Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

Coach Cal Talks Upcoming Season at UK Media Day

CAL 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (10/16/13) – It's almost time, BBN.

What many are calling a season that will end with University of Kentucky basketball's ninth national championship is less than a month away. Coach John Calipari addressed the media Tuesday during a news conference at UK men's basketball media day.

“No revelations, but Marcus Lee is better than I thought, Derek Willis is better than I thought. I just got done watching our practice tape from yesterday. Jarrod Polson and Dominique (Hawkins) played well,” said Calipari in reply to a question about the revelations or surprises he has had about his team since beginning practices. “Guys are learning a new way of playing and are making strides.”

Calipari added he has seen improvements from Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson. Willie Cauley-Stein practiced for the first time on Monday. But, Calipari said many feel James Young is the standout with NBA scouts in the gym speaking about him daily.

“He is really fast. He’s now not settling for jump shots. So you’re seeing a young man get his head and shoulders by people, take contact, and make baskets, which a month ago he was not going in there,” said Calipari. “If he's out ahead, you throw him the ball. Something good will happen. And he has a chance of being a terrific defender.”

Calipari said he's not sure if this UK team should be the number one team in the country, because he has not watched any other team. He admitted to having number one teams in the past, but he added those were veteran teams.

“You're talking about an inexperienced team. We'll be the most inexperienced team in the country, but we're talented,” said Calipari. “We've got great size and speed and skill. Will we be a great defensive team and rebounding team, and will we share the ball? If we do that, we have a chance to be one of the best teams in the country.”

Calipari said he'd like to coach a team that went 40-0 before he retires. He's not sure if this team will be the one, but he added they can do special things.

“Every game we play, we play to win. We’re not playing any game not to win,” said Calipari. “The reason I like the mentality of every game matters is you don’t want to get upset by people that you shouldn’t be beat by. That game matters as much as a North Carolina or Michigan State or whoever else. Those games matter too.”

The Cats will have their first game against Transylvania on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. They'll also have their annual Big Blue Madness this Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Blue-White Scrimmage on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

For a full video of Coach Cal's press conference, click here.

David Gillum
SurfKY News
Press conference video provided by CoachCal.com
Image provided by ukathletics.com

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

July 30, 2014 3470

Three Arrested in Muhlenberg as Part of…

in Top Stories by GPD Officer Wes Miller
July 28, 2014 3428

Madisonville Woman Arrested for Being a…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 30, 2014 3195

UPDATE: Waide Responds to Allegations of…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 28, 2014 3003

Madisonville Man Arrested for Endangering…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 28, 2014 2532

Disagreement Over Killing Snake in House…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

July 28, 2014 3428

Madisonville Woman Arrested for Being a…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 28, 2014 3003

Madisonville Man Arrested for Endangering…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 28, 2014 2532

Disagreement Over Killing Snake in House…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 28, 2014 1726

Madisonville Man Arrested for Assault,…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 28, 2014 1722

Two Injured in Vehicle Collision on…

in Top Stories by William Roundtree

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

July 28, 2014 1188

Zuberer Takes Over at Quarterback for…

in News by Steve LeMaster
July 28, 2014 1045

Dont Miss Out on a Howl of a Good Time

in News by Brittni Bunn
July 28, 2014 923

Instant Admissions Day is Aug. 1, 2014

in News by Bernie Hale
July 29, 2014 750

Happenings and Meetings - Daviess County

in News by Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau
July 28, 2014 449

Prosecutors Mull Over Whether to Charge…

in Top Stories by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

July 30, 2014 3470

Three Arrested in Muhlenberg as Part of…

in Top Stories by GPD Officer Wes Miller
July 30, 2014 2239

UPDATE: Muhlenberg Man, Woman Arrested in…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 28, 2014 1437

Foot Pursuit Ends with Arrest

in Top Stories by Christopher Rogers
July 29, 2014 1357

Muhlenberg District Court Fines Handed…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 28, 2014 1348

Boys of Broad to Launch Video at Cinema 4

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03