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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...

One and Gone: UK’s Murray excited and anxious for the journey that awaits him in the NBA

By Keith Taylor KyForward sports writer Jamal Murray has packed up his bow and arrow and is headed to the National Basketball Association. Murray officially declared for the NBA Draft Friday, leaving as the school’s all-time freshman leading scorer. In his lone season with the Wildcats, Murray scored 720 points, the most for a freshman, shattering Brandon Knight’s record of 657 points he...

UK’s Calipari says new NBA universal draft rule a ‘true win-win for the student athlete’

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Kentucky’s entire eligible roster, including the walk-ons, declared for the NBA Draft Wednesday. Because of a new rule adopted by the NCAA Division I council, players can declare for the draft and workout for an NBA team in hopes of getting an invite to the NBA combine set for May 11-15 in Chicago. If players who have declared for the draft haven’t...

Looking ahead: Who’s staying? Who’s going? UK players ponder future as roster turnover looms

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer DES MOINES — Who’s staying? Who’s going? At this point, no decisions have been made, but let the speculation begin. “We really don’t know what anybody is going to do, to be honest,” Kentucky guard Dominique Hawkins said. Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray are expected to declare for the NBA Draft in the coming weeks (UK Athletics Photo) As...

Aaron Harrison joins Hornets' summer league roster, all seven ex-Cats now on NBA squad

Aaron Harrison wasn’t taken in last week’s NBA draft, but he will play for the Charlotte Hornets’ Summer League team (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Aaron Harrison was officially added to the Charlotte Hornets summer league roster on Wednesday, becoming the seventh Wildcat from the 2014-15 Final Four squad to earn selection to an NBA squad.   Harrison was listed as a member of the...

Pick Six: Half dozen Wildcats go in NBA Draft, Towns taken with first overall pick

Karl-Anthony Towns was the third Kentucky player to be selected with the first overall pick (UK Athletics Photo by Barry Williams)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   A record-tying six former Kentucky players were selected in the NBA Draft Thursday night, including the first overall pick, Karl-Anthony Towns, by the Minnesota Timberwolves.   Kentucky held the previous record of...

Former Wildcats stock could be impacted by a blockbuster deal prior to upcoming NBA Draft

Seven Kentucky players declared for the NBA Draft following the NCAA Tournament (UK Athletics)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   Seven Kentucky players will wait to hear their names called during the NBA Draft Thursday night, and their anticipation could not be higher following trade speculation that may impact their stock.   Rumors of the Los Angeles Lakers “aggressively”...

Former Wildcats stock could be impacted
by a blockbuster trade prior to NBA Draft

Seven Kentucky players declared for the NBA Draft following the NCAA Tournament (UK Athletics)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   Seven Kentucky players will wait to hear their names called during the NBA Draft Thursday night, and their anticipation could not be higher following trade speculation that may impact their stock.   Rumors of the Los Angeles Lakers “aggressively”...

Welcome to the BBNBA: Kentucky rookies could join former Wildcats through draft

Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Trey Lyles, Dakari Johnson, Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns and Aaron Harrison declared for the NBA Draft April 9. (Photo by UK Athletics)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   When John Calipari arrived as head coach of Kentucky in 2009, he came with a reputation for quickly developing future NBA superstars. But few expected there would soon be multiple...

Welcome to the BBNBA: Kentucky rookies could join former Wildcats through draft

Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Trey Lyles, Dakari Johnson, Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns and Aaron Harrison declared for the NBA Draft April 9. (Photo by UK Athletics)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   When John Calipari arrived as head coach of Kentucky in 2009, he came with a reputation for quickly developing future NBA superstars. But few expected there would soon be multiple...

Ashley Scoby: Seven Wildcats seek to realize their childhood dreams by moving on to NBA

Seven members of Kentucky’s Final Four team will declare for the NBA draft, a program record number (UK Athletics Photo)   Plenty of memories about driveways crowded the Joe Craft Center men’s practice court on Thursday.   Seven players from this year’s Final Four team attended a news conference and officially declared for the NBA draft – all of them fulfilling a dream they had...

UK's Randle makes it official: He'll advance to the NBA so he can 'achieve my dream'

Kentucky freshman Julius Randle declared for the NBA draft Tuesday (Photo from UK Athletics)   Kentucky forward Julius Randle finally made it official Tuesday, announcing that he’ll leave his Wildcat family to enter the NBA.   Randle held a news conference at Memorial Coliseum to end the speculation over whether he would return for his sophomore year. The 6-9, 250-pound native of Dallas,...

UK’s Randle makes it official: He’ll advance
to the NBA so he can ‘achieve my dream’

Kentucky freshman Julius Randle declared for the NBA draft Tuesday (Photo from UK Athletics)   Kentucky forward Julius Randle finally made it official Tuesday, announcing that he’ll leave his Wildcat family to enter the NBA.   Randle held a news conference at Memorial Coliseum to end the speculation over whether he would return for his sophomore year. The 6-9, 250-pound native of Dallas,...

Willie Cauley-Stein, ambivalent about future, opens up on upcoming NBA-or-not decision

Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein can see the pros and cons of both staying another year and entering the NBA Draft. (Photo by James Pennington)   ARLINGTON, Texas — After a Kentucky team’s final game of the season, win or lose—and Kentucky was so close to the ultimate goal, ending a season with a win—the question always has to be asked to whichever star players also double as NBA...

Archie Goodwin drowning out criticism, looking to prove his talent in the NBA

Archie Goodwin knew his decision to leave UK after his freshman season for the NBA draft would not be a popular choice.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] After totaling more turnovers (101) than assists (88) and shooting 26.6 percent from three-point range and 63.7 precent from the free-throw line as a freshman, Goodwin saw his stock drop to where most draft analysts were projecting him...

Nerlens Noel looking forward, focusing on positives after sliding to 76ers in draft

Nerlens Noel is philosophical about the slide that saw him fall from the projected No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft to the No. 6 selection.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] While the fall may have cost him millions of dollars, Noel says he is choosing to focus on the positives after being picked by the Philadephia 76ers via the New Orleans Hornets.   “I was really thankful...

Nerlens Noel looking forward, focusing
on positives after sliding to 76ers in draft

Nerlens Noel is philosophical about the slide that saw him fall from the projected No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft to the No. 6 selection.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] While the fall may have cost him millions of dollars, Noel says he is choosing to focus on the positives after being picked by the Philadephia 76ers via the New Orleans Hornets.   “I was really thankful...

Nerlens Noel drafted with No. 6 pick; Dieng, Goodwin also selected in first round

Staff report   For almost 10 minutes it appeared that UK fans would finally get to see former Wildcats Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel play together, but the New Orleans Pelicans traded Noel after selecting him with the No. 6 pick.   After drafting Noel, the Pelicans, who took Davis No. 1 overall in 2012, traded him to Philadelphia 76ers, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports.   Noel...

Nerlens Noel drafted with No. 6 pick;
Dieng, Goodwin also selected in first round

Staff report   For almost 10 minutes it appeared that UK fans would finally get to see former Wildcats Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel play together, but the New Orleans Pelicans traded Noel after selecting him with the No. 6 pick.   After drafting Noel, the Pelicans, who took Davis No. 1 overall in 2012, traded him to Philadelphia 76ers, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports.   Noel...

On draft day, UK NBA prospects still face uncertainty about when names will be called

Four years ago, the University of Kentucky had never seen one of its players selected with the first pick in the NBA draft. On Thursday, the Cats will look for their third No. 1 pick in four years and second consecutive first selection.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Nerlens Noel has been projected as the No. 1 pick since the end of the college season, despite a torn ACL that cost him...