Friday, May 27, 2016

Jamaal Magloire Reportedly Angered the Cavaliers with Pregame Taunts

Former Kentucky center Jamaal Magloire is apparently still showing a little fire even in retirement.

Magloire, who now wears a suit and works for the Toronto Raptors, was reportedly cracking jokes in the direction of the Cleveland Cavaliers prior to Wednesday night's game.

The Cavaliers didn't care much for Magloire's comments and proceeded to whip the Raptors 116-78.

According to reports:

During pregame individual shooting, Jamaal Magloire, Raptors assistant coach/team consultant, started cracking jokes in the direction of the Cavaliers about hitting below the belt. It was supposedly intended as a lighthearted shot at Dahntay Jones’ low-blow punch of Bismack Biyombo at the end of Game 3. […] However, a few members of the Cavaliers didn’t find him to be funny at all. It was viewed by a few who witnessed it as the retired player trying to filled the void of being the Raptors’ enforcer from behind the bench.

“I’ve been a part of some really adverse situations,” (LeBron) James said after putting up 23 points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals, “and I just didn’t believe that this was one of them.”

James, speaking to reporters from the postgame podium, was responding to a question about him saying he had a “sense of calmness” at shootaround earlier that day. […] “It’s just been very calm about the whole situation, understanding that our guys knew what we did and what we didn’t accomplish in Toronto,” he said. “I’m not taking away from the fact how big of a game this was, because it is — it’s a Game 5 on our home floor and the series [was] tied 2-2. But from the very moment that we lost Game 4, I was just very calm about the whole situation, seeing the good that we can prepare and get better for Game 5, instead of looking at all the bad that we did. Just mentally, just having these guys focus, and they answered the call.”

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Of course, we will forever remember that one time when Magloire destroyed Wojo:

Bellarmine University Adds Lehigh Transfer Tyler Jenkins

Bellarmine University has added Lehigh transfer Tyler Jenkins for the 2016-17 season.

Jenkins averaged 2.0 points per game as a sophomore for the Mountain Hawks.

Here's a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Bellarmine men's basketball coach Scott Davenport has announced that Fishers, Indiana native Tyler Jenkins will transfer to Bellarmine for the 2016-17 school year. The 6-2, 180-pound guard will have two years of eligibility having played the past two seasons at Lehigh University.

Jenkins, who can play either guard position, comes out of a high school program that is rich in talent. As a sophomore at Hamilton Southeastern High School, he played alongside current Denver Nugget Gary Harris. The following year Zak Irvin, who just completed his junior year at the University of Michigan, was the team's star. Harris and Irvin were named Mr. Basketball in the state of Indiana—the first back-to-back selections from the same school.

With all that talent on the team, Jenkins was still able to make his mark with the Royals, earning honorable mention all-state honors in both his junior and senior seasons. As a senior, Jenkins helped Hamilton Southeastern to a school record 23 wins against just four losses.

"I am thrilled that Tyler Jenkins is a Bellarmine Knight," said Davenport. "He has demonstrated his entire career at Hamilton Southeastern High School and Lehigh University that first and foremost he is a winner. I love his dedication to team and his game and basketball skills match his desire. Tyler impressed everyone at Bellarmine with his demeanor and his connection with our players was tremendous. He has the one quality that every successful Bellarmine player has shared. He wants to be here.

"Tyler has a great body and basketball IQ to match. He is an excellent fit with the way we love to play," Davenport added.

Last season at Lehigh, Jenkins appeared in all 32 games for the Mountain Hawks, averaging 8.6 minutes per game. In high school, Jenkins helped lead the Royals to a 62-11 record in his three years as a varsity player. A first team Academic All-State selection as a senior, Jenkins led Hamilton Southeastern to a sectional championship, knocking off two-time defending state champion Carmel High School in the process. He was voted "Mr. Team" and was selected to play in the Indiana Basketball Senior Classic.'

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Several Schools are Already Showing Interest in Marcus Lee

According to Jeff Rabjohns of Peegs.com, several high major programs are already showing interest in UK transfer Marcus Lee.

Lee, who just announced his transfer yesterday, has already been contacted by Georgia Tech, Baylor, Kansas, Gonzaga and Iowa State.


Some Gonzaga sites claim those rumors are false:




Lee will have to sit out one season due to NCAA transfer rules. He will be eligible for the 2017-18 season.

Bath County High School Boy's Basketball to Host Camp in June

Bath County High School boy's basketball and new head coach Bart Williams will host "Camp with the Cats" June 6-9 at the high school. 

The camp is for grades K-8 and will run 9:00 a.m. to Noon each day.

Here are details:


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Boyle County Boy's Basketball Team to Host Youth Basketball Camp in June

The Boyle County High School boy's basketball program and head coach Steve Adams will host a youth basketball camp in June. 

What: Boyle County Youth Basketball Camp
Location: Boyle County High School
Dates: June 6-9


Here are details (click to enlarge):


Chinanu Onuaku Denies Pitino's Statements, Says He Hasn't Made Decision Yet

Drama is building in Louisville (surprise, surprise).

Earlier today, head coach Rick Pitino told some members of the media that big man Chinanu Onuaku is staying in the NBA Draft and ending his college career.

Onuaku made in Instagram post that simply said:

Rick Pitino Says Chinanu Onuaku is Staying in NBA Draft

According to head coach Rick Pitino, Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku will remain in the NBA Draft.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN confirmed the news from Pitino:


Onuaku averaged 9.9 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Cardinals last season.

Source: Head Coach Josh Henderson Resigns at Garrard County High School

I'm told by a good source that Garrard County High School boy's basketball coach Josh Henderson has stepped down. 

Henderson has been replaced by Ryan Young on an interim basis.

Garrard County was 15-15 last season.

UK's Marcus Lee Withdraws from NBA Draft, But Plans to Transfer

Kentucky junior Marcus Lee is withdrawing from the NBA Draft but plans to leave UK via transfer.

UK announced the decision:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball junior forward Marcus Lee will remove his name from the 2016 NBA Draft but plans to transfer to complete his collegiate eligibility at another school.

Upon completing his paperwork to withdraw from the draft, Lee will be granted a full release with no restrictions.

“Marcus Lee informed us today that he is pulling his name out of the draft but has decided he is going to transfer to a school out west to be closer to his family,” head coach John Calipari said. “We talked it through together and discussed the team next season, which he said had no bearing on his decision. I also told him he was a semester away from graduating. With that said, he was still adamant that, after the combine experience, a year off and regrouping would be the best thing. As always I support my players and their decisions.”

Lee enjoyed the best season of his Kentucky career during his junior campaign where he boasted career highs in points per game (6.4), rebounds per game (6.0), total blocks (59) and total assists (11). He shot a team-best 68.0 percent from the floor, the best single-season field-goal percentage in school history with a minimum of 150 attempts. His 216 total rebounds were the most on the team, and he led the team in blocked shots in a team-high 18 games.

“I want to thank the University of Kentucky, the basketball staff and the Big Blue Nation for supporting me over the years,” Lee said. “I’m sorry it took me so long to come to this decision, but I’m trying to do what’s right for me and my family. I’ll always think fondly of my time at Kentucky.”

Lee ranks 20th all-time with 100 career blocked shots. He averaged 3.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots in 100 career games at Kentucky.

A two-time Southeastern Conference Community Service Team member, Lee recently concluded participation in the 2016 NCAA Leadership Forum where he was the SEC’s male representative at the weekend-long conference.

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

Kentucky's Isaiah Briscoe Announces NBA Draft Decision

Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe has just announced that he will stay in college for another season.

Briscoe had this to say on social media:



Lewis County's Trenton Walker Signs with Kentucky Christian

Lewis County High School's Trenton Walker has signed a letter of intent to play basketball with Kentucky Christian University. 

The signing was Tuesday at the high school.

Kentucky's Marcus Lee Will Announce NBA Draft Decision Today

According to Jeff Goodman or ESPN.com, Kentucky's Marcus Lee will announce his NBA Draft decision through the school today.

The deadline to withdraw from the draft is 11:59 p.m. tonight.

Here’s what Goodman had to say:

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Brescia University Nets Commitment from JUCO Guard Nathan Melchior

Nathan Melchior, a 5'11" guard from Milwaukee Area Technical College, has verbally committed to Brescia University.



Melchior averaged 9.1 points and shot 38.8% (54-139) from long range last season as a sophomore.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Eastern Kentucky Will Hold Two Basketball Camps in June


Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball will hold two camps this summer. 

The Colonels will host a day camp June 6-9. 

There will also be a team camp June 20-21. 

Click here to register online!

Click here for registration form (PDF)!

Click here for camps brochure!

RICHMOND, Ky.
 – Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball head coach Dan McHale has announced dates for his 2016 summer camps.
 
- The Day Camp will take place June 6-9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The camp is open to children, ages 5-14.
 
- The Team Camp will be held June 20-21 and is open to any junior varsity or varsity teams.

 
To register or find more information on any of the camps, visit the Dan McHale Camps website HERE or contact Terrence Commodore at terrence.commodore@eku.edu or (606) 584-1001.

McHale just wrapped up his first season as the head coach of the Colonels. The Chatham, New Jersey native got his start in coaching under Hall of Famer Rick Pitino as a staff assistant at Louisville from 2001 to 2003. He has also coached at Minnesota, Seton Hall, Iona and Manhattan.

McHale was a student manager at Kentucky from 1997 to 2001. He was part of one national championship team, four NCAA Tournament teams and three Southeastern Conference championships while working with Tubby Smith's Wildcats.

Tubby Smith Inducted Into High Point Athletics Hall of Fame

Former University of Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith was inducted into the High Point University Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday. 

Smith starred for High Point from 1969-73 and still ranks as the No. 7 all-time scorer in program history.

He has totaled 557 career wins as a head coach.

Here is a release from High Point:

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University Athletic Department and the HPU Panther Club held the second annual High Point University Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Saturday night inside the Millis Center.

More than 200 former High Point University student-athletes, coaches, staff, family and friends gathered to celebrate and honor four extraordinary members of the HPU Athletics family.

The 2016 Hall of Fame class included Marie Riley ('80, women's basketball/volleyball/tennis), Orlando "Tubby" Smith ('73, basketball), Kitty Steele (field hockey/tennis head coach) and Roger Watson ('66, golf).

"We are privileged to honor the legacy and outstanding achievements of this 2016 class of inductees," athletic director Dan Hauser said. "The records, the success and the championship achievements that this group has created are amazing. Thank you for choosing to be a part of the High Point University family and sharing those moments with us."

The event was emceed by WFMY sports anchor Liz Crawford. Crawford welcomed Riley up to the stage as the first inductee into the High Point University Athletics Hall of Fame. A member of HPU's 1978 AIAW National Championship Team, Riley was a three-time All-American in women's basketball and also led the Panthers to conference and state championships in volleyball and tennis. She was one of the best all-around student-athletes to ever don the Purple & White.

"Woody Gibson, Jerry Steele and Mrs. Steele, they really helped me along," Riley said. "They guided me. I was skinny and shy and they did so much for me. I thank the Panther Club and I appreciate everything this university has done for me."

After Riley's induction, Crawford introduced HPU basketball's most prominent alumnus and one of the best college basketball coaches in the history of the sport. Orlando "Tubby" Smith starred for the Panthers from 1969-73 and still ranks as the No. 7 all-time scorer in program history.

Since his graduation from HPU, Smith has amassed 557 career victories in a 26-season coaching career, including a run to the 1997 national title as the head coach at Kentucky. He is one of just two coaches ever to lead five Div. I schools to the NCAA Tournament (Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Texas Tech) and has commanded his teams to four Elite Eights, nine Sweet 16s and 18 NCAA Tournament berths. Smith was hired as the head coach at the University of Memphis in April.

"This is a tremendous honor. To be recognized by your alma mater, that's the pinnacle of what you can achieve in life," Smith said. "My coaches and teammates here have made such a huge difference in my life. My experiences at High Point have played a unique and important part in preparing me for the success I've achieved in my career. I don't think I've received an honor as significant as this in my life."

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Kentucky Wesleyan Adds Bellarmine Transfer Josh Derksen

Kentucky Wesleyan College has signed Bellarmine University transfer Josh Derksen for the 2016-17 season. 

Here is a release from KWC:

Bellarmine forward Josh Derksen, 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.
           
Derksen, a 6-foot-9, 215-pounder from Toowoomba, Australia (Centenary Heights State HS), averaged 7.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 13.8 minutes in 22 games with two starts as a junior for head coach Scott Davenport. He shot 48.0 percent from the field, 35.3 from three-point range with 12 three pointers and 76.1 percent from the foul line. His season-bests were 15 points and five rebounds three times.
           
"We are excited to have Josh's versatility in the paint and on the wings but more than anything is his wealth of NCAA experience," stated Osborne. "He's an excellent passer, very good off the dribble getting to the basket and can knock down the three. Josh has been well-schooled in the fundamentals and the game by one of the top coaches in NCAA Division II, Scott Davenport."

As a sophomore, Derksen finished as the third leading scorer with 11.6 points per contest and collected a second-best 25 blocks in starting all 33 games played. He also had 2.9 rebounds, 32 assists and 12 steals while averaging 24.1 minutes a game, His shooting accuracy was 42.9 percent from the field, 32.8 percent from trey including 39 three-pointers and 79.5 percent from the charity stripe. Derksen produced career-highs of 22 points, six rebounds and four blocks.

His freshman year numbers were 9.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 16.5 minutes in competing in all 31 contests with one start. Derksen shot 48.2 percent from the field, 37.7 beyond the arc with 26 treys and 67.2 percent from the free throw line. He posted 28 assists, 18 blocks and seven steals. His season-highs were 16 points twice and six rebounds.
           
Derksen in his career in a Knight uniform played in three NCAA tournaments including the 2015 NCAA Division II Championship game.
           
In Australia, he was a scholarship recipient at the prestigious Australia Institute of Sport. Derksen played for Team Australia that participated in the FIBA U17 World Championship, where they lost in the finals to Team USA.
           
Derksen marks the third Australian to play for Kentucky Wesleyan.
           
He is the son of Michael and Chree Derksen of Toowoomba, Australia.

Marcus Lee "Could Go Either Way" on NBA Draft Decision

According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN, Kentucky's Marcus Lee is still undecided on entering the NBA Draft and "could go either way."



Bellarmine University Signs South Laurel's Caleb Taylor

Bellarmine University recently signed South Laurel High School big man Caleb Taylor for the 2016-17 season. 

Here's a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Bellarmine Head Men's Basketball Coach Scott Davenport has announced the signing of another standout Kentucky high school player to a national letter-of-intent. Caleb Taylor of South Laurel High School became the third member of the 2016 Kentucky All-Stars to ink an NLI to play for the Knights next season.

Taylor, a 6-9, 260-pound post player, averaged 14.7 points and 10.4 rebounds a contest last season when he helped lead the Cardinals to a 29-7 record and an appearance in the semifinals of the Sweet 16. A two-time 13th Region Player of the Year, Taylor shot 75.7 percent from the floor and was named second team All-State by the Courier-Journal this year.

"Caleb is a very impressive young man on and off the floor," Davenport said. "He transformed his body as a teenager to make himself into a player! Coach Jeff Davis at South Laurel has done a great job in teaching Caleb the skills necessary to be a complete player. He has great hands and an excellent feel for the game. His future teammates were very impressed with his willingness and desire to play Bellarmine Basketball."

Taylor said he chose Bellarmine because of the people he met on his campus visit. "I really like the campus, facilities and academics at Bellarmine," he said, "but I really chose Bellarmine because of the people. The coaches are great, and I really got along with the players. I just believe I fit in the best at Bellarmine."

In speaking to the Courier-Journal about his college decision, Taylor said, "It's a great opportunity to go to a winning program. I'm going to try to bust my butt and help them get back to another national championship."

Jeff Davis, Taylor's high school coach told the (London, Ky.) Sentinel Echo newspaper, "I think Caleb has a great opportunity to show people that his ceiling is really high. He's a steal in my eyes. I think he's going to really blossom in (Bellarmine's) system. His development from last year to this year has been outstanding, and that's only going to improve. He won't be triple teamed as much as he was in high school, and he will have to learn have to dish it out was well as he receives it."

Taylor joins Ben Weyer (Newport Central Catholic H.S.) and Alex Cook (Male H.S.) as members of the 2015-16 signing class, and all three have been selected to compete in the annual Kentucky-Indiana All-Star game, which pits the best high school seniors from Kentucky against the best from Indiana. The longstanding series will feature games in Indiana (on June 11) and in Kentucky on June 12. The Kentucky game will be played in Knights Hall.

University of the Cumberlands Signs Three more for 2016-17

University of the Cumberlands has signed three more players for the 2016-17 season.

Here's a rundown:

Dez Marshall, Southwestern Illinois College

Dez hails from Shelbyville, Kentucky and is coming to UC as a transfer from Southwestern Illinois College where he played the previous two seasons. The 6'4" junior wing averaged 5.3 points per game and 2.3 rebounds per game. Marshall shot 47.8% from the field over the last two seasons.

Marshall helped lead Southwestern Illinois to a 27-6 overall record last season. Although the team held a stellar record, they fell just short in the District Championship game, missing out on a berth for the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. Marshall was graduated from Collins High school in Shelbyville, Kentucky. During his senior season at Collins, Marshall was named the 8th Region Player of the Year.

When asked about signing Marshall, Coach Butcher commented, "Dez Marshall is a great addition to our program. He is a long, athletic, versatile wing, which is just what we were looking for in recruiting this year. He is very good in the open court, and his length and athleticism should make him a very good defender for us. Dez has been around great coaches his entire career. His high school coach, Chris Gaither, played in our league in college and is a great coach. His Junior College coach, Jay Harrington, is a coaching legend. Dez is a very tough kid who knows what it takes to be successful. We love getting Kentucky kids in our program, because they live and breathe basketball, and Dez is no different."

Chance Morton, Bishop State Community College

Chance hails from Mobile, Alabama and is coming to UC as a transfer from Bishop State Community College where he played the previous two seasons. The 6'4" junior wing averaged 18.6 points per game and 11 rebounds per game. Morton shot 49.7% from the field and 36.1% from three point range over the last two seasons.

He also helped lead Bishop State to a 17-9 overall record and a 12-1 conference record last season. In addition, this year in a game against Faulkner State Community College, Morton tallied 34 points and 23 rebounds. During his time at Bishop State, Morton was honored as a NJCAA Division I 3rd Team All-American and the Alabama Community College Southern Division Player of the Year.

When asked about signing Morton, Coach Butcher commented, "I am thrilled to have Chance Morton as a Patriot the next two years. He is a very talented basketball player and an even better person. Chance is very athletic and has a motor that doesn't stop, which is evident by his rebounding totals his two years at Bishop State. He has the ability to slash the ball to the rim, but is also a very capable three-point shooter. His junior college coach, Coach Shelwood, is an outstanding coach so Chance has been taught what it takes to be successful on the court. I believe Chance will be a great addition to our program and University."

Eric Duncan, Western Wyoming Community College

Eric hails from Stockton, California and is coming to UC as a transfer from Western Wyoming Community College where he played last season. He played his freshman season at Lassen Community College in Susanville, California.

The 6'2" junior point guard averaged 11 points per game with a 1.6 assist to turnover rate. Duncan shot 45% from the field and 43.4% from three point range over the last two seasons. He helped lead Western Wyoming to a 21-9 overall record and an 8-4 conference record last season, finishing the year scoring with double figures in 10 of the last 11 games.

When asked about signing Duncan Coach Butcher commented, "We are very excited to have Eric Duncan as a Patriot for the next two seasons. He is a strong, physical point guard that can really shoot the basketball. His strength should help him tremendously with the physical play in our league and allow him to guard multiple perimeter positions. He has a very good understanding of the game. He played at Western Wyoming this year and they play in a very competitive league, so Eric should be prepared for the level of competition that we will face on a nightly basis in the Mid-South Conference."

The Patriots have also signed Kelly Hinds Jr. and Eddie Tornes for next season.

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