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Who Has Improved and What UK Needs to Improve


The season is young, but John Calipari has already seen individuals make dramatic improvements in their game, although his team still has a long way to go.

Returning for a second season, Isaiah Briscoe needed to dramatically improve his shooting in the offseason.  More specifically, he needed to learn to knock down free throws.  So far, so good.

“He just has a better feel for the game.  He knows what’s expected,” Cal told Jon Rothstein on the College Hoops Today podcast.  “He is shooting the ball.  He was 4 for 5 from the foul line.  He made a three.  In practice, he’s shooting the ball and scoring.  He cleaned up his shot.”

In the frontcourt, we expected to feel Bam Adebayo’s presence immediately, but there’s one newcomer that’s even surprised his head coach.  “Sacha’s probably been the biggest surprise.  His feel for the game and how much he’s improved is crazy.”

The next step for his team, and especially his frontcourt, is improving defensively.  His first concern is taking away the three-point shot.  Clarion made 9 of 20 threes Sunday night.  “In a conference game we lose.”  He wants his guards to force the drive, only to be met by his bigs at the rim.  Right now, they aren’t forcing ‘tough twos’ at the rim, but Calipari believes his team will eventually get there.

“We’ve got to be a great defensive team and there’s no reason we shouldn’t.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

3 Comments for Who Has Improved and What UK Needs to Improve

  1. Angelo
    3:16 pm November 1, 2016 Permalink

    Wow. Sasha, Gabriel and Bam looking good!

  2. damage_control
    4:51 pm November 1, 2016 Permalink

    This is probably nitpicky and based on a very small sample size, but I’m a tiny bit concerned about Bam’s hands and his FT shooting. FT probably just not going to be his thing and that’s okay. I’m more concerned about how he seems to fumble the ball a lot on rebounds and receiving a couple post passes. Maybe it was first game jitters, a bad outing where that’s concerned, but I seem to remember it being a little bit of an issue in the blue white game too. I’m not saying it’s serious, but remember when the ball went within 5 feet of AD, Boogie, or even Terrence Jones, you just knew the ball was going to be secured and there wasn’t anything the other team could do about it? I don’t get the same feeling after, to be fair, a VERY LIMITED sample.

    • @GoCayts
      5:24 pm November 1, 2016 Permalink

      I saw the same thing when he was catching the ball or grabbing rebounds. I think he’ll be fine there, could be a lot of different things, jitters like you said or just not being in game condition because he’s sat out a lot more practices than the other guys … could just be that team was small. Cal will be all over him about catching and rebounding with 2 hands, that’s a big pet peeve of his. I am curious about his free throw shooting, though, because his form is pretty good and I’ve seen him look good shooting jumpers.