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Guest post: Poythress looks like mid-second round pick

Vicky Graff Photo

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Vaught’s note: Jessica Jones doesn’t pretend to be a basketball expert, but she is a die-hard Kentucky fan who certainly knows her basketball. She’s a vaughtsviews.com contributor and done her homework to provide her insights on the upcoming NBA Draft. This is part one of a four-part series on UK players hoping to be drafted June 23.

By JESSICA JONES

Kentucky has four young men who have potential to be drafted in the 2016 NBA draft: Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere, Tyler Ulis, and Alex Poythress. All four have been participating in pre-draft workouts. John Calipari thinks the three early entrants will all be lottery picks. Here’s a look at how they may fair in this month’s draft:

Ulis, Murray, Poythress, Labissiere will be part of John Calipari UK Pro Camp Aug. 1-2

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Wildcats and current professionals Skal Labissiere, Jamal Murray, Alex Poythress and Tyler Ulis will be the featured pros at the 2016 John Calipari UK Pro Camp, which will be held Aug. 1-2 at the Memorial Coliseum/Joe Craft Center complex on the University of Kentucky campus. Various other UK pros could be added in the future.

This summer’s John Calipari UK Pro Camp will be split into two separate sessions, all of which will be held at the Memorial Coliseum/Joe Craft Center complex. The sessions will be split into morning and afternoon groups with varying pros from Kentucky’s 2016 NBA Draft class in attendance.

Poythress, Lee, Briscoe all NBA combine alternates

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)
Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Really it should be no surprise that Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee and Isaiah Briscoe are alternates for the NBA combine.

That doesn’t mean they could not be draft choices, but it makes it a lot more unlikely if they were not one of the players invited to the combine.

Poythress can still work out for teams and take his chances as a free agent — which might be better because then he can pick his team.

Poythress will sign autographs before Legends opening game tonight

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)
Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

The Lexington Legends will open their 16th season of baseball Thursday night April 7 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.  The Legends, class A affiliate of the World Series champion Kansas City Royals, will take on the Lakewood BlueClaws, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.  Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. (an hour earlier than for most 7:05 p.m.  games).  Former University of Kentucky basketball star Alex Poythress will sign autographs beginning as soon as the gates open until about 6:30 p.m.   He will throw a ceremonial first pitch at about 6:45 p.m.

RunTheBluegrass, Kyle Wiltjer part of a perfect Saturday

Kyle Wiltjer with Cameron Mills and Johnny Pittman Saturday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)
Kyle Wiltjer with Cameron Mills and Johnny Pittman Saturday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Kyle Wiltjer with Cameron Mills and Johnny Pittman Saturday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Some days are  just fun and Saturday was one of those days.

It started with the RunTheBluegrass at Keeneland. I knew I was not ready for the half-marathon (13.1) miles on that hilly course, but I thought I could do the 7-mile run when my friend Staci Garlough asked me about running.

Poythress to throw out first pitch at April 7 for Legends

Former University of Kentucky basketball star Alex Poythress will throw a ceremonial first pitch at the Lexington Legends opening-night game Thursday, April 7 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

“We’re really excited to have Alex with us on opening night,” said Legends President/CEO Andy Shea, “and we know the fans will be excited to see him take the mound.”

The game between the Legends and the Lakewood BlueClaws will begin at 7:05 p.m.    Gates will open at 5 p.m., and an autograph session with Poythress will begin as soon as gates are open.

Poythress, Briscoe, Labissiere postgame comments

Q. Alex, how much of the game plan was just to double-team Jameel right from the start and not let him do anything and force someone else to beat you?
ALEX POYTHRESS: One of the best players, so we was trying to make it hard on him right from the jump, make other players make plays and just try to play sound defense from that.

Stony Brook-Kentucky postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Stony Brook vs. Kentucky, NCAA Tournament First Round
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa
March 17, 2016
Attendance: 16,774

Final Score: Kentucky 85, Stony Brook 57

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is 27-8 and has won six in a row. Stony Brook ends the season 26-7.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 2-0.
• This was the first time the two have met in the NCAA Tournament.

Ulis on recruiting, Murray on bow and arrow

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)
Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

Q. This is a question for Tyler: At one point when you were being recruited before you chose Kentucky you were being recruited by Iowa and Fran MacCaffrey, how close were you going to Iowa before you went to Kentucky, and what’s it been like for you to be back in the state again?
TYLER ULIS: I was choosing between Iowa, Kentucky and Michigan State and one Kentucky came in I knew that is where I wanted to me. I was close with Coach McCaffrey and Coach Izzo, I wanted to go to both of those schools because they were what I had in my top three, but at the end of the day I felt like Kentucky was the best for me.

Kentucky-Alabama postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Alabama vs. Kentucky
Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
March 11, 2016

Final Score: Kentucky 85, Alabama 59

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is 24-8 and has won three in a row. Alabama is 18-14.
• The Wildcats, who tied Texas A&M for the regular-season Southeastern Conference championship, received their league championship trophy in a presentation before tonight’s game.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 108-37.
• UK has won six in a row vs. Alabama, including both meetings in the regular season.
• UK is 14-2 vs. Alabama in the SEC Tournament.
• Next for the Wildcats: UK plays in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament on Saturday at approximately 3:30 p.m. EST (2:30 p.m. CST in Nashville). The Wildcats take on the winner of the Georgia vs. South Carolina game and it will be televised on ESPN.

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