Known throughout basketball circles as two of the most competitive players to step on the court – talk with them a couple of minutes and it becomes clear how much they loathe losing – the Harrison twins are expected to add key ingredients that last year’s team lacked, particularly in the backcourt.
Generally speaking, most children aspire to do as well as their parents. It’s ingrained in most people to want to live up to their parents’ legacy, and in many cases, achieve just a little bit more. For EJ Floreal, a walk-on on the 2013-14 Kentucky basketball team, that notion could seem daunting if he lets it.
Lee comes to Kentucky as a McDonald’s All-American, a five-star prospect, and another one of those lanky forwards in the mold of Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel who can run the floor and block shots. And yet, for all the talent Lee possesses on the basketball court, Lee credits volleyball for making him the basketball player he is today.
Derek Willis has a confession to make: He grew up a Louisville fan. Why pass on the school he dreamed of playing for when it was a possibility? The choice was simple. “Kentucky was just the better opportunity.”
As a freshman at St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J., Johnson witnessed firsthand the sweat Kidd-Gilchrist poured into every practice, the leadership he instilled in every teammate and the will to win he exhibited on every play. To hear Kidd-Gilchrist talk about how difficult Kentucky was, it would have scared just about any other player away. Not Dakari Johnson.
Julius Randle wants to be the best, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get there. Randle is the focus of part two of our “Meet the Wildcats” series.
A new season brings new players and new stories to tell. Starting today Starting today and continuing throughout the summer, CoachCal.com will be profiling Kentucky’s newcomers in its annual and exclusive “Meet the Wildcats” series. Each story will be accompanied with video. First up is Kentucky native Dominique Hawkins.
eRUPPtion Zone tickets will be available to the public for the Belmont and Mississippi State games, which occur over the university’s holiday break. Tickets will go on sale 90 minutes prior to tip-off at the Rupp Arena Box Office and are available on a first come/first serve basis.