Another honor for Murray and Ulis

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sophomore guard Tyler Ulis and freshman guard Jamal Murray, arguably the best backcourt duo in the country, have been recognized for their stellar regular seasons with All-America honors from USA Today Sports. Ulis has been named to the five-man First Team while Murray has been named to the Second Team.

Ulis joined Buddy Hield (Oklahoma), Brice Johnson (North Carolina), Jakob Poeltl (Utah) and Denzel Valentine (Michigan State) on the First Team. Murray made the Second Team along with Grayson Allen (Duke), Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia), Perry Ellis (Kansas) and Yogi Ferrell (Indiana).

UK fan J.D. Shelburne has four shows during SEC Tournament week in Nashville

J.D. Shelburne entertained UK fans at a pregame football concert last season. This week he'll have four shows during the SEC tourney in Nashville. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

J.D. Shelburne entertained UK fans at a pregame football concert last season. This week he’ll have four shows during the SEC tourney in Nashville. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentuckian J.D. Shelburne has four shows scheduled in Nashville during the Southeastern Conference Tournament and couldn’t be happier that his Wildcats are playing as well as they are going into the tournament.

“I was down on them in January a little bit and that is when I was trying to book my SEC schedule then,” said Shelburne, a Taylorsville native and a rising country music star. “But I went ahead and booked four shows here in Nashville. I was starting to get worried about how the team was playing and that they might even end up playing Thursday and getting beat.

Tyler Ulis one of five finalists for Cousy Award

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis has been named one of five finalists for the 2016 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Named after Hall of Fame guard Bob Cousy, the annual honor recognizes the top point guard in Division I men’s basketball.

Ulis’ competition includes Yogi Ferrell of Indiana, Monte Morris from Iowa State, Oakland’s Kahlil Felder and Kris Dunn of Providence.

Help UK cheerleader Emily Sawyer cheer for USA team in April

Emily Sawyer, left, helped escort former coach Joe B. Hall during UK's Senior Day. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Emily Sawyer, left, helped escort former coach Joe B. Hall during UK’s Senior Day. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky senior cheerleader Emily Sawyer could not hide her emotions during UK’s Senior Day Saturday when she cheered in Rupp Arena for the last time.

This week she’ll be at her final SEC Tournament before she hopefully ends her Kentucky cheer career, which already includes two national championships, with a third Final Four appearance with the basketball team.

For UK fans, Brad Calipari could be John Calipari’s most important recruit

John Calipari joked last year that his wife, Ellen Calipari, told him if their son came to UK, the coach was not leaving. (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari joked last year that his wife, Ellen Calipari, told him if their son came to UK, the coach was not leaving. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

For Kentucky fans, the Wildcats might have landed the most important recruit of the John Calipari era Sunday.

He’s not a five-star player like the others in Kentucky’s 2016 recruiting class, but Brad Calipari’s announcement on Twitter that he would be part of Big Blue Nation.

“Blessed to be able to say I’ll be apart of the next year!” Brad Calipari tweeted.

Guest post: Working for Big Blue Nation an amazing experience

Savana Stevens spent time with Bo Garrett, left, and Eddie Montgomery before a Montgomery Gentry pregame concert at Commonwealth Stadium. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Savana Stevens spent time with Bo Garrett, left, and Eddie Montgomery before a Montgomery Gentry pregame concert at Commonwealth Stadium. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By SAVANAH STEVENS

When I started my journey becoming a journalist, I began as a high school student accompanying Larry Vaught at UK football games and recording a few interviews as my post-game duties.

I also started out doing a job most people wouldn’t have until they graduated college and got a job they would keep years after.

Makayla Epps named to All-SEC Tournament team

LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – University of Kentucky junior guard Makayla Epps has been named to the 2016 Southeastern Conference All-Tournament Team for her strong performances in the event this week, it was announced Sunday.

The five-member team, which was selected by media in attendance, included Epps, Tennessee guard Diamond DeShields, Mississippi State forward Victoria Vivians, and South Carolina guard Tiffany Mitchell and center A’ja Wilson.

The honor is the second of its kind for Epps, who was also named to the SEC All-Tournament Team last season. The native of Lebanon, Ky., is just the fourth player in program history to be named to the team multiple seasons, joining Valerie Still, Victoria Dunlap and A’dia Mathies.

Guest post: Senior Day showcased a lot about what is special about UK basketball

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

By KEITH PEEL

Maybe somebody should have invited Bob Knight to attend the game against LSU so he could have watched an academic All American (Alex Poythress) who graduated in three years and is now working on his Masters degree have a Senior Day at UK after playing 4 YEARS as an integral part of the team.

We could also introduce him to Marcus Lee, an All Good Works team player, who is playing as an important part of the last three years along with Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins, both three-year players, who have also been a critical part of this year’s team.

Belfry OL Austin Dotson joins UK’s 2017 recruiting class

By LARRY VAUGHT

Belfry junior offensive lineman Austin Dotson got the scholarship offer he wanted from Kentucky Saturday during UK’s Junior Day and it did not take him long to verbally commit to the Wildcats.

He’s the first offensive lineman in UK’s 2017 recruiting class. The 6-6, 295-pound Dotson is only 16 years old. He was an all-state selection when Belfry won the state title last season and started as a sophomore when Belfry also won the state.

Dotson has two teammates — offensive linemen Cole Bentley and defensive lineman Ray Horton — who also have Division I offers and are being evaluated by Kentucky.

Calipari knows Poythress made “unbelievable friends” at UK

Alex Poythress and family. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Alex Poythress and family. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

He hugged Alex Poythress before the game started after his pregame ceremony. After the game, coach John Calipari could not say enough good things about his senior forward.

Calipari took Poythress out late in the game to make sure he did not get into a scuffle with a LSU player and then put him back in so UK fans could give him a final farewell cheeer.