Kentucky Rumors & News

  • John Calipari: No issues with 'dear friend' Drake

    Indianapolis Star "Rapper Drake delivered a speech last year at Kentucky's Big Blue Madness, shot around on the floor and mingled with fans -- all fine by the NCAA. But that he posed for a photo with then-UK verbal commitment (and later, signee) Chris Matthews forced UK to self report a secondary NCAA violation,..." July 23

  • Kentucky issued Drake cease and desist

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Ready for a weird and wacky NCAA violation story? Here goes: Kentucky issued Drake a cease-and-desist letter after his appearance at the school's Big Blue Madness event because he took photos with some recruits. Kentucky compliance self-reported the impermissible communication between Drake..." July 22

  • Kentucky might have edge over IU, others for Miles Bridges

    Indianapolis Star "In a week full of spectacular sequences on the basketball court, Miles Bridges had one that drew oohs and aahs a little louder than others. Bridges — playing for Michigan-based The Family at Nike's Peach Jam event in South Carolina — started a fast break with an outlet pass to teammate Cassius..." July 15

  • Jamal Murray’s father claims Canadian turned down $1 million to play for Kentucky

    Toronto Star "When Canadian super-teen Jamal Murray chose a scholarship offer from Kentucky over one from Oregon, many were surprised. In retrospect, perhaps they should have been more surprised that he plans on attending college at all. According to estimable Canadian hoops publication Hoops Hype Canada,..." July 08

  • Duke And Kentucky Lead For 7-Foot Center DeAndre Ayton, No. 1 Player In 2017 Class

    College Spun "We’re fairly early in the 2017 basketball recruiting cycle, but DeAndre Ayton, a seven-foot center from San Diego, has emerged as the most talented player in the class. On Tuesday, Ayton named seven schools that he is looking at right now. Rivals writer Brett Dawson caught up with the consensus..." July 08

  • Dating site exclusively for Kentucky fans launches

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAB - The Dagger "Whether it's leading the nation in home attendance 10 straight years, camping out by the thousands for the right to attend a practice or helping John Calipari surpass 1.3 million Twitter followers, Kentucky supporters are a bit more obsessive than other fan bases. Now comes further proof the..." July 04

  • John Calipari Responds To Report, Says He’s Not Looking For Another Coaching Job

    College Spun "Earlier today, Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the NBA’s Sacramento Kings have interest in Kentucky head coach John Calipari filling coaching and front office positions with the team. Woj’s report claimed Calipari has been communicating with Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and other..." July 01

  • Jamal Murray’s commitment a huge boost for Kentucky

    College Basketball Talk "Earlier in the spring when there were rumblings that five-star guard Jamal Murray was considering a move into the 2015 class, many believed that Oregon was the team to beat for his services. With an assistant (Mike Mennenga) who at one point in his career was co-director of the CIA Bounce..." June 25

  • John Calipari Compares Incoming 5-Star PG Isaiah Briscoe To Former Wildcats’ G Eric Bledsoe

    College Spun "John Calipari has coached a ridiculous amount of talent at Kentucky. One of the biggest athletic freaks to come through Lexington, Ky., was Eric Bledsoe. The now-NBA star guard averaged 11 points, three rebounds and nearly three assists per game during his one season with the Wildcats. Bledsoe..." June 19

  • Calipari Coins New Phrase to Lure Recruits

    Black Sports Online "Coach Calipari didn’t become the best recruiter in college basketball by accident. Like most great leaders through out history, he knows the value of a memorable catch phrase; or, as the Sporting News puts it, a “campaign slogan”. “Positionless basketball” This years slogan may not be new..." June 19

  • Kentucky signee suffers head injury during United States U19 practice

    College Basketball Talk "With the roster pared down to 12 players earlier this week, United State U19 head coach Sean Miller and his staff are preparing the team for the FIBA u19 World Championships which are scheduled to begin June 27 in Heraklion, Crete. One of the players on the roster is guard Isaiah Briscoe, a..." June 19

  • John Calipari: 'No regrets' about turning down Cavaliers

    ESPN "Kentucky coach John Calipari said there are no regrets about turning down the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer to stay with the Wildcats. According to sources, the Cavs last year offered Calipari a 10-year deal worth $80 million to be the coach and president of the team, but he instead opted to..." June 04

  • 5-star wing Jayson Tatum is down to 2 schools, decision will come soon

    SB Nation "Jayson Tatum is a special talent as one of the three best players in the loaded recruiting class of 2016. The 6'8 wing out of St. Louis cut his list to four schools in April. Now he says he's down to two schools, with a decision coming either this month or next month. Tatum did not specify..." June 04

  • John Calipari questions if refs will 'have the stomach' to keep calling fouls

    CBS Sports "The NCAA's new basketball rules to improve pace of play and reduce physicality are fine, but will the officials “have the stomach” to keep calling fouls? That's the question Kentucky coach John Calipari wants answered. Speaking Wednesday at the SEC spring meetings, Calipari said the decision to..." May 28

  • Kentucky’s assistants to make $1.44 million combined next season

    College Basketball Talk "It pays to be on the coaching staff at Kentucky. Quite literally. According to numbers released by the university over the weekend, John Calipari’s coaching staff will be making a combined $1.44 million next season. Kenny Payne, the lead recruiter on the Wildcat staff, has a new contract..." May 26

  • Report: Five-star Class of 2016 guard Jamal Murray has timeline to decide future

    College Basketball Talk "Many of the major pieces have already come together for the 2015-16 college basketball season but one of the great unknowns is five-star Class of 2016 point guard Jamal Murray. The native of Canada burst into the national spotlight with a 30-point performance in the prestigious Nike Hoop Summit in..." May 25

  • Maryland, UK, UNC co-favorites for national title

    ESPN "Maryland is one of the favorites to win the 2016 men's basketball national championship, according to a Las Vegas sportsbook, only one year removed from joining the Big Ten from the ACC. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has the Terps pegged as a 7-1 co-favorite to win the title, along with..." May 23

  • Calipari says goal was to send eight players to NBA, not win national title

    Kentucky Sports "If you’re not a fan of Coach Cal’s Players First mentality, you might want to sit this one out. Take a quick break from the computer, grab a Wendy’s Jalapeno Fresco Spicy Chicken sandwich, steal an ambulance for a Fireball run, go enjoy the weather, whatever. This one’s not for you. For..." May 21

  • UK, Calipari finalize contract extension

    Louisville Courier-Journal "John Calipari's contract extension with the University of Kentucky is official. It was actually signed by the coach a week ago, on May 13, but was awaiting the formality of school president Eli Capilouto's signature. The school has not released the contract – as it is also working on finalizing..." May 21

  • Kentucky, Calipari close to contract extension that will pay him $8 million in final season

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Fresh off a 38-1 season and a fourth Final Four in the past five seasons, Kentucky coach John Calipari is on the verge of receiving a contract extension that will pay him $8 million for the 2021-22 season, a source close to the program told Sporting News. Calipari received a contract extension..." May 13

  • Can John Calipari and Kentucky overcome striking out in spring recruiting?

    SB Nation "Let's be upfront with the first thing you need to know about Kentucky's 2015 recruiting class: Every other coach in the country would love to have it. The four-man class John Calipari has coming in for next season is ranked No. 2 overall by 247 Sports. It features two consensus five-star players,..." May 06

  • Kentucky’s John Calipari Says He “May Never Platoon Again” After It’s Suggested It Hurts UK’s Recruiting Ability

    College Spun "John Calipari is known for having a lot of one-and-done players at Kentucky, so it makes sense that his platoon system will be one-and-done as well. For much of the 2014-15 men’s basketball season, the Wildcats’ coach used a “platoon” system. He basically had two teams and used mass..." May 05

  • John Calipari is basically part of Floyd Mayweather's 'Money Team'

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Look! John Calipari kind of won something! No, not a national championship, but the Kentucky coach was winning before the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight when he posed with Mayweather's title belts." May 03

  • N.C. State commit considering new Kentucky hoops offer

    USA Today "Shaun Kirk was on N.C. State’s campus Monday afternoon and couldn’t help himself. After a big showing in an AAU event in Indianapolis over the weekend, the 6-foot-7 small forward from Whiteville, N.C., had just gotten his highest-profile scholarship offer from the Wolfpack and he accepted it on..." April 29

  • JUCO standout Mychal Mulder announces he'll play at UK

    CBS Sports "JUCO prospect Mychal Mulder publicly committed to Kentucky on Tuesday. He's the first recruit to commit to UK since the end of the season. Mulder is a 6-foot-4 guard who averaged 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 46.3 percent from 3-point range as a sophomore at Vincennes..." April 28

  • 5-Star Forward Thon Maker Teases Kentucky, Indiana Decision With Jersey Photo

    College Spun "There aren’t too many uncommitted basketball recruits in the 2015 class, but one of the best prospects still on the market is five-star forward Thon Maker. It’s been reported that the enigmatic big man is down to four schools — Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana and Arizona State –and he teased a possible..." April 24

  • Alex Poythress Tweets He Is Returning To Kentucky For His Senior Season

    College Spun "Earlier today, Kentucky head coach John Calipari said he expected forward Alex Poythress back in Lexington for his senior season. Poythress just confirmed via Twitter he is indeed returning to school. " April 24

  • Kentucky commit Skal Labissiere tops Rivals’ final Class of 2015 rankings

    College Basketball Talk "Rivals released its final ranking of the Top 150 players in the Class of 2015, and the SEC commitment at the top of the list isn’t the player some would expect to be in that spot. Skal Labissiere, who’s headed to Kentucky next season, leads the way in the Rivals150 rankings with LSU commit Ben..." April 23

  • Seven Kentucky players announce they're entering 2015 NBA Draft

    CBS Sports "Seven underclassmen from Kentucky's team that started 38-0 this season before losing to Wisconsin in the Final Four announced Thursday they are entering the 2015 NBA Draft. The seven players were UK's top seven scorers. CBSSports.com reported Sunday, less than 24 hours after UK's season..." April 09

  • Kentucky’s Dakari Johnson Will Declare for NBA Draft

    Zagsblog "Kentucky sophomore center Dakari Johnson will declare for the NBA Draft, a source close to the situation told SNY.tv. Kentucky has a press conference set for 2:30 p.m. on Thursday that “will include UK players who are ready to announce their NBA Draft decisions, as well as head coach John..." April 09

  • UK's Harrison twins to enter draft

    CBS Sports "Kentucky sophomores Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison have decided to enter the 2015 NBA Draft and are expected to formally announce their plans soon, a source told CBSSports.com on Wednesday afternoon. RealGM.com is reporting that both have already settled on an agent. At least five other..." April 08

  • Kentucky, UNC, Virginia open as Las Vegas favorites for 2016 hoops title

    ESPN "The entire starting five for Kentucky is expected to declare for the NBA draft. But in Las Vegas, Kentucky remains one of the teams to beat in 2016. On Tuesday, the William Hill sportsbook opened the Wildcats as 8-1 favorites to win next year's NCAA tournament. North Carolina is second at 9-1,..." April 08

  • Brandon Jennings Trolls Kentucky, Fans Who Thought Wildcats Could Beat An NBA Team

    College Spun "Kentucky, stacked with perhaps 10 future professional players, won its first 38 games this year, and for much of the season, college basketball fans debated whether the Wildcats would be capable of beating an NBA squad. After UK lost to Wisconsin this past Saturday night in the Final Four,..." April 06

  • Calipari expects 5-7 Kentucky players to enter NBA Draft; will build around Ulis

    The Score "Kentucky's core won't be coming back to give 40-0 a second try. Two days after Kentucky saw their undefeated season snapped one game shy of the national championship thanks to Wisconsin, head coach John Calipari spoke with reporters about the program's immediate future. That immediate future..." April 06

  • Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein leaning toward entering NBA Draft

    Louisville Courier-Journal "After five months without a defeat, the losses are about to pile up now for the University of Kentucky basketball team. First came Saturday night's Final Four stunner, a 71-64 upset by Wisconsin that denied the Wildcats a shot at their ninth national championship and a chance to become college..." April 06

  • Kaminsky: 'Nothing needs to be made out of' Harrison's slur

    CBS Sports "Wisconsin forward/national Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky quickly put an end on Sunday to the talk and controversy regarding Andrew Harrison's use of a racial slur toward Kaminsky after Kentucky's loss to the Badgers on Saturday night. Harrison was caught on a live microphone cursing and a..." April 06

  • Andrew Harrison drops explicit remark about Frank Kaminsky into live mic

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Someone needs to teach Kentucky star Andrew Harrison what a live microphone is. Quick. After the Wildcats had their perfect season ruined by Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky and Wisconsin, Kentucky had to face the music during a postgame podium appearance. Harrison, while his teammate was..." April 05

  • Kentucky's John Calipari chosen AP Coach of the Year

    College Basketball Talk "In news that surprised no one, the Associated Press announced Friday afternoon that Kentucky head coach John Calipari has been named AP Coach of the Year. Calipari’s Wildcats, who are his fourth Final Four team in the last five seasons, are 38-0 heading into Saturday’s matchup with No. 1..." April 04

  • John Calipari's most shameless recruiting job has Kentucky in position to go undefeated

    SB Nation "From the moment John Calipari debuted his new team in August on a six-game exhibition tour in the Bahamas, the story with Kentucky has been its depth. Kentucky was the team with so many McDonald's All-Americans it needed a platoon system. It was the team people joked would face its best..." April 02

  • Ranking the starters in the Final Four from No. 1 to No. 20

    CBS Sports "We ranked the starters in the Sweet 16 from No. 80 to No. 1, and noted that many of the nation's stars were still in play with 15 games remaining in the tournament. Well, that's still the case in the Final Four. The nation's four best big men are still playing (no coincidence on that), along..." April 01

  • Kentucky Fan Arrested for Allegedly Giving Beer and Rum to 1-Year-Old Nephew During Elite Eight Party

    Complex "We don't blame Kentucky fan Angie Spoonamore for downing a few beers and drinking a little bit of rum during the Kentucky/Notre Dame Elite Eight game on Saturday night. It was one of the most intense games of the entire NCAA Tournament. So if she needed to sip on something to take the edge off,..." March 31

  • Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor highlights AP All-American team

    CBS Sports "The Associated Press released its 2014-15 All-America team Monday with Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky the lone player to receive a unanimous selection. Kaminsky helped lead the Badgers to their second straight Final Four appearance and led the team in scoring at 18.7 points per game. Duke..." March 30

  • Perfection looming, Vegas rooting against UK

    ESPN "Kentucky heads into the Final Four as an odds-on favorite to cap an undefeated season with a national championship. The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas made Kentucky a minus-120 favorite to win the national title, shortly after the Final Four was finalized with Duke's win over Gonzaga. The..." March 30

  • Tyler Ulis says disrespected Kentucky was out to crush West Virginia's spirit

    Yahoo! Sports "If it seemed like Kentucky was out to destroy West Virginia's confidence, it's because they were. Addressing West Virginia freshman guard Daxter Miles Jr.'s pregame guarantee that NCAA basketball's lone remaining unbeaten was "gonna be 36-1" after Thursday's Sweet 16 showdown, Kentucky freshman..." March 28

  • Report: John Calipari “desperately wants” to coach in the NBA again

    North Jersey "For a brief, fleeting moment last year, the lights shined not on Broadway, but in Brooklyn and Barclays Center. The stars were in place, star talent assembled on the court, championship aspirations voiced by the bold Russian oligarch owner, and a high-profile star on the sidelines in Jason Kidd,..." March 25

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    West Virginia’s Daxter Miles Jr. on UK: “I give them them their props. Salute them to getting to 36-0. But tomorrow they’re gonna be 36-1.”

  • WVU, not UK, buzzing most in Louisville

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Facebook reports that 14 million of its users have generated 32 million posts related to the NCAA tournament since Selection Sunday. And of those in Jefferson County, more are about West Virginia -- Kentucky's next opponent -- than the Wildcats themselves. Ah, the rivalry. In a map sprinkled..." March 25

  • Kentucky’s John Calipari is the National Coach of the Year, and it’s not close

    College Basketball Talk "Virginia head coach Tony Bennett was named the USBWA Coach of the Year on Monday. The Cavaliers had a terrific season, going 29-2 in the regular season before bowing out North Carolina in the ACC tournament and, on Sunday, No. 7 Michigan State in the Round of 32 in the NCAA tournament. Now,..." March 24

  • Point guard tandem keeps Kentucky in good hands at all times

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Tyler Ulis is the shortest player on easily the tallest team in college basketball. This time of year, however, he is expected to be among those making a big impact. You know what the experts always say about the NCAA Tournament. It's all about the guard play. And with unbeaten and No. 1..." March 19

  • Larry Brown: Kentucky would make NBA playoffs in Eastern Conference

    Pro Basketball Talk "Eric Bledsoe said Kentucky would beat the 76ers, and then when all reasonable evidence worked against him, he took it back. Apparently, Larry Brown – who now coaches SMU after a lengthy and mostly successful NBA career – didn’t learn from that saga. Brown on Kentucky, via ASAP Sports: I..." March 19