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John Calipari not holding back Rob Dillingham

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Rob Dillingham. John Calipari. Dylan Ballard - A Sea Of Blue

Rob Dillingham was an enigma coming into Lexington for the 2023-24 season. A high school phenom with over 500,000 Instagram followers and probably the second most well-known class of 2023 recruit, only behind Bronny James.

While Rob’s Kentucky career didn’t start off hot in Canada during the Wildcats’ run to the GLOBAL Jam gold medal, Rob took it in stride and evolved his game — and his body. Dillingham added 24 pounds between late July and the start of the season in November.

After the Kentucky Wildcats’ win over No. 9 North Carolina, Rob spoke to the media about John Calipari letting him do his thing.

“Since Canada, our relationship has grown so much,” Dillingham said. “He still shows me that he has confidence in me, still letting me rock. At the same time, he wants me to be more pro-like. Make smarter decisions. I’m really just thankful for having him. He helps me while letting me be me.”

And Coach Cal understands that. A player like Rob, you cannot limit him and his game:

During Monday night’s call-in show, Calipari said that Rob Dillingham’s mom texted him on Monday and reminded him of his pitch to Rob — pushing him and holding him accountable. “I can’t do it for you,” Cal said.

Through 10 games, Dillingham is averaging 14.4 points per game, along with 4.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game on 46.1% shooting. In fact, Dillingham has scored in double-figures in every game except against UNC-Wilmington, in which the entire team melted down.

Rob will look to continue electrifying Lexington and college basketball when the Wildcats take on Louisville at the Yum Center on Thursday night.

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