DeMarcus Cousins named to All-NBA Second Team

DeMarcus Cousins (Vicky Graff Photo)

DeMarcus Cousins (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the second consecutive season, former Kentucky forward DeMarcus Cousins was named to the All-NBA Second Team on Thursday. Cousins was also a member of the All-Rookie team in 2011.

He is the fourth player in UK’s history to earn multiple All-NBA honors in a career. Cousins joins Ralph Beard, Alex Groza and Cliff Hagan as two-time honorees. Hagan was the last to achieve the feat when he earned All-NBA second-team accolades in 1958 and 1959.

Guest post: Fan wishes Lee good luck, but believes he is making mistake with transfer

Marcus Lee  (Vicky Graff Photo)

Marcus Lee (Vicky Graff Photo)

Vaught’s note: Jessica Jones is a die-hard Kentucky fan now living in Iowa. She contributed two blog posts when Kentucky played in the NCAA Tournament in March and today I asked her to share her feelings on Marcus Lee’s decision to transfer from UK to another school. Enjoy her perspective that is a bit different from most UK fans but certainly is backed up with logic and facts.

By JESSICA JONES

Lee doing what is best for him, but UK fans know they will miss him

Marcus Lee (Vicky Graff Photo)

Marcus Lee (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky fans got a little excited when Marcus Lee declared last week that if he returned to Kentucky for his senior season, then the Wildcats would go undefeated.

Most wanted to believe him. Even more wanted to believe that was a sign Lee would take his name out of the NBA draft and return to UK.

Well, he did withdraw his name from the draft but he won’t help UK go undefeated — or even have a chance to try. Instead, Lee has decided to transfer for his senior year.

Marquis Teague will be in Lexington Saturday

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague will be at All Sports in the Fayette Mall Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m.

Teague was the starter as a freshman on Kentucky’s 2012 national championship team and the 29th overall pick by Chicago in the NBA Draft. He was later traded to Brooklyn.

Teague is now with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s NBA Developmental team (Oklahoma City Blue).

Teague will be available to fans for the full 90 minutes, so if you want to get an autograph from one of UK’s key national championship players, here is your chance.

UK women have 31 entries, men 18 in NCAA regional championship

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The NCAA Championships begin today for the Kentucky track and field teams. The Wildcats will compete Thursday through Saturday at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium.

The name of the game at the preliminary championships is advancing to the national championships finals site.

Twelve performers from each preliminary site advance to the NCAA Championships – hosted for the fourth-consecutive year as part of a run that is scheduled to continue through 2021 at Oregon’s Hayward Field – June 8-11.

Briscoe returning to Kentucky “to build on last year”

-1LEXINGTON, Ky. – He’s baaaaaack.

 

Kentucky men’s basketball freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe plans to return to UK for the 2016-17 season after going through the process of declaring for the NBA Draft. Utilizing new NCAA rules that allow players to “test the waters,” Briscoe entered the NBA Draft without hiring an agent to protect his NCAA eligibility with the option of returning to school.

Players had until 10 days after the conclusion of the combine to make a final decision based on the new rule between the NCAA and NBA so long as they didn’t hire an agent.

Marcus Lee out of draft, transferring to school closer to his family

Wade Upchurch Photo

Wade Upchurch Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball junior forward Marcus Lee will remove his name from the 2016 NBA Draft but plans to transfer to complete his collegiate eligibility at another school.

Upon completing his paperwork to withdraw from the draft, Lee will be granted a full release with no restrictions.

No dynamic duo, but Bryant Koback still gives UK solid 2017 running back

By LARRY VAUGHT

Remember back when 190-pound running back Bryant Koback verbally committed to Kentucky even though UK already had a verbal commitment from Michael Warren, another Ohio junior running back.

“We will be teammates and we have to work together to make the team better,” Koback said then. “Me and Mike, we can push each other. We are already doing that. I think we can be a dynamic duo.”

Now half of that potential dynamic duo is gone with Warren de-committing from UK. However, Koback certainly is no slouch.

Kentucky golfer Anna Hack qualifies for U.S. Women’s Open

ST> LOUIS – Kentucky women’s golfer Anna Hack is headed to the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open in July after qualifying for the world’s premier golf championship during a sectional qualifier at Westwood Country Club in St. Louis on Tuesday.

After shooting a second-round 69, the lowest score of the qualifier, Hack edged professional Ember Shculdt on the third playoff hole to clinch one of two spots from the St. Louis sectional. Overall, Hack shot 4-over par in the 36-hole qualifier for second place.

Alabama knocks Cats out of SEC Tournament

May 24, 2016 - #9 Alabama vs #8 Kentucky

May 24, 2016 – #9 Alabama vs #8 Kentucky

HOOVER, Ala.  Sophomore shortstop Riley Mahan had a pair of hits, including an RBI double, but the Kentucky baseball team lost to Alabama 5-2 in the first round of the SEC Tournament on Tuesday at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. 

Sophomore first baseman Evan White hit his fifth home run of the season in the fourth inning, extending his hitting streak to 16 games. It’s White’s second-longest streak of the season, trailing his 21-game hitting streak from earlier this year. 

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