Oct 032014
 
Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

ESPN announced Friday that next week’s NBA-themed UK basketball practice will be televised live on ESPNU.

The two-hour practice on Oct. 10 will feature UK players participating in individual and team drills, including a 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 scrimmage. The live coverage begins at 3 p.m.

ESPN has assigned college basketball analysts Jay Bilas and Seth Greenberg, NBA analyst Avery Johnson and ESPN.com writer Myron Medcalf to anchor the coverage. Former UK basketball star Tony Delk will serve as a guest analyst.

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Sep 252014
 

One of the top basketball prospects in the class of 2019 is transferring to a Kentucky school, and he plans on staying for only one year.

According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times on Thursday, a highly touted eighth-grader from that area will transfer to South Warren Middle School in Bowling Green and play for the South Warren High basketball team.

Marquise Walker — a 5-foot-10 point guard — averaged 35 points per game as a seventh grader and is considered the top player in his class in Illinois. According to the story, middle school students in Chicago are not allowed to play high school basketball. The move to Kentucky will allow him to play against older — and presumably better — competition.

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Newman, Bragg, Diallo, Maker playing in Ky. event

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Sep 172014
 
Malik Newman (in blue) will play in two events in Kentucky this season. Photo: Kelly Kline/Under Armour

Malik Newman (in blue) will play in two events in Kentucky this season.
Photo: Kelly Kline/Under Armour

The Mississippi high school team that features top University of Kentucky basketball recruit Malik Newman is allowed to participate in two out-of-state events this season.
Newman’s coach decided to play both of them in the Bluegrass State.

Callaway High School will be one of the featured teams in both the Marshall County Hoopfest in December and the McCracken County Festival of Hoops in January.

The final schedule for the Marshall County event was obtained Wednesday by the Herald-Leader, and it includes several of UK’s top recruiting targets.

Callaway will face Archbishop Carroll (Pa.) on Friday, Dec. 5 and Orangeville Prep (Canada) on Saturday, Dec. 6. Those two games will pit Newman against high-flying UK recruit Derrick Jones and 7-footer Thon Maker, who is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 1 player in the class of 2016.

Top UK targets Cheick Diallo, Carlton Bragg will also play in the Hoop Fest, in addition to perennial national powers Oak Hill (Va.), Huntington Prep (W.Va.) La Lumiere (Ind.) and Arlington Country Day (Fla.).

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Sep 092014
 
Calipari

Calipari

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski posted a story Tuesday morning outlining UK Coach John Calipari’s latest big idea: A two-day, on-campus scouting combine for NBA executives to evaluate the Wildcats.

Wojnarowski notes that the combine, which will be held next month, can also be seen as “a chance for Calipari to impress a throng of top high school recruits.”

One NBA executive joked to Yahoo: “We’re just there as B-roll for his recruiting videos.”

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Quick look: Recruiting impact of UK Alumni Game

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Aug 132014
 
Devin Booker

Devin Booker

UK announced Wednesday morning that the Alumni Charity Game scheduled for later this month has been cancelled.

The event, which Coach John Calipari started in 2012, has brought many of UK’s former stars now playing in the NBA back to Lexington over the past couple of years. It’s also been an effective recruiting tool.

Julius Randle, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis and Charles Matthews all visited Kentucky for the Alumni Game and later committed to the Wildcats. Randle met several NBA players and Drake — one of his favorite rappers — at the event. Booker and Ulis, who were already friends, used official visits to see UK on Alumni Game weekend last year. Matthews, who is UK’s only commitment for 2015, also made his first trip to Lexington for last year’s event.

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Aug 112014
 
Sporting News yearbook

Sporting News yearbook

A Sporting News-affiliated Twitter account teased the publication’s preseason yearbook cover Monday morning, and the magazine has Kentucky ranked No. 2 behind Arizona.

Arizona’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is on the cover.

Zona and UK are followed by Wisconsin, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Louisville, Virginia, Florida and Wichita State.

Andrew and Aaron Harrison are featured on one of the regional covers.

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Aug 072014
 
Tyler Ulis

Tyler Ulis

I returned from vacation just in time to catch UK basketball practice Thursday afternoon, the fourth day that workouts have been open to the local media.

UK asked reporters not to get too specific about what we saw. Here are some general opinions and observations:

Everything I watched Tyler Ulis do against high school and AAU competition last year, he did against elite-level college competition Thursday. The little guy rarely makes a bad pass, rarely puts himself in the wrong spot, rarely makes mistakes in general.

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Jun 272014
 

Lexington Christian guard Brad Calipari — the son of UK Coach John Calipari — announced Friday morning that he will transfer to a prep school in Massachusetts and move to the class of 2016.

Calipari, who had been in the class of 2015, missed most of last season with a serious knee injury. He is on the Kentucky Travelers’ Nike EYBL roster but has been unable to compete this spring and summer as he continues to recover from knee surgery.

He is leaving LCA for The MacDuffie School in Granby, Mass., a suburb of Springfield, Mass.

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Apr 262014
 

UK still had not confirmed the addition of assistant coach Barry “Slice” Rohrssen on Saturday, but that’s not keeping him from recruiting on the Wildcats’ behalf.

Rohrssen was spotted in Sacramento on Friday night wearing a UK hat at the first stop of the Nike EYBL circuit, which includes many of the top AAU teams in the country and several UK recruiting targets. Coach John Calipari was also there Friday.

Rohrssen was an assistant coach at Pittsburgh last season. Pitt Coach Jamie Dixon announced earlier this week that Rohrssen is no longer on his coaching staff. Calipari was spotted showing Rohrssen around Lexington on Thursday, and it’s been known for more than a week that he has been chosen as the replacement for former UK assistant Orlando Antigua.

MORE: Evan Daniels talks about Rohrssen and recruiting

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