Category Archive: UK Hoops

Veteran Lil Dunn joins Matthew Mitchell’s staff

LEXINGTON, Ky. – With over 40 years of coaching experience, including nearly three decades in the collegiate ranks and a Women’s National Basketball Association championship title to her name, Lin Dunn has been named an assistant coach with the Kentucky women’s basketball team, Matthew Mitchell announced Tuesday.

“I could not be more excited to get the chance to work every day with one of my greatest mentors and dearest friends in Lin Dunn,” Mitchell said. “When you think about those that helped paved the way for women’s sports, Lin Dunn is one of those names that comes to your mind. She has helped me become the coach and person that I am today and I am forever grateful. With our staff now complete, it’s time for us to turn the page and take this program to new heights.”

Four-star prospect Jaida Roper signs with Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball head coach Matthew Mitchell has announced that Jaida Roper, a 5-foot-7 guard out of Houston High School in Memphis, Tenn., has joined the program and will be a true freshman on the 2016-17 roster.

“We are so excited for Jaida to become a Wildcat. She is a high-character person, an exciting basketball player and a very hard worker,” Mitchell said. “Jaida will be a great fit in our program and I look forward to helping her develop as a person, a student and a player.”

Niya Butts officially added to Matthew Mitchell’s staff

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Niya Butts (pronounced NIGH-ya), the former head coach at the University of Arizona, who prior to that stint served on Mickie DeMoss’ and Matthew Mitchell’s coaching staffs at Kentucky, will return to UK as an assistant coach, Mitchell announced Saturday.

“I have thought a lot the last few weeks about chemistry within our coaching staff and one name that I kept coming back to was Niya Butts,” Mitchell said. “I have worked with Niya as an assistant and was fortunate enough to have her on staff in my first year at Kentucky. I have said this before and still have complete confidence that Niya helps balance me out in a way that will positively impact our program. I love the way our staff is starting to take shape and I am excited about our future.”

Matthew Mitchell: What I Have Learned



Since the last time I spoke publicly on April 27, much has happened in our program. I have to be honest, there have been some very, very difficult moments these past two weeks. Players transferring, recruits decommitting and a complete turnover of our coaching staff was not what I had hoped for nor expected at the end of the 2015-16 season. All of that happening put our remaining players, our remaining staff, the media and our loyal and devoted fans in a state of confusion.

Former UK star Samari Walker honored for play overseas

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former University of Kentucky women’s basketball star Samarie Walker has been honored for her strong play overseas this season in Sweden and Lithuania as she has been named the All-Swedish Damligan Forward of the Year, it was announced recently.

On top of being named the best forward in the league, Walker was also named to the All-Swedish Damligan First Team as a forward. She was one of only five players to earn first-team honors.

UK Athletics surpasses 3.0 GPA for 8th straight semester

Mitch Barnhart (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Mitch Barnhart (Wade Upchurch Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – What was once an ambition has now become an expectation.

For the eighth consecutive semester, UK Athletics has posted a cumulative department-wide grade-point average of 3.0 or better.

UK Athletics’ scholarship students combined for a GPA of 3.157 this spring, nearly identical to the 3.149 GPA posted in the fall.

“We have a group of graduating seniors who have contributed to a 3.0 GPA in every semester they’ve spent at Kentucky,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “That’s an achievement by our students that should not be overlooked. I want to congratulate those students and everyone who supports them for making that possible.”

Big Blue Madness, exhibition dates announced


-1LEXINGTON, Ky. – It’s never too early to get excited about next season.

“Next season” officially begins Oct. 14 with the annual spectacle of Big Blue Madness, introducing the 2016-17 men’s and women’s basketball teams. Madness will begin at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena and will air on the SEC Network.

That’s just the beginning of the exhibition slate, which will encompass Madness, the Blue-White Scrimmage and UK’s first two exhibition games vs. Clarion and Asbury. All events and games are scheduled for 7 p.m. starts. All four events will also be televised live by the SEC Network.

Former player Amber Smith joining Matthew Mitchell’s staff

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A member of the most successful senior class in Kentucky women’s basketball history, former Wildcat guard Amber Smith has returned to Lexington and joined the women’s basketball support staff, head coach Matthew Mitchell announced Wednesday. Smith will be involved in a variety of areas within the program, helping the coaching staff with numerous tasks.

Another recruit de-commits from Kentucky

Matthew Mitchell lost another recruit Monday. (Vicky Graff Photo)
Matthew Mitchell lost another recruit Monday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Matthew Mitchell lost another recruit Monday. (Vicky Graff Photo)


The hits just  keep coming for the Kentucky women’s basketball team.

Bullitt East junior Lindsey Duvall, a four-star point guard and one of the top 20 players in the 2017 recruiting class, has de-committed from UK. Two other recruits had already done the same thing since the season ended.

One of the top players in the 2017 recruiting class has reopened her commitment from the University of Kentucky.

Former UK assistant Camryn Whitaker new head coach at Northern Kentucky

Camryn Whitaker (Vicky Graff Photo)
Camryn Whitaker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Camryn Whitaker (Vicky Graff Photo)

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University Director of Athletics Ken Bothof announced Camryn Whitaker as head coach of the women’s basketball program Friday morning.

“I am delighted to welcome Camryn to Norse Nation,” said Bothof. “As I have gotten to know more about Camryn over the last two weeks it became clear that she is the right fit to lead our women’s basketball program. Camryn not only has a great basketball IQ, she has also excelled in recruiting and developing her student-athletes on and off the court. Combining those elements with her ties to Kentucky and Ohio make her the right coach for NKU.”

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