Friday, June 24, 2016

Tyler Ulis Will Reunite with Devin Booker in Phoenix

The Phoenix Suns drafted Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis in the second round with pick No. 34 in last night's NBA Draft.

Ulis will reunite with former UK teammate and friend Devin Booker in Phoenix.

For now, the Suns also have Archie Goodwin, Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe on the roster. The team is expected to trade Knight or Bledsoe at some point.

Here are more details from UK:

Tyler Ulis

Ulis was the second player taken by the Suns – although, Labissiere was traded to Sacramento shortly after the Suns drafted him. The Chicago native was picked 34th overall and he is the seventh Kentucky player ever taken by the franchise. It is the second consecutive season that two players have been selected by the Suns in the same draft.

The 2016 Bob Cousy Award winner had a sensational sophomore season that will be regarded as one of the best in SEC history en route to All-America honors. Ulis is the shortest consensus first-team All-American since 1958. He was also tabbed SEC Player of the Year and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, joining Anthony Davis as the only players in league history to win both honors in the same season.

He set the UK-single-season mark for assists in a season with 246, second all-time in the SEC. Ulis was both an elite distributor and proficient scorer in his sophomore campaign, becoming the only player in league history with at least 606 points and at least 246 assists. He was one of only four players in the country this season to average at least 17.3 points and at least 7.0 assists per game. He ranked sixth nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.6) and seventh in assists per game (7.0).

Braxton Beverly Returning to Hargrave, Opening Recruitment Back Up

Braxton Beverly has decided to break off his commitment to Miami (OH) and return to Hargrave Military Academy for another season of prep basketball.

Beverly will be reclassifying to the Class of 2017.

DeMarcus Cousins Claims Draft Night Tweet Was About "Sculpting Class"

DeMarcus Cousins created a buzz last night when he posted a controversial Tweet shortly after the Sacramento Kings drafted Georgios Papagiannis from Greece with the 13th overall pick.

Today, Cousins claims that Tweet was actually about "a hot sculpting class."

Here's more from Marc Spears of The Undefeated:

Kings All-Star DeMarcus Cousins told The Undefeated his draft night tweet had nothing to do with the draft. So what was it about? "A hot sculpting class," Cousins said jokingly.

Vlade Divac Believes Skal Labissiere is the Steal of the Draft

Sacramento Kings GM Vlade Divac believes he landed the steal of the NBA Draft with Skal Labissiere at No. 28.

The former Kentucky big man is not ready for the NBA at this point but has a high ceiling in the future.

He averaged 6.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game as a freshman at UK last season.

Skal Labissiere Slips to Phoenix at No. 28, Traded to Sacramento

Kentucky big man Skal Labissiere slipped to the Phoenix Suns at No. 28 in last night's NBA Draft.

Labisierre was quickly traded to the Sacramento Kings, where he will be joining forces with former Wildcats DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein.

Here are more details from UK:

Skal Labissiere

Labissiere became UK’s second selection in the opening round when he was taken by the Phoenix Suns at 28th overall. He is the sixth-ever selection by the Suns in the history of the program. Devin Booker and Andrew Harrison were chosen by the Suns a season ago. In a proposed trade, the Suns’ pick will be shipped to the Sacramento Kings, where Labissiere is expected to join former Wildcats Willie Cauley-Stein, DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo.

The native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, appeared in all 36 games with 18 starts, averaging 6.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in his lone season at Kentucky. His 1.6 blocks per game ranked seventh in the SEC, and he blocked three or more shots nine times during the year. Labissiere shot 51.6 percent from the field.

He scored in double figures in four of his first six career games and posted a career-high 26 points in his second career game. Labissiere came on late in the season with an 11-point, eight-rebound game in the win at Florida and an 18-point, nine-rebound, six-block effort in the regular-season finale vs. LSU. He made 8 of 10 shots in the victory over the Tigers. In his NCAA Tournament debut, Labissiere scored 12 points and blocked six shots, tied for the second most in an NCAA Tournament game in school history.

Twice Labissiere won SEC Freshman of the Week, earning the honor in the first week of the regular season and the last.

Kentucky's Jamal Murray Drafted by the Denver Nuggets

University of Kentucky shooting guard Jamal Murray went to the Denver Nuggets with pick No. 7 in last night's NBA Draft.

Kentucky has had at least one player taken in the top seven in each of the last seven drafts.

If no deals are made, Murray will be teaming up with former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried in Denver.

Here is an excerpt of a UK press release:

Jamal Murray

Murray was UK’s first player off of the board when he was selected seventh overall by the Denver Nuggets. He’s the first player in program history to be selected by the Nuggets. With the Kitchener, Ontario, native going seventh overall, UK has had at least one player taken in the top seven in each of the last seven drafts.

The 6-foot-4 guard led the Wildcats in scoring at 20.0 points per game, which is the highest individual scoring average at Kentucky in the Calipari era. He earned a plethora of postseason accolades, including Associated Press Third Team All-America honors as well as All-Southeastern Conference First Team recognition by both the AP and the league’s coaches.

With 720 points this season, he owns the school’s freshman single-season scoring record, surpassing Brandon Knight (657 points in 2010-11). Murray posted three 30-point games this season. He was the first Wildcat to reach double figures in 30 or more games since Jodie Meeks had a run of 32 times in 2008-09. Murray’s streak stretched to 34 straight games. He racked up a 12-game streak of scoring 20 points or more, matching the longest such streak for any UK player since Kevin Grevey topped 20 or more points in 12 straight games in 1974-75. Having hit a 3-pointer in every game this season, Murray owns the UK freshman record for most 3-point field goals in a single season with 113. His 113 made 3-pointers are second on the UK single-season 3-point field goal list and the most of any freshman in the history of the SEC. It’s also the second most of any freshman in NCAA history, trailing only Stephen Curry’s record of 122.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

DeMarcus Cousins is Calling on a Higher Power After Kings' Draft Pick

Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins seems to be calling on a higher power following the Kings' first round draft pick.

After the Kings selected Georgios Papagiannis from Greece with the 13th overall pick, Cousins posted this on Twitter:

Several NBA Teams Believe Thon Maker is Older Than 19

According to reports, several NBA team are going to pass completely on Thon Maker because of concerns that he is not actually 19 years old.

Maker, who is skipping college to go straight to the NBA, could reportedly be anywhere from 21-23 years old.

If nothing else, it will be interesting to see which team takes a chance on Maker.

Radford Adds David Boyden to Coaching Staff

Radford University has added former Western Kentucky assistant David Boyden to the men's basketball coaching staff.

Here is a release from Radford:

RADFORD, Va. – Radford head coach Mike Jones announced the additions of David Boyden and Donny Lind as assistant coaches on his men's basketball coaching staff, Thursday afternoon.

Both veteran assistant coaches will handle recruiting, on-floor coaching and scouting for the Highlanders. Boyden will assist with post player development, while Lind will work with the perimeter players.

Boyden brings 10 years of Division I coaching experience, including six seasons at his alma mater, Western Kentucky. Lind comes to the New River Valley after three years each at VCU and Mount St. Mary's.

A two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection and 1,000-point scorer for the Hilltoppers, Boyden was an assistant with the program for two stints (2008-10 and 2012-16), helping guide teams to five 20-win campaigns, two Sun Belt Conference championships and two NCAA Tournaments, including a first-round victory in 2009. With Boyden on the sidelines, Western Kentucky compiled a 124-78 overall record.

In between that success, he spent the 2011-12 season at Tennessee Tech, working primarily with the post players of a Golden Eagles' squad that posted a 19-14 mark.

As a player, Boyden ranks third in WKU history with 123 career starts from 2000-03 while playing a key role for teams that won at least 24 games in each of his final three seasons and captured three consecutive Sun Belt East Division and conference tournament titles and NCAA Tournament berths. He earned All-Sun Belt honors as a junior, was a second-team selection as a senior and was named to the 2003 Sun Belt All-Tournament Team. The native of Richmond, Va., finished his career with 1,167 points, 650 rebounds and 130 assists.

After receiving his degree from the school, Boyden spent two years working with Jones on Dennis Felton's staff at Georgia. He first served as an administrative assistant before taking over the role of director of basketball operations for the 2004-05 season. Boyden then garnered his first assistant coach position at Eastern Kentucky, helping the Colonels to the 2007 Ohio Valley Conference championship and NCAA Tournament during his three seasons.

"David is someone our players will gain a lot from because he has experienced many of the same things they are going through now," Jones said. "He has also achieved a level of success, both as a player and as a coach, that we and our players want to achieve here.

"His work ethic and knowledge of the game will strengthen our staff and help our players reach new heights on and off the court. David's ability to affect all aspects of our program will be a welcome addition and will allow him to impact us immediately. His experience at one of the great mid-major programs in the country will help us immensely."

A 2009 inductee to the Hermitage High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Boyden played one year at Fork Union Military Academy before moving on to Western Kentucky.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be working at Radford University," Boyden offered. "Coach Jones has a winning pedigree that I am excited to be a part of. He is a well-respected coach in our profession, and it is a privilege to be on his staff as we strive to continue to raise the bar for Radford men's basketball."

Complete Release

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Richard Gatewood is Leaving Taylor County for 22 Feet Academy

Head coach Richard Gatewood is leaving Taylor County High School to take over at 22 Feet Academy in Greenville, South Carolina.

Gatewood was 80-20 at Taylor County in 3 seasons. 

During his 3 seasons, he led Taylor County to the Sweet Sixteen Tournament twice. 

Gatewood will replace Ryan Schmidt, who recently stepped down at 22 Feet to pursue other opportunities.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Kentucky Transfer Charles Matthews is Headed to Michigan

University of Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews has decided to transfer to Michigan according to Jeff Goodman of

Matthews averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds per game for the Wildcats as a freshman.

He will have to sit out one season under NCAA transfer rules.

Team Coached by Billy Gillispie May Have to Forfeit All Wins from Last Season

According to reports, Ranger College possibly used an ineligible player last season and may have to forfeit all 31 wins.

Ranger College is coached by former University of Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie.

Here is an excerpt:

The NJCAA official, and Ranger College president Bill Campion, told The News that Ranger has appealed the decision. If the ruling stands, Ranger likely will have to forfeit every game in which the ineligible player participated.

Two sources said Monday that the player in question is 6-6 Joshua Simmons of Irmo, S.C. Ranger College's website lists Simmons as having played in every game, averaging 11.4 points and nine rebounds as the Rangers went 31-7 and finished fourth in the NJCAA national tournament _ the highest national finish in Ranger's 90-year history.

"The NJCAA previously ruled that Ranger College used an ineligible player during the 2015-16 season," NJCAA Assistant Executive Director Mark Krug said in an emailed statement to The News. "Ranger has since appealed that ruling to the NJCAA Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will make a decision on Ranger's appeal and will notify Ranger."

During a brief telephone interview, Campion on Monday told The News: "We are working through the issue right now and feel very strongly about Ranger's position -- and the ultimate outcome."

If Ranger loses its appeal to the NJCAA executive committee, the school could attempt a final appeal, through the American Arbitration Association.

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