Kentucky Basketball Highlights and Practice Information
With summer basketball camps rolling around, we have our first Kentucky Wildcats practice report… sort of.
Athletic’s Kyle Tucker was able to get some insight into an open training session in the UK in front of the campers, and although it’s obviously very early, it looked very positive.
You can see the information below.
John Calipari let young campers and their parents watch Kentucky’s first practice for the Bahamas today. I got a little info from one of the lucky watchers: pic.twitter.com/b91NDfURNc
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) June 15, 2022
And wouldn’t you know, the UK has just released our first Wildcats 2022-23 extended training highlights.
My biggest takeaway is Lance Ware and Daimion Collins who both knocked down jumpers. We rarely saw either guy shoot jumpers in the regular season, although Collins showed some potential as a 3-point shooter in preseason (he went from 0/3 at most deep in 27 regular season games). He clearly has a world of potential, but he needs to extend his attack if he wants to play alongside Oscar Tshiebwe, who obviously gets most of the minutes on 5.
Ware made big strides in his sophomore year as a post defender, but his offense was still limited outside of lobs and shots straight to the rim. Being able to knock down mid-range jumpers would go a long way to spacing the floor out and earning him more minutes, even when he’s a second big man next to Collins or Tshiebwe. It seems like Ware’s big performance in Brazil was no fluke.
I am very happy to see CJ Fredrick training at full speed, even if he is limited in the exercises. Admittedly, I’m skeptical about how much, if at all, Fredrick should play in the Bahamas given his injury history (read more here thanks to Kyle Tucker), but seeing him on the pitch is a wonderful sight. I still think, at most, that he should get limited minutes in the Bahamas, which would allow Chris Livingston to get extended minutes at 2.
Speaking of which, hearing and seeing Livingston shoot well is also a great development. He may look like an oversized/undersized wing 4, but he absolutely believes he’s a guard 2. Being a constant threat from deep is a must if he wants to play there a lot in college and eventually in the NBA . And given Fredrick’s injury history, Livingston playing the 2 effectively would add some much-needed insurance there.
So, what are your first takeaways from the practice report and/or highlights? Let us know in the “Comments” section!
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