Earlier today, De’Aaron Fox won his fourth SEC Freshman of the Week award for his career-high 27-point performance vs. Arkansas on Saturday. After the win, John Calipari said De’Aaron’s big night was the result of mandatory extra time in the gym, and in today’s press conference, Cal said the freshman guard turned in his best pre-practice workout of the season this morning.
“Today, De’Aaron Fox had his best workout — pre-practice — that he’s had this year, which kind of tells you where he’s going,” Cal said.
Sometimes seeing the results of your hard work will push you to work even harder, which Calipari hopes is the case with Fox, Bam, and the other freshmen.
“It’s practice. All these players, what we’re trying to do is help them develop habits that will help them to become successful. It’s not just the carry over from the habits on a basketball court, it’s off the court. Your preparation should be so much harder than the game and that means the way you practice, the way you prepare, how focused you are. Most young kids, they just don’t know. Some guys, we gave a different practice time. He’s 15 minutes earlier than everyone else. He’s gotta be here. Kenny is spending extra time with him and it’s not just skill, it’s conditioning. Going harder.”
When asked, Calipari admitted that players (not Fox specifically) aren’t always receptive to mandatory extra time in the gym.
“No, they’ll argue with you. ‘I don’t need this.’ They’ll argue with you. They never win, but they’ll argue with you.”
After a career night, Fox seems to have gotten the message, hence today’s stellar workout. Now he’s gotta keep pushing.
“The biggest thing with him is he keeps getting in the gym, spending extra time, playing at a higher level longer, that he’s more confident shooting the ball, more confident shooting fouls,” Cal said.
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