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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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Derek Willis has no regrets over not being redshirted last season

By LARRY VAUGHT When all the rumors surfaced that freshman Derek Willis might be contemplating a transfer from Kentucky, his former high school coach at Bullitt East quickly denied it. “I watched his body language on the bench and just like any freshman, if you are not a superstar like you were on your high …

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Derek Willis knows he must “dedicate” himself more to basketball, prep coach denies transfer speculation

By LARRY VAUGHT During a conversation with Kentucky freshman Derek Willis during the NCAA Tournament, he said “without a doubt for sure” when asked if he had become a better player during his first year with UK. He also stressed he already knew what he had to do during the offseason. “I am just going …

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Andrew, Aaron Harrison still weighing NBA evaluations

By LARRY VAUGHT Don’t expect a decision quickly from guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison about the NBA draft. The Kentucky freshmen have until Sunday to declare for the draft or stay at UK and based on what their father told Houston’s Fox 26, it looks like a decision is several days away. Aaron Harrison Sr. said …

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Aaron Harrison: “We like road games, kinda”

By Keith Taylor The Winchester Sun LEXINGTON — Aaron Harrison is ready for the Wildcats to take the next step and knows what it will take for Kentucky to become more disciplined going into road contests at LSU and Missouri this week. Following a successful three-game homestand, four of the team’s next five games are …

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“Smirking ain’t working” for UK players that coach John Calipari wants avoiding clutter

By LARRY VAUGHT During his time as a college basketball coach, John Calipari has seen two looks from players. One indicates players want coaching and instruction. “Then there’s a smirk,” said Calipari. “What I said: ‘The smirking ain’t working.’ You need to understand why we tell you to do certain things. I talked about (senior) …

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UK coach John Calipari insists again that he has “to find minutes” for Derek Willis

By LARRY VAUGHT He’s played only 30 minutes this season, and has not been in the last three games since going 0-for-2 from the field with one rebound in six minutes in Kentucky’s win over Vanderbilt. Yet Kentucky coach John Calipari insisted again after Tuesday’s win over Texas A&M that he wants to play freshman …

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UK coach John Calipari needs Derek Willis, other Cats to live in the gym like Tyreke Evans, Brandon Knight did

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky coach John Calipari still thinks Derek Willis has a chance to find a key role on this team. “He didn’t shoot the ball well, but I liked his post feed,” said Calipari about Willis’ play at Vanderbilt Saturday. “I like his size on the court. He hadn’t been shooting the ball …

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