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Former University of Kentucky basketball stars Hawkins, Willis part of TBT Bluegrass Boys Squad

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be well-represented in The Basketball Tournament next month. Former Kentucky players Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins, Josh Harrellson, Marcus Lee, Ramon Harris, Kevin Galloway and AJ Stewart will form the Bluegrass Boys organized by former Kentucky player Mark Krebs and will be coached by Wayne Turner. The Bluegrass Boys will compete with seven more teams...

Sports Notes: Reds may be center of MLB universe again, but for much different reason

Home Run Derby champ Todd Frazier may be one of the last recognizable Reds on the roster when the July 31 trading deadline rolls around (Cincinnati Reds Photo)   It was just a week ago that Cincinnati was the center of the Major League Baseball universe, serving flawlessly and impressively as the host for the 2015 All-Star Game.   Hometown third baseman Todd Frazier rode a late voter wave...

Former Cats help raise more than $1 million for charity in annual alumni game at Rupp

  Almost two dozen former UK men’s basketball players, including 10 current NBA players, came together Monday to raise more than $1 million for charity at the school’s annual alumni game.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] The game featured seven former Wildcats currently on NBA rosters: Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, Detroit Pistons forward Josh Harrellson,...

Report: Josh Harrellson to make return to NBA on two-year deal with Detroit Pistons

Staff report   Former UK forward Josh Harrellson has returned to the NBA.   Josh Harrellson. (File photo by Jon Hale) Harrellson, who spent the 2012-13 season in China, has signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Pistons, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports. Harrellson was named MVP of the Chinese Basketball Association after averaging 22 points and 18 rebounds per game.   Harrellson...

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: Cousins struggles with fouls

Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored eight points on 3-7 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in 14 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings.   Former Morehead center Kenneth Faried scored six points on 2-3 shooting and grabbed three rebounds in seven minutes of action for the Denver Nuggets.   Former UK student Enes Kanter, who was declared ineligible to play basketball at UK by the NCAA,...

NBA roundup: Keith Bogans signs with Nets

Three former UK players took the court in NBA games Tuesday, and one Wildcat alum caught on with a new team. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   The New Jersey Nets announced they have signed former UK guard Keith Bogans.   Former UK forward DeMarcus Cousins scored 21 points on 8-15 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds in 36 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings.   Former...

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: Brandon Knight scores 22

Former UK point guard Brandon Knight scored 22 points on 6-18 shooting and tallied four assists in 34 minutes of action for the Detroit Pistons.   Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 17 points on 7-12 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds in 27 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings.   Former UK point guard John Wall scored 13 points on 4-17 shooting, tallied 10 assists and grabbed nine...

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: Brandon Knight scores 20

Three former UK standouts took the court in NBA games Thursday. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   Former UK point guard Brandon Knight scored 20 points on 7-9 shooting and tallied three assists in 35 minutes of action for the Detroit Pistons.   Former UK forward Tayshaun Prince scored 13 points on 6-17 shooting and tallied four assists in 36 minutes of action for the Pistons.   Former...

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: 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...

Jon Hale: Unlikely rise to prominence makes Josh Harrellson state's top 2011 sports figure

What image comes to mind when you think of the 2011 Kentucky sports year?   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Is it Matt Roark being lifted off the field after the University of Kentucky football team finally took down Tennessee? Is it Brandon Knight sending the Wildcats to the Final Four? Is it the Kentucky Derby or maybe the NBA draft?   Or maybe, like me, when you think about the...

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...