Saturday, July 9, 2016

Jamaal Jackson Named Head Coach at Kentucky State University

Kentucky State University has named former assistant Jamaal Jackson head coach. 

Jackson most recently worked as head coach at Bluefield State College in West Virginia.

Here's a release from KSU:

FRANKFORT, KY-- Kentucky State University announced the hiring of Jamaal Jackson as the new Head Men's Basketball Coach of the Thorobreds on Friday.

Jackson, a KSU graduate, started his coaching career at KSU during a memorable 2000-2001 season as Student Assistant Coach when the Thorobreds won the 2001 SIAC Tournament Championship and claimed a berth in the NCAA National Tournament. He later became a full-time assistant with KSU from 2004-2008.

"As an alum of Kentucky State University, it would be a mission that I would take personally to return our program to the heights that we once realized," Jackson said. "I am prepared to develop our student-athletes both athletically and academically so that they will not only be successful here on the court, but they will graduate from Kentucky State University, prepared to serve."

Jackson recently served as the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Bluefield State College in West Virginia. While at Bluefield State, Jackson coached one member of the WVIAC All-Conference team, three members of the ICAA All-Conference team, one All-ECAC Team member and two Division II All-American Team members.

Following his year as Interim Head Coach, Jackson increased the previous season's win total during each of his years as Bluefield State College's Head Coach before the 2015-16 season. Bluefield State finished the 2014-15 season with their highest win total since the 1995-96 season. Jackson's team also ranked first nationally in fewest turnovers during the 2014-15 season.

Before arriving in Bluefield, Jackson served three seasons as an assistant coach at Stillman College before being promoted to the position of associate head coach in the summer of 2011. While at Stillman, Jackson helped guide the program to its first-ever national Top 25 ranking, as well as a 2011 NCAA Tournament appearance, where they advanced to the round of 16. He also served as an intern with The Ohio State University Men's Basketball Program as they advance to the 1999 NCAA Final Four.

Louisville Offers Scholarship to 2017 Guard Alex O'Connell

Louisville and head coach Rick Pitino have offered a scholarship to 2017 guard Alex O'Connell.

O'Connell, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, is rated No. 82 overall by 247Sports. He is No. 69 overall on the list for 2017.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

UK Recruit John Petty Appreciates John Calipari's Brutal Honesty

Kentucky recruit John Petty recently spoke to Larry Vaught about his recruitment and more.

Petty said he really appreciates John Calipari's brutal honesty during the recruiting process.

Here is an excerpt:

John Petty says even though he was the first player in the 2017 recruiting class to get a scholarship offer from Kentucky, coach John Calipari was brutally honest with him.

"Coach Cal is a great guy. He is always honest with me and if I decide to go there told me that I have to work hard and be competitive, which I am," said Petty. "I will probably be a two guard in college, so I have to learn to handle the ball better. I am getting more comfortable with the ball, too."

Petty also admitted that he has always been a UK fan:

"I have been a Kentucky fan since I was a little kid. To finally get a chance to get recruited by them is exciting," Petty said.

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Petty, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, ranks No. 28 overall on the list for 2017.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Maze Stallworth Leaves Casey County to Take Over at Taylor County

Former Morehead State player Maze Stallworth is the new head coach at Taylor County High School.

The school announced the hire on Tuesday:

Stallworth recently resigned at Casey County High School following a successful three-year run.

The Taylor County job opened up when former coach Rich Gatewood resigned to take the head coaching job at 22 FT Academy (SC).

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Morehead State Will Play Mississippi State in December

Morehead State will play a road game at Mississippi State on December 22.

The Eagles will also have trips to Purdue, Pittsburgh, Eastern Washington and Evansville.

Here's a look at Missisippi State's non-conference schedule:

2016-17 Basketball Schedule

N11 Friday Norfolk State
N17 Thursday # Charleston Classic
N18 Friday # Charleston Classic
N20 Sunday # Charleston Classic
N25 Friday Lehigh
N28 Monday Northwestern State
D1 Thursday Oregon State
D4 Sunday Georgia State
D14 Wednesday ETSU
D19 Monday ! Southern Mississippi
D22 Thursday Morehead State
D29 Thursday University Missouri Kansas City

# - Charleston, S.C.
! – Jackson, Miss

Monday, July 4, 2016

UK, Louisville and EKU Represented in Utah Jazz Summer League

There will be players from Kentucky, Louisville and Eastern Kentucky to watch in the upcoming Utah Jazz Summer League. 

Players to watch:

- Trey Lyles (Kentucky), Utah Jazz
- James Young (Kentucky), Boston Celtics
- Terry Rozier (Louisville), Boston Celtics
- Corey Walden (Eastern Kentucky), Boston Celtics

Schedule for the week:

July 4

5:00 p.m. Celtics vs. 76ers
7:00 p.m. Spurs vs. Jazz

July 5

3:00 p.m. 76ers vs. Spurs
5:00 p.m. Jazz vs. Celtics

July 7

5:00 p.m. Celtics vs. Spurs
7:00 p.m. Jazz vs. 76ers

Jodie Meeks Excited About "Fresh Start" with the Orlando Magic

Former University of Kentucky star Jodie Meeks has signed with the Orlando Magic following two seasons with the Pistons.

Meeks averaged 10.9 points per game during his time in Detroit. He is a career 37.3% shooter from long range.

Meeks is ready for a "fresh start" in Orlando:

“I’m very excited,” Meeks said Saturday. “It's a fresh start, so to say. A new coaching staff, new teammates. I'm happy to be here and happy to get started.”

Meeks passed his Magic physical Friday and spent part of Saturday inside Amway Center as the Orlando Pro Summer League tipped off.

The 28-year-old shooting guard should solidify Orlando’s depth on the wing, add long-range shooting and give the Magic some badly needed experience.

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Japeth Aguilar to Play for Philippines National Team

Former Western Kentucky University big man Japeth Aguilar has once again made the national team roster for the Philippines this summer.

Aguilar will be joined by some familiar names, including former NBA player Andray Blatche.

1 Blatche Andray 211-F/C-86 Xinjiang FT China
2 Terrence Bill Romeo 180-PG-92 Globalport Philippines
3 Bobby Ray Parks 193-G-93 Texas L. USA
6 Jeffrei Chan 188-F-83 Rain or Shine Philippines
7 Jayson Castro William 180-PG-86 Talk N Text Philippines
10 Gabe Norwood 196-G/F-85 Rain or Shine Philippines
11 Ryan Reyes 188-G-83 Talk N Text Philippines
12 June Mar Fajardo 210-C-89 San Miguel Beermen Philippines
15 Jean Marc Pingris 193-C-81 Purefoods SH Philippines
18 Jeth Troy Rosario 201-C-92 Talk N Text Philippines
25 Japeth Aguilar 206-C-85 Barangay Ginebra Philippines
33 Ranidel deOcampo 197-F-81 Talk N Text Philippines

Tab Baldwin Head Coach IMS Hawks New Zealand
Raoul Racela Assistant
Joseph Uichico Assistant Talk N Text Philippines

Rajon Rondo Signs with the Chicago Bulls

Former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo has signed with the Chicago Bulls for the next two seasons.

Rondo has signed a two-year, $28 million dollar deal with Chicago.

Last season, he averaged 11.7 points, 11.7 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game for the Kings.

Here's more from the Chicago Tribune:

Rondo has clearly overcome a torn ACL in January 2013. In addition to the 11.7 assists, he averaged 11.7 points and six rebounds for the Kings last season while posting 37 double-doubles and six triple-doubles. As an aside, three Bulls offseason acquisitions — Rondo, Valentine and Paul Zipser — have had knee surgeries.

Rondo's strong season with the Kings on a one-year, make-good deal also saw him shoot a career high 36.5 percent from 3-point range and outshoot Derrick Rose from all ranges: inside the arc, outside the arc and inside the restricted area.

And he's a pass-first pure point guard and strong rebounder for his position who owns career averages of 11 points, 8.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds over 10 seasons.

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Cameron Payne Stands Out in Orlando, Alex Poythress Struggles

Former Murray State star Cameron Payne had a big day in Orlando Saturday. 

Payne had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in Oklahoma City's 86-85 win over Dallas. The former Racer also nailed the game-winning 3-pointer in the closing seconds.

Here's more about Payne's big day from

Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City Thunder

The second-year guard missed summer league a year ago due to a fractured right hand, but wasted no time making his presence felt this time with a 3-pointer in the final seconds that gave OKC an 86-85 win in the opener at Orlando. He finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and often played off the ball, which will be necessary to get more playing with in a lineup with Russell Westbrook.

Dakari Johnson started for OKC and finished with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.

Marquis Teague had 13 points, 2 assists and 3 turnovers for the Mavericks.

In other action: 

- Aaron Harrison (Kentucky) put in 12 points and 4 boards for Charlotte in a 79-74 loss to Orlando White

- Alex Poythress (Kentucky) started but only managed 4 points and 2 rebounds in Orlando Blue's loss to Indiana.

- T.J. Price (WKU) had 6 points and 4 steals for Orlando Blue

- Scotty Hopson (Tennessee) finished with 6 points for the Pacers

- Damion Lee (Louisville) had 5 points in only 7 minutes of action for the Miami Heat in a win over the Clippers

- Chris Horton (Austin Peay), Wayne Blackshear (Louisville), Kameron Woods (Butler) - DNP COACH'S DECISION

Sacramento Rookie Skal Labissiere Answers Fan Questions

Sacramento Kings rookie Skal Labissiere spent some time answering Facebook questions from fans recently.

Check out what the former Kentucky big man had to say:

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