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John Robic gives listeners some insider info on the Cats


In case you missed it, John Robic came out to Whitaker Bank Ballpark for today’s show, and treated listeners to a segment full of insider information. Here are the highlights:

Robic says that the team has been going through summer workouts, which includes lifting four mornings a week with the strength and conditioning staff and playing pickup games at night. The team will be around for another week or so before having a chance to go home before classes start on August 28th.

On the matchup between Alex Poythress and Julius Randle in summer workouts:

“You see that they’re pushing each other. It’s great,” Robic said, comparing it to how Willie Cauley-Stein and Nerlens Noel pushed each other in practice last year before Nerlens was injured. “It’s been really really good for both of them. You have to bring it or you’ll get embarrassed.”

On Julius Randle:

“No one gonna go harder than Julius. He has a MKG-like motor. …If you’re in a drill with him and he bumps you, you feel it. We’re working a lot on his shot. Athletically, he’s off the charts.”

On Dominique Hawkins:

“He really wants to learn, is in gym getting better. He’s a good defender, athletic, gets off the floor well. He has to learn how to always play at a high pace. At this level, you just can’t slow down. He’s been a little bit of a surprise. We really like him because 1) he’s true point guard 2) he’s really going to be able to defend.”

On Marcus Lee:

Robic called Lee “the energy guy,” who gets off the floor “super quick” with a long reach. Because of his size and athleticism, Robic said Lee is versatile enough to play multiple positions, but needs more strength. Expect him to be the player to get tip-ins, put backs, and second shot opportunities.

On Alex Poythress:

“He has a legitimate matchup now in Julius. I will tell you he is so far beyond where he was at any point in time last year. Yes, it was frustrating [last season] because we saw the talent. He’s come so far, and I think his confidence is at a different level.”

Robic said that next week, Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, DeMarcus Cousins, and Eric Bledsoe will come back to town to work Calipari’s pro camp (spots are still available). In addition to working two camps per day, the guys will have an opportunity to work out the current players like they did three weeks ago.

And yes, if you’re wondering, Robic is aware that there is a John Robic’s Hair Twitter account, and said that he’s just happy he still has hair to make fun of. It’s not jest, Coach, it’s praise. Glorious, golden lock praise.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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20 Comments for John Robic gives listeners some insider info on the Cats

  1. PhilUK18
    12:09 pm July 25, 2013 Permalink

    Really glad to hear this about Poythress. I see his second season going a lot like Jones’s, where he seems to put it all together more so than year one. Even more excited for this season now, hearing reports like this

  2. Ridge Runner
    12:15 pm July 25, 2013 Permalink

    Now that’s a report I like to hear!

  3. Mack
    12:17 pm July 25, 2013 Permalink

    Any summer info on Johnson, Young, and the twins?

  4. cracka
    12:25 pm July 25, 2013 Permalink

    85 days until bbm!

  5. kybroker
    12:27 pm July 25, 2013 Permalink

    Great reports.hope Alex has improved

    12:32 pm July 25, 2013 Permalink

    What about Johnson and WCS? They’ve been on campus as well, right?

  7. Sam
    12:42 pm July 25, 2013 Permalink

    Working a lot on Randle’s shot? Wish he gave more info than that. From that remark, it looks like he’ll be more of a slasher type player, if he won’t have a reliable outside shot. I would love it if he could hit a mid range shot and then be competent at scoring off the drive, which is harder than hitting a wide open jumper, which apparently is what he’s working on.

  8. John Robic's Hair
    12:56 pm July 25, 2013 Permalink

    It’s @JohnRobicsHair in case anybody was wondering

  9. bung
    12:59 pm July 25, 2013 Permalink

    any fast break practice???

  10. slapass mcslapnut
    1:03 pm July 25, 2013 Permalink

    Great news though it would have been nice to hear about the twins and Johnson and young. Young is my sleeper player for this team. Think he is gonna be a dynamite player and prolly best 3 pt shooter. GO BIG BLUE!!!!

  11. cracka
    1:13 pm July 25, 2013 Permalink

    i think randle has a pretty good jumper for a big guy coming out of hs … he’s listed at 6’9″ 240 #s by rivals, i think he may end up weighing less when they put out our roster, but he has pretty good form … he’s big and drives like a bull (kind of like lebron, just overpowering his defender) … i think they’re just working on his complete game because you can’t just run over people once you get to college and then the nba … just out of curiosity i looked up lebron coming out of hs, he was listed at 6’6″ 225 #s

  12. IowaCat
    1:24 pm July 25, 2013 Permalink

    Poythress and Randle will be the catalysts of this years team, a dominant bash brothers duo if you will.

  13. Rockfield, KY
    1:37 pm July 25, 2013 Permalink

    1. Good call. T Jones had the tendency to disappear in games quite often his freshman year, but had a huge second half of his sophomore year and was a key to our title. People forget how many blocked shots TJ got bc AD cast a shadow on everyone else.

  14. WCS free throw shot
    2:25 pm July 25, 2013 Permalink

    did we do anything to improve me?

  15. Dicolas Cage
    2:36 pm July 25, 2013 Permalink

    Put the bunneh back in the box.

  16. RealCatsFan
    3:19 pm July 25, 2013 Permalink

    15, keep dreaming, bird-troll.

  17. theWilkman
    3:52 pm July 25, 2013 Permalink

    11. You do know the shorthand for “pounds” is “lbs”, right?

  18. lil c
    4:33 pm July 25, 2013 Permalink


  19. Sweet Wm
    8:23 pm July 25, 2013 Permalink

    @19…. agree (why can’t we be told the truth?)

  20. Neil A.
    12:04 am July 26, 2013 Permalink

    #20 You have been told the truth, you just are not listening.