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Ivan Rabb Narrows List To Arizona, Cal, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA

Ivan Rabb has narrowed his list of schools to Arizona, California, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA.

Rabb is one of the top recruits in the class of 2015 and attends Bishop O'Dowd in Oakland.

Via Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Kentucky To Host Preseason Scouting Combine For NBA Personnel

John Calipari is finalizing plans to host an unprecedented two-day campus scouting combine at Kentucky for NBA executives to evaluate his roster of potential prospects.

Calipari has invited officials of the 30 NBA teams to send personnel to Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 11-12 to watch his players do everything from run full-court five-on-five and NBA-style pick-and-roll sets to individual skill work.

The event will also allow Calipari to impress top high school recruits on campus visits.

After the combine, Calipari plans to shut out NBA executives and scouts from his practices for several weeks – perhaps even months – into the season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

NBA personnel aren't allowed to interact with college undergraduates, but Calipari can simply shape his workouts to be conducive to the NBA's needs.

As one executive laughed, "We're just there as B-roll for his recruiting videos."

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Calipari Wouldn't Have Left Kentucky Even If He'd Known LeBron's Decision

John Calipari had an opportunity to leave Kentucky for the Cleveland Cavaliers and he says he would have likely stayed in Lexington even if he had known LeBron James would eventually join him.

"Now, obviously coaching at Kentucky is special," said Calipari. "It is unique and special. But this, for me, becomes about these kids. I have no desire, nor am I out looking for (jobs). I got the job. I got the job. What would move me to stay was these kids need me here. That's what I'm doing. At the end of the day, that was what (kept him at UK). It wasn't money."

Calipari was "not as (close) as everybody thought" to leaving for the NBA.

Calipari says James' decision wouldn't have played a factor.

"No. No. I don't think so. Because he and I have a great relationship, but it's not based on me coaching him," Calipari said. "We've got a relationship. I've known him for years and years. We've always been friends. But it was never based on that. I've said that. I've had a chance to coach Derrick Rose, John Wall and DeMarcus (Cousins), Anthony Davis and Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist). And I'm leaving names off, but I've coached some of the best players in basketball, and it is a thrill. There's nothing better than that. Especially when those guys are all good guys.

"Well, LeBron is also that kind of player and that kind of person. But again, leaving guys who made decisions based on what's right for their career was something I couldn't have gotten by anyway."

Via Kyle Tucker/Courier-Journal

Nerlens Noel Credits Rondo For Being Biggest Help In Recovery

Nerlens Noel credits Rajon Rondo for being the biggest help in recovering from a torn ACL.

Noel and Rondo each played collegiately at Kentucky.

"With all the support and love, certain guys, especially Rajon Rondo -- he was definitely the biggest helper through this whole process, he actually gave me his phone number and told me I could hit him up whenever about it. Being from Boston, watching him growing up, and he went through it and he came back as strong as possible, actually before me, so it gave me a lot of confidence, having his good faith."

Noel will begin his rookie season one year after being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Via James Herbert/CBS Sports

Julius Randle To Undergo Surgery On Foot

Julius Randle will likely need surgery on his right foot after the NBA Draft.

Randle will likely need six to eight weeks of rehab before he's cleared to play, which would force him to miss Summer League in July. But Randle is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in the fall.

As a high school senior in Texas two years ago, Randle missed three months with a fractured right foot. There was a screw placed into his foot that needs to be removed as a precautionary procedure, sources said.

Randle's stock isn't expected to be impacted, as several executives considered it a minor issue.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Sources: Harrisons Staying At Kentucky Had Big Impact On Calipari's Decision

John Calipari was linked to the NBA after the NCAA championship game, but a strong recruiting class and the decision by Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison to stay at Kentucky made leaving Kentucky a difficult proposition, according to sources.

Kentucky will have nearly 60 percent of its scoring return despite losing Julius Randle and James Young.

There's a strong belief that Calipari would have accepted a $60 million offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers had those key players declared for the draft.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Calipari Seriously Considered $60M Deal With Cavaliers

John Calipari and the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced deeply into negotiations on a seven-year, $60 million contract to become president and head coach, according to sources.

Dan Gilbert had been persistent in pursuing Calipari.

Gilbert and Calipari had discussed a package in the range of $8 million-plus a year, sources said, and it wasn't until midweek that Calipari finally rejected Cleveland and fully committed to his seven-year, $52 million extension at Kentucky.

David Griffin would have worked with Calipari in the front office, but the latter would have final say on all personnel decisions.

Beyond the financial incentives, Calipari had some intrigue with the infrastructure of All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and the possibility of the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft.

Update: Marc Stein of ESPN reports that the Cavaliers' offer to Calipari was closer to $80 million over 10 years. The Cavaliers thought that landing Calipari would give the team a much better shot at convincing James to return. Wojnarowski reported a follow-up that there was talk of a transition for Calipari to become strictly president of the club and that the offer was strictly $60 million over seven years.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski, Brett Dawson/Yahoo! Sports

Calipari Becomes 2nd Richest Coach In NCAA With $52.5M Extension

John Calipari reached a new deal with Kentucky, becoming the second-highest paid coach in college basketball.

Calipari's deal runs through March of 2021 and he would make $52.5 million in guaranteed compensation.

Calipari made $5.2 million annually under the old deal and will average $7.5 million under the new one.

According to USA Today's salary database, he passed Louisville's Rick Pitino ($5.76 million) and trails only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski ($9.68 million) on the highest-paid list.

Calipari has also been linked to NBA coaching jobs in recent seasons.

Via Kyle Tucker/Courier-Journal

John Calipari Would Love To Coach LeBron

John Calipari has interest in coaching LeBron James at one point, but he doesn't believe the time is now.

"Are you kidding me?'' Calipari said in a telephone interview on Wednesday morning when asked about his interest in coaching James. "Have a chance to coach the best player in the world? Yes, I would love to coach him. But what's happened is our careers are criss-crossing without crossing.

"I'm not in a position where I would leave Kentucky right now. I'm not sure whether this is his last contract, or his next-to-last contract. But I would tell you if I had a chance to, I would absolutely.''

Calipari has been linked to NBA jobs though he appears focused at remaining at Kentucky.

"You'd have a chance to say, 'I coached here, I coached here and I coached Derrick Rose and I coached LeBron James,'' said Calipari. "Are you kidding me? To know he's all about championship. He's all about family. He will defer. He will give up money. He'll do whatever he has to.

"Yes, I would love to coach him. But early in his career I said maybe that would happen happen some day, but as we both get older it doesn't appear that it will happen. But he and I have never discussed it.''

Via Mary Schmitt Boyer/The Plain Dealer

Calipari 'Wouldn't, Couldn't Leave This Group' Of Kentucky Players

John Calipari has been linked to the head coaching job of the Los Angeles Lakers following the departure of Mike D'Antoni.

Calipari has another stacked incoming freshman class, as well as several key returners.

"Before it starts, I'm totally committed to helping this group of young men reach their dreams," said Calipari. I wouldn't & couldn't leave this group!"

Via RealGM Staff Report

Kentucky Wildcats Archives

Lakers To Reach Out To Kevin Ollie, John Calipari

The Lakers hope to "make a splash" with their eventual head coaching choice.

Harrisons Decide To Remain At Kentucky For Sophomore Season

Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison have decided not to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Exec: Karl Towns' Shooting Ability Will Make Him A Major Asset

Karl Towns Jr. had several good performances in the high school All-Star game circuit, showing his potential as a jump shooting big.

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

Dakari 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.

Alex Poythress To Stay At Kentucky For Junior Season

Alex Poythress 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 18.4 minutes as a sophomore.

Julius Randle Officially Declares For NBA Draft

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

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.

Marcus Lee Returns To Kentucky For Sophomore Season

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

James Young Leaves Kentucky For NBA Draft

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

Willie Cauley-Stein Staying At Kentucky For Junior Season

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

Report: Julius Randle To Enter NBA Draft

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

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 Lakers.

UConn Beats Kentucky 60-54 To Win 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.

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.
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