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Calipari is Excited About His Team

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Today John Calipari spoke at a coaching clinic for high school coaches and in the process, talked a bit about his team. For Calipari, the excitement is about his team’s speed as he told the group that the team will be quick and Anthony Davis is a beast. The twitter account Draft Express was in attendance and here were his updates:

— Calipari showing 3 on 0 transition drills he uses to start practice, against clock. Wants players coaching themselves using “peer pressure.”

— Calipari likes using these basic fundamental drills every practice so his team can learn how to play fast without turning the ball over.

— Cal wants his players playing fast, but without making mistakes. That’s why he works so much on fundamentals of catching, finishing, passing

— Calipari says team will be running a modified version of the dribble-drive this season, inspired by what he learned at the FIBA Americas.

— Guards in corner on dribble drive will first read where their defender is before deciding whether to curl towards middle or cut on baseline.

— Calipari surprisingly says that his teams don’t do any specialized work on half-court defense at this stage of the season. Only offense.

— Surprising because Kentucky is always one of the best defensive teams in the NCAA. I guess the freshmen need more work on offense early on.

— Calipari says its important to know how to ask for help & even more important to teach players that. Talking about Jerry Colangelo’s story.

— Clinic done. Cal talking to press now. Says “this might be the fastest team I’ve coached since 2008. Anthony Davis runs court in 3 steps.”

— Calipari: “There will be 4 super conferences. I said 4 months ago. Our commissioners & ADs are making decisions. They don’t ask my opinion”

Article written by Matt Jones

10 Comments for Calipari is Excited About His Team



  1. Darryl Isaac
    1:35 pm September 30, 2011 Permalink

    First!



  2. RidgeRunner
    1:35 pm September 30, 2011 Permalink

    Appreciate he summary of what he mentioned at the clinic, Matt. I was curious on what he may say after hearing he would be there.

    Man, I am so stoked to see UK play this year and every time I hear someone say anything about UK Basketball…it always includes Davis being a monster. Damn, lets start NOW!!!



  3. RidgeRunner
    1:36 pm September 30, 2011 Permalink

    Oh…and I just pre orderd my basketball yearbook. Anybody else out there that has to have one of these every year?



  4. USAF KYLE
    1:40 pm September 30, 2011 Permalink

    How many more days do we have until BBM? And soes anyone know if it will be aired online cause i am deployed right now?



  5. RidgeRunner
    1:44 pm September 30, 2011 Permalink

    4…Thank you for your service & BBM events begin on Friday, October 15 with the actual practice occurring at midnight on Saturday, October 16.

    I live In Ga –so I have no info on TV stuff.



  6. Rizzo
    2:06 pm September 30, 2011 Permalink

    good stuff



  7. (Mark) Pope John Waul II
    2:08 pm September 30, 2011 Permalink

    “Cal wants his players playing fast, but without making mistakes. That’s why he works so much on fundamentals of catching, finishing, passing”

    Coincidentally, Pitino wants his swimmers swimming fast, but without (baby) making mistakes. That’s why he works so much on the fundamentals of flirting, finishing, and pulling it back out during inopportune fast-breaks.



  8. bigabes4uk
    2:21 pm September 30, 2011 Permalink

    Hey 4- thanks for all you do. WKYT will most certainly have a live stream of Madness. I’m in FL and will be taking that route



  9. brobey
    3:07 pm September 30, 2011 Permalink

    4…those dates are wrong…should be Friday Oct. 14



  10. Rick Thomas
    7:33 pm September 30, 2011 Permalink

    If we don’t learn to hit free throws we will NEVER win a championship!!!!!!!