By SAMANTHA STALLINGS
Meet the Wildcats.
They’re the modern age college basketball team
From the city of Lexington.
They’re a page right out (and soon to be making) history.
Kidding aside, one of the “big guys” on this year’s rendition of John Calipari’s “arguably best recruiting class” Kentucky Basketball team is Edrice “Bam” Adebayo. Bam got his nickname from the Flintstones Bamm-Bamm Rubble, and he used to watch the show with his mom .
“When I was younger I don’t know the age exactly, but me and my mom were watching the Flintstones,” said Adebayo. “I flipped over a coffee table, Mom called me Bamm-Bamm and it kind of stuck with me.”
Bam, who is a freshman, hails from Little Washington, N.C. He was respectfully ranked in the top 10 by ESPN and Rivals, and was in the top 15 by Scout and 247Sports for the 2016 prospects. Adebayo averaged 18.9 points and 13.0 rebounds his senior season in high school. Bam currently sits as the 13th pick by NBAdraft.net and 10th by draftexpress.com. Although as we all know, if Coach Cal can work his legendary wizardry on Bam I don’t see why his stock won’t move up by the time the draft rolls around in June.
Bam, predicted Preseason All-SEC first teamer, likes how this team is coming together collectively and he believes they will be one of the faster teams in college ball. Adebayo believes that not many of the teams will be prepared for their fast paced team. A team many believe is the overwhelming favorite to win the SEC.
The team recently had the chance of playing in front of 90 NBA scouts at a televised practice on Oct. 9. Bam talked about how it seemed just like a normal practice. “ It was kind of like they weren’t even there,” said Adebayo. “ We were just focusing on us and for us to get better.”
Bam was the one who asked if they could shake hands with the scouts after the practice. Adebayo also spoke about the relationship the team has with Coach Cal. He mentioned how Cal is like a “good friend” of theirs, but that the team also has to remember always that Cal is their coach.
“We can’t be in the middle of practice and just start laughing, we actually have to pay attention,” said Adebayo.
Kentucky is predicted to take the SEC for the 12th time since the 1998-99 season and if they pull it off it will be the fifth SEC title under Coach Calipari and the 48th league championship in the history of the famed program.