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7 Leftovers from today’s pre-Hofstra media opportunity


1. Camp Cal will be a time for reflection

“Camp Cal” starts Wednesday after finals, and assistant Joel Justus said it’s a good chance for the players to reflect on their performance so far this season and readjust their goals heading forward.

“Whenever classes end and you can focus solely on basketball, going a couple times a day, getting a chance to work on your skills, allow the coaches to really focus at that time of year after playing 10-11 games, to really just settle and say, ‘okay, this is what I look like when I’m at my best,’ if you embrace that and you’re excited about it, it’s a fun, fun time of year. And then after that, the game maybe seems to slow down for our freshmen.”

2. Briscoe thinks Camp Cal is fun

“This time coming up is very important because we only really have to worry about one thing and that’s basketball,” Briscoe said. “If that’s what you want to do for the rest of your life, this Camp Cal — or whatever y’all call it — should be fun. Last year it was fun for me. No school, just all basketball and getting better. That’s the things I live for and I’m sure the freshmen, great group of guys and I know that they love basketball, so I’m sure they’re looking forward too.”

Spoken like a leader and not someone who’s exhausted after their second of three practices in one day, but I love the enthusiasm.

3. This group has a “tremendous thirst” to improve

Justus said there isn’t an established “breakfast club” as in years past, but that’s because this team is already in the gym 24/7.

“This group loves to be in the gym, they love to be around each other. They drag each other, whether it be to the weight room, whether it be to watch some film, whether it be to get extra shots. This group is working hard and it’s contagious. They love to be in the gym and they have a tremendous thirst for it.”

4. Briscoe continues to advocate for Mychal Mulder

“Mike’s my guy, we’re cool,” Briscoe said. “That’s my roommate when we’re on the road. Mike, he just needs somebody to encourage him because Coach is on him pretty tough because he’s a senior. He’s expecting a lot out of him. I think Mike likes the message when it’s coming from me rather than Coach. Whenever Coach is getting on him I’ll pull Mike to the side and let him know, ‘Yo, just do this and this and you’ll be fine. He won’t say nothing to you,’ and things like that. Mike’s been playing well, he’s been getting after it, and he’s been working on playing defense. Like I said, I’m the leader of this team. I’m trying to keep everybody on board and trying to get Mike better.”

5. Briscoe admits the team went into the UCLA with a big head

When asked what the team learned from the loss to UCLA, Briscoe had a simple answer:

“That we can be beaten. I think that some of us thought we were so good that we can just come out and play and they’ll see that it’s Kentucky and think we can just get the win based off that. UCLA is a good team. I’ll give them credit. But also we didn’t have our best game, and we didn’t play to our full potential. We let that one slip away from us, but like I said, that one’s over with. We’re judged on what we do from here on out.”

6. Fox is not used to the snow

The Katy, Texas native said he’s used to “100-degree weather, not seven,” so seeing the snow outside of his window last night was a bit of a shock.

“It’s different. It’s different. I looked outside at one in the morning because it looked like it started snowing. So I looked outside and the whole car was white. I think is was supposed to be blue. It’s different. I’m not used to this.”

7. Calipari’s trying to get Fox out of “chill mode”

“Sometimes I’m just out there in what I call ‘chill mode,’” Fox said. “I’ll be on the court sometimes some people say I’m playing good, but I just know there is more in me that I haven’t shown. It’s really just the energy part. Sometimes I’m not focused. Other than that, sometimes I’m just chilling on the court.”

Obviously, Calipari is not a fan.

“Oh, he hates it. He calls it causal. I call it chill. He’s just trying to get me out of that. Creating habits.”

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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9 Comments for 7 Leftovers from today’s pre-Hofstra media opportunity

  1. Chris Burnam
    9:06 pm December 9, 2016 Permalink

    This program isn’t shit anymore but a revolving door for the NBA. No Shooters or a inside game. A Bunch of one and dones and very poor coaching

  2. Chris Burnam
    2:46 pm December 10, 2016 Permalink

    Dropped out of top 25 4 out of last 7 yrs after starting 1 or 2 also and will keep dropping this year too. 1 championship with all those #1 classes.

    • UK Big Board Update
      7:20 pm December 10, 2016 Permalink

      How many titles does Arizona and Sean Miller have with all of their #2 ranked classes?

      Oh, thats right, they’ve never been beyond the Elite Eight.

    • UK Big Board Update
      7:29 pm December 10, 2016 Permalink

      Did you remember how long it took Pitino to win a title at UK, with all the great recruits and upperclassmen he had? Yeah, eight years.

      Cal inherited a trainwreck from BCG and won one in three. Go to bed, clown.

  3. Chris Burnam
    2:51 pm December 10, 2016 Permalink

    Cal should have watched the ND vs Nova game today! Great ball movement and great shooting. Upperclassman something we’re not use too watching. We can’t beat teams like this. UCLA already proved that

    • UK Big Board Update
      7:18 pm December 10, 2016 Permalink

      Again, 4 Final Fours and a title in 7 years. Please stop being stupid.

      Go follow Louisville or Indiana, who wins one every 25-30 years.

    • UK Big Board Update
      7:39 pm December 10, 2016 Permalink

      Notre Dame should have watched the UK-Wichita State game from a few years ago. Great ball movement and great shooting.

      You’re an idiot.