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Bam Adebayo declares for NBA draft but will not hire agent at this time

Bam Adebayo (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men basketball freshman forward Bam Adebayo announced Wednesday that he plans to submit his name for the 2017 NBA Draft but will not hire an agent. So long as Adebayo does not hire an agent, he will have until May 24 (10 days after the NBA Draft Combine) to make a final decision as to whether he wishes to remain in the draft or return to Kentucky.

Tar Heels on Bam Adebayo, Isaac Humphries, Malik Monk

Bam Adebayo (Jeff Houchin Photo)

Here is what North Carolina players had to say after Sunday’s 75-73 win over Kentucky in Memphis.

UK-Wichita State postgame notes, numbers

Derek Willis had eight rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot Sunday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes

Kentucky vs. Wichita State – NCAA Tournament Second Round

March 19, 2017, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Attendance: 18,293

Final Score: No. 2-seed Kentucky 65, No. 10-seed Wichita State 62                                                       

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky has won 13 in a row – its longest winning streak of the season — and improved to 31-5 overall.

o   Kentucky reached 31 wins for the fourth time in the John Calipari era.

Bam Adebayo: “I feel like I played great.”

Bam Adebayo (Vicky Graff Photo)

Here is what Bam Adebayo had to say after getting 22 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots in Tuesday’s win at Missouri.

On how he played tonight …
“I feel like I played great. We came out with the W so I couldn’t be happier.”
On what made the difference for him …
“Just being in the right position at the right time. That was pretty much it. Working on footwork, getting in front of post players and just coming with energy.”
On whether Cal was telling his teammates to get him the ball …
“Through our offense, you can throw it to me or if you’re open shoot it. So it wasn’t really a big emphasis on getting me the ball. But down the stretch they got me the ball, so we won.”
On whether a play was called to get him the ball when the score was tied 52-52 …
“Some of their big men were in foul trouble and we took control of that and we capitalized.”
On the difference in his rebounding …
“As I said before, just being in the right position. Just holding my man off and getting the rebound.”
On whether they were inspired by Missouri’s energy …
“No, because everywhere we play, home or away, it’s everybody’s Super Bowl. So they’re trying to beat us and we came out slow at first and then we got going and we won.”
On why they started slow …
“It’s a long game. What time did we play? We played at 9 technically, at home (Eastern Time). So it’s a long day. Everybody was just laying around ready for the game. We just came out slow. We got in our groove and we came out with a W.”
On Saturday’s game vs. Florida …
“We’re going to come out with intensity, we’re going to have and we’ll see where this thing goes.”

Calipari wanted to practice after game until players “were puking”

Wenyen Gabriel (Jeff Houchin Photo)


For 32 minutes against LSU, Kentucky coach John Calipari mainly liked what he saw from his team. Then he wasn’t sure if the team reverted to old habits or just got tired and let LSU cut a 25-point lead to 92-85 by the time the game ended.

“If I could practice tonight, we would have gone three hours. I would have had them meet me at the gym at 10 o’clock, and I would have gone three hours until one in the morning until people were puking,” said Calipari after the game. “That’s what I would have done. That’s the old days. I can’t do that.

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.”

Payne to Adebayo: “Just catch the ball”

Bam Adebayo (Photo by Barry Westerman | UK Athletics)

Bam Adebayo (Photo by Barry Westerman | UK Athletics)


Three games into the season,  Kentucky freshman center Bam Adebayo has seen his playing time limited by foul trouble.

However, Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne said there is one reason not to panic.

“The good thing is that the fouls aren’t happening on the defensive end. They’re all happening on the offensive end. Now, the adjustment for him is to just catch the ball. If you just catch the ball, you’re going to be a problem to guard, so just catch it,” Payne said Friday.

De’Aaron Fox on Isaiah Briscoe: “He just took over.”

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)


Canisius coach Reggie Witherspoon, a former Alabama assistant, said it was easy to tell Sunday night that Isaiah Briscoe was a veteran player.

“Overall, what stood out was that he was physical and his aggressiveness. So, I thought his poise while he did that … Sometimes, you know, it’s difficult to arrive at that kind of balance where you’re aggressive, you’re physical, but you’re still poised and I thought he played that way for them,” Witherspoon said.

Briscoe had a career-high 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in Sunday’s 93-69 win over Canisius.

Four Wildcats Named Preseason All-SEC by League Coaches

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – On the eve of the college basketball season’s opening night, four Kentucky Wildcats were tabbed to the Southeastern Conference coaches’ preseason All-SEC first and second teams on Thursday. Freshmen Bam Adebayo and De’Aaron Fox were named to the first team, while sophomore Isaiah Briscoe and freshman Malik Monk earned second-team honors.

The coaches’ preseason All-SEC first and second teams consist of a minimum of eight players on each squad, voted on by the SEC head men’s basketball coaches. No ties were broken and no predicted order of finish was made.

Three UK Freshmen on Naismith Preseason Player of the Year Watch List

Bam Adebayo (Vicky Graff Photo)

Bam Adebayo (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The preseason awards continue to roll in for several of the Kentucky Wildcats. Freshmen Bam Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk were among 50 players selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club for the 2017 Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year on Thursday.

UK’s trio were among 12 freshmen selected among the 50 total players for the preseason watch list. The mid-season list of 30 will be announced on Feb. 9.

Adebayo, Fox and Monk were simply sensational in UK’s two exhibition contests.