Kentucky Rumors & News

  • Kentucky Is Trending For 5-Star Zion Williamson

    The Spun "He’s been called “the next LeBron James” by some. Zion Williamson, a five-star forward in the 2018 class, is one of the most-dominant recruits we’ve ever seen. His highlight reels are ridiculous, looking more like a dunk contest than a 5-on-5 game at times." July 16

  • John Calipari: Kentucky players prepared for NBA, have lifetime scholarships

    ESPN "Kentucky coach John Calipari said Monday he'd be fine if the NBA changed their rules to allow high school players to go directly to the NBA as long as the league was prepared to pay them them fairly and give them time to develop. Calipari, speaking on the SEC coaches' summer teleconference,..." June 26

  • Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo working on succeeding as first-ever 1.5-and-done player

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Every now and then, John Calipari would tease Hamidou Diallo. And that’s what it was: not a joke, but a tease. He would say, “Make sure you have your jersey on for this game.” The discussion never advanced beyond that. So Diallo would sit and watch. He arrived at the University of Kentucky on..." June 21

  • Vulgar messages from fans released against referee John Higgins

    WKYT "Out of 800 vulgar voice messages believed left by Kentucky fans at the office of referee John Higgins, after UK's loss to North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament, seven are classified as a threat. Sarpy County Sheriffs Detective Matt Barrall spent 80 hours reading posts and listening to voice..." June 03

  • Authorities identify seven people who threatened ref after Kentucky’s loss to UNC

    CBS Sports "Seven people who threatened referee John Higgins after some controversial calls during Kentucky's 75-73 loss to North Carolina in the 2017 NCAA Tournament have been identified and could be eventually charged by authorities in their jurisdictions or the FBI, Sarpy County Nebraska Attorney Lee..." May 27

  • Hamidou Diallo passes on the NBA Draft to return to Kentucky; Wildcats are top-10

    CBS Sports "The last high-profile player to publicly decide whether he would return to college or stay in the NBA Draft was the only college player who has never played a college game. Fortunately for UK fans, Kentucky freshman Hamidou Diallo has opted to return to Lexington and play next season with the..." May 25

  • Calipari: 'I will retire' if Diallo is a lottery pick

    New York Times "Hamidou Diallo hasn’t played an organized basketball game since his final one with his Connecticut prep school, Putnam Science Academy, at Florida’s IMG Academy four days before Christmas. That was nearly five months ago. Diallo, a highly recruited swingman from Queens, didn’t play a single..." May 24

  • Hamidou Diallo reportedly '50-50' on staying in NBA Draft or returning to UK

    CBS Sports "Kentucky early enrollee Hamidou Diallo, a five-star wing who sat on the bench in the spring for the Wildcats and did not play, has yet to make a decision about his future. He could remain in the NBA Draft (a decision he has until Wednesday to make before permanently burning up his college..." May 23

  • Isaiah Briscoe wants to move forward: 'I don't play for Kentucky no more'

    SEC Country "To be clear: Isaiah Briscoe is tired of talking about Kentucky. Understandably, he got a lot of questions Friday at the NBA Combine about the place he played college basketball for the last two seasons. A ridiculous number of players have been drafted out of that program, which is Briscoe’s..." May 13

  • Former Kentucky basketball director indicted on fraud charges

    USA Today "Former University of Kentucky assistant athletic director Leon A. Smith was indicted by a federal grand jury last week for defrauding professional athletes of more than $1.2 million. Smith, a Louisville native who played football for UK in the mid-1990s, served as director of men's basketball..." May 09

  • McDonald's All-American Kevin Knox adds to Kentucky's ridiculous 2017 class

    CBS Sports "One of the biggest commitments in the 2017 college basketball recruiting cycle was revealed Saturday night via Twitter. Kevin Knox, a 6-foot-9 forward out of Tampa, finally ended the speculation. He'll be playing for John Calipari and Kentucky next season. It's a rare case of a five-star..." May 07

  • John Calipari will have his youngest Kentucky team ever -- and still likely be good

    CBS Sports "Kentucky will be good again next season because Kentucky is always good. Let's make that clear up front. But with Monday's news that Bam Adebayo is staying in the NBA Draft, we now know for sure that John Calipari will have his most inexperienced roster ever in 2017-18 because eight of the..." April 25

  • Bam Adebayo to stay in 2017 NBA Draft

    Louisville Courier-Journal "UK has confirmed what was widely reported a Monday: Bam Adebayo’s Kentucky career is over. “After talking with Coach Cal, the staff and my family, I have decided it’s in my best interest to remain in the draft,” Adebayo said in a statement released by UK. “This process we went through at..." April 25

  • Kentucky loses another as Bam Adebayo is hiring an agent and will head to the NBA

    CBS Sports "Multiple reports on Monday morning are relaying what's long been presumed: Kentucky freshman power forward Bam Adebayo is gone for good to the NBA. The 6-foot-9 bruiser leaves after averaging 13.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in his one season with the Wildcats. He was a solid piece but not quite the..." April 24

  • Humphries becomes 5th Kentucky player to declare for NBA draft

    The Record "Kentucky 7-foot backup big man Isaac Humphries says he will turn professional and hire an agent to explore opportunities in the NBA and internationally. The Australian sophomore is the fifth Wildcat to leave school early this year. He said in a release Wednesday that his decision didn't come..." April 13

  • Kentucky's Malik Monk wins Jerry West Award as nation's top shooting guard

    SEC Country "Malik Monk took home one of the most prestigious honors in the country on Friday night, as he was named the top player at his position in the country. The freshman guard was named the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year award winner, given annually to the nation’s top shooting guard. Monk..." April 08

  • Isaiah Briscoe declares for NBA Draft, will sign with an agent

    247 Sports "For the second straight year, Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe has declared for the NBA Draft. This time, he won't be coming back. Briscoe announced via Twitter that he will enter the NBA Draft and plans to sign with an agent, thus ending his UK career. "BBN, thank you to the greatest fans..." April 06

  • Referee who received death threats from Kentucky fans speaks out

    Omaha World-Herald "John Higgins told himself that it was just a basketball game and that he had a job to do, just as he’s done thousands of times before. But it wasn’t easy walking out on the court Saturday to officiate the Gonzaga-South Carolina Final Four contest. Not after thousands of phone calls, emails..." April 05

  • Kentucky's Adebayo to test NBA draft waters

    CBS Sports "First it was De’Aaon Fox . Then Malik Monk . Now, for the third straight day, a Kentucky freshman has declared for the 2017 NBA Draft. This time it’s Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, who announced he’s testing the waters but not signing an agent. By not signing with an agent it leaves the door open for a..." April 05

  • Malik Monk declares for the NBA Draft

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Kentucky’s all-time leading freshman scorer Malik Monk declared for the NBA Draft Tuesday by thanking the Big Blue Nation and publishing a letter. “After taking some time with my family and reflecting on this season, I have decided to enter my name into the 2017 NBA Draft,” Monk said in a press..." April 04

  • Kentucky, Duke, Louisville early favorites for 2018 at 10-1 odds

    ESPN "Three powerhouse programs that failed to reach the Final Four this season sit atop some of the first odds to win next season's college national championship in Las Vegas. The Westgate SuperBook has installed Kentucky, Duke and Louisville as co-favorites, each at 10-1 to win the 2018 NCAA..." April 04

  • Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox will go pro, sign with an agent

    CBS Sports "Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox will enter the 2017 NBA draft and sign with an agent, according to a statement released by the University of Kentucky. “First of all, I’m grateful for the unbelievable season we had,” Fox said. “Although the ending didn’t turn out how we wanted it to, this team..." April 03

  • NCAA referee John Higgins receiving death threats from Kentucky fans

    ESPN "NCAA referee John Higgins met with law enforcement for more than two hours Tuesday after Kentucky fans sent death threats, repeatedly called his company's office and home -- despite an unlisted number -- and posted a barrage of false messages about his business on the company's Facebook page,..." March 29

  • Christian Laettner praises Luke Maye, trolls Kentucky

    ESPN "Apparently even Duke and North Carolina's rivalry takes a backseat when there's a chance to send a dig at Kentucky. On Sunday night, former Duke All-American Christian Laettner congratulated North Carolina's Luke Maye, whose last-second jumper beat Kentucky to send the Tar Heels to the Final..." March 27

  • Heels head to Final Four on Maye's last-second hoop

    The Sports Xchange "MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- In 1992, Duke's Christian Laettner ended arguably the best game in NCAA Tournament history with a buzzer-beater that handed Kentucky a heartbreaking loss in the East Regional championship game. Twenty-five years later, the Wildcats experienced more end-of-game heartbreak..." March 26

  • Lonzo Ball was owned by UK's Fox, and LaVar just couldn't keep his mouth shut

    CBS Sports "Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox got the better of Lonzo Ball , in a big way, on Friday night in the Sweet 16. Fox, who finished with 39 points on 13-of-20 shooting, more than proved his chops as one of the best prospects in the country primed to make a splash in the NBA. Meanwhile, Ball looked..." March 26

  • Kentucky takes out UCLA

    The Sports Xchange "MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- John Calipari stood in front of his Kentucky team at halftime Friday night and made an announcement. "We're going to play through De'Aaron Fox," he said. "The rest of you, take a back seat." Calipari said the Wildcats cheered after those words. When the game was over,..." March 25

  • Kentucky rejects Wichita State's upset bid

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- Kentucky's Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo combined for 27 points and 12 rebounds on Sunday, but it wasn't until each delivered a clutch blocked shot in the final 11 seconds that the No. 2 seed Wildcats earned a South Regional Sweet 16 berth. Monk, the Southeastern Conference..." March 19

  • Gregg Marshall's Wife's Behavior at WSU vs. Kentucky Causes Security to Step in

    Bleacher Report "Security at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis reportedly had to talk to Lynn Marshall—the wife of Wichita State Shockers head coach Gregg Marshall—about her behavior during Sunday's game against the Kentucky Wildcats. According to WTVQ's Kennedy Hardman, security paid Marshall three..." March 19

  • Wichita State's Darral Willis Jr. Says Kentucky is "Nothing Special"

    The Big Lead "Wichita State forward Darral Willis Jr. was asked about the Shockers’ next opponent. He responded as you’d expect any confident young athlete to respond — by saying his team isn’t afraid of any team on the planet. He may have made a misstep, however, by categorizing Kentucky as “nothing special”..." March 19

  • Kentucky manages to get past Northern Kentucky

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS --- No. 15 seed Northern Kentucky wouldn't give in, but No. 2 seed Kentucky simply had too much talent. De'Aaron Fox scored 19 points and Malik Monk sank four clutch free throws during the final 30.3 seconds Friday night, lifting Kentucky to a 79-70 South Regional victory over..." March 18

  • Freshmen trio leads Kentucky to SEC tourney title

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE -- Kentucky captured its 30th SEC Tournament championship on Sunday when the top-seeded Wildcats defeated No. 3 seed Arkansas 82-65 at Bridgestone Arena. "This is a talented group," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "I know they say there are other teams more talented. I'll take..." March 12

  • Fox carries Kentucky past Alabama, into SEC final

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE -- Kentucky goes in search of its 30th SEC tournament title on Sunday after a 79-74 victory over Alabama in the semifinal round Saturday at Bridgestone Arena. No. 1 seed Kentucky (28-5) will face the winner of No. 7 Vanderbilt and No. 3 Arkansas in the championship game. "The..." March 11

  • Kentucky beats Georgia to reach SEC semifinals

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 8 Kentucky moved into the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament with a 71-60 victory over Georgia on Friday at Bridgestone Arena. The Wildcats will face the South Carolina-Alabama winner at 1 p.m. Saturday. Top-seeded Kentucky (27-5) is in search..." March 10

  • No. 9 Kentucky claims regular season SEC title

    The Sports Xchange "COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- No. 9 Kentucky stands alone as Southeastern Conference champion following a 71-63 victory at Texas A&M on Saturday. Kentucky finished the regular season 26-5, 16-2 in the SEC for its 48th conference title. That number is more than all other league schools combined...." March 04

  • Kentucky comes back from 19 down to beat Vandy

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Thanks to the biggest comeback of the John Calipari era, No. 9 Kentucky clinched at least tie for its 48th Southeastern Conference championship. Freshman guard Malik Monk scored a game-high 27 points, and the Wildcats rallied from 19 points down to beat Vanderbilt 73-67 on..." March 01

  • De’Aaron Fox’s Father On How 2K Helped His Son Become An Elite NBA Prospect

    Black Sports Online "Everyone has won a game of 2K before and immediately after, your friend will say, “you can’t beat me in real life though”. Well, you can’t say that to De’Aaron Fox unless you’re a professional basketball player and even then, you still may lose. The soon to be lottery pick owes a lot of his..." February 28

  • No 11 Kentucky wins showdown vs. Florida

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 11 Kentucky took control of the Southeastern Conference race on Saturday with a 76-66 win over No. 13 Florida at Rupp Arena. Kentucky (24-5, 14-2 SEC) now holds a one-game lead over Florida (23-6, 13-3) with two games to play. If the Wildcats beat Vanderbilt on Tuesday..." February 25

  • Freshman Adebayo leads No. 11 Kentucky over Missouri

    The Sports Xchange "COLUMBIA, Mo. -- No. 11 Kentucky got a double-double of 22 points and a career-best 15 rebounds from freshman Bam Adebayo in its 72-62 victory over Missouri on Tuesday night. Saturday's showdown for first place in the Southeastern Conference is now set at Rupp Arena between Kentucky (23-5,..." February 22

  • No. 13 Kentucky rebuffs Georgia

    The Sports Xchange "ATHENS, Ga. -- Kentucky remained in a first-place tie with Florida in the SEC with a thrilling 82-77 victory at Georgia on Saturday that featured 13 ties and 15 lead changes. "Anytime we win a road game in our league I'm ecstatic," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "I'd rather learn from a..." February 18

  • Kentucky gets back on track vs. Tennessee

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 13 Kentucky, which had dropped three of six games after starting the season 17-2, avenged one of those losses on Tuesday night. The Wildcats routed the Vols 83-58 at Rupp Arena to improve to 21-5 overall and stay in a first-place tie at an 11-2 record in the..." February 14

  • No. 15 Kentucky regains traction on road

    The Sports Xchange "TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- No. 15 Kentucky snapped a two-game road losing streak and maintained a share of first place in the Southeastern Conference with a 67-58 victory over Alabama on Saturday. Kentucky improved to 20-5 overall, 10-2 in the SEC. Alabama fell to 14-10, 7-5. "Listen, we were..." February 11

  • Karl-Anthony Towns takes shot at Kentucky basketball

    Larry Brown Sports "The Kentucky men’s basketball team has struggled over its last several games, and even a win wasn’t enough to satisfy John Calipari on Tuesday night. Unhappy with his team’s performance in a 92-85 victory over LSU, Calipari did not hold back in a postgame interview. “If anybody wants to quit,..." February 08

  • No. 15 Kentucky subdues LSU 92-85

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 15 Kentucky put four players in double figures in a 92-85 victory over LSU on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. The win enabled Kentucky (19-5, 9-2 SEC) to begin the process of righting its ship after a tough stretch that saw a team ranked No. 1 earlier this season lose..." February 07

  • Kentucky’s major flaw is starting to rear its head

    New York Post "The blame game is about to start in Lexington. Three losses in four games, a lopsided defeat in Florida, and looking up at South Carolina in the SEC wasn’t the plan for this mega-talented freshman class. There are problems at Kentucky. A No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament is a fantasy. A No. 2..." February 07

  • No. 24 Florida trounces No. 8 Kentucky

    The Sports Xchange "GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- No. 24 Florida shot 68 percent in the second half and outrebounded Kentucky 54-29 to hand No. 8 Kentucky its worst loss of the season, 88-64 on Saturday night. "I told the guys, 'Hey, beating Kentucky is great. They're one of the best teams in the country,'" Florida..." February 04

  • No. 8 Kentucky needs OT to rebuff upset-minded Georgia

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Without Malik Monk, No. 8 Kentucky might very well have lost its third straight game. The freshman guard scored 37 points and sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe added 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Wildcats to a thrilling 90-81 overtime victory over..." February 01

  • Kansas loss teaches Kentucky lessons that SEC simply can't

    Sporting News - NCAAB "There are three simple letters that describe the most significant problem for the Kentucky Wildcats as February approaches and the shortest month remains between them and the period that will, as ever, define their season. You’ve probably heard these letters chanted proudly through the crisp..." January 30

  • Mason propels No. 2 Kansas past No. 4 Kentucky

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- In a battle of college basketball blue bloods, No. 2 Kansas rallied from a double-digit first-half deficit to defeat No. 4 Kentucky 79-73 Saturday at Rupp Arena. "It's very satisfying to win," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "Tonight it was amped up but our guys like playing..." January 28

  • John Calipari: Loss to Tennessee was good for Kentucky

    Larry Brown Sports "Losing a game is about the worst thing that can happen to a team in the eyes of most fans, but John Calipari actually thinks a loss was a good thing for his Kentucky squad. Kentucky is ranked No. 4 in the country and 17-3 on the season. They lost two non-conference games to UCLA and Louisville,..." January 28