Six Gold Medalists Headline 2017 USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team Roster

Six athletes with international experience, including three who helped the USA qualify for the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup, were among 12 of the nation’s top 19-and-under male basketball players named today to the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team.

As the 2013 and 2015 FIBA U19 World Champion, the United States will look for a third-consecutive gold medal at the July 1-9 FIBA U19 World Cup for Men in Cairo, Egypt.

Diallo, Washington Selected for USA U19 World Cup Team

All-American forward PJ Washington Jr (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Kentucky men’s basketball freshmen Hamidou Diallo and PJ Washington were named to the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team competing in the FIBA World Cup in Cairo in July. UK head coach John Calipari is serving as the head coach of the team.

Team USA will be looking for its third straight title at the FIBA World Cup after capturing gold at the 2013 and 2015 tournaments.

Kentucky’s White Wins Rawlings Gold Glove Award

Evan White (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Evan White was honored with the 2017 ABCA Collegiate Rawlings Gold Glove Award at first base, it was announced on Wednesday. It is White’s second consecutive trophy for his glove work.

The 6-foot-3, 205 pound junior last week was drafted No. 17 overall by the Seattle Mariners. He reported to the organization this week and will officially be assigned to his first career professional team in the coming days.

Pitino to fans: “We believe in doing the right thing and doing things that are important in the eyes of God.”

Rick Pitino (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Rick Pitino is not backing down from his battle with the NCAA and insisted in a letter to Louisville fans that the appeals committee “will get it right” about the sanctions proposed for UofL.

Here is what Pitino wrote:

I am writing to you as close supporters and Friends of the Ville members. You are special to me and I realize you have endured a lot over the last two years. When the news first came out in 2015, it sunk my emotions to the lowest point anyone could possibly imagine. I write this letter to tell you and encourage you to keep your spirits high. First and foremost, I believe that the truth will prevail and justice will be served.

Calipari to players: “You have to be tough”

Cameron Reddish (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/USAB)

By TRENTON MILLER, USA Basketball

The roster at the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team training camp was slimmed from the original group of 27 to 18 athletes after the first practice on June 20. But, due to an injury, Kevin Knox II (Tampa Catholic H.S./Tampa, Fla.) was forced withdraw from camp on Wednesday morning, making it 17 players available for selection.

With the team expected to be announced after the morning practice session on June 22, USA U19 and University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is not holding back about what he’s looking for.

Sevierville has something for all ages to enjoy — and want to visit again

SevierAir is a great family spot. (Jessica Hudson Photo)

Vaught’s note: Last week my family, including four grandchildren, took a trip to Sevierville, Tenn., and to say the least we loved every moment of the trip. Here’s what my daughter wrote about our experience.

By JESSICA HUDSON

My family and I have been going to the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area for as long as I can remember. I’ve seen and done everything there is to do in that area. What I haven’t done in the 30 years that I’ve been going is explore the lesser-visited area of Sevierville, hometown of Dolly Parton.

Hamstring injury knocks Knox out of USA tryouts

Kevin Knox (USA Basketball Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kevin Knox will not be on the USA under 19 team coached by John Calipari that will play in the World Championships in Egypt next month.

Calipari announced on Twitter today that Knox had withdrawn from the tryouts with a hamstring injury.

Calipari posted these messages on Twitter today:

1. “.@kevin_knox23 is going to be fine with some rest, but he and I talked and thought it was in his best interest not to push it.”

2. “He’s too important to our season to push it and aggravate it more.”

UK football 1984: From shame to fame

Jerry Claiborne

Vaught’s note: This is the second in a weekly series of posts by Keith Peel that will cover the greatest football teams by decade starting in the 1970s to ever wear the blue and white for the University of Kentucky.
By KEITH PEEL

It was 1982. The University of Kentucky was again bringing in a new football coach. After the glory years of the Fran Curci era and the subsequent downward spiral of UK Football due to NCAA sanctions Athletic Director Cliff Hagan had fired Fran Curci and selected former Kentucky alumnus and previous Virginia Tech and Maryland Head Coach Jerry Claiborne to lead the Cats football program.

Kentucky’s Tristan Pompey Selected for the 2017 College Home Run Derby

OMAHA, Neb. (June 20, 2017) Kentucky’s Tristan Pompey has been selected to the roster for the eighth annual College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Neb. on Saturday, July 1, Intersport announced today. Pompey is one of six men’s college baseball players selected for the event that will air live on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET. He was invited to take part in the College Home Run Derby after being recognized as one of the top power hitters in college baseball.

Kentucky coach John Calipari will be part of exclusive ESPN draft coverage

John Calipari and Malik Monk (Vicky Graff Photo)

ESPN’s exclusive presentation of the 2017 NBA Draft presented by State Farm, begins Thursday, June 22, at 7 p.m. ET from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The main desk will be manned by host Rece Davis, along with NBA analysts Jalen Rose and Michael Wilbon, and college basketball analyst Jay Bilas. This year marks the 15th consecutive year ESPN has televised the event.

Coverage highlights:

  • J-Will on the Move: College basketball analyst Jay Williams, who was picked second in the 2002 NBA Draft, will wear many hats throughout the night. From interviews and player breakdowns to mock drafts, Williams will provide insight and analysis as picks are made

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