Saturday, August 30, 2014

Video: UK Football Coach Mark Stoops, Coach Neal, Coach Eliot Post-UT Martin video interviews

UK Head Coach Mark Stoops Offensive coordinator Neal Brown Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot Videos courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

Video: UK Football Players Post Game Interviews vs UT Martin 8/30/14

UK Football players A.J. Stamps, Braylon Heard, Ryan Timmons, Patrick Towles, Dorian Baker and Mikel Horton interviews after UK's 59-14 win over UT Martin. Video courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

Video: Kentucky-59 vs UT Martin-14 Football Highlights 8/30/14

Video courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Video: UK Caoch Calipari, 2014-15 Wildcats do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

John Calipari and the 2014-15 Wildcats challenge the 2012 National Champions in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Video is courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

Video: Joe Craft, Coach Stoops & his assistants do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Video is courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

Video: UK Assistant Coach Barry Rohrssen, Willie Cauley-Stein and Trey Lyles - Game 5 Champagne Postgame Interviews

UK Assistant Coach Barry Rohrssen on Kentucky's 77-72 exhibition win over Chalons-Reims Willie Cauley-Stein and Trey Lyles on their recovering process Videos is courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

Friday, August 15, 2014

UK's 2014-15 Men's Basketball Schedule

The SEC released the remaining schedules today for its chartered members and below is UK's. Click photo to enlarge.


Video: UK Assistant Coach Kenny Payne, Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress - Game 4 Dominican Republic Postgame Interviews

UK Assistant Coach Kenny Payne on Kentucky's 83-71 exhibition win over the Dominican Republic. UK players Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress - Dominican Republic Postgame Videos is courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

Video: Kentucky 83 Dominican Republic 71 - 2014 Big Blue Bahamas Game 4 Highlights

Video is courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Video: Kentucky 93 Puerto Rico 57 - 2014 Big Blue Bahamas Game 3 Highlights

Highlights of Kentucky's 93-57 win over the Puerto Rico national reserves in the the third game of their Big Blue Bahamas tour. Video is courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

Video: UK Assistant Coach John Robic, Marcus Lee and Derek Willis - Game 3 Puerto Rico Postgame Interviews

UK Assistant Coach John Robic on Kentucky's 93-57 exhibition win over the Puerto Rico national reserves. UK players Marcus Lee and Derek Willis Videos is courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Video: UK Coach John Calipari Pre-Bahamas Presser

Video is courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

Video: UK players preview the Big Blue Bahamas trip

Andrew and Aaron Harrison and Alex Poythress met with the media on Wednesday to discuss their upcoming trip to the Bahamas.
 
Video is courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

ANDREW HARRISON
On how practice has been …
“It’s been good. Twisted my ankle a little bit earlier in the week, but I’m getting better now and it’s been a lot of competition.”

On why he lost weight …
“Just trying to be the best player I can be. I feel a lot faster, a lot quicker, jump a little higher now. I feel like I’m the best player I can be right now.”

On how different it is for him and his brother to have been through a year and be here a summer, unlike last year …
“I don’t think it was just that. I think it was just us realizing how much work it actually takes to be great. Just realizing or just getting that confidence you had back in high school, just feeling like you’re the best player. That’s what it really was.”

On how much more comfortable he is now having been through a whole year of Calipari practices …
“I’m a lot more comfortable. I feel like I take on a leadership role and I’m having fun with a lot of guys asking me questions and stuff, and I try to help them as much as I can.”

On being more talkative and whether it’s been a concerted effort to talk more …
“Yeah, I’m trying to talk a lot more, especially these past few days because I twisted my ankle a little bit, so I’m trying to make up for the speed and stuff by talking. It just comes with being older. Nineteen, I guess, is being older on this team. Just being able to lead these guys.”

On how important it is for the freshmen to see guys who know what they’re doing …
“It’s important. You’ve just got to attack those guys every day and just got to let them know what it takes; make them keep up with you.”

On if it was an easy or tough process when he decided to come back …
“It was tough. I’m sure every kid wants to go to the NBA and I definitely thought I was good enough. I just wanted to win a national championship and better myself and maybe rise my stock a little bit.”

On how much weight he’s lost …
“About 12 pounds.”

On if that’s a lot …
“Um, yeah. I was like 220, 222. I’m down to like 212, 210-ish now. I’m just trying to work as hard as I can.”

On if there something tough he had to give up …
“Just eating better really. Of course you have to run and all that stuff, but if you eat the wrong things it’s not going to work. So I’ve been working on eating a lot of green stuff and just stuff like that.”

On if he’s much quicker …
“I think so. I feel like I’m a lot quicker and starting to play defense a lot better. I’m reading passing lanes and being able to explode to the rim and stuff like that.”

On how the more organized pick-up games have helped …
“It’s competitive. Everyone likes to compete on this team. Everyone loves to play the game whether it’s a game in Rupp or just us playing in the gym. It’s fun. We love playing the game and we’re just enjoying playing with each other.”

On what challenges he and Tyler Ulis present to each other …
“Tyler is very quick. He picks me up full court in practice and stuff, so it makes me focus on just bringing the ball up the court every time and using my speed and also my height and stuff. With Tyler you have to play him. He’s a great passer and he’s pretty quick.”

On how he’s going to drive opponents crazy …
“You just have to pick up on defense full court. He’s a pest on defense and that will definitely be one of his advantages.”

On how his relationship with Cal is different …
“I feel like he trusts me a lot more and I trust him. It should be a good year. I’m looking forward to it.”

On what he wanted to work on this year when he decided to come back …
“Lost some weight and people saying I wasn’t that athletic and stuff like that. I just want to prove people wrong and also the main thing, I want to win a national championship. That’s the biggest reason I came back.”

On how much the end of the year last year and the way he was playing has to do with the trust he and Cal have for one another now …
“A lot. He saw how hard I worked over the summer and how committed I am to this. I know how committed he is and we just have an understanding.”

AARON HARRISON
On what he has worked on from the end of last season …
“Definitely my body. Just being more athletic, getting stronger is the biggest thing.”

On what questions the NBA he had about his game …
“Were we athletic enough or were we quick enough to guard our positions, and I think we worked hard this summer to prove that.”

On his early impressions of the newcomers …
“Great players, really. Tyler is really quick. In the lane he makes great passes and is a great knockdown shooter. Great players.”

On how much more comfortable he is now having been through a full Calipari season and knowing what to expect …
“You just got to mentally be ready for practice when you go in every day and go in to get better. That comes with getting older and being mature and just taking it more serious.”

On what’s the difference between this year’s practices at this point and last year’s …
“I wasn’t here last summer, so coming by coming in and getting these practice days in, I can already tell that it’s going to help us when the season starts up again.”

On what new guy has stood out in practice …
“I mean all of them really. All of them have made great plays. They’re all just really good players.”

On how much more comfortable he feels doing everything now …
“Just really great. I’ve changed my body completely and it’s really helped me just being in better condition and just being more mentally ready for everything that’s going to happen during the season.”

ALEX POYTHRESS
On playing more on the perimeter …
“I feel like I am getting more comfortable each and every day playing out there. Cal told me great job playing out there. Letting me play out there and try to prove myself.”

On this year’s team …
“It is competitive. There are so many people out there that are competitive so there are a lot of battles out there.”

On becoming more of an attacking player like he was in high school …
“When you play in high school, it is kind of like you’re a one-man team. You know you kind of do everything for your team to succeed. But that is different once you get here because you have such great guards that you just try to get them the ball and do whatever you can to help the team.”

On his 3-point shot development…
“I feel like, yeah, I have. I have been working on it a lot lately and with the coaches at night just trying to get better.”

On the team practicing late at night …
“A lot of us are in there a lot all the time whenever we can. We are all a bunch of gym rats really.”

On which of the freshman have impressed him the most …
“Tyler has done a real good job of finding people. Also playing with his size, he has done a great job doing what he can.”

On how well Tyler plays with his size …
“You are not use to playing people that small unless you are in high school. It is good to have someone that small who can do great things.”

On the Bahamas trip …
“It is going to be tough, but we have been preparing for them and practicing for a long time. Just going to get there and take care of business, play the game right, and try to do what we can down there.

On Cal allowing the assistant coaches coach some of the Bahamas game s…
“He just wants us to do a great job and just wants us out herewith the talent. He can see what he can do to improve us for in the fall.”

On him and Dakari losing weight during the offseason …
“It all just started in the weight room. We did more conditioning like agility, bike more and water treadmill. We have just been getting up every morning for weights and doing different things in the weight room I feel like it has all paid off.”

On the mindset of this team with more players coming back …
“People know what to expect and know how hard it is to get there. We are just trying to do whatever it takes. We know it is not going to get done today. We know it is going to be a long process, so we are just ready to get the job done and start.”

On how playing more pickup games has brought together the team both on and off the court …
“We play pick-up games all the time which has also helped with our conditioning. We all just love to play.”

On if he will get any free time in the Bahamas …
“I hope so. They said we’ll get a couple days to our self. We’ll just hang out, enjoy, relax with the team. That should be good just to wind down and relax a little bit.”

On the pickup games before practice started …
“Yeah, we played pick-up all the time. It’s helped with conditioning. We just love to play really. We’re always calling and texting each other just trying to see when we can all just get to the gym and play a little bit.”

On if the Atlantis will be the coolest place he’s ever been …
“It will be. I’ve never been out of the country before so it should be a different experience.”

On playing against older guys next week …
“It will be something new. You’ll get used to it. It’s just playing basketball at the end of the day so you just have to be prepared for it.”

On having the team together all summer ...
“It’s helped us a lot. People are here during the summer at one time. We can start on team chemistry a lot earlier this year.”

On if he feels like the old guy on campus …
“Me and Willie talk about it sometimes. But we still feel like we’re still young too. But it is what it is.”

On what practices have been like …
“They’ve been real hard and real intense. We’re trying to get everything down and focus with each other.”

On the freshmen …
“They’re all good, they’re all great players and they all do something very differently to help the team.”

On what’s different with him …
“I feel like I’m in better shape. I feel like my mind is better, my mentality and I feel like I’m doing things I need to do. I feel like I’m in better spots with positioning wise on offense and on defense. I feel like that’s also helped me.”

On coming back …
“It was a tough decision but I feel like I made the right decision so I’m going to stick with my choice.”

On the veterans helping the young guys …
“We’ve been there and done that and we know what to expect. We know how hard it is going to take and we’re doing a great job of letting them know what to do and how hard it is and everything like that.”

On if he thinks about the title game …
“A little bit. It’s kind of a sore spot to get there so close. We’re trying to do what we can to get back to the championship game. We feel like we have the right pieces and we feel like we have the right players and we feel like we can get there again.”

On perfecting the three spot …
“That’s my main goal. That’s what I really want to do. That’s what I really want to strive to do. That’s what I’m working hard to do. Being in the gym late at night and everything. I’m just trying to perfect my craft to get that spot.”

On how much further along this group is …
“It’s real advanced. People know the plays already. People know where to be at. Coming in as freshmen, a couple of us new, we didn’t have too many veterans. Last year we had me and Willie but this year we have six or seven guys that know what to do that’s been there and done that and know where to be at. “

Monday, August 04, 2014

Video: 2014 UK Football Change the Game (A New Era)

The UK football team watched this video when the Wildcats reported for fall camp on Sunday. It features a voice-over by actor and UK fan Josh Hopkins and music from Lexington's own Sundy Best. Video courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV