Dale Brown a big hit with WPBK-FM audience

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former LSU coach Dale Brown was at his best this morning during 35 minutes on WPBK (102.9 FM) in Stanford with myself and regular morning show host Tim Estes.

Brown talked about everything from giving out purple and gold basketball nets when he first got to LSU to Shaquille O’Neal to playing Kentucky to his admiration of John Calipari.

Estes said the response to Brown’s morning appearance was overwhelming and sent this to Brown to let him know:

UK signee De’Aaron Fox finalist for Naismith Player of the Year

ATLANTA – Kentucky men’s basketball signee De’Aaron Fox, one of the premier high school scorers in the country, has been named one of five finalists for the Naismith Awards Boy’s High School Player of the Year. The Atlanta Tipoff Club made the announcement Wednesday.

The winner of the Naismith Awards Boy’s High School Player of the Year will be announced March 10. The All-American Teams will be revealed March 8.

Fox is enjoying one of the best high school basketball seasons in the country during his senior season at Cypress Lakes High School in Katy, Texas. He’s scored 30 or more points in 17 games this season, 40 or more six times and even hit the 50-point mark earlier this month.

Kentucky basketball has unique fan in South Africa

By LARRY VAUGHT

When it comes to Kentucky basketball, there are no limits to where you might find a fan.

Take Rev. Cydell LeGrand of Johannesburg, South Africa who describes himself on Twitter as “BBN from Afar.” So how in the world did that come about?

“It may seem strange that a African like myself support the Kentucky Wildcats! I was watching television one day on my local sport channel and your team was playing a team for the university playoff final. I enjoyed the way Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played as a team, so I further looked into your school,” LeGrand said. “I was amazed by the rich tradition your program has and I have been a fan ever since. Whether the games are on television or if I have to stream them on my Dell computer.”

Marcus Lee on Alex Poythress, playing at Vanderbilt

Marcus Lee (Vicky Graff Photo)

Marcus Lee (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Marcus Lee had 12 rebounds in UK’s win over Alabama Tuesday night and after the game talked about the play of Alex Poythress (14 points) and Saturday’s game at Vanderbilt.

On Poythress being in an upbeat mood while being out …
“I mean, Alex was always ready for this game. We kind of saw it in his eyes as he went through our practices, and once we saw that he was fine, that he was feeling fine and that he was mentally fine, we knew he would be great.”

Calipari sees long NBA career for Tyler Ulis

Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Alabama coach Avery Johnson said during his postgame press conference Tuesday that he thought Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis was already better than some players in the NBA.

Later during his radio show, Kentucky coach John Calipari said Kentucky would have a “new point guard” next year implying that Ulis would definitely leave for the NBA.

Calipari didn’t say that during his postgame press conference, but he certainly let you know what he thought about Ulis, who had 19 points and 10 assists in what Ulis felt was not a good game for him.

Janee Thompson plays final home game Thursday night

LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – Looking to extend a four-game winning streak in Southeastern Conference action, the No. 15 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will honor lone senior Janee Thompson on Senior Night as the Wildcats play host to No. 24 Missouri on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum.  

Kelsey Nunley Named Finalist for Senior CLASS Award

-1LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky softball All-American pitcher Kelsey Nunley has been named a finalist for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon by Premier Sports Management – overseers of the award.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

2016 John Calipari Father/Son and Overnight Camps Set for June

Registration for two of John Calipari’s most popular camps – the Father/Son Camps and the Overnight Camps – opened Wednesday.

Similar to 2015, both camps will be split into separate sessions in 2016 to accommodate for their recent popularity. The Father/Son Camps will feature three separate opportunities (June 10-11, June 17-18 and June 24-25) and the Overnight Camps will have two separate sessions (June 12-15 and June 19-22).

A limited number of spots are available for all camps and are based on a first-come, first-served basis, with online registration recommended as the fastest and most efficient form of registering campers. All of the camps listed were sold out the last seven summers, so early registration is encouraged to secure a spot.

Avery Williamson signing autographs to benefit Sarah Warner Lister’s battle with leukemia

Current Tennessee Titan and Former Kentucky Wildcat Avery Williamson is back in the Bluegrass and giving back to someone who has given her time to help so many. Williamson will be doing a FREE Public Signing at AllSports (Fayette Mall) this Friday from 6-7pm. Williamson is encouraging those who come out to donate towards Sarah Warner Lister’s battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Avery Williamson #54 of the Tennessee Titans sacks quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers at LP Field on November 17, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Avery Williamson sacks quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of Pittsburgh. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Jamal Murray “doing good” at what Calipari wants

By LARRY VAUGHT

Jamal Murray scored 23 points Tuesday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jamal Murray scored 23 points Tuesday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky had a comfortable lead late in Tuesday’s 25-point win over Alabama when coach John Calipari got upset with Jamal Murray, UK’s leading scorer.

He yelled at him even though Murray was on the other end of the court. Murray heard him but rather than turn away, he ran over to Calipari and took even more heat from the coach.

I asked Calipari during the postgame press conference if that showed signs of maturity by Murray that he came over to hear everything the coach had to say. Or I tried to. Here’s how the exchange went: