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Okafor, Mudiay, Towns, Cauley-Stein, Porzingis In New DraftExpress Top-5

Jan 6, 2015 4:34 PM

DraftExpress has updated their Top-100 prospects for the 2015 NBA Draft with Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay, Karl Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kristaps Porzingis comprising the top-5.

Justise Winslow, Mario Hezonja, Stanley Johnson, Kelly Oubre and D'angelo Russell round out the top-10.

Frank Kaminsky (14) and Jerian Grant (27) are the only seniors in the top-30.

Other notables include Myles Turner at 12 and Cliff Alexander at 17.

Jonathan Givony/DraftExpress

Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay, Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Kristaps Porzingis, Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General

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Carlton Bragg To Announce College Decision On Jan. 8

Jan 5, 2015 12:47 PM

Carlton Bragg will make his college decision on Jan. 8.

Bragg, who is ranked No. 14 for the class of 2015 by Rivals, will decide between Illinois, Kansas and Kentucky, while UCLA is also in the mix.

Bragg has taken official visits to Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA and Illinois has also hosted the forward throughout his recruiting process. 

Scott Phillips/College Basketball Talk

Tags: Carlton Bragg, Illinois Fighting Illini, Kansas Jayhawks, Kentucky Wildcats, UCLA Bruins, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

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Alex Poythress Out For Season With Torn ACL

Dec 12, 2014 10:58 AM

Alex Poythress will miss the remainder of the 14-15 season for Kentucky with a torn ACL.

Poythress suffered the injury during Thursday's practice.

"When you're coaching other people's children and these children have high aspirations and unlimited potential -- not only to do things for themselves but for other people -- I can't begin to tell you the feeling when someone gets hurt," coach John Calipari said in a release. "My own son, Brad, tore his ACL last year. All I can tell you is I was physically sick when it happened to him. I feel exactly the same way now that it's happened to Alex."

 

Pursuing a title was a key motivation for Poythress to return for a third season with the Wildcats after last spring's NCAA title-game loss to Connecticut. 

ESPN

Tags: Alex Poythress, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Injury, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Kentucky Adds Five-Star Duo

Nov 13, 2014 7:05 PM

Five-star prospects Skal Labissiere and Isaiah Briscoe committed to Kentucky on Thursday as members of the 2015 recruiting class.

Labissiere is rated as the No. 11 player in the ESPN 100. He's a 6-foot-10 center regarded as a shot-blocker with lots of upside. He chose Kentucky over Baylor, Georgetown, Memphis, North Carolina, and Tennesseee.

Briscoe is rated as the No. 13 player in the ESPN 100 and the No. 1 point guard. The 6-foot-3 prospect is a powerful presence that can play either guard spot. He chose Kentucky over Connecticut and St. John's.

The five-stars join shooting guard Charles Matthews as members of Kentucky's 2015 class.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN.com

Tags: Isaiah Briscoe, Skal Labissiere, Kentucky Wildcats, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, NCAA Commitment

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Calipari: Kentucky Would 'Get Buried' By Any NBA Team

Nov 10, 2014 11:57 AM

Kentucky defeated Georgetown College 121-52 in an exhibition game on Sunday.

Georgetown College coach Scott Briggs suggested John Calipari's team is good enough to beat some NBA teams.

"I told the guys in the locker room, they could have beaten some NBA teams tonight, there’s no question in my mind," Briggs told reporters after the game.

"I knew they were good coming into this game, but sitting out there watching it in front of their eyes, on the sideline, honestly I don't see how they're going to get beat this year. I don't like to say that, because I know people have off nights, and things can happen and this-and-that, and injuries and things like that, but if they play like they did tonight, they're an NBA playoff team."

Calipari quickly shot down that narrative by responding on Twitter.

"I hear Coach Briggs got excited after the game last night. Let me be clear: If we played ANY NBA team, we would get buried. ANY."

Jeff Eisenberg/Yahoo! Sports

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

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

Oct 24, 2014 5:26 PM

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.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Tags: Ivan Rabb, California Golden Bears, Arizona Wildcats, Kansas Jayhawks, Kentucky Wildcats, UCLA Bruins, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

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Kentucky To Host Preseason Scouting Combine For NBA Personnel

Sep 9, 2014 10:30 AM

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."

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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

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

Aug 17, 2014 11:33 AM

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."

Kyle Tucker/Courier-Journal

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Nerlens Noel Credits Rondo For Being Biggest Help In Recovery

Aug 17, 2014 10:35 AM

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.

James Herbert/CBS Sports

Tags: Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia Sixers, Kentucky Wildcats, NBA

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Julius Randle To Undergo Surgery On Foot

Jun 12, 2014 10:47 AM

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.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Julius Randle, Kentucky Wildcats, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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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.

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.

RealGM Staff Report

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

Harrisons Decide To Remain At Kentucky For Sophomore Season
Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison have decided not to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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.

Adam Finkelstein/ESPN

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.

RealGM Staff Report

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.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Julius Randle Officially Declares For NBA Draft
As a freshman, Julius Randle averaged 14.8 points and 10.4 rebounds in 40 games.

RealGM Staff Report

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.

Terrence Payne/College Basketball Talk

Marcus Lee Returns To Kentucky For Sophomore Season
Marcus Lee was named to the Midwest Regional All-Tournament team in his freshman season.

RealGM Staff Report

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.

RealGM Staff Report

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.

RealGM Staff Report

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.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

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.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

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.

RealGM Staff Report

Lakers Deny Rex Chapman's John Calipari Report
John Calipari has been linked to the Lakers by former Kentucky star Rex Chapman.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Calipari Credits Mysterious 'Tweak' For Turning Around Kentucky
Kentucky has been playing less of the dribble-drive motion system and more designed offensive sets.

Zach Schonbrun/New York Times

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