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By LARRY VAUGHT
Does Kentucky point guard Ryan Harrow lack the killer instinct of past John Calipari point guards?
“No, if Ryan … he can play that way, but he chooses a lot of times not to play that way. When he plays that way, he’s as good as any point guard in the country,” Calipari said. “You look around and tell me who’s better. There are a couple guys. But it’s a physicalness, it’s an energy level, it’s an aggressiveness, a winning attitude, talking to his team, touching his team. He can do that, but it’s difficult. It’s easier to not play that hard, to back up, to back off people, to not pressure. It’s easier.
“But he’s learning, and I think he wants to do well. Like I said, I’m not giving up on anybody on this team. I’m not changing; I’m going to continue down the path, we’re going to continue with life skills, we’re going to continue talking. The same way I’m talking to you I talk to them, and now it’s like everybody knows where I’m trying to go and what I’m trying to do with this team. We do it; we’re going to have some real fun. We don’t do it; every game is going to be a grind. I just hope we still win them anyway. But they’ll be grinds.”
Calipari said even though Harrow is older than UK’s freshmen, everything is still basically new to him as well.
“Playing here, it’s not easy. You’re under scrutiny, you’re supposed to win every game you play, you’re supposed to be way better than the other team. You’re supposed to be way better than the other player. So it’s not easy here. I think he’s doing fine, but we all want him to be better, and we know it’s better. Now he’s just going to have to go out and do it,” Calipari said.