Calipari expects a “mauling, shot-blocking team”

John Calipari. (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari. (Vicky Graff Photo)


John Calipari held court at UK’s Media Day today and was at his swaggy best. It’s obvious he’s expecting this team to be really good but he did caution that it might be February again before the Cats reach a peak.

So how will this freshman-heavy team play? Enjoy Calipari’s answer.

“If you’re 10,000 feet looking down, I would say we’re going to be a mauling, helping, rotating, shot-blocking team. Probably picks the ball up the court because we can. On offense, a team that tries to score within three seconds, and if not, is doing something to attack the rim or throw it to the post,” Calipari said.

“If that’s not there, probably some sort of pick-and-roll, or give it to somebody who can jump this high or get a jump shot off if you can’t get something easy. At 10,000 feet, I’m going to say that’s what it would look like.

“Now, I’m going to be disappointed if in February this isn’t the best defensive team, but right now we don’t know terminology. We don’t help each other. We don’t understand what it means to even pick-and-roll defense, post defense. What if they cross screen? We haven’t done it yet. What about a UCLA cut? We haven’t done it yet. How about your out-of-bounds play? We don’t have them in yet. What if you need a 3 late? We don’t have it yet. What’s the jump ball? I hope they all get around that circle.

“We just don’t — when you start like we do, young, you’ve got to let them go and figure out who they all are, and then we go from there.”

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