Friday, October 14, 2016

Zion Williamson Isn't Visiting Western Kentucky Tonight After All

Even Daniels now says that 5-star power forward isn't visiting Western Kentucky tonight after all.

According to Daniels, Williamson's trip to WKU has been put on hold for now but he plans to reschedule.




It turns out that Williamson is visiting North Carolina tonight.

5-Star Forward Zion Williamson to Visit Western Kentucky Tonight for Hysteria

Zion Williamson, a 5-star power forward in the Class of 2018, will visit Western Kentucky University for Hilltopper Hysteria tonight.

Williamson, who stands 6-foot-6, ranks No. 2 overall on the Scout.com list for 2018.


According to Williamson, he is really considering the Hilltoppers:

“I like them because they are trying to build up their program,” Williamson told Scout recently. “They’re trying to build a come up and I like what they are trying to do. I don’t push a school like that to the side.

“I wasn’t ranked one time and now that I am people are starting to show me publicity. I look at them as like they are almost the same as me. They’re trying to really build something, so I’m not pushing them to the side.”

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Rick Pitino visited Williamson earlier this week:



Williamson also earned an offer from Pitino and the Cards:

Check Out What John Calipari Said at Kentucky's Media Day

Thursday was media day for the University of Kentucky men's basketball program.

Head coach John Calipari spoke for more than 40 minutes to the media in attendance.

Check out what he had to say:

Campbellsville University to Hold Maroon Madness Monday Night

Campbellsville University will hold a first annual Maroon Madness event Monday night at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Here are details from CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Campbellsville University athletics is pleased to announced the first annual Maroon Madness will be hosted at Powell Athletic Center on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. ET.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers are partnering with the Maroon Goons for the new event that will feature introductions of the 2016-17 teams, scrimmages, 3-point contests and half court shots. In addition, both head coaches, Ginger Colvin and Brent Vernon will speak about the upcoming year and their teams.

The event is FREE to attend and Maroon Goons will be giving away "Tiger Bucks" for students and cash prizes up to $300 for all attendees. Doors will open for Maroon Madness at 6 p.m.

The event will start with introductions of each team and 20-minute running clock scrimmages. Once the scrimmages are completed, fans will be able to compete against their favorite Tigers in various contests.

"We are excited to introduce our teams during Maroon Madness," said Colvin. "This is a great time to showcase both teams and get everyone excited for the upcoming season. All of the competitions should be fun for all ages. Both of these teams are going to be exciting to watch, and we want as much community involvement as possible."

"I am glad that a group of people have come together and worked to get this experience going for our players and our program," said Vernon. "It will be a great opportunity for the students and community to come out and see our team for the first time and just have some fun with the guys. We are really looking forward to this fun night with both the teams and we look forward to a good crowd coming out to support both our programs."

Contests available

- Layup, free throw, 3-pointer and half court shot for $100
- 3-point contest against top shooters from each team
- Select dunks from the men's team

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Western Kentucky to Hold Hilltopper Hysteria Event Friday Night

Western Kentucky will introduce its men's basketball team at Hilltopper Hysteria tomorrow night in E.A. Diddle Arena.

Here are details on the event from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- WKU's annual tip-off event for Hilltopper and Lady Topper Basketball, Hilltopper Hysteria, will take place Friday, Oct. 14, beginning at 6 p.m. in E.A. Diddle Arena.

Parking and admission are free for the event. The first 500 fans will receive a free t-shirt.

Hilltopper Hysteria, presented by Hughes Supply, includes individual player and coach introductions for both programs, scrimmages by both teams, the Azzip Pizza Shooting Stars Challenge, an autograph session to end the night and giveaways and prizes for fans. WKU's Spirit Squad will also entertain fans at the event.

Hughes Supply will be giving away a YETI Coolor and other YETI products during the event. Students will have a chance to win a year's worth of free pizza during the Azzip Pizza Shooting Stars Challenge, as well as a free apartment for a year from Hilltop Club by making a half-court shot.

There will also be a celebrity pancake eating contest, sponsored by Wild Eggs, and one lucky row of fans will win free popsicles from Popworks.

The event will begin with the WKU volleyball team's conference matchup against UAB at 6 p.m., with the basketball festivities to follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.

The Hilltoppers welcome many new faces to the roster this season, including immediate-impact graduate transfer guards Que Johnson, Junior Lomomba and Pancake Thomas.

They also return two other seniors, forwards Ben Lawson and Anton Waters, as well as junior forward Justin Johnson, who last season became the first WKU player to lead the program in both scoring and rebounding since Derrick Gordon in 2011-12.

The squad will take its guidance from first-year coach Rick Stansbury, who boasts 293 victories and a career home winning percentage of better than 80 percent in his 14 years at the helm at Mississippi State.

The Hilltoppers are 573-162 all-time at Diddle Arena and are one of the nation's most storied programs. WKU ranks third in NCAA history in regular-season league titles (42), seventh in 20-win seasons (43), ninth in all-time winning percentage (.663) and is tied for 16th in all-time wins (1,737).

Led by the reigning C-USA Player and Defensive Player of the Year in redshirt senior Kendall Noble, the Lady Toppers will look to continue building on one of the most successful eras in program history in 2016-17. Over the last two seasons, WKU has posted an impressive 57-12 (.826) record, the second-highest win total over a two-year span in school history, trailing only the 1984-85 and 1985-86 Final Four teams.

In addition to bringing back well-known faces such as redshirt senior Micah Jones and juniors Ivy Brown and Tashia Brown, the Lady Toppers are set to add six newcomers to the mix, including three freshman Kentucky natives in Whitney Creech, Malaka Frank and Sarah Price as well as transfers Kyvin Goodin-Rogers and Naomi Mayes. Sharpshooter Jaycee Coe will also be eligible to compete after sitting out last season due to transfer regulations.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Georgetown College Picked to Win Mid-South Conference in 2016-17

Georetown College edged out Campbellsville and Lindsey Wilson as the preseason favorites to win the Mid-South Conference this season. 

The Tigers collected 44 total points and 3 first-place votes in the league's preseason poll. Campbellsville and Lindsey Wilson tied for second with 36 total points each.

Pikeville is No. 4 and University of the Cumberlands comes in at No. 5.

Life, Cumberland and Shawnee State round out the preseason poll.

Here's a release from the MSC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Georgetown (Ky.) is the favorite to win the 2016-17 Mid-South Conference men's basketball regular season title, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

Georgetown earned a total of 44 points and three of the eight first-place votes. Last season, the Tigers swept the conference regular season and tournament titles, en route to finishing as the national runner-up.

Campbellsville (Ky.) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) are tied for second in the poll. Campbellsville garnered three first-place votes to go along with 36 points, while Lindsey Wilson picked up the final two first-place votes and 36 points.

Pikeville (Ky.) is fourth in the conference poll with 34 voting points, followed by Cumberlands (Ky.) in fifth with 33 points.

Life (Ga.) garnered 20 points, which slotted them at sixth. Rounding out the poll is Cumberland (Tenn.) with 14 points and Shawnee State (Ohio) with seven points. Coaches' were not allowed to vote for their own teams.

The 2017 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Championship is slated for March 2-5 at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky.

2016-17 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll

Pos. Team Points (First-Place Votes) 2015-16 Record (MSC)
1. Georgetown (Ky.) 44 (3) 32-4 (13-3)
2. Campbellsville (Ky.) 36 (3) 25-11 (8-8)
2. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 36 (2) 17-14 (6-10)
4. Pikeville (Ky.) 34 25-6 (12-4)
5. Cumberlands (Ky.) 33 24-12 (10-6)
6. Life (Ga.) 20 18-12 (7-9)
7. Cumberland (Tenn.) 14 12-18 (5-11)
8. Shawnee State (Ohio) 7 15-15 (8-8)

Union College Releases 2016-17 Men's Basketball Schedule

The Union College men's basketball schedule for 2016-17 is out.

Here's a release from UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Union College men's basketball head coach Kevin Burton released the Bulldogs' 206-17 schedule, which features 16 home dates, the NAIA Southeastern Challenge and the NAIA Men's Basketball DII Showcase.

Union is coming off another stellar season that saw the team finish ranked No. 11 in the postseason NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll with an overall record of 28-7 and 16-2 in Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) play. The Bulldogs won their third AAC regular-season and tournament championship in a row and advanced to the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Championship.

In four years under Burton, Union has won three regular-season conference championships and three conference tournament titles, advanced to the national tournament three times, and posted a 101-31 record for a 0.771 winning percentage. The 101 wins are the most for the Bulldogs over any four-year stretch in program history.

Statistically, Union proved to be arguably one of the tops in the nation. The Bulldogs finished the year averaging 86.1 points per game, which was good enough for 15th in the nation. Elsewhere, Union ended the season fourth in 3-point field-goal percentage (40.7 percent), fourth in total points scored (3,012), eight in total rebounds (1,401) and 11th in free throw percentage (74.8 percent).

The Bulldogs look to add to its continuousness success as they open up their 2016-17 campaign on the road against a NCCAA opponent, Simmons College on Nov. 1. The season opener is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off in Louisville, Ky.

Union returns home for the NAIA Southeastern Challenge in watch it will play three games on three consecutive days. The Bulldogs will face Southeastern (Fla.) on Nov. 3, Keiser (Fla.) Nov. 4 and St. Thomas (Fla.) on Nov. 5.

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2016-17 MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Day Time Opponent

November

1 7:00 PM @ Simmons College of Kentucky Louisville, Ky.
3 8:00 PM vs. Southeastern University Robsion Arena
4 8:00 PM vs. (5)Keiser Robsion Arena
5 6:00 PM vs. (RV)Saint Thomas Robsion Arena
8 7:00 PM @ Pikeville Pikeville, Ky.
12 7:00 PM vs. Warren Wilson Robsion Arena
* 16 7:30 PM vs. Bryan Robsion Arena
19 7:00 PM vs. Fisk Robsion Arena
* 22 7:30 PM vs. Montreat Robsion Arena
26 7:00 PM vs. (24)Robert Morris University Kingsport, Tenn.

NAIA Men's Basketball DII Showcase

27 5:00 PM vs. Rio Grande Kingsport, Tenn.

NAIA Men's Basketball DII Showcase

* 30 7:30 PM @ Truett McConnell Cleveland, Ga.

December

* 3 2:00 PM @ St. Andrews Laurinburg, N.C.
7 7:30 PM vs. Allen Robsion Arena
* 10 6:00 PM vs. Milligan Robsion Arena
31 2:00 PM vs. Brescia Robsion Arena

January

* 3 7:30 PM @ (19)Tennessee Wesleyan Athens, Tenn.
* 5 7:30 PM vs. Reinhardt Robsion Arena
* 7 4:00 PM vs. Bluefield Robsion Arena
* 11 7:30 PM vs. Truett McConnell Robsion Arena
* 18 7:30 PM @ Bryan Dayton, Tenn.
* 21 6:00 PM @ Point West Point, Ga.
* 25 7:30 PM vs. St. Andrews Robsion Arena
* 28 4:00 PM vs. Montreat Robsion Arena

February

1 7:30 PM @ Allen Columbia, S.C.
* 4 4:00 PM @ Milligan Milligan College, Tenn.
* 8 7:30 PM vs. (19)Tennessee Wesleyan Robsion Arena
* 11 6:00 PM vs. Bluefield Robsion Arena
* 15 7:30 PM @ Reinhardt Waleska, Ga.
* 18 6:00 PM vs. Point Robsion Arena

* Conference Event
% Scrimmage
^ Exhibition

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Two Kentucky Kids on Cover of Lindy's Sports College Basketball Preview

The cover of Lindy's Sports College Basketball Preview has two faces on it that are very familiar to high school and college basketball fans in the state of Kentucky.

Homegrown talents Derek Willis (Bullitt East/Kentucky) and Quentin Snider (Ballard/Louisville) are on the cover.

The publication ranks Kentucky No. 5 in the preseason.

Check it out:

Rick Pitino on NCAA Investigation: "Not an issue. We've put it behind us"

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino says the NCAA investigation into the escort scandal detailed in Katina Powell's book "Breaking Cardinal Rules" is in the rear view mirror.

"Not an issue," Pitino told the media today. "We've put it behind us."




Bellarmine University Tabbed as Preseason No. 1 in DII

Bellarmine University is No. 1 in the DII Bulletin preseason rankings. Senior guard Rusty Troutman is named to the publications "Super 16" players in the nation.

Here are details from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Division II Bulletin holds the Bellarmine men's basketball team and senior Rusty Troutman in high regard. The publication has just released its 2016-17 preseason rankings and the Knights are No. 1 in the nation while Troutman was named as a "Super 16" selection.

The publication, which is in its 25th year, made the preseason selections available on its website at www.smallcollegehoops.com. The DII Bulletin preseason top 25 includes a number of Bellarmine's 2016-17 opponents. In order of their ranking, they include: No. 3 Lincoln Memorial, No. 5 Saginaw Valley State, No. 9 Alabama Huntsville, No. 11 Drury, and No. 17 Indianapolis.

The Knights have made eight straight NCAA appearances, including a national championship in 2011 and final four appearances in 2012 and 2015. Last season, Bellarmine finished 23-7 and claimed the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division's regular season title.

The Super 16 is the publication's list of its top two players in each region. Troutman and Lake Superior State's Akaemji Williams were the Midwest Region's honorees.

Last season, Troutman earned NABC All American honors after leading the Knights last season in scoring (18.2), 3-point percentage (46.9) and 3-pointers made (61). The Bullitt East (Ky.) High School product ranked second on the Knights in rebounding (4.8) and field-goal percentage (56.1) and third on the team in free-throw percentage (80.0), assists (2.7) and steals (26).

The DII Bulletin accolade is the second preseason honor for Troutman. Last week, he was named to The Sporting News' preseason All-American squad last week.

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Troutman was also named preseason All-America by Sporting News:

The Sporting News Preseason All-Americans

First Team

David Chavlovich, West Texas A&M
Justin Pitts, Northwest Missouri
Justin Reyes, St. Thomas Aquinas
Devin Schmidt, Delta State
Suki Wiggs, Alaska-Anchorage

Second Team

Gage Davis, St. Cloud State
Michael Mallory, Southern Connecticut
John Moon, Oklahoma Christian
Michael Smith, California Baptist
C.J. Wilson, Young Harris

Honorable Mention

Jalin Alexander, Queens (NC)
Matt Bingaya, Fairmont State
Luquon Choice, Lincoln Memorial
Alex Cooper, Arkansas-Fort Smith
Wendell Davis, Ashland
David Dennis, West Liberty
Robert Duncan, Chico State
Elvar Fridriksson, Barry
Haywood Highsmith, Wheeling Jesuit
Josh Johnson, Kutztown
Ryan Logan, Stonehill
Gokul Natesan, Colorado Mines
Rusty Troutman, Bellarmine
C.J. Turnage, Saginaw Valley
Tyree White, Queens (NY)

Monday, October 10, 2016

NBA Scout Believes Kentucky is Going to Struggle with Perimeter Shooting

According to Adam Zagoria, an NBA scout said Kentucky is going to struggle to consistently knock down perimeter jump shots this season.

Following UK's practice on ESPNU, a scout had this to say:

“Kentucky is a team that is going to struggle to consistently make perimeter jump shots especially when teams play zone against them,” one NBA scout in attendance said. “Malik Monk is an NBA athlete who has a nice mid-range jump shot off the dribble. Fox has exceptional quickness and speed. Bam has an NBA body and is a powerful two footed jumper. [Derek] Willis is their best perimeter shooter. [Wenyen] Gabriel and [Sacha] Killeya-Jones both have upside and should be draftable prospects in a couple years.”

The full court scrimmage showed Fox being guarded by sophomore Isaiah Briscoe, who is touted for his defensive ability, and more often than not the freshman guard blew right past his elder counterpart.

On one particular sequence Fox beat Briscoe off the dribble, got towards the top of the lane and lofted a beauty of an alley-oop pass that was slammed home by his freshman teammate Adebayo. In that three second play – in practice nonetheless – scouts and viewers alike got a glimpse of the explosiveness these collegiate rookies can bring to the Wildcats.

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Western Kentucky Adds Former Male High School Player Tyler Miller as a Walk-on

Western Kentucky University has added former Male High School guard Tyler Miller as a junior walk-on for this season.



Miller averaged 8.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.7 steals as a sophomore at Marshalltown Community (JUCO) College last season.

In 2013, Miller transferred from Male to 22 Feet Academy.

Braxton Beverly Has Committed to Ohio State

Hargrave Military Academy guard Braxton Beverly has committed to Ohio State University.

Beverly, who transferred to Hargrave from Perry County Central, committed during a weekend visit to Columbus.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Devin Booker Drops 34 Points in 30 Minutes for the Phoenix Suns

Former Kentucky guard Devin Booker is supporting recent comments that he will be a future NBA All Star.

Booker erupted for 34 points in just 30 minutes of action Friday night for the Phoenix Suns. He is quickly emerging as the Suns' go to scoring threat.

Check out the highlights:



Booker was 15-23 from the field and also finished with 5 assists and 3 steals.

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