Lee stresses how it’s too early to assess Kentucky team

After Kentucky beat Albany 78-65 Friday night, Marcus Lee cautioned reporters from rushing to judgment about the Cats.

“”It’s the first game,”he said when asked if Kentucky was Kentucky against Albany. “We don’t know. We have no idea. We literally just started four hours ago. We have a really long way to go. And we’re just trying to figure it out as we go.”

Lee said that defense has a long way to go.

“There are times where we feel like we’ve totally figured out how to play the press, and how we played everything overall as a defensive team,” he said. “And there’s moments where we have a total mental lapse and we’re still trying to figure things out. And that’s the whole thing about us. We have to be able to get comfortable with the person that has our back, knowing they have our back. And, right now, we have that about half the time. That’s something we need to figure out.”

While UK Coach John Calipari lamented what he considered a lack of competitive spirit, the Albany coach sounded impressed.

Before the game, Will Brown had said that Tyler Ulis was the best point guard in the country, Skal Labissiere a likely first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and Jamal Murray the best player in college basketball.

“Nothing that happened tonight changed my mind,” the Albany coach said.