Friday, August 26, 2016

Caverna High School Names Josh Davis Head Coach

Caverna High School has named Josh Davis head coach of the boy's basketball team.

Davis replaces Matt Taylor, who is now working at the college level for Richie Riley at Nicholls State.

Rusty Elmore Joins Coaching Staff at Vincennes University

Former Union College and Kentucky Wesleyan assistant Rusty Elmore has joined the coaching staff at Vincennes University.

Here is a release from VU:

Rusty Elmore joins the VU Trailblazer Men’s Basketball coaching staff with extensive and valuable experience as a successful assistant coach at three four-year college programs.

Coach Elmore arrives at VU after being on the staff at Kentucky Wesleyan, where he helped the Panthers qualify for the 2015-16 NCAA Div. II National Tournament. Kentucky Wesleyan also claimed the Great Midwest Athletic Conference’s regular-season and tournament titles. The Panthers were ranked ninth nationally in last season’s final NCAA Div. II poll.

Prior to being named to the Kentucky Wesleyan staff, Coach Elmore served in an assistant coaching capacity at Union College. During his one-year stint at Union, the Bulldogs racked up 30 wins to post the best season in the program’s history. That historic campaign included a NAIA National Tournament appearance, as well the Appalachian Athletic Conference’s regular-season and tournament crowns. Union completed the 2014-15 in the 11th slot in the NAIA national rankings.

Coach Elmore began his college coaching career at Lindsey Wilson College from 2010-14. He contributed to the Blue Raiders reaching the 2012 and 2013 NAIA Div. I National Tournaments, plus a Final Four appearance and No. 3 national ranking in the final poll of 2012-13 (the program’s most successful season ever). Those seasons also held back-to-back Mid-South Conference Tournament championships.

As a player at Shoals Community College, Coach Elmore played for his father, Glen Elmore. During his prep playing career, he earned First-Team All-State honors at Florence Christian Academy. Coach Elmore then earned a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State and his master’s degree in athletic administration from Western Kentucky.

Coach Elmore and his wife, Katie, live in Vincennes with their daughter, Elise.

Photo: KWC Athletics

Thursday, August 25, 2016

DeMarcus Cousins Works as a Referee to Better His Game

DeMarcus Cousins has a reputation has one of the most penalized players in the NBA in terms of technical fouls and ejections.

He recently decided to spend some time "working" as a referee to better his game.

Check out the footage from Draft Kings:



Tanner Johnson, Bryant University Team Unharmed During Earthquake in Italy

Former Lexington Catholic star Tanner Johnson and his Bryant University teammates and coaches were unharmed during a magnitude 6.2 earthquake in Italy Wednesday.

Bryant is in Italy for an exhibition tour.

The school posted this update after the earthquake:

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University men's basketball team is safe and unharmed following a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit central Italy early Wednesday.

The Bulldogs' were scheduled to play their first game of the trip Wednesday night in Sploleto but the game has been cancelled due to the damage from the earthquake.

Bryant Athletics extends its thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the earthquake.

Kentucky's Derek Willis Will Not Be Suspended for June Arrest

University of Kentucky forward Derek Willis will not be suspended for his alcohol-related arrest in June.

Head coach John Calipari explained to media today that Willis’ punishment was handled internally.

“You guys know I don’t throw people under the bus,” Calipari said earlier today. “You guys know how I am. We deal with every situation in its own right. We gather information.”

“Derek knows that he’s under a different eye now than he was, but I’m not going to tell you specifically what we did. I’m not going to write your stories and do all that stuff. But obviously he and I have talked a few different times.”

Calipari did not explain what the internal punishment consisted of.

Josh Harrellson is Headed to Japan's B League

Former Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson has signed with Osaka Evessa in Japan's top-level B League.

Harrellson played last season for VEF Riga in Latvia. He averaged 10.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

Here are details from Eurobasket.com:

Osaka Evessa (B League) agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Josh Harrellson (208-120kg-89, college: Kentucky). He played last season at VEF Riga in Latvian LBL league. In 26 games he had 10.6ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.5bpg. Harrellson helped them to make it to the final. He also played 17 games in VTB United League where he recorded 11.4ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.2spg and 1.2bpg. Harrellson also spent pre-season at the Wizards in NBA that year.

In 2011 he was drafted by New Orleans Hornets (NBA) in second round (45th overall). The former University of Kentucky staris in his sixth season in pro basketball.

The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Harrellson was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Player of the Year and Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Import Player of the Year back in 2013.

His career allowed him to visit three different continents. Harrellson tasted the life as pro basketball player in Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Puerto Rico (Brujos), NBA (Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and New York Knicks) and China (North Control).

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Anthony Elechi Will Begin Professional Career in British Basketball League

Former Morehead State big man Anthony Elechi will begin his professional basketball career in the United Kingdom.

Elechi has signed with Glasgow Rocks in the British Basketball League.

Here are details from Eurobasket.com:

With the 2016-17 BBL season fast approaching, Glasgow Rocks have further strengthened their roster with the arrival of Anthony Elechi (203-F/C, college: Morehead St.)

The 6ft 8in forward will further bolster a front court that already boasts GB international Kieron Achara and versatile big man, Lewis Thomas.

Elechi is a graduate of Morehead State University, where during his senior year with the Eagles he averaged 8.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He was very efficient from the field (53%) during his time there and was also very effective on the boards - especially at the offensive end.

His aggression and presence on the inside is tipped to complement the other two bigs that are already on the Rocks' roster and head coach Sterling Davis is excited by his most recent acquisition.

He commented, "Anthony is a natural born hard worker. He had a very solid college career on which his coaches had nothing but promising things to say about his production.

"He will bring us great energy at both ends of the floor, along with athleticism and strength. What drew me to him was how crafty he was around the basket and determination to rebound the ball.'

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Murray State Basketball is Looking for a Public Address Announcer

Murray State University is looking for a basketball public address announcer.

Here are details on how to apply for the job:

Murray State Athletics is accepting applications for the public address announcer at for all home men's and women's basketball contests for the 2016-17 season.

The position is an important part of building a great fan experience at Murray State games.

Interested persons should contact Brock Rydecki, Director of Facility & Game Management at jrydecki@murraystate.edu. Please supply a cover letter and resume of past experience and an audio sample of PA work.

Please submit all information by Friday, Sept. 9 for final selection review.

Kentucky State University Reveals 2016-17 Men's Basketball Schedule

The Kentucky State University men's basketball schedule for 2016-17 has been released. 

Here's a look:

Frankfort, Ky.—Three non-conference homes games, a spot in the Bellarmine Classic, and a Saturday evening affair at the Exum Center with rival Central State University, highlighted the unveiling of Kentucky State University men's basketball 2016-17 schedule on Monday.

"I have a strongly feeling that we will have one of the top non-conference strength of schedule rankings in the nation," said first-year head coach of the Thorobreds, Jamaal Jackson. "Four of the teams we play are perennial Top-25 teams, in Bellarmine University, University of Southern Indiana, University of Indianapolis, and Kentucky Wesleyan College. When our players saw our schedule, they were extremely excited about getting the opportunity to compete against the best."

The season will tip off on Nov. 15 with KSU hosting the first of three non-conference home games against the University of the Cumberlands (Nov. 15). Followed by 20-plus game winner each of the last five years in UIndy (Nov. 26), and Lindsey Wilson (Dec. 10).

In the latter part of December, the Thorobreds will compete in the Bellarmine Classic, facing off against the Knights (Dec. 16) and USI (Dec. 17).

The Thorobreds will begin the SIAC portion of the schedule with three straight road contest against Paine College (Nov. 30), Claflin University (Dec. 1), and defending conference tournament champions Benedict University (Dec. 3).

"As it is every year, the SIAC will be extremely competitive," said Jackson. "I know from firsthand experience that you must come ready to work every single night. We are familiar with all of these teams and the level that they're capable of performing with each and every night."

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Kentucky State University 2016-17 Men's Basketball Schedule

Date Day Opponent Location Time 
11/8/2016 Tue. Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) Columbia, KY 8:00 PM ET
11/15/2016 Tue. University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) Frankfort, KY 7:00 PM ET
11/19/2016 Sat. University of Illinois Springfield Springfield, IL 8:00 PM ET
11/22/2016 Tue. Kentucky Wesleyan College Owensboro, KY 8:00 PM ET
11/26/2016 Sat. University of Indianapolis Frankfort, KY 3:00 PM ET
11/30/2016 Wed. Paine College Augusta, GA 7:30 PM ET
12/1/2016 Thu. Claflin University Orangeburg, SC 7:30 PM ET
12/3/2016 Sat. Benedict College Columbia, SC 3:00 PM ET
12/6/2016 Tue. University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) Williamsburg, KY 7:00 PM ET
12/10/2016 Sat. Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) Frankfort, KY 2:00 PM ET

Bellarmine Classic
12/16/2016 Fri. Bellarmine University Louisville, KY TBA
12/17/2016 Sat. University of Southern Indiana Louisville, Ky. TBA

12/29/2016 Thu. Albany State University Frankfort, KY 7:30 PM ET
12/31/2016 Sat. Fort Valley State University Frankfort, KY 3:00 PM ET
1/5/2017 Thu. Albany State University Albany, GA 7:00 PM ET
1/7/2017 Sat. Clark Atlanta University Atlanta, GA 3:00 PM ET
1/14/2017 Sat. Tuskegee University Frankfort, KY 3:00 PM ET
1/16/2017 Mon. Miles College Frankfort, KY 7:30 PM ET
1/21/2017 Sat. Central State University Wilberforce, OH 8:00 PM ET
1/28/2017 Sat. Auburn University Montgomery (Ala.) Frankfort, KY 6:00 PM ET
1/30/2017 Mon. Lane College Frankfort, KY 7:30 PM ET
2/4/2017 Sat. LeMoyne-Owen College Memphis, TN 3:00 PM ET
2/6/2017 Mon. Spring Hill College (Ala.) Mobile, AL 7:30 PM ET
2/11/2017 Sat. Central State University Frankfort, KY 6:00 PM ET
2/16/2017 Thu. Lane College Jackson, TN 7:30 PM ET
2/18/2017 Sat. LeMoyne-Owen College Frankfort, KY 6:00 PM ET
2/20/2017 Mon. Spring Hill College (Ala.) Frankfort, KY 7:30 PM ET
2/23/2017 Thu. Cedarville University (Ohio) Frankfort, KY 7:30 PM ET

SIAC Basketball Championship Tournament
3/1-5/2017 Wed.-Sun. SIAC Tournament TBA

Monday, August 22, 2016

Report: Josh Cook Leaving Mercer County to Take Over at George Rogers Clark

According to a report by Keith Taylor, Mercer County head coach Josh Cook is leaving to take over the helm at George Rogers Clark.



Kentucky Wesleyan to Play at Louisville in November

Kentucky Wesleyan College will face Louisville in an exhibition game on November 3 at the KFC Yum Center. 

It's the second straight season the Panthers have battled the Cardinals.

Here's a release from KWC:

For the second straight season, Kentucky Wesleyan will play Louisville in a men's exhibition basketball contest on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the KFC Yum Center (22,000), as announced by fourth-year Panther head coach Happy Osborne.

Game time and ticket information will be announced at a later date. This marks the sixth time Kentucky Wesleyan has faced U of L in exhibition play.

"We're really looking forward to the opportunity to play Louisville again and we appreciate Coach (Rick) Pitino's invitation," Osborne said.

"With their talent, athleticism and how hard they play for Pitino, it will definitely help us prepare for our season. To be the best you have to play the best and we have more than achieved our goal."

The Panthers return two starters, Ken-Jah Bosley and Jordan Jacks, from last season's NCAA Midwest Region 27-4 squad while the Cardinals return two starters from their 23-8 team.

Kentucky State University Adds Shaun Smith to Coaching Staff

Kentucky State University head coach Jamaal Jackson has added Shaun Smith to his coaching staff for 2016-17.

Here are details from KSU:

FRANKFORT, KY— Kentucky State University men's basketball head coach Jamaal Jackson announced Thursday the hiring of Shaun Smith as an assistant coach for the 2016-17 season.

"I am pleased to add Coach Smith to our staff," said Jackson. "First and foremost, he is a devoted husband and father, and will serve as an excellent leader for our student-athletes."

The Cincinnati, Ohio native served as an assistant men's basketball coach at Bluefield State College under Jackson from 2014-16. In his first season at BSC, the Big Blues finished with the highest win total since the 1995-96 season and ranked first nationally in the fewest turnovers committed. Smith oversaw 2015-16 ECAC Freshman of the Year Chas Harvey and DII All-American Mark Durgan. Before his time at BSC, Smith spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach at Columbus State Community College.

"Coach Smith is highly organized, and the relationships he has built through his prior junior college and AAU coaching experience has served us well in the past," said Jackson. "He will continue to do so as we pursue SIAC Championships."

Before his coaching career, Smith was a four-year letterman from 2000-2004 at Ohio State University playing under Jim O'Brian. As a student-athlete, he was a three-time winner of the John Havlicek Most Inspirational Award, a two-time NCAA tournament participant in (2001, 2002), and a 2002 Big Ten Conference Tournament Champion.

"Coach Smith competed at the highest level of NCAA basketball, and his experiences will serve our players well, both on and off the court," said Jackson. "Coach Smith leaves a positive impression on everyone he encounters, and I am proud to have him not only as part of our basketball program but part of our Thorobred family."

Early Look at Magoffin County High School's New Gym

Magoffin County has a new high school and new gym.

Here's an early look at where the Hornets will be playing this season:


Stephan Van Treese Signs with Niigata Albirex in Japan

Former Louisville forward Stephan Van Treese has signed with Niigata Albirex in Japan's top-level B League.

Here are details from Asia-Basket.com:

Niigata Albirex (B League) landed 26-year old American forward Stephan Van Treese (206-111kg-90, college: Louisville, agency: Inception Sports). It is actually his comeback to Niigata as he has played here before. He spent his 2-year professional career in Japan. Van Treese is not a newcomer in Japanese League where he played most recently at Fukushima Firebonds in the B League D2. In 54 games he averaged 14.1ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg and 1.2bpg last season.

The previous (14-15) season Van Treese played at Niigata Albirex (BJ League). In 56 games he had 7.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg.

Van Treese's college team won AAC Tournament in 2014.

He graduated from University of Louisville in 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

Kentucky Wesleyan Adds Transfer Center Michael Vigilance

Kentucky Wesleyan College recently added Erie Community College transfer Michael Vigilance for 2016-17. 

Vigilance, a 6-foot-8 center, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Here is a release from KWC:

Erie Community College center Michael Vigilance will transfer to eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College for his final two seasons in 2016-17, according to Panther head coach Happy Osborne.

Vigilance, a 6-foot-8, 250-pounder, from Brooklyn, NY (Lincoln HS), led ECC in blocks with 20 while averaging a second-best 6.3 rebounds and a third leading 10.2 points as a sophomore in 2014-15. His shooting percentages were 42.9 from the field and 59.3 from the free throw line while accumulating 12 steals and seven assists. He averaged 17.5 minutes in 19 games and 11 starts. He sat out the 2015-16 to finish his Associate of Arts degree.

"Michael brings the physically we need in the post," Osborne stated. "He's big, strong and athletic and lives in the gym. His best attribute is how hard he Works. He's lost 70 pounds since he played at Erie. Michael an under the radar player that we hope will make a major contribution immediately."

As a freshman, Vigilance led Cecil College (DC) in rebounding with 7.5 boards and blocks with 20. He averaged 6.4 points and 10.4 minutes in 23 contests and eight starts. His shooting percentage were 45.4 from the floor and 65.0 from the foul line. He also had 10 assists and eight steals.

At Lincoln, he lettered three seasons and started two for coach Tiny Morton. In 2013, the Railsplitters won the City Championship.

Georgetown College Men's Basketball to Hold Annual Golf Scramble in September

Georgetown College men's basketball will be hold its annual golf scramble September 29 at Canewood Golf Course.

Here are details:

Georgetown College men's basketball will be holding its annual Bob Davis – Jim Reid Golf Tournament Sept. 29 at Canewood Golf Course. The cost is $100 per player which includes golf, cart fees, gifts, prizes and meals. Registration is at 10 am with everyone teeing off at 11 am.

"This has always been a great event for us and a great way to take a moment to recognize and honor two of our legendary coaches," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "We are hoping for great weather, getting a mix of the beautiful fall colors with the warmth of a sunny day."

Hole sponsorship opportunities are also available for $100 per hole.

For more information contact Briggs at 502-863-7093 or christopher_briggs@georgetowncollege.edu.

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Campbellsville Hires Mark Vernon, Promotes Darius Clement

New Campbellsville University head coach Brent Vernon has completed his coaching staff with the addition of his brother Mark and promotion of Darius Clement.

Mark comes over to Campbellsville from University of the Cumberlands:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Just a few weeks after Brent Vernon was hired as the men's basketball coach on June 28, he will now have a very familiar assistant coach sitting beside him on the bench. Mark Vernon, the older brother of Brent, was hired as the top assistant for the Tigers on July 5.

Previously at the University of the Cumberlands for 14 years, Mark was the second-longest tenured assistant coach in the Mid-South Conference. While playing and coaching at Cumberlands, the Patriots went to the NAIA National Tournament 11 times, with the most recent a quarterfinal appearance in 2015-16.

"Adding Mark to my staff is honestly a dream come true for me," said head coach Brent Vernon. "When I left Cumberlands we always discussed the possibility of working together again and we knew if that were to happen it would mean one of us had received a head coaching job. He has only known Cumberlands basketball and for him to make this sacrifice to come and help me in my first head coaching opporunity is something that will be a great memory for our family."

"I am very excited about being at Campbellsville," said Mark Vernon. "They have a strong basketball history and I am looking forward to seeing that history continue. More importantly, I am looking forward to seeing our student-athletes grow and develop while they are here. Over my years, that is what has become most important to me and where I have received the most gratification. When student-athletes graduate and then contact me once they leave about how they now have successful careers and loving families, then I know, we as coaches are successful."

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Here's a release about Clement:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — After being around the program for more than nine years, 23-year old Darius Clement is the newest addition to the Campbellsville University men's basketball coaching staff.

Head coach Brent Vernon has announced the promotion of Clement as the Tigers second assistant for the 2016-17 year.

"I am so glad to have Darius become a full-time member of our staff after a year as our graduate assistant," said Vernon. "He has worked extremely hard in many different areas to get to this point. Darius is going to be such a valuable asset to our staff because of his love for Campbellsville University and because of his love for the basketball program that he played for here."

Clement came to Campbellsville in 2011 because his brother, Shawn Savage, was also a member of the men's basketball team and he was comfortable with the environment under former coach Keith Adkins.

Being a Bowling Green, Ky. native, the drive was short and just close enough to home for his dad and family to come to many, if not all games — home and away.

"I always appreciated looking up in the stands and seeing my dad at almost every game of my career... In Vegas, Oklahoma, Kansas City, the list could go on," said Clement. "Last year he was able to make it to a lot of games even though I was on the sideline as a graduate assistant and now that I am getting my first full-time coaching opportunity, my family is just as excited as I am.

"After my playing days were over, I decided to comeback and take the GA spot at Campbellsville because I missed it. Now this place is home. I appreciate the trust Coach Vernon has instilled in me to be on his staff. This summer has been a grind in the recruiting process but I'm excited for the team the coaching staff has assembled this year and I'm ready to get started when our players get on campus."

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