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Vanderbilt, Knox see experience and competitive nature on UK’s new team

Jarred Vanderbilt and Kevin Knox are back in Lexington as headliners for John Calipari’s Draft Academy basketball camp this week. And because they’re such wonderful young men, they took some time out of their busy morning to talk to a small group of old and grizzled Kentucky media types like myself. Among the topics we discussed was what each former Wildcat thinks of the new Wildcats in town, and both see a ton of potential ahead.

Knox said, “Yesterday in practice, they were going at it. Competitive. Really good guys. Guys that can really shoot the ball. They’ve got a lot of leaders on the team this year, so I think they’re going to have a really good year this year. Cal’s done a great job again; KP and the other coaches. Players look like they really want it. They compete everyday in practice. It’s fun to watch.”

Vanderbilt added, “There is definitely a competitive nature. I feel like they got great pieces that complement each other and this year they got experience, so I think that will take them a long way.”

With PJ Washington, Quade Green and Nick Richards bringing several minutes from last year’s team back to lead, Vanderbilt thinks it will make things much easier on Calipari’s new crop of young talent.

“I think experience goes a long way, just because they’ve done it and they’re able to lead the young guys. Last year we had to figure that out on our own and there wasn’t nobody to look to, really. But this year they have a lot of veteran guys and it’ll make it easier for the young guys because they know the ropes and they know the expectations and how big it is to play at this level. I think it’ll help them a lot.”

As for Vanderbilt’s own future, he said, “I’m good right now. I’m still doing rehab and PT and stuff like that, but our goal is to be ready for the season, so right now we’re taking it slow. There’s no rush.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

6 Comments for Vanderbilt, Knox see experience and competitive nature on UK’s new team

  1. JTA
    11:02 am August 1, 2018 Permalink

    What could Vanderbilt know about UK?

  2. UKinIN
    12:26 pm August 1, 2018 Permalink

    All due respect to these kids, last season’s team was one of the worst of the Calipari era and I couldn’t put less importance on the player’s opinions.

    • runningunnin.454
      12:49 pm August 1, 2018 Permalink

      Won 26 games, and put a big time hurt on Louisville, didn’t they?

    • Alex90
      12:53 pm August 1, 2018 Permalink

      1. Saying they are one of Cal’s worst teams isn’t all that bad since even his worst teams have done pretty well except NIT year.
      2. Like Knox said they had no experience
      3. By the end of the season they figured it out but they just had their flaws.
      4. They still played at UK so they’re opinion is the only one that matters and yours is irrelevant

  3. miggy911
    2:15 pm August 1, 2018 Permalink

    Must have been the opinion of Gloria or Cornelius