college basketball

Basketball recruit Lacey has 'great' trip to Kentucky, visits Kansas next

Calipari invites wall back if NBA locks out

May 6, 2011 

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Gold Team member Trevor Lacey, right, looks for direction from the bench with White Team member Tony Kimbro. Kimbro's father Tony played basketball at UofL from 1985-1990. Both players are currently undecided on where they will attend college. The 2011 Derby Festival Basketball Classic was played in the Yum Center Friday, April 22, 2011. The Gold team defeated the White 126-122 Photo by Jonathan Palmer

JONATHAN PALMER

Trevor Lacey, one of the top unsigned prospects remaining in the class of 2011, discussed his official recruiting visit to the University of Kentucky this week with the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal World on Wednesday and said he came away impressed.

"I enjoyed it. It was great," Lacey told the Kansas newspaper. "Just seeing how Coach (John) Calipari is ... he's passionate, always helping his players. He's always on the go about them."

Lacey, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Huntsville, Ala., is the No. 24-rated player in the nation by recruiting service Rivals.com. He plans to visit Kansas this weekend.

In addition to Kentucky and Kansas, Lacey's final list of possible schools includes Alabama, Auburn, Connecticut and North Carolina State.

Calipari invites Wallto return to UK

University of Kentucky Coach John Calipari has told John Wall and other former UK players in the NBA that they're welcome to work out in Lexington this summer if the league locks out its players in an expected labor dispute.

Michael Lee of the Washington Post, in his "Wizards Insider" column, quoted Calipari as saying, "I told (Wall), if there is a lockout. You come back with us. I said, 'Use our building. We've got facilities here. Whatever you want, if you need to, if there is a lockout, stay here. Be here in the mornings.' "

Lee spoke with Calipari in Chicago on Wednesday night, where Calipari was watching another of his former players, Derrick Rose of the Bulls, receive the NBA's MVP award.

Calipari suggested during the interview that Wall could return to UK to take summer classes during the lockout and practice with the Wildcats to stay in shape.

"He can be on the court with us," Calipari told the Washington Post writer. "He can be a student assistant going back to school, you can put him on the court. I'm going to invite all of our guys, John, (Bulls guard Keith) Bogans," he said. "I even said to Derrick, you didn't go there, but if you want, you can come down. But hopefully, there isn't a long stoppage, but if there is, I want to make sure our guys know they can come back with us."

Coombs-McDaniel transfers

The University of Connecticut says Jamal Coombs-McDaniel plans to transfer.

UConn Coach Jim Calhoun made the announcement hours after the sophomore had a court appearance on marijuana charges postponed.

In a release, Calhoun said Coombs-McDaniel wants more playing time, and both agreed he would get more opportunity in another program.

Duke signs early grad

Alex Murphy is finishing high school early and will play this coming season at Duke.

The school announced that 6-foot-8 Murphy signed a letter-of-intent to become the fifth member of the Blue Devils' incoming recruiting class.

Murphy had been on track to play his senior season at a Massachusetts high school in 2011-12 but opted to graduate early and enroll at Duke. The small forward from South Kingstown, R.I., averaged 21 points as a high school junior.

Maryland coach retires

Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams is retiring after a 33-year career, the last 22 at his alma mater.

Williams says "it's the right time" for him to step down. The fifth-winningest active coach in the country, he led the Terrapins to the national championship in 2002.

Harris undecided

Freshman All-American Tobias Harris has yet to decide whether he will return to Tennessee for another year, according to his father.

Torrel Harris Sr. said early Wednesday morning that Tobias has performed well in select private individual workouts for NBA teams.

Johnson leaves CBS

After 16 years, play-by-play mainstay Gus Johnson parted ways with CBS Sports, ESPN reported. The two sides could not agree on a contract.

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