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Geoffrey Staton hired as head athletic trainer for UK men’s basketball; also worked with Phoenix Suns

Geoffrey Staton, who has experience at the college, professional and international levels, has been hired as the head athletic trainer for the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. Staton will take over for Chris Simmons, who served in the role since 2009-10 and returned to Memphis as the head athletic trainer in June. Staton will begin his role with the Wildcats immediately. “I...

Leading the Way: Nine former Wildcats participating in NBA All-Star Weekend showcase

The Kentucky men’s basketball team will make its annual presence felt at NBA All-Star weekend in New Orleans with nine Wildcats participating the league’s showcase of talent. Headlined by three NBA All-Stars, more alumni than any other school, UK will touch nearly every part of All-Star weekend. The main event will be Sunday night at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans for the All-Star Game....

Keith Taylor: Poythress, Booker impressed with UK newcomers; Coach K heaps praise on Cousins

Several former Kentucky players are back on campus this week to take part in John Calipari’s Pro Camp. Among the returnees participating in the camp include Devin Booker, Alex Poythress, Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray and Karl-Anthony Towns, who is scheduled to make an appearance Thursday. Devin Booker took part in UK’s Pro Shooting Camp last week (Vicky Graff Photo) In addition to interacting...

Keith Taylor: No surprise, Ulis impressive in NBA Summer League; Jones joins Davis in New Orleans

Tyler Ulis made an impression in his professional debut in the Las Vegas Summer League. Ulis, a second-round draft pick in last month’s NBA Draft, averaged 14.5 points, 6.3 assists and 2.8 assists in leading the Phoenix Suns to the semifinals. In a showdown against former teammate Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets in the quarterfinals, Ulis connected on a game-ending 3-pointer at the buzzer in...

Former UK standouts Booker, Cauley-Stein, Randle chosen for USA Men’s Select Team

After tremendous NBA rookie seasons, former Kentucky men’s basketball stars Devin Booker, Willie Cauley-Stein and Julius Randle have been chosen for the USA Men’s Select Team that will train July 18-21 with the USA Basketball Men’s National Team during its training camp in Las Vegas. The USA Men’s Select Team annually features some of the game’s brightest and most promising young players....

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...

Sports Notes: Reds may be center of MLB universe again, but for much different reason

Home Run Derby champ Todd Frazier may be one of the last recognizable Reds on the roster when the July 31 trading deadline rolls around (Cincinnati Reds Photo)   It was just a week ago that Cincinnati was the center of the Major League Baseball universe, serving flawlessly and impressively as the host for the 2015 All-Star Game.   Hometown third baseman Todd Frazier rode a late voter wave...

Sports Notes: Reds may be center of MLB universe again, but for much different reason

Home Run Derby champ Todd Frazier may be one of the last recognizable Reds on the roster when the July 31 trading deadline rolls around (Cincinnati Reds Photo)   It was just a week ago that Cincinnati was the center of the Major League Baseball universe, serving flawlessly and impressively as the host for the 2015 All-Star Game.   Hometown third baseman Todd Frazier rode a late voter wave...

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...

Members of UK's 2015 NBA Draft possibles featured at Calipari's summer Pro Camps

John Calipari’s summer Pro Camps will include all members of last year’s Wildcats who declared early for the NBA Draft (UK Athletics Photo)   Former Wildcats and current professionals Devin Booker, Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Aaron and Andrew Harrison will be the featured pros at the 2015 Kroger John Calipari ProCamps, which will be held...

Ashley Scoby: In the midst of a down streak, Booker due for yet another breakout stretch

In basketball, the worst part about shooting is its streakiness.   But the best part about shooting? Its streakiness. No matter how up and down it may be, one piece holds true: The “up” streak always comes back around eventually.   [widgets_on_pages id=“Ashley”] Devin Booker has exemplified that phenomenon better than perhaps anyone this year. He’s been up (making 5-of-6 three-pointers...

Calipari earns SEC Coach of the Year honors; Cauley-Stein, Towns on all-league first team

Karl-Anthony Towns was named to the All-SEC first team as well as to the All-Freshman team (UK Athletics Photo)   Following an unprecedented undefeated regular season and the 46th Southeastern Conference championship in program history, the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats captured numerous All-Conference honors on Tuesday.   John Calipari was tabbed the SEC Coach of the Year, Willie Cauley-Stein...

Ashley Scoby: Wildcats 'remember last year,' pay back Razorbacks with dominating win

Tyler Ulis and Aaron Harrison applied the defensive pressure in Kentucky’s lopsided win over No. 18 Arkansas, its 29th win without a loss on the season (UK Athletics Photo)   Nine McDonald’s All-Americans are one thing. But nine McDonald’s All-Americans with motivation and a killer instinct is a whole new level, and it’s a level that No. 1 Kentucky reached Saturday in its 84-67 win...

Ashley Scoby: Wildcats ‘remember last year,’ pay back Razorbacks with dominating win

Tyler Ulis and Aaron Harrison applied the defensive pressure in Kentucky’s lopsided win over No. 18 Arkansas, its 29th win without a loss on the season (UK Athletics Photo)   Nine McDonald’s All-Americans are one thing. But nine McDonald’s All-Americans with motivation and a killer instinct is a whole new level, and it’s a level that No. 1 Kentucky reached Saturday in its 84-67 win...

Ashley Scoby: An historic 26-0 start still secondary to winning the national title

Kentucky knocked off Tennessee Tuesday to improve its record to 26-0, the best start to a season in program history (UK Athletics Photo)   Ever.   It’s a loaded word. “Ever” signifies something indelible, enduring, unique. It’s the genesis of even stronger words – forever, everlasting, evermore. “Ever” makes an accomplishment, or a phrase, or even a word mean more.   [widgets_on_pages...

Billy Reed: No longer mesmerizing, today's college basketball could use some changes

In more than 50 years of covering college basketball, I have never gone to a game hoping to see a defensive battle. Never. I have gone to games dreading a defensive battle. But I have never looked forward to that 52-49 scrum when both teams look as if they’re afraid to shoot. And when they do finally let go off the ball, it’s more apt to be Anvil Chorus than string music.   I love offense....

Billy Reed: No longer mesmerizing, today’s college basketball could use some changes

In more than 50 years of covering college basketball, I have never gone to a game hoping to see a defensive battle. Never. I have gone to games dreading a defensive battle. But I have never looked forward to that 52-49 scrum when both teams look as if they’re afraid to shoot. And when they do finally let go off the ball, it’s more apt to be Anvil Chorus than string music.   I love offense....

Sports Notes: Let’s play a game called ‘Will They Stay or Will They Go’ with the Wildcats

Could guard Aaron Harrison be one of the Wildcats who will leave this summer for the NBA? (Jamie Vaught Photo)   As Kentucky’s quest for a historic basketball season continues, three questions emerge anytime two or more Wildcat fans gather.   Will John Calipari’s team go undefeated? Will Kentucky win its ninth national championship? Which of the McDonald’s All-American and...

Sports Notes: Let's play a game called 'Will They Stay or Will They Go' with the Wildcats

Could guard Aaron Harrison be one of the Wildcats who will leave this summer for the NBA? (Jamie Vaught Photo)   As Kentucky’s quest for a historic basketball season continues, three questions emerge anytime two or more Wildcat fans gather.   Will John Calipari’s team go undefeated? Will Kentucky win its ninth national championship? Which of the McDonald’s All-American and...

Kentucky's Booker grabs fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference freshman award

For the fourth week in a row, Kentucky guard Devin Booker has been named Freshman of the Week by the SEC (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Kentucky’s Devin Booker was named the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman of the Week for the fourth-consecutive week, the league office announced Monday.   Booker is the first player to earn the Freshman of the Week accolade in four-consecutive weeks since UK’s...