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A Young team isn’t an excuse anymore

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In this week’s pre-game conference, John Robic made it clear he isn’t using the ‘these are young kids’ excuse to explain their mess-ups on the court. Robic said while at times the players are good, they have their lapses.

“They have their lapses, like all young kids do,” he said. “But these kids aren’t really that young anymore. We’re almost two-thirds of the way through.”

Robic was particularly referring to James Young and Aaron Harrison and their progression as perimeter defenders. Of course, he referenced the pair’s performance in the Arkansas game and compared it to Tennessee.

“If we can minimize them stopping, and play entire possessions and come out when they’re tired. We don’t need a breakdown like what we did at Arkansas. We pointed that out to them on film and they improved against Tennessee”

Reviewing film seemed to help the two as their game improved when they faced Tennessee this past Saturday. James Young’s shooting inconsistency is another problem Robic found unsettling, but he did have advice on how he believes it can be fixed.

Get in the gym and practice. I mean, the big thing with James is having his shoulders, keeping them, not having them back,” he said. “He’s a good shooter. I know he’s not shooting at the percentage that he would like.”

Here are Young’s shooting stats for the last four games:

v. Tennessee         FG%- .333    3P%- .400    PTS- 8
v. Arkansas            FG%- .471    3P%- .333    PTS- 23
v. Vanderbilt           FG%- .200    3P%- .143    PTS- 6
v. Mississippi St.    FG%- .444    3P%-  .300    PTS- 26

Young loves to play the ball behind the line, but one could argue he is just settling.  While Young has a good 3-point shooting, he also needs to be more diverse in his ability to drive to the basket in the paint. Another issue seen constantly with Young is letting go of the ball too quickly and not letting the clock run down.

It is clear Young has the knowledge to be a part of the Kentucky Wildcats. That is apparent from the way he was able to adjust for his second three-pointer in overtime against Arkansas.

While, Young might be inconsistent, he gets the job done when it is needed. Robic stated they still have ‘all the confidence in the world for him’ based on his big shot against Arkansas.

Maybe it is all this “clutter” Cal keeps talking about that is bugging James. Clutter seems to be Cal’s go to word this season.

“Yeah. Before practice he talks about it every day,” Young said. “it’s just something we have to learn to block out and just focus on basketball.”

Article written by Courtney Hessler

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9 Comments for A Young team isn’t an excuse anymore



  1. CatFanKurt
    7:05 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t forget to vote for #UK to win the #6thFan competition! There is no reason why we should be in 3rd place behind Arkansas st and Tex-Pan American! Vote everyday BBN!



  2. j
    7:10 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    anybody got a link for the game?



  3. nothing
    7:31 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Not sure what your problem is (maybe selling too many ads),..but recently I can’t bring KSR in!!!! My browser just spins and spins,… and almost never brings it in. I can go to all other sites with no problem!!!!! But KSR suddenly will not compute. Obviously there are too many add ons on this site for my computer to sort through it all, and still bring it up. Can you check it out,..and maybe even solve it? Please and thank you!!!



  4. j
    7:34 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    mine has been doing that to from time to time and my computer is two months old



  5. FourthGradeEnglish
    7:38 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Proofread much?



  6. Carl
    7:50 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    You need a proof-reader, or a remedial English class, or both. This is pathetic.



  7. Hoosier blue blood
    8:10 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Of course youth is still a problem. Maybe coaches don’t want players making excuses (I.e. Cal’s clutter remarks) but freshman grow in size, strength, and smarts when they return for season 2. 2012 was the exception. Play and learn Cat’s, but come back next year and THEN we’ll talk title.



  8. Umm...
    8:40 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    “Young loves to play the ball behind the line, but one could argue he is just settling. While Young has a good 3-point shooting, he also needs to be more diverse in his ability to drive to the basket in the paint. Another issue seen constantly with Young is letting go of the ball too quickly and not letting the clock run down.”

    This can’t be serious…



  9. Marvb
    9:01 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    I have seen him shoot a bit early in the clock. But if you’re a shooter you can’t focus on the clock, so I think that’s bad advice unless you are trying to control the clock. Focusing on the clock in my opinion would be clutter. He was the M V P in the Louisville game remember. 10 rebounds.