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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...

Professional Wildcat alums will face off against non-UK pros in the alumni game

  For the first time in three years, a team of UK pros will face a team of non-UK pros.   Tickets for the 2014 UK Men’s Basketball Alumni Charity Game, which will be held August 24, at 6 p.m. in Rupp Arena, will go on sale to the public on Monday, July 28, at 10 a.m.   Tickets for the annual Alumni Charity Game go on sale July 28 at 10 a.m. (Photo provided) Set to tip off Sunday...

Former Cats help raise more than $1 million for charity in annual alumni game at Rupp

  Almost two dozen former UK men’s basketball players, including 10 current NBA players, came together Monday to raise more than $1 million for charity at the school’s annual alumni game.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] The game featured seven former Wildcats currently on NBA rosters: Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, Detroit Pistons forward Josh Harrellson,...

Former Wildcats set to return to Lexington for charity game, work with current team

For UK head coach John Calipari, next week is like a family reunion.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] That’s when Calipari will welcome many of his former UK stars back to Lexington for the annual charity alumni game. While in town, the current UK pros will likely have a chance to play in pickup games against the current Cats, but Calipari hopes they get more than basketball from...

Calipari Era Wildcats to face off in second annual alumni game for charity in September

Former Wildcat DeMarcus Cousins participates in the 2012 alumni charity game. (File photo by Jon Hale)   This fall the Big Blue Nation will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the top talent to come through the UK men’s basketball program in the John Calipari Era when UK hosts the 2013 UK Alumni Charity Game at Rupp Arena.   Set to tip off Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., the game will only feature...

Wesley Eversole: Brad Stevens faces tough task in replicating college success in NBA

On July 2nd, Butler University men’s basketball coach Brad Stevens shocked just about everybody when he decided to leave Butler to become the next head coach of the Boston Celtics. Stevens, who was 166-49 in six seasons at Butler, replaced Doc Rivers, who had left to become the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.   The question we must ask ourselves is why coaches who have been successful...

Wesley Eversole: Can Louisville support a NBA team? Numbers suggest it might

Recently, Greater Louisville Inc. released a study regarding the city’s feasibility of hosting an NBA team. According to the study, the city of Louisville does not have enough local corporate sponsors to financially support an NBA team. The study also cited the city’s close proximity to Indianapolis, Ind., (home of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers) and stated that no two NBA teams in an area of less...

UK grad Vogel is a ‘big dreamer,’ but even he’s surprised to be living dream as an NBA coach

Frank Vogel, who graduated from UK with a degree in biology, began his journey to becoming a head coach in the NBA as the Wildcats' video coordinator. (Photo from the Indiana Pacers)   By Kelli Elam Special to KyForward   Frank Vogel has always considered himself to be a “big dreamer.” But even he is a little surprised by the dream he is living today. Vogel is the head coach of the...

Proceeds from UK alumni game to benefit four charities with range of missions

Former Wildcats are introduced before a game in 2011. (Photo by Mark Boxley)   When former UK basketball players return to Lexington for an alumni game on Sept. 15, fans won’t be the only ones benefiting from the experience.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Proceeds from the game, which will match up former Wildcats currently playing in the NBA, will go to four charities: Samaritan’s...

Photo gallery: Kidd-Gilchrist, Miller, Lamb return to UK to help coach young Wildcat fans

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist coaches young teammates. (Photo by Jon Hale)   The third annual Prasco John Calipari Basketball ProCamp featured some familiar faces for young Wildcat fans Thursday.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Each day of the four-day camp is hosted by at least one of the departed players from the 2012 UK men’s basketball national championship team. On Thursday,...