When Skal’s slump started a month or so ago, many tried to compare his early season struggles to those of Karl Towns. As time has gone on, it’s become clear that’s not exactly a fair comparison, but this afternoon, Skal said he’s reached out to Karl for guidance recently, and the two “talk all the time.”
“Karl is one of my best friends,” Skal said. “We talk all the time and he just told me to hang in there and things will get better.”
Skal looked better vs. Ole Miss, scoring 9 points — the most since his 10-point performance against Eastern Kentucky on December 9 — in 14 minutes. Today, he told reporters his confidence is rising.
“Mentally, I just have to get into myself a little bit more. There was a period like you said where my confidence was down a little bit, but I’m good now. I think I’m getting better every single day,” Skal said. “Obviously, I wasn’t playing the way I wanted to, but I’m just here every single day trying to get better, and that’s all I can ask for.”
If only we could all have that attitude, right? No one’s worked with Skal more since he’s been at Kentucky than Kenny Payne, and the big man guru said he actually thinks Skal’s struggles will help him in the long run.
“Skal is a very, very talented player. And I know he’s struggled some. I personally think that’s good for him. Sometimes adversity, when it comes so easy to you, adversity brings you down and makes you start over and revaluate who you are as a player. It hasn’t been easy for the kid but the kid is super. Again, super talented. He has lost a little confidence. The greatest thing is in the last game we saw a step in the right direction. He has to continue to do that. He will. We expect that at any time he’s going to break out and have a super game. Hopefully it’s against LSU.”
Moments like this help: