Ben Roberts, Lexington Herald-Leader

Ben Roberts

Lexington Herald-Leader

Lexington, KY, United States

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Past articles by Ben:

Intriguing frontcourt recruits have had varying levels of contact with Kentucky

The Kentucky basketball program has alreadty extended several scholarship offers for the 2020 class. Mady Sissoko and JT Thor are among others who could end up with UK offers down the line. → Read More

One of UK’s top basketball recruiting targets has an eye on reclassification

Five-star guard Terrence Clarke was the second player in the class of 2021 to land a Kentucky basketball scholarship offer, but the UK recruiting target could end up reclassifying to 2020. → Read More

Possible UK frontcourt addition Cliff Omoruyi says he’s staying put in 2020 class

Four-star post player Cliff Omoruyi is one of the few frontcourt prospects in the class of 2020 that has received a scholarship offer from Kentucky Coach John Calipari. Omoruyi says he won’t reclassify to 2019. → Read More

Can Kentucky add Kerry Blackshear for next season? ‘I think they do have a shot.’

Virginia Tech basketball transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr. has already taken recruiting visits to Florida and Arkansas, and it appears that Tennessee and Kentucky will be next on his list of trips. → Read More

Maximum Security’s trainer talks about the DQ that cost him the Kentucky Derby

Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, but he was disqualified to 17th after a claim of foul by Country House’s jockey. Country House was declared the winner. → Read More

Handicapping the 2019 Kentucky Derby: A closer look at all 20 horses in Saturday’s field

Who will win the 2019 Kentucky Derby? Which long shots will be the best bets on Saturday? Can Maximum Security steal the race with a slow pace now that Omaha Beach is scratched? Will Bob Baffert win his sixth Derby? → Read More

Is he UK’s most likely basketball commitment for 2020? ‘I really like Coach Cal.’

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari made sure to get a good seat for the Nike league opener of five-star recruit Isaiah Todd this past weekend. UK and North Carolina are among those recruiting him. → Read More

He was Calipari’s first major 2020 target. A year later, Kentucky still covets him.

Five-star basketball recruit Scottie Barnes was the first player from the class of 2020 to land an offer from Kentucky, and UK is still recruiting him hard. John Calipari watched him on the Nike circuit. → Read More

There could be a gray in this year’s Derby winner’s circle. Why do they look like that?

This year’s Kentucky Derby field is expected to include three gray starters, including two colts — Roadster and Tacitus — that could be among the favorites with the shortest odds. So, why are some horses gray? → Read More

UK basketball has a new commitment for next season. And he’s from Central Kentucky.

Clark County basketball standout Brennan Canada has accepted an offer to walk on for the Kentucky Wildcats next season. Canada, a lifelong UK fan, is friends and teammates with 2019 signee Dontaie Allen. → Read More

Another Kentucky basketball recruit for next season has emerged. Is UK the favorite?

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari recently met with five-star 2020 recruit Johnny Juzang, and there’s a chance the California prospect could move to the 2019 class. There’s a new Crystal Ball pick for UK. → Read More

Major Kentucky basketball recruit ready to reveal decision. Little mystery remains.

Five-star basketball recruit Matthew Hurt will announce his college decision Friday. Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and North Carolina are on his list. The Blue Devils are the major favorite of recruiting experts. → Read More

New UK basketball signee showed Calipari he’s a ‘winner’ with stellar play as senior

Five-star basketball recruit Keion Brooks has officially signed with the Kentucky Wildcats, the school announced. Brooks joins Tyrese Maxey, Dontaie Allen and Kahlil Whitney in UK’s 2019 class. → Read More

Heartbreakers aside, Calipari’s 10 years at UK compare favorably to Hall of Fame peers

In his 10th season as Kentucky basketball coach, John Calipari has gone to four Final Fours. He’s done something Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams and other Hall of Famers couldn’t. Now he has a lifetime contract. → Read More

One more year? NBA Draft analyst breaks down UK players’ chances to go pro.

Over the next few weeks, Kentucky basketball players will finalize their NBA Draft decisions, and the Cats are expected to lose a few to the pros. ESPN analyst breaks down Tyler Herro, Ashton Hagans and others. → Read More

Who will win the national title? We asked McDonald’s All-Americans for their picks.

Several McDonald’s All-Americans talked to us about who they think will win college basketball’s national championship next month at the Final Four in Minneapolis. Duke and Kentucky were among the predictions. → Read More

‘Keep talking about Kentucky.’ Houston eager to get blue-blood Wildcats on the court.

Houston’s players are coming into this NCAA Tournament game against Kentucky on Friday night with a major chip on their shoulder, looking to prove that their 33-3 season hasn’t been a fluke. → Read More

No Louisville or Columbus? Here’s why Kentucky won’t be nearby in the NCAA Tournament.

Kentucky won’t be playing any NCAA Tournament games in Columbus or Louisville — the closest sites in proximity to Lexington — this March. Here’s why UK is being sent to Jacksonville and Kansas City instead. → Read More

UK gets a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Here’s the Cats’ path to the Final Four.

The Kentucky basketball team will start NCAA Tournament play on Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla., against Abilene Christian. The Wildcats were given a No. 2 seed in this field, and North Carolina will be the No. 1 seed in their Midwest Region. → Read More

New bowl projections after UK’s win over U of L. Will Cats play on New Year’s Day?

Kentucky defeated Louisville 56-10 on Saturday to finish the regular season with a 9-3 record. Many national outlets updated their bowl projections after the football game. The Citrus Bowl is a likely option. → Read More