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Per usual, Brady Heslip has all the answers

If you squint hard enough, he looks like your 7 year old cousin dressed as Batman for Halloween.

When I am looking for the answers to the questions that start like this, “What’s wrong with [inserts UK sports here]?”…I usually like to look to our opponents for the answers. Specifically, short opponents with long hair. They are the ‘yodas’ of college sports — providing insight like a burnt out hippie living out of his rusted-out VW bus.

In today’s case, that VW bus (infrared green, thanks Adidas!) is Baylor University. The Bears just spoke UK’s home win streak and starting guard Brady Heslip had this to say about the 2012-2013 UK basketball team’s current status:

The rosters are almost entirely different, but as was the case a year ago, Heslip said the Wildcats still have the “ultimate team.”

“They’re young and their backcourt is really inexperienced,” Heslip told on Monday. “They’re really good, regardless. But they lack that guy that can settle a team down, a guy who’s a pure point guard. It never felt like they had that Saturday.”

“He’s a great player,” Heslip said of Goodwin, “but he’s not the guy to calm the team down.

“Late in the game against us, instead of slowing it down and building off of their runs, they took a couple of quick shots. Then we got some charges that worked in our favor instead of them having someone to slow it down and run a set and make us guard for 35 seconds.”

Jason King in a piece titled “UK’s Backcourt Blues” over at ESPN pulled that quote from Heslip’s mangy mane. Check out the rest of the article and see what you think is needed by this team. That’s what the comment section is for, y’all.

Mike Brey and others spoke out in the article, but it seems that King is showing that the backcourt is the current struggle area of the Cats. I can’t say I totally disagree, but there are certainly other factors going on. Everyone likes to point to the PG spot when it comes to Calipari since that became his perceived forte. However, there is some truth to the fact that this team hasn’t found its rhythm yet and rhythm often falls to the backcourt as their duty. I’ve got faith it will come together, though.

Like Heslip said, there is still a chance for these guys to show they are an “ultimate team.”

Article written by Chris Thomas

20 Comments for Per usual, Brady Heslip has all the answers

  1. I
    6:02 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Well what he says is true regarding our PG problem.

  2. The Word
    6:11 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Colorado: The Denver Post is reporting Butch Jones has accepted the head coaching job at Colorado.

  3. Kevin C.
    6:12 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Why do you feel the need to bag on EVERYONE who isn’t a UK player?? Heslip said nothing disrespectful…was actually complimentary…and was 100% correct in his analysis.

    Once again, Chris Thomas fails at journalism.

  4. catdaddyd
    6:12 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    #1 Agree

  5. bosshogg24
    6:13 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Wait til next year, Caliapri will have the best point guard and the best two guard in the nation! UK will take No Prisoners in 2013!

  6. Kevin C.
    6:14 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    @ #2…. I think you’re lost. I think you meant to post that on

  7. kentuckyjoe
    6:16 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    These guys have it right; we’re a point guard away. And we have that point guard; it’s just a question of when Cal hands him the keys. That would be Harrow.

  8. UKfan
    6:20 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    I think Heslip hit the nail on the head on ONE of our problems. As WCS said, they are not having any fun and then they dont have a leader. Hard to tell someone what to do when you dont know how yourself.
    This will get squared away within the next 3 weeks and I expect to see this team grow greatly in that time frame, mainly due to the extra time they will be practicing.
    This team is young and needs all the time it can get to figure it out.
    I am a little disappointed with Wiltjer for not stepping up and providing some leadership, he is the one that should be taking charge and helping this team out.

  9. Nails
    6:21 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    #3 nailed it.

  10. Oral32
    6:21 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Kids assement is straight on correct, with that being said I’m not giving up on this bunch of Cats. I still think when it all shakes out Harrow will be our best option to run the point with Polson and Goodwin stepping in as needed. Harrow needs time and confidence, just look at Teague last year, I was ready to write him off at times but by years end he was really good.

  11. bosshogg24
    6:21 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Harrow has showed no signs (as of yet) of accepting the keys. He has already been here one and half years, he practiced against Teague and pro players all that time and should have been ready to go from day one!

  12. Oral32
    6:24 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    #11 your right he should have been ready but like Cal says how will the kid respond when the lights come on and you step on the court. Game sitution and practice two totally different animals.

  13. Kevin C.
    6:24 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    @ #7… Apparently you haven’t watched a UK game this year; otherwise, you’d know that Calipari has given Harrow MULTIPLE chances…when he wasn’t “sick” or having “family issues”…and he looked shaky at BEST. If Cal just “hands him the keys”, the entire season will end up in the ER…or dead.

  14. Question
    6:35 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Who would you rather have, 2 star russ smith or 5 star ryan harrow.

  15. BigBlueBallz
    6:41 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    @ #14 Harrow. Russ smith is a bigger gun. How many times you see him ruin a great defensive stop by chucking up a 20 foot jumper in transition. Plus he CONSTANTLY fouls then looks like a kid who just shat his pants when called for it. And stop posting this question, I’ve seen you do it at least 10 times.

  16. Jonathan
    6:52 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    There is one fundamental aspect of the game that these kids don’t seem to grasp when faced with a man-to-man defense…setting screens. With the surrounding personnel one of us Polson wannabes should be able to run point and win games. With Poythress, Noel, and C-Stien it should be lob-city all day, but a screen to these bigs is a gentle brush or slight tap, none of the post players seem to want to make contact with the opposing team when they do try set a “screen.” Usually it leads Goodwin to do his best Bledsoe impression and end up on the ground.
    And we all know that Kyle “White Bread” Wiltjer can’t create his own shot, he needs help. Off ball screens to get him open looks is the only way he will be able to be more productive.
    And don’t get me started on their lack of ability to attack a zone.
    In Cal We Trust.

  17. Chris
    7:05 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    I LIKE THAT KID. Knows his stuff

  18. kingrex
    12:04 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    16 – i agree. And I also see nothing wrong with what Heslip said at all. He was not being disrespectful at all. We are missing that all important pause to gather yourself before you make a move or in the PG spot to organize everyone and slow it down and run a set. I still cannot figure out how Cal and Harrow were together all last year and still both sides seem surprised by the outcome so far this year. It is stunning quite frankly. I have said it before, but Cal should have had an honest discussion with Teague and said, you are simply not going to run an NBA team next year. Forget it. Come back and help anchor this team. I thought he was being rushed out because of spectacular play in practice by Harrow……

  19. jkylemann
    7:17 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    What he said is spot on. That kid will be a coach someday. I think you were a little hard on him, Chris, haha.

  20. Rockfield, KY
    8:49 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Sounds like a future coach. I agree with him 100%.