Saturday, July 2, 2016

Kentucky Christian University Signs Aaron Thompson

Kentucky Christian University has signed Aaron Thompson from Chesapeake (OH) High School for next season. 

Here's a brief release from KCU:

Aaron Thompson went to Chesapeake High School in Chesapeake, OH.

"Aaron is a great addition to our team. I look forward to seeing what all we are going to accomplish this year," said Coach Grady Lowe.

Aaron is pictured here with Head Coach Grady Lowe, his mother Amy Thompson, father Brian Thompson, and brother.

Rajon Rondo Receiving Interest from Several Teams

Former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo is receiving interest from several NBA teams during free agency.

According to Marc Stein, Rondo is hearing from the Kings, the Bulls, the Sixers and possibly the Pelicans.


Several reports indicate that a stay in Sacramento is unlikely:


Brescia University Inks Central Teammates Terrell Davis, Dominique Gaines

Brescia University has signed Central teammates Dominique Gaines and Terrell Davis for 2016-17.

Terrell Davis

Terrell Davis (6'3" Forward) from Louisville Central joins his high school teammate Dominique Gaines in committing to play Basketball for the Bearcats. Davis, a senior starter for Central averaged 4.1ppg and 3rpg. Davis will bring further depth to the front court of the Bearcats and Coach Skortz. "Terrell will help us on the defensive side of the ball. He knows how to defend different types of versatile players and will help us in transition." stated Head Coach Brian Skortz.

Dominique Gaines

Louisville Central's senior Dominique Gaines will play for Brescia University and the Men's Basketball Program for the 2016-17 season. Gaines averaged 10 ppg and shot 37% from the 3-point line during his senior season. "Dominique will bring added depth to the program. He has a great passion for the game and he will help us defensively with his ability to guard people." stated Head Coach Brian Skortz

Tyler Ulis Will Wear a New Number in the NBA

Tyler Ulis will no longer be No. 3 in the NBA. 

The Phoenix Suns have announced that Ulis will be No. 8 this season.

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight is also changing his number. Knight was No. 12 at Kentucky and No. 3 last season. This season, he will be No. 11 for the Suns.

In the past, Knight was No. 11 for the Milwaukee Bucks and in high school.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Plenty of Players to Watch in Orlando Pro Summer League

The Orlando Pro Summer League gets underway tomorrow morning.

There are several players with Kentucky (or local) ties participating.

Here are some players to keep an eye on:

- Alex Poythress (Kentucky) Orlando Blue
- T.J. Price (Western Kentucky) Orlando Blue
- Chris Horton (Austin Peay) Miami
- Damion Lee (Louisville) Miami
- Cameron Payne (Murray State) Oklahoma City
- Dakari Johnson (Kentucky) Oklahoma City
- Kameron Woods (Butler) Oklahoma City
- Marquis Teague (Kentucky) Dallas
- Wayne Blackshear (Louisville) Charlotte
- Aaron Harrison (Kentucky) Charlotte

Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League Schedule

Saturday, July 2, 2016

1st game 9:00 a.m. OKC @ Dallas
2nd game 11:00 a.m. Charlotte @ Orlando White
3rd game 1:00 p.m. Orlando Blue @ Indiana
4th game 3:00 p.m. New York @ Detroit
5th game 5:00 p.m. Miami @ LA Clippers

Sunday, July 3, 2016

1st game 1:00 p.m. Indiana @ Charlotte
2nd game 3:00 p.m. Miami @ New York
3rd game 5:00 p.m. LA Clippers @ OKC

Monday, July 4, 2016

1st game 1:00 p.m. Dallas @ Orlando White
2nd game 3:00 p.m. Orlando Blue @ Detroit
3rd game 5:00 p.m. Charlotte @ OKC

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

1st game 1:00 p.m. Orlando Blue @ Miami
2nd game 3:00 p.m. LA Clippers @ New York
3rd game 5:00 p.m. Detroit @ Indiana

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

1st game 1:00 p.m. Orlando White @ New York
2nd game 3:00 p.m. Dallas @ Charlotte
3rd game 5:00 p.m. Indiana @ OKC

Thursday, July 7, 2016

1st game 1:00 p.m. Dallas @ Orlando Blue
2nd game 3:00 p.m. LA Clippers @ Orlando White
3rd game 5:00 p.m. Detroit @ Miami

Friday, July 8, 2016 *Championship Day*

1st game 8:00 a.m. 6th place @ 5th place
2nd game 10:00 a.m. 4th place @ 3rd place
3rd game 12:00 p.m. 2nd place @ 1st place
4th game 2:00 p.m. 8th place @ 7th place
5th game 4:00 p.m. 10th place @ 9th place

ALL GAMES WILL BE PLAYED AT THE AMWAY CENTER ON THE MAGIC PRACTICE COURT.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Morehead State to Play Pitt, Purdue in 2016-17

Morehead State will battle Pittsburgh and Purdue in 2016-17. 

Both schools have unveiled their non-conference schedules and the Eagles are included on both.

Morehead will travel to Pitt on November 25 and Purdue on December 3.

Pitt defeated MSU 72-62 last season.

Brent Vernon Named Head Coach at Campbellsville University

Former assistant Brent Vernon has been named head coach at Campbellsville University. 

Vernon was an assistant for former head coach Keith Adkins for the previous four years.

Here's a release from CU:


CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Director of athletics Rusty Hollingsworth and president Dr. Michael V. Carter announced the hiring of Brent Vernon as the new men's basketball coach at Campbellsville University in a press conference today in Powell Athletic Center.

Vernon, 34, an assistant coach at Campbellsville University for the previous four years, is replacing Keith Adkins after he resigned on May 31 to take a head coaching position at Life University in Marietta, Ga.

"I am excited to announce that Brent Vernon has accepted our offer to become the next head men's basketball coach at Campbellsville University," said Hollingsworth. "Coach Vernon has the qualifications that our search committee discussed as we began this process. His 10 years of experience as an assistant coach at two Mid-South Conference schools will certainly be a great help in his new role as the head coach at Campbellsville University. We look forward to working with him as he leads the Tiger basketball program."

"After a national search which brought over 60 names to our search committee, I could not be more pleased to have Brent Vernon as the unanimous choice of our search committee," said Carter. "Brent Vernon is an exceptionally fine young man who knows basketball and has the ability to move Campbellsville University Tiger Basketball forward. He is a young man of character and believes in the mission of our university."

Vernon was welcomed as the new head coach in front of family, friends, fans, Campbellsville University faculty, staff and coaches, supporters and media representatives.

"Let me say thank you to Dr. Carter and the search committee for their commitment to Tiger athletics and the time and effort it took to get us to today's press conference," said Hollingsworth.

In the previous four seasons, Vernon has helped lead the Tigers to two NAIA National Tournament appearances, one Sweet 16 appearance and a Fab Four showing this past year. During his time as an assistant, the Tigers have won a Mid-South Conference regular season championship and a tournament title in 2015.

"First I would like to thank Dr. Carter, Rusty Hollingsworth, and the entire committee for having the faith to appoint me as the next basketball coach," said Vernon.

"It is such an honor to be able to get my first head coaching position at an institution such as Campbellsville University. Following in the footsteps of coaches such as the late Lou Cunningham, Travis Ford and Keith Adkins is something that is hard for me to put into words. It is a task that I will not take for granted, and I will work extremely hard on and off the floor to make this university proud."

Vernon came to Campbellsville in 2012 and had double roles as assistant basketball coach and head women's golf coach. Known as a hard worker and recruiter, Vernon didn't see the job as more work but saw them as an opportunity to help both programs get back to the highest level in the Mid-South Conference and also the NAIA.

In his role as the recruiting coordinator for Tiger basketball, Vernon brought in five of the previous six NAIA All-Americans who have come through the program. Sekou Harris and Dii'jon Allen-Jordan were the last two in 2015-16, as both helped lead Campbellsville University to its first NAIA Fab Four since 2008. Other notables are D'von Campbell, Damontre Harris and Eric Gaines. Harris was one of the biggest recruits for Vernon, as he brought him in after playing at the University of Florida and University of South Carolina.

"Brent has demonstrated his ability to recruit and to be a part of a winning program," continued Carter. "I think he will bring the type of excitement to the game that will attract players and fans. I am thankful for his desire to see the Tiger basketball program carry on our proud tradition and see our players graduate and be champions of character."

Outside of basketball, Vernon also made a splash in his second year as women's golf coach to bring in state champion Cassidy Scantland.

In their first year together (2013-14), Scantland won the MSC Championship and was named the MSC Freshman and Golfer of the Year, while Vernon earned Coach of the Year honors. Scantland is now the most decorated Lady Tiger to come through the program with 11 tournament wins, being named an NAIA All-American and MSC Golfer of the Year twice and qualifying for the NAIA National Championship three times.

"There's no time to waste," said Vernon.

"My first priority was reaching out to our current players, which I have already done, and those conversations have gone absolutely great. From here it's about going straight to work. I will now finalize our roster, as well as assemble a staff, and finish completing our schedule. We have no time to waste at this point, and this is already starting to take shape."

A former two-sport player at Williamsburg High School, Vernon attended then Cumberland College on a golf scholarship in 2000. After one season on the golf team, he began his coaching career as a student-assistant men's basketball coach for two seasons before playing two years. He coached for the Patriots until 2009 before returning to Williamsburg as an assistant basketball coach until the spring of 2012.

Vernon is the son of former University of the Cumberlands director of athletics, Randy Vernon, and his older brother Mark is an assistant on the Patriots basketball team. He is married to Jamie Walker Vernon, daughter of former Campbellsville basketball player Roy Walker, and the two have two children Bryce and Jaylee.

"I want to thank my best friend and wife, Jamie, who has always supported me and had my back throughout this journey," said Vernon.

"Without her being the rock of our family, none of this would be possible. I would also like to thank my mom and dad for all they have done and for instilling in me the values that I have. Last, but not least I want to thank my friends. This community has welcomed my family with open arms since the day we moved to Campbellsville. That is what makes Campbellsville University and the community so special. You feel like you have been a part of this great place for so long in such a short period of time. It's what my family and I love about Campbellsville."

Monday, June 27, 2016

Morehead State Extends Sean Woods' Contract Through 2019-20

Morehead State University has extended head coach Sean Woods' contract through the 2019-20 season.

Woods has compiled a 75-63 record in four seasons at Morehead State.

Last season, his team won 23 games and made a run to the College Basketball Invitational finals.

Here's a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. - Following a 23-win season and a trip to the College Basketball Invitational Finals, Morehead State head men's basketball coach Sean Woods has had his contract extended through the 2019-20 season.

"This extension means a lot to me. It shows that (Athletic Director) Brian (Hutchinson) and (University President) Dr. (Wayne D.) Andrews appreciate the work that we've been doing since I got here," said Woods. "It shows that they believe in our plan, and this is a major commitment to Morehead State men's basketball."

Woods has compiled a 75-63 record in his first four seasons at Morehead State. He has more wins in his first four seasons than any coach in program history. During his short stint, he has led the Eagles to two 20-win seasons. Prior to his arrival, the Eagles had just five 20-win seasons.

"Sean (Woods) does a great job in recruiting and developing young men of high character, as well as great basketball ability. I am proud of the efforts of our team in representing themselves and the program on behalf of Morehead State," said Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson.

Last season, the Eagles recorded one of the best seasons in program history with a 23-14 record. The 37 games played were the most in program history, while the 23 wins ranked fourth.

Defensively, the Eagles were one of the best teams in the country throughout the year. They ranked first in the OVC in points allowed and steals. Despite often being outsized underneath, the Eagles ranked first in the OVC in rebounding and finished the season as the nation's fourth best offensive rebounding team.

The Eagles' run to the College Basketball Invitational Finals marked the program's first-ever trip to a national postseason championship game, and their four postseason wins marked the most in school history. Despite falling in game three of the CBI Finals, the Eagles earned the respect of the nation as their grit and determination were on full display to a national TV audience.

"Results are a direct result of effort and of following our plan. I give tremendous credit to Sean and the staff under his direction for our basketball success," added Hutchinson.

Woods is excited to continue to build on the success he has already orchestrated.

"This extension shows that I'm here for the long haul and that I've bought in to what is going on here at Morehead State," added Woods. "We are committed to creating a culture of excellence, both on and off the court, and that shows with the players and everyone associated with the program."

Before taking the reigns at Morehead State, Woods led Mississippi Valley State to 50 overall wins and 44 Southwestern Athletic Conference victories from 2008-12. The 2011-12 Delta Devils finished 21-13 overall, 17-1 in the SWAC, won the conference tournament and advanced to the school's fifth-ever NCAA Tournament.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Kentucky Christian Adds Tim Wyatt for 2016-17

Kentucky Christian University has added 6-foot-3 guard Tim Wyatt for 2016-17. 

Here are details from KCU:

Tim Wyatt is from Franklin, Ohio.

He is a 6'3" perimeter player. Coach Lowe had this to say, "we are excited to add Wyatt to our team. He is a great kid and brings a lot to the table."

Tim is pictured with his parents Tim and Carla Wyatt.

Eastern Kentucky Adds Australian Forward Lachlan Anderson for 2016-17

Eastern Kentucky University has signed 6-foot-8 Australian forward Lachlan Anderson for 2016-17. 

Anderson plays club basketball for the Bankstown Bruines in New South Wales' Waratah League. He averaged 16.8 points in 2016.

Here's a release from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Lachlan Anderson, a 6-8 hybrid forward from Sydney, Australia, has signed to play basketball at Eastern Kentucky University, head coach Dan McHale announced on Thursday.

"Lachlan Anderson is a major steal and a big addition to our team," McHale said. "He had been pursued by a lot of big-name college basketball programs, and we are excited that he decided to make Eastern Kentucky his new home."

Anderson plays club basketball for the Bankstown Bruins in New South Wales' Waratah League. He averaged 16.8 points-per-game for Bankstown's Division 1 Youth Men's team in 2016.

He scored 20 or more points five times during the season, including a 24-point outing in which he knocked down three three-pointers versus the Central Coast Crusaders on March 12.

"Lachlan is extremely skilled and has been well coached in Australia," McHale added. "He fits our offensive run-and-gun style to a tee, and he will be a mismatch nightmare with his shooting ability. He is also a great student and will be a welcome ambassador of our 'Colonel Culture.'"

Anderson played for Team Royal on the AAU circuit in the summer of 2015, displaying versatility and athleticism at the Chicago Hoops Challenge and NY2LA Summer Jam.

Anderson joins an EKU signing class that includes Butler transfer Jackson Davis (Lexington, Kentucky), Louisville transfer Dillon Avare (Lexington, Kentucky), junior-college transfers Rio Adams (Seattle, Washington) and Zach Charles (Mesquite, Texas) and incoming freshmen Asante Gist (West Orange, New Jersey), Parker Chitty (Columbus, Indiana), DeAndre Dishman (Lexington, Kentucky) and Marlon Adams (Middletown, New York).

McHale's up-tempo Colonels ranked 18th in the country in scoring offense (80.5 points-per-game) and broke the EKU single-season field goal percentage record (49.1 percent) in 2015-16.

DeMarcus Cousins on U.S. Men's National Team Roster for Rio Olympics

Former University of Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins in on the final roster for the U.S. Men's national team that will compete in the Rio Olympics this summer.

The U.S. squad will be favored to win the gold despite being labelled as a "B" team.

Here's a look at the final roster:

- Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
- Harrison Barnes, Golden State
- DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento
- Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
- Draymond Green, Golden State
- Klay Thompson, Golden State
- Paul George, Indiana
- Kyle Lowry, Toronto
- DeMar DeRozan, Toronto
- Carmelo Anthony, New York
- Jimmy Butler, Chicago
- DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers


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