Kentucky Rumors & News

  • Skal Labissiere Hasn't Been Cleared To Play For Kentucky

    Real GM Basketball "Skal Labissiere has not been cleared to play by the NCAA to play for Kentucky, his guardian said on Wednesday. Labissiere is expected to be one of the first three picks of the 2016 NBA Draft. "Not yet," Labissiere's guardian, Gerald Hamilton, told ESPN. "We're just trying to get everything..." October 07

  • Kentucky guard Dominique Hawkins breaks hand, will miss a month

    CBS Sports "Kentucky announced on Monday night that junior guard Dominique Hawkins needs surgery in his right hand after breaking it in practice. The injury came over the weekend. Hawkins, who is a role player for the Wildcats, will miss approximately a month following his surgery on Tuesday. The point..." October 06

  • Five-star forward Miles Bridges picks Michigan State over Kentucky

    CBS Sports "Tom Izzo's monster 2016 recruiting class just ensured itself a top-five ranking regardless of what happens for the rest of the recruiting season. Miles Bridges, a five-star small forward from Flint, Mich., verbally committed to Michigan State on Saturday. He joins fellow five-star Joshua..." October 03

  • 5-star forward Wenyen Gabriel commits to Kentucky over Duke

    SB Nation "The Kentucky Wildcats have found another star big man on the recruiting trail. Wenyen Gabriel, a 6'9 forward from New Hampshire, committed to Kentucky on Thursday over Duke, Providence, Notre Dame and others, according to Scout. Gabriel became one of the fastest rising players of the summer..." October 01

  • Kentucky's Alex Poythress (torn ACL recovery), is running, dunking

    CBS Sports "Recovering from a torn ACL, Kentucky forward Alex Poythress is running and dunking in practice -- though he's still not active in live competition, John Calipari said Monday. "He's the key," Calipari said of Poythress, who was injured in early December and missed the final three months last..." September 21

  • UK-UNC Charity Alumni Game raises $1.5 million

    College Basketball Talk "John Calipari was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame on Friday, and over the course of the last week, the college hoops world was overrun with writers penning stories about what Coach Cal has meant to the sport and what this induction truly means to him. A lot of it was good. Some of it..." September 15

  • Australian star Isaac Humphries signs with Kentucky Wildcats

    CBS Sports "Isaac Humphries has -- as CBS Sports reported he would eventually do three weeks ago -- reclassified to the Class of 2015 and signed with John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats. "For what Kentucky is right now and what Isaac needs -- this is a no-brainer," Humphries' high school coach, Brad Johnson,..." August 20

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    Breaking News: Espn 100 Sacha -Killeya -Jones tells ESPN that he has committed to Kentucky. His quotes & analysis coming to @ESPNRNHoops

  • Jamal Murray NOT expected to play for Team Canada

    Kentucky Sports "Ready for a Jamal Murray update? Because I’ve got one. According to Toronto Raptors’ beat writer Josh Lewenberg, Murray is NOT expected to play for Canada in the FIBA Americas tournament and will have to report to UK by the university’s “drop-dead date” in order to retain his..." August 19

  • 4-star big man Sacha Killeya-Jones picks Kentucky after decommitting from Virginia

    SB Nation "Kentucky has landed its second player in the class of 2016. Sacha Killeya-Jones, a 6'10 big man from Virginia, gave a verbal commitment to John Calipari and the Wildcats on Wednesday morning, according to Evan Daniels of Scout. Killeya-Jones was originally a Virginia commit, but reopened his..." August 19

  • Report: Canada Basketball, Kentucky in contact over potential Jamal Murray eligibility situation

    College Basketball Talk "The upcoming FIBA Americas Championship, held in Mexico City from Aug. 31-Sept. 12, could result in Canada clinching a berth in the 2016 Olympic Games. Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray is currently in camp with the team trying out and it’s looking like he could make the team as the backup point..." August 18

  • John Calipari Tore Into Fellow Recruiter For Spreading Cheating Rumor

    Gamedayr "John Calipari is one of the greatest coachches in college basketball history. He’s won national championships and continues to recruit the best high school recruits with ease and consistency. Calipari is a very powerful man because of all that success. He’s not the kind of guy you want to..." August 12

  • John Calipari: "Some guys were relieved" When We Lost to Wisconsin

    The Big Lead "John Calipari is clearly still sensitive about the loss to Wisconsin in the Final Four, the defeat that ended their season at 38-1. They were 45 minutes away from the sport’s first perfect season in over three decades – up 60-56 against the Badgers with five minutes left, as he notes in this video..." August 06

  • Australian star Isaac Humphries expected to enroll at Kentucky

    CBS Sports "Class of 2016 star Isaac Humphries is planning to reclassify to 2015 and enroll at Kentucky in time to play for the Wildcats this season, a source told Humphries is on a visit to Kentucky this weekend. Barring any snags, he's expected to publicly announce his intentions..." August 02

  • 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. 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 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 on Wednesday afternoon. 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