockets Expected to Sign Montrezl Harrell to Guaranteed 3-Year Deal

The Houston Rockets are expected to sign former Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell to a guaranteed, 3-year contract.

According to CHRON.com, the deal will be 3 years and $3.1 million.

Here's an excerpt:

Rockets second-round pick Montrezl Harrell is expected to sign a three-year, $3.1 million contract with the Rockets today, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The individual spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

The contract includes no options or non-guaranteed money. With Harrell signed, the Rockets will be hard-capped, limiting their ability to make some subsequent moves. Most notably, hard-capped teams cannot take back additional salary in a trade, requiring that they precisely match salaries in deals.

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Kentucky Basketball Will Hold Another NBA Combine in October

The Kentucky Wildcats will once again hold their own NBA combine for scouts in October.

According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, the workouts will be held October 11.


John Wall's 2014-15 Season Highlights

Check out John Wall's top highlights from the 2014-15 season:


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Rheaquone Taylor Leaving Cordia?

According to a report, 2017 forward Rheaquone Taylor is leaving Cordia High School and will transfer to Barringer (NJ) High School.


Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Donates Backpacks to Kids in His Hometown

Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist recently gave an assist to children in his hometown:


University of Pikeville Releases 2015-16 Men's Basketball Schedule

The University of Pikeville has released their men's basketball schedule for the 2015-16 season.

2015-2016 UNIVERSITY OF PIKEVILLE Men’s Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Time

OCTOBER

21 # Basketball Blast-Off TBA
26 Central Penn College 7:00 
31 OU Eastern 6:30

NOVEMBER

3 % Montreat College 7:00
6 Danny Vanhoose Classic 6:00 and 8:00 (UPIKE/UC Clermont/Bethel TN/OU Chilicothe)
7 Danny Vanhoose Classic 2:00 and 4:00 (UPIKE/UC Clermont/Bethel TN/OU Chilicothe)
8 # OSU Mansfield 4:00
12 % Bluefield College 7:00
19 @ Life University, GA 7:30
21 @ Montreat College, NC 2:00

DECEMBER

5 @ UC Clermont, OH 2:00
10 University of the Cumberland’s 8:00
21 Carlow University 7:00
29 @ Faulkner University, AL 7:00

JANUARY

2 @ Warner University, FL 4:00
4 @ Ave Maria University, FL 4:00
7 % Lindsey Wilson College 8:00
9 % Cumberland University 4:00
14 % @ St. Catharine College, KY 8:00
16 % @ Campbellsville University, KY 4:00
21 % Georgetown College 8:00
23 % Shawnee State University 4:00
24 Cincinnati Christian University 2:00
28 Life University 8:00

FEBRUARY

4 % @ Georgetown College, KY 8:00
6 % @ Shawnee State University, OH 4:00
11 % Campbellsville University 8:00
13 % St. Catharine College 4:00
20 % @ University of the Cumberland’s, KY 4:00
25 % @ Cumberland University, TN 8:00
27 % @ Lindsey Wilson College, KY 4:00
2-6 @ Mid South Conference, KY TBA
16-22 @ NAIA National Tournament, KC TBA

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Check Out John Calipari's New Mosaic

John Calipari posted a picture of the mosaic he received during the alumni game on Sunday.

The amazing mosaic has images of every player he has coached during his Hall of Fame career.

John Calipari The mosaic I got at the Alumni Game will be one of my most prized possessions because it has all my players on it.

Check it out (click to enlarge):

OVC Announces 2015-16 ESPN Television Package; Includes EKU, Murray State

The Ohio Valley Conference has announced the league's ESPN television package for the 2015-16 season.

Murray State and Eastern Kentucky will be featured three times on ESPNU during the regular season.

2015-16 OVC ESPN Television Schedule

Thursday, January 14

Murray State at Belmont, 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Thursday, January 21

Belmont at UT Martin, 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Thursday, February 4

Murray State at Southeast Missouri, 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Monday, February 15 - WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Belmont at UT Martin, 2:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Thursday, February 18

Belmont at Eastern Kentucky, 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Friday, March 4

OVC Men’s Tournament Semifinal #1, 6:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
OVC Men’s Tournament Semifinal #2, 8:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Saturday, March 5

OVC Men’s Tournament Championship, 5:00 p.m. CT (ESPN2)

John Calipari Was at Oak Hill Academy to See Harry Giles Yesterday

Kentucky head coach John Calipari was at Oak Hill Academy to see 2016 star Harry Giles yesterday.

Calipari also visited with Giles' mother.



Giles, a 6-foot-10 power forward, ranks No. 2 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.

Louisville Will Watch 2017 Forward L.J. Figueroa Today

Coaches from Louisville will watch 2017 small forward L.J. Figueroa of Oldsmar Christian (Fla.) today.



The 6-foot-5 Figueroa ranks No. 63 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2017.

Josh Harrellson Signs with the Washington Wizards

Former Kentucky forward Josh Harrellson has signed a non-guaranteed training camp contract with the Washington Wizards.

Harrellson played this summer for Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rico's BSN league. In 44 games, he averaged 11.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

He also played last season fro Chongqing in China's CBA league. In 14 games there, he averaged 13.9 points and 8.4 boards.

Here are more details from USBasket.com:

Washington Wizards strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old forward Josh Harrellson (208-120kg-89, college: Kentucky, agency: TNG). He played in the summer at Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 44 games he recorded 11.8ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.3apg and 2.1bpg. The most of last season Harrellson spent at Chongqing (CBA) in Chinese league. In 14 games he averaged 13.9ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg. He also spent pre-season at the Pistons that year. He helped them to make it to the final.

In 2011 Harrellson was drafted by New Orleans Hornets in second round (45th overall). He attended University of Kentucky and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Harrellson received Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Player of the Year award and Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Import Player of the Year award in 2013.

He has played previously for three other NBA teams: Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and New York Knicks.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Montrezl Harrell Helps Save Motorist From Overturned Car in Louisville

Former Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell helped save a motorist from an overturned, smoking car near the Louisville campus yesterday.




Video: Special Presentation for John Calipari at the Alumni Game

In honor of his Hall of Fame induction, players at the alumni game Sunday presented John Calipari with a mosaic featuring every player he has coached in his 23-year career.

Here is footage of the special presentation:


Monday, September 14, 2015

DeMarcus Cousins Shows Off Outside Jumper with Vlade Divac Sitting Courtside

DeMarcus Cousins showed off his outside jumper during Kentucky's alumni game last night.

The Sacramento Kings big man went 5-for-9 from long range in the first half. He finished with 33 points and 18 rebounds in the win over North Carolina.

Kings' general manager Vlade Divac was sitting courtside during the game.

Here's some raw footage of Cousins shooting from downtown - one shot was from the UK logo near halfcourt:


West Virginia Loses James "Beetle" Bolden for 2015-16 Season

West Virginia freshman point guard James "Beetle" Bolden will likely miss the entire 2015-16 season after suffering a torn ACL and sprained MCL on Saturday.

Here's a release from WVU:

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University freshman James “Beetle” Bolden is expected to miss the 2015-16 men’s basketball season after suffering a torn ACL and sprained MCL in his right knee on Saturday.

Bolden, a 6-foot guard from Covington, Kentucky, averaged 10.7 points in three games during WVU’s trip to the Bahamas in August. He had 10 steals and eight assists during those three contests.

“Obviously, our thoughts are with Beetle as he prepares for surgery and begins the rehabilitation process,” said coach Bob Huggins. “Beetle’s a great kid, and I know he will put the time in with Randy (Coordinator of Athletic Training Services Randy Meador) and come back stronger and hungrier than ever.”

Harrison Barnes Discusses Alumni Game, Gets Interrupted By DeMarcus Cousins

Former North Carolina star Harrison Barnes spoke to the media following last night's alumni game at Rupp Arena.

During the middle of Barnes' interview, DeMarcus Cousins walked by and started saying, "national TV! National TV!"

Barnes laughed it off and talked about Cousins being fun and "keeping it light".

Check out his comments:


John Calipari Talks About Alumni Game, 2015-16 Team and The Pope

Check out John Calipari's postgame comments after last night's North Carolina vs. Kentucky alumni game:


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Kentucky Coasts to Victory Over North Carolina in Alumni Game

Kentucky 122
North Carolina 115

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

It was clear when the rosters were announced that North Carolina had little to no chance against Kentucky in Sunday evening's alumni game at Rupp Arena.

The roster for the former Wildcats featured nine NBA Draft picks, including six lottery picks. The Tar Heels had three former draft picks and one of those was 40-year old Jerry Stackhouse.

The game played out as expected with Kentucky controlling the action for most of the evening and cruising to a 122-115 victory.

North Carolina made a run late in the second half behind a strong performance from Golden State forward Harrison Barnes. Barnes led all scorers with 39 points on 14-for-30 shooting. James Michael McAdoo added 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Tar Heels. Dexter Strickland finished with 18 points.

DeMarcus Cousins scored 33 points and pulled down 18 boards for Kentucky. Terrence Jones contributed 22 points and 8 rebounds. Devin Booker and Trey Lyles scored 14 points each.

Funds raised through the alumni game were donated to 17 different charities, including $200,000 in the name of former North Carolina coach Dean Smith to start a legacy fund at the Naismith Hall of Fame.

The Calipari Foundation is expected to give more than $1.1 million today (including matching funds). The number is expected to be more than $1.5 million following the Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience auction.
Here is a list of charities that will receive funds as a result of the weekend:

- 4 Paws For Ability
- The Starkey Hearing Foundation
- Kids 2 Camp
- St Jude Children's Research Hospital
- Equip, John Maxwell Group
- Golden Door Scholars
- CISE
- Stand Up To Cancer
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
- Louisville Zoo
- Alltech Sustainable Haiti Project
- United Way of Central KY
- UNC Children's Hospital
- HOF Legacy Fund in Memory of Dean Smith
- Samaritans Feet
- Urban League of Lexington Fayette County
- Team Focus

Rosters for North Carolina vs. Kentucky Alumni Game

Here are the rosters for the North Carolina vs. Kentucky alumni game:

Kentucky:

- Cauley-Stein
- Devin Booker
- James Young
- Andrew Harrison
- Aaron Harrison
- Eric Bledsoe
- Terrence Jones
- Karl-Anthony Towns
- DeMarcus Cousins
- Trey Lyles
- Dakari Johnson

North Carolina:

- Dexter Strickland
- Leslie McDonald
- Shammond Williams
- Bobby Frasor
- James Michael McAdoo
- Wes Miller
- Jerry Stackhouse
- Harrison Barnes

The alumni game tips at 5:30 p.m. ET at Rupp Arena and will be shown live on ESPNU.

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