John Calipari’s Pro Camps start this week, and it looks like so familiar faces are in town to help out. Check out this group picture of the campers, with special guests Nerlens Noel, Twany Beckham, Julius Mays, and Archie Goodwin. Nerlens is coaching one group of kiddos, while former Cat Perry Stevenson coaches the other.
The former Cats talked to the media briefly during the camp. Here are some highlights:
Archie Goodwin on his Summer League success: “I wanted to showcase that I’ve been working really hard. I wanted to show that I was better than what people thought. …I knew what I was capable of. I control my own fate. Nobody else controls its.” Goodwin also said he’s been told by the Suns GM that he’ll play right away and they believe he’s one of the best players from the 2013 draft.
Archie on the current UK team: “There’s just too many guys on this team that hate to lose and I feel like they’re going to do special things.”
Archie on Julius Randle: “Julius, he really stands out to me. He’s a competitive guy just like I was, in the gym every night just like I was.”
Julius Mays said that he expects to sign a contract with an overseas team any day, but doesn’t know which country yet. Nerlens Noel told reporters his knee is feeling great and he’s still ahead of schedule in his rehab. He also said that the fact that five teams passed on him is his motivation to get up and work hard every morning.
All three former Cats had this advice for the new team:
Nerlens: “Establish your team chemistry early in the year and make sure a leader steps up. Come in the gym and work hard every day.”
Julius: “[They’ve got] all the talent in the world. I told them if they can all check their egos at the door, they’re gonna be real dangerous.”
Archie: “Listen to what Coach Cal says and not how he says it. Last year we had a couple guys get down when criticized.”
Welcome back, boys.