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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...

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,...

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...

Andrew Harrison looks to be next great ‘Calipari point guard,’ lead as a freshman

Entering the 2012-13 season, UK head coach John Calipari was working on a four-year streak of turning his point guard into a one-and-done NBA first-round draft pick.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] That streak ended, as did UK’s NCAA Tournament streak. Redshirt sophomore point guard Ryan Harrow transferred to Georgia State following an up-and-down season in his one year playing...

Andrew Harrison looks to be next great 'Calipari point guard,' lead as a freshman

Entering the 2012-13 season, UK head coach John Calipari was working on a four-year streak of turning his point guard into a one-and-done NBA first-round draft pick.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] That streak ended, as did UK’s NCAA Tournament streak. Redshirt sophomore point guard Ryan Harrow transferred to Georgia State following an up-and-down season in his one year playing...

NBA stars, former Wildcats impressed
by new crop of UK men’s basketball freshmen

The focus of Monday’s UK men’s basketball alumni game may have been former Wildcats, but there was plenty of talk after the festivities about the new faces on the UK roster.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] “I love basketball, so I’ve watched the circuit all throughout the year and watched high school basketball, and I think they’ve got a great group of guys,”...

NBA stars, former Wildcats impressed by new crop of UK men's basketball freshmen

The focus of Monday’s UK men’s basketball alumni game may have been former Wildcats, but there was plenty of talk after the festivities about the new faces on the UK roster.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] “I love basketball, so I’ve watched the circuit all throughout the year and watched high school basketball, and I think they’ve got a great group of guys,”...

Former Cats help raise more than $1 million for charity in annual alumni game at Rupp

  Almost two dozen former UK men’s basketball players, including 10 current NBA players, came together Monday to raise more than $1 million for charity at the school’s annual alumni game.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] The game featured seven former Wildcats currently on NBA rosters: Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, Detroit Pistons forward Josh Harrellson,...

Former UK stars wrap up NBA season, but nine will participate in playoffs

Nine former UK men’s basketball players will participate in the NBA playoffs this season.   The playoff field was finalized with the conclusion of regular season games Thursday. The former UK players who will participate are listed below with links to their NBA.com player pages.   Daniel Orton — Orlando Magic   DeAndre Liggins — Orlando Magic   Enes Kanter —...

Marquis Teague improving play as Cats hit stride with undefeated SEC record

Playing point guard in UK head coach John Calipari’s dribble-drive motion offense isn’t easy.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] In addition to adapting to the demanding style of play, point guards in the system have to face comparisons to the list of guards who came before them. For UK freshman point guard Marquis Teague those comparisons mean he hears the names Derrick Rose,...

NBA roundup: Prince, Knight star for Pistons

Eight players with local ties took the court in NBA games Wednesday. You can see a rundown of their performance below:   Former UK forward Tayshaun Prince scored 21 points on 9-15 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in 39 minutes of action for the Detroit Pistons.   Former UK point guard Brandon Knight scored 15 points on 7-18 shooting, grabbed five rebounds and tallied four assists in 43 minutes...

NBA roundup: Keith Bogans signs with Nets

Three former UK players took the court in NBA games Tuesday, and one Wildcat alum caught on with a new team. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   The New Jersey Nets announced they have signed former UK guard Keith Bogans.   Former UK forward DeMarcus Cousins scored 21 points on 8-15 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds in 36 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings.   Former...

NBA roundup: John Wall scores 20

Former UK point guard John Wall scored 20 points on 7-16 shooting and dished out six assists in 36 minutes of action for the Washington Wizards.   Former UK forward Tayshaun Prince scored 14 points on 7-15 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in 30 minutes of action for the Detroit Pistons.   Former UK forward Patrick Patterson scored eight points on 4-5 shooting and grabbed five rebounds...

NBA roundup: Cousins, Knight score 17

Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 17 points on 8-16 shooting and grabbed 15 rebounds in 33 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings. The performance was Cousins’ 13th double-double of the season, second most in the NBA.   Former UK point guard Brandon Knight scored 17 points on 7-14 shooting and tallied five assists in 41 minutes of action for the Detroit Pistons.   Former...

NBA roundup: Josh Harrellson injured

Eight players with local ties took the court in NBA games Saturday. You can see a roundup of their performances below:   Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 19 points on 9-18 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds in 29 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings.   Former UK forward Tayshaun Prince scored 17 points on 6-14 shooting and grabbed two rebounds in 38 minutes of action for the Detroit...

NBA roundup: Brandon Knight scores 22

Former UK point guard Brandon Knight scored 22 points on 6-18 shooting and tallied four assists in 34 minutes of action for the Detroit Pistons.   Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 17 points on 7-12 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds in 27 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings.   Former UK point guard John Wall scored 13 points on 4-17 shooting, tallied 10 assists and grabbed nine...

NBA roundup: Wall leads Wizards to shocker

Ten players with Kentucky ties took the court in NBA games Wednesday night. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   Former UK point guard John Wall scored 25 points on 6-17 shooting, tallied eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds in 44 minutes of action for the Washington Wizards.   Former UK forward Tayshaun Prince scored 29 points on 13-23 shooting and grabbed three rebounds...

NBA roundup: Prince, Knight lead Pistons

Former UK forward Tayshaun Prince scored 20 points on 10-22 shooting and grabbed three rebounds in 36 minutes of action for the Detroit Pistons.   Former UK point guard Brandon Knight scored 15 points on 7-16 shooting and tallied four assists in 35 minutes of action for the Pistons.   Former UK forward Patrick Patterson scored 12 points on 5-7 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 24 minutes...

NBA roundup: Jodie Meeks scores 26

Former UK guard Jodie Meeks scored 26 points on 10-11 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 35 minutes of action for the Philadelphia 76ers.   Former UK point guard Rajon Rondo posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 assists in 40 minutes of action for the Boston Celtics.   Former UK point guard Brandon Knight posted a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes of action...