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Adebayo, Fox, Monk, Ulis among featured players for 2017 John Calipari UK Pro and Skill Camps

Former Kentucky men’s basketball players Bam Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, Dominique Hawkins, Malik Monk and Derek Willis will be the featured pros at the 2017 John Calipari UK Pro Camps, which will be held Aug. 1-2 at the Memorial Coliseum/Joe Craft Center complex at the University of Kentucky campus. Julius Randle (July 22) and Tyler Ulis (July 30) will also host individual camps this month. Players...

Lamar Jackson 2106 Sports Figure of the Year

Lamar Jackson was named 2016 Sports Figure of the Year Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was named 2016 Sports Figure of the Year by the Lexington Herald-Leader Wednesday night. A total of 157 members of the sports media voted and Jackson received 1,680 first votes, followed in second by Tyler Ulis with 639 votes. My ballot was submitted as follows: (1) Lamar Jackson “Clearly the most talented...

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...

Cats’ Murray drafted seventh by Denver; Labissiere the 28th pick, but traded to Kings; Ulis to Suns

It was another successful evening for the Kentucky men’s basketball program at the NBA Draft as Jamal Murray (seventh, Denver Nuggets), Skal Labissiere (28th, Phoenix Suns) and Tyler Ulis (34th, Phoenix Suns) were selected in the 2016 draft on Thursday. Murray is the 11th UK player since 2010 to go in the top seven picks. Labissiere is UK’s 21st first-rounder in the John Calipari era, while Ulis...

Q & A: Coach Calipari previews Thursday’s NBA Draft, talks Ulis, Murray, Labissiere prospects

Kentucky head coach John Calipari joined a teleconference on Tuesday to preview the 2016 NBA Draft, which will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Thursday. Coach Cal spoke for nearly 40 minutes and covered each of the Wildcats’ four NBA Draft hopefuls, including Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere, Tyler Ulis and Alex Poythress. A complete transcript of Calipari’s comments is listed...

Keith Taylor: Calipari says Tyler Ulis will excel in NBA; Cats to play twice in New York next season

John Calipari thinks Tyler Ulis will enjoy a successful career and credits Isaiah Thomas for paving the way for the former Kentucky point guard and other undersized players seeking a career at the next level. Thomas, a 5-foot-9 guard for the Boston Celtics, averaged 22.2 points, 6.3 assists and three rebounds per game this past season. Thomas proved that size doesn’t matter when it comes to playing...

Marcus Lee makes cut, joins teammates Murray, Ulis and Labissiere in NBA Combine

Leading up to what looks to be another Wildcat-heavy NBA Draft, four Kentucky men’s basketball players – Skal Labissiere, Marcus Lee, Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis – are set to participate in the annual NBA Draft Combine in Chicago next week. All four players were on the official 63-man attendee list that the NBA released Thursday. The NBA Combine, set for May 11-15, is a multi-day showcase where...

UK honors its top student-athletes in CATSPY Awards, Tyler Ulis named top male athlete

UK Athletics presented 38 honors at the 14th annual CATSPY Awards, held Monday at Memorial Coliseum to recognize athletic and academic performances during the 2015-16 year. With co-winners in some categories, a total of five teams and 26 individuals were recognized. “We were dreaming big when we said we wanted to turn Kentucky into a destination program, one where coaches, students and staff sought...

Top point guard: Kentucky’s do everything Ulis walks off with prestigious Bob Cousy award

Already in the school record books as the best distributor of the basketball in single-season history, Kentucky men’s basketball sophomore Tyler Ulis now owns the official designation as the top point guard of the 2015-16 college basketball season with the awarding of the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award. Tyler Ulis won the Bob Cousy Award Friday night (UK Athletics Photo) Ulis was announced...

Keith Taylor: Tyler Ulis opts for the NBA Draft, set to ‘open next chapter’ of his playing career

Tyler Ulis is taking his act to the next level. The Kentucky sophomore guard officially declared for the NBA Draft Wednesday, becoming the third Wildcat to leave the squad in less than a week. Jamal Murray announced his future plans last Friday, while Skal Labissiere opted against returning for a second season on Tuesday. Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis declared for the NBA Draft Wednesday, becoming the...

Reaching a Consensus: Wildcat guard Ulis sweeps first-team All-American recognition

It’s official: Kentucky men’s basketball point guard Tyler Ulis is a consensus first-team All-American. Ulis earned the honors Tuesday after making the Associated Press All-America First Team alongside Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield, Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon, North Carolina’s Brice Johnson and Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine. Ulis is the only non-senior on the team. According to the AP, the...

Ulis one of five finalists for prestigious Wooden Award; Epps honorable mention All-American

Kentucky sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis added to his growing list of accolades on Monday night with his selection to the John R. Wooden Award All-America Team. In addition to being named to the All-America Team, Ulis is one of the top five finalists for the Wooden Award, which goes to the nation’s top player. Having tabulated enough votes to be among the final five finalists, Ulis is eligible for...

Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis adds another honor, named second team All-American by the NABC

Kentucky sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis has picked up three of the four NCAA-recognized all-america honors after being tabbed to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-America Second Team on Monday. Ulis has now been named an All-American by the Sporting News (first team), the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (second team) and the NABC (second team). The Associated Press, the fourth...

UK’s Ulis, Murray add more honors, named to the NABC District 21 First Team

With unprecedented seasons in the record books, it was never really a question whether Kentucky guards Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis would be recognized for their historic years. On Friday they added another one to their growing list of postseason accolades as the duo was recognized on the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 21 First Team. UK’s star backcourt was two members of a five-member...

Ulis one of four finalists for Naismith Trophy; Poythress on Arthur Ashe Jr. Athlete of the Year list

Kentucky sophomore guard Tyler Ulis is one of four finalists for the Naismith Trophy, awarded annually by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the nation’s most outstanding player of the year. Ulis is a finalist along with Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon, Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield and Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine. Ulis is the only non-senior of the four. Tyler Ulis is a finalist for the Naismith Trophy...

Looking ahead: Who’s staying? Who’s going? UK players ponder future as roster turnover looms

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer DES MOINES — Who’s staying? Who’s going? At this point, no decisions have been made, but let the speculation begin. “We really don’t know what anybody is going to do, to be honest,” Kentucky guard Dominique Hawkins said. Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray are expected to declare for the NBA Draft in the coming weeks (UK Athletics Photo) As...

Keith Taylor: A ‘great year’ comes to an end for Kentucky in loss to Indiana in NCAA tourney

DES MOINES — Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray did all they could to keep Kentucky’s season from folding but it wasn’t enough to fend off Indiana. The backcourt duo combined for 43 points but the Wildcats got little production from the rest of the roster in a 73-67 loss to the Hoosiers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena. Kentucky’s Alex Poythress...

Ulis earns U.S. Basketball Writers All-America team berth, AP SEC Player of Year accolades

With one dazzling performance after another – the latest of which was an all-time unforgettable afternoon in the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game – the postseason honors continue to follow for Kentucky sophomore Tyler Ulis. The latest came Monday in the form of All-America honors from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. The 5-foot-9 Ulis was named the USBWA All-America...

Wildcats assigned No. 4 seed in East Region, could face Indiana in second-round showdown

By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor Despite sharing the Southeastern Conference regular season championship with Texas A&M, then knocking off the Aggies in the finals of the conference tournament Sunday, Kentucky received a No.4 seed in the East Region for this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and will have to travel west to Iowa for first-round play. The Wildcats will...

Keith Taylor: Tyler Ulis has career-game, leads Kentucky to second straight SEC tourney title

NASHVILLE — The second time against Texas A&M was the charm for Kentucky. Following the SEC Tournament, NCAA pairings were announced and the Wildcats, seeded The Wildcats claimed their second straight Southeastern Conference championship with an 82-77 win over the Aggies Sunday at Bridgestone Arena, sending Kentucky into the NCAA Tournament on a high note with its fifth straight victory. Tyler...