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Report: Security concerns have families of UK’s signees rethinking FIBA World Cup

Yesterday, a list of participants for the tryouts for John Calipari’s U19 National Team appeared on USA Basketball’s website, but was quickly taken down, with a spokesman for USA Basketball citing technical issues for the error. The list did not include any Kentucky signees, and while we’re hearing one or two future Cats should be on the correct list that will be released later this week, that’s far fewer than we initially anticipated a few months back when Calipari was named head coach of the squad, which will participate in the FIBA World Cup in Egypt next month. Why the change? The fathers of former Team USA participants Kevin Knox and PJ Washington told Kyle Tucker that they are very concerned about the security issues in Egypt, which is in a state of emergency following a wave of terrorist attacks.

“It’s up in the air, just with the whole security concern,” Paul Washington said. “Do you have any kids? Would you allow them to go to Egypt right now?”

“We don’t know yet,” Kevin Knox Sr. said. “We’re still basically trying to work out all the logistics of what’s going on overseas, waiting to hear back from Cal and USA Basketball as far as some of the security measures they’re going to take to protect the kids.”

Both dads told Tucker that they’ll meet with Calipari to discuss the situation today and tomorrow when they arrive in Lexington to drop their kids off for the summer session. So, stay tuned…

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7 Comments for Report: Security concerns have families of UK’s signees rethinking FIBA World Cup

  1. Joe Dan Gorman
    12:56 pm June 5, 2017 Permalink

    I wouldn’t go right now…

  2. Ukgrad2006
    12:58 pm June 5, 2017 Permalink


  3. runningunnin.454
    1:04 pm June 5, 2017 Permalink

    I agree with the Dads and the previous comments; they should really consider such things before scheduling events in the Middle East….very unstable.

  4. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    1:19 pm June 5, 2017 Permalink

    I would just take the whole team out and make a statement! To have fear over something like this looming, it isnt even worth it and should not even be a thought in these kids heads, unfortunately this is the world we live in. There is no hiding this or sugarcoating it, we have a problem with extremism in this world and its unfortunate that others have not progressed as a culture or a society to be able to adapt and evolve into a world where everyone can get alone. Some people have hate filled hearts and minds and have that barbaric outlook to want to kill and seize power.

  5. Robert
    1:30 pm June 5, 2017 Permalink

    Crazy world we live in now. I would not be traveling to many countries, much less than the Middle East.

  6. Sentient Third Eye
    1:55 pm June 5, 2017 Permalink

    When I was a kid, I would have wanted to go, but there’s no way I’d let my kid go without certain assurances.

  7. Luether
    10:07 pm June 5, 2017 Permalink

    Aallahu Akbar…