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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...

Room for Improvement: Despite perfect record, top ranking, Cal’s Cats could be even better

By Jonathan Coffman Special to KyForward Following a 115-69 victory over Arizona State, Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari left fans pondering a comment made during his press conference: “The question becomes now: How good can we be?” Fans may laugh at the thought after defeating a power five conference opponent by 46 points, but he has a point. While the Wildcats have looked dominant thus...

NBA Bleeding Blue: Suns, Kings offer the best options for keeping up with former Wildcats

By Jonathan Coffman Special to KyForward As John Calipari continues his reign as the king of the one-and-done era, more NBA teams are beginning to blue tint along with their home colors. The Phoenix Suns drafted Devin Booker and re-signed Brandon Knight this summer, totaling four UK guards on the roster with Eric Bledsoe and Archie Goodwin. After trying out Josh Harrellson on a Summer League contract,...

Pick Six: Half dozen Wildcats go in NBA Draft, Towns taken with first overall pick

Karl-Anthony Towns was the third Kentucky player to be selected with the first overall pick (UK Athletics Photo by Barry Williams)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   A record-tying six former Kentucky players were selected in the NBA Draft Thursday night, including the first overall pick, Karl-Anthony Towns, by the Minnesota Timberwolves.   Kentucky held the previous record of...

Former Wildcats stock could be impacted
by a blockbuster trade prior to NBA Draft

Seven Kentucky players declared for the NBA Draft following the NCAA Tournament (UK Athletics)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   Seven Kentucky players will wait to hear their names called during the NBA Draft Thursday night, and their anticipation could not be higher following trade speculation that may impact their stock.   Rumors of the Los Angeles Lakers “aggressively”...

Former Wildcats stock could be impacted by a blockbuster deal prior to upcoming NBA Draft

Seven Kentucky players declared for the NBA Draft following the NCAA Tournament (UK Athletics)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   Seven Kentucky players will wait to hear their names called during the NBA Draft Thursday night, and their anticipation could not be higher following trade speculation that may impact their stock.   Rumors of the Los Angeles Lakers “aggressively”...

St. John Catholic School 4th in national recycling rally, earns $2,500 to ‘go green’

St. John Catholic School students joined together to recycle in Georgetown and earned $2,500 through a national program (Photo provided)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour, according to the Recycling Revolution website, but one Georgetown school has found an opportunity to turn their sodas into success.   St. John Catholic School...

St. John Catholic School 4th in national recycling rally, earns $2,500 to 'go green'

St. John Catholic School students joined together to recycle in Georgetown and earned $2,500 through a national program (Photo provided)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour, according to the Recycling Revolution website, but one Georgetown school has found an opportunity to turn their sodas into success.   St. John Catholic School...

A Student’s Perspective: Celebrate, yes! But remember destruction leaves a big black eye

By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The notion of a perfect season for the University of Kentucky Wildcats – not to mention a national championship – has created major anticipation within fan circles, and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government is preparing for it to bubble over into its streets. I can’t say I blame them.   A notice was posted onto doors surrounding...

E-Rupption Scheme: Undefeated UK season, blue suit and a dream lead to memorable plan

UK fan and writer Jonathan Coffman with his special guest at last Saturday’s season-finale at Rupp Arena (Photo Provided)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   As my father and I approached the student gates for the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball season finale against Florida Saturday, a rabid student passing out fan fingers yelled “I know you need one of these, buddy!”...

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...

Fast Pitch: UK student’s pickpocket-proof ‘Nomad Jeans’ proves to be a winning idea

By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   When asked, most people would say they’d like to get rich quick. Phillip Gordon would prefer to take things slow and steady to win the race to riches.   Still, he is already off to a fast start, thanks to winning the University of Kentucky’s UK 150 student pitch competition.   Phillip Gordon’s ‘Nomad Jeans’ have an...

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,...

Holding on to the hate: Even younger UK
fans keep disdain for Christian Laettner alive

Duke’s Christian Laettner and Bobby Hurley celebrate the game-winning goal against Kentucky in 1992 (Google.com Photo)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward correspondent   March 29, 1992, is the one day that the proud Kentucky basketball fanbase would like to forget, the day that Christian Laettner famously knocked Kentucky out of the Elite Eight in the East Regional Final with a buzzer-beating...