By LARRY VAUGHT
During Kentucky’s combine for NBA personnel, ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla wondered if perimeter shooting might be a problem for Kentucky this season.
Kentucky coach John Calipari would not go player-by-player to rate his team’s shooting during Thursday’s Media Day. He even said there was a chance shooting could be a problem, or it might not be.
“May end up being the best shooting team I’ve had. It’s too early. The combine was a huge success for these players because every player helps themselves. Every single guy that was there helped themselves. They now can put all that stuff behind them and understand you’ve been evaluated,” Calipari said.
“Now you’re going to get better. And then are you going to be a great teammate that they’d want on their team? Are you going to be a winning player? If you’re a winning player and you’re a great teammate, it’s a wrap. You’re a lock. But you’ve got to do all that. And we’re just — you know, there have been teams that they told this team wouldn’t shoot the ball well, and we did.
“We shot the ball fine. If you remember at the beginning of last year, Tyler Ulis didn’t shoot the ball well. We had games where we were like, ‘Holy cow, I hope he can make some shots.’ And by the end, he and Jamal (Murray) ended up giving us two guys that could shoot 40 percent from the 3.
Derek Willis is a stretch. Wenyen (Gabriel) is a stretch or a three. They may not be consistent right now, but it’s only physically being consistent.”