Blue-White didn’t show real UK defense

Isaiah Briscoe got around Malik Monk Friday. (UK Athletics Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe got around Malik Monk Friday. (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON — At Wednesday’s SEC Media Day, Kentucky coach John Calipari explained how he thought his team could be one of his best defensive teams.

Kentucky looked anything but like a great defensive team in Friday’s Blue-White Game. Yet that did nothing to change the UK coach’s mind about his team’s defense.

“We really guarded on the ball really good. It all starts right there. You have De’Aaron Fox, you have Dom (Hawkins), you have Malik (Monk), you have Isaiah (Briscoe). They can all guard the ball, which means you’re not getting broken down, having to rotate,” Calipari said.

QB Danny Clark commits to UK

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky plays Mississippi State tonight, but coach Mark Stoops already has been a winner today.

Former Ohio State quarterback commit Danny Clark committed to the Wildcats Saturday during his second unofficial visit in the last three weeks.

The 6-4 quarterback had been committed to Ohio State for over two years and UK was one of the few schools to stay in touch with him during that time. When he decided to de-commit — he does have an Ohio State tattoo — his connection with UK recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow got him to Kentucky.

When Calipari says go, Fox takes off

De'Aaron Fox, left, had five steals Friday. (UK Athletics Photo)

De’Aaron Fox, left, had five steals Friday. (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky fans finally got a chance to see what freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox can do on the basketball court — and he did not disappoint during Friday night’s Blue-White Game.

Fox had 31 points on 11-for-20 shooting from the field and 8-for-10 at the foul line, 12 rebounds, six assists, five steals and two blocked shots. That’s a stat-stuffer whether it is an intrasquad scrimmage or marquee matchup with a ranked opponent.

Blue-White notes and numbers

Malik Monk (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)

Malik Monk (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)

Blue-White Game

Blue 110, White 94

Oct. 21, 2016

Rupp Arena – Lexington, Ky.

Postgame Notes

Team Notes

  • This is the ninth year the Blue-White Game has been played in Rupp Arena.
  • Tonight’s attendance of 16,089 broke a school attendance record for the Blue-White Game. The previous record was 15,035 to open the 2013-14 season.
  • The teams combined to shoot 52.4 percent from the floor (77 of 147). The Blue Team shot a combined 59.5 percent from the floor, but just 27.3 percent from 3-point range. The White Team shined from long distance, connecting on 42.1 percent of its shots with an 8-of-19 mark.

Cats showcase lot of offense in Blue-White Game

By LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON — There was a lot to like and very little not to like from Kentucky’s Blue-White Game here Friday night.

Coach John Calipari has had a swagger about his freshman-dominated team for months and it was easy to see why after watching this intrasquad battle.

Freshman point guard De’Aaron might be even faster than anticipated and had 31 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Freshman guard Malik Monk looked like he was ready for the NBA dunk contest and had 26 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Adebayo Named to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award Watch List

Bam Adebayo (McDonald's All-American Photo)

Bam Adebayo (McDonald’s All-American Photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Freshman forward Edrice “Bam” Adebayo became the third Kentucky basketball freshman to earn recognition on the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame preseason watch lists for player of the year awards for respective positions. Adebayo was one of 20 players selected to watch for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, which honors the top center in the nation.

Named after Naismith Hall of Famer and three-time NCAA champion Abdul-Jabbar, the annual honor in its third year recognizes the top centers in men’s college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.

Joe Craft Football Training Facility to Be Named for Supporter

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The facility housing the day-to-day Kentucky football operation will be named the Joe Craft Football Training Facility in honor of Joe Craft, one of the most passionate, generous and loyal supporters of the University of Kentucky Athletics Department.

“We are so appreciative of Joe Craft’s generosity and thankful for the role he played in making our new football facility a reality,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “Without his support and the support of all our donors, we would not be able to create the opportunities for athletic, academic and personal growth that we do for our students. We look forward to celebrating how much Joe means to our program at a dedication ceremony we will schedule soon.”

Ware and Allen like Batman and Robin

Josh Allen (41). (Alex Otte Photo)

Josh Allen (41). (Alex Otte Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Sophomore linebackers Josh Allen and Denzil Ware have become two of UK’s best playmakers and with backups Di’Niro Laster and Kobie Walker out for the season with injuries they may have to play even more against Mississippi State Saturday night.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said both have dealt with recent success well and he doesn’t expect that to change.

Linebackers Walker, Laster out for season

Kobie Walker heard from Mark Stoops during UK's opening game. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kobie Walker heard from Mark Stoops during UK’s opening game. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s improving defense will be without two backup linebackers for the rest of the season starting with Saturday night’s game against Mississippi State.

Coach Mark Stoops confirmed Thursday that Di’Niro Laster and Kobie Walker both need season-ending surgery. Laster has a knee injury while Walker has a shoulder issue.

Laster, a transfer from Minnesota, had 14 tackles in five games. He had a quarterback sack. He was also a regular on special teams. Walker has 10 tackles in three games but has missed time with injuries and suspension.

Bam Adebayo took time to shake hands with NBA scouts

By SAMANTHA STALLINGS

Wildcats.

Meet the Wildcats.

They’re the modern age college basketball team

From the city of Lexington.

They’re a page right out (and soon to be making) history.

Kidding aside, one of the “big guys” on this year’s rendition of John Calipari’s “arguably best recruiting class” Kentucky  Basketball team is Edrice “Bam” Adebayo. Bam got his nickname from the Flintstones Bamm-Bamm Rubble, and he used to watch the show with his mom .