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.

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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."

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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

“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...

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