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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...

With destinations determined, Monk, Fox, Adebayo eager to have an impact at the next level

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Now that the future is clear, De’Aaron Fox wants to be a franchise player. Malik Monk is set to take his winning ways to Charlotte. Fox was selected as the fifth overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the NBA Draft Thursday night. Fox will join former Kentucky standouts Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere and brings “leadership, a lot more youth” to the organization. “It’s...

Sacramento Kings grab UK’s Fox with No. 5 pick, Monk selected 11th by Hornets in NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take long for De’Aaron Fox to hear his name called during the NBA Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn. Former teammate Malik Monk wasn’t too far behind after waiting longer than expected. Fox, the former Kentucky point guard was the fifth pick of the draft and was chosen by Sacramento Kings. Monk also was a first-round selection and was taken 11th overall...

Former UK star Monk completes pre-draft workouts, awaits word on his future NBA destination

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Malik Monk is finished with his workouts and will now play the waiting game until the NBA Draft, set for Thursday in Brooklyn, New York. The Kentucky freshman guard worked out for the Philadelphia Sixers Thursday after conducting workouts for the New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic. Monk, the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year after...

Led by Fox, four UK players look to make an impression in this week’s NBA Combine

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Four Kentucky men’s basketball players will be participating in the NBA Combine that begins Tuesday and runs through May 14 at the Quest Center in Chicago. De’Aaron Fox, Isaiah Briscoe, Bam Abedayo and Hamidou Diallo were listed among 67 players invited to attend the six-day event. Malik Monk was invited, but opted against participating in the combine....

Top shooter: Kentucky guard Malik Monk captures prestigious Jerry West Award

Kentucky freshman guard Malik Monk has already rewritten the Kentucky record books as one of the most prolific scorers in program history. He now owns the official designation as the top shooting guard of the 2016-17 college basketball season with the awarding of the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.   Monk was announced as the 2017 winner during ESPN’s College Basketball Awards Show...

That Makes Three: Bam declares for NBA Draft joining Fox and Monk, but won’t hire an agent

Kentucky men basketball freshman forward Bam Adebayo announced Wednesday that he plans to submit his name for the 2017 NBA Draft but will not hire an agent. As long as Adebayo does not hire an agent, he will have until May 24 (10 days after the NBA Draft Combine) to make a final decision as to whether he wishes to remain in the draft or return to Kentucky for his sophomore season. “This process...

High-scoring freshman guard Monk will end UK college career, add name to NBA Draft list

Following a historic scoring season that included more than a few record-breaking performances, freshman guard Malik Monk announced Tuesday that he plans to enter his name in the 2017 NBA Draft and will sign with an agent, effectively ending his career at UK. The NBA Draft is June 22. Monk, who dazzled college basketball fans this season with a number of historic individual games, is the second underclassman...

UK’s Monk named Wooden All-American; Epps, Akhator selected for AP honorable mention squad

Kentucky men’s basketball freshman guard Malik Monk was named a Wooden All-American on Monday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club after leading the Wildcats to Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament championships as well as a memorable run to the Elite Eight. Monk, who was one of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, was one of 10 players on the Wooden All-American Team. He joined...

NCAA Tournament: Wildcats reject determined Wichita State upset bid, reach Sweet Sixteen

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS — Malik Monk gained a reputation as a scorer. He may end the season as Kentucky’s best defender. Mired in a shooting slump since the postseason began, Monk has found other ways to contribute, especially on defense and it was his block on Wichita State’s Markis McDuffie’s 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining that enabled the second-seeded...

SEC Tournament: Monk still struggling but his UK teammates sense a breakthrough coming soon

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer NASHVILLE — Malik Monk is struggling but Kentucky keeps right on winning. Coming off a six-point performance in the regular-season finale, a 71-63 win at Texas A&M, Monk was hoping to get back on track in the Wildcats’ postseason opener but remains in a funk. Monk struggled yet again, this time scoring just two points in a 71-60 victory over Georgia...

Tourney time: Starting over, Monk says Cats will be a ‘new team’ in the postseason

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Malik Monk is starting over. So is Kentucky. Coming off his worse performance of the season, Monk, who scored a season-low six points in a 71-63 win over Texas A&M last Saturday, said he’s not looking back as the ninth-ranked Wildcats shift their attention to the postseason. Malik Monk said the Wildcats are ready for the postseason (Tammie Brown...

Monk named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, joins Fox, Adebayo on All-SEC team

After leading the Southeastern Conference in scoring throughout the regular season, Kentucky guard Malik Monk was honored as the Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches on Tuesday to highlight the annual SEC honors for the Wildcats.   Monk and backcourt mate De’Aaron Fox were both selected to the All-SEC First Team, while classmate Bam Adebayo earned second-team honors. All three were named...

Nationwide postseason All-American honors start rolling in for Kentucky guards Monk, Fox

Kentucky’s freshman backcourt tandem of Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox was named All-America by USA Today on Monday. Monk earned second-team distinction, while Fox was tabbed to the third team.   Monk was joined on the second team by Josh Jackson (Kansas), Justin Jackson (North Carolina), Luke Kennard (Duke) and Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga). Third-team honorees along with Fox included Ethan Happ...

Keith Taylor: Wildcats avenge loss to Gators, prove they’re still the team to beat in the SEC

Kentucky made a statement in a rematch with Florida Saturday and avenged an earlier-season blowout loss to the Gators in impressive fashion with a 76-66 victory Saturday at Rupp Arena. The 11th-ranked Wildcats (24-5, 14-2 Southeastern Conference) proved they can beat a ranked opponent at home and are still the team to beat in the SEC. Kentucky took a one-game lead over the Gators with two league encounters...

Cats, Gators battle for SEC supremacy in high stakes showdown between conference co-leaders

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer It doesn’t get any bigger with one week remaining in the regular season. Southeastern Conference co-leaders No. 11 Kentucky and 13th-ranked Florida meet Saturday in a highly-anticipated showdown that will likely determine the league champion and the top seed for the upcoming conference tournament. Malik Monk and the Wildcats hope they fare better in...

Monk says Wildcats are in a ‘weird situation’ but overall team confidence remains high

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer The past two weeks have been a learning experience for Kentucky. “It’s weird,” Kentucky freshman Malik Monk said. “We’re a young team, never been in a situation like this. Just have to fight through it. It’s just a weird situation right now.” Kentucky coach John Calipari addresses Isaiah Briscoe and Malik Monk during a win over Georgia last...

Keith Taylor: Drawing from his favorite verse, Monk gives inspiring performance in win over Georgia

Malik Monk never stops believing. Even when things aren’t going well, Monk refers to his favorite Bible scripture found in Mark 9:23 for inspiration: “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth,” King James Version. “I look at my wrist band and see (that scripture) every day,” he said. “I don’t take it off unless I am playing. I don’t have...

Jamie Vaught: UK-Kansas series has featured some memorable encounters over the years

Kentucky and Kansas have battled numerous times over the years. But I only remember a couple of UK-KU matchups really well prior to last Saturday night’s showdown between traditional powerhouses. The rest of the encounters in the series, for the most part, have been a blur, but I unfortunately do recall watching undermanned Kentucky’s horrible 150-95 loss at Lawrence on television during coach...

UK guards Monk, Fox among 25 players on mid-season Wooden Award watch list

Having already proven they’re among the top freshmen in the country and possibly a part of the best backcourt in the nation, Kentucky men’s basketball freshman guards Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox are now among 25 players on the mid-season watch list for the annual John R. Wooden Award.   Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts, the Wooden Award midseason 25 is comprised of student-athletes...