Kentucky Rumors & News

  • Report: Derek Willis given diversion stemming from arrest

    247 Sports "Kentucky senior forward Derek Willis was given diversion stemming from his recent arrest for alcohol intoxication in Boone County District Court Friday, according to a report from WDRB in Louisville. Willis will perform community service or another court-ordered program in order to expunge the..." June 26

  • Dan Le Batard Dismayed With John Calipari Spin in ESPN Carwash

    The Big Lead "Dan Le Batard opened the national portion of his radio show with Jon “Stugotz” Weiner in a little bit of a salty mood. He lamented that he was unable to use clips of Ben Affleck’s tirade on Bill Simmons’s HBO show (HBO told them no), or of song and dance numbers from Roy Firestone (who looked no..." June 23

  • Calipari: Recent comment wasn't about Louisville, Pitino

    ESPN "Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball coach John Calipari on Thursday said his recent comment that college coaches should be aware of what happens with their team on campus "wasn't intended" as a shot at Louisville and he apologized to Cardinals coach Rick Pitino if he misconstrued the..." June 23

  • Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews chooses Michigan over Xavier

    CBS Sports "Multiple reports have Charles Matthews -- a four-star shooting guard in the class of 2015 -- leaving Kentucky to play for John Beilein at Michigan. Matthews wasn't a factor for UK last year; he put up 1.7 points and 1.6 boards per game during his freshman campaign. Could he have seen more..." June 22

  • LeBron James Jr. has scholarship offers from Duke, Kentucky

    Sporting News - NCAAB "It wasn’t even 24 hours ago that LeBron James brought Cleveland its first pro sports title in 52 years, but that’s already old news. What about 11-year-old LeBron James Jr.? What’s the latest on the next King James? Well, according to ESPN.com, the younger James already has scholarship..." June 21

  • Calipari: Coaches know what happens on campus

    The Score "Kentucky coach John Calipari thinks coaches are aware of what takes place on their campus, perhaps suggesting Louisville's Rick Pitino should be held accountable for his team's alleged sex scandal. "All I can tell you is this," Calipari said on the "Mike Lupica Show," according to James Streble..." June 15

  • Kentucky Wildcats forward Derek Willis arrested for public intoxication

    247 Sports "Kentucky senior forward Derek Willis was arrested in Boone County, Ky. Saturday night and charged with public intoxication, according to multiple outlets. He was released on $50 bond paid by his mother, Linda Potts." June 13

  • Kentucky basketball transfer Marcus Lee headed to Cal

    San Jose Mercury News "Former McDonald's All-American and Kentucky men's basketball player Marcus Lee will transfer to Cal, according to reports from Scout.com and CBSSports. Lee, a power forward who attended Deer Valley High School in Antioch, returns to the East Bay after three years at Kentucky. He averaged 6.4..." June 12

  • Shaq wants son to go to Kentucky

    247 Sports "Windward 4-star 2018 power forward and the son of NBA great Shaquille O'Neal, Shareef O'Neal said recently he likes three schools: Kentucky, Michigan State and Duke. While he may like three schools, it's clear his dad prefers one. "My dad actually wants me to lean towards Kentucky," O'Neal..." June 09

  • Kentucky Basketball Led NCAA in Average Attendance in 2016

    Campus Sports "In recent years, the Kentucky basketball program has been among the most dominant in the NCAA thanks to head coach John Calipari consistently bringing in top recruiting classes. The excitement and buzz surrounding the program has led to an incredible turnout on a game-by-game basis for the..." June 08

  • The Amazing Track Record of John Calipari

    Canis Hoopus "NBA Draft season is officially upon us as the Finals are in full motion heading to game three. With Cleveland looking entirely overmatched by the defending champion Golden State Warriors through two losses, the attention of most fan bases has shifted to assessing the upcoming crop of rookies led..." June 08

  • Kentucky announces addition of Brad Calipari to 2016-17 team

    The Score "John Calipari has added many star recruits during his tenure at Kentucky, but none hit closer to home than his latest addition. Eric Lindsey reported on the Wildcats' website Monday that the team has added Brad Calipari, son of head coach John, to the 2016-17 roster. The younger Calipari..." June 07

  • Calipari: Briscoe an example of NBA's new draft process working

    247 Sports "Isaiah Briscoe didn’t win over NBA personnel with his basketball ability, at least not yet. But the Kentucky guard was certainly the No. 1 pick when it came to conquering the interview process. "Every team that interviewed him said his interviews were the best of anybody," Kentucky coach John..." June 04

  • SEC coaches propose moving conference's men's basketball title game to Saturday

    ESPN "While Kentucky coach John Calipari's idea to move the SEC tournament to November gained headlines, a movement by the league's coaches to move the championship game to Saturday has traction, sources told ESPN. The coaches discussed moving the SEC title game from Sunday to Saturday at the..." June 02

  • Shaq's son Shareef O'Neal has favorite colleges picked out

    Sporting News "Shaquille O'Neal's son will likely follow in his father's footsteps, but don't expect him to go to his alma mater, LSU. Shareef O'Neal, a four-star power forward in the 2018 recruiting class, told his father he was interested in Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State, Shaq said on his podcast..." June 02

  • Report: Marcus Lee visiting Washington after not committing to Cal

    The Score "After failing to commit to California, as he reportedly planned to do Tuesday, former Kentucky forward Marcus Lee is visiting Washington, sources told Evan Daniels of Scout. Lee, who averaged 6.4 points and six rebounds per game last season, will be forced to sit out next season " June 01

  • No. 1 recruit DeAndre Ayton Wants to Visit Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona

    SNY TV "There have been few big man more impressive than DeAndre Ayton over the past year. The Class of 2017 7-footer from the Bahamas led his California Supreme team to a 3-2 record at the Nike EYBL stop here, and a 10-6 record over the course of the four sessions on the EYBL circuit, averaging 19.5..." May 31

  • Kentucky transfer Marcus Lee may commit to Cal when he visits on Tuesday

    CBS Sports "Kentucky transfer Marcus Lee will visit Cal on Tuesday and is expected to commit to the Pac-12 school, sources told CBS Sports on Sunday. "He's going to Cal," one source said of Lee. "Unless something crazy happens, he's going to Cal."" May 29

  • Marcus Lee transferred from Kentucky because John Calipari is the most insatiable recruiter alive

    SB Nation "John Calipari has been at Kentucky for seven seasons, and for seven seasons Kentucky has brought in either the No. 1 or No. 2 recruiting class in the country. That streak pushed into 2016 with a five-man class made up entirely of 5-star, top-25 players in ESPN's database. Calipari has suggested..." May 26

  • Marcus Lee Withdraws from 2016 NBA Draft, Will Transfer from Kentucky

    Bleacher Report "Wednesday was a good news-bad news day for the Kentucky Wildcats, as junior forward Marcus Lee will not be entering the NBA draft but is going to transfer from the school. Kentucky head coach John Calipari confirmed Lee's decision with Eric Lindsey of UKAthletics.com: [Lee] informed us today..." May 25

  • Isaiah Briscoe's return to Kentucky doesn't guarantee him a starting job

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Of all the many players who have withdrawn their names from the list of those eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft, none faced a more compelling conundrum than Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe. He is a point guard who did not play much of the position as a freshman. He is a pro-level talent who has yet..." May 25

  • Isaiah Briscoe withdraws from NBA Draft, returns to Kentucky

    Sportando "Isaiah Briscoe decided to withdraw from the 2016 NBA Draft. The player will return to Kentucky." May 25

  • Duke trolls John Calipari after landing commitment from Marques Bolden

    Larry Brown Sports "Duke’s official Twitter account trolled John Calipari after the program landed a commitment from highly sought-after recruit, Marques Bolden. Bolden, a five-star center from Texas, on Thursday announced that he was choosing to attend Duke. He picked Duke most notably over Kentucky, which led..." May 19

  • Isaiah Briscoe’s Father Can’t Figure Out Why Son Shoots Poorly At Kentucky

    College Spun "Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe, a five-star player who was ranked as one of the top recruits in the entire 2015 class, was supposed to be heading to the NBA as a lottery pick after one year in Lexington. But after an underwhelming season, which included the star freshman shooting just 46% from the..." May 19

  • Charles Matthews is just the fifth transfer for Kentucky under John Calipari

    CBS Sports "Charles Matthews is transferring out of Kentucky after one season at the school. "This was a difficult decision for me, but at the end of the day I felt like it was in my best interest to explore other options," Matthews said Wednesday via a released statement. "I appreciate the support coach..." May 18

  • John Calipari says he wants to finish his career at Kentucky

    CBS Sports "Despite annual speculation about leaving for the NBA, John Calipari has stayed on at Kentucky for seven seasons and in many ways redefined modern college basketball success in the process. When he was hired away from Memphis in 2009, most thought it was a great get by UK. But many wondered how..." May 16

  • Marcus Lee: Kentucky will go undefeated if I return next year

    The Score "Marcus Lee's potential return might be the last ingredient necessary for Kentucky to reel off a perfect 2016-17 season. "I don't think we'd lose at all next season if I come back," Lee told reporters at the NBA draft combine Thursday. However, Lee doesn't seem particularly eager to test his..." May 13

  • Calipari Believes Marcus Lee Will Remain in NBA Draft, Uncertain on Isaiah Briscoe

    SNY TV "Kentucky coach John Calipari believes Marcus Lee will remain in the NBA Draft, but is uncertain about Isaiah Briscoe. "Marcus really wants to do this, and my guess is that he'll keep his name in the draft because this is what he wants to do," Calipari told reporters Wednesday. "And I just told..." May 12

  • John Calipari Issues High Praise For Incoming Freshmen De’Aaron Fox And Malik Monk

    College Spun "Kentucky has another banner recruiting class coming in this fall. All five signees are five-star recruits, and the Wildcats held off Duke for the No. 1 class ranking in 2016. Speaking to the media today, Calipari offered extremely high praise to incoming guards De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk,..." May 11

  • Duke and Kentucky are fighting for 5-star center Marques Bolden. Who will he pick?

    SB Nation "Spring grassroots season is officially upon us, which means the college basketball coaches of America are already out on the road recruiting for the class of 2017. That does not mean the class of 2016 is entirely tied up. In Marques Bolden and Jarrett Allen, there are still two five-star big men..." April 21

  • Kentucky's Marcus Lee plans to enter NBA draft, but won't hire agent

    ESPN "Marcus Lee has every intention of leaving the Kentucky Wildcats to enter the NBA draft. "I haven't hired an agent," the 6-foot-9 junior forward told ESPN. "Because I want to keep my eligibility just in case I decide to come back, but my plan is to go to the NBA. That's the only..." April 20

  • Kentucky's Tyler Ulis to Declare for NBA Draft

    SNY TV "Kentucky sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis will declare for the NBA Draft at a press conference this afternoon, reports Evan Daniels of Scout.com. The 5-foot-9 Ulis is projected as the No. 20 pick by DraftExpress.com. His Kentucky teammates Jamal Murray (No. 6) and Skal Labissiere (No. 10)..." April 06

  • Skal Labissiere Declares For NBA Draft

    Real GM Basketball "Skal Labissiere has declared for the 2016 NBA Draft, he announced Tuesday. Labissiere plans to sign with an agent, which would effectively end his career at UK. “I want to thank my family, my coaches, teammates and most importantly I want to thank God for the opportunity that he gave me to..." April 05

  • Kentucky's Jamal Murray declares for NBA draft

    The Score "Jamal Murray is one-and-done. The Kentucky guard announced Friday that he is declaring for the 2016 NBA Draft. Murray said he hasn't yet hired an agent, but will "most likely" keep his name in the pool." April 01

  • Coach K says he apologized to Oregon for confronting Dillon Brooks

    The Score "Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski says he apologized to Oregon for his confrontation with Dillon Brooks at the end of Thursday's game. "Today, I spoke with Oregon head coach Dana Altman and apologized to him for my remarks to Dillon Brooks following our game," Krzyzewski said in a statement..." March 26

  • New audio proves Coach K scolded Oregon's Dillon Brooks

    Yahoo! Sports "CBS solved the Sweet 16's biggest mystery on Friday night when it released audio of the exchange between Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Oregon forward Dillon Brooks during the handshake line Thursday night. The clip proved that Brooks gave an accurate account of the conversation and Krzyzewski..." March 26

  • John Calipari announces entire Kentucky team will enter NBA draft

    The Score "There are new rules this season for those declaring for the NBA draft, allowing them to announce a return to school by May 25 if they don't hire an agent. Naturally, Kentucky head coach John Calipari weighed in on the new system, announcing a bold move by the entire Wildcats roster." March 24

  • 2016 Naismith Trophy: Full List of Finalists Announced

    Bleacher Report "The four finalists for the 2016 Naismith Trophy, given to the top player in men's college basketball, were announced Sunday, courtesy of NCAA.com's Brian Mull. Oklahoma's Buddy Hield, Michigan State's Denzel Valentine, Kentucky's Tyler Ulis and Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon were selected out of a..." March 20

  • Kentucky rolls over Stony Brook

    The Sports Xchange "DES MOINES, Iowa -- In a dominating performance, fourth-seeded Kentucky mauled 13th-seeded Stony Brook 85-57 Thursday in a first-round NCAA Tournament game at Wells Fargo Arena. Kentucky (27-8) moves on to a Saturday showdown with fifth-seeded Indiana in an East Region second-round game. It..." March 18

  • John Calipari: Kentucky deserves to be seeded higher than Texas A&M

    ESPN "Kentucky coach John Calipari had hoped winning another conference tournament championship might boost his team's NCAA tournament seeding. Beating Texas A&M 82-77 in overtime for the SEC tournament title Sunday apparently didn't make a big difference for the Wildcats, who drew the No. 4 seed in..." March 14

  • No. 16 Kentucky knocks off No. 17 Texas A&M in SEC title clash

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In a thrilling Southeastern Conference tournament finale, No. 16 Kentucky needed overtime to defeat No. 17 Texas A&M 82-77 at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday. "I'm really proud of this basketball team, how much they've improved," Kentucky coach John Calipari said...." March 13

  • Kentucky goes for 29th SEC title

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kentucky will play for its 29th Southeastern Conference Tournament championship on Sunday after the No. 16 Wildcats defeated Georgia 93-80 in the semifinals on Saturday. No. 2 seed Kentucky (25-8) faces No. 1-seeded Texas A&M (26-7) on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena. The..." March 12

  • Poythress leads No. 16 Kentucky to victory over Alabama

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Coach John Calipari said Kentucky's main mission at the SEC Tournament this weekend would be to improve or solidify its seeding for NCAA play. The Wildcats got off to a good start with an 85-59 win over Alabama on Friday. Alex Poythress, who missed much of last season..." March 11

  • College basketball rankings: Kentucky makes biggest jump in the AP Top 25

    NCAA "Kentucky had the week's biggest jump in the Top 25, moving up six spots to No. 16. Three teams — Miami, Maryland and Iowa — all fell four places. There were no changes in the teams in the Top 25 and that was surprising considering then-No. 19 Baylor lost twice last week, although both losses..." March 07

  • No. 22 Kentucky claims share of SEC title

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 22 Kentucky earned a share of the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship on Saturday with a 94-77 win over LSU at Rupp Arena. After the final game of the regular season, Kentucky (23-8, 13-5) finishes in a tie with Texas A&M atop the league, but the Aggies..." March 05

  • Kentucky's backcourt playing like the best in the nation

    CBS Sports "I'll admit it: I jumped the gun. I was mesmerized by the chemistry and harmony that Maryland's Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon showed in November and December. They were the perfect ying and yang combination and looked like a backcourt that had no peer in college basketball. Then they came..." March 02

  • Vanderbilt outplays No. 16 Kentucky

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray scored 21 of his 33 points in the first half, but a disastrous second half by the Wildcats led to Vanderbilt posting a 74-62 upset victory on Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium. "Proud of my team, proud of how hard we played," Vanderbilt coach..." February 27

  • Murray, Ulis power No. 16 Kentucky past Alabama

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Freshman guard Jamal Murray celebrated his 19th birthday by scoring 23 points to lead No. 16 Kentucky to a dominating 78-53 victory over Alabama on Tuesday before 24,262 at Rupp Arena. "Kentucky was on top of their game," Alabama coach Avery Johnson said. "We've been..." February 23

  • Aggies upend No. 14 Wildcats on technicality in OT

    The Sports Xchange "COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M got clutch plays from freshman Tyler Davis and senior Danuel House in the final seconds lifting the Aggies to a 79-77 Southeastern Conference basketball overtime victory over No. 14 Kentucky on Saturday. House made two critical free throws with 9.4 seconds..." February 20

  • No. 14 Kentucky avenges loss to Tennessee

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Only 16 days removed from its most staggering loss of the season, No. 14 Kentucky set out to right a wrong when Tennessee visited Rupp Arena on Thursday night. On Feb. 2 in Knoxville, Kentucky blew a 21-point, first-half lead to lose to the Volunteers. Incredibly, Tennessee..." February 18