UK Men's Basketball

Lamb makes it official, signs with Kentucky

Kentucky signed its fourth recruit for the 2010 class — Doron Lamb of Laurelton, N.Y. Lamb has spent the past two seasons at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., where he averaged 23 points, six rebounds and four assists in his senior season.

Kentucky Coach John Calipari called Lamb "a terrific guard" and said he expects him to contribute immediately.

The 6-foot-4 Lamb, a McDonald's All-American who is ranked 21st overall and No. 3 at shooting guard by, joins Enes Kanter, Brandon Knight and Stacey Poole Jr. in Kentucky's signing class.

Flannery to play at Asbury

Austin Flannery, who averaged 10 points and shot 40 percent from three-point range for Scott County as a senior, said he will sign with Asbury.

"We are very excited to add a shooter like Austin to our team," Asbury Coach Will Shouse said. "Any time you can add a player from a program the caliber of Scott County it is obviously a plus."

Flannery, who played his first two years at Boone County, also considered Northern Kentucky and Walsh (Ohio).

Cornell hires Courtney

Virginia Tech assistant Bill Courtney was hired as Cornell's basketball coach Friday, succeeding Steve Donahue at a school that did the Ivy League proud with its NCAA Tournament run.

"My challenge here is a great one. The job Coach Donahue did was amazing," Courtney said. "We will have to rebuild a little bit, but I've looked into the eyes of the players and I see they have tasted that success and they want it again. We're going to work our tails off to make it happen again, I can promise you that."

This is the first head coaching job for Courtney, a 39-year-old well-traveled assistant. He starred in college at Bucknell, where he was an All-Patriot League selection and the team captain his junior and senior seasons.

Courtney was with the Hokies for one season and spent eight years as an assistant at George Mason under Jim Larranaga.

Around the nation

Northern Arizona: Guard Cameron Jones declared for the NBA Draft. Jones is a two-time all-Big Sky Conference selection who averaged 19.3 points last season.

Florida State: Solomon Alabi, a 7-1 center, is entering the NBA Draft. Alabi averaged 9.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and a school-record 2.1 blocked shots for the Seminoles.

Temple: Junior forward Lavoy Allen declared for the NBA Draft. A first-team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection, Allen averaged 11.5 points and 10.7 rebounds.

San Francisco: Jennifer Azzi, an All-American point guard for Stanford who went on to star in the WNBA, was hired to take over at San Francisco.