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Zan Payne to play for father Kenny Payne and Calipari at Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Another coach’s son has officially joined the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. Zan Payne, son of Wildcats associate head coach Kenny Payne, has decided to join the team as a walk-on after scoring more than 1,000 points during his prep career at Lexington Catholic High School in Lexington. Zan Payne The 6-foot-4 Payne averaged 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds...

Kentucky’s PJ Washington making an impression in NBA Combine

PJ Washington has enjoyed a pair of successful performances in the NBA Combine this week in Chicago. Washington is undecided on whether to remain in the NBA Draft or return for a second season. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington did nothing but help himself during the NBA Combine this week in Chicago. Washington scored 24 points in two 5-on-5 scrimmages and figures...

Calipari, Wildcats schedule rare home-and-home series with Utah

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky and Utah haven’t played in more than a decade. That will change in December. The two schools have agreed to a home-and-home series, with the Utes visiting Rupp Arena on Dec. 15. Kentucky will visit Utah the following season, with the two foes playing at T-Mobile Arena on Dec. 21, 2019. Three days later, Kentucky will take on Ohio State in the CBS Sports Classic...

UK forward Jarred Vanderbilt withdraws from NBA Combine

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jarred Vanderbilt has withdrawn from the NBA Combine and is considering his future options. Vanderbilt announced the news on his Twitter account late Tuesday night. “I’ve decided not to attend the NBA combine,” he said. “I’m still weighing my options and working my way through the decision process. Appreciate the continued support.” Vanderbilt played in 14...

Cats officially add E.J. Montgomery to its newest incoming class

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky officially added its newest recruit Monday. E.J. Montgomery, one of the top players in the current graduating class, was added to the roster after signing his letter-of-intent to play for the Wildcats next season. Montgomery verbally committed to play at Kentucky last month. “I hope our fans understand just how good EJ is and how excited we are to have him,”...

Former Kentucky standout Anthony Davis keeps turning heads in NBA

Anthony Davis enjoyed a successful fifth season with New Orleans and averaged double figures in points and rebounds. (New Orleans Pelicans Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Durant wasn’t surprised with the way former Kentucky standout Anthony Davis performed in the Western Conference semifinals. The Golden State Warriors standout and Davis played on the same U.S.A. men’s basketball team...

UK’s Kevin Knox considered one of the top wing players in NBA Draft

Kevin Knox will be one of the Top 20 picks in next month’s NBA Draft in Brooklyn. Knox has already received an invite to the NBA Combine that will be held ahead of the draft. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox has already received an invite to this month’s NBA Combine and will be considered one of the top wing players available in this year’s draft set...

Retiring television sports personality Alan Cutler will be missed on the UK beat

WLEX-TV Channel 18 sports personality Alan Cutler will retire from broadcasting after covering the Kentucky Derby this week at Churchill Downs in Louisville. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Alan Cutler is one of the top television personalities in Kentucky. He’s also my friend. Cutler, who will retire after covering the Kentucky Derby for WLEX Channel 18 this week, is...

Recovering from surgery, UK coach John Calipari hasn’t read commission’s report

Kentucky coach John Calipari underwent minor surgery Tuesday. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t making a judgment call on a report released Wednesday by the Commission on College Basketball calling for the end of the one-and-done era and banning cheating coaches for life. “I really haven’t had time to look at the commission’s recommendations, yet,”...

Early start: Kentucky to play four exhibition games in trip to Bahamas

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats will play four exhibition games in the Bahamas in August. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team will get a jump start on the season this summer. The Wildcats will take a tour to the Bahamas and compete in four games spread across an eight-day stretch Aug. 6-13 ahead of the 2018-19...

After exploring options, UK’s Quade Green reportedly to return next season

Kentucky guard Quade Green has all but made if official that he will be returning for his sophomore campaign next season. Green had been exploring his options during the past month. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Count Quade Green as one player who will likely return to Kentucky next season. Green, who has been exploring his options since the season ended last month, has...

UK freshman Vanderbilt declares for NBA Draft, but holds off on hiring an agent

Kentucky forward Jarred Vanderbilt has declared for the NBA Draft but doesn’t plan to hire an agent, leaving his options open to return next season. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jarred Vanderbilt has decided to test the waters. The University of Kentucky freshman forward declared for the NBA Draft Friday but has opted against hiring an agent and could possibly...

Gabriel declares for NBA Draft, but leaves door open for possible return

Wenyen Gabriel announced his plans to enter the NBA Draft on Wednesday. Gabriel doesn’t plan on hiring an agent and could return next season. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Wenyen Gabriel has always wanted to play at the next level and will get a chance to test the waters. The University of Kentucky forward declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday, but won’t retain...

Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo latest freshman to declare for the NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A year ago, Hamidou Diallo nearly left the University of Kentucky for the NBA. This time it’s for real. The 6-foot-5 freshman guard announced his plans to enter the NBA Draft and hire an agent Monday, ending his collegiate career with the Wildcats. Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo will enter the NBA Draft and plans to hire an agent, ending his collegiate career with the...

NBA Playoffs to feature 13 former UK players spread among 7 teams

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be well represented when the NBA Playoffs begin Saturday. Overall, 13 former players will compete in the postseason on seven different teams. New Orleans’ roster will feature five former players, led by Anthony Davis, followed by DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Liggins, Darius Miller and Rajon Rondo. Cousins is out because of an injury and will not compete in...

Two 5-star prospects, Montgomery, Hagans commit to Calipari, Wildcats

Kentucky coach John Calipari received commitments from two 5-star recruits this week. E.J. Montgomery and Ashton Hagans announced plans to attend UK during the past two days. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — Although Kentucky’s roster has dwindled significantly in less than a week, Kentucky coach John Calipari is reloading for next season and perhaps...

Gilgeous-Alexander declares for draft, hires agent, ending his UK career

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander declared for the NBA Draft Monday on ESPN Sportscenter. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Shai Gilgeous-Alkexander is going to the next level and won’t be coming back. Gilgeous-Alkexander became the second Kentucky to declare for the NBA Draft and hire an agent, joining Kevin Knox as the two of three players who have declared for the draft. PJ Washington...

UK coach Calipari grants sophomore Sacha Killeya-Jones full release from scholarship

Kentucky forward Sacha Killeya-Jones was granted a full release from his scholarship on Monday. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Add Sacha Killeya-Jones to the list of players leaving the Kentucky men’s basketball team. Killeya-Jones, a sophomore, was granted a full release with no restrictions by Kentucky coach John Calipari on Monday. Killeya-Jones was a five-star recruit...

Kentucky standout Kevin Knox decides to hire agent, enter NBA Draft

Kentucky forward Kevin Knox has decided not to return to Lexington next season and will enter the NBA Draft in June. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox made his decision official Friday and will be entering the NBA Draft. Knox, the team’s leading scorer and Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, plans to sign with an agent, ending his career at Kentucky....

Who’s staying? Who’s going? UK’s top frosh not ready to decide future

Kentucky forward Kevin Knox is considered to be a top pick in this year’s NBA Draft that will be in June. Knox led the Wildcats in scoring this season and was SEC Co-Freshman of the Year. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today ATLANTA (KT) — It’s too early to speculate on who will be returning next season, but it will be business as usual for Kentucky forward Kevin Knox...