Kentucky’s speed obvious in televised practice

De'Aaron Fox at Nike Hoop Summit practice. (USA Basketball Photo)

De’Aaron Fox at Nike Hoop Summit practice. (USA Basketball Photo)


Kentucky had a televised infomercial on ESPNU Sunday night with as part of coach John Calipari’s showcase for NBA scouts to watch his talented team.

Metz Camfield of was on hand as always and posted his 10 biggest takeaways from the two-hour practice session.

Here are three of his observations that I liked best.

— “The speed of this team was on full display. De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk are as fast as any two players in the country, and guys like Wenyen Gabriel, Derek Willis and Bam Adebayo have great speed for their size. With the energy as high as it was, everyone on the team was absolutely flying Sunday. When this group gets out in transition they have the potential to be absolutely devastating. Factor in how many of them can play above the rim and there should be plenty of highlights.”

— “Fox plays the game with great passion and enthusiasm. In the 3-on-2 drill he sunk a 3-pointer from the right elbow and let out a roar. Later, he caught a lob pass from Monk and threw it down, nearly hitting his head on the rim in the process. Again, he finished with a giant roar. Calipari likes his guys to play with that fire and emotion, and as the point guard it can only serve as a catalyst to help spark his teammates and give the team additional energy.”

— “Monk is a scoring machine. His elite speed and athleticism allow him to get to the bucket with regularity. It’s a great weapon for him. Leave him open for an elbow jumper and you may as well turn around and get back on defense. He showed off a beautiful shooting stroke Sunday. During the team’s five-minute shooting drill he caught fire and hit 14 consecutive 3s from the right wing.”

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