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Can Calipari keep players happy? Chris Dortch says every Division I coach would like UK’s “problem”

By LARRY VAUGHT Now that John Calipari has had a majority of his best players decide to return to Kentucky for another season, it’s not surprising that a national story now seems to how can any coach keep such a deep, talented roster like UK will have next season happy. Chris Dortch, editor of Blue …

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National media sees UK as preseason No. 1, but Dick Vitale warns Cats no “lock city”

By LARRY VAUGHT Chris Dortch, editor of Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, was on a radio show last week when he was asked whether he thought guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison would return to Kentucky for their sophomore season — as they announced they would do Friday rather than enter the NBA draft. “I had …

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Blue Ribbon Yearbook ranks Kentucky second in preseason poll

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook has ranked Kentucky No. 2 behind Michigan State in its preseason poll. Kentucky plays the Spartans in the Champions Classic in Chicago Nov. 12. Louisville (3), Florida (7) and North Carolina (10) give UK four opponents in Blue Ribbons’ preseason top 10. 1. Michigan State 2. Kentucky 3. Louisville 4. …

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Blue Ribbon editor Dortch says maybe joining elite UK class could be intriguing to Randle and Wiggins

By LARRY VAUGHT Chris Dortch, the editor of Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, isn’t sure how recruits Julius Randle or Andrew Wiggins will be impacted by Dakari Johnson’s decision to join Kentucky’s elite recruiting class. “But it has to be intriguing to either one of them to consider joining that great class. Should that happen, …

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DeCourcy and Dortch on how Cats have to change way they play without Noel

By LARRY VAUGHT Sporting News columnist Mike DeCourcy still thought Kentucky had a chance to win the national championship going into this week. “I wasn’t ready to give up on this team as a possible factor in the (NCAA) tournament. I thought they were coming along. I thought they would lose at Florida, but I …

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Draft analyst Ed Isaacson says Noel’s draft status should stay right where it was before injury

By LARRY VAUGHT Before his season-ending injury at Florida Tuesday night, Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel was considered a certain top five pick in the June NBA draft and maybe even the top pick. Kentucky coach John Calipari said on his weekly radio show Wednesday that he still expected Noel to be a high choice if …

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Dortch says UK recruits five star players that want to work, be coached and get better

By LARRY VAUGHT Blue Ribbon College Basketbal Yearbook Editor Chris Dortch offered these insights on what could lie ahead for Kentucky basketball. Queston: Now that Calipari has added Dakari Johnson to his 2013 recruiting haul, just how good would you think UK could be next year? Dortch: “I’ll reserve judgment to see how many freshman …

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Nerlens Noel impresses ESPN analyst Jay Bilas and Blue Ribbon Basketball editor Chris Dortch

By LARRY VAUGHT Nerlens Noel was never touted as being the offensive player that Anthony Davis was for Kentucky last year when he swept the national player of the year awards and even won an Olympic gold medal after helping UK win a national championship. However, Noel is having an extremely productive freshman season for the …

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