UK Men's Basketball

Epps returns to Marion County as coach

Marion County named one of its past stars, former University of Kentucky point guard Anthony Epps, as its new boys' basketball coach on Friday.

Epps, who led Marion County to the 1993 state championship, also played point guard for UK's 1996 NCAA Tournament championship team.

When he finished his high school career, Epps had amassed school records for points (2,044) and assists (728).

He finished his UK career second on the school's career assist list with 544. He led the Cats in assists in 1994-95, 1995-96 and 1996-97.

Epps said he hoped to lead Marion County High "back to respectability."

Two Cats to play in China

Kentucky's Josh Harrellson and Jon Hood, along with other collegiate players, will travel with Sports Reach to China, a sports evangelism organization, from May 14 to May 31 to compete in games against local clubs, including the Bayi Basketball Club, traditionally one of the top teams in China.

The players will use the platform of sport to connect with athletes and share their ministry.

Harrellson played in 22 games this past season, averaging 1.3 points and 1.2 rebounds.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for me and the other athletes I will be traveling with," Harrellson said. "Basketball has afforded more opportunities than I could ever dream of.

Hood averaged 1.2 points in 17 appearances in his freshman campaign.

"Traveling to China is something I never dreamed I'd be able to do," Hood said. "However, Sports Reach has made it possible to not only travel and interact with other athletes, but to minister to others and share with them the wonderful gifts and talents I've been blessed with."