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Heat choose Bam with 14th overall NBA Draft pick | Lexington Herald Leader
The Miami Heat and former Wildcat Pat Riley chose UK forward Bam Adebayo with the 14th overall pick, the end of the lottery, in the NBA Draft on Thursday night in Brooklyn, N.Y.

De'Aaron Fox selected No. 5 by Kings - SEC Country
Former Kentucky star De'Aaron Fox has an NBA home. The speedy guard was taken fifth overall by the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night in the NBA Draft.

Hornets draft Malik Monk, just as they should have | Charlotte Observer
Monk helped lead Kentucky to an Elite Eight berth in last season’s NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-3 sniper led the Wildcats with 19.8 points per game and he shot 39.7 percent from behind the arc.

Diallo, Washington Selected for USA U19 World Cup Team | UK Wildcats News
The 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team drew Group D for preliminary-round games at the FIBA World Cup and will open against Iran on July 1. Team USA will then play Angola on July 2 and will cap preliminary round action vs. Italy on July 4 (game times are to be determined).

The SEC's best linebacker duos in 2017 - ESPN
Kentucky has one of the best linebacker tandems in the SEC in the form of Jordan Jones and Josh Allen, two players who figure to be All-SEC picks in 2017 if they stay healthy.

UK Leads Nation in CoSIDA Publication Awards | UK Wildcats News
UK's Brand and Content work group, featuring the Creative Services, Media Relations, Strategic Communication, Photography and Marketing departments, combined to lead the nation with 14 publications awards from the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Cam Reddish hoping third time is charm at Team USA camp | Lexington Herald Leader
Cameron Reddish didn’t make either of the two Team USA squads he’s tried out for in the past. That changed this week, as he'll get to be with John Calipari for several more weeks. Calipari, who has made Reddish one of his top recruiting targets in the class of 2018, made a “woo” noise when asked about his game this week.

Kentucky’s Evan White wins Rawlings Gold Glove Award - WKYT
In 2017, White returned from early groin and hamstring issues and immediately resumed terrorizing opposing pitchers. He hit a team-high .373, making him the first player since Josh Loggins in 1997-98 to lead the Wildcats in hitting in back-to-back seasons. White’s 24 doubles are the second most in a single-season, while adding a career-high 10 home runs to fuel a .627 slugging percentage.

King's mom has shaped her son's football career from the beginning - SEC Country
Alex King, a 2017 Kentucky signee, isn't likely to forget the things his mom Andrea taught him about football.

Diallo, Washington, UK recruits make Calipari’s Team USA | Lexington Herald Leader
Hamidou Diallo and PJ Washington were two of the 12 players named to John Calipari’s Team USA U19 squad Thursday morning.

USA Men's U19 World Cup Team Training Camp: Sights & Sounds - YouTube
A good look at John Calipari and his U19 squad as they went through training camp this week.

UKTF Set for a Busy 2017 USATF Outdoors | UK Wildcats News
The Kentucky track and field season will continue under the California Central Valley’s scorching sun this weekend at the USATF Outdoor Championships.

Bam Adebayo most explosive finisher in NBA Draft - 247
Edrice Adebayo doesn't go by 'Bam' for no reason.

Kentucky’s Kevin Knox still expanding his five-star game | Lexington Herald Leader
Kentucky basketball player Kevin Knox has improved in several areas over the past two years. His outside game will give Cats a big perimeter threat.

Cal talks about his players, recruits, more from USA camp | Lexington Herald Leader
UK Coach John Calipari talks about his players, UK recruits Bol Bol, Romeo Langford, Immanuel Quickley, Cam Reddish and more from his USA Basketball training camp in Colorado Springs.

NFL's most, least balanced offensive play-callers - NFL.com
Does the Dolphins' play selection give Adam Gase an edge? How is the Giants' search for balance impacted by Odell Beckham's presence? Conor Orr looks into offensive patterns around the NFL.

Which stats matter most in fantasy football? - ESPN
Not all stats carry the same weight in fantasy football. Here's a look at the ones to pay closest attention to in 2017 and beyond.

How a fan's love dies: Louisville basketball scandal killed the Cards for me - LCJ
University of Louisville basketball has become a national joke. This is how a fan's love dies.

Julio Jones, Antonio Brown head WRs with most value to teams - NFL.com
Is anyone more important to the Steelers than Antonio Brown? Will Terrelle Pryor truly take off in Washington? Nate Burleson lists the five receivers who are most valuable to their teams.

The college basketball players with the most to prove - ESPN
The spotlight won't be off Grayson Allen. It never is. But he won't be alone. With Frank Mason III gone, attention will be heavy on Kansas' Devonte' Graham as the Jayhawks make a charge toward another Big 12 title.