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Geoffrey Staton hired as head athletic trainer for UK men’s basketball; also worked with Phoenix Suns

Geoffrey Staton, who has experience at the college, professional and international levels, has been hired as the head athletic trainer for the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. Staton will take over for Chris Simmons, who served in the role since 2009-10 and returned to Memphis as the head athletic trainer in June. Staton will begin his role with the Wildcats immediately. “I...

Former UK stars Rondo, Cousins reuniting with one-time Wildcat standout Davis as L.A. Lakers

Former University of Kentucky basketball stars Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins will be reuniting with another one-time Wildcat — Anthony Davis — as members of the Los Angeles Lakers in the upcoming season. Rondo, who played for the Lakers last season, agreed to a two-year contract to remain in Los Angeles. Cousins, a member of the Golden State Warriors last season, signed a one-year deal with...

PJ Washington (Charlotte), Tyler Herro (Miami) are back-to-back picks in NBA Draft on Thursday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today As expected, PJ Washington was the first Kentucky player selected in the NBA Draft Thursday night at the Barkley’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. Washington was taken as the No. 12 overall selection by the Charlotte Hornets. In somewhat of a surprise, Washington’s teammate Tyler Herro was selected next at No. 13 by the Miami Heat. Washington declared for the NBA Draft...

Tyler Herro to test NBA waters — but would be ‘thrilled’ to return to UK to compete for championship

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyler Herro is going to test the waters.   The Kentucky freshman guard declared for the NBA Draft Friday but is leaving his options open considering his future plans. Herro plans to hire an agent and return under new NCAA guidelines regarding the draft and will have until May 29 to make a final decision.   Herro discussed his options with his family and Kentucky coach...

UK’s PJ Washington going to NBA draft, ‘ready for next step’; Hagans returning next year

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington has decided to enter the NBA Draft and this time for good.   
“It’s been a little over a week since our season ended but it still hasn’t hit me that I’ve played my last game with Kentucky across my chest,” Washington said. “This place has been my home for two years and it’s hard for me to put in words how much I’ve grown in my time at...

Former UK star, assistant coach Dwane Casey tabbed NBA Coach of the Year

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Former Kentucky standout and assistant coach Dwane Casey received one of the highest honors in the NBA Monday night. Casey was named the NBA Coach of the Year after guiding the Raptors to a 59-23 record and a berth in the playoffs. The record was the best in the Eastern Conference but the Raptors fired Casey after dropping a series to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern...

Adebayo, Johnson, Poythress among former Cats participating in NBA Las Vegas Summer League

The main event of the NBA Summer League, the Las Vegas league, tipped off Friday with 12 Kentucky men’s basketball players on summer league rosters. No other college has as many players in the Las Vegas league as UK. The dozen Wildcats will cover eight of the 24 teams in the league. The Las Vegas league will feature 67 games from Friday to July 17. Kentucky’s representation includes: · ...

Former Wildcat stars Davis, Wall earn All-NBA first- and third-team honors after media vote

Anthony Davis is back at the top. John Wall is now considered among the elite. So say the 100 media members who voted for the annual All-NBA Teams, which the league announced Thursday. Davis was named to the All-NBA First Team for the second time in his career while Wall made the All-NBA Third Team. It’s Wall’s first All-NBA honor. Davis previously made the All-NBA First Team in 2015. Davis picked...

Jamie Vaught: Watching former Wildcats an added bonus for UK grad Tomlin in job with Mavericks

For University of Kentucky graduate Scott Tomlin, it’s a very exciting time to follow NBA as the league is loaded with former Wildcats. Like many Kentucky fans, Tomlin keeps track of ex-UK standouts. And, believe or not, he has the best seat in the house in NBA arenas because of his media relations job with the Dallas Mavericks. Tomlin is the communications manager for the Mavericks in the office...

Trade between Kings, Pelicans will place former Wildcats Cousins, Davis in same frontcourt

The fireworks have apparently kicked off well before Thursday’s trade deadline with the Sacramento Kings agreeing to trade All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans The trade, which was first reported by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, will have Cousins pairing up with fellow All-Star big man Anthony Davis, who took home MVP honors in Sunday’s All-Star Game at Smoothie...

Leading the Way: Nine former Wildcats participating in NBA All-Star Weekend showcase

The Kentucky men’s basketball team will make its annual presence felt at NBA All-Star weekend in New Orleans with nine Wildcats participating the league’s showcase of talent. Headlined by three NBA All-Stars, more alumni than any other school, UK will touch nearly every part of All-Star weekend. The main event will be Sunday night at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans for the All-Star Game....

Opening day: UK leads the nation with 24 players on NBA rosters this season

John Calipari once made the statement that he would like to see every NBA team have at least one former Kentucky player on its roster and half of the NBA’s annual All-Star game. It’s an ambitious goal for sure but with each passing season, as the number of UK players playing in the NBA continues to rise, it doesn’t seem that far-fetched. John Wall is one of 24 former UK players on an NBA roster...

Ex-Cats Cousins, Wall and Davis selected for NBA All-Star game

Further proving the notion that the Kentucky men’s basketball program helps prepare its players for the NBA better than any other school, three former Wildcats – DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, and John Wall – were selected for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game as reserves on Thursday night. No college has more than two representatives in the annual contest. It’s the third time Davis and Wall have...

Keith Taylor: Calipari is focused on the here and now, not the Brooklyn Nets

John Calipari insists he’s focused on the task at hand and that’s coaching the Kentucky Wildcats. It’s nothing new for the Kentucky coach to be linked to other coaching jobs, especially in the NBA. His name surfaced for an opening in Brooklyn with the Nets, who parted ways with their coach and general manager over the weekend, creating two immediate openings within the organization. ...

Noel receives less attention than Kentucky’s All-Star big men, but the rookie stats stack up

Nerlens Noel battles DeMarcus Cousins in the paint during his rookie season. (Photo from NBA.com)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The NBA is quickly becoming a faster, smaller league, but a handful of former Kentucky big men are managing to keep the position relevant.   Nerlens Noel is just doing it without the spotlight.   Since John Calipari started coaching the Wildcats...

Noel receives less attention than Kentucky's All-Star big men, but the rookie stats stack up

Nerlens Noel battles DeMarcus Cousins in the paint during his rookie season. (Photo from NBA.com)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The NBA is quickly becoming a faster, smaller league, but a handful of former Kentucky big men are managing to keep the position relevant.   Nerlens Noel is just doing it without the spotlight.   Since John Calipari started coaching the Wildcats...

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...

Jamie Vaught: Former UK star Issel believes new NBA franchise would work in Louisville

In recent years, there have been some movements or discussions as well as media stories about bringing an NBA franchise to the city of Louisville.   And there is also an active Facebook page, titled “Bring the NBA to Louisville,” a grassroots movement by the fans.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jamie”] As you may recall, the Derby City was once the home of the popular Kentucky...

Jamie Vaught: Former UK star Issel believes new NBA franchise would work in Louisville

In recent years, there have been some movements or discussions as well as media stories about bringing an NBA franchise to the city of Louisville.   And there is also an active Facebook page, titled “Bring the NBA to Louisville,” a grassroots movement by the fans.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jamie”] As you may recall, the Derby City was once the home of the popular Kentucky...

Fresh off gold medal performance, MSU's Faried cashes in with new $60 million deal

Former Morehead star Kenneth Faried led the U.S. team in rebounding during World Cup play (USAB.com Photo)   Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried has signed a five-year contract extension with the National Basketball Association’s Denver Nuggets worth $60 million, according to Yahoo! Sports, ESPN and several other national media outlets.   Faried, a 6-8 forward, most recently...