Tai Wynyard is still a mystery to Kentucky fans after redshirting last semester, but John Calipari did an interview with a New Zealand website in which he likened Wynyard to another Kiwi: Thunder big man Steven Adams.
However, the college super-coach admitted that he had seen enough in the young centre to remind him of New Zealand’s finest-ever basketball export, Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams.
“He reminds me exactly [of Adams],” Calipari says. “Tai has the size. Adams — and the way he plays — shows you ‘look, you can do this’ but you have to really work. It’s a process.”
Before the postgame show callers get worked into a frenzy, Calipari stressed that Tai — like all UK players — is on his own path, which means he may be at Kentucky for four years; however, after a slow start in Lexington, Calipari sounded confident that Tai is “developing at a good rate now.”
“He’s physically tough, and is young,” he says. “His game is all ahead of him. He’s a great kid. He always has a smile on his face and comes from a great family. He’s a really coachable young man, which makes it easy for us.”
If Wynyard ends up being even half the player Adams is, that’s great news for Kentucky.