Daniel Orton Interview: Part 2

"He started me playing at a young age. He said, ‘If you are not ready, let me know.' He always had basketball camps he would run and I would be in them. He would take me outside and slap me on the arms when I was shooting and I would go in running and crying to my mom. But he is what developed my toughness.

"He started me playing at a young age. He said, ‘If you are not ready, let me know.' He always had basketball camps he would run and I would be in them. He would take me outside and slap me on the arms when I was shooting and I would go in running and crying to my mom. But he is what developed my toughness. Everything I have been through in basketball has been because of him."

If that's not enough family support, his brother, Terrence Crawford, was scheduled to move to Lexington in September. He's a former player at Oklahoma State under Eddie Sutton. "He has been the biggest influence lately because we spend so much time together and he helps me see things and prepare me for the real world. He is probably the toughest person on me that I have had. Nobody can be tougher than him, which is good for me," Orton said. "He has really prepared me for what lies ahead. He has given me tough love I needed. I understood it, but sometimes I questioned it. I understand tough love.

"He is a sensitive person. Actually, we are both sensitive but I think he is more sensitive than me and he thinks it is the other way. I know how to deal with him better and his emotions. But he's been a huge help to my career."

Both had an influence on his decision to come to Kentucky and play for new coach John Calipari rather than switch to another school — Kansas — after Gillispie was fired.

"There really was never any real wavering. There was a little bit of time waiting for coach Cal to get signed, but I was never really thinking much about going anywhere else. Kentucky is where I wanted to be," Orton said.


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