Sophomore Doron Lamb has not taken double-figure shots but once in the last 13 games and has not attempted more than five 3-pointers in the last 13 games. He's averaging 13.5 points per game and hitting 47.8 percent (44-for-92) from 3-point range.
Some NBA draft analysts now have him projected as a first-round pick in the June NBA draft, a position Calipari feels is justified.
"Doron Lamb should be, in my opinion, a lottery pick. Well, play like one, play like one. Don't look at me or anybody else, play like one," Calipari said. "That's what I think he is and so last game he played like one."
At South Carolina, Lamb was 6-for-7 from the field and had 18 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and no turnovers in 28 minutes.
"He can play point, he can score, he got to the rim, he got fouled. It's what he is," Calipari said. "You can't jog up and down the court and act like this stuff doesn't matter and be a lottery pick. You have to motor. You have to battle and he did that. It shows."