Cal applauds Knight’s ‘swagger’

During a session with reporters earlier this week, Kentucky Coach John Calipari acknowledged that NBA teams wondered about Brandon Knight not participating in every opportunity to work out with other draft prospects.

The UK coach then applauded his former player’s response.

“‘If you think I’ll shy away from anybody, I went to Kentucky,’” Calipari said of Knight’s retort. “‘I went to Kentucky and I followed John Wall, Tyreke Evans and Derrick Rose. You’re telling me I shy away?’

“I thought great stuff. The kid’s got a swagger.”

Calipari predicted that Knight and would-be UK player Enes Kanter would be picked within the first 30 minutes of the NBA Draft Thursday night.