UKTF Alumna Leah Nugent Qualifies for Olympic 400H at Jamaica Trials

KINGSTON, JAMAICA. –  Leah Nugent made the Jamaican Olympic Team on Friday night, placing second in the 400-meter hurdles final with a personal best time of 55.44 at the Jamaica National Stadium.

The UK class of 2015 alumna trains in Lexington under head coach Edrick Floréal’s direction.

Nugent was NCAA Bronze Medalist in the 400m hurdles in 2015, behind Shamier Little – who would go on to medal in that event at the IAAF World Championships later that summer – and teammate Keni Harrison.

Move to UK an opportunity, not a gamble for Eddie Gran

Eddie Gran

Eddie Gran

By LARRY VAUGHT

Did you ever wonder why offensive coordinator Edd Gran left Cincinnati, where he had one of the nation’s most productive offenses and all kinds of job security, to come to Kentucky?

The Kentucky offense has struggled. Coach Mark Stoops has yet to have a winning season. The Southeastern Conference has some of the nation’s best teams.

So I asked Gran why he left and if the move was a career gamble for him.

“It doesn’t matter where you are at in this profession. It was the right time to be with a great man in Mark Stoops,” Gran said.

Four Wildcats to Participate in NBA Orlando Pro Summer League

Alex Poythress  (Vicky Graff Photo)

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Kentucky men’s basketball players Aaron Harrison, Dakari Johnson, Alex Poythress and Marquis Teague will play in the NBA’s Orlando Pro Summer League.

Harrison (2014-15) will play for the Charlotte Hornets, Johnson (2014-15) will suit up the Oklahoma City Thunder, Poythress (2013-16) will join the Orlando Magic Blue team and Teague (2012) will play for the Dallas Mavericks.

The Orlando league will be one week, spanning 25 games. The games begin Saturday.

Summer league rosters for the Utah league (July 4-7) and the Las Vegas league (July 8-18) will be announced at a later time. 

Todd Guilliams joins Kentucky baseball staff

Guilliams

Todd Guilliams

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Todd Guilliams, who has an extensive history of coaching outstanding hitters during his career, has joined the Kentucky baseball staff, head coach Nick Mingione announced Wednesday.

“Coach Guilliams has coached at the collegiate level for 28 seasons and has been a part of every facet of baseball – coaching catchers, infielders, outfielders, hitters and calling pitches,” Mingione said. “His overall wealth of knowledge will be invaluable.

“I’ve known Coach Guilliams since he began recruiting me in 1995. He’s a faithful man, a family man. He’s been a winner everywhere he’s been, he’s a developer of players and, even more important, a developer of men.

UK Track and Field Set for United States Olympic Team Trials

EUGENE, Ore. – Kentucky track and field will be well represented at the United States 2016 Olympic Team Trials, which will take place July 1-11 in Eugene, Oregon.

Weekend Breakdown

Three Wildcats – Beckie Famurewa, Kenyattia Hackworth and Sha’Keela Saunders – are entered to begin qualifying in field events on Friday evening. 

The women’s long jump starts at 7:50 p.m. ET. The women’s long jump begins at 8:10 p.m. ET.

NBC’s family of networks will broadcast the 10-day trials. On Friday the early going from 7-9 p.m. ET will be shown on NBC Sports Live Extra (online and app), and then NBC will show the competition from 9-10 p.m.

Calipari glad to have three point guards again

Malik Monk

Malik Monk

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s first summer basketball practice resulted in high praise for freshmen guards Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox.

One, or both, will have to try and run the team like Tyler Ulis did  last year. So take a look back at the recent comments coach John Calipari had when asked about advice he would give to anyone trying to fill Ulis’ shoes:

“You’re not filling his shoes. This is a totally different team,” Calipari said. “But De’Aaron Fox is really good. Malik  is really good. With Dom and Isaiah,  again you have three point guards. We had three point guards last year. That’s why we became the most efficient team in college basketball on offense.

UK Has 91 Student-Athletes on SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Student-athletes at the University of Kentucky combined to earn a total of 91 spots on the Southeastern Conference First-Year Academic Honor Roll, the league announced Thursday

Kentucky was second overall for having the most student-athletes on the list. UK had the most honorees in the sports of women’s basketball (five) and men’s swimming (11) while tying for the most in the league in men’s basketball (four) and softball (seven).

The 2015-16 First-Year Academic Honor Roll is based on grades form the 2015 summer and fall terms, along with the 2016 spring term. A student-athlete must have a 3.0 grade-point average to earn a place on the honor roll. 

2015-16 America East Rookie of the Year joins Kentucky women’s basketball team

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Stony Brook forward Ogechi Anyagaligbo (pronounced Oh-gech-EE On-ya-gull-IG-bo), who was the 2015-16 America East Conference Rookie of the Year last season after averaging 10.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, has transferred to Kentucky, head coach Matthew Mitchell announced Thursday. Anyagaligbo has enrolled at UK and is attending classes.

Monk, Fox impressive in UK workout

Malik Monk

Malik Monk

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach John Calipari is back from watching UK recruiting targets play for Team USA in Spain and put his 15-player roster through a two-hour workout Tuesday that coachcal.com editor Metz Camfield got to watch.

He offered a variety of insights on the Cats, including these two:

Malik Monk can really get down the floor in a hurry and generally shot the ball well. He had a gorgeous crossover and drive through traffic to the hoop for an easy layup with his left hand. The freshman makes things happen with the ball in his hands. When he puts the ball on the deck and drives to the basket, he appears to be nearly impossible to stop without fouling him. His quickness is ridiculous.

Football helped Bam Adebayo develop toughness

Bam Adebayo (McDonald's All-American Game Photo)

Bam Adebayo (McDonald’s All-American Game Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Freshman Bam Adebayo knows Kentucky fans are counting on his physical toughness next season and says his football background helps him play that way.

“I played football and was a defensive end before giving it up my sophomore year,” Adebayo said. “I liked it and it made me tougher. It made me just handle toughness more. When it is hot outside and you are wearing all that padding, it gets tough. It makes you get tougher.”