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John Calipari Reached Out To Knicks About President Opening

Jun 29, 2017 6:59 PM

John Calipari reached out to the New York Knicks to express interest in their president of basketball operations job.

The Knicks, however, do not have interest in Calipari at this time. Calipari presumably would want the dual role of head coach and president.

Calipari has been at Kentucky since 2009. Calipari was briefly in the NBA in the 1990s with the Nets and has been connected to a number of openings in recent seasons. Calipari appears to have interest in returning to the NBA, at least at some point before he retires.

With more former players currently in the NBA than any other college coach, Calipari would seem to be a natural fit for a big market franchise like the Knicks in terms of free agent recruitment.

Ian Begley/ESPN

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

Hamidou Diallo Withdraws From 2017 NBA Draft

May 25, 2017 10:51 AM

Hamidou Diallo has decided to withdraw from the 2017 NBA Draft and return to Kentucky.

Diallo graduated from high school and enrolled at Kentucky in January. Diallo didn't play in any games and redshirted the spring semester.

Diallo participated in the combine, posting the second highest vertical lead in history.

Several teams in twenties of the first round were serious about selecting Diallo but he didn't receive a guarantee high enough to stay in the draft.

"Just isn't enough of a body of work to make a commitment on him now," said one general manager high on Diallo.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Hamidou Diallo, Kentucky Wildcats, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Withdrawals

De'Aaron Fox: I Feel Like I'm The Best Player In This Draft

May 24, 2017 1:38 PM

De'Aaron Fox increased his draft stock as his freshman season at Kentucky progressed. Fox has received consideration at the top of the draft.

"I feel like I’m the best player in this draft no matter what," said Fox. "But seeing the lottery and how things fell, I feel like I wouldn’t slot past five. And I feel like if I perform well in my workouts I could move up."

Fox is one of many talented point guards in the class. Fox was asked how he stands out compared to Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and Dennis Smith.

"In college, I got to the basket whenever I wanted. I felt like I created better. Defensively, I feel like that really separated me. Those guys—Markelle is a great scorer, he’s able to distribute; Lonzo is a great passer; Dennis [Smith], his athleticism and being able to score is phenomenal. But I feel like defensively, that’s what sets me apart. But I can also create and I feel like I can create better than those guys and they’re all phenomenal players."

Fox was asked if he cares where he gets drafted.

"Honestly, no. For me, I look at the fit. Not the city or the culture of the city because I can adapt to that. But I feel like it has to be a good spot for me to play."

While Fox played well in his head-to-head matchups against Ball, he realizes there's a lot more to the decision-making of teams than those two games.

"People bring up the head-to-head a lot. If you were to go based off the head-to-head then why wouldn’t you pick me? But people don’t go off of two games. He had a hell of a season, I had a hell of a season. We’ll see where the chips fall."

Adam Caparell/Complex

Tags: De'Aaron Fox, Kentucky Wildcats, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Bam Adebayo To Sign With Agent, Stay In Draft

Apr 24, 2017 12:00 PM

Bam Adebayo will sign with an agent and remain in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Adebayo spent one season at Kentucky, averaging 13.0 points, a team-best 8.0 rebounds while also leading Kentucky in blocks per game (1.5).

Adebayo is projected to be selected in the first round.

Jon Rothstein/CBS Sports

Tags: Bam Adebayo, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

Bam Adebayo Declares For Draft, Won't Immediately Hire Agent

Apr 6, 2017 12:38 PM

Edrice "Bam" Adebayo has declared for the 2017 NBA Draft.

Adebayo won't hire an agent in order to leave the possibility of returning to Kentucky available to him.

“I want to be absolutely sure that I’m making the right decision for me and my mom,” Adebayo said in a news release. “I’m looking forward to the process, and I appreciate the support of the coaches, my teammates and the fans. No matter what happens, it’s been an unbelievable ride.”

Adebayo is projected to be selected anywhere between 19th and 30th.

John Calipari scoffed at one point this season how Adebayo was no longer considered a lottery pick in various mock drafts.

Jerry Tipton/Herald-Leader

Tags: Bam Adebayo, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

Isaiah Briscoe Declares For NBA Draft, Plans To Hire Agent

Apr 6, 2017 12:33 PM

Isaiah Briscoe has announced he will leave Kentucky to enter the 2017 NBA Draft. Briscoe plans on hiring an agent.

“Thank you Kentucky for an amazing 2 years..With that being said I've decided to enter the 2017 NBA Draft and will be signing with an agent,” Briscoe said in the tweet at @ZayBriscoe.

Briscoe averaged 12.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game in 2016-17.

Briscoe will either be a second round pick or go undrafted.

Jared Peck/Herald-Leader

Tags: Isaiah Briscoe, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

Malik Monk Leaves Kentucky For NBA Draft

Apr 4, 2017 11:34 AM

Malik Monk will leave Kentucky to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft.

"After taking some time with my family and reflecting on this season, I have decided to enter my name into the 2017 NBA draft," Monk said. "As a little kid, these are words that I could only dream of saying. For that, I am very grateful and thank God.

"I would like to thank Coach [John Calipari] for helping me evolve my game and become a more complete basketball player. You pushed me all season to be my best and taught me the true meaning of team and sacrifice."

Monk was Player of the Year in the SEC and is expected to be a top-10 pick.

"Malik is a special talent," John Calipari said. "With Malik you're talking about a superior athlete with skills and an ability to score that make him truly unique. What I love about Malik is that, as the season went on, he learned how to help our team win by doing more than just score. He became an efficient player who I believe will make an immediate impact at the next level."

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Malik Monk, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

De'Aaron Fox Leaves Kentucky For NBA Draft

Apr 3, 2017 4:06 PM

De'Aaron Fox has announced he will declare for the 2017 NBA Draft and hire an agent.

Fox will almost certainly be a top-10 pick.

Fox averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game in his lone season at Kentucky.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: De'Aaron Fox, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

No. 3 PG Quade Green Commits To Kentucky

Nov 20, 2016 11:12 AM

Quade Green has committed to Kentucky, choosing John Calipari's team over Syracuse.

The Orange hosted Green on at least four visits since the summer, but Green was impressed with Kentucky when he visited Lexington for Big Blue Madness. 

Green is ranked No. 22 in the incoming class of 2017 and the No. 3 point guard.

Kentucky badly needed guards in the 2017 class, with freshmen De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk and sophomore Isaiah Briscoe all potentially leaving for the NBA draft next spring.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Quade Green, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Commitment