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Cats shoot lights out literally in second win of exhibition tour

Freshman guard Tyler Herro scored 22 points and made four 3-pointers to lead the Wildcats to an exhibition win over San Lorenzo Thursday night at Imperial Arena in Atlantis. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s second exhibition game at Imperial Arena in the Big Blue Bahamas Tour will be one to remember. The Wildcats defeated San Lorenzo De Almagro 91-68 Thursday night but...

Paced by vet and newcomer, Cats open Bahamas tour with easy win

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky opened its four-game Bahamas exhibition tour with an 85-61 win over the Bahamas National Team Wednesday at Imperial Arena in Atlantis. Nick Richards led four players in double figures with a team-high 19 points and missed just one shot on seven attempts. Freshman guard Tyler Herro followed Richards with 16 points and two steals. Keldon Johnson added 11 points...

Cats depart for Bahamas, Calipari unsure what to expect during four-game exhibition tour

Reid Travis goes up for a layup during an open practice last week at the Joe Craft Center. The Wildcats departed for the Bahamas Monday and will play four games during the four-game exhibition tour. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t putting much pressure on his team during a four-game exhibition tour in the Bahamas this week. The Kentucky coach wants...

SEC Network will televise all four of Kentucky’s August exhibition games from the Bahamas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky basketball never stops even during the off-season. All four of the team’s games in the Bahamas will be televised by the SEC Network next month it was announced by the school Tuesday. In the opener on Aug. 8, Kentucky will take on the Bahamas National Team at 7 p.m. The Wildcats also will play San Lorenzo De Almagro at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9 before taking a one day...

Former Kentucky standouts set to compete in NBA Summer League at Las Vegas

Kentucky coach John Calipari will be watching many of his former players, including Isaiah Briscoe, compete in the NBA Summer League that began Friday and concludes July 17 in Las Vegas. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be well represented in the growing NBA Summer League this year as 14 former Wildcats will take part in the event that began today and concludes...

After enduring up and down season, Nick Richards is looking forward to sophomore campaign at Kentucky

Kentucky center Nick Richards is more confident following a roller-coaster ride in his first season with the Wildcats. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Although basketball season is more than three months away, Nick Richards is already thinking about next year. “I’m pretty confident in myself right now, (more) than I was last season,” he said. “I actually haven’t...

John Calipari is taking his time getting a feel for the Wildcats

Kentucky coach John Calipari likes the way his team has bonded during the past two weeks ahead of an overseas trip to the Bahamas in August. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — John Calipari is taking his time getting to know his team. The Kentucky coach thinks he’s “got a good group” one that has about a month to prepare for an overseas trip to...

Finally healthy, Kentucky guard Jemarl Baker ready to compete next season

Kentucky guard Jemarl Baker has fully recovered from a knee injury and hopes to be one of the team’s main contributors next season. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jemarl Baker experienced something new in his first season at Kentucky. The sharp-shooting guard from Los Angeles not only had to deal with being away from home but also deal with a torn left meniscus...

Calipari happy for four NBA draftees, disappointed Gabriel not chosen

Kentucky coach John Calipari was happy to see four of his former players selected in the NBA Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari felt a mixed bag of emotions after watching the NBA Draft unfold Thursday night on Brooklyn, New York. Four of his former players — Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo and...

Graduate transfer Reid Travis looking forward to fresh start at Kentucky

Reid Travis was one of the top players in the Pac-12 last year and will play at Kentucky next season as a graduate transfer. (Bob Drebin/isiphotos.com) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take Reid Travis long to make a decision on his future. Travis, one of the top players in the Pac-12 during the past two years, announced he will attend Kentucky as a graduate transfer next season to pursue...

UK coach Calipari still getting a feel for where his players will land in the draft

Kentucky coach John Calipari is still getting a feel as to where his players will land in the NBA Draft set for Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t sure if all of his players will get chosen in the NBA Draft Thursday night and is still in the process of figuring things out. “There is a lot of interest in a lot of...

Highly-touted guard Hagans reclassifies, signs with Calipari, Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans couldn’t wait to play for Kentucky and is expected to be on campus this week. Hagans reclassified to the Class of 2018 and signed a financial aid agreement to play for the Wildcats. Hagans was scheduled to graduate next year, but opted to graduate high school earlier than expected to “see my dream of playing for coach (John) Calipari and the Big Blue...

Despite LaSalle rumors, Quade Green never considered leaving Kentucky

Kentucky sophomore guard Quade Green said he never considered transferring to LaSalle. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Quade Green never considered leaving Kentucky. Although it was heavily rumored that Green would be transferring to another school following his first season with the Wildcats, he squashed the suggestion that he would be leaving for LaSalle or any other...

PJ Washington has no regrets about returning, ready to lead Wildcats

Kentucky forward PJ Washington talks to reporters during a media session Thursday at the Joe Craft Center. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington has no regrets about coming back to Kentucky. “It feels great (to be back) and I wanted to be here,” Washington said Thursday. “I wanted to be here and if I didn’t want to be here, I wouldn’t be here. Being back...

UK Notebook: Kentucky’s SEC slate to include five home-and-home encounters next season

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats will play four exhibition games in the Bahamas in August. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s non-conference opponents were announced Wednesday and the Wildcats will play home-and-home series against five Southeastern Conference foes. In addition to permanent home-and-home league encounters against Florida, Tennessee...

Zan Payne to play for father Kenny Payne and Calipari at Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Another coach’s son has officially joined the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. Zan Payne, son of Wildcats associate head coach Kenny Payne, has decided to join the team as a walk-on after scoring more than 1,000 points during his prep career at Lexington Catholic High School in Lexington. Zan Payne The 6-foot-4 Payne averaged 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds...

Kentucky’s PJ Washington making an impression in NBA Combine

PJ Washington has enjoyed a pair of successful performances in the NBA Combine this week in Chicago. Washington is undecided on whether to remain in the NBA Draft or return for a second season. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington did nothing but help himself during the NBA Combine this week in Chicago. Washington scored 24 points in two 5-on-5 scrimmages and figures...

Calipari, Wildcats schedule rare home-and-home series with Utah

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky and Utah haven’t played in more than a decade. That will change in December. The two schools have agreed to a home-and-home series, with the Utes visiting Rupp Arena on Dec. 15. Kentucky will visit Utah the following season, with the two foes playing at T-Mobile Arena on Dec. 21, 2019. Three days later, Kentucky will take on Ohio State in the CBS Sports Classic...

UK forward Jarred Vanderbilt withdraws from NBA Combine

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jarred Vanderbilt has withdrawn from the NBA Combine and is considering his future options. Vanderbilt announced the news on his Twitter account late Tuesday night. “I’ve decided not to attend the NBA combine,” he said. “I’m still weighing my options and working my way through the decision process. Appreciate the continued support.” Vanderbilt played in 14...

Cats officially add E.J. Montgomery to its newest incoming class

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky officially added its newest recruit Monday. E.J. Montgomery, one of the top players in the current graduating class, was added to the roster after signing his letter-of-intent to play for the Wildcats next season. Montgomery verbally committed to play at Kentucky last month. “I hope our fans understand just how good EJ is and how excited we are to have him,”...