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John Calipari raved about Keldon Johnson


John Calipari’s comments to KSR about Keldon Johnson will get you very excited for Johnson’s upcoming season as a Wildcat — which, by the sound of it, will probably be his only season as a Wildcat.

When talking about his team’s arsenal of three-point shooters, a point of emphasis this year, Calipari shocked the fans by saying Johnson leads the pack so far.

“Right now, if you asked me the most consistent shooter we’ve had, it’s been Keldon,” Cal told the show. “He’s been the most consistent.”

“Jemarl (Baker) is just behind because of his leg,” he explained. “He’s gotta feel more confident with his leg. But Tyler (Herro) can shoot it, Immanuel (Quickley) can shoot it; obviously, Quade (Green) can shoot it. Ashton (Hagans) is more of a downhill driver but can make shots. His game is more of a ‘here I come’ and ‘let me find people.’ I’m trying to slow him down.”

But back to Johnson, Calipari said the freshman wing has been, “WOW!”

“I knew he’d be good, but I didn’t realize that he has the chance to be this good,” he added. “I had to put him against Reid (Travis) yesterday and he did not back down. They were physically going at each other. You know what else? I’m playing him at point guard some because he can really get in the lane and he sees people. He’s pretty special.”

Get excited, BBN.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

11 responses to “John Calipari raved about Keldon Johnson”

  1. KTR2786

    MKG 2.0 with a better shot?? Please??

  2. ClutchCargo

    I think it is officially ok to get our hopes up for this team, now that Cal is driving the hype train like this. It’s a great sign that he believes building them up publicly is the best way to motivate them.

    1. michaelb

      Yes because cal doesn’t bull the public much in regards to his his teams ability. Him letting this much positivity flow this early is a sign of good things . I’m like you – after I heard this I’m not tempering my excitement anymore . I’m all in on this season now

  3. BBNBRIAN

    What complete 180 from last season. Last year in August we were getting the “…don’t get your hopes up, this is a process and this is going to take some time… like landing a plane and hoping you don’t run out of runway” Cal talk. I like the fact that Swaggy Cal is getting tuned up this early in the season. When the official Kentucky MBB Social Media accounts are tagging “#all40” then you know Cal’s confidence is off the charts. I’m anxious for the Bahama’s trip to see how their chemistry is on the court.

  4. kjd

    Hope Cal turns him loose once the season starts. Cal tends to restrict players to very specific roles.

    1. ClutchCargo

      I don’t see that ever completely changing. It’s part of sacrificing for the good of the team, which is important when putting together a lot of talent every year.

    2. kjd

      His limiting their roles make them predictable to defend. If you have a talent that can come at opponents from all over the floor, you should feed him. Yes, everyone has a role, but some should have expanded roles. IMO.

  5. Aar

    Little, easy to overlook tidbit in that piece was Cal’s comment about Hagans. When has Cal ever said anything about slowing down a PG? I can think of twice and good results occurred both times. He frequently talks about having his players think fast while moving slowly or something like that. Outright wanting to slow down a Frosh PG, I think that’s a rarity and a sign of good things.

    Also, he had Johnson practicing both PG and an experienced, physical PF! WOW! I’m waiting for him to repeat the pre-season comment he made about MKG. “Michael (Keldon) must touch the ball on every fast break”. With 3 good PGs this season, that comment may not be forthcoming.

    1. Mathlete

      He wanted Wall and Fox to slow down at first because they were playing faster than they were thinking, they turned out alright

  6. Greatcatfan

    Hagans is this good off of mostly pure instinct, that’s why he would have iffy turnovers in some games. Cal is just trying to get him to think before he leaps which will lead to better decision making.

  7. Burrrr

    I thought Reid Travis couldn’t practice with the team?