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By LARRY VAUGHT
What kind of player rotation would John Calipari like to use this year?
“I don’t know. I’ll play as many guy as can play. You know the guys are telling me Jarrod (Polson) is playing well. OK. Jon Hood’s playing better. OK. What does that mean? I don’t know yet until we start playing, until I put them in the game and they perform. If they deserve to get playing time, we will,” said Calipari. “If we press I’ll be playing more people anyway. But I’m not going to play 11, 12 guys. I won’t do that. You get to nine, maybe a 10th guy plays, but we could settle on seven.”
Calipari said legendary UCLA coach John Wooden once told him he was playing “too many guys” because of the way he recruited and that he never used more than six or seven.
“I don’t feel that way. And at the time, he was right because of team I had,” Calipari said. “The year before I played nine guys, we got to the Elite Eight,” Calipari said.
However, Calipari plans to use Kentucky’s depth to his advantage.
“Now if you want it to be about you and your system and all that, and you keep flipping guys in and out, and in and out, and in and out … You think, you know. But the reality of it is if you really want to be good you get a team of guys together and you just as the year goes on they get better as a team because they get to learn about each other,” the UK coach said.