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UK men's basketball signees Michael Gilchrist, left, and Anthony Davis, right, are featured on the cover of this month's issue of SLAM Magazine alongside Duke signee Austin Rivers. (portrait by Kareem Black, SLAM Magazine) UK men's basketball signees Michael Gilchrist, left, and Anthony Davis, right, are featured on the cover of this month's issue of SLAM Magazine alongside Duke signee Austin Rivers. (Kareem Black/SLAM Magazine)
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.

Best on the 'net


Men's basketball: College experience, lockout worries bring Jones back to UK (Nick Daschel, The Oregonian)

Jones' mother, Linda Mashia-Jones, said they have been discussing her son's options since the Final Four, where Kentucky lost in the NCAA Tournament semifinals.

"At the beginning, I thought his decision would be the opposite. It was a lot to think about," Mashia-Jones said.

Men's basketball: Make some noise (David Cassilo, SLAM Magazine)

In just one second, that's how many shots the photographer's camera can get of Austin Rivers, Anthony Davis and Michael Gilchrist as they pose together on the Thursday before the Jordan Brand Classic, the last of the national high school all-star games. It's a necessary speed considering the subjects: the top three high school basketball players in the country, all on the fast track to the NBA.


Women's basketball: Mathies to try out for national team (Jennifer Smith, Lexington Herald-Leader)

Kentucky guard A'dia Mathies is one of 35 players who have accepted an invitation to attend the 2011 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team Trials this summer.

Louisville's Monique Reid also accepted an invitation, as have Southeastern Conference standouts Lasondra Barrett (LSU), Glory Johnson (Tennessee) and Shekinna Stricklen (Tennessee). Notre Dame's Natalie Novosel, a Lexington Catholic High School graduate, also received an invitation.

The tryouts will take place May 22-25 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Baseball: UK pitcher finds stride as draft looms (Jon Hale, KyForward.com)

Meyer's performance this season has likely ensured he will be selected in the first round during June's Major League Baseball draft.

"For all the improvements he didn't make during the first couple of years at Kentucky, he has turned the corner this year," said Jim Callis, executive editor of Baseball America.



Softball: UK ties record with 36th win (Mark Maloney, Herald-Leader)

Samantha DeMartine's two-run double in the sixth inning Saturday capped Kentucky's 10-2 victory over Auburn on a record-setting day at the UK Softball Complex.

No. 16 Kentucky (36-12, 14-8 Southeastern Conference) tied the school record for victories in a season, set in 2000.

Baseball: Four homers send UK past IU (Mark Maloney, Herald-Leader)

Kentucky banged out 17 hits, including a season-high four home runs, to upend Indiana 8-5 Tuesday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The Wildcats (22-27) have won 11 of their last 12 non-conference games. They also have won three of their last four tests against Indiana to lead the all-time series 17-15.

Men's basketball: Teague, Lamb among top backcourt players in 2011-12 (Jason King, Yahoo Sports)

3. Marquis Teague, Kentucky, freshman - Even if Brandon Knight had opted to return for his sophomore season, Teague still likely would've been the Wildcats' primary ballhandler. Much like his older brother, Jeff, Marquis is a speedster who can change directions and is equally effective with both hands. Considering the talent that will surround him, Teague won't have to score much to have an impact.

Men's basketball: Davis No. 2 frontcourt player in 2011-12 (Jason King, Yahoo Sports)

2. Anthony Davis, Kentucky, freshman - Some recruiting analysts believe that the 6-foot-10 Davis - and not Duke's Austin Rivers - is the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2011. He's a bit skinny at 190 pounds, but that won't stop him from becoming a force during his one year at Kentucky.

NOTE: This list was compiled before Terrence Jones announced his return to Kentucky

Men's basketball: UK pre-season No. 2 according to CBS Sports' Gary Parrish, ESPN's Andy Katz

Men's basketball: Davis, Gilchrist named to Super Five (Jody Demling, Louisville Courier-Journal)

Former Wildcats making headlines

Cousins, Bledsoe lend hand in Alabama tornado relief (Don Kausler, al.com)

"This is my state," Cousins said after the group returned to a Red Cross shelter at the Belk Activity Center to hand out shoes from Soles4Souls and NBA Cares shirts, sign autographs and film a Red Cross public service announcement. "This is the craziest thing I've ever seen. To know there was a building standing there and now it's nothing but rubble, it's crazy.

"To see the people suffering like this hurts. I'm going to try to give back as much as I can."

Cousins was joined Friday by former Kentucky teammate Eric Bledsoe and D.J. White. Bledsoe starred at Parker High School and now is a guard with the Los Angeles Clippers. White went from Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa County to Indiana and now is a forward with the Charlotte Bobcats.

Wall helps Wizards unveil new look (NBA.com/wizards)

Bogans overcomes ankle injury to start game five (Nick Freidell, ESPN)

Bogans, who started 82 games in the regular season and all nine playoff games, turned his ankle during Game 4.

"He's a top of the line competitor," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "And all these guys have something right now. You just got to get through it. He's a tough guy, he'll be ready to go [Tuesday night]."

Cobb wants the ball, but knows how to ask (Mike Spofford, Packers.com)

"We'd be in there at 10 o'clock at night as a staff and Randall would pop in and listen to us game plan," said Tee Martin, passing game coordinator and receivers coach at Kentucky this past year. "He'd be a part of it. He was always around."

As a result, he was always involved, critically, in the Kentucky offense.

News from UKathletics.com


Baseball: Meyer named national pitcher of the week

Track and field: Boevers named SEC Male Field Athlete of the Week

Men's basketball: No regrets: Liggins ready to live with NBA decision

Men's basketball: Position in draft too good for Knight to pass up

Video of the week


I linked above to a story about DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe returning to their home state of Alabama to assist in the relief efforts following the devastating tornado that ravaged Tuscaloosa and so much of the state. Here is some footage of their trip that gives a glimpse into the destruction of the storm and what Cousins and Bledsoe did to try to lift the spirits of those affected.


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