Kentucky coach John Calipari has a very inexperienced team. In order for Kentucky to reach its potential juniors Darius Miller and DeAndre Liggins need to step their games up.
Calipari spoke of the importance of Miller becoming a more consistent factor during critical portions of games.
Calipari said, "It's the same thing I've said all along: there's something that's holding him back from ‘Wow.' There's something there. I wish I had the answer; I would have already done it. But there's something that holds him back when it's a four-point game and he can bust open the game. There's something that makes him evaporate when we have guys out and you must step up to go do something. You take over. There's something that's holding him back. My point to him is, the first thing is to recognize it, that there is something. And the second point is, let's figure it out. I'll help you, let's do it together. Let's talk about it, let's spend meeting time. I've had two or three meetings with him. Let's just figure it out. Because we should all be seeing him saying, ‘Wow.' But we're not. There are times in this practice I'll watch and I stop the practice and I say, ‘What do you want to say to him guys?' ‘Do that in the game!' But it's not just him now. We've got a lot of guys that things are holding them back."
Miller isn't the only junior Calipari wants to become more of a factor on the floor, as he also spoke of the need for Liggins to do more.
"It's kind of like DeAndre (Liggins). DeAndre's not playing exactly how I think he's capable of playing. He's a guy that should be able to guard three positions, and guard them well, come up with every loose rebound; he's coming up with none right now. He's not rebounding at all. Every loose rebound and every ball you dive on the floor is you. And then, now you make shots. I talked to him about it this morning. He's the only player I've coached in college who has taken his shot from one place to another. It happens in the NBA all the time. Guy goes to the league, can't shoot, but within two or three years all of a sudden the guy's making knock down shots. It happens all the time. In the NBA when you're looking at kids, you're trying to draft players and the shooting doesn't play that big of a factor because you know eventually the guy will shoot the ball better. But in college I've not seen guys do what he's done. Right now, if there's a key shot in the game, I'm going to be honest with you, the guy that you guys all told me get rid of, can't shoot, didn't want to go in games, is the guy I'd say give him the ball and let him take that shot. Let's drive something so he's wide open. He's still driving to the goal every time and running four people over and just throwing balls. But again, we just have to tell him, that's what we're trying to point out. You can't do that – pull up, go in the lane. There are three guys, how about this one, if there are three on you two guys are open. You're driving, there's three guys on you, two guys are open, just find them. But that's all stuff we're all learning," said Calipari.
Calipari looks for more from juniors
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