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  • #101 by jbcarol on 05 Jan 2013
  • SI's Mannix: NBA Draft Big Board (SEC)

    1. Nerlens Noel: NBA exec: "he has a motor, and with bigs the hardest thing to find is a motor."

    8. Alex Poythress: Consistency a problem, frequent target of Calipari: poor defense and intensity. Scouts love ability in paint but not seeing small forward skills.

    10. Archie Goodwin: Scout: pound for pound he's as good as anybody in the NBA right now... When he gets stronger watch out.

  • #102 by jbcarol on 05 Jan 2013
  • South Carolina starting shooting guard LaShay Page declared academically ineligible for rest of season

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    Frank Martin had little time to recruit the type of program-changing players he covets. He was, however, able to land a newcomer experienced with winning — something the Gamecocks desperately needed.

    From the moment shooting guard LaShay Page arrived to spend his fifth and final season of eligibility playing for USC, Martin praised Page for his leadership of a team with just one other senior. On the court, Page scored 11.7 points per game, second on the team, while playing nine of USC’s first 12 contests. He struggled with shooting recently, but was unquestionably a valuable asset.

    With one non-conference game remaining before Martin dives into his first SEC schedule, he will no longer have Page as a transition piece. USC announced Friday that Page was declared academically ineligible for the rest of the season.

    The Gamecocks conclude non-conference play by hosting S.C. State today, and they also will not have their No. 3 scorer, wing player Michael Carrera, who averages 10.4 points and will miss his second straight game with a hip injury.

    They likely will not have Bruce Ellington, their starting point guard for the past two seasons. Ellington has rejoined the basketball team now that his duties as a football wide receiver are finished for the season. But Martin said he plans to rest Ellington today and have him return to practice Sunday or Monday. USC opens SEC play Wednesday at Mississippi State. Ellington, USC’s No. 2 scorer last season, has played in four games this season.

    Now, the Gamecocks will not have Page, whose ineligibility leaves juniors Brenton Williams and Brian Richardson to take on larger roles.
  • #103 by jbcarol on 05 Jan 2013
  • Monteverde Academy C Dakari Johnson picks Kentucky over Georgetown and Syracuse.
  • #104 by jbcarol on 05 Jan 2013
  • Here's an update on some of those Top 100 recruits from '13 class rankings, including Bobby Portis and Kingsley, that have committed to and/or signed with SEC schools:

    3  PG  Andrew Harrison Richmond, TX        Kentucky
    4  SG  Aaron Harrison  Richmond, TX         Kentucky
    7  PG  Kasey Hill      Monteverde Academy  Florida
    9  PF  Chris Walker   Holmes County          Florida
    10 SG James Young  Rochester Hills, MI    Kentucky
    13 PF Jarell Martin    Baton Rouge Madison Prep  LSU
    15 C  Dakari Johnson  Montverde Academy Kentucky
    16 PF  Bobby Portis  Hall                          Arkansas
    22 SG  Robert Hubbs  Dyer Co., TN            Tennessee
    24 SG  Sindarius Thornwell  Oak Hill          South Carolina
    33 PF  Johnathan Williams  Memphis Southwind  Mizzou
    36 PF  Jordan Mickey  Dallas Prime Prep     LSU
    38 PF  Derrick Griffin  Rosenberg, TX BF Terry  A&M
    39 C   Marcus Lee  Antioch, CA Deer Valley  Kentucky
    52  C  Moses Kingsley  Huntington Prep     Arkansas
    62  C  Jimmie Taylor  Greensboro, AL         Bama
    81 SF  Tim Quarterman  Savannah             LSU
    97 PF  Shannon Hale  Arden, NC Christ       Bama
  • #105 by jbcarol on 07 Jan 2013
  • Missouri gets pledge from juco Post player

    The Tigers landed a verbal commitment from junior college center Keanau Post yesterday. Post is a 6-foot-11, 260-pound sophomore at Southwestern Illinois College.

    Rivals.com doesn't give him a rating, and he's listed as a three-star prospect by Scout.com. But Harrington said he has improved his game significantly in the past year.

    A native of Victoria, British Columbia, he enrolled at SWIC after attending Westwind Preparatory Academy in Phoenix.

    Post had surgeries on both knees in August 2011...

    The Tigers will lose seniors Laurence Bowers and Alex Oriakhi from the frontcourt after this season.

    PRESSEY HONORED BY SEC
    Point guard Phil Pressey was named the Southeastern Conference player of the week

    http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2013/jan/07/missouri-gets-pledge-from-juco-post-player
  • #106 by jbcarol on 07 Jan 2013
  • #107 by jbcarol on 11 Jan 2013
  • UK Soph Kyle Wiltjer was a top 25 prospect from his class and is now in Calipari's dog house after being picked on as the weak link by Vandy.

    http://ukbasketball.bloginky.com/2013/01/11/vandy-cal-target-wiltjers-defense/

    “Unacceptable.”

    That’s the word Kentucky Coach John Calipari used to describe Kyle Wiltjer’s defense — or lack thereof — in UK’s 60-58 victory at Vanderbilt Thursday night.

    Calipari said that Vandy scored 14 of its 24 first-half points against Wiltjer.

    Vandy players Rod Odom, Shelby Moats and Kedren Johnson exchanged self-conscious smiles when asked if Wiltjer was targeted.

    After a pause, Moats said that Vandy talked in several timeout huddles about trying to get points from the player guarded by Wiltjer.

    When asked how often Vandy targeted an opponent in such a way, Johnson said, “Not every game. We just felt we had an advantage.”

    Said Johnson of Wiltjer, “He’s not too quick sideways.”
  • #108 by jbcarol on 11 Jan 2013
  • UK Fr. Alex Poythress, a top 10 prospect in the '12 class is in Calipari's doghouse.

    http://ukbasketball.bloginky.com/2013/01/11/charging-calls-complicate-homecoming-for-poythress/

    Poythress, who grew up in Cooksville, Tenn., fouled out of UK’s 60-58 victory at Vanderbilt.

    UK Coach John Calipari noted a lack of aggressiveness at times. Vandy grabbed 20 offensive rebounds and won the boards 42-37.

    “You can’t let it happen,” Calipari said of gettable rebounds that eluded Poythress. “It’s unacceptable.”

    Calipari suggested Poythress adopt an attitude of “I have to make it a point: I’m not getting outworked.”

  • #109 by jbcarol on 12 Jan 2013
  • 2008 4-star SG Elston Turner had 25 points in the first half for A&M in Rupp. Turner trailed UK's team by only six. Turner finished with 40 to lead A&M to a road win.


    USA Today Sports
  • #110 by jbcarol on 14 Jan 2013
  • SEC Men's Basketball Players of the Week

    A&M’s Elston Turner, a 6-foot-5, 212-pound senior guard from Sacramento, Calif., was named SEC Player of the Week after averaging 27.5 points on 64.5 percent shooting to go with seven rebounds and three assists in wins over Arkansas and at Kentucky. He made an incredible 14-of-19 shots in the win at Kentucky, including 6-of-10 from beyond 3-point range, to become the first Aggie to reach the 40-point plateau since Jan. 5, 1985. Additionally, Turner became just the third opponent to score 40 or more points against the Wildcats at Rupp Arena. Earlier in the week, Turner tallied 15 points and a career-best eight rebounds in a win over Arkansas, Texas A&M’s first-ever SEC win.

    Mississippi State’s Craig Sword, a 6-foot-3, 189-pound freshman guard from Montgomery, Ala., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 17 points, 3.5 rebounds and two steals in wins over South Carolina and at Georgia.

    http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/NEWS/tabid/473/Article/240776/sec-mens-basketball-players-of-the-week.aspx
  • #111 by jbcarol on 14 Jan 2013
  • Vanderbilt could be without starting point guard and leading scorer [and top 100 recruit from the '11 class] Kedren Johnson when it hosts Ole Miss on Tuesday night.

    Johnson suffered another partial dislocation of his right shoulder in the second half of a 56-33 loss to Arkansas on Saturday night. The sophomore from Marshall County had a similar injury in December.

    http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130114/SPORTS0602/301140055/Kedren-Johnson-s-status-unknown-Tuesday
  • #112 by jbcarol on 16 Jan 2013
  • He’s like Kentucky’s Tim Tebow, but with better hair.

    Our thanks to @nerlensnoel3 for stopping by our Lexington Basketball League tonight. Always great to see him.twitpic.com/bvbqpt

    — Special Olympics KY (@sokentucky) January 15, 2013

    http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=125540
  • #113 by jbcarol on 16 Jan 2013
  • Top 40 recruit and Deer Valley big man Marcus Lee is averaging 19 points, 22 rebounds and 7 blocks a game.

    (small sample of the competition is included in the video at the link)
    http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=125550
  • #114 by sasnakrafan on 17 Jan 2013
  • http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/highschool-prep-rally/prep-superstar-karl-towns-jr-records-quadruple-double-223503260.html


    Most likely Kentucky. He is from the Dominican Republic and plays on their national team and attends school in New Jersey. His name is Karl Towns Jr. Coach Calipari is coaching the Dominican National Team.. wonder if he spotted the kid so early on that he set his sites on that team so he could get a leg up in recruiting- not that he needs it.
  • #115 by jry04 on 18 Jan 2013
  • Didn't Qualls have a quadruple double? Or was it a triple double and a few blocks away from a quadruple?
  • #116 by jbcarol on 19 Jan 2013
  • Top 2013 prospects that list an SEC school:

    SF Andrew Wiggins  Huntington Prep (WV)   Kentucky among others
    PF Julius Randle  Plano Prestonwood Christian  Florida, UK among others
    PF Aaron Gordon San Jose Archbishop Mitty  Kentucky and others
    SG Keith Frazier  Dallas Justin F Kimball        A&M, Auburn, et al.
    PF Demetrius Henry  Fort Pierce, FL Faith Baptist  South Carolina and host of others

  • #117 by jbcarol on 20 Jan 2013
  • #118 by jbcarol on 20 Jan 2013
  • Poll: What player is most vital to the success of UT men's basketball the rest of the season?

    RESPONSE      PERCENT   
    Jarnell Stokes   36%   
    Trae Golden   29%

    http://www.govolsxtra.com/polls/2013/jan/0121gvxpoll/results/
  • #119 by jbcarol on 20 Jan 2013
  • Blackman point guard picks Vanderbilt

    6-foot-4 Darius Blackman point guard and son of Cumberland coach Lonnie Thompson committed Saturday to Vanderbilt, . (sic)


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    “I wanted to wait and see what place I felt most comfortable,” Thompson said. “When I went to Vanderbilt, I felt really comfortable. I just knew this is where I wanted to go.”

    Thompson can’t sign until the regular signing period, which begins April 17. Several other schools recruited him since the early signing period. Auburn, Butler, MTSU, N.C. State, Purdue and others made offers. Texas A&M also recruited Thompson.

    Blackman coach Barry Wortman said MTSU recruited Thompson harder than any other school. MTSU offered Thompson a scholarship during his junior year.

    “Darius had many great opportunities including Murray State, Butler, Tennessee and MTSU,” Wortman said.
  • #120 by jbcarol on 22 Jan 2013
  • Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello
    Just did a radio show in Arkansas. Radio host there loves him some I.J. Ready, says Bulldogs got 'em a big-time guard for next fall.

  • #121 by jbcarol on 23 Jan 2013
  • http://vaughtsviews.com/uk-signee-derek-willis-getting-more-comfortable-on-and-off-the-court/

    Willis was '12 co-Region MVP (Louisville area) with Mekale McKay. He had fallen out of the Top 100 for '13. Willis will have to wait to see if his performance in the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions will help his case.
  • #122 by jbcarol on 25 Jan 2013
  • Marshall Henderson was a Scout 3-star in the 2009 class before committing to Utah.



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  • #123 by jbcarol on 28 Jan 2013
  • SEC Players of the Week

    Florida’s Scottie Wilbekin, a 6-foot-2, 176-pound junior guard from Gainesville, Fla., was named SEC Player of the Week after averaging 15 points, six assists and two rebounds in wins at Georgia and at Mississippi State...

    The Rock PG was a two-star in the 2010 class out of Gainesville.

    Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel, a 6-foot-10, 244-pound freshman forward from Everett, Mass., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging nine points, 10.5 rebounds and seven blocks against Alabama and LSU. Noel logged a career-high eight blocks in a set-back at Alabama before stretching his streak of six or more blocks in a game to five-straight games with six against LSU. He has now logged 83 blocks on the season which ranks as the second-most in a single-season in UK history...

    Noel was #1 in the 2012 class.
  • #124 by jbcarol on 31 Jan 2013
  • Marcus Lee will be a participant in the 2013 McDonald’s All-American game, his high school coach told Ben Roberts at the H-L today.  The rosters won’t officially be announced until Valentine’s Day, but the Deer Valley High basketball coach leaked out the exciting news this morning.

    http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=126643

  • #125 by jbcarol on 02 Feb 2013
  • Nerlens Noel has blocked one of every nine shots put up against the Wildcats in Southeastern Conference play.

    http://www.aggiesports.com/mens_basketball/article_ee5464d9-8217-5404-8f1a-3d973564e907.html

    Noel had six blocks against Ole Miss after he picked up his fourth foul on the road against a Top 20 team with All-SEC players on the blocks.

    I don't think I have seen that in a college game in the modern error.





  • #126 by jbcarol on 02 Feb 2013
  • Here's an update on some of those Top 100 recruits from '13 class rankings, including Bobby Portis and Kingsley, that have committed to and/or signed with SEC schools:

    3  PG  Andrew Harrison Richmond, TX        Kentucky
    4  SG  Aaron Harrison  Richmond, TX         Kentucky
    8  PG  Kasey Hill      Monteverde Academy  Florida
    9  PF  Chris Walker   Holmes County          Florida
    10 SG James Young  Rochester Hills, MI    Kentucky
    14 PF Jarell Martin    Baton Rouge Madison Prep  LSU
    17 PF  Bobby Portis  Hall                          Arkansas
    18 C  Dakari Johnson  Montverde Academy Kentucky
    21 C   Marcus Lee  Antioch, CA Deer Valley  Kentucky
    22 SG  Robert Hubbs  Dyer Co., TN            Tennessee
    29 SG  Sindarius Thornwell  Oak Hill          South Carolina
    32 PF  Johnathan Williams  Memphis Southwind  Mizzou
    36 PF  Jordan Mickey  Dallas Prime Prep     LSU
    39  C  Moses Kingsley  Huntington Prep     Arkansas

    70  C  Jimmie Taylor  Greensboro, AL         Bama
    74 PF  Derrick Griffin  Rosenberg, TX BF Terry  A&M
    80 SF  Tim Quarterman  Savannah             LSU
    86 PG  Wes Clark       Romulus Sr.             Mizzou
    100 PF Shannon Hale  Arden, NC Christ       Bama
  • #127 by jbcarol on 05 Feb 2013
  • Strange: Tennessee, Georgia battling for wins and men's basketball recruits

    UT's roster includes two scholarship players from Tennessee and four from Georgia.

    Will the outcome of Wednesday's game between the Vols and Georgia Bulldogs at Thompson-Boling Arena have any impact in shaping the future of these two SEC rivals?

    Tennessee assistant coach Tracy Webster doesn't think so.

    Vols have three Georgians on the roster who were Rivals Top 150 recruits.

    "Georgia recruited me,'' junior Jordan McRae of Midway, Ga., said Monday, "but I was pretty sold on Tennessee.''

    The Bulldogs recruited senior Kenny Hall in Stone Mountain. Hall, however, was looking north to UT, which was then deep into a 10-game winning streak against the Bulldogs.

    "I enjoyed the atmosphere at Tennessee a lot more than I did Georgia,'' Hall said. "I just really wanted to get out of Georgia.''

    Junior Trae Golden of Powder Springs had Georgia on his mind and his shortlist, but ultimately picked Tennessee.

    Freshman Armani Moore is UT's fourth Georgian. He attracted only mild interest from the Bulldogs, he said.

    November signee A.J. Davis of Buford, Ga., will replace Hall on the roster next year.

    The Atlanta metro area is important to UT because it's closer to campus than Memphis. Then again, it's important to a lot of schools.

    Georgia (20) is the leading producer of SEC players, edging Texas (19) and Tennessee (17). (Those figures include walk-ons.)

    The ACC schools also work Georgia hard.

    http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2013/feb/04/mike-strange-tennessee-georgia-battling-for-wins/
  • #128 by jbcarol on 05 Feb 2013
  • #129 by jbcarol on 07 Feb 2013
  • Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel took a much-needed break from glorifying online relationships between two Samoan dudes to weigh in on the recruitment of Andrew Wiggins:

    Multiple people around Wiggins hinted that there’s a chance he’d choose Florida State, where both his parents attended, for a more low key college experience. Fulford said that Huntington Prep played six games in the state of Kentucky this year and drew nearly 35,000 people total in those games.

    http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=127100
  • #130 by jbcarol on 08 Feb 2013
  • Does LSU's basketball or football team have a better recruiting class?

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    LSU's men basketball team picked another commitment for its 2013 class in 7-footer Darcy Malone. Malone is part of an LSU basketball recruiting class that included Madison Prep's five-star forward Jarrell Martin and is also highly ranked. 
  • #131 by jbcarol on 11 Feb 2013
  • Access to 2014 Scout rankings

    1. Jahlil Okafor, Center
    Previous rank: 3
    Considering: Arizona, Arkansas, DePaul, Duke, Illinois, Kentucky,...

    2. Tyus Jones, Point Guard
    Previous rank: 1
    Considering: Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky,...

    3. Emmanuel Mudiay, Point Guard
    Previous rank: 2
    Considering: Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, SMU, TCU, Texas, A&M

    4. Trey Lyles, Power Forward
    Previous rank: 5
    Considering: Butler, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, ...

    5. Cliff Alexander, Center
    Previous rank: 4
    Considering: Kentucky, Michigan State, DePaul, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Memphis, Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue, Tennessee...

    8. Karl Towns, Center — Committed to UK
    Previous rank: 7

    11. D’Angelo Russell, Shooting Guard
    Previous rank: 10
    Considering: Cincinnati, Florida, Georgetown, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Missouri...

    13. Rashad Vaughn, Shooting Guard
    Previous rank: 14
    Considering: Baylor, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky...

    17. Stanley Johnson, Small Forward
    Previous rank: 26
    Considering: Arizona, Kentucky...

    20. Leron Black, Power Forward
    Previous rank: 19
    Considering: Arkansas, Baylor, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Missouri, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas, Vanderbilt

    25. Jalen Lindsey, Small Forward
    Previous rank: 22
    Considering: Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Providence, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
  • #132 by jbcarol on 13 Feb 2013
  • bigleadsportsTM ranks the top 50 college basketball players coming into '12-13.
     
    5. Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky – Expect a highlight reel’s worth of blocks and dunks as a freshman before he leaves for the pros. Won’t be the game-changer Anthony Davis was, though.

    8. BJ Young, G, Arkansas – Best player in the SEC who gets the least amount of publicity. Shot 41 percent on 3-pointers, averaged 15.2 ppg as a freshman.

    11. Jarnell Stokes, F, Tennessee – Averaged a modest 9.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg in just 17 games. The SEC lost a ton of talent, and he might be the best returning frontcourt player in the league.

    21. Erik Murphy, F, Florida – Quietly emerged as a very good stretch 4 – he shot 42 percent from deep. Smart player who has an underrated handle.

    24. Phil Pressey, G, Missouri – Dynamic point guard surrounded by talent should put the Tigers in Final 4 contention.

    29. Alex Poythress, F, Kentucky – Freshman might lead the Wildcats in scoring.

    32. Alex Oriakhi, PF, Missouri – Don’t read into the transfer from Connecticut’s disappointing junior year (6.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg). The Huskies were a mess. Expect him to improve on his sophomore numbers (9.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg).

    34. Kenny Boynton, Florida – Shot 40 percent on 3-pointers. Should take over the Gators with Beal and Walker gone.

    35. Rotnei Clarke, G, Butler - Most anticipated transfer (from Arkansas) in college hoops. Shot 43 percent in his last season with Razorbacks.

    36. Kyle Wiltjer, F, Kentucky – Wildcats lost six players to the NBA and have a lot of new pieces. Wiltjer should be a 15 ppg glue-guy.

    46. Mark Lyons, G, Xavier – [UPDATE: He transferred to Arizona. Replacement - Can we get a judges ruling on Ryan Harrow, G, Kentucky?]

    Noel will not get the chance to finish strong after ACL injury.
  • #133 by jbcarol on 14 Feb 2013
  • Hill, Kasey 6’1” PG Montverde Academy Florida
    Walker, Chris 6’9” C/F Holmes County Florida
    Johnson, Dakari 6’10 C Montverde Academy Kentucky
    Harrison, Andrew 6’5” PG William B. Tavis Kentucky
    Harrison, Aaron 6’5” G William B. Tavis Kentucky
    Martin, Jarrell 6’8” F Madison Prep LSU
    Young, James 6’7” C/F Rochester High Kentucky
    Portis, Bobby 6’9” C Hall High Arkansas
    Lee, Marcus 6’9” C Deer Valley High Kentucky

    http://www.mcdonaldsallamerican.com/aag/en/home.html
  • #134 by RAZ FAN on 14 Feb 2013
  • Hill, Kasey 6’1” PG Montverde Academy Florida
    Walker, Chris 6’9” C/F Holmes County Florida
    Johnson, Dakari 6’10 C Montverde Academy Kentucky
    Harrison, Andrew 6’5” PG William B. Tavis Kentucky
    Harrison, Aaron 6’5” G William B. Tavis Kentucky
    Martin, Jarrell 6’8” F Madison Prep LSU
    Young, James 6’7” C/F Rochester High Kentucky
    Portis, Bobby 6’9” C Hall High Arkansas
    Lee, Marcus 6’9” C Deer Valley High Kentucky

    http://www.mcdonaldsallamerican.com/aag/en/home.html
    KY may have a problem with #of scholarships next yr. Wonder who Cal will run off. Only 1 player could possibly go pro from this yr team and he tore his ACL tues. I think only 1 senior if that on the team.
  • #135 by JackJohnson on 14 Feb 2013
  • KY may have a problem with #of scholarships next yr. Wonder who Cal will run off. Only 1 player could possibly go pro from this yr team and he tore his ACL tues. I think only 1 senior if that on the team.

    They only have 6 former signees  on their team this year.  I am sure Harrow and Mayes the two transfers have one as well.  They likely awarded the rest to Walkons to help the RPI and will take them back if needed.

    They only carried 7-8 last year as well.  Cal actually has a genius idea- so long as no one gets hurt...
  • #136 by RAZ FAN on 14 Feb 2013
  • They only have 6 former signees  on their team this year.  I am sure Harrow and Mayes the two transfers have one as well.  They likely awarded the rest to Walkons to help the RPI and will take them back if needed.

    They only carried 7-8 last year as well.  Cal actually has a genius idea- so long as no one gets hurt...
    didnt realize that. Guess they will have their scholarships pulled. What a piece Cal is. Cal only cares about Cal
  • #137 by GoHogs1091 on 14 Feb 2013
  • KY may have a problem with #of scholarships next yr. Wonder who Cal will run off. Only 1 player could possibly go pro from this yr team and he tore his ACL tues. I think only 1 senior if that on the team.

    Goodwin and Noel will probably go Pro.  There is a chance that Wiltjer will also go Pro.  Assuming that Wiltjer stays (which could very well happen), the following will probably be who they will have on Scholarship next season.

    Point Guards

    Ryan Harrow   6'2"
    Andrew Harrison   6'5"
    Jarrod Polson   6'2"

    Shooting Guards

    James Young   6'6"
    Aaron Harrison   6'5"
    Jon Hood   6'7"

    Small Forward

    Kyle Wiltjer   6'10"

    Power Forwards

    Alex Poythress   6'7"
    Willie Cauley-Stein   7'0"
    Marcus Lee   6'9"
    Derek Willis   6'8"

    Center

    Dakari Johnson   6'10"

    Willie Cauley-Stein is listed as a Forward on their Roster on their Athletic Web Site.  Until they get better play at PG, and until they get better play from Poythress at PF, they won't be as good as they could be, but Andrew Harrison may make them some better at PG, and Marcus Lee may make them some better at PF.     





  • #138 by jbcarol on 15 Feb 2013
  • Anton Beard ‏@yolo_Ton33
    Me and my family have decided to reopen my recruitment and uncommitted from the Missouri university

    Anton Beard ‏@yolo_Ton33
    I put uncommitted lol it's decomitted ! Lol

    Zone Real inc. ‏@RodWinkler
    Parkview guard junior Anton Beard decommits from university of mizzou shocking!

    Anton Beard ‏@yolo_Ton33
    Who cares how you haters feel ?

    Anton Beard ‏@yolo_Ton33
    So ready for aau
  • #139 by jbcarol on 19 Feb 2013
  • Forward Marcus Thornton is expected to play again for the Georgia basketball team, but Mark Fox doesn’t think it will be this season.

    Thornton, a junior, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and hasn’t played for two months.

    “This kid has been through a ton,” Fox said. “We had a nice talk in Oxford (Miss.), and we fully anticipate Marcus Thornton will return to the court and play for us again. I don’t think that we can put a timetable on that. He is still eligible for a medical redshirt if he cannot make it back this season. I’m not anticipating that he’s going to be able to come back this year. He’s not yet returned to practice. He just hasn’t been cleared.”

    The 6-foot-8, 235-pound Thornton started 20 games last season and seven of the nine games he played this season. He was averaging 3.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game before his latest surgery. He’s had three knee surgeries while at Georgia.

    http://dogbytesonline.com/fox-not-anticpating-thornton-will-play-again-this-season-68476/

    The namesake of a former SEC player of the year at LSU, Thornton was a 3-star and ranked #34 at the PF position in the 2010 class out of Westlake.
  • #140 by jbcarol on 19 Feb 2013
  • Scout finally updated its 2013 Class Rankings

    1. UK
    6. Florida
    8. LSU
    13. Hogs
    22. Mizzou

    http://scouthoops.scout.com/2/1267888.html
  • #141 by jbcarol on 22 Feb 2013
  • While not Top 100, Murfreesboro Blackman PG Darius Thompson has decommitted from Vandy.

    He is reported to have an SEC offer from Auburn as well as Purdue, MTSU, NC State, and of course Butler.

    Dillon Holt ‏@dillonholt_6
    All I'm saying is Fayetteville could use a point guard like @dthomp15, we need shooters bad!!!!!

  • #142 by jbcarol on 25 Feb 2013
  • Some of those Top 100 recruits from '13 class rankings, including Bobby Portis and Kingsley, that have committed to and/or signed with SEC schools:

    3  PG  Andrew Harrison Richmond, TX        Kentucky
    4  SG  Aaron Harrison  Richmond, TX         Kentucky
    8  PG  Kasey Hill      Monteverde Academy  Florida
    9  PF  Chris Walker   Holmes County          Florida
    10 SG James Young  Rochester Hills, MI    Kentucky
    14 PF Jarell Martin    Baton Rouge Madison Prep  LSU
    17 PF  Bobby Portis  Hall                          Arkansas
    18 C  Dakari Johnson  Montverde Academy Kentucky
    21 C   Marcus Lee  Antioch, CA Deer Valley  Kentucky
    22 SG  Robert Hubbs  Dyer Co., TN            Tennessee
    29 SG  Sindarius Thornwell  Oak Hill          South Carolina
    32 PF  Johnathan Williams  Memphis Southwind  Mizzou
    36 PF  Jordan Mickey  Dallas Prime Prep     LSU
    39  C  Moses Kingsley  Huntington Prep     Arkansas

    70  C  Jimmie Taylor  Greensboro, AL         Bama
    74 PF  Derrick Griffin  Rosenberg, TX BF Terry  A&M
    80 SF  Tim Quarterman  Savannah             LSU
    86 PG  Wes Clark       Romulus Sr.             Mizzou
    100 PF Shannon Hale  Arden, NC Christ       Bama
  • #143 by jbcarol on 27 Feb 2013
  • Andrew Wiggins named the Naismith National High School Player of the Year.

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    The bigger question surrounding Wiggins is where he will spend his collegiate days. No one wants to bet against Kentucky, but over the past couple of months, the rumbling has been that Florida State is the favorite. Wiggins doesn’t like the spotlight. He doesn’t want the attention.
  • #144 by jbcarol on 04 Mar 2013
  • Zagsblog: College predictions for Wiggins, Randle and Gordon

    Wiggins (Florida State)
    Randle (Kansas)
    Gordon (Washington)

    http://zagsblog.com/andrew-wiggins/college-predictions-for-wiggins-randle-gordon
  • #145 by jbcarol on 04 Mar 2013
  • UF signee Walker shines on way to state title

    For Bonifay Holmes County center Chris Walker, his last game as a Blue Devil on Wednesday couldn’t have ended any better, winning the school’s first state title in boys basketball.

    And the 6-foot-10, 195-pound senior certainly had a lot to do with it — 30 points, 15 rebounds, seven blocks — in a dominating 59-40 win over Greensboro West Gadsden for the Class 1A championship.

    Now the Florida signee shifts his attention to the Gators and the work needed to be done before he steps on campus in Gainesville.

    “I have to work on getting stronger,” said Walker, who along with fellow UF signee Kasey Hill of Montverde Academy is a McDonald’s All-American. “I will be working on my footwork, my post moves, my jump shot. I will be working on a lot of the basic things.”

    http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20130301/ARTICLES/130309941/1056/gatorsbasketball
  • #146 by jbcarol on 10 Mar 2013
  • Harrison twins lead team to Texas 5A State Championship

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    “It makes it sweeter because we lost last year,” said Andrew Harrison after the game. “Every great player wants to win a state championship. I felt it was our duty to do that.” Andrew scored 16 points while grabbing 9 rebounds, earning him MVP honors in the 46-38 victory over South Grand Prairie.

    Aaron was gimpy for the entirety of the game, turning his ankle in the opening minutes and only managing to score 8 points. “It’s been a long, long road. We finally made it. Losing this game wouldn’t have defined our high school career, but it ended it the right way.”
  • #147 by jbcarol on 12 Mar 2013
  • Sporting News All-Freshman Team

    Marc Smart, OK State (FOY)

    Shabazz, UCLA

    Nerlens Noel, Kentucky

    Ben McLemore, KU

    Anthony Bennett, UNLV

    http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/story/2013-03-11/sporting-news-freshmen-team-marcus-smart-nerlens-noel-shabazz-muhammad
  • #148 by jbcarol on 12 Mar 2013
  • 2013 Coaches First Team All-SEC
    Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 195, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
    Erik Murphy, Florida – F/C, 6-10, 238, Sr., South Kingstown, R.I.
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia – G, 6-5, 205, So., Greenville, Ga.
    Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
    Johnny O’Bryant III, LSU – F, 6-9, 256, So., Cleveland, Miss.
    Phil Pressey, Missouri – G, 5-11, 175, Jr., Dallas, Texas
    Jordan McRae, Tennessee – G, 6-5, 178, Jr., Midway, Ga.
    Elston Turner, Texas A&M – G, 6-5, 209, Sr., Sacramento, Calif.

    Second Team All-SEC
    Marshawn Powell, Arkansas – F, 6-7, 240, Jr., Newport News, Va.
    BJ Young, Arkansas – G, 6-3, 180, So, St. Louis, Mo.
    Kenny Boynton, Florida – G, 6-2, 190, Sr., Pompano Beach, Fla.
    ^Mike Rosario, Florida – G, 6-3, 183, Sr., Jersey City, N.J.
    ^Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
    Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss – G, 6-2, 175, Jr., Hurst, Texas
    Murphy Holloway, Ole Miss – F, 6-7, 240, Sr., Irmo, S.C.
    Laurence Bowers, Missouri – F, 6-8, 227, Sr., Memphis, Tenn.
    Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee – F, 6-8, 270, So., Memphis, Tenn.

    SEC All-Freshman Team
    Michael Frazier II, Florida – G, 6-4, 200, Fr., Tampa, Fla.
    Charles Mann, Georgia – G, 6-4, 205, Fr., Alpharetta, Ga.
    ^Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 244, Fr., Olathe, Kan.
    Archie Goodwin, Kentucky – G, 6-4.5, 198, Fr., Little Rock, Ark.
    Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
    ^Alex Poythress, Kentucky – F, 6-7, 239, Fr., Clarksville, Tenn.
    Craig Sword, Mississippi State – G, 6-3, 189, Fr., Montgomery, Ala.
    ^Gavin Ware, Mississippi State – F, 6-9, 270, Fr., Starkville, Miss.
    Michael Carrera, South Carolina – F, 6-5, 212, Fr., Anzoátegui, Venezuela

    SEC All-Defensive Team
    ^Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 185, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
    Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – G, 6-2, 176, Jr., Gainesville, Fla.
    ^Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
    Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
    Anthony Hickey, LSU – G, 5-11, 178, So., Hopkinsville, Ky.
    Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss – F, 6-9, 235, Sr., Memphis, Tenn.

    ^-Ties are not broken

    SEC Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan, Florida
    SEC Player of the Year: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia
    SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Patric Young, Florida
    SEC Freshman of the Year: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
    SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Kyle Wiltjer, Kentucky
    SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky


    2013 AP All-SEC Team

    FIRST TEAM
     
    u-Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia, G, 6-5, So.
    Erik Murphy, Florida, F/C, 6-10, Sr.
    Trevor Releford, Alabama, G, 6-0, Jr.
    Jordan McRae, Tennessee, G, 6-5, Jr.
    Nerlens Noel, Kentucky, F, 6-10, Fr.
     
    SECOND TEAM
     
    Marshall Henderson, Mississippi, G, 6-2, Jr.
    Elston Turner, Texas A&M, G, 6-5, Sr.
    Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee, F, 6-8, So.
    Johnny O'Bryant III, LSU, F, 6-9, So.
    Murphy Holloway, Mississippi, F, 6-7, Sr.
    Phil Pressey, Missouri, G, 5-11, Jr.
     
    HONORABLE MENTION
     
    Laurence Bowers, Missouri, F, 6-8, Sr.; Kenny Boynton, Florida, G, 6-2, Sr.; Alex Oriakhi, Missouri, F, 6-9, Sr.; Marshawn Powell, Arkansas, F, 6-7, Jr.; Mike Rosario, Florida, G, 6-3, Sr.; Scottie Wilbekin, Florida, G, 6-2, Jr.; BJ Young, Arkansas, G, 6-3, So.; Patric Young, Florida, C, 6-9, Jr.
     
    ___
     
    PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia
     
    COACH OF THE YEAR — Billy Donovan, Florida
     
    NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR — Marshall Henderson, Mississippi

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