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Former Kentucky standout Anthony Davis keeps turning heads in NBA

Anthony Davis enjoyed a successful fifth season with New Orleans and averaged double figures in points and rebounds. (New Orleans Pelicans Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Durant wasn’t surprised with the way former Kentucky standout Anthony Davis performed in the Western Conference semifinals. The Golden State Warriors standout and Davis played on the same U.S.A. men’s basketball team...

Ex-UK star Miller returns to NBA, signs undisclosed two-year deal with New Orleans Pelicans

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Darius MillerDarius MIller’s return to the NBA is official. The former University of Kentucky standout and Kentucky Mr. Basketball, signed a two-year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, the organization announced Thursday. Miller will join former Kentucky standouts Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo in New Orleans. Because of team policy, terms of...

Still Winning: Ex-Cat Darius Miller helps lead German team to third straight BBL championship

Already a professional at playing basketball, Darius Miller appears to be a pro at winning championships.   The former Kentucky men’s basketball standout captured yet another championship, winning a third straight easyCredit BBL title on Sunday with Brose Bamberg in Germany. Brose Bamberg swept EWE Baskets Oldenburg for its ninth easyCredit BBL crown. The BBL is the top league in Germany. Darius...

Ex-UK stars Miller, Ormerod Bell to be inducted into KHSB Hall of Fame; four from WKU added

Former Kentucky men’s basketball standout Darius Miller, who helped lead the Wildcats to the 2012 national championship, will be inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday at the State Theater in Elizabethtown. Miller will be enshrined into the hall of fame as a part of the class of 2016 for his illustrious high school career at Mason County High School. The 2008 winner...

Keith Taylor: Ex-Cat Darius Miller ends the season winner; Lee to finish college career at Cal

Darius Miller ended the season a winner. The former Mason County and University of Kentucky standout led the Brose Baskets to a three-game sweep of the Ratiopharm Ulm in the German finals. Miller averaged 18 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists and was named Most Valuable Player of the series. Miller also made 16 of 19 shots from long range. Darius Miller was named MVP of the German Finals last weekend...

Keith Taylor: Father-son combos not a new trend at UK; Game times set for first three football games

Brad Calipari won’t be the first player to play for his father at Kentucky. Three others — Herky Rupp, Sean Sutton and Saul Smith — also played for the Wildcats, with Smith enjoying a successful career from 1997-2001. Smith was a part of the Wildcats’ 1998 national championship team. Smith finished his career with 364 assists (10th in school history) and played in 143 games in his career. Saul...

Wildcat forward Poythress one of 30 finalists for prestigious Senior CLASS Award

Kentucky senior Alex Poythress has been named one of 30 candidates for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make positive impact as leaders in their communities. Poythress is the first Wildcat to earn recognition...

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...

2012 Review: UK’s eighth national title headlines a year of memorable sports stories

There was perhaps no bigger event in Kentucky in 2012 than the Wildcats’ winning their eighth national championship. KyForward sports editor Jon Hale was on the road with the team during its title run as the Big Blue Nation’s thirst for a championship was quenched after a 13-year Final Four drought. You can read KyForward’s account of the entire 2011-12 championship season and relive...

2012 Review: UK's eighth national title headlines a year of memorable sports stories

There was perhaps no bigger event in Kentucky in 2012 than the Wildcats’ winning their eighth national championship. KyForward sports editor Jon Hale was on the road with the team during its title run as the Big Blue Nation’s thirst for a championship was quenched after a 13-year Final Four drought. You can read KyForward’s account of the entire 2011-12 championship season and relive...

Q&A: John Calipari previews 2012-13 season, talks about challenge of repeating and more

In September, UK men’s basketball coach John Calipari sat down for a roundtable interview with local media members, including KyForward’s Jon Hale, to talk about his new team, the pressure of repeating and a host of other topics.   You can see the transcript of the interview below (Questions have been edited for clarity):   Last year you cautioned us several times about how hard...

More than $300,000 presented to charities
as former Wildcats return for alumni game

DeMarcus Cousins feigns annoyance at a call during alumni game. (Photo by Jon Hale)   On a day in which UK basketball fans had a chance to see some of their favorite former Wildcats play at Rupp Arena again, the most memorable moment likely came at halftime.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] That was when UK head coach John Calipari, the former Wildcats playing and coaching in the...

More than $300,000 presented to charities as former Wildcats return for alumni game

DeMarcus Cousins feigns annoyance at a call during alumni game. (Photo by Jon Hale)   On a day in which UK basketball fans had a chance to see some of their favorite former Wildcats play at Rupp Arena again, the most memorable moment likely came at halftime.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] That was when UK head coach John Calipari, the former Wildcats playing and coaching in the...

Darius Miller signs contract with Hornets

Darius Miller. (File photo by Jon Hale) The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have signed 2012 second round pick Darius Miller. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.   Miller (6-8, 225) was the 2012 SEC Sixth-Man of the Year, helping UK to the national title in New Orleans while posting averages of 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 26.1 minutes per game....

Former Wildcats, now NBA professionals enjoy brief reunion at Calipari ProCamps

It may not seem like much has changed to fans since the UK men’s basketball team won its eighth national championship, but three of the Wildcats on that team might as well be living in a different world.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Former Wildcats Darius Miller, Doron Lamb and Michael Kidd-Gilchrsit are back in Lexington this week for the first time since being drafted by NBA...

Photo gallery: Kidd-Gilchrist, Miller, Lamb return to UK to help coach young Wildcat fans

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist coaches young teammates. (Photo by Jon Hale)   The third annual Prasco John Calipari Basketball ProCamp featured some familiar faces for young Wildcat fans Thursday.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Each day of the four-day camp is hosted by at least one of the departed players from the 2012 UK men’s basketball national championship team. On Thursday,...

As many as six former Wildcats could be selected in first round of NBA Draft

  Six members of the 2012 UK national championship team will learn where the next chapter of their basketball careers will take place in Thursday’s NBA draft.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] At this point, freshman forward Anthony Davis appears to be a lock to go at No. 1 to the New Orleans Hornets, but the fate of the rest of the Wildcat stars is up in the air.   In...

One-on-one with John Calipari: The full transcript and video package

UK men’s basketball coach John Calipari is rarely shy about sharing his philosophy on basketball.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] In a one-on-one interview with KyForward sports editor Jon Hale, Calipari took time from a satellite basketball camp this week at Campbell County Middle School to talk about his future at UK, his scheduling philosophy, the NBA draft, next year’s...

UK basketball notebook: Calipari talks
Indiana game, NBA draft, Dominican team

The controversy surrounding the end to the UK and Indiana men’s basketball series seems to be the story that just won’t go away.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Less than a week after UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart issued his latest statement about the end of the series, head coach John Calipari did not mince words in his defense of the decision while speaking to the...