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: