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UK will conduct internal probe of basketball allegations released in Yahoo report

Former Kentucky forward Bam Adebayo was linked to a report that he received a loan from a sports agency. Adebayo played for one season at UK and is now with the Miami Heat. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto told the board of trustees on Friday morning that the school will conduct an internal investigation and will cooperate with...

Adebayo, Johnson, Poythress among former Cats participating in NBA Las Vegas Summer League

The main event of the NBA Summer League, the Las Vegas league, tipped off Friday with 12 Kentucky men’s basketball players on summer league rosters. No other college has as many players in the Las Vegas league as UK. The dozen Wildcats will cover eight of the 24 teams in the league. The Las Vegas league will feature 67 games from Friday to July 17. Kentucky’s representation includes: · ...

Adebayo, Fox, Monk, Ulis among featured players for 2017 John Calipari UK Pro and Skill Camps

Former Kentucky men’s basketball players Bam Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, Dominique Hawkins, Malik Monk and Derek Willis will be the featured pros at the 2017 John Calipari UK Pro Camps, which will be held Aug. 1-2 at the Memorial Coliseum/Joe Craft Center complex at the University of Kentucky campus. Julius Randle (July 22) and Tyler Ulis (July 30) will also host individual camps this month. Players...

Three former Wildcats jumpstart NBA careers through participation in Orlando Pro Summer League

Former Kentucky men’s basketball players Bam Adebayo, Dakari Johnson and Derek Willis will play in the NBA’s Mountain Dew Orlando Pro Summer League, which begins Saturday at the Orlando Magic’s Amway Center practice court. The league will jumpstart a busy summer for former UK players either making their professional debuts or looking to enrich their opportunities in the NBA. In addition...

With destinations determined, Monk, Fox, Adebayo eager to have an impact at the next level

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Now that the future is clear, De’Aaron Fox wants to be a franchise player. Malik Monk is set to take his winning ways to Charlotte. Fox was selected as the fifth overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the NBA Draft Thursday night. Fox will join former Kentucky standouts Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere and brings “leadership, a lot more youth” to the organization. “It’s...

Sacramento Kings grab UK’s Fox with No. 5 pick, Monk selected 11th by Hornets in NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take long for De’Aaron Fox to hear his name called during the NBA Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn. Former teammate Malik Monk wasn’t too far behind after waiting longer than expected. Fox, the former Kentucky point guard was the fifth pick of the draft and was chosen by Sacramento Kings. Monk also was a first-round selection and was taken 11th overall...

Keith Taylor: Once thought to be out of the lottery, Adebayo could be a first-round sleeper choice

Bam Adebayo isn’t considered a lottery pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, but could very be a sleeper choice in the first round. Adebayo, who averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game for Kentucky last season, worked out for the Charlotte Hornets Sunday. Adebayo played at High Point Christian Academy in North Carolina. During his workout with Charlotte Sunday, Adebayo showcased his shooting from...

UK’s Adebayo received an extra nudge from Calipari to remain in the NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer When he came to making a final decision regarding his future, former Kentucky forward Bam Adebayo received an extra nudge from John Calipari. Adebayo told reporters at the NBA Combine in Chicago last weekend the Kentucky coach urged him to remain in the draft instead of coming back for one more season. Former Kentucky forward Bam Adebayo says he received...

Led by Fox, four UK players look to make an impression in this week’s NBA Combine

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Four Kentucky men’s basketball players will be participating in the NBA Combine that begins Tuesday and runs through May 14 at the Quest Center in Chicago. De’Aaron Fox, Isaiah Briscoe, Bam Abedayo and Hamidou Diallo were listed among 67 players invited to attend the six-day event. Malik Monk was invited, but opted against participating in the combine....

Five and counting: UK freshman Bam Adebayo hires an agent, opts to remain in NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer It didn’t take Bam Adebayo long to decide his future plans. The Kentucky freshman forward declared for the NBA Draft earlier this month but opted against signing with an agent, leaving the door open for a possible return for a second season with the Wildcats. Adebayo announced Tuesday that he’s signing with an agent, ending his one-year collegiate...

That Makes Three: Bam declares for NBA Draft joining Fox and Monk, but won’t hire an agent

Kentucky men basketball freshman forward Bam Adebayo announced Wednesday that he plans to submit his name for the 2017 NBA Draft but will not hire an agent. As long as Adebayo does not hire an agent, he will have until May 24 (10 days after the NBA Draft Combine) to make a final decision as to whether he wishes to remain in the draft or return to Kentucky for his sophomore season. “This process...

Monk named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, joins Fox, Adebayo on All-SEC team

After leading the Southeastern Conference in scoring throughout the regular season, Kentucky guard Malik Monk was honored as the Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches on Tuesday to highlight the annual SEC honors for the Wildcats.   Monk and backcourt mate De’Aaron Fox were both selected to the All-SEC First Team, while classmate Bam Adebayo earned second-team honors. All three were named...

Repeat feat: Bam named SEC Frosh of Week

Bam Adebayo and the Wildcats displayed confidence and toughness in a win over Vandy Tuesday night at Rupp Arena (Tammie Brown Photo) After helping Kentucky win its 48th regular-season Southeastern Conference crown, freshman forward Bam Adebayo was named the league’s top-performing freshman on Monday for a second straight week. Adebayo provided a consistent presence for the Cats in two historic comeback...

Cats crack AP Top 10, latest poll boosts NCAA resume

Kentucky moved back into the Associated Press Top 10 and is ranked No. 9 in the newest Top 25 released Monday. The Wildcats (24-5, 14-2 Southeastern Conference) are ranked below instate rival Louisville, which is No. 8 in the poll. In addition to moving back into the Top 10 for the first time since climbing as high as No. 4 earlier this year, the latest ranking boosts UK’s NCAA Tournament resume. Three...

Cats, Gators battle for SEC supremacy in high stakes showdown between conference co-leaders

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer It doesn’t get any bigger with one week remaining in the regular season. Southeastern Conference co-leaders No. 11 Kentucky and 13th-ranked Florida meet Saturday in a highly-anticipated showdown that will likely determine the league champion and the top seed for the upcoming conference tournament. Malik Monk and the Wildcats hope they fare better in...

Adebayo records first double-double in SEC play to lead Cats to 72-62 road win over Missouri

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Struggling Missouri surprisingly gave No. 11 Kentucky all it could handle, but the Tigers didn’t have an answer for Bam Adebayo. The Kentucky freshman forward scored 22 points and completed a double-double with a career-high 15 rebounds to lead Kentucky to a 72-62 win over Missouri Tuesday night. Bam Adebayo scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in...

Cal likes the way UK has responded after loss to Vols

Bam Adebayo slams the ball during UK’s loss at Tennessee last weekend in Knoxville. (Keith Taylor Photo) Kentucky had its first practice since an 82-80 loss at Tennessee earlier this week and John Calipari liked the way the Wildcats responded following the first Southeastern Conference loss of the season. “They were good yesterday,” Calipari said Friday. “They were really good....

Keith Taylor: Calipari wants Cats to get back to doing what’s right for team following loss to Vols

KNOXVILLE — Maybe Kentucky was looking ahead to its showdown with Kansas. Maybe the Wildcats simply didn’t heed John Calipari’s warning about how tough it was to beat Tennessee on the road. Regardless, the Volunteers proved to be the better team Tuesday night, taking advantage of a rare mediocre performance by the Wildcats and handed fourth-ranked Kentucky its first Southeastern Conference setback...

Already UK’s hardest worker, Calipari predicts Adebayo will ‘be that guy’ by end of the year

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer At the moment, Bam Adebayo is Kentucky’s hardest worker on the court. John Calipari knows it and the entire team knows it. “That is why he is making strides that are just crazy,” Calipari said Friday as the sixth-ranked Wildcats (14-2, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) prepare to take Auburn Saturday afternoon. Bam Adebayo is averaging 15 points per game...

Room for Improvement: Despite perfect record, top ranking, Cal’s Cats could be even better

By Jonathan Coffman Special to KyForward Following a 115-69 victory over Arizona State, Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari left fans pondering a comment made during his press conference: “The question becomes now: How good can we be?” Fans may laugh at the thought after defeating a power five conference opponent by 46 points, but he has a point. While the Wildcats have looked dominant thus...