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Skal Labissiere Hasn't Been Cleared To Play For Kentucky

Oct 7, 2015 12:04 PM

Skal Labissiere has not been cleared to play by the NCAA to play for Kentucky, his guardian said on Wednesday.

Labissiere is expected to be one of the first three picks of the 2016 NBA Draft. 

"Not yet," Labissiere's guardian, Gerald Hamilton, told ESPN. "We're just trying to get everything squared away. They are asking a few questions.

"They haven't cleared him, but we're sticking with our faith," he added. "There's no real concern about anything from the Kentucky compliance people."

When asked about the specific reason Labissiere has yet to be cleared, Hamilton told ESPN he did not wish to comment.

Multiple sources told ESPN that the NCAA was looking into Hamilton and his relationship with Labissiere, but Hamilton declined to comment on whether that was the holdup.

Jeff Goodman, Jeff Borzello/ESPN

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

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Wenyen Gabriel Commits To Kentucky

Oct 1, 2015 1:05 PM

Wenyen Gabriel, ranked No. 23 overall in the incoming class of 2016, has committed to Kentucky.

Gabriel had previously cut his list to Kentucky, Duke, Maryland, Connecticut and Providence.

"I felt a connection to all the coaches in my final five, but ultimately it came down to Duke and Kentucky," Gabriel said, "and I just felt like I couldn't go wrong either way."

Gabriel is more of a prototypical stretch-4 but even could see time at small forward at Kentucky.

Adam Finkelstein/ESPN

Tags: Wenyen Gabriel, Kentucky Wildcats, High School, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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Sacha Killeya-Jones Commits To Kentucky

Aug 19, 2015 11:59 AM

Sacha Killeya-Jones has committed to Kentucky for the class of 2016.

Killeya-Jones is a 6-foot-11 recruit who decommitted from Virginia on June 2 and is ranked No. 56 by ESPN.

Killeya-Jones chose the Wildcats over Virginia, Cal, Florida, Connecticut, Georgetown, Wake Forest and North Carolina.

Tags: Sacha Killeya-Jones, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, NCAA Commitment

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Karl-Anthony Towns Had 4.0 GPA At Kentucky

Jul 29, 2015 12:16 AM

Karl Anthony-Towns maintained a 4.0 GPA in his spring semester even while Kentucky reached the Final Four.

"I take everything very serious," Towns said during an appearance at the Dick's Sporting Goods' Sports Matter panel Tuesday. "For me, making sure that I had great grades at Kentucky was a very key component of my freshman year. It's going to be every year. Just wanted to make sure I could play and be the best I could be, especially in the classroom, and I'm glad I came out with a 4.0 GPA."


Towns graduated from St. Joseph High School in Metuchen with a 3.96 GPA.

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Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA

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Harry Giles Narrows List To UNC, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Wake Forest

Jul 20, 2015 7:25 PM

Harry Giles, the number one recruit in the class of 2016, has narrowed his list of schools to five.

Giles is a 6'10 power forward out of Wesleyan Christian Academy.

North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Wake Forest are on Giles' list.

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Tags: North Carolina Tar Heels, Duke Blue Devils, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Kansas Jayhawks, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

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Kings Interested In Hiring John Calipari

Jun 30, 2015 11:25 AM

The Sacramento Kings are gauging the potential interest of John Calipari in taking over their head coach and front office jobs.

Calipari has been communicating with owner Vivek Ranadive and other members of the Kings' ownership group in recent weeks.

Kings' ownership understands that it will take a multiyear financial package of $10 million-plus annually to get Calipari to seriously consider leaving Kentucky, sources said.

The Kings' ownership has increased their interest in Calipari as the relationship between DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl has deteriorated. 

Calipari coached Cousins at Kentucky for a season in 2009-10.

Calipari has also been linked in the past year to the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans.

Officials around the NBA have pleaded with Ranadive to stop these sharp changes in direction.

As one league official familiar with Ranadive's mindset told Yahoo Sports, "He's trying to find a magic button to push that'll fix everything."

Vlade Divac was hired just a few months ago in what was initially believed to be a ceremonial position.

"For the 100th time, I have the best basketball coaching position in the world," said Calipari on Twitter. "I am not looking for any other coaching position." 

Calipari also explained that he's been in touch with the Ranadive in general about Cousins over the years and about the team's interest in Willie Cauley-Stein.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Sacramento Kings, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jamal Murray Commits To Kentucky

Jun 24, 2015 6:25 PM

Jamal Murray has committed to Kentucky for the 15-16 season.

Murray also strongly considered Oregon.

Murray, a 6'5 combo guard from Ontario, Canada, reclassified late in the process. Murray had an especially strong showing in April's Nike Hoop Summit.

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Tags: Jamal Murray, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA

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John Calipari Interested In Pelicans' Job

May 19, 2015 1:11 PM

John Calipari has interest in becoming head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, according to a source close to the coach.

Calipari recently signed an extension with Kentucky.

Calipari would have the chance to reunite with Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans if he returned to the NBA with the Pelicans.

there have been exploratory conversations between Calipari and the Pelicans, but it doesn't appear as though the franchise could meet his financial demands.

League sources said the Pelicans are willing to pay around $4 million to $5 million per season for Monty Williams' successor. Williams was fired last week after five seasons at the helm.

But Calipari makes about $8 million annually and recently agreed to a one-year contract extension through 2022, which he hasn't yet signed. 

The financial aspects are a major issue for Calipari, while he also would seek input on the Pelicans' roster.

Calipari released the following statement via Twitter:

"Even though Anthony and Tyreke are in NOLA, I have no interest in the Pelicans or any other job. I have a great job and I'm happy at UK."

John Reid/Times Picayune

Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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John Calipari Close To Extension With Kentucky Through 2022

May 12, 2015 8:25 PM

John Calipari and Kentucky are close to an extension at $8 million through 2022.

Calipari will also earn a $1.6 million longevity bonus on July 1.

Calipari's new contract is a seven-year, $54 million deal.

Calipari continues to be connected to NBA jobs, but he appears likely to remain at Kentucky at least through the 15-16 season.

Kentucky gave Calipari an extension and raise after the 2012 title to $5.2 million annually and then $7.5 million last June before the new $8 million deal.

Matt Jones/KSR

Tags: Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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John Calipari Won't Use Platoon System Again

May 5, 2015 3:51 PM

John Calipari said he won't use a platoon system again in the future.

When Alex Poythress tore his ACL in December, all 10 Kentucky rotation players were averaging between 15 and 25 minutes per game.

Calipari eventually used an eight-man rotation as the season progressed.

"If you ask me if I'm ever going to platoon again, my answer is NO," Calipari wrote on "Last season was an absolute outlier. It's just not the way I like to coach. I would rather play seven or eight guys because I believe that gives us the best chance to win. I think we wrote the book on platooning this year, but I hope we stick it on the shelf and never have to use it again."

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA B-Ball IQ

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Willie Cauley-Stein Officially Changes Middle Name To 'Trill'
Willie Cauley-Stein officially added the hyphen in his last name and changed his middle name to Trill.

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Ford: NBA Teams Sometimes Scared Off By Highly Intelligent Players
Willie Cauley-Stein is judged largely by his intangibles on defense.

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Seven Kentucky Underclassmen Declare For NBA Draft
Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, Dakari Johnson, Devin Booker, Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison have declared for the draft.

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Harrison Twins Leaving Kentucky For NBA Draft
Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison have decided to enter the NBA Draft and have chosen representation, sources told RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Kentucky Expected To Hold Thursday Press Conference For NBA Declarations
Kentucky is expected to lose five to seven underclassmen to the NBA.

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Kentucky Expected To Have 5-7 Players Declare For NBA Draft
Willie Cauley-Stein, Karl-Anthony Towns, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison and Trey Lyles are expected to declare by John Calipari

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Karl-Anthony Towns Hasn't Decided On NBA Draft
Karl-Anthony Towns also mentioned prep for "my sophomore year."

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Kaminsky, Okafor, Grant, Cauley-Stein, Russell Named To AP All-American Team
Frank Kaminsky headlines the 2014-15 AP All-American Team as a unanimous selection.

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Kentucky, Duke 5-Point Favorites In Final Four
Kentucky versus Duke is the probable matchup in the National Championship Game.

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Current NBA, International Alumni From Sweet 16 Schools
Kentucky and Duke have 18 former players in the NBA apiece, while UCLA has the most total professionals with 34.

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LeBron: I Admire How Calipari Takes High Egos, Turns Them Into Team
LeBron James and John Calipari have grown increasingly close over the years after they were introduced by a "family friend" believed to be William Wesley.

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Exec: John Calipari Driven Nuts By NBA Failure, Wants Another Chance
John Calipari did not succeed in his stint in the NBA with the Nets.

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Wall, Cousins Believe 09-10 Kentucky Was Better Than This Year's Team
John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins believe their Kentucky team in 09-10 was better than their current side even though they were upset by West Virginia in the regional final.

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Kentucky, Villanova, Duke, Wisconsin Earn No. 1 Seeds
Kentucky is the number one overall seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament and are the top seed in the Midwest Region

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Bobby Portis, Cauley-Stein, Towns Headline 2015 SEC Awards
Bobby Portis of Arkansas has been named the 2015 SEC Player of the Year.

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Knicks Heavily Scouting Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein
Phil Jackson and the Knicks' front office have traveled to scout several practices of the Kentucky basketball team.

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Kentucky Leads NCAA In Efficiency Differential At +32.6
Kentucky is scoring 114.0 points per 100 possessions and have been even better on defense by allowing 81.4 points per 100 possessions.

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Calipari: We Could Have $3 Billion In Created Wealth For Our Players Within Six Years
John Calipari has created a great pipeline at Kentucky to send players to the NBA while achieving success within the college game.

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Top NBA Draft Prospects (February Stats)
Karl-Anthony Towns had the best PER of any of the likely top prospects of the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Kentucky Beating NBA In Terms Of TV Viewership
Kentucky remains undefeated at 24-0 and are beating the NBA in television ratings.

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