Mike Hicks and Aaron Newton Give a 2 Minute Warning
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On Podcast 32, Mike Hicks and Aaron Newton break everything down in just 2 minutes per topic.
The South Carolina game, the Alabama game, the Stoops Controversy, Big Blue Madness, Oh! Little Brother, a basketball practice report and Chuck Hayes are all covered in just 2 minutes.
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Here is some info from Coach Cal on the short practices they are allowed to have:
We all love it, we all need it, it’s the fuel for the summer for the die-hard Kentucky Crazies. A practice report has been released from CoachCal.com and it’s full of tasty nuggets.
Eric Lindsey is reporting for the site, here are a few of the gems. Click here for the massive report from Cal and Lindsey.
- My favorite matchup to watch in when the Cats went to a two-on-two drill was Towns vs. Dakari Johnson. Towns, without question, is one of the most all-around talented big guys Calipari has had at UK in his five seasons at Kentucky. But, like all freshmen, there’s a learning curve, and Towns was in for a bit of a lesson against an experienced Johnson. As assistant coach Kenny Payne tried to throw him the ball the top of the key – where Towns can play, I might add – Johnson fronted him and didn’t let him get around his frame. When Towns tried to fake him out with a couple of moves, Johnson didn’t budge and just leaned on him. Calipari eventually stopped play and told Towns that those moves that worked in high school won’t work in college before showing him how to get his leg around Johnson and then bump off. Once Towns got the ball in his hands, he was difficult to stop.
- Marcus Lee isn’t just a pogo stick anymore. He also appears to have worked on his jumper. No joke, in the shooting drill I alluded to earlier, Lee hit more shots than anyone I watched. Now let’s remember it was just one drill in just one practice, but can you imagine what type of player Lee could be if he forced other teams to step out and guard him? Yikes!
- If Derek Willis is going to make a serious impact this season, it looks like his versatility and not just his shot-making ability could come into play. In Monday’s practice, he guarded Aaron Harrison, Booker, Poythress and Lee, four very different plays. The added muscle he’s put on in the offseason in addition to the length he already had gives him the ability to guard twos, three and fours.
- As Calipari huddled up the team, he had a familiar refrain for this time of the year: Play fast, think slow. “I know you’re playing fast and out of control. I know that. I can always pull you back. I’m trying to get you to play fast, yet not in a hurry. … Your feet are flying but your mind isn’t moving like your feet. Your feet are flying but your mind is still thinking.”
Do yourself a favor and get over to CoachCal.com and check out this extensive report compiled by Eric Lindsey.