John Calipari knew what to pick for his best Kansas memory


Ellen Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

Ellen Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari was an assistant coach at Kansas early in his career and he knew exactly what to say Friday when asked about his fondest memory of his time there.

“Meeting my wife. You knew I was going to say that. Met my wife there,” Calipari said. “I had nothing. I had no aspirations for anything other than to learn basketball. Felt so blessed that I had an opportunity to start on that campus. The guy who invented the game was their first coach. (Then) Phog Allen, who coached Adolph Rupp, who was, you know. Wilt (Chamberlain). I mean, you can go on and on, but I was just blessed to have that chance. Made no money.”

Scout writers evaluate UK’s 2016 recruits

Evan Daniels, Brian Snow and Josh Gershon have an article on today evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the five members (so far) of Kentucky basketball’s 2016 class:

  • De’Aaron Fox
  • Malik Monk
  • Wenyen Gabriel
  • Edrice Adebayo
  • Sacha Killeya-Jones

Scout rates Fox as the top point guard prospect in the country and Monk as the top shooting guard. Gabriel is rated third and Killeya-Jones seventh at power forward. Adebayo is rated No.2 at center.

Click here to read the story and be prepared to be excited.


Poythress says Cats want to continue their “little run” at Kansas


Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Last year Kentucky thrashed Kansas 72-40 in Indianapolis for its third straight win over the Jayhawks. Saturday night the Cats play at Kansas, a spot where the home team seldom loses.

Here’s what Kentucky forward Alex Poythress had to say about Kansas on Friday going into the 7 p.m. game that will be shown on ESPN.

On how much they are looking forward to this trip …
“We’re all looking forward to this trip. We’ve been on a little run. We’re just trying to make improvement and trying to just see where we’re at.”

Calipari still not sure about Hawkins’ status for Kansas game


Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Kentucky junior guard Dominique Hawkins practiced Thursday but coach John Calipari said he is still not 100 percent because of his sprained ankle and he’s not sure if he can  play Saturday night at Kansas or not.

“It would be a nice game to walk into. Be out a month and walk into this game. ‘Go ahead, get in there. You can do it!’” Calipari joked.

Calipari said UK needs his toughness and steady play and that he plays within himself at all times.

Kidd-Gilchrist returning to Hornets

It looks like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is returning to the Charlotte Hornets tonight after being out since early October with a shoulder injury. MKG had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder on Oct. 6.

Here are some MKG highlights from the 2015 season:

Getting ready for Kentucky vs. Kansas

Kentucky knows challenge waiting at Kansas


Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky not only has won three straight games, but it is coming off its most dominating game of the season against Missouri going into Saturday night’s showdown at Kansas.

“Kansas is a great team. Now that this game is over, tomorrow we’ll get ready for Saturday,” Kentucky freshman Isaiah Briscoe said after the Missouri win.

He also said UK had been focusing on itself, not Kansas, even though a win would certainly boost UK’s NCAA seeding resume.

Another freshman, Skal Labissiere, says coaches have stressed creating every game the same whether its Kansas or Missouri.

Stephen Johnson confident he can be starting quarterback at UK


Media members listened to Stephen Johnson explain why he thought he could be UK's starting quarterback. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Media members listened to Stephen Johnson explain why he thought he could be UK’s starting quarterback. (Vicky Graff Photo)

A few months ago California junior college quarterback Stephen Johnson admitted he knew a little bit about the University of Kentucky football program but little about the players or coaches.

That changed after Kentucky coach Mark Stoops let offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson and receivers coach Tommy Mainord go and quarterbacks Patrick Towles and Reese Phillips both decided to transfer. New quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator Darin Hinshaw and his boss, Eddie Gran, came from Cincinnati to UK and it didn’t take long for Hinshaw to reach out to Johnson.

Cousins, Davis, Wall make all-star team; Towns, Noel in Rising Star Challenge

Anthony Davis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Anthony Davis (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Further proving the notion that the Kentucky men’s basketball program helps prepare its players for the NBA better than any other school, three former Wildcats – DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, and John Wall – were selected for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game as reserves on Thursday night.

No college has more than two representatives in the NBA All-Star Game.

The former UK stars will compete in the NBA All-Star Game in the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Feb. 14. The game will be televised by TNT. It’s the third time Davis and Wall have been named NBA All-Stars, while Cousins will make his second straight appearance.

Georgia defensive lineman T.J. Carter picks UK


Georgia defensive lineman T.J. Carter announced on Twitter tonight that he is now committed to the University of Kentucky.

The 6-4, 245-pound defensive end out of Whitefield Academy (GA) visited Kentucky last weekend when he got a scholarship offer. He currently does not have a star ranking from any recruiting service.

Defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh has never been one to worry about recruit rankings and he was the chief evaluator on Carter and why he got a late scholarship offer.