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Janee Thompson Selected for State Farm College 3-Point Championship

Keith Taylor Photo

Keith Taylor Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior guard Janee Thompson has been selected to the women’s 3-point roster for the 28th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championship at the Berry Center in Cypress, Texas, on Thursday, March 31.

Thompson, a native of Chicago, is one of eight women’s college basketball players chosen for the event that will air live on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET. According to a release by Intersport, the producers of the event, Thompson was invited to take part in the event after being recognized as one of the finest shooters from 3-point territory during the season.

ESPN to Air Texas Western’s Historic Victory over Kentucky in 1966 NCAA Title Game

ESPN Photo

ESPN Photo

In celebration of the 50th anniversary, ESPN will present Texas Western’s historic victory in the 1966 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament Championship Game on Wednesday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Miners’ 72-65 win against the Kentucky Wildcats became a watershed moment in sports history because it was the first time a college basketball team started five African-American players in the sport’s title game.

Making History: The 1966 NCAA Championship – Texas Western vs. Kentucky is a 90-minute presentation featuring the audio call of Walt Sullivan and will contain every basket that took place inside Cole Field House in College Park, Md. on March 19, 1966.

Makayla Epps Associated Press honorable mention All-American

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Associated Press announced Monday that University of Kentucky junior guard Makayla Epps has been named an honorable mention All-America selection after averaging 17.1 points with 4.5 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game this season.

This is the second straight year that Epps has earned honorable mention All-America honors from the organization. This is the seventh straight year that Kentucky has had a player honored by the AP nationally with Victoria Dunlap earning recognition in 2010 and 2011, before A’dia Mathies was honored in 2012 and 2013. Jen O’Neil was named honorable mention in 2014 before Epps’ honors the last two seasons.

Tyler Ulis named Wooden All-American

John R. Wooden Award® Presented By Wendy’s®

All-American Team Announced Today

 

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 28, 2016) – The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the 2016 John R. Wooden Award® All-Americans on a 30-minute show on ESPNU today (8 pm EDT). Selected by nearly 1,000 national college basketball media members and the Award’s former winners, the All-American team is made up of ten student-athletes who were the top vote-getters in the quest to earn college basketball’s most prestigious honor. The ten-player team consists of, alphabetically, Grayson Allen (Duke), Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia), Kris Dunn (Providence), Perry Ellis (Kansas), Yogi Ferrell (Indiana), Buddy Hield (Oklahoma), Brice Johnson (North Carolina), Georges Niang (Iowa State), Tyler Ulis (Kentucky), and Denzel Valentine (Michigan State). The five players who are invited to Los Angeles are Brogdon, Hield, Johnson, Ulis and Valentine.

 

The 40th annual presentation of the John R. Wooden Award to the men’s and women’s most outstanding basketball player will be the anchor presentation of the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy’s on ESPN2 on Friday, April 8 at 8 pm (EDT). The men’s and women’s John R. Wooden Award All-American Teams will be honored during the ceremony, and the 2016 Wooden Award Legends of Coaching Trophy, which will be presented to Tubby Smith, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Texas Tech.

 

Voting was from March 14-21, 2016, allowing voters to take into consideration the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Fans were able to vote through the fan voting site, sponsored by Wendy’s, www.woodenawardvote.com. As insisted upon by Coach Wooden, at the Award’s creation 40 years ago, all players have been certified by their universities as meeting the criteria of the John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s.

 

About the John R. Wooden Award

 

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award program features the most prestigious individual honors in college basketball. The Wooden Award Trophy is bestowed annually upon the nation’s best male and female player who have been certified by their universities as meeting the criteria of the award. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (‘79), Michael Jordan (‘84), Tim Duncan (‘97), Candace Parker (‘07 and ‘08), Kevin Durant (‘07), Maya Moore (‘09 and ‘11), Trey Burke (‘13) and Doug McDermott (‘14). Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky won the 2015 Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s and Breanna Stewart of Connecticut won the 2015 Wooden Award.

 

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to the general scholarship fund of the honoree’s University in the name of the All-American recipient. The Award has also enabled more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long basketball camps in the Award’s name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament takes place at the Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award presentation, and brings together Special Olympics athletes and the Wooden Award All-Americans.

 

Fans can follow the candidates en route to the Wooden Award presentation and get the latest news by liking the Wooden Award Facebook page or following @WoodenAward on Twitter and Instagram. For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact Ernest Baskerville at (213) 630-5231 or via email at woodenaward@laac.net.

 

 

 

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Four Kentucky Signees in McDonald’s All American Game Wednesday

Bam Adebayo

Bam Adebayo

CHICAGO – The future of the Kentucky men’s basketball program will be on display this week at the McDonald’s All American Game in Chicago.

UK signees Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Malik Monk will play in Wednesday night’s premier high school all-star game. The game will be televised at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN, live from the United Center in Chicago.

Kentucky’s other 2016 signee, Wenyen Gabriel, was not eligible for the game as a fifth-year senior.

Tyler Ulis picks up another All-American honor

-1KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kentucky sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis has picked up three of the four NCAA-recognized All-America honors after being tabbed to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-America Second Team on Monday.

Ulis has now been named an All-American by the Sporting News (first team), the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (second team) and the NABC (second team). The Associated Press, the fourth NCAA-recognized All-America team, has not been released yet and will determine if Ulis is a consensus All-American.

The Chicago native was tabbed to the NABC All-America Second Team alongside Providence’s Kris Dunn, Kansas’ Perry Ellis, Iowa State’s Georges Niang and Utah’s Jakob Poeltl.

Mark Stoops on Horton, Westry, Bone, Conrad, Timmons

Blake Bone (Vick Graff Photo)

Blake Bone (Vick Graff Photo)

Here’s some more of what Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said after Saturday’s open practice.

On how much he likes the offense’s ability to run the ball: “You have to have that. You hear me talk about it and anybody – you watch enough football – you have to have some balance. I don’t care what the numbers say, but you have to have some physicality about you to get the tough yards and move it when you can and we’re seeing some of that.”

Krista Voda joins us on WPBK-FM (102.9) Tuesday morning

Krista Voda hosting the 2013 Hall of Fame Induction dinner.

Krista Voda hosting the 2013 Hall of Fame Induction dinner.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Few people I have ever known seem to have enjoyed their work more than Krista Voda Kelley did when she was with WLEX-TV sports covering not only University of Kentucky sports but also high school sports, the Kentucky Derby, the NFL and major league baseball.

She had a certain charm that came across on air and had a knack for making almost every interview/story special. And that contagious smile never seemed to go away.

Western Kentucky making smart choice hiring Rick Stansbury

Rick Stansbury, right, spent the last two years working for Billy Kennedy, left, at Texas A&M. Today he will be named Western Kentucky's new coach. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Rick Stansbury, right, spent the last two years working for Billy Kennedy, left, at Texas A&M. Today he will be named Western Kentucky’s new coach. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It would be foolish to act like I am not happy that Rick Stansbury is going to officially be named the new basketball coach at Western Kentucky University in a few hours.

I’ve known Stansbury, a Mead County native, for a long time. I actually watched him play when he was at Campbellsville University and got to know him well during his time as a Mississippi State assistant coach and then head coach.

Top Ohio receiver commits to Kentucky

By LARRY VAUGHT

Not only has new receivers coach Lamar Thomas made an impact on Kentucky’s returning players, but he might be having an impact with future players.

Highly-regarded Ohio receiver JaVonte Richardson verbally committed to UK Sunday after visiting Kentucky over the weekend. Recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow, an Ohio native, was again the lead recruiter with Richardson.

While Ohio State and Michigan had shown interest but not yet offered Richardson, the 6-4 receiver did have offers from Michigan, Syracuse, Illinois, Purdue and Bowling Green. Miami (FL) and Florida have also shown interest in him.