Pelicans Officially Re-Sign Darius Miller

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Pelicans Re-Sign Darius Miller

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has re-signed free agent forward and University of Kentucky stand out Darius Miller. Terms of the contract have yet to be release.

Darius was the 46th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and averaged 4.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 16.1 minutes per game during the 2013-14 season. Miller helped Kentucky get their 8th National Title in 2012 with a win over Kansas. Click here to order your copy of the Official 2012 DVD.

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Check Out The Freshmen In Their New UK Jerseys

All 4 Freshmen have posted new pictures in their UK jerseys.  They are looking like Wildcats now!

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Mark Stoops Visits ESPN (VIDEO)

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Coach Stoops makes the rounds at the ESPN Car Wash

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Coach Calipari Releases A Report On The First Practice

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We all love it, we all need it, it’s the fuel for the summer for the die-hard Kentucky Crazies. A practice report has been released from CoachCal.com and it’s full of tasty nuggets.

Eric Lindsey is reporting for the site, here are a few of the gems. Click here for the massive report from Cal and Lindsey.

  • My favorite matchup to watch in when the Cats went to a two-on-two drill was Towns vs. Dakari Johnson. Towns, without question, is one of the most all-around talented big guys Calipari has had at UK in his five seasons at Kentucky. But, like all freshmen, there’s a learning curve, and Towns was in for a bit of a lesson against an experienced Johnson. As assistant coach Kenny Payne tried to throw him the ball the top of the key – where Towns can play, I might add – Johnson fronted him and didn’t let him get around his frame. When Towns tried to fake him out with a couple of moves, Johnson didn’t budge and just leaned on him. Calipari eventually stopped play and told Towns that those moves that worked in high school won’t work in college before showing him how to get his leg around Johnson and then bump off. Once Towns got the ball in his hands, he was difficult to stop.
  • Marcus Lee isn’t just a pogo stick anymore. He also appears to have worked on his jumper. No joke, in the shooting drill I alluded to earlier, Lee hit more shots than anyone I watched. Now let’s remember it was just one drill in just one practice, but can you imagine what type of player Lee could be if he forced other teams to step out and guard him? Yikes!
  • If Derek Willis is going to make a serious impact this season, it looks like his versatility and not just his shot-making ability could come into play. In Monday’s practice, he guarded Aaron Harrison, Booker, Poythress and Lee, four very different plays. The added muscle he’s put on in the offseason in addition to the length he already had gives him the ability to guard twos, three and fours.
  • As Calipari huddled up the team, he had a familiar refrain for this time of the year: Play fast, think slow. “I know you’re playing fast and out of control. I know that. I can always pull you back. I’m trying to get you to play fast, yet not in a hurry. … Your feet are flying but your mind isn’t moving like your feet. Your feet are flying but your mind is still thinking.”

Do yourself a favor and get over to CoachCal.com and check out this extensive report compiled by Eric Lindsey.

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Nerlens Noel On Top of the Rookie Chart

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Nerlens hasn’t played a regular season game yet, but, NBA.com thinks he’s on par for being the best rookie in the league.

“1. NERLENS NOEL, 76ers (previous ranking: 1)

Noel made just one appearance in Las Vegas and instead mostly rested the left knee coming off surgery. But between here and Orlando, he controlled the paint by blocking shots and forcing penetrators to change plans on others, and rebounded.”

Here’s what the rest of the top 10 looks like:

1. Nerlens Noel, 76ers

2. Doug McDermott, Bulls.

3. Jabari Parker, Bucks.

4. Elfrid Payton, Magic.

5. James Ennis, Heat.

6. Jordan Adams, Grizzlies.

7. Julius Randle, Lakers.

8. Gary Harris, Nuggets.

9. Dante Exum, Jazz.

10. Jordan McRae, 76ers.

Click here to see the rest of the breakdown.

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Kentucky Football SEC Media Day 2014 (VIDEO)

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Great video from @KYwildcatsTV Check out the SEC Football Media Day!   They are enjoying themselves…

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Liggins Turning Heads With His Summer League Defense

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Liggins Turning Heads With His Summer League Defense

Liggins has had a rocky road during his life on and off the court. You can’t help but root for a guy that seems to always give effort despite his battles. Slam Magazine recently did a fantastic article documented much of the battles DeAndre Liggins has had in his life. He continues to play hard and hopefully his tenacity will help another NBA squad this season. Here are some quotes from that article:

On Calipari:

“If you’re not that type of John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins or [Eric] Bledsoe, you just gotta be willing to do whatever it takes to get better,” Liggins recentlytold SNY.tv. Calipari became the first father figure in Liggins’ life following the two devastating deaths he faced at just 14 years old. “He roots for me, he loves me,” Liggins continued on about the enigmatic coach. “I love him, too.”

On the NBA:

“Improving my offense is always going to be a plus, I’m going to continue to work on that. But right now, I think every NBA team needs defensive guys,” Liggins said. “There are a lot of scorers in this League and I think every team can use a defensive guy who will do all the dirty work and do all the intangibles.”

Kevin Durant on Liggins:

“He’s a workhorse, man. I love him. He’s just quiet, comes in and does his job and plays hard every possession. You can tell he’s a guy that’s tough and has been that way his whole life. You can just tell by how he plays that he’s been working from the bottom to get to the top his whole life. People have counted him out, I’m sure, but he continues to keep beating the odds.”

Click here for the full story.

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Commonwealth Stadium Renovation Is Coming Along

Two things that UK feel are important to understand about the reseating process:

  1. There will be a reseating and new seat selection process for EVERYONE in Commonwealth Stadium for 2015 beginning this fall.
  2. Your K Fund priority ranking as of June 30, 2014 matters in this process.

Take a look at these two photos to see how steel work on the South side of the stadium is coming along.

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To learn more about the new Commonwealth Stadium click here.

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Former UK Recruit, Emmanual Mudiay, To Play Overseas Instead of SMU

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In a major twist of fate for Larry Brown and SMU, Emmanual Mudiay, has decided to get an agent and take his skills overseas forfeiting his amateur status with the NCAA.

Mudiay is listed as the second ranked point guard behind Tyus Jones (Duke) and two spots ahead of Tyler Ulis. Kentucky recruited Emmanual Mudiay heavily and finished second in the recruiting battle behind Larry Brown and SMU.  Baylor, Kansas, and Oklahoma State were also in the top 5 for Mudiay.

The reason for his decision to take his prowess overseas was not an academic issue, but, more of a “hardship” case according to a statement made by Mudiay.

“I was excited about going to SMU and playing college basketball for Coach Brown and his staff and preparing for the NBA, but I was tired of seeing my mom struggle,” Mudiay’s brother, Stephane, said in quotes his brother provided to SI.com. “And after sitting down with Coach Brown and my family, we decided that the best way for me to provide for my mom was to forgo college and pursue professional basketball opportunities.”

It’s always easy to look at a situation from the outside and suggest, “wouldn’t it be better to have a year in college to prepare for the next level?”, but, based upon his statement, we can only imagine what situation the family may be facing.

As far as Kentucky is concerned, the news about Mudiay, and the early chatter about Tyler Ulis looking good in the Bahama Games preparation makes signing Ulis a best-case scenario for Kentucky. In essence, Ulis just moved up to the 3 spot on the rankings system at point guard.  Caliapari is doing something right.

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Check out some Ulis highlights by clicking here.

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Coach Cal Fantasy Camp SOLD OUT ?

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Yes, it’s sold out for now, but, they are taking more people if they can fill a 10 person waiting list.  The Camp takes place August 22-24 and give those participating the full Fantasy Experience.

Here is a video from the 2013 Fantasy Camp:

Click here or on the picture below to learn more about filling the waiting list:

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