Kentucky Rumors & News

  • Immanuel Quickley is Kentucky’s first basketball commitment for the class of 2018

    Lexington Herald-Leader "A commitment seemingly months in the making is finally a reality: five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley will be a Kentucky Wildcat. Quickley — a 6-foot-3 prospect from Bel Air, Md. — announced his commitment to UK on Friday night, becoming the Cats’ first pledge for the recruiting class of..." September 22

  • Kentucky freshman Nick Richards cleared by NCAA

    Fanrag Sports "University of Kentucky freshman center Nick Richards has been fully cleared by the NCAA, his high school coach told FanRag Sports on Thursday. Richards, a five-star big man, committed to play basketball for Kentucky back in November. The seven-foot, 239-pounder is known for his defensive..." August 24

  • 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