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Keith Taylor: No surprise, Ulis impressive in NBA Summer League; Jones joins Davis in New Orleans

Tyler Ulis made an impression in his professional debut in the Las Vegas Summer League. Ulis, a second-round draft pick in last month’s NBA Draft, averaged 14.5 points, 6.3 assists and 2.8 assists in leading the Phoenix Suns to the semifinals. In a showdown against former teammate Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets in the quarterfinals, Ulis connected on a game-ending 3-pointer at the buzzer in...

'It's a Great Thing to Do:' UK-NC Charity Game draws the stars, raises $1.5 million

DeMarcus Cousins led the UK Alumni team with 33 points, 18 rebounds and six assists (UK Athletics Photo)   The very scenario has been played out countless times in the imaginations of Kentucky fans: a team made up of players from throughout John Calipari’s tenure in Lexington suiting up together.   DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein sharing the frontcourt. Eric Bledsoe throwing alley-oops...

Anthony Davis, former Wildcats enter NBA playoffs hoping to take next step as pros

Former Wildcat Player of the Year Anthony Davis helped New Orleans win its season finale against San Antonio Wednesday, clinching his first appearance in the NBA playoffs (NBA.com Photo)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The NBA season concluded Wednesday, and five former Kentucky players made it into the postseason. But the former star getting the most attention is the one making...

Randle is SEC Freshman of the Year; Young and Cauley-Stein earn second-team honors

Kentucky’s Julius Randle was named SEC Freshman of the Year on Tuesday. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky’s Julius Randle was named SEC Freshman of the Year on Tuesday, leading a handful of Wildcats honored by the league’s coaches. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Randle was also one of eight players named First-Team All-SEC, the only Wildcat on that list....

Four men's signees, one women's signee named 2014 McDonald's All-Americans

Four Kentucky men’s basketball signees and one women’s basketball signee will play in April’s McDonald’s All-American Game, the benchmark game to recognize high-school standouts. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   All four of John Calipari’s signees in the 2014 class will play in the McDonald’s game April 2 in Chicago. Point guard Tyler Ulis, shooting...

Kentucky's flaws as apparent in Baton Rouge as its dominance was on last trip in 2012

Twenty games into its season, John Calipari’s team is sputtering. (File photo by Jon Hale)   Kentucky’s visit to LSU on Tuesday was its first in two years. Below is a brief tale recounting the two trips. The contrast is as stark and jarring as this segue, which will not be forced any further. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   The Wildcats fell asleep near the end of...

Kentucky’s flaws as apparent in Baton Rouge as its dominance was on last trip in 2012

Twenty games into its season, John Calipari’s team is sputtering. (File photo by Jon Hale)   Kentucky’s visit to LSU on Tuesday was its first in two years. Below is a brief tale recounting the two trips. The contrast is as stark and jarring as this segue, which will not be forced any further. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   The Wildcats fell asleep near the end of...

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,...

Noel named SEC Freshman of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, 1st team All-SEC

Staff report   Nerlens Noel. (Photo by Jon Hale) Nerlens Noel missed the final seven games of the regular season, but that did not stop him from earning several postseason Southeastern Conference honors Tuesday.   Noel was named the league’s Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. He also was named First Team All-SEC.   Noel was joined by guard Archie Goodwin, forward...

2012 Review: UK’s eighth national title headlines a year of memorable sports stories

There was perhaps no bigger event in Kentucky in 2012 than the Wildcats’ winning their eighth national championship. KyForward sports editor Jon Hale was on the road with the team during its title run as the Big Blue Nation’s thirst for a championship was quenched after a 13-year Final Four drought. You can read KyForward’s account of the entire 2011-12 championship season and relive...

2012 Review: UK's eighth national title headlines a year of memorable sports stories

There was perhaps no bigger event in Kentucky in 2012 than the Wildcats’ winning their eighth national championship. KyForward sports editor Jon Hale was on the road with the team during its title run as the Big Blue Nation’s thirst for a championship was quenched after a 13-year Final Four drought. You can read KyForward’s account of the entire 2011-12 championship season and relive...

Q&A: John Calipari previews 2012-13 season, talks about challenge of repeating and more

In September, UK men’s basketball coach John Calipari sat down for a roundtable interview with local media members, including KyForward’s Jon Hale, to talk about his new team, the pressure of repeating and a host of other topics.   You can see the transcript of the interview below (Questions have been edited for clarity):   Last year you cautioned us several times about how hard...

As many as six former Wildcats could be selected in first round of NBA Draft

  Six members of the 2012 UK national championship team will learn where the next chapter of their basketball careers will take place in Thursday’s NBA draft.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] At this point, freshman forward Anthony Davis appears to be a lock to go at No. 1 to the New Orleans Hornets, but the fate of the rest of the Wildcat stars is up in the air.   In...

UK basketball notebook: Calipari talks
Indiana game, NBA draft, Dominican team

The controversy surrounding the end to the UK and Indiana men’s basketball series seems to be the story that just won’t go away.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Less than a week after UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart issued his latest statement about the end of the series, head coach John Calipari did not mince words in his defense of the decision while speaking to the...

UK basketball notebook: Calipari talks Indiana game, NBA draft, Dominican team

The controversy surrounding the end to the UK and Indiana men’s basketball series seems to be the story that just won’t go away.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Less than a week after UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart issued his latest statement about the end of the series, head coach John Calipari did not mince words in his defense of the decision while speaking to the...

Four men's basketball players among 43 UK athletes named to Winter SEC Honor Roll

A total of 398 student-athletes were named to the 2011-12 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll, announced Wednesday by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.   The 2011-12 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2011 Spring, Summer and Fall terms.   Any student-athlete who participates in a Southeastern Conference championship sport or a student-athlete who participates in a sport listed...

Terrence Jones ready to leave UK this time after ending college career with a title

When Terrence Jones decided to return to UK for his sophomore season, he had one goal in mind: win a championship.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] With that goal accomplished, Jones is ready to close the book on his college career and move to the professional ranks.   “It was great to come back and be on a special team like this,” Jones said Tuesday after announcing...

Wildcats from the 2012 championship team to return for John Calipari Pro Camps

The seven departing players from UK’s championship team will be back on campus for at least a couple of days this fall.   The five underclassmen who on Tuesday entered the NBA draft plus the two departing seniors will serve as mentors for the 2012 John Calipari Prasco Pro Camps, UK announced Thursday.   With limited spots available, the scheduled players are as follows:   August...

Big Blue Goodbye: Wildcat underclassmen
declare for NBA draft after leading UK to title

  If the UK men’s basketball team is to successfully defend its 2012 national championship, it will have to do it without its six leading scorers next season.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] On Tuesday, freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague and sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb announced they would forgo their remaining college eligibility...

Big Blue Goodbye: Wildcat underclassmen declare for NBA draft after leading UK to title

  If the UK men’s basketball team is to successfully defend its 2012 national championship, it will have to do it without its six leading scorers next season.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] On Tuesday, freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague and sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb announced they would forgo their remaining college eligibility...