Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Deng Adel Will Withdraw from NBA Draft and Return to Louisville

Deng Adel has decided to withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to the University of Louisville for another season.


Adel averaged 12.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last season for the Cardinals.




Monday, May 22, 2017

Bellarmine University Adds EKU Transfer Parker Chitty for 2017-18

Bellarmine University has added Eastern Kentucky University transfer Parker Chitty for the 2017-18 season.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Bellarmine University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Scott Davenport announced today that point guard Parker Chitty would be transferring to Bellarmine for the 2017-18 season.

The 6-2 Chitty spent last season as a true freshman at Eastern Kentucky University after a stellar career at Columbus (IN) East High School, where his father, Brent, was the head coach. Chitty, who holds the single season and career assists records at Columbus East, was named The Republic’s Player of the Year and was also chosen as a member of the Indiana All-Stars and the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s Senior Supreme 15 team after his senior season.

Additional high school accolades for Chitty include being a first team All-Hoosier Hills Conference selection as a junior and a member of the 2015 Indiana Junior All-Stars, who defeated the Indiana Senior All-Stars in the summer of 2015.

“Parker comes to us from a tremendous basketball background that plays and teaches the game the way we believe the game should be played,” Davenport said. “He is a very poised athlete on and off the floor. I am very impressed with his preparation to excel for us.

“Playing hard and having great work ethic are talents, and Parker excels in these two very important areas,” Davenport said. “He is a true student of the game who has been blessed with the ability to play the game at a high level. Everyone associated with our program is thrilled that Parker Chitty is a Knight!”

Chitty will be immediately eligible and will have three more years to play.

“I saw the experience at Bellarmine being, overall, a better fit,” Chitty said on his decision to transfer. “I really like the way Coach Davenport’s teams play, and I know I can thrive in that system.”

Chitty becomes the third newcomer to the Bellarmine men’s basketball program. C.J. Fleming of Cincinnati’s LaSalle High School and Sean McNeil of Cooper High in northern Kentucky both signed national letters-of-intent in the fall signing period.

Bellarmine finished the 2016-17 season with a 32-4 record and made its fourth appearance in the NCAA Division II final four in the past seven years. The 2017 Knights also won the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship and the NCAA Midwest Regional.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mercer County Hires Josh Hamlin to Take Over Boys' Basketball Program

Mercer County High School has named Josh Hamlin head coach of the boys' basketball team.

Hamlin worked last season as an assistant coach for the girls' basketball program that won the KHSAA state championship.

Here's a release from the school:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ray Kasongo is Leaving Iowa State Before Ever Playing a Game

Former East Ridge High School and Pikeville High School forward Ray Kasongo has decided to transfer from Iowa State before ever playing in a game.

Kasongo, who transferred to Iowa State from Tennessee after one season, sat out last season under NCAA transfer rules.

Kasongo opened his college career at Southern Idaho. He then transferred to Tennessee for one season before transferring to Iowa State. After sitting out last season, he will be looking for his fourth college in as many years.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bath County's Jake Mitchell Commits to Kentucky Christian University

I have confirmed with Bath County High School head coach Bart Williams that senior guard Jake Mitchell has committed to Kentucky Christian University for 2017-18.

Mitchell averaged 19.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Wildcats last season.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Murray State Will Not Be Leaving the Ohio Valley Conference

Murray State University will not be leaving the Ohio Valley Conference and joining the Missouri Valley Conference.

The school was notified by the MVC this morning.

Here's a release from MSU:

Statement from Director of Athletics Allen Ward regarding conference affiliation

Today I was notified that Murray State will not be receiving an invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference. I am in no way disappointed by the news or have any regrets being involved in the process. Our goals and objectives to graduate our student-athletes, win championships, promote this great university, and be a player on the national scene have not changed and were never reliant on the outcome today.

We’re a proud program with a rich history that I’ll compare to anyone. Our passionate fans are fully engaged with our program and provide a solid foundation for our success. We’ve won four conference championships this year alone and there are many more championship banners in our exceptionally bright future.

We’re founding members of a league that we have represented proudly since 1948. We have the highest regard for the many friends, collegues and rivals we have in the OVC. I want to convey my sincerest gratitude for the manner in which they handled the past few weeks. I’m grateful for their professionalism and friendship.

The upcoming season provides Racer fans with some incredible opportunities to follow their team, impact the success of the conference, and again prove why Murray State is one of the finest mid-major programs in the country. There are so many good things happening here, I couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming year and the future of this program.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Bracken County's Austin Crawford is Headed to Morehead State for 2017-18

Bracken County's Austin Crawford will continue his basketball career as a walk-on at Morehead State University next season.

Crawford averaged 25.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for Bracken County last season.

Southwestern's Payton Cundiff Will Join Peyton Gover at Lindsey Wilson College

Payton Cundiff will join Southwestern High School teammate Peyton Gover at Lindsey Wilson College next season.

Cundiff signed with the Blue Raiders last week.

Here are details from LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball program has added Payton Cundiff for the upcoming 2017-18 season, head coach Paul Peck announced on Tuesday.

"Payton is the type of young man that makes everyone around him better," Peck said. "He is always giving everything he has and through hard work, he has made himself into a very good player."

Cundiff comes from Southwestern High School in Somerset, Kentucky. He joins fellow Southwestern classmate and teammate Payton Gover at Lindsey Wilson, who signed with the Blue Raiders last week.

During his senior season with the Warriors, Cundiff averaged 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists per game. The 6-foot-2 guard was named to the All-County, All-District and All-Region team as a senior, also picking up All-Region honors his junior season.

Off the court, Cundiff has received All-Region Academic Team accolades, earned the 2017 Pulaski County Work Ethic Seal and received the 2017 Society of Character Award while maintaining a 4.2 weighted grade point average.

"He will achieve a lot in college and in the future," Peck said. "He is a young man of great character and we love it that he chose to be a part of our program. He will make us better in all aspects."

Southwestern High School Scoring Machine Peyton Gover Signs with Lindsey Wilson College

Southwestern High School star Peyton Gover recently signed with Lindsey Wilson College for the 2017-18 season.

Gover averaged 30.1 points per game for Southwestern last season.

Here's a release from LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball program has signed Peyton Gover for the upcoming 2017-18 season, head coach Paul Peck announced on Friday.

Gover joins the Blue Raiders from Southwestern High School in Somerset, Kentucky.

"We are so excited to have Peyton become a Blue Raider," Peck said. "Not only will he bring great scoring skills to our team, but he also brings a great family, one of which I've known my entire life."

Gover averaged 30.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while helping the Warriors to a 24-6 record during his senior campaign. He shot 54.0 percent from the floor, 40.0 percent from beyond the arc, including 3.2 made three pointers per game, and 85.0 percent from the free throw line.

The 5-foot-9 guard racked up the accolades during his high school career, earning All-District and All-Region honors, and was named the 12th Region Player of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches.

His senior season, Gover was named a Courier Journal First Team All-State selection, a Lexington Herald Second Team All-State honoree and a Kentucky Mr. Basketball Finalist.

He comes from a strong basketball family that's familiar with the ever-competitive Mid-South Conference. His father, Al, played at Union (Ky.) College, while his cousin, Taylor, played at the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.).

"Peyton adds to the recruiting class that's being called on to help the Blue Raider perimeter shooting and he's a great shooter that can hit from anywhere on the court," Peck said. "We look forward to seeing Peyton in a Lindsey Wilson uniform."

Lindsey Wilson College Inks Hometown Star Kel Stotts

Lindsey Wilson College recently signed Adair County star Kel Stotts for next season.

Here's a release from LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball program has added local Adair County High School standout Kel Stotts for the upcoming 2017-18 season, head coach Paul Peck announced on Wednesday.

"We are so excited to have Kel join our Blue Raider program," Peck said. "Not only is he one of the top players in our area, he is one of the top players in the state and he may be the best shooter, especially from distance. He adds the dimension we lacked last year. He will be able to stretch the defense with his shooting, which will allow our post to have more freedom to operate."

Stotts joins the Blue Raiders after a stellar senior season at Adair County where he averaged a team-high 21.7 points per game and tallied 607 total points. The 6-foot-2 guard shot 54.8 percent from the field and led the Indians with 7.1 made field goals per contest, adding a 46.2 shooting percentage from beyond the arc. Stotts shot 76.2 percent from the charity stripe and averaged 4.7 rebounds per game.

He helped lead the Indians to a 32-2 record during his senior campaign as Adair County advanced to the 5th Region Championship game.

"I think Kel made a great decision by choosing Lindsey Wilson," Adair County head coach Deron Breeze said. "He had numerous options, but his choice to attend LWC shows his maturity. Kel knows what he wants to be 15 years from now and Lindsey Wilson was the best option for him to fulfill his long-term goals.

"I expect Kel to go in and work hard and be a leader by example," Breeze said "He will have a chance to earn immediate playing time and hopefully can mirror his high school career on the collegiate level. We are excited to be able to continue watching his basketball career at the next level."

Stotts tallied 2,803 points in his career and is just the second player in Kentucky High School Athletic Association history to score 1,000 points at two separate schools, doing so at both Adair County when he played on varsity in seventh and eighth grade, and at Russell County High School his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons.

Stotts pulled in the accolades in 2017 earning All-5th Region and All-20th District honors and was named the 2017 Campbellsville Holiday Classic Most Valuable Player and a Third Team All-State selection by the Courier Journal.

He also made his mark in the state record books for his career, finishing with the fourth-most three-point field goal attempts (885), the fifth-most made three pointers (389), the 14th-most field goal attempts (1,872) and the 17th-most made field goals (914).

Stotts is excited for the opportunity to play at the collegiate level and for an institution in his hometown.

"I've known Coach Peck and Coach Chris Starks all my life and to be able to sign with Lindsey Wilson and play in my hometown is a blessing," Stotts said. "I'm very excited for next fall and the season to start. I can't wait to suit up and go to war with my new brothers on the team.

"I want to continue to grow as a person and player and it's a situation where they know me well and I feel very comfortable being there," Stotts said. "Hopefully we can win championships at the conference level and make runs into the national tournament."

"Kel had a great high school career. His senior season under Coach Breeze at Adair County was a special year," Peck said. "We hope all the people of Adair and Russell County to continue to follow his progress here at Lindsey Wilson."

Kentucky Christian University Adds Joseph Banks for 2017-18

Kentucky Christian University has signed Joseph Banks from St. Andrews Episcopal Academy in Florida for 2017-18.

Here's a release from KCU:

Head Coach Grady Lowe is pleased to announce the signing of Joseph Banks (6'1"/G) from St. Andrews Episcopal Academy in Fort Pierce, FL.

Banks averaged 16 points and 3.2 assists per game during his senior year for the Lions. Coach Lowe stated, "Joseph will see action at a couple of perimeter spots. He will provide depth and athleticism to our perimeter … which is very important in the college game. We are pleased to have Joseph join the Knights program."

Joining Joseph in the picture are his father, Trevor Banks and mother Martha Banks. Welcome to KCU!!!

Brescia University Signs Noah Cunningham and Jeremy Stewart for 2017-18

Brescia University has signed two new players for the 2017-18 season.

The Bearcats recently added Jeremy Stewart from Jackson Christian (TN) High School and Noah Cunningham from Madisonville North Hopkins High School.

Here are details on both players:

Jeremy Stewart

Jeremy Stewart from Jackson Christian High School in Jackson, TN signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Men's Basketball Program yesterday at Jackson Christian High School. The 6'4" Stewart averaged 13.7ppg and 7.8 rebounds as well as averaged 2 blocks per game during his senior campaign. "We are very excited to add Jeremy to our recruiting class. He is extremely athletic and offensively can attack defenses in different ways. He is a very good defender and brings good length with his 6'7" wingspan and can guard different positions for us. He is an outstanding person with good leadership skills and is a great fit for our program.", added Head Coach Brian Skortz. Steward is the second recruit to sign his national letter of intent with the Bearcats. South Warren High School Senior Dylan Beckham committed to the Bearcats in the Fall and Madisonville North Hopkin High School Senior Noah Cunningham with be signing his National Letter of Intent next week after verbally committing to the Bearcats.

Noah Cunningham

On Thursday Madisonville North Hopkins Senior Guard Noah Cunningham signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Bearcats. Cunningham a 6'0 combo guard led the Maroons in scoring at 15.2 ppg, made 3pt field goals 70, and free throw made, attempted, and percentage. Cunningham shot an incredible 92.1 ft% that ranks third all time in Kentucky High School Boys Basketball Season FT % history as well as leading the state this year. "We are excited to have Noah part of our basketball family here at Brescia. He is an outstanding person who gets in done in the classroom as well on the basketball floor. His ability to shoot the basketball sticks out, but he has a high IQ of the game and works extremely hard to improve each and every day. He is a great fit for our program!," stated Head Coach Brian Skortz. Cunningham makes the third recruit to officially sign their National Letter of Intent with the Bearcats joining Jackson Christian's Jeremy Stewart and South Warren's Dylan Beckham.

Thomas More College to Hold Annual Athletic Golf Outing in July

Thomas More College will hold its annual Athletic Golf Outing on July 24 at Triple Crown Country Club in Union, Kentucky.

Here are details from TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – Thomas More College has announced the 20th Annual Thomas More Athletic Golf Outing presented by St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine.

The golf outing will be July 24, 2017 at Triple Crown Country Club in Union, Kentucky. Registration will be at 8 a.m., with a shotgun starting at 9 a.m. The following sponsorship opportunities are available.

CHAMPIONS SPONSOR - $5,000

* One Foursome w/Coach
* Four Saints Pull Overs and Putters
* Company name/logo displayed on event banners in the clubhouse and throughout the course
* Company name/logo displayed on the photo frames each golfer receives
* Company name/logo displayed on the golf outing website
* Company name/logo displayed on all cart signage
* Recognition at lunch
* Two Season Passes for Each Golfer (eight total) to 2017- 2018 regular season Saints' games

SAINTS SPONSOR - $2,500

* One Foursome w/Coach
* Four Saints Pull Overs and Putters
* Company name/logo displayed on event banners in the clubhouse and throughout the course
* Company name/logo displayed on the photo frames each golfer receives
* Company name/logo displayed on the golf outing website
* Company name/logo displayed on gift bag
* Recognition at lunch
* Two Season Passes for each Golfer (eight total) to 2017-2018 regular season Saints' games

ALL AMERICAN SPONSOR - $1,500

* One Foursome
* Four Saints Hats and Polos
* Company name/logo displayed on snack bags every golfer receives
* Signage featuring company name/logo on sponsored hole
* Opportunity to place company representatives on sponsored hole for greeting and giveaway
* Two Season Passes for Each Golfer (eight total) to 2017-2018 regular season Saints' games

ALL CONFERENCE HOLE SPONSOR - $200

* Signage featuring company name/logo on sponsored hole
GOLF ONLY - $500 per foursome/$125 per golfer

Any question please contact Karel Jelinek, Athletic Fundraising, Alumni Giving Coordinator, at (859) 344-3541 or at jelinek@thomasmore.edu.

Athletic Golf Outing On-Line Registration - Click Here
Golf Outing Brochure in PDF format - Click Here

JUCO Transfer Anthony Isaac Signs with Lindsey Wilson College

Anthony Isaac, a transfer from Frederick Community (JUCO) College, has signed with Lindsey Wilson College for 2017-18.

Here's a release from LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball program has added transfer student-athlete Anthony Isaac for the upcoming 2017-18 season, head coach Paul Peck announced on Wednesday.

"We are excited that Anthony has decided to become a Blue Raider, we have been looking for a young man like him for several years," Peck said. "He can do a variety of things on the court. Anthony goes full speed the entire game, is an excellent shooter both inside and outside, and is a great free throw shooter as well."

Isaac transfers to Lindsey Wilson from Frederick Community College in Frederick Maryland where he was coached by Emonte Hill. The 6-foot-5 Washington, D.C., native averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Cougars while shooting 48.0 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from beyond the arc and 80.0 percent from the free throw stripe.

Isaac was a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Region 20 selection and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining with the Blue Raiders.

"We expect big things from Anthony and can see him being a leader both on and off the court," Peck said.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Former Louisville Guard Tyler Sharpe Will Transfer to Northern Kentucky University

Former University of Louisville guard Tyler Sharpe is transferring to Northern Kentucky University. 
Sharpe was impressed with the facilities at NKU and was quickly sold on Coach John Brannen's vision for the program. 

Under NCAA transfer rules for walk-on athletes, Sharpe will likely be eligible to play immediately at NKU. 

Lincoln County's Noah Young Signs with Alice Lloyd College

Lincoln County guard Noah Young officially signed with Alice Lloyd College last week.

Young averaged 23.7 points and shot 41.1% from the three-point line last season for the Patriots.

Letcher Central's Torell Carter, Austin Caudill to Play College Basketball

Letcher County Central's Torell Carter and Austin Caudill have signed to play basketball at the next level.

Carter, who averaged 26.4 points per game last season, is headed to Berea College. Carter also pulled down a team-high 6.4 rebounds for LCC.

Caudill will continue his career at Alice Lloyd College. He averaged 6.6 points for the Cougars last season.

Pulaski County's Danny Butt Makes College Choice

Pulaski County junior Danny Butt has announced his commitment to University of the Cumberlands.

Butt averaged 9.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game last season for the 12th Region champions.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

William & Mary's Jack Whitman Will Transfer to Kansas

William & Mary graduate transfer Jack Whitman is transferring to Kansas for his senior season.

Whitman, who played high school basketball at Lexington Catholic, averaged 10.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season.

As a grad transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Three Kentucky High School Players Commit to Centre College

Calloway County's Kamden Price, Rockcastle County's Carson Noble and Greenwood's Dawson Crump have all committed to play basketball at Centre College next season.

Crump averaged 17.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last season.

Noble put in 14.9 points and shot 42% from the three-point line for Rockcastle County.

Price led Calloway County in scoring at 18.1 points per game. He shot 34.3% from long range.



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Magoffin County Guard Trenton Russell Makes College Decision

Magoffin County guard Trenton Russell has announced that he will continue his basketball career at Alice Lloyd College.

The Eagles and head coach J.R. Hammond are getting one of the most prolific scorers in 15th Region history.

Russell averaged 23.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game for the Hornets last night.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Former Bullitt East Guard Tyler Sharpe Will Transfer from Louisville

Former Bullitt East High School guard Tyler Sharpe has decided to transfer from the University of Louisville.

Sharpe appeared in seven games for the Cardinals last season as a freshman walk-on.

The former Team Manimal AAU star will be leaving Louisville on good terms and hopes to find a new program that will allow him more playing time.

He will be available to play immediately under NCAA transfer rules that apply to walk-on athletes.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

2017 Guard Brion Whitley Commits to Murray State

Brion Whitley, a 2017 guard from Riverview (FL) High School, has committed to Murray State University.



Here's Whitley in action:

 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sheldon Clark's Dylan James Commits to University of Pikeville

Sheldon Clark star Dylan James has committed to the University of Pikeville for next season.

James averaged 20.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game for the Cardinals last season.

West Carter's Haydn Roe is Headed to Berea College

West Carter's Haydn Roe, who was recently named 16th Region player of the year, has committed to Berea College according to a good source.

Roe averaged 22.7 points and 11.1 rebounds per game for West Carter last season.

Harlan County's Treyce Spurlock Commits to Morehead State

Harlan County's Treyce Spurlock has committed to Morehead State University.

Spurlock averaged 15.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for the 13th Region chamipons last season.

Metro Exposure Camp for Unsigned Seniors Today at Iroquois High School

The annual Metro Exposure Camp will take place this evening at Iroquois High School in Louisville, Kentucky.

The camp gives unsigned seniors an opportunity to perform in front of numerous college coaches and assistants.

Here are details:

Western Kentucky and Head Coach Rick Stansbury to Host Three Basketball Camps This Summer

Western Kentucky University and head coach Rick Stansbury will offer three basketball camps this summer.

WKU will host a high school team camp June 8-10.

There will be an overnight camp for middle school and high school boys (7th-12th grades) from June 18-21.

Then, June 26-29, there will be a day camp for elementary school boys (1st-6th grades).

Here are more details:



Meade County's James Baker Commits to Morehead State

Meade County's James Baker has committed to Morehead State University.

Baker returned to Meade County following an injury and led the team to an appearance in the state tournament. They were 1-19 without Baker in the lineup. He averaged 15.8 points per game in 20 games last season.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Northern Kentucky Ends Season Ranked in Mid-Major Top 25

Northern Kentucky finished the 2016-17 season ranked No. 21 in College Insider's Mid-Major Top 25 poll.

Here's a look at the final rankings:

1. Gonzaga (31) 37-2 775 1 West Coast
2. Wichita State 31-5 741 2 Missouri Valley
3. UNCW 29-6 692 3 Colonial
4. Illinois State 28-7 646 4 Missouri Valley
5. ETSU 27-8 600 5 Southern
6. Vermont 29-6 595 6 America East
7. Saint Mary's 29-5 589 7 West Coast
8. Princeton 23-7 576 8 Ivy League
9. CSU Bakersfield 25-10 463 25 Western Athletic
10. New Mexico State 28-6 450 10 Western Athletic
11. UT Arlington 27-9 430 11 Sun Belt
12. Belmont 23-7 408 13 Ohio Valley
13. Monnouth 27-7 404 9 Metro Atlantic
14. Florida Gulf Coast 26-8 398 14 Atlantic Sun
15. Akron 27-9 323 15 Mid-American
16. Charleston 25-10 307 12 Colonial
17. Bucknell 26-9 294 16 Patriot
18. Winthrop 26-7 278 17 Big South
19. Oakland 25-9 179 19 Horizon
20. Valparaiso 24-9 176 20 Horizon
21. Northern Kentucky 24-11 130 NR Horizon
22. UNC Greensboro 25-10 113 18 Southern
23. North Dakota 22-10 108 23 Big Sky
24. Iona 22-13 76 NR Metro Atlantic
25. Saint Peter's 23-13 60 NR Metro Atlantic

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: BYU 54, UNC Asheville 31, Kent State 25, Chattanooga 23, Furman 22, Troy 17, Texas Southern 14, North Dakkota State 12, UC Davis 12, North Carolina Central 11, Texas A&M Corpus Christi 11, Texas State 8, Grand Canyon 7, Mount St Mary's 6, Ohio 6, Georgia State 5, South Dakota 5, Jacksonville State 4, Coastal Carolina 3, UMBC 3, Harvard 2, Lipscomb 2, UC Irvine 2, Albany 1, Eastern Washington 1, New Orleans 1, Towson 1, UT Martin 1, Weber State 1, Yale 1.

Morehead State Commit Jaqwan McCauley Reopens Recruitment

Morehead State commit Jaqwan McCauley has decided to break off his commitment and reopen his recruitment.

McCauley is a JUCO transfer from Tyler (Texas) Junior College.

Verbal Commits reported the news on Twitter:

Monday, April 17, 2017

North Hardin's Gavin Root Will Sign with Transylvania on Friday

North Hardin guard Gavin Root will officially sign with Transylvania University on Friday at the high school.

Root averaged 12.1 points and shot 41.3% from the three-point line last season at North Hardin.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Waggener's Devon Cooper Commits to Morehead State

Waggener High School shooting guard DeVon Cooper has committed to Morehead State University.

Cooper averaged 21.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season for Waggener.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Former KWC Guard Marcus Fillyaw Signs Pro Contract in Puerto Rico

Former Kentucky Wesleyan College guard Marcus Fillyaw has signed a professional contract in Puerto Rico.

Here are details from KWC:

OWENBSORO, Ky. – Former member of the Kentucky Wesleyan College men's basketball team Marcus Fillyaw has signed with the Brujos de Guayama of the Baloncesto Superior Nacionale, a premier professional league in Puerto Rico.

A first tier level league, the BSN was founded in 1929 and is organized by the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation with 11 teams. The 36-game season begins in early April with playoffs set for July.

"The opportunity to play in this league is wonderful, especially as a rookie. It is a great league that has produced and seen a ton of talent," commented Fillyaw. "This year will help me gain very valuable experience that will help me further down the road."

A two-year starter at Kentucky Wesleyan, Fillyaw helped the Panthers end a three-year NCAA tournament drought during the 2015-16 season. The two-year captain compiled a 49-12 record and finished third in the record books averaging 2.0 steals per game, and sixth in assists with 4.0 per game. Fillyaw averaged 7.6 points in 61 games, grabbing 176 total rebounds and boasting a shooting percentage of 47.5%.

"Marcus Fillyaw was the epitome of what you want Kentucky Wesleyan to be when he was a student athlete here. His diligence, hard work and time in the gym is flat out why he has this opportunity," said Head Coach Happy Osborne. "All of us are extremely proud of him and none of us are surprised from all of the hard work he put on both on and off the court."

The Topeka, Kansas native scored in double figures in 17 games as a Panther. The Business Administration major was an Academic All-Great Midwest Athletic Conference selection his senior year with a 3.7 GPA.

"I can't say enough about how Coach Happy and his staff have helped me throughout the process. They've taught me the game, the correct approach to have mentally, and ways to develop consistency that has helped to get me to this point along with so much more off the court," noted Fillyaw. "Kentucky Wesleyan really helped shape me into who I am today, not only as a player but even more so as a person and I will always be grateful for that."

Prior to signing with Guayama, Fillyaw helped the Owensboro-based Kentucky Mavericks to a 12-1 record. He led the Premier Basketball League in assists and recorded a triple-double in a 114-85 win on Feb. 12.

Stay up to date on all your Panther news by following @KWCpanthers on Twitter and by liking the "Kentucky Wesleyan College Athletics" Facebook page.

Lindsey Wilson Signs Bryce Williams for 2017-18

Lindsey Wilson College has signed 6-foot-5 wing Bryce Williams from Blackman (Tenn.) High School for the 2017-18 season.

Here's a release from LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball program has signed high school standout Bryce Williams to the 2017-18 roster, head coach Paul Peck announced on Thursday.

"Bryce comes from one of the top high school programs in the state of Tennessee," Peck said. "His high school coach in Barry Wortman is also one of the best in the state."

Williams joins Lindsey Wilson from Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee where he was the No. 19-ranked athlete in the state according to Tennessee Prep Hoops.

The 6-foot-5 wing player helped lead Blackman to a 26-5 overall record and a perfect 12-0 mark in district play in 2017, along with appearances in the Tennessee Class AAA Region Championship Game and the Class AAA Sectionals. For his efforts, Williams was named a 2017 All-Conference and All-District selection, as well as earning the most valuable player award.

The four-year varsity member averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds per game at Blackman, while also adding five steals, six assists and two blocks per game. As a freshman, he was a member of the Blackman team that took home the 2014 Tennessee Secondary School Athlete Association Boys' Basketball State title.

Williams has had successful stints with AAU ball as well, competing with the Nashville Celtics from 2014-16 where he stuffed the stat sheet averaging 15 points, 12 rebounds, five steals, eight assists and four blocks per game.

"Bryce is a tremendous athlete and very versatile," Peck said. "He will be called on to challenge Charles Sutton in the wing position."

Adam Stanford Transfers from Kentucky Wesleyan to Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University recently added talented Kentucky Wesleyan transfer Adam Stanford for the 2017-18 season.

Here are details from CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Tiger basketball picked up its second commitment for the 2017-18 season, head coach Brent Vernon announced on Friday.

Vernon and his coaching staff welcome Adam Stanford, a graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College, to the Tiger family. Stanford is the first to sign with CU after the NAIA released its new graduate student certification in April of 2016 (see below).

Stanford, a Fontana, Calif., native played three seasons at Kentucky Wesleyan under head coach Happy Osborne and is graduating in May with a bachelor's degree in graphic arts and a minor in communications. He will further his education by working towards a Master's in sports management at CU.

"Adam is a great signee for us," said Vernon. "He is exactly the kind of student-athlete we are looking for to build our program. He was a member of Kentucky Wesleyan for the last three years and has decided to continue his career at CU. This new rule change has opened many different avenues for us in recruiting."

During his time at KWC, the Panthers won over 20 games a year and finished with a record of 77-15 over that span of three seasons. KWC also won the 2017 Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament title with a victory over Alderson Broaddus, 91-63.

After redshirting in 2013-14, Stanford's playing time and importance to the Panthers slowly improved during his tenure at Kentucky Wesleyan. In 2016-17, he played in 29 games, averaged seven points and four rebounds in 20 minutes of playing time.

Stanford scored a season-high 19 points and dished out five assists against Salem International on 8-of-10 shooting and hitting all seven of hits free throw attempts. He also finished the year hitting 76 percent from the charity stripe (44-of-58). In addition, Stanford finished the year hitting 65 percent from the floor.

"Adam is a tremendous player that plays hard at all times," said Vernon. "He makes an impact for whatever role he is given and only worries about doing what he can to help his team win. We couldn't be more excited about him joining our program."

Before his time at Kentucky Wesleyan, Stanford prepped at A.B. Miller High School in Fontana, Calif. where he was a three-year started under coach John Romagnoli. As a senior, he was named All-Citrus Belt Conference selection and was the Rebel's Most Valuable Player after averaging almost 14 points and nine rebounds per game. Throughout his career, he totaled an eighth-best 852 points plus 553 rebounds, 160 assists, 184 steals and 100 blocks in 80 games. Stanford also played football, volleyball and was a two-year letter-winner on the track and field squad.

The Tigers finished the year at 15-15 overall in Vernon's first season at the helm. CU graduated four seniors – Erik Kinney, Zach Perry, Roderick Lawrence and Elliott Young. The Tigers bring back starters Jalen Coates and Hagen Tyler for 2017-18. In addition, CU has signed Jacob King from Trinity for next year as well.

Morehead State Promotes Jonathan Mattox to Full-Time Assistant Coach

Morehead State has promoted Jonathan Mattox to full-time assistant coach on Preston Spradlin's staff.


Mattox previously worked as a graduate assistant, director of basketball operations and assistant coach.

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Jonathan Mattox, who has spent the past four seasons with the Morehead State men's basketball program as graduate assistant, director of basketball operations, and as assistant coach, has been promoted to full-time assistant coach.

During the 2016-17 season, Mattox was promoted from director of basketball operations to interim assistant coach.

"Jonathan earned the right to be an assistant coach here because he did a terrific job with recruiting, on the floor, scouting, coaching, just all of the things that come with that job. All of those things have made the change very seamless and I'm very excited that he's going to be here for the long haul," said head coach Preston Spradlin.

Morehead State has tallied 74 wins in Mattox's four seasons with the program. During that span, the Eagles have won 41 Ohio Valley Conference games, and have won 10-plus games and participated in the league tournament all four years. Twice, he has helped Morehead State reach the 20-win plateau.

"I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to continue working at Morehead State University under Preston Spradlin," said Mattox. "I am very excited about Coach Spradlin's continued vision for this program. I have worked with Coach for the last three years and have great respect for him, not only as a coach, but as a person. I am eager to continue to build upon the momentum we have going with this program."

Prior to his time at Morehead State, Mattox helped NAIA school Emmanuel (Ga.) to a 49-21 record in two years as an assistant men's basketball coach from 2011-13.

Mattox started his playing career at Division II member Anderson (S.C.) and finished at Emmanuel. As a senior, he helped the Lions to a 26-8 overall record and Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament championship.

Mattox earned four letters in basketball at Oconee County High School (Ga.). As a senior, he helped the Warriors to a Class AAA Region 8 title and berth in the Class AAA Elite Eight. He notched Second-Team All-Northeast Georgia honors his final two years.

"He has a great temperament about himself, he never gets rattled, and he's very calculated, organized, and efficient in what he does. He has a great relationship with all of our players and their families, so that just helps with our transition because he understands how things should be done around here," said Spradlin.

Mattox earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Emmanuel in 2011 and master's degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia (Calif.) in 2013.

Brennan Gillis, Brandon Maxwell Release from NKU Men's Basketball Program

Northern Kentucky has announced the release from Brennan Gillis and Brandon Maxwell from the men's basketball program.


Here are details from NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University men's basketball head coach John Brannen announces the release of Brennan Gillis (Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis), who will pursue opportunities to finish his education while playing football, and Brandon Maxwell (Orlando, Fla./Daytona State CC).

"I'd like to thank both Brennan and Brandon for their contributions to NKU men's basketball," said Brannen. "I wish both of them nothing but the best in their future endeavors."

Gillis played in 64 games as a Norse, averaging 2.6 points and 1.7 rebounds. Maxwell averaged 1.4 points in 24 games played this year.

NKU will have no further comment.

Morehead State Inks Londell King Jr. for 2017-18

Morehead State University and new head coach Preston Spradlin have officially signed Londell King Jr. for next season.

King comes to Morehead from Gulf Coast State (JUCO) College in Florida. He averaged 10.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season.

Here are details from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. - Londell King Jr., a 6-foot-7 forward from Gulf Coast State College (Fla.) has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Morehead State men's basketball program.

King will be a sophomore during the 2017-18 school year.

"We are so excited to add Londell to our program. We have recruited him all season and watched him progress into a versatile player in a very competitive junior college league. We have had great success with players from that league and he will continue that trend for us," said head coach Preston Spradlin. "Adding him to our talented sophomore class gives us experience for next season and depth for the future of our program."

King, a native of Tallahassee, Fla., averaged 10.0 points and 6.2 rebounds for Gulf Coast State in 2016-17. He made 14 starts in 25 games and shot an impressive 60 percent from the floor, which ranked in the top 50 in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

He was named Second Team All Panhandle Conference following his freshman season.

He attended Godby High School in Tallahassee, where he averaged 12.1 points and 9.3 rebounds, while shooting 65 percent.

"Londell is a very versatile player. He can play both inside and out and is skilled and strong in the post," said Spradlin. "He can step out and shoot, and he also has the ability to make plays off the bounce."

King joins Cedric Wright, of Chipola Junior College (Fla.), as the second member of Morehead State's 2017 class. They both have three season of eligibility.

Wright, a native of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., averaged 10 points and 4.1 rebounds during his lone season at Chipola. He was named First Team All Panhandle Conference.

Morehead State finished 14-16 a season ago. They went 10-6 in Ohio Valley Conference play, which ranked second in the league.

Kentucky Wesleyan Lands JUCO Transfer Rasheide Bell for 2017-18

Kentucky Wesleyan College and head coach Happy Osborne have signed JUCO transfer Rasheide Bell for the 2017-18 seasons.

Bell comes to KWC from South Suburban College. He averaged 16.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season.

Here are details from KWC:

OWENBSORO, Ky. – South Suburban guard Rasheide Bell signed with eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College on Wednesday morning and will spend his final two seasons with the Panthers according to Head Coach Happy Osborne.

"Happy, his staff, my teammates and I have one goal and that is to win a national championship. When Coach and I talk basketball, our conversation always ends with 'Let's go get this thing'," said Bell. "I'm overly excited to play for Coach Happy. He believes in me as if I've been there the last two years with him. He sat in the same seat at my national tournament and even in our third place game, proving to me how bad he wanted me. The sky is the limit for us and I can't wait to get to the Sportscenter and start the grind."

The Evansville, Ind. native has spent two seasons at South Suburban, helping the Bulldogs to a third-place finish in the NJCAA Division II national tournament with a record of 24-12. Standing at 6-foot-2, Bell has averaged 16.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while dishing out 3.9 assists. Boasting a 47.1 field goal percentage, he has accumulated 25.7 minutes per contest and claimed 3.3 steals per game.

"He is a tremendous person that has the character to replace a Ken-Jah Bosley. I see him immediately in a leadership role and the possibility of being a captain. He turned down over seven Division I offers to come here and when you have a young man that does that, you know that you have their heart," commented Osborne.

A 2015 graduate of Evansville Central High School, Bell averaged 20.0 points in 21 games while grabbing 6.0 boards and 1.2 steals per game during his senior season.

"We have been trying to make strides in Evansville since I got here and we couldn't have started with a better person than Rasheide Bell," noted Osborne. "Without question he is a Division I player and those are the kinds of players that we need at the Division II level to reach our goals."

Bell will study Communications with a concentration in Sports Management and Marketing, and hopes to one day coach a basketball team of his own.

"I'm fortunate to be coming to a school that will allow me to focus on getting my degree while being an athlete," remarked Bell. Happy expressed the importance of academics not just to me, but to my grandmother. He built such a strong bond with her it was unbelievable- I'm sure she will be at all of our games."

Stay up to date on all your Panther news by following @KWCpanthers on Twitter and by liking the "Kentucky Wesleyan College Athletics" Facebook page.

Lindsey Wilson College Signs High-Scoring Point Guard Jordan Hamlette

Lindsey Wilson College recently signed high-scoring point guard Jordan Hamlette from Heritage (Va.) High School.

Hamlette averaged 23 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game last season as a senior.

Here's a release from LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team has added Virginia high school standout Jordan Hamlette for the upcoming 2017-18 season, head coach Paul Peck announced on Wednesday.

"He has the potential to be one of the best point guards to ever play here," Peck said. "He comes from a great family and a top basketball program in Lynchburg. Blue Raider fans will love seeing Jordan play."

Hamlette joins Lindsey Wilson after a standout playing career for Heritage High School in Lynchburg, Virginia. During his senior campaign with the Pioneers, the 6-foot-2 guard averaged 23 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game, 5.3 assists per game and 2.0 steals per game. He accumulated 1,133 points during his career including pouring in 578 points his senior season.

The highly touted all-state selection racked up multiple accolades during his career at Heritage.

He was named the Conference 30 Player of the Year, Seminole District Player of the Year, ABC News Full Court Press Player of the Year and the Lynchburg News Advance Player of the Year.

Hamlette was a 3A West Region First Team selection, a Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star, earned All-State Second Team honors as a junior and All-State First Team honors as a senior.

"He sees the court well, keeps his head up, can shoot the basketball and has great intelligence and understanding of what is needed out there," Peck said. "He doesn't have to score to have an impact on the game, but he also certainly has the ability to score.

"He's able to do all the intangibles and he fits everything we need right now."

Junior Center Matz Stockman is Leaving One Pitino for Another

Junior center Matz Stockman has decided to transfer from Louisville to Minnesota for his final season of college basketball.

Minnesota, of course, is coached by Rick Pitino's son, Richard.

Here is a release from UofL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- University of Louisville junior center Matz Stockman will transfer to the University of Minnesota at the conclusion of the spring semester. Stockman will sit out the 2017-18 season as a transfer before playing his final collegiate season the following year.

"I've had a great time at Louisville the last three years," said Stockman. "I've learned a lot, gotten to know a great many people and have become very close with our coaches and players. I'm incredibly grateful for my time here. I've improved a lot since I first arrived on campus and I will be forever grateful to Coach Pitino, the coaching staff and for everyone involved around our team. However, I've been looking for an opportunity to play quality minutes for a long time now and I think this will be a great situation for me."

"Matz has been a great team member with our basketball team and we appreciate his efforts," said UofL Coach Rick Pitino. "Transferring to Minnesota is a great move for him, as he'll have an opportunity to make an immediate impact when he becomes eligible to play."

Stockman participated in 18 games as a junior last season, grabbing a rebound in 11 of those. In his most extensive action of the season, he averaged 8.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in the three December 2016 games teammate Anas Mahmoud missed with a concussion. He scored a career-high 10 points at Grand Canyon, finishing the game 3-of-3 from the field and 4-of-5 from the foul line.

Stockman scored in 16 of his 23 appearances as a sophomore. He was one of four players on the Cardinals' roster this season with international ties. A native of Oslo, Norway, Stockman (first name is pronounced Motts) attended and played basketball at the Canarias Basketball Academy in Gran Canaria in Spain's Canary Islands during the 2013-14 season.

Campbellsville University Inks Bardstown's Kel Livers for 2017-18

Campbellsville University has signed 6-foot guard Kel Livers from Bardstown High School for 2017-18.

Here's a release from CU:

BARDSTOWN, Ky. — Campbellsville men's basketball head coach Brent Vernon announced the addition of Kel Livers to the Tiger basketball program as the third commitment for 2017-18 year.

Livers, who prepped at Bardstown High School, is planning on majoring in Sports Management at CU.

A six-foot 165lb. guard, Livers averaged almost 16 points per game and just over six assists a contest while being named All-District and All-Region his junior and senior season.

"Kel is a great signee for us," said Vernon. "He is a versatile athletic guard that can do multiple things on the court, including defending the ball really well and is extremely skilled on the offensive end.

"He comes from a very good program at Bardstown and was fortunate to play for one of the best coaches in the state in Boo Brewer. We have lots of high expectations for Kel and look forward to the four years of him playing for Campbellsville University."

In last seasons 30th Annual KHSCA East-West Junior All-Star game, Livers scored 22 points to lead the West All-Stars to a 116-106 victory over the East.

In addition to his basketball career, Livers played two years of football and also runs track and field at Bardstown.

Livers joins incoming freshman Jacob King and graduate-transfer Adam Stanford as the three CU signees.

Tony Delk Tournament of Champions Tips Today at KBA

The Tony Delk Tournament of Champions, an AAU tournament for 8U to 13U teams, tips today at the KBA in Lexington.

Here are details:


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Western Kentucky Officially Signs Jordan Brangers for 2017-18

Western Kentucky University has officially signed sharpshooting JUCO guard Jordan Brangers for 2017-18.

Brangers averaged 20.9 points per game last season at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. He is rated as the No. 3 junior college prospect in the nation.

Here's a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU men’s basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced Wednesday the signing of sharpshooting guard Jordan Brangers (6-2, Guard) as the latest addition in the 2017 recruiting class.

Brangers will join the Hilltoppers from South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. He’s rated the No. 3 junior college prospect in the nation by JUCORecruiting.com.

“We’re excited to have Jordan as a part of our basketball program and our family,” Stansbury said. “It’s very obvious he’s a terrific player who can provide help with a need on our team and has a great ability to shoot the basketball.”

Brangers, an in-state product originally from Radcliff, Ky., proved himself as one of the elite shooters and scorers at the junior college level in 2016-17.

He averaged 20.9 points per game – ranking fourth nationally in total points scored at the JUCO level – and connected on an eye-popping 151 of 327 3-point attempts in an efficient 22.9 minutes per game.

Brangers shot 49.6 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from 3-point range, while also averaging 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

His 151 made 3s this season led the nation and broke the South Plains school record previously held by Marshall Henderson. The Texans finished their season 32-2 and took third place in the 2017 NJCAA Men’s Basketball National Tournament.

Brangers was named the 2017 Region V Player of the Year and WJCAC Player of the Year. Before coming to South Plains, he wrapped up his prep basketball career at Eastern High School in Louisville, Ky.

Brangers is joined in WKU’s nationally ranked signing class by guards Josh Anderson and Taveion Hollingsworth, as well as center Mitchell Robinson.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Morehead State Offers 2017 Forward Malek Green

Morehead State has extended a scholarship offer to 2017 forward Malek Green from Cincinnati Taft High School.



William & Mary Grad Transfer Jack Whitman Plans to Visit George Washington, Clemson

William & Mary grad transfer Jack Whitman plans to visit George Washington and Clemson.

Whitman, who played high school basketball at Lexington Catholic, will be eligible to play immediately.

Morehead State's Miguel Dicent Decides to Leave Early, Pursue Pro Career

Morehead State guard Miguel Dicent has decided to end his college career early and pursue a professional career.

Metros de Santiago of the Dominican Republic's LNB league have announced the signing of Dicent for the 2017 season.


Translation: The @MetrosSantiago announced the hiring of the Dominican Miguel Dicent for the 2017 season... https://www.instagram.com/p/BSoDfaojpCw


Saturday, April 8, 2017

JUCO Guard Jordan Brangers Commits to Western Kentucky University

Jordan Brangers, who was previously headed to Texas Tech, has committed to Western Kentucky University.

Brangers hit 151 three-pointers last season at the junior college level.




Missouri Valley Conference Reportedly Targeting Murray State, Valpo

According to reports, the Missouri Valley Conference is targeting Murray State and Valparaiso to replace Wichita State.

The first report came from Jon Rothstein:


Obviously, the Racers have an impressive history of winning:


JUCO Power Forward Londell King Commits to Morehead State

Morehead State has picked up a commitment from 6-foot-7 power forward Londell King of Gulf Coast State (JUCO).



King will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Here's some footage of King in high school:

Union College's Kevin Burton Named Hoopdirt National Coach of the Year

Union College's Kevin Burton was recently named national coach of the year by Hoopdirt.com.

Here are details from UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Union College head men's basketball coach Kevin Burton was named the 2016-17 HoopDirt.com NAIA Coach of the Year presented by Hoop Group, the organization announced Saturday.

Burton qualified for the award by being named as the HoopDirt.com/Hoop Group Coach of the Week for Week 2 of the season.

"I am very honored and humbled to be named the National Coach of the Year by HoopDirt.com," Burton said. "They have been the main source for basketball information in our industry for several years now. This award is a direct result of having high level players with great ambition and character."

Burton led Union to a school record 35-3 overall mark en route to the 2017 NAIA Division II National Championship. After beginning the season 2-3, the Bulldogs reeled off 33 wins in a row, capping the year off with a 72-69 victory over Cornerstone (Mich.) in the national championship game.

During the 33-win streak, Union won by double digits in 26 games, winning 18 of those contests by 20 or more points. The Bulldogs went 20-0 in Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) play to win the regular-season championship before collecting the tournament crown by winning their three games by an average margin of 21 points.

Burton took over the reins of the Union program in 2012, and in five seasons, he has amassed a record of 136-34 with the Bulldogs. Union has won four-straight AAC regular-season and tournament championships under his tutelage as well as the school's first-ever NAIA national championship in any sport. Under Burton, the Bulldogs have not lost a conference road game in three years, winning 29 in a row. The last road defeat came on Feb. 14, 2014.

The NAIA award is for Division I and Division II.

University of Charleston Guard Siah Holifield is Transferring to Asbury

University of Charleston guard Siah Holifield will transfer to Asbury University.

Asbury welcomed the hometown product (West Jessamine High School) on social media:

Georgetown College Assistant James Jackson Takes Over Women's Program

Georgetown College has named James Jackson head coach of the women's basketball program.

Jackson has served as an assistant coach for the men's team for the last six seasons.

Here's a release from GC:

Brian Evans, Georgetown College Director of Athletics, is pleased to announce the Tigers' new head coach of the women's basketball team. James Jackson, who has been serving as men's basketball assistant for the past six seasons, is the program's ninth coach.

"I was very pleased to see Coach Jackson apply for this position," Evans said. "We had an overwhelming response of applicants and an elite quality of coaches in the final round. James stood out from the beginning and made it a very easy decision for myself and the committee.

"He has a proven track record of success in the conference, a vast knowledge of what our mission is here, an understanding of our program and the players, as well as a tremendous recruiting ability to Georgetown College over his six seasons. We are excited about what our future holds."

During his tenure with the Tiger men, GC was 159-48 and 69-31 in Mid-South Conference play with six national tournament appearances with results of: one national title, two championship appearances, two quarterfinal finishes and one second round appearance.

"We are excited for Coach Jackson to be our next head coach," said GC sophomore Shelby Beam. "We've all been around him at various times during our time here and know what a great coach he is. We know what he's meant to our men's program and so we know good things are in our future."

Jackson is a 2007 political science major from Berea College, where he played soccer and helped student coach the basketball team. He then served as assistant at University of Louisville for coach Rick Pitino from 2007-09 (58-15 with deep runs in the NCAA tournament).

In spring of 2009, Jackson went to another prominent Kentucky basketball program – Kentucky Wesleyan College. The Panthers were 48-15 with two appearances in the NCAA Division II national tournament during his two seasons.

"This is an exciting opportunity for myself and my family," Jackson said. "I originally applied to be assistant coach for the women's program when I was looking for my next step. It did not work out, but then the men's head job came open and Coach (Chris) Briggs gave me a shot as his assistant. It has been the best six years. I met my wife here, and we now have a son. Georgetown is in my blood and to have the opportunity to be a head coach for a storied program is a blessing.

"I've learned a lot about coaching working beside Chris, including how to balance it all. He's a great family man and instills that in all our players as well. I've enjoyed the interaction I've had with our women's players over the years and watching them develop. I think together, we can do exciting things in the coming years."

Georgetown returns 12 of the 13 member roster with just one senior, six juniors and five sophomores. The future looks very bright. The Tiger women have been in 14 national tournaments with the most recent coming in 2014. The best finish was a Fab Four appearance in the 2012 championship.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Jack Whitman is Leaving William & Mary for Senior Season

Former Lexington Catholic High School big man Jack Whitman is leaving William & Mary as a graduate transfer.

He averaged 10.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for William & Mary last season.

Keion Alexander is Leaving Morehead State as a Graduate Transfer

Redshirt junior Keion Alexander is leaving Morehead State University as a graduate transfer.

Alexander, a 6-foot-9 forward, will be eligible immediately at his new school. He averaged 0.9 points and 0.9 rebounds per game in 9 games last season for Morehead.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Louisville's Donovan Mitchell Declares for NBA Draft

Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell has declared for the NBA Draft but doesn't plan to hire an agent at this time.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Louisville's Deng Adel Just Ruined a Michigan Player's Entire Tournament

Louisville's Deng Adel just put a Michigan defender on a poster.

Ouch!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Morehead State Names Preston Spradlin Head Coach

Morehead State has removed the interim tag from Preston Spradlin and officially named him head coach.


Here's a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. - Preston Spradlin, who spent the majority of the 2016-17 season as interim head coach and just concluded his third season with the program, has been named the 14th head men's basketball coach at Morehead State.

"First off, I am so grateful to President Wayne D. Andrews, Brian Hutchinson, and our administration for the opportunity to lead the men's basketball program and to represent Morehead State University and the community of Morehead," said Spradlin. "As a native Kentuckian, and more importantly, as someone that has been a part of the Morehead State family for the past three seasons, I fully understand how special this university is and I am honored to continue serving our student-athletes in all facets and am eager to reignite our passionate fan base."

"Preston emerged through a rigorous process that demonstrated truly how special this job is in the basketball community," said President Wayne D. Andrews. "I have appreciated his good work throughout this season and know his values will help us continue to achieve our goals at a very high level."

"Preston exhibits many fine qualities that I look for when considering head coaching candidates," said Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson. "His knowledge of our basketball program is unique, which gives him a head start in building towards our short term goals. Most importantly, he's a student-first coach that will undoubtedly lead us to achieving our long term goals in the OVC and nationally. I'm honored to have Preston lead our men's basketball program for years to come. He's earned the job and we need the Eagle Empire to rally behind him and this program."

Spradlin officially took on the interim head coaching position on Dec. 15, 2016, nine games into the season after the Eagles opened with a 2-7 record. He then guided Morehead State to a 12-9 record the rest of the way and a 10-6 mark in OVC play, which ranked second in the league.

At the conclusion of the season, he finished second to Belmont's Rick Byrd in OVC Coach of the Year voting.

Following the 2015-16 season, Spradlin was named to the National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC) 2016 Under Armour 30-Under-30-Team, which recognizes 30 men's basketball coaches across the country that are under the age of 30.

Spradlin came to Morehead State after five seasons with national power Kentucky. He spent two campaigns (2009-11) as a graduate assistant with the Wildcats before three years as the assistant director of operations (2011-14).

Spradlin, a native of Pikeville, Ky., worked with the Dominican Republic National Team during the summers of 2011 and 2012. The squad reached its highest finish and won the bronze medal in the Tournament of the America's Olympic Qualifier in 2011 and came within one game of qualifying for the 2012 Olympics.

Spradlin earned a bachelor's degree in history from Alice Lloyd (Ky.) in 2009 and master's degree in kinesiology and health promotion, with a sports leadership emphasis, from Kentucky in 2011. He was a four-year men's basketball letterwinner for the NAIA Eagles from 2005-09.

Spradlin, a 2005 graduate of Betsy Layne High School (Ky.), is married to the former Misty Tackett. The couple has one son, Bentley, who was born on June 19, 2012.

What they are saying about Coach Spradlin...

John Calipari - Kentucky Head Men's Basketball Coach

"I am so proud of Preston. He was a valuable member of our staff. Being from Eastern Kentucky, I'm sure it is a dream come true for him to get this position and there's no doubt in my mind that he will make the school and their fans proud."

Mitch Barnhart - Kentucky Athletics Director

"In the five years he spent with us at Kentucky, we all saw the kind of coach and the kind of man Morehead State has in Preston Spradlin. His work ethic, mind for the game, and ability to lead young people are truly special. Those qualities were all on display in the incredible work he did stepping in as interim coach this season. We are thrilled for Preston, Misty and Bentley, and look forward to his continued success."

Paul Biancardi - ESPN Men's Basketball National Recruiting Director

"I first met Preston at the University of Kentucky and came away impressed with his communication skills and humble personality. This year I watched several of his games as the interim head coach at Morehead State. His team played with passion and you could see they were connected as a group. He did an outstanding job leading his team in a stressful situation because he always made it about the players first. Morehead State found the right candidate in Preston Spradlin to lead their program in the competitive Ohio Valley Conference."

Seth Greenberg - Former Virginia Tech Head Men's Basketball Coach and ESPN Analyst

"Preston Spradlin is the total package. He can coach, teach, and mentor. He has impeccable character and a work ethic second to none. He is a home run hire."

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