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By LARRY VAUGHT
John Calipari has not been talking to local media members, but once again he’s shared some interesting insights with ESPN.com’s Andy Katz about who the team leaders might be this season.
He told Katz that twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison along with Julius Randle, all freshmen, are “going to be the leaders” this season.
He also told Katz that Randle has already proven in summer workouts just how much of an impact he’ll have for the Wildcats.
Freshman center Dakari Johnson has been the biggest surprise for Calipari, a feeling I also had when I watched how well he could run the court during the McDonald’s All-American Game.
“Willie (Cauley-Stein) is going to have work for it,” Calipari told Katz. Cauley-Stein is expected to start at center but could be pushed more than anticipated by Johnson.
But perhaps the most interesting thing Calipari told Katz concerns sophomore forward Alex Poythress, who had a solid freshman season even if he didn’t meet expectations many had for him.
“I just need him to play,” Calipari told Katz. “Just play. He’s not going to be a guy who stands up and tells people where to go. He’s not that vocal. He just needs to play. Our leadership will come from one of those freshmen.”
Calipari also told Katz he likes the way the team chemistry have been developing.