Former University of Kentucky star Malik Monk, the 11th overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft, has played little for the Charlotte Hornets since mid-December. But Coach Steve Clifford said the team hasn’t given up on the 19-year-old guard.
It seems certain no one in Lexington was more affected by the death last Tuesday of Wes Strader, 79, the longtime radio play-by-play voice of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, than former Kentucky Wildcats basketball star Kenny Walker.
The Miami Heat’s recent lineup pairing of rookie Bam Adebayo and Hassan Whiteside has the former Kentucky star excited about its long-term potential. “I call us the Twin Towers. ... it’s a scary sight.”
Three seasons into an NBA career that started as a No. 1 overall draft pick out of the University of Kentucky and will get him All-Star consideration this season, Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns is already thinking about life outside it.
For the second-straight year, there are five former Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball players serving as NCAA Division I head coaches. Among the five, Wyoming’s Allen Edwards and Utah Valley’s Mark Pope have their teams off to the strongest starts.
It has been almost nine full years since Jodie Meeks used a trip to Tennessee to shatter Dan Issel’s University of Kentucky single-game scoring record. Here are 10 other UK men’s basketball records that, for various reasons, will be near impossible to ever break.
Don’t worry about Skal Labissiere. He wouldn’t want you to. “It’s a process; I’ve got to trust it,” the Sacramento Kings player said of his fluctuating minutes. “At the end of the day, I know I’m going to get to where I’m supposed to be.”
Reese Phillips, the former Kentucky backup quarterback whose quest to become a starter took him to Montana only to see him suffer a gruesome leg injury in his third start, has announced he will seek a sixth year of eligibility.
Former Kentucky forward Darius Miller has been garnering more and more attention during his second stint in the NBA with the Pelicans this season. Entering Friday’s action Miller ranked fifth in the league in three-point field goal percentage at 46.6 with 65 makes on 143 attempts. And that’s more attempts than the four players ranked ahead of him.
Former Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague, a member of the 2012 national championship team, was kicked off a flight Sunday along with an NBA G League teammate after being accused of taking blankets from first class, according to a report by The Undefeated.
Members of the Washington Wizards NBA team are now the owners of Rolex watches after point guard and former University of Kentucky basketball player John Wall gifted his teammates the costly watches sometime last week.
With Jody Thompson’s kidneys failing, the former Feds Creek High School star and Kentucky Wildcats guard badly needed a transplant. Samantha Cook, a former girls’ basketball standout from a rival Pike County school who knew Thompson only in passing, saw reference to his situation on Facebook. She chose to give the ex-UK player “the ultimate gift” of a kidney.