You know John Calipari’s feeling good about his team when he calls up Andy Katz to leak a few tidbits. Cal recently told Katz that he already knows who his leaders are going to be this season, Dakari Johnson has been impressive, and the group is meshing quicker than he thought they would:
1. Kentucky coach John Calipari said he can already tell who his leaders may be for the upcoming season. Calipari said freshman Julius Randle and the Harrison twins, Aaron and Andrew, “are going to be the leaders.” He said Randle has already proven in summer workouts just how much of an impact he’ll have for the Wildcats. Calipari added freshman center Dakari Johnson has been the surprise so far and is producing at a higher clip than the Wildcats thought. What does this mean? “(Sophomore) Willie (Cauley-Stein) is going to have work for it,” said Calipari about his returning big man getting challenged for minutes. Meanwhile, the other high-profile returnee, forward Alex Poythress isn’t being asked to be a leader for Kentucky. “I just need him to play,” said Calipari, “just play. He’s not going to be a guy who stands up and tells people where to go. He’s not that vocal. He just needs to play. Our leadership will come from one of those freshmen.” Calipari said he’s been impressed with the overall chemistry of this group, meshing quicker than he imagined.
That last line has me laughing like Johnny Gold Chainz: