Kentucky Basketball: How Next Year’s Rotation Looks with Hamidou Diallo Returning

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Freshman guard Hamidou Diallo only practiced for the Kentucky basketball team last year; he never saw action in any games. Usually, when a player of no experience returns to a college basketball team, it’s not huge news.

It is for Kentucky though because they have so little experience returning from this past season’s Elite 8 team.

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Kentucky SG Malik Monk to the New York Knicks at #8 Would be a Great Fit

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Kentucky Wildcats basketball doesn’t just dominate the McDonald’s All-American Game, the SEC and the NCAA Tournament.

NBA Draft night is always their night as well.

“It’s graduation day for my child,” John Calipari says at the event, during the 30 for 30 film “One and Not Done.”

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Kentucky Basketball: is Bam Adebayo a Top Ten NBA Draft Pick?

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Kentucky Wildcats basketball doesn’t just dominate the McDonald’s All-American Game, the SEC and the NCAA Tournament.

NBA Draft night is always their night as well.

“It’s graduation day for my child,” John Calipari says at the event, during the 30 for 30 film “One and Not Done.”

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Kentucky Basketball: is De’Aaron Fox a Top Five NBA Draft Pick?

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Kentucky Wildcats basketball doesn’t just dominate the McDonald’s All-American Game, the SEC and the NCAA Tournament.

NBA Draft night is always their night as well.

“It’s graduation day for my child,” John Calipari says at the event, during the 30 for 30 film “One and Not Done.”

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Five Star Big Man Mo Bamba Picks Texas Over Kentucky, Duke and Michigan

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It’s official, Mo Bamba has selected the University of Texas. The five star big man picked the Longhorns over Duke, Kentucky and Michigan.

We now update our story on Bamba from March 28th, from McDonald’s All-American Game Media Day, in which we indicated that Texas was indeed the front-runner.

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NBA Mock Draft Second Round 5/16/17

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft.  Outstanding trades have not been taken into account with the second round. Also, if you’re into NBA Draft Lottery conspiracy theories, you’ll want to read the feature piece linked here.

(Updated: 5/15/17)

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NBA Mock Draft First Round 5/16/17

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft.

(Updated: 5/15/17) Also, if you’re into NBA Draft Lottery conspiracy theories, you’ll want to read the feature piece linked here.

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Mark Smith a Huge Get for Illini Basketball, but Who Will Play Up Front?

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Last night, Mark Smith officially became the first state of Illinois prep Mr. Basketball to join Illini basketball since 2010 (Jereme Richmond). Let’s hope for the sake of everyone involved that Smith’s career, and life after college basketball, works out better than Richmond’s did.

Mark Smith is a four-star prospect is now ranked No. 52 by Rivals, No. 74 by 247 Sports Composite and No. 76 by Scout in the top 100 for the Class of 2017. He’s a 6-4 guard from Edwardsville who recorded a career-high 45 points in a sectional final win over Ottawa on March 10.

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Ohio State Football: the Kentucky Wildcats of the NFL Draft

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Ohio State football has become the Kentucky Wildcats of the gridiron– a class of 5-star prospects enter the program every year while another class of blue chips leaves school early for the professional ranks.

In both Lexington and Columbus, it’s “succeed and proceed,” “plug n play,” “rinse and repeat” each season.

The NBA allows “one and done,” but in football you need to be out of high school for at least three years. As a junior you can “three and flee,” or as a redshirt sophomore you’re eligible for a “two and tutelo.” As Stephen Colbert told John Calipari when he had him on his show, it must rhyme in order for it to be valid.

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2017 NBA Draft Early Entrants, Returning to School List

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The NCAA passed a new rule last year that gives any early entries until ten days after the 2017 NBA Draft Combine to announce their intention to return to school, as long as they haven’t already hired an agent. This is a change from previous years in which college players had to decide if they were staying in the draft prior to the combine. Therefore, expect to see a ton of non-seniors “test the waters” only to ultimately return to school.

Here is a list of college basketball players who have already declared for the 2017 NBA Draft or announced they are returning to school.

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UPDATED: 4/22/17

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Kentucky 5-Star Nick Richards is a Huge Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid Fan

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Nick Richards will be the second player in the John Calipari era to ball for the Kentucky Wildcats from the Patrick School in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

The other one certainly did pretty well for himself. He won a national title became the No. 2 overall NBA Draft selection; that would be Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

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Kentucky Signee P.J. Washington on UK Critics: “they think we’re just a one-and-done school”

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Kentucky Wildcats signee and five-star prospect P.J. Washington is considered the top power forward in the 2017 class by Scout. Depending on how the upcoming college basketball season goes for him, and how the power forward class looks as the 2018 NBA Draft draws closer, he could be a “one-and-done.”

With tonight the premiere of the John Calipari ESPN Films 30 for 30 entitled “One and Not Done,” today seems like the perfect time to initially publish our exclusive interview with P.J. Washington, one that we conducted at McDonald’s All-American Game Media Day.

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