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The First Practice Report of the 2016-17 Season

Isaiah Briscoe is assuming Tyler Ulis’ role in early practices (UK Athletics).

Isaiah Briscoe is assuming Tyler Ulis' role in early practices (UK Athletics).

Isaiah Briscoe is assuming Tyler Ulis’ role in early practices (UK Athletics).

The wait is over.  The first official practice report for your 2016-17 Wildcats is here.

On yesterday’s edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, Matt filled you in on what he’s hearing around the Joe Craft Center.  Tonight CoachCal.com has released a report from Tuesday’s practice, the first official two-hour session of the year.  Metz Camfield has a few bullet points that stand out above the rest.

—  Perimeter defense will not be a problem.  The guards are already showing they can guard.

—   “There seemed to be a different approach to how Coach Cal did a few things…Think about it: Coach Cal is the king of the dribble-drive, but he’s doing stuff where you can’t even dribble it.”

—  Isaiah Briscoe has assumed the role as team leader.  With plenty of talented incoming guards, Isaiah’s intangibles need to shine for this team to reach its potential.  He’s handling this responsibility well.  “He looked perfectly comfortable and in control throughout the entire practice.”

—  “Malik Monk can really get down the floor in a hurry and generally shot the ball well.”  The proof:

—  DeAndre Liggins practiced with the team.  If those guards want to prove they can be elite defenders, the back-to-back D-League Defensive Player of the Year is an exceptional example.

—  Can Isaac Humphries take the next step?  Without a ton of depth in the interior, Kentucky needs to see the Texas A&M version of Humphries on a consistent basis.  He’s taken that first step by getting into better shape.  Along with a leaner physique, Metz said Humphries and Wenyen Gabriel had a few back-and-forth battles in the post.  Gabriel used his speed to beat him a few times, but Humphries didn’t need to rely on his muscle to win, displaying athleticism we didn’t always see during his freshman campaign.

Read the entire Practice Report, it will be time well spent.

Article written by Nick Roush

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