Hanson, Sitting out motivates Morris

UK assistant coach Reggie Hanson cautions fans not to expect too much out of the gate from sophomore Randolph Morris. "You have to get back in the flow of the game and that takes time. He's been able to practice and knows the system and the players, but once you start playing games, it takes time to get used to the speed of the game."

Reggie Hanson has no doubts that Randolph Morris is a better player than he was a year ago. He just warns that anyone expecting Morris to become a dominant player as soon as he steps on the court next week is going to be disappointed.

"He can work out, practice, go through individual workouts. But he's already missed 13 games," said the Kentucky assistant coach. "He's got to get his game timing and conditioning down. If you expect him to go on the court the first time and make a big, big difference right away, it's just not going to happen.

"You have to get back in the flow of the game and that takes time. He's been able to practice and knows the system and the players, but once you start playing games, it takes time to get used to the speed of the game."

Morris usually goes through an individual workout on game days when he has not been allowed to play. But his game conditioning will take time because an individual workout cannot match the conditioning needed to play 25 minutes against Florida, Tennessee or other SEC teams.

Hanson says Morris also has to become accustomed to adjusting to scouting reports again when he plays. "He's used to playing against the same guys every day. I am sure once he starts playing, people are going to play us different," Hanson said. "He knows our defensive system. He knows what guys will do. But he's missed 13 games of having people play him different ways. Other guys are used to going through scouting reports and adjusting their play. He's not had to do that yet. It might not sound like much, but it is a big adjustment."

However, Hanson says not getting to play the first 14 games has motivated Morris.

"You definitely see improvement in his play from the standpoint that there is more effort every day than there was last year," Hanson said. "He's been part of the team. That was not taken away from him. But as far as basketball and how much the game means to him, there is a big difference on how he feels now. He's really going hard every day."


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