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Former UK guard Hawkins pondering future as NFL teams showing interest in his talents

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Dominique Hawkins is known for his basketball skills, but his football talents are getting a look from trams in the National Football League. Hawkins, who just concluded a four-year career at Kentucky, wasn’t selected in the NBA Draft last spring, but participated with the Sacramento Kings in the Las Vegas Summer League. Dominique Hawkins likes football, but considers...

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...

Already a certain lottery pick, former UK guard Fox still working his way up NBA Draft ladder

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Former Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox got his chance to workout with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this week. He is scheduled to workout for the Philadelphia Sixers this weekend and then it’s on to next week’s NBA Draft. The Lakers have the second pick in the draft, while Philadelphia has the third pick. Currently, Fox is projected by many analysts...

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....

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...

Kentucky’s Fox becomes first Cat to declare for NBA Draft, will hire an agent, forgo eligibility

After leading Kentucky to the Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament titles as well as an appearance in the Elite Eight, freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox has decided he will put his name in the 2017 NBA Draft. He plans to sign with an agent, which would effectively end his career at UK. The NBA Draft is June 22. “First of all, I’m grateful for the unbelievable season we had,”...

Keith Taylor: North Carolina all that’s standing in the way of return trip to Final Four for Cats, Calipari

MEMPHIS — Kentucky coach John Calipari is along for the ride, a joyful journey that has his Wildcats within one game of reaching the Final Four for the third time in the past four years. In order to get one of four elusive tickets to the national semifinals next week in Phoenix, Kentucky will have to get past top-seeded North Carolina in the South Region finals Sunday in what figures to be another...

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...

Nationwide postseason All-American honors start rolling in for Kentucky guards Monk, Fox

Kentucky’s freshman backcourt tandem of Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox was named All-America by USA Today on Monday. Monk earned second-team distinction, while Fox was tabbed to the third team.   Monk was joined on the second team by Josh Jackson (Kansas), Justin Jackson (North Carolina), Luke Kennard (Duke) and Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga). Third-team honorees along with Fox included Ethan Happ...

Cats want to get off to a better start against Texas A&M in regular-season finale

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Kentucky is developing a knack for comebacks. Despite the success rate, the Wildcats don’t want to make close calls a common occurrence this late in the season. The Wildcats (25-5, 15-2 Southeastern Conference) had to rally from 19 points down to fend off Vanderbilt 83-77 earlier this week and overcome a 10-point deficit to defeat Florida 76-66...

Keith Taylor: Fox, Cats get tough down the stretch to overcome gritty Bulldogs

ATHENS — Georgia threw its best punch at Kentucky, but the Wildcats fought back. Kentucky countered J.J, Frazier’s career-high performance with some clutch plays down the stretch and escaped with an exciting 82-77 triumph over the Bulldogs to complete a regular-season sweep Saturday night. De’Aaron Fox goes up for a shot in Kentucky’s 82-77 win over Georgia Saturday night in Athens...

Fox says practice and time on UK’s side

After Kentucky lost its third game in the past four contests with an 88-66 loss at Florida Saturday night, guard De’Aaron Fox wasn’t worried about the Wildcats experiencing a long-term drought. What will it take for the Wildcats to get back on track? “Just practice and time,” Fox said. “We’re young, but that’s not an excuse anymore. We’ve been playing college basketball...

No update on Fox; ESPN GameDay set to visit Rupp

Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox drives the basket during a win over South Carolina Saturday (Bill Thiry Photo) Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox’s ankle injury didn’t appear to be serious Wildcats coach John Calipari said Saturday night following an 85-69 win over South Carolina. Fox left the game with 12 minutes remaining in the first half after tweaking his ankle and didn’t return....

Keith Taylor: Fox delivers late, helps Wildcats avoid potential disaster in 88-81 win over Bulldogs

STARKVILLE — When things started falling apart for Kentucky, De’Aaron Fox stepped up and helped the Wildcats avoid a potential disaster on the road Tuesday night. The freshman guard scored 21 points and dished out five assists for Kentucky in an 88-81 triumph over host Mississippi State but his biggest contribution came in the form of a slam dunk with 1:34 remaining after the Bulldogs had trimmed...

UK guards Monk, Fox among 25 players on mid-season Wooden Award watch list

Having already proven they’re among the top freshmen in the country and possibly a part of the best backcourt in the nation, Kentucky men’s basketball freshman guards Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox are now among 25 players on the mid-season watch list for the annual John R. Wooden Award.   Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts, the Wooden Award midseason 25 is comprised of student-athletes...

Hawkins putting in extra work, wants to ‘leave it all on the floor’ as UK career winds down

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Dominique Hawkins knows his time at Kentucky is winding down and is taking advantage of his last tour of duty with the Wildcats. “I have a few more months here and I just want to leave it all on the floor,” Hawkins said Monday ahead of Kentucky’s contest at Vanderbilt set for Tuesday. UK guard Dominique Hawkins is in his last semester with the Wildcats...

UK guard Fox named SEC Freshman of the Week for fourth time this season

De’Aaron Fox was named SEC Freshman of the Week by the league office Monday (Bill Thiry Photo) For the fourth time this season, Kentucky freshman guard De’Aaron Fox was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week.   Fox led the Wildcats to a pair of home victories over SEC foes Texas A&M and Arkansas last week. The Houston led the team in scoring, assists and rebounds in the...

Keith Taylor: Usually cool and casual, UK guard Fox shows his tough side in win over Arkansas

De’Aaron Fox wasn’t his usual self Saturday night and that was a good thing for sixth-ranked Kentucky. Fox scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Wildcats to a 97-71 rout of Arkansas, a performance that proved to be a deserving accomplishment for the freshman point guard who has spent more time on the practice floor, whether it was mandatory or voluntarily since “Camp Cal” began more than...

Cats take four-day break to celebrate Christmas with family and friends following loss to Cards

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Following Kentucky’s 73-70 loss at Louisville earlier this week, Kentucky’s players and coaches returned to campus and went their separate ways for Christmas break. The Wildcats (10-2) will return to practice Monday but until then the players plan on enjoying time away from the hardwood. Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox said the break is what the Cats...