Saturday, August 30, 2014

Anthony Davis LOVES Playing For USA Basketball



On the heels of being called "The Next Super Star in The NBA" by the New York Times, Anthony Davis gives you another reason to respect what he does on and off the court with a simple Facebook post...


"I love playing for USA Basketball, I think some guys look at it as you don't get paid, so you don't have to play, or whatever. But, that's their own opinions. I love playing here, I love playing the game of basketball. Any time I get a chance to represent my country on the court, get to meet and interact with the servicemen and women who do so much for us, it's a great opportunity to kind of show your appreciation. I love doing things like this and I look forward to future years when I get a chance to play with USA Basketball as well."

There's no REAL way of knowing if Anthony Davis will in-fact be the "next superstar" of the NBA, but with an attitude like this, he is well on his way.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

First Game At Commonwealth Stadium



Since Kentucky's first football game of the season is this Saturday I thought this was fitting. 

This is a photo of fans going to a football game on September 15, 1973 when Kentucky played their first game in the NEW Commonwealth Stadium against Virginia Tech. The Cats won 31-24.


Also, the Twitter account that posted this picture is worth following. @KYPhotoArchive They post some pretty interesting stuff...


Time Set For Kentucky vs. Buffalo Mens Basketball Game



The game time for the Kentucky-Buffalo contest slated for Sunday, Nov. 16 at Rupp Arena, has been set for noon ET on ESPNU.

The game marks the first time the two programs will meet on the hardwood.


Some New Additions To The UK Mens Basketball Staff



The UK men’s basketball program has added Joel Justus as the director of men’s basketball analytics and Robert Harris as assistant strength and conditioning coach, head coach John Calipari announced Thursday.

Justus’ main responsibilities will include analyzing player and team performance, utilizing various stats and data to help develop efficient strategies through video.

Justus comes to UK after serving as the head coach at Davidson Day High School in Davidson, N.C., since 2012. In both years at the helm, he guided the Patriots to the Elite Eight in the state tournament.

Prior to his time at Davidson Day, Justus served as the head boys’ basketball coach at Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry, Va., from 2008-12. During his time at Woodberry Forest, he guided his team to the Virginia Prep League regular season championship in 2010, while advancing to the Virginia Prep League championship game in consecutive years, a first in more than two decades.

Justus has spent time in college basketball, as an assistant coach at Elon University from 2004-08, where he helped guide the Phoenix to a Northern Division title in 2006 and the Southern Conference championship game in 2008.

A 2004 graduate of UNC Wilmington, he helped the Seahawks as a student-athlete capture two Colonial Athletic Association titles, made three postseason appearances (NIT in 2001; NCAAs in 2002 and 2003) and was team captain his senior season.

Harris joins the program as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the men’s basketball team. He came to UK after serving as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for football at the University of Arkansas.

Prior to his stint at Arkansas, Harris worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals for three years. With the Bengals, Harris was responsible for assisting in the development of the programs and weight room operations.

He began his career as an intern with Kentucky’s football strength and conditioning program in 2009 before joining the Velocity Sports Performance staff. With Velocity, he assisted head performance coaches with workouts and assisted with development programs for NFL draft prospects.

Harris then joined Ohio State’s football program as an intern assisting with the coordinating and implementation of strength training and conditioning programs for the Buckeyes. 

A member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, he is certified as a Performance Enhancement Specialist by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, as well as a USA Weightlifting Club Coach. Harris is also certified by the National Association of Speed and Explosion, as well as Functional Movement Systems.

Harris is a graduate of Kentucky State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education in 2009. He earned a master’s degree at Eastern Kentucky University in Sports Administration in 2010.



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.
SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
Time
Activity
7:30 – 9 a.m.
Check-in/registration
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.
Practice
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.
Practice
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.