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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....

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...

Keith Taylor: Once thought to be out of the lottery, Adebayo could be a first-round sleeper choice

Bam Adebayo isn’t considered a lottery pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, but could very be a sleeper choice in the first round. Adebayo, who averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game for Kentucky last season, worked out for the Charlotte Hornets Sunday. Adebayo played at High Point Christian Academy in North Carolina. During his workout with Charlotte Sunday, Adebayo showcased his shooting from...

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...

Already a certain lottery pick, former UK guard Fox still working his way up NBA Draft ladder

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Former Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox got his chance to workout with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this week. He is scheduled to workout for the Philadelphia Sixers this weekend and then it’s on to next week’s NBA Draft. The Lakers have the second pick in the draft, while Philadelphia has the third pick. Currently, Fox is projected by many analysts...

Stoops supports brother’s surprise retirement; three freshman Wildcats invited to tryout for Team USA

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer When Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops stepped down after 18 seasons earlier this week, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, offered support and encouragement to his brother. “Bob truly represents what is good about college football and the success of his career speaks for itself,” he said. “What he means to me as a brother and a coach is immeasurable. I...

Diallo withdraws from NBA Draft, can’t wait to play in UK jersey for first time next season

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Hamidou Diallo never got the chance to play at Rupp Arena last year. He will get that opportunity next season after withdrawing his name from the NBA Draft late Wednesday night. “I’m excited about returning to Kentucky for the 2017-18 season,” Diallo tweeted early Thursday morning. “I can’t wait to play in a Kentucky jersey for the first time.” 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....

Five and counting: UK freshman Bam Adebayo hires an agent, opts to remain in NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer It didn’t take Bam Adebayo long to decide his future plans. The Kentucky freshman forward declared for the NBA Draft earlier this month but opted against signing with an agent, leaving the door open for a possible return for a second season with the Wildcats. Adebayo announced Tuesday that he’s signing with an agent, ending his one-year collegiate...

Louisville junior forward Johnson giving up eligibility to enter upcoming NBA Draft

University of Louisville junior forward Jaylen Johnson will forego his final collegiate season, hire an agent and seek a career in professional basketball. “After a lengthy conversation with Coach P I have decided to hire an agent and forego my senior year,” said Johnson. “I will miss my teammates and coaches, but it is really important that I help out my mom and family. I’m...

UK freshman guard Diallo declares for NBA Draft, leaves door open for possible return

Kentucky men’s basketball freshman guard Hamidou Diallo announced Sunday he has submitted his name for the NBA Draft but will not hire an agent. So long as Diallo 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.   “Playing in the NBA has always been the ultimate...

Sophomore center Humphries to forego remainder of UK eligibility to test professional basketball waters

Sophomore forward Isaac Humphries, who nearly lifted Kentucky to the Final Four this past season with an unforgettable performance in the Elite Eight vs. North Carolina, is turning professional. Humphries will pursue options in the NBA and internationally. Humphries plans to sign with an agent, which would effectively end his collegiate eligibility at Kentucky. “First and foremost, I want to thank...

Keith Taylor: UK basketball roster taking a hit, but Cats will be loaded again next season

Kentucky won’t be replacing its entire basketball roster next season, but at least four of its top stars will be playing professionally next year. Nearly two weeks following a loss to eventual NCAA Tournament champion North Carolina, the Wildcats began looking ahead toward the future without De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Isaiah Briscoe and possibly Bam Adebayo. John Calipari’s roster will be...

Briscoe declares for NBA Draft, will hire an agent; UK basketball career over after two seasons

After helping lead the Kentucky men’s basketball team to back-to-back Southeastern Conference championships (league and tournament) in 2016 and 2017, sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe has decided to enter his name in the 2017 NBA Draft. He plans to sign with an agent, which would effectively end his career at UK. The NBA Draft is June 22. “BBN, thank you to the greatest fans in the entire world,”...

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...