Kentucky’s 2019-20 basketball team is getting to know each other on the court. Competing in pick-up games and workouts with coaches, players are learning how to compete with one another. After just a few weeks, one of the team’s brightest stars knows what will be Kentucky’s strength.
Completing his final blog for USA Today, UK point guard Tyrese Maxey talked about his first days in Lexington. The biggest difference is in the weight room. Before he arrived at Kentucky, he was not a weight room warrior, but that has quickly changed.
When he isn’t lifting weights, Maxey’s on the hardwood. Even though the time has been limited, he can already see what the team will look like in March.
“I definitely feel like we’ll be strong next season; the thing that will surprise people is how good we’re gonna be defensively,” wrote Maxey.
“I feel like we’ll be able to dominate games on that end next season; with our size we’ll be able to switch ball screens and guard a lot of different positions with a lot of different players. That’s gonna be big for us.”
John Calipari has used the term “positionless basketball” for quite some time. Most people immediately think of it from an offensive perspective, but it manifests more prominently on the defensive end. Calipari prefers to switch on defense, making the responsibilities simpler for his young team. With a plethora of comparably sized wings and athletic posts, if they can seamlessly switch, the aggressive backcourt can have a field day picking off passes.
We will not be able to see this team in action for quite some time, but they’re already giving fans a reason to be excited for the 2019-20 season.