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John Calipari surprised by Keldon Johnson’s slide in NBA Draft, has high hopes for Reid Travis

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari was surprised Keldon Johnson slid down the charts during the NBA Draft last week. Johnson was the last of three former Kentucky players selected in the yearly draft last week and was chosen late in the first round as the No. 29 pick by the San Antonio Spurs. “They said he was a Top 10 pick when he left here and then a month and a half later he’s picked...

Former Murray State star Ja Morant makes history as overall No. 2 pick by Memphis Grizzlies in NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ja Morant made history Thursday night. The Murray State University guard became the highest player drafted in Racers history when he was selected as the second overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York. For Morant, the experience of being drafted among the top elite players in the country was a “crazy” experience. “Obviously...

Nick Richards up to the challenge of becoming top post player in nation after opting to return to UK

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Richards wants to get better and that’s the main reason he opted to return to Kentucky for a third season. “That’s one of the reasons I came to this school is to improve on my basketball skills and get ready for the next level,” Richards said. “I thought that coming back for an extra year would just benefit that.” Kentucky sophomore Nick Richards declared...

Former University of Kentucky basketball stars Hawkins, Willis part of TBT Bluegrass Boys Squad

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be well-represented in The Basketball Tournament next month. Former Kentucky players Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins, Josh Harrellson, Marcus Lee, Ramon Harris, Kevin Galloway and AJ Stewart will form the Bluegrass Boys organized by former Kentucky player Mark Krebs and will be coached by Wayne Turner. The Bluegrass Boys will compete with seven more teams...

Wildcat’s exhibition schedule to feature instate schools Georgetown College and Kentucky State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will play a pair of instate schools before officially opening the season against Michigan State in the State Farm Champions Classic. The Wildcats will take on Georgetown College at 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 and Kentucky State in a 7 p.m. contest on Nov. 1. Both games will be played at Rupp Arena and televised on the SEC Network. Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans offers a...

Calipari says pickup games still essential to player development as many focus on individual workouts

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is concerned about the lack of time players are spending playing pickup games compared to individual workouts. “One of the things that I’m a little concerned about in this great game that we coach, kids are starting to just be about individual workouts,” he said. “My own son, Brad (Calipari), that cone has no arms. You need to play pickup basketball...

Kentucky’s EJ Montgomery announces plans to return; Wildcats to play Auburn twice next season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today EJ Montgomery has decided to return for a second season at Kentucky. The 6-foot-10 forward opted to to return next season after declaring for the NBA Draft and gives the Wildcats another big man in the post. Nick Richards announced Tuesday that he would be back next season, giving the Wildcats four returnees, including guards Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley, on next...

UK forward Nick Richards will return to Wildcats for junior year and John Calipari is expecting big things

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Richards tested the waters and swam back to the shore. The University of Kentucky junior forward announced he would return for a third season with the Wildcats on Tuesday. Richards declared for the NBA Draft, but the 6-foot-11 forward decided coming back would increase of chances of a career at the next level. “First off, I want to thank God, the man up above,...

University of Kentucky softball’s season comes to an end as Wildcats fall in shutout loss to Huskies

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s run in the NCAA Tournament came to an end early Sunday morning. The Wildcats failed to score for the second straight game against No. 3 Washington as the Huskies completed a sweep with a 5-0 win in the best of three Super Regionals to advance to the College World Series. Kentucky ended the season with a 36-24 record, while Washington improved to 50-7 on the...

Kentucky softball falls behind early in game one 3-0 loss to Huskies in Super Regionals

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky softball team fell behind early and couldn’t keep pace with Washington in a 3-0 loss to the Huskies on Friday night. The Wildcats (36-23) left nine runners on base, while the Huskies (49-7) used timely hits, especially in the first two innings and built and early 2-0 lead. The best of three series resumes Saturday night with the first pitch...

Kentucky’s Mitch Barnhart honored with AD of the Year award by Sports Business Journal

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mitch Barnhart was in the spotlight in the Big Apple this week. The University of Kentucky Athletics Director was named AD of the Year by the Sports Business Journal on Wednesday night. Barnhart was among five finalists for the award during a ceremony by the organization in New York. Mitch Barnhart and Mark Stoops celebrate after the Wildcats defeated South Carolina last...

University of Kentucky softball prepared for Friday’s Super Regional showdown with Washington

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Rachel Lawson knows what her team will be going up against when the Wildcats take on No. 3 in the NCAA Super Regionals Friday. “Washington is always one of the best defensive teams in the country,” Lawson said. “I don’t know what their statistics are in terms of defense, but they’re very fast and they’re always really good. They do a great job...

Coach John Calipari’s satellite camp to make nine stops around the Commonwealth beginning June 4

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari will make nine stops throughout the state as part of his satellite camp next month. Kentucky coach John Calipari will host nine and possibly 10 satellite camps next month. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) The camp, for children ages 7-17, will make stops at North Laurel High School (June 4), Harrison County High School (June 5), Elizabethtown High School (June...

University of Kentucky softball to open tournament play at home for fourth consecutive year

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky softball team will open play in the NCAA Tournament at home. The Wildcats (33-22) will host Toledo (29-26) at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Joe Cropp Stadium. It marks the fourth consecutive season Kentucky has been selected as a host sight in the opening round. The Wildcats are a No 14 seed and will open the tourney following the Illinois-Virginia Tech...

UK Notebook: Coach John Calipari completes successful first decade at helm of Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari just completed his first decade at Kentucky and has enjoyed a memorable run since he was hired in 2009. The Kentucky coach led the Wildcats to a 30-7 record, the fifth time Kentucky has recorded 30 or more victories during his tenure in Lexington. During that same span, Kentucky has won 31 games in the NCAA Tournament, made four Final Four appearances, made...

NFL dream comes true for former Madison Southern High School, Alabama running back Damien Harris

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A lifelong dream finally came true for Damien Harris. The University of Alabama running back and former Madison Southern High School standout was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft Saturday as the 87th overall selection by the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. “I’ve been waiting on this moment for I don’t even know how long, since I first...

George Rogers Clark High School basketball standout to fulfill lifelong dream, walk-on at UK

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brennan Canada will be wearing a blue uniform next season. The George Rogers Clark senior forward will walk-on at the University of Kentucky next year, fulfilling a life-long dream of playing for the Wildcats. Canada helped lead the Cardinals to an 26-8 record and a runner-up finish in the 10th Region Tournament. Clark lost to Campbell County in the regional finals. George...

Former Tates Creek star, Western Kentucky coach Horn takes over at Northern Kentucky University

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Northern Kentucky University didn’t take long to find its next head men’s basketball coach. Less than two weeks after John Brennan left to take over at the University of Cincinnati, the Norse hired former Tates Creek High School product Darrin Horn. For the past four seasons, Horn as served as associate head coach at the University of Texas under Shaka Smart. Darrin...

Keldon Johnson announces he will declare for NBA draft, but leaves door open to return next season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keldon Johnson has decided to test the waters before determining his next career move. The Kentucky freshman guard declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday but is leaving the door open for a second tour of duty with the Wildcats. Johnson can sign with an agent certified by the NCAA and can return for a second season if he decides to forgo the NBA Draft and return to play...

John Calipari agrees to long-term deal that will ensure he will finish his coaching career at UK

Coach John Calipari questions a call in Kentucky’s loss to Auburn. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari will finish his coaching career with the University of Kentucky, the school announced Monday night. Calipari, 60, agreed to terms on a long-term contract after completing his 10th season as head coach with Sunday’s loss to Auburn in the Midwest Region...