Today, the SEC’s fourteen coaches took turns talking about their teams and the league during the summer teleconference. I sifted through the generalities and coachspeak to bring you these notes. To the bullet points!
— Calipari opened his segment with this assessment of his new team: â€œYou wonâ€™t believe this, but weâ€™re going to be really young. We’ll probably end up starting at least three freshmen again.”
— He again reiterated how “blown away” he’s been by Willie Cauley-Stein, and says he and Alex Poythress don’t understand how good they can be yet
— On Archie Goodwin: He’s a “slasher/scorer” that can play point guard or the 2 guard, a “vital” quality given the team’s youth and short bench
— Alex Poythress is “a beast,” and will be “another wing that runs and can make plays and scores.”
— Willie Cauley-Stein has bulked up 15 pounds (from 215 to 230) since his official visit, and he expects him to be a guy who “blossoms and blossoms.”
— One of Cal’s funnier lines was about Kyle Wiltjer, who he said was “bouncier” than ever, but “still not shaving, but he does have hair under arms.”
— Transfer Julius Mays is on campus now.
— Cal welcomed Texas A&M and Missouri into the conference, and said that from here on out, he expects at least seven SEC teams in the NCAA tournament each year.
— I didn’t listen to many of the other coaches speak, but had to laugh at Kevin Stallings, who said “one of the disappointments” of the new SEC scheduling format is not getting two guaranteed games against Kentucky each season, but that after UK’s recent success and Vandy’s total team makeover, he “won’t miss it” too much. I swear, unless you have a platter of tacos, there is no pleasing that man.