Eric Bledsoe understands that University of Kentucky fans recognize him and know he's part of the nation's No. 1 recruiting class. However, the freshman point guard from Birmingham isn't sure most UK fans really know a lot about his game.
"They are going to be very surprised. That motivates me to show them that. I was fairly highly rated but lot fans and players do not know me," Bledsoe said. "I want them to think I am not good. They (players) will be busy trying to keep John (Wall) from penetrating and (DeMarcus) Cousins and Pat (Patterson) from getting the ball and I can just do what I want to do."
Bledsoe readily admits he had some concern about how the freshmen class would get along considering Wall and Cousins were both consensus top-five national recruits.
"I did have some fear. I thought John might be a jerk like a No. 1 player can be sometimes. But he's cool. We didn't know each other and had not crossed paths, but he's cool. It's real good to have him as a teammate" Bledsoe said. "When he first got here, it was like we fell in love with each other. And DeMarcus, too. We just hang out and do things together."
Bledsoe often drew rave reviews from those who saw summer pick-up games and coach John Calipari constantly reminds fans that Bledsoe "can really, really play."
"I still think I do have to prove something. I was just that guy nobody knew of a long time before this. I was good, but nobody knew it," Bledsoe said.
Actually, he was a highly-rated point guard by the time last season ended. Still, he didn't have the national reputation or following Wall did after his prep career in North Carolina.