Basketball Season Coverage
There has been a ton of talk about how well Kentucky played in the Bahamas, so much that it’s beginning to get repetitive. We all saw the same games and we all know the Cats looked awesome across the board. They good, folks. Real good.
But as we slowly close the book on the trip and switch gears to the upcoming football season, I have a few stories you may not have heard. Here’s the behind-the-scenes takeaways (at least the ones I can tell) from the action off the court during our stay.
Stefan Fundic did not understand why I wanted his jersey.
I made it my Saturday night mission to find Fundic (the big guy for Mega Bemax) and buy his jersey. I was so impressed by how he played and how pink the jersey was, that I had to have it for my basketball jersey collection.
There’s no scenario where I leave the Atlantis without Fundic’s Jersey.
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) August 12, 2018
When I finally found Fundic, he was confused as to why I wanted it. I offered him a significant dollar amount but he said he couldn’t do it because he only has one and it would be too hard to get another.
He also kept telling me his last name is pronounced Foon-ditch, but I insisted he’s wrong and I will only call him Fun-dick.
Nice guy, though.
Team Toronto was in the Bahamas to party, not play basketball.
They say snitches get stitches, but for the sake of being completely transparent as a hard-hitting journalist on the scene, I can tell you Team Toronto was having fun in the club. When I saw them it was the night before the night before they played Kentucky, and they were ordering bottle service and getting shout outs from the club DJ. Is that why they got killed by the Cats on the court? I have no idea. Maybe they’re able to rally. And who am I to judge? I just know they were enjoying their stay and the Atlantis nightlife as much as anyone.
I met some of the San Lorenzo de Almagro players and they had very nice things to say about UK.
When it gets late into the night and things are slowing down, you hang out with likeminded people. In my case Thursday night, it just so happened to be two of the starters from San Lorenzo de Almagro, the team Kentucky beat by 20+ points only hours earlier.
We chatted about non-basketball things, like the guy throwing up on the floor three feet away from us and how half the people in the casino at that hour are prostitutes, but we also talked a little bit about the game. The big guy with the beard (that played the most minutes) told me Kentucky is crazy good, especially “#3 and #14” (Johnson and Herro — he had never heard of them).
He also told me Reid Travis and Nick Richards are as physical as anyone he’s played against in his almost-decade of professional basketball. He compared it to being in a fight the entire game.
Immanuel Quickley likes to dance.
Mont Dawson from Bluegrass Sports Nation captured one of the many times Quickley danced around the resort.
I do not know why the team was singing YMCA.
John Calipari was absolutely coaching from the stands.
Coach Cal wants you to believe he was hands-off as he watched all four games from the top corner of the stands, but he was definitely in contact with his assistants and players on the bench. You didn’t really think he was sitting up there without coaching his new team in its first games, did you?
RJ Barrett’s cousin told me something RJ Barrett probably didn’t want out.
This is another “snitches get stitches” moment, but I don’t care. I’m spreading the word.
A player on one of the opposing teams, who claimed to be Duke star freshman RJ Barrett’s cousin, told me Barrett texted him after his game to say something along the lines of: “I watched the game. We’re going to kill Kentucky.”
I can’t confirm if this person is indeed Barrett’s cousin or if Barrett for sure sent that text, but that’s how the person told it (not knowing I’m UK media). The player also took credit in pushing Barrett to Duke, saying he doesn’t like how Calipari runs his program and Coach K does it the right way. Again, I have no idea if any of this is true. All I know is he was eager to tell me about it while we were in the casino.
There’s your inside scoop from the week.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 14th, 2018 @ 6:30pm
Between five-star freshmen and rapidly improving returners, Kentucky’s trip to the Bahamas showcased plenty of future pros. NBA writers across the internet are weighing in on which Cats have the most pro potential, so I compiled a few of their takes for your reading pleasure, along with highlights because I’m already going through withdrawal.
Keldon Johnson: “Johnson’s play in the Bahamas confirmed suspicions that he should be unequivocally considered Kentucky’s top pro prospect and potential leading scorer,” Woo wrote. “He has legitimately earned his reputation as a competitor, and after seeing him up close a handful of times in different settings, it’s evident that Johnson’s approach is often contagious, and helps to keep teammates locked in.”
Nick Richards: “You won’t find many young centers his size who can match his fluidity and mobility (or 7’3” wingspan), and he showed off what looked to be an improved jump hook while shooting 80% from the floor on 20 attempts. He also shot an impressive 84% from the foul line. In an era where rim-running centers can succeed in the NBA without overly complex offensive roles, Richards still certainly has a chance to make it all work in his favor.”
Keldon Johnson: “At 6-foot-6 with a well-built 215-pound frame and a 6-foot-9 wingspan, Johnson has exactly what you’re looking for physically from an NBA wing. He’s not an elite athlete by NBA standards, but he’s a good one who gets the absolute most out of his tools due to his motor and high basketball IQ. Assuming the jump shot continues to come along, this is the exact skill set that NBA teams are in search of. ”
PJ Washington: “While Johnson might lead the team in scoring, I’d bet on Washington being the team’s leader and its best player — its catalyst and a potential SEC Player of the Year. The 6-foot-7 big man looked to be in better shape than he was last year, showcasing in-game leaping ability and quickness that he hadn’t yet portrayed for the Wildcats.”
Ashton Hagans: “But for me, Hagans was the player who popped of the trio. Green will be steady, and Quickley will be solid across the board. But Hagans is the best playmaker of the group due to his elite level quickness and terrific handle. He’s also the best passer, creating plays for his teammates with ease. More than that, though, Hagans’ defense at the point of attack was monstrous for the Wildcats, pestering and bothering the opposition at every single turn.”
“Keldon Johnson, who dazzled with an 18-for-25 effort in the team’s last three games, is the perimeter star Kentucky lacked a year ago. The Duke freshmen (R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson) have been the focus of the offseason. But Johnson, a 6-foot-6 wing ranked seventh in the 2018 class per ESPN.com, deserves a place in that conversation. Ashton Hagans could be a compelling contributor, too. Nick Richards is an explosive big man with an NBA future.”
It’s a question that defines the John Calipari era: Who are the best one-and-dones to come through Kentucky? CBS Sports’ Kyle Boone tackled the topic this afternoon, ranking all 25 Kentucky one-and-dones based on their college production. (That last part is important!)
His top four won’t raise any eyebrows, but from there, it’s up for debate. Here’s Boone’s top ten:
1. Anthony Davis
2. John Wall
3. DeMarcus Cousins
4. Karl-Anthony Towns
5. Brandon Knight
6. Julius Randle
7. Jamal Murray
8. De’Aaron Fox
9. Malik Monk
10. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
It’s not a bad list, and I know this is mostly based on numbers, but it just feels like MKG should be higher than tenth. Davis was undeniably the star of that team, but MKG was the heart and soul.
Check out the entire list at CBS Sports and then let us know your top ten in the comments.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 14th, 2018 @ 1:42pm
Zion Williamson’s weight has been a popular topic during the offseason, but judging by this clip, it’s not slowing the Duke freshman down one bit. Check out the 6’7″ 285 lbs. Williamson defy gravity with this ridiculous dunk from the free throw line in a practice prior to Duke’s exhibition tour in Canada:
— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) August 14, 2018
ZION WILLIAMSON FROM THE FT LINE. @ZionW32
— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) August 14, 2018
How is that physically possible? I know we’re supposed to hate him now, but my goodness.
If you want to see if Zion do that in a game during Duke’s foreign tour, get out your wallet and subscribe to ESPN+. Here are the game times and opponents:
- Wednesday, August 15, 7 PM: vs. Ryerson
- Friday, August 17, 6 PM: vs. Toronto
- Sunday, August 19, 3 PM: vs. McGill
Eighty-four days until the Champions Classic.
By Aaron Torres on ©August 14th, 2018 @ 1:00pm
Well folks, we survived. After four-and-a-half full months without college basketball (oh, the humanity!) we finally got a little hoop over the last week with Kentucky’s trip to the Bahamas. And after four games, well, the gauntlet has been thrown down for the 2018-2019 season.
That’s because after a four-game run in which Kentucky absolutely bludgeoned four professional teams from across the globe, there is no doubt: Kentucky – a team which most believed was the preseason favorite coming into the 2018-2019 year – somehow looked better than even the most optimistic fans could have possibly imagined. A trip which was supposed to expose this team’s holes and weaknesses and give them plenty to work on in the coming months, instead did the opposite: It showed that Kentucky has no major holes and that this is one of the deepest, most skilled teams of the Calipari era in Lexington. It also showed that there is no single reason (short of a team-wide outbreak of typhoid fever) that they shouldn’t be in Minneapolis on the final weekend of the season competing for a national championship.
Yes, that’s right, for all the excitement of the off-season, the Bahamas trip showed that maybe we didn’t give this team enough hype entering the season.
Anyway, now a few days removed from the trip, I decided to go ahead and hand out some “grades” for the Wildcats players, while also explaining what I saw, what I liked, and what needs work.
Just know one thing: You’re going to see a lot of high grades. After four-straight games of double-digit wins, there frankly isn’t that much to pick apart.
Tyler Herro (A+++++++)
Yes, as a teacher, my typical grading scale is “A+” to “F” but after Herro’s performance in the Bahamas I couldn’t help but make an exception. He wasn’t just an “A+” player but something well beyond that. Frankly, the only reason I stopped at seven “pluses” is because the key got stuck on my computer.
Yes, Herro was that good.
The simple truth is that Herro was the revelation of the trip, a player who came in with plenty of hype and – like so many of his teammates – exceeded that. In the matter of one week he went from a guy that most UK fans hoped would get a couple buckets off the bench to one that is now being compared with Rex Chapman, Malik Monk and Devin Booker as one of the best wings to ever come through the school.
And if we’re being honest, Herro has earned that praised. Hyped throughout his career as a “shooter” who would add three-point range to this squad, Herro showed that he might already be one of the best all-around scorers college basketball – and no, that isn’t hyperbole. How many guys in college basketball could have done what Herro did against four teams stocked with the best professionals across the globe? Especially considering that he did it on relatively few shots.
As a matter of fact, that was the most impressive thing for Herro in the Bahamas: Despite leading the team in scoring at over 17 points per game, he let the game come to him. He finished the trip shooting 57 percent from the field (23 of 40), a staggering number for a player who does most of his work from 15-feet or beyond. In the process he showed that he isn’t just a “shooter” but an athletic scorer, with the ability to get buckets from pretty much anywhere on the court. There wasn’t one thing you would have wanted to see from Herro that wasn’t on display this weekend.
Point being, there is SO much to like about Herro’s game. And there’s a reason he’s already being compared to Chapman, Booker and so many others.
P.J. Washington (A+)
When it comes to the NBA Draft process, I rarely get too into what a player “should” do. When it comes to making an NBA Draft decision there are simply too many factors at play, be it a player’s family situation, their age, or simply whether they like school or not. But with Washington though, I felt different. Yes, he was projected as a potential second round pick in this past June’s draft. But it really did feel like if he could just improve a few small things (specifically ball-handling and three-point shooting) he could move his way well up draft boards and easily into the first round.
Well apparently, Washington listened to me (OK, probably not) because every single thing an NBA scout would have wanted to see from Washington, he displayed over the course of four games in the Bahamas. The 6’8 sophomore finished as Kentucky’s second-leading scorer (14 points per game) and averaged a cool 7.5 rebounds – a number which probably would’ve been higher if not for Reid Travis. More impressively though he proved to be a much more complete player than he was last season, hitting 3 of 7 shots from behind the arc and initiating the offense on the fast-break at times as well.
But you know what I loved most about Washington’s play in the Bahamas: He became (along with the next guy on this list) the unquestioned emotional leader of this team. He set the tone early with physicality and toughness, slapped away opposing player’s shots after the whistle blew and always seemed to have his teammate’s back when a scuffle broke out.
Understand, it’s one thing for a team to have as much skill as Kentucky does. But when they have the toughness to go with it, that’s a lethal combination. And it’s a toughness created by P.J. Washington.
Well, P.J. Washington and…
Keldon Johnson (A+)
Quick question: Is it too late to name myself the President of the Keldon Johnson fan-club? If not, let me know. I’m already getting t-shirts printed up and buttons made. I also booked the reception hall down the street for our first meeting next Tuesday. It’s a pot luck kind of deal, so feel free to bring a small dessert or something.
In all seriousness, I don’t think there are very many words I can use to describe just how much I enjoyed watching Johnson play this weekend. A player who was already hyped as a Top 15 prospect and maybe Kentucky’s best long-term NBA prospect somehow surpassed realistic expectations, as a tornado on the court, a guy who got after it on the defensive end, while providing the ability to score from all three levels on the offensive end. He also threw down a couple dunks that were so violent, small children shouldn’t be allowed to see the replays because they might have nightmares.
Like this one, for example. Parents, hide the kids.
And then Keldon Johnson took another poor man's soul. MERCY! pic.twitter.com/GlEutG8ksE
— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) August 12, 2018
Most of all though, you know what I loved about him? He played with an intensity that is rarely seen from a basketball player anywhere, let alone a college freshman. He was all over the court, yelling and screaming and getting in the opposing player’s faces, screaming after big dunks, clapping his hands after big defensive stops and slapping the ball in disgust when he’d get fouled going in for a layup, clearly mad that he didn’t finish a play that was impossible to finish.
Ultimately, it’s easy to see why Johnson has been described as a “dog” by so many of teammates, and it really does feel like the intensity that he and Washington brought every night was infectious with his teammates. It’s something you can’t put a price tag on once the season begins, as Johnson will be the guy that finds a way to fire up everyone on the roster, even on nights when the natural emotion and intensity isn’t there.
Let’s just say, there really isn’t anything not to like about Keldon Johnson – and yes, I apologize for using a double-negative, but I’m just that fired up!
I want to be Keldon Johnson when I grow up.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 14th, 2018 @ 10:51am
We’ve given you our thoughts on Kentucky’s run in the Bahamas; now, the national media is weighing in. NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster shared his five takeaways on the Cats, who he ranked third in his preseason poll behind Kansas and Gonzaga back in June. After watching Kentucky roll in four exhibition games, Dauster said any of those three teams could be number one, along with Duke.
“And after watching 160 minutes of Wildcat basketball this weekend, that ranking is more than justified. Kentucky has it all. They have size. They have depth. They have perimeter scoring. They have guards that can really, really pressure the ball. They are going to be able to get on the glass. Their sophomores look terrific. Their freshmen look ready, and have the luxury of not being asked to carry the load from the get go.
Perhaps most importantly, there is lineup versatility. They can play big; or small; or roll out a lineup that can press and force turnovers; or play a team that is going to be able to put up points in a hurry.”
All that being said, Dauster voiced some familiar concerns, specifically whether or not all those stars will accept their roles and be cool sharing minutes. That’s never been a problem in the Calipari era, but he does make a good point: if Quade Green continues to buy into his new role off the ball, he could be a huge piece of the puzzle, ala Quinn Cook for Duke back in 2015. Like all of us, he was also floored by Sophomore Nick Richards and Tyler Herro.
“For a team that has questions about where they are going to get offense in the halfcourt and whether or not they can space the floor, Herro is a guy that is going to force Cal to play him a lot of minutes,” Dauster wrote.
For more, head on over to NBC Sports. I have a hard time agreeing with Dauster that Kansas and Gonzaga are as good or better than Kentucky, but the rest of his takes are spot on.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 14th, 2018 @ 10:15am
Official KSR photographer Michael Huang was doing work in the Bahamas, shooting the games and even finding his way onto the sailboat with the team on their off day. He put together a collection of 10 of his favorite images from the week for your viewing pleasure:
1. Keldon Johnson posterizes Mega Bemax defender
This series of shots immortalizes the Quade-to-Keldon monster alley-oop, which already is legendary.
2. Sophomore Nick Richards slams one home
Drew Franklin called it first; Richards is a totally different player than he was last season, showing much more confidence and tenacity on the court.
3. Tyler Herro dominates
Herro was a pleasant surprise in the Bahamas, a dominating scoring machine with a surprisingly efficient mid-range game.
4. Immanuel Quickley: floor general, aspiring model
Not only was Immanuel Quickly a surprise star as the smooth, always-under-control floor general on the court, he was an all-star model on the catamaran outing, posing and showing of his great form jumping off the boat into the ocean.
5. The new and improved PJ Washington
Washington has really worked in the off-season, and looks to be having fun.
6. The fans were great
Pictured here is Dr. Mike’s wife Michelle in the #24 jersey, making this, of course, one of his favorite photos.
7. The players had fun!
8. But also were ready to fight for each other
9. They were great with the fans
10. Cal was swaggy as ever
Dr. Mike caught him looking calm, cool and collected on the sailboat.
Greetings from Lynden Pindling International Airport, where I’m killing time before my flight back to Nashville after nearly a week with the Cats in the Bahamas. Judging by the remaining fans I’ve seen around the resort and now the airport, we’re all a lot poorer and a little more sunburnt than when we left, but there’s no denying the extra spring in our step after watching the Cats roll over their competition.
While I have wifi, here are my ten major takeaways from my front row seat to seeing the Cats in paradise.
1. The power outage game is the one I won’t forget
There are certain moments in life you will never forget; for Kentucky fans on this trip, that’s when the power went out vs. the Argentinian team Thursday night. Power outages are apparently common on Paradise Island, but the fact that it happened right after Tyler Herro hit his third three had to be the work of the basketball gods. “Tyler Herro shot the lights out” is the new “Andrew told Aaron to shoot the ball” amongst fans, and just one crazy moment on a bizarre and wonderful night. From the KSR crew scrambling to provide coverage to the players refusing to let the game be called and even Dan Dakich and Seth Greenberg making children run wind sprints on the court during halftime, the surreality of that night is a high that’s hard to come down from. For me, that night joins the tornado game at the SEC Tournament in Kentucky Basketball lore.
2. Tyler Herro is a folk herro
Watching Tyler Herro in Wisconsin back in February proved to me that he’s not just the three-point specialist many billed him as; however, Herro’s versatility was even more impressive in the Bahamas. During his few months in Lexington, Herro has further expanded his game to the point that Kentucky can’t afford to keep him on the bench too long. Herro led the Cats in scoring on the tour with 17.3 points per game, and his high-flying style made the main talking point of the trip whose game his resembles the most. (I still think Devin Booker, by the way.)
3. Sophomore Nick Richards isn’t the same person
Credit Drew Franklin, credit Bob Rotella, credit whatever the heck he did during the summer, but Sophomore Nick Richards is a totally different player than he was back in March. The media had access to the locker room during the NCAA Tournament, and I’ll never forget how sad Richards seemed as reporters brushed past him to talk to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander or Kevin Knox. Richards’ improved confidence was palpable in the Bahamas, prompting Ellen Calipari to go into the locker room after the final game and note his transformation. We’ve always heard about Richards’ potential, but we’re finally starting to see it. I watched him in pregame warmups on Sunday and he didn’t miss a single shot from just inside the three-point line. He needed baby steps of confidence, and on this trip, he took a giant leap.
This brings me to my next point…
4. Where are the holes?
Coming in to this trip, I did not expect Sophomore Nick Richards to play like that, which is why I’m even more excited about this team. The Cats go two-deep at almost every position, and if Nick’s playing like that, there are no holes. If you nitpick, maybe there’s a question of who backs up Keldon Johnson at the three, but the versatility of this squad allows for countless combinations.
5. Immanuel Quickley is better than advertised
For one reason or another (perhaps the excitement over the late addition of Ashton Hagans?), Immanuel Quickley has been overlooked this summer, but he proved his worth in the Bahamas, registering 18 assists to only two turnovers through four games. Quickley won’t make as many highlight reels as Ashton Hagans, but he will fill up the box score, and his high basketball IQ and peskiness on defense make he and Ashton a formidable duo. Also, his family is awesome.
6. Reid Travis is a grown man
Yesterday, I finally got to speak to Reid Travis after the game, and man, he is impressive. After talking to 18 and 19-year-olds in this job for six plus years, Travis’ maturity is a breath of fresh air. Everyone who interacted with him prior to me raved about his intelligence and thoughtfulness, and they were right. Travis never loses eye contact with you during interviews and carefully considers his responses. His play on the court is also deliberate, and although he’s missing a lot of bunnies right now, his rebounding is remarkable. Yesterday, he told reporters that one of his biggest takeaways from the trip is how intelligent the Kentucky fanbase is and how much their support has meant.
“It really shows how plugged in and how much love and support they have,” Travis said of the fans. “Even when I was struggling the last couple of games, I had nothing but support from the fans. It really just shows how intelligent the fanbase is. They know their basketball and they’re not just standing around here clapping their hands. They know how the game goes and the progression of the season, things like that. That’s been really interesting to me, how much people are into basketball.”
Flattery will get you everywhere, Reid.
7. An openness I haven’t seen in years
Reid Travis was great, but all of the players I talked to were really impressive, and a breath of fresh air after a few years of coach speak interviews and canned responses. I realize it was the Bahamas and they dominated, but you could tell that each player was genuinely excited about this team and couldn’t wait to get back on the floor and compete. I’ve been asked a lot how this team compares to the 2015 team in terms of personality, and while there may not be a Karl (my all-time favorite), there are plenty of engaging personalities. From Keldon Johnson to Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, and Quade Green, this is a happy, engaging group, and they went out of their ways to make fans part of the fun. That speaks volumes to me.
8. Everyone was absolutely giddy on Saturday night
Thursday night was surreal due to the power outage, but Saturday night, the BBN hit its Bahamas high. Kentucky’s 36-point win over Serbian powerhouse Mega Bemax was the highlight of the trip in terms of basketball because we got to see what happens when this team doesn’t take its foot off the gas. As Keldon Johnson told Jon Hale after the game, the Cats were “going out there to take people’s hearts,” as evidenced by his barrage of ridiculous dunks. Calipari said he’s happy to have a few “dogs” back on his team, and Keldon is definitely one of them. He sets the tone for the entire team.
9. Cal may claim he’s pumping the brakes, but I don’t buy it
Similarly, pardon me if I roll my eyes at Cal’s “pump the brakes” talk. Cal is psyched about this team and it shows. He can disclaim it with all the “It’s just August” and “I’ve been doing this too long” lines he wants, but this team is good and he knows it. He tried to temper expectations by telling reporters he hasn’t even worked on defense much with this crew, and then raved about how well they did with the defensive rotations he did teach them. The team has a few days off before school starts, but you know the minute Calipari can get back in the gym with them to start working, he will. The taste of potential he got in the Bahamas has him starving for more; luckily, this group has an all-you-can-eat buffet of upside.
10. This team’s attitude is special
We’ve had three great teams during Cal’s time at Kentucky (2010, 2012, 2015), several good ones, and at least one clunker. The difference between them, in my eyes, is how badly they love the game and want to improve. More than once, I heard the players — including veterans PJ Washington, Nick Richards, and Quade Green — call this group special.
I don’t know what lies ahead for this squad, but after six days of watching them, I do know they love basketball, are desperate to succeed, and thrive on competition. And they have 85 days to get ready for Duke. Bring it on.
Over four games in the Bahamas, Kentucky freshman Keldon Johnson averaged 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest. He shot an efficient 53 percent from the field and 44 percent from three, and his intensity on the defensive end of the floor was sensational.
To no one’s surprise, NBA scouts are falling in love with Johnson’s game.
“Love Keldon Johnson as a pro,” one NBA scout sitting courtside told Adam Zagoria of ZAGSBLOG. “Kid is big time.”
Johnson, a five-star small forward out of Virginia, was selected to the McDonald’s All-American game and the Jordan Brand Classic as a senior in high school. In both events, those in attendance for practice and the games raved about his relentless passion for the game. In fact, Johnson sat out the actual JBC game with an ankle injury, but scouts in attendance were fascinated by the Wildcat forward’s dedication to getting healthy enough to compete. He worked out his ankle all week in practice, running up and down the court, shooting jumpers, and getting it stretched out.
There wasn’t much at stake in the game, but Johnson still did whatever he could to prepare for the slight chance he would be healthy enough to play. He’s a competitor, and NBA scouts (including New York Knicks president Steve Mills) were extremely impressed.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari said Johnson deserves to be in the competition for one of the top players in all of college basketball.
“If there are five better players than him in the country, you gotta tell me who they are. I’ve done this a long time and I know who’s who,” he told the media at the Atlantis last night.
ESPN’s Seth Greenberg, who served as one of the lead analysts during the SEC Network’s coverage of the Big Blue Bahamas tour, said Johnson’s all-around game separates him from the pack.
“He can run, he gets out in transition, he can finish, he’s an alert defender, he’s a physical defender and he can help rebound,” Greenberg said. “He can do a lot of things, and he has the ability to make some shots.”
If things go as planned, Johnson could find himself in the top ten of next June’s NBA Draft.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 13th, 2018 @ 3:00pm
The way Kentucky looked in the Bahamas completely changed the way many fans feel about the makeup of the team entering the 2018-19 season. Many of the guys — both old and new — played better than anyone expected. New fan favorites emerged as everyone on the team shined in their first real action of the season.
So now that we’ve actually seen the team, I’ll ask you: Who is your favorite player going into the year?
Tell us below: