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Possible matchup featuring ex-UK basketball stars and NBA super team in the works

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Could a team of former Kentucky players beat an NBA super team? That lingering question could be answered in the very near future. During an appearance on Kentucky Sports Radio last week, DeWayne Peevy, deputy director of athletics at the University of Kentucky, said he’s trying to make such an encounter happen in an effort to settle the debate. Karl-Anthony Towns...

Adebayo, Fox, Monk, Ulis among featured players for 2017 John Calipari UK Pro and Skill Camps

Former Kentucky men’s basketball players Bam Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, Dominique Hawkins, Malik Monk and Derek Willis will be the featured pros at the 2017 John Calipari UK Pro Camps, which will be held Aug. 1-2 at the Memorial Coliseum/Joe Craft Center complex at the University of Kentucky campus. Julius Randle (July 22) and Tyler Ulis (July 30) will also host individual camps this month. Players...

Jamie Vaught: He may be a bit biased, but Grevey likes watching former Wildcats playing in the NBA

For many years, Kevin Grevey has worked as a scout for NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers. And the ex-Kentucky Wildcat All-American said in a recent interview with this columnist that he is having more fun following NBA as the league is now loaded with former UK hoops standouts. “I love my Kentucky Wildcats,” said Grevey who played as a 6-5 forward at Kentucky and graduated in 1975. And that could be a...

Former UK standouts Booker, Cauley-Stein, Randle chosen for USA Men’s Select Team

After tremendous NBA rookie seasons, former Kentucky men’s basketball stars Devin Booker, Willie Cauley-Stein and Julius Randle have been chosen for the USA Men’s Select Team that will train July 18-21 with the USA Basketball Men’s National Team during its training camp in Las Vegas. The USA Men’s Select Team annually features some of the game’s brightest and most promising young players....

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”...

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”...

Sports Notes: Quarterback Towles holds the key to Wildcats increasing win total in 2014

Kentucky should continue to improve in the second year of the Mark Stoops era, but will there be more wins? (Photo from UK Athletics)   It’s just six weeks until Kentucky kicks off year two of the Mark Stoops era, hosting Tennessee Martin on Aug. 30 at still-under-renovation Commonwealth Stadium.   Although fan enthusiasm and attendance rebounded, on the field last year’s Wildcats...

Kentucky's Randle agrees to Laker contract, then plays in first NBA Summer League game

Julius Randle made his NBA Summer League debut Sunday after signing a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo from Lakers.com)   The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Julius Randle, the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, it was announced by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Randle will be available to play in Sunday’s NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas against the New Orleans Pelicans.   In...

Kentucky’s Randle agrees to Laker contract,
then plays in first NBA Summer League game

Julius Randle made his NBA Summer League debut Sunday after signing a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo from Lakers.com)   The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Julius Randle, the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, it was announced by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Randle will be available to play in Sunday’s NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas against the New Orleans Pelicans.   In...

Sports Notes: Former Wildcat, Mr. Baseball Riddle makes successful return to Bluegrass

Former Mr. Baseball J.T. Riddle made a successful return to Lexington, helping Greensboro sweep three games from the Legends (Photo from UK Athletics)   When former Kentucky Mr. Baseball J.T. Riddle took the field last week against the Lexington Legends, it marked his first professional appearance in Lexington since May 2013, when he played in Kentucky’s mid-week win over Indiana.   Although...

Randle chosen with seventh overall pick
by Lakers in first round of 2014 NBA draft

Forward Julius Randle was drafted in the first round of Thursday’s NBA draft, increasing Kentucky’s run of having at least one player chosen in the opening round to five years in a row (Photo from UK Athletics)   By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor   Two months of speculation, analysis and mock drafts came to an end Thursday when University of Kentucky forward Julius Randle...

Randle chosen with seventh overall pick by Lakers in first round of 2014 NBA draft

Forward Julius Randle was drafted in the first round of Thursday’s NBA draft, increasing Kentucky’s run of having at least one player chosen in the opening round to five years in a row (Photo from UK Athletics)   By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor   Two months of speculation, analysis and mock drafts came to an end Thursday when University of Kentucky forward Julius Randle...

UK’s Randle makes it official: He’ll advance
to the NBA so he can ‘achieve my dream’

Kentucky freshman Julius Randle declared for the NBA draft Tuesday (Photo from UK Athletics)   Kentucky forward Julius Randle finally made it official Tuesday, announcing that he’ll leave his Wildcat family to enter the NBA.   Randle held a news conference at Memorial Coliseum to end the speculation over whether he would return for his sophomore year. The 6-9, 250-pound native of Dallas,...

UK's Randle makes it official: He'll advance to the NBA so he can 'achieve my dream'

Kentucky freshman Julius Randle declared for the NBA draft Tuesday (Photo from UK Athletics)   Kentucky forward Julius Randle finally made it official Tuesday, announcing that he’ll leave his Wildcat family to enter the NBA.   Randle held a news conference at Memorial Coliseum to end the speculation over whether he would return for his sophomore year. The 6-9, 250-pound native of Dallas,...

Kentucky's Randle to discuss future plans during Tuesday news conference at Memorial

Julius Randle expected to announce for NBA on Tuesday (Photo from UK Athletics   Kentucky freshman forward Julius Randle will hold a news conference Tuesday to announce whether he will give up his remaining college eligibility to move to the NBA or return to the Lexington campus next year. The 6-9, 250-pound Randle is from Dallas. He led the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding with averages of...

Wildcats’ win over undefeated Wichita State ‘best game’ of tourney, says CBS sportswriter

The University of Kentucky Wildcats beating Wichita State, an undefeated No. 1 seed, was sportswriter Matt Norlander’s “best game” of the NCAA tournament. This final shot from Wichita’s Fred VanVleet fell to the right. (Photo from USATSI via CBS Sports.com)   CBS Sports college basketball writer Matt Norlander named the University of Kentucky game against Wichita State...

Wildcats' win over undefeated Wichita State 'best game' of tourney, says CBS sportswriter

The University of Kentucky Wildcats beating Wichita State, an undefeated No. 1 seed, was sportswriter Matt Norlander’s “best game” of the NCAA tournament. This final shot from Wichita’s Fred VanVleet fell to the right. (Photo from USATSI via CBS Sports.com)   CBS Sports college basketball writer Matt Norlander named the University of Kentucky game against Wichita State...

Considering Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky: The Badgers’ star is dangerous and unique

Wisconsin has made it to the Final Four largely on the back of 7-footer Frank Kaminsky (back, both arms raised). Wisconsin plays Kentucky in the Final Four on Saturday. (Photo by David Stluka, courtesy of Wisconsin Athletics)   ARLINGTON, Texas — Much noise has been made about Wisconsin 7-footer Frank Kaminsky, and it’s deserved. The breakout junior, not even a starter last season for the...

Considering Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky: The Badgers' star is dangerous and unique

Wisconsin has made it to the Final Four largely on the back of 7-footer Frank Kaminsky (back, both arms raised). Wisconsin plays Kentucky in the Final Four on Saturday. (Photo by David Stluka, courtesy of Wisconsin Athletics)   ARLINGTON, Texas — Much noise has been made about Wisconsin 7-footer Frank Kaminsky, and it’s deserved. The breakout junior, not even a starter last season for the...

Willie Cauley-Stein injury casts shadow over Cats’ win against Louisville in Sweet Sixteen

INDIANAPOLIS — Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein left Friday’s Sweet 16 win over Louisville in the first half with a left ankle injury, and with that left the most imposing single piece in Kentucky’s defense for the rest of Friday’s game and perhaps more. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Kentucky did not disclose the severity or type of injury to Cauley-Stein;...