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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...

Washington plans to return to UK next season; Gabriel opts to remain in NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington opted against remaining in the NBA Draft and will return for his sophomore campaign, while Wenyen Gabriel has decided to leave the school. Washington unveiled his future plans on Twitter Wednesday afternoon with a video and the inscription, “I’m back.” Washington participated in the NBA Combine last week and hinted that he would return if he wasn’t...

Kentucky’s PJ Washington making an impression in NBA Combine

PJ Washington has enjoyed a pair of successful performances in the NBA Combine this week in Chicago. Washington is undecided on whether to remain in the NBA Draft or return for a second season. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington did nothing but help himself during the NBA Combine this week in Chicago. Washington scored 24 points in two 5-on-5 scrimmages and figures...

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By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jarred Vanderbilt has withdrawn from the NBA Combine and is considering his future options.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

UK ‘veteran’ Wenyen Gabriel changes mindset, overall focus heading into second season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today This story is one of a series profiling the UK basketball team leading into Big Blue Madness on Oct. 13 Once he slowed down, Wenyen Gabriel finally caught his breath. The Kentucky sophomore forward learned to take life at a slower pace after enduing a roller-coaster ride last year, one that led to one breakdown after another. Wenyen Gabriel has wiped away thoughts of...

After tough draw, defensive play the key for Wildcats making deep run in NCAA Tournament

Kentucky got a tough draw in the NCAA Tournament with six teams in its region ranked in the latest Associated Press Top 25, and two more listed at the top of the others receiving votes category. Among those six ranked teams is 10-seed Wichita State, the No. 8 team in the latest Ken Pomeroy rankings, which Kentucky could potentially face in the second round should both the Shockers and Wildcats win...

Past the learning curve, Gabriel building his confidence and giving Cats boost in post

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Wenyen Gabriel has given Kentucky a boost during the past two weeks and the freshman forward no longer finds himself walking around in a daze. “I think I’ve built some more confidence recently, knocking down some more shots,” he said Monday. “I feel like I’m playing my game now and everything’s just starting to come to me now.” Wenyen Gabriel...

Jamie Vaught: Despite uneven start to season, Gabriel working hard to be the best he can be

Wenyen Gabriel has been up and down this winter. And last Saturday night wasn’t that good of a night for him when the Cats faced Arkansas. Even though Gabriel was seen shooting numerous downtown jumpers from the three-point arc on the Rupp Arena Floor nearly two hours before the tipoff, he only saw 12 minutes of action during Kentucky’s 97-71 win over the Razorbacks. The 6-9, 213-pound forward...

Still trying to find a comfort zone, freshman Wenyen Gabriel glad to be a Wildcat

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Wenyen Gabriel wasn’t surprised when he started in Kentucky’s exhibition opener last week. “I’ve been in that lineup during practice the last few weeks,” Gabriel said Friday. “It was nothing new.” UK freshman Wenyen Gabriel pulls down a rebound in last week’s exhibition win over Clarion. The Wildcats host Asbury Sunday at Rupp Arena...

Keith Taylor: Future UK guard Fox impresses at Hoop Summit; former Wildcat Booker on fire for Suns

Two future Kentucky Wildcats — De’Aaron Fox and Wenyen Gabriel — participated in the Nike Hoop Summit last weekend and helped lead the United States to a 101-67 win over the World Select team. Fox, who likely will take over at point guard for John Calipari’s Wildcats next season, scored nine points and dished out a team-high five assists. He also collected a pair of steals and played...