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Former UK player Beckham named KEHP wellness director; Snavely announces three appointments

Twany Beckham, a member of the 2012 University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball National Championship team, has been named Wellness Director for the Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan (KEHP), Personnel Cabinet Secretary Thomas B. Stephens announced. In this role, Beckham will work to engage, encourage, and promote wellness activities for all public employees across the state. “Twany has a great story...

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,...

UK men’s basketball trio among students participating in graduation ceremonies

From left to right: Jon Hood, Twany Beckham and Jarrod Polson, (Image from UKNow)   By Sarah Geegan, Quianna Lige Special to KyForward   Rupp Arena takes on a new meaning for three members of the UK men’s basketball team Sunday, as they participate in UK’s 146th May Commencement. Twany Beckham, Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson, all Kentucky natives, can add having a college degree to their...

UK men's basketball trio among students participating in graduation ceremonies

From left to right: Jon Hood, Twany Beckham and Jarrod Polson, (Image from UKNow)   By Sarah Geegan, Quianna Lige Special to KyForward   Rupp Arena takes on a new meaning for three members of the UK men’s basketball team Sunday, as they participate in UK’s 146th May Commencement. Twany Beckham, Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson, all Kentucky natives, can add having a college degree to their...

Calipari, Cats know season is on the line
with game versus Florida on senior day

Senior guard Julius Mays transferred to UK for the chance to win a national championship.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Now with one regular season game left in his only season as a Wildcat, his team is fighting to even make the NCAA Tournament.   “This game is do or die for us,” Mays said. “It’s a must-win for us — unless we win the whole conference...

Calipari, Cats know season is on the line with game versus Florida on senior day

Senior guard Julius Mays transferred to UK for the chance to win a national championship.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Now with one regular season game left in his only season as a Wildcat, his team is fighting to even make the NCAA Tournament.   “This game is do or die for us,” Mays said. “It’s a must-win for us — unless we win the whole conference...

Cauley-Stein's status for Saturday's game in doubt after 'minor procedure' on knee

When the UK men’s basketball team travels to Auburn Saturday, it could be without one of its starters.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] After undergoing a “minor procedure” Thursday to address the resurfacing of an old injury to his left knee, UK freshman forward Willie Cauley-Stein’s status for Saturday’s game is to be determined, UK announced Friday.   Cauley-Stein...

Cauley-Stein’s status for Saturday’s game
in doubt after ‘minor procedure’ on knee

When the UK men’s basketball team travels to Auburn Saturday, it could be without one of its starters.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] After undergoing a “minor procedure” Thursday to address the resurfacing of an old injury to his left knee, UK freshman forward Willie Cauley-Stein’s status for Saturday’s game is to be determined, UK announced Friday.   Cauley-Stein...

Cats using rare underdog role as motivation
in advance of annual rivalry matchup vs. UofL

The rivalry between UK and the University of Louisville has been one-sided since John Calipari became head coach of the Wildcats. Calipari is 4-0 versus Louisville at UK, but Saturday his team will face the Cardinals as the lower ranked team for the first time.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Louisville enters the annual rivalry matchup ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press top 25, while...

Cats using rare underdog role as motivation in advance of annual rivalry matchup vs. UofL

The rivalry between UK and the University of Louisville has been one-sided since John Calipari became head coach of the Wildcats. Calipari is 4-0 versus Louisville at UK, but Saturday his team will face the Cardinals as the lower ranked team for the first time.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Louisville enters the annual rivalry matchup ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press top 25, while...

Blue-White scrimmage marks unofficial return to action for UK junior Jon Hood

It wasn’t quite the NCAA Tournament, but the Blue-White scrimmage Wednesday still represented a major milestone in the UK career of junior guard Jon Hood.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] The scrimmage marked Hood’s first appearance in a public full-length game since he saw one minute of action against North Carolina in the 2011 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.   He missed...

Transfer Julius Mays passes on guaranteed minutes for opportunity to win championship

Julius Mays. (Photo by Jon Hale)   In John Calipari’s three seasons as UK’s head coach, 10 freshmen and sophomores have left Lexington for the NBA draft.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Consequently, the three upperclassmen Calipari has thus far brought to the program as scholarship players have all been transfers.   The latest of those players is guard Julius Mays.   Mays...

With year as a Wildcat under his belt, Beckham feels prepared for senior season

Twany Beckham, left, celebrates with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist after NCAA regional win in March. (Photo by Jon Hale)   When Twany Beckham walks on the Rupp Arena floor in March for senior night festivities, it will be the culmination of the wild ride that has been his college career.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Beckham will go through senior night festivities with just one and...

Fan favorite Jarrod Polson working toward expanded role for UK basketball this season

Jarrod Polson plays in the 2011 Blue-White game. (KyForward file photo by Mark Boxley)   There are not many candidates for most improved Wildcat this season, since only four scholarship players who were eligible to play during the 2012 championship season returned to school.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Still, it might have taken a few guesses to pick junior guard Jarrod Polson...

Jon Hood eager to return to basketball action after missing championship run with injury

Jon Hood, right, and Brian Long celebrate after UK's championship in April. (Photo by Jon Hale)   The number of Wildcats to play for John Calipari will reach 32 when his newest team takes the court this season.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Just one of those 32 players has been on each of Calipari’s four UK teams: redshirt junior guard Jon Hood   You would have to forgive...

Noel has eyes on shot-blocking record, but Calipari says comparisons to Davis aren't fair

Nerlens Noel. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Ask UK head coach John Calipari to compare his current freshman forward Nerlens Noel to his 2012 National Player of the Year and No. 1 NBA draft pick Anthony Davis, and he will say that comparison is not fair.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But mention Davis’ single-season SEC block record, and Noel has no trouble reciting the number.   “186,...

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...

New summer workouts gave John Calipari early look at his new team, raised questions

Big Blue Madness may represent the start of the basketball season for most fans as UK’s first official practice, but UK head coach John Calipari has already gotten a head start working with his team this season.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] A new NCAA rule allowed coaches to work with their teams for two hours each week during an eight-week period this summer.   One might...

Photo gallery: Current, former Wildcats participate in John Calipari Fantasy Camp

Members of the 1996 UK national championship team were on campus Thursday as counselors in the John Calipari Fantasy Camp.   Players, including Jared Prickett, Wayne Turner, Antoine Walker, Walter McCarty and Derek Anderson, helped teach campers basketball skills before their matchup Saturday before the UK Alumni Charity Game at Rupp Arena.   You can see a photo gallery from the camp below....

One-on-one with John Calipari: The full transcript and video package

UK men’s basketball coach John Calipari is rarely shy about sharing his philosophy on basketball.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] In a one-on-one interview with KyForward sports editor Jon Hale, Calipari took time from a satellite basketball camp this week at Campbell County Middle School to talk about his future at UK, his scheduling philosophy, the NBA draft, next year’s...