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Tai Wynyard on getting in shape, asserting dominance, fried chicken and world geography

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Tai Wynyard took questions for the first time since arriving in Lexington last month. The New Zealander was available prior to today’s practice and he had lots to say about his brief time at UK, adjusting to the college game and being a Kentucky Wildcat.

— First and foremost, Wynyard was quick to admit he wasn’t in the best shape when he arrived on campus. He said there is a lot more running at Kentucky than what he was accustomed to back home. “I was a little bit out of shape,” he admitted. “But Coach Payne has got me back in shape and I’m feeling really good.”

— While the adjustment to Kentucky basketball takes time, the physicality comes natural for Wynyard. He said he uses his physicality to assert dominance in the post, relying on his natural strength to body up against his fellow bigs. “I’ve been really strong my whole life,” he said.

— Wynyard estimated his dad, champion lumberjack Jason Wynyard, has chopped down thousands of trees in his day. Tai, no stranger to the axe himself, has done plenty of chopping of his own, though nowhere near that of his father. “I’ve chopped down a lot, but I don’t know how many. It’s mostly my dad who chops the wood. I used to chop a little bit when I was back home.”

— He loves American food and confesses what an unhealthy diet he’s been on since arriving in the States. Of all the unhealthy food he has devoured so far, Buffalo Wild Wings has been his favorite.

— He enjoy talking friendly trash with Isaac Humphries, who is from Australia, which isn’t New Zealand. Wynyard said, “We’re not from the same country, just so you all know. Australia is not New Zealand.” He and Humphries get digs on each other over the Australia-New Zealand sports rivalries.

— He’s just waiting for his opportunity to contribute. “I will be ready whenever he calls upon me,” he said.

— He hasn’t noticed the water rotates the opposite direction as it goes down the drain here in the northern hemisphere. Great question, Jerry.

Watch the entire interview below:

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

8 Comments for Tai Wynyard on getting in shape, asserting dominance, fried chicken and world geography

  1. KYboy
    2:26 pm January 11, 2016 Permalink

    Tai is a player that will need some work. Check out comments from his coach and scouts from the hoops summit.

    What will happen next year with all the new players coming to town? Who will be leaving to make room for these guys? GO CATS!

  2. Cats Other Paw
    2:35 pm January 11, 2016 Permalink

    Not to be that guy, but I loathe Jerry Tipton, so I must seize the opportunity. His question, not surprisingly, indicates his lack of knowledge spans well beyond athletics. It is a common myth that the Coriolis effect would cause the water in a sink, toilet, etc., to spin in opposite directions in either hemisphere. This is factually inaccurate. Though it has been proven false many times over, apparently Tipton has never visited the Southern Hemisphere to see for himself. I am sure he calls the police when another driver flashes their headlights at him, when he’s not busy forwarding chain letters.

    • kyle heavy
      2:46 pm January 11, 2016 Permalink

      Or perhaps Jerry was joking, and you were the one who took it too literal.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      2:55 pm January 11, 2016 Permalink

      Is Jerry “Glass Half Empty” Tipton capable of humor?

  3. RealCatsFan
    3:12 pm January 11, 2016 Permalink

    Well, at least he didn’t ask him if he wishes he had a huskier voice.

  4. kyjohn
    3:17 pm January 11, 2016 Permalink

    Refreshing interview.Nice to get an outsiders look at UK and what he needs to do to be successful here.
    I really hope he gets an opportunity to play and can be a successful contributor to the team.

  5. bstains
    3:36 pm January 11, 2016 Permalink

    now I want wings, thanks Tai.

    • CATandMONKEY
      7:35 pm January 11, 2016 Permalink