Friday, September 25, 2015

Eli Wright Transfers to 22 Feet Academy

I have confirmed that former Apollo High School guard Eli Wright has transferred from IMG Academy to 22 Feet Academy.

The news was first reported by Brian Snow of Scout.com:

Central Coach Doug Bibby Found Not Guilty on Charge of Disorderly Conduct at LIT

Central High School head coach Doug Bibby was found not guilty today on charges of disorderly conduct stemming from an unfortunate incident during the Louisville Invitational Tournament last season.

At the time, Bibby was originally arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and suspended from coaching the remainder of the event.

Here is more from Jason Frakes of The Courier-Journal:

Central High School boys basketball coach Doug Bibby on Friday was found not guilty on charges of disorderly conduct stemming from an incident during the Louisville Invitational Tournament in January at Valley High School.

Bibby was facing up to 90 days in jail and a $250 fine. Michael Goodwin, Bibby’s attorney, said the jury took less than 20 minutes to reach a verdict after the three-day trial in Jefferson County District Court.

“It was a resounding vindication of Coach Bibby,” Goodwin said. “He did nothing wrong.”

A separate charge of menacing was dismissed by Judge Jennifer Bryant Wilcox on Thursday, Goodwin said.

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Are These Louisville's Uniforms for 2015-16?

Matz Stockman might have "leaked" out an early look at Louisville's basketball uniforms for the upcoming season on his Instagram account.

 With my bro @rayspalding_4 we ready for any challenge #L1C4

Campbellsville University Announces 2015-16 Recruiting Class

Campbellsville University and head coach Keith Adkins have announced their men's basketball recruiting class for 2015-16.

Here's a release from CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Coming off the school's first No. 1 ranking, a Mid-South Conference tournament championship and a trip to the NAIA national tournament, men's basketball coach Keith Adkins announces the Tigers' signing class for 2015-16.

Campbellsville lost NAIA All-Americans Damontre Harris, D'Von Campbell and Eric Gaines to graduation and also lost four-year letter winner Darius Clement. All four made up 67 percent of the Tigers' points, 64 percent of rebounds, 82 percent of assists and 75 percent of the blocks.

But with subtraction you have addition. Adkins and his staff – Bryan Milburn, Brent Vernon and Justin Watson – went out and brought in seven new Tigers to fill the void that will be missed.

"I think this year's recruiting class gives us a deeper team than we had last year and probably improves our overall level of talent," said Adkins. "As you look at this class, the one thing missing is that one guy with a lot of height. Two years ago we signed A'Darius Pegues and last year we had Damontre Harris. We won't have that big, athletic rim protector like we have in the last couple of years. But this team will feature a lot of guys that can score and a lot of guys that can play multiple positions. I think this year's team will be more athletic, as a whole, than we have been in the past. Combine this class with what we have returning and I think we will be in pretty good shape."

Roderick Lawrence (6-5, 180, Sr., Forward)
For the second-straight season, there is another Southeastern Conference transfer to highlight the class. Roderick Lawrence comes to Campbellsville after playing at Ole Miss and also South Plains College (Texas) the past two seasons.

Lawrence played in 13 games and averaged just over eight minutes a game for the Rebels. Prior to Ole Miss, Lawrence started all 35 games for South Plains during his sophomore season where he led his team to a 29-6 record and the a NJCAA National Tournament quarterfinals appearance. He average 13.1 points and grabbed 6.1 rebounds for the Texans.

"Rod is a lefty wing with a lot of length and athleticism," said Adkins. "He is a streaky shooter that has the ability to make deep 3s in bunches and also has the ability to get by defenders and finish in the paint. Rod really competes and will bring a lot of energy to our team."

Erik Kinney (6-5, 220, Sr., Forward)
Erk Kinney comes to Campbellsville from Northwest Nazarene University. Kinney played in 30 games and started 29 for the Crusaders while averaging 30 minutes per game. Kinney averaged 14.9 points to lead NNU and grabbed over six rebounds per game.

"Erik comes to us from Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho where he put up really good numbers last season," said Adkins. "He is a very physical player that we can move around into a lot of different positions. He is extremely athletic and can get to the rim and finish very well. His ability to defend multiple positions will allow us to play a lot of different types of lineups. He really competes and plays hard. He should fit in really well in the MSC and the physical style of play."

Dii'Jon Allen-Jordan (6-5, 190, Sr., Forward)
Allen-Jordan comes to Campbellsville after a great junior season at Francis Marion University in South Carolina. He averaged just under 19 points a game while shooting 48 percent from the floor to rank No. 3 in the Peach Belt Conference. Allen-Jordan also averaged seven rebounds per game and shot 69 percent from the free throw line to rank No. 1 in the PBC.

"Dii'Jon is another very versatile player in this recruiting class," said Adkins. "He was high school teammates with incoming point guard, Sekou Harris. Will probably play more at the 4-spot for us, but definitely has the skill set to move around and play out on the floor. Another guy for us that will be able to guard multiple positions. He has really impressed us with his basketball IQ!"

Ronald Scott (6-0, 170, Sr., Guard)
Scott previous played at NCAA DII Texas A&M-Kingsville where he averaged 33 minutes a game and 11 points. He shot 43 percent from the floor and also 40 percent from behind the 3-point line for the Javelinas. Scott scored 10 or more points in 23 straight games. Before Texas A&M-Kingsville, Scott played two seasons at Frank Phillips College and before that prepped at John Carroll School in his hometown of Baltimore, Md.

"Ronald is a combo guard that will play mostly at the 2-spot for us this year," said Adkins. He sat out last year after playing at Texas A&M-Kingsville in 2013-14. He is another guy in this year's class with a tremendous basketball IQ. He has tremendous speed in the open court and can really get to the rim and finish. I really like the way he competes and defends. And, he gives us another great ball handler on the floor."

Byron Dean (6-0, 190, Fr., Guard)
Dean is one of two true freshmen Adkins' staff went out and got this season. He prepped at Hillwood High School in Nashville, Tenn. Where he was a member of the 1,000 Point Club for the Toppers. Dean is a true point guard that loves to attack with the basketball and get to the free throw line.

"Byron was coached by former Lindsey Wilson head coach Steve Dodd at Hillwood High School," said Adkins. "He is a guy that already has a college-ready body. He is very physically strong and really competes. He will be a pure point guard that has a chance to be very good. He still has a lot to learn, in moving from high school to college, but he is an intelligent kid that will pick up things very quickly. He will improve every day in practice by going up against Sekou Harris."

Sekou Harris (5-11, 165, Sr., Guard)
Sekou Harris play in 22 of 33 games for the University of South Dakota in 2014-15 and started the first five games of the season at point guard. He averaged 14.5 minutes per game, four points, two rebounds and two steals per games. Harris shot 39 percent from the field, 34 percent from 3-point range and 70 percent from the free throw line. Before South Dakota, Harris previously played with Roderick Lawrence at South Plains College (2013-14) and Fairleigh Dickinson (2012-13). He led South Plains to a 29-6 record and a trip to the NJCAA quarterfinals. Harris played high school basketball with Dii'Jon Jordan-Allen at Plainfield High School.

"Sekou comes to us from the University of South Dakota," said Adkins. "He is a point guard with great leadership ability and competitiveness. He can distribute the ball to others and can score very well, also. He can knock down open shots with range and has the ability to cause a lot of problems defensively. His greatest attribute, though, has to be his speed and quickness. He may be the fastest player we have ever had in the program."

Hagen Tyler (6-3, 185, Fr., Guard)
Tyler is an in-state guard that is the second true freshmen in 2015-16 recruiting class. Tyler was an All-State performer for the Boyle County Rebels who went 28-7 last season and made a trip to the KHSAA Final Four at Rupp Arena.

Tyler averaged 22 points for Boyle County which ranked him in the Top 10 in Kentucky. He also shot 50 percent from the field making 240-of-480 shots. Tyler finished his senior season hitting 40 percent from behind the 3-point line (76-of-193) and 83 percent (113-of-137) from the charity stripe. He also led the rebels grabbing just over seven boards a game.

"Hagen is going to be a special player at CU," said Adkins. "He is a big 2-guard with a lot of offensive ability. He has the range, the athleticism and the ability to get his own shot that is going to make him a really dangerous weapon in our offense. He will step in, immediately, and find a spot in our rotation. There are still some things that he will have to adjust to in college, but he will make a quick transition into the college game. We are very fortunate to have him in our program for years to come."

Dominique Harding (6-8, 235, r-Fr., Forward)
Harding came to Campbellsville in 2014-15 but was blocked for playing by NAIA All-American Domontre Harris. Harding and the basketball staff decided to take a redshirt year and it paid off. After going up against Harris every day in practice for a year, Harding will be a force in the paint for Campbellsville.

"Dominque is a redshirt freshman that comes to us from Elizabethtown High School," said Adkins. "Last year was an incredible learning experience for him, going up against Damontre Harris every day in practice. Dominique has a chance to be a really special player for us. He is a low post player that is very physical and more than athletic enough to be an effective low post scorer in this league. He will still have a bit of an adjustment this year, learning to defend and rebound on a consistent basis at the college level."

This years class will join returning Tigers – Zac Perry, Frankfort, Ky.; Micah Satterly, Versailes, Ky.; Rob Robinson, Chicago, Ill.; Elliott Young, Mt. Washington, Ky.; Quin Ricahrdson, Georgetown, Ky.; Shawn Johnson, Maysville, Ky.

Tai Wynyard is "50-50" on Playing Basketball at Kentucky This Season

New Zealand native Tai Wynyard may not be playing for the University of Kentucky men's basketball team in December after all.

Wynyard, who is currently playing for the Breakers in Australia's NBL league, says he will begin class at Kentucky but is "50-50" on playing basketball during the 2015-16 season.

Even if he doesn't play, he will be a member of the team and will redshirt this season.

Here is an excerpt of Wynyard’s comments:

“School is really tough because I’m hardly there,” he shrugs. “But Rangitoto are really good — they mould it round your schedule. I have a good dean, and they’re all working hard to help me to the NCAA requirements.”

Wynyard heads to Kentucky on December 15 with an immediate decision to make. Given their season starts in November, he’ll have the option of red-shirting (essentially becoming a non-playing team member) or of joining the team late.

The youngster says the decision is his and he’s “50-50” on at this stage. “I think I could handle the level, but I probably won’t decide until I get there. There are pluses and minuses both ways.”

Whatever, Wynyard can’t wait to get to America’s most successful NBA feeder college. The Wildcats have had more top-10 picks, more lottery selections and more first-rounders in the John Calipari era than any other team in the country — and that should continue with incoming freshman Skal Labissiere rated a prospective No 1 pick in 2016.

“I committed real, real early, pretty much as soon as they came to me. It’s the best school in the country, so how was I not going to say yes. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

“I’m ready to go over there and smash it out, and do the best I can to compete.”

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The Boston Celtics Have Signed Former EKU Guard Corey Walden

The Boston Celtics have officially signed former Eastern Kentucky University guard Corey Walden.

Here is a release from the Celtics:

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed guards Levi Randolph and Corey Walden, as well as forwards Coty Clarke and Malcolm Miller. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Randolph played in five contests for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2015 Las Vegas Summer League and averaged 8.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 31.2 minutes per game. During his senior year at Alabama, the 6’4” guard averaged a team-high 15.4 points, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals, while also averaging 5.1 rebounds, in 35.3 minutes per game. Randolph was the first player in the program’s history to be named to the CoSIDA/Capital One First Team Academic All-District Team for three consecutive years. He was also named the 2015 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and second team All-SEC.

Walden appeared in two games for the Celtics during the Las Vegas Summer League and averaged 2.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.5 steals in 16.5 minutes per game. The 6’2” guard out of Eastern Kentucky averaged 18.6 points to go along with 4.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.1 steals in 34.6 minutes per game during his senior year. Additionally, Walden earned a spot on the Lou Henson All-America Team and the first team All-Ohio Valley Conference for the 2014-15 NCAA season.

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There is speculation that Walden received a partially-guaranteed 2-year contract.


Tickets For Kentucky's Blue/White Game Go On Sale Tuesday

Tickets for Kentucky's annual Blue/White Game will go on sale Tuesday, September 29.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the Kentucky men's basketball Blue-White Game go on sale Tuesday at 9 a.m. The annual Blue-White scrimmage is scheduled for Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena. The game will be televised by the SEC Network.

Tickets will be available online through Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. Fans can also obtain tickets via the Rupp Arena Box Office (859.233.3535) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or by visiting statewide Ticketmaster outlets. For outlet locations, please visit Ticketmaster.com.

The cost of the tickets will be $10 (lower level) and $5 (upper level). All public seating is reserved.

UK students may claim up to two free eRUPPtion Zone tickets for the Blue-White Scrimmage, while supplies last. Student tickets must be claimed in person at the Joe Craft Center ticket office with a valid student ID.

The Cats will tip off the 2015-16 season on Oct. 16 with Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena.

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

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Report: Louisville Offers 2018 PF Solomon Uyaelunmo

Louisville has reportedly offered a scholarship to 2018 power forward Solomon Uyaelunmo of Gulliver Prep (Fla.).



Uyaelunmo, who stands 6-foot-7, is rated as a three-star prospect in the Class of 2018.

Photo: Rivals.com

Morehead State Releases Challenging Schedule for 2015-16

Morehead State has released a challenging schedule for the 2015-16 men's basketball season.

The Eagles schedule is highlighted by road games at Indiana, Illinois State, Pittsburgh and Saint Louis.

Coach Sean Woods' team will host Marshall, Southern Miss and Green Bay.

Here's a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Morehead State has finalized its 2015-16 men's basketball schedule. The 31-game slate features 15 home games, highlighted by home contests at Johnson Arena against regional foe Marshall on Nov. 24, Southern Mississippi on Nov. 28, and conference rival Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 10. The Eagles will travel to Big Ten member Indiana on Dec. 5 and ACC member Pittsburgh on Dec. 13.

"Our schedule is always tough, but it's great," said head coach Sean Woods. "We are excited about the season and feel that our non-conference schedule will get us ready for Ohio Valley Conference play, and then for a run in March."

The non-conference home portion of the schedule includes games against Cincinnati Christian (Nov. 13), Marshall and Southern Miss of Conference USA, Southern Conference member Western Carolina (Dec. 20), and Horizon League member Green Bay (Dec. 28). The game against Marshall will be the 97th meeting with the Thundering Herd in a series that began during the 1939-40 season.

"I like our home schedule, with the likes of Southern Miss and Green Bay," said Woods. "It really gives us some interesting home games, which should get our fans excited about having some big-time quality teams come in. Marshall coming to our place is going to be big, so I'm looking forward to that."

The Eagles start out on the road against Missouri Valley Conference member Illinois State (Nov. 16) and Atlantic Sun member Northern Kentucky (Nov. 21). They then have a four-game road stretch that features contests at Atlantic 10 member Saint Louis, Indiana, Pittsburgh, and Big Sky member Eastern Washington (Dec. 17). They close out the non-conference road portion of their schedule at Davidson (Dec. 23), who is in their second year in the A10, and at Southern Conference member East Tennessee State (Dec. 30).

"Our away schedule is tough, as always," said Woods. "We have to go to IU, we have to go to Pitt, we have to play Davidson, which is one of the tougher mid-major schools in the country year-in and year-out. We have our hands full, but we're looking forward to it."

From Dec. 2 to Dec. 17, the Eagles will face a stretch of four road games against Saint Louis, Indiana, Pittsburgh, and Eastern Washington.

"Those are four quality teams," said Woods. "We'll have to show a lot of character with those quick turnarounds. We won't have a lot of time to prepare, but that will help us prepare for tournament time. Every year we try to do something like this to help get us accustomed to a tournament-type atmosphere."

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Morehead State University 2015-16 Men's Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Location
11/3/2015 Asbury (Ky.) Morehead, KY TBA (Exhibition)
11/13/2015 Cincinnati Christian Morehead, KY TBA
11/16/2015 Illinois State Normal, IL TBA
11/21/2015 Northern Kentucky Highland Heights, KY TBA
11/24/2015 Marshall Morehead, Ky TBA
11/28/2015 Southern Mississippi Morehead, Ky TBA
12/2/2015 Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO TBA
12/5/2015 Indiana Bloomington, IN TBA
12/13/2015 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA TBA
12/17/2015 Eastern Washington Cheney, WA TBA
12/20/2015 Western Carolina Morehead, KY TBA
12/23/2015 Davidson Davidson, NC TBA
12/28/2015 Green Bay Morehead, KY TBA
12/30/2015 East Tennessee State Johnson City, TN TBA
1/2/2016 Murray State Murray, KY * TBA
1/7/2016 Southeast Missouri Morehead, KY * TBA
1/9/2016 UT Martin Morehead, KY * TBA
1/14/2016 SIU Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL * TBA
1/16/2016 Eastern Illinois Charleston, IL * TBA
1/21/2016 Tennessee Tech Morehead, KY * TBA
1/23/2016 Jacksonville State Morehead, KY * TBA
1/27/2016 Austin Peay Morehead, KY * TBA
1/30/2016 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, KY * TBA
2/4/2016 Belmont Nashville, TN * TBA
2/6/2016 Tennessee State Nashville, TN * TBA
2/10/2016 Eastern Kentucky Morehead, KY * TBA
2/13/2016 Belmont Morehead, KY * TBA
2/16/2016 St. Catharine (Ky.) Morehead, KY TBA
2/18/2016 Tennessee State Morehead, KY * TBA
2/25/2016 Tennessee Tech Cookeville, Tenn. * TBA
2/27/2016 Jacksonville State Jacksonville, AL * TBA

NCAA: Using FanDuel, DraftKings Will Cost Athletes One Year of Eligibility

The NCAA has decided that college athletes will lose a year of eligibility if they are caught using fantasy sites such as FanDuel or DraftKings.





Here are more details on the ruling from SportingNews.com:

Specifically, Luck made it clear that "any student-athlete found gambling on any college sport automatically loses a year of eligibility," according to Stricklin's tweet.

Technically speaking, as MSU's SB Nation blog points out, DraftKings and FanDuel are considered "games of skill" and not necessarily gambling, which is why Luck had to clarify the NCAA's stance. The NCAA told Sporting News that regardless of whether DFS games are considered gambling or skill, at issue is the idea that student-athletes are "putting something at risk" to potentially "win something in return."

"Sports wagering threatens both the integrity of the game and the wellbeing of student-athletes. NCAA members schools have defined sports wagering as putting something at risk – such as an entry fee – with the opportunity to win something in return, which includes fantasy league games," said NCAA spokeswoman Emily James in an email to Sporting News. "Because of this, student-athletes, coaches, administrators and national office staff may not participate in sports wagering, including fantasy league games with a paid entry fee."

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The Pope is Speaking to Congress and John Calipari Today

The Pope is speaking to a joint session of congress today and Kentucky head coach John Calipari is in the audience.

Steve Cohen posted a picture of Coach Cal earlier this morning:



Calipari has been Tweeting about the once in a lifetime experience:










Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Five-Star Power Forward Jarrett Allen Has Kentuck in Final 8

Jarrett Allen, one of the top power forwards in the class of 2016, has the Kentucky Wildcats in his final eight.

Allen, who stands 6-foot-9, also lists Notre Dame, Kansas State, Indiana, North Carolina, Houston, Texas and Kansas.



Allen currently ranks No. 20 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.


Former UPIKE Guard Kenny Manigault Signs with AmeriLeague

Former University of Pikeville guard Kenny Manigault has officially signed with the new AmeriLeague.

Manigault will now be entered in the AmeriLeague draft on October 22.

Here are details:

Las Vegas – The AmeriLeague and guard Kenny Manigault have agreed to terms of a contract that will allow the former University of Pikeville guard to enter this year’s AmeriLeague draft. Per league policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

In his senior season, Manigault led Pikeville to the NAIA quarterfinals, where he averaged 18.3 points, 3.3 steals and 6.3 rebounds in three post-season appearances. UPIKE advanced to the NAIA National Championship quarterfinals where it lost to Talladega (Ala.).

In addition to earning 2015 NAIA Player of the Year honors, Manigault finished first in steals (83) and 16th in scoring (19.4 points per game). He was also recognized as Mid-South Conference Player of the Week twice, leading to MSC Player of the Year and inclusion into the 10-member All-NAIA Championship Team.

“I’m excited to join AmeriLeague,” Manigault said. “The league has produced some exciting buzz, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to take part in it .”

The AmeriLeague draft will commence on October 22nd. The inaugural season will tip-off in November ‘15. All AmeriLeague games will be available on-demand through major cable and satellite providers. Game tickets are available for purchase on AmeriLeague.com.

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Motlow State's Jaylen Barford Commits to Arkansas

Motlow State guard Jaylen Barford has committed to Arkansas.



Barford, a 6-foot-4 combo guard, was also considering Louisville, Memphis, Ole Miss, Missouri and Xavier.

Youngstown State Adds Former Morehead State Assistant Stew Robinson to Coaching Staff

Youngstown State has added former Morehead State assistant Stew Robinson to the coaching staff.

Robinson has 14 years of experience and coaching stints in the Big XII, Ohio Valley Conference and the Horizon League.

Here is an excerpt from WFMJ.com:

"Stew is a quality addition to our staff," Slocum said. "He has a great pedigree in terms of working for Coach (Bob) Knight. He's been a part of the Knight family for a long time. He played four years for him and coached at Texas Tech with him.

"Coach Robinson brings an enthusiasm and positiveness to our program, and we are really excited to have him."

Robinson spent the last four seasons at Horizon League member UIC from 2011-15 and served as the Flames' recruiting coordinator. During his tenure, 15 of 17 seniors graduated, and he helped the Flames to the school's first postseason victory in the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

Prior to joining UIC, Robinson spent eight seasons at Texas Tech under Head Coaches Bob Knight and Pat Knight from 2003-11. While in Lubbock, Texas, Robinson helped the Red Raiders to three NCAA Tournaments, including the 2005 Sweet 16, and 19-or-more wins on four occasions.

After serving as an assistant at Plattsburgh State for one season, Robinson accepted a position on the staff of the Morehead State Eagles (2002-03). At 20-9 that season, the Eagles were co-champions of the Ohio Valley Conference and registered their second 20-win mark in school history.

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Alhaji Mohammed Will Play in Kosovo This Season

Former Louisville guard Alhaji Mohammed has signed with Sigal Prishtina in Kosovo's SuperLeague for the upcoming season.

The 34-year old Mohammaed has enjoyed a lengthy professional career in the United States, Germany, Spain, Holland, Iran and Kuwait.

Here are details from Afrobasket.com:

Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) landed 34-year old Ghanian guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-89kg-81, college: Louisville, agency: Three Eye Sports). Mohammed managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). He played most recently at Sluc Nancy Basket Pro in French ProA. In 5 games he averaged 8.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.8apg. He also played at CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league that season. In 11 games he had 13.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg. Mohammed also played 16 games in Eurocup where he had 11.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg.

Among other achievements he won Romanian League championship title for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). Mohammed received also Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Guard of the Year award in 2014.

Tyshwan Edmondson Signs with London Lightning in NBL Canada

Former University Heights and Austin Peay guard Tyshwan Edmondson will continue his professional career with the London Lightning in NBL Canada.

Edmondson played last season for the Brampton A's in NBL Canada. In 40 games, he averaged 13.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

Here are details from USBasket.com:

London Lightning (NBL Canada) added to their roster 26-year old American guard Tyshwan Edmondson (193-79kg-89, college: Austin Peay State, agency: Play2Win). He played last season at Brampton A's (NBL Canada). In 40 games he recorded 13.4ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.6apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in NBL Canada Central Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Newcomer of the Year and voted to 2nd Team.

The previous (13-14) season Edmondson was tested by Springfield Armor in D-League.

Two years ago (a year after he left the college) Edmondson was drafted by Texas Legends (D-League) in sixth round (90th overall).

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John Calipari's 2015 Women's Clinic Scheduled for October 25

The 2015 John Calipari Women's Clinic has been scheduled for October 25 at the Joe Craft Center.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The annual and always popular John Calipari Women’s Clinic has been set for Oct. 25 from 3-6 p.m. at the Joe Craft Center on the University of Kentucky campus.

The clinic, now in its seventh season, is designed for women with all levels of basketball knowledge and experience and offers an exclusive inside look at the University of Kentucky men’s basketball program. The cost is $100. Fans can register at UKathletics.com/camps.

Check-in for the Women’s Clinic will be from 1-3 p.m. on Oct. 25 at the Lexington Avenue entrance of the Joe Craft Center (UK ticket office side). Throughout the designated check-in time, attendees can enjoy refreshments and a self-guided tour of the Joe Craft Center. Men’s basketball staff members will be stationed throughout the facility for demonstrations and questions.

Following check-in, the women’s clinic will include scheduled presentations by staff and players on the inner workings of the program, as well as a Q & A with Calipari, UK coaches and the 2015-16 Wildcats.

Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable attire (athletic shoes) and participate in activities and presentations at their own risk.

Parking will be available in the E lot located on the north side of the Joe Craft Center. Attendees must park in a legal parking spot in that E lot only (parking in R lots is not permitted).

The event will feature a camp store with Kentucky basketball items available for purchase. Please note that the camp store can only accept cash or checks as a form of payment

This clinic is open to women only and recruitable age participants (currently in the 7th-12th grades, junior college or prep school) are not permitted to register for or attend the clinic, per NCAA rules.

Those who wish to register for the 2015 John Calipari Women’s Clinic can do so online and are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible due to limited spots available. The 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Women’s Clinics were sold out.

Once you have completed the registration process, you will receive a confirmation email with itinerary. You will receive reminder emails with additional details of the event.

Any clinic-related questions can be called into the men’s basketball camp line at 859-257-9457 or 859-257-1916.

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

Motlow State's Stephaun Adams Commits to Tennessee Tech

Motlow State Community College freshman Stephaun Adams has committed to Tennessee Tech University.



Eastern Kentucky Offers Scholarship to 2018 Cordia Guard Ramon Mercado

Eastern Kentucky University has offered a scholarship to 2018 Cordia point guard Ramon Mercado.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Kentucky Will Visit 2016 Star Harry Giles Today

Kentucky will reportedly visit 2016 star Harry Giles today.

According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Kentucky will meet with Giles today:



Giles, a 6-foot-10 power forward at Oak Hill Academy (Va.), is ranked No. 2 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.

Photo: Rivals.com

Kentucky Wesleyan Unveils Talented Roster for 2015-16

Kentucky Wesleyan and head coach Happy Osborne have released their roster for the 2015-16 season.

The Panthers return the talented trio of Ken-Jah Bosley, Devin Langford and C.J. Blackwell.

Also back are Adam Stanford, Basil Deveaux, Marcus Filyaw and Luis Becerra.

Marcus Fuggins, Tamron Manning and Jermaine Morgan have transferred to Kentucky Wesleyan from Division I programs.

Jordan Jacks comes over from Shorter, another Division II program. Dalton Nelson transferred to KWC from Catawba Valley Community (JUCO) College.

Rounding out the roster are Latrelle Irvin, Jamie Johnson and Hunter Noffsinger.

2015-16 Men's Basketball Roster

NO. NAME POS. HT. WT. YR. HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE
0 Adam Stanford F 6-4 190 So. Fontana, CA A.B. Miller
1 Basil Deveaux G 6-4 184 Sr. Nassau, Bahamas Veritas Christian Academy (NC) Gulf Coast State
3 Marcus Fillyaw G 6-1 200 Sr. Topeka, KS Topeka Southern Illinois
11 Ken-Jah Bosley G 6-1 190 Jr. Richmond, KY Madison Central
15 C.J. Blackwell F 6-5 221 Sr. Los Angeles, CA Taft Union Charter Loyola Marymount
20 Luis Becerra G 6-4 202 Rf. Sevilla, Spain I.E.S. Carlos Hoya Sports Score Academy
21 Devin Langford F 6-7 209 Sr. Huntsville, AL Robert E. Lee Illinois
Marcus Fuggins C 6-9 260 Sr. Moreno Valley, CA Westwind Prep Morehead State
Latrelle Irvin F 6-4 183 So. Lebanon, KY Marion County
Jordan Jacks G 6-5 191 Jr. Douglasville, GA Chapel Hill Shorter
Jamie Johnson G 5-10 161 So. Louisville, KY Central
Tamron Manning G 6-4 202 Sr. Georgetown, KY Scott County Marshall
Jermaine Morgan C 6-8 230 Sr. Chicago, IL Whitney Young Bradley
Dalton Nelson F 6-6 206 So. Salisbury, NC North Rowan Catawba Valley CC
Hunter Noffsinger G 5-8 163 Fr. Central City, KY Muhlenberg County

Coaching Staff

NAME TITLE
Happy Osborne Head Men's Basketball Coach
Andre Morgan Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Brett Miller Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Eloy Vargas is Headed to Greece for 2015-16

Former Kentucky center Eloy Vargas will continue his professional career in Greece.

Vargas has signed with Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas in Greece's top-level A1 league for 2015-16.

Last season, Vargas played in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the NBA D-League.

In 30 games for the Los Angeles D-Fenders, Vargas averaged 8.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Dominican center Eloy Vargas (211-113kg-88, college: Kentucky, agency: You First). Vargas managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). He played in the summer at Metros de Santiago in LNB league in Dominican Republic. In 26 games he recorded 9.8ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3bpg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB Honorable Mention. He also played at Vaqueros (BSN) in Puerto Rican league that season. In 21 games he averaged 7.9ppg and 6.3rpg. The last season Vargas played at D-Fenders in D-League. In 30 games he averaged 8.7ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.6bpg.

The previous (13-14) season he played at Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Liga Endesa) in Spanish league. In 27 games he averaged 5.5ppg and 4.0rpg in 2013-14 season. Part of previous (2013) summer Vargas spent at San Lazaro (District National) in Dominican Rep. league. The other team he played shortly was Cupes (Santiago League) in Dominican Republic.

Last year (two years after he left the college) Vargas was drafted by Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) in first round (17th overall).

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Sporting News Places Bellarmine No. 6 in National Preseason Rankings

Bellarmine University is tabbed as the No. 6 team in the country according to the Sporting News Yearbook's 2015-16 preseason rankings.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Bellarmine University men's basketball team is tabbed as the No. 6 team in the country according to the Sporting News Yearbook's 2015-16 preseason rankings.

"Polls are great for fans and recruits," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport, "but what I'm most impressed with is our basketball team and its work ethic in the offseason and the preseason thus far. I really, really enjoy coaching this basketball team every day."

Tarleton State—which, like Bellarmine, lost in the national semifinals last season—got the top spot in the rankings. The Texans' 2014-15 record mirrored the Knights' 31-4 mark.

Augustana is in the No. 2 position with West Liberty, Lincoln Memorial and Missouri Southern rounding out the top five. Following Bellarmine in the top 10 are Midwestern State, St. Cloud State, Montevallo and California Baptist.

Listed as a "possible breakthrough" in the rankings is Great Lakes Valley Conference foe Indianapolis.

The rankings indicate the Knights are playing one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation as Bellarmine will tangle with both No. 4 Lincoln Memorial (Jan. 2 at home) and No. 7 Midwestern State (Nov. 27 in Evansville, Ind.) in addition to the always rigorous GLVC slate.

The Knights return 11 players and three starters from last's year final four team, and Davenport is pleased to welcome back such a seasoned squad. "There's no teacher like experience," he said, "and we have tremendous leadership."

Among Bellarmine's returnees are juniors Josh Derksen and Rusty Troutman, who both averaged more than 11 points a game last year, and 6-10 senior George Suggs, who led the GLVC in blocked shots last season and made 46.8 percent of his 3-pointers—also a league best.

The Knights also have a strong group of newcomers this season including Yasin Kolo, a 6-10 transfer who was enrolled at Bellarmine last year and was able to practice all season with the team. A strong recruiting class adds both size and guard play with junior college transfer Al Davis providing experience as a playmaker.

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Union College Announces 2015-16 Schedule

Union College has released their men's basketball schedule for the 2015-16 season.

Here's a release from UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union men's basketball head coach Kevin Burton has announced the Bulldogs' 2015-16 schedule; which features 12 home dates, two tournaments and an exhibition matchup with a NCAA Division I opponent.

Union is coming off the most successful season in program history in which they finished ranked 11th in the final NAIA Division II Coaches' Poll. In 2014-15, the Bulldogs posted a program-best record of 30-5, won Appalachian Athletic Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships for the second season in a row while accomplishing something no Union basketball team has done at the national level.

At the NAIA Division II National Championships, the Bulldogs defeated Northwestern Ohio 64-58, for the first win program history on the national stage. In the Round of 16, Union bowed out of the tournament to eventual National Semifinalist Embry-Riddle (Fla.), 89-75, completing the historic campaign.

The Bulldogs will look to build off of last season's successful campaign as they open the 2015-16 season with Boyce (Ky.) on Oct. 27. The action is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off inside Robsion Arena.

The home contest is one of only three games Union will host during the first two months of the season.

Union will travel to Marion, Ind., Nov. 6-7, to participate in the Caleb Dimmich Memorial Classic. In the classic, the Bulldogs will face Indiana Wesleyan and IU-East, both teams finished ranked in last season's coaches' poll.

One matchup that highlights the Bulldogs schedule is Nov. 8, as they travel to NCAA Division I Eastern Kentucky for an exhibition contest. This is the first matchup against an NCAA Division I opponent since 2009, when Union faced off against Tennessee Tech.

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2015-16 MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Day Time Opponent Score Record

October

27 7:00 PM vs. Boyce College Robsion Arena
30 7:00 PM @ St. Catharine

November

3 7:30 PM vs. Ohio Christian Robsion Arena
6 9:00 PM vs. Indiana Wesleyan Marion, Ind. Caleb Dimmich Memorial Classic
7 2:00 PM vs. IU-East Marion, Ind. Caleb Dimmich Memorial Classic
^ 8 @ Eastern Kentucky Details Exhibition
10 7:00 PM @ Alice Lloyd
14 2:00 PM @ Cumberlands
* 18 7:30 PM @ Bryan
21 6:00 PM vs. Alice Lloyd Robsion Arena
* 24 7:30 PM @ Montreat
28 7:00 PM vs. Cincinnati Christian Kingsport, Tenn.NAIA Men's Basketball DII Showcase "The Show"
29 5:00 PM vs. Davenport Kingsport, Tenn. NAIA Men's Basketball DII Showcase "The Show"

December

* 2 7:30 PM vs. Truett-McConnell Robsion Arena
* 5 6:00 PM vs. St. Andrews Robsion Arena
11 7:00 PM @ Berea

January

* 2 4:00 PM @ Milligan
* 4 7:30 PM vs. Tennessee Wesleyan Robsion Arena
* 7 7:30 PM @ Reinhardt
* 9 6:00 PM vs. Bluefield Robsion Arena
* 13 7:30 PM @ Truett-McConnell
* 20 7:30 PM vs. Bryan Robsion Arena
* 23 6:00 PM vs. Point Robsion Arena
* 27 7:30 PM @ St. Andrews
* 30 6:00 PM vs. Montreat Robsion Arena

February

* 6 6:00 PM vs. Milligan Robsion Arena
* 10 7:30 PM @ Tennessee Wesleyan
* 13 4:00 PM @ Bluefield
* 17 7:30 PM vs. Reinhardt Robsion Arena Senior Night
* 20 6:00 PM @ Point
24 vs. AAC Tournament Kingsport, Tenn.

Monday, September 21, 2015

DeMarcus Cousins Loses to Punching Bag During UFC Training

The Sacramento Kings and former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins recently did some UFC training as part of their preseason conditioning.

During the workout, Cousins ran into a tough punching bag. I'm not saying the punching bag won the fight, but...

Well, let's just check out the video:


2017 Guard CJ Fleming Commits to Bellarmine University

Bellarmine University has picked up a commitment from 2017 guard CJ Fleming from La Salle (OH) High School.

Fleming averaged 15.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game last season.


Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Has a Little Fun with Jeremy Lin

Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a little fun with new teammate Jeremy Lin over the weekend.

The security guards at Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena didn't know about  Lin's recent signing with the Hornets and tried to block him from entering the arena.

Lin Tweeted that he had to convince them that he is actually an NBA player.



Kidd-Gilchrist and Lin then teamed up to make fun of the situation with MKG serving as security:


Corbin's Andrew Taylor Receives Second D1 Offer From Texas-Arlington

Corbin's Andrew Taylor has received his second Division I offer from Texas-Arlington.



Taylor, a 6-foot-1 shooting guard in the Class of 2018, was previously offered by Stetson.

Atlanta Hawks Sign Edgar Sosa to Training Camp Deal

The Atlanta Hawks have signed former Louisville point guard Edgar Sosa to a training camp deal.



Sosa was getting ready to sign with Banco di Srd in Italy's Serie A league. He has played previously in Germany, Puerto Rico, Spain, Italy and Dominican Republic.

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