Kentucky Rumors & News

  • Top recruit Thon Maker says he's 'on track' to graduate, reclassification likely

    USA Today "Basketball phenom and Kentucky and Indiana recruiting target Thon Maker, a top player in the Class of 2016, appears set to make official what has seemed inevitable, tweeting Wednesday that he is on track to graduate this year. It positions him to move to the 2015 class and play college basketball..." February 18

  • Porn Star Lisa Ann Wants To Have A Threesome With The Harrison Twins

    College Spun "If you are a college athlete at a big name program, there is a good chance that you may be on Lisa Ann’s radar. The famous 42-year old porn star made headlines when she posted photos from an apparent tryst with Notre Dame football player Justin Brent during the fall. Now, she has her mind set on..." February 18

  • Anthony Davis on '15 Kentucky vs. '12 title team: 'We'd destroy them'

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Anthony Davis is proud to be a Kentucky Wildcat. He's proud of the job that this season's Kentucky team has done, too, but that doesn't mean he's ready to concede defeat to the currently undefeated Wildcats. When Davis was asked Saturday at All-Star Weekend festivities who would win between..." February 15

  • UK's Lyles likely out Tuesday, maybe longer

    Louisville Courier-Journal "University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari expects to be without freshman Trey Lyles again Tuesday night when the top-ranked Wildcats host Georgia – and maybe beyond. Lyles, a 6-10 small forward, missed Saturday's win over Alabama due to an undisclosed illness. The former McDonald's..." February 02

  • 2015 McDonald’s All-American rosters announced

    College Basketball Talk "Rosters for the 2015 McDonald’s All-American game were announced on Wednesday and the game is headlined by nine uncommitted players out of the game’s 24 roster spots. Duke and LSU currently have the most commitments in the game with two each, but that number is sure to change once the uncommitted..." January 29

  • Tai Wynyard to join Wildcats "Tai Wynyard has committed to Kentucky, sources told Wynyard is a New Zealand native who also visited Villanova and Texas during a trip to the United States earlier this month. The 6-foot-9 post player is currently a member of the 2016 class, but there is a chance he reclassifies..." January 26

  • Kentucky's Bahamas trip came at hefty cost

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Last spring, the University of Kentucky men's basketball team began aggressively seeking a destination for a foreign exhibition tour. The Wildcats were coming off a national title game appearance, and there was urgency to get their NBA-ready roster prepared for a potentially historic season. The..." January 16

  • UK to stick with PG Andrew Harrison after close call "Despite a strong showing by Tyler Ulis on Saturday, Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari said Monday that he will continue to start Andrew Harrison at point guard. Ulis finished with zero turnovers in 28 minutes and hit a crucial 3-pointer in the second overtime of No. 1 Kentucky's 70-64 win..." January 12

  • Kentucky is even money to win the NCAA Tournament

    The Score "That one person in the USA Today Coaches Poll who doesn't think Kentucky is the best college basketball team in the country is probably very, very lonely. Every other voter - on that poll and the AP Top 25 - has identified the 13-0 Wildcats as the top team in the nation, and it's really no..." January 02

  • Five star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney will announce his decision Friday

    USA Today "Ridge (Orlando, Fla.) shooting guard Antonio Blakeney will announce his college decision Friday at 4:30 p.m. EST on ESPNU. He’ll decide between LSU, Missouri and Kentucky. When asked if he’s ready to make his collegiate decision, Blakeney simply said, “Yessir!” Blakeney, a five-star recruit..." December 30

  • UK's Alex Poythress tears ACL "Alex Poythress tore the ACL in his left knee during Thursday's practice and will miss the rest of the season for top-ranked Kentucky, the school announced Friday morning. "When you're coaching other people's children and these children have high aspirations and unlimited potential -- not only..." December 12

  • Kentucky signee Labissiere’s guardian responds to criticism

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Gerald Hamilton, the oft scrutinized guardian of University of Kentucky basketball signee Skal Labissiere, told reporters Friday night that he believes nothing in the way he’s handled Labissiere’s schooling or recruiment will jeopardize the player’s college eligibility. Hamilton does, however,..." December 08

  • Bruins, Wildcats line up matchups "UCLA is close to finalizing a deal for a home-and-home series with Kentucky that would start in 2015 in Westwood, Bruins coach Steve Alford told ESPN on Wednesday. The game would add to a loaded nonconference schedule next season for the Bruins, who then would face the Wildcats at Rupp Arena in..." November 26

  • Eric Bledsoe says Kentucky would beat 76ers in 7-game series

    SB Nation "Could Kentucky beat the 76ers in a seven-game series? At least one former Wildcat and current NBA player thinks so. The Philadelphia 76ers are the worst team in the NBA, a lifeless group that's lost its first 10 games of the 2014-15 season. The Kentucky Wildcats are the best team in college..." November 20

  • Kentucky Adds Five-Star Center Labissiere "In the span of one hour, Kentucky quickly emerged as the big winner of the early signing period -- as five-star prospects Skal Labissiere and Isaiah Briscoe committed to the Wildcats on Thursday night. And now, John Calipari's program has the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, according to..." November 15

  • Skal Labissiere commits to Kentucky "Skal Labissiere, a 6-foot-11 forward and consensus top-10 national recruit, verbally committed to Kentucky on Thursday night live on national television. "Since my freshman year, I always wanted to go there," Labissiere said on television. "I watched Coach Cal on TV." Labissiere's commitment..." November 14

  • SMU coach Larry Brown: UK has nation's top two teams "SMU coach Larry Brown is convinced that the Kentucky Wildcats can go undefeated this season -- with either one of John Calipari's two top-ranked teams. "If you take their first and second teams and split them up, they'd probably have the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation," Brown told USA..." November 13

  • Kentucky have unparalleled depth and talent

    SB Nation "The circumstances surrounding the onset of another incredibly hyped season at Kentucky could have been so different if not for an exceptional run in the NCAA Tournament a year ago. It's easy to forget now after the Wildcats made it all the way to the national title game before finally falling to..." November 12

  • John Calipari says Kentucky would get 'buried' by NBA foes, and he's right

    Yahoo! Sports "Not long after his team endured a humbling 121-52 beatdown on Sunday night at Rupp Arena, Georgetown College coach Scott Briggs suggested Kentucky had enough size and talent to beat the NBA's worst teams this season. John Calipari made it clear Monday morning he isn't buying it. Briggs'..." November 11

  • Four specific challenges Kentucky's platoon system faces

    Sporting News - NCAAB "So much of what John Calipari does is by design that it seems he will not order lunch without calculating the particular sandwich that delivers the greatest recruiting advantage to Kentucky. Which is why it’s so amusing that the Wildcats’ intent to play two-platoon basketball is entirely an..." October 20

  • First Preseason Top 25 poll is out, Kentucky sits at No. 1

    College Basketball Talk "The first men’s basketball preseason top 25 poll was released on Thursday morning, and it should come as no surprise to anyone that the team topping that list was Kentucky. The Wildcats received 24 of a possible 32 first place votes in the Coaches’ Poll. Trailing behind Kentucky? Arizona..." October 17

  • NBA scout weighs in on every Kentucky draft prospect

    USA Today "The Kentucky basketball team held a first-of-its-kind mini NBA combine over the weekend. About 90 scouts and front office executives attended the three-day event. On Monday, I spoke to one of the scouts who was in Lexington, and he shared his impressions of Kentucky's players. I asked the scout..." October 14

  • UK's twins in better mental, physical shape

    Louisville Courier-Journal "John Calipari was just as surprised as you. After twin guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison led Kentucky to the NCAA title game in April, their coach did not expect to hear that they would wait on the NBA and return for their sophomore season. "I thought they would be encouraged to leave," Calipari..." October 14

  • Towns No. 1? Harrison stock? Kentucky pro day raises questions

    Sporting News - NCAAB "On Friday, the John Calipari project kicked off in Lexington, Ky., and for those around the NBA, that meant an awkward combination of eager looks and knowing shrugs. In all, ESPN said more than 90 NBA scouts and personnel executives were on hand for the opening Kentucky practices, to which..." October 12

  • ESPNU To Air Kentucky’s Draft Combine

    Black Sports Online "ESPNU gets the selected honor of airing John Calipari and his Kentucky Wildcats unprecedented scouting combine for NBA personnel that will be televised live on Oct. 10, the school and network confirmed. All 30 NBA teams were invited to attend the two-hour practice in Lexington with individual..." October 06

  • Calipari: Kentucky depth can support two 5-man units "That Kentucky has a wealth of talent isn't a news bulletin, but coach John Calipari said Friday his roster is so deep that he plans on using two five-man units to start the 2014-15 season. "We didn't have the players last year to do this," Calipari told "We will have two 5-on-5..." October 06

  • Top point guard recruit Briscoe visits UK

    Lexington Herald-Leader "The No. 1 point guard in the class of 2015 arrived in Lexington on Sunday for his official visit to the University of Kentucky. New Jersey prospect Isaiah Briscoe hosted UK Coach John Calipari for an in-home visit this month and decided a few days ago to use one of his five official visits on a..." September 29

  • Isaiah Briscoe plans official visit to Kentucky for Sept. 28

    Newark Star-Ledger "Roselle Catholic guard Isaiah Briscoe will take an official visit to Kentucky on Sept. 28, someone with knowledge of Briscoe’s recruiting plans, who requested anonymity because Briscoe has not publicized the date of the visit told NJ Advance Media on Thursday. The five-star recruit will take his..." September 26

  • Kentucky coach John Calipari finalizing unprecedented scouting combine for NBA personnel

    Yahoo! Sports "University of Kentucky coach John Calipari is finalizing plans for an unprecedented two-day campus scouting combine for NBA executives to evaluate his star-laden roster of professional prospects, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Calipari has invited officials of the 30 NBA teams to send..." September 10

  • Five-star 2015 small forward cuts list to six schools

    College Basketball Talk "6-foot-8 small forward Brandon Ingram has developed into one of the nation’s top prospects, with the Kinston, North Carolina native ranked 18th nationally by With the production has come the attention of some of the best college basketball programs in the country, and on Sunday Ingram..." September 02

  • Calipari calls in to radio show as 'John from Kentucky' to defend himself

    Sporting News - NCAAB "What happens if you're a radio host and you blast John Calipari's coaching style? Well, Mike Francesa found out on Wednesday. Francesa had Calipari on his show earlier that day, and after the Kentucky coach left the studio, he told the airwaves that he didn't think that Calipari's strength..." August 21

  • Calipari: Couldn't leave Cats, even for LeBron

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Even if John Calipari had known LeBron James would eventually return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the University of Kentucky coach told The Courier-Journal he likely still would have signed his seven-year extension to stay with the Wildcats in June. He just couldn't leave more than a half-dozen..." August 18

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Jet-setting UK coaches round up recruits

    Louisville Courier-Journal "It seemed impossible that University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari could be in so many places in so little time. During a frenzied stretch last week, Calipari was in Los Angeles watching incoming freshman Karl-Anthony Towns be honored at the ESPY Awards one day, then in Augusta,..." July 29

  • Kentucky's high-class problem: Loaded roster forces Calipari to be creative

    Sporting News - NCAAB "John Calipari called all his Kentucky players into a meeting, and in front of the entire group he posed a short series of questions to the three or four Wildcats who easily could have entered their names into the 2014 NBA Draft. "Did you come back for me? Did you come back for the..." July 29

  • Kentucky center Karl Towns named Gatorade Athlete of the Year

    College Basketball Talk "For the second time in five years, a Kentucky Wildcat was named the Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year. On Tuesday night, incoming center Karl Towns, of St. Joseph High (New Jersey), was named this year’s recipient at a banquet in Los Angeles. In 2010, Brandon Knight won the honor. Towns is the..." July 16

  • Trey Lyles to sit out Kentucky’s trip to the Bahamas

    College Basketball Talk "On Tuesday, Kentucky announced that incoming freshman Trey Lyles will be out indefinitely as he is “recovering from a medical procedure on his left leg”. Lyles will not be participating with Kentucky during their six-game trip to the Bahamas in August, but he is expected to be ready for the..." June 24

  • UK announces $210 million marketing deal

    Louisville Courier-Journal "In what it is hailing as "one of the most valuable partnerships of its kind in college athletics history," the University of Kentucky announced Monday that it is leaving IMG and has awarded its athletics and campus multimedia marketing rights to JMI Sports for $210 million over 15 years starting..." June 24

  • Plan for Rupp Arena renovation halted

    Louisville Courier-Journal "After teetering for months, the Rupp Arena renovation plan finally fell flat Wednesday when Lexington mayor Jim Gray announced a suspension of work on the project -- which also would have included a new downtown convention center at a total cost of $350 million -- citing the University of..." June 19

  • Syracuse, not Kentucky, leads nation in average attendance

    College Basketball Talk "For just the second time in the last 19 years, Kentucky was not the program with the highest attendance in the country. They finished second to Syracuse, who led the nation in home attendance for the first time since 2005 with an average of 26,253 fans. Kentucky was second with 22,964 fans per..." June 19

  • Kentucky’s four new McDonald’s All-Americans arrive in Lexington

    Louisville Courier-Journal "The University of Kentucky's four All-American basketball recruits are making their way to campus. Freshmen-to-be Trey Lyles and Tyler Ulis tweeted pictures of their dorm rooms on Tuesday afternoon, and another, Devin Booker, tweeted that he's en route to Lexington. UK's other signee,..." June 10

  • Cavaliers, John Calipari discussed 7-year, $60 million-plus deal

    Yahoo! Sports "Before finalizing a contract extension with the University of Kentucky late last week, John Calipari had gone deep in discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a seven-year, $60 million-plus contract to become president and coach, sources told Yahoo Sports. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert had..." June 09

  • Kentucky's John Calipari gets new contract through 2021

    Louisville Courier-Journal "The University of Kentucky announced Thursday night it has signed basketball coach John Calipari to a new seven-year contract that will make him the second-highest paid coach in college basketball. If Calipari, 55, stays to the end of the deal, which runs out in March of 2021, he would make..." June 06

  • Self, Calipari: No NBA calls, and that's OK "Kentucky's John Calipari and Kansas' Bill Self told ESPN on Monday that it'd be extremely difficult for either to leave their current high-profile college jobs for an NBA opening, and both added that they haven't been contacted during this latest coaching carousel. "They haven't talked to me..." June 04

  • Willie Cauley-Stein recovering from surgery, likely missing August trip "Kentucky is in the process of finalizing an overseas trip in August, but Willie Cauley-Stein won't be participating. The 7-footer suffered an ankle injury in the NCAA Tournament, forcing him to miss the Final Four, and he's still recovering from his April surgery. “It will be a great trip..." May 30

  • Louisville's Akoy Agau: 'Our fans are more mature' than Kentucky's

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Akoy Agau has lived a lot of places, enough for the sophomore University of Louisville basketball player to know three languages: Dinka, Arabic and English. But Agau now calls Omaha, Neb., home, and he’s spent a few weeks there since school let out before returning to U of L for summer..." May 20

  • John Calipari says he would jump at chance to coach LeBron James "I'm not interested in calling anybody a liar because that's such a harsh label. But there's no denying that coaches, by and large, aren't always completely honest when asked about their commitment to their current jobs and/or future plans. Mostly, they operate in non-answers. Coaches are..." May 14

  • Observations: UK is nation's deepest team, but Arizona has best top five "1. Kentucky is absolutely loaded headed into next season, but I'd take Arizona's starting five over any other first unit in college basketball. John Calipari's squad has talent on top of talent and depth on top of depth. Kentucky will have nine McDonald's All-Americans on its roster next season..." May 01

  • Derek Willis Says He Is Not Transferring, Now Quit Bothering Him

    Kentucky Sports "With nine McDonald’s All-Americans on Kentucky’s 2014-15 roster some were wondering what would become Derek Willis Says He Is Not Transferring, Now Quit Bothering Him of forward Derek Willis. The is why it was no surprise to anyone when Yahoo! Sports writer Pat Forde tweeted out that the 6’9″..." April 28

  • Kentucky has best odds to win the 2014-2015 Men’s Basketball National Title

    College Basketball Talk "As you might have expected, after losing just two players to the NBA Draft, Kentucky has become the favorite to win the national title at 5/1 odds. Duke (9/1) and Wisconsin (16/1) round out the top three, but the most interesting bet here seems to be Arizona, who is getting 16/1 odds. After..." April 28