First basketball practice report of summer surfaces on Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky has all 15 members of its 2016-17 team on campus early this summer and has begun practice sessions which allow the team two hours of instructional work per week. filed its first report on the practice sessions Wednesday, and it contained some interesting tidbits from staff writer Metz Camfield.

Among them were:

  • Defensive potential in the backcourt appears to be high. UK may be losing gritty Tyler Ulis, the 2016 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, but may be getting a net gain in that aspect with Isaiah Briscoe coming back for his sophomore season, Dominique Hawkins healthy entering his senior season and extremely athletic freshmen DeAaron Fox and Malik Monk joining the  program. "Opposing teams won't have fun with them," Camfield wrote.
  • Briscoe has the look of a leader, both vocally and by example. The Cats will need that with Ulis moving on to the next level. Briscoe often deferred last season, but expect this to be his team if things go as planned.
  • Cal gets an early "Everybody's Super Bowl" reference in after a lackadaisical pass. Welcome to Lexington, freshmen. You'd better learn that one fast.
  • Regarding Monk: "When he puts the ball on the deck and drives to the basket, he appears to be nearly impossible to stop without fouling him. His quickness is ridiculous."
  • Newcomers Bam Adebayo and Sacha Killeya-Jones sat out of drills while nursing minor injuries.
  • Former Cat DeAndre Liggins worked out with the Cats. An NCAA rule now allows former players to periodically practice with the current team during the summer.

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