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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...

Ex-Cats hit jackpot: Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander lottery picks in NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox heard the boos after he was taken as the No. 9 pick in the NBA Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York, but didn’t seem to mind the jeers moments after he was chosen by the New York Knicks. Many Knicks fans in attendance were chanting for Michael Porter Jr. of Missouri, who was later chosen as the No. 14 pick by the Denver Nuggets. Kevin Knox was chosen...

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...

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By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jarred Vanderbilt has withdrawn from the NBA Combine and is considering his future options.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...

Five Kentucky players receive invite to participate in NBA Combine

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Five Kentucky players who have declared for the NBA Draft were among the invitees who will attend the draft combine later this month in Chicago. As expected, Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PJ Washington, Jared Vanderbilt and Hamidou Diallo were invited to attend the five-day event. Wenyen Gabriel wasn’t on the list of invitees. Yahoo Sports released the draft...

Gilgeous-Alexander declares for draft, hires agent, ending his UK career

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander declared for the NBA Draft Monday on ESPN Sportscenter. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Shai Gilgeous-Alkexander is going to the next level and won’t be coming back. Gilgeous-Alkexander became the second Kentucky to declare for the NBA Draft and hire an agent, joining Kevin Knox as the two of three players who have declared for the draft. PJ Washington...

Freshmen Gilgeous-Alexander, Knox carrying the scoring load for balanced Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox has proven he can take the lead when it comes to scoring. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also can take over the reins on offense when called upon. The two Kentucky freshmen have led the No. 21 Wildcats in scoring during the past two games, a sign the Wildcats (17-5, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) aren’t a one-dimensional team. .Knox scored a career-high 34 points...

Kentucky guard Gilgeous-Alexander giving Wildcats a big lift off the bench

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 21 points in Kentucky’s 66-61 win over Georgia Sunday night. Gilgeous-Alexander has scored 45 points in the past two games to give the Wildcats a spark off the bench. (Photo by Quinn Foster I UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is making a name for himself and his teammates aren’t surprised he has emerged as Kentucky’s top player...

Freshman guards Green and Gilgeous-Alexander giving Wildcats potent 1-2 punch in backcourt

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari thought he had one true point guard on his squad this season. As it turns out, he has two players capable of leading the charge on offense with the recent emergence of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Before the preseason workouts even began, Calipari penciled in Quade Green as the only player on the roster capable of handling point-guard duties. Behind the scenes,...

National prep schedule helped prepare Gilgeous-Alexander for better competition at Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Shai Gilgeous-Alexnder took an unusual path to Kentucky. Instead of playing a routine high school schedule, Gilgeous-Alexander toured the country as a member of Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The team participated in several events across the country, which helped prepare Gilgeous-Alexander for his freshman campaign at Kentucky. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander...

Recruiting: Continuing a trend, Calipari inks four top prospects during early signing period

Continuing a trend that started with the arrival of John Calipari, the Kentucky men’s basketball program has once again put together one of the strongest recruiting classes in the country, signing four of the nation’s top players during the early fall signing period. Highly rated prospects Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Quade Green, Nick Richards and P.J. Washington have all inked national letters of...