Eco 01 Assignment 2015-16 Kentucky Basketball Schedule

11/09/17- Bylaw 9 Rulings

Recently, the ruling officer for Bylaw 9 handed down sanctions to student-athletes from Lafayette, Frederick Douglass, Scott County, Montgomery County and South Laurel after school administrators proactively self-reported violations to the Associatio...

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07/20/17 – Heat and Humidity Reminders

With temperatures rising across the state, now is a good time to remind all of our school administrators and coaches of the requirements of the Heat Index program. No game, or plan for a game, is worth short-cutting this required procedure that is no...

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12/12/16- Officiate Kentucky Day Information

OFFICIATE KENTUCKY DAY Saturday, July 29 Marriott Downtown - Louisville You are invited to the first-ever, Officiate Kentucky Day! What is Officiate Kentucky Day? Officiate Kentucky Day (OKD) is a one-day gathering of sports and sport act...

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11/28/16 – Basketball Part 2 Test Reminder

The NFHS Basketball Part 2 Test is available online from midnight Eastern Time on November 27 through midnight Eastern Time on December 12. The test will automatically close exactly at that time even if tests are in progress. Login at http://official...

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2016-2017 Official Ball Adoptions

Reminder to school administrators about the primary points of the KHSAA and its ball adoption agreements.In an effort to offset the services and events provided by the KHSAA and eliminate passing on a great deal of additional cost to the membership, ...

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10/06/15- Basketball Rules Clinic Online for 15-16

The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Basketball is now online for all coaches (head and assistant) and licensed officials.HEAD AND ASSISTANT COACHESThe clinic is required for ALL coaches at each school, head or assistant, paid of ...

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03/19/15 – Statement on Passing of Ira Combs

Commissioner Julian Tackett issued the following statement upon the death of Ira Combs- "Ira Combs was a larger than life figure whose regular appearance at the Sweet 16 was a source of personal pride, as was his legendary work with the Joe B. Hall ...

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2015–16 SEC men's basketball standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
#15 Texas A&M135 .722  289 .757
#10 Kentucky †135 .722  279 .750
South Carolina117 .611  259 .735
Vanderbilt117 .611  1914 .576
LSU117 .611  1914 .576
Ole Miss108 .556  2012 .625
Georgia108 .556  2014 .588
Florida99 .500  2115 .583
Arkansas99 .500  1616 .500
Alabama810 .444  1815 .545
Mississippi State711 .389  1417 .452
Tennessee612 .333  1519 .441
Auburn513 .278  1120 .355
Missouri*315 .167  1021 .323
*Ineligible for postseason play due to self-imposed postseason ban.
† 2016 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015–16 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team represented the University of Kentucky in the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team played its home games in Lexington, Kentucky for the 40th consecutive season at Rupp Arena, with a capacity of 23,500. The team was led by John Calipari, in his seventh season. They were a member of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 27–9, 13–5 in SEC play to win a share of the SEC regular season championship. They defeated Alabama, Georgia, and Texas A&M to be champions of the SEC Tournament. They received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Stony Brook in the first round to advance to the second round where they lost to Indiana.

Departures[edit]

NameNumberPos.HeightWeightYearHometownNotes
Booker, DevinDevin Booker1Guard78 !6'6"2061 !FreshmanGrand Rapids, MichiganEntered 2015 NBA Draft
Harrison, AaronAaron Harrison2Guard78 !6'6"2122 !SophomoreFort Bend, TexasEntered 2015 NBA Draft
Harrison, AndrewAndrew Harrison5Guard78 !6'6"2122 !SophomoreFort Bend, TexasEntered 2015 NBA Draft
Towns, Karl-AnthonyKarl-Anthony Towns12Forward78 !6'11"2501 !FreshmanPiscataway, New JerseyEntered 2015 NBA Draft
Malone, SamSam Malone13Guard78 !5'11"1854 !SeniorScituate, MassachusettsGraduated
Cauley-Stein, WillieWillie Cauley-Stein15Center78 !7'0"2403 !JuniorOlathe, KansasEntered 2015 NBA Draft
Lanter, TodTod Lanter21Guard78 !6'2"1904 !SeniorLexington, KentuckyGraduated
Long, BrianBrian Long32Guard78 !5'9"1554 !SeniorDumont, New JerseyGraduated
Lyles, TreyTrey Lyles41Forward78 !6'10"2351 !FreshmanIndianapolis, IndianaEntered 2015 NBA Draft
Johnson, DakariDakari Johnson44Center78 !7'0"2552 !SophomoreBrooklyn, New YorkEntered 2015 NBA Draft

2015-16 newcomers[edit]

Isaiah Briscoe, originally from Newark, New Jersey, was the third highest rated point guard that Calipari had signed at Kentucky. He committed to Kentucky on November 13, live on ESPNU.[1] He chose Kentucky over St. John's. He was the nation's consensus top point guard, was ranked the consensus No. 13 overall player by the four main recruiting services Rivals, ESPN, Scout, and 24/7 Sports. He helped lead Team USA at the 2014 FIBA Americans U18 Championships to a gold medal.[2] He was a McDonald's All-America and Jordan Brand Classic game selection.[3][4]

Skal Labissière, originally from Haiti, was a consensus top five player in the 2015 class.[5] He moved to Memphis, Tennessee from his home country after an earthquake disaster in January 2010.[6] Labissière and Briscoe committed on the same night, minutes apart, on ESPNU. Labissière chose Kentucky over Memphis.[1] Calipari has likened Labissière to former Wildcats Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel.[2]

Charles Matthews, originally from Chicago, Illinois, was the first commitment in the 2015 signing class on February 26, 2014.[7] Once considered a top-15 player in class, Matthews finished in the top-60 recruits on the four recruiting services.

Mychal Mulder, originally from Windsor, Ontario, was the first signee after the conclusion of the 2015 season. Mulder helped lead Vincennes University to a 33-2 record, earned JUCO All-America honors and was rated the 13th-best junior-college prospect in the country by 247Sports.com's composite ranking. He chose Kentucky over Creighton, Indiana, and Wichita State at a press conference on April 28.[8][9]

Jamal Murray, originally from Kitchener, Ontario, was the last signee for the 2016 season. Murray was originally a member of the 2016 recruiting class but reclassified to the 2015 class. Murray was rated a top-15 prospect by nearly every recruiting service and tabbed a consensus five-star recruit. Murray's stock began to soar following a breakout performance at the Nike Hoop Summit against the USA Basketball Team. He scored 30 points against the United States prior to a 29-point, 10-assist, eight-rebound effort in the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game.[10][11]

NameHometownHigh school / collegeHeightWeightCommit date
Isaiah Briscoe
PG
Newark, New JerseyRoselle Catholic6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)200 lb (91 kg)Nov 13, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings:Scout:   Rivals:   247Sports:    ESPN:
Isaac Humphries
C
Sydney, AustraliaLa Lumiere School7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)260 lb (120 kg)Aug 20, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings:Scout:   Rivals:   247Sports:    ESPN:
Skal Labissière
C
Port-au-Prince, HaitiLausanne Collegiate School6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)210 lb (95 kg)Nov 13, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings:Scout:   Rivals:   247Sports:    ESPN:
Charles Matthews
SG
Chicago, IllinoisSt. Rita6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)175 lb (79 kg)Feb 26, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings:Scout:   Rivals:   247Sports:    ESPN:
Mychal Mulder
SG
Windsor, OntarioVincennes University (IN)6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)185 lb (84 kg)Apr 28, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings:Scout:   Rivals:   247Sports:    ESPN:
Jamal Murray
G
Kitchener, OntarioAthlete Institute6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)195 lb (88 kg)Jun 24, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings:Scout:   Rivals:   247Sports:    ESPN:
Overall recruiting rankings:Scout: 2   Rivals: 2  ESPN: 1
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Pre-season[edit]

Roster[edit]

On April 9 the University of Kentucky held a press conference for all players that intended to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft. Seven players declared themselves eligible for the draft: Booker, Cauley-Stein, the Harrison twins (Aaron and Andrew), Johnson, Lyles, and Towns.[12][13] On April 13, assistant coach Barry Rohrssen left the team to join the St. John's staff under new head coach Chris Mullin. On April 23 Poythress announced that he would return to Kentucky for his senior season.[16][17] On April 28 Mulder announced his decision to attend Kentucky at press conference.[8] On May 22 Tony Barbee, who served as special assistant to Calipari in 2015, was officially announced as Rohrssen's replacement on Calipari's staff.[18][19] On June 24 Murray announced his decision to Kentucky televised on Canada's TSN, donning a Canadian flag. He chose Kentucky over Oregon.[10][20] On August 20 it was announced that Humphries would reclassify from the 2016 class to the 2015 class to join the team for the season.

Off-season rankings[edit]

The earliest preseason predictions were made the day after the 2015 NCAA Tournament on April 7, before final decisions by college players about declaring for the 2015 NBA Draft and before many high-school players signed a National Letter of Intent about their 2015 seasons. Despite the speculation that most of the 2015 roster would declare for the NBA Draft, ESPN ranked Kentucky as its top ranked team for the 2015-16 season.[21]Sporting News projected that Kentucky would be one of the top five teams.[22]CBSSports.com ranked Kentucky as their number three team in their initial rankings.[23]

Accolades and rankings[edit]

The Southeastern Conference preseason media poll was released at the SEC Media Days in October, it predicted that Kentucky would win the championship.[24]Skal Labissière and Tyler Ulis were named to the All-SEC First Team.[24]

USA Today announced its initial coaches poll on October 15 with Kentucky ranked as No. 1 in the country, which was also shared with North Carolina.[25] The Associated Press announced on October 31 that Kentucky was ranked No. 2 to start the season in its initial poll of the season.[26]

Events[edit]

On May 21 Kentucky released the non-conference portion of its schedule.[27] The schedule is highlighted by marquee match-ups at Rupp Arena and across the country. Kentucky will travel to Chicago to play defending National Champion Duke in the annual Champions Classic, to Los Angeles to play UCLA for its first ever game at Pauley Pavilion, to Miami to play South Florida and former assistant Orlando Antigua, and to Brooklyn to play against Ohio State in the annual CBS Sports Classic. Kentucky will also host Arizona State and in-state rival Louisville. On August 19 the SEC released its schedule for the upcoming season.[28]

Tickets for Big Blue Madness, Kentucky's version of Midnight Madness went on sale and sold out on October 2.[29]

Big Blue Madness took place on October 16. The event debuted the team for the 2015-16 season. It included player introductions, a speech by Calipari, and a scrimmage.[30]

The Blue-White scrimmage was the first live game for the team. It occurred at Rupp Arena on October 27. Tyler Ulis scored 10 points and added 15 assists as the White squad defeated the Blue squad 74 to 66.[31]

2016–17 commitments and signees[edit]

Edrice Adebayo, nicknamed "Bam" and originally from Pinetown, North Carolina, was a consensus top 15 player in his class. He committed to Kentucky on November 17, live on ESPN's Mike & Mike simulcast radio show.[32] He chose Kentucky over NC State and Auburn. He is ranked in the top 10 by Rivals (No. 6) and ESPN (No. 6). 247Sports (No. 14) and Scout (No. 15) tab him as a top-15 prospect in the 2016 class. He has prior USA Basketball experience and was named a MaxPreps All-American in 2013.[5]

De'Aaron Fox, originally from Katy, Texas, was the second highest rated point guard that Calipari had signed at Kentucky. He committed to Kentucky on November 12, live on ESPNU.[33] He chose Kentucky over Kansas, Louisville, and LSU. He was the nation's consensus top point guard, was ranked the consensus No. 3 overall player by the four main recruiting services Rivals, ESPN, Scout, and 24/7 Sports.[5]

Wenyen Gabriel, originally from Manchester, New Hampshire, was the third commitment in the Kentucky class. He committed to Kentucky on October 1, live on the radio.[34] He chose Kentucky over Connecticut, Duke, and Maryland. He was a consensus five star prospect, and was ranked the consensus No. 17 overall player by the four main recruiting services Rivals, ESPN, Scout, and 24/7 Sports.[5]

Sacha Killeya-Jones, originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was the second commitment in the Kentucky class. He committed to Kentucky on October 1, live on the radio.[35] He chose Kentucky over Connecticut, North Carolina, and Virginia. He was a consensus four star prospect, and was ranked the consensus No. 36 overall player by the four main recruiting services Rivals, ESPN, Scout, and 24/7 Sports.[5]

Malik Monk, originally from Bentonville, Arkansas, was the second highest rated shooting guard that Calipari signed at Kentucky. He committed to Kentucky on November 18.[36] He chose Kentucky over Arkansas where his brother, Marcus Monk, played college basketball and football. He was a consensus five star prospect, and was ranked the consensus No. 5 overall player by the four main recruiting services Rivals, ESPN, Scout, and 24/7 Sports.[5]

Tai Wynyard, originally from Auckland, New Zealand, was the first commitment in the 2016 class. Wynyard committed to Kentucky on January 25.[37] He was a consensus four star prospect, and enrolled in December 2015 to join the team in the spring.[5]

NameHometownHigh school / collegeHeightWeightCommit date
Edrice Adebayo
PF
Pinetown, North CarolinaHigh Point Christian Academy6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)230 lb (100 kg)Nov 17, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings:Scout:   Rivals:   247Sports:    ESPN:
De'Aaron Fox
PG
Katy, TexasCypress Lakes6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)170 lb (77 kg)Nov 12, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings:Scout:   Rivals:   247Sports:    ESPN:
Wenyen Gabriel
PF
Manchester, New HampshireWilbraham & Monson6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)203 lb (92 kg)Oct 1, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings:Scout:   Rivals:   247Sports:    ESPN:
Sacha Killeya-Jones
PF
Chapel Hill, North CarolinaVirginia Episcopal6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)200 lb (91 kg)Aug 19, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings:Scout:   Rivals:   247Sports:    ESPN:
Malik Monk
SG
Bentonville, ArkansasBentonville6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)185 lb (84 kg)Nov 18, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings:Scout:   Rivals:   247Sports:    ESPN:
Tai Wynyard
PF
Auckland, New ZealandRangitoto College6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)230 lb (100 kg)Jan 25, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings:Scout:   Rivals:   247Sports:    ESPN:
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

2015–16 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team
PlayersCoaches
Pos.#NameHeightWeightYearPrevious schoolHometown
3.5 !F00Lee, MarcusMarcus Lee81 !6 ft 9 in(2.06 m)224 lb(102 kg)3.0 !JrDeer ValleyAntioch, California
5.0 !C1Labissière, SkalSkal Labissière83 !6 ft 11 in(2.11 m)225 lb(102 kg)1.0 !FrLausanne (TN)Port-au-Prince, Haiti
1.5 !G3Ulis, TylerTyler Ulis69 !5 ft 9 in(1.75 m)160 lb(73 kg)2.0 !SoMarianLima, Ohio
1.5 !G4Matthews, CharlesCharles Matthews78 !6 ft 6 in(1.98 m)189 lb(86 kg)1.0 !FrSt. RitaChicago, Illinois
1.5 !G10David, JonnyJonny David (W)74 !6 ft 2 in(1.88 m)175 lb(79 kg)1.0 !FrMt. LebanonPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1.5 !G11Mulder, MychalMychal Mulder76 !6 ft 4 in(1.93 m)185 lb(84 kg)3.0 !JrVincennesWindsor, Ontario
1.5 !G13Briscoe, IsaiahIsaiah Briscoe75 !6 ft 3 in(1.91 m)202 lb(92 kg)1.0 !FrRoselle CatholicNewark, New Jersey
3.5 !F14Wynyard, TaiTai Wynyard 82 !6 ft 10 in(2.08 m)255 lb(116 kg)1.0 !FrRangitoto CollegeAuckland, New Zealand
3.5 !F15Humphries, IsaacIsaac Humphries84 !7 ft 0 in(2.13 m)260 lb(118 kg)1.0 !FrLa Lumiere SchoolSydney, Australia

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