Thursday, June 2, 2016

Morehead State Assistant is a Finalist at Wayne State

Morehead State associate head coach Dylan Howard is reportedly a finalist for the Wayne State head coaching job.

According to Omaha.com:

The finalists are Zac Claus, assistant coach at Idaho; Jeff Horner, assistant coach at North Dakota; Dylan Howard, associate head coach at Morehead State; and Jeff Kaminsky, head coach at Valley City State in North Dakota.

Wayne State is a Division II program in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Two Schools in the Mix for Kentucky Transfer Charles Matthews

According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN, two schools are in the mix for Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews.

Goodman reports that Matthews is considering Xavier and Michigan.


Former UK Players Add Chane Behanan to Roster for The Basketball Tournament

There is an odd name on the roster for The Bluegrass Boys for The Basketball Tournament.

The roster now includes a former Louisville player as the team has added Chane Behanan.

Here's a look at the updated roster:

- Mark Krebs
- Shagari Alleyene
- Derek Anderson
- Chane Behanan
- Ramel Bradley
- Joe Crawford
- Erik Daniels
- Kevin Galloway
- Perry Stevenson
- Marquis Teague

In case you're wondering, Behanan has been very successful early in his professional career in Mexico and Puerto Rico.

The Bluegrass Boys  are competing in The Basketball Tournament; which is a winner-take-all, five-on-five, single-elimination tournament. The winning team this year is supposed to take home $2 million.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Former EKU Player Jarelle Reischel is Working Out for NBA Teams

Former Eastern Kentucky forward Jarelle Reischel has earned workouts with the New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards.


Reischel is hoping to land a roster spot in one of the NBA summer leagues.

Here is a release about the workouts from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Former Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball player Jarelle Reischel will work out for the Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards and New York Knicks over the next two days in hopes of making an NBA Summer League roster.

Reischel came to EKU as a graduate transfer in the summer of 2015, and he blossomed into one of the best all-around players in the country in his one season under head coach Dan McHale.

The 6-7 wing was the first player in America to reach 300 points, 100 rebounds and 50 assists last season, and he finished the year as EKU's leading scorer and the OVC's third-leading scorer (17.9 points/game). He also ranked in the top-15 in the OVC in rebounds (6.8 rebounds/game), free throw percentage (78.4), assists (3.2 assists/game) and steals (1.7 steals/game).

The native of Frankfurt, Germany scored a career-high 37 points versus Longwood on Nov. 22 and he just missed the first triple-double in EKU history versus Thomas More on Nov. 25, recording 16 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists.

He scored his 1,000th collegiate point in EKU's season finale at Tennessee Tech.

Former UK Player Twany Beckham Lands a New Job

Former University of Kentucky guard Twany Beckham has been named Wellness Director for the Kentucky Employees' Health Plan.


St. Catharine College is Closing Doors

St. Catharine College has announced that the school will be closing its doors permanently, which will effectively end the men's basketball program.

Here's a press release from the college:

St. Catharine, KY – After numerous recent meetings of the St. Catharine College Board of Trustees, chairman John Turner announced at a campus-wide faculty and staff meeting on Wednesday that the College would be closing its doors.

"It is with great sadness that I announce today, after exploring all possible options, the Board of Trustees has determined the challenges facing St. Catharine College are insurmountable and we will be closing the College at the end of July," Turner said.

He went on to say the decline in overall enrollment, caused recently by the federal Department of Education's admitted wrongful withholding of student aid on several key academic programs, has proven to be too difficult to manage with the debt obligation the College has assumed in recent years.

The debt he referenced was due to the building of new facilities including residence halls, a health-sciences building, and most recently a state-of-the-art library.

President Cindy Gnadinger and the College’s Board of Trustees have worked tirelessly in attempting to satisfy the requirements of the DoE and to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in immediate operating funds through this past spring semester.

"Without the enrollment and with the DOE’s chokehold on our cashflow, the debt is simply not manageable," Chairman Turner explained.

According to a newsletter from Gnadinger on April 18, “a detailed and lengthy mediation process… failed to resolve the profound negative impacts that prior DOE decisions have had on our institution.” Mediation failed after other financial aid submissions were rejected for varying reasons, and the DOE failed to agree to pay the Colleges damages for diminishing its overall enrollment and reputation.

The DOE’s sanctioning of the College has not only critically restricted operational cash flow, but has also irreparably damaged the College’s ability to attract students. Prior to the problems with the DOE, enrollment was approximately 600 full-time students. Current enrollment projections are significantly diminished to fewer than 475 students enrolled for the Fall 2016 semester – a drop that College officials exclusively attribute to the negative impact of the DOE’s ongoing refusal to allow financial aid in key academic programs.

In recent weeks, the College administrators and trustees have explored various options for moving ahead and even explored the idea of an alliance with several other institutions. St. Catharine College President, Dr. Cindy Gnadinger, has recently held meetings with other college leaders, but the idea of some type of merger has proven unsuccessful.

The decision came after a board meeting Tuesday night, where the Board voted to close.

College administrators state they have reached out to several other institutions to establish teach-out plans for the current students. College administrators remain committed to ensuring this difficult situation is not exacerbated by a difficult transfer situation for SCC’s students.

Articulation agreements are being put together to ensure students' academic credits will transfer easily and tuition arrangements will be honored as closely to the tuition rates that St. Catharine students are accustomed to paying.

Chairman Turner expressed his gratitude to the employees of the College for working diligently through what has been an extremely challenging year.

Summer camps and classes will proceed as already scheduled, but no classes will begin in the Fall.

SCC employed 118 full-time faculty and staff employees, as well as numerous part-time staff and adjunct instructors.

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Rick Pitino Previews 2016-17 Season, Doesn't Expect Any More Punishment from NCAA

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino met with the media yesterday to discuss the 2016-17 season.

Pitino named team captains, talked about his team's difficult schedule and said he hopes to move on past the Katina Powell scandal:

Here are Pitino's comments via TheCrunchZone on YouTube:



Pitino doesn't think his program will receive any further sanctions from the NCAA:


Former Kentucky Players are Returning to Rupp Arena for NBA Game

Several former University of Kentucky players will be returning to Rupp Arena in October for an NBA exhibition game.

The Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards will play a preseason game in Rupp Arena on October 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Here's a release from the Bluegrass Sports Commission:

LEXINGTON – The NBA’s Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards will play a preseason game in Rupp Arena on October 15 at 7 PM, the Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) and Global Sports Management (GSM) announced today.

The game will feature the return to Lexington of former UK stars DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and Willie Cauley-Stein of the Sacramento Kings along with John Wall of the Washington Wizards.

Taking place the day after UK Basketball’s annual Big Blue Madness, the game will help tip off the basketball season for Big Blue Nation and provide fans a unique opportunity to be part of the excitement of NBA basketball.

“This game will highlight an exciting weekend of basketball for Kentucky fans. They can start off the weekend with Big Blue Madness on Friday and an NBA game on Saturday,” stated Brian Breslin, Vice-President of Global Sports Management. “We are excited about bringing another NBA pre-season game to Lexington and the great fans of this area.”

GSM and the BSC have brought the last two NBA pre-season games to Lexington, including last year's matchup between the Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans.

“We have had tremendous crowds the first two times we brought NBA basketball to Lexington and we are expecting the great fans of Kentucky to come out and show their support for these former Wildcat stars and these two up and coming NBA teams,” Breslin said.

Tickets range in price from $10 - $250 and go on sale to the public Friday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m. They can be purchased at the Rupp Arena box office, www.ticketmaster.com or www.RuppArena.com, or by calling Ticket Master at 800-745-3000.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING:

DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings

"I am excited for the upcoming preseason game in Lexington versus the Wizards. Getting a chance to play at Rupp in front of the Kentucky fans is always a good feeling. Kentucky fans are the best fans in college and have supported me my entire career so it is great to come back and give them a show."

Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento Kings

"I'm thrilled to play in Lexington once again with my Kings teammates. Last year we had a blast entertaining the Big Blue Nation crowd at Rupp Arena—home of many great memories for me.”

John Wall, Washington Wizards

"I am excited to be returning to Lexington for our preseason game on October 15. Rupp Arena holds a special place in my heart and I look forward to playing in front of the best college basketball fans in the country."

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Life University Has Hired Former Campbellsville Coach Keith Adkins

Former Campbellsville University head coach Keith Adkins will take over the men's basketball program at Life University.

Like Campbellsville, Life University is also a member of the NAIA's Mid-South Conference.

Here's a release from LU:

Life U is pleased to announce the hiring of Keith Adkins as Men's Basketball Head Coach. The former NCAA Division I standout as a player, and longtime head coach at Campbellsville University will take over the Life U program immediately and begin building toward the 2016-2017 season.

Adkins was named the 2015 NAIA Coach of the Year by virtue of winning the Mid-South Conference regular season and tournament titles, and has led Campbellsville University to two final four appearances, most recently this past season. Adkins has a history of student-athlete development both in and out of the arena. On the court, he has developed 21 All-Americans, 25 first-team All-Conference players and four conference Players of the Year while leading his program to three conference championships and nine NAIA tournament appearances. Off the court, he has mentored 10 Academic All-Americans and 31 Academic All-Conference student-athletes.

"We are excited to have Coach Adkins join the staff at Life University," said Athletic Director Dan Payne. "Coming from such a well-respected institution in Campbellsville, under their leadership of President Dr. Michael Carter and Athletic Director Rusty Hollingsworth, we know we are getting a great leader of young men. He has an incredible track record of success in the areas we care most about here at Life U which include graduation rate, academic performance and character development. We know he will make an immediate impact on our program, and can't wait for him to get started."

Campbellsville Coach Keith Adkins Has Resigned

Campbellsville University head coach Keith Adkins has resigned after 19 seasons on the sidelines (16 as head coach).

Adkins was 322-204 during his coaching tenure with the Tigers.

Here's a release from CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Director of athletics Rusty Hollingsworth has announced that after 19 years at Campbellsville University, head men's basketball coach Keith Adkins has resigned.

"It is difficult to put into words how grateful and thankful I am to Campbellsville University for the opportunity to work here over the last 19 years," said Adkins. "I especially want to say 'thank you' to Dr. Michael Carter and Rusty Hollingsworth. Campbellsville University is blessed to have such incredible leaders and I have been blessed to be a part of what they make possible."

"Rusty has been the athletic director here for fifteen of the sixteen years I have been the head coach. Once again, I have been blessed to be able to work for someone that has become one of the best friends I have ever known. Campbellsville will always be special to me. I can only hope that I have impacted Campbellsville University and the Campbellsville community the way it has impacted me."

Adkins, who has been a part of the Campbellsville University men's basketball program for the past 19 years, has been the head coach for the previous 16. During his tenure, the Tigers have gone 322-204, won two Mid-South Conference Tournament championships, two MSC regular season titles and reached the NAIA Fab Four twice – the last coming this past year.

Adkins was a two-time MSC Coach of the Year (2006 and 2015) and had 41 All-MSC selections in his 16 years. Additionally, the Tigers had 28 student-athletes earn Academic All-MSC and three earned MSC Champions of Character honors.

"I wish Keith well in his new endeavor," said Hollingsworth. "He has served Campbellsville University well over the last 19 years and has experienced great success as our head basketball coach. I consider Keith a friend and he will be missed."

The men's basketball program will now be in search of its seventh coach in history. Sixty-two years ago, George Sadler helped start the program in 1964 before handing the reigns to the late Lou Cunningham in 1966. After taking a step back from the program in 1972, Cunningham gave way to the late Ron Coleman for six years (1972-77) and John Rohrer for two (1977-78), before returning for the next 20 (1978-1997). Travis Ford led the Tigers from 1997-2000 and brought Adkins to Campbellsville as an assistant for those three seasons before Adkins took over the program to start the 2000-2001 season.

"We will assemble a committee of interested parties as we move through the process of hiring the next head coach of Tiger basketball. That process will begin immediately," said Hollingsworth.

Adkins was the fourth-longest tenured coach in Campbellsville history behind NAIA Hall of Famer Donna Wise (32 years), Lou Cunningham (26) and current head baseball coach Beauford Sanders (26).

"We appreciate all Coach Adkins has done and wish him and his family the very best in the future," said president Dr. Michael V. Carter.

Adkins is a native of Paintsville, Ky., where he played in three state tournaments as a back court player. In 1987 he helped lead his Paintsville team to a final four appearance. In 1988 Adkins was a member of the Kentucky All-Star team and a first-team All State selection. He holds the Paintsville school record for most points in a half, scoring 30 in one half against Pikeville High School in January 1988.

He was named Kentucky Male Athlete-of-the-Year in 1988 for his performances in both basketball and baseball at Paintsville High School.

Adkins played his first two seasons of college basketball at the University of Notre Dame, including a second round berth in the 1989 NCAA Tournament. After two seasons in South Bend, Adkins transferred to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he was a two-year starter averaging 11 points per game as a senior. Adkins ranked second in the nation in free throw percentage as a junior and still holds numerous Seahawk team records.

Adkins graduated from UNC-Wilmington (1994) with a B.A. in physical education. He and his wife, Vanessa, have four children: Ashley, Bradley, Sarah and Luke.

Tai Wynyard Will Play 3-on-3 Basketball for New Zealand This Week

Kentucky freshman Tai Wynyard will play for New Zealand in the FIBA 3-on-3 U18 World Championships this week.

Wynyard led the Kiwis to the gold medal in 2015.

Here are details from UK:

ASTANA, Kazakhstan – Kentucky men’s basketball freshman forward Tai Wynyard will represent New Zealand in the FIBA 3-on-3 U18 World Championships this week for a second consecutive year after leading his home country to the gold medal in 2015.
 
After dropping their opener last year, Wynyard led the Kiwis to eight straight wins, the championship and most valuable player honors.
 
This year’s 3-on-3 tournament will begin Wednesday in Astana, Kazakhstan. Wynyard’s team begins group play Thursday vs. the Philippines in pool play.
 
The top two teams from each of the four pools will advance to the eight-team knockout tournament, scheduled for Sunday. In addition to New Zealand and the Philippines, Pool D features Spain, Hungary and Brazil.
 
Fans can watch Wynyard and the entire FIBA 3-on-3 U18 World Championships on FIB’s 3x3 YouTube page.
 
Wynyard, a native of Auckland, New Zealand, enrolled at Kentucky in December after graduating from Rangitoto College. He became the youngest player ever to make the New Zealand national team when he was named to the squad at 16 years old.
 
He did not appear in any games during the 2015-16 Kentucky basketball season.
 
For the latest on the Kentucky men's basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and on the web at UKathletics.com
 
Do they do a 3-man Haka? Let's hope:
  

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