• Josh DuVall

Big Blue Bricks


Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari Getty Images
 

If there is anything we've learned from the Kentucky Wildcats this season thus far, it's that they are very young, and it shows. There's no questioning the incredible recruiting done year in and year out by the Kentucky coaching staff. However, last night's loss to Kansas has fans concerned with the youth of this season's Wildcats.


John Calipari has never coached a team quite like this. With the majority of the team being 6'7 and taller, having little to no pure shooters, and lack of experience, it's safe to say that Kentucky will have something to prove this season. Without a doubt, Isaiah Jackson was the best player in blue and white. Holding down the paint earning himself 12 rebounds alongside 8 blocked shots, Jackson showed what he's capable of. Rhode Island transfer Jacob Toppin also provided a spark off the bench scoring 6 straight points in the second half for the cats. On the defensive end, Kentucky held Kansas to a 30% FG percentage. However, the great defense just wasn't enough to earn a win.


After missing all 10 of their 3-point attempts to Richmond on Sunday, Kentucky's struggles from behind the arc remained prominent as they shot just 14.3% from three. Davion Mintz was the best shooter for the Cats, knocking down a pair of 3's in the second half.


Struggles continued for Kentucky's top 2 recruits, Brandon Boston Jr. and Terrence Clarke. The lack of experience showed as they routinely put themselves in 1v1 situations, causing forced shots and multiple turnovers.


Kentucky's youngest player and point guard, Devin Askew, finished the game with only 1 assist and 4 turnovers. This performance left fans wondering if there's going to be a shift at the point guard position, giving Davion Mintz more minutes.


After seeing the first three games of this season, I can tell it's not going to be easy for Kentucky. There's still a lot of work to be done such as smooth ball movement, free throws, and especially shooting. The ceiling for this team is very high and with more coaching and practice I believe the cats will be scary come March. In the meantime, I hope they each put up thousands of shots this week. They could definitely use it.


Kentucky will play Georgia Tech Sunday, Dec. 6th, at 5:00 PM