Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari is willing to listen to a group of UK faculty who have called for the Rupp Arena name to be changed.

“From what I understand they were talking about a lot of different things (to change at UK),” Calipari said. “This is another chance for us to listen and learn. Some people agree, some people are not going to agree. I would tell you, again, for me personally, knowing the (Rupp) family, knowing (Adolph Rupp’s son) Herky like I did, what’s out there that tells me it’s something different? I’m all ears. I’m going to listen.”

Rupp’s questionable record on racial integration has led to a call from the UK’s faculty of African American and African Studies program to change the name of Rupp Arena, where the men’s basketball team has played its home games since 1976.

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Four-star small forward Bryce Hopkins has picked up a scholarship offer from Kentucky, becoming the second recruit from the 2021 class to land the honor from UK on Friday night.

Shortly after five-star point guard Hunter Sallis announced his scholarship offer from the Wildcats’ staff, Hopkins received the same treatment during a video conference with UK’s coaches. The 6-foot-6 prospect from the Chicago area has emerged in recent days as a major Kentucky target. Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 34 overall player in the class of 2021.

Hopkins had been committed to Louisville since last November before backing out of his commitment to the Cardinals earlier this month. Indiana, Michigan and Oregon are among the many major programs that have expressed heavy interest in his recruitment, but the Herald-Leader was told this week that Kentucky is the clear team to beat for his commitment, which could come in the very near future.

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2021 four-star point guard Nolan Hickman committed to John Calipari and Kentucky Saturday afternoon.  The 6′2′’ guard from Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah is Kentucky’s first commit in its 2021 class.  He commits to the Wildcats over Oklahoma, Arizona and Kansas.

According to 247Sports, Hickman is the No. 51 ranked player in the country and the top player in Utah. He is also considered a Top 10 point guard in the country.  Hickman averaged 17.3 points, 3.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game while shooting 38 percent from behind the three-point line his junior season.

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