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John Calipari explains decision for surprise starting five

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It was assumed that Kentucky would start De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Isaiah Briscoe, Bam Adebayo and either Derek Willis or Wenyen Gabriel in the fifth spot, but John Calipari threw a curveball by bringing Monk off the bench to start the game.

The decision, he said, was to not mess up frontline rotation.

“Look, if I played those three together, the frontline rotation was going to be screwed up, so I did what I did,” he said after the game.

Well there ya go.

Clarion’s head coach said he was surprised to see Monk on the bench to start the game, too.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

5 Comments for John Calipari explains decision for surprise starting five



  1. Ridge Runner
    9:39 pm October 30, 2016 Permalink

    Oh, I get it now… eh…. huh? Really.🤔



  2. Booby Petrino
    9:44 pm October 30, 2016 Permalink

    I didn’t know Gabriel had that range. I like what I saw!



    • Ridge Runner
      9:48 pm October 30, 2016 Permalink

      Same here. Very impressed overall for first time out.



  3. BNClay
    9:59 pm October 30, 2016 Permalink

    Language: Coach Speak, Translate to: English
    “I promised Wenyen he would be a starter and get his minutes. Malik was cool with it. In hind sight I should have pulled Derek and everyone would have just assumed it was because of the booz indecent.”



    • 3Goggles
      8:09 am October 31, 2016 Permalink

      or…”Im going to do a platoon this year but I dont want to call it that because I will be killed for it”.