It wasn’t pretty at times. The Bahamian team played tough, talked a lot and were not intimidated by the CATS. There were flashes of fan excitement and there were “oh no” moments. However, it is August 8th and Kentucky fans got will get a early peek at what could be a special season.
Nick Richards was the story of the night. His confidence level is higher than it has been since coming to Kentucky. His basketball skills have surpassed expectations at this point. He is comfortable handling the ball, dunking, rebounding and blocking. Tonight he was not just one of the big guys…he was the big guy, finishing the game with 19 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks.
Hagans and Johnson are just fast, there is no other word to describe their play. I cannot imagine Coach Cal having to yell, “go” from the sideline tho year.
Green has trimmed down and is a coach on the floor. He is the first to congratulate a teammate and first to give a “shake it off” slap.
For those counting, the 3-point streak is still alive. The CATS were 2 for 20 from three-point range. Coach Cal didn’t seemed concerned about this in his postgame. First game jitters, a physical opponent seemed factor in the young CATS getting the threes to drop. Tyler Herro seemed to settle for mid range jumpers after missing several threes.
Reid Travis seemed uncomfortable offensively during the first half but settled down in the second half to finish the game with 4 points and 6 rebounds. He is still adjusting to this team and this level of play.
Tomorrow is another day in paradise and another game to watch. As Coach Cal often says, “who’s next?”