NCAA WiretapApril 2024 NCAA Wiretap

Kentucky Hires Mark Pope As Head Coach

Apr 12, 2024 3:19 PM

Kentucky has hired Mark Pope as head coach, replacing John Calipari.

Pope was a captain on Kentucky's 1996 national championship team and has been head coach of BYU for the past five seasons. Pope took BYU to two NCAA tournaments in five seasons, going 110-52 overall with the Cougars. 

"Mark Pope not only brings an impressive record in nine years as a head coach, but also a love of the University of Kentucky and a complete understanding of what our program means to the people of our state," Barnhart said. "As a captain on the '96 championship team, Mark was a beloved and respected teammate. As a head coach, he is highly regarded nationally as an innovator. His teams run a unique and dynamic up-tempo offense, and they get after it on defense. He is a strong recruiter with international ties and a person of integrity.

"He fully embraces our high expectations and standards, and I know that as our fans get reacquainted with Mark, they will be eager to join him on what promises to be an exciting ride."

Kentucky also had interest in Scott Drew, Dan Hurley and Billy Donovan.

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Donovan Clingan Declares For 2024 NBA Draft

Apr 12, 2024 3:49 PM

Donovan Clingan will leave UConn to enter the 2024 NBA draft.

Clingan is currently the No. 3 prospect in ESPN's Top 100 and could receive consideration to go No. 1 overall in the draft.

Clingan used his 7-foot-7 wingspan and tremendous timing to become a prolific shot-blocker, averaging 2.5 per game to rank eighth in the nation.

Clingan averaged 15.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.2 blocks in the Huskies' tournament run this season, all up from his season averages. 

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Jared McCain Enters NBA Draft

Apr 12, 2024 1:56 PM

Duke guard Jared McCain has declared as an Early Entry Candidate for the 2024 NBA Draft. Mccain played one season for the Blue Devils.

McCain averaged 14.3 points on 46/41/89 shooting splits, 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals in his lone college season. The 6-foot-3 combo guard shows up as a late-lottery to mid-20s pick in most mock drafts.

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Kyle Filipowski Leaves Duke For NBA Draft

Apr 12, 2024 1:52 PM

Duke big man Kyle Filipowski announced he's declaring for the 2024 NBA Draft. Filipowski played two seasons for the Blue Devils.

As a sophomore, the 7-foot Filipowski averaged 16.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. He's considered a mid-first-round pick by most draft experts.

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Kentucky Targets Mark Pope As Next Head Coach

Apr 11, 2024 11:48 PM

Kentucky is targeting BYU's Mark Pope as the next head coach of the basketball program, sources told ESPN.

The two sides are expected to agree to a deal soon.

Baylor head coach Scott Drew turned down interest in the position earlier in the day.

Pope has a 110-52 record at BYU over five years, including two NCAA tournament appearances.

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Scott Drew Turns Down Kentucky To Remain At Baylor

Apr 11, 2024 1:13 PM

Scott Drew has decided to stay at Baylor, turning down interest from Kentucky after emerging as that school's top target to replace John Calipari.

Drew, who won a national title at Baylor in 2021, has a close relationship with Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart but ultimately decided to stay at Baylor, where he has coached for 21 years and gone 446-244. He confirmed his plan to remain the Bears coach in a statement Thursday.

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Jayden Quaintance Requesting To Decommit From Kentucky

Apr 11, 2024 1:40 AM

Jayden Quaintance has asked to be released from his letter of intent to Kentucky and plans to reopen his recruitment.

Quaintance's decision comes after John Calipari left the program for Arkansas.

Quaintance is ranked by ESPN as the No. 14 prospect in his class.

Karter Knox also decommitted from Kentucky following Calipari's move. 

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John Calipari Regrets Not Leaving Kentucky For UCLA In 2019

Apr 10, 2024 1:57 PM

John Calipari left Kentucky to join Arkansas on a five-year, $38.5 million contract with bonuses that could increase the amount to seven years and almost $60 million. 

The new partnership will include an NIL fund worth “at least” $5-7 million.

Sources tell The Athletic that Calipari still regrets turning down the UCLA job in 2019. Kentucky kept Calipari on a 10-year, $86 million deal that UCLA couldn't match.

Arkansas hasn't reached the Final Four since 1995.

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Isaiah Collier Declares For 2024 NBA Draft, Hires B.J. Armstrong As Agent

Apr 10, 2024 1:50 PM

Isaiah Collier will enter the 2024 NBA draft and leave USC after his freshman season.

Collier will be represented by agent B.J. Armstrong of Wasserman. 

Collier is currently the No. 11 prospect in the 2024 NBA draft based on ESPN's projections.

Collier was the No. 1 high school recruit in the country out of Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia.

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Billy Donovan Hasn't Had Contact With Kentucky, Committed To Bulls

Apr 10, 2024 10:01 AM

Billy Donovan said he has not had any contact with the University of Kentucky about their head coaching vacancy and remains committed to the Chicago Bulls.

"I have not been contacted by anybody, I haven't spoken to anybody," Donovan told reporters, adding that his answer would remain the same even if he was contacted. "My total commitment and focus is here to this team and to this group."

John Calipari stepped down as head coach of Kentucky this week for the same job with Arkansas.

Donovan began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Kentucky under Rick Pitino from 1989 until 1993. Donovan won back-to-back national championships at Florida. Donovan left Florida to become head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2015 before joining the Bulls in 2020.

"I'm happy here at this level," Donovan said. "I know I enjoy coaching and I know I enjoy coaching in the NBA."

The Bulls have Donovan under contract for two more years. 

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Robbie Avila Enters Transfer Portal, Likely To Go To Saint Louis

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UConn-Purdue Title Game Averages 14.2M Viewers

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Tara VanDerveer Announces Retirement As Head Coach Of Stanford

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Rob Dillingham Declares For 2024 NBA Draft, Hires Klutch As Agent

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Top 2024 Recruit Sarah Strong Commits To UConn

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