Jonathan Givony of
IHateKentucky.com DraftExpress.com is really the only person we’ve heard from who saw Nerlens Noel, Kyle Wiltjer and Willie Cauley-Stein over the weekend, so it’s good to get a different perspective. Givony, of course, was very negative towards Nerlens Noel and it has been quite the topic around Big Blue Nation.
But don’t worry, Cats fans. Calipari talked to people who actually know a thing or two about basketball and they were impressed.
From Calipari’s Facebook page:
Had a chance to talk with some NBA personnel who watched some of our guys at the adidas counselor game this weekend, guys who are watching and working with the players. They told me Willie, like he’s been in practice this summer, was an absolute beast. He was aggressive, extremely coachable and played with confidence. They said Kyle looks stronger, quicker and more explosive. I’m told he missed some shots in the first games, but I’m not worried about Kyle missing. Just like last year — and like he did Sunday — he’s going to hit a lot of big shots for us. Of course, I was really interested to hear about Nerlens because we haven’t had a chance to work with him yet. My question was, was he one of the best prospects there? They said absolutely. We haven’t had the chance to add anything to his game yet — no conditioning, no weight training, no individual attention — but they loved him because he was so coachable, so smart and picked up everything in a short period of time. In Willie’s case, we’ve 16 one-hour workouts with him, so we’re seeing a different Willie than the one we saw in high school. Wait until we get Nerlens on campus to do the same thing.
I’m going to listen to Calipari and NBA personnel over this guy…