Cal summarizes his take on each of UK’s 13 players

Here is how Kentucky Coach John Calipari summarized the 13 players expected to be on UK’s team in the 2013-14 season:

— Willie Cauley-Stein. “Has a chance to be one of the better players I’ve ever coached.”

— Kyle Wiltjer. “His body has to change. (The SEC’s) Sixth Man of the Year has to get better physically. My hope is he makes the Canadian National Team and it takes his game to another level.”

— Alex Poythress. “Learned a lot about himself (in 2012-13). … If the competition brings out the best in him, it’s scary how good he’s going to be.”

— Jon Hood. “For the first time, he had a breakthrough.”

— Jarrod Polson. “One of our better guards by the end of the year.”

— Aaron Harrison. “Should be and will be and expected to be and will be demanded to be a lock-down defender.”

— Andrew Harrison. “My hope is by the end of the year, he’s just like some of the other point guards we’ve had. … Both (Harrisons) are terrific drivers. Which kind of tells you we’re going to go back to a lot more dribble-drive.”

— Dominique Hawkins. “Just kind of blew me away with his will to win. . . .  After what I went through, I wanted a tough point guard.”

— Dakari Johnson. “The line of improvement for Dakari is just like that (raises right arm on 45-degree angle).”

— Marcus Lee. “Pogo stick. Active. High energy.”

— Julius Randle. “Truly a hard worker who can play multiple positions. Can play inside-out. He’s a beast. He’s an alpha beast who will drive this team.”

— Derek Willis. “He wanted the challenge of this. He’s got a chance of really being good and really being special.”

— James Young. “6-7 wing who can flat shoot the ball.”


#1 Todd Wright on 05.15.13 at 1:32 pm

really blew me away
We are going to be a great time by February/March when this team gels. Young can shoot the ball. Hope he has help from the twins and other guards I like the deep bench. But Cal’s Comment about WCS blew me away! Go Cats!!!

#2 SNOWMAN63 on 05.15.13 at 2:22 pm

I really think it’s a blessing in disguise that Wiggins chose Kansas. Bc truly, I believe Young is going to be a major key to this team winning it all. I also believe he’s better than Wiggins bc he plays tough defense. WCS and Randall will gie this team the anger and the beasts they lacked last year. Every position will be a tough matchup for opposing teams. Can’t wait for the season to begin.

#3 UKKathy on 05.15.13 at 5:07 pm

Great analogy, Coach. I hope you are not too upset about Wiggins. Now we can get on with setting the lineups and winning #9. Last year is forgotten. Let’s GO BIG Blue!

#4 upthehollow on 05.16.13 at 6:44 pm

I love having James Young as our SF. He loves UK and wanted to play for them from the start. Couple that with great abilities and he’ll be exciting to watch. James will be a major part of this team.

#5 Cody on 05.20.13 at 2:55 am

Very excited! Go Cats!