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Daimion Collins Commits To Kentucky

Oct 31, 2020 10:02 PM

Daimion Collins announced his commitment to Kentucky on Saturday.

A 6-foot-10 power forward, Collins is ranked No. 24 for the 2021 class by ESPN.

Collins picked the Wildcats over Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech.

"I like how their players have developed. Me playing with and against great players, hopefully it will make me a great player. I am ready for the challenge," said Collins.

Kentucky now has three pledges for the 2021 class. 

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Tags: Daimion Collins, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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NBA Insiders Fear Knicks Could Become 'Kentucky Pipeline Team'

Oct 28, 2020 6:17 PM

The New York Knicks hired Leon Rose, who was a longtime agent with CAA, to run their front office earlier this year and Bill Simmons of The Ringer suggests people around the league are monitoring the possibility of former Kentucky players could be funneled to the franchise.

Rose also hired William Wesley for a role in the front office, who was his colleague at CAA.

"There's also a real fear in the NBA," said Bill Simmons. "I'm fine talking about this. It's rumor, heresy stuff. But it's just a fact. Kentucky, Worldwide Wes had a great relationship with John Calipari. CAA's got multiple Kentucky guys and there's a real fear in the league that the Knicks are going to become the Kentucky pipeline team.

"Devin Booker is a great example of that, right? Even though he's on a big deal right now, at some point if he wanted to move out of there...

"The league is kind of watching the Kentucky factor with that team.

"I think even [Anthony] Davis, if the Lakers hadn't won the title this year, who knows? Right? Are we positive he would have stayed? I don't know. All of the signs, all of the dialogue was like 'LeBron and him love each other'. But who knows what would have happened?

"That Knicks thing is intriguing," replied Kevin O'Connor. 

"Also, if you're the Kentucky pipeline team, that's a good thing because that's the one true pipeline we have right now. All the Kentucky guys know each other, like each other. Every year they have top dudes."

Kentucky has the most former players currently in the NBA.

"All this stuff, follow the breadcrumbs. Rich Paul and Klutch, the same thing. The agents carry a lot more sway than people think."

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Tags: New York Knicks, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bryce Hopkins Commits To Kentucky

Oct 27, 2020 1:19 AM

Bryce Hopkins announced his commitment to Kentucky on Monday.

Hopkins, a top-35 senior, gives John Calipari his second commit for the 2021 class.

Hopkins decommitted from Louisville in August, before choosing the Wildcats over Illinois, Providence, and Indiana. 

"He's a big-bodied combo forward with long arms, huge hands and is a legit mismatch problem because of his ability to score in different ways from various spots on the floor," said ESPN recruiting analyst Adam Finkelstein. 

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Tags: Bryce Hopkins, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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Skyy Clark Commits To Kentucky

Oct 23, 2020 1:19 AM

Skyy Clark announced his commitment to Kentucky, choosing the Wildcats over North CarolinaUCLA and Memphis.

Currently a junior, Clark is a five-star prospect ranked No. 19 in his class by ESPN.

"It's a perfect fit for me. I have watched games and practice film on Kentucky. I love the way they play defense and push the ball on offense. I took a visit when they played Auburn. The fans were incredible. You could not hear the person next to you," said Clark.

Clark is a candidate to reclassify into the 2021 class, though he has yet to make a public decision.

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Tags: Skyy Clark, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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Olivier Sarr, Jacob Toppin Eligible For Wildcats This Season

Oct 22, 2020 1:15 AM

Olivier Sarr and Jacob Toppin were granted eligibility to play for the Kentucky Wildcats this season.

Sarr transferred from Wake Forrest, with Toppin a transfer from Rhode Island.

"I'm excited for Olivier and Jacob. Both have worked really hard and deserve this opportunity. They were both hopping and skipping out of my office after getting the news because they've been waiting on this day. I want to thank the NCAA and the SEC for considering the unique circumstances surrounding this season, and we appreciate them working with us throughout this process," said John Calipari.

Sarr, who averaged 13.7 points and 9.0 rebounds last season, was one of the top-ranked transfers of the spring.

Kentucky, which lost 8 out of their top 9 players from last season, will likely move into the top five of ESPN's preseason rankings.

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Tags: Olivier Sarr, Jacob Toppin, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA B-Ball IQ

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Olivier Sarr Transfers From Wake Forest To Kentucky

May 6, 2020 8:51 PM

Olivier Sarr will transfer from Wake Forest to Kentucky.

"I felt that was the best fit and the best opportunity for me, being able to play for that great program and showcase my winning drive on that stage," Sarr told ESPN, in reference to playing for John Calipari at Kentucky. "Coach Cal made me understand that I was needed over there."

Danny Manning was recently fired as head coach of Wake Forest.

Sarr also received interest from Duke, Baylor, Florida State and Gonzaga.

"I don't think people realize how hard it is for me," said Sarr, a 7-footer from France. "I hope they understand that I'm not transferring because I don't like the school, the team, the new coach. Just that I felt like this was the best opportunity and I had to take it.

"It's going to be tough, talking to my coaches and teammates, fans, professors, managers. It's a tough decision. I don't know how to explain it. I loved Wake. They welcomed me with open arms, when I was a skinny freshman who barely spoke English. I will always be a Deacon. I hope they always remember me as a Deacon."

One of the reasons Sarr chose Kentucky was John Calipari's track record for development big men for the NBA.

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Tags: Olivier Sarr, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Tyrese Maxey Signs With Klutch Sports

Apr 16, 2020 9:15 PM

Tyrese Maxey has signed with Rich Paul of Klutch Sports.

Maxey is a projected lottery pick.

Maxey left Kentucky after his freshman season.

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EJ Montgomery Becomes 5th Kentucky Wildcat Starter To Declare For 2020 NBA Draft

Apr 16, 2020 2:07 AM

EJ Montgomery officially declared for the 2020 NBA Draft, becoming the fifth Kentucky Wildcat starter to enter the draft.

The sophomore averaged 6.1 points and 5.4 rebounds last season.

"Someone is going to get a big-time prospect with EJ," said John Calipari.

Montgomery joins teammates Nick Richards, Immanuel QuickleyAshton Hagans, and Tyrese Maxey in entering the draft. 

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Nick Richards Signs With Agency, Enters 2020 NBA Draft

Apr 15, 2020 1:20 AM

Nick Richards officially declared for the 2020 NBA Draft, becoming the fourth Kentucky Wildcat starter to enter the draft.

Richards also signed with an agency.

Richards, who averaged 14 points per game last season, is ranked No. 59 on ESPN's Top 100.

Richards joins other Wildcat starters Immanuel Quickley, Ashton Hagans, and Tyrese Maxey in turning pro. 

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Immanuel Quickley Leaves Kentucky For 2020 NBA Draft

Apr 13, 2020 4:32 PM

Immanuel Quickley is entering the 2020 NBA Draft. Quickley is the No. 58 prospect in the draft, according to ESPN.

"I've decided to forgo my remaining eligibility by declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft and signing with an agent," Quickley wrote to ESPN. "I want to thank Coach Cal, the entire UK coaching staff and administration, my brothers/teammates, and Big Blue Nation for all your love and support the past two years. I'm grateful for everyone that helped me along my journey."

Quickley averaged 18.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in conference play, shooting 48% from 3 and 92% from the free throw line.

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Tags: Immanuel Quickley, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Graduate Transfer Davion Mintz Commits To Kentucky

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Kahlil Whitney Declares For 2020 NBA Draft, Will Hire Agent

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Keion Brooks Jr. To Return To Kentucky

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Tyrese Maxey Leaves Kentucky For 2020 NBA Draft

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Kentucky Guard Ashton Hagans To Enter 2020 NBA Draft

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Johnny Juzang To Transfer From Kentucky

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