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Calipari says at least five players will enter NBA Draft, including SEC Player of the Year Immanuel Quickley

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is used to rotating rosters. The Kentucky coach is expecting more turnover next season. Calipari said he believes at last five players to declare for the NBA Draft, including Southeastern Conference Player of the Year Immanuel Quickley, along with Nick Richards, Ashton Hagans, EJ Montgomery and Tyrese Maxey. “My guess is four to five guys would probably...

Quickley makes impression on Southeastern Conference; Calipari named top coach in SEC

Immanuel Quickley was named SEC Player of the Year and John Calipari took Coach of the Year honors as announced by the league Tuesday. (Photos by Tammie Brown/Keith Taylor, Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley’s transformation made an impression on the Southeastern Conference. Quickley was named the league’s Player of the Year Tuesday ahead of the conference tournament...

Jamie Vaught: Legendary UK star accomplished much, but never took Cats to Final Four

With Kentucky’s regular season ending this weekend with a Saturday afternoon contest with Florida in Gainesville, there has been lots of discussion about who is the top basketball player in the Southeastern Conference. Many folks like Kentucky standouts Immanuel Quickley and Nick Richards as among the leading candidates for the SEC Player of the Year honors. And that certainly reminds me about one...

SEC title in hand, Wildcats still have plenty to play for; Immanuel Quickley makes history

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has secured the Southeastern Conference title and will be the top seed in the league tournament, but the Wildcats have plenty to play for during the final week of the regular season. Kentucky, which climbed to No. 6 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, hosts Tennessee on Tuesday and closes out the regular season at Florida Saturday in Gainesville. The Wildcats...

Immanuel Quickley gets halftime message, responds to lead Wildcats to Saturday’s win over Gators

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley got the message and delivered for No. 10 Kentucky Saturday night. The sophomore guard scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Wildcats to a 65-59 triumph over Florida, giving Kentucky its sixth consecutive victory with two weeks remaining in the regular season. Kentucky holds a two-game Southeastern Conference lead over Auburn and LSU with four games...

Immanuel Quickley, Wildcats aim to re-write recent history Saturday against Volunteers in Knoxville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley doesn’t mind playing road games and expects Kentucky to feel at right at home at Tennessee Saturday. As for Thompson-Boling Arena, Quickley said the venue is “one of my favorite places to play” because of the similarity to Rupp Arena and the crowd noise. He added that trying to prove people and teams wrong is a big motivating factor when playing...

Jamie Vaught: Calipari asks media, ‘What did you learn about my team?’ after scare from Vanderbilt

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari loves teaching his players how to play and respect the game. He really enjoys his role. Instead of Coach Cal, we perhaps should start calling him Professor Cal. And he probably couldn’t resist an opportunity to teach the media folks a thing or two like he did after 13th-ranked Kentucky’s 71-62 comeback win over Vanderbilt at Rupp Arena Wednesday...

Sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley has no regrets after returning to Kentucky for second season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley has no regrets coming back for his sophomore season. “I’ve said that multiple times, I’m so glad I came back,” he said. “Even at the start of the season coming back into my sophomore year, not even basketball-wise, but it’s great because now I really know where all my classes are. I know time management, I know when I need to be places and...

Kentucky marks milestone as Immanuel Quickley’s late heroics help Wildcats sink Crimson Tide

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky reached a milestone and remained unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference Saturday. The No. 14 Wildcats scored six unanswered points in the final 1:12 and held on for a 76-67 triumph over Alabama. The hosts led by 15 in the second half and overcame the Tide’s late surge down the stretch to get the win, which was the team’s 1.000th regular-season victory...

Tyrese Maxey scores career-high 27 points to lead UK’s Cats to 78-70 overtime win over Louisville Cards

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyrese Maxey is making it a habit of stepping up in big games. He did just that against Kentucky’s in-state rival Saturday. The freshman guard scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Wildcats to a 78-70 overtime victory over No. 3 Louisville. Maxey broke a previous high of 26 he scored in the Wildcats’ 69-62 upset of then top-ranked Michigan State in the team’s...

Immanuel Quickley loves Kentucky’s three-guard lineup, adjusts to new role for Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley has tied his career-high three times this season and is feeling more comfortable as he adjusts to his role with the Wildcats. “I try to go out and play my own game,” he said. “I try to take bits and pieces of other players but I just want to be my own player and be someone that’s unique and different.” Quickley scored 16 points...

Jamie Vaught: Combination of Hagans, Maxey and Quickley give Cats one of nation’s best backcourts

Ashton Hagans, Tyrese Maxey and Immanuel Quickley (Photos from UK Athletics) Kentucky has one of the nation’s best backcourts this season, featuring its three-headed monster lineup of guards Ashton Hagans, Tyrese Maxey and Immanuel Quickley. As far as preseason hype goes, Hagans and Maxey had much more attention or publicity than Quickley as they garnered preseason Watch Lists and All-SEC honors....

UK Basketball: Immanuel Quickley becoming ‘that guy’ for Wildcats and the transformation is evident

One of an occasional series of profiles on the UK men’s basketball team. By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley has changed and that transformation has been evident during preseason workouts.   “Immanuel (Quickley) is not even the same player,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “I had someone come in and watch us practice and say, ‘he’s not even the same guy.’”   Following...

UK draws national runner-up Texas Tech in Big 12/SEC Challenge on Jan. 25 in Lubbock, Texas

The final piece of the 2019-20 University of Kentucky men’s basketball non-conference schedule came into place Thursday, and it’s a good one. The Wildcats will visit the 2019 national runners-up, the Texas Tech Red Raiders, on Jan. 25 at United Supermarkets Arena as a part of the annual Big 12/SEC Challenge. The full slate of games was announced Thursday by the respective leagues. It will...

Kentucky’s EJ Montgomery announces plans to return; Wildcats to play Auburn twice next season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today EJ Montgomery has decided to return for a second season at Kentucky. The 6-foot-10 forward opted to to return next season after declaring for the NBA Draft and gives the Wildcats another big man in the post. Nick Richards announced Tuesday that he would be back next season, giving the Wildcats four returnees, including guards Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley, on next...

UK’s Immanuel Quickley emerging as a top threat from long range, shines on both ends of court

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — Immanuel Quickley is making the most of his minutes. 
The freshman guard has emerged as one of Kentucky’s top threats from long range since the Wildcats began Southeastern Conference play last week at Alabama. Quickley, a known long-range shooter in high school, won the 3-point shooting contest in the McDonald’s All-American game last summer. 
Quickley...

UK Wildcats roll to fourth straight victory with win over Winthrop Eagles, 87-74, at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — Kentucky enjoyed a feast on the hardwood before taking a day off for Thanksgiving, rolling to an 87-74 win over Winthrop in a matinee contest Wednesday afternoon at Rupp Arena. The 10th-ranked Wildcats (4-1) placed five players in double figures, led by PJ Washington with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Kentucky has won four straight since dropping...

Washington scores breakout game in Cats’ rout against North Dakota at Rupp, 96-51

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky finally got an easy victory. PJ Washington scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the 10th-ranked Wildcats to a dominating 96-58 rout of North Dakota on Wednesday night at Rupp Arena. Kentucky (2-1) has won two in a row since falling to No. 1 Duke in the team’s season opener more than a week ago in Indianapolis. 
Washington, who...

Cats hold off Southern Illinois for first win; Johnson and Quickley each score 15 points

UK Athletics Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley each scored 15 points, Nick Richards grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and No. 2 Kentucky rallied in the second half to beat Southern Illinois 71-59 on Friday night. Immanuel Quickley (Photo by Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) The Wildcats (1-1) bounced back from Tuesday night’s 118-84 shellacking by No. 4 Duke, but had to work hard in the second...

Practice report: It’s easy to see why Calipari is so giddy about Wildcats

Kentucky coach John Calipari instructs his team during an open practice Wednesday at the Joe Craft Center. The Wildcats are preparing for a trip to the Bahamas next week. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari has spent more time with this Kentucky team than any other he has coached at Kentucky. In some ways, it’s been a throwback summer for the Kentucky coach...