Thursday, April 28, 2016

Brescia Head Coach Josh Gibson Takes Over at Lourdes University

Brescia head coach Josh Gibson has been named to the same position at Lourdes University.

Here is a release from LU:

Lourdes University has announced that Josh Gibson has been named the school's new head men's basketball coach, becoming the Gray Wolves' second leader in program history.

"I would like to thank the search committee and Dr. Livingston for trusting me with the future of the Lourdes basketball program," Gibson stated. "I am proud to be associated with a respected institution like Lourdes and I look forward to joining the community. We will work every day on being great teammates, strong student-athletes, and men of character. I am excited to get going and I look forward to building on the successes already experienced by this young program. I would also like to thank all of the players and coaches that were part of our program at Brescia over the last four seasons that helped make me a better coach and prepare me for this position."

Gibson arrives at Lourdes from Brescia University in Kentucky, where he spent the last four seasons in the same role. He posted a 60-56 record with the Bearcats, serving as the third winningest coach in program history.

Gibson was the 2014-2015 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, and guided Brescia to the 2014-2015 KIAC South Division championship, the only conference title in the program's history. Gibson led the Bearcats to the 2015 NAIA Division II National Championship, the lone appearance ever for the school. Gibson produced the school's first KIAC Player of the Year along with a Third Team All-American, the first in program history.

In 2015-2016, his Bearcats finished in the top-20 nationally in assists, blocked shots, assist-to-turnover ratio, and defensive field goal percentage. Brescia was ranked as high as 27th in the NAIA Division II national poll, the highest ranking in school history. Two of his Bearcats earned First Team All-KIAC honors in his final season at the school.

Prior to Brescia, Gibson served as the Director of Basketball Operations at Murray State University for two seasons, including the 2011-2012 campaign in which the Racers went 31-2 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Gibson has also spent time as an assistant coach at Sewanee: The University of the South, Maryville University, and Indiana University Southeast.

Gibson is a 2003 graduate of Murray State with a Bachelor of Arts in history. He also earned his Master of Science in human development and leadership as well as a Master of Arts in United States history from Murray State in 2005.

John Calipari Praises Ulis, Says He Might Coach Kentucky Until He's 75

John Calipari is spending time in the gym these days apparently. Check out this video of Calipari getting his "body right" so he can coach at Kentucky until he's 75 years old:

Kentucky Wesleyan, Happy Osborne Add Three Players for 2016-17

Kentucky Wesleyan College and head coach Happy Osborne have added three players for the 2016-17 season.

KWC has signed Colton Elkins from Boyle County High School, Charles Foster from Division I East Carolina University and Shaquan Cantrall from Division II University of North Georgia.

Colton Elkins, Boyle County High School

Colton Elkins, the third all-time shot blocker in Kentucky high school history from Boyle County High School in Danville, has signed a national letter-of-intent to play basketball at eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College, according to Panther head coach Happy Osborne.

Elkins, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound, power forward, led the Rebels with 13.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 154 blocks and a 53.2 field goal percentage in starting all 27 games for head coach Steve Adams. He also was third in assists with 49 and steals with 24. He blocked a career-high 13 shots against Lexington Lafayette.

In 2016, he received honorable mention All-State recognition from the Lexington Herald-Leader, All-12th Region honors and chosen first team All-Area by The Advocate-Messenger. His teammates voted him the Most Valuable Player. Boyle County finished 15-12 with a trip to the 12th Region semifinals.

"We have recruited Colton relentlessly for the past two years," Osborne stated. "He's long and athletic with a 37-inch vertical jump and good hands. His uncanny ability to block shots inside will be a huge asset to us. With hard work, he can develop into a very good low post scorer. Colton's also an excellent student."

As a junior, Elkins led the team in blocks with 151 and field goal shooting at 54.0 percent. He finished second in rebounding at 7.0 while scoring 7.2 points in 31 games and 30 starts. He also had 34 assists and 21 steals. His postseason honors included selected All-Area and All-45th District.

The Rebels won the 12th Region Championship along to the 2015 state semifinals with a 28-7 record.

His sophomore season, he led with 95 blocks and produced a second-best 9.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and a 50.5 field goal percentage in 27 starts and 28 outings. He was second in assists with 44 and collected 15 steals. The Rebels finished 18-10 and earned a trip to the 12th Region semifinals.

He closed his four-year career with 893 points, a school record 419 blocked shots, 785 rebounds, 134 assists and 64 steals and in 110 games and 84 starts.

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Charles Foster, East Carolina University

East Carolina University point guard Charles Foster, a former 2012 Louisville Courier-Journal All-State first team selection, will transfer to eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College for his senior season in 2016-17, according to Panther head coach Happy Osborne.

Foster, a 6-foot, 160-pounder from Louisville Trinity High School, played 21 contests for East Carolina last season where he averaged 2.2 points as a junior.

Prior to ECU, Foster played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Vincennes University.

He was the Trailblazers second leading scorer at 14.4 points as a sophomore. Foster also was second in assists with 182 (5.4 average), steals with 22, three-pointers with 61, three-point shooting at 41.5 percent and free throw shooting at 76.6 percent in starting 31 of 34 contests played.

As a freshman, he was the third leading scorer at 12.2 points where he led the team in three-pointers with 68 and three-point shooting at 42.2 percent plus handed out 114 assists in starting nine of 37 games played. The Trailblazers went to the NJCAA semifinals with a 34-3 record.

His career averages were 13.3 points, 42 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 71 games and connected on 41.9 percent of his three-point attempts.

"Charles can play the point and the shooting guard spots with a lot of savvy," Osborne stated. "I expect him to be one of the top defenders and quickest in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. He has been well-coached and prepared by Jeff Lebo at East Carolina, Todd Franklin at Vincennes and Mike Szabo at Trinity."

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Shaquan Cantrell, North Georgia

University of North Georgia's Shaquan Cantrell will transfer to eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College for his junior season in 2016-17, according to Panther head coach Happy Osborne.

Cantrell, a 6-foot-4, 198-pound, guard from Gainesville, Ga. (Gainesville HS), sat out this past season as a medical redshirt.

He led the NCAA Division II Nighthawks in scoring with 13.2 points, 42.9 three-point percentage and minutes played with 28.4 per contest as a sophomore in starting 25 of 26 games played in 2014-15. Cantrell pulled down a second-best 5.6 rebounds while shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 67.8 percent from the free throw line. He collected 29 assists, 17 steals and seven blocks.
v As a freshman, Cantrell averaged 8.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 23.9 minutes in 26 contests and eight starts. He shot 43.5 percent from the field, 23.1 percent from three-point territory and 69.0 percent from the free throw line.

He twice earned the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll Presidential Scholar Award.

"Shaquan brings a very strong degree of maturity to us on and off the court which is key for next year's team leadership," Osborne stated. "He's long and athletic plus very good off the bounce.

"I expect him to have an immediate impact on our team. He played in a very good conference, the Peach Belt, where his numbers were similar to Jordan Jacks when he played in the same league and he became a first-team All-Great Midwest Athletic Conference honor for us this past season.

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Buckhorn Coach John Noble is Getting Back in the Wrestling Ring

It sounds like Buckhorn High School head coach John Noble is preparing for a return to the wrestling ring.

Noble will take part in a "Lifetime Ban vs. Reinstatement" match next Friday night at the Buckhorn gym. The belltime is set for 7:30 p.m.

It looks like there will also be a sneaky appearance by Juan Noble.

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Davenport, Carrier To Be Inducted Into Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame

Bellarmine head coach Scott Davenport and former Western Kentucky star Darel Carrier are two of seven honorees that will be inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in June. 

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Bellarmine University Head Coach Scott Davenport is one of seven honorees that will be inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, it was announced this morning at a news conference at the KFC Yum! Center.

Joining Coach Davenport in the 2016 induction class are Shaun Alexander, Darel Carrier, Kyra Elzy, Phillip Haywood, Joel Utley and the Lakeside Swim Club.

"This honor is second to none," Davenport said, "because it represents an organization that covers every facet of sports—every facet throughout the bluegrass—and the goal is to help young people. The more people we have helping young people like Kosair Charities, the better we're going to be."

Davenport, a native of Louisville's South End where he was an all-district player at Iroquois High School, is ingrained in the Commonwealth's basketball culture. Davenport is the only head coach to win both the KHSAA and NCAA Championships. In ten seasons at Louisville's Ballard High School (86-96), Davenport compiled a 258-69 record, which included the 1988 State Championship. Davenport's collegiate coaching includes VCU (1985-86), UofL (1996-2005), and Bellarmine University (Beginning in 2005), where he won the 2011 National Championship.

Davenport also spoke of the personal significance represented in inscription of the Hall of Fame plaque. "This was a thrill," he said. "I could have gone to a hall of fame journalist, I could have gone to our S.I.D. at Bellarmine, but my sons Russ and Doug and daughter-in-law Ashley wrote mine and that was special."

The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame honors athletes and sports figures who were born in or who played their respective sport in the State of Kentucky. Each inductee receives a bronze plaque that will hang inside Louisville's Freedom Hall. Past inductees include Muhammad Ali, Pee Wee Reese, Pat Day, Denny Crum and many more.

The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame celebrates its 53rd anniversary in 2016 and will hold the annual banquet to induct the 2016 Class on June 2 at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Exposition Center. This semi-formal event includes a silent auction, dinner, and a program. All proceeds from this event benefit Kosair Charities. For tickets:

Excerpt about Carrier:

Darel Carrier- Scored 3148 pts (64 point game) in HS. All American at WKU (50 point game). Broke WKU scoring record 26 ppg. In ABA, averaged 20 ppg (53 point game), led 3-point percentage, best Free Throw percentage(89.19 in 1969-70),three-time All Star Team member, and made Top 30 All-Time Team. Voted 6th Best Backcourt (with Louie Dampier), Top 25 Shooting Guards, and Top 50 Free Throw Shooters in the history of the professional game. Leading scorer in World Tournament. 1967 Gold Medal winner in Pan American Games (scored 32 pts -a record that has not been broken).

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Five UK Players Officially Declared for the NBA Draft

Several weeks ago, John Calipari stated that every member of this Kentucky team would enter the NBA Draft and go through the process.

In actuality, only five Wildcats officially entered their names.

The five UK players who are going pro or testing the Draft waters are Skal Labissiere, Marcus Lee, Isaiah Briscoe, Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray.

Check out the full list here

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Kedrick Flomo Leaving Murray State Program, Source Claims He's Medically Cleared

Kedrick Flomo has asked for and been granted his full release from Murray State University.

According to Jon Rothstein, a source claims Flomo is "100% medically cleared" to play college basketball:

Murray State announced recently that Flomo was not medically cleared to play for the Racers. He missed the entire 2015-16 season following heart surgery.

A.J. Patty, Chad Culbreath Leave Murray State Via Transfer

Murray State has lost forward A.J. Patty and point guard Chad Culbreath to transfer. 

Patty, who played in 18 games last season, has transferred to Division II Minnesota State. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.3 rebounds per game for the Racers in 2015-16.

"A.J. has great length and is very versatile" Minnesota State head coach Matt Margenthaler said. "He has an ability to score around the basket and can step out and shoot it. A.J. will provide great leadership and experience to our team. He's proven that he can be force."

Culbreath announced earlier this year that he is transferring to John A. Logan (JUCO) Community College. 

The Racers also recently announced that Kedrick Flomo will not be medically cleared to play college basketball. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Elisha Justice Will Be the New Head Coach at Pikeville High School

I'm told by multiple sources that former Shelby Valley player Elisha Justice will be the new head coach at Pikeville High School.

Justice, who was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Kentucky, played college basketball at Louisvlle and the University of Pikeville.

The program is expected to make an official announcement tomorrow:

Western Kentucky in the Mix for Grad Transfer Que Johnson

Western Kentucky University is in the mix for Washington State graduate transfer Que Johnson.

According to Jeff Goodman, Johnson is considering Boise State, WKU, Nevada and Alabama.

Johnson averaged 11.3 points for the Cougars last season.

Two SEC Schools in the Mix for Morehead State Transfer Corban Collins

According to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, Morehead State graduate transfer Corban Collins has narrowed his list of potential destinations down to three. 

Borzello says Collins will choose between Alabama, Mississippi State and UCF. 

As a grad transfer, Collins will be eligible to play immediately at his new school.

Nicholls State Expected to Hire Richie Riley

According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN, Nicholls State is expected to name Richie Riley head coach.

Riley has previously served as an assistant coach at University of Pikeville, Eastern Kentucky, UAB and Clemson.

EKU's JaVontae Hawkins Transfers to Fordham University

Eastern Kentucky University redshirt junior JaVontae Hawkins has transferred to Fordham University. 

Hawkins was EKU's second leading scorer last season with 17.0 points per game. He also averaged 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

Fordham is coached by former EKU head coach Jeff Neubauer.

Hawkins joins Paul Jackson and Greg King as players who have decided to transfer from Eastern Kentucky in recent weeks.

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