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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...

Kentucky’s Fox becomes first Cat to declare for NBA Draft, will hire an agent, forgo eligibility

After leading Kentucky to the Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament titles as well as an appearance in the Elite Eight, freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox has decided he will put 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. “First of all, I’m grateful for the unbelievable season we had,”...

Cats’ Murray drafted seventh by Denver; Labissiere the 28th pick, but traded to Kings; Ulis to Suns

It was another successful evening for the Kentucky men’s basketball program at the NBA Draft as Jamal Murray (seventh, Denver Nuggets), Skal Labissiere (28th, Phoenix Suns) and Tyler Ulis (34th, Phoenix Suns) were selected in the 2016 draft on Thursday. Murray is the 11th UK player since 2010 to go in the top seven picks. Labissiere is UK’s 21st first-rounder in the John Calipari era, while Ulis...

Q & A: Coach Calipari previews Thursday’s NBA Draft, talks Ulis, Murray, Labissiere prospects

Kentucky head coach John Calipari joined a teleconference on Tuesday to preview the 2016 NBA Draft, which will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Thursday. Coach Cal spoke for nearly 40 minutes and covered each of the Wildcats’ four NBA Draft hopefuls, including Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere, Tyler Ulis and Alex Poythress. A complete transcript of Calipari’s comments is listed...

Isaiah Briscoe had no problem with returning to Kentucky, ready to step into leadership role

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Isaiah Briscoe is ready to be a leader. The Kentucky sophomore guard will be counted on to take the reins vacated by Tyler Ulis next season and Briscoe knows what it takes to provide the necessary guidance to help lead the Wildcats. “(I’ve) just got to lead by example,” Briscoe said Wednesday. “That’s one thing, and that’s on and off the...

Marcus Lee withdraws from draft, plans to transfer from UK; Briscoe will return for second season

Kentucky men’s basketball junior forward Marcus Lee will remove his name from the NBA Draft but plans to transfer to complete his collegiate eligibility at another school. Upon completing his paperwork to withdraw from the draft, Lee will be granted a full release with no restrictions. “Marcus Lee informed us today that he is pulling his name out of the draft but has decided he is going to transfer...

Keith Taylor: Decision day for Lee, Briscoe; Mitchell completes staff with veteran Dunn

Decision day has arrived for Kentucky’s Marcus Lee and Isaiah Briscoe and both players have made a decision regarding their future plans. Lee and Briscoe had until midnight Wednesday to stay or withdraw from the NBA Draft and both decided to return to college, with Lee announcing his plans to transfer. Lee’s showing in the NBA Combine earlier this month in Chicago did him no favors while...

Keith Taylor: Tyler Ulis opts for the NBA Draft, set to ‘open next chapter’ of his playing career

Tyler Ulis is taking his act to the next level. The Kentucky sophomore guard officially declared for the NBA Draft Wednesday, becoming the third Wildcat to leave the squad in less than a week. Jamal Murray announced his future plans last Friday, while Skal Labissiere opted against returning for a second season on Tuesday. Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis declared for the NBA Draft Wednesday, becoming the...