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Kentucky is expecting close to 90 NBA personnel for its pro days on Sunday and Monday, a school spokesman said.

Freshmen Bam Adebayo (No. 10), De'Aaron Fox (12) and Malik Monk (18) are all projected first-round picks in the latest DraftExpress.com mock for 2017.

"All 90 scouts are there to certainly see the development of Monk, Bam and Fox since arriving on campus," one NBA scout said.

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ESPNU will once again televise Kentucky's NBA Combine, which is set for Oct. 9 from 7-9 p.m.

The Wildcats will go through various agility and shooting drills in addition to 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 scrimmaging.

All 30 NBA teams are expected to attend as they have in previous years.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - June 15, 2016: NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - June 15, 2016: NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)

After seeing guards Hamidou Diallo, Tremont Waters and Lonnie Walker this week, Kentucky coach John Calipari will watch Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick's big man Nick Richards and have a home visit with him on Thursday, a source said.

Calipari visited Richards twice this year at St. Patrick's, a school where the Kentucky coach has found a lot of success. The Wildcats snagged guards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Dakari Johnson from the New Jersey Catholic powerhouse that also produced former Duke star Kyrie Irving.

"They don't call me, they call me family," Richards said last month at the Elite 24 Game. "They can make me better as a person. They can make me better in basketball and my overall personality as a person, to be honest."

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Quade Green, the 6-foot point guard from Philadelphia (PA) Neumann-Goretti and the PSA Cardinals AAU program, picked up an offer from Kentucky during his visit, Goretti coach Carl Arrigale told SNY.tv.

"Quade's ability to run a team and get them to the winner's circle is unmatched for an Individual who plays his position," PSA Cardinals director Terrance "Munch" Williams told SNY.tv "With him receiving an offer from Kentucky, it is only more proof that he has put himself in the conversation for best point guard in the country. The next step is for college programs to believe he is worthy of having the ball in his hands from Day 1."

He added: "Kentucky has a longstanding legacy that is beyond mentioning, and to have any one of our students officially invited to join that tradition is almost beyond expression. Quade has had such a transformative spring and for him to be recognized and valued by such a storied institution as one of the best nationally truly cannot be put into words."

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Dec 12, 2015; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Isaiah Briscoe (13) passes the ball against Arizona State Sun Devils guard Gerry Blakes (4) and forward Eric Jacobsen (21) in the second half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Arizona State 72-58. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Zerof)
Dec 12, 2015; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Isaiah Briscoe (13) passes the ball against Arizona State Sun Devils guard Gerry Blakes (4) and forward Eric Jacobsen (21) in the second half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Arizona State 72-58. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Zerof)

NEW YORK -- Three players from the University of Kentucky were selected in the NBA Draft on Thursday evening, while three players from New Jersey were taken in the first round.

Had Isaiah Briscoe kept his name in the draft, it may have been four Wildcats and four Garden State products instead.

Like underclassmen teammates Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere and Tyler Ulis, Briscoe, a former standout guard at Roselle Catholic, declared for the draft and was invited to the NBA Draft Combine last month. He worked out for six NBA teams, but ultimately decided to return to Lexington for his sophomore season.

"That's his decision," Murray said Wednesday afternoon at NBA Draft Media Day at the Grand Hyatt New York. "He's NBA-ready, but needs another year to get better. Great body, great passion, he's very driven, motivated, so I think he'll be really significant at Kentucky.

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(Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- As the first round began to fade Thursday night at the NBA Draft, Kentucky big man Skal Labissiere remained in the Green Room at Barclays Center.

Time will tell whether or not Labissiere, who struggled in his one season in Lexington, made a mistake by leaving school early, but for now, the Haitian-born forward is a millionaire.

Once projected as the No. 1 overall pick by DraftExpress, Labissiere was selected 28th overall by the Phoenix Suns, who will send him to the Sacramento Kings. He was one of two Kentucky players to be selected in the first round after classmate and Canadian sensation Jamal Murray was chosen seventh overall by the Denver Nuggets.

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Jan 9, 2016; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari during the game against Alabama Crimson Tide at Coleman Coliseum. The Wildcats defeated the Tide 77-61. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports (Marvin Gentry)
Jan 9, 2016; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari during the game against Alabama Crimson Tide at Coleman Coliseum. The Wildcats defeated the Tide 77-61. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports (Marvin Gentry)

John Calipari did an ESPN media tour on Thursday morning ahead of the NBA Draft, and things appeared a little awkward when the Kentucky head coach came on SportsCenter.

The topic turned to recent comments Calipari has made, which were construed as digs at University of North Carolina head coach Roy Williams and Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, both of whom are enduring lengthy NCAA investigations.

Pitino responded on Monday to the Louisville Courier-Journal, then came Thursday and SportsCenter host Jay Crawford interviewing Calipari.

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Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Murray (23) reacts after dunking the ball against the Albany Great Danes in the second half of the game at Rupp Arena. (Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports)
Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Murray (23) reacts after dunking the ball against the Albany Great Danes in the second half of the game at Rupp Arena. (Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK - Rarely, if ever, does an NBA team allow a player it just drafted to represent his country at the Olympics in the same year.

There is too much newly-invested money in draft picks, and too much to learn in a short period of time, so NBA teams prefer their new guys focus on them, not on outside interests.

This is the problem facing Jamal Murray, who will hear his name called at the NBA Draft on Thursday evening. The Canadian sensation and former University of Kentucky star would like to play for Canada this summer, but based on how these things generally work, it seems unlikely.

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McDonalds High School All-American guard Malik Monk dunks during the McDonalds All-American Powerade Jamfest at the Chicago Theatre. (Brian Spurlock)
McDonalds High School All-American guard Malik Monk dunks during the McDonalds All-American Powerade Jamfest at the Chicago Theatre. (Brian Spurlock)

NEW YORK - John Calipari may have his best recruiting class ever next season, what with a whopping five five-star recruits.

The question now begs, who will be the best of that group? Skal Labissiere believes he has the answer.

"Malik Monk was one of my teammates (on the Nike EYBL circuit with the Arkansas Wings), and I think he can be the best player on that team," Labissiere said Wednesday afternoon at NBA Draft Media Day at the Grand Hyatt New York. "He's a high-flyer, he can really shoot the basketball. He's athletic, he has hang-time in the air and he's very competitive. He's a winner.

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 (Randy Sartin)
(Randy Sartin)

If Tyler Ulis does indeed have a significant hip issue, as is being reported, it comes as a surprise to John Calipari.

A report from Basketball Insiders last week stated that Ulis, Calipari's 5-foot-10 point guard who declared for the NBA Draft after his sophomore season, has a "pretty significant hip issue, which some believe may require surgery down the line."

Addressing the media via conference call on Tuesday morning, two days before the Draft, Calipari seemed as surprised as some other people.

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ESPN is giving John Calipari multiple platforms to discuss his players and his program ahead of Thursday's NBA Draft -- and Calipari loves it.

"Any chance I can to brag about my kids and they give me that opportunity, oh I'm bragging about my guys," Calipari said Tuesday on a conference call that lasted nearly 40 minutes.

Kentucky has three players projected to be drafted in projected lottery picks Jamal Murray and Skal Labissiere, as well as sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis. Senior forward Alex Poythress is also in the draft but does not appear on the DraftExpress.com Mock Draft.

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Oct 3, 2015; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino talks to the media following a scrimmage at KFC YUM! Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)
Oct 3, 2015; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino talks to the media following a scrimmage at KFC YUM! Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)

At some point this summer, Rick Pitino would like some clarification from John Calipari.

On June 14, Calipari appeared on Mike Lupica's podcast, and the subject turned to NCAA violations and whether coaches should be held accountable for what happens under their watch. Calipari's comments were perceived to be digs at Louisville's Rick Pitino, and North Carolina's Roy Williams, both of whom are dealing with NCAA investigations. This, after Calipari took a perceived shot at Duke's Mike Krzyzewski in late-May.

On Monday, Pitino responded to Calipari.

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NEW YORK -- Two of the last three No. 1 picks in the NBA Draft have been Canadians.

Three of the last six No. 1 picks have played at Kentucky.

But never has a Canadian who played at Kentucky gone with the first overall pick.

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Quade Green is off to a great start in the summer heading into his senior season.

The 6-foot point guard from Neumann-Goretti High School and the PSA Cardinals on Thursday made the first cut for the USA Basketball U18 team.

Later this month, he is tentatively planning to visit both Duke (June 21-22) and Kentucky (June 29-30), his high school coach Carl Arrigale told SNY.tv.

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John Calipari reacts to a call during the first half against Indiana. (AP)
John Calipari reacts to a call during the first half against Indiana. (AP)

John Calipari has spent a lot of time this offseason taking veiled shots at coaches who, like him, are active and already in the Hall of Fame.

In early-May, the University of Kentucky head coach took what was perceived to be a shot at Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski relating to the differences in their recruiting pitches. Calipari later tried to clarify his comments.

On Tuesday, Calipari appeared on Mike Lupica's podcast, and the subject turned to NCAA violations and whether coaches should be held accountable for what happens under their watch. Calipari made sure to get a dig in on Louisville's Rick Pitino, and North Carolina's Roy Williams.

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(Jeffrey Becker)

After having six workouts with NBA teams, Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe opted to withdraw from the NBA Draft last month and return to campus for his sophomore season.

"My thing is I didn't want to rush it," the former Roselle (N.J.) Catholic star told Kentucky reporters on Wednesday in his first comments since his decision. "I don't think that the NBA is going anywhere and me coming back to Kentucky for another year to develop as a person on and off the court will only help me."

Briscoe was not invited to the NBA Draft Combine last month, while several of his teammates -- Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere, Tyler Ulis and Marcus Lee -- all were. The first three are projected as first-round picks in the June 23 NBA Draft, while Lee has since transferred to Cal.

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Kentucky and Oklahoma remain in good shape to make the final five cut for Class of 2017 point guard Trae Young, who plans to cut his to five after next month's Peach Jam.

"It's looking good for Kentucky," Young told Ben Roberts at the USA Baksetball U18 trials in Colorado.

Oklahoma is the home school for the 6-foot-1 Young out of Norman (OK) North and figures to make the cut, too.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - June 15, 2016: NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - June 15, 2016: NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)

NEW YORK -- Nick Richards, a 6-foot-11 center from The Patrick School (N.J.), said Kentucky head coach John Calipari calls his family about once or twice a week.

Richards is ranked No. 8 on the ESPN Top 100 recruits for the Class of 2017. He's received offers from Kentucky, Syracuse, UConn, Kansas, Villanova, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Oklahoma, to name a few.

Still, he said he hasn't given any school the upper hand yet.

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Windward Wildcats player Shareef O' Neal (34), son of NBA player Shaquille O'Neal, battles Viewpoint Patriots player Miye Oni (13) during the California Interscholastic Federation High School boys basketball finals. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Windward Wildcats player Shareef O' Neal (34), son of NBA player Shaquille O'Neal, battles Viewpoint Patriots player Miye Oni (13) during the California Interscholastic Federation High School boys basketball finals. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Shaquille O'Neal played at LSU for three years, but his son could be heading to Kentucky.

Shareef O'Neal is a 6-foot-9 power forward from Los Angeles (CA) Windmere who reportedly likes Kentucky, Michigan State and Duke.

"My dad actually wants me to lean towards Kentucky," the younger O'Neal told Sean Scherer of 247Sports, via Lex18.com.  

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Duke's Brandon Ingram is one of five former Blue Devils named to the USA Select Team. (Winslow Townson)
Duke's Brandon Ingram is one of five former Blue Devils named to the USA Select Team. (Winslow Townson)

Five former Duke players and three Kentucky products highlight the 25-man 2016 USA Men's Select Team that will train July 18-21 with the 2016 USA Basketball Men's National Team in Las Vegas.

Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, Rodney Hood and Brandon Ingram, a projected top-2 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, all played at Duke, while Willie Cauley-Stein, Devin Booker and Julius Randle played at Kentucky.

Also selected for the 2016 USA Basketball Select squad were: Malcolm Brogdon (University of Virginia); Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Detroit Pistons); Kris Dunn  (Providence College); Aaron Gordon (Orlando Magic); Jerami Grant (Philadelphia 76ers); Gary Harris (Denver Nuggets); Brice Johnson (University of North Carolina), Stanley Johnson (Detroit Pistons); Zach LaVine (Minnesota Timberwolves); CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers); Doug McDermott (Chicago Bulls); Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets); D'Angelo Russell (Los Angeles Lakers); Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); Denzel Valentine (Michigan State University); and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets).

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Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari (Jeffrey Becker/USA Today Sports Images)
Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari (Jeffrey Becker/USA Today Sports Images)

Kentucky officially announced that Brad Calipari, son of Wildcats coach John Calipari, has joined next season's roster.

Calipari is enrolled in summer school and said Monday that he's "very lucky to have this opportunity and won't put it to waste."

Calipari averaged 15.3 points, 3.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game last season at the MacDuffie School in Massachusetts. He also played at Lexington Christian Academy.

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SUWANEE, Ga.- Team Penny is 9-0 since John Petty joined in mid-May. This is anything but a fluke.

The 6-foot-7 small forward from Huntsville (AL) J.O. Johnson was extremely productive here at the EYBL ATL, scoring 18 points per game which included a 22-point performance in a 91-89 win in front of a packed crowd against MOKAN Elite, which was named the game of the session.

"I feel like we have the best squad right now on the Nike EYBL," Petty said. "We are going to go home, and work hard over the next month, and try to come back and win Peach Jam."

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Kentucky announced that junior forward Marcus Lee will remove his name from the 2016 NBA Draft but plans to transfer to complete his collegiate eligibility at another school.

Upon completing his paperwork to withdraw from the draft, Lee will be granted a full release with no restrictions.

"Marcus Lee informed us today that he is pulling his name out of the draft but has decided he is going to transfer to a school out west to be closer to his family," head coach John Calipari said. "We talked it through together and discussed the team next season, which he said had no bearing on his decision. I also told him he was a semester away from graduating. With that said, he was still adamant that, after the combine experience, a year off and regrouping would be the best thing. As always I support my players and their decisions."

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(Jeffrey Becker)

Kentucky freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will return to campus for his sophomore season.

"I really grew from this experience and I appreciate the opportunity to be evaluated by these NBA teams," Briscoe said in a statement. "I also want to thank the coaching staff and the fans for their support during this time. The NBA is my ultimate goal, so I'm returning to build on last year. There's no better place to grow as a player or to win a championship, and I want to do both."

The 6-foot-3 former Roselle (N.J.) Catholic star was not invited to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago but worked out for several NBA teams, including San Antonio, the Clippers, the Lakers, Minnesota and Atlanta.

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After last year's overtime classic in Lawrence, Kan., Kansas and Kentucky will meet again in Rupp Arena during the 2016-17 season in the annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

The Jayhawks' return trip on Jan. 28 will mark the first time the two schools have met inside Rupp since Jan. 9, 2005.

This marks the fourth season of the annual challenge between the Southeastern Conference and the Big 12 and the second straight season where all 10 games of the challenge will be played on the same day. A bye in the league schedule for participating teams was created to accommodate for the format.

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NEW YORK -- Kentucky may have missed out on Marques Bolden on Thursday, but there was plenty of other good news for Big Blue Nation.

Former Wildcats Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota) and Devin Booker (Phoenix) were both named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, while Willie Cauley-Stein (Sacramento) made the Second Team.

Towns, the Piscataway, N.J., native, had already been unanimously named the NBA Rookie of the Year.

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 (Jim Brown)
(Jim Brown)

Charles Matthews will transfer from Kentucky, the school announced Wednesday.

The 6-foot-6 freshman guard will be granted a full release with no restrictions. His high school coach, Gary DeCesare, told SNY.tv that Matthews has not list as of yet.

Kentucky has a loaded recruiting class coming in, including a potential starting backcourt in point guard De'Aaron Fox and two guard Malik Monk. Freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe is also testing the NBA Draft waters and has until May 25 to decide about entering the Draft or returning to school.

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CHICAGO -- Marcus Lee has cancelled at least three workouts with NBA teams, including one scheduled for Tuesday, a league source told SNY.tv.

It is unclear how many workouts the 6-foot-10 Lee had originally scheduled.

Lee said Friday he was still weighing his options regarding the NBA Draft and was unconcerned about a possible logjam in the Kentucky frontcourt should he return to campus.

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John Calipari says you can forget about him ever coaching in the NBA again.

Calipari, 57, will be at Kentucky for the rest of his coaching days.

"My plan is to coach here for the rest of my career," he wrote Monday on his Website. "I want this to be my final coaching position."

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(Justin Ford)

The Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns, who set franchise rookie records in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage, has unanimously won the 2015-16 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award, the NBA announced Monday.

The 7-foot center who starred at Kentucky and St. Joe's-Metuchen High School becomes the fifth unanimous winner since 1984 and joins teammate Andrew Wiggins, the 2014-15 honoree, to make the Timberwolves the first team with back-to-back winners in 42 years. 

Towns received all 130 first-place votes (650 points) from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada, joining Damian Lillard (2012-13 season), Blake Griffin (2010-11), David Robinson (1989-90) and Ralph Sampson (1983-84) as unanimous winners in the last 32 years. The Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis finished second with 363 points, and the Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic was third with 59 points. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.

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CHICAGO -- John Calipari was perceived to be taking a shot at Duke and coach Mike Krzyzewski earlier this week when he tried to distinguish between Kentucky's pitch to recruits and the pitch made by other schools.

"I refuse to go in a home and paint a picture saying things like, 'If you come with us you'll be taken care of for the rest of your life by the program and by our alums" even though you may only be in school for a year or two,' he wrote on his Website. "How preposterous does that sound? What if I say that same thing and the young man decides to transfer for one reason or another? Does that still hold true that we're going to take care of them the rest of their lives? Our approach is to give them the fishing rod and the lures to help them catch fish, not to just give you the fish."

The comment was widely taken as a shot at Duke, which is known to emphasize the school's long-term benefits to recruits.

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CHICAGO -- Kentucky coach John Calipari believes Marcus Lee will remain in the NBA Draft, but is uncertain about Isaiah Briscoe.

"Marcus really wants to do this, and my guess is that he'll keep his name in the draft because this is what he wants to do," Calipari told reporters Wednesday. "And I just told him to go up there [to the NBA Draft Combine] and do your thing and show the athletic player that you are. But he's also worked out. We've had those guys work out with teams before the combine so two or three teams could evaluate them, talk to them, and Marcus went to the combine."

The 6-foot-10 Lee is projected as the No. 29 junior by DraftExpress.com and is one of four Kentucky guys here at the NBA Draft Combine, along with Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere and Tyler Ulis.

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(Joshua Lindsey)

Marlon Adams, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound guard from Middletown, N.Y. and Believe Prep (S.C.), has committed to Eastern Kentucky and coach Dan McHale for the Class of 2016.

Adams also held offers from Samford and Southern Illinois.

"I decided to pick EKU because it felt like home as soon as I stepped foot on campus [May 3]," Adams told SNY.tv. I love what Coach McHale is doing with the program and I love the direction that it is moving in. I feel like myself along with the other pieces added can really make noise on the court and bring the winning culture back to EKU. Also EKU has been on me since last summer so I figured I'd repay the loyalty and commit there.

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(Mark Zerof)

Barclays Center will host two of the winningest programs in college basketball history when Kentucky and St. John's join LIU Brooklyn and Hofstra for the BROOKLYN HOOPS Winter Festival on Sunday, December 11. In the doubleheader matchup, Kentucky, whose 2016-17 recruiting class is ranked No. 1 by ESPN, will play Hofstra, and LIU Brooklyn will take on St. John's, which also welcomes a nationally-ranked group of newcomers next season.

For group tickets, please call 800-GROUP-BK. For more information on individual suites, please call 718-BK-SUITE. Individual tickets will go on sale in September.

"We are thrilled to welcome Kentucky back to Brooklyn for the fourth time," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. "Supporting local schools has also been a priority for our BROOKLYN HOOPS platform, and we are proud to showcase three of the area's programs in St. John's, LIU Brooklyn and Hofstra."

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(Jeffrey Becker)

Kentucky freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe is listed as an alternate for next week's NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, but that hasn't stopped him from getting in a few NBA workouts.

The 6-foot-3 former Roselle (N.J.) Catholic star worked out for the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday and will work out Saturday for the Los Angeles Clippers, his father confirmed to SNY.tv. San Diego State big man Malik Pope also works out for the Clippers on Saturday, he told SNY.tv. Briscoe will also work out for the Lakers on May 16 after the NBA Combine May 11-15.

He has not hired an agent -- "No way," his father said -- and can return to campus if he pulls out of the NBA Draft by May 25. George Briscoe said his son had seven more workouts planned, but no dates set yet.

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Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis (3) was one of three Kentucky players invited to the NBA Draft Combine. (Randy Sartin)
Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis (3) was one of three Kentucky players invited to the NBA Draft Combine. (Randy Sartin)

Maryland (4), Kansas (3), Kentucky (3) and North Carolina (3) lead the way in terms of players being invited to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago May 11-15.

The Maryland quartet of Robert Carter Jr., Diamond Stone, Jake Layman and Melo Trimble are the most from any school.

Stone is projected as the No. 22 pick by DraftExpress.com, with Trimble at No. 36, Layman at 45 and Carter Jr. at 51.

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Three days after landing an offer from Duke, Cam Reddish, a 6-7 Class of 2018 small forward from Team Final and the Westtown (Pa.) School), picked one up from Kentucky on Friday.

Reddish previously held offers from Maryland, UConn, Villanova, Seton Hall, Penn State and Auburn.

Bob Reddish, the player's father, spoke with Kentucky head coach John Calipari.

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Marques Bolden has yet to announce his college choice, much to the chagrin of many Kentucky and Duke fans.

But incoming Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox made one last pitch for Bolden to join Big Blue Nation via USA Today (and a transcription from Kentucky Sports Radio).


Virginia, Alabama and Florida State are the latest school to offer Lonnie Walker, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Team Final and Reading (Pa.) High, while Kentucky is showing interest now, too.

"[Kentucky assistant] Tony Barbee inquired about him after the weekend [in Indianapolis]," Team Final coach Aaron Burt told SNY.tv on Monday. "I'm sure they have their pick of the litter but we'll see how it goes in the future. He's playing super great so we really don't know yet."

Walker is averaging 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 49 percent from beyond the arc (19-of-39) on the Nike EYBL circuit. He is ranked the No. 5 shooting guard in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports.com.

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Duke and Kentucky each placed three recruits in the final ESPN.com recruiting rankings for the Class of 2016.

Duke placed Harry Giles at No. 1, Jayson Tatum at No. 3 and Frank Jackson at No. 10.

Kentucky has Bam Adebayo at No. 5, De'Aaron Fox at No. 6 and Malik Monk at No. 9.

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(Steven Branscombe)

Kentucky head coach John Calipari offered a scholarship to 2017 shooting guard Hamidou Diallo on Wednesday while meeting with him at Putnam Science Academy (CT).

"He can play anywhere and he can play for anyone," NY Rens coach Andy Borman said on The 4 Quarters Podcast.



Calipari and assistant Kenny Payne watched Diallo and the NY Rens face Mohamed Bamba and the PSA Cardinals on Sunday at the Nike EYBL event in Brooklyn. The Cardinals won 63-55.

Calipari also saw Bamba, who already holds a Kentucky offer, on Wednesday at the Westtown (Pa.) School.

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Kentucky Wildcats forward Marcus Lee (00) celebrates after scoring in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the SEC conference tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Kentucky won 93-80. (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Kentucky Wildcats forward Marcus Lee (00) celebrates after scoring in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the SEC conference tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Kentucky won 93-80. (Christopher Hanewinckel)

The University of Kentucky is losing another underclassman to the NBA Draft.

Marcus Lee, a 6-foot-9 junior forward who saw steady rotation minutes for the first time last season, told ESPN's Jeff Goodman that he is leaving Lexington for the NBA. Lee will not hire an agent, but he indicated he does not plan to return for his senior season.

"I haven't hired an agent," Lee told Goodman. "Because I want to keep my eligibility just in case I decide to come back, but my plan is to go to the NBA. That's the only goal."

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The documentary "Kentucky Reloaded" by Edgar Burgos and FRESH FOCUS SPORTS follows the 4 All-Americans going to the University of Kentucky in 2016. De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Edrice 'Bam' Adebayo and Wenyen Gabriel participate in their final high school event, the Jordan Brand Classic.

I'm interviewed toward the end of the piece, and Tom Konchalski, Michael Scotto and Russ Bengston all chime in as well.

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Kentucky is the latest to offer Kevin Knox, a 6-8 Class of 2017 small forward from Tampa (FL) Catholic.

Kentucky coach John Calipari had an in-home with Knox on Monday night.


Duke and Kentucky are are the latest to offer scholarships to 2017 point guard Tremont Waters of South Kent (CT).

Both schools visited with him on Wednesday.

Duke's coaches and Kentucky head coach John Calipari watched Waters and teammate Nick Richards last weekend with the Expressions Elite at the Nike EYBL session in Brooklyn.

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NEW YORK -- Kentucky's future backcourt put on a show in the Jordan Brand Classic and gave the basketball world a glimpse of what's to come.

De'Aaron Fox went for 23 points, 5 rebounds and no turnovers en route to co-MVP honors as the East team beat the West team, 131-117, at Barclays Center.

His co-MVP was his future backcourt-mate in Big Blue Nation and his roommate here in the Big Apple. Malik Monk went for 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists for the West. The duo combined for 45 points in the game.

Tags: De'Aaron Fox, Kentucky, Malik Monk
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NEW YORK -- You don't have to look far at the Jordan Brand Classic to find a player, coach or NBA scout praising incoming Kentucky big man Bam Adebayo.

"Bam, he's just a monster," 6-foot-10 Florida State signee Jonathan Isaac told SNY.tv.

"These days, guys that have a high motor and a high energy level are very valuable," DeMatha coach Mike Jones, an assistant with the East team, said on The 4 Quarters Podcast.. "That's kind of been a separator and Bam is one of the guys that I've met in years with one of the highest motors. He plays so hard all the time and with great energy. With the physical attributes that he has [and] with that desire, he's going to be one heck of a player."

Tags: Bam Adebayo, Kentucky, Adam Zagoria
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NEW YORK -- Jamal Murray is off to the NBA, as is Tyler Ulis, so it appears incoming five-star point guard De'Aaron Fox will be running the show at the University of Kentucky next season.

Murray leaving Lexington after one season came as no surprise, but the ascension of Ulis to SEC Player of the Year and projected first-round pick this June was a radical development -- one that should work in Fox's favor.

"Everybody thought he (Murray) was gonna leave at the end of the year," Fox said Wednesday afternoon at the HSS Training Center after practice for the Jordan Brand Classic on Friday night at Barclays Center. "The biggest reaction was probably to Tyler. What he's done, and everybody thought since he was small, he would play four years. He proved everybody wrong. He's leaving some big shoes to fill."

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ROSELLE, N.J. -- During a 45-minute coaching clinic session in front of 250 coaches at Roselle (N.J.) Catholic on Friday afternoon, Kentucky coach John Calipari told several entertaining anecdotes and gave the coaches an inside look at his involvement in his players' NBA decisions.

"I'm not holding these kids back," he said at one point. "I tell kids that shouldn't go, 'You shouldn't go.' Well, what if that kid says, 'But, I'm going anyway." How would you deal with it? Would you go bury the kid to the NBA, say none of you should pick him, he stinks? Or would you go lie and say he's unbelievable, he's the greatest kid. What would you do if he were your kid? I've had probably four kids absolutely should not have left and left."

He added: "This basketball stuff is great but it's a means to an end for all of us and what we do as teachers and coaches. It's about developing young people. When we go back, every decision I make is how is this going to work for these individual players? How do I get them to be the best version of themselves?"

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From left to right McDonald's All-Americans De'Aaron Fox (5), Malik Monk (5) Bam Adebayo (13), and Sacha Killeya-Jones (1) who will all be attending the University of Kentucky pose for a group photo before the McDonald's High School All-American Game. (Brian Spurlock / USA Today)
From left to right McDonald's All-Americans De'Aaron Fox (5), Malik Monk (5) Bam Adebayo (13), and Sacha Killeya-Jones (1) who will all be attending the University of Kentucky pose for a group photo before the McDonald's High School All-American Game. (Brian Spurlock / USA Today)

With Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis headed to the NBA Draft, incoming floor general De'Aaron Fox says he's ready to assume the mantle for the Wildcats.

"I'm happy for him of course," Fox, the 6-foot-3 guard out of Katy (TX) Cypress Lakes told Evan Daniels of Scout.com at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore. "He had a fantastic year this year but other than that, with him leaving that's basically just giving me the keys to the program. If Isaiah [Briscoe] comes back, we'll be the point guards next year. Tyler's a great player and it's big shoes to fill."

Sources said Briscoe, the former Roselle (N.J.) Catholic star, is expected to go through the NBA Draft evaluation process and then make a decision from there.

Tags: De'Aaron Fox, Kentucky, NBA Draft, Adam Zagoria
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