VAUGHT: Sims a fantastic asset to media

Lexington Herald-Leader columnist John Clay and myself have decided that Tubby Smith filled one big recruiting need with Rekalin Sims — a go-to interview guy. Sims might be a junior college transfer, but he's been a God-send for media members because he's always available for interviews and very frank with his answers.

Lexington Herald-Leader columnist John Clay and myself have decided that Tubby Smith filled one big recruiting need with Rekalin Sims — a go-to interview guy. Sims might be a junior college transfer, but he's been a God-send for media members because he's always available for interviews and very frank with his answers.

That's why it was so interesting to hear him speculating Monday on why the Wildcats were having trouble with their low-post scoring.

Sims has been forced to play center rather than his preferred spot at power forward because of the ineffectiveness of UK's 7-foot centers. However, he says he should have more than the three low-post scores he has had in seven games.

"I can't tell you why I haven't been establishing myself in the post more. I posted up a lot more last year," Sims said.

But posting up at Salt Lake Community College and posting up against Iowa, West Virginia and North Carolina are not the same thing. Still, Sims went on to explain why he had not been able to post up more.

"If there's not a straight look at the basket right away, you pass it out right away," Sims said. You don't get a chance to dribble or make a move. You have to be open right away to take a shot. He (Tubby Smith) doesn't want you to post up more than a couple of seconds. Then he wants you to move away (from the basket) and set a screen.

"I would like more time to make a move, but that's not my call. I've got to take my orders from the man (Smith) upstairs."

Sims wasn't complaining or second guessing Smith. He was just answering a question. Sims also has not lost any confidence in his ability to score.

"I can post up more. That's not a problem. Or I can go outside and score. It's just a matter of what is open. I just play ball. Coach wants the ball down low more, so that is what we try to do," Sims said. "I bring to the table what I can. I'm taking less shots this year than I did last year. But I want to be unselfish and get the ball to my teammates and seniors who were here before me. When I get my shot, I'll take it. But my main role is not to be shooting a lot."

His main role is not to be such a good interview, either. Yet he's money in the bank when it comes to media time as shown by his willingness to explain why learning to score in the low post at Kentucky may not be nearly as easy as most of us think it should be.


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