Jamal Murray: “I always believe I am the best player”

Jamal Murray admits he sometimes takes shots he believes he can make that UK coaches don't consider good shots. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jamal Murray. (Vicky Graff Photo)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Here is what Kentucky’s Jamal Murray had to say after being picked seventh by Denver at the NBA Draft here Thursday night.

THE MODERATOR: Jamal, start with an opening statement about what you’ll bring to Denver.

JAMAL MURRAY: A great attitude, and I’m very excited. So much to give to this game, just blessed to be in the NBA and helping this team in any way I can, and I know this team really wants me, so I’ll be delivering the most to them.

Pre-draft worries come true, Ulis drops to 34th pick

Tyler Ulis. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Tyler Ulis. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Point guard Tyler Ulis was mentioned as a potential lottery pick a few weeks ago. Then rumors surfaced that the former Kentucky point guard had a hip injury that had never been mentioned during his two years at Kentucky.

Finally, Kentucky coach John Calipari said during several ESPN appearances Thursday that he worried Ulis’ weight — less than 150 pounds — was costing him in the NBA draft and could force him to fall out of the first round.

Chip McDaniel Named Third-Team PING All-America

-1LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sophomore Tyler “Chip” McDaniel capped one of the most prolific single-season performances by a Kentucky golfer by helping lead his team to a 13th place finish at the NCAA Championships in May. Thursday he added PING Third-Team All-America honors by the Golf Coaches Association of America to his postseason honors.

He is just the second UK player to earn either first, second or third All-America distinction in the Brian Craig era. UK Athletics Hall of Famer, J.B. Holmes, claimed first-team honors in 2004, was a second-team member in 2005 and a third-team selection in 2002.

Janee Thompson Signs to Play Overseas for SV Halle Lions

Janee Thompson hugged coach Matthew Mitchell after a NCAA win. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Janee Thompson hugged coach Matthew Mitchell after a NCAA win. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former University of Kentucky guard Janee Thompson will start her professional basketball career overseas as she has signed with the Basketball SV Halle Lions in Germany, it was announced recently.

“I look forward to playing for my new team as I start my transition from college to professional basketball and begin to lay the foundation for my career,” Thompson said in a release by the club.

The native of Chicago, played in 119 games with 82 starts during her four-year career at Kentucky, averaging 8.6 points, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game.

Will Calipari throw up again tonight?

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It seems like John Calipari has been to the NBA Draft so many times that he would have a ton of great memories.

So what draft memories stand out to him going into tonight’s draft? That’s what he was asked Tuesday and the answer was long, humorous and insightful. Enjoy.

Did last year really matter to likely No. 1 pick Ben Simmons?

Ben Simmons against Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Ben Simmons against Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Question: LSU had a terrible year last year, didn’t make the tournament. Johnny Jones caught a lot of criticism for the year. In the whole equation of assessing Ben Simmons, did last year really matter at all to him? Good or bad, did it matter?

“Genius” Jacob Tamme on WPBK Thursday at 7:30 a.m.

Jacob Tamme holds his son while his wife and daughter look on after a 5K run in Danville. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Jacob Tamme holds his son while his wife and daughter look on after a 5K run in Danville. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

One thing about Jacob Tamme, the Atlanta Falcons tight end has found a way to make off-season news.

The former Boyle County High School and University of Kentucky standout will join Tim Estes and myself on WPBK (102.9 FM) Thursday from 7:30-8 a.m. We will definitely talk about his charity golf scramble coming up in July (Swings for Soldiers) that raises money to build homes for wounded veterans.

Could Bulls take Tyler Ulis at No. 14?

By LARRY VAUGHT

Could Tyler Ulis be playing for the Chicago Bulls next season?

Maybe because today the Bulls traded point guard Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks along with Justin Holiday and a second-round draft pick next year for center Robin Lopez, wing Jerian Grant and point guard Jose Calderon.

The Bulls have the 14th pick in Thursday’s draft and Ulis could be the pick. Or it could be Notre Dame’s Demetrius Jackso, or Vanderbilt’s Wade Baldwin IV.

Odds-makes expect NBA picks traded … not stars

JUNE 22 2016Thursday night’s NBA Draft isn’t exactly a star-studded affair. Fortunately, the bookmakers at www.SportsBettingDime.com have unleashed a suite of betting props to keep the evening interesting Everyone knows LSU’s Ben Simmons is the prohibitively-priced favorite (1/8) to be selected No. 1 overall by the 76ers followed by the Lakers taking Brandon Ingram of Duke at No. 2.

Stoops has to hope his Cats can toughen up like Brooks’ 2006 team did

Rich Brooks, right, with Frankfort Country Club pro Bruce Brown at Governor's Cup. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Rich Brooks, right, with Frankfort Country Club pro Bruce Brown at Governor’s Cup. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During his appearance at the recent Governor’s Cup to promote the Kentucky-Louisville football game, former Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said having “great people in the locker room” was the reason his team rallied during the 2006 season to likely save his job and change the fortunes of UK football.