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Calipari compares Tai Wynyard to fellow New Zealander Steven Adams


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.

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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3 Comments for Calipari compares Tai Wynyard to fellow New Zealander Steven Adams

  1. Harsh-Reality
    12:33 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

    Tai won’t be a tenth the player Steven Adams is!

  2. FBI Informant
    1:00 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

    Adams averaged 7pts and 6rebs in college for a team that didn’t make it out of the first weekend. Of course it was the same season that Uk was losing in the first round of the NIT. Half the player OF Adams would be 3.5pts and 3rebs. I don’t see how that would be helpful to Kentucky in any way.

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:16 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink