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.