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Andrew Harrison did not anticpate how much his return would impact UK

By KEITH TAYLOR, Winchester Sun It took Andrew Harrison time to get settled into a routine as starting point guard at the University of Kentucky. What started out as a shaky beginning turned into a solid ending for Harrison, who helped lead the Wildcats to five straight victories in the NCAA Tournament — a run …

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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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Would state title with friends or national title at UK be biggest thrill for Trey Lyles?

By LARRY VAUGHT Trey Lyles says winning the state title last year with childhood friends was “probably the funnest time I’ve had in my life,” and he’ll never forget the state run and postseason all-star games he got to participate in. But would winning a national title, especially with the Final Four being in his …

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UK commit Charles Matthews: “I am the best defender in the country”

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky commit Charles Matthews describes himself as “really smooth” on the court. “But I play hard. I am a tough guard, kind of like Dwayne Wade (of the Miami Heat),” he said. He’s proud of his defense, too. “I am the best defender in the country if you ask me. My coach demands …

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Willie Cauley-Stein: “Any criticism you just twist into a positive”

By LARRY VAUGHT Willie Cauley-Stein has never been afraid of criticism from coach John Calipari, media members, fans or anyone else because he likes to “twist” the criticism to help him. “Any criticism you just twist into a positive. I am a firm believer there is a positive and negative in everything, and you have …

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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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Chicago guard Charles Matthews not worried about drop in recruiting rankings

By LARRY VAUGHT Charles Matthews wasn’t sure how he did, but he was “happy for the opportunity” to compete with 52 of the nation’s best high school players at the recent USA Basketball Junior National Team mini-camp in Colorado Springs that is designed to evaluate players for possible inclusion on future USA Basketball rosters. “I …

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