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Kaminsky, Okafor, Grant, Cauley-Stein, Russell Named To AP All-American Team

Mar 30, 2015 1:12 PM

Frank Kaminsky headlines the 2014-15 AP All-American Team as a unanimous selection.

Jahlil Okafor finished one vote shy of being a unanimous selection.

Jerian Grant, Willie Cauley-Stein and D'Angelo Russell rounded out the first team.

On the second team are Delon Wright, Karl-Anthony Towns, Seth Tuttle, Malcolm Brogdon and Bobby Portis.

On the third team are Kyle Wiltjer, Kevin Pangos, Buddy Hield, Rakeem Christmas and Georges Niang.

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Kentucky, Duke 5-Point Favorites In Final Four

Mar 30, 2015 12:01 PM

Kentucky and Duke are each five-point favorites in their Final Four games against Wisconsin and Michigan State respectively.

Kentucky narrowly defeated Notre Dame to advance out of the Midwest Region and keep their undefeated season alive.

Wisconsin and Duke are also No. 1 seeds, while Michigan State is a No. 7 seed.

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Current NBA, International Alumni From Sweet 16 Schools

Mar 25, 2015 3:26 PM

The 2015 Sweet 16 includes several of the best programs in college basketball that routinely send excellent talent to the NBA and to professional leagues abroad.

The following tallies show the number of players from each school in the NBA and the total number of professional players internationally in the 80+ leagues RealGM covers with full statistical information. The links beside each school list the players and their current season stats.

Midwest
Kentucky (18 in NBA / 33 in Pros)
Notre Dame (1 in NBA / 12 in Pros)
West Virginia (0 in NBA / 15 in Pros)
Wichita State (2 in NBA / 14 in Pros)

West
Wisconsin (3 in NBA / 18 in Pros)
Arizona (12 in NBA / 25 in Pros)
North Carolina (17 in NBA / 32 in Pros)
Xavier (1 in NBA / 17 in Pros

South
Duke (18 in NBA / 28 in Pros)
Gonzaga (3 in NBA / 19 in Pros)
Utah (2 in NBA / 14 in Pros)
UCLA (14 in NBA / 34 in Pros)

East
Oklahoma (1 in NBA / 19 in Pros
Louisville (2 in NBA / 25 in Pros)
Michigan State (6 in NBA / 18 in Pros)
NC State (3 in NBA / 22 in Pros)

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LeBron: I Admire How Calipari Takes High Egos, Turns Them Into Team

Mar 25, 2015 1:35 PM

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.

James said his close friend and former St. Vincent-St. Mary teammate Brandon Weems was on Calipari's coaching staff at Kentucky for two years, and "I gained even more of a relationship" with Calipari.

"What I admire is how he's able to take, year after year, these high egos coming out of high school and turn it into a team," James said of Calipari. "He makes them believe, not even believe, it's what it should be, that the team is more important than the individual. No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, in order for the team to have success everyone has to buy in.

"I love that about him, he doesn't cap, he doesn't put a cap on his talent, on those guys," James continued. "He gives them the reins if they play the right way, and he wants them to succeed at the highest level. So, you can respect that."

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Exec: John Calipari Driven Nuts By NBA Failure, Wants Another Chance

Mar 25, 2015 1:00 PM

John Calipari has become college basketball's most impactful coach during his tenure at Kentucky with a formula that has produced one national championship, two runner-up finishes and an undefeated season to date.

Calipari, however, did not succeed in his stint in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets.

"He desperately wants it," the front office official said about returning to the NBA. "He won’t say it out loud. The NBA is the only place he’s ever failed and it drives him nuts. He’s not the same guy he was then. He came to the NBA and he wasn’t ready. He’s ready now."

Calipari has remained close with Brett Yormark, CEO of the Nets.

The Nets could have $60 million in cap space in the summer of 2016, which coincides with the free agency of LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

"All these kids, if you look at a free agent list and check off the ones who he’s got a relationship with you could build an All-Star team," a person close to Calipari said. "Start with LeBron James."

Steve Popper/Bergen Record

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

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Wall, Cousins Believe 09-10 Kentucky Was Better Than This Year's Team

Mar 17, 2015 5:40 PM

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.

"Well, they got the better record, but I wouldn't say that," Wall said when asked if the current team will be considered the best Kentucky side ever.

"We were a better team, but we didn't win," Wall said. "They're going to have the leverage because they went 40-0 and got a national championship to back it up."

Cousins agreed with Wall when told about his comments.

"I mean, yeah. [John is] right. They would be considered the best, but we all know the truth," Cousins said. "Hopefully these guys do pull this off."

Ben Standig/Comcast

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Kentucky, Villanova, Duke, Wisconsin Earn No. 1 Seeds

Mar 15, 2015 6:29 PM

Kentucky is the number one overall seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament and are the top seed in the Midwest Region

Midwest Top-4
1. Kentucky
2. Kansas
3. Notre Dame
4. Maryland

East Top-4
1. Villanova
2. Virginia
3. Oklahoma
4. Louisville

South Top-4
1. Duke
2. Gonzaga
3. Iowa State
4. Georgetown

West Top-4
1. Wisconsin
2. Arizona 
3. Baylor
4. North Carolina

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Bobby Portis, Cauley-Stein, Towns Headline 2015 SEC Awards

Mar 10, 2015 1:23 PM

Bobby Portis of Arkansas has been named the 2015 SEC Player of the Year.

Joining Portis on the First Team All-SEC are Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl-Anthony Towns, LSU's Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin, Stefan Moody of Ole Miss, Josh Richardson of Tennessee, Danuel House of Texas A&M and Damian Jones of Vanderbilt.

On the Second Team All-SEC are Devin Booker, Dorian Finney-Smith, K.T. Harrell, Aaron Harrison, Jalen Jones, Michael Qualls, Levi Randolph, Craig Sword and Marcus Thornton.

Cauley-Stein won Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Towns was named Freshman of the Year.

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Knicks Heavily Scouting Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein

Mar 7, 2015 4:35 PM

Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks' front office have traveled to scout several practices of the Kentucky basketball team.

The Knicks are expected to pick between No. 1 and No. 5 in the NBA Draft and could consider Karl-Anthony Towns or Willie Cauley-Stein.

“Honestly, I really wasn’t looking,” Karl-Anthony Towns said. “I was just focused on practice. I didn’t know.”

Mark Warkentien has attended nearly a dozen of Kentucky's practices this season.

"Karl isn’t a good kid, he’s a great kid,” says Kentucky assistant coach Barry Rohrssen, a New Yorker who is affectionately known as Slice. “He will be successful in anything he does.”

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, New York Knicks, Kentucky Wildcats, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kentucky Leads NCAA In Efficiency Differential At +32.6

Mar 4, 2015 3:29 PM

When Kentucky won the national championship in 2012 with a team built around Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Terrence Jones, they finished the season with an efficiency differential of +24.8.

The Wildcats scored 114.4 points per 100 possessions while giving up just 89.5. Kentucky lost just two games that season (Indiana and Vanderbilt).

This season, John Calipari's team has an efficiency differential of +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.

Kentucky figures to play at least some closer games during the SEC Tournament and NCAA Tournament, which could reduce the efficiency differential, but it will likely remain significantly better than their very good 11-12 season.

Season-by-Season Efficiency Differential Leader (Major Conference)
2014: Louisville (+28.7)
2013: Florida (+26.8)
2012: Kentucky (+24.8)
2011: Ohio State (+27.0)
2010: Kansas (+24.7)

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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.

Jason McIntyre/The Big Lead

ACC, Pac-12, SEC Have Most Players Currently In NBA
Duke has 20 current NBA players, while North Carolina and Kentucky each have 18.

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Okafor, Mudiay, Towns, Cauley-Stein, Porzingis In New DraftExpress Top-5
ahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay, Karl Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kristaps Porzingis comprise the DraftExpress top-5.

Jonathan Givony/DraftExpress

Carlton Bragg To Announce College Decision On Jan. 8
Carlton Bragg will decide between Illinois, Kansas and Kentucky, while UCLA is also in the mix.

Scott Phillips/College Basketball Talk

Alex Poythress Out For Season With Torn ACL
Alex Poythress suffered the injury during Thursday's practice.

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Kentucky Adds Five-Star Duo
Five-star prospects Skal Labissiere and Isaiah Briscoe committed to Kentucky on Thursday

Jeff Borzello/ESPN.com

Calipari: Kentucky Would 'Get Buried' By Any NBA Team
Georgetown College coach Scott Briggs suggested John Calipari's team is good enough to beat some NBA teams.

Jeff Eisenberg/Yahoo! Sports

Ivan Rabb Narrows List To Arizona, Cal, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA
Ivan Rabb is one of the top recruits in the class of 2015 and attends Bishop O'Dowd in Oakland.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Kentucky To Host Preseason Scouting Combine For NBA Personnel
After the combine, John Calipari plans to shut out NBA executives and scouts from his practices for several weeks perhaps even months into the season.

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 Cavaliers and he says he would have likely stayed in Lexington even if he had known LeBron James would eventually join him.

Kyle Tucker/Courier-Journal

Nerlens Noel Credits Rondo For Being Biggest Help In Recovery
Nerlens Noel and Rajon Rondo each played collegiately at Kentucky.

James Herbert/CBS Sports

Julius Randle To Undergo Surgery On Foot
Julius 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.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Sources: Harrisons Staying At Kentucky Had Big Impact On Calipari's Decision
The strength of John Calipari's team at Kentucky entering the 14-15 season played in a role in not leaving for the NBA.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Calipari Seriously Considered $60M Deal With Cavaliers
John Calipari would have had final say on all personnel decisions as president and head coach of the Cavaliers.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Brett Dawson/Yahoo! Sports

Calipari Becomes 2nd Richest Coach In NCAA With $52.5M Extension
John Calipari made $5.2 million annually under the old deal and will average $7.5 million under the new one.

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.

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 Lakers following the departure of Mike D'Antoni.

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Lakers To Reach Out To Kevin Ollie, John Calipari
The Lakers hope to "make a splash" with their eventual head coaching choice.

Marc Stein, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN