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By MIKE MARSEE
UK basketball coach John Calipari was in Danville at Boyle County High School Monday for one of his summer satellite camps, and he granted exclusive interview time with vaughtsviews to discuss newcomers to the team, the NBA draft and other topics. Here’s part 6 of the interview:
Question: What attracted you to Julius Mays, a guard who spent two years at North Carolina State and one year at Wright State before transferring to Kentucky for his final season?
Calipari: “He’s a veteran guard who started at N.C. State. You understand that he is a major college player. He went to Wright State and was their leading scorer. He knows how to play, a great flow to the game, he can play the one or two. That’s exactly what we needed.
“He’s a great kid, no sidebar issues. The thing about playing at Kentucky, those things are absolutely highlighted. Stuff that happens in another program is not that big a deal. If it happens at Kentucky, it’s on “First Take,” it’s on the ticker, they’re doing a “30 for 30” movie on it. That’s just how it is. So when you’re talking (about) a kid like him, he’s an A/B student, he graduated, he’s going to graduate school.
“Say we start three freshmen and two sophomores, that’s what we did this year; we have a senior and a freshman off the bench, that’s what we did this year. So you talk about us being young again, yeah, we’re about as young as we were this year.”