Saturday, May 21, 2016

Valparaiso Denies David Skara Opportunity to Play at Vanderbilt

Valparaiso has denied transferring forward David Skara the opportunity to play for Bryce Drew at Vanderbilt.

Skara decided to transfer from Valpo after Drew took the job at Vandy.

The school and President Mark Heckler (who is likely talking all kinds of trash with a name like that) blocked Skara from heading to Nashville.

Mike Hutton of the Chicago Tribune says Valpo should handle this situation like John Calipari handled the transfer request of Charles Matthews:

And on Wednesday at Kentucky, the school announced Charles Matthews, a freshman guard, asked for his release. It was granted without restrictions.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said in a statement that he believes "(Matthews) is going to be a productive college player who has the ability to play at the next level." Calipari offered his assistance unconditionally.

Why did Kentucky allow that? Because it's the right way to handle the situation.

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Hey President Heckler, you're embarrassing yourself on this one. You should let this KID play where he chooses. He will only be a college athlete once.

Donnie Tyndall is Opening a Prep School Program in Tennessee

Former Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall is opening a new prep school basketball program in Athens, Tennessee.

Tyndall has created T-N-G Prep Academy and plans to players in grades 9-12 and one year of post grad basketball.

Here is a description of the T-N-G website:

T-N-G Prep Academy is a fully accredited prep academy offering grades 9 thru 12 and a Post Grad year. We balance academics with the highest level of basketball skill development. T-N-G houses all student-athletes and serves three meals a day at our training table. We offer ACT and SAT prep classes for all grades. As an Adidas sponsored school, we play a very competitive schedule of 25-30 games a year. We also employ a full-time strength and conditioning coach to assist each athlete.

T-N-G has both a high school team and a post-graduate team. Each player gets constant individual attention along with team coaching and play. Our coaching staff will identify areas of improvement, build on strengths, and focus on specifically requested areas by the athlete, parent, or coach. Our school is open to both domestic and international athletes who want to compete at a high level.

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Contact Coach Tyndall via e-mail: Donnietyndall15@gmail.com

Here are some comments from Tyndall via The Daily Post-Athenian:

"What I want to try to do is bring in about 20 to 30 guys," said Tyndall at Wednesday's BZA meeting.

"Some will be fifth-year guys that maybe need one more class to get qualified; some who have been under-recruited and just want more exposure to try to better their opportunities and then go on to college."

Tyndall said similar training facilities are springing up all across the country.

"To do it the right way, you've got to have a nice facility and a good coaching staff, which I can assure you, we'll have some really impressive young guys who will handle these guys the right way," said Tyndall.

Tyndall said he and other academy personnel plan to be active in the community with public speaking engagements at local middle and high schools.

Tyndall does not anticipate many games will be played in Athens for at least the first couple of years. Academy participants will play exhibition games against preparatory schools and other entities.

"This will give young coaches an opportunity to get exposure and experience to go on and better themselves in the coaching field," said Tyndall. "A lot of young guys maybe wouldn't have an opportunity to go to college if something like this didn't open itself up to them."

He also noted the financial benefits to local businesses from players attending the academy, as well as out-of-town traffic visiting for games. He also assured members of the BZA that his players will be of high character.

"We won't have a bunch of guys getting in trouble or acting foolishly in the community, I can assure you of that," said Tyndall.

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Union College Will Hold Two Individual Basketball Camps This Summer

The Union College men's basketball team will hold two individual basketball camps this summer. 

Here are details:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – The Union College men's basketball team announced its summer camp dates taking place in June and July at Robsion Arena on Union's campus.

The Bulldogs will host two, three-day individual camps for ages 5-15. The first session will be held on June 13-15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the second session scheduled for July 11-13 also from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The cost is $60 per person with discounts available for groups and families. In addition, if planning to attend both sessions discounted to $90 per person.

Current Bulldog players and coaching staff will complete the camp staff, while campers will be appropriately grouped by age and skill level.

For more information on the upcoming camps, check out the camp flyer here, or contact head coach Kevin Burton at 606-546-1705 or email at kburton@unionky.edu.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Kentucky Christian Signs Owens Crawford, Gage Rhoades

Kentucky Christian University has added Owens Crawford and Gage Rhoades for the 2016-17 season.

Crawford averaged 10.7 points and 3.4 rebounds for Augusta High School last season.

Here's a little about his signing from Maysville-Online.com:

"When I went to KCU on a visit, I played with the team and I really liked it," Crawford said. "The campus was great and the people were very nice, the players and the teammates were nice. It is a real small school and it kind of felt like home to me."

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Rhoades overcame a health issue to have a successful senior season at Chesapeake High School. 

Here's a little about his adversity from Herald-Dispatch.com:

"He's going to fill a slot we need to fill," Lowe said. "He'll fit in nicely. This is truly a big signing for us. I don't know how he flew under the radar. We feel fortunate."
Rhoades, who once thought he had a heart ailment called right ventricular hypertrophy, later learned from doctors at Cleveland Clinic he actually suffered from atrial septal defect. That was during his junior season. He completed the season but knew he'd need surgery to correct the blood flow issue. He had the surgery May 8, 2015, got the green light to return to active status six weeks later and finally perform at 100 percent.
He was a fixture in the Chesapeake gym working to get his conditioning and shooting touch back.
"I've got a second chance," Rhoades said. "The health issue didn't scare anyone off. I'm a lot bigger from the (corrected) blood flow. I really wanted to be patient with the (recruiting) process."

Southwestern Stars Danny Butt, Steven Fitzgerald are Transferring to Pulaski County

According to reports, 2018 Southwestern stars Danny Butt and Steven Fitzgerald are transferring to Pulaski County High School.


No stats were posted on the KHSAA site for Southwestern last season but I promise these two kids are really good at basketball.

Evan Faulkner, Noah Medley Join Coaching Staff at University of Pikeville

Evan Faulkner and Noah Medley have joined the University of Pikeville men's basketball coaching staff. 

Faulkner and Medley will serve as graduate assistants on Kelly Wells' staff.

Here is a release from UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- University of Pikeville head men's basketball coach Kelly Wells announced the addition of graduate assistants Evan Faulkner and Noah Medley to the Bears' coaching staff on Friday.

The pair is set to begin their time with UPIKE next season after the departure of Ross Fanning and Bradlee Yoder who graduated on May 14.

Faulkner comes to UPIKE after two seasons as the head coach at Ripley High School (W. Va.) where he led the team to a 16-9 record last season, giving it the most wins since 1997 and the school's first trip to the regional tournament in 15 years.

Prior to taking over at Ripley, Faulkner spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at NCAA Div II Charleston (W. Va.). Charleston reached the NCAA Div. II National Tournament that season after winning the Mountain East Conference Tournament title. Faulkner's duties included scouting, recruiting, budget management and academic success.

As a collegiate student-athlete, Faulkner spent two seasons at NCAA Div. I Radford (Va.) before finishing his career at Charleston where he was part of 45 wins in two seasons and was a Second Team All-WVIAC selection as a senior.

Faulkner's prep career at Elliott County High School in Eastern Kentucky included three 16th Region Championships and 141 win in his career.

Medley joins the UPIKE staff after serving as a student assistant at NCAA Div. I Tennessee Tech over the last three seasons. Medley assisted with individual instruction, film exchange and served as a tutor for the men's basketball student-athletes. He also helped with preparations for team travel and arranging equipment for games and practices.

For the 2011-12 season, Medley was the head coach at Irving College Elementary School after also serving as an assistant coach at Eastside Elementary in 2010-11.

Medley was very involved on the Tennessee Tech campus within Greek Life, the STEA Teaching Club and the TAB Student Giveaway Board.

Rex Chapman Tells Michael Jordan Story, Talks About Character Flaws With Ben Simmons

Former Kentucky star Rex Chapman was on the Dan Patrick Show Thursday.

Chapman, who played and worked as an executive in the NBA, shared a funny story about Michael Jordan and discussed some potential character flaws with former LSU star Ben Simmons.


Kentucky's Tai Wynyard Named Junior National Player of the Year in New Zealand

University of Kentucky big man Tai Wynyard has just been named Junior National Player of the Year in New Zealand.

Wynyard was given The Ambassador Trophy for Male Junior Player of the Year at a ceremony a few hours ago at the national awards ceremony in Wellington, New Zealand.

Here are some exclusive photos from Allkyhoops.com:




Thursday, May 19, 2016

Marques Bolden Commits to Duke

Marques Bolden has just announced his commitment to the Duke Blue Devils. 

He chose Duke over Kentucky and TCU.

Bolden is a 6'10" center from DeSoto, Texas.

Reports: Marques Bolden is Leaning Towards Duke

Marques Bolden, who ranks No. 11 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016, will announce his college decision in less than an hour. 

There are reports that he might be leaning towards Duke.

Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio is hearing that Bolden might choose the Blue Devils:


Jerry Meyer of 247 Sports also thinks the news will not be good for Kentucky:
“From what I’ve been able to gather, I’m expecting Duke. I would be – yeah, I’m expecting Duke. (Big laugh) I feel like I’ve got something special here that I’m pretty confident in, but we’ll see. I’m pretty confident. I’ll definitely have one less source if I’m wrong. He’ll be cut from the list.”
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Early Look at Bath County High School's 2016-17 Basketball Schedule

I have a sneak peek at Bath County High School's 2016-17 boy's basketball schedule. The schedule still has a date or two that could be filled and some times that will be announced later.

The Wildcats will open the Bart Williams' era with a road game at Nicholas County, followed by home game vs. Morgan County.

December will bring the EKC Tournament and Rowan County's Kentucky Bank Challenge.

Bath County will also participate in Greenup County's tournament in late December.

Here's a look:


Murray State Adds Towson Transfer Byron Hawkins

Murray State has announced the signing of Towson transfer Byron Hawkins. 

Hawkins, a 6'1" guard, will sit out the 2016-17 season under NCAA transfer rules. He averaged 13.2 points last season at Towson.

Here is a release from MSU:

Murray State men’s basketball coach Matt McMahon announced the signing of 6-1 guard Byron Hawkins.

Hawkins, out of Ft. Washington, Maryland, joins the Racers from Towson University where he played his freshman and sophomore seasons. He’ll sit out the coming 2016-17 season and then have two years to play for the Racers.

"Byron is a proven scorer at the Division-I level and comes to Murray State from a winning program,” McMahon said. “He’s looking forward to taking advantage of his sit out year in our player development program and I expect Byron to make an immediate impact on our 2017-18 team."

In 2015-16, Hawkins started 30 of the Tigers’ 31 games and was second on the team in scoring 13.2 points per game which ranked him 12th in the Colonial Athletic Conference. He recorded 67 assists against only 36 turnovers, made 56 3-point baskets, and was 77 percent from the free throw line.

Last season against Ole Miss, Hawkins hit 7-of-10 from the 3-point line for a 28-point night that also included five assists. He also scored 24 points against Bradley and finished with 23 points against Drexel.

Hawkins joins the Racers this summer after scoring 614 points and making 81 3-point field goals in two seasons at Towson.

Jeremiah Bell Will Continue College Career at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Former Boyle County High School point guard Jeremiah Bell will continue his college career at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee following an outstanding season at Vincennes (JUCO) University.


Wisconsin-Milwaukee is an NCAA Division I program in the Horizon League.

Former Racer T.J. Sapp Earns Player of the Week Honors in Colombia

Former Murray State guard T.J. Sapp has been named Latinbasket.com Player of the Week in Colombia.

Sapp had 36 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists for Bucaros in a 112-96 win over Halcones.

Here's an excerpt:

American-Jamaican T.J. Sapp (190-G-92, agency: Duran International) had a great game in the last round for Bucaros and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.

The 23-year old guard had the game-high 36 points adding four rebounds and five assists for Bucaros in his team's victory, helping them to crush Halcones (#5, 9-11) with 16-point margin 112-96. Bucaros maintains the 3rd position in Colombian Liga DirecTV. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bucaros will need more victories to improve their 13-7 record. In the team's last game Sapp had a remarkable 90.0% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He just recently signed at Bucaros, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Murray State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sapp is in league's top in points (3rd best: 22.9ppg) and averages solid 2.3spg,62.1% FGP and 43.8% from behind 3-point line.

Union College's Sam Robinson is Transferring to Kentucky Christian

Union College guard Sam Robinson is transferring to Kentucky Christian University.

Here are details from KCU:

Sam Robinson, a 6'2" perimeter player from Oneida Baptist Institute, is transferring to KCU.

The former Union College guard has decided to finish his collegiate career with the Knights. KCU Head Coach Grady Lowe had this to say about Sam, "He will provide us with a terrific outside scoring threat. His addition will give us a tremendous amount of flexibility and much needed help at the 2 & 3 positions."

Also pictured are his father David and mother Bonita.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Video: Check Out the De'Aaron Fox Senior Mixtape

Kentucky freshman-to-be De'Aaron Fox has some impressive moves.

Check out his senior season mixtape from Ball Is Life:

Brescia and Interim Head Coach Brian Skortz Sign 2 for 2016-17

Brescia University and interim head coach Brian Skortz have announced two signings for the 2016-17 season.

Adam Wilkinson, JUCO/Daviess County High School

The Men's Basketball program signed 6'3" Guard Adam Wilkinson to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Bearcats for the 2016-17 season. Wilkinson(Daviess County HS Grad) avg. 8.7ppg and shot 46.8 % from the 3 point line which lead the conference and was 10th nationally. Wilkinson also shot an impressive 85.7% from the charity stripe. " Adam will bring some added shooting ability to the program. The fact that Adam went to the NJCAA DII National Tournment as a freshman along with his team winning the conference ​this past year will prepare him to come in and compete for some playing time. Adam knows what it takes to be successful at a high level." stated Interim Head Men's Basketball Coach Brian Skortz.

Tristen Murray, Warren Central High School

Murray averaged 12.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game for the Dragons last season. He chose Brescia University over Trevecca Nazarene and Bethel University. "We are excited to have Tristen join the Bearcat family. Tristen strengths on the basketball floor is his ability to attack the paint and has a nice pull up mid range jumper. He has good range out to three." stated Brian Skortz Interim Head Men's Basketball Coach and Director of Athletics at Brescia University.

Freshman Charles Matthews is Leaving the Kentucky Program

Freshman wing Charles Matthews has decided to transfer from the University of Kentucky men's basketball program.

UK has granted Matthews a full release with no restrictions.

“The hardest thing as a coach is to lose a player that you really want to coach,” Calipari said. “In Charles’ case, I believe he is going to be a productive college player who has the ability to play at the next level. I know Charles’ best basketball is ahead of him, and while I’m a saddened to see him go, I support his decision and will help in any way I can.

“It hasn’t happened very often in my career, but transferring is a part of our game. It doesn’t change who we are as a program. We will support every kid in whatever way we can to make sure they can pursue their dreams, because ultimately that’s all I want for these young men.”

Here is a release from:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men's basketball freshman guard/forward Charles Matthews will transfer from UK, head coach John Calipari announced Wednesday.

Matthews will be granted a full release with no restrictions.

“The hardest thing as a coach is to lose a player that you really want to coach,” Calipari said. “In Charles’ case, I believe he is going to be a productive college player who has the ability to play at the next level. I know Charles’ best basketball is ahead of him, and while I’m a saddened to see him go, I support his decision and will help in any way I can.

“It hasn’t happened very often in my career, but transferring is a part of our game. It doesn’t change who we are as a program. We will support every kid in whatever way we can to make sure they can pursue their dreams, because ultimately that’s all I want for these young men.”

Matthews was one of four Wildcats to play in all 36 games for UK during the 2015-16 season. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in helping the Wildcats claim the Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament championships.

“I want to thank the coaches, my teammates and the Big Blue Nation for all of their support this season,” Matthews said. “I gained great experience during my freshman year at Kentucky. This was a difficult decision for me, but at the end of the day I felt like it was in my best interest to explore other options. I appreciate the support Coach Cal has given me in making this decision and the commitment the coaching staff made to me for this past season and beyond. Kentucky will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Matthews’ season highlights included a career-high 11-point performance vs. South Florida and a seven-point, five-rebound effort in the home victory over Georgia. He started three games and finished the year with 370 minutes played.

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

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