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Calipari happy for four NBA draftees, disappointed Gabriel not chosen

Kentucky coach John Calipari was happy to see four of his former players selected in the NBA Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari felt a mixed bag of emotions after watching the NBA Draft unfold Thursday night on Brooklyn, New York. Four of his former players — Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo and...

Kentucky’s PJ Washington making an impression in NBA Combine

PJ Washington has enjoyed a pair of successful performances in the NBA Combine this week in Chicago. Washington is undecided on whether to remain in the NBA Draft or return for a second season. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington did nothing but help himself during the NBA Combine this week in Chicago. Washington scored 24 points in two 5-on-5 scrimmages and figures...

Five Kentucky players receive invite to participate in NBA Combine

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Five Kentucky players who have declared for the NBA Draft were among the invitees who will attend the draft combine later this month in Chicago. As expected, Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PJ Washington, Jared Vanderbilt and Hamidou Diallo were invited to attend the five-day event. Wenyen Gabriel wasn’t on the list of invitees. Yahoo Sports released the draft...

Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo latest freshman to declare for the NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A year ago, Hamidou Diallo nearly left the University of Kentucky for the NBA. This time it’s for real. The 6-foot-5 freshman guard announced his plans to enter the NBA Draft and hire an agent Monday, ending his collegiate career with the Wildcats. Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo will enter the NBA Draft and plans to hire an agent, ending his collegiate career with the...

Wildcats media choice to win SEC title; Diallo, Knox picked for preseason all-conference teams

The Kentucky men’s basketball program finds itself in familiar territory under the direction of ninth-year head coach John Calipari. UK is faced with replacing more than 90 percent of its scoring and 85 percent of its rebounding, yet a select panel of media voted the Wildcats to win their fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference regular-season championship. Should Kentucky achieve that standard,...

Hamidou Diallo has no regrets about staying in college, ready to lead young Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today This is the fourth in a series of stories and profiles taking a look at this year’s Kentucky men’s basketball team ahead of Big Blue Madness, set for Oct. 13. Hamidou Diallo has no regrets on his decision to return to Kentucky and is ready to showcase his skills after sitting out during the second half of the season last year. “I’m ready, motivated and ready to...

Despite having youngest team ever, Calipari encouraged by what he sees in his Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach John Calipari has coached a lot of young teams in his tenure with the Wildcats. Next year’s squad could be the youngest Calipari has ever encountered at Kentucky. “We’re going to be really young,” Calipari said Monday during the Southeastern Conference summer basketball teleconference. “Really, really the most inexperienced team that I’ve coached....

Wildcats’ Diallo, Washington selected to USA U19 team; Wynyard earns spot on New Zealand squad

Kentucky men’s basketball freshmen Hamidou Diallo and PJ Washington were named to the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team competing in the FIBA World Cup in Cairo in July. John Calipari is serving as the head coach of the team. Team USA will be looking for its third straight title at the FIBA World Cup after capturing gold at the 2013 and 2015 tournaments. The 12-man team was trimmed...

Diallo withdraws from NBA Draft, can’t wait to play in UK jersey for first time next season

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Hamidou Diallo never got the chance to play at Rupp Arena last year. He will get that opportunity next season after withdrawing his name from the NBA Draft late Wednesday night. “I’m excited about returning to Kentucky for the 2017-18 season,” Diallo tweeted early Thursday morning. “I can’t wait to play in a Kentucky jersey for the first time.” Kentucky...

UK’s Diallo has impressive workout at NBA Draft Combine, but still leaving his options open

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Hamidou Diallo doesn’t know his future plans. The Kentucky freshman guard doesn’t know where he stands in his decision to remain in the NBA Draft or return to Kentucky next season. That’s why the freshman guard has been busy gauging interest from at least 10 teams during the NBA Draft Combine this week. Hamidou Diallo has been impressive at the...

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....

UK freshman guard Diallo declares for NBA Draft, leaves door open for possible return

Kentucky men’s basketball freshman guard Hamidou Diallo announced Sunday he has submitted his name for the NBA Draft but will not hire an agent. So long as Diallo 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.   “Playing in the NBA has always been the ultimate...

Following a grueling week of practice, Calipari says Cats are headed in the right direction

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Kentucky coach John Calipari liked the way his team responded from a three-hour marathon practice session this week. Calipari used the extended workout, a rarity for the Kentucky coach this time of the year, to get his team’s attention after the Wildcats (19-5, 9-2 Southeastern Conference) blew a 25-point lead in a 92-85 triumph over LSU Tuesday night. Kentucky...

Newcomer Diallo practices with Cats for first time

Hamidou Diallo joined the UK men’s basketball team TuesdayThe newest member of Kentucky’s roster joined the team earlier this week and practiced for the first time Friday. Hamidou Diallo, a 6-foot-5 guard from Queens, N.Y., enrolled in classes Tuesday and has been getting used to campus before joining his teammates on the practice floor. “He’s probably anxious and nervous.” Kentucky...

Top prospect Hamidou Diallo enrolls in classes, joins Wildcats’ men’s basketball team

Hamidou Diallo, widely considered the top shooting guard in the class of 2017, has signed a financial aid agreement with the Kentucky men’s basketball team and is enrolled in classes. He began his first semester at the University of Kentucky on Wednesdayfor the spring term after graduating in May from the Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut.   Diallo, a top-10 prospect in the 2017 class, is expected...