Friday, April 15, 2016

Buckhorn's Connor Hoskins Adds an Offer from University of Pikeville

Buckhorn High School guard Connor Hoskins has picked up an offer from the University of Pikeville.

Per his AAU team:

Cordia's Ajenee Chisolm Commits to Alice Lloyd College

Cordia guard Ajenee (A.J.) Chisolm has committed to Alice Lloyd College for next season.

Josh Pastner Says He Won't Hire Any Assistants Who Play Golf

New Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner says he won't hire any assistant coaches who golf to his coaching staff at Georgia Tech.

Here are details from Matt Norlander of CBS Sports:

And now we know, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, that Pastner will not consider any assistants for his new staff at Georgia Tech if indeed they hit the links.

“My first question to anyone I (might) hire is, ‘Do you golf?'” Pastner said this week. “If they say, ‘Yes,' you can't work for me, because that means five hours on a Sunday or on a Saturday. Can't. Don't want it. That's for my assistant coaches. Any of my assistant coaches, if they're golfers, not working for me.”


And, to be clear, Pastner wasn't saying that an assistant coach can never be seen on a golf course ever again. Regardless, those who play regularly will have to find work elsewhere.

“I know there are going to be some fund-raising (golf events) you've got to drive around, but I couldn't handle five hours,” he said. “I couldn't handle it and I wouldn't want my staff to do it, either.”

I followed up with Pastner on Friday afternoon. He called me on his way to New York. It's the first day of the April live period to recruit. He's flying alone; he has no assistants on his staff yet.

"I'm going to be really meticulous, really take my time," Pastner said of the hiring process. "None of my assistants can be golfers. If any of my assistants are golfers, won't fly with me. It's not as much is that it's golf, it's that, if you're going to be here, you're going to have to work like crazy. We're rebuilding. It's going to be a seven-day-a-week job."

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Hopefully he will hire some assistant coaches who know x's and o's.

Report: Bullitt East's Bob Blackburn Has Stepped Down

According to the school's student Twitter account, Bullitt East High School head coach Bob Blackburn has stepped down.

Tubby Smith Introduced at Memphis

The University of Memphis has formally introduced Tubby Smith as their new men's basketball coach.

Here is a release from UM:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Legendary basketball coach Orlando "Tubby" Smith, who guided the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA title, has been named the 18th head coach in the storied history of the University of Memphis basketball program.

Smith, who has a 557-276 career record at Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Texas Tech, is a three-time National Coach of the Year, and most recently The Sporting News National Coach of the Year and Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year in 2016. During a 10-year span between his tenures with three different programs (Tulsa, Georgia, and Kentucky), he advanced his team to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 or beyond eight times.

"A historic hire for the University of Memphis," said President M. David Rudd of Coach Tubby Smith. "He is the most accomplished coach the UofM has ever hired. For the University of Memphis and our basketball program, Tubby Smith is simply the right guy at the right time."

"Tubby Smith is one of the finest collegiate basketball coaches and is a man of tremendous character," said Memphis Athletics Director Tom Bowen. "Nationally, he is highly respected as a leader of young men and as a teacher of the game. I am honored that Coach Smith has agreed to become the next head men's basketball coach at the University of Memphis."

He has led teams to one National Championship, four NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearances, nine NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances, and 17 overall NCAA Tournament berths. He has coached 13 NBA draft picks and 22 former players have gone on to play in the NBA.

Last season, Texas Tech made the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004-05, finishing with a record of 19-16. For his efforts in turning around the program – which included a 9-9 mark in a strong Big 12 Conference – he was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year, in addition to being named The Sporting News National Coach of the Year.

Smith's contract with the Tigers is worth $15.45 million over five years, including $2.8 million in 2016-17, $2.9 million in 2017-18, and $3.25 million in the final three years.

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Tubby through the years:

- 18th head coach in Memphis men's basketball history
- Has a 557-276 career record
- His win total is the 61st-highest total in NCAA history, and 17th highest among active coaches.
- Has 91 career wins over nationally-ranked opponents, including 33 victories against top-10 teams.
- Is one of seven active head coaches with 500 or more wins and an NCAA title
- One of two coaches in NCAA history to lead five different teams to the NCAA Tournament
- Is 31-17 all-time in 18 appearances in the NCAA Tournament
- His 1997-98 Kentucky team won an NCAA Division I title
- Four NCAA Elite Eight appearances
- Nine NCAA Sweet 16 appearances
- Three-time National Coach of the Year (2003, 2005, 2016)
- Five-time NABC District Coach of the Year (1996, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2016)
- 2016 Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year
- 1998, 2003, and 2005 Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year
- 1994 and 1995 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year
- Third-fastest coach in Kentucky history to accumulate 100 wins
- Six SEC regular-season titles (1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005)
- Five SEC tournament titles (1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004)
- Two Missouri Valley Conference regular-season titles (1994, 1995)
- Won an Olympic Gold Medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia


1979-86 VCU (assistant)
1986-89 South Carolina (assistant)
1989-91 Kentucky (assistant)
1991-95 Tulsa
1995-97 Georgia
1997-07 Kentucky
2007-13 Minnesota
2013-16 Texas Tech

Photo: University of Memphis Athletics

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Memphis Has Hired Tubby Smith to Replace Josh Pastner

Tubby Smith will replace Josh Pastner as the head coach at Memphis.

Pastner left Memphis to be the head man at Georgia Tech.

Smith's Coaching career

1973–1977 Great Mills HS
1977–1979 Hoke County HS
1979–1986 VCU (asst.)
1986–1989 South Carolina (asst.)
1989–1991 Kentucky (asst.)
1991–1995 Tulsa
1995–1997 Georgia
1997–2007 Kentucky
2007–2013 Minnesota
2013–present Texas Tech

Career Record: 557-276

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Tubby Smith to Memphis?

It sounds like former Kentucky coach Tubby Smith has emerged as the leader to replace Josh Pastner at Memphis.

Gary Parrish of CBS Sports had this to say about Smith, who is currently the head coach at Texas Tech:

Texas Tech's Tubby Smith has emerged as the top candidate at Memphis and could be named the school's new coach in the next 24 hours, a source has told CBS Sports.

"I'll be surprised, at this point, if it's not Tubby," one source said.

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Corban Collins Will Transfer from Morehead State

Corban Collins will graduate and transfer from Morehead State. 

As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately at another Division I program.

Collins averaged 11.0 points and 3.0 assists per game for the Eagles last season.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Southwestern Head Coach Steve Wright Has Stepped Down

Southwestern High School head coach Steve Wright has stepped down. 

In 5 years with the Warriors, Wright complied a 121-41 overall record and won the 12th Region championship in 2012.


Lindsey Wilson to Hold Four Summer Basketball Camps

Lindsey Wilson College will hold four basketball camps this summer. 

Here are details from LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball program announced four camp dates for the summer of 2016 on Friday.

Camps will include two individual camps and two team camps, consisting of the LWC Individual and Fundamental Blue Raider Basketball Camp, the LWC Elite Skills Camp, the Lindsey Wilson College Middle School Team Camp, and the Adair County/LWC Summer League.

The Individual and Fundamental camp runs from June 6-9 for boys in grades 2-9 and focuses on fundamental skill development with guest speakers and camp awards. The Elite Camp runs from June 27-30 for boys in grades 5-9 and features developing basketball skills such as shooting technique, basketball IQ, ball-handling skills and defensive work.

The LWC Middle School Team Camp runs from June 14-15 and features teams in grades 6-8 while the Adair County/LWC Summer League begins on June 13-14, featuring freshman, junior varsity and varsity games. Goals of the Blue Raider Basketball Camps are to create an attitude for effectiveness with intense instruction, fundamental teaching, and actual playing of games.

Camp dates begin on June 6. For more information, visit the "Additional Links" tab on the men's basketball page at

Individual and Fundamental Camp | Elite Skills Camp | Middle School Team Camp | Adair County/LWC Summer League

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