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“Unbelievable shootaround” led to Monk’s big game against Michigan State

By LARRY VAUGHT

Malik Monk’s 23-point performance against Michigan State Tuesday night came as no surprise to Kentucky coach John Calipari.

“You know why I did? Because he had an unbelievable shootaround today,” Calipari said after the game. “I’ve done this 30 years. We had two other players on the team that had so-so shootarounds and guess what. They had so-so games, and it was a great lesson.

“Because getting him and De’Aaron (Fox) to not be casual. They think they’re getting ready for an AAU game. They’re hungry. They need a hot dog right before the game. ‘Can I get something to eat?’ What are you talking about? So these guys play casual, they practice casual and that’s what we gotta teach them.”

Calipari says his freshmen have to create a new habit of going hard all the time.

“Malik Monk had one of the best shootarounds that any of my players have had in the last few years. And I expected he would go in and play well. And I also expected the other guys, there were two of them, they were so-so. They played so-so,” Calipari said.

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