LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Wednesday, WDRB will have interviews with John Calipari and his players for the upcoming season, one he says could be a watershed year. His initial thought on why it could be a watershed year? The possibility of eight Wildcats going in next season's NBA draft!
But first things first. Now in his fifth year in charge of the Wildcat program, Calipari says this year will be unlike any other because he'll be juggling playing time for about 12 players. The plan, at least to start the season, is to platoon two groups of five and have those in the 11 and 12 slots work in when possible depending on foul trouble and how people are playing.
Cal expects a few growing pains along the way, but warns the Big Blue faithful to get off the bandwagon at their own risk.
"We have a chance of being really good but we're doing it a different way," Calipari told an overflow crowd at the UK tip-off luncheon Monday in Louisville. "What we do early may at the expense of winning some games since we're figuring this out and if that happens, I'll be fine with it. You will not. Some of you are going to jump off the bandwagon again early and if you do, please, if you're the neighbor, call and say 'you did this last year you know and he let you back in. He may not let you back in this year.'"
Calipari said Willie Cauley-Stein is recovering nicely from his injury, as is Freshman big man Trey Lyles.He expects both to at or near full speed for the Wildcats combine for NBA scouts in ten days.He also had these parting words for the Louisville chapter of the UK Alumni Association.
“Have patience and here's the other thing; have fun. Quit watching the tape three times.Watch it once.You watch it more than I watch it.Have fun because you should, you deserve it.”