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.
Tyler Herro is taller than myself, Monk, Sheppard, Meeks, Murray & Wall. He’s a better athlete than Givens, Bogans, Brassow & Mills. His skill level greater than Blackmon & Mercer.— Rex Chapman (@rex_rexchapman) July 17, 2018
Not sure what kind of basketball player he is yet. But skills to play 1-2 & 3. @KentuckyMBB
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:
This message brought to you by Keldon, @raf_tyler and @E_Montomery . #DreamBig pic.twitter.com/x00HqLbbol— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) October 5, 2018
It all starts at the defensive end and that’s how we spent practice No. 1 of the weekend preparing for Pro Day on Sunday. Tune in to the @SECNetwork at 7 p.m. to catch your . #WeAreUK pic.twitter.com/tyoVPVRldz— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) October 5, 2018
Everyone guards. Everyone defends. #DreamBIG pic.twitter.com/xHqADpqg6i— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) October 3, 2018
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:
At the end we did a six-minute conditioning drill, and after it was over they all looked at me and said, “What’s next?” Could this be who we are daily? If it is ...— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) October 2, 2018
Oh, and must love dogs:
Late night in the office with the boys. Nothing better than hearing balls bouncing in the gym!!!— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) October 1, 2018
There’s no magic wand. You take what you want and you earn what you get!!!!! pic.twitter.com/FM5zcQVmpT
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