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Playing fast suits Calipari and players

Sacha Killeya-Jones says UK's depth lets if play fast. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Sacha Killeya-Jones says UK’s depth lets if play fast. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During his clinic for high school coaches Saturday, Kentucky coach John Calipari said he would ideally like for his team to be able to score five seconds after an opponent’s made or missed shot.

With the overall speed and athleticism on this year’s team, Kentucky seems capable of doing that and certainly forced the pace in Sunday night’s win over Clarion.

Adebayo Named to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award Watch List

Bam Adebayo (McDonald's All-American Photo)

Bam Adebayo (McDonald’s All-American Photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Freshman forward Edrice “Bam” Adebayo became the third Kentucky basketball freshman to earn recognition on the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame preseason watch lists for player of the year awards for respective positions. Adebayo was one of 20 players selected to watch for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, which honors the top center in the nation.

Named after Naismith Hall of Famer and three-time NCAA champion Abdul-Jabbar, the annual honor in its third year recognizes the top centers in men’s college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.

Alex Poythress on Malik Monk, Bam Adebayo, Isaac Humphries

Malik Monk, left (Vicky Graff Photo)

Malik Monk, left (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During his career at Kentucky, Alex Poythress had a lot of talented teammates. That’s why what he said about UK freshman Malik Monk seems significant.

Poythress was back at UK for the John Calipari Pro Camp and while he was in Lexington he had a chance to play against Calipari’s next team.

“Malik (Monk) stood out to me. He’s real athletic and real gifted offensively. Stuff like that,” Poythress said.

What about Bam Adebayo, perhaps the most talked about freshman?

MKG: Bam Adebayo is “a dog”

Bam Adebayo (McDonald's All-American Photo)

Bam Adebayo (McDonald’s All-American Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Need another reason to feel good about Kentucky freshman Edrice “Bam” Adebayo.

Well, you got it from former UK standout Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Saturday when he said during a press conference before a basketball camp at UK that he was impressed with John Calipari’s new players even though he had not yet played with them.

“I like Bam for sure, for sure. “And (De’aaron) Fox, Malik (Monk) and Isaiah (Briscoe) for sure,” Kidd-Gilchrit said.

He said he’s already excited to see what next season will be like for Calipari’s team.

Football helped Bam Adebayo develop toughness

Bam Adebayo (McDonald's All-American Game Photo)

Bam Adebayo (McDonald’s All-American Game Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Freshman Bam Adebayo knows Kentucky fans are counting on his physical toughness next season and says his football background helps him play that way.

“I played football and was a defensive end before giving it up my sophomore year,” Adebayo said. “I liked it and it made me tougher. It made me just handle toughness more. When it is hot outside and you are wearing all that padding, it gets tough. It makes you get tougher.”

A fan’s look at the new faces of Kentucky basketball

De'Aaron Fox at Nike Hoop Summit practice. (USA Basketball Photo)

De’Aaron Fox at Nike Hoop Summit practice. (USA Basketball Photo)

By JESSICA  JONES, Contributing Writer

De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk share Jordan Brand MVP honors

foxBROOKLYN, N.Y. – The Kentucky men’s basketball team will say goodbye to arguably the nation’s best backcourt during the 2015-16 season with Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray headed to the NBA, but the Wildcats appear to be in good hands with incoming guards De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, who shared MVP honors Friday night at the annual Jordan Brand Classic.

Fox, a point guard, was named MVP of the winning East Team, and Monk, a shooting guard, earned MVP honors for the West Team. The dynamic backcourt duo led all scorers with a combined 45 points. Fox scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting to go along with five rebounds while Monk scored 22 points with five rebounds, three assists and three steals. The Bentonville, Ark., native was 10 for 19 from the floor.

UK signee Wenyen Gabriel won’t let praise change what he has to do

Wenyen Gabriel (USA Basketball Photo)

Wenyen Gabriel (USA Basketball Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Wenyen Gabriel has impressed national recruiting analysts with his play this week during practice for the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore.

The Kentucky signee has made a lot of what analysts call “wow” plays going into this afternoon’s game at 3 p.m. EST on ESPN2 against a team of World stars.

However, Gabriel is not letting the accolades go to his head.

“The best part of being here is playing with all these good players,” said Gabriel. “It’s a new challenge and hope it will show me a lot about my future.

Nike Hoop Summit helps prepare De’Aaron Fox for what lies ahead at Kentucky

De'Aaron Fox (USA Basketball Photo)

De’Aaron Fox (USA Basketball Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

He’s had plenty of high school honors, but playing for Team USA for the first time in the Nike Hoop Summit is something special for Kentucky signee De’Aaron Fox.

“It’s a great accomplishment. It’s my first time finally on a team,” said Fox during a telephone interview from Portland, Ore., where the Nike Hoop Summit will be played Saturday afternoon with future UK teammate Wenyen Gabriel. “I want to make an impact in this game.”

Sacha Killeya-Jones’ mother explains feelings about Twitter death threat against her son

McDonald's Photo

McDonald’s Photo

Kentucky signee Sacha Killeya-Jones says he was just trying to have a little fun with his future UK teammates when they posed for a photo at the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago last week showing “L’s Down” to indicate they were already all-in with the UK-Louisville rivalry.

Jones’ mother admits that was probably not the wisest thing for her son to do and expected the negative feedback it got from Louisville fans. However, she said the apparent death threat on Twitter directed as her son was way out of  line.

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