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Andrew Harrison doing everything UK coaches want him to do

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky point guard Andrew Harrison continues to draw praise from the coaching staff for what he’s doing on and off the court. “Andrew has done everything it takes to run a program. He took the summer to change his body. He’s worked on his game. He’s playing with extreme confidence,” UK assistant …

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Kenny Payne says Cats need Andrew Harrison to “be that guy”

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky plays its second exhibition game Sunday night against Georgetown and Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne thinks sophomore guard Andrew Harrison, who had nine assists in the first exhibition game, needs to be the team leader. “I think Andrew needs to be that guy for a couple of reasons,” Payne said. “One …

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Exhibition games gives freshmen a chance “to get better”

By LARRY VAUGHT It’s only an exhibition game, but Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne said Sunday night’s game with Pikeville in Rupp Arena will have a huge benefit for UK’s four freshmen. “I think every day and every game it is to get better. Every day that you’re in this program you try to get …

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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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