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John Calipari dwells on 40-0, the season’s first 10 practices and the federal shutdown

Kentucky coach John Calipari gave his annual media day news conference Tuesday. It’s always a big to-do with well over a hundred media members in attendance, and it’s always the week of Big Blue Madness. What makes this year’s edition unique compared to years past is that Big Blue Madness is not the fall practice kick-off party it used to be; instead, UK had already held 10 practices...

Alex Poythress plans to carry forward lessons learned in up-and-down freshman season

On paper, UK sophomore Alex Poythress posted what most logical assessments would consider a successful debut collegiate season.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But Poythress faced comparisons to the plethora of freshmen who have starred at UK in the John Calipari Era and frustrated fans and coaches by disappearing for long periods of time after showing glimpses of his immense talent.   “He...

Alex Poythress plans to carry forward lessons learned in up-and-down freshman season

On paper, UK sophomore Alex Poythress posted what most logical assessments would consider a successful debut collegiate season.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But Poythress faced comparisons to the plethora of freshmen who have starred at UK in the John Calipari Era and frustrated fans and coaches by disappearing for long periods of time after showing glimpses of his immense talent.   “He...

Willie Cauley-Stein takes pride in defying stereotypes as he prepares for 2013-14 season

At 7-foot, 244 pounds, UK sophomore forward Willie Cauley-Stein is unlikely to be mistaken for your average college student.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But if you expect Cauley-Stein to act like the stereotypes associated with big-time college athletes, you will probably be disappointed.   That is just fine with him.   “I love being different,” Cauley-Stein...

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, current NBA stars offer advice for John Calipari’s next UK team

John Calipari and seven former Wildcats, including six NBA first-round picks, pose with campers Wednesday. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Every fall a new group of UK men’s basketball players learns one cannot quite understand what to expect from being a Wildcat until he experiences it first hand.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Still, several former Cats in town this week for John...

Former Wildcats, current NBA stars offer advice for John Calipari's next UK team

John Calipari and seven former Wildcats, including six NBA first-round picks, pose with campers Wednesday. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Every fall a new group of UK men’s basketball players learns one cannot quite understand what to expect from being a Wildcat until he experiences it first hand.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Still, several former Cats in town this week for John...

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...

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...

After 24 collegiate games, Nerlens Noel feels prepared for NBA, confident in full recovery

UK freshmen forward Nerlens Noel never gave up on his dream of being an early NBA draft pick this year after a season-ending knee injury.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Now, six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL, Noel is confident his rehab is progressing quickly enough to not affect his draft stock.   “There was a consideration of coming back, but anybody...

Wesley Eversole: Boston bombings offer perspective about actual sports tragedies

In the wake of Monday’s bombings during the Boston Marathon that left three people dead and more than a hundred others injured, I thought I would take the time to discuss what is and is not a tragedy in sports. To me, a true sports tragedy is any event that results in a player or coach’s death. This applies both to the game itself and anything off the field as well.   Lou Gehrig contracting...

Projected as possible No. 1 pick despite injury, Nerlens Noel to leave UK for 2013 NBA Draft

A season-ending knee injury was not enough to end UK freshman forward Nerlens Noel‘s attempt to be the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Noel, who suffered a torn ACL against Florida on Feb. 12 causing him to miss the final nine games of the season, announced his decision Monday to enter the 2013 NBA Draft and forgo his remaining eligibility at UK....

Wesley Eversole: Cats must answer several questions before rebounding from NIT loss

Now that the University of Kentucky men’s basketball season has ended following a 59-57 loss to Robert Morris in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament, there are several questions that need to be answered before the Cats can move forward to the next season.   Ryan Harrow and Jon Hood look on from the bench as UK loses to Robert Morris in the NIT. (Photo by Jon Hale) The first...

Wildcats left out of NCAA Tournament field, will face Robert Morris as No. 1 seed in NIT

UK players huddle before the SEC Tournament. (Photo by Jon Hale)   For the first time since 2009 and second time in 22 years, the UK men’s basketball team will not participate in the NCAA Tournament.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] The Wildcats were not among the 68 teams selected for the 2013 tournament bracket, announced Sunday on CBS. UK is the fifth team to not make the...

Nerlens Noel earns Freshman All-American honors from basketball writers association

Nerlens Noel. (KyForward file photo)   Staff report   UK forward Nerlens Noel continues to compile postseason honors despite having his season end early due to a torn ACL.   On Tuesday, Noel was named a Freshman All-American by the U. S. Basketball Writers Association.   Noel led the nation in blocks per game (4.4). He finished his injury-shortened season with 106 blocks in 24 games...