Men's Basketball

 Kenny Payne
Kenny Payne

Assistant Coach


Kentucky, UConn Vie for National Championship

Monday, April 7 | 9:10 p.m. ET| AT&T Stadium (77,122) | Arlington, Texas


Kentucky Travels to Gainesville to Face No. 1 Florida

Saturday, March 8 | 12:00 p.m. ET | O'Connell Center (12,000) | Gainesville, Fla


Kentucky Travels to Auburn to Face the Tigers

Wednesday, Feb. 12 | 8:00 p.m. ET | Auburn Arena (9,121) | Auburn, Ala.


Kentucky Continues Road Swing with Missouri

Saturday, Feb. 1 | 1:00 p.m. ET | Mizzou Arena (15,061) | Columbia, Mo.


Kentucky Closes Three-Game Homestand with Georgia

Saturday, January 25 | 1:30 p.m. ET | Rupp Arena (23,000) | Lexington, Ky.


UK meets President Obama

The Kentucky Wildcats visited President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday.


Highlights from UK's NCAA Tournament run

Sports Video compiled footage from Kentucky's six-game trek to the national title in this video.


Locker room talks vs. Kansas

Head coach John Calipari talks to the team before and after the championship win vs. Kansas.


Kentucky-Louisville Recap

A recap of the Kentucky win over Louisville in the national semifinal, featuring pre- and postgame talks from head coach John Calipari.


MBB open practice and press conference

Men's basketball holds an open practice and press conference as they prepare for the national semifinal


MBB Practice Gallery, 040414

MBB Practice Gallery, 040414


MBB Practice, 032014

Kentucky took part in press conferences and an open practice at Scottrade Center on Thursday, March 20, 2014


MBB vs. Arkansas, 022714

Kentucky fell to Arkansas 71-67 in overtime on Thursday, February 27, 2014, in Lexington's Rupp Arena.


MBB vs. Florida, 021514

The men's basketball team fell to Florida 69-59 on Saturday, February 15, 2014, in Lexington's Rupp Arena.


MBB at LSU, 012815

The University of Kentucky basketball team fell to LSU 87-82 on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Kenny Payne begins his third year with John Calipari and Kentucky men's basketball as an assistant coach after spending six seasons as an assistant at Oregon.

Payne's work with forward Anthony Davis was one of the biggest reasons behind Kentucky's second overall No. 1 pick in three years.

Nationally recognized as one of the game's top recruiters, Payne's ability to recruit has continued to flourish at Kentucky. He played a key part in John Calipari's 2011 and 2012 recruiting classes, the school's third and fourth consecutive top-ranked classes. All four of UK's freshmen are ranked in the top 50 of most major recruiting services.

During his tenure at Oregon, Payne helped the Ducks burst onto the national scene with two NCAA Tournament Appearances in 2007 and 2008. Oregon also claimed one Pacific-10 Tournament title and three Ducks were selected in the first and second rounds of the NBA Draft under Payne.

During the 2006-07 season, the Ducks recorded an 11-7 Pac-10 record and posted an undefeated mark in non-conference regular-season games, finishing with a 29-8 overall record. That season, Oregon captured the Pac-10 Tournament, and followed the tournament run with an impressive performance at the NCAA Tournament. The Ducks earned a No. 3 seed in the tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight, where they lost to eventual champions Florida.

The Ducks followed their Elite Eight run with another appearance in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Payne and the Oregon coaching staff then reigned in a top-20 recruiting class for the 2008 season with six highly-touted recruits.

Prior to coaching, Payne travelled the globe playing basketball for 10 different professional leagues. In 1989, Payne was chosen in the first round and 19th overall in the NBA Draft, playing four years for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Payne competed in the Continental Basketball Association (Tri-Cities, Wash.) and overseas in Italy, Japan, Brazil, the Philippines, Cypress, China and Argentina. He finished his professional career in 2000 following a season with Team Taipans of Cairns in Australia.

A four-year letterwinner at Louisville from 1985-89, Payne joined the Cardinals from Northeast Jones High School in Laurel, Miss., where he was a Parade All-American and the state's player of the year.

Payne helped lead Louisville to the 1986 NCAA national championship as a sophomore when he appeared in 34 games and averaged 3.6 points per game. As a senior, Payne averaged 14.5 points and 5.7 rebounds and was named Second-Team All-Metro Conference.

By the end of his Louisville career, Payne registered 1,083 points and shot 40 percent from 3-point range.

Payne earned a bachelor's of science is sport administration from Louisville in 2003.
He and his wife, Michelle, have two children, Alexis and Alexander.

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