Friday, April 1, 2016

Kentucky's Jamal Murray Will Enter NBA Draft, Most Likely Sign with Agent

Kentucky's Jamal Murray has just announced that he will be entering the NBA Draft and (almost certainly) ending his college career. 

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball freshman guard Jamal Murray officially announced he has declared for the NBA Draft at a press conference in Memorial Coliseum on Friday.

Murray has decided to move forward and enter the NBA Draft after one of the most prolific scoring seasons in school history.

“At first my mom, dad and I made a goal to get a good university,” Murray said. “All my life we’ve been working for the best schools to take a look at me. When I first committed to Kentucky, it was the biggest moment of my life, being able to hug my dad and all my family members behind me as we took the next step. I came here with a goal to improve myself and I did. I cherished every moment I was on the court. I made Kentucky my second home to Canada. Coach Cal and the staff told me that I would have to work hard every day and that they would demand the best of me. I’m thankful for how much they’ve pushed me to become a better player, teammate and person.

“With that said, I’m ready to take on the challenge of playing at the next level and I have declared for the NBA Draft. I want to thank the fans for all their support. It was a crazy experience and we had a lot of fun this year. I’m excited to take on new challenges in the journey ahead of me.”

The 6-foot-4 guard was one of the nation’s best scorers all season long and led the Wildcats in scoring at 20.0 points per game, which is the highest individual scoring average at Kentucky in the Calipari era. He earned a plethora of postseason accolades, including Associated Press Third Team All-America honors as well as All-Southeastern Conference First Team recognition by both the AP and the league’s coaches. He was tabbed a freshman All-American by Sporting News and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

“Jamal is one of the greatest kids,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “The improvement he showed over the course of the season may be unmatched by anyone I’ve ever coached. He grew into a true winner and one of the most efficient scorers. What I love about Jamal is he’s a great teammate who has a smile on his face every day. I’m going to really miss coaching him.”

With 720 points this season, he owns the school’s freshman single-season scoring record, surpassing Brandon Knight (657 points in 2010-11). That mark is also good for eighth all-time among all players in UK history.

The Kitchener, Ontario, native posted three 30-point games this season, two of which came against league foes. The three 30-point games are the most by a freshman in school history, and his 35 points vs. Florida tied Terrence Jones (Jan. 11, 2011 vs. Auburn) for the single-game freshman school record. It also tied Jones for the most points in a single game in the Calipari era.

A five-time SEC weekly award winner, Murray was the first Wildcat to reach double figures in 30 or more games since Jodie Meeks had a run of 32 times in 2008-09. Murray’s streak stretched to 34 straight games. He racked up a 12-game streak of scoring 20 points or more, matching the longest such streak for any UK player since Kevin Grevey topped 20 or more points in 12 straight games in 1974-75.

Having hit a 3-pointer in every game this season, Murray owns the UK freshman record for most 3-point field goals in a single season with 113, surpassing Knight’s previous record of 87. His 113 made 3-pointers are second on the UK single-season 3-point field goal list and the most of any freshman in the history of the SEC. It’s also the second most of any freshman in NCAA history, trailing only Stephen Curry’s record of 122.

Murray’s postseason honors list continues to lengthen by the day. Among the honors he’s been recognized for include:

· AP All-America Third Team

· All-SEC First Team (Coaches/AP) · SEC All-Freshman Team (Coaches)
· USA Today All-America Second Team
· Scout.com All-America Second Team
· CBS Sports All-America Third Team
· USBWA Freshman All-America Team
· Sporting News Freshman All-America Team
· USBWA All-District IV Team
· NABC District 21 First Team
· Wayman Tisdale finalist

Players have until May 25 to make a final decision based on the new rule between the NCAA and NBA so long as they don’t hire an agent.

The NBA Draft Combine will take place May 11-15. Players who have not hired agents will have 10 days following that opportunity to make a final decision as to whether to forgo their athletic eligibility or return to school.

The 2016 NBA Draft is scheduled for June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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

Morehead State and Nevada Will Decide Heated Series for CBI Championship Tonight

Morehead State and Nevada will play a decisive game 3 in the CBI Tournament championship series tonight in Reno. 

Nevada evened the series with a 77-68 win Wednesday night. Morehead was a dismal 1-16 (6.3%) from the three-point line in the game. The Eagles also managed just 13-24 free throws.

The series opened with an 86-83 Morehead win Monday night in Johnson Arena.

The first two games have become increasingly physical, culminating with MSU coach Sean Woods blowing by Nevada coach Eric Musselman in the handshake line Wednesday night.

I'm told that Musselman wasn't exactly "friendly" after Monday night's loss at Morehead.

One thing is for certain, tonight's championship game will be must-watch basketball.

Tonight:

9:00 p.m. Morehead State (23-12) vs. Nevada (22-14) - CBI Championship Game -

TV: ESPNU

Line: Nevada -4

Video of the the handshake line Wednesday night:



Woods says the two coaches will shake hands after game 3:



Game on. Let's ball!

Rosters Released for 25th Annual Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game

The rosters have been released for the 25th annual Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game.

The game will take place April 9 at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

Here's a look at the rosters:



Thursday, March 31, 2016

UK Men's Basketball to Make "Special Announcement" on Friday

The University of Kentucky men's basketball program will make a "special announcement" Friday afternoon. 

A press release sent out by UK did not specify details of the announcement, but it sounds like it will be big news since the press conference will be streamed live on UKAthletics.com.

The press conference is schedule for 2:00 p.m. ET.

Cousins, Rondo Manage to Earn Technical Fouls at the Same Time

Former UK stars Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins pulled off a rare feat last night. 

The Sacramento Kings teammates managed to earn technical fouls at the same time in last night's 120-111 win over the Wizards.

In the game's closing seconds, Rondo and Cousins started sarcastically clapping after an official made a call. Each player was given a technical.

Rondo then earned a second technical foul for arguing about the first. He was ejected.

Cousins will be suspended two games because he has now accumulated 16 technical fouls this season.

The Kings are officially eliminated from the playoff race so in the grand scheme of things, the suspension isn't a big deal.

Take a look:

Ray Kasongo Will Transfer from Tennessee

I'm told by a good source that former Pikeville High School and East Ridge High School big man Ray Kasongo is transferring from Tennessee. 

He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Kasongo played in 22 games for the Volunteers last season. He averaged 1.4 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.


Travis Ford Lands at Saint Louis

Travis Ford, who was fired at Oklahoma State just two weeks ago, has been named head coach at Saint Louis.

In 19 seasons as a head coach, Ford has an overall record of 345-247. He has previously coached at Oklahoma State (eight years, 2008-16), Massachusetts (three years, 2005-08), Eastern Kentucky (five years, 2000-05) and Campbellsville University.

Here's a release from SLU:

ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis University has announced that Travis Ford has been named head coach of the Billikens’ men’s basketball program.

SLU Director of Athletics Chris May announced the hiring Wednesday night. Coach Ford will be introduced at a press conference at Chaifetz Arena on Thursday, March 31, at noon (CT). The press conference is open to the public and will be streamed live on www.slubillikens.com.

The new Billikens coach will embark on his 20th season as a head coach in the fall.

“We are thrilled to welcome Travis and his family into the program,” May said. “Our vision for Billiken basketball is to be nationally competitive, and Travis shares in that vision. He has had success everywhere he has coached. Travis is an accomplished recruiter and program-builder and is highly respected throughout college basketball. We are excited about the future of our program with Travis as our head men’s basketball coach.”

“Our University strategic plan recognizes that our athletic programs increase SLU’s national visibility and institutional pride,” said SLU President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D. “I am convinced that Coach Ford will bring the energy, experience, recruitment skills and coaching acumen needed to position our men’s basketball program among the best in the country. He is also a person who will engage our community, advance our mission and build our brand.”

“First and foremost, my family and I are excited to be a part of the Billiken program,” Ford said. “I look forward to working with Chris May and Dr. Pestello in making this one of the top programs in America. We are going to deliver a brand of basketball that is fun, exciting, aggressive and up-tempo – one that recruits will love playing and fans will love watching.

“St. Louis is a great sports city and my family and I are honored to become a part of it,” Ford continued. “We have a great setting to recruit to with a wonderful city, beautiful campus, terrific school and a first-class facility. I can’t wait to engage with the student body and the fans as we work together to build a brand that everyone will be excited about.”

In 19 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Ford has a 345-257 record. He has had head-coaching stints at Oklahoma State (eight years, 2008-16), Massachusetts (three years, 2005-08), Eastern Kentucky (five years, 2000-05) and Campbellsville University. Ford has led his team to the NCAA Tournament six times. He has coached six players who have gone on to play in the NBA and five who have been named conference player of the year.

Most recently, Ford spent eight seasons as head coach at Oklahoma State University and led the Cowboys to a 155-111 record and five NCAA Tournament appearances, including three in the last four years. He recruited three McDonald’s All-Americans to Stillwater during his tenure.

Complete Release

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Georgetown College's Chris Briggs Mentioned as Possible Candidate at Wright State

Georgetown College's Chris Briggs has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the head coach job at Wright State University.

Here's an excerpt:

6. Chris Briggs: Went 32-4 as the head coach at Georgetown (Ky.) this season, losing the NAIA national championship game to Mid American Christian (Okla.). Led Georgetown to the 2013 NAIA title.

5. Darnell Hoskins: Former Flyer and Chaminade Julienne grad has excelled as the head coach at Thurgood Marshall High School, taking the Cougars to three Division II Final Fours since 2009.

4. Travis Trice: Even more successful at Wayne High School than Hoskins. Built the lowly Warriors program into a D-I power, winning state in 2015 and going 25-1 this season.

3. Anthony Grant: Former Flyer is currently an Oklahoma City Thunder assistant after being Alabama’s head coach from 2009-15. Often linked to filling Flyers openings over the years.

2. Ron Hunter: Head coach at Georgia State and former head coach at IUPUI. Dayton native who starred at CJ and played at Miami with Ron Harper. Like Grant, often mentioned when UD has opening.

1. Pat Kelsey: Winthrop (Rock Hill, S.C.) coach last four seasons. Former assistant at Xavier – where he played — and Wake Forest. A Cincinnati Elder grad who reportedly is interested in returning to Ohio. Led Winthrop (23-9) to share of Big South title this season.

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Wright State fired head coach Billy Donlon following this postgame rant at the Horizon League tournament:

Morgan County's Jordan Perry Has Signed with University of Pikeville

Morgan County High School star Jordan Perry, the second all-time leading scorer in 16th Region history, has signed with the University of Pikeville for next season. 

Perry averaged 27 points per game last season and totaled 3,331 points for his career.

UPIKE assistant Tigh Compton shared the news on Twitter:


Russell County High School Duo Set to Sign with College Programs

A pair of Russell County High School seniors have made their college choices.

Eddie Murphy, a 5-foot-9 points guard, will be signing with Lindsey Wilson College. Murphy averaged 16.5 points and 4.0 assists per game this season.

Keenan Jordan, who averaged 11 points and 11 boards this season, will be signing a full scholarship to Wallace State. Jordan is a 6-foot-5 forward.

Wallace State is a JUCO program in the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC).



Monday, March 28, 2016

Montrezl Harrell in Trouble for Shoving Referee Down

Former Louisville star Montrezl Harrell is in trouble following a postgame incident in which he shoved an NBA D-League referee to the ground.

The National Basketball Referees Association has condemned Harrell in an official statement:

“After carefully reviewing videotape and related evidence concerning this incident, we have reached the inescapable conclusion that Harrell committed a deliberate assault and battery against Referee [Jason] Goldenberg,” NBRA general counsel Lee Seham said. “Anything less than a multiple game suspension would constitute a green light for violence against officials.”

Kenny Johnson Promoted to Associate Head Coach at Louisville

Louisville recently promoted assistant Kenny Johnson to associate head coach. 

Here's a release from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kenny Johnson, an assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Louisville for the past two years, has been elevated to associate head coach by UofL Head Coach Rick Pitino.

"Kenny is a five-star coach, a five-star recruiter and a five-star person," said Pitino. "We want him to remain a part of our family for the coming years."

"I believe in the integrity of Coach Pitino and it is an honor to continue to be a part of the program that he leads," said Johnson, who signed a new two-year agreement with UofL. "I love this program and what it means to so many great people. Just as a legion of supporters have had our back and continue to have our back, so shall I have theirs. L1C4."

In Johnson's first year on the staff in 2014-15, the Cardinals posted a 27-9 record, were among the top four teams in their first year in the ACC and reached the NCAA Elite Eight. UofL's 2015 recruiting class ranked among the nation's top ten. The Cardinals posted a 23-8 record this season, again finished in the top four of the ACC and rose to 16th in the final Associated Press poll after being unranked in the preseason.

When Johnson first arrived at UofL, Pitino challenged him with his personal fitness, as Pitino stressed having a highly-conditioned team and not asking players to do what the coaching staff was not willing to do themselves. Johnson's dedication was evident with a remarkable physical transformation when he lost 100 pounds in his first four months at UofL.

Johnson was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Indiana University for two years prior to joining the Cardinals. While at Indiana, Johnson helped the Hoosiers assemble two top 20 recruiting classes, including a top five class in 2013. On the court, Indiana produced a combined 46-22 record in his two seasons there, winning the Big Ten Championship, earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2013.

Johnson is recognized as a top recruiter on a national level. After surveying more than 60 collegiate coaches, ESPN Insider, named Johnson as the nation's 10th best recruiting assistant coach in a March 2, 2016 listing. He has been the lead recruiter with 21 signed prospects in five years as a collegiate coach, including four All-American selections such as Troy Williams, Noah Vonleh and V.J. King.

Johnson was an assistant coach at Towson for one season in 2011-12, helping assemble a top five mid-major recruiting class. He began his coaching career in 2002 as the associate head coach at Eleanor Roosevelt High School before moving to Dr. Henry Wise High School in 2006 for one year (2006-07). He was associate head coach at Paul IV High School for four years (2007-11) before advancing to the collegiate ranks.

Complete Release

Bullitt East's Tyler Sharpe Will Walk-On at Louisville

Bullitt East shooting guard Tyler Sharpe plans to walk-on at the University of Louisville next season.

Sharpe, who stands 6-foot-1, has been a lifelong Louisville fan.

He averaged 19.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for the Chargers this season.

Louisville's Damion Lee to Participate in College 3-Point Contest

Louisville senior Damion Lee will participate in the 28th annual State Farm College 3-Point Championships on March 31. 

Here are details from UL:

CHICAGO – Louisville's Damion Lee has been selected to the 3-point roster for the 28th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at Berry Center in Cypress, Texas on March 31, Intersport announced today. He is one of eight men's college basketball players selected for the event that will air live on ESPN at 8 p.m. CT. Lee was invited to take part in the 3-Point Championship after being recognized as one of the nation's finest shooters from three-point territory.

Lee buried 257 three-pointers in his collegiate career at Drexel and Louisville, including a team-high 61 threes for the Cardinals this season. He led Louisville in scoring (15.9 points per game) and steals (46) as the Cards produced a 23-8 record and finished the season 16th in the Associated Press poll. Lee scored a combined 2,016 career points at the two schools.

Intersport, producers of the event, invites 24 of the nation's elite men's and women's college basketball players to compete in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships (eight dunkers, along with eight men's and eight women's shooters). The program showcases the dunking and sharp-shooting talents of the nation's top college basketball players during the Men's 3-Point Shooting Championship, the Women's 3-Point Shooting Championship, the Battle of the Champions, and the Slam Dunk Championship.

A complete list of participants will be released at a later date.

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Western Kentucky Officially Hires Rick Stansbury as Head Coach

Western Kentucky has announced the hiring of Rick Stansbury as the school's 15th men's basketball coach. 

Here is a press release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – With 293 career wins and 11 postseason trips as a head coach to his credit, Rick Stansbury has been named the 15th head men’s basketball coach at Western Kentucky University, Director of Athletics Todd Stewart announced on Monday.

A formal press conference to introduce Stansbury is set for 1 p.m. today inside the Jack and Jackie Harbaugh Club at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. The event is open to the public, and free parking is available in Parking Structure 2 (PS2) next to Smith Stadium.

Stansbury, a Battletown, Kentucky native and Campbellsville University Class of 2003 Hall of Famer, comes to The Hill following two years at 2015-16 Southeastern Conference regular season champion Texas A&M which included a run to the 2016 NCAA Sweet 16. In his 30 seasons as a head coach or an assistant coach, Stansbury’s teams have gone to the postseason 18 times, with Top 5 seeds in the NCAA Tournament in 2016 (3), 2004 (2), 2003 (5), 2002 (3), 1996 (5) and 1995 (5) and in the NIT in 2012 (4), 2010 (1), and 2007 (1).

The veteran head coach made his name over a 22-year run at Mississippi State, including the final 14 as head coach (1999-2012), where he compiled a career record of 293-166 (.638), led the Bulldogs to the postseason 11 times, with six NCAA appearances, and became Mississippi State’s all-time wins leader in the process.

In his two seasons in College Station, working for head coach Billy Kennedy, Stansbury helped the Aggie coaching staff sign a consensus top-10 recruiting class, a class regarded as one of the best in school history, in 2015. This past season, with Stansbury serving as associate head coach, the Aggies set a school record for wins with 28 after a 21-12 campaign and third place SEC finish in his first season. Texas A&M’s run to the Sweet 16 was the deepest the Aggies have advanced in the tournament in program history.

During Stansbury’s final 10 years leading the Bulldogs, only Kentucky won more SEC championships than his eight, and over his entire 14-year run at the helm, only Kentucky and Florida won more games. His 293 career victories are the ninth-most in SEC history. The Bulldogs won the SEC tournament in 2002 and 2009, the overall SEC championship in 2004 and dominated the league’s Western Division during Stansbury’s tenure, winning the side in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2010.

His teams were also postseason regulars, appearing in the NCAA Tournament or NIT 11 of his 14 seasons as MSU’s head coach including trips to the NCAA tournament in four consecutive seasons (2002-2005) and consecutive appearances in 2008 and 2009 with NIT trips in 1999, 2001, 2007, 2010 and 2012. Including his time as an assistant, Mississippi State went to the postseason 15 times in 22 seasons.

Seven Bulldogs earned All-America honors, 23 were named All-SEC (11 first teamers), and he posted 20 or more wins in 10 seasons during his 14-year run as head coach. Prior to Stansbury taking over as head coach, MSU had just seven postseason tournament appearances and won at least 20 games just seven times in the school’s previous 86 years of basketball competition.

Stansbury is, in every essence of the word, a winner.

Off the court, Stansbury’s program graduated players at a rate never before seen at Mississippi State. Over his time as head coach, only Vanderbilt had a higher graduation rate in the SEC, and the Bulldogs were third in the SEC with 41 academic honorees in 14 years. Fans also came out in droves in Starkville to watch Stansbury’s Bulldogs play. Of the Top 30 most attended games in MSU history, 26 came during Stansbury’s run as head coach including all of the Top 10. He remains the only coach in MSU history to average more than 10,000 fans per game in SEC play (2003-04/10,209), and his Bulldogs played in front of an average of over 7,000 fans per night in six of his 14 seasons as head coach.

Stansbury also brings to The Hill a national reputation of success as evidenced by his 2004 SEC Associated Press Coach of the Year, finalist for National Coach of the Year, and District 17 NABC Coach of the Year awards. During the 2003-04 season, Stansbury’s Bulldogs ranked as high as No. 4 in the AP poll and finished No. 8 that year, their third consecutive Top 25 finish in the final AP poll.

As a recruiter, Stansbury is no stranger to sending players to the NBA ranks. Since 1996, Stansbury has nine lottery picks including the 5th overall pick in the 1999 Draft, Jonathan Bender (Toronto), the 10th overall pick in the 1996 Draft, Erick Dampier (Indiana), and Parade All-American and 2005’s 40th overall pick, Monta Ellis (Golden State). Over a nine-year period in Starkville (2003-11), Stansbury signed five different top-20 recruiting classes. His 2005 class was rated the sixth-best nationally by Rivals.com while his final class in the spring of 2011 was No. 12 nationally by the outlet. The Class of 2015 at Texas A&M was rated No. 8 nationally by Rivals.com.

Before going to Starkville, Stansbury spent six seasons as an assistant at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. Working alongside the late Lake Kelly, APSU recorded three consecutive winning seasons including an Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship and NCAA Tournament second-round berth in 1986-87.

His 16-year career as an assistant prior to the MSU head coaching post began at his alma mater during the 1981-82 season as he worked toward earning a double major in business and physical education. He then moved on to work for Randy Vernon at Cumberland in Williamsburg where he earned his master’s in Business Education. In 1983-84, the team went 31-5 and earned a second-round appearance in the NAIA Tournament. In October 1999, Stansbury was honored by the Campbellsville Alumni Association as a proud recipient of the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Stansbury’s connection to The Hill goes back well before his hiring as head coach to his great uncle, Edgar B. Stansbury, a 1994 WKU Athletics Hall of Famer as a three-sport athlete (baseball, basketball, football), football assistant coach under W.L. “Gander” Terry, and Director of Athletics in 1946 after serving his country in World War II. The concourse inside E.A. Diddle Arena is named in E.B. Stansbury’s honor.

Stansbury is married to the former Meo Mellen of Roanoke, Va. The couple has three sons, Isaac, Noah and Luke.

THE RICK STANSBURY FILE

PERSONAL
Born: December 23, 1959 (56 years old)
Hometown: Battletown, Ky.
High School: Meade County, ‘77
College: Campbellsville, ‘81
Wife: Meo
Children: Isaac, Noah, Luke

COACHING CAREER
1981-82: Campbellsville (student assistant)
1983-84: Cumberland (graduate assistant)
1985-90: Austin Peay (assistant coach)
1990-94: Mississippi State (assistant coach)
1994-98: Mississippi State (associate head coach)
1998-2012: Mississippi State (head coach)
2014-15: Texas A&M (assistant coach)
2015-16: Texas A&M (associate head coach)
2016-17: WKU (head coach)

CAREER ACCOLADES
Championships: SEC Western Conference Championships (2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010); SEC Tournament Champions (2002, 2009); Overall SEC Champion (2004)
Postseason Experience As a head coach: NCAA (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009), NIT (1999, 2001, 2007, 2010, 2012); As an assistant: NCAA (1987, 1991, 1995 – Sweet 16, 1996 – Final Four, 2016 – Sweet 16), NIT (1990, 1994)
Awards: SEC Coach of the Year (2004), District 17 NABC Coach of the Year (2004)

How to Follow the Hilltoppers: For complete information on WKU Hilltopper Basketball, visit WKUSports.com or follow the program via social media @WKUBasketball on Twitter, at WKUBasketball on Instagram and on Facebook at facebook.com/WKUBasketball.

Tubby Smith Named NABC District 8 Coach of the Year

The awards continue to roll in for Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith following a 19-13 season that ended in the NCAA Tournament.

Smith was named NABC District 8 Coach of the Year last week.

Texas A&M's Billy Kennedy was named District 21 Coach of the Year.

2016 NABC UPS DIVISION I ALL-DISTRICT COACHES

District 1: King Rice, Monmouth
District 2: Roy Williams, North Carolina
District 3: Tony Jasick, Jacksonville
District 4: Mark Schmidt, St. Bonaventure
District 5: Jay Wright, Villanova
District 6: Bill Evans, Idaho State
District 7: Tom Crean, indiana
District 8: Tubby Smith, Texas Tech
District 9: Randy Bennett, Saint Mary’s
District 10: Kevin Keatts, UNC Wilmington
District 11: Jerod Haase, UAB
District 12: Bryce Drew, Valparaiso
District 13: James Jones, Yale
District 14: Keith Dambrot, Akron
District 15: Murray Garvin, South Carolina State
District 16: Gregg Marshall, Wichita State
District 17: Steve Fisher, San Diego State
District 18: Greg Herenda, Fairleigh Dickinson
District 19: Dana Ford, Tennessee State
District 20: Dana Altman, Oregon
District 21: Billy Kennedy, Texas A&M
District 22: Matt McCall, Chattanooga
District 23: Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin
District 24: Chris Beard, Arkansas – Little Rock
District 25: Fran Dunphy, Temple

Tyler Ulis Earns Second Team All-America Honors from NABC

Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis has been named to the NABC All-America Second Team. 

Here is a release from UK:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kentucky sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis has picked up three of the four NCAA-recognized All-America honors after being tabbed to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-America Second Team on Monday.

Ulis has now been named an All-American by the Sporting News (first team), the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (second team) and the NABC (second team). The Associated Press, the fourth NCAA-recognized All-America team, has not been released yet and will determine if Ulis is a consensus All-American.

The Chicago native was tabbed to the NABC All-America Second Team alongside Providence’s Kris Dunn, Kansas’ Perry Ellis, Iowa State’s Georges Niang and Utah’s Jakob Poeltl.

Ulis is the eighth Wildcat to be named an NABC All-American during the John Calipari era. Willie Cauley-Stein was a first-team selection, while Karl-Anthony Towns was named to the second team last season.

Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values (advocacy, leadership, service and education) of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes.

Ulis posted one of the greatest all-time individual seasons for a point guard in school history while leading the Wildcats to a share of the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship, the SEC Tournament title and a 27-9 overall record in 2015-16.

En route to becoming one of the nation’s elite players, Ulis ended the season with 246 assists, setting the new single-season school record previously held by John Wall. Until the season’s final game, Ulis had a streak of 28 consecutive games with four or more assists, the longest streak in school history since at least 1972-73.

Later this week he will be in Houston as one of four finalists for the Naismith Trophy, awarded annually by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the nation’s most outstanding player of the year.

Among the honors Ulis has already received this postseason:

· Sporting News All-America First Team
· USBWA All-America Second Team
· NABC All-America Second Team
· SEC Player of the Year (Coaches/AP)
· SEC Tournament MVP
· SEC Defensive Player of the Year (Coaches)
· All-SEC First Team (Coaches/AP)
· SEC All-Defensive Team (Coaches)
· USA Today All-America First Team
· CBS Sports SEC Player of the Year
· USBWA District IV Player of the Year
· USBWA All-District IV Team
· NABC District 21 First Team
· Naismith Trophy finalist
· John R. Wooden Award finalist
· USBWA Oscar Robertson finalist
· Bob Cousy finalist

About Mr. Fab-ULIS: Ulis finished the season averaging 17.3 points and an SEC-best 7.0 assists. Following his final game, he ranked seventh nationally in assists and sixth in the country with a 3.6 assist-to-turnover ratio.

He was the only player in the SEC averaging at least 17.3 points and 7.0 assists or better. He was one of just four players in the nation (Kahil Felder, Oakland; Denzel Valentine, Michigan State; Juan’ya Green, Hofstra) with those numbers and the lone underclassman entering this weekend’s action.

Ulis completed the year with the single-season school record for most 20-point, five-assist games with 14, and according to the SEC Network, his three 20-point, 10-assist games this season are the most of any SEC player in the last 20 seasons.

In league play, Ulis averaged 8.4 assists with a 4.5 assist-to-turnover ratio. He played 672 of a possible 725 minutes in SEC games, committing a turnover every 19.8 minutes per game.

Ulis’ value was probably best represented by his performances in Kentucky’s biggest games. He averaged a team-best 24.4 points and a team-high 7.6 assists in UK’s seven games vs. ranked opponents. He shot 54.2 percent with a 3.8 assist-to-turnover ratio in those games. Those numbers are even more impressive when you consider he played 291 of the possible 295 minutes in those games, including the entire 45 minutes of all three overtime contests.

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

It's Officially Blue and Gold Day in Morehead as Eagles Prepare for CBI Championship Series

Today is officially "Blue and Gold Day" in Morehead as the Morehead State Eagles get ready to host game 1 of the CBI Tournament championship series.

Morehead mayor Jim Tom Trent made the announcement on social media:

Jim Tom Trent

Tomorrow is "officially" BLUE and GOLD Day in Morehead. Please wear those colors proudly in support of YOUR EAGLES as they take on Nevada in Game 1 of the CBI Championship Series. Plus, there is still time to get your tickets for tomorrow night's game. Tipoff is at 830. ‪#‎Community‬ ‪#‎flylikeaneagle‬ ‪#‎EagleEmpire‬

Here are more details on tomorrow night's game from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. - Following a 77-72 victory at Ohio on Wednesday night, Morehead State will now host the Nevada Wolfpack in game one of the CBI Finals on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. ET.

To purchase tickets, call 606-783-2088 or visit MSUEagles.com/CBITix. Fans can enjoy $1 fountain drinks and $1 popcorn during the game.

Morehead State, which is 22-12 overall and finished 11-5 in Ohio Valley Conference play, has earned its fifth postseason appearance in the past eight seasons. The Eagles played in the 2009 and 2011 NCAA Tournaments, in addition to the 2010 and 2014 CBI.

For the first time in program history, the Eagles have won three postseason games in one season. MSU's previous high was two postseason wins in 1956 and 1961. In both of those seasons, they won an NCAA Regional quarterfinal game and then a Regional third place game.

MSU has recorded its seventh 20-win season in program history. Five of those 20-win campaigns have come in the last eight years and head coach Sean Woods has led MSU to 20-plus wins twice in four years.

With 22 wins on the year, the Eagles have the most victories since they finished the 2010-11 season at 25-10.

The Eagles were the only road team to win in the first round of the CBI and the win marked their first postseason victory since they upset Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2011. The road team has won only three times in this year's CBI and Morehead State has two of those three victories after defeating Ohio in Athens.

Morehead State is averaging 81.0 points-per-game in the CBI and is shooting 63-of-77 from the charity stripe. They shot 21-of-24 in the win at Siena and 20-of-22 in the win at Ohio. They are outrebounding bigger opponents by 4.3 rebounds per game and have recorded 34 steals, while forcing 49 turnovers in just three games.

The CBI Finals will consist of a best-of-three series and will air live on ESPNU. Games two and three will take place in Reno, Nev. on Wednesday, March 30, and Friday, April 1 (if necessary).

The games will broadcast on the Eagle Sports Radio Network with Chuck Mraz and Jason Blanton calling all of the action. The radio network includes WIVY-96.3 FM and several affiliates throughout eastern Kentucky. A live audio stream can be found on MSUEagles.com and the Eagle Empire app.

LSU's Tim Quarterman Plans to Enter NBA Draft, End College Career

LSU's Tim Quarterman plans to declare for the NBA Draft and hire an agent:


Quarterman averaged 11.2 points,  4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assist per game for a bad LSU team this season.

DeMarcus Cousins Uses Videobomb to Send Message About George Karl

Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins used a videobomb to send a message about head coach George Karl over the weekend.

On Saturday, head coach George Karl raised some eyebrows by saying guard Seth Curry would only last in the NBA for "a couple years," according to Blake Ellington of Sactown Royalty.

Cousins interrupted a postgame interview with Curry to send a different message:



Curry started in Sunday's 133-111 win over Dallas and scored 14 points.

WKU Set to Name Rick Stansbury Head Coach Today

Western Kentucky is set to name Rick Stansbury head coach later today.

Here are more details from ESPN:

Former Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury will become the next coach at Western Kentucky, sources told ESPN.

The school is expected to announce the hiring of Stansbury at a news conference Monday, according to sources.

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The press conference is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. today.

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