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Beyond one and done: Calipari creating a love for learning for current, former Wildcat players

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer John Calipari never wants his players to stop learning. “Our job as coaches is to create a love for learning,” the Kentucky coach said on his web site, coachcal.com Thursday. “We must promote lifelong learning, encourage young people to have curious minds and to want to read.” Kentucky coach John Calipari wants his players to learn beyond the basketball...

Senior night will be special for UK trio

Senior night is special. Although the tradition has somewhat taken a backseat to the one-and-done era under John Calipari, there’s just something about that last home game of the season at Rupp Arena – the singing of “My Old Kentucky Home” the tears, the parents and the seniors receiving their framed jersey. It’s an emotional and sometimes tearjerking experience. Tonight instate heroes...

Hawkins doesn’t plan to get emotional, but could be ‘in trouble’ if his mom sheds a tear on Senior Night

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Dominique Hawkins wants to remembered as a player that gave it his all during his four-year career at Kentucky. “I feel like I definitely will be remembered for my fight and my heart, always giving 100 percent in each game and diving for loose balls,” he said Tuesday. Dominique Hawkins, along with teammates Derek Willis and Mychal Mulder will be honored...

Keith Taylor: Calipari says meshing Fox, Briscoe and Monk in the backcourt ‘good stuff’

For the first time this week, John Calipari got a glimpse of what his potential backcourt will look like this season. “It’s going to be a work in progress, but it’s going good,” the Kentucky coach said Thursday. “They’re different but it’s been really good. Their strengths don’t conflict, it’s good stuff.” De’Aaron Fox will lead UK’s backcourt this season (Tammie Brown...

Jamie Vaught: Junior college transfer Mulder expects to provide Wildcats with a deep threat

With Kentucky losing a handful of stars from last season’s 38-1 squad, it would mean the Wildcats have lost 79 percent of its three-point bombs made during the 2014-15 campaign. Other than 5-9 guard Tyler Ulis who returns a nice portion of three-pointers (33 of 77 for a team-leading 42.9 percent) from last winter, who will help to take up the slack this year? How about a Kentucky newcomer by...