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Seven Kentucky Underclassmen Declare For NBA Draft

Apr 9, 2015 2:45 PM

Seven underclassmen have left Kentucky for the 2015 NBA Draft.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, Dakari Johnson, Devin Booker, Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison have declared.

Kentucky had an undefeated season until losing to Wisconsin in the Final Four.

Towns is expected to be the first or second player chosen in the draft, while Cauley-Stein is a probable high lottery pick.

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Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Trey Lyles, Dakari Johnson, Devin Booker, Kentucky Wildcats, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Harrison Twins Leaving Kentucky For NBA Draft

Apr 8, 2015 2:02 PM

Kentucky sophomore guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison will enter the 2015 NBA draft and have settled upon representation, sources told RealGM.

Since the loss in the Final Four to Wisconsin, the Harrison twins decided upon declaring for the draft and worked to finalize an agency.

Aaron Harrison led Kentucky in points per game with 11.0, while Andrew Harrison averaged 9.3. Andrew Harrison averaged 3.6 assists.

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Tags: Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Kentucky Expected To Hold Thursday Press Conference For NBA Declarations

Apr 8, 2015 11:14 AM

Kentucky is expected to hold a press conference on Thursday for its players who will declare for the 2015 NBA Draft, sources told RealGM.

Kentucky is expected to lose five to seven underclassmen to the NBA.

Willie Cauley-Stein, Karl-Anthony Towns, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison and Trey Lyles are expected to declare by John Calipari.

Devin Booker and Dakari Johnson are the other two players potentially leaving Kentucky.

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Kentucky Expected To Have 5-7 Players Declare For NBA Draft

Apr 6, 2015 12:52 PM

John Calipari guesses at least five players will leave Kentucky early for the NBA, but "seven is a distinct possibility."

Willie Cauley-Stein, Karl-Anthony Towns, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison and Trey Lyles are expected to declare by John Calipari.

Devin Booker and Dakari Johnson are the other two players potentially leaving Kentucky.

Kyle Tucker/Courier-Journal

Tags: Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Dakari Johnson, Devin Booker, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Karl-Anthony Towns Hasn't Decided On NBA Draft

Apr 3, 2015 2:37 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns is expected to be a top pick whenever he decides to enter the NBA. 

"I haven't declared to go anywhere," said Towns. "I'm just another center for Kentucky."

Towns also mentioned prep for "my sophomore year."

Kyle Tucker/Courier Journal

Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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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."

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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."

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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
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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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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