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National analyst delivers exciting UK Basketball practice report

© Mark Zerof | USA TODAY Sports

© Mark Zerof | USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday, national college basketball analyst Jon Rothstein got to watch your University of Kentucky Wildcats practice. What did he think? He shared his observations on Twitter @JonRothstein. Here’s a sampling:


  • Kentucky’s best offense this season may very well be a missed shot. Going to be hard to keep these Cats off the glass. Relentless.
  • Kentucky’s offense is going to take time to come around. Expect to see plenty of games in the 50’s and 60’s early. D way ahead of O.
  • Biggest question marks for Kentucky: 1. Leadership 2. Shooting 3. Overall offense
  • Early prediction on Kentucky’s starting five: Quade Green, Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, Wenyen Gabriel, Nick Richards.


Palpable buzz at Kentucky surrounding Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Has went from sleeper to a guy who could be a major factor. Hybrid.

Kevin Knox is an effortless shooter. A stoic competitor with gifts from God. Has some Harrison Barnes in his game. Freakish length.

Kentucky is going to need mileage out of Sacha Killeya-Jones until Jarred Vanderbilt is healthy. Will be fourth big until January

P.J. Washington is a throwback to a completely different time. 6-9 and can play both forward spots. The motor never stops. Relentless.


We’ll get to see the team for ourselves Sunday night during the televised open practice on SEC Network from 7-9 p.m. Until then, tidbits like this sure are nice.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

8 Comments for National analyst delivers exciting UK Basketball practice report

  1. MattyBangsPCResponse
    10:53 am October 4, 2017 Permalink

    This is the exact same info that has been provided about this team since they signed their LOI. Not sure how this qualifies as news, unless you forgot to add the adjective “old” in front of news..

    • BBNDan7
      11:03 am October 4, 2017 Permalink

      Do you just wake up and complain?

    • KatsKlaws
      11:35 am October 4, 2017 Permalink

      It was billed as “exciting news”, but nah not so much.

  2. m4ff3w
    11:16 am October 4, 2017 Permalink

    Anyone have a link to the video of J. Higgins bad calls against UK?

  3. TBW3011
    12:18 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    1. Washington has to start. 2. Shooting should be a HUGE concern with this team. Will be difficult to find offensive flow with other teams standing 5 defenders in or near the lane.

  4. Luether
    1:36 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    Nice report, Mrs TT. Can’t wait to get this season started…

  5. ClutchCargo
    3:15 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    Not exactly excited about the top concerns being leadership, shooting and offense. Do like what he says about defense and rebounding, though. As long as this team is, the other teams will struggle to score, too.

  6. CatBlue in LR
    2:11 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

    I think we mean Shai has gone from a sleeper to a major factor…

    When did we as a society lose the ability to conjugate forms of the verb “to go”?