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:
Had our first of 10 days of practice yesterday before the Bahamas. I continue to be impressed with this group’s toughness and work capacity.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) July 28, 2018
Got a lot done in two hours, including defense for the first time this summer. If we are going to be special, defense and rebounding will be the key. Lots of experimenting and lots of fun.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) July 28, 2018
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:
Yes, there will be video too. pic.twitter.com/vG2g3eF4PW— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) July 25, 2018