Labissiere still believes he can be best player in this draft

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Brooklyn, New York — Here is what Skal Labissiere had to say after being picked by Phoenix who had traded the pick to San Antonio where he’ll join three other former UK players.

THE MODERATOR: If you could start off with an opening statement, feelings about today, please.

SKAL LABISSIERE: You know, at first I was a little nervous, but after a while it was just — I was excited about the whole thing. I know that God has a plan for me and that I was going to fall into the right place, right team.

Barnhart, Calipari on passing of Herky Rupp Jr.

The following are statements from Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari and UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart on the passing of Adolph “Herky” Rupp Jr. Herky Rupp was the son of legendary UK head coach Adolph Rupp. Herky Rupp, who died Wednesday at the age of 75, scored 11 points in 14 career games from 1959 to 1962.  

“Herky was a great supporter of not only our basketball program, but myself and my family. I loved being in his company. Herky always had great stories to tell and he would always set the record straight. He was immensely proud and honored that his father was one of the great coaches of all time. He’ll be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Herky’s family.” – John Calipari

Thon Maker big surprise going No. 10 in draft

Thon Maker (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Thon Maker (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Brooklyn, New York — One of the major surprises in Thursday night’s NBA draft was that Thon Maker was picked 10th. He’s a former teammate of Jamal Murray and played in Kentucky at Marshall County, McCracken County and Lexington the last two seasons in front of many UK fans who thought he might play college basketball at UK. Instead, he went straight to the NBA. Here’s what he had to say after being picked by Milwaukee.

THE MODERATOR: Thon, if you would start out with an opening statement about what you’ll bring to the Bucks, please.

Jamal Murray: “I always believe I am the best player”

Jamal Murray admits he sometimes takes shots he believes he can make that UK coaches don't consider good shots. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jamal Murray. (Vicky Graff Photo)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Here is what Kentucky’s Jamal Murray had to say after being picked seventh by Denver at the NBA Draft here Thursday night.

THE MODERATOR: Jamal, start with an opening statement about what you’ll bring to Denver.

JAMAL MURRAY: A great attitude, and I’m very excited. So much to give to this game, just blessed to be in the NBA and helping this team in any way I can, and I know this team really wants me, so I’ll be delivering the most to them.

Pre-draft worries come true, Ulis drops to 34th pick

Tyler Ulis. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Tyler Ulis. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Point guard Tyler Ulis was mentioned as a potential lottery pick a few weeks ago. Then rumors surfaced that the former Kentucky point guard had a hip injury that had never been mentioned during his two years at Kentucky.

Finally, Kentucky coach John Calipari said during several ESPN appearances Thursday that he worried Ulis’ weight — less than 150 pounds — was costing him in the NBA draft and could force him to fall out of the first round.

Chip McDaniel Named Third-Team PING All-America

-1LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sophomore Tyler “Chip” McDaniel capped one of the most prolific single-season performances by a Kentucky golfer by helping lead his team to a 13th place finish at the NCAA Championships in May. Thursday he added PING Third-Team All-America honors by the Golf Coaches Association of America to his postseason honors.

He is just the second UK player to earn either first, second or third All-America distinction in the Brian Craig era. UK Athletics Hall of Famer, J.B. Holmes, claimed first-team honors in 2004, was a second-team member in 2005 and a third-team selection in 2002.

Janee Thompson Signs to Play Overseas for SV Halle Lions

Janee Thompson hugged coach Matthew Mitchell after a NCAA win. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Janee Thompson hugged coach Matthew Mitchell after a NCAA win. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former University of Kentucky guard Janee Thompson will start her professional basketball career overseas as she has signed with the Basketball SV Halle Lions in Germany, it was announced recently.

“I look forward to playing for my new team as I start my transition from college to professional basketball and begin to lay the foundation for my career,” Thompson said in a release by the club.

The native of Chicago, played in 119 games with 82 starts during her four-year career at Kentucky, averaging 8.6 points, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game.

Will Calipari throw up again tonight?

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It seems like John Calipari has been to the NBA Draft so many times that he would have a ton of great memories.

So what draft memories stand out to him going into tonight’s draft? That’s what he was asked Tuesday and the answer was long, humorous and insightful. Enjoy.

Did last year really matter to likely No. 1 pick Ben Simmons?

Ben Simmons against Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Ben Simmons against Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Question: LSU had a terrible year last year, didn’t make the tournament. Johnny Jones caught a lot of criticism for the year. In the whole equation of assessing Ben Simmons, did last year really matter at all to him? Good or bad, did it matter?

“Genius” Jacob Tamme on WPBK Thursday at 7:30 a.m.

Jacob Tamme holds his son while his wife and daughter look on after a 5K run in Danville. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Jacob Tamme holds his son while his wife and daughter look on after a 5K run in Danville. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

One thing about Jacob Tamme, the Atlanta Falcons tight end has found a way to make off-season news.

The former Boyle County High School and University of Kentucky standout will join Tim Estes and myself on WPBK (102.9 FM) Thursday from 7:30-8 a.m. We will definitely talk about his charity golf scramble coming up in July (Swings for Soldiers) that raises money to build homes for wounded veterans.

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