OKC Relishing In “Kentucky Effect”

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Does youth matter in success?

Ask John Claipari, the master of the "one-and-done," what he thinks.  His Cats are coming off a national championship year.  A team which starred just one senior in the regular rotation, two sophomores and three freshman. 

All three freshman by the way are expected to be drafted higher than the senior and maybe both sophomores.

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During the NBA lockout, several NBA teams and players made trips to Lexington to workout while literally being locked out of their own facilities.

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder doesn’t buy his team is too young to win a title.  Coach Cal thinks the Thunder and Cats, both young teams, got better by playing each other.

Now, if OKC wins, it might be tough to disagree.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com