Apr 25, 2013 4:53 PM EDT
Willie Cauley-Stein has been working to expand his skillset as he prepares for his second season at Kentucky.
"(I want to) become more of an all-around basketball player, a guy that can step out, shoot threes, hit the 15-footer, take people off the dribble," Cauley-Stein said. "Just become more of a complete dude, not just a guy that's going to sit in the paint. That's not the way that I wanted to play coming in, it just ended up being like that."
The 7-foot, 244 pound Cauley-Stein requested evaluations from the NBA draft advisory committee after a freshman season in which he averaged 8.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
"I heard anywhere from (picks) eight to 10, 15 to 20, 22 to 25," Cauley-Stein said. "And you're like, 'That's the whole dang scale. That's everywhere.'"
Cauley-Stein plans to bring a different attitude to practice when Kentucky begins its workouts in October.
"I kind of got like a dominating mindset going into this next year," Cauley-Stein said. "I want to be the best in everything I do. Before it was kind of like, 'Eh, I'll come in here and try to do.' This time I want to come in here and do it. I don't want to try to do it."
Apr 19, 2013 12:22 PM EDT
Karl Towns is rooming with Andrew Wiggins at the Nike Hoop Summit.
Towns and Wiggins will lead a World Select Team of international players against Team USA on Saturday in the All-Star game.
“We are having a blast,” Towns said. “We are enjoying each other, enjoying time with each other. He is so athletic and skilled on the court. It’s easy to do a pick-and-roll with him. We are going to utilize that on Saturday along with the chemistry we have. Me and him are so outgoing with each other.”
Towns is happy to share the spotlight with Wiggins, who led the World Team to an 84-75 victory over Team USA at last year’s Nike Hoop Summit.
“That has been nice. There are so many great players here. Sometimes you get used to having all the attention and being in the spotlight, but it is great to have someone here like Andrew. It’s very humbling to know he can help with anything I need. It’s nice to have a co-pilot in this big spotlight. That’s one reason I love being here at the Hoop Summit,” Towns said.
Towns knows the exhibition is a good way to make a positive impression.
“With NBA scouts here, it’s always good to start your future early and show what you can do daily,” Towns said.
Apr 19, 2013 11:54 AM EDT
Andrew Harrison believes playing at Kentucky will give him a chance to showcase his point guard skills.
Andrew and his twin brother Aaron will join Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee and James Young in what’s considered Kentucky’s best recruiting class ever.
“I don’t care about scoring. I just want to lead my team. I want to win every game,” Harrison said. “I will get a chance to just throw it up the rim sometimes and see who can go get it. I just have to put them in the right positions to score and I am looking forward to that. In high school, they could play four guys on you. Now you can’t leave anybody or they will kill you because we have so many good players.”
Harrison has played with his future teammates in a few All-Star games over the offseason and is expecting a quick assimilation.
“All the guys are cool. Getting to know them has definitely made me even more comfortable about next year,” Harrison said. “It was like a two-week head start on next season. We have not developed great chemistry yet, but we all like each other a lot and everything. We are cool.”
Apr 13, 2013 9:31 PM EDT
Jordan McRae will return for his senior season at Tennessee rather than enter the NBA draft.
“I’m not ready for my experience at Tennessee to be over,” McRae said.
McRae earned first-team All-SEC honors this season and averaged 19.2 points per game in conference play.
McRae based part of his decision on advice from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.
Apr 12, 2013 9:31 PM EDT
During Julius Randle’s recruitment, John Calipari focused on his weaknesses and challenged him to want to battle against high-level competition every day.
“No other coach said that,” the sculpted 6-foot-9 Randle said.
Randle will be joined in the Kentucky frontcourt by Dakari Johnson, the top-ranked center; Marcus Lee, the second-ranked center; and James Young, a Michigan native who is the third-ranked small forward.
Randle and Johnson noted they picked Kentucky to get pushed not only in the SEC, but in practice also.
“It’s going to be a war,” Johnson said.
Apr 11, 2013 11:51 AM EDT
Rick Pitino said that Russ Smith is “50-50″ about returning to Louisville next season instead of declaring for the NBA draft.
Smith’s father said after the national championship game that his son wouldn’t be returning to school for his senior season.
"Russ, I think, is 50-50," Pitino said. "He's a very confused young man in terms of his decision right now. He didn't want his dad to say that about him coming out. He wanted time to think a bit. I talked to him yesterday and I said whatever decision you make, I want you to pray on it, but I'm behind it 100 percent.
"I give him fatherly advice. I'm not telling him to stay. I'm not telling him to leave. I give him facts of what it's all about."
The 6-foot Smith is projected as a possible first round pick in the June draft.
Apr 10, 2013 7:06 PM EDT
Andrew Harrison was asked how he would fare against Michael Jordan in his prime.
“I think he’d get a couple buckets here and there, but then I’d start to lock him down and give him buckets,” said Harrison, a top 10 player in the class of 2013. “Yeah, I think I’d get him.”
The 6-foot-5 Harrison predicted he would win the game 11-7.
Harrison has signed to play for Kentucky next season.
Apr 10, 2013 12:50 PM EDT
Phil Pressey will make himself available for the 2013 NBA draft.
Pressey, a 5-foot-11 point guard and potential second-round pick, shot 37.6 percent from the field and averaged a career-high 3.5 turnovers this past season.
Pressey has signed with Creative Artists Agency Sports, eliminating the possibility of a return to Missouri.
Apr 05, 2013 9:19 PM EDT
Andrew Wiggins’ older brother, Nick, thinks Kentucky may not be the best fit for him.
“It’s all about combinations of players you put on the floor and how players feel about playing with each other, playing a team game," Nick Wiggins said. “And I feel like they got a couple kids coming (back), they got seven or eight dudes that are already signed to come in off the (McDonald’s) All-America team, and I don’t feel like it would be the best fit for him to make his own legacy. But in the end, he’s going to make the best decision for him.”
Nick believes his parents want Andrew to pick Florida State.
“I think both my parents would like him to go to Florida State University because that’s where my mom and my dad attended school so it would be pretty amazing to see him do that and I believe they would be happy with that decision,” Nick, a junior guard at Wichita State, told SNY.tv.
Mar 28, 2013 7:23 PM EDT
BJ Young will enter the NBA draft, forgoing his final two years of eligibility at Arkansas.
“This is his dream and as a coach I encourage him to pursue that dream," Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson said in a statement. "I gave him the pros and cons of his decision and he chose to enter the draft. BJ has become a well-rounded player, leading us in scoring and assists and he became a more active rebounder.”
The 6-foot-3 guard led the Razorbacks in scoring this season at 15.2 points per game and shot 44.9 percent from the floor, including 22.7 percent from the three-point line.
Young is projected as a second-round pick in the June draft.
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