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Karl-Anthony Towns has interesting perspective off the court

Vaught’s note: As usual, coachcal.com has exclusive interviews with Kentucky basketball players. The latest was on Karl-Anthony Towns, who is destined to be a UK fan favorite. It noted how Towns brought a lint roller — or actually four — with him from New Jersey to UK. Here’s part of the story from coachcal.com: “I …

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Tony Barbee joins UK Basketball staff as special assistant to the head coach

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former UTEP and Auburn head coach Tony Barbee has joined the Kentucky men’s basketball staff as the special assistant to the head coach, John Calipari announced Friday. He will take on an administrative role in operations formerly held by Rod Strickland, who left to become an assistant coach at the University of …

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Jack Givens considered Billy Gillispie a friend but knew he was not right for UK like John Calipari and Joe Hall

By LARRY VAUGHT Former Final Four MVP Jack Givens considered Billy Gillispie a friend during the two years that Gillispie was head coach at Kentucky. But Givens, who helped UK win the 1978 national championship, also knew Gillispie was not the right fit at UK almost immediately. “Billy Clyde just did not enjoy being around people,” …

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UK target Caleb Swanigan doing extra work on and off court, knows UK’s reach

By LARRY VAUGHT Indiana prep standout Caleb Swanigan has had a busy summer on the camp circuit impressing college coaches, including Kentucky’s John Calipari, and this week earning a spot on the USA under 17 team that will travel to Dubai for the FIBA World Championship. Along with that, he also reclassified to the 2015 …

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Fan wonders if John Calipari’s NBA references will impact recruiting

By LARRY VAUGHT Long-time Kentucky fan Hugh Ward of Las Vegas follows recruiting closely, especially with west coast players. Like some others, he worries that constant “Calipari to the NBA” rumors, quotes and stories could be impacting recruiting. “Even though he signed a new contract, he keeps talking about coaching LeBron James, how he would …

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James Young still has flashbacks of national championship game loss

By LARRY VAUGHT It has been almost four months since Kentucky lost the national championship game to Connecticut, but James Young still has flashbacks to that night. “Every once in a while I definitely get a flashback of what happened,” said Young, who was back in Kentucky this week to work at camps here and …

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Las Vegas center Stephen Zimmerman doing just as he said and visiting UK for Big Blue Madness

By LARRY VAUGHT From the start, Las Vegas center Stephen Zimmerman and his family have insisted that the 7-foot player has legitimate interest in UK. When he decided to play for an AAU team with known Arizona connections this summer, he consulted Calipari first and said it did not indicate he was leaning to Arizona …

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James Young says experience will make Willie Cauley-Stein, Harrison twins better and feels Alex Poythress can fill his role

By LARRY VAUGHT James Young insisted Tuesday he was not that surprised Willie Cauley-Stein opted to return for his junior season even though he was projected as a first-round draft pick like Young and Julius Randle were. “I mean, he wanted to come back and win a national championship, so he has to do what …

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