Thursday, October 27, 2016

James Young Makes Celtics Final Roster, Gets Challenged by Danny Ainge

Former University of Kentucky guard James Young made the Boston Celtics final roster earlier this week.

Young also received a challenge from Celtics president Danny Ainge.

Here are some comments from Ainge and Young:

Young, who heads into his third season just barely missing the cut, has no delusions about the precarious edge he's been on. Consider what Danny Ainge told him after picking Young over Hunter.

"I told him this morning that I think this is the first time he’s earned anything in his life," said the Celtics president. "He earned this by his play, day in and day out, and he just has to keep earning it. He was given a lot as a young kid, with a lot of promise and a lot of potential and like we talked about earlier this summer, he had to come out and win a spot with some good competition, and he did. So he just needs to keep doing what he’s been doing. He’s had a good six weeks of consistent play, hard work and professionalism and that’s what he needs to continue to do."

Young says he understood, completely.

"I mean, I've always been better than a lot of people growing up - high school, college, I was real good. I came here and it was a big shock," he said. "I feel like this is even better than the draft really, earning this position. Like I said, I'm really blessed to be a part of this and not much I can do but keep getting better. People kept telling me, 'Hope you have a great season. Hope you make the team.' I just got tired of hearing that so it motivated me to get into the gym right after summer league, just come here, keep working hard and take no days off."

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Georgetown College Hosting Halloween Activities for Kids Tonight

Georgetown College is hosting Halloween activities for kids tonight prior to their game against IU Southeast.

Here are details from GC:

Georgetown College is hosting all the ghosts and goblins Thursday evening for a fun night of games and candy 5-7 pm on South Campus Quad near Allen and Collier Halls or inside the Bush Fitness Center should the weather turn dreary.

However, the family-friendly evening does not need to be over so soon. Come from the games and join in cheering on GC men's basketball team. The No. 2 Tigers tip off at 7 pm against Indiana University Southeast. All children in costume receive free admission and there will be candy handed out as well.

Happy Halloween from Georgetown College and Georgetown College Athletics. Let's spook the Grenadiers with all our noise and Halloween cheer.

Los Angeles Exercises Contract Option on Julius Randle

The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised their team options for the 2017-18 season on Larry Nance Jr, Julius Randle and D'Angelo Russell. 

Here's a release from

EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised their team options for the 2017-18 season on forwards Larry Nance Jr. and Julius Randle, and guard D’Angelo Russell, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Nance Jr., selected with the 27th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, appeared in 63 games (22 starts) in his rookie season, tallying three double-doubles. He finished third among all rookies in field goal percentage (52.7%) and 10th in rebounds per game (5.0). On January 14 at Golden State, Nance Jr. recorded a career-high six steals, becoming the first Laker rookie since Eddie Jones to have at least six takeaways in a game.

Randle, the seventh overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, was one of only nine players in the NBA last season to average a double-double, and did so in the fewest minutes per game of anyone in that group (11.3 points and 10.2 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game). He appeared in 81 games (60 starts) in 2015-16, registering 34 double-doubles and one triple-double, finishing the season ranked sixth in the NBA in total rebounds. Randle was chosen by USA Basketball to compete with the USA Men’s Select Team that trained with the Men’s National Team in Las Vegas this summer in preparation for the Olympics.

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Rick Pitino Praises NCAA for Professional Investigation Into Escort Scandal

Louisville's Rick Pitino praised the NCAA for acting in a "professional manner" during their investigation into the school's escort scandal.

Here's what Pitino had to say at ACC media day:

"We're disappointed in what happened. Nobody's more disappointed than me of what happened and where it happened," he said. "I keep saying over and over, I'll never understand why it happened. That's the most difficult thing when I go to bed at night."

Pitino said the NCAA's investigation was "very thorough" and said the governing body acted in a very professional manner.

"We've got to be accountable and we will," Pitino continued.

The NCAA's report last week didn't mention a lack of institutional control — considered the most serious violation in some cases — which Pitino said means his program is "doing some things right."

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Anthony Davis Explodes for 50 Points in Season Opener

Anthony Davis blew up for 50 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 7 steals and 3 blocks in his first game of the season Wednesday night.

Despite Davis' huge night, the Pelicans lost 107-102 to the Nuggets.

Check out these highlights:

Pitino Says He Isn't Buying Calipari's New Book, But He'll Take a Free Copy

Rick Pitino says he won't be buying John Calipari's new book, but he would read a free copy if the UK coach wants to give one away.

Meanwhile, Calipari recently said he refuses to change the title of his book, even though it's similar to one written by Pitino in 1997.

Pitino's book was titled "Success Is a Choice: Ten Steps to Overachieving in Business and Life."

Calipari's new book, which will be released on November 15, is titled "Success Is the Only Option: The Art of Coaching Extreme Talent."

Here are some recent comments from Calipari:

In 1997, Pitino wrote "Success Is a Choice: Ten Steps to Overachieving in Business and Life." Calipari said his publisher asked him to change the title to differentiate his book from Pitino's. He would not. He said he'd already changed the original title -- "Coaching Extreme Talent: Failure Is Not An Option" -- and did not want to make additional changes.

"So then, we're ready to release it and he calls me and says, 'You know they're gonna talk about Rick's book,'" Calipari told ESPN. "I said, 'What book?' He wrote a book in [1997]. I go, 'What was the name of the book?' 'Success Is A Choice.' I said, 'What? That has nothing to do with it. It doesn't even sound the same.' I said, 'Just go. We're not changing everything because he wrote a book in '97. I don't care.'"

Pitino was questioned about Calipari's book at ACC media day.

"A) I didn't know he wrote a book, and B) I didn't know the title, so you're catching me a little off guard here,'' Pitino told "If subliminally John did something, that's OK. I don't own the patent on book titles.''

Asked if he would buy the book, Pitino laughed.

"No,'' he said. "But if he wants to send me a free copy, I'll read it.''

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Central Pennsylvania Goes 0-3 vs. Mid-South Conference Teams in Kentucky

Central Pennsylvania College likely played the toughest three day schedule of any other team in USCAA men's basketball (probably of any team in the nation at any level) this week.

The Knights opened their season with back-to-back-to-back games at University of Pikeville, Georgetown College and Campbellsville University.

As expected, the Knights played hard but feel short in all three games.

UPIKE 79 Central Penn 59

The University of  Pikeville rolled to a 17-point halftime lead and never looked back as they cruised to a 20-point win on Monday night.

Trey Rakes and Desmond Medder led the Bears with 19 points each. Freshman Jordan Perry finished with 13 points in only 20 minutes of action.

The Bears tallied a 27-15 lead in points off turnovers, 38-32 in points in the paint and outscored the Central Penn bench 30-27.

Tyree Tucker paced Central Penn with 16 points.

Georgetown 85 Central Penn 65

The Tigers shot 33-for-60 (55%) from the field and 9-for-20 (45%) from long range as they cruised past Central Penn Tuesday night.

Quan Poindexter came off the bench to lead the way for Georgetown with 22 points. Troy Steward and Raymond Baldwin each added 13 points. Trent Gilbert finished with 11 points.

Eljay Cowherd puts in 8 points, 9 assists and 4 steals for the Tigers.

Tyrie Orosco led the way for Central Penn with 16 points and 17 rebounds.

Campbellsville 81 Central Penn 72

Central Penn battled hard and actually held a 38-37 halftime advantage before the Tigers pulled out the win the second stanza.

Jalen Coates led Campbellsville with 22 points, 4 assists, 4 steals and 4 rebounds. Elliott Young finished with 18 points. Hagen Tyler and Kelton Ford chipped in 11 points each.

Tyrie Orosco led Central Penn with 21 points and 15 boards.

Central Penn out-rebounded the Tigers 54-30

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Phoenix Suns Have Waived Archie Goodwin

In a surprise move, the Phoenix Suns have decided to waive former Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin.

Goodwin played well for the Suns last season and will almost certainly be signed by another team soon.

Kyle Macy Joins Coaching Staff at Transylvania University

Transylvania University has added former University of Kentucky player Kyle Macy to the men's basketball coaching staff.

Macy was previously a head coach at Morehead State University. In 9 seasons, he had an overall record of 106-144.

Here is a release from Transy:

Lexington, Ky. – Kentucky basketball legend Kyle Macy has joined the Transylvania University men's basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach, Transylvania head coach Brian Lane announced on Monday.

Macy joins Lane's four-man coaching staff as the Pioneers prepare for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

"I am thrilled that Kyle is joining my staff," said Lane. "His level of basketball expertise, especially in the areas of player development and scouting will certainly help our guys continue to get better every day. This position will work perfectly with Kyle's broadcasting schedule which he will be able to continue."

"I have been a longtime fan of Transylvania basketball," said Macy. "I am ecstatic that Coach Lane is allowing me the opportunity to join the program and coach the game I love, while also giving me the freedom to continue my broadcasting career."

Macy is most recognizable to those in Lexington as a standout guard for the University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball team from 1977 through 1980. As the starting point guard, Macy won a national championship with the Joe B. Hall-coached team in 1978.

Macy completed a decorated college career by winning the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year award in 1980 and was named a consensus first-team All-American. Macy was a three-time All-American and three-time All-SEC guard as a Wildcat.

Macy was drafted by the National Basketball Association's Phoenix Suns with the 22nd overall pick in the 1979 draft, and went on to play five years with Phoenix. After a one-year stop with the Chicago Bulls where he teamed up in the starting backcourt with Michael Jordan, Macy played with the Indiana Pacers before completing a professional career overseas in Italy's Serie A League.

After his storied playing career, Macy served as head coach of the Morehead State University men's basketball team from 1997 through 2006. Macy's best season with the Eagles was a first-place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference in the 2002-2003 season.

Macy's hire by Transylvania also marks a reunion between he and Lane; Transy's Brian Lane was Macy's assistant at Morehead State prior to being named head coach at his alma mater in 2001.

Following his nine-year tenure with Morehead State, Macy relocated with his family back to Lexington and began a successful broadcasting career as a color analyst for NCAA Basketball with ESPN, the SEC Network and Westwood One Sports.

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College Basketball Tips Off in Kentucky Tonight: Schedule for the Week

Believe it or not, college basketball tips off in Kentucky tonight with the University of Pikeville hosting Central Pennsylvania.

There are games all week, including a University of Kentucky exhibition on Sunday.

Here's a schedule for the week:

Monday, October 24

7:00 p.m. Central Pennsylvania at University of Pikeville

Tuesday, October 25

7:00 p.m. Central Pennsylvania at Georgetown College

Wednesday, October 26

7:00 p.m. Central Pennsylvania at Campbellsville University

Thursday, October 27

6:30 p.m. Morehead State University Blue/Gold Game
7:00 p.m. Indiana Southeast at Georgetown College
8:00 p.m. Milligan College at University of the Cumberlands

Friday, October 28

2:00 p.m. Midway University at Marian University
6:00 p.m. Bob Jones vs. Asbury University (at UPIKE)
7:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at College of Coastal Georgia
8:00 p.m. Bluefield at University of Pikeville

Saturday, October 29

Noon Midway Unviersity vs. Mount Vernon Nazarene (at Marian)
2:00 p.m. Bluefield College vs. Asbury University (at UPIKE)
3:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Edward Waters
3:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Harris-Stowe University
4:00 p.m. Bob Jones at University of Pikeville
8:00 p.m. Tusculum College at University of the Cumberlands

Sunday, October 30

2:00 p.m. Miami Middletown at Georgetown College
7:00 p.m. Clarion at University of Kentucky (Exhibition)

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