Wednesday, August 20, 2014

John Calipari's Coaches Clinic Set For Oct. 25

The 2014 John Calipari Coaches’ Clinic has been set for Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Joe Craft Center. Last year’s clinic was sold out, so early registration is encouraged to reserve a spot.
The day-long event, intended for male and female coaches, gives a unique look into the coaching philosophies and strategies that Coach Cal uses in guiding the eight-time national championship basketball program at Kentucky. Included in this year’s clinic will be a chance to tour the Joe Craft Center and the training facilities used by the Wildcats, with staff members available to answer questions.
Attendees will be given exclusive access to watch Calipari and his staff conduct two practice sessions with the 2014-15 Wildcats. There will be opportunities to ask questions of Coach Cal and his staff after the practices.
The cost of the clinic is $100. Registration will close on Oct. 22, so please secure your spot for this year’s clinic early.
Check-in for the 2014 Coaches’ Clinic will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the lobby of the Joe Craft Center.
Parking will be available only in the E lot located on the north side of the Joe Craft Center. Attendees must park in a legal parking spot in the E lots only (parking in R lots is not permitted).
Please note that participants of recruiting age (males or females currently in the 7th-12th grade, junior college or prep school) are not permitted to register for or attend the clinic.
Registration is available online and any clinic related questions can be called into the men’s basketball camp line at 859-257-9457 or 859-257-1916.
7:30 – 9 a.m.
9 – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome/Coach Cal introduction
9:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Pre-practice warm-up/stretch
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – noon
Q&A with Coach Calipari and staff
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)/facilities will be open for tour
1:30 – 3 p.m.
UK assistant coaches speaking presentations
3 – 5 p.m.
5 p.m.
Q&A with Coach Calipari and staff/closing remarks
*camp schedule subject to change

John Calipari Coaches’ Clinic
Date: Oct. 25, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (lunch on your own)
Check-in: 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Location: Joe Craft Center (338 Lexington Ave.)
Cost: $100 (registration will close on Oct. 22)

Keith Bogans Among Others To be Inducted Into the UK Athletics Hall Of Fame

Six University of Kentucky greats will be inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in late September. The 2014 class includes former UK student-athletes Keith Bogans (men’s basketball), Pat Etcheberry (track and field athlete/coach, also strength and conditioning coach), Marty Moore (football), Passion Richardson (track and field athlete/coach), Terry Shumpert (baseball) and Sarah Witten (women’s tennis). The class will be formally inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend, Sept. 26-27, in conjunction with the football game against Vanderbilt.

Keith Bogans, Men’s Basketball, 2000-03

Associated Press third-team All-America in 2003 in addition to National Association of Basketball Coaches second-team All-America honors … First-team All-SEC member (AP and Coaches) in 2003 and second-team All-SEC (AP and Coaches) in 2001 … Named 2003 SEC Tournament MVP and earned All-SEC Tournament team honors in 2001 … Made 2000 All-SEC Freshman Team … Ranks fourth on UK’s all-time scoring list with 1,923 points … Ranks second in UK history in three-point field goals made (254) and started the second-most games in UK history with 122 … Led UK to two Elite Eight finishes in the 2000 and 2003 NCAA Tournaments … 11 seasons in the NBA.

Pat Etcheberry, Track and Field, 1963-67 / Track and Field Assistant Coach 1967-79 / Track and Field Head Coach, 1979-84 / Strength and Conditioning Coach 1973-89

Former track athlete and coach who went on to become a world-renowned strength and conditioning trainer … Won the SEC championship in the javelin in 1966 … Throw of 220-11 ranks fourth in school history … Represented his native country of Chile in the 1964 Olympics … A participant in the 1967 and 1971 Pan American Games … Was UK assistant track coach for 12 years and head coach five years  … UK’s first strength and conditioning coach, a role he held from 1973-89 …  A legend in the field of sports fitness, Etcheberry has trained nearly two dozen tennis champions, 15 Olympic medalists and numerous world-class athletes, including Pete Sampras, Monica Seles, Nick Faldo, Dan Jansen and Charles Woodson, as well as former Wildcats Rex Chapman, Kenny Walker and Dermontti Dawson.

Marty Moore, Football, 1990-93

Linebacker who finished his playing days at UK ranking fourth in tackles with 470 … Named first-team All-SEC by both the Associated Press and Coaches in 1993 … UK’s Most Valuable Senior while helping lead the Wildcats to the 1993 Peach Bowl … AP second-team All-SEC as a junior … Led SEC in tackles as a sophomore and junior … Named to the Sophomore All-America team by Football News …UK’s Most Outstanding Linebacker for three consecutive years ... Two-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and received UK’s Senior Scholastic Award … Played in the East-West Shrine Game … Was the last pick of the 1994 NFL Draft, but defied the odds by earning a spot on the New England Patriots and went on to an eight-year career in the NFL.

Passion Richardson, Women’s Track and Field, 1994-97 / Track and Field Assistant Coach 2001-05

A bronze medalist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as she ran the anchor leg on the United States’ 4x100-meter relay team in the opening round and semifinals … Also the silver medalist in the 60-meter dash at the 1997 USA Indoor Championships … While at UK, was a four-time All-American in the 55 meters, 100 meters and 4x100-meter relay… Continues to hold the UK record at 60 meters, 100 meters and was part of the school-record 4x100-meter relay team … Was SEC bronze medalist at 100 meters in 1997 … She was on the World University Games Gold Medal 4x100-meter relay team in 1997 and took the silver medal in the same event at the Pan-American Games that same year … Later served as an assistant coach for UK track and field and is currently an academic counselor for UK Athletics.
Terry Shumpert, Baseball, 1985-87

Named an All-American in 1987 as a junior for the 40-15 Wildcats …First-team All-SEC as a sophomore and junior … All-SEC Tournament in 1987 … Prolific hitter finished his career with a .333 average after batting .364 as a sophomore and .376 as a junior … Belted 19 doubles in two different seasons … Is one of just five players in school history to hit 10 home runs and steal 20 bases (10-28) in a season (1986) … Ranks third in school history in stolen bases with 66 … Played for Team USA in the 1986 Amateur World Series .. Drafted in the second round of the 1987 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals … Played 14 years in the major leagues for six teams.

Sarah Witten, Women’s Tennis, 2000-03

Ranks as the only player in UK women’s tennis history to earn three consecutive All-America selections (doubles in 2001-03) … Remains one of only two players with four career All-America accolades (singles in 2003 and doubles in 2001-03) … Finished as the NCAA doubles runner-up in 2003 … Led UK to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2002 and 2003 … Ranked among the nation’s top doubles tandems in 2003 with two different players (No. 4 with Amy Trefethen and No. 14 with Nathalie Roels) … Coupled with teammate Carolina Mayorga to rank seventh in 2002 and 23rd in 2001 … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll three years.

The UK Athletics Hall of Fame was started in 2005 to recognize and honor persons whose participation and contributions enriched and strengthened the university’s athletic program. The charter class included 88 individuals who had previously had their jersey retired by UK.

There is a five-year waiting period – after leaving UK – to be eligible for inclusion into the Hall of Fame.  A committee consisting of Hall of Famers, media members, campus representatives, and current coaches and administrators elects new inductees each year.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Official Box-score From Kentucky Loss To Dominican Republic National Team

Notes From Kentucky's Loss To The Dominican Republic National Team

Kentucky Basketball Postgame Notes Dominican Republic 63, Kentucky 62 August 17, 2014
Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium

Team Records, Notes
  •   Kentucky finishes the Bahamas tour with a 5-1 record after suffering its first defeat of the trip today.

  •   Including a trip to Canada for an exhibition series in 2010, the Wildcats are now 7-1 in exhibition contests in the John Calipari era.

  •   Assistant coach John Robic served as Kentucky’s head coach in today’s contest.

  •   Kentucky shot 50.8 percent from the field in the six contests.

  •   Nine of 11 players who appeared in the contest scored in today’s game. UK had at least nine players score in all six games this week.

  •   Kentucky had 108 assists on 183 made field goals in the tournament.

    First Half Facts
  •   Kentucky used the starting lineup of Devin Booker, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress in all six games.

  •   Kentucky’s first subs off the bench remained the same with the squad of Dominique Hawkins, Marcus Lee, Karl-Anthony Towns, Tyler Ulis and Derek Willis.

  •   A 9-3 run by the Dominican’s lifts the designated visitors to a 19-17 advantage midway through the half.

  •   Kentucky trailed by as many as seven at 24-17, which was also the largest deficit in all six games in the Bahamas.

  •   UK’s second unit utilized a 13-3 run to cap the stanza which was highlighted by a Ulis running floater before the buzzer to give Kentucky a 36-29 lead at the break.

  •   Ulis led the scoring for Kentucky in the opening half with 10 points for his second straight double- digit performance. He also had a pair of assists and a steal.

  •   Towns and Lee led the rebounding effort with three apiece, while Ulis and Hawkins both had two assists.

  •   Poythress, Towns and Willis all had eight first half points to aid the Wildcat cause.

    Second Half Facts

    •   UK began the second half with its original starting lineup for the first time this tournament.

    •   Kentucky led for the entire second half until the final 30 seconds of play.

    •   UK held a 59-46 lead with under nine minutes to play.

    •   The Dominican Republic utilized a 17-3 run over the final eight minutes of action to earn the victory on a less than five-second made field goal by Jack Michael Martinez.

    •   Aaron Harrison had six second-half points to lead the scoring for the Wildcats.

    •   Ulis posted three assists in the half.

    •   Johnson had eight of his nine rebounds in the final stanza.

      Individual Notes

Dominique Hawkins scored seven points on 3-of-6 shooting from the floor. o Connected on his second 3-pointer of the tournament
o Hit 42.9 percent of his field goals in the six games

Dakari Johnson led the team with nine rebounds and had five points.

o Had a team-high 44 rebounds for the tournament
o Also posted a squad-best 16 offensive rebounds in the six contests

Karl-Anthony Towns logged 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.
o Also added three blocks, a tournament-high for any UK player
o Averaged 11 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the week

Tyler Ulis scored in double-figures with a team-high 12 points while also dishing out five assists.
o Scored in double-digits in two straight contests
o Notched 24 assists in the six games for an average of four a game
o Averaged 7.7 points and shot 47.4 percent from behind the arc for the tournament with a

squad-equaling high of nine 3-pointers

Derek Willis poured in 10 points and snagged three rebounds
o All four of his made field goals came by way of a dunk, he also had two made free throws o Scored 36 points in the six contests 

Cats Go 5-1 In The Bahamas Falling To The Dominican Republic Team 63-62

The Cats end their Big Blue Bahama Tour with a record of 5-1, losing their final game 63-62 to an Orlando Antigua coached Dominican Republic National team.

There is no doubt that fatigue played a huge part in today's loss to the Dominicans as you could tell that this Kentucky team didn't have the same type of energy that they showed in the other five games. Six games in eight days is a lot of basketball for anyone and that's a lot of wear on the body.

Throughout today's game, the starting five of the Harrison Twins, Devin Booker, Alex Poythress and Dakari Johnson looked slow on the offensive and defensive end of the floor. The urgency we witnessed at the beginning of this tour was not there at the end as time after time they gave up easy transition points and offensive rebounds. The second five of Ulis, Lee, Towns Jr., Willis and Hawkins were clearly the better team today as they displayed more energy and hustle than anyone else that stepped on the floor for the Cats, but in the end, that just wasn't enough. 

Me personally, the second five have been the most fun to watch the entire Bahamas trip. They played the best defense, a little better offense and gave the opposition a hard way to go on both ends of the floor.

In the end, how can anyone complain with what we've seen the past eight days? For a team to play the way Kentucky has against some very good teams is beyond impressive. Then you add in the fact that it's just the middle of August and you can't help but be excited about what were going to see come November.

I've received messages from fans of other schools saying they don't understand why Kentucky fans are so excited about how they played in the Bahamas because they aren't really playing anyone. Well, if the best French professional team and a team (The Dominican Republic International Team) that will be playing Team USA next week isn't good competition, then I don't know what is. Let's see ANYONE else in the country play the same teams in the same amount of time then take a look at their record. I bet at the end, they would love to finish 5-1.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Notes From Kentucky vs. Dominican Republic

Kentucky Basketball Postgame Notes
Kentucky 83, Dominican Republic National Team 71
August 15, 2014
Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium

Team Records, Notes
Kentucky improves to 4-0 on its 2014 exhibition tour in the Bahamas.
Including a trip to Canada for an exhibition series in 2010, the Wildcats are now 7-0 in exhibition contests in the John Calipari era.

Associated head coach Kenny Payne served as Kentucky’s head coach in today’s contest.
The Wildcats return to action on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. ET. UK will have a rematch with Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket. The Cats previously defeated the French pro team, 81-58, on Monday. 

UK dished out 18 assists and has combined for 76 assists in the four contests for an average of 19 dimes a game.  For the third consecutive game, the Wildcats shot better than 50 percent from the field. UK poured in 35 made field goals on a 51 percent shooting clip in today’s contest. 

Kentucky tied its Bahamas-tour high with six made 3-pointers. Alex Poythress and Tyler Ulis led the way as both players sunk two from long range. 

First Half Facts
Kentucky used the starting lineup of Devin Booker, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress for the fourth consecutive outing. Kentucky’s first subs off the bench remained the same with the squad of Dominique Hawkins, Marcus Lee, Karl-Anthony Towns, Tyler Ulis and Derek Willis.

The teams exchanged points back-and-forth to begin the half. Johnson scored UK’s first four points. Poythress ignites a UK run to take a 14-9 lead following a breakaway lay-in. 
Kentucky then goes on a 7-0 run to take a 32-24 lead with 7:42 remaining. The run was capped by a Booker 3-pointer.

UK did not allow the Dominicans to score a field goal over the final 4:03 of the half which sparked a stanza-ending 13-6 run to earn a 47-36 edge at the break. Johnson and Poythress led the way in the opening half. Johnson had eight points and eight rebounds, while Poythress posted 13 points and four rebounds.

Second Half Facts
UK began the second half with Hawkins, Lee, Towns, Ulis and Willis in the lineup for the fourth straight game. That unit opened the half on another quick run sparked by consecutive alley-oop dunks by Lee.  

The run stretched to as many as 9-0 with a Hawkins’ floater ending the spurt. 
With 13 minutes remaining in the half, Johnson secured a double-double becoming the third different Wildcat to have double-digits in both points and rebounds during the exhibition contests. 

The Dominicans, however, did not go away and clawed back to within 12 at 68-56.
Towns had eight points and six rebounds after the break. 

Poythress contributed seven points to become the first player to reach the 20-point plateau during the trip.

Individual Notes

Andrew Harrison posted eight points and added a team-high six assists.
Has four or more assists in all four games
Totaled 21 assists in four games for an average of 5.25 assists per outing

Dakari Johnson secured a double-double with 10 points and a squad-best 12 boards.
Is the third different player to register a double-double in the Bahamas
Averaging 8.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in the four contests
One of three players with at least 10 offensive rebounds

Marcus Lee scored eight points and added a trio of rebounds
Has made 10 field goals in the last two games that have all come by way of a jam
Averaging 9.5 points and is shooting 73.9 percent from the floor

Alex Poythress led the team with 20 points and contributed five rebounds.
Leads the team averaging 15 points a game
Also contributing 7.3 rebounds Shooting at a team-high 74.2 percent from the floor
One of two players to score in double-digits in all four games.

Karl-Anthony Towns posted 12 points and seven rebounds in today’s win.
Had eight points and six rebounds after the half Averaging 12.8 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game Is one of two players to score in double-figures in all four games

Boxscore From Today's Kentucky vs. Dominican Republic Game