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Best of Fall 2013 in Sports: Air Raid returns, and Calipari’s big freshmen debut at Rupp


To get you ready for 2014, we’re recapping the year that was in sports, and here is the second installment: fall 2013. New things, exciting things, were happening at Commonwealth Stadium with Mark Stoops’ debut and the return of the …

Best of Spring and Summer 2013 in sports: NIT loss to Robert Morris reviewed and more


To get you ready for 2014, we’re recapping the year that was in sports. We’ll start with reviewing the spring and summer of 2013 in one fell swoop. The year began with unusual turmoil at Rupp Arena, and it was …

Brian Long, Sam Malone have enjoyed first-hand look at highs and lows of UK basketball


In their UK careers, junior walk-on guards Brian Long and Sam Malone have combined for eight points in 24 games, but they have had a first-hand look at some of the highest highs and lowest lows in recent UK basketball …

Former practice player Tod Lanter hopes
to contribute for Cats before his career ends


It’s not often a UK men’s basketball player can fly under the radar, but that is what happened to redshirt junior walk-on guard Tod Lanter during his first season as a Wildcat.   Lanter first joined the team as a …

Jon Hood focusing on having fun during final season of eligibility in five-year UK career


If there is an expert on the “John Calipari Era” at UK, it is likely senior guard Jon Hood.   Hood is the only player to suit up for each of Calipari’s five UK teams.   In five years at …

After carving out bench role, Jarrod Polson returns to UK for chance at second title


Senior guard Jarrod Polson has been a fan favorite since he stepped on campus as a walk-on from West Jessamine High School.   But Polson’s status among the Big Blue Nation added a new dimension in the 2012-13 season opener …

Alex Poythress plans to carry forward lessons learned in up-and-down freshman season


On paper, UK sophomore Alex Poythress posted what most logical assessments would consider a successful debut collegiate season.   But Poythress faced comparisons to the plethora of freshmen who have starred at UK in the John Calipari Era and frustrated …

Willie Cauley-Stein takes pride in defying stereotypes as he prepares for 2013-14 season


At 7-foot, 244 pounds, UK sophomore forward Willie Cauley-Stein is unlikely to be mistaken for your average college student.   But if you expect Cauley-Stein to act like the stereotypes associated with big-time college athletes, you will probably be disappointed. …

E. J. Floreal brings Olympic pedigree to UK
as freshman walk-on, son of track coach


E. J. Floreal is no stranger to stacked rosters.   His father, UK track and field head coach Edrick Floreal, brought in 49 new athletes to his program this year. Comparatively, E. J.’s inclusion in the UK men’s basketball team’s …

James Young hopes to bring instant offense
to Wildcats after proving himself to Calipari


Ask UK freshman guard James Young what he envisions for his role on the 2013-14 team, and he has an answer ready.   “If I get the ball, I’m going to score,” he said in a one-on-one interview with KyForward …

Dominique Hawkins hopes to carry his state tournament success over to college career


When talking to UK freshman point guard Dominique Hawkins one of the first things you notice is his ever-present smile.   Since earning a scholarship offer from UK following a historic run to the Kentucky state high school championship with …

Derek Willis not focused on rankings as he plays with more highly touted Wildcats


One might expect a Kentucky native—who grew up less than 100 miles west of Lexington—who signs to play basketball with UK would have grown up an avid Wildcat fan.   That is not the case for UK freshman forward Derek …

Andrew Harrison looks to be next great ‘Calipari point guard,’ lead as a freshman


Entering the 2012-13 season, UK head coach John Calipari was working on a four-year streak of turning his point guard into a one-and-done NBA first-round draft pick.   That streak ended, as did UK’s NCAA Tournament streak. Redshirt sophomore point …

Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison hopes to show
he isn’t the second-best Harrison in town


UK freshman guard Aaron Harrison is used to being compared to his twin brother.   Still, he might be the only basketball player who can say he is considered the consensus No. 1 recruit in the country at his position …

Kentucky not shying away from 40-0 talk,
still focusing on daily grind of season


For most programs coming off a first-round NIT loss, the goal might be to reach the NCAA Tournament or to simply show consistent progress on the court.   Not at UK.   With the Wildcats just more than six months …

Dakari Johnson embraces center role, hopes to prove he was underrated in recruiting


If basketball does not work out for UK freshman center Dakari Johnson, he may have a future in an unlikely sport:   Ping pong.   “I take that serious,” Johnson said with a smile in a one-on-one interview with KyForward …

Awe-inducing haul of scholarship players has Kentucky’s John Calipari excited for practice


Ask John Calipari what he learned from the 2012-13 NIT season, and it does not take him long to come up with an answer.   “You can’t do what I did last year and have eight kids on scholarship,” Calipari …

Julius Randle ready to be Kentucky’s
‘alpha beast,’ challenge for Player of the Year


In a freshman class full of potential stars, UK forward Julius Randle may stand alone.   Randle, who was ranked as the No. 2 recruit in the class of 2013 by Rivals.com, 247Sports and Scout.com, earned the moniker “alpha beast” …

Kentucky freshman Marcus Lee hopes
he can be a ‘sponge’ for John Calipari


When Marcus Lee chose to attend Kentucky, he expected to be challenged on the basketball court. He did not necessarily expect that challenge as a volleyball player.   Lee, who was a standout volleyball and basketball player at Deer Valley …

Record-setting basketball class willing to face competition for chance to win NCAA title


  John Calipari has never been shy about saying the UK men’s basketball program is not for every player.   In Calipari’s four years as UK’s head coach, highly touted prospects have had to accept smaller roles and fewer shots …