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John Calipari wasting no time pursuing 2020 talent

John Calipari recently offered a scholarship to Johnny Juzang.


You have to appreciate how relentless Kentucky coach John Calipari continues to approach recruiting.

The same week he lost Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson to the NBA and Jemarl Baker via transfer (and after PJ Washington had already declared for the NBA), Calipari was back at work on his 2020 recruiting.

He offered California’s Johnny Juzang — who could reclassify to the 2019 recruiting class. Juzang can play shooting guard — like Baker — and also the small forward position. Calipari scheduled his visit with Juzang the same day Baker officially announced his transfer and he could be a long-range shooter that UK will need in any season whether he reclassifies or not to the 2019 class.

Calipari sees comparisons between Vanderbilt and Rodman; wants freshman to play fast but not hurry

Jarred Vanderbilt (Jeff Houchin Photo)


In the 10 games Jarred Vanderbilt has played since coming back from his preseason leg injury, Kentucky is 4-6 and suffered a four-game losing streak — the longest in coach John Calipari’s tenure at UK.

However, Vanderbilt’s emergence continues to be seen as the key to any hopes UK has for a late-season run.

The 6-9 Vanderbilt is averaging 4.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in 15.1 minutes of play. But he’s shooting just 34 percent from the field and has had trouble making shots other than dunks.

Zion Harmon-D.J. Jeffries matchup likely Dec. 2 at Marshall County Hoop Fest

D.J. Jeffries with UK coach John Calipari and assistant Tony Barbee.


The Marshall County Hoop Fest is annually one of the nation’s best prep basketball showcases and this year certainly is shaping up to be superb.

While exact pairings for the four-day event Nov. 30-Dec. 3 have not been released, several sources have confirmed one Dec. 2 game that will match Zion Harmon, the top-ranked player in the 2021 recruiting class, against D.J. Jeffries, a top 20 player in the 2019 recruiting class. Both are UK recruiting targets.

Calipari, Stoops Sign Two-Year Extensions

John Calipari

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari and football head coach Mark Stoops have each agreed to two-year extensions to their respective contracts, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced on Wednesday.

The amendment to Calipari’s contract extends his deal from March 30, 2022 to March 30, 2024. Calipari’s total guaranteed compensation – including base salary, media/endorsement payments and retention bonuses – will be $8 million for the amended term. The total guaranteed compensation will increase to $7.75 million for the 2017-18 season and $8 million for each season thereafter.

John Calipari: “I’ve got to do a better job.”

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes beat UK for the second straight time in Knoxville Tuesday. (UT Athletics)


For Kentucky coach John Calipari, he hopes that Tuesday night’s 82-80 loss at Tennessee turns into a “great learning experience” for his team.

“I’d rather do it in a close win than a loss like this, but sometimes it takes you to get knocked in the head to say, ‘Please, let’s come together,'” Calipari said.

Calipari on officials: “If you make a call, then you better make that same call for my team.”

Tempers flared at Mississippi State Tuesday. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Forward)


What is causing so many fouls in Southeastern Conference games?

There have been 233 fouls called in UK’s last five SEC games, and 144 in the last three including 52 in Tuesday’s win at Mississippi State.

“If they’re going to call 144, just make sure they’re on both of us. Don’t just make them on our team. Call them on everybody,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “If you’re calling hand checks, call them all. If not, let them all go.

Izzo “embarrassed” by way UK defense overwhelmed his team

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)


Just how good was Kentucky’s defense in Monday’s 69-48 win over Michigan State in the Champions Classic in New York? Let Michigan State coach Tim Izzo tell you.

“Well, I’m actually a little embarrassed. I felt like we competed defensively for the most part, we just didn’t do anything offensively,” Izzo said. “We looked like a team that was an AAU team; just went one-on-one, didn’t move the ball, got frustrated. I think some of it was that we were a little fatigued and I think John (Calipari) did a hell of a job. I do think that is one of his better defensive teams. They did a very good job.”

Cats know they have to earn playing time

Mychal Mulder had 20 points and 12 rebounds Sunday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Mychal Mulder had 20 points and 12 rebounds Sunday. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Kentucky opens regular-season play Friday against Stephen Austin, a NCAA Tournament team last year. After two easy exhibition wins, UK coach John Calipari said having his team ready for Friday’s game will not be a problem.

He is giving the team today off before hard practices on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Thursday I’ve got to back up because we play three games in five days, including travel.

 So, there are things we’ve got to get done, and I think they know it,” Calipari said. “The things we’re doing in practice are bringing out that will to win. But everybody’s going to have to understand, you’re responsible for you and how you play.

Asbury kept pressing, so UK kept passing and scoring

Derek Willis had 14 points, five rebounds and three blocks in 15 minutes Sunday. (Chet White/UK Athletics)

Derek Willis had 14 points, five rebounds and three blocks in 15 minutes Sunday. (Chet White/UK Athletics)


Kentucky had eight players score in double figures against Asbury in Sunday’s easy 156-63 win and had 34 assists, a number it will not come close to again any time soon.

Calipari said playing unselfish is what players have to do at UK.

“Every one of these guys could try to get 30 (points). You’ve got every one of them that have that kind of ability, and they know they have to do it together,” Calipari said.

Calipari to fans: Bring kids to Bahamas to see Cats for open practice and more

John Calipari wants fans to bring families to the Bahamas to interact with his playes.

John Calipari wants fans to bring families to the Bahamas to interact with his playes.


Kentucky will be in the Bahamas Nov. 28 to play Arizona State in the 3,800-seat Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis– Paradise Island resort on Nassau’s Paradise Island, the site of the yearly Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

Friday UK coach John Calipari encouraged, or maybe even pleaded, for fans to make the trip and also bring their children because of special opportunities he has planned for fans.