Report: Julius Mays commits to Kentucky

Julius Mays

Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports is reporting that former Wright State guard Julius Mays has committed to Kentucky.

Mays visited Purdue this weekend and said he would make a decision after the visit. Some thought the 6-foot-2 combo guard was a Purdue lean, but the Marion, Indiana native has decided on UK. As a graduate student with a year of eligibility remaining, he is eligible to play immediately.

Wright spent two years at North Carolina State before transferring to Wright State. He sat out a year, then averaged 14 points per game last season. During one six-game stretch, including a win over eventual conference champ Valparaiso, Mays averaged 21.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

He played through many injuries this year, as written about here by Dayton Daily News columnist Tom Archdeacon.

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BBL: Baseball, tennis win; Jefferson to announce Tuesday

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Former UK target Anthony Bennett chooses UNLV

The Anthony Bennett recruitment is finally over. The 6-foot-7 forward from Las Vegas has chosen UNLV, reports Dave Telep of ESPN.

Bennett had considered Kentucky before eliminating the Cats from his list, narrowing his choices to UNLV and Oregon.

An excerpt:

UNLV’s recruiting class, ranked No. 12 by ESPN, is the program’s best in recent memory and a source of pride for second-year coach Dave Rice. Bennett is the program’s second Top 100 recruit this season, joining Katin Reinhardt (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Mater Dei) and transfer Khem Birch, a former McDonald’s All-American.

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Alabama baseball visits Kentucky in need of wins

Alabama comes to Cliff Hagan Stadium tonight for a three-game series with Kentucky needing a hot streak to make the SEC Tournament.

The top 10 conference teams qualify for the league tourney, May 22-27 at Regions Park in Hoover, Alabama. The Tide is currently 12th of the 12 SEC teams, with a 7-17 record. Tennessee is 11th at 8-16. Auburn is 10th at 11-14.

This is the next-to-last weekend of the regular season.

“It’s like every year,” Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard told the Birmingham News. “We’re just in a different position. We’re looking up at everybody. As we all know in the league, one weekend can change so much. If you can have one good weekend, all of a sudden you look up and you’re breathing again. You’ve got a shot.”

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Julius Mays could accept Purdue offer this weekend

Julius Mays

Julius Mays’ high school coach tells the Journal-Courier in West Lafayette that the former Wright State guard could accept Purdue’s scholarship offer this weekend.

After starting his career at North Carolina State, Mays played last year at Wright State and would not have to sit out a year because he is graduating. He had listed Illinois, Purdue, Michigan State, Michigan and Kentucky as possible destinations.

Meanwhile, Mays said he will visit Purdue this weekend and talked highly of the Boilermakers.

“I would have a chance to score the ball and play guard with a great group of guys,” Mays told the paper’s Jeff Washburn. “I feel like I could play for coach (Matt) Painter. I watch a lot of basketball, and any time Purdue is on, I watch them. You never know if this is my last visit. If I’m ready to choose, that’s what I will do.”

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SEC: League gives John Cohen additional punishment

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Tom Crean defends decision to end UK-IU series

Talking with reporters last night before a speaking engagement, Indiana coach Tom Crean defended Indiana’s decision not to move the UK-IU series to a neutral site, which ended up stopping the series.

His quote:

“First off, someone asked me do you not want to play neutral sites? We have neutral sites,” Crean told reporters Tuesday night before meeting with fans at Lucas Oil Stadium. “When the Crossroads Classic came in, that became something that was going to be locked in every year. Even though it’s in Indianapolis, it’s a neutral site. It’s not a home site. You always want to have the ability to play in exempt tournaments. We’ve done that in the past. We have it this year, playing in New York. So there’s three right there.”

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Louisville-Indiana probably won’t happen next season

There was considerable talk last week that Louisville would jump in and replace Kentucky in a home-and-home basketball series with Indiana. After all, the Cardinals and Hoosiers had already begun conversations about a series starting in 2013-14.

Rick Pitino but the brakes on that yesterday, however. The Louisville coach told ESPN’s Andy Katz, via text, that the two schools could not agree on a date for 2012-13.

“Pitino said he’s now trying to start the home-and-home series in 2013-14,” reports Katz, “which is a shame considering that the two teams could be ranked 1-2 to start next season. Indiana still has a few more games to schedule.”

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NCAA begins looking into people surrounding Nerlens Noel

Nerlens Noel

Pete Thamel of the New York Times is reporting that two members of the NCAA Enforcement staff are looking into people who surround UK basketball signee Nerlens Noel.

Excerpt:

Cindi Merrill and Frank Smith, assistant directors of enforcement with the N.C.A.A., went to Everett High School on Tuesday to meet with school officials about the 6-foot-10 Noel, who spent his freshman and sophomore years there. Merrill and Smith specialize in basketball-related issues.

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No sale on Calipari’s “nontraditonal” schedule argument

John Calipari

Ok, I’ve read John Calipari’s rationalization for dropping the series with Indiana from the Kentucky basketball schedule and putting the North Carolina series on hiatus at least for one year.

His title: “Forming a nontraditional schedule for a nontraditional program.”

John Calipari might be college basketball’s greatest salesman, but, sorry, I’m not buying this one.

I thought John Calipari came to Kentucky because of the great tradition.

I thought that “the greatest tradition in the history of college basketball” is the program’s slogan.

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