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Terrence Jones’ surprise free agency and more Big Blue Links

Former Kentucky forward Terrence Jones is looking for a new team after the Houston Rockets failed to tender him a contract offer.
Former Kentucky forward Terrence Jones is looking for a new team after the Houston Rockets failed to tender him a contract offer. Associated Press

Big Blue Links for Saturday:

Terrence Jones has hit the free agent market. Not much news yet on where the former UK forward will land after the Houston Rockets declined to offer a Jones a contract.

Louisville, Kentucky and Indiana football all looking at Trinity wide receiver. USA Today reports that Rondale Moore, transfer from New Albany has drawn the attention of several schools, including those close to home. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound prospect was clocked at 4.38 in the 40-yard dash. Kentucky was the first to offer a scholarship.

AJ Reed gets his first hit in the Major Leagues. The former UK star singled in the fifth inning of Friday night’s game for the Houston Astros. Reed had gone 0-for-16 with the Major League club after being called up. “Kind of a weight lifted off your shoulders,” Reed told the AP.

Ex-UK football commitment has Louisville and Kentucky on his list. Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal reports that Michael Warren, a four-star running back from Toledo, who re-opened his commitment, now has UK, Iowa State, Boston College, Rutgers, Louisville and Toledo on his list.

Kansas is happy to have Malik Newman. The Jayhawks tried to recruit the highly-rated guard out of high school, but Newman elected to stay home and play at Mississippi State. A year later, however, Newman and Howland disagreed on his future and Newman has committed tot he Jayhawks.

Ex-UK guard Rajon Rondo could be headed for the Chicago Bulls. As K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune points out, “Rondo, 30, made the last of his four All-Star appearances in 2013. His athleticism manifests itself in his perennial landing among the league’s steals leaders. But he clashed with coach Rick Carlisle during his one season with the Mavericks, which raises questions on how Fred Hoiberg would handle him.”

Speaking of NBA free agency, Dwight Howard has agreed to deal with the Hawks. Chris Vivlamore of the AJC reports, “Dwight Howard is coming home. After a lengthy afternoon meeting with the Hawks on the first day of NBA free agency, the eight-time All-Star center agreed to a three-year, $70.5 million contract with his hometown team Friday night, according to a person familiar with the situation.”

The NBA summer leagues are about to start in Orlando and Utah. Orlando runs from July 2-8. Utah runs from July 4-7. Last Vegas goes from July 8-18. Metz Camfield of reports that Alex Poythress (Orlando), Aaron Harrison (Charlotte), Dakari Johnson (Oklahoma City) and Marquis Teague (Dallas) will compete in the Orlando League.

John Calipari glad to have three guards again. “Well, we’re doing it again. Malik and De’Aaron are different, but they’re both guards. De’Aaron will probably have the ball in his hands more than Malik, but Malik will probably score the ball more because he just has that ability, even though De’Aaron can score too. But you still have, like I said, three point guards in Isaiah Briscoe.”

North Carolina State basketball postpones its international trip. Mark Gottfried’s Wolfpack was scheduled to play in Italy in August but have canceled because of security concerns. Gottfried said his program will plan a trip for next summer instead.

Auburn lands a commitment from No. 1 junior college receiver. Wesley Sinor of reports that Brandon Martin of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has committed to the Tigers. Martin is 6-4, 205 out of Dallas who originally signed with LSU in 2015.

Lamonte Turner is emerging as a leader for Tennessee basketball. Reports Wes Rucker of 247 Sports, “Turner, the nation’s No. 144 overall prospect in the 2015 industry-generated 247Sports Composite, skipped his senior season at Florida’s IMG Academy and enrolled at Tennessee in hopes of being eligible to play last season. The NCAA ultimately ruled him ineligible for the 2015-16 season but allowed him to stay in school and redshirt, and he certainly didn’t waste the season.”

South Carolina’s P.J. Dozier has been hanging out with Stephen Curry. The Gamecocks’ sophomore guard is at the Stephen Curry Select Camp for top guards this week in California. Dozier started 28 of 34 games last season as a freshman for Frank Martin.

West Virginia has landed former Tennessee offensive lineman. Ray Raulerson is transferring from the Vols. He played in five games last season as a redshirt freshman and must sit out the 2016 season.

Missouri’s new baseball coach is getting to work. Daniel Jones of the Columbia Daily Tribune reports, “The most pressing issue facing Missouri baseball was addressed Thursday with the hiring of Steve Bieser as the 14th coach in the program’s history. More dominoes fell Friday at a press conference introducing Bieser to the public. The first hurdle for Bieser will be constructing a coaching staff. Bieser said that he gave the process pause after he was inundated with applications for staff positions Thursday night and Friday morning.”

Michael Phelps edges Ryan Lochte at the U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials. Writes Pat Forde of Yahoo, “Ryan Lochte was beaten by his nemesis. Again. After surging up alongside Michael Phelps with 25 meters left in the 200 individual medley – their final showdown in America – Phelps budged back ahead and won the marquee race of these Olympic trials by .31 seconds. It was the fourth straight time Phelps has gotten the better of Lochte in the 200 IM at the trials, and the combined margin of victory in the last three is .82 seconds.”

Athlon Top 25 pre-season college football

  • 1. Alabama
  • 2. Florida State
  • 3. Ohio State
  • 4. Clemson
  • 5. Michigan
  • 6. Oklahoma
  • 7. Tennessee
  • 8. Notre Dame
  • 9. LSU
  • 10. Ole Miss
  • 11. Washington
  • 12. Stanford
  • 13. Michigan State
  • 14. UCLA
  • 15. Houston
  • 16. Georgia
  • 17. TCU
  • 18. Louisville
  • 19. Iowa
  • 20. Florida
  • 21. North Carolina
  • 22. USC
  • 23. Oregon
  • 24. Oklahoma State
  • 25. Baylor
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