"I love him. I have always loved him. I have got a tremendous amount of respect for him because of just what he has been through. He started with Billy Gillispie as a young player and then John (Calipari) came in and he played with Wall, Bledsoe, Cousins and then they lost a lot of guys to the NBA. Last year they had a new crop (of players). He's always been the steady Eddie. An incredible core guy, blue-collar guy. In a lot of ways, he's overshadowed by Gilchrist, Davis or Teague.
"He is a guy that presents a lot of problems. Highly intelligent. He can play a lot of positions. He's a mismatch at the 4. A mismatch at the 3. He can play the 2. He's battle tested. He's been through a lot. I am sure he provides incredible leadership.
"It seems like he embraces new faces that come in there. I always see him doing what he has to do to help the team win. You cannot have enough guys like that.
"He's also a very talented guy and adds a different element to their team. His versatility and he's the older guy who has been on good teams. I assume he understands team chemistry and how to work. He's not an I-guy. He never seems to have a bad attitude. I love their (Kentucky's) disposition and respect that and I think Darius has that kind of disposition as well."