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UK basketball preseason interviews: Read all the stories and watch all the videos here

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The University of Kentucky basketball team opened its practice to the media on Wednesday as the Wildcats prepared for their trip to the Bahamas next week.
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The University of Kentucky basketball team opened its practice to the media on Wednesday as the Wildcats prepared for their trip to the Bahamas next week.

The Herald-Leader conducted preseason interviews with each of this season’s 13 University of Kentucky men’s basketball players. In case you’ve missed any of them, here are all of the individual stories written off those interviews by staff writers Jerry Tipton and Ben Roberts in addition to videos prepared by Marcus Dorsey.

Jemarl Baker

‘He loves Kentucky’: Jemarl Baker ready to make his debut as a Wildcat

Jemarl Baker Jr., who sat out all of last season with an injury, says he's ready to show what he can do.

Brad Calipari

Brad Calipari wants to follow his father into coaching. Here’s why he won’t rush into it.

Brad Calipari says he would like to follow his father into coaching someday but, for now, he's giving his all to playing the game. He talks about how he's benefited from his Kentucky experience.

Jonny David

Dolphins, UK fans make lasting impression on Jonny David

Kentucky basketball player Jonny David recalled his experience swimming with dolphins during the team's trip to the Bahamas in August. He also talked about his favorite family trips.

Quade Green

New and improved? Green envisions uptick in his play this coming season.

UK basketball player Quade Green says this season's team sticks together on and off the court.

Ashton Hagans

No off switch on effort: UK’s Hagans intends to go ‘until the horn goes off’

Kentucky freshman Ashton Hagans talked in his preseason interview about how he ended up as a Wildcat.

Tyler Herro

Tyler Herro’s basketball journey to Kentucky a father-son affair

UK freshman Tyler Herro's preseason interview touched on how his father has contributed to his performance on the court.

Keldon Johnson

‘A guy you want to be around.’ UK freshman has star power on court and off.

University of Kentucky freshman Keldon Johnson said his parents are a big influence on his personality and passion for the game.

EJ Montgomery

EJ Montgomery got ‘big wake-up call’ early in UK career. He won’t need another.

Freshman big man EJ Montgomery, who sat out most of Kentucky's exhibition trip to the Bahamas in August, talked in his preseason interview about the back problem that sidelined him and the hard work that goes into being a Wildcat.

Zan Payne

Even watching from the sidelines, this UK basketball newcomer has a lot to offer

Kentucky's Zan Payne, son of UK assistant coach Kenny Payne, will miss his freshman season recovering from a torn ACL suffered while playing for Lexington Catholic.

Immanuel Quickley

The forgotten player on this UK basketball team? That’s OK with him.

University of Kentucky freshman Immanuel Quickley said the primary reason he chose the Wildcats was the chance to get better every day in practice going against players who test him.

Nick Richards

Forget what you saw last season. There’s a new Nick Richards at Kentucky.

University of Kentucky sophomore Nick Richards says he feels "more confident" in his play this year after the team played in the Bahamas this summer.

Reid Travis

A pre-dawn encounter with an armadillo? This UK player’s ‘mission’ knows no bounds.

A three-year captain at Stanford before graduating and transferring to Kentucky, Reid Travis says leadership comes naturally.

PJ Washington

Bully ball or three-point threat? PJ Washington says he can be both at UK.

UK basketball player PJ Washington talked during his preseason interview about what he's noticed with the team and the recruiting process this year.