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Former Wildcats playing big roles in NBA All-Star Weekend may be starting a trend

Former Wildcat star Anthony Davis will miss the All-Star game due to injury, but is still among the NBA MVP favorites this season (Photos from NBA.com)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The NBA marks the mid-point of its regular season with a weekend of events that lead into the 64th All-Start game on Sunday night. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Kentucky Wildcats’ men’s basketball...

Former Wildcats playing big roles in NBA
All-Star Weekend may be starting a trend

Former Wildcat star Anthony Davis will miss the All-Star game due to injury, but is still among the NBA MVP favorites this season (Photos from NBA.com)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The NBA marks the mid-point of its regular season with a weekend of events that lead into the 64th All-Start game on Sunday night. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Kentucky Wildcats’ men’s basketball...

Ashley Scoby: Well-intended Sportsman of the Year Award could use some modernizing

A.J. Reed, the latest Sportsman of the Year, had the best season of any UK baseball player in history. He was also the 32nd male in 34 years to win (UK Athletics Photo)   Last week, Kentucky baseball player AJ Reed was – deservedly – named the Lexington Herald-Leader’s 2014 Sportsman of the Year. He had one of the best years in UK sports history and will go down as one of the best baseball...

Kentucky sends more players to NBA than
any other program, and they’re pretty good!

By Jonathan Coffman KyForward correspondent   John Calipari was introduced as head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats on April 1, 2009. If basketball fans were told then that 19 Wildcats would be drafted into the NBA within his first five seasons, they may have assumed it was some kind of prank.   But this is no April Fool’s joke. A total of 19 Wildcats have been selected by various NBA teams,...

Kentucky sends more players to NBA than any other program, and they're pretty good!

By Jonathan Coffman KyForward correspondent   John Calipari was introduced as head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats on April 1, 2009. If basketball fans were told then that 19 Wildcats would be drafted into the NBA within his first five seasons, they may have assumed it was some kind of prank.   But this is no April Fool’s joke. A total of 19 Wildcats have been selected by various NBA teams,...

Former Morehead star Faried earns spot on All-Tournament team as U.S. captures gold

Former Morehead star Kenneth Faried led the U.S. team in rebounding during World Cup play (USAB.com Photo)   The United States Basketball Team, which includes former Morehead State star and current Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried as well as former Kentucky Wildcats DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, captured a gold medal in the 2014 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) World Cup,...

Morehead's Faried, Kentucky's Davis and Cousins earn positions on USA FIBA squad

  Former Morehead State forward Kenneth Faried and Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins have been selected to represent the United States in the 2014 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) World Cup. The event will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain.   “I want to thank everyone who has been in my corner supporting me,” Faried told Nuggets.com. “It means a lot to me to be...

Randle is SEC Freshman of the Year; Young and Cauley-Stein earn second-team honors

Kentucky’s Julius Randle was named SEC Freshman of the Year on Tuesday. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky’s Julius Randle was named SEC Freshman of the Year on Tuesday, leading a handful of Wildcats honored by the league’s coaches. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Randle was also one of eight players named First-Team All-SEC, the only Wildcat on that list....

Four men's signees, one women's signee named 2014 McDonald's All-Americans

Four Kentucky men’s basketball signees and one women’s basketball signee will play in April’s McDonald’s All-American Game, the benchmark game to recognize high-school standouts. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   All four of John Calipari’s signees in the 2014 class will play in the McDonald’s game April 2 in Chicago. Point guard Tyler Ulis, shooting...

Kentucky’s flaws as apparent in Baton Rouge as its dominance was on last trip in 2012

Twenty games into its season, John Calipari’s team is sputtering. (File photo by Jon Hale)   Kentucky’s visit to LSU on Tuesday was its first in two years. Below is a brief tale recounting the two trips. The contrast is as stark and jarring as this segue, which will not be forced any further. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   The Wildcats fell asleep near the end of...

Kentucky's flaws as apparent in Baton Rouge as its dominance was on last trip in 2012

Twenty games into its season, John Calipari’s team is sputtering. (File photo by Jon Hale)   Kentucky’s visit to LSU on Tuesday was its first in two years. Below is a brief tale recounting the two trips. The contrast is as stark and jarring as this segue, which will not be forced any further. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   The Wildcats fell asleep near the end of...

UK’s Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins named to USA Basketball’s 28-man roster

Anthony Davis is back on the Team USA roster after he was the 12th man (out of 12) on the 2012 Olympic gold-medal team in London. (File photo by Jon Hale)   Former Kentucky standouts Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins have been named to the 28-man initial Team USA basketball roster for 2014-16, the pool from which 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and, more importantly, the 2016 Olympic teams will...

UK's Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins named to USA Basketball's 28-man roster

Anthony Davis is back on the Team USA roster after he was the 12th man (out of 12) on the 2012 Olympic gold-medal team in London. (File photo by Jon Hale)   Former Kentucky standouts Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins have been named to the 28-man initial Team USA basketball roster for 2014-16, the pool from which 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and, more importantly, the 2016 Olympic teams will...

Willie Cauley-Stein blocks update: What's going on?

Willie Cauley-Stein had one block Tuesday against Arkansas, and the drought is on. He has four blocks in three SEC games, and even though it wasn’t likely he’d get a ton against a three-happy Razorbacks team (even though they only took 11 out of 45 total attempts Tuesday), it’s still troublesome that at the end of regulation, Cauley-Stein had a one-on-one against 6-6 Alandise Harris,...

Willie Cauley-Stein blocks update: The blocks are drying up

Willie Cauley-Stein had one block Saturday against Vanderbilt. It wasn’t a season low; he had no blocks in the second game of the season against Northern Kentucky. Still, the last four games have tied a season-low drought of blocked shots for the Wildcats’ center. He has eight blocks in Kentucky’s last four games. Combine any four consecutive games in UK’s first 15 games, and...

Willie Cauley-Stein blocks update: Post-Mississippi State/pre-Vanderbilt

Willie Cauley-Stein had two blocks Wednesday night against Mississippi State, a subpar night that has set him back a bit off Anthony Davis’ pace. We all knew the pace was insane, because the end result was insane, but here we are. Cauley-Stein now has 55 blocks through 14 games to Davis’ 64 (and to Nerlens Noel’s 49). Cauley-Stein’s block percentage has fallen over the past...

Willie Cauley-Stein keeping blocks pace
with Anthony Davis through 13 team games

Willie Cauley-Stein blocked three shots Saturday in UK’s 73-66 win over Louisville, upping his total as a sophomore to 53 blocks through 13 games. That completes Kentucky’s non-conference schedule, and heading into SEC play, he’s keeping a reasonable pace with Anthony Davis’ school blocks record through 13 games. Davis had 58 through 13, and Nerlens Noel had 46. [widgets_on_pages...

Willie Cauley-Stein keeping blocks pace with Anthony Davis through 13 team games

Willie Cauley-Stein blocked three shots Saturday in UK’s 73-66 win over Louisville, upping his total as a sophomore to 53 blocks through 13 games. That completes Kentucky’s non-conference schedule, and heading into SEC play, he’s keeping a reasonable pace with Anthony Davis’ school blocks record through 13 games. Davis had 58 through 13, and Nerlens Noel had 46. [widgets_on_pages...

Willie Cauley-Stein blocks update: Post-Louisville

Willie Cauley-Stein blocked three shots Saturday in UK’s 73-66 win over Louisville, upping his total as a sophomore to 53 blocks through 13 games. That completes Kentucky’s non-conference schedule, and heading into SEC play, he’s keeping a reasonable pace with Anthony Davis’ school blocks record through 13 games. Davis had 58 through 13, and Nerlens Noel had 46. Closer to keep...

Cauley-Stein blocks update: One behind Davis through 11 games

Willie Cauley-Stein had five blocks Saturday in UK’s 82-77 loss to North Carolina, bringing his season total to 48 blocks through 11 games. That puts him one behind Anthony Davis’ pace through 11 games and quite a few ahead of Nerlens Noel. How might Cauley-Stein fare in Kentucky’s next game Saturday against Belmont? The Bruins’ offensive block percentage is 9.1—that means...