Last season, the Kentucky Wildcats struggled a lot with two things: Leadership, and shooting.
During the offseason, John Calipari has done an outstanding job of addressing both of those issues.
Thanks to the transfer market, Calipari was able to bring in talented veteran players to go along with the returning players from last season.
However, one freshman appears to be stepping up as summer workouts are taking place.
Last week, in a story from the Herald-Leader, TyTy Washington talked about his role for this team and he believes that he will be a leader among veterans.
“I feel like my role on this team is definitely going to be to lead,” he said. “Every day in practice, the coaches stress to me to make sure I’m talking, make sure I’m being the same person I was in high school. So, they’re just pretty much saying — with me being the point guard — everybody on the team is going to listen to what I have to say. So just speak up.”
As for his performance so far in workouts and practices, Jack Pilgrim of Kentucky Sports Radio reported that he has heard the freshman is making a very positive early impression and is shooting the ball very well.
Hearing TyTy Washington has made a very positive early impression in workouts and practices. Shooting lights out.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) June 23, 2021
I expect this year’s team to be one of the best shooting teams Cal has had at Kentucky which will be a polar opposite of last season. There is a lot to be excited about heading into the new season.