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Columns

  • A word with the wise

    “You got to start somewhere.”
    As the old saying goes, everyone who has ever achieved something or become successful had to start somewhere. Once finding somewhere to begin, whether it be at a small shop, the backyard or their own home, the successful and achieving most likely had someone who mentored and taught them what they needed to know to be successful. A famous TV show host, a U.S Senator, the founder of Facebook and a baseball legend all had mentors.

  • Vaught’s Views: Kentucky fans should like signee Keldon Johnson’s high motor

    By Larry Vaught

    One reason that Florida signee Keyontae Johnson is playing at Oak Hill Academy this season is because he wanted to be on the same team as Keldon Johnson, a Kentucky signee.
    The two have been friends for years and Keyontae Johnson wanted to spend this season on the court with him before they start playing against each other in college.

  • The road to Atlanta
  • Vaught’s Views: Wiseman does a lot of things that Calipari and other coaches like

    By Larry Vaught

    There’s not any one thing that former NBA star Penny Hardaway thinks 6-9 James Wiseman does best for Memphis East. But that’s because he can do so many things well that it is hard to pick which one he does the best.
    Wiseman is a major Kentucky recruiting target in the 2019 class.

  • Your company

    “Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company.” – George Washington.

    The people we choose to associate with influence us greatly. Their outlook on certain things, their behavior and their overall personality can rub off on us. The people we are closest to affect our way of thinking, our self-esteem and even the decisions we make.

  • Vaught’s Views: Mike Pratt says Quade Green is about where he should be after 7 games

    By Larry Vaught

    Before Kentucky’s season started, former UK All-American Mike Pratt had a warning — or bit of advice — for fans about the team’s point guard play.
    “So much is about confidence. That’s why some guys develop slower than others,” said Pratt, the analyst for the UK Radio Network. “If you look at (John) Calipari point guards, John Wall started slow and you could see his confidence build.

  • Vaught’s Views: Highly-rated center Bol Bol will play twice in Marshall County Hoop Fest

    By Larry Vaught

    Bol Bol is a gifted 7-3 center who is ranked No. 1 at his position in the 2018 recruiting class. At one time he was thought to be a UK lean until he failed to make the USA team coached by John Calipari last season that included UK freshman P.J. Washington and UK signee Immanuel Quickley.

  • Can’t get ‘em all

    On Tuesday, Oct. 31, the College Football Playoff selection committee released its first rankings for this season with everyone’s attention focused on the top four spots, which will determine this year’s College Football Playoff field. The playoff begins on New Year’s Day with the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl - the two semifinal matchups - and ends with the title game a week later.

  • Vaught’s View: Richards' early-season deficiencies are ones Calipari can fix

    By Larry Vaught

    Kentucky freshman center Nick Richards has probably been better than anticipated on offense but not as good as expected on defense — or at least not yet.
    Sporting News college basketball columnist Mike DeCourcy says that is not a bad thing so early in the season.
    “Offensively he is not a super skilled post guy. He is not Elton Brand. He does not have all those undo the defense moves. Can he catch it? Yes. Can he turn and score? Okay, you can work on that,” DeCourcy said before UK opened its season..

  • All the way for it all

    An entire season rested on nine innings. All the work a team had put into getting this far came down to one final game. This was Game 7 of the World Series, and everything that could possibly be on the line was on the line. The stakes were at their highest. This was the night where history could be written and legends can be made.