Kentucky Rumors & News

  • North Carolina shouldn't give up on series vs. Kentucky due to ACC adding games

    CBS Sports "Kentucky and North Carolina represent the pinnacle of college basketball and the rivalry between the Wildcats and the Tar Heels is so well-worn, there is an extensive Wikipedia page dedicated to its history. It is undeniably beneficial to college basketball to have these two juggernauts clash..." August 26

  • Calipari: UK’s Derek Willis ‘under a different eye’ after arrest

    SEC Country "Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari on Thursday spoke to local reporters for the first time since Derek Willis’ arrest in mid-June for public intoxication and said the senior forward will not miss any game time. That doesn’t mean he won’t be, or hasn’t been, punished. “You guys know I don’t..." August 26

  • John Calipari makes incredible gesture to help flood victims in Louisiana

    Fox Sports "Over the last few weeks, the nation has looked on in horror, as devastating floods have displaced thousands in and around the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area. And now, one of the biggest names in college sports, with the help of one of his former stars (who just so happens to be an adopted Louisianan)..." August 25

  • Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State to play in Champions Classic through 2019

    Sporting News - NCAAB "The Champions Classic announced on Wednesday that Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Michigan State will continue playing in the four-team event through 2019. Initially launched in 2011, the event has become one of the staples of college basketball's opening Tuesday. New York City's Madison Square..." August 25

  • Details on Kentucky Getting Hit With ‘NCAA Violation’ Because of Drake

    Black Sports Online "This is just stupid, because Drake can and always ends up taking a picture with some of college basketballs top young stars. The NCAA officially hit Kentucky with a secondary violation for his involvement with the university — after the POWERS that be deemed it an “unfair” advantage for the..." July 23

  • Drake showed up at Texas decked out in Kentucky gear and got crushed

    Fox Sports "By now, we all know that Drake is a bit of a sports fan. He's a Kentucky basketball supporter. And hopped on the Texas A&M bandwagon when Johnny Manziel was there. He's also an actual, paid representative for his hometown Raptors, so there's love there too. Basically, the guy loves sports, so..." July 20

  • John Calipari wants Kentucky's recruiting efforts to get 'even better'

    ESPN "Since 2009, John Calipari has assembled ESPN.com's top recruiting class five times. Kentucky's incoming class for the 2016-17 season is ranked No. 1 by ESPN. But he's not content. Calipari recently said he wants to enhance the allure of an institution that has dominated the recruiting ranks in..." July 05

  • Calipari: 'Kentucky is not for everybody'

    The Score "There's immense pressure when you're in charge of a program like Kentucky. Mistakes happen, and not every player is cut out to be a Wildcat. Head coach John Calipari recruits top talent each year, but he understands Big Blue Nation isn't for everyone. From his blog: Kentucky is not for..." July 03

  • Shaq wants son to play at Kentucky, Michigan State, or LSU

    ESPN "If it's up to Shaquille O'Neal, his son will play college basketball for LSU's Johnny Jones, Michigan State's Tom Izzo or Kentucky's John Calipari. During his weekly podcast, O'Neal said he wants Shareef O'Neal (ranked 51st in the 2018 class per RecruitingNation) to play for coaches who can..." June 29

  • 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