"It has been hard for me being away from home, but we are like a big family here. We all get along so well," Kidd-Gilchrist said. "Everybody helps me. Terrence Jones, all the guys. They are there to help."
He played in all-star games with freshman teammates Marquis Teague, Kyle Wiltjer and Anthony Davis and also knew them from previous competitions.
"I?already knew everybody, so that has made it fun here. We really got to know each other well at the all-star games (last spring). It's been a lot of fun here," Kidd-Gilchrist said.
He's hoping there's even more fun to come starting with Big Blue Madness on Oct. 14, when he'll make his first official appearance in front of over 23,000 fans in Rupp Arena.
"I can't wait for that night. It was one of my dreams to be part of that,"?he said. "The fans will be crazy. I am really looking forward to it. "I have played in some big games and big tournaments before, but this is going to be different at Kentucky. It's going to be fun, but we are playing for a lot more now. It's Kentucky and coach Cal. It is where basketball really matters. I am playing for a lot of people. I have thought about winning a national title for a long time, and now my chance is here."
Kidd-Gilchrist laughs to thinking back to his early high school days, when he was a far different player. "I was a little bit soft, but going to St. Patrick helped that," he said. "That made me tougher. Soft is not me now. I?have a lot of heart and don't like to lose. I?am kind of like Liggins was last year. I just want to do what it takes to win."