Friday, November 11, 2016

Nick Mayo, Omar Prewitt on Watch List for Lou Henson Award

EKU's Nick Mayo and William & Mary's Omar Prewitt are on the watch list for the 2017 Lou Henson Award.

Belmont's Evan Bradds also made the list.

Perhaps the favorite to win the Henson Award is Valparaiso senior Alec Peters.

The Lou Henson Award is given annually to college basketball's top mid-major player.


Ian Baker 6-0 Sr. New Mexico State
Dedrick Basile 5-10 Sr. CSU Bakersfield
Justin Bibbens 5-8 Jr. Long Beach State
Brett Bisping 6-8 Sr. Siena
Evan Bradds 6-7 Sr. Belmont
Jarrell Brantley 6-7 So. Charleston
Josh Braun 6-4 Jr. Grand Canyon
Jared Brownridge 6-3 Sr. Santa Clara
Antonio Campbell 6-9 Sr. Ohio
Xavier Cooks 6-8 Jr. Winthrop
James Daniel 5-11 Sr. Howard
Mike Daum 6-9 So. South Dakota State
John Dawson 6-2 Sr. Liberty
Eric Eaves 6-3 Sr. South Carolina State
Zena Edosomwan 6-9 Sr. Harvard
Nick Emery 6-2 So. BYU
Chris Flemmings 6-5 Sr. UNCW
Derrick Griffin 6-7 So. Texas Southern
Rokas Gustys 6-9 Jr. Hofstra
Jimmy Hall 6-8 Sr. Kent State
Kevin Hervey 6-9 Jr. UT Arlington
Quinton Hooker 6-0 Sr. North Dakota
Casey Jones 6-5 Sr. Chattanooga
Przemek Karnowski 7-1 Sr. Gonzaga
Tim Kempton 6-10 Sr. Lehigh
John Konchar 6-5 So. Fort Wayne
Paris Lee 6-0 Sr. Illinois State
Damon Lynn 5-11 Sr. NJIT
Aurimas Majauskas 6-8 Sr. Sam Houston State
Makai Mason 6-1 Jr. Yale
Nick Mayo 6-9 So. Eastern Kentucky
Markis McDuffie 6-8 So. Wichita State
Mykael McIntosh 6-7 Jr. Illinois State
Dallas Moore 6-1 Sr. North Florida
Jeremy Morgan 6-5 Sr. Northern Iowa
Shaquille Morris 6-8 Jr. Wichita State
Emmett Naar 6-1 Jr. Saint Mary's
Marc-Eddy Norelia 6-8 Sr. Florida Gulf Coast
Alec Peters 6-9 Sr. Valparaiso
Q.J. Peterson 6-0 Sr. VMI
Omar Prewitt 6-7 Jr. William & Mary
Joe Rahon 6-2 Sr. Saint Mary's
Kendrick Ray 6-2 Sr. Kennesaw State
Justin Robinson 5-8 Sr. Monmouth
Brenton Scott 6-1 Jr. Indiana State
Ethan Telfair 6-0 Sr. Idaho State
Rashawn Thomas 6-8 Sr. Texas A&M Corpus Christi
James Thompson IV 6-10 So. Eastern Michigan
Gabe Vincent 6-3 Jr. UC Santa Barbara
Zeek Woodley 6-2 Sr. Northwestern State

Northern Kentucky University Gets In On the Mannequin Challenge

Northern Kentucky University got in the Mannequin Challenge this morning.

Check it out:

Four Kentucky Players Named to Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team

Four University of Kentucky players have been named to the SEC Men's Basketball Coaches Preseason All-SEC team. 

Freshmen Bam Adebayo and De'Aaron Fox are on the First Team. Freshman Malik Monk and sophomore Isaiah Briscoe are on the Second Team.

A list of the 2016-17 SEC Men's Basketball Coaches Preseason All-SEC team follows:

First Team All-SEC

Moses Kingsley - Arkansas, F, 6-10, 230, Sr., Abuja, Nigeria
J.J. Frazier - Georgia, G, 5-10, 155, Sr., Glennville, Ga.
Yante Maten - Georgia, F, 6-8, 240, Jr., Pontiac, Mich.
Edrice "Bam" Adebayo - Kentucky, F, 6-10, 260, Fr., Little Washington, N.C.
De'Aaron Fox - Kentucky, G, 6-3, 187, Fr., Houston, Texas
Quinndary Weatherspoon - Mississippi State, G, 6-4, 202, So., Canton, Miss.
Sindarius Thornwell - South Carolina, G, 6-5, 211, Sr., Lancaster, S.C.
Tyler Davis - Texas A&M, C, 6-10, 270, So., Plano, Texas

Second Team All-SEC

Dusty Hannahs - Arkansas, G, 6-3, 210, R-Sr., Little Rock, Ark.
KeVaughn Allen - Florida, G, 6-2, 183, So., Little Rock, Ark.
John Egbunu - Florida, C, 6-11, 255, R-Jr., Bauchi, Nigeria
Isaiah Briscoe - Kentucky, G, 6-3, 210, So., Newark, N.J.
Malik Monk - Kentucky, G, 6-3, 200, Fr., Lepanto, Ark.
Antonio Blakeney - LSU, G, 6-4, 190, So., Sarasota, Fla.
Sebastian Saiz - Ole Miss, F, 6-9, 240, Sr., Madrid, Spain
Matthew Fisher-Davis - Vanderbilt, G/F, 6-5, 185, Jr., Charlotte, N.C.
Luke Kornet - Vanderbilt, F, 7-1, 250, Sr., Lantana, Texas

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Kentucky Hauls in Two 5-Star Big Men in One Day

The Kentucky Wildcats reeled in commitments from 2017 big men P.J. Washington and Nick Richards earlier today.

Richards announced his selection by pulling out a Kentucky shoe:

Washington ranks No. 17 overall and Richards comes in at No. 19 overall on the list for 2017.

Lexington Catholic's Luke Johnson Inks with Loyola (MD)

Lexington Catholic's Luke Johnson officially signed with Loyola (MD) on Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Dunbar's Taveion Hollingsworth Signs with Western Kentucky University

Paul Laurence Dunbar star Tavieon Hollingsworth, who will enter the upcoming season as a favorite to win Kentucky Mr. Basketball, has signed with Western Kentucky University.

Here's a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - WKU men's basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced Wednesday the signing of three-star prospect Taveion Hollingsworth (6-2 Guard) to a national letter of intent in the 2017 recruiting class. Hollingsworth, an in-state product out of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, is a consensus three-star recruit across all outlets and is a front-runner for Kentucky's 2017 Mr. Basketball award.

"We're excited to have Taveion join our basketball family," Stansbury said. "It's very obvious he's a terrific player from a really good high school program where he's been really well-coached. At the same time, he's a terrific young man and a great student, and we're happy to have him and his family become a part of our program."

A proven winner with Bluegrass roots, Hollingsworth was named the KHSAA Sweet 16 MVP last year while leading Dunbar to a 33-6 record and its first state title.

Hollingsworth played 124 of 128 possible minutes during the state tournament and averaged 21 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a junior. He shot 53.1 percent from the field and 78.3 percent from the free-throw line.

He has a chance as a senior to become Dunbar's all-time leading scorer, as well as the all-time leading scorer in Fayette County history, a tradition-rich region of the state.

"It's been a blessing to coach the best player in the state for the last four years," Dunbar High School coach Scott Chalk said. "He is a special young man on and off the court and by far the most clutch player I have seen at his age in my 25 years of coaching high school basketball in Kentucky."

Hollingsworth is the first 2017 talent to ink with WKU during the early signing period, which began Wednesday.

Head coach Rick Stansbury on Hollingsworth:

"We're excited to have Taveion join our basketball family. It's very obvious he's a terrific player from a really good high school program where he's been really well-coached. At the same time, he's a terrific young man and a great student, and we're happy to have him and his family become a part of our program."

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

College Basketball in Full Swing Around Kentucky: Schedule for the Week

Here's a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, November 7

University of Louisville 81 Bellarmine University 60 (Exhibition)
UT Martin 89 Transylvania University 74 (Exhibition)

Tuesday, November 8

6:00 p.m. Crown College at Alice Lloyd College
7:00 p.m. IU East at Midway University*
7:00 p.m. Union College at University of Pikeville
8:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Lindsey Wilson College

Wednesday, November 9

7:00 p.m. Wilmington College at Campbellsville University
7:30 p.m. Ohio Christian at University of the Cumberlands

Thursday, November 10

No Games

Friday, November 11

5:30 p.m. Midway University at Georgetown College
6:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College vs. Harris-Stowe (at Campbellsville)
7:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Morehead State University (Exhibition)
7:00 p.m. Brescia University vs. Blue Mountain (at Bethel)
7:00 p.m. Evansville at University of Louisville
7:00 p.m. Earlham at Northern Kentucky University
7:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at University of Kentucky
8:00 p.m. Carlow at University of Pikeville
8:00 p.m. Illinois State at Murray State University
8:00 p.m. Johnson University at Asbury University
8:00 p.m. IUPUI at Eastern Kentucky University
8:00 p.m. OSU Mansfield at Campbellsville University
8:00 p.m. Bellarmine University vs. Saginaw State (at Northwood)
8:15 p.m. Wayne State at Kentucky Wesleyan College
TBA Alice Lloyd College vs. TBA (at Georgetown)
TBA University of the Cumberlands vs. TBA (at Bluefield)

Saturday, November 12

2:00 p.m. OSU Mansfield vs. Lindsey Wilson College (at Campbellsville)
4:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Georgetown College
4:00 p.m. Harris-Stowe State at Campbellsville University
4:15 p.m. Tiffin at Kentucky Wesleyan College
5:00 p.m. Brescia University at Bethel University
6:00 p.m. Boyce College at Asbury University
6:00 p.m. Point Park at University of Pikeville
6:00 p.m. Midway University vs. Washington Adventist (at Georgetown)
7:00 p.m. Warren Wilson at Union College
7:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at Northwood University
8:00 p.m. Alabama State at Western Kentucky University
TBA University of the Cumberlands vs. TBA (at Bluefield)

Sunday, November 13

4:00 p.m. Lipscomb at Morehead State University
6:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Illinois
6:00 p.m. Canisius at University of Kentucky

* Conference Game

Bellarmine's Daniel Ramser Released From Hospital Following Injury in Louisville Game

Bellarmine guard Daniel Ramser  has been released from the hospital following a scary injury in last night's exhibition game at Louisville. 

Ramser was nailed in the temple by an inadvertent elbow. He was unconscious for a few moments.

Here is an update from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-Bellarmine sophomore guard Daniel Ramser is doing relatively well today after suffering a blow to the head in last night's Bellarmine-Louisville exhibition game at the KFC Yum! Center.

In the second half of the game, an inadvertent elbow to the temple knocked Ramser unconscious for a few moments. As a precaution, he was wheeled off in a stretcher and taken to Norton Healthcare Pavilion Hospital for further evaluation.

Ramser, who was released from the hospital Tuesday morning, has been diagnosed with a concussion.

Bellarmine Head Athletic Trainer Brad Bluestone said, "The medical team is calling it a concussion. Under the circumstances, he's doing as well as could be expected."

Ramser's return to team activities is not yet determined. "All concussions are different, and we have very specific protocols to follow, so there really isn't a timetable yet for his return," Bluestone said.

"The outpouring of concern for Daniel from all areas of the Louisville and Bellarmine communities has been overwhelming and appreciated," said Bellarmine Men's Basketball Coach Scott Davenport. "We're all very thankful that this scary situation turned out as well as could be hoped for."

Union College's Malcolm Newby Named AAC Player of the Week

Union College's Malcolm Newby has been named the first Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the 2016-17 season.

Newby because the 28th player in Union College history to join the 1,000-point club.

Here's a release from UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Union College senior Gerrard Newby (SR/Lexington, Ky. ) is the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced.

This is the first week for the conference awards.

Newby averaged 24.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last week as Union went 2-2. The 6-foot-5 forward shot 55.4 percent (31-of-56 shots) from the field and was 26-of-30 (86.7 percent) from the free-throw line. He recorded 10 steals, six blocks and three assists.

In 103-79 win over Southeastern (Fla.), Newby hit a pair of milestones. First, he registered his 1,000th career point and then netted a career-high 36 points in the victory. He currently has 1,065 career points.

Newby is the 28th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. He also collected his 700th career rebound and ranks 13th in all-time.

Nationally, Newby ranks ninth in total blocks (6) and total points (96), 10th in points per game (24.0) and total steals (10).

Union returns to action Tuesday when it visits Pikeville (Ky.) at 7 p.m.

Archie Goodwin Gets Picked Up By the New Orleans Pelicans

Former University of Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin has found a new home with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Goodwin, who was recently cut by the Phoenix Suns, will team up with former UK star Anthony Davis.

Kentucky now has 25 players on NBA rosters this season.

Transylvania Picked to Finish Second in HCAC Preseason Poll

Transylvania University has been picked to finish second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's preseason coaches' poll. 

Here's a release from Transy:

Greenwood, Ind. – With a strong finish to its 2015-16 season, and a recharged lineup of depth and skill, the Transylvania men's basketball team has been selected to finish second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's 2016-17 coaches' preseason poll.

The Pioneers received 74 out of a possible 100 voting points to earn the second-place prognostication in a survey of the league's 10 coaches.

Transylvania is coming off of a semifinal appearance in last season's HCAC Conference Tournament before bowing out against tournament champion Mount St. Joseph, who is picked to finish first in the preseason poll. Mount St. Joseph received six of the 10 available first-place votes, while Transylvania received one first-place vote.

The Pioneers put together a 9-9 record in HCAC play last year, but return four starters to their lineup, including three of their four leading scorers from their previous campaign.

Closely following Transylvania in the preseason poll was Hanover in third, and Manchester to complete the top-four. Rose-Hulman was selected to finish fifth, followed by Anderson, Defiance, Franklin, Bluffton, and Earlham.

The Pioneers are preparing for a challenging 2016-17 season under the guidance of head coach Brian Lane, who enters his 16th year in his position. Lane will also be assisted by Barrett Meyer and Justin Taylor who each enter their third years as Pioneers assistants. Also joining the Pioneers for their upcoming season is Kentucky college basketball legend Kyle Macy, whom Lane assisted at Division I Morehead State prior to becoming Transy head coach in 2001.

Transylvania embarks upon its season beginning on Monday, November 7 when it visits Division I University of Tennessee at Martin in an exhibition contest. Nonconference play for the Pioneers commences on Wednesday, November 16 as they host Thomas More College in their home opener at the Beck Center at 7:00 p.m.

For more on Transylvania men's basketball, follow their official twitter @TransyHoops

Asbury Coach Will Shouse Was Just Happy His Team Didn't Lose by 100

Asbury University head coach Will Shouse, who happens to be a Kentucky fan, was just happy that his team didn't lose by 100 points Sunday vs. the Wildcats.

Check out his postgame comments:

Schedule Announced for 2016 Kelsey Sorrell Memorial Scrimmages at Simon Kenton

The 2016 Kelsey Sorrell Memorial Scrimmages will be held Saturday, November 19th at Simon Kenton High School in Independence, Kentucky.

All Proceeds go to the Kelsey Ann Sorrell Memorial Scholarship Fund

2016 Kelsey Sorrell Memorial Scrimmages

9:00 a.m. St. Henry vs. St. Patrick
10:30 a.m. Covington Catholic vs. Dixie Heights
12:00 a.m. Simon Kenton vs. South Laurel
1:30 p.m. Cooper vs. Oak Hills
3:00 p.m. Scott vs. Cincinnati Taylor
4:30 p.m. Conner vs. Cincinnati Country Day

* Varsity team plays in main gym while JV team plays in auxiliary gym.  

21,000 UK Fans Do the Mannequin Challenge at Rupp Arena

Kentucky fans did the Mannequin Challenge at Rupp Arena during the Asbury game Sunday.

Check out the video:

Lindsey Wilson's Charles Sutton Named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

Lindsey Wilson's Charles Sutton is the first Mid-South Conference Player of the Week for 2016-17. 

Here's a release from the MSC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Lindsey Wilson's (Ky.) Charles Sutton is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

Houchens Industries is the proud sponsor of the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week Award program.

Houchens Industries was founded in 1917 and is one of the largest employee-owned companies in the United States with more than 18,000 corporate-wide employees.

Charles Sutton – Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) – Jr. – Forward – Michigan City, Ind.

- Sutton paced No. 20 Lindsey Wilson to wins over Midway (Ky.) and Ohio State-Mansfield after averaging 25.5 points per game and shot 69 percent from the floor.

- He recorded a double-double on the road against the Eagles with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Sutton shot 11-for-15 from the floor and 3-for-4 from beyond the arc in the Blue Raiders 89-74 win at Midway.

- Sutton scored 20 points against Ohio State-Mansfield and just missed another double-double with nine rebounds, while chipping in with five assists.

- Lindsey Wilson has started the season 4-0.

- Sutton earns his first player of the week honor of the season and second of his career.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Video: Kentucky's Mychal Mulder Ruins an Asbury Player with Posterizing Dunk

Kentucky's Mychal Mulder absolutely posterized an Asbury player towards the end of Sunday night's exhibition game.

As the announcer exclaimed, Mulder went "all the way up":

JUCO Forward Cedric Wright Commits to Morehead State University

I'm told by a source that 6-foot-7 forward Cedric Wright of Chipola (JUCO) College has committed to Morehead State University. 

Wright, a redshirt freshman this season, is averaging 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds through 2 games for Chipola this season. 

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