VAUGHT: coaches want Morris more aggressive

Just because Randolph Morris has been in foul trouble the last two games doesn't mean the Kentucky coaches don't want the sophomore center to be more aggressive. If anything, assistant coach Dave Hobbs says Morris needs to be more aggressive.

Just because Randolph Morris has been in foul trouble the last two games doesn't mean the Kentucky coaches don't want the sophomore center to be more aggressive. If anything, assistant coach Dave Hobbs says Morris needs to be more aggressive.

"He is a guy we really need to be more aggressive. He's not commanding the ball the way we need. He is also not playing with enough physicality and is making ill-advised fouls. It is one thing when you get a foul protecting the basket or in a wrestling match for position inside. It is another thing when you reach out and grab a jersey or get a touch foul. He certainly needs to play smarter and needs to be more aggressive," Hobbs said.

Morris said he understood all that after encountering foul problems against South Carolina. But rather than learn from his mistake, he reverted to his freshman form when he continued to get silly fouls at Auburn Tuesday.

"It is certainly disappointing and he has to understand when to do certain things and when he is not doing certain things, he is not pulling his weight. We hate to ask anybody to do what he cannot do. We are not asking him to do the impossible. Just play aggressive and smart," Hobbs said.

Hobbs says Sunday's game against Arkansas "is a great example" of when the Cats need Morris the most to offset 7-0 Steven Hill and 6-10 Darian Townes, both physical interior players. "Their smallest starter is 6-5. We have real challenges. We have to minimize that and Randolph has to be a big part of that," Hobbs said. "We are trying to get Randolph to attack whoever is guarding him and be more assertive in his play around the basket when we get him the ball. It doesn't do any good to get the ball in there if we don't get a good shot and finish."

Hobbs says the recent play of Joe Crawford shows that points in the paint can come from more than just Morris. UK's smaller lineup has opened more paths to the basket and Crawford has not been afraid to go inside to score.

"He can slash and get in there. Points in the paint is not just throw the ball into the paint and let the big guy finish. You can also get points by getting to the rim and finishing that way like Joe has," Hobbs said.


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