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Four more draft picks brings Calipari’s total to 35 players drafted now at Kentucky

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – NBA Draft night was special once again for the Kentucky Wildcats. In what has become an annual celebration of sorts for the program, four more Wildcats achieved their dreams of hearing their names called on draft night.

Kevin Knox (No. 9, New York Knicks), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (No. 11, Charlotte Hornets), Jarred Vanderbilt (No. 41, Orlando Magic) and Hamidou Diallo (No. 45, Brooklyn Nets) were selected during the 2018 draft on Thursday.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander believes he fits “really well” with Los Angeles Clippers

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Kentucky freshman  guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was picked 11th overall in Thursday night’s NBA Draft by Charlotte and then traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.

“I’m a playmaking guard, pass-first point guard. Likes to get teammates involved. Good leader. Likable guy. I’m really just willing to do whatever the team needs me to do to win,” Gilgeous-Alexander said.

Here’s more of what he had to say after his selection:

Playing at Kentucky has prepared Kevin Knox for playing with New York Knicks

Kevin Knox

Kevin Knox became the 18th lottery pick coach John Calipari has had when the New York Knicks made him the ninth pick in Thursdayof the John Calipari era when the New York Knicks selected him with the No. 9 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

“I think it’s a great opportunity. It’s the mecca of basketball, the media capital of basketball. I think it’s going to be a great opportunity to come here and play alongside (Kristaps) Porzingis, (Tim) Hardaway, and some of the great players on the team,” Knox said.

UK recruiting target Vernon Carey makes cut for USA under 17 team, Kentuckian Zion Harmon does not

Vernon Carey (USA Basketball)

The roster for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Cup Team today was finalized after six days of training camp at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Named to the team were: Scottie Barnes (University School/West Palm Beach, Fla.); Vernon Carey Jr. (University School/Southwest Ranches, Fla.); Jalen Green (San Joaquin Memorial H.S./Fresno, Calif.); R.J. Hampton (Little Elm H.S./Little Elm, Texas); De’Vion Harmon (Guyer H.S./Corinth, Texas); Evan Mobley (Rancho Christian H.S./Temecula, Calif.); Wendell Moore Jr. (Cox Mill H.S./Charlotte, N.C.); Isaac Okoro (McEachern H.S./Powder Springs, Ga.); Jeremy Roach (Paul VI Catholic H.S./Leesburg, Va.); Isaiah Stewart (La Lumiere School, Ind./Rochester, N.Y.); Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha Academy/Minneapolis, Minn.); and Romeo Weems (New Haven H.S./New Haven, Mich.).

Wesley Woodyard, Guy Morriss and Tommy Bell to be Inducted into Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame Friday

LEXINGTON, Ky. –  Former Wildcat and now current linebacker for the Tennessee Titans Wesley Woodyard, former head coach Guy Morriss and former National Football League official Tommy Bell will be inducted into the 16th annual Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame on Friday, June 22 at Lexington’s Opera House.

The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased here:

Woodyard was one of the best defensive players and team leaders in Kentucky history. He totaled 395 tackles in his four-year career, which currently ranks seventh in school history. He led UK in tackles three straight years, with at least 100 stops each of the three seasons.

Sydney McLaughlin first female freshman to be finalist for The Bowerman

Sydney McLaughlin

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky track and field’s Sydney McLaughlin became the first freshman woman to be named a finalist for The Bowerman, collegiate track & field’s top individual honor, on Wednesday.

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced McLaughlin as one of three finalists alongside Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen and Georgia’s Keturah Orji on Wednesday.

The finalists were selected by The Bowerman Advisory Board. They are considered the most outstanding female athletes during the entire 2018 collegiate track & field campaign selected from a pool of 10 semifinalists that included two more Kentucky event NCAA Champions Jasmine Camacho-Quinn and Olivia Gruver.

Does Too Much Basketball Talent At UK Really Leave Players Unprepared For The NBA?

Devin Booker (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

I was reading an excellent article recently by Larry Vaught about the amount of basketball talent that John Calipari recruits each year could potentially be delaying the development of players at UK and it caused me to really consider that possibility.

Several draft analysts stated that players at UK don’t always get to showcase all their skills playing for a perennially loaded team like the Wildcats. One of the examples given was Karl Anthony-Towns as a “stretch 3” in the NBA versus his role as an inside player at UK. He wasn’t allowed to showcase his ability as an outside shooter in the role he played at UK.

Reid Travis has skills, leadership, experience to lead Kentucky to a special season

Reid Travis (Bob Drebin/Stanford Athletics Photo)


Only a few hours after Kentucky announced that Reid Travis had transferred from Stanford to join the Wildcats, ESPN adjusted its early preseason top 25 poll to have Kentucky No. 1.

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook editor Chris Dortch is already contemplating a similar move with his belief now that Kentucky even has more talent than Kansas.

Few can doubt that John Calipari now has the team to beat this year.

Former Arizona State Guard Sabrina Haines Transfers to Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Pac-12 All-Freshman Team guard Sabrina Haines has elected to transfer into the Kentucky women’s basketball program after two impressive seasons at Arizona State, head coach Matthew Mitchell announced Wednesday. Haines will have to sit out the 2018-19 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Haines comes to Lexington after starting her collegiate career at Arizona State, where she played in 75 career games with 38 starts before her junior season was cut short after only nine games due to injury. Haines shined on and off the court in Tempe, earning Pac-12 All-Freshman honorable mention honors in 2016, while she was Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention in 2017 and second-team in 2018.

Stanford grad Reid Travis transfers to loaded Kentucky roster

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky’s 2018-19 roster was already loaded with what appears to be a powerful mix of talent and experience, but the Wildcats gained another boost of both with the addition of Stanford graduate transfer Reid Travis.

The two-time First Team All-Pac-12 selection announced Wednesday that he will transfer to UK to pursue a master’s degree. Under NCAA graduate transfer rules, Travis will be eligible to play for the Wildcats in the fall after graduating with his undergraduate degree in science, technology and society on Sunday.