Friday, May 13, 2016

Marcus Lee Says He's 87% Gone, But Kentucky Will Go Undefeated If He Returns

Marcus Lee told reports yesterday that he is 87% sure he will stay in the NBA Draft, but added that UK will go undefeated next season if he stays in college. 

On his draft decision:

“We’ll probably get that figured out in the next couple days,” Lee said Thursday at the league’s scouting combine. “I see it at a solid maybe 85 percent, 87 percent right now. Still have a couple more things to do, get a little more feedback, and see where I am.”

On staying in college:

“Our team would be amazing,” he said. “I honestly don’t think we’ll lose at all next year if I return.”

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

EKU Adds Marlon Adams for 2016-17

Eastern Kentucky University has signed Marlon Adams and DeAndre Dishman for the 2016-17 season. 

Here's a release from EKU:

Marlon Adams, Believe Prep Academy (SC)

RICHMOND, Ky. – Marlon Adams, a 6-6 forward out of Middletown, New York, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Eastern Kentucky University, head coach Dan McHale announced on Thursday.

"We are thrilled to add Marlon to the Colonel community," McHale said. "He is a versatile forward that has a combination of skill and power. He plays with a certain toughness and physicality that will bring another dynamic to our team. He's an inside/outside forward that will compliment our team in a multitude of ways."

Adams played three seasons at Middletown High School in New York before transferring to The King's Academy in Seymour, Tennessee for his senior year. He was named to the TSSAA East-Middle All-District team after leading the Lions at 26.0 points-per-game and 13.0 rebounds-per-game in 2014-15.

Adams played at Believe Prep Academy in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 2015-16, averaging 15.0 points-per-game and 7.0 rebounds-per-game.

"Marlon's ability to rebound and defend multiple positions makes him very valuable," McHale added. "He possesses all of the winning qualities – on and off the court – that our culture stands for. We are thrilled that he is a Colonel!"

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DeAndre Dishamn, Bryan Station High School

RICHMOND, Ky. – DeAndre Dishman, a 6-6 forward out of Bryan Station High School in Lexington, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Eastern Kentucky University, head coach Dan McHale announced on Thursday.

"DeAndre is a phenomenal addition to the Colonel family," McHale said. "He is a tremendous athlete who plays above the rim and has great versatility."

Dishman was named honorable mention All-City by the Lexington Herald-Leader and to the 42nd District All-Tournament team following his senior season.

In April, he was invited to play in the prestigious Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game, alongside fellow Division-I signees James Boone (Samford), Quentin Goodin (Xavier) and Mason Faulkner and Carson Williams (Northern Kentucky).

"DeAndre is a hybrid forward that is a mismatch nightmare," McHale added. "His passing and playmaking ability make him very tough to guard. He is a local product that has been well coached by Tommy Johnson at Bryan Station, and that enhances our brand on and off the court."

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The Colonels have now signed eight players: Butler transfer Jackson Davis (Lexington, Kentucky), Louisville transfer Dillon Avare (Lexington, Kentucky), junior-college transfers Zach Charles (Mesquite, Texas) and Darryl Baker (Jeffersonville, Indiana) and incoming freshmen Asante Gist (West Orange, New Jersey), Parker Chitty (Columbus, Indiana), DeAndre Dishman (Lexington, Kentucky) and Marlon Adams (Middletown, New York).

Former Boyle County PG Jeremiah Bell Adds DI Offer

Former Boyle County High School point guard Jeremiah Bell has picked up a Division I offer from Arkansas State.

Bell spent last season at Vincennes (JUCO) University. He averaged 14.3 points and 4.2 assists per game as a freshman.

UK Will Face Hofstra at the Barclays Center in December

The Kentucky Wildcats will face Hofstra at the Barclays Center on December 11.

Here are details from UK:

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Kentucky men’s basketball will make the second of two trips to New York for the 2016-17 season when it plays Hofstra on Dec. 11 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The matchup will be the first game of the 2016 Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival doubleheader. LIU Brooklyn vs. St. John’s will follow the UK-Hofstra game.

The Wildcats will also appear in New York at Madison Square Garden for its Champions Classic matchup vs. Michigan State on Nov. 15.

Kentucky’s 2016 visit to the Barclays Center will be its fourth game in the arena since it opened in 2012. The Wildcats are 2-1 in the building.

“We are very excited to return to the Barclays Center this upcoming season to play Hofstra,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “The Barclays Center is one of the premier venues in the country and a favorite of our fans. This will be our fourth game in Barclays since it opened, and all three previous games the Big Blue Nation has made it feel like a home away from home. We expect the same this year.”

Individual tickets will go on sale in September. For group tickets, please call 800-GROUP-BK. For more information on individual suites, please call 718-BK-SUITE.

The meeting will mark a first for both Kentucky and Hofstra. Calipari has never faced Hofstra during his coaching career either.

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Pitino Wants Louisville to Count Two 2016 Scholarships Toward Sanctions

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said Wednesday that he would like his program to use one or two 2016 scholarships to help satisfy the school's self-imposed punishment for the Katina Powell scandal.

"I'd like to get everything behind us so I don't have to think of this travesty again," Pitino said.

Here are details from

Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said Wednesday that he would like to see his program use one, possibly two, 2016 scholarships to help satisfy the school's self-imposed sanctions for its recruiting scandal.

Louisville is being investigated by the NCAA after a book by self-described former escort Katina Powell detailed payments to her by a former graduate assistant to provide strippers and sex at parties for recruits visiting campus.

Pitino has denied any knowledge of the parties, but in February, Louisville president James R. Ramsey announced a self-imposed penalty of a 2015-16 postseason ban. Louisville last month added to the penalties, calling for the loss of one scholarship each from the 2017-18 and 2018-19 classes, as well as a reduction in campus visits.

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Lexington Spent $38,000 on Hospitality Room for Sweet Sixteen

The city of Lexington reportedly spent just under $38,000 on the hospitality room for the Boy's Sweet Sixteen Tournament at Rupp Arena in March.

Here's an excerpt from

Lexington spent almost $38,000 on food and staff for a hospitality room at this year’s high school boys Sweet Sixteen basketball tournament at Rupp Arena.

The $37,950 for the five-day tournament was slightly more than in prior years when the city has sponsored a hospitality suite at the Kentucky High School Athletic Association championship, city officials said.

Glenn Brown, deputy chief administrative officer for Lexington, told the Lexington Urban County Council during an April meeting that the Lexington Center Corp. has a contractual relationship with the adjoining Hyatt Regency Hotel to provide food. That means the food has to be supplied by the Hyatt or Lexington Center concessions, driving up costs, Brown said. Lexington Center Corp. manages Rupp Arena.

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Calipari Says Charles Matthews Still Out "Three or Four Weeks" Following Surgery

UK head coach John Calipari says Charles Matthews with still "three or four weeks" away from returning to basketball. 

Matthews recently had surgery to repair an issue with his hip.

Here's what Calipari told the media today:

On the rehab process that Charles Matthews has been through after the offseason procedure … 

“He looked so bad. He came in my office and his walk made my hips hurt. Five days later he came in and went home and he’s still tender. He’s probably three or four weeks away, but he’s going to be fine.”

Marion County Guard Tyler Wethington Signs With St. Catharine College

Marion County guard Tyler Wethington has signed with St. Catharine College for 2016-17. 

Wethington averaged 17.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for the Knights last season.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

John Calipari Believes Marcus Lee Will Stay in NBA Draft

Kentucky head coach John Calipari believes junior forward Marcus Lee will forego his senior season of college basketball and stay in the NBA Draft.

Technically, Lee still has two weeks to make a final decision and could potentially stay in college for another year.

Kentucky Will Host Duquesne in 2016-17

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Kentucky will host Duquesne next season at Rupp Arena. 

The date has not been determined.

Here's an excerpt:

While coach Jim Ferry is at the Atlantic 10 Conference’s spring meetings in Naples, Fla., Duquesne fans and players can look forward to a marquee non-conference matchup next season.

The Dukes will travel to Lexington, Ky., to take on national powerhouse Kentucky at famed Rupp Arena, though the date is still to be determined. Kentucky, with yet another consensus No. 1 recruiting class under coach John Calipari, is expected to open the 2016-17 season as a top-three team.

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Lindsey Wilson College to Host Four Camps This Summer

Lindsey Wilson College will host 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

Warren Central's Tristen Murray Inks with Brescia University

Warren Central guard Tristen Murray has signed with Brescia University for 2016-17. 

Murray averaged 12.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game for the Dragons last season. He chose Brescia over Trevecca Nazarene and Bethel University.

Brescia University is an NAIA Division II program in Owensboro, Kentucky.

JUCO Wing Demetrius Levarity Commits to Morehead State

Junior college sophomore Demetrius Lavarity has committed to Morehead State for 2016-17.

Levarity is a 6-foot-7 wing from Southeastern Illinois College.

Kentucky Announces Exhibition Games for 2016-17

The University of Kentucky will face Clarion and Asbury in exhibition games prior to the 2016-17 season. 

The Wildcats will face Clarion on October 30 and Asbury on November 6.

As always, UK will also hold Big Blue Madness and a Blue-White Scrimmage in the weeks before exhibition play.

Here's a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – It’s never too early to get excited about next season.

“Next season” officially begins Oct. 14 with the annual spectacle of Big Blue Madness, introducing the 2016-17 men’s and women’s basketball teams. Madness will begin at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena and will air on the SEC Network.

That’s just the beginning of the exhibition slate, which will encompass Madness, the Blue-White Scrimmage and UK’s first two exhibition games vs. Clarion and Asbury. All events and games are scheduled for 7 p.m. starts. All four events will also be televised live by the SEC Network.

Just one week from the official opening of the 2016-17 season, the annual Blue-White Scrimmage will take place Oct. 21. Tipping off at 7 p.m., fans of the Big Blue Nation will see next year’s team in action, including the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class of Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Malik Monk.

Kentucky will once again have two exhibition contests before opening up regular-season action. UK will take on Clarion, the alma matter of head coach John Calipari, on Oct. 30. A week later UK’s final tune-up will pit Asbury vs. the Wildcats on Nov. 6.  Both of those games will tip at 7 p.m. and air on the SEC Network.

The game vs. Clarion will be the second of the Calipari era. UK also took on the Golden Eagles in an exhibition game prior to the 2009-10 season. UK and Asbury will meet for the first time in program history.

Ticket information, along with the 2016-17 regular-season non-conference slate and the 2017 Southeastern Conference schedule are expected to be released later this summer. Information regarding campout for Big Blue Madness will also be released at a later time.

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2016-17 Kentucky Men’s Basketball Exhibition Schedule

TV Network
Oct. 14
Big Blue Madness
7 p.m.
SEC Network
Oct. 21
Blue-White Scrimmage
7 p.m.
SEC Network
Oct. 30
vs. Clarion
7 p.m.
SEC Network
Nov. 6
vs. Asbury
7 p.m.
SEC Network

University of the Cumberlands Signs Eddie Tornes, Kelly Hinds

University of the Cumberlands has signed Eddie Tornes and Kelly "KJ" Hinds for 2016-17.

Here are releases from UC:

Kelly "KJ" Hinds Jr., Redlands Community College

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Basketball team just finished their phenomenal season, making to the NAIA DI National Championship Quarterfinal round for just the 4th time in school history. Head Coach Don Butcher and his staff have already been on the search for athletes to add to the success of the program. The Patriots are excited to announce the signing of Kelly "KJ" Hinds Jr. for the upcoming 2016-2017 season.

KJ hails from Moore, Oklahoma, and is the son of Soreeta and Kelly Hinds. He is coming to UC as a transfer from Redlands Community College where he played the last two years. The 6'6" junior forward averaged 11 points per game with 4 rebounds and 1 assist. Hinds has shot 44% from the field and 35% from three point range thus far in his collegiate career.

When asked about signing Hinds for the next two seasons, Coach Butcher commented, "KJ is a big time athlete who we are looking forward to helping us out tremendously. He can shoot the basketball really well, but he also loves the game of basketball. KJ will fit in great at UC because he is a quality individual with a great support system in his family."

Eddie Tornes, Muskegon Community College

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Basketball team had a historic season in 2015-2016, making its fourth ever run to the NAIA DI National Championship Quarterfinal round. The Patriots would finish 24-12 overall on the season, graduating seven seniors this year. Head Coach Don Butcher and his staff have hit the road hard this offseason in recruiting some of the top talent in the country. UC is happy to announce the signing to Eddie Tornes for the upcoming season.

Tornes hails from Muskegon Heights, Michigan where he previously attended Muskegon Community College for the last two years. The 6'2" junior transfer averaged 21.6 points per game last year, which ranked him 4th in the country at that level. He also averaged 7.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per contest while making 101 three point shots (9th in the country). Over his two year career at Muskegon, he has 1,204 points.

Tornes was named a 2nd Team All-American in NJCAA Division II last season. He was the Conference Freshman of the Year award winner the season before and has been named 1st team All-Conference and 1st Team All-Region the last two seasons. His team went 24-6 last year, making it to the region finals and finished 8th this season in the final NJCAA DII poll.

When asked about signing Tornes for the next two seasons, Coach Butcher commented, "We are really excited about the addition of Eddie Tornes to our program. He can really score the ball in a variety of ways. He can score getting to the rim, but also made over 100 3's this year. Eddie had a great career at Muskegon and helped lead his class to the best two-year record in the history of their school. I think his ability as a player and his character as a person make him a great fit for the Patriot program and a great fit for our school."

Willie Cauley-Stein Will Represent Sacramento at the NBA Draft Lottery

Former University of Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein will represent the Sacramento Kings at the upcoming NBA Draft.

Cauley-Stein averaged 7.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Kings during his rookie season.

Lindsey Wilson College Signs Three for 2016-17

Lindsey Wilson College has signed three players for the 2016-17 season.

Allen Costley, College of Central Florida

Head coach of the Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team, Paul Peck, announced the signing of transfer student-athlete, Allen Costley, on Tuesday.

Costley comes to Lindsey Wilson after a two-year stint at College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida.

Over his two seasons at College of Central Florida, he appeared in 59 games making 32 starts. He averaged 19.1 minutes a game, where he scored 6.7 points. He shot 36.0 percent from beyond the arc for the Patriots, including shooting 40 percent last season.

Costly totaled 186 rebounds and 52 assists during his time at College of Central Florida, while shooting 51.8 percent from the floor.

Prior to attending College of Central Florida, Costley attended Milford Mill Academy in Baltimore, Maryland.

During his time at Milford Mill, he won a state championship as a junior, while also beating DeMatha Catholic High School during his high school career.

"I am very excited to have Allen Costley join us," Peck said. "He brings in a wealth of experience and athletic ability.

"He was a standout player in high school and he continued his success at one of the best junior college programs in the country, where he played for NJCAA Coach of the Year, Tim Ryan. He can play multiple positions on the floor and you can see how much he enjoys playing the game."

Marshall Griffith, Gulf Coast State Community College

The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team has added transfer student-athlete Marshall Griffith for the upcoming 2016-17 season, head coach Paul Peck announced on Tuesday.

Griffith joins the Blue Raiders after spending one season at Gulf Coast State Community College in Panama City, Florida, and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

In his lone season at Gulf Coast State, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound guard played in 29 out of a possible 30 games, making 16 starts. He averaged 5.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game while helping the Commodores to an 18-12 record. Griffith shot 39.0 percent from the floor, and 34.8 percent from three-point range including 32 made three pointers, the fourth most on the team.

Prior to attending Gulf Coast State, Griffith attended Daviess County High School in Owensboro, Kentucky.

At Daviess County, the sharpshooting combo guard appeared in all 26 games as a senior in 2014-15. He led the team in scoring averaging 20.8 points per game while grabbing 3.8 rebounds per contest. Griffith led the Panthers to an 18-8 record, shooting 50.9 percent from the floor, 38.1 percent from three, and 83.1 percent from the charity stripe.

​"We are happy Marshall is coming back home to Kentucky," Peck said. "He had a great career at Daviess County High School and a very solid year at Gulf Coast State Community College, playing in one of the top conferences in the National Junior College Athletic Association against some of the best players in the country.

"Marshall is a very strong and athletic player that can guard all three positions on the perimeter. He can shoot the ball from deep beyond the arc and will help solidify our backcourt. I cannot wait to see him in a Blue Raider uniform next season."

Zach Reeves, Christ School (NC)

The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball program added high school senior Zach Reeves for the upcoming 2016-17 season, head coach Paul Peck announced on Thursday.

Reeves, originally from Rolesville, North Carolina, joins the Blue Raiders from the highly-touted Christ School in Arden, N.C., where 23 student-athletes have signed or gone on to play collegiate basketball since 2009.

During his senior campaign at Christ, Reeves helped lead the Greenies to a 23-8 record with a perfect 8-0 mark in league play, advancing to the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) State Quarterfinals.

As a senior captain, the 6-foot-5, 195-pound Reeves averaged eight points, five rebounds and five assists per game en route to helping Christ capture the Carolina Athletic Association regular season and tournament championships.

In the classroom, Reeves is a high honor roll student at Christ.

"Zach is a great team player from a terrific high school program," Peck said. "He is a great fit for our program and a tremendous athlete with excellent skills. He will make us better immediately."

Tubby Smith Adds Saul Smith to Staff at Memphis

New head coach Tubby Smith has completed his coaching staff at Memphis. 

Smith has added former UK player Saul Smith as an assistant coach. 

Here's a release from UM:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Newly-minted head men's basketball coach Tubby Smith has completed his Memphis coaching staff with the additions of former Texas Tech staffers Pooh Williamson, Joe Esposito, Saul Smith, and Steven "Zo" Goodson.

"I think we put together a staff that I am familiar with that brings continuity and consistency to help us recruit the type of players that are going to fit our system and our style," said Smith.

Williamson, Esposito, and Smith will be assistant coaches with the Tigers, while Goodson will be the Director of Basketball Operations. Keelon Lawson will remain on staff as the Director of Player Development.

This group helped Texas Tech snap a streak of seven-consecutive seasons in which the Red Raiders had missed the NCAA Tournament. In 2016 Texas Tech was the No. 8 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament.

"Alvin 'Pooh' Williamson, who played for me at Tulsa, was one of the best point guards I have ever coached," said Smith. "He has excellent knowledge of the game and has recruited some outstanding players in a lot of different regions. He is a young, energetic coach that is going places.

"Joe Esposito, who has worked this state before at Tennessee State, has been with me for nine years. He has excellent skills in coaching and has that 'New York flavor'. He will help us in a lot of ways. He has been a head coach before, he has worked a number of jobs, and I don't think there is a place he hasn't been to recruit.

"Saul Smith played for me also, and has worked in this state at Tennessee Tech. We have brought in guys that had connections to this region. Saul played on the National Championship team at Kentucky in 1998, and is a knowledgeable coach who has excellent contacts – as all of these guys do – around the country.

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Campbellsville Men's Basketball Announces Summer Camps

The Campbellsville University men's basketball program has announced two summer camps. 

Here's a release from CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — The Campbellsville University men's basketball program announced two camp dates for the summer of 2016 this past week.

Camps will include two individual camps, consisting of the CU Tigers Youth Basketball Camp and an Elite Skills Academy – Links are below.

The youth camp runs from May 23 - May 26 for boys and girls ages from 7-14. This camp will instill the proper fundamentals of the game with an emphasis on positive attitude and sportsmanship.

The Elite Skills Academy will run from June 29 – July 1 for high school boys entering grades 10th-12th. This camp is one of the most comprehensive NAIA skills camps in the country. It is a unique experience to work closely with CU staff on the skills and fundamentals that are crucial for success at the collegiate level. The Elite Skills Academy will close resemble the experience that CU student-athletes go through daily with practice and workouts.

For more information, please visit the men's basketball page on or email assistant coach Bryan Milburn –

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Youth Camp: May 23 – 26
Elite Skills Academy: June 29 – July 1

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