Category Archive: UK Hoops

UK Hosting Open Tryouts Aug. 2 for PA Announcers, In-Game Hosts

Could Freddie Maggard or Ryan Lemond be a PA announcer at UK? (Gary Moyers Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – UK will hold open tryouts for prospective public address announcers and in-game hosts at athletics events for a variety of sports during the 2017-18 season on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at John Cropp Stadium.

UK is seeking energetic and confident individuals with strong vocal talent and experience on a live microphone. Knowledge of sports and corresponding rules, as well as proficiency enunciating complex names and availability for nights and weekends will also be considered.

Women’s Basketball Tabbed to WBCA Academic Top 25

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball program ended the 2016-17 season with a 3.492 team grade point average, which ranked 24th nationally in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll, it was announced Wednesday

Kentucky is the only Southeastern Conference team to make the WBCA Academic Top 25 and one of only three teams to claim the honor while also sitting top 20 in the final Association Press Top 25.

Randall Cobb, John Wall headline 2017 UK Athletics Hall of Fame Class

John Calipari with John Wall at Big Blue Madness. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 has been announced, with Randall Cobb (football), Collin Cowgill (baseball), Ralph Hacker (broadcaster), Sherry Hoover Bordner (cross country/indoor track/outdoor track), Sarah Rumely (volleyball) and John Wall (men’s basketball) set to be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend, Sept. 22-23, in conjunction with the football home game vs. Florida.

Sherry Hoover Bordner, Cross Country/Indoor Track/Outdoor Track, 1986-89

Matthew Mitchell not shy about praising talented freshman Tatyana Wyatt

By LARRY VAUGHT

One of coach Matthew Mitchell’s newcomers this year will be 6-3 Tatyana Wyatt of Columbus, Ga. She was ranked 63rd in the recruiting class and was also a volleyball standout who played on a state championship team.

She averaged 22.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.6 blocks per game as a senior. She finished her prep career with 1,992 points and 762 rebounds. She also hit a 124 3-pointers.

“She has got tremendous talent and skills at 6-3. She was a fantastic outside hitter on their volleyball team which gives you a little idea of her explosive jumping and leaping,” Mitchell said.

Five UK athletes part of SEC Student-Athlete Leadership Councils

Katie Reed. (Chet White/UK Athletics Photo)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 6, 2017)—–A total of 68 Southeastern Conference student-athletes will participate in a joint meeting of the SEC Student-Athlete Leadership Councils and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Friday through Sunday in Birmingham.

Representing Kentucky will be Greg Hart and Courtney Love of football, Katie Reed of softball, Alyssa Rice of women’s basketball and Dillon Pulliam of men’s basketball.

This marks the first joint meeting of these groups since they were introduced by Commissioner Greg Sankey in 2016. Leadership councils for the sports of football and men’s and women’s basketball were created to provide student-athletes with additional opportunities to engage with campus leaders and conference office staff.

UK Athletics to Honor Elite Teams of the Past

Jack Givens will be honored with UK’s 1978 national championship team.(Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – UK Athletics will officially honor 14 teams across six programs during the 2017-18 athletics season, as selected by a newly formed reunion committee UK has established to honor elite teams of the past.

Over the course of the 2017-18 season, the 2006-08 Kentucky football teams, the 1978 men’s basketball team, Adolph Rupp’s men’s basketball national championship teams (1948, ’49, ’51 and ’58), the 1988 baseball team, the 1987 and ‘88 volleyball teams, the 1988 men’s tennis team, and the 1986 and ‘88 women’s golf teams will be honored.

91 Wildcats Placed on 2016-17 SEC First-Year Honor Roll

Bailey Vick (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky placed 91 student-athletes on the 2016-17 Southeastern Conference First-Year Honor Roll, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon by the SEC Office. UK ranks third in the league for most players on the honor roll.   

The 2016‐17 First‐Year SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2016‐17 academic calendar.

The women’s swimming and diving team led the way with 10 honorees, most in that sport among league schools. The baseball and women’s soccer teams each placed nine on the honor roll, the second-most in the conference in both sports.

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).

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.

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. 

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