Friday, May 30, 2008

Kentucky faces Michigan in NCAA

The University of Kentucky baseball team will play in the Ann Arbor Regional. No. 3 seed Kentucky Wildcats(42-17) will face the No. 2 seed Michigan Wolverines(45-12) Friday night at 7 pm. Pitchers for the game are expected to be for UK, Chris Rusin (6-2) and for Michigan, Zach Putnam (8-0). UK is coming off of back to back loses in the SEC Tournament. The Cats hope to bounce back with a win tonight over Michigan. Both teams have played good baseball throughout the season and the match-up should be a a good one.

Earlier in the week UK Coach John Cohan had the following comments:

On how he feels going into the tournament …
“I really believe that we are going to play well in this regional, you have to have some luck and things have to go your way but you also have to be prepared. That is what we are concerned with right now, preparing a very good Kentucky team, a more prepared Kentucky team emotionally and physically to go complete in a regional then it was two years ago, even though two years ago it was at home. Your preparation and what you do best is the best preparation in the game.

On playing a talented Michigan team on the road …
“It doesn’t matter what other teams do well, it matters how well we do it and I am sure that Michigan will have a great home field advantage and a great crowd, but will it be more then the 11,000 Alabama fans that we saw in the SEC Tournament, I doubt that. That is why I think so many SEC clubs have so much success because usually a regional is so much smaller then an SEC Tournament or a weekend on the road in the SEC. I think it is great preparation for us, we did not play well in the final game down there but I don’t want to talk about that, I want to talk about the future and I think it is going to be very good and we will be prepared.”

2008 NCAA Baseball Matchups

Around the SEC Links-5/30/08

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

2008 Billy Gillispie Basketball Camp Dates

Basketball Camps at the University of Kentucky are set for the following dates.Those who plan to attend you can register online for more information on the camp you can download the camp brochure (PDF) or download application forms (PDF) to fill out. For more information call: 859-257-1916. Other info on what to bring, arrival and departure, facilities, eligibility, insurance & physical, tuition and things to remember.

  • Session I · June 22-26
  • Session II · July 27-31
  • Father/Son Camp I · June 20-21
  • Father/Son Camp II · June 27-28

2008 UK Women's Basketball Camp Dates

The University of Kentucky women's basketball coach have set dates for their summer basketball camp. For those who are interested in attending you can register online and download the camp brochure.

  • Team Camp - June 12-15
  • Overnight Camp - June 15-19
  • Day Camp - July 15-18

The UK women's Head Coach Mitchell had the following comments:

I would like to take this opportunity to personally invite you to the 2008 Kentucky Women’s Basketball Camps. Our camps guarantee an exciting and fun-filled experience. The camps provide a complete, in-depth basketball experience emphasizing fundamentals in order to allow young girls to reach their full potential. In addition, our camps allow participants to receive great instruction from the Kentucky Women’s Basketball coaches and players.

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

UK on the Verge of a 2009 commit?

Wildcats Thunder Basketball/Recruiting Analyst

I've heard that UK is very close to getting a commitment from a kid in the 2009 class by the end of the week. He's a top 50 player 4 star. I heard he is a really athletic guy that can play either the 2G/SF/or PF positions. He is more known for his slashing than his shooting, but he can shot from 3 land. His name can't be released just yet but, if one thinks hard enough you could probably guess who it is. This will give UK 4 players accounted for in the 2009 class. Look for Billy G to take one more in that class, probably a Center. I can say that if its the guy who I think will commit to UK, the 2009 class will be solid. A top 5 class more than likely.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Wesley Johnson to transfer to Kentucky Rumor

Wildcats Thunder Basketball/Recruiting Analyst

It has legs for sure. But will he end up at UK? I don't know. I do know that he wants to attend at UK. I was told they are in contact and it could very well happen soon. Maybe a double dose of transfer news tomorrow. Look for the Matthew Pilgrim news tomorrow and possibly the Wesley Johnson(pictured left) news as well. Right now it looks like UK is trying to get Johnson to UK.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

My take on the 2009 Class & more

Wildcats Thunder Basketball/Recruiting Analyst

I am hearing John Wall is starting to get interested in UK again. I know that UK is in his top 3 with Memphis and Okla. St. I think. If Wall commits to UK, look for GJ to de-commit very shortly there after. I believe Billy G is looking for away to force GJ hand and make him de-commit. He doesn't want to take the offer away he wants him to de-commit. I am saying this because, if Coach G was sold on GJ he wouldn't be recruiting all these other PG/leadG like, Silva, Morris, Wall, Udofia, and others. All these PG have a offer from UK which already has GJ committed. It doesn't look like GJ will end up at UK. If I had to guess who will end up at UK for the 09 PG recruit(because they will be one)it will probably be Morris(ranked in the 60's in the new ranking)or Udofia, but I would say it looks like it could be Morris right now. This is just speculation on my part but, I don't think GJ ends up at UK.

Imagine this class:

  • Jon Hood Madisonville (KY) 6-7 SG/SF 5* Ranked # 19 2009 Class
  • Shawn Kemp Canton (GA) 6-10 PF/C 5* Ranked #25 2009 Class
  • Shawn Williams Duncanville (TX) 6-7 PF/SF 4* Ranked #51 2009 Class
  • Darius Morris Los Angeles (CA) 6-3 PG 4* Ranked #64 2009 Class
I think this class could totally happen and it isn't a stretch at all. Williams is the more stretch out of all 4 but he is high on UK and I could see him at UK for sure.

Thats 2 5* and 2 4* in the 09 class if that would happen. Can you say top 5 class to follow what probably will be a top 10 class in 2008.

2009 Rivals Top 100 & UK List

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1 John Wall G 6-4/184
Raleigh (NC) Word Of God Christian Academy
Blazingly fast with the basketball, Wall is an impeccable ball handler with court savvy. The right hander has a penchant for beating defenders with his left hand and can then counter with a terrific left to right behind the back dribble. Finding teammates on the move is his forte, but he is also an excellent finisher at the rim. His jumper is still a work in progress, but it is good enough to keep the defense honest.

3 Derrick Favors F 6-9/220
Atlanta (GA) South Atlanta
Skilled post player with soft touch.

8 Daniel Orton C 6-10/260
Oklahoma City (OK) Bishop McGuinness
Long big man who is good in both the high post and low post.

17 Avery Bradley G 6-3/175
Tacoma (WA) Bellarmine Prep
A big time scoring threat from the off guard position.

20 Peyton Siva G 5-11/165
Seattle (WA) Franklin
A great shooter with athleticism.

25 Shawn Kemp C 6-9/215
Canton (GA) Cherokee
Athletic forward with upside.

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39 Mfon Udofia G 6-2/180
Stone Mountain (GA) Miller Grove
Competitive point guard can score and run a team.

47 Christian Watford F 6-7/215
Birmingham (AL) Shades Valley
Long, rangy wing forward who can score the basketball.

51 Shawn Williams F 6-7/215
Duncanville (TX) Duncanville
A sharp shooting wing player with size.

58 Jamil Wilson F 6-7/211
Racine (WI) Horlick
Long, versatile and skilled wing prospect.

59 Ari Stewart F 6-7/190
Marietta (GA) Wheeler
Skilled wing can put it on the floor and shoot the three.

60 Jeronne Maymon F 6-6/235
Madison (WI) Madison Memorial
Point forward with a physical edge.

64 Darius Morris G 6-3/175
Los Angeles (CA) Windward
Point guard with a strong all around game.

73 Richard Howell F 6-7/215
Marietta (GA) Wheeler
Versatile forward with skills inside and out.

79 Mike Moser F 6-7/190
Portland (OR) Grant
Inruiging forward with length and versatility.

87 Reginald Buckner F 6-8/195
Memphis (TN) Manassas
Hybrid forward with strong ball skills.


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Monday, May 12, 2008

Joe B Hall Interview....Very funny and interesting

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Below is two videos....the first is Hall discussing his taking the St Louis job and other tidbits. The second video is Hall discussing Coach Rupp and his superstitions.....Both videos are well worth watching and very funny. Enjoy!

Conversations with - Joe B. Hall (1 of 2)

Conversations with - Joe B. Hall (2 of 2)

Friday, May 09, 2008

Several Basketball Recruiting Links

With the spring basketball signing period here and the University of Kentucky and Coach Gillispie already getting several early commitments for future classes. We thought we'd post the following links for the Basketball Recruiting junkies.

  • Prep Tournaments and Events
  • Collegiate Web Sites
  • College Athletic Conferences
  • Scout Sports Sites
  • Rivals-Student Sports Sites
  • 4 Shot Sports (Georgia)
  • Access Atlanta
  • Baltimore Hoops
  • Basketball Beat
  • Basketball Hall Of Fame
  • Basketball.Com
  • Blue Chip Basketball Camps
  • Blue Grass Insider
  • Bob
  • Boys Hoop Scout
  • Buffalo Hoops
  • Center Court Basketball
  • Chicago Hoops
  • CHN College Basketball
  • Coach Like A Pro
  • College Sports. Com
  • Dave Telep -
  • DC Sports Fan
  • Digital Sports
  • Division II Basketball
  • Division III Basketball
  • Fellowship Of Christian Athletes
  • Florida Hoops
  • Full Court Press - California
  • Georgia Elite Magazine
  • Good News In Sport
  • GrassRoots Ballin
  • Guide To College Coaching
  • Hoop Group
  • HoopMasters
  • HoopTown - Canada
  • Hoopville
  • Hoosier Hills Hoops
  • Houston Hoops
  • HSB Network TV
  • Idaho Sports
  • Illinois Hoops
  • Indiana Basketball News
  • Inside Hoops
  • JJ's Huddle (Ohio)
  • Juco Junction
  • Long Island Basketball
  • Madison Square Garden Network
  • Max Preps (California)
  • Memphis Hoopers
  • Mid Atlantic Hoops
  • My Coach Online
  • NAIA Sports
  • New York City Basketball
  • New York City/New Jersey Hoops
  • Northwest Hoops
  • Oregon Live
  • PA Prep Report
  • Prep Bulls Eye (IL)
  • Prep Spotlight
  • Prep Stars
  • Ramey Basketball
  • RCS Sports (Texas)
  • Scouting Hoops
  • Southern California Hoops
  • Street Beat (NY)
  • Super Hoops (Indiana)
  • Tennessee Prep Hoops
  • Texas Roundball
  • Texas Sports
  • The Courtmaster
  • USBA Hoops
  • Winning Drills
  • Wisconsin Hoops
  • Sunday, May 04, 2008

    Derrick Jasper thoughts

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    First, let me say that I hope Derrick Jasper stays at UK....and I appreciate his gutty play last year.

    However, I am very disappointed in Jasper leaving it now appears he will do. Jasper is playing at a premier program under a great coach.....I just don't get the home sickness deal after two years at UK. I know some have brought up his knee as an issue, but Jasper has 6 plus months to rest his knee. It can't be playing time because Jasper will get lots of playing time next year.

    Billy has tried his best to talk Jasper out of leaving. I do know that Billy Gillispie puts a premium on loyalty and I wouldn't be surprised that after reaching out to Jasper....telling him he was needed at UK and Billy wanting him to stay.....that at some point with Jasper still talking about leaving.....that Billy has made up his mind to quit trying to convince Jasper to stay and moved on in his recruiting. Jasper made a commitment to UK and UK has honored his commitment by treating him very fairly.

    I fully understand kids transferring when they can't get playing time, but for Jasper to leave UK after two years when Billy is working his butt off to restore UK to greatness leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

    We will learn how big an issue 'home sickness" was when we learn which college Jasper ends up at.

    Jasper has to know that with UK losing Bradley and Crawford that his presence on the court next season as an experienced player is much needed. I don't mean to sound harsh regarding Jasper, but I wish he would have shown more loyalty to UK who very much needs him.

    If Jasper stays...that would be great.....if he leaves.....I will still wish Jasper the best, but I will still be very disappointed in his decision.

    Is UK Mens Basketball already better?

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    This was a really good question and one I've thought on this morning.

    (I'm assuming Jasper is gone and Liggins qualifies.)

    Here are the reasons I say no.

    1. We lose XX% of our scoring with Joe and RB.
    2. While some of the kids coming in our talented they have yet to play D-1 Basketball.
    3. Experience means a bunch and we don't have a lot. Harris, Stevenson and Patterson are the only guys coming back with a lot of minutes under Gillispie.
    4. UK lost their most versatile player in Jasper.
    5. Can Harrellson bang night in night out in the SEC and help Patterson in the paint?
    Here are some of the reason I say UK will be better. While I don't think UK will have a 6-7 struggle in the early season, there will be growing pains getting all the new guys to mesh.
    1. Galloway, Miller, Liggins, Harrellson make us much more athletic and longer on the perimeter.
    2. As the season goes UK will be better able to get more scoring from others than just Patterson and Meeks.
    3. The more players will allow UK to be more up tempo and get out and run. No more grind it out in the 50 games.
    4. One of the new guys along with a better Stevenson make UK much better on the baseline.
    5. There are guys who've been through the preseason workouts to help the others along this time.
    Again, there are some holes to fill in the roster and we don't know who plugs those yet. Best case scenario, IMO is UK can be a top 12-15 team next year. I still think they might be 1-2 years away from a F4 run. But things are definitely moving forward at a quicker clip.