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Wall, Cobb, Hacker among UK Athletics Hall of Fame class set for induction ceremonies this weekend

The University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend in conjunction with Saturday’s football game vs. Florida. Randall Cobb (football), Collin Cowgill (baseball), Ralph Hacker (broadcaster), Sherry Hoover Bordner (cross country/indoor track/outdoor track), Sarah Rumely (volleyball) and John Wall (men’s basketball) will officially join the...

Rosters released for 2017 UK Legends Charity Game — excluding current NBA players

Rosters for the 2017 UK Legends Game, which will be held Aug. 25 in Rupp Arena in conjunction with the UK Alumni Charity Game, were announced Monday. Twenty players are expected to suit up for the Legends Game at 7 p.m., with others, including current NBA players, playing in the UK Alumni Charity Game at 8 p.m. Per NBA rules, the University of Kentucky cannot confirm any current NBA players participating...

Host of fan favorites fill rosters for annual UK men’s basketball charity game Aug. 25

Some of Big Blue Nation’s favorites will don “Kentucky” across their chest once again for the annual UK Alumni Charity Game. On Aug. 25 in Rupp Arena, fans will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the top talent to come through the UK men’s basketball program when Kentucky hosts the 2017 UK Alumni Charity Game. This year’s event will feature two games, with a Legends Game starting at 7 p.m....

UK Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 includes broadcaster Hacker, Wall, Cobb and Cowgill

The University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 has been announced, with Randall Cobb (football), Collin Cowgill (baseball), Ralph Hacker (broadcaster), Sherry Hoover Bordner (cross country/indoor track/outdoor track), Sarah Rumely (volleyball) and John Wall (men’s basketball) set to be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend, Sept. 22-23, in conjunction with the football home game vs....

Former Wildcat stars Davis, Wall earn All-NBA first- and third-team honors after media vote

Anthony Davis is back at the top. John Wall is now considered among the elite. So say the 100 media members who voted for the annual All-NBA Teams, which the league announced Thursday. Davis was named to the All-NBA First Team for the second time in his career while Wall made the All-NBA Third Team. It’s Wall’s first All-NBA honor. Davis previously made the All-NBA First Team in 2015. Davis picked...

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....

Former UK stars Wall, Cousins, return to Rupp Arena for exhibition game on Oct. 15

A day after celebrating the official tipoff of the Kentucky men’s basketball season at Big Blue Madness, past Kentucky greats John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere will return to Rupp Arena on Oct. 15 for an NBA exhibition game.   Wall’s Washington Wizards will play Cousins, Cauley-Stein, Labissiere and the Sacramento Kings. The game is slated for 7 p.m. John Wall...

Cousins, Wall and two other former UK standouts returning to Rupp Arena for exhibition game

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer The NBA is coming back to Rupp Arena next season. The Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards will play an exhibition game at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15. Former Kentucky players DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Willie Cauley-Stein and John Wall will appear in the contest one day after Kentucky’s annual Big Blue Madness event. John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins...

Ex-Cats Cousins, Wall and Davis selected for NBA All-Star game

Further proving the notion that the Kentucky men’s basketball program helps prepare its players for the NBA better than any other school, three former Wildcats – DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, and John Wall – were selected for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game as reserves on Thursday night. No college has more than two representatives in the annual contest. It’s the third time Davis and Wall have...

Former Cats Davis, Cousins, Wall among finalists for 2016 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team

Former Kentucky men’s basketball stars DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and John Wall have been named finalists for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team by USA Basketball. The trio, all of whom played under current UK head coach John Calipari, are among 30 players vying for a spot on the final 12-man roster that will compete in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August. Anthony Davis, who led Kentucky...

Jamie Vaught: Calipari, Wildcats have experienced many memorable moments in season-openers

Basketball season-opening memories. John Calipari hasn’t lost a single season opener at Kentucky. If UK, as expected, defeats Albany Friday night at Rupp Arena, it would give Calipari a glossy 7-0 mark in season openers. Since Calipari became the Wildcats’ head coach in 2009, all of Kentucky’s season openers have been a breeze with numerous blowouts over cupcakes. The exception was...

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...

Anthony Davis, former Wildcats enter NBA playoffs hoping to take next step as pros

Former Wildcat Player of the Year Anthony Davis helped New Orleans win its season finale against San Antonio Wednesday, clinching his first appearance in the NBA playoffs (NBA.com Photo)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The NBA season concluded Wednesday, and five former Kentucky players made it into the postseason. But the former star getting the most attention is the one making...

Former Wildcats playing big roles in NBA
All-Star Weekend may be starting a trend

Former Wildcat star Anthony Davis will miss the All-Star game due to injury, but is still among the NBA MVP favorites this season (Photos from NBA.com)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The NBA marks the mid-point of its regular season with a weekend of events that lead into the 64th All-Start game on Sunday night. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Kentucky Wildcats’ men’s basketball...

Former Wildcats playing big roles in NBA All-Star Weekend may be starting a trend

Former Wildcat star Anthony Davis will miss the All-Star game due to injury, but is still among the NBA MVP favorites this season (Photos from NBA.com)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The NBA marks the mid-point of its regular season with a weekend of events that lead into the 64th All-Start game on Sunday night. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Kentucky Wildcats’ men’s basketball...

Kentucky sends more players to NBA than
any other program, and they’re pretty good!

By Jonathan Coffman KyForward correspondent   John Calipari was introduced as head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats on April 1, 2009. If basketball fans were told then that 19 Wildcats would be drafted into the NBA within his first five seasons, they may have assumed it was some kind of prank.   But this is no April Fool’s joke. A total of 19 Wildcats have been selected by various NBA teams,...

Kentucky sends more players to NBA than any other program, and they're pretty good!

By Jonathan Coffman KyForward correspondent   John Calipari was introduced as head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats on April 1, 2009. If basketball fans were told then that 19 Wildcats would be drafted into the NBA within his first five seasons, they may have assumed it was some kind of prank.   But this is no April Fool’s joke. A total of 19 Wildcats have been selected by various NBA teams,...

'Basketball is adversity': UK overcoming its shortcomings in real time at SEC tourney

Kentucky has looked like a team reborn at the SEC tournament, and Andrew Harrison is leading the charge. (File photo by James Pennington)   ATLANTA — Kentucky played Florida twice in the regular season, and once was a week ago and one of the most shoulder-slumping moments of the season for the young Wildcats. After beating Georgia 70-58 in Saturday’s SEC tournament semifinal, Kentucky will...

‘Basketball is adversity’: UK overcoming its shortcomings in real time at SEC tourney

Kentucky has looked like a team reborn at the SEC tournament, and Andrew Harrison is leading the charge. (File photo by James Pennington)   ATLANTA — Kentucky played Florida twice in the regular season, and once was a week ago and one of the most shoulder-slumping moments of the season for the young Wildcats. After beating Georgia 70-58 in Saturday’s SEC tournament semifinal, Kentucky will...

The last link to Gillispie, Wall and Cousins, Jon Hood celebrates Senior Night

Kentucky’s Jon Hood, who has had more NBA-bound teammates than anyone in college basketball history, plays his final game at Rupp Arena on Tuesday. (File photo by Jon Hale)   No college basketball player has ever had more esteemed teammates than Jon Hood. The fifth-year senior, who will play in his final game at Rupp Arena on Tuesday and earn his first career start, has 16 former Kentucky...