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Kentucky Wildcats Quickies: Summer Basketball Recruiting Edition

Lots of UK recruiting news in 2017 & 2018. New targets emerging? Nick Mingione sounds like an A+ hire. Dominique Hawkins ready for breakout year? More.

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John Cohen predicts major success for former assistant at UK - LCJ
"Because Nick didn’t have much money he literally slept in our clubhouse at Kentucky," Cohen said in a phone interview with The Courier-Journal Tuesday. "He couldn’t afford an apartment. He was working 20 hours a day anyway, so the four hours he would sleep he’d just go sleep on a couch in the clubhouse."

UK basketball target Kevin Knox putting it all together on the court - Lexington Herald-Leader
A relative unknown in the world of recruiting this time last year, Kevin Knox came to Team USA U16 basketball tryouts with something to prove and little to lose. Now, he’s the No. 6 overall prospect in the class of 2017.

Who's Got Next? - Cats Pause takes a look at five prospects who may be in line for a Kentucky offer later this summer. Quade Green and Mitchell Robinson are among those who figure to get that offer at some point this year.

Kentucky continuing to show interest in 2018 point guard Darius Garland - Scout
Not only is he the top rated point guard in 2018, Darius Garland has also won two state championships and was the Division II-AA state player of the year. With all of the accolades, Garland was able to rattle off a lengthy list of schools that have shown interest. "Vanderbilt, Tennessee, UCLA, Louisville, Virginia, Texas, Ohio State, UNC, Kentucky, UConn, Purdue, and others," said Garland.

Rajon Rondo -- Tension-filled Sacramento Kings never jelled as team - ESPN
Monday on ESPN's The Jump, Rajon Rondo detailed what went wrong with the Kings this season and his impending free agency. "I want to see myself in a situation where guys want to grow, guys want to get better. I don't want to be the hardest-working guy in the gym."

The Kevin Knox Blog: Trying out for USA Basketball, building bonds with coaches and more - USA Today
Kevin Knox is an elite wing and one of the top prospects in 2017. Knox has agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a blog.

No school in lead for top basketball prospect Wendell Carter - Lexington Herald-Leader
A recruiting update on top-five basketball prospect Wendell Carter, who lists UK and Duke among his top schools. As for the narrative that it’s just a matter of time before he commits to Duke? "No one’s leading right now," he said.

Tyler Ulis' draft stock sliding over hip issue? - Cats Pause
Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis' draft stock may be sliding over a hip issue, which some believe may require surgery down the line.

Dominique Hawkins finds himself in familiar situation entering senior season - LCJ
Hawkins’ collegiate contributions have almost solely come on defense, but with the offensive talent on the roster in Lexington, that role could still be an important one for the Wildcats moving forward. At 6-foot, Hawkins’ size can be an issue at times against bigger guards, but he has proven capable of locking down some of the best perimeter players in the country.

Kentucky Basketball: Each Projected Starter's Top Priority in 2016-17 - Bleacher Report
Some of these are pretty easy to project, including De'Aaron Fox becoming a true point guard and Isaiah Briscoe improving his free throws. How do the other spots play out?

USA Basketball U17: Top 10 Performers - Scout
The nation's top U17 prospects gathered at the US Olympic Training Facility over the weekend to compete to play in the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championships. Some UK targets and possible future targets performed very well at the event.

UK basketball target Langford misses Team USA cut, but still a top recruit - Lexington Herald-Leader
Recruiting notes on UK targets Romeo Langford and Jarred Vanderbilt, and a short update on David Sloan from Team USA training camp.

Tide turning from Ben Simmons to Brandon Ingram in Philly – Metro
Not long ago, it looked like Ben Simmons to the Sixers was a sure thing. The Sixers, as is expected, continue to keep things close to the chest, and their GM has spoken publicly multiple times about the merits of taking Simmons.

22-pound, 2,000-year-old lump of butter found in Ireland - Mashable
Jack Conway found a 22-pound hunk of butter in the Emlagh bog in County Meath, Ireland that is estimated to be 2,000 years old.

Led Zeppelin Appear in Court for Colorful Start of 'Stairway' Trial - Rolling Stone
Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page appeared in court for the colorful start of their "Stairway to Heaven" copyright infringement case.