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Leading the Way: Nine former Wildcats participating in NBA All-Star Weekend showcase

The Kentucky men’s basketball team will make its annual presence felt at NBA All-Star weekend in New Orleans with nine Wildcats participating the league’s showcase of talent. Headlined by three NBA All-Stars, more alumni than any other school, UK will touch nearly every part of All-Star weekend. The main event will be Sunday night at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans for the All-Star Game....

Keith Taylor: Dakari Johnson enjoying success in summer league; Duvall honored to be an All-Star

The NBA season has been over for more than two weeks but that doesn’t stop players from competing in the summer months. Two summer leagues began this week in Orlando and Utah, giving players an opportunity to earn roster spots and further develop their skills. Several former Kentucky standouts are playing in the two leagues, including Dakari Johnson and Trey Lyles. Dakari Johnson is enjoying...

Ex-UK stars Lyles and Young begin play in the Utah Jazz summer league event

Former Kentucky men’s basketball players Trey Lyles and James Young will play in the NBA’s Utah Summer League, which begins Monday and runs through Thursday. Lyles (2015) will play for the Utah Jazz while Young (2014) will suit up for the Boston Celtics for a third season. Trey Lyles will play in the Utah Jazz summer league event this week Former Wildcats Aaron Harrison (Charlotte Hornets), Dakari...

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...

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...

Members of UK's 2015 NBA Draft possibles featured at Calipari's summer Pro Camps

John Calipari’s summer Pro Camps will include all members of last year’s Wildcats who declared early for the NBA Draft (UK Athletics Photo)   Former Wildcats and current professionals Devin Booker, Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Aaron and Andrew Harrison will be the featured pros at the 2015 Kroger John Calipari ProCamps, which will be held...

Calipari fulfilling role as PR man as half a dozen Cats ponder moving on to the NBA

Some experts predict Karl-Anthony Towns will be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft and John Calipari thinks he’ll be one of at least five Cats to leave early (UK Athletics Photo / Chet White)   By Guy Ramsey UK Athletics   John Calipari may have wanted a morning to decompress, some time to himself after a heartbreaking, season-ending defeat to Wisconsin on Saturday night.   He...

Ashley Scoby: Perfect no more, Wisconsin brings an end to Kentucky's dream season

Trey Lyles looks for an opening against Wisconsin in the NCAA semifinal round Saturday (UK Athletics Photo/Bob Donnan-USA TODAY)   Kentucky basketball’s pursuit of perfection would have made for great cinema all along. But the ending is only reminiscent of a Shakespearean tragedy.   After a 38-0 start – the best in men’s Division I men’s college basketball – the show that captivated...

Ashley Scoby: Perfect no more, Wisconsin brings an end to Kentucky’s dream season

Trey Lyles looks for an opening against Wisconsin in the NCAA semifinal round Saturday (UK Athletics Photo/Bob Donnan-USA TODAY)   Kentucky basketball’s pursuit of perfection would have made for great cinema all along. But the ending is only reminiscent of a Shakespearean tragedy.   After a 38-0 start – the best in men’s Division I men’s college basketball – the show that captivated...

Ashley Scoby: For Lyles, trip to Indy for Final Four match with Badgers a dream come true

Trey Lyles cuts down the nets after Kentucky defeated Notre Dame in the Elite Eight to earn a trip to his hometown on Indianapolis for the Final Four (UK Athletics Photo / Chet White)   Long before he tweeted pictures of an NCAA regional trophy, before he tweeted about a snow day at UK and before he Instagrammed pictures of himself and his “brothers” going through the daily life of a Kentucky...

Ashley Scoby: Floreal's dance moves have become part of Wildcats' pregame ritual

Former UK walk-on EJ Floreal is not only the team’s best dancer, he says he’s the best dunker, too (UK Athletics Photo)   Every team has its tics, its superstitions, its rituals. For the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats, their’s is EJ Floreal.   No one remembers how it started, or which game it preceded. But somebody on the team pushed Floreal in the middle of the pregame huddle...

Ashley Scoby: Floreal’s dance moves have become part of Wildcats’ pregame ritual

Former UK walk-on EJ Floreal is not only the team’s best dancer, he says he’s the best dunker, too (UK Athletics Photo)   Every team has its tics, its superstitions, its rituals. For the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats, their’s is EJ Floreal.   No one remembers how it started, or which game it preceded. But somebody on the team pushed Floreal in the middle of the pregame huddle...

Pressure? What Pressure? Young Cats enjoying journey toward possible 40-0

Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and the rest of the Wildcats don’t seem to be feeling any pressure as the victories mount in what has been a perfect season (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Twenty minutes before undefeated Kentucky took on Cincinnati in Saturday’s Round of 32, Trey Lyles perked his head up during shoot-around. The speakers boomed with Beyonce belting “Crazy in Love,” and Lyles...

Ashley Scoby: Cincy's 'rough 'em up' strategy fails to slow Wildcats as streak marches on

Willie Cauley-Stein had a monster dunk to spark a Kentucky run that led to a NCAA win over Cincinnati, giving the Cats a record 36-0 record (Jamie Vaught Photo)   If there is a style of play that No. 1 Kentucky hasn’t seen yet, it will probably have to be invented in the next couple weeks. And it still might not be enough to beat the Wildcats.   With a 64-51 win in a Round of 32 wrestling...

Ashley Scoby: Cincy’s ‘rough ’em up’ strategy fails to slow Wildcats as streak marches on

Willie Cauley_Stein had a monster dunk to spark a Kentucky run that led to a NCAA win over Cincinnati, giving the Cats a record 36-0 record (Jamie Vaught Photo)   If there is a style of play that No. 1 Kentucky hasn’t seen yet, it will probably have to be invented in the next couple weeks. And it still might not be enough to beat the Wildcats.   With a 64-51 win in a Round of 32 wrestling...

Sports Notes: Cats' shot at all-time school, SEC streak could be third win over Gators

John Calipari has twice led the Wildcats to undefeated SEC seasons, 2012 in addition to this year. UK won the national championship in 2012 (Jamie Vaught Photo)   One year ago, it was Florida running the table in the Southeastern Conference, winning all 18 of its league games — including two over Kentucky.   Billy Donovan’s Gators then tripped up the Wildcats for a third time...

Sports Notes: Cats’ shot at all-time school, SEC streak could be third win over Gators

John Calipari has twice led the Wildcats to undefeated SEC seasons, 2012 in addition to this year. UK won the national championship in 2012 (Jamie Vaught Photo)   One year ago, it was Florida running the table in the Southeastern Conference, winning all 18 of its league games — including two over Kentucky.   Billy Donovan’s Gators then tripped up the Wildcats for a third time...

Ashley Scoby: At 31-0 and not done, Wildcats still keeping their eyes on the bigger picture

John Calipari rewarded his three walk-on seniors with a start against Florida Saturday as the Wildcats completed an undefeated regular season with a win over Florida (Photos by Jamie Vaught)   There was no confetti, no streamers falling from the rafters. No trophies or rings.   But there were T-shirts, and an aura of history, nevertheless.   [widgets_on_pages id=“Ashley”] With a...

UK's Lyles earns Southeastern Conference Freshman of Week honors for second time

UK forward Trey Lyles earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors for the second time this season (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Trey Lyles was named SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday after a breakout week in which he led top-ranked Kentucky to a pair of wins, including a Southeastern Conference championship-clinching win over No. 18/16 Arkansas.   Lyles picked up the honor for the second time this season....

Ashley Scoby: Wildcats 'remember last year,' pay back Razorbacks with dominating win

Tyler Ulis and Aaron Harrison applied the defensive pressure in Kentucky’s lopsided win over No. 18 Arkansas, its 29th win without a loss on the season (UK Athletics Photo)   Nine McDonald’s All-Americans are one thing. But nine McDonald’s All-Americans with motivation and a killer instinct is a whole new level, and it’s a level that No. 1 Kentucky reached Saturday in its 84-67 win...