Good morning BBN!
The Kentucky Wildcats are getting ready for their first round matchup of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night, as they head to Greensboro for a date with the Providence Friars.
Before then, the Cats will have three days of practice in Lexington. John Calipari spoke to about practices Sunday night after the bracket was announced, and also Monday night on his weekly radio show.
One statement stood out though in regard to one talented freshman that the BBN has not seen much of this season. That is Ugonna Onyenso.
Coach Cal brought up the skilled big man, and had this to say on what he thinks the future holds for Onyenso.
“He’s behind some good players but my guess is he’ll be one of the best big guys in the country next year.”
John Calipari on Ugonna Onyenso: "He's behind some good players but my guess is he'll be one of the best big guys in the country next year."— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) March 13, 2023
Currently sitting behind Oscar Tshiebwe, Lance Ware, and Daimion Collins on the depth chart, Onyenso will look to make some major noise next season to push his way up the depth chart.
A skilled shot-blocker, who has also shown some offensive skills in his playing time this season, is the prototypical big that Calipari has had success with in the past. Add that in with Aaron Bradshaw joining the fold next season, and the Cats should have a solid rotation at the center position once again.
If we can see a major jump from Onyenso next season, alongside the talented guards coming in to Lexington from this freshman class, it should all add up to a fun year for Kentucky.
Tweet(s) of the Day
Sharp Silver— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) March 14, 2023
Jordan Anthony finished in 6.55 seconds in the final of the 60m to take second place at NCAA Championships. pic.twitter.com/eNdcIlg02m
Very bright future ahead for the young Wildcat.
Old tweets. https://t.co/8IpJPTYMs6— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) March 13, 2023
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