Kentucky guard Terrence Clarke has title dreams in Lexington, but he says the only way he can reach them is if fans continue to wear masks.
In a Zoom call with actor Steve Zahn, along with UK basketball players Keion Brooks Jr. and Olivier Sarr, Clarke said he was confident the Wildcats had enough talent to win a national championship during the 2020-21 season.
“We’re praying for a season because we know we’re going to be the [national] champions,” Clarke said.
“We’ll have a season if everyone gets disciplined,” Zahn responded.
“Wear a mask,” Sarr added as Clarke grabbed his mask off camera. “There you go! There you go!”
“If y’all want to see us win a [national title], wear a mask,” Clarke said, pointing to the white mask on his face.
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This excitement goes hand-in-hand with John Calipari’s comments made on KSR on Wednesday, with the UK head coach getting a bit giddy when discussing this team’s potential.
“We have to play this season,” Calipari told KSR, “because I do have a good team. Whew, we gotta play. … You guys have no idea how excited I am to get in the gym with my guys.”
Should a safe path be cleared for a college basketball season, Calipari believes this can be one of his best teams since he’s been in Lexington.
“Look, to come here you know you have to have a certain level of talent,” Calipari told KSR. “But the second thing you have to have is, you really have to be into your team and sharing and your whole thing in your mindset is, how good can I be, how good a teammate can I be? And so sometimes we will lose kids that are being told other things: that to be here, that’s what it is.
“This group is all bought into that, both feet. Their parents trust us with their child, and we’re really good. We got some really good players. So I’m sitting here saying, [having a special group] has happened three or four times, but let me tell you what those teams have done. The teams you’re talking about became unbelievable teams. Teams. That’s, like I said, where the work comes in. But I’m just not ready to start that kind of work and the reason is, let’s get all this other stuff under control.”
The potential is there, and it’s apparent those within the program feel it.
All we need now is a college basketball season to prove it.