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Kentucky picked to win SEC, Aaron Harrison preseason player of year

By LARRY VAUGHT CHARLOTTE — Kentucky was a unanimous pick to win the Southeastern Conference championship in voting by a select panel of SEC and national media members. The Wildcats received all 20 first-place votes. Florida is second with Arkansas third, LSU fourth and Georgia fifth. Kentucky sophomore Aaron Harrison was named the preseason player …

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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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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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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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How many bigs can John Calipari play together

By LARRY VAUGHT How many bigs can Kentucky play together at one time? That’s a problem coach John Calipari must solve, but it is also a dilemma almost any coach would love to have, considering that Calipari will be choosing among junior Willie Cauley-Stein, sophomores Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee, and freshmen Karl-Anthony Towns and …

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Marcus Lee likes going against the best bigs on a daily basis

By MIKE MARSEE, Advocate-Messenger There’s no way to know how much the hard work Marcus Lee has done in the offseason will pay off in terms of playing time this season. He is part of what appears to be an even better group of big men than the Wildcats had last year. “So far we …

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Writer forgot how fast Willie Cauley-Stein is

Eric Lindsey of coachcal.com provided some great insights on Kentucky junior Willie Cauley-Stein after watching Friday’s UK basketball practice. Here’s what he wrote: “Maybe it’s because I didn’t see him play in the Bahamas and forgot how fast he was, but Willie Cauley-Stein looks as fast as I’ve ever seen him. I used to think …

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