Saturday, April 23, 2016

Buckhorn's Connor Hoskins Commits to Alice Lloyd College

Buckhorn sharpshooter Connor Hoskins has committed to Alice Lloyd College for next season.



Friday, April 22, 2016

Jeff Neubauer Receives Contract Extension at Fordham University

Head coach Jeff Neubauer has received a contract extension at Fordham University.

The former Eastern Kentucky head coach led the Rams to a 17-14 overall record last season.

Here's a release from FU:

Bronx, N.Y. (April 22, 2016) - Fordham University head men's basketball coach Jeff Neubauer has agreed to a contract extension Dave Roach, director of athletics, announced today. The extension will run through the end of the 2020-2021 season.

"Jeff Neubauer did a tremendous job in his first year, moving the Fordham men's basketball program in the right direction," said Roach. "Since the day he started, Jeff has worked nonstop to elevate our program and the results were displayed in the immediate improvement of the team. We are confident that he is building a program that will bring great pride to our alumni and fan base."

In his first year at Rose Hill, Neubauer led the Rams to a 17-14 overall record, 8-10 in the Atlantic 10, and they appeared in the 2016 CollegeInsiders.com Tournament (CIT), Fordham's first postseason appearance since 1992. The 17 wins were the most since 2006-2007 while the eight conference wins were the most since 2006-2007. The Rams went 14-5 in the Rose Hill Gym, the most home wins ever in school history. In eleven years as a head coach, Neubauer has a 205-148 career record, going 188-134 in ten years at Eastern Kentucky. He has guided six of his eleven teams to postseason play, including in each of the past four years.

Kedrick Flomo Not Medically Cleared to Play at Murray State University

Sophomore guard Kedrick Flomo will not be medically cleared to play college basketball at Murray State University.

The university will continue to honor his scholarship.

Here's a message from MSU:

Sophomore guard Kedrick Flomo will not be cleared to compete for the Murray State men's basketball team, Murray State's medical team announced after completing a thorough evaluation of his medical condition.  The university will continue to honor the terms of Flomo's athletic scholarship. 
 
"I know our medical team's top priority is the safety and well-being of Kedrick and I share that priority," stated Head Coach Matt McMahon. "I am sorry for Kedrick but trust their decision. Fortunately, Kedrick will have continued opportunities to excel academically."
 

Kentucky's Jamal Murray Has a Logo Now

Former UK player Jamal Murray has his own logo now as he prepares for the NBA Draft and his professional future.

The new logo was inspired by Murray's "bow and arrow" celebration throughout the season. 

Take a look:


Will Hager Part of Solid Recruiting Class at Colorado School of Mines

Mercer County's Will Hager is part of a solid recruiting class at Colorado School of Mines for next season.

Hager, who signed last Fall, will be joined by Mason Baker, Dustin Gaddis, Will Schenken and Jimmy Ritchie.

Head coach Pryor Orser led the Orediggers to a 24-8 season in 2015-16.

Here is more on Hager:

Will Hager (Mercer County HS / Harrodsburg, Ky. / G / 6-4 / 185)

All-state point guard for Mercer County (Ky.) … Led Mercer to the state's #1 ranking, a 33-2 record, and district and regional titles with a state tournament appearance … Mercer's all-time leading scorer with more than 1,900 points … Also had 730 rebounds and 500 assists in his career … Four-year varsity captain … Second-Team All-State as a senior and honorable mention all-state as a junior … Area Player of the Year … Four-year all-area and three-year all-region … KBA Summer Tournament MVP … Played AAU ball for Hoop Dreams on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit, and had four D-I signees as teammates … Two-time First-Team Academic All-State … 4.0 GPA.

Orser on Hager

"Will was a fall signee and had just a monster year. He is the glue guy to all these great recruits because he is a true, big point guard who can get guys shots. With Will's leadership, and winning ways, the sky is the limit for Mines basketball. Will's high school team went 33-2, and lost to the eventual state champion by 3 in Rupp Arena. Kentucky has only one classification and has a blind draw to the state tourney. He is a great recruit for the future of Mines basketball and someone we can continue to build our program around."

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Billy Gillispie Mentioned as Possible Candidate at New Mexico State

Ranger College coach Billy Gillispie has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the head coaching job at New Mexico State. 

The former Kentucky coach had a lot of success in his first season at Ranger.

Here's an excerpt from the Las Cruces Sun-News:

Billy Gillispie​, Ranger (Texas) Junior College head coach: Gillispie​ has gone from having one of the best head coaching jobs in college basketball at Kentucky to being the head coach at Ranger Junior College in Texas. Gillispie has some local ties as well, being UTEP’s head coach from 2002-04. His resume includes being the head coach at Texas A&M and Texas Tech as well. Gillespie’s Division I record is 148-108. He was named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2007 while at Texas A&M and was named Co-SEC Coach of the Year in 2008 at Kentucky. However, Gillispie resigned from Texas Tech after going 8-23 in his only season in Lubbock, citing health reasons, and was accused of exceeding practice limits at Texas Tech as well. A Ranger JC spokesperson told the Sun-News on Wednesday through a e-mail that he hasn't heard of any contact between NMSU and Gillispie or if NMSU has asked to speak with him. Gillispie seems to be named in a lot of coaching searches and always said he is pretty happy in current position at Ranger JC.

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Murray State Signs Terrell Miller for 2016-17

Murray State University has signed 6-foot-8 forward Terrell Miller for next season.

Miller will be a transfer from Southwest Mississippi Junior College.

Here's a release from MSU:

Murray State men's basketball coach Matt McMahon announced the signing of 6-8 forward Terrell Miller out of Southwest Mississippi Junior College.

From Jacksonville, Florida, Miller joins the Racers this summer as a junior.

"We are very excited to welcome Terrell to our program," McMahon said. "I love his skill level, versatility, and basketball IQ at the forward position. Terrell is a great teammate who makes the players around him better. He comes from a winning program and will be a welcome addition to our frontcourt next season."

Miller led his team in scoring and rebounding last season with 15.7 points per game and 9.5 rebounds. His numbers in games of the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) were even better at 20.1 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game. He racked up 10 double-doubles this season.

Miller was named Honorable Mention All-American by the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA).

He is the third Southwest player to be honored with All-American status by the NJCAA in four years.

"Terrell's numbers steadily grew and he had a big part in our run at the end of the season," said Southwest Coach Thomas Gray. "Once he bought into being multi-dimensional, he became an inside-out-threat. He was one of the best offensive threats in the country. He's very competitive and makes everyone around him better. He's a phenomenal young man and will impact the community of Murray."

The Bears were 17-8 overall and won the MACJC Tournament title for the first time in 53 years.

Miller was a 51 percent shooter from the field (133-of-262) and 36 percent from the 3-point line (27-of-75). From the free throw line, he hit for 74 percent (99-of-133). He had back-to-back games with 19 rebounds against Mississippi Gulf Coast (Jan. 14) and Copiah-Lincoln (Jan. 19). In the Mississippi Gulf Coast game, he also scored a season-high 33 points.

Coming out of Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Fla., Miller participated in the Florida Senior Showcase All-Star Game in Orlando where he was named MVP with 17 points.

Kentucky Posts Perfect APR Score for Third Straight Year

The UK men’s basketball program posted a perfect APR score for the third consecutive year according to the NCAA report that was released on Wednesday.
Additionally, all 14 players at UK who were eligible to graduate by the end of their senior years in the Calipari era have graduated.
Here are details from CoachCal.com:

For the third consecutive year, the Kentucky men’s basketball team has posted a perfect single-year Academic Progress Rate score of 1,000, the NCAA announced Wednesday. But that wasn’t the only perfect score the Wildcats received.

The Wildcats’ four-year composite APR score was also a perfect 1,000. It marks the first time in the 12-year history of the APR that the men’s basketball team has had a perfect four-year composite score. The NCAA cut score this year was 930, and the Division I men’s basketball average score was 964.

One week ago, Kentucky received an NCAA academic award for posting an APR score that finished in the top 10 percent of Division I schools in men’s basketball. It was the second consecutive season in which the men’s basketball team had won the award.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success by the progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR scores are a four-year composite, covering the 2011-12 through 2014-15 school years, which measure eligibility, retention and graduation. The 2015-16 team will not be included until next year’s report.

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Russell Names Bryan Groves Head Coach

Russell High School has named former player Bryan Groves head coach.

Groves previously worked as Louisville Eastern's freshman coach.

Heath Schroyer Turns In Resignation at UT-Martin

Head coach Heath Schroyer has submitted his resignation at UT-Martin and will be joining the coaching staff at North Carolina State.

Associate head coach Anthony Stewart will take over on an interim basis and coach the entire 2016-17 season.

Here is a release from UTM:

MARTIN, Tenn. – Heath Schroyer has submitted his resignation as the University of Tennessee at Martin head men’s basketball coach and Anthony Stewart will take over on an interim basis, Skyhawk interim athletics director Kevin McMillan announced today.

“Coach Schroyer informed me of his decision to accept an assistant coaching position at North Carolina State this morning,” McMillan said. “We are very appreciative of his efforts in lifting our men’s basketball program to two of its best seasons in our Division-I history. At the same time, we are excited for our success to continue with Coach Stewart at the helm. He is a key member of our program and I truly feel that the continuity that he brings will allow us to remain at the top of the Ohio Valley Conference.”

Stewart, 45, will serve as interim head coach for the entire 2016-17 season. He recently completed his second season as associate head coach at UT Martin, helping the Skyhawks to 41 victories and two postseason appearances in that span.

Stewart has also previously served as an assistant coach at Ohio University (2012-14), Southern Illinois University (2011-12), University of Wyoming (2007-11), Long Beach State University (2004-06) and Columbus State Community College (2001-04).

“I would like to thank Kevin for this opportunity,” Stewart said. “Coach Schroyer has been a close friend of mine for over a decade and I am honored to continue building the foundation that he set here at UT Martin.”

A native of Akron, Ohio, Stewart graduated from University of Mount Union with a bachelor’s degree in business management in 2003. He also completed his Master’s degree in business administration from Chancellor University in 2006.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Kentucky's Marcus Lee: "My plan is to go to the NBA"

It sure sounds like Kentucky forward Marcus Lee will not return for his senior season in Lexington. 

Lee says his plan is to go to the NBA.

In a conversation with Jeff Goodman of ESPN, Lee said he will declare for the NBA Draft but not hire an agent.

Here's an excerpt:

Marcus Lee has every intention of leaving the Kentucky Wildcats to enter the NBA draft. 

"I haven't hired an agent," the 6-foot-9 junior forward told ESPN. "Because I want to keep my eligibility just in case I decide to come back, but my plan is to go to the NBA. That's the only goal."


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Source: Bath County Has Hired Former Pikeville Coach Bart Williams

I have spoken to a very good source who says former Pikeville High School coach Bart Williams has accepted the same position at Bath County High School. 

Williams picked Bath County over Russell, who had also offered him a head coaching job.

Western Kentucky Will Host Wisconsin in 2018

Western Kentucky University has scheduled a multi-sport series with Wisconsin that will bring the Badgers to E.A. Diddle Arena in 2018.

The Hilltoppers men's basketball team will travel to Madison in 2017. The football team will play at Wisconsin in 2018.

Also in 2018, Western Kentucky will host the Badgers in a men's basketball game.

Here's a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Western Kentucky University and the University of Wisconsin have agreed to a three-game series over football and men’s basketball which will bring the Badgers to E.A. Diddle Arena in 2018.

Men’s basketball will play a home-and-home series which sends the Hilltoppers to Madison on Dec. 17, 2017, before the Badgers return to play in Bowling Green on Dec. 12, 2018. It will mark the first time an active member of the Big Ten conference has played in Diddle Arena.

In football, the Hilltoppers will play a single game in Madison to open the 2018 season on Sept. 1.

“This is an exciting series for our football and men’s basketball programs,” Director of Athletics Todd Stewart said. “We are actively attempting to improve our men’s basketball non-conference home games and hosting one of college basketball’s top programs will make Diddle Arena the place to be on December 12, 2018. Camp Randall Stadium is one of the nation’s best and most historic football venues, and our trips to Madison for football and basketball games present unique opportunities for our fans to see us compete against an outstanding Big Ten program in a terrific environment.”

The Hilltoppers are 0-1 all-time in both sports against Wisconsin. Football played at Camp Randall in 2001 while basketball’s only match-up with the Badgers came in 1989 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

MATCH-UP DATES

MBB – Dec. 17, 2017 – Madison, Wis.
FB – Sept. 1, 2018 – Madison, Wis.
MBB – Dec. 12, 2018 – Bowling Green, Ky.

The football Hilltoppers are currently in their final week of spring practice before Saturday’s Red vs. White Spring Game while new head basketball coach Rick Stansbury continues to build his recruiting class for the spring signing period. Wisconsin has appeared in the NCAA Tournament each of the past 18 seasons, advancing to at least the Sweet 16 in five of the last six years with a National Championship game appearance in 2015.

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

Keith May is No Longer the Head Coach at Pike County Central

Pike County Central has parted ways with boy's basketball head coach Keith May.

He had an overall record of 29-33 in two seasons as head coach.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Happy Osborne Reportedly a Finalist for Nicholls State Job

According to Jeff Goodman's sources, Kentucky Wesleyan head coach Happy Osborne is a finalist for the head coaching job at Nicholls State University.

Nicholls State is an NCAA Division I program in the Southland Conference.

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