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New practice report up at CoachCal.com

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With the football team providing some much-needed excitement this fall, it’s easy to forget that basketball season is right around the corner. Metz Camfield provided his second practice report of the season over at CoachCal.com today; here are some of the highlights:

  • Alex Poythress is back and he’s starting to look like his old self. AP went through full practices this weekend and made several impressive plays – including a lob in transition and a tip-in off of a missed three-pointer. If Poythress can play at even 90% of his pre-injury capacity, this team’s gonna be scary.
  • Tyler Ulis is establishing himself as a coach on the court. Calipari often singled him out to explain where players should be on the floor — showing a clear trust in his sophomore PG. Given what we saw last season, this isn’t surprising. It’s gonna be really fun to see how Ulis matures in his (hopefully) next three years in Lexington.
  •  In a similar vein, Marcus Lee is showing a lot of leadership as well. He talked the most during drills – complimenting teammates on solid passes and good plays – and the other players responded to his energy. Many fault this team for its inexperienced, but if Ulis, Lee, and Poythress can each assume a leadership role, they’ll have a lot more than they’re getting credit for.
  • Coach Cal wants the team to throw lobs. Lots of them. Several of the most impressive came from dishes and dunks from Lee and Skal. With so many young guys not used to playing with the type of athleticism UK has this year — the adjustment to this style of play has been a bit awkward. But with some time, expect to see a lot of dunks this year.
  • Charles Matthews had a really nice session on Friday. Cal wants Matthews to assume a slasher/finisher role, and that’s just what he did this weekend. After a couple of defty drives and pull-up jumpers, Calipari complimented Charles and told him that he’s going to see the floor this season if he can keep it up.

Hungry for more? Click the link for a full review of the practice sessions this weekend. We’re getting close, ya’ll.

Article written by Caleb Epley

Vanderbilt student, Kentucky fan. Skilled at using big words and telling bad jokes. Twitter: @CalebEpleyKSR

15 Comments for New practice report up at CoachCal.com



  1. Fred
    8:19 pm September 27, 2015 Permalink

    40-0 baby



    • CardFan502
      8:57 pm September 27, 2015 Permalink

      I think it’ll be closer than that.

      NC State 40
      Ville 13



  2. DesignatedDrinker
    8:32 pm September 27, 2015 Permalink

    If Ulis is as good as Ksr and the handful of regular callers into the show think he will be, he won’t be here 3 more years. Can’t have it both ways. Still going to be interesting to see what happens when he’s matched against a bigger point that can play. There were times last season when he couldn’t be on the court, although reading and listening to KSR, one would never know that. His height will at times be a liability.



    • CW
      8:42 pm September 27, 2015 Permalink

      His height can be a problem in some circumstances, but what he brings to the court in all other areas will almost always outweigh any problem his height could cause. Not to mention, we have elite height at every other key position. I don’t think it will be as big a problem as you might think. Andrew Harrison had a height advantage over most guards he would defend or switch to, but that didn’t always translate to him making the stop or making a good play on the defender. Great court vision and tenacious defense, which Ullis has shown he can do, means much more than height ever will at his position.



    • Ummm
      10:12 pm September 27, 2015 Permalink

      Is this dude trying to start a Tyler Ulis controversy? What is with some people??



  3. CATandMONKEY
    8:50 pm September 27, 2015 Permalink

    I’m somewhat surprised that two or three posters haven’t already demanded that Barker start at point guard.



  4. kes
    8:51 pm September 27, 2015 Permalink

    well, i have read two of these reports and have yet to see derek willis name listed. did he quit the team?



    • Luther
      8:57 pm September 27, 2015 Permalink

      Who?



  5. Ball Eater
    9:38 pm September 27, 2015 Permalink

    Anyone interested in 2 season tickets…Sec 228, row w, aisle seats… face value.



    • bigbluerunner
      8:56 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

      What’s total price for the pair?



    • Ball Eater
      12:00 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

      Total price for the pair is around $1950…I don’t have the exact price yet. I have had these tickets for 20 years but have travel plans for most of Jan-March. If interested, send e-mail to [email protected].



  6. DylanG
    10:20 pm September 27, 2015 Permalink

    Still 8 football games left….



    • Brian
      10:30 pm September 27, 2015 Permalink

      Relax, guy….



  7. Rupp
    10:56 pm September 27, 2015 Permalink

    this team will not be burdened with great expectations, nor Cal. nice combo!



  8. Urb_809
    8:15 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

    Now that is funny!