Vaught: Q&A with Sam Malone

If John Calipari adds a walk-on player to his team, his first priority is always making sure that player will be a "good teammate" or he will not take them.

If John Calipari adds a walk-on player to his team, his first priority is always making sure that player will be a "good teammate" or he will not take them.

The Kentucky coach certainly should know how point guard Sam Malone of Scituate, Mass., who also played one year at a prep school following his high school career, can fit into his system since Malone attended his camps at Memphis and even stayed at his home.

Here is what Malone had to say about his journey to Kentucky, Calipari and his career:

Question: Who is Sam Malone?

Malone: "I am a kid from Scituate,?Mass., which is about 30 miles south of Boston. I am a tough point guard, good distributor, good teammate, good defender. Someone who plays hard."

Question: Will you be another one-and-done point guard in the John Calipari legacy?

Malone: "This place is too nice. I will have to stick around for four years."

Question: Seriously, how did you get to Kentucky and onto the basketball team?

Malone: "I have know Cal forever. I have been going to his camp since I was 10 years old every year and staying down at his house. He knows I?am a hard worker and I will help the team in whatever way I can, so he offered me a spot last fall.

"I had been injured all the way through the summer and I didn't know where I?was going to school, and Cal had asked my parents what I was doing. They said I didn't know, and he offered me a spot then and I took it. My dad knew him when he was at UMass. They have been great friends. They are both Italians, so they really get along well."

Question: What is staying at Calipari's house like?

Malone: "It is nice. You have to deal with (his son) Bradley all the time, but once you beat him in video games he will shut up."

Question: Did you think about coming here for a long time, or was it an easy choice? Malone: "I just couldn't pass up this opportunity. It is really great down here. I knew right away this is what I wanted to do."

Question: Do you anticipate Calipari the coach being different from the Calipari you have always known?

Malone: "I don't know. I know Cal really well, too. I?am looking forward to Cal the coach. His success here does not surprise me at all. He really knows what he is doing and really looks out for his players."

Question: How big an opportunity do you feel this is for you?

Malone: "This is everything. I am just trying to soak it all in. I would love one day to do something with basketball myself. I am not sure what it is, but I?love the sport. I love all sports in general, but I?particularly love basketball."


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