Some notes from the back row of Calipari’s post-Kentucky State press conference…
He wants Alex Poythress to use his athleticism to his advantage.
Calipari said he tells Poythress, “You’ve got to show that you’re an elite athlete. Don’t worry about anything but being an elite athlete. Run, go grab rebounds in traffic, be tough, be lower than the other guy… None of the other stuff matters.”
Poythress showed spurts tonight that Cal called a “mental breakthrough.”
Derek Willis “took minutes tonight.”
Calipari didn’t have a lot to say about Derek Willis’ strong showing, but he did hint at a climb up the ranks for the junior forward.
“Now, all of the sudden, he’s like the first guy you want to put in.”
Cal called Willis a typical college player, a guy who struggles to get time early, then busts through in his junior and senior years.
“I’m proud of him.”
Too many one-handed rebounds.
Calipari has harped on this for as long as I’ve covered the team, and that goes back to his first season in 2009-10. It seems one-handed rebounds are a problem once again in 2015-16, at least for tonight.
“We had probably 15 one-handed rebounds, and if you’ve been to my practice, that’s my number one thing.”
Marcus Lee got called out for six or seven of those 15 rebounds, and according to Cal, he didn’t come down with any of them. Lee finished with 11 rebounds in the game, but Cal said it should’ve been 20.
“You reach with one, you’re not getting that ball.”
Isaiah Briscoe needs to make his free throws.
“How can I have him in at the end of a game? I don’t know right now.”
Briscoe was 1-for-7 from the charity stripe tonight.
This is a guard-oriented team.
“The more we can play through our guards, and let them make choices, the better we will be.”