Kentucky coach John Calipari spoke of the play of Brandon Knight against Notre Dame.
Calipari said of Knight, "I loved his pace of the game; he understood when to pull it out. Any time he's playing too fast I'm stopping him in practice and I'm getting on him. You have to understand, he's probably had no one coach him this way. I'm on him, because he's vital for us. He has to understand that there are things that are acceptable and there are things that are not acceptable. He wants to do it. When he got off the bus after the game he gave me five. Like, I'm just happy, I'm trying to get it and I want to get it, without saying anything. But it's day-to-day. I'm telling you, there will be slippage and he'll revert back to ‘I'm trying to score.' Now you notice, he still scored and he missed two layups there or he'd have four more (points). Two layups. And he didn't really force any. The other shots that he missed, a couple 3s, were wide open which you would expect him to make. So without trying to score he could have had 30."
The Kentucky coach spoke of the difference between Knight's high school play and what he is looking for the guard to do for the Wildcats.
"He shot every ball in high school. And he had to or their team wasn't going to win. His bad shot, his God awful shot, the one that ‘Why would he shoot that?' was better than him passing it to a guy open. That's just the way it was, so he did what he had to. Tyreke (Evans) was exactly the same. Tyreke was shooting 30 balls a game – fadeaways, turnarounds, stepbacks, he'd even shoot it going baseline shooting it over the corner of the backboard like ‘I'm in trouble but I can still get this at that rim.' And so they have to adjust and they have to play. I need him to shoot more pull-up jumpers than other point guards I've had where I'd want John (Wall) and Tyreke to just keep going. Tyreke is 6-6. I want him to go and pull-up at that foul line area. Just pull-up and shoot it, you're a terrific shooter. Instead of going in like again you're playing against a team that when you drive in and throw your body in and just throw the ball and there's going to be a foul called. You may make it, you may not, it doesn't matter because I'm getting 10-straight shots down the court. That's what we're changing, and he's doing it. One of the things I talked to the team about is he's got to get better in front of the team, but I said who's the most conscientious guy we've got, who's the hardest worker we've got? They all pointed to him (Knight). And I said, so it tells you within a month you're going to see a different player. But right now we've got to respect each other, we've got to trust each other and know people are trying to get better," said Calipari.
Knight talked about the adjustments he is making to his game.
"It's a learning process. It's trying to get our team a better shot versus trying to make a layup. It's about trying to make the right play; it's a learning process that I think freshmen go through. My goal is to strive for perfection and I am not there yet," said Knight.
Knight also spoke of the difference in playing as a collegian versus playing in high school.
The freshman guard said, "It's a matter of control. When I played in high school there were no repercussions for a bad shot. It was basically go out and play and do whatever you could do to try to get us a win. Now I am being coached and taught how to play the game the right way. The major difference is the mindset that Coach Cal has given me and knowing how to run a team successfully."
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