Friday, October 7, 2016

Three Kentucky NAIA Teams in Sporting News Preseason Top 10

Three Kentucky teams in the Mid-South Conference are ranked in the Sporting News preseason top 10 for NAIA Division I basketball.

Campbellsville University No. 4 and Lindsey Wilson College is No. 5 in the rankings.

Georgetown College rounds out the top 10 at No. 10.

Here are more details from CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — The Campbellsville University men's basketball team will start the season ranked No. 4 in the Sporting News NAIA Preseason Top 10, the publication released this week.

The Tigers sit behind Dillard University, Westmont and Carroll College who are Nos. 1-3, respectively. Last season, Campbellsville knocked off both Dillard and Carroll en route to reaching its second NAIA Fab Four.

After the Tigers at No. 4, two other Mid-South Conference teams were mentioned. Lindsey Wilson College ranks No. 5 in the poll, while Georgetown College rounds out the Top 10. The Georgetown Tigers played in the NAIA Championship last season but fell to MidAmerica Christian – the same team who upset CU in the Fab Four.

Vanguard University, Talladega College, William Carey University and William Penn all ranked Nos. 6-9.

The Sporting News also released the 2016 Preseason All-Americans and the Tigers had a couple of mentions. Seniors Erik Kinney and Roderick Lawrence – who both missed last season due to injuries – were both chosen as Honorable Mention selections.

Campbellsville loss three key starters – Ron Scott, Sekou Harris, Rob Robinson, and Dii'jon Allen-Jordan – but the Tigers replaced them with another highly touted recruiting class.

Andre Applewhite and Kelton Ford highlight the Tigers' transfers - both coming from NCAA DI programs. In addition, guards Jalen Coates and Antonio Chapman rounded out coach Brent Vernon's first recruiting class.

The four new Tigers will join returners – Erik Kinney (r-Sr.), Roderick Lawrence (r-Sr.), Elliott Young (Sr.), Zach Perry (Sr.), Taylor Howard (Jr.), Shawn Johnson (Jr.), Italo Barbosa, (Jr.), Hagen Tyler (So.), Byron Dean (r-Fr.) and Corey Shelton (r-Fr.).

In cooperation with the women's basketball team and Maroon Goons, the Tigers will host a Maroon Madness on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. ET.

The Tigers are scheduled to open the season with its first regular season game on Wednesday, Oct. 26, as they host Central Penn. College at 7 p.m. in the Powell Athletic Center.

Asbury University is Offering a Chance to Win Tickets to Kentucky Game

Asbury University is offering fans a chance to win two tickets to their game at Rupp Arena vs. Kentucky.

Here's what you need to do to enter:

The exhibition game will take place November 6 at Rupp Arena.

Hargrave Military Academy Guard Braxton Beverly Taking Official Visit to Ohio State This Weekend

Hargrave Military Academy guard Braxton Beverly is taking an official visit to Ohio State this weekend.

Beverly, who transferred to Hargrave from Perry County Central, recently decommitted from Miami (OH) and reopened his recruitment.

Billy Gillispie's Ranger College Team Forced to Forfeit All 31 Wins From Last Season

Billy Gillispie's Ranger College team has been forced to forfeit all 31 wins from last season following a final ruling by the NJCAA.

The NJCAA determined forward Joshua Simmons should not have been allowed to play last season because he applied to enter the NBA draft in 2013.

Here are details from the Dallas News:

Ranger previously lost an appeal through the NJCAA executive committee. Arbitrator Nancy A. Hopf's ruling means Ranger has exhausted its appeal options. 

"As a result of the arbitration hearing, the original sanctions the NJCAA placed against Ranger stand," NJCAA executive director Mark Krug stated in an email. "Their men's basketball team will be on probation for the 2016-17 seasons, which results in no postseason play. They also must forfeit all games originally identified by the NJCAA and their fourth-place finish at the 2016 NJCAA DI Men's Basketball Championship will be vacated." 

 In a subsequent email, Krug confirmed that the forfeited games include all 31 victories last season. 

 As for Gillispie, Campion said the coach took the news hard, having "poured his heart" into Ranger since he was hired as basketball coach and athletic director in April 2015.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Former Taylor County Guard David Sloan Heads to Prep School in Florida

Former Taylor County guard David Sloan has transferred to Orlando (Fla.) Conrad Academy. 

Sloan, a Class of 2017 recruit, transferred to Ballard High School but was ruled ineligible by the KHSAA.

Following the decision, he decided to head out of state.

John Calipari Says 4-5 More Years of Coaching at Kentucky "is a lock"

John Calipari says he will be coaching at Kentucky at least 4-5 more years.

“My son’s now here so my son’s walking on, I’m not gonna leave,” Coach Cal told “I would say four to five years is a lock and then after that, [shoot], I may be hanging it up. At that point I’d be 60, 61. I never thought I would coach past the age of 60 because I’m not … basketball isn’t my life.”

Here is an excerpt from ESPN:

Calipari's son, Brad Calipari, is a walk-on at Kentucky this season. The longtime Kentucky coach said he won't leave the program while his son is enrolled but he might leave coaching once his son's college career ends.

"My son's now here so my son's walking on, I'm not gonna leave," the 57-year-old Calipari told "I would say four to five years is a lock and then after that, [shoot], I may be hanging it up. At that point I'd be 60, 61. I never thought I would coach past the age of 60 because I'm not ... basketball isn't my life."

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Centre College to Induct Britt, Magnusson Into Athletics Hall of Fame

Centre College has announced the 2016 inductees into the Centre Athletics Hall of Fame.

Two former men's basketball players, Brian Britt and Reggie Magnusson, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Here is an excerpt of a Centre press release:

Brian Britt '01 was a four-year letterwinner for Centre in both basketball and football. Britt is the most decorated return specialist in Centre football history, earning the SCAC Special Teams Player of the Year in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and All-America honors in 2001 as a senior. Britt's three punt return touchdowns in 2001 are a Centre single season record. Britt was selected to the SCAC 15th Anniversary team as a punt returner. As a basketball player, Britt was an All-SCAC performer as a senior in 2001. Britt was also a member of Centre's track and field team, earning All-SCAC honors in 1998 and helping set a record in the 4x100 relay in 2000 that still stands today.

Reggie Magnusson '06 lettered for three years for the Centre men's basketball team. A native of Reykjavik, Iceland, Magnusson was the SCAC Newcomer of the Year in 2004, All-SCAC in 2005 and was named the SCAC Player of the Year in 2006. Magnusson was a third team D-III News All-American in his senior campaign of 2006 and was the first All-American for Centre men's basketball since David Hicks in 1991, also the first Centre All-American recruited by head coach Greg Mason. Centre posted a 57-23 record in Magnusson's three years with the program, jump starting one of the greatest runs of winning in Centre history. Magnusson was the 23rd player in Centre history to record 1,000 career points, finishing his Centre tenure with 1,147 points in three years.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Kentucky Offers Scholarship to 2018 Point Guard Immanuel Quickley

Kentucky and John Calipari just offered a scholarship to 2018 point guard Immanuel Quickley.

Quickley is currently ranked No. 12 overall on the list for 2018.

Daniels reported the news on Twitter:

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