In this week’s editon of Coach Cal’s mailbag, Calipari answered two questions: The first question was about his team and the second was about an individual.
Question #1: What has been the best part about coaching this year’s team?
Cal’s Answer: “Seeing individual improvement. Every player on this team from Jon Hood–wow has he gotten better. Jarrod Polson–whoo. Willie Cauley? They said Willie Cauley was a project. He would be like Eloy Vargas. Well, I hate to tell ya but he’s (Willie Cauley-Stein) going to be a lottery pick. And Alex, finally breaking through. And you’re seeing some of the things he can do. Archie has gotten better. How about Julius Mays getting everything out of his body?
So I look at us and take great satisfaction in seeing we’ve all gotten better. We’re still not quite the team and the reason is they’re trying to establish themselves and it’s taken a long time. But I’m proud of this team and what they’ve overcome. We go and get absolutely smashed by Tennessee, but we stay together. I’m not sastisfied with where we are. We’re still hungry as a team.”
Question #2: Does Ryan Harrow worry too much about what others think about him?
Cal’s Answer: “Possibly. But again, you have to have a vision of yourself. ‘When I play this way, we can win.’ When he’s at his best for our team, he’s as good as there is. When he’s at his worst, which is not playing tough and communicating with his teammates…it’s not very good. We’re trying to get him to be the best version of himself. Get away from the soft stuff, the cute stuff.”
To listen to Calipari’s entire mailbag, click here.