Sunday, November 17, 2013

Perry Central Takes Loss in Kentucky Elite Shootout; Cordia's Team Still Incomplete

Perry Central lost a close one to 22 Feet Academy last night 80-75 at the Kentucky Elite Shootout in Hazard.

Sophomore Braxton Beverly led the Commodores with 30 points on 10-12 shooting and dished out 6 assists.

Justin Johnson finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds while doing most of his damage in the second half.

22 Feet Academy used their athleticism to get to the rim, and as you can tell by the following highlights, did a very good job of throwing it down.

Cordia played Thomas Nelson, and with the score being reset after each quarter, it was hard to figure what the final tally was. What I can say is the Lions didn't have any starters playing as most of their team was still in street clothes because of KHSAA transfer rules. In other words, they are waiting to be declared eligible. 

Here is a look at the bench:

Monday, October 28, 2013

Jackson Davis Verbally Commits to Rice; Education a Major Factor

Lafayette High School's Jackson Davis has announced via his twitter account that he has committed to Rice University.

Davis, a 6'8" senior power forward, picked the Owls over Vanderbilt, Texas Tech, Princeton, Columbia, Pennsylvania and Harvard.

Jackson's father, Johnathon, played for the University of Kentucky in the early 90s and is excited about the opportunity his son has in Houston playing for Rice.

"Jackson has an opportunity for a world class education," said the elder Davis. "Rice is a nationally ranked research institution that has produced dozens of Fulbright and Rhodes Scholars."  "Jackson intends to initially major in business, then once his basketball career is over, go back and get an additional degree in engineering."

Education is a very important piece to the college puzzle for Jackson, but the basketball side of things also sounds very promising.

Johnathon is optimistic about his son's chances at getting minutes early in his career.

"Rice has an immediate need for a skilled 3/4 player and there is no one on the Owls current roster that plays Jackson's position. They fast break on every opportunity and their primary offensive set is the triangle, which is particularly suited for a bigger skilled player to score."

Johnathon also noted that the relationship with Owls coach Ben Braun and his history of professional players, including several NBA first round picks, played a part as well.

Davis went on to speak about his son's relationship with John Lucas and how his proximity to Rice played a factor in the decision making process.

"John has worked closely with Jackson for short periods every year since 8th grade and has always been convinced of his potential as a player and wanted a chance to see how far he could push him."  "Being in Houston provides Jackson the opportunity to get unlimited extra training opportunities with a former high school All American, college All American and number one overall NBA draft pick during the off season.".

Now that Jackson Davis has his college decision seemingly set, he will now turn his focus on winning the 11th region and possibly making a run at Kentucky's Mr. Basketball.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Lafayette Star Jackson Davis Set to Announce College Decision Monday

One of the state's top players in the Class of 2014 will announce his college choice Monday. Columbia, Harvard, Penn, Rice, Princeton, Texas Tech and Vandy are among Lafeyette's senior Jackson Davis' offers.

Lafayette Coach Michael Mendenhall told the Herald-Leader that Davis has no current plans to make a formal announcement. He will likely reveal the decision via social media.

Davis had a productive summer playing for the Kentucky Travelers and a strong performance at the John Lucas 40/40 Camp in Houston, Texas.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Knott County's Camron Justice Commits to Tennessee

Yesterday, Knott County shooting guard Camron Justice committed to the University of Tennessee.

The 2015 shooting guard also had confirmed offers from Western Kentucky, Boston College, Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State, Northern Kentucky and UAB.

The 6'2" Justice committed during an unofficial visit to Tennessee yesterday during the Volunteers Football win over South Carolina.

Here is more from Steve Jones of the Courier Journal:
Knott County Central All-State junior basketball player Camron Justice committed to the University of Tennessee – the team he’s had at the top of his recruiting list for months – on Saturday during one of his many unofficial visits to Knoxville.
Justice made the pledge at halftime of the Volunteers’ football game against South Carolina while sitting in the Neyland Stadium stands with UT’s basketball coaches.
“They were excited,” Justice’s father, Raymond, said. “They have been trying to get him to commit early. I didn’t think it would be this early. I thought it would be the spring. But I understand what he’s trying to do. He wants to focus on basketball (and not fielding recruiting calls).
“…He’s very excited about Tennessee, their coaching staff and the chance to play in the (Southeastern Conference).”
 Kentucky High School Basketball has a lot of top quality players right now and Justice is just one of the best the state has to offer of high major talent.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Justin Johnson Commits to Western Kentucky

2014 Perry County Central forward Justin Johnson has committed to play his college basketball for Western Kentucky University.

Johnson said his final two schools were Boston College and Western Kentucky.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Pre-Season Update 10/13

Next week practice will officially start and it won't be long before The Road to Rupp will begin in a gym near you.

There have been so many kids switching schools this summer that some teams have gotten stronger, some have gotten weaker and some have just stayed the same.

The good thing though is Kentucky High School Basketball is stronger than ever and kids across Kentucky are receiving a lot of attention.

Here are a couple of notes over the last couple of weeks:

  • I am sure you know all about the hand shaking controversy after KHSAA contests and now schools are not required to say "good game", whether it was or not, after each game. I, for one, never thought it was a good idea to shake hands after the game, but they should line up before and say good luck. I have been a coach, fan, player and official and I have never seen anything positive out of putting a bunch of high school kids together, from different schools, and let them shake hands after they have battled for 2 or 3 hours.
  • Johnson Central's Shane Hall committed to Marshall University recently. Will probably be a good fit for him since he will only be a hour or so away in Huntington from Paintsville.
  • Taylor County's Quentin Goodin has been receiving a lot of high level interest, but many are excited that Kentucky has joined the mix.
  • No official word on the Cordia Lions new additions if they have been ruled eligible or not. I have heard from a source that a couple of the schools have been slowing down the process by not sending paperwork in a timely manner. I have also heard that Henry Clay has filed a grievance with the KHSAA about Christen Cunningham transferring to Lotts Creek. I am told that Cordia fans should have nothing to worry about though as all the players will eventually be ruled ready to play.
  • Ballard's Kelan Martin recently committed to Butler University.
Are you interested in covering your high school team's high school basketball games? Send me an email and I will get you writing for The Road to Rupp!! Email me at for more information.

The Road to Rupp's news cycle will be picking up soon so start to check back more often for updates on news and upcoming games.

It should be another exciting year for Kentucky Basketball.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Kentucky High School Basketball Recruiting Roundup 9/16

It has been a very busy day of recruiting for several Kentucky kids today.

Kentucky is loaded with D1 talent and today is just an example of some of the top players and the attention they are receiving.

  • Knott County Central's Camron Justice got a phone call from Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings today and it sounds like an offer could be coming soon. In a text from the 2015 shooting guard this evening, Justice told me that he hasn't received an offer yet, but there would be one on the table soon. Camron also texted, "He told me there would be one very soon, 100% guaranteed."
  • Holmes head basketball coach Jason Booher tweeted that 2015 point guard James "Beetle"Bolden had Clemson associate head coach Mike Winiecki and WVU head coach Bob Huggins in attendance today for a workout.
  • The Louisville Magic twitter account (@Lville_Magic) tweeted that Harvard will watch 2014 Cordia point guard Christen Cunningham and Ohio State will watch the Lions' Malik Hines in Lotts Creek tomorrow.
  • Marshall County's Austin Rentfro tweeted earlier today that he received his first college offer from Bellarmine.
  • @NextUpRecruits reported earlier today that Taylor County 2016 point guard Quentin Goodin recently received interest from Tulsa.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Lafayette's Jackson Davis Top Performer of John Lucas 40/40 Camp

 Lafayette High School's Jackson Davis made a push this weekend to being ranked nationally as he had a big time performance at John Lucas 40/40 Camp in Houston, Texas.

Here are a couple of tweets from the weekend on the lone Kentucky invitee's performance:

It sounds like the 2014 power forward continued to rise today:
Jackson Davis has already received offers from Virginia Commonwealth, Texas Tech, Morehead State, Western Kentucky, Indiana State, Tennessee Tech, Kent State, Chattanooga, Columbia, Princeton, Princeton, Wright State, Houston and Cleveland State.

 The 6'8" power forward also received an offer from Pennsylvania over the weekend and they plan on an in-home visit in 2 weeks. Jackson also unofficially visited Houston over the weekend and Davis' father Jonathan said his son had a great visit.

It looks like there could be a lot more offers coming this season and my guess most of those could be high major if Davis continues to show the motor it sounds like he displayed over the weekend at the 40/40 camp.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Video: Quentin Goodin Talks about His Summer and Recruitment

Taylor County's Quentin Goodin talks about his summer with the Hoop Dreams and how his recruitment is going.

Perry Central Duo Scores Two More D1 Offers

 Last night, Perry Central's sophomore point guard Braxton Beverly and senior Justin Johnson both received offers.

Both play for the Kentucky Travelers AAU program that just returned from the Peach Jam in Augusta, GA. 

You can read interviews with both players from earlier in the summer by clicking here.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Ballard's Kelan Martin Picks Up 3 Offers

 Ballard's Kelan Martin, a 6'5" small forward, has picked up 3 offers today.

It was just a matter of time that Martin would start getting college offers. He is a very athletic forward that attacks the rim and has a nice mid-range jumper.


Braxton Beverly listed as Peach Jam Super Sophomore

Perry Central sophomore Braxton Beverly had a productive week at the Peach Jam playing with the Kentucky Basketball Travelers.

The USA Today has listed him as one of the 5 Super Sophomores at the prestigious Nike EYBL Tournament.

4. Braxton Beverly, Travelers (Kentucky)The Perry County Central (Hazard, Ky.) guard showed a nice touch from outside and demonstrated he could run the point in limited time (14 minutes).
He had nine points and two assists in a 95-63 loss to the CP3 All Stars from North Carolina.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Video: Beetle Bolden Hits Game Winner at Peach Jam

Holmes' James "Beetle" Bolden   hits a three in final second to beat Oakland Soldiers at Peach Jam yesterday for the Kentucky Travelers.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dominique Hawkins Headlines AP All State Teams

Madison Central's Dominique Hawkins was named Player of the Year  and Holmes' Jason Booher Coach of the Year by the Associated Press today.

AP All-State teams
Player of the Year: Dominique Hawkins, Madison Central, 6-1, F
Coach of the Year: Jason Booher, Holmes
Dominique Hawkins, Madison Central, 6-1, F
Omar Prewitt, Montgomery Co., 6-5, G
Derek Willis, Bullitt East, 6-9, PF
Darryl Hicks, Lou. Trinity, 6-3, G
Quentin Snider, Manual, 6-1, G
Rusty Troutman, Bullitt East, 6-5, G
Shane Hall, Johnson Central, 6-8, F
Cameron Justice, Knott Co. Central, 6-1, G
James Bolden, Holmes, 5-11, G
Jordan Majors, Hopkinsville, 6-3, G
Jaqualis Matlock, Hopkinsville, 6-5, F
Kelan Martin, Ballard; Demetrius McReynolds, Butler; Brandon Price, John Hardin; Devon Mills, Barbourville; Daveon Greene, John Hardin; Kelton Ford, LaRue Co.; Tyler Roberston, Russell Co.; LaMontray Harris, Pleasure Ridge Park; Deonquez Nance, Trigg Co.; Ray Kasongo, Pikeville; Chip McDaniel, Clay Co.; Ethan Rowe, Pikeville.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Board of Control Approves Moving KHSAA Sweet 16® Finals To Sunday

The KHSAA Board of Control has approved keeping the Sweet 16 Finals on Sunday, while the Final 4 will stand alone on Saturday night.
Here is the release from the KHSAA:
After reviewing the 2013 KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16®, the Board of Control voted today in favor of a proposal to move the championship games of the boys’ and girls’ Sweet 16® to Sunday starting in 2014. The format change allows for the semifinals to be conducted as a standalone event on Saturday, and gives the participants more time to prepare and recuperate leading up to the championship game. 
“We examined the format of our basketball tournaments from a number of different perspectives, and in the end, felt like it was time to move the championship game to Sunday. Separating the championship game from the semifinals, really makes an event out of the Saturday games for those final four teams,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “We think the added rest leading up to the championship game will not only benefit the health and safety of the students, it will also have an impact on the quality of play, and provide coaches a chance to better prepare their teams for the most important game of the year.”
The new format was applied for the first time at the 2013 KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16® because of a scheduling issue with the University of Kentucky playing Florida at Rupp Arena on the same day as the KHSAA semifinals. A record crowd of 20,172 turned out to watch the Boys’ Sweet 16® Semifinals on Saturday night between Madison Central-Hopkinsville and Ballard-Montgomery County, with 17,351 fans returning for the first-ever championship game on a Sunday – the largest crowd for a title game since 2009.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Ohio Outguns Kentucky in Ohio-Kentucky All Star Game

The Ohio All Stars used a big night from Cincinnati recruit Kevin Johnson to outgun the Kentucky All-Stars in the Ohio-Kentucky All Star game 106-98 at Thomas More College.

Kentucky was led by 22Ft Academy's MiKyle McIntosh's 18 points. Madison Central's Ken-Jah Bosley scored 17 points and Kentucky Mr. Basketball and UK commit Dominique Hawkins finished with 14.

OHIO        56    50    --    106    

KENTUCKY    46    52    --    98             

OHIO (106): Devon Price 0, Zac Carter 12, Austin McBee 2, Jack Gibbs 0, 

Javon Thompson 5, Kevin Johnson 21, Josh Davenport 11, Jalen Rhea 3, 

Harrison Blackledge 4, Trey Fletcher 15, Aaron Jackson 9, DJ Wingfield 4, 

Maverick Morgan 0, Isaiah Johnson 6. 

KENTUCKY (98): Dominique Hawkins 14, Demitrius McReynolds 2, Tyler Jones 

0, Devonte Grundy 3, Jordan Majors 0, Dez Marshall 5, Darryl Hicks 6, Ken-Jah 

Bosley 17, Omar Prewitt 5, MiKyle McIntosh 18, Logan O'Bryan 0, Rusty 

Troutman 11, Brock Kiesler 7, Antonio Campbell 5, Ray Kasonga 5.

Free Throws: Ohio 32-42; Kentucky 29-39. Three-pointers: Ohio 11 (Carter, 

K.Johnson 4, Davenport, Rhea, Blackledge, Fletcher, Wingfield, Thompson). 

Kentucky 9 (Marshall, Bosley 2, Hicks, McIntosh, Troutman 3, Campbell).

Here are highlights of the game:

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dominique Hawkins Commits to Kentucky

The newly-crowned Kentucky Mr. Basketball Dominique Hawkins made his college decision known today at Madison Central High School in Richmond. Hawkins was surrounded by family in a gym full of students, teammates, media and supporters as he announced he would be attending the University of Kentucky.

Hawkins was introduced by Madison Central Coach Allen Feldhaus. After thanking all those contributing to his success, Hawkins pulled out a customized Kentucky hat and put it on as a CATS cheer erupted from the crowd.

Hawkins adds his name to a UK recruiting class which includes 6 McDonald's All-Americans and Bullitt East's Derek Willis.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Dominique Hawkins Announcement Scheduled for Wednesday

 Kentucky Mr. Basketball Dominique Hawkins has decided to announce his college decision this week.
Hawkins is also considering Morehead State, Purdue, South Carolina, Western Kentucky and Butler.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Ohio-Kentucky All Star Game Rosters Released

Here are the rosters for the Ohio-Kentucky All Star game that will be played April 13th at Thomas More College:

2013 Kentucky All-Stars

Boys Roster

Player High School Ht Pos. College

Ken-Jah Bosley Madison Central 6’1 G Undecided

Antonio Campbell Holy Cross 6’8 C Ohio Univ.

Devonte Grundy Bardstown 6’5 F Undecided

Dominique Hawkins Madison Central 6’0 G Undecided

Darryl Hicks Trinity 6’3 G          Boston College

Tyler Jones Montgomery County 6’0 G Undecided

Ray Kasongo Pikeville 6’8                  F/C Undecided

Brock Kiesler Saint X avier 6’9 C Undecided

Jordan Majors Hopkinsville 6’2 G          Undecided

Dez Marshall Collins 6’5 F Undecided

MiKyle McIntosh 22 Feet Academy 6’6 F Undecided

Demetrius McReynolds Butler 6’2           G Undecided
Larry Morton Bryan Station 6’3 G Undecided

Logan O’Bryan Daviess County 6’4 F KY Wesleyan

Omar Prewitt Montgomery County 6’4 F                    William & Mary
Rusty Troutman Bullitt East 6’5 F Bellarmine

Head Coach: Troy Barr, Bullitt East HS

Asst. Coach: Shawn Purlee, Butler HS

Asst. Coach: Bart Williams, Pikeville HS

Girls Roster

Player High School Ht Pos. College

Kelsey Adwell PRP 5’8 G Undecided

Larryn Books Madison Central 5’5 G Indiana
Destony Curry Manual 5’7 G Bellarmine

Makayla Epps Marion County 5’10 G Kentucky

Ashton Feldhaus Madison Central 6’2 F Butler

Kyvin Goodin-Rogers Marion County 6’1 F/C Kentucky

Billie Hearn Grant County 6’2 F/C            Morehead St.

Jessica Jones Boone County 5’4 G       Tenn. Tech

Madison Jones Ashland Paul Blazer 5’9 F Undecided

Kierra Muhammad Dunbar 5’3 G Western KY

Katelyn Newsome Sheldon Clark 5’8 G                 Hillsdale College

Taylor Porter Lawrence Co. 5’8 G      Murray State

Serena Sandusky Bryan Station 5’8 G Butler

Jordan Scott Connor 5’10 F           KY Wesleyan

Leah Schaefer Ft. Thomas Highlands 6’1 F Xavier

Head Coach: Trent Milby, Marion County HS

Asst. Coach: Bill Bradley, Ashland Paul Blazer HS

Asst. Coach:  Robert Cooksey, Madison Central HS