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Calipari says he won’t feed Skal to the wolves


For Kentucky to pull it together and make a run in March, they need someone to step up inside. Coming into this season, we all though that person would be Skal Labissiere, but the freshman’s struggles have been well-documented. On today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference, John Calipari said he’s doing his best to be patient with Skal instead of “throwing him to the wolves” like he did earlier this season.

“Getting Skal — he’s slowly coming back to where he can give us minutes. He had a couple blocks, he had some opportunities to dunk some balls. He has a big presence, but we’ve gotta see what are the max minutes he can go right now because I don’t want to throw him to the wolves like we did early, and it just didn’t work. Now he’s playing better.”

Later on the call, Calipari said he thinks if Skal can go 15-20 minutes, it would “help us immensely.” 

“Skal’s gotta — again, he’s finally got the pressure off of him, so just play now,” Cal said. “I don’t want it to be 30-40 minute games because he’s not ready for that. But if he can go 15-20 minutes and really help our team, it will change his mentality and it’ll help us immensely.”

For reference, here are Skal’s minutes, rebounds, and point totals over the past six games:

  • vs. Louisville: 2 points, 3 rebounds, 10 minutes
  • vs. Ole Miss: 9 points, 3 rebounds, 14 minutes
  • at LSU: 3 points, 2 rebounds, 16 minutes
  • at Alabama: 0 points, 1 rebound, 4 minutes
  • vs. Mississippi State: 5 points, 4 rebounds, 14 minutes
  • at Auburn: 4 points, 2 rebounds, 8 minutes

Baby steps.

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11 Comments for Calipari says he won’t feed Skal to the wolves

  1. Kernel Sanders
    2:22 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

    If Skal is on the floor 20 minutes, I hate to say it but I think he would have 3 personal fouls and 2 technicals.

  2. Saul T. Nuts
    2:52 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

    Cal needs to talk to the refs before the games about the opposing players trying to draw technical from Skal…it’s ridiculous. Sure, Skal needs to not retaliate, but these guys are going after him, and it’s obvious.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      2:57 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

      I don’t think they are trying to draw technicals per see. It’s just that the word on Skal is that if you play him really physical, he’ll shrink away. So they play him really physical, and that has led to heated moments the last few games.

    • Capurnicus
      2:58 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

      The last T he got was a total joke. Guys jockey for position on the free throw line all the time. Looked more like just another bad call, in a pretty poorly called game.

    • a21CATSfan
      3:41 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

      Ben Simmons literally took a swing at Skal and got a technical. Skal crosses the plane on the FT line and gets a technical. It is ridiculous! It is similar to the way Shaq was reffed in his prime. Players did whatever they had to do to guard Shaq and if he so much as looked at them he was called for an offensive foul. Skal has had everyone and their moms saying he needs to play more physical; but, when he attempts to get physical he is whistled for fouls or ridiculous technicals. But every coach in America is instructing their players to get physical with him.

  3. Sentient Third Eye
    3:13 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

    I hate to say it, but even if Cal did literally throw Skal to the wolves, the wolves would just go out looking for meatier prey. Our boy needs to put on some pounds.

  4. OwenCountyCat
    3:25 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

    4 points and 2 boards in 8 minutes is not terrible.

  5. Duuuuuude
    3:50 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

    I cannot imagine Skal moving on to the NBA this year. I see him as a 3 year player….sort of like WCS. He is not that type of player…..more the opposite, where WCS was a physical presence and shot blocker type with limited offensive skills and Skal with good hands and some offensive moves but not physical. I think it will take a couple years to add that to his game. In that sense, he will be fine, and perhaps a very good player by then.

  6. Rixter
    4:24 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

    What a sweet way to phrase “he stinks, and we can’t afford to play him much”

  7. rainman
    4:43 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

    We need to figure out HOW to use him! Posting him up is NOT the answer!
    Pick and pop, set a screen for him instead of the other way round, there has
    to be an answer. The kid can shoot the ball, if we can get it to him in the right
    place! Also, why don’t we run sets to get Willis more shots? Best shooter on the
    team, he should shoot more. IMO

  8. randall johnson
    4:46 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

    Wolves prefer beef over chicken .