The Kentucky Wildcats tipped off their Bahamas preseason action with a matchup against the Dominican Republic National Team.
It was a quick start for the 2022-23 Cats as they were able to jump out to an early 15-8 lead.
The big story of the first half was the play of Daimion Collins who looked like a much more confident and comfortable player on both ends of the floor.
Collins was blocking shots, grabbing rebounds, hitting jumpers, and putting people on posters in his first half of action.
Illinois State transfer, Antonio Reeves, came to Kentucky known for his scoring ability, especially from three, and his shooting was on full display in the first half as he led the Cats with 9 points and went 3/4 from three.
For August, it was a very impressive first half for the Cats as they took a 43-25 lead into the halftime break.
The second half, was more domination from the Cats as they were able to build a huge lead over the Dominican Republic National Team.
Overall, it was an impressive showing for multiple Cats most notably Daimion Collins, Cason Wallace, Antonio Reeves, Adou Thiero, and Chris Livingston.
The length and athleticism of this team gives them a chance to be one of the best defensive teams in the country.
In their first game of four in the Bahamas, the Cats were able to roll to a dominating 108-56 victory.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the first look at the 2022-23 Cats.
Here come your Kentucky Wildcats! pic.twitter.com/t9WcRku3UH— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) August 10, 2022
Plan is to have Fredrick play the last six minutes of the first half, first six minutes of the second half. Adou Thiero will get 5-6 minutes at the end of both halves, ideally. https://t.co/RcbAZiTX2U— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) August 10, 2022
It’s so ridiculous to return the NPOY for a second season haha— BEEZY (@Burke_Franklin_) August 10, 2022
We seriously take it for granted. #BBN
Kentuckys first (unofficial) offensive possession of the year includes a Tshiebwe offensive rebound.— All Things Kentucky (@BBNWonka) August 10, 2022
Kentucky's two previous Bahamas teams went a combined 68-8 in 2014-15 and 2018-19 with a Final Four and an Elite 8. Wildcats again looking to use this trip as a springboard to another big season.— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) August 10, 2022
So, uh, Daimion Collins parking in the corner, then dribbling into a pretty pull-up J and draining it ... is intriguing.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) August 10, 2022
UNREAL sequence there for the Cats. Ridiculous block at the rim for Jacob Toppin leads to an alley-oop for Cason Wallace on the other end.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) August 10, 2022
And now Wallace with the nice lob to Lance Ware. Wallace just knows the game— Vaughts' Views (@vaughtsviews) August 10, 2022
WELCOME TO THE SHOW COLLINS— Dylan Ballard (@DylanBallard_UK) August 10, 2022
Collins looks different this year. The confidence is what stands out. Didn't see close to this attack mode last year.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) August 10, 2022
More like Antonio Threeves, amirite?— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) August 10, 2022
Well, Adou Thiero snags a pass out of the air and quickly takes it to the other end for a slam dunk just 10 seconds into his first action as a Wildcat.— Ben Roberts (@BenRobertsHL) August 10, 2022
I'm starting the Adou Thiero fan club— The Kentucky Logo (@TheKentuckyLogo) August 10, 2022
So much length and athleticism. A lot of versatile pieces. Should be an elite defensive team on the ball and at the rim.— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) August 10, 2022
HALFTIME: Kentucky 43, Dominican Republic 25— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) August 10, 2022
Some good all-around stuff from Cats: Reeves 9 points (3-4 from deep); Livingston 5 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block. pic.twitter.com/f6Vwb2vykT
Oh my goodness, Daimion Collins did it again. The same damn thing. Other baseline, other side. Crazy dunk.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) August 11, 2022
DAIMION DID IT AGAIN!!!! pic.twitter.com/c3GPJsq6S5— Kentucky Men’s Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) August 11, 2022
The easy early take for this 2022-23 Kentucky basketball squad is that this is a vintage Calipari team. Big guards, size on the wing, explosive paint athleticism, limited spacing lineups, sky-high defensive potential.— Adam Luckett (@AdamLuckettKSR) August 11, 2022
Good to see Sahvir Wheeler back in the game after he limped off in the first half.— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) August 11, 2022
It’s a summer scrimmage, but Cason Wallace looks like a senior playing on the ball. Under control. Doesn’t get sped up. @KentuckyRivals— David Sisk (@CoachDavidSisk) August 11, 2022
Love just how hard @Oscartshiebwe34 plays even in a game like this and just how unselfish he always is— Vaughts' Views (@vaughtsviews) August 11, 2022
If Chris Livingston is going to shoot like this he’s going to be a problem for opponents.— Big Blue Express (@bigbluexpress) August 11, 2022
Cason & Chris are technically freshmen but they're definitely not playing like freshmen— Cody Couch (@Couch_29) August 11, 2022
very impressed with their athleticism and mindset.. can see they're not scared to do the dirty work. love it
Fredrick has a team high four assists in only seven minutes played. When he picked UK, Tom Kakert of the Hawkeye Report told me he makes the right play. Love guys like that.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) August 11, 2022
Jacob Toppin just hit a 360 dunk in transition.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) August 11, 2022
Ain’t. No. Stoppin. A. Hoppin. Jacob. Toppin.— T.J. Walker (@TJWalkerRadio) August 11, 2022
Kentucky 8 of 20 3PFG and 10 of 11 FT. That'll do.— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) August 11, 2022
God help me I am already deeply committed. I love this team so much.— kassidy (@kass_stumbo) August 11, 2022
If he continues to play like this, he deserves actual minutes this season.— Locked on Kentucky (@LockedOnUK) August 11, 2022
Plays hard and knocks his shots down. https://t.co/Gt5R5J9XRu
Lotta college coaches kicking themselves for letting Adou Thiero slip to a program like Kentucky, as a late spring addition no less.— Jason Marcum (@marcum89) August 11, 2022
I'd call this a successful start to the Bahamas trip. Kentucky has 95 points, leads by 43, with four minutes left. Walk-ons checking in. Here comes Kareem Watkins, notably DJ Wagner's brother.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) August 11, 2022
Most impressive improvement to me is Damion Collins. Looks so much more comfortable and fluid. Tons of potential— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) August 11, 2022
Damion Collins on his highlight dunks: “My Pops always told me to play above the rim.”— Tres Terrell (@TerrellTres) August 11, 2022
Official Final Full Kentucky Team Stats pic.twitter.com/x0uvXFngKQ— Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) August 11, 2022
Calipari had his buddy Jerry sitting with him for the game tonight. Someone finally realized a change was needed 1st half to 2nd half.— tgh3316 (@tgh3316) August 11, 2022
How it started How it’s going#BBN #AdidasVsNike@DrewFranklinKSR @KySportsRadio @KyleTucker_ATH @JDrumUK @RoushKSR @RowlandRIVALS pic.twitter.com/O6vRgycQMp