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  1. John Wall drops 40 in Kentucky’s alumni charity game with Jahlil Okafor in attendance

    Sep 9, 2013, 11:19 PM EDT

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    John Wall continued his success inside the storied Rupp Arena, on Monday night during the UK Alumni Charity Game. The former UK point guard dropped 40 points leading his blue team in a 111-95 over the white team. Brandon Knight led the white team with 30 points. “E. Bled [Eric Bledsoe] told me I wasn’t…

  2. Kentucky’s ‘Camp Cal’ could turn the season around

    Dec 7, 2012, 11:29 PM EDT

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    John Calipari and his Kentucky Wildcats lost two straight, one at home snapping a 55-game home winning streak and marking the first time Calipari has lost inside Rupp Arena while on the UK sideline and if that wasn’t enough, Kentucky went from being No. 8 in the nation to be unranked…in a week. Safe to…

  3. Abdul Gaddy is the key to Washington’s season

    Nov 18, 2012, 1:42 AM EDT

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    UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Senior point guard Abdul Gaddy had made a career out of being a pretty good point guard for the Washington Huskies. He came of the bench as a freshman, spelling Venoy Overton and Isaiah Thomas. He moved into a starting role as a sophomore, averaging 8.5 points and 3.8 assists before tearing…

  4. Weekend Preview: The most important story lines as CBB kicks off

    Nov 9, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    John Calipari

    So about this new Kentucky team… There are a myriad of intriguing and important story lines surrounding the headline game of the Barclays Center Classic between No. 3 Kentucky and Maryland. It’s the first college basketball game to be played in Jay-Z’s new arena. (I don’t care if it’s not ‘technically’ Jay-Z’s arena.) It’s the…

  5. Could this be the start of Kentucky’s greatest recruiting class ever?

    Oct 4, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Generally speaking, when a program brings in a pair of players as talented as twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison, their recruiting class is all but set. Yes, some holes will get filled in and there will likely be a couple of other names that end up on the roster, but at the end of the…

  6. Please don’t count John Calipari and Kentucky out of the race for the Harrison twins

    Oct 3, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    John Calipari

    Yesterday, NBCSports.com took a look at the recruitment of the Harrison twins, Aaron and Andrew, and the possible connections that could land them at Maryland when they announce their decision Thursday evening. But what about the other horse in the race for their commitment? If we have learned anything, it’s not to bet against John…

  7. Josh Newkirk commits to Pitt, foreshadows success recruiting in ACC?

    Sep 19, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

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    Jamie Dixon has landed the second member of his 2013 recruiting class, a Josh Newkirk officially committed to Pitt on Wednesday evening. Evan Daniels of Scout.com was the first I saw to report the news. Newkirk is a nice addition for Dixon. A 6-foot-2, 175 pound point guard, Newkirk is a quick and explosive point…

  8. Video: Drake admits association with UK inspired him to graduate HS

    Sep 17, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Drake’s been closely involved with the Kentucky basketball team since John Calipari took over, and it shouldn’t be any wonder why. Drake, who is a protege of Lil’ Wayne and currently one of the most famous and popular rappers, not only received a championship ring from the school, but he returned to the campus this…

  9. Calipari shares his thoughts on recruiting

    Sep 11, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

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    The basis of this video got me to click on it. Kentucky coach John Calipari shares his thoughts on recruiting and while it runs on CoachCal.com — Calipari’s personal website, which mean it’s not exactly unbiased — it’s interesting to hear a coach who recruits unlike anyone else (he practically coined the phrase “one-and-done”) tell…

  10. Rapper Drake to coach at Kentucky NBA Alumni Game

    Sep 9, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    There were mixed reactions earlier this summer when rapper Drake shared a photo of his customized Kentucky championship ring via Instagram. Some called coach John Calipari a marketing genius, willing to give Drake a ring while knowing he would flaunt it. Make Kentucky “cool” to recruits, as if it weren’t already. Others panned the move,…

  11. The Morning Mix

    Aug 1, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    - Central Florida got handed a one-year post season ban due to NCAA violations stemming from illegal recruiting that was discoverd last April. The school says this  issue won’t deter them from joining the Big East conference with authority. What are the chances that Keith Clanton and Marcus Jordan return now? Rob Dauster says UCF was…

  12. Rapper Drake receives personalized Kentucky championship ring

    Jul 28, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

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    Rapper Drake, a self proclaimed “natural fan” of the Kentucky Wildcats, has received a 2012 UK national championship ring, which he flaunted on his Instagram page Friday. The 23-year-old Drake, born Aubrey Graham, has said that he took an interest in the Wildcats during the 2009-10 season, which featured freshmen John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins.…

  13. Anthony Davis signs endorsement deal with Nike

    Jul 17, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

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    Nike, king of the basketball shoe world with its 95-percent market share, has just inked another top draft pick, signing No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis to a lucrative endorsement deal, the Chicago Tribune is reporting. Davis is coming off a stellar freshman season at Kentucky, winning a national title, national player of the year…

  14. NBA Draft success fueling blue-chip Calipari recruiting classes at Kentucky

    Jun 30, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

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    This Obvious News of the Day is brought to you by the four first-round picks that Kentucky had in the 2012 NBA Draft. With Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist walking across the stage as the first- and second-overall picks Thursday night, Calipari has now laid groundwork for recruiting success even farther into the future. The…

  15. Kentucky makes history at the NBA Draft on two fronts

    Jun 28, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT

    NBA prospect Davis from the University of Kentucky shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Hornets as the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, in Newark

    It didn’t take long for Kentucky to make NBA Draft history on Thursday night. And by the end of the draft John Calipari’s program had done two things no other school has ever done. For the first time in the history of the draft the top two picks hail from the same school, with Anthony…

  16. Are Kentucky players really overrated and underprepared?

    Jun 11, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    Kentucky has become the go-to program for players looking to get onto the fast-track to the NBA. In 2010, John Calipari sent five players to the first round of the NBA Draft. Last year, Kentucky had four more players draft, two of which went in the top eight. This year, as many as six former…

  17. Pangos All-American camp full of future college players

    Jun 6, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    The list of former Most Outstanding Player selections from the Pangos All-American camp in Long Beach, California is a laundry list of current and future college basketball stars and NBA players. James Harden, Brandon Jennings, John Wall, Harrison Barnes, Myck Kabongo and Shabazz Muhammad are among the names of the former stars, when they were…

  18. Anthony Davis headed back to where he helped UK win a title

    May 30, 2012, 8:44 PM EDT

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    The last time Anthony Davis played in New Orleans, he won Most Outstanding Player after leading Kentucky to its eighth national title. So maybe he won’t mind going back. The New Orleans Hornets won the NBA draft lottery Wednesday night, claiming the No. 1 overall pick in 2012. They’ll almost certainly draft Davis, the national…

  19. Recruiting rundown: What’s on tap for grassroots summer circuit

    May 24, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

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    As school ends in many regions of the country, grassroots basketball, namely traveling team events and individual all-star showcases, will begin to permeate the landscape. There are three “live” periods which allow D-1 coach attendance in July this year, but that hasn’t stopped event operators from filling out nearly every weekend into August with events.…

  20. Is Jabari Parker ready for pressure that comes with SI cover?

    May 15, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT

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    Jabari Parker’s already been tagged as the “next big thing” for some time now. The Chicago product and top recruit in the class of 2013 was the 2012 Gatorade national player of the year – as a junior – thanks to his impressive mix of size, skill and savvy. Even better? By all accounts, he’s…

  21. Anthony Davis throws out first pitch at Kentucky-LSU game [Video]

    Apr 23, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

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    The last time a Kentucky player threw out a first pitch, it didn’t go so well. If you’ll remember, John Wall threw the ball into the ground prior to a Washington Nationals game in D.C. Luckily, the program redeemed itself when Anthony Davis, the 6-11 National Player of the Year award winner and member of…

  22. The Morning Mix

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    - Your must-read of the day comes from Mark Giannotto of the Washington Post, who wrote a brilliant article about the astonishingly high number of transfers in college hoops, and why we are likely to see even more in the future -Speaking of transfers, Mike Huguenin put together a great list of guys who will be sorely missed…

  23. After ’12 Draft, Kentucky will have most alums currently in NBA

    Apr 20, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

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    A national championship, a No. 1 recruiting class, six players headed to the NBA draft, and now this: After Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doron Lamb, Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague, and Darius Miller are drafted into the NBA, as they are expected to, Kentucky will overtake Duke as the team with the most former players who…

  24. Report: Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague, Terrence Jones to declare for NBA draft

    Apr 16, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv, Terrence Jones, Anthony Davis, and Marquis Teague will all leave Kentucky for the NBA draft. It was reported earlier Monday that Terrence Jones would be headed to the draft, but this report confirms what many had been thinking almost all season. Jones is projected to be the 11th overall…

  25. How do other hauls compare to Kentucky’s recent classes?

    Apr 12, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Some things never change. Kentucky landed 2012’s top prospect in Nerlens Noel Wednesday night, a move that’ll almost certainly give the Wildcats the top-rated recruiting class in college basketball. Consider coach John Calipari four-for-four while in Lexington. (He’s not done yet, either. Power forward Anthony Bennett, another 5-star player, is considering Kentucky, as are 5-star…

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