It’s hard to believe a team with four consecutive losses is a team that is really starting to get it, but that’s what Jarred Vanderbilt sees in his Kentucky Wildcats.
Vanderbilt met with the media prior to Friday’s practice and he told reporters, “We’re just still being positive. I feel like we’re still making strides, so I feel like we’re in a good spot right now. Once we get it all together and get clicking, we’ll be a really good team.”
“People are starting to get it,” he explained. “People are starting to find their roles and find the ways they can impact the team. Even defensively I feel like we’re getting better; offensively, I feel like we’re progressing and trying to get there. So I feel like we’ve made strides even though we’ve lost these games in a row.”
When asked what he sees in his own progression, Vanderbilt replied, “Me personally, I feel like I’m starting to find my role a little bit. Basically, just trying to do everything — not even worried about offense — just trying to do the little stuff to help the team get better.”
Make what you will of Vanderbilt’s comments about Kentucky improving in four losses, but we can all agree it’s refreshing to hear the players have a positive attitude during this rough skid. It would be easy for a team to be down on themselves in a time like this, but it sounds like Vanderbilt and his teammates are still confident this thing will get turned around.
Better late than never, right?