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Marcus Lee taking several lessons from math,
applying them to freshman year at Kentucky

Marcus Lee | Photo by Jon Hale   Without ever having known the game of basketball, its invention not arriving until a century and a half after his death a continent away in a country he never knew would secede from his own, it still seems relatively reasonable to predict that if Sir Isaac Newton were a college basketball fan, he’d have a new favorite player in Marcus Lee. Bear with me. [widgets_on_pages...

John Calipari dwells on 40-0, the season's first 10 practices and the federal shutdown

Kentucky coach John Calipari gave his annual media day news conference Tuesday. It’s always a big to-do with well over a hundred media members in attendance, and it’s always the week of Big Blue Madness. What makes this year’s edition unique compared to years past is that Big Blue Madness is not the fall practice kick-off party it used to be; instead, UK had already held 10 practices...

John Calipari dwells on 40-0, the season’s first 10 practices and the federal shutdown

Kentucky coach John Calipari gave his annual media day news conference Tuesday. It’s always a big to-do with well over a hundred media members in attendance, and it’s always the week of Big Blue Madness. What makes this year’s edition unique compared to years past is that Big Blue Madness is not the fall practice kick-off party it used to be; instead, UK had already held 10 practices...

Kentucky freshman Marcus Lee hopes
he can be a ‘sponge’ for John Calipari

When Marcus Lee chose to attend Kentucky, he expected to be challenged on the basketball court. He did not necessarily expect that challenge as a volleyball player.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Lee, who was a standout volleyball and basketball player at Deer Valley High School in the Bay Area, spent some time working out with the UK women’s volleyball team this summer.   “My...

Kentucky freshman Marcus Lee hopes he can be a 'sponge' for John Calipari

When Marcus Lee chose to attend Kentucky, he expected to be challenged on the basketball court. He did not necessarily expect that challenge as a volleyball player.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Lee, who was a standout volleyball and basketball player at Deer Valley High School in the Bay Area, spent some time working out with the UK women’s volleyball team this summer.   “My...

Record-setting basketball class willing to face competition for chance to win NCAA title

The UK freshman class includes an unprecedented six McDonald’s All-Americans. (Photos by Jon Hale)   John Calipari has never been shy about saying the UK men’s basketball program is not for every player.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] In Calipari’s four years as UK’s head coach, highly touted prospects have had to accept smaller roles and fewer shots per...

John Calipari Q&A: Coach breaks down freshmen, returners, last season and more

Each year before the start of the basketball season, UK head coach John Calipari sits down for a roundtable interview with local reporters in September.   The reporters agree to UK’s requirement to embargo the interviews, and subsequent one-on-one interviews with each player, until Oct. 1.   You can read a transcript of the entire interview with a rejuvenated Calipari below in which...

Calipari Q&A: UK coach previews season; breaks down freshmen, returners and more

Each year before the start of the basketball season, UK head coach John Calipari sits down for a roundtable interview with local reporters in September.   The reporters agree to UK’s requirement to embargo the interviews, and subsequent one-on-one interviews with each player, until Oct. 1.   You can read a transcript of the entire interview with a rejuvenated Calipari below in which...

UK releases 2013-14 men's basketball roster

Staff report   With UK classes starting Wednesday and players enrolled for the fall semester, the men’s basketball program has released the 2013-14 roster.   Forward Marcus Lee, guard James Young, guard Aaron Harrison, guard Andrew Harrison, guard E. J. Floreal, guard Dominique Hawkins, forward Julius Randle, forward Derek Willis and center Dakari Johnson make up a nine-man freshman...

Calipari expects remaining freshmen to reach campus soon, praises summer competition

The start of the 2013-14 men’s basketball season may still be almost five months away, but the next Wildcat team is already taking shape.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Five of the eight incoming freshmen are already on campus with Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison and James Young arriving as soon as this weekend.   “I think they’re going to come in this weekend,...

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...

UK announces trio of basketball recruits officially sign national letters of intent

Guard Dominique Hawkins, center Dakari Johnson and forward Julius Randle have officially signed to play basketball at the University of Kentucky beginning in the 2013-14 season, head coach John Calipari announced Thursday.   The trio joins fall signees Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Marcus Lee, Derek Willis and James Young to form the consensus top-ranked class in the nation.   “The...

Madison Central senior Dominique Hawkins joins UK’s top-ranked 2013 recruiting class

Staff report   The recruiting class that has been described by some as the greatest of all-time now includes the 2013 Mr. Kentucky Basketball.   Dominique Hawkins. (Image from iHigh stream) Madison Central guard Dominique Hawkins announced his verbal commitment to UK Wednesday morning in a ceremony at the school. The announcement was streamed online by iHigh.   Hawkins, who is rated...

Madison Central senior Dominique Hawkins joins UK's top-ranked 2013 recruiting class

Staff report   The recruiting class that has been described by some as the greatest of all-time now includes the 2013 Mr. Kentucky Basketball.   Dominique Hawkins. (Image from iHigh stream) Madison Central guard Dominique Hawkins announced his verbal commitment to UK Wednesday morning in a ceremony at the school. The announcement was streamed online by iHigh.   Hawkins, who is rated...

Wesley Eversole: Cats must answer several questions before rebounding from NIT loss

Now that the University of Kentucky men’s basketball season has ended following a 59-57 loss to Robert Morris in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament, there are several questions that need to be answered before the Cats can move forward to the next season.   Ryan Harrow and Jon Hood look on from the bench as UK loses to Robert Morris in the NIT. (Photo by Jon Hale) The first...

UK basketball adds sixth five-star recruit to class of 2013 with Julius Randle commitment

John Calipari did not have to wait long for some positive news following his team’s elimination from the NIT with a loss at Robert Morris.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] On Wednesday, Texas high school power forward Julius Randle became the sixth five-star commitment in Calipari’s 2013 recruiting class. Randle is rated as the No. 2 player in the country and No. 1 power forward...

Five star center Dakari Johnson joins
highly touted UK recruiting class for 2013

UK head coach John Calipari has picked up his fifth five-star commitment in the class of 2013.   Dakari Johnson, 6-foot-10, 265 pound center at Montverde Academy in Florida, announced his commitment to UK Saturday on ESPNU. Rivals.com rates him as the No. 13 recruit in the country.   Johnson, the No. 1 center according to ESPN, joins what could be one of the best recruiting classes in the...

Five star center Dakari Johnson joins highly touted UK recruiting class for 2013

UK head coach John Calipari has picked up his fifth five-star commitment in the class of 2013.   Dakari Johnson, 6-foot-10, 265 pound center at Montverde Academy in Florida, announced his commitment to UK Saturday on ESPNU. Rivals.com rates him as the No. 13 recruit in the country.   Johnson, the No. 1 center according to ESPN, joins what could be one of the best recruiting classes in the...

Marcus Lee is latest five-star recruit
to commit to Calipari’s growing class of 2013

Staff report   For the third consecutive week John Calipari and the UK men’s basketball program picked up a commitment from a five-star recruit in the class of 2013.   The latest member of the recruiting class is power forward Marcus Lee of Antioch, Cal., who made his announcement in a ceremony at high school Wednesday afternoon.   Rivals.com ranks Lee, a 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward,...