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Dakari Johnson Stays At Kentucky, Won't Declare For NBA Draft

Dakari Johnson will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season.

Johnson averaged 5.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 14.1 minutes per game as a freshman out of Montverde Academy.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Alex Poythress To Stay At Kentucky For Junior Season

Alex Poythress will return to Kentucky for his junior season.

Poythress averaged 11.2 points and 6.0 rebounds in 25.8 minutes per game as a freshman and 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 18.4 minutes as a sophomore.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Julius Randle Officially Declares For NBA Draft

Julius Randle officially announced he will declare for the NBA Draft in June.

Randle will forgo his sophomore season.

As a freshman, Randle averaged 14.8 points and 10.4 rebounds in 40 games.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Harrisons Waiting For Feedback From NBA Before Making Decision

Andrew and Aaron Harrison are continuing to weigh their options about returning to Kentucky for their sophomore season or leaving for the NBA.

The Harrisons are waiting for feedback from the NBA before reaching a decision.

“I just sent the paperwork in two or three days ago,” Aaron Harrison Sr told Fox 26. “I talked to a gentleman at the NBA and he said he would get it to me as fast as possible and then we’ll go from there. 

“It’s important. You’re trying to find out what the prospects are for them and where they’ll be drafted and all those things.” 

“It’s basically my career really,” Aaron said. “Don’t leave anything out. Think about all the angles and everything that goes into it and just try to make the best choice for your family.”

“It’s tough,” Andrew added. “You got to keep praying on it and just keep talking with your family and see what’s the best thing for you and your family.”

Via Terrence Payne/College Basketball Talk

Marcus Lee Returns To Kentucky For Sophomore Season

Marcus Lee announced Friday that he will return to the University of Kentucky for his sophomore season.

"I've really enjoyed my college experience and I'm looking forward to continuing to develop as an all-around player," Lee said. "Playing in the Final Four was such an amazing feeling, but I want to come back and help win that final game this year."

Lee was named to the Midwest Regional All-Tournament team in his freshman season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

James Young Leaves Kentucky For NBA Draft

James Young will leave Kentucky for the NBA Draft.

Young averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in his lone season with the Wildcats.

Young was an NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team selection and a Second Team All-SEC.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Willie Cauley-Stein Staying At Kentucky For Junior Season

Willie Cauley-Stein will return to Kentucky for his junior season despite being a projected first round pick if he had declared.

Cauley-Stein averaged 6.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in 23.8 minutes per game.

Cauley-Stein was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Report: Julius Randle To Enter NBA Draft

Julius Randle will leave Kentucky after one season, multiple sources told ESPN.

Randle disputed the report on Twitter on Wednesday.

Randle is a virtual lock to be a top-10 selection and could go in the top-5.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

D'Antoni Felt Sympathy For Calipari Dealing With Lakers' Rumors

Mike D'Antoni felt sympathy for John Calipari after rumors surfaced that he would replace him as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Rex Chapman tweeted that Calipari would leave Kentucky to coach the Lakers just hours before Monday's National Championship Game.

"You deal with it, and I hate it for John more than anybody because that puts an undue pressure on something before a big game that he doesn't need to be distracted with," D'Antoni said after the Lakers' shootaround Tuesday.

Chapman joined "The Dan Patrick Show" on Tuesday to clarify his remarks, saying he now believes Calipari is likely to stay with the Wildcats. 

"You try not to hear the noise, although yesterday was deafening so you could not not hear it," D'Antoni said. "I live in a cocoon but I still live in the same country, so you did hear it.

"But it's part of our business. And if you don't like that and if you can't take it, then don't be in our business. And if you can't get up the next day and do your job, then go find another job."

Via Dave McMenamin/ESPN

UConn Beats Kentucky 60-54 To Win 2014 National Championship

Connecticut defeated Kentucky by a final score of 60-54 to win the 2014 National Championship.

Shabazz Napier had 22 points, 6 rebounds, three assists and three steals in the game and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

Ryan Boatright added 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting.

James Young led Kentucky with 20 points and seven rebounds.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Kentucky Wildcats Archives

Lakers Deny Rex Chapman's John Calipari Report

John Calipari has been linked to the Lakers by former Kentucky star Rex Chapman.

Calipari Credits Mysterious 'Tweak' For Turning Around Kentucky

Kentucky has been playing less of the dribble-drive motion system and more designed offensive sets.

Florida, UConn, Kentucky, Wisconsin Have 46 Former Players In NBA

Fifteen of Kentucky's 21 current NBA players have entered the league since John Calipari arrived in 09-10.

South Florida Hires Orlando Antigua Of Kentucky As Head Coach

Orlando Antigua has accepted the head coaching position at South Florida.

South Florida Pulls Offer To Steve Masiello Because He Never Graduated

Steve Masiello attended Kentucky from the fall of 1996 until the summer of 2000 but never earned his degree.

Florida Beats Kentucky To Win 2014 SEC Tournament

Scottie Wilbekin was named Tournament MVP and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Patric Young, Michael Frazier, Julius Randle, Aaron Harrison and Jarnell Stokes.

Scottie Wilbekin, Julius Randle Headline SEC Awards

Scottie Wilbekin of Florida has been named SEC Player of the Year.

Charles Matthews Commits To Kentucky

Charles Matthews, a shooting guard out of Illinois, is a top-15 player in the class.

Rupp Arena To Undergo $310M Renovation

The exterior of Rupp Arena will include glass or transparent outer walls that allow for more interaction between the street and what’s going on inside.

Kentucky Facing Challenge Of Whether Players Willing To 'Fight' For Wins

Kentucky gave a poor effort in their 82-87 loss to LSU on Tuesday.

Some Scouts Beginning To Prefer Vonleh Over Randle At PF

Noah Vonleh doesn't have the same type of "star" potential, but he is bigger and longer than Julius Randle.

GMs, Scouts Back Off Julius Randle As Potential No. 1 Overall Pick

Julius Randle started the season strongly with Kentucky, but expectations have been tempered by NBA scouts or general managers.

Dante Exum To Visit Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan, Oregon

Dante Exum is widely expected to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft, but he still intends to setup college visits.

Wiggins Ranks Ahead Of Parker, Randle, Smart In Offensive Rating

Andrew Wiggins has the highest offensive rating among potential No. 1 picks at 134.2.

Julius Randle Considered 'Surest Thing' In Draft

Julius Randle has the capacity of being a low-post scorer and a stretch 4, which makes him one of the most promising power forward prospects in years.

Okafor, Tyus Jones, Alexander To Announce Commitments On Friday

Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones have long said they would attend the same school.

Trey Lyles Commits To Kentucky

Trey Lyles is the No. 1 rated power forward in his class with a versatile offensive game.

Devin Booker Commits To Kentucky

Devin Booker is ranked No. 18 in the class of 2014 by ESPN.

James Young, Julius Randle Star In UK's Scrimmage

James Young scored 25 on 11-of-16 shooting while Julius Randle added 21 as the Blue squad defeated the White 99-71 in Kentucky's Blue-White scrimmage.

Kentucky Ranked Preseason No. 1 For First Time Since 95-96

Kentucky, Michigan State Louisville, Duke and Arizona comprise the preseason top-five.
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