"I?know coach Cal has had tremendous point guards. Obviously when we, and that includes his dad as well, sat down and talked about this move we realized coach Cal has the experience to teach Ryan to get to the next level where he wants to go," she said. "But I don't think of that as pressure. The point of making this decision was that he would be around great players to play around all year. All that can do is make you better.
"There's not a feeling he has to fit into someone else's shoes. I am Ryan's mom, so I am a little biased, but I think he is good. I think he will hopefully leave an impression as other point guards who have played for coach Cal have left an impression so people will want to follow in his footsteps. I hope he takes his work ethic and puts it to use in terms of being consistent. But there's no pressure because we never compare our son to anyone else."
She's also appreciative of how Calipari handled everything about her son's recruitment from the time he originally committed to North Carolina State until his arrival at UK.
"Coach Cal did not come after Ryan once he went to North Carolina State. I would not allow Ryan to de-commit. I?take that responsibility," she said. "I wanted him to be a man of character and commit to his word and go forward.
"I hate that it worked out the way it did, but obviously we are just so thankful to coach Cal that he sees what Ryan's potential can be and what he can bring to his team and that he allowed him to come to Kentucky over other point guards he could have gotten out of high school that would not have had to sit out a year. We won't forget that."