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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...

Keith Taylor: Surprise journey to the Sweet Sixteen the reward for Wildcats

Kentucky’s players huddle late in the game of a 61-58 loss to Kansas State in the South Region finals Thursday night in Atlanta. The Wildcats ended the season with a 26-11 record. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) ATLANTA — It was fun while it lasted. For a team that was unsure of itself more than a month ago, Kentucky did everything it could to make up for four straight setbacks to open February...

Sour finish for Cats in Sweet Sixteen as Kansas State pulls off surprise

Kentucky guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander drives toward the basket in the first half against Kansas State in the South Region finals Thursday night at Phillips Arena. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today ATLANTA (KT) — Kentucky fended off one set of Wildcats in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, but couldn’t duplicate the feat in the Sweet Sixteen. The fifth-seeded Wildcats...

NCAA: Wildcats not buying notion they have an easy path to Final Four

Kentucky coach John Calipari watches his team during practice Wednesday at Phillips Arena. The Wildcats take on Kansas State at 9:40 p.m. Thursday in the South Region semifinals. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today ATLANTA (KT) — Kentucky’s path to the Final Four appears to be easy on paper. Despite being the lone heavyweight remaining in the South Region, the Wildcats...

Keith Taylor: NCAA: Calipari enjoying the journey with maturing Wildcats

Kentucky coach John Calipari never lost faith in his team, even when the Wildcats suffered four straight losses in February. Kentucky has won five straight games in the postseason. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) BOISE — John Calipari is not one to make comparisons, but his current Kentucky squad is steadily becoming one of his favorite teams. Never mind the Wildcats endured a rare four-game slide...

NCAA Tournament: Defense giving Kentucky an identity thus far in the postseason

Kentucky freshmen Hamidou Diallo, left, and Shai Gillgeous-Alexander, right, share a laugh during an open practice last week at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. The Wildcats are having fun on both ends of the court and will continue play in the NCAA Tournament Thursday in Atlanta, Georgia. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today BOISE — Kentucky has finally established an identity. “Our...

No Bull: Kentucky blasts winded Buffalo to reach NCAA Sweet Sixteen

Kentucky guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander celebrates during the Wildcats’ 95-75 win over Buffalo Saturday in Boise. The Wildcats will take on either UMBC or Kansas State in the South Region semifinals Thursday in Atlanta. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today BOISE (KT) — Kentucky is still standing and dancing in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats (26-10) stayed perfect in the postseason...

NCAA: Calipari, Cats seek to end Buffalo’s historic run in tourney

Kentucky coach John Calipari answers a question during a press conference Friday at Taco Bell Arena. The Wildcats take on Buffalo in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday in Boise. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today BOISE (KT) — Buffalo made history Thursday night and Kentucky hopes to end the trend in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday. The Bulls...

NCAA: Long three-point streak ends, but Cats oust Davidson in tourney opener

Kevin Knox scored 25 points to lead Kentucky to a 78-73 win over Davidson Thursday night at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today BOISE (KT) — The first one is out of the way. Kentucky (25-10) advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 78-73 triumph over outmanned Davidson Thursday night, setting up a potential matchup against Arizona in the...

NCAA Tournament: Cats not looking ahead, playing with chip on their shoulder

Kentucky coach John Calipari directs the Wildcats during an open practice Wendesday at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. The Wildcats play Davidson in their tournament opener at 7 p.m. Thursday. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today BOISE (KT) — Kentucky has something to prove and doesn’t feel any pressure going into the NCAA Tournament. “We’re playing with a chip on our shoulder,”...

NCAA Tournament: Calipari wants Cats to stay in the moment and not look ahead

Kentucky coach John Calipari wants the Wildcats to focus on the here and now going into the NCAA Tournament. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today BOISE (KT) — Kentucky has been perfect in the postseason, but it doesn’t matter if you ask John Calipari. “There’s no one that has a record now and you just go play each game,” Calipari said. “You don’t look out...

Keith Taylor: NCAA: Bring on the brackets and bring on the fun, it’s tourney time

BOISE — It’s tournament time and it doesn’t get any bigger than the Big Dance. The NCAA Tournament begins Tuesday at various sites across the nation, a winding road that leads to the Final Four in San Antonio. Unlike the past, this year’s field is packed with a lot of good teams and a sprinkle of great squads, which could make for an exciting, yet unpredictable tournament. The top seeds include...

NCAA: Calipari not surprised by his team’s seeding in Big Dance

Kentucky coach John Calipari wasn’s surprised by his team’s placement in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are a No 5 seed in the South Region, with overall top seed Virginia. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari wasn’t surprised when his team’s NCAA destination was revealed Sunday. “I would have been shocked if we got a four seed,” Calipari...