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By LARRY VAUGHT
Freshmen Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein are already on campus and soon Nerlens Noel should be, too.
“He (Noel) is fine academically. He’s finishing couple of classes he had to finish up after he reclassified (from the 2013 graduating class to the 2012 class),” UK associate athletics director for basketball Chris Woolard said.
He says the freshmen are an “even better” group of student-athletes than those last season.
“They come in with good grades. It’s yes sir, no sir to everything. They have done everything we have asked of them since they got here in June,” Woolard said. “Our coaches are out Wednesday through Sunday recruiting, then in the office Monday and Tuesday. They work the team out one hour a day on Monday and Tuesday, something the NCAA never allowed schools to do before.
“They get into the dribble-drive, work on individual moves. All are also doing very well in school. I just think fans are going to love the team this year. Hopefully it can come together like last year’s team. Not every team can do that, but I think we are going to have another fun season.”
He says junior Jon Hood, who missed last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee he suffered in the preseason, is cleared to practice and has been at every summer workout even though he’s wearing a protective knee brace.