Briscoe says Adebayo’s play “scares people”

Bam Adebayo (Vicky Graff Photo)


No matter how well freshman Bam Adebayo continues to play this year, Kentucky assistant coach believes he has so much potential that no one is going to see his best basketball this season.

“I think hopefully we can get him to be his best version right now before he leaves us – whenever that time is,” Justus said Monday. “Bam is a guy that comes in every day and just has a tremendous desire and thirst to be the best he can be, and then also have others around him be at their best.”

Malik Monk SEC Freshman of Week

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Kentucky freshman guard Malik Monk was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week after leading the Wildcats in scoring with 21 points and 3.5 assists per game in wins over Vanderbilt and Auburn.

Monk had 18 points against the Commodores and a game-high 24 with six assists in the win over Auburn.

He clinched the win at Vanderbilt by scoring UK’s final six points, including four free throws in the final 17 seconds to seal the win. He combined with guards Isaiah Briscoe and De’Aaron Fox to score UK’s final 27 points over the last 12 minutes of the game.

UK Women vs. Georgia Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

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Lynn Bowden’s coach, Firecracker parent will join me on Leach Report Tuesday; Freddie Maggard will be WPBK-FM guest Thursday

Vicky Graff Photo


With Kentucky playing at Mississippi State Tuesday night, that means Tom Leach is on the road with the Cats and once again I get the opportunity to host the Leach Report Tuesday from 9-10 a.m.

As always, I welcome the opportunity and always appreciate the feedback I get from so many UK fans after doing a show.

Warren Harding High School coach Steve Arnold will be one of the guests Tuesday. His star player, Lynn Bowden, verbally committed to Kentucky Saturday. He’s a four-star player who could be the highest ranked signee Mark Stoops has had at Kentucky.

Kentucky Cheerleaders Win 22nd National Championship; Hip Hop Team Second

 LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky cheerleaders won their 22nd national championship at the Universal Cheerleaders Association competition Sunday in Orlando, Fla.

Competing among Division IA Coed squads, the Wildcats claimed the crown with an amazing score, 97.8 out of a possible 100 points. It was a night for Southeastern Conference excellence as Alabama and Ole Miss finished second and third, respectively.

“I couldn’t be happier,” Coach Jomo Thompson said. “Our preparation went very well and we performed at a high level. Our emphasis (leading up to the competition) was doing our best and if we trusted in the process it would lead us to the championship.”

Pearl had plan to attack UK defense and Calipari says defense has to improve

Bam Adebayo (Vicky Graff Photo)


Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said his team had a clear way that it wanted to attack Kentucky’s defense Saturday — and it worked reasonably well.

“The only way we could score was to bring their bigs underneath the basket, set ball screens, and drive it down the hill. That wasn’t very pretty, and it doesn’t require a lot of passing. It’s just T.J. Dunans or Jared Harper, guys who’s not very striving downhill in scoring space,” Pearl said.

4 future Cats named McDonald’s All-Americans

Jarred Vanderbilt


Four Kentucky commits were named to the McDonald’s All-American Game Sunday night.

Signees Quade Green, Nick Richards and P.J. Washington were named to the game that will be played March 29 in Chicago. Also named during the show on ESPNU was UK commit Jarred Vanderbilt.

Kentucky coach John Calipari has now had 29 McDonald’s All-Americans during his tenure at UK. He could add to that total, too, as Mohamed Bamba, Kevin Knox and Trae Young were also named McDonald’s All-Americans Sunday night and all three are still being heavily recruited by UK.

Akhator Leads Kentucky Past Georgia, 82-61

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior Evelyn Akhator scored 24 points and pulled down 16 rebounds as the Kentucky women’s basketball team topped Georgia 82-61 on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum.

For Akhator, the senior from Lagos, Nigeria, it was her second consecutive double-double, following her 29-point, 15-rebound performance in an SEC win over Alabama on Thursday night in Tuscaloosa. Sunday’s double-double was Akhator’s 10th this season and 23rd in her two-year Kentucky career.

Calipari, Pearl insist they respect each other

John Calipari with Mychal Mulder, Wenyen Gabriel Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)


The day before Kentucky played Auburn, UK coach John Calipari said that Auburn coach Bruce Peal was “good at what he does.”

Pearl and Calipari have coached against each for years and the Tigers beat visiting Kentucky last year. Saturday at Rupp Arena, Kentucky pulled away for a 92-72 victory.

John Calipari: “I don’t enjoy coaching the way I coached today.”

John Calipari felt he had to call too many plays. (Vicky Graff Photo)


If you thought John Calipari was a little loud on the Kentucky sideline Saturday, you were right. But it was his team, not officials, that he was battling most of the time.

Calipari is still waiting for his team to be “empowered” and show more discipline and didn’t see what he wanted in Saturday’s win.