Transfer proposal okay with John Calipari as long as it comes with harsh consequence for tampering

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After the NCAA confirmed Tuesday it was considering changing rules so Division I athletes in all sports could transfer one time without having to sit out a year like volleyball and some other sports already can do, it seemed likely that Kentucky coach John Calipari would have some strong opinions about that during his weekly radio show Wednesday night — and the did.

Calipari said he would support the change as long as the NCAA had ways to make sure there was no tampering by schools to induce players to transfer.

John Calipari likes team’s “will to win” but wants more players who can “go crazy” in NCAA game

John Calipari believes Immanuel Quickley could score 25 points if UK needed him to do so. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky suddenly has gone from being two games off the pace in the Southeastern Conference race to now having a two-game lead over both Auburn and LSU with five conference games left to play.

Kentucky hosts Florida (17-9, 9-4 SEC), which has helped salvage its season by winning four of its last five games, on Saturday night.

So what does John Calipari like about the Wildcats (21-5, 11-2))?

Vince Marrow shows kindness to family of UK fan Matt Walter

Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow sent flowers to UK fan Matt Walter’s family. (Lee Weatherly Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Danville attorney Matt Walter, an avid UK fan his entire life, will be laid to rest Friday after his unexpected passing on Monday at age 41.

He was a friend to so many and never ever did he tire of talking about his beloved Wildcats and it didn’t matter if it was basketball or football. He inherited that gene from his dad, Bing Walter, who traveled for years to UK away football games.

UK signee BJ Boston Naismith Trophy finalist

ATLANTA – Kentucky men’s basketball signee BJ Boston is one of five finalists for the 2020 Naismith High School Trophy awarded to the nation’s top player each year.  The Atlanta Tipoff Club will unveil the winner on March 10.

At 6-7, 185 pounds, Boston is a consensus five-star prospect who is playing at Sierra Canyon High School (Chatsworth, California) for his senior season. Last summer, playing alongside and against some of the best players in the country, Boston averaged 22.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game in the Nike EYBL circuit.

Tyrese Maxey is a freshman that John Calipari expects to play like a junior

Tyrese Maxey, right, and Ashton Hagans celebrated Tuesday’s win. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Just a few minutes after Kentucky won at LSU Tuesday night, coach John Calipari was back pushing freshman Tyrese Maxey for more.

He missed 10 of 15 shots in the 79-76 win but has 14 points, four rebounds, four assists, one block and three turnovers in 37  minutes.

“Right now, I’ve got to get Tyrese down the stretch playing better. I mean, he’s bank missing shots that could end the game. Like, bank missing,” Calipari said.

Being named captain was “humbling” for Alex Martens but she’s off to sizzling start

Alex Martens, left, has already knocked in 21 runs in 10 games this year. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky senior second baseman Alex Martens set a single-season RBI record at UK last year when she drove in 66 runs and had 13 home runs but the clear leaders of the 2019 team were shortstop Katie Reed, third baseman Abby Cheek and catcher Jenny Schapper.

Now Martens, a preseason all-SEC choice, knows she has to be more of a leader but says this journey is one that has been normal in her softball journey.

Michigan State experience could make Vince Marrow even better UK recruiter

Vince Marrow (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It was interesting last week to hear Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow explain how he felt like a recruit trying to decide between two big-time schools before deciding to stay at UK with Mark Stoops rather than joining new coach Mel Tucker at Michigan State.

“I can’t put it no other way, it was very hard. He (Tucker) really wanted me, and they really made an effort, so it was hard. Like I said, the last three days, yes I got a raise, but I wouldn’t wish that situation on anyone, especially when it is two friends,” Marrow said Saturday one day after he made his choice to stay at UK.

John Calipari expected LSU to back off Hagans

Ashton Hagans (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Ashton Hagans is a 28 percent shooter from 3-point range this season and it was no big surprise to Kentucky coach John Calipari that LSU backed off the UK point guard and left him open from 3-point range.

“There are a lot of times that I’ll watch the game from a year ago, unless the coach wasn’t there,” Calipari said after the 79-76 win over LSU. “But when I watched the tape I saw that they did not play Ashton in our building.

UK’s 79-76 victory over LSU spells out T-I-G-E-R-S

Tyrese Maxey (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

The Kentucky Wildcats had a huge 79-76 road win on Tuesday night over the LSU TIGERS. That win moved UK into sole possession of first place in the SEC pending the outcome of the Auburn TIGERS-Georgia Bulldogs game in Athens, Georgia Wednesday night.

Since everything involved with Kentucky Basketball seems to be coming up TIGERS lately I decided to discuss the key points of Tuesday night’s LSU game and the comments just happen to come in the form of an acrostic that spells TIGERS. Why not get an overload of the furry felines, right? So here goes.

Professor/UK fan writes fifth book about UK basketball

Middlesboro A college professor, who also moonlights as a longtime credentialed sports columnist in Kentucky, has written another book about University of Kentucky basketball.

The new 256-page paperback by Jamie H. Vaught, a professor at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Middlesboro, is titled “Chasing the Cats: A Kentucky Basketball Journey.”  After writing four books about UK hoops during the 1990s and 2000s, this is Vaught’s first book in 16 years.

Like his previous books, the new volume features interesting profiles of individuals – mostly former players and student managers — who have strong ties with the Wildcat men’s program. Coach John Calipari, broadcaster Dick Vitale and LSU coaching legend Dale Brown are featured, as well.