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Monk, Fox sweep Southeastern Conference weekly basketball awards

Forty-seven points. That was more than enough for Malik Monk to earn Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors, while De’Aaron Fox hauled in SEC Freshman of the Week accolades after posting his team-leading fourth double-double behind a career-best 24 points and 10 assists in the win over No. 7/6 North Carolina.   The dynamic duo provided the game-winning plays to seal a memorable 103-100...

As fall academic semester comes to a close, Cats set sights on ‘Camp Cal’ during break

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer John Calipari can’t wait until the fall semester ends on Wednesday. “I don’t have to worry about anything academically — nothing,” the Kentucky coach said. “We’ll go 29 straight days four-a-days. (We’ve) got nothing to worry about except basketball. Right now, we gotta get through Wednesday.” Kentucky coach John Calipari wants his team...

UK standout Fox adjusts to arctic blast, plans to devote full attention to ‘Camp Cal’ during break

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer De’Aaron Fox got his first real taste of winter Friday. “It’s different,” the Kentucky freshman guard said. “When I looked outside (at 1 a.m. this morning) the whole car was white. It’s supposed to be blue, but it was different. I’m not used to this (kind of weather).” De’Aaron Fox and the Wildcats will take on Hofstra Sunday in Brooklyn,...

Bahamas blowout: Fox records rare triple-double as top-ranked UK rolls past Arizona State

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Kentucky reached the century mark for the third straight time and rolled to a 115-69 rout of Arizona State in the Atlantis Showcase in the Bahamas Monday night. The scoring output was the most in the John Calipari-era at Kentucky. The previous high was 111 points the top-ranked Wildcats scored against UT-Martin last Friday at Rupp Arena. De’Aaron...

Jamie Vaught: Monk, Fox show consistency for Cats; Cal’s latest book; Duquesne coach pays compliment

Two of Kentucky’s several freshman stars — Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox – have played consistent basketball. They have played a significant part in their team’s early success during the 2016-17 campaign, helping the Wildcats to a 4-0 mark and this week’s No. 1 national ranking. And both Monk and Fox even got the SEC Freshman of the Week honors in the past two weeks. UK Freshman De’Aaron...

Keith Taylor: It’s only November, but top-ranked Wildcats already in mid-season form

Kentucky coach John Calipari is used to the youth movement and the revolving door that’s been in place for the past eight seasons. Some of those teams developed the right chemistry early, such as the 2012 squad that went 38-2 and gave the Kentucky coach his first national title. Other squads, like the 2014 team that got it together late and finished national runner-up. Malik Monk, right, reacts after...

Keith Taylor: A ‘special’ talent, UK point guard Fox making great strides on both ends of court

Now that he’s part of the program, De’Aaron Fox admits it’s not easy being a point guard at Kentucky. “It’s been extremely tough,” Fox said. “(Coach John Calipari has) been on me a lot. Sometimes I don’t put guys in the right positions and he lets me know. But I’m still learning. He’s helped me a lot. I mean, it’s still early on. We’ve only played four games so I feel like I’m...

Keith Taylor: Top 25 showdown against Michigan State in MSG a ‘hard deal’ for Kentucky

After opening the season with two lopsided victories, Kentucky faces its first big test of the season against Michigan State in the Champions Classic Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. The second-ranked Wildcats (2-0) will be making their sixth-straight appearance in the prestigious event and lost to the Spartans 78-74 in last meeting between the two teams three years ago at the Georgia Dome....

Keith Taylor: On a mission, Willis gives young Wildcats soothing presence in season-opener

Kentucky coach John Calipari didn’t want to start four freshmen Friday night and turned to Derek Willis to provide the leadership necessary in the team’s season-opener. Willis did just that and much more. The senior forward scored 10 of Kentucky’s first 14 points that helped set the tone in the Wildcats’ 87-64 win over Stephen F. Austin. Willis, who led all scorers with 10 points in the first...

Speedster Fox, second-ranked Wildcats bury Asbury in final exhibition tuneup of the season

By Keith Taylor KyForward sports writer Speed kills and De’Aaron Fox buried Asbury with his quickness Sunday night. The freshman guard scored 25 points to lead eight players in double figures in a 156-63 rout of the Eagles in second-ranked Kentucky’s final exhibition game of the season. Using his speed to attack Asbury’s press, Fox made 11-of-14 shots from the field — most of them layups in...

Keith Taylor: Calipari says meshing Fox, Briscoe and Monk in the backcourt ‘good stuff’

For the first time this week, John Calipari got a glimpse of what his potential backcourt will look like this season. “It’s going to be a work in progress, but it’s going good,” the Kentucky coach said Thursday. “They’re different but it’s been really good. Their strengths don’t conflict, it’s good stuff.” De’Aaron Fox will lead UK’s backcourt this season (Tammie Brown...

Keith Taylor: De’Aaron Fox steals show, makes good first impression in Blue-White scrimmage

De’Aaron Fox had a tough act to follow when he arrived at Kentucky. He made it look easy Friday night. Following in the footsteps of Tyler Ulis, Fox made a good first impression in Kentucky’s annual Blue-White game. Fox scored 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Blue team to a 110-94 victory over the White squad. De’Aaron Fox scored 31 points in a scrimmage Friday night at Rupp...

UK tabbed as preseason favorite to win SEC title for 12th time in 18 years

Kentucky was predicted to win the 2017 Southeastern Conference men’s basketball championship Wednesday in voting by a select panel of both SEC and national media members.   The Wildcats are the overall preseason favorite for the 12th time since the 1998-99 season.   Arkansas senior forward Moses Kingsley was the choice of the media for SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. Georgia’s J.J....

UK freshman guard De’Aaron Fox named to Bob Cousy preseason watch list

For the first time in the history of the award, a Kentucky basketball player (Tyler Ulis) won the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award in 2015-16. The Wildcats, based on the preseason watch list for 2016-17, will look to make it two in a row with freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox. Fox is one of 20 candidates on the preseason watch list for the Cousy Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s...

Keith Taylor: UK signees Fox, Monk provide glimpse into future; Briscoe, Lee to explore options

Kentucky won’t have Tyler Ulis or Jamal Murray next season, but the backcourt duo to De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk provided impressive performances in the Jordan Brand Classic last weekend in Brooklyn, giving Big Blue Nation a glimpse of what to expect next season. Fox and Monk combined for 45 points and shared the Most Valuable Player award for the East and West squads. Fox finished with 23 points...

Keith Taylor: Future UK guard Fox impresses at Hoop Summit; former Wildcat Booker on fire for Suns

Two future Kentucky Wildcats — De’Aaron Fox and Wenyen Gabriel — participated in the Nike Hoop Summit last weekend and helped lead the United States to a 101-67 win over the World Select team. Fox, who likely will take over at point guard for John Calipari’s Wildcats next season, scored nine points and dished out a team-high five assists. He also collected a pair of steals and played...

Four of Kentucky’s five signees to compete in McDonald’s All-American Game

The future of the Kentucky men’s basketball program will be on display this week at the McDonald’s All-American Game at the United Center in Chicago. Kentucky signees Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Malik Monk will play in Wednesday night’s premier high school all-star game. The game will be televised at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Kentucky’s other 2016 signee, Wenyen...

Kentucky signee De’Aaron Fox named finalist for annual Naismith Award

De’Aaron Fox Kentucky men’s basketball signee De’Aaron Fox, one of the premier high school players in the country, has been named one of five finalists for the Naismith Awards Boys High School Player of the Year. The Atlanta Tipoff Club made the announcement Wednesday. The winner of the award will be announced March 10. The All-American teams will be revealed March 8. Fox is enjoying one...

Wildcats place four blue chip recruits on latest McDonald’s All-American game roster

The Kentucky men’s basketball team’s top-ranked recruiting class will be well represented during the 2016 McDonald’s All-American Game in March with the selections of Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Malik Monk. Joining an elite list that features some of the greatest players to ever play for Kentucky, incoming Wildcats Adebayo, Fox, Killeya-Jones and Monk were...