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The NBA season is in full swing, and with it, several former Kentucky Wildcats have been making an impact on their respective teams. Kentucky's latest draft class is doing their best to make their mark with their new organization, while several of the veterans are asserting themselves preparing for the long haul of an NBA season.

Let's take a look at what the nation has to say about some of our former Cats:

Brandon Knight's game slowly maturing (Tom Carpenter, ESPN.com)

Second-year pro Brandon Knight popped off 22 points (8-18 FG), 2 3s, 3 boards, 4 dimes and 2 steals against the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night. It was the second game in a row in which he took at least 18 shots and the third consecutive game in which he scored at least 21 points.

The cult of Eric Bledsoe (Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN.com)

The full effect of Bledsoe can be experienced only when the clock's running, because Bledsoe is fueled by live basketball -- the super-animated stuff we see in the NBA. Most players expend energy when they're asked to chase people around and sprint the floor and collide with enormous bodies and leap every five seconds for one reason or another and occasionally land awkwardly on thick wood or men holding large cameras, but not Bledsoe. He actually gets stronger, faster and more lethal as he chews up the court at warp speed.

Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had confidence restored (Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer)

Kentucky coach John Calipari, speaking with local media in Lexington, revealed Friday that Kidd-Gilchrist sent him text messages that "I may have made a mistake" turning pro, and "I don't think I'm good enough."

"He was scared to death," Calipari recalled.

New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis' return marred by stunning loss to Wizards (John Reid, NOLA.com)

Although Davis made some spectacular plays like his alley-oop dunk in the fourth quarter after catching an Austin Rivers' high-sailing pass, it wasn't enough. The Hornets scored only 28 points in the second half, including just 10 in the fourth quarter. Davis scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite having five fouls, he played 24 minutes in his first game of the season coming off the bench.

Pistons' Tayshaun Prince scores as leader (Vincent Goodwill, The Detroit News)

He's making sure some of the younger players "get it," pulling the likes of Andre Drummond and Brandon Knight to the side to make sure they understand concepts, intricacies and specifics but being constructive.

"A lot of times I'm not overly aggressive with it," Prince said of this year compared to previous seasons. "But I'll pull them to the side and let them know, because just the coaches' point of view isn't going to help. They need guys who are out there on the floor with them as well. I'm trying to help as much as I can.

Jodie Meeks is becoming a factor for the Lakers (Eric Pincus, Los Angeles Times)

Under Mike D'Antoni, Meeks has emerged as a scoring threat off the bench. On the season he's averaging only 6.3 points per game while shooting 38.4% from the field, but his more recent numbers tell a different story.

D'Antoni has coached nine games with the Lakers. In those games, Meeks has averaged 8.0 points while shooting 47.6% from three-point range.

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