A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Four men's signees, one women's signee named 2014 McDonald's All-Americans

Four Kentucky men’s basketball signees and one women’s basketball signee will play in April’s McDonald’s All-American Game, the benchmark game to recognize high-school standouts. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   All four of John Calipari’s signees in the 2014 class will play in the McDonald’s game April 2 in Chicago. Point guard Tyler Ulis, shooting...

Wiltjer confirms he's transferring to Gonzaga instead of returning to UK for junior season

UK forward Kyle Wiltjer is transferring to Gonzaga.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Wiltjer, who will be a junior in the fall, announced in June he was considering a transfer in order to find more playing time. Wiltjer confirmed a CBS Sports report that had chosen Gonzaga as his final destination Friday via Twitter.   Kyle Wiltjer. (File photo by Jon Hale) “I feel like in...

Wiltjer confirms he’s transferring to Gonzaga instead of returning to UK for junior season

UK forward Kyle Wiltjer is transferring to Gonzaga.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Wiltjer, who will be a junior in the fall, announced in June he was considering a transfer in order to find more playing time. Wiltjer confirmed a CBS Sports report that had chosen Gonzaga as his final destination Friday via Twitter.   Kyle Wiltjer. (File photo by Jon Hale) “I feel like in...

Kyle Wiltjer exploring transfer options in hopes of finding more prominent role

Junior forward Kyle Wiltjer appears ready to leave the UK men’s basketball program.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Wiltjer, who is playing for the Canadian National Team this summer, informed head coach John Calipari he felt he could have a more prominent role at a different program than he would have at UK next season, Calipari said on his website.   “He expressed...

Kyle Wiltjer exploring transfer options
in hopes of finding more prominent role

Junior forward Kyle Wiltjer appears ready to leave the UK men’s basketball program.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Wiltjer, who is playing for the Canadian National Team this summer, informed head coach John Calipari he felt he could have a more prominent role at a different program than he would have at UK next season, Calipari said on his website.   “He expressed...

Kyle Wiltjer named to Canadian Development National Team roster for exhibition series

UK men’s basketball junior forward Kyle Wiltjer has been selected to the Canadian Development Men’s National Team roster for the China exhibition series beginning June 8. Wiltjer and the other members of the team traveled to China early Wednesday morning to begin play this weekend.   Kyle Wiltjer. (File photo by Jon Hale) Wiltjer was named the Southeastern Conference’s Sixth Man of the...

UK returnees expect new intensity level from practice for deep, talented 2013-14 team

Frequently during the 2012-13 season, UK head coach John Calipari lamented his inability to use the bench as a motivating factor for underperforming players.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] The Wildcats featured an eight-man rotation for much of the season. After losing star freshman Nerlens Noel to a season-ending knee injury, the rotation grew even shallower.   With at least three...

Chances to avenge NIT season, improve stock lead Cauley-Stein, Poythress to return to UK

UK fans have become accustomed to freshmen thriving under John Calipari for a season then leaving Lexington for the NBA, but unfinished business led two 2012-13 freshmen to buck that trend.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Freshmen forwards Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress were both projected as possible first round picks in the 2013 NBA draft, but the chance to improve their personal...

Alex Poythress latest Wildcat to announce return to school for 2013-14 season

Freshman forward Alex Poythress will return to the UK men’s basketball program for the 2013-14 season, head coach John Calipari announced Tuesday.   Alex Poythress. (Photo by Jon Hale) “I’m really happy that, after talking with his family and evaluating his options, Alex has decided to return for his sophomore season,” Calipari said. “Alex is a great kid with a lot of potential...

Cauley-Stein, Wiltjer to return to UK next season; Archie Goodwin enters NBA Draft

The 2013-14 UK men’s basketball roster is starting to take shape.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] The second defection from the 2012-13 team was announced Monday with freshman guard Archie Goodwin’s decision to enter the NBA draft. Sophomore point guard Ryan Harrow announced Sunday that he was transferring to Georgia State.   While Goodwin and Harrow are leaving Lexington,...

Kyle Wiltjer takes to Twitter to assure fans he will return to UK for junior season in 2013-14

On the same day one UK men’s basketball player announced he was transferring, another announced his intention to remain in Lexington.   Kyle Wiltjer. (Photo by Jon Hale) “I just want everyone to know I am not transferring,” tweeted sophomore forward Kyle Wiltjer. “The thought never crossed my mind. I love Coach Cal and the staff, UK, and the BBN.”   After talking...

With up-and-down season finished in NIT, Calipari, players give reasons for future hope

MOON TOWNSHIP, Penn. — A season that began with the Wildcats ranked No. 3 in both major polls, ended Tuesday with a loss to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT in a gym that sat just more than 3,000 people.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] In a season where little went as planned and almost nothing went the way players and coaches hoped, a missed three at the buzzer ensured...

Wildcats will meet Vanderbilt for third time
this season in SEC Tourney quarterfinals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — If John Calipari needs help with the scouting report for UK’s quarterfinal Southeastern Conference opponent, there were plenty of Wildcat fans in Bridgestone Arena Thursday who would probably be willing to help.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Despite the Wildcats having a double-bye delaying their SEC Tournament debut until Friday, the stands at Bridgestone...

Wildcats will meet Vanderbilt for third time this season in SEC Tourney quarterfinals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — If John Calipari needs help with the scouting report for UK’s quarterfinal Southeastern Conference opponent, there were plenty of Wildcat fans in Bridgestone Arena Thursday who would probably be willing to help.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Despite the Wildcats having a double-bye delaying their SEC Tournament debut until Friday, the stands at Bridgestone...

Wildcats not ready to declare turnaround permanent after strong win before postseason

You could not blame UK fans for hoping the Wildcat’s win versus No. 11 Florida to close out the regular season is a sign that the young team has finally turned a corner.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Just don’t expect the Cats’ emerging star or coach to commit to that turnaround.   “We’ve been where it seemed like we turned a turning point and reverted...

Noel named SEC Freshman of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, 1st team All-SEC

Staff report   Nerlens Noel. (Photo by Jon Hale) Nerlens Noel missed the final seven games of the regular season, but that did not stop him from earning several postseason Southeastern Conference honors Tuesday.   Noel was named the league’s Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. He also was named First Team All-SEC.   Noel was joined by guard Archie Goodwin, forward...

Road woes continue as poor shooting leads Wildcats to double-digit loss at Georgia

Staff report   The UK men’s basketball team’s NCAA Tournament resume is likely on life support after a 72-62 loss to Georgia Thursday.   The Wildcats had previously been able to boast the absence of any truly bad losses on the resume, but the loss to Georgia, ranked No. 133 in the RPI, represented the team’s first loss to a team outside the RPI top 100 this season. The win...

Wildcats working on becoming ‘best version’
of themselves as regular season winds down

With two games remaining in the regular season and the Southeastern Conference tournament set for next week, the UK men’s basketball team still has several scenarios where it could play its way into the NCAA Tournament.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Almost all of those scenarios start with a win at Georgia Thursday.   The Bulldogs are 14-15 this season with an 8-8 record...

Wildcats working on becoming 'best version' of themselves as regular season winds down

With two games remaining in the regular season and the Southeastern Conference tournament set for next week, the UK men’s basketball team still has several scenarios where it could play its way into the NCAA Tournament.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Almost all of those scenarios start with a win at Georgia Thursday.   The Bulldogs are 14-15 this season with an 8-8 record...

Wildcats take care of business with blowout win vs. SEC cellar dweller Mississippi State

  In a game where the outcome was never in doubt, UK players were able to take care of business against an inferior opponent Wednesday.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Head coach John Calipari and his team say the 85-55 win versus Mississippi State, ranked last in the Southeastern Conference, is the latest example of their recent improvements.   “I thought we went forward,”...