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By LARRY VAUGHT
It’s a fact of life that no media member has better access to Kentucky coach John Calipari than ESPN’s Andy Katz — and that certainly pays dividends for UK since ESPN televised a UK practice last season as well as the press conference where all five starters declared for the NBA draft.
That’s why everyone should pay attention to what the UK coach told Katz Wednesday night. Calipari worked out his newcomers under the NCAA rule that allows brief summer workout periods for players now in school — Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley-Stein are the newcomers.
Katz wrote on ESPN.com that Calipari was “giddy” about his team and expecting even more from Cauley-Stein than he first imagined.
“He’s so skilled, real skilled. I was stunned how good he was,” Calipari told Katz.
Stunned? That’s a strong endorsement, even from Calipari. Katz wrote that Calipari is already considering playing Cauley-Stein as well as 6-10 recruit Nerlens Noel together on a frontline with the 6-7 Poythress.
“Noel is so good he could guard a three man, too,’’ Calipari told Katz.
Obviously, UK has had only four brief workouts this summer. Still, if Cauley-Stein has a chance to be better than a mere role player, UK’s outlook for next season improves dramatically.