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Meeks keeps pledge he made five years ago, will get his degree from UK Saturday

By Guy Ramsey UK Athletics   Former UK standout Jodie Meeks will get his degree five years after leaving school for the NBA (Photo from UK Athletics) Five years ago now, Jodie Meeks decided to forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility and enter the NBA Draft.   Kentucky fans, of course, would always have a special affinity for the sweet-shooting All-American guard, but they likely...

No. 1 Wichita State’s Ron Baker no stranger
to Kentucky basketball folklore before Sunday

ST. LOUIS — It likely goes without saying, but the basketball world in western Kansas is a small one indeed. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein and Wichita State’s Ron Baker both come from it, and though the two aren’t close personally, their paths have intersected a number of times over the years. It will intersect again Sunday, when the No. 8 Wildcats...

No. 1 Wichita State's Ron Baker no stranger to Kentucky basketball folklore before Sunday

ST. LOUIS — It likely goes without saying, but the basketball world in western Kansas is a small one indeed. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein and Wichita State’s Ron Baker both come from it, and though the two aren’t close personally, their paths have intersected a number of times over the years. It will intersect again Sunday, when the No. 8 Wildcats...

Former Wildcat Jodie Meeks aims to teach skills on and off the court at basketball camp

Jodie Meeks plays in an exhibition game for the Big Blue All-Stars. (Photo by Mark Boxley)   By Alex Forkner KyForward Reporter   Former UK Wildcat sharpshooter and current NBA player Jodie Meeks will host a youth basketball camp at Bryan Station High School. The camp is for kids ages 9-13 and will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28.   Jason Moseley, Meeks’s...

Former UK stars wrap up NBA season, but nine will participate in playoffs

Nine former UK men’s basketball players will participate in the NBA playoffs this season.   The playoff field was finalized with the conclusion of regular season games Thursday. The former UK players who will participate are listed below with links to their NBA.com player pages.   Daniel Orton — Orlando Magic   DeAndre Liggins — Orlando Magic   Enes Kanter —...

NBA roundup: Wall, Cousins have big nights

Ten players with local ties took the court in NBA games Monday night. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   Former UK point guard John Wall scored 31 points on 10-19 shooting, tallied seven assists and grabbed five rebounds in 44 minutes of action for the Washington Wizards.   Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points on 11-20 shooting and grabbed 19 rebounds in 38...

NBA roundup: Prince, Knight star for Pistons

Eight players with local ties took the court in NBA games Wednesday. You can see a rundown of their performance below:   Former UK forward Tayshaun Prince scored 21 points on 9-15 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in 39 minutes of action for the Detroit Pistons.   Former UK point guard Brandon Knight scored 15 points on 7-18 shooting, grabbed five rebounds and tallied four assists in 43 minutes...

NBA roundup: John Wall scores 20

Former UK point guard John Wall scored 20 points on 7-16 shooting and dished out six assists in 36 minutes of action for the Washington Wizards.   Former UK forward Tayshaun Prince scored 14 points on 7-15 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in 30 minutes of action for the Detroit Pistons.   Former UK forward Patrick Patterson scored eight points on 4-5 shooting and grabbed five rebounds...

NBA roundup: Cousins, Knight score 17

Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 17 points on 8-16 shooting and grabbed 15 rebounds in 33 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings. The performance was Cousins’ 13th double-double of the season, second most in the NBA.   Former UK point guard Brandon Knight scored 17 points on 7-14 shooting and tallied five assists in 41 minutes of action for the Detroit Pistons.   Former...

NBA roundup: Josh Harrellson injured

Eight players with local ties took the court in NBA games Saturday. You can see a roundup of their performances below:   Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 19 points on 9-18 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds in 29 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings.   Former UK forward Tayshaun Prince scored 17 points on 6-14 shooting and grabbed two rebounds in 38 minutes of action for the Detroit...

NBA roundup: Wall leads Wizards to shocker

Ten players with Kentucky ties took the court in NBA games Wednesday night. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   Former UK point guard John Wall scored 25 points on 6-17 shooting, tallied eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds in 44 minutes of action for the Washington Wizards.   Former UK forward Tayshaun Prince scored 29 points on 13-23 shooting and grabbed three rebounds...

NBA roundup: John Wall scores career-high

Former UK point guard John Wall scored a career-high 38 points on 13-22 shooting, tallied eight assists and grabbed six rebounds in 43 minutes of action for the Washington Wizards.   Former UK point guard Rajon Rondo scored 12 points on 6-14 shooting, grabbed nine rebounds and tallied nine assists in 40 minutes of action for the Boston Celtics.   Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 10...

NBA roundup: Wall just misses triple-double

Former UK point guard John Wall scored 19 points on 6-14 shooting, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out nine assists in 37 minutes of action for the Washington Wizards.   Former UK center Josh Harrellson scored 12 points on 5-10 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 20 minutes of action for the New York Knicks.   Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 12 points on 4-12 shooting and grabbed...

NBA roundup: Jodie Meeks scores 26

Former UK guard Jodie Meeks scored 26 points on 10-11 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 35 minutes of action for the Philadelphia 76ers.   Former UK point guard Rajon Rondo posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 assists in 40 minutes of action for the Boston Celtics.   Former UK point guard Brandon Knight posted a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes of action...

NBA roundup: Cousins continues surge

Ten players with local ties took the court in NBA games Wednesday. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 21 points on 6-11 shooting and grabbed 19 rebounds in 39 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings   Former UK point guard Rajon Rondo scored 24 points on 8-16 shooting and tallied seven assists in 38 minutes of action for the Boston...

NBA roundup: Cousins, Meeks face off

Nine players with local ties took the court in NBA games Tuesday night. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 17 points on 7-15 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds in 31 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings.   Former UK guard Jodie Meeks scored 14 points on 5-9 shooting and grabbed one rebound in 28 minutes of action for the Philadelphia...

NBA roundup: Knight, Prince lead Pistons

Four former UK men’s basketball players took the court in NBA games Monday. You can see a roundup of their performances below:   Former UK point guard Brandon Knight scored 13 points on 6-10 shooting, grabbed five rebounds and tallied one assist in 36 minutes of action for the Detroit Pistons.   Former UK forward Tayshaun Prince scored 11 points on 5-12 shooting, grabbed two reboudns...

NBA roundup: Meeks, Wall score 20-plus

It was a big night for former UK guards in the NBA. Check out their performances and a roundup of all the local NBA players’ Friday games below:   Former UK guard Jodie Meeks scored 21 points on 7-13 shooting and tallied two rebounds in 24 minutes of action for the Philadelphia 76ers.   Former UK point guard John Wall scored 22 points on 10-22 shooting, dished out nine assists and grabbed...

NBA roundup: DeMarcus Cousins scores 26

Kentucky continued to show its rising influence in the NBA with 12 locally connected players appearing in a game Wednesday. You can see a roundup of their performances below:   Former UK forward DeMarcus Cousins came off the bench to score 26 points on 9-12 shooting and grab three rebounds in 25 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings.   Former UK point guard John Wall scored 14 points...

NBA roundup: Josh Harrellson shines in start

At least one NBA player with local ties dressed in every NBA game Saturday. Check out a roundup of their performances below:   Former UK center Josh Harrellson earned his first career start, scored 14 points on 5-11 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds in 38 minutes of action for the New York Knicks.   Former UK forward Tayshaun Prince scored 12 points on 5-13 shooting and grabbed four rebounds...