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Former UK stars Wall, Cousins, return to Rupp Arena for exhibition game on Oct. 15

A day after celebrating the official tipoff of the Kentucky men’s basketball season at Big Blue Madness, past Kentucky greats John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere will return to Rupp Arena on Oct. 15 for an NBA exhibition game.   Wall’s Washington Wizards will play Cousins, Cauley-Stein, Labissiere and the Sacramento Kings. The game is slated for 7 p.m. John Wall...

Former UK standouts Booker, Cauley-Stein, Randle chosen for USA Men’s Select Team

After tremendous NBA rookie seasons, former Kentucky men’s basketball stars Devin Booker, Willie Cauley-Stein and Julius Randle have been chosen for the USA Men’s Select Team that will train July 18-21 with the USA Basketball Men’s National Team during its training camp in Las Vegas. The USA Men’s Select Team annually features some of the game’s brightest and most promising young players....

Cousins, Wall and two other former UK standouts returning to Rupp Arena for exhibition game

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer The NBA is coming back to Rupp Arena next season. The Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards will play an exhibition game at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15. Former Kentucky players DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Willie Cauley-Stein and John Wall will appear in the contest one day after Kentucky’s annual Big Blue Madness event. John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins...

Pick Six: Half dozen Wildcats go in NBA Draft, Towns taken with first overall pick

Karl-Anthony Towns was the third Kentucky player to be selected with the first overall pick (UK Athletics Photo by Barry Williams)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   A record-tying six former Kentucky players were selected in the NBA Draft Thursday night, including the first overall pick, Karl-Anthony Towns, by the Minnesota Timberwolves.   Kentucky held the previous record of...

Former Wildcats stock could be impacted by a blockbuster deal prior to upcoming NBA Draft

Seven Kentucky players declared for the NBA Draft following the NCAA Tournament (UK Athletics)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   Seven Kentucky players will wait to hear their names called during the NBA Draft Thursday night, and their anticipation could not be higher following trade speculation that may impact their stock.   Rumors of the Los Angeles Lakers “aggressively”...

Former Wildcats stock could be impacted
by a blockbuster trade prior to NBA Draft

Seven Kentucky players declared for the NBA Draft following the NCAA Tournament (UK Athletics)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   Seven Kentucky players will wait to hear their names called during the NBA Draft Thursday night, and their anticipation could not be higher following trade speculation that may impact their stock.   Rumors of the Los Angeles Lakers “aggressively”...

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...

Sports Notes: Murray State sharpshooter Payne has prominent position in NBA Draft

Cameron Payne, the OVC Player of the Year, is seen by many experts as a lock to be taken in the first round of the NBA Draft (MSU Athletics Photo)   While Kentucky basketball fans continue to speculate about the upcoming NBA Draft and where their favorite former Wildcats may wind up, a couple of other players with Bluegrass ties figure prominently in most mock predictions.   According to...

Cauley-Stein delivers first pitch, but Legends unable to get victory in 2015 home opener

Lexington out-hit the visitors 10-6 but dropped the home opener Thursday 4-2 (KyForward Photo by Erin Grigson)   Chase Simpson’s eighth-inning home run tied the game and a triple by Pablo Reyes drove home the go-ahead run as the West Virginia Power came from behind to beat the Lexington Legends 4-2 Thursday night, spoiling the Legends’ home opener at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in front of...

Franco's single the winner in the eighth; Cauley-Stein to deliver Legends' first pitch

Pedro Fernandez struck out five and walked none to pick up the win in relief (Legends Photo)   GREENVILLE, S.C. — A two-run single by Wander Franco broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning, and the Lexington Legends went on to a 5-3 win over the Greenville Drive Tuesday night.   The Legends have taken the first two games in the three-game series and have won six of their first nine games...

Franco’s single the winner in the eighth; Cauley-Stein to deliver Legends’ first pitch

Pedro Fernandez struck out five and walked none to pick up the win in relief (Legends Photo)   GREENVILLE, S.C. — A two-run single by Wander Franco broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning, and the Lexington Legends went on to a 5-3 win over the Greenville Drive Tuesday night.   The Legends have taken the first two games in the three-game series and have won six of their first nine games...

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: More mature Cauley-Stein prepares for move to next level after loss

Willie Cauley-Stein scored just two points in Kentucky’s national semifinal loss to Wisconsin. He said he will probably enter the NBA draft this summer (UK Athletics Photo)   From a small town in Kansas, to being disappointed in a 38-1 season at one of the most storied college basketball programs in history, Willie Cauley-Stein has come a long way.   Plenty has been made of Cauley-Stein’s...

Ashley Scoby: Badgers mirror Wildcats' calm, but both teams know when to flip the switch

Kentucky has been a loose team during its unbeaten run this season, but when Wisconsin met the media Thursday, they didn’t seem to be feeling any pressure either (Jamie Vaught Photo)   When Kentucky unleashed a full-court press against Bob Huggins’ West Virginia team that was known for its own press, the Wildcats were giving another team a taste of its own medicine.   Now, when 38-0...

Ashley Scoby: Badgers mirror Wildcats’ calm, but both teams know when to flip the switch

Kentucky has been a loose team during its unbeaten run this season, but when Wisconsin met the media Thursday, they didn’t seem to be feeling any pressure either (Jamie Vaught Photo)   When Kentucky unleashed a full-court press against Bob Huggins’ West Virginia team that was known for its own press, the Wildcats were giving another team a taste of its own medicine.   Now, when 38-0...

Jamie Vaught: Once-in-a-lifetime season a result of Cats checking their egos at the door

By buying into a system that required sharing playing time, Kentucky is two games away from its ninth national title and a perfect season (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Playing as a team has sure paid huge dividends this season for the 38-0 Wildcats, who are heading for the school’s 17th Final Four appearance this weekend, second most in NCAA history.   When UK’s Karl-Anthony Towns, the...

Kentucky's Cauley-Stein chosen first-team All-American by Associated Press, NAABC

UK junior Willie Cauley-Stein became the program’s 25th consensus All-American this week, earning first team status (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Willie Cauley-Stein became Kentucky’s 25th consensus first team All-American this week after the Associated Press and National Association of Basketball Coaches each selected the 7-foot junior as one of the nation’s top five players.   The...

Ashley Scoby: Still perfect, miffed Wildcats wake up to teach West Virginia a hard lesson

Kentucky jumped on West Virginia early Thursday and cruised into the Elite Eight with a 78-39 win (UK Athletics Photo)   What’s the old saying about what not to do around a sleeping wild animal?   A team called the Mountaineers theoretically should have known not to poke the bear that is now a 37-0 Kentucky team. But previous to the teams’ Sweet 16 matchup Thursday night in Cleveland,...