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Calipari expecting Poythress to return for his senior year, Lee to have breakout season

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  Kentucky head coach John Calipari said he expects injured junior forward Alex Poythress to return for his senior season and to team with fellow front-court man Marcus Lee to provide the Wildcats with the foundation for another highly ranked …

Kentucky native Whitaker returns home to join Mitchell’s UK Hoops coaching staff

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Kentucky native and former Dayton assistant coach Camryn Whitaker has been hired as an assistant coach for the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team, head coach Matthew Mitchell announced.   Whitaker, who hails from Cynthiana, Ky., returns to the Bluegrass …

Willard named to Pitino’s UofL coaching staff; Cards add nation’s No. 4 scorer Lee to roster

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Ralph Willard, whose 39 years of coaching experience include 19 as a collegiate head basketball coach, has joined the University of Louisville men’s basketball staff as assistant coach to Cardinals’ head coach Rick Pitino.   Willard replaces Wyking Jones, who …

Sports Notes: Murray State sharpshooter Payne has prominent position in NBA Draft

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  While Kentucky basketball fans continue to speculate about the upcoming NBA Draft and where their favorite former Wildcats may wind up, a couple of other players with Bluegrass ties figure prominently in most mock predictions.   According to Sports …

Pitino, Louisville experiencing different kind of turnover this off season as Cards ‘reload’

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  By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   The cliche about needing a program to identify the players will certainly be true for Louisville basketball fans. In fact, such reading material will be critical as fans settle into their seats next …

Anthony Davis, former Wildcats enter NBA playoffs hoping to take next step as pros

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  By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The NBA season concluded Wednesday, and five former Kentucky players made it into the postseason. But the former star getting the most attention is the one making his first playoff appearance.   Former …

Sports Notes: Decision to leave early means seven Cats still not finished chasing records

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  Kentucky dealt with pressure all season long, pressure to be the best, pressure to win every game and, finally, pressure to win a national championship.   Shortly after the season came to a sudden halt, two wins short of …

Three UK ‘Cats walk-ons graduating, starting ‘next steps’ with autograph tour around state

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Staff Report   While seven of their colleagues head to the NBA draft, three graduating seniors on the Wildcats basketball team will be taking to the “autograph” road on the way to finding their “what’s next” after graduation.     …

Ashley Scoby: Seven Wildcats seek to realize their childhood dreams by moving on to NBA

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  Plenty of memories about driveways crowded the Joe Craft Center men’s practice court on Thursday.   Seven players from this year’s Final Four team attended a news conference and officially declared for the NBA draft – all of them …

One-time prized recruit, forward Shaqquan Aaron will transfer from UofL after semester

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One of last season’s top recruits, freshman guard/forward Shaqquan Aaron will leave the Louisville men’s basketball program at the conclusion of the spring semester, head coach Rick Pitino said.   “We are in total agreement with Shaqquan transferring and we …

Former Louisville, Minnesota assistant McHale takes the reins at Eastern Kentucky

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  Eastern Kentucky University has chosen Dan McHale, a former University of Louisville and Minnesota assistant, to be its men’s basketball head coach, and he was introduced during a news conference Thursday in McBrayer Arena.   “We are ecstatic to …

Jamie Vaught: Cal’s record-seeking Wildcats provided fans a once-in-a-lifetime experience

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  Just a few days after Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns graced the cover of Sports Illustrated with the Wildcats gunning to become college basketball’s first undefeated squad since 1976, UK’s memorable campaign came to a crashing halt this past Easter weekend. …

Former Cleveland State all-conference guard Lewis added to Louisville basketball roster

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  Trey Lewis, an all-conference guard who has played his last two years at Cleveland State University, has signed a financial aid agreement at the University of Louisville to play his final collegiate basketball season with the Cardinals.   “We …

Calipari adds Adolph Rupp Coach of the Year award to list of others in season trophy case

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  Kentucky coach John Calipari has been named Adolph Rupp Coach of the Year by the Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky.   He was also previously named Naismith, Sporting News, Associated Press and the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ National …

Calipari fulfilling role as PR man as half a dozen Cats ponder moving on to the NBA

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  By Guy Ramsey UK Athletics   John Calipari may have wanted a morning to decompress, some time to himself after a heartbreaking, season-ending defeat to Wisconsin on Saturday night.   He wouldn’t allow it. He owed Sunday morning to …