Calipari on UK guards

Last year Kentucky coach John Calipari had to adjust to having a team that featured three front-court players — DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson and Daniel Orton — who were first-round NBA draft picks.

Last year Kentucky coach John Calipari had to adjust to having a team that featured three front-court players — DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson and Daniel Orton — who were first-round NBA draft picks.

Now the UK coach is going to have what will be a more traditional guard-driven lineup for him.

"At times we might play four guards and a big," said Calipari Monday on the Southeastern Conference teleconference. "We can do that because our guards are big. You can get away with it if you have big guards.

"I think we will play a little more like we played at Memphis with the dribble-drive (offense) and more spacing on the court. But until I get the team together, it's just conjecture what I see from this point."

He says incoming freshman Doron Lamb could play point guard, shooting guard or small forward and that he likely will be the backup point guard to freshman Brandon Knight.

"I may play him like we did John (Wall) and Eric (Bledsoe). The greatest thing about the dribble-drive is that the position does not matter," Calipari said. "The four perimeter positions are all the same. It doesn't matter if you are right, left or behind the ball. They are all the same.

"The more you can play with playmakers, and Darius (Miller) is a good playmaker, the better you are. If all three (Knight, Lamb and Miller) are on the floor, that is powerful," Calipari said. "Then you have a guard forward in (freshman forward) Terrence Jones, who could be a playmaking guard. That really makes you go."

Calipari doesn't see shooting as being a particular problem this year. It was UK's inability to make 3-point shots against West Virginia when it missed 20 3-pointers before making one that led to the Cats' elimination in the Elite Eight game last season.

"I think we will have guys that can make shots," Calipari said.


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