"There's no question he will have to sit something. It's just a question of how much," Hobbs said today during the summer SEC teleconference.
Hobbs sat in for Tubby Smith, who was in Scotland and could not be reached.
Hobbs confirmed that Morris has done all he can to petition for reinstatement
and that "what may happen is only speculation on our part" until the NCAA
reaches a decision. "We will know (about his status) at whatever time the NCAA
lets us know," Hobbs said.
Hobbs said Smith had not told the other UK coaches if he asked Morris about
how long he planned to stay at Kentucky if he was reinstated after putting his
name into last month's NBA draft and then going undrafted.
"I doubt very seriously if they even discussed it," Hobbs said.
Hobbs said Kentucky has to be in position to "move on" without Morris until it
knows what his status will be. He said junior Lukasz Obrzut has worked hard
this summer and should be a bigger factor for UK next season. He noted that
Sheray Thomas is recovering well from last year's surgery that rendered him
ineffective. Hobbs said he was down to taking only one medication and had
regained weight and strength. He said Shagari Alleyne should also be better.
"These guys are going to get an opportunity. The question is how will they
take advantage of it when it comes," Hobbs said.
If Morris does return, Hobbs says not only does he have to improve his
footwork and scoring skills, but that he must become a more intense player on
a consistent basis. "He has to learn to play with that intensity all the
time," Hobbs said.
Hobbs said UK's returning players had plenty of questions about Morris' status
the last few weeks. "Sometimes we weren't able to tell them a lot, either,"
Hobbs says it is impossible to predict what impact Morris' possible return
could have on other players.
"The bottom line is he is a good kid. Some say he made a mistake (by trying
the draft). But he is not a guy we had any kind of problem with off the court
or any issues academically last year. We are not bringing back a troubled
guy," Hobbs said. "A lot depends on how he is when he comes back as to how
other players will view his situation. It just remains to be seen how other
players will view that."
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