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Coach Cal: Randle, Harrison twins could be leaders of team

Speaking with Andy Katz for his daily “3-point shot” post, John Calipari said he has a pretty good idea as to who his leaders will be this season: Julius Randle and Andrew and Aaron Harrison.

Leadership was obviously lacking last year during the disappointing 2012-13 season, so look for Coach Cal to identify some leaders on early on this season.

Here is what Katz wrote:

1. Kentucky coach John Calipari said he can already tell who his leaders may be for the upcoming season. Calipari said freshman Julius Randle and the Harrison twins, Aaron and Andrew, “are going to be the leaders.” He said Randle has already proven in summer workouts just how much of an impact he’ll have for the Wildcats. Calipari added freshman center Dakari Johnson has been the surprise so far and is producing at a higher clip than the Wildcats thought. What does this mean? “(Sophomore) Willie (Cauley-Stein) is going to have work for it,” said Calipari about his returning big man getting challenged for minutes. Meanwhile, the other high-profile returnee, forward Alex Poythress isn’t being asked to be a leader for Kentucky. “I just need him to play,” said Calipari, “just play. He’s not going to be a guy who stands up and tells people where to go. He’s not that vocal. He just needs to play. Our leadership will come from one of those freshmen.” Calipari said he’s been impressed with the overall chemistry of this group, meshing quicker than he imagined.