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 Air Raid offense to Kentucky football. But most of all, John Calipari’s incoming recruits dominated the fall headlines. Re-published below is a primer...

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 Air Raid offense to Kentucky football. But most of all, John Calipari’s incoming recruits dominated the fall headlines. Re-published below is a primer...

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 evident when the ball dropped on Jan. 1. It was confirmed and the season was all but put to bed when Nerlens Noel tore his ACL in February. And then it was put to bed for good in...

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 history.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] As freshmen, Malone and Long were along for the ride for UK’s 2012 national championship run. As sophomores, they were part...

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 history.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] As freshmen, Malone and Long were along for the ride for UK’s 2012 national championship run. As sophomores, they were part...

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.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Lanter first joined the team as a practice player just before the start of the 2012-13 season before earning a spot on the roster.   He made it through his first...

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.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Lanter first joined the team as a practice player just before the start of the 2012-13 season before earning a spot on the roster.   He made it through his first...

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.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Hood is the only player to suit up for each of Calipari’s five UK teams.   In five years at UK, Hood has teamed up with 43 different players. He has already played alongside 17 NBA draft picks, including 13 first-rounders.   While Hood...

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.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Hood is the only player to suit up for each of Calipari’s five UK teams.   In five years at UK, Hood has teamed up with 43 different players. He has already played alongside 17 NBA draft picks, including 13 first-rounders.   While Hood...

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.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But Polson’s status among the Big Blue Nation added a new dimension in the 2012-13 season opener versus Maryland when he posted a then career-high 10 points on four-of-five shooting in 22 minutes off the bench.   As a junior,...

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.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But Polson’s status among the Big Blue Nation added a new dimension in the 2012-13 season opener versus Maryland when he posted a then career-high 10 points on four-of-five shooting in 22 minutes off the bench.   As a junior,...

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.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But Poythress faced comparisons to the plethora of freshmen who have starred at UK in the John Calipari Era and frustrated fans and coaches by disappearing for long periods of time after showing glimpses of his immense talent.   “He...

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.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But Poythress faced comparisons to the plethora of freshmen who have starred at UK in the John Calipari Era and frustrated fans and coaches by disappearing for long periods of time after showing glimpses of his immense talent.   “He...

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.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But if you expect Cauley-Stein to act like the stereotypes associated with big-time college athletes, you will probably be disappointed.   That is just fine with him.   “I love being different,” Cauley-Stein...

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.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But if you expect Cauley-Stein to act like the stereotypes associated with big-time college athletes, you will probably be disappointed.   That is just fine with him.   “I love being different,” Cauley-Stein...

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.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] 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 nine-member freshman class does not seem as daunting.   Floreal joins the basketball team as a walk-on,...

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.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] 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 nine-member freshman class does not seem as daunting.   Floreal joins the basketball team as a walk-on,...

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.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] “If I get the ball, I’m going to score,” he said in a one-on-one interview with KyForward in September. “I feel like that’s what I do best, so why not keep doing it?”   Young arrives at UK as one of...

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.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] “If I get the ball, I’m going to score,” he said in a one-on-one interview with KyForward in September. “I feel like that’s what I do best, so why not keep doing it?”   Young arrives at UK as one of...

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.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Since earning a scholarship offer from UK following a historic run to the Kentucky state high school championship with Madison Central in March, Hawkins has had plenty to smile about.   “I always wanted to play at Kentucky,”...