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'It's a Great Thing to Do:' UK-NC Charity Game draws the stars, raises $1.5 million

DeMarcus Cousins led the UK Alumni team with 33 points, 18 rebounds and six assists (UK Athletics Photo)   The very scenario has been played out countless times in the imaginations of Kentucky fans: a team made up of players from throughout John Calipari’s tenure in Lexington suiting up together.   DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein sharing the frontcourt. Eric Bledsoe throwing alley-oops...

Noel receives less attention than Kentucky's All-Star big men, but the rookie stats stack up

Nerlens Noel battles DeMarcus Cousins in the paint during his rookie season. (Photo from NBA.com)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The NBA is quickly becoming a faster, smaller league, but a handful of former Kentucky big men are managing to keep the position relevant.   Nerlens Noel is just doing it without the spotlight.   Since John Calipari started coaching the Wildcats...

Noel receives less attention than Kentucky’s All-Star big men, but the rookie stats stack up

Nerlens Noel battles DeMarcus Cousins in the paint during his rookie season. (Photo from NBA.com)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The NBA is quickly becoming a faster, smaller league, but a handful of former Kentucky big men are managing to keep the position relevant.   Nerlens Noel is just doing it without the spotlight.   Since John Calipari started coaching the Wildcats...

For the second time, Calipari forced to take to social media to deny interest in NBA position

For the second time in as many months, John Calipari used social media to deny interest in leaving UK to join an NBA franchise (Jamie Vaught Photo)   For the second time in as many months, Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari has felt compelled to take to Twitter to deny rumors that he was considering a move to the NBA.   The latest rumor, reported on YahooSports.com Tuesday, had...

For the second time, Calipari forced to take to social media to deny interest in NBA position

For the second time in as many months, John Calipari used social media to deny interest in leaving UK to join an NBA franchise (Jamie Vaught Photo)   For the second time in as many months, Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari has felt compelled to take to Twitter to deny rumors that he was considering a move to the NBA.   The latest rumor, reported on YahooSports.com Tuesday, had...

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”...

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”...

Welcome to the BBNBA: Kentucky rookies could join former Wildcats through draft

Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Trey Lyles, Dakari Johnson, Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns and Aaron Harrison declared for the NBA Draft April 9. (Photo by UK Athletics)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   When John Calipari arrived as head coach of Kentucky in 2009, he came with a reputation for quickly developing future NBA superstars. But few expected there would soon be multiple...

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,...

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,...

Former Morehead star Faried earns spot on All-Tournament team as U.S. captures gold

Former Morehead star Kenneth Faried led the U.S. team in rebounding during World Cup play (USAB.com Photo)   The United States Basketball Team, which includes former Morehead State star and current Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried as well as former Kentucky Wildcats DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, captured a gold medal in the 2014 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) World Cup,...

Morehead's Faried, Kentucky's Davis and Cousins earn positions on USA FIBA squad

  Former Morehead State forward Kenneth Faried and Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins have been selected to represent the United States in the 2014 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) World Cup. The event will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain.   “I want to thank everyone who has been in my corner supporting me,” Faried told Nuggets.com. “It means a lot to me to be...

'Basketball is adversity': UK overcoming its shortcomings in real time at SEC tourney

Kentucky has looked like a team reborn at the SEC tournament, and Andrew Harrison is leading the charge. (File photo by James Pennington)   ATLANTA — Kentucky played Florida twice in the regular season, and once was a week ago and one of the most shoulder-slumping moments of the season for the young Wildcats. After beating Georgia 70-58 in Saturday’s SEC tournament semifinal, Kentucky will...

‘Basketball is adversity’: UK overcoming its shortcomings in real time at SEC tourney

Kentucky has looked like a team reborn at the SEC tournament, and Andrew Harrison is leading the charge. (File photo by James Pennington)   ATLANTA — Kentucky played Florida twice in the regular season, and once was a week ago and one of the most shoulder-slumping moments of the season for the young Wildcats. After beating Georgia 70-58 in Saturday’s SEC tournament semifinal, Kentucky will...

Randle is SEC Freshman of the Year; Young and Cauley-Stein earn second-team honors

Kentucky’s Julius Randle was named SEC Freshman of the Year on Tuesday. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky’s Julius Randle was named SEC Freshman of the Year on Tuesday, leading a handful of Wildcats honored by the league’s coaches. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Randle was also one of eight players named First-Team All-SEC, the only Wildcat on that list....

The last link to Gillispie, Wall and Cousins, Jon Hood celebrates Senior Night

Kentucky’s Jon Hood, who has had more NBA-bound teammates than anyone in college basketball history, plays his final game at Rupp Arena on Tuesday. (File photo by Jon Hale)   No college basketball player has ever had more esteemed teammates than Jon Hood. The fifth-year senior, who will play in his final game at Rupp Arena on Tuesday and earn his first career start, has 16 former Kentucky...

Calipari's ejection sums up Wildcats' 72-67 loss to South Carolina and 2013-14 season

Kentucky continued its stubborn non-committal to this season, flailing and floundering in a 72-67 road loss to South Carolina on Saturday. John Calipari was ejected with 10 minutes to play, and the Wildcats were at their best in the quarter of a game that followed. That the Wildcats almost salvaged a win Saturday without this team’s architect on the sideline was remarkable, but the loss to the second-worst...

Calipari’s ejection sums up Wildcats’ 72-67 loss to South Carolina and 2013-14 season

Kentucky continued its stubborn non-committal to this season, flailing and floundering in a 72-67 road loss to South Carolina on Saturday. John Calipari was ejected with 10 minutes to play, and the Wildcats were at their best in the quarter of a game that followed. That the Wildcats almost salvaged a win Saturday without this team’s architect on the sideline was remarkable, but the loss to the second-worst...