By LARRY VAUGHT
If there is one thing that seems to be irritating Kentucky coach John Calipari more than anything else about this year’s team it would be the lack of commitment to individual workouts by the players on their own.
Remember last year how Michael Kidd-Gilchrist seemed to always be working out in the gym on his own and took other players with him. Two years ago it was Brandon Knight and then Josh Harrellson who both spent a lot of extra time in the gym.
This year, the Cats have not done that. Calipari even noted after Tuesday’s win over Samford how Kyle Wiltjer and Jarrod Polson were always in the gym last year and have not been this year — Wiltjer even admitted he had been too busy with other things to get in the gym as much this year.
Freshman Willie Cauley-Stein says that attitude among this team is changing.
“There are four of us in the gym and it carried over. Before it was one guy in the gym. It was Archie. Then Julius was in there. Then Alex was in there. Then I was in there,” Cauley-Stein said. “Now it is just collective and everybody is going to start going in there.
“He was preaching about Kyle and Jarrod were in there all the time last year and it showed with Kyle. He is challenging Kyle to get back in the gym so he can get his (shooting) stroke down. But we all need to be in there.”