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Aaron Harrison on NBA combine, transition defense, Tyler Ulis, practices, national title and more

By HAL MORRIS, Advocate-Messenger Here’s more with Kentucky sophomore guard Aaron Harrison: Question: What did the combine UK held do for you? Harrison: “I think it helped me a lot. I think I did pretty well in it, and it was good for all of us, good for our school.” Question: Was it cool to have …

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Aaron Harrison ready not only to win but also have more fun this year

Video by Savannah Stevens By HAL MORRIS, Advocate-Messenger LEXINGTON — Aaron Harrison admits a lot of last season was difficult. But after a huge run through the NCAA tournament, which ended with the Wildcats advancing all the way to the national title game, Harrison does not expect a similar season of misery this time around. …

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Watching what he eats has made Dakari Johnson slimmer, more athletic

Video by Savannah Stevens     By KEITH TAYLOR, Winchester Sun Dakari Johnson’s body weight has changed. So has his basketball skills. During the team’s combine at the Craft Center last week, Kentucky coach John Calipari said Johnson’s slimmed-down weight and his performance on the court drew the attention of the NBA scouts who were …

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This time John Calipari lets Drake do his talking for him at Big Blue Madness

LEXINGTON — It’s not like Kentucky does not have a team of stars — or potential basketball stars. Coach John Calipari even had a who’s who of 2015 recruits sitting and watching Big Blue Madness here Friday night. However, the Big Blue Madness star turned out to be rapper Drake, a national figure that UK …

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John Calipari says being ranked No. 1 has “no bearing on what we are about to undertake”

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky coach John Calipari says his team needs a lot of work, but he was not surprised to learn that UK starts the season ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches poll. He said he did “not really” have a reaction to being No. 1 and drew on past history to show why. …

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Willie Cauley-Stein on staying at UK: “You only get these years once”

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky coach John Calipari gets to spend another season molding Willie Cauley-Stein into a special player. Cauley-Stein was named to the all-Southeastern Conference defensive team last year when he averaged 6.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots per game in 37 games before being injured in the NCAA tournament. His 106 …

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Harrisons return unexpected but Calipari expects them to reach new level now

By LARRY VAUGHT John Calipari never expected to have two veteran guards to lead what is his deepest, most talented team ever. Like almost everyone else, the Kentucky coach thought twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison would leave for the NBA after their freshman seasons based on their impressive play in the NCAA tournament, when they …

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Will John Calipari have that one special player this year

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky ‘s roster is so deep that John Calipari is openly contemplating a two-platoon system. However, while this could be his deepest team, no one is sure he will have that one special player. “Well, here’s the problem. When you start talking John Wall and Anthony Davis and even DeMarcus (Cousins), you’re …

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