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LANE | Five Off-Season Thoughts from Coach Cal

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – John Calipari received his Adolph Rupp Award as the nation's top coach from the Commonwealth Athletic Club this afternoon in Lexington and in doing so, touched on a number of subjects.

Alex Poythress should be returning.

The 6'7” Junior spent most of the year recuperating after tearing the ACL in his left knee early in the season.  

“We talked. I think he wants to come back.  He'll be fine. I'm so anxious to get him and Marcus Lee on the court because it's their time now.  This is their time.”

It's Lee's time to shine:

“I am so anxious for him and want this for him. It's his time and he knows it. I think you'll see people saying, ‘Cal should've played him the last two years. What the heck was he thinking?' But those guys in front of him were pretty good.”

On expectations at UK:

“It's still an exciting time. We have three guys in the warm-up line right now and someone said they picked us to be No. 1 in the country. We don't even have a team and we're No. 1 in the country. It comes back to what Coach Rupp started here. It's expected here.”

On this year's recruiting:

“Some guys have to talk to us, but I think we're going to be fine. At the end of the day, it's going to be crazy again.”

On how things have changed during his tenure at Kentucky:

“It's a different time now in what we're dealing with. It's an exciting time, but it's a challenge. ‘How do you do this? This is crazy. You have to lose your mind.' No. I'm excited for these kids. After the excitement wears off, I panic a little bit, then I figure out how we're going to do this next year.”

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