Kentucky Rumors & News

  • 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 [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    Sporting News - NCAAB "Of all the many players who have withdrawn their names from the list of those eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft, none faced a more compelling conundrum than Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe.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 The 5-foot-9 Ulis is projected as the No. 20 pick by 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'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

  • Kentucky blows out South Carolina after Calipari ejected

    The Sports Xchange "COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Sophomore guard Tyler Ulis set a career high with 27 points and 12 assists to power No. 22 Kentucky past South Carolina 89-62 on Saturday, but it was the early fireworks that had everyone talking. Only 2:26 into the battle for first place in the Southeastern Conference,..." February 13

  • Kentucky coach John Calipari ejected early vs. South Carolina

    ESPN "Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari was hit with two technical fouls and ejected with 17:34 remaining in the first half of Saturday's road victory against the South Carolina Gamecocks. With Kentucky leading 5-2 in a battle for first place in the SEC, Calipari exchanged words with official..." February 13

  • Kentucky forward Alex Poythress out 2 weeks with right knee injury

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Kentucky forward Alex Poythress will miss two weeks because of an undisclosed injury to his right knee, coach John Calipari told reporters Tuesday after an 82-48 rout of Georgia. Kentucky Sports Radio reported earlier Tuesday that Poythress underwent a "minor procedure" on the knee, but..." February 10

  • John Calipari tells Kansas fan that Kentucky will 'take the L'

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Last Sunday, University of Kansas students lined up at 5 a.m. just for the chance to get tickets to Saturday's anticipated matchup with fellow basketball powerhouse Kentucky. According to Kentucky coach John Calipari, they are likely going to see a Jayhawks victory. " January 30

  • Larry Brown Says NBA Isn't Inevitable for John Calipari

    SNY TV "John Calipari gets regularly courted by NBA teams -- he was most recently linked to the Brooklyn Nets -- and some in the basketball world think Calipari will inevitably return to the pro ranks in order to prove he can coach at that level. After all, he's already in the Naismith Hall of Fame and..." January 20

  • Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson headline McDonald's All-America teams

    CBS Sports "The McDonald's All-America teams were announed Sunday night, featuring a who's who of high school basketball's elite players. Leading the way was Detroit wing Josh Jackson and St. Louis forward Jayson Tatum, currently the No. 1 and 3 players on the 247Sports composite ranking. Jackson is..." January 18

  • Kentucky Reports 2nd NCAA Rules Violation Involving Rapper Drake

    Bleacher Report "It's no secret that rapper Drake is a fan of winning sports teams, and the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team seems to top his list. However, the No. 9 team in the country may want to start putting some distance between itself and the Grammy winner after it had to self-report a minor rules..." January 10

  • Don't Write Off Skal Labissiere as a Top NBA Draft Prospect Just Yet

    Bleacher Report "A slow start from Kentucky's Skal Labissiere has led to some early panic and criticism. We haven't witnessed what the NBA mock draft boards and recruiting rankings suggested we would. Labissiere, who'd been viewed as a potential top pick in June, has come off the bench to average just 9.2 points..." January 05

  • All Eyes on Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray at CBS Sports Classic

    Sheridan Hoops "Several teams in the NBA cellar had representatives on hand to watch Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray at the CBS Sports Classic. Suffice to say it was Murray whose stock rose the most despite Kentucky’s loss to Ohio State. 76ers GM Sam Hinkie, Pelicans GM Dell Demps and other NBA..." December 21

  • Collision causes headache, nosebleed and forces Marcus Lee out of UK loss

    ESPN "Kentucky forward Marcus Lee had a headache and nosebleed following a collision that kept him out of all but the first few minutes of the No. 1 Wildcats' 87-77 loss to UCLA, coach John Calipari said Thursday night. "He got hit in the face," Calipari said, noting that he didn't see the play that..." December 04

  • Report: Kentucky Star Tyler Ulis Is “OK” After Leaving Game With Elbow Injury

    College Spun "Kentucky star point guard Tyler Ulis exited the Wildcats’ game against South Florida Friday night with an apparent elbow injury. The sophomore missed the second half of UK’s 84-63 victory. According to Adam Zagoria, who spoke to Ulis’ father, the guard is “OK” and X-rays showed nothing out of..." November 30

  • Kentucky star point guard Tyler Ulis injures elbow

    CBS Sports "It's currently unknown when the most important player on Kentucky's basketball team will return for action. UK starting sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis was injured in the first half of No. 1 Kentucky's 84-63 win against South Florida on Friday." November 28

  • Kentucky's John Calipari not a fan of Christmas practices

    The Score "The Louisville-Kentucky rivalry game is the only contest between Dec. 24 and Dec. 26 on the college basketball slate, but don't expect John Calipari to have his players practicing during the Christmas break. "Everybody goes crazy, why wouldn't you practice over Christmas to get ready for..." November 25

  • AP Top 25: Kentucky is new No. 1, North Carolina falls to No. 9

    CBS Sports "Kentucky has moved into the top spot of the AP Top 25 after North Carolina's first loss of the season, at Northern Iowa on Saturday. The Tar Heels remained in the top ten, falling only to No. 9 in the loss that soured a Homecoming appearance for Iowa native Marcus Paige. Kentucky and..." November 23

  • Kentucky setup for greatness again next season 'no matter who leaves'

    CBS Sports "The last time Grayson Allen sat in a locker room following a high-profile game against a nationally ranked opponent it was late on a Monday in April, shortly after he'd just scored a surprising 16 points to lead Duke to a 68-63 victory over Wisconsin that provided Hall of Fame coach Mike..." November 19

  • 5-star recruit Malik Monk commits to Kentucky over Arkansas

    SB Nation "The Kentucky Wildcats have locked in another terrifying recruiting class for next season. Five-star shooting guard Malik Monk picked Kentucky over Arkansas on Wednesday in an announcement on Twitter. Monk joins a class that already included three 5-star players in point guard De'Aaron Fox and..." November 18

  • Five-star forward Edrice 'Bam' Adebayo picks Kentucky

    USA Today "High Point Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.) forward Edrice Adebayo got the nickname “Bam Bam” from his mother after he picked up a coffee table while watching The Flintstones when he was just 1. Turned out to be a fitting alias for a player who nearly tears the rim off the hinges multiple..." November 17