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Each Wednesday here at Cat Scratches, we're going to take a look back at the latest week's news in UK Athletics from around the web.

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Men's basketball: All eyes are on Knight, Jones now (Rick Bozich, Louisville Courier-Journal)

Now the NBA spotlight twists toward the University of Kentucky basketball program. It stays on Lexington until word emerges on where Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones will play next season.

The decisions at Ohio State, North Carolina and Baylor have been made. A truly blah NBA draft has become an absolutely dreadful NBA draft, and the two UK freshmen must decide if they will risk taking advantage of the uninspiring competition or follow the unusual trend of playing a second college season.

Men's basketball: John Calipari discusses draft plans, possibilities for Knight, Jones and Liggins (Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News)

When Kentucky coach John Calipari sat with star freshman point guard Brandon Knight to discuss the 2011 NBA Draft, he delivered his message emphatically ... and graphically.

"This makes me sick to my stomach, because I want to coach you again," Calipari told Knight. "But I've got to give you the information."

Knight smiled at his coach's words.

And on Wednesday, Knight announced he was entering the NBA Draft. So too did U.K. freshman power forward Terrence Jones and junior wing DeAndre Liggins.

Football: Warford could be one of nation's best linemen (Chip Cosby, Lexington Herald-Leader)

Now, in his third year on campus, Warford could be on the verge of becoming one of the country's best.

"Larry doesn't have a bigger fan in the country than me," UK offensive line coach Mike Summers said. "I'm so impressed by what he does. I don't ever tell him that, but there's no doubt that he is one of the elite linemen in the country. But he still has a lot of things he has to do with that talent to perform at that level consistently."


Football: Trevathan happy he passed on draft (Brett Dawson, Courier-Journal)

You might wonder why a kid from the rough part of Leesburg wouldn't take the money and run.

"That's being shallow," Trevathan said. "I try not to be shallow. I try to weigh all my options, think about the future. I try to think 10 steps ahead of everybody, off the field and on the field. I think that's what sets me apart."

During his soul-searching, here's what Trevathan figured out: He needed another 10 pounds to feel confident taking on NFL linemen and stuffing running backs; he wasn't in a hurry; and more important, he wanted to graduate from college.


Baseball: WKU rallies to beat Bat Cats (Herald-Leader)

Western Kentucky rallied from five down with eight runs in the seventh inning and held on to beat Kentucky 11-8 Tuesday night in Bowling Green. Senior Taylor Black and sophomore Luke Maile hit three-run homers in the Cats' own eight-run outburst in the fourth. But the Toppers answered three innings later, scoring six of their eight runs with two out.

Football: Offense begins to find its rhythm (Ethan Levine, Kentucky Kernel)

In addition to Newton's leadership, the Cats have also benefited this spring from having time to play together and feel each other out. Many of UK's starters on offense feel that they are starting to develop chemistry with one another and that the offense is starting to find its rhythm.

"There are days where the offense looks like it's in really good rhythm, and there's days where it doesn't," Newton said. "We just try to come out here and be in rhythm more times than not, and we are trying to get to the point where we are in rhythm all the time."


Men's basketball: Top-rated Kentucky recruits get a head start (Ron Green, Jr., Charlotte Observer)

The Jordan Brand Classic All-American game tonight could almost be mistaken for a Kentucky Wildcats intrasquad game.

Four Kentucky signees - guard Marquis Teague and forwards Michael Gilchrist, Anthony Davis and Kyle Wiltjer - are among the 22 players divided among East and West rosters.

They come from a variety of locations: Teague is from Indianapolis; Davis is from Chicago; Wiltjer is from Portland, Ore.; and Gilchrist is from Elizabeth, N.J. But they'll be old friends by the time they arrive in Lexington, Ky., together later this year.


Men's basketball: Michael Gilchrist is Mr. Basketball USA (Ronnie Flores, ESPN Rise)

Two factors stand out on the resume of Michael Gilchrist that don't show up in box scores: never taking a possession off and being a team leader on a top national program.

Among today's young players, playing hard is a skill and the 6-foot-7 forward from St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.) combined that aspect of his game with a vast offensive and defensive repertoire to be named 2010-2011 ESPN RISE Mr. Basketball USA.


Former Wildcats making headlines

Marcus Nidiffer won't be going home this season (Mike Tauser, Houston Chronicle)

Nidiffer is heading to Arizona today to join the Angels' training camp. Nidiffer was a catcher in college, and after spending his first season as pro at first base with the Astros, he will go behind the plate again with the Angels. "I still have to prove that I can still get behind the dish and catch. They're going to work with me a few weeks in extended spring to get me back into catching shape then we will see where it takes me," Nidiffer said.


Patrick Patterson reflects on a roller-coaster rookie year (Slam Online)

Learning to live by myself has been hard. In high school, I had my parents. In college, I had my teammates as roommates, and now I'm living alone, cleaning, doing something I've never done before. I didn't hire a cleaning lady. I mean, I thought about it, but then they say it's $100 every time they come and clean, and thinking about it, like, what's she do? Wash dishes, mop the floors, clean the counters, make up my bed, organize stuff. If I just keep myself neat, I can do it myself and save money.

Multi-skilled Cobb can fix several holes on an NFL roster (Matt Crossman, Sporting News)

Such a nice man, Kentucky wide receiver Randall Cobb. Coaches and teammates rave about him as a standup guy, team leader, model citizen, etc. But put him in a competitive environment ... any competitive environment ... and suddenly he's not so nice anymore.

"If you put a ping-pong paddle in his hand, you're going to have to walk across the table and hit him in the mouth because he's going to compete with you," said Randy Sanders, who recruited Cobb to Kentucky and served as his offensive coordinator. "Teach him how to play tennis, and in a couple of weeks he's going to beat you on the tennis court. He's that kind of competitor.


Three former Wildcats receive NBA Defense Player of the Year votes - Rajon Rondo led the way, finishing fifth in the voting for the NBA top defensive honor for the second straight season. Chuck Hayes of the Houston Rockets finished 12th, receiving two first place votes, and Keith Bogans of the Chicago Bulls was 20th with one first place vote.

News from UKathletics.com

Basketball: Lamb announces he will return to Kentucky

Football: Blue/White Game set for Saturday, April 23

Softball: Cumbes, UK shut down WKU

Men's golf: Parker, Powers finish top 20 at SEC Championships

Women's volleyball: UK concludes productive spring season

Video of the week


With Doron Lamb announcing his return to Kentucky for his his sophomore season, I thought I would give you a little something to get you excited about him suiting up as a Wildcat again next year. Here are the highlights of Lamb's 32-point performance against Winthrop, which set a then-freshman scoring record at UK before Terrence Jones bested him later in the year.
 

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