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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...

Kentucky’s flaws as apparent in Baton Rouge as its dominance was on last trip in 2012

Twenty games into its season, John Calipari’s team is sputtering. (File photo by Jon Hale)   Kentucky’s visit to LSU on Tuesday was its first in two years. Below is a brief tale recounting the two trips. The contrast is as stark and jarring as this segue, which will not be forced any further. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   The Wildcats fell asleep near the end of...

Kentucky's flaws as apparent in Baton Rouge as its dominance was on last trip in 2012

Twenty games into its season, John Calipari’s team is sputtering. (File photo by Jon Hale)   Kentucky’s visit to LSU on Tuesday was its first in two years. Below is a brief tale recounting the two trips. The contrast is as stark and jarring as this segue, which will not be forced any further. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   The Wildcats fell asleep near the end of...

Is seldom-used reserve Derek Willis setting precedent with late-night shooting session?

Derek Willis, who has played a total of 30 minutes this season including six Saturday against Vanderbilt, has impressed John Calipari with his late-night shooting sessions. (Photo by James Pennington)   John Calipari’s job is to coach up his players and turn them into a cohesive one, a team with a singular vision and a singular approach to making the vision a reality. But he believes he...

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...

Dakari Johnson embraces center role, hopes to prove he was underrated in recruiting

If basketball does not work out for UK freshman center Dakari Johnson, he may have a future in an unlikely sport:   Ping pong.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] “I take that serious,” Johnson said with a smile in a one-on-one interview with KyForward in September. “At my high school, it was, like, 52-percent Chinese, and they play ping pong all the time, so I kind...

Dakari Johnson embraces center role, hopes to prove he was underrated in recruiting

If basketball does not work out for UK freshman center Dakari Johnson, he may have a future in an unlikely sport:   Ping pong.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] “I take that serious,” Johnson said with a smile in a one-on-one interview with KyForward in September. “At my high school, it was, like, 52-percent Chinese, and they play ping pong all the time, so I kind...

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,...

Former Wildcats, current NBA stars offer advice for John Calipari's next UK team

John Calipari and seven former Wildcats, including six NBA first-round picks, pose with campers Wednesday. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Every fall a new group of UK men’s basketball players learns one cannot quite understand what to expect from being a Wildcat until he experiences it first hand.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Still, several former Cats in town this week for John...

Former Wildcats, current NBA stars offer advice for John Calipari’s next UK team

John Calipari and seven former Wildcats, including six NBA first-round picks, pose with campers Wednesday. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Every fall a new group of UK men’s basketball players learns one cannot quite understand what to expect from being a Wildcat until he experiences it first hand.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Still, several former Cats in town this week for John...

Jon Hale: Anthony Davis earns my vote for 2012 Kentucky Sportsman of the Year

When you think about the past year in Kentucky sports, it’s likely the first image that jumps to mind is the Wildcats’ run to the program’s eight national championship.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But which face from that memorable season stands out above the rest?   That’s the question I posed to myself when assembling my ballot for the 2012 Lexington...

Jon Hale: Anthony Davis earns my vote
for 2012 Kentucky Sportsman of the Year

When you think about the past year in Kentucky sports, it’s likely the first image that jumps to mind is the Wildcats’ run to the program’s eight national championship.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But which face from that memorable season stands out above the rest?   That’s the question I posed to myself when assembling my ballot for the 2012 Lexington...

2012 Review: UK’s eighth national title headlines a year of memorable sports stories

There was perhaps no bigger event in Kentucky in 2012 than the Wildcats’ winning their eighth national championship. KyForward sports editor Jon Hale was on the road with the team during its title run as the Big Blue Nation’s thirst for a championship was quenched after a 13-year Final Four drought. You can read KyForward’s account of the entire 2011-12 championship season and relive...

2012 Review: UK's eighth national title headlines a year of memorable sports stories

There was perhaps no bigger event in Kentucky in 2012 than the Wildcats’ winning their eighth national championship. KyForward sports editor Jon Hale was on the road with the team during its title run as the Big Blue Nation’s thirst for a championship was quenched after a 13-year Final Four drought. You can read KyForward’s account of the entire 2011-12 championship season and relive...

Q&A: John Calipari previews 2012-13 season, talks about challenge of repeating and more

In September, UK men’s basketball coach John Calipari sat down for a roundtable interview with local media members, including KyForward’s Jon Hale, to talk about his new team, the pressure of repeating and a host of other topics.   You can see the transcript of the interview below (Questions have been edited for clarity):   Last year you cautioned us several times about how hard...

More than $300,000 presented to charities
as former Wildcats return for alumni game

DeMarcus Cousins feigns annoyance at a call during alumni game. (Photo by Jon Hale)   On a day in which UK basketball fans had a chance to see some of their favorite former Wildcats play at Rupp Arena again, the most memorable moment likely came at halftime.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] That was when UK head coach John Calipari, the former Wildcats playing and coaching in the...

More than $300,000 presented to charities as former Wildcats return for alumni game

DeMarcus Cousins feigns annoyance at a call during alumni game. (Photo by Jon Hale)   On a day in which UK basketball fans had a chance to see some of their favorite former Wildcats play at Rupp Arena again, the most memorable moment likely came at halftime.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] That was when UK head coach John Calipari, the former Wildcats playing and coaching in the...

Comparisons between 1996, 2012 teams
on the mind as UK alumni return to Rupp

Derek Anderson coaches during the John Calipari Fantasy Camp. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Even before the 2011-12 UK men’s basketball team had cut down the nets after the school’s eighth national championship, comparisons to the 1996 title team had been rampant.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Like the 1996 team, the 2012 championship team was considered one of the best teams...

Comparisons between 1996, 2012 teams on the mind as UK alumni return to Rupp

Derek Anderson coaches during the John Calipari Fantasy Camp. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Even before the 2011-12 UK men’s basketball team had cut down the nets after the school’s eighth national championship, comparisons to the 1996 title team had been rampant.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Like the 1996 team, the 2012 championship team was considered one of the best teams...