UK fans on Twitter share their love for Tyler Ulis

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

What are Kentucky fans going to remember most or miss most about Tyler Ulis?

Once Ulis made it official Wednesday that he would leave UK for the NBA, I posted that question on Twitter and I was not disappointed with the number of responses I got or how passionate and insightful they were.

So let me share some of the many, many responses that I got from fans about Ulis.

@Lonniestewart2: “I don’t know where to stop with accolades -use any / all superlatives -Best ever ? Maybe at guard ?”

Poythress will sign autographs before Legends opening game tonight

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

The Lexington Legends will open their 16th season of baseball Thursday night April 7 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.  The Legends, class A affiliate of the World Series champion Kansas City Royals, will take on the Lakewood BlueClaws, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.  Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. (an hour earlier than for most 7:05 p.m.  games).  Former University of Kentucky basketball star Alex Poythress will sign autographs beginning as soon as the gates open until about 6:30 p.m.   He will throw a ceremonial first pitch at about 6:45 p.m.

Guest post: Tyler Ulis will be UK’s ‘Point God’ forever

Tyler Ulis saying goodbye to BBN. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Tyler Ulis saying goodbye to BBN. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Vaught’s note: Brooke Gunn Morrison is a MSD teacher from Greenville, KY. She graduated from Georgetown College where she played basketball for three years. Brooke has been a lifelong Wildcat fan. She attended her first UK game when she was just 9 months old. She has been married to Michael Morrison for 6 years and is the mother of Wesley (5 years) and Ali (2 years). She wrote this tribute to Tyler  Ulis I thought you would enjoy.

By BROOKE GUNN  MORRISON

Tyler Ulis makes it official, he’s going to NBA

MVP Tyler Ulis (Wade Upchurch photo)

MVP Tyler Ulis (Wade Upchurch photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After one of the greatest individual seasons for a point guard in Kentucky men’s basketball history, sophomore Tyler Ulis declared for the 2016 NBA Draft at a press conference in Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday. He plans to sign with an agent, which would effectively end his career at UK.

Ulis will forego his future eligibility and enter his name in the upcoming NBA Draft, to be held June 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Final awards show will include Tyler Ulis, Tubby Smith

image001The final event of the college basketball season is set for Friday, April 8, at 8 p.m. ET, when ESPN2 televises the College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s live from The Novo by Microsoft in downtown Los Angeles.

During the one-hour show,  winners will be named for: John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s (Player of the Year – Men), John R. Wooden Award (Player of the Year – Women), John R. Wooden Award (Legends of Coaching), Bob Cousy Award presented by College of the Holy Cross (Point Guard of the Year), Jerry West Award (Shooting Guard of the Year), Julius Erving Award presented by UMass (Small Forward of the Year) , Karl Malone Award presented by cConnects (Power Forward of the Year) and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award (Center of the Year).

Hinshaw impressed by Drew Barker’s willingness to learn

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Maybe Drew Barker sometimes had off-field issues his first two season at Kentucky. However, so far new offensive coordinator Darin  Hinshaw has nothing but praise for what Barker has done since he arrived at UK.

“Since I came in here, Drew has been just nipping at it to learn. He’s been a sponge. Now some of his, like I say, is like riding a bike. He’s got to go fall and make mistakes. He’s not going to be perfect out there right now. But from Day 1 to Day 9, he’s improved,” Hinshaw said after Tuesday’s practice.

NO. 13 KENTUCKY HOSTS NO. 4 LOUISVILLE TONIGHT

LEXINGTON, Ky. –The 13th ranked Kentucky baseball team will break from Southeastern Conference play to host No. 4 Louisville in a midweek tilt, with first pitch tonight slated for 7:30 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The game will be televised live on ESPNU, also available on the ESPN app. It will also be broadcast live on the UK Sports Radio Network, available in Central Kentucky on WLAP 630-AM, in Louisville on WKJK 1080-AM and online at UKathletics.com.

Kyle Wiltjer: “I could literally go on and on about just how great the Big Blue Nation is.”

Kyle Wilter, right, with Jarrod  Polson and UK fan Jami Young in Pikeville.

Kyle Wilter, right, with Jarrod Polson and UK fan Jami Young in Pikeville.

By JAMI  YOUNG, Vaughtviews.com Contributor

PIKEVILLE — There is a saying: “Life takes you to unexpected places, but love will always bring you home.”

That is the saying I would use to sum up the feeling of Kyle Wiltjer retuning to the Bluegrass State.

The following is my interview with Kyle Wiltjer in Pikeville on Monday.

Question: What is your greatest memory while attending Kentucky?
Kyle: “My greatest memory was winning the championship. That was probably the best experience I’ve had in basketball and then coming back to Kentucky when we won it was awesome.”

Boyle County’s Jacob Bodner is now a Legend

Jacob Bodner worked out with his Legends teammates Tuesday. (Keith Taylor Photo)

Jacob Bodner worked out with his Legends teammates Tuesday. (Keith Taylor Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON — Even today Jacob Bodner can still remember going to watch Roger Clemens pitch for the Lexington Legends during a rehab stay to get him ready to pitch in the American League again.

“I thought it was the coolest thing ever,” said Bodner Tuesday. “I would see those guys (Legends players) as idols and now you are filling in that role and having younger kids look up to you. You hope you can be a good influence on them and impact their lives.”

Labissiere makes it official — he will not be back at Kentucky

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball freshman forward Skal Labissiere has declared for the 2016 NBA Draft, he announced Tuesday. Labissiere plans to sign with an agent, which would effectively end his career at UK.

Labissiere will forego his future eligibility and enter his name in the upcoming NBA Draft, to be held June 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“I want to thank my family, my coaches, teammates and most importantly I want to thank God for the opportunity that he gave me to represent and play for the University of Kentucky,” Labissiere said. “I also want to thank the fans for their support through everything this season. I am excited to announce that I am entering the 2016 NBA Draft.”