Mar 16, 2014 11:04 PM EDT
Florida defeated Kentucky by a final score of 61-60 to win the 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.
Mar 11, 2014 1:16 PM EDT
Scottie Wilbekin of Florida has been named SEC Player of the Year.
Wilbekin was joined on the First Team All-SEC by Jabari Brown, Jordan McRae, Johnny O'Bryant, Casey Prather, Julius Randle, Trevor Releford and Jarnell Stokes.
Randle was also named Freshman of the Year.
On the Second Team All-SEC are Jordan Clarkson, Chris Denson, Marshall Henderson, Charles Mann, Jordan Mickey, Rod Odom, Bobby Portis, Jarvis Summer, James Young and Patric Young.
Young was also named Defensive Player of the Year.
On the SEC All-Defensive Team along with Young are Willie Cauley-Stein, Jordan Mickey, Josh Richardson and Scottie Wilbekin.
Joining Randle on the SEC All-Freshman Team by Shannon Hale, Damian Jones, Jarrell Martin, Jordan Mickey, Bobby Portis, Sindarius Thornwell and James Young.
Aug 28, 2013 10:52 PM EDT
Kentucky, Michigan State and Kansas are considered to be the frontrunners in Cliff Alexander’s recruitment.
Alexander's girlfriend will be a freshman on the Kansas women's basketball team this season.
"They say he's going to Kansas because the girl he dates goes to Kansas," Alexander’s high school coach, Mike Oliver said. "People are always spouting rumors."
Oliver added that Alexander talks about Michigan State and Tom Izzo "all the time."
Aug 27, 2013 11:41 PM EDT
Wayne Turner has been hired as an assistant coach at Louisvillle, where he will reunite with Rick Pitino.
Turner played under Pitino at Kentucky from 1996 and 1998, helping the Wildcats reach three consecutive NCAA championship games.
Turner worked on John Calipari's staff in 2010-11 while earning his undergraduate degree.
Aug 23, 2013 11:44 PM EDT
Billy Donovan wants Patric Young to lead by example with his energy and work ethic.
“It’s very difficult to go out or tell people what to do or lead or direct him, when you aren’t doing all you need to do,” Donovan said. “That’s the biggest part of being of leader.
“I’m not so much worried about the leadership part, as I’m concerned about Patric continuing to grow, as he has. Patric is a great kid. And I think him every single day setting an example with his work ethic … I will say this about Patric’s work ethic, he has done a really, really good job this summer. This has been the most consistent summer he’s had up to this point in time. Hopefully that will continue.”
Young is down nine pounds from this point last year.
“Patric has always tried to be a leader,” Donovan said. “He’s always been a really good team guy. He’s about the team. He’s about winning. And I think the best way for Patric lead is by his work ethic and by his example and doing all the things he can do leadership wise each and every day.”
Aug 20, 2013 10:39 PM EDT
Goodluck Okonoboh has trimmed his list to five schools — Indiana, Duke, Florida, Ohio State and UNLV.
The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Okonoboh often draws comparisons to Nerlens Noel.
Okonoboh is a top-40 player in the 2014 class.
Aug 19, 2013 11:48 PM EDT
Stanley Johnson will take recruiting visits to Kentucky (Oct. 18), Arizona (Sept. 14), Florida (Nov. 30) and USC (Sept. 20).
Johnson said last month that he decided to visit Kentucky for Midnight Madness because “I told (the Cats’ coaches) I want to see them at their best, and they said that’s their best. I’m excited to see what they have to offer.”
Johnson is a consensus top-15 player in the class of 2014.
Aug 17, 2013 7:09 PM EDT
Kentucky offered a scholarship to Tyler Ulis, a 5-foot-9, 140-pound point guard out of Chicago Marian Catholic.
Ulis is ranked as the 38th best overall player in the 2014 class and the eighth best point guard.
Ulis also has offers from Michigan State, Florida and Vanderbilt.
Jul 20, 2013 9:39 PM EDT
Julius Randle doesn’t want to be defined by conventional position.
“I just like to be defined as a player,” Randle said. “Anywhere you put me on the court, I feel like I can be very effective. I definitely pride myself on being able to do a lot of different things, making my weaknesses my strengths, and just not being able to stop one thing.”
Randle believes he’ll develop further under the structure and tutelage of John Calipari.
“Ultimately I wanted to win,” Randle said. “That was the biggest thing. I wanted to be developed. I feel like this was the place that I could be developed. I feel like the system, how coach Cal plays … I feel like it fit me way too well.”
Apr 25, 2013 4:53 PM EDT
Willie Cauley-Stein has been working to expand his skillset as he prepares for his second season at Kentucky.
"(I want to) become more of an all-around basketball player, a guy that can step out, shoot threes, hit the 15-footer, take people off the dribble," Cauley-Stein said. "Just become more of a complete dude, not just a guy that's going to sit in the paint. That's not the way that I wanted to play coming in, it just ended up being like that."
The 7-foot, 244 pound Cauley-Stein requested evaluations from the NBA draft advisory committee after a freshman season in which he averaged 8.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
"I heard anywhere from (picks) eight to 10, 15 to 20, 22 to 25," Cauley-Stein said. "And you're like, 'That's the whole dang scale. That's everywhere.'"
Cauley-Stein plans to bring a different attitude to practice when Kentucky begins its workouts in October.
"I kind of got like a dominating mindset going into this next year," Cauley-Stein said. "I want to be the best in everything I do. Before it was kind of like, 'Eh, I'll come in here and try to do.' This time I want to come in here and do it. I don't want to try to do it."
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