Thursday, June 21, 2012
3-point shot: Calipari newcomers impress
By Andy Katz
1. Kentucky coach John Calipari took a brief break from coaching the Dominican National team to come home to Lexington and work out with his newcomers under the new NCAA rule allowing summer workouts if players are in school. It might as well be spring training for Calipari. He’s giddy about what is ahead despite returning only one player who contributed significant minutes in Kyle Wiltjer. The latest player to raise Calipari’s expectations is the least heralded of the four freshmen -- 6-10 center Willie Cauley. “He’s so skilled, real skilled,’’ Calipari said Wednesday night. “I was stunned how good he was.’’ Calipari is already considering playing Cauley, as well has heralded 6-10 recruit Nerlens Noel together on a frontline with 6-7 Alex Poythress rotating in, as well. “Noel is so good he could guard a three man, too,’’ Calipari said. Kentucky has had four workouts so far with the team.
2. Ron Hunter was upset over Georgia State’s omission from the CAA tournament due to an existing bylaw. But he’ll get over it quickly. This summer, Hunter is once again heading to Africa to put shoes on children who are lacking basic footwear in South Africa as part of his annual humanitarian work for Samaritan’s Feet. The former IUPUI coach has taken his passion for helping this organization to Georgia State and will lead his team on an enriching excursion later this summer.
3. UConn coach Jim Calhoun said that Andre Drummond should be the second player selected in the NBA draft since he has the potential to be the second-most productive player outside of Anthony Davis. “You’re going to get a great athlete for his size at 6-9, 279 pounds and a great kid,’’ Calhoun said. “The one thing you don’t have to do any work on is his character. Three or four years down the road you’ll see Andre’s incredible potential.’’ Drummond likely starts at No. 5 Sacramento with No. 6 Portland also a likely scenario. He could go higher. But he is almost certainly not going to fall below No. 7 Golden State.