Calipari ready to brag on current, former players on ESPN

Skal Labissiere (Vicky Graff Photo)

Skal Labissiere (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

John Calipari is already feeling his swag and he won’t take over ESPN until Thursday.

Calipari will make appearances on various ESPN venues Thursday setting up the NBA Draft later Thursday night.

So I asked him Tuesday what is the advantage to him and his program for spending the day on ESPN.

Calipari on Murray’s special mental approach

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During his teleconference Tuesday, Kentucky coach John Calipari talked about the mental aspect of Jamal Murray’s game. Some was the same as what he revealed during the season, but there was also some new information.

“Well, Roger, his father, did an unbelieveable job of raising his son, opening his mind, getting him to think about the game in a different way. You got to give Roger credit for that. And yes he would (meditate),” Calipari said.

Here’s one part I did not know.

Kentucky freshman Cobe Garcia uses the team as motivation to improve

By CHLOE SMITH, UK Media Relations

NOTE:  The first of a five-part series of individual features stories leading up to the 2016 US Olympic Trials.  Today, learn about freshman sprinter Cobe Garcia.

In the world of swimming, individual superstars reign supreme. Household names like Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky take the limelight, and there is never much focus on the complete team aspect. Even in the collegiate realm, individuals have been center stage with emerging wunderkinds Caeleb Dressel and Lilly King earning their right to become media darlings of the postseason.

ESPN going all out for draft coverage Thursday

ESPN Presents the 2016 NBA Draft

  • Michael Wilbon Joins Main Desk with Rece Davis, Jay Bilas and Jalen Rose
  • Reporters Live from Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Boston
  • ESPN Radio Broadcasts the Draft Live

ESPN will exclusively cover the 2016 NBA Draft presented by State Farm on Thursday, June 23, at 7 p.m. ET from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on both television and radio. Michael Wilbon will join the main television desk this year, working alongside NBA Draft analyst Jay Bilas and NBA analyst Jalen Rose, both of whom were NBA Draft picks. Rece Davis will host the television coverage for the entire two rounds. Additional television elements include: 

Will defensive worries drop Murray in draft?

Jamal Murray. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Jamal Murray. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

If ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford is right, Kentucky’s Jamal Murray could go anywhere from  No. 3 to No. 8 in Thursday’s NBA draft.

“He’s in the mix literally with every single one of those teams with maybe the exception of the Suns. The Celtics are looking at him at three, Wolves are looking at him at 5, Pelicans like him at 6, and Denver even likes him at 7 as a nice backcourt made to Emmanuel Mudiay, and it’s a little bit fluid there because he’s battling guys that are in the same tier,” said Ford.

White, Beggs Named to National Gold Glove Team

-1LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky first baseman Evan White and pitcher Dustin Beggs have been named to the NCAA Division I Gold Glove Team for defensive excellence by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings. UK was the only school in the nation with two selections on the team.

Former Wildcats Moss, Liggins to take part in ‘Legendary Derby’

LEXINGTON — The “Legendary Derby,”  a baseball skills competition that will be part of the South Atlantic League All-Star game festivities, is scheduled for 4:45 – 6 p.m. Tuesday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

An All-Star player will be teamed with a celebrity for the competition.  Each pairing will represent an organization, with the winning team earning $10,000 from the Legends Charitable Fund for their organization.   Along with the baseball competition, The Legendary Derby will include a “horse” race on the field.  Each time a team earns points, their mascot-style horse can advance around the field.

John Calipari will be all over ESPN on Draft Day Thursday

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

ESPN Programming Leading Up to the NBA Draft

  • NBA Mock Draft Special: ESPN analysts will go through the exercise of the 2016 NBA Draft during the airing of NBA Mock Draft Special on Tuesday, June 21, at 7 p.m on ESPN. Bilas and Penn will be joined by NBA front office insider Amin Elhassan and NBA Insider Chad Ford for the special, which will be hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth.
  • NBA Draft Preview Show: ESPN2 will televise a one-hour NBA Draft Preview Show on Wednesday, June 22, at 7 p.m. which will include Davis, Bilas, Rose, and Wilbon, among other commentators.

Briscoe accepted role last year, expects to have ball more next season

Kentucky coach Kenny Payne walks off the court with Isaiah Briscoe. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky coach Kenny Payne walks off the court with Isaiah Briscoe. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Isaiah Briscoe expects to have the ball in his hands more during his sophomore season and for the first time admitted that the switch from point guard to wing player last year was harder than he let on during the season.

“It was difficult. You know, it was a struggle for me in the beginning. I had to get used to it,” Briscoe said.

Jacob Tamme to join us on WPBK Thursday morning

Jacob and Allison Tamme attended this year's Super Bowl as fans. He has played in two Super Bowls, but hopes play in the Super Bowl again.

Jacob and Allison Tamme attended this year’s Super Bowl as fans. He has played in two Super Bowls, but hopes play in the Super Bowl again.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Atlanta Falcons tight end Jacob Tamme will join myself and Tim Estes on WPBK (102.9 FM) Thursday from 7:30-8 p.m. to talk about the upcoming NFL season, UK football and more. But one thing we certainly will talk about is the charity golf tourney Tamme and his wife, Allison, will host in July to raise money to build homes for injured military members.