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By LARRY VAUGHT
Did John Calipari learn anything from each of the last two seasons that could help him this year? That’s the question I posed to Sporting News college basketball columnist Mike DeCourcy.
“The first thing he learned last year is not to make a mistake at point guard. He has clearly invested a lot in making sure Andrew Harrison is the right guy and has to make sure it works for Andrew,” DeCourcy said. “All his point guards have been different players. John Wall played more above the floor and Derrick Rose used his physical strength. Brandon Knight was a shooter, Tyreke Evans a driver. He made it work for all of them but it can take time to find the right formula. He has to be patient with Andrew but at the same time forceful and make sure he knows what is expected of him. He can’t let it get away like he did last year.
“The success he had with Marquis Teague (on UK’s national championship team), who was probably the least accomplished individually of anybody up to Ryan Harrow last year, says that John needs to have talent there but he also needs a point guard to manage the expectations on him and make sure he understands that winning solves a lot of problems. Remember, Marquis got drafted in the first round, too.”