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Kentucky Wildcats Quickies: Preseason Excitement Edition

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An all-you-can-eat buffet of preseason UK Basketball stories and more in today’s headlines.

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De'Aaron Fox: “I do not feel like anybody can stop me.” - LEX18.com
"It just gives you what you should be striving for. Guards come here to be great. I want to be better than other guards. I know have to work to do that," said Fox. "My best thing is my speed. I do not feel like anybody can stop me."

More talent likely means more three-guard lineups for UK - Courier-Journal
Isaiah Briscoe expects to play with the ball in his hands more often as a sophomore, but he knows he will be counted on to help smooth the transition from high school to college for the two freshman guards.

Wildcats hope offseason workouts breed championship success - CoachCal.com
The workouts are a bear, but they’re being welcomed by each player on the team because of a collective desire to raise a ninth championship banner into the Rupp Arena rafters.

Bam is a bad man, but improved Humphries could be key to frontcourt - SEC Country
In Humphries 2.0, Kentucky is essentially getting a fourth brand-new, big-time player in the frontcourt. And for all the hype about the others, don’t be shocked if he cracks the starting lineup.

James Whalen Named Kentucky’s SEC Football Legend | UK Wildcats News
Whalen, originally from Portland, Ore., came to UK as a walk-on after playing his freshman season at Shasta College in California. After his family moved to Walton, Ky., because of a job transfer, James decided to transfer to UK, and the rest is history.

How UK and Vandy players ranked as recruits | Lexington Herald-Leader
Vanderbilt has had the worst recruiting classes in the SEC over the past three years —according to Rivals.com — a stark change from their previous recruiting success under former football coach James Franklin. Still, the Commodores have several players who were once highly touted prospects. Vandy’s starting lineup for Saturday’s game against Kentucky includes four four-star starters, the same number as the Wildcats. Former four-star quarterback Kyle Shurmur will start for Vanderbilt.

Thrown into the Fire, Young Embraces Challenge | UK Wildcats News
Eddie Gran doesn’t envy Landon Young. As highly touted and talented as the Lexington native might be, Young is still a true freshman at one of the most difficult positions to play in college football.

Posterized: UK walk-on serves as prop in Monk's first freak show - SEC Country
"Oh no," the walk-on guard says upon first mention of that fateful day. "I already know what this is about. It was bad."

‘This is it:’ Willis, Hawkins working to finish in style - CoachCal.com
As unique as the experience of playing basketball at Kentucky might be, it’s just a little different for the select few players who grow up in the state and play for its flagship university. Hawkins and Willis are thankful they get to experience it. In fact, it drives them.

Calipari focused on 2017 recruits who want to be at UK | Lexington Herald-Leader
John Calipari has been all over the country over the past few weeks for the fall recruiting period, and he’s focused on a select few prospects he believes really want to be at Kentucky. UK has stopped recruiting players like Wendell Carter and Gary Trent Jr., and neglected to recruit others like DeAndre Ayton, to concentrate on prospects like Mohamed Bamba, Hamidou Diallo, John Petty, Kevin Knox, Trae Young, Tremont Waters, Quade Green, Lonnie Walker, PJ Washington and Nick Richards.

Notebook: Willis turning the page - CoachCal.com
Coach Cal had this gem of a line when talking about UK's five guards in the Suns’ backcourt: "How about we have five players on the Phoenix Suns? Most schools – I’m going to say just about every school – they don’t have five players in the league."

Jordan Wilson Named C-USA Player of the Week | UK Wildcats News
UK senior defender Jordan Wilson was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week Monday. Kentucky had the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row.

UK basketball: Edrice "Bam" Adebayo gives Wildcats inside presence | Lexington Herald-Leader
Freshman Edrice "Bam" Adebayo shies from being perceived as the player to fill the void inside that hindered Kentucky last season. The Cats just want him to continue being an enforcer on the court while being the "friendliest person" off the court.

Brandon Knight's benching leaves career at crossroads - arizonasports.com
The Phoenix Suns' decision to start Devin Booker ahead of Brandon Knight leaves the latter at a crossroads in his career.

Thousands gather to say farewell to Arnold Palmer - ESPN
Thousands, including the biggest names in golf, gathered Tuesday in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, to say farewell to golf icon Arnold Palmer.

Sloan announces he’s leaving Ballard for Florida school | USA Today High School Sports
Ruled ineligible to play at Ballard High School by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, David Sloan announced via Twitter on Monday he will play his senior season at Conrad Academy in Orlando, Florida.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick is the greatest enigma in sports - ESPN
Call Bill Belichick what you want, but these accounts of his uncompromising life -- from prodigy to professional ballbuster -- reveal why history might one day call him the greatest.

Try Not to Weep at This Video of Dogs Getting Rescued From the Streets - What's Trending
Hope you're ready to cry.

Corgi falling off couch is just trying to make it through week - mashable
In an attempt to jump onto the couch, this poor corgi lunged forward with total confidence only to slide right off.