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Wildcat Quickies: NFL Boom(?) Edition

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Boom considers the draft, Cats start bowl practices, pre-Hofstra information and more.

Though it's really not a surprise, it's worth noting that Boom Williams has reportedly considered skipping his senior season and entering the NFL Draft.

"Conversations and things have started. That's something I have to think about as well. Right now my main focus is the bowl game, but after the bowl game, me and the family will talk some more and will handle that situation," Williams said.

Williams' time at Kentucky certainly warrants consideration for the draft. While health issues are still a concern, Williams would surely be a highly-rated running back in the draft. His return would guarantee that Kentucky has one of the most dangerous backfields in the country, but you can't fault him for chasing the NFL if he does.

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Napo Matsoso Named NSCAA All-America | UK Wildcats News
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Kentucky QB Stephen Johnson's sister wins national title | Lexington Herald-Leader
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Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari says he's done writing books | Lexington Herald-Leader
During an appearance Friday morning, UK basketball coach John Calipari said he will not be putting out any more books. During a 40-minute appearance, Calipari told an audience of about 150 that UK exaggerated Tyler Ulis’ size and how he wants more consistency from Derek Willis. Afterward, Calipari signed copies of his new book.

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Kentucky to Host Blue/White Meet on Saturday | UK Wildcats News
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Pregame 2-4-7: Kentucky-Hofstra - 247
No. 6 Kentucky travels to Brooklyn, N.Y. to play the Hofstra Pride at the Barclays Center on Sunday, Dec. 11. Check out this 247 preview to get you ready for the game.

Central Kentucky has two highly-touted sophomores in Michael Moreno, Kyle Rode | Lexington Herald-Leader
Fans in attendance for Scott County’s 79-63 win at Lexington Christian on Thursday night got to witness two of the best young players the state has to offer. Michael Moreno and Kyle Rode, the state’s top-ranked sophomores who currently are rated among the top 150 players nationally by Coast2CoastPreps.com, faced off in a potential 11th Region Tournament preview.

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