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Demanding workouts in Bahamas with coach Kenny Payne helped Trey Lyles

By LARRY VAUGHT Trey Lyles had a magical few months playing basketball last season when he led Indianapolis Arsenal Tech to an Indiana state championship and then played in the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit. After that, it became a bit of a “long summer” after a medical procedure …

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Karl Anthony-Towns impressing coaches and teammates

By LARRY VAUGHT Before Kentucky left for the Bahamas, coach John Calipari admitted that 7-foot freshman Karl-Anthony Towns was even better than he expected. Remember Towns is a McDonald’s All-American, consensus top 10 recruit in the 2014 class, has already played for the Dominican Republic national team and was tabbed as a potential No. 1 …

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Kentucky assistant coaches Kenny Payne, John Robic get multi-year contract extensions

Kentucky’s men’s basketball assistant coaches Kenny Payne and John Robic have signed new multi-year extensions with the University of Kentucky, UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart and head coach John Calipari announced on Wednesday. Payne, who has been with the team for four seasons, signed a new two-year deal worth $500,000 annually plus incentives and was …

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UK coach John Calipari says “winning matters” when it comes to NBA draft

By LARRY VAUGHT One thing Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne constantly tells John Calipari is that NBA teams, just like teams at any level, want players who win. “Kenny Payne says this all the time: You guys don’t understand, people want winning players. So winning matters. It does. If our team had gotten in the …

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John Calipari has assigned assistants to monitor players’ minutes in games

By LARRY VAUGHT Remember a few games ago when Kentucky coach John Calipari said he had players playing too many minutes because they would not take themselves out of game. Apparently, the UK coach has found a way to solve that problem — and it’s not him just taking a player out. “We even got …

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UK assistant Kenny Payne says there is “so much more” James Young can do to help UK

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne has been trying to convince freshman James Young to think more than 3-point shooting. “But James Young is 6-7, a great jump-shot shooter. If he ball fakes and gets in the lane, he can make one-dribble pull-ups, he can get fouled and go to the free-throw line,” …

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Kenny Payne still believes UK could be “scary” this season

By LARRY VAUGHT As much as Kenny Payne would like to say that Kentucky is close to having everyone click in the same game, the UK assistant coach says he can’t say that. “Until we do it once, it’s hard to say. If this team ever gets five or six of these guys playing great …

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Cauley-Stein can’t talk about play of others because “mine hasn’t been there for weeks”

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne thinks Willie Cauley-Stein’s inconsistent play in Southeastern Conference games is mainly “mental” and something he hopes will change soon. “Willie’s a very, very talented player, as we all know. There are games where he comes out and gets 16 (points), six blocks and six rebounds, and then …

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