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Jamie Vaught: Kentucky sophomore PJ Washington settling into role as one of the ‘old guys’ for Wildcats

In the one-and-done era, especially at Kentucky, PJ Washington is now considered one of the old guys. Even though the 6-7, 236-pounder from Dallas will be a sophomore, he will be expected to provide some guidance and leadership for UK’s 2018-19 squad which is loaded with a super crop of highly-regarded freshmen as well as a couple of key sophomore returnees Quade Green and Nick Richards. In addition,...

Jamie Vaught: March is upon us, some observations, statistics and tidbits as we head into the ‘Madness’

• It’s really hard to believe that two of UK’s best players — Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who earned first-team or second-team All-SEC honors as voted by the coaches — were left out by the Associated Press on its All-SEC teams. Weird, huh?  If my late brother-in-law, who was a head basketball coach on the high school level for a couple of years, was alive today, he would...

Kentucky State Parks offering opportunities to watch March Madness Basketball at several park locations

College basketball fans have several options to watch their favorite teams during March at Kentucky State Parks. Natural Bridge State Resort Park near Slade has Trail’s End Tavern with TV sets and a variety of beverages available. The tavern is inside Hemlock Lodge. Trail’s End Tavern at Natural Bridge State Resort Park (Photo from KAP) Jenny Wiley State Resort Park at Prestonsburg also has...

All ‘A’ Classic at Eastern Kentucky University records highest attendance for tournament since 2008

The recent All “A” Classic at Eastern Kentucky University recorded a total attendance of 38,201, the highest number for the annual event since 2008. The statewide basketball tournament for small schools returned to the Richmond campus this year after six years at the Frankfort Convention Center. EKU hosted the tournament from 1991 to 2011. Attendance at the nine sessions of the tournament ranged...

Billy Reed: Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame is about jumping and reaching for the stars

“Well, one of my dreams has always been, on a Sunday morning, to be coming home on a fire truck, riding through Shelbyville and holding the state championship trophy with my finger up in the air: ‘We’re number one!’” — Arnold Thurman, 1966 Shelby County state champs If basketball has more to do with dreams than any other sport, and a convincing argument can be made that it does, surely...

Kentucky men’s basketball leads nation in overall attendance, women’s places seventh

Kentucky’s men’s basketball program led the nation in total home attendance for the first time in five years, according to NCAA figures released Monday. (Photo from Facebook)   Kentucky basketball was the team to watch this year, and now the stats back it up for both the men and women’s programs.   Both Kentucky basketball programs were among the top in national attendance...

Louisville center Chinanu Onuaku earns gold medal as part of USA Basketball U19 team

Chinanu Onuaku reacting to a play against Michigan State in the Elite Eight of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. (Photo from UofL)   University of Louisville forward/center Chinanu Onuaku earned a gold medal Sunday as a member of the USA Basketball U19 team, defeating Croatia 79-71 in overtime Sunday in the title game of the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship in Heraklion, Crete,...

Former Wildcats stock could be impacted
by a blockbuster trade prior to NBA Draft

Seven Kentucky players declared for the NBA Draft following the NCAA Tournament (UK Athletics)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   Seven Kentucky players will wait to hear their names called during the NBA Draft Thursday night, and their anticipation could not be higher following trade speculation that may impact their stock.   Rumors of the Los Angeles Lakers “aggressively”...

Former Wildcats stock could be impacted by a blockbuster deal prior to upcoming NBA Draft

Seven Kentucky players declared for the NBA Draft following the NCAA Tournament (UK Athletics)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   Seven Kentucky players will wait to hear their names called during the NBA Draft Thursday night, and their anticipation could not be higher following trade speculation that may impact their stock.   Rumors of the Los Angeles Lakers “aggressively”...

ESPN, Time Warner Cable, Bright House reach agreement to carry SEC Network

  ESPN, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have reached an agreement for carriage of the SEC Network when the channel launches on Aug. 14, 2014.   The network will be available to fans and followers of the Southeastern Conference in all Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks markets ahead of the first SEC 2014-15 college football season game, Texas A&M vs. South Carolina,...

Five Eagle basketball players pick up honors for excellence off the court

(Photo provided)   Morehead State’s Drew Kelly, Chad Posthumus, Kareem Storey, Jordan Percell and Karam Mashour have been named to the 2013-14 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for academic achievement.   The Honors Court recognizes juniors or seniors who own a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 and have been enrolled at their current school at least...

National Association of Basketball Coaches honors two EKU Colonels for high grades

Eric Stutz and Deverin Muff were honored by the coaches group for their excellence in the classroom. (Photo provided)   Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball players Eric Stutz and Deverin Muff were selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2013-14 Honors Court, which recognizes men’s basketball players that excelled in academics during the past season.   In...

Lady Hilltoppers cruise past top-ranked Troy, prepare to host South Alabama on Feb. 15

WKU women’s basketball team led by as many as 36, including a 33-point cushion at halftime, and coasted to a 93-66 win over Troy Wednesday night at E.A. Diddle Arena.   Kendall Noble led scoring against Troy on Wednesday night. WKU (15-8, 7-5) had five players score in double figures, including redshirt freshman Kendall Noble’s 26 points, junior All-America candidate Chastity Gooch’s...

The basketball version of "Toddlers and Tiaras" is upon us, and it hits close to home

Nate Taylor of the New York Times has published Real Basketball Moms of Kentucky, a piece about a handful of Kentucky women seeking a reality-television deal profiling their lives as mothers of high-school basketball players. Taylor said six families have signed a deal with NorthSouth Productions, a television production company, but it’s unclear when or if the project will make it to screen...

Catching up on WCS's blocks after Baylor

Willie Cauley-Stein had three blocks in UK’s 67-62 loss to No. 20 Baylor at AT&T Stadium on Friday, and such a performance warrants an update to the blocks chart. He’s now at 34 blocks for the season, an average of about 3.8 blocks per game. Through nine games, he’s still ahead of where Nerlens Noel was last season. Kentucky’s next game is Tuesday at home against Boise State....

More on WCS vs. Noel vs. Davis

Today, I wrote this on stacking up Willie Cauley-Stein, at least in terms of blocking shots, to Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel. It’s not too long, so just go read it instead of forcing me to summarize it here. I wrote the piece using game-by-game data from Cauley-Stein’s current season, comparing it to Noel’s season in 2012-13 and Davis’ season the year before that. Here’s...

UK grad Vogel is a ‘big dreamer,’ but even he’s surprised to be living dream as an NBA coach

Frank Vogel, who graduated from UK with a degree in biology, began his journey to becoming a head coach in the NBA as the Wildcats' video coordinator. (Photo from the Indiana Pacers)   By Kelli Elam Special to KyForward   Frank Vogel has always considered himself to be a “big dreamer.” But even he is a little surprised by the dream he is living today. Vogel is the head coach of the...