Check out our pre-Maryland video interviews with John Calipari, Alex Poythress and Sam Malone before Kentucky took off from Lexington to head to New York for the Barclays Center Classic.
Now that Big Blue Madness is over, the real fun begins for John Calipari’s Wildcats. With 20 hours a week at his disposal, Coach Cal ran his team through two practices on Saturday at the Joe Craft Center. Calipari and his staff were afforded limited amounts of time with the team during the preseason, but now is when the real business takes place.
Observations, notes and opinions from CoachCal.com editor Eric Lindsey after watching two of the Wildcats’ summer workouts.
OK, so Sam Malone was a seldom-used walk-on when he was healthy. And yes, now he’s nailed to the bench with a knee injury he suffered earlier this season. But that didn’t stop Salon.com from doing a rather lengthy and very good profile of the 5-foot-11 freshman guard.
Kidd-Gilchrist said he was reluctant to lead at first because he didn’t want to intrude on the veterans, but leading comes natural for the emotional forward. Although he’s just a freshman, Coach Cal has no problems with a first-year player leading.
As is the case with every day before game day, Kentucky coach John Calipari and a few select players met with the media to answer questions. CoachCal.com got a couple of interviews with Hood and Malone along with Coach Cal.
Miller may be finding his groove. Miller nailed three of his six 3-point shots Tuesday night in the 82-50 win over the Bulldogs. Starting in the place of the injured Terrence Jones, Miller was assertive early and finished with 17 points.
Harrison notched 22 points and a career-high seven rebounds in the win over Eastern Michigan and a career-high four assists Sunday night at the Barclays Center against Providence.