Clarion coach sees 3 UK guards as 1st-round draft picks

Malik Monk (Vicky Graff Photo)

Malik Monk (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Clarion coach Marcess Williams, like most Kentucky fans, was expecting to see John Calipari start guards Isaiah Briscoe, Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox in Sunday’s exhibition game. Instead, Calipari started Dominique Hawkins rather than Monnk.

“They went a little bigger than we thought, but they’re super talented. It allows them to play a little more full-court. I’ve been watching Cal coach over the years, especially with the connection with Clarion and everything,” Williams said.

“I’d seen in the preseason that they were going back to the dribble drive, so I knew right away he felt comfortable with his guards that he went back to his dribble drive offense that they ran several years ago.

“They’re explosive. I mean, they really get out and challenge you a little bit more than they have been since (John) Wall, (Eric) Bledsoe and those guys. They’re tough. Those three guys on the floor, I think they’re all three first-round draft picks.”

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