KENTUCKY WILDCATS NEWS

Kentucky Announces That Marcus Lee Will Return To School

Marcus Lee wasn’t a factor for much of Kentucky’s 2013-14 season. The freshman forward only averaged 2.4 points and 1.4 rebounds per game for the Wildcats, and did not play at all in 15 games this season. He did have a big role in Kentucky’s Elite Eight win over Michigan, when he scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds in just 15 minutes. Lee didn’t have the classic one...
Via College Spun
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Marcus Lee announces return to Kentucky Wildcats for sophomore season

Kentucky Wildcats freshman forward Marcus Lee will bypass the 2014 NBA Draft and return to UK for the 2014-15 season, it was announced in a release on Friday. The Antioch, Calif., native tallied 17 points in UK’s season-opener against UNC Asheville and pulled down a then-career-high six rebounds against Northern Kentucky. From there, Lee sat on the bench for most of the season...
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Decisions, Decisions: The Reshaping Of SEC Basketball ☆

Remember March 1, 2014? Kentucky had just lost to South Carolina. Tennessee had not yet solidified its NCAA tournament resume to the point where it was more likely than not to make the Big Dance. Yes, Arkansas had thrust itself into the heart of the March Madness conversation, but the Razorbacks quickly played themselves out of tournament contention with two awful performances over...
Via Run the Floor
1 day ago  |  Discuss

James Young leaving Kentucky for NBA Draft

This one always seemed automatic. Kentucky freshman James Young is one-and-done at Kentucky, opting officially on Thursday to leave school after one year and pursue an NBA career. “My time at Kentucky has been special to me, something I'll always treasure, but I feel that I'm ready to take the next step to the NBA,” Young said in a statement. “I've learned more...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

James Young declares for the NBA Draft

Kentucky Wildcats freshman All-Southeastern Conference selection James Young will forego his sophomore season and enter his name in this year’s NBA Draft. Young made his announcement via a release form the UK athletics department on Thursday, and he will be a remember of this year’s draft class after a memorable freshman season. “My time at Kentucky has been special to...
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
1 day ago  |  Discuss

John O'Reilly asked John Calipari about Rap, Rape, Drugs & Discipline in Kentucky Basketball

John Calipari is hawking his book, Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out. Bill O'Reilly asked the coach how, in this 'coarsened' culture, with the 'rap and hip-stuff,' how he instills discipline. "Do they use 4 letter words towards you?" 'No,' Calipari replied. Because his factory instills stiff discipline. O'Reilly also wanted to know...
Via Bob's Blitz
3 days ago  |  Discuss

John Calipari Explains How Kentucky Players Are Disciplined: Talks About Rap Music, Bringing NBA Security, And Blocking Players From Women (Video)

During the Bill O’Reilly Show, Kentucky head coach John Calipari explained how Kentucky players are taken care of. The video provides fantastic insight to how a dominant basketball program handles their kids’ year in and year out. Two of the topics that were very interesting lie upon the recruiting process at Kentucky and the way the players are protected from negative temptation...
Via Blog Surface
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill O’Reilly To John Calipari: “How Do You Coach Kids Who Listen To Rap?” (Video)

Bill O’Reilly will never be confused for a hardcore hip-hop fan so it’s always important to keep that in context when you’re looking closely at comments from him. To each his own of course, but you have to go into it knowing certain biases about Bill. O’Reilly got a chance to sit down with Kentucky […]
Via Word On The Game
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Rohrssen replacing Orlando Antigua at Kentucky

  UPDATE After meeting with Pitt Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon Monday night, Barry Rohrssen has in fact decided to leave the program to take the vacancy at Kentucky, according to Matthew Steinbrink of Panther Lair: Barry Rohrssen will be taking the vacant assistant spot at Kentucky, per multiple sources. — Matthew Steinbrink (@MattSteinbrink) April 15, 2014 *** It looks as...
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill O’Reilly To John Calipari: “How Do You Coach Kids Who Listen To Rap?” (Video)

I see what Bill O’Reilly was trying to do there. Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari has been making the media rounds recently to promote his  book, “Players First: Coaching From the Inside Out.”   Coach Cal made an appearance on Fox News’ The Bill O’Reilly Show.   O’Reilly did his best to stay on the ultimate topic of basketball before he decided to ask...
Via Thacover2
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Bill O’Reilly Interviews John Calipari, Asks Some Borderline Inappropriate Questions

Kentucky head coach John Calipari made the rounds yesterday to promote his new book ‘Players First’, appearing on CBS, The Dan Patrick Show, Kentucky Sports Radio, and for some strange reason, the O’Reilly Factor. It’s safe to say that the conversation the two had was unlike any of the other’s Cal had experienced in the day. O’Reilly asked Calipari about how to impose...
Via College Spun
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cauley-Stein to Return for Junior Season

Sophomore forward Willie Cauley-Stein will return to the Kentucky men’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season, it was announced Monday. "I want to come back and have a chance to win a national championship, while also getting closer to earning my degree,” Cauley-Stein said. “Being at the Final Four this year was special, but not being able to help my teammates on...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

John Calipari says ‘tweak’ he made was having Andrew Harrison pass more

The Kentucky Wildcats were a completely different team once the NCAA Tournament began. After a season of disappointing results and tumbling in the national rankings, Kentucky knocked off some of the best teams in the tourney field en route to a National Championship appearance. So what changed? When reporters asked how the Wildcats were able […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jim Calhoun thoughts on John Calipari

UConn beat Kentucky in the National Championship a week ago today. Today former UConn coach Jim Calhoun gave his thoughts about Kentucky coach John Calipari during a radio interview. Here is what Calhoun had to say about Calipari. Calhoun also best Calipari in the 2011 Final Four as UConn went on to win another national championship. “The one thing about John, John can become...
Via roundballchat.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Wildcats To Draft ‘Cats: Who Goes and Who Stays?

Since John Calipari has taken the helm at Kentucky, he has always said their season doesn’t end until after the NBA Draft. His “players-first” mentality is admired and annoyed simultaneously. Kentucky will always have at least one huge draft prospect, while others will have to make the crucial decision on returning to Lexington or diving into the riches of the NBA. ‘Cats...
Via StraitPinkie.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Montrell Custis decommits from Kentucky Wildcats; Commits to Alabama

The Kentucky Wildcats got off to a fast start in 2015 after they secured a commitment fro Montrell Custis, a 4-star defensive back out of Georgia who picked UK over the Georgia Bulldogs, Auburn Tigers and Tennessee Volunteers. He committed to the Cats via Twitter, but it appears he’s no longer part of the ’15 class, according to Chad Simmons of FOX Sports and Scout.com: Lovejoy...
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Willie Cauley-Stein Staying At Kentucky For Junior Season

Willie Cauley-Stein will return to Kentucky for his junior season despite being a projected first round pick if he had declared. Cauley-Stein averaged 6.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in 23.8 minutes per game. Cauley-Stein was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team.
Via RealGM
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Willie Cauley-Stein Tweets That He’ll Return To Kentucky For His Junior Season

Earlier on Monday, Kentucky head coach John Calipari claimed that at least half of Kentucky’s eight NBA-hopefuls would be returning to the Wildcats for another year of collegiate basketball. Just hours later, we’ve already heard from two who will be heading back to Lexington. Freshman Marcus Lee, who was expected to stick around, will be back. So too will sophomore Willie Cauley...
Via College Spun
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Willie Cauley-Stein Says He’s Coming Back

Guess who’s back? Willie Cauley-Stein says he is coming back to play his Junior year.  One of the biggest surprise of the off-season will be the return of WCS.  Just when everyone thought everyone was immediately out the door, Willie pulls a fast one on everyone.  It will be great to have him back.  He is a fan favorite and will thrive in his junior season at Kentucky. I...
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitt assistant Barry Rohrssen heading to Kentucky

Pitt will be looking for a new assistant basketball coach. Barry "Slice" Rohrssen to Kentucky is "done," source tells @SNYtv — Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 14, 2014  Rumors have been circling for days, and it appears now it is a done deal that Pitt assistant Barry "Slice" Rohrssen will be taking an assistant coaching job at the University of...
Via SCACC Hoops
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Calipari reveals "tweak" that saved Kentucky's season

Before the SEC Tournament, Kentucky’s head coach John Calipari told fans in his weekly radio show that he made a few “tweaks” to help the team heading into the NCAA tournament. No one really knew what the tweak was but, obviously it worked and took this young Wildcats team to the 2014 NCAA championship game. Monday morning, Coach Cal decided to reveal the tweak to media, and...
Via BlackSportsOnline
5 days ago  |  Discuss

John Calipari Reveals the Tweak that Propelled Kentucky to the Final Four

John Calipari finally revealed the infamous tweak he made to his team before the SEC tournament while making an appearance on “CBS This Morning” Monday. The tweak, it turns out, was very simple, and most probably noticed it at some point during Kentucky’s run. Calipari explained that the big tweak was simply making his point guard, Andrew Harrison, focus on passing more than...
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking at what’s next for the Kentucky Wildcats and the NBA

The Kentucky Wildcats have as many as seven players seriously considering entering the 2014 NBA Draft. Even though their season just ended Monday night, they don’t have much time to make up their minds as to if the want to go pro or stay in school. To recap, here are all of the dates one needs to know regarding when draft decisions have to be made by: April 9: NBA Undergraduate...
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Will They Stay or Go

It seems assistant basketball coach Barry Rohrssen has been the rumored target to replace Orlando Antigua on John Calipari’s Kentucky bench. Granted it has been a slow week-long rumble, but everyone is presuming it will happen (and thank you KSR comment kids for demonstrating that Kentucky fans have little basketball knowledge outside their own team). For Rohrssen it is almost...
Via Pitt Blather
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Eight Kentucky players to be drafted this year?

The Kentucky Wildcats send a handful of players to the NBA every year under John Calipari, and this year will be no different. Power forward Julius Randle will be one of the first players off the board, and guards James Young and Andrew and Aaron Harrison all have rising draft stocks after a strong NCAA Tournament run.  ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford was interviewed by Kyle Tucker for The...
Via College Spun
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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