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Charlie Villanueva, Tayshaun Prince will face each other in exhibition game

University of Kentucky coach John Calipari, who is also coaching the Dominican Republic National Team in the FIBA World Championships, has organized an exhibition game between his Dominican team, which includes Piston Charlie Villanueva, and a team of Kentucky alums that includes Tayshaun Prince and former Piston Nazr Mohammed, among others. From Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld:

On August 15, Calipari’s two teams will collide at Rupp Arena, according to tweets from the head coach. Team Dominican Republic will face Team Kentucky, which will be made up of eight of the program’s former stars. Calipari will coach the national team while Sam Bowie and Joe B. Hall will lead the Kentucky alum.

Team Dominican Republic will include NBA players Al Horford, Charlie Villanueva and Francisco Garcia.

Team Kentucky will include John Wall, Rajon Rondo, Tayshaun Prince, DeMarcus Cousins, Jodie Meeks, Nazr Mohammed, Eric Bledsoe and Keith Bogans.

All former Kentucky players have been invited to the event, where they will be honored for their contributions to the program.

The game is expected to be televised, but details have yet to emerge.

Although he’s not listed as playing, Pistons rookie Brandon Knight could possibly be in attendance as well since all former Kentucky players are invited.



  • Jul 28, 20115:45 pm
    by Tiko


    I hope Tay puts him in his place on the court

  • Jul 28, 20117:28 pm
    by xyu022


    Not even a competition for Tay.  Charlie V refuses to play defense.

  • Jul 28, 20119:14 pm
    by Shane


    I hope Knight is able to play

  • Jul 28, 201110:41 pm
    by Levi Thieman


    i dont believe charlie v refuses to play d. i think hes just bad at it. i dont wanna hear about how defense is all about effort. well, maybe in pee wee but playing effective defense on nba talent is a legit skill just like shooting the three or the crossover dribble

    • Jul 29, 20114:02 am
      by Tiko


      Couldn’t agree with u more. We gotta stop making excuses for Charlie V. He flat out sucks at the game. Watching him attempt to play d is one of the saddest things ever

  • Jul 29, 20118:20 am
    by neutes


    For being the vagabond coach he has been I think this is a pretty cool thing Calipari is doing bridging eras and keeping Kentucky basketball about being a family type atmosphere.

  • Jul 29, 201110:44 am
    by tarsier


    Interesting bit of trivia. Apparently last year, Villanueva was tops in the league at performing better offensively against bad defense than against good defense:

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