TV Station Calls Kentucky's Recruits Parents
The Kentucky faithful are restless, there's no question about it.
Message boards and call-in shows have been booming with talk about Billy Gillispie and whether or not he'll be around next year or not. One Lexington (Ky.) TV station even took it as far as calling Kentucky's 2009 signees parents.
Billy Gillispie is 39-26 through two year at Kentucky. Last year he led them to the first round in the NCAA tournament and was named the SEC Coach of the Year. The Cats are still alive in the NIT. http://www.wkyt.com/sports/headlines/41641132.html
Holmes Gets KY State Title
After being featured on ESPN and in USA Today Sandy Hook (Ky.) Elliott County became the crowd favorite to win the 2008-2009 Kentucky Sweet 16 title.
Elliott County's first round game was even watched by a Sweet 16 record crowd of over 21,000 people. But things didn't work out the way the Lions wanted, losing in the semi-finals of the Sweet 16 against Covington (Ky.) Holmes.
Holmes, who is led by Ricardo Johnson, Jeremiah Johnson and Elijah Pittman, went on to knock of Louiville (Ky.) Central 67-63 in double overtime in the championship to win their first state title in front of more than 15,000 fans at Rupp Arena.
Pittman led Holmes in scoring with 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Jeremiah Johnson went for 13 points and eight rebounds, while his brother, Ricardo, picked up the MVP honors for averaging just over 13 points and eight boards throughout the tournament.
Stephenson Gets 4th Straight City Title
Lance Stephenson has now done something that neither Stephon Marbury nor Sebastian Telfiar could accomplish at Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln -- win four straight City Title's.
Over the weekend Stephenson, the nation's 7th ranked prospect, went for 24 points and 10 rebounds in a 78-56 win over JFK in Madison Square Gardens in the PSAL championship game.
Following the win, Dwayne "Tiny" Morton, touted his senior, who also holds the state scoring title, which was briefly held by former Lincoln standout Telfair.
"He's No.1, he's definitely No.1 right now," Morton told Ian Begley of the NY Daily News. "He's got the scoring championships; he's got the four city titles. ... I don't know what else they can do."
Wilson vs Maymon In Wisconsin
Jeronne Maymon, of Madison (Wisc.) Memorial, was close to winning a state title his junior season, and now he's got one.
Up against Racine (Wisc.) Horlick in the WIAA Division 1 state title game, Maymon, who was recently named Wisconsin's Mr. Basketball, was the difference in the 56-41 win over a Jamil Wilson led team.
Marquette-bound Maymon went for 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, but he had some help. Wisconsin commit Vander Blue added 19 points and 11 rebounds. Horlick's Wilson, a 6-foot-7 forward, was strapped with foul trouble the entire night and finished with just nine points.
Academic All-American Classic Roster Announced
Robert Icart is getting together some of the best high school seniors that exceed on the court and in the classroom.
Over the years there have been a number of post-season all-star games for high school seniors, but this event is different. It focuses on grades and athletics. The Academic All-American Classic features 25 prospects with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The first year event will take place on May 9th at Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario (Calif.) and is expected to be televised.
Academic All-American Classic Roster
Bak Bak – California
Andrew Bock – Creighton
Andy Brown – Stanford
Justin Cobbs – Minnesota
Jack Cooley - Notre Dame
Brandyn Curry – Harvard
Nolan Dennis – Memphis
Jordan Finn – Air Force
Tyler Haws – BYU
Keegan Hornbuckle – Colorado
Tyler Honeycutt – UCLA
Donovan Kirk – Miami
Brendan Lane – UCLA
Trent Lockett – Arizona State
Carlos Lopez – UNLV
Mike Marra – Louisville
Anthony Marshall – UNLV
Leslie McDonald – North Carolina
Peter McMillan – Cornell
Kelly Olynyk – Gonzaga
Glenn Rice Jr. – Georgia Tech
DaShonte Riley - Syracuse
Anthony Stover - UCLA
Malcom Washington –Pennsylvania
C.J. Wilcox – Washington