Friday, September 23, 2016

Former KWC Star Cardell McFarland Signs with Sheffield Sharks

Former Kentucky Wesleyan College star Cardell McFarland has signed with Sheffield One Health Sharks in the British Basketball League (BBL).

Here are details from

Defending champion Sheffield One Health Sharks (BBL) landed 29-year old American guard Cardell McFarland (182-87, college: Ky Wesleyan). He was about to sign at Iskra Svit in Slovakian SBL league. The last season McFarland played at Bristol Acadamy Flyers where in 24 BBL games he averaged impressive 17.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 4.8apg (top 5).

It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to All-British BBL Honorable Mention.

McFarland received All-GLVC 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time.

And here thanks to pro basketball McFarland experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Australian and of course North American leagues.

McFarland has played previously professionally in Australia (Gladstone Port City Power), Germany (White Wings and Giants) and Romania (CS Farul Constanta).

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Jeff Goodman Says Coaches Are Bowing Out of Recruiting Wars Against WKU's Rick Stansbury

Head coach Rick Stansbury is off to a hot start on the recruiting trail at Western Kentucky.

Stansbury has landed commitments from two top 100 players in the Class of 2017.

According to Jeff Goodman, coaches are actually bowing out of recruitments when they find out Stansbury is involved.


Here are Goodman's comments:

Former Villanova and UMass coach Steve Lappas added this:

UK to Induct Chuck Hayes Into Athletics Hall of Fame This Weekend

The University of Kentucky plans to induct former basketball player Chuck Hayes into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame.

Here is an excerpt of a UK press release:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016 has been announced, with Rich Brooks (football), Chuck Hayes (men’s basketball), James Johnson (wrestling), Molly Johnson-Belcher (softball), Bernadette Madigan-Dugan (cross country/track and field) and Wesley Woodyard (football) set to be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend, Sept. 23-24, in conjunction with the football home game vs. South Carolina.

Rich Brooks, Football, 2003-09

Only coach in school history to guide UK to bowl games in four consecutive years and win three straight bowls … Took over a program mired in a severe NCAA probation and by 2006 led UK to a 28-20 upset win over Clemson in the Music City Bowl … Followed with a win over Florida State in the 2007 Music City Bowl, a season which included a Top-10 ranking and victory over No. 1 (and eventual national champion) LSU … Following 2008 season, defeated East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl and completed his career at the Music City Bowl in 2009 … Won at least seven games four years in a row, first time that had happened at UK since 1909-12 … 2009 SEC Coach of the Year by … In last four seasons, led UK to 12 fourth-quarter comeback wins.

Chuck Hayes, Men’s Basketball, 2002-05

Fan favorite for relentless defense and tenacious rebounding … Named the 2005 SEC Defensive Player of the Year … Ranks seventh in career rebounds with 910 boards … Led the team in rebounding for three straight seasons from 2003-05 … Led UK in blocks in 2004 … Ranks eighth in career steals with 170 … Led team to the 2005 SEC regular-season championship … Also a key member on the SEC Tournament championship teams in 2003, 2004 … Member of the 1,000-point club … Appeared in the NCAA Tournament in all four of his seasons, including Elite Eight finishes in 2003 and 2005 … Two-time All-SEC honoree, including first-team honors by the AP and Coaches in 2005 … Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2002 … 11-year NBA veteran.

Two Former Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers Drafted by Kentucky Mavericks

Former Kentucky Wesleyan players C.J. Blackwell and Marcus Fillyaw were drafted by the Kentucky Mavericks in the Premier Basketball League Draft on Tuesday night.

Here are details from KWC:

Recent Kentucky Wesleyan College graduates Marcus Fillyaw and C.J. Blackwell were drafted by the Kentucky Mavericks of the Premier Basketball League on Tuesday night.

The Mavericks selected Fillyaw in the first round and Blackwell in the second.

Fillyaw and Blackwell led the 2015-16 Panthers to a 27-4 record, the Great Midwest Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles and a trip to the NCAA Midwest Regional Quarterfinals.

Fillyaw, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound point guard, from Topeka, Kan., led the Panthers in assists with 110 and steals with 53 in starting all 31 games. He also was fifth scoring with 7.3 points per game while averaging 3.2 rebounds and 22.8 minutes. His shooting percentages were 46.2 from the field, 40.3 from three-point range and 70.9 percent from the free throw line.

Blackwell, a 6-foot-5, 221-pound forward, from Los Angeles, Calif., earned All-G-MAC first team honors. He led the Panthers in three-pointers with 73, third in scoring at 13.7 points and fourth in rebounding with 3.9 boards. His shooting percentages were 48.7 from the field, 41.5 percent from three-point territory and 70.6 percent from the foul line. He started 28 of 31 games played.

"We're extremely happy with acquiring the rights to these two young men. We feel both can make an impact on our pro basketball team immediately! They come from a winning and championship program at KWC, and we are all about winning with our Mavericks." stated Steve Tucker, Kentucky Mavericks head coach in a team press release.

Bellarmine University Releases Challenging 2016-17 Men's Basketball Schedule

The Bellarmine University men's basketball team released its 2016-17 men's basketball schedule earlier this week.

Here's a release:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Bellarmine University men's basketball team announced its 2016-17 regular season schedule today with the Knights playing 28 regular season games and an exhibition season that could be the envy of any Division II program in the country.

The Knights will open with the exact same exhibition opponents as they faced last year: the Cincinnati Bearcats (Nov. 2), the Indiana Hoosiers (Nov. 5) and the Louisville Cardinals (Nov. 7).

The regular season schedule features the always rigorous Great Lakes Valley Conference slate along with non-conference games against some the top teams in Division II. One of the highlights of the schedule is an appearance in the inaugural Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic in Evansville on Nov. 18 and 19.

Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport is excited for the challenges awaiting his team in the 2016-17 season. "This schedule is tremendous from beginning to end," he said. "The facts tell you all you need to know. At Cincinnati, at Indiana, at Louisville--three of the finest, well-coached, hardest playing teams in all of college basketball, all on the road in six days!"

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Bellarmine 2016-17 Men's Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time
11/2/2016 University of Cincinnati Cincinnati OH 7:30 PM
11/5/2016 Indiana University Bloomington, IN TBA
11/7/2016 University of Louisville Louisville, KY 7 PM
11/11/2016 Saginaw Valley State University Midland, MI 8 PM
11/12/2016 Northwood University Midland, MI 7:30 PM

Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic
11/18/2016 The University of Alabama in Huntsville Evansville, IN 4:30 PM
11/19/2016 Florida Southern College Evansville, IN 7 PM

11/23/2016 Ohio Valley University Louisville, KY 7 PM
12/1/2016 University of Illinois Springfield Springfield, IL 9 PM
12/3/2016 McKendree University Lebanon, IL 4 PM
12/7/2016 Christian Brothers University Memphis, TN 8 PM
12/10/2016 Midway College (Ky.) Louisville, KY 3:15 PM
12/16/2016 Kentucky State University Louisville, KY 7:30 PM
12/17/2016 Martin Methodist College (Tenn.) Louisville, KY 7:30 PM
12/31/2016 Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, TN 3 PM
1/5/2017 Rockhurst University Louisville, KY 8 PM
1/7/2017 William Jewell College (Mo.) Louisville, KY 3:15 PM
1/12/2017 Quincy University Quincy, IL 9 PM
1/13/2017 Truman State University Kirksville, MO 7:30 PM
1/16/2017 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN 9 PM
1/19/2017 Lewis University Louisville, KY 8 PM
1/21/2017 University of Wisconsin-Parkside Louisville, KY 3:15 PM
1/26/2017 University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN 8 PM
1/28/2017 Saint Joseph's College (Ind.) Rensselaer, IN 4 PM
2/2/2017 Drury University Louisville, KY 8 PM
2/4/2017 Missouri S&T Louisville, KY 3:15 PM
2/9/2017 Maryville University St. Louis, MO 9 PM
2/11/2017 University of Missouri - St. Louis St. Louis, MO 4 PM
2/16/2017 McKendree University Louisville, KY 8 PM
2/18/2017 University of Illinois Springfield Louisville, KY 3:15 PM
2/23/2017 University of Southern Indiana Louisville, KY 8 PM

Great Lakes Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
2/26-3/5/2017 TBA Details

NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament
3/11-25/2017 TBA

Georgetown College Updates Roster for 2016-17

The Georgetown College men's basketball roster for 2016-17 has been updated.

The roster includes several former Kentucky high school stars, a mix of transfers and some returning players. 

Here's a look:

2016-17 Men's Basketball

# Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown Previous School
Malik Dow* FR F 6-4 210 Louisville, Ky. Mercer County High School
Quan Poindexter JR F 6-5 225 Hopkinsville, Ky. Southwest Illinois College
Detwon Rogers SR F 6-6 225 Wilmington, NC Northwest Nazarene University
Jeremiah Tisdale SO G 6-2 180 Lexington, Ky. Henry Clay High School
3 Darion Burns JR PG 5-11 180 Flemingsburg, Ky. Fleming Co. HS
4 Eljay Cowherd SO G 6-0 165 Bardstown, Ky. Bardstown High School
12 Trent Gilbert JR G 5-11 190 Georgetown, Ky. University of Louisville
14 Jacob Conway SO G 6-5 195 Hustonville, Ky. Lincoln County High School
20 Troy Steward SO SG 6-4 185 Ewing, Ky. Fleming Co. HS
22 Raymond Baldwin SR G/F 6-5 205 Clinton, Md. Chabot College
24 Edson Avila SR F 6-9 230 Bronx, NY South Dakota
34 Devon Rowan SR F 6-8 240 Prospect, Ky. Kaskaskia College
44 Chris Coffey SO F 6-7 185 Louisville, Ky. Seneca High School

* Redshirt

Chris Briggs - Head Coach - 6th season
James Jackson - Assistant Coach - 6th season
Matt Walls - Assistant Coach - 4th season
Ted Butler - Elite Performance Specialist - 4th season
Remington Williams - Student Assistant - 2nd season
John Matherly - Student Assistant - 2nd season

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tickets for Kentucky's Big Blue Madness Available Next Week

Tickets for Kentucky's 2016 Big Blue Madness event will be available on Friday, September 30.

Here's a release with details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the 2016 Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena will be available on Friday, Sept. 30 at 10 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and online at Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2016-17 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. It will also air live on the SEC Network.

Tickets are free again this year for the annual spectacle in Rupp Arena, which will feature introductions of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, practice drills, videos, and more. Like last year, the ticket distribution will take place on Friday night both at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and online at All patrons require a ticket to Big Blue Madness, regardless of age. There will be a limit of two tickets per person at Memorial Coliseum. Online orders will have a minimal service fee attached, and there will be a limit of two tickets per household. All duplicate orders will automatically be cancelled. 

To support regular campus operations and facilitate student pedestrian routes to and from class – which have been affected due to surrounding campus construction – space will be limited to fans wishing to line up ahead of time for tickets. Fans are highly encouraged to use to obtain tickets, though UK Athletics cannot guarantee fans will receive tickets by lining up or going online.

A limited number of control cards will be issued to those camped out on Friday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. In a change from previous years, fans will receive a maximum of two tickets per control card Friday night. No more than four control cards will be distributed to each tent. Fans with control cards are encouraged to start lining up for Friday night’s ticket distribution by 8:30 p.m.All fans must be present to obtain their control cards and only one control card per person will be accepted at distribution.


At the request of campus public safety officials, fans wishing to line up ahead of time at Memorial Coliseum for ticket distribution are asked to do so no earlier than 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28. At that time, campers are expected to be courteous to their fellow Wildcat fans and use caution when crossing Avenue of Champions and Rose Street over to the Memorial Coliseum and Joe Craft Center blocks to occupy a spot in line. Public safety officials will be on site to aid and assist a safe move-in. Campers displaying unsafe/disorderly conduct risk being removed from the line.

To support regular campus operations and facilitate student pedestrian routes to and from class, this year’s camping area will be limited to the following areas:
·         The eastern portion of the main entrance of Memorial Coliseum
·         Along the east side of Memorial Coliseum and the Joe Craft Center
·         Along the east entrance of the main entry way of the Craft Center
·         In the Coliseum Lot
·         A designated section of the College View Lot

A map is attached of this year’s available camping sites.

Campers are expected to be respectful to fellow campers, students, faculty, staff, security officials and pedestrians during the campout; and to abide by all university policies. The university will be operating normally with classes in session.

Because of the limited space, fans are highly encouraged to use UK Athletics cannot guarantee a spot for those wishing to line up ahead of time on Wednesday at 5 a.m.Once available space for fans has reached capacity, remaining fans will be asked to acquire tickets at As in past years, UK Athletics will inform fans when available space has reached capacity and they are unlikely to receive control cards for the in-person ticket distribution.   

The athletic department will provide portable restroom facilities, but the use of permanent, wooden-type structures, portable generators, and propane tanks or other open flames used in cooking is prohibited due to safety concerns. Campers may not drive or drill stakes in the pavement to secure tents in the parking lot areas. Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products are not permitted. Additionally, selling sports tickets in excess of face value is illegal in Kentucky.

Parking and Transportation

Fans camping out for the Big Blue Madness ticket distribution may utilize the Wildcat Plaza area located directly across Avenue of Champions from Memorial Coliseum for a maximum of five minutes to drop off campers or unload their vehicles. Campers may also pay to use any metered spaces on city streets near the Craft Center-Memorial Coliseum complex.

The Coliseum Lot will be monitored by UK Parking and Transportation. Only UK employee-permitted vehicles will be allowed entry unless guests are using the metered spaces to use the UK ticket office or bookstore.

Campus safety officials request that campers not block bike lanes and/or sidewalks with their vehicles at any time. Vehicles left unattended or creating a traffic hazard will be cited and/or towed.

After unloading, campers must relocate their vehicles to off-campus locations.  Public parking options near campus include the Transit Center Garage and the Lexington Center Corporation, both of which have entrances accessible via High Street.  Both parking lots are within walking distance of Memorial Coliseum and provide daily parking for a small fee.  Please for information regarding Lextran bus routes to campus.     

Beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, the gates of the South Limestone Garage (PS #5, located next to Kennedy’s Wildcat Den) will be open and the structure will be available for free parking. The garage will remain open until 1 a.m. on Saturday.

Fan and Sponsor Activities

After a successful debut at last season’s campout, the UK Sports Network will once again produce live video stream coverage of Big Blue Madness Campout with the airing of “Tent City Live.” Broadcasting from the Coca-Cola Stage, now located outside the Joe Craft Center and Wildcat Coal Lodge, the live stream will air Thursday, Sept. 29 from 7-10 p.m. ET Fans can also tune in to 630 WLAP-AM to listen to the radio broadcast of the show.

Christi Thomas and Dave Baker return as hosts for the show and special guests will join throughout the evening, including the Voice of the Wildcats, Tom Leach, for a night of interviews and roundtable discussions previewing the upcoming season. Fans are encouraged to submit questions and comments for the hosts and guests to the UK Sports Network via Twitter at@UKRadioNetwork to be answered on the live stream.

In addition to “Tent City Live”, the Coca-Cola Stage will also be the setting for interactive sponsor promotions and fan events, including a live performance on Wednesday from the acoUstiKats and Paws and Listen, the University of Kentucky’s respective male and female student a cappella groups. Coke will also have an inflatable football toss and photo station backdrop on site for fans to share pictures of campout. Specialty Foods Group will once again be on-site with a Fischer’s hot dog grilling station to help feed fans. Also, one of the most popular events to close out the evening will be the Papa John’s pizza handout to fans.

For the latest on the Kentucky men's and women’s basketball teams, follow @KentuckyMBB and @KentukcyWBB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and on the web at

Hopkinsville's Jalen Johnson Picks Up D1 Offer from Samford

Hopkinsville's Jalen Johnson has picked up an offer from Scott Padgett and Samford.

Johnson is a guard in the Class of 2018.

Covington Catholic's C.J. Fredrick Earns Huge Division I Offer

Covington Catholic guard C.J. Fredrick announced yesterday that he has earned an offer from Iowa.

Fredrick is one of the top 2018 players in the Bluegrass State. He also holds offers from Winthrop, New Orleans, Northern Kentucky, Ball State and Miami (OH).

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Four-Star Wing Josh Anderson Commits to Western Kentucky University

Rick Stansbury is off to an explosive start at Western Kentucky.

Stansbury recently landed a commitment from five-star 2017 center Mitchell Robinson, who ranks No. 6 overall on the list.

Now, the Hilltoppers have earned a verbal pledge from four-star wing Josh Anderson in the Class of 2017. Anderson ranks No. 43 overall on the Rivals list.

CBS Sports Says Kenny Payne is Kentucky's Best Recruiting Coach

Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports has named the best recruiters on each Top 25 team heading into the 2016-17 college basketball season.

Borzello says Kenny Payne is Kentucky's best recruiter while Kenny Johnson is leading Louisville's staff. 

Here are some excerpts:

3. Kentucky Wildcats: Kenny Payne

Like with Duke and Krzyzewski, the primary reason for Kentucky reeling in top-two recruiting classes year after year goes to head coach John Calipari. But Payne is the Wildcats' top assistant and helped Calipari bring in the nation's No. 1 recruiting class in 2016, led by top-10 prospects Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo.

13. Louisville Cardinals: Kenny Johnson

Johnson is one of the most well-connected assistant coaches in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia region, given his time with the Team Takeover AAU program and Paul VI (Virginia). He recruited Troy Williams and Noah Vonleh to Indiana under Tom Crean and, more recently, landed ESPN 100 prospect V.J. King for Rick Pitino at Louisville.

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