Could Calipari play zone this season?

Isaiah Briscoe could be UK's best defender. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe could be UK’s best defender. (Vicky Graff Photo)


The lack of a dominant inside player certainly hurt Kentucky most of last season. So how does UK coach John Calipari feel about this year’s frontcourt players compared to last season?

“Isaac (Briscoe) is way better. Bam (Adebayo) hasn’t been on the court enough for me to give you an honest opinion of what I see. Then we have the stretch fours if we want to go that way or big threes,” Calipari said.

Calipari said former UK assistant coach Herb Sendek talked with him recently about zone defenses he uses and Calipari says he could see this team possibly playing some zone.

“There’s some zones that we could play. Not the traditional 2-3, but those three big guards out with two bigs, 6-10 at the top of the key with that way where you have a big guy out there that can really guard and make that tough on people,” Calipari said.

“So, we could have two big guys or three big guys. We could have one big guy in a stretch four. I mean, there’s all kind of ways.”

Still, it’s hard to imagine Calipari playing a zone defense. He never has, and likely never will. He just doesn’t believe in it and with the way he’s talked previously about this team, I have to think he can have a strong defensive team without playing the zone he does not like.

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