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John Calipari keeps gushing over this team’s work ethic and toughness

The Cats just finished their first pre-Bahamas practice, and Cal is still a very happy man.

2016 Naismith Awards Brunch Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images

The 2018-19 Kentucky Wildcats have a chance to be a special team.

Much of that is due to the wealth of talent this team has from all 10 of their scholarship players, eight of which were a five-star recruit in at least one recruiting service.

And for once, it also includes a great amount of experience, highlighted by fifth-year senior Reid Travis to go with sophomores Nick Richards, Quade Green and PJ Washington

But what continues to impress John Calipari with this team is their drive to become the best version of themselves. Throughout the offseason, we’ve heard about how hard guys are going at it in the gym and weight room, and it sounds like they won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

On Saturday, the Cats completed Day 1 of their 10-day practice stint before heading to the Bahamas. Once again, Calipari could not help but talk about the work ethic and toughness of this team:

Next season cannot get here fast enough. Luckily, we’ll get to see them in action four times when they take on a group of professional teams in the Bahamas, which will be a great test for this team. They’ll probably take a loss or two, but just getting them on the court together and in a real game environment will prove to be very beneficial, especially when Game 1 of the regular season is against preseason favorite Duke.

Also, Keldon Johnson already looks like a college senior:

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