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Kenny Payne returns to Lexington



It finally feels like a regular summer at the Joe Craft Center. Kentucky children are attending camps and players are competing in pick-up games as notable names filter in and out of UK’s campus.

Former associate head coach Kenny Payne was back in the Bluegrass on Tuesday. Payne took his talents back to Lexington not long after the New York Knicks were eliminated from the playoffs by the Atlanta Hawks. Payne’s son, Zan, is entering his fourth season as a walk-on for the Wildcats.

Another player Payne coached at Kentucky, Tyler Ulis, is spending most of his summer in Lexington. After the All-American posed for a photo with John Calipari, Skyy Clark informed KSR that Ulis plans on playing with the team for the next two months. These are just a few of the celebrity sightings you can expect to see at the Craft Center this summer.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for Kenny Payne returns to Lexington

  1. DaveT999
    11:18 am June 16, 2021 Permalink

    I hope he’s working with the bigs!

  2. SuperTroy18
    11:23 am June 16, 2021 Permalink

    Give that man a blank check and beg him to come back!
    Seriously though, Ulis being able to mentor the guards should be absolutely invaluable this Summer. That’s so awesome that he will be around to help. Couldn’t have a better PG to coach them up. Maybe some other big names drop in this Summer and guys can pick their brains about what they’re in for this upcoming season. Can’t wait for BBM!

    • UKinIN
      11:44 am June 16, 2021 Permalink

      Anything that Ulis would do with the guards would have to be “unoffical”. I’m confident that the NCAA has rules about alums coaching current players during the offseason.

    • SuperTroy18
      4:04 pm June 16, 2021 Permalink

      I wondered that myself. When the ex-NBA guys come back to play pick up games, I doubt many of them teach the young guys much individually, other than how to get beaten up pretty badly. I know he’s not an “instructor” or anything; but he will, at the very least, burn them a few times and show them the level they need to get to in order to succeed at UK. Heck, if he just takes shooting practice and the watch, maybe it’ll run off a little bit!

    • ClutchCargo
      4:21 pm June 16, 2021 Permalink

      Yes, all this talk about working out with the team is misleading. He could definitely be a good influence on the players, though.

  3. JGo
    6:32 pm June 16, 2021 Permalink

    Great to see KP back where he actually belongs