By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky basketball players spent a lot of time talking about strength coach Rob Harris during the recent Media Day.
“He pushes you a lot. This is the best shape I’ve ever been in. Rob likes to get us motivated. We talk to each other, play music and really get into it,” said Wenyen Gabriel. “I’ve never had anything like that before, so it’s been new to me, but it’s been really beneficial as well. It really has helped my game.”
Sophomore center Isaac Humphries credit Harris for helping him change his body and build muscle mass during the offseason.
#15, Isaac Humphries, Sophomore, Forward
“He got my conditioning up. We’ve talked a lot about my goals and where I want to go. We set goals at the start of the summer on where I wanted to be now and he has helped me get there. He’s had a big influence on me,” Humphries said. “He pushes us really hard. He knows what is best for us, where we want to go, and how we need to get there.”
Humphries said 5:30 a.m. workouts in the summer were hard and he’s glad they are not doing them now even though he knows they helped him and teammates.
“Two or three went by and we just started to love it, so it was final,” Humphries said about the early workouts.
Freshman Sacha Killeya-Jones said he was lucky to have a good high school strength coach to prepare him for what he’s had at UK.
“Rob is crazy, but he’s been great, especially for me, and the whole team conditioning wise. We’ve been getting bigger and getting stronger all because of him,” Killeya-Jones said. “It’s just another level (here), not just with lifting, but with everything including treatments, massages, all the taking care of your body stuff has been really different here.”