LANE | UK's Mitchell Working Toward Stability
His Kentucky basketball program has been besieged by turnover in the last year, losing players and coaches.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The turnover continues for the UK Women's basketball program and head coach Matthew Mitchell told reporters Wednesday that the responsibility lies 100 percent with him and that he's got a plan in place but that he realizes there's a lot of work ahead.
"Through all this tumultuous time, which is so hard on these kids it is really, really hard on them, I am so motivated to get us through this part of the storm," said Mitchell. "They have said, ‘I appreciate what you are doing and appreciate how you have coached me and I do feel connected to you and do feel like I can walk in this door and talk to you.’ It’s the players that don’t feel that way that I have to reach out to and figure out why they don’t feel that way and I have to make the adjustment and change and be available to everyone and everyone needs to know that I am here for their benefit."
The Wildcats are down to seven players after Freshman forward Batouly Camara announced that she would transfer after starting 14 games this past season and averaging 5 points and 4 rebounds per game. She is the sixth player to leave the program since last fall. McDonald's All-American Lyndsey Corsaro signed to be a Wildcat in November, but has gotten a release from her letter and has re-opened her recruitment.
Mitchell has also not renewed an assistant coach and lost another from his most recent staff. That was after not renewing a couple of others and losing two others in the two previous years. He announced the return Wednesday of former Oldham County star and former UK assistant Kyra Elzy to fill one of those spots.
"Coming through it has been tough, but I am really excited," said Mitchell. "I am really confident. I’m encouraged. And it’s one of those ‘darkest before dawn’ type of deals. There hasn’t been a lot of time for sleep, but all the time has been beneficial so I have been able to reflect. So I think I have a clear understanding. This is not going to get, we’re not going to snap our fingers and this is going to all be okay. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us; we’ve got to keep working with our kids. We’ve got to show them a way forward and we feel like we’re going to do that sooner rather than later. But it’s been very difficult and very tough...Through the tough times you can really grow, and that’s what I expect to happen now."
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