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UK Notebook: Brad Calipari productive in his second foreign tour of career

Kentucky junior Brad Calipari, left, enjoyed a five-game stint during an overseas trip recently. Calipari poured in double figures in four of five games. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brad Calipari enjoyed another summer tour with the Global Sports Academy. The Kentucky guard and son of Wildcats coach John Calipari averaged 13.2 points and seven assists per game for Global Sports,...

Adebayo, Johnson, Poythress among former Cats participating in NBA Las Vegas Summer League

The main event of the NBA Summer League, the Las Vegas league, tipped off Friday with 12 Kentucky men’s basketball players on summer league rosters. No other college has as many players in the Las Vegas league as UK. The dozen Wildcats will cover eight of the 24 teams in the league. The Las Vegas league will feature 67 games from Friday to July 17. Kentucky’s representation includes: · ...

UK’s Adebayo received an extra nudge from Calipari to remain in the NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer When he came to making a final decision regarding his future, former Kentucky forward Bam Adebayo received an extra nudge from John Calipari. Adebayo told reporters at the NBA Combine in Chicago last weekend the Kentucky coach urged him to remain in the draft instead of coming back for one more season. Former Kentucky forward Bam Adebayo says he received...

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....

Briscoe declares for NBA Draft, will hire an agent; UK basketball career over after two seasons

After helping lead the Kentucky men’s basketball team to back-to-back Southeastern Conference championships (league and tournament) in 2016 and 2017, sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe has decided to enter his name in the 2017 NBA Draft. He plans to sign with an agent, which would effectively end his career at UK. The NBA Draft is June 22. “BBN, thank you to the greatest fans in the entire world,”...

Team leader: Now a seasoned veteran, UK guard Briscoe the ‘heart of soul’ of the Wildcats

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer It didn’t take Ben Howland long to figure out who was the heartbeat of Kentucky’s basketball team. “I think (Isaiah) Briscoe is the heart and soul of this team,” the Mississippi State coach said Monday. “Briscoe is a constant competitor. He is hard-nosed and finishes inside at the rim.” UK guard Isaiah Briscoe has embraced the leadership role...

Briscoe, Monk honored by SEC as Cats sweep weekly league honors for second time this season

For the second time this season, the Kentucky men’s basketball team has swept the weekly Southeastern Conference awards. Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe and freshman Malik Monk were tabbed the player and freshman of the week, respectively, by the league’s office.   Briscoe and Monk made history and led the Cats to a 99-76 victory in UK’s SEC lidlifter at Ole Miss on Thursday. It’s the first honor...

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...

Kentucky-UCLA matchup features both nostalgia and a peek into future of college basketball

By Jonathan Coffman Special to KyForward UK’s John Calipari is not often accused of being an old-school coach. If anyone thought otherwise, he ended that argument with a tweet in May 2015: I hate to drive you traditionalists crazy, but I'll say it again: our goal at the beginning of the season was to have eight players drafted. — John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015 Calipari...

Calipari: Briscoe ‘ridiculous’ in return to practice court, should be ready to go against Arizona State

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Isaiah Briscoe’s MRI came back negative, Kentucky coach John Calipari said Sunday. “He’s fine. It was a butt bruise is what it was. So the MRI came clean, which meant it was like a thigh bruise,” Calipari said. “Alright now that I know what it is let’s go. Enough. It’s a thigh bruise. Now it was a deep one, and he had to miss...

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....

Briscoe embraces leadership role, in a better state of mind going into sophomore season

By Keith Taylor KyForward sports writer Isaiah Briscoe has changed his mindset and hopes the renewed confidence carries over into the regular season. “I’m in a better state of mind. I feel confident, a lot more confident on the court,” Briscoe said Thursday. “I’m just getting comfortable. Me and (coach John Calipari’s) relationship is a lot better. I know what he wants from me. I know...

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....

Turning the corner: UK guard Briscoe says shooting woes no longer an issue, steps into leadership role

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Isaiah Briscoe doesn’t mind bringing up the past and isn’t dodging questions about his shooting abilities. “It was a struggle,” Briscoe said earlier this week. “I don’t know what happened, but last year is in the past. I’m comfortable and (last year) doesn’t bother me. It doesn’t bother me at all.” Isaiah Briscoe is looking forward...

Isaiah Briscoe had no problem with returning to Kentucky, ready to step into leadership role

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Isaiah Briscoe is ready to be a leader. The Kentucky sophomore guard will be counted on to take the reins vacated by Tyler Ulis next season and Briscoe knows what it takes to provide the necessary guidance to help lead the Wildcats. “(I’ve) just got to lead by example,” Briscoe said Wednesday. “That’s one thing, and that’s on and off the...

Marcus Lee withdraws from draft, plans to transfer from UK; Briscoe will return for second season

Kentucky men’s basketball junior forward Marcus Lee will remove his name from the NBA Draft but plans to transfer to complete his collegiate eligibility at another school. Upon completing his paperwork to withdraw from the draft, Lee will be granted a full release with no restrictions. “Marcus Lee informed us today that he is pulling his name out of the draft but has decided he is going to transfer...

Keith Taylor: Decision day for Lee, Briscoe; Mitchell completes staff with veteran Dunn

Decision day has arrived for Kentucky’s Marcus Lee and Isaiah Briscoe and both players have made a decision regarding their future plans. Lee and Briscoe had until midnight Wednesday to stay or withdraw from the NBA Draft and both decided to return to college, with Lee announcing his plans to transfer. Lee’s showing in the NBA Combine earlier this month in Chicago did him no favors while...

Keith Taylor: UK recruit Bolden getting close to decision; Briscoe, Lee NBA combine alternates

Marques Bolden is still pondering his future but is expected to make a decision on his college choice sooner rather than later. The 6-foot-10 center told USA Today last weekend that he’s getting closer to making a decision where he will play college basketball next season. Bolden’s two choices are Kentucky and Duke, two collegiate powerhouses competing for his letter-of-intent, even though...

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...