Kentucky’s freshmen aren’t as precocious as last season’s group, at least when it comes to overall performance. Terrence Jones, Brandon Knight & Co. are good, but they’re not on par with John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins.
The most recent example? An uneven win against Boston U on Tuesday. From John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader:
Young players are in constant need of reminders. And this is another young Kentucky team with not quite as many options as last year’s young Kentucky team. The cupboard, while stocked, is not as stocked. (What cupboard would be?) So instead of Calipari pulling someone off the bench to replace someone who made a mistake, he has to do more playing-through, more clenching of teeth.
OK, so the young ‘Cats aren’t quite hitting the stride. But don’t say Jones and Knight are struggling.
In fact, they’re producing better than any other freshmen in Kentucky history. Their current numbers are damn impressive:
Jones: 20.7 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 2.5 bpg, 1.5 spg
Knight: 17.3 ppg, 3.3 apg
At that rate, the guys from Kentucky Sports Radio project the pair to re-write much of the freshman marks, including points, rebounds and blocks, and to finish among the top three in assists and steals. In fact, Jones and Knight could post the top two scoring totals in freshman history.
That’s what I call doin’ work.
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