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.