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Thursday Headlines: More Positive Buzz for Kentucky Basketball Edition

One Kentucky media personality says things are trending positively for UK Basketball

Big Blue Drew

Things have certainly been trending up for Kentucky Basketball after John Calipari’s squad went to Canada and put together multiple strong performances, going 4-0 and winning the gold in GLOBL Jam.

But Kentucky media personality Matt Jones also recently offered up some thoughts about the state of the program and how things have improved over the last several weeks.

Jones, on his radio show Wednesday morning, credited the additions of John Welch and Chuck Martin to the coaching staff as being significant developments for the basketball program in helping shape John Calipari’s philosophy.

Particularly speaking of the addition of Welch, who has an extensive career in the NBA, Jones said Welch “has gotten Cal to look at basketball a different way.”

We’ll see how the team plays when the season actually begins and if we continue to see the type of floor spacing, pace, and shot selection we saw in Toronto, but if we do see that, Welch probably at least deserves some of the credit.

Jones also noted that losing Hunter Dickinson to Kansas and Chris Livingston entering the draft were key moments in how Calipari viewed NIL.

Of course, Calipari recently revealed the La Familia program, and we’ll see what kind of dividends that pays moving forward.

The positivity in the air surrounding the UK Basketball program is great, but ultimately, many fans still want to see this team prove it on the court beginning this fall, and understandably so.

What we saw in Toronto provides some optimism, and if things are going well on the coaching staff, roster, and the behind-the-scenes NIL world, that’s a lot of reason for optimism too.

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