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No. 3 PG Quade Green Commits To Kentucky

Nov 20, 2016 11:12 AM

Quade Green has committed to Kentucky, choosing John Calipari's team over Syracuse.

The Orange hosted Green on at least four visits since the summer, but Green was impressed with Kentucky when he visited Lexington for Big Blue Madness. 

Green is ranked No. 22 in the incoming class of 2017 and the No. 3 point guard.

Kentucky badly needed guards in the 2017 class, with freshmen De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk and sophomore Isaiah Briscoe all potentially leaving for the NBA draft next spring.

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Tags: Quade Green, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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LeBron James Jr. Has Standing Scholarship Offers From Duke, Kentucky

Jun 20, 2016 4:55 PM

LeBron James Jr., who is just 11 years old, has standing scholarship offers from both Duke and Kentucky, according to a source.

Highlights of James Jr. have already surfaced.

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Tags: Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA

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Isaiah Briscoe Returning To Kentucky, Marcus Lee Transferring

May 25, 2016 3:03 PM

Isaiah Briscoe announced he will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season, and junior Marcus Lee has decided to transfer after also withdrawing from the NBA draft.

Briscoe was not invited to the combine after making just five of his 37 three-point attempts.

"I really grew from this experience and I appreciate the opportunity to be evaluated by these NBA teams," Briscoe said in a statement released by the university on Wednesday. "I also want to thank the coaching staff and the fans for their support during this time. The NBA is my ultimate goal, so I'm returning to build on last year. There's no better place to grow as a player or to win a championship, and I want to do both."

Briscoe likely would have been a late second rounder or gone undrafted.

Lee, who averaged 6.4 points and 6.0 rebounds along with 59 blocks, told the school that he wants to be closer to his family, John Calipari said. Lee is from Antioch, California outside of San Francisco.

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Tags: Isaiah Briscoe, Marcus Lee, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Withdrawals, NCAA Transfer

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Marques Bolden Commits To Duke Over Kentucky

May 19, 2016 3:20 PM

Marques Bolden has committed to Duke, picking the Blue Devils over Kentucky.

Bolden is ranked No. 16 in the incoming freshman class.

"I am happy this is over with," Bolden said. "You could tell this was a very difficult decision for me because it took so long. I was looking for the perfect situation and I realized that's not going to happen. I did not want to regret my decision that's why I took so long. It's the biggest decision in my life so far."

 

Bolden is the second ranked center in the class.

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Tags: Marques Bolden, Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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Tyler Ulis Leaves Kentucky For NBA Draft

Apr 6, 2016 4:01 PM

Tyler Ulis has announced he's entering the NBA draft and plans to sign with an agent, leaving Kentucky after his sophomore season.

John Calipari sang Ulis' praises in a statement released Tuesday.

"I've coached a lot of great leaders and great point guards in all my years of coaching. Tyler Ulis is the best floor general that I've ever coached," Calipari said in a statement. "What I loved is he grew into that position. You couldn't speed him up and you couldn't slow him down unless he wanted to do one of those things. He coached the team this season as much as I did, and I'm proud to say that."

Ulis was dominant on both ends of the floor this season and was one of just four players nationally to tally at least 17.3 points and 7.0 assists per game.

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Tags: Tyler Ulis, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Skal Labissiere Declares For NBA Draft

Apr 5, 2016 2:06 PM

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 represent and play for the University of Kentucky,” Labissiere said. “I also want to thank the fans for their support through everything this season. I am excited to announce that I am entering the 2016 NBA Draft.”

Labissiere appeared in all 36 games with 18 starts, averaging 6.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in his lone season at Kentucky. 

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Tags: Skal Labissiere, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Jamal Murray Leaving Kentucky For NBA Draft

Apr 2, 2016 11:43 AM

Jamal Murray will leave Kentucky for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Murray is the 17th one-and-done player of the John Calipari era at Kentucky.

“We’ve been working on this for a lifetime,” his father Roger Murray said. “I told him when he was a kid that if he listens to me, if he really gives me his ears, he will achieve his goals. And we set the bar really high. He wants to be the best player that ever lived, and that’s the path he’s on.

“We always envisioned being here, but we knew the work it would take to get here. He committed his own life to being here and did the work. It’s not an easy thing, but it’s very rewarding. Looking at him right now …”

Murray, who averaged 20 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and hit 40.8 percent of his 3-point attempts this season, said there was a moment of pause after Kentucky lost to Indiana in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

“I had the feeling that I did want to stay,” he said. “Obviously, you want to come back and you want to get revenge and play harder than you did before. But it was just the right decision … to enter the draft.”

Murray is expected to be a high lottery pick.

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Tags: Jamal Murray, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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John Calipari: All Draft-Eligible Kentucky Players To Declare

Mar 23, 2016 9:35 PM

Every Kentucky player eligible to declare will submit their names for this year's draft.

John Calipari posted tweets Wednesday saying Kentucky players of age will declare for the draft, though all might not attend the league's invitation-only combine.

Players declaring for the draft can return to school if they don't sign with an agent, have up to 10 days after the pre-draft combine to withdraw from consideration and can try out with an NBA team.

"It's a true win-win for the student-athlete," wrote Calipari on Twitter.

Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray and Skal Labissiere are considered likely draft choices, but Calipari said walk-ons also will declare.

Freshmen Isaac Humphries and Tai Wynyard won't because they will not turn 19 this year.

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Bilas: Ben Simmons' Season Might Mean More Elite Recruits 'Just Go To Kentucky'

Mar 7, 2016 6:05 PM

Jay Bilas believes the struggles of LSU this season will serve as a cautionary tale for high profile recruits like Ben Simmons.

“The funny part about this is it’s fair to ask of Ben Simmons, why doesn’t he win more? Why wasn’t he able to take his team to the NCAA Tournament? I don’t put all the blame on him, all the responsibility on him,” Bilas said, pointing out that Simmons is averaging over 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists, which are unprecedented numbers.

“I think some of what this is doing, if you want to call it the Ben Simmons bashing a little bit, some of what this is doing is really signaling to the next Ben Simmons-type talent, you know, go to Kentucky. Because then you don’t have to listen to people questioning your character and whether you’re a winner. They’re just going to talk about your talent and how good you are because winning isn’t going to be the issue.”

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Tags: Kentucky Wildcats, LSU Tigers, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

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John Calipari's Son To Play For Kentucky Next Season As Walk-On

Mar 6, 2016 9:18 PM

Brad Calipari, the son of John Calipari, will be a walk-on at Kentucky next season. 

Calipari averaged 13 points and three assists per game for MacDuffie in Massachusetts this season and had been receiving interest from the likes of Liberty, East Tennessee State and some Ivy League schools.

MacDuffie coach Jacque Rivera says Calipari has worked hard to improve his game and change his body.

"He's a hard worker," Rivera said. "He's worked hard to change his body. His body fat is under 10 percent."

Calipari's two main strengths are his shooting and his feel for the game.

"He's a Division I shooter," Rivera said. "He has a very high basketball IQ. He's a very smart basketball player. He has tremendous upside and he's very competitive. He wants to win more than anyone."

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John Calipari Seeks 10-Year, $120M Contract For NBA Return
John Calipari currently earns $8 million to $9 million per season at Kentucky and wouldn't leave that job for just an incremental raise.

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Nets' Brett Yormark Remains Proponent Of John Calipari
Brett Yormark has remained a proponent of making a large offer to bring John Calipari back to the Nets in a dual role as president and head coach.

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