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Kentucky Basketball practice report, highlights and an update from John Calipari

Coach Cal loves how his team is buying into becoming great.

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A Sea of Blue

It’s been a while since we’ve heard a good old fashioned practice report for the Kentucky Basketball team.

It seemed like we got daily updates over the summer about how fun and dangerous this team was becoming, which was on full display during the four-game Bahamas destruction. But since then, there hasn’t been more info getting out of the Joe Craft Center, where preseason No. 1 Kentucky continues to build toward a special season.

TJ Walker of KSR was able to get some reports on the Wildcats and how much they’re progressing with the new season inching closer. The biggest takeaway from the report was how Tyler Herro continues to impress, so much that he’s now expected to be Kentucky’s top scoring guard this year.

In a backcourt rotation that will feature Quade Green, Immanuel Quickley, Ashton Hagans, Keldon Johnson and Herro all getting significant minutes, the fact that Herro is already blowing them away in the scoring department is surprising.

Then again, if the Bahamas trip was any indicator, Herro could end up being one of the best scorers John Calipari has had in Lexington.

The other big takeaway from Walker’s report was how much PJ Washington has improved since last season. Washington was very close to leaving for the NBA, but he opted to return for his sophomore year, even with the threat of Reid Travis and EJ Montgomery coming in to take a lot of frontcourt minutes along with a vastly improved Nick Richards.

But Washington bought in and took on the challenge head on. That’s led to him becoming much improved going into Year 2, which we saw glimpses of in the Bahamas. Washington has SEC Player of the Year potential in a loaded league, and it sounds like he’s well on his way to reaching it.

Be sure to read Walker’s full report.

If you’re hoping for an actual glimpse into what the team has been doing, you’re in luck. Kentucky has been putting out more practice highlights this week:

John Calipari also gave a very encouraging update on how much this team is buying in already, especially on the defensive end like we’re seeing above, which is a dangerous thought for the rest of college basketball:

Oh, and must love dogs:

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