• #1351 by jbcarol on 24 Apr 2017
  • Recruiting Ratings for 2017's All-SEC Selections

    Consensus (AP and Coaches) All-SEC First Team

    G Malik Monk – Kentucky, 6-3, 200, Freshman, Lepanto, Ark.                     9 in '16

    G Sindarius Thornwell – South Carolina, 6-5, 211, Senior, Lancaster, S.C.   41 in '13

    G J.J. Frazier – Georgia, 5-10, 155, Senior, Glennville, Ga.      2-star, #68 PG  in '13

    G De’Aaron Fox – Kentucky, 6-3, 187, Freshman, Houston, Texas               6 in '16

    F Sebastian Saiz – Mississippi, 6-9, 240, Senior, Madrid, Spain   2-star, #41 C in '12

    And the rest

    KeVaughn Allen  UF   North Little Rock '15  #56

    Yante Maten       UG  Bloomfield Hills '14    #39 PF

    Luke Kornet       VU   Argyle '13                 #36 PF (VU legacy)

    Moses Kingsley  Ark  Huntington Prep '13   #43

    Kasey Hill          UF   Montverde Acad '13   #10

    Bam Adebayo    UK   High Point Christ '16  #5

    Antonio Blakeney LS Orlando Oak Ridge '15 #15  (UofL recruit)

    Q Weatherspoon MS  Velma Jackson '15    #33 SG

    Robert Hubbs III UF  Dyer County '13       #29

    Tyler Davis       A&M  Plano West '15         #27

    Robert Williams A&M North Caddo '15       #50

    Note: Coaches honored underachieving seniors via the second team

    All-SEC Freshman (not included as 1st nor 2nd Team)

    Braxton Key       UA  Oak Hill Academy '16  #33

    Mustapha Heron AU  Sacred Heart '16         #25

    Lamar Peters     MS  NOLA LB Landry '16    #23 PG

    Grant Williams   UT  Char Providence Day '16  #26 PF

    Note:  The SEC All-Defensive Team were all named to an All-SEC Team
  • #1352 by jbcarol on 24 Apr 2017
  • Some of those Top 100* 2017 commits to SEC schools

      1. Michael Porter, Jr., 6-10, SF, Mixxou

      6. Collin Sexton, 6-2, PG, Alabama

    11. PJ Washington, 6-8, PF, Kentucky

    16. Nick Richards, 6-10, C, Kentucky

    18. Jarred Vanderbilt, 6-8, PF, Kentucky

    21. John Petty, 6-5, SG, Alabama

    23. Quade Green, 6-1, PG, Kentucky

    33. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, 6-5, PG, Florida Kentucky

    34. Nick Weatherspoon, 6-2, PG, Mississippi State

    38. Rayshaun Hammonds, 6-7, SF, Georgia

    44. Daniel Gafford, 6-10, C, Arkansas

    47. Chuma Okeke, 6-7, SF, Auburn

    55. Khalil Garland, 6-6, SF, Arkansas

    59. Isaiah Stokes, 6-8, C, Florida

    60. Davion Mitchell, 6-1, PG, Auburn

    62. DeAundre Ballard, 6-6, SG, Florida

    76. Galen Alexander, 6-7, SF, LSU

    78. Savion Flagg, 6-6, SF, Texas A&M

    92. JaMarko Pickett, 6-7, PF, DC Massanutten Military, Ole Miss

    95. Chase Johnson, 6-8, PF, Huntington Prep, Florida

    96. Blake Harris, 6-3, PG, Word of God, Mizzou

    Former Top 100

    Alex Reese, 6-9, PF, Pelham, Alabama [#24 PF]

    Saben Lee, 6-1, PG, Tempe Corona Del Sol, Vanderbilt [#40 PG]

    Devontae Shuler, 6-1, SG, Oak Hill, Ole Miss [#28 SG]

    * 2017 Player Rankings
  • #1353 by jbcarol on 30 Apr 2017
  • Hamidou Diallo would hardly be UK’s first ‘none-and-done’

    Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo is entering his name in the NBA Draft — but leaving himself the option to return to college by not retaining an agent —

    (I am defining “none-and-done” as players who actually made it to the UK campus but did not end up playing. That eliminated Bill “Poodles” Willoughby, who signed with UK for 1975-76 but instead turned pro out of high school)

    A homesick 7-foot-4 German, Gunther Behnke came to Lexington to start school for the 1984-85 season, he lasted only five days.

    “(Behnke) wouldn’t leave his high school girlfriend,” Hall told me in 2015. “When we recruited him, his father promised me he would stay (at UK), that he wouldn’t let him leave. But Gunther called his Dad every day for five days. On the fifth day, the father called me and said, ‘I know what I said, but I’m going to let him come home.’”

    Until Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns, many considered Shawn Kemp the most talented player ever to choose UK.

    When Kemp, an athletically explosive 6-foot-11 power forward from Elkhart, Ind., signed with Kentucky and Eddie Sutton for the 1988-89 season, he had to sit out the year after failing to qualify under NCAA freshman eligibility requirements.

    Some two months into Kemp’s first semester at UK, someone stole some gold chains belonging to Cats point guard Sean Sutton. Kemp subsequently tried to pawn the chains.

    “I’m not a thief,” Kemp later told Sports Illustrated...

    An offensively-skilled 6-11 center from Turkey, Enes Kanter had originally committed to Washington but signed with Kentucky before the 2010-11 season.

    However, Kanter’s status as an amateur basketball player — and therefore his college eligibility —
  • #1354 by jbcarol on 14 May 2017
  • Who should UK fans blame for Adebayo’s departure? UK Coach John Calipari

    Calipari convinced him to enter this year’s NBA Draft, Adebayo said

    “He felt like I was doubting my potential,” Adebayo said of Calipari’s reaction. “It was, like, ‘What’s wrong with you?’”

    When Adebayo assured the UK coach that he did not have doubts, Calipari replied, “Then go!”

    Although mock drafts have Adebayo being drafted late in the first round or early in the second round, Calipari suggested a much earlier selection was not only likely, but all but inevitable.

    “I’ll be stunned if he’s not a lottery pick,” Calipari said Thursday.
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    Who scored 40 total points and didn’t play in Kentucky’s final 19 games last season?

    A: 6-foot-10 former McDonald’s All-American Sacha Killeya-Jones

    “We’ve been in the gym every day the last two weeks since he’s been home,” said Gilbert Abraham, a North Carolina-based personal trainer who worked with Killeya-Jones since he was in ninth grade. “He’s focused, he’s driven, he understands what he has to do now and he has a plan. I’m really excited for him.”

    Killeya-Jones fell behind his talented teammates as a freshman last season and, to many fans’ surprise, was banished to the bench by late January. He played in just 15 games, a total of 96 minutes. So what happened and why will next season be different?

    “He was the youngest guy on that team last year; he’s younger than several of the freshmen coming in this year,” Abraham said. “Some of the other guys were more prepared, and I don’t know how prepared from a maturity standpoint he was. When he started to get acclimated, he started to get better. That’s how he’s been since high school. Once he gets comfortable, he gets better and better and better.”

    Sources close to the Kentucky program told SEC Country that, while he didn’t play, Killeya-Jones turned a corner in practice over the final month of the season and began to turn heads. He carried that momentum into the offseason, motivated by an opportunity for playing time.

    That prospect improved when Bamba picked the Longhorns. Now it’ll be Killeya-Jones or 5-star freshman 7-footer Nick Richards — or a combination of both — in the 5 spot for the Wildcats next season. No longer crippled by the enormous expectations of playing for Kentucky, Killeya-Jones is instead energized by the challenge.

    “You get to a point where you stop putting the wrong kind of pressure on yourself and you just go out and prepare,” Abraham said. “You just have to make sure you stay ready, and when the opportunity presents itself, you strike. He doesn’t have any control over when Coach [John Calipari] may call his name, but he does control over how he prepares. That’s what I’ve been preaching to him.

    “Some people get that chance and they lack the talent to capitalize. He does not lack the talent. Actually, he has a pretty complete skillset offensively. There’s not much he can’t do.”
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  •  Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 24h24 hours ago

    The SEC will be loaded with quality freshmen in 17-18. One key one that is slightly off-the-radar? A&M's J.J. Caldwell. Game changer at PG.
  • #1360 by jbcarol on 29 May 2017

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    The odd man out yet again in his second season for the Kentucky Wildcats, struggled to earn consistent rotation minutes in the front court while playing alongside the likes of Skal Labissiere, Marcus Lee, Bam Adebayo and others.

    After averaging just over eight minutes per game this season, the lowest among prospects in our top 100, Humphries made the decision to forego his final two years of eligibility and pursue a professional career.

    Measured at 7'0 at the 2016 Kentucky team combine, Humphries has good height for a big man, to go along with a strong 260 pound frame, but his 7'0 wingspan and 8'11 standing reach are closer to those of a power forward than an NBA center ideally. His lack of length and reach hurts his ability to protect the rim from the center position and he does not make up for that with tremendous athleticism to compensate, often struggling with the quickness of more dynamic collegiate big men. His best case to carve out a role looks to be to trim down his frame and try to improve his explosiveness while increasing his ability to move laterally in space to be able to play away from the rim.

    While Humphries didn't display a high level of athleticism the past two seasons, he was able to hold his own at times while playing for the Australian national team in the past, and he has a solid motor -

    Had a big game in his last game when Dadgum Roy apparently did not have him on the scouting report but still got the win.
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  • Briefly a Top 100 recruit, Willis played in the same region as Mekale McKay.

    “I held myself back,” Willis said.

    Willis was a constant on the floor for the Wildcats during the last two seasons, averaging 18.6 minutes per game in 2015-16 and then 21.9 this past season. His practice method, though, is what kept him from reaching his peak as a collegiate player.

    “I had the wrong approach about it. [When practice ended] I’d just pretty much leave the gym and go with friends and do whatever. I could have spent another hour and worked on really anything. I had the wrong mental approach about it, and I think that’s what held me back.”

    Willis’ best year came as a junior, when he averaged 7.7 points per game and shot 48 percent from the floor. His three point shooting was impressive that season as well, as he averaged 44 percent from beyond the arc.

    With the new approach, Willis is hoping to continue his career wherever he is wanted.

    This article was replayed with minor changes after each Willis season and sometimes mid-season.
  • #1363 by jbcarol on 03 Jun 2017

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    Games will be moved to a rotation of cities beginning in 2018; no future cities have been finalized at this time.

    “We’re going to try to get back to the roots,” Lewicki told Chicago Business. “We learned a lot on how to run it more efficiently, but it also became a little stale. We need to get that freshness back, we need to make sure the game keeps the luster of what it is as a premiere game, and part of that is moving it.”

    Before its stint in Chicago, the Games had always rotated to different cities.

    Games had successful years in the Windy City from 2011-14 with local stars like Anthony Davis...
  • #1364 by jbcarol on 16 Jun 2017
  • Evan Daniels‏Verified account @EvanDaniels 14h14 hours ago

    I'll never understand the desire for players to be listed as PG's, but then have the desire to shoot/score it EVERY time they bring it up.
  • #1365 by jbcarol on 18 Jun 2017
  • Jerry Tipton: UK bench warmers rate higher as NBA prospects than all-SEC players

    Any collection of mind-blowing topics of conversation — must include’s list of the top NBA prospects from the Southeastern Conference.

    Kentucky’s Sacha Killeya-Jones, who did not play after Jan. 21, rates higher than Georgia’s Yante Maten, an all-SEC first-team selection who averaged 18.2 points and 6.8 rebounds.

    Kentucky’s Tai Wynyard, who did not play after Feb. 7 and scored one basket after Nov. 28, rated higher than Ole Miss forward Sebastian Saiz, who averaged a double-double (15.1 ppg, 11.4 rpg).

    Fran Fraschilla, a NBA Draft analyst for ESPN: “Teams have determined over the course of time that you’d better get your hands on young developing talent with a high chance of upside as opposed to an occasional veteran who played all four (college) years who they see as having the potential to be a good NBA player. But not great.”

    Del Harris said. “They can see them on that practice floor. Cal gets so many (players), they can’t play.”

    As an example, Harris cited Isaac Humphries, who rates ahead of Quinndary Weatherspoon (all-SEC second team), Saiz and Maten on the list.

    “People have seen him in practice, and they know, hey, this guy ain’t that bad,” Harris said. “He’s big and can do some things.”

    When told that Saiz averaged a double-double in games, Harris laughed and said, “I guess (NBA) people, they don’t go down to Mississippi as much as they do to Lexington.”
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  • 6-foot-11 Wiley joins Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo and P.J. Washington, as well as five-star prep standouts Louis King, Romeo Langford, Immanuel Quickley and Cameron Reddish on the final roster.

    Auburn freshman forward Chuma Okeke, who made Tuesday's preliminary cuts, did not make the final roster after sustaining a knee injury that cut his tryout short. Okeke is returning to Auburn on Thursday to undergo further evaluations on his left knee.
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    “Austin was the most physical player at the U19 trials and the fact that his motor always runs were two things that jumped out at Coach (John) Calipari and that coaching staff," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said on a teleconference call Monday. "I think the adjustments Austin would have made from last year to this year, he’s much quicker, and he’s much more explosive.  He’s always been fast, but now he’s utilizing that speed to his advantage."

    Pearl likes to call the Olympics a "family tradition" for Wiley — his mother Vickie Orr won a bronze medal as a member of the 1992 USA Olympic basketball team —

    "It means an awful lot to him," Pearl said.

    Just more
  • #1371 by jbcarol on 30 Jun 2017

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    Auburn sophomore Austin Wiley helped lift the USA U19 team to an exhibition win against France on Thursday as the team prepares for the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup this weekend.

    Wiley finished with nine and seven: "We played a tough France team. They were pretty good. We just played hard and were more physical, and we came out with a good W."

    "We rebounded well," Team USA coach John Calipari said. "I think our big guys, (including) Wiley are playing well."
  • #1372 by jbcarol on 30 Jun 2017
  •  Jeff Borzello‏Verified account @jeffborzello 5h5 hours ago

    Three ESPN 100 prospects set to make their announcements today: Taeshon Cherry (No. 20), Cole Swider (No. 48) and Marcus Bingham (No. 97).
  • #1373 by jbcarol on 09 Jul 2017

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    Team USA fell to Canada, 99-87, in the semifinals of the FIBA U19 World Cup tourney.

    Auburn's Austin Wiley had another double-double for Team USA, his third of the tournament and his second in as many games. The rising sophomore finished with 13 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.

    P.J. Washington led Team USA with 17 points and 11 rebounds...
  • #1374 by jbcarol on 09 Jul 2017
  • Jerry Tipton: A&M star veers from UK course as one-and-not-done

    Counting this year’s NBA Draft, Kentucky has had 31 players picked since John Calipari became coach. That’s almost twice as many players as the school with the second most selected: Duke with 17.

    The NBA Draft’s Big Blue tint beginning in 2010 includes as many first-round selections from Kentucky (24) as from Duke (14) and Kansas combined (10). The same is true of lottery picks: UK 17, Duke eight, Kansas nine.

    So Kentucky’s path to the NBA is well worn. But, of course, it’s not the only way to try to reach the summit of pro basketball fame and fortune.

    This year saw Robert Williams of Texas A&M veer wildly off the course taken annually by multiple UK players, several of whom were significantly less accomplished as college freshmen.

    Williams was voted second-team All-Southeastern Conference, the league’s Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Freshman Team for 2016-17.

    Yet, he chose to return to A&M next season.


    “Robert is a unique kid,” A&M assistant coach Amir Abdur-Rahim said recently. “Very smart, very focused kid. . . . He’s able to do something a lot of kids have a tough time doing, and that is self-evaluate.”
  • #1375 by jbcarol on 10 Jul 2017
  •  Jeff Goodman‏Verified account @GoodmanESPN 12h12 hours ago

    Ben Simmons said he has learned how to write out a check in the past year, but admitted he still doesn't know how to do the laundry.

  • #1376 by jbcarol on 15 Jul 2017

  • ...the same schools and are recruiting me harder.

    Florida State, Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech
  • #1377 by jbcarol on 17 Jul 2017
  •  Jeff Borzello‏Verified account @jeffborzello 16h16 hours ago

    ESPN 100 guard Noah Locke picked up an offer from NC State today. Added one from West Virginia on Friday.

    Florida and Mizzou are on the radar
  • #1378 by jbcarol on 17 Jul 2017

  •  Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 1h1 hour ago

    Recruiting in the SEC has become like shaving. If you take a day off, somebody notices.
  • #1379 by jbcarol on 20 Jul 2017
  •  Jeff Borzello‏Verified account @jeffborzello 2h2 hours ago

    At @UAassociation All-American Camp for next few days - around 20 college players also here. Texas A&M's Robert Williams the main attraction

    Jay Wright, Chris Holtmann and Mike White among the head coaches watching ESPN 100 guard Elijah Weaver.

    Darius Days' stock continues to rise. Louisville, Virginia Tech, Xavier, Florida State, USC, Texas A&M all represented for him today.

    All eight on Devon Dotson's school list watching him this morning, including Bill Self, Andy Enfield, Mike White and Jim Larranaga.

    A&M's Robert Williams looks far more confident in his face-up game than last season. Comfortable shooting mid-range/baseline jumpers.
  • #1380 by jbcarol on 20 Jul 2017

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    AUGUSTA, Ga. — Kamaka Hepa’s pursuit of becoming the first Inupiaq (Eskimo) to play in the NBA took him to Nike’s Peach Invitational last week, where he stepped on the court as a top 50 prospect being pursued by Shaka Smart, Mark Few and a dozen other coaches 3,700 miles from his hometown of Barrow, Alaska.
  • #1381 by jbcarol on 23 Jul 2017
  • 2018 ESPN 100

    10. Jontay Porter  Mizzou

    17. Reggie Perry     State

    27. Javonte Smart   LSU

    30. EJ Montgomery   AU

    87. Ethan Henderson  Ark

  • #1382 by jbcarol on 24 Jul 2017

  • These guys play together, they stay together - for one year

     Jeff Goodman‏Verified account @GoodmanESPN
    Replying to @KyleTucker_SEC @AdamZagoria

    Someone needs to track the "package deal" stories Zags has written over last decade -and how many actually went down. @BSnowScout has time.