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Kentucky men’s basketball program honored by NABC for Team Academic Excellence

For the second-consecutive season the Kentucky men’s basketball program was honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for team academic excellence. The second annual Team Academic Excellence Awards, created by the NABC Committee on Academics to recogne outstanding academic achievement, selected 125 colleges and universities with cumulative team grade-point average of 3.0 or better …

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NBAdraftblog.com analyst on Calipari’s recruiting, how many 2015 1st-round picks Cats may have

By LARRY VAUGHT Ed Isaacson of NBAdraftblog.com has been a good friend of vaughtsviews.com and has a site filled with NBA summer league info. Despite his busy schedule, he took time out to share a few insights about John Calipari and the 2015 NBA draft. Question: Now that John Calipari has had five straight years …

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Mike DeCourcy notes that Willie Cauley-Stein could make UK extraordinary

By LARRY VAUGHT Sporting News college basketball columnist Mike DeCourcy continues to lavish love on coach John Calipari’s team. He has Dakari Johnson at No. 6 and Willie Cauley-Stein at No. 7 among his list of the nation’s top centers for the upcoming season. Here is what DeCourcy wrote about Cauley-Stein, who many expected would …

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Dominique Hawkins glad to have twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison back at Kentucky

By LARRY VAUGHT No one was happier than Dominique Hawkins when he found out that twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison, two players he competes with for playing time, were returning to Kentucky for their sophomore seasons. “With them back, it takes pressure off me,” said Hawkins Thursday during a press conference to discuss his recent …

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Sports Illustrated writer has four Cats among top 15 prospects of returning college players for 2015 draft

Brian Hamilton of Sports Illustrated has four Kentucky players among the 15 returning players in college basketball that he says could rate among the top prospects in the 2015 draft. He rated the players in no particular order, but obviously likes Willie Cauley-Stein and said not to let his 8.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per …

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Sporting News columnist Mike DeCourcy respects decisions Cats made to stay at UK

By LARRY VAUGHT Sporting News columnist Mike DeCourcy respects the decisions that Kentucky’s Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee, Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison made to stay at Kentucky and says the decisions “all made sense” to him compared to the surprise decision by Willie Cauley-Stein also to stay at UK. “For Dakari and Marcus, …

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Blue Ribbons’ Chris Dortch, ESPN’s Jay Bilas on Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee, Willie Cauley-Stein

By LARRY VAUGHT Which of the Kentucky bigs will have the chance to impact the team the most — or will any of them likely play enough to be a dominant player? That’s the question I recently posed to Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook editor Chris Dortch “I think Dakari Johnson has a big upside. …

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Sporting News writer says Cats will have eight possible 1st-round NBA picks

By LARRY VAUGHT Sean Deveney of SportingNews.com had an interesting post speculating on how excited NBA scouts/coaches are about Kentucky’s draft prospects — for 2016. “If things fall right, several scouts and front-office executives told Sporting News that UK should eclipse its own record of five first-round picks in one draft next year, set in …

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