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- Kentucky senior Jon Hood named to SEC Community Service Team
- Future Cats Trey Lyles, Karl Towns, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis all will paly in Jordan Brand All-American Game
- John Calipari hopes “cooler heads” come together to change one-and-done to two-and-done
- Kentucky fourth No. 1 preseason team to drop totally out of AP top 25
- John Calipari says Cats have to be scrappier, play more physical and share the ball a lot better
- Kentucky QB Patrick Towles will work out with QB guru George Whitfield over spring break
- John Calipari says great players make 2-on-1 look simple and UK “makes those look harder”
- John Calipari: “… just keep making that pass. Make it 22 times”
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior Jon Hood was selected to the 16th annual Southeastern Conference Community Service Team it was announced by the league office on Monday. It is the first such honor of the Madisonville, Ky., native’s career.
In a continuing effort to recognize the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition, the SEC once again highlighted a Community Service Team for men’s basketball for the 2013-14 season.
Hood has given countless hours for the community since his arrival at Kentucky. He constantly spends spare time visiting children at the UK Children’s Hospital and befriends children in need or who have terminal illnesses.
The senior guard has volunteered for God’s Pantry multiple times, volunteered for Hoops for Haiti. He’s spent time with Samaritan’s Feet and as a Campton Elementary school volunteer. During his time in Lexington, he has helped work clothing drives and the Hurricane Sandy Telethon with other teammates. Furthermore, he’s a mainstay at UK men’s basketball camps serving as a counselor and mentor to young players.
This marks the 16th year for the SEC Community Service Team for men’s basketball as well as for women’s basketball. All 21 league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004.
Hood is a 2013 graduate of the University of Kentucky and is on track to complete a second degree this May. He’s appeared in more than 60 games in his career and was a member of the 2012 National Championship squad.
The Jordan Brand All-American Game will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 18. In 2013, the event was headlined by Jabari Parker and Julius Randle, who shared co-MVP honors.
The rosters for both teams:
Grayson Allen, SG, 6-foot-4, Providence Christian School (Riverview, Fla.), signed with Duke
Joel Berry, PG, 6-1, Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.), signed with North Carolina
James Blackmon, Jr., SG, 6-3, Marion H.S. (Marion, Ind.), signed with Indiana
Justin Jackson, WG, 6-7, Homeschool Christian Youth Association (Spring, Texas), signed with North Carolina
Tyus Jones, PG, 6-1, Apple Valley Senior H.S.. (Apple Valley, Minn.), signed with Duke
Trey Lyles, PF, 6-9, Arsenal Technical H.S. (Indianapolis), signed with Kentucky
Jahlil Okafor, C, 6-11, Whitney Young Magnet H.S. (Chicago), signed with Duke
Kelly Oubre, WF, 6-7, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), signed with Kansas
L.J. Peak, SG, 6-4, Gaffney Senior H.S. (Gaffney, S.C.), signed with Georgetown
Karl Towns, C, 6-11, St. Joseph H.S. (Metuchen, N.J.), signed with Kentucky
Reid Travis, PF, 6-7, De La Salle H.S. (Minneapolis), signed with Stanford
Rashad Vaughn, SG, 6-5, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), signed with UNLV
Isaiah Whitehead, SG, 6-4, Abraham Lincoln H.S. (Brooklyn, N.Y.), signed with Seton Hall
Shaqquan Aaron, WG, 6-7, Rainier Beach H.S. (Seattle), signed with Louisville
Cliff Alexander, C, 6-9, Curie Metropolitan H.S. (Chicago), signed with Kansas
Devin Booker, SG, 6-5, Moss Point H.S. (Moss Point, Miss.), signed with Kentucky
Kameron Chatman, WG, 6-7, Columbia Christian School (Portland, Ore.), signed with Michigan
Daniel Hamilton, WG, 6-7, St. John Bosco H.S. (Bellflower, Calif.), signed with Connecticut
Stanley Johnson, WG, 6-6, Mater Dei H.S. (Santa Ana, Calif.), signed with Arizona
Chris McCullough, PF, 6-9, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), signed with Syracuse
Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, 6-4, Prime Prep (Dallas), signed with SMU
Theo Pinson, WG, 6-6, Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.), signed with North Carolina
D’Angelo Russell, SG, 6-4, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), signed with Ohio State
Myles Turner, C, 7-0, Trinity H.S. (Euless, Texas), undecided
Tyler Ulis, PG, 5-9, Marian Catholic H.S. (Chicago Heights), signed with Kentucky
Justise Winslow, WF, 6-6, St. John’s School (Houston), signed with Duke
By LARRY VAUGHT
Once again on the SEC coaches teleconference today, Kentucky coach John Calipari was asked how the one-and-done rule had changed college basketball. His first three years at UK, Kentucky fans thought Calipari had the one-and-done deal figured out. Now after the last two seasons, some are not so sure any more.
Here’s his answer:
“Well, I’ve said for years it should be two years. If you’re going to let them go out of high school then let them go whenever. The baseball rule won’t work in this environment because there’s no minor-league stuff, so my belief is it should be two years.,” Calipari said. “And if the NBA and the Players Association, who would make that decision, come together and say, ‘OK, you take a year off their rookie contract.’ Instead of having four years, make them three years. Make them stay in school an extra year.
“And then you get with the NCAA and say, ‘Hey, how do you take better care of these kids? How do you pay for their insurance so they don’t have to pay themselves? How do you do the stipends and all the other things?’ It may be they have the opportunity for every one of the kids on our team to get a loan if they choose to – to be able to do stuff to make them normal college students, yet also understand they’re unique in what we’re trying to get them to do.’
“So there are things that can happen. What’s happened with the one-year rule is I don’t think it’s good for high-school players who – the top 150 players all think they’re going to leave in a year. I think it’s hard on the college players because by the end of the year this isn’t five, eight years ago. They’re all on the Internet — all the things going — I think it’s a tough deal. So hopefully cooler heads come together between the NBA and the Players Association, and if that happens, the NCAA does their part to make sure that this all works.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
On today’s SEC coaches teleconference, Kentucky coach John Calipari was asked what one thing his team needs to improve most. Enjoy his answer:
“Well, there’s two things. I can’t give you (one thing). There’s a lot of different things, but the two things in the bigger picture: You got to sustain your defensive effort. You got to be scrappier. In other words, we all got to be playing the ball. We all got to do it for the entire shot clock. We all got to have discipline because at the end of the day we are a defensive team that’s a good offensive post-up team,” he said.
“And then on offense we just got to share the ball more. Very simple stuff to talk about, but we got four days to really ingrain let’s get back to these things that we have done at different points of the year that we now say, ‘Let’s do it for 40 minutes.’ If you do, you will have a ball playing. Scrappy as heck, diving, crashing.
“We’re going to be more physical in practice. The games have gotten more and more physical. Hands up and be physical. Put your hands up in the air on a drive and be physical. Put your hands up in the air in the post and be physical. We’re going four days of that. The teams that have played that way have had a big advantage.
“So we’re going back to that, but the flip side of it is, look, we got to share the ball. We got to share the ball to create good shots for each other. I said it: We got the game to six (at Florida) and we took two of the worst shots with people open that I could have told you throughout the year the last game. So those are the couple things that we’re zeroed in on.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
It’s not hard for Kentucky coach John Calipari to explain why Florida is No. 1 — and at the same time point out what has been wrong with his team way too often this year.
“They play off of one another,” Calipari said of the Gators after they beat UK Saturday. “The best play of the game was Scott (Wilbekin) threw it to one of the bigs and the big threw it back to him and he scored. That’s just two guys knowing each other, playing for each other. For me, that was the best play of the game.
“That’s the kind of stuff we’re not getting right now. The great ones make a two-on-one look simple. We kind of make those look harder.
“But I’ll say this: We’re better. We got hit in the mouth, a bunch of adversity, and the guys went in the locker room and came out and tried – and really tried to play and gave themselves a chance. Didn’t have enough to finish the game, especially against a team that good. You can’t spot a team 24 points, in their building, No. 1 team on Senior Night, and think you’re going to win. How about this? And we had a chance to, which is crazy.”
While Julius Randle was strong inside during UK’s short second half rally at Florida Saturday, coach John Calipari was more impressed with something else — a pass.
“He was good getting it to the rim, but he also made that pass for the 3 You know what I mean? Well, just keep making that pass. Make it 22 times. Just keep passing that ball right there,” Calipari said to emphasize how much passing could help this team.
“We still – they went zone and we held the ball, which we haven’t done all year. We reverted. Like, we were: catch it and bounce and catch it and hold it, look around then throw. It’s all – we come in and out at times. Like I said, we have the ability, we have the skill, we have the size, we have length. We have all the stuff you need to do this. Now we just got to do it. It’s time. Let’s do it.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
Give Julius Randle credit for at least having a brutally honest sense of urgency, something this team has often lacked, after Saturday’s loss at Florida when asked how important the SEC tourney will be for UK.
“Every game is important for us. We’ve got to get this thing. We don’t know what we’ve got to do but we’ve got to get going. Every game’s important to build our confidence and chemistry. As guys in the locker room we all still believe, but there’s a point where, you know, we have to put it into action and I still think we will,” Randle said.
Why does he believe that?
“Because of, like, the spurts we went on in the second half just shows how good we can really be on both ends of the floor. It’s encouraging because, we both know – the coaches and the players know – that we can do it, but we just have to do it all the time. We can’t do it when our backs (are) up against the wall. We’ve got to play like that all the time,” Randle said.
Remember that last week Kentucky coach John Calipari said he was waiting for the “light to come on” for his team and believed it would? Well, he’s still waiting after Saturday’s loss to Florida.
When does he think it might come on?
“Well, drove it in the second half. Do you understand, guys? I mean, I didn’t think we had any kind of fight. And they were more timid,” Calipari said after Saturday’s game. “Like, you can’t on drives—you can’t start the game shooting 3s. You can’t on drives think you’re going to get bailed out by fouls. You’re not.
“And so we’re still learning. But again, we’re not there yet. But let me just say this: My whole vision of this team is we’re going to get it and it will start this week when we’re in our tournament. Let’s start down there. Let’s do what we’re doing 10 minutes in the game, 12 minutes – let’s do it for 40 minutes and all commit to it. And if we do, the light goes on, we like it, this is fun, let’s do this.
“You know, it was fun coaching them when they were defending. And the guy that really did it was Alex. See what Alex did is it wasn’t his man; he was coming from the weak side, and we don’t have a whole lot of guys doing that – like, anybody other than maybe Willie. And guys don’t think it’s their responsibility. Those are the plays that change the game and gave us our chance to win the game.”
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat say they have signed guard DeAndre Liggins to a second 10-day contract. Liggins was signed originally Feb. 25 after being called up from Sioux Falls, Miami’s affiliate in the NBA Development League. Liggins has appeared in one game with the Heat, scoring two points and grabbing a rebound in Miami’s 124-107 win over Charlotte on Monday.
Liggins was a D-League All-Star this season, appearing in 35 games with Sioux Falls and averaging 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.5 steals for the Skyforce.
Miami’s roster remains at 15 players with the Liggins move Saturday