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Keldon Johnson announces he will declare for NBA draft, but leaves door open to return next season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keldon Johnson has decided to test the waters before determining his next career move. The Kentucky freshman guard declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday but is leaving the door open for a second tour of duty with the Wildcats. Johnson can sign with an agent certified by the NCAA and can return for a second season if he decides to forgo the NBA Draft and return to play...

Kentucky’s PJ Washington making an impression in NBA Combine

PJ Washington has enjoyed a pair of successful performances in the NBA Combine this week in Chicago. Washington is undecided on whether to remain in the NBA Draft or return for a second season. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington did nothing but help himself during the NBA Combine this week in Chicago. Washington scored 24 points in two 5-on-5 scrimmages and figures...

Five Kentucky players receive invite to participate in NBA Combine

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Five Kentucky players who have declared for the NBA Draft were among the invitees who will attend the draft combine later this month in Chicago. As expected, Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PJ Washington, Jared Vanderbilt and Hamidou Diallo were invited to attend the five-day event. Wenyen Gabriel wasn’t on the list of invitees. Yahoo Sports released the draft...

UK freshman Vanderbilt declares for NBA Draft, but holds off on hiring an agent

Kentucky forward Jarred Vanderbilt has declared for the NBA Draft but doesn’t plan to hire an agent, leaving his options open to return next season. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jarred Vanderbilt has decided to test the waters. The University of Kentucky freshman forward declared for the NBA Draft Friday but has opted against hiring an agent and could possibly...

Kentucky standout Kevin Knox decides to hire agent, enter NBA Draft

Kentucky forward Kevin Knox has decided not to return to Lexington next season and will enter the NBA Draft in June. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox made his decision official Friday and will be entering the NBA Draft. Knox, the team’s leading scorer and Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, plans to sign with an agent, ending his career at Kentucky....

UK’s Adebayo received an extra nudge from Calipari to remain in the NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer When he came to making a final decision regarding his future, former Kentucky forward Bam Adebayo received an extra nudge from John Calipari. Adebayo told reporters at the NBA Combine in Chicago last weekend the Kentucky coach urged him to remain in the draft instead of coming back for one more season. Former Kentucky forward Bam Adebayo says he received...

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....

Keith Taylor: Calipari has room for Bolden if Lee, Briscoe return; Skal’s NBA stock on the rise

Marques Bolden’s future will be decided this week. The heralded 6-foot-11 star is expected to make his decision known at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Bolden is the ranked the top center in the Class of 2016 and has narrowed his college choices to Kentucky and Duke. Bolden, who led his high school DeSoto (High School) to the state championship, has participated in the McDonald’s All-American Game,...

Keith Taylor: Calipari says Tyler Ulis will excel in NBA; Cats to play twice in New York next season

John Calipari thinks Tyler Ulis will enjoy a successful career and credits Isaiah Thomas for paving the way for the former Kentucky point guard and other undersized players seeking a career at the next level. Thomas, a 5-foot-9 guard for the Boston Celtics, averaged 22.2 points, 6.3 assists and three rebounds per game this past season. Thomas proved that size doesn’t matter when it comes to playing...

Marcus Lee makes cut, joins teammates Murray, Ulis and Labissiere in NBA Combine

Leading up to what looks to be another Wildcat-heavy NBA Draft, four Kentucky men’s basketball players – Skal Labissiere, Marcus Lee, Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis – are set to participate in the annual NBA Draft Combine in Chicago next week. All four players were on the official 63-man attendee list that the NBA released Thursday. The NBA Combine, set for May 11-15, is a multi-day showcase where...