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By LARRY VAUGHT
John Calipari put freshmen Andrew and Aaron Harrison, James Young and Julius Randle on the Blue team to start Tuesday’s scrimmage along with sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein. Returning starter Alex Poythress was on the White team along with freshman Marcus Lee and Derek Willis and seniors Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson.
Calipari wouldn’t confirm that his four McDonald’s All-Americans on the Blue team would be in his starting lineup.
“Here’s what I would say to you: When you looked at what we did, you kind of got a picture of while you’ve got this guy, this guy, that guy, but what about Derek Willis? Where does he fit in here?” Calipar said. “I mean, and then you look at, well, what about Marcus Lee; he’s pretty good too, now.
“And then you look at Dominique (Hawkins) and say, wow, I’m not going to play 11 guys. o there’s a little bit of a dogfight. We’ve got to figure out how we’re going to do this. We’ve got to have a little plan about it, and then everybody has got to buy into what we’re doing and their roles on the team.”
That includes Poythress, who turned down a chance to put his name into the NBA draft to stay at UK.
“I’m trying to get Alex, and I think Alex is playing better. Be a finisher; you’re not a play starter. That’s not what you are,” Calipari said. “Don’t put him in a position to start plays; put him in a position where he can finish and get to the basket or he can make a jump shot. Let him be a play finisher. And he’s buying into that, and I think he played more comfortable today than he has in a while.”