Calipari on one and done, academics, sacrifice

John Calipari knows the NBA draft changes families’ lives.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach John Calipari started off the Southeastern Conference coaches summer teleconference today. He was on for about 10 minutes — but only three media members got to ask questions because the first caller want to know Calipari’s thoughts on the one-and-done scenario.

Needless to stay, Calipari has answered that question many, many times and had a lot to say about that and even graduation rates.

Here you go:

Kentucky Places 92 on SEC Spring Honor Roll

Breanne Ray knocked in three runs on Senior Day. (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Student-athletes from all of Kentucky’s spring teams combined to earn a total of 92 spots on the Southeastern Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll, the league announced Monday.

UK had the fourth-most honorees in the conference. Kentucky placed a league-best 21 baseball players on the list. UK also placed in the top three in softball (12), women’s tennis (6) and women’s golf (7).

Anthony Davis, Jamal Murray Earn NBA Honors

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Just days removed from sending a new wave of players into the NBA, former Kentucky Wildcats are being honored as some of the best in the league. Anthony Davis added a second-team selection to the All-NBA Defensive Team to his growing list of awards in 2017, while Jamal Murray was a second-team honoree on the All-Rookie Team.

Blair Green, Tywanna Patterson join me on Leach Report Tuesday

Tywanna Patterson

By LARRY VAUGHT

I think you will be in for a treat again Tuesday when I host The Leach Report for Tom Leach and have Blair Green and Tywanna Patterson for my guests on WLAP (630AM, wlap.com).

Green has already verbally committed to play for Matthew Mitchell at Kentucky. As a junior at Harlan County, she averaged 23.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game for the 28-3 Black Bears. She shot 53.8 percent overall, including 43.8 percent (39 of 89) from 3-point range, and 77.2 percent at the foul line.

Freshman Zack Thompson Honored by Baseball America

Zack Thompson (Britney Howard, UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky freshman pitcher Zack Thompson was named Second-Team Freshman All-America by Baseball America, it was announced Monday.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound left-hander is the third UK pitcher to be named to a freshman All-America team the past two seasons, joining right-handers Sean Hjelle and Justin Lewis in 2016. Thompson went 8-3 with a 3.45 earned run average this season, starting 13 games among his 20 appearances and earning a save. The Selma, Ind. native pitched 75.2 innings, giving up just 50 hits and striking out 96, as opponents hit just .187 against him.

Former UK QB Derrick Ramsey knows name changes, facility upgrades don’t guarantee wins

Derrick Ramsey (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former UK quarterback Derrick Ramsey, now the Kentucky Secretary of Labor, had some memorable wins at Commonwealth Stadium during his UK career. He has no problem with the name being changed to Kroger Field.

“It’s easy for me having been in that athletic director’s seat (at Coppin State) to know it is really competitive to get dollars for your program. To be competitive from every angle, you have to take advantage of it,” Ramsey said.

What did Rachel Lawson think of illegal pitch call?

Meagen Prince (Addison Coffey Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

While I was recently hosting the Leach Report for Tom Leach, I got to have Kentucky softball coach Rachel Lawson join me for a segment. That gave me a chance to ask her the question I’ve wanted to since UK was eliminated by Oregon in the Super Regional?

What was that illegal pitch call against senior Meagan Prince in the second game that led to a comeback win for Oregon?

Clarke Makes T&T 200m Team, Historic 400H Concludes USATF Championships

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Kentucky track and field junior Kayelle Clarke claimed the Trinidad and Tobago silver medal, and the spot on her national team for the IAAF World Championships that goes along with it, by running a 200-meter personal best 22.94 in the semifinals and then 22.97 in the final on Saturday.

Clarke ran the third leg on Kentucky’s NCAA Champion 4x100m relay team earlier this month. She transferred to UK from New Mexico Junior College before this season.

Capsule look at non-conference opponents coach Matthew Mitchell’s team will face

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

By EVAN CRANE, UK Media Relations

A complete breakdown of all 14 non-conference opponents for the Kentucky women’s basketball team follows. Game times are ET and subject to change while TV selections are still to be determined. The Southeastern Conference schedule is set to be released at a later date. More information regarding season tickets will be released in July/August, while all single-game tickets will go on sale in October. 

Harrison Wins USATF 100H, Saunders Makes U.S. World Championships Team

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Kentucky Class of 2015 alumna Kendra Harrison won her first United States 100-Meter Hurdles Championship, while senior Sha’Keela Saunders and Class of 2014 alumnus Andrew Evans earned spots on the Team USA that will compete at the 2017 IAAF World Championships later this summer, on a banner Saturday for Wildcats at Hornet Stadium.

Harrison, who needed only to start an event at USAs this weekend to book her spot on a second straight U.S. World Championships team did many better on Saturday.

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